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 …

An Engineer Built a Real, Working Version of Thor’s Hammer

Electrical engineer Allen Pan has built a real, working version of Thor’s hammer, which—just like in the comics—can only be lifted by the worthy. Using a super strong magnetic field, Pan’s hammer will attach itself to any metallic surface as soon as someone grabs its handle. The only way to deactivate the device is through a thumb print scanner, which has been coded to recognize …

The Bloodhound SSC Can Travel at 1000 mph

After eight years of research and development, British engineers are ready to unveil the Bloodhound SSC: a supersonic car that was built with the sole purpose of breaking the current land-speed record of 763 mph. The Bloodhound carries the power of 180 F1 vehicles and was designed to reach a staggering 1000 mph in just 55 seconds. It’s basically a fighter jet with wheels instead …