Motor Trend magazine and the California International Auto Show have announced that the theme for their sixth-annual International Design Contest is "Brand it Your Way." The contest challenges participants to create a design for a car, truck, or SUV using the concept of an existing brand (for example, how would a car look if it had the elegance of a Rolex?). The deadline for entries is September 13 and the judging will take place on October 27. Awards include a trip to Anaheim, CA for the final round of judging, as well as cash prizes. Register through August 20 at http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-546.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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