Every once in a while I'll come across interesting inventions which I think deserve mention but I have no idea where to put - So I decided to create a thread for them. From the simple, entertaining, pointless, to downright complicated, in the changing world we're in, knowing and being aware of different technologies and innovations is interesting, and can be at times significantly important. So here's a few for starters: Shark Tea Infuser (entertaining) Here’s an interesting concept, ideal for your morning cup of tea, from Argentinian designer Pablo Mattedoa. Place some teas leaves in the Shark Tea Infuser, and set it on top of a cup of hot water, it will then infuse your tea and make you a nice cup of tea. Source "Magic" Wand (entertaining but useless) This battery powered wand features a mini Van de Graaff generator inside. Push a button on the handle and the static charge built up in the wand causes the included 3D mylar shapes to levitate at your command. You can also do some cool tricks causing the shapes to jump back and forth from your hand to the wand. Not quite Harry Potter… but hey, we do our best for you. ThinkGeek. (has some music) <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4Jf_zA5VuGs" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" width="425"></iframe> Poor Little Fishbowl Sink (-no comment-) This particular gadget illustrates how important it is to conserve water. When you are using this sink to wash your hands, the fish loses its real estate if you take too much time. Yes, the water level in the fish bowl will actually go down if you are scrubbing your hands too long. In case you are wondering, there are safety features so the fish won't have all of its precious water taken away. Just to let you know, you are not using the same water that a fish is inhabiting. It's just made to appear that way. The truth is the fish water drains underneath the sink, and then will return to normal. This Poor Little Fishbowl sink is still a concept from Chinese designer Yan Lu, and it really isn't made to replace every sink. In fact, I would best classify it as some sort of art project with a very obvious message. Staircase Drawers (useful - maybe not practical) Floating Ladle (useful) Saw this design of a ladle and thought it was quite interesting – there is a hollow ‘ball’ at the stem. Due to the hollow ball the ladle always floats on the water surface, very much like buoys on the sea. This way, you can just leave the ladle in the liquid (think fruit punch tumbler) without worrying about dripping or even having to hang on to the side of the container. An added bonus will be the ease-of-washing when doing the dishes. Here’s how it works: <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SiPAyU-2wOY" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" width="425"></iframe> [Designer: Lee Seongyong] Now some complicated stuff... 360º 3-D Holographic Displays The ZCam<sup>TM</sup> is a video camera that can capture depth information (which is used to build the 3D model) along with video and is produced by 3DV Systems. The technology is based on the Time of Flight principle. In this technique, 3D depth data is generated by sending pulses of infra-red light into the scene and detecting the light reflected from the surfaces of objects in the scene. Using the time taken for a light pulse to travel to the target and back, the distance can be calculated and used to build up 3D depth information for all objects in the scene. (Via 3dvsystems) <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FF1vFTQOWN4" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" width="560"></iframe> Military exoskeleton prototype The Military exoskeleton is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads of up to 200 lbs for extended periods of time and over all terrains. Its flexible design allows for deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting. There is no joystick or other control mechanism. The exoskeleton senses what users want to do and where they want to go. It augments their ability, strength and endurance. <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0hkCcoenLW4" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" width="425"></iframe> Invisibility Breakthrough for Japanese Researchers <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PD83dqSfC0Y" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" width="425"></iframe> ... That's all ... for now.