Guy in a lawn chair gets lifted by giant balloons like in the movie Up

Every person who has seen the movie Up and also enjoys dreaming about fanciful things every now and again has thought about flying away in balloons like Carl Fredricksen. Professional daredevil and crazy person Erik Roner just did it. He bought tanks of helium to pump up giant balloons to make him fly. » 12/23/14 2:03am Tuesday 2:03am

It takes 90 people to wrangle a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon

Our annual day of helium excess is upon us. We speak, of course, of Thanksgiving and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. These giant floppy balloons, as tall as buildings and filled with 12,000 cubic feet of helium, are not graceful creatures. The average balloon requires 90 handlers just to get it down the street. » 11/26/14 4:45pm 11/26/14 4:45pm

Hearing Morgan Freeman talk on helium is pretty damn hilarious

Blessed with the calming voice of a warm blanket on a cold night, Morgan Freeman is basically the best narrator for nearly every documentary and most life situations. I could listen him talk about anything and it would feel important. But what about Morgan Freeman on helium? How's that sound? Hilarious. » 5/23/14 12:54am 5/23/14 12:54am

Would You Trust a Helium-Filled Floating Venue On Your Wedding Day?

If you like the idea of an outdoor wedding, but not the idea of setting up a tent which can be a hassle, you might want to reach out to design studio Qastic. As part of the Connecticut-based firm's research into the feasibility of using floating structures in its architecture, it created this inflatable helium-filled… » 8/30/13 6:30pm 8/30/13 6:30pm

Eating an Edible Helium Balloon Looks Like the Most Fun You Can Have at…

The chefs at Alinea, very probably the best restaurant in Chicago, have cooked up a super fun dish that'll brighten up any dinner table: an edible helium balloon. Yep, the entire balloon is edible, right down to the string which is "obviously dehydrated apple". The ballon is filled with helium and you can either pop… » 2/13/12 7:40pm 2/13/12 7:40pm

New York City Water Nightmare is an Underwater Gadget Lover's Dream

The tech we see above ground in New York City is undeniably cool » 11/23/08 1:00pm 11/23/08 1:00pm, but underground, where the wild things are, things are not going so smoothly. A giant aquifer, completed in 1944, is leaking up to 36 million gallons of water a day. For New Yorkers, who on average use 150 gallons per day, that's unacceptable. Trouble…

AquaJelly and AirJelly Robot Jellyfish At Home In the Water or the Sky

Festo, the same company that brought us the Air Ray robot last year, has developed yet another graceful robot inspired by a creature of the sea. In fact, they have developed two versions, both based on the common jellyfish: the AquaJelly and the AirJelly. According to Festo, the AquaJelly is "an artificial autonomous… » 4/23/08 6:30pm 4/23/08 6:30pm

Helium Balloon Lights: Where Do I Begin?

The Helium Balloon Light consists of 35 "ultra strong" diodes suspended from a helium balloon. There are two versions of the device available —a limited edition cordless version powered by rechargeable batteries and a basic corded version. And just how much would you expect to pay for a technological marvel such as… » 11/13/07 6:20pm 11/13/07 6:20pm

Blubber Bots Just Want to Eat and Be Your Friend - Who Doesn't?


There's nothing like a bit of LA weirdness for a sunny summer morning. LA-based artist Jed Berk is the brains behind Blubber Bots, rather dreamy autonomous helium blimps that float around the place looking beautiful—rather like me, in fact. And just like us hoo-mans, all they really care about is "food" (represented… » 6/27/07 8:06am 6/27/07 8:06am