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!
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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