Photokina 2014 highlights

Jonathan Fincher

To promote its new record label, Beck's Brewery inscribed a simple beer bottle with music,...

In the 1870s, Heinrich Beck founded what would eventually become Beck's Brewery. At about the same time, Thomas Edison was hard at work on creating the first phonograph. It's a safe bet neither man thought the two products would ever merge, but when the New Zealand branch of Beck's wanted to promote a new record label project, the company turned to design agency, Shine Limited to do exactly that. The designers concocted the Edison bottle, a simple glass beer bottle inscribed with music that can be played like a 19th-century phonograph cylinder.  Read More

UK-based restaurant Yo Sushi outfitted a quadcopter with a food tray and is having waiters... Delivering food with an airborne drone has developed into an odd trend in recent months, and now a sushi place in London is dispatching a UAV that doesn't even need to leave the restaurant. To promote its new rice burger, Yo Sushi outfitted a quadcopter with a food tray and is having waiters fly it to tables using an iPad.  Read More

At E3 2013, Scosche revealed smartROLL, a set of electronic gaming dice that connect to ta...

Scosche may have a reputation for crafting unusual gadgets, from roll-up keyboards to mobile phone blockers, but its upcoming device seems strange even by those standards. Recently at E3 2013, the company revealed smartROLL, a set of electronic gaming dice that connect to tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth.  Read More

EA showed off a variety of games at its press conference for E3 2013, almost all of which ...

As one of the world's largest video game publishers, Electronic Arts (EA) arrived at E3 2013 with a slew of new titles, almost all of which are slated for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The company's press conference revealed something for almost every gamer, from fantasy RPGs to sports games and even a shooter based around murderous plants.  Read More

Points is an internet-connected street sign that pulls data from social media and spins 36...

In our increasingly connected world, isn't it about time the humble street sign received a high-tech upgrade? That's certainly the thinking behind Points, the newest project from Breakfast, a New York-based design group. Points is an internet-connected directional sign that pulls data from social media and spins its arms up to 360 degrees to aim in the direction of a location or event.  Read More

Sony has revealed its new touchscreens Vaios, which includes the mid-range Fit, the hybrid...

Computex 2013 is now in full swing in Taipei, Taiwan, and all the major players in the computer hardware industry are showing off their latest products. Sony came prepared with its newest touchscreen Vaio offerings, the mid-range Fit, the hybrid Duo 13, and two lightweight Pro models.  Read More

The Goji Smart Lock is controlled by a smartphone and automatically sends the owner an ema...

The days of mechanical locks may be numbered as Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled smart locks continue to evolve with devices such as the Lockitron and August Smart Lock turning a smartphone into a wireless key. Unlocking a door with a smartphone from anywhere in the world is convenient by itself, but with the Goji Smart Lock you can instantly know when someone opens your front door and even see who it is.  Read More

The Sonte Film connects wirelessly to a smartphone app to instantly turn any window from c...

Smart glass has become a popular fixture in homes and offices for its ability to change between transparent and opaque, depending on whether an electric current is applied. It's a handy invention, but also tends to be expensive to install and offers only limited control. Sonte is hoping to change that with an affordable window film that connects wirelessly to a smartphone app to instantly turn any section of glass from clear to solid at the press of a button.  Read More

BMW's DesignworksUSA group recently teamed up with computer manufacturer ASRock to create ...

BMW might normally be associated with luxury cars, but its subsidiary group, DesignworksUSA, is a different story altogether. Aside from developing innovative concepts for automobiles, the team there also applies its parent company's design principles to a wide range of products – even home computers. It might come as no surprise then that the group recently teamed up with computer manufacturer ASRock to create the M8, a compact PC tower that resembles a high-performance engine and was designed especially for gaming.  Read More

Urwerk is calling its latest project in development, the EMC, the first mechanical timepie...

Luxury watchmaker Urwerk has revealed the latest project in development at its U-Research Division. Like the company's past haute horlogerie creations, the EMC will offer exceptional accuracy and style, but with an unconventional twist. Calling it a "mechanical smart watch," Urwerk says the EMC will include an electronic mechanism that verifies its own precision and tells the wearer whether the timing needs to be adjusted.  Read More

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