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Zen Float Tent – World’s First Affordable Isolation Tank For Home

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by

The benefits of sensory deprivation tanks are no secret: relaxation, deep meditation, soothing chronic muscle pain, increased athletic performance, and an overall sense of well being, but until now these benefits came at a pretty hefty financial cost. The average isolation tank costs $10-30k with the cheapest model available at $4,500, but now Zen Float has created a model that is available at a fraction of the price- just $1,700 and can be self-assembled after it is delivered to your door for free! Much lighter than the traditional models, the Zen Float Tent will weigh a little more than a water bed once you add the epsom salt and water and can be assembled in any room of your home so you can float whenever you want! With a single float session averaging $70 at most float centers, just 25 floats would cover the cost of this invaluable item. [Read more...]


Michael Jackson Patented Anti-Gravity Shoes In 1993

Monday 08.05.2013 , Posted by

1 Michael Jackson’s Anti-Gravity Shoes

In 1988, Michael Jackson had his fans in awe when he released his music video “Smooth Criminal”, but it was not the 1930’s night club plot that had jaws dropping, it was his latest dance move- the anti-gravity lean. Standing up straight, the dancers were able to defy gravity, leaning over at a forty-five degree angle to the floor. In the music video they used strings, but when Michael wanted to take this move on the road they had to get more creative. With the help of two co-inventors, MJ created the Anti-Gravity Shoe. Now with a few hidden bolts on the floor, audiences could enjoy this magical dance move on stage. [Read more...]


Coming Soon: Amazing New 3D Doodling Tool

Tuesday 02.19.2013 , Posted by


I’m beginning to get jealous of all the cool toys that kids these days have to play with- particularly this new invention by WobbleWorks that will be available in October of this year. As a kid of the 90’s I thought I was pretty cool with my vibrating Squiggle Wiggle Writer and Magic Copier but with this new 3Doodler, you can create 3D sculptures as easily as you could make a drawing. The innovative new toy makes it affordable for the average person to have a device with 3d printing capabilities. Invented and created by experienced robotics and toymakers Peter Dilworth and Maxwell Bogue, the device melts ABS plastic (like most 3D printers) and it dries instantly when it hits the air. [Read more...]


Student Creates Electromagnetic Harvester

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by


A digital media student in Germany, Dennis Siegel, has put on his engineering hat to create a small device that can collect energy from thin air. Siegel explains,

“We are surrounded by electromagnetic fields which we are producing for information transfer or as a byproduct. Many of those fields are very capacitive and can be harvested with coils and high frequency diodes. Accordingly, I built special harvesting devices that are able to tap into several electromagnetic fields to exploit them.”

Although Siegel’s device only charges a single AA battery in a 24 hour period, the implications of this discovery are endless. [Read more...]


Visual Bits #337 > Can You Feel The Beet?

Tuesday 12.18.2012 , Posted by

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New Light for Developing Countries Runs on Gravity

Friday 12.14.2012 , Posted by

As we flip a switch to light up a room or use our cell phone flashlight to find our keys in the dark, it’s easy to take for granted how lucky we are. In many developing countries throughout the world, the people still rely on kerosene to light their way in the dark, which can be very dangerous and cost up to 20% of a person’s income. Looking to address this problem in the most efficient way possible, a team of engineers from the UK have designed an amazing light that runs on gravity and the weight of rocks or sand. As of now, the cost of each light is $10, which would pay for itself in 3 months of not using kerosene, but with further R&D the team thinks they could get the cost down to $5 each. [Read more...]


Outlandish Claims through History

Monday 02.14.2011 , Posted by

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,” Arthur Watson, Head of IBM, 1943.

We think this inspiring advertisment from Mercedes hits all the right points. The clip, set to moving music and featuring great vintage film footage, quotes noteworthy historical figures, all of which made doubtful remarks about now commonplace technology.
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