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Ori modular robotic furniture transforms your micro apartments

Ori modular robotic furniture transforms your micro apartments

In many parts of the world, the best you can hope for when it comes to a home or apartment is a very small space that can be challenging to furnish. The catch is that if you need things like a desk, bed, entertainment center, and sitting areas but you are in a tiny space normal furniture won't cut it. This is where the Ori robotic homeware and furniture created at the MIT media lab comes in.

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Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Last week, we were treated to the sighting of a rather odd Sony smartphone on GFXBench that was suspected to be Sony's upcoming flagship for the second half of 2016. The specs shown there, however, were barely interesting, as they were near identical to the existing Xperia X Performance. However, there might be more to this Sony F8331 after all, with a fresh batch of leaked photos showing an intriguing change in Sony's smartphone design, which may be a welcome change after years of seeing nearly the same looks on Sony's smartphones.

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Android navigation buttons rumored for yet another change

Android navigation buttons rumored for yet another change

Android's navigation buttons are almost the perfect example of what user interfaces should be. They should be near invisible to the user's mind, not requiring conscious thought to use. They really only get noticed when things break or change. The latter will seem to be the case according to a recent insider tip. According to the source, Google will be introducing visual changes to the navigation bar icons that will go beyond just subtle aesthetic tweaks. It could, however, also be a prefiguring of behavior changes.

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The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

What you see here is the Blackbird. It's an electric dune buggy-like vehicle that can be adjusted in numerous way to mimic the driving of any production car. It's made by The Mill, a digital effects studio in London, and in addition to the fully customizable chassis, it's outfitted with 360-degree cameras. This allows it to be filmed while impersonating a specific car, and then CGI magicians use an overlay to turn it into that vehicle.

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Scorpion Art Car built for Burning Man can be yours

Scorpion Art Car built for Burning Man can be yours

If you have ever seen stories or video shot on Burning Man held out in the desert each year, you may know that odd goes hand in hand with that event. An art car called Scorpion has been at the Burning Man even each year since 2011. It started life as a 1991 28-foot International boom truck before being turned into an art car by its builders.

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Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

This afternoon Twitter sent out an update for Android - one that puts it well in line with the design language of the platform. Material Design is the name of the game. Twitter's new look is meant to reflect not just the look Google's design masters have set forth as a guide - it's about to act like Android, too. This will be especially true if you have a Nexus device, running a Vanilla version of Android. This app is now set to match the look and the feel of the user interface in Android 6.x Marshmallow.

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This is what a passenger Hyperloop’s interior may look like

This is what a passenger Hyperloop’s interior may look like

The passenger version of the Hyperloop, the hopeful transportation tube of the future, could get travelers from one coast to another at breakneck speeds. This means days' worth of travel will be accomplished in hours, and those hours will be spent in a windowless tube where a certain level of comfort will be needed to keep everyone calm and patient. Newly released renders of what the interior may look like, though, are already inspiring anxiety.

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Aston Martin’s newest Vanquish Zagato Concept will get your heart racing

Aston Martin’s newest Vanquish Zagato Concept will get your heart racing

Aston Martin, the UK's luxury sports car maker, and Zagato, the prestigious Italian design house, have teamed up once again to create another gorgeous concept car, and, like in the years before, they don't disappoint. What you see here is their latest creation, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept, and it's making its debut this weekend at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy.

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Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Two undergraduate students from the University of Washington have created a glove that could make a huge different in how people who use sign language communicate with people who don't understand sign language. The glove is able to translate gestures made in American Sign Language (ASL) into English and then says what the gestures mean via attached speakers. The invention is called the SignAloud glove.

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Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

It's been a while since Motorola has put out a smartphone that was the center of the market's attention. It seems, however, that the fourth gen Moto X will generate a lot of noise, and not all of them will be good. If you thought the physical home button slash fingerprint sensor on the front of the 4th gen Moto G was bad enough, take a gander at what is supposed to be the Moto X4's newest design. That includes a large, bulky camera sensor smack in the middle of the smartphone's back.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Samsung gained a reputation, deservingly or not, for being "inspired" by designs and features from some of its competitors. Of course, over time it has developed its own distinctive design language that other are now also getting inspired with. One OEM, however might soon take issue again with Samsung's sources of inspiration. Leaked photos of what is allegedly the upcoming Galaxy C5, the first in the new Galaxy C series, do indeed show a dominantly metallic motif. However, it also seems to carry some parts that readily call to mind HTC's older One flagships.

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YouTube is testing new Material look, you can test it too

YouTube is testing new Material look, you can test it too

Back in 2014, in preparation for what was then still codenamed "Android L", Google revealed the new Material Design language that would permeate not just Android but the rest of its products, both on the Web and on Chrome. Two years later, Google is still having a go at it, refining Material Design and implementing it in bits and pieces. The latest to get that incremental face lift seems to be YouTube, as the video streaming service is now semi-secretly testing a slightly new look in line with the newer nuances of Material Design.

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