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The future of food in your home

After tracking sociocultural and technology trends influencing and shaping the kitchen landscape over the past 10 years, we wanted to share with you some key insights and opportunity areas that will impact food futures.

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The future toilet: Impromptu hygiene enforcement

Not the most dignified choice of topics, admittedly, but this is something that has either fascinated or mentally scarred me. I am going to share with you my experience of the ‘futuristic public toilet’, or to be more technically correct an ‘automated toilet.’ It was situated on the South Island of New Zealand by the Fox Glaciers. I was on a guided tour and we had long bus journeys with regular stops at public toilets and more importantly somewhere to get our morning coffee!

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A Doctor’s perspective on learning Human-Centred Design

During my internship with PDD, I participated in the LUMA Institute + PDD’s Human-Centred Design (HCD) for Innovation workshop that the PDD HCD team runs several times a year in London.

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The potential of Wearable Tech in the workplace

A few PDDers and I attended the Wearables 2015 conference in London, which was a great chance to see the latest trends in the wearable tech field. A range of exhibitors from startups to industry giants were displaying impressive devices such as Open Bionic’s 3D-printed Prosthetic Limbs and Samsung’s Oculus Rift-based VR headset.

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Health, well-being and HUMIIN™ interactions at the International Home+ Housewares Show

Our friends at Intersection-inc. attended the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, IL, and provided some insights into the hot topics and products from the show.

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Links from the studio: How to design a happier life. #InternationalDayOfHappiness

Are you happy? Although happiness is something we all strive for, achieving it is actually quite difficult. Could we use design to help make our lives happier?

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Driving innovation across geographies. PDD features in the 2015 New Design year book.

Vassilios Kanellopoulos, Business Development Director, and Vicky Hong, Business Development Manager, talk to New Design about our growing presence in Asia.

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Human-Centred Design in Healthcare

As a resident physician, I know the challenges that hospitals face in providing good quality clinical care. Many of these challenges require more than just a better understanding of clinical knowledge; they require a deep analysis of the complex problems hospitals face, including a better understanding of the physical, cognitive and emotional needs of the different kinds of people who interact with each other in a highly stressful environment.

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Buck up for Chinese New Year of the Goat

It turns out that 2015 is the year of the goat (sometimes also called ram or sheep) and in Chinese astrology, goat sign people (those born in: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 & 2015) are generally advised to “take special care about what they do.” Besides this ominous prediction, Chinese superstition has it that nine out of ten sheep/goats/rams will be unhappy in life. Consequently, according to some media reports, a few cautious Chinese expectant mothers are booking Caesarean sections to give birth before the 19th of February when the current year of the horse ends.

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A taste of the future

I wish I hadn’t got up at 5:15 last Wednesday morning. Not that I’m complaining, but the multi-sensory experience I had signed up to attend later that day was a mind-altering event that was really worth being all there for…

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HOME – Multifunctional, healthy and economical innovations in the kitchen

Our expectations of the home as a place of work, rest and play have evolved as family dynamics shift, new needs arise and technology advances. In this series of blog posts, we take a deep dive into the home and discover the products at the forefront of innovation. Up first, the kitchen.

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The focus of our Deep Dive Human-Centred Design workshop is…

In early January we asked people on our mailing list to let us know which topic they’d like see in a Human-Centred Design workshop from the list below.

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4 User Interface trends caused by the smartphone revolution

On January 10th 2015, the iPhone celebrated its 8th birthday. Although there’s little doubt about the impact the iPhone and its fellow smartphones have had, we’ve recently reached an important milestone: In the late part of 2014 smartphone internet traffic overtook desktop internet traffic for the first time and this growth is set to continue. Now more than ever, putting mobile interaction first is vital for any website to survive.

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Another successful year of exciting product launches for PDD

As another year reaches its climax, it’s time to say thank you…

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James Bond’s Christmas wish list

He’s smart, charismatic, smooth and notably the recent Daniel Craig version of Bond; broody – my favourite of all. This is a secret agent who has been gifted the best innovative gadgets from MI6 Quartermaster ‘Q’; false fingerprints, invisible cloak for his car, broom radio and Bell Textron Jet Pack to name a few. However, if you had to gift Bond a Christmas gadget, what would it be?

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Links from the studio: A worthy wearable

2014 seems to have become the ‘Year of the Wearable’ with an ever increasing range of new devices that compete for some of the high value real estate that is your body. Will there be space under the Christmas tree this year for all the Fitbits, GoPros, Withings, Tiles and Ups?

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INSIGHT: Why fitness is the gateway drug for wearable tech

Sarita Wilkinson features in StrategyEye and shares her opinion on the latest report from Juniper Research who predicts fitness wearable tech devices look more likely to drive the wearable space than smart watches.

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The Plastics Industry Awards 2014

That time of year has come again for ‘The Plastics Industry Awards 2014’. Every year it recognises the best that the UK plastics industry has to offer with 17 categories ranging from ‘Processor of the Year’ to ‘Apprentice of the Year’. PDD is a previous winner of ‘Industrial Product Design of the Year’ award, but this year I was lucky enough to be invited along as a finalist.

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Cost acceptable & customised innovation – Chinese brands go global!

After attending CEF electronics show in Shanghai, Emily Lai investigates how local Chinese brands can survive and thrive if they want to expand in a global market place. What will set these Chinese brands apart from other players within their own highly competitive and fast moving marketplace?

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Talent on the tube

As a university placement student at PDD, this is the first time I’ve had to commute to work. When possible I cycle the 9 miles from my flat to the office but sometimes there’s no avoiding it. Personally, I’ve never seen the appeal of a stuffy, tube commute – crammed like sardines in a tin with a friendly armpit in your face. However, I’ve recently been thinking that maybe there’s more potential than meets the eye. If we are willing to take a deep breath, step into the unknown and talk to the person standing next us on the tube.

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