Eventually, practically every conceivable pair of disparate technologies gets combined into a single package—cameras and cellphones, game consoles and e-readers, chocolate and peanut butter. The combination of speakers and lightbulbs seems like it would be one of the last ideas we'd see, but, well, the future is now. GiiNii's on-the-nose-named AudioBulb brings these strange bedfellows together for the first time.
Do you have an invention you KNOW will someday change the world? Have you been toiling for years in your basement, building prototype after prototype to PROVE that your idea works? If so, tell us about it! Enter the sixth annual PopSci Invention Awards. We're looking for game-changing products that come from the passionate drive of independent inventors (rather than those born in the R&D labs of universities and corporations).
Possibly, but only with a lot of luck and some autopilot assistance. Amateurs have landed smaller private planes after the pilot became incapacitated, but outside of 1970s disaster movies, it has never happened with a commercial passenger aircraft.
Laptop stands keep your computer cool, ventilated, and at a comfortable angle for typing, but they often seem expensive for what's essentially a bent piece of metal. Here's how to make your own easy and inexpensive stand from a metallic document holder, requiring only a few steps.
Do you have an invention you KNOW will someday change the world? Have you been toiling for years in your basement, building prototype after prototype to PROVE that your idea works? If so, tell us about it! Enter the fifth annual PopSci Invention Awards.
We're looking for game-changing products that come from the passionate drive of independent inventors (rather than those born in the R&D labs of universities and corporations). PopSci editors will pick 10 inventions that best represent the spirit of homegrown ingenuity and solve real-world problems in a practical and innovative way. And we'll show them to our seven million readers in our June 2011 issue. Check out last year's amazing winners here, and find details for entry below.
Ten years ago, even though he was on the fast track at Siemens in India, Santosh Kumar abruptly quit. Coming up with code for telecom switches was not how he wanted to spend his life. Instead he moved to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science. He had an idea for inexpensive, low-power wireless sensor technology and how it might solve serious real-world problems. His leap paid off. Now a professor at the University of Memphis, he develops tracking systems that can foil robbers and might even help cure drug addiction.
With the glut of e-book readers now on the market, Barnes & Noble's Nook is easy to overlook—it's not as ubiquitous as Amazon's Kindle or as slick as Apple's iPad. But the Nook has something that its competitors don't: It runs on Google's open-source Android platform, so you can hack it to add functions that go well beyond just displaying an e-ink version of War and Peace. Among other things, you can install the Pandora music service, news feeds and a Twitter application, all for free.
It doesn't. That's what Coca-Cola's spokespeople say, anyway. "The great taste of Coca-Cola is the same regardless of the package it comes in," they insist. Rather, they say, "the particular way that people choose to enjoy their Coke can affect their perception of taste." Sure, most people would agree that the cola is indeed delicious and refreshing, and pouring it into a glass or serving it over ice could influence the sensation of its flavor.