The Xbox Adaptive Controller is one of the most telling products in how design as we know it is changing. It’s a boxy controller with two giant buttons and over a dozen ports for external peripherals, to allow people with disabilities the option to play Xbox in any manner they can. advertisement advertisement If the 2000s and 2010s were about bringing good design to everyone, the 2020s are shaping up to be about bringing good design for everyone else—the so-called fringe cases embraced in inclusive design who have been overlooked by a world that champions averages and other one-size-fits-all solutions. But the Xbox Adaptive Controller was just the first step into more inclusive video games and voting machines. And we’re seeing that proven in a new, companion product developed by the mouse and keyboard giant Logitech. Called the Adaptive Gaming Kit, it’s a collection of mix-and-matchable buttons that plug into the Xbox Adaptive Controller for additional … [Read more...] about Microsoft went all in on accessible design. This is what happened afterwards
The year 2006 was a big year for headphones. It’s when the Beats brand debuted, took over every pair of ears in professional sports, and exploded into a $3 billion lifestyle-led technology company. You know what Logitech released that same year? This game controller loaded with fans so your hands would get less sweaty. advertisement advertisement It’s one of many opportunities that Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell admits the company missed out on. Logitech is one of the world’s largest hardware companies. It sells more computer mice than any other company in the world, which earn a vast majority of the company’s $2 billion in yearly revenue. But Darrell–who hailed from Whirlpool, Procter & Gamble, and GE–didn’t come to Logitech in 2012 to figure out how to sell more mice. “We were one of the quintessential examples of a PC-related company, and our profits were dropping,” he tells Co.Design. “I came because I wanted … [Read more...] about Logitech Pulls Millions From Mice, Invests It In Design
Creating designer babies who are free from disease and super athletic or smart may finally be around the corner.But American society hasn't fully thought out the ethical implications for the future of baby making or policies to regulate these techniques, an ethicist argues in an article published today (March 13) in the journal Science."We're on the cusp of having much more information, and the appearance of having much greater discretion, in choosing the traits of our children," said article author Thomas H. Murray, a bioethicist at the Hastings Center, a nonprofit research center in Garrison, N.Y. People also need to think about what parents and doctors will do with the technology, he said. "What use will they make of it, and should there be limits?"In fact, in February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met to consider conducting clinical trials to test out genetic manipulation techniques to prevent mitochondrial disease from occurring in offspring. [Top 10 Mysterious … [Read more...] about Children to Order: The Ethics of ‘Designer Babies’
NEW YORK — The increasing power and accessibility of genetic technology may one day give parents the option of modifying their unborn children, in order to spare offspring from disease or, conceivably, make them tall, well muscled, intelligent or otherwise blessed with desirable traits.Would this change mean empowering parents to give their children the best start possible? Or would it mean designer babies who could face unforeseen genetic problems? Experts debated on Wednesday evening (Feb. 13) whether prenatal engineering should be banned in the United States. Humans have already genetically modified animals and crops, said Sheldon Krimsky, a philosopher at Tufts University, who argued in favor of a ban on the same for human babies. "But in the hundreds of thousands of trails that failed, we simply discarded the results of the unwanted crop or animal."Unknown consequencesIs this a model that society wants to apply to humans, making pinpoint genetic modifications, only to … [Read more...] about Designing Life: Should Babies Be Genetically Engineered?
At MWC (Mobile World Congress), Chinese manufacturer Huawei showed off its new laptop, the MateBook X Pro. And now, the laptop has been made available in the U.S. The base model will set you back $1,200, while the more powerful version is $300 more expensive. The design is stunning, but it’s not a revolutionary. Instead, it’s the fulfillment of a lot of the promises that laptop makers have been building toward for years. In particular, we noticed two trends from other manufacturers that the MateBook X Pro has borrowed, and taken a step further. Trend #1: The Dell XPS 13’s bezels Andy Boxall/Digital Trends The most striking feature of the MateBook X Pro is the bezel — or lack thereof. When the Dell XPS 13 first came out in 2015, we couldn’t have known how big an influence it would have on the future of laptop design. Its shrunken bezels made just about every other laptop on the market feel outdated — in the same way that the Galaxy S8 did with … [Read more...] about Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is everything that’s right with modern laptop design