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Student Designs Special Pot Handles For Those With Arthritis

Even though Ching-Hao Hsu, a graduate student at Australia's Queensland University of Technology, is focused on a career as a lighting designer, he has shown a unique interest in and talent for developing assistive tools for persons with disabilities. On the first short list of the James Dyson sponsored Australian Design Awards, the Arthritis Handle was clearly developed after significant research.

 

The Spy Who Dressed Like A Hummingbird

Some researchers really take biomimicry seriously, like when they say, 'What we need is a hummingbird spy.' The folks at AeroVironment, under a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), approached the need for a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) very seriously.  It actually created an NAV that looks and even flies just like a hummingbird.

 

One Way To Get High - Altitude Conditioning At Sea Level

Want to get fit? There's a product on the market that claims to do it for you, while you lie back and enjoy it.

Hands-Free Sandwich Holder Eliminates Heavy Sandwich Lifting

Yup, that’s right; it’s the ultimate lazy eating experience.  The Hands-Free Sandwich Holder eliminates all of that pesky lifting that you normally have to do when eating a sandwich.  When I first came across a picture of the Hands-Free Sandwich Holder I thought, “How ridiculous!  Who would actually use that?”  Once I started thinking about it though I came up with all kinds of instances where this item may come in handy.

Mobilegs: Superior Crutches For The 21st Century

What? Cool, ergonomic, sustainable, and comfortable? Could they be crutches?

Understanding the Buying Process at Major Retailers

If you’re new to the game of selling to major retailers, then you’re probably wondering how their buying processes work.   It’s a question that comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes.  And this important topic rarely gets discussed, so I thought I’d take a minute to review!

With Watson Out Of Jeopardy, AI Determines What Consumer Electronics To Buy (Interview)

Watson may not know that Toronto isn't located in Canada, but Retrevo has designed similar artificial intelligence to analyze more than 50 million real-time data points to provide shoppers with the most comprehensive, unbiased information regarding what consumer electronics to purchase. In an interview I conducted with Aditya Vailaya, Retrevo's chief scientist, we gain insight as to how AI is being used in this field.

Five Innovations That Changed Video Games

One can't argue that the gaming industry has produced its fair share of innovative products. Video games have changed a lot since the days of pong - the technological advances on this list are among the chief innovations that have propelled us from Pac Man to Crysis, and beyond.

Medical Device Approved To Prevent Hemorrhoids After Childbirth

About 25 percent of mothers develop hemorrhoids as a direct result of vaginal births. This week a patented device called Hem-Avert® Perianal Stabilizer was approved for use during labor and vaginal childbirth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Test results indicate that the device does what it claims to do....

The Skiing Fan Boat

Bored and surrounded by snow, one quirky Russian inventor has made a new way of skiing. It involves a lawn mower motor, spare paraglider parts, a giant fan and a bunch of praying.

Seesaw Concept Offers Easy Tips On Getting Batteries Out

Getting AA batteries out of common household devices can be a real pain in the AAss. Now, with the Seesaw battey concept from Young Suk Kin, the scales may have tipped in your favor.

Got Wind? Drive! - A Car That Goes With The Wind

A wind-powered car has just completed a 3,000 mile journey for less than $15.

Rotator MP3 Player Puts A Spin On Mobile Music

With eco-friendly everything on the rise, designer Denis Kalinin has created the Rotator MP3 player, a clever way to have your music and charge it too.

Device Filters Out Dentist's Drill Noise For A Calmer Visit

There are people who are absolutely terrified of visiting the dentist and all that that entails.  Luckily for all of us with dentist fears there may be some help on the way.  Some London researchers have developed a device that cancels out the sound of a dentist’s drill.

CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology

New solar technolgy developed by a partnership of Amonix and the U.S. Department of National Renewable Energy Laboratory promises to double energy production by utilizing space-grade technology.  The 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Generator is also less expensive and less land-intensive than traditional PV solar technologies.

HTC Slim Concept Combines Style And Business Savvy

Designer Sylvain Gerber has created a new prototype phone for HTC - the Slim - intended to meld the needs of business with the style of the streets.

Wang's Wings - Wings That Adapt And Robots That Change

New research from the University of Michigan promises airplane wings that adapt to their circumstances and robots that change shape and size.

New Forensics Tool May Re-Open Many Cold Cases: CERA

Prior to now, it has been almost impossible to track latent prints from discharged cartridge cases.   But a new invention in the field of forensics technology was unveiled last week  that will send uncaptured criminals scrambling, for it has the technology to reveal fingerprints on spent bullet cartridges.

 


Thinking About Driving? Careful! - Driving With Your Mind

A German research team has developed a car that can be driven by the mind.

Price Your Device - An ATM That Collects E-Waste And Pays You For It

An ATM that collects your e-waste, prices it, and pays you for it, is about to go national.