Forget elevators, you can cycle up skyscrapers with this new design

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Royal College of Art graduate, Elena Larriba, designed “Vycle”, a bicycle-inspired vertical transportation system that aims to disrupt the ‘elevator or stairs’ dilemma by adding a third choice to it. Elevators require a lot of energy to transfer people from one floor to another, whereas stairs are taking too much space and can be exhausting.

Of course, the creators of this project do not wish to replace neither elevators nor stairs with this invention, but rather to add an alternative way of vertical transportation similar to what regular bicycles are in relation to walking and driving a car. This is still a working prototype and has to undergo more research before it becomes completely safe and feasible, but “Vycle” team claims their system could … Read the rest

These pop-up bike racks ‘disappear’ into the pavement when they’re not in use

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Bike racks are pretty damn vital to public spaces, but what if we could put them away them until we needed them?

Industrial product designer and Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Milou Berg has created a new pop-up bike rack that “disappears” into the pavement when not in use. 

Shown during Dutch Design Week in October, the device has been dubbed “Align,” and is meant to create more room in public spaces for things like markets, concerts, and other events, while still offering a secure spot to stash your bike. 

Image: Milou Berg

“The public space in city centers is becoming cluttered. Filled with functional objects such as bicycle racks,” Berg told MashableRead more…

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Download this: Why Facebook’s app looks so different

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Facebook’s app is looking a lot different and, surprise surprise, not everyone is a fan.

The company showed off the redesign back in August, when it introduced its latest News Feed updates. But the revamped mobile app is still gradually rolling out to everyone, so many people are just starting to see it. 

Predictably, as with most major Facebook updates, there’s been a strong reaction even though the update isn’t finished rolling out yet. 

The app is now really gray, and looks much flatter, with comments looking more like chat messages than a threaded conversation.  Read more…

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Elon Musk shows off another look at the new SpaceX spacesuit

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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk just gave us another look at the company’s new space suit and, as you’d expect, it looks pretty damn sci-fi. 

Musk revealed the new look at the suit in an Instagram post on Friday, writing, “Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon.” 

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Shown positioned next to one of the company’s spacecrafts, the suit is fairly minimalist, but is notable for its sleekness in contrast to bulky NASA spacesuits of years past. Read more…

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Graphs and a killer opera soundtrack make these mundane tasks a gripping watch

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Even the most ordinary tasks can be made dramatic with an operatic chorus narrating them.

In this short film for kids aired on Japanese national TV, “Unendurable Line” features seemingly boring things such as pressing down on a spring, or stacking blocks before they fall over.

The video of each task is accompanied by a graph describing the action. But it’s truly made special with the Ex-Novo Chamber Choir singing the highs and lows in time with the video.

Filmmaker Daihei Shibata, who made the short for NHK’s Design A show, said it was aimed at communicating design sensibilities to children with everyday items. Read more…

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