Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.

How an Electrical Engineer Revolutionized the UX of Modern Transit

You may take it for granted nowadays, but the simplified nature of current metro maps can be attributed to a single person: Henry Charles Beck.

How an Electrical Engineer Revolutionized the UX of Modern Transit

Project Milestone to Be First 3D Printed Residential Community

The New Story charity organization may have beaten them to the first punch, but that sure won’t stop the Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate company Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix, and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos from setting up five 3D printed concrete houses in Bosrijk, a relatively new residential district in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Project Milestone to Be First 3D Printed Residential Community

The Click Light System is a Brilliant New Approach to LED Lighting

If you ever get tired of the boring motion of flicking the same light switch on and off again, these rope LEDs might just shed some new light on your living quarters (literally).

The Click Light System is a Brilliant New Approach to LED Lighting

Looking For a Modern 3D CAD System? Here’s Your Buyer’s Guide.

Let’s say you sit down in your office chair, it absorbs you into 1992, and a mustached salesman in a mauve shirt smiles and starts pelting you with hard drives. That’s a nightmare for sure. And just so happens to be tantamount to the process of evaluating 3D CAD software. I’ve been through it multiple times, as you likely have, but… it doesn’t have to be like that.

Looking For a Modern 3D CAD System? Here’s Your Buyer’s Guide.

The Ultra-Minimalist Brdi Feeders Are Literally For the Birds

No, I didn’t make a mistake with the product’s spelling. Created by the father-son design team at Onehundred, Brdis are foldable bird feeders designed specifically for birds. So while humans have Ikea furniture to decipher and build, birds have Brdis (except humans have to make these for them as well).

The Ultra-Minimalist Brdi Feeders Are Literally For the Birds

Microsoft’s Groundbreaking XBox Adaptive Controller Launching in September

As modern video games continue to break out of their mold and become a new medium for immersive storytelling, so too does the need for more accessible—and considered—hardware designs for a growing population of gamers.

Microsoft’s Groundbreaking XBox Adaptive Controller Launching in September

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