The High Tech Hotel of 1921 Had an Alarm Clock In Every Room

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… » 3/04/15 4:29pm 3/04/15 4:29pm

Ingenious Infrared Microwave Shows Your Food Change Color As It Heats Up

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… » 2/11/15 12:00pm 2/11/15 12:00pm

An Incubator Just Won the Dyson Award For Best Invention of the Year

Do you know how much an incubator costs? Probably not, if you live in the developed world (and aren't a doctor). They can cost as much as $45,000, a price inconceivable for most hospitals or midwives in poor parts of the world. "The western world takes incubators for granted," says James Dyson, who revealed his… » 11/06/14 12:04am 11/06/14 12:04am

This Smart Cart Was Just Named the Year's Best American Invention

Dyson is renowned as much for its inventions as the way it makes them—a process The New Yorker once described as "a second industrial revolution." That's why the James Dyson Foundation was created: To foster and promote young inventors. Today, the organization announced the national winner of its annual Dyson Award,… » 9/17/14 7:01pm 9/17/14 7:01pm

7 Smart New Inventions That We Should Have Had All Along

Every year, Dyson asks industrial designers, product designers, and engineers to submit their smart solution to a problem—any problem. It's an awesomely broad request, and it usually results in some pretty fascinating projects. Leading up to this year's Dyson Award, we took a look at just a tiny fraction of the… » 8/21/14 9:28am 8/21/14 9:28am

How a Man Who Wore a Fake Uterus Is Reinventing Sanitary Pads

This is story about a man who created—and wore—a fake, bleeding uterus made out of a bladder and goat's blood. This is also a story about an inventor breaking profound taboos to revolutionize the lives of women. Either way, how a school dropout in India came to invent a cheaper way to make sanitary pads is a tale at… » 3/04/14 7:20pm 3/04/14 7:20pm

Let's laugh at all these old ridiculous inventions we came up with

Visions of the future from the past always serve as an endless source of comedy. Look how dumb we were! Look how silly those people look! Look! Look! It's completely true. Our imaginations of the future are rooted in the limits of today which typically makes it an awful thought exercise. So in a few years, we'll look… » 12/23/13 6:02pm 12/23/13 6:02pm