A company named Altan Robotech (yes, that's their real name) is selling Giddel, a small robotic toilet cleaning device. You can let the device do its thing while you try to initiate hooking up with your partner. If you don't believe me, watch the video below: Were I the
Alexis Houssou, co-founder of the venture firm Hardware Club, worked with his business partner to upend the typical structure of venture capital firm. They didn't just want to fund successful hardware companies—they wanted to start a community for these startups looking for others to talk to about the daily challenges of trying to fund a successful tech startup.
Amazon has just announced the rollout of Scout, their autonomous, electric delivery robot thingy. Here's footage of it in "action," to give you an idea of its size and typical pace: As of yesterday, "these devices will begin delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington,"
Testing out the eVscope at the Kickstarter and Hardware Club CES after-party. Every year our Design & Tech team joins hundreds of past and future Kickstarter creators at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. It's where companies big and small show off recent and upcoming products, making it an ideal place
This week, we were disappointed—but not surprised—to learn that the noted Consumer Electronics Show (CES) revoked an Innovation Award they'd given to a sex toy startup. We got the same rejection in 2017 when Crave applied to exhibit at the show. Their official stance is that we are considered "adult entertainment—a category they do not showcase at CES." Unofficially, however, we know this is not true: at CES 2018, a literal sex doll was shown on the floor of CES and AR porn for men was allowed t
Bosko Kante is a grammy-winning artist, producer and most recently, innovator. He and his wife Maya Kante co-founded Electrospit and co-created the ESX-1, a tubeless talkbox designed to liberate an artistic expression with mobility, style, freedom and innovation. The traditional talkbox is to thank for the famous hook that
A distant fan spins softly enough to hear. A neat home vibrates with comfort. Warm tea is ready to sip, and over the velvet reading chair, offset slightly from a floor lamp, a maple-wood mui might rest on the wall. Operating inside this smart home control hub, Google Assistant
I love having an all-wheel-drive turbo stickshift, but due to a recent close call, I've completely changed the way I drive. To explain, the roads where I live are all twisty country two-lanes. There's never any traffic nor kids in the road. I rarely even see other cars. So
As current tech stands, this is probably the closest we can get to an actual time machine. EmuVR is a retro emulation that lets you pop on the goggles to play an Atari 2600, a Commodore 64, an NES, a Sega Genesis and other consoles of yore--inside of an '80s/'90s
Yesterday afternoon amongst the unfinished halls of CES, technology company MSI gathered journalists and gamers to announce that they have officially partnered with Discovery Channel to create the PS63 Modern laptop. MSI is known first and foremost for their slim and powerful gaming laptops, but through their PS63 Modern, the
The Core77 editorial team will be diving into CES next week, making sure that what happens in Vegas is shown to the whole world. We'll be hosting a series of speakers on Wednesday, and teaming up with friends to host a party on Thursday. Hope to see you there!
To kick off the (almost) New Year, frog's team has put together a comprehensive list of 10 tech trends we can expect to have a noticeable impact in 2019, ranging from a growth in the need for human-centered design to a shift in desire for connected fitness devices: All Illustrations
Thanks to NASA, we've all seen photos of Mars. It's red, dusty and featureless, so some of you jerks might now be bored by the miraculous spectacle brought to us by those eggheads in Houston. Well, now they've upped their game, equipping their InSight Lander, which is currently hanging
I live out in the middle of nowhere, but I still get tons of scam-tastic Mandarin robo-calls. It makes me miss the days of being e-mailed by Nigerian princes. Scams evolve as technology improves, and nowhere is this more evident than in the proliferation of click farms. Click farms set
Engineers would say that you can't let us designers run unchecked, otherwise everything would be touchy-feely and impossible to make. I get that. But by the same token, when you leave the engineers in charge, you get super creepy machines like this: Look, I'm not denying the thing might be
Now out of the city, I do miss writing those Urban Design Observation posts. Down here in farmland I thought about writing a rural variant, but haven't been able to get it to work yet. That's because I'm rarely off-farm, and when I am, only see things like this aisle-capping
I keep telling myself: Drama is relative. If I experience a setback at work, that doesn't compare to a coal miner's bad day at work. When my car is giving me trouble, at least I have a car to give me trouble and I don't have to hitchhike. And while
With a background in industrial design, a good portfolio and some luck, you could land a job as a digital set designer for Hollywood. Their job involves, among other things, rendering cityscapes through which green-screened actors might run, fly or have car chases. But while the actors won't be replaced
"Most young children first encounter digital money in video games, where they can acquire coins to spend at will in the game environment," Filippo Yacob says. "There's no real accountability; there's no real learning. So they associate digital money with money that isn't real." But Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies
Here's a fun bit of infrastructural engineering adapted to a humble domestic application. While your home doesn't generate the seismic activity that civil engineers worry about, there is one culprit that vibrates and makes a racket: Your washing machine. Few among us have the inclination to monitor and rebalance laundry
I used to drive an ambulance, and like most crews, ours often mingled with cops on-site and knew them well. One of them told us about a trick he used during traffic stops: After approaching the car and conversing with the driver and/or passenger, if something seemed fishy he
I've still not found a good solution for clearing my clogged gutters, and I think someone should invent a gutter-cleaning drone. To my knowledge no one yet has, though a company called Aerones has created massive 10-foot-wide multi-rotor drones to de-ice wind turbines (warning, turn your speakers down): Because the
Cracks in water pipes start off extremely small, and are thus impossible to detect over many miles of pipes. Over time water does its thing, steadily widening the crack until catastrophe ensues and you have a water main break. If the crack could have been detected when it was still
Large-scale robots by Jelle de GraafThe Robot Love exhibition was one of this year's visitor magnets at Dutch Design Week, located at a historical factory for dairy production (Campina). The factory was closed down three years ago and is now establishing itself as Eindhoven's newest cultural hotspot. The industrial architecture
A company called Orbis has developed a hubless aluminum wheel fitted with an electric motorcycle motor inside. Incredibly, this weighs--and, they improbably claim, costs--about the same as a standard, conventional wheel. Yet it adds 50 horsepower per new wheel and turns your 2WD car into 4WD. As a proof-of-concept, they
The day has finally come: Americans who seek a wider variety of HAY products for our homes no longer have to flock to the HAY Kitchen Market in the basement of SoHo's MoMA Design Store (although no complaints about that selection either...). The point is, now a majority of HAY's
Part of the reason I left New York City is because it's not New York City anymore; it's been invaded by a bunch of trend-following people walking around and staring into their phones, joggers stopping in the middle of the street to Instagram sweatie selfies, people yapping into Bluetooth earpieces
Yesterday, Hive launched an outdoor version of their Hive camera, the Hive View Outdoor. This marks the third home security product designed by fuseproject for Hive and the first that is able to operate outdoors. The Hive View Outdoor maintains the design language of the Hive View with the added
Lately I have been straining to read the ever-shrinking text on labels, instruction manuals and even newspapers. It's why that jeweler's loupe comes in so handy. I should probably suck it up and buy reading glasses, but I'm not ready to take that step. What I really want are these
Panasonic's Noise-Canceling Office Blinders Wear Space is the antidote to open-plan offices So here's what it's come to: Penny-pinching corporations insist on stuffing us workers into open office plans, which everyone hates. It's impossible to concentrate in a bullpen. Thus Panasonic has invented Wear Space, a pair of noise-canceling headphones
I've pretty much accepted that if I discuss something out loud, ads start popping up for that thing when I go online. If I tell you that I think my phone is listening to me, I sound like a crazy person. So I have no explanation as to how this
The form factor of early cars began with the technology; an internal combustion engine and drivetrain were the core, with wooden and metal components awkwardly wrapped around them to create something we could ride in. The early forms mimicked horse carriages, because no one had any idea what a "car"
At some point in your life, everyone you know is alive. But eventually you'll have a birthday party with one less attendee, as you start losing friends or family members to cancer, car accidents or old age. There are plenty of things in this world that want to kill you.
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