Product Design And Development

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#WeAreNotWaiting to reduce the burden of Type 1 diabetes

<b>What is OpenAPS?</b><p>OpenAPS is an open and transparent effort to make safe and effective basic Artificial Pancreas System (APS) technology widely …

Non-profit creates open-source drinking water filter for 1/10th of the cost

Non-profit organization OHorizons recently created an innovative BioSand Filter that can deliver clean water at 1/10th of the cost of traditional …

To reduce shipping damages, a Dutch bike company printed a television on their boxes

Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof found that it had a problem. As it shipped its products to customers, it found that they were arriving to customers damaged. The company came up with a genius solution: print a graphic of a flatscreen television on the side of the box.<p>VanMoof had planned on …

Cycling

Sweden Wants To Fight Our Disposable Culture With Tax Breaks For Repairing Old Stuff | Fast Company

The new proposals come from the ruling coalition of the Social Democrat and Green parties, and, if successfully enacted, would be accompanied by a publicity campaign to encourage Swedes to repair products instead of replacing them.<p>“If we want to solve the problems of sustainability and the …

A Battery Made From Metal and Air Is Electrifying the Developing World

Lithium-ion batteries are having a moment. After becoming the de facto battery in laptops and cell phones over the years, they're now starting to …

Batteries

The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels

Portable ‘Desolenator’ makes sea water and rain fit for human consumption<p>Travelling around Thailand in the 1990s, William Janssen was impressed with the basic rooftop solar heating systems that were on many homes, where energy from the sun was absorbed by a plate and then used to heat water for the …

Water

To beat the 'throwaway' waste crisis, we must design loveable objects – that last

We live in a world drowning in objects: households with a television in each room; kitchen cupboards stuffed with waffle makers, blenders and …

0 +/- 0: Yamaha’s Bicycle-Powered Bamboo Battery

Snapshot: Oh, you’re still using normal batteries? Fortunately for you - and the environment - Yamaha wants to change the sharing and management of …

Batteries

The waterless toilet that turns your poo into power

UK researchers have created a self-sustaining nano-membrane toilet that could provide a safe alternative to open defecation and public lavatories<p>Human excrement is rife with pathogens, “odorant volatiles” (the chemicals that make it smell) and parasites, but it has something going for it: it’s …

Inventions

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At IDS16: an affordable, minimal and ergonomic standing desk

Every year at the Interior Design Show in Toronto they have the Studio North section, where young designers get to show their work. One piece that …

A Brilliantly Designed Slimline Transparent Toaster Made From Sustainable Glass and Bamboo

In the first part of his three part sustainable kitchen series, designer James Stumpf of Stumpf Studio has created a brilliant concept toaster that …

Inside Ikea’s Innovation Lab For The Future Of Better Living

The open-source lab in Copenhagen will help Ikea come up with the catalog of 2026, not 2016.<p>Ikea usually keeps a close lid on what it is working on next. But with Space10, an innovation lab recently opened in Copenhagen’s hip meatpacking district, Ikea is looking to change all that. The Swedish …

10 Dirt-Simple Woodworking Jigs You Need

1 of 5 View All Thumbnails<p>Drill Press Table<p>Many drill press tables are too small for woodworking because they were designed for metalworking. Also, …

3D Printer Reviews | Best 3D Printers 2017

If you're looking for the best 3D printer to meet your needs, it helps to...<p>February 29, 2016<p>Read our Ultimaker 2 Extended review and learn about …

The 3 Key Traits Of An Exceptional Designer

In today’s fiercely competitive product development climate, being a good designer isn’t good enough. Here’s how to be great.<p>As the director of countless design teams over the past 20 years, I’ve gotten pretty adept at identifying the traits that set good designers apart from exceptional …

The Future of Product Design - O'Reilly Media

Get the Free Ebook<p>Design and production considerations change throughout any product's lifecycle—from prototype to market introduction, through …

Sucking at something is the first step to being sort of good at it

David McKeown – a man of many talents, but most deftly defined as a maker – explains how the maker movement cultivates curiosity and creativity …

déanta: Irish design, from concept to market

Irish Design 2015 is a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish Design in just about every form.

Seven Books Every MBA Student Needs to Read

The MBA Startup Reading List<p>I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have spent my summer in Palo Alto, California, interning on the data science …

New documentary casts spotlight on design’s impact on a product’s success

One of the major components in developing an application, platform, or technological service is how it’s built, which is why engineers are often placed on a pedestal. However, it’s not just function that matters – appearance has a tremendous impact on the product’s success.<p>In recognition of this, …

Product Design

Robot revolution sweeps China's factory floors

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — In China's factories, the robots are rising.<p>For decades, manufacturers employed waves of young migrant workers from China's countryside to work at countless factories in coastal provinces, churning out cheap toys, clothing and electronics that helped power the country's …

Robots

Why Lego Is Spending Millions To Ditch Oil-Based Plastic

The toy company wants to find an alternative material for the 60 billion bricks it makes a year. But it’s not going to be easy.<p>Lego’s 57-year-old toy empire was built on plastic. But now the giant Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it. By 2030, Lego bricks will no longer …

Sustainability

Arckit's architectural building blocks make LEGOs look like child's play

Until the recession began in 2008, architect Damien Murtagh built bespoke scale models for his architectural clients. With the downturn in the …

How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar

Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time.<p>Contrast …

Renewable Energy

Ambulance Drone Concept Delivers Emergency Supplies to Any Location in Less Than a Minute

During emergency situation when someone needs medical attention, every second counts. Alec Momont, a Dutch industrial designer, has made an attempt …

Drones