We all get caught in downpours without an umbrella every now and then. For students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, however, that will no longer be a problem. A kiosk from a new firm called UmbraCity is offering automated umbrella loans that are free for 48 hours.
A Japanese startup is raising funds through Indiegogo for Tempescope, a
sleek-looking device that will fetch the weather forecast from your
smartphone and recreate rain, lightning, fog and sunshine inside a clear
plastic box sitting in your living room. The idea for the Tempescope
first came to its inventor Ken Kawamoto after returning from a holiday
in the Pacific Northwest. Wishing to take the skies back home with him,
he created a prototype (out of shampoo bottles, a fan, LEDs and a mist
diffuser) that could physically reproduce weather conditions in a
The Chameleon Pen is so-called because it's capable of producing multiple color tones and seamless blending, all using the same single pen. Therefore, the ink which it produces changes color tone in front of your very eyes, going from light to dark as the toner dissipates.
The maker community is turning into a quickly-growing movement, as shown
by the ever-expanding Maker Faires popping up worldwide. This last
weekend was World Maker Faire in New York, where Tormach, a company known for making small, affordable CNC machine tools announced an even smaller, more personal mill, the PCNC 440.
With the world’s population expected to hit 9.1 billion by 2050, coupled
with the growing effects of climate change on our ability to grow
crops, a company out of Barcelona has proposed a solution to feeding the
future world. Forward Thinking Architecture's triple-decker Smart
Floating Farms would feature 2.2 million square feet (2.04 sq km) of fish farm, hydroponic garden, and rooftop solar panels to power a floating barge, which could be anchored to the beds of oceans, lakes or rivers. The company estimates that each of its floating farms could produce about 8 tons (7.3 tonnes) of vegetables and 1.7 tons (1.5 tonnes) of fish per year.
Even though fully-electric wheelchairs can do amazing things these days, like go off-road or climb stairs, they are still often too large and cumbersome for the average wheelchair user. The Smart-Drive MX2 provides a versatile alternative – it's an electric drive designed to attach to an ordinary wheelchair and give a boost up hills, over difficult surfaces, or whenever it's needed.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens doesn't hit cinemas
until December, but already the rolling, bleeping BB-8 droid that
features in it has proved a hit with audiences. Now you can buy your
very own working version of the robot, thanks to a replica toy produced
A new farm-to-table community, said to be the first in California, has
opened in the city of Davis. The Cannery is made up of more than 500 energy-efficient homes, open spaces and trails surrounded and fed by a 7.4-ac (3-ha) working
The morning coffee is a ritual that fuels workers the world over. But what happens when, in a moment of pre-caffeine incoordination, you knock over your piping-hot cup of joe? Not only have you wasted your precious brew, but also possibly scalded yourself or inflicted irreparable damage to a keyboard or other device. The Magicup is a spill-proof cup designed to make such scenarios a thing of the past.
The axe is one of the oldest tools known to mankind, and its basic design typically changes very little. The Leveraxe, however, strays from that blueprint. As a result, it's said to be more effective than a traditional axe, require less power, be safer and not get stuck in the wood.