• Sunfire Built A Machine That Transforms Water Into Fuel And It Works

    Sunfire Built A Machine That Transforms Water Into Fuel And It Works

    One of the big motivations for exploring alternative forms of energy is the eventual scarcity of hydrocarbon fuels. Simply put, the well will probably dry up at some point. What do we do then? A German company called Sunfire claims to have developed a process that will allow them to manufacture hydrocarbon fuels using just water and carbon dioxide. The Dresden-based operation recently unveiled a machine that uses its “Power to Liquid” technology, which performs the conversion through a combination […]

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  • Elevator Out Of Service? Just Use These Gecko-Like Hand Pads To Climb To The Office

    Elevator Out Of Service? Just Use These Gecko-Like Hand Pads To Climb To The Office

    Over a decade ago, scientists discovered how geckos are actually able to plant their feet onto vertical surfaces.  Since then, there’s been no shortage of attempts to recreate that dry adhesive mechanism, which exploits van der Waals forces to adhere to anything that’s even remotely smooth.  A new hand pad created by Stanford University researchers just might prove to be the most promising of those attempts. If you’re as unfamiliar to van der Waals force as I am, turns out, […]

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  • These Clever Powerlace Shoes Can Tie Its Own Laces Without Motors Or Batteries

    These Clever Powerlace Shoes Can Tie Its Own Laces Without Motors Or Batteries

    To be honest, I never really cared if we ever get the self-lacing shoes Marty McFly rocked in Back to the Future (even though Nike promised it for next year) – I always considered the feature a novelty, at best.  Seeing these Powerlace Auto-Lacing Sneakers, however, made me want to change my mind.  The whole thing just seems so convenient. Rather than require batteries like we always imagined self-lacing footwear will do, this one relies on a clever mechanical system […]

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  • SpaceX Is Launching Micro-Satellites To Deliver Low-Cost Internet Access

    SpaceX Is Launching Micro-Satellites To Deliver Low-Cost Internet Access

    High-speed internet access in remote areas of the world is still something we’re trying to figure out.  Google wants to do it with balloons and Facebook wants to do it with drones, but we really don’t know which approach will actually fly.  Instead of embracing similarly unconventional solutions, SpaceX is launching its own effort towards blanketing the planet with cheap internet access using something more familiar: hundreds of communication satellites. A report that appeared in the Wall Street Journal suggested […]

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  • Joseph Joseph Can-Do Reinvents The Can Opener Into A Smaller, Cleaner, Lefty-Friendly Device

    Joseph Joseph Can-Do Reinvents The Can Opener Into A Smaller, Cleaner, Lefty-Friendly Device

    At first glance, the Joseph Joseph Can-Do looks like a kitchen timer.  So much so, that the first time you see it, you’ll probably be twisting the knob and pushing that button, wondering why your timer isn’t starting.  But that’s because it isn’t an alarm that you can set to time your pot roast.  Instead, it’s a new can opener that brings several advantages over traditional versions of the kitchen staple. Shaped like a puck, the compact can opener is […]

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  • This Expandable FUGU Suitcase Can Go From Carry-On Size To Maximum Check-In Size At The Push Of A Button

    This Expandable FUGU Suitcase Can Go From Carry-On Size To Maximum Check-In Size At The Push Of A Button

    Luggage isn’t the kind of thing we typically see plenty of innovations on.  In the rare cases that we do, it’s usually minor stuff like adding a laptop stand here, a scooter there, or a modular system for more easily cramming into tight compartments.  This FUGU Luggage changes that, reinventing the travel essential into a whole other type of bag we’ve never seen before. Need a small carry-on for a short trip?  FUGU can play the part.  How about a […]

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  • Knockout Turns Regular Bottles Into Beer-Bombing, Smoke-Blasting Gravity Bongs

    Knockout Turns Regular Bottles Into Beer-Bombing, Smoke-Blasting Gravity Bongs

    A bottle of beer is always a good thing.  But unless it’s got ridiculously high liver-punishing ABV, it’s just good, not awesome.  A bottle of beer with this Knockout attachment inserted into the mouth, however, is all manners of mind-blowing. Consisting of a mouthpiece and a tube with a valve at the end, you simply insert the tube into the bottle and fit the mouthpiece over the top (make sure it’s sealed, so none of the liquid spills).  Once it’s […]

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  • A New Type Of LCD Can Retain Images For Years Without Power

    A New Type Of LCD Can Retain Images For Years Without Power

    The power consumption of e-paper is one of its greatest advantages, using up the battery only when changing what’s displayed on the screen.  A new LCD, billed as Optically Rewritable Liquid Crystal Display (ORWLCD), might finally be able to bring that same power-saving capability to laptop monitors and smartphone screens. Developed by researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the screen will only use up power while “writing” the display, then retain the image after disconnecting from […]

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  • Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    It’s not quite the hoverboard we wanted, but given the absolutely barren list of choices, the Hendo Hoverboard is the one we want anyway.  Yes, someone finally made a real hoverboard that can lift a short distance off the ground while supporting the weight of an adult on top. Unlike the one Marty McFly rode in the Back to the Future movies, you can’t exactly take this one out for a spin around the neighborhood.  That’s because it can only […]

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  • Dyson Hygienic Mist Is A UV-Blasting, Air-Multiplying Humidifier

    Dyson Hygienic Mist Is A UV-Blasting, Air-Multiplying Humidifier

    Dyson’s bladeless fan is, easily, one of the most beautifully-designed appliances of the past decade.  It’s just brilliant.  Which is why we can’t blame them for integrating that stylish design into other products, like the previously-released Dyson Hot.  This time around, they’re bringing the same thing to humidifiers with the Dyson Hygienic Mist. Basically, it’s an Air Multiplier, with a large water tank in its base.  Like other portable humidifiers, it takes water from the reservoir, which the fan then […]

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  • Take Advantage Of Extra Headroom In Your Fridge With bottleLoft

    Take Advantage Of Extra Headroom In Your Fridge With bottleLoft

    How do you make more room in your fridge for extra beers?  Drink the ones inside.  In case that isn’t an option yet (you still need the six pack for an audition or something – yes, we’re assuming you’re all male models), this magnetic bottleLoft might do the trick. Described as “the world’s first magnetic bottle hanger for your refrigerator,” it lets you take advantage of any underutilized headroom space in any area of the fridge.   Simply stick one of […]

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  • This New Bionic Sensing Hand Can Touch Objects And Feel Their Texture

    This New Bionic Sensing Hand Can Touch Objects And Feel Their Texture

    Robotic prosthetic hands allow amputees to gain back some of the functions that go away with the loss of their hands.  You know, like holding a sandwich or hitting buttons on your mini-arcade.  But they’re still robotic limbs, so you can’t exactly “feel” your way through.  Instead, you’ll have to look intently and make sure the hand is moving in a correct manner the entire time.  That could soon change with this bionic sensing hand, which allows people using them […]

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  • Levitron Levitates Your Cocktails So You Can Lick Them Out Of Mid-Air

    Levitron Levitates Your Cocktails So You Can Lick Them Out Of Mid-Air

    What if, instead of sipping your rum and coke from a glass, the cocktail itself can float so you can simply slurp it out of the air?  That’s the idea behind the Levitron Cocktail Machine, an ultrasonic levitator that sends small drops of alcohol into a floating state. Created by Bristol entrepreneur Charlie Francis (the same guy behind that wonderful Glow in the Dark Ice Cream) and Bristol University professor Bruce Drinkwater, the machine produces supersonic sound waves that create […]

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  • 10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    Self-described as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” (and we agree with that statement) Maker Faire returned to  New York this past weekend, bringing with it a wide array of fascinating new technology, impressive DIY projects, and oddball curiosities that have all become a trademark of the ever-growing maker movement. Like every Maker Faire, the event brought together a wide cross-section of people, including engineers, craftsmen, educators, tech enthusiasts, artists, science fans, and the occasional indescribable figure. Most importantly, […]

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  • ElectRx Micro-Implants Will Monitor Your Body’s Organs, Fix Illness And Infection Automatically

    ElectRx Micro-Implants Will Monitor Your Body’s Organs, Fix Illness And Infection Automatically

    From super strength to extended lifespans, we all dream of a future when science will give us superhuman powers.  A new body implant currently being developed called ElectRx (pronounced “electrics”) is designed to give individuals Wolverine-style healing powers, monitoring vital organs for problems and stimulating the nerves that can fix them as necessary. Sponsored by DARPA, it’s a neuromodulator whose function is modeled off the body’s own peripheral nervous system, which constantly monitors the status of internal organs and regulates […]

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  • Seatylock Bike Saddle Also Doubles As A Bike Lock

    Seatylock Bike Saddle Also Doubles As A Bike Lock

    Riding a bicycle to work is awesome.  Getting to the office and realizing you forgot to bring the bike lock?  Not so much.  Maybe it’s time you got a bike lock that’s impossible to leave at home.  That’s exactly what the Seatylock is. A bicycle saddle that’s also a bike lock, it’s the perfect way to never forget your bike lock again.  After all, you can’t possibly leave the saddle at home unless you intentionally want the seat post to […]

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  • iPhone Controlled Philips BlueTouch Pain Relief Patch Helps You Soothe Aching Muscles

    iPhone Controlled Philips BlueTouch Pain Relief Patch Helps You Soothe Aching Muscles

    Since we’re already in the process of controlling everything with our phones, why not our muscle relief treatments?  Philips is doing just that with the BlueTouch, a wireless TENS (transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation) device that you can control on an iPhone. TENS devices, of course, have been around for years, helping ease both chronic and acute muscle pains for many individuals.  Philips’ new device does exactly the same thing as those, passing electric current over a person’s skin to activate […]

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  • Dyson 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum Brings 360-Degree Camera, Tank Treads, And Maximum Suction Power

    Dyson 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum Brings 360-Degree Camera, Tank Treads, And Maximum Suction Power

    Ever since robotic vacuum cleaners went mainstream, we’ve been waiting to see the king of vacuums take their stab at the game.  And for a long time, Dyson just didn’t seem interested in taking a piece of that growing pie.  Turns out, that changes now with the new Dyson Eye 360. Unsurprisingly, the company is making a big splash on the scene, with a device that’s, arguably, one of the most advanced in the market.  No, it will still likely […]

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  • MindRDR Lets Users Control Google Glass Using Your Thoughts

    MindRDR Lets Users Control Google Glass Using Your Thoughts

    Because wearing Google Glass around town wasn’t strange enough, somebody made a software that combines it with an EEG biosensor headset to turn you into an even more strange-looking tech nerd.  Seriously, it turns you into futuristic cyborg supersoldier levels of weird-looking.  Called MindRDR, the app lets you activate Google Glass’ camera shutter using nothing but your thoughts. But forget the looks part for a minute, this is not a bad idea at all. When paired with MindWave Mobile (the […]

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  • Watch This Sonic Levitation Machine Float Small Items Using Focused Sound Waves

    Watch This Sonic Levitation Machine Float Small Items Using Focused Sound Waves

    As it turns out, it’s possible to levitate objects using sound. And someone made a new toy that you can put on a desk to levitate small objects using just that principle.  Called the Sonic Levitation Machine, it will magically suspend objects using nothing but sound waves.  Really. The bad news?  It needs to produce sounds that are way louder than a jet engine to create the anti-gravity effect.  The good news?  The bulk of the sound pressure will only […]

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  • Someone Made Dry-Erase Spray Paint And We Can’t Wait To Try It Out

    Someone Made Dry-Erase Spray Paint And We Can’t Wait To Try It Out

    Ever wish you can practice your tagging skills at home without leaving your basement walls covered in horrible art?  Now you can with the DEP Spray, a dry-erase spray paint. Basically, it’s dry-erase ink housed in an aerosol can that you can blast onto anything you want at the push of a button.  Like regular dry-erase markers, you can use it on whiteboards, windows, and other surfaces where dry-erase ink can be removed (e.g. walls covered with Ideapaint), fashioning a […]

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  • Use This Revolutionary Air-Pot To Grow Healthier Plants With Greater Yields

    Use This Revolutionary Air-Pot To Grow Healthier Plants With Greater Yields

    These days, most innovations on plant pots seem to be focused on integrating hydroponics technology or automating their maintenance, none of which are of much interest to serious gardeners of any sort.  These Air-Pots, however, overhaul the traditional plant pot into a form that will force any plant’s roots to grow healthier, improving its uptake of water and nutrients. Centered on the idea that plant roots need aeration, the unique pot design features perforations around the body that allow the […]

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  • Windcatcher Air Pakk: This Bag Inflates Into A Travel Pillow Once Opened

    Windcatcher Air Pakk: This Bag Inflates Into A Travel Pillow Once Opened

    If you’ve ever walked around with a backpack all day, chances are, you’ve used it as a makeshift pillow for a quick nap at least once.   And we’re guessing it was one of the most uncomfortable pillows you’ve ever laid your head on.  That wouldn’t have been the case if you were carrying your gear on a Windcatcher Air Pakk. Created by the same dude who made that Windcatcher inflatable bed from last year, the backpack comes with self-inflating padding […]

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  • Defender Pepper Spray Blinds Your Attacker, Snaps Their Photo, And Sends It To Authorities

    Defender Pepper Spray Blinds Your Attacker, Snaps Their Photo, And Sends It To Authorities

    Like regular pepper spray, the Defender will shoot out a stream of blinding liquid to temporarily disable your attacker’s eyesight.  Unlike them, it will do a whole lot more to ensure your attacker gets what they deserve. After delivering a hit of pepper spray (they use the highest concentration formula allowed by law), the device will also activate a siren, alerting people in the vicinity of the attack that just happened.  That way, you won’t just disable the perp, you […]

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  • A Shotgun Silencer? Apparently It Exists!

    A Shotgun Silencer? Apparently It Exists!

    Shotguns are great for home defense.  Just the mere sight of one, for instance, is enough to intimidate most intruders.  Problem is, shotguns are loud and you don’t want to wake the neighbors when you actually decide to fire a shot.  Fortunately, that’s no longer a problem with the SilencerCo Salvo 12. Described as the world’s “first and only commercially-viable shotgun suppressor,” it lets you blast intruding aliens, zombies, and monsters without making the usual deafening noise.  That way, you […]

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  • Bunch O Balloons Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons A Minute

    Bunch O Balloons Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons A Minute

    Water balloon fights always come down to who can throw the most balloons in the shortest amount of time.  In that way, the battle isn’t won in the field, but in the preparation – those long hours filling up balloon after balloon from the tap.  The Bunch O Balloon can optimize that bottleneck, claiming to fill up over 100 water balloons in just a single minute. Designed to attach to a hose, the contraption has 37 mini-tubes with a balloon […]

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  • This Cute Robot Named Jibo Wants To Be Part Of Your Family

    This Cute Robot Named Jibo Wants To Be Part Of Your Family

    While Jibo isn’t the first attempt at building an interactive robot for the home, it may very well become the first one you actually want to own. It’s not like the family robot old-time science fiction imagined.  It won’t fix your bed when you wake up, grab you a beer when you get home, or even wash your clothes on the weekends.  Instead, it functions more like Siri with personality, answering user queries and performing digital tasks, all while looking […]

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