Racing To Build Ikea Furniture Is a Guaranteed Relationship Destroyer

Need a quick way out of a relationship? The folks at Buzzfeed have come up with the most perfect weapon of mass destruction for marriages, friendships, and even family ties. It simply requires a pair of couples to go head-to-head in a race that has them assembling a single piece of Ikea furniture. » 8/15/14 4:45pm 8/15/14 4:45pm

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 3:07pm 8/15/14 3:07pm

This Clever Carpet "Printer" Brushes Pictures Onto Your Rugs

You know that incredibly satisfying feeling of seeing a freshly vacuumed carpet with the fibers all perfectly upright and unmarred by footprints? Designer Yuta Sugiura has found a way to take advantage of that effect to print detailed images on a rug or carpeting using a handheld machine he developed and built. » 8/15/14 11:10am 8/15/14 11:10am

Three Minutes Of Spinning Tops That Are Impossible To Stop Watching

This short film takes its inspiration from the 1969 film Tops directed by famed designers Ray and Charles Eames, and is literally nothing more than footage of spinning tops of all shapes, sizes, and colors. But don't be fooled, it's more captivating as anything Hollywood has produced in the past decade. » 8/15/14 9:20am 8/15/14 9:20am

16 Ways To Use FLIR's Incredibly Fun Predator-Vision iPhone Camera

There's no doubt about it, being able to see more than just the visible spectrum is the closest thing most of us will ever have to superpowers. Seeing the world through its heat signature is almost like having x-ray vision, and let's not forget, even the Predator made sure to bring his thermal camera with him on his… » 8/15/14 9:00am 8/15/14 9:00am

A Star Wars Making Of Book That Focuses On Models, Not CG

Computer graphics and digital effects are integral to summer blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy today, but back in 1976 when Lucas created his visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic to help realize the original Star Wars, miniature models were the tools of the trade for special effects—as this limited… » 8/14/14 5:00pm 8/14/14 5:00pm

A Thousand Tiny Robots Swarming Into Shapes Like Intelligent Insects

Since the first crude automatons running on clockwork mechanisms, mankind has been working to build the perfect artificial copy of ourselves for centuries. But what's a more accurate recreation of a human? A robot made of various components and wires all cobbled together? Or one made of billions of tiny robots all… » 8/14/14 4:17pm 8/14/14 4:17pm

This Pencil Lamp's Power Cord Leaves Doodles Around Your Home

Here's a clever way to rid your home of unsightly cables: just hide them in plain sight. Designers Michael & George created the HB Lamps featuring a glowing eraser that can illuminate a room, and a black power cable protruding from the pencil tip that looks like doodles left by the pencil instead of an ugly power… » 8/14/14 3:08pm 8/14/14 3:08pm

A Plush-Disguised Camera Lets Drivers Keep an Eye On Back-Seat Infants

There are plenty of distractions you should be ignoring while driving, like your smartphone. But others, like your infant in a car seat behind you, you simply can't ignore. So instead of taking your eyes off the road to turn around and check on them, or futzing with your rear-view mirror, the Always in View straps a… » 8/14/14 12:20pm 8/14/14 12:20pm

NASA Released Free 3D-Printable Models Of Its Probes and Spacecraft

There are very few private citizens with enough money to recreate NASA's fantastic space explorations. But, there are plenty of private citizens with enough money to buy a 3D printer, and now that NASA has released a bunch of free 3D models of many of its interstellar crafts and probes, almost anyone can build their… » 8/14/14 10:37am 8/14/14 10:37am

A Carbon Fiber Stapler Is Definitely More Lustworthy Than a Swingline

In recent years carbon fiber has developed a nasty habit of turning up in places it really doesn't belong. Its woven black finish might look neat on a mousepad, but the ultralight material should stick to places it really belongs like on high-performance race cars, in any product coming from the aerospace industry, … » 8/13/14 5:00pm 8/13/14 5:00pm

Self-Cleaning Cashmere Means Sweater Stains Disappear in the Sun

It might get the stank and stains out, but every trip through the washing machine takes a toll on your clothing, wearing out your garments and stretching them out of shape. Even a trip to the dry cleaners can be rough, so researchers at Hong Kong's City University found an easier, gentler alternative by inventing a… » 8/13/14 1:44pm 8/13/14 1:44pm

Turn Your Favorite Pen Into a Stylus With This Stretchy Rubber Wrap

Your finger works just fine as your body's built-in stylus, but sometimes—like when checking Twitter while eating wings—you'd rather not touch your screen with your filthy digits. It's those times when carrying a stylus is perfectly justified, and with the clever rubber StretchWrite, you can just use your favorite pen… » 8/13/14 10:13am 8/13/14 10:13am

An Always Charging Flashlight That Could Serve As a Centerpiece

The only thing worse than the power outage that has you reaching for a flashlight in the middle of the night is finding that it too is out of power. But the Trioh is a flashlight you don't have to hide away in a drawer, it's designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful, remaining perpetually charged on its… » 8/13/14 10:01am 8/13/14 10:01am

A Simple Accessory Turns Your Shopvac Into an Extra Set of Hands

Even if you're working with a team of carpenters, Festool's new CT Wings accessory seems like it could be the next must-have tool for every workshop or jobsite. It's designed to attach to the end of the hose on of one of Festool's shop vacuums and then securely suction itself to a wall so that it can be used as a… » 8/12/14 5:40pm 8/12/14 5:40pm

KitchenAid's SodaStream Machines Look Transplanted From a Fifties Diner

They might make it slightly cheaper to produce your own carbonated beverages at home, but those SodaStream machines aren't exactly the loveliest things you can put on your kitchen counter. Thankfully, the company has teamed up with KitchenAid who's given the machines a retro makeover and an all-metal design so they'll… » 8/12/14 5:00pm 8/12/14 5:00pm