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We Cannot Allow These Awful Sliding Airplane Seats to Become Real

It’s easy to think of ways we could improve airplane seat design. It takes some sick creativity to think of how we could make it worse, though. But the world is full of sick people—like these dudes from North Carolina who want to put airplane seats on wheels and control them with an iPad. » 8/14/15 3:50pm 8/14/15 3:50pm

Apple Might Start Showing People Ads Based on Their Bank Balances

Just when you thought Apple wasn’t integrated into your life enough, the company just won a patent for a system that targets ads based on how much money people have. This is the same Apple that’s promised not to monetize your data. As Tim Cook said last year: “You’re not our product.” Until you are, apparently. » 7/16/15 10:50am 7/16/15 10:50am

A Visual Explainer of How Boeing Wrecked the Plot of Black Hawk Down

Patents are often interesting, fanciful things, illustrating inventions that may or may not ever be built. However, when you turn a patent idea into a somewhat animated and slightly offensive explainer video linking the inventions to popular Hollywood war movies, the result is nothing short of art. » 7/13/15 4:36pm 7/13/15 4:36pm

Jaguar Plans to Let You Control Windshield Wipers With Just Your Eyes

In the not-too-distant future, eye-tracking technology will be a run-of-the-mill feature in many high-end vehicles, helping keep drivers’ eyes on the road. But Jaguar Land Rover has patented another use for the tech that allows cars to automatically trigger the rear window’s wiper so it’s always clean and clear when… » 5/05/15 9:48am 5/05/15 9:48am

Bats Out of Hell: The Dumbest "Improvements" Made To Baseball Bat Design

Much like its cousin, the baseball cap, the baseball bat seems pretty simple, at first glance. Take a reasonably cylindrical piece of wood, taper it as necessary, put a little nub on the end so your hands don't slip off, and swing. Hit the ball too low, and you'll pop it up. » 4/07/15 4:16pm 4/07/15 4:16pm

That Plastic Thing Inside Your Pizza Box Was Invented 30 Years Ago

If you’re one of the 7 billion humans on this planet who enjoys getting pizza delivered to your door, you have a piece of plastic to thank. A piece of plastic? Yes, that circular plastic thing that goes in the middle of a pie to prevent the pizza from sticking to the top of the pizza box. It's called a pizza saver.… » 2/05/15 8:40pm 2/05/15 8:40pm

10 Bizarre and Horrifying Sex Patents (NSFW)

Depending on who you talk to, the future of sex may be teledildonics. Or virtual reality. Or painfully hot fleshlights. But the one thing almost everyone can agree upon? The future of sex is not a pump-action dildo you strap to your chin. Nor is it any of these other bizarre, terrifying, and wonderfully weird… » 1/21/15 2:08pm 1/21/15 2:08pm

Toyota Made Over 5,600 Of Its Fuel Cell Patents Available Royalty-Free

In an effort to help spread the adoption and further the development of the hydrogen fuel cell technology the company developed for its FCV concept vehicle—now known as the Mirai—Toyota has announced that it's making approximately 5,680 fuel cell patents available for royalty-free use. » 1/05/15 4:00pm 1/05/15 4:00pm