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Ingeniously Simple Solar-Powered Charger

Designers Kyuho Song and Boa Oh have developed a solution to having no electrical power source to plug into on the go. While our advancing technology provides countless benefits, it has also added to our modern day inconveniences. One such annoyance that nearly everyone can relate to is having your …

Solar Panels

Stylish Headphones Repurpose Discarded Guitars

Designer Carina Ostermayer has developed a pair of headphones called <i>Guitar Ear-O</i> that takes advantage of the raw materials left behind whenever a defective electric guitar is produced. The innovative design uses the leftover fingerboards as a unique connecting headpiece, while the speakers are made …

Headphones

Pope Francis, The Choice

Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the …

Dynamic Duos: SBE’s Sam Nazarian And Designer Philippe Starck On Courage

A rising young entrepreneur and a legendary French designer mix business with pleasure in a family of luxury hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.<p><b>Sam Nazarian,</b> founder and CEO of SBE <b><br>Philippe Starck,</b> designer and architect<p><b>Nazarian:</b> I think it’s magical that you can work with somebody you grew up …

Is technology scrambling my baby's brain?

I reached the breaking point, as many parents do, about two and a half months in. My newborn son, Oliver, was hitting a phase where his five senses were really coming online. The mere act of being awake was often overstimulating; sometimes he would start to cry when we turned on a bright light or …

Pressy, the Almighty Android Button, Simplifies Your Smartphone

Smartphones are great, but sometimes they are a bit much. With so much technology packed into them, sometimes finding the right app or function can …

Frontback: an addictive camera app for capturing both sides of the story

A couple months ago Fred della Faille was on a roof, looking out at a picturesque New York City skyline. He felt a sudden urge to take a photo with Instagram, like many of us would, but he wanted to capture the entire moment — not just the view from the top of a random rooftop. He wanted his face, …

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

3D Printing

Mind-Boggling Anamorphic Drawings Leap Off the Page

Italian artist Alessandro Diddi is not only a skilled illustrator, but he's also a brilliant creative mind that makes it easy for viewers to believe that his drawings are popping out of the page into the third dimension. His incredible anamorphic illustrations play with light, shading, and …

What's Behind The Passion?

<i>Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg</i><p>One of the challenges we face as we communicate about what we do is that so many of the words we use aren't understood …

Air Shower : Washer and Dryer Shower System Reduces Bath Towel Washing

<b>Air Shower</b> is a concept shower system that combines both washer and dryer so that when you step out of the shower, you’ll be warm and dry. The air …

Designers: Learn To Code! Here’s How To Start

When you start experimenting with code, you find that the new tool helps you do your job better. Just think of it like getting punched in the face for the first time–once it happens, you realize it’s not that bad.<p>A friend, formerly a competitive fighter, once asked me: “Have you ever been punched …

Life After Kickstarter: 5 Costly Lessons From A Kickstarter-Backed Designer

Kickstarter backers pledged $212,265 to make Jon Fawcett’s flexible iPod dock a reality. Here’s what came next.<p>For Jon Fawcett, Kickstarter success came with an unusual soundtrack: an air horn.<p>The din started on May 7, 2012, the day Fawcett and his colleagues at Fuse Chicken, a four-person design …

Skinjay Shower Capsule Mixer by Loic Dubos

<b>Skinjay</b> presents a reflection on the body, habits and time. In response to the frenzy that is modern life, Skinjay reinvents the shower to make it a …

Skin Care

HTC Can’t Stanch The Flow Of Departing Senior Talent As Internal Turmoil Prevails

A brain drain at a big tech company is never a good thing, and when a lot of that departing talent consists of high-level execs moving on in rapid succession it’s bound to look like curtains to outside observers. That appears to be the case at HTC, which is losing a lot of senior execs according to …

Leap Motion reveals first footage of Windows 8 gesture control

Leap Motion revealed a new video today showing off the device's gesture control capabilities with Windows 7 and 8. When plugged into a Windows OS device, the Leap Motion will support full multitouch gestures out of the box, allowing users to click, drag, scroll, swipe and rotate screens entirely …

Ferrari Plans to Debut 600-hp 458 Scuderia at Frankfurt Auto Show

Ferrari is expected to reveal the Scuderia version of the 458 at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show.<p>This calendar year of 2013 would be considered a massive success for any smaller manufacturer that introduced a knockout hypercar like the 950-hp LaFerrari. But, as has become nearly cliched, Ferrari isn’t …

Symbolic intifada death of boy did not happen, says Israel

A 12-year-old boy caught up in a notorious gunfight between Israel's forces and Palestinian militants during the 2000 intifada may not have died in the event and was not hit by Israeli fire, a government inquiry has claimed.<p>It was the searing image that came to define the <b>Palestinian</b> intifada; a …

Five ways to boost your Android phone's battery life right now

If you've ever caught yourself scanning a room for outlets, or worrying about how long you can eke out a charge on your phone, then this collection of battery-saving Android apps is for you.<p>These apps are helpful even if you've got a built-in battery-saving feature to help you in a dire situation, …

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Years ago, people either bought an iPhone or “a Droid." Verizon’s marketing power, those insane robot ads, and maybe that just-close-enough naming convention made the carrier's Android phones virtually synonymous with their operating system.<p>But now I hear people every day saying "Oh, is that the …

Now You Can Lease A Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors announced today that it will begin a leasing program for Model S customers.<p>“We do have plenty of demand for the car even without a finance product, but as much as possible I’d like to expand the affordability of the car,” Tesla founder Elon Musk said today on a call with reporters. He …

How The iPad Mini Became A Stealth Success

When the iPad Mini was released in November of last year, there were few opening-bell lines at Apple stores, few foaming-at-the-mouth fanboys crossing out the days on their calendars, and few folks who viewed the device as much more than Apple getting in the seven-inch tablet game because, well, …

Brand New IDEO: San Francisco Bay Build to Think, Dive Into Abstraction, and Embrace the Infinite Grid

On Monday, IDEO Bay storytellers (San Francisco and Palo Alto) gathered in the San Francisco studio, bracketed by palm trees and sunshine.<p>We began by …

UK camera retailer Jessops plans Apple-inspired relaunch tomorrow

The UK's biggest photography chain, Jessops, is making a comeback this week with help from business tycoon Peter Jones. After shutting all of its 187 stores and cutting 1,370 jobs in January, <i>The Mirror</i> reports that Jessops' online store will return tomorrow with six retail stores opening in the …