Inventions

Inventing

Developing a 'Cool' Product Is Only Half of a Successful Business

What sets apart products that succeed from those that don't? Creating cool products that people will want is not enough, not by a long shot.
Stephen Key
7 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual Products
Patents

7 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual Products

From biometric-tracking headphones to water-resistant electronic parts, we'd be into a lot of these products. Get on it, Apple.
Laura Entis
Tesla's Sweet Model X Ride for the Whole Family Is Finally Here
Tesla

Tesla's Sweet Model X Ride for the Whole Family Is Finally Here

Take that, dorky gas-guzzling minivans everywhere.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Bagel-Machine Inventor Daniel Thompson Dies at 94
Inventions

Bagel-Machine Inventor Daniel Thompson Dies at 94

A serial inventor, Thompson both popularized and transformed the bagel.
Laura Entis
This Spry Underwater Drone Is Speed Swimming to Success on Kickstarter
Technology

This Spry Underwater Drone Is Speed Swimming to Success on Kickstarter

Ahoy, ocean adventure for all. Meet OpenROV Trident, the sea spelunking hobby bot of your Jacques Cousteau dreams.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Why Your Neuroticism May Be the Key to Your Creativity
Creativity

Why Your Neuroticism May Be the Key to Your Creativity

A researcher makes the case that for many of us, neuroticism and creativity are two sides of the same coin.
Laura Entis
This Video Doorbell Lets You Answer Your Door With Your Smartphone
Performance Ignited

This Video Doorbell Lets You Answer Your Door With Your Smartphone

Richard Branson didn't care that Ring tanked on Shark Tank. He invested millions anyway.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
This Brilliant Braille Smartwatch Lets the Visually Impaired Feel What Time It Is
Far Out Tech

This Brilliant Braille Smartwatch Lets the Visually Impaired Feel What Time It Is

The groundbreaking haptic wearable also delivers texts, turn-by-turn directions and ebook readouts, all by touch alone.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
There's Something Strangely Soothing About This Silly Key Ring on Kickstarter
Kickstarter

There's Something Strangely Soothing About This Silly Key Ring on Kickstarter

Irked by the sound of keys clinking together? So is California entrepreneur Vince Ho.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Vincent Marotta Sr., Who Helped Revolutionize How the World Brews Coffee, Dies at 91
Radicals & Visionaries

Vincent Marotta Sr., Who Helped Revolutionize How the World Brews Coffee, Dies at 91

The intrepid Ohio entrepreneur convinced 'Joltin Joe' DiMaggio to stump for Mr. Coffee, even though the legendary centerfielder never touched the stuff it brewed.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?
Equity

Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?

Universities may be missing out on owning a share of their strongest spinoffs.
Scott Shane
How This Light Bulb Makes It Easier for You to Stream Music
Technology

How This Light Bulb Makes It Easier for You to Stream Music

Astro, a New York City home automation startup, just put a bright, new musical Twist on 'smart' bulb tech.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Want to Test Your Product Idea? Join the Makers.
Inventing

Want to Test Your Product Idea? Join the Makers.

Bringing your goods to a Maker Faire will grant you a creative audience that will test your designs. This worked wonders for the creator of a rubber band shotgun.
Stephen Key
Sick of Sitting? Tired of Standing? Take a Load Off With This 'Leaning' Desk.
Inventions

Sick of Sitting? Tired of Standing? Take a Load Off With This 'Leaning' Desk.

Forget leaning in. It's time to lean back. With this recliner behind you, you can slouch on the job like you mean it.
Kim Lachance Shandrow