TED 2018: Why You Should Make Useless Things

Simone Giertz's discusses inventions, failure, performance anxiety and more

In a charming and humorous talk from TED 2018, maker and robotics enthusiast Simone Giertz does more than share her wacky and “useless” inventions; she explores the ways in which failure and performance anxiety can be embraced and overcome. While showcasing her “shitty inventions” (such as a googly-eye shirt, toothbrush helmet and more) Giertz explains the importance of making “useless” things, and how the outcome …

Celebrate Snafus at the Museum of Failure

Whenever you feel like a mess or an imposter, it’s oftentimes comforting to know that even the world’s most successful people have dealt with serious failures. From JK Rowling getting rejected countless times, to Michael Jordan being cut from his school team, there are plenty of stories. Opening for two months in DTLA, Sweden’s Museum of Failure highlights commercial flops—from Colgate-brand frozen dinners to Coca-Cola …

McLaren’s “Project Invincible” Human Armor

It may comes as a surprise to some that McLaren does more than release supercars and dominate Formula 1. Their fast-growing McLaren Applied Technologies sector tackles health and wellness, and the division’s team of doctors and engineers have done something remarkable under the bannister of “Project Invincible.” Tasked by a billionaire with a rib-related health issue, they developed $250,000 discreet, customized body armor. In three …

Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Vacuum Cleaner and Other Inventions

Explaining that creativity is the true investment capital of the future, inventor Daan Roosegaarde’s optimism for the future hinges upon the power of human imagination. Roosegaarde himself, under the name Studio Roosegaarde, has invented wondrous things—from a Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”-inspired green energy bike path in the Netherlands to a working smog vacuum cleaner in Beijing. Roosegaarde’s futurism applies to tangible needs and stems …

A Functional Design Upgrade for the Doorknob

A new “Push Pull Rotate” doorknob line from Brinks Home Security might be the first substantial design upgrade to the door feature in years. This multifunctional three-way knob grants a plentitude of options for opening doors, providing more options for individuals with grip/strength issues or those who rely upon other parts of their body. Of course, they’re secure and durable. And from a style standpoint, …