Without the pendulum clock, the Industrial Revolution doesn’t happen. Without the quartz clock, the technology in the digital revolution doesn’t happen. It’s time, weirdly enough, that advanced our world. How?
It’s widely accepted that the United States patent system is broken. Alexander Reben agrees, and his response has been to create a website that aims to make it harder for people to patent new ideas.
In his spare time—which was presumably limited—Leonardo da Vinci was fond of drawing plans for contraptions and weaponry, most of which were never actually built. But with a few common items, it’s easy to bring his double-armed catapult to life.
Self-employment is rough. One day you’re sleeping in for an extra half hour, and the next you’re staying up until 5am and realizing you haven’t seen any of your friends (or the sun) in months.
The maniac inventor Colin Furze cooked up a truly spectacular thing this time around: he made a giant firework wheel. As in, fireworks are attached to a wheel (not unlike a windmill) which is attached to a truck which is then all lit at once which is then spun around in circles which then explodes beautifully,…
“Who’s the greatest catstronaut in the United States? It’s you Champer-damper. It’s you!”
(Note: This article is best enjoyed with the Battle Hymn of the Republic playing in the background.) Does anything stir your inner-patriotism than seeing the old red, white, and blue blowing in the wind? Obviously not, so a couple of guys invented a flag frame that simulates that effect in your living room.
Waking up is hard. Anybody who can just get straight up in the morning cannot be trusted. For the rest of us, we make do with phones and alarm clocks and snoozing and coffee and showers and jobs that pay us to not be late. Perhaps we’re going to easy on ourselves. Maybe we need a high voltage ejector bed that shoots…
There’s no better way to top off a meal of Carolina-style barbecue than plunging your face into a big, dripping scoop of ice cream in a fresh, warm waffle cone. America knows this pleasure thanks to Abe Doumar who unveiled the first waffle cone machine at the 1904 World’s Fair. And thanks to Doumar’s family, you can…
The first modern-style menstrual cup was patented in 1932, but that wasn’t the first time inventors turned their skills to the problem of keeping bloody goo off women’s clothes. Take, for example, this little gem from 1884. It’s a menstrual cup, attached to a reservoir big enough to last for days.
There’s a scene in the 2005 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie where a lightsaber-like bread knife is not only able to slice a loaf, it toasts it at the same time. That was done with special effects, but mad Brit inventor Colin Furze has gone and built a similar contraption in real-life, and his creation works.
Some of you who’ve been reading Throb might think I’m a bit condom-obsessed, but that’s not accurate. I’m actually obsessed with people enjoying sex while preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of disease. And let’s be honest: no one is truly thrilled by latex condoms. In a word, they suck. Leaving aside the…
It’s been just over a century and change since the first airplane flight. And an amazing amount of innovation has happened to aviation since then. Along with quite a bit of weird experiments, that didn’t entirely pan out. Here are fascinating videos of some of the strangest flying machines ever invented!
Today, hotels offer high-tech amenities that just a generation ago would be astounding — RFID key cards, customizable ambiance at the push of a button, and coming soon, humanoid robot concierges. So what started the high-tech hotel craze? It can all be traced back to the 1920s, when Americans started to demand a…
Think people going bald here in the 21st century have it tough? Just imagine what the folks of 100 years ago went through. Balding men were apparently so desperate for hair that they'd let a doctor near them with this terrifying machine.
Think of it as an early version of the Kindle, except from a time when Amazon was still just the name of a river.
Hey, happy Lincoln's birthday! Abe would have been 206 today, and the US Patent and Trademark Office took the chance to remind us of a strange and oft-forgotten fact: The United States' 16th president is the only one to ever hold a patent. And a very interesting patent, at that.
After watching this video I feel like the best microwave I've ever used sucked very badly. What you see here is a concept for the Heat Map Microwave, which would have a built-in IR camera on top and a screen on the front, effectively allowing you to see exactly when your food has been heated all the way through. Get…
China absolutely dominates the rest of the world when it comes to the number of patents it produces. This is partly due to a government that encourages inventors with everything from cash gifts, tenured jobs at universities, and early release from prison. Wait, what?