innovation

The Australian Da Vinci: How David Unaipon (Almost) Changed Our Nation

David Unaipon has been pictured on the front of Australia’s $50 note since 1995. A hugely intelligent man who nonetheless left school at 13, he lodged 19 patents during his life, revolutionised sheep shearing, devoted much of his time to attempting to achieve perpetual motion, wrote prolifically, and conceptualised the helicopter two decades before it became a reality. This is his story.


The Internet Of Sound

Ever wondered what it would sound like if computers could talk to each other? Yes, we have an internet that links all the machines in a vast and glorious global network. But what if they really talked? What if computers could communicate using sounds that humans can’t hear?


Bezos-Funded Centre For Innovation Explores Seattle's Tech Roots

From Seattle’s well-known corporate behemoths — Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco — to its less-obvious innovators, like Nirvana and Dale Chihuly, a new permanent exhibition funded by Jeff Bezos explores the idea that innovation is a key part of the city’s identity. The Bezos Center for Innovation at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry features 465sqm of exhibits which tell a story of science, design and technology through a sense of place.


A Magical Window That Blocks Noise But Lets Breezes Pass Through

It’s a warm summer night in the city, but instead of sleeping with the windows open to let a breeze in, you’ve got them all closed to keep your bedroom quiet. It’s a ‘lesser of two evils’ decision that people living in crowded urban centres might soon not have to make.


The Best Manmade Sound

The click-pop-sizzle of a can opening? The super-satisfying click of a firearm chambering a round? The roar of an engine? What’s the best noise to come from one of mankind’s inventions?


Dyson Launches 'High Performance' Cordless Vacuum for Suction Nerds

Good old James Dyson has had his people working on yet another better type of vacuum cleaner, this time coming up with the DC44, or the Digital Super Slim. We’re not entirely sure what’s digital about it, but it looks quite nice, and it’s cordless for all of your super-suction needs.


New Pipe Design Turns Taking A Shower Into An Energy-Generating Activity

The ES Pipe Waterwheel, designed by Korean innovator Ryan Jongwoo Choi, is a simple plumbing accessory that turns simple workaday activities — running a bath, washing your hands, hosing off the dog — into hydroelectricity generative tasks.


Descriptive Camera Doesn't Take Pictures, But Has A Masterful Command Of English

Matt Richardson’s “Descriptive Camera” doesn’t take pictures, not even blurry ones. But it works just fine. Rather than capturing an image on film, Richardson’s invention — a prototype built for a Computational Cameras class at New York University‘s Interactive Telecommunications Program — prints out a descriptive bit of text about the photo.


Twitter Calls For Patent Wars Truce

Twitter is calling for an industry-wide armistice in the intellectual property wars. Today it announced the Innovator’s Patent Agreement (IPA), a pact that it will not use employees’ patents for offensive measures, but rather to protect itself when it is necessary.