Microsoft and Kano partner on build-your-own PC for children

Microsoft and Kano partner on build-your-own PC


Kids can now build their own fully functional Windows 10 PC tablet laptop, using this powerful new kit by creative-tech toy company Kano. Read more


Beatrice Sangster-Bullers combines fashion and AI to make “emotionally intelligent” clothing


Central Saint Martins fashion graduate Beatrice Sangster-Bullers integrates artificial intelligence into garments that display the wearer’s emotions. Read more


The Buchla Thunder Overlay Revives an Interface Inspired by Native American Art

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-buchla-thunder-overlay-revives-an-interface-inspired-by-native-american-art/sensel_morph_green_b88971cf-9f5a-4406-b867-f381c42d99e3_2304x1344/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/Sensel_Morph_green_b88971cf-9f5a-4406-b867-f381c42d99e3_2304x1344-810x549.png" alt="The Buchla Thunder Overlay Revives an Interface Inspired by Native American Art" /></a>
                                Synth pioneer Donald &#8220;Don&#8221; Buchla had already left a sustained note upon the composition of musical history in the late 1960s as the co-inventor of the voltage controlled modular synthesizer (developed at the same time, but separately, from Robert Moog) when decades later in 1989 he released the radical <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEAB7ndR0_c"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Thunder</a>, a capacitive MIDI controller. Remembered for its ergonomic layout and an interface inspired by Native American art, the <a href="https://sensel.com/products/morph-with-buchla-thunder-overlay"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Buchla Thunder Overlay for the Sensel Morph</a> is a revival of the visionary&#8217;s instrument, redesigned for another new generation of digital musicians.

Photo: Gregory Han

Imagine the Apple Magic Trackpad supersized to the proportions of an iPad mini and you’ll get an idea of the size and feel of the Sensel Morph, a highly adaptable input platform that uses swappable overlays to enable the creation of music, writing, illustration, gaming, and more. The new Buchla Thunder joins as the seventh Morph graphic overlay (minus

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The Buchla Thunder Overlay Revives an Interface Inspired by Native American Art

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-buchla-thunder-overlay-revives-an-interface-inspired-by-native-american-art/sensel_morph_green_b88971cf-9f5a-4406-b867-f381c42d99e3_2304x1344/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/Sensel_Morph_green_b88971cf-9f5a-4406-b867-f381c42d99e3_2304x1344-810x549.png" alt="The Buchla Thunder Overlay Revives an Interface Inspired by Native American Art" /></a>
                                Synth pioneer Donald &#8220;Don&#8221; Buchla had already left a sustained note upon the composition of musical history in the late 1960s as the co-inventor of the voltage controlled modular synthesizer (developed at the same time, but separately, from Robert Moog) when decades later in 1989 he released the radical <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEAB7ndR0_c"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Thunder</a>, a capacitive MIDI controller. Remembered for its ergonomic layout and an interface inspired by Native American art, the <a href="https://sensel.com/products/morph-with-buchla-thunder-overlay"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Buchla Thunder Overlay for the Sensel Morph</a> is a revival of the visionary&#8217;s instrument, redesigned for another new generation of digital musicians.

Photo: Gregory Han

Imagine the Apple Magic Trackpad supersized to the proportions of an iPad mini and you’ll get an idea of the size and feel of the Sensel Morph, a highly adaptable input platform that uses swappable overlays to enable the creation of music, writing, illustration, gaming, and more. The new Buchla Thunder joins as the seventh Morph graphic overlay (minus

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Spot toy by New Deal Design encourages kids to be “in-the-moment”


Gadi Amit’s studio New Deal Design has invented an Artificial intelligence-equipped toy to fight the “distraction economy” by nurturing children’s attention spans. Read more


Smart chest binder promises to ease pain for trans people

Miles Kilburn Breathe smart binder trans


Transgender men and non-binary people have a safer, more comfortable option for chest binding in the form of Breathe, a smart garment designed by Loughborough University student Miles Kilburn. Read more


Unu’s networked scooter uses smart technologies to allow for sharing

Unu scooter


German mobility company Unu has launched the second generation of its electric scooter, with smart features including anti-theft protection and digital key sharing. Read more


Unu’s networked scooter uses smart technologies to allow for sharing

Unu scooter


German mobility company Unu has launched the second generation of its electric scooter, with smart features including anti-theft protection and digital key sharing. Read more


IKEA and UNYQ Will Soon Launch Customized 3D Printing Gear for Gamers

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ikea-and-unyq-will-soon-launch-customized-3d-printing-gear-for-gamers/ikea-unyq-uppkoppla/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/IKEA-UNYQ-UPPKOPPLA-810x532.png" alt="IKEA and UNYQ Will Soon Launch Customized 3D Printing Gear for Gamers" /></a>
                                A company specializing in 3D printed customized orthopedic devices seems an odd, unexpected partner for mass furnishings retailer <a href="https://www.ikea.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">IKEA</a> to collaborate with. But the Swedish company has taken aim at an opportunity to cater to an entirely new demographic with an <a href="http://unyq.com/unyq-launches-3d-printed-product-line-for-gamers-with-ikea/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">accessories collection</a> envisioned to ergonomically aid the gaming experience.

San Francisco based UNYQ normally utilizes their specialization with 3D printing technology to fashion custom-fit wearables designed to be simultaneously aesthetically beautiful yet practical and functional for upper and lower limb amputees. But for IKEA, UNYQ was tapped to use the same custom measured and fit approach to three consumer gaming products under the collection moniker of UPPKOPPLA:

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

Hyperform virtual reality design tool by Squint Opera, BIG and UNStudio


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. Read more


The Brilliant Sound Experience by Sonos Illuminates the Science of What We Hear

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-brilliant-sound-experience-pop-up-by-sonos-google/holly-herndon_the-brilliant-sound-experience_1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/Holly-Herndon_The-Brilliant-Sound-Experience_1-810x578.jpg" alt="The Brilliant Sound Experience by Sonos Illuminates the Science of What We Hear" /></a>
                                For three days in New York City an immersive multi-room sensory experience created by <a href="https://www.sonos.com/en-us/home"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sonos</a> in partnership with <a href="https://assistant.google.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Google Assistant</a> invited visitors to delve into interactive installations of sound, music, and light to explain the properties and experience of sound.

The Brilliant Sound Experience uses new music from 4AD label artists The National and Holly Herndon, alongside interactive installations to illustrate the properties and dynamics of sound, how it layers into music, and the evocative nature of music. Each room is in essence a self-contained universe of light and sound, each designed to provide listeners the aural and visual cues to better recognize how our brains process sound/music:

Room One – The Physics of Sound

Featuring “Eternal” by Holly Herndon, a track from the AI-aided album, PROTO, the first room utilizes 18 Sonos Play:5s, one Sonos One, and one Sonos Sub, to weave 20 individual tracks into a singular tapestry of

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Shift Automotive conference returns to Berlin to explore the future of mobility

Shift Automotive conference returns Berlin to explore the future of mobility


Dezeen promotion: the biannual Shift Automotive exhibition and convention will be returning to Berlin in September 2019 to explore how technology will affect the future of transport.

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Michelin and GM to bring airless tyres to cars


Michelin is partnering with General Motors to bring its airless tyre prototype to the roads, potentially saving 200 million punctured car tyres from the scrap heap annually. Read more


Best of NeoCon 2019

                                Once again, Design Milk headed off to Chicago to the Merchandise Mart to see the latest and greatest in commercial design at <a href="https://www.neocon.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">NeoCon 2019</a>. Along with a continuation of privacy furniture, much of the new designs seemed to blur the lines between workplace and home, offering companies options that provide a more comfortable and cozy feel. Color and modularity also were standouts as the workspace continues to evolve with companies focusing just as much on aesthetics as they do on functionality. Take a look at some of our favorites from this year&#8217;s show.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-of-neocon-2019/neocon2019-0-designtex/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/NeoCon2019-0-DesignTex-810x1100.jpg" alt="Best of NeoCon 2019" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.designtex.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Designtex</a> presented The Bauhaus Project of wallcoverings and textiles featuring the original work of Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl. Marking the Bauhaus centennial, the collection honors the textile pioneers, who at the start were only allowed to study ceramics and textiles when it began in 1919.

Black White Red, Anni Albers, 1926

Black White Yellow, Anni Albers,

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Sustainability Sets to Take off with KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s Flying-V Concept

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/klm-flying-v-concept-airplane/klm-flying-v-airliner-concept-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/KLM-Flying-V-Airliner-Concept-2-810x518.jpg" alt="Sustainability Sets to Take off with KLM Royal Dutch Airline&#8217;s Flying-V Concept" /></a>
                                The <a href="https://www.klm.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">KLM Royal Dutch Airline&#8217;s</a> Flying-V concept aircraft is the international airliner&#8217;s vision of a more sustainable future for aviation, addressing a growing concern about the global environmental impact of air travel.

The original Flying-V concept was envisioned by then Technical University of Berlin student, Justus Benad, before being developed by researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Despite its unorthodox, but aerodynamic V-shaped design, the Flying-V is comparable to today’s most advanced aircraft, the Airbus A350, sharing the same wingspan as its existing and operating counterpart, and intentional choice to enable the Flying-V to use existing infrastructure at airports, such as gates and runways, without difficulty and the aircraft will also fit into the same hangar as the A350. And despite being shorter than the A350, the Flying-V’s passenger capacity is the same – 314 in the standard configuration – offering the same volume of cargo, 160m3.

Dezeen and Samsung to launch design competitions exploring the future of Galaxy mobile devices

Samsung Galaxy S10


Dezeen promotion: Dezeen will team up with Samsung to run a pair of reader competitions to design new graphics and accessories for its Galaxy smartphones, which the electronics brand first launched 10 years ago. Read more


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

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. Read more


Useless is a digital directory for London’s zero-waste shops

USELESS by Nice and Serious is a digital directory for London's zero-waste shops


Ethical creative agency Nice and Serious has developed an online platform that directs Londoners to their closest zero-waste shops and offers tips on how to reduce your reliance on plastics. Read more


Innovative E-Scooters for the Last Mile Commuter

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/innovative-e-scooters-for-the-last-mile-commuter/e-scooters-2019/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/e-scooters-2019-810x523.jpg" alt="Innovative E-Scooters for the Last Mile Commuter" /></a>
                                If there were any doubts about the growing interest and popularity within the category of last-mile electric scooters – designed to transport urban dwellers the short distance between point A to point B – news about <a href="https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0296232EN/launch-of-the-new-bmw-e-scooter-from-autumn-2019"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">BMW launching their own e-scooter</a> model should put to rest that micro mobility is a waning fad. The German auto group&#8217;s foray into scooters joins an already crowded field, some of the most notable models listed below:

Photo: BMW Group

BMW E-Scooter
Launched by the BMW Lifestyle wing of BMW Group in cooperation with Micro (inventor of the Micro Scooter), the compact city scooter is set to hits streets starting this September, offering riders a range of 7.5 miles per charge with a top speed of 12 mph. The 19.8 lbs BMW E-Scooter sports a 150 watt motor with a lithium-ion battery that hides into the footplate and rear wheel, while also featuring a fold-up,

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AI robot Ai-Da presents her original artworks in University of Oxford exhibition

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture made by Ai-Da, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, has been unveiled at a gallery in the UK


An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture made by Ai-Da, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, has been unveiled at a gallery in the UK. Read more