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December, 2008

New Technology May Heal Bones in Minutes

The worst part of breaking a bone (besides the pain) is the healing process. Wearing an uncomfortable cast can be irritating and aggravating, making it harder to move around for months at a time. Well, that process may soon change. A company has developed a product called “Injectable Bone” that may repair the broken bone in minutes.

New Japanese Export: "Hako-Ie" (or) Room In A Box

A special space of one's own, where you can rest, meditate, create... is what Japanese architect Asao Sakamoto was after when he created the Hako-Ie. Literally, "room in a box," Hake-Ie won a 2008 international Good Design Gold Award for Sakamoto's do-it-yourself pre-fabricated room for your home. Like Japanese food, clothing, and cars, the Hako-Ie can be exported and enjoyed all over the world.

Genetic Diets On The Horizon

IF you have ever wonderd which diet is right for you there may be a new way to find out soon, your DNA.

Multi-Functional Massage Device: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6802818 refers to a Multi-Functional Massage Device that services the multi-tasking but very confused and dysfunctional busy person of today. It proves, without a doubt, that old admonition about not chewing on your pen because of the unknown places it has been before (even though it’s likely to be located somewhere on the user of this silly thing). Read on for more information, if you have the time.

Russian Lab Promises Affordable Cure for Cancer In the Works

A laboratory in Russia says it has built a proton accelerator for treating cancer victims that is 10 times cheaper than any similar device. It may provide salvation for millions of oncology patients around the world. Read on and learn more about this amazing device.

Why You Should Have A Part-Time Online Business Aside From Your Day Job Part 1

The recession is not just the only reason why you should have a part-time online business. You should have an online business--with or without the recession--because it is another stream of income. Are you one of those people who complain about their salary not being enough to make ends meet but don't really do anything concrete about it? Read on to learn more.

Long, Leggy, And Warm Protective Hoodies & Boots For Dogs

If your dog lives with you inside a cozy, warm home in winter, he doesn't have the resistance to the elements that his ancestors had. Nor will he keep his puppy resilience his whole lifetime. Like humans, as pets age, the effects of cold, wet weather can be bone-chilling.

2009 Stamps Commemorate 10 Iconic British Designs

The British Royal Mail picked a panel of prominent designers to choose which designs Great Britain should commemorate in a design series of stamps for 2009. There were no rules for this panel; they chose designs from furnishings, fashion, transportation and even graphic design. Here are the 10 design icons that were chosen....

OLED's an Even Greener LED

New and even more green LED's are coming out to market.

Nuclear Waste Disposal System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6846967 also known as the Nuclear Waste Disposal System entered the world in 2005 and just won’t leave. Perhaps it is waiting for the all clear signal from those controlling the sub-sea volcano which the inventor so stoutly advocates as the way for all nuclear wastes to go. Read on, and…. stand back a bit from the shore.

Is This Your Cup Of Tea? The Cup of Coffee Tabletop Fountain

This Cup of Coffee table fountain is a lot easier to "get" than the floating chained bottle of wine I posted a few weeks ago, but there is something unnerving about this endless coffee fountain.


Will China Lead as White Knight in Troubled World Economy?

World leaders with the largest cash reserves, which include Russia, India, Brazil and China recently met at the Group of 20 Summit and asked China to lead the financial way through the troubled forest of an unstable world economy. Can China assume this role? Read on, but don’t invest yet.

Healthy Snacks Delivered To Your Office For A Grazing Lifestyle

Like cows, nutritional experts urge us humans to graze throughout the day; eating smaller portions of healthy snacks instead of binging during our 3 daily meals. A new company in the UK plays into this trend, by offering consumers a convenient method to snack. I bet their name won't come as a surprise either, accurately describing their nutritional services by calling themselves Graze.

Elder Driver Badges 'Leaf' Japanese Seniors Cold

Anyone driving in Japan will soon notice curious badges on many of the other cars. Both are shaped like stylized leaves, with green & yellow (Wakaba) for first-year new drivers and red & yellow (Koleshiya) for seniors over 75. It's the latter that are ruffling a few feathers. After all, what person of advanced age wants to be likened to a dying leaf?

Scientists Discover Molecule That Targets Brain Tumors

Researchers at the UC Davis Cancer Center have discovered a molecule that may provide hope for treating a highly deadly form of cancer.

Study Shows Brain is Affected by Seeing Family Members

Do you have a positive or negative reaction when visiting your family for the holidays? A new study shows that seeing or spending time with your family can trigger activity in your brain that affects how you feel about them.

Tokyo Tower Celebrates Golden Anniversary with 24-Carat Gold Replica

Tokyo Tower notched an important milestone this past December 23 by celebrating its 50th anniversary. In tribute, Ginza Tanaka is offering a 26.4 inch tall replica made of 24-carat gold for the towering sum of 50 million yen - about $510,000.

Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device: Great Idea?

Patent# US 682353, which refers to a Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device is probably as silly as any invention can be. This combination shower head and electronic media device is a space saver in its own quirky way, but that does not change the fact that the concept is absurd. Read on and sort of cleanse to the music of your favorite mp3s!

Net-A-Porter Makes Sure Travelers Always Dress Their Best!

When traveling for business, you may not be aware of all the events that will make up your journey; or their corresponding dress codes. So you can impress other attendees with your business savvy, instead of causing them to focus on your inappropriate wardrobe choices; Net-A-Porter offers emergency wardrobe solutions with delivery directly to your hotel room.

Digital Voting and Security Possible for Overseas Americans

US Citizens Abroad may soon be able to vote digitally.

Brush Less With "Breath-Less" Toothpaste For Pets

While I can't say that I like the name "Breath-Less," as bad breath is better than no breath at all, I'm willing to give this stuff a try.

Year 2036: The World According To Garth

African designers and artists are bringing their own unique talents into international design exhibitions, and the 2008 biennial St. Etienne (France) Design Show was no exception. One of the most interesting exhibits was Garth Walker's, a South African who was asked by the event organizers to create his vision of St. Etienne in 2036.

Asthma Inhalers Go Green, But At What Cost?

... Though the "green" inhalers have been on the market for a few years, and many doctors have been prescribing them, there is a sizable group of asthma patients who say they are ineffective. As the timely use of an Albuterol inhaler may make the difference between life and death, you can imagine how impassioned these patients are.

Remote Plastic Surgery: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6843793 known mysteriously only as a Surgical Instrument, is a highly complicated medical apparatus that entails the principle of remote plastic surgery. No, this is not done via a television remote or on an operating table in the rainforest in southwestern Borneo. It is, instead, a rather silly attempt to perform plastic surgery as a sort of game, like painting by numbers.

Russian Pays For Trademark Emoticon: What Will He Buy Next?

Would you buy an emoticon? One Russian businessman did, and he has trademarked that combination of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages and email. The question is… why did he do it? Read on even though the answer still may not be clear.

10 Great Toys For the Alcoholic Inside of Us All

Boozehounds and barflies, here's a comprehensive list of the 10 best drinking accessories to help turn your life into the whirling swirl of drunkenness you've always wanted. Even if you aren't a total alcoholic, you may still enjoy some of these fun innovations in beer and liquor.

IKEA Finally Brought To Nashville With ModerNash’s Convenient Delivery

ModerNash creates a smart business idea, by using someone else's to make their own. IKEA, inarguably, is one of the most popular, affordable furniture distributors around the globe. But, because locations are lacking in some regions of the United States, ModerNash offers a delivery service of their products, with no actual partnership with the company.

Making a Cyborg Brain

Researchers are making new advances in Nano brains.

Motor-Driven Ice Cream Scooper: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6840754, also known as the Motor-Driven Ice Cream Scooper, entered the world in 2005. Designed for the lazy of both heart and mind, this invention facilitates the handling of frozen ice-cream as if it were a third hand emanating from the user’s chest. Read on, no matter how you may feel about extra body parts.

China's Solar Cell Industry: A Sunny Forecast?

While experiencing a period of stable and rapid growth over the last few years, China’s solar cell industry like so many others affected by this year’s global financial crisis, is now going through a difficult time. What’s in the forecast for 2009? Read on and reach for the sun as well as the sky.

DK Travel Gets It Right With Personalized, Custom Travel Guides

I recently wrote about Offbeat Guides, which fell a bit flat on our expectations of customization. But now Dorling Kindersley Travel gets in right by bringing personalization to their custom travel guides.

Single And Lovin' It! Another Coffee Company Establishes A Lifestyle

Coffee lovers are feeling the need to be single... at least at their coffee machines. And there's one company in particular that's driving the the single-cup lifestyle. This company makes an automatic single-cup coffee maker (the "razor") and a patented package for the coffee it brews (the "razor blades").

Toothbrush With Enclosed Electronic Game: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6850167 also known as the Brushing Behavior Reinforcement Toothbrush and Enclosed Electronic Game Switch with Grid may or may not be just what the dentist ordered. It’s a reward system for brushing effectively but all in all, that doesn’t change the fact that this is one silly invention.

Methodizaz: Stalkerazzi Services Turn Artistic

Sometimes the best photos of people are the ones where they're acting naturally instead of posing. Methodizaz is a photography company that bases its concept on this motto, and takes your photo when you're least expecting it.

Equality For The Butt: The Balance Chair

I think most of us have some inequalities in our sidedness. For example, my left leg is stronger than my right leg, and my right arm is stronger than my left arm. I can see close better with my right eye... and so on. But honestly, untill now, I never thought about the strength of my right butt cheek versus my left butt cheek.

'Element Girls' Pretty Up the Periodic Table

Chemistry can be a tough subject for students more interested in games and girls, which makes "The Periodic Table: Learning Basic Chemistry through Moe" a bright idea indeed. Which element do you love the moe-st?

Marxist Manga Puts the Commie Back in Comics

With capitalism taking it on the chin of late, will communism prove to be fertile fodder for the downtrodden masses? Maybe so - a new, fictionalized manga version of Marx's "Das Kapital" is a hit in Japan today... tomorrow the world!

Sun’s Secrets Explored: New Russian Satellite

A new Russian satellite specifically constructed to observe the sun’s x-ray and gamma radiation will soon be joining two other satellites already in space. Scientists believe this latest technology will reveal a side to the sun they’ve never seen before. Read all about this innovation and this time, you can leave your sun block at home.

Trapping Cow Belches: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6982161 is an odd little baby indeed. Entitled: A Process for the Utilization of Ruminant Animal Methane Emissions, one can only speculate as to exactly where the creative process is headed if this is an example of someone’s brain child. Read on and be amazed at what some people will pay money to produce.

Chinese Innovations in Foreign Countries Thwarted by Red Tape

A draft amendment to China’s patent law is hindering the creativity of Chinese inventors living abroad by making it difficult to legalize the idea without much red tape. Read on and… keep your ideas to yourself.

Pomme Bebe Opens An Organic Baby Food Bar in Newport Beach

Pomme Bebe takes the baby food industry to a whole new level by offering a sample tasting bar of their organic, green baby food and providing home delivery from their online store.

Bath Bombs Turn Your Hot Bath Into a Deep Fryer

Shouldn't every bath time be a Happy Bath Time? Wizland thinks so, and to ensure there are more bubbles than troubles, offers up bath bombs which reveal Fried Foods and Sweet Donuts. Mmm, donuts...

Try to Jaywalk Across This Street Art

Roadsworth is a street artist that stencils drawings on pavement and has also gotten arrested for his works of art.

Caffeine Produces Better Results in Men

A new study has shown that caffeine gets to work in as little as ten minutes and also has a greater effect on men.

Status and Sex Brought To The Greens With Eye Candy Caddies

For some people, golf is a status symbol. They join the most prestigious clubs, play the top courses and buy only the best gear. Now, a UK based business called Eye Candy Caddies takes this to the next level by providing young, attractive, female caddies to assist with or distract you from your golf game.


World's Smallest RC Hovercraft Really Blows!

Hovercraft are cool; personal ones are even cooler. Now Japan's Takara Tomy has introduced the Hover-Q: a miniaturized, radio controlled personal hovercraft that blows away the competition!

Solar Powered Lamp Or Bicycle Art?

The annual Innovate or Die Contest challenges participants to use their bikes to power devices and appliances that normally rely on electric power. The gadget we have here uses the sun to powering the bike. Can we get a chain going? The sun powers the bike that powers the lamp, that powers the...?

Footwear with GPS: A Great Idea?

Patent# US 6788200 is designed for those among us who can’t find our way out of paper bags. (You don’t have to stand up. We know who you are.) This Footwear with GPS entered the weary world in 2004, and is perfect for those who can’t tell their left foot from the right. (We know who you are too.) Read on even if you do know where both your feet are.

Design Your Own Chandelier With Axi Tealight Pendants

Natural interior light created by candles puts a special topper on any evening, and the Axi Tealight Pendants are ready to provide it in some of the most elegant hanging candle cradles I've seen.

Mysterious Dark Energy Controls Expansion of Universe

Russian scientists have recently discovered that a mysterious ‘dark energy’ is responsible for preventing galaxy clusters from getting too big. Is this new galactic diet also responsible for the expansion of the universe? Read on, but stay away from junk food and watch out for those clusters!

"Groundbreaking" Ultrasound Device Invented By PhD Student

Ultrasound machines can cost $20,000 or more and weigh 30 pounds, but not George K. Lewis's ultrasound device. Lewis's portable therapeutic ultrasound machine cost him about $150 to make -- 80 percent of which was spent on the battery -- it fits in the palm of his hand, and it can help treat cancer and relieve arthritis... among other things.

New Device May Stimulate Brain Sexually

People having trouble enjoying sex will soon have reason to celebrate. A new brain chip may be used one day to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain and deliver orgasms.

10 Quirky Pencils, Pens, And Funky Sharpeners To Entertain You

For all the sophisticated gadgets I write about, I am most delighted by simple things. I have a favorite Big Red pen, a bunch of number two pencils, a Magic Rub eraser and a few manual pencil sharpeners I got at Disneyland. These are my writing, drawing, and book keeping staples and I delight when I can escape from my computer and use them.

Tradition Meets Technology In The Dia Rug

The Dia Rug recently received the Red Dot award for best product design in the area of floor coverings, having already won the the Wallpaper* award for best textile in 2006. The design of the Dia is by Magdalena Lubinska and Michal Kopaniszyn, and it is based on Polish folk motifs; but the Dia Rug is an interesting blend of time honored tradition and modern technology.

Urgent Pet Owner Warning: Pets Poisoned By Potpourri

Today's column is devoted to a very dreadful occurrence. I, and other pet bloggers, have been sent this notice by pet lovers we know... and the message has been verified. Please read on...

Cell Phone With Concealed Firearm System: Great Idea?

Patent# US6778811 concerns an electronic device concealed within a cell phone, which can shoot a bullet out of the phone’s antennae. This Cell Phone With Concealed Firearm System is obviously not for everyone but the question remains: Is it for anyone at all? Read on and …watch out!

STM32 Microcontroller Wins EDN China 2008 Innovation Award

Electronics Design and Strategy News (EDN) has presented China's 2008 Best Product Award to STM, a global leader in microcontrollers and recognized innovator among semiconductor manufacturers. The STM32 won over many competing products covering a broad range of categories. Read on for details.

New Computer Knows When You Flip It The Bird

Gesture based computing has a wide range of applications, just be careful or you may offend the hard drive.

European Shoebox Banking Brings Ultimate Convenience To Finances

Insinger de Beaufort, a private bank based in Austria, brings an old-fashioned concept into the financial world, by setting clients up with a shoebox banking system. While you may not stash you cash in a shoebox under your bed, they do offer a similar convenience through their pickup service, with the financial safety of traditional banking.

Strange But True Business: Dollar Hot Dog’s Mail Order Wieners

The strangest business idea of 2008 has been awarded to Dollar Hot Dog! This concept is so wacky; it's hard to believe it's not a hoax. A company that cooks and ships fully-dressed hotdogs in standard white envelopes to south-facing mail boxes in the US for only $1...can they be serious?

LifeWave™ Bed Sore Treatment Shows Promise

Bed sores come secondary to any injury, illness, or disease that keeps us immobile. But don't let the word "secondary" fool you; they can be fatal.

'Lady Guard', a Pill to Prevent Peeing

Troubled too often by the need to "go"? Try Lady Guard, a new OTC pill that calms hyperactive bladders and postpones the urinary urge to when it's more convenient.

Pocket Navigator MW-430: Russia’s Newest Car Navigator

Cars in Russia today are equipped with many different varieties of navigation software to accommodate many different tastes. Now a new model has appeared on the GPS horizon and this Pocket Navigator MW-430 is the first to include a complete software iGO8 with a map Tele-Atlas Russia. Read on for details, even if you are not sure where you are.

Cosmetic Extract from Marine Ooze: Great Idea?

This Process for the Preparation of a Cosmetic Extract from Marine Ooze, which is known to some as Patent# US 6787159, may truly seem like something concocted out of a mad scientist’s laboratory. Read on for more details about the mysterious ooze whose origins may lie far away in that black lagoon of long ago and far away wherein terror dwells.

Wear Your Music With Levi’s Jeans

In designing the jeans, Redwire considered both function and fashion. The result is a uniquely functional, yet stylish, great fitting jean with built in iPod.

Duke Researchers Make Light From Sunburn and Diaper Rash Cream

Common hosehold items create ultra white light according to Duke researchers.

Winter Ear Flaps With Earphones To Go!

When is a hat a gadget? When it's got 150 megawatt earphones in it.

Thanko Offers Fashionble Answer To Tired Ears

The earphones come in a variety of styles including soccer ball, skull and cross bones and panda, and as they double as earrings, they allow the wearer to break several fashion rules at once while continuing to rock!

7 Ways To Protect Your Small Business From Recession

Aren't you just dying for a bail-out like the banks? In times of recession, small business owners are the ones that get hit hard the most. Unfortunately for you, you are not AIG and you are not qualified for a perpetual lifeline from the US government. If a company of that magnitude fell, it will certainly be felt around the world. But you? You are just a small business owner and you are, in every sense of the word.. small. Don't worry though. It IS possible to ride out this recession with your business still intact. Read on for more.

Rinspeed iChange is a True Transformer

While many companies are looking for ways to make their engines and transmissions more efficient, Rinspeed is working to make the overall design more aerodynamic. From this, they have decided that a vehicle that can change its shape provides the best option when it comes to overall efficiency. Enter, the Change.

The Rage: Hibiscus In Your Bubbly

Ah, there's nothing like a Australian-grown wild hibiscus, soaked in sweet syrup and bubbly, to perk up your taste buds. They even reward the hold-your-nose champagne drinkers for sticking it out until the real wine comes along.

This Christmas, Give the Gift of... Snow?

Since 1986, the northern Japanese town of Hayakita has sent over 65,000 snow-filled styrofoam snowmen to those whose winters are without the white stuff.

Fireplace with Waterfall: A Great Idea?

Patent# US 6901925 better known as the Fireplace with Waterfall is one of those things that truly tests the range of silliness acceptable within the human condition. Perhaps one too many warm and fuzzy martinis inspired this idea of a fireplace having one or more waterfalls in front of a fire. It might explain it, and then again, it might not. Read on, and…. Keep warm and dry.

Langham Hotel International: China’s Hospitality Expansion Project

Langham Hotels International (LHI) refuses to look at the facts concerning the declining occupancy rates in hotels across the Asia-Pacific region. Perhaps they know a secret they won’t tell? Read on and learn more about this hotel chain’s plans to open seven more properties by 2010.

Mercedes Develops Split View Navigation Screen

It's becoming more and more apparent that the days of long road trips spent talking to your passengers are pretty much dead. With more complicated stereo systems and in dash DVD, you can cruise along for hours without saying a word to anyone else inside the cabin. Mercedes has added another link to this chain, in the form of a multi-view LCD screen.

Progressive European Companies Offer Refund Services When Travel Plans Fall Through

Most of us are not aware of our rights to refunds and compensation when we cancel our travel plans or when weather or overbooking disrupts our airline flights. Two progressive and trendsetting new companies in the travel industry help people reclaim their rightful funds at a time when the economy requires us to watch our finances.

A De "Light" Ful Design For Your Walls: Foscarini Yet Wall Sconce

The words "wall sconce" evoke images of powdered chrome and iridescent Art Deco icons; the Yet Wall Sconce is anything but... One thing's for sure: you will have a great deal of fun with the "Yet" Wall Sconce, especially if you have more than one.

What A Kick! The Kong Cat Kickeroo

Who knew that Kong would come up with the perfect wrestling toy for a cat?

Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock Signals the Stubbornly Sleepy

If you've ever dreamed of being tied to the railroad tracks by some Snidely Whiplash-like ne'er-do-well, then The Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock from Banpresto is NOT for you.

Are 4 Front Wheels Better than 2 ?

While the jury may still be out on that question, the Covini Engineering team is hoping to finally put their 6-wheel concept vehicle into production and maybe be able to shed some light on the paradox.

Love Your Barbie The Alfred Hitchcock Way

"The Birds" Barbie. Hitchcock would be proud that his motion picture classic has been adapted into a child's toy... wouldn't he? I'm a little on the fence with this one...


Simulated Wedding Cake: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7021465 concerns the Simulated Wedding Cake, a must have for brides, grooms, best men and ladies in simulated waiting! How one can invent a simulation, which by definition is a copy of something, is a conundrum that does not appear to be addressed in this silly exposé. Read on anyway, and may you and all your wedding guests really eat cake.

Russian Dogs Lend Helping Paws to Financial Crisis

In Siberia, man’s best friend is doing his and her part to help with family expenses by becoming walking billboards for specific products. Read all about the city of Novosibirsk’s innovative Promo Dog Agency and…arf!

A Gift Idea for the Toddler Motor Head

LEGOs have to be one of the most versatile building tools ever created. With pieces of every color shape and size, the possibilities are truly unlimited. A fact that once again has been proven with the introduction of an air powered Lego built engine.

I Am Saint Nick Launches Personal Santa Service

Through annual letters to Santa, the young and old alike divulge their biggest secrets; they reveal what it is that they'd truly like for Christmas. Until this year, we normal people haven't been privy to this classified information, but now I am Saint Nick makes it possible.

Pepperfruits Gum Packs Heat in Every Bite

Snacks are big business in Japan, and not a day goes by without some new gum, candy or other sweet confection hitting store shelves. Pepperfruits, the new gum from Kracie, just might be "crazy" enough to make a lasting impression.

GYM Concept Runs Clean and Keeps You Fit

Motorized transportation is one of the biggest enemies of the gym. Of course we need vehicles to get us there and back, but have we begun to rely on them too much? Short trips across town, distances we could very easily walk, are being taken care of by exercising only our right feet. This is exactly what the GYM Concept is hoping to end.

What Do Hamsters Want For Christmas?

Now, there are new toys for hamsters and I think they are safer designs than the hamster ball, because they contain wheels. A wheel gives a small animal an exact place to step. He can establish a rhythm and be secure that when he slows down or speeds up, his options remain the same.

Study: Headbanging is Hazardous to your Health

Listen up all you hardcore heavy metal music fans! A new study has shown that head banging at just the right angle may cause damage to your health.

Is the Smoker Hat Hazardous to Health and is it a Great Idea?

United States Patent #4858627, better known as the Smoker’s Hat, represents one inventor’s attempt to save the environment from the ill affects of smoking. Despite lofty intentions, silly is still the operative word when it comes to describing the meaning and purpose of the Smoker’s Hat. Read on and see if you agree.

Whatever Floats Your Wine Bottle... But A Chain?

Yes, that's a wine bottle floating in the air with a chain around its neck.

A Time-Honored Perpetual Calendar: Timor By Enzo Mari

...perhaps it's fitting that Enzo Mari designed "Timor," a perpetual calendar displayed in many of the world's modern art galleries and museums... and one that's being produced by the Italian design store Danese.

China’s Amazing Economic Growth: From Mao Till Now

Rising from the ashes, like a phoenix from the fires of Mao’s cultural revolution of the 1970s, China has emerged as a mega consumer-oriented nation. This is an amazing trend considering that for 35 years its primary items were limited to cigarettes from Albania! Read on and be amazed at this story of economic growth and development.

Customized Travel Guides: Great Idea That Leaves Me Wanting More

Offbeat Guides may look like a typical travel guide, but it's the only version that provides up to date information to future voyageurs by allowing you to create a live version immediately.

Snowball, The Dancing Cockatoo, Disproves An Evolutionary Theory

Snowball is a dancing bird. He keeps time with his head and he dances with his legs and claws. He's precious, and it's really hard to watch him with any degree of objectivity. So I don't know how Aniruddh D. Patel, of the Neurosciences Institute and the University of California, San Diego, was able to watch Snowball's videos over and over again, in order to study the bird's movements in relation to the music he was hearing.

Bizarre 'Liquid Lamp' Puts Fright in Your Light

The Liquid Lamp from Caina, a Japanese design retailer, adds a touch of film noir surrealism to any room. Depending on whether you select white or red, the lamp appears to be spilling milk or blood.

Max Wallack Wins Grand Prize in Design Squad "Trash to Treasure" Contest

If anyone deserves a special gift this Holiday season for his kindness and his innovative ideas it's ninth-grader Max Wallack from Natick, Massachusetts. He has already won a few rewards for his inventions. His latest invention won him thousands of dollars and has the potential to help the homeless and clean the environment all at once.

Keep Time With These Samba Dancing Kitchen Timers From Pylones

"Beeeep?" "Ting-Ting?" or "La-la La-la-la. Tschoo-te-tscha-te-tscha-tscha?"

Okay, so I can't write rhythm, but you get the point? If you have a timer in your kitchen, which one would you want to hear when the hour is up? My choice is a member of the band of samba playing, dancing, wind-up dolls from the fanciful French house of Pylones.


Pillow With Retractable Umbrella: Great Idea?

United States Patent 6711769 refers to a Pillow With a Retractable Umbrella, the beach accessory to end all beach accessories. This invention is comprised of a pillow that transforms into a pillow with a retractable umbrella to offer optimum protection if a user is lying in the sun. Should you get one? I would wait if I were you.

Does Your TV Do Beer? The v-POD Does!

Does your new digital TV dispense beer?

Cell Phones in Russia: Nokia Leads The Way

Russia has a passion for cell phones, especially glitzy and different ones that enable them to keep up with the Russian equivalent of the Jones’s (whoever they are anyway.) Read on and learn about Nokia’s cultural hold over the Russian people.

Taste Sensations Better in Girls than Boys

Here is one more reason why girls are better than boys: a new study has found that girls have a better sense of taste than boys do.

Hit The Tees At New Courses That Bring Back Old Industry Trends

  In an attempt to attract the younger generation to the sport of golf during tough economic times, two innovative courses in the works plan to bring fitness back to the game by offering tee times to those looking to use their feet, rather than ride in carts.

HAL’s Ancestors are Fighting in Afghanistan

Can you imagine what HAL’s great, great grand-daddy looked like? You remember HAL, don’t you? The computer that ran the onboard operations of the doomed spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Arthur C. Clarke. This was the movie that gave us a futuristic romp and startling insights into human evolution and artificial intelligence.

Bye Bye Bypass! Hello Tissue Engineering!

An Israeli team of cardiologists at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, has created an alternative for coronary bypass surgery, by developing a tissue regeneration technique that enables the body to produce new blood vessels.

Track Your Period With iPeriod For iPhone

Guess what ladies! You've been missing something from your life... and it better not be your period. Never fear, the iPeriod has you covered... if you have an iPhone that is.

My Dog Loves This Cat Toy! Weazel Ball Product Review

The Weazel Ball is a toy for cats, and it's an ingenious toy. If you know cats, you will think, "Ah, this is the perfect toy for a cat," but your cat may not agree. Perhaps a little coaxing may help.

These Apples Wear Their Hearts on Their Peels

Blog!NOBON is a Japanese Apple Computer fan site whose owner makes his own Apple apples. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Blog!NOBON's unique tribute is no more than skin deep.

10 Gadget Gifts For All The Fruits And Nuts On Your List

Fruits and nuts are difficult to buy for. Some of them need "special" treatment to make them more pleasing.

Innovation Is a Long and Bumpy Road for China

Can China become an innovative manufacturer of goods and rise to the top of the technological food chain? Will it be able compete with the rest of the world or will it remain a mid-level producer of products that other people design and engineer? Read on for some answers.

Drinks That Jump Across Counters: Great Idea?

Have you ever thought about how impressed friends and relatives might be if you could make your glass of whatever you are drinking jump across the nearest bar or counter? No, well, maybe you haven’t had enough drinks to consider the proposition, better known as United States Patent #5678617, the Jumping Drink Bar Device, but whether you drink or not, read on and …well, just read on.

Electrolux Kitchen Design 2008 Contest Winners Announced

Electroux Icon® and Interior Design® have announced the winners of their 2008 contest for the best kitchen design. Architectural designers were challenged to come up with designs for a kitchen that would meet the needs of a modern family.

Long Range RFID's Coming to an Epidermis Near You

RFID chips, like the ones you find in a lost pet, may not be used on humans.

Recycle Your Own Paper With the Meiko SEED System

What if you could buy an innovative machine for the office that allowed you to shred used paper and in a few hours the machine recycled these shreds of paper into new usable recycled paper for you? Would you invest in it? It depends on the price and the money you save from it, right?

If You Must Smoke, Drink Red Wine

Every day there's more news about the health benefits of red wine, but this one is hard to believe: Moderate consumption of red wine is related to a 60 percent reduced risk of lung cancer in men who have ever smoked!

Study: Intentional Pain Worse Than Accidental Pain

We all know that pain can hurt. However, a new study says that pain hurts more if the person giving you the pain does it on purpose.

Hieroglyphic USB Thumb Drive Shows Timeless Style

The ancient Egyptians, with their magnificent pyramids designed to last forever, made memory one of the cornerstones of their culture. Now a strikingly beautiful USB flash drive evokes the glory of the pharaohs to store your vital data.

The Force is Unleashed on the Wii! - Product Review

Wanna unleash your inner Yoda? The innovative control system of the Wii allows for quite an immersive Star Wars experience with The Force Unleashed.

Smart Bikes Come To Denmark

Smart bikes come to Denmark in order to help better manage traffic and make information sharing easier.

It's Not Sexy, But It Works: Sleep Sound Generator Product Review

Being a light sleeper and living in coyote land has made for some restless nights, so my quest for the babbling brook, the ocean wave, the "nature sounds" of tweeting birds, and the white noise gadgets that might help me sleep knows no bounds or expense.

Yum! A Dog Peeing On My Glass

Each clever line-drawn design will hit the funny bone of someone you know, which is why the "Moist and Merry" group makes such great glasses to delight your guests!

Sukhoi Superjet 100: Fatigue Tests in Siberia

Sukhoi Superjet 100, a test plane formerly referred to as the Russian Regional Jet, has been transported to SibNIA (Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute) in the city of Novosibirsk for the express purpose of fatigue tests, which will confirm the increased operating life of the airframe amounting to 70,000 flight hours. Read on for details but…take a nap first.

Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry: Great Idea?

US Patent# 6865907 concerns Vibrating Body-Piercing Jewelry, which comes with its very own motor and housing for such unit. It is a very versatile sort of thing as it can be worn on a body part that is either pierced or non-pierced. (Neon colors may also be available, but if they are, the cost could run either an arm and a leg or possibly a thighbone. Read and pulsate…if you dare.

Study Shows Immune System Strongest at Night

According to a new study done on fruit flies, the body’s immune system works hardest during the night, while at its lowest during the day.

Delaying School By One Hour May Improve Sleep and Decrease Auto Accidents

I always thought that high school started too early in the morning. It was hard waking up so early in the day, especially when I had been studying late the night before. A new study says that delaying school start times by just one hour improves sleep in teens and decreases their chances of getting into an auto accident.

Angel & Devil Earphones are Wicked Good

Feeling somewhat schizoid when it comes to your music? Green House has the perfect cure: cute "Angel & Devil" earphones that come in 5 color combinations though the Angel is always white.

Specialty Concierge Services Bring Convenience To The Ordinary Person

 One of the benefits of staying at a nice hotel, or leasing a high-end apartment is the concierge services that come with them. A new business trend popping up all over the globe, are specialty concierge services that bring that once limited convenience to individuals, no matter who they are or where they live.

Gag Gadgets: The OMG - Condom! - Paperclips

Co-workers are always asking to borrow things. Inevitably, the person sitting next to me in any meeting will ask me for something; it could be a pen, it could be an aspirin. At those times, I'd like to reach into my pocket and tear off one of these packages of...

Plastic Bottle Lifesavers Save Lives and Dollars

Coast Guard offices in Japanese seaside cities are saving money along with lives by recycling used PET plastic bottles into lifesaver flotation devices.

Support Sustainable Tibetan Culture - Put Yak on your Back

Shokay offers a huge variety of clothing and accessories made of natural Yak and bamboo fiber, made by indigenous peoples in Tibet who are able to maintain their traditional lifestyles.

Matching Collars for Dog and Owner: Great idea?

In keeping with the most honored tradition that dogs after a long while begin to resemble their owners and vice verse, Patent# US D504984, Matching Collar for Dog and Owner, offers a way to publicly display your affection for your pet, (which is also sometimes referred to in polite circles as making an ass of yourself). Read on for details, but resist the urge to bark.

Solar Power May Become Uniting Force Between US and China

Everything in this life has a beginning, and that includes this new agreement between the United States and China concerning solar energy research. Read on for details and let the sun shine through!

A Serious Golfer Gadget: The iGolf GPS System

Today, if you want to find out how far you drove a golf ball, you don't need to walk the course. Your friend indeed is a Global Positioning System, a GPS that's been programmed to chart the very golf course you're on.

Rain, Sleet, Or Atomized? Your Shower, Any Way You Like It!

When it comes to intimate design, as in bathroom fixtures, some designers look like they're trying too hard. For what, I'm not sure. But the Private Wellness Shower by Gessi of Italy goes beyon a beautiful design to provide a choice of personal functions. It's a classy design that caters to every water loving creature.

Edible Garments: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6872119 which refers to Garments Having Edible Components and Methods for Making Same dates back to 2005 and is not meant for bad teeth, diabetics or even the discerning dressers among us. (No need to name names. You know who you are.) Read on and learn more about a decadent yet very silly way to dress for almost any type of affair.

Santa License Helps Kids Believe

What did you do the Christmas your child questioned the existence of Santa Claus?

Ate Santa's plate of cookies? Dressed up as Kris Kringle? Dropped a white glove in the living room?

Didn't work, did it?


Will Russia Become a Global Software Leader?

Is Russia ready to join the big leagues and become a software leader in its own right? Some say yes and some say no. Read on and form your own opinion.

Rolling Grasshopper Robot Is New Breed Of Robot

If you want to see a robot that jumps like a cricket and roll at the same time then this is the bot for you.

ZOOBs Offer Some Speedy Creativity

Want a way to trick your kids into working on their eye/hand coordination? This cool ZOOB vehicle kit may just be the answer.

Hate Missing Great Videos? Better Video Tagging Coming Soon

Video sharing sites like You Tube could get a major boost to the effeciency of their searches with a new crawl helper tool.

Ticket To Mind Takes The Worry Out Of Gift Giving With Prepaid Packages

 Ticket To Mind takes both the stress and fun out of gift shopping, with their prepaid program. Gift givers simply pick a prepaid package for the special person they're hoping to woo and the rest of the hard work is done for them.

COLAPhone iPhone Color Case Looks Cool, Acts Tough

Custom designed to fit snug & secure, this full metal jacket comes in 5 cool colors and guards your iPhone to the Corps... that is, the core!

Forget The Booze! 10 Great Gifts For Wine Lovers

Every day more medical studies are released about the health benefits of wine, and the predictions are that more people every year will become interested in how wines are grown, develop their taste, their bouquet, and prioritize their favorites, classifying themselves as "wine lovers".

Booze is out, wine is in! If you're afraid to pick out a bottle of wine for wine lovers you know, here are 10 gadget and food gifts they will love!


Teen Girls Who Smoke May Suffer Weight Problems as Adults

To all those teenage girls that are thinking about smoking, a new study says that teen smokers are more likely to be obese as adults.

6 Who Died In 2008 Commemorated In Precious Finger Puppets

The Los Angeles designer of adorable hand-made stuffed animals and toys, I Golfini della Nonna, also creates some of the most detailed sets of finger puppets you'll find. This year, in addition to its precious animals, monsters, dinosaurs, and bugs, IGolfini della Nonna has created a grouping of six finger puppets of famous persons who passed away in 2008.

Hey Buddy! Announces Franchise Opportunities For Their Innovative Dog Vending Machine

  Hey Buddy! is another example of a unique and innovative vending machine, and this time dispensed products are everything you could need for your dogs.

Fir Real: Free Christmas Trees from IKEA Japan

IKEA Japan's "Free Tree" offer is an economical (and ecological) way for store shoppers to celebrate the season with a real Christmas tree. That's one Swede deal!

Chinese Day of Revival and Reform: Noteworthy Beijing Festival

China’s creativity has been stifled for many years, but it is about to burst free in a very special imminent celebration. The 30th anniversary of “Reform and Opening-up” is the brainchild of visionary President Deng. Read on and learn more about this truly important festival.

Cut Weeds While You Play Golf: Great Idea?

Patent # US 6988954, the Weed Cutting Golf Club, is a fairly new invention dating back to 2006. The creators of this gas-powered, weed-whacking golf club had several ideas in mind, all of which are silly but will be included below. Read on and…fore!

Singapore to Host Brain Based Computing Technologies

A*STAR's SIGGRAPH grapics conference is to host brain based computing methods.

Make Some Green Going Green...Ten Top Green Jobs Today

With the top three automakers groveling for hand-outs, a financial crisis wreaking havoc with our life’s savings and an untested new President about to take office, we may all want to consider seeking out greener pastures where the “land is spreading out so far and wide…(you can) keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside!” Unfortunately a escapist retreat is not a viable option in today’s world. “Going green” yesterday means something entirely different as we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st Century. Check out the top ten green jobs in the US today, that just might be our best work options in 2009.

 

Surprising Lego Art - Fun For All Ages

Playing with toys can be fun for everyone. I should know; I still play with Barbie dolls. (When no one’s looking, of course). However, Sean Kenney is an artist that makes interesting sculptures out of Legos.

Is Crazy Fit The Cure For Cellulite, Maybe?

We women are always looking for the one cream, the one exercise, the one food, the one massage tool... that will banish the ugly cellulite on our poor thighs. I have searched and tried out so many products that claim they do "reduce the appearance" of cellulite, that I think they mean, "Wear dark glasses and you won't see it."

Zillow.com Brings A New Trend To Real Estate With User Interactive Website

Zillow.com is an interactive Real Estate Industry resource that helps people get the most out of their home investment once they're ready to sell. Prospective sellers can post their homes with a Make Me Move price, which with no obligation to put their house on the market, allows them to assess if they can get the price that would make selling worthwhile.

7 Car Safety Products For Your Pets Recommended By Bark Buckle UP™

Eighty-two percent of dogs travel in the car on a regular basis and on vacations. Fifty percent of dog owners consider their pet's comfort when buying a car. But how many pet owners consider their pet's safety when buying a car?

Plug & Play, Lots Of Storage, Clever Name: "CurrenKey"

French designer 5.5 has created a few new international coins! Well, they're not exactly coins, but they are international. They are really coin casings for LaCie's flash drives, and they're very cool.

Is 5.5 launching a new trend by actually putting something useful in a USB port? I don't know, but the CurrenKey is a good start and it's got a short catchy name too!


Father’s Genes Determine if it’s a Boy or a Girl

A new study is currently looking at families and helping them determine whether they are more likely to have a boy or a girl.

Tokyo Metro's Manner Poster Series Scolds Subway Slobs

Tokyo's subway system is the envy of the world, thanks in part to the millions of thoughtful passengers who ride the trains each day. Not everyone is doing their part, however, so a  monthly "Manner Poster" campaign has been instituted to remind city commuters to be on their best behavior.

High Speed Trains Designed For Cold Siberian Winters

Siberian winters create quite a challenge to the makers of high-speed trains who must provide top comfort as well as speed to its passengers. Enter Conti Tech, an elastomer specialist that has developed an exceptionally cold-resistant secondary suspension system especially for these conditions. Read on and be cozy and warm.

Pillow Crash Helmet: Great Idea?

U.S. Patent #3,538,508, also known as the Pillow Crash Helmet dates back to 1970 and is just as silly today as it was then. More than likely inspired by the courtesy pillows handed out on airplanes, this pillow goes a step further and upon command, becomes a crash helmet. Read on for some smashing details.

Rain Man: The Most Refreshing Wine Decanter Ever!

Rain! It's so refreshing! It brings life and health to all of nature. What more fitting a tribute to rain than this elegant vessel for pouring wine in small smooth streams?

Turn an iPod into an iPhone

Turn your iPod touch into a VOIP phone with Truphone.

13 Strange and Bizarre Gifts For The Weirdos In Your Life

Know someone hard to shop for? Are you sick of looking for something they'll actually like? Why not try something sure to confuse them instead? These strange goodies will be great ways to throw off the preconcieved gift ideas people already expect from you.

Art? Music? Or Just 54 Recycled Shoes?

It isn't that hard to imagine music coming from shoes, but there is usually a person wearing the shoes and using the shoes to make the music. Still an innovative person, Ingrid Bachmann, created the Symphony For 54 Shoes out of 27 pairs of recycled shoes.

You Can Have Your Media And Solar-Power It

It's about time the sun is getting back some of its due; it was the original source of light and power you know. Now, a few zillion years after it arrived, we're wooing the sun back again. Loving my solar powered radio headset, I'm thinking how neat it would be to start switching to other portable solar powered systems like the eMotion EM-Sol2GIG Solar Powered MP3/Video Portable Media Player with Solar Battery Charger and SD Card Slot. (Whew! Am I the only one bothered by these long-winded product names?)

Forget Plastic! The Brilliant Invention Of The 360 Paper Water Bottle

My colleagues and I here at InventorSpot.com have been writing about ways to recycle water bottles for years, but there's a company that doesn't believe that recycling water bottles, whether we make lamps out of them or put them in recycling bins, is the answer for the future. So this international design company, Brandimage, has invented the 360 Paper Water Bottle. Now all it needs are water bottling companies ready and willing to use it.

6 Money Saving Tips for Small Business Owners

Wondering if your small business will survive the current economic turbulence? Is your heart sinking everytime you hear more bad news? Face it, the prosperity bubble has burst and it is a difficult time to get credit. Here are some money saving tips to help you weather the storm.

China Wages Never Ending War Against The Weather

Every year, China launches thousands of rockets and artillery shells into the sky in a duel without end against the powers that be, otherwise known as the weather. Read on if you dare, but not without knowing the precise location of your umbrella.

Kids Can Invent a Video Game for Big Cash

Kids ages 5 to 19 can stop playing Elf Bowling and start working on their own online game. A new contest gives kids the chance to submit their idea for the online game of the century to a major game developer-and possibly earn huge cash.

Advent Calendar Legos? What????

I consider myself reasonably intelligent and well-educated. But I had no idea what an Advent Calendar was. And when Lego started producing an Advent Calendar set, I had to dig in and do some research. Let's just say that my tiny brain can't quite wrap around the concept...

Fake Sideburns for Sunglasses: Great Idea?

Patent#Des 376,811, also known as Fake Sideburns for Sunglasses would appear to be a distant relative of the Groucho Marx masks that were so popular many years ago. These sideburns, however, are designed for the inner Elvis that resides within some of us even if the outer Elvis left the building three decades ago.

Study Says Money Is More Incentive to Lose Weight

Losing weight can be tough. There are so many different diets out there that it’s hard to choose when you’re ready to take on the challenge. However, a new study says that people are more motivated to lose weight when money is involved.

Finally! Find Out If People Really Like Their Jobs At Top Companies

Glassdoor.com plays into the trend of transparency tyranny by allowing people to look through the office doors of major organizations and see what it's really like to work there. Employers can setup their own accounts to encourage their current staff members to provide their ratings and opinions; all under the veil of anonymity.

Psst! She Loves The Dog More...

Surveys are coming out right and left these days, as retailers try to find out exactly what people will buy when they really shouldn't be buying anything at all. And don't think the pet industry has been asleep at the wheel. The American Kennel Club (AKC), the purveyor of the well-bred dog, released data from its survey yesterday.

Psst. She loves the dog more.


Don't Act Your Age: You'll Live Longer

After tracking 516 men and women ages 70 and over over a six-year period, the results of the Berlin Aging Study will soon be published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science. The study was conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

This Place Smells Really Fishy!

The sports center in Callao, Peru will never be the same. Oh, it will probably look the same, but after this past Sunday, it will likely never smell the same.

Tiny 'Mini Bee' RC Helicopter Stores in the Remote

A radio-controlled chopper that's anything but a whopper, the new Mini Bee will provide tons of fun. It's so small, it stores in its own remote control!

Software Predicts Future Rock Stars

The best talent scouts have a special instinct that tells them if a new band has the stuff to make it big - and make the record label money. Now, researchers have developed a software program that uses data from search queries on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to predict which new artists will have hit songs.

World's First All Electric Plane Takes to the Sky

While most people are focused on cleaner burning cars, there are a few who are more interested in cleaning up the skies. Randall Fisherman is one such person, and he designed what could be the first all electric fully powered airplane.

A Fork That Tells You When To Eat: Great Idea?

US patent #5421089 also known in polite circles as the Alarm Fork is reminiscent of a ride along a busy highway. You stop for a light and proceed when it changes to another color. The alarm fork works the same way, creating a dictatorship and rule by the minority over the desires of the majority to eat whenever one desires. Read on, but watch that alarm. You may miss your chance for another bite!

New Robot Dances Better Than I Do...

I'm starting to get a complex. There now exists a robt that can dance better than I can. Well... to be fair, a half-eaten bag of Doritos can dance better than me. But I have to say this: Move over John Travolta! This robot owns the dance floor!

Computerized Matchmaking For Animals: Chinese Pandas Take The Lead

In China, for the last two years, breeding experts have claimed success putting giant pandas in the mood by showing them images of other pandas mating. To those who may claim this is “panda porn” you are absolutely right. Read all about the newest concept in online dating for rare species of zoo animals!

You Bar Takes Nutritional Bars and Shakes To A New Level With Customization

It can be tough to find a protein shake or nutritional bar that tastes good and contains all the ingredients you're looking for. You Bar gives you exactly what you want by allowing you to create your own customized bars and shakes online. Be prepared, this article might start your stomach grumbling.


Japanese Fish Beer Adds a Dash of Dashi

A unique beer from Japan derives its special flavor from dashi - a pungent mix of dried seaweed and shaved Bonito fish flakes usually used in Japanese miso soup.

What’s That? Leave My Computer On For The Environment?

You have read and heard over and over one way to conserve energy is to turn off and unplug your computers right? Well, now World Community Grid, Harvard University and a few other sponsors are asking you to leave your computers on for their new project. The project with and eco-friendly mission is called The Clean Energy Project.

Cold Sores Caused By Herpes May Lead To Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists at the University of Manchester in England report that the herpes virus causing cold sores is a major cause of protein plaques that accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

The Face Fornasetti Just Couldn't Forget

The other day, I wrote about Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) furniture designs that are among those recently revived by his son Barnaba. But it's hard to write more about Fornasetti's designs without sharing those that include a very special face, one that he made one of the most frequent subjects of art and design in the last 100 plus years: Lina Cavalieri.

Researchers Find Men and Women Are Different Colors

Researchers at Brown University have discovered that men and women have different skin colors. Men are red, and women are green.

Mutant Worms May Provide Cure for Obesity

A mutant roundworm that rapidly consumes its own fat could help researchers develop new treatments for obesity in humans.

Hijacker Injector: Great Idea?

Patent #3,841,328, the Hijack Injector, dates back to 1974, and although amusing in nature, is shrouded in a topic that couldn’t be more serious. One man’s idea about how to control a mid-air hijacking situation may be off base, but it is to be commended, sort of. Read on and watch your seat!

A 61 Key Piano That Fits In Your Pocket - The Yamano Hand ROll Piano

Musical bands used to be restricted to practicing at their keyboard player's house or studio. With the advent of electronic pianos, the largest keyboard instrument became portable. Oscar Peterson would have loved this: a piano so portable, you can roll it up and put it in your jacket pocket! The Yamano Hand ROll Piano is also digital!

Russian Bulava Missile Hits Bulls-Eye

The Bulava, which is still under development, is a submarine-launched ballistic missile designed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. Its purpose is to possess defense capabilities so advanced as to make it nearly impervious to existing and future missile-defense systems. Read on, but look over your shoulder intermittently.

Tandem Umbrella: For Clingy Twosomes

Romance is definitely in the air with the Tandem Umbrella. Designed by Jasmine Rasnahan, this umbrella promises to let couple cozy in together while walking in the romantic rain.


Attention Entrepreneurs: Learn From The Top 5 Companies To Work For in 2008

Each year Fortune Magazine releases the 100 Best Companies to Work For; a list that every company on the up and up strives to land on. The businesses on the list set the standard for their industries, so it is a great resource for entrepreneurs to learn what has made their competitors a resounding success.


Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers is Music to Shoppers' Ears

Gwen Stefani has branched out from fronting hit band No Doubt to become a master marketer and stylish trendsetter. Now with her Harajuku Lovers brand of apparel & accessories, Stefani channels chic Japanese fashion culture from Tokyo streets to America's avenues.

Gotta' Love The Stone 2GB MP3 Player

Don't get me wrong, I love my iPod Nano... but the Zen Stone 2G MP3 player is sure grabbing my attention, so much so, that I bought one for a Zen friend, and "borrowed" it. Gifting is a great way to try out products; so many gadgets, so little money....

Say Doc, What About A Prescription For This Handgun?

A new firearm, designed for easy access and shooting ability, and usable by millions of disabled and elderly persons, has received a listing from the FDA as a "medical device." The Palm Pistol™ is now appealing for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

"Hey Doc? How about a prescription for this handgun?"


Cheese Filtered Cigarettes: Great Idea?

Patent# US3,234,948, also known as the Cheese-Filter Cigarette, dates back to the 1960s, when smokers and cigarettes still ruled the earth. This invention concerns a cigarette filter comprised of a mixture in which particles of hard cheese are blended with charcoal to produce a cigarette that tastes like…well, like it shouldn’t. Read on and wonder why.

Curry Soda Spices Up Japan's Soft Drink Selection

Curry soda could be shrugged off as a one-off attention grabber if there weren't at least two varieties of the fiery flavored fizzy drink heating up Japanese store shelves.

When Recycling Goes Right: Dress Made Of Phonebooks

Who would have thought that an old phonebook could be turned into a dress?

The Flying Car Comes to Market

The first car that you can fly has made its way to the market. For 194,000 dollars it can be yours by 2010.

Weird New Dinosaur Found in China Formally Named

A strange, long-necked, waddling herbivore with enormous arms and claws that once waddled across China has been formally named Suzhousaurus by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. Its full name is Suzhousaurus megatherioides, which translates from Chinese into “giant sloth-like reptile from Suzhou.” Read on for details, but avoid eating green things until finished.

Strange Scents Become Hot Business With CB I Hate Perfume

Christopher Brosius, entrepreneur, artist and founder of CB I Hate Perfume has made his distain for floral and effeminate scents into a profitable business. His line of personal and home scents may be off the wall, but they are being picked up by perfume retailers in Canada and the US.


Oh Gee, Doggy! Thanks For The Picture!

How do you like it? My dog Buddy took this picture with his new Pets Eye View Camera by Uncle Milton. It's a new digital camera Buddy got for Christmas... a bit early, from his Grandma. I lent it to my cat for a few hours, but the photos she took of her gopher remains are really disgusting.

Is Your Wallet A Pain In The Butt? Try The Rogue Wallet Instead

The truth is that a man's wallet is often a pain in the butt. In fact, mens' wallets cause so much back pain that men must remove them when they sit down, or the back pain becomes chronic.

Fine Reproductions Re-Create Desire For Piero Fornisetti's Designs

A master interior designer of the 20th Century, Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) was a prolific painter, sculptor, and engraver as well. Fornasetti's works, thanks to his son Barnaba, live on in authentic reproductions of furniture that have been handcrafted and hand-colored every bit as carefully as he would have done himself.

DNA Reveals First Americans Came From Siberia

It has always been a moot point as to how the first humans arrived on the North American continent. Scientific findings now strongly suggest that the vehicle definitely was a temporary land bridge that spanned the Bering strait, connecting Siberia to the continent. What is the truth? Will we ever know? Read on and wonder.

Retractable Toilet Table Top: Great Idea?

Patent# US6983493, the Retractable Toilet Table Top, concerns the concept of toilet inspiration, you know, those great ideas that seem to come out of nowhere when it’s “john time.” The royal throne, as the inventor refers to that instrument of necessity we plebes know as a toilet, has been transformed into a respectable workplace.

Designer Tattoos From Sunshine On Your Skin

Designer Yu-Chiao Wang has come up with the idea of a Sun Tattoo. It is actually a 'wearable' cloth stencil - a robe, with a specific pattern, that creates a natural tattoo.

Businesses Specializing in Unique Corporate Holiday Parties

This year, reward your staff for their hard work by treating them to a fun and unique holiday party. Instead of the typical hotel reception room venue, with the 5-piece cover band and 4-course dinner; experience murder mysteries, James Bond or Hollywood themes with Shot in the Dark Mysteries or Canadian Outback Adventures.

Top Child's Product of 2008: Maru Doll Celebrates Diversity

iParenting Media recently awarded the New Maru Doll 2008's Greatest Product. iParenting.com, part of Disney, is a media site with a respected program that recognizes the top products in children's industries.

 

Ready for a Simulated Head Wound?

Get ready all of you video gamers out there! The HTX Helmet will take you to the next level or gaming realism--via punching you in the head!


If You Get Lonely, You Can Talk To This Clock: Hello Moshi!

It looks innocent enough, but behind the moderately average looking face, this clock has the intelligence of a... well... a clock that listens when you talk and responds to you in well... English, in this case. Is there a trick to the Moshi IVR Alarm Clock? Kinda'...

Takumi 10 Key Calculator Brings Keyboard Style to Your Pocket

The Takumi 10 Key Calculator connects to your computer with an accessory USB cable but also functions as a very cool, if very clunky, stand alone pocket calculator.

Don't Divorce Yet! Marriage Supposedly Improves In Middle Age

I know of several boomers who waited until their young left the nest and then left it themselves. But contrary to my observations comes a report from Psychological Science that suggests maybe we should put the brakes on escaping until we see what happens.

Doggypack Dog Jacket To Arrive Just In Time For Cold Winter

Everyone else gets to nuzzle with a heating pad; why not our pups? Whether your dog is extra-sensitive to cold or has arthritis, bone spurs, or other conditions that may require a special heat pack, you'll want to consider this thoughtfully made dog jacket.

Got an Empty Tin Can? Want a Robot?

If you're like me, you might have a few empty cans sitting around the house. Instead of throwing them away--or, more approriately, tossing them into the recycling bin--why not build a robot?

Just Who Do You Think You Are? 3 Chairs That Tell You

In an exhibit entitled The Power Of Seat(ing) at Milan Design Week 2008, designers Sung-Hyun Kyung, Jesse Weser, and Gesthimani Papadopoulou used their collective talent to create chairs that reflect individual psyches, either who a person is, or who he wants to be.  Which of the chairs represents you? The Queen, Superman, or The Thinker?

Cover Your Mouth! Study Finds One Sneeze Can Give Cold to 150 People

Public transportation can really stink sometimes. All those coughing, sniffling and sneezing people. Well now a new study says that one sneeze can give up to 150 people a cold in just five minutes.

Sewing Your Own Clothes Gets Modernized With SANS

We all hate seeing our favourite clothes on someone else. But in the world of mass production, it is bound to happen. And let's face it, not all of us can afford designer haute couture...

SANS is here to rescue us.


Video Game Coffee Table Offers a Big Cup Full of Entertainment

Want a place to put your coffee while destroying aliens? This table might be the answer...

Pawtags® PAWS Alert System® Provides More Ways To Find Lost Pets

Pets can get tagged, micro-chipped, telephone-collared, and high frequency-buzzed to be located when they've wandered, but none of these methods are foolproof... by any means. Neither is the Pawtags Alert System... but it's another tool which should be utilized in case your pet becomes lost.

Caffeine Inhaled Rather Than Imbibed: Great Idea?

Most agree that there’s nothing quite like the smell of coffee in the morning, but even the most die-hard aficionados confess to the need for caffeine as the real reason people love coffee. So why not find a quicker way to get the caffeine inside you? Why wait for the coffee to brew? Why indeed?

Weight Loss Trend For The New Year: Gyrotonic Fitness Studios

This year, honor your New Year's resolution to get in shape by trying a new fitness trend. The Gyrotonic brand's new archaic-looking fitness apparatus and Gyrokinesis classes combine the benefits of swimming, yoga, gymnastics, dance and more, to give fitness enthusiasts a full-body workout and spiritual-like healing experience.


Marijuana Found In Chinese Shaman’s Tomb

It looks like that mean little plant known far and wide as wackey tabackey, is even older than previously imagined. Archeologists have dug up a 2,700 year-old tomb of a shaman near Tupan (far west Xinjiang province) that reveals a few secrets about the ancient Chinese that might surprise the modern world. Then again, they might not. Read on and decide for yourself.

Drink Wine To Improve Your Omega-3's!

Guess what fish haters! You can drink wine and keep your omega-3 fatty acids high, even if you never eat another bite of the fishy stuff, according to a new European study. Of course, it's probably better for you to eat fish and drink wine, but it's nice to know that some other natural, even pleasurable, consumables can protect our tickers.

The Watch With The 27 Word Name: "Unlocked Tri Band Wrist Watch..."

Since no one's paying me to come up with a catchy name for this 27-word watch, I'm not going to spend a lot of time trying to come up with one. Ah, what's in a name like say, "The CCV Watch," when you can can call your product the "Unlocked Tri Band Wrist Watch GSM Cellphone with 1.3 Mpx Camera --Video-- MP3 MP4 player--Sound recorder--SMS-Text Messaging-- Speakerphone with Bluetooth Headset and Touch Screen." Oh yeah, I'll remember that name!

VAPSTER Fuel System Offers Huge Increase in Fuel Mileage

Vapor delivery systems are nothing new. It is a well known fact that the vapor from gasoline burns, not the liquid, which is why we get all the videos of people trying to put out a match in a tank of fuel. Taking this fact, it becomes apparent that we could greatly increase the efficiency of our engines by vaporizing the fuel before it is ignited. Gerald Rowley has developed a system that does just that.

Suspended in Time - Magical Photography Art

Have you ever taken a photograph and captured it at just the right time so it came out to be a pretty amusing picture? French photographer Denis Darzacq does just that – perfect timing so that subjects in the image look like they are caught in mid-air.

Here's A Bacon Flavor That Makes Sense: Maple Bacon Morning Coffee

Bacon, bacon, bacon. Now that everything else is flavored with bacon -- water, chocolate, vodka, bourbon... lollipops, and even mints! -- finally, the Baca Java Artisan Roasted Coffee Company is flavoring its beans with bacon as well as maple! Now this makes sense!

Panties Created For One Night Stands

Two young and enterprising entrepreneurs have created wear once underwear for the morning after, after a one night stand. Packaged to fit into a case the size of a lipstick case, these panties can be a lifesaver.


Protect Feet and Country With Sanitary Socks: Great Idea?

Patent# US7012525, aka The Sanitary Security Sock System, is a way to do your part for your feet and your country at the same time. There’s a new unseen terrorist in town. His name is Freddie the Foot Fungus and he wants your feet! Read on and hang onto them. It will be a bumpy ride.

Four Fun Toys to Drive Your Cat Crazy

Got a fat cat like I do? Tired of the apathetic feline attitude that he/she displays? Well, these toys should help get your cat running amuck.

Russia’s Aqua Star: An Original Underwater Motorcycle

Twin brothers, 34-year-old Dmitry and Timophey Ryabikiny, from the Russian city of Yeisk, have created the Aqua Star. This original underwater motorcycle has some amazing technical characteristics, including a special glass for the helmet. Read on, even if you can’t swim.

Trash the Dress.com: Getting Down and Dirty With Wedding Photography

As beautiful and sentimental as they may be, most wedding photographs follow a similar format that are timeless but not what you'd call unique. Trash the Dress.com showcases the photos of the risk-taking bridal parties willing to throw caution (and their glamorous wardrobes) to the wind to capture a series of unique shots.

6 Natural, Safe, Green Gifts For Your Children

If you are worried about buying your kids toys this holiday season I don't blame you. With all the bad news about lead and plastic and toxic paints in toys it's easy to consider buying them clothes and books instead, but don't give up. Below is a quick list of eco-friendly, kid-safe toys.

TEAC's New Multi-Format LP-R500 Plays Analog, Converts to Digital

The TEAC LP-R500 may not look like much, but it makes up in function what it falls short of in form. Vinyl records, cassette tapes and even FM radio can be played for a listen and burned onto CDs for perpetuity.

Leah McLaren: Model Entrepreneur For Young Writers

Journalism and writing are popular career aspirations for today's youth, but most don't know the right way to go about chasing their dreams. Leah McLaren is a popular columnist, magazine contributor and author who sets a model example for young entrepreneurs hoping to see their names in print.

Exercise May Help Overweight Children Be Less Angry

Studies have shown that overweight kids tend to be bullies or be bullied. And why do bullies push other kids around? Most likely because they are angry. A new study says that regular exercise may help reduce anger in healthy, overweight children.

The Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle Provides Innovation and Peace of Mind

The Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle was one of 10 winners of 130 entered in the 2008 JPMA Innovation Awards Competition. It is the first family transportation system powered by Mom or Dad. One or two children can be placed in the ChildPod. The LeaderLink System can be disassembled in 30 seconds or less, transforming it into the separate elements, Zigo ChildPod and Zigo Cycle. The ChildPod can be converted into a Jogger with the Jogger Kit or a traditional bicycle trailer using the Trailer Kit.

Nissan Drops Launch Control and Warranty Issues

A few months back, owners of the Nissan GT-R were up in arms about how using launch control would void their factory warranty. Many claimed it was unfair for Nissan to use launch control for performance testing, and then post the numbers as official, mostly because to reach those numbers you would have no more warranty. Nissan responded to this by removing launch control from the GT-R completely for 2010.

Talking To Plants and Getting Answers: Great idea?

Patent # US 7113911 is definitely way out there even for people who consider themselves very middle-of-the road! The Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity is from another alien cosmos, a place where only those who howl at the moon are fit to enter. Read on, but don’t howl. They might hear you.

China's Online Population: A Rapidly Growing Phenomenon

407 Within the span of less than ten years, China has become the world's second-largest online population. Today the country boasts of more than 100 million users which puts it second only to the United States. Read all about this growing phenomenon.

Baby Monitor Developed Focuses on Infant’s Breathing

Researchers have developed a prototype baby monitor that focuses on a baby’s breathing.

The Dad’s Cab: Fun Gag Gift Inspires New Business Idea

The Dad's Cab is a neat gadget that breeds an interesting business idea. How about charging children for the services we provide as parents, including carting them around to their many activities and engagements?

New Drug May Cure Jet Lag

A new drug developed by researchers helps the body produce more of the sleep hormone melatonin and could get rid of problems caused by jet lag and shift work.

Insects Use Plants as Telephones

Some insects use plants as telephones, communicating with each other at opposite ends of the plant, researchers have found. Insects that live below ground and feed on a plant's roots send chemical signals via the leaves of the plant, alerting leaf-eating insects that live above ground that the plant is already occupied.

Medical Student’s Invention Fights Super Bugs

Scientists have been warning people for years about a “super bug” that will be resistant to all antibodies and destroy the human race. One man has taken these warnings to heart and has invented a method to fight these super bugs.

Newborns Exposed to Smoking Moms Are More Irritable

While it is known that babies born to mothers that smoke during pregnancy can have low birth weight and an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, a new study now shows that these babies are also more irritable and difficult to soothe.

That An Axe in Your Bag Or Are You Happy To See Me?

Apparently, the artist that made these suitcase designs wanted to experiment with the idea of what we see and how it compares to how we perceive it. How we judge a book by its cover, you may say.

Hydrocar Toys Provide a Glimpse into Alternative Fuel Source

In a charged political and environmental climate, the toy Hydrocar can offer an educational glimpse into alternative fuel sources. Plus--it looks so cool!

RS-24 Rocket: Will it Defeat All Anti-Missile Systems?

First tested in May of last year, this Russian MIRV-equipped thermonuclear, intercontinental ballistic missile, which can carry up to ten independently targetable warheads, was created as a direct response to the missile shield the United States wants to deploy in Europe. Read on and…shudder.

Handheld Device Detects Early Signs of Cancer

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a prototype blood scanner that can locate cancer markers in the bloodstream.

Decoy Hunting/Observing Blind: Great Idea?

US Patent # 6,415,807 also known as the Decoy Hunting/Observing Blind is a patent that dates back to the summer of 2002. Read all about how it works, although the question of why bother to make this may not be answered.

New Online Tool May Help Predict Depression

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have developed an online tool that may help predict the risk of someone suffering from depression in the future.

Japanese Virtual Wife Nags You to Eat Right

The Virtual Wife... no, it's not what you think, even though this new health and nutrition reminder service comes from Japan.

Could Waste Fees be California’s New Years Resolution?

While some program's pay consumer money to recycle in an effort to reduce waste, California has plans to approach the waste issue a bit differently and much more aggressively. How? California plans on implementing bans on certain plastics and charging fees for the use of others.

Flawed Fishing Policies Result in Fewer Fish

In an effort to maintain a steady population of fish, many fisheries have rules for minimum fish sizes or weights. If the fish is too small, it must be thrown back to give it more time to grow and reproduce. Now researchers have found that this policy is flawed.

Is Space Turning Into the Next Tourist Hot-Spot ?

Reaching space, or more appropriately orbit, has traditionally been reserved for highly trained astronauts and billionaires who also receive extensive training. However, as our technology improves, the ability for the average person to reach the heavens is becoming more feasible. Virgin Galactic may bring us one step closer to reaching this goal with their new WhiteNightTwo Aircraft.

Volvo Interiors Will Now be Certified Allergy Friendly

For the men and women who suffer from allergies, simple things in life can be full of struggles. Medication can help, but depending on the severity of the allergy and how fast you metabolize things, they can wear off quickly. Volvo has taken a step to help these allergy sufferers, at least while they are driving anyway.

Study Shows Drivers Are Distracted Most by Cell Phones

A new study conducted by the University of Utah found that cell phones are more of a distraction than anything else for drivers.

Night Terrors in Children May Be Inherited

Have your children ever woken up from a night terror? You know the symptoms: bolting up out of bed with their eyes wide open, almost as in terror, with a look of fear on their face and sometimes letting out a horrifying scream.

Motorized Picnic Table: Great Idea?

US Patent 6637349, the Motorized Picnic Table made its entrance in 2003. Was it an attempt to escape from invading ants or merely a conveyance designed to provide the appropriate setting for “eaters on the run?” Read on, but you may not get your answer.

The Year in Review: 2008’s Top Industries for New Businesses

The best business opportunities in 2008 opened the doors of success for entrepreneurs looking to start their small businesses. Within these markets, businesses both successful and bizarre established themselves and found their niches.


Yubz Retro Styled Phone Handsets Get a Grip on Hi-Tech

Cellphones are getting smaller and smaller but our hands are still the same size. What to do? Get a Yubz: a blast from the past retro-styled handset that may look clunky but gives you a grip on anything hi-tech throws your way.