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How Brands Can Entice Consumers Visually and Avoid the Minimalist Packaging Trap

There’s a pervasive scourge of minimalism threatening consumer brands.<p>You’ve seen them. You may buy them. You may even love them. Those brands that …

Minimalism

'Shapeshift' lets you feel objects that aren't there

Stanford University has built technology that lets VR users "touch" what they're seeing.

Stanford University

This robot will draw and erase anything on your walls

Scribit is a drawing robot that can turn your walls into a work of art. The little bot raised over $1.6 million on Kickstarter, crushing the …

Robotics

This fancy device turns your entire room into a screen

Augmented reality for the design-minded<p>Screen fatigue is real. Between phones and laptops and TVs, it seems as if the world is covered in glowing glass boxes.<p>At first glance it might seems as if Lightform, a new projector system that casts light onto any surface, is part of the problem. Then you …

Here’s how to hack an Ikea lamp and transform it into a mixed-reality projector

Do you have access to an Ikea lamp, a 3D printer, a few electronics components, and a bit of free time? If so, you could hack together a pretty …

Holographic projector created by Chinese start-up

A Chinese startup has developed a projector that can create holographic images.<p>The device, controlled by a mobile phone, works by using a fan-like blade lined with LEDs and was made by DSEE.LAB in Nanjing.<p>CEO Zhou Quan says the product’s hardware is relatively simple, making it lower cost than …

Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa …

Smart Homes

16 Times Avocados Made Dessert Better (and Healthier!)

Change The Colour Of 3D Printed Objects In Minutes With This New Ink

We all know people who go into a store, find something they like and then buy it in a few different colours so that it can be matched with different …

DeepFrame brings augmented reality to a huge screen

It's easy to feel a bit disillusioned with all the hype around augmented reality. We've seen basic examples of AR take off, with apps like <i>Pokemon Go</i>, but that's not exactly immersive. AR glasses, meanwhile, are still finding their legs. But Realfiction believes there's another approach: its large …

Conductive thread stores data in clothes without built-in tech

New technology may soon enable you to get into your home or office with nothing more than your coat, wristband or tie. Scientists at the University of Washington have found a way to create smart fabric, using only conductive thread with no other added electronics.<p>The team manipulated the polarity …

How the sandwich consumed Britain | The long read

The world-beating British sandwich industry is worth £8bn a year. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast – and now it’s coming for dinner. By Sam Knight<p>The invention of the chilled packaged sandwich, an accessory of modern British life which is so influential, so …

Sandwiches

Snapchat and BMW team up to bring augmented reality ads to life

Despite the app’s popularity, Snapchat isn’t doing too well from a business perspective. Last quarter saw Snap Inc.’s stock fall as revenues fell $30 …

Pure Filth At The Tate

The Tate, one of London’s most loved galleries is now home to Pure Filth, a new food concept that combines the naughty, the rebellious and the decadent with healthy ingredients for fast food that’s good for you.<p>Founded by nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson and chef Gizzi Erskine, their menu reads like …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2017

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BoxLock is a new system of protecting your packages from theft at home

As Americans decide to do more of their shopping online each year, there has been a rise in package thefts. It can happen to just about anyone and there is not much you can do to prevent it. A new Kickstarter funded smart lock called BoxLock can offer 24/7 protection from parcel theft and is the …

Identity Theft

Bose's new Noise-Masking Sleepbuds may change your life

Bose has been quietly introducing some unconventional products over the last few months, including its Hearphones and Soundwear Companion Speaker, but its upcoming Noise-Masking Sleepbuds are making an unprecedented debut -- for Bose anyway. The company is preselling prototypes by way of an …

Sony’s 90s robot dog is back and more loyal than ever

Sony is reviving the 90s robot dog with some cool and some slightly terrifying updated features<p>I dogged my parents for a puppy when I was a kid until …

The useless design features in modern products

Meet the hidden pressures shaping design, from the waistlines of kings to the whims of 18th Century wagon drivers.<p>It was 1872 in Reno, Nevada and Jacob Davis was worried. The Latvian-Jewish tailor had previously made mostly functional items, such as wagon covers and horse blankets for the workers …

University of California

Dubai Airport is going to use face-scanning virtual aquariums as security checkpoints

The first facial recognition tunnel will be installed by the end of summer 2018<p>Dubai International Airport has come up with a novel way for departing travelers to clear security: by walking through a virtual aquarium lined with facial recognition cameras.<p>According to a report from <i>The National</i><i>,</i> the …

This $600 tablet for 'paper people' is the best use of E Ink I've ever seen

In fact, it's specifically designed for an exclusive subset of people: those who prefer reading and writing on paper over using digital screens.<p>That mentality shines through when using the tablet, which is now in the hands of its first customers that have waited months to get their hands on the …

Unbreakable Rubber Bands That Are 200 Times Stronger Than Steel Are Coming Soon

Just add graphene.<p>The world's largest manufacturer of rubber bands is making its main product immortal.<p>Alliance Rubber Co., a 94-year-old company …

Bands

Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie

A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada or Coach you bought is the real deal. The system, which essentially learns the difference between real and fake products over time, uses a …

Machine Learning

The app that tells you where a stranger got their outfit: Online retailer Asos launches tool that helps you find the clothes you've got your eye on (and all you have to do is take a picture!)

Most women will admit that they have looked at someone in the street and wondered where their outfit came from.<p>Now online retailer Asos has developed …

Clothing

This fast robot will make Adidas shirts cheaper - and kill hundreds of jobs

A robotic sewing system will soon produce hundreds of thousands of shirts for Adidas, which could potentially change textile manufacture.<p>The machine — called a “Sewbot” uses cameras and bots to cut and sew the soft fabric, a task which has eluded other forms of automation. Until now, the task was …

Clothing

3D-printed fruit will help your real apples taste better

There may be a pretender in your next box of fruit, a fake fruit that tracks temperatures, motion and shocks to ensure your plums are sweet and hard and your peaches are pretty as can be.<p>Created by Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, the project involves a …

Jump between a dream and reality in Major Lazer's new music video

Major Lazer's latest EP, <i>Know No Better</i>, came out last month, surprising fans two years after the electronic hip-hop group's previous LP, <i>Peace is the Mission</i>. The original music video for the track — which features Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo on vocals — has a video game-style first …

Late-Night Lyfts Home Can Now Include a Taco Bell Pit Stop

For anyone who’s ever tried convincing their cab driver to swing by the drive-thru after a night out, Lyft has now got you covered: The ride-sharing service just announced it’s partnering with Taco Bell to offer riders <b>taco pit stops</b> incorporated into their late-night rides.<p>App users hailing a ride …

Google Analytics adds voice-based navigation

If you’ve got a question about your website or app data, you’ll soon be able to ask Google Analytics directly.<p>In other words, if you’re wondering “What’s the trend of mobile versus desktop traffic last week?” or “How many new users did we have yesterday?” or “What were our top countries last …

Analytics

Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act

<b>Don’t call Heather Erickson</b> a glasshole.<p>Yes, that’s Google Glass on her frames. But she’s not using it to check her Facebook, dictate messages, or …

Google Glass