The Lightest Ever ‘Designed to Win’ Running Shoe

Running is a pastime enjoyed by many, both in competitive and health-focused contexts. A common argument amongst runners and fitness gurus involves the advantage or disadvantage of running shoes. While many enjoy the use of professional athletic gear, others believe that running barefoot grants additional speed, less resistance (shoe’s weight), and stronger muscles.

A recent creation may have found a way to combine the two approaches. Luc Fusaro, an engineer and designer currently studying at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, has invented an unbelievably flexible running shoe that weighs less than a deck of cards.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

“This prototype running shoe could shave valuable fractions of a second off a 100 metre sprinter’s race time. According to its designer Luc Fusaro, the ‘Designed to Win’ sprint shoe is the lightest ever invented.”

-Chicago Tribune

First Flying Car Passes Flight Test

Terrafugia Inc. has managed to turn every inventor’s dream into reality by completing a test flight of its flying car called the Transition.

The car has two seats and four wheels, as well as foldable wings that allow the vehicle to drive on a road. Unlike commercial jets, the car was flown at 1,400 feet for nearly ten minutes last month. The development brings the Massachusettss-based company closer to its goal of selling the flying car before 2013.

Though the car will be sold for $279,000, over one hundred people have put down $10,000 deposits for vehicles. The number of customers will likely increase when the car is officially introduced to the public at the New York Auto Show this week.

Robert Mann explained that the flying car has been the dream of American inventors since the 1930s. He believes that Terrafugia’s creation is the closest a company has ever come to developing a flying car, though it will still need a runway for takeoff.

Mann added that the government has already granted permission for the use of special glass, tires and other materials in order to lower the weight of the vehicle. The Transition is also exempt from the law requiring vehicles to have electronic stability control, which adds six pounds to the total weight. The car is undergoing tests to make sure it meets the federal safety standards.

According to Mann, the most profitable industry for the Transition will likely be the western U.S. states.

Enjoy an Intelligence Toilet!

Talk about efficiency. The Japanese have created a new way to be even more efficient – while you’re “doing your business.” Their latest gadget allows you to test your sugar levels in your urine, while also checking your weight and blood pressure, all while you use the facilities.

The scale is built right into the floor and the blood pressure armband is offered to you next to the toilet seat.  Your results are all displayed on a readout screen attached to the wall.  The system can only keep track of up to five people’s health data – so this is a device for the home and for the family.  Visitors will have to invest in their own “Intelligence Toilet” if they want to keep track of their health in this way.

So far, this device is only available in Japan and the price tag is between $4100-$5850 USD.