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    Designed by British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, the portable balloon-like purple structure known as Ark Nova is home to an annual two-week music festival that travels across the northeastern region of Japan devastated by the 2011 tsunami.

    (Source: bit.ly)

    — 8 months ago with 3 notes
    #Architecture  #Japan  #philanthropy  #music  #festival  #tsunami  #innovation 

    RescuTime monitors how much time you spend browsing certain websites and using certain programs during the workday. Says creator Robby Macdonell, “I could usually remember some things I did, but trying to account for a full eight hours always ended up with a bunch of blank spots.” 

    (Source: bit.ly)

    — 8 months ago
    #Red Peak  #app  #design  #innovation  #digital 

    Let’s be honest, helmets are annoying. And ugly. Not to mention essential if you care about your brain.

    Leave it to those dashing Swedes to come up with an ingenious solution. 

    (Source: bit.ly)

    — 10 months ago
    #Red Peak  #design  #innovation  #helmet  #sweden  #Hovding 

    KYL21 is a new line of vegan, lactose-free popsicles that look like science fiction but taste like heaven. 

    (Source: bit.ly)

    — 11 months ago with 1 note
    #Red Peak  #design  #innovation  #popsicles  #thesciencekitchen  #KYL21 

    Founder of Tesla Motors, PayPal and most recently SpaceX, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has started yet another endeavor- this time promising transport from New York City to LA in just 45 minutes. ET3, Musk’s latest venture looks to offer an alternative method to transportation using tubular magnetic technologies.

    The electronic model promises to not only cut down on energy consumption but also travel time, with 6-person capsules reaching speeds of up to 4,000 mph with only 1G of resistance. While the technology appears to be a dream machine, its installation would require the construction of an entirely new grid system of vacuum tubes across the country and worldwide. The system is currently seeking out large scale backers to help move towards at least a small scale demonstration, but check out the blueprints here in the meantime. 

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    — 1 year ago with 9 notes
    #ET3  #ElonMusk  #TubularTransportation  #innovation  #design  #tech 

    Ted Conference founder and trained architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman has created an interactive large-scale exhibition that allows users to compare and contrast cities all over the globe through a variety of lenses. The project, entitled Urban Observatory aims to provide scalable comparisons based on income, diversity, water distribution, power grids, etc in 16 urban areas and counting worldwide.

    The touchscreen experiment is being unveiled this week at the Esri International Users Convention in San Diego and while there are no immediate plans for its further display, Wurman already sees big things on the horizon. “It should be 100 cities connected to a source that updates it like an app” the Ted creator says. “Cities should learn from the mistakes and failures of others.” Check out the UO website for a limited version of the comparison technology.

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    — 1 year ago with 19 notes
    #urban lanscape  #city planning  #ESRI  #TED  #innovation  #interactive  #digital  #UrbanObservatory 

    Architects working on the upcoming Fulton Street station have finally found a way to bring some light into the notoriously dark and dank NYC subway system. The innovative station design, expected to be unveiled in 2014, will feature an eight-story glass dome suspended by a 70 feet cabling system. The glass tiles of the dome will filter and amplify the natural light down onto the train passengers below. Surprisingly the idea is not entirely new, early subway designs featured small skylights but they were difficult to keep clean and overtime were scrapped in favor of low maintenance artificial lighting. However officials are hoping the success of Fulton Street will encourage other stations to bring the light back to the underground.

    Click here to check out the full concept.

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    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #design  #innovation  #NYC  #Architecture  #subway  #mta  #bringthelight  #Fulton Street 

    THE WAY WE USED TO BE

    We have gotten used to seeing major tech players like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google on our phones, tablets, desktops and within apps. We swipe, scroll, and even read via eye scan. Does anyone really remember what these websites (if you can even call them that anymore) used to look like? Take a tour back in time and see how far we really have come in the last decade of web design.

    (Source: jaymug.com)

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #design  #tech  #web design  #innovation  #facebook  #twitter  #tumblr  #linkedin  #huffington post  #old school 
    Red Peak’s own James Fox at FUSE 2013

    Red Peak’s James Fox has been written up for his presentation “The Key to Brand Success in China” at the 2013 FUSE Conference earlier this month. The Next Big Design takes on James’ look at the future of branding in China- check it out below or view the blog posting here.

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    — 1 year ago
    #FUSE Conference 2013  #Red Peak  #branding  #innovation  #China  #Mao  #consumerism 
    POPUPHOOD- Urban Revival through Retail

    Entrepreneurs in Oakland, California are using abandoned spaces to aid fledgling companies and kickstart an urban revival. Launched by two entrepreneurs in an effort to revitalize Oakland’s struggling retail scene, Popuphood is offering free space to local designers, artists, and shopowners. So far the ‘small business incubator’ has attracted five new storefronts and hopes to continue the fight against urban decay. Check out a trailer for the upcoming Popuphood documentary here.

    — 1 year ago
    #Oakland  #Popuphood  #urban revival  #retail  #innovation  #documentary 
    Helsinki-based band Light Light has created a crowd-sourced and creative solution to the monotony of music videos these days. By tracking the viewers cursor as they watch the video, a new and unique take is created every hour. Get your mouse ready and head into an evolving set of challenges here.
    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #lightlight  #kilo  #innovation  #interactive  #music video 
    BEWARE THE BITCOIN?
Online currency system Bitcoin was launched January 3rd, 2009 by an unknown Japanese programmer to little fanfare. Calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto, the programmer disappeared from the web altogether in 2011. As the service has grown in popularity, experts have claimed the world-class work of the Bitcoin system was likely the invention of a team of people with a “deep understanding of programming language, economics, cryptography, and peer-to-peer networking” or possibly a solitary genius.

    BEWARE THE BITCOIN?

    Online currency system Bitcoin was launched January 3rd, 2009 by an unknown Japanese programmer to little fanfare. Calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto, the programmer disappeared from the web altogether in 2011. As the service has grown in popularity, experts have claimed the world-class work of the Bitcoin system was likely the invention of a team of people with a “deep understanding of programming language, economics, cryptography, and peer-to-peer networking” or possibly a solitary genius.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #bitcoin  #finance  #digital dollar  #innovation  #currency 

    Consumer Tracking Leads to Smarter Shopping

     Innovative tracking technology has enabled a far more sophisticated shopping experience, with benefits for brands and consumers alike. Camera-equipped mannequins, traffic monitors, and 3D-motion and heat tracking all work together to optimize the in-store experience and provide consumer data and demographics for the retailer. Mobile phone signals can also help to track shoppers in a non-invasive manner, creating an in-store map of consumer behavior.

    While you may never feel alone in the supermarket again, the latest and greatest in-store tech can ensure that your trip is quick and relatively painless.

    (Source: psfk.com)

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #consumer tracking  #innovation  #retail  #in-store  #camera mannequins 

    THE NEXT LEVEL EMOTICON

    Researchers at Cambridge University have unveiled what they are calling the “new text message”- a virtual talking head that can take emoticons to a new level. The head, currently played by actress Zoe Lister, has the ability to express a wide range of emotion from happiness to sadness and so forth as well as change the tone of its voice to communicate the proper emotion.

    The researchers at Toshiba’s Cambridge Lab are hoping that eventually the talking head can be personalized to each individual user- allowing for a seemingly live conversation between two friends. While the process to formulate a fully functional Zoe was complicated, the technology to extrapolate the face messaging framework onto mobile users may be coming more quickly than expected.

    "This technology could be the start of a whole new generation of interfaces which make interacting with a computer much more like talking to another human being. It took us days to create Zoe, because we had to start from scratch and teach the system to understand language and expression. Now that it already understands those things, it shouldn’t be too hard to transfer the same blueprint to a different voice and face."

    – Professor Roberto Cipolla, from the University of Cambridge

    (Source: itv.com)

    — 1 year ago
    #texting  #mobile  #innovation  #the new emoticon  #digital  #face messaging  #Toshiba 

      While packaging goes a long way in establishing a brand’s look and identity, it is also the least eco-friendly part of a product with the majority ending up in landfills around the country.

    As part of his senior thesis, Pratt design student Aaron Mickelson has come up with a solution that makes product and packaging one and the same- effectively cutting down on unneeded materials while still providing a branding platform. Check out his work for Tide, Dove, and Twinnings here.

    (Source: bit.ly)

    — 1 year ago with 11 notes
    #design  #packaging  #innovation  #eco-friendly  #Pratt