SmartPlanet stories related to the research, theory and execution of solutions to problems, from consumer products to corporate processes to the built environment.
Autodesk tools aim to help designers conceptualize projects on a computer before starting the costly (and energy-intense) production process. Correspondent Sumi Das takes a tour of Autodesk's new...
1 | December 8, 2008 2:01pm
From his early work, creating the eMate at Apple, to his latest project, developing a digital encyclopedia based on Wikipedia, Thomas Meyerhoffer has been at the forefront of innovative computer...
June 10, 2010 9:09am
Autodesk tools aim to help designers conceptualize projects on a computer before starting the costly (and energy-intense) construction process. Correspondent Sumi Das talks to the company's...
1 | April 7, 2009 10:57am
Robert Full, a professor at University of California at Berkeley, believes that by studying the motion of animals, we can better design robots for search and rescue missions. SmartPlanet visits...
1 | May 3, 2012 3:00pm
Ford has been able to cut the car manufacturing process in half, from six years to three years, using virtual reality during the design phase. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das gets outfitted...
2 | March 19, 2012 8:21am
Santa Cruz based Plantronics, makers of wireless headsets, is giving its aging facilities a complete design overhaul. The company's head of human resources, Pat Wadors, shows SmartPlanet how the...
5 | February 27, 2012 8:26am
At Nest Labs, former Apple product engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers have molded their thermostat with many of the design and technology characteristics of Apple products like the iPod and...
1 | December 6, 2011 8:35am
Lugging around a heavy, cumbersome bike lock can be a nuisance, but Kuat aims to solve that. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das tries out their new Bottle Lock.
3 | February 15, 2012 8:49am
Graphic designer Renee Walker says current food labels can be confusing and should instead focus on ingredients. She shows SmartPlanet how she created a new design based on blocks of color.
5 | November 9, 2011 9:49am
Prefabricated homes conjure up images of uninspired architecture, but Simpatico Homes is constructing sustainable houses out of factory-built modules that are beautifully designed. SmartPlanet's...
3 | January 23, 2012 8:21am
Modern design takes a sustainable turn with Artek's Shigeru Ban 10-unit System Chair. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das explores the possible configurations of this modular system.
5 | January 19, 2012 8:24am
Frog was recently tasked with creating a symbol to promote energy consciousness. SmartPlanet correspondent Priya David Clemens visits the design firm's San Francisco offices to learn about the...
5 | September 8, 2011 10:09am
Steve Zornetzer, associate director of NASA Ames Research Center, talks about the space agency's plan to design eco-friendly buildings on earth using technologies developed for space exploration....
August 29, 2011 3:32pm
After witnessing women in desperate conditions delivering babies in African hospitals, Dr. Laura Stachel knew she needed to help. She and Hal Aronson have designed a solar kit that is portable and...
4 | July 5, 2012 12:03pm
Product designer Yves Behar talks about the design aesthetic behind a new vehicle charging station he created for General Electric. Behar explains how users will interact with the device and...
13 | July 13, 2010 12:32pm
New material developed by MIT and Harvard researchers could help millions of people with vocal disorders. The team has altered polyethylene glycol to create a synthetic substance that mimics the...
2 | July 15, 2011 4:23pm
At NASA Ames Research Park, scientist Peter Wasowski has developed an alternative exercise machine called Vasper. The user wears compression cuffs on the arms and legs and core-cooling panels on...
7 | June 13, 2011 3:41pm
At Greentech Media's Green Building Summit at SRI International, in Menlo Park, Calif., tech executives discuss what is needed to construct and design "green" buildings. Executives contend that...
1 | June 15, 2009 2:09pm
Looking for ways to keep your kids with short-attention spans, more engaged? You might want to try, Kiwi Crate, a subscription service designed for busy parents. Here's how it works. Sign up for a...
4 | May 31, 2012 12:59pm
Jason Halpern, co-founder of PowerFlower Solar grew up on a farm in New Jersey and realized that conventional solar systems were not suitable for farming, so he developed a portable solar...
17 | June 22, 2010 9:03am