Lyft Launches Open-Source Design Tool

Most of the world’s largest companies protect their patents, data and design tools at all costs. But, as coding and design careers become increasingly coveted in today’s market, more people are interested in mastering (or at least brushing up on) the tools and techniques of the trade. A handful of larger companies have decided to go open-source with some of their internal tools, and Lyft …

Molecular Flipbook

A free, open source 3D animation toolkit designed for and by scientists

Janet Iwasa isn’t the average biochemistry researcher. Frustrated by inadequate drawings representing the work she and her fellow scientists were doing, she felt there was a better way. Though she had no background in art or animation, Iwasa saw the toolset as a means to better create more accurate renderings for scientists and lay people alike. The only drawback was the complexity of the software …

Air Pollution Vacuum

A million lines of code, an air pollution vacuum, NIGO for Uniqlo UT and more in our weekly look at the web

Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed a “vacuum cleaner” which uses copper coils to generate an electromagnetic field which would pull airborne particles in smog down to earth for cleaning and disposal. The device is not a cure-all answer however, as Roosegaarde says he designed the tool to help draw attention to air pollution in general, and to encourage others to think creatively …