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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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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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