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March, 2010

8 Strange Glasses & Goggles To Wear On The Funniest Day Of The Year; April Fools!

Who says fashion can't come into play on April Fool's Day? Get into the spirit with one of these funny and funky fashion designs perfect for the fool and the brave!


Fiskars New Reel Mower, Sharper, Stronger, Wider

I had a reel mower not long ago. Long story short, I stopped using it after about a year. It worked well cutting high grass as long as there was no other debris on the ground (pinecones, twigs, etc.) and the ground was very dry. Could Fiskars innovative reel mower turn me back to reel mowers once again?

PBS Announces 2010 Trash To Treasure Competition For Kids

It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and to celebrate PBS's Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning TV series, Design Squad is launching a nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition for kids 5 to 19.  The launch will begin on April 5, 2010.  2009 was the first year that Design Squad held this competition.


Faux Fake Sinking Yacht Cries Sea Wolf

Why build a yacht that looks like it's sinking? Probably for the same reason some guys mount their car's body backwards on the chassis, or Steve Martin wore a fake arrow that appeared to go right through his head - because they can!

Big Bang Too & 'The God(damn) Particle' Were A Smashing Success!

On Tuesday, March 30  at precisely 1:06 PM in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists revisited our distant past. It only took 16 short years and a paltry $10 billion dollars to recreate the conditions similar to the original Big Bang that occurred some 13.7 billion years ago and is one of the major scientific theories behind the creation of life as we know it.

For Those Who Really Love Golf.....The World's Most Luxurious Golf Car

Golfing has been listed as one of the most relaxing sports you can participate in, which makes sense considering it's almost always accompanied with sunny weather and close friends. Now, Garia is planning on taking you relaxation a step farther with what has been called the most luxurious golf car ever to be made.

Wetnoz Studio Scoop n' Serve Dog Bowl: Innovative And Affordable

Wetnoz makes upscale pet products, mostly dinnerware, and mostly for dogs.  Its wares are well made and very stylish, as you would expect from an upscale designer.  Now, styled just like the fancier stainless steel bowls in the Wetnoz Metro Line, Wetnoz has styled the new Scoop n' Serve bowl without the steel liner to make the scoop dish much more affordable.  You'll be glad, because the design is darn cool and convenient.

 

Beta Blockers Cut Risk Of Cancer-Related Deaths

They are "first results," but they are promising. You've seen these words before, but heck, every discovery starts small....

Become A Better Sleeper With The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach

Sleep is incredibly important and has been shown to have a large impact on our overall health and wellbeing.  The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach is a product designed to help diagnose and overcome many common sleep issues.

Aqua Creation Adds Apaya Sculptured Wool To Spectacular Lighting Collection

In the Sculptured Wool Apaya Lighting Collection, Ms. Serfaty works with textile artist Irit Dulman to create woven Merino, Mohair, and pure silk lamp coverings.  The entire collection will premier at the Light+Building Fair in Frankfurt, Germany on April 10.  Here we have some pre-show photo releases.

iPhone & Android In Bed Together With Knocking Live Video App

Apps are finally bridging the communication gap between mobile platforms and Knocking Live is the first to pioneer the effort. Developed for both iPhone and Android devices, this app can broadcast live video between both smartphone devices.  So whether you belong to the Apple or Google tribe, technology has found a way to make these competitors play nice.

Take That Old 45 For A Spin In The GGRP Carboard Record Sleeve

The GGRP Group knows and does sound - sound design, music production, voice directing, casting, music, script writing, and audio post production.  And if that's not enough, they've invented a box.  No, no ordinary box... it's a corrugated record sleeve, that doubles as a record player.  After all, you probably don't have one of those any longer... if you ever did.

General Motors Exploring Small Urban Transportation Concepts...Introduces EN-V

Our cities are becoming more populated with each passing day, meaning more fuel is being burned and more traffic is packing the already crowded streets. In places like New York City where this is already a problem, working around the issue is simply not an option. General Motors hopes to combat these matters with the introduction of their new EN-V Concept Vehicle.

InventorSpot Ranks 946 In Global Blogosphere

The blogosphere is alive and well and at 133 million (and counting) as last reported by Technorati, it doesn't look like its going to go away any time soon. Blogs, often described as the 'democratization of reported data' allows journalists to contribute to public debates, whether InventorSpot is covering a geeky gadget, a social media phenomenon or an innovative philosophical idea.

Drink A Zima, Kiss A Celebrity!

Remember Zima? You will now... a new campaign by Zima Japan offers fans of the alcoholic drink a chance to kiss the soft silicone lips of a hot female celebrity while sipping a cool Zima.

Fictional Schrute Farms B&B Gets 4 Stars From TripAdvisor

Promoted as the 'lifeblood of agrotourism,' by Dwight Schrute, the eccentric paper salesman played by Rainn Wilson on the award-winning NBC series, "The Office," Trip Advisor gets free publicity for a B&B that doesn't even exist -- to the tune of over 633 reviews (and counting). There's very few hotels in Manhattan that can garner that kind of attention.

Design To Enlighten Or To Drive You Crazy? Nendo's MD.net Clinic

If you aren't crazy when you enter this MD.net Clinic, you will be after you see the carpeting!  Far be it from me to express such a concern about the creation of a world class designer, but if this is the way psychiatry is headed, we crazies should head the other way.

BMW Planning Electric Vehicle to Replace the 1-Series ActiveE

A short while back, BMW released the news that they will be building a limited production electrically powered version of the popular 1-Seriew Coupe, called the ActiveE. Since then they have been quietly working on their next all electric vehicle, which they are planning on introducing sometime in 2013 to pick up where the ActiveE will leave off.

Japanese Mascots For Fun And Profit... Especially Profit

Big eyes and a gentle smile... and the bigger and gentler, the better. That's what designers of 'Namisuke', Suginami City's dinosaur-like mascot, had in mind when bringing their advertising and merchandising campaign to life. Namisuke personifies Japan's mascot-mania, or as some say, characters gone wild!

The Sikker Aims To Transform Baby Monitoring

For those who are thinking about having a baby in the future there is a new innovation in baby monitors on the horizon.  The concept is called the Sikker, which is a Danish word that translates to ‘safety’. 

Flash Mobs: From Social Media To 'Tsunami Of Kids'

What started as an innocent by-product of kids meeting on Twitter and Facebook has turned into a social experiment gone terribly wrong. A 'Flash Mob' is when teenagers organize a meet-up via social networks and text friends and followers to show up in large numbers at a specified time and place. Philadelphia alone has experienced four flash mobs since December.

Electric Taxis Get Tokyo Going Greener

Those cute little taxis buzzing around Tokyo's business district are the city's first electric cabs. The ZeROTAXI service run by a privately owned limousine company aims to turn Tokyo green - one fare at a time.

Soothe Your Aching Muscles With The Ice Face Roller

We all know that applying ice to an injury or aching muscles can reduce inflammation and discomfort.  Sometimes a bag of ice cubes or frozen peas can be awkward though and may be too large for the area you are trying to soothe.  With these limitations in mind, you may want to try the Ice Face Roller from ChiActivate.

Exchange Bar & Grill: Unique Restaurant Concept Where Menu Prices Set & Changed Based On Demand

With the state of the economy over the last couple of years, many people have found themselves taking a closer look at the prices of items that they once took for granted, because suddenly they don't seem to be quite so affordable. Many families have had to give up basic luxuries like eating out and this further affects the livelihood of the hospitality industry. Since the economy affects consumers and businesses alike, there's one restaurant that generates their prices based on trends.


Unforgettable Eco-Egg Hunting For Grown-Ups

I went on an early eco-egg hunt online this month. Guess what I found? I found a giant egg skyscraper eco-resort, a fair trade chicken, a solar powered rabbit building, an egg "tie" dying kit, and an innovative egg shaped eco-washing machine. Take a look.

Designer Work Gloves Get A Grip With Great Graphics

Work gloves don't have to be workmanlike, and these great graphic New Nippon Working Gloves are anything but! Grab your choice of 30 daringly different designs printed in grippy, groovy white acrylic on black fabric.

Sarah Palin, the "Annie Oakley" Of Social Media

Supposedly she qualifies to be a Daughter of the American Revolution. She is a gun-toting member of the NRA and likes to shoot Moose when she's not taking pot-shots at Obama and members of his party. But this Soccer Mom needs to reassess how she unholsters her 'gun' analogies when she brazenly tweets and posts gunsights and cross-hair maps on her Facebook and Web site pages.

Sterilize Pacifiers The Healthy Way With A Pipila

When the pacifier falls on the floor, especially when you are out, it can be disastrous!  Rinsing it under water may be your first instinct, but if you want to really kill the germs you may want to try the Pipila portable pacifier sterilizer.

Murdoch's Newspapers & The Great Paywall Of The Internet

Murdoch is gambling by sending two more of his newspapers to the Great Paywall of the Internet, in his tireless effort to eek out a few extra pounds from his news syndicate. It's a gamble because these two British newspapers will replace Murdoch's TimesOnline.com which in February, according to Comscore experienced a 21 percent decline from last year.

iPhone Cookies Answer The Call For High Tech Snacks

A Japanese bakery is dialing up your taste buds and answering the call for high tech snacks with these delightful iPhone cookies. No telling if they're apple flavored.

Transonic Combustion Promising More Efficient Engines through Enhanced Combustion Process

The key to making an internal combustion engine run cleanly and efficiently is the proper delivery of fuel and air. While this sounds simple, it appears as though we are still learning what the "proper way" actually is. However, thanks to a recent breakthrough made by Transonic Combustion Inc., we seem to be moving in the right direction.

James Cameron Smartly Sees 3D Smartphones' ROI

James Cameron, the award-winning director of Avatar and Titanic is banking on 3D Technology moving from the big screen to smartphones, as smaller screens don't require 3-D glasses. This epiphany was apparently rooted in economics. While Avatar is historically one of the highest-grossing movies with over $2.6 billion at the box office internationally- it also earned the distinction of being one of the most pirated movies of all times.

Virtu Golden Cell Phones Offer Free Calls At A High Price

Virtu, the luxury mobile phones brand owned by Nokia, will celebrate the first anniversary of their flagship store in Tokyo's pricey Ginza district by featuring four exquisite, expensive, one-of-a-kind cell phones.

Augmented Reality For Tablets Goes Where No Man Has Gone Before

While Augmented Reality technology has been a topical point of interest these last couple of weeks at events like SWSWi in Austin and CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, there has been very little talk of the suitability of utilizing AR features with the new tablets that will be flooding the market in the next couple of months. Granted, iPad's sin of omission by not including a camera or webcam kind of eliminates them from consideration, but it seems to me that the 10" tablet versus the 3" smartphone screen would provide users with a greater opportunity to view AR overlays, markers, advertising, points of interest and other layers of data that AR is known for.

Toothpaste Holder & Squeezer Is Good To The Last Drop

Getting the most from a tube of toothpaste isn't always easy, especially if you're holding your toothbrush in one hand. This cool wall-mounted gadget saves time, money and stress - a great way to start or end the day!

GM Developing Night Vision Heads-Up-Display...Will Cover Entire Windshield

Using a small piece of real estate on the windshield to project information is nothing new. In fact, is has been around for nearly 20 years. Interestingly enough, as most of our technologies evolve into more compact forms, GM is hoping to supersize their next generation Heads Up Display.

Artistic Novelty Tees For The Peeping Tom

You'll have to either have a good sense of humor to appreciate these t-shirts, or be a complete creeper who likes to spy on people with your face pressed up against their window or a telescope.

How Tumors Can Escape Detection By The Immune System

A study at the école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has created a very vivid image of how tumors manage to escape our immune system.   They disquise themselves as friendly cells.

HTC Develops World's First 4G Phone: The EVO

Possibly the most intriguing cell phone to hit the market since the iPhone, the HTC EVO is Sprint's long-awaited 4G handset. The intrigue definitely does not stop at 4G.


Collagen Marshmallows To Wipe Out Wrinkles?

Here is an unusual creation that combines two of my favorite things – eating and beauty products.  What is this beauty breakthrough you ask?  Marshmallows!

Building A Better Mousetrap: Humorous Design From Atypik

Humorous design is in a category of its own.  Designers like Fred & Friends, 5.5 Designers, Suck UK, and Atypik regularly turn out functional designs made of high quality materials at affordable prices, and they express wit and wry social commentary that everyone can share.  When you look through the online catalogs of these designers, you inevitably find perfect gifts for your friends.

Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy

A Japanese pet store has introduced a "try 'em, buy 'em" business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.

The Press Causes Widespread Outbreak Of Facebook STDs!

Cause and effect are two of the mainstays in scientific discovery. Assumptions, speculations and likelihoods are the business of gossip columns and not of objective reporting. With that said, one has to question the stories submitted by Britain's Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and today's article in the Daily News in New York, titled, " Facebook blamed for rising STD rates in Britain."

Unique Wedding Ring Design Symbolizes The Harsh Realities Of Marriage

Marriage might seem like a fairy tale in the movies, but those who have tied the knot know that any relationship is not all candy and roses; that's just the reality. A real relationship has its ups and downs, and it goes through stages as it progresses. In order to reflect this, one designer has created a symbolic wedding ring.


Solar Ivy Doesn't Grow, But It's Innovative And Green!

Hanging ivy always looks so cool on the brownstones of east coast cities, its forest green, pointy leaves contrasting with the chestnut or rust-colored homes it covers.  Ivy looks like it grows spontaneously on those buildings, as if from some organic particle in the cement.  Though biomimicking hanging ivy, Solar Ivy is not forest green and doesn't grow, but it is environmentally green in a very innovative way.

 


Unique Eco-friendly Gardening Containers For inside or Outside The Home

Container gardens do not have to be ordinary nor stationary. Plants can grow just about anywhere, if you want them too. With a little imagination you could even have your plants growing out of unique containers like the ones below

Could Bing Become Victor As Google Plays 'Big Trouble In Little China?'

As the Battle of the Internet rages on between Google and China over censorship issues, and they redirect their search function from China proper (google.cn) to Hong Kong (Google.hk), could Bing end up being the Search Engine of choice by default? Acting like its own self-proclaimed sovereign nation, Google has taken a course with this superpower than some countries would never have entertained. Could this principled position cause Google to hand over its territorial rights to its US competitor?

DIY Furniture Repair With "Prosthetics" By 5.5 Designers

Always at the vanguard of design, 5.5 Designers, have again surprised its followers with a line of designer furniture prosthetics.  Sure, they are all bright, bright green, but that's part of their charm.  And a bright green crutch, prosthetic seat, suture kit, or grafting kit will not only give your furniture back its function but give it a little flamboyance!

 

Fox Mobile's Bitbop - First To Add Mobile TV To Smartphones

Would you pay $9.99 a month to get TV on your smartphone? That's the new offering that the Fox Mobile Group is betting on. Introduced as a new wireless video subscription, the service will provide users with premium video content that includes downloadable movies and streaming content.

USA Today's Commitment To Social Media

In my previous blog, "Is USA Today's 'Social Media Lounge' A Little Late To The Party?" I talked about how some legacy newspapers like USA Today were in somewhat stalled position as to how best to work with social media. With USA Today's launch of their Social Media Lounge, I questioned if they were simply 'testing the waters' or jumping in with both feet. In a subsequent interview with Alexandra Nicholson, manager and social media strategist for the paper, she clarified some of these points and confirmed the paper's commitment to social media.

10 Chindogu: The Art Of Intentionally Making A Useless Invention

The Japanese say they invented it, but maybe they were just the first to name it.  The name, Chindogu, is becoming universally known and used to describe inventions that are useless.  Well, I don't know about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or the prolific inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but haven't most inventors created some useless stuff?  In fact, mostly useless stuff?

 


Mirakle Couriers: Elite International Courier Service With A Deaf Team

Although the establishment of new technologies and general acceptance of people who are "different" by society has allowed the hearing impaired to maintain successful careers; there's still a stigma that they might not be as capable. One business in India is looking to chance these perceptions by providing their HR with strict instructions when hiring.

Adidas Hike & Seek Sneakers: Two Funky Shoe Designs In One Sneaker!

Adidas is known for its cutting edge, funky and classic designs. They're not afraid to take fashion risks with their shoe designs, and more often than not they find a buyer for even the most eccentric sneakers. Their latest line plays upon the elimination of the old convention that things need to match.

The PishPosh Organizer Allows You To Ditch The Diaper Bag

As any fashion-loving new mom will tell you, having to trade in the trendy purse for an unsightly diaper bag can be annoying.  The PishPosh organizer is made for moms who want to continue to use their regular purses and still carry all of the baby gear in an organized manner.

Colorful Desktop Paper Shredder Cuts Cards & Opens Mail

Who says paper shredders have to be functional and dull? The SE.CU.MO F-150 from Meiko Shokai takes form and functionality to a whole new level with bright colors and a cutting edge (sorry) design.

Will the LavNav Keep Me From Peeing On the Seat? - Product Review

Late night trips to the bathroom may just become a lot more pleasant!  Armed with a stalwart research assistant, I take on the efficacy of the LavNav!

Social Search Wars: Aardvark vs Yahoo Answers vs Mahalo vs ChaCha vs Formspring.me

During the last ten years, search engines have basically provided us with information retrieval (IR) from strangers. We have relied on the credibility of these search results based on algorithms determining their relevancy and authority. In turn, content producers learned to optimize their pages to obtain higher page rankings. Over time, satisfied with the premise if 'Google says its so, who's to argue?' we accepted what was delivered. However the need for human interaction is not lost to the 21st Century and the desire to connect through search is evident with the entre' of a new type of IR - appropriately named 'social search.'

Guinness Record Goes To Highest Price Water Bottle: "Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani”

Designer Fernando Altamirano, who previously dressed Cognac Dudognon Heritage Henri IV in the most expensive cognac bottle in the world, recently sold his newly-designed water bottle for $60,000, winning his second Guinness record for the highest priced bottle sold at auction.  Proceeds for the sale were donated to a foundation to stop global warning. 

 


Cross-dressing Dogs At Easter: 8 Dog Bunnies & 1 Dog Chick

Dogs may be in the closet all year long, but Easter gives them an acceptable time to come out of the closet and cross dress.   Bunny rabbit costumes are so popular with dogs because they get to wear them three times a year - Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.  What's the matter?  You never heard of the Christmas Bunny? 

Butch Bakery: Stereotypes In Cupcake Recipes Build A Booming Business

There are some men that are just too manly to accept regular items that could be perceived as effeminate. We've seen companies that make candles with a look and scent designed specifically with men in mind, and now there's a business that appeals to different senses!


AO Bike Powers Itself

The AO Bike is a simple, effective breed of commuter bicycle. It provides the rider with several advantages over the traditional bike.


Human-Tested Nanobot Delivers New Cancer Therapy With Success!

There's often a big difference between how a drug or method of delivery works in a lab and how successful it is in human trials.  So, it's big news for researchers from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) that they were able, for the first time, to successfully kill cancer cells in human patients using a new RNA interference (RNAi) therapy delivered via a special nanobot. 

Do a Double Take With Acrylic Human Canvas Art

Alexa Meade is an artist that paints her masterpieces on people, using acrylic paint on their bodies.

As Seen On TV: The Belly Burner. Same Ad, Different Consumer.

How many times in my life will this thing show up on my TV screen?  It's like the whole Matrix Revolutions thing.  It's happened before and it'll happen again... Over and over and over...  Yet the product remains the same.  But today's consumers are more savvy.  Right?

@ Symbol Officially Becomes An Icon In MoMA's Architecture & Design Collection

Yes... @.  The Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA) acquired the @ symbol, and it was free!  It is the latest acquisition to the New York City's iconic Museum of icons, and you have to admit that @ is an icon!  The history of @ might surprise you, but not its use, which is typed by more than a billion people every day!

Boost Your Grin With The Beauty Smile Trainer

Here is an interesting beauty product for all those who have ever been disappointed with the magnitude or shape of their smile. The Beauty Smile Trainer fits inside your mouth and is supposed to improve the look of your smile over time.

Clashing Pattern Menswear: Breaking The Conventions Of Style

Over the years, we've began to break those old rules of fashion that were once so constricting. It's now okay to mix green and blue, wear more than one pattern of they're coordinated tastefully, and of course, wear white after Labour Day. A line of menswear is pushing the boundaries even further with their designs for men.

Cougars & Co: Social Networking & Matchmaking For Women On the Prowl!

Older women have had their way with younger men for decades, just think about the movie "The Graduate". While it's becoming more of a mainstream trend with formal noun usage and all and a TV show based on the dating desires of women; it can still be a challenge to find that young boy toy for even the most inventive of cougars.


Scientists Tackle Way To Lose Weight By Eating

Scientists from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported progress in their efforts to tackle obesity with a natural fibre which, if eaten, could reduce the amount of fat taken up by the body by 75 percent.  It's a seaweed fiber called alginate.

Brands Still Sitting On The Social Media Fence

With unique users of 73.5 million on Twitter and 400 million on Facebook, it doesn't seem feasible that in 2010 organizations would not be utilizing social media as their primary branding tool . Yet a good number of firms and regions around the world are still sitting on the proverbial fence. Why?

Korean Based Company Moving Forward with OLEV Technology

The idea behind an Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) is relatively new, but has been thoroughly researched over the past year or so. Now, A South Korean Amusement park is testing a prototype designed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), who hopes to have a fully working design ready within a year or two.

Stay On Top Of Your Baby's Fever With Babyglow

It can be particularly terrifying when your little one gets sick, especially the first few times it happens.  Babyglow garments are meant to take a lot of the guesswork out of these anxious situations.

Destination Dinners: Cultural Cuisine Recipe Kits

One of the highlights of visiting different countries is the cultural experience that you're exposed to. But when it's not possible to fulfill all of those jet setting dreams; there is one company that can bring it to you by way of your palate.

Va-J-J Visor: Because There Should Be Equality In Personal Protection!

Throughout history certain items have been designed specifically to keep men's favorite body parts in working order during at-risk activities. Well, don't women's assets deserve the same love and care as well? Ask the creator of one protective item that you wear down there and the answer is yes.

5 Really Cool Designer Gifts For Bridal Showers & Weddings

It's fun to look for things that are special and it's fun to surprise people; besides, who's going to remember that you gave the bride and groom one set of dishes in her service for eight?  I've got some special gifts right here from Animi Causa designs, so you can give her something that she won't have seven more of....

Debunking Health Care Reform Myths In The 11th Hour

While this blog was written one day prior to a watered version of the health care reform act moving to its final vote, there are still many in the U.S. who continue to wade through the misconceptions. Far from following the health care  models of other countries and after over fifty years of fighting for some form of reform, if you're a 'dummy' like me, you may still not be as knowledgeable as you'd like regarding this revolutionary new legislation. However when dealing with the facts on some of the major issues, I was able to research some of the more topical myths that can be debunked. 

Laid Off, A Chemist Invents A Very Relevant Gadget: The Magic Toob Lampshade Leveler

I suspect your response to a lampshade leveler is going to be "So what."  Mine was too... until I learned how universally relevant this little gadget is now, and will be in the next few years.

Another Deadly Superbug? The Mayo Clinic May Have A Control For C.diff

Perhaps you've heard about Clostridium difficile or C. difficile, or C. diff.  It's been spreading more and more every year through hospitals and other health care facilities to the point where in some regions, like the southeast U.S., it is even more aggressive than the more well-known superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bug.  But others can get it, even if they are generally healthy and not in a hospital setting.

 

Join The Seedy Underworld Of Black Market Coffee Purchasing At BlackSunshine

The old cup of morning joe gets a ganster makeover at BlackSunshine.com, a seedy online underground seller for the world's most popular morning drug.

The British Museum Presents: Time Explorer

The British Museum has put together a great little video game adventure to get site visitors to learn more about ancient civilizations with the use of a magical time bracelet to traverse the histories of Mexico, Roma and China.

'Invisibility' From Claude Rains To SXSWi Augmented Reality

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you're probably familiar with the concept of an invisibility cloak. Slip this magical garment over your head and to the eyes of of the beholder, you vanish.  Well Muggles, science has some good news for you -invisibility is quickly becoming a reality.

Dead Man's Body Parts Walking: How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth?

When veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke died in 2004 few suspected that he was yet to uncover his greatest news story, postmortem. What happened to his body as it lay in a funeral home would reveal a story of modern day grave robbery that was stranger than fiction. As macabre as it might sound, dead body parts is big business and has opened up a grisly black market that gives a whole new meaning to "better off dead than alive."

Carbon Fiber Chopsticks Make Eating Tougher

That cheap steak you just overcooked might be tough but these 100% non-toxic carbon fiber chopsticks are tougher.

10 Mid-March Medical News Shorts For Those Who Like Them Brief

There is so much medical and health news coming out daily, it's hard to keep up with it.  I attempt to cover what I think are the most interesting and most relevant stories to our readers, but miss so many that fit into that big pond.  So today, I thought I would cover more news in less space by blurbing instead of blogging.  These are stories that have come out in the last few days.  I'll start with something on the light side....

 

Yakuza Curry Plays Games With Your Tastebuds

A 'tasteful' collaboration between Sega Corporation and Matsuya restaurants has resulted in Original Yakuza Curry. It's the perfect meal to eat while playing the new PlayStation 3 game, Yakuza 4.

Chris Hughes Using Social Media Engagement To Expand 'The Good Web'

Non-profit social networks are gaining prominence online. The genre of sites known as "The Good Web" are championed by people like Corey Szopinksi and Jane McGonigal who have furthered a good number of causes using social media as their conduit. Entering this arena is Chris Hughes, a wunderkind of sorts, unknown to the general public, but widely known in social networking circles and the Democratic National Party.

Sporting Excess: Chanel Skis

Do caviar and bubbly sound like après ski to you? If so, you should consider outfitting yourself with Chanel. No, not overpriced ski wear, overpriced skis.

Japanese 'Maid Trains' Hope Miniskirts Will Maximize Ridership

Two train lines in Japan's Ibaraki prefecture aim to sweep passengers off their feet this weekend. Six young ladies in full-out Akihabara maid costumes have been hired to serve refreshments, cosplay style.

Stop The Signs Of Aging With Radio Frequency Technology

It can be costly trying to keep ahead of Mother Nature.  Fortunately, we are in luck.  The Stop device from TriPollar  uses radio frequency to tighten the skin and stimulate new collagen and it is made to be used at home. 

World's Most Dangerous: Hornet Superbike

The Hornet Superbike is an interesting concept in the world of motorbikes that makes the traditional motorcycle or dirt bike look as safe as a Volvo.

Google TV & 3rd Party Developers Anticipate The Web/TV Meld

As ubiquitous as Google is, it's no surprise it will soon become one of the pioneers in melding TV with the Web. So much so, in the next couple of months it will actually provide 3rd party developers and outside software engineers with a toolkit to help develop what Google TV will eventually look like.

LG 2010 Competition For The Best Design Of The Future Mobile Phone

Wouldn't you love to be the designer of the future mobile phone - one so revolutionary that the competition trips over each other getting out copies of it?  Well, for the third year, LG Mobile Phones is giving you a chance.  So, start imagining!

Golf Course + Safari Park = 'Lion Woods'

Forget Tiger Woods, here's 'Lion Woods'. A Japanese golf course happens to be located immediately adjacent to a popular safari park. Golfers are advised to stay out of the rough... and I ain't lion.

Star Trek Online: Beam Me Up, Scotty?

Star Trek has a checked past when it comes to video games.  Can Star Trek Online finally go where no Trek game has gone before?

Get A Makeover For Your YouTube Page At MyTubeDesign.com

MyTubeDesign.com represents one of the first and best repositories of YouTube layout designs out there, and will even help you install the theme if you're not exactly a whiz with site design.

Calling All Inventors! Casting Invention TV Show In Chicago!

If you can create an amazing gadget out of anything... If you love tinkering with crafts... If you go by the nickname 'mad scientist'... Then, an Emmy-nominated production company is looking for you to interview for a new series with a major cable network.

Walking Wings Help Your Baby Take Off

A baby’s first steps are precious and exciting, but working up to them can be very challenging for both the baby and the parents.  To take the strain off your aching back and give your little one more stability you may want to try out some Walking Wings.

Researchers Test Freezing Of Breast Cancer Tumors

A small but promising study was conducted by Peter J. Littrup, M.D. and his team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI, in which 13 women with breast cancer were treated with a minimally invasive technique - image guided cryotherapy, the freezing to death of tumor cells.

420 College: The Ultimate Smoker’s Education

A new industry is on the uprising, it's one that's been around for decades; but for the first time in history people are going to be educated on legal ways to produce and distribute a specific line or product in a way that no longer involves the risk of jail cells or shoot-outs.


Suggestive Geek T-Shirt: Come Play My Video Game!

We all know those women that take any opportunity they can to flaunt their goods. Any holiday, particularly Halloween, presents the opportunity to wear as few pieces of clothing as possible. Holidays might present the opportunity for the more outgoing modern women to show off; but what about those geeks who want to be suggestive in their own right?

Solar Roadways Prototype Built and Could Win an Award

Last year, in September, I wrote an article about Solar Roadways and their $100,000 grant, by the Department of Transportation, to build a solar powered road prototype. They did exactly what they set out to do and they built a prototype. Now they are finalist for an award.

Colorful Pocket Ashtray Snuffs Your Ciggies

Smokers will love the stylish, functional, portable Mistletoe Pocket Ashtray that keeps used cigarette filters out of sight and scent. Non-smokers will love it for the same reason.

Ingenious 'Flow' Lighting For The Third World By Igendesign

... Flow and other self-maintaining public lighting are low cost, low maintenance, and low footprint solutions to the reduction of overload on municipal electric grids.  Besides... Flow is elegant in form, function, and beauty.

Audi Planning More than Just One e-Tron Variant for the Future

Since first being introduced a few months back, the Audi e-Tron has received quite a bit of attention from both journalists and consumers alike. While Audi has kept the details scarce, they have been willing to talk about future uses of the e-Tron name. Now, the German based automaker has let it slip that they have more vehicle planned for the e-Tron lineup.

PayPal vs Square Are Bumping & Beaming Money Via iPhones

Whether you've been a loyal PayPal user for the last 10+ years or are willing to put your trust in the hands of one of the Twitter co-founders, you may be one of the early pioneers to use iPhones as the new form of currency. Bumping and beaming financial transactions via smartphones may be the missing link to a time when there will no longer be a need for actual money to exchange hands.

Pet Umbrella Keeps Your Canine Companion Covered

Raindrops keep falling on my pet... no more! The rather blandly named Pet Umbrella is just what you and your raincoat-hating dog have always wanted.

Conan O'Brien & Team Coco 'Tweets For Seats'

What does an ex-late night talk show host do after Jay Leno kicks him to the curb. In the case of Conan O'Brien, he picks himself up, dusts himself off and hits the tweets running.

Concept Watch Looks Very Futuristic - But What Time Is It?

Adding to the new genre of time pieces that are form over function is this concept watch, The Zero.  I want to hate it...

Twit2Tel Lets You Call Anyone On Twitter

With a simple interface, Twit2Tel offers a service that can not only get you in touch with your Twitter buddies, but also increase your stalker status in the process

MixMyGranola: Customized Cereals Put A Spin On A Traditional Business Model

Sometimes all it takes is an innovative twist on a simple concept to increase the hype surrounding a new business idea. The latest trend that businesses globally have been turning to is to allow consumers to make their own decisions about the products that they receive. Customization is the key; allowing consumers to think about only themselves when they shop. And don't tell me that we can't all benefit from an egotistical perspective every now and again!


An HIV Vaccine Made From Bananas?

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School have discovered a set of proteins in bananas that may finally slow the spread of HIV.   They are lectins, sugar-binding proteins that can identify a foreign invader and attach themselves to it, blocking its entrance into the body.


Going Somewhere? You May Want To Take This Backpack & Suitcase Furniture With You

.... Though others have designed furniture in suitcase form, perhaps the Quinze & Milan sofa design for backpack company, Eastpak, is the only sofa, so far, that unmistakeably draws its inspiration from a backpack. 

BMW's M Loses Two Wheels

An entirely different class of BMW, the BMW M Bike provides a little of the brand's luxury and style on a two-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle.

World's First Mechanical Cell Phone Looks Gorgeous, Costs Too Much

Combining the function of a cell phone with the timeless style of a complex, analog timepiece, this product will surely awe all who see it.

Tron Legacy Marketing: Disney Changes Monorails Into Lightcycles.

The viral marketing of Tron: Legacy continues - this time on the sides of Disney's very own monorails.

7 Adult Trikes, From Tame To Game For Anything

How about a trike ride? An adult trike ride.  Trikes provide a more relaxing ride than bikes, and if you get a recumbent trike, it's less stressful on your joints and your back than a bike.  Either way, the trike's the trip right now.

Chatab.com Offers You A Chat Application With A Tabbed Browser

Chatab.com aim to offer a solution to switching tabs or windows by giving you a web app that gives you multiple chat accounts alongside a web browser.

Sony Bloggie HD Video Camera Captures 360-Degrees

The Bloggie MHS-PM5K from Sony offers a unique lens that swivels and is capable of capturing a full 360-degree image - so it's now possible to record not only an alien invasion, but also your terrified facial expression all in one shot.

The First Certified Organic Perfume is Here: Wholearth

Some people cannot tolerate the synthetic components of most perfumes.  Luckily for all of those would-be perfume wearers there is a new option.  Wholearth Certified Organic Perfume Spray by Danny Seo has no dyes or synthetic ingredients.   

Artist's Pet Urns Are Her "Happy Urns"

Artist Alyson Whitney creates ceramic urns for pets that reflect the joy that pets experience while they're alive as well as the joy they give us humans.  Her brightly colored palette, painting her unique urn designs with three or four layers of rich paint, are her signature marks.

Moms' Alzheimer's Poses Higher Dementia Risks For Their Children

Researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center used positron emission tomography (PET) with Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB), a new fluorescent dye that highlights amyloid plaques during a PET scan used to study the brains of 42 healthy persons.  Fourteen of this study's 42 volunteers had no family history of Alzheimer's disease, 14 had fathers who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and 14 volunteers had mothers with the disease.

Sony Gives The Details Of Its Motion Gaming

Sony jumped into the motion-based gaming market last week. PlayStation will soon compete directly with Wii in this space.

Must Tastes: 20 Wild & Weird Potato Chip Flavors

Spicy barbecue, zesty lime, and cheesy parmesan are yesterday. Today's potato chip flavors are more complicated infusions like Chargrilled Steak & Onion and Chesapeake Crab.  Some modern chips may even replace lunch for those on the go, like Tuna Fish potato chips.  See if you can find one or two that might satisfy your cravings... or just your curiosity.

CantYouSeeImBusy.com Makes Your Optical Productivity Go Up, Actual Productivity Not So Much

CantYouSeeImBusy.com offers a solution for gamers who want to still look like they're getting stuff done, even if it's actually just a high score.

Music Note Tea Filter Sounds Great For Single Sippers

This cute Music Note Tea Filter adds a 'note' of whimsy to solo sipping. It's ideal for those who prefer loose leaf tea but don't want to brew a whole pot.

Google Public Data Explorer Lets You Make Sense Of Big Data Sets

Google Labs has introduced a project to let users explore tons of different sets of public data and compare them in ways that will make them much easier to understand.

Desktop 'Magic Sakura' Cherry Tree Springs Into Bloom

Spring is almost here, and for those in Japan (and Washington D.C.) that means the cherry blossoms are about to bloom! Now the rest of us can get in on the fun, thanks to the Magic Sakura fake flowering tree!

Twitter's Down? Where's The Fail Whale When You Need Him?

There was something comforting about the appearance of the Fail Whale. His emergence from the depths of the Twitterstream meant that Twitter's usage was growing faster than it's server capabilities - but not to worry...because help was on its way. However, today that slumbering leviathan was disturbingly MIA?

Will The Bubbly Social Network Give Voice To Twitter?

Can a new social network site succeed that's basically an amplified version of Twitter while choosing not to launch in North America and Europe? Well, Bubbly is the new shiny thing literally bubbling over in Bollywood, and we're not talking about hookahs!

Japan's Train Buffs Yell For Dr. Yellow

Riding the pain train? The doctor is in... Dr. Yellow, that is. Folk wisdom among Japanese train buffs states that a glimpse of the bright yellow diagnostic bullet train is all that's needed to cure the blues.

Typeface: Niche Personalized Font Biz With Facial Analysis

Everyone likes businesses that focus upon customization; perhaps because we're all just so into ourselves as a human race that we want to make purchases that really reflect who we are. Well, there's one company that's helping people do so in a somewhat nerdy way, while putting a twist on an old idea.

Honda Considering Sportier CR-Z Hybrid...Possible Si?

While the Honda CR-Z Hybrid may be able to provide a respectable number of miles per gallon, some are wishing it could also offer a bit more performance for the money. Honda as responded to this accordingly, by opening the doors for a Type-R variant of the CR-Z.

The 'Wipe Shirt' Keeps Eyeglasses And Shirts Clean

The "Wipe Shirt" - say that carefully - combines a stylish white dress shirt with a microfiber pad. Both your eyeglasses and your shirts will stay cleaner though wearing it may cause you to look geekier.

Simplify Dicipline With The Time Out Pad

If you have a young child you are probably all too familiar with the struggles of discipline.  The Time Out Pad is made to help alleviate some of the stress and bewilderment associated with disciplining young children.

VACO Autofit Helmet Automatically Sculpts Around Your Dome

A new technology in snow sports, VACO Autofit promises to deliver a ski helmet with superior fit, usability and protection.

The Samurai Maid Cafe... Stop In For A Slice!

Maid cafes? Tokyo's full of 'em. Samurai cafes? Seen it on TV. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Samurai Maid Cafe? Yes it would... and yes there is!

Hello Kitty Tartan Celebrates Cute Icon's 35th Birthday

Hello Kitty is 35 and brand owner Sanrio is celebrating the event with the introduction of an official Hello Kitty Tartan - and of course, a line of goods decked out in eye-watering pink plaid.

BMW Says "No M1 on the Horizon"....Hints at "S" Variant for the 135i

For the past few months, rumors of the BMW "M1" have had nearly every fan of the Bavarian Auto Maker on the edges of their seats. Sadly, after an interview with Inside Line, BMW has said there are no plans for an M-Spec 1-Series. However, the interview also revealed that there was a 135is in the works.

Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard Looks Like A Remote, Functions Like A Keyboard

A functional yet sleek form factor for the HTPC remote, the Rii Wireless Mini Keyboard offers a quality alternative.

Cellphone Sensor Tells Your Boss If You're Working Or Goofing Off

Every slacker employee's worst nightmare is about to be brought to life, thanks to the research arm of Japan's second largest telecom company. Is goofing off on the job doomed to become a thing of the past?

The Tanda Clear Device Uses LED Light To Destroy Acne

Acne can be a pain, especially if it persists beyond the teen years.  The Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment uses a blue LED light to destroy the acne causing bacteria.

10 Iconic Designs From Ron Arad's "Restless" London Retrospective

.... Arad is afraid of nothing; no medium, no size, no notion that is unconventional.  He experiments.  He plays... and you get to relive his pleasure through his work.  Restless is a 30-year retrospective of Arad's greatness... and he is still young.

Flower Resurrection Service Delivers Zombie Orchids

Japanese orchid grower Matsumura Yoran has hit on a way to bring flowers back to life. Beginning this April you can order your franken-flowers, which will soothe your soul without eating your brain.

Is USA Today's 'Social Media Lounge' A Little Late To The Party?

With legacy newspapers falling by the wayside and CNN worried that Facebook and Twitter might be stealing its thunder, is it any wonder that USA Today would want to rethink how to interact in the Web 2.0 environment? The old slogan if you can't beat 'em join 'em couldn't be any more apropos as traditional media outlets either mimic or recreate best practices found in the social media space. But in either event, is USA Today doing too little too late?

Milk Cream Snack Cakes Look Like Cute Cows

Please DO have a cow - though the bold bovine pattern on every Fuwamaki Milk snack cake makes them almost too cute to eat.

Where in the World is Robert Scoble @SXSW ?

Why is it worth your while to track down Robert Scoble? Perhaps a $1000 might be an incentive? Hint: He's attending South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas for the next couple of days and he's tied into a major Augmented Reality Contest that could earn a lucky winner a $1000 prize.

Junaio's App Moves Indoors To Put The AR In ScavengAR Hunt @SXSW

Developer Metaio just released Junaio 2.0, an updated version of their augmented reality browser with the most cutting-edge features available today. Strategically planned to debut at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference(SXSW) March 10, 2020 in Austin, TX, the Metaio team have integrated the app into a special event titled "ScavengAR" that will provide conferees with an opportunity to experience the capabilities of the application first-hand.

Snap Amazing Pictures Of Your Baby With The Shutter Buddy

Getting a great picture of your baby may seem like an easy task, but in reality it is an arduous undertaking.  One frustrated, camera-happy dad came up with the great idea of creating an attention grabbing item to attach to your camera.

Bodega: Hidden Shoe Store With Entrance Through A Vending Machine

Everyone knows that the hottest businesses are the ones that are impossible to find, because they're just so highly sought after they have to be discreet. We've seen hidden sushi restaurants that are all the rage, and now there's a shoe store that's following suit in an even more unique way.

Crappy Heels: Insa Stilettos Designed With Elephant Dung!

Insa shoe designs are often strange, beautiful and extreme, but now they've created a design inspired directly from the world of art and it uses a unique and rather crappy material.

Sleep Your Way To Beauty With Neocell's Super Collagen+C

Neocell’s Super Collagen+C is taken in either a tablet or powder form and is said to have a wide range of health and beauty benefits.

Chandelier Expresses Delight And Confusion: The Chandelirium

Talk about design that's expressive, the Chandelirium, by lighting and furniture sculptor Aaron R. Thomas and multi-media artist Anne-Louise Ewen, far surpasses the category's qualifications.  The chandelier looks like it was woven by a colony of totally delirious birds during mating season.

Sega Home Planetarium Turns Your Bathtub Into A Spaceship

A nice, relaxing bath can make you feel like you're floating in space. To complete the experience, set up the the Homestar Aqua home planetarium from Sega on your bathroom floor.

Pac-Man Wants To Hold Your Hot Pans!

After a long run as a video game star, Pac-Man has found himself going back to his roots: the kitchen.

'Tweet Defense' Calculates Twitter Stats For Game App Advantage

For members of the Twitterati who have been accumulating Twitter followers just for 'bragging rights,' now you may have a legitimate reason to do so. Here's a mobile game application that actually analyzes your Twitter stats  - number of followers and tweets - and then awards you bonuses based on its calculations. It's the next evolution in game apps where developers  are experimenting with pulling data from Web 2.0 services and social networks and integrating them into virtual games.

3 Avatar Fashions Inspired By The Na’vi On The Planet Of Pandora

Avatar may not have won best picture, but it did receive a couple of nods at this year's Academy Awards and there's still a ton of hype surrounding it. For those who want to follow the styles of the Na'vi a number of fashion pieces have been designer, inspired by the movie and its indigenous people.

Call For Inventors: The 2010 DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

DiabetesMine, with the sponsorship of the California HealthCare Foundation, an independent philanthropy devoted to improving health care delivery, is sponsoring its second annual Design Challenge, calling for innovative devices or web applications that will improve life for people with diabetes. The three top concepts will each receive cash awards and support to further the commercialization of their designs.

Evoke -The Social Network That Churns Virtual Game Theory Into 'We Are The World'

If you were tasked with saving the world in 10 short weeks, where would you possibly begin. Well if you're a gamer or an optimist, you might consider kicking the tires of a new type of social network. Evoke is a mash-up of the virtual and real worlds that is markedly different from any gaming enterprise that went before. Become your own super hero and solve the world's greatest challenges by evoking collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship, resourcefulness ...and yes, even courage.

My Week With the Clinch Wallet - Product Review

Guys?  Do you use your wallet as your personal filing system?  Is it now stuffed so full that it won't fit in your pocket?  If so, the Clinch Wallet may be just what you're looking for!

Snoopy USB Hub Can Be Yours For Peanuts

Not really "peanuts", but what goes together better than Snoopy and Peanuts? How about your computer and this cool, 3-port USB hub that evokes everyone's favorite beagle at his Red Baron-busting best?

I- Brite Eye Whitening Surgery Restores a Healthy Look

The quest for physical perfection has taken another leap forward recently with the introduction of surgical eye whitening.  Yes, that’s right; I didn’t say teeth whitening – eye whitening!

Ultime Réalité: The Ultimate Thrill With Abduction And Stalking Services

If you've ever dreamed of being abducted or of doing a little harmless stalking that won't end in a jail sentence, then there is one French company more than ready to make those dreams come true for those thrill-seekers!


Celebrate Or Drown Your Sorrows With The Hellooo Happy Hour Watch!

Last night at the Oscars, you know that all of those celebs were just dying to escape for a little late night happy hour at the after parties (as if they hadn't already hit the bottle before the awards show). But I'd bet they didn't have a watch to count them down to the moment of victory!

Ultra-light RC Model Plane Floats Like A Butterfly

Light as a soap bubble and almost as fragile, the radio-controlled model airplane sent aloft by Japanese hobbyists proves that when it comes to flying, less can be more.

First Annual Internet Car and Truck of the Year Winners Announced

More and more people are turning to the vast quantities of information on the internet when it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, rather than walk into a dealership uninformed. This is mostly due to the growing number of people who will provide their own unbiased opinions about their recent purchase. This was also the grounds for creating the Internet Car and Truck of the Year Awards, the winners of which were announced late last month.

Will Steve Ballmer's Microsoft & Obama's Administration Share A Cloud?

Much has been written about Steve Ballmer's almost fanatic focus on cloud computing this month. With catchphrases like "we're all in" and "the cloud fuels Microsoft and Microsoft fuels the cloud" he makes it sound like his company is the lone pioneer in the field. Or when he does allude to Google, Amazon and Apple it is done in a dismissive manner. Could this ramp-up of 'all-things-cloud' be part of a larger alliance Ballmer is solidifying with the Obama Administration?

Does the "13 Function in One Pen" Actually Function? - Product Review

James Bond would be pretty happy to have the 13 Function in One Pen.  But do all of the functions... function?

From Russia With Love, Chatroulette 17-Yr Old Founder En Route to USA?

While well known as a habitual truant at his high school, when 17-year old Andrey Ternovskiy is not where he's supposed to be, he's taking business lunches and entertaining offers. However the goose that laid the golden 'webcam' egg might be ready for a major change in his very short life.  There's evidence that he just might  be packing up the Internet's next shiny thing and transplanting it from Moscow to the Silicon Valley, in hopes of converting rubles into Ben Franklins.

Weather Dresses: Wearable Art By Valerie Lamontagne Visually Depicts Weather Data

Fashion that serves another function is always well received by those who might never think of wearing such an item, but love to gawk at the innovations. An artist recently developed a line of weather dresses that are about more than just couture designs.

Manpacks: Men’s Underwear Subscriptions Alleviates The Embarrassment Of Holey Socks!

I recently wrote about another subscription service that helps shopophobic men maintain their personal hygiene without ever having to leave home to purchase their products. Now there's another business that helps these gentlemen with the essentials.


The Strolley Makes Travelling With Toddlers Easier

Travelling with a toddler can be more than a challenge.  The Strolley by Castiglione Morelli Design is perfect for navigating busy airports or bus stations.

Google vs The World: Battles, Blunders & Lawsuits

When you're as big and ubiquitous as Google you have to accumulate some enemies along the way. The mega-search engine we all love to hate is right now balancing ten significant issues both legal and philosophical. From Harvard law students to Rupert Murdoch, Google has even gone after superpowers the likes of China.

Movie Buffs Will Have A Blast With This Movie Stills Collection

Sometimes, it only takes an image to bring back good memories.

Shatner's MyOuterSpace Recruits Talent For Stellar New Social Network

While still pimping hotels at Priceline, collecting Boston Legal residuals and conducting "Raw" interviews on the Biography Network, William Shatner is the quintessential huckster. Not happy to rest on his laurels, and hearkening back to his Star Trek origins, this venerable veteran has set his sights on building his own social network. And with tongue inserted firmly in cheek, he's named it MyOuterSpace.com

Worlds Collide: BBC 'SuperPower' Meets ABC 'V' TV Show

Two ethereal female guides offer help for planet earth. Both represent super powers. Both attempt to 'shock 'n awe' us into looking at our lives in different ways. The promos are similar in their 'otherworldly' approach and mood, but the intent is much different. One looks to inform while the other to entertain. Both connect with Barack Obama. While the president is actually featured in SuperPower's promo, the 'V' series has been interpreted as an allegory of the current administration, with its allusions to "change" and "universal health care."

Mood Traxxer: Music For Moods And Moments

Mood Traxxer is a streaming music player that works off of your current mood, and lets you try to either change the mood or stick with it.

Puj Creates a Folding Baby Bathtub for the Sink

If you have ever tried to bathe a small baby you know how awkward it can be.  Fortunately, Puj has come up with an ultra handy, super portable and storable tub for babies up to 17 pounds. 

GOP's Re-Invention Of Fear Lacks Creativity

Inventive ideas are supposed to be creatively different from what went before. When one uses fear to try and convince others they have a new idea to share, they're not so much inventing as they are re-inventing. When one is failing, judgement is clouded and folks often fall back on what they know. When fear grips you, it causes your inventive ideas to become emotional rather than logical, and runs the risk of losing credibility.

Show Off Your Social Media Connections With MashedIn

By connecting your social networks on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, this web app aims to provide you with a simple embeddable widget that will let your readers know how they know you.

The Selphyl System Plumps Your Wrinkles Naturally

For those who are interested in facial filler procedures there is a new kid in town.  Unlike traditional fillers which are made of synthetics, plastics or animal-based products, the Selphyl System takes the filler components from the patient’s own body. 

Innovative Rubber Sidewalk Saves Trees and More

Concrete sidewalks can make a walk around the neighborhood a pleasant experience, unless the sidewalks are cracked, broken and lifted by tree roots. Then they become dangerous to walk on. Sidewalk repairs require intensive labor, money and sometimes the removal of trees and their invasive roots, but with Terrewalks trees, money and labor are saved.

Call For Inventors! Telebrands (As Seen On TV) Wants To Know What You're Up To

Inventors!  Here's a message from Telebrands! The big infomercial giant is looking for new products!

Valmet Automotive to Debut Hybrid As "Technological Showcase "

Even though Hybrid powertrain developments have been dominating the spotlight for quite some time, we are still suckers for in-car technology and will never miss an opportunity to check out something new. This time however, thanks to the new Valmet Eva Concept, we can enjoy both at once.

Pod Hotels Feature Capsules, Cabins, Igloos & iPods

There was a time when travelers sought out spacious hotels for business and leisure. Large guestrooms signified luxury and comfort and the traveling public was willing to spend the higher room rates for connecting rooms, suites and penthouse level accommodations. In fact any hotel room that exceeded 400 square feet in most city hotels was considered roomy.  However, times do change and today we're adjusting to recessionary times by employing cost-cutting measures at work and  when we travel.  "Pod Hotels" is the latest segment of the hospitality industry to emerge as the trend-du-jour to address those needs.

Neat New Toenail Clipper Features Straight, Slanted Blade

Toenail clipping just got a whole lot easier thanks to a newly designed clipper which features a straight, angled blade.

Get Social Media Tailored To Your Liking With TheFilter.com

TheFilter is a site that aims to provide you with a customized content feed based soley on what your media tastes are in music, movies, and more.

Do You Know How Long Itzbeen Since You Fed the Baby?

Created by an overwhelmed mom and dad, the Itzbeen device has separate timers for all of the important baby care elements and displays them on one convenient screen.  With one touch of the appropriate button, the timer will start counting up to the next feeding or nap time.

Toy Traveling: Send Your Inanimate Friend For A World Tour!

Travelocity may have started it with its jet setting gnome, but the new trend is taking pictures of inanimate objects in various places around the world. The only problem is to send your toy to get its picture taken in front of the Eiffel Tower means that you've got to get your own plane ticket.


Feminine Sandals For The Fight-Or-Flight Shoe Lover

 There's a double-standard that a girly -girl can't also be a strong woman, and one new shoe design combines both of these elements together in a fun and feminine way.

Discover Your Inner AlterMachine

Inside all of us is a perfectly-built machine waiting to come to life. 

'United Breaks Guitars' Music Trilogy Now Complete With Debut of Song #3

Even though United Airlines donated $3000 to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and Taylor Guitars ponied up a couple of replacement guitars, Dave Carroll is following through with his original promise to produce and record three songs dedicated to his now infamous damaged guitar incident. For those that don't know Dave, he is the songwriter/singer whose guitar was damaged on a United Airline's flight from Halifax to Nebraska last summer.

The Almighty Simon Fuller Creates 'Dream' World In Social Media Experiment

There were movies with a similar premise. "The Truman Show" starring Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey's "EdTV"  followed the lives of the title role characters and aired their every waking and sleeping moments on TV 24/7. Similar- but with a twist, 'If I Can Dream' will be the first streaming online video show to be aired on the Internet exclusively, commencing March 2 and will mash-up 'American Idol' with 'The Real World'.

The WhyCry Baby Crying Analyzer Knows Why Your Baby is Crying

Could anyone or anything actually decipher your baby's elusive cries?  The WhyCry Baby Crying Analyzer claims to do just that.