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April, 2008

Pedaled Phone Calls (Llamadas Pedaleadas)

Have you ever seen a bicycle vendor selling ice cream, popsicles, corn on the cob, hotdogs, etc? If you haven't, the vendors are usually riding a three-wheeled bike with a cargo box in the front filled with their products. Inspired by these bikes and Nicaraguan's need to make phone calls, Brian Forde created Llamadas Pedaleadas.

Goats, Mermaids and Orgies - This Ain't Your Grandmother's Knitting

I remember the days when I used to sit and watch my Grandmother knit. Usually it was just a blanket or a sweater, but if I knew she could have created something like this, I might have paid more attention.

Feeling Down? Pop Right In For An Intravenous Pick-Me-Up!

The Tenteki10 drop-in clinic invites stressed-out Tokyo denizens to pop by for a 10-minute pick-me-up... delivered through an intravenous drip!

Aptera Hybrid Gears Up for Production

While the spotlight has been on Fisker and Tesla and their legal issues, a small company out of California has been working hard to get ahead. Aptera and their Typ-1e vehicle are set for release towards the end of the year, the best part being a $30,000 price tag.

Aging Skin? A New Stem Cell Rejuvenation Cream In The Pipeline

Some say that the first 1000 year-old person is already alive! If I am that person, I sure don't want to have 1,000 year old skin! Heck, I don't even want 50 year-old skin! Maybe a new stem cell cream will keep my skin as young as my uh... body.

Microsoft And NBC Team To Show The Olympics By Silverlight

Microsoft and NBC are putting the Olympics on the web... live streams of nearly all the games, even the ones no one seems to watch.

Microsoft Security Kit to Help Law Enforcement

Online crime is rising at an alarming pace. Authorities are often ill-equipped both in equipment and skills to fight these types of criminals. Microsoft has created a security tool kit called COFEE (Computer Online Forensics Evidence Extractor) that will help law enforcement agencies in investigating cyber crimes.

Coffee Clash - Look Out Starbucks, Here Comes McCafé!

If your impression of McDonalds is wall-to-wall plastic, "fries with that?" and a garish clown named Ronald, then you've never enjoyed coffee at a McCafé. Which is precisely what McDonalds has in mind. Be afraid, Starbucks, be VERY afraid!

Crosswalks Of the Future

It's common knowledge that crosswalks, although very handy, can also be very dangerous. It only takes one driver who isn't paying attention and you have a situation that could end very badly. Thankfully, a new concept design from the mind Hanyoung Lee should help to reduce the number of such instances drastically.

Smarten Up With BabySmarts

New moms will receive a lot of advice before baby arrives, but now they can make a game of it with the high-selling BabySmarts game.

Chill Out With Wine Chilled To Perfection

Most of us don't have wine cellars or even wine refrigerators in our homes. But, never mind; the Ravi Instant Wine Chiller chills your wine in just a few seconds, takes up infinitely less space, and saves you a whole lot of money. So chill out! You can drink your wine as you like it.

The Answer to Gridlock in the Next Decade

So I was heading across Denver the other day and in the process I must have seen a dozen Smart for2's. So I started to think about how amusing traffic jams are going to look in the next 10 or 15 years. Assuming all of these concept cars make it into production.

11 Eco-Innovative Gifts For Mom

This year, you could go for the organic bouquet, eco-chocolate, organic clothing, recycled jewelry, tree donation, organic fruit delivery to a green spa gift ideas, if you would like. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these gifts. They are wonderful for the environment and for your mother, but the greener we become the more options we have and you should know about those options. So, if this year you want something a little more unique for your mom take a look at the gifts below.

Computers in the Palm of Your Hand - Computerized Combat Glove

Soldiers may soon be getting a wearable computer device in the form of a glove. The Handwear Computer Input Device by Rallypoint, an MIT startup, allows soldiers to initiate communication, control digital maps, and send commands all while still holding their weapon.

"Green" Products Get High Marks at New Jersey Expo

People concerned about the environment turned out in droves for the Global Green Expo, which was held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City from April 25 to April 27 to celebrate Earth Day, and they were met with scores of new, innovative products.

Get a Load of These Noggins

Noggins are works of art created by Joseph Seigenthaler. They are morbid yet fascinating at the same time.

The Invisible House

In an image-obsessed, visually accelerated world, disappearing may be the ultimate retreat, according to architect Patrick Keane, founder of EnterArchitecture. When a client came to him with the desire to build a home that would be designed to disappear, Keane stepped up to the challenge.

Dogs Cloned For Drug Sniffing Jobs

These dogs are sweet-looking, aren't they? According to the South Korean Customs Service, they are all very good natured dogs, very trainable, and exceptionally good at sniffing out drugs. They should be; they've been cloned from Korea's best drug sniffing dog.

Clean Your Desk as you Surf the Net with the USB Cleaner Mouse

Tired of having to dust your computer desk all the time? Do you spend inordinate amounts of time using the computer? Then kill two brids with one stone and clean your desk as you use the computer with Thanko's new USB Cleaner Mouse.

BMW M1 Homage Concept Revealed!

Back in the mid 1970's, BMW exploded into the Midship Engine realm with a sexy little car called the M1. It has since been laid to rest and been reflected upon with sadness and envy. Jump to 2008, and BMW has released a concept design that they are dubbing the "M1 Homage."

Batteries Not Included? Not a Problem for these "Green" Toys!

If you have children, you already know: They have boundless amounts of energy. No matter what you do, it cannot be contained, right?

Well, think again.

Zen Design Group, based in Berkley, Mich., is now offering a line of toys that convert children's energy into electricity

'Kenny Blankenship' of MXC Featured on Novelty Tissue Box

Remember Kenny Blankenship? You know, Vic Romano's girl-chasing, hard-partying sidekick on Spike TV's overdubbed laugh-fest MXC? Today, "Kenny" is the governor of a Japanese province... let the most extreme marketing campaign begin!

Got Wine? Let It Flow™

Real elegance exists in simplicity, and the simply elegant design in this photo is a perfect example. It's called the Flow™ and its sensuous path was inspired by the flow of liquid. Add function to the Flow, and mysteriously, it becomes a rather elegant wine rack for the wall!

Airwaves City Car Concept Focuses on Safety

We have seen quite a few City Car Concepts over past few months. However, most of them only solve the problem of fuel consumption and harmful emissions. The new Airwaves City Car Concept was designed to not only help with fuel and pollution, but also to save lives and money.

Luxury Bach Miso Sounds Good, Tastes Great!

Call it "food that bites Bach"... Bahha no Yuraku Kyoichiraku miso made by Marujyu, a Japanese food manufacturer, owes its excellent taste to the music of J.S. Bach pumped into miso fermentation chambers. At least, that's the tune they're playing.

Fixing Broken Hearts With Menstrual Blood

Could "the curse" become the cure? It could happen, if Japanese scientists have their way. Experiments performed at the Keio University school of medicine have succeeded in growing sheets of heart muscle from connective tissue cells harvested from menstrual blood.

New Wireless Adapter Promises 6x the Range

Wireless internet is great, until you find yourself out of range of the nearest access point. Carry the ultimate geek trump card with you at all times, the Hawking Technology Hi-Gain Wireless-300N USB Dish Network Adapter.

Nanomachine Kills Cancer Cells With Exposure To Light

A new nanomachine from UCLA kills cancer cells as controlled by light.

This Tea Is Smoking!

If you've quit smoking, but still miss the trappings -- the feel of the package, the confidence you got from knowing there were still 18 cigarettes left in the package, memories of your passionate romance with James Dean or Sharon Stone, or just the excuse to take a short break from work -- there's still hope for you, according to at least one concept developer.

On April 25, We Commemorate The Invention Of The Guillotine

On this day in 1792, the infamous guillotine claimed its first victim - a robber named Jacques Nicolas Pelletier. The guillotine remained France's number one method of execution for the next 189 years. To commemorate the role Pelletier played in history, let's take a look at the invention of the guillotine.

Where Rich Dogs Are Crate-Trained

Tired of those big rectangular wire boxes for crating your puppy or dog? They may be functional, but boy are they ugly! DesignGo! has created something truly unique, but a sure heck-of-a-long-time coming... an elegant spherical-shaped dog crate for a rich dog who resides in a chic, modern home. It's called the eiCrate.

Stop His Wee Wee With a Teepee

Those who have baby boys have undoubtedly been blessed with at least one surprise squirt during changing time. Now there is a product designed to avoid such an unfortunate event.


Great Invention Idea? 5 Mother's Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom

Mother's Day is around the corner. What better time is there to honor the women who give us life and who make up the cornerstones of psychoanalysis? That's why I'm recommending the following five patents as perfect, non-traditional gift ideas for your mom - whether you like her or not. C'mon dude, she had you!

10 Works of Art to Make When You're Bored Out of Your Mind

I don't know about you, but when I get bored I feel like sleeping. This is what makes me the lazy person that I am. However, there is a solution! Creating art and making statements makes for a fun-filled day for everyone. Next time you're painfully bored, try making some of this art at home.

A Slightly Fatter Honda Fit

Since its introduction a few years ago, the Honda Fit has made a huge impression on perspective car buyers. With a 5 person seating capacity and very impressive fuel economy, what's not to like? Which is why Honda decided to make a big brother for the Fit.

Recycled Weapons Calls For Peace After Long War

After more than 30 years of civil war, ending in 1998, the Cambodian government has collected and destroyed more than 160,000 weapons across the country. In the name of peace some of those weapons were donated to the PAPC. The PAPC (Peace Art Project Cambodia) is a project that was created in November of 2003 by British artist Sasha Constable, small weapons specialist with the European Union.

Crisper Foods With Frisper Vacuum Sealer

Number one way to save the earth: Don't Waste! Number one way to save food: Vacuum Seal. Number one Vacuum Sealer: The Frisper?

It certainly is economical. And the Frisper has high ratings. Let's take a look!


Keyboard Pants: The Ultimate in Typing Readiness!

The ultimate in geek-wear, keyboard pants, allow their wearer to plop down in front of any computer, plug in, and utilize a keyboard, mouse, and speakers, all stitched into the fabric of the pants themselves! What will they think of next?

MoneyMaker Pump Inventor Wins Lemelson-MIT Sustainability Award

Dr. Martin Fisher, inventor of the MoneyMaker irrigation pump has won the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for sustainability for his invention. The pump, available now in three versions, has helped more than 300,000 African farmers become entrepreneurs and rise out of poverty.


Taxidermy Camel + Oversized Suitcase = Controversial Art

Pakistani artist, Huma Mulji, has created a work of art that caused some concerns at a recent art fair in Dubai - a taxidermy camel stuffed into an oversized suitcase.

Leaving The U.S. Behind: Cutting-Edge MySpace found in Korea

MySpace moves east, opening versions in South Korea and India. They're more advanced than the U.S. version, to attract computer experts and tech fans.

California Baby Promises Happy Bottoms

Thanks to inventor Jessica Iclisoy, parents can rest a little bit easier, at least when it comes to their baby’s skincare.

Preserved Coelacanth Highlights Tokyo Evolution Exhibition

Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science has acquired a preserved Coelacanth to highlight its "Darwin" evolution-themed exhibition being held in Tokyo. The Coelacanth, a fish often referred to as a "living fossil", has changed very little since the species originated approximately 380 million years ago.

Swedish Company Develops New Airbags for Motorcycle Riders

Ask any motorcyclist what the most dangerous part of riding is and most of them will tell you, "People in cars that aren't paying attention." Not too long ago, an airbag suit was developed to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries to riders. Autoliv Inc., out of Sweden has developed a new system that should cut the numbers even further.

Looolo Textiles, Sustainable yet Chic

The textile industry is one of the largest known environmental polluters. In an effort to make their contribution and affect global change, all Looolo products are lined with organic cotton and filled with kapok from the rainforest in Malaysia.

Relax and Rejuvenate with the Spa Capsule

A gizmo with an LCD panel showing preset programs, adjustable steam therapy, infrared therapy, 14 Vichy shower heads, a cooling face breeze, aromatherapy reservoir, music facility and capsule remote control. What am I talking about?

The Spa Capsule.

Robots to Cut Through Crowds Faster, Nimbler

Whoa, can that robot move, or what?! Robots with the capacity to more efficiently conduct critical surveillance operations are now a reality courtesy GeckoSystems, an Atlanta, Georgia-based firm in the growing Mobile Service Robot space.

Site Announcements - April 22, 2008

We have some happy news to share. Another writer is joining our blogging team.

Ian Palmer is a full-time freelance writer who focuses primarily on the technology and business realms. He also has a keen interest on developments in the spy and surveillance space, and would like to share these developments -- as they unfold -- with others who are interested in this topic. To all those who want to be kept abrest of all that is new and exciting in the world of spy and surveillance technology, he recommends bookmarking his blog. InventorSpot.com Team

Elounda Beach- A Piece of Paradise

In life's most stressful moments, if you've ever tried to close your eyes and imagine a peaceful, luxurious place where the only thing more blue than the sky is the sea, this might help. Elounda Beach is the kind of destination you expect Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to jet off to. It's on the Greek island of Crete, home to some of the world's leading hotels. And now it can be your home, too.

Low Carbon Diet Helps You Save The Earth!

This Earth Day, Bon Appetit proposed a challenge to every one of us to reduce our carbon "foodprints" by 25 percent, because just our foodprints -- all the energy it takes to grow, process, transport and prepare food -- are responsible for ONE-THIRD of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Bon Appetit is serious about its challenge and it has started its campaign by giving us some help: a Low Carbon Diet calculator!

Save Money and Make Your Own Mush!

Baby food can be expensive and lack quality nutrition, which is why American parents are catching on to a European trend worth investing in.


Japanese Spacecraft Records Full Earth Rising Over the Moon

Japan's Kaguya spacecraft has relayed the very first Full Earthrise movie in high definition (HD) video, giving humans a uniquely beautiful view of our small blue planet just in time for Earth Day.

In Celebration of Earth Day: Amazing Recycled Architecture

Ever since the day my mom found out I was writing for an environmentally friendly blog she's continuously suggested I write something on homes made from junk. For Earth Day and in honor of my mom who taught me to be creative, a good person and to love trees, below is a list of unique and innovative homes made of recycled material.

Sheer Bliss for Sore Tired Feet - Get Tipsy Feet

Shoes that fold up into a purse that's small enough to put into your handbag and then unfold to become Tipsy Feet at the end of the night. The purse then transforms into a handy cool bag that's big enough to carry your high heels home. Pretty innovative I think.

Exhaust Jack Takes the Work Out of Changing a Tire

Have you even been on the side of the road with a flat tire and had to cringe at the though of pulling out the old scissor jack, crawling on the ground to get it in the right spot and spending the next 10 minutes lifting the car far enough to do the job? Next time this happens, the Exhaust Jack could be your answer.

New Western Digital Hard Drives Push Speed Limit

With the industry heading towards Solid State Drives as the storage medium of the future, Western Digital announced today a new line of hard drives, called the Velociraptor. A 2.5" drive that runs cool and fast. Could the Velociraptor buck the trend?

10 Best Beers + 5 Best Breweries, 2008 World Beer Cup Winners

Gold, silver, and bronze medals were won in 91 categories of beer judged in the 2008 World Beer Cup competition held this past weekend in San Diego, CA. Additionally, the five best breweries in the world were named, including the first woman brewer ever to win this award! I'll share the list of best brewers and then a more-or-less randomly chosen top 10 of the 273 individual winners of the 2008 World Beer Cup.

Honda Navigation System Warns of High Crime Areas

Navigation Systems can be a blessing if you are in desperate need of directions or a curse, (In the case of the Nissan GTR.) Either way as more people become dependant on them they will gain more and more capabilities, like Honda's new crime rate detecting navigation system.

No One Wants To Be An Entrepreneur

Statistic: 90 percent of new businesses fail after 5 years.

A New Town in the Sky for London

London is booming- so much in fact that estimates show the city will need to provide enough housing for almost 100,000 people every year up to 2016. Rather than grow out, architects have come up with a radical idea- grow up.

Company Offers Voices from Beyond the Grave

Graveyards are not what they used to be. The Japanese company Ishinokoe, or "voice of stone," recently announced that it would begin offering tombstones that have a Design QR code, which basically looks like a barcode. When a graveside visitor take a photo of the image with their cell phone, he or she is granted access to a mobile site on the Internet that includes photos, a family history and more.

Thai Food Stand Owner Roasts Chicken Using Solar Powered Oven

A roadside food stand owner from Thailand has come up with a bright idea: roasting chicken using only the free power of natural sunlight. If mass-produced, his invention could save energy and reduce costs for millions of food preparers in the third world.

Hey Kids! I'm Having a Mommy Makeover!

Now this is something I've never thought about, but it's good, I guess, that someone has.... A way to tell your kids that you're going to the doctor and coming home with new boobs, a flat tummy, and (why not?) a new nose. These three cosmetic surgery procedures are so common in post-childbirth women, they have their own marketing package -- mommy makeovers.


One Cool Ad Campaign: 1800 Tequila

1800 Tequila takes their ad campaign from the streets directly into your house.

Heart Ailment Diagnosis Could Be Just a Spit Away

A new technology could diagnose ailments using one's...saliva?

Resurrecting the Mixtape

Creating a mixtape has never been easier: search for songs, drag and drop your favorites into a playlist, customize your tape, publish and share with your friends. All online, free and environmentally friendly.


7 New Driver's Watches from TAG Heuer for 2008

When your talking about Automotive Inspired Timepieces, TAG Heuer is almost always somewhere close to the top of the list. Recently, they unveiled 7 new watch designs, 8 if you count the 2 different styles of the same design and they look promising.

Geisha Makeup Makes a Comeback with Natural Kyobeni Rouge

Traditional Japanese makeup as used by high ranking Geisha girls over the centuries is making a comeback, albeit at a steep price. The cost may be worth it though, for nothing quite matches the natural beauty and vivid intensity of classic Kyobeni Rouge.

Scientists Find Mixing is Key to Turning Manure into Biogas

Researchers have taken another step toward turning animal waste into biogas on a large scale.

Farmers have long called the odor of farm waste "the smell of money" in hopes of converting it into a practical energy supply. Animal waste can produce methane, which can be used directly for energy or converted to either methanol or a mix of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This synthetic mix can then be converted to clean fuels.

OnStar Adds More Features...Again

Ever since its introduction, OnStar has been one of the top reasons car buyers opted for General Motors. With so many useful features and day saving abilities, it makes perfect sense. Now, new buyers will be getting even more from OnStar thanks to the addition of 3 new capabilities.

The Ultimate Dry - 10 Great Tampon Ads From Around the World

Tampons have been one of those "hard to talk about" products. But tampon producers have recently used some very creative ways to promote their products. Below are 10 of the best tampon ads from recent ad campaigns:

The Art of Seeing Yourself Differently - As a Carpet, a Boulder and More

Levi van Veluw is an emerging young talent in the Netherlands. His photos are self portraits which are drawn and photographed all by himself.

Sharp Reveals Cell Phone Based on Windows Vista

Intel's Atom processor line isn't due out until later this year. That didn't stop Sharp from revealing a new device, called the D4, based on the new ultra-mobile chipset. The phone is also the first of its kind based on Windows Vista.

Protect Your Identity with FlatterMe

To lose identification anywhere can cause considerable damage but the repercussions of doing so in a foreign country are inestimable. FlatterMe saves you from such a scenario.

Site Announcements - April 19, 2008

We are happy to announce that we have a new writer joining us at InventorSpot.com.

Donna Pacheco is a part-time freelance writer with a strong interest in entrepreneurship. New and innovative technologies excite her and she especially enjoys speculating how they can revolutionize the way things are in a particular field. She believes that everyone can be an entrepreneur or inventor as long as they are equipped with the right tools and mindset. Interested in making the leap from employee to full-time entrepreneur? Read her blog .

 

 

Brilliant Idea! A Cell Phone Defibrillator

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is responsible for more deaths every year than AIDS, breast cancer, lung cancer and stroke combined. If the heart is not defibrillated (therapeutically shocked) within a few minutes, the victim dies. Imagine how difficult it is to reach the victims of SCA in time to save their lives.

But, suppose we each carried our own personal defibrillator, say it was a feature of our cell phones?

Three Famous Things Invented by Accident - Slinky, Silly Putty and the Popsicle

The creation of the next hot toy or snack is often a long one, involving lots of time and market research. But did you know that the ever-popular Silly Putty, the Slinky and the Popsicle were all invented accidentally?

Milan Design Week: Spotlight on Nendo

Tokyo-based designer Nendo has been all the buzz in the design world as of late, stepping up to the plate in a big way for the likes of giants Lexus and Issey Miyake. What follows is three of his latest creations.

Great Invention Idea? A New Twist on Skating

The advancements of the last thirty years have raised the invention stakes for everyone. What's wrong with that, you ask? Nothing, except that this often results in the less creative among us churning out mediocre or bad ideas when they could be doing something much more productive, like removing shopping carts from the parking lot at a local Wal-Mart! In my opinion, the following two patented inventions illustrate this point exactly.

Rocking Out With the Internet

A new online guitar site offers a fun and truly interactive experience in playing the guitar and singing along to some popular songs. Rock out from the comfort of your own bedroom, study, kitchen or closet.

Beef iPod Cover - Music Meats the Macabre

"Where's my bloody iPod??" Considering its meaty red sleeve, maybe your dog ate it. Make your iPod look appetizing (or disgusting) with this protective and provocative Beef iPod Cover, new from Japan's Solid Alliance.

Want Spotless, Lint-Free Glassware? Try Wubeez!

If you have taken to serving drinks in dark rooms so your guests might miss the ugly spots and lint on your glassware, there may be a solution to your problem in the form of a product called Wubeez Glass Cleaning Cloths. Wubeez may sound like a name straight out of Bugs Bunny's mouth, but the cloths promise to do an adult job of removing spots, streaks, and lint from glassware!

Flip Flop Doormat from Havaianas

Introducing the limited edition doormat with a pair of exclusive Havaianas. The idea suggests that one can just pop out from the house, sticking flip-flops on when you pass by the door.

In-Wheel Navigation?

So you thought In-Dash Navigation was big, how about In-Steering Wheel Navigation? It's not a whole screen for obvious reasons, but it just might work.

Solar Powered Jacket Recharges Your Gadgets

9×5.5 cm silicon-based polycrystalline solar modules are integrated into the jacket's collar. These are capable of converting 1 watt of sunlight to energy that can be used to recharge a MP3 player or a mobile.

Marigolds to Grow on Moon by 2015?

One day, moon colonists may be growing their own food on the moon using a method recently developed by a team of researchers in Ukraine.


Smart Goggles Are No Longer Science Fiction

Smart Goggles can find your keys, connect a name and a face, and remember things you don't even know that you know.

Wii Remote Hacks Show the Creative Spirit

Johnny Lee demonstrates extremely creative uses of the Nintendo Wii Remote (Wiimote).

The End Of The Internet: Switching to IPv6

A meeting in China this month discusses IPv6, a new version of the entire Internet. Experts say the world is already running out of enough available web addresses.

An Exhibit People May Be Dying to Get Into?

Gregor Schneider, a German artist, is planning the ultimate in art: a person dying as part of the exhibition.

Cool GameBoy Boots

Combining the love of 1970s platforms with the still popular GameBoy handheld by sticking the two of them together are these super cool GameBoy Boots.

Rob Zinn's Heliocentric Lighting Expands Into the Future

Alien invasion or futuristic lighting? Perhaps a bit of both. Designer Rob Zinn moves lighting into the future with his Concentric and Expansion XL series.

Another Must Have Hitch Addition

Everyone at one time or another has forgotten thier house or car keys and locked the door behind them. Then, you either have to break in, or wait for someone who has a spare (assuming you don't). With the new Hitchsafe, you don't have to wait for or worry about a spare key.

Breakthrough Website Taaz.com Offers Makeovers on the Internet!

If you have ever wondered what you'd look like with a different makeup scheme, a radically different hairstyle or, well, say something a bit more unusual - the creators of Taaz.com can help you.

Bamoo Helmets to Save Your Head

I, like most people used to think that bamboo, is extremely fragile though flexiible, and would definitely not be able to withstand hard knocks. I learnt that this is a misconception as proven by the Roof R06 Bamboo motorcycle helmet.

STAR WARS Tea Towels Mix Movie Themes with Retro Style

STAR WARS characters and imagery from the well-loved space opera are combined with traditional Japanese themes to create these classic & classy tea towels. Great for cleaning up after an encounter with the dark side!

The Postal Service Goes Greener

In March of this year the Postal Service launched a Free Recycling Through the Mail program. Right now the service only exists in 1,500 Post Offices in 10 areas across the country. Three of the areas include: Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Have a Retro Baby For a Hot New Look

Whoever said that the best baby rooms are decked out in the latest and greatest? Sometimes going vintage is the hip thing to do, as is discovered by visitors to My Retro Baby.

Drink it and Toast it - 8 Extraordinary Messages Contained in Cups

Companies around the world are beginning to take advantage of the beverage industry!

Bamboo Clothing: Innovative and Eco-Friendly

Soft on the skin, highly sweat absorbent, highly breathable, antibacterial, UV protective, anti fungal, eco-friendly and innovative.

What am I talking about?

The newest textile around, bamboo clothing.


It's a Bird, It's a Plane ... No, It's a Camera!

If you see something that looks like four hula hoops attached together with some sort of weird contraption in the middle hovering in the sky, don't automatically assume that it's a UFO.

Sure, the aliens have probably been slowly infiltrating our unsuspecting planet for many years now, but for a moment, put that thought aside. That device you see buzzing about might just be the Aeryon Scout, a new product from Aeryon Labs of Waterloo that is actually a flying camera.

Greatest American Dog, Reality Show By CBS

Just what you were looking forward to! Another reality show... this one with dogs and their owners. Professionally and home-trained dogs will compete against each other for the title of the Greatest American Dog in CBS's summer line-up of new reality shows.

Your Toast, The Way YOU Want It!

What shade of white or black is coming out of the toaster today? It's always a guess at my house, where, regardless of how well our toaster was rated by Consumer Reports, one toaster setting rarely results in consistency for any two-day period. The Transparent Toaster, by Inventables Concept Studios, may soon create the need for a recycle center for last-century toasters!

Brake-Lights of the Future

When a car's brake lights come on in front of you, especially at night, your mind has to process quite a few things. Are they coming to a complete stop? Are they slowing abruptly or gradually? Will I have enough space? A new design from Virginia Technical Institute takes almost all of the guess work out for you and should hopefully make the roads a little safer.

Seating for Squares: The Box Bench

Not necessarily inviting unless you like testing your balance, the Box bench nonetheless offers some cutting-edge design and uncomplicated style.

Barcode Art From Japan: Black & White CAN Get Along!

Barcodes... they're those black & white striped patterns that nearly every retail product sports these days. Now Japan's creative community has partnered with big corporations to add a life & laughs to boring old universal product bar codes.

Kids Fly Care Free with CARES

Today's families are scattered all over the map, meaning plane trips to grandma's house are more common than ever before. Thanks to the Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES), flying is safer than ever for your youngster.

Great Invention Idea? Candy for Adults Who Suck

United States patent D301835 enables the psychosexual slackers among us to complete the oral fixation stage anytime we want, or simply prolong it for as long as we like.

World's Only Fitting Room for Car Shopping

According to a recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom, 3 out of every 4 people recognize their car as a status symbol and a huge reflection of themselves. Because of this, Chevrolet has built a "fitting room" for prospective car buyers so they can actually see themselves in the vehicle before they buy it.

Give This Artist a Hand!

Guido Daniele creates awesome hand artwork of animals that pretty much look like the real thing.

Ji Lee's Mini Parallel World Turns Yours Upside Down

We interrupt this program to bring you something a little more random.  Introducing Parallel World, the latest project from guerilla artist and madcap designer Ji Lee, whose initial claim to fame was his NYC Bubble Project a few years back.

Delicious or Disgusting? The Banger & Mash Cone

From Aunt Bessie's web presence and the traditional kind of British food she's known for, like steak pies, home-style chips, and baked apple pie, you wouldn't think she'd become a trendsetter in the food arena. But she has created the United Kingdom's first main course on an ice cream cone -- the Banger and Mash Cone.


The World’s Most Green City?

Before you go patting yourself on the back for recycling your water bottle yesterday or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, consider what life will be like in the eco-city of Dongtan. The city won't have a landfill. Why would they need one since they don't plan to have any garbage?

VW's New City Transport Cell

City Car Concepts are becoming more and more prevalent, and honestly, they are getting more attention than ever. Volkswagen Designers are hoping to break into this new market with the City Transport Cell (CTC).

The 10 Best Right Wing T-Shirts For Dogs

As the presidential race gets hotter and heavier, defenders of the right will call out the dogs to let those lefties know just what they think. Of course dogs don't have a vote, but they can bite, so you liberals better watch out. Among dozens and dozens of right wing political t-shirts for dogs, the top 10 are uniquely suited to the instinctive cleverness of a dog. Now, go gingerly ahead; these are some mean dogs!


The 10 Best Left Wing T-Shirts For Dogs

While the left and right go at it this election cycle, there are more political dog t-shirts than I've ever seen before. Pet retail is a booming business, perhaps the booming business in the U.S. right now, so it's a great time to get your leftist ideas onto a dog's back. The 10 best left wing dog t-shirts were chosen for pithiness, as well as suitability to a dog's mindset. No dogs were harmed in this process. Righties, don't take your frustration out on the dogs.

Super Sexy Bikini Pants Combine Low-cut Jeans with a String Bikini

These outrageously revealing bikini pants from Sanna's Brazil Fashion, a Japanese clothing company, blur the line between blue jeans and a string bikini. And you know what? I'm all right with that!

Officially Official News About the Subaru-Toyota Sports Car

Over the last few weeks, a substantial amount of media attention has been directed to the joint Subaru-Toyota sports car. What is getting even more attention is the news that the result could be a light rear-wheel drive performance coupe priced at less the $20,000.

Another Dual-Clutch Transmission From Audi

Audi has always been the leader when it comes to Twin-Clutch Technology. So after their 6-speed Tiptronic and R-Tronic, nobody knew what was left. The Audi Engineers weren't done though, and the S-Tronic was born.

Enhance Your Flower Power With the Antibodi Chair

The Italian-made Antibodi Chair created by Patricia Urquiola is a blossoming interior design statement. If you're digging springtime but its still a little too cold to fully enjoy the outdoors, this chair will give you a taste of what's to come with its very organic, budding design.

Go Green When You Go... With the Toto Hybrid Toilet

Going green these days means going all the way - to the bathroom, where the new, environmentally friendly Toto Neorest AH type hybrid toilet awaits nature's call.

The 8 Person Smart Fortwo

Ever since its introduction, the Smart Fortwo has received more than a few laughs for it's small size. Carbonyte, a specialty limo company out of the United Kingdom, decided it was time to give the Fortwo some serious miracle grow and stop the harassment.

Welcome to the Dollhouse: Mini-TV Really Works

Brett Foster, who is soon to be the hero of little girls everywhere, made a tiny working television set at a scale of 1:12 and is selling them online for the tune of about $200. This is the real deal, kids.

Robotic Snake Can Perform Heart Surgeries

At the Carnegie Mellon University, a snakelike robot called “CardioArm” was devised to aid in heart surgeries.

Harness the Sun's Power with Your Own Solar Car Kit

Most of the driving in the United States is non-highway thus, horrible gas mileage. The SUNN Solar Electric Car Kit was designed with the daily commuter in mind. By removing the petroleum engine from those short 10 minute trips to work and back, fuel use coulb be cut substancially, especially in urban areas.

What's In Those 50 Calorie Dog Treats?

There are very broad U.S. government definitions of "meat by-products." They can include, and often do, any portion of any mammal including eyes, bones, head, digestive systems, and even a certain proportion of feathers and hairs.

Scented Pencils from Pentel Relax, Refresh and Recharge

Aromatherapy and nanotechnology are combined to create Pentel's award-winning Ain Supplio scented pencils. As you write, specially selected oils waft through the air to relax, refresh and recharge.

Crafty Crayola Crayon Sculptures

Have you ever wondered what you could do with crayons other than draw or eat them? Artist Diem Chau crafts detailed sculptures on them.

Big, Bold and Brilliant - 10 Super Creative Billboards from Around the World

The more and more billboards that keep popping up, the more and more creative they need to be in order to capture viewer's attention.Check out these 10 very creative billboards from around the world!

Keep Kids Cool in the Car This Summer!

Summer’s on its way, and that means parents are searching for innovative ideas to keep kids cool during vacations and muggy days. The Cold Seat is the perfect product for parents of fussy infants and young children who hate traveling in hot cars or living in swimming pool-free homes.


Milan Design Week: Spotlight on Vahakn Matossian

Twenty-two year-old Vahakn Matossian is exhibiting with designersblock during Milan Design Week taking place this month. He is showing three of his latest works: Microscopy, Boomboy and Crucifix.

The World's Tallest Building Keeps Growing

These amazing photos look like the view from an airplane, but they were actually taken from inside the world's tallest building.

Video Game Championships Come to China in 2009

The site for the 2009 World Cyber Games video game tournament has been announced. It's a first-ever for China.

Vending Machine Doles Out Soda 12 at a Time

Sometimes, it's the simplest invention ideas that are most successful. Melvin Eaker and Dan Cooper, the founders of E&C Manufacturing, are hoping their Sodamatic Vending Machine will fit into that category.

Instead of dispensing a single can or bottle of soda or water, the vending machine doles out 12 packs. That can come in pretty handy for folks having get togethers or those who just want an ample supply of caffeine or water without having to actually run into a store.

Can Viewing Cherry Blossoms Turn You On?

An intriguing article in Japan's MSN Sankei News speculates the reason people feel great beneath Japan's famous flowering Cherry trees is due not so much to the sights, but the scents - specifically, pheromones.

Cell Phone? Or Smell Phone?

Can you imagine being able to download “his” cologne fragrance or that new baby smell directly to your cell phone?

The Alluring Art of Recycled Junk Mail

Artist Sandy Schimmel creates beautiful works of art from junk mail, things we throw away everyday without a thought.

Ireland Installs World’s Largest Sea Turbine

Off the coast of Northern Ireland in the rough waters of the Strangford Narrows, scientists have installed the world's largest underwater turbine. The project, built by Marine Current Turbines, should generate power for about 1,000 homes when it becomes operational this summer.

The Pacifier Hunt Ends With Bink-Tees

Babies and pacifiers go together like butter on a bun. If your baby is no exception, you’ll love a new line of t-shirts perfectly suited for little suckers.

Brazilian Seed Grows into Diesel Tree: Farmers Happy

Australian farmers in North Queensland have recently invested in 20,000 Brazilian trees not just for the sake of the environment, but also for what the trees can give the farmers in about 15 to 20 years. Fuel!

Braille Cell Phone Gives Good Vibrations to Blind & Deaf Callers

A new type of Braille cell phone will make it possible for those who are vision and hearing impaired to hold conversations and even send & receive text messages via mobile phone.

Sip of Light: Portable LED To-Go Cup

Fool your friends and impress your colleagues with this portable light disguised as a to-go beverage, designed by Sung-Kyu Nam.

Bacon & Maple Syrup Make Some Tasty Lolly-Pops!

Bacon and maple syrup. Sounds improbable as lolly-pop flavoring, but Lollyphile would disagree. The one month old company sold out of its first batch of Maple-Bacon Lollyphiles in little more than a week. It took two weeks to have another batch to sell and they're back in stock, but exclusively for my readers until Thursday...

 

Great Invention Idea? New & Improved Snot Rag!

Spring is here with all its usual markers: flowers, grass, pollen and hay fever! If you are looking for a handy, inexpensive, and green - as in reusable, not the color of mucus - way to blow your nose this season look no further. United States patent 7013494 promises to be easy on your face, your wallet and the environment.

Expand Your World With Molo Design

The increase in environmentally-friendly consumerism has fostered the rise of green interiors and award-winning, Vancouver-based Molo Design is leading the pack with their striking line of expandable furniture.

Site Announcements - April 8, 2008

We are happy to announce that another writer is joining our writing team.

 

Alison Storm is a freelance writer living in Greenville, South Carolina. Alison grew up in Sioux City, Iowa and after receiving a degree in journalism from Iowa State University, Alison worked as a television reporter in several cities throughout the US. After getting married in 2007, Alison decided to pursue freelance writing. She and her husband Tim enjoy traveling, cooking and drinking lots of coffee. Alison is excited to write about innovative architecture. Visit her blog here.


Wind and Solar Powered Gadget Charger - HYmini

Too many chargers or power cords and adapters got you down? Do you cringe when you think of all that extra electricity it takes to fully charge your gadgets? Then look no further! The HYmini solar and wind-powered universal adapter and charger is the answer to your prayers.

Meet Hatch-chan, Japan's First Blogging Cat

A black & white cat named Hatch-chan has become a minor celebrity in Japan thanks to his popular blog. Yes, blog. Deal with it, LOLcats!

Blinding Bling - The Hottest Grillz Money Can Buy

Bling for your mouth is widely popular with many outrageous looking jewelry being added all the time. Read on for more about grillz.

The History of the Parasol: Fashion's Newest - and Oldest - Trend

A new item on runways this spring is, unsurprisingly for the fashion world, not quite so new. The parasol is being touted as the must-have accessory for spring and the return of sunshine, but this trend is dipping back into history by thousands of years.

Poo-PourriTM Smells Like Daffodils

I never thought the day would come when dung was hung to freshen up the stench in the air, but alas the day is here and the Creative Paper Wales company is proud of their Poo-pourriTM.

Innovative Perfume That Only YOU Can Create

Taking innovation to a new high, My DNA has patented a revolutionary new process to create your individual fragrance. Join me in welcoming to the world personalised DNA basaed perfume.


A Transforming Scooter

If you live in a crowded area, don't have far to go to work, or just like to ride them, scooter can be a lifesaver. However, their small size and light weight can can also make them prime targets for theft. The new XO Move Scooter was designed to deter such thefts and it may very well do that.

Movement Perception: An Interactive Audio-Visual Experience

Create art and music with the wave of your hand. This interactive audio-visual art installation generates sounds and images that reflect the relationship between the viewer's movements and changes in space.


Biofuel From A Termite's Butt?

Termites... these ground-dwelling insect pests cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year to wooden structures by eating them. Now scientists are closer to understanding how termites convert wood into energy - true biofuel - and how we humans might do the same; cleanly, "greenly" and economically.

Pamper Your Hair With Caviar Shampoo

Talk of innovation in fashion and beauty....The hot Catherine Zeta Jones reportedly washes her wonderful tresses with caviar.

You read that right...


Studio Nommo Rocks the House with Their Ultra-Funky Wallpaper

I am totally impressed by these unique and ballsy wallpapers that are very boldly and unapologetically just what they are. Whoever can seamlessly work these into their décor is definitely a master of interiors, in my book.

Mustang Church of America?

The Mustang Church of America and Museum, what more is there to say? It's an entire religion based around Ford's original Muscle Car with a museum attached to it.

The Spaghetti Fork That Twirls Itself

I was delighted to find this Twirling Spaghetti Fork, by Hog Wild, that eliminates the need to suck or slurp your spaghetti. Yes, I'm aware that many think that sucking and slurping is the fun of eating spaghetti, but I wonder if this motorized Spaghetti Fork doesn't provide some fun of its own....

Ashtub Trico Lets You Smoke & Drive Without Mess or Fuss

Ideaco of Japan has designed the Ashtub Trico, an attractive and practical automotive ashtray. In an age where standard equipment car and truck ashtrays are becoming ever more rare, smokers who want to puff & drive will find the Ashtub Trico perfectly suits their needs.

A New Way to Read the Road

Driving can be a relaxing and highly enjoyable pass-time. But when the conditions get bad, it can become stressful and dangerous. Eurovia, a company based in France, has designed a special kind of pavement that changes colors to help you identify risks and hopefully help reduce those dangers.

Bacteria Make a Meal Of Our Strongest Antibiotics

As soon as pharmacists develop an antibiotic, the bacteria it's aimed at begin developing resistance almost immediately. Now, a new study has shown an even more extreme comeback: some bacteria are literally eating our most potent antibiotics for breakfast.


Mini-House Addition Won't Upset Your Landlord

Designed by the German team at Convertible City, Rucksack House is a quick and easy way to expand your apartment size without the hassle of moving. This walk-in cube functions as an additional room, hanging from the façade of your current residence via steel cables anchored to the roof.

Beoing Tests The First Fuel Cell Aircraft

Boeing has been at the forefront of aeronautical design for a long time. So it comes as no suprise that they just tested the first ever fuel cell powered aircraft. Boeing says this is just the beginning.

Could You Hang a Coat on This Art?

Ever look at your closet and see all those empty coathangers hanging from the racks? David Mach, a sculpture and installation artist, creates gorgeous art from wire coathangers.


Manga Comic Explains The War On Terror in Anime Style

"Afuganisu-tan" is a Japanese manga (comic) that seeks to explain the sociopolitical situation in Afghanistan and The War On Terror in a very unique and unusual way - with cute anime characters representing the countries.

Better than Walking, More Exciting than a Segway

So let's say you want a personal transport device, but a Segway is a little too expensive for you. Are you doomed to talk everywhere until you can save up enough money? Thanks to Stephan Soder, the answer to that is "no."

10 Top Designer Shoes...For Your Stemware

Often dressed in satin or sheer lingerie, beaded jewelry, even hula skirts, wine bottles have been expressing themselves fashionably for several years now. Carrie and Company, tableware designer, has seen to it that stemware too can keep in step with the times, in fashionable shoes ... yes, for stemware feet.

Concept Computer Based on Tea Cup

Using a computer has become second nature to many in the course of their career, their interests, or just at home for personal use. What new technology could come along and rattle the cages of human/computer interaction and the way we display pictures and data? The tea cup concept PC goes a long way to doing just that.

Rubik's Cube Speed-Cubing Kit

Speed-cubing - the "sport" of solving Rubik's Cube as quickly as possible - just got a little easier (or at least, faster) with the introduction of the Speed Cubing Kit from MegaHouse.

Build a House Out of Newspapers and They Will Come

A house made from 60,000 newspapers was on display in Gillett Square, East London.

Design Your Own Dress

Ever dreamt of designing your own clothes, and wearing your creations?

Imagine This, a New York-based company has launched a product called Designer's Portfolio which shall help every girl realize her dreams of being a fashion designer.


Great Invention Idea? Bed Simultaneously Promotes and Repels Action!

Who among us doesn't like some action in bed? Naturally, we all do. But there's action, then there's ACTION. If you're more the "ACTION" type then United States patent 7,137,881 the Quantum Sleeper, is just the thing for you because it brings a sort of Sopranos' style edginess to the notion of a good night's sleep.

Knit One, Pearl Two - The Lampshade that Knits Itself

Nadine Sterk, the designer of this Sleeping Beauty lampshade, is a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, currently displaying this piece as part of an alumni exhibit at the Design Huis. According to Stark, this is "a lamp that develops like a living organism," slowly growing its lampshade at the rate of three rotations per hour.

An East Coast School In Central China: The University Of Massachusetts Moves Into Asia

Are you a University of Massachusetts alumnus? A current student? You might not be alone in the world soon. The school is working out a deal to bring online classes to China.

Can A Sport Boat Be Eco-Friendly?

It can if you are talking about the new "Ao." The Ao is the brain-child of a Spanish Design Team known as "Ubica." They specifically engineered to boat to fast, luxurious and eco-friendly.

Sleeping With the Stars with Twilight Turtles

Imagine drifting off into dreamland with the constellations as your companion. Now this is possible for nurseries and the bedrooms of young children (and even adults), thanks to the Twilight Turtle, the newest creation by Cloud B.

Nightmare Playgrounds Equal Family Fun?

There is no question that kids love playgrounds – but unfortunately some adults have lost sight of what truly has “kid appeal”, as these terrifying playgrounds around the world prove!

Dislike Burial and Cremation? Try Resomation!

If you are planning on dying - and let's face it, we all are - you might be trying to answer the following question: Burial or cremation? Well, now there is a third option - resomation.

No More Needles (Again)? P.L.E.A.S.E. Delivers Medicine Without Needles

P.L.E.A.S.E. can deliver medication through your skin without the pain that comes with injections.

American Inventor Season Two - Backless Bra Runner Up or True Winner?

In the summer of 2007, Season Two of American Inventor aired. One of its contestants, Elaine Cato, introduced the Six in One Backless Bra. In the season finale of American Inventor, Elaine Cato was announced as the runner up to the Guardian Angel (a fire alarm for christmas trees). Norah Alberto, a Senior Style Director from Maidenform, came on stage and offered Elaine a chance to work with Maidenform. Nine months later and just in time for the spring fashions, Maidenform and Elaine Cato has announced the production of the Breakthrough Backless bra by Maidenform®.


Robot Pill Bugs Put Out Fires

Sometime in the future, 200-pound bugs may be roaming around the forests. That's not due to any increase in oxygen levels, but rather because these bugs are robots whose job it is to extinguish forest fires.


A Surfboard That Works Without Waves

What do you do when you want to try sufing but a trip to either coast is out of the question? Well you can try to make your own massive waves...but the easier way would be to simply buy a Monojet Surf Board.

Can One Wheel Be Better than Two?

The monocycle design has been around since the late 1800's, but it has taken quite some time to refine it. From the first pedal powered version, to today's 4-stroke engine powered setup, the monocycle has been a very popular item.

Have Environmental Floor Designers Gone to the Pits?

When you eat a peach and finally get to the pit do you ever wonder, “this pit would make a great floor”? Floor designer, Alla le Roux has.

McDonalds Japan Bucks Fast Food Trends With Big Fat Burgers

You'd expect McDonalds Japan to be ahead of the game when it comes to providing healthy, calorie-conscious meals to a nation that boasts the world's longest average lifespan. Well, expect to be disappointed... BIG time!

Touch-Screen Functionality Comes to Digital Photo Frames

New touch-screen capable digital photo frames have been released from Pandigital. The PanTouch line boasts an impressive feature set including connectivity via bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, and via 6-in-1 card reader. Can Pandigital hit another home run with its latest product line?

The Genius of Wile E. Coyote

There have been numerous Inventors throughout the ages that have helped push human progress to the next level. I want to discuss one such Inventor that has been sadly overlooked. His name is Wile E. Coyote.

Sleep Peacefully With These Intruder Deterrents

With this handy dandy nightstand-come-shield-and-baton set nearby, a peaceful night's sleep is most definitely assured. The "Safe Bedside Table" has a leg that acts as a club, and a top that can act as a shield in the unlikely event of a midnight intrusion.

What Are You Reading? - Creative Book Covers

Have you ever wondered what book the person next to is reading on the subway?

Buckle Up, This Blade's Coming At You

Not only does this beauty allow its user to save precious fractions of seconds in retrieving a knife when needed, but it also keeps your pants cinched tightly about your time saving waist.

Sabdes Superyacht : Luxurious and Eco-Friendly

In the world of Yachts usually, the bigger the better. Sabdes new 50m Superyacht breaks through that stereotype and sets the bar even higher by putting the environment first.

 


New Bizarre Beauty Trend: Placenta Drinks and Supplements

A range of drinks, jellies and supplements with placenta as their main ingredient is helping Japanese women preserve their youth and beauty. Bonus - they have a delicate Peach flavor and boast Zero calories. Yum!

Never Enough Caffeine Buzz? Try Captain Buzz's Spazztroids

For those whose morning buzz lacks glow, don't give up! A new breakfast cereal promises to top your morning off with speed and efficiency. The first tester of Captain Buzz's Spazztroids went 27 days without sleep, after eating only one bowl of the cereal. During that time, he was able to speed through required doctoral course work and complete his PhD dissertation on "The Hallucinations of a Sleep-Deprived Mind."


Gravity Racing at its Best

Whoever said you had to a have a big motor to go fast never shook hands with Jakob Hirzel. His challenge was to design a gravity racer for the Xtreme Gravity Series in Irvine, California, and it's safe to say he did very very well.

After Death, Take a Trip to the Moon

If you are looking for a different way to depart this life, perhaps it's time to take a look at Celestis, a Texas company that will begin launching human cremated remains to the surface of the moon by 2009.

Red Bull Art Gives You Wings

Since 1997, Red Bull has held a competition in various cities to see what people come up with for art using Red Bull cans. The final works of art for some of these are pretty cool.

April Showers Bring Innovation - the History of Windshield Wipers

For many people, the arrival of spring also means the arrival of rain. This is something we are used to and it's hard to imagine normal levels of rain keeping us from our daily errands. But until the invention of windshield wipers, drivers caught in a spring shower would be a little stuck.