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The World's Lightest Folding Bike

The Hummingbird has several design advantages over similar folding bikes. The weird thing about most foldable bikes is that even though they're designed to collapse, they tend to be pretty heavy. That's because they need to be sturdy enough to handle a rider's weight in an unconventional form factor. Show More Summary

20,000 Foam Tubes Turn This Gallery Into A 3-D Coloring Book

TUBO is an exhibition that encourages kids to run around, touch, and "play with their food." With their sprawling rooms, white-washed walls, and "do not touch" signs, art galleries can feel like sterile, unwelcoming places—especially if you're a kid. Show More Summary

Make Someone's Day With These (Astonishingly Specific) Compliment Cards

"Your technique is flawless." Somewhere between the proliferation of "likes" and "faves" (now actually just "likes") we may have lost the art of properly articulating our admiration and approval. Sure, tiny computer icons allow us to express ourselves quickly and often, but they lack some of the class and coyness of, say, Jane Austen-era calling cards. Read Full Story

Apple Moves Down Michigan Avenue

I heard a few months ago that Apple would be shuttering its store on North Michigan Avenue... [Google Street View]...and heading south to a site next to the Chicago River: [Google Street View] Now some details on the move have been released...Show More Summary

Volvo Creates The Most Realistic Concept For A Self-Driving Car Yet

It's not the snazziest self-driving car you've ever seen, but it's grounded in something more important: reality. We've seen self-driving cars that allow your family to play a board game, and offices on wheels that can move board meetings to the highway. Show More Summary

Sex Tech Startup Wants Men To Do Their Kegels

The bicycle seat–shaped kGoal Boost gadget turns pelvic-floor exercises into a game. The health benefits of pelvic floor exercises, known as Kegels, for women have long been extolled. Turns out men—yes, men—should be strengthening their weak muscles, too. The sexual health startup Minna Life invented the kGoal Boost to turn Kegels for men into a game. Read Full Story

A Fine Modern Pen You Open With A Dial, Not A Click

Solid aluminum meets a classic brass dial in these minimalist pens that won't break the bank. If you've always wanted a nice writing instrument, but your personal aesthetic is more minimal than Montblanc, the Neri line may be for you. Designed by Giulio Iacchetti, this pen and mechanical pencil are built from a single extruded aluminum rod. Read Full Story

This App Lets You Control Your Smartphone By Drawing

Mouse gestures never made sense on PCs, but they're awesome on Android. Long before we started swiping and tapping on touchscreens, mouse gestures were touted as the humanist way of interacting with our computers. Simple patterns you...Show More Summary

MIT's 2,000-Pound Megalith Can Be Moved With A Fingertip

The McKnelly Megalith is both a memorial and an experiment to show how one of the world's greatest architectural wonders was constructed. Last spring, MIT teaching assistant Carrie Lee McKnelly lost both her parents to a fire. As a tribute,...Show More Summary

Eucopia: A Birchbox For European Design

For $45, Eucopia will send you a monthly box filled with some really great designs that blend beauty, usefulness, and simplicity. What makes European design so distinctive? "The way it brings beauty to everyday living," Jason Toon founder of Eucopia, says. Show More Summary

Design Leadership: What's Next?

Design heads at 3M, Intuit, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Philips, and REI highlight 7 areas for future design leaders to consider. The importance of corporate design leadership is growing fast, which makes me curious: what does the future ofShow More Summary

This Mind-Boggling Staircase Feels Like It's Alive

A stair to remember At the 3DS Culinary Lab in Los Angeles, California, chefs are invited to wear their mad scientist hats and whip up newfangled foods—anything goes, as long as it's edible and 3-D printed. To capture this spirit of inventiveness, Oyler Wu Collaborative designed the lab a mind-boggling staircase that looks like MC Escher mated with MakerBot. Read Full Story

Gorgeous Wooden Toys Unleash Kids' Inner Astronaut

Good for design-snob parents, too. Kids love playing astronaut, but most space toys are made of cheap plastic that winds up in landfill. Here to offer an alternative is Cosmos, a kit of wood parts that lets kids design and build their own galactic vessel. Read Full Story

Today's archidose #866

Here are some photos of the Église du Sacré-Cœur (1930) in Casablanca, Morocco by Paul Tournon, photographed by 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

Swiss Smartwatches Are Off To A Bad Start

The $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected does not bode well for the future of luxury smartwatches. Last week, Tag Heuer, Google, and Intel released the most expensive Android Wear watch on the market, the $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected. The watchShow More Summary

Blackout Takes You Inside The Minds Of NYC Subway Commuters

Have you ever looked around a train to wonder what everyone else is thinking? Now you can know. The NYC subway is a great social experiment, a place where socioeconomics, race, age, and religion take the backseat to one of the only scenes of real diversity in our world: standing room only inside a metal box during rush hour. Read Full Story

Flexible, Shapeshifting Camera Offers A Radical Alternative To The Smartphone Cam

The Flex Cam PIC is a slender, bendable camera that looks like a cross between a Pixar character and a Livestrong bracelet. As even professional photographers will tell you, the iPhone is signaling a certain death for the standalone digital camera. Show More Summary

The Depressing Effects Of Texas's Anti-Abortion Law, Visualized

HB 2, the state's controversial abortion law, is headed to the Supreme Court. Here's a look at the effects it has had. On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear its first major abortion case in nine years. The case, Whole Woman's Health v. Show More Summary

The Future Of Shopping Is...Second Life On Acid?

British designer Allison Crank imagines a virtual-reality mega mall to replace the social element shopping has lost to e-commerce. When Victor Gruen invented the shopping mall in 1956, he wanted to give suburban citizens a sorely needed third place to socialize and shop. Show More Summary

How A Simple Software Update Could Make Your iPhone Screen Smarter

From your finger's angle of attack, to gestures like twists, researchers have developed algorithms to make any touchscreen smarter. When you touch your iPhone screen, it basically sees a few dark spots with no other context. From that alone, it's brought us landmark interactions like the swipe and pinch-to-zoom. Show More Summary

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