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February, 2010

The Clarisonic Opal Brings Anti-Aging Home

For anyone looking for anti-aging treatments that can be done at home the Clarisonic Opal is now available.  This device, from the makers of the original Clarisonic, takes sonic power beyond deep cleansing.

Decode: Digital Design Sensations Features Nokia PUSH Award Winners

Decode: Digital Design Sensations is on exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. If you can get there, it will take your breath away, but if you can't get there, I'll share part of the exhibit on display and interacting at the V&A until April 11, 2010: the five winners of the Nokia awards, inventions that demonstrate the capabilities of its N900.

 

What Time Is It? I'm Not Sure, But These Watches Are Cool!

Thanks to cell phones, watches are becoming more of a fashion statement than a means of telling time.  In the near future it's going to take several minutes just to tell what time it was several minutes ago.  Want proof?  Here ya go...

What a PSP Phone may look like

Some interesting images are emerging from a Chinese website M8cool.com. Apparently patience is not one of the virtues of the shanzhai (loosely meaning, imitation) industry, as they love to kick out early prototypes and images of not-yet-released gadgets. The latest one of these is the PSP Phone. 

Sofia Concept to Help Bring New I.DE.A Institute into Light

While Geneva may be about showcasing the latest and greatest automotive concepts from today's automakers, it is also a place for up and coming companies to introduce their idea of what automobiles will be in the future. Such is the case with the I.DE.A Institute and their new hybrid concept.

MIT Uses Touchy-Feely Technology For Next Generation Tactile Robotic Skin

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will create the first robot that will enable a human to interact with it through touch, much as they would another human. Last week, MIT commissioned the British company Peratech to develop its next generation tactile robotic skin to accomplish its goal.

 

5 Ergonomic Pet Carriers That Provide Comfort For You Too!

Small dog owners can get away with taking their dogs so many places. But dogs are more welcome visitors to commercial areas when they're carried by their owners.  Notice how employees treat your dog when he's at your waist level as opposed to when he's at your feet.  Makes sense, dogs can't pee on merchandise when they're in pet carriers.

Inflatable Sleeping Jacket Lets You Nap Anywhere

Protect yourself from the rain and wind while carrying your sleeping gear on your body. The Sleeping Coat is a very functional design for campers and backpackers.


The Business Card Revolution Continues - 10 Totally Unique Business Cards

Business cards just aren't static little rectangles anymore.  Some now hold data.  Some you have to light on fire just to get the business's contact info.  Others are just... strange.  One thing is for sure: the business card is changing with the times.

Citroen DS High Rider Concept to Offer SUV Capability and Hybrid Drivetrain

As expected, automakers are inundating the world with teaser images of their concepts slated for the Geneva Show Floor. It is also no surprise that many of these new vehicles are either hybrid based or all electric. The most recent of these reveals, and one that has a respectable chance of making it to production, is the DS High Rider Concept by Citroen.

Rinspeed UC? to Make Use of Rail System to Provide Clean Transportation

Rinspeed never fails to impress us with their concepts during the Geneva Motor Show, with the iChange of last year being their most recent. For 2010 it seems the company decided to keep with the clean and green ideology, bringing us the UC? Electric Concept vehicle.

Universal Meditation Could Pay For The Public Option

Yes, there was a time when meditation and yoga were scorned upon as "hippie" or "new age" fads. But over and over again scientific studies have shown that meditation improves everything from heart health to study habits to forgiveness!  Why wouldn't everyone want to learn meditation as a life skill? It  would cut down the cost of medications, hospitalizations, surgeries, therapy needs, medical costs... Heck, everyone would be healthy! And maybe even nicer to each other.

 


Tea Room Heated By Compost

If you have ever turned a compost pile you understand how hot it can get inside the pile as it decomposes. You can feel and sometimes see the heat rise as you turn the pile. A Japanese design firm called Bakoko has taken note of this heat, which can reach up to temperatures of 120 degrees F, and come up with a way to capture that heat to warm up a room.

As Seen on TV: The Turbo Snake - Product Review

The Turbo Snake it supposed to be the easiest, fastest way to get rid of troublesome clogs.  The TV commercial makes it seem simple.  But does it work?

Verizon And Sprint Provide Some Details 4G Plans

4G  will be available in a number of major cities by the end of 2010. Both Verizon and Sprint have been talking about their respective 4G networks recently.

Gaga Design: 10 Nayer Kazemi Water Art™ Fountains

Obviously, we can't keep the water running in the shower all day, but if our concern was only our inner peace, we would.   There's a much more practical, ecological, and yes, spectacular way to experience the most soothing sound in the world, a fountain.  Once you see Nayer Kazemi's Water Art™, you'll be simply gaga for them.

'Lost' Cast, Crew Tweet & Take Shelter From Hawaii Tsunami

On Saturday, February 27, after a devastating earthquake hit Chile, reports indicated that a Tsunami will wreak havoc throughout the Pacific, hitting not only Chili, but also Mexico, the West Coast of the US and as far west as Hawaii. The cast and crew of popular TV show 'Lost' have made Hawaii their home for the past six seasons. In the wake of this natural disaster, the producers have used Twitter to communicate with the cast and crew.

Tron Legacy Uses Viral Marketing to Build Fan Awareness

Marketing a sequel to a cult classic can be quite a challenge.  How do you take a 28-year-old movie loved by geeks and attempt to plant it's sequel into global consciousness?  You go viral.

Tesla Teams Up with Design Students to Bring Futuristic EYE Concept EV

While a great deal of Tesla's resources have been devoted to the upcoming Model S, the designers have had a little time to work on future vehicles. One particular concept designed in conjunction with the Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin, or IED for short, could be hinting at the direction Tesla is planning on taking in the future.

GoBandit Combines GPS And Video In New Camera-Computer

The GoBandit GPSHD improves upon the average sports video by adding GPS-calculated performance data. Now you can prove what you accomplished like never before.


Social Networks Tweet, YouTube & Status Update News From Chile Tsunami Epicenter

Within minutes of news coming in from South America, social media networks were buzzing with reports out of Chile. Former American Idol contestant Elliot Yamin is currently in Chile and is tweeting “Complete and utter choas on the streets...no power...my heart is beatin outta my chest!....tsunami warnin...I am only a mile inland!". Facebook support groups have already been formed and 'Chile' is the top trending topic on Twitter.

The Chatroulette Genie & 'F9' Are Out Of The Bottle!

If you're like me, Chatroulette could just as well be the name of a French restaurant versus the moniker of a brand new 'interactive video conferencing' ecosystem. However during this morning's normal routine of reviewing my emails and news feeds, I found more than 3 mentions of the "C" word before I had my second sip of coffee.

Transparent Aurora Watch Uses Laser Hands

A stylish, technological masterpiece, the Aurora watch is different than any other watch you've ever seen.


Camping Made Easy: JakPak Is a Jacket, Backpack And Tent

The JakPak is an all-in-one solution that combines three of the most important pieces of any camping trip. Save money and lose weight with this innovative piece of gear.

All Electric Mercedes-Benz Vito to Challenge Ford Transit Connect

Limited range vehicles are being introduced by the dozen these days, and for a good reason. Many people in the market for more fuel efficient vehicles live close enough to their jobs that it doesn't matter. But what about those companies that need a short range vehicle for something as simple as delivery? Mercedes plans on solving this with the production of their Vito Electric Vehicle.

Most Expensive Bike Ever?

The most advanced bicycle that we've ever seen was fittingly designed by a company that specializes in F1 racing car technology. Your Schwinn will never quite look the same again.


Your iPhone Is A Prime Target For Wiretapping, Stringer Bell

For anyone that was addicted to the HBO show, 'The Wire' you are probably  already familiar with how law enforcement can wiretap phones. For those who remember the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program to obtain information from suspected terrorists, you know how the federal government's policies infringed on privacy rights. But did you also know that our smartphones can become our own worst enemy?

Do-It-Yourself Gummi Insects Look Gross, Taste Great!

Dung Beetle Desserts are just one of the creepy crawly creations kids can make with the Gummi-X kit from Megahouse. Mom will never "bug" you to eat your veggies again!

Doodle 4 Google: Graphic Design Contest Just 4 Kids!

Google is calling all aspiring graphic artists and graphic illustrators to submit a home page logo for Google!  Imagine that!  But you have to be a kid; chronologically a kid.

 


The T-Jack Jacket Brings Fun and Function

If you have ever seen that disillusioned look in your child’s eyes when he/she opened up a gift only to find there were clothes inside, then you should check out the T-Jack jacket from Convertible Designs.  This adaptable item is part toy, part backpack and part jacket.

Pocket Sized GPS Tracking Key to Offer Parents and Bosses Piece of Mind

Even the most trusting parents will agree that the most intelligent teenager can be quickly swayed by not so intelligent friends. Compounding this problem is that simple fact that this often happens when they are behind the wheel of a car. However, thanks to a new GPS tracking system made by LandSeaAir, parents can carefully monitor how and where their loved ones go when they are not sitting in the passenger seat.

Soccer Balls Go GPS

To help make the game of football (soccer) more fair, one design firm envisions an electronic ball with GPS and RFID technology.


Citibank's 'Don't Bank Don't Tell' Policy Exposed By Fabulis Social Network

In the year 2010, is it possible for a financial institution to close a business account of an organization due to race, creed or sexual preference? Since Citibank has taken this unprecedented step with a gay social network due to what they deemed as  "objectionable content" posted on the new startup fabulis' blog - wouldn't logic indicate they could do the same thing to a church group or a black civics organization?

Study Shows Liberals, Atheists, And Monogamous Have Higher IQ's

The March issue of the peer-reviewed Social Psychology Quarterly, a journal of the American Sociological Association, will contain an article entitled "Why Liberals and Atheists are More Intelligent."  Though certain to cause some outrage, the investigator has collected some statistically significant IQ evidence that supports his theory.

 

 


Hightailer Shrimp Peeler Simplifies Your Seafood

Seafood got you seeing red? Hand-peeling raw shrimp often results in a mangled mess unfit for sight nor taste. The "Hightailer" shrimp scissors simplifies seafood preparation resulting in less waste and more eye appeal.

Sunlight Live Shines Light On Transparency At Health Care Summit

Just as "City" and "Government" Apps have been able to provide transparency on our mobile phones, today's Health Care Summit is going to stream live some interesting data to inquiring minds. The Sunlight Foundation which advocates open government is offering an online venue called Sunlight Live and during the entire Health Care Summit today the Sunlight Foundation will provide viewers with data about the the participants that traditional media might not focus on.

The BabyDeck Stroller Allows for Diaper Changing on the Run

Changing your baby when you are out and about can be challenging at the best of times.  Fortunately, the new BabyDeck stroller has an innovative solution.

Belts, Pots, Swings, Furniture and Animals: Innovative Uses For Old Tires

There are so many things that end up in the trash that could be put to good use again with a little imagination. A tire is a perfect example. A tire could be made into accessories, gardening pots, children's swings furniture and even art. From simple to extravagant check out these innovative uses for old tires.

Three-Piece Kayak Makes Storage And Travel Much Easier

The Point65 Tequila kayak makes the sport a whole lot more convenient with some simple, innovative design.

Kia Ray Plug-In Concept to Bring Hybrid Power without A Radical Exterior

After breaking into the hybrid race several months back, Kia has decided to take another step down the clean transportation path. Unlike many of the current hybrid concepts out today, Kia wanted a more subtle look without compromising the overall fuel economy. The result was the Ray Concept.

Bread And Butter: A Skincare Subscription for Shopaphobic Men

There are exceptions to the rule of course, but we all know men who just don't want to step foot in a store no matter what the reason. Online shopping has transformed the way people shop, and many men (and women) have been relieved to avoid the lines and crowds at malls and big box stores. But even online shopping requires regular orders to be placed for essential items, which is why a new business has decided to accommodate shopaphobic men.


Rehabilitation For Mini Strokes: It's About Time

.... TIAs aren't called mini strokes for nothing.  The most common cause of TIA is the very same as the most common cause of stroke: blood clots blocking blood flow to the brain.  The difference is that TIAs usually resolve within minutes or a few hours. The classification of the incident is all a matter of how long the blockage lasts; if the disturbance doesn't clear up within 24 hours, you've had a stroke, not a TIA.

 

YO YO Sears Department Store Rap Is Asking For A Little Social Media Respect!

JRock has a beef and he wants it to go viral. His rant against Sears customer service comes in the form of an original rap song. Done as a somewhat homage to Dave Carroll's now infamous "United Breaks Guitars" (which at last tally has totaled over 7.8 million views on YouTube), JRock would like his video to reach the masses via social media channels as well. So much so, he wrote me today to ask for my help. 

Super Mario Brothers Fashion: Mario & Luigi Slippers

With the recent new release of Super Mario Brothers for the Wii, old video game characters are making a comeback in a big way. Sure, they've been featured over the years in more modern video games, but this one brings people back to why the loved Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and the rest of the gang in the first place. So, it's no surprise that Mario themed accessories are popping up all over either.

Soccket Ball Harnesses The Power Of The World's Favorite Sport

The Soccket Ball pulls viable energy out of the most abundant, untapped resource we have--young children. Designed for communities that don't have access to electricity, the ball is a unique, innovative solution.

Smart Sport GPS Devices From O-Synce

German company O-Synce recently released a few innovative, new GPS monitors that track your performance wherever you roam.

Diana B Helps You Self-Tan in the Blink of an Eye

Diana B 60 Second Miracle Tanning Mousse sounds like it may be hope in a bottle for those who want a killer tan without the consequences.

Should Google Fight For Internet Freedom Or Privacy Of The Individual?

Privacy as we know it is being re-defined on the Internet and in the courts as we speak. How we view privacy today versus ten years ago has changed greatly due to the Web 2.0 environment of user-generated content. How we will view it ten years from now will be different yet still.

Is Apple Building An Area 51 Or Moving Its Cloud To A Data Center?

Much speculation has been brewing as to what Apple could possibly be housing in 500,000 square feet of space in Maiden, NC currently being built to the tune of $1 billion dollars. Could this mega 'bad-assed' data center be a key component to Apple's cloud computing strategy, as many have speculated?  As secretive as Steve Jobs is about all-things-Apple, some have compared this massive real-estate deal to Area 51, the secretive military airfield in Nevada that's had a long-time association with UFO conspiracy theories.

Twittahoo - Progeny Of Twitter & Yahoo Follows Microhoo Deal

For a long time Yahoo's relevance has been waning on the Internet and in the search field. So much so, that it's considered a bit of a dionsaur by the digerati. To counter this image, Yahoo is stepping up its online presence in the social media space - first with Microsoft, followed by Facebook and now with Twitter. Are they too late to the the social networking party or will the Twittahoo alliance resurrect this Rumpelstiltskin?

SICIS NEXT ART: A Magical, Symbiotic Blend Of Mosaics And Luxury Fabrics

SICIS, the Milan design house that specializes in bringing Italian mosaic art into all forms of interior design, has astonished again with its previews of SICIS NEXT ART, to be unveiled at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile in Milan, April 14 - 19, 2010.  SICIS NEXT ART's first artist is Carla Tolomeo, who has combined two of Italy's oldest artisan techniques, mosaics and fabric art, in her ethereal chair designs.

Kingston's Super-USB Flash Drive Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

More powerful than a locomotive. Presently unable to leap tall buildings. But none the less, Kingston's Super-Drive is truly a Piranha of a Peripheral. Larger than most PCs on the planet and tinier that an iPod Mini, this USB flash drive comes with 256-gigabytes and can read data at up to 25 megabytes per second.

Proton Designed Hybrid Concept Looks to Please a Tough Crowd of Buyers

Proton, an automaker based out of Malaysia, has been studying the evolution of vehicles for the past few years. They have since been able to identify a few key features that many people look for when buying a new automobile. After teaming up with Italdesign-Giugiaro, the company has decided to put the knowledge to good use in the form of a new hybrid concept.

Heinz Designs New Fast Food Ketchup Lovers Package: The Dip & Squeeze™

Ketchup just makes all the difference to a burger and fries, but when it's inaccessible, why bother?  I'm delighted now and plan to resume my unhealthy practice of sneaking out for a Double Whopper and fries... with plenty of Heinz Tomato Ketchup.  Heinz has dumped that old stubborn packet and has made the Dip & Squeeze™ ketchup packet that's easy to open and holds three times more ketchup than the former little twerp packet.

New Artificial Foot Recycles Energy For A More Natural Walk

An artificial foot designed at the University of Michigan could greatly help to reduce the amount of energy exerted by those using it, helping to narrow the gap between natural and artificial.

Revolutionary Motorcycle Helmet Inspired By Human Skin To Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries

This motorcycle helmet is designed to save your scalp.  Not just your scalp, but your brain, because it's your brain that can suffer permanent impairment if you get tossed from a motorcycle.  Now, if you survive such a toss, it's very possible you will suffer Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or spinal cord injury.  But this helmet's been 15 years in the making so that it can offer nearly 70 percent more protection against TBI than other motorcycle helmets.

 


8 SciFi Lightbotz™ Munnys By Lighting Designer Marcus Tremonto

If you're not familiar with Munnys, they're customizable, collectible dolls created by Kidrobot, the cutting edge designer toy and apparel makers that are hot as hot cakes at IHOP.  All of Kidrobot's designs are produced in limited edition; the more famous the Kidrobot design collaborators, the more limited and the more expensive the item.  I'm sure the Munny Lightbotz, by lighting designer and artist Marcus Tremonto, are no exception. 

 


Google Search Powered By A Bloom Box?

Google has been dabbling in the power industry for quite some time. So much so, I thought they might have had something to share with Obama, when I penned, "Google Could Become Obama's Next Secretary Of Energy." Their experimentation has led them to a relationship with one K.R. Sridhar and a little magic box that is one hot little bloomin' energy source.

The Grass is Always Greener with Boon’s Drying Rack

The innovative people at Boon have come up with another helpful product for parents. Their new drying rack is appropriately called ‘Grass’, as it looks like someone cut out a section of your front lawn.

Hyundai Bringing New iFlow Concept to Geneva…Promising New Style for 2012

With Geneva quickly approaching, automakers are beginning to build the hype surrounding their upcoming reveals. This time it is Hyundai who has cracked the lid on their next concept and it looks as though production is only a short time away.

Calling All Cars- Toyota's Scion Will Pay You $30 Per Hour To Park?

Last year what seemed like doom and gloom for the automobile industry may all change with the introduction of the first 'vehicle-to-grid' or V2G automobiles rolling off of Toyota's assembly line. After a tumultous setback this past month, Toyota is rebounding from their acceleration problem caused by an electronic throttle malfunction with the introduction of...no, not a talking car that speaks in five languages... a car that will actually pay you for parking it and plugging it into the grid!

Google Buzz Class-Action Lawsuit Could Cause Cloudburst?

The irony that Google threatened to move out of China due to privacy infringment issues underscores a class-action suit filed by a 24-year old Harvard law student and a cadre of Gmail users who feel their privacy was violated with the recent launch of Google Buzz, the search engine's answer to social networking. Even though Google responded quickly to remedy the situation, some feel it was too little to late from a company that consistently makes up its own rules.

P8tch: Velcro Barcodes Scan To Smartphones & Direct To Blogs & Sites!

Barcodes have been appearing in various fashion items recently, but these unique innovations from a company called P8tch aren't attempting to begin a new fashion craze; it's a new way to keep in touch and promote online media.

Emera Chic And Stylish Camera Bags For The Fashion Loving Photographer

 Photographers, being the creative types, often find themselves favoring a more artistic fashion style. Choices, however, for camera bags tend to be more limited - fashion and function just don't always collide. That's why one design company has decided to focus on bridging the gap.

Volvo's New Diesel Promises to Be Cleaner and More Efficient

For some reason many people still look down upon the diesel engine, citing billowing clouds of black smoke as their reason. However, today's diesels are much cleaner and offer a great amount of efficiency when used properly. Volvo is out to make this message even clearer with the introduction of their newest lineup of diesel engines.

Saint Clair Lamp: Solar Lighting Two Ways

The French non-profit  VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement) has been fostering French design talent since 1979 when it was established by the French Furniture Industries Development Committee with support of the French Ministry for Industry.  This year, Stéphane Maupin, architect and designer, has won one of five VIA project assistance grants for his innovative solar powered Saint Clair Lamp.

Top Ten Video Spoofs Including 'The Situation' vs 'The iPad'

You gotta love spoofs. When the familiar become the object of schadenfreude*, it usually allows us to laugh at something that was taken way too serious. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, spoofing should be accepted for taking pot shots at people, places and things that sometimes we just love to hate.. And today's crop of TOP TEN Video Spoofs are exceptional additions to this popular genre.

PopitBall: A New Way to Practice Soccer

The PopIt Ball is an innovative new soccer ball designed to make the mundane a little more fun and challenging.

Observing The Brain As Singing Helps Stroke Victims Regain Their Speech

Singing therapy for stroke patients is an established rehabilitation technique, but a new study combined music therapy with brain imaging, so researchers could actually see what goes on in the brain as patients learn to sing their words.  These observations are improving the chance of success for speech impaired stroke patients.

NewBeauty.com Offers a Plastic Surgery Preview from Home

NewBeauty.com has launched a makeover tool that allows you to upload a picture of yourself and then tweak it to your heart’s content.  The tool has options for all of the major facial procedures including nose jobs, facial fillers, eyebrow lifts, lip injections, jaw contouring and more.

8GB Camera Watch Gives You Time To Spy

The CVSL-I21 Spy Camera Watch allows you to record video and audio - and look good doing it!

Inukshuk Jewelry: Inspired By The Vancouver 2010 Olympics

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic cauldron design was inspired by the Inukshuk, a great Canadian and arctic symbol. While there is plenty of official Olympic gear for sale, some want to show their support in more unique ways.

What The 'Year Of The Tiger' Means For The Chinese, Augmented Reality, Beer & One Sorry Golfer!

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger which commenced on February 14, 2010 and will end on February 2, 2011. As the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac, tigers are always at their happiest when they endeavor to climb the ladder of success and are rewarded accordingly. These attributes and the timing of  the Year of the Tiger can also apply to an augmented reality application, a beer company and yes, one sorry golfer.

An End To Food Allergies? Well, Let's Start With Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are the most common cause of food related death.  Four percent of children are allergic to peanuts and only 20 percent of those children ever outgrow the allergy.  Symptoms of peanut allergy can include rashes, itchy skin, sneezing, teary eyes, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and swelling.  But severe symptoms may include anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly if not treated immediately.  You don't mess with food allergies.

 


College Inventors & Entrepreneurs Face-Off In March Madness For The Mind

You probably know about the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but did you know that there is a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)?  It has approximately 200 college and university members, and more than 5,000 students at these institutions are on entrepreneurial inventor teams (E-Teams).  Now, 15 of those teams are getting ready for a face-off at the March Madness for the Mind showcase in San Francisco.

 

Does Your Bed Need A Lift? Try The Mattress Genie!

The Mattress Genie Bed Lift System by Contour looks like a winner at less than 10 percent the cost of an adjustable bed frame... and a lot less than the cost to have an adjustable frame fixed!

Sex Hormone Now In Phase III Trials As Treatment For Traumatic Brain Injury

....Several drugs are currently used to minimize the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); the precise one(s) prescribed often depend on the symptoms expressed.  But 25 years of research on a biologically available hormone, progesterone, is finally in Phase III trials, having shown promise for early-identified and early-treated TBI patients, regardless of the specific symptoms.

Top Ten 2010 Winter Olympic Gear & Collectibles

Having caught the Olympic fever, everyone is looking to acquire some of the events' hot ticket items (much to the amazement of Christopher Walken). Anything that is officially sponsored by the 2010 Winter Olympics is taking in millions as the official stores and outlets are trying to keep up with the supply. Keepsakes, fashion and winter sports gear make up this year's TOP TEN list of gift items you might want to select for yourself, friends, family members and sport fans.

Sweet Social Networking Personalizes Chocolate For Twitter & Facebook Users

How does a chocolatier break into the crowded "sweets" business - butting up against the likes of Ghiradelli, Hershey and Godiva? Similar to how Mrs. Fields used mail-order as her means of promotion in the 70s, Marcy's Morsels is using the number one tool of the 21st Century - namely social networking.

Forget Everything You Know About Food: Philips Has Redesigned It

Yesterday, I wrote about the Electrolux Design Lab concept for 2050, Heart of the Home.  To give you an idea of how out there Heart of the Home is (and I mean that lovingly), the kitchen's pots and pans are traced into existence with an index finger, and they don't need to be washed or stored, just erased! 

Now, wait until you see what Philips Design has cooked up for 2050! 

 

Jobsket: Job Hunting & Recruitment Site Sets Your Worth

 The number of online job boards are growing exponentially, some already far more popular than others both for job seekers and employers. In order to make their own mark, new job boards need to do something that really sets them apart, and Jobsket in Spain and Ireland is talking figures.

Hoodie Footie: The Ultimate Footie Sleeper For Big People

Don't lie; if you're a parent you've probably looked at your baby or toddler's one-piece sleepwear and wished that you had such a comfy garment of your own. It's always been possible with adult pajamas with feet (and sometimes, if you're lucky a bum flap), but new loungewear beats it all.


Ricky Gervais Gets Animated On HBO & iTunes

Anyone who saw Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes knows that the British comedian knows how to balance schadenfreude with self-deprecating humor.  He is the master of the put-down who knows how to include himself as the butt of the joke.  While always cutting-edge, this modern-day Charlie Chapin is getting even more animated.

Former Friendster Founder Launches PlacePop

'Location' may be considered social media's Holy Grail. With the smartphone explosion cyber-ventillating exponentially, a new category of social networks have emerged to capitalize on the monetary rewards that have eluded traditional social networks like Twitter. While a good number of Location-based social networks (LBSs) with their check-in functionality and game-like components are filling this void, is there room for latecomers like PlacePop to enter this already crowded field?

Honey, Did You Recycle The High Chair? - Belkiz High Chair

Babies come with a lot of accessories.  Sometimes it feels as if your whole house has been overtaken.  Luckily Australian company, Belkiz has re-worked one large baby item to be foldable and recylclable.

Targeted Ultrasound Tested As Stroke Prevention Method

The large helmet is the ExAblate 4000, a magnetic resonance guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) device, by Israel's Insightec.  ExAblate 4000 has been tested successfully to isolate and destroy the smallest of tumors in the brain, without affecting the surrounding tissues or bones.  Now, researchers are looking at the technology to do the same with blood clots that can lead to stroke.

 


Text To Speech Is A Snap With CarryoutText

If you're a heavy iPod user and need to be reminded of things audibly, CarryoutText is probably a tool you could use.

Site Announcement - February 19, 2010

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

 

Kim Patterson is joining our writing team as a featured blogger, covering innovations in the health, beauty and kids areas.  She has a bachelor’s degree with a major in English and has always loved to write.   Kim is finally pursuing a freelance writing career to fulfill her dreams of writing for a living and enable her to stay at home with her young daughter.

 

You can read her blog here

 

 

 

Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam

Not since the MP3 Wars of the last decade has there been as much excitement over the launch of a new type of hand-held device. It's a little odd to be talking about the Tablet Wars in advance of these products actually hitting market. - but in today's digital world, that's how fast things are moving. Which makes our job of forecasting a front-runner - a wee bit of a challenge. Pre-orders would be an indicator, but those numbers are being held under close wraps.

Forget Everything You Know About The Kitchen: Electrolux Has Redesigned It

I'd be worried if I was a design student contemplating entering the Electrolux Design Lab Competition 2010: The Second Space Age. You will have to compete with Electrolux's own design concept "Heart of the Home," and it is one heck of a design, even though it doesn't look like lack of space was a consideration. Come, take a look....

Kodak Looking For A Pay Day From iPhone & Blackberry?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating a February 17th complaint lodged against iPhones and Blackberrys by Kodak. The case began when the digital camera and printer company accused Apple and the Blackberry firm of Research in Motion (RIM) of using the technology they developed for previewing pictures. Is this a legitimate case, or is the odd-man out envious of the cool kids on the block?

Put Google And Bing Maps Up Against Each Other With DualMaps

Bing provides a very similar service to Google Maps, and if you want to compare the two of them side-by-side, DualMaps is definitely the way to go.

The 12 Best Toys Of 2010: Toy Industry Awards

It's that time of year again. The Toy Industry Association (TIA) just hosted its 107th Toy Fair at New York City's Javits Center, and the TIA has presented its 2010 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards.  This year there were 12  toys that received TOTYs in 13 categories of awards.  The Grand Prize winner this year, was also a winner of two individual category awards in this years competition!

Crackberry Addict Alert: Kindle App For Blackberrys

Now you don't have to give up your Crackberry habit to get your 'Kindle On!' Amazon has launched a Kindle Application for Blackberry owners so they too can purchase and read eBooks from the Kindle Library, with just a tap of the finger.

US Snowboarding Team’s Olympic Uniform Is Practical And On Trend

While the opening ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics generated a lot of conversation about the unique, patriotic uniforms (including Canada's donation to the 3-man Indian team), it's the Americans that have got everyone talking.


EDAG Bringing Next Evolution Light Car to Geneva

Toward the middle of last year, EDAG released the first version of their Light Car Concept. Since then, they have been improving upon their design as well as developing new technologies to shed even more weigh. Now they have finalized their second design, named Next Evolution, and are planning on unveiling it at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Riiflex Dumbbells Provide Weights For The Wii

The latest Wii accessory, Riiflex Dumbbells up your Wii workout.

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 7 Along With Xbox Live For Mobile

Windows 7 Phone is set to become the new standard of putting videos games on mobile phones.

The Tputh Is Out There: Social Media News For Techies

How do you discern what's important, and what's being talking about the most?  Tputh is trying to answer that question by offering a social media aggregator based on tech news.

Space Station Underwear Will Sell, Won't Smell

Self-deodorizing underwear tested by a Japanese astronaut at the International Space Station is about to land on Tokyo store shelves.

Electrolux Design Lab 2010: The Second Space Age

What will life be like when space becomes our most valuable commodity?  This is what is predicted for the year 2050.  How will we use our living spaces, our kitchens, and domestic spaces, as space becomes an every more valuable commodity, especially in urban areas?  This is what the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition wants to know from today's design students.

Call For New Products! The Next BIG THING In 2010

Calling all inventors, product designers, fashionistas, and anyone else who can come up with the next consumer must-have.  The Dallas Market Center, the world's largest wholesale marketer, is searching for The Next BIG THING.

SpaceX & Real Iron Man To Fly To The Moon (Don't Tell Kevin Smith)

Rocket Man and entrepreneur Elon Musk heads up SpaceX, a spaceship manufacturer that promises to provide space travel aboard its Falcon 9 rockets at a mere $20 million a seat. While the seating accommodations will be spacious, we don't believe heavy-weight film director Kevin Smith will consider purchasing two seats since he's use to paying under $100 dollars for all his flights.

Smoker’s Bib: Stupid Fashion Saves You From A Stupid Habit

Maybe you missed the memo; but smoking is dangerous. Your lungs won't thank you for the years of torment that you've put them through, and neither will your body or your home when you manage to burn it down. If you're dumb enough to keep on smoking, then perhaps you're dumb enough to think that this safety solution is a good idea too.


Speed Renting: Avoid Roommate Disasters By Romancing The Relationship

We've all had bad roommates at some time or another; whether it's because your personalities clash in close quarters, they fail to pull their weight with the housework, or they traipse a parade of people through the apartment while you're trying to sleep. Finding a good roommate really takes as much work as matchmaking for a romantic relationship, and that's where Speed Renting comes in.


Tutankhamun's DNA Reveals True Cause Of Death

The most famous mummy in history, Tutankhamun, has had his artifacts exhumed and studied since 1922.  For the last two years, in an effort to reveal why the Egyptian 'boy king' died young, teams of scientists from Egypt, Germany, and Italy, have studied Tut's DNA and come up with some interesting conclusions.

12 Works Of Divine Design By Jaime Hayón, Maison&Objet 2010 Designer Of The Year

Jaime Hayón, the Spanish "designer artist," is a spirited, eclectic, imaginative, and extremely talented man, whose works one always delights in seeing.  At this winter's Maison&Objet Paris trade show, Hayón was honored for his work, by being selected as Maison&Objet' Interior Designer of 2010.  I've chosen 12 of Hayón's diversified works to give you an idea of the breadth of his artistry and the many reasons he was chosen as Maison&Objet's Interior Designer of 2010.

 


Yamaha Wants To Stick You In A Wheel To Save Space

Yamaha's Wheel Rider design for commuters puts you inside of a wheel in a Tron-esque minimal-space vehicle.

Baby Cosplay Rompers? I Kid You Not!

To those who think cosplay, or dressing up as your favorite anime cartoon character is childish, we offer Baby Cosplay Rompers - tiny superhero suits to make your offspring look awesome!

Get Your Olympic Fix With NBC's Fantastic Site

If you find yourself with Olympic fever, but can't find the time to watch all the events that you love, fear not. NBC has created a website that will bring you all the coverage you could ever desire without the hassel of having to be in front of your television until 4 a.m.

'Twitter Me Some Love' Soon To Be An Internet Song Classic

Last year, I posted my "Top Ten Twitter Songs of All Time," and included a voting POLL.  The results named Ben Walker and his song entitled: "You're No One if You're Not on Twitter," as the winner. While I don't think Ben ever left his day job as an online developer, his song will go down in the annals of Twitter Twhistory as a classic!  However, to that list of Twitter all time hits, I now need to add Marcomé's  latest single titled "Twitter Me Some Love."

Flux Human Powered Concept Could be Next Stop in Clean Future

As our technology and capabilities increase, we will become more and more dependent on clean forms of transportation. The real question is, how far are we willing to take it? A new futuristic concept may be able to provide that answer.

Mypressi TWIST Makes Rich Espresso Portable

Mypressi has made a hit with its new TWIST Portable Espresso Maker.  Not only a consumer favorite, the TWIST was voted the best new product of 2009/2010 by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Get Your Horse Ready For Spring In Beautiful & Cozy Fleece Coolers

These are two of the prettiest horse coolers I've come across, and they're a great buy too!

Mechanical Venus Fly Trap Will Keep Buggers Contained For You

If you don't mind creepy crawlers, or if you want to capture them without killing them altogether, you might want to check out this cool mechanical venus fly trap.

Olympics Food Sculpture: 46,000 Square Feet Of Cranberries, But Not A Drop To Drink

British Columbia is not only the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  It's also the third largest cranberry grower in North American, behind Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Unless you follow cranberries, you probably did not know that.

New Retinal Implant Contains "Fertilizing" Enzymes

"Implant" is becoming more and more literal in eye research.  Like a gardener removes the dead roots of the soil's former dweller, tills and adds fresh soil and fertilizer to make the ground replantable, and finally adds new seeds, researchers have developed an implant that clears out the scar tissue of diseased retinas and seeds new ones.  This quickly evolving procedure holds hope for millions of persons with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

New LED Flashlight Can Charge Your Cell Phone

Cell phone battery dead and not an electrical outlet in sight? No problem, just switch on your flashlight - if it's the GH-BTK-31LK from Greenhouse.

YouTube Tries Its Hand At Finding Music You Like

YouTube has created what they're calling "YouTube Disco" as a project to find music videos that are similar to the artist you search for.

Kevin Smith & His Not So 'Silent Bob' Tweets About Southwest Airlines

Since the viral rant of "United Airlines Breaks Guitars" hit the airwaves last year, no other airline has caught as much negative press in Twitterville. That was prior to the boarding of a plane by the heavy-weight director Kevin Smith of "Clerks" and "Dogma" fame. With his frenzied condemnation of Southwest Airlines this past weekend, once again it shows how an airline brand can be demonized with a few simple tweets (well maybe not "a few," because as a result of this controversial director's girth, he has tweeted close to a hundred times in the last 24 hours).

Geek-Chic Purse Made From Recycled Keyboard

Purses can make bold statements without dominating an entire outfit, so it's much easier for even those less adventurous in fashion to take the risk with a unique purse. This one is made from recycled materials that everyone today should be well-familiar with, and it has a geek-chic look to go with it.

25 Degrees Celsius: The Cookbook Store Where You Can Try Before You Buy!

 How many times have you found yourself standing in a big-box bookstore mulling over the selection of cookbooks, drooling over the recipes but wondering just how realistic they are to carry out in your own kitchen? If you're like many men and women with culinary interest, you've probably got a cookbook collection and only use a select number of them from which you have a few specific recipes. A new business helps you shop in such a way that you make practical cookbook purchases.

25 Degrees Celsius: The Cookbook Store Where You Can Try Before You Buy!

 How many times have you found yourself standing in a big-box bookstore mulling over the selection of cookbooks, drooling over the recipes but wondering just how realistic they are to carry out in your own kitchen? If you're like many men and women with culinary interest, you've probably got a cookbook collection and only use a select number of them from which you have a few specific recipes. A new business helps you shop in such a way that you make practical cookbook purchases.

BMW Moving Forward with Vision EfficientDynamics Hybrid Sports Car

A short while back, BMW brought us the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, with no real hint as to whether or not it would see production. Now, it seems as though the Bavarian automaker has decided to move ahead with the sporty hybrid and is planning an introduction for 2013.

The G-Point Mouse Knows Where You Like It

Here's a mouse that puts a decidedly erotic spin on navigating your desktop.

Topsy Searches Twitter With Google-like Results

Topsy may have gotten an edge on Twitter's internal search function, because the way this search engine is laid out is seriously awesome.

Google Buzz Superstar!

Saturdays are normally slow news days - allowing us to retreat into our reboot mode- a time to recharge and reset for the upcoming week. This was not the case for the gang that man the ivory towers of Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley. No, this weekend those pilgrims that pray at the altar of Larry Page and Sergey Brin were paying penance in an attempt to fix a transgression that was literally causing a very big BUZZzzzz!

Stuck On You This Valentine’s Day: Velcro His & Hers Heart Thong Set

For some couples, romance and independence do not go hand-in-hand; for others, it's all about mittens built for two or dual snuggies. For the couples who aren't so much into the mushy stuff, but still want to stick together on Valentine's Day, here's something that will heat things up!

10 Romantic Getaway Destinations: Most Unique Themed Hotels From Around The World

If you're looking for a last-minute getaway to surprise your beloved this Valentine's Day, it's not too late to throw something together no matter where you live. Last minute or not, venture to any of the unique themed hotels below and you're sure to have a romantic and memorable time! With hotels worldwide with themes that serve any interest, your loved one will never know that you weren't planning ahead! There's a pretty good chance guys or gals that you'll get lucky, and it won't be a result of questionable lingerie purchases at all.


Help Wanted: Why Obama Seeks A New 'Social Networks' Manager?

You got the skills to run all of the governments social networks accounts such as Twitter and Facebook? Do you know the difference between friends, followers and fans?  If so, Obama wants you. Here's a chance for all those social media gurus out there to show your mettle and work for the number one honcho in the land. Just think about it  - you may only be a tweet away from landing one of the most important gigs of your social media career. That is - after you investigate why their current Twitterer In Charge has chosen to step down?

Breakthrough Material to Provide Crash Protection and Extended Range for Electric Vehicles

While the fuel economy returned by the current generation of hybrid vehicles is worth bragging about, the extra weight often added by the batteries is not. However, Volvo is out to solve this very problem by developing a material that can act as both a battery and a body panel.

Call For Inventors! New Eco-Friendly Garden Products

Ball Horticultural Company is looking for new environmentally friendly products that make gardening easier, save time, and help the gardener accomplish his goals successfully.  The company has enlisted Edison Nation to help "weed out" the weak applications.

Social Media Queen Betty White Upstaged By The Olympics?

Can going viral on a Facebook Fan Page get you you a gig on Saturday Night Live? If fans have their way - Betty White might be the first actress to score such a deal. She may have started her showbiz career back in the days of "I Love Lucy," but today you haven’t hit the big time until you’ve gone viral.

Magic Bean Grows “I Love You”

I've always told my husband I prefer a potted plant to cut flowers any day. Potted plants last longer, bloom longer and are far more eco-friendly than cut flowers. So when I came across a link for magic beans with a message of love I was naturally excited.

SunHydro Planning Solar Powered Hydrogen Highway for East Coast

The future of Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles is beginning to brighten thanks to the unveiling of Honda's at home refueling station. However, this won't solve the problem of taking a road trip with a hydrogen powered vehicle. To pick up where the at home solution leaves off, a company called SunHydro has drafted a plan to build stations along major highways in the US.

Name This Product Competition: Foldable Baking Pan

Edison Nation is holding another naming competition.  This should be fun; it needs a name for a foldable baking pan. And the winner of this particular competition not only gets $500, but his or her winning name will be written into an episode of Every Day Edisons during Season 3 (starting in May on PBS affiliates).

Call For Inventors! New Air Purification Technologies

Intellectual Ventures is seeking new solutions for reducing pollution, particularly in air filtration systems that eliminate chemicals and infectious agents in confined spaces, like hospitals, businesses, homes, and transportation systems. It has teamed up with Edison Nation to help it find just the right ideas.

Perfect Pushup Counter Makes Workouts More Effective

Finally, a simple and reliable way of keeping track of each and every push-up. No more cheating yourself.

Vancouver 'Social Media' Olympics To Outpace Beijing

The XXI Olympic Winter Olympics are euphemistically being called the "Social Games." Based on sponsors vying for the spotlight, more consumers will have their eyes glued to their smartphone screens than they will to TV. If Coca-Cola can motivate 500 million Internet transactions as a result of the Super Bowl (a one-day event), can you imagine what sponsors, apps, social networks and search engines stand to gain from sixteen days of events in Vancouver. Reaching out via social media, this Olympics may rival China in attention, if not in spectacle.

Scientists To Work On Stroke Vaccine

Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have been conducting studies on stroke for many years. Among their findings are studies indicating that stroke victims lack a certain antibody, anti-PC, in their immune systems that normally reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis, a thickening of arterial walls that can lead to stroke.  Their most recent study provides the impetus to move ahead with the development of a preventative vaccine.

WebSeer Lets You Experiment With Google Suggestion Results

As Google continues to collect data on what we search for, some of the more fascinating results have been examinations of global conciousness, which is what WebSeer is all about..

Whoops... I Ate My iPhone Stylus!

In South Korea, die-hard iPhone users have come up with a "winter stylus" to substitute for their frozen fingers: snack sausages. 

All-Time Absolutely Cutest Ad Ever?

Babies are cute, right?  So if you took a group of babies and put them on roller-blades, that would make for some cute advertising... right?

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's a.. What? Flying Dog Art

Kyle Fokken is an artist that creates very unusual sculptures. Using materials that are readily available to him, he crafts unique works of art that are fun to look at yet very scary at the same time.

Send A 'Last Letter' From The Afterlife To Your Loved Ones

A free online service from Japan called 'Last Letter' lets you send your loved ones a final message... after you've drawn your final breath.

Alcohol And Energy Drinks Make Dangerous Cocktails

Apparently the new trend in high(er) education is to combine alcohol with highly-caffeinated energy drinks.  Oh well.  But those in the University of Florida's (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions took an interest in studying the actual effects of this trend....


Gowalla Opens Doors For API Developers To Check-In

Location-based social networks was one of my social media predictions for 2010 and is now proving to be this year's next shiny thing. We are only into February, and we are already seeing Gowalla going toe to toe with Foursquare and encouraging API Developers to develop applications that will build onto their platform.

UGODOG Indoor Dog Potty For House Training & Emergencies

Whether your dog will relax on his indoor potty with a newspaper in his paws or not, I can promise you he'll be quite uncomfortable if he has to "hold it" while you work a 12-hour day. If that's his situation, you should consider getting an indoor potty for your pup.

Bathroom Rug Scale Reminds You Of How Much You've Failed

A new way of facing the inevitable, the Rug with Scale blends seamlessly with your bathroom decor and helps keep you motivated.

How's This For Minimalism? The Chop Stick Wardrobe

What a clever and fun design is the Chop Stick Wardrobe.  Not created by an Asian, but by Swiss designer Andreas Saxer, who happens to be a design professor at the Chang-Geng University Taipei in Taiwan.  I'd say Saxer's Chop Stick Wardrobe just may have been influenced by his stay on the Chinese island.

Hour Face iPhone App Ages You In Seconds

A disturbing new iPhone app called Hour Face is freaking out young and old... by making the young look old.

Attention Freelancers! Oronjo Is A New Way To Sell Your Work

Oronjo is a new platform for selling your content that has a lot of people excited about how it might be able to adapt to the changing face of online media.

Advertisers Want You Love Them Long Time: 10 Best Valentines Ads

Valentine's Day allows advertising firms to tug at the heart strings of the consumer.  Is this blatant manipulation?  Of course it is!  But does it make for some great ads?  Decide for yourself...

GoneForGreen's Solar Backpacks Generate Energy On The Go

These new backpacks from GoneForGreen.com feature an oversized solar panel on the back that can charge a lithium ion battery and give output energy via USB ports.  In a day and age where energy-consuming smart phones have become the norm, an invention like this could keep us all charged up for a bit longer each day.

Reebok ZigTech: Energy Drink For Your Feet?

Reebok ZigTech trainers provide the boost you need to help you perform at the top of your game. At least that's what Reebok says.

Dine In Bed And Float On At Bedtaste Restaurant In Germany

Growing up, you were probably always told never to eat in bed. I mean, even Sesame Street featured the ongoing argument about whether Burt or Ernie was responsible for the cookie crumbs in bed, and it is true that there's nothing worse. So, for those dreaming of climbing into bed to dine, it's fortunate that it's a new trend.

A Valentine’s Day Gift That Will Grow On Your Sweetheart Or Maybe Not

Some people like fancy jewelry. Some people like plants. So, what does one get a person that loves both for Valentine's Day? You could get her the same old unsustainable diamond ring and a bouquet of flowers or you could prove to her that your love for her is green and always growing with a growing ring.

Honda Still Pushing Hydrogen...Promising Fuel Stations in A Home Near You

While many automakers are still looking into gasoline electric vehicles or diesel electric vehicles for the future of our vehicles, Honda has remained faithful to the Hydrogen Fuel Cell. This decision was made while being well aware of the problems they will face when trying to develop a useable fueling infrastructure. Now, they have developed a new fueling station that may make this transition even easier.

Google To Offer Translator Phone?

In the future, it may be possible for you to speak in a foreign language without ever taking a day of lessons.

Konami's Piece Walker Makes Solving Puzzles An Adrenaline Rush

Konami's latest promotional site for the upcoming video game title, Metal Gear Solid, puts you in a cardboard box and squares you off against other online competitors to see who can solve the puzzle first.

Upside Down Restaurant Turns The Tables On Customers

Foreign food flipping you out? The Sakasa Resuto (Upside Down Restaurant) in Nagano, Japan, bends over backwards to ensure your meal goes down - or up - easy.

Kiikku Planter Brings Elegant Design To An Indoor Greenhouse

When most of the U.S. is covered with snow, and cold weather promises to be around for at least another five weeks (according to Punxsutawney Phil), we start feeling restless for Spring.  From a design house which likely knows the feeling well, Unison in Finland, comes an elegant planter that brings Spring right into your home.

7 Cute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Your Gadget-Loving Crush

Finding that perfect Valentine's Day gift can be quite a hassle.  All to often, girlfriends end up getting something that satisfies their desire to give something "cute" but not really "cool". So, that is why I decided to create this helpful list of  some Valentine's Day gift ideas that can satisfy the need for giving something "cute" but that also can satisfy our need to get something "cool" and perhaps even useful in satisfying the inner geek in most guys.  Check out some of these finds! 


TED-Heads vs TED-Feds

The Annual TED Conference taking place February 9-13 in Long Beach, California has an elitism about it.  If you have $6000 to spend on an event - If you are an expert in the field of technology, entertainment or design - if you know how to deliver information in a new and innovative fashion - and of course there is that little matter about being invited - you might be worthy of  being considered a TED-Head with TED-Cred. If not, join the rest of us -  the club of TED-Fed D-Listers who can only witness the affair from afar, like a kid with no funds peering into the window of a candy store.

International Cab Swapping as a New Business Concept?

Sometimes in order to stand out from the crowd, the business just needs to break out of the mould and shake things up a little. Unfortunately, sometimes an image revamp can come with substantial costs, unless you use the power of networking.

Towel Togs Dog Towel: Keeps Dogs Warm, Dry, & Looking Like A Champ

I bet you just love Buddy coming in shaking off all that water on the floor, hard snow stuck to his fur, him quaking with shivers from the cold.  The new wearable Towel Togs is the perfect solution for this weather.  In fact, it's a great solution for summer too, when Buddy decides to cool off in the lake or under the sprinkler system.

Toyota Promising Sporty Aftermarket Division for Nearly Every Vehicle…Hybrids Included

With so much attention being put on the upcoming Toyota FT-86, it should come as no surprise that the parent automaker is also working on an aftermarket performance division to boost sales even more. What makes this news even more exciting is that the automaker may also be using the new department to build full models.

Sexy Socks For Valentine’s Day Stimulate The Senses

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's time to find new and exciting ways to make the day special for your spouse. Forget the regular gifts, flowers and even the lingerie. One clothing item will really help show them pleasure.


Think You're a 10? Ask Your iPhone

iPhone has recently added an application known as the Vanity app that allows users to import a picture of their face and then pinpoint certain areas for calculation.  The program will then use the information to determine the user’s ‘beauty’ based on the Golden Ratio.

Have A Pint! Beer May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Pretty soon, we're going to be a very happy nation and it will all be sanctioned by the medical establishment.  Aside from those with serious illnesses getting to take a few legal hits on a marijuana joint daily, our glass or two of wine a day has been shown to support cardiovascular health.  Now, we learn that beer, particularly beer with high levels of malted barley and hops, is good for our bones!

Job Seeker's Guide To Social Media Tools

The economy has made job stability more worrisome. Many of us are asking the same questions. Will I get laid off? Is my company going to downsize? Should I be updating my resume? As some who worry too much may be doing so unnecessarily, others who turn a blind eye might be at the greatest risk. To best prepare for the unknown, there are some new social media tools and apps now available that may alleviate some of this angst.

10 Cute Heart Shaped Breakfast Gadgets That Make Every Day Valentine's Day

If there's a sad thing about Valentine's Day, it's that it's too short.  Yes, I know, Valentine's Day has approximately the same number of hours as any other day, but one day is not enough to celebrate love.  An incurable romantic, I think every day should be started with expressions of love.  Let's start with breakfast!   Here are some heart-shaped breakfast gadgets that will help you lucky lovers start your day remembering why you are together...

Learn About Wine: Pairing Wine With Fast Food Fare

Not everyone who likes the occasional glass of wine likes to indulge their senses with expensive cheese and aperitifs, so learning to taste wine with these foods on the palette just isn't practical. An educational wine tasting business in Los Angeles, with this in mind, has decided to do things a little bit differently.


Flying Panties Available In DIY Ornithopter Kits

Flying Panties - not just an anime video anymore! Coming this March you can get your very own Flying Panties ornithopter kit. You know you want one.

Michael Jackson Figurine Will Be A Thriller

Michael Jackson fans will have to wait a few months for a new polyvinyl figurine of the King of Pop that shows him at his best, in full-out Thriller mode.

Hair Washing Brush Provides Invigorating Massage

The "Innovation refreshing pretend! Brute" from Alinco may have a stressful name but when put to work on your hair and muscles, all that tension (and dirt) just washes away.

Apple Logo Stands The Test Of Time For 30 Years

There are some visual images that make us feel good, whether it's a natural phenomenon like a rainbow, a man-made wonder like the Pyramids of Egypt or an emotionally impactful work of art like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. To that list one might add logos - a graphic illustration that best exemplifies a product and is sensually pleasing to the eye. And there probably is no other design that has captured our modern-day imagination for as long as the Apple logo.

As Seen On TV: Is the EZ Cracker All It's Cracked Up To Be?

Always getting eggshells in your scrambled eggs?  Have a hard time separating egg whites from the yolks?  If so, the EZ Cracker may be for you!  But does it work?

WhoDat Won The Superbowl? Letterman & Leno!

While it was a helluva Super Bowl (Go Saints), when it came down to the ads, too many of the commercials smacked of familiarity and a lot lacked the surprise element because they were leaked to YouTube in advance of the event. However one commercial kept under close wraps rose above the rest for for not only its shock value, but also because it played off of the overexposed celebrity of two men we've all grown to love over the years- namely Letterman and Leno!

Fashionable Fanny Packs? Frilly Waist Purse On Etsy

Fanny packs might be the farthest thing from fashionable, but sometimes you've just got to boycott those laws for a night or day out when lugging around a purse just isn't convenient. Fortunately, one creative designer has come up with a moderately more fashionable alternative that won't make you look and feel like a tourist!


Jaguar Moving Forward with Electric XJ Sedan

Early in the 2nd quarter of 2009, Jaguar/Land Rover received a massive chunk of funding from the European Investment Bank to help offset the costs of developing more fuel efficient vehicles. Since then the Engineers have been working tirelessly to get the new concepts from paper to production, a goal that will be realized with the introduction of the hybrid electric XJ Sedan.

Who Wins The Social Media Bowl? #WhoDat vs #MyColts?

Dependent on what team you are rooting for in this year's Super Bowl (#SB44), you might be surprised to learn who is winning on the Social Media field of play. When Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning faces off against New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, you might want to check out some of the stats and trends surfacing on the social networks before placing your final wager.

Food-O-Rama: Restaurant Where Every Meal Is A Surprise

 Last year I discovered an international café where you receive whatever meal the person before you ordered, so the food and drink you receive is always a surprise. For those risk-taking diners, there's a sit down restaurant that's comparable, and it sounds like things might get a little crazy!

Pajamas Aren’t Just Against The Laws Of Public Fashion Anymore: UK Store Bans Toting PJs!

In the wake of discovering jean pajamas that make sleepwear comfortable and acceptable for public outings, and interesting bit of news popped up that's about to encourage consumers to start shopping for pajamas that are in disguise!

The Pepsi Refresh Project Looks For 1000 New Ideas Every Month

If you don't see any Pepsi commercials tomorrow on the Superbowl, I'm here to tell you where all that money is going instead: on making the world a better place.  That's right.  Pepsi is set to spend more than $20 million this year to benefit causes proposed by the public in the areas of health, arts and culture, the environment and education.  And you are invited to submit your ideas to the Pepsi Refresh Project and then get out the vote for your ideas.

Champion Supersuit: The Thinnest Weather Suit Ever Developed

The Champon Supersuit has the chance to be a revolutionary step forward in outdoor apparel. It still has Everest testing to undergo, but this looks like a game changer.

Tea Party Movement Does Not Move Social Media

There is a strange phenomenon afoot in this country. The rumblings of an establishment of a "Tea Party" party can be heard growing louder and louder. The National Tea Party, a first-time convention for the group has attracted 1,100 delegates to Nashville, Tennessee for three days of protest, caucus and debate. It's a movement everyone says is people-powered to give voice to the frustrations of a heretofore leaderless party. With all this talk channeling through the traditional news vehicles of legacy newspapers and TV, why hasn't this group chosen to be represented on social networks?

Local Mugshots: Publications That Bring The Skeletons Out Of The Closet Of Local Communities

We all love seeing those websites online that post mugshots of celebrities. It's great to laugh and poke fun at those who have done things dumber than the rest of us and gotten caught. It's a shame that this just isn't an option for those in our communities, isn't it? Oh wait, because guess what; now it is!!

Retro Glasses Designer Jumps On The 3D Glasses Trend With Inspired Aviators

I don't know about you, but the trend of 3D glasses that Avatar has revived is making me jealous. I don't know if it's because I miss those plastic fashion items from my childhood, or because I'm among the population that has yet to see the movie. Regardless, I'm glad to see there's a fashionable alternative.

Design For The Moon! NASA's 2010 Art Contest For High School & College Students

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is holding a moon-sized art contest for high-school and college students.  The challenge is to submit an original work on the theme: Life and Work on the Moon. 

Sexy Eco-friendly Love Thong and Not So Sexy Eco-Friendly Boxers

Sometimes there are images you come across online you wish you would have never seen, like a skinny hairy man in uncomfortable boxers made out of recycled circuit boards. Unfortunately, instead of turning away you realize you need to know why and who created this eyesore.

Neuroscientists Study The Effects Of Acupunture And Give It A Nod

Western medicine, being suspicious of anything that can't be objectively measured, has been late to incorporate acupuncture among its prescriptions for pain relief.  But a study undertaken by neuroscientists at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School in Great Britain, may help to change some attitudes of medical professionals in the West.

TV Adds 3D, Subtracts The Glasses

A company from Singapore has announced 3D TV technology that boasts 64 viewing angles without requiring accompanying glasses. It'll be debuted next month.

Geo Spam Heads Into Location-Based Territory

Well, it was bound to happen. As popular as location-based services are becoming, it didn't take long for the Spamalot Brigade to step in for a little menace and mayhem. As if privacy wasn't a big enough issue with LBSs, now we have to worry about hackers and other insidious tactics to infiltrate geo-tagged ads and profiles on our mobile devices.

Pub Fights In Britain Spur Innovation In Bar Glasses

Britain's Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, has decided to take a crack at reducing the cost of health care in Great Britain. He's going after the pint glass, weapon of choice in Britain's popular sport of pub fighting. 

Cost Per Check-in: Has Foursquare Initiated A New Ad Model?

We know about ad deals based on impressions and  we are familiar with banner ads and pop-ups. Google Adsense opened us up to cost per click-throughs. But as social networking moves from the desktop to mobile devices are we ready to engage in a brand new business model Cost Per Check-in? And will local establishments and brands be willing to pay for it?

Magnetic Nanoparticles Update: Human Cancer Cells Tested

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Ovarian Cancer Institute have been experimenting with magnetic nanoparticles focused on attracting cancer cells so that they could be separated from healthy cells and removed from the site.

Hybrid City Bike Beautifies City Streets

Not our first choice for the commute to work, but a piece of semi-functional art, the Hybrid City Bike is a radical new take on the traditional bicycle.

Popular Science 2010 Invention Awards Now Open For Entries

Remember James Peret? He's pictured here, eating fried fish cooked in the oil that Peret recycles to heat his fish restaurant.  Peret and his invention, the Vegawatt was one of the 10 top winners of the 2009 Popular Science Invention Awards.  Well, now Popular Science is looking for the best 2010 inventions; that's right, PopSci is looking for you!

Twitter's First Resignation By Tweet - Jonathan Schwartz Exits Sun

The first tweet from outer space was recorded on January 22. The first doctor to tweet during surgery happened at the Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. A landmark tweet against impostors was issued in a tweet by the British High Court in October, 2009. And as another first for the microblogging platform, Jonathan Schwartz, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems became the first Fortune 200 boss to tweet his resignation.

Lego Lovers Will Definitely Click With Their New Website

In an effort to find out more about what makes Lego lovers get that moment where your ideas just "click" together, Lego has introduced a new website to bring clicky thinkers together.

Butt Covers For Pets Give New Meaning To "Rear Gear"

Rear Gear.... "no more mr. brown eye" reads the header card.  A butt cover for my dog or cat.  Wild!  I love it!

Best Domestic Design 2010 Goes To A Slow Cooker That's Not A Crock Pot

Though Slowcooker by Margriet Foolen doesn't exactly fit easily into interior design categories, it did happen to win Wallpaper's Best Domestic Design 2010.  Personally, I think it's great that its good looks are matched by its utility and I can't wait to purchase one!

Measuring Tape Toilet Paper Features Illustrated Exercises

Ever had the urge to measure your waist when you're in the bathroom? Note the spelling, I typed "waist"... but regardless of your intentions, Japan has the toilet paper you need.

Fashion And Comfort Align With The Pajama Jean

For those of us who work at home, pajamas, sweats, yoga pants and anything comfortable tend to be the daily uniform. The only problem with the comfortable attire is that it's not always appropriate to wear out of the house, at least not according to rules of fashion. Now, there's a great solution for comfort and style.

Google Gets In On All The Tablet Hype With Chrome Concepts

Not to be outdone by all the hype surrounding the iPad, Google released concept images and video of what a tablet PC running Chrome OS might look like.

Census 2010 - Ten Reasons That Count Including Social Networking

The national Census is like a celestial comet - or a hibernating cicada - it can only be seen one time every 10 years. With a roll-out starting in February, 2010,  this year's survey differs from years past - check out what's new - note the misconceptions - but most important it's imperative that each and every one of us be counted.

Supposedly Brain-Dead Patients Signal With Their Brains

If it's true that some brain damaged patients are actually capable of communicating with their brains, even though there are no movements made by their bodies, wouldn't that make "right to die" issues so much more complicated?  But I'm jumping ahead here... Let me share the research and let you come to your own conclusions....

Kia Planning New Hybrid Concept for Chicago

It should come as no surprise that the upcoming Chicago Auto Show will once again be dominated by the hybrid variety. While many will be updated versions of previously introduced models, Kia is planning on using Chicago to introduce their recently teased Ray Concept.

ThinkGeek’s Nerd Detecting Radar T-Shirts

 Leave it to ThinkGeek to come up with a shirt that helps the nerdy find their soul mate. ThinkGeek's fashions may never hit the runway and they are a little risky even on the street, but they sure are fun and this one is really amusing for those will to take a different kind of fashion risk.

ChildsPlay Marketing: Business Promotion Ideas Made Simple

Coming up with new and inventive ways to market your business can be a challenge. While social networking and viral marketing online seems to be one of the most effective trends used today, particularly those in competitive industries need to get creative. Sometimes getting creative can cost an arm and a leg, one company keeps things simple.


Chocolate Tool Set Is The Key To His Heart

Buying a tasty Valentine's Day gift for the mechanically minded man need not be a wrenching decision, just order up these cool chocolate tools from Frantz Kobe Sweets!

Find Great Coupons And Discounts In Your Neighborhood On CouponMap.com

Did you ever wonder why you miss out on specials at your local eatery, or miss a buy-one-get-one at the supermarket?  You can fight back against missed deals using this great Google Maps application.

The Convertable Bench Table Sofa Ruché By Inga Sempé

A stark bench becomes a sofa, becomes part chair, part table...  What more versatile a sofa design could you want?  Maybe something not so stark...

Alcatel's Upcoming Android Handset Caught On Video

The handset looks basically like a Palm Pre with Android on it, but the French bloggers seem to have gotten pretty excited about the low cost handset.

Top Five Super Bowl XLIV Commercials - Sneak Peaks

For those of you who are of the camp that "only watch the game for the commercials," this blog is for you!  [Spoiler Alert] ☞ From the raucous antics of GoDaddy.com, to an aging quarterback, to a very cherry Dr Pepper, to the return of a legendary rock band and ending with one controversial 'don't-ask-don't tell' commercial, this year's TOP FIVE can be seen here in advance of the game. They're inventive - they're insane - and they're definitely the caliber of ads the Super Bowl is known for.

Playboy Retro Pinup T-Shirts: Classy or Trashy

Vintage fashion, even those items that are only designed to replicate the real thing worn historically is hot. Retro is in, but Marc Ecko might be taking things too far. Though who am I to judge; why don't you decide?

Invaluable Resource On Eco-Smart Materials For Designers And Inventors

Whether you are an architect, designer, product developer, or inventor, your newest creations and those to come would do well to be made of ecologically viable materials.  Whether the materials are natural or  synthetic ones that have be recycled, worldwide consumer ethics point towards a market that prefers to purchase eco-smart materials.

Mitsubishi Still Teasing Hybrid Lancer Evolution...Bringing Green to Rally Racing?

Rumors of a hybrid driven Lancer Evolution have been flying around since October of last year. This is mostly thanks to the MX-MiEV concept that was built on the same platform as the all wheel drive legend. Now, a few more details have been released that could mean production for the hybrid variant.

Out Out Damn Stinky Cat! "Good Bye Odor" To The Rescue

If you have a cat whose breath, pee, and poo all stink, you'll want to know about Good Bye Odor, an "internal waste deodorizer."   "A what?" you may rightly ask.  Well, this product aims to introduce new enzymes and amino acids to your cat's digestive system so his "effuse" is not offensive.

 


Takara Tomy Invents An RC Car That Runs On Soda

Japanese toy makers Takara Tomy has announced a prototype for a remote controlled car that runs on sugary fizz.

Human-Powered Washing Machine

What do you get when you cross a treadmill with a washing machine? Give up? Something that looks a little like this, actually. A kid by the name of Zhang Jiayu from the northeastern Liaoning province thought that conventional washing machines wasted far too much electricity. He then had the bright idea of creating one that was powered by a man running on top.

HTML5 Being Developed To Replace The Need For Proprietary Flash Plugins

There's a new protocol for websites that aims to take out the need for proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash Player.  Introducing, HTML5.

'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Two Haitian Charity Songs will be hitting the airwaves at just about the same time. While it's been a proven formula that combining entertainment with fund-raising is one of the quickest ways to raise awareness for a cause, will these two anthems backed up by star-powered choruses work together synergistically or will they compete for the same charitable dollars? And in so doing, does the effort overshadow the cause and shift the spotlight to the artists?

Scientists Find Hope For Psychosis In A Natural Supplement

On the heals of the report that medical professionals may be able to spot and treat schizophrenia before it manifests, comes news of hope for a natural preventative to psychosis.  The natural substance is legal and can be purchased in pill form as a supplement at most general stores, supermarkets, drug stores, and specialty stores.  It can also be found in many foods.

Ibrides Animal Trays Inspired By Romantic Period Portraiture

Europe's kings and queens were never represented so brilliantly nor paid more homage than the stunning animal portrait trays of Ibrides Rachel Convers.  Though totally waterproof and dent-resistant, you might be in for some criticism if you actually allow a drink to be placed on one.

Chinese 'Bandit' Accuses Apple iPad Of Theft

Apple's iPad is barely a few days old, and it's already facing potential litigation. On the heals of China vs Google battling over censorship and Gmail hacking issues, Apple is having its own altercations with the Chinese. This time around, instead of debates with the government, Apple is being held up by bandits, literally.

Want To Delete Your Social Networking Accounts Once And For All? Try DeleteYourAccount.com

If you want to leave a site once and for all, and leave no trace of yourself to be discovered, you'll want to check out DeleteYourAccount.com.

How Mother's Smoke Puts Infants At High Risk Of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS)

Though the link between mothers who smoke during pregnancy and babies who succumb to sudden Instant death syndrome (SIDS) has been made, one more piece of research has demonstrated specifically how the smoke impacts the fetus.

 

Sprint, AT&T To Get Compatible Versions Of Google's Nexus One

The highly anticipated Google-branded smartphone has seen very limited success with its launch on T-Mobile, but will launches on AT&T and Sprint make up for the disappointing sales numbers?

Martin by Ibride: A Domesticated Donkey Cabinet Makes A Versatile Design

This is Martin - Secretaire, a domesticated donkey whose photo may not indicate his size.  Though he carries the old fashioned designation of Secretaire - what is usually assumed to be a small writing table in the corner of a living room - Martin is not petite or old fashioned.

Top Five Performances At 2010 Grammys

The 2010 Grammys seemed more like a 3 1/2 hour concert than it did an award show. For those that missed it, or those that just want to see an encore, there were five performances that stood out from the others (20 in total). As an 'invention" news site, InventorSpot  is known for finding the best of the best, and these TV performances were the most 'inventive' I have seen in a long time. Don't be surprised if you don't see the big winners of the night listed (namely Beyoncé and Taylor Swift).