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This Machine Is a Keurig for Fresh Tortillas

Making tortillas, while technically simple—mix masa and water, flatten, fry—is in reality, usually messy and time consuming, especially if you’re trying to make enough to feed a whole family. Swiss startup Flatev is trying to make whipping up piping hot tortillas and roti as easy as making a cup of coffee in the office kitchen.

As reported by Co.Design, the prototype operates much like a Keurig: pop in one of the “dough pods,” and the petite tabletop oven will toast up a fresh tortilla. It takes the mess and the mixing out of making tortillas, and ensures that you’ll always get a uniformly thin, round product, rather than a small, lumpy mound of dough.

Naturally, high-tech convenience comes with a price: The company estimates that the machine will cost around $300, and each pod will run you about 90 cents. But, for the tortilla connoisseur who wants fresh tortillas with zero effort and no cleanup, it might be worth the price.

Tortillas probably won’t be the only flat starch discs the Flatev will serve up in the future. The company is eyeing other flatbreads from around the world too, like pita or arepas.

[h/t Co.Design]

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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The Design Tricks That Make Smartphones Addictive—And How to Fight Them
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Two and a half billion people worldwide—and 77 percent of Americans—have smartphones, which means you probably have plenty of company in your inability to go five minutes without checking your device. But as a new video from Vox points out, it's not that we all lack self-control: Your phone is designed down to the tiniest details to keep you as engaged as possible. Vox spoke to Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, who explains how your push notifications, the "pull to refresh" feature of certain apps (inspired by slot machines), and the warm, bright colors on your phone are all meant to hook you. Fortunately, he also notes there's things you can do to lessen the hold, from the common sense (limit your notifications) to the drastic (go grayscale). Watch the whole thing to learn all the dirty details—and then see how long you can spend without looking at your phone.

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