Unless they have got stake in a big oil company, the most common reasons people have for opposing the installation of wind turbines is the noise pollution and the risk they pose to birds. But a radically redesigned turbine with flapping wings instead of spinning blades might finally solve both of those problems.
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If you were to stumble across this freaky ring of hairs hanging on a wall you'd probably dismiss it as another confusing piece of modern art. But if you were to give it more than just a passing glance, you'd notice that some of its hairs were moving, because it turns out this piece is actually a functional clock.
If you've ever pushed a bike down a hill, you know that two-wheeled vehicles can balance themselves when travelling at higher speeds. It's when you're riding slower that balancing gets a little more challenging, unless your motorcycle's equipped with Honda's new experimental Riding Assist technology so it automatically balances itself.
The internet's full of stories of tiny products being shipped to customers in absurdly oversized boxes. It's not only a waste of cardboard, it's also a waste of cargo space as the products are being shipped. But a company called Slimbox thinks it has the solution with a machine that creates custom, perfectly-sized boxes on demand.
We've all seen the classic NES controller thousands of times, but look closely at this one, notice something slightly different? On the Goofy Foot NES controller, the directional pad and the A+B buttons are reversed, so southpaw gamers can finally feel comfortable playing their favourite classic games.
Aside from the pointlessly short controller cables, the only other complaint we have with Nintendo's NES Classic Edition is that it only comes with 30 classic games. There are so many classic consoles and retro titles to choose from, which is why the RetroEngine Sigma might be a better alternative since it promises to emulate over 28 different classic gaming machines.
It didn't quite reach The Lion King's level of box office success, but since hitting theatres way back in 1999, Brad Bird's The Iron Giant has gone on to become a much-loved classic film. So much so that it's about time LEGO gave us an official The Iron Giant set, and it just might happen if Brett Cuviello gets enough supporters for his new LEGO Ideas project.
For every genuinely clever device that manages to succeed on Kickstarter, there are 1000 other ridiculous crowdfunding campaigns that thankfully don't succeed. There's a chance you might roll your eyes at the Nail Capsule, unless you're not a monster and hate the thought of fingernail clippings flying all over the place.
The only downside to finding a really good book to read is that it will be over before you want it to be. But that won't be the case with puzzle designer Brady Whitney's Codex Silenda. Even though the wooden book only has five pages, you'll need to solve a complex mechanical puzzle on each one before you can turn to the next.
When you think of the daily abuse that aeroplane seats have to endure, it's a minor miracle they aren't torn to shreds after just a week of air travel. The fabrics used for the upholstery must be just short of indestructible, so it makes sense to eventually recycle those materials into bags and packs that can easily survive your daily commute.
Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they're being squeezed, too.
About ten minutes after the very first car alarm went off, the tech went from being a genuine theft deterrent to an annoyance that everyone just ignores. The makers of the Bike Mine have a better idea, at least when it comes to getting people to notice when a bike or motorcycle is being stolen: old-fashioned explosives.
Lens accessories for smartphones are by no means a new idea, but they're often clunky, awkward to use, and far from something you'd want to try and squeeze into your pocket. These Blips lenses are a different story: They attach to your smartphone like a piece of tape, and are slim enough to carry alongside your credit cards.
Instead of having to play a tiny version of Twister with your fingers to press multiple keys for capital letters, symbols, or other shortcuts, the Finger-Aware keyboard watches your hands so that the keys on your laptop's keyboard respond differently depending on what finger you're using.
A drone crash can be catastrophic no matter where it happens, but watching your expensive toy plummet into a lake is especially tragic because water and electronics don't mix. There's now a relatively simple way to ensure your drone survives an unexpected water landing, though. The inspiration? Insects.