Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

Founded by Zach Kaplan, a "serial entrepreneur" with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Inventables is a futuristic online hardware store based out of Chicago. The company sells innovative materials at much smaller quantities than typically available—largely to artists, inventors, developers, and researchers. If you've got a brilliant idea and cash to spare, careful, you just may go hog wild. My premature "Dear Santa" wishlist-in-progress:

1. Rubber Glass

Although it may look like glass and break like glass, this material is soft, harmless, and as its name infers, rubbery. Rubber Glass is a non-toxic silicone that can simulate the effect of broken glass or ice for use in filmmaking SFX. Just mix it up, and let it set it in the shape you need. The James Bond film Die Another Day used over 1.5 tons of it while filming.

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$44.10 for one 4 pound trial kit.

2. Waterproof Sand

While normal sand sinks when immersed in water, this "magical" hydrophobic sand floats to the surface and keeps dry while immersed. It's been used to waterproof/protect underground wires in cold climates, but what could you use it for? Not sure, but it sounds awesome. Comment below if you have any genius ideas.

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$6.99 for 1 lb of blue waterproof sand.

3. Talking Tape

You know those talking greeting cards? Now you can create your own. The Talking Tape works as follows: "The ribbon has grooves just like a traditional record. When your fingernail is pulled down the ribbon, it causes sound vibrations. The card works as the amplifier to make the sound louder. You can replace the card with a plastic cup, a balloon, a greeting card, or just about anything."Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$13.00 for a 24 1/2 in long piece that says "Congratulations".

4. Mineral Wool

Made from basalt rock and slag, mineral wool can resist temperatures up to around 1,832 °F. Insulate your walls for assured indestructibility. In addition to fire prevention, it also provides superb sound absorbency, and repels water.

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$8.59 for one 24 in x 48 in x 2 in sheet.

5. Flexible Wide-Angle Fresnel Lens

Called a wide-angle Fresnel lens, this unique, fabric-like optical lens can magnify objects easily and flexibly. Roll it up, stuff it in your pocket, and magnify-on-the-go!

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$45.41 for one 6 in x 8 in piece.

6. Photoluminescent Tape

Photoluminescent tape charges in the daylight and glows in the dark. Perfect for a power outage, or safety markings—or whatever creative application you can dream up.

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$50.95 for one 1 in x 50 ft tape roll.

7. Screw-Strong Tape

Screw-strong tape is an adhesive with Superman abilities. Used as an alternative to mechanical fasteners, it can replace screws, rivets, bolts, and even welding. Currently used for construction or electronics.

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$37.81 for one 15 yd roll.

8. Aluminum Foam

Used for signage, wall cladding, and displays in private, public and retail spaces, aluminum foam is a natural large cell foam that looks like "frozen molten bubbles", and can be manipulated by hand.

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$51.94 for one 6 in × 10 in sample.

9. Sound-Dampening Paint

Noisy neighbor? Close to an elevated train or commuter rail? Muffle both sound and vibration with sound-dampening paint, a sprayable, viscoelastic polymer. Cheap and eco-friendly, it was primarily developed for nonporous materials such as stainless steel, galvanized iron, aluminum, and plastics. It can reduce noise levels by 6-20 decibels.

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$59.95 for 1 gallon.

10. Stainless Steel Yarn

Knit yourself a stainless steel sweater with this 100% steel and soft-to-touch yarn. Strong, durable, and resistant to tearing, it is 10 times heavier than cotton, yet retains a soft feel because "its fibers are continuous—there are no bristling fiber ends poking out as there are with spun yarns".

Inventables: A Store for Superheroes & Hackers

$350.00 for 1 kg spool.

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glow in the dark tape? rubber glass? now i only need cat ears with brains to rule the world! oh, wait!

I would use the photoluminescent tape to mark places where i usually stub my toe, so that they would light up in the dark.

I want a steel yarn sweater but if I ask for one I'll wind op with a steel wool sweater.

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