Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

The first time I saw the Helsinki company’s prototype headset, nearly two years ago, it was little more than a kludge: an Oculus Rift that Varjo had rigged to project an ultra-high-resolution micro display into the center of my field of view.

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

Traverso says the next project is to test the capsules in larger animals, to understand what happens if they inject repeat doses day after day, as a Type 2 diabetic would require for it to be useful.

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

(Conventional carbon fiber manufacturing requires pieces to be shaped and then baked in an oven to set, a longer and more labor-intensive process.) Fixes If Icon is a cautionary tale, another new airplane manufacturer could prove to be an inspiration for the eVTOL.

Hyundai's Walking Car Concept With Legs Reinvents the Wheel

Hyundai's Walking Car Concept With Legs Reinvents the Wheel

Hyundai's Walking Car Concept With Legs Reinvents the Wheel Hyundai calls this concept Elevate, or the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle. But Hyundai has thought through a business case for the machine it’s calling Elevate, or the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (how about the ummmm...

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

That industry is based on the idea that quiet, efficient, and safe air taxis (aka flying cars) with electric power and high-tech control systems will allow safe operation by either computers or human pilots with minimal specialized training.

The Samsung Space Monitor Liberates Your Desk

The Samsung Space Monitor Liberates Your Desk

Samsung As for space savings, Samsung claims that use of the Space Monitor will liberate your desk to the tune of a 40 percent increase in usable area, compared to a similarly sized traditional display.

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda

But neither company has done much to address the persuasive design of those apps, or help people move beyond what was already possible to do by manually changing a few settings in your phone.In other words, Google and Apple used the banner of "digital wellness" to re-package tools that already existed, without changing much of anything about your phone."Time Well Spent was never about giving users features to set time limits on their phones, it was about changing the game from which companies compete," says Harris.

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can Be

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can Be

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can BeAudi’s designers speckled some flashy trim on the exterior to signify the E-tron’s EV status, but nothing too edgy: This SUV is meant to be a functional car people will actually want to buy when it goes on sale in early 2019, not just a statement.AudiMasdar City, a squeaky-clean planned city under development outside Abu Dhabi, grew from the sand with a single vision: help the United Arab Emirates wean itself off its own vast oil reserves.

Postmates' Quest to Build the Delivery Robot of the Future

Postmates' Quest to Build the Delivery Robot of the Future

"We have five seconds to change people's minds.”'If there's ever going to be an emoji for a rover on the sidewalk, it better look like Serve.'Bastian Lehmann, Postmates co-founder and CEOSo Kashani developed a new objective: The rover had to work, yes, and successfully navigate its way into restaurants without running anyone over.

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte Sedan

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte Sedan

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte SedanAudi's new E-tron GT is low, wide, and long, with a sloping roof reminiscent of the A7, the loveliest of Audi’s sedans.At the back a single red light strip seems to fracture and spread at the edges to form the rear lights.The most distinctive parts of the design are heavy rear haunches, like a muscle car, and a deeply carved sill, running under the doors between the wheels.

Porsche’s New 911 Listens to the Road to Weather the Wet

Porsche’s New 911 Listens to the Road to Weather the Wet

Find enough open Autobahn and you can reach the 190 mph top speed, though 4S owners will be able to just slip past the poor saps in the S models at 191 mph.New tech includes a “Wet Mode” that detects wet pavement via acoustic sensors in the wheel wells—as opposed to activating along with the windshield wipers or reactively sensing changes in traction—and adjusts the stability control, the rear wing position, and gearbox responsiveness to keep the car stable.

Rivian Wants to Do for Pickups What Tesla Did For Cars

Rivian Wants to Do for Pickups What Tesla Did For Cars

It’s unveiling an electric pickup and SUV, which it’s calling adventure vehicles, designed to grab a chunk out of high-profit margin truck sales sales for the Big Three.“This is a space for vehicles that have a lot of function, you can put your gear, your pets, your stuff into them, and they invite you to use them and get them dirty,” says founder RJ Scaring.

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

He was there to introduce a movie, of which he is begrudgingly but indisputably the star.“The film has my name, but it’s less about me, and more about my chief concerns,” the 86-year-old said with characteristic self-effacing charm.Rams, who is famous for his clean-lined designs for home goods companies like Braun and Vitsoe, has many concerns—the state of the world, the state of design, the way our appetite for shiny, new things is leading us down a gluttonous path of destruction—and he voices all of them in the new documentary Rams.The film is the newest from Gary Hustwit, who serves as the design world’s de-facto documentarian having made the lauded Urbanized, Objectified, and Helvetica.

Should I Delete My Tweets?

Should I Delete My Tweets?

That might mean a few days or a few weeks, if you’re someone who habitually engages in threads or long conversations on Twitter—you don't want your half of the discussion disappear before the conversation is even finished!You can download your archive of tweets before you delete them, if you worry that maybe the MOST BRILLIANT THING you’ve ever said is buried back in your twitter history, and one day you’ll dig through and find it.

BMW’s Vision iNEXT SUV Concept Sets a New, Electric Course

BMW’s Vision iNEXT SUV Concept Sets a New, Electric Course

And near the front sits the centerpiece of this flying showroom, which has already passed through Munich and New York and will soon set off for Beijing: the Vision iNEXT, a concept car BMW created to lay out its bet on the future.“This is not just a show car,” says Klaus Fröhlich, a member of BMW’s board and the company’s soothsaying spokesperson, with the SUV, an early view at BMW’s next generation of forward-looking vehicles, behind him.

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

At launch, The Sneaker will come with a standard version of this midsole with the option of purchasing a more arched version in the future.“It gives cushion without adding a lot of weight, fits into the bottom of the shoe really nicely, takes advantage of that cavity in the cup sole,” and lets customers keep their Rothy’s insole, which comes decorated with pattern and color, says Martin.

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

The central argument against adding cycle tracks with trees to urban streets asserts that cities need this space for parallel-parked cars.

Want to solve the world’s problems? Try working together across disciplines

Want to solve the world’s problems? Try working together across disciplines

An article published in Science last year diagnosed the real problem of climate change in this way: “Experiencing the self as separate from nature is the foundation of humanity’s damaged relationship to planetary resources.” The only real solution to the climate problems facing our planet is to change mindsets, an approach that requires a complex understanding of all the ways that individuals and institutions interact with the natural world.

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants ItArctic communities like this one are beginning to explore advanced nuclear reactors as a solution to their unique energy challenges.Third Way/GenslerThis story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Back in 2009, Simon Irish, an investment manager in New York, found the kind of opportunity that he thought could transform the world while — in the process — transforming dollars into riches.Irish saw that countries around the globe needed to build a boggling amount of clean-power projects to replace their fossil fuel infrastructure, while also providing enough energy for rising demand from China, India, and other rapidly growing countries.