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An autonomous robot that ensures the only thing you do in a bookstore is read

We’re all familiar with autonomous robots. The idea of little robot butlers finishing up all our household chores is simply so inviting. Well, you’ve thought of robots in your homes, but what about robot helpers at bookstores! Large bookstores can be often difficult to maneuver and manage for the employees and the customers. But Naver Labs’ AROUND B promises to handle all of it. AROUND B is a cute compact robot with wheels that will ensure the books are where they are supposed to be.When a cus...
Tags: Design, Technology, Robot, Kyumin Ha, Robots/Drones, Naver Labs, AROUND B, Kim Seungwoo

The Gruzovikus is an ‘intelligent’ freightliner truck that transports cargo without a driver

Without context, if you looked at the Gruzovikus, your first instinct would be to wonder why its cockpit is so slim. You’d then notice that the Gruzovikus has no doors… or windows. The Gruzovikus doesn’t need a driver, because it IS the driver. Designed by Art Lebedev Studio, this freight-carrying semi-truck comes with an incredibly slim profile, and is fully autonomous i.e., it doesn’t need a driver operating it, even remotely.The lack of a designer really informs the Gruzovikus’ design proce...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Autonomous, Automotive, Lebedev, Art Lebedev Studio, Robots/Drones, Semi-truck, Gruzovikus, Self-driven

Is resurrecting Google’s BookBot the need of the hour?

Everyone in Silicon Valley is trying to design something straight out of the future. We treat science and technology as the end all be all of our issues and rightfully so, but here is an unpopular opinion – do we REALLY need technology in every aspect of our lives to make it better? A decade ago, robots doing all our tasks were just a thing of movies and today we don’t go a day without interacting with a robot – think about it, even if you call a place there is a 99% chance an automated voice ...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Design, Technology, California, Lifestyle, Silicon Valley, Appliances, Robot, Delivery, Editorial, Delivery Service, Drone Delivery, Product Design, Mountain View Library, Mountain Valley

Matternet needs a Senior Industrial Designer!

Matternet is the developer of the world’s leading technology platform for on-demand aerial delivery in urban environments. The company provides its technology platform as a service to healthcare, e-commerce and logistics organizations. In March 2017, Matternet became the first company in the world to be authorized for full operations of drone logistics networks over densely populated areas in Switzerland. Since then, Matternet has executed over 3,000 flights in Zurich, Bern, and Lugano. In May 2...
Tags: Design, Technology, US, UPS, Sony, Switzerland, Faa, Job Board, Product Design, Mountain View CA, Lugano, Matternet, Robots/Drones, Zurich Bern, YD Job Board, M2 Drone

Avalanche-Rescue Drone helps rescue trapped skiers by locating them under the snow

Meet the Powderbee, a drone that helps with find-and-rescue operations on the slopes. Note that I use the words find-and-rescue and not search-and-rescue because the designers behind the drone at Bluebird Mountain believe the drone’s effectiveness comes from being able to pinpoint the trapped victim’s location with enough accuracy to allow first responders to know exactly where to look.Each year avalanches kill over 150 people worldwide and most of them die not by the force of the avalanche, but...
Tags: Design, Safety, Search, Drone, Outdoor, Avalanche, Skiing, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Bluebird Mountain, Powderbee, Avalanche Rescue Drone

This underwater drone scans the ocean for plastic micro-particles

It’s always been my contention that to unlock a drone’s full potential, it should be equipped to do something humans can’t; like trove the ocean for something imperceivable to the human eye… plastic microparticles. The Draper is an award-winning autonomous drone that’s designed to swim through ocean waters, detecting and analyzing plastic particulate matter found in the water. “Draper’s AUV can detect and analyze invisible microplastics, and enable scientists to understand where they are origina...
Tags: Design, Awards, Product Design, Draper, Robots/Drones, Sprout Studios, Green/Sustainable, IDEA Awards, IDEA2019

This retro-future 6-propeller racing drone is inspired by Ferrari’s F1 cars from the 50s

There isn’t really much to say about the Lazzarini FD-One that isn’t said in the title. Designed by Italy-based studio Lazzarini, the FD-One is a conceptual racing tricopter drone with 6 propellers, a V12 gas engine, and 3 battery packs. Featuring a cockpit big enough for two, the FD-One takes a lot of inspiration from Ferrari’s F1 and F2 racing cars in the 50s, with a very close resemblance to the tubular framed Ferrari 500 F2.The FD-One comes with three pairs of co-axial electric propellers po...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Drone, Automotive, Ferrari, Italy, Hybrid, Robots/Drones, Lazzarini, Lazzarini Design Studio, FD One, Tricopter

The V-Coptr Falcon Drone runs on two silent propellers instead of four noisy ones

I’d argue the V-Coptr is a great way to kick off the new decade, as it really showcases an evolutionary take on drone design. Developed by Zero Zero Robotics, the V-Coptr Falcon really ushers in a new design direction for drones, because unlike most drones with anywhere from 4-8 propellers, the V-Coptr Falcon only has two of them. They fold into the body when packed, and outward into a V-shape when ready to use. The propellers come with the ability to change direction, tilting in a way that’s ...
Tags: Design, Drone, Boeing, Product Design, Zero Zero Robotics, Robots/Drones, V Coptr Falcon, Coptr Falcon

Multiple award-winning design agency NewDealDesign needs a Senior Industrial Designer!

NewDealDesign is an award-winning technology design firm and the 2013 National Design Award honoree. With over 100 awards under their belt, they work on the coolest projects in tech, from advance concept assignments with industry giants to the latest creations for hot start-ups. NewDealDesign teams industrial, graphic and interaction designers with strategists and engineers to create delightful objects and experiences. Apply now to be a part of this creative environment!A Core77 Design Awards 20...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Postmates, Job Board, Product Design, Serve, Robots/Drones, YD Job Board, NewDealDesign, Senior Industrial Designer, San Francisco CA Click

The Shift Red Drone reinvents the drone-controller UI with a one-handed joy-con

With a slew of new features that really show that the designers revamped the concept of the drone from ground up, this is the Shift Red, from TIE (This Is Engineering). It weighs a mere 93 grams (less than half of the Mavic Mini), which means you can own one without getting it registered with the FAA, and comes with a camera that records at 1080p (30fps) that uses an innovative virtual gimbal to digitally stabilize your videos in a way that makes them look incredibly crisp. The base of the dro...
Tags: Design, Drone, Faa, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Shift Red, This Is Engineering, Lezero

DJI Mavic Mini: A powerful drone the size of your phone!

You’ve got to admire how DJI has absolutely perfected the art of stabilized video. Whether they’re the drones, consumer gimbals, or the massive handheld Ronin rigs used in cinema, DJI knows how to maneuver a camera, no matter whether it’s a massive cinematography instrument, or something as minuscule as the lens on the DJI Osmo Pocket. Now imagine taking that expertise, and that incredibly small and cutting edge tech, and giving it wings. That’s the DJI Mavic Mini. A camera worthy of the Mavic...
Tags: Design, Drone, Dji, Faa, Federal Aviation Administration, Product Design, Mavic, Robots/Drones, Mavic Mini, DJI Osmo Pocket Now

This autonomous self-flying drone is the action cameraman you’ve always wanted

Drones are great, but they’re as great as the person controlling them. If the person behind the controller is an absolute imbecile, your expensive state-of-the-art drone could turn into shrapnel in just seconds… the video above should be proof enough. Skydio 2 was designed to be capable of self-navigation so you don’t need to constantly pilot it with a phone and controller. With six color cameras that have a 200-degree field of view, the Skydio 2 is capable of sensing its surroundings, analyzi...
Tags: Design, Drone, Autonomous, Camera, Outdoor, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Skydio 2

The Humla Forestry Drone is a forest planner’s best friend

Forest planning is quite literally, from especially the scale of the task, a very difficult job. A handful of planners are required to cover massive lengths of ground, capturing the health of the forest, noting down aspects of its biodiversity, and basically capturing the forest on paper, so its protection can be done with utmost efficiency. It’s a tough, thankless job that requires months of work, and a human is expected to cover massive ground… but what if technology could do that?The Humla Fo...
Tags: Design, Awards, Green, Outdoor, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Anders Sandström, Engin Güzel, Forest Planning, Forestry Drone, Humla, iF Design Talents, Umeå Institute of Design

This half-tank half-drone can literally travel anywhere!

Remember the PenPineappleApplePen? That’s sort of what the X-Tankcopter is… an absurdly entertaining combination of things you wouldn’t expect to be combined, because the X-Tankcopter is half tank, half quadcopter!Designed to cover terrain-travel as well as air recon, the X-Tankcopter has the ability to traverse through rough land, climbing over some obstacles, and flying over others. With an internal mechanism that allows it to switch between driving and hovering, the X-Tankcopter is just she...
Tags: Design, Drone, Tank, Product Design, AR / VR, Robots/Drones, X-Tankcopter, Witold MielniczekClick, Drive Drive, Tankcopter, Xerall

Yes your drone can fly, but can it swim underwater??

Yeah, you read that title right. The SwellPro Spry can fly perfectly fine in the air… as most drones can. It can also land on water, maneuvering on its surface like a boat… and when you really want to push its limits, the Spry can even propel itself underwater, allowing you to grab a unique perspective, using a drone with a pretty capable 4K camera.The SwellPro Spry is a neat, lifebuoy-orange-colored, hermetically sealed drone that’s completely waterproof. It can fly, float, and if placed upsi...
Tags: Deals, Design, Drone, 4k, Underwater, Waterproof, Product Design, Remote, Robots/Drones, Spry, SwellPro

Amazon is looking for an Industrial Design Engineer for their Robotic Fulfillment division!

You’ve heard of Amazon, right? One of the world’s largest retailers? Run by the world’s richest man (even after his divorce settlement!)Amazon is an absolute behemoth. Going from being a book-selling service in 1995, to being one of the biggest names in online retail, and even reaching a trillion dollar valuation along the way, Amazon is famous for investing heavily in research and development. For the longest time, all of Amazon’s profits went right into their research and development team, all...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Drones, Robots, Logistics, Delivery, Fulfillment, Job Board, Product Design, Lead, Industrial-design, Amazon Robotics, North Reading Massachusetts, Robots/Drones, YD Job Alert, Design Engineer

This robot will park your car for you as you rush to the airport

We may not be near having artificial intelligence drive our cars, but we’re living in an age where robots and AI will park our cars for us. An airport in Lyon, France is debuting a robot designed by Stanley Robotics, which will latch onto your car and park it for you as you rush to board your flight. Given that parking your car on a tight schedule can often result in a loss of precious minutes, the Lyon Airport is relying on an army of car-parking bots that gently carry your car to the nearest v...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Design, France, Car, Automotive, Airport, Robot, Lyon, Product Design, Lyon France, Lyon Airport, Self-parking, Robots/Drones, Stanley Robotics, Lyon Saint Exupéry

Build exactly the kind of drone you need

Smaller drones are better suited for indoor use. Larger drones are much more efficient outdoors and can navigate better in inclement weather. Sheida Amiri-Rigi devised a way to build the drone you need based exactly on your specific requirements. Plug-and-use models allow you to arrange as many motors or even camera modules as you need, creating complex drones that can fly better, or for longer, or can perform complex maneuvers to get exactly the camera shot you need. The multiple camera modules...
Tags: Design, Product Design, Robots/Drones, GlobalGradShow2018, Dash Drone, Sheida Amiri Rigi, Sheida

The Cleo ‘indoor-friendly’ drone flies using a single propeller unit

A crossover between a drone and a donut (I wonder why the word why they missed on the opportunity of calling it a dronut), the Cleo is a drone that’s designed specifically for indoor use. Unlike most drones that require to be flown in an open, empty space, preferably away from obstacles, the Cleo has no such problem. The dronut (I’m just going ahead and using the term) boasts of an indoor-friendly design, featuring a thick, protective outer rim, and a single propeller unit with two propellers ...
Tags: Security, Design, Surveillance, Drone, Product Design, Cleo, Donut, Robots/Drones, Cleo Robotics, Dronut

The SiteWasp drone basically replaces the Supervisor at a construction site

The power of flight, and the power of observation. These two qualities make drones incredibly good for reconnaissance, especially in places where it’s difficult to put a human, or a permanent closed-circuit camera.Designed for site-recon for buildings under construction, the SiteWasp was built to be your all-in-one monitoring drone. “The objective of the SiteWasp drone is to remotely provide stakeholders with construction updates, thus unifying the planning process and the building process. This...
Tags: Design, Drone, Construction, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, Red Dot Concept 2018, Sebastian Gier, Sitewasp

The Feuxzy drone fights forest fires with sonic waves

Feuxzy makes a case for the use of drones in swift-action danger-scenarios where human life is much too precious. Designed to monitor park, woods, and forests, the Feuxzy is shaped like a saucer and comes built with chemical sensors, thermal sensors, thermal cameras and AI that help it detect forest fires. Also built into the Feuxzy is a sonic fire extinguisher that shoot beams of low-frequency bass sounds between 30 and 60 Hz to disrupt the air around the fire, sending pressure through the air ...
Tags: Design, Drone, Automotive, Product Design, Charles Bombardier, Fire Extinguisher, Robots/Drones, Martin Rico, Adolfo Esquivel, Feuxzy

Machine Learning for Life’s Mundane Tasks

The latest work from Andrea Ponti, UNO is a smart AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) robot that harnesses the power of machine learning to execute a variety of tasks so you and me don’t have to! The autonomous system features a modular build that presents endless customization opportunities for employers, individuals, and companies.For example, a secured compartment allows for the delivery of items between short distances while another module equipped with cameras, sirens, and lights transforms it i...
Tags: Design, Technology, Product Design, Porter, UNO, Yanko, Andrea Ponti, Robots/Drones, Ponti, Machine Learning for Life, Uno Porter

Biomimicry meets drone-design

Engineering dictates that the easiest and most obvious layout for drone propellers is in a square format with four propellers. Nature, however, sticks to the basic layout of two wings across all its flying creatures. From birds to insects to the occasional reptile and mammal, nature’s always bestowed a bilaterally symmetric, dual wing setup… so Carota’s drone puts faith in that setup that’s developed over millions of years of evolution. Carota’s Hornet drone sports two propellers on either side ...
Tags: Design, Drone, Cameras, Product Design, Hornet, Robots/Drones, Carota, Carota Design

This Rescue Drone turns into a human safety net

I’ve always maintained that a robot should be built to do things humans can’t. Drones also fall in the same category. We can teach drones to perform high-risk activities and pull off rescue attempts that a human couldn’t do, either because of physical limitations, or because of health risks. This is the Net Guard Drone. It falls perfectly into the category I just described… well, ‘falls’ may not be the most appropriate word.The Net Drone is a single unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made together ...
Tags: Design, Safety, Drone, Product Design, Liu Xiang, Robots/Drones, Safety net, Diao Hao-Ming, Golden Pin Design Award, Hu Zhen-Yuan, Li Guo-Yu, Li Hao-Hu, Net Guard, Zhu Nan-Tong

One Robot To Rule Them All

Don’t be deceived by the name, this adorable robot isn’t going to clean your floors, but it might be able to control another device that does. It’s called the IHR (Intelligent Housekeeping Robot) and its primary function is to act as a central hub that can manage all your smart devices efficiently.Using a mobile app, home users can sync up everything from floor vacuums and nanny cams to alarm systems and air conditioners. The IHR will make informed decisions by monitoring the condition of the in...
Tags: Design, Technology, China, Robot, Product Design, Don, Chen, Yanko, Robots/Drones, Red Dot Concept 2018, Intelligent Housekeeping Robot, Sichuan Konka Smart Technology, Wanheng Chen

Yes. Muji is designing self-driving buses now!

The self-driving landscape seems perfect for a company like Muji, known for its minimalistic appeal and function-first agenda. Muji’s products look minimalist and beautiful without looking bland, and perform wonderfully for years… and the Gacha, a shuttle bus co-designed with Finnish autonomous driving company Sensible 4, follows that direction too, not just being innately Muji-esque, but also echoing the aesthetic direction that most self-driving cars are taking, of putting information at the f...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Bus, Autonomous, Automotive, Finland, Helsinki, Muji, Self Driving, Robots/Drones, Gacha, Shuttle, Harri Santamala, Sensible 4, Arctic Laplands

Drone lights will guide you home

The idea seems wild, but the more and more you think about it, the more it begins making sense, and seems more plausible than before. The idea behind the Twinkle is to combine drone tech and illumination to make the world’s smartest and most useful street-lights.Each individual street-lamp would be a vertical pole with multiple Twinkle drones docked in it. The drones would come with powerful lights at their base, illuminating the land right underneath them, and when docked in their lamp-posts, w...
Tags: Design, Safety, Outdoor, Harvard University, Lighting, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Dubaidesignweek, GlobalGradShow2018, Honghao Deng, Jiabao Li, Twinkle

Drone in a Jiffy

The Xenon Adventure Drone is an ultra-portable alternative that aims to make the setup process a cinch so you can do more playing and less assembling. Better yet, it’s simple to store and transport so it will be ready when you are.The design is made possible by stacking sections that attach magnetically. Just snap the black and white pieces together and the drone will be prepared to fly. A third section acts as both a storage container for the drone and a launching platform that can be held in t...
Tags: Design, Technology, Drone, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Red Dot Concept 2018, Kendall Toerner, Xenon Adventure Drone

The Hoversurf S3 is a massive drone you can sit on!

You call it a hoverbike, I call it a one-manned personal drone, because that’s what the Scorpion 3 or the S3 looks like. With four propellers in four corners, the S3 looks like a massive drone and even takes off like one. Labeled as an eVTOL (or an electric vertical take-off and landing), the S3 comes powered by a 12.3kWh battery that gives it 40 minutes of flight, which translates to around 13 miles on a full charge. Built with a high speed of 50mph, the S3 may not completely replace motorbik...
Tags: Design, Automotive, Motorcycle, S3, Hoversurf, Robots/Drones, Scorpion 3

Drones on Your Wrist

From the inspired minds of the interns at Germany-based design studio PEARL CREATIVE, the Karlsson is the latest in wearable tech that aims to go beyond simple fitness tracking to make life better!This minimalistic mobile companion features a wrist strap that serves as a landing platform for a minuscule drone. In addition to the traditional capabilities of a smartwatch (like music playing and physical monitoring) the Karlsson drone can help you perform a number of other activities like scouting ...
Tags: Design, Technology, Smartwatch, Germany, Drone, Product Design, Pearl, Karlsson, Robots/Drones, PEARL CREATIVE, Oliver Haller, Sören Intemann, Oliver Haller Sören Intemann

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