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Speech jamming device wins Ig Nobel Prize

Two Japanese researchers have invented a device that can stop even the most ardent chatterbox. Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada’s creation has been …

12 Cat-Related Patents That Are Really Quite Bizarre

To visit Google’s patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions—a surprising number of which are for your feline friends. From toys meant to encourage exercise to systems that deliver live birds for food, here are 12 really weird cat patents. 1. “Method of Exercising a Cat” If you watch [...]

How Do Touchscreens Work?

It depends on the device and the type of touchscreen you’re using. There are two different kinds used in most consumer electronics: Resistive touchscreens – which are used on some Samsung, HTC and LG phones, and are typical of ATMs, supermarket checkout stations and the electronic signature doodad the UPS guy carries – have a glass [...]

Print Postcards That Smell Like Your Favorite Foods

This odd yet clever little device prints out postcards imbued with the scent of your favorite foods. Created by Zhu Jingxuan, a student at Donghua University’s Fashion & Art Design Institute, this device is tentatively called the Food Printer, and it’s a great way to show the dieters in your life what they’re missing! Link  –via DesignTAXI

British Special Forces Used Exploding Rats Against The Nazis

This sounds like a plot element from the movie Inglorious Basterds, but it’s true- British Special Forces used dead rats, among other things rigged with explosives, against Nazi forces during World War II. Here’s how those rat bombs were used: But the most exotic device was the “explosive rat”. A hundred of the rodents were procured by [...]

7-11′s Mashed Potato Dispenser

How you feel about this device will probably vary greatly depending on how you feel about 7-11′s other food. For example, if you think chili that slowly drips out of a vending machine is a great addition to your hot dog that’s been rolling in public view all day, then you’ll probably love these mashed [...]

Scientists create lucid dreaming mask

Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan have built a device that they claim can let you control your dreams. The “Remee” device looks like a standard sleepi…

Scientists in Japan create robot buttocks

The realistic looking device is designed to exhibit emotions in response to slaps, caresses and pokes. Japanese boffins put together the bizarre devic…

Realistic Star Wars lightsaber goes on sale

The $400 LaserSaber uses a laser that is so powerful that the device comes with a health warning. Developed by a company called ‘Wicked Lasers’, the n…

Laser device could drill in to icy moons

A new robotic device that uses lasers shot through fiber-optic cable has been developed by scientsts. The device is a step forward in the future explo…