Watch: LG G Flex smartphone heals itself after being scratched

The LG G Flex features a curved screen, but that isn’t even the weirdest thing about it. More interesting, I’d argue, is LG’s “self-healing” coating that actually clears up scratches and other damage made to the case. LG has already released a promotional video of the material in action, but how well does it work in a real world situation? You can see in the video below:

YouTube personality Marques Brownlee got his hands on the phone, and put it through a couple of tests to see whether comparing it to the X-Men’s self-healing Wolverine was genuinely accurate, or just really bizarre marketing. Turns out it’s a bit of both.

First Brownlee pulls out a set of keys and scratches the back of the phone, which is something pretty likely to happen at some point in either your pocket or your bag. And surprisingly, the G Flex is able to heal itself after being inflicted with some light marks. It takes a little bit of time, and the scratches don’t completely disappear, but it looks a heck of a lot better than your standard damage.

Next up Brownlee takes a knife to the back of the phone, which is far less likely to happen in the real world. He runs the knife across the back cover, leaving a deeper scratch. After a few hours, the scratch has healed about halfway, which again, is a much better result than you’re likely to see on any other device.

According to Brownlee, the coating LG uses on the phone works better in a warm environment, which is why it worked so well in LG’s promotional video. He demonstrates that the phone’s healing properties work better with the warmth of his hand, which is pretty impressive.

I’m not so sure whether curved smartphones are ever really going to take off. But self-healing phones? After watching this video, that’s a trend I can get behind.

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Wood with metal by Stephen Lindsay

I am sure many of you have at one time seen some of Stephen Lindsay’s work. His new venture is a fusion of wood with metal in many forms. Jewelry, salt and pepper shakers and modern cabinet pulls are just a few designs that are coming from this combination. The cabinet pulls are really great. It looks like you can get about any flavor of wood to match your project. It has been fun following Stephen on Facebook because he is always coming up with innovative designs.










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Remember when we talked about that iPad app called Paper, from FiftyThree, that lets you sketch, draw diagrams and illustrations, and take notes? Well, they’ve made it even easier to use that app with the help of Pencil, a wireless tool that lets you do all of the things a regular pencil would, just on your iPad. You can erase, blend, and draw all of your ideas just as you would on paper but with the convenience and ease of today’s technology.

Pencil is available in two models – Walnut, which is made from sustainable hardwood, and Graphite, that’s made from brushed aluminum.

The pencil-like tip makes it easier when you’re trying to draw so you don’t have to use the tip of your finger.

Pencil comes with a long-lasting, lithium-ion battery that can be recharged with any USB port in under 90 minutes. A single charge should last approximately a month.









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Second Annual NYCxDESIGN Festival Will Be a Celebration of Design from the 5 Boroughs Read more: Second Annual NYCxDESIGN Festival Will Be a Celebration of Design from the 5 Boroughs

NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this May with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May 9th through May 20th, highlighting locally-made products, art, crafts, clothing, graphics, furniture and even buildings. The initiative, along with the Built/NYC program that was launched after the success of last year’s NYCxDESIGN, is aimed towards supporting New York City-based designers and growing the local economy.

NYCxDESIGN 2013 featured 350 events at 190 different venues across the city, and this year’s calendar is already packed with talks, showcases, product launches, open studios and tours(many of which are free). art + design new york, BKLYN DESIGNS, Collective 2 Design Fair, Frieze New York, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Sight Unseen OFFSITE and WantedDesign are just a few of the shows that will take part in the 12-day festival. Click here to stay on top of the latest listings.

Related: Mayor Bloomberg Announces First NYCxDESIGN Event to Showcase Designs from the 5 Boroughs

NYCxDESIGN is collaboration between NYC & Company, the NYCEDC, city agencies, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and a steering committee including members of AIA/NY; AIG/NY; Architectural League of New York; Base Design; Behance LLC; Cooper Union; Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Core77, Inc.; David Stark Design and Production; Design Trust for Public Space; ESI Design; Etsy, Inc.;; Fern Mallis, LLC; FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology); Frieze Art Fair New York; International Contemporary Furniture Fair; International Interior Design Association; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Arts and Design; Museum of Modern Art; New York City Council; New York Design Center; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; NYC Department of Design and Construction; NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; NYC Department of Transportation; NYC Economic Development Corporation; Parsons The New School For Design; Pentagram Design; Pratt Institute, School of Art & Design; School of Visual Arts; Shaw & Co! Productions; The Center for Arts Education; and WantedDesign.

We hope to see you at the festival!

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adidas debuts battle pack collection ahead of 2014 FIFA world cup

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with just under one month to go until kick-off for the 2014 FIFA world cup in braziladidas announced ‘battle pack’, the official footwear collection for the quadrennial sporting event. the adidas battle pack features a new boot from each of the five model ranges; adizero f50, predator, nitrocharge, 11pro and adizero f50 messi. the black and white colorway is a visual representation of the adidas ‘all in or nothing’ campaign, with each cleat utilizing exactly 50% white and 50% black. the adizero f50 messi however, incorporates an added blue and white colorway, influenced by the national colors of the albiceleste.


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