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Light-Up Backpack Responds to Turn-By-Turn Directions
Light-Up Backpack Responds to Turn-By-Turn Directions

BrakePack keeps a growing horde of cyclists safe and visible

As more city dwellers turn to bicycles as their primary mode of transport, the perennial problems of safety and visibility loom larger than ever. Motorists often fail to see riders, especially after dark, and even when they do they are confused by hand signals. For their part, cyclists hate to load their rides with reflectors and lamps that often get stolen, wear ugly reflective vests, or take their hands off the bars to signal. Product design firm Artefact Group hopes to address all these issues with BrakePack.

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Austrian Hotel Serves as Workplace and Home for Refugees
Austrian Hotel Serves as Workplace and Home for Refugees

Half of the magdas Hotel in Vienna offers unique designer rooms for tourists, while the other is home to parentless orphans seeking asylum

If you’re looking to remove yourself from reality on your next vacation, magdas Hotel is probably not your best option. But for a socially and globally conscious getaway, this hotel in Vienna—which both houses and staffs young parentless refugees—is hard to beat.

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Accessory Leads Charge on Power-Pedaling
Accessory Leads Charge on Power-Pedaling

CydeKick uses zero-friction pedal power to charge USB devices

Generating electricity with a bicycle seems like a natural combination: tap some of the energy that goes into turning the wheels and convert it to power to light your way. Miami startup Spinetics takes that idea to the next level with the CydeKick, a generator that not only powers lights, but also charges USB devices such as phones, cameras and GPS units on the fly.

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German Villa Installs Internet Kill Switch in Rooms
German Villa Installs Internet Kill Switch in Rooms

Luxury hospitality venture Villa Stephanie encourages guests to "power off" during their stay

For travelers who desire a digital detox but require a third party motivator to power off their phones, a German hotel has implemented an Internet kill switch in each guest room. At Villa Stephanie, silver switches can be turned on to activate a Wi-Fi grid blocker. In off mode, the rooms’ walls keep out 96 percent of Wi-Fi signals, greatly limiting the ability to inundate all free time with Web surfing.

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Phones Might Help Blind New Yorkers Navigate the Subway
Phones Might Help Blind New Yorkers Navigate the Subway

Lantern, a project from Eugene Gao, would use an app and bluetooth beacons to guide the blind from station to station

Navigating New York’s subway system is a challenge—even more so if you’re blind. But a recent project, Lantern, could help blind New Yorkers get around underground with a little more ease.

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Business Class Interior Gets Turned into Travel Products
Business Class Interior Gets Turned into Travel Products

Students from Design Academy Eindhoven repurposed materials from the interior of KLM airplanes to create a range of travel items

When KLM introduced its new World Business Class interior, they wondered what to do with all of the old materials. Their ‘Plane to Product‘ project gave 14 students from Design Academy Eindhoven the opportunity to craft new products from the seats, carpets, seatbelts, and TV screens. They were invited for a tour at Schiphol airport, which ended in a large hall where the students found a complete KLM World Business Class interior, ready to be dismantled.

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Unlock this Suitcase with Your Fingerprint
Unlock this Suitcase with Your Fingerprint

The Space Case 1 wants to be the most advanced suitcase in the world with smart tech enabled features including a biometric lock

The Space Case 1 is the luggage of the future: it can be unlocked using your fingerprint, weigh itself, track itself using GPS, charge your electronics, act as speakers for your music, and a host of other smart features. It’s a smart suitcase with security and technology features intended to combat common travelers problems.

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In-Flight Entertainment Screens that Track Your Eye Movements
In-Flight Entertainment Screens that Track Your Eye Movements

The next generation of business and first-class seats, as prototyped by Thales, pause playback while you slumber

At the Paris Air Show this June 17, French manufacturer Thales revealed a monitor that follows the eye movements of the viewer. If line of sight gets broken—for example when turning to speak to a flight attendant, or when the passenger falls asleep—the monitor immediately pauses video playback. Once eye contact is re-established, it unpauses the show.

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Uber’s Mobile Game Presents a Unique Model for Hiring
Uber’s Mobile Game Presents a Unique Model for Hiring

Are mobile games powerful enough to replace company recruitment? Uber gives the tactic a test drive

As is often the case when riding in a car service or taxi, it’s difficult to imagine the experience from another person’s perspective. To present riders with an opportunity to navigate their own way from point A to point B, UberDRIVE is a mobile gaming experience to showcase the day in the life of an Uber driver-partner.

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Bicycle Steers You Right with Built-In Navigation System
Bicycle Steers You Right with Built-In Navigation System

Connected and 3D printed, the SOLID bike gives directions through vibrating handlebars

Cyclists in Portland, Oregon are abuzz thanks to a new innovation in bicycle navigation. It’s called the SOLID bike, and it combines rugged, forward-looking design with the latest in 3D printing and mobile communication technology to inspire everyday cycling.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Gains High-Speed Momentum
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Gains High-Speed Momentum

The high-speed public transit proposal from uber-entrepreneur Elon Musk moves to the concept design stage

The Hyperloop is a high-speed transport system where cargo, individuals, and vehicles travel at supersonic speeds inside tubes laced with cushions of air. This ground transport system was proposed by entrepreneur Elon Musk.

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Airline Seats Designed for Naps and Work
Airline Seats Designed for Naps and Work

B/E AEROSPACE's design looks more like a multi-use work cubicle than your coffin-sized airline seat

B/E AEROSPACE has created a flexible business class seating area that tailors to the flyer’s needs. This adaptable seating area can quickly shift from a lounging position, to sleeping, to having a dining room table, or to be used principally for work. The area is larger than a plane’s seating area and can provide what you’re seeking in comfort.

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