This Network-in-a-Backpack Will Connect People in Disaster Areas

This backpack may not look much, but it has impressive hidden depths: it contains all the kit you need to establish an ad hoc mobile network in just ten minutes—perfect for those working in disaster areas. » 2/26/14 3:40am 2/26/14 3:40am

An Aid Group is 3D-Printing Medical Supplies in Haiti

It's been three years since a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti, and the island nation is still recovering. One large and pervasive obstacle is a lack of supplies—specifically, medical supplies. So iLab Haiti is exploring how 3D printing can be used to just make them on the spot. » 12/02/13 6:00pm 12/02/13 6:00pm

First the Taser, Now the “Pain Ray"?

Mike Booen, VP of Raytheon's advanced security and directed energy systems, has "a vision": "We want to get to the point where it's a hand-held device." "It" is the assault intervention device. Development in that direction is underway. » 9/21/10 8:00pm 9/21/10 8:00pm

The Chopsticks Aid Turns Chopsticks Into Forks for Lousy White People

I hate the way most white people eat Asian food: Drowning white rice in soy sauce, shoveling cream cheese-stuffed "sushi" into their mouths, pretty much the entire sorry spectacle. The Chopsticks Aid is for them. » 3/19/09 4:20pm 3/19/09 4:20pm

Hands-Free GPS Device for the Blind Could Make You a Superhero

The Navigation aid for the Blind headset » 10/08/08 11:07pm 10/08/08 11:07pm is a GPS device, which not only works through speech recognition, but also uses obstacle detection technology that alerts the blind of any sleeping bums or other obstructions he could trip over as he is being guided to his destination. In 2003, we reported on a that led the…

Apple Not Happy With Japanese Sex Aid gPod

The makers of a sound-activated vibrating sex aid, a two-man company in Osaka, Japan, have managed to get Apple all riled up. The reason? They've named their gadget the gPod, after "the G-Spot and jii, the Japanese word for masturbation." Stuck inside the cooter (the official medical term), the gPod connects to iPods,… » 11/07/06 5:30pm 11/07/06 5:30pm