When Brent Christensen moved from California to Utah several years ago, he took advantage of the colder climate by building his kids a backyard ice rink … although that rink also included an ice slide, an ice cave, and a 20-ft (6-m) castle-like ice tower. People saw it, they liked it, and the Ice Castles business was born. Since then, Christensen and his team have built their elaborate Ice Castles in a few select American cities every winter. Last month, however, they began construction on a castle in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – their first-ever creation outside the US. We dropped by, to get a first-hand look at the construction process.Read More
We've all been in a position where we want to take a nap but are away from our bed. To make it possible, clothes manufacturer Hypnos has taken the hoodie and given it a pillow. When wearers need some shut-eye, they need only inflate the hood to rest their head.Read More
You could certainly be forgiven for thinking that the term "digital sundial" is simply an example of an oxymoron, not unlike "jumbo shrimp" or "deafening silence." That hasn't stopped French Thingiverse member Mojoptix from building one, however. It contains no electronics or moving parts, yet it still shows the time from 10:00 to 16:00 in a changing numerical display – with a little help from the sun.Read More
Television, the telephone and many other great inventions throughout history were initially scoffed at before they went on to take the world by storm. That's not a likely scenario when it comes to the following list of oddball contraptions ... but you never know. In a nod to free-spirited thinking that's not beholden to suffocating notions of common sense or commercial success, here's our pick of the quirkiest inventions to hit Gizmag's pages throughout the year.
OK, so picture this: MacGyver is hiding in a medical lab, and needs to build a weapon using whatever's at hand. Well, if he had a syringe (along with lots of scrap aluminum), he could perhaps make himself an airsoft-type rifle … not unlike the one recently built by our friend Patrick Priebe.Read More
Is humanity growing tardier and tardier? It sure seems that way when looking at the coffee-on-the-go market. There's an almost endless supply of travel mugs and vacuum bottles out there, and more and more brew-on-the-go solutions having been joining the fray of late. Some such designs require preheated water or an external power supply, but the Mojoe can operate independently, heating and brewing your favorite coffee thanks to a rechargeable battery.
We've probably all experienced it – getting frustrated by the user interface on a website, and wishing that the creators of that site could know just how angry they were making us. Well, in the near future, perhaps they'll be able to. It turns out that when we're upset, we move our mouse differently.Read More
One way of providing electricity to parts of the world that still have no access is to give them the means to generate it themselves. That's the approach being taken by Billions in Change. Its Free Electric bike lets users produce electricity by pedalling.
This is how it's supposed to work: You pen a note to Santa outlining how wonderfully well behaved you've been throughout the year and put forward a wishlist of all the goodies you deserve in recognition of your exemplary performance. The elves then set to work with their hammers and saws and carbon fiber fabrication techniques to produce your heart's desire before Santa loads it up and drops it down your chimney with no regard for physics or reindeer haulage limitations. Ok, it's not going to pan out that way, but that doesn't stop us from setting aside the crushing reality of socks and scented soap for a moment and dreaming a little dream. Here's our annual list of the top 10 things you CAN'T have for Christmas.Read More
Living someplace that gets snow in the winter may have its perks, but the ice-melting salt that's spread on the roads isn't one of them. Besides the fact that it gets all over our cars and clothing, it also has to be reapplied throughout the winter, harming the environment in the process. If a new type of asphalt reaches production, however, salt-spreading may become a thing of the past.Read More
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