A stylish hard-case that’s worthy of protecting your favorite timepiece

For the most part, the watch has perhaps one of the best packaging solutions… The wrist! When you’re wearing the watch, you’re essentially carrying it, protecting it from theft or misplacement, and every once in a while, using it. There are times, however, when you have to take the watch off your wrist. Maybe to wear a fitness tracker, or because you’re traveling and you don’t want to wear the watch, or perhaps the most common of all, you’re on the beach or in the pool. What do you do then?

Watch cases have existed for a while now, but mostly in relative obscurity. After all, they’re less of a product and more of a means to an end. Vario’s watch travel case, however, steps up the game, with a nice, nifty, hard-case for your watch that’s impact-resistant and waterproof. Made with a nylon hard-shell on the outside, Vario’s case protects your expensive timepiece against accidental scuffs, pressure from stuff kept on top of it, and/or careless impacts. A velvet lining on the inside makes sure the watch’s glass/crystal never gets scratched or the watch damaged.

The Watch Case’s design and form makes it accommodating of all watches… even smartwatches or fitness wearables. Its donut shape and spacious design allow you to conveniently store your wrist-piece in it, no matter how bulky or sleek, while making sure the product doesn’t rattle or shift around when you’re carrying the case. Moreover, since it’s made for travel, the case also integrates a mesh-lined pocket for your earphones, giving you the ability to store two everyday essentials in the same pouch.

Whether it’s your Fitbit, Apple Watch, a fancy Rolex, or one of the many hundred analog/hybrid/disruptive/innovative watches we’ve covered, Vario’s convenient little case will carry them all. If you’re a serial watch-procurer, having two or three of these may just be the best idea, or even perfect for storing just any extra watch-straps you may have with you… While additionally even serving rather useful for stashing your earphones and sparing you the torturous ordeal of having to untangle earphone wires in public after you carried them around in your pocket!

Designer: Ivan Chua

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You know what’s better than a sliding smartphone camera? A detachable one.

I’ll be honest. Sliding cameras are a no-go for me. Here’s why I hate them. Their biggest justification is that sliding cameras create a bezel-less experience, and I honestly don’t have a problem with bezels. A small Samsung S9-style brow and a chin look perfectly fine on a smartphone (I say this as a consumer, not as a design journalist). The other things I hate about sliding cameras are that they catch dust, their presence prevents the phone from being waterproof, and you can’t really put a proper case on them. They also make phones marginally thicker, and a slight problem here or there (a bend perhaps) will render the sliding mechanism useless, basically leaving you with no camera, which isn’t ideal, right?

So what’s the solution? I Nung Huang has one that involves a detachable camera module and a proprietary contact-pin setup that allows you to snap the module to your phone, like the Essential Phone, or Motorola’s Moto Mods. The phone and module are both water-right and dust-resistant, so problem solved there. Looks like the only other foreseeable problem is accidentally losing or dropping the camera mod (like one would with an Airpod), but Huang’s nifty swivel case solves that problem, while also allowing you to use the camera in any orientation (thanks to circuitry within the case itself). What’s better is that this phone is now A. completely bezel-less on the front, and B. more secure, thanks to the removable camera. You know what? Removing the camera may do wonders for your battery life too!

Designer: I-Nung Huang

This rotating-top-inside-a-top is making my head spin!

Perhaps the most interesting thing to happen to tops since the Beyblade (perhaps more interesting than the Beyblade itself), this is the Topsy Turvy Top, conceptualized and designed by Lee Krasnow, and shown off in the video above by avid YouTuber, Michael Stevens. The way the top works is rather interesting. The design contains an outer and an inner top. Get the outer top to spin and the inner top spins too, because it’s being held by the outer top. Now flip the outer top over and stop its spinning and the gates at the base of the outer top open in grand fashion to reveal the inner top that continues spinning after the outer top has been stopped.

Designed to display the inertia of motion as well as centrifugal forces, Krasnow’s top is a fun, educational 3D printed toy. With a handful of parts that can either be put together on your own, or bought assembled from Krasnow’s Etsy store, the Topsy Turvy Top does a wonderful job of displaying the transfer of forces of energy, and the video above even breaks down the centrifugal forces that cause the gates on the larger top’s base to swing open, and the inertia that causes the inner top to remain spinning. It’s worth noting that the inner top tends to spin in the same direction as the outer one, even when you flip the outer top upside down (causing it to spin in the opposite direction). Suck on that, fidget-spinner-that-does-nothing.

Designer: Lee Krasnow (PacificPuzzleWorks)

This one single desktop device can 3D Print, laser engrave, and CNC machine.

Practically every prototyping tool you’d ever need exists within the realm of the Snapmaker 2.0. In its second, more expansive, open, and fine-tuned iteration, the guys at Snapmaker have put together an absolute prototyping powerhouse that literally takes up not more than a square that measures 3×3 feet. The modular device can be built to run as a 3D Printer, a Laser Engraver/Cutter, and even a 3 or even 4 Axis CNC Machine. The Snapmaker 2.0 isn’t a product as much as it’s an eco-system… a set of opportunities. An ability to practically fabricate anything you want!

At the heart of the Snapmaker is its complete metal construction and modular nature. Metal allows you to have near-perfect tolerances, it can take heat, and it’s the choice for any product that’s as heavy duty as a fabricating system. Snapmaker’s metal construction ensures its ability to perform to precision, while its modular nature gives it the ability to do any sort of fabrication you’d need. Designed to be faster, smarter, and even larger, the Snapmaker 2.0 can handle bigger projects than its previous iteration, and can deliver quality faster. Snapmaker 2.0’s modular build allows you to put together the product you need. Within a couple of minutes, you can assemble a fully-functional 3D printer that can also do laser engraving or CNC carving, just by interchanging heads and adding extra elements like a spool (for the 3D printing filament), or a vice (for CNC machining).

Snapmaker’s software guides you through the whole (incredibly simple) process. It provides a host of features that make it easy for a consumer (with relatively no skill or understanding of software) to operate it. The touchscreen interface on the Snapmaker 2.0 can alert you when the filament runs out during 3D printing (and even pause the build till you change it), while CNC carving, Snapmaker 2.0 allows any consumer to easily switch between drill bits (a task that earlier required a CNC expert), and the laser engraving module comes with a camera built into it that captures your product and lets you preview what your laser art would look like on the product, right in Snapmaker’s interface. The entire device even comes with an auto-resume feature that allows you to continue working from where you left off if there’s ever a power cut. Snapmaker can automatically recognize which tool head (3D printing, laser, or CNC) that is attaching to the machine and shows the relevant control panel on the touchscreen. The workflow and UI is simple and intuitive.

This ability to use pro-tools with just simple know-how makes the Snapmaker 2.0 an absolute game changer, giving you the power to fabricate prototypes, and even make your own products, toys, and craft materials in your own home. Perfect for freelance industrial designers, engineers, artists, craftspeople, and even in office setups like studios, teams, or start-ups, the Snapmaker 2.0 is a pretty powerful tool to put your ideas to the test. Its modular setup lets you build exactly the fabricating tool you need, allowing you to expand it, add an enclosure, or even modules like an IP Camera or an emergency kill-switch. Designed to empower you to build your ideas, the Snapmaker 2.0 brings seriously capable and powerful professional tools to anyone with a creative inkling. Go ahead! You can literally build your own production line in your home!

Designer: Snapmaker

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The Snapmaker 2.0 is a modular 3-in-1 3D printers that unlock your full creative potential, from 3D printing to laser engraving, cutting, and CNC carving. Snapmaker 2.0 is smarter, faster, larger, and more powerful than ever before. It is a new generation of 3-in-1 3D printers that comes with everything you need!

3D Printing

Snapmaker 2.0 modular 3-in-1 3D printers are ideal for beginners who are just getting started, hobbyists who prefer more customized options, as well as engineers and designers who want to print large objects or accurate parts with outstanding print quality.

Laser Engraving & Cutting

Traditional 3D printers can only 3D print. Your Snapmaker 2.0 is completely different. With interchangeable modules, Snapmaker’s functionality can be changed quickly and effciently, just like changing lenses on a camera. Now you can make many kinds of beautiful and artistic creations using laser engraving and cutting.

CNC Carving

You can even use Snapmaker 2.0 as a CNC router to create precision 2.5D and 3D objects. It has faster working speed and a much larger workspace than the original model. It is the perfect machine to extend your interest to CNC carving.

3D Printing Samples

Snapmaker 2.0 allows you to print almost anything for your creative projects: from common applications to objects with specific mechanical properties, such as toughness, durability, and flexibility. Snapmaker 2.0 can do it all!

Laser Engraving & Cutting Samples

A wide variety of materials you find in daily life are laser engravable or cuttable, including paper, plywood, leather, acrylic, cardboard, paper, fabric, and even food like cookies and coconuts!

CNC Carving Samples

CNC carving is ideal for precisely carving or cutting hard materials. With Snapmaker 2.0, you won’t be limited with the options of plastic or soft materials, and you’ll be able to use the following materials for your creative projects: hardwood, PCB, acrylic, POM, carbon fiber sheet, and many more materials.

High Resolution

Built with high-precision parts and an overall upgraded design, Snapmaker 2.0 is able to consistently print, engrave, cut, and carve objects in high resolution. The repeatability of the machine is 0.005 mm, and the homing repeatability is 0.01mm.

Modular 3D Printer

Imagine a 3D printer that you can upgrade and customize. Snapmaker is more than just a series of machines. It’s a system of powerful modules and add-ons for creative people like you. You can enjoy a lot of new features simply by getting the new modules or new kits.

Large Workspace

Snapmaker 2.0 has three models: A150, A250 and A350. You can make large prototypes, or multiple smaller objects in one go. A350 provides the largest build volume, measuring 320 x 350 x 330 mm.

Add Ons

As an innovative Snapmaker owner, you can further enhance your creativity with a wide variety of add-ons to personalize your Snapmaker 2.0. For greater level of applications, we’ll have Enclosures, Lights, a Handwheel, an Emergency Stop Button and a Camera available for preorder soon!

Powerful Controller

Snapmaker 2.0 can support various tool heads, add-ons, multiple linear modules, and more features using simply one controller. A big reason we are able to do this is that we innovatively adopt the CAN (Controlled Area Network) bus expansion solution which was widely used in car automation. Rather than adding more ports and make a bigger control board with tangled cables, we’ve upgraded our controller to expand your creativity by providing universal ports, multiport adapters, and a CAN Hub for adding additional CAN-bus ports.

Future Expansion

The Snapmaker 2.0 is modular. It allows for one machine to fulfil many roles which reduces space and cost. Snapmaker A150, A250 and A350 can be transformed into even more powerful machines with the upcoming Snapmaker Rotary Module, High Power Laser Module, 700W Spindle Module, and longer linear modules!

All-metal

All the Snapmaker models are built to last. For Snapmaker 2.0, we pushed the boundaries of all-metal construction even further. All modules and major components are made of high strength metal. For example, both the controller board and power adapter use aluminum alloys housings for better heat dissipation; the original POM rollers are upgraded to steel rollers to deliver a higher load-bearing capacity and rigidity.

Well-made

The aerospace-grade aluminum alloys are made into precision, reliable parts of Snapmaker modules after a series of processing steps. Each manufacturing process is strictly controlled, and every part is meticulously made. Snapmaker 2.0 not only looks premium, but also consistently delivers high performance.

High-precision

Snapmaker 2.0 allows the high-precision computer-controlled tools to be readily accessible for every desk. Integrating only the finest quality components, it has high accuracy and repeatability, which allows it to 3D print, engrave and cut objects in high resolution.

Easy-to-use 3-in-1 Software

Our 3-in-1 software, Snapmakerjs, is tailor-made for your Snapmaker machines. One single and powerful software for all your tasks.

WiFi Connectivity

With the Wi-Fi feature and the USB port, you can connect your Snapmaker 2.0 to any configuration for your convenience. You can upload designs via Wi-Fi or USB flash drive and print with the touch of a button. In addition, you can update the firmware over Wi-Fi directly.

Smart Touchscreen

Snapmaker 2.0 comes with a smart touchscreen that simplifies the workflow of your daily projects, letting you manage the most-used tasks directly from the touchscreen. Similarly to a smartphone, this 5-inch (720 x 1280 pixels) movable touchscreen is equipped with a Quad Core A7 CPU @1.1GHz, running under Android OS. providing a smooth and fast interface.

Power-loss Recovery

You don’t have to worry about power outages anymore. Snapmaker 2.0 can automatically detect power-loss, and then resumes exactly where it left off. You can recover any project and get perfect printing/engraving/cutting/carving results all the time.

Easy to Assemble

3D Printing Highlights – Auto Leveling

Bed leveling is a tricky process, especially for a large heated bed and inexperienced users. To make bed leveling easier, we added an auto-leveling function. An induction sensor can probe the bed in a grid and apply mesh-based compensation that ensures you print on a level bed every time, all without the user having to go through complicated process.

Filament Runout Recovery

Equipped with a filament runout sensor, those who are looking to print a large object can now print without fear. This will prevent unfinished prints and “air printing”. Once it realizes that the filament has run out, the touchscreen will notify you to load a new filament and allow you to resume printing immediately.

Upgraded Cooling System

With Snapmaker 2.0, you can print objects with deep overhangs and get a more smooth finished surface! Cooling is just as important as heating when it comes to FDM 3D printing. For the Snapmaker 2.0, the cooling system is re-designed to cool the print in the most efficient way.

Flexible Platform

Removing a print is now easier than ever. Just lift the plate and flex it, no matter the size or shape of your print. As the heated bed uses a magnetic design, you can easily remove and put back the print sheet, or change it with the laser cutting work table or CNC carving in one minute.

Laser Highlights – Built-in Camera

The built-in camera allows you to preview your design with whatever material you use. You can edit your design and precisely position it exactly where you want it to be. What you see is what you get!

Draw, Cut and Capture

Laser cutting can be as easy as drawing. The Snapmaker 2.0 can recognize and transform your drawing into a vector image for laser engraving or cutting. Furthermore, you can edit the converted vector image directly in the Snapmaker software to fit into all your creative projects!

Faster Engraving

Faster is better. We added the Line (Normal Quality) mode to provide you a fast engraving option for grayscale images. This feature can save you hours when engraving big grayscale images. The quality is still very good compared to the original Dot (High Quality) mode.

Aluminum Grid Table

The Aluminum Grid Table is specially designed to prevent damage to the bed by defocusing the laser beam during cutting. It is removable and super firm.

CNC Highlights – ER11 COLLET

Snapmaker 2.0 features a fully upgraded CNC module. Using the standard ER11 Collet, it guarantees a better concentricity that allows for faster CNC carving speed and larger step down, which saves your time significantly. It also supports over one hundred carving and cutting bits. The diameters of the bits range from 0.5mm (0.020 inches) to 6.35mm (0.250 inches).

Wasteboard and Clamping Kits

Each Snapmaker 2.0 comes with an MDF wasteboard. It’s removable and it can protect the bed from damage as well as providing a smooth and leveled surface for precise CNC carving. Furthermore, you can use the provided aluminum clamping kits to hold down the materials more easily and more reliably.

Dust Resistance

Snapmaker 2.0’s linear module has been upgraded for easy maintenance. The leadscrew, driver chip and precision parts are completely enclosed in the aluminum alloys housings. It eliminates the problem of dirt accumulation, resulting in better durability.

Specifications

How Snapmaker 2.0 is made

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Amazon needs a Lead Product Designer

Amazon has redefined shopping and is now geared up to change the way we live at home. All the products being launched by Amazon hold testament to their plan of integrating themselves with the users daily life. Take for example their latest offering Amazon After, a service that helps you resale, recycle, rent out or even donate your previous Amazon purchases, rest assured that Amazon is about to become a bigger part of lives than we know it and you can help influence the way the world adapts by working with Amazon and creating an impact!

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services — now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon’s expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data center locations in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, and Japan, customers across all industries are taking advantage of our low cost, elastic, open and flexible, secure platform.

The Opportunity

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team is seeking a talented and passionate Lead Product Designer to join our growing design and research studio. This full stack designer will have a significant impact on our business as they contribute and accelerate designs for the AWS Internet of Things product design team, working collaboratively with a strong design and product team. In addition, the lead product designer will be expected to be a design thought leader and mentor other designers, with the leadership of a small team of direct reports as part of the role immediately or in the short term.

Responsibilities

Lead the design of useful, usable, and desirable products in a team environment. Work with leadership in design planning and goal creation.
· Understand customers and their needs through market analysis, customer research, and feedback.
· Use business requirements to assist in developing use cases and high-level requirements.
· Design the architecture, interface, and interaction flow of services and experiences.
· Develop personas, customer journey maps, conceptual diagrams, wireframes, and prototypes.
· Facilitate the design process, present and iterate design solutions.
· Craft, pitch, and validate long-term design strategies.
· Continually iterate and evolve the way we design for and learn from our customers.
· Chart a course for yourself and others in ambiguous situations.
· Lead/mentor and develop designers within your own organization and beyond.
· Help build a culture of design within AWS and throughout the Amazon Design community.

Basic Qualifications Required

· 8+ years of industry experience as a user experience designer, interaction designer, information architect, or similar design-related role.
· 6+ years of experience working in direct collaboration with product leadership, development managers, and cross-functional stakeholders.
· Bachelor’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), information systems, or other related design degree is required.
· Experience creating prototypes or wire-frames for complex web applications and/or workflows.
· An online portfolio demonstrating best practices in interaction design plus samples with a modern aesthetic is required to apply for this role. The portfolio should contain personas, journey maps, wireframes, and prototypes.

Basic Qualifications Required

· 10+ years of experience in digital design, with the most recent years including full stack end-to-end product design for enterprise products, ideally for niche userbases.
· Fluency in best practices for information architecture and design, as well as strong knowledge of usability principles and techniques.
· Demonstrated history of acquiring user data (e.g., conducting usability studies, performing user research) and creating personas and journey maps.
· Experience with UX design for complex workflows for technical customers.
· Experience working with stakeholders to plan and execute programs that are strategic in nature.
· Experience owning large-scale projects, communicating timelines, and executing independently.
· Experience designing and prototyping with tools such as Sketch, InVision, Photoshop, Illustrator, or similar.
· Ability to prototype in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.
· Master’s degree in design, human-computer interaction (HCI), or similar design related degree.

Application Details

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation

Location

Seattle, WA

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An eco-friendly brush that calculates the plastic you have saved from the trash

Toothbrushes are infamously difficult to recycle; their plastic bodies paired with the silicone over molds make the materials a challenge to separate, resulting in them spending the remainder of their lives on landfill sights… not great for a device that we only use for 4 minutes a day! Whilst regularly replacing our toothbrush is necessary, the handle can withstand a much longer lifespan than the heads.

This beautiful design is 2°C, a toothbrush that reduces the overall plastic waste by a staggering 87%! This has been achieved through the implementation of a high-quality reusable body that accommodates the disposable brush heads. Requiring just the heads to be replaced every six months. Its intriguing design doesn’t end at sustainability, packed into the magnetic base is a technology that quietly tracks your brushing stats, whilst simultaneously keeping track of the age of the brush head! This information is communicated to the user through the mobile app, allowing for unobtrusive tracking of the device!

Designer: Andrea Mangone

“When not in use the toothbrush snaps magnetically to a smart base for a minimum footprint on the bathroom counter. The smart base is able to track brushing time and frequency, as well as estimating when the brush heads should be replaced for an optimal brushing effectiveness. Moreover the system is able to provide an additional estimate of how much plastic is being saved from trash,” Mangone explains to YD.

Coca-Cola’s newest drinks come packaged in the company’s historic 1894 bottle

They say the soft-drink brand’s success didn’t begin until their adoption of the famous hourglass bottle and the iconic red and white cursive logo, but this bottle right here represent’s Coca-Cola’s humble beginnings. In a way, this is a long-overdue throwback that spans over a century of good times with the cola-based carbonated beverage. Its latest release? a series of cocktail mixers packaged in Coca-Cola’s first ever bottle design, a combination of the past and the future, in one glorious bottle!

Referred to as the Hutchinson bottle (designed way back in 1894), the straight-sided bottle with a bulbous neck is now being reissued as the packaging for Coca-Cola’s series of mixers. The bottle design possesses an aesthetic that complements its bar-friendly category, making it the perfect choice. Available in four distinct flavor profiles, Woody, Spicy, Herbal, and Smoky, and designed to be used with dark spirits like whisky and dark rum, the bottles come with a white label and a taped cap, quite a deviation from the soft-drink’s otherwise red-heavy design, but more of a hat-tip to the drink’s association with mixology. We can’t wait to see more of these bottles (and probably taste the mixers too)… you know, for strictly design-appreciation purposes!

Designer: Coca-Cola

This 3D machined Möbius sculpture is a perfect collectible for the math-obsessed

You’ve probably heard of or seen a Möbius strip, possibly even in the Avengers Endgame movie. Simply put, it is a loop with a half twist in it. This half twist allows the Möbius to be single sided and single edged. There’s no front or back to the Möbius strip, to the math inclined it is it is non-orientable. The surface you see is both the front AND the back, and if you traversed its surface with a pencil, you will end up where you began. It literally is an infinite loop. The Möbius strip is a fascinating piece of geometry that, given its weird topology, is quite challenging to reproduce. This particular desktop sculpture is made using a complex 5-axis CNC milling machine setup that is capable of carving out the complex Möbius geometry.

This 3D Möbius Strip sculpture comes from AltDynamic, the same guys who brought us the Orbiform and the PentaOrbiform, seemingly impossible pieces of un-spherical geometry that could roll around just like a sphere does, thanks to the fact that they’re constant-width solids. Taking their love for geometry and metal to the next level, AltDynamic decided to pay homage to the Möbius strip… a piece of geometry that they claim has never ever been fully CNC machined in 3D before.

Machined from 6061 aluminum, the Möbius Strip sculpture sports a beautiful satin anodized finish that shines without ever becoming a fingerprint magnet. As a hat-tip to the CNC machined nature of the strip, AltDynamic decided not to buff or sand out the toolpaths, so each Möbius comes with faint microtextured toolpaths which show where the endmill carved away the metal… almost like an artist’s signature. Available in multiple colors, the Möbius Strips makes a striking collectible for people who have a high appreciation for mathematics, geometry, and the junction between science and art!

Designer: AltDynamic

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About the Möbius Strip

The world’s first fully CNC machined Möbius Strip. A single sided, continuous surface reimagined by AltDynamic. The Möbius strip is known by many names, such as Moebius, Möbius band, infinity ring, Möbius loop, infinity ribbon and many more. Regardless of which name you may know it, the Möbius strip is one of the most famous surfaces in modern mathematics.

After its first documented discovery in the 3rd Century A.D., it fell into relative obscurity. It would take approximately 1,600 years until it was independently mathematically discovered by mathematicians August Möbius in September 1858 and Johann Listing in July 1858. (Interestingly, both students of Carl Gauss, one of the most influential mathematicians.)

Due to its unusual topology, Möbius strips are very hard to fabricate from nearly any method and are typically made by twisting strips of paper. The goal of this Kickstarter is to make the highest quality Möbius ever constructed using 6061 aluminum and modern machining techniques.

Math Talk

The Möbius is a strange shape. It is a one sided, single edged, non-orientable, two-dimensional surface trying to live in our three-dimensional world. A mathematically idealized Möbius strip would have a cross section of no thickness at all, just a line. The front and back blend into one infinitely thin surface. However, in order to exist in the 3D Euclidean space we do, it must have some thickness. In our Möbius, we have designed a golden ratio cross section.

The fascinating property, which made the Möbius surface famous and considered a biblical symbol, is that it is one sided. If you follow the path of the Möbius with your finger, you will arrive at the same spot where you began. Artist M.C. Escher displayed this property in his 1963 piece, Möbius Strip II. Above is an animated version of his original work.

The Möbius falls under the branch of study known as topology and is considered the simplest non-orientable surface. Non-orientability can seem peculiar at first glance, since everything in our world is oriented (can be given a direction). Orientability is the property whereby we can give direction to determine up vs. down. An orientable surface has two sides. We can orient a surface by using the normal unit vector from any point on the surface, and can establish direction by which way the vector points (vectors have magnitude and direction).

As can be seen in the diagram above, the normal vector never lifts from the surface and yet is still able to point in the opposite direction once it has moved all the way around (note it takes two loops for the vector to come back to its original starting point and direction). One point can have two normal vectors, however, the opposite pointing vector never switched to the other side of the surface (there isn’t a 2nd side in this case). This is a violation of orientability. To be oriented, a single point on a surface can have two normal unit vectors pointing away from each other, such as pointing inward and outwards on a sphere, but those vectors should not be on the same side.

To visualize sidedness, consider painting the inside wall of a cylinder red and the outside wall blue. Similarly, try painting a Möbius strip two different colors. On a Möbius , you could only paint with one color since there is just one side.

Left: The earliest known picture of a Mobius Strip, 3rd century Roman mosaic. It is on display in the Glyptothek Museum in Munich. The standing individual is Aeon, Greek god of time.

Design & Precision Machining

Möbius strips can be constructed in many designs and variations. Their design takes inspiration from the earliest picture of a Möbius known to exist, the nearly 2,000 year old Roman mosaic shown above.

Unlike many Möbius, our unique version has a uniform twist along its circumference. This allows their design to stand upright if it is on a level surface, otherwise it will roll.

Each ring is approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and .5 inches at the thickest point. Each weighs just under 2 oz., 56g.

In order to fabricate the highest quality Möbius ever constructed, they have decided to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine it. The precision and quality from our prior Kickstarter campaigns has been carried over to this one. All Möbius’ are CNC machined from solid blocks of aluminum. They will NOT be casting them!

The surface finish will be satin, and show a subtle textured toolpath. It will hide fingerprints and be easily cleaned with hand soap and water if needed.

The colors available on the Möbius are achieved through anodizing. This creates an extremely strong and durable surface which is corrosion-resistant, scratch-resistant and won’t stain or rub off. Apple uses anodizing on nearly all of their products. We are offering these colors: raw aluminum (silver), red, blue, black, purple and champagne. Even though we are anodizing the part, racking marks from anodizing are virtually eliminated.

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“Amazon After” helps you sell, donate, recycle, or rent out your past Amazon purchases

Currently under development, this nifty service lets you practically host a garage sale on your phone. Titled Amazon After, this is an afterlife for everything in your Amazon cart. Done with an item you bought on Amazon? You can have Alexa sell it instantly with Amazon After. Or, have her give it away, donate it, upgrade it, rent it out, lend it, trade it, pawn it, revive it, recycle it or help you dispose of it responsibly.

Amazon After basically manages everything you buy on Amazon. Its dashboard tracks the value of your product over time, and at any point of time, you can pick an item you want to get rid off and the app lets you unload your belongings and cut the clutter. As a verified Amazon user, your items have Amazon history, and a verified authenticity. You can choose to temporarily unload an item by loaning or lending it out for a period of time (for which you will be paid), or sell or even donate it. The dashboard gives you an estimate of what your product is worth AFTER you’ve bought it, so you don’t need to struggle with computing the value of a used product. If your product is broken or damaged, Amazon After takes care of it too, by shipping the rest of the spare parts along with your product to the next user. Selling your camera? Amazon After can supply a new battery to the user, or an SD Card. The service fills in the blanks wherever necessary, giving you the ability to sell as easily as you buy.

This circular approach to product consumption truly champions sustainability. Product lifespans are increased, and when they’re beyond use, Amazon After makes sure they get recycled responsibly. Amazon After even integrates with Alexa, allowing you to say phrases like “Hey Alexa, how much will I get if I sell my TV?” or “Hey Alexa, get rid of my Chronicles of Narnia Box Set.” If your product was bought on Amazon, its date of purchase and value are immediately captured in Amazon After, for later use. Alexa can then tell you how much you could make by getting rid of stuff you don’t want or need. Amazon After goes one step further with IoT devices, by tracking their use, so if you haven’t used your coffee machine in months, it’ll remind you to consider giving it away.

Amazon After, conceptualized and developed by Scott Amron, finds a way to make minimalism and circular consumption financially beneficial. The upper right corner of the Amazon After app entices you by telling you how much you could earn by selling all your stuff, and the app itself completely simplifies the process of unloading your unnecessary impulse-buys. Sell, rent, donate, loan, or recycle your purchases… either by tapping a button on an app, or telling your smart speaker to! Simple, eh?

Designer: Scott Amron

The Amazon After service isn’t affiliated with or sponsored by Amazon. There is no existing partnership or collaboration between the service and Amazon. The Amazon trademark is owned by Amazon.
You can click here to sign up for the Amazon After Beta Test.

Revolutionize VR! Oculus is looking to hire an Industrial Designer

VR existed before Oculus, but Oculus put VR on the map and in homes. When the company first announced its product, the first Rift, it made waves with how much it promised. Two screens in front of each eye, 360° tracking so you can look around, with absolutely zero latency between both screens. A seamless experience that up until then, seemed unbelievable. The company raised $2.5 million on Kickstarter, and was finally acquired by Facebook, which propelled Oculus to newer heights. Oculus has recently demo-ed the Quest, a hi-spec gaming VR headset with no wires and an in-built CPU, and teased their legacy Rift’s latest version, the Rift S in March this year. Oculus is looking for an Industrial Designer to join their team in Seattle, Washington.

The Opportunity

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we’re building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we’re creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities – we’re just getting started.

Facebook’s AR/VR team is shaping the future of consumer electronics in the emerging Augmented and Virtual Reality industries and the game-changing Portal products. As an Industrial Designer in the AR/VR team, you will help bring next generation hardware and experiences to life. You bring strategic problem solving and industry leading hands-on design skills to create delightful, holistically considered products. You have experience designing and shipping consumer products and are comfortable working collaboratively with cross-discipline teams.

Responsibilities

• Design category-defining products, helping Oculus/Portal/Facebook change the world through design.
• Help create the visual and physical language of our brand thru the design of our hardware.
• Utilize user-centric thinking and good aesthetic sensibility to align our brand to customer needs.
• Work collaboratively with multiple cross-functional teams on complex technical programs in a fast-paced environment.
• Conceive elegant, effective ways to address ergonomic and mechanical challenges.
• Key contributor of concepts and problem solving across multiple projects.

Minimum Qualification

• A Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or a related field.
• 2+ years of experience as an Industrial Designer, developing consumer electronics or wearable tech products.
• Experience exploring and refining ideas through prototyping.
• Experience in 3D CAD modeling.
• Experience solving problems in a collaborative team environment.

Location

Seattle (Washington), USA.

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