I don’t know about y’all, but ever since I upgraded my iPhone 4S to the new iOS 6 update, the battery has been hastily dying with every iHoroscope and Instagram fix. Feeling mine and millions of other women’s wireless woes, Chicagoan Liz Ormesher Salcedo created the Everpurse, a small clutch that actually charges your phone when placed into a side pocket.
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Silly toys may be child’s play, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t big business. Here are 11 of the dumbest items that, in the hands of children, turned into pure gold for the people who sold them.
These goofy wristbands are just silicone rubber, formed into shapes. That’s it. A pack of 24 sells for around $5 and was invented by Robert Croak, who told CBS news in 2010, “I definitely feel like I’m one of the luckiest men alive.” Seeing that this invention has led to a fortune estimated at $15 million, we’d say that sounds about right. Read more …
Um. Sold. And they only cost $60. I need a Hugvie, the vibrating communication pillow. You just put your cell phone in a pouch in its minimalist human form, cuddle it, and it vibrates to the rhythm of the voice of the person you’re talking to. “The two vibrators produce a throbbing sound like a heartbeat. That pulse can get faster or stronger, depending on the volume and tone of the caller’s voice,” said inventor Hiroshi Ishiguro. Sounds exciting. This may be the thing that gets me to start talking on the phone again. [LA Weekly]
Ever wished you could to go bed and dream about exactly what you want? The two 30-year-old inventors behind the Remee sleep mask say you can. Here’s how it supposedly works: The $95 mask contains six red LED lights that are apparently bright enough to grab your brain’s attention while you slumber, yet dim enough to allow you to keep sleeping. Via a website, you set a pattern for the lights to follow when you enter REM sleep—the stage that features the most dreaming, the Daily Mail UK reports. Read more…
Meet SHIRI, the Japanese butt robot. She’s legless and headless, but seems to enjoy a sensual massage to the silicon skin covering her posterior. Like a human woman, her artificial muscles can react to being spanked, caressed and groped. As this video helpfully notes, “The user may also feel SHIRI bracing after feeling a slap from the user.” I guess she hasn’t yet read 50 Shades Of Grey yet? [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »
Your old printer has served you well. It’s dutifully churned out term papers, contracts, and last-minute photo gifts. But wouldn’t it be nice to upgrade to a printer that prints chocolate? Seriously though: a team of researchers in the UK have devised a machine that does just that. Apparently the magical chocolate printer works like other 3D printers currently used in manufacturing, creating a 3-dimensional shape by slowly building up very thin layers of material, which in this case just happens to be the most delicious material known to man. At the moment, the chocolate printer is still a prototype, but lead scientist Dr. Liang Hao has big plans: “Chocolate has a lot of social purposes,” she says, “so our intention is to develop a community and share the designs, ideas and experience[s].” Yep, a chocolate-themed social network. The future sounds pretty delicious, huh? [BBC News]
Three designers — Yu Kyung Ha, Won Min Jung, and Kwon Young Hee — won this year’s Red Dot design award for their ingenious new creation: a pizza box that can be broken up into individual pizza-sized plates. How has this never happened before? I’m a huge fan of anything that helps better engineer my ability to get pizza into my mouth. Designers, we salute you. [Gizmodo]
Celebrities — so fluffy, so innocuous, so silly and pointless. It seems we’re surrounded by manufactured celebs these days. But for every Paris Hilton there’s a Hedy Lamarr — a strong, brilliant woman who succeeded in both the celebrity realm and in scientific endeavors. Keep reading »
Science is a beautiful thing. Science has brought us many technological advancements, such as and including, air travel, tanning beds and mini-pizzas. But there are many things that science has yet to deliver on. And that’s got us kind of mad with science. We kind of want to have some words with science, okay? In the meantime, we’ll settle for assembling an incomplete list of all the things that we wish science would just get to working on, already. This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to include your own special requests in the comments. Keep reading »