Is This Tiny Tank the Comfiest Wheelchair Ever?

It might look like a one-seat sofa capable of traversing almost any terrain on the planet, but this compact electric vehicle is actually designed to be a highly maneuverable and comfortable alternative to a traditional wheelchair. You won't ever see it cruising down sidewalks, but one day they might be crawling all… » 4/30/13 9:47am 4/30/13 9:47am

Forget 4K, an Intelligent Self-Adjusting Pillow Is What Real Innovation Looks Like

The folks behind the robotic Pleo dinosaur are on the brink of completely revolutionizing the way we all sleep at night. When it's available sometime later this year for $350 to $400, the intelliPillow will automatically adjust and change its shape whenever you roll over, saving you from having to wake up and fluff… » 1/08/13 3:47pm 1/08/13 3:47pm

Climate Controlled Seats Could Make Flying Coach Considerably Less Crappy

In an effort to make flying in the cheap seats a bit more comfortable, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics have completely redesigned airplane seats giving passengers control over their individual climates. So one day fiddling with a vent might not be the only futile way to get comfy. » 8/31/12 4:40pm 8/31/12 4:40pm

Oki's Comfy Leopard Office Chair Has a Robot Leg at Heart

You may have thought the Embody » 11/05/08 9:10am 11/05/08 9:10am chair was all very high-tech...but it's got nothing on Oki's protoype Leopard chair. It's got a robot-leg in its design. Based on Oki's well-named Robot Leg walking robot, the chair is motorized: when empty it perches up in the air, waiting for your butt to settle against it. When you…

Ear Pressure Equalizer Sucks On Your Eardrum to Un-Pop It in Planes

Now that's a headline you won't see often, and yet that's exactly what this gizmo does. You pop it in your ear, and squeeze it to create negative pressure outside your eardrum, thus compensating for the sometimes painful inward-flex caused as the aircraft you're flying in descends from altitude. Or you climb back down… » 10/28/08 6:20am 10/28/08 6:20am

Thanko's Lazy Geek's Cushion, Perfect for Prone PC Action

Ages ago I admitted to being a floor-lounger, and it looks like Thanko has come up with a solution that'll let me combine lazing around and blogging for the Giz at the same time. I might rename it from Lazy Geek's Cushion to "Relaxed Blogger's Desk" though. Looking a little like a massage table, it's 31 x 19 inches… » 6/17/08 4:52am 6/17/08 4:52am

Verb for Shoe Auto-Adjusts Comfort With Built-in Computer

The adapting Verb shoes from VectraSense Technologies, an MIT spin-off company, have been in development for a while, but now they're finally ready to buy. They're not quite Marty's amazing Nike's from Back to the Future 2 but they are clever: the built-in twin air bladders are controlled by an on-board computer that… » 5/06/08 12:30pm 5/06/08 12:30pm