Chinese Chess Is Finally Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Chinese chess (Xiangqi) is centuries old; some historians date the game back to 400 BC. All this time, blind and other visually disabled persons have been unable to play one of China's most popular games.  But last year, design professor Michael Siu, of Hong Kong Polytechnical University (PolyU), created a Chinese chess set  for blind persons and others with varying levels of visual impairments. The set  has opened up a new sport to millions of vision impaired persons that allows them to be included in a very popular national game.


Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style

Got your mask on? Due to the deadly Swine Flu outbreak people in Mexico are wearing surgical masks like they're going out of style - except they're not, just the opposite in fact. Here are the top ten weirdest variations on Japan's (and now the world's) most healthy fashion accessory, the personal surgical mask.

Want to Increase Your Fuel Economy? Try Buying A GPS

In car navigation has very quickly become one of the most relied on pieces of gadgetry inside the vehicle and with good reason. No longer having to print out directions from the computer or rely on memory alone to get from point A to point B is a huge benefit. Coupled with live traffic updates and road work conditions, GPS units have become a very useful device. They may be even more useful thanks to a recent study done by a research firm called NuStats that points to an decrease in the amount of money spent on fuel by GPS owners.

Innovative Electricity Generator is Powered by Prayer

Buddhist prayer wheels are a common site in China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Spun hundreds of times daily by passersby, you might think that some wise guy would wire them to generate and store electric power - and, wise guy Taikkun Li has done exactly that.

New Transparent OLED May Take Place of Rear-View Mirrors

It seems as though auto makers can never decide in what arena they would like to challenge the competition. One day it's all about horsepower, the next it's about fuel economy and by the end of the week it's about in-car technology. While this drives prices down and brings the overall quality up, it also eventually leads to the question of "do I really need that?"

Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

Chrysler Electric Van to Provide USPS with Small Test Fleet

While many of Chrysler's employees have been focused on the bankruptcy issue that has put the company's future in question, a few have been working hard on ways to help the company pull out of these tough times. Out of this effort came a new electric vehicle that Chrysler hopes will be able to catch the attention of the USPS.

Chinese Automaker Shows Off Electric SUV...Hints Production

While a few automakers have explored the idea of an electric SUV, many quickly shift their interests to smaller vehicles that are easier to engineer for high mileage. Not too long ago at the Shanghai Motor Show, a Chinese manufacture has unveiled plans for a Hybrid Electric SUV that may just see production in the near future.

Google Flu Tracker Follows Swine Flu (AH1N1) Trends In Mexico

Google Flu Trends, which earlier this year won a coveted best digital innovations Netexplorateur Award, is being put to work to follow searches in Mexico for words or terms that are flu oriented. Though Google is calling its Flu Trends Mexico "experimental," so far, the Mexico tracker is trending true to what might be expected from the swine flu, now officially called the AH1N1 flu.

Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It's more likely than you think - in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

Hitachi Takes the Lead in Lithium Ion Battery Technology

Advances in Lithium Ion Technology have been fairly consistent, but many of them are relatively small and provide little to helping improve the overall effect of battery powered devices. Hitachi has broken this trend with a battery they say could become the new standard for the automotive industry.

Russian Engineers Develop Nano-Introscope to Measure Electrons

Russian engineers from the town of Dolgoprudny (Moscow Region) have a lot to celebrate as their new innovation will not only reveal atoms but even the electron shells of single atoms. Read on for more details about this exciting Russian scientific innovation.

Spavino Bath Salts Turn Water Into Wine

Women have bathed in milk, mud, pretty much anything in an effort to look pretty so why not wine? Simply add Spavino Cabernet (red) or Chardonnay (white) to a warm bath and you'll be looking grape in no time!

Lemelson-MIT 2009 Sustainability Award To Global Health Software Innovator

The 2009 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability was awarded today to a professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, Dr. Joel Selanikio. The $100,000 award will be presented to him at MIT in June, where he will present his EpiSurveyor innovation, the most widely adopted open source mobile health software in the world.

Want To Be On Reality TV? Italian Resort Offers Reality TV Inspired Vacations

For those who have turned on their favorite reality TV show, and thought "man, I'd like to do that", a major Italian vacation tour operator is about to make your dream comes true with Reality Village.