Invention

Why Design Now? The Creation Of Carbon-Negative Materials

Design has a big impact on the environment, but today, most responsible designers put the 'environment' in their plans and try to avoid leaving a footprint.  This is especially true in the design of new Materials, one of the categories featured in the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibit, Why Design Now, The National Design Triennial.

 

Light-bending "Legos" To Be Used In Circuits And Lasers – Also Easier To Swallow Than A Real Lego

Using tiny globes known as nanoshells, four American universities have been able to create a seven-shelled structure that is not only self-assembling, but that creates what is known as a Fano resonance, which only occurs in man-made light bending substances.

New Neckpiece May Give Hearing Impaired Users A Chance To Feel The Beat

Frederik Podzuweit is young German industrial designer, skilled in both 3D and 2D visualizations. These abilities, coupled with a healthy dose of futuristic forethought led him to create his "music for deaf people" device, a collar which translates sound into vibration, allowing the user to actually "feel" the music to a far greater degree.

Time Magazine: Foursquare Is Narcissistic & Farmville Is A Time-Suck Addiction

Time Magazine, the legacy magazine long regarded as the hallmark for insightful lifestyle and cultural commentary seems to have missed the mark with its latest inventions rankings. In its "50 Worst Inventions," both Farmville and Foursquare are listed alongside "Smell-o-vision" and "Snuggies for Dogs" - a list that is distinguished by what Time describes as "the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb."

Walking Robot Technology Advances Frankenstein Complex One More Rough Step

Professor Jessy Grizzle of the University of Michigan likes to make things walk. Robot things, that is. His newest bipedal bionic behemoth is named MABEL, and she's able to walk quickly, in a circle, and over rough terrain with a gait that looks surprisingly human. Oh, and she doesn't use a camera.

8 Really Wacky Inventions From Time Magazine's 50 Worst

Time Magazine just published its list of the 50 Worst Inventions.  Some of these inventions are really old, like the crinoline and tanning beds.  Others aren't even around any more, like the Ford Pinto and the Pontiac Aztek.  And many, like Agent Orange, plastic shopping bags, and DDT, historically really called for a more timely worst inventions list.  But some of Time's 50 Worst Inventions are worth a look just for being so darned ... wacky!

 


De-Stress With The Brain Spa Head Massager

If you have a lot of stress in your life and don’t mind looking like a new-age gladiator for a while then the Brain Spa Head Massager may be for you.  Once positioned on your head, this device reportedly goes to work massaging key areas of your scalp to soothe away stress and promote good blood circulation.

'Of Mice & Men' Determining Cause & Treatment of Alzheimer's

Robert Burns, the Scottish poet in his 1785 poem 'To A Mouse…' asserts "the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew. . . the present only touches you."  in contrast, man is constantly plagued with regrets of the past and fear of the future, and we often lose sight of how we relate to other creatures on the planet. Those poignant words have new meaning today as man is learning a potential new cause and treatment for a disease that robs of us our cognitive abilities.

Airlines That Know How & Why To Wi-Fi

While Wi-Fi service has improved measurably for the business and leisure traveler over the last few years, there were still a number of locations that lacked hot-spots. While most airports throughout the US have been on board for a while, we were still missing access on that most critical leg of our trips, namely at 300,000 feet above the ground.

Quantum Leap In Teleportation Leaves Sam Beckett And Captain Kirk Out In The Cold

Chinese scientists working to expand the reach of the sexy new science of quantum teleportation have achieved a new and stunning milestone – the transportation of quantum information over a distance of 16 kilometers. Greater than the effective aerosphere distance of the planet as well as to any Starbucks that isn't pretentious, this holds great possibility for ground-to-space communications.

Use The Swinxs To Lure Kids From Their Video Games

If you are sick of your kids spending all of their spare time in front of the computer or video game console and are even sicker of video game companies trying to make their systems look like they encourage physical activity and social interaction then you should look into the Swinxs.  This device is a gaming system that encourages a more conventional type of play.

New Stem Cell Technology Can Re-Grow Your Teeth Right In Their Sockets

Dracula may soon get a run for his... fast-growing canines!

 


USB Flash Drive Cufflinks Store Information, Broadcast Your Coolness To The World

The technology of fashion is continually evolving, and it was only a matter of time before it went high-class. Enter USB flash drive cufflinks by Ravi Ratan, two squares of solid coolness that would make even James Bond sit up and take notice.

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker Creates Frozen Treats In Minutes

Remember the old days when some things took all day or longer?  Maybe it was part of the charm, but some treats were awfully hard to wait for.  One of those much anticipated items was frozen pops.  The Zoku Quick Pop Maker creates frozen treats in 7-15 minutes.

Accuracy And Efficiency In Voting Systems? Everyone Secretly Say "Aye"

Tired of the endless debates about who voted for who and in what quantities, and burned out from watching endless hours of pre-election, election and finally post-election party coverage, researchers at the Universities of Surrey, Birmingham and Luxembourg have joined forced to create a Vote-o-Tron that can not only use paper ballots, but accurately count them.