Vibram's Furoshiki line combines an ultra-flexible sole and velcro to create footwear that conforms to the foot—no laces required
Even with the help of an experienced fitter, walking out of a store in a pair of shoes that fit perfectly is nearly impossible. Many shoes come in a limited variety of sizes and are made of only moderately flexible materials, resulting in less than ergonomic, often painful experiences. Furoshiki, a new shoe by Italian footwear company Vibram and Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto, aims to solve this problem by forgoing laces; instead, it wraps around your foot.
Toyota and Materialise's prototype is lightweight, customizable, and could spell end of car seats too hot to sit on
According to Toyota motors, and its Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. division, the future of car seats is in 3D printing. They have partnered with with Belgium-based 3D printing company Materialise to develop designs and process for an upcoming generation of seats. The printing process allows for multiple layers of material over a lightweight, strong frame for added safety and comfort.
The stereotypical man cave isn't for everyone, and AJ+C's Mancave designs prove that unequivocally
The term “man cave” often refers to a basement dwelling where the men of the house retire for entertainment. From a sports-dedicated home theater section as the focal point to a decked-out poker table in the corner, it generally has everything a stereotypical man needs to be happy and comfortable while enjoying his own personal space.
The Cable Robot Simulator throws the user around a room using eight steel cables, making for freely programmable flight or driving recreations
Under the lead of Professor Heinrich Bülthoff from the Tübingen-based Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Fraunhofer IPA has co-developed a new cable-driven parallel robot. The simulator incorporates a virtual reality headset and a carbon fibre cage suspended in mid-air. It is capable of setting new standards in terms of workspace, acceleration and payload for a motion simulator.
With companies encouraging employees to wear smart devices to promote health and wellbeing, there are growing concerns about privacy
We’ve all done it: the 3am night that we try to hide from the boss the next day. But imagine if they already knew of your scant hours of sleep by logging onto an online dashboard of your personal biometric information. Your energy levels are rated low; your performance today will be sub-optimal.
Virgin America partners with Netflix to provide customers with complimentary Wi-Fi and one-of-a-kind binge watching
Frank Underwood may enjoy the privilege of flying in Air Force One on Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards but its not the only aircraft associated with the show anymore. Virgin America teamed with the online video streaming service to provide complementary Wi-Fi service to Netflix users on flights but also branded 10 new airbuses with the title of their acclaimed series.
Letter from the Founders: PSFK and Architizer weigh-in on the future of design and its implications for building out new experiences
PSFK’s Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Piers Fawkes, and Architizer’s Founder & CEO, Marc Kushner, share their views on the lessons that can be learned from the history and creation of buildings that surround us. PSFK’s Building Tomorrow report, created in partnership with Architizer, presents an analysis of contemporary architecture with implications for the modern design of ideas and service experiences.
Built with puncture-proof wheels and to be "finger safe" for curious hands, the Brum Brum bike rethinks training wheels
The name says it all. You can just see a kid sitting astride this contraption, pushing with her feet and saying, “Brum, Brum!” In the meantime, the child is learning to balance on two wheels, steer, and stop on a piece of award-winning, innovative design, intended to be flexible, fun, and safe. It’s called the Brum Brum Balance Bike, and it’s the latest entry in a growing trend, teaching kids to ride without training wheels or pedals to get in the way.
The modular pieces that make Strassell Guitars allow for new looks and performance enhancements without dishing out cash for a new axe
For a “serious” guitarist, a guitar is more than a tool for a job or hobby. It’s an extension of personality, a form of expression almost as important as the music he-she plays with it. This is one reason guitar collections and expensive custom guitars are part of many guitarists’ personal collections. Strassell Guitars has potentially made this easier on both wallets and storage space with a 3D-printed guitar constructed with customizable, modular parts.
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Renan Feltri's minimalist A New TV design promises a television built around stories, not channels
There is little doubt left that as Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, and other streaming services dominate the media marketplace, traditional television service as we know it will need a complete makeover in order to remain relevant. The highly anticipated Apple TV provides one possible solution for television’s march toward obsolescence: an app-based interface and a Siri remote. Brazilian designer Renan Feltri offers another approach, designed to mirror how millennials understand content distribution.
Best-in-class resources helping the maker of today journey from ideation to sale
Any maker who wants to learn how to build their very first prototype can go online and find an expansive and diverse selection of tips and tools to get started. From DIY electronic kits to product manufacture pairing, online learning resources are propelling more makers into action.
The Dazzle Lamp is a product of personal customer involvement that is truly what makes it come alive
Customized design is a huge hit with consumers nowadays and it’s easy to understand why. You can put your own thoughts, feelings and preference into any design. That is exactly the thought process that went into making the Dazzle Lamp. Berlin design label LimeMakers uses 3D printing technology to create a light art form that showcases unique color patterns and shapes.