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June, 2009

6 Green Barbeque Pits For The Eco-Conscious Griller

Can you smell Barbeque in the air? Does it make your mouth water, but your eco-conscious keeps you from grilling? If you worry about the eco-friendly hazards of grilling, check out these innovatively green pit alternatives below before you decide to never grill again.

Aston Martin and Toyota Team Up to Rebadge the iQ

Aston Martin is known for making some of the most powerful and luxurious vehicles to ever hit the market. Unfortunately being produced in small numbers has put them out of reach for most people. A recent partnering with Toyota however, may bring the Aston Martin nameplate into reach for many new car buyers.

Human-Powered Walkie Talkies Keep You In Touch

An eco-friendly, reliable communication device for the backcountry, the Wind Up Walkie Talkies keep you in touch with those traveling with you. Don't get burned by dead batteries, always maintain a communication line.

Top Ten Enterprise Microblog Sites

Are Twitter and Facebook lacking because they don't offer a complement of collaborative tools including threaded replies, RSS feeds, photo and file sharing? Have other microblogging platforms found a chink in their armor? Is 'enterprise microblogging' the next step in the evolutionary process of social networking? Yes, it appears that several new collaboration suites have emerged to fill this void...and in advance of Google Wave's scheduled debut in the Fall.

Tottoo Temporary Tattoos: Helping Lost Children Find Their Way Home

We've seen temporary tattoos that allow you to write down a grocery list or a To Do list; but some things are much more important to keep track of, like our children. It may not be as high-tech as personal GPS tracking, but Tottoo temporary tattoos will entertain your child and facilitate their safe return.


The 6 Best Ways To Get The Spring Back OR Into Your Step

If you've lost your spring or even if you just want more, Wavespring™ has developed a spring-loaded shoe technology to propel you right off the ground into the air!

Green Home Concierge: Helping Busy People Go Green!

For homeowners who have been thinking about reducing their carbon footprint by making their home just a little bit more environmentally friendly, but just can't find the time to do it; there's a trendy new concierge service that can help.

Twitter Powered Mobile Ice Cream Shop

A number of businesses have been popping up lately which use Twitter to recruit clientele, proving just how powerful social networking can be, especially when it comes to business development. The latest business powered by Twitter is Coolhaus, the mobile Ice Cream shop.

E-Ink Electronic Coach Playboard Design

The E-Ink Electronic Coach Playboard replaces traditional pen and paper with a virtual pad featuring a variety of preloaded sports templates. Select the game and design the perfect game-winning play.

Tasty, Artistic, & Natural Gourmet Treats For Dogs, Cats, Horses, & Birds!

There's a fantastic line of yummy goodies for your pets - I've even tasted the dog cookies - created by a gourmet chef, Mitch Ross. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ross flipped his catering business into an international gourmet all-natural treat business for dogs, cats, horses and birds. These treats are artistically creative and very reasonably priced.

Customer Service By Johnny The Bagger & TaxiTerry

Once in great while you learn how a simple act of service can bypass the brain and go straight to the heart. Did you ever think that a bagger with a 'thought for the day' or a cab driver with a 'database' could help build customer loyalty! Watch these videos and you will come to understand how a simple idea can have far-reaching ramifications. 

'140 Mafia' Is Going To Make A Killing On Twitter

Similar to Mob Wars on Facebook and a series of other copy-cat virtual crime games, 140 Mafia, a mafia-style role playing app has just launched on Twitter. For all those mafioso junkies who are still experiencing withdrawal ever since the Sopranos faded to white, Super Rewards, a leading provider of online games can provide you with just that fix you've been jonseing for!

New Concepts in Water Conservation: the Reduce-Your-Use Bathmat

This year's finalists for INDEX: AIGA Aspen Design Challenge conceptualized a bathmat that inuits when you need water and when you to cut you off.

Get Wired with the Outlet Wall

Tangled cables and cords got you down?  Behold the outlet wall - a vast expanse of space dedicated to the detangling of cords and the electrifying of electronics.

 

 


Top 10 Coolest Jackets: From Wearable Gadgets To Personal Protection

Hot summer temperatures or not, some coats and jackets are so cool, that while they might make you warm at this time of year, you'll be the chillest person on the block. Sometimes fashion surpasses comfort, as we all know; so here are the top 10 coolest jackets and coats which will keep you cool, even if only in style, throughout every season.


Don't Miss A Minute Of Your Favorite Sports

Game Time Sports Watches allow you to carry your team's schedule on your wrist. You'll never miss a second of action with this watch.

Japanese TV Dusts Off the Competition With Maid Detective

"Maid Detective" takes the bizarrely popular Maid concept from Akihabara cafes to the silver screen. Actress & singer Saki Fukuda cleans up crime scenes every week on Japan's TV Asahi.

Sit Down, Suck It In, Improve Back Pain On The Gaiam BalanceBall® Chair

I did try to use one of these big balls as a chair at one time, but every time I got up from my desk, the darn thing rolled away. Once it even rolled away while I was sitting down on it, and I hit the floor so hard I thought my butt was broken....

Full Scale Production In Sight For Yamaha’s Hybrid Motorcycle

Back at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha unveiled a hybrid motorcycle concept called the Gen-Ryu. Since then, it seems as though the company has been busy filing patents and gearing up to put the hybrid motorcycle into full production.

Soon: A Once A Month Pill For Dogs And Cats

Scientists at the Merck Research Laboratories have finally come up with a once-a-month pill for dogs and cats.  No, it's not for birth control; it's for fleas and ticks!  And wait until you read about the other big benefit of the pill.... (important update added, June 30, 2009)

BodyTrace eScale: The Smartest Bathroom Scale Ever

The BodyTrace eScale uses a wireless connection to send your weight to the company's website. Once there, you can take advantage of a variety of tools to help you get in shape.

Teach Me Time: Learn How to Tell Time with this Must-Have Clock

If you are looking for a little help teaching your kids how to tell time, this award-winning educational product is just what the doctor ordered! Teach Me Time! may just be a parent's dream-come-true.

Does This Lamp Have Balls, Or What?

Biomimicry is the celebration of nature in every sense -- a philosophy, a perspective, a practice... that recognizes nature knows best.  Here is a perfect example from the field of interior design that really epitomizes man's love of nature. The lamp, by Russian designer Dima Loginoff, is called, simply, Male.


Revenge of The Son of 10 Ads to Disgust & Disturb You

Here we go again, my friends!  Another serving of strange ads that make me wonder what goes on in the heads of marketing execs.  Saddle up and get ready for the strangeness!

New Scale Makes Your Weight Public Knowledge

A new product called the BodyTrace eScale is designed to keep track of your weight loss efforts – by posting the results online for all to see.

Essay Contest Asks Teens To Look Into The Future... To 2059!

Imagine what your life will be like 50 years from now? What new inventions will have changed life dramatically in 2059?  How will people do their jobs? How are they educated? How do they travel, communicate, recover from illness or injury? Teens 12 to 17 are called upon to write about one invention that they see changing their own futures.

Tinker Looks To Attract Super-Bloggers & Mega-Advertisers

What if you were able to harness all the conversations on Twitter about any one topic and sell it to advertisers that were looking to target those like-minded potential consumers? Glam Media has created a micro-blogging ad network platform called 'Tinker' that is looking to do just that. Comparable to a matching service like Harmony.com, Tinker will link up Super-Bloggers with Mega-Advertisers. Dissimilar to a dating site, Tinker is all about getting down to business.

High Fat Diet May Lead To Pancreatic Cancer

A new study now shows that a diet high in fat from red meats and dairy may be linked to pancreatic cancer.

Yuneec E430 to be World’s First Production Plug-In Aircraft

Small, personally owned aircraft are becoming more common throughout the world. Not only are they becoming increasing easy to fly, but they also are becoming less expensive to operate and maintain. A perfect example of this can be seen with the Yuneec E430 all electric airframe set to go on sale next year.

Army Chic Accessory: Reclaimed Hot Water Bottle Bag

Fashion is made from everything that can be reclaimed these days. It's about being green, and about making unique fashion items that won't be found in every retail store across America. The latest reclaimed innovation? Hot water bottle handbags.


Yankee Invention Expo Details Announced

For the fifteenth year in a row the Yankee Invention Expo (YIE) will be held in Waterbury, Connecticut.  This invention expo is an opportunity for inventors from all over the country to learn more about inventing from long-time successful inventors and to market their inventions to companies!

Why Is This Dog Toy Bullet Proof? The Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug

Just in case Buddy ever feels like shooting up his toys, Premier has made sure that at least one toy survives: it's the Busy Buddy Tug-a-Jug.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Even Corn Flakes Can Be Killers

This bowl of corn flakes looks innocent enough.  I remember when corn flakes and milk was considered one of the healthiest meals you could eat.  But in a groundbreaking study just released by Tel Aviv University, researchers actually observed the damage a diet of corn flakes, or other high carbohydrate foods, does to the heart.

By The Numbers, Facebook Trumps All Social Networks?

Statistics often color our perceptions, and in the sphere of social networking this is most certainly true. We like to make assumptions based on the numbers. However, most often when 'pacing' is omitted from the equation, we lose our perspective as to what the numbers are really telling us. Is Facebook the dominant player in social networking or does its growth numbers tell us something more about where it will be a year from now?

The EBay For Moms: Hand Me Downs Classified

Moms know just how quickly kids go through stuff, whether it's due to growth, boredom, or trends; they're constantly on the hunt for new things while casting off the old. Sound familiar? While EBay may do that for the rest of the world, Hand Me Downs meets those needs of moms.

Laser Stars – Wish upon Your Very Own Star

If you have a budding astronomer who loves to watch the stars - sit back, relax and pull up a chair. Now your children can have their very own star-filled night in the comfort of their own bedrooms. 

Indian Curry Breaks Up Dementia Plaques In Mice

Don't throw away your curry jar; it just may keep you from developing Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.  People from India and other cultures in the east where turmeric grows have a very low incidence of Alzheimer's, an observation which led to some recent mice experiments at Duke University.

Slow Cooker Dinner Kits: The Fastest Way To Cook A Real Meal

I have exactly one recipe for my slow cooker and that's pork with barbecue sauce and orange juice.  When I get tired of that, I substitute brisket for the pork.  Not very exciting.

Give Your Dogs Barf On The Barf Diet

The Barf Diet. It makes me want to barf just thinking about it, never mind writing about it. Yes, there really is such a diet and it's even supposed to be good for dogs: Barf World says so!

Caterpillar D7E: World’s First Hybrid Bulldozer

As ironic as it is, the heavy machinery used for large scale earthscaping projects can hardly be considered environmentally friendly. The D7E manufactured by Caterpillar, however, may be able to change that perception.

Booze On The Links Has Never Been Easier

The Golf Bag Drink Dispenser is the perfect way to transport your favorite drink onto the golf course.

Glubble Turns Social Networking Into A Family Business

What's a Glubble and why are families queuing up? Glubble turns the Internet from a personal activity into an experience for the entire family. As a new type of social network, Glubble offers an online activity center where families with children under 12 can play, share, discover and learn.

Guerilla Drive Ins: Producing The Pop-Up Movie Business

Pop-up businesses of all sorts are the latest trend, since businesses are able to pick up their services and move locations anytime their spot is no longer hot. The latest business type on our radar? The pop-up guerilla drive in.

Vintage Swetz-A-Lot Clothing: Solving B.O. With Fashion Choices

Before his death, eccentric clothing designer Barney Dorcus had a dream. His dream wasn't to create a fashion line which would appear at the hottest world runway shows; it wasn't to see his clothing line picked up by all the high-end retailers; it was to create fashion that was sweat proof.

Inflatable Furniture Gets an Upgrade with 'Via Lattea'

Italian furniture design company Meritalia must love their pasta, because they've gone so far as to construct "raviolis made of air" in their new inflatable line, 'Via Lattea'.

Synovi G3 For Dogs: Product Review

My dog had become slow and very careful, particularly when lying down or getting up from a lie down position.  In the last few months, his movements became more labored and even his walk appeared strained ...

1 Car and 540,000 Miles....They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore

Most people consider themselves lucky to get over 200,000 miles out of today's engines. For Rachel Veitch however, the 200,000 mark has long since passed and her car is still running strong.

Talk About Timing - Michael Jackson 'Live In Japan' DVD Released June 23

Timing is everything when you're a performer and nobody knew it better than the late Michael Jackson. Timing is also essential in business, as Amazon.com is surely realizing - the new "Michael Jackson: Live In Japan" DVD was posted on the Amazon website a mere 2 days before MJ's untimely demise.

Amphibian Swim-Fin Shoes

Amphibian is a design tailored for lifeguards. It features a set of retractable swim fins aimed at increasing the speed of water rescues.

10 New & Exotic Foods Coming To NYC's 2009 Summer Fancy Food Show

The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) is holding its 55th Summer Fancy Food Fair in New York City this weekend (June 28 - 30, 2009) and my mouth waters just reading about some of the luscious new foods premiering at the event. If you can get there, here are ten tasties I'd love you to try for me! (This list leans to the sweet, I warn you.)

Performance Capture Coming Soon In Tim Burton's 'Alice'!

What do Gollum, Kong, The Silver Surfer, the Polar Express, Beowulf and Benjamin Button have in common? They all utilized the innovative technique of 'performance capture" where an actor's movements and expressions are electronically tracked and translated into computer generated imagery (CGI) to make the real-life actor resonate in a hybrid world of animation.

Scottevest: Gadget Clothing For Spies

A spy needs somewhere to stash gadgets so that they're handy in times of need.  Scottevest offers a variety of fashionable - yet functional - clothing for anyone looking to carry a lot of items without attracting attention.

Squad Positioning System Could Save Firefighters' Lives

It takes guts to run into a burning building.  Due to the chaotic nature of the situation, navigation through the smoke and flames is difficult.  A firefighter could benefit from a device to aid in navigation--and the Squad Position System is the gadget for the job.

Top Ten Michael Jackson Tributes Going Viral

Within minutes of Michael Jackson's passing on June 25, Twitter went abuzz with all ten trending topics referencing Michael Jackson, from "RIP Michael Jackson" to "Pop King." Whatever you may have thought of Michael Jackson's personal life, his contribution to the world of entertainment was unmistakable. He raised the bar beyond the level of Elvis Presley to set a mark that will be hard for any artist to measure up to in the years and generations to come. Watch the Top Ten videos selected to honor the life and times of the King of Pop that were all produced within a few hours of his passing.

Beta Travel Program Joobili Focuses On When, Not Where

When it's time to travel, you always want to pick a vacation destination where things are happening, and where it's the right season to go there based on ideal weather conditions and all that great stuff. However, when booking with a travel agency the research is often left up to you, because all they want to hear is where you want to go and when you want to do it. Finally, one innovative travel agency provides suggestions based on when you want to go.


Funky and Fashionable Watch May Pave The Way For Non-Invasive Diabetes Monitoring

Created by designer Sunghoon Mun is a diabetes watch prototype that provides an element of fashion, along with a much needed method to monitor health non-invasively.


Turn Up the Heat with the Oven Re-Constructed

Are you disinclined to use your oven in the summer months due to the invevitable heat that pours forth, seemingly for hours after your meal has finished and the dishes are done? Ciprian Frunzeanu may have devised a clever solution to summertime oven woes with his tiny Oven Re-Constructured design.

Gravitix Inflatable Jet Ski – Fun in the Sun

One thing is for certain - summer is here! If you are looking for the perfect activity for the fam, the Inflatable Jet Ski is a must-have for a little fun in the sun.

 


Feeling Blue? Japan's Got a Beer for That

Feeling blue? Japan's got a beer for that: Okhotsk Blue to be exact, a foamy brew made with water sourced from icebergs, tinted icy blue with seaweed.

Umbrella Changes Color When Rain Hits

The Squidarella features a black-and-white London cityscape. When wet, the illustration becomes infused with color.

Indoor Gardening Flipped: The Sky Planter

Patrick Morris has turned indoor gardening on its head with his revolutionary Sky Planter design, which allows plants to literally grow upside down.

Dead Mouse + Computer Mouse = Mouse Mouse

Got an extra dead mouse sitting around? If so, this may be a fine use for it. Introducing the Mouse Mouse!

As Seen On TV: The Ove Glove Review

We've seen the ads. The Ove Glove is touted as a revolutionary cooking mitt that insures you won't fry your hands when retrieving that big pan of macaroni & cheese from the oven. But does it work?

New Spin on Skating: The Stepboard

The Stepboard replaces the traditional foot push-off of a skateboard or scooter with step-based forward motion.

Life Preserver Pill Box Could Be a Life Saver

Pills, spills and thrills - that's what pill boxes and life preservers have in common. Now Troika combines the best features of both in a miniature life preserver travel case that holds all your life preserving pills and vitamins.

Solar-powered Tent Lets You Light Up Your Night

The Orange Concept Solar Tent uses photovoltaic fabric to capture the energy of the sun. A wireless hub with touchscreen LCD allows you to manage your energy consumption.

Top Ten Real-Time Search Engines

With Google and Facebook racing furiously to enter into the real-time search market, Twitter remains dominant on the world stage as to how news is obtained and consumed by the "wisdom of the crowds". From the immediacy of an airplane losing control over the Hudson River to the horrific moment-by-moment cries of revolt on the streets of Tehran, real-time search has dynamically changed news dissemination.

9 Best Places To Dine In Summer 2009: Top Restaurants Around The World!

Summer is here, and with the kids about to begin their summer vacation at school's end, it's time to spoil yourself and your family and one of the best ways to get the feel of a vacation is to eat out at some of the most exciting restaurants on offer around the world. So, in honor of summer, here's the top 10 food and restaurant businesses around the world.


Furniture that Eats Itself: The Auto-Cannibalistic Table

Who knew inanimate pieces of furniture could turn into savage cannibals? The Auto-Cannibalistic Table is a table designed to gradually eat itself.

Women’s Dream Accessory: The Purse/Shoe Hybrid

If there's anything in fashion that accessory loving women would kill for it's shoes and purses. Get ready ladies, your dreams are about to come true, because now your two favorite fashion accessories are about to collide!


NHTSA Proposes New Labels for Tires...Could Satisfy California's Requirements

A few days back, we brought you the news of California’s proposal to include rolling resistance information on all tires sold inside the state.  While that was still in the works, it appears that the NHTSA has come up with their own means of conveying economy information to those in search of new tires.

Dan Brown Puzzles The Internet Before All Is Revealed

The viral marketing campaign for Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s new book will set new promotional ground by teasing his fan base with a series of innovative puzzles, hidden codes and games scattered across the Internet that are bound to intrigue as much as any of his mystery novels.

Drop the Computer: HP Web Printer

Print maps, movie tickets, coupons and other documents in seconds without ever touching your mouse or keyboard.

Samsung Innovation Quest 2009 Now Open For New Widgets!

Samsung's Innovation Quest (aka Samsung IQ or SIQ) is now open for competition, this year being devoted to building the Samsung's new GT-i8910 home screen widgets. Samsung is also being innovative by giving you lots of resources and technical tools that were not available in prior years -- including teaching you all about widgets!

Personalize Your Walls With Paintable OLED Tiles

It seems there is an innate desire of children and adults to, at some point in their lives, take a crayon, can of spray paint or a marker and draw on a wall somewhere.  Thanks to lighting artist Shane Crozier, that desire need not be sublimated any longer!

 

 

Magnetic Nanoparticles Used To Draw Cancer Cells Together

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have completed a fascinating study using magnetic nanoparticles to gather metastasized cancer cells to a central location, thereby curbing metastatic spread of the disease.

The Hairforce: Award Winning Head Lice Assassins!

You've heard of exterminators, you've heard of assassins; well, 2008's British Female Inventor and Innovator of the Year award winner is a little bit of both, combating one of the worst enemies out there in this "better them than me" business.


Ballpark Stadium Seat Jewelry: Unique Cufflinks For Men

Cufflinks seem to be popping up on the radar lately, each using their own unique materials to form the trendy and classy accessories for men. Most recently, unique pairs of cufflinks use a recycled material perfect for baseball fans who like to tell a story about their fashion choices.


1 Cup Of Water Plus Tiny Beads Could Launder Your Clothes Green

Remember the almost waterless dishwasher prototype I wrote about last month? Now, there is news of an almost waterless washing machine prototype set to go on the market in 2010. The eco-washing machine is so planet-friendly it could have an "environmental impact of taking two million cars off the road."

Mommy I’m Here cl-305 Child Locator: Aid for Parents

Summer is often a busy, active time for families. Keeping a close eye on children can sometimes can sometimes be a difficult task. The Mommy I'm Here Child Locator just may be a parent's dream-come-true.

PopIxy: The Tabbed Search Engine

Back when Firefox first came out with tabbed browsing, it rocked the internet world.  No longer were people managing huge clusters of browser windows.  They now could keep things organized by tabs and move quickly between them for a truly powerful surfing experience.  Now there's a tabbed search engine that aims to impress you in the same way.


China's Netizens Declare they will Fight Back vs Censorship

With the protests in Iran, there has been a lot of discussion in the news of late about the power of technology in circumventing government control and censorship. Of course no one knows this kind of censorship better than Chinese netizens, especially after these past few weeks that saw the blocking of popular social media sites and the introduction of the 'Green Dam' filtering software.

in the face of such censorship, some more creative Chinese netizens (I have no idea who, or how many) have used Google Docs to release a declaration of war against this government imposed internet filtering.

Poop and Putt At the Same Time

Don't miss out on a moment that could be spent playing golf. Use the Potty Putter to make use of some of that wasted time on the toilet.

Volkswagen 1.4 Liter Wins International Engine of the Year

Every year, a group of automotive enthusiasts come together and are presented with a list of today's most highly rated engines. After sorting through the data, the group then decides which among them can be considered the best. For 2009, the title of International Engine of the Year goes to the 1.4 liter Twincharger manufactured by BMW.

Top Five Strollers For Parents On The Go

Life doesn’t have to stop once you have your baby, and manufacturers from Graco™ to Jeep™ are making that an even truer statement with their production of baby strollers perfectly suited for travel wherever you go.

New Artificial Heart Biomimics The Heart Of A Cockroach

Did you ever wonder what makes the cockroach so resilient?  Maybe it's the cockroach heart that has as many as 13 pumping chambers, as opposed to human and animal hearts that only have four pumping chambers.

As Seen On TV: The Magic Mop Review

As you can see by the picture, I'm not talking of the myriad of floor mops out on the market that claim to be "magic."  I'm talking of the little grease sucking device used in kitchens.  Does it work?  Well, from personal experience I can say... read on.

Prius Hearse Makes Your Last Road Trip a Green Ride

Think "hearse" and a long black Cadillac is what usually comes to mind. Toyota has a better, greener idea however: the Prius Hearse.

Zap Germs Before They Zap You With A Magic Germ Wand

The Pocket Sized Germ Eliminating Light is the ultimate magic wand with the ability to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, and mold in 20 seconds.  It's UV-C light is used in hospital settings to sterilize surgical instruments, so you know it works... because no hospital is interested in law suits, right?

Wii Bowling Ball

This new Wii peripheral bowling ball allows you to bowl in style. If you don't think that's an oxymoron, read on to find out all about it.


Paper Landscapes Cover New Ground in Lighting Design

Paper Landscapes is a lighting design project from New York artist Marcus Tremonto, inspired from topographic digital technology.

 

Free iPhone App For The Mobile Dog: Eukanuba's OFF LEASH

Buddy's getting restless.  He's been crated in the back of the car for two hours and that's a long time for a dog to be cooped up; but where can you stop to get him some exercise?

Interested In Beaver Stuffing?

We all enjoy beaver stuffing, right?  I know I do.  And the Beaver Stuffing Kit makes it that much easier to satisfy that occasional urge.  Just be careful how you phrase this activity while in public...

Bad Times Bootcamp: Where The Unemployed Recover Financial Collapse With A Good Workout!

With the financial crisis we're experiencing in North America and around the world, there's been an uprising of businesses and services catering to the unemployed. After losing his job, an entrepreneurial-minded gentleman and Dubai decided it's time to get the unemployed of the couch to increase their productivity, improve their health, and give them a chance to network.

Tweezed Eyebrows Are Out! Adorn Your Eyebrows With Chic Jewels Instead

It's hard to keep up with the fashion and beauty trends of eyebrows; one year over-tweezed eyebrows seem to appear on the faces of all the models in the magazines, which the next year the natural look is in. What's next? Jewelry adorned eyebrows? Designer Kanch Panjabi seems to think it's the next big fashion trend.

Japanese Replica Taxi Meter Shames Free-Riding Freeloaders

Freeloading friends making you feel like a taken-advantage taxi driver? Spoiled teenage kids too lazy to take the bus? Don't be a crabby cabby, get even - and get a fake (but oh-so-real-looking) taxi meter!

Light Up the Night - Solar Moon Jars are Here

If you are looking for a fun gift or something to entertain the kids for some summer time fun, you've come to the right place. Watch your kids' eyes light up, and their bedrooms, when they see these awesomely cool Moon Jars from Suck UK.

 


Anti-Restaurant Charlie’s Burgers: Covert Restaurant Operation With Invite-Only Guest List

At Charlie's Burgers, which is located right in my neck of the woods in Toronto, it's about the dining experience as well as the covert manner that guests have to go about getting there. It's an exclusive dining experience, which will certainly be memorable to diners; but only to those who are fortunate enough to receive an invitation.


Chic Cyclist Couture Hits The Runways As A Fashion Trend For Fall 2009

Cyclists have forever relied on spandex clothing and bright, fitted fashions; but now cyclist fashion is stepping off the race course and onto the fashion runways for fall 2009. Watch out bikers, whether your fashion choices were for function or style, you're about to be one step ahead of the latest trend!

Toyota's Supra Successor On Track for 2011 Delivery

For nearly 2 years now Toyota has been working on the FT-HS concept vehicle that was originally unwrapped at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, it has been in and out of the spotlight without providing any real information about production or pricing or anything for that matter. Now, it seems as though the Supra successor is on track for a 2011 delivery.

Kitchen Tools That Stick Their Tongues Out!

Kids have a blast in the kitchen when the gadgets are interesting to them, but you don't need kids to help you smile when you use Koziol's Hermann, Donna, or Oliver to help you cook.

SmartBall Gives a Radar Speed Reading

SmartBall provides an LCD speed read-out so that you can quickly gauge how fast you just threw the ball.

Wood Biomimics Bone For More Functional Prosthetics

For the first time, inspired by a tree's hierarchial structure of growth, Italian scientists have created bone prostheses from wood.

New York Yankee Sod: Create A Lawn Fit For Baseball Pros

Every time you turn on the TV or walk into Yankee Stadium to watch the professionals hit it out of the ballpark, you can't help but admire A-Rod's steroid enhanced biceps, but another thing catches your eye; just how damn green that stadium grass is. A company makes sure you get one of the best parts of Yankee Stadium at home; no, I don't mean the procession of hot female celebs trailing in to watch Rodriguez play, I mean that luscious green grass.


Camel Ammo: Combating Women’s Worst Fashion Fear; The Camel Toe!

Celebrities inspire many things in fashion, but this is one product that came to be not because of the positive fashion trends demonstrated by people in the limelight, but by the rising number of celebs appearing on magazines with an unfortunate fashion mishap; the camel toe!

DIY Straws Add A New Twist To Drinking

Tired of that plain old straight straw?  I am, as well.  Straws are just... boring.  Until now, that is.  Jazz up your drinking experience with Do-It-Yourself Straws!

Good News And Bad News About Humans VS Chimps

There is great genetic similarity in humans and chimpanzees, but there are notable differences between them that are observable; particularly increased brain size and cognitive abilities in humans.  Could these factors possibly have anything to do with an increased incidence of cancer in humans?  Far-fetched, perhaps, but the researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to find out.

Dog Tag Multi-Tool: The Most Practical Necklace Ever

Multi-tools are getting smaller and smaller, my friends.  Take this nifty gadget, for example.  It's small enough to fit on a chain around your neck and offers a weath of features in a tiny little package.

Top Five Twitter Analytical Tools

What kind of footprint have you made in the Twitterverse? Do you know your Twitter ROI, your Twitter influence or stats that determine your Twitter psychographics? In the social media world, this data is becoming easier and easier to access as new analytical tools become available... and now you can track it.

Ocean Explorer 1 Submarine

If you are looking for some fun in the sun, look no further. Perfect for the budding marine biologist or future deep sea diver, the Ocean Explorer 1 Submarine is sure to provide hours of fun for children and adults alike.

The Top Ten Bizarre, Radical & Cool Nintendo Wii Case Mods

Nintendo's popular Wii home video game console just might be the biggest hit Japan has had since the Prius. The Wii has sold so well, it's only now that customers are being offered the Wii in black as opposed to bland old white. Not everyone has been patient, however, as these ten wild & wacky Wii mods illustrate.

Highly Sophisticated Truck Could Change How We Look at Long Distance Shipping

One of the most challenging parts of designing a cleaner burning engine is trying to keep the power output high enough to meet the needs of whatever it will be powering. This has proven especially true for semi trucks, which require a large amount of power to move. However, a new truck design may be able to solve this issue and offer a much greener solution to the shipping needs of the world.

Facebook Revolution Ratchets Up

Not to take a back seat, Facebook is driving its social network headlong into the streets of Iran. As witnessed last week when it hastened to make 'real-time search' a major priority, Facebook, not to be overshadowed by Twitter wants to be perceived as a major player on the national scene. Evidence of how it looks to achieve that goal are surfacing in the US and the Middle East.

Jigsaw Puppet Puzzles: Just Stick ‘Em!

Looking for a fun and unique toy for the kids this summer? The Jigsaw Puppet Puzzle, from Fidoodle, actually combines two activities into one fun product.

Sonogram Cufflinks For The Proud Poppa This Father’s Day

Show dad just how much you appreciate him giving you life this Father's Day, and allow him to show off just how proud he is of making his own spawn with a unique fashion accessory that's ideal for even the most dapper dad.

Wine Company Blank Bottle Caters To The Adventurous Wine Taster

Blank Bottle is a unique wine distributor for adventurous wine drinkers. With the wine distributed by Blank Bottle, it's not about what's on the label, it's about the wine that appears in your glass.


California Proposes new Method to Standardize Testing for Tires

Low rolling resistance tires are just now coming into the spotlight with many manufacturers, most likely due to the steadily increasing averages they are required to meet. One issue with the production of these new tires is the lack of a standardized method of testing and rating them based on how much resistance they produce. A new proposal by the California Energy Commission (CEC)hopes to solve this problem and help consumers move toward the new tires by removing all the guesswork.

All Tied Up: The Fattie Chair by Tracy Deramus

Stumped as to what to buy dear old dad for Father's Day?  Well, here's an idea:  The Fattie Chair by Tracy Deramus, a chair whose seat and back are constructed of neckties.

The Green Truck Brings Green Food To You

Somewhere in Los Angeles California a sustainable meal truck, the Green Truck, is delivering meals made with organically grown ingredients. To find the truck's location a customer can track it via a GPS tracker, twitter or by phone. So, a customer can always know where the truck is parked right now.

Join the Resistance in the Terminator Salvation Multiplayer Game

This is the most well-rounded browser-based action title I've played in some time.  Fun, intuitive, and challenging enough to keep you hooked for quite some time, the game is sure to impress.

Gigantic Water Play Slide: Take a Ride on this Slide!

If you are looking for something extraordinarily special just in time for summer vacation, you're going to love this! Perfect for summer camp or the kid who has everything; kids are going to go nuts over this puppy!

8 Gifts That Could Make Your Father Hate You

We've all given a gag gift at some point.  And we've all probably had at least one experience where the gift has backfired.  Father's Day (and dad's birthdays in general) always represent quite a challenge.  Here are 8 items that I know would not work for my Dad--and may not work for yours as well.

Citrus Fueled Sports Car Could Freshen Up The Future of Automotive Design

While many people are focused on redesigning our tried and true internal combustion engine, others are more interested in improving the fuel source we use in them. Most of these people are content trying to alter our current sources of fuel, but a few like to step off the beaten path. There are no better examples of this than the designers of the Stauro Concept.

The Personalized Commode: Toilet Pages

Designer Jan Ctvrtnik has devised a solution to all the ails of a shared toilet. Read on to find out how.

 


Happy Jack Dog Diaper Belly Bands: Product Review

My own pup is getting on in years and has begun having accidents in the house between his outings.  When I'm home I keep an eye out for signs that he needs to go, but he's been trying the Happy Jack Dog Diaper when I go out.  Here is our review!

Business Helps Festival-Goers Power Their Electronic Devices With Eco-Friendly Gadget

Just in time for a summer of camping, festivals, and roughing it away from the luxuries of civilization, a new company Orange, offers a unique product to power electronic devices so you don't need to leave your cell phone at home; thank goodness!

Party In A Bag: Luxe Booze Bags Gets The Party Started!

Stylish luggage can carry just about anything and look good, and for those who like to party out there, Vernice Ostrich Drinking and Gaming Tote which really gets the party started in a classy way!

Undersea Uranium Farms Could Be A Goldmine

Japanese researchers are considering the possibility of constructing giant undersea sponge farms to collect uranium suspended in seawater. If enough farms are built, every nuclear plant in Japan could soon be running exclusively on ocean-sourced fuel.

Swim Along Mantra Ray: Freshwater Friend

If you've been looking for a fun accessory just perfect for the back yard pool, look no further. The Swim Along Mantra Ray is sure to be a great big hit with your little swimmers and snorkelers.

 

Natural Moisturizing Lotion Leaves Skin As Soft As Silk

Skin as soft as silk isn't just an expression anymore, thanks to naturally moisturizing lotions, soaps and skin care products containing Sericin, a silk protein that has kept silk workers' hands smooth and soft for centuries.

Mazda Planning Direct Injection for Next Generation Rotary Engine

Rotary engines are almost always associated with the name Mazda. For their small size, they can produce quite a bit of power, but at the expense of fuel economy and tailpipe emissions. Mazda, most likely in an effort to reduce the latter two, has been granted a patent for a newly designed rotary engine.

Call For Inventors! Lifetime Brands Seeks Innovative Barbecue Products

This Edison Nation/Lifetime Brands Innovation Contest sure is timely.  It's the perfect season for barbecuing, so get your chef's hat on and cook up some ribs, chicken, vegetarian... even a pie, so you can get inspired to invent.  Not a bad way to be inspired!

One Man's Mecha Is Kind Of Heavy On His Feet

Sarah Palin may have put Wasilla, Alaska on the map, but she and her family are not the only thing that's newsworthy there.  Wasilla just may be the home of one of the heaviest "mechas" in the world -- not the kind you'd want to partner in a ballroom dance class, that's for sure!

Stylish Shades Help You See What's Behind You

Want to see where you've been, and look stylish while doing it?  These shades are a must-have for spies when conducting surveillance in outdoor situations.

Thumbs Up For Texting Champion!

"OMG BFF I have the fastest thumbs in the US!" could have been the rallying cry from Kate Moore, a 15 yr old from Des Moines who received $50,000 in prize money at a Texting Championship. Beating out 250,000 people for a spot in the finals, her digit dexterity crowned her the winner and bragging rights of being the fastest texter in the land.

A Memory Improvement Program Gets Big-Time Test... And Passes!

With so many marketing "specialists" trying to get at our supposed savings, all advertising directed to the boomer is straining my credulity.  But there's a memory fitness program that's been independently studied and been shown to roll back memory ability by an average of 10 years and improve mental processing by 131 percent in subjects over the age of 65!  I hype you not!

Kurage Fiber Optic Lamp by Sschemata

Japanese Sschemata architecture office has designed the third generation of their fiber optic lamp, the loopy and winding Kurage.

Link Lessons: Golf Lessons At Home Help You Improve Your Golf Swing

Today people like to do just about everything from the convenience of their own homes, and businesses that understand this growing trend are creating services that allow people to do what they want without ever leaving home. Taking advantage of this trend and the available technologies is a company called Link Lessons that offers a niche service that many would appreciate.

As Seen On TV: Is The Nicer Dicer... Nicer?

I'm all for gadgets that save time in the kitchen.  The Genius Nicer Dicer offers an attractive solution to chopping stuff with a knife: one push and the veggie is diced--with no mess on the counter.  But does it work?

Disheveled Fashion Expands To Pre-Dirtied White Shoes!

Lately the pre-worn look in fashion has been all the rage. No longer do fashion lovers need to rely on wear and tear to get the disheveled, broken in look. We've seen these trends appear in jeans, shirts, jackets and more, but now the broken in fashion look is appearing in shoes as well.

Facebook Revolution vs. Twitter Revolution!

Like Bill Maher and Twitter, Facebook thinks it needs to move its big tent to a real-time format! Facebook will renovate its News Feed and Search capabilities to real-time format, just as soon as they finish beta testing. Not to be outdone by the Fail Whale, Facebook is launching new real-time search functionality that will allow members the opportunity to search for links, news updates, photos and videos of registered users, and get those results in real time.

Text-ile Chair: Taking Keyboards Out of Con-text

The amount of tech waste produced each year is astounding. To put some of the discarded goods to use, designers Dante Bonnucelli and Lamm put together this Text-ile Chair, made from old keyboards.

 

 

Putting On The Dog With The 10 Hautiest Designer Pet Carriers

I've noticed that when it comes to designer accessories like handbags, fans love to match them with other accessories. So if they buy a Gucci handbag, they'll want a Gucci wallet and key chain... and a Gucci pet carrier too.  Here are 10 of the newest styles of designer pet carriers from the likes of  Louis Vuitton, Juicy, Burberry, Gucci and more...

Official Tooth Fairy Kit: Something to Sink Your Teef Into

If you happen to know a child of a certain age, chances are pretty good the Tooth Fairy is one of their most favorite fairies in the land! The Official Tooth Fairy Kit is a wonderful idea for parents or grandparents and kids will love it too.

Prius Neighborhoods Found at Twitter, Facebook & At The Pump!

The new Toyota Prius is about to land in a neighborhood near you!. Starting this week, Gas Station TV and Toyota Team up to Launch 'Prius Neighborhood,' the first-ever community-generated TV Program. The community relations program broadcasts consumer-generated local cause-related events at-the-pump screens while informing viewers about the new 2010 third-generation Prius. "Prius Neighborhood" submissions are available online.

Oh, So That's What It Looks Like! Bizarre X-Ray Art

New York med student and artist Satre Stuelke started a project in 2007 called "Radiology Art" in which he takes x-ray scans of ordinary objects.

Remote Control LED Light Bulb Offers 7 Shades of White

"Any color you like, as long as it's white!" No, it's not a bizarro version of Henry Ford, just Sharp's new LED light bulb. Using the included remote control one can dial through 7 different shades of white light - without any white heat.

Top Ten Mommy Blogs

Some would dismiss Mommy Bloggers as light-weight fluff! However, for any one who diggs a little deeper into this blogging niche, you will find some real marketing-savvy heavy-weights. Now said to number over 200,000, Mommy bloggers are represented by groups and web sites and want to dispel any negative connotation associated with what they do, and how they do it. This Top Ten List will give you some insight as to the best of the best.

Online Concierge Service Gets You A Table At The Best Restaurants!

There's no such thing as impulsively deciding to go to the hottest restaurants in New York City or Los Angeles when there's a waiting list months long unless you happen to be a celebrity. An innovative new concierge service makes sure you can get in, even if your face isn't plastered across the tabloid magazines.

Vibram 5 Finger: Barefoot Shoe Alternative For Sport And Style

You may have gone barefoot as a child, only to be told by your conservative mom and dad that people are meant to wear shoes. Some argue that in fact, feet are not designed to be enclosed after all (aha mom & dad!), but since most places have that annoying "no shirt, no SHOES, no service rule" one sportswear company has come up with something that provides a shoed alternative to going barefoot.


Sebastian Errazuriz's Flipping Wall Shelves

As space is usually an issue most people grapple with at some point, somewhere in their domains, it's always a pleasure to find a way to utilize it in aesthetically pleasing and effecient ways.  Repisa N5 by Sebastian Errazuriz does just that. 

Will Laser Technology Bring Back Energy Efficient Incandescent Light Bulbs?

There is a new project in the works from scientists at the University of Rochester with the ability to make incandescent light bulbs more energy efficient as well as brighter than ever before. All it takes is a few bright UofR scientists, a powerful laser and a few quadrillionths of a second.  

Google Labs: Google Squared

Google Labs, the experimental division of Google, has made public their developing project Google Squared.  The concept of Google Squared is to take searching into related topics and offer multiple forms of links and related media.

XR3 Diesel Hybrid Now Available Factory Assembled

Back in 2006, the XR3 diesel hybrid went on sale as a kit car. While it was great for the DIY-ers, anyone who wanted the vehicle but didn't have the time to invest in assembly was out of luck.  A problem solved by the recent decision to assemble the XR3 at the factory and ship it to buyers from there.

Revisit Old Memories With The Digital Slide & Negative Converter

No one looks at slides from a slide projector anymore.  If photos aren't digitized and we can't see them on our computers, they might as well not exist.  But the old pictures, the ones taken when we were young and our parents and grandparents were younger, when slides were the medium for our memories... How can we just toss them out?

Ameba: New Shapes in Lighting

Designed by Pete Sans for Vibia, Ameba is a modular hanging light structure with a size and shape that are totally customizable.

Iranians Revolt on Twitter, Facebook And YouTube

"Iran Elections," "Iranians," "Tehran" and "Mousavi" (also spelled "Moussavi") were the trending topics on Twitter for a whole day on Tuesday, June 16. When four out of ten trending topics are all about the same issue, you know the world is focused. This blog is testimony to how the social media tools of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube can help fight back censorship in the 21st Century.

Bo Bama: Bo the Dog is Coming to a Doghouse Near You

If your kids love cuddly stuffed animals, and what kids don't, they will want to be the first kids on the block to own this soon-to-be-released toy pooch. In honor of the adorable First Dog, a German toy manufacturer is getting ready to release their lookalike version of Bo, the Whitehouse Pet.

 

Laughs Will and Testament: Japan's New Manga Will Kits

Estate planning goes from exhausting to exciting as Kokuyo's manga style will kit explains tough legal issues in classic comic book style.

DIY Solar Charger Wins United States Of Efficiency Contest

Jerome Kelty of Boulder County, CO was so concerned about how much carbon dioxide was being released into the air simply by the charging of iPhones® and iPod Touches®, that he decided to build his own solar charger for them and a range of other devices with USB ports.  He won a new 'green' Mac computer, and you win his DIY instructions for the solar charger!


Funeral Home Takes You To The Afterlife In Style

If you've gone through life in style, you want to go out the same way. One unique funeral home is accommodating requests for the deceased to go out with a bang, with a special kind of hearse.


Style Your Fashionable Wardrobe After Your Favorite Virtual Avatars

Virtual worlds like Second Life are growing in popularity, which allow people to express themselves through custom avatars. Even many online Poker and Casino sites allow people to create themselves in virtual form, but is there a way for avatar and fashion in the real world to collide?

Copter Darts: Game On!

If you've been looking for an affordable family-fun activity that is just perfect for summer, how about trying your hand at a good game of Copter Darts?  Game on!

For Seniors Who Missed The Boat: The GO Computer

If you know a senior who thought they could get along fine without a computer 10 years ago, but who now wishes he had learned how to use one 10 years ago... It's not too late. In fact, the Designed for Seniors Go Computer is easier to use than computers designed 20 years ago!

Early Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Possible With Synchrotron Light

Why, you might wonder, can't doctors just take an MRI or CT scan of our brains and tell us whether we are at risk for Alzheimer's disease or not.  One simple answer is that the Aβ plaques that form in the brains of Alzheimer's patients are so small in the early stages of the disease that they can't be seen by current diagnostic methods.  But that may soon change with new x-ray techniques....

Kinder, Gentler, Smokier: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 6

Japan Tobacco's admen likely burned through a lot of the company's main product in conjuring up 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads. Here's part 6; ads 51 through 60.

New & Old Communication Collide: Email Meets Snail Mail With Free Shipping From Quabb

We've seen businesses that combine traditional communication methods which contemporary ones based in technology, but we've never seen ones that provide their services totally for free. It's really not good to be true; keep on reading and find out why!

Fashion Meets Art With Urban Camouflage

Blending into your environment isn't just for hunters anymore, and a variety of artists and individuals have proven no matter what's in your environment, you can blend right on in!


Fujifilm FinePix Z300, First Digital Camera With LCD Touchscreen

The Fujifilm FinePix Z300 digital camera is a 10-megapixel point-and-shoot beauty that features a 3-inch LCD touchscreen similar to the one on the iPhone. No need to click to take a pic, just point, touch and shoot!

What Can A Maple Seed Teach A Helicopter About Flying?

Perhaps you've never noticed this, or you don't live near maple trees, but the seeds of maple trees fall ever so slowly and, depending on the impact of the breeze or wind force, can be carried for miles before they land. A recently published study in the journal Science shows us why this happens and the significance it might have for future aerospace technology.

Ice Princess: Perfect Party Accessory

If your little princess has a birthday coming up, this fun product is sure to be a great big hit with the party crowd. Add a bit of whimsy and sparkle to your party with Ice Princess!

Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Powered Volkswagen Golf Hits Showfloors

Back in December, the folks at Volkswagen unveiled the new Golf BiFuel mkVI. The VW can run on either traditional petroleum or Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and has just now entered the German Automakers lineup.

The 3 Coolest Interactive Home Gadgets Ever! JOININ

Qian Jiang and Yiying Wu have created the most delightful line of interactive gadgets for the home they call JOININ, as in "join in." Just imagine how you can personalize your mini-fan, table lamp, and even your alarm clock! Read on to see just how cool they are...

Social Networks Pin Winner At Cannes Film Festival

Voodoo twittering? The Cannes 2009 Competition drew more than 193,000 views in 9 days in May. An innovative American filmmaker took home the top prize in the annual Online Short Film Competition run by the National Film Board of Canada in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival. And YouTube and Twitter were largely responsible for selecting the winner!

Samurai Armor Underwear Induces Hot Pants In 'History Girls'

Make love not war? Why not do both - while wearing your samurai underwear! These elaborate and expensive briefs feature the logos and styles of Japanese most formidable warlords of the Warring Era, and are a big hit amongst modern ladies!

A Microblogging Search Engine by Google?

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! The Google Operating System blog, which is widely known as the town crier for Google's "unofficial news" reports that Google Inc. is preparing to launch a search platform that will index content from Twitter and other microblogging sites.

Let The Star Wars Style Force Be With You: The Light Saber Umbrella

Let the force be with you this summer when you arm yourself against summer rainstorms, Star Wars style!

Put Dad In The Spotlight With Unique Father’s Day Gift From Faux Show

If you've got a father who would appreciate a unique Father's Day gift that's all about him, that also puts him in the spotlight, then you need to learn about unique new business Faux Show.

Navify Adds Multimedia to Wikipedia Entries

It's always good to find a site that enhances the experience of using the phenomenally popular Wikipedia to create new and useful pages for researchers and casual searchers alike.  That's what Navify is all about.

Adorable Black Bear Cub Puppet

If you've been looking for a unique gift idea for a child, check out this little guy. Inspire your child's creativity and imagination with an amazing and unique puppet from Folkmanis Puppets.

Urban Delivery Services Could Be Aided By New CarGo

The recent drive to find a more efficient means of urban delivery has spawned many interesting and sometimes awful concept vehicles. While most are practical and affordable, very few will ever get a shot a production. A recent design, aptly named the CarGo, could be one of these new concepts that will actually see production.

'The Idea of a Tree': Solar-Powered Furniture Making Machine

For DMY Berlin Design Festival 09, Viennese designers Mishcer'Traxler showed off their amazing furniture-making machine that runs on solar power.  Sounds crazy? Read on for the details.

Urban Amusement Park Entertainment Experience at 5-W!ts

In the heart of Boston is an entertainment experience unlike any other; it's a thrilling ride that's interactive, entertaining, and at times rather terrifying. Read on to learn about the urban amusement park entertainment experience at 5-W!ts.

Top Five Giants Stealing Twitter's Golden Eggs

Fee Fie Foe Fum, I smell wampum in Twitterdom! Twitter is like the goose that laid the golden eggs, allowing the giants of industry to run off with all the spoils! Has Twitter sat in its Ivory Tower too long trying to figure out the "perfect" business model, while the corporate kingpins are in the counting house counting all their returns?

Don’t Shed A Tear: Opt For Crying Eyeball Jewelry Instead

Who knew tears could become the new trend in fashion accessories? While it may make an unusual fashion statement, a new trend in jewelry might make you cry based on its unusual location.


Recycled and Reclaimed Shelves: Decorative and Useful

My husband and I are spring cleaning our home and garage. In doing so we have realized shelves would come in very handy for organizing our stuff. Below is a list of unique storage ideas I came across in my search for making shelves out of recycled material. 

Rescue Reel Saves Your Tail

The Rescue Reel is a safety device designed for use in skyscraper catastrophies. Escape through the window and rapel down the side of the building down to safety much quicker than you could ever do in the emergency exits.


Plan Toys Toaster: Move Over Betty Crocker

If you happen to have a budding Paula Deen or Emeril Lagasse in your family, hold onto your toaster strudel! This little toaster is the best thing since sliced bread!

Wireless Audeo: What Could Be More Kleer® Than Sennheiser®?

In the last four weeks, a wired mike and an audio/mike headset attached to my computer were totalled when my dog got caught in the wires and, confused, ran away, pulling the wires right out of the devices! I need a wireless headset!

Japanese Game Company Gives Productive Workers Big Baby Bonuses

Making babies for fun and profit? We all know about the former but now Japanese game company Koei Tecmo is doling out the dollars for "productive" employees - whether they're good workers or not.

Interactive Data Glasses Bring Information to Your Eyeballs

Forget all the recent rage over electronic readers, take it a step further with these OLED Interactive Data Glasses.

Track Somebody Worldwide With The Tracker Pro

If you've read any of my previous spy gadget articles, you know that stuff like this sort'a scares me. In this case we have a really small tracking device... that works on a global scale. I'm already searching my pockets to make sure that I don't have one on me...

Clip TV - Web Soup vs Tosh.0

In an odd cultural reversal, instead of TV Shows airing online, viral videos from the Internet have now found a home on TV. In a frenzied mash-up of viral videos and stand-up comedy, Clip TV has emerged as a new genre, and a ton of similar shows are being pitched daily to get in on the action. Two of the front-runners are Web Soup and Tosh.O.

Two Italian Exotics Planning Hybrid Vehicles in the Near Future

Ferrari and Lamborghini. Together, these two companies have more than 100 years of experience building some of the fastest and most exciting vehicles ever driven on public roads. Now, both of the Italian based performance gurus are planning to offer vehicles that appease both the automotive enthusiast and the environmentalist.

Fashionable Etsy Beret Styled After Your Favorite Nintendo Character

If you've been playing your favorite Nintendo Games only to fantasize about looking like your favorite characters through your fashion choices, there's good news. An Etsy store has a unique design that will make you look and feel like Toad; just like out of your favorite Mario Nintendo game.

Increase Twitter Followers Using Niche Business Sticky Twits

Instead of giving out business cards with phone numbers and emails alone, a new trend is to connect with business associates using various social networking site contact information. Since Twitter seems to be the fastest growing trend for social networking communication, there's one business that's so confident of the popularity of Twitter, they only create materials to help people market their Twitter contacts.


Paris' Own Bears Cave: a Project by Paul Coudamy

Didn't think you would find a bear's cave smack dab in the urban landscape of the second arrondissement of Paris, France, did you?  Well, Paul Coudamy, French architect, has re-envisioned the urban jungle to include the wild of the forest with the Bears Cave, a revamped office space for his client, an internet company called Bearstech. 

Ford's Bobcat Engine Test Proves Feasibility of Smaller Engines: Could Be Pivotal to Companies Future

Ford's new Ethanol Injected Engine, codenamed "Bobcat," has been in and out of the spotlight throughout the past few months. While how the engine operates is known, just how powerful a moderately sized version of the Bobcat would be was a question that was left unanswered, until now.

Nanotechnology Can Cure You If It Doesn't Kill You First

In 2006, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars published a warning and a challenge to the scientific community about its responsible use and handling of nanomaterials, as they were known to cause damage to the lungs.  Now, research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, has unveiled how the damage occurs and a possible means of control.

Adorable Hugging Sheep: Perfect Companion for Babies

If you're expecting a bundle of joy anytime soon or are looking for a great baby shower gift idea, you're in luck. The Haba Hugging Sheep is not only adorably cute and cuddly, he is eco-friendly too!

 


Robert Hoffman's Modular Lighting Hits Home

German design student Robert Hoffman has designed a series of modular lights for the DMY 2009 International Design Festival in Berlin.

Good & Greasy Fare At State And County Fairs

If it's fat, you'll find it being served at state and county fairs this summer. As a nation we're trying so hard to get leaner and greener, but the demand for the big fat greasy still burns in our fat-famished American souls.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun Scores Social Media Goal, Tweets Soccer Play By Play

On the go and eager to know the score in that crucial soccer clash? Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper has the answer: tweeting the play by play to fan followers via their new Twitter account!

Vanity URL Gold Rush at Facebook

Well Twitter's done it. LinkedIn's done it. Why has it taken Facebook this long to allow its registered members to sign up for vanity URLs?  Well that oversight will be rectified soon. Let the Gold Rush begin...

Top Ten Meet & Tweet Gatherings

Starting in June, until the end of the year, there are hundreds of conferences held in the US that focus on social media, Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and beyond. With so many events and so little time, you might want to focus on the content that speaks to your needs. This Top Ten highlights the best of the best that provide most current and innovative content available today.

Recession-Friendly Ad Agency Nil Lets Clients Set Their Prices

In order to survive the economic recession, we're seen many businesses offer products and services where clients can pay whatever they want. While previously this has only applied to restaurants and hotels, now an ad agency is getting in on the pay what you want formula and it's finding that business is better than ever.

Get Your Freak On With Fun Summer Fashion Eyeglasses!

With summer approaching, we're always in search of the hottest summer fashions that will really turn heads. Well, now I bring to you some funky and freaky summer eyewear that will certainly turn heads, but it may not be for the right fashionably-sound reasons!


Bioengineering Student Discovers Key To Early Cancer Diagnosis

Cancers that are detected early have the best chance of being cured but, until now, there were no methods of detecting cancer at its earliest stages.  Raj Krishnan, a PhD student in bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), has created a technology for the early diagnosis of cancer, giving new hope and possibility to cures that have eluded cancer victims for years because their diagnoses were too late.

Is Your Job A Pain In The Neck? The Necprotech

All occupations can sometimes be a pain in the neck, but there are some -- like house painting, window cleaning, fruit picking, and automobile repair -- that literally leave their practitioners with a pain in the neck from looking up most of their days. This pain can be so severe as to be a safety concern, as the inventor of the Necprotech knows very well.

Adorable Heirloom Wind-Up Music Box

If you've been looking for a unique gift idea for an expectant mother, child or grandchild, look no further. Wind-Up Music Boxes, from Tree by Kerri Lee, are simply adorable!

USB Cigarette Could Be Habit Forming, Humor Inducing

The e-cigarette from Thanko plugs into your computer's USB port and offers puffers a genuine smoking experience... without all the nicotine, tar, ashes, smell and, er, smoke.

Bike Laser: Making Streets Safer for Bicyclists

If your daily commute involves biking post-dusk on busy streets, the Laser is of interest to you. Replace the ineffective bike light with a full laser perimeter that honks when vehicles get to close.

Is It A Boy Or A Girl? At-Home Test Predicts Gender

Instead of waiting the traditional 16 to 20 weeks for a sonogram, a new test claims to let a woman know whether she is carrying a boy or a girl as early as 10 weeks after conception.

Top Ten Most Mentioned Brands On Twitter

How is Twitter faring as a business model? What brands are succeeding in grabbing our attention and why? We're in a recession. Money is tight. So which brands are diligent in positioning themselves up front and personal on Twitter to capture what dwindling disposable incomes we have left.

E1pc Electric Superbike Headed for Zero-Emissions eGrandPrix

As soon as electrically powered cars began entering the professional racing leagues, we knew it was only a matter of time until they started lining up in the 2-wheeled world as well. With the unveiling of the Motoczysz E1pc, it seems as though that time has arrived.

Swing Life Away With Fashion’s First Swing Skirt

Have you ever found yourself walking down the street, overcome by the desperate urge to swing with nary a swing set on site? Well first, let me congratulate you for your strange instincts, but secondly, let me reassure you that your dreams are about to come true thanks to Netherlands fashion designer Rachel Griffin.

Top 5 Coolest Senior-Friendly Businesses Around For Father’s Day

With Father's Day approaching, we're all searching for the perfect gift to let dad know just how much we appreciate him. But for those of us who are still fortunate enough to have grandfather's in our lives, Father's Day provides the opportunity to honor grandparents too. So in honor of grandfathers, inspired by my own Grandad's approaching 90th birthday, here are the top senior friendly businesses that can help you show your grandfather just how much you love him this Father's Day.


Let the Sunshine In: Lightfacet Modular Window Blind and Room Divider

As further testimony to the inherent knack the Dutch have for interior design, Dutch design house Bloomming present a diamond-shaped hanging modular system that can function as either a room divider or window blind.

China's 'Green Dam' Censorship Software Looks Pretty Damn Lame

The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece earlier this week entitled 'China Squeezes PC Makers' where they outlined the Chinese governments' recent requirement that PC makers to ship their machines with internet filtering software. The Green Dam software is intended to filter out explicit language and pornographic images, but early user reports indicate that this software might not be as slick as many might have expected.

Cheaper Than Solar and Better Than Gas: The New Neuton CE 6 Lawn Mower

Around here the rain has not fallen in weeks. This is why the grass remains short, but the rain will come and when it does it will pour and the grass will grow tall quickly, which will mean, time to mow. Fortunately, there is one more planet-friendly lawnmower on the market to consider using when you mow your lawn.   

Bing Vs. Google: First Impressions

Microsoft has spent considerable time and effort to get attention to its new search engine, the hopeful Google-killer Bing.com.  Let's see how the two sites stack up against each other, after just one day of use.

Clean Up that Clutter with Pouch Pals

If you've been looking for an attractive yet functional storage product for the kid's room, look no further. Pouch Pals are not only adorable; they'll brighten up a child's space and hide all sorts of clutter goodies too.

For Dogs Whose Bites Are Worse Than Their Barks: The Bite Guard

In a perfect world, dogs don't bite humans unless they really deserve it. But alas, we can't always make dogs deny their instincts, and if they believe they or you are being threatened, they may bite someone who doesn't deserve it.

New BMW System Could Aid Drivers in a Medical Emergency

More often than not, people suffering from certain medical conditions will elect not to drive due to the risk of causing an accident should their condition flare up.  However, this problem may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new system being developed by BMW.

Your Next Beach Gadgets: Metal Detecting Sandals

For you beachcombers who may be out of pocket these days, Hammacher Schlemmer has just the beach gadgets for you: metal detecting sandals

Where Water Is Scarce, You Can Drink The Air!

In desert climates where the ground may be too dry for even a cactus to survive, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) and their colleagues at Logos Innovationen have created a method for getting drinkable water from... the air!

Sushi Look Adds Taste to Issey Miyake's 'Pleats Please' Clothing Line

Issey Miyake's "Pleats Please" designer clothing line is being presented in a most tasteful manner - by dressing up the fabrics to look like sumptuous sushi!

Chasing Spider Webs With Cultural Cobweb Clothing

Cobwebs aren't just for Halloween anymore, at least not according to journalist gone fashion designer who has used ancient cultural traditions to manufacture the unique garment, which hopefully doesn't come with any creepy crawlers included.

Grab A Cup Of Joe From The Eco-Friendly Solar Roast Coffee Company

The coffee industry, as a universal role, takes a toll on the environment for any number of reasons that go against sustainability. But that's not what we're talking about here today, instead, I present you an eco-friendly coffee company that allows you to drink that morning cup of joe without the guilt of the environmental consequences

Ryuichi Tabu's Tree-Shaped Air Conditioner, 'Breath'

Ryuichi Tabu has designed a tree-shaped air conditioning system that not only cools the air, but looks good and might actually be healthy for you, too.

You Be the DJ with Electro-House Blender

Did you ever go out to a club and listen to some thumpin' dance beats and think to yourself, "Hey, I could do this?"  If you have a passion for electronic music, or even just a curiosity into how it's done, then this is the site for you.

Haygain: Unique Hay Steaming Process Brings Respiratory Relief To Your Horse

Respiratory problems affect the health and performance of one in six horses. Horses that are stabled, even part time, are even more likely to suffer from some degree of inflammation of the airways, even if they are asymptomatic. So, what's a horse lover to do?

Move Over, Flipper – The TadPole Pool Scooter is Here!

Summer vacation usually means one thing; pool time! The SunSplash TadPole Motorized Pool Scooter is a must-have for those young tadpoles that prefer water over land!

Gulp. Zagat Names Its Fast Food Winners

Zagat announced the winners of its broad sweep fast food survey today, based on 806,000 fast food meals consumed by 6,107 respondents, who voted for 103 national chains. Recognize the best fast food burger this year?

Apple's Snow Leopard Leaping Forward At Lighting Speed

The Snow Leopard Operating System's video was taken down from YoutTube by Apple preventing folks like us getting an advance peek under the hood. However, since this new operating system is being premiered at Apple's WWCD June 8-12 in San Francisco, we were able to retrieve some first-hand reports from the Confab and surface a video by APPLEBuzz. The insights I uncovered will show you what makes Apple's new OS purr like a domestic kitten and race like a wild cat.

EmWave Wins 2009 Food Innovation Award for nutraREV™ Food DryingTechnology

If you've ever eaten frozen blueberries, or paid a fortune for a small bag of dried blueberries, you will appreciate the innovative technology of nutraREV (soon, I hope).

New Audi Technology Could Reduce Fuel Consumption By 20%

Reducing fuel consumption is no easy task, especially when considering how heavily we rely on motorized transportation. Audi, however, has designed a new system that they claim will be able to cut fuel consumption by as much as 20% compared to the 2007 level.

GPS Shoes: Tracking Parents With Alzheimer's Disease

A criminal can be tracked via his cell phone, a dog via his collar, and a girlfiriend via her bra... why don't we track Alzheimer's patients, 50 percent of whom wander away from their familiar surroundings on a regular basis?

Office Paper Recycling Machine Turns Trash Into Toilet Paper

What's an eco-friendly way to recycle used office paper and botched photocopies? Here we might mulch it to be used in farming. In Japan they're turning it into toilet paper.

Man Made Trees Invite Natural Species To Return Home

Once an agricultural area, the commercial/industrial city of Leeds, England has displaced millions of birds, bats, and small animals and hundreds of individual species have disappeared completely from the urban landscape.  But Leeds has decided to bring its wildlife back.

Mannequin Madness: Niche Business Concept That’s Madness Or Magic?

In another fine example that there's a niche for every business, is a company that rents mannequins. The business, based in San Francisco understands that it can be complete madness trying to find a mannequin head, limb, or torso for a short-term event which can often result in unfortunate mannequin purchase and dismemberment. Instead of resigning mannequins and their owners from this grave fate, Mannequin Madness does the dirty work instead!

Turn Your Breasts Into Art By Framing Them In The Cupless Bra

Women's lingerie is normally about leaving something to the imagination; a sexy way to set the mood by allowing men to hope they'll get to see what's underneath. But a new growing trend in raunchy lingerie leaves nothing to the imagination whatsoever, but gives the breasts center stage. Read on to discover this hot new trend in sexy lingerie.

10 Hilarious Wedding Cake Toppers Tell It Like It Really Is!

Their tears of joy will turn to tears of hilarity when your guests see these wedding cake toppers. No sentimentalism in them, they just tell it like it is with the personalities of the brides and grooms caricatured right on their wedding cakes.

Children's Electric Golf Cart: One Fun Ride for Kids

After a hard day at the golf course, who needs walking when you can ride? If you have an up-and-coming Tiger Woods in your family, you better hang onto your putter. The Electric Children's Golf Cart is coming to a green near you!

Get Naked! Getting In Touch With Your Inner Nudist For A Free Lunch

All businesses are more interesting when they require their patrons to strip down and get in touch with their own inner nudist; and while nudist resorts do offer naked dining options, not surprisingly, naked restaurants just aren't commonplace, likely due to the hygienic implications of getting nude around food. So are there places for people who want to bare it all while sitting down for a nice meal? Read on and find out.


Sacrificing The Environment For Freaky Fashion With Neon Disposable Sunglasses

Throw away fashions may be anything but eco-friendly, but sometimes sacrifices need to be made for the sake of fashion. That being said, I don't know if these disposable sunglasses fit the bill, but they sure are something else!

Funware, A New Game Theory For Marketers

The generation of the new online game players has motivated consumer brands, websites and charities to use gaming devices to attract attention to their products and services. "Funware" is the application of game-like qualities to non-games. Researchers say that when we play online games, we enter a "flow state" that makes us receptive to the images and information we encounter. While traditional commercials interrupt that state, funware allows for these messages to seep through.

Call Goes Out to Boost Used Mobile Phone Collection

Cellular phones are gold mines, even when they're no longer wanted. Problem is, as phones get better people are more reluctant to get rid of them. A new campaign by the Japanese government seeks to reverse this disturbing trend and boost mobile phone recycling.

Shelly Sabel's Umbrella Chandeliers: A Shower of Creative Lighting

In certain circles it's considered bad luck to open an umbrella indoors.  Brooklyn-based lighting designer Shelly Sabel seems to think otherwise, embracing the half-open umbrella in her quirky series of umbrella chandeliers.

Make Your Baby A Star With Movie Poster Birth Announcements

Having a new baby is a big deal, but more often than not, birth announcements fall flat, delivering the basic details about the birth, without really sharing in the excitement of adding a brand new, mini member to your family. A fun new company announces special milestones in style, and every time someone opens up their birth announcements the house lights will go down in preparation for the show to begin!


Get Your Graffiti On With Fashionable and Funky Tagger Messenger Bags

It has often been said that art inspires some of the greatest fashions, but until recently graffiti has been classified less as art and more as vandalism. However, with Tagger Messenger Bags, it's now possible to create your own art expression without risking a night in jail.

Inflatable Speed Boat for Kids: Make Some Waves!

Move over inflatable balls, rings and tubes - your own personal speed boat  is here!  Perfect for the little speed racer in your family, the Inflatable Speed Boat from Hydromax is a must-have. Just in time for summer,  this little motorized boat is sure to be a great big hit with adults kids!

Spark.ly, the Dungeons & Dragons of Social Networks?

Spark.ly describes itself as the "definitive social and economic ecosystem that empowers people around the world to communicate, engage in commerce and have fun in a culturally aware and profitable virtual environment." With a BETA launch date of June 16, 2009, nobody knows yet whether that description is an illusion, bravado, grand self-promotion or truly the next big shiny thing. To date there are no blogs written, no product announcements, and no press releases to alert the media. One would think with a June 9th launch date, Spark.ly should be 'sparking' a few conversations out there? Or is this part of their master marketing plan to create buzz about their emerging online kingdom?

Innovatively Refashioning Dad’s Vintage Ties

Don't worry too much about giving your dad too many ties for Father's Day every year. Ties can be recycled, upcycled, reused, refashioned and crecycled into new, sometimes very pretty things. Look at all the wonderful and inventive ways to use old ties below. 

Google Maps Shows Massive Pyramids... in China?

China has a lot of secrets that it sweeps under the national rug, but here is one of the most unusual ones. According to World Mysteries, the existence of these pyramids had been rumored for years with one of the most intriguing reports coming from an American pilot half a century ago.

Avatar Pho.to: Make Animated Avatars with Ease

Avatar Pho.to is a service that focus more on giving you animated avatars that other avatar editing sites.  The genius with it is in it's extreme simplicity.  The site offers you a host of animation options.  Then you upload your picture, choose an effect, and you're done.  The lack of options seems to work well for Avatar Pho.to because everything works just as it should.

Woodway EcoMill: Runs on Running

The Woodway EcoMill is a treadmill with no plug and no motor. Power the diplay and controls with motion.

Mathers Lifeways Cafes: Grab A Cup Of Joe If You’re 65 Or Older!

While some may call it discrimination, cafes for senior citizens are popping up all across the United States, and the company behind it promises that their businesses focus on aging well. It's a concept that started in nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country, which have now expanded into an empire all its own. Grab a coffee at a café for seniors, and make a toast to aging.


Heirloom Quality Doctors Kit for Kids

If you have a young doctor, nurse or veterinarian in your family, this fun Doctors Kit by Haba is sure to give them a shot in the arm!

Starbucks Japan Shakes Up Summer With Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is coming back on the menu at Starbucks Japan, just in time for another hot, humid Tokyo summer! Starbucks bills this cool, caffeinated treat as "Coffee To Eat", but doing so through a straw really, er, sucks.

Tiny Keyring GPS Helps You Find Your Car

If you're one of the millions of people that regularly stare blankly up and down rows of vehicles with absolutely no idea where yours might reside, the IDC Ecco is for you. Don't leave it up to your shoddy memory or landmarks like "the light pole"; track your way back with GPS.

Boxing Bathrobe: Make Dad Feel Like A Champion Fighter This Father’s Day

Whether your dad's a fan of Rocky Balboa or just likes to think of himself as a tough guy, there's one gift that will make him want to step into the boxing ring every time he rolls out of bed or steps out of the shower.

When You're Away, Cats Will Play With 'Mouse In The House'

We can wish all we want that when we leave the house for the day, our cats find something to do other than sleep.  If they did, perhaps we would get better sleep at night, while they are dancing around finding absolutely everything engaging, especially our bed covers.

Social Networking Brave New World of China

On June 4, 2009 during the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the government actually shut down access to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Flickr. Then Hotmail blipped off the radar, followed by Bing, Microsoft's latest search engine. Repression was rampant as a Great Firewall went up to prevent Chinese webizens from mourning online in their respective virtual worlds. Is Big Brother alive and well in China?

Creepy Stress Relief Balls Look Like Baby Heads

Soft polyurethane Cao Maru resin balls in the shape of expressionistic faces stretch and squeeze to relieve your stress. They also look a lot like baby heads - which adds that extra touch of creepy.

Sebastien Wiernick's OnSite Installations

Belgian designer Sebastien Wiernick has been pushing the envelope in modern furniture design with his sculptural installations since 2002. Made of winding and warping polyethylene tubes that seem to have a mind of their own, his pieces have graced temporary exhibits as well as found a home in more permanent settings such as cafes and public spaces.

Turn Your Pictures Into Works of Art at PsykoPaint

PsykoPaint just released their beta edition of online software that allows you to upload a picture and modify it to make it look like an actual painting.  It's very simple to use and the results are great looking.  It's a really cool way to give your images and distinct and different look that you're in control of all the way.  It's time to get your artist pants back and make some masterpieces.

Snuggle with Cuddle Cub

If you have a little one who is afraid of the dark or has trouble sleeping, you'll love Cuddle Cub, the adorable bear who will be a constant companion for your child.

FDA Approves First Canine Cancer Drug: Pfizer's Palladia

One of the most common types of canine cancer and the number one cause of canine death, cutaneous mast cell tumor, has been treated with steroids and antihistamines and various human oncology drugs for years.  Finally, a specific oncology drug for these specific canine cancers has been developed and approved for veterinary use:  Palladia (toceranib phosphate) produced by Pfizer Animal Health Inc.

Gillette Goes Viral With The Hair Down There

Did the Age of Viral Advertising meet the Age of Aquarius? Does hair down there have a place in mainstream advertising?  Well Gillette seems to think so. Since mid-May when it started its ad campaign about shaving the short hairs with their Gillette Fusion razor, its YouTube video has racked up over 890,000 page views.

As Seen On TV: Is the Awesome Auger Truly Awesome?

In today's jaded age, it's difficult to determine the quality of a product based on the ad campaign.  The Awesome Auger is a great example.  It looks great.  But does the product equal the pitch?

Environmental Twist Plastic Bottle Saves Space, Reduces Waste

I LOHAS, Coca Cola Japan's entry in the bottled water sweepstakes, is going green... with a twist. Once you've drained the bottle just give it a twist - and help save up to 40 percent in disposable volume.

Bad Memory? Go Take A Prevagen®!

The 'brain pill' is called Prevagen® and it can  improve your memory within within 8 to 30 days.... I don't know about you, but I'm trying it!   As a matter of fact I just ordered a bottle for me and sent one to my Dad for Father's Day!

You know how scary it is to lose your memory. Imagine what a great gift it would be if you could help a loved one improve his or hers.

Unpack Your BING Before You Travel

Bing Travel aims to dramatically reduce the amount of time consumers spend searching for travel information by presenting comprehensive results in one place, and to help consumers make more informed decisions. According to a recent survey by Bing Travel, more than fifty percent of  potential travelers search three or more sites before booking their flight and hotel arrangements. By aggregating Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Cheapoair, Priceline and Booking Buddy on the Bing Travel site, travelers can not only search for flights and hotels but book without ever leaving the search engine.

Google Squared - Hollywood Squares For The Digerati

Google has gone anal, and for all those A-Type personalities that like things neat and tidy, have they got a search engine for you. In a recent move by the Big-G, there is now a way to take all that unstructured data you've been searching for, and collating and sorting it into an orderly spreadsheet of labeled boxes. Literally, that is what Google Squared does. It uses the principles of 'semantic' search, gathering information from multiple sources to present you with all the information required to answer your query.  First announced at Google's recent Searchology event, Google Squared is now live and operational in Beta.

DoMyStuff.com: Business Finds People To Do Your Dirty Work

Recently I introduced you to Friendly Favors, a site that helps you beg and plead a friend or family member to help you out. While some might have called a service like that helpful, most found it to be defeating the purpose of the nature of favors in itself. Well, now there's a similar service that doesn't take advantage of friends, but does allow people to get others to do their stuff.


Nature's Manifesto and the Growing Chair from Michel Bussien

Stockholm's Konstfack University College of Arts and Design recently exhibited their 2009 graduates, and from this pool comes the Growing Chair from Michel Bussien.

Eco-Friendly Walking Elephant: Hop on!

The creative folks at PlanToys have done it again! They've created yet another wonderfully innovative product that's guaranteed to be a great big hit with the little ones!

Blu-ray Hits The Streets: World's First Portable Available This Month

If you enjoy Blu-rays but hate being trapped inside your home, the new Panasonic DMP-B15 is a necessary upgrade. Take your Blu-rays wherever you go and then connect to your HDTV when you're ready to sit and relax.

Breakthrough Research: Chinese Convert Pig Cells Into Embryonic Stem Cells

The first successful conversion of pig cells into universally usable stem cells took place at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology under the direction of Dr. Lei Xiao.  Dr. Xiao's team extracted the cells from a pig's ear and bone marrow, and found the right chemical cocktail to reprogram the cells into the three layers of cell types that make up embryonic stem cells.

Twine...Digg on Ritalin!

The digital doorway to Web 3.0 is beginning to ease open ever so slightly, as we learn more and more about semantic technology. Now joining the excitement of Wolfram Alpha and Google Wave is a small start-up called Twine. In the grand scheme of things, Twine might be a fledgling to the social networking space, but its definitely pushing the Web 2.0 envelope inside out with its debut. Similar to online aggregators like Kayak for travel sites or Indeed.com for job seekers, Twine acts as an aggregator of articles, blogs, documents and videos that you can accumulate from friends, associates or as a result of your own research. Twine then ties it neatly all together by topic, so you can have it in one place and can connect with other twiners with similar interests.

Call For Inventors! Walmart's Innovative (GREEN) Product Search!

How are you doing on your projects for PetSmart and As Seen On TV? Because here's another Innovative Product Search, this time from Walmart! Ya Hoo! They're all calling for you and your super-duper problem solving inventions, but they have to be GREEN! Here's the nutshell version of Walmart's needs...

Flu Masks Lined With Ostrich Antibodies Fly Off Shelves

Japanese by the thousands are flocking to a new type of surgical face mask lined with ostrich antibodies. The flightless birds have a robust immune system and the new Ostrich Pharma influenza preventing masks claim to fight four kinds of flu virus.

Can’t Explain The Pain? It May Be Cell Phone Elbow

These days talking on a cell phone is pretty common. Take a look around and you will most likely find at least five people with their cell phone practically glued to their ear. But can constantly talking on your cell phone have its disadvantages? Researchers are now saying that some people may be suffering from cell phone elbow.

Doctor Uses Sony Playstation To Heal Burn Trauma

Israeli plastic surgeon and burns specialist Dr. Joseph Haik has begun prescribing the Sony Playstation EyeToy as a treatment for burn trauma victims.

Bump, Bump, Bumpit Up On Your Way To Big, Beautiful Hair!

Listen up Southern Belles, there's finally a hair accessory that will allow you to set your dozen cans of hairspray aside, and once again allow you to run your fingers through your big, big hair. Get ready; it's time to bump, bump, bumpit up!

Scientific Match Finds You A Date Based On Chemistry…You Know, The Test Tube Stuff

Dating isn't just about attraction and finding someone who you love that will love you back; at least not according to Scientific Match provides a matchmaking service based on chemistry. Not so much the kind of chemistry of fairytales, but, you know, the test tube stuff.

Beton S-Chair Transformer: The Instant Armchair

From Polish design house Beton comes the S-Chair Transformer, a simple cover intended to transform any standard chair into a "comfortable, waterproof armchair."

Cool Solar Gadgets For The Solar Powered Addicted Dad

I think solar powered gadgets are amazing, so I have put together a list of solar powered gift ideas for Father's Day.  If you still need to buy a gift for your dad or your baby's daddy take a look at the list below. You might just find what you are looking for or think of something better along the way. Either way, I hope it helps.

Move Over Wii: Xbox To Offer Body-Motion Gaming Without The Remote

Project Natal could be one of the coolest innovations in gaming to ever hit market. While there's still a ton of question marks, Microsoft will be making a push to take interactive, body-motion gaming to a thrilling new level.

Weird Sleep Patterns May Be Helped By Special Blue Light Goggles

... Studies on the effects of this personal light treatment device will continue, but its arrival on the market can not come too soon to those whose lives are affected by sleep disorders and, in the case of elderly persons, their caregivers as well.

Michael Recycle: A Great Read for the Kiddies

With summer break right around the corner, it's still important for parents to encourage children to practice their reading skills, even during vacation. If you've been looking for a great book for the kids, check out Michael Recycle!

Feeling Dirty? Check Out Posh Wash’s Shower Village

Pop-up buildings and businesses come in all forms; we've seen nightclubs, coat checks, and restaurants; but just in time for summer festival season, there's another new trend arising in the pop-up shower. In an environment where everyone's feeling dirty, one company, Posh Wash Showers has even taken the pop-up shower concept to the next level with Shower Village designed for clean living.


Design A Handbag That’s Really You At Elemental Threads

Design your own whatever....DIY. This may feel liked a tired concept, but it's rare that I come across a fashion store that allows you to create your own clothing and accessories without breaking the bank. With Elemental Threads, that's just not the case, and with tons of options to customize your favorite fashion accessory, this is one fashion company worth reading about!


UniBrush – The Only All-In-One Toothbrush

Isn’t it great when someone creates a product to make our lives easier? Researchers at Apol, Inc. have designed the UniBrush, which is a toothbrush that holds toothpaste inside the handle.

Siri, Advice from Virtual Personal Assistants

Remember the computer "HAL 9000" in the movie "2001 Space Odyssey," that acted like a personal navigator? Remember when you had personal assistants to help execute some of your everyday menial tasks? Well, a new shift in searching the Internet is going to make that technology, a reality. Virtual Personal Assistants are coming to a mobile device or computer near you this summer. Siri brings a very advanced collection of technologies (speech recognition, natural language processing, semantic data processing, and geo-location) to create a digital assistant that will help you perform tasks through a conversational, question-and-answer interface.

Wacky Cat Camera Attracts Frisky Felines With Cute Kitty Sounds

The Superheadz Holga K202 Cat Camera would rank high among the many ridiculous gadgets featured at this site if it weren't for one saving grace - it actually seems to work! Now if only it would work quietly, without all the silly cat noises... oops, that's the point.

Top Ten "Have Netbook Will Travel" Options

This side of the millennium has spawned legions of "on the go" digerati who need their electronics to travel with them...and units that can offer the same computer features that we are use to having at home and in our offices. Netbooks are unique in their size, speed and functionality...and based on their light weight, they travel well. Whether you call them Netbooks, mini-laptops, or quasi-notebooks, these small, low-cost, low-power systems are the hottest thing to hit the electronics scene... since the first laptops!

Eco-Friendly Educational Lacing Sheep Toy

This little guy, from PlanToys, is just too cute! Besides being good looking, the Lacing Sheep is a learning tool too. Kids will learn colors and sequences with the little lambs help.

Heliotropic Biomimicry: Solar Panels That Follow The Sun

Solar panels that track the sun currently involve the use of motors and electronic control systems to move them and convert the power to energy.  But a team of engineering students at MIT, inspired by heliotropic plants that move in the direction of the sun all day (like a sunflower), have developed a new method of motivation for the photovoltaic cells to move.  Their invention won first place in MIT's Making and Designing Materials Engineering Contest (MADMEC)  -- a $100,000 prize!

Super Easy Cushion - A Sharp Idea That Won't Leave You Flat

The Super Easy Cushion is a super simple solution to an all-too-common problem - how to relax, read or work comfortably while laying flat on your belly.

On Lockdown: The Numlock Door Handle

In an effort to make life a little more interesting, designer Jae Sook Han has conceived a door handle that incorporates a combination lock into its design. 

Bionic Putty: Is It Better, Stronger, Faster?

I'd venture to say that almost every kid (at least here in the U.S.) had Silly Putty, or something akin to it, when they were growing up.  Well, it may now face serious competition from a "bionic" rival from the U.K.  And this stuff looks pretty cool...

NKOTB ‘Hangin' Tough’ (From Virginity To Menopause) Polls

If you’ve followed the Tink! blogs, you are loyal NKOTB fans, or “Blockheads” as you affectionately like to refer to yourselves. As a writer, what I’ve found amazing is the number of fans who have waited faithfully in hibernation until the NKOTB’s return in 2008. Some of you experienced NKOTB in your teen years and have not wavered in your support during their 14 year hiatus. Many of you are now adults, and others are mothers returning with their daughters (now the same age they were when they first were introduced to NKOTB). In advance of NKOTB's Summer Tour, here are 6 quick polls that will determine some of the demographics and preferences of the NKOTB fan base. Take the “Hangin' Tough’ (From Virginity To Menopause) Polls.

Tomato Pill, Ateronon™, Can Reduce Effects Of Bad Cholesterol By 90%!

At today's first session of the British Cardiovascular Society in London, Cambridge Theranostics announced its release of a new pill, Ateronon™, which has reduced the oxidation of LDL cholesterol by as much as 90 percent in two months in clinical trials.  Ateronon is being marketed as a food supplement, as it is a natural product made from tomato skins -- tangerine tomato skins to be exact.

Is There An Industry For Professional Pranksters Looking To Stir The Pot?

After watching a re-run episode of Punk'd, a show that made headlines years back for the practical jokes that it played upon well-known celebrities, I wondered if out of the land of TV, regular people have the option to pay for pranks and pull the wool over their friends' eyes. Are there professional prank playing businesses that will arrange elaborate pranks as seen on TV when there are no cameras rolling, I thought? Keep on reading, to find out if there are business opportunities in prank playing, and in paying for pranks.

Mix Match Shoes Provides No Limits In Shoe Purchasing, By Selling Shoes As Singles, Not Pairs!

Are both of your feet strangely out of proportion from one another, so it's impossible to buy a pair of shoes that fits? Does one of your shoes wear out before the other, rending both shoes in a pair useless? Or are you missing a limb and don't require the left or right foot shoe that automatically comes as part of a pair (how discriminatory!)? Really though, I'm serious; lots of people have these problems and in this economy, why buy a pair of shoes when you can get them as singles, if buying a pair of shoes just doesn't fit your lifestyle when there's a solution?!