Piece by Piece, Elizabeth Brunner Stitches Ethics Back into Fashion

Filling up landfills, creating unfair wages for workers, and significantly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, fashion isn’t exactly excluded from the consumer driven decline of the environment and humanity. But is the only alternative to shop at thrift stores or forever use hand-me-downs? Among the many designers emerging from the U.S.’s fast fashion disaster is Elizabeth Brunner, who has found a way to interrupt the wasteful cycle of clothing design.

Artist Barry Underwood Creates Landscape Auras to Reveal Human Impact on Nature

A thin but deafening azure pierces the forest; a chorus of coral rings dance on the water’s edge; a bed of tangerine rondure bloom in the dew of dawn—light artist Barry Underwood doesn’t simply toss neon lights into the woods and photograph them; he carefully folds the glimmer into the nooks of each unspoiled landscape, convincing them to reveal their mysterious undertones.

Digital Self-reflection: See Yourself through JINS MEME Smart Eyeglasses

Based in Tokyo, eyewear innovator JINS has recently jumped on the wearable tech bandwagon with MEME, their new smart eyeglasses that absorb, synthesize and externalize the user’s inner physiological and psychosomatic data. Instead of bringing the outside in like Google Glass, JINS MEME glasses are electronically subscribed to your subtle inner physical and emotional changes.

Contemporary Vista House by Alexander Brenner

Built in 2012 for two art connoisseurs, the Vista House in southern Germany serves both as a wooded hillside retreat and a personal art gallery. Designed by Stuttgart-based architect Alexander Brenner, the home features his characteristic contemporary stacked block volumes, cantilevered roofs, clean lines and crisp mien.

Step into MKG’s Immersive Infinity Installation to Find Your Social Soulmate

MKG’s Social Soul installation at the TED 2014 conference extracts the concepts and themes that are prevalent through your digital personality and displays it all around you, allowing you to experience the sights, sounds and messages of your social stream in a unified panoramic display. Users begin the experience by hashtagging #socialsoul, and complete it by meeting up with their fellow TED attendee social soulmate that they were matched with.

The Palm-sized Chemistry Lab that Costs Less than Your Morning Frappucino

Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakash has created a $5 hand-cranked chemistry lab from music box parts that, instead of pricking metal tines to sound different tones, yields precise amounts of designated liquid chemicals. The small device is an inexpensive, easily manufactured, programmable and energy self-sufficient tool applicable to a wide variety of scientific and educational industries.

Fun motivational gadgets to increase your willpower, decrease procrastination, and conserve resources

Research group Experience Design at the Folkwang University of Arts has created several innovative and fun transformational gadgets called “Pleasurable Troublemakers” to help individuals cultivate good habits, whether they be about personal issues like impulsiveness or procrastination or globally conscious issues like about the economy or the environment.

Black Cube House by KameleonLab Preserves while Undressing the Void

Designed by KameleonLab’s architects Rafal Specylak and Kuba Wozniczka, the Black Cube House in Wroclaw, Poland was born as an extension of a simple 1970s house on the property. The clients goal was to transform the modest estate into a full-figured modern home that doubled the amount of living space, preserved the original structure and created a dramatic entryway and terrace.

Empowering Patients through Scientific DIY Diagnostic Apps and Tools

In the internet world of information and misinformation, it’s easy for worried self-diagnosers to incorrectly turn a benign zit into something as scary as cancer. Luckily several new affordable smartphone-compatible devices are now in development that do everything from a routine physical exam to analyzing glucose and protein levels – allowing patients a non-invasive and quick alternative that would save hundreds of dollars and many idle hours spent in a waiting room.