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March, 2008

Bring the Noise - and Art - With Artcoustic Speakers

One of the must-haves in any home is some kind of sound system - that's a given. And technology has made it so you can definitely get more bang for your buck in terms of superior sound from smaller speakers, but how about eliminating the traditional speaker all together and instead transforming it into sleek and modern art? Now that's what I'm talking about.

Carry Your Drink...in Your Shoes

Need a quick drink? But can't find any? Next time be prepared, carry your drink in your sandals.

You read that right, Dram sandals.

New Spy-Like Gadget to Help Recover SMS Messages

A new spy gadget helps recover deleted SMS messages from the SIM card of any cell phone. Cheating significant others, shady business people, and teenagers the world over are getting nervous.

Green Lawnmower For the Lazy Environmentalists

Once upon a time lazy environmentalists, like me, tired of pushing our push reel mowers, dreamed of an eco-friendly automatic lawnmower that would cut our lawns on it’s own. Helping us live our green lives more conveniently. Luckily, I have a friend who thinks about me and sends me links like the one for the Robomower Automatic Lawnmower RL-1000 .

For Kids By Kids: Chocolate Flavored Brussel Sprouts

If three kid inventors have anything to say about it, all vegetables will taste like chocolate... even brussel sprouts! Yep! Three third-graders from Annapolis, MD have invented "The Micro Flavor Machine," and won a shot at the finals of the 2008 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards.


Mazda-2 : World Car of the Year

For the past 4 years, a panel of almost 50 automotive journalists get together and choose the best overall car form around the world. For 2008, their choice was the Mazda-2. What was their reasoning?

False Teeth Collection Boxes Recover & Recycle for Charity

A somewhat unusual recycling initiative will see false teeth collection boxes set up at nine different locations in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka. About 80% of the surprisingly large proceeds are being donated to charity.

Great Invention Idea? Kill Bugs Fast with Radiation Gun!

Gnats, mosquitoes, field mice, ants, and all manner of creepy crawlies are just as interested in your summer activities as you are. In the past, the most effective protection against these tiny critters was to slather yourself with some deet or paraben laden lotion only to find you had traded one set of problems: bug bites, for another: cancer. Well those days of compromise are over thanks to United States patent 6647661.

Catch Some ZZZs With the Convertible Computer Bed

Yet another great space-saving idea: "The Tale" Computer Bed, for those days when you just can't bear to be upright any longer. This probably won't be high on your boss' list of priority purchases, but for a dorm room or someplace tight on space, this sure could come in handy.

A Harley for those Rainy Days

Ask any rider and they will tell you there is not greater thrill than riding a motorcycle. But what about those rainy days when you little beauty is resting in the garage? This may be the solution.

Italian Car Design Takes to the Sky

Pininfarina is best known for making some of the most beautiful and fastest cars we have even seen. Names like the Ferrari F50 and 612 come to mind. So if you are responsible for such names, what happens when you want more? Well, I guess the sky is the limit.

Using Trunks, Bark and Leaves - 10 Towering Tree Ads from Around the World

Whether its campaigns to Save the Trees, or Keep it Fresh, advertisers are using all of the elements of trees, the leaves, the trunk and the bark to get their marketing messages across in clever ways.

Meltdown with Tom Price's Bizarre Chairs

London-born Tom Price knows a good DIY project when he sees one.  I wouldn't go so far as to advise you try this at home, but the results of some seemingly simple techniques and basic utilitarian materials are pretty stunning. 

TT Tetris Chairs: Great Gifts for Geeks and Gamers

These colorful TT lounge chairs inspired by the classic arcade game Tetris are the perfect present for that geek or gamer on your gift list.

Motorola's New Mobile TV With Touchscreen

With Motorola in the middle of a reorganization, can the company still produce quality, intriguing gadgets and technology aimed at the consumer market? The DH02 mobile touchscreen television is a definite step in the right direction.

Hugs After Death

Have you ever wished that you could hug a loved one - be they your mother, father or even a beloved pet - after they die? Well, now you can.


Mess Won't Last More Than An Inch With Pants In A Pinch!

Kids are messy. Kids are dirty. But now their clothes don’t have to be, thanks to Pants in a Pinch.

One Cool Ad Campaign: Scope

Not sure if you have bad breath after that sandwich you ate for lunch?Check out this sure fire way to find out!


Bed Sheets that Tell All

Bed sheets that leave an imprint on the body? And the imprint is a message, that tells what you did last night...

Specially Designed Fake Teeth Can Deliver Medicine Non-invasively

IntelliDrug is a pair of prosthetic molars which could be used to administer scheduled medication.

Blue Diet Sunglasses Turn Off Your Appetite

The deep blue lenses of these diet sunglasses turn off your appetite by calming the urge to eat. They also make you look cool -- in a southern-sheriff sort of way.

Earliest Known Sound Recording Discovered

Thomas Edison has long been credited for the invention of sound recording, thanks to his phonograph. However, researchers have recently discovered a a 10-second recording that was created 17 years before the phonograph was invented. It is believed to be history's earliest recording of sound.

Full Moon Sideboard Glows in the Dark

This Full Moon sideboard, designed by Sotirios Papadopoulos, is a limited edition of a mere twenty-four pieces, produced by Italian design company Ennezero.  

Stickybot is a Spy in the Sky

The Geico lizard might be nervous as there appears to be a new reptile in town that is aiming to grab some attention.

Well, it's not actually a reptile, to be be honest. And it has nothing to do with car insurance. But it will likely steal some of the thunder away from the amiable reptile that hawks auto insurance. The Pentagon says the robotic lizard could be used to spy on America's enemies.


Raytheon's Killer Bee Unmanned Aircraft

Ever since the military realized the benefits of using unmanned aircraft, there has been a race to build the most up-to-date UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), with the winner receiving a government contract. Raytheon has been working on a design for quite some time and finally showed it to the world.

Fight the Fat! - Eight Obesity Prevention Ads

Obesity is fast becoming a global epidemic, advertisers have taken a stand and are working to fight the battle against obesity.

Sex Sells Everything, Even Pet Wigs!

Short shorts and skin tight t-shirts are not just la mode for teens; Beagles are wearing them! So, it's no surprise that sex plays a big role in the selling of pet wigs. Take a look at these pet photos and see if they don't speak just a little bit sexy to you.


Toyota Drives Shoppers to Innovative Showroom Mall

Toyota, Japan's (and now the world's) leading car maker has begun building malls stocked with their cars since consumers in Japan would rather cruise the shops than shop for a cruiser.

Is it Art or Advertising?

These following ten exhibits are very creative pieces of work, and we know that all advertising is a great work of art.

Will Space Be the Next Tourist Attraction?

So what do you do if you want to see and experience all that is outer space and the $20 million price tag is a little steep? You settle for a shorter, lower altitude ride in a new XCOR Lynx.

Footlume Carpet Lights the Way With Every Step You Take

Footlume is a new electroluminescent carpet that emits a soft glow as you step across it. Perhaps the next big thing in the world of floor fashions, this pressure-sensitive rug could also prove to be a valuable tool in the realm of "nocturnal home safety".

The Can Man Suits Up With Rubbish

Chicago artist/environmentalist, Ira Ono, also known as the Can Man, has created a wardrobe out of other’s people’s trash. Is he off his rocker or just eco-passionate? I vote, he is a little bit of both.

Tactile Keys for the iPhone At Last!

iPhone users and opponents alike can agree that the touch screen isn't always the easiest QWERTY keyboard to use. Enter My Touch Keys! A new product to allow you to find your way while typing on your iPhone.

Solas Lights Bring "Global" Enlightenment

Manchester-based designer Cj O'Neill melds the simplicity of a circle with organic elements to make richly atmospheric statements in ambient lighting.

Vibration Plate Exercisers (VBEs) Promises A Pain Free Way to Look Fit in Less than 10 Minutes A Day!

There is a lot of emphasis on looking younger and being healthier these days, and lots of information out there, on what works best. Now, if you can beieve what you read, in less than 10 minutes a day just two or three times a week, you can vibrate yourself into health on a Vibration Plate Exerciser (VPE).

Great Invention Idea? Easy & Fun Way to Put Your Kids to Work!

I like United States patent 4455816, because it works on the principle that kids aren't just those little people you love and drive to and from soccer practice, they are also the source of a largely untapped and expensive - the average cost to raise a child in America until the age of 18 is around $200,000 - labor pool.

All the Leaks That's Fit to Print

"Global defense of sources and press freedoms, circa now," reads the motto for Wikileaks, yet another website founded on the idea of publicly amassed information. This website, though, bares a relevancy that other wikie sites don't because of its humanitarian attempts to make people aware of the underground, corrupt happenings in the world through untraceable mass document leaking and analysis.

A 130mph Biodiesel Motorcycle Hits the Streets

Extreme motorcycle modification is nothing new. So when Michael Sturtz decided to make an extreme motorcycle with a diesel motor, not much was said, until now.

Liquid Computer Speeds Things Up

John Campbell, a political science major at Texas Christian University, has developed a liquid computer that has more than doubled current processing speeds. Is this the next big evolution in computer technology?

Key to Suspended Animation? Sewer Gas

Researchers have discovered that exposure to hydrogen sulfide - the chemical that gives sewer gas and rotten eggs their putrid smell - can put mice in a state of suspended animation. If similar exposure could do the same for humans, it could open up whole new areas of medicine and experimental research.


To Die For ... Star Trek Urns and Baseball Caskets!

Clint Mytych, chief executive of Eternal Image, wanted to take marketing to the final frontier.  So his company designed caskets with team logos of Major League Baseball teams, Star Trek themed urns, Vatican themed merchandise and more.

Can The Aeropress Deliver The Perfect Cup Of Coffee?

Would you believe that you can make a cup of espresso or cafe americano in 30 seconds flat and it would be the best cup of coffee you ever tasted?

Give Your Kids a Boost With Kaboost!

Is your young child totally over his highchair and ready to move on with life? Give your kids a boost with Kaboost!

Calico Café Caters to Cat Cuddlers Craving Kitten Companionship

'Rent A Cat' cafés like Calico in western Tokyo are catching on with wannabe pet owners in Japan's big cities who find their furry feline friends are barred from rental apartments.

Tiles with Fallen Hair--Beautiful or Ugly?

How can fallen hair on the bathroom floor be pretty? You'd be surprised to know that it can be made to look nice, with these innovative tiles.


AirBag Suit Could Save Many Lives

Motorcycle safety has always been a huge issue. Helmets and riding suits help somewhat, but they can only do so much. Dainese hope to remedy the problem with their D-Air Suit.

Google Strikes Fear Into the Hearts of Retailers and Publishers

Google's new search-within-search technology appears great for consumers. But will the outcry from retailers and online publishers be enough to make Google reconsider? All the details after the jump.

Maintain the Balance with One Smart Bookshelf

I love books. I love balance. I might love balancing books. I've tried the book-on-the-head model walk before, and can make it quite some distance before the inevitable toppling, but what of maintaining the balance of my knowledge? Insert pensive nod and eyebrow lift here.

Could the Teeny Tiny Tic Tac Lightbulb Be The Light Of The Future?

 

Sometimes smaller is better, if it performs better than the rest. No I’m not talking about men. I’m talking about a tiny little light bulb from Luxim, a Sunnyvale, California Company.

Drink (Or Possibly Guzzle) Away the Art

Hannes Broecker has created an exhibition called "Drink Away the Art." Each container contains a mixed drink and viewers of the exhibition were invited to take a glass and drink from it.

Computer World Changes In China: PC Makers Look to Asia

Dell Computers announces major expansion into China with more than a dozen new products, including major Internet investments.

The Artificial Albatross - History of an Early Flying Machine

History is littered with attempts at aviation, performed by people eager to soar as high and as gracefully as birds. One flying machine was inspired by birds so much that its inventor named his creation after one. L'Albatros artificiel, or the Artificial Albatross, was a glider invented by Jean-Marie Le Bris in 1856.

Company Promises $1-Per-Gallon Ethanol at US Pumps

If all goes to plan, ethanol may be appearing at US pumps at $1 per gallon, according to an article at Energy-Daily.com.


False Teeth For Cats! What Next?

In an age when the humanization of pets seems to have few boundaries and little purpose but self-amusement, false teeth for cats might be grouped with cat clothing and wigs in the 'eccentric cat lady' category. But is false teeth for cats or any animal so crazy?


New Knife Proof T-shirt Provides Lightweight Protection

A lightweight, washable T-shirt keeps wearers cool and safe, thanks to slash-resistant properties that make it virtually knife-proof.

The Titanic's Birthplace Sets Sail on Development

Ninety-nine years ago Queens Island in Belfast, Northern Ireland was the world's busiest port. Now, almost a century later this area is embarking on a new mission to create one of Europe's largest waterfront developments

Subaru's Electric Microcar Already in the US

Even though the Subaru R1e Concept is just now hitting the streets in Japan, there is already a pair that have made it to US soil. So what should we expect from Subaru's electric vehicle?

One Cool Business Card: Animated

A student in the Netherlands got the idea of an animated business card from a book he read and he immediately moved forward.

Zip Your Lights Down Low With the Zipper Light

Has Freddy Krueger made a comeback? David Ngo's Zipper Light might suggest that, but thankfully it's only his clever design that's razor sharp.

Easter Egg Waterproof LED Lights Enhance Romance

Bored with your monotonous, monotone lifestyle? Sure you are - that's why you need these Banpresto 'Feeling Egg' Waterproof Lifestyle Lights, and just in time for Easter. Ambient lighting that adds color and egg-citement to booths, baths or both!

The Power of Rubble in Brazilian Graffiti

Known only as "Brazilian Graffiti", this incredible artwork was done on demolished buildings using rubble strewn about.

Top 8 Concept Cars from Geneva 2008

Yet again, the Geneva Motor Show comes to a close and the crowd pleasers have to be recognized. Here are the 8 highest rated concepts from Geneva 2008.

A Custom Chopper With Bucket Seats

Even though trikes are fairly popular, not too many of them are seen on the road. Hopefully, the production of the Cirbin V13R will change that.

Drunken Butterfly Master: Paul Villinski's Beer Can Art

As the classic adage states, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." New York artist Paul Villinski takes this sentiment and runs with it - or flies, I should say - into the beautiful realm of winged sculptural installations made from found beer cans.

Sumo Wrestler's Blog Typifies Japan's Blogging Boom

Blogging is a passion in Japan, to the point that if you DON'T have a blog, you're hopelessly behind the times. With 1.5 million new blog posts every day, even Sumo wrestlers have blogs - at least, top-level wrestler Kotoshogiku does.

Lighting Gets Ill: Lichtinfusion by Christian Maas

It seems there is a trend arising in hospital-based design in interior furnishings. Lichtinfusion, Cologne-born Christian Maas' latest creation, is modeled after a traditional saline drip.

In Japan, Waffle + Mochi = Moffle

The waffle, in typical Japanese fashion, has been dissected and re-concocted. Substituting the gooey rice paste, mochi, for the wheat flour used by westerners in the waffle, Japanese chefs have created the moffle, Japan's latest food craze. And a quick-thinking entrepreneur stepped up the craze by creating the Moffle, a moffle cooker.

Anime Star 'Doraemon' Appointed Japan's Cultural Ambassador

In an effort to harness the power of anime to boost Japan's relations with the rest of the world, the Japanese government has officially appointed Doraemon, an animated robotic cat from the 22nd century, to be Japan's cultural ambassador to the world.

Tornado Power - A Future Energy Source?

Retired scientist Louis Michaud has plans to generate tornadoes near power plants that could provide a 40% increase in the plants' power output. If the concept works, it could dramatically cut down on the need for building new power plants, instead creating energy from the waste heat of existing plants.


Baby Tunes For Hip Families

Say goodbye to boring baby music, thanks to the newest tot tunes courtesy of your favorite artists!

Celebrity Easter Eggs for Easter 2008

Thornton's, a British chocolate company, has done it again! They are celebrating Easter in celebrity style.

2007's Best Easter Celebration - Can Anyone Top It This Year?

To celebrate Easter last year, Thorntons,a British chocolate company, created an 860 pound pure chocolate billboard in London, making it the world's first chocolate billboard.

Teenagers Battle for Best Robot of 2008 at FIRST Championship Finals

On April 17-19, 2008, hundreds of robots will descend on Atlanta Georgia to compete in a competition of speed strength, and innovation.

Toshiba 'Invitation Only' Designer Cellphones Exude Exclusive Luxury

Toshiba's FanFun 815T handset is a popular choice among Japanese phone users thanks to its many features and adaptable design. Japan's rich, however, go for exclusivity and the $4,000 Cosmic Shiner version gives them that in spades.

New Intel Technology Sends Wireless Signal Up to 60 Miles

Connecting rural and remote areas of a country has long been a lofty goal. Intel takes us one giant step closer to achieving that goal with the introdcution of their Rural Connectivity Platform (RCP) technology.

Pancakes in a Can?

Move over Aunt Jemima. Sean O'Connor and Nate Steck want some elbowroom at the table of pancake innovators.

The 5 Tackiest Invention Ideas for Easter Ever!

There is no religious holiday of more importance to a Christian than Easter. To this end, some inventors wish to provide believers with helpful symbols and trinkets to assist or focus their faith. Then there are the others: inventors who capitalize on - exploit? - this kind of solemnity with their own particular tacky take on the holiday. In my opinion, the following patents illustrate this point exactly. What do you think?

Researchers Creating Camera With 12,616 Lenses

Researchers from Stanford are developing a camera with thousands of tiny pixels, where clumps of 256 pixels act like an independent lens. The lenses can capture images from different angles, producing a high-res, 3-D "depth map" where every object in the image is in focus.


The Coolest Hotel Ever—Literally

Ice hotels seem to be popping up all over the world, and while there is a certain charm in staying overnight in a room made of solid ice, sometimes you just want the experience without the bone chilling cold. With that in mind,Kakslauttanen resort in Saariselkä, Finland offers these beautiful glass igloo accommodations that are romantic, peaceful and every bit as magical as staying in a real ice igloo, but you won't walk out of one with frostbite on your nose.

Create Your Own Dinnertime Art Gallery

Meal time can be a constant battle between kids and parents, but Emily Green’s Imagination Mats have made the struggle a bit easier!


A Jacket Made to Sleep In -- Excubo

A jacket that provides an unique solution to sleep problems for travelers all across the globe.


Hunting for Eggs -11 Interesting Uses of Eggs in Advertising

When you think of Easter, amongst other things, many of us think of eggs. Perhaps some Cadbury chocolate eggs or the dyed, bright colored Easter eggs kids find in Easter egg hunts.

The following ads take a different look at eggs, and companies around the world use the incredible egg in advertising for a variety of products.


Peter Piper Picked A PickleSickle?

 

Yep. It's going to be the new tongue twister: "Peter Piper picked a peck of PickleSickle Pops." That would certainly tickle the co-founders of PickleSickle.com. They make the puckable PickleSickle Pop and market it primarily to schools, the very place such a tongue twister might thrive.

Sucking pickle pops may not sound like your thing, but pucker-up and read on...

 

Solar Powered Portable Media Player Hits the Market

eMotion has released a portable media player that is solar powered. The EM-SOL1GIG touts an impressive features list at first glance. However, upon further inspection, there are several key features lacking.

Need Nap, Will Travel: Providing Comfort For Your Littlest Adventurer

Whether at home after a long day of play, or on the road toward some fabulous vacation destination, babies need naps. And thanks to the PeaPod Travel Bed, shuteye just got a little bit easier.

Jero Bridges Cultural Divides as Japan's First Black Enka Singer

Jero, an African-American computer geek who found his voice singing karaoke, is parlaying his Japanese heritage into big bucks crooning "Enka" tunes to a legion of graying - and growing - fans.

Shoes That Light Up Each Step of the Way

Pioneer is a new shoe that promises to add magic and light to each and every walk after dark.

Holey Cat Climber! The Cat Climb Condo

Cat condos don't have to be boring anymore... not for you or your cat. After years of picking the best among the pole, plank, and carpet formats, I'm delighted to see that designers are stepping up to the climb for cats and their owners. The holey Cat Climb Condo will add flair to your decor and give your cat some fun!

Design Collaborative NEL Invites Us to Play (and Think)

Playful by nature and focused more on the conceptual side of design, Mexican design collaborative NEL's projects include both experimental endeavors as well as large scale projects. Running the gamut in terms of subject matter, I've chosen a few of my favorites for you to peruse below.

Art and Meat ...Together Again

Combining art with meat is definitely a different concept. I'd have to say that I've never seen anything like this before, but I like it. Nicolas Lampert is the artist and he has combined the love of art with the love of food and created Meatscapes. Read on for more of his work.

Leave The Board Behind: Scrabble Goes Online Under Another Name

The classic board game Scrabble has a new home online, though it's not an official one! Thousands of people are playing "Scrabulous" every day, even as its inventors face off against toy company giants.

Botox is Answer to Excess Salivation

Dr. Sam Daniel took a chance and injected Botox into the nerves controlling the salivary glands of the newborn infant. The effect? Read on.

8 Hot Diggity Dog Easter Bonnets + Two Funny Bunnies

Easter's a perfect time for your dog to show off her spring wardrobe, and there's nothing more captivating than an Easter Bonnet to top off that wardrobe. So whether she's going to an Easter parade or a holiday meet-up, the Easter bonnet's a must for any stroll on Sunday. Here are 8 absolutely adorable dog Easter bonnets I've found and 2 precious bunny outfits, in case your dog wants to go out incognito!


Windows Vista SP1 - What You Need To Know

Windows Vista has been out for over a year now. Microsoft is set to release service pack one for the newest member of the Windows family. Is Vista SP1 a compelling reason to upgrade to Vista? Or should you keep on waiting? All the details are inside.

New Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5.0 Redefines a Camera Classic

The original Rolleiflex twin-lens 6x6 camera was a photographer's dream come true when it was first introduced in 1929, and Rollei still makes a similar camera today. Leave it to Japan's Komomura Corp., however, to pay tribute to the Rollei 6x6 by creating a 5 megapixel mini digital version that takes the concept of "retro cute" to a new level.

Introducing a Totally Hands Free Umbrella -- Nubrella

The Nubrella promises to be totally hands free and to never invert in the wind.


The Fitness Challenge equals The Biggest Loser, home version

Fitness is a big word in America these days. As our population swells, not just in numbers but also into double, triple and quadruple X sizes, more and more inventions hit the market to help the average citizen achieve their fitness goals, and one of the best inventions out there, patent pending, is The Fitness Challenge.

The Creepy Ad Campaign for Stella Espresso Coffee

This ad campaign from Stella Espresso Coffee shows coffee drinkers in Italy just how strong their coffee is and how much “bite” it really has.

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ASCII Code Curtain Branches Into Home Decor

Inspired by the incredible volume of information transmitted via the ASCII coding system, Dutch designer Nienke Sybrandy has captured its cryptic flow in the good and wholesome form of a tree.

Indoor Adventures Just Got Safer for Fingers

When children are around, accidents are bound to happen. However there is one you can avoid every time thanks to an innovative new product.

World's Largest Toy : Remote Control Hummer

I'm sure we all remember playing with R/C cars as we were growing up. Hey, it was a drivers license when we were 5. So it's only fitting that when we get older, we get better R/C cars, right? How does a full scale Hummer H3 sound?

Paint Me a Solar Panel!

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just slap some paint on a flat surface and instantly have solar panels to power up your work, home and everything else? It seems impossible right? Maybe not.


Out There Food: Pizza That Is Really Green!

In an age where green usually means healthy, Scotto's Pizza in Matawan, NJ is serving an all green pizza. No it's not made with spinach or broccoli. The green comes from green food coloring, added to make green pizza crust as well as green cheese. (Blegh!)

Got Teens? Then Get Teen Repellent!

Are you getting sick and tired of teenagers congregating around you, your home or just in your general vicinity?

eWINE Match(es) Wine And Food For You

Most wines are meant to be enjoyed with foods. A wine that you taste before a meal, will likely taste quite differently when shared with a bite of smoked sturgeon or steak tartare. The right wine enriches the enjoyment of a good meal, but what many newcomers to wine don't realize is that the right foods allow you to fully enjoy a wine. eWINE Match can make it a lot easier to pair the right wines with foods than the trial and error method!

Chemists Develop Environmentally Friendly Fireworks

Scientists are creating fireworks made of chemicals that don't pollute the atmosphere. These environmentally friendly fireworks could also offer better color quality and intensity than conventional fireworks.


The Luck of the Irish - Soda Cans

Diet Coke recently took a non-Saint Patrick's Day promotion to Ireland.

The 6 Stages of Drunkenness in Japanese Cellphone Charms

This series of 6 Drunken Salaryman cellphone charms illustrates not only the affection Japanese have for these pillars of the economy, but at the same time reminds us that we're all human and act pretty much the same once we've had a few too many.

BedUp Touches Down in Space-Saving Style

On the eternal quest for space-saving innovations, the BedUp by French designers Décadrages takes the idea of a Murphy bed to new heights. Not your standard fold-down version which requires the daily moving of furniture, the BedUp gracefully descends from the ceiling in the manner of an elevator.

Pontiac Lets You Name Your Own Sport Truck

For months there have been rumors of a Pontiac G8 based Sport Truck, called an Ute in Australia. At the Chicago Auto Show, GM showed of the GMC Denali XT Concept, but said it was a hit or miss for production. Now, Pontiac has broken the silence and offered up some information, including the fact that you can name the new Ute.

Pandigital's All-In-One HDTV, Digital Photo Frame, And Cookbook!

The TV set goes, the cookbooks are out. Let's take those barely-magnetized pictures off the frig, the ones you're always picking up from the floor.

Now, that you've made space... Here comes the Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame!

Mirrored Cellphone Peep Blocker Provides Vanity and Security

Flexible and trim able one way mirror cellphone peep blocker sheets keep text messages private while allowing you to fix your face on Japan's (or New York's) crowded subway trains.

The Newseum is Big News

It's big news in Washington DC- the opening of the $450 million Newseum. Just over a month remains before show time when the doors to the 250,000 square foot museum open to the public.

Sony's New USB Turntable Sparks Vinyl Revival

The new PS-LX300USB turntable and free Sound Forge Audio Studio software from Sony gives your dusty old vinyl records a new lease on life - on your MP3 player, Walkman or iPod. Your fave tunes from the pre-computerized past never sounded better!

Fauna Sauna: Far Infrared Healing For Pets

Animals are instinctively drawn to sunlight as a source of nurturance. Dogs, and especially cats, are notorious sunbathers. That's why the makers of Fauna Sauna are on to something. Fauna Sauna uses the same radiant heat that the sun produces, minus the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays, to bring healing to your pet right in your home.

The Optimus Maximus: Ultimate Keyboard Power?

Being gadget geeks we all like to customize our gear and make it work the way we like it to work, right? Well, get ready for the Optimus Maximus keyboard - the ultimate in keyboard customization.

Non- Drip Honey: Honey Drops™ For Coffee, Tea, and Thee

When you dip your spoon into a honey jar, it's going to come out dripping; that's the nature of honey. But, after years of study and experimentation, inventor and entrepreneur John Rowe, has created the Honey Drop™, a teaspoon of pure unadulterated honey in a solid form. Non-drip honey!

Best Inventions of 2008 from Intel Science Search

The Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search is on us again. The 40 finalists from around the country gathered in Washington D.C. on March 11 to take part in the distribution of $1.25 million in scholarships and prizes.

Tudou: China's YouTube

Reach the growing Chinese market online with Tudou, China's answer to YouTube.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish Spring's Fun New Ad Concept

Irish Spring Body Wash is using St. Patrick’s Day to launch a Get Irish Now campaign.

Video of the Visualeyes Rayzer

Back in December, Inventorspot.com got a tip about a new product to help with nighttime driving. At the time it was still being developed and a limited amount of information was available. Now, the Visualeyes Rayzer is being produced and will be available for purchase by April.

New Dad's Can Enhance Their Cool Quotient

Now dad can find an excuse to get some cool new stuff too, thanks to the DadGear Diaper Vest.


Researchers Pinpoint Gene That Spreads Breast Cancer

Researchers have found that a single gene is responsible for controlling more than a thousand other genes that together cause breast cancer to spread to the rest of the body. Identifying this mastermind gene could enable patients to better understand treatment options, and potentially stop the spread of breast cancer.

Some Like It Smooth - Five Silky, Smooth Ads

If silky, smooth is the message you are looking to get across with your product, look at what these advertisers did...

3D Pavement Art - It just looks so real....

Ahh, if only I could find a computer sitting all by itself on the sidewalk somewhere. Wait, that's not a real computer, is it? No, it's art!

Test-tube Baby Whales? Cow-Whale Hybrids?

Japan's annual hunt for hundreds of whales under the guise of "scientific research" has long been castigated as a sham. Now, a new analysis of published research papers has exposed a long-running litany of frivolous, esoteric, even bizarre experimentation including "attempts at cross-breeding cows with whales".

Bionic Eye Could Restore Sight to the Blind

For the past 20 years, researchers working for the Boston Retinal Implant Project have been developing a bionic eye implant that could restore sight for individuals who have age-related blindness.

A $62 Dishcloth That Stands Up

How can I use a Viva® Scrub or cellulose sponge on my dishes again now that Danish design company, Eva Solo, has created the Dishcloth? I'll admit, the name Dishcloth doesn't lay claim to the designer's achievements; this dishcloth can literally stand up on its own!

Pet Funeral Directors Await Mini Removal Cot

At the National Funeral Directors Association convention in Las Vegas in October, funeral service practitioners got a firsthand look at a new product that some people thought they'd never see: a pet removal cot.

Kia Shows Some Soul

Kia hasn't been at the forefront of the industry in the past few months, but that didn't stop them from bringing a hard hitting campaign to the Geneva Motor Show this year. To help promote the personalization capability of the new Kia Soul, they had 3 custom designs present to help kick-start the customization.

8 Poppingly Great Bubble Gum Ads

Bubble gum companies around the world are spreading the message of big fruity bubbles, good breath and minty freshness.

Intel Plants Flag In Ultra-Mobile Market with Atom Processors

Intel has announced a new line of processors specifically aimed towards Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) that they call Atom. Are they gambling here or are they standing on firm ground?

Off The Wall Fruit

Not enough room in your frig crisper? No space on the counter? Well, one alternative for fruit storage is your kitchen wall! The fruit in the "Still Life," by Umamy Design Group, is so tempting, it says, "Go ahead! Take me off the wall."

All the Mods and Hacks You'll Ever Need

Who hasn't wanted to hack Guitar Hero, make sniper rifle for Duck Hunt, or, hey, even build their own Darth Maul lightsaber? Well, for every inventor out there who likes to modify or hack that which is already in existence, Hack N Mod is the perfect website to coach you through it all.

Wasabi Fire Alarm Alerts the Deaf with the Power of Scent

Wasabi, or Japanese Horseradish, has a particularly pungent taste and scent. Now researchers in Japan are using wasabi's overpowering odor in a new type of smoke detector / fire alarm that wakes the deaf through scent instead of sound.

Opera and Beer Cans Make “Green” Gown

This year, in celebration of St. Patrick’s day, I wish to introduce the talented and hardworking artists, Nikos Floros. Nikos Flores took more than 5 years to create the beautiful works of art in the pictures above and below out of recycled beer cans. The most amazing thing about it is that he made them by hand.

Ashley’s Recycled Leather Bags: Environmentally Friendly Or Not?

Is a product environmentally friendly if it’s made out of leather? What if it is made out of recycled leather? If you are not sure how to answer these questions take a look at Vancouver’s fashion designer, Ashley Watson’s recycled leather bags and other accessories.

Need This? Hamster Shredder

Picture this. You're an entrepreneur who, for the past few years, has found success by creating and operating a black market tax evasion business.

Limited Production Planned for Morgan AeroMax

Morgan Motor Company is know for their radical designs and how often they change them. Just a few days after the introduction of the LIFEcar at the Geneva Motor Show, Morgan announced that the AeroMax would enter production.

The CatVantage Has Every Advantage

There's a new cat tree from DesignWerks called the CatVantage, that will fit anywhere in your home and may even blend with your decor. Sans cat, this floor to ceiling spiral, might even be mistaken for a sculpture. CatVantage is a functional sculpture, one that your cats can climb, perch, and cat-nap upon.

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No More Needles? Microwave Circuit Measures Blood Sugar Without Needles

Rather than pricking a finger to do blood tests, professors at Baylor University are working on a small painless sensor that emits electromagnetic waves to test blood sugar.

Dr. Mom Will Love No-Touch Temperature Taking

Sensitive babies don’t have to worry about being sick any longer, now that the Thermofocus 5-in1 Infrared Thermometer® has been invented.

Oh, I Do The Cooking And My Robot Does The Dishes

Very soon, a robot will not only be doing your dishes, but cleaning your whole kitchen! The ReadyBot, shown here, is the first working prototype of a kitchen cleaner that, with adequate resources provided, could be on the market in just two years. It walks, picks up dishes, puts them in the dishwasher, and cleans the mess on the counter. In the next version, the robot will be doing these chores better and faster, and it may even be cleaning the kitchen floor.

Computers Based on Flies’ Brains?

Researchers have discovered that the common blow-fly has a brain that fires neurons in a way that could be replicated by highly efficient next-generation computers.

Writing the Business Plan

To succeed in business, you must have a business plan. Business plans serve as the roadmap for your start-up. It also helps the entrepreneur view the economic viability of his proposed business by analyzing its various aspects.

Louis Vuitton Roses, the Right Gift for Japan's White Day

Louis Vuitton... it's the one brand name status-seekers in Japan prize over all the others. On "White Day", Louis Vuitton monogrammed roses will ensure that YOUR name receives the same appreciation.

Killing Me Slowly With Fred's Toothpicks

Fred's got a couple killer tooth products on the market, and there's soon to be a new one: Hokus Poke- Us. Do you think Fred has a sense of humor? Does he have a certain thing for teeth? His toothy products are covered here, so you decide.


2008 Subaru Outback with A Diesel

Subaru finally decided it was time for a diesel, and what better to toss it into than the Outback or the Legacy? The best part? It's a boxer with a turbo and the first to go into a passenger car.

IP Video Surveillance Space Has Just Gotten A Bit Smarter

The IP video surveillance space just got a little bit smarter with the rollout of the VideoIQ iCVR, which is being billled as the world's first high-performance, day-and-night network camera.

 

Scientists Identify New Potential Cancer Drug

Scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are able to accomplish what cancer researchers have been trying to for years -- finding a potent cancer drug which doesn't kill normal cells as it does tumor cells.

Bumps and Bruises Be Gone!


Kids are squirmy, and gravity can get ya when you least expect it. This must have been what one Scottish mom was thinking when she created the ThudGuard. read more »

Computer Chips Could Heat Your Home

In some parts of the world, more than 60% of a home's energy bill goes toward heating. In an effort to reduce some of that expense - and solve a problem of their own at the same time - researchers at IBM in Switzerland are hoping to put computers to the rescue.

James and the Giant Peach Move Over! There's a New Girl in Town

In early February, Ella Bache, an Australian skin care company, constructed a peach sculpture made of 24,000 peaches. In other words, a giant woman. This was done to publicize the company's slogan, "Skin good enough to eat."

It's A Trunk...It's A Hatch...It's A Skoda

If you are one of the few people who always have a hard time choosing between a trunk and a hatchback, a Czech automaker named Skoda has the perfect car for you.

Wacky Pet Pacifiers Make Both of You Smile

A pacifier for your pet? That's the idea behind the wacky "Oshaburi Toy" from Japan. Oshaburi translates to "Pacifier" in English, though once your pet gets ahold of one, YOU'LL be the one whose mood is improved!

"Well, at least he drives a Prius"

A recent ad campaign from Toyota brought about a trifecta of highly humorous ads. Each portrays a different scenario in which something "wrong" is happening accompanied by the caption "Well, at least he drives a Prius."

Great Invention Idea? Get Your St. Patrick's Day Party On With These 3 Patents!

I can show you how the United States Patent Office is working to insure you'll get your St. Patrick's Day party on this year with three good times patents!

Unique Concepts From The Geneva Motor Show

On March 6th, the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors to the world. Some of the hottest new designs from the best automotive minds were waiting inside. Here are some of the most unique and eye-catching designs.

The Joy of Soy - Tastes Great, Less Cancer!

Soy Milk, Tofu, Miso and Natto (strong-tasting, fermented soybeans) are essential components of the traditional Japanese diet - and they should become part of yours! Now the anti breast cancer properties of soybeans and soy products have been confirmed in a 10-year long study of 25,000 Japanese women.

Can Kitty Catch The Undercover Mouse?

This battery-operated Undercover Mouse mimics the sudden and unpredictable movements of a real mouse moving in the brush. Just as in the wild, the prey is hidden, only noticeable by its random movements. Must be why my cat loves the Undercover Mouse, a new interactive toy by Panic Mouse, Inc.

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Video Game Preview

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is a tactical First Person Shooter coming out on PC, Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 on March 18th, 2008 (in North America). In the original Rainbow Six: Vegas, the player controlled a member, Logan Keller, of an elite anti-terrorist group called Rainbow Six. In Vegas 2, the player will create a member of the elite group from the ground up to experience the campaign.

Educating Your Market: The Problem With New Inventions

New inventions are difficult to market. Why? Because despite its many features designed to help the average Joe, in reality, you will always have to educate your target audience for your invention.

Keep That Booty Safe and Dry!

A goose-bumped butt is anything but attractive, but never fear – now you can keep that little booty warm and dry with the Baby Bottom Fan.


New Electric Sports Car is Fast as Lightning

Late last year, a new company in the United Kingdom announced their plans to build an all electric supercar sporting 700hp (equivalent). The Lightning Car Company unveiled the Lightning GT at Geneva, bringing it one step closer to production.

Need This? Office Ejector Seat

Pulling parts from old World War II planes? Call it art and you can charge what you like!

Great Invention Idea? The Most Practical St. Patrick's Day Accessory Ever!

This year, if you plan to mark St. Patrick's Day in the usual way, that is, somewhere other than church, then I've found the perfect accessory for you.

So You're an Inventor.. Can you be an Entrepreneur?

Just about anyone can have an idea. Not everyone, however, is an inventor. The truth is most people are just content to have their big idea sitting pretty in some cobwebbed portion of their brain--

A New Kind Of Food Stamp: Tic Tac Toast

Yes, you got it right. It is a piece of toast with a tic tac toe stamp on it. It's purpose is to let you play with your food before you eat it. You can even have an opponent, so one can be the peanut butter and the other, the jelly. Or one could be the ketchup and the other the mustard. Oh my, this is fun.

Innovation on the High Seas : The X-Bow

The need to conserve oil isn't limited to on-land travel. Ships of all sizes are being redesigned to increase efficiency and decrease oil consumption. The Ulstein X-Bow is just one of the innovations charged to help out.

George Clooney in Jelly Beans - Colorful and Yummy!

Jelly Belly recently unveiled a portrait of George Clooney made entirely out of jelly beans. With cheeks made of cotton candy and hair highlighted in buttered popcorn, he is now immortalized in these tasty treats.

HondaJet Sends Honda's Car Design Philosophy Sky High!

HondaJet is a roomy, fuel-efficient and economical light jet scheduled to take to the skies in 2010. Some say the advanced passenger plane will be the Japanese automaker's "Civic of the Air".

Need This? Three Thousand Dollar Accordion

Whatever the sport, music or demented pastime, someone has found a way to uber-technologise it. This unfortunately includes the accordion.

The Crossword Puzzle: A Wordy History

It's rare today to open a newspaper or visit an airport book store without encountering the omnipresent crossword puzzle. Ranging in skill level from easy to unbelievable genius, the crossword puzzle is arguably the world's most popular word game - a fate its inventor probably didn't consider.

The Moby Wrap: Ultimate In Baby Toting


The Moby Wrap makes carrying baby easier on both you and the environment. read more »

Does Aromatherapy Really Work?

The concept of using smells to affect one's health has been around since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Today, a small minority of people - mostly Westerners - swear by the health benefits of aromatherapy to cure a variety of ailments.


Celebrate National Plumbers Day - Inventive Marketing

Why not celebrate April 25 in style this year with a giveaway from Roto Rooter.

The importance of April 25?

National Plumbers Day!


Get Baby Ready For Housework!

You can never start out kids too young when it comes to doing chores.

Be the Firestarter With a Platonic Fireplace

Spearheading Platonic Fireplaces way back in 1984, Henry Harrison is a minimalist designer whose vision of the contemporary fireplace has led him into strange and wonderful territory over the years.

The LIFEcar : A Zero-Emissions Sports Car

A few years ago, a partership between a handful of British Companies began developing a zero-emssions sports car that was still fin to drive. The 100mph concept is finally complete and will be present at the Geneva Motor Show.

HangBoarding: The Evolution from Skiing and Snowboarding

First came skiing, then snowboarding, now get ready to HangBoard!

Great Invention Idea? It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's You!!!

As many of you no doubt know, we here in Colorado are blessed with some of the best skiing on earth. Unfortunately, great skiing has a tendency to leave the winter enthusiast with an insatiable desire for more thrills.

St. Patrick's Day Hits the Sneakers Market - Six Stylin' Shoes for the Drinking Holiday

Normally considered a "small" holiday by every brand and company, besides Bud Light, Guiness and every other beer producer that turns their infamous drink green for 24 hours, it appears St. Patrick’s Day may be beginning to gather more of a marketing presense. Here's a look at what some are doing with shoes:

Need This? Electronic Laughter Meter

Not content with building our cars and opening our doors, now machines will tell us how funny we think things are.

Gecko-fied Bandage Could Be Used for Surgery

I always maintain that looking at the animal kingdom could provide answers to a variety of issues that plagues us, humans. Indeed, it's not only me who thinks this way. Robert Langer and Jeff Karp, faculty members of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, came up with their own invention inspired by the foot of a gecko.

What's Cooking in Your Six in One Oven

If you've ever wanted the sort of oven that could expertly roast lamb chops, broil chicken and bake cake—all while keeping their unique flavors from merging–you are now in luck.

Always Have a Pair of Socks with Throx

The missing sock phenomenon has puzzled many of us for years. There we are trying to match our socks only to find that several pairs have a missing sock. We search the room we're in. We search the laundry room. We look under the bed. We look everywhere, but alas the %@*#! socks are gone. One company, Throx, has come up with a solution that is sure to knock your socks off or at least keep them paired.


$10,000, a Laptop and More for Redesigned Trash

Ever watched the Design Squad? Design Squad is a kids program on PBS consisting of 8 young engineers. As a team these young engineers take on engineering challenges for an actual client such as Ikea. There are 13 episodes per season. In the final episode the top two contestants compete, "for the Grand Prize-a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel® Foundation".

Beer Tender Has Arrived, But You'd Better Really Like Heineken!




Like pub style beer? Like Heineken®? Well, that's good, because Krups® and Heineken have teamed up to make Heinekin beer available to you from your own draft beer dispenser, the Beer Tender®. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the Beer Tender could add some jolly to your home celebration.
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Lotus Exige 270E Goes For Three

Lotus has always been on the front edge of research and development. Recently, they have also been pouring funding into R&D for cleaner fuels. The introduction of the 270E Tri-Fuel should shine some light onto their plans.

Get Ready for the Underwater Digital Camera Mask

Snorkellers everywhere will likely be even more eager than ever to hop into the water this summer when they get a look at a new digital underwater camera mask that is available.

Forgot to take Fido to the Vet? Try the Calendar Shower Curtain

Why is it when you are at your most indecent, that an important date comes to you. For me, this is when I'm in the shower. Usually I'll be lathered up with shampoo dripping into my eyes when I remember that I was supposed to call Uncle Jimmy and wish him a happy birthday.

Modified Egg For People With Egg Allergies

For some people, a delicious plate of scrambled eggs is inevitably followed by an upset stomach, severe rashes, or other allergic reactions, including death. Now, chemists have developed a process that greatly reduces the main egg allergens, resulting in eggs that are 100 times less allergenic than normal eggs.

Animal Lovers! Donate Your Weight In Food To Animal Shelters



Photo via Pedigree®Photo via Pedigree®
There is one social cause that is close to the heart of blogger, Absolutely True: shelter animals. When she heard that the Pedigree® company was no longer sending free food to pet shelters, she decided to do something about it. She is challenging all animal lovers to donate their weight in food through Pedigree, because Pedigree will match the donations to your local shelter. And True will award prizes for making the donations!
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A Marketing Solution for the Projected "Death of Magazines"


 

We have all heard the prediction that the growth of the internet is going to lead to the death of printed magazines. read more »

Rinspeed Squba:Underwater Fun for the Motor Enthusiast

Leave it to an avid James Bond fan to create something to please both a motor enthusiast and a SCUBA Diver. The Rinspeed Squba is fully functional on land and underwater.

Stainless Steel Gets a Facelift With Full Blown Metal Designs

British designer Stephen Newby's Full Blown Metal line redefines one's ideas about what might be expected from stainless steel, with pieces infused with such an airy quality that one could imagine they might just lift off like mylar balloons.

Braille Labels Make Beer Drinking for the Blind No Accident



Thoughtful Braille identification labels impressed into the tops of Japanese beer cans help both the blind and the visually impaired distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic canned beverages.
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Kick Up Your Heels with the Shoe Chandelier

Need some household urban renewal? Designers Peter Pracilio and Oscar Lopez have created their Shoe Chandelier, a replica of the iconic tossed sneakers.

Vending Machine Doles Out Marijuana

A new type of vending machine has gotten the attention of federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

Need This? USB Mouse Typing Speedometer

If you need an ugly plastic robo-mouse to encourage you while you type then we've found the perfect product for you! Also, we think you're crazy and want you to keep away from us.

The Electric Car King Tut Would Be Proud Of

Dreams are usually the driving force dehind creation. (Laziness comes in a close second.) So when Greg Zanis and his sons began planning a unique kind of new car, it was only a matter of time until it became a reality.

Shake These Salt and Pepper Maracas!



Yes, I just wrote about salt and pepper grinders, and I promise to get off the subject, but I just had to share these Fukasawa-designed Salt and Pepper Maracas with you, just for quick look at a beautiful design, but impractical concept. What can you do with these? read more »

Lose Toto? Who Are You Going to Call?

If you lost your dog or cat, who are you going to call? No, the answer is not Ghostbusters!

Exercise While Web Surfing with Springflex

With Springflex, at least the added dangers of sedentary computer use—lowered metabolism and weight gain—can be a thing of the past.

Need This? Spongebob Squarepants Rectal Thermometer

Someone, somewhere thought that children's cartoon characters and rectal thermometry were an ideal combination. Amazingly, this person has not been arrested.

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