The Ford Fusion Energi hybrid is great but going away

A week before I took delivery of the Ford Fusion Energi (starting at $31,400), the automaker announced it would be ending the US production of all but one of its cars (the Mustang) in the next few years. The Fusion's days are numbered and no single r...

Xbox Adaptive Controller first look: A new, necessary gamepad

Microsoft stumbled into the accessibility market about three years ago, with the launch of the Xbox One Elite controller. The Elite wasn't designed to help people with disabilities play video games -- in fact, it was built for hardcore players who wa...

Acura skips the touchscreen for its infotainment system

It really started with smartphones. Once we started filling our pockets with touchscreens it was only a matter of time before our fingers replaced the touchpad, mouse and stylus on almost all devices. Eventually, our digits started interacting with t...

The Chouchin elegantly transforms from candle into lantern

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The Chouchin candle’s design merges culture with creativity, turning a candle eventually into a lantern. Shaped like Japanese lanterns on the outside, the candle is thick enough for its wick to light through the mass of the candle, preserving its outer part in a way that converts it into a lantern/shade as the fire burns inside. A clever method of turning an open flame into a diffused lantern, converting product wastage into an aesthetic design detail, and a beautiful way of connecting it to culture and heritage!

Designer: James Kaoru Bury

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Here maps helps the Mercedes S560 tackle sharp corners

As the car approaches a sharp bend on a back road in Northern California, the $155,000 (starting at $99,900) Mercedes-Benz S560 slows down of its own accord. I guide it through the corner with a bit of help from lane keep assist. Then, as the vehicle...

Self-striping smart cloth is HyperColor for the 21st century

The debate over whether "the dress" is blue and black or white and gold now has a third answer: it can be both. At least it is when using a new color-changing fabric developed by a team from the College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL) at the Univer...