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Six Steps to Superior Product Prototyping: Lessons from an Apple and Oculus Engineer

Engineering phenom Caitlin Kalinowski has worked on everything from the Oculus Touch to the MacBook Air. Here, she shares her playbook and …

Product Management

This 20-cent whirligig toy can replace a $1,000 medical centrifuge

Centrifuges, which separate materials in fluids by spinning them at great speed, are found in medical labs worldwide. But a good one could run you a couple grand and, of course, requires electricity — neither of which are things you’re likely to find in a rural clinic in an impoverished country. …

Study Skills

Prefabricated house in Amsterdam features wooden walls, zigzagging stairs and split levels

Inside this wooden, prefabricated house in Amsterdam by Marc Koehler Architects, an angular black staircase crisscrosses between split …

Sir Jony Ive Reflects on 20 Years of Apple Design

In celebration of today’s launch of <i>Designed by Apple in California</i>, a $300 USD coffee table book chronicling 20 years of iconic design history, Sir …

Rolf Bruggink and Niek Wagemans use salvaged materials to convert coach house into home

Dutch architect Rolf Bruggink used every scrap of material from the demolition of an old office to transform this 19th-century coach house in Utrecht …

These are Tesla’s stunning new solar roof tiles for homes

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn’t kidding when he said that the new Tesla solar roof product was better looking than an ordinary roof: the roofing replacement with solar energy gathering powers does indeed look great. It’s a far cry from the obvious and somewhat weird aftermarket panels you …

Clean Energy

Why Apple’s MacBook Touch Bar was the right thing to do

People love a Greek tragedy. Icarus has flown too close to the sun and tumbled to Earth. Apple has forgotten its core users and been eclipsed by Microsoft. The Touch Bar is a compromise between adding a touch screen on a MacBook and ignoring touch entirely.<p>These narratives are easy to sketch …

MIT’s new software makes multi-material 3D printing easy

Using a mixture of different materials in 3D printing has been difficult for the user end, requiring basically knowledge of programming and specific training, but new software developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab aims to be the “Photoshop for 3D materials,” making it …

Artificial Intelligence

Metamaterials make it possible to create mechanisms from a single piece of plastic

A door latch and a pair of pliers are among the mechanisms created without screws, bolts or other fixings by researchers working with a new …

For the first time ever, a robot has sewn an entire garment

The robotic revolution is here. Sewbo, a Seattle-based startup, claims to have created the first industrial machine to sew an entire garment without …

Sewing

Finally, A Subway Strap Design That Eliminates Awkward Hand Touching

The Japanese firm Product Design Studio wants to improve commutes through smarter train handles.<p>As subway offenses go, there’s plenty to scoff about: overcrowding, frequent delays, odious smells, and crumbling infrastructure, to name a few. Another annoyance that can have serious safety …

Product Design

Patagonia says synthetic fibers (including their own) are polluting the oceans

Patagonia’s synthetic fleeces (along with fleeces from other manufacturers) are clogging up the oceans, poisoning the food chain and filling up …

Pollution

Vast & Aerial Landscapes in Iceland

Merlin Kafka est un photographe basé en Ecosse et en Allemagne. Passionné par les paysages saisissants, il voyage partout dans le monde pour …

Écosse

Crisscross flat-pack furniture aims to be easier to take apart than IKEA's designs

UK design graduate Sam Wrigley has launched a collection of designs that aim to make flat-pack furniture even more adaptable and easy to move (+ …

This Incredible Digital Fabrication Machine Has Both Additive and Subtractive Capabilities

The Lasertec 65 can 3D print metal—AND machine it<p>With laser sintering, lasers are aimed at various points of a bed covered in powder, fusing the …

ÉCAL students and Punkt update and simplify everyday electronic items

<b>Milan 2016:</b> product design students at Swiss university ÉCAL have collaborated with technology brand Punkt to make basic household electronics, such …

velocipedia by gianluca gimini renders crowd-sourced error-driven bicycle drawings

<b>velocipedia by gianluca gimini renders crowd-sourced error-driven bicycle drawings</b><br>all images courtesy of gianluca gimini<p><b>bike design. bologna-based</b> …

Drawing

The Impossible Project Created a Brand New Camera For Its Resurrected Polaroid Format Film

After successfully bringing Polaroid 600 instant film back from the dead, the people behind the Impossible Project realized that hunting down a …

The Story Behind a Modern Redesign of the Classic Shaving

After becoming increasingly concerned by the state of design around him in the early 1980s – or what he called <i>“an impenetrable confusion of forms,</i> …

'Less Quantified Self, More Qualified You' Translates Emotions Into Physical Form

"Self-tracking" or "Quantified-self" means the self-determined collection of body data. It involves the automatic and mostly chronological recording …

Furniture and lighting design is "saturated" says Benjamin Hubert

<b>Design Indaba 2016:</b> industrial designer Benjamin Hubert has explained why he shifted his energy away from furniture design, saying "everyone seems to …

Down The Hype Cycle: A 3D Printer In Every Home?

Filemon Schoffer Contributor<p>Filemon Schoffer is the head of community at 3D Hubs.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>3D printing technologies explained<br>• Metal 3D printing takes flight<p>When he famously said “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home” in 1977, Ken Olson, founder of …

3D Printing

Reverse Engineering, From a Drawing, an 18th-Century Frame Carving Machine

A museum tech figures out how to reproduce a lost manufacturing technique<p>Is there anything worse than when people figure out how to do something …

Spread "gives new meaning to the CD" with metal and bubble-wrap packaging

Tokyo design studio Spread has used industrial materials to create minimal CD packaging for a Japanese rock band (+ slideshow).<p>Created for …

Levity lights by Studio Truly Truly feature flexible looped LEDs

<b>Northmodern 2016:</b> Dutch design firm Studio Truly Truly has created a collection of lamps featuring bendy LED lights arranged in loops (+ …

Bluetooth Music Cabinet with Trumpet-Shaped Speaker

Le designer Paolo Cappello, basé à Vérone, a imaginé un meuble de rangement bien particulier. En effet, sa création baptisée <i>Caruso</i>, peut également …

Epson wants to put a paper recycling machine in your office

If Seiko Epson has its way, your office paper recycling bin could soon become obsolete. The company's PaperLab, an 8.5-foot-wide device that turns used paper into clean white sheets, is set to go on sale next year. The machine strips paper into fibers before using additives to bind fibers back …

'Light field' camera maker Lytro announces professional VR video rig

Camera maker Lytro drew our attention three years ago with what it called "light field" photography. Instead of focusing at a specific depth, its camera would capture everything in range of its finder, so you could do things like pick a focus <i>after</i> taking the picture. It was a fascinating …

Photographic Proof That Your Favorite Snacks Are Mostly Bags Of Air

But shouldn’t they be? It’s complicated.<p>Nobody <i>needs</i> to eat more snack chips, but it can be disheartening to, in our moments of greatest gluttony, rip open a new bag of Doritos to see that it’s 86% air.<p>It’s a phenomenon of prepackaged disappointment, explored by Brooklyn-based photographer Henry …

Newly Re-Launched, the Eastman Innovation Lab Connects Designers with the Latest in Material Science

The robust platform fosters innovation through collaboration<p>With designers considering the entire life cycle of new products and the boundaries …