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Iconic game developer Atari has opened a competition to independent mobile game creators t...

At the risk of showing my age, I can remember the excitement when Pong first made its way from the arcade machine onto our TV screens. By today's standards of course, Atari's first game development is very primitive indeed, but back then it was something of a revolution. Now, the company is hoping to attract a new generation of fans to its legendary game by inviting mobile game developers to come up with a modern take on the wonderfully addictive table tennis classic. The winner of its Pong Indie Developer Challenge will receive a cash prize and a share of the game's profit.  Read More

The Velocity is a prototype pedal-electric bicycle with a power system that can be removed...

For people who wouldn’t otherwise ride a bike, or who don’t want to arrive at work all hot and sweaty, electric-assist bicycles are a neat idea. Commonly referred to as pedelecs (for “pedal-electric”), they use an electric motor to augment the rider’s own body strength while pedaling, yet that motor can usually be switched off when they don’t need it. The only problem with that setup ... even when the motor isn’t being used, it and its battery are still there, weighing the bike down. For his prototype Velocity pedelec, however, Taiwanese designer Larry Chen came up with a creative solution – an easily-removable motor/battery unit. It was enough to win him a gold award at the latest International Bicycle Design Competition in Taiwan.  Read More

The Allochroous is the 'Dream Boat' winner of the 9th Millennium Yacht Design Award

The Allochroous is the Dream Boat category winner of the 9th Millennium Yacht Design Award (MYDA), an international competition for yacht designers around the world. Conceptualized by beginner entrants Ezgi Aksan and Ambra Ceronetti, Allochroous is a futuristic representation of what their dream yacht would be. Drawing upon innovative technologies, the key feature behind the concept is that the yacht is able to transform its functionality. The vision was to create a sustainable yacht that is ideal for enjoying a summer concert at sea.  Read More

Architectural practice SOM's 17.6-sq km (6.8-sq mile) master plan for Beijing Bohai Innova...

Architectural practice SOM's 17.6-sq km (6.8-sq mile) master plan for Beijing Bohai Innovation City has won an international design competition for the redevelopment of the region. The design is focused on a redevelopment corridor along the high-speed rail connection between Beijing, and the port of Tianjin. Though incorporating existing infrastructure, the scheme constitutes an ambitious planned city, and one which, if fully realized, may set a new standard for environmentally-conscious urban planning.  Read More

The Electrolux Design Lab competition is now in its 10th year

Entries are now open for the 2012 Electrolux Design Lab competition. Now in its 10th year, the competition is open to current undergraduate industrial design students and 2011 graduates who are being asked to get busy around the home by designing "appliances that will provide a fuller sensory experience."  Read More

Design students from 18 countries are being called upon to enter the 2012 James Dyson Awar...

Develop a problem solving invention. That's the straight-to-the-point brief for the 2012 James Dyson Award which is now calling on entries from design students around the world. Entries close on August 2, with the international winner to be announced on November 8.  Read More

LAVA's relocatable school is a learning space for the future with a sustainable design tha...

Here at Gizmag we are always keeping an eye on innovative solutions for schooling and education. We've covered the solar powered mobile computer classroom project and the AIRchitecture flying classrooms of the future, but now we're excited about these proposals from architects all over the world, who recently submitted their ideas for what schools of the future could look like.  Read More

Atelier Thomas Pucher's stunning 'Garden and the Tower' concept makes a dramatic statement...

"Garden and the Tower" is Atelier Thomas Pucher's winning design for the headquarters of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to be built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The design is envisaged as "a global sign, made of light." The tower, very much the centerpiece of the design, will have a textile skin which, if we understand the design intent, will not only let sunlight and daylight in by day (an environmentally friendly way of illuminating the interior) but intentionally let artificial light out by night, to dramatic effect should the visualizations prove remotely accurate. The designers' approach to managing heat gain suggests that there's beauty in the function too.  Read More

The new Pipistrel Panthera serves as a blank slate in a competition asking artistic types ...

So you are in holiday mode, probably lounging down at the beach or by a big open fire with the snow falling outside, depending on where you live. There’s nothing on TV and you have read all the books of interest, so now what? Well, if you fancy yourself as an artist, you might like to enter a competition to design the livery for the first of the new Pipistrel Panthera aircraft and stand to take home 1,000 euro (approx. US$1,290). You have until January 10, 2012.  Read More

Simulated display for the True3D satnav system (Image: Making Virtual Solid)

Developed by the California-based company Making Virtual Solid, True3D is billed as "an augmented reality navigational display engine designed to provide non-distracting, translucent location guidance." That's another way of saying that True3D takes the head-up display (HUD) to its logical conclusion - it uses a 3D projector to beam the display across the entire front window of the car, therefore keeping the driver's eyes on the road by unobtrusively blending in with the real world beyond the windscreen.  Read More

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