Invention

Inventor Success Stories That Inspire: The Slinky

Every Kid Wanted One: Ever heard of the Slinky? The fun toy that sold more than 250 million units worldwide!The creators of the Slinky were just ordinary people that came up with a simple product idea. And that simple product idea produced more wealth then they could have ever possibly imagined!


Top Attractions At Computex 2010, Not Found In The Booths, Including Booth Babes

There are several reasons to go to 'techie' tradeshows. One is for the new releases of product and technological advances. However from all reports about Computex 2010 this year (June 1-5), it appeared that everything revealed at the event had either been previewed previously at other shows, or had already been leaked to the press.

The Cap To Zap Brain Cancer? The NovoTTF

NovoCure, an Israeli medical device company, has just released positive data from its Phase III clinical trail of its electric helmet, the NovoTTF-100A.  This 'helmet' looks exactly like what it is - a cap full of electrodes that is intended to zap spreading brain cancer cells before they multiply and eventually kill patients with recurrent glioblastomas (GBM), the most deadly of brain cancers.

 

The Semantic Web As Big Brother Could Have Prevented The BP Oil Disaster

The Semantic Web is coming and an oil disaster like the one we're experiencing in the Gulf might help move up its timetable. Since Web 3.0's semantic technology is predicated  on everything in our physical world being tagged with its own Internet address - once in place - any body will be able to monitor any type of operation via  the Web - even off-shore drilling.

The Boy Who Invented TV Gets Social Media App Named After Him

I'm sure the boy who invented TV would be very proud of how far TV has come since the late 1940s. PHILO TV, the app and Web platform which launches today combines television with the power of social media to create an interactive user experience with real-time and multi-screen functionality. And it has that inventor to thank for it.

'Champ' Concept Threatens To Take Down Couch Potatoes

Look out couch potatoes; if the ‘champ’ design by Tobias Fraenzel ever makes it to stores you may be left without an excuse for just sitting around in front of the TV. 

Ride The Wave Of The Calibowl

The Calibowl looks basically like any other casual serving bowl, but with one key difference.  The important feature is in the rim.  The inside edges are specially curved inward to push food onto your utensil or chip, whichever the case may be.  It seems pretty basic, but it is actually quite ingenious. 

Awkward Combination or Next Great Sport: Sailbiking

The Pterosail combines two classic American water and land pastimes into one new activity.

A Shot Glass Full Of Water And Some Hot Air: Hand Misting

This design, invention, thing... is a Misting machine, a futuristic design for a hand washer. I hope it's very futuristic, because while I'm on board for water conservation, I just don't believe that a shot glass (all 1.5 ounces) of water is going to get anyone's hands clean!

Biomimicry Provides Solution To Regenerative Fabrics For Internal Organs

Not only can this protein nanofabric create repair structures for the heart and other internal organs, but conceivably, it could be used to make material that could stretch 1500 times its size! Carry-on luggage would be obsolete, as your travel wardrobe could easily fit in your pocket or purse.

Inventor Success Stories That Inspire

People are funny. They hear stories of how ordinary people make millions of dollars from their simple product ideas and then chock it up to being ‘lucky’ or ‘being at the right place at the right time.’ But the truth is, luck is only part of it.

The Autoseal Kids Tumbler Prevents Sticky Situations

Toddlers and spills go hand in hand.  Their confidence level and coordination skills just don’t seem to meet up.  What is a parent to do other than sit in the closet and cry?  Well, the Autoseal Kids Tumbler looks to be a great alternative.

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.