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(Mother Nature Network)   Nine of the most interesting inventions of 2014. Sadly, your hamster-sized tuxedos didn't make the list   (mnn.com) divider line 23
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2014-07-23 09:06:24 AM  
I wonder if I can get some engraving done on that Ring....
 
2014-07-23 10:23:29 AM  
Still no flying car.  Someone needs to let some scientists molest them...
 
2014-07-23 11:06:30 AM  
I was gonna say that ring looks pretty cool, until he described it as "boss-looking". Now I think it's douchey.

/Way to ruin it Kevin Bell
 
2014-07-23 12:00:27 PM  

xanadian: I wonder if I can get some engraving done on that Ring....


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2014-07-23 12:06:19 PM  
"Gravitylight produces light with no outside energy source."
" It works by attaching a weight to a pulley system that generates power through a set of gears."

Author sounds stupid.
 
F42
2014-07-23 12:06:39 PM  
I've see designs for a gravity light since at least the 80s

it's not a 2014 invention
 
2014-07-23 12:11:02 PM  
Not sure how a roll of duct tape would work as an effective mouse.
 
2014-07-23 12:13:01 PM  
I've got a really good idea for a gravity light that would last a lot longer than 25 minutes. Get a lot of hydrogen - as the most abundant element in the universe, it is available even in developing nations. Now, use gravity to compress all that hydrogen until nuclear fusion begins. This should provide light for several billion years before needing to be reset.
 
2014-07-23 12:13:36 PM  
Also I'd buy that Corky mouse right now.
 
2014-07-23 12:20:32 PM  
Neither did my tuxedo-sized hamsters, damnit
 
2014-07-23 12:24:46 PM  

F42: I've see designs for a gravity light since at least the 80s

it's not a 2014 invention


Isn't this how old clocks worked?
 
2014-07-23 12:25:30 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: "Gravitylight produces light with no outside energy source."
" It works by attaching a weight to a pulley system that generates power through a set of gears."

Author sounds stupid.


Commenter sounds pedantic.
 
2014-07-23 12:47:14 PM  
All these things that generate power from human work: Does this make it hard to walk? Is the soccer ball so hard to kick around that it messes with the game itself?

Inquiring minds are mildly interested.
 
2014-07-23 12:48:57 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: All these things that generate power from human work: Does this make it hard to walk? Is the soccer ball so hard to kick around that it messes with the game itself?

Inquiring minds are mildly interested.


The walking thing, probably not - the compression of the sole is what gives it power and you're compressing the sole no matter what.

The ball thing could be a problem, especially if it affects the spin of the ball. Nobody's going to play soccer with a ball that doesn't go where you kick it.
 
2014-07-23 01:07:53 PM  
That Scio looks like a super-cool gadget!

Shut up and take my money!
 
2014-07-23 01:11:08 PM  
I could use the scio to see if the new secretary's tits are real or fake without even having to fake stumble!
 
2014-07-23 04:11:21 PM  
The gravity light idea is horse shiat. It sounds great until you crunch the numbers.
 
2014-07-23 04:48:30 PM  
Just to be clear about how much the gravity light idea sucks, the equation got maximum energy from a falling object is E=mgh.

Plugging in 25kg(55 lbs) for m, 2m (6.5 ft) for h and 9.8 m/s^2 for g, we get 490 joules.

That's 0.136 watt hours. They are targeting 25 minutes between recharge. If the entire system is 85 percent efficient, you could power...a quarter watt LED. That's essentially no light, even though lifting a 55 pounds weight 6.5 feet every 25 minutes is a significant hassle that couldn't be farmed out to the kids.

And the only way to get more light world be to get a heavier weight, a higher drop, or a shorter time. None of those would be acceptable, and you would need several hundred pounds to get anywhere near enough light to light a room.

They also said you could use it to charge batteries. Not bloody likely. My phone battery holds 9.6 watt hours, so you would have to lift the weight over 70 times to charge it.

The kickstarter video showed way more light, and the developers asked for money so they could "double the efficiency" so they were definitely bull shiatting.

There is a myth that poor people in developing countries well do anything if it is free, no matter how much it sucks. Nope, they would just keep using kerosene over this stinker of an idea.
 
2014-07-23 05:15:44 PM  

whipbambucket: F42: I've see designs for a gravity light since at least the 80s

it's not a 2014 invention

Isn't this how old clocks worked?


Was just about to say, "so clockwork, then?"  Like those wind-up flashlights and radios that have been around for a while. Big Ben's clock runs on gravity, too.
 
2014-07-23 06:44:33 PM  

Hollie Maea: That's 0.136 watt hours. They are targeting 25 minutes between recharge. If the entire system is 85 percent efficient, you could power...a quarter watt LED. That's essentially no light, even though lifting a 55 pounds weight 6.5 feet every 25 minutes is a significant hassle that couldn't be farmed out to the kids.

And the only way to get more light world be to get a heavier weight, a higher drop, or a shorter time. None of those would be acceptable, and you would need several hundred pounds to get anywhere near enough light to light a room.


I'll argue that a quarter watt LED isn't insignificant if it is your only light source.  But 25min?  That's better than nothing if you can't afford fuel, otherwise forget it.

Hollie Maea: There is a myth that poor people in developing countries well do anything if it is free, no matter how much it sucks. Nope, they would just keep using kerosene over this stinker of an idea.


It isn't a myth if they can't afford the kerosene in the first place.  But yeah, this needs work :)
 
2014-07-24 09:17:33 AM  
Actual inventions in that list that might one day see use: Scio (miniaturized spectrometer), Dearman Engine (liquid air-powered engine), XStat (injectable blood clotter).

The Ring and Corky are interesting gadgets, but they aren't really inventions and I can easily imagine them being more irritating than helpful in every day use.

The other stuff is just crap.
 
2014-07-24 11:20:07 AM  

Feepit: Actual inventions in that list that might one day see use: Scio (miniaturized spectrometer), Dearman Engine (liquid air-powered engine), XStat (injectable blood clotter).

The Ring and Corky are interesting gadgets, but they aren't really inventions and I can easily imagine them being more irritating than helpful in every day use.

The other stuff is just crap.


The helmet is actually pretty awesome, and I'm a little bummed I missed out on the kickstarter. Being able to collapse it and stick it into a backpack is very useful when you use things like citibike.
 
2014-07-24 11:20:26 AM  

Feepit: Scio (miniaturized spectrometer)


You misspelled tricorder.
 
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