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Saab Electrified

Posted October 3rd, 2012 by Design-Engine

Not very long ago the idea of a Sino-Japanese consortium in-and-of itself may have been an anomaly (recent sabre rattling from China and Japan over some small islands illustrates the still fragile state of relations between the two countries.). The notion of a Sino-Japanese consortium buying up an iconic Swedish branded name with the intention of […]

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EARLY PRESS RELEASE: T-Splines Exhibiting at SolidWorks World 2011

Posted January 17th, 2011 by Design-Engine

Provo, Utah – January 18, 2011 – T-Splines, Inc., creators of precise and flexible 3D surface modeling and organic design tools with full industry standard compatibility, today announced that it will exhibit at the SolidWorks World 2011 Conference, being held from Jan. 23 – 26, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. The 13th annual SolidWorks World […]

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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 Wants to Protect Pedestrians with Sticky Car Hoods

Posted May 24th, 2016 by Design-Engine

While autonomous technology has been improving, one thing that remains unavoidable is accidents. The main problem on the minds of many people is how to get self-driving cars to avoid crashing into pedestrians. Instead of just accident-avoidance technology, Google has also patented a sort of “human flypaper.” Google plans to place a strong adhesive on the […]

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Transformers: Ratcheting Up Hard Body Surfaces

Posted August 1st, 2007 by Design-Engine

Transformers required some of the most complex modeling and animation ever attempted at Industrial Light & Magic. When exec producer Steven Spielberg gave the go-ahead to make Transformers (Paramount/DreamWorks, opening July 2), it was only after Industrial Light & Magic persuaded him that it could pull off the iconic Hasbro robots in CG. Which meant […]

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The Wearable Wave of the Future

Posted June 5th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Think back with me for a moment before we think forward. Remember that scene in 1989’s Back to the Future II where Marty McFly travels to the future with Doc to save his future children? Immediately Doc endows Marty with a jacket and shoes infused with technological advantages. Your jacket adjusts to just the right […]

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Popular Science Review: Top 10 Inventions for 2011

Posted January 13th, 2012 by Design-Engine

In the five years that Popular Science has run the Invention Awards, we’ve seen a lot of remarkable things come out of people’s garages. Some are designed to treat the sick or save the planet. Others are simply fun to play with. But no matter what the purpose, the brilliance of the inventions and the […]

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The LS3 robot funded by DARPA is a faster, quieter version of Boston Dynamics' BigDog robot. (DARPA)
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DARPA’s LS3 Robotic Mule, Big Dog, Goes Outside to Play

Posted February 9th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Here at PopSci, we’ve been fascinated by Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog ever since it was an adorable robotic puppy that couldn’t even open its eyes. Now that the technology is all grown up, repackaged, and rechristened the Legged Squad Support System (or LS3), its eyes are very much open – and fixed firmly on the […]

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GUNNAR OPTIKS – Eye-Strain Reducing Glasses

Posted March 15th, 2013 by Design-Engine

GUNNAR OPTIKS – Eye-Strain Reducing Glasses For people who spend hours a day in front of a computer screen like I do, eyestrain is a common occurrence. With this comes headaches and fatigue. In my search for ways to deal with this issue I came across a company named Gunnar who designs eye glasses for […]

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Canadian Company Granted Patent for Space Elevator

Posted August 14th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Thoth Technology has been granted a US patent for an elevator to take spacecraft and astronauts into space, even if only part of the way. The Thothx Tower, a 12.4 mile-high inflatable space elevator, is not currently in production but if it is ever built experts estimate there could potentially be a 30 percent savings […]

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Net Zero Design Offers Example for Sustainable Living

Posted January 14th, 2016 by Design-Engine

It’s been two years since the November 2013 completion of Walgreens Net Zero energy store in Evanston just north of Chicago and the building has achieved many accolades including platinum LEED certification in addition to designation as a net zero building and as of December 2015 has the distinction of being the only net zero […]

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The Arrival of Super Magnesium

Posted November 12th, 2018 by Dave Mazovick

In the course of focusing on new innovations, products and technologies we typically avoid the unproven, recent laboratory breakthrough or the idea that might be several years away from being a tangible product available to the consumer. In this sense, the new generation Magnesium alloy, dubbed Super Magnesium by Allite, is the antithesis of this. […]

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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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skeleton part for creating the welded bicycle & jig components
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Top Down Design: And its History

Posted December 30th, 2017 by Design Engine

  Brief History of Top Down Design It all starts with Mil Spec standards. “MilSpecs”, are used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense.  Part of  that specification basically states that if you don’t own the oceans during war time that you can’t get replacement parts for your war logistics if […]

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Nike’s Self-Lacing Shoes will be Available for Purchase Soon

Posted March 21st, 2016 by Design-Engine

Nike has unveiled its first pair of consumer-focused self-lacing shoes, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0. Nike prefers to call their technology “self-adapting” rather than self-lacing since the shoes will have two buttons on the sides of each shoe that will allow the user to tweak how loose or tight they want their laces to be. All […]

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Navdy Heads-Up Display Lets You Text and Drive Safely

Posted October 17th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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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The SeaXplorer Mega-Yacht Can Break Through Ice And Access Remote Locations

Posted October 5th, 2015 by Design-Engine

If sailing on the Caribbean doesn’t sound exciting enough, the SeaXplorer promises to take owners to some of the most remote places in the world. Places that have not been accessible before will now be just a leisurely yacht trip away. Dutch company, Damen Group, developed the SeaXplorer to be able to break through ice, […]

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Mattel Has Created A $300 3D Printer For Your Kids

Posted February 16th, 2016 by Design-Engine

  The ThingMaker by Mattel is making a return. The original ThingMaker circa 1960 used die-cast metal molds, Plastigoop and an oven to allow kids to make their own toys. Mattel has introduced a new, modern ThingMaker, which instead is a safe 3D printer that when used in conjunction with an app allows children to […]

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Samsung Designs Smart Windshield Specifically for Motorcycles

Posted March 25th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Samsung and Yamaha are collaborating on developing a “Smart Windshield” specifically to promote motorcycle safety. While they call this concept the Smart Windshield, the information synced from the user’s phone is actually displayed on a transparent screen placed beneath the windshield. Many of us know about the dangers of using our smartphones and driving, yet […]

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Disney Develops “Face Cloning” Technique for Animatronics

Posted August 23rd, 2012 by Design-Engine

The “uncanny valley” is one of the frustrating paradoxes of robotics. Every year, roboticists make humanoid robots that more accurately imitate human beings, but it turns out that the better the imitation, the creepier the end result. It’s that strange, hair-raising sensation one gets when visiting the Hall of Presidents at Disneyland. True, George Washington […]

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