Invention

Transparent OLED Monitors Displayed in Japan

New for this year's FPD International, two major display manufacturers are showing off new transparent OLED technology. While it probably won't help you in real life anytime soon, it certainly is impressive to look at.

Nissan Personal Mobility Device Looks Like Deathtrap

Created by Nissan and AIST, this personal mobility device combines the function (and hazards) of the motor, rollerblades and skis. We don't anticipate anyone will actually get very far on them.

NEC Eyeglasses Translate Foreign Languages

These interesting eyeglasses would serve as a virtual interpreter, allowing two people speaking completely different languages to hold a coherent conversation.

How To Tell If Your Baby Has A Fever: Use Innovative BabyGlows Detecting Fashion

An innovative new technology in clothing is set to be released this month in the UK, and it's geared towards making the lives of mothers easier. This new technology in baby clothing is darn cute and designed to help babies communicate distress even though they don't have the vocabulary available.


Gyrowheel Makes Kid Cyclists Feel Good About Themselves

For young children, Gyrowheel could be the coolest invention since the water pistol. Eliminating the need for training wheels, the wheel helps children to learn how to ride a two-wheeler.

The 2009 Nobel Prize In Physics: Core Developments In Communications Networking

Where would Google, Facebook, and Twitter be today without the inventions of Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith?  Non-existent.  Likewise, Apple, IBM, and the hundreds of other companies that exploit the inventions of these men might not even be around.  And then there are the many millions of people all over the world that are users of these technologies: we'd still be in the dark ages of communication.

2009 Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded To 10 Distinguished Researchers And Innovators

The 19th first annual Ig® Nobel Prizes were awarded on October 1, 2009 at Harvard University's Sanders Room in front of a standing room only audience! Check out these awards. You will learn about things you've always wondered like why don't pregnant women tip over, how can your girlfriend help you during a chemical war, and whether beer bottles make better candle holders than head busters. Ten awards you'll want to vie for next year: Ig Nobel Prizes in Peace, Literature, Physics, Medicine, Economics...

Sci-Fi Surgery On Exhibit: 7 Medical Robots That May Make You Reconsider Your Need For Medical Attention

If you happen to be in London between now and December 23, 2009, you may want to stop by the Sci-Fi Surgery exhibit at the Qvist Gallery at the Hunterian Museum. Put on by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the exhibit features some pretty weird medical robots, as well as depictions of medical gadgets from film, anime, and sci-fi literature. Here are 7 robotic members of the exhibit that you just may find visiting your person some day....

Fascinating Sandcastle Worm Inspires Biocompatible Glue For Broken Bones

Let me introduce you to Phragmatopoma californica, the sandcastle worm, if you haven't already met. This incredibly self-contained worm, found on the southern coast of California, not only gathers its own materials to build its home, but uses its own bio-produced cement to superglue the materials together, creating its own permanent honeycomb housing - under water!

Panasonic Unveils 3D HD Television System

In the next step toward making home 3D HDTV a reality, Panasonic has unveiled a prototype 50-inch display with active shutter eye glasses. Together the glasses and display combine to provide a realistic illusion of a three dimensional picture.

Artisan Cat Furniture, Reasonably Priced, At Cat Above

Original designs in cat furniture are rare and generally expensive.  But by purchasing cat products from the Cat Above, you get reasonably-priced distinctive artisan designs made by true cat lovers, and you help support an inventor, a small business, and your favorite animal shelter.

Gizmodo Gallery Gives Geeks Gadget Goosebumps

Gizmodo, the Internet's premiere gadget guide is hosting the second annual Gizmodo Gallery. The gallery, which opened today in New York City and closes September 27, is totally interactive, but it's not online. It's live! And its collection of one-of-a-kind original gadgets are every geek's wet dream.

Precision Urban Hopper Adds To Military's Squadron Of Ground Robots

This Precision Urban Hopper  "leaps tall buildings in a single bound"  and will indeed be Superman to thousands of real live ground troops in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.  It is lightweight and small and can easily be carried with the soldiers and deployed when needed to scout out the situations that lie ahead in urban jungles, be they surface obstacles or combat ones.


"Underwater Baited Hook" Is World Wildlife Federation's Smart Gear Winner

At the moment an albatross swoops down to the sea for a bit of fish bait, it can go from being one of the most graceful soaring and swooping birds to being "bycatch," the term for an unintended victim of a fishery net that few birds escape.  The winner of this year's World Wildlife Federation's (WWF) Smart Gear competition has tackled the problem of bird bycatch with its invention, for now called quite simply the "underwater baited hook."

Fashion For Function: The Totally Wacky Wearable Fart Silencer

This is one wearable item that will go sight unseen (thank goodness), but it's totally hilarious, and will make you feel uncomfortable just to look at it; little less wear it. But do keep on reading, because you can't keep on living if you haven't heard about the wacky, wearable fart silencer.