Jabra’s triple-lens webcam has a wide-angle 180° FOV, completely crushing Apple’s Center Stage

What’s better than one good webcam? Three of them… and with 4K resolution, no less.

With the ability to fit an entire boardroom into its FoV, the Jabra PanaCast uses 3 individual lenses to capture more in the same small webcam form factor. Quite literally upstaging Apple’s Center Stage, the PanaCast has a dizzying 180° field of view, capturing what Jabra calls ‘three whiteboards’ worth of content, digitally. Equipped with Jabra’s Intelligent Zoom feature, the PanaCast can also detect faces and expand its bounding box to fit multiple people into its frame. The 4K lenses do a phenomenally better job at capturing board meetings in vivid detail (along with the whiteboards behind them), bringing enterprise video conferencing to the next level.

Designer: Jabra

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While the Center Stage is more of a feature for Apple’s customers, the PanaCast is an entire product and solution marketed toward businesses. Companies are still operating online for the most part, with employees working from home, personnel scattered across countries and time zones, and clients too. That’s where the Panacast comes in, allowing people to effectively communicate with each other without being ‘talking heads’. People in the same building can convene at the same meeting table, with the PanaCast capturing the entire FoV.

The PanaCast additionally works with leading conferencing software, including Skype, Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, Slack, and even the obscure Hangouts (among many others). Additionally, the Jabra Vision app lets you set up and adjust your PanaCast, and even toggle individual lenses within the 3-lens setup, focusing on any part of the room.

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Flume feat. Caroline Polachek: Sirens

The second single from Flume’s forthcoming LP, Palaces (out 20 May), “Sirens” features ethereal vocal contributions from Caroline Polachek set atop an electro-industrial soundscape. The collaborative track was co-written and produced remotely by Danny L Harle, who played Flume “a voice note from Caroline with some very early stages of vocals,” the recording artist says in a statement. Polachek adds, “I was living by myself in London and it was the darkest time in the pandemic. I was really going through it, feeling so small, unable to control anything in the world, and the lyric ‘sirens’ was in reference to constant ambulances I was hearing.”

This minimalist table lamp design was inspired by water droplets and kitchen faucets

Faucet Light is a minimalist light fixture design that mimics the look of water droplets forming beneath a faucet’s spout.

We’ve each suffered through the monotonous drip of a leaky faucet at some point. It’s like clockwork and we can’t do anything about it but stare and wait for the plumber. Industrial designer Jaewan Park must have found some inspiration during the waiting game as his new lamp design resembles a kitchen sink faucet and the bulbous water drop that forms beneath its spout. Aptly dubbed the Faucet Light, Park’s new light design finds practicality and an artful design through subtle details and joyful aesthetics.

Designer: Jaewan Park

Finished in ceramic steel, Faucet Light features a glossy base to emulate the look of ripples on a still pool of water. An exposed, transparent glass reflector hosts the light fixture’s main light bulb and provides both area and focal lighting.

As Park explains, the light dimming mechanism resembles the look of a water spout to be intuitive by design, “By rotating the end tip of the tube 180-degrees, the glass reflector can be moved into the tube to switch the mode from area lighting to focal lighting in order to meet various possibilities.”

Rising to around 16 inches in height, Faucet Light maintains a slim body to fit atop most tabletops, even crowded work desks. The light fixture keeps the same shape as a kitchen sink faucet, giving the lamp an edge of intuitive usability for every user to feel confident when using it. Describing the design in his own words, Park describes, “Faucet Light is a tabletop light design concept that visually inspired from an image that water drop hanging on the faucet to achieve both functionality and joyful aesthetics at the same time.”

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Steps Bookend

Constructed from sturdy metal and shaped like a staircase, Poketo’s Steps Bookend promises to be a functional, design-forward piece that works on a bookshelf or desk. Available in cheerful colors (seafoam, coral or dark blue), the hand-painted piece keeps books upright and in place while adding color and whimsy to any room.

Conceptualized for designers, this multifunctional desk adapts to meet your work tasks

The Raak Mai desk is a multifunctional, versatile desk conceptualized for designers.

Finding the right desk to meet our working and creative needs is essential to stay productive. When it comes to our work, our desks must rise to the occasion, sometimes literally. Standing desks tend to help our posture when working from our computers all day.

Angled desks find the ideal tilt for sketching and drawing up plans. Then, different desks carry unique storage options, keeping all of our tools within arm’s reach at all times. The Raak Mai desk from industrial designer Laura Rodríguez combines all of the above to provide a multifunctional, versatile desk for all working needs.

Designer: Laura Rodríguez

Preliminary inspired by the needs of designers, Rodríguez hoped to incorporate analog mechanisms that work to take care of digital tasks. While many of the elements of the Raak Mai desk can be adjusted manually, the overall structure of the desk was fitted to ensure the digital needs of modern technology could be met.

The Raak Mai desk hosts an array of different modes, allowing users to adjust the desk’s height, tilt, and storage capabilities according to their working needs. When designing or sketching, users can angle the desk to their desired tilt for accurate drawing sessions. An integrated winch allows users to manually adjust the desk to a standing height.

Several USB ports let users charge their electrical appliances throughout the workday. Storage drawers can be found throughout the desk’s build, allowing users to organize their stationery as needed. Then, a footrest provides space for users to prop their feet while working.

Propped up on two steel legs, the desk’s table is defined by its wooden build. Relying on modern construction methods like 3D printing and laser cutting, Rodríguez employed precision-based technologies to ensure seamless joinery and connections.

The drawers, chest, and main tabletop would be built using laser cutting technology into individual modules that would connect to the rest of the Raak Mai desk. Then, 3D printing would be used for constructing the desk’s overall frame. Finally, Rodríguez envisions the Raak Mai desk finished with a glossy layer of primer.

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Gender Marker “X” Available on US Passports

On 11 April, US citizens will be able to select the gender marker X on passports, the State Department announced today. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that the X designation will be included in the TSA Pre-Check program and TSA checkpoints will have gender-neutral scanners at airports. The move comes several months after the country’s first-ever passport with the X gender designation was issued, a move that aims to respect, reflect and celebrate the reality of many individuals in the US. Read more at The Daily Beast.

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This stackable desk organizer lets you build a tower for your tools and trinkets

There never seems to be enough space on your desk, so this concept makes use of the underutilized space above it instead.

Desk organizers are a dime a dozen, but they themselves can actually be a source of headaches when they take over your workspace. No one can perfectly predict how much stuff we’ll accumulate over the years, and traditional organizers aren’t designed to grow with you and your clutter. You can buy more of them, in different designs even, but there’s a limit to how much room you have on the table. In contrast, Cyl uses the age-old stacking trick to free up horizontal space by utilizing often unused vertical space.

Designer: Marc Godayol i Hasse

Stackable containers are nothing new, of course, but they almost always have one kind of limitation or another. Some boxes can stack way up, but you’ll have to remove the ones on top first before you can get the items stored in lower tiers. Others are also fixed in their size, offering only short bins for things like paper clips, pads of paper, keys, and other small objects.

This desk organizer concept doesn’t discriminate or put limits on what you can put inside. More importantly, you can easily see what’s inside and quickly get them without having to unstack the ones above. In theory, you can stack the containers as high as you can, presuming gravity doesn’t cause them to topple over.

The organizers come in different sizes, with the tallest having enough room for pens and markers. The topmost container can be a short dish for keys and coins, or it can just be a wooden cover to quickly place objects you need to just as quickly access later. There are no rules on which can go on top of which, and you can have as many combinations or as many containers as you need or like. Gravity and your own height will be the only limits.

Cyl is designed to be made from metal, painted in different colors to make them look visually attractive. They also stack on top of each other, almost like LEGO blocks, except they’re cylindrical rather than blocky. Circles might not be the most space-efficient compared to squares or rectangles, but they are more interesting and more pleasing to the eyes, giving your subconscious brain one less source of stress.

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A Modern-Day Shortwave Radio with a Wonderful '80s Design Aesthetic

Radio manufacturer and American Red Cross partner Etón has been manufacturing shortwave units since 1986. And for their latest, the Elite 750, they dug deep in the 1980s design aesthetic crates:

Metal knobs with tick marks, an analog signal gauge, hard-edged metallic rectilinear buttons on a grid, it’s enough to make me misty for my high school stereo set-up.

And no, there’s no Bluetooth, though there is a line-in port if you insist on sullying the set-up by attaching your glass rectangle to it.

“When you want full shortwave capabilities and a classic design, choose the Elite 750. A 360-degree rotating AM antenna enhances the radio’s ability to pull in weak AM signals. You can listen to AM, FM , SW, LW, SSB and aircraft band frequencies, and you can program in up to 100 of your favorites for each band. You can also connect your MP3 player for even more listening choices.”

The relatively compact unit measures 4.1″ high, 6.6″ wide and just 1.2″ deep and will set you back $450.

3D technologies transformed plastic waste into city benches to beautify concrete barriers

USE is an experimental furniture piece built from plastic waste for the small town of Lucca to operate as a second skin for New Jersey concrete barriers as well as a city bench.

R3direct uses innovative 3D technologies to produce a collection of different items, like furniture and public infrastructure, from waste. Currently, 55% of the plastic coming from urban waste is destined for thermo-valorization or dumped in landfills. R3direct gathers plastic waste from that portion of the main supply to use for their 3D-printed products.

Designer: R3direct & Giulia del Grande

Using large-format 3D printers, R3direct is dedicated to high commercial value applications like sculptures, functional prototypes, and public or private furniture objects. Their latest experimental furniture piece is dubbed USE, which stands for ‘Urban Safety Every day.’ USE primarily functions as a ‘second skin’ for New Jersey barriers and takes the shape of a city bench for residents and tourists to enjoy.

Made from post-consumer plastics, R3direct remains committed to printing durable and bespoke objects for private and public purposes. Using innovative 3D and parametric technologies, “The recycled plastic necessary for the realization of USE,” the R3direct team explains, “comes entirely from the recycling of polylaminate beverage cartons carried out by the company Lucart, [a] world leader in the production of paper and tissue.”

Dotting the streets of the small city of Lucca, while Lucart carried out the recycling and processing of the plastic, R3direct collected the plastic waste from the re-use of about 3,300 TetraPak® cartons. The final compositional makeup of USE is 75% of FiberPack®, a material obtained from recycled cellulose fibers used in beverage cartons, and the remaining 25% is made of polyethylene and aluminum, two components used as raw, secondary materials to produce the module.

Working closely with Giulia del Grande, the USE project originates from the designer’s thesis, which explores, “the issue linked to the design of spaces to prevent the sense of fear in people who live in cities.” Calming the chaos and busy nature of cities, public furniture like benches and water fountains are incorporated into the fabric of the city to function as aesthetically pleasing home bases for urban residents and tourists.

Speaking to this, the team at R3direct notes, “Urban furniture intends to transform the concrete barriers commonly used during events or in a fixed manner to protect strategic places in the city, making them aesthetically pleasing and equipping them with various functions useful to the citizen.”

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