A Pedal-Powered Monowheel For When a Unicycle Is Somehow Too Cool

Apparently during the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics a bunch of performers were riding glowing monowheels around the stadium. If you missed it, that's ok, because no one cares about the closing ceremonies—and anyways, now you can now own what sounded like the most interesting part of the event. » 4/18/14 7:20pm Friday 7:20pm

2,500 Flaming Gas Burners Make This One Awesome Audio Visualizer

Remember Winamp's wonderful audio visualizers? They let you see your music through trippy ever-evolving patterns, but they couldn't hold a flame to this Pyro Board, which trades animations for a glowing grid of flames produced by 2,500 gas burners. Awesome first, safety second. » 4/18/14 4:31pm Friday 4:31pm

Layers of Inflatable Balls Might Just Make This the Greatest Bed Ever

Forget those individually-wrapped coil spring beds that can shrug off bouncing bowling balls, the Balluga—a mattress made of layer upon layer of computer-controlled inflatable spheres—could be the most comfortable place you've ever rested your head. And with a laundry list of other lavish features, you may never have a … » 4/18/14 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm

LED Holders Upgrade Newspapers With the Latest Headlines

If you've ever read the newspaper in a library or a coffee shop, you've probably used those long wooden holders that help make them slightly easier to wrangle without tearing the pages and impossible to pilfer. But an ad agency in Switzerland found a way to make them even more useful with invisible LED news tickers » 4/18/14 1:40pm Friday 1:40pm

Researchers Develop a Way to X-Ray Rocks To Find Hidden Diamonds

It's no surprise that the diamond industry is willing to spend whatever it takes to make the process of mining precious gems even more profitable. And while it already relies on X-ray technology for spotting diamonds on the surface of mined ore, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute's Development Center for X-ray… » 4/18/14 10:40am Friday 10:40am

A Turntable Snowboard Brings the Party To the Slopes

The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs—sometimes they're practical, and sometimes they're downright crazy. And the company's latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category. » 4/18/14 9:20am Friday 9:20am

You'll Never Mess Up a Recipe When R2-D2 Does Your Measuring

As far as movie sidekicks go, it's hard to find one as invaluable as Star War's R2-D2 was. That little droid was always in the right place, at the right time, with the right tool to save the day. And that now includes your kitchen with this R2-D2 measuring cup set that helps ensure your baking ingredients are always… » 4/17/14 6:40pm Thursday 6:40pm

Evernote's Moleskine Business Notebook Keeps Your Private Notes Secret

Despite hundreds of keyboard and stylus accessories for your phone or tablet, a pen and paper is still the easiest way to take notes at work. And in their continued effort to bridge your gadgets and notebooks, Evernote and Moleskine are introducing a business-oriented notebook that gives you space for jotting private… » 4/17/14 6:00pm Thursday 6:00pm

This Rugged Outdoor Calculator Can Survive Everything But Obsolescence

You might not have had a use for a dedicated calculator after completing your final high school math course, but that doesn't mean others don't. In fact, despite the rise of smartphones, companies like Casio are still churning out standalone calculators. And its latest, the fx-FD10 Pro, which is designed for… » 4/17/14 2:20pm Thursday 2:20pm

Your Touchscreen Usage Is So Unique It Can Be Used as a Password

It turns out that your seemingly random taps, swipes, and other finger gestures on a touchscreen display might not be so random after all. In fact, the way you interact with a touchscreen is so unique that researchers at Georgia Tech have successfully created software that can lock down your tablet if someone else… » 4/17/14 1:20pm Thursday 1:20pm

Safer Kitchen Knives Inspired By the Tools in Your Workshop

If you think back to the last time you cut yourself using something sharp, it was probably in the kitchen, not your workshop. Given how much more time we all spend in the kitchen, it makes sense that the risk of injury would be higher. So it also makes sense that someone would design a set of kitchen knives that are… » 4/16/14 7:00pm Wednesday 7:00pm

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 Wednesday 4:20pm

Relive All of Your Favorite Retro Computer Reboots on One Website

Remember a time when every single software update you made to your computer's OS or applications required a complete reboot of the system? Computers are still far from perfect, but over at The Restart Page you can relive those annoying and constant operating system restarts of yesteryear, and appreciate how far things… » 4/16/14 3:00pm Wednesday 3:00pm

Self-Stacking Building Blocks Are Nothing Short of Magic

Deciding that the lowly building block was due for an upgrade, researchers at MIT have created something amazing. The simple-looking M-Blocks are made from an aluminum frame filled with electronics, an electric motor that can spin up to 20,000 rpm, and a flywheel. And they can perform some amazing feats without any… » 4/16/14 1:20pm Wednesday 1:20pm

Forget On/Off Switches, These Force Lamps Only Shine Under Pressure

Your average human will buckle under too much pressure, but the more weight you pile on these force-sensing lamps, the brighter they'll shine. Designed and built by Kebei Li, a pressure sensor inside the lamps works like a bathroom scale. But instead of displaying pounds, they cause a ring of LEDs to burn bright… » 4/16/14 10:20am Wednesday 10:20am

This Frozen Grinder Ensures You've Got Fresh Herbs All Year Round

Unless you live in a place where snow and winter never show their ugly faces, a year-round garden is out of the question. But if your green thumb results in a surplus of herbs during the summer, you can always freeze them in this handy grinder that keeps them fresh and easy to serve during those frozen snowbound… » 4/15/14 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm