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Snapchat Changes Its Name and Introduces Spectacles

Posted September 27th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Snapchat, or now the renamed Snap Inc., has introduced Spectacles, sunglasses with video technology that allow users to quickly record and share “memories.” Spectacles are Snap’s first foray into wearable technology. The sunglasses feature an integrated video camera that the company claims is amongst one of the smallest wireless cameras in the world and is capable […]

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Smiling Car Alerts Pedestrians When It’s Safe To Cross

Posted September 23rd, 2016 by Design-Engine

Semcon, a Swedish-based company has developed what they call the “Smiling Car,” a proposed feature for autonomous cars that would use a digital smile to let pedestrians know when it’s safe to cross the rode, even if the driver inside the car is not paying attention. Self-driving cars come with their own set of advantages […]

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

Posted September 16th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 sticky surface that allows it to stick to just about anything, allowing it to capture photos and videos from […]

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This Tiny Cube Has Raised Over $3 million on Kickstarter

Posted September 12th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 as though many, many people like to fidget. Developed by Antsy Labs, the Fidget Cube […]

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This Picture Frame Makes Objects Move in Slow Motion

Posted September 7th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 before your eyes. The design of the Slow Dance is relatively simple. Essentially, it […]

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This Indoor Smart Garden Discreetly Grows Plants and Herbs

Posted August 31st, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 never seemed like a possibility. The Grobo essentially takes all of the work out of gardening. It […]

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An Open Letter to Design and Engineering Managers

Posted August 29th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 than more conventional standardized training classes and why our program can be more effective at raising the fluency and skill level of your […]

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You Can Now Buy This Unique Electric Scooter

Posted August 23rd, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 an idea, is currently available for purchase. Despite it’s small size, BOXX claims that users […]

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Dubai’s Latest Luxury Floating Homes Offer a New Level of Privacy

Posted August 15th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 presented at Cityscape is slated to cost roughly $11 million. If you can afford the hefty price […]

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Chicago’s Futuristic Cable Car Skyline Project

Posted August 9th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 designs call for this 17-story high system of cable cars  to connect Navy Pier, the lakefront and the Riverwalk with downtown […]

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Roborace Reveals World’s First Electric Self-Driving Racecar

Posted August 4th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Designed by Daniel Simon, the same man who designed the futuristic cars for Tron: Legacy, Roborace is an electric autonomous racecar set to hit the track later this year. The design of Roborace goes in a different direction than that of traditional racecars due to the fact that is does not need to be designed […]

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You Can Now Use Beer, Coffee and Hemp for 3D Printing

Posted July 28th, 2016 by Design-Engine

3D printing has certainly come a long way. However, one of the persistent issues remains to be the amount of waste 3D printing leaves behind. 3DomFuel, a maker of 3D printing filaments, has found a way to turn beer, coffee and hemp waste into usable 3D printing filaments. John Schneider, cofounder and chief marketing officer […]

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Hobbit Hole-Style Home Takes Luxury Living to a New Level

Posted July 25th, 2016 by Design-Engine

When you think of hobbit hole-style homes, you probably don’t think of luxury. However, the Underhill, designed by architect Arthur Quarmby, is a luxury four-bedroom property that boasts cleverly designed roof lighting, sliding windows and even it’s own swimming pool. Located in northern England, the Underhill home is partially buried into a hill by using […]

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A 3D Pen That Runs on Plastic Bags and Bottles

Posted July 14th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Plastic, it’s everywhere. It’s also the primary material 3D printing pens use to create sculptures. The company behind the Renegade 3D pen believes there is a better solution for 3D printing pens rather than using specially created plastic filaments to draw multi-dimensional objects. The Renegade pen instead repurposes old plastic, such as from plastic bags […]

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Cyclotron – The Spokeless, Smart Bike You Can Order Now

Posted July 11th, 2016 by Design-Engine

The creators behind Cyclotron believe their smart bike embodies the future of cycling. It is an advanced and versatile smart bike that is fully connected, powered by it’s own app and has a ton of innovative features. The spokeless Cyclotron is built using space-grade carbon fibre and is entirely spoke free. The combination of space-grade […]

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Onak Canoe: From Suitcase to Canoe in 10 Minutes

Posted July 6th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Conventional canoes take up an ample amount of storage space and aren’t very easily transported. The Onak canoe features a pre-folded design that can be easily and quickly converted into a carrying case making traveling and storage much more convenient. Onak co-founder and engineer Thomas Weyn explained, ““We wanted people to be able to experience […]

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Google Launches Project Bloks, a Physical Toy System to Teach Kids Coding

Posted June 28th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Learning to code can be a difficult process that involves sitting in front of a computer screen for hours. To make it more fun and to cater it to children, Google has developed a Lego-like toy system named Project Bloks. This system uses physical toy blocks that connect together and are assigned a function, which […]

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An Engineer’s Perspective on the Museum of Science and Industry

Posted June 22nd, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 practice… Engineering is a “how things work” kind of profession. I’m concerned with a process. How […]

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Google Cofounder’s Secret Flying Car Startup

Posted June 17th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 Astronautics, Page has been funding the startup since it first launched in 2010. The original patented designs by Kroo, filed in 2012, […]

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Designs for the World’s First 3D-printed Freeform House

Posted June 14th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 3D printing technologies can improve our built environment and lives today. Specifically, WATG’s Chicago-based team, consisting of Daniel Caven, Chris Hurst, Miguel Alvarez and Brent […]

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