Aerospace companies and NASA have been exploring lots of different ways to deal with sonic booms, and most of their designs are similar: long, skinny aircraft with pointy noses designed to "mitigate" the noise problem. Researchers at Tohoku University are trying a completely different and awesomely retro-futuristic idea: a supersonic biplane that eliminates sonic booms entirely.
Mario Kart has a particularly strong hold on gaming fans, so much so that real world imitations are not uncommon. The French did it, so it only stands to reason that the Japanese would feel compelled to do it even better.
Valmet Automotive is a Finnish company that builds cars for other people. The company is assembling Karmas for Fisker, for example. It's fairly easy to see why this is the case: left to their own devices, Valmet engineers came up with this bizarre "Dawn" concept car that even they can't explain.
The new Volvo V40 proudly offers the world's first production airbag designed not for you or your passengers, but for pedestrians. Now, when you smack into people with the temerity to think that they have the right of way on roads (roads are for cars!), it'll be a much more enjoyable experience for everyone concerned. Or at least, more enjoyable than the alternative.
Tongue piercings have been around for a while now, but they've mostly been seen as about as useful and original as a kanji tattoo on your arm. But now researchers have actually come up with a device that would truly make such mouth metal useful.
Recognizing that people just can't get enough of Siri, Mercedes-Benz is seizing the opportunity to integrate Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant into its A-Class cars. "Siri, find me a radio station that isn't playing Justin Bieber. Thanks!"
The community at Kickstarter has done it again, this time giving rise to something every urban cyclist has dreamed of: a truly theft-resistant, yet cool, bike light.
The designer of this concept says that he was inspired by a moving shark, but to us, it looks more like a flying sperm. Or maybe a stingray. Heck, let's just call it a spermray.
What's laughable today was considered a technological marvel back in the day. Look at this "Dynasphere" wheel from the 1930s. It looks like a silly giant hamster wheel, but it was actually dubbed "a remarkable invention in 'spherical locomotion'" that would "revolutionize modern transport." Crazy, right?
Jay Dyer modified the sidecar of his 1961 Lambretta scooter to look exactly like a classic Volkswagen camper. Now he and his 11-year-old son Kaine can motor around England in style. You know you're jealous.