LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick

LED lighting is great. The right bulb gives the same warm incandescent glow you love from a fraction of the energy. But there's a downside: while LEDs make cities look awesome, the most common type of LED lighting dims the ultraviolet trick laundry detergents use to make white clothes look whiter. The future is bright, … » 4/19/14 6:00pm Saturday 6:00pm

Scratch-N-Sniff Jeans Always Smell Minty Fresh Even If You Don't

When you find that perfect fitting pair of jeans, you don't want to do anything to jeopardize their size and shape. And if you're among a growing demographic who refuses to wash their jeans as a result, you might want to consider Naked & Famous' Scratch-N-Sniff jeans that actually release a fresh minty smell when… » 4/07/14 6:30pm 4/07/14 6:30pm

A Seamless Jacket Made From a Single Piece of Origami-Folded Fabric

Seams can be your biggest enemy when you're trying to design a jacket that's both lightweight and wind/waterproof. So The North Face engineered its new Fuse Uno jacket to assemble from a single piece of fabric like a complex origami model, reducing the number of seams that need to be stitched and sealed. » 2/25/14 12:40pm 2/25/14 12:40pm

Photographs switch the role of parent and child by changing clothes

Mom, you look ridiculous. Son, what the hell are you wearing? These type of conversations go on in every household everywhere. In a generational tug of war between style and comfort it seems like parents and children are on opposite sides. But what if they changed places? What if parents wore the outfits of their… » 2/18/14 11:31pm 2/18/14 11:31pm

Clever New Clothes To Protect You From Germs On The Subway

The news that measles might be spreading through San Francisco's BART network not only triggered a warning from the transit authority itself, it is also a particularly alarming reminder that public transportation can be, well, disgusting. Winter's runny noses, summer's sweat, spring's sneezing allergies—it doesn't… » 2/14/14 9:40am 2/14/14 9:40am

Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US Skiers Hide Bumpy Moguls Runs

We've already seen (or haven't) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could give them a small advantage in competition. » 2/10/14 3:00pm 2/10/14 3:00pm

The World's Fastest Speedskating Suit Has Lockheed Martin DNA

As much as the Olympics are a test of humanity's physical capabilities, these days the events are also an opportunity for equipment makers to show off their latest technologies designed to enhance an athlete's performance. And it's fitting that Under Armour's new speedskating suit—which the company claims is the… » 1/16/14 2:00pm 1/16/14 2:00pm

New Olympic Zipper Technology Makes Seams Nearly Invisible

You won't find it in stores just yet, but if you look closely at the jackets and other gear worn by US, Canadian, and Russian athletes at the upcoming 2014 Olympics, you might catch a glimpse of Columbia Sportswear's new waterproof zipper technology. Or you might not, since it's been engineered to be almost invisible… » 1/15/14 1:00pm 1/15/14 1:00pm

The Finest Swiss Watchmaking Techniques Went Into This—Belt Buckle?

Most men don't pay enough attention to one of the most important parts of their wardrobe: their belt buckle. A plummeting pair of trousers can be far more than just embarrassing, so why trust a hole punched in a leather strap when Roland Iten has created a belt buckle that's been engineered to hold strong using Swiss… » 1/02/14 5:45pm 1/02/14 5:45pm

The 38 Most Interesting Designs of 2013

Welcome to the end of another year, people! We made it, and not without a ton of brand new stuff to carry us into 2014 and beyond. We saw lots of beautiful, interesting, and just plain weird things, but here we've rounded up the items that stuck with us; not just because of what they are, but also because of how they… » 12/31/13 9:00am 12/31/13 9:00am

Reinforced Dress Shirts Let You Safely Open Twist-Off Bottlecaps

Twist-off bottle caps are supposed to be easy to open with your bare hands. But there are still some sharp metal edges to deal with, which usually has thirsty people reaching for something to protect their hand, like their shirt tails. Finally, there's a shirt that's designed specifically to be up to the challenge. » 12/13/13 9:00pm 12/13/13 9:00pm

This Light-up Hoodie Gives You Unfathomable Imaginary Magic Powers

It started life as another one of ThinkGeek's impressive April Fool's Day prank products, but like the Tauntaun sleeping bag before it, there was enough demand from the site's fans to make the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie a reality. If you're a cosplayer who's ever dreamed of magical powers, you better go get… » 12/05/13 4:30pm 12/05/13 4:30pm

This Starscream Hoodie Will Transform What Your Co-Workers Think of You

After delighting kids and toy collectors in the 1980s, it's nice to see the Transformers still enjoying some modicum of popularity. And while the Hollywood blockbusters have been forgettable, this wonderful Starscream hoodie—complete with presumably non-working wings—is not. » 11/21/13 12:20pm 11/21/13 12:20pm