Tag: Technology

Design

TYLT’s Energi PRO is super comfy and built for charging on-the-go

A portable power bank is a must-have for tablet and smartphone power-users these days and if it's built right into your bag, wow! TYLT has been making top-notch power banks for a while and they recently launched the Energi PRO Power Backpack with a built-in 20,800 mAh battery. And I've been using it for two months now because if I'm carrying a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet, the last thing O want is a jungle of wires. With ultra-strong, 210D polyester, this thing can not only withstand heavy loads with its 12 internal pockets, but it's built to endure rain, shine, and even blizzards (I live in Canada, eh?). USB-C? Check! Quick-charge three devices at once? Check! No cables in sight? You got it. The best thing about the Energi Pro, however, is its near-perfect distribution of weight throughout. When its sitting on your shoulders, the foam padding makes it feel extremely light. TYLT's newest backpack is powerful, comfortable, and definitely...
Art

This galactic keyboard design looks good, but can you type well with it?

Massdrop is now selling the "GalaxC Keycap" keyboard set, now at $58. The purchase will only include the keycaps, without an actual keyboard, so you'll probably have to use the one you have. It is technically a set of mechanical keyboard caps that look like a galaxy. Now, this can be so much fun to look at. It will be exciting and unique, for sure, but once you actually use it, it can be quite a hassle. From the design point of view, it's absolutely stellar. But for functionality? We're betting you're probably going to pass on this one, unless you can type without looking at your keyboard at all. Otherwise, it may take you hours to finish a simple paragraph. So is it worth it? We'll leave the judging up to you. See some photos of this novelty keyboard below, with some closeup images, too. ...
Culture

Witness the WiFi revolution in Havana through these captivating photos

Cuba has got 35 WiFi hotspots and absolutely busy citizens. After many years of expensive wifi connection possibilities, Cuba opened free hotspots around the country and the pictures below will show you how this affected the happy citizens. Just a year ago, most tourists couldn’t easily connect to the internet; the service was expensive and terribly slow. Well, things are finally changing! Talented British documentary photographer Jason Larkin captured photo collections that show us the current mood of "the nation on the internet". Take a look. ...
Art

Introducing the intriguingly awesome world of styled photogrammetry

Have you ever heard of styled photogrammetry? If you have, then you're probably a whiz at different software and tools for visual arts. If you haven't, don't worry. Most of the artists who primarily condone this overly advanced way of creating art have turned out to be fans and followers of the technology. In fact, such is the case for Craig Schwartz, who has even created a Facebook group for styled photogrammetrists and fans of the artform. He invites anybody who is interested and has a passion for it to join in and share their thoughts and ideas, as well as past successes and failures. Craig says that it's completely normal to be 'scared' and intimidated by the tech, but reassures everybody who is interested that it's quite easy, in fact. It's all basic clicking of buttons, adding images, and voila - you're done. Check out some screen stills from the actual software below.  ...
Art

5 digital artists are reinventing what it means to paint, draw, and create art

Take a look at these five digital artists, who are constantly challenging the norms by coming up with new ways to draw, paint, and create - from using algorithms to drawing on the latest devices in the market. See the photos below, following the chronological order of the list of artists. 1. Petra Cortright From LA, she is a wizard of post-internet art. She loves creating chaotic and sensual jpegs, vibrant GIFs, viral YouTube videos, and mesmerizing webpages. 2. Harm van den Dorpel This artist seems to be working with A.I., looking at how he is able to produce intricate and multiple layers of digital paintings. And this easily could be the case, since he designed the software he's using himself. 3. Michael Manning Micheal's art exists in two different worlds: the physical and the digital realms. He is able to create both forms of art simultaneously, making him as impressive as can be. 4. Louisa Gagliardi Her work relies heavily on Photoshop. Hailing from Zurich, this artist...
Art

Fête du Graphisme 2017 showcases the rich, diverse, and dynamic culture of graphic design

With three successful Fête du graphisme events behind us, a new festival is coming in hot this year. It will be a free festival event for everyone. Co-produced by D’Days and Artevia, the celebration will put graphic designers and their work on the spotlight. They will showcase how dynamic, multi-faceted, rich, and diverse this form of art is. To many people, graphic design is simply the fine print and colors on books, posters, and advertisements. But beyond these, graphic design has become part of all of our lives. You can see it on the Internet, on magazines, academic books, marketing and advertising, signages, packaging of virtually all products and services, and even in industries like textile and fashion. Without a doubt, graphic designers play a huge, vital role in how society and culture is shaped every day. It has crept not just into public spaces, but across private and intimate requirements as well. The Graphic Design Festival will run until February...
Art

Visually impaired writer and graphic designer teaches typography, encourages other blind individuals to follow dreams

Graphic design is not simply clicking and clacking on a computer keyboard. It has become a widely accepted form of art in our modern world. This art involves many elements, and typography is one of them. Typography is not just any kind of art - it is an entire process on its own. It involves setting, arranging, and designing type. Because of the importance of text in overall design, it has become one of the biggest aspects of a good, sound graphic design project. Not only does it provide the proper context to the visuals, it also rids it of miscommunications and misunderstandings. Because of this, graphic designers have an obligation to make sure that they pick the right typography for the needed message. Eryn Stubblefield offers a straightforward lesson on typography, targeting first-timers and rookies in graphic design. You can check out her post on Freepik.com to learn more. Stubblefield is a visually impaired individual who freelances as a writer and graphic designer....
Design

The Nomad Key is an incredibly-designed minimalist charging cable

Nomad Goods has got a very impressive portfolio of top-notch smartphone accessories featuring everything from leather wallets to iPhone cases. And their philosophy of "owning fewer things, being resourceful and working hard together," really shines through with the Nomad Key for iPhone & Android. Crafted out of ultra-rugged polycarbonate and rubber, this space-saving little thing replaces that tangle-prone charging cable you've got lugging around. Thread in your keys into the provided keychain and you're good! Now, I was skeptical about the Key's durability at first - considering some awful past experiences - but this has held up surprisingly well in the last month. The rubberized USB to smartphone connection lets the Key bend at 180-degrees without issue and thanks to some clever design choices, the smartphone end points away from the keys. This is my go-to charging cable now! In the future, I'd like Nomad to create an extendable...
Design

Kinsa’s Smart Stick is the world’s smartest thermometer and it’s crazy fast!

Tech savvy parents, this one is for you. The Smart Stick by Kinsa Health is a thermometer that hooks up to your iOS (or Android!) device's headphone jack to provide accurate temperature readings. The device carries a slim form factor is made out of a soft, rubbery material so that it stays put. It can be used orally, rectally, and of course, underarm. Simply fire up the fun-looking app, choose how you want to take the reading, and there you go! Floating bubbles that the app makes you pop while you wait is a nice touch. I was amazed at how fast the readings are! When you're done, it tells you if you have a fever and lets you log any symptoms you may exhibit. Record-keeping of your past readings is big here and the fact that it's all integrated via Apple's Healthkit makes glancing at your past symptoms a cinch. Now, considering the now-diminishing headphone jack, I'm sure a wireless, Bluetooth-enabled version is on its way! The Smart Stick joins Kinsa's amazing line...
Animation

David Beckham’s tattoos speak up against child abuse and violence in PSA Video

David Beckham has had a long-standing partnership with Unicef. Over the years, he has worked with them on various humanitarian campaigns. Recently, the soccer great signed on to promote the #ENDviolence campaign. It features a 60-second film, which - in spite of its short length - is very moving and powerful. The film conveys strong messages against violence directed towards children all over the world. This will be part of his Unicef 7 Fund. According to the organization, about one in every ten girls under 20 years old has been through some form of sexual abuse. Another one in every five children dies because of violence. During the film, Beckham is in the spotlight, shirtless. His tattoos come to life - but not his actual ink. Instead, we see tattoos telling dark, real stories of how children go through psychological and physical abuse. We hear them scream and cry. In the end, the message is clear: "Violence against children marks them forever. It's wrong. End it."...
Design

Eero blankets your home in speedy, reliable WiFi through an elegant form factor

Considering the many WiFi range-extending devices out there, Eero takes the effort out of the equation and replaces it with simplicity and reliability. The Eero WiFi system can be placed throughout a large apartment or multi-story house to ensure internet access inat every corner. An intuitive companion also lets you set up, update, and manage all Eero units easily. Personally, I'm not only impressed by how effective it has been during my last few weeks of usage but more so how unobtrusive it is from an aesthetic point of view. From no angle does it look like a modem, thanks to a slick form factor. I will say, however, that Eero is most effective when it replaces your current system completely. This is critical for smart-home enthusiasts because you don't want your smart lights not responding because of internet-issues. All in all, the designers behind this system have thought of it all and have reached a WiFi solution that caters to all and not just the tech-savvy....
Art

French artist uses projections to shed light on Amazon deforestation

Philippe Echaroux has been using his skills in transmedia art to shed light on the rapid deforestation of the Amazon forest. The French photographer and street artist projected the faces of Brazilians indigenous to the area onto foliage, establishing the deep connection that exists between the rainforest and its inhabitants. The tribe, Suruí of Brazil, led by Chief Almir Surui Narayamoga, invited Echaroux to help bring to light the issue amidst government efforts to replant sections of the forest wiped out by logging and animal agriculture. Photographed pieces of the works will be part of an exhibition called, “The Crying Forest” at Galerie Taglialatella in Paris from Nov 11 - Dec 15, 2016. Check out video featurette below and find more of Echaroux’s work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook.  ...
Design

Gamevice turns your phone into a sleek handheld gaming console

Mobile gaming is huge and with Nintendo revealing their latest console, Switch, it's obvious that portability is key. Another player has just been introduced to the game of handhelds with Gamevice! There are lots of gamepads out there for mobile devices but Gamevice stands out from the crowd thanks to its phenomenal design choices. It's compatible with iPhone/iPad and snaps into the devices' lightning port. The two halves simply snap and lock onto each side. It's lightweight, sturdy, and feels great in the hand. The only apparent design flaw that I can see is it feeling uncomfortable after a few hours of continuous play since there's little to no curvature at the bottom. Aside from that minor hang-up, the device features an array of sleek features such as shoulder and action buttons, triggers, analog sticks, a handy D-pad, and of course, a pause button! Also, there's a built-in battery, so if your phone's plugged in, both devices charge simultaneously!...
Industrial design

Netatmo’s AI security camera combines brains and beauty

Netatmo is establishing itself as a brand-name in the connected world and their latest  AI-powered surveillance camera cleverly called, ‘Presence,’ is phenomenal. In a market saturated by connected security equipment, the Presence stands out as an all-in-one package that is both affordable and has a few neat tricks up its sleeve. With a weatherproof build, Presence boasts a 120-degree field of view and is able to identify just about anything in its view including animals, people, cars etc. in real-time and in full 1080p HD. There’s even a floodlight that turns on when something suspicious moves in close. Its expandable storage is always being overwritten by recorded footage and can also be used to create a one-minute time-lapse of recordings in the last 24 hours. Head on over to here to learn more!    ...
Design

Med students design sleek hydration monitoring wearable

If you thought monitoring your heart rate was the most important part of fitness, LVL gives you a reason to think again. Medical student, Dustin Freckleton, MD, over at the University of Texas is trying to highlight the importance of staying hydrated with LVL, the first wearable that provides instant, real-time insight into the user's hydration levels. The wrist-worn device also triples as an activity, sleep, and mood tracker. Apart from its health benefits, LVL boasts a gorgeously-designed display that boils down health insights into perceptible icons bolstered by animations. Watch LVL in action below and back it on Kickstarter if you'd like!  ...
Creativity

Tile redefines bluetooth trackers by introducing thinnest one ever

Most everyone these days is a sucker for small but well-designed objects that can do big things. Tile's latest offering is just that! The San Mateo, California-based company defined what personal Bluetooth trackers can do for people who constantly lose things. And now they're at it again with the Tile Slim, which is "as thin as 2 credit cards," the company touts. The Slim connects to your phone via a handy app that will not only locate the tracker for you but also help you find your phone, should you happen to lose it, thanks to a pushable button in the center. The battery lasts up to a full year and replacements can easily be ordered through their useful reTile program. Check it out! ...
Design

Google enters AI market with gorgeously-designed ‘Home’

Artificial intelligence is undoubtably the highlight of 2016's final quarter, all thanks to Google. Google Home was announced recently by the California-based tech giant to applause from IoT (Internet of Things) enthusiasts. The smart-home assistant was big news in that it's first in a line of Google-designed tech introduced this year. With Google-themed animated lights on the top and a touch-sensitive surface, the demo showed off real-world scenarios to prove just how intelligent it is. The hub is set to compete with the critically-acclaimed Amazon Echo. Google's offering, however, is not only more aesthetically-pleasing, it has the world's most advanced search engine built right into it. Your move, Apple. Home hit shelves for $130 on November 4th, 2016. Check it out! ...
Creativity

A levitating cloud that plays music. What more could you want?

That's right, there's a levitating cloud out there that plays music, and it's amazing. Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev teamed up for this fluff of awesome. It's a floating cloud that plays your favorite music and lights up in response to the beats to mimic a storm. The cloud called Making Weather is fitted with a Bluetooth speaker, LED lights, and a magnet housed inside of a polyester cloud. The device's mirrored base repels the magnet within making the cloud appear as if it's floating. Making Weather is currently in prototype form and will be available for consumers in the future. (fingers crossed!) ...
Digital

Microscopic plant spores and insects captured in stunning detail

Macro is the way to go if you want a fresh look at the many mysterious creatures nature has to offer, and Igor Siwanowicz has been doing it for a while! The photographer's work as a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus has led to a collection of microscopic photos that will leave insect enthusiasts in awe. Excruciatingly detailed, the photos were made with a confocal laser-scanning microscope, an instrument capable of capturing details far beyond the traditional DSLR. The resulting images show minute facets of barnacle legs and the alien shapes of plant spores. Check them out below and find more of his photography here. ...
Creativity

Nanoleaf reinvents connected lighting with innovative ‘Aurora’

Nanoleaf defined what smart lighting could bring to a connected home with the Nanoleaf Ivy. And now they've reinvented it with the Aurora. Available now, the Aurora gives users ultimate freedom when it comes to connected lighting. The studio describes it best, saying that Aurora was "inspired by self-expression and freedom of control for the user. It is a fixture-less RGBW color changing and tunable white light that can be customized any way to make your space, your home." This is made possible with brilliantly designed triangular panels that can be moved around to suit the creative genius in you. Check out the amazing lighting system in action below and pick it up from your local Best Buy or head on over here. ...
Creativity

Design studio creates its own particle accelerator to explore light

Design Exchange in Toronto, Canada this July was full of mind-bending installations, but this particle accelerator took us all by surprise. Castor Design created a “Particle Accelerator” as part of their installation. Although it's not exactly  CERN-level, the studio was in fact inspired by CERN’s Large Hadron Collidor. With the accelerator, Castor aims to explore the nature of electricity and light. Their work is based on research by physicist JJ Thomson at Cambridge in 1897. Castor explains, "When electrical current is activated and enough of a vacuum has been formed within the tube in order for electrons to travel without striking a molecule of gas, low­mass particles accelerate to 30% of the speed of light. These electrons strike other atoms and give off light as they settle to their original energy levels." Check out the video showcasing the piece below! ...
Architecture

There’s now a robotic system to maximize your apartment space

Are you suffering from the woes of a cramped apartment? A breakthrough robotic technology will solve those problems in the blink of an eye. Ori Systems' robotic organizational units fold and unfold effortlessly before your eyes, turning small spaces in completely different rooms in just seconds. The transformation seems magical, as you move walls and furniture with the touch of a button and bedrooms become living rooms or  walk-in closets. See more of this ingenious system on their website, twitter, or vimeo. ...
Creativity

Nimb: the portable panic button

Introducing Nimb, the portable panic button. Thanks to this handy ring, whenever you are in trouble, experiencing a health emergency, or feeling unsafe, Nimb will send an alert message when you hold a button down for three seconds. The message will go to the contacts in your “safety circles”. Safety circles can include emergency numbers, your family, or just your friends. Nimb will send an alert via smartphone technology out to your contacts to let them know you need help. This ring works everywhere in the world where cellular networks are available, and it will notify you if you are too far away from your phone. It’s hypoallergenic. It can withstand rain, and uses Bluetooth signals to send and receive alerts. On top of this, the ring has been shaped so accidental alerts don’t happen. Nimb won't come out until May 2017 but until then, check out their fully funded Kickstarter campaign to find more. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1629204423/nimb-a-smart-ring-that-keeps-you-safe-and-sound?ref=21.go2.fund&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=21.go2.fund...
Creativity

No Man’s Sky: the ultimate exploration game

If you’ve ever wanted to become a rogue wanderer, look no father than your computer screen. Thanks to Hello Games you can now explore eighteen quintillion full-featured planets with the game No Man's Sky. Unveiled in June 2016, this sci-fi wonderland is an amazing feat of artistry and programming. The experience players will have in this game is strikingly similar to Minecraft. Players will explore in any and every direction a multitude of planets where they will have to survive on dangerous frontiers. Players collect and trade materials to build better equipment and can pair with other players also. No Man’s Sky was created by a team of 15 individuals in the UK that programmed universal laws rather than specifically creating every piece of the game’s universe. The programming team manipulated lines of code creating mathematical rules that determine age and arrangement of stars, asteroid belts, moon, planets, physics, orbits, and atmospheres....
Industrial design

The Nikon P900 lets you zoom in like never before

This is it. This is the camera you need if you’d like to master the art of zooming. The Nikon P900 is a testament of just how powerful consumer cameras have become. A video by Daniel Pelletier was picked up by SciTech Universe’s YouTube channel, and shows the user of said camera zooming into the Moon from a parking lot in Quebec. PetaPixel’s DL Cade says how even though the camera’s optical zoom maxes out at 83x, it continues to do so using digital zoom technology. Check it out! ...
Technology

Victorian-era candy maker used to produce Nectar Drops in Florida

There’s something satisfying about watching candy being made. But when it’s made using a Victorian-era machine, it’s simply awesome! Florida-based candy shop Public Displays of Confection has released a video showing their restored Victorian-era drop candy maker in action. The 19th-century machine can be seen producing candy called Nectar Drop in all its translucent goodness. The painstaking restoration of the contraption was definitely worth it! Watch the video below!  ...
Design

The new age of typewriters

If you’re an old soul, or a pretentious writer snob, or a hipster, or none of the above, this newest piece of technology may just be for you. Introducing the Qwerkywriter. The typewriter-like keyboard for your iPad. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, has industrial strength mechanical switches, it can remember up to five characters for auto-fill, and also has a aluminum-metal alloy base. However, if you’re interested in having one you better save your pennies up as this thing costs about $350.00. ...
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