License Plate Flipper

Remember James Bond’s tricked-out Aston Martin in the 1964 movie “Goldfinger” — the one equipped with hidden machine guns, pop-out razor rims to slice pursuer’s tires and an ejector seat? Wouldn’t you love to outfit your Toyota Yaris with some of that stuff? The high-powered weaponry, alas, probably is a bit impractical, not to mention … Read more

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Bat Suit

Have you ever wanted to leave the ground and soar like a bird — or perhaps a bat? In January 2012, a Connecticut-based inventor was granted a patent for what the application describes as “a completely dynamic human powered flying suit” that is modeled after the bat’s style of aviation. The inventor explains in the … Read more

Body Armor With Built-in Stun Gun, Flashlight and Cameraphone Charger

The Armstar Bodyguard 9XI-HD01 looks a bit like that scary black body armor that Christian Bale wears in the recent Batman movies. And it is kind of like that, actually. The Bodyguard, which was patented by a California inventor in 2007 under the title of “wearable shield and self-defense device,” is designed to be a … Read more

Seed Racer

Mercedes-Benz has been an innovator for decades. You can thank the German auto manufacturer for diesel and supercharged engines on passenger cars, antilock brakes, electronic stability systems and more. But nothing could be more innovative than the BIOME concept car, unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2010. Here’s how the official press … Read more

Military Mind Control

The helmet used by the U.S. military has changed dramatically over the years. In World War I, the M1917/M1917A1 helmets, also known as “Doughboy” or “dishpan” helmets, protected the heads of American infantrymen. They were replaced in 1941 by the M-1 “steel pot,” the standard-issue helmet in World War II, the Korean conflict and throughout … Read more