Blackberry Is Bringing Back the Slider Phone Because Sure Why Not

When square phones don't quite work and suing Ryan Seacrest is taking too long, what's a BlackBerry to do? Combine the weirdest new hardware trend and a classic old one together in one super (silly?) smartphone. Blackberry just teased the new "dual-curved, all-touch display with a keyboard—yes a slider device!" at… »3/03/15 9:45am3/03/15 9:45am

3D Printing Just Wireframe Models Can Vastly Speed Up Prototyping

When 3D printing technologies were first adopted for manufacturing decades ago, they were referred to as rapid prototyping machines because compared to old methods, they were able to churn out parts with remarkable speed. But even today's 3D printing technology has room for improvement, and a new technique that… »9/19/14 11:15am9/19/14 11:15am

The Prius of Planes Could One Day Replace Helicopters and Jump Jets

Getting an aircraft to launch and land vertically is not difficult. Getting one to launch vertically and then complete a long-endurance flight, however, is an entirely different bag of cats. But a team from NASA's Langley Research Center believe that they've developed a flight system that can do both tasks equally… »8/22/14 11:40am8/22/14 11:40am

An Airbag Belt Could Help Protect Seniors' Hips From Nasty Falls

It doesn't matter how much milk you drink, at a certain age your bones start to lose their strength, eventually putting you at risk for broken limbs and even worse: a broken hip that hinders your mobility. So similar to the airbags in your car, this safety belt instantly inflates when it detects the wearer is falling,… »8/15/14 3:07pm8/15/14 3:07pm

Three Lost Dyson Inventions, Including a Google Glass That Never Was

Dyson's first cyclonic vacuum cleaner was launched 21 years ago, but before it made it into consumer's hands, the company's research and development team went through 5,127 prototypes to perfect its design. Since then the company's R&D lab has been responsible for some amazing products—including a few that have never… »6/01/14 7:01pm6/01/14 7:01pm

How a Doctor Is Fighting Cancer With Items Found at Walmart

The New York Times Magazine offers up a healthy dose of inspiration this weekend with the story of David Walmer, a renegade doctor who's been saving lives in Haiti. When he realized a few years ago how cervical cancer was killing many of his patients, Walmer decided to get creative about solving the problem. Oddly… »5/25/14 11:00am5/25/14 11:00am

This Atomic Clock Wristwatch Only Loses a Second Every Thousand Years

If you pride yourself on not only being the person who always arrives on time, but also the person with the most accurate time, then Bathys Hawaii's got one heck of a watch for you. This monstrous creation, now just a prototype, is an actual atomic clock you can strap to your wrist that guarantees accurate time for… »10/01/13 10:36am10/01/13 10:36am

This Hybrid Quadcopter Drone Can Take Off and Land Vertically

Quadcopters offer extreme precision and control in flight, not to mention the ability to take off and land vertically. But compared to the traditional plane design used for most drones, their speed and long range capabilities are limited. So an Arizona-based drone builder called Latitude Engineering hopes to capture… »8/21/13 9:36am8/21/13 9:36am

The Idiotic Things Google Was Going to Make You Say to Use Google Glass

Though wearing Google Glass makes you look like a futuristic cross-eyed cyborg to the entire world, controlling Glass is a lot more natural and conversational than you'd expect. A few swipes and a couple of "OK Glass" to get started. But do you know what Google was thinking about making you say before it settled on… »7/16/13 6:20pm7/16/13 6:20pm