• A Keyboard Made of Bananas & Play-Doh

    Even though MaKey MaKey was designed by two Ph.D candidates from MIT, their goal was to make something for the kindergartener in all of us.

    It's a device that allows you to turn anything that conducts electricity into a functional computer key. It looks like it might be difficult to hook up, but it's actually very simple - so simple a 4-year old was able to do it without trouble.

    The team, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, have dedicated themselves to designing easy-to-use invention kits. "We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world."

    Even the most jaded technology enthusiast can't help but chuckle when they hook up a banana to an alligator clip and use it to scroll through their computer. But the beauty is that it's up to you to decide what to turn into a key.

    In Jay and Eric's video they play Mario Bros. with Play-Doh, Dance Dance Revolution with buckets or water, the piano with a staircase, and

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  • A Skateboard to Pique Your Imagination

    When you call your motorized skateboard the Board of Awesomeness, it takes some confidence. But rigging a tablet computer and a Microsoft Kinect to control the motorized skateboard is undeniably pretty awesome.

    The designers at Chaotic Moon Labs, whose trademark slogan is "We're Smarter Than You" probably don't need our reassurance.

    We went down to their design studios, or as they call it, their "fortified zombie-proof bunker" to give the board a ride.

    The Board of Awesomeness actually has a sibling called the Board of Imagination, which is controlled by your mind, via an EMOTIV brain wave helmet. The helmet reads your mind and when you think go, it goes, and when you think stop, it stops.

    Unfortunately, mere hours before we got there the helmet broke when those aforementioned zombies tried to get into the bunker and broke the EMOTIV helmet. At least that's how they explained it to us.

    There wasn't a soldering gun in the state of Texas with the capability to fix it. So with one board

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  • A Lollipop That Will Cure Your Hiccups

    Drink a glass of water upside down, hold your breath for 30 seconds then let it out slowly, eat a spoonful of sugar... these are a handful of the many home remedies people swear will get rid of hiccups every time.

    But when a 13-year old girl from Connecticut named Mallory Kievman suffered from hiccups, she tried all of those remedies and more, but nothing seemed to work. So she decided to come up with her own cure: a lollipop that cures hiccups called the Hiccupop.

    It combines her favorite cures: lollipops, sugar, and the active ingredient - apple cider vinegar.

    But she didn't keep the invention to herself - instead she decided to enter the Hiccupop in the Connecticut Invention Convention, an annual invention competition for kids.

    She admitted that before the competition she thought the lollipops would either succeed or bust. Well, the Hiccupop was a success, taking home the prize 'innovation' and 'patentability'.

    Now, in between school, soccer tournaments and summer trips to the

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