The classic flip phone returns as Motorola updates Razr with foldable display

Motorola has thrown its hat into the folding smartphone ring with a revamped version of its Razr flip phone that was first launched 15 years go. The new model of the same name, which will launch in the US in January 2020, mimics the recognisable shape of the 2004 original with a cover that flips […]

UK student’s fish-waste bioplastic MarinaTex wins 2019 James Dyson Award top prize

An easily biodegradable material that could be “part of a global answer” to single-use plastic pollution has won its inventor, British designer Lucy Hughes, the international James Dyson Award. Hughes’ MarinaTex bioplastic is strong, translucent and flexible, making it a possible alternative for single-use packaging such as bags and sandwich wrappers. Unlike current materials used […]

Seek app lets users identify plant and animal species in real time

Kids can identify plants, flowers, insects and wildlife while tracking biodiversity in their area, using the augmented-reality app Seek by iNaturalist and the WWF. Described as “like Pokémon Go for nature”, Seek lets users point their smartphone camera at any plant or animal species to identify it in real time. Anyone can use the app, […]

Hyperstealth Biotechnology’s “invisibility cloak” can conceal people and buildings

Canadian camouflage company Hyperstealth Biotechnology has patented the technology behind a material that bends light to make people and objects near invisible to the naked eye. The material, called Quantum Stealth, is currently still in the prototyping stage, but was developed by the company’s CEO Guy Cramer primarily for military purposes, to conceal agents and […]

Samsung Mobile Design Competition finalists present their wallpaper designs to the jury

[embedded content] In this movie, jury members discuss how the finalists in the wallpaper category of the Samsung Mobile Design Competition incorporated elements of nature and colour into their responsive designs. The Samsung Mobile Design Competition asked designers to submit proposals for innovative wallpaper designs to enhance the experience of using Samsung Galaxy mobile devices. […]

Samsung Mobile Design Competition finalists present their accessory designs to the jury

In this movie, jury members of the Samsung Mobile Design Competition discuss how the finalists in the accessory category offered a wide range of interpretations of what a mobile device can be. The Samsung Mobile Design Competition asked designers to submit proposals for innovative accessory designs to enhance Samsung Galaxy mobile devices. During the judging […]

Fish scale bioplastic wins UK James Dyson Award for student design

University of Sussex graduate Lucy Hughes used fish waste to create MarinaTex, a compostable alternative to single-use plastic that has won her this year’s UK James Dyson Award. MarinaTex is made from fish scales and skin — waste products that would usually be buried in landfill or incinerated. It is translucent and flexible, making it […]

Start-up Atolla harnesses AI to make personalised skincare products

Data meets dermatology at Brooklyn-based skincare start-up Atolla, launched by an MIT engineer who has applied machine-learning algorithms to fix problem skin. The Atolla Skin Health System works by giving users testing kits to measure the exact characteristics of their skin — specifically, its hydration, oil, pH and absorption. It then sends them a face […]

Strange furry creature stars in ad campaign for The Cunning Little Vixen opera

A furry, fox-like creature moves frantically in this ad, created by branding agency Superunion and animation designer Esteban Diacono for a performance of opera The Cunning Little Vixen. The designers tried to visualise a struggle between man and nature in the motion graphics. Their aim was to capture the emotionally charged spirit of the classic […]

Studio José de la O reveals objects designed by brainwaves

Designer José de la O has teamed up with technology firm Mirai Innovation to develop a way for people to manipulate the shape of a vase using only their thoughts. Working alongside Japanese company Mirai Innovation, Studio José de la O designed an experiment that allows participants to manipulate a generic computer model of a […]

Volta VR tool “will make producing audio more expressive”

Royal College of Art graduate Alex Kane explains how his virtual reality Volta production tool allows users to create multidirectional “spatial audio” in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Kane developed Volta as his graduation project to complete his degree in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Users wear virtual reality goggles and headphones to produce […]

Squint/Opera, BIG and UNStudio create virtual-reality collaborative design tool

Creative digital studio Squint/Opera has worked with BIG and UNStudio to create Hyperform, a tool that allows architects and planners to collaborate in virtual reality. Described by BIG founder Bjarke Ingels as the “augmented creative collaborative environment of the future”, the tool can be used to see, share and navigate digital models of projects. Hyperform, which the studios have been developing […]

MIT researchers engineer “cyborg” plants for motion-tracking and sending notifications

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s “cyborg botany” researchers have turned plants into sensors and displays, suggesting we use them as a gentle alternative to electronic screens. Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group have been researching how to merge plants and artificial electronics to create new interfaces. “Plants are normally […]

Watch our talk with Liam Young exploring how drones will change cities live from London

Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will speak to speculative architect Liam Young about drones, the topic of Dezeen’s short film Elevation, in a talk at the Building Centre in London tonight. Watch live here from 6:30pm UK time. The livestream has not started yet. You can watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page […]

Sony explores robot-human relationships with Affinity in Autonomy exhibition

Sony has staged an artificial intelligence-themed exhibition, featuring a field of white spheres that move as if they have their own personalities. The Japanese electronics company took over Spazio Zegna during Milan design week with the Affinity in Autonomy exhibition, which explored the future of robot-human relations. The exhibition was partly inspired by Aibo, Sony‘s […]

Apple keeps it simple with new “monster” Mac Pro

Apple has unveiled the new Mac Pro, its most powerful desktop computer to date, contained in a simple aluminium-covered box. Announced yesterday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, the processor has been redesigned for the first time in six years. The new Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful desktop computer The […]

London Marathon offers edible drinks capsules as alternative to plastic bottles

Over 30,000 edible Ooho drinks capsules were handed out to runners at the London Marathon yesterday, in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The marathon was the largest ever trial of Ooho capsules – biodegradable pods that can be filled with water or other beverages. You can either consume the pods whole, or bite into them […]

RCA postgraduates create open navigation system inspired by insect eyes

A team of student designers and engineers from the RCA and Imperial College have designed an open-source alternative to GPS, called Aweigh, that does not rely on satellites. Instead, the device calculates a user’s position using the sun – a feature inspired by the polarised vision of insects. Its student makers said that the design […]

Bryte smart bed adjusts throughout the night to help users stay asleep

Tech startup Bryte has designed a robotic bed that can automatically adjust the temperature, customise support for different parts of the body and even rock a person to sleep. The Bryte Bed is said to be the world’s first to sense the body’s weight distribution and temperature and adjust its settings throughout the night in […]

Neri Oxman builds with melanin for Totems project

Neri Oxman‘s Mediated Matter Group at MIT has designed an installation using melanin — and says the skin pigment will inevitably be used in architecture. A new commission for the XXII Triennale di Milano, the Totems sculpture features flesh-coloured plumes, formed by injecting liquid melanin into intricate channels within a 3D-printed transparent brick. It is based […]

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