These useful everyday objects turned annoying are pretty hilarious

Everyday objects like keys and forks and spoons and brooms and umbrellas and so forth are always designed with usability in mind. You use them everyday so they better be easy to use, right? But what if you re-designed them to make them annoying and uncomfortable to use? They'd still technically be useful objects but… » 3/27/14 9:56pm 3/27/14 9:56pm

This is the amazing self-driving car we all need right now

The promise of the self-driving car is taking too long to materialize—but it may be around the corner. As soon as 2020, says Nissan. This video shows the XchangE self-driving concept car now on display at the Geneva Auto Show 2014. Imagine being able to take a road trip like this, chilling and relaxing, with no risks. » 3/11/14 11:48am 3/11/14 11:48am

A Gorgeous Inkless Pen That Never Needs a Refill

Pininfarina is known for turning Ferraris and other exotic cars into even more impressive works of art, so it's a safe assumption that its new 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano writing instrument is going to cost a small fortune when available. But with an inkless design that never needs a new cartridge, it could eventually… » 2/05/14 5:37pm 2/05/14 5:37pm

This Interactive Chandelier Shines With Data From All Over the World

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recently opened the doors of a brand new HQ in Washington DC. But it might be tough for visitors to tear themselves away from the foyer, which is home to the Global Data Chandelier—a pixelated fixture composed of 425 LED pendants arranged in the shape of a… » 1/07/14 6:20pm 1/07/14 6:20pm

This Glass Room Lets You Float Over of One of the Alps' Highest Peaks

The Aiguille du Midi, or Needle of the South, has been home to the terrifying highest vertical ascent cable car in the world for three decades. But this month, it's stepping up its scaring-the-wits-out-of-tourists game—with a glass box that hangs over the yawning void next to the peak. » 12/23/13 8:38pm 12/23/13 8:38pm

Would you want to sit in these morphing airplane seats?

It has more or less become fact that when you pay money to travel on an airplane, you're subscribing yourself to probable gropage, uncomfortable seats, shoddy service, a few degrees of recline comfort and nuked sludge as food (if there is food). It's not pleasant. It's not futuristic. It's not fun. What if airplanes… » 11/22/13 8:59pm 11/22/13 8:59pm

China's Suspension Giant Is 3,500 Feet Longer Than the Brooklyn Bridge

The Yangtze River is the third longest in the world, and it's served as a critical artery in the beating heart of China's economic boom. It's also incredibly wide at points—which has forced China to become a top contender in the race to build the most advanced long-span bridges in the world. Taizhou Bridge is… » 11/19/13 4:20pm 11/19/13 4:20pm