The latest innovation videos compiled for you.
The Snotbot drones from the Ocean Alliance collect whale snot safely and effectively, without disturbing the whale (or Patrick Stewart) in any way.
Being hailed as a significant step toward interactive self-levitating programmable matter, the flying BitDrones can swarm together to create a 3D, tactile user interface.
Harald Haas imagines an internet without wires, where data is sent via off-the-shelf LED lights, helping to close the internet divide by using existing infrastructure.
Tom Uglow shares his vision of an Internet without screen, where humans can access and share information in more natural and tactile ways.
Adam Feinberg of Carnegie Mellon discusses the new 3D printing technology that could one day eliminate the need for transplants to repair damaged organs.
Vijay Kumar discusses the future of autonomous aerial robots, and how working with swarms could lead to Precision Farming and improve First Response in emergencies.
Inspired by the structure of the human bone, Boeing's new microlattice is the lightest metal yet—made up 99.99 percent air yet strong enough to be used for building planes and spacecraft.
Siddhartha Mukherjee discusses the future of medicine—when diseases will be treated with a cell instead of with a pill.
The Fused Reality System puts the flight-training simulator inside the actual aircraft, allowing pilots practice difficult, simulated tasks under real flying conditions.
The ambulance drone from TU Delft can fly up to 100 km per hour, delivering a defibrillator and other lifesaving supplies in minutes and significantly increasing the victim’s chance of recovery.
The ICON A5 is a personal plane for the average consumer, able to take off from land or water and fold small enough to fit in a garage.
Kevin Stone of Aperion Biologics discusses the Z-lig tendon system, a unique technique of using animal tissue to help facilitate ACL joint replacement surgeries.
A new 3D printer from the MIT Mediated Matter Group able to print objects using molten glass could open the door to an exciting array of transparent design potentials.
Disaster robotics engineer Robin Murphy discusses her rescue robots, and how they can make a disaster go away faster.
In an effort combat the ongoing drought in California, officials have launched millions of plastic “shade balls” into a 175-acre groundwater reservoir.
Patience Mthunzi discusses her radical idea of curing HIV by using lasers to deliver medication inside the infected cells.
The ultra-smart, Bluetooth-equipped, 3D-printed BoomCast not only conforms to the needs of the individual, it also tracks healing and sends updates the patient’s physician.
A new, advanced masking tape developed by BAE Systems leaves no residue when peeled away—potentially saving the aerospace industry millions of dollars in manufacturing costs.
NASA engineers are investigating the feasibility of Windbots—lightweight, spherical robots that could ride on the winds of Jupiter and Saturn to explore the giant gas planets.
The only home HIV self test to be CE certified, the BioSURE test is the first of its kind to allow individuals to carry out an HIV test in the privacy of their own home.
The SemanticPaint system from Microsoft allows users to scan their environment in 3D and segment the scene by touching any desired object or surface in real time.
Designed with comfort as well as aesthetics in mind, the heirloom-grade Model 01 Keyboardio features a smaller, more efficient design that puts all the keys in reach of each hand.
As driverless cars are taking to the roads, Chris Urmson, head of Google’s driverless cars program, shares the technology behind how the car makes its autonomous decisions.
A new mind-controlled robot that lets severely disabled people "navigate" locations virtually could provide a new level of independence to people with limited mobility.
Bill Gross, founder of IdeaLab, discusses what he believes is the key reason some startups succeed—timing.
The mind behind the Nest thermostat and iPod, Tony Fadell, explains why the secret to design is breaking out of habitual thought patterns and noticing how everyday things can be improved upon.
Created for contact lens wearers, the intelli-Case from NovaBay simplifies the process of cleaning lenses with hydrogen peroxide by alerting the user when the cleaning cycle has completed successfully.
By weaving conductive smart yarn into textiles, Google’s Project Jacquard aims to see touchscreens imbedded in our clothing—allowing users to interact seamlessly with the connected homes of the future.
Electronic devices able to self-destruct on demand could help alleviate some of the electronic waste in landfills
Cosmin Mihaiu discusses how video games can breathe new life into rehabilitation exercises, helping to ensure compliance and faster recovery.
The Haplafreely plastic will turn to a soft clay when heated, allowing it to be used as a base to stabilize parts during repair as well as a protective covering that can be easily removed.
Synthetic biologist Tal Danino explores the possibilities taking advantage of quorum sensing to program edible bacteria to hunt out and destroy liver cancer tumors.
Rice University students have developed a knee brace that generates the energy to power an artificial heart.
Innovative film-maker Chris Milk discusses how virtual reality can enhance feelings of empathy by letting someone “look” through another person’s eyes.
Disney researchers discuss the potential of Acoustruments, inexpensive, acoustically driven controls that can be attached to handheld devices to create a more seamless interactive experience.
Scientists at the Hotta Research Lab are studying how the different characteristics of soft materials can be applied to different situations and needs.
Computer programmer Fei-Fei Li discusses the technology of teaching a computer to identify pictures and understand pictures, and what that could mean for future computing applications.
David Eagleman discusses his "variable extra-sensory transducer" VEST, which could relay a range of information through vibrations—including allowing the deaf to "hear."
With an eye toward the growing need to monitor huge structures like bridges and buildings, researchers at KAIST Urban Robotics Lab have created a drone able to climb up a wall and fly safely down.
The Holocube HD Tablet lets users create their own holograms on an iPad and project them onto a transparent screen—putting even more creative control in the hands of the artist.
A new concept tire from Goodyear would harvest the heat and vibration of the road to recharge the batteries of electric cars.
Topher White, founder of the startup Rainforest Connection, discusses how used cellphones can help prevent illegal logging in the rainforest.
A new air filter created using the material from surgical gloves could be installed on window screens and face masks, offering a breath of fresh air to people living in extremely polluted areas.
In a novel way to approach problem-solving, Tom Wujec discusses collaborative visualization, and how drawing the process for making toast can lead to a better understanding of complex issues and points of view.
Kenneth Shinozuka, who has been designing apps since kindergarten, discusses his app to keep track of his night-wandering grandfather.
The MOPS system preserves tissue without refrigeration, potentially doubling the lifetime of bone and cartilage donor tissue while also reducing waste.
Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, creator of the brain-controlled exoskeleton seen at the 2014 World Cup, discusses how we have achieved brain-to-brain communication, and where we might go from here.
The HoloLens from Microsoft lets users turn their environment into a virtual touchscreen by "projecting" Windows apps onto different surfaces in the home.