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Panasonic's smart mirror turned me into a 1970s space princess

It was going to be either me or my male colleague. That's a lie: It was absolutely going to be me. It was my last day at IFA, Europe's biggest technology show, and Brad Molen and I were sitting inside a sparsely decorated smart home that Panasonic had built in the middle of the demo area. Panasonic …

Command Your Own Holodeck With An iPad Mini

For $50,000, this unbelievable 3-D illustration system could be yours next year.<p>Imagine drawing a tree on an iPad, and having that tree appear in 3-D Space, life-sized right in front of your eyes–no virtual reality headset needed. Someone could walk in and see exactly what you drew. And then they …

iPad Mini

Watch: This Optical Illusion Will Make You Hallucinate

A neurological principle first written about by Aristotle can make you trip.<p>Dropping a tab of acid is a surefire way to experience a hallucination, but for a less chemical-heavy trip, set aside two minutes and watch this video. Then immediately look away. Come back when you’re done.<p>Freaky, right? …

Optical Illusions

Lexus Design Award 2014 Winners

The 12 winners of the second Lexus Design Awards were recently announced, just in time for Milan Design Week 2014. The winners will be showing their …

Design

IBM Invests $100 Million To Expand Design Business

In response to growing demand, IBM is spending $100 million to acquire talent and open Interactive Experience labs around the world.<p>User experience is an amorphous, all-encompassing field that’s given companies like Apple and design consultations like Frog and Ideo incredible global influence. Now …

Mexico City

International Home + Housewares Show 2014: Mollaspace Turns Optical Illusions into Functional Products

<i>Content sponsored by the IHA</i><p>If the novelty product category seems to be an inexhaustible source of visual puns and other clever gift items, brands …

Cool Stuff

The Kutool Box by Studio Yumakano - The Fox Is Black

Yuma Kano is a young Japanese designer based in Tokyo. In Spring 2012 he set up his own design office called studio yumakano and since then he’s been …

A Supercut of Centered Shots in Wes Anderson Films | Colossal

<p>Watching any film by Wes Anderson it’s impossible to ignore the director’s obsessive visual aesthetic. From his harmonizing use of color to …

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab | Colossal

<p>After a wildly successful Kickstarter last year, the Impossible Project have finally made their handy iPhone polaroid printer, The Impossible …

Single Woman Opposes Societal Marital Pressure with Mannequin Family

<i>Life Once Removed</i> is a whimsical yet thought-provoking portrait series by photographer and self-described spinster Suzanne Heintz that explores the societal expectancy of women to get married and start a family. The photographer places herself in front of the camera with a set of mannequins, posing …

Mannequins

Europe's Longest Pedestrian Bridge is Beautifully Illuminated

<i>Slvesborgsbron</i>, or <i>Slvesborg Bridge</i>, is Europe's longest pedestrian bridge, spanning over 2,480 feet. Located in Sweden, the bridge connects the small town of Slvesborg with a new modern housing district across the bay. Wanting to further enhance the already impressive design, Swedish design firm …

Europe

Misty Traffic Lights in Germany Photographed by Lucas Zimmermann | Colossal

<p>I’m really enjoying this series of photos by photographer Lucas Zimmermann captured on a foggy night near Weimar, Germany. You can see more from the …

An Office That’s Committed to Playfulness

While GoGo squeeZ is well known for their fun, yummy pouches of applesauce, the company wanted to bring that same kind of playfulness to their …

WATCH: Design Milk Talks to Mike & Maaike

When we featured the Windowseat by Mike & Maaike for Haworth, we wanted to know more, so we partnered up with Haworth to visit Mike & Maaike in San …

San Francisco

TapTap Wristband Keeps You In Touch with Your Loved One

<b>TapTap Wristband</b> keeps you and your loved one connected, it’s a small device that transfers touch between 2 people. Aside from transferring the …

Wearable Tech

This Dramatic Building Is In Perpetual Flux

With “Fluidity,” Madrid-based GGLab not only rendered a sinuous structure. They also manged to build it.<p>Sure, architectural renderings are meant to accurately convey what an as-yet-to-be built project will look like when built. But they also serve as sales tools. In order to best showcase the …

Architecture

A Crystal “Church” That Could Make You Find God

When we last checked in with master illusionist Tokujin Yoshioka, he was busy turning the world into a gorgeous funhouse. Now, for an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Japanese artist is yet again playing with light in all the right ways–this time on a colossal scale.<p>The …

Art

Interactive Light Sculpture Moves Just Like a Living Creature

It can be argued that all art is alive in some way, but Dutch design studio Toer has created an interactive light sculpture that seems to actually …