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A space-saving micro-loft in NYC

This micro-loft in New York City, NY, was the design genius of Specht Harpman of Specht Architects. The innovative firm has a strong penchant for …

Made in Japan: Discover how lenses are created

It's not every day that you get to see behind the doors of a state-of-art factory in Japan and witness first hand how a lens is made. However, we …

Illustrated Cross-Sections of Major Train Stations in Tokyo by Tomoyuki Tanaka

a detailed cross-section of Shinjuku Station. At 748,000 daily users, it’s the world’s busiest train stationIn addition to being an architect, …

Japan

Here’s an Exclusive Look Inside Japan’s Pacific Furniture Service

For furniture maker Yohei Ishikawa, the idea of thoughtful design is central to his work at Pacific Furniture Service and not merely an afterthought. …

Furniture

Why A Parsons Student Designed A Collection For Syrian Refugees

Angela Luna, recent Parsons School of Design graduate, is designing clothes for Syrian refugees that double as tents, sleeping bags, flotation …

Syrian Refugees

Retro Computers Reveal the Early Days of High-Tech Minimalism

Now an essential component of our every day lives, we seldom cast a glance back to the those retro machines that first appeared during the 1950s and …

German Carpenter/Interaction Designer's Hi-Tech Ping Pong Table

Thomas Mayer's Interactive Table Tennis Trainer<p>German designer Thomas Mayer underwent the carpenter's apprenticeship we discussed here, but …

Furniture

Relax in this dry-pool and feel like you're floating

Starpool, a company that designs spas, collaborated with Neocogita, a brain wellness research company, to create a bed that allows you to feel like …

Video Game Lets You Create Ornate Patterns Inspired by Islamic Architecture

Algorithmic artwork forms the basis of gorgeous visual puzzle game Engare<p>The intricate geometry of traditional Islamic ornamentation is finding a new home online. First there was the team of architects translating Central Asia's mosaics into code. Now, Iranian game designer Mahdi Bahrami has …

Splyt light kits let you build your own glowing works of art

There is any easy way to create your own unique lighting decor at home - and, no, we aren't talking about the soda can lamps from middle school shop …

What Happens When You Apply Machine Learning To Logo Design

The rise of neural networks and generative design have created new opportunities for designers. But what if it went the other way, and robots created a Skynet that kills off human designers (or at least their careers) once and for all?<p>A heady question. Depending on whether you embrace or fear the …

Perkins+Will design of SRAM headquarters is a bike-friendly dream office.

Will the resurgence in urban cycling ever be matched by a rise in bike-friendly offices? Recently architecture and design firm Perkins+Will completed …

A Folding Table that Sets Up Like a Sniper Rifle and an Office in a Bubble

Two cool designs from Dai Sugasawa<p>Part of the "thrill" of traveling to a new freelance design gig was wondering, as I crossed the lobby, what my new …

Setup

Dronegg : First Aid System for Rescue Operation at Sea

In recent years, we’ve seen hundreds of people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, especially refugees to escape from brutal wars and migrants who …

Want To Ride A “Star Trek” Turbolift To Work?

In <i>Star Trek</i>, turbolifts are futuristic transport tubes that whisk in all three dimensions between decks on a starship. Comparatively, Hitachi’s latest elevator isn’t quite as functional–it doesn’t travel in three dimensions, just one–but aesthetically, it’s just as cool. It’s a sleek elevator …

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<i>This project was a collaboration between 18F and the U.S. Digital Service (USDS). The team was led by Mollie Ruskin (USDS) and Julia Elman (18F) and</i> …

Robochop by Kram/Weisshaar gives "anyone with a smartphone" access to an industrial robot

<b>Future Makers:</b> in this movie filmed by Dezeen in Munich, Clemens Weisshaar of Kram/Weisshaar explains how the design studio's Robochop project allows …

Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution

When designing a brand new robot, it’s usually a good idea to design and test it in simulation first, to get a sense of how well your design is going …

A Self-Folding Origami Robot That Can Walk, Climb, Dig, Carry, Swim and Dissolve into Nothing | Colossal

<p>Scientists at MIT have pulled up a very tiny curtain on their newest invention: a 1.7cm square robot capable of assembling itself like a piece of …

I programmed a robot arm to give me a high five

Factories are full of them: Robot arms building cars, etching circuit boards, building iPads.But it wasn’t until recently that they started to work …

5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord

Inspired by a water hose, MIT’s Tangible Media Group has come up with a way to make cords and cables part of your gadget’s UI.<p>Bending your lamp cord to turn off the light? Pinching your headphone cable to mute your music? A new project out of MIT is looking to change the way you look at cords by …

Strategic UX: The Art of Reducing Friction

In user experience, friction is defined as interactions that inhibit people from intuitively and painlessly achieving their goals within a digital …

Four 2015 Energy Ideas 'Back to the Future' Got (Almost) Right

Hoverboards, flying cars, and auto-fueling are closer than you think, and garbage energy is here.<p>Energy is so cheap and easy in 2015 that we all have flying cars and robot gas attendants. That's not the reality as of New Year's Day, of course, but rather the "future" depicted in the hit 1989 movie</i> …

A Travel Kit For Boozing On The Plane

On most domestic flights, the best drink you can get is a can of Mr. & Mrs. T tomato juice spiked with vodka, or maybe a mini bottle of Glenfiddich. But say you’re a connoisseur of mixology. Can’t you do better?<p>Yes, yes you can, thanks to the Carry On Cocktail Kit, a collaboration between the …

This Tiny Cardboard Battery Is Like A Vitamin For Your Smartphone

Having trouble keeping your smartphone charged throughout the day? Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien has created a Red Dot Design Award-winning concept for a tiny cardboard capsule that could juice up your phone. It’s called the Mini Power. You just choose how much battery time you need–two, four, or six …

3D Robotics X8+ personal drone can carry heavy camera loads

DJI isn’t the only maker with a sleek drone to show off this month. In comes 3D Robotics’ X8+ drone, a personal UAV that boasts a rugged construction …

Drones

The Table All Social Media Addicts Need

The decor world's tongue-in-cheek reference to what's #trending<p>In an increasingly connected world, it's always comforting to come home, unplug, and enjoy a glass of wine with friends around the table. Which is precisely why Wolf Home's brand new Hashtag cocktail table caught our eye.<p>Outside of the …

This Free Throw-Making Robot Could Probably Crack the 76ers Roster

What's the best way to promote the accuracy, adaptability, and reliability of your robotic arm to potential clients? Even if it's only ever destined …

A Durable DIY Remote Shutter Release Inspired by Mechanical Keyboards

British photographer and graphic designer Jake Howe recently began using a mechanical keyboard, and soon afterward he began wondering whether the …

This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid

A Dutch engineer has created a flying defibrillator for emergency situations. The drone, called the Ambulance Drone, would be stationed at various points in the city. In an emergency, people on the scene can call it in and it arrives a few seconds later. The built-in defibrillator unit can be used …