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High-Tech Compost, Zera, Turns Food Waste Into Fertilizer in 24 hours

While most traditional food composts are made to be kept outside, the Zera designed by Whirlpool’s WLabs, is an attractive indoor food recycler. As part of an Indiegogo campaign, the company claims the Zera can convert a week’s worth of food waste into homemade ready-to-use fertilizer in just 24 hours. According to Whirlpool, the average […]

Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

Toyota Thinks We Should Be Emotionally Connected to Our Future Cars

Toyota believes vehicles of the future should be built with the philosophy of “kinetic warmth,” the belief that mobile technology should foster an emotional connection with the user and should be warm, welcoming and most importantly, fun. For this, Toyota’s CALTY Design Research team designed the Concept-i, an autonomous vehicle with onboard AI Agent “Yui” […]

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Everlast, The Scannable Pen and Paper Notebook You Can Reuse Endlessly

The Everlast Notebook is reusable over and over again. While there are plenty of smart notebooks and pens already on the market, the Everlast notebook feels just like a traditional notebook and provides a classic pen and paper experience, while still allowing users to upload images digitally via its companion app. “Create. Scan. Erase.,” is […]

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Vinci, The First AI-Enabled Headphones That Don’t Require a Smartphone

Vinci smart headphones play music all on their own – no phone required. The voice-controlled, wireless headphones can also act as an activity tracker, get directions and even read back text messages. Vinci headphones are powered by AI and over time will learn from the users listening habits and preferences to anticipate what the user […]

Industry News

The Proposed Human-Powered Floating Gym for Paris

Italian firm Carlo Ratti Associati unveiled designs for the Paris Navigating Gym, a human-powered 66-foot long fitness vessel that can accommodate about 45 individuals. The fitness vessel features Technogym-built ARTIS machines, which take energy produced during workout sessions and convert it into other forms of energy. For now, the idea is a concept that is […]

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The Flying Drone Made for Selfies

AirSelfie is a flying camera that is small enough to fit inside of your smartphone case. As you may have guessed the AirSelfie is meant for taking selfies, without the hassle of having to hold up a selfie stick till your arm hu...
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Vespa Reveals Its First Electric Scooter

The most iconic scooter brand in the world is working on releasing an electric scooter. The Vespa Elettrica Electric Scooter will have the same style, agility, ease of use and riding pleasure of a regular Vespa while being chea...
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The First Hyperloop System Will Travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 Minutes

Hyperloop One plans to build the first commercial hyperloop transportation system to go from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in about 12 minutes. Working off of Elon Musk’s famous idea, Hyperloop One signed a deal with Dubai’s Roads and...
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Design House – Revitalizing Chicago’s manufacturing prowess, one company at a time.

Two years ago, we wrote about a new development in Chicago design called Design House.  What have they been up to since then? A quick refresh on the Design House concept and mission:  the organization seeks to help revitalize...
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Floating Plaza Proposed for Florida’s Waterfront

Architecture office Carlo Ratti Associati has proposed a floating plaza that uses submarine technology for West Palm Beach’s Currie Park in Florida. The project, once completed, would include an organic restaurant with it...
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The $79 Device for Controlling Your Devices with Just Hand Gestures

In a world filled with touchscreens, Bixi is the device determined to make gesture controls the new way to interact with our technology. Bixi is a hexagon-shaped device that brings wireless gesture control to smartphones, table...
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