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Get Your Own Poly-Bot Kit on Kickstarter

When it comes to robots you can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in research labs. Or you could just get over to kick starter. If you make a sufficent donation to the Linkbot project you could just find yourself the proud owner of a set of blocks that can be linked together, or added to, in order to make a variety of robots.

Cool Inspiration From Previous Arctic Innovation Competition Winners!

If you’re planning on entering the 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition, it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the inventions that wowed the judges of this chilly contest, so here are the grand prize winners from 2009 to 2012 for extra inspiration:

Demonstrate How To Build Your Green Product To Win Over $1,000 In Prizes From Instructables’ Green Design Contest!

If you can demonstrate how to build something useable that is truly worth raiding the recycle bin to create, you could win over $1,000 worth of prizes from Voltaic, REI, Nokero and more!

Up In Smoke: The Revolution of High Art

4/20, International Pot Smoking Day, has come and gone, but Chronic artist Cliff Maynard never stops celebrating the holidaze. His mind-blowing portraits made of the burnt-out roaches from thousands of joints prove that drugs don't just inspire art, sometimes they actually make it. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Design A New Way To Deliver Insulin & Win $5,000 Via Ignite Contest!

Sure, I came across this one very close to its deadline, but if you have a brilliant new way for diabetics to consume the insulin they need, send it to the Ignite: Diabetes Challenge for a chance to win $5,000.

Invent An Enrichment Toy For The Hogle Zoo’s Animals Contest! (Video)

Would you like to make a zoo animal’s day even more fun? Create a fresh take on an enrichment toy for Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and you’ll do just that!

Spring Is Here! - 8 Weird and Wonderful Biking Ideas

For half the world, Spring is beginning to show its' face, which means that sidewalks and bike lanes will soon be packed with cyclists who have been cooped up all winter. Before you pedal into this biking season, trick out your wheels with some of these weird and innovative ideas for cycling in style and safety.

Goodbye Harlem Shake, Hello...Hadouken-ing?

It seems as though a new internet phenomenon sweeps the web every few weeks, sparking global obsession along with a fresh generation of internet trolls and blogger backlash. The new "Hadouken-ing" photography craze out of Japan has just broken onto the "meme scene", but the battles and discussions have already begun, mainly about the name, where the original idea actually came from, and of course, the age-old question: Which is better, Street Fighter or Dragon Ball Z?

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes - Part 1: Terminology

If you have an invention idea that you hope to bring to market, eventually it will need to be prototyped. A prototype is a model of the invention idea that allows the inventor to validate and “prove” their concept. Join Trident Design’s Founder, Chris Hawker, for part 1 of a multi-part series focused on turning big ideas into real products.

Milestone's 1/12 Scale Model Urinal Set With Sink

Looking for that special gift for the model-maker who has everything? Consider this 1/12 scale pair of urinals from Japan's Milestone that comes complete with sink, tile wall and privacy partition. Little Jimmy will just love it! His parents, not so much.

How Photographers Can Go Retro With Pinhole Cameras

In today's digital word going retro is definitely in. An increasing number of photographers are taking a break from their digital cameras and going back to basics. Pinhole cameras are just one example of the analog hardware that's out there and can be had for next to nothing. Find out how to build your own plastic or cardboard pinhole camera for under $20. 

How LEDs Light Up Your Life in Ways You Never Imagined

So you might have taken one look at the title and went, "LED lights? What does that have to do with me?" Well, if you're well aware of what it can do and what people around you have been doing with it, then you'll agree that it has a lot to do with you.

Restored Fresco Curry: A Tasteful Tribute to a Terrible Touch-Up

Japanese artist, blogger and curry cook Takeda Take has taken the disastrously (but hilariously) botched restoration of the Spanish fresco “Ecco Homo” to a new, delicious level.

ideaAPP Could Be A Game Changer For Inventors

If I were to tell you that you can get a complete, worldwide patent search conducted on your invention idea for $9.99, you would think I just swallowed a whole lot of advertising bull.  I thought it was too good to be true too, so I went to the source, the company that owns and offers the ideaAPP for Apple and PC products, and asked the founder an irritating amount of questions.  He answered.

 


What the World Would Be Like Without O-Rings

O-rings. They're those small, looped elastomers that mechanics and photography hobbyists always seem to say they need when they're in the middle of some project. I was pretty much blown away by how useful these little buggers were, which led me to think about what the world would be like without o-rings--and let me just say, it wasn't pretty.

DIY Chinese Lamborghini Lookalike is a Big Boy's Toyota, No Bull

A so-called “home automaker” has turned a sow's ear into a silk purse, in this case morphing a Toyota MR2 into a Lamborghini Murcielago LP64. The resulting Faux Lambo is said to boast 99% accurate exterior bodywork and a 70% authentic interior.

Chinese DIY Tractor Truck Gets Electrical Poles Rolling One By One

How do you get ridiculously long and massively heavy electrical poles to your construction site without hiring an expensive, purpose-built transport truck? If you're in China, DIY! Workmen in Wenzhou get their poles to the holes quickly, cheaply and one-at-a-time thanks to a little ingenuity and some very loose traffic regulations.

Consumer Gadgets I Never Thought I'd See: Hearing Aid Vacuums!

No longer just in the realm of professional hearing aid dealers, I suppose, two new devices intended for hearing aid users guarantee to clean 'em out and improve the performance of your hearing aids at a more affordable cost than the professional models.  These two items intended for home hearing aid cleaning are both made by Serene: the Re-New Hearing Aid Dryer and Freshener and the Re-New Deluxe Hearing Aid Vacuum.

Wacky Wax 'Candelier' is one Wick-edly Clever Lamp Design

Wax on! What's bright and white but uses no light... bulbs? The Candelier, of course, a majestic (and messy) chandelier made entirely from white wax by Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa. We're certain Mr. Miyagi would approve.

Reactive Lighting Brings Safety, Efficiency, And The WOW Factor To Your Stairs

Traditional staircase lighting fails to impress functionally.  Even when lit with a fancy chandelier from an arched ceiling, which basement and attic stairs seldom deserve, the light cast may not be the safest.  But the Web's famous gadget hacker from Manitoba, Canada, Alan Parekh, has developed a complete kit for safe, energy-efficient, and versatile LED stair lighting that can express your individual style as well.