This Sci-Fi Helmet Could Give Firefighters Predator Thermal Vision

When firefighters have to enter a burning building, much of their job still involves blindly feeling their way through dense plumes of toxic fumes in search of those trapped inside. However, a novel new helmet design could one day give firefighters the ability to see through the smoke and hear beyond the roar of the flames.


Augmented Magnifying Glass Identifies What You're Studying

It’s obvious that the great Sherlock Holmes doesn’t need any help, but the Augmented Magnifier designed and built by Anirudh Sharma and Pattie Maes from MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group could help him instantly recognise clues and solve cases even quicker.


The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You A Master Of The Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter — designed by students at Rice University — provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer master their putting game.


Apple Now Recycles Any Product You Give Back (And Gives You Credit)

Starting today, all of Apple’s retail stores will accept any of the company’s ageing products for recycling — and, if it looks resaleable, you might even get some store credit too.


LED Holders Upgrade Newspapers With The Latest Headlines

If you’ve ever read the newspaper in a library or a cafe, you’ve probably used those long wooden holders that help make them slightly easier to wrangle without tearing the pages and impossible to pilfer. But an ad agency in Switzerland found a way to make them even more useful with invisible LED news tickers that enhance the day-old papers with the latest headlines.


How The Aeropress Was Born

If you’ve ever used an Aeropress, you’ll know that they’re a wonderful example of good design: simple, easy to use, nice-looking — oh, and they make killer coffee, too. This is how the device came to be.


Impoverished Kids Love The Lamp-Powering Soccer Ball -- Until It Breaks

Across the globe, even in impoverished communities where families can’t afford electric light, there is something you will almost always see: children kicking balls. What if you could harness that youthful energy to generate electricity?


A Microwave That Promises To Fry Your Food Without A Drop Of Oil

Tefal kicked off the whole “frying foods with minimal oil” trend with its Actifry machine, but who really has room for yet another appliance on their kitchen counter — even if it promises healthier fries and wings? That’s why Samsung has introduced what it calls the Slim Fry feature on its microwaves, adding even more functionality to an appliance most of us can’t live without.


A Pair Of Batteries Keep This Cordless Vacuum Running For Almost An Hour

No one likes having to deal with cords, and they’re a particular pain when connected to a device that’s able to suck them up and destroy them. So Hoover’s new Air Cordless vacuum manages to finally make a cordless vac that’s actually useful with a pair of rechargeable batteries that keep it running for almost an hour with full suction.


No, Tech Adoption Is Not Speeding Up

Yesterday, the folks over at Vox published an article arguing that generations should be defined by the technology they use, rather than by age. They included a graph that purported to show how American society is “adopting new technology more quickly than ever before”. The graph is garbage. And here’s why.