Polymer Shown To Rehabilitate Soil After A Wildfire

Wildfires claim hundreds of thousands of farm acres yearly, causing famines and permanent devastation to the soil that produced the farmed crops.  But a graduate student at Tel Aviv University (TAU), along with his supervising professors from TAU and the University of La Coruña in Spain, has identified an anionic polymer polyacrylamide (PAM) that seems to enable reforestation more rapidly and less expensively than current methods.

Reactive Lighting Brings Safety, Efficiency, And The WOW Factor To Your Stairs

Traditional staircase lighting fails to impress functionally.  Even when lit with a fancy chandelier from an arched ceiling, which basement and attic stairs seldom deserve, the light cast may not be the safest.  But the Web's famous gadget hacker from Manitoba, Canada, Alan Parekh, has developed a complete kit for safe, energy-efficient, and versatile LED stair lighting that can express your individual style as well.

C-Mill: A Plug & Play Treadmill For Gait Training & Rehabilitation

Learning to walk again after breaking a leg or hip, having a stroke, prosthetic, or partial paralysis depends on a lot of persistence and an excellent rehabilitation program that can guide you through gait training.  Movement scientist Dr. Melvyn Roerdink from The Netherlands has developed a super smart, oversized treadmill that helps rehab patients gain confidence in their new gaits, with bells, whistles, and even light shows.

 


College Students Win Top Awards For Biomedical Inventions

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has announced the winners of the 2011 BMEidea Competition. Awards have gone to three college groups for the invention of much needed biomedical devices and applications that will aid patients in the future: an internal bleed detector, a new therapy for dry eye disease, and a superior broad spectrum antibacterial dressing for infected wounds.

 


The iOpener: An iPhone Accessory That Triggers A Novel Social Networking App

The story starts when auto mechanic Tom Ramies shares his crazy idea for an iPhone bottle opener with industrial designer Clay Baker, a former tech developer. Baker, who first laughed at the idea, soon saw its potential - a gadget linked to a beer app that would totally reinvent social networking.... How?

 

Calling All Inventors! Giggy The Pom Wants Your Pet Products

One of TV's favorite dogs wants to see your pet product invention.  His name is Gigolo, but you may know him as 'Giggy,' the dog star of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  He's partnered with Edison Nation to find something he can get his teeth into - any pet-related product that completes his image of sexy and chic.

Calling All College Inventors: Design 'A Solution' For The James Dyson Award

The 2011 James Dyson Award one instruction is nicely broad, giving college designers, engineers, and inventors throughout the world plenty of room to spread their imaginations.  It is, simply: "Design something that solves a problem."

Emergency Triage By Computer Emotion Detector

A team of researchers from Delft University of Technology,  the Netherlands Defence Academy and TNO Defence, Security, and Safety are working on a little black box which can distinguish just how much of an emergency a caller has.  In other words, you call 911 to report that your house is on fire, and a 'trained' computer figures out how desperate you are.

 


EcoGeneration Scrubs By Cintas Wins Most Eco Friendly Uniform Award

Would you wear recycled plastic bottles to work?  Aparently millions of healthcare workers are about to, as Cintas, a major player in the uniform business, is launching its EcoGeneration scrubs. Each set of scrubs saves seven plastic bottles from landfills and weaves their material into threads, blending them with cotton and polyester fibers.

 

Calling All Inventors: Edison Nation Sets Up $25 Million Innovation Fund For Inventors

Hoping to spur on some closet inventors in the U.S., Edison Nation, the search agent for several large retail outfits, has set up a $25 million fund to help inventors with great ideas fund their development.

Correct Your Own Posture & Reduce Pain With PostureNOW Invention

... Computer users know more than anyone that bad posture causes pain.  If it works to improve our posture 'permanently,' as it claims, PostureNOW seems to be just what we need.

Powder Vibration Chamber Used In Materials Analysis Wins NASA's Invention Of The Year

NASA has recognized inXitu, Inc. with its 2010 Invention of the Year Award for inXitu's invention of the powder vibration chamber  The chamber is used in inXitu's portable X-ray scattering device (XRD) and represents such a 'leap forward' in materials analysis technology that it has been chosen to launch on the Mars Science Laboratory later this year.

 

 

 

Lemelson-MIT Awards RPI Student For New Bomb Detection Method

A doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing a new technique for detecting hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous materials from a safe distance.

 


Call For Inventors: The 2011 DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

The DiabetesMine, a web resource for diabetics, is calling for innovative solutions to better the lives of persons with diabetes in its 2011 DiabetesMine Design Challenge.

 


Mobilegs: Superior Crutches For The 21st Century

What? Cool, ergonomic, sustainable, and comfortable? Could they be crutches?

New Forensics Tool May Re-Open Many Cold Cases: CERA

Prior to now, it has been almost impossible to track latent prints from discharged cartridge cases.   But a new invention in the field of forensics technology was unveiled last week  that will send uncaptured criminals scrambling, for it has the technology to reveal fingerprints on spent bullet cartridges.

 


Handheld Medical Interpreter Speaks 100 Languages: The Phrazer

Mat Johnson worked with high technology innovators before and was a specialist in communication theory.  What challenged him was to find a way to address the humanitarian need for medical interpreters in critical care situations. His solution, a handheld 100 language-speaking medical translation device called the Phrazer.

The 11 Best Toys Of 2011: Toy Industry Awards

If you want to check out 2011's hottest toys, look no further.  The 11th annual Toy Of The Year Awards (TOTYs) were presented last night at a shindig marking the 108th American International Toy Fair, which opens today in NYC.  The TOTY, for those of you who are superstitious, not only celebrates its 11th year anniversary in 2011, but it awarded 11 prizes in 11 different categories, plus the overall best toy that received the Toy Of The Year award.

 


Social Networking Helps Finance PadPivot™ Invention

So many inventors are frustrated by lack of funds to obtain a patent, prototyping, manufacturing and marketing.  For those of you who have been in this depressing relationship with the next great invention, perhaps you will get some inspiration from Bernie Graham, the originator of the PadPivot.

 

 

Inventor Of New Baby Pacifier Finally Gets To His Own 'Super Bowl'

Most inventors have to wait a long time to see their products on the market, if they ever get there.  That''s why two of the critical character traits of an inventor must be persistence and patience.  Dr. John Davis, a Roanoke, Virginia pediatric dentist, waited 10 years to see his PreVent pacifier on the shelves and online stores of Baby's R Us.  That was finally his Super Bowl.