Tactile Objects — October 22, 2019

Artwork by Qi Zhou, Google Visual Designer

New wares

A zippy UI for Google Assistant. Nest devices made from plastic bottles. Extra-comfy Pixel Bud headphones. Made by Google had a big week, launching a new wave of accessible, sustainable products → Check out the full lineup.

Where ideas come from

Speaking of hardware, design VP Ivy Ross gave Surface a tour of Google’s new design lab and her own artifact-filled home. “When you’re in an environment that feels more like you, it changes your physiology,” Ross says. Dig into the full interview for more on art, sound, and neuroaesthetics.

Tech threads

What happens when you let artists play with smart, conductive textiles? A multisensory installation filled with Jacquard’s digitally aware fabrics, where visitors can meditate or make music. For those not in Paris, enjoy a digital tour of “Please Touch the Thread” 👇

Explore: “Please Touch the Thread”

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