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It's just a well planned out video. The concept they demonstrated is even more advanced than Siri- which is already powered by Wolfram Alpha and worked on by a huge team of some of the world's best engineers. Not to mention the kind of APIs it would need to be connected to for voice messages, food ordering, etc.

None of that stuff exists yet. They're hoping developers will jump on board and create interfaces for that stuff. But what comes to market will basically be a shell that nerds can tinker with. We're still 5 - 10 years away from what the video is selling us on.

And again, it's kind of pointless. We already have smart devices. This, while cool, is ultimately unnecessary tech waste. More silicon, batteries, and plastics for the landfill when it wears out its usefulness. :-/

...I'll probably get one anyway. #nerd

'Family Robot' Breaks Indigogo Records Design News
7/25/14 01:53 AM

That's up for debate. I mean, a chevron and zigzag are not the save thing, but a chevron PATTERN and zigzag CAN be the same thing. A chevron pattern can be


or it can be


or it can be


The last one is also a zigzag pattern, but a zig-zag can have many variations. For example, a sawtooth wave is also a zigzag pattern, but it is NOT a chevron pattern.

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/25/14 12:59 AM

Usually I don't care if something is a trend or not. If you love it, do it. But the 'Keep Calm Carry On' variations actually annoy me. Considering the weight of the source material, it doesn't always feel right the way it's been appropriated for silly commercial purposes. Worse though, the endless variations weren't even very creative or interesting.

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/25/14 12:48 AM

*shrug* Most Americans define an apartment as a rental. I pretty much never hear the word apartment used to refer to ownership, except on this website (and I live in a city). Wikipedia notes:

What defines a condominium is the form of ownership. The same building developed as a condominium (and sold in individual units to different owners) could actually be built at another location as an apartment building (the developers would retain ownership and rent individual units to different tenants).

The article on apartments specifically notes that it's possible to own an apartment either as a condominium or as a co-op; the latter being you own a stake in the company that owns the building.

The use of the word 'apartment' on this site seems like a misnomer to me, since most of the stuff here has to do with houses or condos. I guess that, along with the incredibly obscure logo, is just the result of a brand evolving organically?

Living in an Apartment Means Never Having to Do Anything
7/10/14 05:20 PM

Trader Joe's for all your favorite foods they don't have anymore!

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/9/14 07:26 PM

Related note- The Boston Children's Museum regularly hosts adults-only nights with pop-up bars and live music. I believe San Francisco's Exploratorium does the same.

Museum of Natural History to Host First Adult-Only Sleepover Design News
7/9/14 07:20 PM

What a clever surprise! Nice!

Can You Guess What Secret this DIY Mirror is Hiding? Home Story
7/8/14 08:14 PM

I had to open the images in two tabs and switch back and forth. It's the toe-kick.

Before & After: All White Kitchen Gets a Subtle Kick
7/3/14 12:03 PM

This has long been shown to be a myth.
Worse, it looks tacky.

How To Keep Flies Away Naturally
7/2/14 10:38 AM

Guys- RTA. Those cities (save Coventry) are nothing like this. It's not that it's in city LIMITS that's unique. It's literally amongst all the small shops and offices and apartments... directly across from sidewalk stands selling fruits and vegetables. It's a really small plot of land right downtown.

Because of these issues they're doing a lot of things differently; like bike trailer rentals and bike couriers for delivery, cart escalators throughout its FIVE floors (versus the typical two), items available near the showrooms (rather than in a "marketplace" area on the exit floor), and parking on the roof.

IKEA Opens First City Location in Germany Design News
6/30/14 11:43 PM

I want to paint that ceiling black.

A Chef at Work: Michelle Marek of Foodlab in Montreal Kitchen Tour
6/27/14 05:25 PM

Also on hold on IKEA until I see how they resolve the IKEAhackers situation. So disillusioned with their brand now :-/

A Sneak Peek at IKEA's New 2015 Collections
6/25/14 01:39 PM

Many cats find the silica crystals uncomfortable on their paws. Ours hated it. He seemed to have anxiety about doing his business, and the crystals would stick his paws and track everywhere. When given the side-by-side option to use traditional litter he always chose that. We ended up giving the scoop-free box away.

The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/25/14 01:01 PM

Architecturally, Dusseldorf is an interesting mix of classic Europe and ultra modern. It's also essentially the fashion capital of Germany.

What's Your Favorite Design Destination? (Plus Three to Put on Your List)
6/21/14 09:37 PM

And while 12 tables would be rated to hold 650+ lbs easy, in practice they can hold more like 150lbs each, so we're talking almost 1 ton.

IKEA Issues Cease & Desist to IKEAHackers Design News
6/18/14 11:48 AM

Thankfully that's now how liability works in the USA, and I'd imagine in most other countries. Regardless, the main reason was probably related to competition. IKEA is trying to launch their own IKEA Hackers type website.

Side note- the LACK tables as a bed platform actually isn't such an awful idea- combined they would have supported over 650lbs. Granted, it could have been executed a bit better.

IKEA Issues Cease & Desist to IKEAHackers Design News
6/17/14 08:53 PM

An open letter to IKEA:

The way your company handled the IKEAhackers situation is disappointing and off-brand.

IKEA is supposed to do business differently; it's supposed to be part of your DNA. You've instead painted yourself like any other giant faceless corporation. Yes, you ARE a giant corporation. I more than most am familiar with enormity of your businesses. I mean, you had your own train company at one point! But that's not the face IKEA tended to show in public, until recently.

I used to associate 'best places to work' and Scandinavian values (including environmental protection) with the business. Now I hear more about labor disputes and union crackdowns and food supply issues and cease and desist letters. The IKEAhackers debacle combines to cement what your brand has come to represent in my mind. IKEA products now feel no different than Target's. They don't feel unique or special; they're just products from a company. The coworkers are just staff. Tobias is just plastic. Billy is just particleboard.

You haven't just alienated fans and advocates by the way you approached and resolved this issue; you've lost some of the "IKEA magic". You've hurt your brand. I don't know how you can repair that other than time, or possibly buying out the website from the owner and hiring her to manage it - getting her to take control of the message in a positive way.

But to me, now, that will still feel like a PR move; not one of good faith between good people with a common goal; just a tactical business move for crisis control.

Just business.

IKEA Issues Cease & Desist to IKEAHackers Design News
6/17/14 05:50 PM

Presumably you give a gift because you want to... in theory. As a regular invitee of weddings (or date of guest) I often feel OBLIGATED to give a gift; I'm not always gifting because I want to. If I spend $500 on air tickets and $200 on a hotel and who knows what on a gift, the least the happy could can do is write a thank you note.

Wedding Etiquette:
5 Rules to Keep and 5 to Toss

6/16/14 08:04 PM

That was my first thought. Seems impossible to use the tv in any meaningful way- just get it out of the room then and put it in the bedroom or something.

Alberto's Landmark Style Small Cool Contest
6/7/14 12:30 AM

I wish we could see a national discussion on whether or not you really NEED a wedding in the first place. A ceremony that puts a big financial burden on yourself and an unfair one on your guests (many of whom are happy for you but not $500 plane ticket happy) isn't necessary to make a meaningful commitment. Not saying people shouldn't have weddings, but it seems people blindly assume it's simply what they must do. I'd like to see more couples first consider if it's right for them or if there's a more appropriate way for them to tie the knot e.g. bucket list, downpayment on a house, small spiritual ceremony, etc.

The best wedding I've been to was basically a 3 hour dance party followed by a 15 minute ceremony. It cost next to nothing and everyone I spoke to agreed it was probably the best wedding they had ever been to. That rule about not seeing each other before the wedding? Out the window. They did what was right for them, which was working together to setup the venue, dancing the night away with each other and their kids, then winding down the evening with their "I Do's"

8 Ways to Spend Less for a Wedding
5/30/14 01:41 AM