8 Simple Products Designed To Make Aging a Little Easier

The world is aging. By 2030, nearly 20 percent of Americans will be over 65. By 2050, about a third of China will be over 60. The same goes for many other developed countries. Yet we don't spend nearly enough time thinking about how to make life easier for the elderly—despite the fact that all of us, if we're lucky,… » 5/12/14 9:02am 5/12/14 9:02am

IDEO Sets Up Ridiculously Large, Continent-Spanning Rube Goldberg Device

Sure, we've seen a number of fun Rube Goldberg devices in our day, but none with the scale and ambition of this one made by IDEO. I mean, how can you argue with a statement like this:
Even Jon Kaplan, the IDEO veteran behind the effort, had moments of doubt. But more than that, he had moments of disbelief: How… » 10/29/08 5:45pm 10/29/08 5:45pm

Pop-up Book With a Miniature Working Streetlamp Inside

You've probably seen pop-up books, but this Book of Lights is different from any you've encountered. At first it looks like an ordinary book, but you open it up and there's an intricately designed miniature streetlamp unfolding right there in front of you. It has little working lightbulbs at the top, consisting of… » 4/05/07 4:15pm 4/05/07 4:15pm

CUin5 Cellphone: Design Fiction by branko Lukic


The design of your phone is the result of countless business plans, TCO and ROI analyses. The CUin5 is the bizarro world version of that business plan. Every face includes a keypad, microphone and speaker. » 2/22/07 4:30pm 2/22/07 4:30pm

The "super-practical" interface is also one of several sci-fi design hybrids— or Design Fictions—that will be…