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Inventor of the LED Discusses LEDs

Fifty years ago today, on October 9, 1962, physicist Nick Holonyak demonstrated the first “visible” LED (in other words, one that emitted non-infrared light). And that tiny invention has helped to light the world. GE has released a publicity video featuring Holonyak, who invented lots of things in addition to the LED, including light dimmers. [...]

The Key-Copter

(YouTube link) Never lose your keys again! This invention from Michael Wallis, while taking up so much space on your key ring that you’ll never want to carry it, will bring your keys back to you when you lose them. All you have to do is also keep up with your phone. And watch out for [...]

Debunking China’s melt-proof ice cream

Reporters from Japan went to China to investigate the alleged invention of ice cream that doesn’t melt. The infamous treat made by Nestle China and kn…

The Inventor Of The EBook Reader Is….Tom Hanks?

Here we see the true inventor of the ebook reader-Tom Hanks, or more precisely the character Josh Baskin that Mr. Hanks plays in the movie Big, holding up his proposal for the invention that was way ahead of its time. Too bad Josh went back to being a little kid before he could see a profit [...]

Survival Belt Made from 80 Feet of Paracord

There’s only so much survival gear that you can easily carry. That’s what makes Doug and Chelsey Luehr’s invention so awesome. The whole thing unravels into 80 feet of 550 strength paracord that you can use to MacGyver your way out of whatever mess you’ve gotten yourself into. Link -via Boing Boing

60 Years of Teeth That Talk Back

Those funny false teeth that move on their own -it seems like they’ve been around forever. But they were the invention of Eddie Goldfarb in the 1940s. They were called Yakity-Yak Talking Teeth. Collector’s Weekly has everything you ever needed to know about chattering teeth, from their inspiration, how they work, and how they became [...]

Hammock Boat

I can’t find any information about this marvelous invention other than that it was spotted at the University of California at Davis. It does not appear to be a commercially-available product, but a one-off structure. I know one thing with certainty: I want one. Link -via reddit

Light Scythe

This image of Nyan Cat was created using Light Scythe, an open-source invention for writing text and drawing images with light in mid-air. I can’t begin to tell you I understand it, but you can see for yourself. Link -via I Can Has Cheezburger (Image credit: Flickr user Mechatronics Guy)

Solar-Powered Bikini

Andrew Schneider’s invention is the glorious future of swimwear that will replace the obsolete and dangerous coal-burning bikinis of today: The suit is a standard medium-sized bikini swimsuit retrofitted with 1″ x 4″ photovoltaic film strips sewn together in series with conductive thread. The cells terminate in a 5 volt regulator into a female USB connection [...]

Scientists invent the ‘anti-laser’

Scientists have developed a device that can absorb the light from a laser rather than emitting it. The invention is thought to have considerable poten…