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This Itty Bitty Device Could Find Ovarian Cancer Earlier

Design News - Sat, 2022-01-22 17:13
A University of Arizona researcher have developed a device small enough to image the fallopian tubes.

Machine Learning Model Could Give Insight on COVID-19 Survival

Design News - Sat, 2022-01-22 17:11
The research was published in the open-access journal PLOS Digital Health.

Industrial Connectors – High Power & Beyond

Design News - Fri, 2022-01-21 13:01
Today’s advanced connectors open new applications for high-powered electrical transmission, signal, data, hydraulics, pneumatics and more – in a single, compact connector.

Supplier News Looks at 3D Gesture Touch Sensors

Design News - Fri, 2022-01-21 00:45
We’re also reporting on motion and industrial I/O controllers and 3D printing and machining equipment.

Microsoft Surface SE Teardown

Design News - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:47
After designing the Surface SE for ease of repair, Microsoft has issued a teardown video demonstrating how to work on the laptop.

Metal Detector and Checkweigher Deliver Double Inspection Advantages

Design News - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:43
Space-saving product inspection breakthrough for world's largest dairy group

China Aims to Dominate Global Robot Market

Design News - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:42
In China’s Five-Year Plan, the government reveals its goal to become the innovative hub for the robotics industry.

Extrusion and the Shape of Water Management

Design News - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:40
Rigid pipe is frequently used in water supply — usually unplasticized PVC, but some ABS, polyacetal, and CPVC/PVDC, too. Here are some useful related extrusion tips.

Brilliant Design: Tavar, Magnetically-Joined Modular Storage Furniture from Germany

Core 77 - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:35

German inventor Michael Linden has designed a storage system that it's impossible to outgrow. Called Tavar, it's an easy-to-assemble modular system of panels and connectors that allows you to build an infinite number of rectilinear configurations, and you can integrate doors and drawers too.

All of the components are based on a 20-cm grid, though units can also be divided in half.

Look at how quickly these units come together:

You can learn more about the Tavar system here.

Designey Cast Iron Wood Stoves

Core 77 - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:35

Alba is a Portugese manufacturer of cast iron wood stoves. Although they offer traditional models, like this Metafire Stove

They also have two rather radical departures from the form, by designer Francisco Providência:

R2D2 Stove

Remade Stove

Sadly, Alba is one of those old-school European companies with a Spartan website; details about either stove are scarce, save for the name of the designer. It's too bad, as I'd be really curious to learn how well those radiator fins disperse the heat.

Lastly, I think the R2D2 stove actually looks much more like a Minion.

Engineer Figures Out How to Unload a 400-Pound Pallet From Her Vehicle Without a Forklift

Core 77 - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:35

Mechanical engineer Amy Qian purchased a cabinet-style SawStop table saw, which was loaded into her Honda Element on a pallet by a forklift at the store. When she got home, she then had to figure out how to get the 400-pound unit safely out of the vehicle—by herself.

Qian's clever solution utilizes the built environment, two elements she fabricated herself, two tools she had lying around, and some 2x4s:

A Sofa That Turns Into a Bed, Designed to Fit in a Honda Element

Core 77 - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:35

Carson Terry, a metal fabricator who goes by the handle Hossly, doesn't mind switching to wood for an interesting project. Mechanical engineer Amy Qian of AmyisMakingStuff designed a simple sofa unit that quickly extends into a bed and is designed to fit inside a Honda Element, and Terry built it:

The sofa/bed appears to be a one-off, but Hossly sells his metal wares here.

Cool and Weird Warehouse Robots

Design News - Thu, 2022-01-20 18:33
Some of the most impressive advances in robotics in recent years are visible in newly automated warehouses.

2022 Trends in 3D and 4D Printing

Design News - Thu, 2022-01-20 08:19
3D and 4D printing shows a wide range of possibilities during the coming year. Here are some examples of expansion in technology and markets.

A Voice-Amplifying, Air Purifying Face Mask for Gamers

Core 77 - Wed, 2022-01-19 16:51

Razer has designed an air-purifying face mask aimed at, you guessed it, gamers. The thinking behind the Razer Zephyr Pro is that in-person gaming events will continue, and that team gamers in particular have a need to be heard by their teammates. "Breathe freely and be heard clearly," the company writes.

"Stay safe with its replaceable air filters for daily protection. Stay social with its transparent design, illumination, and voice-amplification for seamless communication. Stay sustainable with its reusable nature for long-term use."

The company points out that it is not an N95 mask, but features two-way air purification filters that offer "greater protection compared to standard disposable/cloth masks, and filters air both inhaled and exhaled to safeguard you and others around you." The company says their filters (for which they sell replacements) offer "95% Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE) and 99% Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) for up to 72 hours in a normal environment." Additionally, the built-in fans have two speed settings to allow the user to tune the airflow.

This being Razer, the mask also features RGB lighting (tuneable via app). The face seal is silicone, transparent, and is treated with an anti-fog coating. "The interior lights allow your expressions to be seen even in dark settings."

The company has not yet announced a release date nor pricing.

The Neon Boneyard: An Outdoor Collection of Las Vegas' Decomissioned Signs

Core 77 - Wed, 2022-01-19 16:51

Las Vegas once looked like this:

Over the years, as newer competitors moved in, many of the old-school casinos were decommissioned, their signs torn down.

Thankfully, not all of the signs went into landfill. A variety of individuals and corporations couldn't quite bring themselves to trash the signs, and found places to tuck them away. And in 1996, a nonprofit called the Neon Museum was founded. The organization has tracked down and acquired as many old Las Vegas signs as they could find, and has set them up for display in a multi-part Neon Boneyard. The organization is "dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment."

"Dedicated individuals from the private sector, as well as corporate and government entities, worked collaboratively to promote the preservation of these national treasures as significant pieces of artistic and historical importance."

"In addition, The Neon Museum collection chronicles changes and trends in sign design and technology through pieces ranging from the 1930s to the present day."

Visitors can tour the collection as well as rent a portion of the Boneyard for events, photo shoots, educational programs and (of course) weddings. You can learn more here.

Brilliant Design for an Always-At-Hand Microwave Anti-Splatter Object

Core 77 - Wed, 2022-01-19 16:51

I can't remember the last time I backed something on Kickstarter, but I just backed this one.

The Duo Cover is a collapsible silicone dome with microwave-safe magnets in the top. It clings to your microwave's ceiling, where it "lives." When you want to reheat something and contain the splatter, you simply pull the Duo Cover down over the dish. It's got vents in the top to allow steam to escape, and you can also add water to a depression in the top, so you can nuke items without drying them out. Lastly, you can use it as a potholder for dishes that are too hot to touch.

As someone who is constantly cleaning out the microwave, and doesn't want to waste paper towels or use plastic films, I cannot wait for this item to arrive.

At press time the Duo Cover had $589,612 in pledges on a $5,000 goal, with 21 days left to pledge.

The Surprising UX of Rat Poison

Core 77 - Wed, 2022-01-19 16:51

One of the structures on our farm has a rat problem. They're chewing through the plumbing and the results have been disastrous.

The exterminator we hired examined the site and let us know it would be cheaper to solve the problem ourselves, as it requires distributing rat poison in the crawlspaces every week, until all of the rats are dead. I asked him how we would know that we got them all, and he shared this interesting piece of information:

All rat poison is required by the EPA to be dyed in bright, vibrant colors. This is ostensibly for human safety; if a child shows up at the ER with a bright green tongue, the doctors know what to do.

The bright coloring, however, also helps exterminators. As you crawl around under a house inhabited by rats, you'll spot rat droppings, which are naturally dark. But when they eat the poison, their poop turns green (or whatever color the poison is dyed).

Each week as you get under the house, he said, examine all the droppings. When you stop seeing any dark droppings and only see bright green droppings, you'll know you got 'em all. Until then, keep distributing the poison.

Eventually comes the fun part: Finding and disposing of the rotting corpses. #countrylife

Lenovo Unveils Laptop With Second, Smaller Screen Next to Keyboard

Core 77 - Wed, 2022-01-19 16:51

Here's another experimental laptop design, not quite as weird as Asus' folding-screen machine. Lenovo has announced the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, a 17" laptop that has an additional and portrait-oriented 8" screen right next to the keyboard.

The unusual layout means the upper screen has a 21:10 aspect ratio.

The lower screen "supports many productivity apps and phone syncing and content mirroring," the company writes. "It also lets you easily duplicate or extend the primary display."

"The 8" LCD display also has useful time-saving apps, widgets, and an express app launcher. In a Teams meeting, you can jot down your idea on the smaller screen, mirror it to the main display, and share it with others instantly. You can also stream videos on the main screen while editing timelines on the secondary screen. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 laptop makes multitasking easy and beats tabbing through applications hands down."

Lenovo says the Gen 3's 70Whr battery is good enough to power both screens long enough for you to "work through the day uninterrupted."

As with Asus's new laptop, pricing and release dates have not yet been announced. Tech specs are here.

Digital Health Dominated CES 2022

Design News - Wed, 2022-01-19 16:09
Here's a look at some of the digital health advances that made an impact at CES 2022.