BMW Wants to Put a Vehicle Charging Station In Every Street Light

For electric vehicles to truly supplant their gas-guzzling predecessors, there needs to be as many charging stations on the roads as there are gas stations—if not more. So BMW proposes upgrading the street lights that already line roads everywhere with charging capabilities and energy-efficient lighting. » 6/17/15 4:12pm 6/17/15 4:12pm

Freightliner Just Revealed The First Real Road-Legal Autonomous Big Rig

The Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Daimler Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard just bolted on its Autonomous Vehicle license plate to prove it’s the real deal, and it’s already been spotted in action. » 5/05/15 5:23pm 5/05/15 5:23pm

A Fake Arm Selfie Stick Only Makes You Look Less Sad in Photographs

They’re being banned from museums, art galleries, and sporting events faster than people can buy them, but that’s ok because selfie sticks are awful and deserve to disappear. However, designers Justin Crowe and Aric Snee may have found a way to redeem them with a selfie stick that looks like a human arm so a self-shot… » 4/28/15 2:47pm 4/28/15 2:47pm

A Brilliant Child's Bike Seat That Instantly Transforms Into a Stroller

For a lot of city dwellers a bicycle is their primary form of transportation—even once they have kids. So a Swedish designer named Lycke von Schantz has come up with a clever child's bike seat called the Påhoj that instantly transforms into a lightweight stroller once you arrive at your destination. » 3/31/15 1:20pm 3/31/15 1:20pm

New Glasses Make You Invisible to Facial Recognition Software

AVG is a name well-known in the Windows world for its decent and free anti-virus software, but the company is apparently looking to expand outside of just software and protect people's privacy in the real world now. At Mobile World Congress, AVG is demoing a concept pair of glasses that both foil facial recognition… » 3/02/15 9:20am 3/02/15 9:20am

Pinchable Headphone Cords That Control Your Music Are a Brilliant Idea

The limits of battery life means that dealing with cords and cables—instead of going completely wireless—is still our reality for at least a few more years. So researchers at MIT figure we should just start using them to our advantage as smart remotes and controllers, instead of just a means to transfer power and data. » 2/20/15 9:47am 2/20/15 9:47am

A Single Cable With Swappable Connectors Wants To Replace All Your Wires

Traveling for work usually involves bringing along a small mountain of electronics, each with cables that need to tag along too. But a new Kickstarter promises to replace them all—power, video, and audio—with a single multi-headed cord that can handle any connection that wireless hasn't already replaced. » 2/19/15 2:40pm 2/19/15 2:40pm

Magic Leap Ripped Off Those Awesome UI Concepts

Magic Leap is secretly building a headset that could blend computer graphics with the real world. Recently, we lucked into a treasure trove of illustrations from Magic Leap about what that future might hold. There's just one problem: Magic Leap didn't actually create all those awesome UI concepts. It copied them. » 1/31/15 12:45pm 1/31/15 12:45pm

A Clever Redesign of Delivery Boxes Would Make Them Way Easier To Open

The next time you're trying to hack open a shipping box and get tape stuck all over your car keys, you'll wish that FedEx and UPS would adopt designer ChenChen Hu's clever Corner Pack. It's a re-imagined version of the standard delivery box that skips the packing tape for clever folds and a dented corner with an… » 1/23/15 11:40am 1/23/15 11:40am

Dust Off That Day Planner For These Compact Solar Charging Panels

The Blackberry struck the first blow, but eventually those multi-page day planners were all but completely replaced by modern smartphones. However, they might have finally found a way to claw their way back into relevancy with these replacement day planner pages that are actually functional solar panels, letting you… » 1/01/15 2:00pm 1/01/15 2:00pm

A Simple Packing Tape Fix That Would Save So Much Frustration

From trying to find the edge on a roll, to opening a tightly sealed box, packing tape simply isn't designed to be used by those lacking long fingernails. But this cleverly designed Box Tape levels the playing field with one edge that lacks adhesive so that it's easy to pull up and completely remove. » 12/23/14 1:43pm 12/23/14 1:43pm

Volvo Created a Bike Helmet That Warns Drivers About Nearby Cyclists

Though they share the road, bikes and vehicles don't always play nice together. So Volvo, known for making some of the safest cars on the road, has helped develop a new safety helmet that lets bikes and vehicles communicate so that both cyclists and drivers are aware of each other when in close proximity—even if… » 12/19/14 10:30am 12/19/14 10:30am

It Turns Out Sony Was Behind that E-Ink Concept Watch All Along

A month after the E-Ink FES concept watch got people excited about an innovative wearable that didn't care if it wasn't particularly smart, rumors that Sony was working on a similar E-Ink-based timepiece started to swirl. But according to the Wall Street Journal, Sony was behind the FES watch concept all along, and… » 11/28/14 8:32am 11/28/14 8:32am