The World’s Fastest Tripod is Also One of the World’s Smallest

Believe it or not, I’m a little surprised that tripods have existed for millennia, and has been synonymous with photography for over a century, but the Lumapod hasn’t existed for over a couple of weeks. A small, powerful device, the Lumapod scales down the tripod to a third of the space when closed, but retains its functionality and height when opened.

Literally the size of a collapsed selfie stick, the Lumapod comes with 3 incredibly small legs and a long pole that’s fortified by three Kevlar wires that keep the tripod upright. This arrangement not only allows the Lumapod to collapse down to an extremely tiny form factor, it also makes setting the tripod up easier and dramatically faster.

As a profession or a hobby, photography is always highly time critical. The amount of time it takes for you to set your gear up can often cost you that perfect shot. The Lumapod’s design brings the tripod setup time from minutes to a mere 4 seconds, even verbally simplifying the process to three words. Twist, pull, set. Lumapod’s aluminum frame is both light and sturdy, and the Kevlar cords hold the tripod up using tensile strength. A ball and socket joint allows you to position the camera at any angle you want, while the inherently convenient design allows the Lumapod to be used as both a selfie stick as well as a conventional tripod, making it the perfect accessory to your smartphone, action cam, and even your professional shooter!

Designer: Martin Grabner

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Lumapod is the world’s fastest tripod for smartphone, GoPro, Mirrorless and DSLR cameras, designed for speed and ultra-portability. Never leave your tripod behind again.

A quick and simple setup will empower you to take full advantage of every photo opportunity… 4 seconds and you’re ready to go.


On the right is the Go85 (85cm height). The Go85 was designed to be as compact and lightweight as humanly possible without compromising on quality or performance. The result is a perfect travel buddy for your smartphone, GoPro and cameras that weigh up to 1kg / 2.2lbs. It is also equipped with integrated terrain levelers to accommodate for those situations with uneven ground.

On the left is the Go120 (120cm height). Go120 has all the benefits of Go85 but with an overall larger height and build that will support cameras that weigh up to 2kg /4.4lbs

In addition, Go120 has modular leg extensions which creates a wide-range of possibilities for adaptability.





Lumapod is extremely adaptable (use it with your smartphone, GoPro, mirrorless, DSLR and more). Easily use it to snap a selfie and then quickly set it down to capture a self-portrait. Either way you can always be in the shot.


Lumapod is specifically designed to be brought on all your adventures.



They carefully selected premium materials like high-grade aluminum and kevlar ropes to ensure reliable stability.


There is a simple mechanical principle behind the Lumapod designs: replace compression parts (traditional legs) with tensioning components (Kevlar Ropes). Perhaps it’s easier to understand when compared to something everyone knows:


Much like how the mast on a sailboat withstands wind with its tensioned ropes, they use the same theory to achieve stability. It’s no rocket science but the key to their design is being able to lock and tension Lumapod in any position.


Lumapod’s stability isn’t just by luck. They did extensive research and testing to measure the vibrations and damping of many tripods. Their electro-mechanical test setup enabled us to optimize Lumapod and ensure it is as stable as possible.


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Porsche Design x Huawei breathe a new life into smartphone Aesthetics

I’ve been rather verbose in my appreciation of Huawei’s experimentation with smartphone aesthetics. First came the stunning metallic gradients, then came the Mate 20, with its unique square shaped 3-lens-plus-flash arrangement, and a metallic gradient that was even richer than before. Porsche Design put a spin on this particular model in Huawei’s line-up, and the Mate 20 RS was born.

The Mate 20 RS is worth talking about because it’s no secret that smartphones are looking almost eerily similar nowadays. An industry that once prided itself in some wildly designed phones that went on to become icons of their times (the Moto Razr and Nokia N.Gage come to mind) is now filled with an eerily similar suspect line-up of phones, where the user literally spends hours trying to tell apart phones and sort the good from the bad. In getting Porsche Design on board, Huawei doesn’t just push the envelope, it also shows that smartphone companies should, once in a while, look outside their hardware design teams to work on aesthetics and detailing (take Philippe Starck’s Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 for instance). Porsche Design’s reinterpretation of the Huawei Mate 20 RS involves a leather and glass construction. With leather on two sides, you’ve got a phone that is great to grip and doesn’t slip easily off your palms. The glass strip running across the center forms a canvas for reflections and highlights to give the phone its mirror-finish appeal. It also looks like a racing stripe, giving the phone a sportscar vibe. Lastly, the presence of the glass strip allows the phone to charge wirelessly (at breakneck speeds of 70% in half an hour) too.

The Mate 20 RS makes a great case for getting product and industrial design studios and professionals (with interdisciplinary experience) on board to design smartphones, possibly making them stand out again, and ushering in the second golden era of mobile phone design!

Designers: Huawei & Porsche Design.







Panasonic’s Human Blinkers basically contradict themselves


This extreme dystopia alert comes courtesy Panasonic. The blinkers you see above and below were designed by the company, allegedly to combat the distractions involved with open workspaces. Preferring a more compartmentalized office space, Panasonic’s design studio (titled Future Life Factory) partnered with Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga to create the Wear Space, a literal pair of blinkers to help cut out external buzz and distractions and get you to focus on your work in front of you by reducing your peripheral vision by 60%.

The idea, Panasonic says, is to allow employees to find their place of zen in an open workspace. However, the blinkers are designed to zero your vision on a screen, the very item most companies are trying to get you to look away from. The screen, be it the one in your workspace, or the one on your phone, can be an absolute attention grabber in its own right, and the open workspace was created to combat this very problem of being too absorbed by the wall of pixels in front of you. Open workspaces promote social interaction, often relieving your eyes and mind from the adverse effect of ‘too much screen time’. Panasonic believes that the users of the Wear Space will wear these blinkers of their own accord, in an attempt to focus. However, the blinkers seem like a step backward in forcing compartmentalization in the workspace (probably even defeating the purpose of allowing you to focus on your work by making you and your headgear the subject of everyone’s attention). Call me a skeptic, but I think screens are addictive enough… and if you still find yourself unable to focus, a good pair of noise-canceling headphones should definitely do the trick.

Designers: Panasonic Future Life Factory & Kunihiko Morinaga.




Meet the massive interactive mirror that makes spellbinding pixelated patterns

If you’ve watched the Harry Potter movies, you’ll remember an iconic scene from the first movie when Hagrid stands in front of a barren wall, carefully tapping a certain set of bricks with the tip of his umbrella. The wall came to life as the bricks began rotating and disappearing into each other. Soon, there was no wall, and the famous Diagon Alley stood before Harry Potter and Hagrid. The Brixels offer a similar experience. Multiple individual bricks that rotate on their axes, the Brixels come with a mirror finish on one side, and a matte black finish on the other. Controlled by a proprietary software, the Brixels can independently move to create engaging facades, installations, and even architecture pieces.

The Brixel wall shows off the potential of the Brixels, creating patterns that play with light and shadow, as well as with depth, either moving in synchronicity, or mirroring a subject who moves in front of the interactive panel, or even creating imagery or text (ideal for large public spaces and offices). A Linux controller computer sits at the heart of each installation, running a variety of apps that process the visual data and pass it along to the Brixels. The data is sent via RS485 to the controller PCBs that sit at the bottom of each column. Each controller PCB then sends the data over a serial line up the column to each individual Brixel. The architecture allows an endless amount of rows and columns of Brixels, or even Brixel installations of different shapes like the Brixel Globe, shown below. A perfect artpiece for Burning Man, I’d say!

Designer: Breakfast New York










The SNO Quite Literally Reinvents the Christmas Light

The SNO Tree quite literally reinvents the Christmas light by not being a light you put on a Christmas tree, and instead being a Christmas tree shaped light! Its warm, soft, familiar aesthetic appeal comes from the Doolight we’ve spoken a great deal about in the past.

The SNO Tree is an ambient tabletop lamp that comes with a soft glow, courtesy the soft silicone, tree-shaped lampshade around an LED light that emits its warm glow. Fun, playful, and a perfect lamp to show your love for the Yuletide festivities, the Sno Tree gives you a warm, fuzzy Christmassy feeling when switched on! If you’re looking for something less seasonal, the SNO Heart adds a dash of love and warmth to your ambience.

The lights come powered by lithium-ion batteries that get charged via MicroUSB. Switching the light on is as simple as tapping its capacitive-touch-enabled base. Tapping it multiple times lets you toggle through its brightness settings, and a long press puts it back to sleep. Both the Tree and Heart variants come in simple and smart varieties. The simple lamp variants work purely via the touch panel on the base, while the smart variants come with a partner app that lets you toggle the light’s features via your smartphone.

Coming from the creators of the Doolight, the SNO boasts of the same quality of construction and begins shipping before Christmas!

Designer: Doosan Baek

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SNO Tree is the world’s first smart and portable X-mas tree!


Turn on/off and change the brightness. Set the timer and you are free to fall asleep.


Take your Christmas anywhere!


SNO works with a simple touch. Light tapping wakes the light up and changes the brightness. A longer touch puts the light to sleep.


Single control. Doolight APP is beyond just a remote control. The intuitive graphic interface requires no time to learn. You can control multi-units at the same time.



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The Novem Watch Shows Us You Can be Traditional yet Refreshingly Unique

We’ve covered our fair share of watches at YD, and as a design website, a lot of it doesn’t boil down to feature lists, but to how the watch aesthetically presents those features… because regardless of how good a watch is, it only connects to its users through aesthetics and emotional design.

The Novem, a moon phase watch, puts a twist on contemporary styling and tradition with its asymmetric dial, unconventional body (which looks like a combination of circular and rectangular), and mesmeric concentric circular watch-face design. A pleasure to wear and look at as light bounces off the dial and the watch’s body, the Novem tells the time, indicates the phases of the moon, and comes with two additional subdials that tell the date and month.

The Novem comes with a 706.3 Ronda movement encased in a 316L Stainless Steel case. An enlarged crown lets you change the time, while the case’s shape itself conceals hidden pushers that let you adjust the date and time. The shape of the case also attracts one’s attention with its unconventional circular yet edgy form… only to be complemented by the watch’s face, which makes use of tightly packed circular patterns that give it a moire-ish effect, making it quite literally hypnotic.

Aside from its uniquely striking design, the Novem comes with a pure sapphire glass cover that protects the watch from accidental scratches as well as gives it waterproofing of up to 5 ATM. Available in a variety of colors that explore traditional combinations like black, gold, and white (along with its ridgeback Italian leather straps), the Novem does a fine job of walking the line between classic and individualistic!

Designer: Alexis Holm

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The SQ39 Novem is a 40mm Swiss powered moon phase Chronograph with an inimitable silhouette.


The inspiration. Novem, Latin for the number 9 refers here to the 9 phases of the moon, but has been an auspicious digit in the history of many ancient cultures. It also traditionally represents the limit or ultimate attainment, as it is the last number in the base 10 system.


Asymmetric case, hidden pushers, true sapphire crystal lens, custom moon phase and a look all its own. Scroll down to get up close and personal.


YD’s suggested case and strap combinations!


Detail shot showing the engraved intersecting lines of the dial.


Reverse detail shot showing off hidden pusher and case assymetry.


Showing off the lines of the case and the screw-in strap attachment.


Detail shot of the polished gold buckle.


Perspective shot showing both case and dial in all its glory.


Up close with our geometrically padded calf strap.


Bored of telling the time? Get a magnifying glass and solve this maze.


Dual layer dial for more depth and three dimensional detail.


The horns of Novem. A case shape as iconic as they come.


The Novem dial showcases a wealth of intersecting engraved Guilloche lines.


The collection.


The specs.




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We Found a Travel Pillow that Ticks All the Boxes!

Here are a couple of features I look for in a travel pillow. They need to be A. comfortable, B. compact, C. effortless to set-up, and D. size-adjustable. My favorite pillow boils down to how well it scores in the aforementioned rating areas, often accommodating for low scores in one of those departments because frankly, no pillow is perfect… or so I thought before I came across the Candy Cane pillow.

It’s rare, and it requires a great deal of confidence to say that the Candy Cane pillow has no drawbacks. It doesn’t compromise on comfortability, compactness, set-up time, or even size-adjustability. Probably the most portable pillow on the market, the Candy Cane folds and rolls up to literally the size of a lemon. When folded, it practically fits in your palm and can be carried in your pocket, or stashed anywhere in your bag for using later. Unfold it and the pillow opens into a flat, long fabric that’s ready to be inflated. Inflating the Candy Cane quite literally takes seconds too. You can either blow into it, filling it with one or two breaths, or hold its air-inlet near a breezy air source like an air-conditioner vent. The Candy Cane instantly takes shape, and when you’re satisfied with how inflated it is, fold the air-inlet and clamp it shut.

Unlike most doughnut-shaped travel pillows, the Candy Cane comes in a much longer shape that allows you to adjust its size as well as supports your chin (something that is an oversight with most other travel pillows). An elastic band on one end secures to the other end of the cane, sliding up and down, tightening or loosening the pillow around your neck while also giving you the ability to adjust the way the Candy Cane is placed, letting you use it to sleep sitting, or lying down, or even against a wall. The pillow’s extension even lets a partner sleep comfortably against your shoulder, making the Candy Cane the only travel pillow that can be used by two people at the same time.

On the comfort front, the Candy Cane performs just as well as most other pillows. With a moisture-wicking outer fabric that prevents sweaty cheeks and necks, the Candy Cane stays cool and comfortable through your snooze, while an inner polymer lining adds durability to the pillow’s construction. The Candy Cane holds its shape depending on how much air is inside it, allowing you to customize how stiff or cushioned it is, and effectively decide the level of softness you want from your travel pillow.

It’s rare to have a product so effectively tick all the boxes. The Candy Cane is unbelievably compact, and doesn’t even require effort to set up. It’s comfortable for one person, and can adjust in size and orientation to work for two people too. Besides, its unusual shape allows it to be used virtually in any way possible, because true comfort doesn’t lie in rigidity, it lies in allowing you to choose what suits you!

Designer: Nisnas Industries

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The FIRST EVER 100% modular travel pillow with 20+ modes that FINALLY let YOU get real healthy sleep on the go.


It’s also the world’s most compact travel pillow.




The only pillow on earth that instantly inflates with one breath.

Just open the air intake and the Candy Cane will deflate.

Chin support is crucial for a good night’s sleep. We got you covered.

Smallest most compact pillow in the world once deflated.

So easy to inflate with your personal A/C vent.

100% modular, this means that all size heads will fit.

So comfortable on your layover…

Even better when camping as an adjustable pillow.

Your head won’t flop around, we have you covered, 360 degrees.

The only travel pillow to be completely washable.

With a double wall inside and outside layers, this pillow is spear sealed and super strong.

Made with a moisture wicking fibre borrowed from sports attire.

The only travel pillow made to be shared.

This is the strongest pillow we could make, hense the layering.

You blow into it from 10 inches away, no need to put your lips to the pillow to blow it up.

So easy to use the A/C vent to blow up this pillow.

Adjust the softness by rolling up and back the main latch.

The main air intake is magnetically sealed for a one snap seal.

This is how lite this pillow is, hurray.

Comes with a handy handle or tail.

So snugglable!

Completely modular to fit against a wall.

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Understanding Why this Watch’s $500,000 Price Tag is Justified

Normally, I don’t delve into covering products that I’d have to rob a bank to afford unless it’s a luxury car, but the Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital’s atrociously high price is something worth talking about because its half-a-million price tag isn’t the result of a luxury brand markup or because it uses rare earth metals and gemstones, but rather is because it puts half-a-million worth of effort, craftsmanship, and spectacularly intricate detailing that just makes its astronomical price justified. In an interview with Business Inside (video above) we learn exactly why the Récital 22 Grand Récital costs as much as it costs, and dare I say, it doesn’t sound over the top.

At first glance, you realize that the Récital 22 Grand Récital isn’t an ordinary watch. With a spectacular layout of elements that quite literally look out of this world, the Récital 22 Grand Récital is extraordinary to look at. The watch, says Jack Forster, is a result of a remarkable amount of labor, expertise, and sheer finesse. Each watch takes a considerable amount of time to make, given how complex its movements and parts are, and how intricate the detailing is. Limited to just 60 pieces, the watches are made one-by-one and rolled out or sold one at a time. The arduous process, along with the price of the quality materials that go into building the Récital 22 Grand Récital, accumulates to a value that’s half a million in worth.

The watch comes in two variants. One with a casing made from red gold, and another made from platinum. The use of precious metals only seems fitting for something that’s quite literally time-telling jewelry. The watch features a miniature hand-painted hemispherical representation of the earth as viewed from the north pole. The hemispheres are painted by expert artisans who bring out the translucent details of the clouds floating over the continents and the globe even uses special illuminating paint that brings the earth to life in the darkness, letting you see the outlines of the continents glow at night. This hemisphere detail rotates on its axis, much like the earth itself, completing a full 360° every 24 hours, along with a mini metallic moon that does its rounds around the earth, mimicking the exact position of the real moon as well as showcasing the moon’s phase on that given day of the month.

Underneath the earth lies the tourbillion, looking like the sun, and even going so far as to extend the metaphor to being a source of energy, just by the way it continuously turns. The position of the tourbillion in relation with the earth hemisphere accurately represents the way our planet earth faces the sun, making the watch face a miniature solar system in itself, with the earth, moon, and sun all playing their part. While this acts as a more visual indication of the time and date, the watch does have two subdials that tell the time on the front, and a perpetual calendar on the back, that not only tells you the day, date, and the month, but also has in itself the capability to account for leap-years, making the Récital 22 Grand Récital remarkably accurate and informative no matter what side you look at!

Quite like expensive supercars that show off high speeds, stellar builds, and noteworthy performances, the Récital 22 Grand Récital is a supercar equivalent of the watch world. With the amount of detail, artistry, craftsmanship, and time that goes into producing something that’s so visually striking and functionally par excellence, maybe the half-a-million price tag isn’t really an overestimation…

Designer: Bovet











The OPPY is an Ultra Hi-Def Action Cam from a Parallel Universe

In a universe or a dimension where the GoPro didn’t exist, I believe the Oppy would be the camera that’s ubiquitous with recording events, stunts, and life. The camera comes looking quite unlike most action cams, sporting a design where the lens and battery are different units, connected by a flexible gooseneck. The gooseneck acts as a strap, mount, support, and even a selfie stick, and with the way the lens looks, it imparts a rather fun, ET-ish personality to the camera as a whole.

The Oppy comes built with a 13 megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera module. The camera, in fact, sits in the left eye of Oppy’s ‘face’ while the right eye serves as an LED indicator. Built with the ability to capture images and videos in 4K, the Oppy matches up to your go-to action cam… however, with the gooseneck detail, the Oppy adds an element of playfulness and versatility to the mix. The gooseneck allows the Oppy to be wrapped around objects, or used to avoid obstacles. The flexible neck makes mounting the Oppy on any object much easier, allowing you to wrap it around your hand, or the handlebar of your bike, or even around a drone, eliminating the need to own a separate mounting mechanism, and also opening up a world of possibilities. The camera comes with the ability to shoot 4K at 24fps, or even go as high as 120fps at 720p, for some remarkable slow-motion shots. Conversely, the camera even boasts of a time-lapse mode that lets you shoot stop-motion footage.

Living up to its reputation of being an action cam that’s capable of wiggling its way into any scenario, the Oppy even comes with a splash-guard that sits around the camera lens like a scuba diver’s helmet. With an IPx6 rating, the splashproof case enables the Oppy to be used in the pool, while surfing, and even in the rain.

With a 950mAh battery, the Oppy can record video for a good 90 minutes, storing everything on a MicroSD card that fits in the back of the camera module. Built with a single-button function that lets you toggle between photography, video-recording, time-lapse, and slow-mo modes, the Oppy comes with a small learning curve, but makes up for it with its unique and supremely versatile design. And oh, there’s an app for it too!

Designer: BOUD

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OPPY is the world’s first Ultra High Definition flexible camera.


Find the perfect frame for your shot with OPPY’s one-of-a-kind bend and pose design. Twist to fix OPPY in place, help OPPY stand with no tripod necessary or stretch OPPY straight to mimic a selfie-stick.

Never miss a happy moment with OPPY.


Let OPPY be your Travel Buddy

Never missing a trip, OPPY helps to experience and explore the wondrous world around you.


Let OPPY be your Family Companion

Best friend to your child, capture imagination and daily life’s special moments.

Let OPPY be your Creative Muse!

Never let a creative moment be forgotten. For those who create, OPPY can commemorate every stroke of genius, every brush stroke, every light-bulb moment of innovation!


Watch time pass you by…

Slow Motion

Enjoy & record every passing moment!

OPPY is no Landlubber!

Equipped with a splash proof helmet, OPPY is splash proof.


Record your life Anytime, Anywhere with your OPPY.


All the Specs you Want, All the Specs you Need!

Excellent image + video quality, Digital Image Stabilization, Long-lasting battery life, Ample memory capacity…


Inserting SD Card.


Connecting Charging Cable.



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Google’s Pixel 3 is all about Google flexing its algorithm power

This year’s Made By Google keynote began with the familiar sound of Help by The Beatles playing as the visuals on the stage screen cycled through how Google’s objective in life is to ‘help’ its users. Over the past 20 years, Google has evolved from a search engine, to a browser, to an OS, and spanned into a variety of industries. Email, conferencing, storage, maps, translations, office tools, and conquering the final frontier with the smart home. Google’s mission has been the same throughout. Collect data and process it in a way that empowers and helps you, its user.

Data processing is Google’s secret sauce. Its signature combination of AI, software, and hardware makes Google the giant it is… and with the Pixel 3 (as with the other product launches) Google wants to show how good it is at collecting and assimilating information, in order to be of help.

The phone, which itself was one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry with its multitudes of press leaks (a little ironic, given that Google is supposed to know a thing or two about protecting data) debuts in two sizes and boasts of larger screens, better speakers, and a whole variety of features that come courtesy Google’s incredible data-assimilating AI (or as Google says, being designed from inside out). Even though last year’s Pixel 2 is still considered the golden standard in phone photography, the Pixel 3 manages to push boundaries with a single lens. The portrait mode is better, and you can now adjust the blur as well as change focus, and now the camera even comes with a feature called Top Shot which allows you to take a burst of incredible pictures and select the best one (or let Google’s AI recommend the best photo to you). The camera still uses Google’s incredible HDR shooting algorithm which helps create beautifully crisp images by taking multiple shots and combining the best bits together, and is now made much better, boasting of an extremely impressive low-light performance, so much so that Google says you’ll never need to use your flash again. The camera software comes with Google Lens built right into it, allowing you to identify people, objects, places, and even fashion. The Lens allows you to click pictures of items of clothing you love and identify where you can purchase them too (nifty!). The new phone also comes with unlimited photo storage (Google really loves its data!), and a new set of AR stickers along with collaborations with Marvel Studios and Childish Gambino. We’re yet to see what experts and reviewers have to say about what may be the new best phone camera in the world, but Google’s managed to partner with photography legend Annie Leibovitz, and we honestly can’t wait to see the images she clicks with them! Also releasing this year are seven magazines (courtesy a tie-up with Condé Nast) with cover photos clicked by the Pixel 3. Even its front cameras sport more heavy-lifting power, with its ability to capture as much as 184% more content in its frame thanks to the new wide-angle lens.

While the Pixel 3’s main focus has been its camera, and the software behind it, Google also debuted its highly anticipated Screen Call feature that lets the Google Assistant answer your calls for you, talking to your callers to let them know you’re busy and taking down messages they may have. CEO Sundar Pichai showcased this revolutionary bit of tech at Google’s I/O keynote and Pixel 3 devices will begin sporting this feature in a month or two. On a side note, the Pixel 3 is also the first Pixel phone to come with built-in wireless charging.

Google’s never been a hardware company. Yes they make an incredible phone, smart speaker, tablet, etc., but its hardware almost always plays second fiddle to Google’s magnum opus, its software and its massive bank of user data that helps it refine its services, and in turn, allows those services to help you.

Designer: Google

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