The word "smart car" now has an entirely new meaning thanks to a conceptual vision from the global design and innovation firm, IDEO. Responding to the future of autonomous driving, on demand delivery services, and the future of the workspace is in the works. Chief designer, Ricardo Figueiroa explains "As business models, technical innovations and user needs evolve, we expect to continue to see many exciting developments in the transportation and mobility domain." In the works, a self-driving car that delivers your packages and an office space that transports you to your next meeting across town without any work downtime. Click here for more.
In 2011, Foster Huntington left his job and life as a designer for Ralph Lauren in NYC to move into a VW Synchro camper van, and travel around the States. Huntington has since driven 100,000 miles, camping, surfing and hiking across the western edge of the North American continent, and documenting the entire thing on his blog, A Restless Transplant.
In 2013, Huntington successfully crowd-funded a photo-book project documenting the most interesting vans and campers he’s seen during his travels, including a few corresponding stories when applicable. He awarded supporters with either the photo-book, T-shirts, or bumper-stickers. The Kickstarter campaign raised over $65,000. Read on
Eighth-grader Shubahm Banerjee has launched a company to develop low-cost Braille printers after learning the printers can cost more than $2,000.
His father, Niloy, became involved in his son's company by investing $35,000, which Shubahm used to make a more sophisticated prototype. His mother, Malini, has taken the job as CEO because Shubahm is too young. Read more
Have your cake and smell it too. A Montreal company has invented a fork that allows you to smell a flavour on top of what you are eating.
The AROMAFORK is part of the molecular gastronomy trend, which merges science and food. This trend is most often seen in intriguing restaurants like Chicago’s Alinea that go beyond a traditional dining experience and serve customers a 12-course menu where foams and different textures are common.
The theory behind the AROMAFORK is that while your taste buds can understand five tastes, your nose can sense flavours beyond those. The company, Molecule-R, is taking advantage of that smell/taste connection. Read on
Design firm argodesign has a wild conceptual solution. It’s a one-person ambulance drone modeled after a standard quadcopter—driven by a GPS, pilot, or combination of both—that could be dispatched to an emergency scene with a single EMT. It’s designed to land almost anywhere, thanks to a footprint the size of a compact car. The EMT stabilizes the patient, loads him up, and sends him back to the hospital for further treatment saving crucial minutes. Read on
Wire is an extraordinarily capable sculptural material - it can at once represent the airy weightlessness of a strand of hair or the taught power of a rigid muscle or rope. It's no surprise, then, that so many sculptors find it to be indispensable for their work.
Owing to the ease with which they can be manipulated, wires can be used to make anything from delicate jewelry to home decorative pieces to large structural pieces. The artists in this list all use wire as their main material for their amazing sculptures, which are perfect examples of just how widely applicable this material is.
See all the artists incredible work here.
Hari & Deepti are an artist couple currently based out of Denver, Colorado. What amazes them "about the paper cut light boxes is the dichotomy of the piece in its lit and unlit state, the contrast is so stark that it has this mystical effect on the viewers.” You can find more of their Mystical work here at the blackbook gallery. Cool names, cool craft.
As most architects, designers, and artists know, limitations can sometimes be much more creatively fruitful than facing endless possibilities. Container City (photo) is one that IndieStreet gets behind, but some designs seem a bit too contrived for the shock alone.
This is one ambitious design & an awesome hybrid of nature architecture and music. On IndieStreet, we love ambition and any creation derived from a combination of inspirational sources. #StreetCreds
Angel Whiseant is a photographer, digital designer, and conceptual thinker all wrapped into a real human being. Her pieces display how today's opportunities for blending art and technology can make even deeper levels of self exploration possible. Thank you Angel! You keep doing what you are doing, and we will keep looking at it.