Looking for a quick creativity booster on a Friday afternoon? You can't do much better than flipping through the finalists for this year's Dyson awards. Smithsonian Magazine has put together a great roundup of some of their favorites-- from a robotic arm that can help workers left heavier objects, to a fridge-powered device that lets you set the perfect temperature and humidity for your fresh fruits and vegetables, to a wind-powered cellphone charger.
Sometimes it's easy to forget that there can be room for innovation at even the most basic level. One of our favorite finds from this year's Maker Faire in NYC was Ply Products, a company that has created a brilliantly basic invention - a new hardware fastener.
We love wearable technology, the more unusual the better – and one of our favorite concepts right now is a fare card for the Boston T transit line that's been adapted into a chic ring. Created by two MIT students, the Sesame Ring carries an RFID chip that's compatible with the Boston MBTA's rechargeable fare card system. Just fist-bump the card scanner as you walk past, and you're good to go.
Readers of a certain age will likely remember the 1973 film Soylent Green, in which the inhabitants of a polluted, overcrowded world subsist on a mysterious food known only as Soylent Green. And even if you haven't seen the movie, you likely know how that turned out.
Google has a longstanding tradition of naming each new iteration of its Android operating system after a dessert. We've seen Jellybean, Cupcake and even Froyo over the years – but the software giant is shaking it up a bit with the new Android 4.4, codenamed.... KitKat!
Next month, AIO Robotics will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for a new 3D printer, called the Zeus. Given the glut of 3D printers on the market at the moment, you'd be right to wonder why this one warrants your attention– but if you grew up watching Star Trek, this might be the only one you'd ever want.
Remember the vogue for space food in the 1970s and '80s? Even today, no science museum gift shop is complete without a few silver packets of freeze-dried ice cream. But with NASA's current interest in a Mars mission, scientists are reconsidering the foods that could accompany astronauts on a long-term journey.