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Elon Musk Believes Artificial Intelligence is The Biggest Threat We Face as a Civilization

Posted July 17th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk sees artificial intelligence as the biggest threat to humanity. Musk, speaking at the National Governors Association on Saturday, explained, “There certainly will be job disruption. Because what’s going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us. … I mean all of us.” […]

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Gone are the Days of the Fingerprint Sensor, iPhone 8 Could be Unlocked Using 3D Face Scanning System

Posted July 5th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Apple is testing an improved security system for the iPhone 8, launching later this year, that would allow users to login, authenticate payments and launch secure apps by using a 3D scanner to recognize the user’s face. Bloomberg reports that a source “familiar with the product,” – who asked not to be named – is […]

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The Glance Mirror: The Future of Reflective Surfaces

Posted June 23rd, 2017 by Design Engine

“The mirror business is a business I could really see myself in.” quotes Glance Displays CEO, Dave Krawczyk. The idea for the Glance Mirror appeared to Dave in a home technologies concept video back in 2011. Five years later, he finally had the skills, and team to start to make his dream a reality. The […]

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Mark Cuban Reinvents the Hoverboard, But Calls It a “Rideable”

Posted June 16th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Billionaire and Shark Tank Star Mark Cuban seems to agree that for a hoverboard to be a hoverboard it has to actually…hover. His team at Radical Transport has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Radical Moov, an “electric rideable” that looks very similar to those exploding hoverboards but promises to be much, much safer. The […]

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NeoCon 2017- Our Favorite Find

Posted June 13th, 2017 by Design Engine

A team from Design Engine took a trip to NeoCon 2017 this week to experience what’s new and what’s next in the commercial design industry. Neocon is a yearly interior design convention that serves as a gathering place for the design community’s key players. For the past five decades, Neocon has been a launch pad […]

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Architect Turns Old Abandoned Factory into His Stunning Home

Posted May 9th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Spanish Architect Ricardo Bofill spent 45 years converting an abandoned World War One-era concrete factory into his home. Bofill first discovered the concrete factory just outside of Barcelona in 1973. Now having named it La Fábrica, he explained on his website, “I found enormous silos, a tall smokestack, four kilometers of underground tunnels, and machine […]

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Elon Musk’s Latest Venture, The Boring Company

Posted April 30th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in a recent TED talk how he plans to build a vast underground transportation network that would transport cars on an electric skate – all so traffic could be avoided. The Boring Company, as it’s officially named, was born out of Musk’s frustration with Los Angeles’ legendary traffic […]

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The All-In-One 3D Printer, Laser Engraver and CNC Machine

Posted March 21st, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

In the ever changing world of 3D printers, it can be hard for a company to set itself apart from the competition. Snapmaker plans to do just that with its Kickstarter campaign for its extremely reliable and durable 3D printer featuring an all-metal design that can be converted in a laser engraver or CNC machine […]

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Volkswagen’s Sedric, The Self-Driving Lounge on Wheels

Posted March 8th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Imagining a world dominated by self-driving vehicles is something many automobile companies have taken part in. Volkswagen (VW) recently released their newest autonomous concept car, which they have aptly named Sedric – as in self-driving car. Sedric is VW’s first concept car created for level 5 autonomous driving. Meaning VW imagines Sedric as a fully […]

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Uber for the Sky: Drone Taxis Set to Fly in Dubai This Summer

Posted February 28th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

It would be another world’s first for the city of Dubai – autonomous taxi drones are set to take flight this summer. Emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed plans for the Chinese-made EHang 184 drone to carry passengers to their destination without the need for a pilot.  While it may seem many years away, RTA […]

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High-Tech Compost, Zera, Turns Food Waste Into Fertilizer in 24 hours

Posted January 23rd, 2017 by Design-Engine

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 […]

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Toyota Thinks We Should Be Emotionally Connected to Our Future Cars

Posted January 10th, 2017 by Design-Engine

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

Posted January 3rd, 2017 by Design-Engine

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

Posted December 12th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 […]

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The Proposed Human-Powered Floating Gym for Paris

Posted December 6th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 Futuristic Turntable Plays Vinyl Records in Mid-Air

Posted November 28th, 2016 by Design-Engine

MAG-LEV, the first levitating turntable, is being called the “turntable of the future for the medium of the past.” MAG-LEV Audio, a Slovenian company, developed the unique turntable for people who want excellent sound quality and innovative design. The turntable’s platter is able to levitate using a series of magnets, making it look pretty futuristic […]

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The Flying Drone Made for Selfies

Posted November 22nd, 2016 by Design-Engine

AirSelfie is a flying camera that is small enough to fit inside of your smartphone case. As you may have guessed the AirSelfie is meant for taking selfies, without the hassle of having to hold up a selfie stick till your arm hurts. The AirSelfie drone connects to iOS or Android phones via Wi-Fi and […]

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Vespa Reveals Its First Electric Scooter

Posted November 16th, 2016 by Design-Engine

The most iconic scooter brand in the world is working on releasing an electric scooter. The Vespa Elettrica Electric Scooter will have the same style, agility, ease of use and riding pleasure of a regular Vespa while being cheaper-to-run, eco-friendly and providing “technological and innovative connectivity solutions.” Although Vespa has been in existence for about […]

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The First Hyperloop System Will Travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 Minutes

Posted November 10th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Hyperloop One plans to build the first commercial hyperloop transportation system to go from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in about 12 minutes. Working off of Elon Musk’s famous idea, Hyperloop One signed a deal with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority to figure out how to build this system in Dubai. While exactly where the Hyperloop […]

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Design House – Revitalizing Chicago’s manufacturing prowess, one company at a time.

Posted November 4th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Two years ago, we wrote about a new development in Chicago design called Design House.  What have they been up to since then? A quick refresh on the Design House concept and mission:  the organization seeks to help revitalize Chicago business and manufacturing by bringing design thinking to local makers and by leveraging their strengths […]

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