Apple, Google and Amazon unite to make all smart home products talk to each other

Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance have joined forces to develop a smart-home standard that will mean new devices are likely to be compatible with any of their hubs and voice assistants. Overseen by the Zigbee Alliance, whose board members include representatives of IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly […]

Companies like Google “have an obligation” to be more sustainable says Ivy Ross

Influential companies should be leading the development of sustainable products, according to Google‘s vice president of hardware design Ivy Ross. Ross said that large companies including Google have a crucial role to play in reducing global carbon emissions, because they have the power to change the behaviour of other companies. “When you’re a big company, […]

Ivy Ross creates Google Design Lab at company’s Silicon Valley headquarters

Google‘s vice president of hardware design Ivy Ross has created an office building for her Silicon Valley team that is arranged around an atrium, skylight and staircase. Ross worked with an architecture team to complete the Google Design Lab at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, where upcoming complex by BIG and Heatherwick and […]

Li Edelkoort curates “contemplative installation” showing Google devices in everyday settings

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort teamed up with Google‘s Hardware Design Studio to curate this Tokyo exhibition demonstrating how the company’s latest products can be integrated into living spaces. Edelkoort worked alongside Google‘s vice president of design for hardware, Ivy Ross, to produce the Comma Exhibition as part of the annual Designart festival held across Tokyo. […]

Roof completes on Heatherwick and BIG’s Google HQ

New photos capture the latest progress on the headquarters that BIG and Heatherwick Studio have designed for Google in California’s Mountain View. Silicon Valley photography company The 111th took the images of Google’s new campus, currently under construction in Mountain View, California. Danish architect Bjarke Ingels‘ international firm BIG and London’s Heatherwick Studio, led by […]

Google Maps launches AR walking directions

Google has released a beta feature for its Google Maps service called Live View, which uses augmented reality to show users which direction to walk in. Launched on 8 August, Google’s Live View mode uses the phone owner’s camera, location data and visual information from Street View to tell them where to go when exploring an […]

Google Doodle celebrates Bauhaus school’s 100th anniversary

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the centenary of Germany’s late design school the Bauhaus. Google launched the doodle for the Bauhaus School to mark its founding in Weimar, Germany under Walter Gropius in April 1919. It was launched today, 12 April, but the exact date of its establishment remains unknown. Dezeen is also celebrating the occasion today with the […]

Google offers “scientific proof that design is important” with A Space for Being

Google has partnered with scientists on a Milan design week exhibition that shows how different aesthetic experiences can impact our health and wellbeing. Developed with scientists from John Hopkins University in the USA, A Space for Being features three rooms with subtly contrasting interiors. Each one has been designed using the principles of neuroaesthetics – a branch of science […]

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