Blest Machine

An at-home trash converter turning plastics into oil

While denaturing plastics is a relatively common practice, the compact Blest machine simplifies the process to a “safe to use at home” degree. Claiming to be the safest, cleanest and most user-friendly form yet, inventor Akinori Ito’s portable Blest machine converts plastic waste back into usable oil with just a temperature-controlling electric heater. A video of the machine in action shows how several features set …

The Looftlighter

Start your next fire with a 1000°F electric wand

Sick of grilled chicken tasting like lighter fluid, theater director Richard Looft made his first prototype by using a reversed vacuum to blow air onto a toaster filled with charcoal. When he saw that the coal was ready to use in just a few minutes, the concept for the Looftlighter was born. The resulting curling-iron-shaped device produces 1000°F electric heat to ignite anything from charcoal …

Fifty Cars That Changed The World

Design Museum's newest "World Changing" book celebrates auto design

Newest in the London Design Museum “World Changing” book series is Fifty Cars That Changed The World. Writer Andrew Nahum, Principal Curator of Technology and Engineering at London’s Science Museum, presents a selection of cars that over 90 years have contributed significantly to design, innovation, engineering and national pride. From Buckminster Fuller’s 1933 Dymaxion to the 1998 Smart car, each automobile represents a milestone of …