Innovation

Star Wars R2D2 VW Camper Van: The Drivable Droid You've Been Looking For

A long time ago, in a Ford Galaxie far, far away... actually it was quite recently and instead of Fomoco's former flagship we're talkin' used VW camper van. A Brazilian couple with time and talent on their (dark) side has converted a tired old microbus into a drivable droid on Star Wars steroids!

Tiny Robotic Tentacles: Good Things Do Come In Small Packages

These  innovative soft robotic tentacles could prove to be ideal for delicate microscopic surgery. They can pick up an ant without damage to its body, offering new promise to invasive surgical procedures such as the safe and intricate manipulation  of blood vessels or embryos.

Nekoashi Chair Socks: Feline Footwear For Your Furniture

Nekoashi Chair Socks from Japan's Toyo Case are designed to slip over the “feet” of your chair and table legs, keeping your floors safe from unsightly scratches while adding mass quantities of cuteness to your décor scheme.

Avakai Are Real Imaginary Friends For The Digital World

The founders of Vai Kai want to introduce us to Avakai, a play companion for kids growing up in our quickly developing digital world. Avakai are imaginary friends, interactive smart toys, and tools for social interaction. Avakai offer three distinct superpowers which allow children to speak in musical tones, share feelings, and sense proximity to other Avakai.

Make Your Own Carbon Nanoparticles

Carbon nanoparticles have been shown to be extremely useful in ferrying pharmaceuticals within the body. They are small enough to escape notice of the body’s immune system and reflect light in such a way that they can be easily distinguished from natural tissues. Unfortunately, their production has always involved complicated and expensive equipment and slow purification processes. Now bioengineers have found a way to produce them in just a few hours with only a microwave and simple household products like molasses and honey.

Cheap Chinese Pickup Truck Channels Cadillac's Expensive Escalade

The Shanxi Victory X1 pickup truck looks like a Cadillac Escalade EXT – sorta – but we're guessing even Chinese rappers won't touch this cheap crew cab in a Caddy knock-off wrapper.

Fashion Footprint: Clothing, This Is Your Life

Meet Norwegian diplomat turned social entrepreneur, Mariam Naqvi who has  founded Fashion Footprint, a fashion traceability app that can scan clothing  and provide ratings information on everything from factory safety to workers' health.

An Unexpected New Source Of Sustainable Energy: Humidity

Scientists at Columbia University have shown that changes in atmospheric humidity can actually be used to generate minor amounts of electricity – enough to power small gadgets like children’s toys or environmental sensors. The system relies on bacterial spores that swell and shrink in response to changes in moisture. Adhering these spores to a polymer sheet produces what amounts to an artificial muscle that expands and contracts, much like animal muscle, as the moisture in its environment is cycled.


Electric Mustang Conversion Zooms From 0-60 In Under 2 Seconds!

Better update your whiplash insurance if you're planning on driving Mitch Medford's Zombie 222, an electrified vintage Mustang fastback that can sprint from 0 to 60mph in a neck-snapping 1.94 seconds!

Bloxels Requires Kids To Design Video Games Before Playing Them, Keeps Brain Rot Away

Not all video games will rot your child’s brain. In fact, the imaginative inventors at Pixel Press believe in the opposite. Some video games can increase problem solving skills, sharpen the analytical side of our brain, and open the door to endless creativity. Bloxels is the latest project from Pixel Press, and the promise is that it will exercise both sides of your child’s mind.

The Horrors of Skincare: Creepy 3D-Printing of Human Skin

For French cosmetic giant, L'Oreal, who banned animal tetsing back in 2003, the need for reconstucted human skin to evauate the safety of its procedures has dramatically increased. Read all about  this cosmetic company's plan to replicate the skin-engineering process on a larger, more precise scale.

Super Sexy Bikini Pants Combine Low-Cut Jeans with a String Bikini

Outrageously revealing bikini jeans from Sanna's Brazil Fashion blur the line between blue jeans and a string bikini. And you know what? We're all right with that!

Soft Robotic Glove: Lends A Helping Hand To The Disabled

Probably the worst realization for hand-motor impaired individuals is the fact that they cannot perform even the simplest of every day tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, without great difficulty. Read on to learn more about the innovative, wearable tech wonder known as the soft robotic glove.

Move Over Electrons, This Computer Runs On Drops Of Water

Imagine a chemistry laboratory the size of a postage stamp. Thousands of beakers, each no bigger than a poppy seed, conducting thousands of reactions under the careful control of an external operator. This may soon be a reality thanks to engineers at Stanford who have developed a novel method of computing by manipulating the flow of water droplets through a circuit. This opens the door to a brand new field in which computers not only process information, but simultaneously manipulate physical matter.

Soft Body Armor: Lightweight Shield Offers Serious Slash Protection

Body armor may not be for everybody, but for those who work in high-risk environments and professions, it is a necessity. TurtleSkin's soft body armor is flexible and lightweight, providing the protection of a steel plate with the flexibility of a textile. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech innovation.