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Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

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” […]

Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

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 […]

Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

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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Design Engine delivers Industrial Design seminar @ Purdue University

With the advent of a new winter semester at Purdue University, brings in the unfortunate realization there are another three more months of limited sun. To break the winter funk Industrial Design professor Steve Vissor called o...
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The Langham Hotel

The Langham Hotel: Opening Summer 2013 in Chicago

Since the creation of Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’ in 1863, The Langham Hotel has upheld its pedigree in the hospitality industry. Today, over a hundred years after the first Langham opened its doors in London their desig...
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GSXR 600 Design-Engine’s New Logo & Vinyl Graphics

Design-Engine has a new logo in an effort to bring all the Design-Engine sites together. As we continue to grow, it becomes more and more important that Design-Engine markets itself appropriately. The thinking behind the design...
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Unfasten Your Seatbelts: The Google Driverless Car is Here!

Much of the reporting about Google’s driverless car has mistakenly focused on its science-fiction feel. While the car is certainly cool, just watch the video below about a 95%-blind man running errands. The gee-whiz focus sug...
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Motorcycle Show 2012

At this years 2012 Motorcyle Show, in Rosemont, IL, lots of sport bikes have traction control standard, including the Kawasaki ZX10R, Ducati 1199 Panigale S, Yamaha R1, and the BMW S1000RR. Two additional bikes stood out for ha...
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The Flying Car: Getting Closer to Takeoff

Two distinctly different approaches to a decades-old dream will soon become a reality. One of the biggest disappointments for an entire generation of us who grew up reading the likes of Popular Science or Popular Mechanics was ...
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