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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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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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M3D’s New $500 3D Printer Offers Impressive Features

M3D has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for the M3D Pro, an affordable and reliable 3D printer specifically aimed for consumer use. M3D’s first Kickstarter campaign, the M3D Micro 3D Printer, was a big hit and managed to ...
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Dubai’s Latest Luxury Floating Homes Offer a New Level of Privacy

Dutch developer New Living on Water (NLW) has created a new luxury floating home set to be unveiled at Cityscape Global in Dubai. The concept home is based on an “organic” circular design and the current model being present...
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Chicago’s Futuristic Cable Car Skyline Project

The “Chicago Skyline,” a proposed project by architecture firms Davis Brody Bond and Marks Barfield, plans to create a network of aerial cable cars to provide visitors with a unique perspective of Chicago. Preliminary desig...
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