Oh, this is just downright dark. Researchers at Keio University have developed a sensing program that allows you to slobber on a digital two-dimensional image, which will react to your amorous advances. I suppose this what it's like to get to first base with General Zod when he's trapped in that Phantom Zone…
I imagine amusement park safety was lax in the 19th century, but this is ridiculous. An 1891 issue of Scientific American showcased this invention by a one Monsieur Carron of Grenoble, France. In short, Carron had invented an amusement ride that involved 15 patrons falling almost 1,000 feet inside a 30-foot-long…
Good morning, internet. Some of you may already have a burgeoning case of the Mondays, so here's an invention that will immediately make you appreciate your station in life.
Mad science has seldom been so practical as at the Hendricks Unusual Umbrella Emporium in London, where the most off-the-wall umbrellas in the world are being showcased, alongside some potent cocktails. The weird umbrellas include a pipe umbrella, that will keep the rain from ruining your smoke-up. And a pair of…
Human ears are fine and dandy, but they lack the ability to blot out any aggravating noises. To rectify this morphological oversight, designer Alex Braidwood has designed charmingly goofy tube headphones that allow humans to block out offending din.
Doctors have released a passionate call! They're asking any intrepid minds who will listen to design a bread-bag clip that will not get stuck in the human colon. Find out why this has been a plague until now! And is there hope for a passable clip in the future?
Ever wished your phone was a little more... intimate? Fabian Hemmert, a design researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, certainly does. "Mobile phones use so little of our sensory abilities," he says. "They are great for information exchange - text, video, and speech - but they provide no feeling of…
Yesterday, inventor Ignacio Marc Asperas of Melville, NY was granted the US patent for an "apparatus for facilitating the construction of a snow man/woman," a.k.a. a snowman-shaped shell with which to cover with snow. That's a bizarre idea, but what truly makes this patent required reading is its totally non-technical…
ON-ART Corp., Tokyo ("a top artistic structure airbrush paint production company in Japan") have just been granted their US patent (7,997,991 B2) for a "Costume suit of large size animal."
When it comes to anti-undead defense, slingshots probably aren't the first thing to come to mind. But if you're slingshot aficionado Jörg Sprave, they're the only way to go. Watch him enthusiastically discuss decapitating a roamer with this gruesome homemade rig
In 1960, an enterprising inventor named Harold C. Tifft patented the "portable shield," a device that would ostensibly protect its user from radioactive fallout until help arrived. Or if help arrived. You're sporting your coffin on your back!
Look at those two devices above. Both devices are from the late 1800s and electrified, and I wouldn't wish either of them upon my worst enemy. Can you determine what they are? Your prize will be knowledge and horror.
It seems that the first US patent for an internal-combustion powered ‘Pogo' stick was issued to inventor R.J. Mays back in 1950.
Researchers at Ochanomizu University have built the EaTheremin, a fork that uses electricity to make a bleep-bloop racket. Is there any practical use for it? Not particularly. Does it turn dinnertime into a symphony of R2-D2's death knells? Oh yes.
If you happen to live in the Cincinnati area, you could be in for the bargain of a lifetime. Some lucky soul is parting with his or her Robospanker (after finding a slap-happy companion) and is selling it on the World Wide Web. Are you in the market for a wheeled spanking machine?
The weird and outright inappropriate inventions at Japan's Digital Contents Expo include a fembot who doesn't just visit the uncanny valley, she owns it. Plus a helmet that yanks on your ears to guide you, and a bad-breath game.