Impact Jackets (a.k.a. Wearable Airbags) Finally Make It to the US, and…

Impact Jackets, originally designed to save Japanese construction workers from long falls by inflating prior to impact, have finally made it to the United States. Only instead of construction workers, it's our motorcyclists that seem to be reaping the benefits. And it didn't take too long to see some results. » 10/16/07 4:20pm 10/16/07 4:20pm

The Supper Surround Stereo: When a Mug isn't a Mug

This concept stereo designed by Taguchi Craft, is made to blend in with your kitchen. There's currently no word on pricing, but they're scheduled to pop up around winter 2008. Might be better in a shelf in the kitchen than on the table. I'd keep trying to drink from the midbase driver or something. [Design Spotter via » 10/15/07 5:20pm 10/15/07 5:20pm

U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi Lets You Reach Out and Touch a Virtual Friend


U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is a system that lets you both see and touch a virtual humanoid. Developed by Michihiko Shoji, it works by combining a head mounted display with a creepy green sensor-laden robot. As you interact with the bot, not only will it react accordingly, but you'll be able to see the virtual buddy via the HMD… » 10/12/07 5:30pm 10/12/07 5:30pm

Mechanical Patent Dispute Could Result in Hard Drive Ban

Hot on the heels of yesterday's potential Australian plasma ban, comes news of the U.S. possibly banning many popular hard drives due to a patent dispute. The issue involves a patent for "dissipative ceramic bonding tips," also known as wire bonding tips, which Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, HP, and Dell either… » 10/11/07 3:10pm 10/11/07 3:10pm

Slight MacBook Upgrade in November?

In the face of ultra-thin MacBook rumors, Think Secret claims that a modest processor bump for the MacBook will be the only hardware refresh for the rest of the year. Keep in mind, however, that Think Secret only says there won't be any more hardware updates. They don't say anything about new hardware announcements.… » 10/09/07 3:20pm 10/09/07 3:20pm

$75,000 Swami Conversational Robot is a Very Expensive Psychic

Sure we've covered other robotic fortune tellers in the past, but none of them have cost anywhere close to $75,000. Now, to be fair, as far as robotic swamis go, this one looks amazing. Utilizing "cutting-edge" AI and over 30 facial motors, this swami can learn his own name, wink at you as you walk by, or even answer… » 10/04/07 4:30pm 10/04/07 4:30pm

Computerized Pillow Reduces Snoring and Gives Neck Massages

German scientist Daryoush Bazargani has invented a computerized pillow that can stop you from snoring. Where this one improves on previous attempts is that it actually tries to stop your snoring itself, rather than just telling you how you should have slept the next morning. Bazargani's pillow inflates and deflates… » 10/03/07 5:40pm 10/03/07 5:40pm

Vertu Goes "Budget" With the $6,600 Ascent Ti

We told you about Vertu's Ascent Ti a few months ago when it was found in an FCC filing. Well, it's been a couple of months and the Ascent Ti is finally being released along with official details. So what does $6,628 get you? For starters, a quad-band GSM phone with 3G and a 3MP camera. » 10/02/07 3:41pm 10/02/07 3:41pm

USB Whack It (Like Whack-a-Mole You Pervert)

At first glance this USB Whack-a-Mole–like game stirred up all kinds of great Chuck E. Cheese like emotions. Then we realized that Whack It doesn't have two things, one being moles and the other being fun. Everyone knows that the fun part of Whack-a-Mole is when you get to take out all your pent-up aggression on some… » 10/02/07 2:15pm 10/02/07 2:15pm

Spin and Mist Your Way to Cleaner Air With the Antibac2k

Is your air too dirty to merely filter? Then check out the Antibac2k. This little rotating sphere one-ups all of the gigantic air filtration systems in the US by proactively sending out an air filtration mist that rids your room of bacteria and dust. Think of it as Purel for the air. And if that's not enough, the… » 10/01/07 5:00pm 10/01/07 5:00pm