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July, 2008

When Can A Bialy Save Your Life? When It's A "Nanobialy"

New York bialys are every bit as great as the New York bagel, but who ever thought a nano particle would be named after one? The newest addition to nano-names makes the bialy a veritable hero!

Sony Releases System With Speakers The Size Of Golf Balls

15 years ago, anyone could tell you that manufacturers could never make a speaker the size of a golf ball. Back then, that idea would seem unbelievable and amazingly stupid because who would buy speakers that small? Sony has an answer.


This DIY Design Project Is One For The BOTTLEBOY!

Of course, you could mount some metal hooks on your walls to hang your handbag or hat when you come in the door. But the Bottleboy has so much more appeal, recycles a PET plastic bottle, and makes a great DIY project: you can make one Bottleboy hook or a whole wardrobe full of them!


How To Make A ChapStick LED Flashlight

Creativity and imagination can make a person’s lifestyle a lot more interesting. In this case, the traits just happened to make an inventors idea-light bulb flicker.

Will Cuil Fail?

Can a new search engine make it out in the crowded web world. Some Google Ex-patriots are trying to find out.

An LCD Display Gadget That Really Stinks

Have you ever taken a walk and all of a sudden gotten hit with a whiff of something that smelled great and as a result, made you hungry? I'm pretty sure you have. Some people believe that we as humans are born with a predetermined template of the type of smells we do or do not like but one company is determined to prove otherwise.

Specter Werkes/Sports Shows Off the Corvette GTR

While we have seen dozens of different kinds of Mustangs over the past years, Corvette has been content with just adding in the ZR1. So when the good men and women at Specter Werkes brought us the Corvette GTR, it made more than an few heads turn.

A Solution To The Runaway Beach Umbrella

Since wind gusts like to make a surprise appearance at the beach every once in a while, one company has come up with an invention to make sure your umbrella doesn’t fly away.


8 Sports That Never Made It Into The Summer Olympics

Ever wondered what happened to the sports that didn't make it into the Summer Olympics? The following are just some that tried their best, but ended up only being classified as a demonstration sport.

Possible Sleep Gene Identified

In a recent study done by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, researchers used fruit flies to identify a gene that controls sleep.

Ford's "Smart Intersection" Could Reduce Intersection Accidents

Talking, eating, texting, changing the radio station...all things that we do while we are driving. They take our attention away from the road and significantly increase the likelihood of an accident, especially at intersections. A new system from Ford, called "Smart Intersection" was designed to reduce the number of accidents related to driver distraction.

Ponoko Lets You Create And Sell Your Own Products

Do you have a design idea for jewelry or other products but don't know where or how to get started? There is now a solution in Ponoko, the world's largest marketplace for product plans.

Site Announcement - July 31, 2008

InventorSpot.com is excited to announce that a new writer is joining our team.

Katie Gatto has an MA in Information Systems Security and a BA in English. She is based in the Garden State (New Jersey). In addition to being a freelance writer, Katie also works as an IT consultant for small and medium sized businesses. Kate's blog will be about all things that are new in the world of computers and technology, from hot new sites you will want to visit, to major break outs that may change the face of technology as we know it.

You can read her blog here .

The InventorSpot.com Team

Second Generation Solar Trees Imitate The Real Thing

Last year, in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts solar powered streetlamps, resembling trees, designed by Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove were introduced in Vienna. The reaction to them was positive so Ross Lovegrove is taking it to the next step. He is now working on improving his design with his next generation of solar trees called "Adaptive Solar Tree".

Blast Off With A Spying Rocket

If you want to get a live video with an aerial view then a spying camera could be just what you need.

Audi Takes on Traffic Lights

Red Lights; The worst enemy of almost every driver in the world. Not to mention they force you to sit there and burn your precious fuel without getting anything out of it. Audi decided that the almighty light has reigned too long and plans on taking them out of the equation.

How To Make Your Very Own iPhone Charger

With help from some simple instructions, building a personal charger for your iPhone can be pretty straight-forward, even if you’re not that great with electronics.

15 Crystal Chandeliers That Blind You With Their Brilliance

Hans van Bentem, using fine Bavarian crystal and cutting techniques learned from generations of crystal makers, creates grandiose chandeliers for private and corporate clients, but van Bentem's works don't have the look or feel of their wide-skirted predecessors. They just may plant some new images of "chandeliers" in your mind.

Tapping Into A Creative Phone Product

Despite the controversies that come along with it, IOCELL’s latest invention is about to change the way you hear phone conversations.


Flying Jet Pack Debuts in Wisconsin

Secure in the shoulder harness of a 250-pound jet pack, 16-year-old Harrison Martin rose a few feet off the ground. With two fans at his sides providing upward thrust, he hovered for about 45 seconds before settling back down on earth.

The World of School Lunches: Some New Lessons Learned?

Are our children in for some new luncheon surprises when they return to school this fall? You betcha! Read on, and try to be prepared!

Cleatskins Make Sure Your Shoes Are Safe

With some determination and past personal experiences, a former college athlete and his wife have come up with an invention to help individuals who use cleats.


Going Global: One Chinese Person Wanted For A Reality TV Show – In A Museum

Chinese people wanted! An international team is looking for someone to show them 24 hours in the life of China, and they're in need of crew members too.

The Best Olympics Ad Campaigns from Around The World?

Countries around the world are gearing up for the upcoming Olympic games, and one way to show athletes that their country is behind them is through advertising. Here are some creative ads done in China, France and Italy to show the Olympic spirit:

Amy Winehouse Made Spokesperson for Hair Product

Amy Winehouse has recently been made the personal spokesperson for "The HairCleaner" after her recent incident of punching a fan.

Home Health Gadget Promotes Longer Living

Although we live in an era that promotes increased health and well-being, there is still a steady rise in the number of people around the world, who are suffering from chronic illnesses. Meeting the needs of those who require regular ongoing medical attention, places a great strain on the health care system, but

Dr. Dre Releases Own Pair Of Headphones

Celebrities are known to produce and design their own clothing and fashion accessories, but can their charm and good looks help them create electronics?

Little People Art Taking Over the World

Street artist Slinkachu has an ongoing art project titled “Little People”, in which he places miniature people sculptures around the streets.

Fat Around the Heart May Increase Heart Attack Risk

Researchers say that having fat around the heart may even be worse than having a high body mass index.

A DIY Lab On A Chip: But When?

Soon, they say, a "Lab On A Chip In A Kit" will be available for home use so that we can test ourselves for certain illnesses. Also, we'd be able to check a chicken breast for salmonella and test the air for toxins. It's doable, but will it be available to help the boomer generation?

Invention Brings The Movie Theater To Your Backyard

If you’ve ever dreamt of watching a movie while lounging in a kiddie pool then prepare to be amazed, as one company has created a backyard theater system.


PET Lights Could Be Your Next Pet Project!

The most efficient way to recycle things is to reuse them. Austrian design company Walking-Things.com has the perfect design-it-yourself solution to recycle your plastic water bottles!

Now, drink the water first....


The Top 10 Coolest Olympic Mascots

The Olympic Games have tried to make cool mascots but they're on a losing streak the past few years. However, there are high points in their history as the following are the 10 Coolest Olympic Mascots.

How To Create A Disc Mount

Tired of staring at your ordinary black CD binder all the time? One simple invention can help you get rid of the boring blues and let your creativity design a perfect place to put your CDs.

Index Chopping Boards: Brilliance, Practicality and Simplicity

More often than not, brilliant ideas are very simple. These innovative Index Chopping Boards designed by Damian Evans of Element Design fill the bill exactly. Read on for more germ-free details.

The Handy Makes Hard Jobs Easier

So busy that you wish you had another hand? The people at Spot Industries have taken this concept quite literally with an articulated robotic human-like hand and forearm assembly appropriately named "Handy".

FireDrake Industries Mobile Monitor is A Firefighter’s Best Friend

Using robots in hazardous situations is something that has saved countless lives and as our technology evolves will no doubt save many more. Knowing this, FireDrake Industries designed a robotic "firefighter" to help keep our loved ones out of danger.

Doctors Warn That Texting May Kill You

Earlier this week, ER doctors issued AWTTW, which is text lingo for “a word to the wise” about the dangers of texting while doing your daily routines.

MySpace To Venture Into The World Of Shared Logins

Instead of using "duck" as a password for every account you have, there's now a new alternative that's being pushed by a group of popular websites.

Tiny Microscope Fits on Your Fingertip

Researchers have developed a "microscopic microscope" - a microscope that's small enough to fit inside a cell phone yet that still delivers top-quality magnifying power.

 

Solar Powered Teepees

If you are still looking for the perfect outdoors place to vacation this summer while keeping connected with the rest of the world, check out these Solar Powered Teepees. These Teepees in Canada's Yukon are luxurious, solar powered and eco-friendly. They are perfect for anyone who loves outdoor living without roughing it.

Innovative Bike Has Parents Riding High

Active parents love convenient outdoor gadgets, and thanks to Zigo, you can stay fit while hanging out with your little ones at the same time.

How To Turn An RC Car Into A Floor Sweeper

Tired of sweeping and mopping the floors? Well instead of getting someone else to do it, you can now force your RC car to do your chore.

5 Keyboards That Have Been Beaten With the Ugly Stick

I've used a number of keyboards in my lifetime, and they all seem to have their ups and downs. And when it comes to technology, I usually believe that functionality should precede aesthetic appeal, but I've since changed my mind after laying my eyes on these eyesores.


Bicycle Adds A Futuristic Look To Commuting

Can't find somewhere to park your bike at work? No worries, the "One" is here to help your bike issues when your workplace won't.

The Washing Machine That Uses Hardly Any Water

Companies are constantly trying to outdo each other in the world of laundry, but one new invention just might eliminate the competition.


The Candom: Better Safe Than…Warm?

Have you been on the look-out for a cool can insulator that will keep your beverage cool and be a great ice-breaker as well? Well look no further. The Candom, one “cool” cooler, is here.

Ten Even More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks

Japan has the market cornered on weird & bizarre drinks – new, ever weirder concoctions land on store shelves daily. Some have strange names, others have odd ingredients, and a few are just so bizarre one has to wonder what their creators were, um, drinking when they came up with the concept. Following up on last year's list, here are Ten Even More Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks!

Bone Density May Help Determine Risk of Breast Cancer

A woman’s bone mineral density may be helpful in determining the risk of breast cancer, a new study finds.

Shirt Lets You Blow Away The Heat And Your Co-workers

Sitting in a stuffy office with sweaty armpits is no fun, but there’s really nothing you can in the summer, right? Wrong; there’s actually a new innovation from Japan that’s bound to make your daily environment cooler.

Wonderfully Wacky Toy Art

What can you do with those old used up toys that your children used to play with, but are now collecting dust in the corner of your attic? Artist Robert Bradford makes good use of them and creates sculptures out of these toys.

Dinosaur Eel Inspires Bullet-Proof Armor

MIT researchers are investigating how a primitive fish uses its scaly exoskeleton to protect itself from the sharp teeth of its predators. The scientists' goal is to develop a better kind of armor for soldiers to similarly protect them from bullets, shrapnel, and bombs.

Beach Resident Casts New Fishing Invention

Since sticking to basic fishing techniques can be quite boring, one inventor decided to reel in a few ideas to make the hobby more enjoyable.

Philips Eco TV Brings Smiles to Environmentalists

A TV that is bringing smiles to both environmentalists and avid boob tube watchers alike is the Philips Eco TV model 42PFL5603D. This TV is both elegant, powerful and lives up to its title of being eco friendly.

Soy Foods and Lower Sperm Concentration: Is There a Link?

Is there a connection between a high intake of soy foods and fertility? A recent study claims there very well may be. Read on for the details.

Turn Your Broken Speakers Into A Media Cabinet

Instead of sending your old speakers to the chopping block where you can bring out the evil in yourself, why not turn your them into something useful?

Wearable Kidney Could Help Millions of People

Two researchers at UCLA have designed a peritoneal, wearable kidney that could replace the failing organs of a patient.

6 Exclusive Dog Houses, Because 'Dog Is A God®'

Marco Morosini is a successful Italian artist and designer who expresses what he perceives around him through lively graphics, a line of clothing and accessories, poignant photographs of the Bosnian War, and just about anything he puts his attention to. Giving his wink and a nod to the god-like way dogs are treated in modern society, Morosini has created six godly temples to honor dogs in his series Dog Is A God®.

The AV8R Mustang is truly “One-of-A-Kind”

Ford has been hammering out a number of Mustang variants over the past few years, with most of the being performance oriented. The newest, and potentially hardest to get, is the 2009 AV8R edition Mustang built for the EAA AirVenture starting at the end of the month.

2009 Mustang Offers Glass Roof with SPF50

When it comes to driving and having fun in the sun, convertibles are usually the first thing that comes to mind. The only real downside is the risk of overexposure when you're driving for too long. For 2009, Ford has designed a new Glass Roof option for the Mustang that should clear up that problem.

Built-In Equalizer Let's Your T-Shirt Do The Dancing

Looking to grab the attention of everyone you meet the next time you're out on the town? Then this unique t-shirt is fit for you!

A Call To The Hydrogen Cell Phone

Small electronic devices have become drastically more powerful in reaction to our demanding high-tech culture. Hydrogen fuel cells has for years been considered a real possibility for powering small electronics.

Ceramic Drunk Chicken Heads: Sober Barbecue Fare

Beer-butt drunken chicken is the newest trend in barbecue cooking. These funny but morbid chicken heads enhance the experience. Read on, whether you kill for fun or necessity.

Shake N Take: Blend, Pop and Take It Along

Avoid the madness of morning breakfast preparation. Whether you are a family on the go or a single person so busy that you are on the go-go (no disco dancing here), find the time to read all about this new and convenient Shake N Take Blender. 

Make Your Own Ultimate Home Laser Show

Don’t feel like going to a techno club because it’s pouring rain outside? One inventor has a solution that can bring the hypnotizing light show to your home!

Low-Calorie Wheat to Tackle Obesity

In an effort to help people maintain healthy weights and still enjoy good food, scientists have created a genetically modified form of wheat that has fewer calories compared with other varieties.

 


Zildijan Introduces All-Black Cymbals

Every drummer's cymbals are pretty much the same colour, but that's changed since the arrival of Zildijan's new series.

USB Watch Tells The Time And Makes You Feel Like James Bond

By going with the "secret agent" theme, there's finally a USB watch out on the market that actually looks sleek and elegant to the touch.

The Recycled Recumbent Is Starting A Craze

Sure most people would rather ride a fancy high-tech BMX bike, but the recycled recumbent might be a great alternative that’s cheap and stylish.

The Decoy Face Helps You Avoid Annoying People

Behold the Decoy Face. That’s right, the Decoy Face. This remarkable device is the very first breakthrough in face-to-face avoidance, a trailblazer in every sense.

When Big Is Better: Five Smart Larger-Than-Life Ads

Sometimes it takes a large or outlandish ad to get noticed. Here are five examples of innovative larger-than-life advertising, installed in untraditional spaces, that are sure to attract attention.

Transcend Releases Hip USB Flash Drive

Trying to outdo the competition, Transcend has created a USB flash drive that may add a boost to our image or geekiness.

The Goldfish World Cup or 10 Sports You Can Teach Your Pet Fish

I doubt if B.F.Skinner ever thought his training methods would be applied to soccer training for goldfish, but they are now! Dr. Dean Pomerleau has developed a training kit to aid you in training pet fish to play soccer and other un-fish like sports, using the operant conditioning training methods he uses to train larger sea animals.

Site Announcement - July 24, 2008

InventorSpot.com is pleased to announce that a second new writer is joining our team this week.

Pria Ingrum is a consultant, jewelry maker, and importer based in sunny, clean, and fit Denver, Colorado. With an MBA in Market Strategy and business experience since she was 12, she is excited about sharing her exploration of innovative businesses with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Pria's professional experiences have included numerous industries, including broadcasting, print/electronic journalism, teaching writing/literature, legal, and aerospace.

You can read her blog here.

The InventorSpot.com Team

Video Game Design On MySpace: Get In TheGame08

MySpace is a good place to keep in touch with your friends... and if you're an Asian video game designer, it could be home to your break-through game.

Trap Door Toaster: Is Houdini In There?

Traps doors are no longer contraptions from our magical past. Read all about this cool unique toaster that will breathe new life into your every day mundane toasting experience.

The End Of Era For The Spectrum And The Aud

Despite the legacy the two venues have, it has been officially declared to sports fans that both the Wachovia Spectrum and the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium will be demolished.

Lightning-Fast Vision Protein Named After Pikachu

Pikachu of Pokemon fame, known for his lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects, has inspired the name of a new vision protein discovered by a group of Japanese researchers. See, nerds really do have a sense of humor!

Fiskar's Push & Print Stamp Factory Wins 2008 Best Innovation Award

Paper crafters and scrapbookers rejoice! Fiskars is coming out with a cleaner, crisper, time-saving method to do your stamping. Fiskar's new patent pending device is called the Push and Print Stamp Factory and it just won Best Of Class for Scrapbooking and Paper Crafting Innovation from the Craft and Hobby Association. Find out how it works...

One Skeleton That's Taped To The Bone

Even though it’s not a DIY, this weird invention from artist Brian Detmer is truly a magnificent creation that might leave a few people in awe.


Solar Power that's Flick’in the Switch Off

How many times have you turned a light on and forgotten to turn it off after you've left the room/area? Unnecessary consumption of electricity is fading away in backyards around the world. With the invention of Solar Fairy lighting people are jazzing up their gardens, doorways and balcony railings without causing harm to the world.


10 Fun Ways To Pee On A Flower

Gentlemen and others of the male persuasion... Aren't you tired of peeing in the institutional vessel -- the monotonous urinal? Urinal-makers sure don't want you to enjoy your experience, do they?

Watchhaler Helps Children With Asthma

There is a new option out there for parents who have children with asthma. A German company has manufactured a child friendly inhalation aid (aka spacer) for children called the "Watchhaler®".


Quality Stereo Sound Encased In A Peanut

We’ve seen speakers take many shapes and forms, but one company’s taking designs to a whole new level with their latest peanut shaped product.

The 10 Best Companies That Create Skateboard Wheel Designs

A brief look at how skateboard wheel designs have gone from simple, to stylish and amazingly unique.


Licking Your Wounds May Help Them Heal Faster

Scientists have discovered a compound found in human saliva that can heal wounds quickly.

Lightweight Cardboard Bike A Bargain?

If you are considering buying a bike in the future, take a look first at the innovative prototype bike designed by Phil Bridge, a student at Sheffield Hallam University. Phil has designed a bike almost entirely made of recycled material and interchangeable mechanical parts for about $30.

Have a Piece of Cake Art

Pastry chef and artist Mike McCarey creates gorgeous cake artwork that is sure to get your mouth watering.

USB Healing Owl is a Real Hoot!

The USB Healing Owl will add a peaceful note to any home office or workstation. There's no guarantee it will make you any wiser, though.

Make Your Very Own Swiss Army Keys

Tired of hearing your keys jangle in your pocket? One inventor has created a unique device that can stop that annoying noise.

Free iPod Music Program Can Release Your Inner DJ

Like a blue moon, it’s very rare to find anything at all for free on iTunes. But that’s now changed as a new music application has scratched off its price tag.

Th!nk's All Electric Vehicle to hit the Pavement Very Soon

Th!nk Automotive has been working hard to produce an electric car for several years now. After some serious development and experiment time, they have introduced the City and if everything goes well, this could be their first big step into automotive production.

USB Gadget Gone Green

Most of us encounter technology on a regular basis whether at home, school or the workplace. We employ this technology to enhance our lives or so we seem to believe. What the world needs to understand is that with the advancement of technology comes the issue of polluting the world we all live in.

In efforts to change the patterns of the technological advancement cycle, companies are producing innovative technologies which are becoming key ingredients in the recipe to saving our planet.


Site Announcements - July 23, 2008

InventorSpot.com is pleased to announce that a new writer is joining our team.

Vicki Kwong is a Computer Support Technician, Web Designer, and Graphic artist based in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. She has worked in the IT industry for several years and those known to her consider her a serial enthusiast when it comes to technology. Vicki will be creating a spot that brings readers together to learn and discuss the latest in gadgets, gizmo's and everything electronic.

You can read her blog here .

The InventorSpot.com Team

Gin and Titonic Ice-Cube Mold: A New Drinking Experience and Sinking Feeling

Do you yearn to see the film Titanic over and over again? Do you secretly regret you have never been in a shipwreck? If so, this next product from Fred and Friends may well be for you.

A Simply Brilliant Design: The Strap!

It's hard to find shelving that fits a certain space, a special function, and modern minimalist design. But I think that Dutch designer, NL Architects, has created one. In fact, you might say the Strap is a very elastic design, able to meet a variety of space, function, and personal preferences.

The Running Shoe That's Also Your Personal Trainer

Tracking your exercise habits can now be easier with a new invention that doesn’t come in a box of Kellog’s Special K cereal.

Viagra May Now Be Used To Help Women

Viagra has been used to help many men with sexual dysfunction problems, but now a study has shown that it may be useful to women that experience sexual problems while taking antidepressants.

Catch People Spying on You with Camera Catchers!!

We all sometimes feel as if we are being watched; now you can know for sure! Camera Catchers lead you directly to them!

Yeduo Designs Look To Hang Around

The latest designs from Yeduo might have you throwing away all your ordinary clothes hangers!

How To Build A Boat Out Of American Items

Some people show their patriotism in an ordinary way, like dressing up as Abe Lincoln for Halloween or buying as much fireworks as they can for Fourth of July. But this isn’t the case for one particular father and son.

Tobacco Plant Could Be Used To Fight Cancer

Scientists at Stanford University are trying to grow a new cancer vaccine and are looking to use the plant that has caused millions of people to develop cancer.

Track Your Target with Detection Powders, Markers and UV Lights

Take a look at these spy tools that can help you catch theives, snoops, and trespassers.

Remote Controlled Beverage Buggy: Cool In More Ways Than One

Hammacher Schlemmer’s cool new Remote Control Beverage Buggy provides the ultimate in backyard luxury and laziness. Read on and…don’t forget to get out of its way!

The 10 Best Companies That Create Skateboard Deck Designs

A brief look at how skateboard deck designs have gone from simple, to stylish and amazingly unique.

Build Your Own Emoticon With Minimise Me

Tired of looking for new emoticons? Windows Live Messenger is now providing a free, user-friendly program that helps you build your own emoticon.

Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve

Baseball in Japan has evolved quite a lot since Horace Wilson first introduced the sport in 1872, yet foreigners still find many aspects of Japanese baseball confusing – not least the the odd names of the teams. Let's run down the dozen Nippon Professional Baseball league teams (without actually running them down) and clear up any misconceptions.

Junk for Your Trunk: 10 Exciting Chairs Help Reduce Waste

I've mentioned it before and I'll mention it again, some recycled chairs are so unique they scream "Look what I'm made from!". They're the kind of chairs that call to you, "Sit! and relax." Are these voices in your head? Probably, but that doesn't take away from the fact that these unique eco-chairs stand out from the rest of the chairs in a very good way.

10 Luxury Toilets That Will Make You Wet Your Pants in Excitement

There are a few expected fixtures in a bathroom and one of them is a toilet... yes, even in the most luxurious bathrooms, people still need a place to "go." Toilets have been in need of modernizing forever, and it's about time to replace that same old "john" that looks like everyone else's. Here are 10 contemporary, cool-looking, luxury toilets, some with matching bidets, from my favorite bathroom designers.

Gadgets Blamed For Lightning Deaths

The latest gadgets and innovations are known to surprise techies and the media, but they just might be more shocking than usual.

How To Turn A Tree Stump Into A Cooler

Tired of looking at the obnoxious tree stump in your backyard? One new idea may have you looking at the remains of your tree from a different perspective.

Introducing The Creative Zen Krystal

Thanks to a recent discovery through forums online, it has been revealed that there is a new device from Creative that’s the perfect companion for fitness buffs.


New Device Lets You Keep Tabs on Loved Ones

We all worry about our loved ones, especially when they are suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer's or dementia. A Spanish company called Keruve has recently designed a new GPS device intended for people that may happen to wander off or get separated from others easily.

10 Innovative Uses of Semi Trucks


Germany's Rhino Rolling Advertising Awards are a display of creative marketing. Companies and agencies submit their best mockup showcasing innovative advertising ideas on the sides of trucks. The competition was held in 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08, and a 2009 competition is coming soon. Here are some highlights of the creative ads.

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Mathew Lau’s Future Carbohydrate Cooker

Technology’s cold but very deft hand has once again provided a way to make our culinary jobs easier and more efficient. Read all about this cool, space-saving, stylish and smart new cooker created by industrial designer, Mathew Lau

Hello Kitty Pincushion Sticks it to the Queen of Cute

Hello Kitty may be Japan's most successful cultural export but not everyone loves the omnipresent epitome of animated cuteness. For those precious few, we present the Hello Kitty pincushion.

Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve - Part 2, the Pacific League

Part Two of Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve looks at the six teams in NPB's Pacific League. The Pacific League corresponds to MLB's American League as a Designated Hitter is used – in the Central League, pitchers must hit. Leading off the sextet are the amusingly named Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, league champions in 2007.

 

SSC Plans another Record Breaking Supercar

When first introduced back in 2004, the Shelby Supercar (SSC) Ultimate Aero was built to be the fastest production car in the world. It took that title from the Bugatti Veyron in 2007, reaching an average top speed of 256.15mph. Last week, SSC unleashed their plans to achieve the same record, only this time it will be in the electric vehicle category.

Nemesis Now’s Lobotomy Coaster Set: The Gift that Keeps On Giving!

Are you tired of looking for that one-of–a-kind gift for that weird, hard-to-please soul who has everything under the sun? Well, look no more. The Lobotomy Coaster Set from Nemesis Now has arrived.

Make Your Very Own Tupperware iPod Boombox

Along with being perfect for a Tupperware party, this iPod boombox is simple to construct and enjoy in the outdoors this summer.

Bees Battle Crows in the Skies Over Tokyo

Tokyo is plagued by crows. Not crowds (well, that's debatable) and definitely not cows, but crows. Noisy, aggressive flocks of crows have become such a huge problem that Tokyo city authorities have turned to nature in a desperate effort to combat the ravenous ravens – thousands of stinging bees!

How To Make Your Own LED Chess Set

Are you finding chess a bit too bland and uninteresting? One simple activity that doesn't take long might make you look at the nostalgic game from a brighter point of view.

BMW uses some Creative Advertising

Almost since the introduction of the automobile commercial, car companies have been using attractive women in hopes to increase sales. All these years later, not much has changed and BMW has given us a perfect example with a new ad for their certified pre-owned program.

Novelty Bavarian Lederhosen With Yodeling Frankfurter Controls: Hurry!

Novelty Bavarian yodeling trousers are sort of sweeping the country. Read about their odd claim as one of the most absurdly hysterical products ever created.

Weekend Reading: Fun in the Sun

Lazy days of summer may slow some down, but these InventorSpot writers find lots of fun in the sun.

Design For New Needle Based On Mosquito

A new needle has been designed by researchers that is based on the mosquito.

USB Cooler Mouse... It's The Cooler Mouse

The USB Cooler Mouse really blows... and I mean that in a good way. Well OK, I mean it literally – 5 buttons and an adjustable on-board fan make this multitasking mouse as cool as it gets!

How To Make A Tandem Twin Bicycle

Tired of riding a bicycle by yourself? This custom Tandem Twin Bicycle is simple to construct and will get your friends off the couch and outside.

Wood By The Slice: The Graypants Slice Chair

It's the Slice Chair. Once you see it, you will never forget it.

This Artist Loves His Toy Bricks - Amazing Lego Art

Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya creates amazing sculptures out of LEGO bricks.


Surge Protectors Just Got Circular

Surge protectors aren’t pretty. They can look extremely ugly with a lot of cords everywhere and are capable of tripping you if you’re not careful. But a company called Kreative Power hopes to change the look of these hideous electrical outcasts.

Study Shows Food Diary Can Double Weight Loss

Most of us have been on the diet roller coaster more than once in our lives. Diet pills, miracle exercise machines, fat diets; they are all part of our daily lives. While we're all looking for the quick weight loss diet solution to everything, the sad news is that there isn't one.

Hearthware’s Nu-Wave Infrared Oven: A New Kind of Air-Conditioner

Whoever heard of an infrared oven that keeps house cool? No one; that is, until now. Read more about this incredible kitchen appliance from Hearthware.

Compact Single Person’s Cooker: When Two is a Crowd

People who live alone and are too busy most of the time to plan healthy and/or gourmet meals will love this new compact cooker that does the job for them. Read on for more details.

Students Can Now Get Textbooks For Free

Textbooks are one of the most hated student expenses. But with the help from one publisher, they might not cost anything at all.

The Most Basic Phone For New Users

If you're new to mobile phones, Alcatel has the answer as their newest product is perfect for users who think Bluetooth is the name of a pirate.

Jailhouse Frocks are Japan's Latest Fashion Trend

A series of stark, black & white aprons and totes emblazoned with the Hakodate Juvenile Prison logo in both Japanese and English has proven so popular, inmates can't keep up with demand.

Applauding Bus Shelters - Innovative Marketing?

What better way to reward environmentally-friendly acts than with applause? That's what Western Australia's Department of Environment and Conservation achieved with its applauding bus shelter, created byMarketforce agency in Perth. Several shelters around Perth's Central Business District (CBD) were equipped with motion detectors that played recorded applause whenever someone stepped inside.

Don't Keep Your Favorite Clothes Closeted: Use Them As Lampshades!

It's the Clothes Hanger Lamp. Yes, you read it right. It’s a lamp that uses clothing as a lampshade. Designed by Hector Serrano for the prolific Dutch design house Droog, the Clothes Hanger Lamp leaves a laundry list of opportunities to create new looks.

Physical Activity of Children Is Dropping

The physical activity of children has dropped from age 9 to age 15, says a study done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Germs 101: How to Traumatize Your Children

When you think baby present, you think cute, right? Cuddly? Educational? How about infectious? Contagious? Deadly? GIANTmicrobes® are accurate and (mostly) adorable representations of germs, bacteria, viruses and other no-see-ums at 1,000,000x magnification.

Orange Juice Motion Lamp: Retro Groovy

Remember those weird lava lamps from another psychedelic time and place? Well, they are sort of back, sort of. Read on for all the groovy details!

Mohawk Drink Hat: One For The…Warpath?

Is the world ready for the new Mohawk Drink Hat? I don’t know, but look out because…here it comes!

8 Unusual Headphones That May Scare Your Ears

If you're tired of looking for gifts for friends, then why not get them a pair of unique headphones? These designs may look a bit odd, but they're bound to make a lasting impression!

MP3 Player Allows You To Submerge Yourself In Music

Since runners and bicyclists have been getting all the fun with their own uniquely designed MP3 players, Speedo and iRiver have teamed up to make sure swimmers don't feel left out.

Lightweight Greenhouse Waiting To Be Unfolded

I've heard a lot of complaints from people living in small spaces (dorms, apartments, condos, etc) about their inability to garden due to lack of space. I promised some of you I would keep a look out for innovative ways you can garden even with your limited space. Thanks to The Gin Lady, I have come across a possible solution for some of you. It's called the Foldable Greenhouse.

NASA Wants Your Urine

If you're in the area at the Johnson Space Center, stop by at 2200 Space Park and donate your urine for a good cause.

Sony Looks To Burn The Competition

With Sony’s latest product, burning DVD’s can be a more enjoyable experience that won’t have you researching help files on your computer.

Scatalogical Door Handle Is Universal Symbol For Bathroom

Need something on your bathroom door that says "bathroom" in a universal language? French designer Florence Doleac created a door handle that does just that. Poignée signalétique could be translated into "identifiable door handle" or an "identifiable handshake," as you wish. But let's not quibble about which translation to use; scatologic is universal.

Pittsburgh Invention Firm Davidson & Associates Settles With Feds For $10.7 Million

We just received this interesting piece of news. Good news for the everyday inventor!:

Pittsburgh Invention Firm Settles With Feds For $10.7 Million Davison & Associates Was Sued By FTC -- 3:08 pm EDT July 14, 2008

Going Green With Windows

MIT Scientists have taken solar powered energy and combined it with windows to make a new combination that might be greener than you think.

Airport Security Gets Involved In Neverending Saga

In order to stop illegal downloading, G8 governments are looking at a new strategy that involves airports.

Can You Ever Have Enough Octopus Chandeliers? 6 That Leave You Wanting More

Adam Wallacavage is a brilliant photographer and sculptor who sculpts chandeliers - surrealistic octopus chandeliers, some with sinuous arms swept by the movements of the sea, others at rest, and still others showing off their prey. Here are a mere six octopus chandeliers to arouse your appetite for more!

Israel’s Marital Mitzvah Machine - The ATM

What would you think if you walked into a wedding reception and saw an ATM at the front door?

Fleeing From Originality

One new concept for a digital camera is looking soar into the air, literally.

Dragon Fire King Kamado Charcoal Grill: For All Seasons And Seasonings

There are charcoal grills and then there are charcoal grills. Read all about the Dragon Fire King Kamado Grill and why it is a cut above others of its ilk.

Lost And Need Directions? Pull Out This Map Art

Every day millions of people use maps to take them places. But what about maps as a work of art? Here are a few artists that use maps as their muse.

10 Venue Names That Don't Belong In Major League Sports

With old sports venues falling apart and new owners stepping into the spotlight, more and more stadiums are being built. They may have new features, but sometimes, they just can't find a suitable name.

Tech Chair Takes in the Sun and Powers Up

If you've been to the beach or to an outside pool you've seen a lounge chairs right? Have you felt one? Lounge chairs can get pretty hot after with just a few minutes of sun exposure. So here's a thought. Wouldn't it be smart to innovative lounge chairs so that the chairs soak up the sun and then convert those rays it into electricity to power up electronics? PC World thinks so.

New Study Finds That Tired People May Sound Drunk

Have you gotten enough sleep lately? Well pull out that cot, because according to a new study, sleep deprived people may sound drunk.

Nerd-Approved, Lunch Monkey Mayo Cup With Banana Spoon

This handy little bento product from the folks at Nerd-Approved has entered the world of weird and wacky gadgets. Read all about its unique magic.

Interactive Dictionaries - More Than Just Definitions

Welcome. Invited. Accept gladly. Accommodate. Not sure exactly how these terms relate? Interactive dictionaries Visuwords and Lexipedia display the connections between words and phrases as a visual web.

New Travel Ad Campaign Highlights Reliability

An innovative new ad campaign for Cox & Kings Travel focuses on the company's longevity in the hopes of building trust in its services.

NASA Finds The Baby Boom Galaxy!

Naturally, NASA named the new-found galaxy after us, calling it the Baby Boom Galaxy. And, of course all the babies are stars! (We were always over-achievers!)

Online Scrabble Goes Legit

Facebook features a wide variety of applications that allow users to play games like Tetris and Duck Hunt. Now avid gamers will soon be able to add Scrabble to that list.

Colorful Sanitary Napkins Cheer Up a Blue Period

Feminine protection – whether it's pads, napkins or liners, this essential women's hygiene product has been the last frontier for marketers who seek to embellish every product with “designer” cachet. No longer, at least not in Japan where new colorful pads sport stylish designer prints.

This Scarecrow® Really Works!

Have you exhausted your options when it comes to getting rid of pesky animals (not your own, of course) from your backyard?

Well, here's a Scarecrow® that really works!


Made To Order Spooky Shades For Your Interior Lights

Naked lamps can be harsh on the eyes, but also on your interior design. An interesting lamp or chandelier shade allows your light to make a design statement that can change the whole atmosphere of its surroundings. Take this mildly spooky Lampshade by British textile artist Julie Roberts...

Spectacular Light Art Brightens Up The Night

Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke are two artists that like to play with light and dark.

Rock Band 2: Announced and Details Released

Despite having been announced only a little over a week ago, details on the upcoming sequel to Rock Band, Rock Band 2, have been released in the most recent edition of Game Informer. Harmonix, the developer of Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero 2, Rock Band, and now Rock Band 2, released details about several songs packaged with the game, the two drum sets that you can purchase for the game (yes, TWO different drum sets), and several other BIG announcements!

Obama To Make Left-Turns All Day?

Instead of designing a signature shoe or his very own hockey goalie pads, Barrack Obama might be making left-turns around the competition.


The Almost Complete Guide to Voice Changers

Voice changers offer anonymity for whatever reason you choose to use them for.

Starbucks Japan Grows While American Stores Close

Starbucks is closing over 600 stores in the USA alone this year as the coffee giant goes through a painful contraction, yet its Japanese subsidiary continues to grow while posting very tasty sales numbers. Is Starbucks Japan doing something different, or are they destined to echo the mother company's boom and bust?

Countdown To Beijing: Water Polo

Water polo may seem like a boring water sport, but it's actually an interesting Olympic event any sports fan can dive into.

Another Oversized Motorcycle, but this One is Road Ready

For some people, the bigger something is, the better it is. Clemens F. Leonhardt is one of those people and he just recently finished building what he calls "the worlds biggest motorcycle."

SIDS May Be Linked To Serotonin Levels

New research has shown that SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) may be caused by an imbalance in serotonin.

Shopping Robots Crawl the Mall So You Don't Have To

Imagine having your very own shopping robot who crawls the mall while you relax at home? Even better, you remotely control your robot shopper's movements and see through its electric “eyes”. You can also stop imagining... robo-shopper is (almost) here!

Weekend Reading: We All Scream For Ice Cream

With the hot summer months here, ice cream is more popular than ever. So while you're sitting in your cool air conditioning (or not), check out some interesting reading from our archives about the latest ice cream innovations and inventions.

Beer Buddy from Asahi: It Can’t Drive You Home

Asahi is the name of the new beer buddy robot gadget from Japan. He can be your own private beer pouring, beer-storing pal if you cough up 36 seals found on special bottles of the beer by Asahi. Read on if you need some new drinking buddies.

Countdown To Beijing: Indoor Volleyball

Despite being overshadowed by its popular variation, Beach Volleyball, the indoor sport has always attracted thousands of fans and created careers for students across the world.

New Laser Can Target Single Cells in Surgery

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a "microscalpel" that targets individual cells while preserving other cells around the target area.

Gargoyle Lighting And Furniture Design: 10 To Keep Evil Away

When it comes to chasing evil spirits away from your home, there's nothing like a gargoyle. People think of gargoyles and dragons going with Medieval or Gothic design, but a gargoyle doesn't need to match anything else in your home, not in color or design. A gargoyle just has a place, in its own right, because it has a job to do; it's your security system.

The Tennis Invention That's Causing A Racquet

Sweaty palms got you down? One company has devised a plan to keeping your hands cool and your tennis game hotter than ever.

Nanotubes Fill Key Role in Artificial Photosynthesis

Carbon nanotubes may be the key in overcoming a challenging roadblock for scientists trying to create artificial photosynthesis.

Japan's Asbestos Cancer Time Bomb Defused Using New Technology

Japan's asbestos cancer “time bomb” ticks louder day by day as the nation's average population gets older and decades-long incubation periods for asbestos cancer and other diseases caused by asbestos exposure end. Now, several new technologies developed in Japan may make cleaning up the asbestos mess not only easier, but safer as well. Hmm, does WALL-E know about this?

Modern Barbie Gets Kinky

There are some deviant minds in the product development and marketing suites at Mattel’s Barbie™ division.

Beijing’s Olympics In Your Hands: The Video Game

"Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games" brings the video game icons together. Take a look at the video game version, and the real deal in Beijing.

Safety Equipment for Skateboarding Becomes Cool

To help skaters stop getting more scars than they want, one designer has created a piece of safety equipment that doesn't look embarassing.

One Handy Dandy Spoon Scale: To Measure Properly and…Secretly!

Whether you love to cook and measure ingredients or prefer the darkness of street corners and the seamier ingredients in life, this spoon scale can make a your life easier. Read on for the details, measure for measure.

Turning Hazardous Waste Into Usable Energy

An emerging Washington state company InEnTec (Integrated Environmental Technologies) has made some innovative plans for confronting the foulest problems from our industrialized world.

GM Releases Video of Corvette ZR1 at Nurburgring

When the Corvette ZR1 hit the Nurburgring a short while back, most people were impressed with the lap time of 7:26.4. General Motors recently released the video of the lap to give the world a taste of what the ZR1 is like on the famous Nurburgring.

Verizon Teams Up With Rhapsody

In order to keep up with the constantly changing personalities of their mobile users, Verizon Wireless has announced it will team up with MTV Networks and RealNetworks to offer subscribers more choices.

Chevy Volt Gets a Range Reduction

The Chevy Volt has been General Motors' centerpiece since the concept was first introduced. The Volt was supposed to be the answer to many peoples' problems with the short distance of traditional Electric Vehicles. However, GM recently went on the record to say that the range would be reduced, and it's not by a few miles.

5 Fun Ways To Slide Into Summer

Despite the influx of video games and other indoor activities, kids still love to play outside. Get them going with a larger than life water experience, right in your very own backyard.

 

Kenner's Blythe Doll Takes on New Life in Japan

Girls of a certain age may remember playing with Blythe, a big-headed doll introduced by American toy company Kenner in 1972. A generation later, Blythe has taken on a new life in far-off Japan. Blythe's most devoted Japanese fans hold her in such deep esteem, one might liken it to mania!

Your Name In Lights On The Bathroom Wall!

If you've always wanted to see your name in lights, Korean designer Hyomi Kim has created a design called tile + light, a modular lighting system that fits right in with your tiles on tiled walls, ceilings, columns, hallways or wherever tile is used in home or institutional settings.

Surfing May Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers

Researchers have found that surfing may be the key to prolonging the life of people suffering from cystic fibrosis.

Waffles By Corona-Matic: Don’t Discard That Old Corona Typewriter!

A prototype at the present stage, this innovative idea for breathing new life into useless products by giving them another purpose takes the concept of recycling to the ultimate degree. Read all about this unique kitchen appliance from the folks at Designhead.

The Top 10 Best Sports Logos

As a continuation from the 10 worst sports logos, the following are 10 great logos that have solidified teams and major league sports.


Internet Radio Listeners Increased Drastically

According to industry figures, the number of individuals who listen to Internet radio has increased by 2.5 million in only six months.


Transparent Solar Powered Eco-Plane Wins 1st Place

Roland Cernat, a graduate form the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd/Germany, has designed an environmentally friendly plane called the Oriens. Oriens is a motor glider concept based on the cradle-to-cradle principle. The design won first prize this year at the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award 2008.

New Worries With HPV Vaccine?

Gardasil, a vaccine designed to prevent the HPV (human papillomavirus) virus has been causing some uproar lately.

Cool Construction Paper Kaleidoscope Art

Jen Stark is an artist that creates what we could only dream of doing when we were kids; art made from construction paper.

High Performing Lotus Replica For the Track

Using motorcycle engines to power lightweight 2-seater track cars is becoming more popular, and for a good reason. Most of the performance engines offer quite a bit of power for thier small displacement and low weight. Using this and a few other high-tech components, LusoMotors managed to resurrect a legend.

The Robot That Could Teach You A Few Dance Moves

Manufacturers located on the other side of the globe have been known for their incredible inventions, but not one of them can be groovier than this.

Scientist Designs Plasma-Powered Flying Saucer

A scientist from the University of Florida has recently filed a patent that is attracting everyone from NASA and the US Air Force to UFO-seekers and sci-fi enthusiasts.

Since 2006, Subrata Roy, a mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professor, has been working on a "flying saucer" aircraft design that turns surrounding air into plasma to generate its propulsion. The saucer, or "wingless electromagnetic air vehicle" (WEAV), has no moving parts and therefore could be more stable than airplanes and helicopters that rely on aerodynamics to provide lift.


A Lighting Designer In A Dark Place With A Sense Of Humor

Environment can have a great impact on a designer's work. Take Ali Siahvoshi, who grew up in Iran, where it is very sunny. After moving to Britain, where it is not very sunny, Siahvoshi began designing lighting. Not just any lighting, but spirited, humorous lighting, many from objects you don't expect to see in a lamp... like funnels, and tableware, and recycled wire hangers, for example.

High-Tech Thieves and the Gadgets They Use

High-tech thieves use high-tech devices to gain access to the object of their obsession, find out more about the sneaky ways they can steal from you.

J-BOX’s Bento Egg Shapers: How Eggciting!

For those out there who fervently believe that hard boiled eggs are a lot of things but exciting isn’t one of them, read on and learn more about this bento box egg shaper from J-Box right now!

H & K Wine Caddy Sculptures: For That Personal Touch

Looking for a special gift for that executive, golfer, cowboy, French maid, butler or Elvis impersonator in your life? Look no further for the H &K Wine Caddy Sculptures have arrived! Read on for some unique and very artistic details.

Golf Project Looks To Make Teeing Off More Enjoyable

Golf courses are a thing of beauty. Every detail is manicured to perfection to make sure a golfer’s day is relaxing even if they shot 92 on a previous set of 18 holes. The idea and motivation behind one new project is set to give golfers an even more realistic paradise.


Tech Out The Menu

How many times have you gone to a restaurant whether it is a neighborhood greasy spoon joint or a high end hotspot, only to get a waiter who insists on taking your order verbally instead of writing it down because they feel they are skillful enough to remember it?

Sliced Bread, Move Over: Contest for Next Best Thing

Yesterday marked the 80th anniversary of sliced bread. In honor of this momentous occasion, Times Online and News.com.au have launched a contest to find the best thing since sliced bread. Read on for details.

Only Two Push-Ups! China’s Government Sparks A New Meme

Why is this man doing a naked push-up near Beijing's Olympic stadium? It's part of a quiet protest against a hard-line government.

Q-Links Expands Its Biofield To Pets: The Q-Link Pet Pendant

Professional athletes have experienced the benefits of Q-Links for more than a decade.The pendants worn around their necks have helped many a professional golfer, for example, score some birdies. And even Madonna is reported to wear a Q-link!

But, now pets can experience the same focus and positive, healthy energy with the Q-Links Pet Pendant!


Nike USA Olympic Uniforms Ready To Revolutionize

Several athletes recently premiered the new Nike USA track and field uniforms before a sold-out crowd of 20,000 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.


Try The New Bubble Calendar And Pop The Days Away

Are you an obsessive bubble wrap popper? Do you search for just the right feel of the perfect bubble between your fingers, just so you can squeeze the perfect pop out of it? If so, the Bubble Calendar is for you! You can mark off every day with a pop... but you only get one chance a day to make it perfect!

Muscle-Sensing T-Shirt Improves Athletic Technique

As countless coaches have advised their athletes, often the best way to improve technique is to break things down into one movement at a time.

A new T-shirt that measures muscle output could take this strategy to the extreme. The shirt, which is embedded with small sensors, enables athletes to find out which muscles they're using at different moments, and how hard. The invention is part of the ConText Project.

Firebox’s Condiment Gun: Shoot, By All Means, Shoot!

Firebox’s condiment gun has entered the world of summer barbecue with a significant bang! Read all about why you should arm yourself with one of these novelty sauce dispensers and use them as frequently as the law will allow.

Change in Diet May Reduce High Blood Pressure

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension has shown that a higher intake of minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium by dietary means may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and decrease blood pressure in people with hypertension.

Info Leaked About Creative's Answer To The iPhone

Leaked documents from the company’s UK website has revealed that Creative’s new music device might just peel away the hype surrounding Apple’s iPhone.

The Top 10 Worst Sports Logos

The following are symbols that haven’t seen positive reviews. The teams may have won many games while wearing these logos, but they didn’t win over the creative minds of individuals around the world.


10 Great Green Products To Bring Down Your Summer Bill

If you feel like the heat seems to be getting worse and worse each year, you're not the only one. You're also not to only one with high electric bills resulting from trying to stay cool indoors. Staying indoors to keep cool is getting expensive. It's too hot to leave the windows open and AC off and its too hot for the AC to keep up with the heat and keep us cool. The harder the AC works the higher the electric bills get. The good news is below is a quick list of innovations items to consider when thinking of investing in ways to reduce your bill.

Shake It, Baby! Madonna Does!

Madonna shakes it. Shaquille O’Neal, Lance Armstrong, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jane Fonda, and LeBron James, Claudia Schiffer and Natalie Imbruglia are among other celebrities that are said to shake it. What do they shake? Everything. They do whole body vibration exercise (WBV) and there are several good reasons why....

Where There's A Wiggle, There's A Way

Jelly is best known for its various shapes and colours, but at the Architectural Jelly Banquet, they’re more known as music superstars.

Ford Focus RS Coming to North America

Euro spec vehicles always seem to be built better and offer more than that ones available on this side of the big puddle. This has been a wonderful point to complain about for a long time, but Ford decided to bring that to a halt and offer up something that is right on par with the cars available in Europe.

Not Sea Worthy, But It Lights Up A Room: The Anemone

Ever handle Silly Putty? Remember how it slips and slides in your hands, changing its form as you move, kind of squishy-feeling? Well, here's a lamp that acts like Silly Putty, or more accurately, like an anemone, its namesake.

Sorapot’s Glass Tea Pot: For The Tea Voyeur and Connoisseur

The newest teapot from Soropot is quietly beautiful and unique. Read on and learn how its elusive properties make the ritual of tea preparation a voyeuristic rite for all tea lovers to behold.

Watermelon Could Possibly Work As Well As Viagra

A cool, juicy watermelon is a refreshing fruit for many. However, watermelons may have the same effect as Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Earn Your Bread and Butter With Toast Art

What can you do with toast besides slather butter and jelly on it? Create cool portraits with it!

Foosball Gets Automated

If you’ve been looking for a partner to play foosball because your friends won’t join in on the fun, then your search is over. Thanks to a group of students, lonely foosball all-stars now have an opponent that’s not a human being.

Saleen's New Racecraft Brand is Official

Saleen has been spilling information about their new "value-oriented" line of performance kits. However, the official word came on the 4th of July in the form of a press release that outlined the new line as well as the first product from the new brand.

Cool Handmade Keyboards are Just Your Type

Bored with your keyboard? The NISHI-KI keyboard adds a touch of class & culture to this most utilitarian of peripherals. It may cost a pretty penny, but such is the price of made to order exclusivity, not to mention the gorgeous handmade decorative keys.

Wine Compound May Slow the Effects of Aging

Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and grape skin, may slow the aging process, researchers say.

Muscle-Sensing T-Shirt Improves Athletic Technique

As countless coaches have advised their athletes, often the best way to improve technique is to break things down into one movement at a time.

A new T-shirt that measures muscle output could take this strategy to the extreme. The shirt, which is embedded with small sensors, enables athletes to find out which muscles they're using at different moments, and how hard. The invention is part of the ConText Project.

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Puff Politely: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 3

Welcome to the third installment of Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' ads. With a total of 73 ads making the rounds of Japanese ad space, it's unlikely you'll see the same ad twice – but you'll definitely get the message that smoking demands consideration. Here are ads 21 through 30...

Nissan Effis Getting Closer to Production

Nissan has been very actively researching alternative fuel vehicles for the past few years. One of the promising areas is known as Fuel Cells Vehicles (FCV) and a new concept vehicle called the Effis may be on the road using Nissan's fuel cell technology very soon.

Drink Up! More Coffee May Lower Risk For Liver Cancer

Think drinking coffee is bad for you? Well think again. Researchers have found that drinking more coffee may decrease your risk of liver cancer.

Scientific Miracles: Stem Cell Therapy For Pets

If your 10 year old Labrador Retriever with hip dysplasia could run like a pup again, would you consider it a miracle? Or if your horse could be freed from arthritic pain without drugs and be able to race or jump again, would that be a miracle? Right now, dogs and horses with soft tissue injuries and diseases can be helped with the miracle of science, in the form of a treatment called Vet-Stem Regenerative Medicine (VSRM).

Bird Flu Antibodies Made in Quantity from Ostrich Eggs

A Kyoto University professor has found a way to create huge quantities of protective avian influenza (bird flu) antibodies using nature's largest egg, that of the ostrich.

Some New Things You Wanted to Know About Planes : Weekend Reading

Happy Fourth of July!

Want to learn about the latest inventions, innovations and interesting ideas relating to airplanes?For this long weekend, I thought it'd be fun to highlight some of the great innovations happening with planes.


Two Great Speakers Take The Competition Outside

When the sun’s shining and the birds are singing, there’s no excuse not to take the family gathering or jamboree with friends outside. However, if you’re only musically inclined indoors, then there’s a good chance you might need a pair of speakers for the great wide open space in your backyard.

Undress Me Mugs: Caffeine And Nudity to Start Your Day!

Undress Me Mugs from J-Me present a new way to face the challenges of morning. Read on for the naked truth.

Learn American History Through Online Time Machine

Before the BBQs are lit or the bonfires set ablaze during this Fourth of July weekend, it might be nice to brush up on some American history. What better way to do that than to go back in time?

British Motor Show Preview : The New Lotus Eagle

Every major auto show has that 1 car that is at center stage. For the British Motor Show, that could very well be the new Lotus Eagle. Although there is already a fair amount known about the car, people are still very anxious to see the revealing of the newest addition to the Lotus family.

Got A Mess On The Floor? Hang It On The Wall!

If your home is so messy you can't walk through it without tripping over the mess, designer Chris Yue has a brilliant idea: hang it on the wall! Not only can you hang your mess, you can make it a work of art....

New Technology Could Detect Breast Cancer With Hair Strands

An Australian company called Fermiscan is in the process of developing a test that could possibly identify a person with breast cancer using about 20 strands of their hair.

Slap On The Ham And Make Sandwich Art

Why is it that I always find some food-related art when I'm really hungry? I see these works of art and I start to drool. Here is some sandwich art that will definitely make you salivate.

10 Strange Guitars That Make You Want To Be A Rock Star

The following are a list of guitars that have taken a giant step over the line of simplicity.


Eco-friendlier Fireworks May be Exploding Soon

A firework is a low explosive pyrotechnic used for entertainment such at firework displays and holiday celebrations (4th of July, New Years, etc). Brilliant in color and explosively loud fireworks bring smiles and joy to people all over the world, but as beautiful as they are to watch there is some concern that fireworks may be dangerous to our health and to our environment.

Great Invention Idea? Fork Timer

Are you a fast eater? Are you done with what’s on your plate before anyone else even starts eating? Don’t worry; there is a simple solution for you.

'Handsome Man Bank' Saves Money, Pays Compliments

Japan's women are finding romance in the virtual arms of the “Handsome Man Bank”. Of course, they're paying for every choice compliment they get... literally.

Buy Gas Now and Pay Less Later

Everyone has been feeling the crunch when buying gas. As the price creeps closer and closer to $5.00 per gallon, more and more people are wondering what they are going to do. A new program called MyGallons may be the answer.

Malaysian Company Launches Online Casino

Genting International PLC has recently made its first steps to becoming involved in the online gambling business. But are online casinos the way to go?

ShortsInMotion.com: Seductive Shorts for the Mobile Audience

Ten two-minute films on the art of seduction, directed by the likes of Isabella Rossellini and Guy Maddin. Four ways to watch the films: on mobiles, online, on the big screen or small. One enticing site to host them all.

Dot Matrix Toasters: Digital Toast By Zuse!

Is this new odd dot matrix toaster from Inseq Design in Austria art or a toaster? Whatever it is, it can print toast. Yes, you heard me correctly. Read on for line-by-line details, light, medium and dark.

Nerve Stimulation May Help You Lose Weight

Tiny amounts of electricity in order to stimulate the nerves might be a way to lose weight, researchers say.

How Camping Is Losing Its Old Ways: New Inventions in Camping

This time of year is perfect for camping trips, but activity is being shadowed by new inventions that are taking the adventure right out of it.

Roland Introduces The Grand Piano's Younger Brother

While keeping the look and feel of a traditional piano, Roland has recently unveiled their latest addition to their line of digital pianos.

Stars And Stripes Forever - Craziest American Flag Art

July Fourth, also known as Independence Day, is a time to celebrate the founding of America and commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. In honor of this celebration, I would like to share with you some interesting flag art that I have come across.

Great Invention Idea? A Birthday Cake Candle Extinguisher

If you don't want to blow out your birthday cake candles, don't fear the Birthday Cake Candle Extinguisher (Patent Number 3150831) is here. Although I don't know why you wouldn't want to blow out your candles - it's the greatest thing ever.

ZERO Cellphone Case Gives Old Tire Tubes the Green Light

The just-released ZERO cellphone case made from recycled tire tubes shows Japan's new generation is beginning to become environmentally aware. What better way to get consumers to think green then by giving them a product that looks cool?

Eclipse Paint Changes Color with Heat

Since the first cars were on the road, people have been customizing them and trying to outdo everyone else. If you are in the market for something that will do just that, the Alsa Corporation may have the answer you are product for.

The MP3 Isn't Alone Anymore

The MP3 is facing a lot of stiff competition when it comes to what audio format is the best. The MT9 is a great example, as its creators have stated that it has the ability to become the next basic music format. However, one company is showing that domination isn’t everything.


Back Against The Wall? Have A Seat

One piece of molded plastic and two pieces of rubber is all it takes to make the Wall Chair. The rest of the chair is formed by any wall and any floor. In other words, if the chair is standing, have a seat.

NBC Jumps Into The Olympic End Of The Internet

Olympic fans and supporters can rejoice as NBC plans to make more than 2,200 hours of live competition from Beijing available online.

Great Invention Idea? Bird Trap and Cat Feeder

Disturbing yet practical, the Bird Trap and Cat Feeder makes feeding your cat simple at the expense of all the birds that like to fly around your yard.

Flip Flops that Tone Legs: Fit Flops

A flip flop that promises to tone butts, legs, calves and thighs while walking? Has someone really developed something so innovative?

 

The answer is Yes.


How A Dish Drainer Becomes An Item Of Genius

Read all about this innovative dish drainer that conserves runoff water that otherwise would go down the kitchen drain by utilizing it to grow herbs!

Rake Up Those Leaves and Create Leaf Art

This gorgeous leaf art originated in a small town in India and is done on dry Peepal leaves. This artwork is one of the oldest forms of art, and only a few people around the world are left that create this form of art.

CPR Pad Makes Resuscitation Easier

Designer Ryan Helps has come up with a CPR resuscitation pad that gives a person feedback when they are performing CPR correctly.

10 Weird Sports From Around The World

If you thought cricket and water polo we're weird, wait until you see these crazy sports that are popular across the globe.