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  • Segway Inventor Builds Bionic Arm for Wounded GIs

    12/09/2008 10:41:16 PM PST · by Ron C. · 42 replies · 2,137+ views ^ | 12-9-08 | unk
    Segway Inventor Builds Bionic Arm Tuesday , December 09, 2008 FOX NEWS The man behind the Segway scooter has a new invention: bionic arms for wounded soldiers. Called the "Luke Arm" after the prosthetic hand sported by Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" movies, Dean Kamen's device is lightweight, self-contained and fully capable of picking up grapes, baby bottles, even electric drills. ... snip The Luke Arm has four fingers and an opposable thumb, and was designed to be controlled by muscular movement in the wearer's remaining limbs. But thanks to neurological advances in "targeted renervation" by Dr. Todd Kuiken...
  • MISSISSIPPI: Local man invents vibrating toilet seat

    11/14/2008 2:38:21 AM PST · by Stoat · 37 replies · 1,481+ views
    The Laurel Leader-Call ^ | November 13, 2008 | Eloria Newell James
    Local man invents vibrating toilet seat By Eloria Newell James,  Jones County native Johnny Henry talks about his invention, the vibrating toilet seat.Photo/Eloria Newell James / A Jones County native has developed a new twist to a traditional item.Johnny Henry of Laurel has developed the vibrating toilet seat.“I believe in thinking out of the box,” Henry said. “I wanted to create something that is a little unusual.“This invention is designed to stimulate,” he said. “It’s to make you feel good while you are there.”Because of Henry’s invention, he recently attended the Invent Bay International Inventors Convention held at the...
  • The flying car (Brit engineer to go to Timbuktu in fan / parasail/ road-legal invention)

    11/09/2008 8:45:08 AM PST · by Stoat · 30 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | November 9, 2008 | Richard Fleury
    To Timbuktu by flying car: it sounds the most unlikely journey on earth; a sci-fi voyage from the pages of Jules Verne. But this is no fantasy. The car really flies. And the journey will become reality early in the new year when two explorers set off from London in a propeller-powered dune buggy heading for the Sahara. The seed of this improbable adventure was sown four years ago when Gilo Cardozo, a paramotor manufacturer, had a eureka moment. For those not familiar with paramotors, picture a parachutist with a giant industrial fan strapped to his back, which provides...
  • FREE ENERGY Home Generator -Zero Point Energy - Off the Grid(Video)

    08/07/2008 12:51:20 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 14 replies · 229+ views
    YouTube ^ | Doanno | ?
    This ya gotta see...One of those "Would be nice...if true".
  • Gore's new boat called 'Prius of boats'

    08/05/2008 6:55:58 PM PDT · by melt · 83 replies · 609+ views ^ | 8/5/08 |
    Al Gore has a new boat and even it is green. The boat is docked at Hurricane Marina on Center Hill Lake in Smithville, about 70 miles east of Nashville. While it doesn't have solar panels yet, a spokesperson at Gore's office told News 2 they are scheduled to be installed Wednesday. The boat is named Bio-Solar One and has been called the "Toyota Prius of boats"...
  • Ivins stood to gain financially from anthrax scare

    08/02/2008 3:27:22 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies · 158+ views ^ | August 2, 2008 | David Willman
    Bruce E. Ivins, the government biodefense scientist linked to the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001, stood to gain financially from the huge federal spending in the fear-filled aftermath of those killings, the Los Angeles Times has learned. Ivins is listed as a co-inventor on two patents for a genetically engineered anthrax vaccine, federal records show. Separately, Ivins is also listed as a co-inventor on an application to patent an additive for various biodefense vaccines. Ivins, 62, died Tuesday, apparently in a suicide. Federal authorities had informed his lawyer that criminal charges related to the mailings would be filed. As a...
  • Army Invention Saves Severely Injured Servicemembers’ Lives

    06/13/2008 4:18:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 190+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, June 13, 2008 – A new lifesaving standard of care has garnered the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research here a prestigious recognition: invention of the year. The innovation, called Damage Control Resuscitation of Severely Injured Soldiers, was named one of the Army’s “Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2007.” “The American Association for Trauma Surgeons calls this one of the biggest improvements to trauma care in the last 10 years,” said Michael Dubick, senior research pharmacologist for the Institute of Surgical Research. The invention is aimed at saving severely injured soldiers with internal injuries that...
  • Kong-Red, Rubbery, And Filled With Goodness

    Bo (woof) In Product Review: Kong-every dog knows what it is. It’s the iPod for the canine set. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Well read this review and find out. How did the greatest invention in canine treat history, The Kong, come about? Well, it begins with a German Sheppard named Fritz, his owner and a Volkswagen Van. Fritz, a police dog, enjoyed chewing rocks to relieve the stress of the day. This activity wore Fritz’s teeth down, frustrating his owner Joe Markham as well as his dentist, Dr. Christian Szel One afternoon while working...
  • The invention of Scotland

    06/11/2008 11:26:42 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 24 replies · 265+ views ^ | 06/06/2008 | Adam Sisman
    The historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, who died in 2003, was often depicted as hostile to the Scots (or 'Scotch', as he insisted on calling them). Yet, as he would sometimes remark, he had a long association with Scotland and its people. He was brought up in Northumberland, only 20 miles or so from the border. As a boy he had been cared for by a Scots nanny, before attending a preparatory school in Dunbar. After an interval, he married a Scots wife, and together they bought a home near Melrose, where he lived during the university vacations for almost 30 years....
  • The Patent Reform Act Will Harm the U.S. Technology Industry (Stalled But Not Dead Yet)

    06/01/2008 4:39:20 AM PDT · by khnyny · 28 replies · 159+ views
    cnet ^ | March 6, 2008 | Steve Tobak
    The proposed Patent Reform Act of 2007 will be coming up for a vote in the Senate in a few months. A similar version of the bill has already passed in the House. The bill has certain relatively benign provisions, but let's ignore them since they just cloud the argument and are of little interest to either side in the debate. Let's instead just cut to the chase. In lay terms, the bill makes it easier to challenge issued patents and harder for patent holders to obtain compensation through the U.S. legal system. Regardless of how that sounds to you,...
  • As weather warms, let's remember the unsung inventor of the window air conditioner

    05/24/2008 1:44:19 PM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies · 129+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 5/24/08
    In 1945, Robert Sherman invented the modern portable, in-window air conditioner (Patent # 2,433,960 granted January 6, 1948). It was subsequently "appropriated" by a large manufacturer who made hundreds of millions of dollars on it. Sherman did not have the resources to fight the big corporation in court (they reportedly promised to "break him" if he tried) and thus never received a dime. He died in 1962. Recognition of his contribution to heating/air conditioning is long overdue. Click
  • Water powered cars right around the corner?

    05/13/2006 7:14:51 AM PDT · by Neville72 · 102 replies · 5,116+ views
    Take a look a this amazing news report on the local Fox Channel 26 in Clearwater, Florida on local inventor, Denny Klein and his water powered citting /welding torches and HHO/gas hybrid car. Video on the technology: Amazing stuff at first glance. I'd love to hear some of our Freeper energy experts weigh in on the potential of this.
  • Cool Invention: THe Flying Belt

    05/10/2008 3:09:08 AM PDT · by Brainhose · 17 replies · 123+ views
    Invention Awards ^ | Today | Brainhose
    Tim Fofonoff, a 31-year-old grad student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stands at the base of a 50-foot-tall, graffiti-covered rock wall just south of Boston. He´s clipped into the Atlas Powered Rope Ascender, a toaster-size battery-driven device that he and his three co-inventors built themselves. With it, he´s about to do something no one outside of a Hollywood script has done before: rappel up a wall at an astonishing 10 feet per second. He stares hesitantly for a moment at the craggy rock face, presses a small button, and darts off the ground as if he were wearing a...
  • His Weber Grill Was One Hot Idea

    04/28/2008 2:09:24 PM PDT · by posterchild · 9 replies · 61+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 25th, 2008 | Brian Deagon
    George Stephen was fed up with the heat, flare-ups and smoke coming from the statuesque brick grill he built in his backyard. To quell the flames, he'd hover near the grill with a squirt gun and shoot it to keep food from burning each time oil dripped onto the coals. It was 1951. Like most barbecues, his was uncovered with a thick metal grill. It offered a cooking method dating to biblical times. Like his neighbors, he was smoking up the area and burning half of what he cooked. There had to be a better solution, he reasoned. As part...
  • Da Vinci's works on exhibit in Saxony

    03/09/2008 11:46:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 272+ views
    PressTV Iran ^ | Monday, March 10, 2008 | unattributed
    A Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition focusing on his fascination with machines opens in the Museum of Industry in the German city of Saxony. The exhibition which opened on Sunday includes more than 40 wooden models of his inventions, including Archimedes screws, lifting devices, pulleys and flywheels. The exhibition will be open until June 15. One of the advantages of this particular exhibition is that the visitors are permitted to touch many of the exhibits and try them out for themselves, DPA reported. Da Vinci was a superb painter as well as designer of buildings and machinery and produced studies on...
  • Swords into Plowshares?

    01/19/2008 12:09:10 AM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 82+ views
    The American ^ | January/February 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Past wars have produced peacetime technology benefits. But the spin-offs from Iraq may be far more disturbing, writes VICTOR DAVIS HANSON. Militaries may begin wars confident in their existing weapons and technol­ogy, but they generally win only by radically changing designs or finding entirely new ones. The Union military started the Civil War with muskets and cannonballs, but ended it using bullet-firing repeating rifles and explo­sive artillery charges. Ironclads, observation balloons, rubberized ponchos, canned meats, and elaborate telegraphic communications followed—some of the inventions enriching peacetime America for decades. In 1940, a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber was considered an indestructible aerial...
  • Japanese Robot Eats Snow, Poops Out Bricks of Ice

    01/02/2008 9:13:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies · 482+ views ^ | Wednesday, January 02, 2008 | SciTech
    Japanese Robot Eats Snow, Poops Out Bricks of Ice Wednesday, January 02, 2008 What's cute, yellow, eats snow and poops out bricks of ice? Meet Yuki-taro, a Japanese robot built to quickly clear roads after heavy snows. The cute little guy, about 5 feet long and 2 and a half feet high, simply plows into snowbanks, taking in the white stuff, compressing it and neatly stacking it in two-foot-long bricks on his rear bed. Created by a consortium of private companies, municipal governments and university researchers, Yuki-taro is equipped with two video cameras in his "eyes" as well as a...
  • Dashing Finns were first to get their skates on 5,000 years ago

    12/24/2007 1:13:30 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies · 168+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/24/07 | Mark Henderson
    The origins of ice-skating have been traced by scientists to the frozen lakes of Finland about 5,000 years ago, when people used skates made from animal bone. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University have calculated that skating on the primitive blades would have reduced the energy cost of travelling by 10 per cent, suggesting that it emerged as a practical method of transport and not as recreation. Southern Finland has been identified as the most likely home of skating through an analysis of the shape and distribution of lakes in central and northern Europe, which shows that the early Finns would...
  • Nicole Richie backs Swedish dog urinals

    11/22/2007 10:54:55 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 43 replies · 1,162+ views ^ | 11/22/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Hollywood socialite Nicole Richie has lent her voice to a campaign to stop dogs peeing on lamp posts. When Paris Hilton's dog-loving pal learned of Swedish inventor Lennart Järlebro's plans to design a urinal for dogs, she immediately vowed to spread the word in the United States. "This invention is just so clever. It's a cute rubber cup attached to the post and a hose that pipes urine into the gutter," Richie, 26, told the Daily Star. Lennart Järlebro began designing a toilet for dogs after reading a newspaper report about the corrosive effects of dogs' urine on lamp posts....
  • Twins Invent Wedgie-Proof Underwear

    11/06/2007 7:31:19 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 38 replies · 95+ views
    AP ^ | 11-2-07 | Staff
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Wedgie-proof underwear earned 8-year-old twin boys a spot Friday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Using rigged boxers and fabric fasteners to hold together some seams, Jared and Justin Serovich came up with the "Rip Away 1000." "When the person tries to grab you—like the bully or the person tries to give you a wedgie—they just rip away," Justin explained Thursday by phone from Los Angeles, where the TV segment was taped Wednesday. The third graders from Gables Elementary School began brainstorming one day after they were horsing around, giving each other the treatment. Their mother's partner...
  • TIME Magazine - Invention Of the Year: The iPhone

    11/01/2007 12:56:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies · 59+ views
    TIME Magazine ^ | Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007 | By LEV GROSSMAN
    Stop. I mean, don't stop reading this, but stop thinking what you're about to think. Or, O.K., I'll think it for you:The thing is hard to type on. It's too slow. It's too big. It doesn't have instant messaging. It's too expensive. (Or, no, wait, it's too cheap!) It doesn't support my work e-mail. It's locked to AT&T. Steve Jobs secretly hates puppies. And—all together now—we're sick of hearing about it! Yes, there's been a lot of hype written about the iPhone, and a lot of guff too. So much so that it seems weird to add more, after Danny...
  • Everlasting light (new highly efficient light bulb on the drawing board)

    09/21/2007 5:55:06 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 110 replies · 294+ views
    economist ^ | 9/6/2007
    Everlasting light Sep 6th 2007 From The Economist print edition Energy: Researchers have developed an environmentally friendly light bulb that uses very little energy and should never need changing ALTHOUGH it symbolises a bright idea, the traditional incandescent light bulb is a dud. It wastes huge amounts of electricity, radiating 95% of the energy it consumes as heat rather than light. Its life is also relatively short, culminating in a dull pop as its filament fractures. Now a team of researchers has devised a light bulb that is not only much more energy-efficient—it is also expected to last longer than...
  • How this 12inch miracle tube could halve heating bills (thought to tap subatomic hydrogen energy)

    09/16/2007 5:43:50 AM PDT · by Stoat · 87 replies · 4,714+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 15, 2007
    How this 12inch miracle tube could halve heating bills Amazing British invention creates MORE energy than you put into it - and could soon be warming your home Last updated at 21:09pm on 15th September 2007  It sounds too good to be true - not to mention the fact that it violates almost every known law of physics.  But British scientists claim they have invented a revolutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually nothing. Their so-called thermal energy cell could soon be fitted into ordinary homes, halving domestic heating bills and making a major contribution towards cutting...
  • How Do I Get Venture Capital For My Software Idea?

    09/11/2007 11:22:24 PM PDT · by ROTB · 12 replies · 434+ views
    Me | 9/11/2007 | Me
    I think I have a nifty idea for a software project, but since I am not independently wealthy AND I don't feel like having it ripped off so that I wind up with nothing, I was wondering if my fellow Freepers could advise me on how I could wisely go about getting funding for this project, and protect myself. If I should only stick with close friends and relatives, then I will do so. Thank you.
  • Developers trying to harness Earth's energy in new way ("wind-wing" turbine on drawing board)

    08/06/2007 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 29 replies · 2,638+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 8/5/2007 | Allison Bruce
    Developers trying to harness Earth's energy in new way The power of wind By Allison Bruce (Contact) Sunday, August 5, 2007 Gene Kelley, above, shows off his WindWing, which he and fellow W2 Energy partners believe can replace current propeller-driven wind turbines. According to Kelley, the WindWing can produce much more energy at a fraction of the cost. A Santa Barbara company may have a simple solution for wind energy -- all from taking a look at a different part of the plane. While most wind turbines these days are built as propellers, Gene Kelley is convinced that wings are...
  • Globalists Plan to Give Away U.S. Patents

    07/31/2007 8:38:48 PM PDT · by anymouse · 66 replies · 1,421+ views
    The Eagle Forum ^ | Monday, July 30, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    In extraordinary coordination, the judiciary committees of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the same week approved a bill, which, if it becomes law, will spell the end of America's world leadership in innovation. Called the Patent Reform Act, it is a direct attack on the unique and successful patent system created by the U.S. Constitution. Before 1999, the U.S. Patent Office was required to keep secret the contents of a patent application until a patent was granted, and to return the application in secret to the inventor if a patent was denied. That protected the legal...
  • Now for my next trick, water from air

    06/28/2007 5:20:09 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies · 731+ views
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp) ^ | 6-25-07 | Tracy Staedter
    Leaves and spiders' webs beaded with dew have inspired a low-tech solution for collecting fresh water. WatAir, an inverted pyramid made from elastic canvas, recycled polycarbonate, metal or glass, can reap dozens of litres of water a day from the air. The inexpensive solution could help bring clean drinking water to people in remote or polluted areas, its developers say. "The design has minimal special demands. It is low-tech and low-cost, and in fact can be even produced with local means," says Joseph Cory, a PhD candidate at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an architect at Haifa's Geotectura Studio....
  • Japanese firm tests brain-controlled toys

    06/22/2007 7:29:21 AM PDT · by gridlock · 42 replies · 1,169+ views
    AP Wire via ^ | 6/22/07 | AP Wire
    HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. The "brain-machine interface" developed by Hitachi analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals. A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo. (snip) Underlying Hitachi's brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends...
  • Nuclear Lab Develops Powerful Dust Rag

    03/02/2007 5:45:10 PM PST · by HangnJudge · 6 replies · 399+ views
    AP News ^ | 3/2/07 | DUNCAN MANSFIELD
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - This is one cleaning that could pass anybody's white-glove test. A high-tech dust rag developed by a research chemist at a nuclear weapons plant can pick up potentially deadly beryllium particles that are 20 times smaller than what can be seen with the naked eye. Its inventor, Ron Simandl, says it could be used to mop up industrial accidents or wipe down semiconductor "clean rooms." And look out Swiffer dusters: The "Negligible-Residue Non-tacky Tack Cloth" could be bound for the consumer market, albeit with a catchier name. Simandl, who is used to working in a...
  • Inventors to be honored on Capitol Hill

    02/08/2007 11:34:44 AM PST · by anymouse · 8 replies · 306+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 8, 2007 | NATASHA T. METZLER
    Inventors of the MRI, the Ethernet, the LP record and a popular weedkiller are among 18 people picked for induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The 2007 class of inductees was to be announced at an event Thursday on Capitol Hill. The honorees are joining luminaries such as Thomas Edison, Velcro inventor George de Mestral and Charles Goodyear, developer of vulcanized rubber. "Some of these inventors ... have literally changed the way we live our lives," said Rini Paiva, spokeswoman for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. But, she added, "they are not household names." Among the...
  • Oregon inventer hopes to wow auto world with natural gas car

    09/04/2006 9:46:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 28 replies · 1,783+ views
    The Daily News ^ | Sep 03, 2006 - 10:59:17 pm | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- From a nondescript industrial building in west Eugene cluttered with candy-colored auto bodies, John Green is preparing to change the world. Green believes he's truly built a better mousetrap -- in this case, a sleek three-wheeled car that gets 70 miles per gallon, burns fuel that costs $1 per gallon and emits virtually no pollutants -- and that the world will soon be beating a path to his door. He and his partners plan to sell the Eco-Fueler American Roadster for just shy of $20,000. After they showed a prototype at car shows in Los Angeles and...
  • Remembering Wernher von Braun

    09/02/2006 3:07:31 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 54 replies · 3,423+ views
    The Space Review ^ | July 10, 2006 | Anthony Young
    Wernher von Braun in his MSFC office, with models of the rockets he helped develop in the background. (credit: NASA) Remembering Wernher von Braun by Anthony Young Monday, July 10, 2006 June 16th passed with virtually no mention of one of the greatest names in the exploration of space. On that date in 1977, Dr. Wernher von Braun passed away. He was admired and loved by many he worked with during projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, yet vilified by others because of his wartime efforts developing the V-2 for the Third Reich. He profoundly influenced the course of history...
  • These men think they're about to change the world

    08/27/2006 11:28:01 PM PDT · by 1955Ford · 51 replies · 2,208+ views
    Guardian ^ | 24 Aug 06 | Steve Boggan
    Heard the one about the two Irishmen who say they can produce limitless amounts of clean, free energy? Plenty of scientists have - but few are taking them seriously. Steve Boggan investigates... These dynamic and personable businessmen from Dublin insist that they have found a way of producing free, clean and limitless energy out of thin air. And they are so confident that they have thrown down the gauntlet to the scientific community in a bid to prove that they have rewritten the laws of physics.
  • Philo Farnsworth: You may not know him, but he invented TV (He did it first, but RCA got the glory)

    08/19/2006 8:14:35 AM PDT · by Borges · 67 replies · 3,507+ views
    AP - Seattle Post ^ | Thursday, August 17, 2006 | FRAZIER MOORE
    Fish don't know they're living in water, nor do they stop to wonder where the water came from. Humans? Not much better, as we share a world engulfed by television. And the deeper our immersion becomes, the less likely it seems we'll poke our heads above the surface and see there must have been life before someone invented TV. That invisible someone was Philo T. Farnsworth, who was fated to live and work, then die, in sad obscurity. Now, on the centennial of his birth on Aug. 19, 1906, his invention plays an increasingly powerful role in our lives --...
  • Scientist sees fruit of his labor

    08/15/2006 5:05:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | British Ministry of Defense
    A British Ministry of Defense scientist who helped improve the design of a protective suit worn by bomb disposal experts is now working in Iraq close to a military team that uses the suit. Scientist Mark Helliker is completing a tour as the head of an operational analysis team working in the Headquarters of the Multi-National Division - South East based in Basra. Helliker normally works in Warminster as the lead deployable analyst for the British 1 Armored Division in the Land Warfare Center. The post is a two-year duty from the Defense Science and Technology Division. "I was the...
  • [Vanity] America's First Self-Sufficient Automobile

    08/12/2006 11:19:00 AM PDT · by 1-Eagle · 22 replies · 406+ views
    [Vanity] | August 12, 2006 | 1-Eagle
    America's First Self-sufficient Automobile First of all... there is already coming soon a fully electric (non-hybrid) automobile that can do 0-60 in 4 seconds. You can see a preview of that and some FAQ at the website. They don't have pricing on the unit and they are not available for sale, yet. Now, they are talking about plugging this thing in for about three hours to do 250 miles. So the question I posed to them through their website today is... why not install a hydro power unit (uses water for fuel) powering a generator that runs non-stop, 24...
  • Air-conditioned shirt offers heat relief

    07/31/2006 6:50:32 AM PDT · by Millee · 15 replies · 295+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/31/06 | Staff
    Japanese technician Hiroshi Ichigaya has invented what he calls the world's first air-conditioned shirt. While most shirts trap an individual's sweat -- keeping it from evaporating -- Ichigaya's invention creates circulating air to enhance evaporation through the use of two small battery-operated fans, the Mail on Sunday said. All electrical parts of the shirt can be removed to allow for washing, and the shirt can even be powered by plugging it into a computer through a USB cord. The shirt reportedly offers the wearer a pleasant breeze with one drawback -- when it's running, the shirt partially inflates. "It's true...
  • Soldier's Invention Aids Gunners

    07/05/2006 5:20:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 988+ views
    Defense News ^ | Spc. Anna-Marie Hizer
    U.S. Army Sgt. Ben Smith Soldier's Invention Aids Gunners By Spc. Anna-Marie Hizer133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KIRKUK, Iraq, July 5, 2006 -- Soldiers are issued and use thousands of dollars worth of equipment every day. They depend on this gear to keep them safe and to make their jobs and lives easier. Sometimes, however, modifications need to be made to certain items. Enter innovation. When something does not work, or does not work exactly as it should, soldiers often use their own ingenuity to make it work better. Sgt. Ben Smith, Forward Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry...
  • Mothers of Invention ( Dave Barry)

    06/18/2006 6:24:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 949+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | DAVE BARRY
    Mothers of invention BY DAVE BARRY Miami Herald (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on Sept. 1, 1996.) People often ask me how America became the world's greatest economic power, as measured in Remote Control Units Per Household (RCUPH). My answer is: ``Inventions.'' Americans have always been great inventors. To cite one historic example: Back in 1879, a young man named Thomas Alva Edison was trying to develop a new light source. One day, he was messing around in his laboratory with some filaments, when suddenly a thought struck him: The letters in ''Thomas Alva Edison'' could be...
  • "Universal Pen" Creator - Wang Jiang

    06/08/2006 8:23:01 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 4 replies · 354+ views
    ZhonghuaRising ^ | June 8, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    "Universal Pen" creator Wang Jiang is a product of Microsoft's Research Lab in Beijing. Wang was a reluctant convert to the MS lab. He had to give up his position as a professor of psychology at Zhejiang University. In the end he developed the handwriting software used in Microsoft Tablet PCs; it can instantly take writing from a piece of paper and put it on a computer screen.... My dad used to say my writing looked like Chinese to him...but when I went to China, the Chinese couldn't read it either. Is it really possible a PC could read what...
  • Honda Makes an SUV that Goes 1300 Miles without Refueling

    06/06/2006 4:54:17 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 39 replies · 1,702+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 6, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Honda has built and ultraefficient vehicle that goes 1300 miles between fill ups. It carries 6-8 passengers - 8 Japanese and 6, sometimes 5 or 4 Americans. Of course, there is always a catch. The vehicle costs $1.5 million and the fuel is 80 cents a mile. Let's see, that's about a $1000 for a fill-up. The vehicle of course is a Hondajet...a super efficient light jet that weighs about the same as an SUV. And you thought that Honda only made cars, and motorcycles and lawnmowers and.... didn't you? Great job, Honda. What do you think?
  • Cordless jump-rope can help the clumsy

    05/29/2006 6:46:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 402+ views
    , AP ^ | 9 minutes ago | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON - If you think keeping fit is merely mind over matter, Lester Clancy has an invention for you — a cordless jump-rope. That's right, a jump-rope minus the rope. All that's left is two handles, so you jump over the pretend rope. Or if you are truly lazy, you can pretend to jump over the pretend rope. And for that idea kicking around Clancy's head since 1988, the U.S. Patent Office this month awarded the 52-year-old Mansfield, Ohio, man a patent. Its number: 7037243. What makes this invention work is the moving weights inside the handles. They simulate the...
  • Iowa Co. Hopes to Make Gasoline Obsolete

    05/19/2006 10:01:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 78 replies · 2,759+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/06 | David Pitt - ap
    ALGONA, Iowa - While much of the world fumes over escalating fuel prices, a small company in north central Iowa is quietly hoping to make gasoline obsolete as an engine fuel. Research at the Hydrogen Engine Center Inc. is done in an early 1900s red brick armory at the Kossuth County fairgrounds. There, a clean six-cylinder engine that looks like it could have been pulled from a Ford pickup has been running for 110 hours, not quite half the 300 hours it must continuously run for certification. The company, led by a retired Ford Motor Co. engineer, hopes to meet...
  • Unsung Engineering Heros

    05/13/2006 2:49:50 PM PDT · by pabianice · 1 replies · 411+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 5/13/06
    Unsung Engineering Heros: Robert Sherman In 1945, Robert Sherman invented the modern portable, in-window air conditioner (Patent # 2,433,960 granted January 6, 1948). It was subsequently "appropriated" by a large manufacturer who made hundreds of millions of dollars on it. Sherman did not have the resources to fight the big corporation in court (they reportedly promised to "break him" if he tried) and thus never received a dime. He died in 1962. Recognition of his contribution to heating/air conditioning is long overdue. Full Article
  • Bush: government research developed iPod

    04/20/2006 2:57:32 PM PDT · by pending · 8 replies · 694+ views ^ | Apr 20th 2006 12:24PM | Marc Perton
    Apple has long boasted of its culture of innovation, and how this led to such products as the original Mac and the iPod. However, it turns out that, at least in the case of the iPod, Apple had a hidden ally: the US government. During a speech at Tuskegee University, President (and iPod user) George W. Bush told his audience, "the government funded research in microdrive storage, electrochemistry and signal compression. They did so for one reason: It turned out that those were the key ingredients for the development of the iPod." While we have to gratefully acknowledge the efforts...
  • 20 strangest gadgets

    04/15/2006 6:22:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 68 replies · 2,415+ views
    Techeblog ^ | 04/06/06
    20 strangest gadgets Gadgets, Weird We bring you the gTop 20 Strangest Gadgets and Accessoriesh that our editors have come across in recent time. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment. [ShoutIt]20. The Talking Lips Not your ordinary speakers, these gTalking Lipsh actually have moving lips that synchronize with your mobile phone or online chat conversations (Skype, etc.). They come in three different colors (silver/black/red) and connect to your phone or computer via USB. Fortunatley, therefs an on/off switch on the bottom that will come in handy after the few seconds of entertainment are up. [Source]19....
  • American Inventor on ABC (vanity) - Anyone watch?

    03/16/2006 7:13:41 PM PST · by ChandyB71 · 24 replies · 531+ views ^ | 3/16/06 | me
    Thursday, March 16 at 8/7c "Episode 101" SERIES PREMIERE This exciting series from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol about the biggest search ever for America's best new invention will premiere with a two-hour special, with coverage of open casting calls in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Viewers will see inventors all of all ages present their most prized inventions, featuring everything from the wacky to the heart warming.
  • Japan does it again: 4 way-elevator , 1 terabyte , energy generating buildings , android replica

    03/03/2006 5:09:42 AM PST · by S0122017 · 76 replies · 1,596+ views
    The Wonkavator Hitachi is developing a loopy elevator system in which up to eight cars travel around one another in a circle. When a car reaches the top of the shaft, it moves sideways and then travels back downwards. At the bottom, it moves the other way and back up again. But it sounds suspiciously like the oddball elevator from Willy Wonka's chocolate factory to me. As the song in the original film explains: "An elevator can only go up and down, but a Wonkavator goes sideways and slantways and longways and backways frontways and squareways and any other ways..."...
  • One of Caterpillar Inc.'s Founding Fathers Inducted Into Inventor Hall of Fame

    02/08/2006 1:37:11 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 12 replies · 676+ views
    PEORIA, Ill., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- One of Caterpillar Inc.'s (NYSE: CAT - News) founding fathers is being recognized for his ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit with induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. At a news conference today in Washington, D.C., the Hall of Fame announced it is posthumously honoring Benjamin Holt for ushering in the modern era of mechanized farming and construction with his "Traction Engine" (Patent #874,008). Holt's invention was inspired by the plight of California farmers who found wheels ineffective in preventing heavy equipment from sinking into the soft, muddy soil. Holt designed a track-laying system...
  • New Invention Removes Odor From Hog Manure

    01/16/2006 5:01:54 PM PST · by Cagey · 61 replies · 1,270+ views
    AP ^ | 1-16-2006
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A man has received a $500,000 federal grant to mass produce his invention, a machine that removes the odor from hog manure. The Tempest dryer, developed by Loran Balvanz, is designed to help solve water pollution, odor and noxious gas problems in the hog industry. Balvanz said that because his invention separates water from the solids in manure, it can solve air and water quality problems. The Tempest removes water from manure by spinning it at a high speed. The water is vented through the top of the dryer and vaporizes in the outside air....