Brinco is a personal seismograph and an earthquake and tsunami warning system that links with your smartphone to alert you before disaster strikes
Are you worried about that the terrifying earthquake that has a one in three chance of destroying the Pacific Northwest coastline in the next 50 years? Or maybe you were anxious reading news of the recent earthquakes in Nepal (the 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused over 8,000 deaths and over 17,000 casualties)? Brinco is a smart earthquake and tsunami warning system (and a seismograph) that wants to help prepare you for imminent disaster.
iCorrect, an app idea created by three students at the Miami Ad School, would teach kids how to write properly as they text away
Has texting made your writing skills a little shaky? iCorrect—a concept that would only let you send iMessages with correct grammar and spelling—is hoping to change that.
UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam is an open-air exhibition of artworks that also serves as a temporary campsite
This summer, UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam has set up a temporary campsite in the Centrumeiland, transforming the barren stretch of land into a public exhibition made up of 14 pieces of art. What is so unique about this outdoor exhibition is that visitors have the opportunity to stay the night inside the extraordinary artworks, which also serve as accommodation.
Le Dessein's fashion-forward approach helps young girls from Liberia by funding their education and highlighting their design work
Le Dessein, a fashion company based in California, now donates 25 percent of all profits from its line of dresses, tops and jewelry to girls’ school tuition in Liberia. Like many west African countries, Liberia’s education infrastructure is sorely underfunded, and does little to educate girls with what resources it does have. Le Dessein’s decision is aimed to both provide monetary assistance and raise awareness of the problem.
Samsung brings consumers the SE370, a TV that—like you—multitasks
Samsung has released a monitor with a charging station at the base where users can wirelessly charge their phones. The wireless charging station won’t take away from the monitor’s ability to display content, or even change the lines of the design, and is compatible with any phone that uses Qi wireless charging.
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The art bikes as designed by Handsome Cycles celebrate a major Minneapolis Institute of Arts anniversary
The bicycle has been called one of the most significant objects ever designed. The combination of circles, triangles and lines has inspired artists and designers to incorporate bikes into a regalia of 2D and 3D artwork. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts wanted to do something unique as part of their 100 year anniversary celebration in 2015. They approached local bicycle builder Handsome Cycles with an idea to create three custom bicycles inspired by masterpieces in their permanent collection.
The FLIR ONE smartphone attachment lets yoo see invisible heat sources, check temperatures and even see through fog or smoke
“Look! Heat is escaping from around those poorly insulated windows! And those circuits on the electrical panel are glowing—they must be overloaded! Why, I can even see in the dark, thanks to my thermal vision!” Then everyone applauds and says, “Gee, thanks, Captain Hot Head!” Fortunately, to get this power you don’t have to be bitten by a radioactive cat or get doused in magical lava. Instead, you just plug FLIR ONE into your smartphone.
Reify's 3D-printed totems offer an unparalleled level of synesthesia
Using technology they call totems, a group of engineers and designers embedded sound files into a collection of abstract 3D-printed objects activated by pointing your phone’s camera while using their app, Stylus. The product, known as Reify, seeks to “transform music into something you can hear, see and hold.”
To avoid parking tickets, AwareCar reminds users to go back and pay
A parking ticket will range from $5 up to $50 in different locations throughout the United States. AwareStack, a hardware and software company, has created AwareCar, a device that will fit inside of a user’s glove box to help him-her avoid parking tickets. Users receive updates about how far they’ve gone, the location of their car, when their meter will expire and how long they can expect to have to walk to re-up their time.
The CMYK 4.0 is loaded with smart features to ensure a cyclist's convenience, safety and peace of mind
Undoubtedly, riding a bike going to a particular destination is quick, somewhat traffic-free and, needless to say, environment-friendly. However, there are several road risks involved when riding a bike on public and busy streets. Brooklyness created a smart electric folding bike called the CMYK 4.0, designed to provide a cyclist with the best information to stay away from any possible road hazard.
Can't stand to use the public restroom? The Pee Buddy paper funnel gives women a solution
We’ve all been there—the public bathroom so disgusting you don’t want to breathe, let alone touch anything in there. Maybe it’s a gas station, a nightclub, or a park. Men are lucky; they can stand up to pee, touching nothing. But women must either sit down or hold it. In India, where public restrooms are rare, the problem is even worse. So an Indian company, First Step Projects, has created a hygiene product to allow women to stand while peeing. It’s called Pee Buddy.