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Volvo's Vision 2020: The Road to Safety
Automakers face countless challenges when setting the goals they want their cars to achieve. Balancing interests between emissions, power, luxury, style and safety all weigh heavy in the minds of decision-makers. While some brands have a reputation...
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Cool Hunting Video: Alex Reben
In a room piled with resistors, circuit boards and projects in various states of completion, we spoke with talented artist and engineer Alex Reben about his body of work. Reben—an alumni of MIT's Media Lab and NASA—has moved away from his traditional...
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200e System 7
Donald Buchla is undeniably a pioneer of electronic music. A contemporary of Robert Moog, he built his first voltage-controlled synthesizer in the '60s, which would provide nearly infinite possibilities of sounds to artists, and not limit them to musical...
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Phase Round Earrings
Hand-dyed and laden with super sparkly Swarovski crystals, the Phase Round Earrings by aerospace engineer-turned-metalwork designer Lynn Maclachlan melds usage of innovative digital tools such as 3D printing with traditional craft techniques to produce...
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Cool Hunting Video: Wolfgang Egger and Audi's Quattro Concept
Recently, Audi invited CH to Ingolstadt, Germany, for a behind-the-scenes look at their extraordinarily advanced production facility. Additionally, we spent some time in Munich, where we were able to roam around Audi's highly protected design studio...
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Lego Architecture Studio
There's no denying that the Lego Architecture series serves as an excellent excuse for big kids to get their hands on a classic children's toy. Just like those days of Lego Star Fighters; you diligently follow each step, patiently trying not to skip...
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MB&F MusicMachine
Marking the first kinetic machine made by MB&F that isn't a timepiece, the MusicMachine confidently brings the innovative Swiss laboratory into new territory. While the spaceship-styled MusicMachine may not tell time and can't be worn, the tabletop...
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Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
by Teymur Madjderey As general automotive enthusiasts we're always on the lookout for the latest innovations and opportunities to experience them firsthand, whether it be speaking with the design team at Bentley or testing Mini's new sport utility...
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The Transparent Speaker
Managing to both blend in and stand out at once, the Transparent Speaker from industrial design studio People People takes an unconventional approach to home sound systems—and we love it. Based in the undeniable design capital of Stockholm...
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Experiment ZR012
United by one-track minds focused on horological innovation, MB&F and URWERK recently teamed up on a new experimental project to bend the boundaries of timepiece engineering. Project C3H5N3O9—the molecular formula for nitroglycerine, so Nitro...
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Schofield Watch Company
Admittedly eschewing fashion for quality, Schofield Watch Company founder Giles Ellis adheres to a clear and simple motto for his brand—"Make a watch I'd like to wear." Entering the watchmaking game is a bold move to begin with, especially...
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M.A.D. Gallery
The collective group of timepiece innovators and artisans at MB&F have created a new way to showcase their yearly masterpieces alongside some of the world's most equally elaborate pieces of kinetic art in Geneva's recently opened M.A.D. Gallery...
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Best of CH 2011: Five Cool Hunting Videos
All week we'll be looking back on the past year of CH to resurface our favorite stories and moments. For starters, it was a great year of Cool Hunting Videos—we made some new friends in our native New York and around the globe—trekking...
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Shonibare's Ship in a Bottle
For centuries model-makers and artists have played with the challenge of building a ship in a bottle, and in May 2010, British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE erected the largest to date for the Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square...
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Rubber Tracks
With Chucks on the feet of countless lead singers, Converse's roots in rock 'n' roll go almost as far back as the genre itself, a tradition the brand is keeping alive with this week's opening of Rubber Tracks, a world-class recording studio open...
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Test Drive: 2012 Audi A7
Where other sedans in its class swaddle their passengers in cloud-like comfort down to pillowy handling, Audi's A7 stands out for its adrenaline-revving performance and similarly bold design. First stepping into the car, the well-apportioned interior...
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Brammo Electric Motorcycles
With a mission of making an electric bike as affordable and fun as gas-powered motorcycles, electric vehicle experts Brammo, Inc. recently partnered with Italy's S.M.R.E. Engineering to produce four new models with a revolutionary six-speed drivetrain...
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Matt Shlian
As teacher, paper engineer and artist Matt Shlian explains on his site, "researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as basis for artistic inspiration." His geometric sculptures elegantly reflect...
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The 2011 VW Jetta
On an extended drive through San Francisco, Marin County and Sonoma, I was able to put Volkswagen's 2011 Jetta to the test. Totally redesigned with careful consideration for the U.S. market, the new mid-sized contender is sleeker, roomier and cheaper...