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NEST – The Learning Thermostat

Posted January 3rd, 2013 by Design-Engine

Tony Fadell helped design the iPod and he ran the iPod and iPhone divisions of Apple for years. Nest has decided to reinvent a tech item that hasn’t seen much innovation in decades: the thermostat. According to Nest, there are a quarter of a billion thermostats in this country alone; 10 million more are bought […]

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Get In Shape Eith The Jawbone UP

Posted December 18th, 2012 by Design-Engine

UP was designed to fit seamlessly in people’s lives. Real life. It’s a thoughtful combination of engineering and design, custom-made for how we live. UP is both flexible and strong. Sometimes UP needs to slide smoothly under sleeves or bend to accommodate an active lifestyle. Other times it has to be strong enough to stand […]

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The Undiscovered Option: The Diesel Electric Hybrid

Posted December 10th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Much attention has been given to electric vehicle hybrids such as the Prius and Volt over the past few years. However somewhat less attention to diesels as a whole. One option that has hardly been explored and remains completely unavailable in North America is the diesel electric hybrid. While the Prius with it’s petrol/electric hybrid […]

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Design For Humanity Part Two: The Solar Oven and The Water Purifier

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Throughout significant parts of the developing world the detrimental effects caused by the burning of firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking fuel remain an ongoing problem. Deforestation and the degradation of the environment as well as the economic costs and health issues all take their toll. This is something that effects nearly 2 billion people […]

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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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Oakley Launches Goggles with GPS, Bluetooth, Text Messaging, Jump Analytics, and More

Posted October 30th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Oakley has just rolled out what might be the goggles to rule all goggles. The technology-packed AirWave snow goggles have GPS, jump analytics, caller-id, text messaging, Bluetooth, and music controls, all available from a heads-up display. The first feature of these goggles is the heads-up display. Without this display, none of the other features would […]

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Cannondale’s CERV Bike Dynamically Adjusts to Changing Terrain

Posted October 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

The curved drop handlebars long found on racing bicycles are pretty nifty, right? If you want to get down low to reduce your wind resistance you grab hold of the lower part, and if you’re climbing a hill and need to get a bit more weight and leverage on the crank you can shift your […]

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The Bicymple is The Bicycle Simplified, Literally

Posted October 22nd, 2012 by Design-Engine

The Bicymple is, as its name suggests, an attempt to present the bicycle, simplified. And it’s an ambition that, on first glance, looks to have been fulfilled. Bicycle design is fairly static at the moment, and has been for some time. There are, and always will be, innovations in terms of the technologies and materials […]

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RipSurfer X Lets You Surf On The Spot

Posted September 26th, 2012 by Design-Engine

There’s no doubt that paddling a surfboard out to the breakers is a good source of upper body exercise. What a lot of non-surfers might not realize, however, is that balancing on a constantly-shifting board is also a great workout for the core muscle groups. Surfer and entrepreneur Mike Hartwick certainly realized it, which is […]

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BodyFloat

Posted September 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Written for Kickstarter A fresh approach to bicycle seat post suspension that maximizes rider comfort, overall performance and style. BodyFloat™ is a patent pending compact and light weight dual spring parallelogram bicycle suspension seat post. BodyFloat™ isolates the rider from the constant bumps and vibrations of cycling while maximizing comfort, pedaling efficiency and overall performance. […]

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Apple iPhone 5 Review

Posted September 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Apple may not know it, but it has a lot to prove with the iPhone 5. Though it created the modern smartphone market with the original iPhone five years ago, the last year has seen its lead diminish. Serious competitors have begun nipping at its toes, all running Android, an operating system developed, updated, and […]

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Kickstarting: A Portable Printer That Turns Phone Pics Into Polaroids – Impossible Instant Lab

Posted September 25th, 2012 by Design-Engine

By: Kyle VanHemert The Impossible Project’s Instant Lab photo printer is just wacky enough to make sense. In 2008, at the closing of a Polaroid factory in Enschede, The Netherlands, Dr. Florian Kaps, an enthusiast of all things instant photography, and André Bosman, a former manager at Polaroid, met for the first time and quickly […]

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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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Lightning Strikes Again: Fastest Electric Racing Bike to Hit the Streets

Posted September 14th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Electric Racing Bike Zero and Brammo are the two names that have already established themselves over the past few years in the fairly new and evolving field of Electric Racing Motorcycles. Both have emerged as leaders in the industry. Now, Lightning, a name which has earned reputation on the track for numerous first place and […]

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The Best Racing Simulator in The World

Posted September 11th, 2012 by Design-Engine

Possibly the best racing simulator facility could be in France. In a dark room not entirely unlike the set for Blade Runner a genuine LMP2 test driver called Thomas asks some awkward questions. “Are you physically fit? Have you eaten recently? Do you need the bathroom?” Not really. Can’t remember. I didn’t until now. “The […]

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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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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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Important New Technology Since the Smart Phone Arrives December 2012

Posted September 4th, 2012 by Design-Engine

By now, many of us are aware of the Leap Motion, a small, $70 gesture control system that simply plugs into any computer and, apparently, just works. If you’ve seen the gesture interfaces in Minority Report, you know what it does. More importantly, if you’re familiar with the touch modality — and at this point, […]

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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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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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