LifeCredit computer game envisions a dystopian future ruled by a social credit system

Digital designer Diana Ganea’s LifeCredit video game imagines a dystopian future where social status is determined by a corporate credit-system that rewards or punishes citizens. Set in the year 2050, the LifeCredit game sees players take on the character of an office worker who faces complications as they try to change their job. This process […]

ArtCenter Viewbook features 40,500 unique modernist-inspired covers

US designer Brad Bartlett used an algorithm to give each copy of design school the ArtCenter’s prospectus a different cover, playing on the modernist graphics of alumnus Alvin Lustig. The Viewbook is a publication that the ArtCenter College of Design puts out every two years for the benefit of prospective students. It profiles the work […]

Robotic mirrors follow the sun in installation by Kimchi and Chips

Halo by Seoul-based art studio Kimchi and Chips features 99 robotic mirrors that move continuously throughout the day, following the sun like sunflowers. Arranged across one 15-metre-long track and two five-metre-tall towers, the computationally aligned mirrors beam sunlight into a cloud of water mist, creating a halo-like circle. The installation was originally shown as part […]

University of Hong Kong students invent self-sanitising door handle

University of Hong Kong graduates Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li have designed a door handle that uses light to constantly sterilise itself. Motivated by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in the 2000s, Sum and Kin described their “self-sanitising door handle” as a more effective alternative to current chemical-based cleaning processes. Comprised […]

“Facial recognition is a fundamental threat to society”

The use of facial recognition in Hong Kong and London’s King’s Cross demonstrates the need to control access to the technology in the same way other dangerous items are regulated, says Owen Hopkins. For the past few months I’ve been transfixed by the protests taking place in Hong Kong, and the way, as so often happens, […]

Arthur Carabott designs app that is “like virtual reality for the ears”

London designer Arthur Carabott has worked with composer Anna Meredith to create an augmented reality app that immerses listeners in a piece of music. Called Moonmoons AR, the application allows users to place six virtual speakers anywhere in their surrounding environment, whether close or far away, in front of or behind them. Meredith’s song, also […]

Microsoft unveils dual-screen folding Android smartphone

Microsoft has revealed the design of the Surface Duo, a dual-screen Android folding phone, which can be opened down the middle like a book. Two 14.2 centimetre displays can be unfolded to create a small tablet device, which uses Google’s Android instead of Microsoft Windows. The Microsoft Surface Duo has two folding screens Both screens […]

Daan Roosegaarde partners with Scribit to bring space waste into people’s living rooms

Designer Daan Roosegaarde is the latest creative to collaborate with Carlo Ratti‘s Scribit project, creating a robot-drawn illustration based on his ongoing research into space waste. Launched via a kickstarter campaign in 2018, Scribit is a small robot that draws erasable images on vertical surfaces in marker pens, effectively turning any wall into an automated […]

Jon Emmony designs “Europe’s largest AR experience” for Selfridges

Jon Emmony has installed a five-storey augmented reality experience, called Digital Falls, in the atrium of Selfridges department store in London. The AR artwork saw the five-storey atrium at Selfridges transformed into a column of water inhabited by pulsing, sculptural shapes that were inspired by bioluminescent creatures. It was described by its creators as “Europe’s largest AR […]

MIT researchers develop emissions-free cement production process

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have demonstrated an experimental way of manufacturing cement that releases no carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Currently, the production of cement for concrete accounts for about eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, leading to calls for architects to stop using it. However MIT‘s materials scientists are exploring […]

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 […]

Audi replaces headlights with drones and seats with hammocks in AI:Trail car

Audi has revealed its AI:Trail concept car – an all-wheel drive with drones for headlights and other features to enhance the passengers’ enjoyment of the outdoors. The concept vehicle, displayed at last week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, showcases what Audi sees as the future of off-road driving. The partly autonomous, fully electric car’s most unusual feature is […]

“I’m interested in giving science fiction an overdue sex change” says Lucy McRae

The future is fleshy, according to Lucy McRae. As a new exhibition of her work opens at NGV in Melbourne, the designer explains why she believes the human body holds the key to the development of technology. Lucy McRae: Body Architect, on show at NGV Australia, is the first career retrospective for the Los Angeles-based, […]

3D-printed robotic fish swims through water by mimicking the movement of a tuna

TU Delft student Sander van den Berg has invented a 3D-printed robotic fish that swims through water at a record-breaking 0.85 metres per second. The Industrial Design Engineering masters student created the high-speed underwater drone as his graduate project from the Delft University of Technology. Van den Berg claims the speed of 0.85 metres a […]

Apple unveils iPhone 11 Pro with “triple-camera system”

Apple has launched an iPhone with three different cameras for ultra-wide photos, along with its latest Apple Watch, enlarged iPad and a subscription service for Apple original movies. The latest collection of products and services were revealed at Apple’s launch event at the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Park campus in California. The iPhone 11 Pro, which […]

3D printing meets felt in new additive manufacturing technique

Acoustic panels and other architectural elements can be made in complex 3D forms using a robotic needle felting process developed by researchers at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in the US. Wes McGee, Tsz Yan Ng and Asa Peller liken their process to 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, because it also involves […]

Carlo Ratti’s orange squeezer serves juice in bioplastic cups made from the peel

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati has developed a circular orange juice bar that turns the waste fruit peel into 3D-printed bioplastic cups to drink the contents from. Created for global energy company Eni, Feel the Peel is a prototype orange-squeezing machine that aims to bring circular design into everyday life. The 3.10-metre-tall experimental juice bar […]

X Shore electric boats designed for emission-free sea travel

Engine noise, fumes and carbon emissions are all nonexistent with X Shore, one of the first electric boat-makers to target the consumer market. The Swedish company manufactures all-electric boats, emphasising that the “power of silence” and lack of smell facilitates a deeper connection to nature. X Shore launched its first boat model, the Eelex 6500, […]

Hyundai reveals foldable electric scooter designed to be charged in its cars

Hyundai has created a prototype scooter that folds down to the size of a backpack and can be charged in a car using the energy created while driving. The scooter has been designed for use with future Hyundai or Kia models, which would come with designated storage and charging compartments. To make the Hyundai scooter as portable […]

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