The beauty found in video games is ever-expanding, bringing fantastic, detailed worlds to our monitors and televisions. Thanks to three German design students, they could also be arriving on our bookshelves for casual perusal via the book New Eden, a classically-designed book featuring maps and details from the most popular modern games.
You walk into that big, bold store and tell yourself “don’t forget a catalog on the way out this time”. The Ikea catalog is a good barometer for style on a budget, and something lying around many homes and apartments. If you recently wondered why their staged rooms looked so good while yours looks so plain, the answer may be a bit more complex than you think. Turns out, they probably didn’t stage anything - it’s CGI.
Google’s X Lab creates some amazing stuff, but many have one common thread: they’re weird looking. Be it Glass, the autonomous car, or Project Loon, they’ve all got a polarizing aesthetic. In trying to make sure we like what we see from Google X, the company has snapped up Gecko Design to help with future iterations of their products.
We've seen a lot of cool things from BAE, including its "battle bots" from a couple years ago, the aircraft that transforms into a single unit, and e-ink camouflage, to name a few. Never resting, the defense firm has cooked up its latest idea: a smart skin for planes that allows them to "feel".
Xiaomi has previously defended itself against accusations they were trying to copy Apple. Their new UI will only serve to re-ignite that chatter, though. A striking resemblance to iOS 7, in both apps and icons, tells us Xiaomi is indeed trying to copy Apple.
All the hoopla around the upcoming iPhone 6, whether in one or two versions, might have made some forget that Apple has another expected device refresh coming soon. The folks over at Weibo, however, were sure to remind us about the next iPad Air, with new leaked photos that show the slight deviation that Apple will be making in the upcoming lightweight tablet.
There's always that one moment of the day when the sunlight streaming through your window washes out the TV or blinds you when you're on your favorite part of the couch. The traditional remedy is closing the curtains, but imagine a future where instead you rotate the floor of the house in which you're currently residing.
A trip to the zoo can be a sobering experience, depending on which zoo you visit. Animals penned up and paraded around daily aren't in the happiest of environments, and not everyone finds such places agreeable. Some Danish architects have targeted this issue with a concept design for a zoo in Denmark's Givskud that keeps humans hidden.
Kansas City is home to the world's tallest water slide, and we recently got a POV look at what it's like sailing down this massive structure. Details on what went into creating the Verruckt, as it's called, have been given to Smithsonian Magazine, revealing that the ride is as much roller coaster as it is water slide.