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Breakwater, Chicago’s Floating Resort

Posted April 15th, 2016 by Design-Engine

It’s almost summertime in Chicago and that means plenty of outdoor activities. The team behind Breakwater Chicago has given us a look into new renderings of their floating vessel project, Breakwater. First proposed in 2014, Breakwater is essentially a floating 300-by-100 foot party barge that features outdoor decks, swimming pools, stores, bars and restaurants. This […]

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Office Furniture’s Big Five Domestic Firms

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Design-Engine

The training arm of Design Engine has had relationships of varying degrees with what might be termed the big five of U.S. office furniture. These noted firms, Steelcase, Herman Miller, HNI (All Steel), Haworth and Knoll had some involvement with the 3D training program partially because of their relatively close proximity (HNI located in Iowa […]

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Plans Proposed to Build Wooden Skyscraper in London

Posted April 11th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture, along with PLP Architecture and engineering firm Smith and Wallwork have proposed to build the tallest wooden skyscraper in London. The conceptual plan is an 80-story building that is 985 feet tall and provides over 1,000,000 square feet of space for 1,000 residential units. It would also be the second […]

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Designer Wai Lim Chan’s Jewelry Boxes Take Shape as Endangered Animals

Posted April 6th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Wai Lim Chan of Trigger Design, designer and participant in Design Engine training, has created some impressive designs. Wai Lim Chan’s “The Endangered” is a line of scented jewelry boxes that are shaped like endangered animals. Chan hopes these jewelry boxes will help represent the importance of cherishing precious moments with your loved ones. Chan explained the jewelry […]

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Engineering and Design Icon James Dyson to Make Electric Car

Posted April 1st, 2016 by Design-Engine

Renowned design icon James Dyson, head of the Dyson Corporation, has been revealed to be working on bringing an electric car to market. Dyson, known primarily for their innovations in the area of vacuum cleaners, has earned the admiration and respect of both engineers and industrial designers globally for their forward thinking, innovative product line. […]

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Autodesk’s Multi-Head 3D Printer Can Print Larger Objects in Less Time

Posted March 30th, 2016 by Design-Engine

As advanced as 3D printing technology has become, most printers can only print small objects very slowly. For larger projects,  3D printers first print smaller parts and assemble these parts into larger objects later. Autodesk’s Project Escher is revolutionizing 3D printing technology by allowing users to 3D print larger items much quicker than ever before. […]

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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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Go Fast Take Chances: Savannah’s Roebling Road 2016

Posted March 22nd, 2016 by Design-Engine

The Roebling Road WERA Race week started out flying from Chicago to Atlanta to visit my father.  He lives north of Atlanta where I stash the truck and trailer for the long Chicago winter.  My hope is always that that vehicle is closer to a trip to Homestead Florida in either Dec or Feb and/or that I may ride […]

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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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New Tent-Like Design Proposed for Google Headquarters

Posted March 18th, 2016 by Design-Engine

The latest proposal for Google headquarters in Mountain View, California features an open, sustainable, publicly-accessible design topped by a large tent-like canopy. This is the first time Google is building their own headquarters, as they have previously only leased office spaces in existing buildings. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studio designed the project to […]

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Architects Design Dragon Scale-Like Cave House in Spain

Posted March 16th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Designed by architects Pablo Gil and Jamie Bartolomé, the Granada hillside property dubbed the “House on the Cliff,” posed quite a construction challenge due to having a steep inclination of 42 degrees. The Spanish villa, commissioned by a young couple, features a dragon scale-like zinc roof, an energy-conserving design and large windows for breathtaking views […]

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BMW Celebrates 100 Years With This Insane Concept Car

Posted March 9th, 2016 by Design-Engine

BMW’s Vision Next 100 concept car is truly a car of the future, and we mean way into the future. BMW celebrates 100 years by imagining a car for a time when self-driving cars are commonplace; along with other gadgetry we could only imagine in future vehicles. Among the glaring differences you may notice in this […]

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This Dress is 3D-Printed and Requires Zero Assembly

Posted March 4th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Nervous System’s design studio has found a way to intersect fashion and technology. As part of exhibition “#techstyle” with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA,) they have created the Kinematics Petal dress, an intricate 3D-printed dress that emerges from the printer fully assembled and ready to wear. To create this type of dress, Nervous System had […]

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NASA Wants to Build a Quieter Supersonic Passenger Jet

Posted March 2nd, 2016 by Design-Engine

NASA plans to resurrect supersonic travel by giving Lockheed Martin $20 million to develop a preliminary design for a “low boom” supersonic passenger airplane that could potentially take you anywhere in the world in six hours or less. NASA administrator Charles Bolden explained, “NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – […]

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Chicago Auto Show 2016

Posted March 1st, 2016 by Design-Engine

As promised this years Chicago Auto Show turned out to be an impressive but visually overwhelming event full of new technologies and innovations, concept cars, classic vintage cars and some unexpected surprises. The experience of seeing literally hundreds of cars in a single evening left us in a state of sensory overload, but among the […]

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Are Flexible Displays the Design of the Future?

Posted February 25th, 2016 by Design-Engine

We have already seen several devices that we can wear to connect us – from smart watches to activity trackers and even to fashionable, smart jewelry. One company plans to take wearables further by creating flexible technology. FlexEnable, a UK based company, imagines a future with curved technology, having now created a wrap-around LCD bracelet […]

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Caterpillar Creates First Smartphone with Integrated Thermal Camera

Posted February 19th, 2016 by Design-Engine

When you think of Caterpillar, you don’t usually think of smartphones. The company behind the famous yellow and black construction machines has created a $600 smartphone with a built-in Flir thermal imaging camera. Duubbed the “Cat S60,” the smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow, is extremely durable, waterproof and also features a regular camera. The Lepton sensor […]

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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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Propella’s Minimalistic and Affordable Electric Bike

Posted February 11th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Most electric bikes (e-bikes) are expensive and it can be especially difficult to find one under a $1000. Propella Electric, a Seattle-based startup, has created an e-bike that is affordable, lightweight, minimalistic in design and still manages to look and feel like a regular bicycle. Early backers can expect to pay about $699 for their […]

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Google To Use Drones To Give Internet Access To All

Posted February 8th, 2016 by Design-Engine

About 4.2 billion people in the world still don’t have Internet access. Most of us have grown up with Internet access and a life without it just doesn’t seem possible. Google plans to solve this problem by using solar-powered drones to beam high-speed Internet back to Earth. They call it “Project Skybender.” Google is currently […]

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