The Guy Who Invented Mobile Phones Thinks Apps Suck 

The inventor of the first mobile phone thinks that someday we’ll all have tiny computers implanted behind our ears instead of phones. He also thinks apps are terrible. Read More >>

Reinventing the Wheel: Mankind’s Best Attempts at Updating Design Classics

There are some things you don't mess with in the design world. Chairs, for example, have long since been perfected. Any modern redesign of the chair is a mere novelty that can only make sitting down a worse, less comfortable hobby. But some things are still improving thanks to the planet’s finest reinventors. Yes, your easy life can still get easier. Read More >>

Infrared Microwave Shows Your Food Change Colour as it Heats Up

After watching this video I feel like the best microwave I've ever used sucked very badly. What you see here is a concept for the Heat Map Microwave, which would have a built-in IR camera on top and a screen on the front, effectively allowing you to see exactly when your food has been heated all the way through. Get this thing in my kitchen right now. Read More >>

Man’s Gigantic Fart Machine Takes Aim at France Tonight

A very excited inventor has built what he describes as the largest valveless pulsejet in existence, a device he's putting to no good use whatsoever by making a massive farting noise in the direction of France. Read More >>

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The Aloof Blackjack Player Who Created Our Digital World

Every digital device you use operates on a string of ones and zeroes, the binary "yes/no" decision at the foundation of modern computing. It's a concept so fundamental to our modern day that we rarely stop to wonder where it came from. But it's all the work of one man: Claude Shannon, whose fascinating story you've likely never heard. Read More >>

An Intricate Typeface Made Out of History’s Greatest Inventions

When she was a design student, Khyati Trehan embarked on an ambitious project to highlight history's 26 most influential inventors with a unique alphabet. Remarkably, each letter of the special typeface is drawn with a world-changing invention while also name-checking the inventor. The letter "E," for instance, is represented by the phonograph invented by Edison. Read More >>

Former NASA Engineer Turned Super Soaker Inventor Just Got Very Rich

Lonnie Johnson's having a good week. The former NASA engineer just won $73 (£45) million in a royalties dispute with the toymaker Hasbro for inventing the Super Soaker, the coolest toy you ever had growing up. The lawsuit also covered royalties for Nerf which Johnson also masterminded because he is awesome. Read More >>

The Super Soaker Was Invented by a Former NASA Engineer

Long ago and far away in a place called the 1990s, a man with a dream and a uniquely excellent knowledge of fluid dynamics decided to quit his day job designing rocket ships and design the world's best ever water gun instead. For that, we thank you Lonnie Johnson. Read More >>

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Meet the Man Who Invented Video Games

Before Angry Birds, Call of Duty, and Halo, there was Pong. And before that there was Tennis (cartridge 3) for the Magnavox Odyssey. And that machine was Ralph Baer's baby. An inventor by trade, Baer developed the first working prototype, "the Brown Box," in 1968, and just four years later, the Odyssey burst onto store shelves, jump-starting console gaming as we know it. Read More >>

12 Deadly Inventions That Killed Their Creators

Technological progress is not the iPhone 5 or the Nexus 7. Technological progress is creating things that nobody has ever seen before, things that push humanity forward. You know, like building a machine heavier than air that freaking flies. Sadly, some times these quests end in disaster. Read More >>

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Celebrate Thomas Edison’s 165th Birthday With a Crash Course On His Life

Did you know that Thomas Edison got his first job as a telegraph operator after saving the daughter of a station agent from an oncoming train? Or that he didn't invent the lightbulb, but instead created the first commercially viable version? Read More >>

The Man Who Wore a Sanitary Pad and Changed the World

Fast Company weaves an amazing story about Indian inventor Arunachalam Muruganantham, who lost his wife, friends, and, well, almost everything in his quest to build a better sanitary napkin by wearing one himself—along with a goat blood-filled bladder. Read More >>