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April, 2010

Philips Men's Body Shaver Keeps Guys Smooth, Girls Smitten

Body shavers for men? You betcha - because a girl likes what a girl likes and  these days, girls like their guys to be hairless.

Food2Dorm: Convenient Delivery Of Fresh Food To College Dorms

It's the season where prospective college students are anxiously awaiting their acceptances letters from the colleges they applied to (if they haven't heard back already) to find out where they'll be living in the fall. A lot of planning can go into dorm living, especially when students will be living away from home for the first time, and food can be an issue which is why one business decided to tap into the niche.

Smoking Mittens: Indulge In Your Vice While Keeping Your Hands Warm!

 Winter is over unless you live in an arctic climate (at least for those that live in a climate that does get cold); but that doesn't mean that there won't be any cool evenings that you're just dying to get your hands in some mittens. The only problem? Smokers don't have that luxury without resulting in fabric burns.

11 Fashionable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Unique Necklaces And Jewelry Mom Will Love!

It's hard to choose a gift for Mother's Day that will make your mom feel truly special. For children young or grown, it's a great time to recognize all of those things that your mom has done for you throughout your life, starting with bringing you onto this earth. For those looking for jewelry ideas, here are some great finds that can be personalized and will become sentimental, not just for the materials they're made with, but because of their meaning.


Smithsonian's Lemelson Center Launches 'Tech Virtual' Design Challenge

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation today launched a collaborative design project with The Tech Virtual at the The Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif. With a series of design challenges hosted by The Tech Virtual, the Lemelson Center invites the public to develop and prototype design concepts for the center’s next exhibition, tentatively titled "Places of Invention."

 

NuMetrex Fitness Bra Measures Your Heart Rate

Put your breasts to work with this fitness enhancing bra that keeps track of your heart rate.

Best New Products of 2010: The 17 Edison 2010 Gold Awards

There were more gold, silver, and bronze honors awarded at the Edison Best New Product Awards than ever before.  It must have been tough for the judges, who included Thomas A's own grand niece, Sarah Miller Caldicot, to decide on which new products would receive the Gold Awards, but they did - in 15 product categories. In addition, the committee awarded two Golds in a 16th category: The Green Awards

 


Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changer For OTAs & Travel Industry At Large

Lots of "buzz" cyberventilating the blogosphere this week about Google potentially acquiring ITA Software. No, not Google Buzz (that's old news) - but a buzz with further-reaching ramifications for the online travel space. ITA is the meta-search software that provides the booking functionality for Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and even Bing Travel. If and when this happens, Google could virtually shake up and reconfigure the entire travel landscape online for at least the next decade or more.

Throwing The Social Media Kitchen Sink At The Oil Spill & 'Drill Baby Drill'

Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod told Good Morning America on April 30 that the White House will not authorize additional oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico until the investigation of the exploded and sunked BP oil rig is analyzed. While this horrific event is casting doubt over the whole "drill baby drill" mantra movement, social media as its known to do is rising to the occasion to help alleviate some of the repercussions.

Graphic.ly Speaking, Here Comes iPads & Social Networking For Comic Books

Since the introduction of the comic-book format in 1934, followed by graphic novels and Manga, the market for writers, illustrators and fans have grown exponentially within the last decade. While the printed format may at some point follow in the footsteps of the dying legacy newspapers, there are digital solutions emerging. Graphic.ly is an option in the social media space, while iPads, on the device end may actually take the place of the printed comic book and graphic novel, in the near future.

Be Homeless At Home - Fake Street Bedding Looks Hard, Feels Soft

Imagine what living on mean city streets must be like with this printed cardboard box duvet cover and faux pavement mattress cover. Don't feel too guilty as you enjoy their soft comfort - a percentage of the purchase price goes to a Dutch foundation for homeless youth.

10 Helpful Gadgets For Boomer Moms & Grandma

Heck. We all age and, even if we feel young, aging may restrict us physically in doing things we did when we were younger.  Arthritis, sore feet, bad knees... one thing or another seems to slow us down after awhile.  Fortunately, many gadgets are available that enable us to achieve the same results we did when we were younger... maybe one of these will look like it will help your boomer mom or granny feel groovy again.

New Zero-G Seats May Become Benchmark for Automakers

When you are planning a long road trip, the seats in your car are likely among the last things on your mind. However, if the new ultra-thin seats introduced by Alfa Romeo enter production, you may need to start factoring them into your next vacation.

Skiing Boulders: New Extreme Sport?

Yes, you read correctly. Skiing. On boulders.

Put Pet Bowls In The Perfect Position For Your Dog

I can't tell you what a welcome sight the Perfect Position Pet Bowls are, and how long overdue... Not just because dogs come in different sizes, but because dogs differ in their abilities to reach higher or lower for their food and water.

 


Is Apple's 'iCops & Robbers' A New iPhone 4G Game App?

Don't be surprised if the Case of the Missing 4G iPhone doesn't become a Game App in the very near future. It has all the components of an interactive mystery game including a large tech company kingpin, the press, a police raid, a 'deep throat' character and a hapless software engineer who doesn't have a shot in hell of ever becoming Apple's employee of the month any time soon.

Water Tank Becomes 'Spaceship' On The Streets Of Madrid: Infomab 2010

.... The Infomab project began as an experiment by the Kawamura Ganjavian Studio to see how the water tank's material - glass fiber reinforced polyester - could be repurposed.  Not a bad outcome!

Contact Lenses Correct Your Vision Overnight: PauneLens

Before I knew that you weren't supposed to sleep in your contact lenses, I did.  And boy, did it feel fantastic to open my moist eyes in the morning and see clearly without having to search for my specs. Now, a Spanish optometrist has patented a contact lense that can correct your vision problems. And he wants you to wear his lenses overnight!

 


Greenaid Seed Vending Machines For Guerrilla Greenery!

 Around here, we really love vending machines and who wouldn't when they're pretty much about the simplest business concept in the world and all sorts of weird stuff can be found in them? Anyways, the most recent is innovative and sure to be trendy since it jumps on the eco-friendly train!

OfferMeATrip: Travel Agencies Fight To Get Travelers Their Dream Vacations

Everyone wants to get their dream vacation, but finding everything they want for a price they like can be easier said than done. Not anymore with OfferMeATrip, a company sets up a bidding war amongst travel agencies to help get travellers what they want, and what better than competition to encourage it?


OfferMeATrip: Travel Agencies Fight To Get Travellers Their Dream Vacations

Everyone wants to get their dream vacation, but finding everything they want for a price they like can be easier said than done. Not anymore with OfferMeATrip, a company sets up a bidding war amongst travel agencies to help get travellers what they want, and what better than competition to encourage it?

6 Fun Rainy Day Spring Fashions: Fashionable and Functional Boots, Coats and Umbrellas!

It's spring and that's the season where many places around the world say "bye" to the snow only to welcome the rain. There are some positives that come with the change of season and those include the flowers and of course the fashions. There are lots of chic and funky rain items to choose from including umbrellas, boots and coats that make the season a little brighter even through all the rain.

Five Pointed Eraser Keeps Your Work Looking Sharp

The Mirikeshi M700 five-pointed plastic eraser from Kokuyo has five different erasing heads to help you rub out your errors - and nothing else.

Unique Gifts For Mom's Day To Suit Any Budget and Personality

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you don’t want mom to think you have completely forgotten.  Take a look at this list of unique gifts to fit every price range and type of mom and then get shopping.

Canadians Live Longer In Better Health Than Americans

In 2002 and 2003, the U.S. and Canada participated in a joint survey to compare the impact of health care in both countries.  The findings,about to be published in BioMed Central's journal Population Health Metrics, favor Canadians for health and longevity.

Pink Recycle Bin Made of Recycled Chewing Gum To Recycle Gum To Make More Pink Bins

Picture this. You're sitting in a public place and you drop your cell phone. You reach down to retrieve your phone when you notice dozens of different colored wads of chewed up and discarded gum stuck to the bottom of your seat. Most people would see this and not want to touch the stuff, but Anna Bullus came up with the idea to recycle it.

'Conceptual' Looks Like Too Much Fun For Designer Rolf Sachs

For a man who's created perfect designs all his professional life, Rolf Sachs seems to have become bored with beauty and more focused on a conceptual approach, perhaps one where art imitates life and all its imperfections.  That's cool, because he's clearly having so much fun conceptualizing furniture, he has even actualized a Smart ForTwo car, and he exhibited both in Milan.

 


Lexus Introduces a Hybrid Bicycle Concept

Another luxury car maker turned bike manufacturer has spit out a new bicycle. Just a concept, this bicycle from Lexus features all kinds of electric tech from Lexus's vehicle stable.

BMW Using 1-Series ActiveE to Test New Fuel Powertrain

Along with the recently introduced BMW ActiveE 1-Series, it appears the Bavarian automaker has also been working on a new fuel cell powered vehicle as well. If all goes according to plan, we could see it on the streets within a few years.

Hugo Chavez & The Devil Will Fight On Social Networks

The Twittersphere is known for a lot of things  - but using it as a battlefield seems like an oxymoron. Yet, that seems like the case, now that the likes of the socialist President of Venezuela has joined its ranks. Long known for fighting opponents aggressively in the real world, Hugo Chavez is now seeking weapons of virtual destruction.

Pepsi Baobab - Out Of Africa, Onto Japanese Store Shelves!

Pepsi Japan continues to shock and surprise our taste buds with weird special editions, this time bottling the 'refreshing spicy' flavor of the bizarre-looking Baobab tree.

Gifts For Moms Who Love The Rare And Exotic

Oooh, your Mom will love these exotic treats, especially if she's a coffee and/or tea drinker.  They are very rare brews and, for the first time, they are available to order on-line!

 

Mount Sinai Medical Makes Important Finding In Alzheimer's Disease Causation

Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered that the real culprit in Alzheimer's disease is the Amyloid-Beta (Abeta) oligomers in the brain, and not the Amyloid-Beta plaques as many believed.  Though this is not the first finding that supports Abeta oligomers as the cause of Alzheimer's, the Mount Sinai results are hard to dispute because of the methodology used.

 

The Kug - Kettle & Mug - An Invention We All Can Use

Just yesterday Ben Millett and Alan Harrison, inventors of the Kug, were recipients of the Arthritis Ireland Easy To Use Design Contest for their invention.  As it happens, the pair did design the Kug for persons with arthritis, but in fact, the Kug has a much wider audience.

 


Redesigning The Work Space: Four Works By Swanique Design

Danish design studio Swanique, has designed a most compact workspace, perfect for part-timers or workers on the run, who just need a place to plug into when they're off the road.  Called Four Works, it also makes a great home office for apartment dwellers, or others who lack the space for a full home office.

 

Boobquake, An 'Immodest Social Media Proposal' In The Jonathan Swift Satirical Tradition

In 1789, Jonathan Swift wrote "A Modest Proposal." The purpose of his essay was  to suggest that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic burden of the day by selling their children as food to the rich gentry. His satire mocked the British authorities' attempts at population control with illogical cure-all solutions. In 2010, Jen McCreight (aka Blag Hag) from Purdue University devised "An Immodest Proposal" to counter an equally absurd claim ...

Study Reveals Serious Internet Addiction Among College Students

.... After a 24 hour withdrawal from all media, the students described that period using literal terms of addiction, the same terms associated with drug and alcohol addition - withdrawal, frantically craving, very anxious, antsy, miserable, jittery, crazy...  Others said they were lonely, sad, alone, secluded, isolated...

Is Cyberwar The Next Cold War?

If 'war' connotes huge conflict on a grand scale between nations, and 'détente' is a harbinger of intermittent periods of calm and high tension - could Cyberwar be the 21st Century's version of the Cold War?  George Orwell who was the first to coin the phrase "Cold War" sourced the ideological confrontation between the US and Russia. Today, Cyberwar is of equal threat, but the enemies aren't just confined to nations.

Augmented Reality Flashmobs Bring Hallucinations To Life In Amsterdam

Do you need LSD or just a delusional state of mind? It appears that neither is the case, since all you were required to bring to an Augmented Reality event in Amsterdam was a smartphone.  As a first-time 'flashmob' of this type, AR gatherings like this could become a tourism trend for other international destinations to emulate.

Funky Recycled Fashion: Men’s Suits Repurposed As Bags

It's not unusual for clothing to be repurposed for use in a second life as a different type of object, whether one that falls under the fashion category or not. But often, it's the material that's reused and it's uncommon that the original form remains distinguishable. A recent design takes advantage of the original garment's look and feel to create a fun and funky new fashion.

Poodle Skirts Are Back... For Dogs

Poodle skirts went out in the 50's!  Or, so I thought.  Whether women are wearing retro or not, dogs are, and you clearly don't have to be a Poodle to wear a Poodle skirt!  Some of the 10 dogs shown in Poodle skirts look just like they were born to wear these skirts - like real 1950's dogs, and others... well, let's just say they're from another generation....

 


Strangest Business Concept Today: Wearable Rubber Band For The Whole Family...What?!

If you've ever had this thought: "hey, I really wish that had a wearable rubber band that would fit all of my family members at once" then there's a good chance you need to talk to someone..you know that "someone" called a psychotherapist. Yes, the kind with drugs, you need it. But, besides that, there's good news because there is someone out there crazier than you who has not only dreamed about giant rubber bands, but dreamed them up into reality.


UC Davis Team Wins Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup 2010

This past weekend at the new Newseum in Washington, DC, Microsoft sponsored the finals of its eighth U.S. Imagine Cup, one of the nation's toughest student software competitions.  After three days of demonstrating their new technologies, a few dozen team finalists were pared down to one grand prize winner....

 

Obama Action Figure Looks Ready To Kick Butt!

Who says the President of the United States needs clothes to look tough?  Not me! Coming in August 2010 to a G.I. Joe footlocker (or Barbie Playhouse) near you: The Barack Obama action figure!

Chair Painting Livens Up Addidas Store In Bangkok

Ratinan Thaijareorn, a young Thai freelance painter and illustrator, was commissioned by Adidas to apply her artistic skills to a pair of library chairs for the Adidas Originals store in Bangkok.... And boy what a difference they made to the interior of the store!  Now, we're not talking about just painting the wooden frames of the chairs; Thaijareorn used the upholstery of the chairs as her canvass!

 

Joshua Tree's Awesome Mirage: A Gold Hotel In The California Desert

Architect Robert Stone is not shy about pushing the envelope, or in this case, about designing a hotel that does not look or feel like any other hotel in the world.  He's designed and built the Acido Durado out of gold, inside and out.  And he's built it at the end of a dirt road in Joshua Tree, CA, where it appears in its dramatic desert surroundings as a glittering mirage.

 

 


Let Your Child's Creativity Run Wild With The Chalk Table

If you want to work with your toddler's compulsion to color on the furniture then you should take a look at the Chalk Table.  Coloring on this piece of furniture is actually welcomed.

Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media's Howard Stern?

Use to be only the likes of Howard Stern could motivate the Federal Communications Commission to consider prohibiting access to certain communication mediums. However after Mark Zuckerberg unlocked his Open Graph 'Pandora's Box,' it looks like he might be under the same type of scrutiny with the federal government that the shock jock experienced years ago!

While Facebook Conquers The Web, Foursquare Targets TV

While Facebook seeks to own the Web and the advertising that is attached - with the launch of its most recent Open Graph, Foursquare is pursuing partnership deals with a more traditional medium. The hottest location-based social network having only reached its one million 'user' milestone has already locked up TV ad and publicity deals with HBO, Bravo, the History Channel and VH1.

These Coffee Ads are Sure to Wake You Up!

Need a cup of magical caffiene to get you going in the morning?  The marketing guys know you do.  And they're out to earn your dollar by promoting coffee with some pretty creative ad campaigns.

The Lizard of Steel Comes to Tear Earth Asunder

Check out this towering beast of steel (rising about 20 inches from the ground) that is ready to unleash its ungodly arsenal upon the world...

Maxell Pokemon Batteries, I Choose You!

Maxell, famed for its iconic "Blown Away Guy" advertising for audio tape cassettes, is going back to its battery making roots with a new line of Pokemon motif alkaline batteries.

The Egg Cuber Defies Nature

If you love hardboiled eggs but are bored with their typical, ho-hum egg-like shape you may want to look into getting yourself an egg cuber.  This unique little kitchen gadget is meant to turn an average hardboiled egg into something completely unexpected.

Ford MyTouch System to Offer Green Driving Tips and Entertainment

Most of the hybrids being sold today come with some form of feedback system to help the driver get the most out of every drop of fuel. Ford has decided that such technology would be even more helpful to those of us who don't yet own a hybrid and incorporated it into their new MyFord Touch System.

9 Great Green Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

It is that time of year again to celebrate Mother's Day. If you are debating making your mom a homemade gift or buying her a gift. The choice is yours. I cannot decide that for you. However, I can show you a list of 9 innovative green gift ideas for inspiration. Take a look below.

Brew Thru: Drive Thru Beer Franchise, Smart For Business, Bad For Drivers

Americans have forever wished for liquor store drive thrus, but the closest you get are the drive thru daiquiri bars of New Orleans. Since beer is a drinker's best friend, a new franchisor has decided it's a great idea to introduce a similar convenience.


Obama Nightclub: Presidential Hotspot Internationally

Obama might not be the most popular in the United States or online with some individuals right now who are supporting an inappropriate Facebook campaign, but he's well-loved overseas. So much so that there are businesses being created in his honor.

Hair Armor: Drastic Hair Designs Sustain Spring Weather

 Hair and spring just don't tend to be two things that go well together; with wind and rain, even the best coiffed hair is sure to contend with frizziness or flyaways. That hasn't stopped a group of international hair artists from coming up with some absolutely out of this world styles.

World's First Successful Face Transplant Achieved In Spain

Five years after a man accidentally blew off most of his face with a gun, 30 doctors at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain provided him with a new face.  The 24-hour surgery that involved removing the entire face of a deceased donor and transferring it to the recipient, was the first entire face transplant ever attempted and it has been, so far, successful.

 


Social Media Experts Buddha & Jesus Are All About The Tweets!

Since  Prince Siddartha (aka as Buddha) and Jesus were born respectively 2572 and and 2006 years before Twitter, they never had a chance to tweet. But since both of these historic figures were known to speak in parables and short pithy slogans, if they were around today, I'm sure they would have been naturals in the Twittersphere. As often as these two spiritual leaders were compared to each other (two brothers from different mothers), I think many of their tweets would have hailed from the same hymn book.

Bangalore Safe Driving Campaign May Get Your Clothes Bloody

An ad agency in India wants to make damned sure that people don't talk on their cell phones while driving...  Strap in.  It's a bit messy.

Fly The Friendly Social Media Skies With iPhone 4Gs, Promoted Tweets & CS Issues

We've all heard the social media success stories of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines - so much so, that they sometimes overshadow the other airlines that are also doing exceptional jobs in taking care of the customers throughout the Twittersphere. Here are four airlines that know how much weight a tweet carries, and some are now even paying for them.

The EyeDriver – Checking Out Girls While Driving Could Kill You

The same minds that brought us the fully iPhone-controlled Dodge Caravan called the “Spirit of Berlin” are at it again, and on April 23, 2010 unveiled a video of an elaborate camera system that can track the eye movements of a driver and steer the vehicle accordingly.


Whip Up Some Fun In Minutes With The Babycakes Cupcake Maker

What could be better than freshly baked cupcakes?  How about freshly baked cupcakes that are ready in just five to eight minutes?  The new Babycakes Cupcake Maker is here to fulfill those late-night cravings for sugary baked goodness.

BMW Unveils Gran Coupe Sports Concept...Challenges Mercedes-Benz CLS

BMW has always been about combining performance, prestige, and luxury into one single, no-compromise package. Now, they have introduced a new concept vehicle that may be the best example of this ideology yet.

NASA's New Triumph Sends Back Never Before Seen Images Of The Sun

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), launched in February, is sending back high-resolution image details of the sun and its activities that have never been seen before.  NASA's expectations are that the SDO will have a huge impact on science, similar to the impact of the Hubble Space Telescope on modern astrophysics.

 

Marty Cooper, The Alexander Graham Bell Of The Mobile Phone Points To The Future

Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone finally proved successful on March 10, 1876, when the first complete sentence was transmitted: "Watson, come here; I want you." Almost 100 years later, looking like an updated version of Maxwell Smart's shoe phone, Marty Cooper, the inventor of the cell phone made his first call using the device, on April 3, 1973 from the penthouse suite of the New York Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Digital Sports Streaming Expands on Roku, Boxee and PlayStation 3

Sports fans are being treated to an increasing amount of content available on the Web and via digital streaming. Roku and Boxee both announced new sports services this week.

13 Million Hits Turns Into 'Book of Awesome'

It's the little things in life we savor. It's snow days, a cool pillow on a hot summer night, or finding money in your pocket. These are the things that bring a smile to our face, if only for a fleeting moment. And while we all can relate, it took an office worker by the name of Neil Pasricha and his award-winning blog, 1000awesomethings.com to write about them.

The SousVide Supreme Water Oven Cooks Food To Perfection

The French are known for their innovative cooking styles.  Many of these methods can be complex for the home cook though.  For anyone who has always hoped to break the code of these delectable dishes you may just be in luck.  The SousVide Supreme water oven is now available to purchase for your home cooking needs.

Hello Kitty Portable TV Brings Branding To The Small Screen

The Hello Kitty portable TV combines effective digital technology with a thoughtful,  ergonomic design. Quite impressive for a TV that looks like a cartoon cat's head.

A Dog With A Ball And A Humanga Stache

Snidely dog is here... or he will be with this Humunga Stache from Think Geek.  And doubtless, if you play with this Stache at the park, there will be many a Dudley Do Right chasing your dog around.

 

8 Water Powered Gadgets Use Variety Of Technologies

Where do all of your small spent batteries go?  You know; the AAs and the Ds and the Cs and the watch, camera, yada yada yada batteries.  Tell me you don't put them in the trash!  Well, now you don't have to feel guilty, if you do, because new water or liquid power technologies are already available in some small gadgets and, no doubt, the trend will continue.  (One of these will even run on beer!)

 


The Dogphone – Throwing You A Bone During A Natural Disaster

You don't know him, but this dog might  just save your life. Eqiupped with the lastest in dog-based video recording technology, these messenger dogs are trained to find stranded survivors after a natural disaster and relay their coordinates and current situation to a command center. Man's best friend indeed.

Who's Not Evil Now? Facebook's Social Connections vs Google's Hyperlinks

The gauntlet was officially laid down when Mark Zuckerberg announced at his F8 Developers Conference that "going forward social connections are going to be equally as important as hyperlinks were for the Web previously." While Google's brain-trust has been ingenious in perfecting their algorithms over the years, where Facebook may have a leg up in the weeks and months ahead is "stickiness." To fracture an old axiom, "you can lead a horse to link, but you can't get always get him to click." Zuckerberg, on the other hand, thinks his 400 million horses will be prompted by his Open Graph to do both.

'Facebucks', First Social Networking Currency To Roll Off The Facebook Mint

In a previous post, titled, "Facebook's 'Open Graph' Targets Google Ad Dollars," I half-heartily hinted at the  possibility of "Facebucks" becoming a new currency to be established by the world's number one social network.  And today, I'm here to tell you that my off-the-cuff attempt at humor is becoming a reality! The Facebook Mint is ready to print their own money, and dissimilar to the Federal Treasury, I think they'll be running in the black from day one!

Restless, Dreamy, Itching To Fall In Love? You've Got Spring Fever!

Huck Finn had it. "It's spring fever," he exclaimed in Tom Sawyer, Detective"And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"

Axe Canada's Showerpooling Speeds Past Carpooling To Save The Planet!

Carpooling may save gas, but what about water, our planet's most fundamental resource? Take action. Take your clothes off. And Showerpool. With tips and tools to help keep our planet more and more sustainable, products the world over are looking for new ways to become environmentally friendly. Axe Body Wash, on the other hand  has taken that message literally with the release of their new video "Axe Showerpooling."

Volcanic Ash: Bad For Jets, Great For Your Face!

Iceland's erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano may be making as ash of itself but a Japanese cosmetics company has found a silver lining in those ominous dark clouds.

Hoodie From Marthe Aime SS 2010 Let’s Men Show Off Their Pecks!

Hoodies have typically been made to wear during the cooler seasons; sweaters that immediately offer head warmth with very little effort. They're also a nice, cozy fashion item to throw on for a cooler summer evening on the beach. This might be what you've come to expect from a hoodie, but that's all about to change with a unique and unusual fashion design.

Tot-A-Lot: Funky Coordinated, But Unmatching Outfits For Twin Babies!

Every parent with twins or two children close in age has dressed their children in coordinating outfits. Be it in the identical thing, the same male and female versions of matching attire, or garments the same in style but different in color. Sure, the clothing choices look awfully cute; but a decade or two later you child will look back at the pictures and feel awful for not having their own identity. Enter Tot-A-Lot to move that melodrama.


Hot New Dell Phone Leaks: Windows Phone 7-Based Lightning

A big, gushing leak of Dell products yesterday included a very sexy Windows Phone 7 handset due out later this year. The Lightning is powerful, sleek and packed with solid features.

Call For College Inventors: Alternative Energy Technology Competition

Inventors Digest has partnered with the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to host the the 2010 Collegiate Alt-Energy Challenge: Help Save The World One Kilowatt at a Time.  The challenge is seeking ideas for innovative low-cost, alternative energy technologies, products, solutions, and services that will help assuage the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, disease and death among peoples of the world that live without electricity.

 

Car2Go Vehicle Sharing Program Alive and Well In Austin, Texas

Late in 2008, a vehicle sharing program called Car2Go was launched on a test basis in the city of Ulm, Germany.  After seeing how successful it was, other cities across the globe began planning to implement such a program.  Now, Austin is becoming second large city to begin using the new kind of transportation being called "On Demand Mobility."

Name That Lawn Mower Blade For $500!

Edison Nation is holding its fifth Name Search Challenge... this time for a new lawn mower blade.  The inventor apparently refers to it as a "Samurai" because, like a Samurai sword, the curved blade slices the grass instead of chopping it.  Ouch!

Lull Your Baby To Sleep With The Hushamok

Who doesn’t love the comfort and security of swaying in a hammock?  What if you could give your baby (or another baby you love) that same soothing experience?  The Hushamok Dream was created to do just that. 

The Nintendo 3DS – Gaming From A Parralax Dimension?

Nintendo's lastest and greatest handheld may just deliver what gamers the world over have wanted for years – stereoscopic 3D. Thats right, folks, 3D with no ungainly glasses or that odd reddish-blue tinge. Apparently using technology originally designed by Sharp, this could be the start of the gaming revolution 3D enthusiasts have been waiting for.

Bungee Vegas-Style: Stratosphere's Newest Attraction

Scarier than most games of poker, a new Vegas ride provides the thrills of bungee, sky diving and/or base jumping right on the legendary Strip.

The New $100 Bill With Enhanced Security & Design Flair

Back in the old days, it was the U.S. Treasury that issued new currency designs, but yesterday three government agencies - the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Secret Service - unveiled their design of a $100 U.S. note.  As with recent releases of our new currency, the new $100 note is keeping up with design trends in general, adding more bold colors to the bills.

 

Talking, Singing Robot Gets New Lips And Nose, But Remains Creepy

Even the teaching of speech to hearing impaired kids has become robotized in Japan.  But though the Talking Robot, first prototyped in 2007, has had a more recent nose job and its lips plumped up, it still sounds really creepy.

 


Facebook's 'Open Graph' Targets Google Ad Dollars

If the intent of Facebook's Open Graph any different than Google's Ad Preferences? Both are open source and both want to drill down to an individual users' 'likes' so they can customize advertising to the pages you visit on the Web. The only difference - with Google you can option not to have your cookies tracked or OPT-OUT - while with Facebook, its an OPT-OUT on your INSTANT PERSONALIZATION settings and an OPT-IN process every time you hit a Facebook LIKE button (which according to Facebook insiders, will be populating on Web sites faster than bunnies on a hot summer day) .

Social Networks & Online Communities For Moms On Mother's Day

When you acknowledge that special Mom this Mother's Day you might want to change it up a little and introduce her to a network where she can socialize with others that share common interests and who face similar challenges. No matter what her age or where she resides, there are many social networks and online communities that address the needs of first-time Moms to those that juggle career and family.

Sony Soundmug Speaker Plays Music From Cupholders

First the country that gave us Cup Noodle, now there's Cup Music: The Sony Walkman RDP-NWV500 Soundmug is an omnidirectional 2-way speaker designed to fit in your car's cup holder.

5 Cool Eco-finds To Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. In celebration of Earth Day I have put together a random list of eco-friendly innovation I think are quite interesting. Take a look at the list below.

Truckers Love Them & You Will Too: Tree Frog Pads

Although this gadget may have been made the size of the iPad as a stand and protector for it, there's a whole lot more the Tree Frog Pad can do.... Just ask a trucker.

A Pet Carrier With Climate Control By Komfort Pets

Suppose you want to go sailing for a few days or take a ski weekend?  You hate to leave your bird, rabbit, or cat at home, but you're afraid the winds will be too strong or your ski villa too cold for them.  Even at home, you may be able to tolerate more heat or cold than your pet.  Well, Komfort Pets has just the answer: a Climate Controlled Pet Carrier that will maintain the perfect temperature for your pet, no matter what the external temperature.

Don't Throw The Spoon Out With The Package!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about some really neat reusable and recyclable utensils that you can carry with you for those times you're catching lunch on the go.  I had yogurt in mind because it is one popular carry-out item that ideally should not be eaten with one's hands....

Gizmodo vs iPhone 4G: Have Techie Sites 'Gone Tabloid'?

Tabloid Journalism, sometimes referred to as the 'gutter press' or 'checkbook journalism' because of its tendency to sensationalize gossip and rumor, often times pays sources for an inside scoop. Gizmodo's recent bombshell story release of the secret next-generation iPhone found in a Silicon Valley Bar treads this fine line.

Coca-Cola Zero Free - Classic Coke Flavor, That Is All

Coca-Cola is about to give thirsty Japanese soda drinkers the Coke, and nothing but the Coke. Dubbed 'Coca-Cola Zero Free', the new addition to Coca-Cola Japan's lineup will be marketed as an adult health drink.

Ron Docie To Write for InventorSpot.com

InventorSpot.com is proud to announce that Ron Docie, author of  "The Inventor's Bible, How to Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas" which is considered by many to be THE definitive guide for inventors will be joining InventorSpot.com as a  regular Featured Guest Blogger.

The Nomad RV: A Mobile Safe House for the Post-Apocalypse Family

For some reason or another, these have been a rash of "end-of-the-world" movies over the past few years. While those living-dead proof, fully armored vehicles will likely never be anything but a fantasy, the Nomad RV should offer everything you need to keep you and your family safe.

Face Chains: The Latest Freaky Fashion Fad For Spring?

There's a new freaky fashion fad that we just might see making an appearance for spring, at least if runway shows that took place earlier in the year have anything to show for it. This will definitely be a love it or hate it kind of trend, and I think it's obvious exactly which one more people will lean towards.


Prebiotics Show Promise In Treating Acne

A new study by a research team in Glasgow is looking promising for a completely new type of acne treatment.  The team is studying the effects of prebiotics on acne bacteria.

With A Face Like That, You'd Make A Great Chair: Nemo By Fabio Novembre

Believe it or not, Nemo is not just the name of a Pixar animated fish.  'Nemo' is a Latin word meaning 'no man.'  And perhaps, in Fabio Novembre's newest design, the Nemo Chair, the magnificent female face Nemo is every man - or to be precise, every woman

'Cash For Ash' Or How To Laugh In The Face Of A Volcano!

Volcanic ash, as a scientific phenomenon is something most of us will only experience as a once-in-a-lifetime event. However, larger than the treasury of much countries, Iceland's "Smoke Monster" has ignited an excessive volume of monetary transactions that are unfortunate for many, yet favorable for some.  Couple that with the number of jokes that have also emanated from that 'ash hole' and many of us are now also laughing at the expense of others.

Superhero Greenman's Viral Videos Save The Planet For Earth Day

The organic food company Earthbound Farm features superhero Greenman in a campaign encouraging consumers to embrace sustainability and protect natural resources. In a two-week lead up to Earth Day, Greenman's mission is to educate the public about how even small changes in daily routines can save the planet. Let us know if you think he was successful?

FIGS: Buy A Tie, Send A School Uniform To Africa

In many parts of Africa and other developing countries around the world, it's essential for kids to have sharp, clean and complete uniforms to attend schools. For families that can barely afford to put food on the table, purchasing uniforms for one or more children is easier said than done, which is why there's a new buy-one, get-one for charity business that's in operation.

Colon Cafe Offers Drinkers Art With Guts

Belly up to the bar... or better yet, back into it. The Colon Cafe offers drinkers a surreal trip though the lower intestinal tract, if they've got the guts to go inside.

From Earth Shoes To Carbon Footprints, Earth Day Accesses Social Media

The Earth Day Network and Proctor & Gamble are collaborating on social networks to motivate the digerati to lessen their environmental impact on the planet. With the launch of the Billion Acts of Green™ Facebook and iPhone applications, friends, family and followers are being asked to issue pledges of at least one  "act of green" and share it with their Facebook network.

Are iPhone & iPad Jailbreaks Legal Or Illegal?

Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone, iPod Touch (and now iPad) users to run any code on their devices as they choose, as opposed to only the code authorized by Apple. Once jailbroken, Apple-device users are able to download a multitude of applications previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia, as well as illegally pirated apps. Regarding the practice - Apple says "no way" - while Hackers say, "way'!!!

R2 (without the D2) - First Humanoid Robot To Take Giant Leap For Mankind

NASA is coming close to giving birth to its first humanoid robot who will eventually call the International Space Station home. The launch of the 'android' (no, not the Google smartphone) in partnership with General Motors have designed Robonaut2 with a wide array of sensors and dexterous five finger hands to work along humans in space, or by itself in missions too dangerous for astronauts to handle.

Pocket Electric Toothbrush From Panasonic Gives Smiles Sonic Style

Panasonic's EW-DS11 pocket sonic toothbrush is a small wonder. Perfect for toothy touch-ups away from home, the brush is designed to be both small and stylish.

The Demy Kitchen Safe Touchscreen Recipe Reader Saves Your Laptop

With all the splashing, grease splatters and kids running by, laptops may not last long if they are regularly brought to the kitchen for reference.  The Demy Kitchen Safe Touchscreen Recipe Reader was made for just such a purpose.  With the ability to hold 2500 recipes on a 5x7 device that is splash resistant and easy wiped down, this gadget is a much better kitchen choice than a laptop.

Ford and Microsoft Planning Hohm Hybrid Monitoring System

Ford and Microsoft have working together for quite some time thanks to the Sync entertainment system, and it appears as though they are planning on keeping that relationship alive and healthy with the introduction of a new web based hybrid monitoring system.

Wearable Social Networks or How To Dress For Access

'Facebook Fashion' of sorts has been introduced by Electrifoxy.com, a company that has actually hot-wired garments to 'poke' a friend, 'accept' a friend's request and receive notification alerts all from the comfort of the clothes on your back. In the development genre of 'gesture' technology, Seattle designer Jennifer Darmour gives a whole new meaning to 'good vibrations.'

Puma’s New Eco-Box is No Box At All

On April 13th Puma launched another green surprise at the Design Museum in London. To help reduce the million tons of waste made with shoeboxes every year Puma has come together with Yves Béhar to make the "Clever Little Bag". It really is clever.

Can iPhone 4G Knock Heads With Nokia & Nexus?

Following the release of iPhone's 4.0 operating system and competitors like Nokia's smartphones and Google Nexus nipping at it's smartphone heels, what's a company like Apple supposed to do? Release a more powerful smartphone, that's what!

Good Luck Charm Records & Plays Back Your Personal Message

Sending good luck 'omamori' charms and amulets is a traditional Japanese custom. Today, thanks to modern technology, your best wishes can now be accompanied by the sound of your voice.

Alcohol Consumption Can Lead To Breast Disease For Female Teens Who Drink

Frequent consumption of alcohol by teenage girls has been found to increase their risk of benign breast disease (BBD) more than five times that of their peers who don't drink or drink less than once a week.  The new study, published in this week's Pediatrics journal, indicates there may also be a further risk.

Call For Inventors: Please Invent New Toothpaste Dispenser For Colgate!

What's the main royal pain in your morning and evening bathroom regimens?  Never mind, I'll answer that for you.  It's the gunking up of toothpaste on top of the toothpaste tube so you can't squeeze any more of the stuff out until you cut off the top of the tube!   Here we are in the 21st century performing all kinds of technical wizardry and we still can't get the darn toothpaste out of the tube!

 


Lost's 'Smoke Monster' & Volcanic Ash Plume: One & The Same?

Isn't there something oddly familiar about the volcanic ash spewing from that Icelandic volcano and a sinister TV  character called the "Smoke Monster"? Any fan of the widely popular TV Show "Lost" might be thinking along these same lines. Might it be that John Locke finally escaped his fictional island and is free to cause havoc on other islands in the real world?

Golden Age Of Islam Presents World With 1001 Inventions

If 1001 Arabian Nights provided us with a romanticized and idealized version of the Arab world, 9/11 was certainly a stark wake-up call to a harsher view of Muslim life. Over the last 10 years, processing these two extremes has been difficult for many of us. With that said, an exhibit like the one featured at the London Museum of Science and Industry is sure to open our eyes to the great contributions made by Islamic civilizations over the course of the last millennium.

Google Goats Its PR Mowers Back Into Action For Earth Day

Once again Google is resorting to the use of grass-hungry goats to cut their lawn. In what was perceived as a PR stunt by TechCrunch and others last year, Google returns to their sideline work of goat herding. To present themselves as sympathetic to the needs of the environment, Google will bring in hundreds of goats to their Mountain View compound to act as lawnmowers.

Osama bin Laden Has Been Caught? Social Networking With A Facebook Page?

Well the US has been unable to put the number one global terrorist in their cross-hairs, so what makes Facebook think they have a better shot?  Since 9/11, Osama bin Laden and his followers have been the top targets of the United States' War on Terror. Yet, he has eluded us at every juncture. Was Zuckerberg's posse able to capture Osama by allowing him to post his where-abouts up front and personal for all of us to peruse on a Facebook fan page?

Japanese Zoo Features Fish Vending Machine

Zoos are sick of people tossing junk food to the animals, and the animals are getting sick eating it - what to do? If you're a zoo in Japan, you set up a fish vending machine that lets you buy healthy, natural snacks you can hand-feed to the seals.

Save The Rest Of The Roll With The Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser

Paper towels are a kitchen (and other room) essential.  The thing is that so many of the clean-ups that you want to use paper towels for are ones where your hands are already covered in grime and goo.  The Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser holds a roll at a time and dispenses the pre-set amount of sheets with a wave of the hand. 

Puffin Personal Electric Aircraft Being Researched By NASA

Ever since the human race saw birds gliding effortlessly through the air, we have been obsessed with trying to accomplish the same feat. Now, with a little help from NASA, such technology may not be very far away.

The JetBib Helps Give Baby Food A Smooth Landing

Feeding a baby is a messy job, but somebody has to do it.  Rather than wear a wetsuit next time you are feeding your little one you may want to try the JetBib Feeding System. 

Can Social Networks Address Local Business Owners' Needs?

If you're a small business owner with a limited marketing budget how do you compete online with no Internet presence. Even in the year 2010, there are still some local business operators that either for lack of funds, time or expertise who do not have a Web site. Can free social networking be the answer for these type of merchants?

The Eyjafjöll Volcano Designed In Icelandic Wool: The Regional Blanket

The map of the Eyjafjöll volcano... It's already been designed.  And exquisitely so.  In a blanket.  The Regional Blanket by Vík Prjónsdóttir of Vikwool, a knitting factory in southern Iceland.

Confronting Ash Fall From Iceland's Volcano, On Both Sides Of The Pond

Everyone in an ash fall zone will be exposed to the effects of volcanic ash as it has the capability of infiltrating tightly sealed buildings and machinery and is often small enough (less than 10 microns) to be inhaled deeply into the lungs. Ash fall over extensive areas can prevent travel for days as we are seeing currently with the number of cancelled flights by British Airways and other transatlantic airlines. So what measures do we take to avoid ash fall and its repercussions during and post eruption?

Make Your Own Twitter Show With UTweet

UTweet takes your Twitter stream and makes it into a hip little "Twitter show" that you can enjoy and share with your friends.

Google Search Allows 105K+ Twitter Users To Return Back To The Future

It was announced at the Chirp Developers' Conference in San Francisco that Twitter now has over 105,779,710 registered users, and their adding 300K additional per day. In tandem with that announcement Google posted to their official Google Blog that the Twitterverse will be able to telescope back to any point in time and "reply" what people said on Twitter dating back to Day One.

Hello Kitty Barf Bag, A Cute Place To Toss Your Cookies

Feline queasy? EVA Air has something for that: the Hello Kitty barf bag! These bags were standard equipment on the Taiwanese airline's pair of Hello Kitty jets from 2005 through 2009, and are popular collectibles today.

Urilift: Business Creates A Futuristic Solution To Porta-Potty Dilemmas

Porta-potties are those things that everyone has a love/hate relationship with. You sure love them when you're in the middle of nothing and really need to seek a little bit of relief, but you hate the way they look, smell and those lines that can surround them. One company is trying to address the porta-potty hatred with a unique, futuristic design.


Patients Often Unaware That They've Had Minor Strokes

British researchers surveyed 1,000 persons who suffered TIAs or minor strokes and found that a majority of the patients were unaware of the symptoms of stroke or what to do about them.  Most surprisingly, people of all demographics - age, gender, education, and socioeconomic status - were equally unaware of how to recognize a stroke.

 

Eco-Chic Jewelry From Adi Zaffran Weisler: Reclaimed Firing Range Bullet Rings

Ever wonder what happens to bullets after they've done their job with all that shoot ‘em up stuff? We've found a way to reuse practically every form of waste, so don't let it come as a surprise that bullets are the next thing to be converted into recycled fashion.

The Gyro Bowl Stops The Spills

If you live with a toddler you probably also live with a lot of crumbs.  The kid-proof Gyro Bowl is made to keep snacks neatly encapsulated until a little hand reaches in and takes some out.

The Latest, Smartest, And Coolest Self Defense Gadgets For Women

Babes, whether you never leave home without your brute (attack man or attack dog), or you don't have a brute, you should always be able to protect yourself.  Even martial artists often carry small weapons with them to make their moves even more effective.  Today, there are a number of cool, concealable, and even disguised lightweight weapons that won't take you long to learn to master.  And once you do master them, you will feel more confident out and about without your brute!

 


Nothing Sketchy About Google SketchUp & Their 'Model Your Town Competition'

Google has announced the finalists of their Model Your Town Competition that challenged people throughout the world to create a replica of their city in 3D. The premise was built on acknowledging communities and their architecture on an international stage. The Google Sketchup product coupled with Google Earth allowed for 3D modeling of every building and skyscraper that makes up a city or town's landscape. With all entries tallied, it's now time for the public to weigh in and select the winner.

The Chilipad Maintains Your Perfect Temperature All Night

The ChiliPad is here to save you from annoyingly restless sleeps.  This innovative mattress topper can be set to the temperature you like to sleep at and it will regulate the temperature under the covers all night.  It even comes in a dual zone model so that you and your partner can each set your own ideal sleep temperature. 

Jelly Vision: A Business Built From The Mould Of Wiggly, Jiggly Fun!

Who doesn't love Jello? It's jiggly, it's delicious, and it's pretty much free of fat and calories - it doesn't get much better than that. So why then is it that that good ol' J-E-L-L-O just doesn't get the recognition it deserves? Perhaps because there's yet to be a business that specializes in providing it exclusively...until now.

Jelly Vision: A Business Built From The Mould Of Wiggly, Jiggly Fun!

Who doesn't love Jello? It's jiggly, it's delicious, and it's pretty much free of fat and calories - it doesn't get much better than that. So why then is it that that good ol' J-E-L-L-O just doesn't get the recognition it deserves? Perhaps because there's yet to be a business that specializes in providing it exclusively...until now.

Coffee & Cigarettes Combo Packs Give You Twice The Vice

Coffee & cigarettes may not be the Breakfast Of Champions but for all too many it's the breakfast of convenience. Two cravings satisfied in a single meal... and now available in a killer combo.

Do All Women Fear Being Fat? Check Their Brain Scans

A Bringham Young University (BYU) neuroscientist, a psychology professor, and a grad student were probably quite surprised at the completion of their research.  What they found was not exactly what they expected....

PlanetReuse Makes Searching Salvaged Material Easier

Tracking down salvaged material for a project can prove to be difficult and time consuming. At least it used to be. Today PlanetReuse, one of the 14 new technologies, selected as Popular Mechanics Smart Home Green Design Award winners, has made the process much easier.

New Thermal Charging System to offer Infinite Life to Ocean Mapping Robot

Deep ocean mapping and exploration has posed a unique and seemingly impossible challenge to scientists. While autonomous aquatic robots have proved to be instrumental in solving this problem, they require careful monitoring and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. However, a new design may be able to remove the need for constant check-ups and offer over three months of uninterrupted exploration.

Chatroulette Brings Random Chat To A New Level

Chatroulette.com enables quick switches between random chats coupled with seamless streaming webcam video to give users the full effect of the random chat experience.

Color Your Interior To Match Your Moods - 16 Million Of Them

If your interior colors are starting to bore you, don't paint your walls until you see the Philips Living Colors Lamp.   It lets you change the color of your walls and the atmosphere of your interior in one of 16 million colors every time the mood strikes you.

Underwater Polo Stick For That Really Slow, Sluggish Bounce

I've seen extreme pogo sticking, but the underwater pogo stick looks more like extremely lame pogo sticking. Take a look at how you too can pogo under the surface.

'Google Voice' Is Quiet About Sounding Off To Skype

If you were ever considering chuckin' your land-line phone, the time to do so might be right around the corner. And if you haven't already gravitated to Skype, the dominant option in the Internet phone market, you might want to consider a company you're familiar with for that service. 

Convert Google Docs To PDFs In Seconds Without Costly Software

How often have you wanted to convert a document or spreadsheet into a PDF but didn't want to invest in the costly software to do so. Products on the market like Tucows may cost at low-end, $29.50, or run as high as Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro at $699 (which of course comes with a lot of other bells and whistles). But did you know that Google Docs offers a work-around that costs you absolutely nothing?

Toilet Tissue Boutique's Color Consultants Help Personalize Your Paper

Feeling down in the dumps? Need something to wipe away that frown? The psychologically trained counsellors at Renova's mood-matching toilet tissue boutique have got what it takes to paper over any cracks in your psyche.

Immunity Drug Improves Cognition And Function For Alzheimer's Patients In Drug Trials

Hopes are high that Gammagard might be the first drug to reverse Alzheimer's disease by removing plaque from the brain.  The drug is now going into Phase III trials.

Take Your Sauce Everywhere With The Baggy Winecoat

The Baggy Winecoat is a simple little purse-like item that works for alcoholics both men and women that want to bring their booze with them everywhere.

Festo AirMotion Ride to Offer Near Lifelike Driving Experience Without the High Insurance

While there are more than a few lucky drivers who can claim they pilot a Lamborghini or Ferrari to work every day, most of us will have to rely on a joystick and a big TV to get behind the wheel of such vehicles. However, thanks to the new Festo AirMotion Ride Simulator, we can come pretty dang close to the real thing.

Great Idea! Minnesota Mountain Biking Trail for the Disabled

A new trail scheduled to be built later this year will provide several miles of mountain biking aimed at disabled hand-cyclists. The trail is designed in part to provide recreation opportunity for injured veterans returning home.

Stretch Your Back Without Hanging Upside Down!

Hanging upside down goes to my head - literally.  All my sinuses fill up on that inversion table contraption.  But here comes the Gentle Motion Back Stretching Device that relieves lower and mid-back pain without making you inhale the carpet!

Call For Garage Inventors: Race Your Alternative Energy Car Through Whiting, Indiana!

Really.  This contest is literally for garage inventors. This August, Whiting, Indiana will host the first annual alternative-powered five-mile car race through the town.  The contest is called the Alternate Power Initiative, and its sponsors, the city of Whiting and British Petroleum (BP) Whiting Business Unit want independent American inventors to design the vehicles.

 


Twitter's 'Lift In Resonance' - New Ad Model For Social Networking

The Twitterverse is abuzz today with the Twitterati cyberventilating over Twitter's decision to dip their advertising toe into the Twitterstream. While users disagree over the merits and shortcomings of such an initiative, Twitter like Google needs to claim a monetization scheme that transforms them from a free service into a profit center.

Disney For Adults: Limited Edition Chairs Debut At Milan Furniture Fair 2010

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010, the largest and one of the most prestigious yearly modern furniture fairs, will open tomorrow in Milan.  Every year even more exciting designs are unveiled, so you know this one will be hot!  One of the many reasons is that Walt Disney Signature, the company's adult lifestyle brand, and Cappellini, one of Italy's most spirited furniture and accessory manufacturers, have collaborated to produce four limited-edition Signature chairs, designed by four internationally-renowned designers!

 

Is A Nokia Symbian Smartphone Smarter Than An iPhone?

If a mobile phone user is more likely to click on a mobile ad on one cellphone versus another, does that make that cellphone owner smarter or more gullible? The shift from button-driven cellphones with 2.8" screens to 4" touch-driven devices have changed the game, and it appears that Nokia's Symbian is leading the race. Could clicking on more ads by its users be the reason?

Can You Spare a Square? Toilet Paper Tube Sculptures

What can you do with empty toilet paper rolls besides throw them at people? Make art with them, of course!

DIY Pocky Machine Helps You Roll Your Own Snacks

Pocky sticks are one of Asia's most popular snacks, and thanks to Bandai's DIY home Pocky making machine you can have fun designing your very own lip-smacking slim stick snacks.

ProcrasDonate: Donate To Charity For Time Online; A New Excuse To Social Network!

How much time do you spend online each and every day social networking, chatting, reading blogs and news sites? Justify it as you'd like, it might be to market your business, save your sanity, whatever. But total it up and you might be shocked. A new site helps you take the time you spent and turn it into something good.

PlanetSolar Yacht Planning to Circumnavigate Globe Using Solar Energy

We are always finding new and exciting ways to harness solar energy and it seems like that will trend will continue for quite a while. The most recent addition the solar powered dream machine list is the aptly named PlanetSolar mega-yacht, which is being prepared for a trip around the globe starting next year.


Chic Dress Has Internal Nervous System That Responds To Touch

We all know that in fashion sometimes it's simply about the look that generates hype. Not all fashion items are designed to hit the streets, and some will not even appear on any runway because their artistic and innovative designs are strictly for show. The latest has a unique function which may not be practical, but it sure is worth talking about.

Protect Yourself With A Funky, Fashionable Flu Mask... Achoo!

No babe worth her buns is going to wear a regular old industrial or surgical face mask to avoid getting the flu.  While those may perform better than the fashion flu masks, they really mark you as an old fuddy duddy.   Here are some really cool flu masks for fancy and funky occasions, and we even found some that are FDA approved!

 

Give Your Face A Workout With The FaceTrainer

The FaceTrainer is an interesting anti-aging product that promises to reduce sagging and wrinkles and improve skin tone and color.  Very much the way that one would train other parts of the body at the gym, the Face Trainer is supposed to be used as a work-out device.

Use A Country-Specific Domain Extension & Distinguish Your Brand's Web Site

What sets a Web site apart from others and attracts the attention of a brand's would-be customers? One of the latest trends that's gaining traction is Web addresses that don't end in .com, .org or .edu . Opening up a number of new possibilities is securing a Web site extension from another country. Many country-specific domain extensions are available to US companies that file for that extension from the governments in those countries.

JournoTwit Turns Your Twitter Account Into A Newspaper

If you're looking to get the breakdown of your account and the news in it, you can now use JournoTwit to turn your into account into a virtual Twitter newspaper.

A New Packaging Idea for Sneakers

Will shoe boxes soon be a thing of the past?  If so, where will I keep my action figures???

Water Bomb Factory Ups Your Munitions Production

Want a device to mass-produce water balloons?  You've come to the right article...

Use Magic to Control Your TV

I love items that mess with kid's heads.  In this case we have the Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control.  Take that Harry Potter!

TweetUp Adwords or Organic Tweets?

While not a Twitter service per say, TweetUp is a 3rd-party developer client of Twitter. Their service believes there is money to be made by charging for keywords in tweets. Similar to Google's Adwords, in theory this would offer users the opportunity to obtain higher rankings for their posts.  Similar to Google's algorithm, it also would give tweets a higher ranking, based on popularity and how often those tweets are clicked by members of the Twitterverse. It's the age-old story of 'Paid' versus 'Organic' Search.

Robot Segway Rovers Train Special Forces For Urban Warfare

Robot enemy fighters riding modified Segway scooters are taking Special Forces military training to a higher, albeit sillier-looking, level.

Is Apple iGroups, iPhone OS 4 & Quattro Wireless, The Next Location-Based Social Network?

Is Apple considering building its own location-based social network the likes of Foursquare and Gowalla? A lot has been written about its recent filing of a patent application for a social networking application called iGroups. The question is - Are they too late to the party - Or based on their new operating system, do they have the best fighting chance of becoming the dominant player in the location-service space?

The EsPRESSivo Concept Take Portable Coffee Making To The Next Level

Anyone who has ever had campfire coffee will attest to its inferiority.  Many things taste better when you are roughing it; coffee is not one of them.  Shao-Lun Chao has created a coffee maker design that may satisfy your desire to get back to basics while simultaneously soothing your yearning for a fantastic cup of java.

Turbocharged Engines Becoming the New Standard; Some Companies Saying 90% Acceptance By 2013

For quite a long time, turbochargers were synonymous with high performance and big horsepower. They were a sacred piece of technology reserved for the high revving sports cars of the day. Skip ahead to the vehicles of today and it seems like the almighty turbocharger has become almost a common piece of hardware to look for when buying a new car. Even more fascinating is that this shift in thinking was not driven by the demand for more power but the demand for better fuel economy.

Sleep Scan Slumber Tracker Pad Makes Bed Rest Better

The Tanita SL-501 Sleep Scan Mat is a thin pad that slips under your mattress - you won't know its there but make no mistake: it'll be keeping tabs on you while you slumber. Scary as this might sound, it's actually a good thing to have someone (well, some THING) watching over you.

Design For Doomsday: Underground Survival Communities By The Vivos Group

Whatever you previously imagined about living underground in a survival shelter... it's not what the Vivos Group has in mind.  Vivos has thought of every aspect of survival and your comfort, with supplies and food for up to a year, in case doomsday happens.  It's the 'modern day Noah's Ark.'


Magnetic Marketing In Social Media Pushes Past Push-Pull Marketing

If TV, Newspapers and Billboards is Push Marketing - and Web 2.0 and user-generated content produces Pull Marketing, what's prompting 'Magnetic Marketing?'  According to Ivan Askwith, director of strategy for the digital creative agency, Big Spaceship, "magnetic marketing is where the consumer and brand are drawn together, at the right time, without either side needing to take an aggressive action." Like a magnet, the customer and brand come together because the attraction is that strong.

Tweetie Morphs Into 'Twitter For iPhone' For 3rd Twitter Client Acquisition

So many apps. So little time. With 100 million dollars of funding burning a hole in the Twitter Troika's collective pockets, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey have been aggressively surveying Twitterville's landscapes for new purchases. It was determined a while back that a company grows by having 3rd party developers do the heavy-lifting.  And then once the product is perfected, companies like Twitter swoop on in for the acquisition. Such is the case with Tweetie.

Lunch Punch Brings the Fun to Mealtime

If you are sick of the constant struggle to get your kids interested in their meals then the Lunch Punch may be a great tool to include in your box of tricks.  This sandwich cutter is available in several adorable shapes that are imaginative and interactive.

Hospitalization May Cause Physical And Cognitive Decline

Two separate studies released today suggest that hospitals may not be the place to be if you are sick, especially if you are seriously ill and/or elderly.  And it's not just the the racket hospital staff makes trying to raise the roosters, or the insertion of a new IV catheter in your wrist....

 

New Bicycle Concept to Offer On-Board Charging Station and Clean Transportation

Most of us couldn't possible imagine life without our beloved automobiles. However, many countries in Asia rely on bicycles much more heavily than the automobile. Yuji Fujimura, a graduate of Pratt University's Industrial Design program, has provided such countries with a futuristic bicycle concept that could change how we look at pedaling to get from place to place.

Virtual Hugging Vest Lets You Feel Others' Emotions

A wearable robot developed by a husband and wife team in Japan can translate 9 different emotions from text into touch, adding a new dimension to virtual communication and social media interation.

Fog Bank: An Installation's Effects Create An Affective Environment

Fog was the affective environment chosen by California Polytechnical Institute (Cal Poly) architecture students Patrick Delorey and Keith Houchin for their Senior Thesis Design.  Their intriguing and very affective Fog Bank installation explores the many properties of fog as it interacts with light, texture, and movement as effects.

 

The Solafeet Eliminates Unsightly Shoe Tans

The Solafeet foot tanner is made to take care of those pasty tootsies so that you can wear your sandals and strappy heels without fear of ridicule.  Its design allows users to tan all areas of the feet including the ankles, sides and back.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize - Top Ten iPad Accessories Are Here!

Now that you've ponied up at least 500 denaros to become an elite member of the iPad's 'first adopter' club, its time to add some external bells and whistle to that shiny new toy. There's a number of accessories on the market that can enhance your iPad ownership experience.  While some will provide you with a greater ease of access, others will add additional functionality or are just fun add-ons to have.

Nose Jobs Without Surgery: Devices Fix Your Flaws

Hands up if you hate your nose! You can't turn around these days without hearing someone at the coffee shop or seeing some celebrity in a magazine talking about their desire for plastic surgery, and often, their nose is an area of concern. Surgery hurts physically and financially, so fix your flaws in a cheap and painless way.

Dualbrella: The Umbrella Solution To Spring’s Greatest Woes

Spring is here, and that whole April shower thing is happening for those who are lucky or unlucky enough to experience the climate that brings rain, rain and more rain. It's fun for a while with the opportunity to break out the fun rain coats, boots and umbrellas. But while umbrellas can act as a great fashion accessory, they can be impossible to navigate with when walking, so here is a must-have this season.


Cola Lotion: It's (Not) The Real Thing

Coca-Cola is best served chilled but Cola Lotion? Not so much. This Coke copycat is actually a massage oil that goes on your outside, not your inside, though it's probably still a good match with dark rum.

Road Mice Will Keep You Cruising the Internet in Style

Even the most dedicated driving enthusiast needs to take a break every now again to use their computer for one reason or another. However, thanks to Road Mice, this doesn't mean we have to stop playing with our favorite toys.

Give Your Dog A Seat At The Table With The Pet High Chair

Begging is such an unseemly behavior for a house dog, don't you think?  They sit at your feet, erect, ears alert, panting, just waiting for a sign. And if you happen to inadvertently look slightly to the right, or slightly to the left, depending on where they are sitting, they think you've given them the sign and get all shaky and antsy and whiny, waiting for you to drop the food - into their mouths, on the floor, they don't really care how they get it.  But you promised!

 


Samurai Burgers Satisfy Taste For History

Make lunch, not war? How about both? That's the idea behind these five samurai themed burgers that highlight popular warlords from Japan's historic warring era.

Not Guilty... By Reason Of 'To-Go Ware Utensil Sets'

A danish, a yogurt, lunch... to go.  They all come with plastic knives, spoons, and forks. We accept them, but always with that little nudge in our minds and that pang of guilt.  I've actually been saving the plastic throw-aways, washing them, and re-using them.  No more guilt for me though - I just received a set of RePEaT To-Go Ware Utensils as a thank you gift, and I'm never going to set my teeth on another throw-away-and-destroy-the-earth plastic utensil again.

 

Flinc, Hi-tech Rides For 21st Century Hitch-hikers Via Smartphones

Car Rental services require reservations, sometimes days in advance and often you're required to go to the car versus the car coming to you. Flinc turns that process on its ear with its new service launched on April 8.

'Potatornado' Spiral Peeler Turns Your Veggie Into A Slinky

Food preparation just got twisted, thanks to the awesomely (or awfully) named "Potatornado". This artful automated spiral slicer turns most any veggie into that classic, stair-descending springy toy, the Slinky.

Kindle vs Nook, Target vs Best Buy - eBook Readers Go Retail!

With iPad's recent entry into the eBook Reader market, its' thrown the "old school" eBook Readers into a tail-spin. So much so, that both Kindle and Nook have taken to hawking their wares in department stores. Savvy move? Or, does it diminish the value of the product in the eye of the consumer?

Steve Jobs' iPad Pays Homage To Gutenberg's Printing Press

The printing press made the mass production of printed material possible and revolutionized human communication.  Johann Gutenberg dedicated most of his entire adult life to developing moveable type and the modern printing press (introduced in 1450 A.D.) and died penniless. Steve Jobs, on the other hand will not incur the same fate having created more than $150 billion in shareholder wealth, transforming movies, telecom, music, and now literature. In so doing, he pays homage to the invention that changed our lives forever.

Unique Jewelry Line Makes Vices Chic: Show Off Your Addiction!

 Typically people with bad habits do everything they can to ensure that they're not uncovered, but more often in the media and on television, vices are almost considered trendy. A line of jewelry plays upon this and allows people to show off their vices, and just how cool they are.

The Bebe Bottle Sling Gives Parents A Free Hand

The Bebe Bottle Sling is a baby bottle holder that attaches to the handle of any infant car seat.  The sling reportedly holds the bottle at the proper angle for feeding and makes it easy for the baby to get the bottle nipple back in his/her mouth when it falls out.

Seedbed Roll For The Lazy Gardeners

What if growing lettuce was as simple as rolling out a sheet of seeds and placing it on the ground and watching it grow without any worry of weeds? It turns out it may just be that simple? There is an innovative gardening product on the market called Seedbed Roll.

Renault’s “Mobility for All” Campaign Spawns First Newer OEM Swivel Seat

Smaller cars often pose a challenge for our senior drivers when it comes to getting in or back out, usually due to how the seats are positioned. Renault has provided the answer to this by introducing the first modern vehicle with an OEM swivel seat, and there are rumors that it make be making its way to North American soil.

Copper & Iron Linked To Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, And Aging In General

Though copper, iron, and other metals in your blood can be beneficial when you are young, a new study finds they are detrimental to those over 50 years old.  So detrimental, that the study warns persons over 50 to actively reduce sources of copper and iron in their diets and in their environments, because they can lead to Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and other age-related disorders.

 


Pac-Man iPad Game Released In Japan... Before The iPad!

Apple's iPad hasn't been released internationally yet, but that isn't stopping Bandai from releasing iPad versions of classic arcade games like Pac-Man.

The Earth Awards 2010: Call For Entries

The Earth Awards 2010 is searching for sustainable innovations that will change the way we live in the 21st century.  It is a global competition with internationally renowned judges from architectural, design, environmental, fashion, and philanthropic communities. It's looking for invention, innovation, entrepreneurial, but above all, transformational, ideas that meet six criteria...

 

 

Land Peel: Pop-Up Furniture From A Floor Mat

Shin Yamashita, an industrial design student at Kyoto Institute of Technology, has created one of the most charming portable living areas I've seen.  The fact that it might remind you of a doll's house is not a surprise.  The multi-purpose furniture pop-ups are miniature, and one does have to enjoy low seating because there are no options.

What's This I Hear About a Third Tron Film?

Is Disney so secure in the success of Tron: Legacy that they are moving forward with a sequel almost a year before the film's release?  Or is this another step in their brilliant viral marketing campaign?

Herpes Vaccine Entering Phase 3 Testing For Advanced Melanoma

How did a vaccine developed to combat the herpes virus end up in Phase 3 trials treating Stage III and Stage IV melanoma cancers?  First, someone originally testing the drug OncoVEX on herpes cells accidentally placed the vaccine in the wrong dish - a petri dish full of melanoma tumor cells....

Paper and Pencil Socks: Gag Gift To Inspire Any Writer!

Writers today may not work too often with a pen and paper, especially not with netbooks available smaller and smaller to keep the creative juices flowing electronically while on the go. But for those who want to hang onto the more old-fashioned methods, there's a fun novelty item that they're sure to appreciate.

New Desalination Membrane May Reduce Costs For Drinkable Ocean Water

...Southern Californians are told over and over again that desalination is extremely costly and that no one wants to pay for it, but we still wonder how we can sit right on the coast of the largest body in the world and not focus all of our human intelligence on getting usable, affordable water from the sea.

Endless Rain Record Plays Sounds Of Drops, Never Stops

There are few things more soothing then the sound of a gentle rain yet nothing so annoying as a record that comes to the end of its groove. The 'Endless Rain' record provides the former while eliminating the latter.

TatMash: Ink Is For Life, Try Tattoos Before You Buy With This Site!

Getting a tattoo is one of the biggest decisions you'll make in your life. A tattoo can make a big statement about your design aesthetics and about other personal values. You might think that a tattoo is a decision that can't compare to getting married or buying a house, but both of those things can be walked away from without permanent burn marks (I hope); so it shouldn't be taken lightly.


The Bobble Offers A Healthy, Cost-Effective Take On Bottled Water

The reusable Bobble is made from recycled material and is recyclable itself.  It is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC.  You just fill your Bobble with tap water and it is filtered as you drink it. 

Ten Ways To Turn Your iPad Into A 'Tablet Rasa'

If you've purchased or are about to purchase an iPad, it might be time to start fresh and clean the slate (so of speak). The Greeks use to call it "Tabula Rasa." iPad can now call it "Tablet Rasa." If you're artistically inclined, its time to throw away your sketchbook and/or watercolors - because going forward, the iPad is all you'll need to create art.

Nendo Designs Tokyo's Baby Cafe With Shorty In Mind

From mental health facility to child care cafe, Japanese design house Nendo, headed by the brilliant architect Oki Sato, is setting the pace for consumer-oriented design.  Surprising twists and unexpected turns populate the design of Tokyo's MD.net, and luscious landscapes of miniaturized furniture invite the kind of child's play one only reads about in Alice In Wonderland.

Lighted Bicycle Helmet Goes Great With Your 2nd Grade Hall Monitor Jacket

Since cars are not that likely to run into your head, you could probably get more safety and better looks from a bicycle-mounted headlight or taillight. But, just in case, here's the Lazer Urbanize with LED lights in front and back.

Pork Detection Kits Are As Good As Gold

A Japanese precious metals company has developed a reliable pork detection kit that uses gold nanoparticles to sniff out the slightest hint of pork in raw or cooked foods.

Triple-Heeled Stilettos: For The Girl Who Can’t Get Enough Heels!

Many women love their heels, and just can't get enough of them. The higher the better has been the trend that transcends all ages, but now there's a new one that takes things to a new level, but it's also a little unusual, so will it catch on?

SoundMan Car Audio Does World's First iPad In-Dash Install...Makes My Stereo Obsolete

Soon after portable GPS systems were introduced into the market, they made their way into the dashboard of our vehicles.  Next, stereos with built in hard drives found a home above the climate control center of our beloved automobiles.  So it should come as no surprise that only a few short months after being released to the public, the iPad has been ever so elegantly installed into the dash of a technology lover’s truck.

Table Tennis Mittens Provide Ping Pong Action for Serious(ly Goofy) Table Athletes

Drop the paddle and slip your digits into ping pong heaven. The Tennis Table Mittens might just change your life.

Design Student Takes On Green Packaging Of Coca Cola

A freshman studying industrial design at the College For Creative Studies in Detroit undertook an ecological revamp of Coca Cola bottles and packaging for his mid-term project.  Funny thing happened on the way to handing it in;  Andrew Kim's design fans started blogging it and Kim is getting rave reviews internationally for the design. The Eco Coke Bottle is brilliant!

 


What Time Is It? Your Barking, Meowing, Or Singing Clock Will Tell You

I'm always on the hunt for animal lover gifts, so naturally I was wooed by these animal clocks made by Mark Feldstein Products.  Each clock represents an array of 12 breeds of dogs, cats, or birds and every time the big hand hits 12, you get the bark, meow, or song of the breed of the hour.  These clocks are sure to surprise and please kids and adults alike.

 

iPad 700,000, CrunchPad 90 - JooJoo Loses Its MoJo!

The Tablet Wars emerged in the last couple of months - in advance of any product being available in the market. On Saturday, April 3, Apple's iPads literally flew off the physical and virtual shelves (at last count 700,000 were sold). Such was not the case for a would-be contender. JooJoo garnered only 90 pre-orders, 15 of which ended up being cancellations. What went wrong? For one - if you don't have brand recognition, you might want to rethink going up against one of most endeared brand names in technology.

Body Heat Can Provide Power To Medical Devices

“You have a disaster,” says Leonov. “Airport closed, port closed. The devices that exist in a modern medical clinic can be miniaturized and fit in a suitcase. The devices can be self powered, without the doctor needing batteries or to plug anything in.”

 


The Color Picker Pen Sparks Creativity and Exploration

The Color Picker Pen, by Jinsu Park,  is a fun concept that would keep the kids entertained for quite a while and would inspire dicovery and imagination along the way.  One end of the Color Picker scans objects and then the device matches the color and mixes the appropriate ink to make up the scanned shade. 

Let's Find Something Less Healthy Than White Bread And Make A Sandwich Out Of It

In 6 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes, and 7 seconds, 5,200 KFC restaurants will release its new heart attack sandwich, the Double Down.  Already, folks are betting their hearts and both kidneys that their organs can survive the new sandwich's bucket of grease.  You would think the Double Down was a new Apple product, the way the fat-crazies are lining up at KFC's fast food doors.  Another 5 minutes has passed.

 

Obama Administration Planning to Buy First 100 Chevy Volts to Leave the Plant

Not too long ago, the federal government released a plan calling for a 30% reduction in their fleet fuel consumption by 2020. While this may seem like a lofty goal, tossing in a few thousand hybrid vehicles, to include 100 of the first Chevrolet Volts to be assembled, should make achieving it much easier.

Chinese Designer Creates Sandal / Air Jordan Mashup

According to Neocha, a site devoted to all things creative in China, designer Wang Zhijun has whipped up a crazy concept shoe that combines a pair of throwback Nike Air Jordan IVs with an old 1980s Chinese sandal-like shoe. He has taken the sole of the Air Jordans, and then added on a top piece that works in an open strap design that retains the Nike shoe shape and logo.

Who (was) On First? Zuckerberg Accused Of Shop-Lifting Facebook

Who says Google is the only Internet player getting sued? Yes, they get most of the notoriety. Of recent date, they've battled a major superpower (i.e. China), Rupert Murdoch, a Google Buzz Class Action suit, privacy issues and various and sundry anti-trust complaints (see "Google vs The World…"). But up till now, no one has accused the Big "G" of stealing their idea. Facebook, on the other hand is another matter.

Mazda Planning to Bring Diesel Power to their Mid-Sized Market

North Americans have been practically begging to get their hands on just a few of the diesel powered vehicles available on the other side of the Atlantic. Thankfully, more and more automakers are beginning to realize how popular the oil burning alternative is among Americans, with Mazda looking to be the next to offer a diesel powerplant stateside.

TerraCycle At Wal-Mart Only For The Month of April

Great news for TerraCycle fans everywhere! TerraCycle products are coming to Wal-Marts everywhere this April (only April) and will be showcasing over 60 different TerraCycle products including new never seen before products. Fans (including me) finally get to see what their collection of trash looks like recycled.

Sharp Announces 3D / 2D Switchable Touchscreen LCD Screens

3D technology continues its march into all aspects of entertainment technology: first movies, then TV, now smartphones thanks to Sharp's breakthrough 3D / 2D switchable touchscreen LCD screens.

Hennessey Venom GT Official Photos, Pricing and Power Released

You will be hard pressed to find a car enthusiast that will disagree with the "more power and less weight" theory. However, there is such a thing as taking this ideology too far. The recently unveiled Venom GT may have accomplished just that.

Iris Recognition & Augmented Reality IDs Straight From The 'Minority Report'

Its almost unfathomable to think that sci-fi movies that featured mind-boggling futuristic advances could be within our grasp. But such is the case. For those that remember the 'Minority Report' starring Tom Cruise, you might be surprised to learn that some of the technology featured in that movie is coming soon to an iPhone near you.

Adhesive Sandal Cleaning Pads Wipe Floors While You Walk

Tired of straining your back laboriously wiping tile or linoleum floors by hand? Japan has something for that: adhesive, disposable floor wipes that stick to your sandals or slippers, wiping the floor while you walk.

Adspecs: Self-Adjusting Eyeglass Lenses Bring Eye Care To 3rd World

These ad specs have nothing to do with the size of an ad you are placing with Google.  These Adspecs are self-adjusting lenses that an Oxford University physics professor, Josh Silver, invented to bring sight to millions of people in the third world, where there are few eye care professionals to meet the needs of those with refractive vision problems.

 


Brazilian Peel Your Way To Glowing Skin

The Brazilian Peel is a facial peel treatment meant for use at home, but with nearly the same benefits of professional peels.  If you have used the regular peels that you can buy in most stores and are thinking that this one will probably be similar, you may be in for a surprise.

Anime Addicts Satisfy Their Thirst With 'Evangelion Water Body' Bottles

The shape of thirst to come? Bottled water never looked so good, thanks to these "Evangelion Water Body" bottles due to hit store shelves May 26 in conjunction with the release of "Evangelion: Destruction" on Blu-ray and DVD.

When Large Is Too Small For Your Cat, There's HUGE

One thing we know about cats is that they always want more of a good thing.  Unlike dogs, who are pretty un-demanding when it come to play things, cats are always bored with what they have.  And when cats get bored... watch out for your house.  Welcome to HUGE - the jungle gym cat tree that satisfies a cat's inner beast.

 

Korea's Naver & Daum Build Better 'Search' Mousetraps Than Google?

While Google is the search engine of choice for the majority of American Internet users, garnering on upwards of 75% of the search market dependent on who you're talking to - it is actually a less sophisticated tool than search engines in Korea. Why would territory the size of the state of Minnesota have more advanced search technology than the Grand Daddy of Search Engines who competes with countries 200 times their size, namely China.

Casio G-Shock Goes Organic With 'Wood Shock' Watches

Casio's popular line of G-Shock wristwatches now sport an organic exterior thanks to Wood Shock, who laser cut each W-Shock wooden watch bezel.

Drieyes Takes the Sting Out of Bathtime Hair Washing

An Australian company has come up with a handy little gadget called Drieyes.  The device is basically a visor that creates a seal around the child’s head while he/she is pressing gently on the handles.  It is meant to shield both the eyes and ears from water and hair products as the hair is rinsed.  

Mercedes Planning to Replace Entire S-Line with Hybrids

Nearly every car manufacturer has at least one hybrid vehicle either in the works or already in production, with more still in the planning stages. Mercedes, on the other hand, has decided to go a step farther and beginning transitioning their popular S-Class into a full hybrid lineup.

Re-Inventing The Fireplace: Inspirations From Iceland By Secret North

If you didn't know better, you might say that Secret North designs fireplaces, but what it designs are places for fire.  Its aim is to integrate fire into interior design - much like water has been integrated with water walls and bubbling indoor ponds - not for its heat, but for its beauty. Because Secret North uses bio-ethanol to burn, its fires don't spark, they are clean burning (smokeless!), easy to operate, and very low maintenance. 

 

iPad is Deus Ex Machina in ABC's 'Modern Family'

With all the analogies of Steve Job's to God and Moses (see "Steve Jobs & The Ten Commandments,") it was no surprise to me that the iPad product placement would pop up on TV -  sort of like the Deus Ex Machina device originated by Aristostle in early Greek theater. 

Jelly Belly Stereo Earphones Show Good Taste In Music

Ear candy anyone? These oh-so-cute Jelly Belly earbuds come in 8 different color combinations and include an official Jelly Belly bean-shaped carry case. Cool beans!

More Twitter Buzz vs Google Buzz?

While Google is the number one global leader in search engines, ironically, new findings show that the keywords 'Google Buzz' are being searched less and less with each passing day - while the search results for the word "Twitter" remains constant. Since Google Buzz was supposed to be Google's answer to social networking and based on its sizable Gmail user base, does this research portend an ominous future, or will Google Buzz Superstar find a means to 'resurrect' itself?

Big Fatty Bacon & Eggs Breakfast Is Healthy Says New Study

You can put bacon, eggs, and sausage back into your diet, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity... as long as you eat them for breakfast. No, really; this is not an April Fool's joke.

 


Ten Things To Think About Before Being Sucked Into iPad Fever

As ubiquitous as Apple is - it's still always wise for buyers to be aware. Like the iPod and iPhone that preceded it - sometimes it's best to wait for the first run's critiques before blindly jumping into the buying frenzy. To that end, here are ten things to know before following 'Pied Piper' Jobs off the proverbial 'first adopter' cliff.