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VibriSee: Ain't Those The Cat's Whiskers?

Reflective lights and clothing let bicyclists be seen at night, but one invention, created by students at California State University Long Beach, went a few steps further.... They created VibriSee, cat-like whiskers for your bike that make the bike and the biker more visible in daylight as well as at night.  And though the whiskers may look like a cat's, their biomimetic functions are actually more like peacocks, rodents, octopuses, and ctenophores.

Necklace Calls You Automatically So You Can Avoid Awkward Situations

Awkward situations are well, awkward. And as much as we'd like to envision turning and running away at full speed when faced with one (that can't just be mine), dealing with these things in the real world requires more tact. But there's no rule that says you have to do the mature thing and tackle awkward head on, not when a new accessory gives you the perfect out.

The Aryayek Time-Traveling Machine: A Magic Eye Or A Fantasy Carpet Ride?

While going back into time might be pure fantasy, traveling between five and eight years into the future might just prove to be a reality. Algorithims provide the venue according  to one Iranian scientist. Read on for some strange and questionable details.

Light Stax LED Building Blocks, Lite Brite Meets Duplo?

Ever wonder what would happen if a Lite Brite and a lonely LEGO Duplo block got crazy one night, had a few juice boxes, and played Twister? Let’s just say Duplo wasn’t lonely anymore, and they created the coolest block ever. That’s what Light Stax look like to me: a glowing, stackable, love child. Light Stax are LED building blocks that light up when attached to their power generating base. And they look awesome.

If Beach Is In Your Plans, You Gotta Take The PTATT Tracking Towel

It's a strange name for a beach towel come travel bag, but that's what it is, the "PTATT" (Personal Travel and Adventure Tracking Towel). But don't hold the name against it, it's actually a pretty clever invention. It's been awarded two patents, so far, and it just won the People's Choice Best Invention Award at the 2014 South Florida Inventor's Society Expo in West Palm Beach. So, what is the PTATT and what does it do?

Want This New Invention? Light Up Your Bag

Get your purse, backpack, or briefcase packed up -- it's time to glow! The Kangaroo Light is a fun, flexible, and portable light that you can carry around to illuminate the depths of your life -- and other places. It can be a night light in the hotel on a business trip, or a bit of mood lighting for that spontaneous evening picnic with your favorite guy or gal.

SlideRider Turns Indoor Staircase Into Indoor Slide

Kids love stairs. I don’t have scientific facts to back this up, just memories of childhood. As a kid, my brother and I would slide down our carpeted stairs on our bottoms. Then that became boring and we progressed to the ultimate, fear inducing thrill of going down head first, our heads bobbling and our teeth chattering. How did we not break our necks or bite off our tongues? Trisha Cleveland has come up with an alternative to bumpy, potentially unsafe rides down the stairs. SlideRider turns a staircase into an indoor slide.

The Robin Collective: Normal Name, Freaky-Deaky Mad Scientists Developing Unusual Edibles

All you have to do is look at Instagram to recognize that everyone's a foodie these days, and that makes it harder for industry professionals to impress the general public with unique creations. But that doesn't mean they won't try, and sometimes their creations are intriguing and even frightening.

 

Outdoorsman Invents A Sleeping Bag For A Dog: The Barker Bag

Barker's not just any dog; he belongs to Andy Storms, a Seattle softgoods designer and outdoorsman, who loves to hike and camp with his best pal.  Barker's a tough dog; he hikes trails with Andy and he can get down and dirty with the best of them, but when night time comes, he likes to be cuddly and warm at the bottom of Andy's sleeping bag.  Problem is that while Barker stays warm, Andy's feet freeze.

SolePower Can't Recharge Busy Mom, But It Can Charge Her Phone With Every Step

SolePower is making it possible to charge your portable electronics by doing what most people do every day: walking. They are also feeding right into the feet of multitasking moms who never sit down. By using a power-generating insole, a portable Power Pack stores enough energy to charge a cell phone after 2.5-5 miles of walking, which is what the average person walks each day.

Innovative Food Research: Products Reflect Changing Diets

What will the diet of the future be like? Researchers in France have been busy developing diverse food types with higher nutritional value, alternative ingredients and production processes that are compeltley sustainable. Read on for more information, whether you are hungry or not.

PupSaver Dog Car Seat Safe For Use In Front Seats

Notice to all dog owners: It is not safe to drive with your dog in the front seat.  Right.  Now that you have that information, I will share news of a new car seat called the PupSaver that is made for pet owners who insist on keeping their dogs in their car's front seat anyway.  The PupSaver Car Safety Seat for Dogs passed an independent agency's crash tests up to a 30 mile-per-hour crash!

Getting The Right Color Of Make-Up Is Easy With The Inventive Mink 3D Printer

Ever bought a shade of lipstick or eyeshadow thinking it's the right color, only to realize it's a little off by the time you get home? Testing on hands or looking at it in different light changes make-up's look, and now you've spent a lot of money on something you won't use. With Grace Choi's inventive Mink 3D printer, you can print literally any color you want, and it will be the right shade everytime.

SwingEase Converts Traditional Park Swings Into Baby And Toddler Swings

Being at the park together is not really being together when you have kids of different ages. It’s rare to find enough baby or toddler swings at a park and it can be tougher to find them near the big kid swings and slides. SwingEase solves that problem by converting a standard park swing into a swing safe for babies and toddlers.

Night Shift Sleep Study Is Novel Use For Crowdsourcing

How much would you pay to be involved in an international study registered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in which you are testing a new sleep apnea device?  Would you pay $269? $539? $1299? $2499?  Those are some of the pricings of the packages being offered by the makers of Night Shift, a new device that promises to correct your snoring problems - problems that can lead to serious health consequences such as memory loss, chronic fatigue, and even heart failure.

The Luggage Weighing Handle: No Scale Required

Have you ever had to remove some of your belongings from your luggage during check-in for a flight?  It's not a pleasant task, particularly since you may have to say a permanent goodbye to some your possessions just to lighten your load.  A new concept developed by French designer Selma Durand will help you weigh your baggage at home, easily and accurately, without having to place it on a scale; it's a Weighing Handle!

Make Your iPhone Into A Weapon With the iStab

iPhone muggings are still all too common, but now you can defend yourself against attacks and use your phone to gut fish with the handy iStab folding knife.

Nibble Cake Pan Lets You Sample Without Ruining Your Baking

The Nibble cake pan is the perfect solution for all the premature dessert tasters out there. The non-stick pan is much like other cake pans, but with one genius addition. Off to the side it holds a small tasting cup.

AIRE Mask: Charge Your Device With Your Breath

We've all had our device run out of juice, and sometimes we aren't near an outlet so that we can recharge it. What if you could charge it with some other energy source, like wind? More specifically, your own wind--your breath? The AIRE Mask is a concept that could make this happen.

Amazing Soundwall Wireless Speakers Doubling As Works of Art

Remember the musak of a few decades ago? Standing in moving elevators or shopping in retail stores and listening to strains of Mantovani may be a thing of the past, but enter wall art/ music in a new and a most amazing package called Soundwall. Read on or should we say, hear all about it below.