Interview: Ivy Ross, Google’s Head of Hardware Design

How the former head of Glass is turning the company into a product design powerhouse

In her role as VP of Hardware Design at Google, Ivy Ross brings creative expertise in everything from fashion and jewelry to toys and art and even sound healing and Mien Shiang (the Chinese art of face-reading). She dropped out of college right before graduating to open a design concept store in NYC, but still managed to attend Harvard Business School and was recently given …

Jacqui Kenny’s Google Street View Photography

Jacqui Kenny’s Instagram isn’t technically her own photography. She also has created a collection of images from all over the world, but never leaves the house. Known as the Agoraphobic Traveller, Kenny takes her photos from Google Street View, finding colorful and charming scenes thanks to the tech company’s automated cameras. Kenny says, about Street View, “It’s this parallel world with billions of automated photos. …

Arc Phone Case’s Advanced Ergonomics

A multifunctional X-shaped wrap for iPhones, Androids and the Google Pixel

In the phone case product category, just about everything feels as if it’s been addressed, from waterproof and indestructible to bedazzled and novelty. And yet, the Arc Case—on Kickstarter now—doesn’t look like any other and incorporates the functionality of many. An ergonomic criss-crossed body set atop heavy knit elastic strips actually allows room for a finger to slip behind—mimicking the functionality of a ring. Rivets …

Google’s New Initiative Will Use Tech to Write Local News Stories

In an effort to cover areas not presently serviced because of the financial woes of newsrooms, Google has committed over $800,000 to develop a software that automates news for The Press Association in the UK. Known as Radar—Reporters And Data And Robots—the service should be able to produce more than 30,000 local news stories per month, turning data into readable content. This division of Google’s …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Interactive porn, an emotional first aid kit, animals who love tech and more in our look around the web

1. Animals That Love Touchscreens “Orangutans at the Miami Zoo are already using tablets to give their keepers dinner suggestions,” explains a new report by Atlas Obscura. We’ve long observed or heard about cats’ reactions to iPad games or penguins playing with tablets. But touchscreen use has grown beyond this and found value within scientific studies, rehabilitation efforts and plain old fun. Species ranging from …