TED 2018: Why You Should Make Useless Things

Simone Giertz's discusses inventions, failure, performance anxiety and more

In a charming and humorous talk from TED 2018, maker and robotics enthusiast Simone Giertz does more than share her wacky and “useless” inventions; she explores the ways in which failure and performance anxiety can be embraced and overcome. While showcasing her “shitty inventions” (such as a googly-eye shirt, toothbrush helmet and more) Giertz explains the importance of making “useless” things, and how the outcome …

Lauren Lee’s “Warm Walls” Make Public Bathrooms Better

In an effort to create a public amenity for menstruating women (rather than a product that individuals must go out and buy, oftentimes somewhat discreetly), Lauren Lee has envisioned Warm Walls. Her concept is essentially a “heated, gently curved wall mount that could be installed in public restrooms to give women on their periods a place both to alleviate pain” as well as to help …

Exciting Debuts From The 2018 New York Auto Show + Geneva Motor Show

Our highlights on design, sustainable materials, zero-emissions and more

Just weeks apart, the globally-focused Geneva Motor Show and USA-focused New York Auto Show deliver some of the most exciting news in the rapidly changing auto industry. From new ownership programs to developing technologies and, of course, new designs for cars you can buy and concepts you can dream about, the two shows were packed with announcements. Here are our favorites, and why you should …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's fastest car, Antarctica's extinct forests, turning wine into fuel and more

1. NYC Gallery Showing Every Work They’ve Been Sent for a Show At NYC’s Andrew Edlin Gallery, an open call was posted for any type of artist to submit work and have it featured it the exhibition “Et Tu, Art Brute?,” with the only restriction being that the work must fit within a 16-by-20 inch envelope. Some 740 pieces later, and all the work is …

Samsung’s Foldable Phones

Just hours before Apple’s big announcements yesterday, Samsung had one of its own. Next year, in 2018, the tech giant plans to release a foldable cellphone. “The Korean electronics conglomerate is aggressively seeking new ways to stand out in an increasingly congested consumer tech marketplace” and a bendable phone is certainly the opposite of the iPhone. Read more at Mashable.