Companies are buying these portable soundproof rooms like crazy to fix the worst thing about their open floor offices

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Room is a new company that’s created private, semi-soundproof phone booths for noisy, crowded offices.

Already, the company has snagged high profile clients like NASA, Salesforce, and Nike.

Room says they’re on track to sell $10 million worth of product in their first year of business.

If you work in an open office, it’s likely that you’ve ducked into a hallway, a closet, or even the bathroom to get a few moments of quiet to make a phone call.

With the move to the open office and the collective banishment of cubicles, finding a quiet, private place can sometimes be close to impossible.

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Drone design doesn’t impact people’s perception of drones: Study

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A University of Nevada, Las Vegas study has found that the design of a drone doesn’t actually impact people’s perceptions of drones. The study asked 647 people in the U.S. to rate their perception of drones that they saw in pictures, manipulated across four factors – color, propeller blades, legs and propeller safety guards. (Video)

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Sneak Peek: George Lucas’ Future Museum

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Isolated, the words all sound so cliché. Organic. Flowing. Curvy. But set to the backdrop of Chicago’s blocky skyline, they assemble a brash thesis on the city’s future: The new George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a low-slung knoll inside a landscape of towering Lego, an Egyptian pyramid reimagined for the year 2020.

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Winners of the world’s first ‘3D Printed Car Design Challenge’

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An entire car will be printed in September at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. Local Motors, the company behind the project, recently held what was the world’s first 3D Printed Car Design Challenge to choose its final design. Over 200 groups entered the competition, but when the dust settled and the votes were tallied, two designs stood atop the heap. (Pics)

 

 

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5 things Google will conquer in the future according to Larry Page

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Larry Page, CEO at Google,  just published his annual founder’s letter for shareholders and, as usual, it’s a fascinating glimpse into where he thinks Google is going, how it’s going to get there, and what the company will conquer in the future.

 

 

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Design can lead to exceptional returns for shareholders

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It used to be about “us” and “them.” “Us” were the people who believed that design could add significant value when tightly integrated with other business processes.  “Them” were the majority of managers who didn’t get what design was all about in the first place.

 

 

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Parking lot design challenge aims to revitalize urban areas

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Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design explores the idea of a year-round recreational area for kids of all ages in Ronkonkoma.

Parking lots and similar structures have been a popular battleground for urbanists and architects in their quest to reclaim urban space as they often represent large tracts of unused land that offer little existing aesthetic contribution. Arguably the ParkingPLUS proposals in Long Island, which are a follow-up to 2010′s Build a Better Burb competition, encourage behaviors that have created more livable downtowns while combining personal and public transit in striking new configurations. Though these proposals to reinvigorate a 4,000 sq ft parking lot are still mere pipe dreams right now, each was carefully examined for cost and suitability to each area’s needs, making them a possibility for the future. (Pics)

 

 

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25 egg-inspired innovations

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Eggs are a well-known symbol of the candy-filled holiday, Easter.  .From fashionable meaty breakfast scarves to egg-shaped eco chargers, these features will give you more than just the Easter egg to look forward to at Easter.  Here are 25 egtastic innovations. (Photos)

 

 

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