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

No Time to Sew? A Clip-On Button Is the Perfect Temporary Fix

Just because your collared shirt came with a couple of spare buttons hanging off a tag doesn't mean you always have time to sew a replacement back on when the need arises. So an emergency replacement button that temporarily clips onto your shirt like a paperclip so you can quickly do it back up needs to exist—and,… » 11/21/14 3:23pm 11/21/14 3:23pm

Self-Contained Motorized Wheels Could Give Us Autopilot Shopping Carts

Here's an innovation you probably never realized you wanted until just now. Japan's Denso corporation has created a compact, self-contained wheel that includes a motor, a battery, and wireless communications allowing it to be driven and controlled remotely. The company could use it for a personal mobility device, but… » 10/15/14 3:56pm 10/15/14 3:56pm

A Redesigned Drain Cover Fixes the Worst Cleaning Chore In Your Home

Taking out the trash is never fun. Vacuuming the living room is rarely enjoyable. But few chores are as despised as having to clean the hair from the drain cover in your shower. Thankfully, a clever designer named Chen Wanting agrees, and has come up with a brilliantly simple solution allowing long hair to be just… » 10/02/14 1:10pm 10/02/14 1:10pm

Simple Grooves Let This Trash Can Hold Small or Multiple Plastic Bags

It's easier to feel less guilty about forgetting your reusable bags for grocery shopping when you plan to use the plastic ones for garbage later. And in turn, it'd be easier to use those plastic bags for garbage if this clever trash bin concept, featuring strategic grooves to accommodate small or multiple bags at… » 10/02/14 12:01pm 10/02/14 12:01pm

A Lego-Like Kit for Building and Easily Repairing Household Appliances

If the motor burns out on a cheap desk fan, or the power switch breaks on a simple hand mixer, you're not going to have them repaired. But just replacing cheap appliances is pretty wasteful, so using 3D printing techniques and standard components, a group of designers have proposed a sort of building kit for creating… » 9/30/14 3:51pm 9/30/14 3:51pm

Create Whatever Furniture You Need With This Cardboard Building Set

If you're not going to be living too long in a place, decking out your temporary abode in recyclable cardboard furniture actually makes a lot of sense. It's cheaper than real furniture, you don't have to bring it next time you move, and with these modular TapeFlips sets you can actually build exactly the pieces you… » 9/24/14 3:40pm 9/24/14 3:40pm

The World's First Convertible Motor Home Is One Obscene Creation

If you roll your eyes when someone claims that inhabiting a massive luxury RV counts as "camping," you're not going to like this. As if showers, giant TVs, and microwaves weren't already overkill enough, a bunch of crazy German automakers have created what is possibly the world's first motorhome with a convertible roof » 9/17/14 10:14am 9/17/14 10:14am

A Prosthetic Leg For Mountain Climbers, Inspired By Sure-Footed Goats

Mountain goats have an uncanny ability to traverse the steepest of terrains without so much as the slightest misstep. So it only makes sense that if one were designing a prosthetic leg for human mountain climbers they would look towards nature's masters most sure-footed creations for inspiration. And that's exactly… » 9/15/14 12:37pm 9/15/14 12:37pm

You Can Apply This Better Band-Aid With Just One Hand

As useful as Band-Aids might be for a quick fix, they're rarely easy to apply to your arms or other areas inaccessible to both your hands. And even when both hands are free, the sticky ends of a Band-Aid often end up stuck together if you're not careful. To remedy this, designer Pei-Chih Deng has created the… » 9/12/14 1:51pm 9/12/14 1:51pm

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 8/26/14 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 8/26/14 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