At the game tonight, we should see a contraption where U of Alabama’s football, medical, engineering and marketing savvy come together. Courtesy of USA Today
“There are several design components that make the tent unique and so practical for football, starting with the fact the frame is actually anchored to and connected with the base of the trainer's table. The covering expands and collapses like an accordion within 10 seconds and basically is just pulled over the top to erect the tent. It weighs about 70 pounds, making it easy to transport. The synthetic material covering it keeps out rain or other elements but also allows in enough light for doctors and trainers to see. It was designed to be sturdy and stable enough to go on any kind of surface that might be on a sideline — grass, artificial turf, concrete, asphalt, etc. — without needing to be staked or anchored into the ground with heavy weights like your typical tailgate tent. They also tested the height to make sure it doesn’t obstruct the view of fans.
There’s also an added bonus for schools: More advertising space to sell, which Alabama has utilized to display the logos of a local hospital and sports medicine center (for the College Football Playoff, it is using an Alabama-branded look).”
Skyscrapers usually start off bulky at ground level and become slim as they rise. Vancouver House, a twisting condo tower by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, does the opposite. The lower floors of the 59-story building, set to open in 2019, will squeeze into a narrow triangular lot constrained by highway off-ramps and an adjacent park. Once the tower has cleared the surrounding cityscape, it will curve outward, blooming into larger penthouse floors. The Westbank-developed Vancouver high-rise just won the World Architecture Festival’s Future Project of the Year award; judges called it a “delightful” use of a “typically abandoned public space.”
“The electronics giant, however, says it's not searching for the next big thing. Rather, the goal of the C-Lab is to find "the next small big thing" — a discovery that may not seem like a big deal immediately but that will, over time, open up new markets and be incorporated into must-have technology.”
An example include TipTalk which eliminates the need for headphones or talking into your phone: it's a wristband containing a sensor can transmit telephone conversations through a fingertip pressed against your ear.
Motor Trend names the Volvo XC90 its 2016 SUV of the Year. calling it “a captivating work of art, inside and out”
The differentiation starts with the key fob.
“The device that grants access to this Volvo is roughly the same form as a matchbox, though a touch smaller, and lined with the same amber Nappa leather that’s stretched across the XC90’s three rows of seats. It slides perfectly into your pocket and is adorned only with a raised Volvo logo; its silver buttons are on the side so you don’t accidentally press one while walking.”
But why just stop there? Volvo also has a Red Key to match
“The red key is ideal if you let a child with a new driver's license, or a valet drive your car. It limits some uses of the car, for example the top speed and the audio volume. Of course, you can adjust the Red Key's settings as you see fit.”
Of course there is much more – check out the Motor Trend article and others on many other SUVs which shine in other ways.
Wired has a long piece on the design intricacies that went into the latest Microsoft entry
“So Panay’s team set a different goal: to reinvent the laptop. They spent two years designing, prototyping, and fine-tuning—all to get to the Surface Book that goes on sale today. It’s the product of everything Microsoft has learned from making the first Surface machines, and from watching Apple eat its lunch. It’s a story right out of Cupertino, really: A small group of creatives sits in a room together, passionately slaving over every tiny detail of a product until it’s perfect. To go after Apple, Microsoft learned from Apple—and then found a few places to take right turns toward the future it imagines. It cost Panay much more than one night’s sleep.”
Pixar is as much a research firm as it is an animation studio, and a new exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City does an expert job at showing us how. For Pixar: The Design of Story, the movie studio supplied Cooper Hewitt with 650 renderings, mockups, illustrations, and storyboards of its characters and landscapes, along with background. Taken together, these artifacts illuminate the painstaking level of research that goes into the creation of every character, right down to the folds in an old man’s jacket sleeve, or the texture of the curls in a heroine’s hair.
Most prosthetic manufacturers build their products with a certain amount of blandness so their artificial limbs won’t stand out. So much effort is put into making them appear natural that some artificial limbs are so real realistic that they are indistinguishable from a real limb when viewing them at a distance. While most manufacturers take this realistic approach, UK limb maker Open Bionics is going to the opposite extreme, creating brightly colored, kid-friendly prosthetic hands that are branded after popular superheroes and movie characters.
Space Bins on an Alaska Airlines 737-900ER will hold as many as 174 standard carry-on bags, a 48 percent increase compared to current bins that hold up to 117 bags. Space Bins are deep enough to store nonstandard items, such as a guitar.
When open, the bin’s bottom edge hangs about 2 inches lower, which means people don’t have to lift their bags as high to load them. The deeper bins allow more bags to be stowed, and let customers load bags with less struggle.
That should cut boarding times, improve on-time performance and require less intervention from flight attendants.