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Angelina: An AI That Makes Video Games

Artificial intelligence is, for all the advances we've made, still remarkably artificial; remarkably limited. Sure, Cleverbot can sometimes hold a conversation. Deep Blue can defeat someone at Chess. Saya can smile and interact with people around it.  At the same time, however, there's something missing - something integral which all of these constructs grasp at, but can't quite reach. Something fundamentally human which we've not yet been able to replicate in an artificial context. 

Are The 9th Annual IMGA Winning Games On Your Mobile Device?

Ever since 2004, IMGA has picked out the year’s most innovative and worthwhile videogames made for mobile phones. With all of the fantastically inventive games in the running, it was a huge competition for gifted game developers who specialize in mobile gaming devices.

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.

Experience “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” At The Tech

Get ready to play with the sci-fi technology that’s fascinated audiences for decades when the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit lands at The Tech Museum of Innovation starting October 19th in San Jose, California. You don’t want to miss out on hanging out with R2-D2, Chewbacca and Yoda!

Calling All Inventors: Submit Your Best Healthcare, Education, Or Sustainability Ideas

Got an idea to change the world? Verizon wants to hear it, and it might even get you a cool $10 million.

Trendy & Tasteful: The Top 5 Trendsetting Cruelty Free Taxidermy Inventions

The popular decorative trend of displaying beautiful taxidermy animals throughout the home hasn’t slowed in 2013. Inventors were quick to jump at the chance to get a piece of the taxidermy décor craze by creating stunningly impressive one-of-a-kind animal-inspired inventions that are guaranteed to be completely cruelty free. My top five animal-free taxidermy innovations are just a click away!

Meet PepsiCo10: A Delicious Way To Get Digital Start-Ups Off The Ground

PepsiCo Inc. (PEP), the makers of the iconic American soda, has recently become the second-largest food and beverage corporation in the world. An abundance of innovations helped to make PepsiCo the industry giant that it is today. The Sultan of Soft Drinks hasn’t stopped striving to discover innovative start-ups across several areas to throw their support behind, leading to the creation of PepsiCo10.

Two Inventions Get FTC Prize To STOP Robocalls!

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may not receive many robocalls, but it gets more than 200,000 complaints about the buggers every month. It finally decided last fall to issue a challenge to the public to see who could come up with a way to stop the marketing calls before they reach your ringer.  The Robocall Challenge winners, announced April 2, 2013, were not the most inventive invectives, but the most likely-to-be-effective technologies invented separately by software developer Aaron Foss and computer engineer Serdar Danis.

Outdoor Eco-Friendly Cooking: The BioLite Stove

Separating technology from good old fashioned experiences is perhaps one of the hardest and most futile tasks in modern day society. So as the saying goes: 'if you can't beat them, join them'. Dads everywhere intent on taking their kids into the wilderness away from the bright lights of modern technology will have to think again as the BioLite Camping Stove makes its way menacingly into the camping trips of families the world over. 

Meet Kickstarter's Most Successful Project

The Ouya may not have been the most funded project at $8.5 million, but it certainly was the most over-hyped. Now however, the small console that aims to compete with the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo has started shipping.

Steganography, The Art Of Data Hiding vs Data Mining

While conspiracy theories abound in all fields, the digital age has added a new playground for the nefarious to up their game. The next time you make a Skype call, you might want to be aware how third-parties could possibly hi-jack your transmission and encrypt a secret message with callers none the wiser.

Showcasing The Best Of The 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Although the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show has come and gone, the convention’s 2,000+ exibitors from 35 nations left us with a massive hoard of innovative goodies. While there’s no way that I’d be able to share everything that was presented in Chicago’s ultimate new product party, but here are a few especially cool things that caught my eye at this year’s event:

Chop And Store With Mocubo Bamboo Cutting Board's Handy Prep Drawers

The Mocubo One Stop Chop is a durable bamboo cutting board with one very handy modification. The board has three slide out food prep containers underneath.

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.

Video Cracks Code to Apple’s Innovation

How innovative is Apple, really? The "3 Ways Apple Actually Innovates" video takes a different approach to this question in little more than a minute.

Tortle Baby Beanies Help Prevent Flat Head Syndrome

A large percentage of babies end up with flat spots on their heads. Tortles are baby beanies that simplify the repositioning process, helping to prevent flat head syndrome.

Deep Sea Turns Virtual Reality Into Virtual Terror

Human beings have a primal, unshakable fear of the unknown. It's something that's been hard-coded into us by evolution: back when we were all living in the treetops, the dark places of the world held a whole host of predators ready to tear us limb from limb; the deep night was one of the most dangerous times of day. The most skilled, masterful horror artists use this fear to great effect: the human imagination is, after all, an incredibly powerful tool. In other words, the less you see of something, the more frightening it is.

That's the whole basis of the virtual reality game "Deep Sea."

Engineering Students Unite To Save The World, One Invention At A Time – Enter To Win The James Dyson Award 2013 Competition!

Since 2010, the James Dyson Award has prodded engineering and design students from around the world to create and share their unique innovations with the ultimate goal of solving problems, and they're gearing up to see what 2013 has to offer the planet...

Making The Most Out Of Quirky.com For Inventors

Quirky.com is a great site aimed at inventors and something you can take advantage of to market your ideas into products, but not everything makes it to the production floor. How can you maximize your chances for your idea to become a product?