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Need This? Electronic Laughter Meter

Not content with building our cars and opening our doors, now machines will tell us how funny we think things are.

Stainless Steel Gets a Facelift With Full Blown Metal Designs

British designer Stephen Newby's Full Blown Metal line redefines one's ideas about what might be expected from stainless steel, with pieces infused with such an airy quality that one could imagine they might just lift off like mylar balloons.

Braille Labels Make Beer Drinking for the Blind No Accident



Thoughtful Braille identification labels impressed into the tops of Japanese beer cans help both the blind and the visually impaired distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic canned beverages.
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Plano Furniture is Off the Wall


Dutch designer Egbert-Jan Trijnis Lam started his company BuroJET in 2002. Trained in Eindhoven, this artist has been hard at work since the early 90s, focusing on all things related to design. One noteworthy creation is his Plano furniture, where 2D and 3D meet for a conversation. read more »

Robot Will Save (Some) Animals From Toxicity Testing



The big yellow robot in the picture above has the potential to save at least some innocent animals from being poisoned, and that's a start. The big yeller' is a high-throughput robot capable of testing thousands of cell-based chemical tests at a time, enabling toxicity results in a matter of hours, as opposed to years of animal testing. read more »

Self-Inflating Tires Will Keep You Rolling


It's a well known fact that keeping your tires properly inflated has numerous benefits. But sometimes it's just inconvenient to stop and check and re-pressurize. A new tire design from Coda Development can fix that and you don't even have to stop. read more »

China's Nanotechnology May Show Up in Sun Block

China may be taking the lead in nanotechnology, but not without spending millions.

uBox for Life : New Pillbox is Lifesaver

The Xbox is fun, but the uBox is a lifesaver. The device being tested in India now is an electronic pill box.

Bizarre Breast Massage Robot Ready to Bust Out



The Breast Massage Robot is the subject of a patent application for a robotic device which, according to the developers, is "capable to give physical massage to human breast the way professional massagers do." Considering that among the 4 types of breast massage robots currently sold in China include a "clamp type" and "electrostatic acupuncture" version, they may just have a winner on their hands!
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Why Malware Makes You See "Red"

China is facing plenty of problems with the Internet, thanks to a restrictive government. But at least it's getting a handle on malware. A new study reveals that Russia is to blame for most of the damaging software found online.

Eco-friendly Ship to Cross Ocean Powered By Waves



First there was the air-powered car, now here comes a wave-powered boat! The three-ton catamaran Suntory Mermaid II may not set any speed records on its May 2008 voyage from Hawaii to Japan but as the Tortoise once said, "slow and steady wins the race".
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British Elegance With Today's Technology


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Caterham Motors has already firmly established itself in the racing world. Apparently they questioned that and decided to create something that would make it even more definite. They joined forces with RS Performance and the Caterham RS was born. read more »

Ocean Explorers Sail into Storms to Understand Carbon Cycle


In a modern-day sea voyage, researchers plan to seek out the strongest winds in order to better understand the effect of weather conditions on the carbon cycle. read more »

Connected at the Hip: PVC-Wrapped Furniture


 

The work of Dutch designer Jurgen Bey in his Kokon line might not be anything you'd want to have gracing the inside of your home, but to be a casual observer of his unusual art is another thing. Working with layers of PVC wrapping, Bey uses techniques utilized by the aviation industry to create his somewhat disturbing hybrids of classic furniture. read more »

Zero Pollution Motors Bringing Air-Power to US


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Last year a company called Tata motors began producing the Air-Car in India. Recently, news broke that the 1000 mile-per-fill hauler will also be making an appearance in the States.

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Fioravanti Sees Future with No Windshield Wipers


If you have ever driven in the rain (I'm sure most of us have) you know that although windshield wipers are a blessing, when they don't work they are more of a curse. A concept car named the Hidra may change the way you see your wipers. read more »

Key to Success in Iraq? MASTOR Arabic-English Translation Software


From US DODFrom US DODOur Guest Blogger, Jack Robinson, is an Infantry Platoon Sergeant in the US Army, just home from 15 months in Iraq. He writes on a variety of subjects, from politics to off-roading, from religion to mixed martial arts. He is a Soldier who writes. In seven years, he would like to be a writer who used to soldier. He wanted to share the latest innovations used by the military with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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I learned a significant amount of Arabic in Iraq, more than most guys in my unit, and I absolutely never had enough of a vocabulary to carry on more than a halting, sketchy conversation.

Outer Space Underwear to Fly in Final Frontier



Takao Doi, the Japanese astronaut who'll be testing whether a boomerang will fly in space, now has something else to live down: he'll be the living test-bed for a new underwear fabric said to provide "high levels of deodorant, antiseptic and antistatic effect" in space. Don't laugh - how'd you like to be docking a visiting space shuttle while dealing with static cling below the asteroid belt?
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Flower-Friendly Faucet Freelances as a Vase


I'm not altogether certain of how this slick faucet-come-vase entitled Flowater works on a technical level, but I'll bet it's not something you'll be finding at your local hardware store anytime soon. read more »

Japanese Satellite to Provide Hyper-speed Wireless Internet Service



Japan's KIZUNA satellite, successfully launched from the Tanegashima Island Space Centre on a domestically developed, Mitsubishi H-2A rocket will introduce a new era of hyper-speed data communications across Asia. How fast is hyper-speed? Try 1.2 Gbps... the "G" stands for Giga (billion).
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