Cardboard Printer Made From Recycled Paper

Almost every large office building in the U.S. has some sort of program to recycle the reams of printer paper that get used every day. Many companies have also instituted programs to better handle the disposition of old electronics equipment, including the printers that spit out all that paper.

The Origami combines these ideas: it’s a personal mono laser printer with an exterior made out of 100% recycled paper. Continue reading

Android on Your Fridge?

Much has been written about how mobility is influencing the design and engineering of all types of products, not just those that are actually mobile. A case in point is Samsung new T9000 four-door refrigerator, which the company debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show last month. Consumers in the UK will soon be able to buy it. The “smart” refrigerator comes with an Android tablet built into one of the doors that allows owners to share recipes, send grocery lists to mobile devices, and even serve as a “nanny cam.”

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Flexible Phones on the Way

Ever since cell phones advanced beyond an unwieldy brick of plastic, they’ve become a convenience most people take for granted. Right up until you drop it, sit on it or it falls in the water. A dead cell phone is a nigh catastrophe for most people, including me. When I was a kid I knew every friend’s number by heart. Now? If it isn’t in my phone, I have no idea.

Imagine owning a phone that will never break if you drop it, and has a screen that is nearly impossible to crack. Flexible cell phones offer all these advantages over current generation models, and may soon become a reality. Continue reading

Is the Next-Gen Microsoft Surface Ready for Design Engineering?

After a year-long wait, the next generation of Microsoft’s Surface large format touch interface can now be pre-ordered through Samsung resellers in 23 countries (including the U.S.). The Samsung SUR40, which can be used as a table or mounted on a wall, is being touted for auto, education, healthcare, retail and other applications, and should be available early in 2012.

The Samsung units are selling for somewhere in the neighborhood of $11,000 (other outlets are quoting a price of $8,400), so don’t expect consumers to rush out and buy one anytime soon. However, a large-screen multi-touch surface could have significant utility in the design world. Large enterprises are, in fact, the initial target market, with Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm, and a few other companies planning on deploying the devices.

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