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Google Launches New Hardware Division Under Former Head Of Motorola

Nexus phones, Chromecast video streams, Glass AR headsets, and even experimental ATAP devices now report to Rick Osterloh. Google's on-again off-again love affair with Motorola continues, as the company has hired Motorola's former President Rick Osterloh to run a new hardware division, in news broken by Re/Code. Read Full Story

A New App Lets Kids Design Their Own Games

Infinite Arcade is the latest app from Brooklyn-based TinyBop that is designed to create inclusive digital experiences for kids. For all their aesthetic virtuosity, kids' gaming apps can actually be pretty limiting. Whereas analog toys forced kids to use their imagination, high-tech games with intricate narratives end up doing much of the imagining for them. Read Full Story

Book Review: Eco Living Japan

Eco Living Japan: Sustainable Ideas for Living Green by Deanna MacDonaldTuttle Publishing, 2015Hardcover, 240 pagesWhen I think of Tuttle, I think of Japan – and vice versa to a lesser degree. Be it gardens, tea or, in this case, houses,...Show More Summary

Why Traffic Studies Make Our Cities Worse For Everyone

If the goal is that all development should never increase road congestion, car-centric, sprawled-out cities will never be able to change. Each time a major building development is planned, a traffic study is carried out. The surrounding...Show More Summary

Video Reduces Kung Fu To Its Essence, And It's Gorgeous

Like watching a violent ballet They're called martial arts for a reason. A kung fu master moves with all the choreographed grace of a prima ballerina. But that can be easy to forget as fists and knives fly, and the id-infused glee of watching bad guys getting kicked in the face hits you full bore. Read Full Story

What Happens To Your Brain When It Hears A Story

Forget the Mariana Trench. The deepest unexplored geographies on the planet are trapped right inside our skulls The human brain is a mysterious hunk of meat. For example, as you read this, you're "hearing" the words in your brain, and sorting out their meaning, but where exactly are these gray matter word lockers? Wonder no longer. Show More Summary

New Design Incubator Will Have You Building A Shippable Gadget In 8 Weeks

Successful applicants to Nascent Objects' new program will be mentored by Ammunition on how to bring their ideas to market. The product development company Nascent has launched a new hardware incubator aimed at helping designers bring gadgets to market in just eight weeks. The typical product development process takes 6 to 12 months. Read Full Story

The Harvard Professor Who Is Digitizing Scent

David Edwards wants scent to become as essential to our well-being as light or sound. On Wednesday night, in the basement theater of New York's Rubin Museum, audience members were passed a squat metal cylinder and instructed to take a whiff before passing it along to their neighbor. Show More Summary

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Here are some photos of Sky Habitat (2016) in Singapore by Safdie Architects. (Photographs: Trevor Patt) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Mapping The Stunning Complexity Of The World's Shipping Routes

Researchers from the UCL Energy Institute plot 250 million data points to show the movements of the world's commercial shipping fleet. At any given moment, the world's oceans are teeming with fleets of commercial ships—carriers packed...Show More Summary

Mapping The Disturbingly High Rates Of Food Insecurity In America

For the poor, food access is not a given—even in some of the most agriculturally rich places in the country. America continues to have a lot of hungry people. Some statistics may have improved since the recession. But the nation's level...Show More Summary

The Ultimate Party Game For Design Nerds

Dutch artist Sigrid Calon blends two signature typefaces to create her own abstract twist to the classic memory card game. The Dutch artist Sigrid Calon has applied her gradated, geometric patterns to everything from beautiful Risograph prints to hospital walls and water tanks. Show More Summary

This Architecture Firm Is Turning VR Into The Next Great Productivity Tool

NBBJ is the first major architecture firm jumping headlong into VR—by incubating its own platform. Virtual reality is steadily spilling over into the design industry and is already changing how we create. The technology's potential (and...Show More Summary

Explore The Seinfeld Universe In This Chart About Nothing

Mimbos. Anti-dentites. Close talkers. Sponge-worthy men, and women with Shiksappeal. These are the characters of Seinfeld. For a show about nothing, Seinfeld introduce us to an incredibly diverse universe of vain, weird, and colorful New Yorkers, as seen through the judgemental eyes of its four main characters: Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. Show More Summary

How Prince Got The Media To Use His Custom Symbol

???? wins. Composed of a downward-facing arrow crossed by a curlicue and crowned by a perfect halo, Prince's Love symbol is a portmanteau of Venus and Mars emblems, a rogue protest against his record label, and, when it debuted in 1993, a conundrum for the media to reproduce. Show More Summary

What Arabic Type Reveals About How Experts See The World

New research based on Arabic letterforms suggests that experts visually process the world more efficiently than novices. What makes experts so damn good at what they do? Well, there are some obvious reasons: Experts have more knowledge...Show More Summary

The Latest In Prison Education? Design Thinking

The MakeRight initiative teaches incarcerated people empathetic design with the aim of reducing recidivism. From packaging that prevents shoplifting to furniture that guards against thieves, projects originating from the Design Against...Show More Summary

Meet The Ex-Architect Building Chatbots At Microsoft (Including That Racist Jerk, Tay)

Lili Cheng, who has spent 20 years building human interfaces at Microsoft, says risk is part of her job. It was late March, and just four days before Microsoft CEO Satya Natella was due to announce the company's new focus on "conversation as a platform," Lili Cheng woke up to discover that one of her chatbots had gone rogue. Read Full Story

At This Art Gallery, The Floors Are More Important Than The Walls

Artist Peter Zimmerman poured 1,400 square feet of resin onto the floors of this museum gallery to complement the paintings on the walls. The point of going to most galleries is to look at what's hanging on the walls. Yet as part ofShow More Summary

A Radical Cartographer Visualizes Slavery In America

Bill Rankin reveals historical insights about the industry of slavery on the eve of the Civil War. American school children learn that slavery caused the American Civil War. Other historians argue that this explanation is simplistic, and there were other contributing factors. Show More Summary

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