Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

Invention

Feeling Sick? IBM Could Help

If any of you have ever played the Metal Gear Solid series, you'll remember that a lot of the soldiers had microscopic robots known as nanites in their bloodstream, which served to keep them healthy-recycling waste, destroying bacteria, all that fun stuff. That sounds like some absurd pipe dream from the realm of science fiction, doesn't it?

Tell that to IBM. They just took the first step in developing the technology. 

Smart Bookrest Docking System Sails Toward An Analog And Digital Merger

From designers In-oh Yoo and Tae-soon Nam for the Metatrend Institute comes the Smart BookrestDocking system - a way to combine the best of both the digital and analog worlds of reading.

Branson Gets Deep - The World's Deepest Diving Submarine

Richard Branson is making it possible to explore the very depths of the world's oceans.

Calling All College Inventors: Design 'A Solution' For The James Dyson Award

The 2011 James Dyson Award one instruction is nicely broad, giving college designers, engineers, and inventors throughout the world plenty of room to spread their imaginations.  It is, simply: "Design something that solves a problem."

Bacon Lovers Rejoice! - WowBacon Cooks Crispy, Less Greasy Strips

Most breakfast tables include a pitcher of juice.  Imagine for a second though, grabbing what you think is the juice jug only to find that it is actually filled with bacon.  Okay…I guess it’s not a bacon pitcher exactly, but the WowBacon microwave bacon cooker sure looks like one!  In truth, it is meant to be a healthier way to cook your bacon.

Warm Embrace - A Baby Wrap That Saves Lives

A simple new product could save the lives of thousands of babies in the developing world.

STEM Sells Research - Selling Science To Kids

The USA Science & Engineering Festival wants you to help them make science cool.

Sweat Your Way To A Beautiful Glow With An Aluminum Facial

If you read beauty magazines you will know that hydration is key in the quest for glowing skin.  Well, if hydration is something your skin is in need of and you have no problem with looking like a creepy robot for about 15 minutes then the Akaishi Aluminum Facial Spa may be for you. 

Forget The Mouse, Use Your Talons: The Razer Talon

Unless you're a professional gamer who's optimized their rig to the extreme, there'll always be someone faster. Maybe they've got a better mouse. Maybe they've trained harder. Maybe they're just naturally adept at computer games. At the end of the day, all that matters is that, when faced with a foe like them, the traditional keyboard-mouse interface just seems...clunky.

Razer can help. 

Up Close With Birds 'N' All - A Hummingbird Feeder For Your Face

The best way to experience hummingbirds is in your face!

For Picky Eaters: Fooddam Prevents Food From Touching

Do you have a child who cringes if his carrots touch his mashed potatoes?  Recoils when the chicken overlaps the rice?  Maybe you even know an adult with touching food issues.  It can be a frustrating thing to deal with, especially when you are the one preparing the meal.  The Fooddam by FusionBrands is meant to eliminate this problem.

Carbon Nanotube Device Can Spot A Single Cancer Or HIV Cell

The collaboration of a Harvard bioengineer and an MIT aeronautical engineer has led to the development of a device that can detect as little as a single nanogram-size cancer cell in a blood sample.  This microfluidic device is essential for the earliest identification of a spreading cancer.

 

Clouded Thinking? - Qatar's World Cup Soccer Stadia To Have Artificial Clouds

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have worked out how to keep their stadia cool for the World Cup: build a cloud.

World's First 'Practical' Artificial Leaf Can Cheaply Turn Water Into Energy

A team of chemistry and engineering scientists from MIT today announced the completion of their quest to create an artificial leaf that creates electricity from water like a leaf produces oxygen and food from carbon dioxide.

Construction Quilt Sparks Creativity In Kids And Adults

Kids think forts are great.   Up until now the building blocks of most forts have been sofa cushions, blankets and cardboard boxes.  The Construction Quilt could offer a new element to the mix.  It could also be used by adults as a funky design piece in their home.

Fatigue Preventing Sunglasses Don't Need A Prescription

Did you know that our eye color fades as we age?  Well, it does, and that's another dirty trick nature pulls on us. But more, or just as, important as our dimming eye color, the same pigment reduces its eye protection features.  Here's a pair of sunglasses which can't restore the protection, but can substitute the protection, and you can get them without even having a prescription.

 

Wysips's Transparent Film Transforms Your Cell Into A Solar Panel

A new, ultra-thin, transparent film made of photovoltaic cells is said to power traditional phones using solar energy.  Wysips, a French tech compnay, presents this new technology, which can be applied to any cell phone without affecting its appearance or touch-screen capabilities.

Compute With A Gesture: Evoluce Displays

Developed by German manufacterer Evoluce, the I-Voluce is a 46 inch gesture control monitor. Not sure what that is? Read on.

Robot Rescuers: The Robotics Industry Responds To Japan

After the Tsunami that devasteted the coast of Japan, there's a lot of people in the field of robotics who have shifted their research in a different direction. Rescue workers put their lives in great danger every time they enter the field, and there's a lot of places they can't go, situations they can't be in: the risk is simply too great.

What if we could just send in a robot instead? 


Covert Robotics: Robots that Spy (and Hide) from Humans

The folks over at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) have come up with a prototype of a spy robot that's smarter than the average bot. Focusing on covert robotics, their Spy Robot will zig and zag to avoid any patches of light and scurry for cover to hide from any approaching humans.