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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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02 Pursuit Motorcycle Runs On Compressed Air

Posted December 16th, 2011 by Design-Engine

A vehicle that runs on air. It sounds like a fantastic idea, but energy is still needed to compress the air and the losses that go hand-in-hand with converting energy still have to be taken into account, just as in fossil fuel-based propulsion systems. Pros and cons aside, we still haven’t seen air powered transport […]

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The Glance Mirror: The Future of Reflective Surfaces

Posted June 23rd, 2017 by Design Engine

“The mirror business is a business I could really see myself in.” quotes Glance Displays CEO, Dave Krawczyk. The idea for the Glance Mirror appeared to Dave in a home technologies concept video back in 2011. Five years later, he finally had the skills, and team to start to make his dream a reality. The […]

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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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GoPro with Founder / Inventor Nick Woodman

Posted April 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Some people may know when they have an amazing idea for the next best thing, but actually putting that thought into motion can elude them for years, if not altogether. Take Nick Woodman, the founder and inventor of the GoPro Camera, for example. Back in 2002, Nick and his buds were punching the pavement up, […]

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Enjoy Your Vices at Berrista Coffee

Posted February 5th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Most coffee shops create items that are full of sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and additives, so what about one that tries to do the opposite and use natural ingredients? Berrista Coffee, located in Old Irving Park (4219 East Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL), opened up their first location just before the New Year and has […]

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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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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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Google Wants to Protect Pedestrians with Sticky Car Hoods

Posted May 24th, 2016 by Design-Engine

While autonomous technology has been improving, one thing that remains unavoidable is accidents. The main problem on the minds of many people is how to get self-driving cars to avoid crashing into pedestrians. Instead of just accident-avoidance technology, Google has also patented a sort of “human flypaper.” Google plans to place a strong adhesive on the […]

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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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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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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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Designs for the World’s First 3D-printed Freeform House

Posted June 14th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Architecture studio Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG) won first place in Branch Technology’s Freeform Home Design Challenge, which brought together architects, designers, artists and engineers worldwide to explore how 3D printing technologies can improve our built environment and lives today. Specifically, WATG’s Chicago-based team, consisting of Daniel Caven, Chris Hurst, Miguel Alvarez and Brent […]

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The Highest Performing Street-Legal Electric Vehicle Ever

Posted June 5th, 2013 by Design-Engine

The world of electric vehicles was always kind of, well, docile. Then, to our delight, Tesla changed the game with it’s Roadster, and the eco-conscious got to have some fun. But now, the Roadster’s discontinued, and there’s a void in the “I want to go fast but not spoil the ozone” sect. Don’t despair too much (and […]

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Claudia Beruben Design Engine Tribute

Posted January 21st, 2015 by Design-Engine

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that we have lost Claudia Beruben, Business Development Manager, in a fatal vehicular accident. Claudia was a respected and valued member of the Design Engine family who will be dearly missed. A very vibrant, intelligent, and passionate person, her work ethic, loyalty, and ongoing […]

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Giant Fans Can Suck Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air

Posted July 28th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Canadian company, Carbon Engineering, is planning to use giant fans to suck carbon dioxide out of the air. Now this is usually the job of our trees right? Well due to the large amount of deforestation, there are some areas in the world where regrowing trees is just not possible and, not to mention, takes […]

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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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Elon Musk’s Latest Venture, The Boring Company

Posted April 30th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in a recent TED talk how he plans to build a vast underground transportation network that would transport cars on an electric skate – all so traffic could be avoided. The Boring Company, as it’s officially named, was born out of Musk’s frustration with Los Angeles’ legendary traffic […]

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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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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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