Magnets Let You Rearrange These Modular LED Lights on the Fly

Conventional lighting systems suffer from a serious but seemingly unavoidable limitation: sockets. Along with wires, plugs, and fixtures, this basic infrastructure dictates where lights can go and what they could look like. How would a designer get around that? Magnets, of course! » 2/11/15 12:35pm 2/11/15 12:35pm

Finally, A Way To Feel Magnetic Fields Without Implants

I've always been captivated by biohackers who implant tiny magnets under their skin, giving themselves the ability to physically feel magnetic fields. However, I'm not quite dedicated enough to go through the hassle (or commitment) of actually going under the knife. » 2/03/15 9:33pm 2/03/15 9:33pm

Magnetic Buckyballs In a Blender Create One Terrifying Light Show

It didn't take long for those "Will it Blend?" videos to get long in the tooth. You can only watch so many smartphones being torn to shreds before the novelty wears off. But to celebrate the birth of his 40th grandkid, Tom Dickson tosses a mountain of magnetic Buckyballs into the blades and the results are as… » 1/26/15 1:40pm 1/26/15 1:40pm

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 1:04pm 12/02/14 1:04pm

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

The Hoverboard Is Real, and I Rode It

I'm tired of being lied to. Tired of companies exploiting my childhood dreams of riding a hoverboard just like Back to the Future Part II. When Doc Brown let me down, I was ready to write off the whole idea. But this week, my dream finally came true. » 10/22/14 3:55pm 10/22/14 3:55pm

Magnetized iron dust moves in crazy patterns with the music

Watch these metal filings mesmerizingly dance the night away as the music pumps in. The board, which is made by TechnoFrolics, uses iron dust in a choreographed magnetic field to react to noise. It looks like a field of waving dancing metal mini trees. » 9/23/14 1:34am 9/23/14 1:34am

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 9:10am 8/27/14 9:10am

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

This Golf Ball-Sized Magnet Creates Three Metric Tons of Force

This little superconducting magnet may look serene, but it in fact it's a record breaker, capable of creating three metric tons of force. » 6/30/14 8:36am 6/30/14 8:36am

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

Watch a floating pillow somehow support the weight of a brick

How is this floating pillow supporting the weight of this brick? Magic? Some sort of invisible string? Maybe it's an illusion to make it look like the pillow is floating and spinning but it really isn't? CGI!? Nope. » 6/06/14 1:06am 6/06/14 1:06am

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

Feel Flux Review: A Scientific Toy That Feels Like Magic

Juggling is hard. Keeping those balls aloft against the relentless forces of gravity takes skill. But what if you could just make gravity work a little bit differently? With the Feel Flux, you can. » 5/13/14 4:00pm 5/13/14 4:00pm

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These Glasses Swap Screws for Magnets in Their Hinges

Good news, clutz: these glasses swap the usual screws in their hinges for magnets, allowing you to swap the arms easily—and making them harder to break, too. » 4/28/14 8:15am 4/28/14 8:15am

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

The power of magnets shown by destroying things in slow motion

After seeing this video of strong magnets destroying glass in slow motion, I really wish I had a few to play with now. Magneto was always my favorite supervillain. » 4/14/14 7:12pm 4/14/14 7:12pm