Summon everything you need for your Netflix binging session (dim lights, silent phone, Thai delivery) by turning on the Netflix Switch
Can’t get enough of Netflix and chill? What if there was a button you could press to summon it all in an instant? Turn on your film, dim the lights, silence the phone, and order delivery with one click. The Netflix Switch wants to help you do all of that (and more)—limited only by your imagination, and, well, you ability for hacking buttons and devices.
The Mars Ice House is NASA's contest-winning design and would leverage Mars' ice pockets as building material
Held at New York’s Maker Faire this year, NASA’s 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge Design Competition. 30 finalists were chosen, judged by scientists and other experts on the functionality of each entry and the impact 3D printing could potentially make on their construction and our expansion beyond our native Earth. First place went to the team SEArch (Space Exploration Architecture) and Clouds AO (Clouds Architecture Office) for their entry Mars Ice House.
Tribeca Shortlist offers a human approach to on-demand movie viewing, giving users insider insights into the most unique releases of the moment
With Netflix, Amazon’s Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus currently dominating the streaming industry it’s hard for any newcomers to gain traction. Tribeca Shortlist however has many exciting nuances on offer that has the potential to sway the most extreme film buffs.
Exploring the schools at the cutting edge of sustainability, as seen in Bali, Indonesia and the Scottish Highlands
Nestled among the swaying palms and lush jungle of Bali is an international school where children learn in bamboo pavilions and read from whiteboards made out of recycled car windows. The classrooms, which have no walls, are designed to help pupils feel more connected to their natural surroundings while studying a curriculum with an environmental twist. It has been hailed as the greenest school on Earth, but it is actually one of many adapting to the changing climate.
Haiku is a dashboard computer remade to magnetically fit any handlebar
The Haiku is a bike assistant that upgrades your ride into a GPS-navigated one that also displays smartphone notifications. Built small, durable and simple, it’s perfect for light city bikes and it snaps on and off so you can hide it when you’re bike is parked.
Lord Foster's Africa-based project for emergency supplies could be the first droneport erected
In the developed world, drones continue to be a toy for gadget fans with swaths of disposable income and a handy tool for niche business models. In the developing world, however, they could become a tool for saving lives. Lord Foster, an iconic British architect, has proposed a drone airport in Africa as a way of delivering emergency supplies like food, water and medical equipment in areas with little transportation infrastructure.
FeelTheReal is a print ad campaign that drives digital engagement as opposed to other efforts that try to game the system
PNYC, a sibling company to marketing firm Partners & Napier, helped Outdoor Advertising Association of America launch an ad campaign that focuses on real consumer engagement. The campaign, currently running in New York City, directly asks viewers if they have seen the advertisement. Each poster, truck, billboard and window advertisement has a binary code with a website URL encouraging people to participate in an online survey.
Here's a preview of what air travel might look like in 2026—Poppi offers in-flight vending machines, complimentary champagne, and seat swapping
It’s 2026, and you’re on your way to a long-awaited vacation. You’re eager for the trip: you’re going to an island full of wildlife and crystalline waters, and you’ve been traveling enough for business to have racked up enough Poppi membership points for an upgrade to cinema class.
Radio concept from Innovation Consulting Designer Fraser Leid could expand Apple's already commanding music presence
Although Apple has never offered a direct music service a la Pandora or Spotify, until recently, it’s no exaggeration to say their iDevices have dominated the music hardware market for over a year. A new potential design for an Apple Radio by Fraser Leid could expand that footprint into the realm of airwaves.
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Pepsi Perfect, the drink seen in Back to the Future Part II, will be released later this month for a limited time
Back to the Future is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Pepsi is bringing one aspect of the film series to life for fans. In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly orders a bottle of Pepsi Perfect from the retro Café 80’s and it rises up in a clear tube from a counter featuring the Pepsi logo.
The Bud-E Fridge and accompanying app let people know when their supply needs replenishing
Bud Light is introducing a connected mini fridge that monitors and displays the number of bottles inside and lets people know when they are the optimal temperature for consuming. The Bud-E Fridge can also send out alerts via an accompanying app when low on beer.
FiiSmart's payment-oriented wearable is strongly inspired by the Apple Watch
China’s Alibaba has partnered with a startup that wants to build a smartwatch focused on becoming a feature-rich credit card. Although it looks uncomfortably similar with the Apple Watch, it wants to focus on becoming a wrist-worn wallet more than anything else.