Intangibles is the art gift shop that lets customers purchase animations, ringtones and Snapchat conversations with photographers
Perhaps a century ago, no artist could imagine the idea of collectors paying thousands of dollars to buy something they couldn’t actually hang on their walls. Beyond the logistics of a virtual piece—how do you make it? What would it look like?—it would seem unfathomable that the act of collecting could extend to something beyond the tangible. The Walker Art Center recently opened Intangibles, a unique portion of their gift shop that features virtual pieces for sale.
With its parking and radar sensors, the Gigatronik Golf Cart could replace scooters as a common vehicle on curbs or throughout neighborhoods
Felix Schumacher has designed a realistic concept for an electric golf cart that will not solely find use on golf courses. Instead, the Gigatronik Golf Cart would be built with the range and maneuverability to travel safely in neighborhoods. While the motor driving it is almost identical to some electrical automobiles, its size and chassis prevent it from being fully street legal. The open sides, front and back mean it would stay on sidewalks and in bicycle lanes.
Working as a transmitter for your phone alarms, JustTheBell helps get you up on time without the distractions of your digital device
If your smartphone has blurred the lines of what activities are prioritized beneath the sheets, you may want to give JustTheBell a look. Designed by Paris-based artist Ignasi Giró, it’s an alarm clock that can be set using a smartphone and enables the user to keep their phone and its myriad distractions outside the bedroom.
Kunio Okawara's anime-inspired car can alter its shape to increase maneuverability
In the world of anime fandom, there aren’t many names bigger than Kunio Okawara. You may not instantly recognize the name but chances are you’ve seen his work. Okawara was the first mechanical designer for the original Mobile Suit Gundam series that debuted in Japan in 1979. The show didn’t do well initially but Okawara’s designs were adapted to model kits which became wildly popular and responsible for a reboot of the show. The series revolutionizing the giant robot genre pairing normal pilots with mechs designed for combat.
Swedish insurance company has a clever idea against reckless driving: children-voiced GPS that triggers in areas dense with kids
Slow Down GPS is an app that turns a smartphone into a GPS navigation device for driving with one unique quirk. When you get to roads around schools, playgrounds or other areas dense with children, the voice on the app changes into a child’s.
Beat the heat with an HIBR pillow that cools itself through a bead-injected foam that remains cooler than body temperature
If you’ve ever tried to sleep on a hot summer night, you know the experience of flipping over your pillow to feel the wonderfully cool reverse side. HIBR pillows use high-tech components so you don’t have to flip them.
ASSET is a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a menu inspired by QuickBooks Online Accountant's timesaving features
Intuit, the company behind the QuickBooks accounting software, hosted a unique dining experience in San Francisco and Los Angeles this month. ASSET was an accountants-only pop-up restaurant welcoming approximately 500 QuickBooks Online Accountant subscribers.
The Ollie Collection from RockPaperRobot features a transformable chair and table that tucks away accordion-like
Attendees at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair watched as a man turned what looked like a flat wooden surface into a fully functional chair complete with legs. The Ollie collection by RockPaperRobot consists of the two very versatile items that collapse in an almost accordion-like motion. One minute they look like standard pieces of furniture and the other they seem like flat pieces of material, easy to stow away for later uses.
Open-source software developer Open Bionics receives James Dyson Award for an innovative and affordable prosthetic hand
Since its 2007 inception, the James Dyson Award recognizes and awards an up-and-coming designer for their exceptional work in design or engineering. This year, an open-source software development team Open Bionics has received notoriety for its development of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand. Unlike many current offerings in the prosthetics industry, the team has solved many financial and timing issues that face consumers in the market today.
SmartHalo is a biking system for urban cyclists that provides intuitive navigation and automatic tracking
When cyclists ride on bumpy roads, Auto-Complain notifies government agencies with app and visual cues
Florian Born wants to simplify communication between cyclists and government agencies responsible for road maintenance. He has created an application dubbed Auto-Complain that connects to a paint unit mounted on the bike chassis. The app detects bumpy patches of road via a phone’s accelerometer, and signals the paint unit to mark the bumpy areas so government officials can quickly identify areas requiring attention.
Their cult blog Patternity reveals the hidden geometry in everything from galaxies to flamingos
When Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham take a stroll, they’re all eyes. Pattern-spotters extraordinaire, a quick scroll through the images on their cult blog, Patternity, reveals the extent of their shared obsession. Its rolling procession of parallel images from nature, science, art, architecture and design makes for compulsive viewing. A model of a carbon atom is grouped with a Tom Dixon light shade, an Ai Weiwei sculpture with basket fungus – all united by their three-dimensional hexagonal forms.