Vignesh Ramachandran

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Weekly Innovation: Your New Pet Robot

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Remember "Weebo," the floating robot from Robin Williams' 1997 movie Flubber? A cute yellow bot that lived with Williams' absent-minded professor character, "she" was a loveable gadget that seemed far-fetched at the time. But fast-forward 17 years and Weebo is a whole lot closer to fact than fiction.

Meet ...


Key To Securing Online Accounts May Be Just A Squiggle Away

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We've come a long way in the information age. We know how to put data on the cloud. We hold mobile devices that can carry as much music as a record store. We've figured out how to send photos to friends with lightning speed — and make them self-destruct after ...


Beyond Braille: 3-D Printed Books For The Blind

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This post is part of our Weekly Innovation series, in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

Now here's something Helen Keller couldn't have dreamed up: the ...


Doritos Inventor's Grandson Sees Dollar Signs ln Healthful Food

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Tim West's grandfather invented Doritos chips and was an executive at the global snack food giant Frito-Lay.

The younger West ate plenty of junk food growing up. But lately, he's been much more interested in kale, quinoa and tree-ripened fruit.

And the 30-year-old Bay Area food entrepreneur now wants to ...


Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"They call me the Wolf," said the 25-year-old human smuggler sitting in front of me, sipping a Coke and stepping away for frequent cellphone calls.

"Everybody says we're the problem, but it's the reverse. The gringos don't want to get their hands dirty. So I bring them the Mexicans and ...


Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In that cubicle by the water cooler you see him: your employee, on your dime, tilted back in that pricey Herman Miller chair, his personal smartphone in hand. Judging by the furrowed brow, you'd guess it's a hot game of Words With Friends.

Which do you do?

1. Chastise him.


This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

If you've ever struggled with finding shoes that fit your feet perfectly, take heart. A Japanese designer has taken that universal need to a whole new level — and it all started with cheese.

Tokyo-based designer Satsuki Ohata was inspired by cheese fondue for something he calls the