Today's unfortunate sexbot breakthrough = a poster you can make out with

Oh, this is just downright dark. Researchers at Keio University have developed a sensing program that allows you to slobber on a digital two-dimensional image, which will react to your amorous advances. I suppose this what it's like to get to first base with General Zod when he's trapped in that Phantom Zone… » 4/02/12 8:25am 4/02/12 8:25am

Dropping 1000 feet inside a giant bullet = the most bad-ass amusement…

I imagine amusement park safety was lax in the 19th century, but this is ridiculous. An 1891 issue of Scientific American showcased this invention by a one Monsieur Carron of Grenoble, France. In short, Carron had invented an amusement ride that involved 15 patrons falling almost 1,000 feet inside a 30-foot-long… » 11/12/11 9:30am 11/12/11 9:30am

Mustache Umbrella? Pipe Umbrella? The Most Bizarre Umbrellas Ever…

Mad science has seldom been so practical as at the Hendricks Unusual Umbrella Emporium in London, where the most off-the-wall umbrellas in the world are being showcased, alongside some potent cocktails. The weird umbrellas include a pipe umbrella, that will keep the rain from ruining your smoke-up. And a pair of… » 10/13/11 12:40pm 10/13/11 12:40pm

Man inventing cell phone that can kiss you

Ever wished your phone was a little more... intimate? Fabian Hemmert, a design researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, certainly does. "Mobile phones use so little of our sensory abilities," he says. "They are great for information exchange - text, video, and speech - but they provide no feeling of… » 9/11/11 8:30am 9/11/11 8:30am

This patent for a snowman's skeleton is the oddest thing you'll read…

Yesterday, inventor Ignacio Marc Asperas of Melville, NY was granted the US patent for an "apparatus for facilitating the construction of a snow man/woman," a.k.a. a snowman-shaped shell with which to cover with snow. That's a bizarre idea, but what truly makes this patent required reading is its totally non-technical… » 9/07/11 11:30am 9/07/11 11:30am