Build Yourself Some Bots With Tegu's Magnetic Wooden Blocks

Some would say simple building blocks didn't need improving, but Tegu's idea to add hidden magnets to help hold creations together was genius. And while kids have always been able to use Tegu's blocks to build robots and other high-tech toys with enough imagination, a handful of new sets with added graphics makes it… » 12/02/14 4:00pm 12/02/14 4:00pm

Could Magnets Help the NFL's Concussion Epidemic?

It's another Sunday and teams across the U.S. will take to the grid iron in an effort to scratch another W. These players will play the same as any other Sunday, and like any other Sunday, the sport's biggest threat will remain unaddressed. Sixty-nine concussions have already been reported this year, and odds would… » 11/16/14 1:25pm 11/16/14 1:25pm

Massive Buckyball cube video is so satisfying it gives me goosebumps

The deadly magnetic metal spheres known as Buckyballs may be officially banned, but they keep living in the homes and offices of rebels who keep making cool stuff with them. Like this massive cube assembled with 10,000 magnetic spheres—without a doubt the most satisfying video so far this month. » 8/27/14 10:04am 8/27/14 10:04am

This Death Star of a Speaker Actually Floats in Midair

Bluetooth speakers are ubiquitous these days, so it's no surprise to see some companies going out on a limb to set themselves apart. OM Audio, however, is venturing beyond that limb into thin air with its new OM/One floating speaker. Not only is levitation a neat gimmick, but it supposedly also helps the sound travel… » 8/12/14 2:14pm 8/12/14 2:14pm

MIT Invented Magnetic Hairs That Can Make Water Flow Uphill

Inspired by the coats of fur on some animals, researchers at MIT have developed a flexible skin-like material covered in thousands of tiny magnetic hairs that can move in varying directions in the presence of a magnetic field. That might not seem particularly useful, until MIT points out that the new material can be… » 8/06/14 4:50pm 8/06/14 4:50pm

Hit This Magnetic Bullseye and You'll Never Misplace Your Keys Again

Are you prone to losing your keys more often than you'd like to admit? You just need to settle on a specific place to put them every time you get home. And to make this routine enjoyable enough so that it becomes a habit, trying to hit this magnetic bullseye when you get home every night sounds entertaining enough. » 6/13/14 2:40pm 6/13/14 2:40pm

Magnetic Cello Comes With No Strings Attached

Last year's laser violin was the first re-imagined stringed instrument that didn't actually have any strings. And not to be outdone in the orchestra pit of the future, this year it's the cello's turn to get a fancy stringless upgrade. But instead of lasers, the Magnetovore opts for magnets, requiring the musician to… » 5/30/14 1:40pm 5/30/14 1:40pm

Reading Glasses With a Built-In Secret Neck Strap

If you require reading glasses, you'll inevitably get to an age where you tire of constantly misplacing them, and just accept that a neck strap is the way to go. But they're actually a handy accessory, and if you want to make the upgrade earlier without looking twenty years beyond your age, this pair of reading… » 5/27/14 12:00pm 5/27/14 12:00pm

Tiny Magnetic Robots Might One Day Work On Equally Tiny Assembly Lines

We've successfully engineered giant robot arms for building cars on an assembly line. But smaller mass-produced items—like electronics—still mostly rely on the nimble hands and fingers of a human. Building and controlling robots on a very small scale is still very difficult, but a company called SRI International may… » 4/16/14 4:20pm 4/16/14 4:20pm

Magnetic Building Blocks That Interact With Touchscreen Tablet Apps

There's a fear that touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets will one day turn kids into lifeless, imagination-less zombies. But technology isn't all bad. And to bridge the gap between the toys of yesteryear and tomorrow, researchers at the National Taiwan University created a building block toy that can… » 3/31/14 2:52pm 3/31/14 2:52pm

G.E. Has Found a Way To Cool a Fridge With Magnets

At one time giant blocks of ice were the best solution we could come up with for keeping food cold. That primitive approach was eventually replaced by electric refrigerators using compressors and chemical coolants. Now, almost 100 years later, G.E. thinks it's found a better way to cool a fridge using a water-based… » 3/13/14 1:20pm 3/13/14 1:20pm

Magnetic Wallpaper Lets You Redecorate Your Room Every Day

Designer Luis Pons may have just come up with the biggest innovation in home decorating since wall-to-wall carpeting. This large magnetic panel, which could be easily made to cover the walls of an entire room, is adorned with a metal mesh 'fabric' that can be rearranged, repositioned, and even completely replaced to… » 3/03/14 11:00am 3/03/14 11:00am