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August, 2009

Rocket Tent: A New Level Of Ultralight Four-Season Tent

The Brooks Range Rocket Tent redefines lightweight for winter-ready tents. Consider this one for your next backcountry skiing or mountaineering adventure.

Surf Skiing--Sport Of The Future?

A cross between skiing and stand up paddleboarding, surf skiing is a new alternative in the world of water sports. Its inventor Jason Starr is determined to make it a household sports term.

Is Smart Mass the Ultimate Adult Office Toy?

Smart Mass introduces a few new tricks to the ol' putty that we all know and love.  It can drip from the ceiling or be shattered with a hammer.  How's that for new tricks?

Volkswagen to Bring 71MPG BlueMotion Polo to US....May Hurt Prius Sales

Since first being introduced, the Volkswagen Polo has been one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the road. Years of diesel development and improvements to powertrain design have improved the overall efficiency ever more. Now, VW is offering a BlueMotion version of the Polo and promising even more miles for every gallon.

Carry Your Cargo With Bullitt

Looking like a scooter retro-fitted onto a commuter bike, the Bullitt offers generous storage space for all your gear and cargo.

Motion Tracking Web Camera Makes It Risky To Teleconference While Naked

If your computer is equipped with the BCP-401, you'd better be careful what you wear when teleconferencing with the boss!

Kilobike Expandable Bike

Tired of buying a bike for your child every year or two? Kilobike expands to properly fit growing children.

Digital Criminals Preying On Social Networks

Its important to be aware of your surroundings and suspicious activity at all times,whether you are crossing a highly trafficked street in Manhattan or posting your profile to a social network. All the same rules apply and then some. Letting our guard down online creates greater risks as an alarmingly high proportion of users are prepared to be 'friends' on social networks with people they don't really know.

Marsh Mellow Festival Boutique: Novelty Festival Gear Will Have Other Burning Man Attendees Drooling

With the days of summer drawing to an unofficial close, there are summer music festivals taking place around the world to wish it adieu. Finding all of the things you need to survive roughing it in the sub-standard living conditions can be a challenge, but not with one UK business making everything easily accessible.

Chic Food Inspired Jewelry Designs Support Food Crisis

Your child did it first, making jewelry from cereal like Cheerios and Fruit Loops. Now a designer has taken that trend from preschool to runway, but this time, it's not actually edible so you don't have to worry about your purchases going soggy like this morning's breakfast.

Cookie Trail & Social Network Identifiers Can Leak Private Data!

What if Santa Claus' identity was revealed when his cookie trail exposed his exact whereabouts on Christmas Eve? This would not only take all the fun and wonderment out of Christmas, it would be providing too much information for too many inquiring minds.

Bunny Petting Cafe Has Rabbit Fans Hopping

Did you hare? Japan's Bunny Petting Cafe is the best thing in ears, and that's fur certain!

Burning Man Bike Camper

This sweet bicycle-pulled trailer was hand-built for self-sufficiency and then put to use at Burning Man. Nearly everything you need rolled into into a clean, portable package.

Smart ForTwo Takes Top Honors in New IIHS Roof Crush Testing

Not too long ago, news broke that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) would begin conducting tests to see how safe occupants were in a collision that led to a roll-over. Since then, they have been working their way through each vehicle segment, and posting the results about which car, truck or minivan provided the most protection. In a recent set of tests conducted on the small car segment, the number one choice came as a surprise to more than a few.

Young Leaders in Arab Worlds Learn How Social Media Makes Change

As was witnessed recently with the Iranian Twitter Revolution and the protesters making their voices heard on Twitter and Facebook this past June, the Arab World is embracing social media in an impacting way. Now more important than ever, the Middle East is involved in open dialogue, no matter what risks may be incurred as a result.

The UNI Watch: Customizable Digital Watch Face

Sometimes it's hard to decide on a look, even when it comes to a watch, but with an innovative new design that's no longer an issue, and you don't even have to go out an invest in multiple styles!

Drink Bouncers: In The Business Of Protecting Your Cocktails

When you go out to a nightclub, after a couple of drinks, it can be a big job to keep an eye on your cocktail, so what would you think of drink bouncers to do it for you? Sadly, it might not be exactly what you think (or what I hoped it was), but it will help keep you protected when you're ready to kick back.


Facebook,Twitter, Flickr & YouTube Boycott Whole Foods

Labeled A-Hole Foods by some, an army of bloggers have taken to full battle gear ever since John Mackey's op-ed appeared in the Wall Street Journal on August 12, 2009. Triggering significant backlash, Whole Foods may have a hard time overcoming a social media nightmare spurred on by their leader.

Crocodile Foot Charm Means 'Hands Off'

This cured crocodile foot comes in your choice of 5 pleasing colors. It also comes in handy when you want to send a message but don't have any severed horse heads around.

Super Slim Video Player Fits Inside Magazines

CBS introduces the world's first "Video-In-Print" advertisement.  Is it an eye-catcher?

Bike Helmets of NYC

NYC Bike Helmets were commissioned by the city and offer a more fashionable alternative to the average bike helmet.

Ben Franklins For Freezers, Sequel To Cash For Clunkers!

Ben Franklins for Freezers? Dollars for Dishwashers? Coin for Central Air? or Cash for Appliances? Whatever you'd like to call it, after the overwhelming success of the "Cash for Clunkers" program, the next government incentive to save consumers money will debut as early as this fall. However on this go around, you will receive rebates for the purchase of new Energy Star-qualified home appliances.

Twitter Effect, If You Can Make It There,You Can Make It Anywhere!

There's lots of talk about the Twitter Effect and how it can make or break a movie. When it came to Bruno & GI Joe- thumbs down! In the case of Inglorious Basterds and District 9 -thumbs up! If Twitter has this effect on improving movie ticket sales, do we even need critics anymore?

8coupons & Foursquare Does A Spin On Mad Men Advertising

Remember in the days of Mad Men, when  Grandma and Mom use to cut those store coupons out of the newspaper and strategically categorize them for redemption when they  went shopping. That popular form of advertising was for the cost-conscious generation that had lived through two World Wars and a Depression.

Propeller Island Hotel: Luxury Hotel With Strange And Freaky Themed Rooms

Propeller Island Hotel in Berlin, Germany is among the strangest and funkiest places to stay in the world. This certainly isn't your typical Motel 6; find out why at this cool hotel you'll have an experience you'll never forget.


Winkers: Novelty Winking Jeans Use Your Assets

Some of the most innovative novelty fashions combine the body's natural movements with strategically placed designs on the clothing. This design is a little bit cool, but also slightly dirty.


Wall-E’s Girl-friend’s Cousin, Le Petit Prince, a Robotic Garden For Mars

Do you remember Wall-E's girlfriend Eve? Her mission was to find plant life. Once she did, it was her mission to protect the plant. Le Petit Prince, though still a concept, is also a robot that has a similar mission, except he already has a plant inside him and it's his mission to keep it alive.

All Electric Smart ForTwo Moves Into Full Scale Production

Since first being introduced, the Smart ForTwo has become a big hit with commuters and pretty much anyone looking for a high efficiency vehicle.  Now, an all electric version of the already popular ForTwo is being prepared for production by the end of the year.

Shopping Bag Speakers

Speakers shaped like shopping bags bring a distinct, lavish twist on the average MP3 dock.

World’s Most Disgusting Restaurant? Modern Toilet Eatery In Taiwan

You've heard of someone having a potty mouth, right? Well at Taiwan's Modern Toilet restaurant you can almost take that statement literally based on their décor and plating methods.


USB Japanese Fan Stores Data, Looks Dated

USB flash memory drives have taken on a wide variety of forms from weird to wild to just plain wacky. The Japanese Sensu USB 16GB goes for classy - and succeeds admirably.

Cardboard Tube Fighting to Be the Next Great Sport

The Cardboard Tube Fighting League has taken something most children have done at one time or another and turned it official. Decide for yourself if this is the next great American pastime.

Sticky Feet Of Green Mussels Inspires New Adhesives

You've heard of 'sticky fingers?'  Well, green mussels, aka Perna viridis, have sticky feet!  And that is the secret -- just released by scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara's (UCSB) Marine Science Institute -- of their superior adhesive powers.

Weird Voice Messenger Makes Me Reach For Fly Swatter

It's tiny, looks like a bug, and talks to you.  What is EchoBot?  And why would I slap it with a fly swatter?

YouTube + Google = YouTube Adsense!

What does Fred Figglehorn, Val's Art Gallery and a battle between a pride of lions and a herd of buffalo have in common? They are videographers and their subsequent YouTube productions that have produced thousands of revenue dollars  as a result  of them going viral and enduring interest over time by attracting millions of YouTube visitors.

Tiny, Keychain Speakers, Mighty Big Sound

Mighty Mini Speakers look like your favorite audio equipment and bring a little punch to your keyring. Never be without music again.

5 Ways In Which Video Games Have Warped My Little Brain

Just look at that picture.  It gives me the willies.  Have you ever had a video game stick in your head to the point that it starts messing with everyday reality?

Sony Reader vs Amazon's Kindle - Battle For e-Readership!

It all started in 2008 when Sony rolled out its "Reading Revolution,"  to spark the imaginations of young readers and engage the public in digital reading. However somehow along the way, Sony lost its steam and Amazon's Kindle seized the moment to become the dominant force in the burgeoning e-Reader industry. Now late in 2009, the Sony Reader is re-engaging its marketing prowess to beat down its competitor and regain prominence.

'United Breaks Guitars' Viral Video Gets Counterpunched!

The infamous 'United Breaks Guitars' video that went viral with over 5.2 million views is now receiving some push back from an airline branding company. SimpliFlying, an international marketing firm based out of Singapore has filmed their own editorial video to provide United Airlines with some useful social media tips as to how to counter this negative publicity.

MP3 Bath Speaker Showers You With Sound

Listening to music on your MP3 player... in the shower? It's more likely than you think, thanks to the Pomme MP3 Bath Speaker.

Sexy And Scandalous Lace-Up Leggings

Leggings are all the rage, not that I need to tell you that. But, typically they are a modest trend that lends a level of conservative fashion to what would otherwise be scandalously short dresses and bare legs. But not all leggings are modest; some actually make a sexy fashion statement of their own.

Crafty Convenience: Wool & The Gang Knitting Kits

Many of us have aspirations to be crafty but don't know where to start or are just too busy to do the legwork to research and acquire all the materials that are needed to start the project. Despite our best intentions, sometimes things fall to the wayside because there's just too much effort that needs to go into getting started.

Headphones Become Fashion Accessories: Jet-Set Beaded Earbuds

It's rare to see someone walking down the street or sitting on public transportation without headphones or a pair of earbuds attached to their ears, because as a society we've really become iPod addicts. But, headphones and earbuds just aren't fashionable, so to take them from simply a functional necessity, one company has recently turned them into attractive accessories.

BMW Introduces New Active Hybrid 7-Series Concept....May Expand Technology to other Models

It's no secret that BMW has been working feverishly on improving the fuel economy of their 5 and 7 series vehicles. Their latest additional to the eco-friendly goodie bag comes in the form of a small electric motor linked to the 8-speed automatic transmission of the 7-Series.

13 Best Halloween Pet Costumes 2009: Cutest, Prettiest, Most Neurotic, Funniest, & More!

Halloween is my favorite time of year and I love covering the dog costume beat for InventorSpot.  For 2009, we have some new categories of Halloween costume awards for dogs and cats, including Best Looking Witch,  Most Literary, Most Neurotic and our first one out, the Best Swine Flu Worker Pet Costume Awards.  Enjoy them!

Hi-tech Electric Wheelchair of the Future Promises Greater Mobility

Wheelchairs are about to make a great leap forward in form and function. The four-wheeled Rodem electric wheelchair prototype not only looks stylish and sporty, it's designed to make mobility much easier for the disabled and the elderly.

Nintendo Files a Patent for a Wii Football

Nintendo has filed a patent for a Wii football. Will it add this new device to the roster of Wii accessories already out there?

Top Ten 'Texting For Tots' Mobile Phones

It use to be you learned to crawl, before you could walk and then run. Well today, while tots and teens begin to become mobile, they're also learning how to use a mobile. Kids born after the year 2000 might end up being called the 'Tiny Texters' generation as their passion to text is keen. Parents might not agree, but as we all know peer pressure in our formative years becomes the driving force behind these types of purchases, and Mom and Dad more often than naught usually succumb to the demands of their offspring!

Lexus Breaks into Premium Compact Segment with Hybrid Concept

German auto makers have been pushing vehicles in the premium compact segment over the past few years, with the most recent being the introduction of the BMW 1-Series. This also happens to be one of the fastest growing segments in the industry right now, which explains the recent release of a Lexus Hybrid Concept that would look to challenge the 1-Series and others in the same class.

When You Drink From The Firehose...Guzzle.it!

The definition of drinking from the firehose according to the Urban Dictionary is "being overwhelmed with information, to do something intensely, to be inundated." When drinking from the firehose, the glass is not half full - the glass is not half empty - the glass is just too damn big!  We're all drowning in data overload, and need all the help we can get! Guzzle.it is one tool that can cut through the noise.

Soft Fan Provides Cooling Breeze, Protects Curious Fingers

Want to cool down a room but worry about spinning metal blades slicing a curious child's fingers? The "Soft Fan" eases minds with its soft polyurethane blades while pleasing eyes with a rounded, stylized design.

A La Carte Maps: Creative Travel Guides For The Artistic Traveler

Ok, I know, you think you've seen them all before - all kinds of companies are creating maps and travel guides for tourists, and many offer customizable options online. Well, you haven't seen it all just yet, because one company is going back to basics and incorporating more creativity and even some art into the creation of their unique brand of travel guide.


Peugeot using Frankfurt to Unveil Hybrids by the Handful

This year's Frankfurt Motor Show is looking more and more like a stage for hybrid introductions. Among the many automakers that are planning on unveiling new eco-friendly concepts, Peugeot has come forward with a new kind of hybrid drive system aimed at keeping complexity to a bare minimum.

MAPTOR: Map Meets Pico Projector

MAPTOR is a pico projector meets map. Project a map onto nearly any surface and get instant location and direction information to keep you traveling on the right path.

12 Fashions Made From Strange, Cool And Innovative Materials

Sometimes the appeal is not the fashion itself, but what it's made from. Check out these strange, cool and innovative fashions which are all interesting for the materials used in the design, but not necessarily about the style of the fashions themselves.


If High-Fructose Corn Syrup Kills Honeybees, What Does It Do To You?

Watch your soda intake... and your juice intake....  Don't drink bottled iced tea or lemonade or eat candy bars or packaged frozen dinners....  They're full of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which scientists have postulated is responsible for the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder that has killed off one-third of the honeybee population in the U.S.  See why this study affects you!

As Seen on TV: Bendaroos!

Bendaroos are touted as a toy with endless possibilities.  They bend!  They stick!  But what do parents think of this As Seen on TV toy?

KitKat Sick Snack? Bizarre Vegetable Juice Chocolate Bars

Having exhausted every possible fruit flavor for their popular Kit Kat chocolate bars, Nestle Japan is inflicting KitKat Enhancement Vegetables upon a weary nation's taste buds.

6 Degrees + 1 Game Theory = Social Network Analysis

It took a Beautiful Mind to develop Game Theory. A Footloose actor to popularize 'Six Degrees of Separation.' Now Social Network Analysis has pushed the envelope on both these theories for security purposes. However how does this new form of analysis affect our privacy rights? Will our future innocence or guilt be based on mathematical formulas?


Trash Turned Treasure Business: Filt-Made Waste Oil Candles

You know that expression one man's (or woman's in this century) trash is another man's treasure? Well, there are companies that thrive on this old tried and true saying.


I Scream, You Scream, Unilever Screams For an Eco-Friendly Ice Cream

Did you know something as simple as a pint of the sweetest, creamiest, most chocolaty Rocky Road ice cream can use a vast amount of energy to keep it frozen? Luckily, Unilever, in an effort to minimize their environmental impact, is working on creating an innovative take-home and freeze-yourself ice cream. Yeah!

Denim-On-The-Go: Jean Vending Machines

Have you ever found yourself somewhere just thinking, damn I could use a new pair of jeans? Good news, a denim vending machine might just make these desires come true.


Belly Button Box Preserves The Tie That Binds

Preserve the joy and wonder of giving birth for eternity by preserving your child's umbilical cord in this special wooden keepsake box.

Woofer, The Anti-Twitter Introduces Macroblogging!

Apparently anti-matter exists even though we're not sure what causes it or why? At an early age, one learned that  antidisestablishmententarism was one of the longest words in the English language! One can be anti-climatic or anti-war! And now there's even an Anti-Twitter, a macroblogging platform that allows you to write until your tweets runneth over.

12 New Dog Breeds Created By Show Groomers!

You've heard of cockapoos, right?  A cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle.  How about a pandapoo?  No, you can't breed a poodle and a panda, but you can groom the poodle to look like a panda... and several other creatures!


Top Ten Twitterati, A Tweet Above The Rest

While the movers and shakers on Twitter might be just "micro" bloggers...they sure know how to create a "macro" influence. Forbes Magazine compiled a list. Every country has their own top ten ranking. The top most influential tweeps within the DC Beltway according to Politico lists Barack Obama as number 4 behind Dick Gregory, Claire McCaskill and Karl Rove. You can determine your own list by tallying a user's number of followers, their number of tweets, their number of status updates -- or an algorithm thereof.

8 Awesome Futuristic Gadgets For Y 2100 Are Design Lab '09 Finalists!

If you're wondering what kinds of home gadgets we'll be using in the year 2100, here are 8 finalist entries of the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition that reflect their designers' futuristic concepts. Everything from a robotic greenhouse for life on Mars to a rain catcher and purifier that flies to your glass to pour your drinking water!  Drop in and read about these super neat home gadgets!

Angry Green Girl: Sex Sells For The Environment

Sex sells and while it has been used to some extent in order to support the environment (think the PETA lettuce bikinis), there's yet to be a solely green business with the goal of using their good looks to do environmental good. Enter Angry Green Girl.

Franklin & Gower: Custom Clothing Design For Men

Women get all the luck when it comes to customizing their own fashions - from clothing to purses and other accessories - our opportunities to put our own design stamp while someone else works the needle and thread, are virtually endless. Now, one company is allowing men to design their own fashions too.


Castro Mosquito Vaporizer Zaps Capitalist Bloodsuckers, Mosquitoes

Despite its awesome name, the Castro Mosquito Vaporizer is neither made in Cuba nor does it vaporize mosquitoes. Instead, it sits nicely on a table while quietly compelling flying bloodsuckers to vamos.

Key Buoy Prevents Your Keys From Sinking

Avoid the need to rekey your entire life, and keep your car and house keys safe with this innovative, inexpensive keychain device.

Top Ten Drug Companies in Social Media

What is the "social share of voice" amongst pharmaceutical companies online? While some drug companies have been reluctant to embrace social media for fear of running afoul of FDA regulations that govern the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs, others are embracing social networks to help brand and position their companies in a positive light with consumers and practitioners. Here are the TOP TEN Pharma companies that are presently useing social media to reach out to larger audiences.

GM's Next Generation 6-Speed Automatic Transmission Gets Another Boost in Fuel Economy

About a year ago, General Motors introduced their 6T40 6-speed automatic transmission.  It was built for small and mid-sized car market and promised to boost fuel economy by 5%.  Since then the engineers at GM have been working on ways to improve upon the already solid gearbox, the results of which have yielded another 5% boost in overall economy.

Home Voodoo Doll Kit is Simply Spellbinding

Haitian voodoo not working for you? Try this traditional Japanese home voodoo doll kit that comes complete with hammer & nails, and go do that voodoo that you do so well!

Chew On This: Aircraft That Biomimic The Architecture Of A Tooth

Looking for an inspiration to build more crash resistant aircraft, mechanical engineers are looking at the architecture of the tooth.

Call For Inventors! Got A Sweet Tooth For Innovation?

Best Sweet® and Edison Nation are teaming up to get your pitch for a new candy.  Not your favorite candy, but a tween's favorite candy which you are going to innovate.  There are some guidelines though, so you won't get totally sugar-highed: 1. You are not required to make the candy or submit a formula; and 2) Your inspiration must be from a widely recognized ice cream flavor.

Call For Inventors! Amazon Wants Green Inventions NOW!

Amazon Green is a new category on Amazon.com where all the eco-friendly products that Amazon sells can be located; it's a handy way to find things.  If you would like to find your thing -- your time, money, or energy saving invention -- on Amazon Green, then here's your big chance to score big!


Japanese Cosplay Queen 'Shokotan' Has Her Own Paper Doll Kit

Japanese pop singer, top blogger and anime otaku idol Shoko Nakagawa ("Shokotan" for short) offers her fans an opportunity to dress her up (or down) via the paper doll kit in her new photobook.

Internet Rehab For NetAddicts!

"They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said: no, no, no!"  A 'rehab center' for all those socially networked, gaming addicts out there.... has opened its doors. And for the low, low cost of $14,500, your followers, contacts and friends can send you straight from your intervention to its Redmond, Washington headquarters. 

Cross.tv, the Christian Spacebook FlickTube Social Network

Holy Roller, Batman, apparently social networking has gotten a little too risque for some. Since language is not censored on sites like Twitter and Facebook, Christians soldiers are marching onward in a pilgrimage to clean up the social media space, with a beta launch of Cross.tv. While the social networking space is getting a little crowded, Cross.tv is one of the first to focus on a faith-based approach to reach out to prospective network members.

Will BrightFuse Fizzle As A LinkedIn Killer?

Social Networks that connect business professionals abound on the Internet, but known have reached the comprehensive approach or critical mass of LinkedIn. While Plaxo, FastPitch and others have reached out to business professionals daily trying to woo them over, none have scaled nor held their ground as firmly as LinkedIn.

Urban Outfitters Introduces A Custom Bike Shop

As if Urban Outfitters isn't already well on its way to total global domination (within all the limits of human welfare standards and eco-friendly principles of course), they've introduced a new line of products to further expand their business, and these are accessories that can be coordinated with your outfit but won't necessarily be worn out to a dinner party.


Fall Office Fashions: Eco-Friendly Designs By Feral Childe

Office wear doesn't need to be boring, most companies are embracing contemporary trends that are still conservative enough for the workplace. Well, that is unless you're my former employer who believed in the man’s style blazers andpantyhose in the non-air conditioned office in summer; completely limiting by ability of introducing anything alternative into the office. Designer certainly doesn’t follow the same beliefs, since not only have they introduced a new line of office appropriate wear that’s verging on contemporary, it’s also eco-friendly.

New 5-Stroke Engine to Boost Efficiency and Reduce Emissions

Our four stroke engines have been around for a very long time and while many small changes have been made to them over those many years, the basic principal of operation has remained the same. Now, a new engine design that uses an additional stroke may be taking over the number 1 position when it comes to small powerplants.

GM Rates Volt at 230 mpg: Outrageous Claim or Realistic Number?

Earlier this month, GM released information that the upcoming Chevy Volt would be able to see as high as 230 miles per gallon of fuel.  Ever more impressive is that the EPA is backing this claim…for now anyway.  But the real question is: How did we reach this number to begin with?

Wear Nature Smack In The Face, Especially If You’re an Ugly B@$tard

In the city tall buildings, busy streets, unpleasant sounds and unpleasant smells can make living or working in urban life unbearable. What if you could carry a piece of nature with you all day? Would wearing a living accessory make a difference?

Microneedle Patch: A Pain Free Drug Delivery Technology

Can you even imagine getting a shot of medication directly into your eye?  For many with macular degeneration and other eye disease, that's exactly what they go through.  Hypodermic needles in their eyes. Oooouuuuch!

Kyjen's Interactive Toys Appeal To A Dog's Hunting Instincts

The Kyjen Company has made a niche for itself producing a line of plush interactive toys for dogs.  Do the toys test intelligence, as Kyjen implies in its marketing?  Well... they do keep dogs stimulated and encourage hunting and hiding behaviors, natural instincts of dogs.


Sexy Or Scary For Summer? The Dissolving Bikini

With August drawing to a close, you've only got a few weeks left to hit the beach this summer, but there is one bikini that I wouldn't recommend you wear when you're ready for some sun, sand and sea.


Is Twitter's Geolocation Jon Stewart's "Stalker"?

Several months ago, Jon Stewart's parody of Twitter by his faux-techie correspondent, Samantha Bee surfaced some of Twitter's potential new competitors. Strangely enough her prescient  investigative report may have been a premonition of things to come, as she described the new social network of "Stalker."

The 'Obama Joker' & The Top Ten Altered Image List

Is posting an altered image of the president to Flickr an acceptable practice? Or should copyrighted photos in general never be altered and published online or in print? If so, why are do so many contrived photos and artwork popping up daily on social networks and in magazines?  Check out this TOP TEN list of altered images that have have sparked censorship controversy over the years, right up till today.

Top 10 Women In Business: Results of StartupNation’s Leading Moms in Business Competition

This summer, StartupNation held the Leading Moms in Business Competition which asked Americans to vote on their favorite businesses run by busy moms and women out of the thousands of submissions that were received. The top leading moms in business were whittled down to 200, and here are the top 10 who lead the competition! Many of these entrepreneurs aren't just mothers with businesses - most of them can thank motherhood for their ideas and success!

When Recycling Goes Too Far: The 'Bright Side Of Death' Computer Mouse

I love art and I love gadgets, but this one... I don't know.  The gadget in question is a computer mouse made from ah... uh... a dead...

2009's Funniest Adult Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner for those of us who want our choice of the best, or in this case, funniest adult costumes.  And 2009 does not disappoint when it comes to funny.  I've chosen just 10 funniest from a crowded field -- this year with award categories such as Biggest Perv, Not Just A Pretty Face, Most Elusive, Sexiest Construction Worker, and Grossest, Goriest, Ugliest.

Jesus Body Diet Pills: For Those Who Praise The Lard

He dieted for our sins and what did He get? A body you don't run a cross every day. Now you can have one too, thanks to Jesus Body diet pills!

Facing Facebook's Schizophrenia?

To grow a population larger than Brazil and slightly less than than the US does Facebook need to adapt to change? And if so, could its underlying success become its ultimate downfall? Being all things to all people normally dilutes the effectiveness of any system. If governments have failed at it is Facebook enough of a chameleon to take on the challenge? Just how many faces does Facebook have?

Optimal Vision Contact Lenses Enhance Vision By Filtering Light Like Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not always convenient for those who are heavy into sports, because they can easily result in damage, but now there are contact lenses that help filter the sunlight by imitating the way that animal's eyes filter light.


Soak Media: Marketing Company With Unique Water Bottle Advertising

Soak Media has a unique marketing plan that it delivers to its clients to increase visibility and increase clientele. Although it seems like they're onto something by capturing a unique, niche market in branding, their concept is also a controversial one because it doesn't abide by the eco-conscious trends that we're so heavily focused on today.

Hennessey Performance Reveals 1000 Horsepower Venom GT…Denys Targeting Veyron

Hennessey Performance is known for making some of the fastest cars on the road.  Their most powerful vehicle to date is the Venom 1000TT Viper GTS, which takes the stock Viper V10 and boosts it until power reaches excess of 4 digits.  This was apparently not enough however as the Hennessey Team has released images of their new concept vehicle: The Venom GT.

Fun Fashion For Children: The Funky UFO Cap Umbrella

Despite the fact that an umbrella can be an adorable enhancement to a child's outfit when well-coordinated, it can really put a damper on their childhood antics when they lose the use of their hands and are forced to struggle to keep their umbrella upright against the wind. A fun and funky solution helps kids to be kids, and it's a fashion that's totally out of this world!


Pie Lab: Greensboro Business Serves Sweet Treats With A Dose Of Healing!

Not all businesses are about monetary profit, and there's a pop-up restaurant and café that serves some sweet treats in an attempt to alleviate tension amongst socioeconomic groups and different races by bringing them together.


Recovery Sling Provides Double Duty On Your Broken Bones

Why throw your sling away when it's time to work yourself back into pre-broken-limb shape? One sling, two functions.

Digital BBQ Tongs With Thermometer

Cut three grill gadgets down to one with these handy tongs and get the perfect piece of meat every time.

Fujifilm Introduces 3D Digital Camera - No Glasses Required!!!

I'm getting tired of plain ol' flat pictures.  I'm ready for a visual upgrade.  And it looks like Fujifilm has the answer.

Non-Steroidal Pain Medicine For Dogs Available Soon

Pain, allegies, infections, surgeries, skin problems... you name it. Practially every canine problem is treated with a steriod or synthetic steroid drug. Steroids work fast, but they cause side effects, many that are permanent and can seriously impair your dog's quality of life.

Ten Social Media Methods To Fight Hurricane Season

Katrina's devastation of New Orleans was BSM (before social media). It's hard to think that we lived during a period of time without social networking, but only 4 years ago Facebook was barely one year old, and Twitter was yet to be inked out on a restaurant napkin.

Ford's New Vehicle-to-Grid System to Reduce Stress On Local Power Grid...Offers Hope for Plug-In Vehicles

One of the most compelling arguments against all Plug-In Electric Vehicles is the local grids ability to handle to extra load.  With only a few, there shouldn’t be a problem, but as more people begin to transition to plug in type vehicles, the demand for power will sky rocket with no real way to supplement it.  To combat this problem, Ford has developed a system that will actually talk to the local grid while plugged in.

Have My Shift: Service Finds People To Cover Shifts At Hourly Jobs

In the world of hourly wage jobs, it's not as easy as calling in sick because you have the sniffles, or saying you can't come in because of a scheduling conflict once you've found out that your favorite band is playing. In the corporate world this might fly, but in the world of hourly wage jobs, if you don't show up, there's going to be some grumpy people who haven't been able to get their morning coffee fix. Have My Shift is a company that is making shift exchange more possible, by introducing modern methods.


Sony Announces the PSP Go - But Is Smaller Better?

The PSP is going tiny. But is this a good thing for the dynamic portable entertainment device?

An Electronic Tongue That Knows Its Sweeteners!

It's a sweet tongue not a sweet tooth but, after all, it is the tongue and not the tooth that contains one's taste sensors.  The new electronic tongue has taste buds that biomimic our own but, so far, it only tastes sweets.  What a lucky tongue!

Where's Mom? Robots Prepare, Cook Food & Even Feed You!

With the recent robot factory layoffs, the Japanese are again using their ingenuity to retrain robots for household jobs.  For example, here is our chef robot...

Duofertility: Fertility Patch Allows You To Monitor Basal Body Temperature

Traditional methods of monitoring basal body temperatures for couples who are trying to get pregnant are either invasive or kept under a strict schedule, which isn't always convenient and can result in missing out on the most fertile times to try for pregnancy. A new wearable gadget helps women receive accurate readings whenever and wherever.

 

The Stats On Social Media Today Will Astound You!

Since Web 2.0 is now passing its 5th year anniversary, there is enough data to assess just how much of an impact social media has had on our lives. While there are still those who believe it's nothing more than a passing fancy, a fad, the Studio 54 of our day...one cannot deny the numbers. Statistics don't lie and Kagan, Fisch, McLeod & Qualman are here to prove it so!

Pocono Raceway Installing Massive Solar Array to Add some Green to Racing

NASCAR has been slowly but surely finding ways to give a little back to the environment, with the most recent announcement being to plant at least 20 acres of trees per racetrack every year. The Pocono Raceway has decided to take this kind of thinking a step farther and install a 25 acre solar array that will eliminate the need for outside power.

Are You Being Manipulated By Subliminal Ads?

Ever get a strange little urge to purchase something that you don't need?  That could be the result of being hit with a subliminal advertisement.  Read on to learn more about this dubious practice.  Knowledge is power...

Roku Brings Out-of-Market MLB to Your TV

Roku brings the cost-effective full coverage of the MLB season provided by MLB.TV while allowing you to watch on your big screen TV.

Mashable Launches Sociable Ad Creator For $6000

How can a brand maximize its exposure in the social media space. Juggling one's presence and opportunities with the top social networks is an arduous task that takes time and know-how, two commodities we are so often lacking in today's Attention Economy.

What is Swedish FireSteel?

What is Swedish FireSteel? Sounds like a hardcore death metal band to me. But I've been wrong before...

Wire Glue: A Conductive Solder Replacement In a Jar

Molten blobs of melted metal just plain hurt when they hit your hand.  With Wire Glue, you can avoid this pitfall - and be rid of that pesky soldering gun!

Top Five "Tweeting For Dollars" Programs

From the 'Payola' days of the music industry in the 1950s to 'Blogola' in the new millennium, getting paid to promote products and services is an age-old tradition in capitalistic societies. Competition spurs on pay-offs whether you are a politician or a Mommy blogger.

Enterprising Fashion: Star Trek Airwalk Sneakers

With the Star Trek movie still playing in many theaters across North America, it's definitely playing on our minds and making its way into fashion as well. Airwalk has released a really cool design of kicks that even the non-Trekkies are sure to appreciate.


Vending Machine Dispenses Based On Mood

As part of an art project by Demitrios Kargotis, there is a unique vending machine that dispenses a surefire cure for the blues. Keep on reading to find out what it does and how it works!


Fruit4Thought: Fruit Delivery Service For Toronto Office Workers

The need for convenient healthy snacks, often delivered to homes or offices, has bred a large number of businesses because let's face it, people like things better when they're easy! Well, there's a new one on its radar, and this one hits close to home for me, coming to your from Toronto, Canada.


Build Your Own Clothing And Accessories: 4 Funky Lego Fashions

Lego is possibly the material that is easiest to design and build with, and it also has a fun and whimsical element to it. As a result, it's not surprising that so many designers are embracing it...just like a kid in a candy store; or rather, a kid with a bucket of Lego.


Cannibis Can Stunt Your Growth, But...

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, discovered that cannibIs, specifically the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1), can activate a molecule in the body that affects bone growth and deterioration.  But don't grab that joint quite yet...

Nissan Unveils All Electric Leaf Concept…Says EVs Could Account for 10% of Market by 2020

Keeping their hybrid development a secret has not been one of Nissan’s priorities throughout the past year.  Realistically, they have been using this opportunity to build up the suspense for the revealing of their hybrid concept.  The culmination of which has finally been realized with the unveiling of the Nissan Leaf.

Habanero Cream Puff Puts Desert Heat In Your Dessert Treat

The Habanero Cream Puff snack from Japan's Kyoto Habanero combines rich sweet custard cream with searing hot habanero pepper pastry - it's a match made in Hell!

Twitter Is Our Studio 54!

Like the Disco era, the Hippie Era, the Flapper Era, every decade is affected by the social consciousness of its time. Each is normally earmarked by a frenzy of interactive activity that becomes a world-wide sensation capable of capturing the imagination of millions. From the 'gate-crashing' of the 70's to the 'crowdsourcing' of 2009, have we come such a long way?

A Hotel All About Boys And Their Toys

While women might get away to a hotel with dreams of a quiet bubble bath, a glass of champagne, and perhaps an in-room massage, many men have a different idea of a relaxing hotel getaway. It's no secret that boys like their toys, and one international hotel is finally recognizing this by giving men an exclusive experience.

The Latest Trend In Shoes: Boot Meets Sandal With The Bandal

There's a new trend on its way for fall 2009, and it might be a hit, or it might be a gigantic miss. The latest trend involves hybrid footwear of two styles that are typically reserved for two very different seasons.


Twuner And Tweets That Talk Back!

What's all that yakking? They sometimes call the Twitterverse the Tower of Babel due to the global Twitterati all tweeting in various tongues simultaneously! Now, in addition to the hundreds of millions of tweets traversing Twitterville at lightening speed, someone got the bright idea to pump up the volume. Yes, with the new Twuner app, you never have to read another 140 character tweet again! Why? Because now you're going to be able to listen to them!

Japanese Robot Mannequins Move Shoppers To Buy

Next time you check out that robot mannequin in a Tokyo department store window, don't be surprised if the mannequin is checking YOU out at the same time. "Palette", a robot mannequin, senses admiring shoppers and poses to please!

Mazda Designs Even Lighter MX5....Plans to Unveil at Frankfurt

Few people who have driven the Mazda MX-5 have had complaints about handling.  For 20 years, the same formula of lightweight components combined with sporty suspension has given the MX-5 superior handling even when compared to sports cars costing 2 or 3 times more.  In honor of the MX-5’s 20th year dominating the corners, Mazda has designed a new concept they plan on unveiling at Frankfurt.

Wearable Solar Powered Cell Phone

I have always said the best way to keep from loosing your cell phone is to wear it, like an accessory. Apparently I'm not the only one that thinks this. Seungkyun Woo & Junyi Heo have come up with a concept that converts a cellphone into a bracelet called Leaf.

"Spaceball" Combines Precision Dodgeball and Trampolining

Spaceball is a trampoline game that can turn your little rascal into a space-ready NASA astronaut. That is, assuming he's able to pass a physical after years of head trauma.

Cookie Café Markets Its Brand By Notifying Patrons When Cookies Are Hot!

Some of the most successful businesses are those that take their common concepts to new levels with simple marketing concepts. Specialty's café and Bakery certainly has been taking notes, because they've added a unique service to benefit those who frequent their chains.

5 Of The Sexiest, Freakiest And Most Innovative Trends In Underwear And Lingerie

When it comes to underwear and lingerie, you might have thought you've seen it all - but think again, because here are 5 of the sexiest, freakiest and most innovative trends in underwear and lingerie that will surely blow your mind!

Tiny Wii Device Controls Giant Scary Grappling Machine

Want to see what it's like to control a 15 ton grappling machine with a Wiimote?  Read on to find out!

iTuning Your Next Social Network?

Apple, Apple, Apple! Like Marsha from The Brady Bunch, it always seems like Apple gets all the attention. Even when its quiet! Yes, without one single PowerPoint presentation from Steve Jobs or even a whiff of a press release, Apple is out there front and center churning up the rumor mill!  The latest fodder to hit the digital airwaves is a reported social media app that will simultaneously connect various social networks and integrate with iTunes.

Crocs O-Dial Updates The Shoe Phone

Bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart had his shoe phone; you can have an O-Dial from Crocs. These perforated plastic pouches look better cradling your phone than your feet, though there's no guarantee you won't be considered to be bumbling... they're still Crocs after all.

Studio Verissimo Recycles Plastic Spoons into Furniture

On the quixotic quest towards eco-friendly living, Studio Verissimo have constructed 'Spoon Collection '09',  a series of tables and a hanging lampshade from red plastic disposable spoons.

Use Your Local: UK Pubs Dispense Drinks And Parcels?

Believe it or not, the recession is affecting the number of visitors frequenting pubs and bars across London and the UK, or in the very least, the number of drinks that people have when they do make it through the door. In an effort to boost the business of these struggling establishments and send more customers stumbling on home, pubs across the UK and England are signing up to join the Use Your Local network which combines drink service with another type of product delivery.

Jewelry For The Fighter: Fancy, Feminine Brass Knuckles Necklace

Tough girls like to be pretty too, and one stylish yet freaky fashion accessory is actually multi-purposeful, with its weapon meats jewelry design.

Ten Great Examples Of The Business Card Revolution

Begone oh bland business card with your lily white tone and your bland fonts!  We're in a new age, an age where a business card doesn't have to be square, doesn't have to be made of paper, doesn't have to well... even look like a card...

Great News For Chocolate Lovers: New Study Tells All!

You've heard that chocolate looses it's flavonols, or antioxidants, when cooked.  I've reported that myself.  But a new study says that's not necessarily true.... and here's why....

Call for Inventors! O-Cedar® Wants The Next Big Mop!

O-Cedar, manufacturer of household cleaning products, is looking for the next hot floor care product.  A mop with a twist, a new "hairdo," a new material, or a self cleaning broom...  I don't know; am I giving anything away here?

Take A Hit From Your Own Personal Oxygen Bar

Go ahead.  Take a hit.  There's nothing illegal about oxygen.  After all, it's still in the air we breathe... I think...

A Classic Dog Sweater Can Still Be Very Cool: The Dog Head

If you're a big fan of classy dog clothing that looks edgy, but classic at the same time, you will love my new find: The Dog Head dog sweater from The Barking Zoo.

Cat LED Flashlight Runs Green, Shines White

The Cat LED Flashlight is either exceptionally cute or irritatingly freaky - maybe a little of both. At least it's eco-friendly thanks to hand-cranked power generation that negates the need for batteries.

Graphic Novels Explode On The Mobile Comicsphere

Remember when Comic Books fit neatly in your back pocket ...available for quick access while on the go. Well its a new millennium, and print has gone digital. Now your Comics and Graphic Novels are even more accessible on a mobile platform of your choice.

Handerpants: Fashion Not Just Below The Belt Anymore Thanks to Underwear Gloves!

If you've believed that underwear belongs strictly below the belt, think again, because the Handerpants are changing that!


Tax Deductions For Pets? The HAPPY Bill

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan has introduced a bill that would change the U.S. Tax Code by allowing a new itemized deduction: pet care.

Viewsonic Portable Media Players Offer Larger Screen For Better Viewing

Ever feel like you need a magnifying glass to watch a movie on your portable player?  ViewSonic may have figured out a way to reduce your eye strain with the VDP500.

Study Proves Men Less Choosy When It Comes To One Night Stands

A team of psychologists at Brunel University in the UK conducted research comparing the physical standards required by men and women when in came to casual sex. If this research was conducted in the U.S., I'd say it was a great candidate for the Golden Fleece award.

5 Coolest Vending Machines: The Latest And The Greatest Spotted This Summer

Vending machines are the ultimate businesses of convenience. There's nothing that's better than having just about anything you need available at the touch of a button, without the need to deal with annoying salespeople working on commission, or worrying about hours of operation. So once again I bring you some of the coolest vending machines spotted around the world!

Super Mario Collector's Edition Chess Set Has Nintendo Fans Pawned

Video games featuring Super Mario and the gang did much to turn traditional games like chess into neglected curiosities. No longer - this Collector's Edition chess set melds old school and new school into something any type gamer should "check" out!

Lamborghini Confirms Hybrid Development…Promises to Carry-On Companies Heritage

Rumors about a Lamborghini built hybrid have been making their rounds for a while now, with very few words coming from Sant'Agata about it. Now, Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini CEO, has confirmed that a hybrid is in fact in the works.

UK Gym Introduces Unique Business Model: Workouts With Human Barbells

A gym's a gym, right? Regardless of where you choose to workout, you'll find all the same standard equipment. Well, with so many gyms worldwide offering similar service, it can be difficult for one to really capture the industry. Forget enticing membership promotions, one gym in the UK is making their name with a very unique form of weight lifting equipment.

Is Facebook Lite The Latest Biggest Loser?

Fast on the heels of acquiring FriendFeed, Facebook is about to roll-out Facebook Lite. As a quasi-Twitter platform, one can only wonder if it comes with half the calories but allows for more characters per morsel? If Twitter is your micro-blogging maincourse du jour, what could Facebook possibly be offering to alter your diet?

Top Ten Twitter Apps For Mobile Devices

In the past year, over three dozen Twitter apps for smartphones have hit the cellular airwaves. Here is a TOP TEN list of the best Twitter clients for iPhones, BlackBerrys and Windows Mobile devices. Whether you employ Twitter for work, play or a combination of both, there's a mobile Twitter app that's best for you. Which app may depend on your smartphone platform. Check out the following ten mobile Twitter apps for a look at your options.

Traveling Fire Trunk for those Chill Nights

Though not quite yet the colder seasons, fireplaces have been making the rounds on the design blogs these days, and one particularly kitschy little number is this portable fire in a trunk from Atria.

The Elegantly Simple Wine Wedge Keeps Wine Stacked In Your Fridge

 Seldom do you see a simply designed, inexpensive gadget that's easy to use and functions perfectly... But here we have the Wine Wedge, which is all of the above, plus it's easy to keep clean!


As Seen On TV: The Shed Ender

Shedding pet to my left!  Allergic girlfriend to my right!  Oh, what shall I do?????

Get a Shed Ender, perhaps?

Bee Toxin Launched In Nanobees Kills Tumors In Mice

In a fascinating attempt to thwart cancerous tumors growing in mice, biology and physiology researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis created nanobees to carry bee toxin directly to the tumors.

Gel Condom Developed To Protect Women From AIDS

In some sub-Sahara African and south Asian countries, as many as 60 percent of women are infected with HIV-AIDS. Stopping the spread of AIDS and the deaths caused by the disease is a major challenge, particularly as women in these cultures are not empowered to request that their partners wear condoms or to just say 'no.'

Bebé Glotun Allows Kids To Breastfeed - Um... What?

Breastfeeding is a topic that is sure to come up between a parent and child.  Children are curious.  They ask questions.  But, as with any question from a kid involving a natural bodily function, awkwardness can arise.  But fear not!  Now your kid can breastfeed his/her own baby with Bebé Glotun!

Whitehouse Sells Healthcare Reform To The Twitterverse And Beyond!

Obama promised transparency during his presidential campaign. He is keeping that promise with the current push to lock up legislation on healthcare reform by using social media as his communication tool of choice. A strong proponent of social networking for the 21st Century, the Whitehouse reaches out to the 'wisdom of crowds!' to place the debate front and center.

Fall Dog Fashion: It's All Shabby Chic At The Shabby Dog

Fall is just around the corner, and I thought I'd remind you to start scouting out  your dog's back-to-the-city wardrobe. The Shabby Dog, "For All Dog Kind" has some stunning new fashions in ready-to-wear, including coats, tees, harnesses, bows, collars, and leashes... plus some new beds, blankets and bowls your pooch will love.  They are totally shabby chic!


Bio-Accessories: Seriously Freaky Fashion Where Nature Meets Fashion Design

If you live in a big, urban city, you might have a strong focus on fashion, but don't you also find that you miss the quieter life, sights, sounds and accessories included? Well, now designers have created a unique line of fashion accessories that make a bold fashion statement, and also help you reconnect with nature.


Vacation Luxury Business At Its Best: Poolside Swimsuit Vending

There's nothing better than being able to buy just about whatever you need where you need it most, and when you're at a hotel pool without a swimsuit and nudity is neither encouraged nor appreciated. Fortunately for those who find themselves in this predicament, a popular swimsuit brand is teaming up with hotels to bring board shorts and bikinis poolside.


Pentax Optio WS80 Waterproof Camera

The Pentax Optio WS80 is an inexpensive and waterproof casual camera that can capture some of your best summer moments.

Lack Of Sleep Can Contribute To Diabetes Risk

Have you ever noticed that your appetite, particularly for sweets and comfort foods, increases when you haven't had enough sleep.  Well, new research suggests that lack of sleep may be another risk factor for diabetes, in addition to unhealthy eating habits and sedentary life styles.

Queerbook, What's In A Name?

When the GLBT community launches their social network in 2010, do you think the name "Queerbook" is an appropriate handle? Reece W. Manley, the founder thinks so as he has registered trademarks for Queerbook.com and Queerbook.net, in addition to establishing their logo.

Portable Bathroom Noisemaker Soothes The Shy, Saves The Earth

Toilet shame - it's a not-so-silent killer of confidence for Japanese women. The common way of coping has been to repeatedly flush but that wastes millions of gallons of water every year. Now thanks to the Eco-Otome, shy ladies can create the sound of a flush without wasting a drop of water.

How To Use Google To Advertise Your Business Online

Whether you're selling big-ticket items such as cars or just candy down the corner, you can use Google to advertise your business online. The Internet is one of the rare places in the world that a small start-up company can beat the monster giant one in marketing. It is definitely a great equalizer. Beat big business marketing with the following online tips and tricks for advertising your business through Google.

Heat up the Night with the Babylon Hanging Fireplace

This 'hanging fireplace of Babylon' from designer Stephane Perruchon promises to heat up the coolest of interiors.

Get Your Own Cameleon To Sing In Your Shower

Ever see a chameleon?  They are known for being able to stick to almost anything with their feet, and some of them even change colors.  Here's a chameleon that not only has sticky feet and changes colors, but it also sings!

Solar Powered Eneloop Neck Warmer, This Summer's Hot Item

Sanyo is barking up the right tree with their new, green, solar powered Eneloop neck warmer - though announcing it in the dog days of August isn't exactly timely.

Read And Drool: Addiction Pet Foods

Yes, I'll admit that reading the labels on Addiction Pet Foods made me hungry, and I did have to take a  snack break to eat before I came back to writing this column. Yogurt... The problem was that I didn't have anything nearly as appetizing as Addiction Pet Food to eat!

Oops!....BMW’s New Concept Vehicle Makes Early Appearance

With Frankfurt fast approaching, automakers are beginning to bring their latest creations out of hiding to put the final touches on them. This poses a problem as it is no easy task to keep a full sized vehicle hidden from prying eyes. This time, it was BMW who was caught in the act of moving a new vehicle, and I must say it looks interesting.

Pregnancy Glamor Shots Make The Most Of A Bella Belly

Everyone loves baby pictures, but before the baby even arrives? Japanese mothers-to-be are baring their bellies in exclusive photo sessions that capture the pregnant pause.

Tweeting With The Enemy

With the DDoS Twitter attack fresh on our minds, one has to wonder who is utilizing social media for anti-social reasons. Could our enemies be covertly watching our every move in the Twitterverse, awaiting to seize an opportunity to use the free-flowing firehose of information for ulterior motives and surprise us again with another denial-of-service ambush?

Wedding Boutique For Gay Men: Fashion And Future Forward

Wedding fashion is usually all about that bride, but what happens in a coupling where there is no bridezilla. Gay men deserve to get the complete bridal experience too, so fortunately, there are wedding boutiques for gay men that put out all the stops!

How To Find A Doctor: Try Online Business ZocDoc

Finding a doctor can be hard, and it's even more difficult to search for one that can give you appointments when you need them or that is compatible with your insurance plan. One online business eliminates these issues by bridging the gaps.


Young Chinese Inventors Create DIY Flying Machines

From two separate provinces in China comes news this week that young inventors have created DIY flying machines that work. One is a helicopter made of wood, and the other is a flying car! 

Cat Ear Headband Is Purr-fect For J-Pop Joggers

This cute cat ear Nekomimi headband cleverly conceals a pair of headphones, allowing joggers, commuters and cosplayers to listen to music while looking cool and kitty-licious.

Most People Lie, But 3 to 12 Times In 10 Minutes?

Everyone lies to some degree, but it's interesting to read about a study that actually measured how much we lie! 

Amazon App For Android Phones Makes Shopping A Snap... Literally

Amazon.com has every reason to make shopping easier for everyone.  And no slouch in technology itself, the company has just released the Amazon App For Androids, that makes shopping for Android phone users as easy as snapping a picture.  But that's just one of the ways you can shop....

DDoS And Our Ferris Bueller Day Off!

A cyber-attack, a lone blogger and a little known country in Russia were responsible for our Ferris Bueller day off from Twitter this week. People had to resort to the antiquated twentieth century source for the news, the newspaper! And the lives of the Twitterati were put on hiatus for hours on end! On August 5,  'DDoS', 'Cyxymu' and 'South Ossetia' meant nothing to the average Twitter user. Today, we know a little more about blocking social networks and political friction back in the USSR!

Sizzling Customizable Bacon Shoe From Keds

We've seen the bacon bra, the beef jerky brief, and now food that meets fashion is going mainstream with a customizable, sizzling slip on from a popular shoe company. Keep on reading to find out where and how you can get your feet into these meaty shoes!


Locomatrix: GPS-Based Gaming Company

If you don't have a GPS or a GPS mobile phone, you're definitely behind the times, especially since they now do more than just tell you where to go, at least since businesses have managed to create entertaining GPS-based games.


Get A Backbone, Fashion Yourself With A Belt Fit For The Spineless!

We all have someone in our lives who seems to lack a backbone, so what better gift to give them than a fashion item with a little bit of extra spine?

NASA’s Earth-Friendly Flight Challenge

Aviation plays such an important role in our lives today that despite the aviation industry’s harm to the environment we, as a society, cannot just cease flying. In an effort to promote more earth-friendly flying NASA recently announced the Green Flight Challenge.

Audi Developes Infotainment System that Can Read Even the Worst Handwriting

In car technology never seems to stand still. As soon as we get used to one thing, automakers move onto the "next big thing." For Audi, this next piece of automotive technology comes in the form of an infotainment system that can actually read and understand the driver's handwriting.

Harajuku To Hometown - Street Style Snaps To Your Screen

Want to view the latest fashion trends direct from the streets of Japan's major cities to your computer screen? It's an open and clothes case, thanks to Fashionsnap.

Dark Flash Turns the Camera Flash Invisible

The Dark Flash eliminates the most annoying thing about picture taking (second most annoying if you have one of those lame, kiddy photographers that make cheesy jokes to make you smile)--the flash. Never squint in agony again.

Top Five Social Network Bans In The US

With the Iranian Election protests and the Big Brother governmental control of China, we are familiar with some of the bans of social networking around the globe. But what about in our own backyard? Why are some organizations and corporations choosing to block sites like Twitter and Facebook right here in the US? This is a list of the top five bans that exist today in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The World's Fastest Remote Controlled Car

Want to see a remote controlled car that could probably punch a hole through your house?  If so, read on!

iPhones In Japan Get Wireless TV With USB SEG Clip

Japanese iPhone owners who enjoy watching digital TV on their iPhones have been looking at blank screens since Apple Japan's TV tuner app sold out.  Now a new USB stick from I-O Data is allowing viewers to see shows on their iPhones in crisp, clear 1Seg.

YearMadeForMe: Custom Calendar Company For The Office Or Back To School

For the defiantly organized going off to school or to the office, wall planning calendars are a great way to keep track of events, meetings and other important dates. But for those who just don't think that's enough, there is a company that creates custom calendars.

Fitness Shoes For The Fashionista: Running Heels

Some women just don't want to go anywhere without their heels, and with this in mind, one brand of shoes has taken heels to a place they've never been before with heels designed for fitness.


Holey Eco-Invention Saves 20 Percent Of Your Ink: Ecofont®

Finding a way to beat those ink thirsty printers, the Dutch creative communications company, Spranq, should receive an award of some kind.  Instead, it's giving one to you....

Smart-E-Bear: The Teddy Bear of the Future

He's cute.  He's cuddly.  And he can say your child's name.  Smart-E-Bear offers educational fun (and lots of it!) for any little kid in need of a teddy.

Twitter Denial Of Service Attack 101

What is a Denial of Service Attack and how did it wreak havoc across the Twitterverse on Thursday AM, August 6, 2009!

10 Creepy Commercials to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Sometimes advertising agencies unintentionally (and intentionally) produce some very creepy commercials. Join me in a glance at some of the most bizarre examples of product pitching ever committed to film.

World Premiere Of Twitter,The Movie Coming Soon!

With Kevin Spacey's "Social Network" movie about Facebook scheduled to start production later this year, was it any wonder that "Twitter, the Movie" could be far behind? The microblogging site that scaled from a podcasting company in the South Park suburbs of San Francisco to changing the world in a 140 characters or less will grace the small and large screens in March of 2010 as a documentary, aptly titled "Twittamentary."

Table Tap: For The Lazy Drinker, Self-Serve Bars Are At It Again!

We've seen Minibar, a self-serve drinking establishment that gives patrons access to their own mini bar, so they never have to worry about waiting around for a server to bring them their next drink. But that business model came with one fatal flaw; in order to get their next drink, bar patrons needed to get up in move. So now there's a new style of drinking establishment more in tune with the lazy drinker.


Michael Phelps' Fashion Enemy Revealed: The Arena X-Glide Swimsuit

Last week's swim suit controversy was about sport and not fashion, but when the world record holder for swimming is making a stink about something that another competitor is wearing, it's definitely worthwhile commenting about.

Cyclean: Sanitary Fitness Machine Covers For The Undying Germaphobe

You've probably had one of those moments where you get on an exercise bike at the gym and wonder just how well the person before you cleaned off their machine. Sure, we've all been there, but one company takes this germaphobe fear to the next level that makes sure you never have to deal with it again...and yes, it just might be going too far.


Hu2 Wall Stickers Paint Your Walls Cool

Ultra hip wall stickers from British Hu2 Smart Vinyl Laboratory are a cheap way to decorate your space in a big way. 

New Compact Folding Bicycle Is A Leading Contestant For The James Dyson Award

A contestant for the James Dyson Award, The Contortionist folding bike is an innovative addition to the road and could quickly become one of the most functional, popular folding bikes out there.


Gecko Grip Findings Will Advance Military, Space Applications

Despite popular belief, not all geckos are employed by Geico® to star in television commercials.  Some of them are walking on glass in science labs while researchers try to figure out just what factors keep them from slipping off!  Scientists at the University of Calgary and Clemson University have made that discovery!

MP3 Pig Speakers Are Bacon For Your Ears

"Speaker-pig, speaker-pig, does whatever a..." Well, you get it. At least, you CAN get it - "it" being this swanky swine sound blaster - for all your MP3 music listening needs.

Bluetooth® Seeks Low Energy Inventions For Its 2009 Innovation World Cup

Submitting an idea to this competition is a great opportunity for those in the healthcare/wellness, fitness, fashion, and sports fields to make an impact on your fields, using Bluetooth's low energy technology, a technology which is now in its infancy.

A Backpack Built For Two: Your Dog And Your Laptop

One in five companies are now allowing workers to bring their pets into the office. Pets At Work, the Hong Kong brand of pet and pet lover products, has created a very clever backpack and pet shelter for those lucky employees, or for those who just like to have their (small) pooches and their laptops with them wherever they go! Here's P@W!

Stylish Fashion Company Yakkay Takes Bicycle Helmets To A New Level!

Unless you're a serious fitness fanatic, you probably don't think of bicycle or sport helmets as exactly fashionable. It's for this reason that so many people choose to go without, risking head injury. Yakkay offers a unique brand of helmets that don't look like what you'd expect!


SomeRightsReserved: Blueprint Distribution Follows In Music Industry’s Footsteps

Music distribution has been revolutionized as various companies have tried to come up with viable options that encourage people to get their hands on music and downloads legally, in turn cutting down on piracy. Bet you didn't know that the same issue is prevalent in the world of blue prints, and now one innovative company is modeling their business after the way music distribution has changed.


Replica Tian'anmen Gate Crafted from Human Hair

What's hairy, forbidden, and red all over?  Why, it's this replica Tian'anmen Gate built entirely out of leftover hair clippings! (Sorry, I hope I didn't disappoint any Anne of Green Gables fanboys out there.)

Spoticam: Security Camera or Innocent Desk Lamp?

Perhaps made with the exhibitionist in mind, Antrepo design company brings us the Spoticam, a lamp that looks like a security cam.

Portable Potty Makes Fresh Drinkable Water

In an attempt to help people in countries in dire need of fresh drinking water Argentine designer Leonardo Manavella has invented a portable potty/water fountain.

Rubik's Sphere Sure to Give Me a Headache

Brain-teasers drive me insane.  I drool, I weep, I get migraines.  So it is with great trepidation that I turn your attention to this: The Rubik's 360!

A Primer For The Newest Health Food Craze: Raw Chocolate!

So you've been eating 73 percent dark cocoa bars every day thinking that their antioxidant power will add 10 years to your life.  Well stop.  Because the latest health craze is raw chocolate not dark, processed chocolate.  In fact raw chocolate, aka raw cacao, contains five times more antioxidants than the Acai berry!

Find Treasure the Fun Way With the RC Metal Detector Buggy

Tired of lugging around a metal detector stuck on a long pole?  If so, try out this zippy little toy: The Metal Detecting Dune Buggy!

Just Who Is My Lovable Mutt? The Canine Genealogy Test

We love our dogs, pure-bred or otherwise.  But there are good reasons to learn about our dogs' ancestry, even if we can't be formally introduced to the parents.

Twihotels, The Twitter Hotel-Finder Launches

The difficult thing about traveling is finding the right hotel in the right city at the right price! But equally important is securing a hotel you can trust - one that has been recommended by others.

Kideo: YouStar’s Existing Competition Lets Children Star In Animated Flix

I recently introduced you to YouStar, which allows people of all ages star in their favorite action films or romantic comedies, so that they can pretend to be Jennifer Anniston's leading man (or lady). But did you know that before this company announced the release of their brand of product, another one, Kideo, already captured the market?

Grandma’s Reading Glasses Chain Reinvented With A-Morior Sunglasses By Kerin Rose

Reading glasses with attached chains or strings have typically come with the rather geeky, grandma fashion air around them. But, a designer has now recently introduced a contemporary version of this glasses trend, which is all about fashion and very little about function.

Ribbon Staircase Offers a Vertical Challenge

if you're particularly nimble or enjoy a challenge crossing vertical lines, then this staircase by HSH Architects might be right up your alley.

Kumho Releases Fortis Design Study...Off-Road Enthusiasts Rejoice

Many people have been pointing to a future that contains very few Sport Utility Vehicles, and some are going as far as to banish them altogether. Kumho, known for tires and other rubber products, has elected to politely disagree and released an SUV based concept drawing that makes next generation SUV's look slightly more appealing.

Inventor's Marketing Tool Helps Put Your Inventions On Shelves

Ottawa inventor Geoffry Maseruka has created a unique way to help other inventors improve their marketing by actually getting their new inventions on store shelves!

Exercise Your Way to a Charged Phone

The Cargador De Celular powers your cell phone, laptop and MP3 player using a very unique form of energy--you. Exercise your way to full bars with this smart charger.

A Kinder, Gentler Mammogram? GE's Mammo NEXT

One of the last things a woman looks forward to is getting a mammogram.  First, there's the stress of wondering what the xrays will show and the Big C is, of course, what we are worried about.  And then, there's the utter (sic) humiliation and pain involved in the process of taking those radio-active pictures!

Google Goes Retro With Billboard Advertising

Something has to be up when Google, salt of the Internet decides to use an antiquated form of 'push marketing' (namely billboards) to spread the word? It appears Google is desperate to be taken seriously in the corporate world, where customers remain reluctant to switch from Microsoft’s desktop Office Suite in favour of a cloudier option such as Google Apps. So Google is taking it to the street with outdoor advertising.

Company Destined To Reveal Caffeine With Test Strips For Coffee

Those who turn to decaffeinated coffee just can't rely on someone's word that it's what they're getting, and let's be honest here; it was policy when I worked in my first job as a teenager in a coffee fop that if the decaf was out, you top it off with regular. In order to fight off misleading teenagers like I was, Discover Testing has created a product that allows people to test the caffeine content of their beverages.

Octopus Tripod For Cameras & Cell Phones - All Grip, No Slip

The Octopus Tripod not only grips your digital camera or cell phone more cuddly than a cuttlefish, it adjusts almost infinitely to give you the best possible angle for all your remote photo shoots.

Geeky Gamer Fashion: The Retro Tetris Bracelet

Retro fashions might be in style, but the gamer's Tetris bracelet isn't necessary what most people have in mind when they hear vintage fashion.

Contact Lenses Improve Quality Of Life For Animals... Really!

The mother and baby sea lions are performers at Sea World in San Diego.  Mama sea lion was becoming disoriented from blurred vision caused by cataracts, until she was fitted with intraocular contact lenses that enable her to perform again, and to see and be a role model for her newborn.

Milk Crown Clocks And Trays Make A Splash

Milk Crown Clocks and Trays are, according to Japanese designer Masashi Hanayama of hnm,  inspired by the beautiful yet ephemeral crown-shaped structures created when a drop of milk splashes into a larger amount of liquid.

Click Happens! Young Inventors Wanted For LEGO® Click Awards 2009

Lot's of stuff can "click."  Friends click with each other, teachers can click with their students, and if there's one ingredient missing in the soup and then it's found by the chef, it's a click!  An "aha!" moment, some call it, when everything seems to fit perfectly.  LEGO® is a company that knows about clicks, in more ways than one, and they are looking for young inventors who have had their own clicks.

All Electric Audi R8 Could Bow At Frankfurt

With the Frankfurt Motor Show fast approaching, rumors of "who is bringing what" are beginning to run wild. Alternative energy vehicles will once again be at the heart of the show, with several other concepts also being introduced. This year, Audi has been able to catch the attention of many people with the simple rumor that an all electric version of the R8 may be making an appearance.

Pimp Your Brolly With The Burera Coiling Umbrella Handle

The Burera Coiling Umbrella Handle frees up your hands when inclement weather strikes. Students, shoppers, busy mothers and anyone fumbling for their house or car keys will appreciate this ingenious add-on that grips your shoulder like an angry anaconda in heat.

Mad Men Use Social Media To Promote Old Media

Remember the days of 'push marketing', when the Mad Men of Madison Avenue monopolized what messages were beamed out to the public. Feeding us manageable morsels of propaganda about the brands they represented, they controlled a lot of what we ate, drank, and yes... even what we thought.

Unique Tattoo Artwork: The Tribute Embroidered Tattoo

Tattoos take many shapes and forms, but a neat tattoo was recently posted on Flickr, following an embroidery pattern in tribute to an important family member, and it certainly works like a piece of embroidered art!


Allergy Translation Cards For The Avid Traveler

If you pass out from anaphylactic shock in a foreign country, the last thing you need is a group of people who speak a different language from you own standing around going "I wonder what the heck is wrong with him/her" when they can't figure out what is written on your Medic Alert Bracelet. Allergy Translation is a new company that must just change the life of travelers.


At Last, A Matching Snuggie™ For Dogs!

Though I think my dog would die of heat stroke in the Snuggie For Dogs, I feel it my duty to report on its entry into the arena of dog wear.  After all, you might have a hairless dog.

10 Positively Inspiring Product Designs Win 2009 IDEA Awards

Emphasizing sustainability, functionality, aesthetics, and designs for underprivileged populations, all of the 2009 IDEA winners were deserving of their recognition. Here are 10 IDEA Gold Award winning product designs I think will inspire future product designers and manufacturers.

Sweat Proof Fabrics Biomimic Reponse Of Pine Cone To Humidity

Embarrassing underarm sweat stains on your clothing may soon be a thing of the past. And your comfort moving from arid to humid microclimates, as one does often in urban areas, may improve dramatically... and all with fabrics that biomimic the response of the pine cone to humidity.  Read why the pine cone may be the biomimetic hero of the next generation of fabrics.

Nissan To Include New Driver Assist Technology on New Models

One of the largest complaints many automotive enthusiasts have with the new GT-R is the collection of electronic driving aids that have made their way onto the R35.  Now, it looks as though Nissan is planning on opening similar technology to other vehicles across their line-up.

Wall Street Journal Gunning For LinkedIn?

As legacy newspapers continue to seek out new ways to survive beyond their antiquated twentieth century business model, the Wall Street Journal has strapped on some big guns in an attempt to build a name in the Wild West terrain of Web 2.0. Leaked rumors indicate its jonesing for a mano-a-mano duel with LinkedIn in an attempt to attract some of that business network's 15 million monthly netizens.

Escape Camper Rentals In New Zealand: The Freedom To Sleep Around!

Escape is a company with the tagline "the freedom to sleep around" but it's not what you think; the services they offer are completely above board! This New Zealand Company does however offer sleeping on the go, and they do it in a unique way.


Delicious Food Fashion: Crocheted Wearable Art

Generally when you talk about people wearing their food, it's snidely after a meal that results in remnants being visible that were not appropriately devoured. However, with the delicious food fashion designs by Joy Campia, it's food that's good enough to wear, in a good way.