Determined to win SpaceX's Hyperloop pod competition, rLoop has embraced the pros and cons of full online collaboration as a means to power our collective future
Not all things born in the deep, dark recesses of the Reddit hive mind fall within the scope of the latest netherworld press release. Following an announcement that SpaceX would open the design of the Hyperloop pod to the public came RedditLoop, a once-subreddit that’s since taken on the less legally-precarious name of rLoop. The team has its eyes set on winning the third-party design competition, but, perhaps more importantly, offers a new model for problem-solving, strategizing and stargazing.
Made out of Digital Fabric, Polyera Wove Band shows off an E-ink display that occupies 75 percent of its surface
The Polyera Wove Band is a smartwatch with the first-ever bendable digital screen destined for consumer use. But before your inner skeptic starts freaking out, let’s look at the technology first.
Backed by tech players like Tim Cook, the Nebia showerhead cuts water consumption by 70 percent
In a time when drought is prevalent in the United States, when Californians are being told to cut water use by at least 25 percent, any innovation that saves water also saves money. The Nebia showerhead, which uses 70 percent less water than the industry average, practically rains money.
Executive Director & Founder of a designer-founder accelerator presents a redesign of the 9-to-5 work day and how to best implement play into work culture
From Mr. Burns to Office Space’s Bill Lumburgh to the horrible bosses of, well, Horrible Bosses, the hated, controlling, megalomaniacal boss and their miserable, micromanaged underlings have been a staple in movies and on TV for decades. And while these modern office archetypes are played for comedic effect, the sad reality is that it’s funny. And it’s funny because it’s true.
Wireless Armour provides protection from electromagnetic radiation where men need it most
Making babies is a two-way street. Both male and female must have healthy reproductive systems. However, though we often hear on women’s fertility issues, the truth is, men face the same reproductive challenges. A fact that led to Wireless Armour, an underwear developed by London scientist Joseph Perkins aimed at protecting men’s fertile crescent from electromagnetic radiation.
BIG's Steam Ring Generator would puff out a steam circle for every ton of CO2 generated by the Waste-to-Energy power plant in Copenhagen
With every bold and provocative puff of a generator, BIG wants to express to the public how much CO2 their Waste-to-Energy power plant in Copenhagen will emit. They will release one solid steam stack into the air from their factory’s largest pipe for every ton of CO2 they release. This informs locals how much CO2 enters the air at any given minute, providing a visual reminder of how responsible (or irresponsible) a manufacturer is about their carbon footprint.
Designed with a C-shaped handle, the Phone-brella won't let it rain on your texting parade
With a handle that wraps around your forearm, you don’t need to wait for shade when texting with this umbrella. This redesign, named Phone-brella, specializes in letting smartphone users do their thing even under intense rain.
Intelligent Design builds low-impact clothing that’s easy to make at home under a Creative Commons 4.0 license
Forget the 3D printer a moment; take out that sewing machine and build a wearable tee at home without even breaking a sweat. Open-source label Intelligent Design, from jeans and tees maker London Denim, launches on Kickstarter with a low-impact, simple yet attractive T-shirt.
Color-changing polymer developed by University of Pennsylvania reveals head trauma, helping flag injuries that might have gone untreated
Soldiers’ lives are always on the line. Athletes also suffer many life-threatening blows for the love of the game. Accidents can happen anytime. How would one know if he or she is already suffering from a brain injury if there are no other obvious symptoms? A team from the University of Pennsylvania developed a polymer that changes color upon impact to determine whether a person has suffered head trauma, as reported by the American Chemical Society.
GROWTH is a project that explores what happens when vases conform to plants, instead of the other way around
Beyond their functional purpose, vases are a fixture of good design. Choose the right one, and your coffee table can instantly look 10 times more sophisticated. But some plants can change considerably once they start growing—and ultimately outgrow the vase you so carefully picked out. Thankfully, Studio Ayaskan came up with a solution to this indoor planting problem: a vase that conforms to the plant’s changing shape and size.
PSFK, in partnership with HP Matter, talks to Nuala O’Connor about the importance of advocating for basic human rights in the online space
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 Nuala O’Connor for her efforts in ensuring the civil and human rights of the individual online.
Melissa McCarthy's Seven7 fashion line is designed for women sizes 4 through 28
Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy’s new fashion line is making waves, but it’s not because she turned into a fashion-designer-slash -businesswoman. Rather, it’s because of the message weaved into the fabric of her fashion line Seven7: it’s time we did away with the term “plus-size.”