By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We know you’re ready for the weekend, so we’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From future tire concepts to checking out with a smartphone, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Michelin’s 3D-printed tire is as stunning as it is futuristic | Cherlynn Low: Imagine tires that look like works of abstract art and also never go flat. Michelin’s new concept tire, called “Vision”, manages to achieve both. Michelin is envisioning a future where tires are 3D printed (no need to fill up with air!) and treads can be easily swapped out to suit the car owner’s needs without replacing the tires entirely.

Your next phone’s probably gonna have an ugly cutout right on its screen | Raymond Wong: Larger screens with shrinking bezels are the hot new trend in smartphones. But these design choices mean that some… less aesthetically pleasing compromises must be made. Currently, that compromise is a small notch, or cutout, made to accommodate the front “selfie” camera and other bits of hardware.

Consumer-ShoppingWalmart Testing Self-Scanning And Checkout By Smartphone: Yes, Again | Laura Northrup:  Walmart is trying to find more ways to get consumers in stores but avoid lines. Amazon’s as-yet-not-public “grab and go” store with no checkouts seems to have inspired Walmart to test allowing customers to purchase items with their cell phones- no need to wait in checkout lines.

Disappearing Range Hoods: A New Trend? | Anne Ellard: Invisibility is hot right now- for range hoods, that is! As more homeowners design streamlined and sleek kitchens, they are wanting to move away from large, in-your-face stainless steel range hoods. The more subtle, invisible range hoods help smaller & contemporary kitchens keep things uncluttered.

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