"This is a stickup, see? Now turn over all your valuables and no one needs to get hurt." Back in 1928, a line like that would have been met with chattering teeth and shaking, raised arms. In 1929, however, Chicagoan inventor Sammy Schwarz would see it answered with "a stream of lead bullets in his face."
Each year inventors of the world get together to show off their big ideas at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the gathering where 1,000 inventions were proudly displayed.
In the past, someone telling you to "put on your thinking cap" did little more than get your attention. In the future? If Australian researchers can make good, it could mean tripling your complex problem solving powers and opening up whole new avenues of thinking with a very real and physical "thinking cap."
We've all stared at that last hot dog in the wrapper or sniffed at a carton of milk with crossed fingers. Thanks to some Scottish scientists working on a new "intelligent plastic" that changes color once food is spoiled, our stomachs will no longer be at the mercy of our dubious testing methods.
It's a huge problem: Lots of plastic goes unrecycled. Even in places with recycling programs (like New York City), the only plastic items recycled are bottles, leaving everything else as waste. What to do with all that unrecyclable plastic? A Japanese inventor has put forward an answer: melt the stuff and turn it into oil.
The venerable computer mouse has a problem: No matter how perfect its contours may be, it still could lead to repetitive stress injuries if you use it for too long. That's why one Chicago inventor dared to reinvent the way we point and click, and his novel design is finally for sale.
The seemingly never-ending search for a 3D display without those cumbersome glasses goes on, and here's the latest: the AquaLux 3D system projects images onto numerous layers of water droplets. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have it tweaked up so well, you can play multileveled Tetris on it.
This 3D printing tech becomes more amazing every day. First we see hints of the Star Trek replicator becoming reality, and now Italian inventor Enrico Dini's monster printer is so big it could literally fabricate an entire building out of...
Stringed instruments have been around for centuries, but nobody's figured out how to keep those strings in tune — until now. The breakthrough introduced at CES 2010 is called the Evertune Bridge, with individual springs constantly pulling against each string...
As soon as you open a gallon of milk, it starts to spoil. It's the air that starts working on it, encouraging all those creepy crawlies to start growing and eating away at the organic material. Pour your milk into...