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Ex-Googler's Robotic Butler Launches On Kickstarter

Keecker, part home entertainment system, part smart home analytics system, should be shipping to a house near you by next spring. When the egg-shaped robotic butler Keecker debuted earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics ShouwShow More Summary

Climbing Starchitecture

Not since two daredevils scaled Renzo Piano's New York Times building in 2008 have I heard controversy about people climbing buildings designed by well known architects. The latest news is in regards to Shigeru Ban's Aspen Art Museum,...Show More Summary

Mickey Mouse Gets A Warped Makeover

Fashion designers Wood Wood put Mickey through a photocopier to wonderfully warpy effect. Disney icon Mickey Mouse is all grown up--and moonlighting as a fashion muse. Read Full Story

We've Been Doing Umbrellas Wrong

As we enter the October rainy season, you can do a lot better than your standard brolly. Here are a couple to try out instead. No one knows for sure when the first folding umbrella was designed. However old they are, we've been doing them wrong all these years, and these two designer umbrellas prove it. Read Full Story

This Slick Dutch Shop Is Like A Pharmacy For Vitamin Water

To replenish revelers, architecture firm XML designed an oasis of wholesome calm in the middle of Amsterdam's prostitution hotbed. The debauchery of Amsterdam's Red Light District is notorious the world over: sex shops, peep shows, cannabis cafes, and brothels line the cobblestone streets, to which tourists flock for legalized indulgences. Show More Summary

MIT Invents Tech That Could 3-D Print Self-Lacing McFlys

Self-lacing sneakers, furniture that constructs itself when you add water. Thanks to programmable 4-D printers, that's just a start. Take a piece of raw bacon. Uncooked, a strip of bacon will lie flat, but drop it into a sizzling frying pan and it will start to curl. Show More Summary

Gorgeous Typographic Covers For 26 Classic Books

In the Penguin Drop Caps series, designer Jessica Hische decorates an A-to-Z collection of classic literature with her lovely lettering. In September 2009, type designer Jessica Hische started what would become a wildly popular personal...Show More Summary

6 Inspiring Interiors, From A Rain Room To A Cardboard Cathedral

Interior design isn't just about pretty wallpaper: these innovative rooms reimagine what an indoor space can be. Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors, a coffee table book out this month from Phaidon, features 100 stunning interior design projects from the past five years, including popup shops, a cardboard cathedral, and even an orthodontist's office. Show More Summary

The Ultimate Coffee Table For A Small Apartment

This coffee table expands in any direction to hold more coffee table books. Even the most diminutive coffee table can become a shin's worst enemy in a tiny apartment. The REK expanding coffee table, by Reinier de Jong, hides two tiers of sliding tabletop that unfurl like a gravity-defying game of Jenga. Read Full Story

Scorpion – Robotics Controller

A project that has been developing in our Lab for over 2 years now. I thought I’d share a link to its dedicated website. http://scorpion-robotics.com/ Read More

This Smartwatch Projects Laser Buttons Onto Your Skin

A Carnegie Mellon project could make it easier for people to interact with tiny smartwatch screens. Controlling any wearable electronic device is a challenge, and smartwatches are no exception. With their tiny displays, there's simply not a ton of real estate for a fingertip to operate a touch interface. Read Full Story

Counter Culture Coffee Branding Gets A Jolt Of Caffeinated Color

Now say that headline 10 times fast. Caffè Verona, Country Roast, Toscano: When it comes to branding coffee companies tend to play it safe, with muted package designs and ho-hum names. Read Full Story

A Cancer Support Center Designed Like A Treehouse

Maggie's Oxford Center in the U.K., designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, offers cancer patients and their families a leafy retreat. Maggie's Centre is a charity well-known for tapping big-name architects, like Rem Koolhaas and Steven Holl, to design beautiful healthcare and support facilities for cancer patients and their families across the U.K. Show More Summary

Chase Fall's Best Colors With This Peak Foliage Map

Hit the scenic byways before it's too late! If you're looking for fall, there's still time to ditch your pumpkin spice latte and go in search the real deal. Read Full Story

L.A. Turns To Rogue Designer To Fix Its Confusing Parking Signs

A guerilla mission to fix incomprehensible parking signs is going from concept to reality. When designer Nikki Sylianteng created her humorous website To Park Or Not To Park, inspired by the absurdity of parking signs in cities like Los Angeles, she probably didn't foresee fixing the broken system herself. Show More Summary

SWAT: An App To Keep Dirty Cops Honest

A pair of Georgetown students want to build an app that protects your recordings of the police, even if your phone is smashed. It's legal in every US state to record police officers, so long as you're not interfering with their duty....Show More Summary

5 Business Lessons From The Hells Angels

The Hells Angels have grown their brand through an unrivaled dedication to culture. Here's how to emulate it (no Harley required). The strength of a brand often reflects an organization's cultural health. Inside-out, credo-driven brands...Show More Summary

Check Out 50 More Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Star Wars

Before CGI, making Star Wars movies was just a lot more fun. J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII is due out next Christmas, and so far, all accounts suggest it will be a return to the practical effects that made Episode IV, V, and VI feel so much more tangible than the CGI spectacles of the prequels. Read Full Story

Zaha Hadid's Latest Work Is A Beautiful Research Center In Cambodia

On the site of a tragedy, a softer design from an architect known for her sharp work. Star architect Zaha Hadid's proposal for a genocide research center and memorial park in Cambodia has been approved and conceptual images revealed. Read Full Story

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/10/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/10/14 on the Web. In this separate issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Initial unemployment claims dip by 1,000 in latest report;...Show More Summary

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