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July, 2009

Innovative Planet-Friendly Bike Ride In The Sky: The Shweeb

What do you get when you combine a human, a bike, a monorail, exercise and a roller coaster together? A pedarail? Sort of. You get a fun innovative and earth-friendly park ride New Zealand calls a Shweeb. 

GoPro 1080p HD Helmet Hero

The world's first wearable full 1080p HD video camera will provide the best-looking action sports footage that you've seen. Use it to capture all your best skate, snow, water and mountain moments.

Baseball Bat Pepper Mill Adds Some Heat to Your Meal

More of a ninth-inning novelty than a functional kitchen accessory, the Baseball Bat Pepper Mill works just like the one the waiter brings around at your favorite restaurant--only it looks like a full-size Louisville Slugger.

Barnes & Noble Goes Mobile With Free eReader And Free WiFi!

Barnes & Noble just became my best friend.  With the addition of cafés serving yummy chocolate treats and Starbucks coffee, it was on its way; but going WiFi, all network WiFi... there's just no competition.  And then there's the new free e-gadget.....

Leap for the Skies with Powerbocks

Enjoy superhuman jumping power and height with these kangaroo-inspired Powerbocks.


AquaClimb – Rock On!

If you or someone in your family is a thrill-seeker, this product may be right up your alley. The AquaClimb combines two popular sports, swimming and wall climbing!

 


Head Operated Mouse Helps The Handicapped Surf The 'Net

The Tracker Pro is the mouse version of the handicapped ramp you see on so many buildings.  It is the access port for disabled individuals to surf the Internet - hands free.  And I like it.

Battle Of The YouTube Videos - Eminem vs Mariah Carey

Social Media has been used for a lot of things, but fueling the the fire of an ongoing feud is a new twist. A singer and a rapper are using the tools of social media to expose their basest instincts.

Top Ten Branded Social Media Nightmares

While the success stories of brands and social media surface daily throughout the blogosphere, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, there are just as many nightmares that are damaging the reputations of brands regularly.

Fashion For The Wizard In You: Harry Potter Shoes

The Harry Potter bug has begun again with the most recent movie in theatres right now, so as kids are dreaming about looking like their favorite wizard, how could I not take a look at some of the Harry Potter fashions out there; and what better place to start than with shoes?


'Phoney' Marriage Proposal in China

The latest viral video to come out of China features a young man's unique marriage proposal, created by making a sort of LED screen out of hundreds of cell phones. The display was then programmed to display a surprise romantic message to the unsuspecting girlfriend. Check out the video and see for yourself:

Lightbrix: Interactive Modular Lighting

French design house HeHe have constructed Lightbrix, a modular lighting system that allows the user to design their own personal lighting structure to suit any mood or configuration.

BMW Helps You Be a Gentleman with New "Gentleman Function"

Under most circumstances, advances to make driving even more pleasurable are met with open arms and wide grins. This is especially true with BMW, the company that strives to create the perfect blend of performance and comfort in every one of their vehicles. Recently though, a new function on the BMW 7-Series has many people scratching their heads in confusion rather than jumping for joy.

Hideaway Elliptical Trainer: Workout Without the Gym

The Hideaway Elliptical Trainer is a beautiful exercise solution: all the workout of an elliptical trainer, without the massive size and expense. Get your full workout in even the smallest apartment.

Loop-In Concept "Skateboard"

The Loop-In combines skating and bicycling providing a thrilling new interface for performing your favorite tricks.

Inventor Challenge: Make Life Better At A Music Festival!

Quick! What new product would be needed for an audience of music lovers at a music festival?  Invent it and $5,000 (or equivalent in pounds, rupees, rubles, reals, or euros) could be yours.

Scorpion EXO-900 3-in-1 Transformer Helmet

The Transformer Helmet provides three separate configurations, in addition to some other customizable features that make it the ultimate safety accessory for your next motorcycle ride.

Awesomely Cool Glow-in-the-Dark Glow Bricks

If you haven't seen Glow Bricks, hold onto your light bulbs folks! These glow-in-the-dark bricks are amazingly cool products that are guaranteed to be great big hit with kids and adults of all ages.

 


Green Your Lighting: PET Water Bottle Lamps

In an astounding display of creativity, Malaysian designers Su Sim and Lisa Foo have repurposed PET water bottles into amazing lighting.

Eco-Chic Mystique Bikini By Deux FM

After what seems like a summer filled with nothing but rain and gloomy weather, I have a hard time picturing myself hitting the beach, even for an upcoming vacation. But that doesn't mean I'm not dreaming of donning a chic bikini to hit the surf, and I've found just the thing; the eco-chic Mystique Bikini by Deux FM.

Raz War: Razor Blade Subscription Service For The Man Who Won’t Leave Home

Razor blades can be a great expense and for those men who just can't seem to plan ahead or avoiding hitting up the stores at all costs, there can be some impulsive shopping trips when they realize that their razor blade just isn't going its job anymore. With this in mind, a new UK-based company has come up with a service that addresses all of these needs.

Cassette's Not Dead! Funky Lighting from Ooomydesign

A thing of the distant past, the iconic Sony Walkman cassette player used to be the way of toting one's tunes while on the go, short from hoisting a ghetto blaster atop your shoulder. To make use of these fine, albeit bulky pieces of memorabilia,  designer Vanesa Moreno has crafted a series of cassette tape lamps for ooomydesign.

Top 6 Alcoholic Clothing & Accessories: The Fun, The Tacky and the Classy

The best clothing for alcoholics and liquor lovers are those that allow them to drink discreetly, those that allow them to be loud and proud in their drinking, and those that are classy and understated. In honor of all of you liquor lovers and alcoholics who are in seek of accessories to help you support your habit or pronounce your love, here are the top alcoholic clothing and accessories.


Porsche May Have Been Caught Testing 911 Hybrid

There have been rumors flying around for quite some time now that Porsche is working to develop a hybrid vehicle. While they have confirmed they are looking into hybridization, they have not yet gone on the record to say which vehicle they are planning to adapt the new drivetrain for. However, some new images have surfaced that may suggest the vehicle in question is the next generation 911.

Nerdy "Spiderman" Scales Building Using Vacuum Gloves

In the name of science, engineer Jem Stansfield climbs a 100-foot building using a pair of homemade vacuum gloves.

Top Ten Location-Based Mobile Social Networks

Location-based mobile social networking is growing by leaps and bounds. As smartphones proliferate around the world, more and more people are connecting to their mobiles versus their stationary computers to share experiences with others.

Neuticles: Helping Dogs Maintain The ‘Manly’ Look After Neutering

Have you ever neutered your male dog only to think, I wonder how that blatant physical change is affecting him psychologically? No? Me either, at least not for more than a second. But it seems, that there is someone out there who has put some serious thought into the psychological and physical affects that neutering can have upon a male dog, and they've come up with a very specific kind of prosthetic.


Latest Runway Trend: Bondage-Style Fashion With Belts As Pants!

Pam Hogg and Vivienne Westwood have been known for the punk and bondage-style fashions, and they've both recently revealed their latest trends in their fall runway shows. The unique trend certainly won't provide much comfort for the cool climates in fall, but it is a hot look that will serve multiple purposes.

Eco-Crafting With Toilet Paper Rolls That Make You Smile

Like artist Yuken Teruya, artist Junior Fritz Jacquet makes toilet paper rolls art as well. He too puts my toilet paper roll binoculars to shame. To do it he crumbles and fold toilet paper rolls until they look back at him in, happiness, disgust, anger, sadness and so on.  

Coca-Cola Introduces Freestyle Vending With Customizable Soda Drinks

Coca-Cola is a company that has been and will forever be a leader in the beverage vending industry, and they are about to introduce even more cutting-edge technology to their company that will offer more drink diversity than ever!

LED Mini Camping Lantern

The tiniest camping lantern you've ever seen weighs less than an ounce and fits onto your keychain, yet still provides enough light to make it a worthwhile camping accessory.

Pac-Man Zippo Lighters Put Arcade Fire In Your Pocket

Pac-Man is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year and Japan's Banpresto wants to light a fire under the fanfare - with a new series of Pac-Man themed Zippo lighters!

Roller Coaster Rollerblade Run

Thought jumping that 4-step staircase was extreme? Try rollerblading down 860 meters worth of towering roller coaster.

ClimbStation Brings Big-Face Climbing To Your Backyard

The ClimbStation is the ultimate solution for those that don't have access to 5.9 climbs or climbing gyms. Climb in the comfort of your own neighborhood without any of the ropework or equipment.

Bring the Water Park Home With the Motorized Bumper Boat

Ah, the dog days of summer.  Sweaty, muggy, 8 million degrees outside summer.  My underwear is at one with my backside.  I need some relief.  And if I had a pool, a little time plowing into friends in a Motorized Bumper Boat would do the trick...

Octopus Fun Float: For a Great Big Splash

Instead of heading to the back yard pool with those boring, ho-hum floats you have stashed in the garage, why not make a great big splash with an affordable, super cool pool toy the entire family will enjoy?

MyTrybe Targets Behavioral Like-Mindedness In New Social Network

Trybe \trahyb\ n. a network of like-minded people Can another social network find the critical mass to grab any one's attention in the already over-saturated social media terrain? Between your followers on Twitter, your friends on Facebook, your professional contacts on LinkedIn, isn't your social dance card already booked up? How does a new entry gain the gravitas it needs to grow a sizable fan base for yet another social network? One with a catchy name like 'MyTrybe' thinks there is enough room to throw its hat in the ring!

Worlds Collide With Launch Of Booyah Society!

Think about living your life the way you normally do. Except now, you re going to be rewarded for even the simplest of tasks, like dumping the garbage. Booyah Society, available free on iTunes is both a social network and a game, and each logged activity of your life will earn you points, which are similar to tasks performed on your favorite video game.

Sunnygram: Email/Snail Mail Hybrid Business Bridges Generational Gaps With A Unique Twist

Communication today for most is confined to email, text messaging, blogging and social media networks like Facebook or Twitter. If it wasn't for these methods, there are many people that we'd lose touch with undoubtedly because picking up the phone, or writing a snail mail letter just isn't convenient anymore. But, there is still a generational gap for many methods of communication when it comes to older adults who aren't online, or choose not to use email; so to address this market there's a company called Sunnygram that allows everyone to communicate with their preferred method.

Tongue-in-Cheek Shirt Attacks Social Media

With social media becoming increasingly more popular with people of all generations joining sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace; it was only a matter of time until tongue-in-cheek fashion producers began to make clothing that attacks social media.

Nissan Introduces Next Generation of CVT Transmissions

Nissan has been a proponent of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for quite some time. They have spent substantial amounts of time and money on developing CVTs that are more efficient and provide a better overall driving experience. This is why it comes as no surprise that the next generation CVT has been unveiled by the Japan based country and they are promising a lighter, more efficient gearbox that will still offer an exciting driving experience.

Seiko Earthquake Activated Wall Clock Shines When Shaken

Seiko introduces an attractive wall clock that looks good by day but acts as a life saving night light should an earthquake strike during slumber time.

10 Ads That Will Make You Want To Clean

With an insane number of cleaning products on the market (all of which perform generally the same activity: clean), how do advertisers call attention to a specific product?  Ingenuity, innovation, and just plain craziness combine to create unique marketing campaigns for cleaning items that we use every day.

StepGlider: It's Like a Mobile Nordic Track

The StepGlider brings roller blades/skates to the next level by incorporating your arms for a fuller workout and more efficient ride.

One Touch 911 Dialer Calls Help For You

Have you fallen and can’t get up? Calling for help can now be as easy as pressing a button.

The Next Level of Tailgating: The Margaritaville Portable Tailgate Grill

The Margaritaville Portable Tailgate Grill mounts directly onto a vehicle hitch providing a portable grilling solution that travels wherever you do.

RoboBoa: The Robotic Pet Snake

Want a robotic slithering critter crawling around your house?  After seeing RoboBoa, I know that I do...

Remote Control Hammerhead Shark

We all need a little bit of excitement during the dog days of summer, right? If you happen to have a backyard pool, hold onto your life jacket. You are going to love the Remote Control Hammerhead Shark!

Twitter 101 Just Released

As popular as Twitter is there are still a lot of folks that haven't joined ranks or have registered but dropped off due to lack of interest or understanding. While the benefits of the microblogging platform are varied, it takes users and brands time to feel adept at getting the most out of the system. Now Twitter is addressing that need by launching "Twitter 101" which will get newbies started, while allowing brands a leg-up on as to how to be successful on this social network

Red Bull Has Competition From Anti-Energy Drink Company Slow Cow!

Energy drinks might be all the rage, but not everyone wants an instant pick me up; or rather, there are just some people that shouldn't have one. With this in mind, a new company has created the anti-energy drink to help tone down the hyperactive.


NHTSA Cracking Down On Large Truck Braking Regulations

Most professional truck drivers will tell you that one of the most challenging parts of their job is keeping control of such heavy loads when they need to make a quick stop. Heavy traffic and inconsiderate motorist only compound this frustration. Now, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Institute is planning on making the braking regulations even more strict, which could cause problems for manufacturers in the future.

New Delphi Engine Mounts Mean Less Vibration and a More Enjoyable Driving Experience

Even the most well balanced engines in the world will transmit some vibration to the cabin. This is especially true with high horsepower applications, which will shift more under hard acceleration and gear changes. Delphi, drawing from their suspension technology, has developed a new engine mount that could reduce this vibration, even when holding a 435 horsepower Porsche engine.

Rovio: Robotic Home Sentry On Patrol!

Want a remote mobile communications and security device that can be controlled from practically anywhere in the world?  Meet Rovio.

Salvaging Tighty-Whiteys With The Underwear Repair Kit

I've made fun of men before for their issues with underwear (let's just put that right out there), and now there is yet another product that is deserving of our attention and mocking.

Game Crafter: Niche Business Helps People Create and Sell Their Board Games

I don't know about you, but I've always thought that it would be pretty cool to create my own board game - what would be better than developing the next Mouse Trap or Monopoly? Drafting out a board game on construction paper, with playdough figurines or random household objects as pieces are one thing, but a new company is now making it possible to not only create a legitimate board game, but to sell it for profit too.

Ford Designs Another Custom Mustang for Experimental Aircraft Association’s Youth Program

Last year Ford revealed a custom built one-off Mustang known as the AV8R. It was specially built as part of a fundraising campaign for the Experimental Aircraft Association's Youth Program and was unveiled at the 2008 Gathering of the Eagles. This year Ford has once again brought out a custom designed Mustang and is aiming to beat last year's benchmark of $500,000.

Hyundai Launches World's First LPI HEV Into Production

A few months back, Kia unveiled their LPI (Liquid Petroleum Injected) Hybrid Electric Vehicle at the Seoul Motor Show, while others remained occupied with Diesel/Petroleum Electrics. Now, Hyundai has decided to join the LPI race and unleash a new LPI HEV version of the Elantra.

Does Social Media Produce Groupthink?

Once an innovation on the Web catches hold in the market, there's often a "lock-in mechanism" that freezes out radical changes to that innovation. In the 1970s, Irving L. Janis's book "Victims of Groupthink" described it as  "a deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing and moral judgment that results from in-group pressures." In the Age of Social Media, where social networks like Twitter and Facebook have consumed our lives, has Digital Man evolved into the the current version of "Groupthink" or the herd mentality?

Couture Karl Lagerfeld Gloves Double As Chic Phone Holders

How many times have you heard the joke "your cell phone/Blackberry might as well be surgically attached to your body" for the amount of time that you spend on it each and every day? Well, when Karl Lagerfeld recently previewed his fall 2009 collection, he must have been listening, because while it's not quite surgical implantation, his fashionable item will keep your phone always within reach where you need it.

Learning To Be An Entrepreneur With The Millionaire Maker Game

It's hard to be an entrepreneur on your quest for millions and an empire of your own; but most prospective business people learn the hard way whether they will find success or financial collapse because they build their skills while trying to build their empire. For some it works, for others it doesn't; but for everyone, there's the Millionaire Maker Game which inspires entrepreneurs and teaches them helpful skills along the way.


Wet and Green Dumpster Diving

Some people throw their trash into a dumpster, others dive right into dumpsters with a big splash. Are they crazy? No! It turns out a few dumpsters have been recycled into dumpster pools by an innovative company really interested, at least for the moment, in sustainable development.

Nissan Advanced Dual Injector System to Boost Power and Reduce Fuel Consumption

Dual injector systems have been around for quite some time now and in their time have given us some impressive gains as far as power and efficiency are concerned. However, smaller displacement engines make using these systems more difficult due to higher injection pressures and less available space. Nissan has developed a new injector system that they claim will not suffer from these issues and still be able to provide a boost in efficiency.

Tiny Video Camera Leaves Your Hands Free For Other Activities

Cameras are getting quite tiny these days.  Take this golfball-sized hands free video camera, for instance.  One of these would have saved me a lot of bruises when I worked in the video industry...

NikePlus iPod Makes You Hear the Burn!

Now the sensor in your Nike+ can connect to an iPod and record your workouts. Its as easy as finding an iPod-compatible cardio machine at the gym and tracking your progress from one workout to the next. Minute by minute, mile by mile, you will be motivated by more than just from your iPod's tunes.

WooMe: Speed Dating Comes Online From Makers Of Skype

Speed dating has been the latest craze in match making, or at least it has been offline to those who sit down over a quick cocktail and 5 minute conversation to form judgments about whether or not they could potentially fall in love with their quickie date match. Not surprisingly, as internet dating is also all the rage, speed dating has gone online with a number of different online match makers specializing in fast match-ups.


ShoeDazzle: Every Woman’s Dream In A Shoe Subscription Service

People might look at Kim Kardashian as one of those celebrities who's famous for doing absolutely nothing, other than having a scandalous tape leaked to the media to launch her career and a little bit of junk in her trunk; but recently, she's actually made women's (no, I didn't mean men's) dreams come true with an amazing shoe subscription service called ShoeDazzle.


Flatshare Fridges: Food Storage Solutions for Roommates

Are roommates a part of your daily life? Shared living space can get a little hairy at times, but Flatshare Fridges takes the guess work out of determining whose mossy leftovers are stinking things up.

Bizarre Bath Bomb Looks Foul, Smells Flowery

Have you always wanted to re-enact Caddyshack's iconic poop-in-the-pool scene in the privacy of your own home? I know I have, and now you can too - thanks to the most bizarre bath bomb anyone's ever seen.

Ford Claims Title as First American Automaker to Produce Dual Clutch Transmission

Alongside the new 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine, Ford also unveiled plans to begin producing a new 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The new gearbox has been named Powershift and should be able to help Ford reach the proposed 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Digital Camera Binoculars Bring Nature To Your TV

Having a hard time getting pictures of some of the more twitchy nature critters (you know... birds, tigers, llamas, etc.)?  If so, these Digital Camera Binoculars may be just what you need!

Top Ten Viralsourcing Campaigns

In 2006, crowdsourcing, a term first coined by Jeff P. Howe, a contributing editor at Wired Magazine was used to describe the act of taking a task traditionally performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people or community in the form of an open call. In 2004's The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki argued that masses of people can be remarkably accurate in their predictions. When crowdsourcing combines with viral marketing, the result is now called viralsourcing, a new and innovative marketing strategy that is gaining traction with brands of all sizes.

Barber Stop Pop-Up Barber Shop For The Industrious Barber

Pop-up business are all the rage these days because of their decreased environmental impact, and the fact that they can be picked up and moved to make sure they're always in the hottest location. What better business for a pop-up structure than a barber shop?


The Rooster Booster: Anti-Shrinkage Swimsuit for Men

It's beach season across North America, and while men and women are out there flaunting the beach bodies and catching a few rays, men are forever worrying about that decade old problem which hasn't left their minds since George Costanza swam in freezing cold water on that epic episode of Seinfeld.

Cheeky iBum Photocopying Chair Captures Your Bum

"The arse is the window of the soul," says Tomomi Sayuda, the mastermind behind the Ibum Chair, a chair that photocopies your derriere as soon as you sit down. 

Giant Ducky Pool Float: This Aint Your Mama’s Rubber Ducky!

If you've been in the market for a different kind of play toy for the kids this summer, you're in luck. Watching the expression on the kiddies faces when they see Giant Ducky for the very first time - priceless!

The Latest Thing In Mobile Technology! The Handy Cooler

If you're going mobile, you can't stop with an iPhone or a netbook. You've got to get a handheld mobile cooling fan. The Handy Cooler even comes with roaming minutes!

Biomarkers In Cerebrospinal Fluid Predict Early Stages Of Alzheimer's

A research study with more than 1500 subjects was undertaken at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Clinical Neurochemistry Laboratory at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Molndal, Sweden. It coorborated the findings of many small studies showing specific changes in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that can predict Alzheimer's disease. The highlights are presented here....

Ford Officially Confirms Four Cylinder EcoBoost Engine

Ford's EcoBoost engine has gained quite a bit of popularity since first being introduced. Offering performance comparable to that of a V8 while also returning fuel economy more akin to an inline four engine, what's not to love? Now, Ford has decided to expand on the EcoBoost line by including a four cylinder version that will not only provide outstanding fuel economy, but also offer a sport oriented powerplant for many small vehicles.

Electronic Nose Challenges The Dog As Most Sensitive To Human Smell

While dogs are being cloned for drug-sniffing jobs in South Korea, a kind of mechanical dog is being built in Spain to biomimic the dog's sensitivity to human skin vapors. The developers are calling it the "electronic nose."

New Way to Capture Wasted Energy Being Tested by Burger King?

As more and more companies begin to feel the increasing cost of energy, there has been a steadily increasing number of innovative and "interesting" ideas being brought forward to help drive that cost down. One of the latest being a kinetic energy capturing system being employed by...Burger King?

Twitcam Beats Competition To Stream Live Video On Twitter

With the introduction of Twitcam by Livestream, anyone can reach ones' Twitter following by live streaming video. All you have to do is log in with your Twitter credentials, hit the broadcast button and, assuming you have your webcam set up, you're good to go. It couldn't be any easier way for folks to conduct a video broadcast with live chat while one's followers respond by tweeting in real-time.

Coolest Bar In Tokyo Serves Beer In Blocks Of Ice

When it comes to beer, the cooler the better - but you'd never have it on the rocks. "Icebar Tokyo" has the answer: frosty cold "In The Rocks" beer mugs carved from blocks of real ice!

The Top 7 Funkiest and Freakiest Finger Nails

Walking advertising, or innovative art; you look at it whichever way you'd like. But these bold and beautiful finger nails look pretty cool whichever way you swing it!


Games2U: Mobile Video Gaming For Summer Parties

We're at the height of birthday party season for children across North America, and while parents are having parties with cake, balloons, and at best, bouncy castles; the competition is steep to throw a party that kids will still be talking about when school starts again in the fall.

Not Your Granny's Chandelier: Bike Chain Lighting

Bicycle chains.  They don't exactly invoke images of lavish grandeur, but Mexican-Brazilian artist Carolina Fontoura has taken these unsung heroes and elevated them quite literally into lighting pieces worthy of the finest of dining rooms.


Wal-Mart Greenwashing With Eco-Indexing System?

Today, if Wal-Mart has an innovative idea to attract consumers, chances are other retailers will want to use the idea too. Sometimes this can be a bad thing, but sometimes it can also be good. For example, take the new eco-indexing system Wal-Mart plans to have in place within 5 years. If the system succeeds consumers will know the environmental impact of their purchases.

Chopsticks Or Fork? Have It Both Ways With Choplery™

Even if you're an expert chopstick user, there are still times when flatware comes in very handy. A knife and fork, for example, would prevent things like sauce dribbling down your shirt as you try to munch your way down that spear of Chinese broccoli. And how else will you eat your soup but with a spoon?

Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter Was The Winner In Facebook Contest

If you wanted to be one of the first to see the teaser for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, you  had to jump down the Facebook rabbit hole and choose sides quickly. Tim Burton's marketing minions published 'fan army' pages for the White Queen, the Red Queen and Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and the ploy was to get you become the loyal or disloyal subject of one of them. Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter turned out to be the hands-down winner!

I Feel Stamp Kit: Just Put on a Happy Face

If you are looking for a fun and affordable project for your children this summer, here is a fun product the little ones will just love! The I Feel Stamp Kit, by Alex, is sure to be a great big hit with the kiddies - and moms and dads too!

Wingless Ladybugs Promise Lasting Pest Control

Ladybug Ladybug fly away home, your house is on fire and your children will burn... Sorry kiddies, Japanese researchers from Nagoya University have produced "wingless" ladybird beetles that stay on (or near) the plants they're supposed to protect.

Old Drugs Learn New Tricks For Weight Loss Pill: Contrave®

There's a once a day pill to prevent heart attacks; maybe soon, there will be a once a day pill to fight all addictions. We're headed in that direction now, as two drugs, one used to combat drug and alcohol addiction and the other to quell nicotine addiction, have been combined to fight food cravings....

3121, A Social Network For Insiders Inside The Beltway

'Inside the Beltway' was originally a term coined for those who worked within the confines of the Administration and Congress. Other time, the negative connotation of "insular" and "out of touch with mainstream America" emerged to describe the close-knit clique of Washington insiders. An "inside joke" refers to humor that is apparent only to those who are "inside" a social group or occupation. Now combine the two...and you might come up with a social network the likes of 3121.

Hair Hat Animals From Nagi Noda Go Wild!

Hats have gone to some strange places, but these hair hat animals by Nagi Noda and Uchu Country are totally wild!


Package Track App Introduces New Business Trend: Package Tracking Via Twitter

With the popularity of Twitter growing rapidly, businesses around the world are incorporating its use into their business models. The most recent business to use Twitter to expand their appeal? Package Track App.

Enliven Your Interiors with 'Clouds' Textile Tiles

From Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec comes a bold new concept in textile design, entitled 'Clouds'. 

Cannabis App Helps You Score Weed!

If you are a fan of Showtime's award-winning comedy "Weeds" you know how dangerous locating, procuring and purchasing marijuana can be. However if you have a prescription from your physician, iPhone is going to make that whole process a whole lot easier.

Float Your Own Boat: Motorized Inflatable Bumper Boat

If you are looking for a great summertime activity for the family, look no further. Kids of all ages will have a blast in their very own Motorized Inflatable Bumper Boat!

With 250 Million Users, This Is Not Your Son's Facebook Anymore!

Working its way to 1 Billion users, Facebook just reached the one quarter billion mark (250 Million), only three months after reaching its last milestone of 200 million in April. So with such exponential growth, why is there so much talk about people leaving this social network?

Crowd-Defined Video Dictionary Wordia

Ever wondered how people would define words if given the option? Or how specific words have meaning to their lives? Check out Wordia, a recently-launched crowd defined video dictionary that might not win any grammar awards, but is worth the entertainment.


Not So Concealed Weapon Suitcases: For The Self-Destructive Traveler

How annoying is it every time you go through the airport and have to empty your luggage, take off your shoes and turn on all of your electronics (yes I know, safety first) while trying to rush your way to the departure gate of your upcoming flight? We comply because it's safe, and also primarily because we don't have a choice, but apparently there's travelers out there just waiting to get frisked and contained for suspected terrorism, because one designer created the not so concealed weapon suitcases.


Fire and Water Meet in the Dramprom Light

In an alchemical blend of fire and water, Spanish designer Roger Arquer has combined the two elements to create Dramprom, a lamp that uses condensation to softly diffuse its light. 

Thought You'd Seen Everything? Catch This Magic Dishwasher

It really took a lot of imagination to come up with this remarkable and dazzling triple-function design. It's a dishwasher, and a more space efficient, energy saving, awesomely ahead-of-its-time design for a dishwasher I've yet to see. But this dishwasher also can take your dirty plate and spit it out as a clean bowl!

Metal Race Car: Super Sleek Ride for Kids

If your kids are looking for a super cool ride, check out these slick and  sleek wheels!  The silver Metal Race Car may be just the ticket for your little racers.

Is 140 Characters Worthy Of The Nobel Peace Prize?

Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama were all previous prize winners. Barack Obama may be in the running this year. So is it possible that his competition could possibly be a social network, the likes of Twitter?  Does a platform, an inanimate entity warrant the same consideration as a person?

Japanese Maid Cafe Girl Plush Ball Chain Charm

If you've always wanted a Japanese maid cafe girl for your very own - or just certain parts of one - now you can have the next best thing: a plush cellphone charm or mouse wrist rest that looks like a maid's lower half.

Twittereye Presents All Twitter Apps In One Location

When you are in the eye of the storm, there is a calmness to determine one's next move before the maelstrom hits. When one enters Twittereye.com, you will have quick access to every Twitter app known to man on one handy-dandy-all-purpose web site. And while you may be overwhelmed by the data overload, this tool is a real time saver for those who gravitate to all things that Twitter.

Is The Smintair Smoker's International Airways Good For Business But Bad For Health?

As the world is discriminating against smokers, there's a whole world of possibilities for those looking to make services a little more accessible to those that can't seem to detach themselves from their cancer sticks for long enough to do anything.


An Accessory Designed For Day Dreamers: Fabulous and Functional Pillow Ring!

It's rare that jewelry that's not a wearable gadget has an additional function other than enhancing an outfit, but Downstairs Studio is attempting to put a stop to this with a unique design that's fabulous and functional.

Try These All Natural Dog Treats: They're Good!

Recently, I went into a pet store where samples of Free Range Dog Chews' natural dog treats were being offered to dog passers-by, and well, my dog was at home... so I tried them.

DIY Glowing Dinosaurs Lamps: Dig It

Need to spruce up the kids bedroom? If your kids love dinosaurs, and what kids don't, they are going to love this fun do-it-yourself product that is not only adorable, but is functional as well!

Archaic Lingerie: Armored Underwear, Scary or Scandalous?

 Chastity belts are one thing, but the latest armored underwear that made an appearance at the Triumph Inspiration Awards at Bunka Fashion College is strictly archaic and a little bit scary.

The Top 5 Entrepreneurs With Successful Businesses In Childhood and Youth

It's never too early to have good ideas, and children are constantly coming up with them. Unfortunately, it can be hard for young and aspiring entrepreneurs to get the attention of someone who can help take their business from an imaginative idea to a successful business. However, there are 5 young entrepreneurs out there who have broken through those barriers in order to launch successful businesses that have been helped and not hindered by their age!

Another Silly Golf Novelty: The Golfers Mug

The Golfers Mug addresses two of your biggest addictions in one simple accessory. Drink your morning coffee, then get some putting time in.

Soak Your Dad (or Friends) With The Remote Controlled Water Cannon!

Ever been hit with a water balloon?  Yeah, me too.  Ever want to get revenge on the kid (or family member) that nailed ya?  Well, The Remote Controlled Water Cannon will give you that satisfying taste of revenge.

Are Twitter & TechCrunch Members Of Fight Club?

One of the rules of Fight Club is "If this is your first night at Fight Club, you HAVE to fight." Analogous to a schoolyard brawl, where stolen lunch money is cause for retaliation, these two industry chums have come to blows over hacked documents.

Gorgeous Artwork With Disposable Cutlery

What can you do with all those leftover knives and spoons from that last big party? Artist Daisuke Hiraiwa creates beautiful chandeliers among other things out of plain old ordinary objects.

Simple and Effective: The Kazu Light

From New York design shop Softboiled, the Kazu lamp is a perfect example of simple yet sophisticated use of creativity in lighting design.

Chinese Netizen Arrested, Sends SOS on Twitter

Many of you are likely familiar with the case of the American student from Berkley back in April of 2008 who when he was taken into custody by Egyptian police managed to send out a short tweet via SMS saying "Arrested." Subsequently his embassy and the press were notified and he was eventually released (see CNN story) thanks to his twitter distress call.

Yesterday in China there was a very similar situation, where blogger Peter Guo, who goes by the twitter handles amoiist, sent out the following plea for help:

Wedding Dresses That Will Blow You Away: One-Of-A-Kind Balloon Wedding Dresses

Every bride wants a one-of-a-kind wedding dress that will blow away her guests and most importantly, her groom when they get a glimpse of her. These unique wedding dresses truly will blow people away, but perhaps not in the way you would hope.


Comfort Food At Its Finest: Restaurant That’s All About Mac ‘N Cheese!

After I recently wrote an article about a restaurant that deals exclusively in PB&J based meals, a reader suggested S'MAC, another restaurant that features a food that will take you back to your childhood and to the days of your mom's hearty home cooking. I really hope you like cheese; but who doesn't?


Saving Face: The SmartFaucet from iHouse

Brazilian design firm iHouse presents the SmartFaucet, a faucet that utilizes facial recognition technology to customize your washroom experience.

Far From The Computer World, Bill Gates Is Killing Hurricanes

Ever wonder what Bill Gates was going to do after he resigned from Microsoft®?  Well, here's one thing he's doing -- inventing ways to stop hurricanes before they hit land.   Is he God or Don Quixote?

Soda Pairing: Match A DRY Soda To Your Meal

I'm not much of a soda drinker, except for an occasional Diet Coke® with a slice of pizza or a cheeseburger, but I've been looking for a non-intrusive beverage to replace a glass of wine or beer with a "real" meal, and Diet Coke doesn't do....

Bike Caddy Makes Golf A Little Greener

For too long golf has been a sport in which exercise was clearly lacking. The Bicycle Golf Caddy puts a little exercise back into the game while reducing impact.

Researchers Use Military Strategy To Come Up With Breakthrough Ovarian Cancer Treatment

You've heard the expression "War On Cancer." Well, even though that war has included ovarian cancer, there has not been much success in fighting this fatal disease in more than thirty years. Here's news though from Dartmouth Medical School, whose researchers took on ovarian cancer with a military strategy called the Trojan Horse.

As Seen On TV: Smooth Away - A Razor Alternative?

The Smooth Away offers an alternative for women who are tired of lathering up and using a razor to shave their legs.  But does it work?

Nike Hindsight Glasses Give Cyclists Eyes On the Backs Of Their Heads

The Nike Hindsight glasses are sunglasses designed specifically to enhance cyclists' peripheral vision, providing a safer ride for cyclists and drivers alike.

Kawasaki Developing Night VIsion Technology for In Helmet Heads Up Display

The Kawasaki 1400-GTR Sportbike has already secured its place as one of the most technologically advanced bikes to ever hit the street. It features a Variable Valve Timing Engine, a keyless ignition system and tire pressure sensors from the factory, which seems like more than enough to keep anyone happy. However, Kawasaki decided the 1400-GTR needed more and are now set to make night-vision and a few other high-tech goodies part of the superbike's package deal.

Chalkboard Tees: Write On!

If your kids need to update their wardrobe this summer, you've come to the write right place! Chalkboard Tees are t-shirts with a difference and the kiddies are going to love them!

Embodi: Juice Brand Promises The Same Health Benefits Of Wine

Recently I've been talking a lot about wine and wine related products, I'm not sure what that says other than the fact that perhaps it's been a while since my corkscrew has made in appearance. However, since not everyone likes to drink, let's focus on a company that gives the same benefits of wine, but without the alcohol.

Hilarious Baby Chest Hair T-Shirt: Mature Fashion For Children

The expression "that'll put some hair on your chest" is one that has been used for ages, but now, children don't need to wait for it to happen anymore, thanks to a funny novelty t-shirt.

Robot Layoffs Essential During Recessionary Times

What are the robots supposed to do when they are out of work?  They can't get unemployment.  Most likely, they won't even get to Twitter their friends or check out porn sites, like humans often do when they're laid off. 

Mini Video Projector Shines 45-inch Display On Any Wall

The "Minijekuta" from Thanko is a miniature video projector that needs only a bare wall to do its thing: project decent quality video from a variety of sources.

Facebook,The Movie Starring Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki?

Since Hollywood has given a thumbs up to 'Facebook, the Movie,' shouldn't the movie moguls be considering some fresh new faces to star in this biopic, with the working title "Social Network". Perhaps social media rockstars like Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki could be cast in the starring role of Mark Zuckerberg? Instead of method movie-actors, why not use the illustrious members of the digerati that work in the social networking trenches, on a day to day to basis?

An Electronic Ruler That's Smarter, Easier, And Even FUN To Use!

Everything's going digital, why not the old wooden ruler?  That's what industrial designer Shay Shafranek was thinking when he created the Electronic Ruler, but he also thought of ways to make calculations simple, exact and fun to use for everyone from school kids to professional architects.

Inflatable Version of Planet Saturn Sure To Dump You In The Drink

Though it may not be large enough to sport its own gravitational pull, The Floating Planet is definitely large enough to get revenge on your kids by knocking them into the deep, blue sea...

Dirty Pool? Clean It With The World's First Solar Powered Pool Skimmer

The World's First Solar Powered Robotic Pool Skimmer keeps your pool crystal clear in more ways than one!

Migrate to FollowFormation

Queue up, Get in line. Follow the leader. Cliques were a big part of our formative years. We were assessed and obsessed by those we associated it, and we soon came to be known as  "geeks," "brains," "athletes," or described as "popular," "beautiful," "hunky," "offbeat," or "teacher's pet."

Pool Fashion Fit For A Gold Medal Winner: Custom Swim Caps

With Michael Phelps being the latest sports star to motivate athletic children across the country, they too want to look like the gold medal winning swimmer every time they hit the water for their swimming lessons or swim competitions. Custom swim caps do exist out there, so motivate your own Olympic swim star with their own design.

Obvious And Industrious Business Idea: Hungry Pod Loads Your iPod

Sometimes business concepts couldn't be any simpler. It's all about coming up with a time consuming activity that people need to do, but would rather not, and then doing it for them at a price. Since iPods are all the rage lately, this year's most obvious and industrious business relates to this trendy gadget.

Past and Present Collide with 'Dear Diary 1.0'

Design graduate Marlies Romberg merges the past with the tools of today in 'Dear DIary 1.0', an old-fashioned writing desk that has an embedded computer and keyboard within it.

Pee Power Potential Fuel: Convenient and Greener

Ever wonder how much pee power you have? No? Maybe you should. It turns out your pee isn't just waste. It has fueling potential according to scientist from Ohio University. This fueling potential could be put to use in the near future.   

The 10 Most Wanted ... Summer Beers

It's definitely summer, which fulfills practically everyone's requirement for a nice cold beer. The neatest thing about beer is that there are so many varieties and so many breweries, you can't ever get bored drinking it. This summer I turned to the 10 most wanted summer brews for inspiration....

New Camless Engine Could Mean More Power and Less Fuel

The traditional internal combustion engine is only about 25%-30% efficient at the flywheel.  After going through the rest of the drivetrain and reaching the wheels, you are looking at another 10% loss.  While much of this cannot be helped, one company based in Sweden thinks that removing the camshaft may help free up some of that wasted energy.

10 New Designs Every Safe Hospital Should Have!

... The buzz is that the British Health Services department is being cheered for encouraging the great design talent and manufacturing skills in its own country to solve a growing problem in Britain's hospitals: healthcare associated infections. In addition to manufacturing jobs, this program and those like it will eventually lead to sales jobs, customer service, and transportation jobs so needed in these times.

Tweeting 'The French Revolution" via la Network de Sociale

On le 14 Juillet in year 2009, the people of Paris stormed Twitter accounts everywhere with tweets of "Happy Bastille Day" in hopes of leading down a path that would eventually welcome all Frenchman into the elite circle of the Twitterati.

Present.ly, An Enterprise Microblog With A Future

Has your company decided on a Enterprise Microblog system for your office? Aside from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, is your firm working with an Intranet system that is customized to allow for communications with fellow employees and superiors at your place of work? Present.ly is just one of those services, and it might be coming to an office near you.

Stressed Out And Working Like A Dog?

You're grumpy. You're tired. You work through the weekends.  And you don't remember the last time you took a vacation.  What started out as a hobby or a passion has morphed into small business far beyond your control. 

Study Finds Swearing May Lessen Pain

Have you ever stubbed your toe or bumped your head and immediately yelled out a swear word? Researchers now say that pain can be more tolerable if you simply utter a curse word of your choice.

The Mind Relaxer: A Mini-Vacation For Your Brain

Stressed out?  Over worked?  Send your noggin on vacation with the Mind Relaxer!

iTie Innovative Fashion: Storing Your Gadgets While Looking Dapper

iTie solves two common tie problems; allowing men to make sure they always look dapper, while never requiring them to leave behind their favorite gadgets. Best of all, they'll feel like secret operatives, because this fashionable tie is so covert, no one will ever know it has more purpose than just color-coordinating with your shirt.


Volute Wine: Wine To Go In Portable Bottles

Recently I introduced you to wine served in test tube bottles for single servings of wine. Now, let me introduce you to one of their competitors, that also offers single servings of wine, but this time in a more portable format.

Segway Inventor Designs Hybrid Scooter that will Run on anything that Burns

Dean Kamen is known widely as the inventor of the Segway personal transporter. However, over the past months he has been working on designing a new kind of Hybrid Scooter: A scooter that will make use of a Stirling Engine and be able to run on pretty much anything that will burn.

Chasercam Films Your Greatest Sports Action

The Chasercam stays dialed in on the action and films the clean sports footage without requiring any filming skills whatsoever. Snowboarders, skaters, BMXers and so on could all get the impressive footage they desire.

The Tick Mark Wristwatch: A Unique Way To Tell Time

Want an innovative way of finding out what time it is?  Though initially confusing, this stylish gadget may just be the ticket.  Read on to find out more about the Tick Mark Wristwatch.

Palmer Johnson Calls In Rolls-Royce to Help Design New World Yacht

Yachts are all about luxury, providing all the creature comforts of home while also offering breathtaking views and unsurpassed freedom. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that when designing what could be the most impressive Yacht ever built, Palmer Johnson called in Roll-Royce to help bring the final design together.

Green Blood Still Flows In The Land Of The Jolly Green Giant

Everyone from the equipment builders to the canners for the Blue Earth Minnesota Green Giant plant was on hand this past weekend to pay homage to one of the icons of the boomer age and one frequently parodied by Gens X and Y: the Ho Ho Ho Jolly Green Giant.

Luna: Organic Meal Plan For Pregnant and Nursing Women

Despite the cravings that can accompany pregnancy, it can be challenging for women who are expecting or nursing to focus on maintaining a balanced diet that is crucial for the health of a baby. It can take a lot of effort to research the foods that are beneficial and those to avoid, and who wants to do that when exhausted from pregnancy or caring for a brand new baby. A new brand of food just for pregnant women, takes the thought out of nutrition in pregnancy.

Deliciously Disgusting Underwear: The Bedazzled Beef Jerky Bikini Brief (Brief Jerky)

There are some things that should just never have come into existence, and the Brief Jerky is a prime example. Keep reading to learn more about this delicious and disgusting underwear design, and get a pair of your own if you should feel so inclined.

Riding the Wave: Fluxus Light Installation

Fresh from heavyweight desinger Karim Rashid and his collaborator Michela Vianello, this wild Murano glass and light installation entitled 'Fluxus' might wash over you in a wave.

Are You Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?

People crash and burn all the time. A failed business, a stock market fiasco, an unexpected job termination. If there's anything you can bet your money on, it's that life doesn't always work out as you plan. 

So prepare, prepare, prepare! Most people don't understand how much psychological well-being plays into being an entrepreneur.  Knowing what you should expect and how you should deal with it is winning half the battle.


Bizarre Tanuki Heart Charm Shares The Love, Saves The Planet

The "Tanukin Heart" charm combines the traditional good luck aura of a raccoon dog's scrotum with the timeless symbol of love, the heart.

Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest

Hotels are utilizing the social media channel of Twitter to reinforce their brand image and to communicate directly with their guests. Apart from having a face to face contact with one's customer, no other medium has allowed hotel companies a better one-on-one conduit. While each hotel chain interacts differently with their following, here are the TOP TEN I think are doing the best job in providing customer service, building brand loyalty and engaging their followers with suite tweets.

Pop Star Parties:VIP Birthday Parties For Aspiring Pop Princes and Princesses

 We've seen business like Celeb 4 a Day  or League of Rock that allow adults to live like rock stars and find them in the spotlight that they've been yearning for; but what about the children, don't they deserve to be treated like stars, too? A UK company thinks so, but instead of letting kids live like rock stars, they treat them like the little pop princes and princesses that they deserve to be!

Fanny Pack Of The 80’s Reinvented In 2009 With CapSack

Fortunately, fanny packs (except for sport purposes), especially in neon colors went out in the 80's; but now there's a new form of hands free pouch that's trying to bring back that old 80's style in a very new way. It's bold, it's convenient, and it's a pouch that doesn't go around your waist!


"Speeches of Barack Obama" Book & CD Helps Japanese Learn English

"The Speeches of Barack Obama", a book and CD combo released last November in Japan, sold over 400,000 copies in just a couple of months. Students, homemakers, even Buddhist monks have all been polishing up their English skills by listening to the 44th president wax poetic on the political stage.

New Mazda-3 to Put Your Engine On Pause When Stopped

Driving inside the city can drastically reduce the fuel mileage of even the most efficiently built vehicle. Red lights and traffic congestion mean you're sitting in one place while you engine keeps burning fuel and releasing more pollution into the air. Mazda's new iStop engine system looks to solve this problem by "pausing" your engine when power is no longer needed.

Paint Tube Doorstop Adds Color & Humor To Any Room

Doorstops... could any home furnishing accessory be more boring? Japan's Tokyu Hands takes the humble doorstop and gives it new life by imitating the natural wedge shape of artist's acrylic paint tubes.

China creates the iPhone Nano [pics]

Here's yet another Chinese 'Shanzhai' creation for you viewing pleasure. This time it's the much anticipated iPhone Nano, the device that the world seems to think Apple will inevitably produce. Nevermind that it doesn't exist yet, that's no reason to refrain from copying it. The folks down in Shenzhen are getting into this knock-off market early by trying to envision what an Apple iPhone Nano might look like, and then copying that vision.

New Rubber Compound Uses Self Lubrication to Keep Noise Down

One of the largest complaints of people living close to highways is the over abundance of noise from vehicles. While some of this can be attributed to engines, much of the noise is generated as a result of friction between your tires and the pavement. However, a newly developed rubber compound has been able to drastically reduce the amount of amount of noise generated between tire and tarmac.

Unique Restaurant Serves Peanut Butter and Jelly Exclusively!

Peanut butter has forever been a staple in sandwiches that appear in lunch bags and snack tables around North America for years. But with increased knowledge about peanut butter allergies, it can be difficult to find somewhere where you can sit down to enjoy a good old PB&J sandwich, that is if you don't where to look. One restaurant franchise brings peanut butter back into the accepted mainstream, by serving nothing but peanut butter.


MopShots: Matching Hairdressers With Sought After Hair Styles

Finding a good hairdresser is probably one of the greatest challenges that women (and of course, some men) seem to encounter. We've all had one of those experiences where we've left a hair salon with tears of frustrating, realizing that it will be months until our hair will look half decent ever again. With a new website, those in need of a haircut can find a salon, based on pictures of others who have a style or cut that they're vying for.

Solar Powered Blimp Across The English Channel?

If you have ever seen a blimp in the sky the Hindenburg disaster in 1937 may have crossed your mind. It's a terrible and scary story. The kind of story that makes a person never want to ride one of these things, but blimps have come a long way since then. In fact, recently a group of French engineers equipped a helium blimp with solar panels. 

Are Digg Ads Reintroducing 'Push' Advertising?

Trying to tame the new social media space with an effective advertising model is a daunting task for any platform in the social media space. Add the desirable real-time stream of consciousness component to the mix and you've even got the big boys like Google and Bing salivating all over the digital landscape. Tinker is tinkering around with monetizing Twitter, a feat that even their founders can't figure out. And now you have DIGG, the slightly dated social bookmarking site trying to reinvent itself by posting ads to their news content delivery process. Sounds a little like 'what's old is new again?'

Room Service Plus 9, Because "Dog Is A God®"

It's been almost a year since I covered the masterful dog houses created by Italian artist and designer Marco Marisini.  I checked back to see if he had designed any more dog houses, and I found that he didn't stop at dog houses... Morosini has designed a whole line of attire and accessories befitting only the dog gods!

Refreshing In More Ways Than One: Pool Pong

Cold beer, cold water and your favorite party game of all time, what else do you need this summer?

Is Beer Power The Next Alternative Energy Solution?

Can you imagine filling your car up at a local brewery, pouring beer into your gas tank, and driving around town?  No doubt the air would be less toxic in your town, and how nice everything would smell.  Every time you filled up you could bring a nice cold glass for yourself, of course....

Aeroyacht 110 to be World's Most Innovative Catamaran

The world of boating is always about the latest and greatest in sea-going technology. This holds true even as many boat builders are beginning to shift to a more environmentally friendly means of hitting the open water. A perfect example of this mindset is the recently introduced Aeroyacht 110.

Humpback Whale Inspires Best Wind Power Turbines: WhalePower Tubercle Technology

The average humpback whale weighs about 36 tons, yet it is one of the most graceful swimmers, divers, and jumpers in the sea. WhalePower's new wind turbine technology owes its performance to what it has learned from from studying just what makes the humpback whale so aerodynamic.

Don't Get Rained Out On the 12th Hole: Bushnell FXi Weather Forecaster

The Bushnell FXi is a must-have for any devout golfer. Get updated weather information on your favorite courses so you always know when and where to play.

Retro Tape Dispenser Sticks In Your Memory

This cool retro tape dispenser from J-ME sticks in your mind like a catchy 80s hit from a misplaced mix tape.

WineSide: Wine Tasting From Test Tube Wine Bottles

Selling wine by the glass can lead to waste at restaurants or wine that just isn't top quality because the bottle isn't finished within the recommended time after recorking. A company called WineSide has come up with a unique alternative by packaging their finest wines in a unique way.


Summer Wedding Flip Flops: Cool and Casual Summer Style

Summertime is the perfect time for a casual beach wedding or outdoor ceremony at a hot destination, so why dress to the nines with you can stick with a cool and casual summer style? Complement your summer wedding dress with accessories that are comfortable and cool for warm climates.


Back to Basics: The Black and White Clock

The ultimate minimal  'Black and White Clock'  has arrived in what might just be the coolest package ever -- its own perfectly naked, light-sensing digits.

Lap Desk Keeps Your Computer Cool

Ever suffer from "Sweaty Thigh Syndrome?"  You know, that intense heat generated by your laptop computer that melts through your pants and paints your legs like a sunburn?  I know I have.  And I applaud the innovation behind this laptop folding table with integrated cooling fans.

Shocking Liar: The Game That Hurts

Want to know if your best friend is having a fling with your girlfriend?  Or if little Billy has been smoking the wacky weed?  If so, the Shocking Liar "game" may be just what you need.

Minnies: Restaurant That Specializes In Portion Control With Miniature Foods

As we become more health conscious as a society, it's all about portion control and snacking versus consuming large meals. But when you eat out you will often find that you are stuck with large portions, either forgoing your healthy eating lifestyle and overeating, or wasting your food and the money you paid for it. A new restaurant makes all foods in miniature size to accommodate proper good portioning.


Bank Note Handkerchiefs Make You Feel Cooler and Richer

Wiped out in the market? Wipe up that cold sweat with replica 10,000 yen bank notes!

Twittorati, At The Corner of Blogo & Twitter

Do you know any bloggers of authority? Bloggers who are distinguished not only by how popular their sites are, but also how often other sites link to their blogs. Those that know TMZ, Gawker and the Huffington Post know that the top blogs of the world have slowly stolen the spotlight away from newspapers and mainstream media in general. Those that know Twitter know how important real-time updates have become. Now with the unveiling of Technorati's new service, one can traverse the terrain where the blogosphere crosses the Twittersphere, at an intersection called Twittorati.

Wearable Gadget For The World Traveler: Watch For Jetsetters

Those looking for the latest wearable gadget needn't look any further, because the Hamilton ODC X-02 Quartz is the latest gadget available for the world traveler.

Alzheimer's Study: How Smart Were You When You Were 20?

Damage has already occurred in the Alzheimer's patient's brain before signs like memory loss or confusion are observed.  But there are some persons whose brains are diseased by dementia that never show signs of memory impairment....

Shaving School For Stupid Men? Industrious or Genius?

Perhaps this business was inspired by a hate of facial hair, or perhaps it's about self-improvement, but in any case, this is one business that is clearly designed for stupid men. Not only does it teach them a fundamental skill they've probably been using during their entire adult life, it also charges them a ludicrous amount. Yes, it's a shaving school and keep on reading to find out exactly what it does and why.


Walk on Water with Waterwalkerz

Sure to be the next craze at kids birthday parties everywhere, Waterwalkerz get you out of the pool and onto the water. Walk, jog and run your way across the lake, pool or ocean.


New Techique Identifies Nano Changes In Normal Cells Before Cancers Develop

A study by biomedical researchers at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science has verified that normal cells exhibit changes in their nanostructures long before cancers occur in the body, and they have developed a technique to identify these changes.  Will these discoveries lead to accessible pre-cancer screening tests?

Top Ten Social Networks Circumnavigating The Globe

What does social networking look like by country? Sure, Twitter, Facebook. LinkedIn and MySpace have huge international followings, but indigenous social networks have also grown up within certain countries that are beginning to reach beyond their own borders. So considering Intranets other than the dominant players in the US, take a look at the TOP TEN social networks that are flourishing around the globe.

GE and NASA to Revive Open Rotor Jet Engines

Back in the mid 1980s, GE and NASA began testing on a new propulsion system that used counter rotating fan assemblies in an attempt to boost efficiency. The testing ultimately led to the design of the GE36 experimental aircraft engine, but was then set aside to explore other options. Now, GE and NASA are planning on revisiting the design and adding some new technology to the mix.

Ideal Engagement Ring For The Geek In All Of Us: Propose With A USB Swarovski Ring

Looking for a way to secure your commitment both to your partner and your inner geek? Then enter into engagement with a unique ring, which is ideal for any geeky couple looking to tie the knot.

Space-Saving Storage: The CD Roll

Tired of painstakingly sorting and alphabetizing your CD collection into meticulous order for it to only take up valuable real estate in your living space? The CD Roll might just be your ticket to musical organizational freedom.

Touch Sensitive Bathroom Conserves Water

You could take a 5 minutes shower to reduce your carbon footprint or you can step into an eco-friendly shower that powers on when you step in and conserves water. Several students designed a shower like this for a student project. It is touch sensitive and green.

Sno:La Yogurt: Mouth Watering and Guilt-Free Eco-Friendly Yogurt Company

Frozen yogurt tends to be a guilt-free desert as it's lighter on the calories and the fat content. But there's another reason to feel a little bit of remorse when satisfying your sweet tooth, because until Sno:La came along, no frozen yogurt shop specialized in a product that has 100% organic and natural desert treat.

Does Your Car Have A Sexy Butt Or A Baby Face?

Are cars biomimetic, designed to look like people or animals, or have dominant or sweet personalities? The car in this picture was described as having "male lines" and "one of the sexiest butts around."

Radio Goes Wi-Fi And Global: Tivoli Networks Internet Radio

Now, this is radio!  Live radio from more than 150 countries and in 75 languages, and a huge variety of programming from each country.  You can listen to 41 different stations broadcasting from Japan, 345 from Italy,  20 from Bosnia, 7 from Iran, and even 5 from the island of Fiji!  Radio anywhere and everywhere.

A Cool Cat's Designer Scratcher: The Wedge By Cat Livin'

Cat Livin' is as serious about catering to the needs of the cat as it is about integrating cat accoutrements into the modern home.  Here again, Cat Livin' delivers style and function in its scratching post alternative: The Wedge/Euro.

Scary Crafty Fashion: The Scandalous Sock Monkey Dress

Sock Monkeys, for whatever reason, are a trend that has sprung many variations of products, and finally (or unfortunately) there is now a sock monkey outfit that will allow you to relive your sock monkey obsession every time you put it on.


Can You Handle The TwitTruth?

There's a lot to be said about your Twitter body language and the footprint one leaves across the Twitterverse. Well, at least according to TwitTruth a brand new app that will tell you everything want to know, but were afraid to ask. So if you want to add your profile to the growing data mines that are salting away your digital activities all over the Web, take the truth serum at TwitTruth and get a closer glimpse at that 'man in the mirror.'

Solar Powered IDEA: Lighting that Orbits Your Home

In what appears to be a piece of lighting that might just take flight and start orbiting the room at any given moment, Japanese IDEA is offering up a very space-age solar-powered ambient orb.

Can You Spot It? 10 Subtle Ads Crave Your Attention

In the competition to get your attention on a product, marketing firms utilize a lot of tricks.  One of them is to subtly place phallic imagery into an ad in hopes that it will filter somehow into your subconscious and lead you to purchase the product.  Read on for a few examples...

The Origin Washstand Gets You Back to Nature

Inspired by the meandering currents of natural streams and rivers,  members of the NOTHING Design Group offer their latest creation, the Origin Washstand.

Peugeot Metromorph Offers Low Cost Travel and a Cheap Balcony

As our cities grow larger and more populated, parking will become more of a hassle than it already is. While this is a scary thought for many people, it is one that could be diverted by the Peugeot Metromorph Concept.

Press on Eyeshadow: Makeup Artistry Made Easy

Any woman that's sat down with a makeup artist to have them do magic on her face, would be lying if she said she wouldn't like to have her own custom makeup applier on hand, tucked away in her own secret drawer (the one right next to the home hair stylist). It's unfortunate, but this just isn't realistic for most women; however, there is a product that delivers the same results almost instantaneously.


Earth Aid: Business Pays You To Save Money By Going Green

There are tons of company out there that sell energy monitoring products to help you reduce your energy consumption and make your home that much greener, but so far there only seems to be one that pays you to save money.


Sporty Speedster Red Race Car: For Little Racers

If you are looking for a great way for the kiddies to get around, hold onto your hubcaps! The Speedster Red Race Car is here!

The 12 Best Designs From 2009's International Plastics Design Competition

The 2009 International Plastics Design Competition (IPDC) took place in Chicago in June and the 12 winners are absolutely awesome products, innovators in their respective fields as well as in plastics engineering. And they were all designed to be sustainable, cost effective, and to reduce our carbon footprint.

BottleClip Bike Water Bottle Holder

An interesting, if not useful design, the BottleClip is a new take on attaching your water bottle to your bike.

7 Unique Eco-Friendly Pet Products From The Brand New Woolworth's!

The last of the great Woolworth's "five-and-dime" general stores in the U.S. closed its doors in 1997. But the great-granddaughter of Frank Woolworth, Priscilla Woolworth, wanted to continue the legacy of her family à la 21st century. Her general store is online, it's green, and it's eco-pet too!

Puck You Alaska, I'm Taking My Hockey Game To Twitterville

Whether you think Sarah Palin resigned because of an impending legal indictment, a lucrative book deal or blazing a new 'maverick' path to the White House, one thing is very clear...she's using the number one social network in the land to vent her frustrations! Since 4:15 PM, July 2, she has thumped out over a couple of dozen 140-characters-or-less tweets to the Twitterverse, and a few of them are most telling.

NHTSA Could Mandate New Safety Features for 2012

Recent advances in automotive technology have offered an increased level of security for every driver on the road. Systems that automatically slow your vehicle down when an impending collision is detected and sensors that watch for other vehicles during a lane change are just two examples of such technologies and also the ones the NHTSA may be mandating for all new vehicles.

gdgt Spreading The Gadget Gospel

Have you ever expressed the guilty pleasure of "I have to have an iPhone," "I've gotta get a netbook," or "I need to buy a Wii." If so, you might be suffering from 'gadgetnitus', the obsessive desire to own the latest and greatest gadgetry in the market. Gadget freaks are a growing breed of man (and woman) who revel in possessing the current technological toys-du-jour while becoming savvy technophiles.

Caffeine Reverses Alzheimer's Disease In Mice

Quick! Buy up as many pounds of coffee and caffeinated tea as you can. Once caffeine is found to provide better results for Alzheimer's patients than the existing Alzheimer's prescription drugs, caffeine is sure to become illegal. Either that or big pharma will buy out Starbucks and the other popular coffee houses...

Most Expensive USB Memory Key Saves Data, Drains Wallets

Paying one million yen (around $10,000) for the Mnemosyne USB Memory buys you more than just a 16GB designer portable data storage device, it also buys you bragging rights on the most expensive USB flash drive ever offered.

LikeABike: You Like?

If your little one is looking for a great method of transportation but is too young for a big bike, look no further. LikeABike is here!

Niche Business Goes To The Dogs: Swimming Pools For Your Pets

Sitting outside in the backyard getting some sun, I couldn't help think about my poor dogs roasting away. After turning on the sprinkler and putting them into a fit of terror, I couldn't help but wonder if there's a company out there that specializes in making swimming pools specifically for dogs. Read on and find out!


Funky and Fun Animal Shower Caps From Urban Outfitters

Showering just got a lot more fun with the animal shower caps by Urban Outfitters. Whether you're young or old, you'll get a kick out of these novelty items that are anything but fashionable, but you might want to keep them your own dirty little secret.

Japan Animal Referral Medical Center Calls For Dogs To Give Blood

Japan's booming pet population is aging along with its owners, increasing the need for a steady source of dog blood. The Japan Animal Referral Medical Center is hoping a recent Dog Blood Donor Clinic will convince owners it's better to give than to receive.

Exergaming Fitness Center Nexgym Brings More Industry Competition

Last year I introduced you to Bulldog Interactive Fitness, and exergaming franchise working to get kids off the couch with the innovative concept. Not only is Bulldog finding success, but exergaming is not surprisingly a trend that's really making waves. Now, with Nexgym out there in the industry, the competition in exergaming is heating up!


Fashion For Jitter Bugs: Coffee Filter Fashion Prom Dress

Based on the lineup at Starbucks, coffee addicts seem to be getting younger and younger everyday. One young coffee drinker just can't shake her love for coffee, so she brought her addiction to a new level by bringing it to her prom. Yes, you will understand how coffee and fashion come together if you keep on reading.

Manga Painted Keyboards Bring Anime Idols To Your Fingertips

Artistic keyboards have come and gone, but few have looked as good as these exquisite manga painted anime art keyboards by star illustrators CARNELIAN and TONY.

Chewing Robot Chomps Away At Summer Science Exhibition

If the human jaw was not so complex, perhaps a Chewing Robot would not be an asset to dental research.  But the jaw lets us chew in so many different ways, that humans turn out to be not-so-efficient testers of dental materials.

Super Hot Hot Rod for Kids: Metal Speedster

If you have a little racer in your family, the ride-on Metal Speedster may be just the ticket for your little one! So gather up the kids, and go for a spin on this retro-styled ride from Schylling.

 

T3 Motion Releases CT3 Commuter Vehicle Concept

A few years ago, a company called T3 Motion began designing low cost means of transportation that were both clean and practical. Recently, the company has released details about the latest in their line of eco-friendly vehicles, which has been dubbed the CT3.

Share Your Videos On Twitter Via Twitsnaps

Just as soon as we were getting use to sharing our photos on Twitter, out comes a new app that will now allow us to send our videos. The immediacy of communicating on Twitter will now assure your followers that your videos can reach them just as quickly as a tweet or a photo.

Tweets from the Crown - Statue of Liberty Opens A Twitter Account

All dressed up and no place to go? What's a lady to do for her 123rd Birthday if she really wants to Rock the Harbor? Well, if you're the Statue of Liberty, you just might want to invite a whole bunch of folks over to help you commemorate the special occasion. But how do you get your birthday party invitations out to the masses? Well, in the case of Our Lady, she's chosen to join the craze sweeping the nation... she's tweeting it!

Ghost Lighter Rides Wave Of Cuteness To Flame And Fortune

The Ghost Lighter does nothing more than provide a flickering flame at the flick of a finger, and you know what? That's OK. The in-your-face cuteness of the design stands on its own as a statement of pure creative whimsy.

AIR-igator: Collects AC Water For Your Garden

In some places (like where I live) it's too hot to turn off the AC unit and open up the windows. On some days temperatures can reach over 100 degrees, that's why our AC stays on all the time. Asking us to take off more clothes to cool off and conserve energy would leave us naked, so how do we, the consumers, stay cool and cut down on our carbon footprint? We could try an AIR-igator.

The Music Tee - Free Music Downloads Through Fashion

Band t-shirts have traditionally been strictly a way to promote your love for a favorite band or concert series, now an exclusive design of music fashion tees give you access to artists' music for free.

Vacation Like The Pioneers At Feather Down Farms

Forget modern vacations with all of the modern conveniences of in-room beverage dispensers, room service, and on-location spas, and escape to a vacation that lets you live as the pioneers did in days gone by at this unique UK vacation spot.


A Thousand Strands of Light: Altrove Lighting

Into the ethereal realm we go with the lastest new lighting from Artemide, called Altrove.  From designer Carlotta de Bevilacqua, Altrove can be used as either a decorative wall or ceiling light.

Virtual Beer Satisfies Every Sense - Except Taste

Thinking of a cool, frosty beer after a long day at work or play? Just imagine cracking open a cold one... nice! Now you can experience the vicarious pleasure of popping open a beer or soda can anytime, anywhere, as often as you want.

First-Time Personalized Videos From NKOTB, Serena Williams & Others

What would you think about having your favorite artist not only autograph memorabilia for you but also personalize a video message with words that you compose? This is the first time major sports figures and artists have signed memorabilia and provided personalized video messages that are delivered directly to fans via the Internet.

Don't Waste A Crumb With This DIY Bird Feeder: Bird Crumbs

I've seen this photo so many times, but until today I had no idea who designed this clever bird feeder. The Bird Crumbs feeder is, in fact, a do-it-yourself project, created by Spanish industrial designer, Curro Claret.  Isn't it tooo wonderful?

High-Flying Kites Bring Wind Power To New Level

"Warning: Energy Kites Ahead" might read the electronic transmissions to pilots... that is if some of the wind energy producers have their way. They're trying to put their "kites" at 30,000 feet or so to harness more wind energy.  What would that mean to you? Oh, just reducing your energy bills from 11 cents per kilowatt hour to 2 to 4 cents per kilowatt hour.  Did they just win your support?

New Aircraft to Circle Globe on Nothing but Solar Energy

For the past four years, a team of engineers has been working on an aircraft that is powered only by solar energy. After countless hours of measuring, calculating and building, their aircraft was finally ready to be unveiled to the world.

Locust Experiments May Lead To New Treatments For Strokes, Migraines, & Epilepsy

Scientists at Queen's University in Canada have discovered a link betwen locust comas and human strokes, migraines and epilepsy. This is not only an interesting scientific finding, but it may lead to new drugs to prevent or alleviate the occurances of brain disturbances in humans.

MaYoMo - Mobile News Is Phoning It In!

Remember those great newspaper movies of the 1940s that portrayed zany journalists racing for the phones to call in their breaking news stories? Well, in a little less than 70 years, today's journalists are now bloggers and videographers who are able to not only submit a story via their mobile phones, but also capable of uploading a video to accompany their news articles.

The Only 3D Web Camera Brings The Third Dimension To Your PC

Want reach out and touch someone during a video conference?  While technology hasn't quite invented a way to have tactile contact through a computer monitor, we may have the next best thing: 3D.

Indoor Fireworks From Sega Toys Light Up Your Living Room

Sega Toys introduces the Uchiage Hanabi, a modified planetarium with speakers that brings fireworks indoors to spark up any celebration, no matter what the weather.

Researchers Discover Fountain Of Youth In Bats

I know the title seems like it's right out of one of those hokey ads from a vitamin company, but what I'm about to share are the results of a real scientific finding by a group of researchers in San Antonio, Texas -- reported in the July issue of the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. (FASEB Journal).

Weird & Wacky Fashion: Varicose Vein Tights

Most women wear medical tights in order to try and cure varicose veins, but for those who like the look, there are strange fashions to accommodate their vein jealousy.


Vmoto SCARTT Combines Off Road Utility with On Road Comfort

Off road vehicles are great for taking a scenic ride through the woods, but many are not very well suited for the road. They are also expensive to build and maintain if you plan on traversing places very few have seen. Vmoto hopes to solve both of these issues with their new SCARTT 500 ATV.

Yoostar: Act Like Your Favorite Star By Creating Your Own Home Hollywood Movie Productions

Coming to you in August 2009 is a new business that allows you to replace your favorite actors in some of Hollywood's top movies. Aspiring actors and actresses, you might never make it to the big screen, but with this up-and-coming company you can pretend.

A Whole Movie Theater For Your Face

I'm a huge movie fan.  Unfortunately I don't get to the theater too often, usually relying on used DVDs to catch up on what I've missed.  And while this is fine by me, it lacks that certain "theatrical experience" that I so enjoy.  The Only 52-Inch Widescreen Personal Movie Theater is about to change that...

Belt Clip Watch Offers 7 Useful Gadgets For Campers

Tools that offer multiple products in one small package are becoming increasingly popular. Take the Outdoorsman's 7 in 1 Belt Clip Watch, for example. This thing is like the Swiss Army Knife of belt clips...

New Hospice Service For Pets: Pet Peace Of Mind

What happens to pets when their owners have terminal illnesses? Unfortunately, many of them end up in already overcrowded shelters. But Pet Peace Of Mind, a program developed by the Rev. Delana Taylor McNac for the Hospice of Green County Inc. in Tulsa, has a solution that's good for the patient and good for the pet.

Japan's NTT DoCoMo Updates the 'Pay Phone'

Hauled into jail by some rural deputy sheriff and need to pay a fine? If you're in Japan, you can use that one phone call to make an instant cash transfer. Finally, a pay phone that actually pays!

Dental Plaque Detection Camera Puts Your Teeth On TV

Dental-ivision? It's the ultimate reality show, and besides, what would you rather watch: oral hygiene or Oral Roberts? Thanks to the Miharu Dental Intraoral Plaque Detection Camera, you CAN handle the tooth, right in your own living room.

Cover Your Floors in a Blanket of Riches with Penny Tiling

Some people like to throw money around, while others save for a rainy day.  Still others make furniture and tile their floors with it.

One Company Exists Just To Market Your Golf Inventions

You want to know how many golf inventors there are?  Just find out how many golfers there are, and you'll have the answer.  One company just opened its door to all those inventors.  I hope it's ready for all of you!

British Surgeon Uses Laser Therapy To Treat Breast Cancer

The cancer surgeon that pioneered "keyhole mastectomy" in Britain, is now the pioneer of another new breast cancer treatment: a form of laser or light therapy, known as photodynamic therapy (PDT).

Guitar Affair: Connecting Musicians With Beautiful Instruments

Many men and women dream of one night stands, where they can play sweet music all night long without having to share their hard-earned money for years of time together. Guitar Affair knows that sometimes you just need to get your hands on something beautiful, without the commitment and arranges for their clients to have access to some of the top guitars out there.


Unique Lego Couture: The Dress That JC De Castelbajac Built

Lego has inspired the creation of many clothing and design items since it is one of the most versatile building materials that also creates a cool effect. The Lego dress is the latest innovation in fashion that has popped up, although it's not exactly what you think, so read on.