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Inside The Brooklyn Studio That Designs For Facebook, Google, And Apple

Launched in 2013, Work & Co is a digital design firm that does top secret work for Facebook, Google, and Apple. But its public projects, like recent redesigns for Virgin America and Met Opera, give a taste of its talents.<p>We visited Work & Co’s ever-expanding office in Dumbo, Brooklyn, to learn …

Digital Design

MIT’s Mind-Reading Robots Understand The One Command That Matters

We don’t need to know why robots make every decision they do, so long as we can stop them.<p>In 1984, a 34-year-old man was crushed by a robot arm. It didn’t matter that he had 15 years of experience in the diecast factory that would take his life, or had received training in operating robotics. At …

Robotics

The Cute Robot That Follows You Around and Schleps All Your Stuff

In the summer months of 2015, Jeffrey Schnapp and a few of his colleagues started collecting rideables. The hoverboard craze was in full swing, and …

4 fun toys to get your kids into coding

Whether you’re a tech geek who wants to pass your interests on to your offspring, or a tech-challenged individual desperate to end the technical illiteracy cycle with you, toys are a great way to trick your kids into learning.<p>There’s a huge trend in STEM toys meant to spark children’s interest in …

What’s Still Missing From The AI Revolution

AI is full of promise–and potential dangers. Five key challenges lie ahead, according to IBM Watson’s former general manager.<p>Artificial intelligence is a young field full of nearly unlimited potential that remains largely misunderstood by most people. We’ve come a long way since Watson won Jeopardy …

Artificial Intelligence

How WeWork Capitalizes On Aging Architecture

The coworking company is remaking historic and aging buildings across America.<p>“They don’t build ’em like they used to.” It’s an oft-repeated phrase by those who wax nostalgic. But in the case of the Corbin Building–an office building architect Francis H. Kimball designed in 1888–the saying holds …

Real Estate

Design In The Darkest, Coldest, Most Remote Places On Earth

Hugh Broughton Architects designed a mobile research station on the ice shelves of Antarctica. Now, it’s on the move for the first time.<p>The most remote settlement on earth isn’t on the windswept shelves of Antarctica or the barren tundra of the Arctic. It’s actually Tristan da Cunha, an island in …

Antarctica

An Exoskeleton For The Elderly

With almost $10 million in funding, Superflex wants to redesign DARPA exoskeleton technology for the aging mainstream.<p>Almost a third of adults age 65 and older report difficulty walking just three city blocks. But a company called Superflex has raised $10 million to build a solution–and it doesn’t …

Robotics

To Attract Top Talent, Approach Recruiting Like A Design Challenge

Hiring creative leaders is notoriously difficult. To lure them in, you need a game plan.<p>Creative leaders are crucial to growing a business. Steve Jobs didn’t turn Apple products into objects of desire through quant skills. He had a creative vision, and he delivered on it. But creative leaders are …

Recruitment

Ideo, Astro, And Whipsaw: What Every Startup Should Know About Design

For Highway1, a Silicon Valley design accelerator, pros at top consultancies mentored young entrepreneurs. Here’s their best advice.<p>At Highway1, a design accelerator based in San Francisco, startups have four months to transform a prototype into a market-ready product, develop a business plan, …

Design

Microsoft Is Teaching Your Plants To Talk Back

Project Florence could have incredible implications for the future of farming–and revolutionize the way we understand our environment.<p>Gardeners have long claimed that talking to plants helps them grow–an idea backed up by science. But more recently, we’re discovering that plants talk, too, reacting …

Urban Agriculture

Airbnb’s Secret Tool For Designing For Every Person On The Planet

Airshots allows Airbnb’s designers to see and test how their app works on every device, on every platform, in every language.<p>Designing an app like Airbnb’s might not seem very complex. A dozen screens, maybe more, maybe less. But that’s just in English. Airbnb’s app also has to support 20 …

Airbnb

The Quantified Vagina: This Startup Aims To Track Women’s Health Through Smart Tampons

Many conditions that threaten women’s fertility go undetected for years. This monthly blood testing technology could be a game changer.<p>Gretchen Anthony hadn’t been to an OB-GYN since her six-year-old child was born. “I didn’t have any medical issues, so I didn’t feel pressure to go,” she says. “I …

Women's Health

How A Legacy Brand Imagines A New Future: Lessons From Fisher-Price

Pro tip: Avoid science fiction.<p>How does an established company imagine a new future? That was the question Fisher-Price wanted to answer when it approached our design consultancy Continuum recently. The 85-year-old children’s product company noticed enormous shifts in the market, from ubiquitous …

Customers

This Wearable That Kids Can Program Has Brilliant UX

Inspired by Lego, the Mover Kit is a wearable that can morph into anything a kid wants it to be.<p>There are dozens of wearables on the market geared toward kids. But they aren’t much more than kiddy Fitbits, doused in bright colors. And for the most part, they aren’t so much for the kids as they are …

Kids

This Flat-Pack Furniture Line Is A Frequent Mover’s Best Friend

Moving is the bane of a renter’s existence. Shall I count the ways? From negotiating hairpin turns on stairwells to squeezing through narrow doorways and ponying up hundreds of dollars to some man with a van, it’s all pretty dreadful.<p>Designers have been experimenting with ways furniture can …

Furniture

reMIX studio conceals interweaving interior behind semi-transparent façade

<b>reMIX studio conceals interweaving interior behind semi-transparent façade</b><br>all images © reMIX studio / xiazhi<p><b>shunyi house is a renovation project</b> …

DUST builds casa caldera in arizona from volcanic rock

<b>DUST custom builds an off-grid arizona dwelling from volcanic rock</b><br>all images by cade hayes<p><b>in arizona’s san rafael valley, architectural alliance DUST</b> …

bates masi divides american family home into interconnected courtyard pavilions

<b>bates masi divides american family home into interconnected courtyard pavilions</b><br>all images © michael moran<p><b>occupied by a family in matinecock, new york</b> …

MIT’s Latest Tangible Interface? Shape-Shifting Digital Clay

The Tangible Media Group programs a physical interface to act like sand, rubber, water, and more.<p>In 2013, MIT unveiled a shape-shifting interface called Inform. Since then, the Tangible Media Group has continued developing new projects based on the display–including its latest, …

Product Design

In Understaffed Hospitals, This Vital Signs Cap For Babies Could Save Lives

The Neopenda, now on Kickstarter, alerts nurses when a newborn’s vital signs need attention.<p>When Sona Shah visited Uganda last summer, she could see the need for the baby cap she invented with her friend Teresa Cauvel. The hospitals there had too few nurses to take care of all of the newborns.<p>“We …

Medical Technology

It Turns Out It’s Almost Impossible To Draw A Bicycle

Italian designer Gianluca Gimini asks people to draw bicycles, then turns them into comical digital renderings.<p>Quick. Draw a bike. Don’t look at one first, just draw one. Done? Okay, now step back and look at your bike. It’s total garbage, isn’t it? It’s not just you. Turns out that basically no …

Drawing

8 Gadgets Designed To Rebalance Our Relationship With Technology

The company behind the minimalist MP-01 phone asked students from one of the world’s best design schools to reimagine household gadgets.<p>Cult Swiss consumer electronics maker Punkt has been trying to elevate the standard of design in home gadgetry since its inception. As part of that mission, the …

Product Design

Frog Creates The Most Charming Anti-iPad Game Ever

To ween kids off screens, FrogLabs developed a series of wooden toys that are the only way to play the game.<p>A polar bear is sweating on a floating ice cap. The bear needs help, but tapping the screen–like a child might for any other iPad game–does nothing. So instead, she looks to her series of …

Kids

Why Zappos Has Interns Launch Its New Apps

Instead of busy work, for the past two years the company has tasked students with designing and launching new apps. Here’s how they do it.<p>Zappos’s 6pm.com website was built to be a place to find bargains, but the e-tailer offers an even bigger deal to its summer interns. Instead of just doing busy …

Apps

China’s Apple Killer Is Now Making Home Appliances

The Zojirushi rice maker is a marvel of the industrialized era. It plays you “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” before it cooks rice using a “fuzzy logic” that will automatically juggle heat and humidity to prepare the grains perfectly every time.<p>In other words, Zojirushi has more or less made the …

Home Appliances

This New Apple Watch Accessory Can Predict a Leading Cause of Strokes

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Autonomous Cars

Nike’s Self-Lacing Shoes Are Here, But They’re Not What You Expect

They’re not the Marty McFly kicks we’ve wanted for decades.<p>At its “Innovation for Everyone” event today in New York, Nike unveiled high-performance footwear and apparel for athletes, a fleet of items for consumers, and more features on its Nike+ app. But the one thing that had everyone—okay, mostly …

Shoes

MIT’s New Battery Runs On Sugar

The device can power an LED light.<p>If you take a carbon nanotube and set fire to one end, that tube will generate electricity. And if you’re an MIT genius, you can heat those tubes with regular old table sugar, pack them together, and have a battery that produces almost the same output as the one in …