Innovation

Growing Herbs Indoors In Provera's Mini Power Plant

Prepara, a company that makes indoor grow lights and hydroponic growing containers, has a solution for growing herbs and other small plants from seed. It's called the Prepara Mini Power Plant and it won't just save you money on small quantities of herbs, it works fast.

Robotic Cradle Rocks Crying Babies Back to Sleep

If this cradle's rockin', don't bother walkin'... and rock it will, until your baby's sound asleep once more. The Suima automatic cradle features a sound sensor that detects crying sounds and then swings into action - literally.

Lexus to Get Toyota Collision Sensing Technology

Just in case the addition of the central rear seat airbags weren't enough for you, Toyota is also planning on bringing another new safety system to North American soil.

What Will Recovery Look Like? An International Call For Ideas From Designers And Architects

The Imagining Recovery project is inviting architects and other designers from all over the world to submit their ideas about what recovery will look like. The competition is being sponsored by designers and students of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), a network of prestigious policy schools around the world.

The First Ever Roll-up Cantilever Chair: Miesrolo

The architectural and design challenges that University of Belgrade design student Uros Vitas took on were well rewarded by the results. He created the first roll-up cantilever chair that achieves strength, balance and flexibility.

Siberian Innovation: Computer Generated Church Bells

Talk about making lemons out of lemonade! Meet one Russian Orthodox priest in Western Siberia who has turned to modern technology in his quest for a competent bell-ringer for his church. Read on, inventors, and feel inspired to take the bull by the horns (or something like that).

Vote Fact or Fake? Variable Friction Grip Gloves

  Recent advances in science and the invention of new artificial materials with unusual properties has given rise to a plethora of new inventions. In particular, a new material called RQS3 shows great potential for use in future products.

BMW Improves Hydrogen Engine Efficiency to Compete with Today's Turbo Diesels

Hydrogen power has been an ongoing project for many companies. One of the most pressing problems is the reduction in efficiency when compared to other kinds of fossil fuel burning engines. BMW has recently come up with a solution to this problem by changing the induction system of their Hydrogen engine.

iRobot Rhoombas For 7 Days While You Do The Stanky Leg

Vacuuming is getting to be less fun. I'd rather go out and do the Stanky Leg while my new Rhoomba does the floors. I can now do that for seven days, after programming the new iRobot Rhoomba to do its thing while I'm gone.

New Russian Stereomicroscopes: Crime-Solvers Extraordinaire!

Since the early 1800s, the microscope has been used to help solve crimes, and even today it is a vital tool. Criminal investigators in Russia have gone one step further and introduced a new and better stereomicroscope with a digital recording system. Criminals beware; your time for capture is nigh.

Falling In Love With Design: The Latest Collection From Dima Loginoff

Russian designer, Dima Loginoff has doubled his creative output in the last two seasons. Perhaps it was the unbearable Moscow winter, but more likely it was Loginoff's growing passion and exuberance for interior design, now that he has found the perfect vehicle for his creative talent.

7 Amazing Chinese Farmer Inventions and Mods

You might be under the impression that most Chinese innovation is happening in research labs and universities. Well, let me take you on a quick tour of rural China for a second, where an uncanny amount of do-it-yourself contraptions are being created and assembled not by scientists -- but by farmers and laborers!

Biking With Buddy: WalkyDog Bicycle Dog Leash

Stopping at every tree or bush or blade of grass may be fun for Buddy and Trixie, but it's not exercise for them or you. WalkyDog, a leash that's designed to attach to your bike, will help make it safe and a pleasure to jog and bike together!

Toyota Develops Worlds First Central Rear Seat Airbag

A large chunk of most auto manufactures funding has been going to safety improvements over the past several years. With improvements like side curtain airbags and collision sensing equipment, vehicles are getting safer every year. Toyota has made another advance in the safety department with the first airbag that will protect the back seat passengers from each other.

Optical Illusion Design: "Unvase" By DOT

Creative consultant and designer, Alberto Caramello decided just last year to open his own business in Turin, Italy; Caramello calls his company DOT, short for Design Oriented Household. He creates designs in small production series, ones that challenge our understanding and our expectations of what objects should be or look like.