Kris Holt

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First Complete Prototype Of Google’s Self-Driving Car Looks Like A Cartoon Ladybug

After first debuting the design in May, Google has just announced that it has completed building the first complete prototype of its self-driving car, with plans to take it on the road next year. And yes, it still looks like a big cartoon ladybug.<p>Much of the prototype’s original design has stayed …

Self-Driving Cars

These Green Roofs Are More Than Just A Garden, They’re Also A Power Plant

Green roofs produce food, cool buildings, and add a dash of color to the skyline. In the future, could they also generate electricity?<p>That’s the vision of Marjolein Helder and her Dutch startup Plant-e. Helder has developed a modular system that generates power from submerged plant roots. …

This Portable, Floating House Is Light Enough To Tow By Bicycle

Made from two huge recycled water tanks and a few off-the shelf materials, a new tiny house design is intended to be simple and fast to build.<p>The “Taku-Tanku,” which has sleeping space for two or three people, could potentially be used as a disaster shelter, say its creators, the architecture firm …

Portable

This Smart Sleep Tracker Tells You Why You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

Things are ruining your sleep that you don’t know about (because you’re asleep). Reveal them all with the Sense sleep tracker.<p>We spend more of our lives sleeping than doing anything else, but most of us don’t do it very well: More than 50 million Americans sleep badly enough that they have problems …

What Life Is Like Inside A 129-Square-Foot Apartment

It’s Paris! You could do worse.<p>Most micro-apartments tend to tout their design and they don’t come cheap. The concept of using every square inch has been (rather brilliantly) exploited as an exercise in efficiency. (Or you can slant it as sustainable urban design.) To those of you who live in a …

Kitchens

Let This Lamp Automatically Tell Your Coworkers Where You Are

What if your desk lamp knew where you were at all times, and could broadcast your whereabouts to inquiring coworkers?<p>Strange as it may sound, that’s exactly what the Place Lamp prototype does. Created by NBBJ designer Sam Stubblefield, this elegant, cylindrical lamp connects with your smartphone …

Tinker Bell

Express Rail Comes To Florida And Miraculously The Stations Don’t Look Like Crap

All Aboard Florida, a private-sector project to link major southern Florida cities with express rail service, just unveiled the design for its first station, a major transportation hub designed by SOM in the heart of downtown Miami.<p>All Aboard Florida plans to have a new 235-mile network of …

West Palm Beach

14 Tools To Help You Add Images For Your Social Media Posts

You really have no excuse to post a big block of text–and face it no one is going to click on it. Here’s how to make your social media posts more interesting with image and infographics.<p>It wasn’t long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, including the web view.<p>Now, …

Infographics

7 Predictions For The Future Of Work

We might not have holographic conference calls or teleporting commutes (yet), but corporate anthropology can give us a realistic glimpse of our futures in the workplace.<p>Everything you thought you knew about the workplace is already outdated.<p>Gone are the days when decisions were made from the top …

The Workplace

This Report Shows Why Brands Should Embrace Instagram (If They Haven’t Already)

A newly released report considers the photo app the best media acquisition of the last five years.<p>Instagram still has no way of embedding external links, but that hasn’t stopped brands and retailers from embracing the photo-sharing platform. In fact, it’s the social network that has seen the …

eCommerce

Aspiring Helicopter Parents, Meet Your Quantified Fetus

Helicopter parenting can now start in the womb. Launched Thursday, BellaBeat allows expecting parents to track their developing fetus’s heart beat and movements with a gadget and smartphone app.<p>“We have learned how the needs and wants of today’s future moms have drastically changed with the rise of …

Prenatal Development

4 Ways That IBM’s Watson Could Transform How Humans Think And Make Decisions

Watson may have won Jeopardy, but the supercomputer’s real-world uses–in medicine, education, and beyond–are only now coming into play.<p>Terrell Jones, the founder of Travelocity and the founding chairman of Kayak.com, let the world in on a secret yesterday: “The guy that started the online travel …

Humans Could Become Hulking Racing Machines Inside These Giant Exoskeletons

At first glance, the Prosthesis looks like a nightmare from the future. In renderings for this two-story-high, 3.75-ton “anti-robot,” you see a monster machine stomping through everything in its path.<p>But its inventor insists the Prosthesis is made for good. Jonathan Tippett, a Vancouver artist and …

With New Funding, Nest Is Reportedly Valued At More Than $2 Billion

Nest, one of the firms at the vanguard of building a brain for your home with its smart thermostat, is close to raising more than $150 million, according to Kara Swisher–whose new site, Re/code launched yesterday. The funding, from Yuri Milner’s DST Global investment body, will value Nest at over …

Venture Capital

This Magical App Turns Your Phone Into A 3-D Scanner

Forget Instagram. It’s time for, um, Instagram 3-D!<p>It took about a decade, but most of us have given up on carrying around a traditional camera. Instead, we just use our phone to take pictures. But who would think we might be saying the same thing about 3-D scanning in just the next few years?<p>This …

3D

A New Alliance Will Let “Internet Of Things” Devices Talk To Each Other

The Internet of Things has huge potential to shape the world we live in, but as more “smart” devices make their way into our homes, pockets, cars, and workplaces, what good are they if they can’t talk to one another?<p>The AllSeen Alliance is a new effort led by The Linux Foundation to bring about a …

Internet of Things

A Former Google Exec Reinvents Elementary Education By Putting An R&D Lab In School

Can this one-room school with a Silicon Valley approach scale up a more personalized model for educating kids?<p>Max Ventilla isn’t someone you’d expect to be at the helm of a new private school brand. With a history as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur dating to the 1990s, Ventilla founded a social …

The Case For Building Cities Underground

Forget supertall skyscrapers–a new wave of architects wants to build cities underground.<p>Deep beneath the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, a new type of green space is coaxed out of the darkness. Delancey Underground, a 1.5-acre space that formerly served as a trolley terminal, has gone …

Mexico City

In Response To A Bill Gates Challenge, Frog Design Creates A Kit To Save Infant Lives

The design isn’t a whizz-bang new product or one-off technology. Rather, it’s a system of small interventions that aims to tackle the everyday challenges that lead to high infant mortality.<p>In places like Sierra Leone and Mozambique, one in 10 babies won’t survive. Many die before they’re even a day …

How Ninja Sphere Is Making The Internet Of Things Less Dumb

A Kickstarter project is trying to marry home automation and the Internet of Things. You’ll want one.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzhKLgL-brs<p>Internet of Things devices and home automation technology are, let’s face it, disappointing.<p>That’s controversial, I know, given the revolution in sensor …

Home Automation

The World’s First 3-D Printed Car Seeks Funding To Become A Showroom Reality

A few years ago, a small team of engineers from Winnipeg, Canada, came up with the Urbee–the world’s first 3-D printed car (we covered it here). With a body made entirely by additive manufacturing, and a super-efficient profile–it gets 200 mpg on the highway–it looked to have a bright future. The …

3D

Microsoft’s New 3-D Maps Boast 121 Trillion Pixels, “Grand Theft Auto”-size Range

Today, Microsoft launches a new version of Bing to compete with Google and Apple in the 3-D mapping space.<p>The map featured in video game <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> is 49 square miles of virtual reality–a massive undertaking for the developers behind the project. The average city in Bing’s new 3-D mapping …

Maps

Could This Reusable Takeout Box Change The Way Cities Eat?

The BizeeBox lets you take your food home without worrying about the impact.<p>If you’re the type of person who eats out often, you’re probably familiar with the problem of fridge rot. It’s the plague of many a takeout container, especially if they tend to get soggy and leak mystery juice all over the …

Sustainability

Combining The Built And Natural Environments To Create Generous Cities Of The Future

Urban growth doesn’t have to destroy nature–it can work with it.<p>Our collective desire to live in cities has never been stronger. According to the World Health Organization, 60% of the world’s population will live in a city by 2030. As urban populations swell, what people demand from their cities is …

This Spray Makes Streets Glow In The Dark

Pro-Teq Surfacing, a U.K.-based firm, has patented a liquid that can simply be sprayed onto tarmac, concrete, timber, or any solid surface. After it hardens in about 30 minutes, it begins absorbing UV rays from ambient light and releases them after dark. The result? A shiny, shimmery pathway that …

City Politics

A Wireless Electric Bus That Charges Instantly At Every Stop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z3mqi9kcZE<p>Back in September, we told you about electric buses in Geneva that are flash-charged–which means they’re rapidly powered up via a laser-directed arm–when they approach a bus stop. Now, researchers at the Utah State University have tested an electric bus …

Alternative Fuel

Transforming Milwaukee’s Vacant Lots Into A New Agricultural Economy

Can one of America’s poorest cities pull off a resurgence through urban agriculture and local food?<p>When the foreclosure crisis hit Milwaukee, the city was already reeling from the loss of 70,000 manufacturing jobs and a poverty rate that pushed 30 percent. Yet an opportunity emerged when the …

Specs To Your Specs: Custom 3-D Printed Glasses For $299

Plastics. It’s the domain of 3-D printing–and, as a new company has discovered, ideal for personalized eyewear.<p>There are more than a few hiccups with the promise of 3-D printed goods (which we’ve covered here), but one specific issue is the inevitable plastic ceiling. Until we can produce goods in …

Warby Parker

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