The Noria air conditioner, designed not to be universally hated.

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The Noria air conditioner, designed not to be universally hated.

Few mundane household tasks conjure a sense of looming disaster quite like the process of installing a window air-conditioning unit.  

Yet, for decades, many of us have returned each spring to the dread ritual: balancing a 50-pound metal box on the rim of a windowsill with one hand while jamming the windowpane shut with the other, and hoping the whole thing doesn't end up crashing to the ground or, worse, onto the head of a passerby below.  So, Kurt Swanson, a mechanical engineer with a passion for thermodynamics, set out to build a better air conditioner. Called Noria, the result is sleek and curvy, programmable via a smartphone app, easily installed in a window without apparent peril, and slim enough to be stored under your bed.


 

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A Food Puzzle For Dogs!

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A Food Puzzle For Dogs!

For last the few months we've been hard at work supporting PAW5's Rock 'N Bowl, a way for dog lovers to engage their pets during mealtime.  We are happy to support the PAW5 team in their mission to bring a whole new enrichment experience to dogs and owners alike.  We couldn't be more pleased with the result!  Rock 'N Bowl is now available for pre-order for a January delivery: http://paw5.us

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Noria AC

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Noria AC

Likuma Labs is currently in the process of developing a new slim-profile window air conditioner.  It will feature a fresh air mode, WiFi, easy to install window adapter and a carry handle.  Noria's smaller foot print will keep the view out of your window and also allow for easy storage.  The kickstarter campaign is planned for November 2015!  

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Shifting Attitudes in Health and Wellness

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Shifting Attitudes in Health and Wellness

Join us for an afternoon of design thinking to produce innovative shifts in how we approach existing, or currently unchallenged problems in health care. We will begin with a 30 minute panel discussion about the future of health innovation by experts from the fields of design, health care, and science. Panelists include:

Thane A. Blinman, M.D Attending surgeon at CHOP + Asst Prof of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine

George C Brainard, Ph.D Prof. of Neuroscience + Director of Light Research Program at Thomas Jefferson University

Michelle Histand, B.A Director, Innovation + Corporate Development, Independence Blue Cross

Peter Lloyd Jones, Ph.D Assoc. Dean of Emergent Design + Dir. of MEDstudio@JEFF at Thomas Jefferson University

Jenny E. Sabin, M. Arch

Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Assist. Prof., Cornell University College of Architecture, Art + Planning

This will be followed by a charette, in which small groups formed from the audience will be led by the organizers to generate ideas around 1 of 3 topics related to the general theme of SHIFT in health and wellness. The 3 topics will be randomly assigned and introduced by MEDstudio@JEFF, and then expanded upon by the audience under the direction of design thinkers from IBX and Likuma Labs.

Presented by Independence Blue Cross Center for Healthcare Innovation, MEDstudio@JEFF & Likuma Labs

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Make the Unmakeable Challenge

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Make the Unmakeable Challenge

From February 24th through May 4th, FATHOM partnered with GrabCAD to host the first of three challenges in the 2015 Make the Unmakeable Contest. The competition dares designers and engineers to think differently about how they design and manufacture products by leveraging the unlimited design freedom made possible through additive manufacturing. Devin Sidell, Lead Industrial Designer at Likuma Laboratories, was ultimately named by judges the winner of Challenge #1 for his Grow Pod concept.

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