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What were they thinking: Slithering a snake
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6/7/2013   6 comments
How many of you have a pet snake and want to take it for slither? Well, you just may need this invention...
What were they thinking: Overly complex design
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5/31/2013   12 comments
I think Wile E. Coyote was the kind of person who created many of the patents I find to write about in my “what were they thinking” series. You know what I mean – those absurdly complicated gadgets...
Blending furiously
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5/28/2013   10 comments
I've been playing with the Image Blender app on my iPad, and I have to say that it is a LOT of fun.
What were they thinking: Confessing to an apparition
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5/24/2013   3 comments
This is an interesting patent in that it has some sensible elements and some that are are totally crazy...
What do Bob Dylan, Woodstock, and Wavy Gravy have to do with Design West?
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3/25/2013   7 comments
Sometimes the way the world works leaves me gasping with astonishment and delight.
Blast from the past – Practical Wireless mags circa 1972
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3/8/2013   9 comments
Ooooh, this takes me back. I just opened the first one from January 1972. There's no way to artificially replicate that 41-year-old magazine smell.
In space no one can hear you scream… or can they?
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3/1/2013   8 comments
An experiment that will change the scientific world forever – a plan so audacious that not even NASA has attempted it!
VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
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2/26/2013   39 comments
I want a small box that can connect via WiFi to the Internet on one side and stream live television (in the form of a VHF signal) out of the other side.
And that's when I said "Doh!"
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2/22/2013   24 comments
You would not believe the wonderful little retro portable TV I just discovered at Mock Electronics.
My hat's off to Toshiba
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2/21/2013   12 comments
So many product test videos show the products only in a good light, so the fact that some of these videos show the products failing puts an interesting spin on things.
The Beeriodic Table
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2/14/2013   15 comments
My old chum Jack Olsen just sent me a really interesting image titled "The Periodic Table of Beer Styles".
What were they thinking: Desktops and laptops in decline – duh!
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2/8/2013   20 comments
Why are so many people surprised, or think they are being smart by predicting the decline of the desktop. Its all very simple...
NanoMeasure 2013 puts the focus on the small stuff
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Nanometrology conference will include papers on characterizing graphene and nano-enabled photovoltaics.
Video: It's bigger on the inside!
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1/14/2013   7 comments
Now I want to start playing with this augmented reality software myself…
Whirlwind video tour of CES showfloor
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1/11/2013   8 comments
EE Life sped around the CES show floor in Las Vegas this week and here are the video highlights.
How NOT to make a training video
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1/10/2013   14 comments
Watching this video leaves you not knowing whether to laugh or cry…
Gadgets, gizmos and geekery at CES Pepcom
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1/10/2013   1 comment
Voice controlled watches, pulsating musical life-vests, and Ubuntu smartphones all make an appearance at Digital Experience in Las Vegas.
Where do babies come from, daddy?
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1/9/2013   5 comments
When I heard my father's response, I remember thinking "You Cunning Rascal" (or words to that effect).
CES: These boots are(n’t) made for walking
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1/9/2013   2 comments
Who said wearable fitness monitors were good for nothing? Our CES progress measured in feet.
CES Unveiled...unveiled
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1/7/2013   4 comments
sensors for plant pots, hemp headphones, Justin Bieber singing toothbrushes, quadcopter cameras and 3-D printed iPhone cases were just some of the odd gadgets on display at CES Unveiled Sunday Night.
GravityLight – What a GREAT idea!
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1/3/2013   14 comments
There are currently over 1.5 billion people in the World who rely on biomass fuels (mostly kerosene) for lighting once the sun goes down.
That's strange – my clothes have shrunk!
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1/2/2013   19 comments
I think I must be the victim of some strange disturbance in the space-time continuum, because my clothes appear to have been shrinking over the past few months.
Decode your family’s genes for Christmas
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12/12/2012   6 comments
Unwrapping presents is cute, but outdated. For a modern Christmas twist, try cracking your genetic code.
Robotic lie detector
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12/4/2012   9 comments
I remember one day when my friend Carl brought a lie detector to our junior high school…
Three funny videos
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11/27/2012   17 comments
Sometimes you need a laugh... and these videos make me laugh out loud!
Urban Air – Bamboo billboard "gardens in the sky"
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11/21/2012   Post a comment
It's easy to get sucked into the Kickstarter vortex if you aren't careful. Every time you visit the site there is something new to peruse and ponder…
Taser for kids
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11/20/2012   14 comments
Specially engineered for children. Has a lower voltage output and smaller barbed spikes than the popular adult model compliance tool.
Man-from Mars Radio Hat
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11/12/2012   17 comments
Back in the 1950s, the Radio Hat was a portable radio built into a pith helmet that would bring in stations within a 20 mile (32 km) radius.
Geek Hat competition at Design West 2013
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11/9/2012   10 comments
How exciting! I just heard that there is to be a Geek Hat competition at the Design West 2013 Conference and Exhibition.
Hobbit safety video from Air New Zealand
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11/1/2012   6 comments
As you embark on your long and exciting journey to New Zealand, you’ll be happy to know that a great adventure awaits you on board, in the form of a particularly well made Hobbit themed safety video, just in time for the big film’s release.
"Arrgghh," said I…
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10/31/2012   18 comments
In which we discover yet another way in which Hurricane Sandy can mess up your day…
Gadget guts? Try these for graphic graphics
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10/29/2012   3 comments
As we become more and more attached to electronic devices, Peitersen’s art imagines devices taking on a whole biological being of their own, as grotesque as that may be at first glance.
Incredible Lego: great ball contraption
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10/29/2012   Post a comment
The Great Ball Contraption (GBC) was built by a Japanese mechanical engineer Akiyuki, in his house over the course of two years. Or a total of a whopping 600 hours in construction time.
Engineering Gangnam style
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
Gagnam Style, the Korean Pop sensation taking the world by storm, has moved its catchy beat up to the next level--artificial intelligence dancing robot style.
8-bit zombie tee of my dreams (nightmares)
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10/20/2012   4 comments
Halloween attire in scary low resolution
SNL tech talk touches raw nerve?
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10/17/2012   6 comments
Saturday night live is known for its risqué comedy, and its latest sketch a “tech talk” on the iPhone 5 proved no exception.
Engineer solves Cinderella glass slipper dilemma
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10/12/2012   17 comments
Once upon a time, there lived a mechanical engineer who pondered a question that has bothered intelligent, curious children for years. Namely, what qualities would the glass in Cinderella’s slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably (and hold her weight)?
Great balls of robot
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10/9/2012   2 comments
Simple looking on the outside, wildly complex on the inside, but mostly just a whole lot of fun to play with, Sphero from robotics company, Orbotix, is rolling full speed ahead.
What were they thinking: relief for inebriated guys?
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9/28/2012   8 comments
OK, guys. How many of you remember being drunk? And yes, I am being sexist because this invention is only for guys...
Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock
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9/27/2012   15 comments
Ha! 10 points to me I think!
Silicon Valley Nation: Of touchdowns and technology
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9/27/2012   8 comments
The controversy over an NFL touchdown pass that wasn't has again highlighted our relationship with our technology.
Yes, it is art!
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9/26/2012   5 comments
These ceramic versions of tin cans were created by a mathematician called Ned who specializes in chaos theory.
Intel's developer forum - what to expect
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9/6/2012   4 comments
If you think the biggest event of next week is the Apple press conference, you’re clearly not a chip-head. For those of us deeply embedded and ensconced in the world of semiconductor hardware, Intel’s yearly developer forum held in San Francisco’s Moscone center is still a yearly highlight and this year won’t disappoint.
Early DIY electronics projects, 1910-1915
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9/5/2012   11 comments
My experiences as a teenager building simple do-it-yourself automobile and radio electronics projects found in some volumes of “The Boy Mechanic” published between 1910 and 1915 and how it has affected my view of work.
Sensing a touchy-feely haptic future
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8/24/2012   7 comments
Humans are rather emotional creatures. We rely heavily on our five senses to interact with the world around us, drinking things in with our eyes, ears, nose and mouth. We’re also a touchy-feely bunch, and it turns out, we’re really quite fond of pushing buttons. It’s that whole tactile feeling.
Mixed signals: Where are your manners?
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8/21/2012   16 comments
Everyone knows that speaking with your mouth full is disgusting. It’s equally true that people talking loudly on mobile phones in public places is obnoxious. Put the two together and you literally have a recipe for gastronomical disaster, and restaurateurs are taking note.
Silicon Valley Nation: The end of Silicon Valley?
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8/20/2012   4 comments
Yammer CEO David Sacks thinks Silicon Valley is dead. Really? Really?
Volkswagen engineers underwater car for shark week
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8/15/2012   6 comments
Here on EE Times, we may be more accustomed to writing about FinFETS than shark fins, but we’re about to make an exception.
Video: mobile chips are like pizza
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8/3/2012   5 comments
I don’t know about you, but my biggest challenge in this industry has always been trying to persuade people that hardware is sexy.
Radial keyboard design – rad or bad?
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7/18/2012   19 comments
Re-inventing the wheel is so last century. Irish company, BeeRaider, wants to re-create your keyboard, with a radical new design it claims is far superior to QWERTY.
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