prototypes

An Airbag Belt Could Help Protect Seniors' Hips From Nasty Falls

It doesn’t matter how much milk you drink, at a certain age your bones start to lose their strength, eventually putting you at risk for broken limbs and even worse: a broken hip that hinders your mobility. So similar to the airbags in your car, this safety belt instantly inflates when it detects the wearer is falling, cushioning areas like the hip bone to help prevent injury.


Monster Machines: Airbus' X3 Prototype Uses Three Rotors To Break Airspeed Records

In the chimeric world of vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, the most common hybrid one finds are tiltrotor planes with helicopter-like abilities. But the X3 prototype from Airbus took the opposite approach. It transformed a traditional helicopter into a high-speed turboprop.


Three Lost Dyson Inventions, Including A Google Glass That Never Was

Dyson’s first cyclonic vacuum cleaner was launched 21 years ago, but before it made it into consumer’s hands, the company’s research and development team went through 5,127 prototypes to perfect its design. Since then the company’s R&D lab has been responsible for some amazing products — including a few that have never seen the light of day before now.


How A Doctor Is Fighting Cancer With Items Found At Walmart

David Walmer is a renegade doctor who’s been saving lives in Haiti. When he realised a few years ago how cervical cancer was killing many of his patients, Walmer decided to get creative about solving the problem. Oddly enough, Walmart was part of the solution.


Can A Smart Lighter Help You Quit Smoking?

If you’ve ever chastised a friend for their gnarly smoking habit, you know that scolding does absolutely nothing. Making people feel bad about smoking just makes them want to smoke in secret. Well, here’s an idea: What if it was your lighter making you feel bad about smoking. You can’t run away from your lighter right?


The Genesis Concept Car Gives A Peek At The Sweeping, Sci-fi Future Of Car Design

This is apparently the future of car design. It’s a future where cars are printed by massive industrial machines in a single piece, with hollow construction used to save weight and space and materials wherever possible. We won’t see 3D printing technology at this scale for quite a while, but at least someone is thinking ahead.


Sony's Early Morpheus Prototype Looked Pretty Dumb

Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset looks fantastic but the early prototypes… not so much. This early version of the headset may have offered plenty of the requisite VR headset features, but it did also feature three Sony Move controllers strapped to it, seemingly at random.


You Could Build This Metal 3D Printer For $1500

One of the limitations of 3D printing is in the materials — plastic might be the most affordable and widely available, but it’s also cheap and brittle. So some students at Michigan Tech University have made a relatively cheap metal 3D printer, and they’re releasing the plans to the masses.


This Hybrid Quadcopter Drone Can Take Off And Land Vertically

Quadcopters offer extreme precision and control in flight, not to mention the ability to take off and land vertically. But compared to the traditional plane design used for most drones, their speed and long range capabilities are limited. So an Arizona-based drone builder called Latitude Engineering hopes to capture the best of both worlds with a quadcopter and drone hybrid that doesn’t need a runway but can fly long distance missions.


A Cheap Jet Ski Alternative That Runs On Sunlight

As fun as they may be, personal watercraft like jet skis and powerboats drink fuel like there’s no tomorrow. They’re fun toys for those with plenty of disposal income, but British designer Ross Kemp wants to make them more universal with his ASAP. It’s a cheap electric alternative to jet skis and powered surfboards that charges via the sun so you won’t need to keep filling a petrol tank every weekend.