A pair of canny inventors have launched the world's first running trainers designed specifically for horses. Animal lovers Louisa and Charly Forstner came up with the novel product after years of fitting steel shoes to their horses' hooves. The revolutionary clip-on shoes, called Megasus Horserunners, are made from shock-absorbing plastic materials and claim to make life more comfortable for both horse and rider. Unlike steel shoes, Horserunners move with the horse's hoof and can be removed quickly to allow horses to strengthen their tendons and ligaments.
This may look like a small car, but it is actually a four-wheeled electric bicycle that has been designed to allow people to ride in any weather. Riders sit in a recumbent seat, similar to one you would find in a car, with a protective canopy and headlights, indicators, brake lights, and an electric motor. Mechanical engineer Mikael Kjellman designed the cycle-car hybrid after snow and rain stopped him from being able to ride his bike to work every day. The 43-year-old, from Ostersund, Sweden, spent 10 years developing his prototype — named the PodRide — which he then used to get into the office whatever the weather.
Plastic six-pack rings that kill more than a million birds and marine animals every year have been given an upgrade and could now help feed sea life instead. The world's first edible can rings, normally used to hold beer, are mainly made from wheat and barley, by-products of the beer-making process. The innovative and environmentally friendly product is biodegradable and can be eaten by animals like turtles and fish who often die as a result of ingesting plastic. Saltwater Brewery, a craft beer brand founded in 2013, is hoping their edible six-pack rings will help reduce the serious threat to wildlife posed by plastic rings as well as the pollution to the world's oceans. It is estimated that 80% of sea turtles and around 70% of seabirds are ingesting plastic, which clogs their digestive system.
Designers have created a grow-your-own armchair with grass from your garden lawn. Terra uses a clever cardboard frame, with soil placed over the top of it and where grass seeds are planted. The living piece of furniture takes two months to grow, and ultimately becomes a permanent part of the garden landscape. Designers Piergiorgio Robino and Andrea Sanna from Turin, Italy, created Terra! to help consumers become more aware of the products they buy, by having to construct and cultivate the armchair themselves. They claim the lifetime of Terra is "unlimited," so long as it is properly taken care of.
16.The Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush with visual tooth surveillance:
A dentist has created the world's first toothbrush with a built-in HD camera that lets you watch a live feed of your brushing to get teeth cleaner than ever. The revolutionary toothbrush uses state-of-the-art technology to pair wirelessly with smartphones and iPads. This allows users to closely monitor the inside of their mouth, ensuring every one of them is brushed properly. Users can also take and save pictures of their mouth if they are concerned about their teeth or wish to track their cleaning progress. The Prophix toothbrush, which connects to devices using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, records in HD and also allows users to zoom in and out of specific areas of the mouth.
The Berenson robot strolls among visitors during the exhibition Persona: Oddly Human at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. The Berenson robot, developed in France in 2011, is the brainchild of anthropologist Denis Vidal and robotics engineer Philippe Gaussier. Its programming allows it to record reactions of museum visitors to certain pieces of art and then use the data to develop its own unique taste, which allows "Berenson" to judge whether or not it likes a certain work of art within an exhibition.