June 4, 2012

"32 inventions that will change your tomorrow..."

Or not.

17 comments:

tim in vermont said...

Just what the lefties need, a "shut up gun." Al Gore will by these by the gross.

Dave D said...

Did those inventions suck, or is it just me?

edutcher said...

No, it's not you.

The bandwidth thing is important, but some of the others were absolutely Orwellian.

tim maguire said...

I did a quick scan and I'm not impressed.

But why would I be? Maggie Koerth-Baker is Boing Boing's resident eco-nut And she's writing to people who think different. People for whom the light bulb is a failure, for whom the science is still settled on CAGW (and it always will be), people who think your shirt should be a battery that powers a small city (and probably already would be if it weren't for those evil Republicans).

Dave said...

The only one that impressed me was the new sleep pill. A non-narcotic safe sleep drug would be a great step forward. Else it was a weak list.

SeanF said...

Number 20 is synthehol, the drink of choice in "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

In that, though, you don't need to take a pill to sober up - you pretty much just tell your brain you need to be sober now.

Bruce Hayden said...

I did a quick scan and I'm not impressed

Agreed. As a patent attorney, I am in the business of inventions, and most just don't seem to have that much allure. Of course, it depends on how they are implemented, and since these are pie-in-the-sky, we have no idea.

MadisonMan said...

I like the idea of the anti-theft bike.

Damon said...

Crappy inventions. Here's one that is awesome, even if not a need we have. A soccer ball that gives light to children without electricity.

http://vimeo.com/15612091

http://thestoryexchange.org/young-entrepreneur-jessica-matthews-julia-silverman/

Dave D said...

MM:

You could just chuck the "theft proof" bike in your trunk and either cut it up for parts or unlock it at your leisure later on, no? THis invention assumes that most bikes are stolen to immediately use by the theif.

MadisonMan said...

True. Many thieves just ride the bike away, though, and that would cut down on that kind of theft.

I'm sure thieves would figure out how to hot-wire the bike, too, eventually. But because I'm about to buy the Son yet another bike lock (sigh), this built-in contraption has attraction to me.

ErnieG said...

It was Schwinn, I think, that had a lock like this about 50 years ago. There was a lock in the frame just above the fork. The front wheel was turned to one side when it was locked.

Synova said...

That was horrible to look at.

The graphics were awful and the ideas were boring.

Reading it was a combination of *wince*, "OMG purple!", and "really? is that all?"

Synova said...

I wondered if the electric shirt could be modified to keep me from shocking myself on the car frame every single time I get out of the car.

I thought I must be extra conductive but I was at a science museum recently and they had a plate you could put your hand on to see how conductive you were and I hardly moved the needle on the thing. I think I'm a capacitor or something. Someone solving the *SNAP* I get from the car frame would be my hero.

Synova said...

This list, OTOH, is short, sweet, and... not purple!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/samir/things-that-will-drive-your-ocd-self-insane

I offer it only because none of you know where I live. ;-)

Astro said...

My son is already buying and roasting his own coffee beans.
But -- 'blonde coffee' at Starbucks? Sounds high maintenance. Does it complain at you if you don't use the right artificial sweetener, taste mopey without the right amount of cream and demand to be served at just the right temperature? Does it make you forget where you parked your mug right after you set it down?

Wally Kalbacken said...

The only change that is going to happen tomorrow is going to be a a change of underwear at the DNC after they catch the drift from the recall results! Read 'em and defecate!