Cyclists worried about not getting enough upper body exercise can worry no more. The Swiss-designed bicycle, RaXibo incorporates upper body action by altering the traditional handlebars. The bike has hand pedals that mimic the motion of your feet, allowing for a full body workout.
Here is the future of beautiful, affordable architecture. Freeman Murray cofounded Jaaga, a Bangalore-based company aimed at helping developing countries build core infrastructure from pallet racks- easily-assembled, heavy-duty warehouse shelving components.
Brian Christian is the author of "The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive". Each year Turing Test sponsors confer the title of "Most Human Computer" to the machine most successful at persuading the judges it is human. But there is another prize, bizarre and intriguing, for the real person who does best; the "Most Human Human" award. Christian, here discusses, what impact technology is having on what it means to be human and as a result how we must think about how we design services and tools.
In this talk, Fabian Hemmert talks about the democratization of technological innovation. He shows a series of projects conducted at the Design Research Lab in Berlin, which, rather than serving the average user, embraced niches and extremes.
A skeumorph is "a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original." Dan O'Hara, lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Cologne, talks about skeumorphism relates to the ideas of post- and trans-humanism.
TED 2012 Fellow Ayah Bdeir will be speaking about her little box of Lego for circuitry at this year's conference. LittleBits are boxes of preassembled, modular electronic building blocks that lets everyone from schoolchildren to engineers to artists and designers to prototype and play with electronics – making circuitry as easy as putting plastic blocks together!
Sugru started as a random material experiment - Jane studied Sculpture and Product Design at the RCA and became interested in materials - mixed bathroom sealant with waste wood powder - exploring aesthetics and materials. Looking for ways the material could be used.
Started to use left-over materials and accidentally realised that it could be used to modify [and hack objects]- realising it had potential to be bigger than Blu Tac!
A Storified summary of the recent Maker's Guild panel discussion about the business of making money from being a Maker.
The Third Industrial Revolution is a concept and vision outlined by Jeremy Rifkin and endorsed by the European Parliament, whereby renewable energy and internet technology combine to create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.