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The Perfect Office - Noke Padlock, Moto 360, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Office Ideas

We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every …

Gear & Gadgets

Intel's RealSense 3D tech offers glimpse at future of mobile cameras

The Dell Venue 8 7000 series is the world's thinnest tablet. But its standout feature is Intel's RealSense depth camera that, when it makes its way to smartphones, will revamp mobile photography.<p>SAN FRANCISCO--Snapping touristy shots with a tablet is a modern day taboo, but that may change for …

Augmented Reality

Apple Watch: The net reacts to Apple's first wearable

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1107000/1107105_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522203489_0e15c3d17acb2695d456cbb94c687bc1<p><b>It's not often that details of a major tech product can be kept under wraps until it appears on stage, but the Apple Watch managed to dodge the</b> …

Smartwatches

Celebrate Your ‘Second Birthday’ Abroad

If you’re looking for an excuse to celebrate the next time you’re traveling in Europe, make sure to time your visit with your <b>name day</b>.<p>“[A] name day is bigger than a birthday,” Aija Tamsone informed me as she showed me around her native city of Riga. Coincidentally, and luckily for me, “Erik Day” in …

Fragmented Narratives in the Dream-like Paintings of Amy Bennett - The Fox Is Black

I was talking with a friend the other day about miniature sets and dioramas and it reminded of how great the work of artist Amy Bennett is. Bennett …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

3D printed cast could heal bones 40 per cent faster

Turkish designer creates medical cast using 3D printing which could heal broken bones faster<p>A 3d printed medical cast could help bones to heal up to 40 per cent faster.<p>The black cast, known as the Osteoid, uses an ultrasound system which makes bones heal more quickly.<p>With a lattice pattern, it is …

3D Printing

Oculus Rift experiment warps reality by slowing down your vision

Virtual reality headsets are usually used to transport their wearer someplace fantastic, but a new experiment with the Oculus Rift has it doing something a bit more disorienting: warping reality by keeping its wearer's vision a moment in the past. The so-called experiment, which was filmed as an ad …

Amazon Debuts A Storefront Just For Wearable Tech

Online shopping giant Amazon wants to get out ahead of the curve with wearable tech – hence the launch of its new Wearable Technology store today. The store is a subsection of its Amazon.com e-commerce portal, with a focus on devices like the Misfit Shine, Jawbone UP24 and Narrative Clip, to name …

Why bendable electronics could be the future of the internet of things

When the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001 the idea of the Daily Prophet, a newspaper that contains moving pictures, qualified as magic. A Kickstarter campaign by Ynvisible, a Lisbon-based technology firm, is bringing that magic to life with its displays, held together with paper-thin …

Arduino

With Google’s Help, NYC’s Floating River Pool Will Tell Us How Much Poop Is In The Water

New Yorkers could see a free-floating public pool pilot that filters water from the East River as early as 2016.<p>Of all the things the post-industrial East River has been known for (dead bodies, raw sewage, oil spills), a safe public swimming opportunity was never really one of them. That changed in …

Samsung explains new tech in the gorgeous Galaxy S5 display

We’ve already know all the specs on Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S5 and that includes its gorgeous 1920 x 1080, 5.1” FHD Super AMOLED with a pixel density of 432 ppi. It’s definitely a step up from any Samsung smartphone before it, and today the company took some time to explain exactly what it’s …

How 23andMe tried to be the Google of spit

Last year, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered DNA analysis service 23andMe to cease distribution of its test kits. Since then, the relationship between the two organizations has been an uneasy one. Over at <i>New York Magazine</i>, Lisa Miller explores 23andMe's complex history and the …

Defiantly plastic: designing the Galaxy S5

"Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design. We wanted something with a pleasing feel ... and better grip. If we used metal, [we felt] the designs felt heavy and cold," explains Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim, pointing to why Samsung still plays in polycarbonate. …

You can now control your PC from a Windows Phone

Microsoft originally allowed Android and iOS users to control desktop PCs from their smartphones last year, but Windows Phone support was missing. Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of its Remote Desktop app to let Windows Phone users control their PCs on the go. The app is …

The design process behind Google's modular phone

It's easy to see the appeal of Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. With Ara, a dead battery in the middle of a day trip doesn't set off …

Apple Is Helping To Recycle All Apple Products For Free

In line with Earth Day and as part of its latest environmental push, Apple has announced that it will take back any Apple product for free recycling.<p>Apple has already been giving gift cards in exchange for used iPhones, iPads and Macs that are in good enough condition to be resold, while those …

The World of Japanese Vending Machines

For decades now, Japanese vending machines have served up an array of interesting, mundane, and useful things. Things like manga. Or bread in a can. …

Japan

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

Chinese Aircraft Spots Three Objects in Jet Search Area

Australian officials confirmed that a Chinese aircraft had spotted three objects in a new search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet off Australia's west coast on Saturday.<p>"AMSA has tasked the China Maritime Safety Administration ship Haixun 01 to locate and investigate the objects," …

Airplanes

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

Everything We Know About The Moto 360 Android Wear Smartwatch

Motorola hosted a live Hangout with Jim Wicks, the lead designer of the Moto 360 Android Wear-based smartwatch, and the discussion started with the inspiration for the product and moved to its specifics. Motorola wasn’t yet sharing that much about specs and details for the hardware, but the …

Facebook is Testing a New Persistent Notification Bar on Android

Since the middle of last year, we’ve seen occasional mentions of the Facebook app for Android placing a persistent notification bar in the OS’ notification tray, one that stays in place whether it has anything to tell you or not. A new version being tested as of this week takes things a step …

Voice is not enough: Motion is key to Android Wear

analysis Early previews of Google's wearable platform focus on bringing Google Now's voice and touch control to a smartwatch, but Crave's Eric Mack says the real future is on the move.<p>Google and Motorola rolled out their joint vision of Android Wear, the Moto 360, and the future of wearables on …

Android News

Samsung teases a site dedicated to its design philosophy and latest concepts (video)

Samsung has gone to pains to try to explain the consideration and thought processes that go into its design -- especially with its Galaxy smartphones -- even if a lot of us still have beef with some of its material choices. Here's a renewed effort, then, with the electronics maker teasing a new …

Don't Drink the Water: West Virginia After the Chemical Spill

After a toxic disaster contaminated their water, the people of Charleston, West Virginia, are wondering if what's coming out of the taps is harmful. …

Frank Horvat's best shot: the seedy side of 1950s Paris

'Paris in the 1950s was poor and dilapidated, sordid and dirty. But it made for great photographs'<p>• Reading on mobile? See the full image here<p>In 1956, a New York agency asked me to do a sexy story for a US "men's magazine" about the nightlife of Paris, where I was living. I was 28 and had little …