Category Archives: Design

Cronenberg-esque robo finger for your phone is creepy AF

Wanna turn a nice sunny afternoon with your spouse into a “Nope!”-filled discussion of body horror? Well then bring this vid into your eXistenZ, my friend:

The Verge writes,

MobiLimb is a robotic finger attachment that plugs in through a smartphone’s Micro USB port, moves using five servo motors, and is powered by an Arduino microcontroller. It can tap the user’s hand in response to phone notifications, be used as a joystick controller, or, with the addition of a little fuzzy sheath accessory, it can turn into a cat tail.

And I write, “See ya!”




3-wheelin’ EV feeling

“Oh, that’s easy,” said my wife on our first date, answering my question about what kind of car she’d be: “I’d be one of those little three-wheeled French jobs like Audrey Hepburn drove in Funny Face.” Ever since then we’ve had a thing for three-wheelers, putting one on our save-the-date wedding card.

It’s hard to imagine the electric Nobe car really hitting the highways, but I love the look of it:



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ZOMG: A life-sized Lego Westy

Ladies & gentlemen, we are approaching Peak JNack…

Using 400,000 LEGO® bricks, two experienced LEGO® model makers have built what is probably the world’s biggest camper from LEGO® bricks. The full-size T2 was revealed at the leisure and travel fair in Munich. Visitors young and old to (20 – 24 February) will be able to admire the 700 kg Bulli up close. The vehicle that served as the blueprint for the model was the T2a camper van, built from 1967 to 1971 – to this day the truly iconic camper for globetrotters.

See more photos & details here.




Wacom’s teaming up with Magic Leap for collaborative creation

Hmm—it’s a little hard to gauge just from a written description, but I’m excited to see new AR blood teaming up with an OG of graphics to try defining a new collaborative environment:

Wearing a Magic Leap One headset connected to a Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablet, designers can use the separate three-button Pro Pen 3D stylus to control their content on a platform called Spacebridge, which streams 3D data into a spatial computing environment. The program allows multiple people in a room to interact with the content, with the ability to view, scale, move, and sketch in the same environment.

Check out the rest of the Verge article for details. I very much look forward to seeing how this develops.


Giant artificial flowers at Google react to your emotions

Our sister team makes the machine learning-powered library driving this large installation now populating our lobby. It’s to enable this sort of thing that we released ML acceleration tech the other day:

The flowers are built using Raspberry Pi running Android Things, our Android platform for everyday devices like home speakers, smart screens and wearables. An “alpha flower” has a camera in it and uses an embedded TensorFlow neural net to analyze which emotion it sees, and the surrounding flowers change colors based on the image the camera captures of your face. All processing is done locally, so no data is saved or sent to any servers.

Better still, the code has been open-sourced.



Designers, engineers: Come work on After Effects

Here’s a rare opportunity to team up with one of the rarest of things—a super friendly, gifted, and yet humble team building a beloved app that makes the world more beautiful. The AE team have long been some of my favorite folks in the industry, and they’re looking to expand their ranks: