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SenSprout is helping farmers better understand their crops while saving water
SenSprout’s aim is to grant farmers a better understanding of how their crops consume water without using expensive technology.
The designer of the Street Debater on fostering human connection through design
“I realised that Street Debating not only addresses the problem of begging but something much bigger. It’s addressing the problem of social segregation.”
Could flies be used to treat rare diseases?
Experimental designer Frank Kolkman puts the treatment of rare conditions into the hands of those afflicted.
Experimental food design studio introduces 3D-printed sushi
Open Meals imagines a future of generating, combining and printing food from anywhere in the world.
Tatsuya Honda's hairpin enables you to feel sounds
This graduate of the Future University Hakode has designed a more intuitive aid for hearing impaired users that translates sound to vibration.
Playful interventionist and design researcher
Playful interventionist and design researcher.
South Africa meets Japan while design meets culture
“Ultimately, we believe that our uniqueness does not come from specific elements of African or Asian cultures, it just stems from us."
Japanese artist repurposes broken skateboards to create sculptures
Haroshi tried to make every piece unique, like putting an iPod inside an apple sculpture.
Yami-Ichi disrupts how the price of art is valued
Here, money is powerless and instead the public is invited to barter skills, services and objects for a piece of art.
Meet Aoi Yamaguchi, the Japanese Master Calligrapher expanding the form’s possibilities
The California-based artist merges music and performance with the centuries-old tradition.
The Heat Rescue stove provides practical survival tools for those in need
Following a natural disaster, this kit can help a group of people keep themselves warm and fed until emergency response arrives.
Shoko Tamura on designing garments that amplify personal expression
The Keio University student says wearable technology could redefine the way people play in urban landscapes.
Using light as a cure
The Jeggo helps its users overcome the downsides of travelling with therapeutic music and light.
Mateusz Urbanowicz’s Tokyo Storefront series
These delightful illustrations document the changing face of the Japanese capital.
The surreal self-portraits of Izumi Miyazaki
The young Japanese photographer’s work makes the mundane curious.
Michael Wolf photographs the world’s most uncomfortable commute
‘Tokyo Compression’ offers a new perspective of the Japanese city.
Shoko Tamura is a member of Daijiro Mizuno research laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo Japan, where she looks at speculative design and the human mind.
Nomad Life: A kit for the modern wanderer
Mexican designer Geraldo Osio tapped into Japanese craft to create a kit for the millennial who can’t be tied down.
Smart glasses to help people living with dyslexia
University student designs a pair of smart glasses for people who have difficulty reading
Cleaning up outer space with Kounotori’s electrified tether
Scientists are testing ways to clear up the new problem of space pollution.
Teepee-like complex serves as a haven for Japan's elderly
Issei Suma's whimsical structures provide a calming environment for the retired.
Tackle wet weather with these creative methods of escaping the rain
From ‘non-wet’ umbrellas to onesies made for biking during a rainstorm, avoiding a downpour has never been this inspired.
Turning the violent side of nature into an energy source
Japanese engineers turn their attention to the power of typhoons.
‘Girl, girl, girl’ by Aki Inomata
These insect-built homes are a colourful commentary on a pervasive gender dynamic.
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