Tucker Viemeister designs ElectionGuard ballot machine to make voting more secure

American industrial designer Tucker Viemeister has teamed up with software giant Microsoft to build an electronic voting machine that offers a more secure alternative to paper ballots. Unveiled at the Aspen Security... Read more »

Viking-style seaweed thatch updated into prefab panelling

Traditional Danish seaweed thatching could be updated into a sustainable contemporary building material, according to research by Kathryn Larsen. Copenhagen School of Business and Design student Larsen became interested in the potential for... Read more »

Scientists develop “greenhouse shields” to grow food on Mars

Researchers at Harvard University have devised a way to terraform Mars by placing sheets of silica aerogel on the planet’s surface, which would warm it up to make it suitable for growing plants.... Read more »

Volta VR tool “will make producing audio more expressive”

Royal College of Art graduate Alex Kane explains how his virtual reality Volta production tool allows users to create multidirectional “spatial audio” in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Kane developed Volta as his graduation project to complete... Read more »

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. The... Read more »

Ultravioletto’s Neural Mirror shows audiences an AI reflection of themselves

Visitors to a former church in the Italian city of Spoleto will encounter a mirror that uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition to build an otherworldly image of themselves. Italian design studio... Read more »

Apple rumoured to scrap controversial butterfly keyboard

A top Apple pundit has sparked rumours that the company will stop manufacturing its unreliable butterfly laptop keyboard for its upcoming MacBook computers. Ming-chi Kuo, a financial analyst with sources in Apple’s... Read more »

ElectroDermis researchers make stretchy wearable tech that sticks to the skin

Wearable devices can be stuck onto the stick like plasters, using a new method pioneered by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. A combined effort from engineers at the school’s Soft Machines Lab... Read more »

Samsung and Dezeen launch $40,000 mobile design competition

Dezeen promotion: Samsung and Dezeen are calling for the best graphics and accessory designs to enhance future Galaxy mobile devices, in a new competition with prize money of $40,000. The Samsung Mobile... Read more »

Movie shows soft robotic muscles that are three times stronger than humans’

Our latest captioned movie shows how researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed 3D-printed synthetic soft muscles for robots that are three times stronger than human muscle. The self-contained mechanisms mimic the movement... Read more »