It's that time again, time for Smithsonian to announce the winners of their 15th Annual Photo Contest, one in which they received over 48,000 entries from photographers residing in 155 countries and territories. Photographer Oreon Strusinski took home the win in the "Natural World Category" with his stunning frozen "Pinnacle of Existence" wave image. "Energy travels hundreds of miles across the ocean and comes to a dramatic end when it reaches our shores," said the photographer. Continue reading for more.
British inventor Richard Browning has set a Guinness World Record for recording the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine-powered suit by hitting 32.02 mph. The Iron Man-inspired flight suit boasts six kerosene-fuelled micro gas turbines, each with 22 kg of thrust, controlled through body movements alone. "This is real-world aeronautical innovation. We are serious about building a world-changing technology business. We stand at the very beginning of what human propulsion systems will do. It's at the same point as the mobile phone was in the early to mid 80s or the internet of the early 90s," said Browning. Continue reading for more world records you probably never knew about.
Get distracted easily while on the computer? You may need a "FocusCap," which is essentially a cap with a folding visor designed to block out peripheral vision distractions in seconds. "As we are still cavemen or mammals kept in an unnatural environment, I believe that only by reclaiming the normal, stress-free human state through simple tools and techniques we can finally unleash our actual creative potential and create our meaningful work for a brighter future," said its designer Hannes Greblin. Continue reading for more strange inventions that actually exist.
Spark Therapeutics has created a first-of-its-kind gene therapy treatment for inherited blindness, called Luxturna, and the FDA approved it last month. One caveat: the injections cost $850,000 USD ($425,000 for each eye), making it one of the most expensive treatments in the world. However, it is the first gene therapy that treats an inherited condition, and has proven to be effective for those with a rare form of inherited blindness that is estimated to affect less than 2,000 people in the US. Continue reading for more weird things that actually exist.
Priced at $2699, the Full Body Armors wearable Iron Man Mark 43 (XLIII) Suit could be one of the coolest superhero accessories yet. The basic suit weighs in at 15.4 lbs (7 kg), depending on the add-ons and accessories you select, which range from a motorized face plate / eye lights to a refined chest Arc Reactor light as well as even height increasing shoe pads. Worried about it not fitting? Well, you'll be happy to know that each suit is handmade to your body measurements. Continue reading for three more cool gadgets that you probably haven't seen before.
LEGO Technic fans rejoice! Green Gecko Technic Workshop has built a LEGO Technic Pneumatic Hot Rod powered by a working V8 engine. That's right, in addition to an independent front suspension, pneumatic steering, a full body kit with opening doors, the pneumatic engine runs on compressed air and can rev up to 1500 RPM at 55psi. Continue reading for more geeky LEGO creations you probably haven't seen before.
The Hacksmith didn't want to settle for just a movie replica, so he decided to create the world's heaviest Thor hammer filled with lead. Since the element isn't readily available for purchase in bulk quantities, so he went to mechanic shops around town and bought as many tire weights as possible to melt down for lead. Unfortunately, the final product didn't claim the title, but as you can see in the video above, it was more than heavy enough to cause some major damage. Continue reading for three more weird inventions you may not have seen before.
Nintendo has always been known for their unique controllers and accessories, but "Labo" aims to take creativity to the next level. Simply put, it combines cardboard cut-outs, known individually as Toy-Con shapes, with the Switch console, to encourage imagination and discovery. Users build each Toy Con with the help of interactive instructions on the Switch, while stickers and colors are included to add a personal touch. It will be available as two separate kits: a Toy Con 01: Variety Kit, which offers five different Toy Cons, including a remote control car, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike and a fully functioning, 13-key piano and Toy Con 02: Robot Kit that lets you create your very own robot. Expect the kits to hit shelves in late April. Continue reading for three more incredible products coming soon.
Warmer weather is just months away for those in the southern hemisphere, and that means, water sports, or so we'd like to think. The jet-propelled Kymera Body Board is definitely one invention you'll want in your arsenal. The current version can hit 20 mph (32 km/h), depending on water conditions and rider weight, with approximately 5,000 watts of power behind it. When fully charged, the battery is good for 5-6 miles of continuous ride time, or 45 minutes - 1-hour per battery pack. Continue reading for more cool inventions that actually exist.
Unlike other clocks, the ETA Clock moves its hands to reveal where people are, using icons instead of hourly numerals, similar to the Weasley family's magic clock from the Harry Potter series. As friends and family move around through the day, a special app on their phones sends geolocation coordinates to a secure server, which are then transmitted to the ETA Clock device to adjust its hands. "We had envisioned our target customer as a tech-friendly family: A family who wants to stay connected but maintain a sense of independence. However, since building the ETA Clock, we have found that this product is perfect for so many situations. Most uniquely, we have had requests from large and small companies alike asking for a version that displays where their key employees are located by time zone or office. We could even envision the ETA Clock being perfect for roommates, living communities, sororities, and fraternities," said co-founder Kristie D'Ambrosio-Correll. Continue reading for more weird gadgets you probably never knew existed.