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July, 2010

Motorboat Zipper Illustrates Art On The Fly

The oceans just got sexier, thanks to Japanese artist Yasuhiro Suzuki and his zany zipper motorboat. Hey Neptune, your fly is open!

NYC Subways Cutting Service But Score Subterranean WiFi

Ironically as the NY City Transit Authority needs to cut services and increase fares to close in on a $900 million budget gap for its subway system, a service long requested by commuters will be added. The desire of being connected 24/7 is coming close close to fruition in the Big Apple.

The Sleep Trainer Coaches Babies And New Parents To A Good Night's Sleep

Everyone who has had a newborn baby knows that teaching the little bundle to sleep through the night is just as much a learning curve for the parents as it is for the baby.  This is the reason that the Goodnight Sleep Trainer was developed.

Moon Dough Is Not Just For Eating

Ever eaten Play Doh?  If so, you know that the flavor loses it's special tang when it dries into a bright blue brick.  Now we have Moon Dough... which claims to never dry up.  And I wonder if it'll hold the flavor...

More Natural Skating: Sport Technology Flowboard

By adding a slew of extra wheels, the Flowboard makes skating a little more like riding waves or snow.

Social Media Gaming Ushers In Age Of Micropayments, Facebook Credits & Google.Me

As Zynga continues to dominant the online social media gaming space, other players like Google.me and Disney are looking to get a piece of the action. Facebook Credits is the dominant monetization avenue for the social network that's proven users are willing to pay for virtual items one small purchase at a time.

Apple iPad Goes Steampunk With The USB Typewriter

Love retro office equipment but need the practicality of top tech tools like the Apple iPad? Thanks to the USB Typewriter, you can now get the best of both worlds.

Liquid Wood Could Cut Down on The Use of Non-biodegradable Toxic Plastic

A German company called TECNARO is responsible for manufacturing liquid wood. Liquid wood is an innovative material used to make a bioplastic that is more eco-friendly than petroleum made plastics, which are non-biodegradable and can contain carcinogens and other toxic substances. The uses for TECNARO's innovative bioplastic could save money, fossil fuels and other natural resources.

Exhilarating or Excruciating? 5 Unconventional Extreme Sports

You've probably never tried these sports. You may not have even realized they existed. Now watch some video and decide if you ever will.

Garment Saver Protects Clothing From Makeup Mishaps

If you are one of those au natural ladies who wakes up looking fresh and glowing and never has to apply more than a swipe of lip balm then, first of all, I hate you and secondly you probably have no use for this product.  For the rest of the women out there, here is a handy little product for helping you look your best.  The Garment Saver is a clever idea to keep those lipstick smudges and foundation stains off of your clothes

Smart Helmet Tells You And Rescuers That You've Taken A Hard Hit To The Head

Trying to explain the degree of your head injury when you're seeing strange colors, talking to imaginary people and trying desperately to remember your own name is difficult. So why not let your helmet do it for you?

Classic Video: Dufus Shows Up To Cleveland Indians Game Wearing LeBron Jersey, Gets Kicked Out

Kid shows up to a Cleveland Indians game in a LeBron Heat jersey for no apparent reason other than to be a dick. Fans boo, throw things on him and give him a generally difficult time all around. Kid gets thrown out. And someone videotaped it all for us to witness.

Ice Formation Gives Room Temperature The Cold Shoulder

Tired of broken hotel ice machines, Spanish researchers went ahead and found out how to grow ice at room temperature. Seems like a slippery slope.

Social Media Might Be Introducing 140 Characters To 140 Other Planets?

Five years ago when 140 characters shook this planet with the introduction a new social interaction platform that allowed man to communicate with folks the world over - little did we know there were 140 similar worlds in the Milky Way that might also be tweeting inter-galactically.

Takumi Wood Block Clock Branches Out To 10 Digits

Takumi's iconic wood block digital clock was a masterpiece of minimalism but just like a tree seed, it's grown... in this case, into the new Takumi 10-Digit Wood Block Clock. Morning wood never looked so good! 

Jump Start Your Car From The Inside Out

To me, one of the worst feelings in the world comes when your car breaks down on the highway or in the middle of nowhere.  As a woman, maybe my vulnerability is greater than men might experience, but my fear comes from a few unforgettable experiences in neighborhoods you may have only seen in the movies.

DIY Moon Shadows With GUAU Lighting Design

Maybe it won't fool your dog, but the Guau, or a grouping of them on your wall or ceiling would surely provide some great ambience in your home. 

Anti-Theft Lunch Bags Fend Off Food Nabbers

Ah, the lunchroom thief.  Amazingly, every office seems to have at least one.  The Anti-Theft Lunch Bag is made to protect your food from all of the lunch stealers of the world.

Don't Buy Anything! Receipts Are Hazardous To Your Health!

You know that what leads to getting a receipt (the purchase) can be bad for your health.  Spending money these days can certainly lead to ulcers.  But now studies have found that receipts are even worse for your health!

 


Socket To Me - The Old Power Bar With A Twist

A product to solve common conundrums, the Socket Sense lets power bars actually connect multiple devices. How electric.

QR Codes To The Rescue In The Gulf To Address The BP Oil Spill

While Quick Response (QR) Codes still have a long way to go in gaining traction in the US, the BP Oil Spill may be the right catalyst to introduce this technology to more and more folks who own smartphones.

The $49 Kindle Was The Only Question Not Asked By Charlie Rose

Today, there are virtually hundreds of blogs that have surfaced since last night's interview of Jeff Bezos by Charlie Rose. It was the first news of Amazon's recent launch of their new WiFi and Kindle 3G iterations, and an interesting choice of a TV show to make the announcement. However while Rose's intelligent and pointed Q & A was targeted, it did omit one burning question: What about a $49 Kindle?

Portable Watermelon Cooler Keeps Your Cantaloupes Perfectly Chilled

Got melon, will travel? Now you can keep your watermelon chilled to just the right temperature while you're out & about!

Self Driven Solar Powered Vehicle on Green Journey From Italy to China

Watch out! The Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VisLab) of Italy's Parma University has designed solar powered vehicles that can travel without a driver. They are planning to set a new worldwide milestone in the field of Vehicular Robotics from Parma, Italy to Shanghai, China, with the vehicles.

Green Biking: Flow Scooter

Part electric scooter, part hog, the Flow Scooter is all kinds of awkward and impractical. As such, it has "next short-lived eco-trend" written all over it.

What Happens When You're On The Same Wavelength - And When You're Not

You seem to feel it instinctively when you and another person are on the 'same wavelength,' and equally so when the two of you are on completely different wavelengths.  Now, with new advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists at Princeton University have tested some of the theories that others have suggested for just what happens in the brain when people are on the same wavelength.

 

New Solution For Tooth Decay: Just Grow A New Tooth

The main treatment for cavities - drill and fill - has given the dental profession a bad rep.  Ask people what they hate to do most, and I bet half of them will say "Going to the dentist."  But now, French researchers at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Paris have developed a painless and simple method that could very soon put an end to fillings.  You know - Novocaine, water, air, drilling, sore mouth, and chemical taste?

Electrolux Design Lab Finalists: 8 Brilliant Designs For The Space Age

For the last few years, the Electrolux Design Lab has called for student design submissions that prepare for the 'space age.'  This isn't the outer space age, it's the interior space age, ones that millions of people are predicted to inhabit by the year 2050. 

 

Fatty French Fries Fuel Futuristic Form Of Forging Forward

In the quest to find an efficient Hydrogen generation system, researchers at the University of Leeds have found a way to turn leftover french fry fat into fuel.

Social Media To Allow Ask.com Users To Ask More Soul-Searching Questions

Asking a search engine a question doesn't always surface exactly what a online searcher is looking for. Just ask Ask.com. They have been trying to answer that question for almost 15 years. Overshadowed by today's search giant Google, even the mightiest in land has not been able to devise an algorithm that actually answers a question with the most accurate search results.

Batter Blaster Creates a Healthy, Hot Breakfast In Minutes

Don’t you hate it that convenience food is usually great for your timeline, but horrible for your body?  It is nice to discover a rare convenience item that takes people’s health into consideration too.  Batter Blaster appears to be one such product. 

Automatic Chef Rotating Campfire

It's hard for something that calls itself the "automatic chef" to miss the mark, but somehow, this does.

Smart Cup Tells You When It's Safe To Drink Your Joe

McDonald's has been sued for it.  Tongues have burned from it.  Private parts have disappeared from it.  And, of course, clothes have been spoiled because of it.  Hot coffee!  Oh, yeah, tea too.

Freerider Skatecycle Brings More Freedom To Skating

A new name in skating/snakeboarding, the Freerider Skatecycle provides a unique form factor for freedom, speed and big air.

Sniffing Device Is Major Development For Severely Disabled Persons

A sniffing device developed by Israeli researchers is probably the best invention to restore motor and communication functions that severely disabled persons ever thought would come about.

 

Quirky Community Develops The Ultimate Dog Leash: Kōsoku

Quirky, the first successful online 'social product development' company has just released its 60th product in six months.  The product, which Quirky named the Kōsoku, "a dog leash so fly it gets a fancy schmancy Japanese name," is pretty cool, and it does seem to fit its billing of 'A new leash on life.'

Avatars As Nerdy As Their Creators, Study Finds

Concordia University has discovered – surprise, surprise – that the character you make online acts a hell of a lot like you do in real life.

Social Media Goes GTL With Jersey Shore Facebook Game & iPhone App

Love them or hate them, MTV is utilizing social media to promote the second season of its reality hit TV show, Jersey Shore. This week, the network is hyping the much anticipated return of the guidos and guidettes with a Facebook game and an iPhone app.

Smiling Toilet Seat Cover & Mat Set Adds Plush To Your Flush

The bathroom is, for many of us, a safe and secure sanctum free from prying eyes, boring conversation and the goofy grins of pestering children. Well, two out of three ain't bad.

Social Media Won't Help Chase Feelings Of Loneliness

Studies conducted by University of Arizona (UA) suggest that it doesn't matter how many 'friends' you have on Facebook or Twitter... If you are lonely, they aren't going to make you feel less so.

 

Zaha Hadid's Design For The Hague's Cutural Center Is A Finalist

Yes, I know it looks like a pile of ventilated soft paper dinner napkins in this photo, but in the images of the city, The Hague, Zaha Hadid's vision of The Hague's Dance and Music Center, looks like a huge pile of napkins with space and light between the layers. And you have to love it.  Because it will symbolize a period in the illustrious, prolific life-work of perhaps the most famous architect in the world right now.

Google's Android Phones In China Could Become Google-less

As ironic as it sounds, Baidu - China's number one search engine is negotiating with smartphone manufacturers to pull the ultimate coup - replace Google Search with Baidu Search on all Google Android phones in the country.

Biomimetics Of Caterpillar May Lead To New, More Flexible Robots

Tufts University researchers have developed an elegant understanding of the biomechanics of the Manduca sexta caterpillar that, hopefully, will lead to a revolution in robot biomechanics - a flexible, crawling robot.

Tatooine Exports Coffee Blend - At Least According to the T-Shirt

Star Wars fans would love to taste a brew from Tatooine - even if it's manufactured by those greedy little Jawas.  The problem is that there is no coffee... But some people may find this even better...

Dogs Go To Pubs... Why Not Serve Them?

In Britain and Europe, people go to restaurants, bars, and pubs with their dogs.  In most places, dogs are allowed inside the establishments as well as outside on the patios.  Man's best friend is allowed to enter, but is not served by the restaurateurs. Until now...

World's Most Expensive Sushi For Those Who Chews Gold

Want to impress someone special with a dinner as good as gold? Angelito Araneta, Jr., the so-called "Karat Chef", serves up shiny sushi fit for royalty - and with a price to match.

Social Media Reveal For 2011 Ford Explorer Does Not Connect The Dots

At 7:40AM EDT on July 26, the Ford Motor company introduced a major departure in unveiling a new car with the launch of the 2011 Ford Explorer on Facebook. Departing from the "Mad Men" Days of traditional advertising and revealing a new car on the floor of an Auto Show, Ford chose Social Media to motivate buyers.

Tabnabbing, A Hacker's Latest Phishing Expedition

How many of us leave a half-dozen or so tabs open in our browser throughout the course of the day? Apparently this is the new breeding ground for hackers to lie in wait. The latest malware to hit the digital airways is called 'tabnabbing' and it seizes on an opportunity to steal passwords when users log-in to email or banking accounts, and leave the tabs open for a period of time.

Rock-Paper-Scissors... All In a Glove

Here's that excuse you've been looking for to play with yourself in public...

The Socializer Helps You Fake The Wide-Eyed Awake Look

Whether your late night was self imposed or the result of someone else’s wakefulness, the effect on your eyes is the same.  The Socializer by Elizabeth Grant is a new two step treatment to help combat the telltale signs of the late night enthusiast.

Does Social Media's First President Need To Go Back To The Well In 2010?

The presidents who have navigated and adapted to new technologies during their campaigns and while in office have helped distinguish these successful U.S. leaders. From FDR to JFK to Obama, each embraced new mediums that gave them a greater opportunity to communicate with their voting constituencies in more meaningful ways.

Robots Now Eat And Poop - Apocalypse Cannot Be Far Behind

The UK's Bristol Robotics Lab has been working tirelessly since 2002 to create robots that are capable of the most important human of feats - eating food for energy and pooping it out.

Social Media Asked To Do The Queen Of England's Bidding

While many a world leader has embraced social media over the course of the last few years, the Windsors at Buckingham Palace seemed to be the last hold-outs. With Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev and even dictators like Hugo Chavez having joined the social networking rank and file, Queen Elizabeth and her clan appeared to still be living in the 20th Century devoid of a tweet or an avatar. Apparently someone tipped off the monarchy ...

Beat Summer Heat With 'Misty Shower', A Portable Shower In A Bottle

"Misty Shower" is a portable, hand-powered, extra-fine water mister that helps keep you cool when summer lays down the heat.

Fly With Your Pet: This Time "Guaranteed On Board"

Your pet is good to go with the Guaranteed On Board™ flying pets program by Sherpa Pet Group.

iPhone 4 Cover Looks Like Lunch, Prevents Screen Crunch

If the screen of your new iPhone 4 is so clean you could eat off it, keep it that way - with a faux food phone cover!

Social Media Leads In Nation-Building Like The Mouse That Roared?

While the debate on privacy continues to rage on at home and abroad, it has not hindered Facebook from scaling to a half billion users this past week. With only China and India's populations larger, Facebook is the third largest 'nation' in the world? But with no land to defend and a citizenry not bound by any government, how could a social network rank third in followers globally?

Wireless Bluetooth Receivers Give Future Tech A Natural Look

A new series of three wireless Bluetooth receivers from NGanu and TokyoFlash shows today's top tech toys can have a kinder, gentler side.

Concepts For A Digital Life... As A Chef

You may never see one of these Digital Gastronomy gadgets in your kitchen, but restaurant chefs who use them would make a meal actually worth the $100 or so you spend on it.

Samurai Slipper Socks For The Cloven Few

Fight for your right to relax like a warrior! These traditionally inspired brocade samurai slipper socks feature an odd "cloven hoof" design that looks as odd as it is comfortable.

Butts Get One More Way To Emit Something Shockingly Unpleasant

From Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi district - known in India for its plethora of pickpockets - comes Shyam Chaurasia and his design for a pair of jeans that gives thieves the jolt of their life.

Social Networking With The Simpsons, Zuckerberg Has A Cow, Man!

Is Facebook better suited for the small vs large Screen? With all the flack Mr. Mark Zuckerberg is receiving from the producers of the soon-to-be released movie "The Social Network," he's hoping to score some quality points with an image-makeover in a guest appearance on The Simpsons.

Glue Tube Toilet Paper Holder For Sticky Situations

The delightfully disturbing Glue Tube Toilet Paper Holder may make you feel sick but don't worry, it won't make you stick.

The Multi-tasking Koo Cuts Down On Baby Clutter

Babies...they look all tiny and cute, but the truth is that they come with an absolutely mind-boggling amount of stuff.  Well, the people at Lunar design have come up with a concept that would cut down the baby clutter a bit.  The Koo is a soft and cozy looking bassinette that folds down on one side to become a rocking chair. 

Scientists Chosen By DOE To Create Fuels Directly From The Sun

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) committed $122 million to a team of university scientists to mount the daunting task of creating fuel directly from the sun.  Skip the plants and forget about solar panels; the DOE is talking about developing an artificial photosynthesis, one that can create gasoline directly out of sunlight.

 

 

Resonating Ceramic Meta-Cloak In Development, Stoneware Dagger On Hold

Professor Elena Semouchkina and her team at Michigan Tech U have worked out a way to cloak small objects - without their grant fundind dissappearing.

Training Wheels For Paddleboarding: Probably Useful, Definitely Geeky

If you can't make the cut on a stand-up paddleboard, a new set of SUP training wheels may be just the ticket to improving your performance.

Punctuation Paperweights Look Both Hot And Cool

Carrying names like "Period", "Comma" and "Quote", these polished aluminum paperweights either look like minimalist molten punctuation marks or, if you prefer, Terminator 2 droppings. Hasta la vista, cubicle geek!

IPocalypse Now, When The Internet Runs Out of IP Addresses

This is not a conspiracy theory. According to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and Vint Cerf, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, the Internet is coming to the end of the road when it will officially run out of IP addresses. At least the Internet as we know it today.

Bike-Powered Washing Machine Can Travel With You

What if every afternoon, after dinner, you could take a nice leisurely bike ride around your neighborhood and when you arrived back home your laundry was clean and inside a washing machine attached to the side of your bike? Crazy right? No! Someone invented a bike-powered washing machine that travels.

Got A Hard Pill To Swallow? It's Nothing For The Automatic Pill Grinder

Hospitals break up pills for patients and put them in applesauce.  Patients always taste the pills.  But the Pill Grinder just might work.  A powder can be absorbed much better by a hot cocoa, a side of mashed potatoes, ice cream...  Oh, I could name more treats, but it would just make both of us really hungry.

 


Gender Of Alcoholic Parent May Influence Child's Risk Of Psychopathology

Using data from the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, researchers sought to learn the influence of the gender of an alcoholic parent on the risk of their children developing some sort of psychopathology as adults. 

The Smallest Automatic Dishwasher Ever? Possible? Or Necessary?

In the realm of new home appliances, I have to admit that the Bosch Instant Dishwasher is smart; smart as in stylish and smart as in design and technology.  But smart as in energy savings?  Or smart as in necessary?  No.  C'mon! A one person, one meal dishwasher?

MoviePeg For iPhone And iPad Actually iNnovative

Gadgets and i-products go together like peanut butter and jam, and every once in while one comes along that actually tastes great AND is less filling. Such is the case with the MoviePeg.

Social Media Is Not About Sweating The Small Stuff, Mr. Zuckerberg!

In a social media and public relations coup, the stars may be finally aligning for Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Demeaned, dogged, demonized and demoralized by his user-base, the press, the federal government and even a biopic movie about to hit the Silver Screen, Mr. Z has been an easy target for one and all. In an upcoming interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, he has a chance to redeem himself.

Halo Bike Lock Sends You A Text When Someone Is Stealing Your Bike

This bike lock does a whole lot more than sit and look intimidating to criminals. It lets you know if and when your bike is being stolen, unleashing a much more intimidating form of security: you and your trusty Louisville Slugger.

Social Media Magazine Created From Users' Social Networks

Imagine a mash-up of all your social networks into a format that resembles a slick glossy print magazine presented to you on your iPad. Flipboard announced the launch of their free iPad app that creates a magazine out of users' social content.

Neurologists Discover Michelangelo's Paintings Of God With A Brain

Michelangelo was a religious man, but he was also a scientist.  He must have been very conflicted about painting a brain and brainstem in God's head and neck, especially in the Sistine Chapel.  After all, he was commissioned by the Church, which did not take too kindly to literal images on its murals.

 


Julbo Looping Sunglasses Are Always Right Side Up

Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are all important for shielding delicate skin and eyes.  Small children may not love to wear this stuff, but they will be a lot happier in the long run for doing so.  Little sunglasses can be particularly difficult for young kids to master.  The people at Julbo have created a solution to the big infant/toddler sunglasses issues.

Hula Hoops Or Circus Props? Non! Le Deun's Pi Series Lighting

When it comes to lighting with LEDs, Le Deun Luminaires is a pro, having perfected the technology, and created low energy lighting designs with exquisite ambiance for 13 years.  The French company has created large hoop lamps in sizes and conformations that can be used decoratively and functionally anywhere in your home... but I'd still like to use just one to train my agility dog.

 

Bamboo Bicycles By Organic Bikes

One of the most interesting bikes on the road is also one of the world's greenest. Using a mixture of bamboo main tubes and recycled alloy components, Organic Bikes lives up to its name.

Semi-Autonomous Autos Man Up For A Trip To China

Italy – the land of Pasta, Pizza, hot Roman nights and now cool, self-roamin’ semi-autonomous vehicles on their way to China.


Finally--Bacteria-Created Biofabric That Looks Just Like Human Skin!

Move over Jame Gumb! The fashion world has finally caught up with you!

Reports Of The Death Of The Kindle Are Slightly Over Exaggerated

Many reports indicate that Kindle is being overshadowed by newer and better devices and may signify the beginning of the end for the e-Reader. However there are other factors in play that suggest it's too early to be purchasing the nails for its coffin.

Pencil Scarves For Children: For The Parents Dreaming Of School Days

If you're not a parent, you're probably wondering why the heck I'm bringing up school days when kids are not even halfway through their summer vacations. Well, ever heard of the reference that "it's the most wonderful time of the year" when kids return to the classroom? Yeah, the sad truth is that while parents love spending time with their kids, they're not disappointed to have some time without them. Since it's still the summer holiday, all they can do is start dreaming of the fall by picking up items that are reminiscent of that school year freedom!

Chuck Taylor Sandals: Converse Hi-Top Flip Flops!

Over the past couple of seasons, we've seen some of the top designers release booties that have ankle coverage, but open toes like sandals. It's a trend that might not fly with everyone, and part of that might be because so far, it's been moer of a high-fashion look. Now, one designer has made a much more casual version that just might be a hit with those who prefer the grunge look.

Success At Last From AIDS Prevention Gel For Women

Positive results were announced today from the CAPRISA 004 Phase IIb trial of a of an antiretroviral (ARV) gel formulation called tenofovir for the prevention of HIV acquisition in women.  There have been 'invisible condom' microbicide trials for many years, but CAPRISA is the first one to show a significant reduction in HIV transmission.

 

Eat Your Snacks At A Snail's Pace With The Popcorn Grabber

Mmmm...popcorn.  It’s not so bad on its own.  In fact, as snacks go, it is pretty healthy to eat plain, air-popped popcorn.  Really though, who does that?  The Popcorn Grabber, or Potechi no Te, is made to only grab a kernel at a time.

12 Eye-Popping Social Media Pillows - Because Every Geek Needs An Icon To Hug

... Detailed and cleanly drawn, the Craftsquatch icon pillow shells are made of soft fleece and the pillow stuffing is polyester making the pillows cuddly - squishable, but resilient enough to bounce back into shape.  Craftsquatch work is clean and sharp; the icons really stand out - so, in addition to being cushy, the social media and icon pillows are visually very striking.

 

 


Microcapsules Learn To Chat Politely And Play Follow The Leader

Mimicking natural processes to create artificial awesomeness, researchers at the University of Pittsburghhave designed medical “microcapsules” that can not only communicate, but move as a group.

Augmented Reality & Layar Give Rolling Stones' Fans A Lot Of Satisfaction

One of the oldest performing rock bands in the world is ironically the first to launch an Augmented Reality campaign with Layar for their latest album. Don't think the Rolling Stones are ready to hang up their electric guitars just yet - in fact, they're out-pacing some of the performing groups half their age by embracing one of the hottest new technologies of the day.

Robotic Butterfly Causes An Electric Flap

The ChouChou Electric Butterfly is creating quite a flap at the 2010 Tokyo Toy Show, and it'll continue doing so as long as its batteries hold out.

Social Media's Black Hole Found At Chump Dump

Think of social networking in reverse. Instead of following folks, you make a concerted effort to 'unfollow' them - and in so doing having some fun sending them into the black hole of social media. Chump Dump, an app that's app-solutely as funny as it sounds is here to say: "You're following too many chumps!"

Jelloware: Edible, Eco(ble), Drinking Glasses Not Made From Jell-O

A quartet of sparkling young minds form a design consultancy called The Way We See The World. Their designs are so thoughtful, so fresh and alive, you feel like you could pick them off your screen and put them to use immediately.  And this is especially true for Jelloware, the edible, eco-ble (Okay, I made that word up.) drinking glass.

 


Portable Eco-Housing On The Way Up

A far cry from the cookie-cutter suburban home is Brazilian designer Felipe Campolina’s Ecobitat, a modular green miracle that builds up rather than tearing down.

 


The Vaccination Patch: Do-It-Yourself Medicine

Human clinical trials will soon get underway of a new micropatch delivery system for vaccines developed at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  It is said not to hurt and what's more, you can administer the vaccine yourself!

British Inventor Creates First Adjustable, Carbon Neutral Clothes Hanger!

Nick Lewis says that his new Adjustable Eco Hanger will save 6.5 million tons of carbon each year, the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road.  He figures this based on the 40 billion hangers a year that are used globally, many of which are discarded, especially by retailers.

 


Toyota Planning More Efficient Hybrid for 2012…Could Bring End to the Prius Reign

When it comes to hybrid vehicles, few names are more recognizable than the Toyota Prius. Since originally being introduced to the Japanese market back in 1997, the Prius has been at the top of the global hybrid sales chart. However, Toyota is promising a new, more fuel efficient vehicle in the near future that may be able to steal the crown from the reigning hybrid king.

Social Media Mines 'Privacy For Sale' At New Un-Facebook

Time to turn Facebook's privacy pirating on its ear. While the tribe of Zuckerberg et al continues to believe "instant personalization" and "opting out" is the best policy, up comes a new upstart that wants to turn that business model inside out. Has social media made everyone's life an open book - or can we take back control and sell our stories on our own terms?

The Kush Offers Nighttime Support For Larger Breasts

The Kush is a device made to support the breasts during sleep.  Larger breasted women often have problems with the extra weight of the breasts putting strain on their bodies, particularly in the neck, back and shoulders. 

NYC's Top Five Clever Condom Wrappers For 2010

... The winning NYC Condom wrapper was by Luis Acosta from Queens, with 23 percent of the vote. Acosta's design, representing a 'turned on' power button of a computer, stood to do well with the voters who, as luck had it, voted from their computers.

 

Wearable Furniture In a Parody Art Catalogue

Ever walked through IKEA and went "wow, those curtains would look really good as a toga" or "that lampshade is precisely the hat that I've been looking for!". What? You haven't? Oh, well then, there are a couple of artists who have had that precise vision!

The Liquor Holster That Lindsay Lohan Would Die To Replace Her Scram Bracelet With!

What Lindsay Lohan has been dealing with, isn't a laughing matter. There's nothing positive about drinking and driving, and never quite getting a grasp of the potential consequences that can include the death of other drivers and pedestrians. That being said, I've come across a fashion accessory that this fallen star is surely thinking she's like to replace her SCRAM alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet.

Social Media's Smarter Web Rests On Facebook's & Google's Metadata

It's no secret that Facebook would like be the Google of the next decade, usurping the Sultan of Search's Internet preeminence that's spanned the last ten years. How it will achieve that lofty goal is yet to be determined. With Google's recent acquisition of Metaweb, the search giant is not one to let anyone steal its thunder - and a signal to Facebook that it's in it to win it - game on!

Walk Your Way Through the Summer In Innovative Eco-Flip Flops

I love flip-flops. I know flip-flops are not good for the feet, but in my opinion neither are toe constricting high heels or sneakers. Flip-flops are easy to put on and fresh air can also circulate the feet and help them stay cool during the summer. So, in dedication to an eco- friendly summer here are a few flip-flops I found intriguing.

Mother's Milk Is Celebrity Soapmaker's Not So Secret Ingredient

Mother's milk? In my soap? It's more likely than you think, thanks to Japanese actress Asaka Seto. The pretty celebrity, blogger and new mother recently posted her step-by-step recipe for homemade Human Milk Soap.

Emotions And Swine Flu Both Influenced By Social Networks

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have, for the first time, scientifically measured the spread of emotions on the same scale that measures disease transmission.  Not only have they been successful at evaluating the spread of long term emotional states, but they actually quantify the spread of contentment versus the spread of discontentment.

 


A REAL Fish Story: Dutch Create The First Goldfish Hotel In The World

You've been boarding your dogs, cats, birds, and even snakes when you take a vacation; but now, if you're travel plans include Amsterdam, you can board your fish at the Goudvissen Hotel, the only hotel in the world exclusively for goldfish.

If Most Packaging Could Be Re-Purposed Like The Philips Activa Fitness Monitor

Philips has won 8 iF Design Awards in 2010; among them, five were in the category of packaging design. And one of those designs, the packaging of the Philips Activa Workout/Fitness Monitor, makes one wonder why isn't package re-purpose the ideal goal for more packaging design?

Accurate Noise Creation For Virtual Objects More Than Just Sound And Fury

Welcome to Cornell University, where a whole a lab of researchers are busily smashing objects together in order to create a computer model that can accurately create virtual noise.

Social Media of Dreams - Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'

With the opening of Christopher's soon-to-be classic movie 'Inception,' the actual science behind dreaming indicates his tale may be rooted more in reality than fiction. And there is evidence to believe that we can actually social network when we dream.

Yummy Dough Lets Kids Have Their Modelling Fun And Eat It Too

So we all remember that kid in preschool, the one who had to taste every craft (and sometimes non-craft) item that was available.  Anyways, one item that was always safe to eat was the modelling dough.  Just because it was safe though, does not mean that it was tasty.  Knowing that kids are going to try eating it no matter what, Yummy Dough was created.

Fruit Infusion Pitchers Create Flavored Water Naturally

We all know that drinking water is a necessity and most of us do not get enough of it.  Even though there are a lot of great health benefits to getting the proper amount of water each day, it can be hard to down so many glasses of plain, boring water.  For those who want to add some extra flavor to their water without adding anything processed or artificial there are Fruit Infusion Pitchers now available.

iPhone 4's Bi-Polar Dilemma - Louis Armstrong Meets Darth Vader!

How does one not feel uplifted when listening to the dulcet tones of Louis Armstrong singing, "Oh when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you"? How does one not feel frustrated as hell when they can't receive reception on their smartphone. Such is today's iPhone 4 dilemma, and whether or not Apple is a victim of their own success?

New York Drinks Dirty Water To Save Children

In New York, UNICEF set up a vending machine so that New Yorkers could buy filthy water for $1. This innovation is UNICEF"s effort to shock the public into awareness of the problems and dangers a child must face when they do not have clean water to drink. Mission accomplished.

Mahjong Playing For Life Or Death In Competition With Cancer Cells

A new gene has been identified by biologists at Florida State University (FSU) in collaboration with colleagues at the University College London (UCL).  The gene, named Mahjong after the popular Chinese tile game, was found to be the only one that can help the good guys in the life or death 'cell competition' between healthy and cancerous cells.

Electrons Get Caught Up In The Metallic Wave - Start Cliff Diving

Always looking to get up in the face of physics, researchers at Princeton have found that electrons gliding across the surface of metals like antimony behave entirely too boldly.

Is Twitter's @EarlyBird Offers Social Media Bait Or Bait & Switch?

Why did two Disney movie film projects decide to purchase two different advertising campaigns off of Twitter? Does the early bird really get the worm, or was this a calculated marketing move predicated by two divergent strategies?

A Design From The Sea: The Sand Baby Castaway Doll

Designers are expressing their frustration with environmental issues in various ways.  Yesterday, I wrote about the Save The Beach Hotel, HA Schult's architectural monument made of 12 tons of garbage he collected from the beach.  The Sand Baby Castaway Doll is Los Angeles designer Glenda Rolle's handmade, limited edition, sculpture of what could have been washed up by the sea, albeit more haphazardly.

Iron Maiden Bench? Excellent!... Unless You're Short On Cash

This prickly park bench by design student Fabian Brunsing is a real pain in the butt... unless you pay first.

'Old Spice Man' & Magnetic Marketing Make Users Part Of The Social Media Story

Similar to our recent involvement with the Barefoot Bandit, Social Media differing from traditional media allows users to become an integral part of the story. While a man's aftershave lotion isn't exactly breaking news, how Old Spice's ad agency is engaging its customers via social networks is.

Candwich Wants To Save You All The Trouble Of Sandwich Making

What is a Candwich?  Dare you ask?  Yes, as the name implies, it is a sandwich packaged in a can.  There will be three tempting flavor options to select from – peanut butter and grape jam, peanut butter and strawberry jam and BBQ chicken.

Hotel Of Trash Built With 12,000 Tons Of Garbage - Outside The Vatican

If you were imagining what the Pope was doing on June 5, 2010, he might have passed by, or seen from one of his many Vatican windows, the world's first hotel made entirely of garbage - 12 tons of it, picked up from European beaches in just a few days.  It was the Save The Beach Hotel designed by German artist HA Schult and it was built to emphasize World Environment Day.

 

 

New Device Makes Getting The Waitress's Attention A Cinch - Giving Her Your Number Is Still Your Awkward Problem

From designer Ben Coble comes the Cinch, a restaurant-assiting device that is small, lightweight, and may actually remember that you asked for no onions.

The Surprising Facts About The Mediterranean Diet And Alzheimer's Risk

 Whether you are young or old, mentally alert, experiencing senior moments, or are even in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease, you need to know what recent Mediterranean diet studies have demonstrated....

Virgin America Introduces Virgin Social Networking

Airline Passengers are learning they don't have to stop social networking just because they left Terra Firma and are hovering at altitudes of 30K above the ground. Virgin America is the first to introduce a Bluetooth-style seat-to-seat chat system that allows passengers to connect with fellow travelers throughout the aircraft.

iPhone, iPod and iPad Get A Stylish Stylus - The iFinger!

Apple's trendy iPhone, iPod and iPad may be finger friendly but scratches and fingerprints are so uncouth. The 'Ozaki iFinger M' stylus pen aims to add functionality with a dash of flair.

Social Networkers Panic In UK, While Zuckerberg Panics In US

While Mark Zuckerberg is panicking in the US over privacy issues and a new movie portraying him as a social networking version of Ivan the Terrible, Facebook users across the pond have cause for another type of panic. This week it was announced that Facebook in the UK will allow a "panic button" application on its site to ward off cyberbullying and sexual predators.

A Real Lightsaber? Not Quite. But It Can Fry Your Face Off!

I've wanted a real lightsaber since I was 12-years-old...  until a few minutes ago, when I realized I would fry my eyes out...

Blackberry Tablet Is "Flashing" Its Way Into The iPad Marketplace

The writing is on the wall... er, tablet. Secret is out. Blackberry is use to going mano a mano with its number competitor Apple. RIM, Blackberry's manufacturer has been competing with the iPhone for several years now, but breaking out and developing a whole new product line is quite aggressive for the company. Nonetheless, entering stage left is the new Blackberry Tablet. Start queuing up!

Woody Woodpecker Would Be Jealous Of This Wooden Art

German artist Gehard Demetz creates beautifully odd sculptures out of wood.

Frame Napkin Shows Off Your Good Taste

The "Frame Napkin" from Japan's Kyouei Design allows one to make a mess in the mess hall, then hang the results on the mess hall wall.

Equine Dehydration: It's Not Just About Leading Your Horse To Water

Exercising, even moderately, in mid-day summer heat, you are at risk for dehydration and, possibly, heat stroke.  But your horse is 3 to 10 times more likely to succumb to heat stress than you are.  Here's what you need to know to let your horse keep his cool....

Mommy Greenest, Today's Environmentally-Friendly Travel Influencer

There's a reason they call our planet "Mother Earth."  With nearly 1 billion tourists crisscrossing the globe annually, today's Moms find it more important than ever for their families to minimize their carbon footprints and reduce the impact they make on the earth's natural and cultural resources. 

Predicting The Nanoparticle-structured Future - No Small Task

Canadians. Is there anything they can't do? This week, the results of a study conducted at the University of Toronto were released - and it means big business for the tiny world of nanoparticles. Using molecular structures as guildines, the reseachers were able to predict the composition of nanopatricle structures. 


Warped Bike Locks Itself

A possible bike of the future, this interesting bike wraps itself into locking position and helps put a dent in bike theft.

Andrew Kim Hits Another Home Run With "Google Vitamin" Concept

How many industrial designers have a world-wide fan club when they are design school Freshmen?  Andrew Kim has had one ever since he took on Coca-Cola in his Eco Coke Bottle design, the square-carton, green answer to the Coke bottle and can.  Now, Kim is taking on the Google in his design and packaging of Google Vitamin and his simple concept for the Google Vitamin website.

 

China's 'Internet Of Things' To Become Semantic Web Superpower?

Web 3.0 and Semantic Technology is fast approaching and will soon overtake Social Media as a communications medium, within the next decade (see previous post, "New Industrial Revolution Sabotages Social Media!"). The development of the 'Internet of Things' is the first step in attaching sensors, barcodes and IP addresses to every 'thing' that occupies space in our material world...

Subway Sandwich Japan Says 'Eat Fresher' With Lettuce Grown In The Store

Subway Sandwich's motto is "Eat Fresh" and in Japan they really mean it: the fast food powerhouse's new Tokyo location offers fresh hydroponic lettuce grown right in the store!

A Pill To Inhibit Fear Seen As Useful To U.S. Military

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel suggest the possibility of a pharmaceutical manipulation of the brain that would make cowards into heroes!

The Kickbee Gets Your Unborn Baby Into The Social Networking Scene

In today’s busy world there are a lot of reasons why partners do not get to spend as much time together as they would like.  When you and your significant other are expecting a baby it can feel even more discouraging to be missing that time together. The Kickbee is an innovative band that is meant to be worn around the belly of the expectant mother.  Once motion has been detected the device wirelessly sends out the baby’s first Twitter messages of, “I kicked Mommy”.

Watching Your Weight? So's This Scale... With Eyes

Doing the dreaded morning weight check just got a whole lot creepier, thanks to a bathroom scale that silently stares you down while looking you up.

Way Too Much Tech For Sunglasses: GK Vessa Camo

GK Vessa creators of innovated sunglasses have come out with the ultimate sportsman's glasses, combining features that no good hunter or fisher should leave home without.

Zynga's Social Media Games - Google Checkout vs PayPal

On July 10, a story broke on Techcrunch  inferring that Google was secretly investing $100-200 million in social media gaming with Zynga, the online game-maker of Farmville and Mafia Wars. While Google becoming a developer of online games is an interesting venture for the search giant, I think the bigger story is why? 

Beer Bands: Not Quite Like Beer Goggles, But Still Fun

With summer comes summer parties and with summer parties comes beer...and coolers...and ciders.  Summer parties can be a great time, but in the midst of all the revelry sometimes drinks get mixed up or tossed out. Now there is a fun new way to help prevent this misfortune.  Beer Bands by Fred and Friends are colorful, stretchy rings made to fit around your beverage bottle or can.

980 TATOU: Shoes For Parkour

One designer has come up with a pretty sweet pair of parkour shoes that could push the sport to the next level.

Aided By Social Media Accomplices, The Barefoot Bandit Bamboozles Authorities [UPDATE]

With accounts on Twitter, a tribute song on YouTube and racking up 50,000 fans generated by three Facebook accounts, 19 year-old Colton Harris-Moore has been on the run since escaping from his fourth juvenile detention center in the Spring of 2008.  Everybody loves a bad boy and social networks are rooting for this modern-day 'rebel without a cause' as he flees from one cat-burglary to the next.

Schools Shell Out For Environmentally Friendly, Dustless Chalk

Chalk it up to environmental awareness plus the desire to improve the performance of blackboard chalk in computer classrooms. Either way, this new dustless chalk from Japan is worth shelling out for.

Social Media For Hotel Guests & Airlines Passengers When Location Isn't Enough!

Flip.to, the comprehensive social media service for hotels and airlines distinguishes itself from other tools currently available in that it communicates with hotel guests and airline passengers at time of booking. In what's called magnetic marketing, it's the time when the brand and customer are most attracted to each other, and dispels today's popular belief that proximity is the best means for rewarding visitors.

The Epistick Traps Unwanted Hairs By The Springful

Ah, there is nothing quite like ripping hair out from the root.  Whether you are tweezing, waxing, threading, pulling off an adhesive bandage or using some other gadget, the pain is inevitable.  For those who regularly use these methods, the Epistick is yet another choice in the facial hair pulling area.

WikiReader Portable Wikipedia Viewer Provides Knowledge On The Go

Have knowledge, will travel? WikiReader's upcoming Japanese version will put Tokyo tourists in the know, wherever they go.

LeBron James: Future Champion Or Major Choker?

Well, it's finally over. The most hyped up, debated, discussed, analyzed and otherwise overplayed free agency in history is all done. And it may just be one of the biggest disappointments in sports since...well since LeBron's last embarrassing choke.

Social Media & Flash Mobs For National Dance Day!

For one day, Americans can forgot about who's dancing around political issues and join in a bi-partisan dance-off organized through social media channels. Mark your calendars for July 31 when the first National Dance Day takes off nationwide, and learn how to 'Flash Mob Dance' whether you think you can dance or not.

Road Surface Eats Car Waste For Breakfast - Enjoys Algae As A Light Snack

Problems caused by acid rain and smog inducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the backsides of cars may soon be in the rearview mirror thanks to a new type of concrete.

Reverse Hourglass Tells You When Time's Up

Ever wish you could turn back time? Well you can't, but you (and your Uncle Rico) CAN have an hourglass that appears to run in reverse. 

YouTube Raises Hope & Not So Savvy Parents

It's a fact - our Millennial children are having little Millennials of their own. And perhaps not having paid a lot attention to their own role models - they're struggling with the new job responsibilities. Marketers and TV execs are using YouTube and humor to portray the angst and struggle of the latest generation to adjust to their new roles as first-time parents.

The Sleeply Alarm Clock Wakes You Up And Refuses To Fall Down

From the dynamic and fully-awake mind of Portuguese designer Pedro Gomez comes the Sleepy alarm clock, which stands tall despite groggy efforts to knock it down.

'Nose Clipper' Clamp Gives You A Cleopatra Nose

Would you like a "Beautiful New Look of Nose", or even "Be a Cleopatra's Nose? Of course you do, and now you can, thanks to the clothespin-like Nose Clipper from CoCo... or so they say.

The Bomo Baby Carriage Puts Your Baby In The Driver's Seat

Out of Korea comes the Bomo Baby Carriage.  This gadget looks kind of like an infant car seat on top of a padded sled.  What it does is follow you from room to room, while your delighted child (see picture) rides in the driver’s seat.

Cute Travel AC Adapter Charges Your iPod / iPhone From Home or Hotel Outlets

So you're on the road, your iPhone or iPod needs charging and you forgot to pack the clunky AC adapter again - never fear, Elecom's cute cubic travel charger is here!

Has 'Fast Company' Pulled A Fast One On Social Media Influence?

Story-tellers in today's social media milieu seem to have fallen into the trap of 'working' a story more than 'telling' the story.  Interesting angles have always been the mainstay of good journalism, but when a story's end play is whether or not it can 'go viral,' that's when we start to lose focus of what's really important. Critics believe that's the case with a debate brewing over whether or not Fast Company is playing fast and loose with 'influencers.'

Stem Cell Treatment Heals Spinal Cord Injuries In Mice

The prospects for people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries just took a great leap forward, as Japanese researchers have succeeded in restoring the damaged spinal cords of mice using pluripotent stem cells.

New System To Help Agitated Traffic Put It In Park

n an effort to curb road rage and get drivers up onto a median of potential satisfaction, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain has created a system that not only detects open parking spaces, but transmits their location information to properly equipped vehicles.

Workplace Aggression Causes Mistakes, Even In Operating Rooms

We've all been there.  Every workplace seems to have one or more agressive employees or supervisors that behave agressively or rudely on the job.  A new study conducted by a psychologist at the University of Aberdeen in Great Britain, shows how harmful that behavior is to the performance of workers.

The Doggie In The Window OR How To Attract Customers To A BP Station

A dog in a BP gas and convenience station in Florida is greeting customers at the drive-up window.  She's wearing her uniform, a BP golf-style t-shirt, and even sports a name card --- looks like 'Cindy.' Cindy is a great idea to attract business, and she appears to be enjoying her role.

 

The Musical Cake Tray: Saving The World From Horrible Birthday Singing

We’ve all been there.  You are at someone’s birthday party and they bring out the cake and everyone just mumbles their way through the “Happy Birthday” song hoping that no one will notice their terrible singing skills.  Well, with the Musical Cake Tray by Deni no one has to sing if they don’t want to.  This multi-tasking cake plate plays “Happy Birthday” and even helps you to cut perfectly even cake slices. 

Solar Impulse May Set Precedent in Solar Flight Tomorrow

A solar-powered aircraft, shaped like a dragonfly, called Solar Impulse is attempting to take a 24-hour solar powered flight today. The goal is to fly through the night. The plane took off early this morning fueled only with solar power.

Hanging Hooks From 3M Are A Little Too Happy To Help Out

Got hangups? 3M has got something for that - cute animal hanging hooks that are either eager to carry your coat, or just very happy to see you.

Gowalla & NJ Nets Score Major Upset Against Foursquare & NY Knicks?

How can a town dominated by Foursquare and the the New York Knicks get a major upset by Gowalla and the New Jersey Nets on real-estate that faces the home of the Knicks - Madison Square Garden?

A Social Media Crowd-Sourced Film Documents 'Life In A Day' As Time Capsule

July 24th could be one day in your life like no other. If you were to capture something compelling about yourself on film, movie producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin MacDonald might edit you right into their experimental documentary titled, 'Life In A Day.' 

Foodies Rejoice! 33 Fancy Foods Win The 2010 Gold SOFI Awards

The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) had its annual Fancy Food Show in New York City late last month and, low and behold, it awarded 33 Gold sofitm Awards to new specialty foods, beverages, and food lines. Foodies, get your Christmas gift lists out.

 


Heated Nanoparticles Offer Resonating Explanations For Why "They Made Me Do It"

Heatedly roaming the halls of the University of Buffalo, two scientists have been working on a way to remotely control cells and tiny microscopic worms. Thanks to the use of nanoparticles, magnetic resonance fields and a whole lot of awesome, they've found it.

Flattr, Social Media That Comes With A Pricetag

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, how come a new startup that goes by the name "Flattr" seems to have a business model like no other. While it's somewhat reminiscent of Digg's and Facebook's 'digg' and 'like' icons - this ecosystem is all about making real money every time someone clicks on a 'Flattr' button.

Why Have Just Two Boobs When You Can Add More!!!

Create an entirely new "profile" for yourself without the $20,000 price tag and surgical scars!

12 Bizarre Hello Kitty Products That Sign The Coming Apocalypse

Hello Kitty is one of the strangest and most invasive icons in our entire world. Between little girls and old, single women, you can't avoid seeing her pink bow at malls across the globe and scattered on rear windshields throughout the U.S. But that's not the worst of it. The merchandising for the happiest kitty in the world has crossed the line from cutesy character to the harbinger of the apocalypse. These 15 products prove that the end is, indeed, nigh.

Have iPad, Will Travel, Airlines & Apps Take To The Friendly Skies

In a post titled, "Which Airline Will Be The First To Offer Passengers Inflight iPads," I polled my readers two months ago as to which airline they thought would be the first to embrace the iPad as part of their inflight entertainment system. Just this month, the Australian budget airline Jetstar Airways was named the first.

The StressEraser Soothes Away Tension Without Medication

If you tend to get stressed out quite easily there is a health gadget on the market designed to help calm you down without the use of medication.  The StressEraser is a small device that clips on over one of your fingers and measures your heart rate variations.  The device then basically coaches you into a relaxed breathing pattern. 

Scientists Identify Triggers Of Sudden Cardiac Death During Sleep

Scientists at the University of Manchester and the University of Bristol in Great Britain have discovered what happens during sleep to cause suddent cardiac death (SCD), a discovery which may lead to preventative treatments.

Did The Fireworks Spook Your Dog? Thundershirt Is The New Dog Anxiety Treatment

Nevermind a dog psychiatrist; here's the Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment.

Under Pressure, Xenon Difluoride Gets Itself A Semi-Charged Kind Of (Battery) Life

Through the science and wonder of slowly crushing things into smaller things, scientists at Washington State University have created a tiny battery that is second only to the big, dangerous Kahuna of nuclear power when it comes to the storage of mechanical energy. 

The Ribbon Ceiling Fan: The Coolest Next Generation Air Cooler

A design student from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia not only came up with an aesthetically pleasing design for his Ribbon Ceiling Fan, but a more functional technology than typical blade fans.  The Ribbon Ceiling Fan recently won an Australian Design Award in the student design category.

Whrrl Adds Game Of Chance Spin To Social Media Loyalty Program

Traditional loyalty programs based on discounts earned as a result of transactions are being re-examined. The value proposition is generally very costly for the brand and doesn't necessarily lead to a deeper relationship with the customer. At least that is the belief of Whrrl, the latest location-based social network and what is behind their goal to rework a dated business model.

Fueled By Social Media,'Groupawn Man' Lives Off The Kindness Of Strangers

There is a man who's traveling across this great land of ours, supplied with a fistful of coupons but nary a penny to his name. His task is to travel to 15 US cites over the course of one year leveraging social media as his sole means of support and sustenance. Is 'Groupawn Man' today's real-life action hero - and will you help him reach his ultimate goal of a $100K Grand Prize?

Stay Cool While Sleeping With Reusable Gel Mat

Summer snoozing just got a whole lot cooler! This reusable Gel Mat absorbs your sleeping body's heat, then radiates it into the air.

The Li'l Squirt Baby Pool Eases Your Baby Into Water Play

Now that summer is here you probably want to find a way to keep your little one cool and entertained on those long, hot days.  The Li’l Squirt Baby Pool by One Step Ahead is designed to delight babies and peak their curiosity about water play.  

Yucca Tree Bird Kabobs: Buy Them By The Dozen

If you want to watch your bird go immediately bananas for a toy, you've got to get him a Bird Kabob... but what I am really saying is you need to put this item in your bird budget, because he'll want a steady diet of these messy shredders made from the yucca tree.

 

You Have To Give Up Sugar, But You Could Invent Its Healthy Twin!

Sugar is the last 'food group' I want to give up, believe me.  But it seems that no matter what health problem is being investigated lately, they find sugar as a major contributor.  Not surprisingly, this time it's hypertension. Hypertension has a blue ribbon in heart disease, stroke, aneurism, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases and events.

 


The Mobile Office Is Perfect For Start Up Businesses

Tim Vinke, a Dutch interior architect, has just the idea for the space-impaired or nomad entrepreneur.  His Kruikantoor mobile office is the perfect answer to a home office or an office on the go.

 

@Earlybird On Twitter Is First To Get Social Media Advertising Worm

It's been said the early bird gets the worm - so hats off to Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb for being the first to tip us off to yet another advertising revenue source for Twitter.  Coming to a Twitterstream near you, get ready to fish where the fishes are - as a new account called 'Early Bird' or @earlybird is going to open for business shortly (excuse my mixed metaphor)!

DailyBooth's Social Network, Ashton & Demi Think You Oughta Be In Pictures

Remember those 25 cent photo-booths at seaside boardwalks where you use to take 'passport-like' pictures of yourself when you were a kid? Think about taking a photo of yourself every day, adding a caption, posting it online - and you will begin to understand the concept behind the new social network, DailyBooth.com.

Fossil Watch & Social Networking At A Half Past Foursquare

A fossil is the preserved remains of organisms from our remote past. Today the word is often used as a metaphor for something that is out-of-date or antiquated. For instance, many people think wristwatches are slowly becoming fossils based on our cellphones' ability to provide us with the time of day. Ironically the Fossil Watch Company wants to change all that, making their watches relevant once again in the 21st Century.

Twitter At Work With Tweegle, The Ninja Social Network

Bosses worried about employee productivity frown on Twitter but see Google Search as a useful research tool. Tweegle takes advantage of this by disguising your Twitter timeline as a Google Search page.

Freedom To Tweet Is Our Social Media Inalienable Right

In celebration of this year's July 4th, 1ForAll, a new national advertising campaign has been launched to remind us not only of our basic freedoms but also some of our new ones - such as - freedom to rock 'n roll, to Facebook, to YouTube and yes, even freedom to tweet.

Nine Inch Nails Pounds Out Score For 'The Social Network' Movie

While Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, often described as an "American industrial rock project" was thinking of stepping out of the limelight in 2009, he's been in hot demand for various projects - the most noteworthy of which is to score David Fincher's much-acclaimed new movie about our favorite social network.

Couple Pays For Their Entire Wedding Through Recycling Because They Can

In the past few years I have read a lot about stories of kind, generous, crazy and even sad things people will do to help the environment. However, the story I came across today was so sweet I couldn't wait to write about it. It involves a wedding, love and a generous couple with an idea that just keeps on giving and recycling.

Sugar Production Hits Sweet Spot Using Only Sun And Science

Typically, bugs in your sugar are bad things, but thanks to the combined efforts the Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical school, they might just be helping out. By combining photosynthesis and genetic engineering, the researchers have found a way to produce sugar without a need for that pesky sugarcane.

The Shot Carver Turns Fruit Into Amazing Shot Glasses

Next time you are hosting a big party you may want to give this gadget a try.  The Shot Carver turns ordinary fruit into amazing shot glasses.  The tool carves out the perfect hole to hold a shot of alcohol.

The Only Good Varmints is DEAD Varmints!

From the American Wood Cockroach to the Zodiac Moth, I wish a painful death (yet respectful sendoff) to all entities with six to a million legs!!!

Lights, Camera, Action: iPhone 4 Video, Ready For Its Close-Up

It use to be film-makers needed expensive and cumbersome digital cameras to produce high quality music videos, movie shorts and commercials. Of recent date, light-weight and reasonably-priced hand-helds like the Flip have become a more suitable replacement. But today, instead of using one-trick ponies, the iPhone 4 is earning just as much of a reputation as a video camera as it  has acting like, well… a phone.

Seiko Wall Clocks Light Up When Earthquakes Strike

Time for an earthquake? Seiko has got just what you need: sensor-equipped clocks that light up when temblors set your house (and yourself) trembling.

Let's Go Paraguay!! Lingerie Model To Run Nude In The Streets If They Win The Cup

We've heard plenty about Brazil and Spain, but Paraguay could prove to be the most intriguing team of them all.

Potent Potables Use Proteins To Pinpoint Your Previous Position

Turns out that your beer is following you.  As researchers in Salt Lake have discovered, where you drink your drinks has an impact on what they leave behind in your body, and that might just help police and other, less-licit government agencies find out where you been and how much you party.

Mosquito Repellent Charm With Peppermint Oil Says 'Bug Off!' Naturally

Chemical bug sprays worry many parents who still want to protect their kids from biting insects. Enter Pista-kun, the peppermint oil infused charm that repels mosquitos the natural way.

Kindle DX vs The Lord Voldemort of Tablet Devices

While Kindle is trying to up their game, Amazon announced their new Kindle DX is now going 'into the black' (sort of speak). Coming off striking a retail deal with Target stores, a major price cut, thinner screens, a roll-out of picture/video software for Apple devices, a new Android app and new social media features, Kindle DX is now available in black, not be confused with the Device-That-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Google Serving Up 'News' On A New Platter

Just when you get use to viewing certain Web sites in certain formats - it's a little disconcerting when they change it up for you. Almost feels like you're caught off balance. But Google has the power and we are only but bit players on its global stage.  Today Google is releasing a redesigned version of their News site to English-language users in the US.