Apple's new stylus, Pencil, is designed for use with the company's forthcoming iPad Pro.
Apple Apple's new stylus, Pencil, is designed for use with the company's forthcoming iPad Pro.

Earlier this week, Apple announced a companion stylus, Pencil, for its 12.9-inch-wide iPad Pro, due out in November. The tablet and drawing tool are aimed at Apple's devoted audience of professional designers, who work heavily in programs like Adobe Creative Suite—a platform that's not yet fully functional on iOS mobile devices and, in particular, tablets. That could slow pickup of both products, explains Engadget, which asked designers what they think about the new stylus: “If iOS is going to be a tenable singular device for professional creatives, Adobe has to get on board.” [Engadget]

From ARCHITECT's September issue: How architects can use the Internet of Places to determine whether their designs actually meet occupants' needs. [ARCHITECT]

Americans can't seem to get enough of granite counter tops. Vox reporter Phil Edwards spoke with Emerson Schwartzkopf, the editor of trade publication Stone Update, about the factors driving Americans’ fixation with the high-end solid surfacing material. [Vox]


Legos and other toy building blocks are perennially popular for one reason: They work. New York entrepreneur Arnon Rosan is scaling up the concept with EverBlock. The modular, plastic bricks can be stacked, drilled, and routed to create furniture, partition walls, small interior enclosures, and even military, disaster-relief, and jobsite shelters (above). [Gizmag]

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are partnering to offer a master’s degree in design engineering. The program will begin in the fall of 2016. [Harvard University]

Sara Little Turnbull, the famed industrial designer who worked with companies such as 3M, Corning, and Procter & Gamble, died Sept. 4. She was 97. [The New York Times]

Watch the 400-ton, four-century-old Hirosaki Castle, in Japan, travel to a new location 230 feet down the road. [Gizmodo + The Wall Street Journal]

This solar-powered luminaire can light your patio and charge your cell phone. [Kickstarter]

Does using an electric toothbrush contribute to your carbon footprint? Researchers at the University of Washington developed a wearable sensor unit that can detect the devices and equipment—such as cars, buses, microwaves, and, yes, even your high-tech toothbrush—that an individual uses throughout the day and measure their radiation. []