Scientists are currently working on creating artificial leaves that one day we may be able to use to power our homes.
The leaves will probably be made from plastic or silicone and embedded with light absorbing materials that produce fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, just like real leaves.
A lot of smaller flatscreen televisions don't tend to come with special stands, or if they do they're often metal and a little cheap looking, which is why we love this curved wooden stand from designer Ryojin Ide.
The Desktop Wood Stand is made from laminated birch and according to Yanko Design will be available soon.
Via Yanko Design.
This strange little tree climbing robot that looks like an inchworm, caterpillar and stick insect all in one is actually called a Treebot and was created by Tin Lun Lam and a robotics team from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
There have been many inspirational stories in the media recently centered on the key role technology has played in helping injured and paralysed people to regain some of their strength and mobility.
The latest case comes from The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California where doctors and technicians have worked to help Stephanie Sablan, a young woman who was left paralyzed from the waist down after an accident.
Along with a company called Berkeley Bionics, the team have managed to create robotic legs called eLEGS, which enable Stephanie to walk when they are fitted over clothing and attached to a large backpack.
If you depend on your phone for work or pleasure, I'm sure you'll have had that awful sinking feeling before when you realise your phone has fallen off a table, you've accidentally thrown it into a road, or (arguably the worst) it's landed into a lot of water. Assuming you can fish it out again, this leaves you with a wet phone which most probably won't work anymore.
However, DRY-ALL has devised a "Wet Cell Phone Emergency Kit" which is basically a bag that absorbs the water from the important insides of your device.
It sounds a little gimmicky and I don't imagine you'll carry it with you all the time just in case there are spills. However, if you really couldn't live without your phone and you're prone to accidents or have a mischievous toddler then it might be worth it.
Available from $29.99 from the Dry-All online store.
Google has now begun integrating flight information into normal search results, providing information about flight times and duration as well as which airlines to travel with.
Although most people would know which sites to visit if they wanted general travel information, or even to purchase flights, but this is just another addition from Google to make things as easy as possible and pack more information into our search results.
Via Huffington Post.
Some movies may seem scary enough, but how much more intense would the fear be if you suddenly felt something brush past you?
Enhancing the intensity of films and games is something Disney researchers have been working on recently and they've created something that's been dubbed a "tactile brush" in order to bring your senses into play more than ever before.
We love this cute Panda Pal speaker system from GoGroove, a nice addition to your desk if it's usually full of dull gadgets and accessories. It works with laptops, iPhone, iPad, MP3 and mobile devices, so it would also be great for carrying around outside and at the beach during the summer months.
Available for $25 from Near Office.
This cute messenger bag from Diffus Design may look just like any other purse with a shiny quilting effect, but it's actually covered in lots of tiny solar panels.
The team behind the creation have added 100 miniaturized monocrystalline silicone "sequins" to the design of the bag, so that it not only looks distinct, but it can use solar energy to recharge your cell phone. Any of the energy that isn't used during the day is stored in a special battery which then adds a glow to the bag at night to make things easier to find!