Are we (finally) about to see the end of the hides, masks and various disguises for trailing wires and extension leads that have tethered auto retailers to the power sockets? US Oak Ridge Labs released they have achieved “wireless EV charging as effective as routine plug-in options”. They write “a 20kW wireless charging system that is […]

Short-circuiting all the usual monologues about the roles brands play in our lives, this installation in the Midlands, UK, takes a sideways look at how we shop: In the shop, some 500 items have been repackaged with new branding developed in workshops with members of the local community: schoolchildren, mental health service users, people with […]

Spotted on designboom, this Shigeru Ban proposal that integrates a concert venue with  food hall as its Réinventer Paris proposal. Fairly sings at night, with some grace, as proposed in the competition entry’s renders: Not much more that needs saying, other than what a really neat spectacle.

Spotted this today, the Riversimple hydrogen-powered car manufacturers ‘sale of service’ ownership model – ‘We’re not selling products. We’ll retain ownership of the cars and sell mobility as a service.’ With a product platform and business culture designed around sustainability, it’s good to see how that philosophy has been neatly and clearly integrated into a full-scale […]

“There are more than 100 different materials inside your average car. And they all smell like something.” I had no idea. A new car smells, well, like a new car. One composite scent and very particular, unless you opted for the leather option that is. It’s an odour that, if not exactly Proustian (and I […]

Poor quality puns aside, spotted this fabulous car accident repair centre, designed by Parallax in Australia: “Vintage car badges served as inspiration for a new identity that is at once completely contemporary without losing the company’s heritage.” It’s a really fantastic example of revitalising what’s clearly a pretty standard piece of garage architecture (the type […]

Are you sitting comfortably? You might need to be. Researchers at Durham and Lisbon Universities investigation’s into just how old our oldest fairy tales are, have used techniques usually reserved for biology to investigate storytelling’s origins. Following on from (albeit after quite a hiatus!) the origin of some of our words, tales such as Jack […]

‘Read all about it’ used to be the cry of news-sellers, calling attention to their papers. For the last two years, research by Edelman found that we trust search engines for news more than ‘traditional media’. “The results imply that readers are more likely to trust a headline they read in Google’s news aggregator, over […]

The answer’s probably not, as you’ve just too much task and not enough time in the day. Can’t help you with that, but over at the Harvard Business Review they’ve cooked up a little app (albeit in USD only) to help you work out whether it would be time well spent. Or an expensive exercise […]

As Ford announced the FordPass, news also of their thinking on a more connected driving experience through physical retailing: “To bring together all FordPass services are FordHubs which transcend what we currently know as car dealerships. These establishments will feature the auto-maker’s latest innovations, mobility services and become a venue for exclusive events. The first […]