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June, 2010

Tissue Paper House Is Nothing To Sneeze At

Tissue paper box covers just got homier. The Tissue Case House from Di Classe looks like a traditional white farmhouse with white smoke rising from the chimney... wait a minute, that's not smoke!

Electrolux Plastic Karma Brings Vacs From The Sea

To help raise public awareness about the islands of plastic debris in the oceans Electrolux has come up with an idea that really sucks... dirt out of your carpet.

Chevy Offering First Volt Owners Free Charging Stations

Not too long ago, Ford announced that some 1,800 of the early adopters of electric vehicles would be eligible to receive home charging stations at no cost to them. Their intention is to spark more interest in plug-in vehicles and hopefully boost sales of the initial production run. Not to be outdone, General Motors has promised the same kind of treatment to the first buyers of the upcoming Volt.

Drool-Worthy Shoes By Robert Tabor Are Inspired By Food!

There are lots of shoes out there that are definitely drool-worthy, but typically it's not because they get your appetite going, it's because they are just so gorgeous. There's a new line of shoes that has a bit of a different inspiration and it's usually reserved for your dinner plate, not for fashion.

Hammacher Basketball Hoop Rolls From Pavement Court To Poolside In A Jiff

The Pool to Pavement Basketball Hoop is the ultimate summer accessory for the basketball lover. It serves for both water- and land-based balling.

Disney's Tron Sequel Inspires Cutting Edge Toys

Disney unveils a line of toys that combine old-school fun with new technology.

Vortex Power Gets Canonized Using The Miracle Of Compressed Gas

From the green and verdant fields of Great Britain comes the ability to knock crap over using a ring of gas shot out of a cannon at a whopping 200 miles an hour. Not only does it sound cool, but its got a great super-sized space Phaser mixed with old-timey smokin' pipe look to boot.

In From The Cold, Russian Spy Seeks Cover On Social Networks

It's said that a good spy knows how to blend in. And what better way in today's society to accomplish that, than to be prominently active on a number of social networks. Anna Chapman, one of alleged spies recently picked up in NYC knew how to work social networks almost as well as she did in staying below the government's radar.

Because The World Could Always Use More Foods On Sticks, How About Waffles?

If you have been looking for another way to eat waffles (and who hasn’t?) then you should take a look at this waffle maker.  The Lolly by Triangular Concept produces four waffle pops at a time.  Just imagine the possibilities!

Fast Forward Pedals Give Your Bike A Needed Boost

Tired of walking your bike up steep hills? These pedals could be just what you need.

Cold Crystals Put The Brakes On Light – Then Read Its Memory

Deep in the southern hemisphere, science is being done. At the Australian National University(ANU), scientists led by Morgan Hedges have found a way to stop light as it enters a crystal, creating a read-only hologram that destroys itself after use. Holster that sidearm and cue the Mission Impossible music – it’s time to get your spy on.

Swimming In The Clouds: 55-Story, Edgeless Pool

The new Sands Skypark in Singapore features a lavish pool suspended high above the city.

Mashable Introduces First-Time Social Media Day

Mashable doesn't indicate why they chose June 30th as the first-time Social Media Day, but heck, they are the number one Social Media blog in the world - so I guess they have the right. It will probably take another decade before the US Congress declares it official - but in the meantime perhaps there's a Mashable Mash-up near you where you can help celebrate this year's kick-off.

Snake Burgers Put The Bite On Your Hunger

Where's the beef? There's none to be found in the Snake Burgers served up by a restaurant in Indonesia.

The 'Summer Of Droid' Should Dispel Rumors Of The Verizon iPhone

Today, there were close to 1000 articles and blogs posted, anticipating the highly rumored news that Verizon might become Apple's second mobile carrier to AT&T, iPhone's exclusive telecom service to date. That much interest should be a red flag as to AT&T's service (or lack thereof).

The Miracle Blanket Makes Baby Swaddling A Cinch

New parents know the frustration of trying to learn to swaddle a baby.  The Miracle Blanket was made to end the mystery and allow every new parent to be an expert swaddler. 

"Anything for you..." The Sun in Advertising

Marketing firms gaze up at the Sun and get ideas.  Some are cute.  Some are scary.  Either way, that giant ball of flame has become a unique image in advertising.  Come on in for a look.  But don't forget your sunscreen.

Forbes Lists Rank Celebs Who Pack Social Media Heat (minus Ashton Kutcher!)

It use to be Forbes' annual listing of the World's Most Powerful Top 100 celebrities had to do with box office receipts, star power and how well the celebs greased their PR machines. Today, Forbes is adding 'social media' and 'Web dimension' rankings to the mix which blends in a 'wisdom of crowds' component.

Google Under Threat Of Going Dark In China If Government Pulls The Plug

International diplomacy has never been Google's strong suit. But based on it's size and number of global netizens that use its engine exclusively for search, it has always seen itself as a powerhouse in getting what it wants.

STRAWZ Brings Creative Play To The Table

Remember how much fun it was to build stuff when you were a kid?   Remember how entertaining it was to play with straws in your milk?  STRAWZ is a whole new way to be creative with your beverages. 

International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Picks 3 Top Winners!

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the most prestigious international design competitions in the world.  And the 2010 IDEA was so competitive that there were three Best in Shows awarded....

Self-transforming Matter Uses Origami To Get Its Fold On - Cool Sound Effects Still In The Works

Although Optimus Prime doesn't need to fire up his engines for fear of a Decpticon threat just yet, a team of researchers at Harvard and MIT have taken humanity one step closer to the self-transforming robot concept.

Is That Music Coming Out of Your Butt?

I never thought the word "subwoofer" would be associated with something like this...

'Google Me' Silly - Does Google Have The 'Social Networking' Gene?

Google has tried twice unsuccessfully to create a better mousetrap than Facebook. Both Orkut's launch in 2004 and Buzz's roll-out just last year were valiant attempts - but no bull's eye for the Grand Daddy of Search

Golfing With the Dark Knight

Until now I never had proof that Batman even liked playing golf...

Green Calling: Sharp Introduces Solar Powered, Waterproof Mobile Phones

Waterproof solar powered mobile phones from Sharp come in any color you want, as long as it's green.

Conflict Minerals For Cell Phones Fuel Genocide In Congo

I speculated recently about the amount of lithium recently found in Afghanistan - like oil in Iraq - could become the number one resource for the war to continue in that country. In a post, titled, "The Smartphone Wars Seek Trillion Dollar Spoils," I believe that mobile phone manufacturers will compete heavily to secure this resource. In the Congo, a similar scenario has already played out with 'conflict minerals' with more dire consequences.

A Look into a Direct Retail TV Company - Lenfest Media Group

We've all seen them. At first, we used to see them only late at night and for anyone who hasn't slept well, you know what I mean. Now we see them through out the day and on almost every channel. I'm talking about direct response television ("DRTV"). One form of DRTV that is commonly known is called the infomercial. Ring a bell for you? One interesting company involved in the DRTV space is Lenfest Media Group.

Green Golf Ball Improves Your Stroke, Strains Your Vision

A green golf ball is the latest color to be released in TourStage's V10 series. The 'Super Lime' balls should sell well... if only to replace the ones you'll lose.

Portable 'Magic Umbrella' Stores In Its Handle, Keeps Clothes & Contents Dry

The 'Magic Umbrella' stores in its waterproof handle, keeping rainwater from soaking clothes and purse contents once the user comes in out of the rain.

Mark's Work Warehouse Vending Machines Dispense Needed Clothing In Niche Locations

Vending machines that dispense clothing, aren't a new concept, although there are relatively few of them in North America. Mark's Work Warehouse, a Canadian clothing store is taking this idea to an all new level, placing test machines in niche locations to give people the convenience of what they need, where they need it!

Bridal Diapers: Designer Diapers For Brides To Be ?!

Those who have already worn a big white dress on their wedding day, know it's not always glamorous, at least not when nature calls. There's a new "fashion" trend that's been taking the world of wedding planning by storm, and it's one that addresses a basic, yet complicated need of brides and you won't believe what it is.

Good Fortune Necklace: Inspirational Jewelry By Emily Elizabeth

In recent memory, the world has faced quite a bit of misfortune. The economy in North America crashed, an unstoppable oil leak began contaminating the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and wars are happening in various locations around the world which has lead to substantial loss of life. These are just a few examples of the universal bad luck that seems to be occurring, and to combat it, there's a new jewelry design.

Social Media Digital Footprint vs Paper Trails Of The Past

Computers are not only saving trees these days -  they have almost eliminated any need for the traditional 'paper trail' we were so accustomed to using just a short decade ago. In the year 2010, wherever you travel throughout the social media space, you're leaving digital breadcrumbs for all to follow.

Is Coke's 'Promoted Trends' The Real Thing For Real-Time Social Media?

Buying Twitter's 'Promoted Trends' seems to me to go against a major tenet of Twitter, namely the surfacing of real-time news items generated by the 'wisdom of crowds.' In my post, "Will 'Promoted Trends' Corrupt Real-Time Social Media News," I talked about the juxtaposition of obtrusive ads next to legitimate news items.

Spongeables Replace Bacteria-Laden Shower Sponges

Is there anything more disgusting than a drippy, bacteria infested shower sponge or bath puff?   I mean, after a while there is just no telling what is in there.  Spongeables have been created to take care of this little problem.

Mitsubishi and Subaru Planning Greener Versions of their Road Going Rally Cars

The battle between the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, fondly called the Evo, and the Subaru WRX STI for all wheel drive supremacy is one that has been fought through technological progress and mechanical prowess. However, a change in thinking on the parts of the two companies may also bring fuel efficiency and emissions into the ring.

Avoidr, The Anti-Social, Anti-Check-In Social Network

Scaling to twenty thousand users overnight, a virtual unknown Web app has arrived on the digital landscape to address our latest social media dilemma - how to avoid the many followers we've worked diligently to attract? As such, Avoidr might be labeled the first "anti-social" social network.

'The Social Network' Movie Trailer Labels FB Leader A Punk, Genius, Prophet, & Traitor

"If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook," is the cryptic utterance made by actor Jesse Eisenberg portraying Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in the first trailer for "The Social Network." While bordering on self-parody, those words underscore how the origins of the largest global networking enterprise was intriguing enough to be made into a movie.

Band-Aid Solutions: Japanese Pattern Design Bandages Make The Cut

Japanese pattern design bandages from Nichiban put a fashionably brave face on summer's scrapes, scratches, cuts and assorted ouchies.

Greendix Integrates Solar Panels Into a Soccer Ball

Greendix a Taiwan-based solar panel company has made the world's first solar powered soccer ball with some of their innovative custom shaped solar panels. The ball is designed to show off Greendix's ability to integrate its custom shaped solar panels into anything. The announcement of the integration just happens to coincide with the World Cup soccer craze.

Converting Noise To Light No Longer Up In The Air - Is Plane As Day

Aside from ground zero of a nuclear explosion, airport runways are perhaps the noisiest place on earth. But instead of friendly a mascot, they're staffed by surly men with light-sticks and illuminated by the strong and electrically expensive glow of runway lights. Now, designer Jou Hung-Uei has come up with a way to capture that noise and fire up those lights simultaneously.

Running Through Water--Pool Sprint

The Pool Sprint is a new concept in exercise that could motivate people to remain upright in the pool.

Holy Terms of Service, Google Zaps Apps Remotely From Droids

Apps for Android devices that are deemed malicious can and will be nuked by Google. In a recent case, Google did just that by demonstrating its ability to remotely detonate apps that were misrepresenting themselves.

New Soccer Shoes For Tough Players Have A Soft Side

Mizuno Super Sonic Wave SP soccer shoes are designed to make The Beautiful Game less chancy and more fancy - at least where footwork comes into play.

KiFit Armband Measures Your Fitness During Both Waking And Sleeping Hours

KiFit goes several steps beyond your average pedometer or heart rate monitor, bringing you a comprehensive look at your health and fitness.

'Twitter Annotations' - When 140 Characters Just Isn't Enough!

There's some irony here - but with the Semantic Technolody fast approaching - it was an inevitable progression of the Web that was bound to happen. While the simplicity of the common tweet was underscored by its short 140 characters or less, Twitter Annotations will be adding metadata to those tweets ...

Earthquake Survival Tshirt: Poking Fun At The Canadian Earthquake Buzz!

Yeah, yeah, okay, we get it already - you're tired of hearing about that earthquake that rocked much of Ontario and Quebec in Canada and parts of the United States. West Coasters have been rolling their eyes at all the online buzz about this earthquake that wouldn't even have gotten media attention in an area that's positioned along the fault-line responsible for some of the most devastating earthquakes in North American history. Well, we'd like to buzz about it just a little more, if you don't mind.

Magnetic Food Levitation – Measuring The Density of Tastiness

As it turns out, density is actually a key factor in determining the fat and salt content of foods. Current methods of determining this density are both cumbersome and inaccurate, so the bastions of knowledge at Harvard went ahead and made an ice-cubed sized sensor that does the job. Oh –  it uses magnetic levitation.

Rafael Morgan 'Light Drops' Drip From A Faucet

In his metaphoric design, Light Drop, Rafael Morgan reminds us that light, like water, must be conserved. Though energy-saving LED lights are embedded in the custom-made polycarbonate bulbs, their brightness is controlled just like precious water, from the spigots.

8 Money Saving Do-It-Yourself Pet Fur Grooming Products

DIY grooming saves money, but can also enhance your relationship with your pet.  Do it daily, gently (always working in the direction of the hair growth!),  reward your pet, and make grooming fun for your pet.  There will still be times you want to take your pet to the groomer for nail trimming and ear cleaning... and a good haircut.  But you can reduce those visits by half, if you can manage their fur 'issues.'

 


Waffle-Waffle Won't Waffle On Widening Your Waistline

Waffle-Waffle, a new dessert restaurant & cafe in Tokyo, serves up so many types of delicious waffles you won't want to leave... but when you do, take home a 10-pack!

Not To Compete With Sinatra, Michael Jackson's 'Blue Eye' Portrait Unveiled (Video)

On the eve of the one year anniversary of his death, 11 never-before-published portraits of the late singer  will go up for auction in December by Auctioneers Pierre Berge & Associates. The rare 1999 photograph entitled 'Michael Jackson's Blue Eye,' was a portrait taken but dismissed for the King of Pop's studio album Invincible released in 2001.

'Retina Display' & 'Reception' Complaints Launch On iPhone 4 Launch Day

With the iPhone 4 launch firmly under way, early Apple and gadget-focused Web sites are reporting problems with Apple's latest smartphone iteration. Did the device leave the station too soon - or are these cases an anomaly?

Conserve Leaking Breast Milk With The Milk Saver

As any breastfeeding mother knows, a lot of precious milk is lost during feeding time.  As the baby is nursing on one side the other is leaking milk too.  In those first few weeks and months especially, there is a lot of milk that is absorbed into breast pads or clothing.  Fortunately, the Milk Saver by Milkies is a gadget designed to collect this otherwise lost milk. 

WiFi Bathroom Scale Broadcasts Your Weight, Ruins Your Life

What's the worst possible gift a man can give to a woman? Vacuum cleaners, flannel lingerie and Jenny Craig gift certificates come to mind, but all of those pale in comparison to a bathroom scale that wirelessly broadcasts your weight... and guess what? It's now available.

The MiniPak, An Innovative Eco-Friendly Money Saving Small Electronics Recharger

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has developed an innovative eco-friendly recharging device that uses hydrogen sticks to charge a variety of small electrical gadgets. It's called the MiniPak, is easily portable and fits in the palm of your hand. It also designed to help consumer save money.

Electrical Spectacles To Go Both Ways - Are Easily Turned On

PixelOptics, a US-based vision aid manufacturer has now developed a bifocal lens that is able to change its index of refraction with the push of button. Welcome to the future.

Google Earth Gets A Little More Sport-Friendly

Google has introduced the latest update to Google Earth, which delivers new performance tools for outdoor athletes.

Rent Tent, Be First To Purchase iPhone 4G & Live To Tweet & Ustream About It

Airbnb reports iPhone mania is officially under way in front of the Apple Store on Stockton Street in San Francisco. If you can cough up $200 or be the highest bidder, you can be first in line by renting a tent from an enterprising camper who secured the spot early on the Wednesday prior to the launch on Thursday, June 24.

Zombie Maid Cafe... That Is All

Who says Akihabara's cute creepy Maid Culture is dead? Zombie night at a local maid cafe featured special menu items like Eyeball Soup. Customers were asked to BYOBraaaaiins!!

Biggest Threat To Apple iTunes Is 'Google Music' Hitting A High Note

While Google has been battling it out with Apple for quite some time on the hardware front - Droids vs iPhones - and on the mobile advertising side - AdMob vs Quattro Wireless - it now appears to want its own music download service to go mano-a-mano with Apple's iTunes, as well.

Pepsi Strong Shot Jolts The Cola Scene, Your Taste Buds

If more is better, then Pepsi Strong Shot is way more better - extra caffeine, extra carbonation and an extra blue can take slurpin' & burpin' to a whole new level. Wonder how it reacts with Mentos...

'Gourmet Live' To Serve Up Location-Based Social Networking With A Side Of Gaming?

Condé Nast's Gourmet Magazine closed shop almost a year ago. Like other legacy newspapers and magazines, print content is slowly becoming a dinosaur right before our very eyes. However, apparently the publishing conglomerate couldn't just let it die - so like a phoenix they are thinking about resurrecting its remains into a flashy social and location-based application-  called - what else - "Gourmet Live."

Can't Find Your Dog? The GEODOG® Collar Sends Maps & Text Messages To Your Smart Phone

German designers have created the ultimate gadget for your dog: a GPS system for your dog in the form of a collar that sends you a map of your dog's location or an SMS message on your smart phone.  Of course, the collar has a SIM card; your dog needs a phone book!

 

The Cuisipro Scoop & Stack Creates Amazing Summer Treats

What is better than cold ice cream on a hot summer day?  The Cuisipro Scoop & Stack is essentially a plunger that creates cylindrical columns of ice cream.  Besides making it easier to dig into hard ice cream it also produces a unique looking scoop. 

'ATREE?' Grows On You In DREAM Competition

ATREE? by the Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design (BOARD), based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, was chosen as a finalist in the upcoming European Competition of Architecture, Design, Realisations in Eco and Agro-Materals (DREAM).  ATREE? will be one of 22 entries in the finals, and this first image suggests it will 'take a village' to grow it.

 

Liquid Crystals Do A Solid For The World Of Information Storage

Information storage is big business, and paradoxically the smaller a thing you can store information on, the bigger your profile gets. Though the theoretical next smallest storage device was to be liquid crystals such as the ones found in computer monitors, experiments in that area have been one slowly-sinking failboat.

Until now.

Scientists Read Minds Of Coma Patients With Brain-Computer Interface

Coma patients are very challenging, both medically and ethically.  Diagnosing the level of a comatose person's brain activity in response to questions has been interpreted mainly by the level of physical response (the lifting of a finger, the blink of an eye, etc.) from the patient.  But the European Neurological Society is meeting in Berlin today and neurologists are reporting new developments in the field of brain-computer interface (BCI).

Movit Performance Gummies Offer An Alternative To Sugary Energy Drinks

Energy drinks have become enormously popular in recent years and not just for athletes.  The problem is that while the drinks do give a boost they often also set you up for a big crash at some point and pack in a lot of extra calories and not a lot else.  The makers of Movit Performance Gummies are hoping to offer a new option for those looking for a healthier boost.

Betting On The MTV Twitter Jockey Who Will Make It To The Finish Line (POLL)

Will it be Tomicha Cassel from Cleveland, Ohio or Rolfe Norman from Athens, Georgia? Who will be the social media voice for MTV? The network is currently in the process of answering that question with an ongoing series of challenges that will continue for the next couple months - up to a live finale on August 8.

BP Blaster App Allows You To Be Master Of Your Domain

Remember the Seinfeld episode "The Contest" aka "Master of Your Domain," when Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer were tasked with controlling sudden urges? As an analogy to that condition, all of our pent-up anger over the Gulf Oil disaster has no easy or satisfactory means for release. That is, until now. With  the introduction of a new game - Zippi Networks has developed an app to help us vent.

E-Reader Price Wars Pit Kindle vs Nook, While iPad Holds Ground

Since Apple's iPad virtually busted open the e-Reader market door with a device that could multi-task - Kindle, Nook and other "one trick ponies" have been trying to find ways to remain competitive, without resorting to price cuts. This month, desperation might be seeping in.

Rainbow In My Room Brings Magic To Any Kids' Space

Kids love color.  As adults we don’t consciously focus so much on color, but we still take note of and appreciate the beauty of a rainbow when it appears.  Well now you can give your child a rainbow of his/her very own.  The Uncle Milton Rainbow in My Room is a projector that creates a colorful arch across any wall or ceiling.

Hello Kitty Motor Oil Makes Your Engine Purr

Hello Kitty, having exhausted all traditional venues of cuteness, now dares to go where no cute character has gone before... under your hood.

Are Men's Leggings A New Hot Trend?

Leggings have been hot for women over the past few seasons, but I betcha didn't think they might extend to the other gender, at least not outside of sporting events that require tight pants, did you?

Steppin' Out With The Highflying Austrian Special Forces Dog

Did you ever think you'd see a dog parachuting 10,000 feet from a military helicopter?  Dogs are the latest recruits in the Austrian special forces, and often when they 'step out' they are strapped to a human and a big parachute.

 

U.S. Students Feature Breakthrough Designs At London Festival Of Architecture

Students at New Jersey's Science & Technology University (NJIT), experimenting with parametric designs in their industrial design class, were invited to display their experiments at the London Festival of Architecture, June 19 to July 4, 2010. Their architectural objects illustrate new relationships between objects in 3-dimensions.

 


iPad Dummy Is A Decoy For Apple Fans Who Can't Afford The Real McCoy!

Can't afford the real thing, but want to impress your friends and family? The iPad Dummy looks authentic, but instead of aluminum and glass and an operating system, you get a plastic decoy.

Extra! Extra! eRoll To Give Newspaper New Lease On Life! In Other News, Paper Routes Down 100%

Sure, newspapers are great if you don't mind newsprint-covered hands, folds in all the wrong places and a massive pile of useless paper when you're done. Sounds great. For those a little more forward-thinking, Dragan Trencevski has come up with an alternative - the sleek and slightly saran-wrap-dispenser-looking eRoll.

Virgin America Offers Social Media Perks To Most Influential

Do you have to be Ashton Kutcher to have influence on Twitter? If not, what does it take to be an influencer on social networks? And Is there a return on investment on the time you spend on social media tasks? Virgin America airlines is examining what influencers can do for their brand and is depending on a social media analytics company to surface the results so they reward those that do the best job.

Gold Plated Toilet is a Throne with the Midas Touch

This pot of gold from Japan needs no rainbow but it does require a whole lotta green - and pretenders to the one-of-a-kind throne need not apply.

BeautifulPeople's Social Network Wants To Build A New Master Race

Back in the last century, leading up to and during World War II there was a movement afoot to build a Master Race. It was led by a maniacal leader that convinced an entire Aryan society that they were genetically superior to other races. Today, almost 80 years later a similar mentality exists where a social network's goal is to create more genetically-conceived "beautiful" people.

Get Every Bit Of That Sweet Summer Corn With The OXO Corn Stripper

If you love to indulge in sweet, crisp summer corn but prefer to have removed from the cob then your job may have gotten a lot easier.  The OXO Corn Stripper is made to quickly and easily remove corn from the cob.  There is no awkward fiddling with knives and annoyingly wasting half of the precious nuggets.

Kubrick Collectible Figurines Celebrate Toy Story 3

Kubrick collectors have been hoping to get their hands on mini figures featuring the heroes and villains of Disney-Pixar's smash hit, Toy Story 3. Now their patience is being rewarded as MediCom has announced the lineup for their Toy Story 3 Kubrick series.


London’s Iconic Black Taxi to Get Hydrogen Powerplant within 2 Years

For many Londoners, the jet black LTI TX4 Taxi Cab patrolling the streets of their city has become a familiar sight. Now, the famous people hauler will be getting an overhaul, complete with an environmentally friendly propulsion system and a fresh new coat of black paint.

HP's 48Upper Social Network Is The Geek Squad's Latest Watering Hole

While Facebook scales to 500 million users according "The Social Network" movie promos, a new social network wants to prove to the world that IT pros have just as much a right to their own social network as common folk - maybe more.

Social Networking After Death Becomes You

Taking control of our lives online after death is a rather macabre thought - but similar to last wills and testaments when you commit in writing as to how you want to put your affairs in order in the event of death, you might want to do the same with your social networking presence.

Europe Beats U.S. In Race For Social Networking The 'Internet Of Things'

In the U.S., we are more concerned about disconnecting the Internet than expanding its connectivity to inanimate objects. If Senator Lieberman has his way, the government will have access to a 'kill switch' that will virtually shut down the Internet at will. Europe on the other hand is taking a much more progressive approach.

Movie Star Dress: Recycled VHS Tape Frock

Everything can have a new life in clothing, and now someone has found a way to re-purpose something that really has no other function today as technology has rendered it extinct!

Tastebuds: Love Matches Made In Music Heaven

Ever individual has a different idea about what they want when it comes to compatibility with a spouse, it can be educational background, favorite types of movies, shared interest in books, a love of the outdoors, or, in many cases, music. There are plenty of dating websites and matchmaking businesses out there that focus on making love matches between those who have shared interests, but now one targets one in particular!

Cross Your Heart, Your Fingers, And Your Toes... Researchers Study Superstition

People often have weird superstitions that bring them luck... or they think bring them luck. Not just the obvious things like crossing fingers and toes, wearing a charm, or carrying a bunny's foot, but sometimes some pretty strange personal rituals that they believe are lucky - just look at what some athletes do!

ZoomAtlas Social Network For Boomers With $10K Geo-Based Reunion Contest

With Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn now the dominant players in the social media space and Foursquare, Gowalla and Loopt in the location-based arena - each garnering a user-base larger than many countries - is there room for another to focus on just one segment of the population? Mark Sherman and ZoomAtlas, with the majority of users over 50 seem to think so.

Recent Study Claims a 50mph Speed Limit Would Cut CO2 Emissions by Up to 30%

Slowing down on the highway has been one of the most highly advertised ways to save fuel and reduce tailpipe emissions.  Even better, the only side effects of doing so are more to time stop in the event of an accident, and maybe one less cup of coffee in the morning.  Now, a study conducted in the Netherlands says the reduction in emissions could be as high as 30%.

New Balance 'Sunshine & Pink' Shoes Are Some Stealthy Sneakers... NOT!

The limited edition New Balance MTG580 SP running shoes are just about sold out but that doesn't mean you'll never see them again; you will... from miles away.

'The Social Network' Movie Like 'Primary Colors' Portrays Flawed Leader

Columbia Pictures just released its first poster for the Facebook movie, titled 'The Social Network.' Portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Zuckerberg is viewed with a tagline that says it all… "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies." Is this a character flaw, or a necessary evil?

The OKO Tricycle Takes Safety To A Whole New Level

It can be a lot of fun watching your little one pedal off on his/her first tricycle; it can also be kind of scary.  Young kids often feel invincible and take on a new experience with all of their exuberance on full throttle.  Unfortunately, this can be an accident waiting to happen.  For parents who feel that their child may need an ultra-safe first bike the OKO by Italtrike may be the answer.

Scented Eye Glasses From Les Opticiens Atol AK Senteurs

If you've ever thought "hmm..I wish that my eye glasses smelled delicious", well, you're a little bit weird, but you're in luck! Most of us probably thought eye glasses are strictly to help vision, but you've sure showed us!

"Why Not Me?" Ask Women As FDA Turns Down 'Female Viagra'

There are plenty of theories as to why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today failed to approve a new drug to enhance sexual desire among women with low libidos. Very few of them sound like they're based on science.

 


I Am A Stuffed Animal: Go Ahead And Get Stuffed!

At some point in time you've probably thought about telling your dad to get stuffed. Well, that has never exactly been a cool thing to do on Father's Day, at least until now that you can make it a gift!

What Do You Call A Revolutionary Toilet? The Stealth™

You thought a 1.6 gallon tank was saving you water... although it's kind of weak with a flush. But the folks at Niagara Conservation Company have invented a new toilet flushing system that only uses .8 gallons of water on each flush, saving the average family about 20,000 gallons of water a year.  Meet the Stealth.

 

Pay With A Tweet: New Test Business Concept Accepts Kudos Rather Than Currency

There's no doubt that social media plays a major role in the growth of a business today, but there's one new experimental concept that will either take off, or crash, because it doesn't leave a whole lot of room for business profit.

The Newest, Coolest Design In Chopsticks By Kayiwa: TUKAANI

Lincoln Kayiwa, who recently opened his own design company, KAYIWA, in Helsinki, is presenting a new look, material, and handling manner for his elegant TUKAANI, sterling silver chop sticks. 

I Have Seen the End of the World. It's Little and Blue

Couldn't get enough of those blue guys in Avatar?  Well, unfortunately a sequel to that film is a few years off.  Until then, we're gonna have to make do with the other blue guys.  And I'm scared.

Why Wasn't Ronnie Lee Gardner Allowed To Tweet?

A lot of controversy has been cyber-ventilating the collective blogo-and-twitterspheres today as the result of Utah's attorney general need to provide a blow-by-blow lead-up to a firing squad execution via Twitter. Some have labeled it a "tweet too far."

Solar Cells To Break Out Of Low-Efficiency Prison - Chance Of Capture Looks Sunny

At the University of Minnesota, sunbathing is a big deal. After six years of soaking up the rays, a team spearheaded by graduate student William Tisdale has discovered a way to potentially double the energy captured by solar cells - giving cells with up to 66% efficiency a bright outlook.

Research Prooves Romantic Music Enhances Prospects For Dating

Would you be surprised if I told you that French researchers were involved in the study of romantic music and its effects on getting average-looking men a date?  It's good to hear that romance, even the inclination to study romance, is still alive in France.

10 Ultra-Cool Sports Concepts That Would Make the Perfect Gift For Dad...If They Existed

Father's Day is this weekend. No matter how great of a gift you got for the old man, it likely pales in comparison to some of these unbelievably cool sports concepts. On the other hand, your gift exists in real life and these are limited to paper or sculptures. Maybe next Father's Day.

Bicycle Escalator Helps Cyclists Climb Stairs

Call it a Bike-O-Lator - they do in Japan, where a series of innovative bicycle escalators help cyclists negotiate steep stairways leading to and from city subways.

Great Student Designs: 3 Fantastic Chair Designs By Rahul Shirbhate

Rahul Shirbhate has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, but his creative energy is being poured into his design work.  While now in a Master's program in design at IIT Guwahati, India, his early works predict a successful career in furniture design.  In a period where so much design is imitative, Shirbhate's imagination is unbound, fresh, and spirited.  Here are three of his exciting chair designs.

Red Bull Takes A Whrrl On Location-Based Social Network For Air Race

While airplane racing might not have the cred or fan-base of the World Cup, it has found a way to promote itself through one popular social media channel. Whrrl, a location-based social network app will provide fans with events up close and personal, even if you are not watching from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ - one of the race's major vantage points.

Will The Internet's 'Kill Switch' Kill Social Networks?

It's hard enough dealing with Twitter's Fail Whale on a daily basis, and the number of phishing attacks occurred on Facebook - now, we might have to contend with the possibility of both networks being turned off with one flip of a switch? When did Big Brother relocate to the States?

Banknote Jewelry: Flaunt Your Riches!

Bling used to be gold and shiny, creating a glint that would immediately make people think "wow, that dude/girl is swimming in money". Well, now there's a jewelry designer who's making it possible for you to wear your riches in a different way!

X-Ray Pinup Calendar Is More Than Just Skin Deep

An innovative pinup calendar by Berlin's Butter Advertising Agency makes no bones about true beauty being on the inside.

Sperm Whale Poo and Phytoplankton Help Offset Carbon Emissions And Maybe Ban Whaling

A recent study from a student at Flinders University shows that in the Southern Ocean the combination of sperm whale feces (poo) and Phytoplankton can be extremely beneficial to the environment. The process has a lot to do with the circle of life. It could even ban whaling.

Outdoor Cat Enclosures: How To Go From Patio To Catio

Take the 'P' from 'Patio,' substitute a 'C' and you get a suitably named Catio, an outdoor cat house. Catio is where indoor cats can hang outside of their houses or apartments in an outdoor enclosure that safely keeps them in and predators out.  If you have time to build a catio, you can do-it-yourself, but there are several options.

Icelandic Law Seeking To Become Epicenter For Journalists' Safe Haven

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange and his flight from the authorities pertaining to his whistleblowing expose on the US military's classified documents gives one pause for concern about the safety of journalists and whistleblowers globally. Iceland is one of the first countries to propose international law to provide journalists with a safe haven.

8 Great Sports And Summer Recreation Gifts For Father's Day 2010

Father's Day is almost here. Make dad's summer great with one of these cool sports gifts.

Wristphone Gets A Fasionable Design Update - Dick Tracy Finally Able To Express Himself

As phones become smaller and more complicated, one designer has imagined a communications option that not only looks stylish, but brings back a slightly retro-phone feel and ease of use. Enter the Dial(phone).

World Cup Fans From Japan Are A Soccer Shocker

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is once again bringing out the best in football fans worldwide. If loud means proud, then these supporters of Japan's team have finally found a way to drown out those annoying vuvuzelas.

Ammonia Borane Actually Super Interesting For Hydrogen Car Fuel Cells

Hydrogen powered cars have long been heralded as the wave of the future, despite strong resistance from automobile manufacturers and difficulty finding reliable fuel generation methods. Now, researchers at Purdue University have developed a way to create hydrogen for use at a temperature the engine can actually use - and  without a catalyst.

HuffPo & The 'Wisdom of Machines' Crack Open Semantic Web Portal

Looking forward from the confines of our Web 2.0 perch, we are beginning see signs of the Web 3.0 portal open slightly. While a lot of folks still think semantic technology is a lot of hype based on theories and suppositions attached to artificial intelligence, the reality is "it's in the works" and the Huffington Post is one of the first news outlets to test the waters.

Robot Baby Simulates Real Infant, Stimulates Nightmares

A cute but creepy robotic baby designed by researchers at Tokyo University in Japan is helping behavioral scientists learn how babies respond to sights and sounds.

Accidents Happen! Here's Something Smart And Kind Of Sexy To Prevent Them

Do you know how many of us old folks have bad knees, bad hips, bad vision, and terrible problems with balance?  A lot of us, and though I admit I don't know the exact numbers on these old-age infirmities, I can tell you that this S2 Liner designed by Cheol Min Park is what we need to protect us at home.

Researchers Ask 'How Well-Adjusted Are Children Born To Lesbian Parents?'

Though studies have been conducted on social development and adjustment in teens raised by same sex partners, many of those children started out in heterosexual families.  In the first research published on 17 year-old kids born and raised by a self-identified lesbian mother, scientists have had the opportunity to compare the groups on equal terms.

 

 


How To Live With Just One Piece Of Furniture: The Form_Z01

Furniture designs are getting more compact and multi-functional.  Have you noticed that?   As 70 percent of the world's population is projected to be living in metropolitan areas by 2050, it's just assumed that space will be tight.  I believe that Russian architect and designer Vladimir Yuzbashev has beat the pack so far by designing nearly a full apartment into less than 200 square feet.

Acquacalda Uses Applied Physics To Create Practical Gadgets

If you are a closet nerd who loves to entertain or a geek who happens to have a lot of friends you are sure to appreciate the One For All, All For One design by Acquacalda.  This unique wine pourer uses the Pascal Principle to equally pour four glasses of wine at once.  In fact, this design is only one in a series of science principle based household gadgets.  

Top MLB Stars Show Their Softer Sides For Dove's Men+Care

Some of the staunchest baseball players around have gotten together to detail their very own 'Journeys to Comfort'. Smart advertising or terrible career move?

Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce, 4Food Offers Social Media Burgers!

Most of us are now familiar with user-generated content, and how the 'wisdom of crowds' to a large extent determines our 'likes' and 'dislikes' of brand initiatives, products and services. A unique restaurant chain is building on that premise to actually allow customers to assist in the marketing of their fast-food eateries.

World Cup Goes Digital This Year

A new study shows that British soccer fans have been preparing for the World Cup in a new way: by increasing their Internet capabilities, enabling Internet-based rather than television-based viewing.

Light That Goes Around Corners No Longer Just An Airy Tale

Light travels in straight lines, goes fast, and has virtually no mass. These are properties many of us have held as inviolate since our high school physics teachers first made mention of them, but now scientists have gone and screwed things up. Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have managed to create light rays that can travel around corners, and diffuse a hell of a lot less.

7 Trendy Pet Fountains Keep Cats And Dogs From Dehydration

Fresh running water does have great appeal, even to pets.  Take cats, for example: it's the rare one who will even drink from a bowl of "stagnant" water.  And when you think about it, cats have it right... who wants to drink out of a bowl or a glass of water that's been sitting there for half a day or so?  Perhaps that's why the latest trend in pet drinking is not the 'pet bowl,' it's the 'pet fountain,' where water flows constantly, or on demand.

 

Social Media's 'Magnetic Marketing' Engages Customers At Time Of Purchase

The traditional tenets of brand advertising relied initially on "push marketing," where TV, billboards and newspapers were the major distribution channels. With the entré of social media and "pull marketing," the control of brand messaging shifted to the consumer. Today, "magnetic marketing" allows both the brand and customer to engage at the exact same time - at the time of purchase.

'Mobile Jet Gundam' Ready To Take To The Skies

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is about to launch a new Mother Ship: a Boeing 777-300 jet that features anime graphics of the popular Gundam robot from the anime TV series "Mobile Suit Gundam."

Droid Squeaks To Market 24 Hours Earlier Than iPhone 4

Seven months ago, the original Droid reported selling over 100,000 devices during its launch weekend. However, since that was considerably less than the 1.6 million iPhone 3GS phones sold by Apple during its June, 2009 debut - this go-around Google is initiating a preemptive marketing strike to hopefully beat Apple at its own game.

Portable Weather Meter Ranks Your Heat Stroke Risk

Health worries rise along with summer's heat, so a new portable heat stroke risk meter could be a real lifesaver. It's like having a doctor and a weatherman in your pocket!

The Mysterious Illness Hitting Gulf Workers Now Identified As 'TILT'

For a few days now, we've been hearing and reading about Gulf cleanup workers and people living close to the Gulf coming down with strange 'flu-like' symptoms.  The true diagnosis was difficult, because flu symptoms are common in the illness that's actually overcoming these workers - now patients.  It's called TILT, short for Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance.  What are the causes and symptoms?

 

11 Best Of Neocon® WTF 2010 Design Awards

The Best of NeoCon WTF 2010 furniture is displayed throughout the huge Merchanise Mart and yesterday, 81 awards were distributed ranging from architectural awards to workplace technologies.  Here are 11 of my favorite winners from the NeoCon WTF 2010 competition. (No, it's not the WTF you are thinking; it's the World Trade Fair!)

 

 


A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gulf Oil Spill- YouTube Tonight!

Our 'Social Media' President has engaged with various social networks to get himself elected, communicate to the public and present himself in an open and transparent way. Tonight on YouTube, he continues on that track - and the lyrics from "Something Funny Happened On The Way To Forum,"  somehow seem to play well into the proceedings and what might unfold this evening.

The Hottest Christmas Gift For Kids In 2010: KINECTIMALS Virtual Pets Video Game

Last Christmas, the Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster was the blockbuster gift for kids. This year, I predict the box office hit for kids will be the video game Kinectimals, one of fifteen new Microsoft fully-interactive "sensoring" video games for its new Kinect Xbox 360.  Kinectimals are 20 wild virtual video pets, like tigers, lions and cheetahs, that kids can play with and even train. Parents will get a kick out of this game too!

 

Twitter Places,Location-Based Social Network Integrates Foursquare,Gowalla & TomTom

Back at Chirp, Twitter set its coordinates to up the ante on becoming a major player in the location-based social network space. By acquiring Mixer Lab's GeoAPI just before the developer conference, the microblogging platform was prime to start launching local-based services. Twitter Places is one of the first.

It's Okay to Spill This Paint - Underwater Paint Photography

Mark Mawson is an artist that creates beautiful photographs from watered-down paint...literally.

The HyGreen System Aims To Dramatically Reduce Infection In Hospitals

The HyGreen by Xhale is a device that detects alcohol-based cleansers that are used in hospitals.  To ensure that hands are properly cleansed between patients, hospital staff hold their soapy hands under the HyGreen sensor and the gadget will clear the worker to move on to the next patient.

GM Planning Rotary Power Plant for 2nd Generation Chevy Volt….Did we Miss the 1st Generation?

General Motors has been "refining" the now infamous Chevrolet Volt for quite a long time. Long enough, in fact, that the company is now talking about the next iteration of electrically powered people mover.

Twitter Jockey To Compete In MTV Social Media Idol Contest

Are you up for the challenge to compete against other top social media gurus for the coveted title of MTV "Twitter Jockey?" Do you even know what that job title means?

Graphine Oxide To Water: I Love You, But You Repulse Me

Thanks to assistant professor Jiaxing Huang and his intrepid band of researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, yet another interesting property of Graphene Oxide – precursor to the hot and sexy “thinnest compound on earth”, Graphene – has been discovered. In short, it has a love/hate relationship with water.

Research Team Calls Generic Drug 'Essential' To Stop Excessive Bleeding

...."Each year about 600,000 injured patients bleed to death worldwide," said Ian Roberts, co-author of the study published in the Lancet. "It's important to remember that deaths from injuries are increasing around the world and that they usually involve young adults, often the main breadwinner in the family. The impact on the family is devastating."

 

 

I'll Take One Of Those iPads - Wrapped In Chocolate Please!

A chocolate covered iPad.  If that's not the best customized birthday gift an Apple nerd can get, I don't know what is.  That's what Kay Chung received from her husband the other day for her birthday.  Honest.

While Zynga's FrontierVille Urges Men "To Go West" It Also Appeals To Gays & Ladies

Never content to let grass grow beneath its Farmville feet, Zynga keeps broadening the playing field, gaining more and more of an edge over competitors such as Playfish and Playdom.

The Smartphone Wars In Afghanistan Seek Trillion Dollar Spoils

As oil was one of the major factors for our six-year tour of duty in Iraq, the vast deposits of minerals recently found in Afghanistan may have the same type of effect in protracting our stay in that country.

Magnifying Safety Tweezers Zoom In To Pluck Out

These cleverly designed safety tweezers combine a 15x magnifier with a pair of tiny metal forceps. Find slivers & splinters fast, then pluck them out with ease!

De-Stressing For Dad: 5 Dead Desk Toys From Suck UK

'Clever' has not left the Suck UK creators in this era of uncertainly and universal stress.  Its latest set of dead desk toys prove that.  They not only help relieve your stress, they make you smile, and they are functional as well.  All of the dead desk toys would made unique Father's Day gifts (better, for sure, than a tie!) for a Dad with a sense of humor.

 

Guggenheim Uses YouTube's Social Media Channel As Casting Call For Video Artists

Who would have thought that one's talent at producing YouTube videos could be considered art that's worthy enough of going on exhibition at the Guggenheim? Starting today, anyone with access to a Web cam, video camera or iPhone can submit YouTube video presentations into a video-art exhibition contest conducted by the Guggenheim foundation of museums in partnership with YouTube.

Hello Kitty Wheelchair Adds Anime To Injury

The Hello Kitty wheelchair features protective spoke guards decked out in Hello Kitty patterns and bright pink upholstery displaying a pattern of Hello Kitty heads. Those clamoring for health care reform should start here.

The Derma Roller Uses Micro-Needling To Rejuvinate Skin

The Scientia Derma Roller is a hand-held device that is meant to be rolled over any part of the skin that is in need of some help.  The roller holds tiny surgical steel needles that penetrate the top layer of the skin and reportedly boost the body’s collagen production in the area.

Onion 'Future News' Replacing Social Media News For A Fee - No Joke!

The slogan for a new news format is: "A lot of networks report the news as it happens, but only one has the power to report the news before it happens." The tag line is: "To stay ahead in today's world, you have to know what's going to happen in tomorrow's." Catchy catch-phrases - but is it enough to warrant a price tag?

Eco-Friendly 'Umbrella Pot' Saves Rainwater, Feeds A Small Plant

The "Umbrella Pot" from Japan's Kyouei Design cleverly combines an umbrella stand with a plant pot. Water from the former feeds a small plant tucked into the latter.

World Cup's Vuvuzela Is The Sound Heard Round The World

Vuvuzela (pronouced voo-voo-ZAY-lah) is the horn of plenty. Its name in Zulu roughly translates to "making a lot of noise" — and it sure does. This year's World Cup in South Africa is distinguished by a sound not found in too many other destinations. At best, it's been compared to the sound of a herd of elephants - at worst perhaps, "the traffic jam from hell."

Google BrinBots To Transcend Limitations Of Man's Mortality?

A scientific think-tank in the Silicon Valley, funded by Google, run by thought-leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics and computing - may be man's answer to Ponce de León 's Fountain of Youth.

Instant Ramen Noodles Ready Yet? Ask The Cupmen!

Colorful "Cupmen" guard your Cup Noodle instant ramen while it cooks, then change their hues when it's ready to eat.

Augmented Reality Sunglasses Can Insert Social Networking Into Your Sights

We're slowly becoming familiar with augmented reality as viewed through our smartphone cameras and apps like Layar. What if those same effects were available by just slipping on a pair of sunglasses? The folks at HUD (Heads Up Display) are touting that game-changing, technology as we speak.

On/Off Switch Clip Grabs Your Paperwork With A Magnetic Grip

The Dixon On/Off Switch uses a minimalist, common sense design to affix stationery ON to a clipboard - just flick the switch when you want to take it OFF.

Hydrogen Hybrid Powered Vehicles May Be in the Future for BMW

Our Bavarian Engineers have been working hard on developing their alternative fuel lineup over the past few years. Now, it seems as though BMW will be looking to hydrogen to help power their future clean fleet.

Will 'Promoted Trends' Corrupt Real-Time Social Media News?

Back in May, Twitter finally joined the ranks of the the social media capitalists and rolled out Promoted Tweets to capitalize on all the ad dollars that were going to 3rd party apps versus Twitter's coffers. This month, they're considering selling their infamous trending topics as ad space.

Add The Spiral Hot Dog Cutter To Dad's Barbeque Gadget Arsenal

Usually for me hot dogs have to be grilled outside on a hot day and have been cooked in a manner that creates a lot of extra crispy bits.  For anyone who feels similarly about hot dogs, the Spiral Hot Dog Cutter by Wynder may be for you.  This would make a great addition to Dad’s barbeque gadgets, perhaps even as a Father’s Day gift.     

Otarian Carbon Footprints Every Item On The Menu

Would you be more likely to visit a restaurant if the menu offered the carbon footprint information of each meal? Would the meal you order depend on its sustainability? Not sure. If you happen to have the opportunity to dine at restaurant called Otarian you can find out.

Camelflage: A More Comfortable Solution To The Fashion Drama, Cameltoe!

Remember Camel Ammo? It was one of the first solutions to camel toe that would allow you to wear pants as tight as you'd dare with out showing off those body parts that just aren't meant to be seen while you're fully clothed. The Camel Ammo was a neat product, but now there's an option that's a little bit more practical, and it's something that you won't mind wearing every day!

GoodShop & GoodSearch Honors Thy Father With Gifts That Keep On Giving

This Father's Day, what better way to honor the number role model in your life than buying or searching for  a gift that will apply a percentage toward Dad's favorite charity or non-profit.

Dark Laser May Be Great For Communications - Terrible For Laser Floyd

While most mad scientists are off trying to create a laser that can flatten a city in a single pulse, mostly sane researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have created one that does just the opposite of the bright-beamed energy weapons of death we've so often imagined – it makes things darker. 

Liquid Cooled LED Light Bulbs: A Bright Idea That's Not All Wet

LED light bulbs promise big energy savings and have incredibly long working lives, but they don't tolerate heat buildup. A new series of liquid cooled LED bulbs from Beat-Sonic, therefore, deserves a shower of applause.

AccuVein AV300 Finds Your Veins Without Having To Poke And Prod

Think about how many of us all over the world are poked and prodded every day at the hands of well-meaning, but frustrated, health care workers who are just trying to find a suitable vein for a blood draw or a feeding tube insertion.  Poking and prodding... it's yesterday.

Social Media Journalism By Wikileaks' Whistleblower Unfolds In Real-Time

Worthy of a George Clooney spy movie (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, comes to mind), the intrigue of this story is riveting. Unraveling across continents, high levels of government, potential treason and investigative journalism are all intertwined and unfolding in real-time through social media channels that might eventually expose cover-ups in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Audi Calling for Next Generation Electric Vehicle Designs

By now it has become pretty clear that our future in transportation is going to rely heavily on alternative fuels, specifically hybrid electrics. Knowing this, Audi has launched a full scale design contest that will allow designers to dream up their own electric vehicle and submit the design to the German based automaker.

QR Codes Augmenting Our Lives From Tokyo To Manhattan

While Quick Response (QR) codes received some controversy last month when Facebook was rumored using them to generate bar codes on users' profiles, the technology does have merit and continues to enhance the use of augmented reality in our every day lives. Last fall, I even speculated that "tag technology" could potentially replace Google Search at some point in time.

Wellies That Can Charge Your Phone With Energy Generated During Music Festival Frolicks!

Many pieces of clothing designed for wear at summer music festivals have focused on generating energy to change cell phones and other small electronic devices, because when you're camping in the mud for days at a time, batteries lose their juice! The latest fashion item is practical and quite possibly the coolest example of this trend to date.

'Meat King' Cup Noodle Beefs Up Instant Ramen

Cup Noodle instant ramen, Japan's original Japan's iconic fast food, takes a stab at becoming a serious dinner with Meat King, the meal in a cup with beef beyond belief!

Alcohol Goes Ultra Portable With Go Wodka Extreme Vodka Tubes

Talk about convenience.  Just in time for summer, vodka in a tube is here.  These portable aluminum tubes come in different flavors including lemon, cranberry and energy.   

Drift Innovation Introduces World's First Wearable HD Action Cam With LCD Screen and Wireless Remote

The soon-to-launch Drift HD170 action cam is the first of its kind to feature remote control functionality and an LCD screen for fast, seamless viewing.

Scientists Now Understand Phenomenon Of Coming Back From The Frozen Dead

There are several reported cases of persons who froze to death and lived to tell about it.  This phenomenon has disturbed the reasonable mind for centuries, but somehow some frozen dead persons, animals, and even fruit flies have come back to their normal, healthy lives after they went through extensive periods of no heart rate or respiration.

 

ConvaTec's Continence Control Device Restores Dignity To Colostomy Patients

A continence control device, the Vitala™ CCD, made by medical technology company ConvaTec, has received a Gold Award at the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards, held yesterday in NYC.  This innovative medical device should also receive a humanitarian award for giving ostomy patients more freedom and dignity.

Adidas to Launch Its Own Sports Drink

The next new means for getting your electrolytes and B vitamins will come from an unlikely place--Adidas.

Vocus Acquires Crowdsourcing HARO's Free Social Media News Service

Today, Peter Shankman, the hard-working matchmaker of reporters and sources, and self-proclaimed 'adventurist' sold his company HARO (Help A Reporter Out) to Vocus, an on-demand software company. A true success story - what outgrew its confines as a small Facebook group, HARO's Web site and newsletter service has expanded exponentially to a mailing list of 100k+ journalists and experts.

One Drink Too Many For Kevin Rose At Diggnation's Bar & Grill

Techcrunch just broke the news that Digg's Kevin Rose is calling its quits with Diggnation, his weekly Web show about picking a topic and then drinking yourself silly trying to explain it. We don't know if this move will lead to Rehab or AA meetings, but it's certainly sending up one more red flag about a company that has been unsuccessfully trying to reinvent itself for quite some time.

Score A Goal! World Cup Soccer Track Jackets For 'World Pups'

The 2010 World Cup soccer championships will begin tomorrow in South Africa and go on for a month.  Day and night, you'll be able to watch soccer matches (just think!), and as this really is an international event, unlike the World Series, you just have to route for a team... and so does your 'World Pup.'

Cool Kitchen Knife Chops & Slices Without Using A Cutting Board

It's a kitchen knife, a food scissors and a cutting board... all in one! The spring-loaded Chop-It from Silvermark chops and slices all kinds of meal ingredients with a simple flick of your fingers.

11 Dunkin' Donuts International Turn Ons: Would You Believe Pork Floss?

... Kimchi is a cooked vegetable dish made with cabbage and other vegetables like green onion, chive, cucumber, and radish, served at nearly every Korean meal, in some variety.  It is said that if a Korean goes without Kimchi for even a few days, his body will begin to crave it.  Alas, it's no surprise that it had to go into a Dunkin' Donut...


Volvo Trucks Saying 2020 Concept Closer to Production Than You Think

Volvo Trucks, not to be confused with Volvo Cars, recently released some details about the 2020 Truck Concept they have been working on over the past few months. While nearly all of the details were interesting, the most important piece on information was how soon the company thought they could get the concept on the road.

Bing To Google: "What's Up With The Five Finger Discount?"

Microsoft tweeted to Google and the world (a few hours ago before this post) to ridicule their top competitor about hi-jacking their 'background images' from their search engine. Bing, which was just a glint in Steve Ballmer's eye back in early 2009 (see "Bada Bing…is Microsoft putting a Hit On Local Search?") feels its' trademark background images belongs in the hands of those that came up with the idea.

Burger King Japan's 'Crazy Whopper' Will Have You Feelin' HOT HOT HOT!

Burger King scored a worldwide hit with their spiced-up Angry Whopper but now the fast food giant is set to turn the heat WAY up with the Crazy Whopper. Jalapeno peppers? Meh - the Crazy Whopper's claim to flame is the dreaded Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chili), certified as the world’s hottest chili pepper.

Can't Afford an Audi R8? How About A $15,000 Foosball Table

Audi has turned a little attention from luxury cars to table sports equipment. The company's foosball table looks great, but not $15,000 worth of great.

Kevin Costner Offers BP Gulf Clean-up Solution, But Fails At Coffee Spill

He's not saying, if he builds it, they will come. He's not saying, he can walk on water. But what he is saying is that he has machines that can separate oil from water and that's what BP needs to turn the situation around.

A Metaphor For A Metaphor: The Grass Is Always Greener...

Inspired by man's innate desire to always want what is not his, Mexican industrial designer Christian Vivanco has taken a verbal metaphor for that desire - "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" - and turned it into a more literal metaphor - a green (grass) sofa with a surrounding picket fence.  Remember, though, there are two sides to that fence....

 

 

A Good Night's Sleep Really Does Effect Your View Of The World

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine today announced the results of a study on the effects of sleep on color perception.  It turns out that it's not rose-colored glasses you need at all; it's just a good night's sleep.

Pat Pocket Ashtray: The Non-Smoker's Most Repellent Accessory

The last thing any non-smoker would desire to carry with them as an accessory is their own personal ashtray designed to keep smoke and ash contained, but for those that smoke, it's not such a repellent idea.

Wacky Jelly Bean Company Promises Scented Farts

A company that's currently keeping its name under a guise of secrecy is one that's promising to offer a solution to one of the world's biggest issues. No, we're not talking about the Gulf oil spill, so perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration, but we are talking about another type of gas!

Heart Shaped Bottle Caps Love To Be Twisted

This heart-shaped bottle cap from H-Concept both looks and works better than a standard bottle cap. It's transferable from one bottle to another, so share the love!

Even Mohammed Has Issues With Facebook

As if Mark Zuckerberg didn't have his hands full with privacy issues, congressional probes, a controversial cult insignia and a a not-so-flattering-movie soon to be released - this week he was hit with accusations his network offended a supreme power?

HP Printers Get E-mail Addresses, Spam To "Enlarge Your Printer Tray" Already In Development

After a lousy start to the decade, HP is set to bounce back with the introduction of a new line of touch-screen web-enabled printers that each get their own personal e-mail address, set to making printing photos and spam mail about foreign nationals that want to give you their money and increase the size of your genitals easier than ever.

Twitter Said "No Search For You Today"?

Twitter was not running at full capacity today. The Fail Whale had come out of retirement and the Twitterverse was being told that the microblogging platform was "over capacity…too many tweets! Twitter's official blog states:"We are experiencing site availability issues — additional latency and errors — this morning. We’re working to address these issues."

Self Repairing Concrete Could Reduce Road Work Woes

One drive down a local highway or high traffic roadway and it becomes very obvious that most states can't keep up with how fast our roads are deteriorating. However, a newly developed self-repairing concrete may be able to offer those countless road crews a much needed hand.

Watch the Tide Come In With Swimmers Sculpture Art

Carole Feuerman is an artist that creates very real and eye-catching sculptures.

Minature World Replicas: Whimsical Fashion Accessories By Kendal Murray

This is a whimsical twist on a concept that we've all been thinking about over the past few years since CSI made the creation of miniature settings a hotter trend, at least when it comes to crime scenes. Now, there's an artist who has decided to leave out the blood and gore and introduce the idea to fashion.

Social Networking & Instant Replays Face Off With The Enemy In Afghanistan

As much as Facebook is engaged in its own skirmishes on US turf regarding privacy, the social networking platform is fighting an entirely different battle in Afghanistan. Facebook IM functionality and other military social networks allow analysts with the US Army, Air Force and Marines to hunt down insurgents, avoid civilian causalities and collateral damage and ultimately save American lives in Afghanistan.

Children's Rainbow Flash LED Umbrella Makes Rainy Days More Fun

This cool children's LED umbrella brightens up even the gloomiest rainy day, flashing away with either high visibility white light or 7 rainbow colors.

Ford Providing Free Charging Stations for Early Adopters of Electric Vehicles

Ford's electric vehicle line-up is growing pretty rapidly, thanks mostly to the Ford Transit Connect. While charging these electrically powered workhorses is already fairly simple, Ford has decided to make it even easier by installing some 5,000 charging stations in select cities free of charge.

Don't Just Exercise, Pupercise!

The Shabby Dog, seller of dog and people things that are anything but shabby, has come out with a line of products to get you and your dog off your respective bums.  After all, it's always easier to get in shape when you partner with a great companion.  And for a girl and her dog, Pupercise is chic and unique.

 

Designer Gas Masks: Look Fashionable While The World Is Ending

When the world is ending, you've still gotta look fashionable while ensuring your survive as long as possible, right? Well, that's the idea behind these funky new fashions. Not to make light of what's been happening in the world, but things aren't looking all that hopeful now are they? So, stocking up on these unique fashion items just might not be too bad of an idea!

Here You Go: Free Umbrella Giveaways For Acts of Kindness

Some businesses aren't about turning a profit, at least not solely, and that's a business concept that's becoming increasingly more popular around the world. The latest makes an appearance right on time for the Spring season, right when it's needed most, and it's all about kindness!

Mechanism In Plants May Switch Off Cancer Growth In Humans

Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered a cellular process in plants that encourages growth of new cells.  They have manipulated this process in a laboratory setting and have found that is very similar to a mechanism that takes place in the human body, one that can encourage growth of cancer cells.

"Spinning Streak" Game App Shies Away From Arrestable And Dizzying Behavior - Lets You Spin Stuff Instead

It's almost a truism now that a new iPhone App gets released on a daily basis, and many of them are awful. Our latest foray into the world of Appdom led us to "Spinning Streak", a game by Mad Media labs, and we're pleased to say it does not suck.

Top Attractions At Computex 2010, Not Found In The Booths, Including Booth Babes

There are several reasons to go to 'techie' tradeshows. One is for the new releases of product and technological advances. However from all reports about Computex 2010 this year (June 1-5), it appeared that everything revealed at the event had either been previewed previously at other shows, or had already been leaked to the press.

Trashlight: If Your Trash Was Public, How Would You Display It?

I have to admit feeling a sense of relief when garbage pick-up became automated.  It meant that I would be anonymous to the sanitation workers as well as to those searching the garbage dump for hidden treasures.  But here's industrial designer Craighton Berman, putting together a trash basket and a lamp, of all things, so that our trash can be... in fact, wants to be... observed... even searched by our family and guests.

 

On Your Bike, Says Nokia, And Take This Phone Charger With You

In an effort to expand its mobile market and put its technology into the hands of those who don't have easy access to a 120v power outlet or automobile power point, Nokia has developed a new line of phones and chargers, which can be attached to a pedal bike for both ease of charging and the smugness that comes with using green power.

Pets: Would You Like A Dog Or A Panda Bear?

Though Giant Panda Bears are still on the endangered species list, apparently some families in southwestern China are keeping them and other exotic animals as pets.

 


China's Quieter, Gentler 'Great Firewall' Or Social Media Ploy?

Today, China released a white paper titled, "The Internet in China," that in Western parlance could be considered a public relations make-over for a brand that has long been associated with censorship and government control. Is there a crack in the Great Firewall, or has China been dogged into corner by its netizens crying for their right to free speech on the Internet?

Will "Bending It Like Beckham" Make Yahoo! Relevant Again?

Today, it was announced that Yahoo! would differentiate itself from competitors such as Google by offering 'exclusive content' only available through their Yahoo! channel. For those that would like  to 'Bend It Like Beckham,' Yahoo!'s 600 million global users will have exclusive access to interact with football great David Beckham and activities pertaining to the World Cup games in Capetown, South Africa.

Cooling Cream Keeps Japan's Balls In Order

Delicare M's (the 'M' is for Men) is a topical cream from Japanese pharmaceutical company Ikeda Mohando that features an added cooling ingredient. Sort of like Icy Hot without the hot part; something that should keep users singing a happy tune and not 'Great Balls of Fire'.

Trixie Tracker Takes Some Pressure Off New Parents

The Trixie Tracker site allows parents or anyone who is caring for a small child to have a place to record and analyze everything from diapers to breastfeeding and everything in between.

Sketch-A-Space Competition: Design The Perfect Room For An Autistic Person

What do Easter Seals and Google SketchUp have in common?  They are co-launching the first-of-its-kind online competition to design the perfect space for an autistic person.  It's called the Sketch-A-Space contest, and autistic persons, their family, friends, professionals, and even architects are welcome to compete!

Titillating Turbans: Charitable Business Makes Fashion For Cancer Survivors

Some of the most inspiring businesses out there derive from a personal need, and there's one business that provides a great example of this. One entrepreneur decided to start a business based on her own personal demands that she couldn't quite fulfill and has decided to give back to others with more than just her inventory.

Ghost Busters Replica Backpack: Who You Gonna Call?

It doesn't matter how old you are, the Ghost Busters have been a fixture for decades, and let's be honest here - we've all dreamed about having a ghost busting machine (otherwise called a Proton Pack) of our very own. Yeah, sure, there have been plastic toys, but the coolest replica that's also functional will soon be available.

Audi Performing Full Scale Testing of Travolution Technology…Showing Promising Results

Vehicle communication technology is nothing new to the industry. Many companies have been working to develop fully integrated systems that would allow vehicles to talk to other nearby, as well as to the surrounding traffic infrastructure. Audi's version of this technology, called Travolution, is now being extensively tested on the streets of Germany and is apparently yielding some very impressive data.

Dream Cap: The Fashion That Promises To Get Into Your Head!

Not all fashion items are entirely sane, but that doesn't mean that they're not worth talking about.  Some fashions, you might think, you've only dreamed about, but even the wackiest things have been dreamed up, including this little gem.

The Cap To Zap Brain Cancer? The NovoTTF

NovoCure, an Israeli medical device company, has just released positive data from its Phase III clinical trail of its electric helmet, the NovoTTF-100A.  This 'helmet' looks exactly like what it is - a cap full of electrodes that is intended to zap spreading brain cancer cells before they multiply and eventually kill patients with recurrent glioblastomas (GBM), the most deadly of brain cancers.

 

New Medical IDs For Diabetic Kids: Tatoos!

Though there are plenty of cool-looking diabetes ID bracelets available for kids, they are often left at home, mostly just forgotten. In frustration, two diabetes education nurses came up with the idea of another form of rapid alert identification, in case a child with diabetes has an emergency: a 'short-acting' tattoo!

 

Brazil's Volunteers Build Dog Houses For Homeless Dogs

The houses aren't very big, but they're enough to give a dog some shelter and... a place to call home, temporarily, one hopes.  The shanty town within the southern Brazilian city of Caxias do Sul, where the dog houses are located, is called a favela, like the shanty towns built for displaced persons in almost all of Brazil's large cities.

 


Intelligent Textiles Take On Melancholia With Garments That Help You Remember

Out of the storied halls of Montréal's historic Concordia University and Goldsmiths of London comes word of a new development in intelligent textiles. Not satisfied with simply smelling the shirts of their loved ones when they're away, teams have developed clothing that can broadcast video and audio in addition to carrying the gentle scent of Drakkar Noir or "M" by Mariah Carey.

Apple iBooks By The Numbers, Almost 25 Percent Marketshare

Today at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Steve Jobs' keynote address offered up some impressive stats regarding his iBooks e-book and iPad reader marketplace.

The Exfo-Lift De-Clogs Skin Without Irritation

If your complexion seems a little clogged up you may be in need of a good exfoliation.  The Exfo-Lift by Sefide claims to purify the skin through the use of natural ingredients such as clay and jojoba.  All of this is reported to be accomplished without irritation and in a manner that adjusts to the needs of your particular skin type.

New Orleans' Brown Pelicans - Ultimate Survivors, From 'Silent Spring' to Gulf Oil Disaster

May 27 marked the anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, celebrated author and wildlife conservationist. When her book Silent Spring was first published in 1962, New Orleans state bird, the Brown Pelican was on the verge of extinction, due to pesticides and pollution. Almost 50 years later, that same bird faces a similar fate from another man-made disaster.

Gordon Murray Releases Information about New T.27 Electric City Car

With the gasoline powered T.25 City Car about to hit the market in full force, quite a few people were asking what would be the next vehicle to come from the famed automotive designer. They didn't have to wait long however, as Mr. Murray has released information about his next generation T.27 city car.

The Semantic Web As Big Brother Could Have Prevented The BP Oil Disaster

The Semantic Web is coming and an oil disaster like the one we're experiencing in the Gulf might help move up its timetable. Since Web 3.0's semantic technology is predicated  on everything in our physical world being tagged with its own Internet address - once in place - any body will be able to monitor any type of operation via  the Web - even off-shore drilling.

Spider Podium Grips Gadgets With 8 Articulated Arms

The flexible and articulated Spider Podium from JTT has 8 arms to hold you - or your pricey portable gadgets - in a creepy yet cute grip.

The Boy Who Invented TV Gets Social Media App Named After Him

I'm sure the boy who invented TV would be very proud of how far TV has come since the late 1940s. PHILO TV, the app and Web platform which launches today combines television with the power of social media to create an interactive user experience with real-time and multi-screen functionality. And it has that inventor to thank for it.

'Sh*t My Dad Says' - First TV Sitcom With 'Social Network' Theme

The irrepressible William Shatner, who at the ripe young age of 79 is jumping back into TV programming with a sit-com that will extend the television frontier to where no man has gone before.

Facebook Under The Hood(ie): Zuckerberg's Insignia Signifies Cult Leader?

While Mark Zuckerberg's interview at the recent D8 Conference was less than stellar, more attention has been given to an insignia covertly hidden on the inside of his signature hoodie, than to his painstaking nervous responses. 

Indulgent Heels: Where Ice Cream Meets High Fashion

Shoes are drool-worthy for virtually every woman and it has nothing to do with anything but the sheer beauty of nice footwear. In order to incorporate another irresistible element that many women love, Oyee Design has created a funky and fun pair of heels that's truly sinful!

Fish Freezer Sheets Absorb Moisture, Preserve Freshness

Freezing fresh fish just got a whole lot easier, thanks to these frozen fish wrapping and extraction sheets from Asahi Home products.

Disney Ads Put Humor Into Star Wars Weekends

Without a doubt The Walt Disney Company is a master in the marketing arena.  And for Star Wars Weekends, it proves to be a Jedi Master.

Get it?  Yeah, I know... that was lame.  But the ad campaign makes up for it!


BMW Noise Cancelling System to Provide More Comfortable Ride and More MPG?

For many potential car buyers, the deal-breaker for diesel engines in the noise they have become famous for. While some are beginning to accept this in exchange for the boost in fuel economy, others are just not able to deal with the distinct rattle emitted from the oil burning powerplant. BMW has decided to combat this by developing a system which will be able to cancel out the noise from the engine and provide a quiet, fuel efficient ride.

4Chan, The Anti-Facebook In The World Of The Open Graph

Started both around the same time, some 6+ years ago, two social networks emerged on the scene that couldn't be any more different than each other. One devised in a Harvard dorm room, the other in the basement of his parent's basement.

Bride & Groom USB Drives: What Memories Are Made Of

These cute bride & groom USB drives not only make great wedding gifts, they save all your wedding day memories electronically - even the ones you'd rather forget.

'Champ' Concept Threatens To Take Down Couch Potatoes

Look out couch potatoes; if the ‘champ’ design by Tobias Fraenzel ever makes it to stores you may be left without an excuse for just sitting around in front of the TV. 

Early Urine Test For Autism May Lead To Prevention

... a simple urine test that can find a 'chemical fingerprint' of autism would enable professional intervention to begin months or years before behavioral symptoms appear.

Ride The Wave Of The Calibowl

The Calibowl looks basically like any other casual serving bowl, but with one key difference.  The important feature is in the rim.  The inside edges are specially curved inward to push food onto your utensil or chip, whichever the case may be.  It seems pretty basic, but it is actually quite ingenious. 

French Inline Skater Sets World Record For Highest Frefall

A French rollerblader recently set the world record for world's highest bomb drop, jumping 41 feet off the Eiffel tower onto a ramp below.

Nokia Brings Bicycle Charging To The Developing World

Nokia has developed an inexpensive charger for powering up small electronics with electricity derived from the movement of a bicycle. Being offered first in the developing world, the new device could be a great addition for cyclists and commuters.

Express Yourself With Roeland Otten's ABChairs

It just so happens that Roeland Otten is a graphic and media designer by trade, but his new ABChairs might just take his career on a new path.  These sharp new san serif alphabet chairs looked like they're ready for icon-dom, literally, if not figuratively.  The best news is that Otten wants to produce the ABChairs for the mass market!

New UniCab Concept Vehicle Could Be Next In Line for Dominating New York City Streets

If you have ever been to New York City, chances are you have either been in or around at least a handful of the iconic yellow Taxi Cabs that blanket the city.  If the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) have their way, that color may be the only thing a new generation of Taxis have in common with the ones in use today. 

Sport Equipment From The Future: Hoverboard

A Back to the Future-like hoverboard is officially real.

Chommy, Foursquare Mayor May Be Blocked From Tian'anmen Square Check-ins?

Thirty-one years ago to the day, Tian'anmen Square (aka, Gate of Heavenly Peace) was the site that witnessed the massacre of thousands of student protesters. Each year on its anniversary, the Chinese attempt to eradicate all memory of the horrifying events that occurred on June 4, 1989.

3-in-1 Frying Pan Pleases Time & Space Challenged Chefs

The 3-in-1 Frying Pan cooks different foods equally while keeping them separated - ideal when whipping up a mess of vittles for the entire Klan. er, clan.

10 More Hot Products To Keep Your Pets Cool

Almost three years ago I wrote my first blog for InventorSpot.  It was about ways to keep your pets cool in the summer.  Those products are still great for chilling out your pets in the summer, but I thought I would add another 10 to the list.

Awkward Combination or Next Great Sport: Sailbiking

The Pterosail combines two classic American water and land pastimes into one new activity.

A Shot Glass Full Of Water And Some Hot Air: Hand Misting

This design, invention, thing... is a Misting machine, a futuristic design for a hand washer. I hope it's very futuristic, because while I'm on board for water conservation, I just don't believe that a shot glass (all 1.5 ounces) of water is going to get anyone's hands clean!

Samsung Unveils Low-Power, USB-Only LCD Monitor – Say Watt?

By 2011, electronics maker Samsung intends to be mass-distributing its shiny new toy - an 18.5" computer monitor than can run off of no more than two USB computer ports and uses only 6.3 watts of power.

Biomimicry Provides Solution To Regenerative Fabrics For Internal Organs

Not only can this protein nanofabric create repair structures for the heart and other internal organs, but conceivably, it could be used to make material that could stretch 1500 times its size! Carry-on luggage would be obsolete, as your travel wardrobe could easily fit in your pocket or purse.

Buzzd Aggregates Foursquare, Gowalla & Other LBS Check-ins

Now you can find out if that local Thai restaurant that just opened is really as good as the ads say they are - or if that nearby music venue is the hottest nightspot in town. Based on geolocation, buzzd will analyze the check-ins closest to you and take your location-based mobile experiences to the next level.

Future Vehicle Technologies Gearing Up For Automotive-X Prize

Since first being created back in 2006, Future Vehicle Technologies (FVT) has been hard at work on their eVaro Hybrid concept vehicle. The team is planning on competing in the Automotive-X Prize competition with the eVaro, as soon as they are able to break 60mph that is.

Google Tweaks 'Twitter Ads' On DL To Attract Advertisers' Followers

Google who's usually quick to announce its new roll-outs seem to be taking a somewhat more cautious approach with its "Twitter Ads," a new ad format to be distributed through their Adsense program. In limited beta, only a few advertisers have been invited to test a new means to promote their Twitter accounts...

iNotePad Handheld Portable Tablet Has Got The Write Stuff

The next generation iPad has arrived... make that your grandparents' generation.

If It Moves Like A Fish, Fish May Follow It To Safety

Wouldn't it be great if robots could lead fish and other wildlife away from the Gulf oil spill before they got a drop of oil on them?  A mechanical engineering professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has a dream that his robot fish can do that and much more.

 


Fatal Medication Errors & Other Reasons To Stay Out Of The Hospital

You can probably think of a million reasons to stay out of the hospital, but today a study suggests another reason, at least for the month of July....

The Autoseal Kids Tumbler Prevents Sticky Situations

Toddlers and spills go hand in hand.  Their confidence level and coordination skills just don’t seem to meet up.  What is a parent to do other than sit in the closet and cry?  Well, the Autoseal Kids Tumbler looks to be a great alternative.

Enjoy Designing Your Cat's New 'Scratch Tower'

We've featured cat scratchers of all kinds, but this is the first one you can put together in so many different patterns.  Moderncat Studio has created a unique scratching post using corrugated cardboard vertically on a standing base, when it is usually reserved for horizontal scratchers.  Plus, the Scratch Tower offers lots of design possibilities to intrigue you and your cat.

 


Unf**ken Believeable, SwearJarr Cleans Up Twitterville, One Cuss Word At A Time

Better than washing your mouth out with soap, the digital age is putting its own 21st Century spin on a time-honored tradition. What's old is new again, if you can't control the language you tweet in 140 characters or less.

Why Design Now? The Creation Of Carbon-Negative Materials

Design has a big impact on the environment, but today, most responsible designers put the 'environment' in their plans and try to avoid leaving a footprint.  This is especially true in the design of new Materials, one of the categories featured in the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibit, Why Design Now, The National Design Triennial.

 

Light-bending "Legos" To Be Used In Circuits And Lasers – Also Easier To Swallow Than A Real Lego

Using tiny globes known as nanoshells, four American universities have been able to create a seven-shelled structure that is not only self-assembling, but that creates what is known as a Fano resonance, which only occurs in man-made light bending substances.

UC Berkeley Chemical Biologist Wins 'Oscar For Inventors'

An internationally known chemical biologist, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, researcher, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor, from the University of California at Berkeley, has won the most prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for $500,000, dubbed the 'Oscar for Inventors.'  This award recognizes individuals who translate their inventions and innovations into technologies that improve our world.

 

Skinbook, Facebook With A Lot Of Privacy & No Open Graph(ics)

The first rule about Skinbook is you "don't show any skin!" on Skinbook. While, Time Magazine described it as "Facebook for 21st Century Nudists," this is not a network for titillation or voyeurism. No pornographic images nor sleazy comments under users' photos are allowed. Even the headless body shots that are allowed on Twitter are verboten on Skinbook.ning.com...

Oil Spill Spills Over Into YouTube With Crude Satire & Parody(Videos)

As the beleaguered Gulf Coast continues to consume America's zeitgeist since 30 million gallons of crude - and counting - spewed into the sea - social media channels have been working over time in relating to various versions of the unfolding story. With the blogosphere in overdrive, tweetin' BP impostors and Facebook fan pages growing exponentially, even the FBI have decided to get in on the act

Fun Infects Campana Brothers' New Fossils Designs

Fernando and Humberto Campana are two design-prolific brothers from Brazil, known to have more fun doing what they do than most people in the world.  All of their designs are inspired by fun and many are inspired by toys, often in animal form.  The NativoCampana series, new for 2010, includes some pretty fun-but-creepy-looking insect and snake "Fossils" just released in limited editions yesterday!

Extra Cold Bar Serves Beer Below Zero - How Cool Is That?

Ice cold beer... there's nothing like it to beat the summer's heat. For a limited time, Japan's Asahi Beer is offering hot, thirsty travelers a very cool place to chill out this summer: the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar.

New Electric Vehicle Bill Could Offer a $10 Million Prize for Battery Technology

It's pretty clear that our government is planning on taking quite a few steps to both ease and hasten the transition into electrically powered vehicles in the coming years. While many of these are aimed at the consumer, a new bill being drafted could offer up to $10 Million cash for developing a longer lasting battery.

Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise For Women

The most promising news yet, related to prevention of breast cancer, was published by researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio....

Eggling Crack & Grow Egg Plants

Egg plants?  Not really.  Nor are they 'eggplants.'  Not even eggs.  But they do grow plants, not chicks, and when the plants get big, you can smash the Egglings and use them for fertilizer.

Absolutely, Pawsitively Cutest, Most Clever Pet Gifts Ever From Takkoda

If you love animals, there's a particular source of original, clever, and often hilarious novelties, greeting cards, home accessories, and stylish t-shirts for adults, children and even infants that definitely ranks up there with the best this pet writer has seen...

New Neckpiece May Give Hearing Impaired Users A Chance To Feel The Beat

Frederik Podzuweit is young German industrial designer, skilled in both 3D and 2D visualizations. These abilities, coupled with a healthy dose of futuristic forethought led him to create his "music for deaf people" device, a collar which translates sound into vibration, allowing the user to actually "feel" the music to a far greater degree.

Hurricane Alex, The First To Potentially Turn Oil Spill Into Black Surf

As of June 1, with 'Alex' as the nom de plume of the first, the hurricane season is officially underway and will run its course from now until November 30, 2010. The clock is ticking away for the BP clean-up in the Gulf to ward off any possibility of a 'perfect storm' combining the oil spill calamity with the climatic forces of hurricane winds.

Time Magazine: Foursquare Is Narcissistic & Farmville Is A Time-Suck Addiction

Time Magazine, the legacy magazine long regarded as the hallmark for insightful lifestyle and cultural commentary seems to have missed the mark with its latest inventions rankings. In its "50 Worst Inventions," both Farmville and Foursquare are listed alongside "Smell-o-vision" and "Snuggies for Dogs" - a list that is distinguished by what Time describes as "the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb."