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Cycle Over The Ocean’s Surface With This New Electric Water Bike

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Ever wanted to cycle across the seas? Well, you soon can, thanks to Manta5’s newest electric hydrofoiling bike. 

 

The ‘SL3’ is the company’s newest iteration of the vehicle after it first released the first-ever hydrofoil eBike. Now the New Zealand-based brand is back and has revamped its ocean cruiser to make it easier for people to adapt to riding on the waves. 

 

According to its website, the bike made its first strait breaker across New Zealand’s Notorious Cook Strait—covering some 16.27 miles of unpredictable tidal surfaces in about 2.5 hours—“without getting wet.”

 

 

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Previously, pedaling on the water would, imaginably, take a significant amount of practice to master. Now, after the company decided to remove its hull and pontoon, users will find it much easier to grasp the complexities of maneuvering the fluid surface.

 

This is mainly thanks to the SL3’s enhanced throttle that can launch the hydrofoil and drift on the ocean’s surface, even without pedal motion. 

 

At first glance, the SL3 looks strikingly like a bicycle poking out of the water. If you were on the beach and saw someone out at sea with it, you might do a double-take. But beneath the surface is a different story. In place of ‘wheels’ are stabilizers and a propeller that helps drive it over the water.

 

 



Image via Manta5

 

The SL3 has a 2,500W electric motor with a top speed of 12 mph and can take you on a trip over the ocean for a maximum of four and a half hours when you put it on its lowest pedal-assisting mode. In total, there are 10 different levels of power you can choose from. 

 

It also has a new tiller to give it a better angle for take-off and gliding. Its stability has been enhanced thanks to its monocoque chassis. However, if you fall into the ocean while riding it, it has a safety feature that will turn its engine and propellers off.

 

 

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“Riders can stay on the saddle semi-submerged when stationary, and when it’s time to launch, engage the throttle to take off.”

 

The vehicle is made from carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum, making it lightweight enough to transport. It can also be taken apart and placed in the trunk of your car.

 

 



Image via Manta5

 

Manta5 states that the SL3 will be ready to make waves by early 2023, but currently there’s no official word on how deep it will dive down your wallet.

 

 

 

[via Robb Report and Manta5, images via Manta5

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420732/Cycle-Over-The-Ocean-s-Surface-With-This-New-Electric-Water-Bike/

Rimowa’s New Chest Lets You Cart A Dozen Wine Bottles Around The World In Style



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Not long after Rimowa dusted its ‘Eroded Turntable’ with Daniel Arsham, it is now ready to serve up a full party with a dozen bottles of wine, no less. 

 

As its name suggests, the ‘Twelve Bottle Case’ has room for 12 of your favorite vintages, which will be snug in protective paddings of various thicknesses to accommodate vessels of varying sizes and ensure they reach your destination in good shape. 

 

The containers are encased within Rimowa’s signature grooved silver hard shell casing, with black leather straps, and a Transport Security Administration (TSA) approved lock. 

 

But if you’re not looking to take the wine party with you everywhere you travel and instead are looking for something to store them in, the Rimowa luggage can double up as a display stand. The base of the case has stabilization support that can lock its feet and ensure it doesn’t fall over while on show in your home.

 



Image via Rimowa

 

This accommodating luggage wouldn’t exist if not for basketball legend LeBron James. 

 

According to Vogue, the superstar athlete had gotten the idea for the multi-carrier case after seeing Rimowa’s previous iteration that could only hold one bottle and a couple of glasses. He brought the idea forward and continued to track its processes as the team worked on developing a product that could carry a selection of wine.

 

To celebrate the launch, Rimowa has worked with Wine Access to curate a collection of 12 rare Cabernets from Heritage Vineyard that is already available on its website. 

 

However, if you’re more interested in the case itself, you will have to wait till November 25, when it will roll into stores globally and set you back a sobering US$7,290.

 
 
 
[via Hypebeast and Vogue, images via Rimowa]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420731/Rimowa-s-New-Chest-Lets-You-Cart-A-Dozen-Wine-Bottles-Around-The-World-In-Style/

Level Up Creative Inspiration With Industrial Design Ideas From A’ Design Award

 

Have an idea you know will benefit the world? Share it with the A’ Design Award, one of the world’s most esteemed juried design competitions, and watch it take wing on a global stage. No matter your creative discipline, the accolade celebrates its value—offering fame, prestige, and publicity to promising minds. If that sounds good to you, here’s a worthy piece of news: A’ Design Award is taking in entries, and you can nominate your design today.

Each year, the competition is judged by a rotation of influential jury members, including academics, design veterans, and prominent press members, ensuring that creatives of various experience levels have an equal chance of recognition.

One of the numerous fields that the A’ Design Award looks at is Good Industrial Design, which welcomes works from as far back as a decade ago from furniture designers, industrial designers, product engineers, design-focused brands, innovators, inventors, and global enterprises. The first round of scoring is free, and you’ll have the choice of advancing into the following stages with a nominal fee when your project is selected.

Laureates will receive an exclusive design award trophy, a certificate for Design Excellence, a lifelong license to use the A’ Industrial Design Awards logo, two tickets to the A’ Design Award Gala-Night, inclusion in the World Design Rankings, and be granted an exclusive interview that will be published on the Designer Interviews website, among many other perks.

A’ Design Award is accepting submissions for its 2022–2023 edition until February 28, 2023. DesignTAXI will then announce the results on April 15, 2023.

For a snapshot of just how expansive the competition can go, check out some winning works from the Good Industrial Design Award super-category alone.

 

 

 

Sharing Joy Lounge Chair

 

This contemporary lounge chair is cushy for feline tushies too. It “can be shared and interacted with by pets… [with an] O-shaped element [that] can be freely transformed to form a tunnel for cats to pass through,” explains Zhe Gao. “Cat and owner can relax and meditate on the same chair… without disturbing each other’s space.”

 



Sharing Joy Lounge Chair by Zhe Gao

 

The tunnel at the back of the seat is “consistent with cat behavior” of squeezing into small spaces and curling up into a ball, while the armrest also serves as a jumping platform.

 



Sharing Joy Lounge Chair by Zhe Gao

 



Sharing Joy Lounge Chair by Zhe Gao

 



Sharing Joy Lounge Chair by Zhe Gao

 

 

 

Tetris Bookcase

 

“Just like Tetris, users can make their own DIY bookcase by matching different shapes and color blocks based on [their preferred] characteristics,” notes Fujun Wang. They can even remove the ‘blocks’ to be turned into individual storage compartments.

 



Tetris Bookcase by Fujun Wang

 



Tetris Bookcase by Fujun Wang

 



Tetris Bookcase by Fujun Wang

 



Tetris Bookcase by Fujun Wang

 



Tetris Bookcase by Fujun Wang

 

 

 
Seaview Lamp

 

As its name suggests, this lamp is inspired by seaside scenery. Not only that, but Keyan Jin was also drawn by the views of the sea in the morning and night. It so happens that the sun and moon are spherical by nature. “We think [the seaside is] a good feeling for lamps because it’s beautiful.”

 



Seaview Lamp by Keyan Jin

 



Seaview Lamp by Keyan Jin

 



Seaview Lamp by Keyan Jin

 



Seaview Lamp by Keyan Jin

 

 
Stoyka Sport Equipment

 

“Since physical fitness has become integral to our daily routines, the purpose behind the Stoyka aims to strike a balance in using living spaces as fitness studios,” explains Igor Dydykin, who has reimagined clunky gym equipment as “something natural and organic.”

 



Stoyka Sport Equipment by Igor Dydykin

 

“Stoyka is a power rack for the modern home designed to look like high-end furniture, merging the home gym with storage capabilities,” the designer elaborates. “The storage system is integrated into the power rack, which slides out from behind the power rack’s rear wall… [providing] enough storage space [for] the power rack’s barbells, round weighted plates, as well as rack accessories like support beams and spotter’s arms. It is equipped with reinforced racks, a crossbar, and removable wall bars.”

 



Stoyka Sport Equipment by Igor Dydykin

 



Stoyka Sport Equipment by Igor Dydykin

 



Stoyka Sport Equipment by Igor Dydykin

 

 

Karst Water Filtration Staircase

 

“Karst, a modular staircase designed for Governors Island in New York, is like a solutional cave for people to see and hear the flowing water, with a water-filtering system that brings the sensation of nature into the house,” shares Chi-Hao Chiang, who coined the setup after the Karst terrain, which utilizes caves as underground drainage systems. The staircase is suited for the indoors as well as for scattering around the island.

 



Karst Water Filtration Staircase by Chi-Hao Chiang

 



Karst Water Filtration Staircase by Chi-Hao Chiang

 



Karst Water Filtration Staircase by Chi-Hao Chiang

 



Karst Water Filtration Staircase by Chi-Hao Chiang

 

 

 

Framy Customizable Room Divider

“Completely customizable from any combination of 7 panels, this is a new type of room divider for effective use of limited space,” reveals Shinnosuke Hosoda. “Framy could be used as a clothing rack or a helpful organizer. It could also serve as a room divider for several people working from home. Framy can easily be folded up and stored when not in use. This unique piece of furniture adjusts to you and your lifestyle with infinite possibilities.”

 



Framy Customizable Room Divider by Shinnosuke Hosoda

 



Framy Customizable Room Divider by Shinnosuke Hosoda

 



Framy Customizable Room Divider by Shinnosuke Hosoda

 



Framy Customizable Room Divider by Shinnosuke Hosoda

 

 

 

SPH Smart Prosthetic Hand

“If one touches the smartphone screen with an artificial finger, the screen does not recognize the signal very well, and making any detailed control is extremely difficult. People occasionally drop their phones even with their real hands, but existing artificial arms only implement 60—80% of the function of the natural hand, which means… the risk of [dropping their device] increases,” ponders Young Jo In.

 



SPH Smart Prosthetic Hand by Young Jo In

 

“This design resolves the physical problem which occurs when one uses a smartphone with an artificial hand. The smart device is attached to the prosthetic hand to eliminate the risk of dropping the device. The product allows the users to operate the device with the other free hand.”

 



SPH Smart Prosthetic Hand by Young Jo In

 



SPH Smart Prosthetic Hand by Young Jo In

 

 

 
Creaon Toy

 

Addressing children’s boredom and changing interests, Menglin Tian replaced plastic with wax crayons to make toy buildings that erode into unique forms of architecture. “When children draw with Creaon, they create different roofs that can become unique building blocks.” The concept challenges the notion that broken toys are damaged toys.

 



Creaon Toy by Menglin Tian

 



Creaon Toy by Menglin Tian

 



Creaon Toy by Menglin Tian

 



Creaon Toy by Menglin Tian

 

 

 
The New Bottle

“Inspired by the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, designers applied the 1/8 cap-to-body ratio in length to achieve a delicate balance of power and aesthetics,” describes Nio Life. The “attractive” design—at least in Da Vinci’s apparent view—encourages users to swap out disposable plastics for a more sustainable product.

 



The New Bottle by Nio Life

 



The New Bottle by Nio Life

 



The New Bottle by Nio Life

 

 

 

Amplification of Sensation Chair

 

“The Han River runs through the center of Seoul and is also a place loved by citizens. This river is one of the few places to feel nature in this polluted city,” notes Eun Whan Cho. That’s why the Seoul Metropolitan Government chose this place to commission a thoughtful public installation. “This chair is made of discarded plastic pieces and also serves as a public sculpture,” the designer adds.

 



Amplification of Sensation Chair by Eun Whan Cho

 

The seat encourages visitors to “think about environmental issues… while also allowing them to focus on the sense of perception of the surrounding environment in the city.”

 



Amplification of Sensation Chair by Eun Whan Cho

 



Amplification of Sensation Chair by Eun Whan Cho

 



Amplification of Sensation Chair by Eun Whan Cho

 

 

 
Anycubic Photon Nex 3D Printer

 

This sci-fi-esque 3D printer is actually inspired by the sleeping quarters in Star Trek, divulge Xin Ouyang, Meizhao Zhang, and Yawei Li. The space-gray gadget also has a “fully automated feeding device design similar to an energy backpack,” arriving at an aesthetic “that crosses the galaxy.”

 



Anycubic Photon Nex 3D Printer by Xin Ouyang, Meizhao Zhang, and Yawei Li

 



Anycubic Photon Nex 3D Printer by Xin Ouyang, Meizhao Zhang, and Yawei Li

 



Anycubic Photon Nex 3D Printer by Xin Ouyang, Meizhao Zhang, and Yawei Li

 

Allonge Feeding Bottle

 

Overwhelmed parents deserve “less in their busy lives,” details the Simba Sonison baby products design team. They’ve reconsidered the baby bottle to accompany the little ones’ milestones and have more long-term value.

 



Allonge Feeding Bottle by Simba Sonison Baby Products Design Team

 

A single bottle introduces “eight different roles… from breast milk storage to Baby’s water bottle,” the team adds. “You only need one bottle, and it could be your everything.”

 



Allonge Feeding Bottle by Simba Sonison Baby Products Design Team

 



Allonge Feeding Bottle by Simba Sonison Baby Products Design Team

 



Allonge Feeding Bottle by Simba Sonison Baby Products Design Team

 

 
Orpheus Exoskeletal Exercise Device

 

“The Orpheus is an exercise device designed for the International Space Station and future spacecraft,” describes Mehmet E. Ergül. The exoskeleton is lightweight and fairly compact so it utilizes what little room a space shuttle may have.

 



Orpheus Exoskeletal Exercise Device by Mehmet E. Ergül

 

The suit is envisioned with software that takes down health stats and exercise data of astronauts, modifying its regimes to match its user and deliver various levels of resistance.

 



Orpheus Exoskeletal Exercise Device by Mehmet E. Ergül

 



Orpheus Exoskeletal Exercise Device by Mehmet E. Ergül

 

 
Mask Capsule

 

Having a face mask on isn’t the most comfortable experience, so Chunfeng Lin designed a version with a capsule that can “effectively relieve motion sickness, drowsiness, colds, and rhinitis,” as well as “refresh the mind” through natural herbs. “The capsule inhaler can be cleaned repeatedly or replaced,” says Lin.

 



Mask Capsule by Chunfeng Lin

 



Mask Capsule by Chunfeng Lin

 

 
Elite Smart Film

 

“Elite Smart Film can be applied in an extremely wide range of environments. First off, it allows users to freely adjust the transparency of windows in general living spaces… Its ability to block 100% of the UV rays is particularly important when it comes to the health of the residents or the maintenance of leather furniture,” shares Elite Smart Film Inc.

 



Elite Smart Film by Elite Smart Film Inc

 

The material “is made by injecting liquid crystal polymers and conductive polymers between two transparent conductive films,” the company reveals. “It appears foggy when not energized, but through alternating current effects, the liquid crystal molecules inside will arrange neatly and the film will change from a foggy state into being transparent.” The film serves as a replacement for “power-consuming LCD screens… [and] can provide energy-saving and carbon-reduction benefits.”

 



Elite Smart Film by Elite Smart Film Inc

 



Elite Smart Film by Elite Smart Film Inc

 

 

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UK TV Network Turns Destroying Works By ’Problematic Artists’ Into A Game Show



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Historic paintings made by wrongdoers always seem to beg the question if they should continue to be viewed by the public—no less when Adolf Hitler himself was the artist in question. So what is the solution to this problem? Apparently, destroy it. 

 

Britain’s Channel 4 has never really held back from jumping into our wild and mysterious society. According to The Guardian, the network has a history of outrageous show concepts, such as premiering a live autopsy and giving people drugs on television to document their effects. Given that, Art Trouble with Jimmy Carr should not be any surprise as the channel is placing several tools in the host’s hands and letting him take a hammer to “problematic art.”

 

To kick the program off, the production team has procured a painting by Hitler that was sold to them by a “reputable auction house.” Staff have also purchased works by other artists including pedophile Rolf Harris, sexual abuser Eric Gill, and Pablo Picasso.

 

Art Trouble is set up like a typical game show, with Carr at its helm. Instead of trivia quizzes, the audience can decide whether a portrait deserves to be flamed (literally) due to the actions of its maker.

 

If viewers vote to save a piece of work—for example, the Hitler painting—Channel 4 tells The Guardian that the team will “appropriately” dispose of the picture. 

 

With such a controversial premise, the backlash was sure to come. In response to the news, a separate report by The Guardian states that the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust spoke about how placing Hitler’s work on a game show has turned his notoriety into “light entertainment.” In its criticism, the public compared the destruction of the art to Nazi book burnings.

 

As an extra twist to the story, Carr has previously been reprimanded by anti-hate groups for his comments against the Holocaust that he had made in a Netflix special.

 

While art made by wrongdoers is hard to look at, Dr Sam Rose from St Andrews College insightfully states that these pieces should not be destroyed solely because they give us a window into our history and humanity. Instead, they should be preserved for study and for future generations to reflect on.

 

The first episode was filmed on Wednesday, and it is unclear if the plug is being pulled on it yet. 

 

 

 

[via The Guardian and ARTnet News, cover photo 30965445 © Steve Allen | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420727/UK-TV-Network-Turns-Destroying-Works-By-Problematic-Artists-Into-A-Game-Show/

Bulletproof ‘Doomsday’ Car With Pepper Spray Is Straight Out Of A Video Game



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Vehicles equipped with weapons are often fantastic sidekicks in action films. But what if an armed car make those a reality?
 
Rezvani’s Vengeance is a new doomsday-ready automobile that looks cool and can store a few tricks up its bumpers. Its exterior is a beefed-up version of the Cadillac Escalade, which it was based on, and looks as if it just drove straight off the set of G.I Joe.

 
If you think that the SUV itself looks like a mecha suit from Halo, you’re not entirely wrong. The car’s design was created by Milen Ivanov, a game developer who undoubtedly provided the vehicle with a look suited to its capabilities. 

 



Image via Rezvani

Adding to this, CEO Ferris Rezvani tells Motor1.com that the company had envisioned a “sci-fi video game concept car” for people to own. 
 
The SUV can be bought without fancy weaponry, as that only comes with the Military Package for an extra US$95,000. This entails explosive protection on the underside of its armor, bulletproof glass, a smoke screen, and a pepper spray dispenser, making this the perfect companion should you be caught in a zombie attack.

 



Image via Rezvani

Despite its tough exterior, it has a relatively luxurious interior with plush leather seats. And depending on which configuration you opt for, you can get reclining chairs that massage you while you blast away your enemies. 
 
You can even install a flat-screen television, or follow down the path of Rolls-Royce and incorporate a star-studded ceiling, if you wish.

 



Image via Rezvani

Under the hood tells a different story. The car comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that can ramp up to speeds of 420 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque, so that you can almost run through walls if you’re desperately trying to survive the apocalypse.
 
As such, wheels like these don’t come cheap. The starting price for Vengeance is US$249,000, and that’s without all the doomsday preparations embedded into it.
 
 
 
[via Robb Report and Top Gear, images via Rezvani

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420729/Bulletproof-Doomsday-Car-With-Pepper-Spray-Is-Straight-Out-Of-A-Video-Game/

SpaceX To Take World’s First Space Tourist On A Trip Around The Moon

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Dennis Tito, the first civilian to touch down on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2001, is taking to the cosmos again, this time around the Moon with his wife Akiko Tito, SpaceX confirms
 

Tito is widely considered as the world’s first space tourist. He had first flown to the ISS with Russian astronauts, and since then, he’s set his sights on the lunar body, according to CNBC.
 
The lunar trip is set to take place sometime in the next few years as SpaceX is determined to send its rockets to the Moon with its Polaris Program.

 

Dennis and Akiko Tito are the first two crewmembers on Starship’s second commercial spaceflight around the Moon → https://t.co/z2Z9iVGw8x pic.twitter.com/07RHJlb6Dc

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 12, 2022

 

Aarti Matthews, Director of Starship Crew and Cargo Programs, detailed it would take a week to get there and back, and that three days would be dedicated to completing one round around the Moon. The Starship—the craft they are set to fly on—will be cruising within 125 miles of the surface.
 
SpaceX previously sold two different trips to billionaires, Jared Isaacman and Yusaku Maezawa, but in their case, they had bought out the entire flight. What makes Tito’s mission special is that he has only purchased two seats, one for him and one for his wife. 10 other seats are still up for grabs.
 
Matthews noted that this is a step towards SpaceX commercializing flights to the Moon, as now individual seats can be bought. 
 
 
 
[via CNBC and Interesting Engineering, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420728/SpaceX-To-Take-World-s-First-Space-Tourist-On-A-Trip-Around-The-Moon/

Netflix Officially Reveals Plans For $6.99 Basic Tier



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After months of speculation surrounding Netflix’s forthcoming ad-supported tier, the company has officially confirmed the launch date for ‘Basic with Ads’: November 3.

At a price of US$6.99 per month, the new subscription plan is US$3 cheaper than the US$9.99 ‘Basic’ tier with no advertisements, and cheaper than both Hulu’s (US$7.99) and HBO Max’s (US$9.99) ad-supported offerings. 

According to Netflix, ‘Basic with Ads’ will be available in 12 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korean, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the US. 

The company says that subscribers to the upcoming tier will still enjoy the same variety of television shows and movies, including a personalized algorithm and feed.

However, unlike the ad-free plan, video quality will only go up to 720p/HD, with an average of four to five minutes of advertisements per hour. Each commercial will span 15 or 30 seconds, and will be played before or during the films. 

In addition, users will not be able to download shows, and certain series will not be available due to licensing restrictions. 

“We’re confident that with Netflix starting at $6.99 a month, we now have a price and plan for every fan,” the company concludes. 

 

 

 

[via CNBC and Netflix, cover image via Natanael Alfredo Nemanita Ginting | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420726/Netflix-Officially-Reveals-Plans-For-6-99-Basic-Tier/

Google Is Taking 3D Video Calls With Lifelike Avatars To Office Settings

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The pandemic has undoubtedly pushed tech giants to think outside of the box in terms of the way people connect and communicate. While life may be returning to normal, though, the virus has left an indelible mark particularly in the workplace. 

Last year, Google introduced ‘Project Starline’ in hopes to replace tiresome video calls with hyperrealistic experiences. Starline relies on 3D imagery, depth sensors, high-resolution cameras, and light field display to bring your calls to life.

 

As a result, what was once a glitchy experience with your chat partner appearing as a pixelated version of themselves is now a futuristic, holographic conversation that feels like you could reach out and touch them. 
 
After a year of tests in its own Google offices, it is ready to take Starline to actual workplaces for employees to connect with coworkers globally. 
 
In a post made by Google to announce the new development in the project, it states that the chat station is being implemented in Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile, and Hackensack Meridian Health offices. 
 
The test is a win-win solution that allows businesses to try out this new frontier in video meetings while Google can collect data and feedback to help tweak the program further down the line.
 
Andy White, SVP of Business Technology at Salesforce, notes: “In today’s digital-first world, companies need to provide the technology and tools to help employees be more productive and effective at work.” He elaborates that Starline could provide an avenue permitting workers to better bridge in-person meetings throughout offices worldwide.
 
Prior to this, the company had released a video that demonstrated different pairs of people testing the system out. It was a little unnerving upon first watching, as you would have to remind yourself that these two participants are not being separated by a divider in the same room but are actually in different locations altogether. 
 
The realism of the call was marred only partially by the edges of the person’s body that glitched now and then—an effect one might only notice if they squinted. Other than that, it’d be easy to forget you were not sitting in front of your loved one or coworker.
 
Starline is taking a different approach to VR conferences while other companies—Meta included—work on diversifying avatars and developing eye trackers and cameras to relay facial expressions. Google, instead, wants to put you in the room with who you’re meeting, even if you’re a continent apart.

 

However, there is no word now on when the program will be ready for commercial use. Google mentions that more information learned from the tests will be released next year.

 

 
 
 
[via TechCrunch and 9to5Google, cover image via Google]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420725/Google-Is-Taking-3D-Video-Calls-With-Lifelike-Avatars-To-Office-Settings/

Microsoft Office Changes Its Name, Most Massive Overhaul In Three Decades



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As one of the first programs we usually download onto our computers and laptops, Microsoft Office has been in the common lexicon even before the turn of the millennium. 

Now, three decades later, Microsoft has decided it’s time to finally retire the name, though the suite of tools will remain as part of ‘Microsoft 365’, with a new blue and purple ribbon logo. 

If you think the new name sounds somewhat familiar, as per The Register, the firm had already renamed its Office 365 offering to Microsoft 365 way back in 2017, but it is now changing the entire domain name. 

According to Gizmodo, the company broke the news at its Ignite conference this week, confirming that Office.com, its mobile application, and its Windows application will be rebranded with new looks and icons in the coming months. 

 



Image via Microsoft 365

 

The key difference between the two is that Microsoft Office was a one-time purchase, while Microsoft 365 works as a monthly subscription service, along with regular updates that allow users to upgrade the software constantly. 

For those who aren’t too keen on the subscription model, the technology giant says it will still offer one-time purchase options for individual applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook, in their 2021 iterations. 

In addition, the suite will soon be updated with new features, including a dashboard hub for all user files across the different applications and a ‘feed’ function that will allow a quick glance at all the tasks for the day. 

The new Microsoft 365 is scheduled to roll out this November, with changes to the Office application for smartphones and Windows expected in January 2023. 

 



Image via Microsoft 365

 

 

 

[via Gizmodo and The Register, images via Microsoft 365]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420724/Microsoft-Office-Changes-Its-Name-Most-Massive-Overhaul-In-Three-Decades/

MSCHF Rolls Out ‘Medical Cast’ Boots So You Can Truly ‘Break A Leg’



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Okay, so it does’t actually want you to break a leg. But it does want you to look like you did. 
 
As it stands, the fashion world is a wild expanse of creativity and art that sometimes does not always make sense. Case in point: MSCHF’s latest boots that take inspiration from the medical field more than the realm of style.

 

The AC. 1 boots look more like something you’d find in a pharmacy than something an art studio created for real-life use. But, if Satan shoes and hijacking car keys are of any indication, you never know what you’ll get next with MSCHF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The shoe has a hard outer shell that typically protects a patient’s foot or ankle. It is also padded on the inside and has two large adjustable straps. All in all, if you were walking down the street, you couldn’t tell if someone had broken their feet or was taking a stab at avant-garde fashion.
 
In terms of comfort, these work as everyday sneakers, with a traditional midsole and even an air pump for heel support. In this regard, you won’t have to trade comfort for the latest medic-chic kicks.

 

According to Vogue, chief creative officer Lukas Bentel first got the idea for the footwear in 2015—a year before the collective launched—after he saw someone on the streets with them. Ever since, the image has stuck with him.
 

With that, to make these even more special, the art collective has decided to sell them in-store, making this the first of its products you can go down and buy from one of its locations. 
 
If you’re in the market for a medical upgrade to your look, the boots debut on October 19 and will set you back at US$450. So, while you may not have to break your ankles to get them, you might need to break the bank. 
 
 
 
[via Vogue and Hypebeast, cover image via MSCHF]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420722/MSCHF-Rolls-Out-Medical-Cast-Boots-So-You-Can-Truly-Break-A-Leg/

Sony Debuts Its First Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids For Greater Accessibility



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Hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States will soon be able to get their hands on Sony Electronics’ first over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. 

The brand teased the release last month, saying it hoped to make buying a hearing device as convenient as picking up contact lenses. 

Developed in partnership with WS Audiology (WSA), a pioneer in hearing aid technology over the last century, the new gadgets promise users “an unprecedented hearing experience.” 

 



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There’s no doubt they’ll enhance the lives of those hard of hearing with the combination of premium technology, ease of use, comfort, and wearability to help “bridge the gap” between one’s senses and the environment. 

The CRE-C10 and CRE-E10 self-fitting OTC hearing aids will be the first two products debuting from the line, considering that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for users’ unique requirements.

The first gadget—the CRE-C10 (US$999.99)—is sleek, discreet, “virtually invisible” when worn, and claims to be one of the smallest devices available on the market. It boasts a sizeable battery life of up to 70 hours of continuous use. 

 



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On the other hand, the CRE-E10 (US$1,299.99) is shaped similarly to an earbud, with excellent sound quality and comfort for convenient use. iOS users will be able to connect it to Bluetooth to stream audio or music and can charge it wirelessly when its 26 hours of playtime is up. 

In addition, an accompanying application will allow the devices to adapt to an individual’s speech patterns and surroundings, allowing for an optimal level of comfort when assisting with their hearing needs. 

By creating an over-the-counter gadget for everyday use, Sony wants to break down barriers hard-of-hearing individuals face, providing a simple solution that users can set up on their own to improve daily life. 

 



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The do-it-yourself hearing aids are so easy to use that the company says the guided setup process only takes minutes. The application even has a ‘self-fit’ option, where wearers can adjust the device to the most appropriate profile for their ears. 

“As a leader in the audio innovation space, we are thrilled at the opportunity to improve the hearing assistance landscape with cutting-edge yet quite accessible devices that will ensure new over-the-counter solutions for those living with hearing impairment,” says Tyler Ishida, President of Consumer Business Group, Sony Electronics. 

Head here for more information on the devices. 

 

 

 

[via Engadget and Sony Electronics / PR Newswire, images via Sony Electronics / PR Newswire]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420723/Sony-Debuts-Its-First-Over-The-Counter-Hearing-Aids-For-Greater-Accessibility/

Toyota Robot Played Basketball At The Olympics, Now Learning To Dribble

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Fresh off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Toyota’s AI basketball-playing robot, ‘CUE’, is proving not just to be a one-trick-droid as it learns to dribble on the court. 
 
CUE, a seven-foot, 204-pound robot, was voluntarily created in 2017 by employees at Toyota as part of a project.
 
Since its inception, the android has undergone multiple phases of redesign and upgrades. And with each new upgrade, it has jumped back on the court with the ability to do more and more each time.

 

After debuting for Alvark Tokyo in 2018, CUE broke records by performing 2,020 perfect shots for the Olympics, and even appeared in the games during half-time, where it made its half-court long shot.

 

 
However, CUE is now determined to be the master of all—it is now being taught to dribble zig-zag.

 

To begin with, the robot has been able to play the sport thanks to a sensor attached to its chest to determine the angle and power needed for each shot. Most of the time, it relies on a stand to hold it up, but with the second version, CUE2, it learned to stand on its own two feet. 
 
Axes were introduced to its hands to allow it to move more like a human, giving it reflexes to adjust the ball when it changes position with every bounce.

 

Humans can subconsciously make up for the air pressure and court conditions, but robots lack this intuition. The AI was thus given a model that allowed it to read each movement and adapt accordingly. 
 
The team also placed cameras at its feet to help judge the distance between the ball and itself better.
 
Outside of this, the researchers also have to figure out a way for it to move at double its current speed. And with a deadline of December 24, when the latest version of the AI, CUE6, is meant to play in an Alvark Tokyo game, the engineers don’t have very long to figure it out. 
 
However, with all the advancements they have made with the basketball-playing robot, there is no doubt they’ll pull off a buzzer-beater. 
 
 
 
[via CNN and Toyota Times, cover image via Toyota]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420721/Toyota-Robot-Played-Basketball-At-The-Olympics-Now-Learning-To-Dribble/

Meta Introduces Quest Pro Headset That Takes Remote Work To New Dimensions

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Meta has just introduced the Quest Pro headset, which stands out in its ability to blur the lines of reality and virtuality.

 

The gear adopts a more goggle-like design, with big bulging bug eyes in the front. In addition, Meta is also introducing a curved cell battery which is situated on the back of the wearer’s head.

 



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The placement might seem odd at first, but given that the new iteration of the headset is heavier than the last, this could give it a more balanced feel when placed on the head. 

 

Its boosted LCD display allows for sharper visuals with 37% more pixels per inch as compared to the previous version. 
 
The lenses within it are 40% thinner, allowing the wearer to view the room they are in at all times while in the digital world. 

 

 
An external full-color RGB camera has been fitted onto the set, melding the user’s real-life environment with virtual reality, where 3D avatars can be seen hanging out in their living rooms. 
 
And as the Quest Pro is geared more towards social hangouts and work functions, Meta has paired up with Microsoft to bring Teams to the digital world. 

 



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With the device, you can now attend meetings hosted on Teams in your complete avatar form. Microsoft’s other applications, such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, will also be ready to use.
 
To make taking a meeting or chilling with friends even more realistic, an inward-facing camera can track the wearer’s facial expressions to display them as is on their avatars.

 



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Pre-orders for the Meta Quest Pro have begun in 22 countries, and prices start at US$1,499. The devices will be shipped out on October 25. 

 

 
 
 
[via Gizmodo and GeekWire, images via Meta]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420714/Meta-Introduces-Quest-Pro-Headset-That-Takes-Remote-Work-To-New-Dimensions/

Microsoft Announces ‘Designer’ Software, With DALL-E Access For The Masses



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There’s Microsoft Office, and now, Microsoft Designer. At its most recent Fall Surface event, Microsoft officially announced the debut of its answer to graphic design software. 

The new application, along with Create and Image Creator, will be added to a suite of Microsoft Creator tools within Microsoft 365, as well as integrated into the Edge browser and Bing search engine. And there’s DALL-E access.

Just last month, the popular artificial intelligence (AI) art tool DALL-E removed its snaking waitlist for all users. Now, with it being a key component of Microsoft’s Designer, it’ll no doubt reach even more of the masses. 

 



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Users can look forward to tapping on DALL-E’s prompt system to generate designs for presentations, invitations, event posters, social media graphics, and more. Plus, beginners will have a pick of myriad templates to help them get a headstart. 

According to TechCrunch, the application will remain free of charge during its preview period, though once it’s been formally introduced to the suite, only “some” of its features will be free to use for non-subscribers. 

Those looking for a web-only experience can head over to the new Create website, meant not just for Designer users on the go, but also for any creative looking to create documents, presentations, videos, and more. 

 



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As for Image Creator, which will be available to the public at no cost, users can generate art from within Bing Images or Edge sidebar with a simple text prompt, with the app acting as a bridge between users and the DALL-E 2 software. 

However, due to misuse concerns, the company will only be rolling out the tool in selected geographies for the time being, before it decides to expand it further. 

Keen on trying out the brand-new Microsoft Designer? Head here to sign up for early access to the web preview of the application. 

 

If you can dream it, you can design it. ✨

Introducing Microsoft Designer with DALL·E 2 from @OpenAI. pic.twitter.com/8IFEc1CWMU

— Micros🎃ft (@Microsoft) October 12, 2022

 

 

 

[via ZDNet and TechCrunch, cover image via Microsoft]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420709/Microsoft-Announces-Designer-Software-With-DALL-E-Access-For-The-Masses/

‘Ai-Da’ Robot Makes Courtroom History By Testifying About Future Of AI

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As our society teeters on the brink of AI and robotic integration in everyday life, the question over everyone’s heads might be whether such advancements are the right move for the world. 
 
To answer the question is ‘Ai-Da’, a robot artist who took to the stand before the British Parliament in the House of Lords on October 11.
 
Ai-Da was created by artist Aidan Meller—who stood with her in front of the government—as part of a contemporary art project. She was manufactured with the help of the computer AI teams at both Oxford and Birmingham universities in 2019. 
 
Since then, she has been the talk of the AI art scene, especially having designed a portrait for the late Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee
 
Now, she has taken her talents to court, standing before a team of lawyers in defense of her kind. As Meller eloquently put it when he introduced her, there is no one better personality to speak on matters of the technology than the technology itself. 

 

Before she was due in court, Ai-Da and her creator were sent a list of questions to prepare for, with an AI language model training her to create the best responses. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“The role of technology in creating art will continue to grow as artists find new ways to use technology to express themselves, and reflect and explore the relationship between technology, society, and culture,” Ai-Da said, according to Artnet News. “There is no clear answer as to the impact on the wider field, as technology can be both a threat and an opportunity for artists.” 
 
The response was directed at Baroness Featherstone of the Liberal Democrats Party, who inquired about how technology and art had a future together. Featherstone then questioned how Ai-Da works and if Meller controls her like a puppet. 
 
He explained that she has a dataset as vast as the internet in her arsenal to help her with her creations. However, he noted that the bot can work independently with little human intervention. His team can even hold “collaborative conversations” with the AI to determine the best data from her to get information.
 
That was enough to unnerve Featherstone, and perhaps most reading this, as it is pretty unsettling just how much in control Ai-Da is of her own decisions. Featherstone stated this feeds into sci-fi films, and she’s not wrong in her observation. Though, honestly speaking, watching Ai-Da in the House of Lords feels like the beginning of a robot revolution film. 
 
Before the session ended, Meller made sure to clarify one last time that Ai-Da did not stand before them as an advocate for robots but simply as an art project.

 

If you wish to watch the full discussion, Reuters has hosted it here on its YouTube channel.
 
 
 
[via Artnet News and CNN, cover image via Ai-Da]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420719/Ai-Da-Robot-Makes-Courtroom-History-By-Testifying-About-Future-Of-AI/

Elon Musk Launches ‘Burnt Hair’ Perfume To Help Pay For Twitter Deal



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Elon Musk’s infamous Twitter buyout is shaping up to be a little more than the billionaire can handle, apparently, driving the Tesla boss to make quick bucks from his namesake.
 
The perfume is being sold under one of his other ventures, The Boring Company, and it’s weirdly called Burnt Hair by Singed. As for its scent, it is eloquently described as “the essence of repugnant desire.” The closest we get to an actual description is that it smells similar to when you lean over a candle.

 

The finest fragrance on Earth!https://t.co/ohjWxNX5ZC pic.twitter.com/0J1lmREOBS

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 11, 2022

In a tweet, Musk described that it was only natural he’d go down the fragrance route.
 
Each bottle costs US$100 and will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2023. Since its launch, it has sold over 10,000 bottles and amassed the wealthiest person alive a million dollars, which he claims is to help with his Twitter deal.

 

Please buy my perfume, so I can buy Twitter

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 12, 2022

 

After its inaugural sales, he is now touting himself as a “perfume salesman,” a description that is now reflected in his account’s bio. 

 
The Boring Company has had a track record of taking boring or out-there items and making them highly sought-after. For example, in 2018, it sold flamethrowers for US$500 each and raked in a cool $10 million. 
 
 
 
[via Reuters and Bloomberg, images via Boring Company and 188100223 © Hutchinsphoto | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420720/Elon-Musk-Launches-Burnt-Hair-Perfume-To-Help-Pay-For-Twitter-Deal/

‘Previously-Unknown’ Leica Camera Sold For 60 Times Its Expected Price

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The Wetzlar Camera Auctions house has just hosted a collection of Leica cameras for sale, one of which piqued particular interest among the buyers.
 
The 24 by 24 Leica M prototype was sold on October 8 for US$670,000. The ‘M’ monogram here stands for “Messsucher,” the German jargon term for a device that combines a rangefinder and a viewfinder.
 
The camera dates back to 1954 when the M series was first introduced with the ‘M3’ and was made to capture 52 images on a roll of film instead of the 36 that the typical 35mm format would have taken.
 
Funnily enough, this version doesn’t include a rangefinder and viewfinder, as its name alludes to. And according to the auction house, it only holds a ‘B’ standard in its current quality. 
 
Though it has its shortcomings, it was still the star of the show, mainly because it was “previously unknown.” In an email to Robb Report, the Managing Director at Wetzlar Camera Auction, Lars Netopil, notes that in the last 35 years of research on Leica, a version with a square format has not been discovered. 
 
Prior to the auction, it was estimated to fetch between US$8,000 and US$10,000. However, it went on to procure almost 60 times that amount. 

 

 
 
 
[via Robb Report and DIY Photography, cover image via Weltzer Camera Auctions]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420718/Previously-Unknown-Leica-Camera-Sold-For-60-Times-Its-Expected-Price/

1880s Levi’s Jeans Fetch $76K At Auction, Apparently Still Wearable



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One of the most expensive pairs of Levi’s jeans has just been sold at auction for a whopping US$76,000.
 
The garment in question came from the Gold Rush era, and once belonged to a miner from the Wild West. On the waist of the pants are buttons for suspenders, and specks of white from wax candles can be seen down the legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The vintage pants were auctioned off in New Mexico and, according to the Wall Street Journal, are still in “good/wearable” condition.
 

The item went to a vintage clothes dealer named Kyle Haupert, who is sharing his purchase with Zip Stevenson, the owner of a vintage clothing store called Denim Doctors. The total amount came up to US$84,200 with a buyer’s premium.

 

Haupert paid for 90% of the bid, and he hopes Stevenson will use his expertise to find the next buyer, according to Insider. He also tells WSJ that the jeans are still acceptable for a trip out to Starbucks, demonstrating how good the quality is still.
 
 
 
[via Insider and NowThis News, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420716/1880s-Levi-s-Jeans-Fetch-76K-At-Auction-Apparently-Still-Wearable/

Mentos Trains Raccoons To Recycle Gum Packs, Setting Example For Humans

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As global efforts ramp up to steer society toward a more sustainable future, Mentos is asking the question: if raccoons can recycle, why can’t we? 
 
The campaign was built upon findings from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research that discovered only 32% of Americans actively recycle their waste. So, to demonstrate how easy it is to dispose of trash properly, Mentos went on to train a squad of trash pandas to do it.
 
Raccoons like the obvious choice, apparently, as the little critters spend most of their lives digging through garbage and tipping over civilian trashcans.
 
The training took 40 hours before the Mentos Raccoon Recycling Task Force was sent out to debut their new skills in a 60-second spot.
 
The video documents the training process of the animals and culminates with the furry task force picking up and disposing of Mentos Pure Fresh Gum containers. As of February this year, the bottles are made of 90% paperboard.
 
The narrator runs through the heroic actions of the animals, noting that they don’t even have opposable thumbs.
 
Crystal Chen, Raccoon Trainer at Working Wildlife, mentions that she isn’t surprised by the results as they are ingenious animals. She just hopes humans can pick up and follow in their tiny footsteps. 
 
The story doesn’t end here. Mentos is looking to take the talents of the Raccoon Recycle Force elsewhere. The company is opening the floor up to suggestions as fans can call or text “RACCOONS” to 1-833-RACYCLE by November 26, 2022, if they wish to see the furry squad in their city. 
 
Outside of that, fans can head to TikTok or Instagram and comment on the brand’s social media posts with the quote “I pledge to recycle” and #sweepstakes to join the pledge.

 

 
 
 
[via Marketing Dive and Mentos / PR Newswire, cover image via Mentos, PR Newswire]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420717/Mentos-Trains-Raccoons-To-Recycle-Gum-Packs-Setting-Example-For-Humans/

Burger King App Adds Ghost-Hunting Tech To Catch Paranormal Activity Around You



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Burger King is summoning spooky-season fanatics to take on the task of being amateur ghost hunters this Halloween by equipping its app with spirit-hunting abilities.

 
Yes, that’s right. The fast-food chain is taking one terrifying step forward into the supernatural realm by introducing its own ghost-hunting technology. 

 



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For a limited time, the app will have a section where visitors can scan for paranormal activity using the cameras on their smartphones. In addition, the app has an “electromagnetic field ghost detector” to aid customers in sussing out if ghouls are following them. 
 
And to round out your plans for this Halloween, a new burger is being added to the menu. The ‘Home of the Ghosts Whopper’ departs from the iconic burger by adding an extra layer of spicy queso, crispy jalapeños, and ghost pepper cheese. 
 
But before you rush out to hunt down some ghouls, the phantom-detecting app is only available for Royal Perks Members on the app, where there will also be an exclusive offer for two featuring the new burger from October 17 till the end of the month.
 
 
 
[via Daily Hive and Burger King, Business Wire, images via various sources] 

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420715/Burger-King-App-Adds-Ghost-Hunting-Tech-To-Catch-Paranormal-Activity-Around-You/

Chinese ‘Flying Car’ Completes Its First Public Test Over Skyline Of Dubai



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The citizens of Dubai were treated to an incredible showing of Chinese tech company XPeng’s first “flying car” test as the vehicle soared above the city skyline. 

 

Eight propellers, two on each corner of the flying car, were used to launch the ‘X2’—the company’s fifth-generation electronic Vehicle Take Off and Landing (eVTOL)—from Skydive Dubai. The event was being watched by 150 guests.

 

X2 flying car’s first public flight was a great success. Thanks for all the support!❤️#XPENGAEROHT #GITEXGLOBAL #FutureIsNow #FlyingCar #XPENGX2 pic.twitter.com/KUUjRWQvwl

— XPENG AEROHT (@XPENG_AEROHT) October 12, 2022

 

The X2 is designed for low-city aviation, such as zipping across the city or for medical reasons. The two-seater is made of carbon fiber and has an enclosed cabin with large windows for its passengers to take in the sights below.
 
It can speed up to 81 mph, soar to heights of up to 3,281 feet, and fly for up to 35 minutes on a single charge. 

 

X2 flying car’s first public flight is officially launched. Let’s take a look at the scene together! #XPENGAEROHT #GITEXGLOBAL #FutureIsNow #FlyingCar pic.twitter.com/5o7JKKFe9f

— XPENG AEROHT (@XPENG_AEROHT) October 11, 2022

XPeng notes that the X2 is made for manual and autonomous flying. At the show, however, it showed off its unmanned capabilities by passing across the Dubai sky for an impressive 90 minutes before landing again. 

 

Prior to this, XPeng had completed tests on the roads of China
 
This marks a milestone for the company as it reaches its goal of sending its fleet out into the international market. And on the heels of this, it has also planned to announce its sixth-generation model that is meant to cruise through the skies and on the roads at the 1024 XPeng day on October 24. 
 
 
 
[via Bloomberg and Reuters, cover image via XPeng]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420713/Chinese-Flying-Car-Completes-Its-First-Public-Test-Over-Skyline-Of-Dubai/

Google Approves Donald Trump’s Truth Social For Play Store After Several Months



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Android users, your time has come. Google has officially approved former US President Donald Trump’s Truth Social for its Play Store. 

According to Reuters, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the application’s parent company, will soon make the social media platform available for download on Android devices.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Google, and we’re glad they helped us finally bring Truth Social to all Americans, regardless of what device they use,” said TMTG CEO Devin Nunes. 

With Android smartphones making up 40% of the US market, and Google’s Play Store being the primary way the operating system’s users download new applications, Truth Social’s addition will no doubt be a gateway for many more users to access the site. 

 

 

 

[via Reuters and Trump Media & Technology Group, cover image via Truth Social / Google Play]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420712/Google-Approves-Donald-Trump-s-Truth-Social-For-Play-Store-After-Several-Months/

Apple iPhone 14 Thinks It’s In A Car Accident During Rollercoaster Rides



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Apple’s Crash Detection, which wires its smartphones to automatically reach out to emergency services for help if it detects its user is unresponsive after an accident, is undoubtedly a much-needed feature that will save many lives.

There is just one small problem, however, that’s causing the feature to be accidentally triggered to alert the authorities when users are on rollercoaster rides instead of being involved in actual car crashes. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, several iPhone 14 users faced such an issue at theme parks across the United States. Emergency services were called to the scene only to find out visitors were just enjoying themselves on a ride. 

It’s possible the safety feature was triggered by the sudden movements of the rollercoasters, which the smartphone may interpret as similar to an automotive accident. 

Naturally, emergency dispatchers aren’t too happy about the influx of false alarms, with Futurism reporting that directors were calling it a “wear and tear” on the service. 

Plus, with users only given 10 seconds to switch off an alarm once it’s been activated, it’s unlikely they’d even notice what was happening while up in the air. 

 

An Apple spokesperson told MacRumors that the company had tested the feature with over a million hours of real-world data, with several tests proving it works. 

Considering all the positives of Crash Detection, will these false alarms be a side effect dispatchers have to live with? Perhaps, considering there’s probably no such thing as perfect technology. 

 

 

 

[via MacRumors and Futurism, cover image via Apple]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420711/Apple-iPhone-14-Thinks-It-s-In-A-Car-Accident-During-Rollercoaster-Rides/

Microsoft Enhances ‘Seeing AI’ App To Describe Product Boxes To The Blind



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Ever since Microsoft first launched its Seeing AI application in 2017, the company has slowly been expanding its features to better aid blind and poor-sighted users. 

For example, previous updates included audio descriptions of pictures in users’ camera rolls, with narrations of each object or person and its spatial relationship to the scene. 

To commemorate World Sight Day, Microsoft has teamed up with Haleon—parent of companies like Advil, Centrum, ChapStick, Polident, and Sensodyne—to add more enhancements to the application, helping advance inclusivity and improve accessibility for those who need it most. 

Users in the United States and the United Kingdom will have access to more detailed labeling information for over 1,500 Haleon products, granting them greater independence in everyday life.  

By simply scanning the barcode on the back of an item, Seeing AI will read out important information on the packaging, such as the product’s name, ingredients list, and how it should be used. 

With its audio cues, Microsoft hopes the application will provide “richer information” for visually impaired individuals, which could be an invaluable help for those facing such a problem daily. 

“We believe everyone should have access to self-care products, services, and the information needed to make informed, proactive choices about their health needs,” explained Katie Williams, US Chief Marketing Officer at Haleon. 

The Seeing AI application is free to download from the Apple App Store, and will be available on Android in the near future. 

 

 

 

[via Engadget and Microsoft, cover image via Microsoft]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420710/Microsoft-Enhances-Seeing-AI-App-To-Describe-Product-Boxes-To-The-Blind/

Colgate Makes Windows ‘Smile’ In Less-Developed Parts Of Brazil



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Soon, those walking through the nine neighborhoods of Cidade-Satélite I and II, Jardim Santa Rita, Zona Periférica, Valéria, Nova Sussuarana, Complexo da Maré, Vila Vintém, and Rocinha in Brazil will see smiles adorning the façades of homes. 

Turns out, these symbols of positivity are part of Colgate’s plan to bring a spark of joy to the rural, impoverished areas, adding its signature smile motif to sets of existing windows to form unique smiley faces. 

 



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According to LBB Online, the project taps the psychological concept of pareidolia, which causes us to recognize familiar images of humans or animals in shapes and patterns. That’s why with just two windows and a curved line, we form the image of a smiling face in our heads. 

Residents and businesses leasing their windows to Colgate will be remunerated, and all children from public schools aged 11 to 17 in the area will receive free oral care from dental professionals, including a talk on hygiene, and an individual checkup with dentists. 

 



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Nelson Malta, Marketing Director at Colgate-Palmolive in Brazil, told the publication this initiative will help “change people’s lives,” and that each adolescent will receive treatment specific to their needs, with an additional referral for them to undergo full dental care till they turn 18. 

It’s expected that nearly 1,000 children will benefit from the program, with at least 20% of them continuing with the treatment till adulthood. 

 



Image via VMLY&R Brasil

 

 

 

[via LBB Online and VMLY&R Brasil, images via VMLY&R Brasil]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/420708/Colgate-Makes-Windows-Smile-In-Less-Developed-Parts-Of-Brazil/