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Wink and Zoom In: Swiss Researchers Develop High-Tech Telescopic Contact Lenses

All eyes were on a team of researchers who unveiled their new high-tech contact lenses earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in San Jose, California. Optics specialist Eric Tremblay and scientists from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland had the chance to show-off a prototype of their telescopic contact lenses - an invention that will certainly offers plenty of hope for nearly 300 million people worldwide who are visually impaired.

Want Shoes From The Stars? Wear Meteorites

Some women are totally obsessed with shoes and end up with huge collections of them in every shape and style. How many of them would go for these odd-looking high heels which were designed to resemble meteorites -- or space debris that has fallen to Earth. The idea behind these shoes came from the recent landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P.

Best New Inventions? Five Of The Best Kickstarter Projects

Kickstarter is renowned as a leading crowdfunding platform, and they help turn amazing creative projects into reality. Kickstarter has received well over $1.5 million (USD) in pledges from nearly 8 million backers to fund 200,000 innovative projects.  There's been a ton of coverage on many of the invention ideas on Kickstarter. InventorSpot wanted to distill it down by highlighting a few of our picks for the best new inventions being showcased on Kickstarter in the past few months.

Want To Be Able To Pee Standing Up, Ladies? With Pee Pocket You Can

There is little that women envy men for. But when we are out in the wilderness or faced with disgustingly dirty toilets we really wish we could pee standing up. Sure there are devices out there that we can use, but they tend to be bulky and potentially messy. With The Pee Pocket we can carry it easily and discreetly and dispose of it neatly afterwards. It is the perfect tool to make potty breaks a little less stressful.

Coolbox Is The World's Smartest Toolbox

Take your toolbox to the next level. With the Coolbox, you get your storage capacity found in a traditional toolbox, but a plethora of additional features to help you with your tasks. They've packed a bunch of extras into this box to help with your next hands-on project.

8 Handy Gadgets That Will Help You Hear Better

Have hearing loss or some difficulty hearing clearly? It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids. Here are 8 handy gadgets that can help you hear more clearly:

10 Cool Gadgets To Assist People With Arthritis & Hand Pain

Arthritis, or any hand pain, can be very limiting.  Pain can impair performance on the simple things we do every day, like closing a jewelry catch or fastening buttons on your shirt.  Assistive gadgets have less of a stigma than they used to, and they're actually getting cooler as more people are using them... because they actually work and make life easier.  Here are 10 new really cool and "handy" gadgets that just make routine movements less taxing on our hands. They even make great gifts!


Wasabi & Beef Doritos From Frito-Lay Japan: Shut Up & Take My Money!

Could new Wasabi & Beef Doritos be a snack fit for a king? Frito-Lay Japan hopes to drive the point home by dubbing these meaty dippers “Royal Rich Taste Tortilla Chips”. Ditch that turkey drumstick, Henry, there's a new aristocratic snack in town – for a limited time only.

Solar-Powered Jackets Charge Phones: Innovative, Classy and Cool!

A portable wearable phone charger is a novel enough idea, but to make it a solar-powered jacket that does the job is uniquely nifty. Read on to learn more about Tommy Hilfiger's latest innovation in wearable technology.

Want Cool Multifunctional Furniture? Get A Book

There are times when it would be so handy to have a few extra tables or chairs around the house to use while entertaining or for special occasions. The problem is that all that extra furniture takes up room -- a lot of room. Sure, you can buy stackables, but what if you could just store them on a shelf with your books? With Bookniture the possibility is nearly here.

Hot New Gear: Melbourne Designer Invents Exoskeleton Suit that will Turn Firefighters into Super Heroes

Firefighters always have to be great shape, but a new and very unique intention will give them even more superhuman powers, making them super heroes in every right. Ken Chen, a designer based in Melbourne, Australia, and a graduate of the Master of the Industrial Design Program at Monash University, has developed an AFA (Advanced Firefighting Apparatus) Exoskeleton Suit that will greatly enhance a firefighter’s ability to walk, run and carry more.

9 Great Green Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

It will soon be that time of year again to celebrate Mother's Day. If you are debating making your mom a homemade gift or buying her a gift, the choice is yours. I cannot decide that for you. However, I can show you a list of 9 innovative green gift ideas for inspiration. Take a look below to see if any of these idea would make the perfect gift or if they trigger a great DIY idea.

Want A Pool For Your Home? You Could Hide One In Plain Sight

So you want to install a pool. And you want to install a nice patio for entertaining. The problem is that you only have space for one. Wait! That really isn't a problem with Hidden Water Pools. With a cool bit of tech sleight of hand your pool can be cleverly concealed beneath that dream patio. Sure, it is going to cost you more but there are ways that a pool like this will save you money to help offset the additional costs.

Want To Have Honey On Tap? With The Flow Hive You Can

It is the sort of thing that you would think would be in a cartoon -- a tap in a beehive that you can turn on to get some honey out of it. It isn't a cartoon, nor is it a dream. It is a new invention from Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father and son team of beekeepers from Australia. The hive is barely inconvenienced by this new spigot that collects the honey without all the expensive equipment and time consuming work currently used.

Silverstone Launches 500w SFX Computer Power Supply With 120mm Fan

Silverstone has extended the SFX PSU form factor, letting it take a 120mm fan instead of an 80mm one, and has put out a beefy 500w model to catwalk the new size. Don't rejoice yet, though, small form factor PC users: make sure it'll fit in your case first.

Calling All Garage Inventors! Invent FOR Your Garage

There are plenty of us around; 'garage' inventors, we are called.  Inventing isn't usually our day job and we may not actually invent or create things in our garages, but prototypes of our ideas abound, and we generally make and store them somewhere in our homes, if we're not lucky enough to have an actual garage.  But let's see if we can invent something for a garage... or other storeroom.

Piñatex: Innovative Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

Read all about a new leather-like textile known as Pinatex. Made from discarded pineapple leaves, this new material may well revolutionize the sustainable textile industry.

Will YouTube Subscription Service Compete With Netflix, Spotify?

Google has decided its web-based video provider YouTube has finally grown up enough to get some big-boy pants. It’s a bit step, but Google appears to be taking its cue from streaming video and music content providers like Netflix and Spotify.

University of Utah Scientists Develop ‘Smart’ Insulin That Automatically Adjusts Blood Sugar

If you have Type 1 diabetes then you know all about the hassle of monitoring your blood sugar levels. That’s right, it can be a time-eater and even deadly if a dose is misjudged.  However, good news has just arrived. You see, scientists at the University of Utah Health Sciences Centre have invented what’s called ‘smart’ insulin that instantly corrects blood sugar.

Nissan Leaf Absorbs UV Light By Day, Glows In The Dark At Night!

Nissan is testing an innovative new luminescent paint on their Leaf EV that's powered by nothing more than sunlight. The durable, organic Starpath coating absorbs UV radiation from sunlight, allowing the car's paint to glow for up to ten hours after sundown.