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Fuffr’s Smartphone Case: This infrared invention tears down social barriers for multi-player gaming

Fuffr's Smartphone Case

Two days after the intimate gathering to show its forthcoming Kickstarter film, the Fuffr studio in Stockholm is still full of empty beer cases and helium balloons slowly slinking down the windows. Yet, while many might be fretting at the thought……

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This may be the greatest invention in the history of water balloons

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in a water balloon fight, you will concur that the most frustrating part of battle is reloading. You think you’ve got an uninflated balloon securely attached to the end of a garden hose, and then as soon as you turn on the water, *snap*, the balloon comes flying off. Or maybe you don’t even get that far — the balloon breaks as you’re stretching it on. Or you get it all filled up, and then you can’t tie it and it drops and breaks on the ground. Now some ambitious inventor has come up with a solution to all those problems: a device that lets you easily fill up 37 water balloons at once, and 100 in less than a minute.

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Ingenious : A story of American automotive innovation and grassroots invention

Ingenious


It’s a common sentiment around the world that everything is bigger in the US—from parking lots to fast-food beverages. In his latest book “Ingenious,” author Jason Fagone proves that the…

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The Floyd Leg: Create an instant table with this ingenious invention

The Floyd Leg


by Emily Bihl Furnishing a new home can be a daunting task for anyone, but for those who tend to regularly relocate, it’s an even greater challenge. Furniture shopping oftentimes inspires a special blend of dread and guilt at the thought of having…

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The invention of laughter: Charley Douglass and the laff box

Charley Douglass was first guy who could make anyone laugh at the push of a button. The sound engineer invented the laff box and the laugh track technique, which was quickly adopted by television in the 1960s and named “sweetening.” The laff box was a typewriter-like machine that could produce a specific type and sequence of laughter needed for a particular situation. It operated like an organ, with Douglass using the keyboard to select the style, gender, and age of the laugh needed while using the foot pedal to control the length of the track.

Today we can see the inner mechanisms of the box, but at its birth, it was called “the most sought after but well-concealed box in the world,” as Kottke notes. No one but Douglass and his…

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