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A Segway Into The Future – Half Segway, Half Robot

Posted January 20th, 2016 by Design-Engine

We’ve seen “hoverboards,” we’ve seen Segways and we’ve seen robots – how about something that combines all three? Segway, in collaboration with Intel and Chinese robotics firm Ninebot, has developed a vehicle that can work similarly like the very popular, (although sometimes exploding) two-wheeled “hoverboards” but can also turn into a personal robot once you […]

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2015 CCS Midwest Awards Banquet & Year End Gala

Posted January 19th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Each year there is the Champion Cup Series – CCS Awards Banquet to honor racers, family, mechanics and friends.  At Lake Lawn Resort, this year’s event took place in January. I usually pass on this banquet, opting instead for riding hard at the Jennings GP for multiple weekends. Jennings GP is a paved sports bike race track in northern Florida.  Why […]

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New Invention Could Save Your Life In a Plane Crash

Posted January 18th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Ukrainian aviation engineer Vladimir Tatarenko has come up with an invention that might help some people overcome their fear of flying. His idea involves splitting an airplane in two in the midst of a mid-flight airplane crash or failure. The detached cabin containing people and cargo can float down safely to Earth while the engines […]

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Net Zero Design Offers Example for Sustainable Living

Posted January 14th, 2016 by Design-Engine

It’s been two years since the November 2013 completion of Walgreens Net Zero energy store in Evanston just north of Chicago and the building has achieved many accolades including platinum LEED certification in addition to designation as a net zero building and as of December 2015 has the distinction of being the only net zero […]

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Smart Rug Features Motivational Messages and Turns Off Only When Stepped On

Posted January 11th, 2016 by Design-Engine

It’s easy to over sleep by hitting the snooze button every morning. How about a device that doesn’t let you hit snooze? The Ruggie, created by Winsom Tam, is a soft, memory foam smart rug that features a pressure-sensitive alarm clock that will only switch off when someone is standing on it. Winsom Tam got […]

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Meet Faraday Future’s All-Electric, 1000-Horsepower Sports Car

Posted January 6th, 2016 by Design-Engine

A sustainable, all-electric sports car with the ability to produce as much as 1,000 horsepower is possible – at least according to California automaker Faraday Future. Faraday Future’s FFZER01, a high-performance concept car, was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and it is unlike anything we have seen before. At first glance […]

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Three Potentially Lucrative Future Business Models for Electric Cars

Posted December 30th, 2015 by Design-Engine

While electric cars have been available as a mass market item since 2011, they still represent less then 1 percent of the vehicles sold nationally. As the market share for electric cars grows and they become more fully mainstreamed we are likely to see new industries which will accommodate, enhance and improve the electric vehicle […]

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Is The ArcaBoard The First REAL Hoverboard?

Posted December 29th, 2015 by Design-Engine

A hoverboard, by definition, should hover. Recently, many so-called “hoverboards” have become all the rage, even though they don’t actually make you fly. The ArcaBoard, a new type of hoverboard, is different because it actually hovers off the ground. Arca Space Corporation in New Mexico developed the fan-powered Arcaboard to be able to hold up […]

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For The Window Seat Lovers, The SkyDeck Gives The Ultimate View of The Clouds

Posted December 14th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Windspeed Technologies, an aerospace engineering firm, has come up with something that gives a whole new meaning to traveling in luxury. The SkyDeck, a transparent dome installed on top of an airplane, will be able to give passengers 360-degree views while in flight – literally putting your head in the clouds. The inspiration for the […]

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MORPHtel – Hotel or Cruise Ship, or Both?

Posted December 7th, 2015 by Design-Engine

The MORPHtel is a luxury floating hotel designed by London designer Gianluca Santosuosso. This new concept falls under the category of floating hotel or “floatel” and is able to float and station itself on water or a city’s harbor. Yet, it can also cruise around the ocean – much like ships do. Does that mean this […]

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This New Gadget Might Be The Cure For Your Insomnia

Posted November 16th, 2015 by Design-Engine

We know that not getting enough sleep comes with all sorts of negative consequences and our dependence on smartphones and gadgets usually only worsens our insomnia. British inventor Richard Mills has created a new technology that might actually help with those sleepless nights. The SleepCogni, similar in size and shape to a bedside lamp, places […]

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The Continuing, Improving Story of LED Light Bulbs

Posted November 13th, 2015 by Design-Engine

It was only 3 years ago that recently introduced 60 watt equivalent LED bulbs were introduced at price points in the 25 to 30 dollar range.  Now, in of June 2015 wehave finally seen the price fall below the 5 dollar per bulb mark with Home Depot selling the TCP 60 watt equivalents for 4.88 over the past few weeks […]

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Lytro Immerge Camera Plans to Produce The Best Virtual Reality Video

Posted November 9th, 2015 by Design-Engine

The Lytro Immerge wants to change how virtual reality (VR) footage is captured. Traditional VR footage is usually filmed using several cameras and said footage is put together into a 360-degree image. Instead of using these older methods, the Immerge uses what they call “cinematic VR,” which allows users to move in six directions. The […]

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Tired of Sitting? The Altwork Station Lets You Lie Down at Work

Posted November 2nd, 2015 by Design-Engine

Have you ever wanted to just lie down at your desk? Now the Altwork Station lets you do just that and still get work done. The Altwork Station, which has been five years in the making, allows you to sit, stand or lie down – all with your monitor hanging above you. The workstation looks […]

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BOLD New Ideas for the Windy City

Posted October 29th, 2015 by Design-Engine

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is showcasing some innovative, potential makeovers for the Windy City. One of their exhibits, “BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago,” features 18 projects and ideas created for the city of Chicago by more than a dozen local offices. The BOLD exhibit, organized by Iker Gil (director of MAS studio and editor-in-chief of MAS […]

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The 3D Printed Shoe Game

Posted October 19th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Forget the Adidas and Kanye West collaboration; Adidas Futurecraft 3D may be the next big thing. Their first 3D printed shoe is a running shoe that contains a midsole specifically designed to match a person’s individual foot. With the ability for “matching exact contours and pressure points,” Adidas is determined to put this shoe on […]

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Elon Musk’s Latest Problem, Identical Chinese Tesla Clones

Posted October 14th, 2015 by Design-Engine

With just about anything you can purchase, you can buy a Chinese knockoff for cheaper. Now according to Wired, Tesla may soon have knockoff versions of its electric vehicles, as several Chinese companies are releasing vehicles similar to Tesla’s own models, but at much cheaper prices. First up is the Le*Car – mind the asterisk, […]

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Light L16 Camera – Looks Like a Smartphone, Shoots like a DSLR Camera

Posted October 12th, 2015 by Design-Engine

If you’re starting to feel your smartphone doesn’t deliver high enough quality images, the L16 camera, by new Silicone Valley startup Light, may be the next best solution. A camera unlike anything we have ever seen before, the Light L16 camera can be seen as a smaller substitute for producing the same high-quality photos DSLR […]

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The SeaXplorer Mega-Yacht Can Break Through Ice And Access Remote Locations

Posted October 5th, 2015 by Design-Engine

If sailing on the Caribbean doesn’t sound exciting enough, the SeaXplorer promises to take owners to some of the most remote places in the world. Places that have not been accessible before will now be just a leisurely yacht trip away. Dutch company, Damen Group, developed the SeaXplorer to be able to break through ice, […]

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FLYBi Drone Goggles Let You See The World From Its Point Of View

Posted September 29th, 2015 by Design-Engine

You will want to add FLYBi to your Christmas list this year. A crowdfunded project, the FLYBi drone can give you a different type of flying experience. The FLYBi’s drone is connected to a pair of goggles that can display live-streamed videos while the drone is in flight. The goggles feature sensors that move along […]

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