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How Do You Design Remarkable?


 

Years of development and attention to the subtlest nuances of the handwriting experience has made reMarkable as paper-like as it gets. Their patented CANVAS display gives you a true paper feel.

Now You Can Print Your Own Bike?


Apart from the electronics, and the rider, every ounce of the BigRep Nera is 3D printed. From the handlebars, to the body, to the seat, suspension, and even the tires, the Nera is an absolutely stunning feat of design and engineering melded together to show how far additive 3D printing has come. The e-bike’s body comes with an edgy, chiseled design that gives it character and strength, and even includes a flexible bumper underneath the seat to absorb shock. Even the airless tires are made from 3D printing, with a lattice structure that gives it both strength and flexibility, allowing it to mimic natural rubber tires.

A 3D printer selling company, BigRep came to limelight with their airless bicycle tires that we featured earlier this year. The Nera takes BigRep’s PRO FLEX filament and TPU printing technology to the next step, not only by building an entire vehicle out of it, but by building a much more powerful vehicle that tests the material on a much more advanced level. What’s next… a sportscar? A manned drone?? Who knows!

Via: Marco Mattia Cristofori & Maximilian Sedlak of BigRep

This Plate Will Have ANYthing Lookin Like A Snack.


 

Studies show that the color of the plate can often change your perception of how food tastes. For example, serving desserts on a white plate can enhance their sweetness by making their colors seem more saturated… and that tricks your brain into thinking they’re sweeter! In 1957 marketing pioneer Louis Cheskin reported that adding 15 percent more yellow to green in 7UP cans caused consumers to perceive the soft drink as having a more lemony-limey flavor. That’s probably why Sprite, although clear, comes in a colored bottle… or why desserts are designed to look so pretty. Appearance and plating can alter your perception of taste, and is a great way to improve the impact the food has on your pallet.

Now imagine you’ve got yourself a delicious tenderloin, and the option of a simple plastic plate, versus a gentle grill with burning embers below. Undoubtedly, a smokey, ember-y plate would help accentuate the steak’s flavor, while a boring plastic plate would simply be a blank canvas that wouldn’t do much to augment the steak’s taste. While you can’t set up a grill with burning embers every time you want to eat a steak, the Eatense plate helps set the ambiance.  The Eatense is a serving-plate with a dynamic display underneath. Built explicitly for serving food, the display is built to withstand heat and is water-proof, but most importantly, it helps create the perfect canvas for your meal. Whether it’s a bamboo texture for plating dimsums, or a decorative candy plate for a cake or a pastry, or even a chargrill for that steak, the Eatense makes your food look perfect, and taste perfect too.

 

The Eatense plate comes bundled with an Eatense app that lets you choose patterns, textures, or animations to display on the plate. You can even use the plate to guide people through a gastronomic experience by listing ingredients, or by telling people what to eat first. Conversely, the plate can also be customized to display a personalized text message like a birthday wish, the name of the person who ordered the food (like Starbucks for plates) or even a message from the chef. The plates are hermetically sealed and can be easily washed like regular dishes. They even come with a protective upper layer that resists heat and prevents scratching by cutlery. The plates charge wirelessly too, allowing you to dock them on their charging base when not in use.

Plating and presentation form a major part of the gastronomic experience, and can often be the difference between a great meal and an average one. The Eatense helps build the experience your food and your palate deserve, by being a powerful presentation tool. Ideal for restaurants, gatherings, special occasions, or even to gift friends who love cooking and food prep, the Eatense helps take food that one step further. By making desserts taste sweeter, salads taste fresher, meats taste smokier, and enhance the cultural and gastronomical relevance of any food you eat.

 

Eatense is the world’s first customizable plate. Equipped with a digital display and a smartphone app, it allows you to personalize your plate with tons of unique designs and photos.  With Eatense, you can plate food like a chef.  Well plated food looks delicious and brings out the joy of dining together.  Surprise your guests with a custom message during their meals and make special occasions even more memorable.  You can leave a message on the screen like, “Happy Birthday,” “Happy Mother’s Day,” and “I love you.”  Perfect for restaurants.  Eatense can display texts or food information on the screen. For instance, you can show your guests what the ingredients are and where they originate from. It enhances your guests’ dining experience.

Tea For Three? Don’t Mind If I Do.


Designed for modern microliving, the Double Compact Tea Maker does just as the name suggests. It’s been reduced to the bare essentials without sacrificing functionality to accommodate small households of 1, 2, or 3 people with limited kitchen space.  The “pot” actually consists of two internal pots. The infuser and the teapot are located inside of the water pot. The advantage of this twist in design is that it provides a better brewing experience by eliminating the possibility of accidental overturning and drip. Furthermore, it heats the pot in all direction to ensure an even brew.

The most important part of the project is the innovative brewing method. The tea maker directs the water to the inside of the pot tanks to the inverted conic structure inside the steam top where it is boiled. In just twenty minutes, the tea pot will fill with water. This gradual filling brews the tea in a tasty way without burning it or tainting the taste. Not only function, its glass-on-glass design is almost artistic and sculptural, meaning you’ll be happy to leave it out on your countertop.

Don’t Plug Your Socket Into A Wall, Plug It Into A Window.


Granted that the current ‘Window Socket’ features European plugs, it is still an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during night-time hours.

Kyuho Song & Boa Oh “tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training.” It sticks to a window with a suction plate that encircles the solar panel, and a basic outlet feeds the converted solar power to a device—and that’s pretty much it. As the designers point out, this is a charger/converter that can be used anywhere there’s daylight, particularly where there is restricted use of electricity, such as outdoors or on a plane.

At present, the Window Socket is still a concept, but in the near future the designers hope to increase its efficiency, energy storage and charge time. The battery on the Window Socket is very small, at 1000mAh the stored power might be about enough to charge a mobile phone, particularly if it were a USB outlet rather than a standard one, but it won’t be enough to power household appliances. And while it can provide 10 continuous hours of power on a full charge, it presently takes about 5-8 hours to fully charge. But even that can’t completely take a way from it’s awesome, simple design.

The XDJ-RR In ALL It’s Glory. DJ’s Check It Out.


If you want to make the transition from playing at home to performing at parties, bars and eventually clubs, our new XDJ-RR 2-channel all-in-one DJ system for rekordbox is the ideal piece of kit for you. The system inherits all the basic features from our club-standard NXS2 set-up and packs them into a lightweight, portable body that’s easy to take to parties and gigs as you progress through the DJ ranks.  The XDJ-RR offers you flexibility, so you can practise and perform however you prefer. It’s compatible with our professional performance application rekordbox dj (licence included) but if you don’t want to use a PC/Mac, you can export your rekordbox-analysed music to USB storage devices, plug them into the controller and play tracks directly from them.

Keep an eye on all the information you need thanks to the XDJ-RR’s 7-inch full-colour screen and use performance features and FX inherited from the NXS2 set-up – such as Hot Cues, Slip Loop and Beat FX – to craft unique mixes on the fly.  Unleash your creativity with the XDJ-RR and follow your dreams from your bedroom to the club.  A licence key for rekordbox dj is included with the XDJ-RR so you can plug it into your PC or Mac straight out of the box and start mixing. If you already own rekordbox dj, upgrade to the latest version to use the XDJ-RR.

The Cemtrex “Smart Desk”?


It is quite true.  This desk has some fancy features.  Cemtrex SmartDesk is your work and office completely reinvented. This advanced workstation combines and reimagines all the needs of the modern office in a beautiful, intuitive sit/stand desk.  Check out more details below.

Memory Cloth In Real Life.


 

The translucent, lightweight, and malleable properties of textiles have been utilized for centuries in architecture, furniture, and apparel design. It sounds like something that comes of out Batman Begins.  But this is real life, typically, stretching fabric onto rigid structural frames requires complex molding and mechanical methods. The new research from ‘Self Assembly Lab at MIT demonstrates a new method for utilizing textiles that can take advantage of its unique properties while reducing the complexity of forming processes. By printing material in varied layer thicknesses onto stretched textiles they were able to create self-transforming structures that reconfigure into pre-programmed shapes. Programmable textiles open up new possibilities for furniture, product manufacturing, and shipping as well as new methods for self-assembly and user interaction.

Props to the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT + Christophe Guberan + Erik Demaine + David Costanza + Autodesk Inc.
Project Team: Skylar Tibbits, Christophe Guberan, Athina Papadopoulou, Carrie McKnelly, Chris Martin, Filipe Campos, Hannarae Annie Nam

The ‘Generational Gap’.


Seeing as how my birthday was recently, I’ve been hearing many a story from my childhood today.  But listening to this has brought back memories that only people in my age range would associate with.  Once again, the amazing photographer Mike Campau has captured these images perfectly.

Generation gap.

Images of my childhood, when we…
had to get up to change the channel, collected enough stickers to fill a photo album
(oh, and we had photo albums), video games were for rainy days, used film to capture images, cranked up our boom boxes with homemade mixed tapes, ran around with toy guns that looked like the real thing, and had to “dial” a number.

Virtual Nostalgia (100% CGI)

 

Robots Making Your Coffee?


They say that preparing food requires love and a human touch, but honestly, something as mechanical as making you a cup of coffee could surely be handled by a robot, couldn’t it? Think about the methodical approach to preparing a latte or a cappuccino, and the number of steps that could go wrong because of human error. The CafeX wants to do away with that by introducing robotic arms into the mix. Your coffee order becomes a line of code that the robot follows to the absolute T, and that means three things. A perfect cup every single time, no dealing with chatty baristas, and lastly, not worrying about having your name spelled wrong on the to-go cup.  CafeX’s revolutionary system doesn’t mechanize the coffee machine, but rather, replaces the barista with a capable robot. Enter your order into a kiosk (or even via the app) along with your name and payment details.

The robotic arm maneuvers the coffee machine, picks the glass up and puts your brew together, handling as many as three orders at the same time (working at a dizzying speed of two orders per minute). It can, with a great deal of dexterity, hold, stir, and even transport cups filled with hot liquid without spilling any of it, or burning itself. It then places the cup onto a platform which descends into a chamber that you can then put your hand into and collect the cup of coffee that’s been perfectly brewed to your liking. The biggest advantage? 24×7 coffee shops because you don’t have to worry about human labor. Also, no tips. The disadvantage? Less motivation to go to the coffee shop because the cute barista you were hitting on got replaced with a robotic arm. Although CafeX says there will always be a CafeX human staff-member on site to facilitate this customer-robot interaction.

Via CafeX

‘Beat The Robots’.


The “Beat The Robots” advertising campaign is one that stuns the eye, and captivates the imagination.  As you can see by the photos above, these life-like creations of bionic humanoid creatures is nothing short of incredible. The overall finished designs should be the envy of film makers across the world.

The layouts, intricacies, and especially the textures that are used in the designs, are quite spectacular.  The digital animation required to create these visuals are almost beyond comprehension given the final results, but here are the credits for the amazing pictures.

Agency: Ogilvy HK
CD: Michele Salati
AD/3D: Antoni Tudisco
Animation: Antoni Tudisco, Marco Mori
Typo: PLEID, Vicente Garcia Morillo

Want Some Waterproof Headphones? Talk To xFyro!


It may seem like quite a closely contended match between different earbuds and the companies making them.  Some are compatible with all mobile platforms, others boast of incredible battery lives, and some work as fitness trackers that sit within your ears. Now, the Aria by xFyro, claims to be one of the world’s only truly wireless earphones with an IPx67 waterproof rating.

Let’s understand first what the IPx67 rating actually is. The IP Code, or the Ingress Protection Code determines the ability of a product (usually electronics) to protect itself from intrusion by elements from the outside, especially dust or water. The first digit in the rating determines protection against dust. A rating of 6 usually means the product is completely impervious to dust of all sizes. The second number in the rating determines liquid ingress. The 7 rating in the 67 means the Aria can withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter tested for a period of 30 minutes. The IPx67 rating on the Aria therefore allows it to be used while in the gym (it being impervious to sweat), in the shower, or even while swimming in a pool.

 

Aside from its water and dust resistance, the Aria leverages battery-related advancements over the past few years to provide a stunning 32 hours of playback time. The earbuds themselves work for 8 hours continuously (that’s the equivalent of about 5 movies or more than 160 songs), and the slick, hockey-puck case gives you an additional 24 hours of charging time. The Aria also comes with Bluetooth 5.0, the latest standard that allows for instant pairing by simply bringing the earphones near your smartphone. With crystal quality sound that’s unfettered, the Aria also has a capacitive touch surface that lets you control music playback as well as activate the voice assistant on your phone.

Designed to work across multiple mobile platforms, the Aria is, to frame things accurately, a slight upgrade in all departments. With a significantly better battery, better audio courtesy a 16mm driver (more than thrice as large as the Airpods), better waterproofing, and a universal approach, it may just be the wireless earphones to beat.  Pick some up here.

 

The Seamless Screen.


The poor bezel, I wonder what it ever did to us to deserve this hatred, but wow… Humans really dislike them. With every smartphone from last year trying hard to kill the bezel, Asus Rog finally designed a hack that does just that, but it isn’t for phones just yet. The Bezel Free Kit fulfills the dreams of gamers, allowing them to put together three monitors and remove the bezels between each WITHOUT using electricity or batteries). How does it do that? Refraction. The kit comes as two independent strips that can be placed between monitors. It uses a lens that ‘bends’ light in a manner that removes the bezel from view, making it look like you have one continuous screen.

The result isn’t perfect, but it’s enough to make a difference. You still notice the fact that there’s something sitting between screens, and it applies a slight blurred effect to the imagery behind it, making it good for games, but not for productivity. The Bezel Free Kit snaps right on to monitors and comes in three sizes, designed for 24″, 25″, and 32″ monitors, but you’ll need to make sure all your monitors are the same make and size, so that the lens strips can easily mount onto the displays. Scroll down to check out a video of the guys at Verge having a look at it. Wouldn’t it be fun though if your smartphone screen protector could refract light to remove your bezels?

That Tube Life.


There are various iterations of how urban dwellers will live in times to come, and of course, this is edged on by sci-fi films and various other architectural cityscape concepts. Above all, the vision of the future whether it be utopian or dystopian in your eyes is seemingly micro. One example of this is the OPod Tube Housing by Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture.

The OPod Tube Housing is low-cost, stackable micro-homes manufactured from concrete pipes. These pipes would be slotted in between building gaps rather similar to a game of Tetris. These concrete pipes are of course that of water pipes, transformed into a gorgeous 9.29 square meter home.

“OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low-cost, micro-living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems,” James Law said, envisioning that these adorable homes be aimed at “young people who can’t afford private housing.” Albeit this ‘apartment’ is somewhat of an underground water pipe at heart, it’s hard to knock the fun-loving industrial interior. Compiling everything a young city-dweller needs, the OPod Tubes comes complete with a fold out bed, shower, toilet, fridge, microwave, cooker, microwave, and more neat add-ons.

The Walking Wheel.


Face it… everyone ages. By then, you’ll appreciate having as many alternatives as possible to get around. Designed as an introduction to assistive mobility, the walking wheel takes inspiration from the traditional walking stick without the total reliance. Designer Markus Erlando Gekeler certainly knows so.

The Walking Wheel can be used as a crutch for walking or leaned on for support when standing. An integrated pressure-sensitive brake gives the user grip in both modes. Because it uses the same diameter as standard bicycle wheels, it can be fitted with tires of varying tread type to accommodate different terrain types and scenarios from hiking to casual walking. Better yet, there’s nothing quite like it! So, it doesn’t have the stigma associated with old age and physical debilitation.

Introducing The Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3.


Pioneer upgraded one of their most popular Serato DJ controllers to create the 2-channel DDJ-SB3, designed for dedicated use with Serato DJ Lite (previously known as Serato DJ Intro). The new controller offers an intuitive interface for beginner DJs to craft professional performances and improve their skills.

 

The interface of the DDJ-SB3 is even more intuitive to use than its predecessors, inheriting traits from the layouts of the top models in the DDJ-S series including the introduction of the dedicated play and cue buttons, and the independent Auto Loop button.

In collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff, we’ve created Pad Scratch. The brand-new feature on the DDJ-SB3 enables you to reproduce scratches based on the legendary hip hop DJ’s own recordings by simply pressing the Performance Pads. Plus, smooth mixing is a breeze thanks to another new feature, FX Fade. You can use these features to create a professional performance, even if it’s your first time behind the decks.

Pocket Pixels?


The Dotti is cute, but more importantly, it’s versatile. In fact, it’s so versatile it’s capable of being used for a dizzyingly large variety of things. Outwardly, this box is an array of lights that can light up to notify you when you get… well… notifications, but it’s much more than that. It’s a canvas, that allows you to not just create your own art within its 8X8 framework, you can even pair multiple Dottis together to make a larger canvas for you to draw on.

The Dotti comes with a few tricks up its sleeves too. It acts as a clock when not delivering app or phone notifications to you. Play music and the Dotti comes alive by showing a dancing equalizer… and my favorite Easter egg is the game mode, that allows the Dotti to function as a die (singular for dice?). Shake the Dotti and it’ll flash a random number from 1 to 6, functioning as a die that you can play games with. Built with a lithium-ion battery that gives it as much as 750 hours of use on a single charge, there’s a lot the Dotti can do to not just keep you in the loop, but also keep you entertained.

Via Yanko

The Emergency Escape Filter.


It’s a fact that most deaths in a fire incident don’t occur because of burning or heat, rather, they occur because of smoke inhalation. Despite this being the cause of 80% of fire deaths, not nearly as much attention is given to breathing apparatuses as fire extinguishers. If you can’t breathe, how could you even operate one?

The Emergency Escape Filter provides an easier and more convenient solution than standard masks thanks to its compact size and innovative filtration functionality. In the event of a fire hazard, its capsule shape can extend to reveal a clip which can be placed directly inside the nose.

This creates an immediate link between the user’s airways and the inner filtration tech. Small and lightweight, it’s sure to stay in place and unlike other bulky masks, won’t get in the way while you’re trying to fight back the fire or make your way to escape.

Via Yanko

Solar Blinds That Charge Your Phone?


The Rolar Blinds do three things. They harness the energy of the sun, they cut the glare of the sun out during the day, keeping your indoors ambient, and they look absolutely gorgeous while they do the above two.

The Rolar Blinds stand at the crux between new-age photovoltaic printing techniques, a rise in demand for solar panels, and absolute graphic beauty, as they explore printing solar cells in manners that almost feel like graffiti, but with a more direct purpose, i.e., charging your devices. At the bottom of the blinds rest the cylindrical weights that come with a USB port that let you charge your devices or your power-banks by simply plugging them into the curtain and leaving them on a table nearby or the windowsill as you tap into the solar system’s largest (free) power source.

The cylindrical members (battery packs) are even detachable, allowing you to carry your power with you. However, the convenience of the Rolar Blinds takes second place to its graphical beauty that bring art and technology together beautifully and seamlessly.

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The Circuit Marker Is A Sight To Behold.


The moment of electricity though a circuit board is something that can be extremely fluid, as fluid ink from a pen.  Check out the beauty that silver micro-particles circuitry and origami paper, that becomes a city of lights.

The Lyon Airport Just Got A Major Upgrade.


They’re fun, open-minded, hard-working, and they make fantastic design. The French design agency Graphéine recently concluded the 2017–2018 campaign for the Saint-Étienne Opera house with designs full of emotion, hence its title émotions partagées (shared emotions). And what’s more, they’ve reason to celebrate since 2017 is their 15-year anniversary.  Graphéine’s work begs second and third glances, not only because of the bold typography they incorporate into their solutions, but also because of the daring illusions they pull off, such as their anamorphic graphics for the Lyon St-Exupéry airport.

The New Scent Of Fresh.


The Scentee Machina gives the fragrance diffuser such a radically different avatar, it transforms what you imagine diffusers should look like. Designed as a product that makes your environment smell beautiful, the Scentee Machina even looks beautiful in a way that draws you towards it. It harnesses an aesthetic that’s reminiscent of the Nixie Tube, and brings that visual language to the fragrance diffuser, a product that hasn’t seen much change in 500 years of existing (aside from going electric).

The Scentee Machina asks the question, is the diffuser’s sole purpose just emitting fragrance? Or can a beautiful aroma just be a part of a beautiful experience… created by a product that’s beautiful too? The Scentee Machina is a flat plate that lets you dock a clear fragrance tube into it (it really does look as pretty as a nixie tube), and comes in a Uno and Quattro variants letting you dock single or multiple fragrances.

Controlled via a smartphone app, you can choose which fragrance you want to be diffused, and at what time. The Scentee’s fragrance list is quite inclusive, and far from traditional, allowing you to scent up your room with anything from Sandalwood, to Vanilla, even to Buttered Toast! The app learns from your choices and begins deploying fragrances based on your moods at the time of the day.

Changing a fragrance tube is as simple as unplugging a tube and replacing it with a new one. Magnetic connectors let tubes snap to the base, and when in use, a warm light glows from the tube’s bottom, providing a visual cue while also letting you see the liquid level descend eventually in all its beauty.

What the Scentee Machina does is it abstracts the diffuser, not assigning to it the conventional urn/vase/mountain shape we’ve seen all along. It creates an aesthetic that feels familiar, but not familiar to fragrance diffusers… Which is what’s truly innovative, and goshdarnit beautiful. Not to mention if you could get my room to smell like Chocolate or Buttered Toast, why wouldn’t you?

Check Out Some Of Ori Toors’ Vector Work.


When it comes to the technical terms surrounding beautiful and colorful art, people aren’t normally too fussed, but when it comes to Ori Toors illustrations, the vector part is important.  For anyone not ‘digital art’ savvy,  the difference between a jpeg and a vector is essentially that a jpeg is a bitmap based on pixels, that can be seen when blown up too big.  But a vector is based on paths that can be stretched to any size.  This essentially means that Ori Toors incredible works can be blown up to the size of a building, and still look just as amazing.

 

The NEW Atari?!


Atari dominated the 1970s with games and consoles that delighted everyone for over a decade. In fact, some may say Atari even gave us Apple Computers and Steve Jobs, after he moved onto developing the most valuable company in the world with Woz post working on the Atari title Breakout in 1976 (Breakout was the basis and inspiration for certain aspects of the Apple II personal computer). However, Atari saw its decline towards the end of the 80s, with the likes of Nintendo and Sega taking the mantle. A little over 40 years later, Atari is back to reclaim past glory. Teased at CES back in June/July, the Ataribox home finally begins its pre-orders this Thursday.

The device will have a custom AMD processor and run Linux, giving the Ataribox the capability of playing both classic Atari games and mid-tier PC titles.  The Ataribox comes in two eye-catching finishes – a sleek glossed black with either a wood finish combination or an all glossed black look with red highlights. This device can sit on any table or drawers in the home and never look out of place. With quite an appealing aesthetic, the Ataribox will be sure to raise eyebrows and rekindle nostalgic memories once it’s released and in the homes of many come the Spring of 2018.

via Yanko

What Is Hologrampy?


Meet, Hologrampy… One part decorative novelty item, one part speaker… it gives your listening experience a boost with a stunning visual accompaniment. It uses the latest in holographic tech to create enchanting patterns and shapes in vibrant colors that move and change depending on the music type or song you’re listening to. It’s equally perfect for setting the mood at parties as it is for soothing your mind at home.

via Yanko