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August, 2010

Artistic Bandaids for Charity: Cynthia Rowley Bandaids For Design Ignites Change

Bandaids have always been a favorite fashion accessory of those in the under 6 age group, but now they're being made more fashionable for adults and the proceeds go to a good cause!

FootUndeez: Capezio Makes Luxurious Lingerie For Your Feet!

The term 'thong' refers to more than one fashion item; the kind that can be worn on your bum or the kind that can be worn on your feet. More often than not it's thought of as lingerie, though, so one footwear company has taken that idea and gone with the logical next step.

Hippity Hop Shoes: Kid's Shoe Delivery Company That Hits The Pavement

The right businesses know that parents appreciate convenience when it comes to services for their children, which is why mobile businesses are becoming more popular in the market specifically. There's a new one that hits the pavement to help little ones do the same!

Vail Techs Up Its Mountain With iPhone Apps And Radio Towers

Vail Resorts, the same company pompous enough to use the Web domain Snow.com,  is about to up the geek ante. If you're an actual skier with plans for a Vail vacation, you might want to go ahead and upgrade to Jackson Hole or Big Sky right...about...now.

Sharky Looks To Be A Bloody Good Tea Infuser

If you are an avid shark enthusiast, watching Jaws every movie night and never missing a shark special on TV, yet you also enjoy the refined tradition of a hot cup of steeped tea then the Sharky Tea Infuser is made for you.  This tea accessory, by Argentinean designer Pablo Matteoda, is an unexpected combination of elegance and gory fun.

Black Diamond Z-Poles: Ultralight AND Collapsible Hiking Poles

Black Diamond recently introduced an ultralight, ultra-stowable line of hiking poles it calls Z-poles.

Not Knowing When To Fold 'Em May Not Be Your Fault

According to scientists at the University of Minnesota, gamblers may actually be as rational as the rest of us - and just as wrong.

5 More Wacky, Unusual Extreme Sports

Five of the oddest, scariest and least recommended activities that you could ever subject life and limb to.

Social Media Morphs Into Semantic Web As Peoplelinks Replace Hyperlinks

It appears the privacy debates are evolving in tandem with Social Media morphing into its next iteration, the Semantic Web. As we struggle to redefine privacy and transparency, how we access and utilize data will become a much more robust enterprise. Concurrently, as Facebook's Open Graph and "Like" buttons begin to define who we are, the essence of hyperlinks are metamorphosing into peoplelinks.

Talkatoo Gives Kids A Bit Of Extra Encouragement From Home

Kids have their tough days at school and parents have just as tough a time wondering how their kids will cope with their time away at school.   The Talkatoo was created by a mom who was going through this same struggle with her two young kids.

Bug Pesky Mosquitoes With The Golden Lucky Mosquito Coil Cover

This jumbo-sized golden mosquito coil cover looks as if might attract flies but its real purpose is to repel mosquitoes... and bring the owner some good luck in the bargain

Libre Clothing - Comfort Meets Fashion For Infusion Patients

In the past, we've seen hospital clothing that's focused on providing people in the hospital with their own comfort and style without inhibiting the work that doctors need to do. Infusion patients have not had the same luxury, until now when one company has decided to focus on providing fashion for a different type of hospital visit.

Vending Machine Lets You Pay With A Smile: Don't Scream, SMILE For Ice Cream!

Our readers really tend to love vending machine concepts, and while past ones have made you smile; there's a new one that requires you to smile to get a tasty treat!

Swimming With Crocs: Exciting Or Insane

Want to stare in the eyes of a hungry, 1,000-lb. reptile as he licks his lips fantasizing about feasting on your doughy body? Croc Cage Diving it is.

Social Networking And Infections Have Core Mechanic In Common

Researchers at the City College of New York (CCNY) have found a way to identify just who is the most likely to spread a disease or generate the most-read status updates in a human network.

Social Media's Bully Allows His Reputation To Proceed Him

Just when you thought the furor over Facebook's infringement of users' privacy rights was beginning to settle down somewhat, within the last week Mark Zuckerberg's social network stirs the pot once again, both figuratively and literally.

McDonalds Japan Rolls Out The Great Moon Burger

Big burgers come and go but the Great Moon Burger from McDonalds Japan is here to stay - on your waistline.

Where's My Tip: The Business Of Tipping In A Cashless Society

Today most people travel without cash, relying on their debit/Interac cards and credit cards to cover all of their expenses. It's just easier than constantly having to hit the ATM to increase cashflow for every little purchase. Unfortunately, there is one thing that you do need cash for, and that's leaving tips for the staff that you meet while you're on your travels. Fortunately, a new website makes it possible to travel cashless and leave a tip!

Leggings With No Bottom In Lake And Stars Fall Collection Shows Off Your Best "Assets"

So here's the thing; it's not at all unusual to see fashion designs hit the runways that just will never translate into street-wear. People like to admire the trends that appear in a new collection, but the chances of them buying to wear is extremely slim. If showing off your best "assets" is your thing, you might get a kick out of this new fashion that had its debut on the runways. But there's a good chance that you'll agree this fashion will be reserved for runway wear only.

Bob Basset Leather Transformer Bag: 4-in-1 Convertible Purse!

Women love fashion items that are versatile, but it's rare that a handbag actually fills more than one role. Sure, a hobo bag or another popular style of bag can go from day to night, but you can't make a hobo transform into a clutch. Well, a new bag design actually makes something to that effect happen so you can indluge yourself in one of the most versatile bags out there.

Social Media Kettle Calling The Pot Black

In this last week, both Condé Nast and Mark Zuckerberg have censored "Just Say Now' marijuana ads for both the Reddit and Facebook social networks. The ads support the passage of California's Proposition 19, which would largely legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

Social Media Billboards Scale Times Square Skyline

A year ago, Quick Response (QR) codes and location-based social networks as a means for social interaction were only shared in limited techie circles.  During the summer of 2010 - however, based on augmented reality and geolocation becoming the latest and hottest tools in our social media toolbox, even one of the largest cities in the world is cozying up to this new technology.

Slant Shack Jerky: DIY...Beef Jerky?

Well, you're able to order just about anything online and customize it and businesses are coming up with just about any DIY structure to jump on the bandwagon and offer people the chance to create things without going through the labor! Now, there's a new business that I bet you never would have searched for online, because it's a whole new concept!

TKO Slap Watches: Vintage Inspiration With A Modern Twist

The nineties were a time of slap bracelets and neon. A weird weird fashion combination maybe; but a great excuse to get in a little bit of friendly abuse inflicted upon your peers while making a whole lot of noise. Well, we all know that trends come back around, and one watch maker is bringing an old trend back with a modern twist.

The Dunk Mug Makes Cookie Dipping Effortless

Milk and cookies, tea and cookies, coffee and cookies, hot chocolate and cookies – they are all fantastic combinations, but if you are not situated near a table it can be difficult to balance your delicious duo.  The Dunk Mug is a very clever idea, combining a traditional mug and an easily accessible resting spot for your cookies.

Japanese Invention Assesses Your Health While You Sit On The Throne

The Japanese, long known for their unusual gadgets, have developed a unique way to test your health.  While remaining true to efficiency, the “Intelligence Toilet” design by Toto tests the sugar levels in your urine as well as weighing you and checking your blood pressure all while you use the facilities.

Sezno Nightlight Makes Hilarious Stair Falling A Thing Of The Past

The Senzo Nightlight lets you feel your way in the dark by actually giving you light when you touch the walls

Camping In The Air: Blue Ridge Hammock

The versatile Blue Ridge Camping Hammock serves as both a hammock tent and a bivy.

Square's Mobile Payment Service Could Mean Crime Does Pay

Ever since Square's CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey left Twitter to roll out his mobile payment plug-in device and related software for merchants to accept credit card payments via their mobiles, skeptics and criminals alike have taken heed.

We've Got Your Crappy Furniture Right Here

That's no dump! Would you buy your furniture from a store whose mascot is a flying, smiling, cartoon cow-pie? Of course you would... and now you can.

Exercise Makes Sweet, Sweet Love to Art: The Ciclotte

Part home decor, part home gym, the Ciclotte puts new emphasis on functional artwork.

Is Social Media Still In Search Of The Holy Grail Of Privacy?

What can the underdog or new social network to do to compete with Facebook? Just a few short months ago there seemed to be an opening when FB went all 'Open Graph' on us. Privacy became the primary issue and un-Facebook-like networks emerged.

Smart Vending Machines Look You Over, Suggest A Drink

A pair of 'smart' touchscreen vending machines newly installed in a Tokyo train station make drink suggestions based on the buyer's appearance.

The Snazzy Napper: Comfort For You, Apprehension For Onlookers

If you are one of those people who likes to catch some extra Z’s every chance you get then the Snazzy Napper may be just the invention for you.  The idea behind the Snazzy Napper seems to be to give the spontaneous sleeper a bit of extra comfort and darkness in order to promote a more restful snooze. 

Amish Scooter Bikes Are Tastier Than Shoo-Fly Pie

They're different. They're useful. And they're Amish.

Eagle Phone Spreads Its Touchable Wings

From designer Eugene Kim comes the Eagle Phone, a new model he hopes LG will purchase and help take flight.


Coaching Watch Is Soon To Be $150 Worth Of Smashed, Irreparable Pieces

Need an fitness monitor that's more like a morning serving of drill sergeant? Here's your guy.

Spintronics Gets Electrons On Their Bikes And Moving Toward Future Binary Technology

From the University of Kansas comes a breakthrough in spintronics - a new way to store and read computerized data.

Simulated Spaceflight Effects Galvanize New Training Method

A new galvanic vestibular stimulation system (GVS) allows astronauts to experience the feeling of "coming down" from outer space here on home soil. 

Social Media Coupons Is The Cautionary Tale Of "Be Careful What You Wish For"

Groupon is the number one social media discount program online today. Expected to reach $400 million in revenue this year, it sends retail offers to about 13 million registered users by email. Retailers that are accepted into the program are willing to pay the firm 50% of an item's retail price to be featured. So why are so many merchant griping about the related boost in sales?

Heated Dining Room Table Warms Legs, Makes Dining Cool

Tired of cooling your heels waiting for a hot meal to be served? The Stealth dining room table's built-in heat lamp keeps your legs warm even if dinner is served cold.

Name Your Number: Vanity Phone Numbers for UK Cell Phones

You can get vanity license plates for your car, but that's something that's a lot less visible than a phone number that you plaster over your business cards and websites and it shows up each and every time you send out a text message. So, good news people; there's a company in the UK that can help you get a vanity phone number!

The BabyDam Saves Space And Water

Baby accessories almost all seem to fit into one category, that being ‘large and annoying, but just handy enough that you can’t get rid of them’.  One of the super annoying, awkward items is the baby bathtub.  If you are feeling my pain on this one then the BabyDam may do the trick.  

Oliver's Labels: Business Offers Lost & Found To Top Off Their Kid's Labels!

Businesses that create fun and funky labels to stick on your kid's clothes, or just about anything, aren't new. But the problem is when your children actually lose something, a label saying "this belongs to Sally" just doesn't do much to reunite the product with its owner. One business has come up with the ideal solution to make sure that it's possible for children to get back their stuff!

SolLight Lightcap: Light Up Your Campsite With A Water Bottle

Combine two outdoor essentials--water and light--into one streamlined piece of gear.

Scuba Meets Jet Ski In The Scubacraft

The Scubacraft SC3 is the perfect way to take you and two of your scuba buddies on and under the water for the ride of your lives.

Beijing Straddle Bus Could Get On Both Sides Of Traffic Woes

For the busy streets of Beijing, a new "super bus" is being touted that straddles roadways and can move up to 1,400 people at a time.

Suitcase Stickers Will Help You Get To Know Airport Security Personnel On A More Intimate Level

Make your wait in the airport security line more fun and interesting with Suitcase Stickers.

Social Media That Splits Hairs While Slicing & Dicing Its Followers

It's no secret that Google has had a hard time seeking the "Holy Grail" when it comes to social networking. While rumors swirl as to its strident efforts to compete with the big boys in this space, Facebook is quick to fend off its would-be competition by allegedly stealing Intel from the Big G. Testing the waters with one's of existing social networks only popular in India and Brazil, Google's Orkut is launching a new feature that's thought to be overlooked by others.

Summer Got You Hot Under The Collar? Try This New Cooling Scarf

A scarf that utilizes evaporative cooling offers those sweltering in summer heat a new way to keep cool, albeit at the cost of looking a little silly.

Nuke Your Food On The Run With The Portable Wavebox

It is sometimes tough to imagine what we did before microwaves.  They haven’t been around for very long, relatively speaking, but they have become such a fixture in most people’s day to day lives.  There are still some situations though where a microwave would be handy, but one is not available.  The Wavebox is perfect for these instances and comes complete with a carrying handle on top.

Swiftpoint Mouse Takes On The World Of Touchpads

The Swiftpoint mouse is designed to take over for your old laptop touchpad - and save you from throwing the thing out the window after 7 hours of dragging your fingers slowly around, mis-clicking and generating massive amounts of rage.

Martian Housecleaning Hits Home With Automatic Solar Panel Cleaning

Boston University deploys plans to create self-cleaning solar panels to boost energy output. Shine on, scholars!

Social Media Gets Its Own Hall Of Fame?

If you're an agency like Umpf out of the UK that develops social media campaigns for your clients to generate buzz, user-generated content and customer engagement - what do you do  to promote yourselves. Well- while somewhat transparent - you lay claim to establishing a "Social Media Halls of Fame" in hopes of becoming the go-to source for identifying the best social media campaigns initiated...

Facial Jewelry Highlights Today's Obsession With Enhancement

Have you ever wondered why some people go so far with their cosmetic enhancements?  It seems that time and time again we see pictures of celebrities who looked much better before they started hitting the ‘spa’ or plastic surgeon’s office on a regular basis.  Turkish designer, Burcu Büyükünal, has created a line of facial jewelry to highlight this skewed sense of beauty.    

Social Media Adds Engagement With Customers To Airport Metrics

Airports have only recently tested the social media waters. For the amount of time the average traveler actually spends in transit, airport operators are just beginning to realize the benefits of employing revenue generation initiatives,'destination marketing' techniques and other methods to engage passengers before they enplane and after they deplane aircraft. To that end, social media is a major boon to customer engagement.

Just Us Hens: Livestock Sitting Business For A Different Kind Of Hen Party

There are plenty of businesses out there that thrive upon the business of hen parties, but now there's one that is behind a very different kind, and it's all inspired by the trend of backyard farming.

Slimware: Portion Control Made Simple

There are so many theories on the best way to lose weight.  One that has been proven to have an impact is portion control.  Slimware is a line of stylish plates designed to give you a subtle reminder about the amount of each food group you should be consuming at each meal. 

Rotary Toothbrush Puts New Spin On Dental Hygiene

The odd-looking Kurun rotary toothbrush may make you smile, and that's a good thing thanks to this new type of toothbrush's oddly effective teeth cleaning power.

Bushnell Makes GPS Even Smaller And Less Expensive

Bushnell has expanded its BackTrack line of personal navigation units to include more features and less material.

Social Media Rewards 'Mobile Man' With Frequent Traveler Check-In Options

Merging geolocation check-ins with frequent traveler programs was a logical evolutionary step in the location-based social networking development. Seen as a necessary evil by hotels and airlines to operate on a competitive playing field, the frequent traveler programs that were introduced over thirty years are now adapting to today's technological advancements.

One-Touch Folding Bicycle Comes in 8 Rainbow Colors

This stylish, practical and colorful folding bike makes perfect sense for commuters living in crowded cities who still love the appeal of riding on two wheels.

Wee Wee Football Aims To Make Potty Training Boys Easier

Potty training is frustrating to say the least.  Luckily I have a little girl.  I have heard that little boys can be more difficult and even once you teach them to sit and use the toilet they will still need to learn how to stand and pee.  If your little (or big) boy has reached this advanced stage of the potty training process and needs a little help with aim then the Wee Wee Aim Football may help.

IceHoldz Bring Some Realism to Indoor "Ice" Climbing

With no giant refrigerator necessary, IceHoldz deliver realistic indoor ice climbing.

Integrated Camping Pump And Camping Mat Makes Camping Comfort Easy

The Aerobed Pakmat combines a camping mat and pump for easy storage, transport and inflation.

Can Social Media Movies Become Box Office Gold?

Only if you've been secluded on a deserted island for the last ten years, would you be clueless as to how social media has affected our daily lives. As part of our global zeitgeist whether or not you own a computer or a smartphone - the online tech sector is so hot, a series of movies are in the works that are banking on geek appeal to attract mainstream audiences.

Tropicana Japan Introduces 'Orange With Rare Cheese Flavor' Drink

Tropicana "Orange With Rare Cheese Flavor", a new Fruit Sweets drink from the Japanese division of the global orange juice powerhouse, offers thirsty office workers a "sweet and sour" snack that combines oranges and cream cheese - presumably without curdling.

There's Invention In This Little Black Dress: It's A Cellphone

Cute Circuit, a London fashion house that specializes in wearable technology has unveiled its latest addition to its fashion line.  The M-dress, your basic black cellphone dress.

 

This Designer Dog Jewelry Makes Me Jealous: IsPet™ Designer Petwear

Ruff!  Designer jewelry for dogs that I wouldn't mind wearing at all.  Wait until you see it....

The OOoo Chair: It May Be Invisible, But You Can Make It Yourself With No Materials

At Decker Yeadon the focus is on the environment - particularly on how new material technologies can lessen the impact on water and energy depletion while positively contributing to health, safety, and security.  The creation of the OOoo Chair, invisible though it may be, stands out as the chair design with the least impact on the environment, although I don't know about 'security.'

 


Social Media Monopoly Will Not Let You Pass Go On Facebook Places Without Permission

As popular as Foursquare has become, it will soon be dwarfed by the amount of press surfacing with the release of Facebook's new location-based platform Places. It stands to reason - Foursquare's 2.5 million is a spit in the proverbial geolocation ocean compared to Facebook's half billion online users and 100+ million accessing Facebook on their mobile devices. However with all things Facebook, the taint of  the invasion of privacy seems to come part and parcel.

Maverick Doctor Claims Five Out Of Six Drugs Don't Work

Almost as if it were a conspiracy by Big Pharma, Prof. Donald Light said the pharmaceutical market was the "most dangerous market for lemons in modern society."   He said that when the toxic side effects of most drugs were taken into account, plus their misuse, they can become "a significant cause of death," rather than helping patients.

 


Will Research Prove The Positive Effects Of Psychedelic Drugs For Psychiatric Patients?

LSD, magic mushrooms, ketamine... We thought they died out with Timothy Leary.  But Swiss researchers now want to break the restriction on studying these psychedelic drugs because they believe that the drugs may be therapeutic in treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Calling All Inventors! Cadbury Wants Revolutionary Packaging For Its Chocolate

Cadbury, the world famous chocolate and candy maker, needs a new wrapper, a revolutionary one that keeps chocolate from melting when exposed to high temperatures.  While you are at it, invent a wrapper that keeps humans from melting in hot temperatures.

Sign Language Gets A Mobile Move On

University of Washington engineers have created a mobile American Sign Language device that uses a low bandwidth and has a high enough quality that users can actually be “heard”.

Social Media's Video Chat Evolves On Facebook With Rounds

If Chatroulette's notoriety for exposing one's self displayed the immature side of video chatting, Rounds (formerly 6Rounds.com) shows how this space has matured into a collaboration tool by grown-ups to engage in productive social activities. This week, the Rounds app for Facebook was introduced to allow the social network's over 500 millions users to participate in video chats quick and easy, with no download requirements.

Pet Birds Need Personal Grooming Aids Too

Birds in the wild can groom their nails, or claws, on the rough branches of trees.  They can bathe in the rain, the ocean, bay, or brook.  But what about pet birds?  They also have a natural need to groom themselves.

 

Got Bugs? 'Catcher!' Lamp Lets You Gather Insects, Study Them, And Then Let Them Go

One of the things we don't get to do very much is interact with flying insects... unless, of course, we're trying to kill them.  But South Korean born Jeongwon Ji, who recently set up his design studio in London, has come up with the Capture! lamp, to establish new, more positive, relationships between humans and insects.

Who Are The Fattest, Sickest, And Most Drugged Folks In The U.S.?

Why is it such a widely held view that Californians are always on drugs?  Forbes came out with its Most Medicated States list - the top ten drugged states - and California is not even number 10 on the list. 

uDraw Looks Great But That Doesn’t Mean Wii Will Like It

Gaming powerhouse THQ is poised to claim an untapped niche of the Wii peripheral market with the uDraw, coming in late 2010.


You Talkin' To Me? Famous People Sculptures

Andy Wright is an artist that creates sculptures in every style from hyper-realism to surreal and classical sculptures. One thing's for sure; these artworks of famous people look so real that it's like I'm in the same room as their crazy characters!

Digital Photos Escape The Frame, Get Cubed

Designer Ludwig Zeller has created the CubeBrowser, a six-sided mix of ingenuity and art that allows the enjoyment of photos in a whole new way.

Social Media May Come With Price Tag - Public Internet vs Private Internet

With all the talk about the need for Net Neutrality, both the world's largest search engine and a major telecom company seem to be speaking with forked tongue. While Google and Verizon say they support an Open Internet, they hedge that position by also favoring a system that charges for premium services. If they are successful, it's very possible we may be paying for our social media in the forseeable future.

Design Takes Precedence Over Function In 'Cutt' Silverware

Austrian designer Thomas Feichtner took an experimental approach to his new silver cutlery designs he calls Cutt.  Instead of form following function as it does traditionally in product design, Feichtner took the project on as an artistic creation rather than a functional one.   I wonder if this knife, fork, and spoon are really functional, though.

 


Lightweight And Ultra-Portable, The GoCrib Simplifies Travelling With Baby

Travelling with babies or toddlers can be a challenge, one that starts even before you leave the house.  Of course baby needs a safe place to sleep, but why do all of the options have to be so awkward?  Well the GoCrib from Guava Family offers a far more portable choice. 

MIT Invents Invisible Mouse - But Even More Inventive Is The Mouse Video

Pranav Mistry, Pattie Maes and Liyan Chang, researchers from MIT's Media Lab, created an invisible mouse using an infrared laser beam on the right side of a laptop keyboard and an infrared camera on the right side of a laptop screen.  Their prototype cost them all of $20.  Chances are the invisible mouse will cost you even less.

 


Calling All Inventors: West Point Seeking Storage Innovations For The Home

West Point Home the manufacturer of branded home products from Martex to Ralph Lauren to Harley Davidson. (Yes, there are HD sheets and boy are they wild!) West Point Home now wants your innovation for organization and storage products for any room in the house, including the attic.  The company has teamed up with Edison Nation to assist in collecting information and video about your ideas.  There is a catch though...

 

Foursquare Grows Up By Offering Cash-Outs On Check-ins

Even though the geolocation craze is only one-year old, it's about time it grew up and replaced its baby teeth with those that offer a little more of a bite. The 'check-in' game was fun - it was the new shiny thing for a while. While the bragging rights were amusing - like all of life's distractions- it appears that the novelty has lost its sheen - and more is needed to sustain its viability.

An Electronic Nose Finally Surpasses Dog's Ability To Detect Cancer

Perhaps all the stories that dogs and cats could sniff out cancers and other serious illnesses in their owners left cancer researchers feeling like they missed the boat somewhere....

Use The Stardust Sofa To Light Up Your Romance

Italian designer Mario Bellini created this romantic glow-in-the-dark couch he calls the Stardust Sofa.  It looks as romantic as stardust and it's apparently as light weight as startdust too.

Badass Bacteria On A Highway To Smell

Newcastle University scientists have determined that bacteria have the ability to smell you coming.

Murdoch's New Digital News Format To Integrate With iPads But Not Social Media?

Rupert Murdoch, the cantankerous media mogul and iconoclast has long been known for his criticism of free access to news on the Internet. Going so far as to accuse Google and other search engines of being 'content kleptomaniacs,' the tabloid titan is continuing to seek new ways to charge for online news.

Ice Aquarium Leaves Freshly Caught Sea Creatures (and Visitors) Cold

The Ice Aquarium in northeastern Japan's Miyagi Prefecture offers parka-clad visitors an eye to ice view of over 450 sea creatures, suspended for easy viewing within frozen blocks of polished ice.

This Robot Vacuum Cleaner Has A Roving Eye

When you get old, you should not have to vacuum.  You read that here first.  So someone invented a Laser Guided Robotic Vacuum for us boomers and other folks who would rather be doing anything else but vacuuming.  Even if you had a maid, she wouldn't vacuum this good for, although the robot moves around  a lot like a human, its laser vision is better than ours.

 


Social Media Lockdown In Advance Of A Facebook-Google Showdown

Social networks have locked horns in the past as Facebook wrangled its way from dormitory to dominating the Internet in six short years. Now at 500 million followers, its outstripped the competition and in some regards considers itself its own sovereign state, third in size to only India and China. So  how does Google with its lack of social networking savvy pose a threat?

More Dangers From Peanuts: The Peanut Shell Concealed Weapon Necklace

You might have thought a peanut's only about as dangerous as the symptoms of an allergy sufferer, but now there's a daring piece of jewelry that attempts to make the peanut look harmless...right before it stabs you in the back. No, really. , this isn't a case of copious wine consumption; peanuts are dangerous!

Snap-On Smile Instantly Transforms Your Pearly Whites

Not everyone is born with a naturally perfect smile.   Nowadays you can put on a smile, quite literally, like you would put on a pair of pants.  The Snap-On Smile is a quick and reversible alternative to having dental work done. 

Get Your Twitter Friends' Mugs On A Social Media Mug

CrowdedInk lets you raise your mug to the Twitter friends you're following - while raising your Twitter friends' mugs at the same time.

The Vibro-Tactile Posture Feedback Chair - A Real Back Zapper

I had a feeling something like the Posture Feedback Chair would be created - a chair with a special touch that shocks you into sitting up straight with the feel of a 'horsefly' landing on your back, shoulders, or legs.

12 New Jaw Dropping Coffee Table Designs By Svilen Gamolov

... Notice that there are few telltale marks of the traditional coffee table limiting Svilen Gamolov's awesome work...

Sharp 3D Smartphone Adds New Dimension To Mobile Phones

Look out, Apple iPhone 3G, Sharp's upcoming 3D smartphone is about to up the ante. The highly anticipated smartphone features an innovative screen that will display 3D images without the need to wear special glasses.

Social Media's Transition Into Semantic Web Will Be Led By China

For anyone who thinks China is a superpower in only the political arena, they are missing the larger geopolitical picture. The Internet is the 21st Century's newest battlefield where countries will fight for dominance over other nations.

Grabber Offers Air Conditioning For Athletes

Magic Cool is an innovative, new material designed to keep you cool during the dog days of summer. Wrap it around your head and enjoy protection from the sun and a boost of cooling.

Blind Drivers? Virginia Tech Vehicle For Blind Gets 2010 National Instruments Award

Some people literally see beyond the limitations of others to invent and develop assistive innovations that open doors to disabled persons.  In this case, Dr. Dennis Hong,  from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), made some in'roads' for blind persons with his invention of the world's first blind driver vehicle.

 


Digital Wallet Makes Using And Losing Your Money Easier Than Ever

From designer Fredrik Palmblad comes the Digital Wallet, a USB answer to the worn leather card-carriers we cling to.


The Twit Network & Twittamentary Movies Go Tweet-to-Tweet with Facebook

The twitterati are not happy with Facebook getting all the attention and subsequent lampooning. With the soon-to-be-released movie about the world's largest online social site, titled The Social Network - producers like Indy Mogul and Siok Siok Tan are striking back with Twitter film projects to show that users can be just as self-deprecating as Facebookers.

Eat Write With Meat & Veggie Supermarket Packaging Notebooks

Food for thought? It's likely these meat and vegetable themed notebooks will spark up an appetite - and not just for knowledge.

Baseball's Big Unit Is Now A Paparazzi

One of the most dominant pitchers ever, and a shoe-in Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson, who retired this past winter, is already on to his next gig. Unlike many ex-players who choose to stay in front of the camera in broadcasting roles, Johnson is stepping behind the camera.

From Argon Clothes To Skeleton Sleeping Pads, Klymit Delivers More Innovation

Klymit, a Utah-based company known for its funky, gas-filled clothing line, recently made a splash at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, offering what it's calling the lightest camping mat in the industry. It may look scary, but it is sure to save your back, shoulders and legs.

Hot Potato Could Become Facebook's Location-Based Social Network Differentiator

"If you can't acquire them, squash them" - might be Facebook's new mantra in trying to create a foothold in the location-based social networking space. Since Foursquare spurned Facebook's advances for acquisition in favor of seeking more funding - the mighty social network of half a billion has put Plan B into motion...

MIT Students Win U.S. Dyson Award For Hybrid Bike Wheel

...Though created with the topography of the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in mind, The Copenhagen (Smart) Wheel has the 'wheels' to become a very hot bike item, no matter where in the world you live.  I mean doesn't every biker need a boost now and then to get up those 45 degree hills?

Apples Products May Take A Dip In Liquidmetal

Personal electronics giant Apple flows into the liquid tech market with exclusive access to Liquidmetal.

Social Media Songs Are As Mad As Hell As An Ex-Flight Attendant

At last count there were over 4000 blogs and articles posted online detailing the now infamous tale of Steven Slater, the flight attendant who "went Postal" while flying the infriendly skies. Carrying too much baggage took on multiple meanings when working-class rage reached new heights.

Mobile Phone 'Dryer Box' Revives Soaked Phones, Saves Precious Data

Dropping your mobile phone in the pool, the bathtub, a puddle, even the toilet used to be a recipe for data disaster. Not any more, thanks to the 'Dryer Box' - a cool cube that revives your phone and restores your data.

Back to School: Solar Backpacks Fit School Supplies and Charge Electronics

Make a green pact this school year to ditch (donate or recycle) all you're portable electronics. No way! Okay, if that's out of the question, how about carrying all your school supplies in a bag that can recharge your portable electronics with the power of the sun. Take a look below at the solar charge backpacks I found on Amazon.

The Steak Station Thermometer Makes You King Of The Grill

There is no doubt that summer barbeques can be a lot of fun, but if you are the one in charge of cooking the steaks they can quickly lose their charm.  Inevitably, each guest will request his/her steak done a different way.  To make these grilling get-togethers more enjoyable again you may want to pick up a Steak Station thermometer.  

Hamster Bags Stop Stroller Tip-Over

Umbrella strollers are so convenient.  They are light, easily packed or even carried along and quickly unfold for use.  The only major problem is that when you hang your diaper bag, purse or shopping bags on the handles the extra weight causes the buggy to topple backwards anytime the child is removed from the front.  Enter the Hamster Bag.

New iPhone Cassette Case Rewinds You Of The Past

From odd gadget supplier Fred and Friends – not sure who Fred is or just how close his friends are – comes the Tuned Up silicone iPhone case.

Sporty and Green: The Bamboo Water Bottle

Bamboo probably wouldn't be your first choice for lugging water, unless you happened to be siphoning rain water in the jungle, but the Bamboo Bottle actually makes a pretty interesting case for the material.

Twitter's Official Retweet Button To Replace Tweetmeme Button?

It's still very "buttoned" up (pun intended), but its been announced that Twitter is taking control of the retweeting functionality for its microblogging platform. Ever since Twitter has moved into a monetization mode, its either acquired or competed head-on with apps designed by third-party developers.

Streetbank: Won't You Be My Neighbour?

Do you know where your neighbours? Many of us move in, keep to ourselves and never get to know each other until we cross paths by coincidence. In movies and TV, friendly neighbourhood people may drop by with cookies or casserole when someone new moves to the street, but that just doesn't happen enough in real life these days. One business has decided to put a stop to that by helping people connect.

Fried Axolotl Looks Like Dragon, Tastes Like Chicken

A Japanese restaurant is advertising a rather unique dish: Fried Axolotl, served on a bed of noodles with green and red pepper garnishes. The wee beastie is fried whole, so squeamish folks should prepare themselves before clicking through!

Substantial Number Of Girls 7 And 8 Already In Puberty

For most of us, it's hard to imagine a girl entering puberty when she's in third or fourth grade - before she's even started Algebra. But the newest data from a study that began in 2003 was just published in Pediatrics and the findings are startling.

Transparent Window Film Makes Solar Power A Possibility In Every Home

New spray-on solar coating by Norwegian company EnSol AS hopes to make windows more than the eyes of your home by giving them the ability to help power what's inside.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil To Save The Day For School Kids & Engineers

The first Sharpie Liquid Pencil is being introduced to the market as I write.  Made by Newell Rubbermaid, it is being touted as the reinvention of the mechanical pencil, a pencil that writes like a pen, but erases like a pencil.

 

Social Media Casting Call For Facebook Graphic Novel

"Win a Free Walk-On Part In A Graphic Novel" is a social media first for a graphic novel.  With the soon-to-be-published graphic novel, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," the authors are conducting an open casting call for anyone that knows how to tweet, update their Facebook status or produce a YouTube video - to be considered for a walk-on part.

Anamorphic Typography: DIY 3D Design With A Message

Wall stickers have been very hot decorative items in home and office interiors. The trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) effect creates many fabulous and fun 3D effects, including wall stickers of furniture, plants, even exterior scenes.  But graduate students at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London have unleashed a new purpose for such optical design.  Their Anamorphic Typography makes a statement.

 

Social Media Dilemma - Brainsourcing vs Crowdsourcing

Is the power of the unconscious more powerful than the power of the people? Is brainsourcing a better barometer in determining preferences than the wisdom of crowds, and if so, is there a new paradigm shift on the social media horizon?

Soup Cycle: Fresh Soup From Local Produce Delivered To Your Door!

Delivery businesses are all the rage these days. I'm not sure what that says about how lazy we've become as a society, but businesses of conveniences are just thrivingm, so good for them for taking advantage of this growing trend! The latest offers one particular product and uses a somewhat unique transportation method to get it to your door.

LED Light Bulb Card Is A Shining Example Of Miniaturization

Is that a light bulb in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? The answer is both! This portable pop-up LED light bulb shines cool white light when you need it, then folds flat like a credit card when you don't.

Sun Guard Turns Regular Clothes Into Sun Protection Pieces

We often assume that if our skin is covered by clothing that it is shielded from the damaging rays.  The truth is that different pieces of clothing offer different levels of protection, some being very low.  To enhance this protection factor you can add Sun Guard to your laundry washing routine. 

Scientists Discover Why Some Sleep Well & Others Don't

Don't we all love our sleep?  It's so utterly cleansing... if we are lucky.  But some of us don't sleep well or not long enough for sleep to "knit up the ravell'd sleeve of care."  Sleep researchers at five institutions looked to brain activity in this study of the secrets of a good night's sleep.

Magnets To Tumors - We're Hot For You

A new technique in cancer-killing uses magnetically heated nano particles to target and broil individual cancer cells. Toasty!

Don't Look Now But... There Are Ghosts Floating In The Creek

Among the loyal attendees to the Albacete, Spain film festival last month were guerilla designers from Luzinterruptus, a Madrid-based design house known for its spontaneous public lighting designs. Wanting to pay homage to the cult film Dawn and its author/director, Luzinterruptus left a shocker in this town....

Easton's New Ultralight, Two-Lb. Tent

It's a good thing for campers and outdoor sports enthusiasts that Easton didn't remain content just churning out aluminum. Easton's latest piece of outdoor gear proves its dedication to light, innovative products. A rather revolutionary, ultralight tent, the Kilo should prove to be a quick favorite of backpackers.

Tweets Powered By Our Waste Should Be Trending

In what seems like our never ending pursuit of crude oil, we have fought wars, cozied up with countries like Saudi Arabia and have engaged in endless debates as to why we search for fuel alternatives. While cars powered by electricity are highly inefficient, and hybrids are costly, perhaps the overlooked solution is in plain sight, namely, our bathrooms.

Jaws Does Jewelry: Shark Jaw Ring Inspired By Shark Week

Shark Week, which took place last week on The Discovery Channel has become so popular that it was the top trending topic on Twitter while it was taking place. With all the hype surrounding it, there's a lot of people really disappointed that they won't get their shark fix for another year. The solution? A unique jewelry piece designed with Shark Week in mind!

3-Seat Bicycles Offer Wheel Deals For Japanese Mothers

"But you'll look sweet, upon the seat of a bicycle built for... three?" Yes indeed, 3-seat bicycles are not only the real deal, purchasers in Tokyo are GETTING a deal thanks to generous tax incentives.

Seatbelt Buckle Keychain Holder Keeps Keys Safe

The Buckle Up Key Holder looks like a car or truck seatbelt buckle with good reason: if seatbelts can keep YOU safe, they can do the same for your keys.

Social Media Favors Slide vs Google Wave, Entertainment vs Enterprise

Much has been written about Google waving good-bye to its ballyhooed enterprise system Google Wave as well as its recent acquisition of Slide, an online leader in social entertainment. The fact that both events occurred during this same week indicates preferences may be shifting on the Social Web from business applications to those that fill our desire for more leisurely pursuits.

Carousel Goes Round and Round With Solar Power

A 36 foot solar powered carousel, designed by CRStudios Architects, recently opened up for rides at Hudson River Park's Chelsea Cove on Pier 62.

Social Media Vintage Ads For Twitter, Facebook, Skype & YouTube A La Don Draper

The Brazilian Ad Agency Moma Propaganda has created an ingenious ad series based on how social media ads might have looked if social networking was firmly implanted in the public zeitgeist of the 1960s. Sounds like a screenplay for an episode of "Twilight Zone" or a sequel for "Back to the Future"...

Social Media Adds Video Chat & Sean Parker To The Mix?

For anyone that doesn't know the history of the origins of Facebook, this story might have slipped under your radar. But in social media circles, it has some significance. Sean Parker, Facebook's founding president who will be portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the upcoming flick, "The Social Network," has indicated interest in assisting the 17 year-old wundkerkind and founder of Chatroulette, Andrey Ternovskiy.

Researchers Find Ways To Delay Aging In Mice

The mouse in the photo (seen in entirety on the jump) is actually middle aged, but he looks and acts like a teenager.  Why?  Well, according to a discovery by Harvard University researchers, it's because the mouse has maintained the synapses between his nerves and his muscles, a key factor in keeping him physically and mentally young.

Whiskey Stones Keep Drinks Cool and Potent

Ice cold drinks are perfect for hot summer days and get togethers with friends certainly call for a few special beverages.  The challenge comes in keeping your drinks cool when the temperatures start to rise.  If you are facing this problem then you may want to look into Whiskey Stones. 

Truly An Invention Every Consumer Needs: ANYWAY® Spray

We all have frustrations with gadgets that just don't work.  And we think, 'Some day I'm going to invent a better lightbulb,' or whatever.  Well, finally, someone invented a fix for the d**n bottle spray, which obviously never wanted us to fully use what it was spraying.

Cooking Guides Are Right Where You Need Them - On Your Apron!

SUCK UK has come up with the perfect apron. It's your sous chef, literally, on an apron - Apron Guides

Google Pedestrian Remover Remains Virtual - For Now

With online privacy an ever-growing concern, University of California compsci grad student Arturo Flores has developed a way to take the people out of the Google.

Social Media Controlled By The Magic Of The One-Way Follow?

To follow or not to follow - that is the question? Whether tis nobler in the mind to tweet or not to tweet is an ongoing debate that seems to have built a double-standard in the social media space.

Get Your Duckface On With Quack-tastic Lip Balm

Duckface - the despised puckered pout seen way too often on the 'Net, may be poised to corrupt Japan. 'Perfect Lip Wrapping' lip balm helps girls prep their lips to get just the right level of overexposed duckface daffiness.

The iMote Gives Preschoolers A Real Remote Of Their Own

Much to parents’ dismay, most little kids love electronics.  The worst part is that somehow they seem to know the difference between the toy versions of their favorite household gadgets and the real thing.  The iMote was created to take the pressure off of your remote and give little kids a real working remote of their own. 

Do Clothes Make The Dog? Ask Manfred, The World's Most Famous Dog Model

Among the many other talented and beautiful dog models returning to Pet Fashion Week New York, Manfred is unique.  Not only is he the world's most famous dog clothing model, he's the inspiration for the most luxurious dog clothing in the world.

Twitter Documentary Guaranteed Not To Wipe Your A** (Teaser Video)

While Facebook is grabbing all the headlines with the soon-to-be-released movie "The Social Network," you might not have heard about the Twitter documentary coming out of Singapore called 'Twittamentary." In its final stages of production and guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows, the movie interviews both twi-hards and members of the Twitterati, as well as those that think the microblogging platform is a total waste of man's time and energy.

The Aqualet eLoo: Personal Cleanliness Goes High Tech

New Line, Italia has redefined the concept of personal cleanliness with its new line of computerized toilet/bidets.  The Aqualet eLoo, which takes up less space than half of a toilet or bidet, is a must have for high tech gadget lovers as well as obsessive-compulsives.

Braille Gets A Stylish Makeover With The Haptic Reader

Haptic reader makes non-braille books into something readable for those who know the language of touch.

The Egg and Muffin Toaster Creates Hot Breakfast Sandwiches At Home

Morning routines can be hectic.  Instead of heading to the local drive-thru for a quick bite you could pick up the Back to Basics Egg and Muffin Toaster and have a hot breakfast sandwich in a matter of minutes and prepared the way you want.  

Stop & Go Driving Could Be Simplified By A Single Pedal

A Japanese inventor has come up with a unique solution to the problem of drivers mistakenly stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake: combine both functions into a single floor pedal.

Giant Lawn Chair Grown To Discourage TV Watching And Encourage More Nature Watching

I love to sit and relax in the front yard chatting with my neighbors, while my kids run around on the grass with their friends. Last year my HOA fined me for leaving my lawn chairs outside. Apparently, I have the wrong kind. The right kind isn't in my budget. So, this year, I have nowhere comfortable to sit, but what if I grew my own lawn chairs, like the ones in England?

Strong Link Found Between Gum Disease And Alzheimer's

You hated going to the dentist, like most of us.  If that feeling was so strong that you skipped your regular cleanings and ended up with a receding gum line and bleeding gums, you've got periodontal disease. And that may not be all....

 

Potty Mitts: Making Sure What Happens In The Bathroom, Stays In The Bathroom

Once you become a parent, you discover that you just might be a germaphobe, even if it's for the first time in your life. Bleach and Lysol take on a whole new meaning..but that doesn't help in a public restroom where you don't know what germs might be lingering. Want what your kids do in the bathroom to stay in the bathroom? Well, do I ever have something to show you, then!

Privacy Leaks Come Bundled In Free Apps For iPhones & Androids

Used to be "there's no such thing as a free lunch." Today "there's no such thing as a free app," as 100s of thousands free apps on the market today are security risks. According to the App Genome Project undertaken by the mobile security company Lookout, users' privacy is threatened with apps that collect and transmit their private data.

Chew Chew: Where Humans Watch Their Pets Dine In Style

A pet restaurant in Sydney, Australia, serves organic home-made meals and Doggiecinos to dogs and cats, while their humans get to do the salivating.

Toxic Snails Aren't Doctors But Take Your Pain Away - Sans HMO

Turns out that marine cone snails may do more than just sting fish and reel them in for the kill with their powerful conotoxin - the same toxic can mitigate pain in humans, or paralyze your enemies for a hilarious comeuppance.

The iDish - For Apple iPads So Clean You Can Eat Off Them

The Apple iPad is one very useful device, but a Japanese owner has found the popular tablet computer performs in ways Steve Jobs never thought of.

Flash Some Serious Ice With A Bling Pop

When I was a kid one of the coolest kinds of candy you could get was a ring pop because it was part accessory and part treat.  Nowadays, kids can make their own edible trinkets and even keep cool in addition to looking cool.  The Bling Pop from Urban Trend is a special mold kit for creating your own super-sized frozen jewels.

Women Think Macho Men Are Sexier Than Modest Men

What?  You thought that macho men were out?  Perhaps you were hoping that letting the sensitive side of your nature show would be more appealing, even sexy, to a woman.  Well, the researchers reporting in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity journal thought so too.

A Robotic Wheelchair That Will Even Heel For Your Dog

Japan is unquestionably the robot capital of the world.  They've invented robots that shop for you, cook for you, and even clean your toilets.  But this particular robotic wheelchair has a more noble responsibility....

TwistTogether Expands Its Line Of 'Legos' For Adults

If you've found yourself in Lego-withdrawal, hiding in the bathroom with toys stolen from your kids... You need TwistTogether's new interconnecting Shelves.  They come with TwistTogether interconnecting Lamps and they'll challenge you as often as you feel the need to re-decorate.

"That's What She Said" Now Coming In Pashto, Dari And Iraqi Arabic

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology try to bring Star Trek's translation technology to the battlefront, pave the way for hilarious mis-communications.

Social Media Insurgency: Facebook Stealing From Google According to TechCrunch

Maybe not on par with the Wikileak informant that spilled the beans regarding US classified information pertaining to the War in Afghanistan - but a social network engineer may be in a similar hot seat on the social media war-front between Google and Facebook - that is, according to a TechCrunch report.

Social Media Currency- Facebook Credits Go Retail With 7-11 Slurpies

It was just a matter of time for Facebook to step up its game to promote Facebook Credits to mainstream America in the real world. And what better way to do it than to have them available at nearly all of the 6,000 7-11 stores in the continental US?

Six New Bizarre Ramune Sodas Soothe Thirsts, Shock Stomachs

Octopus Ball Soda, anyone? Ramune summer shocker sodas do their worst to keep up with the Joneses.

Strong Bones Or Heart Attacks? Calcium Supplements In Question

Older persons, particularly women, are urged by their doctors to increase their daily calcium to 1200 mg per day or more to compensate for the natural loss of bone that occurs as we age.  A large study now reveals that calcium supplements are not without risk... big risk.

The Lotus Music Candle Adds The Pyrotechnics Your Birthday Bash Was Missing

So, if you are planning a birthday bash and are having trouble finding something that will really wow the crowd and cap off the event then the Lotus Music Candle may just do the trick.  It combines a unique candle shape with music and pyrotechnics to create a new birthday party experience.

TicketFree: A Subscription Business That Insures You Against Traffic Tickets

If you're someone who finds themselves with a lot of minor traffic tickets, then there's a business that you might want to take advantage of. It's a Canadian Company that takes a simple and common concept and applies it to a slightly new niche for those who just can't stay away from those fines!

100 Zipper Dress: One Clothing Item With A New Fashion For Each Day!

The economy has been tough lately, so even fashionistas out there need to pinch pennies where they can. But is stretching one piece of clothing to be worn each and every day of the week for months going too far to save a buck? Who cares, because you're about to read about the most versatile dress in the world!

The Japanese Toy Dog, Oshikko Inu, Pees In The House

Hot on the heels of Choken-Bako, the wind-up dogs that ate your coins, comes Oshikko Inu, "DO NOT Pee In the House!

HelloTag Lets The Whole Store Know Those Pants Won't Fit You

In an effort to make department store shopping far more accessible and slightly more embarrassing, designer Moonhawn Lee has invented the HelloTag.

Future Flora: Tord Boontje Creates Hybrid Chandelier

... The Future Flora, what Boonje calls his new hybrid species of flower and light, are the most creative, most intricate of his metal works so far.  They're just too must have, and what makes them more so is that they are not out of reach.

Foursquare's Mile High Check-Ins Ala Gogo WiFi

As if there weren't enough bragging rights for checking into restaurants and bars on terra firm, ubiquitous Foursquare has found a way to check you in when you're hovering 30,000 feet above the planet. Starting today, airline passengers who check-in to Foursquare via Gogo's inflight Internet service will earn a "Mile High Badge."

I Drink Your Canned Pancake Milkshake!

Carnation has Instant Breakfast, Morinaga has a Pancake Milkshake... which would you rather drink?

How Sweet Is Froyo - Android's Flash-iest Dessert Du Jour

The latest iteration of Google's Android operating system is going to market as "Froyo," the frozen ice-cream substitute. Continuing its tradition of naming new OS versions as desserts in alphabetical order, the operating system has gone from "Cupcake" to "Eclair" to "Froyo." Experts say that this upgrade, although only a .01 boost to 2.2 is the tastiest to date.

OMO Detergent Is A Cross Between Internet Of Things & Foursquare Gone Wild

Unilever is experimenting with a promotion for their Omo Detergent product in Brazil. The brand is adding a GPS device as an additional ingredient to its two-pound detergent box which will trigger its promotion agency Bullet to track shoppers down from the supermarket to their front door.

The Puzzles Of AMC's Rubicon - Low Tech Approach To Uncovering Mysteries

In a world consumed by high-tech gadgetry, it's refreshing to be presented with puzzles that require old-fashioned problem-solving - not by computers- but by rational thinking human beings. Fans of crossword puzzles, Sodoku, cryptic codes and those who just like to connect the dots will enjoy Rubicon.