Inventions

Spider Silk Startup Spins Into Retail By Buying an Apparel Company

A startup specializing in synthetic spider silk now owns an apparel company.<p>Bolt Threads, a Bay Area biotechnology startup, said Thursday that it …

Startups

Frame Integrated and Wirelessly Rechargeable Handgun Light and Laser Concept

A Swiss startup company called Swiss Tactical Technologies is designing handgun lights and lasers which have a couple of unique features. First, they …

tactical

3D-Printed "Earable" Sensor Monitors Vital Signs

Fitness-tracking wristbands and bracelets have mostly been used to count steps and monitor heart rate and vital signs. Now engineers have made a …

Wearable Tech

Brid Pure Air Purifier Eliminates Carbon Monoxide, Bacteria, Pollutants And Odours (video)

Developers at Atellani based in Italy have created a new advanced air purification system called the Brid Pure Air which is capable of eliminating …

Air Purifiers

New Artificial Spider Silk: Stronger Than Steel and 98 Percent Water

The silk of the humble spider has some pretty impressive properties. It’s one of the sturdiest materials found in nature, stronger than steel and …

Engineering

Here's How the Dodge Demon Uses Its Air Conditioning to Make More Power

One of the Demon's most clever tricks is actually pretty simple to understand.<p>The Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge's drag car you can drive on the street, uses a vast collection of clever technology making it capable of some truly wild straight-line performance. Perhaps the most interesting piece of …

Autos

Cochlear unveils hearing implants that work directly with Apple's iPhone

(Reuters) - Cochlear Ltd said Wednesday it can now stream audio directly from Apple Inc's iPhone, iPad and iPod to the microchips in its hearing implants without having to use an additional device.<p>Previously, Cochlear's sound processors worked with mobile phones, but implant wearers had to connect …

13 Inventions We Have to Thank Finland For

From everyday items like Fiskars Scissors to web browsers, discover some of the top inventions by Finnish creators that have shaped modern life.

Culture

This revolutionary battery material charges your phone in just seconds

It typically takes around two hours to charge your iPhone from dead to fully juiced up. But what if you got your hands on a magical battery that could do it in seconds?<p>This could actually be a reality with a new nanomaterial called MXene.<p>The material is the product of research from Drexel …

Technology

Rick and Morty: Rick's 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Inventions

There’s a reason why <b>Rick and Morty</b> is already such a beloved series so early into its run on television. When you look at all of the items on the …

Rick and Morty

Five inventions from the future set to revolutionise the way we live

A new report from tech-giants Amazon reveals the bizarre and amazing creations that could soon be landing on our shelves.<p>With the anticipated arrival …

New glue could replace surgical sutures and staples

<b>Engineers in the US have turned to nature to develop an adhesive that is biocompatible and can be tuned for specific applications.</b>The non-toxic glue, …

Engineering

11 Great Inventions We Can Thank Turkey For

One of the oldest wind instruments in the world, the Ney has been creating music since around 3000BC. In Turkey, the instrument became famous for its …

Culture

An MIT scientist invented a sticker that can detect sexual assault

What if a smart device can detect if somebody else is taking off your clothes?<p>MIT researcher Manisha Mohan created such a device, that she has called Intrepid. It’s a smart sticker that’s intended to detect, communicate, and prevent sexual assault. It’s connected to your phone via Bluetooth and it …

MIT

The power of poo: Waterless toilet design turns feces into fuel

Thomas Crapper may soon be rolling over in his grave, as a new type of toilet aims to replace the design he once championed with a waterless “flush” …

Canadian News

Energy-recycling stairs for the elderly

Climb the stairs with a spring in your step - literally! Scientists have created suspension steps that absorb users' energy during descent, to give …

World News

The most impactful inventions in each state in the U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC] - Matador Network

Look around you. Every manmade object you see did once not exist and had to be invented by someone. We all know famous inventors like Thomas Edison …

‘Dynamic defrosting’ tech promises to clear your windshield 10 times faster

Why it matters to you<p>Nobody enjoys having to defrost their car windshield in winter, but new superhydrophobic surfaces can dramatically accelerate …

Engineering

This battery-free phone could solve one of tech’s biggest frustrations

Despite the remarkable enhancements made to smartphones in the past few years, battery life remains a frustrating limitation. That could eventually …

Gear & Gadgets

World’s First Automatic Toothbrush Takes Brushing Out of the Equation

Technology is changing every aspect of our lives and apparently tooth brushing is no exception. Amabrush, the world’s first automatic toothbrush …

Weird

Second Sight enters South Korea, two patients implanted with Argus II

Second Sight Medical Products (EYES -2.5%) South Korea distributor Kisantech reports that two patients have been implanted with the Argus II Retinal …

North Korea

University of Washington researchers unveil battery-free cellphone that runs on radio and light energy

Everyone has felt the pain of a device running out of power just when you need it the most.<p>That pain point is fueling research on dozens of inventive …

University of Washington

Researchers invent cellphone without a battery that works by harvesting ambient energy

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a cellphone that does not require a battery. The prototype device has a power budget of …

University of Washington

Your body is a big battery and scientists want to power gadgets with it

All along the power was inside you<p>For years, our electronic devices have been getting smaller and faster, but the trend can’t continue until we solve one big obstacle: batteries.<p>Batteries are the bottleneck of any electronic system, says Dina El-Damak, a professor of electrical engineering at the …

North Carolina State University

Loving 72-year-old inventor inspired by wife

An alarm made out of pill bottles, sterilizing cosmetic instrument, lampblack purifying machine are among the contraptions invented by 72-year-old …

Light-Treated Graphene Creates Water-Powered Creepy Crawler — NOVA Next

Small, squishy self-powered robots are on the rise, like the fully-soft Octobot developed last summer. Now, researchers have demonstrated two …

Graphene

Scientists create a circuit board that self-destructs when cooled

Why it matters to you<p>Dissolving circuit boards could be used in the military, or in more conventional uses like hospitals, too.<p>The idea of a circuit …

Mission: Impossible

Working Prototype for an Up-Down-Sideways Elevator System

Here's how ThyssenKrupp's Multi elevator works<p>Three years ago we covered ThyssenKrupp's development of an elevator that could go up, down and …

Elevators

Polymer Device Can 'Walk' When Illuminated

The device itself has just two parts: a rectangular frame and a piece of special polymer material that can 'undulate and ... propel itself forward …

Ziff-Davis

Mobility Award for ten inventions that make travel safer

Ten teams have received German Mobility Awards. They have been rewarded for their inventions in the field of traffic safety by the "Germany - Land of …

World News