In that 13-year period, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have released some beautiful hardware, as well as some not-so-beautiful devices that probably needed another trip to the drawing board. Of course, when they came out, many of the designs seen in the gallery below were beyond fresh and considered innovative, at least to some degree.… Read more
Toys, textiles, and Japanese tsuba are all things you might expect to come across when visiting the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. But you might be surprised by one of the museum's most recent acquisitions -- an iPad app.
The Cooper-Hewitt has acquired the iPad app Planetary, the first piece of code to be included in the museum's collection. Planetary visualizes the contents of a person's music library as celestial bodies -- turning songs, albums, and artists into moons, planets, and suns.
"We have acquired Planetary both as an example of interaction … Read more
It's strange to think that less than 30 years after the release of the original Macintosh -- then the cutting edge of consumer computing -- the Mac's been vastly outstripped by a small device that fits in your pocket.
So why not make a a tiny-size working Mac out of today's gadgets? RetroMacCast's John Leake has done precisely that, scaling the machine down to one third of its original size, just 4.5 inches by 3 inches by 3.5 inches (which is still a heck of a lot chunkier than an iPod). … Read more
Life isn't quite at the point where it's completely practical to get whatever you want from a 3D printer. But if it were, I sure would be keen to give designer Sam Abbott's artsy skateboard a brief spin.
From afar, the 3D-printed, twin-lipped skateboard may appear to sport an unusual texture, but it's actually a crazy collage of wacky creatures adorning the backside. A white version of the board, printed up by 3D Print UK, celebrates Abbott's recent win in a competition hosted by the company and 3D model archive CG Trader. The impressive deck measures 30.5 inches wide, 6.8 inches deep, and about 2 inches high.… Read more
If you can post to Twitter using Morse Code, you should darn well be able to get tweets via ticker tape.
"This astounding device will print a permanent copy of all tweets yet requires no ink or computer," reads the site for the standalone contraption, which British Web developer Adam Vaughan built from scratch with used parts from clocks and other objects. … Read more
Getting from point A to B quickly and safely in the crowded confines of a large city requires a different set of skills and technologies than are required by the open road. Drivers must drive efficiently in conditions that are inherently inefficient. They must be aware of not just other vehicles, but also more fragile pedestrians and cyclists. Without spacious parking lots, drivers must cram their vehicles into tiny street parking spaces or cramped public garages.
To this end, I've rounded up a few of my favorite transportation technologies for crowded city streets. "Why 'transportation' and not 'car' … Read more
It's tough to stand out sometimes. It seems everyone's a celeb in the making, destined for fame and glory, and you're just...ordinary.
We all need a little edge to get by. Well, here's some high-tech bling that'll make you nearly impossible to ignore. Who could turn away from someone with a pair of earrings that play video?
Ladies, would you like a new, prettier face without having to endure painful surgery or injections?
Head over to the Uniface mask site. There, for $399.99, you can buy yourself a new glue-on face with flawless human-like bionic skin, perfectly arched eyebrows, and tantalizingly full rubber lips.
"Uniface mask is a dream-fulfilling face that satisfies today's beauty standards," the site says. "Giant anime eyes, long lashes, a high nose bridge, and narrow chin and cheeks are all in one product for a lifetime's worth of confidence."
Cerebral palsy has left California resident Danny Cope in a powered wheelchair. There is a trail running out back behind his house. Due to the limitations of his wheelchair, he never had the opportunity to take that trail. Thanks to the work of a group of students, he can now get off the pavement and onto more rugged terrain.
The students are part of LASA Robotics, the robotics team at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, a high school in Austin, Texas.
The group worked on the wheelchair for two years. Many local businesses donated supplies, while FedEx donated the shipping for the large package from Austin to California.… Read more
City dwellers know how crazy-making it can be to endlessly hunt for a parking space.
The Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) this week revealed an electric-vehicle prototype designed to fold up to save parking space. Affectionately christened the Armadillo-T after the animal that hides itself inside its shell, the car is quite possibly one of the first of its type to be introduced to South Korea. You may have heard of a similar concept in the form of the Hiriko, a brainchild of MIT that launched in Spain last year.
With a maximum speed of 37 mph, the Armadillo-T can travel 62 miles after 10 minutes of lithium ion battery charging. After parking, the car can be folded in length from 110 inches down to almost half, 65 inches, via a smartphone interface. To save space, cameras replace the side and rear-view mirrors. According to the Korean Wall Street Journal, three Armadillo-Ts can be slotted into a standard sized parking lot in Korea after folding, using the same smartphone application. … Read more