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31 August 2016

We thought we'd kick off this round up with a celebration of some incredible design work created in line with the Rio Olympic Games 2016:

Artist JR revealed two new larger than life public artworks within the city of Rio De Janeiro. Each monumental scaffolding construction depicts an Olympic athlete, using the city as their playground.

Also celebrating the Olympic games and the athletes involved, a team of designers created a motion graphic bringing five of the Olympic sports to life. A series of colourful athletes participate in their sport and interact with one of the five Olympic rings.

Impressive tech. innovations

The world's tallest and longest glass bridge opens in China. The structure, which is 6m wide and 430m long, spans across a deep canyon in China's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Designed by Haim Dotan, "The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be as invisible as possible – a white bridge disappearing into the clouds".

Another technology innovation from China...the long-awaited 'straddling bus', also known as the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), has finally hit the roads on a trial run. The 2m high electric bus will be able to carry up to 300 passengers, running along a track high above passing cars. Potentially alleviating China's congestion problem and reducing pollution levels. 

Is this the future of public transport?

Inspiring inclusive design

VIBEAT allows deaf and hard-of-hearing people to experience music through vibration. The jewellery-like devices can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or pin, translating sonic frequencies into haptic vibrations. 

Designed by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design graduate Liron Gino.

Illusion of simplicity

Following on from the sports theme, we found a mesmerising and beautifully shot video documenting the making of a tennis ball by Benedict Redgrove. It seems poetic that the most simple objects can be the most complicated to produce. 

'Liquid Shard' kinetic sculpture

ripples over Los Angeles public square. Thousands of holographic mylar strips undulate in the breeze, casting shadows and catching the eyes of passers-by.

The exhibit is part of an on-going effort by the city of Los Angeles to support public art displays and we're all for it!

MIT's DuoSkin - Temporary tattoos turn your skin into an interface

Taking inspiration from metallic 'flash tattoos', the team aimed to create an on-trend, accessible technology while also adding genuinely useful functional capabilities. Once applied to your skin, these tattoos are capable of adding to your body touch pads, buttons, personal radio IDs, or even glowing LED displays. The range of possibilities and applications are extensive, we're looking forward to the final output.