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The world’s first glow-in-the-dark bike path inspired by Van Gogh

In May, Design Milk wrote about the world’s first glow-in-the-dark road by Daan Roosegaarde, of Studio Roosegaarde. And guess what, he’s back at it again. This time, with a twinkling, bicycle path that’s inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, The Starry Night. Like his other Smart Highway, the bicycle path consists of thousands of twinkling stones that charge during the day, powering it enough to glow at night for eight hours.

It was constructed to celebrate the start of the Van Gogh 2015 international theme year, and runs through van Gogh’s birthplace. It’s one-of-a-kind and opened in Eindhoven this past November.

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Google celebrates Wassily Kandinsky’s 148th birthday

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Russian artist credited with painting one of the first entirely abstract works is honoured with a Google doodle on his 148th birthday.

The Russian artist credited with painting one of the first entirely abstract works has been honoured with a Google doodle on what would have been his 148th birthday. Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow in 1866 and studied law and economics at the University of Moscow, only beginning to produce art at the age of 30. Later he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture in Germany from 1922 until it was shut down by the Nazis in 1933, when he left to live in France for the rest of his life. The Nazis exhibited more than 50 of his pieces confiscated from the Bauhaus in the “Degenerate Art” show in 1937, then destroyed them all.

<source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/google-doodle/11295894/Google-celebrates-Wassily-Kandinskys-148th-birthday.html>

Like a cat, new iPhone will always land right way up

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The next iPhone may be able to rotate itself in mid-air – just like a falling cat – so that it always lands screen-up, potentially making cracked displays a thing of the past.

Just as a cat can twist and contort its body in mid-air so that it always lands on its feet, the next iPhone may be able to change its centre of gravity so that it always lands screen-up – potentially making cracked displays a thing of the past.

Apple has received approval for a patent that describes a phone which can sense when it has been dropped, thanks to the built-in motion sensors, and use the motor normally employed to make a vibrating ringtone to shift in mid-air so that the screen is facing directly upwards when it lands. This, it claims, makes breakages less likely.

The patent also describes how the battery could be ejected from the phone in order to change the direction it is spinning – using momentum, just like Sandra Bullock’s character in Gravity when she squirts a fire extinguisher to propel herself to safety.
If this hasn’t yet gone beyond the realms of plausibility, the patent also goes on to describe how the phone could employ “air foils” to change its aerodynamics and rotate itself that way.

It even suggests that a headphone socket could be made to contract when it detects a fall, potentially stopping an impact with the floor by using the lead as a safety cord – but potentially causing some painful problems for the user’s ears.
The patent application was filed in March this year but was only approved today. It is not the first unusual invention in this area that the company has seen fit to protect with a patent: it already has protection for an idea that uses canisters of gas to orientate itself when it falls, just like a satellite does in orbit.

Next iPhone will have ‘DSLR quality’ camera

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The next iPhone – potentially called the iPhone 6S – will see the “biggest camera jump ever” and rival even dedicated DLSRs on image quality, according to reports

The next version of the iPhone will see the “biggest camera jump ever” and rival even dedicated DLSRs on image quality, according to sources.
Apple blogger John Gruber, who has a long history of scoops on the company, attributes the information to a “birdie of a birdie”. “The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” he said in a recent podcast.“I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery. ”That chip could well have been revealed. Sony announced a new image sensor called the Exmoor RS this week, which will have a “21 effective mega pixel” ability. As Gruber himself points out, Apple has long used Sony sensors in its iPhones.

But there are other possibilities. The HTC One M8 has a “Duo Camera” system which includes two sensors that combine information to produce images. Website MacRumors suggests that it could also refer to a system being developed by Corephotonics. But what exactly the “two lens” system refers to is unclear, and is likely to remain so until the launch next year. The very first iPhone came with a two megapixel camera, which was upgraded to 3.2 megapixels in the 3GS and five megapixels in the iPhone 4. With the iPhone 4S in 2011 the camera was boosted to eight megapixels, but has remained stagnant ever since. So an upgrade for the iPhone camera is certainly due. The Samsung Galaxy S5, for example, has a 16 megapixel sensor. New iPhone launches have settled into a regular update schedule that sees new models each September. For several years we have seen a major update which increases the model number every other year, followed by an “S” version that brings minor updates.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched this September, potentially making September 2015’s launch the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

Developers begin designing apps for Apple Watch

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First shown to the public in September, the Apple Watch is now being opened up to third party developers. From Wednesday, WatchKit software allows developers to begin designing apps for the Apple Watch, well before the wearable is released.

The new toolbox allows third party developers to use many of the AppleWatch’s features such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine – just like Apple’s own software. Apps are already in production, with American Airlines, Instagram and ESPN already developing their own respective ports. John Gustafason, American Airlines vice president of Digital, says the American Airlines app “reminds you when it’s time to head to the airport via pre-trip notifications, and provides updates for gate changes, connecting gate info upon arrival”, and much more.

Instagram co-founder and chief executive Kevin Symstrom claims WatchKit will “make the Instagram experience even more intimate and in the moment”, while ESPN’s app will “provide fans a snapshot of live games” according to John Kosner, executive vice president of Digital and Print Media at ESPN.

WatchKit is available as part of the iOS 8.2 SDK (Software Developers Kit) beta, and is available now for developers athttp://developer.apple.com/watchkit.

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Microsoft Kinect and Google Glass tech used for neurosurgery?

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A new surgical tool that combines state-of-the-art technology from Microsoft Kinect (sensor technology) and Google Glass (optical wearable technology) is set to transform complex life-saving operations.

The tool, called Chimaera, has been developed by product design firm Cambridge Consultants. It uses preoperative CT scan data to create a 3D image of the area to be operated on, enabling surgeons to identify and highlight critical structures, such as nerves and blood vessels.

The technology then guides the surgeon to the precise location of a procedure – even deep within the body – helping to ensure the surgical device stays on a predetermined safe pathway.

During the operation, the actual view from the surgical tool is superimposed onto the preoperative plan on a screen, so that the surgeon can ‘see’ exactly where they are within the body at any point during an operation.

“This novel surgical device has the potential to fundamentally change the surgical experience by giving the surgeon a new dimension of information in an easy-to-use way,” said Simon Karger, head of surgical and interventional products at Cambridge Consultants.

“Specifically, it opens the door to a new generation of neurostimulation implant procedures. And, more generally, it will enable more surgeons to carry out complex operations at lower risk and with better results for patients.”

 

World’s first ‘unstealable bike.’


A trio of Chilean engineering students may have found a way to thwart even the best bicycle thief with the world’s first ‘unstealable bike.’ The design, called the Yerka, looks like most bikes on an average city street, but the bottom tube of the frame can be split into two parts and wrapped around a pole. It is then secured to the pole or tree using the seat post to connect the arms, and locked shut.

‘The three of us have always been bike enthusiasts since kids, we love to use them as transportation or as a simple way to have fun,’ Juan José Monsalve told Fox News. He created the bike with partners Cristóbal Cabello and Andrés Roi.

‘Sadly, Andrés had two of his bikes stolen in a short period of tim, Monsale added. ‘A few years ago we took an engineering design class at Adolfo Ibáñez University here in Chile and were asked to solve a problem to an actual commute. Using Andrés’ experience as a starting point we started to throw ideas to the table trying to solve this problem, and finally came up with something very similar to what we have today.’
The company is working on prototypes that will connect combination locks to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

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While they call it the world’s first unstealable bike, critics say the lock could be picked or the bike easily destroyed. ‘Remember how people used to open those ubiquitous cylinder locks with a Bic pen? Any lock can be picked and the bike stolen,’ said Lloyd Alter, the managing editor at the website TreeHugger. ‘Over at BikeRumor, the one bike site that I have seen cover this, a commentator noted that one good kick on that seat post and it will be dented, making the bike unrideable for the owner as well.’
Thieves might also be happy simply to get the handlebars or front wheel. ‘If we weren’t doing something as disruptive as this, or something that people aren’t interested in, we wouldn’t receive any critics, and believe me when I say we’ve had lots of them mainly referring to the same ‘what if I cut the seat post’ question,” Monsale shot back. ‘We try to learn and improve our project with every critic, and we are soon to release a video in which we probably answer those kind of questions.’

The bike should retail for between $400 and $1,000 when it hits the market early next year.

Helvetica Or Garamond: Typography-Inspired Eyewear

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Want to see the world through your favorite typeface? Now you can, thanks to Japanese company Type. Taking inspiration from the respective typeface, the company has created two lines of eyewear, ‘Helvetica’ and ‘Garamond’. Each line comes in three different variations, ‘light’, ‘regular’ and ‘bold’, which defines the thickness of the frames.  Definitely only for those in love with typography (or hipsters), the glasses come priced at ¥24,150 (£140) each.

Check them out here.

 

 

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Some of the best alphabets you’ll ever see.

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The following alphabet charts were gathered from the portfolios of artists, photographers
and design students around the world. Credits are noted where known. To date, this is the most
comprehensive compilation of alphabets ever collected – we hope you enjoy the overflowing
creativity featured within these alphabet charts as much as we did. Enjoy the candy ;)

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Above: Daffodil flower alphabet by Vladimir Koncar.

 

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