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Antibacterial Beach Towels

The Acteon Microfiber Beach Towel is a stylish accessory for beachgoers that will provide them with a better way to dry off when getting out of the water. Capable of absorbing up to three-times its weight in water, the towel is perfect for use by the pool, on the shore or when traveling. The towels are also reported by the brand to dry up to three-times faster than conventional cotton towels, while still maintaining the same level of durability and softness for users to appreciate.

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New Machu Picchu airport threatens ‘irreparable damage’ to Inca wonder

Historians, archaeologists and tourism lobbying groups have joined forces to fight against the development of a new international airport, which will fly tourists direct to Machu Picchu.

Plans for the airport were first announced in 2012 by Peru’s former president Ollanta Humala. Seven years on, the bulldozers have arrived in Chinchero – the gateway to the Sacred Valley – and are clearing the way for a new hub which will sit 3,800 metres above sea level.

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Mixed Reality Construction Helmets

The conceptual NOCTUA Mixed Reality safety helmet has been created as a solution for construction works and quality control managers to utilize when on a job site to keep them connected to the design vision. Offering protection and connectivity, the helmet will allow wearers to integrate digital renderings with what’s happening in the real world to ensure things are staying on track. This helps to bridge the disconnect that can exist between architects who create designs using 3D rendering software and builders who rely on 2D CAD and blueprints to bring the vision to life.

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Desktop OS-Inspired Folding Smartphones

The conceptual Microsoft Surface Note seen here is one part smartphone and one part tablet to offer consumers a new way to think about mobile productivity. 

Featuring a folding design, the device works as a traditional smartphone on the regular, but can be unfolded to reveal a tablet-sized screen for getting work of all kinds done wherever you are. This is thanks to the Windows operating system that seamlessly switches between phone mode and tablet mode thanks to the unified experience that Microsoft has created. This is different from brands like Apple who have two different operating systems for mobile devices and computers, which can be limiting in certain ways for users.

The conceptual Microsoft Surface Note is the design work of Ryan Smalley and imagines a user experience that is more cohesive to address the changing needs of consumers.

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Immersive AR Museum Experiences

The Mauritshuis museum in the Netherlands is celebrating Rembrandt van Rijn’s 350th birthday with a unique AR museum experience. The immersive feature is created by Dutch design agency CapitolaVR and is a clear example of how institutions are harnessing the power of technology in order to delight their attendees. 

The exciting augmented reality feature can be accessed through an accompanying Rembrandt Reality app. The AR museum experience is tied exclusively to the artist’s famous painting ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’ and visitors are literally able to “step inside” and “interact with virtual holographic 3D objects that have been scanned from a real-life reconstruction of the painting.” In addition, to amp up the authenticity and detail of the AR experience, CapitolaVR selects “lookalikes to pose as each of the characters in the scene.”

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NASA-Powered Video Stream Installations

The ‘blu Marble’ installation presents a 20-foot LED structure that will exhibit Earth from a NASA satellite for a month, starting on March 13th. The work is attributed to Chilean artist and activist Sebastian ErraZuriz and will be exhibited from the top of a building in New York City.

The work is part of a larger campaign called ‘Pledge World by blu’ and the thematics are strongly tied to existentialism. More specifically, it is a “reminder of our miraculously fragile existence.” 

The live stream installation is made possible through the development of a bot that goes through images of Earth from a NASA satellite. Then, the algorithm superimposes these images to reach a moveable live video sequence that is mesmerizing in its dynamic. 

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Flatpack Home Recovery Saunas

The ‘Sauna Rocket’ home steam sauna kit is a soft-sided, flatpack solution for a living space that will provide individuals with a way to alleviate stress and discomfort from the privacy of their own home. The kit comes with everything required for a full-body steaming experience and can be ready for use in just a few minutes thanks to the accompanying heating humidifier unit. The system can be remotely controlled for added convenience and even features a mood light for chromotherapy capabilities.

The ‘Sauna Rocket’ home steam sauna kit allows for enhanced recovery from workouts or injury using natural heat and moisture, while also helping to promote overall relaxation on a continuous basis from the comfort of home.

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Expandable Smart City Shuttles

The conceptual ‘WITH:US’ self-driving shuttle is a public transportation solution for smart cities that addresses the present and future needs of urban areas to keep citizens moving with minimal effort.

Free of a driver’s seat, the shuttle has ample space for accommodating passengers and puts a focus on expandability by enabling it to be used by many different businesses or brands. The self-driving design and electric powertrain work to streamline urban infrastructure by keeping passengers moving without having to deal with any inefficiencies that come about with traditional vehicles.

The conceptual ‘WITH:US’ self-driving shuttle has been developed in partnership between the KLIO design consulting firm and Unmanned Solution Inc., and was unveiled at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show as a glimpse of what’s to come in the near future.

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Incredibly Creative Rug Designs

Richard Hutten tapped nine leading designers for a capsule of extravagantly creative rugs. The initiative is commissioned by Carpet Sign — a Dutch manufacturer that utilizes robotic technology for tufting techniques. 

The collection is dubbed ‘Freedom’ and the title might allude to the uninterrupted artistic drive that the task warranted. Each designer who was a part of the project had free reign over style decisions and as a result, the line-up of creative rugs becomes quite interesting, expressive and eclectic. The individuals who were selected by Richard Hutten were not all product developers — he tapped also graphic designers, architects, and artists. The initative is truly an amalgamation of Nordic design and pure artistry. 

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