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.
In the Living Things exhibit, what allows the very useful spirulina algae to live also happens to be very pretty
Photosynthetic algae are very possibly the companion organism of the future. Because they eat our waste CO2 and produce energy, they are considered a leading potential source of biofuels. Spirulina algae, in particular, with its high protein and nutrient density, has gained popularity as a “superfood.” But algae doesn’t do PR, and there’s no appeal in its usual appearance, which is a dark green slurry.
Modernist Ingrein Smart Clock will notify you if important messages or notifications pop up using lights and sounds
The good news about smartphones is they keep users connected all of the time. The bad news about smart phones is they keep users connected all of the time—even in situations where constantly checking your phone would be rude or otherwise inappropriate. Ingrein Design, a technology and design firm, created the Ingrein Smart Clock to combat that hyperconnectivity by ensuring users won’t miss an important notice while keeping their phones hidden.
Danit Peleg spent over 2,000 hours taking her collection from 3D files to plastic wearability that bends like bias-cut fabric
Fashion student Danit Peleg has printed five looks for a stunning collection from the comfort of her home. The result is beautifully intricate but surprisingly wearable and begs to question the future of clothing. The 27-year old fresh graduate from the Shenkar Colleges in Tel Aviv imagines asks in the accompanying video: “Will we be able to design, share and print our clothes in our own home?”
PSFK in partnership with HP Matter speak to Matt Hogan, Co-founder and CEO at Datacoup, about empowering consumers with tools that treat information as an asset
Innovation is the new currency in today’s Idea Economy. In recognition of the leaders who are disrupting our tech-driven world, the editors at thought leadership site PSFK.com partnered with HP Matter to create the Innovators Index, a roster of digital pioneers making a global impact.This week we’ve featured Matt Hogan for ensuring consumers remain in control of their personal information.
Taxi Fabric wants to upholster taxi interiors in Mumbai with the works of young graphic designers
Taxi Fabric wants to give young graphic designers in Mumbai a new outlet to showcase their work: the fabric seat covers of taxi cabs. In the process, it hopes to inspire conversation, and show older generations what design is all about.
Julian Hakes' shoes give a unique spiral shape—suited just right for the foot—compared to other high heel designs
Julian Hakes owned his own architecture firm for 10 years before turning his attention to this attention-getting women’s footwear project in which he applied the architectural process to building a 3D-printed shoe. He began by researching how feet moved and took the weight of a body, then used that information to draft a shoe that wraps around the wearer’s foot and ankle.