Keeping succulents alive isn’t too demanding, but some of us just aren’t blessed with a green thumb. Thankfully, the robot ranks have expanded with HEXA, a mobile flowerpot that monitors its occupant’s solar needs and moves on its own into and out of
Honda Has Officially Ceased Production of Asimo, The World’s Cutest Humanoid Robot
Sayonara, Asimo, you will be missed. Throughout your 18-year-long life, you delighted and inspired people around the world with your charming antics and peculiar walk. Your legacy lives on in Honda’s new companion and mobility-assistance bots, which debuted at CES 2018.
How Design Inspires Creativity in the Workplace
We’re all born with varying degrees of creativity. Companies that want to be competitive and innovative in today’s market are turning to workplace design as a solution to boost creativity. Rapidly, the design community has responded by envisioning projects and products that honor the creative urge in all of us and seek to hone that drive into an even sharper expression of what the contemporary digital workforce is able to accomplish.
Alibaba, the Chinese equivalent and direct competitor to Amazon, and Ford have partnered to make the formally ridiculous idea of a car vending machine not only
Scientists Can Make Kale Glow in the Dark
A team of MIT researchers recently discovered that applying firefly enzymes to kale with gentle pressure causes the plant to glow in the dark. The plant only gives off one-thousandth of the light humans need to read by and the glow only lasts three-and-a-half hours, but there’s vast potential, says MIT professor and lead study author Michael Strano. With further development, glow-in-the-dark trees and plants could take pressure off energy infrastructure by providing free, earth-friendly lighting at night.
Airbnb Dives Into AI
“We developed a working theory that if machine learning algorithms can classify a complex set of thousands of handwritten symbols—such as handwritten Chinese characters—with a high degree of accuracy, then we should be able to classify the 150 components within our system and teach a machine to recognize them," said Benjamin Wilkins, Airbnb’s design technology lead. The initial tests were very successful, with the AI capable of reading the blocky sketches of different components of Airbnb’s app and translating them directly into nearly-perfect mock up. The team is continuing to refine this tech, and currently exploring other avenues of integrating this technology into app development.