Transmaterial is a catalog of materials, products and processes that are redefining our physical environment. Edited by Blaine Brownell, the project started as a product of the week newsletter sponsored by the Seattle based architecture firm NBBJ. This incredibly comprehensive guide is as beautiful as it is informative. The entire 186 pages is available at as a downloadable .pdf file.

Nokia 2650

Nokia announced 5 new phones today. Gizmodo has all the details. Overall, I'm not super impressed. They are doing a couple interesting things with materials, but the new clamshell designs are just kind of blah. I do really like the hinge on the 2650 (above). It almost looks like it disappears when the handset is open– that's pretty cool. It's a very rare occasion that …

Translucent Concrete

Aron Losonczi has invented translucent concrete by adding fiber optic material to the traditional concrete mix. Dubbed Litracon (light transmitting concrete), the material should be commercially available by the end of the year and has the potential to revolutionize construction. Read via Gizmodo