BCXSY’s Reciprocal Syntax installation explores the nature of collaboration via a seesaw

Design studio BCXSY used a seesaw as a metaphor for the creative process in their installation Reciprocal Syntax, which allows two riders to together build an audiovisual landscape through play. The installation features a sensor-rigged seesaw surrounded by semi-transparent fabric, where visuals are projected as they’re created in real-time. What these visuals end up looking […]

Minut alarm promises all-in-one home security without cameras

Swedish company Minut has created a smart-home security device for the camera-averse — an alarm that monitors movement, noise, temperature and humidity. The company wanted to create a comprehensive security device without using wi-fi-connected cameras, which are controversial but increasingly common thanks to product families like the Google-owned Nest and Amazon’s Ring. The wireless Minut […]

Daan Roosegaarde remembers Dutch Holocaust victims with Levenslicht memorial

Designer Daan Roosegaarde has memorialised the 104,000 victims of the Holocaust in the Netherlands with individual stones in an interactive sculpture titled Levenslicht. Launching yesterday in Rotterdam, Levenslicht is made up of specially designed luminescent rocks that glow every few seconds, apparently as if taking “a breath of light”. The rocks are arranged in a […]

“We’re at the precipice of social change” when it comes to female sex tech says Lora DiCarlo

Sexual health technology for women is finally gaining acceptance according to founder of sextech startup Lora DiCarlo, who returned to CES this year with two new robotic massagers after its Osé product was banned in 2019 for being “immoral”. Consumer robotics company Lora DiCarlo unveiled two new additions to its Osé family of “bio-mimetic pleasure […]

Samsung’s artificial Neon humans are “a new kind of life”

In a bid to “make science fiction a reality”, Samsung‘s future factory STAR Labs has developed Neon, AI-powered virtual beings that look and behave like real humans. Unlike artificially intelligent (AI) assistants like Siri or Alexa, STAR Labs’ computationally created beings aren’t programmed to be “know-it-all bots” or an interface to answer users’ questions and […]

Xenobots are living robots made from frog cells that can heal themselves

A team of scientists at Tufts University in the US have created xenobots, tiny robots made from frog skin and heart cells that can walk, work together and heal themselves. Algorithms define the configurations of frog cells, which are then constructed by humans to create a living robot that the scientists have called a xenobot, […]

Segway introduces armchair-like S-Pod vehicle for seated riding

Segway has revealed its latest self-balancing vehicle, the S-Pod — an egg-shaped rideable chair inspired by the Gyrosphere in Jurassic World. The company describes its latest invention as a “game-changing personal transporter” intended primarily for “enclosed campuses” such as airports and theme parks. Like the original Segway vehicle for upright riding, the S-Pod is self-balancing […]

Eight cute and kitschy robots from CES 2020

Smart-home technology and innovative cars were overshadowed at CES by tiny robots designed to be human companions. We’ve rounded up eight of the kitschiest offerings at this year’s event. Known as the proving ground for the latest gadgets and breakthrough technologies, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place at the beginning of each year, […]

Carlings releases “world’s first augmented-reality T-shirt”

Wearers can update their clothing with new political messaging each day, with the augmented-reality The Last Statement T-shirt from Swedish retailer Carlings. Developed for the brand by creative agency Virtue, the T-shirt is nearly blank to the naked eye. Viewed through a phone, however, it sports a bold, animated design that comments on a political topic of […]

Hyundai and Uber unveil concept design for flying car

Hyundai is the latest automaker to turn its attention from the roads to the skies, partnering with Uber to design a concept for a future air-taxi service. The Korean manufacturer displayed a full-scale model of its S-A1 aerial vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week – the world’s biggest consumer electronics show taking […]

Ballie the rolling robot is Samsung’s near-future vision of personal care

Samsung introduced its vision of robots as “life companions” at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show – a tiny, ball-shaped AI device that rolls around the house and responds to commands like a pet dog. Unveiled on 6 January 2020 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung’s small, yellow Ballie robot is designed […]

Sony reveals Vision-S electric car concept at CES 2020

Sony revealed a driverless, electric concept sedan at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, designed to flaunt the Japanese company’s expertise in a range of mobility technologies. Unveiled on 7 January 2020, the electronics giant created the Vision-S prototype vehicle as a way of showcasing its advanced electronics technologies that aim to contribute to “safer and more […]

Carlo Ratti’s Eyes of the City exhibition in Shenzhen tracks visitors with facial-recognition tech

Architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti stokes the surveillance debate with his biennale exhibition, which is set in a working train station in China and uses facial-recognition technology. A part of the the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, The Eyes of the City exhibition is now open at Futian station. It features works by […]

IBM proposes sustainable successor to lithium-ion battery

IBM has developed a new type of battery that’s free of cobalt, nickel and other heavy metals, avoiding the environmental and humanitarian issues related to lithium-ion technology. The battery is made from three materials that can be extracted from seawater, a much less invasive sourcing method than mining. IBM Research, the innovation arm of tech […]

Townew bin seals and changes garbage bags at the push of a button

Canadian company Knectek Labs has automated an often messy and unhygienic part of household waste collection with the Townew bin, which seals and changes its own bags. Set to launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2020, the Townew bin is self-sealing at the push of a button. It uses […]

Competition: win a wireless Small Transparent Speaker by Transparent Sound

In our latest competition, we’re offering two readers the chance to win a wireless speaker from Transparent Sound’s latest collection. The Stockholm-based audio brand has developed the Small Transparent Speaker so that many of its parts are replaceable and can be upgraded as technology advances. Two winners will receive one speaker each. As its name […]

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 […]

Lorenzo Spreafico’s 3D-printed prosthetic arm provides tactile feedback for low cost

Design student Lorenzo Spreafico has invented a prosthetic arm that could bring tactile feedback to people who can’t currently afford it. Spreafico designed the T1 prosthesis as his final year project in the Product Design bachelors at the University of Leeds in the UK. The 3D-printed plastic arm incorporates vibro-tactile feedback, relaying information about how […]

Kiki & Joost creates patterned solar panels for MyEnergySkin

Design duo Kiki & Joost has created a collection of solar panels for MyEnergySkin, a Dutch company that wants to make products attractive enough to cover building facades. Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk – a couple who make work both together and separately – produced eight tile designs for MyEnergySkin. There are two solar […]

The Samsung Mobile Design Competition aimed to “shape the next wave of Galaxy experiences”

In this movie, we look back at this year’s Samsung Mobile Design Competition, a collaboration between Samsung and Dezeen, which challenged designers to come up with innovative new mobile accessory and wallpaper designs for Galaxy devices. Launched in June 2019, the Samsung Mobile Design Competition was a global contest that sought ideas for how Galaxy mobile […]

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