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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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Phantom 3 Vector Vinyl Wrap Downloads

That’s the lovely Sondra Ellingson acting up as we often do with the Chicago skyline.  Drone Attack! At Design Engine, we dabble with vinyl wraps, as we have an on-staff graphic designer that needs to stay busy. The Ph...
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An Engineer’s Perspective on the Museum of Science and Industry

I’m an engineering student, not an English or Journalism major. But, like my boss and Design Engine owner, Bart, says, “Engineers can do about anything. All they need is practice.” So, here goes a little bit of my writing...
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Rolls-Royce Unveils Its First Driverless Concept Car

A self-driving car with red carpet lighting that rolls out for its passengers – the future of a Rolls-Royce. The Vision Next 100 103EX concept car is designed to give a glimpse into what luxury vehicles might look like in 20 ...
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Google Cofounder’s Secret Flying Car Startup

Zee.Aero, a startup company that has patented designs for “flying cars” is being financed by Google cofounder, Larry Page. While originally started by Ilan Kroo, a professor in Stanford’s Department of Aeronautics and Ast...
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Designs for the World’s First 3D-printed Freeform House

Architecture studio Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG) won first place in Branch Technology’s Freeform Home Design Challenge, which brought together architects, designers, artists and engineers worldwide to explore how ...
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Segway’s Alternative to Those Exploding Hoverboards

If you’ve heard of the super-popular hoverboards, you have likely also heard that they have the tendency to explode, causing many of them to be banned for use in public. Ninebot by Segway has developed the MiniPro, a similar ...
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