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Geek of the Week: Lytro Illum lead designer Markus Wierzoch, Artefact design director

Camera technology company Lytro is getting lots of headlines this week for its second-generation light field camera, called the Illum — a DSLR-style device that creates “living images” designed to be refocused after taking the shot. As it turns out, the design of the new camera has roots in Seattle, at the Artefact product design and development company, and a… Read More

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Lytro’s new angle reflects the future of photography

Lytro this morning unveiled its second-generation light field camera, called the Illum — a DSLR-style device that creates “living images” designed to be refocused after taking the shot. As a follow-on to the company’s original Lytro device, the new Illum is getting strong early reviews. But beyond the photographic magic, the camera’s hardware is also notable. Artefact, the Seattle-based product design… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon Drones, Artefact’s ‘Juice Box,’ a beautiful app and a classic console challenge

We’re getting very futuristic on this week’s GeekWire radio show — starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s surprising “Prime Air” delivery drones project. Then we get the inside story of Artefact’s “Juice Box,” a new energy storage design concept for the developing world, created to the specifications of Bill Gates as part of a feature… Read More

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Set-Top Box Showdown: A graphical guide to your options

[Editor's Note: Jon Mann is a design director at Artefact, the Seattle-based technology product design firm. This post and graphic are republished with permission from the company's blog.] Remember when your choice of a TV service provider was your cable box or a set of rabbit ears? Life was simpler, less than 10 years ago……. Read More

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Wearable computing: How technology will soon be stitched into our lives

Ah, wearable computing. Whether it’s geeky wristbands you can wear in the shower or the Seattle bar that’s already banned Google Glass, the discussions and ideas for embedded electronics on our bodies are heating up. To learn more about this potentially lucrative space, we sat down with Jennifer Darmour, a designer for Seattle-based technology design firm… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Artefact’s Fernd van Engelen on design, inspiration and water bottles

 Our latest Geek of the Week is looking to change the world, one water bottle at a time. Product designer Fernd van Engelen, industrial design leader at the Seattle-based firm Artefact, is raising funds on Kickstarter for a project called 999Bottles, aiming to manufacture thousands of stainless steel bottles with dials for tracking the number… Read More