Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech’s ‘decisions by data’

  Crawford says there are very practical reasons why tech companies have become so powerful. “We’re trying to put so much responsibility on to individuals to step away from the ‘evil platforms’, whereas in reality, there are so many reasons why people can’t. The opportunity costs to employment, to their friends, to their families, are […]

Virtual reality for the masses is here. But do the masses want VR?

  Both the PSVR and the new lower-minimum Oculus do offer that magic – the moment when the view on-screen and your actions in the real world merge so perfectly that you feel transported into the virtual reality presented to you. That said, they still have their flaws. The dreaded VR nausea is there too […]

This pot won’t let you kill your houseplants

After criticising the LG fridge that opens for you, I’m going to ignore the contradiction of my delight in this new gadget by suggesting it might have excellent applications in agriculture. Or something. I’m a plant killer. I need help. Take my money. On top of watering your plant, the pot does its best to […]

This LG fridge opens for you automatically – all life’s problems solved

Watch this on The Scene. Great news from LG. They’ve finally solved one of life’s biggest problems: LG’s new fridge has two big features. The first is the door itself, which now has what LG calls its Knock-On feature, which allows you to simply knock on the door to reveal what’s inside. Put more simply: […]

Why car makers still produce life size clay models

  A fascinating look behind the scenes of automotive design by Michael Wayland (Associated Press), and the return of making models out of clay after a flirtation with technology. Twenty-five years ago, as milling and computer-aided design programs transformed the design process, it seemed clay modelers would be all but extinct. Bean counters saw the new […]

Instant film and a record player were top sellers on Amazon for the holidays

Apparently, the biggest sellers on Amazon’s US site this Christmas were a turntable and film for an instant camera. Why? The Verge’s Jacob Kastrenakes has a theory: Is it weird that cheap analog products beat out modern alternatives? Kind of. But as someone who ordered a physical book and a pack of film just yesterday, none […]

The Design curriculum in English schools includes… cooking

This is what design is, according to the English National Curriculum   Worrying news about the state of teacher recruitment in the UK. The number of new teachers for design and technology is also more than a third below what it needs to be and there is a 10% shortfall in the number of IT […]

Netflix made socks that know when you’ve fallen asleep while binge watching

The socks use a method of rest and activity monitoring known as actigraphy. So a built-in accelerometer will wait for you to stop moving for a prolonged period of time before sending a signal to the TV to prevent you from losing your place in Mad Men for the 20th time. An LED light will […]

What should fashion look like in 10 years?

Nicola Fumo writing for Racked Fashion is moving faster than ever — but you knew that. Product turnaround is lightning speed, shipping is nearly instant, customization is the norm, and smart watches know more about our day-to-day lives than our significant others do. In the wake of all this innovation and business-model-upheaval is, unfortunately, some […]