The best watches for motoring

If high auction prices for classic TAG Heuers are any indicator – not to mention the litany of vintage-inspired chronographs the watch industry is producing – retro is very much in fashion for motoring watches. WIRED puts five of the best dive watches to the test WIRED puts five of the best dive watches to…

The essence of whisky, with Glenfiddich

The taste of success was with the UK winners of Glenfiddich’s World’s Most Experimental Bartender competition, held in London in August. The renowned Scotch whisky brand is seeking collaborations which reach beyond the drinks world, shaking up traditional entry points and experiences for present and potential whisky lovers alike. Competition in the UK final was…

The next media revolution will come from driverless cars

University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center Driverless cars are here to stay, whether they are Elon Musk’s tenuously-funded Teslas or mainstream manufacturers’ more staid visions. As the world’s road safety experts and infrastructure specialists brace themselves for the coming storm, though, a long anticipated media revolution is also nearing: the advent of the ‘third living…

Robots can now heal themselves

Science Museum / Heritage Lottery Fund Roboticists have designed soft robots that can heal themselves. ADVERTISEMENT Cutting your hand or tearing a muscle are both injuries that heal over time for living organisms. But what if robots could heal too? New research published in the Science Robotics Journal suggests this may be the case in…

From pussyhats to Pokémon: here’s the shortlist for 2017’s best designs

Avy Search and Rescue Drone This drone was specifically designed to help find refugee boats. Designers Paul Vastert, David Wielemaker, Christian McCabe and Patrique Zaman built it to be capable of flying long distances, detecting vessels, dropping life jackets, life buoys, food supplies, medication and communication equipment. Credit Avy Meet Graham: The only person designed…

Silicon Valley’s getting tough on white extremists – it’s about time

Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images On Saturday, a car drove into anti-fascism protesters in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was killed and more than 30 people were left injured following the incident. During the weekend’s protests, white supremacists walked through the city’s streets, proudly performing Nazi salutes and shouting “Hail…

Refugee Open Ware, real-life Iron Man, Improbable join WIRED Live 2017

Leon Csernohlavek Placing targeted drugs in microbubbles, attempts to map human consciousness, and leveraging 3D printing in crisis-hit areas – just three areas of expertise of the eight newly confirmed speakers at November’s WIRED Live. ADVERTISEMENT Aimed at executives, innovators, strategists and entrepreneurs looking to keep up on technology driven business and design, WIRED Live…

A love letter (of sorts) to LoveFilm

Marco Rosario Venturini Autieri / iStock So long, LoveFilm. Amazon’s postal DVD rental service will cease operating in the UK on October 31. Launched in 2002, it harks back to an era when the internet was still painfully slow and Mark Zuckerberg was a fresh-faced prep school graduate. ADVERTISEMENT Progress, of course, is a killer.…

How do oil rigs actually work?

Every day, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) extracts around three million barrels of oil and 270 million cubic metres of raw gas from 5,000 metres below the sea’s surface. Its oil rigs off the coast of the United Arab Emirates stretch deep into bedrock beneath the Persian Gulf. Adnoc begins by performing a…

How to start a side project (or five)

By day, Gavin Strange is a senior designer at Bristol-based Aardman Animations, the award-winning studio behind Wallace and Gromit. But outside of work hours, he’s mastered the art of the creative side project. He’s made BÖIKZMÖIND, a documentary about fixed gear bikes, opened the Strange Bristol design store with his wife Jane, and written a…

WIRED Awake 11 August: China investigates social media giants over national security risk

iStock / c8501089 Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, China’s biggest social media platforms are under investigation for allowing users to spread terrorism-related material, Google has cancelled an internal diversity meeting following online harassment of staff, Android creator Andy Rubin has shared production images of the delayed Essential smartphone and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent…

WIRED Security 2017: Agenda

WIRED Security 2017 will cover core themes and topics including cybersecurity, the use of AI and data for predictive purposes, getting into the hacker mindset and the emerging trends facing individuals, enterprise and government. ADVERTISEMENT The Keynote Stage will host top-level talks and present big ideas to the audience; the Access Stage will feature more…