Tag: Design

MIT Simmons Hall as an interactive canvas

It’s known on campus as “The Sponge.” But last month, undergraduate design major Karyn Nakamura transformed the iconic façade of Simmons Hall into a scintillating interactive canvas. “I didn’t know if we would get permission to project onto Simmons,” says Nakamura, who on three successive evenings in April projected dynamic pixelated images onto Simmons’ windowed façade. She […]

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A helping hand for robotic manipulator design

MIT researchers have created an interactive design pipeline that streamlines and simplifies the process of crafting a customized robotic hand with tactile sensors. Typically, a robotics expert may spend months manually designing a custom manipulator, largely through trial-and-error. Each iteration could require new parts that must be designed and tested from scratch. By contrast, this […]

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President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson of Iceland visits MIT

Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, the president of Iceland, visited MIT on Friday, engaging in talks with several campus leaders and professors, and touring the Media Lab. Jóhannesson visited the Institute along with a substantial delegation of officials and scholars from Iceland. They met with MIT scholars, who delivered a variety of presentations on research, design, and […]

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Rare Rides Icons: The Lincoln Mark Series Cars, Feeling Continental (Part V)

We arrive today at the fifth installment of our Rare Rides Icons coverage on the Lincoln Mark series cars. Thus far we covered the first Continental of the late Thirties, and Ford’s desire to go ultra luxury with the Mark II sold under the newly minted Continental Division. The Mark that debuted for the 1956 […]

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Citroën 2CV Independent Design Study Proposes A Minimalist Electric Crossover

This is an independent design study by Dejan Hristov for a modern reincarnation of the Citroën 2CV that is neither related to nor endorsed by Citroën. Despite having a glorious history, Citroën seems to be negative about following the retro-inspired trend that is popularized among EVs including the likes of the VW ID. Buzz, the […]

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AI Comes Out of the Closet

Progress in tech products and services usually comes when a confluence of things happen at once. The invention of wearables came when sensors, the cloud, and bluetooth got combined in astounding permutations. The metaverse is being born of existing pillars: blockchain and decentralization, along with enabling technologies like NFTs, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.  Now […]

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This Indigo Ferrari Roma Features Seats Made Out Of A 75-Year-Old Kimono

Ferrari has created a new Tailor Made Roma that celebrates the artisanal histories of both Italy and, to a greater extent, Japan. Taking its inspiration from the exquisite detailing of traditional Japanese crafting techniques, the car is a very special edition. Ferrari‘s Tailor Made customization program worked with Evan Orensten and Josh Rubin, the founders […]

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Student robot competition honors the legacy of the late beloved professor, Woodie Flowers

Every year, the student robot competition in class 2.007 (Design and Manufacturing I) is centered around a unifying theme. From “Star Wars” to “Back to the Future” and “Willy Wonka,” the theme is reflected in the gameboards where robots designed and built by mechanical engineering students compete for points. On Thursday, May 5, the event […]

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Frank Stephenson Isn’t As Critical Of The New BMW 7-Series As You May Expect

It’s no secret that Frank Stephenson, like many of us, has been quite critical of BMW’s new design language, recently criticizing the 2022 2-Series, XM Concept, and all-electric iX SUV. In his latest video, the famed designer decided to take a look at BMW’s latest all-new vehicle, the 7-Series, and its all-electric twin, the i7. […]

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What Do You Prefer In Dashboards, Digital, Analog, Or A Mix Of The Two?

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Rare Rides Icons: The Lincoln Mark Series Cars, Feeling Continental (Part IV)

We return to our Lincoln Mark series coverage today, in the midst of learning about the first Mark of the line, the Continental Mark II. The Mark II aimed to carry on the tradition set by the gracious Continental of the Forties, and take Ford to new heights of luxury, desirability, price (and thus exclusivity), […]

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Saving Modernism in the Hamptons

Timothy Godbold, an interior designer based in Southampton, used to just be an enthusiastic fan of the angular modernist homes perched atop dunes near his house. And, sometimes, when he discovered an early architectural gem that really excited him, he’d share a photo with his followers on Instagram. But in March 2020, after he posted […]

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Audi’s New $2,500 Design Edition Package For 2023MY S6 And S7 Offers Exclusive Colors And More

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3 Questions: Ariel Ekblaw on building beautiful architecture in space

Living in space today is a cramped and utilitarian endeavor. Astronuats who arrive on the International Space Station (ISS) are prepared for a stay in tight quarters, surrounded by exposed wiring, bulky electronics, and floor-to-ceiling beige paneling. But what if in-orbit accomodations could be more spacious, livable, and even beautiful? That’s a question driving TESSERAE, […]

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Rare Rides Icons: The Lincoln Mark Series Cars, Feeling Continental (Part III)

Today finds us at the third installment in our coverage of the Lincoln Mark series cars. So far we’ve covered the original Continental that ran from 1939 to 1948 and learned about the styling decisions that made for the most excellent Midcentury Continental Mark II. The Mark II arrived to herald the birth of the […]

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Soft assistive robotic wearables get a boost from rapid design tool

Soft, pneumatic actuators might not be a phrase that comes up in daily conversations, but more likely than not you might have benefited from their utility. The devices use compressed air to power motion, and with sensing capabilities, they’ve proven to be a critical backbone in a variety of applications such as assistive wearables, robotics, […]

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Soft assistive robotic wearables get a boost from rapid design tool

Soft, pneumatic actuators might not be a phrase that comes up in daily conversations, but more likely than not you might have benefited from their utility. The devices use compressed air to power motion, and with sensing capabilities, they’ve proven to be a critical backbone in a variety of applications such as assistive wearables, robotics, […]

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Why Jony Ive Left Apple to the ‘Accountants’

The new arrangement freed Mr. Ive from regular commutes to the company’s offices in Cupertino. He shifted from near daily product reviews to an irregular schedule when weeks would pass without weighing in. Sometimes word would spread through the studio that he was unexpectedly coming to the office. Employees compared the moments that followed with […]

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Rare Rides Icons: The Lincoln Mark Series Cars, Feeling Continental (Part II)

We pick up our Lincoln Mark series again today, at a point where Ford’s executives were really not interested in selling a personal luxury coupe. The original Continental was developed as a concept at the request of Edsel Ford, who wanted a car to take on his spring vacation in 1939. After an informal debut […]

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New-Car Styling Details That Drive Us Mad

Car design is a subjective business. One man’s Aston Martin could be another man’s Kia Amanti, but often it’s the little details that can really decide whether you’re going to love or hate the look of a certain car. Aerodynamic conventions observed to maximize fuel efficiency and the need to comply with safety regulations means […]

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The Upside of a Lockdown

This article is part of our latest Design special report, about new creative pathways shaped by the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many lives. But for some people, the disruption has been positive, offering the opportunity to take their skills in a new direction. For the New York architect and designer Marc Thorpe, this […]

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The Upside of a Lockdown

This article is part of our latest Design special report, about new creative pathways shaped by the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many lives. But for some people, the disruption has been positive, offering the opportunity to take their skills in a new direction. For the New York architect and designer Marc Thorpe, this […]

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Rare Rides Icons: The Lincoln Mark Series Cars, Feeling Continental (Part I)

Rare Rides Icons concluded its 22-part series on the Imperial recently, as the long-running luxury model-brand-model exercise by Chrysler came to its timely end in 1993. Today we embark on a new luxury car series. It’s one you’ve asked for, and it’s also about luxury cars and will be an extensive series. Come along, as […]

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EVs Make Grilles Passé, Headlight Signatures Now Dominate Design Says Hyundai Boss

Grilles will no longer dominate the design language of vehicles, at least not at Hyundai. That’s according to the Korean brand’s design chief, SangYup Lee who says headlight design will now be the aesthetic tie that binds vehicles in a lineup. “In the EV era, the grille is no longer needed,” Lee told Car and […]

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