Experibass

Sound artist Diego Stocco—featured here previously for his Music From a Tree—has gone and reinvented a musical instrument again. When he contacted us recently to tell us about it, he could barely contain his excitement. “I have a new video that I'd like to show you,†he wrote. “I created an instrument by combining a violin, a viola, a cello and a double bass!†And …

Slicer Sled

The Slicer by Ice Meister allows kids to sled year round, using ice blocks attached to the bottom of the sled as a propeller during summer months. With its contoured shape and low profile runners the Slicer functions as a normal sled perfect for snow, but the detachable ice packs can provide up to two hours of sled-time in hot weather (they can also be …

Gadget Nation

When considering the success of the iPod it's easy to forget the thousands of failed inventions left in its wake. Steve Greenberg's new book, Gadget Nation, attempts to shine a light on some of the homegrown entrepreneurs who face the daunting climb toward widespread acceptance. Subtitled "A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention," the book looks at average Americans' creations, which run the gamut …