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BMW’s Futuristic Self-Balancing Motorcycle Doesn’t Require Any Protective Gear

BMW imagines a future where mobility is connected and adaptable to the environment. As part of BMW’s year-long centennial celebration, the company revealed Motorrad, the motorcycle of the future that relies on self-balancing technology and doesn’t require any protective gear. Motorrad embodies BMW’s commitment for providing the ultimate riding experience, “Motorcycling is about escaping from […]

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Navdy Heads-Up Display Lets You Text and Drive Safely

While we know we shouldn’t, many of us still glance at our smartphones while driving and oftentimes get easily distracted. One company plans to change how we interact with our connected devices. Navdy, the name of the company and the device, has developed a high-resolution heads-up display that sits on a car’s dashboard and projects […]

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Lego: A Company to Follow in Their Footprint

une 2015 Lego announces their intention to go 100 percent sustainable by 2030.  A year later Lego is building their Sustainable Materials Center in Billun, Denmark, investing 125 million USD, and is in the process of hiring 100 experts to help them reach their goal. They have already started implementing some changes to Lego’s carbon […]

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Gravity Sketch Allows Designers to Create and Manipulate Sketches in Midair

  Gravity Sketch is a virtual reality software that allows designers to design 3D models while waving their hands in midair. This software allows for co-creation among several users and lets users edit objects in virtual reality, as compared to the previous Gravity Sketch iPad app that only allowed the user to edit objects on […]

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Five Steps to Using Sustainability Data in Design

How and why of using environmental impact data in design Have any of these innovative ideas for products with a strong ‘sustainability’ story crossed your desk lately?  Edible cutlery becoming mainstream just as France is outlawing disposable flatware; shoes that can now be made from carbon emissions or ocean plastic; LEGO  is spending $150m to find a sustainable replacement for their signature […]

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The Podo Stick-and-Shoot Camera – The Alternative to Selfie Sticks

Despite their popularity, selfie sticks are kind of awkward, bulky to carry around and still unable to capture certain angles. Podo is a portable remote-controlled camera that works by syncing with your phone and features a sti...
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This Tiny Cube Has Raised Over $3 million on Kickstarter

If you find yourself constantly clicking your pen, tapping your feet or just plain fidgeting with any item in your sight, then the Fidget Cube was developed for you. And with over $3 million dollars raised in pledges, it seems ...
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This Picture Frame Makes Objects Move in Slow Motion

Slow Dance uses science and art to create a truly one of a kind optical illusion sculpture. The Slow Dance picture frame is unlike any picture frame you have witnessed before – it makes real objects move in slow motion right ...
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This Indoor Smart Garden Discreetly Grows Plants and Herbs

The creators behind the Grobo call it the “Keurig for plants.” Yes, it’s really that easy to use. The Grobo is an indoor smart garden system that makes gardening super easy, even in places where having a personal garden ...
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An Open Letter to Design and Engineering Managers

While Chicago’s Design Engine has earned a reputation for providing customized 3D training for both industrial designers and engineers, we feel it important to articulate why our teaching style is deemed more effective t...
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You Can Now Buy This Unique Electric Scooter

One company seems to believe electric scooters can come in many shapes and sizes. The BOXX e-bike features an unusual shape and a rather small size – measuring up at just 1 meter long – and now what was once only a...
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