The Race for an African-Made Mobile Phone

With the hope of being the primary provider of high-speed and long-lasting mobile phones throughout Africa, telecom companies, governments and upstart entrepreneurs in various nations across the continent have announced their intention to bring an Africa-made phone to market. The motivations behind the race are two-fold: to compete with big, imported brands and to build out the technological interests of the general population. Also, by …

Japan’s Booming Robot Population

Japan’s population is currently booming, but not because of its citizens; it’s due to the rapidly increasing amount of humanoid robots. In some Japanese suburbs, next-level androids outnumber their human co-workers, and one industry leader proposes a nation-wide investment in 30 million more by 2020. With the addition of robots, countries are hoping to regionalize manufacturing by keeping labor-costs down, avoiding the need to outsource …

Interview: Josh Welton of Brown Dog Welding

The Detroit native speaks on his love of melting metal, dogs and transitioning from tradesman to artist

Detroit’s Renaissance continues with creatives who blend art, design and trade. One such artist is Josh Welton, a Detroit native whose sculptures of cars, robots and animals are meticulously made by hand. He’s worked in manufacturing since a young age, and was always drawn to welding. So passionate about his day job, he began welding creatively for fun, and his company Brown Dog Welding was …