security
Bill Gates's New Patent Would Keep Glassholes From Spying on Your Screens

Google's big Glass free-for-all has come and gone, but whether or not anyone actually bought the damn thing, cameras are popping up all over the place, and people are starting to get (perhaps rightfully) paranoid. Fortunately there could be tech in the future to save your screens from prying camera eyes. And Bill Gates has the patent. Read More >>

gadgets
This Frozen Grinder Ensures You've Got Fresh Herbs all Year Round

Unless you live in a place where snow and winter never show their ugly faces, a year-round garden is out of the question. But if your green thumb results in a surplus of herbs during the summer, you can always freeze them in this handy grinder that keeps them fresh and easy to serve during those frozen snowbound months. Read More >>

design
A Simple Silicone Sleeve Turns Your iPhone Into a Game Boy

The touchscreen generation might not know any better, but those of us who grew up with Game Boys know that physical control pads and buttons will always trump on-screen alternatives. Entire this slide-on silicone sleeve, called the G-PAD, that turns your smartphone into an even better handheld gaming machine. Read More >>

gadgets
Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work its Own Way Across a Page

With what has to be one of the most ambitious Kickstarter projects to come along in a while, the folks behind this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer want to revolutionise the mobile office. Because of instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a piece of paper while it rolls around on top of it. Read More >>

music
MIDI Software That Turns Your Vocals Into Instrumentation

MIDI—the Musical Instrument Digital Interface—lets anyone with just an electronic keyboard, or other simple interface device, recreate an entire orchestra's worth of sounds. But what if you can't even play a keyboard? That's where a new piece of software called imitonecan save the day, turning your voice (or other sounds) into an all-out symphony. Read More >>

design
This Multifunctional Sofa Could Make Your Life a Whole Lot Lazier

Forget never leaving the house; how about never leaving the sofa? This concept by Milan-based Burak Kocak has features enough to mean that you could sit for days on end. Read More >>

sports
A Build-It-Yourself Modular Jet Ski That Fits in Your Car's Boot

As fun as a jet ski is when you get on the water, they can also be a bit of a pain to haul around if you don't pay for a permanent dock. So a team of designers in Wisconsin, US, created the BomBoard, a lightweight and highly portable personal watercraft that can be easily disassembled and tossed in the boot of a compact car. Read More >>

design
24 Hour Surveillance is Just Fine When the Cameras are This Adorable

With revelations that the GCHQ pretty much has complete access to our online lives, there's been a recent spike in public concern over surveillance. However, in the real world it's hard to be upset about security cameras always staring down at you when they look like adorable woodland and jungle creatures. Awwww, there goes my privacy. Read More >>

transport
It Turns Out Cyclists Only Really Need Half a Bike to Get to Work

According to the folks at Kolelinia, cyclists are spending twice as much money as they need to on a bike. The company has just designed a more compact alternative called the Halfbike that looks like someone stripped away all the comfy bits from a real bike, leaving us with the cycling equivalent of a standing desk. Read More >>

apps
This App Would Turn Your Phone Photos Into Personalised Nail Art

You gaze upon the photo you've just uploaded to Instagram: a masterful sunset capture, indeed, the Valencia filter giving it that whisper of intrigue. You think to yourself, Damn, this looks good on my phone but it would look SO GOOD on my pinky fingernail. It could happen, with NailSnaps. Read More >>

design
This Brilliant Origami Sofa Unfolds Into a Flat Rug

Well, this is awesome. California designer Yumi Yoshida has designed the perfect sofa for those who just can't commit to giving up an entire chunk of their home. Instead, her Origami Sofa unfolds into a wide, thin floor mat in the blink of an eye. Read More >>

safety
There's an Airbag Hidden Inside This Lightweight Ski Jersey

Dainese has been developing a wearable airbag system that the company hopes will help save skiers from broken bones and injuries after a wipeout on the slopes. And somehow, it's managed to fit all of the hardware into a jersey that doesn't look like it adds much bulk or weight to a skier's outfit. Because after all, safety gear doesn't work if you don't want to wear it. Read More >>

design
There's Less to Clean When a Sink and Shower Share a Single Mechanism

For this to actually work it requires a very specific layout in your bathroom, but the renovations could be totally worth it. Because Julia Kononenko's 'Two In One' faucet is attached to an articulated arm so it can used for showering in the upright position, or for brushing your teeth when swung down over a basin. Read More >>

gadgets
A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need to Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren't going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI —-that the driver doesn't need to look at. Read More >>

sports
Tank-Powered Sledding is Now Officially the Best Winter Sport

It may never one day become an official Olympic sport, but it's hard to argue that riding in a sled while being dragged around by a tiny electric tank doesn't look far more exciting than skiing, snowboarding, and skating combined. Read More >>

overkill
This Diesel-Powered Scooter Packs More Utility Than a Swiss Army Knife

If I started telling you about a new all-wheel-drive, turbodiesel-powered off-roader, you'd probably think I was talking about a new Land Rover or something, right? Wrong. Check out the RNT, a concept from Indian motorcycle company Hero that could be the only back-country survival tool a motorcycle adventurer would ever need. Read More >>

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