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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »
The Breast Massage Robot is the subject of a patent application for a robotic device which, according to the developers, is "capable to give physical massage to human breast the way professional massagers do." Considering that among the 4 types of breast massage robots currently sold in China include a "clamp type" and "electrostatic acupuncture" version, they may just have a winner on their hands! read more »
I admit it. I love watches. When I win the lottery, I’m going to go buy lots and lots of watches so I can wear something different on my wrist every day. So when I was asked to review The World’s First E•Ink Ana-Digi Watch from Phosphor—I couldn’t wait. Having read all they hype about E•Ink I figured this watch could be cool. But since cool isn’t everything, here’s the skinny on what makes this new watch tick. read more »
Walking has always been a good form of exercise for our health now it's also a good way to charge our batteries. Luckily, US and Canadian scientists have created Knee Dynamo, a special knee brace that charges batteries while walking. Think of the possibilities. read more »
We've all heard that a good fright is one way to cure a bout of the hiccups. Admittedly, that's never worked for me, but I'm not the kind of girl who scares easily. (The nutrition label on a bag of Cheetos notwithstanding.) Well it seems back in 2003, Philip Ehlinger, Jr., in the style of a pre-Discovery Channel MythBuster, or an obstinate inventor, you decide, felt this urban legend was worth validating, so he came up with United States patent 7062320 . read more »
The people at Duck Image Studio have come up with an excellent idea, a paper scale. The scale is ultra-thin and combines pressure sensing sheets which relay information to an e-paper display.
We've all been to a wedding reception, a business dinner, or a family gathering that's gone on a little too long. We've all seen someone who insists on making music out of wine glasses, not content to have a single but drunkenly trying to set up a whole scale of glassware. read more »