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!
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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