How about a shoulder saddle, complete with kickguard, for hauling youngsters around? Or a "System for Measuring Metabolic Gas Emissions From Animals"? Or with political season in full swing, there's a device called a kissing shield, to protect the user from diseases. All these wonderful patented inventions and more can be found on the Totally Absurd Patents and Inventions site at http://www.totallyabsurd.com/index.htm .
Updated three times a week, you can check out an archive of selected patents that include everything from a motorized ice cream cone holder to a set of deer ears for better human hearing, to a face-shaped mold to grow more humanistic vegetables, such as a "Phantom of the Opera" pumpkin.
Each invention features a full color drawing and an explanation of the device and how it is supposed to work. Who knows? You may even find the sled pants becoming the next rage on the ski slopes this season!
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.