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This could be the last year you'll want to buy headphones — a new audio technology is coming in 2019 that could make them obsolete

Headphones may start to look like old technology in 2019 when Noveto, a startup based in Israel, showcases its new "focused audio" devices to attendees of the biggest tech show of any year, CES.<p>Noveto has come up with a technology that can do exactly the same thing as headphones — deliver sound …

Consumer Tech

A Portable Power Pack With a Magnetic Design

Despite optimistic claims most every smartphone manufacturer throws out with every iteration, even with moderate use, our phones often require a …

Everimal: An adorable new take on pop-up books

My baby boy loves pop-up books–they’re a permanent source of joy, from <i>How Many Bugs in a Box</i> to this special edition of <i>The Little Prince</i>. But as fun as they can be, most pop-up books are too complex and fragile in the hands of a toddler. That’s one of the many reasons why I love the simplicity and …

Cute

Australia From Above: Drone Photography by Pat Kay

Outstanding drone shots by Pat Kay (previously featured), talented freelance photographer, filmmaker, drone pilot and content creator based in …

Western Australia's Glorious Gorges

The Six Gorges of Karijini in Western Australia<p>By Dan Campion<p>Australia is famous for its National Parks, we’ve got everything from the tropical …

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MOST RECENT<p>jul 06, 2018<p>the space features curved lines without sharp corners created by custom-made steel shelves.<p>the space features curved lines …

Architecture

Can art centres generate on Country tourism in Cape York?

Art is a growing industry for regional areas. The era of the art centre has taken hold and the days of commercial galleries are slowly coming to a …

Australia

New Guidelines Redefine Birth Years for Millennials, Gen-X, and 'Post-Millennials'

You hear about Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers all the time, but it’s not always clear who’s a part of these groups. In fact, all of …

Light Switch For The Lazy

[Will Donaldson] has whipped up a quick hack for anyone thinking of dipping their toe into home automation — or otherwise detest flicking off the …

Arduino

Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview

The most famous designer in the world didn’t hold back when he spoke at the Hirshhorn Museum last week.<p>Jony Ive helms the most secretive design lab in the world at Apple. But aside from the top secret mystique, the soft spoken Ive is notoriously private, often giving just one interview a year.<p>Last …

Product Design

Bandimal Is The World’s Cutest App For Kids To Make Music

The iOS app lets kids make silly, beautiful music–without reading a note.<p>This ox can <i>get down</i>. His deep synth rumbles in my stomach. From the sound of it, this cartoon animal, which mixes hot beats while sticking out his tongue in total confusion, just might be one of the elusive visages behind Daft …

Apps

People who eat 40g of cheese a day less likely to have stroke or heart attack, study suggests

Eating a small portion of cheese every day could reduce your chance of developing heart disease or stroke, new research finds.<p>Indulging in a festive …

Dong Yugan's Brick Art Museum Through the Lens of He Lian

Founded by collectors Yan Shijie and Cao Mei, the Red Brick Art Museum opened in May 2014 in the Chaoyang District to showcase Chinese and world art, …

Virtual sheep for virtual wood? Hands-on with Catan VR

The venerable board game tries something new.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming …

Book Review: Crossing the Chasm

"Marketing and selling disruptive products to mainstream customers"<p>You might consider each year's raft of new social impact design startups to be …

Innovation

The Simple Idea That Drives Creativity At Amazon, Airbnb, And Dell

Think small.<p>When I first joined Frog design, a global innovation firm, my role was as an individual creative contributor. I was responsible for making things that helped clients better understand the business problems they faced, and offering creative solutions to those problems. My second project …

Creativity

This Veteran Designer Built A Better Oculus In His Free Time

Branko Lukic’s studio set out to redesign the headset as a side project. What they came up with is quietly revolutionary.<p>The Oculus Rift is an ergonomic masterpiece. It fits over anyone’s face, aligning two lenses over every set of eyes. It spins two headphones over your ears, distributing a full …

Virtual Reality

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explain how creativity works

‘Bend, blend, break’<p>What makes humans special? Some credit should go to the opposable thumb and the larynx, says neuroscientist David Eagleman, but a lot of it has to do with our ability to be creative and constantly think up new ideas.<p>Eagleman, a professor at Stanford University and writer, …

UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet

<b>Summary:</b> Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they …

Where to Buy the Best Affordable Yoga Clothes

The activewear game is massive these days, with nearly every covetable brand offering a variety of leggings and new workout lines launching on the …

Clothing

Why can't every object in your home be a solar power generator?

Marjan Van Aubel wants to transform every surface of your home into a beautiful power source. The Dutch designer thinks tables or windows shouldn't …

These Are The Most Popular Gray Paints for Exteriors

From soft stone to dark graphite, these colors will transform your façade<p>When it comes to picking a new exterior paint color, you can’t go wrong with a classic neutral. But if you want to stand out (just a bit!) from block after block of white houses, consider giving your exterior a moody makeover …

Logitech Quadrupled Its Profits–With One Big Design Idea

Flourishing stock. Beautiful, useful products. And plenty of room to grow. Just five years ago, the story couldn’t have been more different.<p>Two years ago, Bracken Darrell stood at a whiteboard and drew a tree.<p>As Logitech’s CEO since 2013, he sketched out a quick presentation for me that he’d …

Product Design

Cubiio Is a Nearly Pocketable Portable Laser Engraver

Advertised as the “Most Compact Laser Engraver”, the Cubiio by Taiwanese outfit Muherz is a remarkably small, pocket-sized block outfitted with a low …

Portable

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Furniture

Artificial Intelligence Adoption - What it Takes for Industries to Change

In any industry, technology, or application area, change is often caused by a select number of trendsetters. We conducted 17 interviews with the intention of taking a closer look at the adoption of artificial intelligence in various industries and sectors.<p>We set out to answer questions that are …

5 Switch Plate Upgrades That Prove It's All in the Details

Bid those plastic peach covers adieu<p>Consider the lowly switch plate: cheap and plastic, pasty in color, and typically overlooked by even the most discerning aesthete. We obsess over paints and wallpapers and even the color of the trim, but by actually treating your switch plate covers with a little …

Swidget modular plug makes your home smarter one outlet at a time

A new start-up is looking to bring a hassle-free smart home to consumers without them having to worry about rewiring. Swidget, which launched on Kickstarter this week, is a modular electrical outlet designed to turn anyone’s home into a smart one. It uses the existing wiring in your house and …

A New Book Examines the Art of Breathing Life Into Forgotten Architecture

"We often hear that we live in a time that has no respect for the past: that ours is an era that disregards the architectural qualities of previous eras in an often flagrant way. But the huge array of rebuilds, conservation projects, and thoughtful extensions existing today suggest otherwise."<p>And …

Sustainable Dutch home for sale comes with surreal custom furniture

Wowza<p>The last time we saw this one-of-a-kind Dutch home, it was the coolest half-buried snow villa in all the land. Fast forward some years and “Dutch Mountain House,” the brainchild of architect and art historian couple Sanne Oomen and Lucas Mol, has hit the market (price upon request). And with …