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‘Smart’ e-scooter thinks it can fix flaws with scooter-sharing

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An e-scooter is an e-scooter is an e-scooter. Right?

It may seem that way, but companies are developing new designs for the two-wheeled machines. As the scooter-share industry continues to grow, it’s becoming clear that the motorized devices are increasingly important. 

Superpedestrian, a transportation robotics company, works behind the scenes on scooter development. This week it introduced its vehicle intelligence software system that the Cambridge, Massachusetts company wants to pair with a new rugged, “industrial-grade” e-scooter. It thinks it can take on fundamental flaws with scooters: overuse, quickly drained batteries, easily hackable, and more. Read more…

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Microsoft’s redesigned Office icons showcase the future of the software suite

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Microsoft has unveiled brand new icons for all the apps in its Office productivity suite.

The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant announced the sweeping changes to its Office app icons in a blog post on Thursday. Each of the new Microsoft Office app icons will be rolling out over the next few months.

The design changes to the Office icons mark the first time in 5 years that Microsoft has updated the productivity suite logos. The apps that will be sporting redesigned icons include Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and Skype.

The redesigns implement Microsoft’s Fluent Design language which the company has incorporated into Windows 10 since last year. Read more…

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This shapeshifting clock turns time into moving art

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London-based design studio Animaro built a kinetic clock that changes its shape depending on the time of the day. Instead of displaying minutes and seconds with precision, Solstice takes a more meditative approach to time and moves in a relaxing, eye-soothing way. Its retail price will be around $770, but you could get it for less until the 13th of December if you back its Kickstarter campaign. Read more…

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What’s your design style? A guide to décor

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These Lego-like bricks are actually robots that transform walls into kinetic surfaces

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Brixels” are software-controlled rotating bricks that transform walls into interactive displays. Created by design studio Breakfast, the Lego-like components are built to bring anything from walls to facades to life.  Read more…

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