3D Printed Clay: Ceramic Sculptures by Jonathan Keep

3D Printed Clay: Ceramic Sculptures by Jonathan Keep The process isn’t yet as simple as plug and print like an inkjet unit, requiring preparation of a clay medium for ideal printing viscosity as shown in this video. But once the clay is readied, the array of morphological creations of British artist Jonathan Keep‘s imagination partnered with the precision of a DIY computer guided 3D printer is impressive.
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Artist Jonathan Keep’s 3D printed clay pottery are inspired by patterns and forms evident in nature, including icebergs, petrified wood, seeds, and even sound waves (shown above).

3D Printed Clay: Ceramic Sculptures by Jonathan Keep in technology main art Category Keep built his own 3D printer based upon a delta robotics model, a type of parallel robot with three arms connected to universal joints at the base limited by parallelograms in the arms; the parallelograms limit the printer’s movements to the X, Y or Z direction without rotation (the high speed efficacy of delta robots make them popular in the packaging industry, medical and pharmaceutical industry). The “ink” in Keep’s ceramic printer is ejected using a clay extruder made from parts adapted from the adhesives industry. 30 psi of compressed air pushes out the clay at around 1mm per second. 3D Printed Clay: Ceramic Sculptures by Jonathan Keep in technology main art Category 3D Printed Clay: Ceramic Sculptures by Jonathan Keep in technology main art Category
“I have long used computer software to develop new ceramic forms. With an interest in the hidden numerical code that underpins all nature I have developed a working process whereby the shapes of these pots are written in computer code. This digital information is passed to a studio based DIY 3D printer that I have adapted to print in clay. Layer by layer the pots are printed out – a sort of mechanical pottery coil building. After printing, the ceramic is fired and glaze in the normal way.”

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Keep shares plans, materials, software, and insight about how to make/use your own DIY Delta Printer for ceramics for those inclined to follow his experiments.

More of artist Jonathan Keep’s Digital Pots available for viewing here. If you like this, check out the pottery printer by gt2P.






The Grovemade Desk Collection

The Grovemade Desk Collection Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.Alan Alexander Milne There are three daily habits I’ve learned to practice while working from home: prioritizing the “inbox” (whether physical or digital), constantly minimizing clutter, and maximizing usable storage space. While the first two habits are behavioral, the last requires planning and utilizing the right organizational tools, whether it be for wrangling items strewn across a desk or files across the computer’s desktop. If the issue of disorganization is digital in nature, easy enough, a common (or luxuriously uncommon) external hard drive plays the part of digital filing cabinet. But where we most often struggle isn’t the desktop, but our desk’s tops. The Grovemade Desk Collection offers a unified solution, emphasizing the aesthetic, ergonomic, and space efficient detailed in warm wood finishes and leather surfaces. The Grovemade Desk Collection in technology style fashion main Category The Grovemade Desk Collection in technology style fashion main Category The Grovemade Desk Collection in technology style fashion main Category The Grovemade Desk Collection in technology style fashion main Category
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The Monitor Stand raises screens 4″ from the desk surface for a more ergonomic viewing angle, reducing neck strain. The space underneath provides additional storage space.

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Available in both black walnut and maple, the Grovemade Keyboard Tray is designed for use with the Apple wireless keyboard. A cork padded aluminum base and cork padding offers storage for small stationery items, including three AA batteries.

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Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat

Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat There’s a silent conflict happening right now all across the country, a perpetual struggle with combatants plotting and planning to gain dominance over their neighbors on a daily basis. It can get ugly quickly—this battle for the workplace thermostat. Building Robotics, an Oakland, California team believes their new hardware and app system may quell this common conflict over interior temperature settings, easing the sweat and shivers often present in shared workplaces using a combination of hardware monitoring and user/group accountability. Think of Comfy as a behavioral group thermostat system. Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat in technology main Category Comfy installs into a building’s existing digital HVAC controls (Building Management System), allowing users to then use an app to request ‘Warm my Space’ or ‘Cool my Space’. This same app is able to pinpoint location of each user and tallies submitted votes for either more warmth or cooling in relation to their zone, adjusting HVAC controls in accordance to the majority’s wishes (pity the lone shivers/sweat prone anomaly amongst the group) in increments of 10 minutes. Over time the Comfy system recognizes usage patterns, automatically adjusting for optimal comfort (not unlike the residential the tado° residential AC system). But it’s Building Robotics’s group voting solution which transforms one-setting-fits-all settings into the thermostat equivalent of live voting on a reality show. Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat in technology main Category Building Robotics CEO Andrew Krioukov explains the psychology behind a group-operated temperature system: “As a Comfy user, your usage is visible to your colleagues. This encourages good communication and civility between colleagues who share a zone. Anytime there are differing opinions in a zone, we put the zone in a holding pattern for 10 minutes. In larger zones, we can enable a feature where, upon making a request, a user is asked to get an additional person sitting nearby to agree with them before we supply their requested stream of air.” Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat in technology main Category Note, Comfy does not provide micro-targeted temperature adjustments specific for individual users, so don’t put away that Hello Kitty blanket, heater at your feet, or portable fan on your desk just quite yet. There will undoubtedly be temperature outlier casualties in this Lord of the Flies, majority rules environment. But in providing a system to allow workplace occupants to request cooling and heat to specific zones strewn throughout the whole of a workplace, offices, studios, and other shared spaces should see a boost in productivity due to overall improved comfort, more inter-office communication, alongside lower energy bills since air conditioning or heating would not be left on all of the time, the reason behind extreme temperatures in offices today. Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat in technology main Category Building Robotics cites promising results from their current pilot programs at Johnson Controls and UC Berkeley, with plans to expand contracts out to additional building management clients with their recent infusion of investment.






3D Printing Is Comfortably Correcting How We Heal

3D Printing Is Comfortably Correcting How We Heal On a scale from 1-10, the hype about the potential of 3D printing has reached a fevered mark deserving a Spinal Tap-ian “11″. But where the excitement may be deserved and development may prove revolutionary is within the field of prosthetic devices and orthopedic healing aids.
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MHOX and CRP Group collaborated with medical professionals to develop highly fit-customizable 3D printed generative orthoses.

An orthosis is a medical apparatus applied externally to the human body to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. You might have worn one after breaking an arm or leg, injuring a hand or neck, and if so, likely remember how restrictively cumbersome they felt. Cue in 3D printed devices designed to “assist, restrict, control or limit movement for specific body segments” in ways previously unavailable using traditional post-surgical devices (e.g., braces, splints and casts). 3D Printing Is Comfortably Correcting How We Heal in technology main Category
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A highly flexible leg orthosis made of polyamide-based material reinforced with glass fibers is designed to hug both leg and the foot while still allowing natural motion to provide active support and control in the gait cycle while healing.

MHOX and CRP Technology turned to 3D printing and an additive material process to manufacture a next generation of orthosis created in three phases:
  • a precise body scan is made of the patient’s body part
  • a 3D orthosis plan is developed for perfect custom fit for the wearer
  • a 3D printer can then produce a flexible and washable orthosis, offering a fit well beyond the traditional range of small, medium, large and x-large
The biomorphic shapes produced from 3D scans and printers hug each contour of scanned body parts, reducing irritation caused by poorly fit devices and improving the range of motion allowed while wearing orthotics.
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Bespoke polyamide 3D printed casts like the Cortex cast designed by Jake Evill liberate wearers from the cumbersome plaster casts used today.

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Bearing a similar wireframe geometric design to the Cortex cast, industrial designer Deniz Karasahin‘s Osteoid supplements healing of bone using Exogen, a low-intensity ultrasound system.

“We typically think of design as design, and medicine as medicine, though in many cases, good design simply becomes good medicine” – Scott Summit, 3D Systems designer of Bespoke Braces.

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3D Systems Bespoke Braces designed for chronic condition scoliosis proved highly desirable amongst children and young adults afflicted with the abnormal spinal curvature not only because of its comfortable fit/flexibility, but in no small part because the matrix pattern design was considered an aesthetic/fashionable upgrade.

Although signing a cast for a broken arm or leg has long been a rite of passage, in reality, living and moving encased inside one can prove stifling over the time required for bones to set and heal (not to mention the smell that ferments within!). The new generation of 3D printed orthotics (and prosthetic) devices are widening the range of movement available to wearers, making for a more comfortable healing process, while also improving air flow to body parts which often become unpleasantly sweaty and itchy while bound in bandage or plaster casts. There’s a good chance in the near future we won’t be having our casts signed by friends and family, but we’ll have them 3D engraved instead.






The Withings Activité Might Be the 1st Smartwatch Designers Want to Wear

The Withings Activité Might Be the 1st Smartwatch Designers Want to Wear Much hype was made (again) this past week over details about Android Wear devices at Google I/O, but outside of fitness-recording devices, wearable technology hasn’t yet caught fire amongst the general public for a variety of reasons: features offered are still overwhelmingly redundant, duplicating the information easily gleaned from smartphones and tablets, promoted under the guise of eased glance-ability. Designs so far have been unwieldy and fashionably uninspired. The Moto 360, demoed at Google I/O, is the strongest case for Android Wear’s vision of a smartwatch merging style with utility; the 360 won’t be available till “sometime in summer”. Techno-utopian George Gilder once noted, “Not every human endeavor is algorithmic. The design of a pitching machine made by men is algorithmic; the prowess of a Major League Baseball Pitcher is not.” Unfortunately, we’re at a point where wearable devices still currently bear strong resemblance to the proverbial pitching machine, not yet the pitcher. So it comes as a refreshing surprise to see a smartwatch – the Withings Activité – sporting dimensions and attributes of more discreet analog-era character, embedded with an array of active smartwear technology: app connectivity via Bluetooth Low Energy, digital activity monitoring, and internal accelerometer. The Withings Activité Might Be the 1st Smartwatch Designers Want to Wear in technology style fashion main Category Under the guise of a very fine looking timepiece (inspired by the traditional 1700s era French pedometer), the Activité actually shares more features with rival fitness band makers like FitBit and Jawbone, than the device’s wind-up timepiece heritage projects. The Withings Activité Might Be the 1st Smartwatch Designers Want to Wear in technology style fashion main Category The two hand dials do indeed tell the time as watches have been offering for ages, but it’s the smaller inset third dial which presents the user data tracking according to predefined activity goals set by app, Withings’ HealthMate app for iOS. The smartwatch and app work together to keeps tabs on user’s waking hour activity, including steps taken and swimming strokes, with sleep monitoring to aid wearers establish 24-hour optimal habits. Reach your goal and the “100″ mark and the watch vibrates. The Withings Activité Might Be the 1st Smartwatch Designers Want to Wear in technology style fashion main Category
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A vibrating alarm and water resistance to depths of 50 meters complement the Withings Activité’s Swiss construction, sapphire glass touchscreen, and heritage tannery leather watch straps.

The Withings Activité Might Be the 1st Smartwatch Designers Want to Wear in technology style fashion main Category Only time will tell whether the alternative, discreet non-digital display style will justify the $390 price tag accompanying the release of the Withings Activité’s Fall release. But the Activité does pose the question of whether smartwatches best serve wearers as functional notification beacons and mirrors of smartphone screens, or if they’re better honed in, serving a specific user-defined function.






The $10,000 Cruise RP-1 Converts Audi Into Driverless Experience

The $10,000 Cruise RP-1 Converts Audi Into Driverless Experience Roads and highways filled with self-driving vehicles zipping to and fro across cities is still a few years away from becoming a reality. But the wheels of technological progress is at full throttle, with Google, General Motors, and MobilEye diligently working on perfecting self-driving vehicle technologies (a reality many automotive journalists seem to dread and deny). Yet it might be a small 8-person San Francisco operation appropriately named Cruise Automation, which may get into the fast lane with drivers before their slower-to-accelerate competition. The Cruise RP-1 is a $10,000 conversion kit which takes control of steering, throttle, and braking, all the while making sure the car remains safely in its lane and at a safe distance from other nearby vehicles. A combination of open-source software and hardware – with an uncanny semblance to the Xbox Kinect – utilizes a combination of a trunk-installed computer with an array of overhead cameras and radar to calculate auto-pilot driving on highways (note: the system isn’t designed to navigate in city, stop-and-go conditions). The $10,000 Cruise RP 1 Converts Audi Into Driverless Experience in technology main Category Automotive giants like General Motors and Mercedes-Benz aren’t sleeping on autonomous driving systems either. Alongside Google’s fully autonomous, steering wheel free approach, just about every car company has similar driver-assistive technologies utilizing radar systems for automatic braking, steering, and acceleration in development, ranging in degree to assistive in nature to full hands-off experiences. But the Cruise Automation system’s price and the option for aftermarket installation sets it apart as a gateway technology enabling semi-autonomous driving before drivers fully sacrifice the steering wheel to robotic decision-making. The $10,000 Cruise RP 1 Converts Audi Into Driverless Experience in technology main Category The $10,000 Cruise RP 1 Converts Audi Into Driverless Experience in technology main Category The $10,000 Cruise RP 1 Converts Audi Into Driverless Experience in technology main Category The Cruise RP-1 comes with three caveats: 1) the system will currently only be available for use with 2012 or newer Audi A4 and S4 models (other model compatibility is in the works), 2) the RP-1 will only be sold in California, and 3) only 50 of these systems will initially be available for launch next year. Reservations for the system come at a fairly hefty price, but those interested can lay claim here to join the Cruise Founders Club and take their hands off the wheel and pedals before everyone else. The $10,000 Cruise RP 1 Converts Audi Into Driverless Experience in technology main Category






MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces

MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces It’s ironic something so old as the power outlet has become so important…a necessity…in this era of digital devices. But how many of us are regularly caught crouching, reaching under or around furniture (especially bedside), or crawling around to find a free outlet? Our devices have evolved, but the design of power outlets is now only beginning to change to match the needs of our continual plug+charge habits. MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category The MOS Reach is an evolutionary upgrade to the traditional wall outlet, an extension outlet with flexible placement capability, and a design recognizing “how” and “where” we reach to recharge digital devices can be cumbersome. Specifically, the Reach is designed to be used with hard to reach outlets hidden in tight quarters behind couches, desks, entertainment centers, nightstands, and other larger pieces of furniture. MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category A slim 90 degree angle power plug reduces the protrusion from the outlet, and the option to place the MOS Reach on both flat and vertical surfaces using either AirStick micro-suction tape or removable adhesive tape makes the design seem ideal for nightstand duty, a place where many of us leave our phones to charge overnight. A hidden, but ingenious cable cluttering busting feature: the inclusion of Neodymium magnets inside the Reach’s outlet casing, which means users can neatly magnetically stick USB and Lightning cables while unplugged instead of fallen onto the floor. The compact and fairly unobtrusive design offers a single 3-prong electrical outlet with the addition of two USB 5V 3.1A ports capable of charging an iPad. Though not a replacement for a true surge protector, the Reach does offer a modest 175 Joule surge protection, and the 3-foot power cable means it can extend over and around corners both at home and for travel needs (imagine, one airport electrical outlet turns into two USB ports to share and one for the laptop). MOS designer Andrew Adams also notes their team made the more expensive decision to encase the Reach using ABS/Polycarbonate combination for the head unit — the same polymer most commonly used in the automobile industry – for both durability and feel. MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category MOS Reach: A Flexible Power Solution For Tight Spaces in technology main Category The MOS Reach will be available for $25 for early bird Kickstarter investors, in either black or white finish, then eventually offered for $30 once production ramps up with full funding. Further details of the project available here.






The Haiku Is One Smart Ass Ceiling Fan

The Haiku Is One Smart Ass Ceiling Fan Jaime’s roundup of Best of Dwell On Design LA 2014 covered a wide range of offerings that were on display this past week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But I’d like to add to the mix an additional “airy” design, one which I noticed only once I directed my gaze overhead: the Big Ass Fans’ Haiku smart ceiling fan. The Haiku Is One Smart Ass Ceiling Fan in technology main home furnishings Category Big Ass Fans are renowned for their…well…their really big ass ceiling fans. Their gigantic iconic 20′ diameter fans look like propellers taken off the Spruce Goose and reinstalled onto ceilings, an impressive air circulation solution with dramatic effect and superior air flow. The company’s latest design shown at this year’s Dwell On Design is a bit more subtle in presence, but perhaps more attractive of an option for regular residential inhabitants. The 60″ Haiku with SenseME technology is the first smartphone app-enabled smart ceiling fan.
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Haiku with SenseME, which begins shipping later this summer, is the first fan controllable by a smartphone app. The app allows users to set schedules for both the fan and optional LED lighting control modes.

Equipped with the SenseME technology, the modern streamline fan can recognize when occupants enter or leave a room, turning off the fan automatically when its services aren’t needed to save energy. Conversely, the SenseME system proactively keeps constant tabs on a room’s temperature and humidity, adjusting its speed to user designated comfort zones, with a predictive learning microprocessor, embedded wi-fi chip, infrared motion, and environmental sensors all adjusting the Haiku’s efficient magnet motor and optional array of LED lights. The Haiku Is One Smart Ass Ceiling Fan in technology main home furnishings Category Big Ass Fans representatives offered us a demo of the SenseME app in action, revealing a very clean and easy to navigate/use UI, albeit limited function, system (reps did note the company planned to release additional functions for the fan+app as developed and hinted they were investigating certification under Apple’s new HomeKit initiative). The fan itself was whisper quiet at all speeds with nary a wobble, which sadly can’t be said comparatively for the ceiling fan spinning in my own bedroom right now. Multiple Haiku fans can be grouped for programming across a home to circulate air room to room. Additionally, the Haiku can also work without a home Wi-Fi network, since the fan’s onboard Wi-Fi radio can create local area networks by itself.
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Designed with an on‐board computer and array of sensors shown to us during Dwell On Design, the SenseME monitors occupants in a room, temperature/humidity, and learns to adjust according to user patterns over time.

The Big Ass Fans Haiku will begin shipping at the end of July, starting at $925 for a composite finish, $1025 for the bamboo model, with LED Light Kit and Wall Controller extra.






Nooka’s “ZONAL – Extending the Body and Mind” Explores Optimistic TechnoFuturism

Nooka’s “ZONAL – Extending the Body and Mind” Explores Optimistic TechnoFuturism According to the Tantric tradition there are fourteen great nerve centers in the physical body, with seven energy centers – chakras – serving as the nexus between the body and consciousness. Each chakra is connected to a specific color:
- Muladhara (red)
- Svadhisthana (orange)
- Manipura (yellow)
- Anahata (green)
- Vishuddha (blue)
- Ajna (indigo)
- Sahaswara (violet) ZONAL – Extending the Body and Mind, an exhibition at WantedDesign 2014, and curated by Matthew Waldman of NOOKA and Marc Thorpe of Marc Thorpe Design, showcases a selection of wearable and portable technologies inspired by the ancient vedic connection between color and body, Nookas ZONAL – Extending the Body and Mind Explores Optimistic TechnoFuturism in technology style fashion main Category Designers from around the globe were invited to participate in the exhibition, each assigned a specific zone with correlated product categories to work within : Foundation, Locomotion, Creation, Core, Heart, Head and Dream. Each of the seven concepts represent the designer’s vision of “optimistic technofuturism” through the prism of the Tantric tradition, including footwear inspired by highrise architecture, a timepiece with a 72 year cycle, and even a “message in a bottle” communication device designed to be shot out into outer space. More details about the exhibition at Nooka and WantedDesign.
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Design by Rem D. Koolhaas

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Design by Marc Thorpe

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Design by Joe Doucet

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Design by Nolen Niu

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Design by Paul Loebach

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Design by Todd Bracher








Scribble: 100,000 Ink Colors Available In One Pen

Scribble: 100,000 Ink Colors Available In One Pen Proving whatever you can dream may eventually come true, the Scribble Pen is a concept designed by Mark Barker and Robert Hoffman set out to realize the dream of countless designers, artists, and doodlers who’ve imagined a drawing tool which can sample any color in the world and adjust the ink output to match. Scribble: 100,000 Ink Colors Available In One Pen in technology main Category The Scribble Pen – a little bigger than a tablet stylus – works by using a 16-bit RGB color sensor and ARM 9 microprocessor to detect colors upon nearly any surface, then formulates the scanned hue with a matching CMYK ink for output (it’s very similar to a mini-sized computerized house paint mixer found at any home improvement or house paint retailer). One gigabyte of internal storage equates to a maximum of 100,000 unique colors in the pen’s memory; Scribble+, a partner mobile app can further store and display collected colors for use on a tablet or smartphone. Scribble: 100,000 Ink Colors Available In One Pen in technology main Category
For the color blind, kids, interior decorators, homeowners, teachers, artists, photographers, designers and students, the Scribble color picker pen will make copying an exact color, any color from any object, an absolute breeze. With Scribble you can scan, match or compare colors, draw on paper or your mobile device.

Scribble: 100,000 Ink Colors Available In One Pen in technology main Category Scribble: 100,000 Ink Colors Available In One Pen in technology main Category A rechargeable lithium-ion battery, micro-USB port and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity are stock for both versions, Scribble Ink and Scribble Stylus, the only difference being the more affordable capacitive rubber tip-only model works sans customizable ink cartridges. Scribble: 100,000 Ink Colors Available In One Pen in technology main Category Both models will be available for pre-order via Kickstarter, with sign-up for notifications available online for those who want to be amongst the first to try this intriguing next generation drawing device.






TERA: An Interactive Fitness Yoga Mat That Poses As a Rug

TERA: An Interactive Fitness Yoga Mat That Poses As a Rug When it comes to yoga, everyone needs a little motivation and direction sometimes. TERA, a circular Kvadrat wool rug embedded with an array of LED lights, looks to improve home exercise with subtle touch-sensitive technology. TERA: An Interactive Fitness Yoga Mat That Poses As a Rug in technology main Category The concept behind the Tera Fitness Mat designed by European fitness company, Lunar, is not unlike the classic game of Twister; instead of spinning a dial to dictate placement, color-coded LED lights embedded into the TERA guide users where to place hands and feet accordingly. Sensors woven into the rug provide users with real-time touch/pressure feedback, designed to aid users to shift their weight for ideal form and safe transitions from one move into another. TERA: An Interactive Fitness Yoga Mat That Poses As a Rug in technology main Category TERA: An Interactive Fitness Yoga Mat That Poses As a Rug in technology main Category TERA: An Interactive Fitness Yoga Mat That Poses As a Rug in technology main Category TERA: An Interactive Fitness Yoga Mat That Poses As a Rug in technology main Category An accompanying Bluetooth-enabled tablet app connects the fitness mat wirelessly to visually illustrate each movement and pose through pre-programmed routines, with Pilates or Tae Bo programs also available to complement yoga exercises. But perhaps the biggest selling point of this yet-to-be-released design is the rug’s modernist design which succeeds as a decorative carpet as much as a piece of exercise equipment in a room, eliminating the need to hide exercise equipment post-workout.






Yves Béhar Wants You to Drink Smarter With Vessyl

Yves Béhar Wants You to Drink Smarter With Vessyl They say “you are what you eat”, but what about what you drink? A lot of us are getting a large portion of our calories throughout the day from beverages: from the very first sip of sweetened, dairy-laden coffee drinks in the morning, to the very last sip of soda pop with our supper. It’s all too easy to swig down an excess of calories in liquid form one cup at a time throughout the day without even realizing it. Prolific designer extraordinaire, Yves Béhar, and San Francisco-based company, Mark One, want to revolutionize the drinking cup into a smart technology, app-connected dietary device. Outfitted with a molecular identification sensor so precise it can discern between Coke and Pepsi, this new polymer LED display equipped cup is unlike anything currently in your cupboard. Yves Béhar Wants You to Drink Smarter With Vessyl in technology main Category Vessyl co-founder and Mark One CEO, Justin Lee, introduced the technology as a way for sippers and gulpers alike to add yet another way to measure and monitor daily habits, tracking beverage consumption habits using “lenses” focusing on the specifics of any liquid poured into, including caffeine, sugar, fat, protein, and sodium content. The cup itself offers an LED display up along its faceted modern design, and charges up wirelessly via a circular coaster base station for 5-7 days of use between 60-minute recharges. A compatible iOS or Android app displays data parameters set by users in both realtime and as a total via Bluetooth 4.0. In doing so, drinkers are notified when it might be prudent to tail back kicking back one more or when it’s a good time to fill up on H20. Information displayed by the cup and app include:
  • Beverage type: juice, milk, coffee, mixed drinks, sodas…the proprietary sensor examines and recognizes anything poured into the polymer cup at a molecular level.
  • Caloric makeup: You may know what you’re drinking already, but Vessyl can accurately tally up the total grams of sugar, fat, protein, sodium, and caffeine with each serving poured into it.
  • Pryme: A proprietary metric estimates the consumer’s hydration to meet daily needs specific to activity.
  • Quantity: Tracks daily consumption and how this relates to user’s personal intake goals.
Yves Béhar Wants You to Drink Smarter With Vessyl in technology main Category Yves Béhar Wants You to Drink Smarter With Vessyl in technology main Category Similar to what Nike did with their Nike+ NikeFuel physical activity scoring system, Vessyl has developed their own proprietary measurement designed to aid in daily hydration called Pryme. Drink too little, and the Vessyl informs the user it’s prime time to hydrate, with a variable vertical line displayed across the front of the cup representing hydration needs as a scoring system. The graphical element makes downing a cup of water wonderfully similar to powering up hit points in a video game, continuing the trend of gamifying everything we do, while Vessyl’s integral app is designed to work in conjunction with other fitness tracking apps, connecting the dots of the bigger picture of health and fitness. Yves Béhar Wants You to Drink Smarter With Vessyl in technology main Category Yves Béhar Wants You to Drink Smarter With Vessyl in technology main Category Vessyl is available for pre-order for limited time at half price. See it in action below:






Tiny 100-Square-Foot Apartment Virtually Transforms Throughout Day

Tiny 100-Square-Foot Apartment Virtually Transforms Throughout Day When it comes to forecasting the future, there are two schools of thought: one that sees our planetary cup still half full, the other alarmingly half empty. You can cast Bernardo Schorr, MFA candidate in Parsons’ Design and Technology program and Creative Technologist, with the camp predicting a gloomy dystopian future… a future where a great many of the world’s population will have to live in much smaller dwellings out of necessity, “in windowless apartments with areas limited to 100 square feet.” But not all is lost! Schorr also believes digital technologies can be engineered to allow occupants of these micro-apartments to escape the sensation of being confined within prison cells by projecting immersive virtual environments to “expand” the walls far beyond their true dimensional boundaries. Offered as an “utopian solution for a dystopian scenario”, Schorr’s “Mixed Reality Living Spaces” project serves as an experiment for a future when windows will have become a luxury and our circadian rhythms regulating sleep and activity will be cued increasingly by a pixel perfect simulacrum of the world outside. Tiny 100 Square Foot Apartment Virtually Transforms Throughout Day in technology main architecture Category Tiny 100 Square Foot Apartment Virtually Transforms Throughout Day in technology main architecture Category One moment the room is decorated like a bedroom with a nighttime cityscape view. As sleep hour gives way to the work day, the room instantly transforms into an office setting, complete with morning view, work schedule/calendar, and clock on the room’s walls. Modular furniture allows for physical reconfiguration to interplay with the virtual reality elements to expand the occupant’s sense he or she is inhabiting more than a 100 square feet room. Tiny 100 Square Foot Apartment Virtually Transforms Throughout Day in technology main architecture Category Tiny 100 Square Foot Apartment Virtually Transforms Throughout Day in technology main architecture Category With the advent of 4K Ultra HD displays with barely distinguishable pixels even at nose-to-screen distances making way to market, this level of projected or displayed reality doesn’t seem so far fetched. But let’s hope Schorr’s predictions come and go unrealized, and we’re all afforded a room with a view… a real view.






Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Turns Up the Heat

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Turns Up the Heat Maybe it was the combination of Google’s purchase of Nest, Apple’s recent announcement of their own Home Automation Protocol, HomeKit, and the sudden proliferation of add-on smart appliances, but home appliance giant Honeywell has read the writing on the wall and has stepped up their game. The newly unveiled wi-fi network connected thermostat, the Honeywell Lyric thermostat, improves upon many of the features which made the Nest thermostat a surprise hit in the increasingly competitive connected smart home market. Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Turns Up the Heat in technology Category There’s little doubt the Honeywell design and engineering team has taken note of the industry disruptive, Nest, as the Lyric thermostat shares more than a passing resemblance, both physically and features-wise, with Google’s newly-acquired smart thermostat. A round dial interface and touch sensitive digital display is used to adjust temperature, display the local 12-hour forecast, and works with an audible clicking rotation interface for temperature adjustment which may remind you of the first iPod scroll wheel. Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Turns Up the Heat in technology Category The most notable evolution in the smart home automation category in recent times has been the emergence of user-adaptive and learning features, progressing beyond static set-and-forget or even schedule-based interfaces between user and appliance. It’s in this realm the Lyric begins to distance itself ahead of other smart thermostats on the market. Connected to Honeywell’s Lyric iOS or Android app, the thermostat uses GPS geofencing parameters to activate adaptive features. Once set, the system proactively monitors the comings and goings of users to adjust cooling and heating settings according to user preset preferences, turning back on from energy-saving mode automatically when users approach, dialing energy use when nobody is home. Urban and suburban households even get their own optimum “away” distances: 500 feet for city dwellers or 7 miles in the suburbs. Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Turns Up the Heat in technology Category Households where different family members harbor different ideas about an ideal temperature (the shiver vs. sweat syndrome) will enjoy the ability to set user-specific temperature settings via app, with the option to connect multiple Lyric thermostats across the home (though it’s unclear which occupant’s preferred app settings takes precedence when sharing a space). Then there’s the Lyric’s “Fine Tune” feature, which uses internet wi-fi access to adjust interior temperature according to local outdoor temperature, humidity and weather condition reports, a useful temperature comfort and energy-saving innovation where, for example, “dry heat” vs. “humid heat” require different temperature management for optimal comfort and energy use. The Lyric thermostat is the first of smart home devices Honeywell plans to brand under the Lyric platform, likely extending out to include other smart home monitoring, automated lighting, energy monitoring, and air quality solutions in due time (alongside play nice with Apple’s Home Automation Protocol, HomeKit). For now the Lyric thermostat is only available via Honeywell’s network of certified contractors for professional installation, but DIYers will soon have the option to buy the thermostat from Lowe’s for $279 in August and install one themselves using step-by-step installation instructions directly from the Lyric App.






MakerBot Rewinds With Re-Release of 3D Printed Mixtape

MakerBot Rewinds With Re-Release of 3D Printed Mixtape It was two years ago when MakerBot previewed the possibilities of personal 3D printers, delivered in the nostalgic form of a “press record+play” icon: the mixtape. The MakerBot Mixtape proved not only to be one of their first items and downloadable 3D design kits, but also became one of the company’s most popular pre-printed designs. MakerBot Rewinds With Re Release of 3D Printed Mixtape in technology Category Taking a cue from the music industries’ propensity for reissues and repackaging albums, the MakerBot Mixtape is being re-released for anyone who missed the limited first run back in 2012 and for those without their own 3D printer today. The new MakerBot Mixtape has been updated inside and out, with an improved user interface with easier drag and drop options, twice as much internal storage (increased from 2GB to 4GB), and most noticeably, new brightly colored casing combinations. The faux audio cassette shaped MP3 player is even formatted to store 3D printing STL files for future 3D modeling projects doubling as a storage device. MakerBot Rewinds With Re Release of 3D Printed Mixtape in technology Category For now the MakerBot Mixtape is an exclusive release, only available at MakerBot retail locations in New York, Boston, and Greenwich, Connecticut for $40. That said, we’re holding out for 3D printed vinyl records to become a similar 3D printer option one day for full audiophile nostalgic effect.






B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection

B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection Just as the world readies for the biggest international sporting event this side of the Olympics, Pepsi and B&O PLAY have partnered to announce the limited edition “Live for Now” Capsule Collection of headphones, the latest in Pepsi’s “The Art of Football” global campaign merging street art, technology, and fashion. B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category The B&O PLAY x Pepsi “Live for Now” Capsule Collection is represented by limited edition BeoPlay H6 (designed by Jakob Wagner) and Form 2i (designed by Steve McGugan) headphones, with each headband underside embellished by six international street artists: Hattie Stewart of the United Kingdom, Argentinian urban artist Jaz, Brazilian illustrator and street artist Ricardo AKN, visual artist and Spaniard, Zosen, Merijn Hos from the Netherlands, and Argentinian street artist, Ever. B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category Both “Live for Now” Capsule Collection editions of the BeoPlay H6 and Form 2i retain the same specs as their regular counterparts. B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category B&O PLAY x Pepsi Street Art Headphones Collection in technology style fashion Category The B&O PLAY headphones join Original Penguin, Gents, Goodlife, Del Toro and SHUT in this limited edition run of fashion, technology, and sports, available at Bang & Olufsen stores and online.






The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology

The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology What we wear and how we wear it is about to change profoundly. At least that’s what The Next Black, a documentary film produced by home appliance manufacturer AEG envisions. Interviewing a selection of innovative companies and designers experimenting with fashion via technology and science today, the film professes fashion’s future is “not about the new, it’s about the next.” The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology in technology style fashion Category What’s “next” are solutions moving beyond long existing design and manufacturing paradigms which have long loomed over the industry:
  • Digital couture, possibly the most imaginative field of fashion, envisions clothing becomes “a garment with a factory inside” to accomplish the imaginative and whimsical.
  • Biocouture utilizes living organisms to grow clothing and accessories in a method “closer to brewing beer” than weaving fabric, giving a whole new definition of “organic clothing”.
  • Wearable sports technology is already quickly becoming mainstream, with performance monitoring devices of increasingly smaller and inconspicuous size woven right into tops and bottoms worn by athletes and consumers alike.
  • And woven throughout fashion’s future is the thread of sustainability, not only from the manufacturing end, but also directed by the philosophy clothing can be designed as a repairable object more akin to hardware rather than a disposable soft good.
The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology in technology style fashion Category The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology in technology style fashion Category The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology in technology style fashion Category The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology in technology style fashion Category The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology in technology style fashion Category The Next Black encompasses all of these progressive and exploratory fields of fashion’s future, a tomorrow when clothing is designed to be updated and customized like our favorite smartphone app today. The likes of Rick Ridgeway of Patagonia, Suzanne Lee of Biocouture, Nancy Tilbury of Studio XO, Matt Hymers of adidas, and Sophie Mather of YEH Group all contribute their visions about smart clothing and new technologies, and explain how they believe fashion technology will emerge as yet another connective element to a digital lifestyle extending right down to the threads covering our bodies.






Apple OS X Yosemite Flattens the Desktop UI

Apple OS X Yosemite Flattens the Desktop UI There’s undoubtedly a lot under the hood of OS X Yosemite, Apple’s upcoming desktop operating system announced this past Monday morning during Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference. But it will be the cleaner, flatter, and noticeably translucent refreshed front face of OS X Yosemite, which will present users the impression Apple is serious about modernizing the Mac UI in parallel with the iOS experience. Apple OS X Yosemite Flattens the Desktop UI in technology news events Category Gone are most any remnants of Apple’s skeuomorphic past which held steadfast with previous OS X releases. Instead, the previewed release of OS X 10.10 exhibits many of the aesthetic hallmarks of its mobile iOS sibling, iOS 7. Starting from the updated flat 2D dock, to the elimination of gradients, the redesigned red, yellow, and green “stoplights” in the corner of every app window, with sharper edges throughout the interface, OS X Yosemite is indicative of Apple’s intent to make the transition between accessing information from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer as seamless as possible, with desktop applications like Safari looking and operating more like their mobile equivalents, and accessed images, websites, or documents live updated across all OS X+iOS 8 connected devices. Apple OS X Yosemite Flattens the Desktop UI in technology news events Category Apple OS X Yosemite Flattens the Desktop UI in technology news events Category Taking a cue from iOS 7, user defined backgrounds directly affect the color temperature of application windows, and a new “dark mode” dims out distractions by darkening menu bars from light to dark gray. A dark translucent background for the Notification Center aids legibility and makes OS X’s brightly colored iconographic elements “pop” better than before. Apple OS X Yosemite Flattens the Desktop UI in technology news events Category The updated Safari is so minimalist, the browser’s toolbar now only displays the truncated originating source address instead of the whole URL. Whether this proves popular – or even acceptable – is yet to be seen, but it’s obvious Apple believes the average user doesn’t care so much about the “address” as the “house” visited online.
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Apple has left no stone unturned, even optimizing system fonts for clarity for Retina displays, though the choice of Helvetica Neue is being greeted with concern in regards to legibility.

Individually these many interface design changes seem minor, but in total the redesign presented by Apple with OS X Yosemite is a strong indicator the Cupertino company believes mobile computing now dictates the “how”, “where”, “what” and “when” in a way previously unthinkable before the emergence of the iPhone and iPad. Apple is giving developers access to OS X 10.10 Yosemite starting Monday with a public beta available later this summer, and a final public release this fall as a free upgrade. A full outline of all of Apple’s OS X Yosemite features is available at Apple.com.






The LIX Is a 3D Printer That Fits In Your Pocket

The LIX Is a 3D Printer That Fits In Your Pocket The LIX is designed as the smallest 3D printing pen, a Kickstarter concept that M.C. Escher would have undoubtedly appreciated for the pen’s ability to allow users to break out of the confines of two dimensions. Imagine a 3D printer reduced down to its most bare components and engineered into a pen shape and you’ve got the LIX. Powered by a USB 3.0 port connected pen barrel, colored plastic “ink” ABS or PLA filaments are melted with a hot-end nozzle much like a glue gun (ABS offers greater strength, flexibility, malleability and higher temperature resistance, while the plant-based PLA filaments are offered in a wider range of colors and levels of glossy translucency at the cost of reduced strength and flexibility). Lines can be drawn across and above any surface, the act of illustration becoming one part printing, another part gestural sculpture. The LIX Is a 3D Printer That Fits In Your Pocket in technology Category Each drawn line cools quickly to create rigid and freestanding structures, opening endless illustrative possibilities for artistic and design exploration beyond the two-dimensional, transforming the act of drawing into one combining printing with sculpture. Designed by Anton Suvorov, the portable 3D-printer-in-a-pen was conceived as a tool both for product prototyping, fashionable embellishment, or artistic exploration The LIX Is a 3D Printer That Fits In Your Pocket in technology Category The LIX pen weighs only 40 grams, and at just 6.45″ in length, users could easily brag they’ve got a whole 3D printer ready to use sitting in their shirt pocket. Those looking to get their hands on the first batch of LIX devices can help fund the project over at the LIX Kickstarter page. The LIX Is a 3D Printer That Fits In Your Pocket in technology Category






The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It

The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It If there’s ever been a television which one could envision prominently displayed by a dastardly dashing Bond villain, it might be the Bang & Olufsen’s Ultra Hi-Def 4K BeoVision Avant television. Advertised as the “The one that moves”, the 55-inch 4K LED TV (3940 x 2160 resolution) sets itself apart from the burgeoning market of ultra resolution televisions with a set of elegant motorized movements and environmental adaptive technologies. Turning on the BeoVision Avant sets forth a series of “ooh” inducing movements. When used with its included base stand the display automatically moves from a default standby setting, rotating according to user presets for optimal viewing, while a built in 3-channel soundbar speaker discreetly emerges from the bottom of the display for audio duty. When wall-mounted or used with the optional table stand, the Beovision Avant cantilevers upward or outward from a resting standby position as pre-programmed for the best view. The total effect is a television which seems to come alive at the touch of a button. The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It in technology Category
“Lighting conditions change throughout the day – redder by sunset, or cooler and more bluish by day. In response to this challenge; we developed a new Chromatic Room Adaptation technology.” – Ben Verbraak, Senior Manager, Research and Development in Picture and Display Technology

The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It in technology Category Two innovative features are hidden: B&O engineered the BeoVision Avant to dynamically adjust the set’s picture throughout the day. The Chromatic Room Adaptation system analyzes ambient light using two sensors, adjusting the picture to best work with ambient lighting and the color of the surrounding space. Similarly, an Automatic Bass Adaptation audio system adjusts and optimizes bass according to the acoustics of surrounding walls. The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It in technology Category The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It in technology Category The sleek and slender IR BeoRemote One is crafted from a single, extruded piece of aluminum and can be custom engraved to end all debates about who holds the remote in the household. If you’ve ever dreamt of controlling your electronics with a bar of silver, this may be as close as you come to fulfilling the wish. The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It in technology Category The B&O BeoVision Avant 4K TV Moves Where You Want It in technology Category More about the design and specs of the BeoVision Avant available at Bang & Olufsen.