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This 'Smart Wallet' Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn't It Deliver?
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This 'Smart Wallet' Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn't It Deliver?

Crowdfunding is all about the numbers, but the humans behind the risky campaigns are often hard to calculate.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
What It's Like When You Finally See Your Idea-Turned-Product on Store Shelves
Success Stories

What It's Like When You Finally See Your Idea-Turned-Product on Store Shelves

For makers, inventors and dreamers, it's the ultimate high when you see with your own eyes that "you've finally arrived."
Stephen Key
This Hipster Hoodie That Hides a Pillow Is a Sleeper Hit on Kickstarter
Ready To Launch

This Hipster Hoodie That Hides a Pillow Is a Sleeper Hit on Kickstarter

Hypnos's inflatable sweatshirt is a napper's dream -- if you're cool with snoozing in public, that is.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Oops, IOU? How the World's First Modern Credit Card Was Invented.
History

Oops, IOU? How the World's First Modern Credit Card Was Invented.

The scrappy entrepreneur who created the credit card, as legend has it, might have experienced an embarrassing situation that led to inspiration.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Dissecting a Fad: How the Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and Pet Rock Became Crazy Popular
Fads

Dissecting a Fad: How the Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and Pet Rock Became Crazy Popular

These iconic toys were conceived of by individual inventors and subsequently adored by kids everywhere.
Catherine Clifford
This Innovative Cap Helps Chemotherapy Patients Keep More Hair
Health

This Innovative Cap Helps Chemotherapy Patients Keep More Hair

The FDA approved the DigniCap for use in the U.S. this week.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
These Awesome Video-Playing Sneakers Have Raised More Than $300,000 on Indiegogo
Technology

These Awesome Video-Playing Sneakers Have Raised More Than $300,000 on Indiegogo

Walk a mile in these shoes and everyone will be staring at your fancy feet.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
How an Industrial Oops Led This Gunk to Become a Stretchy Smash-Hit Toy
Who Knew?

How an Industrial Oops Led This Gunk to Become a Stretchy Smash-Hit Toy

The surprising story of how Silly Putty accidentally sprang from a wartime dilemma.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
If You Get In the Way of Google's Self-Driving Car, It Might Shout at You
Google

If You Get In the Way of Google's Self-Driving Car, It Might Shout at You

Forget wimpy horn-honking. Google's autonomous ride could blast messages at passersby from external loudspeakers.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
8 Reasons Why It's Tough to Get Your Small-Brand Product Into Big-Box Stores
Product Placement

8 Reasons Why It's Tough to Get Your Small-Brand Product Into Big-Box Stores

Chain stores favor big-brand products over new no-name inventions. Here are some things to keep in mind when pitching to Walmart or Home Depot.
Stephen Key
Hate Drinking Water? These Scented Cups Could Do the Trick.
Health

Hate Drinking Water? These Scented Cups Could Do the Trick.

The fruity invention enlists your nose to fool your tongue, and its makers say it's totally safe.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
The Greasy, Glamorous Rise of Mascara
Who Knew?

The Greasy, Glamorous Rise of Mascara

You won't believe the grimy gunk people used to smear on their eyelashes -- and still do.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Watch This Jetpack-Wearing Entrepreneur Rocket Past the Statue of Liberty (VIDEO)
Far Out Tech

Watch This Jetpack-Wearing Entrepreneur Rocket Past the Statue of Liberty (VIDEO)

David Mayman realized the ultimate boyhood dream this week, high above the Hudson River.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
The Fasten-ating History of the Humble Zipper
Who Knew?

The Fasten-ating History of the Humble Zipper

In which we unzip the up-and-down origins of the little mechanical wonder that keeps your pants from falling down.
Kim Lachance Shandrow