Core77: Plaxtil Recycles Used Face Masks Into School Supplies

Core77: Plaxtil Recycles Used Face Masks Into School Supplies. “French company Plaxtil has used their technology to recycle used face masks into school supplies. Millions of discarded masks have been collected, sanitized, broken back down into plastic and molded into protractors, rulers and triangles for geometry classes.” And given away for free.

Engadget: 3D CT scans make even ketchup caps look cool

Engadget: 3D CT scans make even ketchup caps look cool. “See that picture up there? It may look like something out of Tron or Blade Runner, but it’s actually a CT scan — of a Heinz ketchup cap. A group of ‘deeply curious engineers’ is scanning different types of items every month to give us a deeper appreciation of various engineering marvels surrounding us in every day life. The latest batch of scans includes a Heinz squeeze-bottle cap that took its inventor 185,000 hours and 45 prototypes to finalize.”

Drexel University: Drexel Unveils ‘Museum of Where We Are’ Exhibition of Design History Students’ Work

Drexel University: Drexel Unveils ‘Museum of Where We Are’ Exhibition of Design History Students’ Work. “Joseph Larnerd, PhD, assistant professor of design history in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, started his ‘The Museum of Where We Are’ online project as a way to continue facets of hands-on learning in his ‘ARTH 300: The History of Modern Design’ class after all University coursework went remote in spring 2020 due to the pandemic. He had students select an object from their current place of residence, and over the course of the term, conceptualize and research a label for that object like one would find in a museum.”

TechCrunch: Pinterest launches TwoTwenty, its own in-house incubator for new projects

TechCrunch: Pinterest launches TwoTwenty, its own in-house incubator for new projects. “Pinterest today announced a new initiative designed to help the company increase its pace of innovation. The company is introducing an in-house, experimental products team called TwoTwenty — named after the address of Pinterest’s first office. The team is comprised of engineers, designers and other product experts who will research, prototype and test new features and ideas, then identify those that gain traction. Successful products will be handed off to other teams within the company to take to scale.”

Core 77: A Look at Face Mask Dispensers

Core 77: A Look at Face Mask Dispensers. “Many who regularly wear facemasks have opted for permanent cloth ones, rather than the disposable kind. Healthcare professionals have no such option, so hospitals are stocked with disposable facemasks (when they’re in stock). That means facemask dispensers are needed A perusal of medical supply websites shows that these have received a minimum of design attention, and their doesn’t appear to be any standard (nor standout) design.”

CNN: The Biden administration launches a $500,000 contest to improve face mask designs

CNN: The Biden administration launches a $500,000 contest to improve face mask designs. “If you have a unique idea that follows required safety guidelines, you can submit your idea here by 5 p.m. ET on April 21. You must be a US citizen or legal resident to receive a prize. Up to 10 winners will be chosen in the first phase of the challenge and will split a $100,000 prize, with each person taking home up to $10,000.”

12 Months Later: How Consumer Tech Has Responded to the Pandemic (Core77)

Core77: 12 Months Later: How Consumer Tech Has Responded to the Pandemic. “Last year, we noted that technology for the home which fosters our sense of comfort, wellbeing and community was still lacking in many respects. With a totally different landscape one year on, brands are being presented with more opportunities and challenges to integrate meaning into technology than ever before. We’ve collected a few examples of these below, with suggestions for how brands and developers can chart the best course forward.”

Arizona Sate University: ASU student team’s fog-free mask design wins $1 million international competition

Arizona State University: ASU student team’s fog-free mask design wins $1 million international competition. “A student team from Arizona State University has won the million-dollar XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge to redesign the face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them more comfortable, functional and affordable. The contest drew nearly 1,000 entries from young innovators in more than 70 countries around the world. The ASU team made the top five in early December; the grand prize was announced Tuesday.”

Packaging Today: BPF Launches Online Database of Sustainable Design Guides and Tools

Packaging Today: BPF Launches Online Database of Sustainable Design Guides and Tools . The BPF is the British Plastics Federation. “The new online resource includes numerous design guides for making plastic packaging more recyclable, guides for incorporating recycled content in products, general guides about sustainability, as well as interactive tools such as carbon calculators. The searchable database presents a wealth of insight into plastic packaging design at a variety of technical levels, which can ultimately help to reduce the overall environmental impact of products.”

Technology Times Pakistan: PPE Designers Redefine Masks During A COVID-19 Pandemic

Technology Times Pakistan: PPE Designers Redefine Masks During A COVID-19 Pandemic. “Experts say that PPE like masks is critical for slowing the spread of Covid-19. But for much of the pandemic, high-quality PPE has been in short supply for medical workers. Meanwhile, PPE available to the public has been of variable quality, with users complaining that cheap cloth masks, although widely available and recommended by public health agencies, are uncomfortable, hamper social interactions, and have limited effectiveness. Those issues have spurred new innovation, as inventors strive to make PPE cheaper, safer, more comfortable, and more accessible – and, in many cases, may see opportunities to turn a profit while doing so.”

Wallpaper: 3D renders bring this New York digital design fair to life

Wallpaper: 3D renders bring this New York digital design fair to life. “New York City’s annual design festival, NYCxDesign may officially be postponed until October, but for the online design magazine Sight Unseen, which has championed emerging design since it was established in 2009, the underlying uncertainty of present times propelled founders Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov to press on with organising their annual showcase Sight Unseen Offsite, at its regularly scheduled time. Launching this week, Sight Unseen Offsite’s very first digital design fair, which the duo have christened Offsite Online, showcases a varied selection of 60 designers and brands bringing new furniture and objects to the web-based exhibition.”