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!
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.