This is a great talk by Thomas Heatherwick on how his studio approaches tough design briefs and wow the projects he uses to illustrate their approach are truly inspirational. Take a look.
Learning by Design
Designer, writer, and educator, August de los Reyes works for the strategic design firm Artefact. Previously with Microsoft, he led teams for Windows and Microsoft Surface to further Natural User Interface. An affiliate design faculty member at the University of Washington, August is a graduate with distinction from Harvard, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Robots That Think Like Robots
In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together -- and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.
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Roboticist Raffaello D'Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, architects and engineers.