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Coolest Inventions 2004: Now Hear This

GOOD VIBRATIONS Poor reception is the curse of all cell phones. While there is little you can do about your carrier's spotty coverage in any given location, you...

Coolest Inventions 2004: More Music

Tivoli Audio Sirius Radio Satellite radio has made its biggest waves in the world of cars, but now it's coming home. The latest radio from the makers of the cult...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Sporting Life

STEP LIVELY Computers in your shoes? Believe it. A sensor in the new adidas 1 sneakers measures with each step how much compression you put on the heels of the...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Hot & Cold

BOILING POINT Smokey Bear would love the Jetboil Personal Cooking System, which cuts the risk of forest fires by allowing campers to prepare soup, pasta, rice...

Coolest Inventions: Coolest Inventions 2003

Among this year's favorites: fish-skin bikinis, a new love drug, transparent kayaks, a singing snorkel, the car that parks itself and the invisible man

Coolest Inventions 2004: Dream Calls

Samsung MM-A700 Feature rich, even for a loaded Sprint PCS phone, the A700 has voice recognition and a 1megapixel camera and camcorder, plus news, sports and...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Light Touch

LOST IN A CLOUD Swedish designer Monica Förster says that she often stares at clouds outside her airplane window and wonders what it would be like to step inside...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Hot Boxes

PERSONAL VIEWS The Media Center PC is finally coming of age. With these specially designed computers, you can already record TV shows. But now, by pairing the...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Playtime

E-L-M-O Elmo dolls always balance on the fine line between genius and insanity. This year he spells his name with big-arm gestures to a variant of the Village...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Hi, Robot

WALK TALL, PLAY BALL One of the hardest things to get a robot to do is walk on two legs, but nowadays bipedal is practically banal. The real trick is to give...

Coolest Inventions 2004: Zoom Zoom

POWER TOURISM Forgot the map? Left the guidebook at the hotel? No problem. The GoCar is a three-wheel tour guide equipped with a GPS system that not only tells...

Coolest Inventions: Camera Phones

Sometimes the true measure of a technology's impact is not how quickly it spreads but how long it takes for the backlash to set in. No sooner had cell phones...

Coolest Inventions: Power Up

PUT SOME PEP IN YOUR STEP Need a helping hand to lift heavy objects around the house or yard? The Power Assist Suit, developed by a professor at the Kanagawa...

Coolest Inventions 2002

A foam-rubber microphone, a stealth surfboard, a genetically modified tomato--among this year's crop of fresh new ideas, here are some of our favorites

Coolest Inventions: Carry A Tune

SINGING SNORKEL Just in case floating in pristine waters past colorful sea creatures and brilliant coral isn't entertaining enough, a French company has invented...

Coolest Inventions: For Your Health

LOOK, MA--NO NEEDLES! Hate shots? FluMist, a new alternative vaccine for the influenza viruses that send millions of Americans back to bed every winter, is...

Coolest Inventions: Water Purifier

At this point Dean Kamen IS used to being called naive. "I'm getting neurotic about people overhyping things," he says, "so let me tell you what it doesn't do."...

Coolest Inventions: Lots O' Bots

THIS ONE'S NO DOG The Aibo, Sony's toy robot dog, was a huge commercial hit. But it's a quadruped so, by today's standards, no great shakes. Meet Qrio (rhymes...

Coolest Inventions: Keeping It Safe

HEAT SEEKER The Infrared Fever Screening System, inspired by the recent SARS scare, can't diagnose a medical condition. But it can reveal in a moment whether...

Coolest Inventions: Light And Dark

THE NEW BLACK If you thought brown was the proverbial new black, think again. Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory in Britain have developed a...