The Raincatch [Video]

Raincatch from Hyeona Yang on Vimeo. This is a fascinating invention that appears to serve no practical function.* The idea: collect rainwater, purify it in your raincoat, and store it to drink through a straw while walking in the rain. I think. As a water purifier, it sounds great. As a raincoat, awesome. But having […]

Stupid Robots Are Stupid [Video]

Set aside your fears of SkyNet and Asimovian human enslavement; if they are anything like these, I for one welcome our robot overlords. Bucking the trend of super-smart robot developments, Bacarobo participants seek to build the stupidest, least useful automated machines ever. Bacarobo, the Stupid Robot Championship, is a showcase for just such robots. The […]

iPhone to Carry Earthquake Warnings

< Apple is adding earthquake notification for Japanese users of the iPhone. But the alerts aren’t in an app: instead they are built into the operating system itself. The iOS5 feature was uncovered by 9to5Mac, which was sent a screenshot of the Japanese edition. It connects the device to an early warning system launched in […]