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Large Touchscreens: What's Different?

As we design for different screen sizes and dimensions, it is common to focus on the smallest of screens. We need our designs and interactive …


Climb 659 Steps Up This Historic Columbian Landmark for Majestic Countryside Views

The small town of Guatapé, Columbia has a unique landmark that attracts a countless number of visitors each year. The Rock of Guatapé is 7,005 ft. high and provides 659 steps for visitors to climb to the top. At the peak of this magnificent rock, tourists are rewarded with marvelous views of the …


On the Importance of Keeping in Touch With Old Friends

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from James “Uncle Buzz” Surwilo.

“The friend is the person whom one is in need of, and by whom one is needed. Life …


Night Terrors: Use The iPhone's Flashlight to Discover Ghosts In This Game

Have your phone? Hold onto it tight.

At some point or another, you’ve probably fumbled around your home in the dark, using your phone’s LED as a flashlight. Night Terrors is an iPhone game that wants to add ghosts and psychopaths to this equation. If that sounds like fun, keep reading.

For an iPhone …


Amazon's Echo Takes A Step Closer To Becoming The Heart Of The Smart Home

The Echo just got IFTTT support, opening the door for Amazon's Siri-in-a-can to connect to all sorts of services and smart devices.

When Amazon first announced the Echo—an always-on speaker slash Siri-in-a-can tied into the company's services—we were bullish about it. Although the Echo couldn't do …


What If Superheroes Replaced Politicians On The World's Currency?

Iron Man, Captain America, and Wolverine look even better on U.S. currency than George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

In the world of comics, it's not unusual for superheroes and supervillains to hold political power. The Fantastic Four's nemesis Dr. Doom is the king of Latveria, …

Abraham Lincoln

This Spill-Patterned Shirt Is The Perfect Disguise For Slobs

Wear this shirt every day and no one will know how gross you are.

Among my friends, I'm so known for spilling on myself that when the inevitable occurs, and I wind up with fresh coffee or a cocktail on my shirt, everyone just laughs. But now that designers Mair/Wennel have invented the Dirt Pattern …


Say Goodbye To Dustpans: The Vacuum Trashcan Is Here

An ingenious new smart trashcan could change sweeping forever.

Sweeping sucks. Especially annoying are those last little bits between the pile you've swept and the pile that actually ends up in your dustpan; they're nearly impossible to capture. A new trash can and vacuum combination called Bruno …


Team observes the moment when a mind is changed

A new algorithm enables a moment-by-moment analysis of brain activity each time a laboratory monkey reaches this way or that during an experiment. …

Jaguar Land Rover has sights on eye-tracking wiper

An eye-tracking wiper is a vision that has developed into a patent. The patent applicant is Jaguar Land Rover. This would be an eye-tracking system …

Jaguar Land Rover

World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts

The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, …


A Braille Printer Born From LEGO

One of ten brilliant innovations from our 2015 Invention Awards

2015 Invention Award Winner

Category: Communication


Shubham Banerjee


Braigo Labs Inc.



Development cost to date:




The world’s cheapest Braille printer got its start with a single piece of …


Becoming a More Thoughtful User Experience Designer

May 4, 2015A simple experience that opened my eyes to new possibilities took the form of a 170px smiley face. After a stressful day, I attempted to …

UX Design

Mobile: Never Use Native Drop-Downs for Navigation

Many responsive mobile sites are using native drop-downs (as in: a select tag) for main navigation and many plugins have been developed for this …

Information Architecture

A Super-Simple System for Understanding Your Core Customer

The DISC personality-profiling system (attributed to William Molton Marston) is one of the easiest to understand and leverage when trying to build …


No Budget for Innovation (or: a Corporate Fairytale)

Once upon a time… a toothpaste factory had a problem. They sometimes shipped empty boxes without the tube inside, which was caused by the way the …


Shredding the rules

A striking number of innovative companies have business models that flout the law

PIONEERING entrepreneurs have often had an uneasy relationship with …


Researchers find bitter taste receptors on human hearts

A team of University of Queensland researchers is investigating the surprising discovery that smell and taste receptors normally found in the nose …

Lab uncovers new pathway for passing genetic messages between cells

A Yale-led research team has described a novel pathway for the delivery of microRNA (miRNA), the tiny RNA molecules that can move between cells to …

Scientific Research

I See Change uses your Instagram photos for science

You may not think much about it while you’re busy snapping photos of your breakfast or the evening sunset, but Instagram pictures can be an …


10 houseboats that will make you want to give up land forever

With oceans, lakes, and rivers taking up a major chunk of the earth’s surface, it was only a matter of time before structures typically reserved for …


In the future, you may be able to turn invisible with this roll-on squid tape

For the past century or so, military scientists say, the United States has been locked in a perpetual search for new ways to deceive its enemies' …


Neuroelectrics wants to be Fitbit for the brain

Neuroelectrics was crowned the winner of the Bupa Startup Stage at WIRED Health 2015, beating a range of cutting-edge innovations including cancer-detecting sniffer dogs, a natural birth-control app and a handheld device for tracking stress levels.

The US and Spain-based company presented its range …

The Brain

BRAIN Initiative: Scientists Control Mouse Behavior With On-Off Switch

The mouse walked, the mouse stopped; the mouse ignored a bowl of food, then scampered back and gobbled it up, and it was all controlled by neuroscientists, researchers reported on Thursday. The study, describing a way to manipulate a lab animal's brain circuitry accurately enough to turn behaviors …

The Brain

Japan Is Giving Away iPads To Millions Of Elderly People

Keeping seniors sharp with a digital window to the world

Today, tech giants Apple and IBM, along with Japanese post office conglomerate Japan Post Group announced that they will be teaming up to bring iPads and custom apps to Japan’s elderly population. The iPads will come fully loaded with the …


Watch A Tiny Robot Pull Something Nearly 2,000 Times Its Size [Video]

Do you even lift?

Could you pull a blue whale across a beach? How about scale a skyscraper carrying an elephant on your back? Of course you can't. But it would be really awesome if you could, right?

Tiny robots built by members of the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab at Stanford University …


Warby Parker wants you to use your phone for eye exams (update)

Warby Parker, the eyewear company that sends you frames to try on before you make a purchase, has some lofty goals for the near future. In addition to plans that'll almost double its current retail footprint, the start-up has tech in the works that will save you a trip to the optometrist for an eye …


NASA's 10-engine electric UAV now flies as well as it hovers

NASA's ten-engine UAV, dubbed the Greased Lightning (GL-10), recently showed off a slick new trick in the skies over Hampton, Virginia. The drone, which is under development by a team at the Langley Research Center, had already passed its initial hovering tests last August; but that was the easy …


These are the coolest cars you'll never drive

Our ability to drive innovation through creative visualization has helped us explore the reaches of space, put powerful computers into our pockets and design some bad-ass car concepts. There's always been a seed of futurism in automobiles: Manufacturers and hobbyists alike have been crafting unique …


Unsuspecting U.S. Travelers Bring Novel Disease Home, And It Spreads

When a disease threat looms, you might expect that everyday people won’t recognize the danger, but professionals will. That isn’t always the case, though. Some data made public last week demonstrates that even people well-informed about risks can be vulnerable—and underlines the threat that one new …

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