by Steve Levenstein
Old and busted: picnics in the park. New hotness: a picnic in a parking lot! Japanese artist/designer Yuma Kano's disconcerting “On The Road” picnic sheet puts al fresco diners square on the pavement even if they're off the beaten path.
by Samantha Pankey
Grill some hot dogs while charging your smartphone. Brew coffee and read your Kindle without worrying about the battery dying. With the BioLite CampStove, these things are possible. The CampStove burns wood and, through a thermoelectric generator, sends power to a USB port.
Citizens of notoriously smoggy Zhengzhou could breathe a little easier – for a few minutes, at least – thanks to a local travel company's promotional gimmick. Staffers brought 20 big blue bags of fresh air collected 120 miles (300 km) away at Laojun Mountain to the east-central Chinese city and distributed it to grateful mask-wearing residents.
by Invention Ideas
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), Refshaleøen Holding, and the IT University of Copenhagen have teamed up for a grandiose competition to discover a fantastic idea for a beautiful public art instillation that will double as a source of renewable and green energy. The best design gets built, and the inventor behind it earns $20,000!
by Kim Patterson
While it may seem a bit ridiculous to get a 4 year old his/her own phone, there are times when it would come in handy and give parents added peace of mind. Enter the FiLIP.
Yo dawg, I heard you wanted some chopper in your chopper so we installed a Rolls-Royce/Allison C20B type helicopter turbine engine in this one-off, modified Triumph Rocket 3 motorcycle!
by Diana Eid
Edgar Mueller is an artist that creates way more than your ordinary sidewalk art.
by Richard Whelchel
The Glowfaster smart jacket is the latest contender in ‘health conscious’ wearable technologies. This innovative idea utilizes health-tech features (heart rate sensor, GPS tracking) and presents them in a new, motivational, way. With other wearable technologies on the horizon, how will the Glowfaster stack up?
by M Dee Dubroff
For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.
by Samantha Pankey
Going camping? If so, you probably have a tent. Nothing special, just a regular old, set-it-up-and-go-to-sleep tent. Imagine taking your tent off the ground and into the trees. With the Tentsile Stingray and Dre Wapenaar's Tretents, you can enjoy the camping experience suspended in midair.
by Invention Ideas
What’s SUP everyone? Just in case you didn’t know, “SUP” stands for stand up paddle board, and as cool as they are to ride, they have a few features that could be improved upon. If you help GrabCAD and 3D Creation Systems to design the ultimate SUP, you could win some great prizes!
What car has four wheels, one door and no seats? The Kenguru of course! Able to cruise at up to 45 km/h (28 mph) with a range of up to 110 km (68 miles), the environmentally friendly and electrically powered Kenguru offers wheelchair users roll-in, drive-away convenience in a great-looking, affordable package.
by Chris Weiss
Not all athletes were jocks in high school. Anyone who uses any one of these products was definitely a nerd.
by Lady Bee
If you're riding your horse at night or you have other ranch animals or pets out at night, you want them safe from passing cars and trucks. Albeedo 100, a British company, has licensed a reflective spray that adds 'night lights' to your beloved beasts. Developed in Sweden, Albeedo 100 Horse and Pets really makes your animals 'glow in the dark.'
by Laurie Kay Olson
If there is one chore that most people really hate in the winter it is shoveling snow. If only there was a way to shovel the walks as easily as walking. Well, apparently some people think that there is! Enter the Shoe Shovel. Instead of breaking your back you can work out your thighs and glutes by shoving the snow out of the way. So simple, so easy, so . . . unreal.