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CIRRUS: Redesigning Aircraft Safety

Posted April 11th, 2013 by Design-Engine

CIRRUS:  Redesigning Aircraft Safety Cirrus was founded with the idea of creating an aircraft that never existed before an aircraft with features and innovations that take the flying experience to an entirely different level. This spirit of unceasing innovation continues at Cirrus today and the result is the new Generation 5 SR22 and SR22T. Generation […]

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RALLY FIGHTER – Car Designed by the World

Posted April 3rd, 2013 by Design-Engine

Local Motors design of the Rally Fighter is believed to be the first production vehicle to be designed through crowd sourcing, the process of drawing input from a global community of interested people via the Internet. The design was chosen through a 2009 vote by a community of hundreds of people on the Internet. 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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The Langham Hotel: Opening Summer 2013 In Chicago

Posted March 6th, 2013 by Design-Engine

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 design legacy spans over four continents. Currently designing their third US hotel, The Langham Chicago is set to open […]

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Idae, The Notebook for Extreme Situations

Posted February 21st, 2013 by Design-Engine

The extra-ordinary notebook that protects your ideas in extreme situations. Waterproof, Unbreakable, Recyclable. Idae This object was born by the combination of our professional background – we are an architectural and design studio – and our passion for extreme sports – skiing, sailing, hiking, biking or kite-surfing. It’s a notebook with very peculiar features, unbreakable, […]

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Unfasten Your Seatbelts: The Google Driverless Car Is Here!

Posted January 29th, 2013 by Design-Engine

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 suggests that it is just a high-tech dalliance by a couple of brash young multibillionaires, Google founders Larry Page and […]

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Floating Design: Olivier Grossetête Creates Pont de Singe Bridge

Posted December 14th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Bringing daydreams to life is what French artist Olivier Grossetête does best. Known for his visionary installation designs, this year for the United Kingdom’s Tatton Japanese Park Biennial, Grossetête designed Pont de Singe Bridge. Themed around flight, in an effort to test the boundaries of design this is Grossetête’s second floating infrastructure. “I like to […]

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Design For Humanity Part One: The Solar Powered LED Lamp

Posted November 9th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Over the past several years there has been increasing awareness about how certain simple often taken for granted in the developed world products or devices can greatly impact the quality of life in the less developed parts of the world. During the first decade of this century much visibility was given to a program known […]

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Next Generation Survival Suit

Posted November 2nd, 2012 by Design-Engine

By: Bob Duncan A little history first…. As a pilot for Alaska Airlines, I have always been amazed by the fortitude of Alaskan fisherman. For three years I flew into Dutch Harbor; to say that it is a challenging airport to land at would be an understatement. However, even my most harrowing approaches and landings […]

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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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The Flying Car: Getting Closer to Takeoff

Posted September 27th, 2012 by Design-Engine

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 the often touted dream of the flying car. With the exception of the hovercraft, the flying car is […]

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Israel and Cycling – Cycle on the Recycled: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel

Posted September 19th, 2012 by Design-Engine

By: Julie Ma The last time your purchased something made entirely from cardboard, chances are it was a box to pack up your belongings. While the sturdy material is perfect for moving your stuff, an inventor from Israel has figured out a way to make cardboard move you. Using nine dollars worth of materials, bicycle […]

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Liquid Robotics Offer Wave Glider Robots to the Military

Posted September 13th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Liquid Robotics, developer of the Wave Glider autonomous robotic surface platform for ocean surveying is broadening its activity to offer government and military solutions by establishing the new Federal Business unit. The new unit is expected to double the number of employees over the next months, in anticipation to the growing potential and interest from […]

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Amphibious Tank Prototype Drives On Water

Posted September 10th, 2012 by Design-Engine

DARPA’s Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program is a wide-ranging effort to pack standard ISO shipping containers with technologies that can assist during humanitarian disasters or aid military in solving other unconventional, international problems (like piracy). Essentially DARPA wants a modular means to quickly turn any ship into a technology-laden base of operations that can […]

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Cheetah Robot Sets New Robotic Land Speed Record

Posted September 7th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Usain Bolt might have taken home the 100 meters gold medal from the recent London 2012 Olympics, but things could have been different had DARPA’s Cheetah robot been allowed in the field. Living up to DARPA’s original goal of developing a robot that could outrun any human, the quadruped robot has set a new robotic […]

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EcoXPower Powers Bicycle Lights and Charges Mobile Devices Simultaneously

Posted September 5th, 2012 by Design-Engine

EcoXPower by EcoXGear is another take on a concept which most Gizmag readers will be familiar with: harnessing the kinetic energy produced while one pedals a bicycle in order to convert it into electricity and charge a smartphone or similar device. Though we’ve covered several products of this nature in the past, such as Nokia’s […]

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Electrification of Flight

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Two companies, one in the U.S. and one in Germany take different approaches to electric airplanes. Chip Yates who made history last year for going over 200 MPH on an electric motorcycle has recently made history again by going over 200 MPH in an electric airplane. Over the past year much visibility has been given […]

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Garmin’s First Outdoor GPS Watch Includes Advanced Navigation Features

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Garmin signals its entrance into the outdoors GPS watch segment with the fēnix. Despite its annoying punctuation and emphasis baggage, the watch appears to be a fully featured and functional wrist top for the outdoors set. More than just a watch with a GPS chip, Garmin sees the fēnix as a hands-free navigation solution. Unlike […]

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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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Audi’s Digital Rear – View Mirror Moves From Racetrack to R8 e-tron Production Vehicle

Posted August 21st, 2012 by Design-Engine

Audi’s digital rear – view mirror, which made its debut in the R18 e-tron Quattro and R18 ultra race cars at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, is set to enter small scale production at the end of this year in the Audi R8 e-tron. Unlike previous rear-view mirrors from the likes of Ford, Toyota […]

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