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Since its 1994 launch, Herman Miller's Aeron chair has become a classic not only for its aesthetically innovative spin on the traditional office piece, but also for its ergonomic qualities. This year, the company has further improved its design. To maintain the industrial piece's iconic look, only minimal changes were made to chair's physical appearance. Instead, the company focused on ergonomic enhancements, creating an even better user experience with new features like a leaf spring made of glass-reinforced polystyrene resin that replaces the old rubber coil spring, and a tightened weave in the back frame of the chair that adds comfort to the user's lower back. While the change significantly improve its performance, "For all the time and engineering that Herman Miller’s designers put into the new Aeron, they’d really rather you not notice it, at all," says Wired. [Wired]

ICYMI: Filmmaker Gary Hustwit documents the history of a space that's certain to change with the digital age: the modern workplace. Presenting another take on how design plays a role in our lives, Hustwit’s documentary, Workplace, focuses on British firm Foster + Partners' renovation to digital agency R/GA's New York office while providing commentary on the history of the office layout and what’s to come with the digitization that has affected millions of professionals’ day-to-day functions. [ARCHITECT]

Denver, Colo.–based artist Mark Boulding has created an alternative to traditional kids building blocks with the new toy set Boulding Blocks. The black and white cubic slabs connect through interlocking prongs that make it easier to build complicated structures. [Fast Co. Design]

BB toy Fair Video from Boulding Blocks on Vimeo.


Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Beijing Institute of Technology are creating next generation lithium-ion batteries inspired by the structure of the human intestine. [New Atlas]

Microsoft added new features to the software for its HoloLens VR headset, which enables users to preview furniture pieces in their home and purchase the item online if it's the right fit. [Popular Science]

German research organization Fraunhoffer teamed up with wind power industry experts in order to produce rotor blades for offshore wind turbines made of stronger, recyclable, lightweight thermoplastic foams. [Science Daily]

The Internet of Things remains an integral part of creating smart cities...and people are starting to notice. [The Huffington Post]