• The Song of the PowerSquid: The Inside Story of the Life of an Invention, Part 2

    Hello, my name is Christopher Hawker. I am a professional inventor, specializing in innovative consumer products. My company is called Trident Design, LLC. I have developed many products in numerous industries and have over 20 products on the market. My most famous invention is the PowerSquid, a cephalopod-inspired power strip with outlets situated at the end of short cords, thereby… Read More

  • MIT's EurekaFest showcases high school students' problem-solving prototypes

    EurekaFest is a yearly event held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that showcases the prototype inventions of high school students from around the country. The inventions consist of various gadgets and devices aimed at helping solve real-world problems. Read More

  • The ‘anti-stab’ knife that works just fine in the kitchen but can't kill a man

    The average American probably doesn’t know this, but there’s a huge problem with knife-crime in the UK. (That’s what happens when guns are so hard to get a hold of, knives everywhere.) Sports stars try to tell people to knocks it off; so does the prime minister but no one cares what he says anymore. Which brings us to today’s news: the very first… Read More

  • Hammacher Schlemmer looking for new product ideas, will pay handsomely

    You guys read about gadgets all day, right? Some of you probably have great ideas for products you’d like to see that haven’t been invented yet. If you share those ideas with Hammacher Schlemmer you could win a minimum of $2,500 plus 20 years worth of a percentage of every product sold through the catalog. Read More

  • Remote-controlled hand gesture sign is seven gestures of electro-luminescent awesomeness

    If this thing doesn’t make Time’s Best Inventions Of The Year list, I’m gonna burn this place to the ground. It’s right up there with the worms-to-ex-girlfriends pill from Brain Candy ("This is a drug… for the world… to give worms to ex-girlfriends.") except without all the nasty side effects. This is a sign… for your car… that gives… Read More

  • Atair's EXO-Wing and AeroSuit on display at The Met

    Brooklyn defense contractor Atair Aerospace has two of its futuristic (and working) designs on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of a superhero exhibit that’ll be running until September 1st of this year. “The Met exhibit includes Atair’s EXO-Wing™, the world’s smallest human-piloted jet airplane. Exoskeletons for increasing human… Read More

  • Scientists develop dog bark-to-speech program

    [photopress:astro.jpg,full,right] Apple did not release a dog bark-to-human speech device yesterday, but scientists in Hungary have developed something close to it. They’ve come up with a computer program that, 43 percent of the time, correctly identified a dog’s bark to mean “stranger,” “fight,” “walk,” “alone,” “ball”… Read More

  • The top ideas of 2007 sorta includes 'that Britney Spears guy'

    This week’s Old Gray Lady Magazine put together a list of the best ideas of the year, some of them tech-y and some of them a-waste-of-everyone’s-time-y. Of the many great ideas, you might want to check out the best way to deflect an asteroid (one of my biggest concerns), the electric hockey skate, posthumous e-mail and the accidental YouTube audition. For that one, think that… Read More

  • Australia's $4.4 million kinetic energy vest

    Sure, you could build your own similar device for far less than $4.4 million (Australian) but would it look nearly as awesome as the vest that the bad mamma jamma on the left is wearing? My position is “no, it would not.” The aforementioned money was given to Australia’s national science agency as a grant in the hopes that it could develop an “electrojacket”… Read More

  • Simply Cool: Best sports bottle ever

    We talk about high-speed data connections, HD video, computers, and Transformers, but sometimes our favorite gadgets are just tweaks to things we’ve been using for hundreds of years. Behold the simplistic glory that is the Binibottle. It’s a standard sports bottle with a secondary opening near the bottom for easy filling in cramped quarters. We love it very, very much. And the… Read More

  • Impressive Inventions from High Schoolers

    Ever wish you could invent something that could change the world? Twenty teams of high schoolers from around the country are living that dream. Each team has received a grant (up to $10,000) from the Lemelson-MIT Program to take their inventions from concept to finished product. One of the ideas I really like is the fire-fighting grenade by Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (Acton, MA). Read More