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Floating Plaza Proposed for Florida’s Waterfront

Posted November 2nd, 2016 by Design-Engine

Architecture office Carlo Ratti Associati has proposed a floating plaza that uses submarine technology for West Palm Beach’s Currie Park in Florida. The project, once completed, would include an organic restaurant with its own hydroponic cultivations, a pool and an auditorium. CRA plans to build the new complex on a vacant 19-ha (47-ac) area on […]

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The $79 Device for Controlling Your Devices with Just Hand Gestures

Posted October 31st, 2016 by Design-Engine

In a world filled with touchscreens, Bixi is the device determined to make gesture controls the new way to interact with our technology. Bixi is a hexagon-shaped device that brings wireless gesture control to smartphones, tablets and other smart devices. Bixi uses “time-of-flight” sensors to monitor your in-air gestures up to 25 centimeters in front […]

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The Future of Materials

Posted October 28th, 2016 by Design-Engine

In our last post about sustainability in design we talked about how to use tools already in your design toolbox (i.e. CAD software) to quantify the environmental and social impacts of your designs. So now you have clear goals and metrics for success – what are the tools in your toolbox to achieve them? This […]

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The Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck is Here

Posted October 26th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the X-Class truck, what they call the world’s first true “premium” pickup truck. Specifically, the X-Class concept truck focuses on two major models called the stylish explorer and powerful adventurer. The truck is set to hit key markets in late 2017 – however, the U.S. is currently not on their list. The […]

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BMW’s Futuristic Self-Balancing Motorcycle Doesn’t Require Any Protective Gear

Posted October 19th, 2016 by Design-Engine

BMW imagines a future where mobility is connected and adaptable to the environment. As part of BMW’s year-long centennial celebration, the company revealed Motorrad, the motorcycle of the future that relies on self-balancing technology and doesn’t require any protective gear. Motorrad embodies BMW’s commitment for providing the ultimate riding experience, “Motorcycling is about escaping from […]

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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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Lego: A Company to Follow in Their Footprint

Posted October 13th, 2016 by Design-Engine

une 2015 Lego announces their intention to go 100 percent sustainable by 2030.  A year later Lego is building their Sustainable Materials Center in Billun, Denmark, investing 125 million USD, and is in the process of hiring 100 experts to help them reach their goal. They have already started implementing some changes to Lego’s carbon […]

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Gravity Sketch Allows Designers to Create and Manipulate Sketches in Midair

Posted October 10th, 2016 by Design-Engine

  Gravity Sketch is a virtual reality software that allows designers to design 3D models while waving their hands in midair. This software allows for co-creation among several users and lets users edit objects in virtual reality, as compared to the previous Gravity Sketch iPad app that only allowed the user to edit objects on […]

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Iveco Premieres Its Zero-Impact Concept Truck

Posted October 3rd, 2016 by Design-Engine

The Iveco Z Truck, designed by CNH Industrial Design Centre and dubbed as a “totally sustainable transport system,” combines alternative energy sources, new technologies and autonomous driving to become the long-haul zero-impact vehicle of the future. The “Z” in Z Truck stands for “zero” – zero CO2 emissions, zero accidents, zero stress and zero waste […]

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

Posted August 18th, 2016 by Design-Engine

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 raise about $3.4 million from backers, however the final product didn’t work quite as well as M3D […]

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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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