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The Vault Wallet offers a stainless steel home for your credit cards

Leather or nylon wallets are so passe, at least according to Jeremiah Skow, creator of the Vault Wallet, a solid credit card sleeve made from stainless steel. The steel gives the Vault Wallet several advantages over the competition. It's strong, thin, able to block RFID sniffing, and potentially long-lasting.  Read More

Empower Playgrounds' merry-go-round

At first glance, a merry-go-round that generates electricity appears to be a charming idea. But Empower Playgrounds President, Ben Markham, came up with the idea in 2006 during an 18-month stint volunteering in Ghana. There he was struck by the lack of lighting in rural schools and dwellings, as well as the paucity of playground equipment. A charming idea it remains, but it's a serious one, too.  Read More

Side by Side (Photo: Tammy Kalinsky)

Industrial designer Tammy Kalinsky has come up with a simple yet ingenious accessory for the wheelchair which allows a friend, relative or caregiver to push the chair while walking beside rather than behind it.  Read More

The Glovebucket – unfortunately, it's too small to hold a baby with soiled diapers

From time to time, just about everyone has to perform messy jobs such as cleaning paintbrushes, scrubbing greasy vehicle parts with solvent, or removing dried-on mud from footwear. Usually, you have to change into old clothes in order to so, and even then you'll still get some "overspray" on your face and arms. With the Glovebucket, however, you can do those jobs while wearing a tux.  Read More

NYC's Maker Week celebrates DIY, hacking, and making (Photo: Shutterstock)

Just as large cities celebrate a week of automobiles, fashion, or restaurants to highlight standouts in the field and bring together enthusiasts and professionals, New York City is embarking on its second annual Maker Week.  Read More

Children can nap anywhere with the Ostrich Pillow Junior

The Ostrich Pillow is one of the oddest looking creations we've stumbled across over the years, but that doesn't mean it's not functional. Now a smaller version designed for kids in need of a power nap has arrived – the Ostrich Pillow Junior.  Read More

Scientists have developed a method of accentuating only the parts of speech that people re...

Places like airports and train stations aren’t known for their tranquility, and that’s largely because of the constant barrage of loud announcements made over their PA systems. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, however, have helped develop a system that may allow those announcements to still be heard, but at a lower volume.  Read More

The Liftware Spoon utilizes Lift Labs' Active Cancellation of Tremor technology

While most of us take the lifting of a spoon to our mouth for granted, it can be a major challenge for people with Parkinson's Disease or other neurodegenerative conditions. It was with those people in mind that the engineers at San Francisco’s Lift Labs created the tremor-canceling Liftware Spoon.  Read More

The Astronaut 4  robot milker is designed so that the cow doesn't need to turn or back up

If cow milking recalls a bucolic image of a farmer strolling out to the barn with a bucket and stool, then the 21st century will be a disappointment to those raised on James Herriot stories. A case in point is the Astronaut 4 from Dutch agricultural firm Lely. With this robotic milker, the farmer needn't come any closer to the action than a readout on a smartphone, leaving the cows to get on with the milking themselves.  Read More

Cubify Sculpt is an new application that lets users create 3D printable designs more natur...

3D Systems, the creators of the Cubify 3D Printer, has just released a CAD-like application that allows users to shape models like they were digital clay. Cubify Sculpt gives users the opportunity to freeform shape objects, giving a more natural feel to the design process and making it more accessible to the less-experienced designer.  Read More

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