Candles That Light Themselves Mean No Match-Hunting on Birthdays

Birthdays are as much about celebrating someone as they are a desperate attempt to find a book of matches or a working lighter to secretly get the candles on a birthday cake lit. But that mad hunt for fire could be a thing of the past if these self-lighting Match Candles ever become a reality. » 8/26/14 9:12am Tuesday 9:12am

Xerox's Robot Printer Brings Your Documents Right To You

The one advantage to the paperless office being nowhere in sight is that every time you print something you get to leave your desk and waste time while wandering over to the copy room. At least until Fuji Xerox's robot printer concept that delivers printed documents right to your desk becomes commonplace. » 8/26/14 8:45am Tuesday 8:45am

NASA Is Betting on These Five Extraordinary Ideas

Beyond developing current missions, NASA's job is to invest in technologies that might seem like sci-fi—but could hold the keys to the next generation of space missions. After all, a century ago, the idea of a lunar landing probably seemed almost like pure sensational fiction. And this week, NASA picked the five… » 8/08/14 11:21am 8/08/14 11:21am

A Flippable Frame Lets This Bike Grow With Your Kids

As your child transitions from a balance bike—where they use their feet against the ground for propulsion—to a larger pedal version, it usually means it's time for an upgrade. But not with Andreas Bhend's clever Miilo. The bike's frame is reversible, allowing it to be easily disassembled and flipped, elevating the… » 8/08/14 9:25am 8/08/14 9:25am

How You Fold This Origami Measuring Spoon Determines Its Capacity

Unless your measuring spoons are all tethered together (which is annoying unto itself) you've probably spent too much time sifting through kitchen drawers trying to find the one you need. Rahul Agarwal's Polygon measuring spoon solves that problem with an easy-to-store flat design that simply folds to whatever… » 8/07/14 9:53am 8/07/14 9:53am

A Side Table For Charging Gadgets That Plugs Right Into the Wall

The wireless utopia we've all been patiently waiting for (while tripping over cords) is still nowhere to be seen, but it's not for lack of trying. Designer Youmin Vincent Kim has come up with a wonderful interim solution with the Soak desk that leans up against, and plugs directly into, a wall—allowing it to serve as… » 8/06/14 5:34pm 8/06/14 5:34pm

This Heads-Up Display Puts the App Info You Need On Your Windshield

Using your smartphone or tablet while driving is not only illegal in most sane states, it's also just a dangerously stupid thing to do behind the wheel. But since access to your device can make your travels easier, the dashboard-mounted Navdy provides a heads-up display that shares info from your devices, and lets you… » 8/05/14 12:00pm 8/05/14 12:00pm

This Compact Microwave Is a Must-Have For Your Car

Designer Jake Rich has come up with a better design for the microwave that no longer requires a permanent parking spot on your kitchen counter. His Mediumwave concept has a footprint about the size of a dinner plate, and the traditional metal box form factor of microwaves of old has been improved with a removable dome… » 7/08/14 12:40pm 7/08/14 12:40pm

It Would Be Amazing if This iWatch Concept Was Real

The iPhone 6 is said to be bigger than its forebears, and, if the latest rumours are to be believed, the iWatch won't exactly be petite either, with a screen said to measure 2.5-inches diagonally. Armed with that snippet of possible information ,SET Solution has put together a (fairly) plausible-looking iPhone concept. » 7/03/14 7:47am 7/03/14 7:47am

This Folding Origami Grill Has a Metal Mesh Hammock For Firewood

When you're cooking dinner in the woods, the last thing you want is to be responsible for burning down acres of trees down because you were careless with your campfire. A portable grill helps keep everything safely contained, and the folding Grillo even keeps your burning briquettes or kindling off the forest floor. » 4/24/14 9:40am 4/24/14 9:40am

The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You a Master of the Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter—designed by students at Rice University—provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer… » 4/22/14 11:30am 4/22/14 11:30am

Electronic Monocle Uses Biofeedback to Track Your Favorite Websites

The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It's the emotion-tracking Google Glass you… » 4/19/14 7:00pm 4/19/14 7:00pm

A 3D-Printed Ultrasound Cast That Looks Awesome and Heals You Faster

Old-fashioned casts are nasty, a festering stinksleeves that you wear like a medieval torture device for what seems like forever. 3D-printed casts take care of the smell and itch issues, and now Deniz Karasahin has designed the next step: a custom cast with an ultrasound device to speed up bone healing. » 4/18/14 12:40pm 4/18/14 12:40pm

Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

At one time the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly, but easy to transport. Those never materialized, but the technology involved—a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures—has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that's just as safe… » 4/11/14 11:29am 4/11/14 11:29am

The Hal 9000 of Grills Tells You When It's Time to Flip the Meat

No one likes a backseat griller, especially if you've spent years perfecting your bbq craft. But for those starting out, a little coaching can help avoid turning steak into charcoal. And Lynx's voice-activated Smart Grill will actually ask you what's going on the barbie so it can then recommend the perfect setting,… » 4/08/14 9:20am 4/08/14 9:20am