Tag Archive: Design


A new electric engine has been created called Rubbee which has been designed to transform any road bike into an electric powered bike in a matter of seconds.

The Rubbee has been designed in the UK and the revolutionary electric drive which can be mounted on any bicycle in just a few seconds. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Rubbee project and see it in action.

Rubbee

Legitmix, a Brooklyn-based company, thinks it’s found a legal way for remix artists to sell their wares. The company spent a million dollars building and developing an algorithm that has allowed it to create an online store where remix artists can sell their remixes and retain 70% of the total sale.

The algorithm works by not allowing people to download remixes of songs they don’t already own. If you try to download a remix for a song that isn’t on your hard drive, it’ll redirect you to iTunes to buy the song in question. Most songs cost $2.29 and another dollar for the remix.

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Chrome OS Beta Update

Did you know there was a Chrome OS? I didn’t, but apparently some anti-establishment people out there are choosing to forgo Windows, Mac and Linux-based operating systems in favor of Chrome OS. The operating system is currently in beta and has recently received a major update.

All you Chrome OS users out there – yes, both of you – will now get to enjoy new features like the new “immersive” full screen mode, UI scaling, and wallpaper sync. There’s also a smarter app launcher in the new update. All you Google lovers looking for the full update list will need to follow the source link to find it.

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No, they’re not, but electronics are starting to become quite stretchy. Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that nanoparticles and elastic components can be combined to make conductors that stretch.

This means bendable displays, batteries, medical implants that move with the body instead of pressing up against it, and much more. This could actually lead to the creation of paper thin displays and multimedia magazines and newspapers you can hold in your hands!

Of course, we’re still a long ways from that.

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Melanoma, for those who may not know, is a form of skin cancer that is often discovered via cancers moles and skin legions that look like nothing out of the ordinary to the untrained eye. More than nine thousand Americans die each year to skin cancer; many because they didn’t know they had skin cancer until it was too late.

MelaFind is a device created by Mela Sciences to help dermatologists decide whether a mole is cancerous or not. Cancerous moles, if caught in time, can be biopsied before the patient ever actually develops skin cancer.

Sounds like a life saving device right? Well there’s a bit more to it.

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Smart Streetlights

Have you ever left the lights on in your house for days at a time and then gotten a ridiculously crazy electric bill the next month? Can you imagine how much cities have to pay to keep all the street lights on and maintained every day? The cost is astronomical, but it could be diminished quite a bit due to Dutch designer Christian Shuh’s new streetlight design called Tvilight.

Christian Shuh’s new streetlights are designed to light up only it senses people around through its wireless sensors. When people aren’t around, the streetlight dims, using the least amount of power possible while still lighting the street enough for oncoming vehicles and pedestrians to see where they’re going. The system is designed to recognize the difference between people and animals, so it won’t cut on unnecessarily.

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The US Postal Service is obviously suffering because, you know, the internet. It’s about to stop Saturday delivery, but another part of its plan to save $20 billion over the next three years is to sell off some post offices. More than 600 have been “earmarked for disposal” and a total of 57 are up for sale via real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.

Included on the chopping block? A handful of architectural gems that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places And unfortunately they’ll probably end up as Apple Stores, or Starbucks, or Wells Fargos.

Here are eight of the awesome post offices we’ll be sad to see go.


The Berkeley, California post office at 2000 Allston way was built in 1915. The city council has asked for a one-year stay of execution on this beautiful Mediterranean-style building so they can find the funds to save it.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

Image credit: Flickr


The Bronx General Post Office at E. 149th Street and Grand Concourse features 13 giant Depression-era murals by Ben Shahn and his wife, Bernarda Bryson. Operations would move from the official New York City landmark into a smaller space.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

Image credit: Flickr


Built in 1858, the Renaissance-style post office on 31st Street in Washington, DC is already under contract.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

Image credit: Flickr


The 1933 building on Hamilton Ave in Palo Alto isn’t up for sale yet. But a change of hands is being considered.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons


There’s already a for sale sign up in front of the Norwich, Connecticut post office, which was built in 1905.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

Image credit: National Register of Historic Places


The Derby, Connecticut post office is also up for grabs. Operations would be consolidated with another town.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

Image credit: CTPost


The Old Chelsea Station Post Office on West 18th Street in Manhattan, New York was erected in 1935 in the Colonial Revival style. This is another case where a sale is just being considered at this point.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks


This isn’t the Annapolis Post Office’s first brush with death; four years ago a Pennsylvania developer wanted to turn it into condos.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

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Zuck bought Facebook its fanciest new outfit in many years this week, and naturally, the New News Feed is getting all the swooning. But FB added a handful of delicate tweaks and turns to the site—some you might not have noticed yet.

It makes sense to toss in little changes in the shadow of a giant one. Some of them make sense given the news feed shakeup. Others are just augmentations the team slid in without noticing. Many are good. Some are not. Here’s a guide to all that’s new and (mostly) improved.


All The Tiny Changes Hiding in Facebook's Latest Redesign

Fonts

The words you read on Facebook look different now. Helvetica. All over the place. According to Facebook Product Designer Vivian Wang, the typographical shift is part of Facebook’s strategy to be more consistent. Your statuses should look the same whether you read them on a phone, tablet, or browser, and with the Helveticafication of Facebook, there’s a “consistent voice” no matter what device you’re using. And voice is neutral—Helvetica is beloved for being both brilliant and inoffensive, which is why you’ll see it everywhere from the NYC Subway and the Space Shuttle. And now, Facebook. This was probably inevitable.

FB also added some old fashioned styling to its revamped article sharing—if you toss in a link, the headline will be displayed in large point Georgia—a typeface that’s very, very close to Times New Roman, and carries a lot of its gravitas. Zuck said he wanted the feed to be more like a newspaper, and here’s how.


All The Tiny Changes Hiding in Facebook's Latest Redesign

RIP Ticker

The controversial Ticker—that live feed of everything our friends clicked, liked, and shared, as it happened—has been beaten within an inch of its life, and stuffed into an insultingly small box in the bottom left of the page, where no one will even think to look for it. It only shows one item at a time, and completely blends into your IM buddy list, so really, it might as well not be there at all. Wang said the Ticker is now “more of a peripheral feed,” which seems appropriately euphemistic for a funeral. She was quick to point to the “Most Recent” category of the revamped New News Feed, which Facebook says is now your best bet for perma-stalking your friends.

Don’t be surprised when the ticker vanishes completely. You probably won’t even notice.


All The Tiny Changes Hiding in Facebook's Latest Redesign

New profile pictures

Hey, did [__________] change her profile picture? I love those glasses, don’t you? George looks handsome, too. And now they’ve got their own little rectangle in the Photos News Feed, highlighting their most recent vanity changes.


All The Tiny Changes Hiding in Facebook's Latest Redesign

Update bubbles

This is so tiny, and so lovely. If there’s a new story on a feed you’re currently reading, you’ll get a gentle bubble reminder. Click it, and you’ll be taken to the top.


All The Tiny Changes Hiding in Facebook's Latest Redesign

Animated likes

Entirely trivial, but slightly charming. When you like something, the little thumb briefly bounces, just like in the mobile app. I’m sure some group of PhDs decided that would make people click things more often, because we’re animals that like to see little things bounce around.


All The Tiny Changes Hiding in Facebook's Latest Redesign

Shape-shifting sidebar

A great deal of Facebook has been stripped down and stuffed into the lefthand sidebar. What happens if you don’t have the screen real estate to fit that and everything else? Just make your browser window smaller, and the bar shrinks to an icon-only view, saving a great swath of pixels.


Friend lists? Hello? Bueller?

Sorting our Facebook buddies into categories we care more or less about seemed like a neat way of sorting signal from noise, given how many worthless people we’re friends with these days. But how do we edit these lists now? The old buttons and menus that let you edit your social silos seem completely gone—I was only able to find an editing option by jumping through a bunch of outdated articles in the Facebook Help section. It’s here, if you want it.

Notice any others? Show ‘em off below.


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