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Artist Josh Lewandowski really likes drawing diagrams. Even if they have no real meaning or context. His work is both humorous and begs the question, what is art? Do “work drawings” become art if they don’t actually represent something work-like? Either way, his drawings are fun and thought-provoking.

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The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

Rinspeed is a Swiss company that tunes cars to make them faster and sexier. They call themselves a creative think tank for the automotive industry. Now they’ve taken a Tesla Model S and turned it into a driverless car of the future. The XchangE is only a concept, but it gives us a glimpse into what may be a realistic vision just a handful of years from now.

Matching sweaters aside, what do you make of the legs-up approach to your commute? Via Jalopnik

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Read more about the Rinspeed concept over at Green Car Reports

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live InThe Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

The Rinspeed XchangE Is A Crazy Driverless Tesla You Can Live In

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Ingenious Door Opens and Closes Like Folded Paper kinetic doors

This simple black door just looks like an industrial slab, something you might see in a modern loft apartment. It simply slides, right? Nope.
Called the Evolution Door, Austrian designer Klemens Torggler has a totally new approach to opening and closing a door. Via Colossal:

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Consider it geography study for the Tolkien hardcore. The Middle Earth Project is a scale 3D model of the entire Lord of the Rings world, including the Shire, Gondor, Carn Dum, and so much more it’ll make your head spin. And while Peter Jackson did a phenomenal job bringing Tolkien’s work to life, this takes it a step further, from a purely spacial point of view. Via FastCo Design:
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For all of the nature posts I do, I’m an unabashed tech geek as well. As a designer, I’m interested in aesthetics and function being married seamlessly. So far, there aren’t many details out about Apple’s forthcoming jump into the ‘wearable space’, but that hasn’t stopped designers from coming up with some interesting concepts. For the most part, the designs have a certain sleek, strappy, Nike Fuelband look to them. While this makes sense, it doesn’t match up perfectly with the rumored small screen sizes that Apple has been researching. When Samsung released their Galaxy Gear, it didn’t exactly set the world on fire. It’s somewhat handsome, but lacks a cohesive feel, and failed to connect with customers. Supposedly 30% of those who bought one at Best Buy returned the product, unsatisfied. In a post-Steve Jobs Apple, the company needs to dig deep before releasing something, and it sounds like that is the plan.
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If they gathered collective brilliance, a device of supreme intelligence and elegance could usher in the next big wave of innovative products and technology. And while there is a contingent of anti-Apple folks out there, they remain one of the most innovative and polished companies in the world, from a product perspective.  I’d be curious to see the iconic circle watch shape explored. it certainly has drawbacks from a display standpoint, but in terms of lasting design, something like this Braun classic is pretty damn timeless.
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Apple’s own patent speaks to a ‘slap-bracelet’ type band with inherent flexibility to the whole device. Whether or not flexible OLED displays are able to come to market this soon remains to be seen.
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Images courtesy of the designers, Todd Hamilton, Martin Hajek, Thomas Bogner
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I’ve been a huge fan of wind energy for years. I have family in the wind business, and have been up close and personal with the huge commercial wind turbines that bring clean energy to thousands of homes. But the turbines of the future might be getting a significant shrink if these micro windmills come into being. Scientists and engineers at the University of Texas have created windmills so small that you nearly need a microscope to see them. Individually they produce a minuscule amount of energy. But multiply their effect by 1000x, and you start to see real return. Pretty amazing.

Via Forbes:
An iPhone could fit about 2,040 of the micro-windmills on its surface, each one generating electricity from ambient wind currents.

You’d theoretically be able to hold the phone in a breeze for a few minutes and get charged up.

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Fast CoExist has a fascinating look into the European Space Agency, the ESA. Made up of 20 member nations, the ESA was established in 1975 and is headquartered in Paris. The photos show a stark yet humanistic side to the space agency’s work. Photos © by Edgar Martins.

For two years, following a lifelong obsession with space that led to his giant collection of sci-fi movies and astronaut memorabilia, Martins has been painstakingly documenting every aspect of the European Space Agency, the sprawling equivalent of NASA for 20 European countries.

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Tilt-shift is a well-known technique used to make large scenes look small and intimate, and can render a photo of a city to look almost like a model train set. But now the technique is used on images of galaxies and nebulas, taking them into a whole new visual realm. It’s as though the galaxies are made of tangible dust and light that could rest in your hand. Beautiful. Click to images to see them large.  Via Imgur.

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Thanks to some ingenuity and delicate high-wire building, there now is a glass box 13,000 feet up in the French Alps that you can climb into and feel as though you’re sitting in the air, high above the mountains. My fear of heights would make me apprehensive, but the cool factor of being on Mont Blanc and in an acrylic cube sounds too cool to pass up. Via BoredPanda:

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