Today the wild schemes of even the most grandiose tech bros seem small-time, thanks to a remembrance of Frances Gabe, an unconventional inventor who loathed housework so damn much that she built herself a one-of-a-kind self-cleaning home and garnered national media attention for her achievement.
I grew up in Washington D.C., went to college in Vermont, and now live in Brooklyn, all places where bicycles are ridden by the very proud. Sorry, but I’ll never be impressed that you can balance on two objects—that’s what feet are for.
The first modern-style menstrual cup was patented in 1932, but that wasn’t the first time inventors turned their skills to the problem of keeping bloody goo off women’s clothes. Take, for example, this little gem from 1884. It’s a menstrual cup, attached to a reservoir big enough to last for days.
Though my only evidence is the neck ache I come down with on Sundays after the weekend spent presumably whipping my hair back and forth, I am positive that I look like an idiot when I'm drinking. But, if there's anything I know for certain in this crazy life of ours, there's always room to look dumber—and this, I…
There's nothing quite like sunny summer picnics—or, as I like to call them, "there's a bee on you and also your leg is asleep"-nics—but one picnic staple doesn't quite live up to the hype. THE COOLER.
Earlier this week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Grace Choi presented an idea for a product that could revolutionize the beauty industry.
The hospital gown of the future is finally here. Why did it take people this long for hospital gown manufactures to design a gown that doesn't needlessly expose butts?
Ketchup never seems to want to come out of its bottle. It's an age-old problem that many people claim to have solved. ("Hit the '57' on the bottle three times with the heel of your hand!" "Stick a knife up in there!" "Use a squeeze bottle!") But now a smarty-pants at MIT seems to have fixed the problem once and for…
There's really nothing that could replace the ShamWow in our hearts, but the winners of the "The Next Great Infomercial Inventor" believe rhinestone bra straps have a shot. Jan Lori and Chuck Strube won the competition this week with their idea for "Hott Straps," which are "bra straps that are meant to be seen." Their…
The lingerie company Panache spent three years studying the "battle of the bounce." Their new product, out in October, reduces bounce by 83%. Most important — and this isn't mentioned in the piece at the link — it doesn't appear to cause uniboob.
The folks at JF Ptak Science Books dug up a few images from U.S. patent reports on brassieres. These designs, created between 1929 and 1930, show how women struggled to support, shape and reduce the bustline. These days, we can sometimes feel self-conscious if our bra or bra straps are showing; manufacturers offer…
While other scientists have been wasting their time trying to cure diseases, one Harvard researcher has invented a device that lets you inhale food vapors. Finally, we're free from the burden of shoving delicious food in our faces!
In a bid to boost the flagging Japanese birthrates, one company has introduced a practice baby, the "Yotaro robotic baby simulator," that makes it all look easy. And really freaky.