GE to crowdsource inventions through NYC startup
GE says it is licensing thousands of patents to Quirky, a New York City startup that lets people collaborate on designing household products and brings them to stores.
Smartphones to rescue for lost cats, grandmas
Lost your cat? Your grandmother? Or are you injured in a car crash, unable to call for help because your phone battery is dead? Never fear, a mobile solution is near.
One-euro device that recharges mobile on the go
A transparent film that costs just one euro to make could bring an end to the anguish of mobile phone users facing the dreaded dead-battery message.
Dutch family sues Facebook over 'like' button patent
The heirs of a Dutch Internet inventor are suing Facebook for allegedly infringing his patents with the US social networking site's "like" and "share" buttons, court documents seen on Monday said.
Obama bestows national medals for science, tech
President Barack Obama is honoring 12 researchers and 11 inventors with the nation's top award for invention and discovery.
Tiny invention may harness big energy from small spores
(Phys.org)—One of Ozgur Sahin's first machines was a mechanical adding device made from Legos. He made it when he was 11 and hasn't stopped making gadgets since. In graduate school Sahin created an atomic ...
Toys inspire giant 'dandelion' anti-mine device
Childhood toys lost in a war-torn field have inspired an odd-looking invention which its young Dutch inventor hopes can help save thousands of lives and limbs in his native Afghanistan.
Entrepreneur launches first Africa-designed smartphone
A Congolese inventor has unveiled what he says is the first African-designed smartphone.
Groundbreaking air-cleaner saves polluting industrials
Industries across Europe are threatened with shutdown as European Union emission rules for Volatile Organic Compounds are tightened. Now an air cleaning invention from the University of Copenhagen has proven ...
Bar code's co-inventor N. Joseph Woodland dies, 91 (Update)
(AP)—Norman Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code that labels nearly every product in stores and has boosted productivity in nearly every sector of commerce worldwide, has died. He was 91.
Indian inventor wins cash to develop Braille phone
A 29-year-old Indian inventor on Tuesday won $50,000 to help him make a new low-cost mobile phone for the blind that uses a Braille display.
MIT African teen guest fashions battery, plans windmill (w/ video)
Kodak scientist, inventor of Bayer filter, dies
(AP)—A retired Kodak scientist and the inventor of a widely used color filter array that bears his name has died. Bryce Bayer was 83.
Researchers use 'digits' to change the channel
A team of inventors from across Europe have done away with traditional remotes and have developed a sensor about the size of a wrist watch which is able to track the 3D movement of the hand and allows the ...