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September, 2010

Awesome Eyeglasses For The Future Win Wall Street Journal Tech Award

Edyeglass technology hasn't advance very much since the 19th century... until now.  TruFocals, soon to be re-branded Superfocus, are the coolest things in prescription eyeglasses since Benjamin Franklin made his own.  In fact, they are designed just like Franklin's glasses. 


10 Accessories For Better Tailgating in 2010

There's drinking a few beers before a game, and then there's tailgating. Here are 10 items to get you set-up for the ultimate football tailgate.

Pedaled, Not Driven: BOND Bike Is The Coolest Cycle Ever

You know a bicycle that bears James Bond's name is bound to be intriguing. And this one doesn't disappoint. Up until you find out it's not for sale.

Krispy Kreme Japan Rolls Out Scary-otypical Halloween Treats

Krispy Kreme Japan is rolling out a special, seasonal series of donuts with a Halloween theme. The sweet holiday treats will only be sold until October 31st so get 'em while the going's ghoul!

British Researchers Find First Evidence Of Genetic Link To ADHD

In the 1980's when attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was first bandied about as a developmental disability, many college and university administrators and teachers thought it was just an excuse for poor grades and low test scores. Slowly though, it has become recognized in the educational community as an actual disorder and new educational methods, as well has drugs, have been developed to help treat it.  Now, scientists have found that there is a genetic link to ADHD.

 

The Wobbly DEWS Toothbrush Won't Fall Over

Why is it that everything to do with kids and toothbrushes is a challenge?  Getting them to brush their teeth is a struggle, getting them to do it properly is a huge effort and getting them to keep their toothbrush clean is practically an impossibility, especially when you are dealing with really young kids.  The DEWS toothbrush design features a rounded, wobbly doll-like handle base that tapers in towards the brush end.  

Back To The Future: 8 Futuristic Kitchen Gadgets From The 20th Century

One of the several segments of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) historical look at 20th century kitchens is its collection for Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen.  Here, we find designs for the kitchens of the future from the avant-guarde of the last century, which still have relevance and style for today's kitchens... But where are they?

 

 


TaintDroid Android App Shows Your Personal Data 'Taint That Safe

Duke University students have created a program to track and notify them when Android smartphone apps share their personal info without consent.

Sustainsia Makes Working From Home Even Greener

Working from home just got even greener with Sustainsia, Inc.'s new solar powered, at-home work stations.  Small enough to fit in the backyard, these little pods provide telecommuters with a back-to-basics, natural vibe for their home office needs.

A Backpack For Bears: Granite Gear Nimbus Core

The new Granite Gear Nimbus Core is an innovative backpack that turns the traditional backpack on its ear to accommodate some rather large, bulky cargo.

Social Media Screens Prospective Employees & Clients

Be careful what you tweet, Flikr, YouTube and update - less you want to reduce your chances of getting hired or landing your next client. Social media is now officially the extension of one's resume. It adds another layer for discovery by prospective employers and companies. After all, who knows you better than your social networks?

iPong: It's Like Batting Cages For Table Tennis

The iPong Table Tennis Trainer is the latest training tool for serious ping pong athletes.

Vegetable Scrubbing Gloves Have Grate A Peel

Peeling potatoes - a popular punishment for picked-on privates penalized in the PX - just got a little less punishing, thanks to these pink scrubbing gloves from Japan's Aimedia.

Hauntingly Beautiful Growing Green Sculptures

Take a look at these hauntingly beautiful growing sculptures by Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy, a talented French artist from New York. She calls them Ça pousse! The name is French for, it's growing.

SteriShoe Kills 99.9 Percent Of Harmful Shoe Microorganisms

Shoes are havens for bacteria.  Sweat, dead skin and bacteria from our feet can cause shoes to smell and potentially even become a health concern.  The SteriShoe is a shoe insert made to kill 99.9 percent of harmful microorganisms that can develop in footwear.

In The Race For The Fattest Country, U.S. Comes In A Close Second

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), an international organization of 33 countries, recently released the latest figures on the obesity rates of all of its member countries.  Though the U.S. was just shy of coming in first, we still have a big fat influence on the world.

 


New Alarm Clock Concept Hurls Ball At Your Face To Get You Up

It's hard to make the alarm clock any more obnoxious and hated than it already is. But one designer has managed to do just that.

13 Halloween Pet Costume Winners 2010: Best Lady Gaga, Dominatrix, Funniest, & More

For the fourth year in a row, we had a terrific group of costumes to choose from for Lady Bee's 2010 Pet Costume Awards.  We're giving 13 awards in categories such as Best Lady Gaga, Best Church Bingo, Most Helpless, Fiercest, and Best Naughty Sex pet costumes.  We also award a Grand Prize for the best pet costume overall.  The winning entries came from the dog, cat and bird species.  Sorry, no reptiles this year.

 


The Moss Ring: Organic Jewelry That's Keen, Green, & Begs To Be Seen

The Moss Ring from Lade Store is not only a unique, eco-friendly jewelry design, it's a gift that will will grow on you... literally.

Nokia Files Patent To Make Phones Digitally Stimulating

Though still in the development phase, electronics giant Nokia is developing a way to let users “feel” icons on their touch screen smartphones.

Cookie Stamper Lets Them Know It's Homemade

There is something to be said for having a real, homemade cookie.  Nothing can really compare and I am a big believer in making them yourself.  So why not flaunt the fact that you have taken the time to create something from scratch?

Magnetic Bike Water Bottle Holder Cuts Weight, Keeps Your Water Planted

Ultralight cycling fanatics looking to shave every ounce should love this new water bottle holder from Vincero Design. An innovative twist on a standard, timeless piece of equipment, Vincero's answer uses magnets rather than a metal/composite cage to hold your water.

Apple's Next Venture: iMove Hybrid Car

Apple presents its latest design: the iMove hybrid car.  Intended for the year 2020, the hybrid bosts a "photochromic" exterior, touchscreen dashboard, and a look reminscent of Apple's iconic computer mouse.  Highly customizable and environmentally friendly, this sleek car was designed by a 20 year-old college student.

Social Media Crowd Sources Fund Raising For First Twitter Documentary

It's appropriate that a crowd-sourced medium such as Twitter would be the source for a movie producer to solicit funding for a documentary about the microblogging platform. Since the movie is a series of individual vignettes of Twitter users, the Singaporean filmmaker Siok Siok Tan (@sioksiok) is reaching out to all 190 million users with an appeal for assistance.

'Magic K' Proves To Be 'Magic Drug' For Depression

Ketamine, a common recreational drug known as 'Magic K" or "Special K," is being studied by scientists at Yale University School of Medicine as an alternative to the more commonly prescribed antidepressants.

Roughing Up The Little Guys Helps Solar Power Capture

Stanford researchers have found a way to increase light energy absorption in solar cells – by taking off the kid gloves.

Social Etiquette Design Diplomatically Tells Cell Phone Users When To Shut Up And Shut Off

While you might bark something strident to the person who is obnoxiously responding to cell phone calls while supposedly having a conversation with you... Ingrid Zweifel, an award winning Parson's Design School student, has designed a group of products that respond to these and similar obnoxious cell phone acts... diplomatically.

Social Media Gets Graphic With Zuckerberg Comic Book & Novel

Mark Zuckerberg has been called a lot of things, but 'comic book action hero' is not one that comes to mind. However, with Facebook movies (Catfish & The Social Network) gaining a lot of buzz at theaters nationwide, "nerd" as anti-hero seems to be the latest trend. Who would have guessed that a "social media thriller" could actually become a new literary genre. But seemingly that is the case with a new comic book and graphic novel written about the world's most ubiquitous social network.

Zeal Optics Solar-Powered Backpack

Known for award-winning sunglasses and goggles, Zeal Optics is increasingly pushing toward technological sports gear. Joining its GPS-integrated snow goggles is the new Reliant charging backpack.

Driving Safely Gets All Touchy-Feely

Researchers at the University of Utah have been busily discovering a way to make directionally-assisted driving more effective - through touch.

If You Gaze Long Into The Abyss - It Will Tell You It's 3:30

A "Japanese-inspired" touchscreen LED watch, the Abyss is nothing if not the height of nerd chic.

Charge Your Gadgets With Air Using Airenergy

RCA has unveiled a prototype for a wireless charger that will charge your various gadgets using air!  This charger, Aireneregy, connects to your gadgets' USB ports and charges them without having to be plugged into an outlet.  Using Wi-Fi radio frequencies in the air, you'll never have to worry about finding an outlet for your charger once this pocket-sized gadget is on the market.

Social Media For The Couch Potato In Search Of Sedentary Geolocation

Foursquare and Gowalla - two of today's leading location-based social networks  - introduced us to the power of "check-ins." However, all such networks were based on location and identifying venues for users and followers while on-the-go!. For those, that may be a little bit mobile-challenged and prefer to check-in without leaving the comfort of one's couch, GetGlue.com might just be the social network for you!

Fruits & Veggies Are Just Not That Popular

Twenty-one First Ladies, including Michelle Obama, have pushed healthy diets as their main projects. I guess they should have found different causes to get behind, because in spite of their efforts, the efforts of the medical community, the insurance industry, the health and fitness industry and many more sectors of the economy... we keep eating fewer and fewer of them.

 

A Revolutionary Kitchen Design That Furthered Equality For Women

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City has a special and vast exhibit of 20th Century kitchen designs happening now. In going through the complete online guide to the exhibit, which really just touches on some items in  the complete collection, what fascinated me most is one of the earliest kitchens in the MOMA show, that of architect Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky's Frankfort Kitchen, designed in 1926-27.

 

Social Media's Southeast Asia Growing Faster Than U.S.

In days of yore when it was believed the Earth was the center of the Universe, it was a harsh reality when we learned we were only one of many planets that circled the sun. Today, the same could be said for the U.S. and Americans' belief that we generate more interaction on social media channels than the rest of the world.

Children's Book Turns Harry Potter's Fiction Into Reality

While most children ardently believe the magic conjured up by Harry Potter and his band of wizards is the real deal - they soon learn to file those beliefs away, alongside Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. Fiction is make-believe and scientific proof is another thing all together. That was, until augmented reality kind of blurred the literary landscape.

'Celery' Provides Fast Communication For The Computer Shy

Celery brings your friends and family into the world of speedy connection.  With this machine they can communicate just as fast as the rest of us, and be more involved and in touch with the people they love.

 

Perfect Fit Button Offers No Hassle Waistband Adjustment

With fall here already, the holidays will be upon us before we know it.  Yes, yes, I know it seems far too early to be thinking about that, but you know it’s true.  Anyways, once the festivities roll around you may want to look into some Perfect Fit Buttons.

Human Birds Take Flight In The Great White North

Canadians have proven their usefulness once again, with students from the University of Toronto devising the world’s first continuously flying ornithopter.


Love Cheese And Chocolate? How About Blue Cheese Truffles?

There are those who consider themselves connoisseurs of all things chocolate and there are some who fancy themselves aficionados of all varieties of cheese, but even though there are people who love both, I never thought that I would see the two treats merged aside from in a silky piece of chocolate cheesecake.  I was wrong.

Toilet Plunger iPhone Stand Really Sucks

iPhone leaving you flat? Blackberry too low-profile? This tiny toilet plunger will lift your phone or player to new heights, leaving you flush with happiness!

Towers Tap Into Wind Power: Makes Them Self-Sustainable

Unique curving towers with wind turbines concept harnesses wind power and makes the towers self -sustainable.

SEIL Bag: The LED Billboard For Your Back

A new backpack helps you communicate your intentions and emotions on the street.

Hay, What's That Thing Out There?

What is 36 feet tall and made out of hay? No, not a giant scarecrow.

GearBurger Is A Personal Sales Shopper For Sports Equipment

Love outdoor sports, but hate paying thousands for gear? GearBurger can help you find the best deals on the gear that you need most. 

The Efficiency Of Communication – Knowing When To Shut The Hell Up

Researchers have now determined the point at which a communications system becomes unwieldy, and when it’s best to just stop talking.

Hair Doctor Hat Puts A Hot Tub On Your Head

Now hair this! An easy to use, specialized bath cap that fills itself with hot water while you bathe or shower promises to melt away dirt, oils and shampoo residue from your scalp, leading to less hair loss and healthier hair.

Social Media Speeds Up Political Promises Before Elections

The time period from campaign promises to delivery has traditionally been lengthy. The public voted for the candidates of their choice based on a belief that they were going to live up to their word. From start to finish, this process usually took one to two years - the duration of which became increasingly frustrating when candidates failed to deliver on their promises.

N. Hoolywood Spring 2011 Collection Shows It's Trendy To Be A Criminal

It might be that the jail bird look has become trendy lately due to the high celebrity arrest rate happening in Hollywood, but whatever the reason, criminal styles are popping up on fashion runways lately!

Machines Of The Game: Best Tailgating Vehicles Of 2010/11

Usually considerations like safety, fuel economy, power, interior space and options dictate your choice of automobile. But if you'r a huge fan of college or NFL football, now is the ultimate time to upgrade your garage with your tailgating dream car.

First Stem Cell Trial For Spinal Cord Injury Patients To Begin Soon!

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most devastating injuries that can occur.  It can affect muscle function, including respiration, transmission of messages to the brain, elimination function, heart health as well as other normal biological and physiological systems of the body and brain. This is why stem cell researchers have made spinal cord injury one of their first treatment goals.  And a small trial, led by neuroscientist Hans Keirstead at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), is about to begin.

 


Social Media's Image Make-over To Counter Facebook Movies & Books

With a limited amount of time left to work damage control, Mark Zuckerberg has been diligently trying to improve his self image, tarnished by movies and books that have spotlighted some of the young CEO's not so shining moments. Now ranking thirty-fifth on the Forbes' annual list of wealthy Americans and worth $6.9 billion, Mr. Zuckerberg is using his vast riches to help with his corporate make-over. 

Tranquil Tummy Crackers Soothe Away Morning Sickness Naturally

There is so little that a pregnant woman can take for her discomforts.  One of the things that has helped a lot of women with morning sickness over the years is snacking on saltine crackers.  To take the relief a step further, Nature’s Options has created a cracker that incorporates ginger root.

Pepsi Mont Blanc Bottles The Flavors Of Chestnuts And Snow

They must be nuts... chestnuts, that is! Come October 26th, Japan's thirsty soft drink fans will get to guzzle Pepsi's newest seasonal flavor, Pepsi Mont Blanc.

Open-Toed Boots: Chic Or Crazy For Fall?

Over the past few seasons, there have been some interesting shoe trends to hit the runways and the stores. First it was sandals that masquerade themselves as boots, and now for winter, because we didn't get enough of the open-toed shoes during the summer months, there are boots pretending to be sandals.

Pink Kisses: The Business of Breakups!

After a breakup, one of the best ways to feel better is with a little bit of shopping therapy. Pink Kisses is specializes in the business of breakups and helping women pick themselves up for their next conquest.

California’s Solar Electric Generating System Controversial

In Ivanpah California, BrightSource is developing its first solar power complex. When constructed it will be the largest in the world and will produce enough energy to power more than 140,000 homes while reducing 400,000 tons of CO2 per year. Still, environmentalists are protesting the location where the solar complex will be built.

This Tablecloth Takes Your Clutzy Wine Spills In Stride

Debuting at 100% Design in London this week is the clever patterned tablecloth that welcomes spills of any kind, even wine.  Created by Norwegian designer Kristine Bjaadal, the Underfull Tablecloth appears at first like any other tablecloth - beautiful white linen with a floral pattern.  But unlike other tablecloths, when you spill your gravy, your soup, or you drool your chocolate ice cream on it, you will be seen as a poet instead of a slob.

 

Practice, Practice, Practice May Not Be The Fastest Way To Carnegie Hall

The music student asks a successful violinist, "What's the fastest way to Carnegie Hall?"  The violinist answers... "Practice. Practice. Practice."  That's what musicians and language learners have been doing forever!  But...

Concept Bike Loses The Chain, Uses Cables

The bike just got a little simpler. Or more complicated? An interesting new design in bicycles takes away one of the most basic pieces: the chain, and replaces it with a new system.

Giving People A Leg Up - HAL Can Do That, Actually

Japanese company's Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) may give those with mobility disorders the chance to scale mountains.

Social Bookmarking Replaces Digg With Foursquare, News With Location

The excitement of Digg recently reinventing itself to resurrect social bookmarking as a viable news service dissipated as fast as it was introduced. Folks have found Twitter and Facebook more reliable resources for gathering and saving real-time news.

Mobile Treadmill Sounds (and Looks) Ridiculous, Could Be Interesting

On its face, the term "walking treadmill" sounds like a bad punchline. But some researchers in Japan are taking this one seriously.

Irritating Thoughts: Why You Should NOT Try To Get Rid Of Them

If that nasty comment made by a co-worker is playing over and over again in your mind... Or the middle finger you saw in your rear view mirror repeatedly reminds you that you were in the right... Or worrying about a presentation you have to give tomorrow is keeping you from enjoying a night out with your honey... Research at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine reveals that trying to get rid of these thoughts is worse for your health than having the thoughts.

Australian Ultrarunner Takes On Pole-To-Pole Run

Pat Farmer is preparing to take on what's being called the "longest run on earth," an epic voyage from the North Pole to the South Pole.

The Balancing Act of A Plain Old Chair: Pascal Anson, Designer

Okay.  This is a trompe l'oiel, a visual illusion on a wall sticker that just makes you think it's a real chair, right?  Wrong.  It is a real chair.  And it can be balanced on any one or two of its legs.  Not only that, but you can sit on it.

Visually Impaired Assistant Looks To Give People Second Sight

Aiming to help people who can’t see find a simpler way to get around, designer Noam Klopper has introduced the Visually Impaired Assistant (VIA).

Social Media "Together In Concert" With Chris Hughes' Jumo (VIDEO)

While Mark Zuckerberg has focused on the commercial enterprise of the Web with his monolithic social network, Chris Hughes, one of Facebook's co-founders and  former director of online organizing for Barack Obama's successful presidential campaign is carving his social media niche in a space that has come to be known as "The Good Web."

The Bubble Scrubber Makes Dishwashing Less Tedious

One thing that I absolutely despise is doing the dishes. It would be nice to have something to make the whole process a bit more entertaining.   The Bubble Scrubber by Fred & Friends is part cleaning tool and part toy, which is a very rare combination. 

The King Of Cardboard: Designer Giles Miller

I discovered Giles Miller after spotting a very cool vase design he made out of glass, aluminum, and brass peelings, the latter being moldable into virtually any shape you want.  This vase naturally intrigued me, so I visited his website, where I found that most of Miller's designs have been carved from corrugated cardboard.  Jaw-dropping designs...

 

Extreme Employment: 1,768-Foot Free Climb Up Radio Tower

An intimate, POV voyage up to the top of one of the world's tallest structures provides a glimpse into one of the scarier, more extreme jobs out there.

Watch Out Warning Triangle Beams Caution Into The Sky

Red highway warning triangle gets an update with holographic technology - Batman himself would be both jealous and cautious. 

"Mad Men" Of YouTube Haven't Won Any Awards Yet?

Historically, AMC's "Mad Men" is the first TV show to win Emmys for "Best Drama" three years in a row. In a recent episode, the show's lead character Don Draper accepted a CLIO award for his agency's Glo-Coat TV commercial. However the fictional ad agency known as SmithWinterMitchell that parodies the fictional ad agency known as SterlingCooperDraperPryce doesn't appear to be getting the same type of accolades.

Non-Invasive Type 1 Diabetes Testing On The Horizon

There is possibly some good news on the horizon for the millions of people who suffer from type 1 diabetes.  Rather than having to continually draw blood for testing blood glucose levels, patients may one day have the option of testing without pricking the skin at all.  Hard at work in the labs of MIT, researchers are developing a method of testing the blood with light. 

Bread Tags Make Tiny Cute Eco-friendly Monsters

Are bread tags recyclable? Well... they're definitely craftable. Just take a look at these adorable bread tag monsters and see what I mean.

Social Media Phones It In With A Facebook Mobile Device?

Giants of the Internet have gravitated to mobile devices over the years as a conduit to sell apps and advertising. Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platforms have proved successful and compete aggressively for marketshare. So it's somewhat inevitable to believe that a social network with a built-in market of 500+ million users would consider jumping into to the fray to slice off its own piece of the action.

Hellophone Saves Your Cell From The Jaws Of Your Toddler

The Hellophone, dubbed “Baby’s First Smartphone”, is made to look cool, but also withstand the beatings that little kids will undoubtedly put it through.  The colors are bright and the patterns are funky.  How can they possible resist that over your regular old phone? 

15 SIAL Trend & Innovation Awards To New Foods & Drinks Announced

Every two years, The Trends & Innovations Observatory of SIAL, an international group of judges, awards the brand new products that are innovative and have the potential to become successful because of their uniqueness and quality.  These 15 mouth-watering foods and drinks from 6 countries have been announced. Nine of the 15 awards went to French companies.

 

 


Social Media Cartoons Adds Dilbert, A Graphic Novel & Randy Glasbergen To Its Fold

Back in February I posted my Top Ten Social Media Cartoonists list for the year. While cartoonists are less likely to take on the topic of social media, there are a few established cartoonists as well as some new writers and illustrators who  find humor in a lot of social networking issues that consume so much of our waking hours. To my TOP TEN, I add the following.

Comedy Central's Dueling Viral Videos Pits Sanity Against Fear In Lead-up To Elections

Two of Comedy Central's most hilarious founding fathers, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will face off in competing rallies held on the National Mall, the same day. On October 30, 2010, three days before the mid-term elections, each comedian will vie for votes for opposing causes. Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" will go toe to toe with Colbert's "March To Keep Fear Alive."

Want To Save Paper? The P&P Office Waste Processor Will Pencil You In

New waste paper processor can turn useless old paper sheets into something we all need – pencils.

Social Media Introduces iTrailer For 'The Social Network' Movie

Without clearing it with Apple, the producers of The Social Network and Scott Pilgrim vs The World have introduced  "iTrailer" - as an innovative means for users to interact with a movie's trailer while the video is playing online.

Eel Burger Slides Onto Ritzy Japanese Hotel's Lunch Menu

Where's the beef? You won't find any on this burger because the patty is a delectable filet of wine-marinated eel. Mmm, now that's a moray!

Philips Creates The Airfryer For Greaseless Frying

It is one of nature’s cruel little jokes on us – the foods that are the most tempting are almost always the worst ones for our health.  Luckily for all of the fried food lovers (and closet fried food lovers) out there, Phillips has created the Airfryer.  This device uses hot air to create crispy fried foods.   

Type D Personalities Should Be Very Concerned About Their Health

You may not have paid much attention to your 'personality type,' those rubrics of A, B, and C, developed by psychologists in the 1950's.  A comprehensive study of Type D personality (a Type added to the group in the 1990's), its relationship to heart disease, and the findings will no doubt be disappointing to those in that group. This will make them really grumpy.

 


They Turned an Old Church Into a New Home

Take a look at this amazing renovated home in Kyloe, Northumberland. It is a church! Well... it was a church. Now it is a home to an eco-friendly couple.

Off The Beaten Lighting Path: The Needle Lamp

Most modern desk lamps, even those employing the newest lighting technologies, look pretty much alike - the way we expect them to look these days.  But the Needle Lamp - bright, shiny, iconic and minimalist - adds some pizazz to the formulaic desk lighting design, and it becomes a lamp that can easily be the center of attention (even if it's in a corner of your desk).

 

Copper Wiring Lets Owners Listen In On What Their Home Is Up To

Energy efficient homes with sensors in every nook and cranny just got a step closer with the development of a home sensor network using existing copper wiring as an antenna.

The Next Wavelength: Satellite Broadband Becomes Personal

... Satellite broadband has been slow to grow in the U.S., which is why, last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service awarded $100 million to four companies to provide access to satellite broadband to rural areas....

Twitter Tattoo Stockings Kick-Start Social Media Fashion

Is social media really on the march? These geek chic Twitter Tattoo stockings will ensure that where you lead, others will follow.

Lacie Stackable Hard Drive Aims To Make Space For Form And Function

It’s called the Lacie S2.0, and it’s a stackable external hard drive that both looks great and is user-friendly. Technology FTW. 

Twitter Redesign May Be Taking Lessons From Chinese Search Engine Baidu

The blogosphere is a buzz with Ev Williams' announcement that a Twitter redesign will arrive at desktops and mobile devices in the next couple of weeks. Earlier this month, Baidu (China's Google) launched an innovative service called the Box Computing Open Platform that may have been the model for Twitter's yet-to-unfold navigational architecture.

Swimsense: The Pedometer For Swimming

For years pedometers, altimeters and GPS computers have helped runners, cyclists, climbers and other land athletes keep track of their adventures. Swimmers have had far fewer options. But the Finis Swimsense helps level the playing field. 

The Digital Peephole Viewer: I Can SEE You Now!

How would you like a peephole that really lets you see who's at your door?  This is one that assures that you will clearly see outside and the person outside will not see you or your shadow to make him aware that someone's peeping at him!  It's the Brinno Electronic PeepHole Viewer, and you don't even have to reach the PeepHole to see who's outside!

 


Maybe Your Cat Will 'Stick' With This One: FroliCat Magnetic Cat Toy

If you've lived with a cat for more than a day, you know the length of his attention span.  Cats tire very quickly of anything humans think might interest them.  But here's a cat toy that offers somewhat more likelihood of your cat not becoming bored too soon after you've purchased it.

Romantic Evenings Can Start With A "Dry" Martini Lamp

You don't drink this martini; it really is dry.  Dry is a lighting design by Edoardo Bassini for Light House Design, another fresh, original design launching at 100% Design next week.

Artificial Skin Gets A Shot In The Arm - And Can Feel It!

Stanford University scientists have developed a way for artificial skin to not only respond, but be just as sensitive as the real deal.

 

Chattanooga's Internet Speed, Choo Choos Its Way To Fastest In World!

When trains were the fastest mode of transportation in the country, it made sense that a railroad-line popularized in a 1940s big band song by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra would become world famous. But globally, since that time, you haven't heard much about that quaint little town in Tennessee. That was - until the city's utility company, EPB announced Chattanooga will be competing with Hong Kong in offering the fastest Internet service on the planet.

Meystyle Design: This Wallpaper Is No Wallflower

Have you ever been blown away by a wallpaper design?  Well, get ready!

 


CoolSculpting Freezes Away Your Excess Fat

While plastic surgery has certainly become quite popular over the years, I think that the majority of people are too afraid to actually go under the knife and risk the potential side effects of many procedures.  Well there is now a new, non-surgical option for those who want to get rid of a little flab here and there.  The CoolSculpting procedure by Zeltiq uses a freezing method to eliminate fat cells from the body.

Scarcity Of Helium Is Nothing To Take Lightly

Nobel Prize-winner, Robert Richardson, physicist at Cornell University suggests that party balloons should cost $100 each to reflect today's price of helium....


New Measuring Device Gives You The Finger. Twice!

It's called the Smart Finger, and it makes those little measurements we all take with two fingers actually worth something.

FingerTongs Really Allow You To Be Hands-On In The Kitchen

Have you ever been sautéing something or cooking food on the grill and no matter how much you try to manipulate it around with a spatula it just rolls in a different direction?  It can be an annoying little cooking dilemma, but one that may be solved by having a pair of FingerTongs. 

Social Media's Privacy vs Intimacy, Facebook vs Chatroulette

While the redefinition of privacy continues to engage debate amongst netizens, this current era of pushing boundaries online is on the surface somewhat of a paradox. While many feel that relinquishing data about ourselves subsequently deprives us of control (i.e. Facebook's Open Graph), there are others that are willing to relinquish control in exchange for a random form of intimacy (i.e. Chatroulette's video chat).

Reusable Style Snaps Allow For Quick, No Stitch Hem Changes

Style Snaps are a product that claims to offer a simple, no sewing, no gluing solution to your hemming woes.  These reusable adhesive snaps can be used to change hem length over and over. 

Garia Golf Cart Goes From the Links to the Road

Fatigued by the trip from your Bimmer to the golf cart at your country club of choice? Make it one seamless journey with the Garia LSV.

X-Scooter Takes Scootering to the NeXt Level

The X-Scooter brings a new angle to the traditional scooter. And it looks like a seriously fun ride.

Social Media Game Beats Out Facebook & Google As Top Online Destination?

This week two conflicting studies were released detailing how much time Web surfers were spending socializing versus surfing. While comScore was quick to point out that Facebook had overtaken Google for the first time in August, another report indicated Zynga's Farmville actually racked up more total hours than the other two combined - and by a sizable margin!

The Boy’s Toilet Trainer Helps Your Little Guy Learn To Pee Standing Up

Potty training boys can be a challenge because you have the added task of teaching your toddler how to use the toilet standing up.  For anyone who is about to or currently going through this parenting rite of passage The Boy’s Toilet Trainer is designed to make the ‘standing and peeing’ portion a bit more convenient. 

Shoulder Pad Lingerie: For Those Who Can't Forget the 80's

Remember Madonna's famous cone bra? Well, designer Jean Paul Gaultier has come up with a new design that will also take you right back to the 80's although it's questionable whether or not this lingerie will actually be appealing to those who see you in it!

Cannabis Catering: "High" Quality Meal Options

There are many businesses trying to capitalize on the up-and-coming industry or legal marijuana. With more prescriptions being issued more businesses keep on popping up and there is one interesting concept we've never seen before!

Male Dancing: Scientific Study Of Dance Moves Women Find Sexy

Personally, it never occurred to me that one could really objectify what turns a woman on, but psychologists at Northumbria University's School of Life Sciences have apparently done just that in a study involving heterosexual women rating the dance moves of male avatars.

 

Social Media TVs' Remote Control May Be In The Hands Of Auntie Beeb

This year, rumors of Web TV have flooded the blogosphere. Google, Apple and TiVo have jockeyed for position in the increasingly crowded space - while lesser known rivals like Boxee and Roku are also making overtures to offer set-top boxes that will merge TV programming with the Internet. However the one contender that's lesser known on this side of the pond is the venerable old Auntie Beeb!

Solar Breeze Pool Robot: More Time Skinny Dipping, Less Time Cleaning

A robot that cleans your pool while you splash around, gawk at the ladies and drink a cold one. What could be better?

Social Media Converts Online Currency Into 'Stand Up To Cancer' Donation Fund

Turning 'social goods' into 'social good' is a new paradigm and one that Facebook would like to add to its resume. When Facebook launched its online currency called Facebook Credits, it was received with mixed reviews, namely because it appeared that the social network was not only broadening its power base but was also tapping into a new revenue source based on an online obsession - namely, social gaming.

Snakes And Lattes: The Board Game Cafe!

Today's cafes and coffee shops are typically filled with people stuck on technology who are just trying to take advantage of the free WIFI. There's no sitting back and enjoying the atmosphere, it's all type, type, tweet, tweet, ring, ring (that last one was a blackberry or iPhone notification, in case you didn't know). So, for those that want to get a more old-fashioned coffee shop experience that's focused on bringing together a neighborhood in a social way, there's a great new Toronto business.

Greenasium: Green Fitness Studio Turns Human Power To Electricity

A new 2,600 square foot gym is harnessing human power to power their gym as well as the grid. This smart eco-friendly people-healthy business, called Greenasium, wants to make positive difference on people as well as the environment. Can they do it?

Vitamin B To The Rescue For Serious Senior Moments

Thankfully, medical researchers are not only studying synthetic drugs, but the efficacy of vitamins in disease intervention and protection.  Yesterday's medical news was that vitamin D may be more effective than a flu shot in preventing both seasonal and swine flus.  But this week, another study was published about particular health effects of vitamin B.

 

Desserts Go Ultra Violet With Black Carrot Juice Concentrate

Why creep out family, friends and guests by serving purple pastries made from concentrated black carrot juice? Because it's good for them, that's why!

Lego My Camera! New Pentax Optio NB1000: New Cam On The Block

Block that shot! The Optio NB1000 is a 14 megapixel digital camera from Pentax that encourages users to create Lego-style graphic art that goes beyond anything photographic.

As Sand Through The Hourglass, So Are The Seconds Of Our Lights

Designers Jia Wen Chen and Wei-Ting Chen have created the Flat Light, a lightswitch/timer combo that helps you to save energy and gives you a visual cue as to when the lights will go dark.

Social Media Gives Gray Lady A Make-Over With News.me

Coming from a long tradition of providing quality news-reporting over the course of the last century, the venerable New York Times is not one to fade easily into legacy newspaper oblivion. This week, it was announced that the Gray Lady will be re-inventing itself with a new personalized news service, called News.me.

Bottle Armor Protects Your Precious Liquid Cargo

One of the most popular items to bring home from a vacation is a bottle of alcohol.  Unfortunately, getting these delicate mementos home without damage can be very tricky, especially when others are handling your luggage along the way.  Bottle Armor to the rescue! 

The Curvy 'Koi Chair' From Many Angles

.... The scale pattern of the Koi fish is so structurally perfect, it is not surprising that architects, designers, and painters have repeated it in so many of their works....

Swine Flu, Seasonal Flu, And Vitamin D Studies

Flu bugs, whether from Asia or swine, will doubtless hit millions of people in the U.S. this year, but recent research about last year's pandemic and seasonal flu, gives us more hope about what's likely to happen this year, and how you can possibly prevent them altogether or, at least, reduce your suffering!

Laser Backpack? The Air Force Busts It Out

Funded by the US Air Force, a new portable backpack laser system has been developed for mapping interior environments and also for being AWESOME.


Google Kicks Long-Tail Keywords To The Curb With Instant Search?

For anyone who has spent time optimizing Web sites for Google search, you know that short keywords were always the most valuable. However in paid search, they were also the most expensive - as brands compete aggressively for the same keywords that best describe their business. That offered great opportunity for small to medium size businesses to compete with major brands by optimizing 'long-tail' keywords or phrases to attract customers.

Daddy Scrubs Keep Dad Cool And Comfortable On The Big Day

Babies often choose to make their appearance so unexpectedly that dads have no time to prepare themselves.  Moms-to-be usually have a hospital bag packed for weeks ahead of time, but poor dad is left to wait around in whatever he happened to pull on in his mad dash out the door.  Daddy Scrubs are medical style scrubs that come with “I’m the Daddy” messages emblazoned on the backs of the shirts.

Portable Massage Vest Plugs Right In, Rubs Aches Out

The new M-8000 multi-position massage vest from Japan's Thrive is as supple and flexible as you'd like to be.

Old Water Tower Makes Amazingly Tall House and Meeting Place

To me there is something so exciting about taking any old structure, like a water tower, and repurposing it into a new unique home. An old, but useable structure turned into new homes just makes more environmental sense. To prove my point, take a look inside this repurposed water tower in a Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel.

Next Time You're Stressed Out, Lie On A Bed Of Nails

Have you ever had one of those really rough days when all you can think about is flopping down in bed and letting the stress of the day melt away, only to find that once you are there you still cannot relax and recharge?  Sometimes you are lucky enough to have someone around who gives amazing massages, but for those times when you are on your own or just want to try something new, you could look into the Bed of Nails Relaxation Mat. 

Robot Servants? Now Only An App Away

California designers Willow Garage have created a robot for the masses - or at least the first generation of it. Enter the PR2, and start your Frankenstein Complex engines.


Social Media Introduces Social Objects, Bar-Coding & Object-Streams

When Web 2.0 first appeared on the scene and the 'wisdom of crowds' surfaced, a new world of 'user-generated content,' and the voice of the people took control of brand messaging. 'Push' was replaced by 'Pull' marketing and recommendations that were vetted by trusted followers attracted our attention. As a variation on that theme, now its time for our 'things' to have a similar say in the matter.

Beauty Enhancing Chocolates Offer Vitamins, Collagen And Great Taste

Chocolate that tastes great AND is great for you? Japan's Tirol is offering beauty-enhancing, bite sized chocolates that pack vitamin C and collagen along with delicious lemon and peach chocolate flavors.

Smokey The Silencer Covers Your Culinary Disasters

You turn your back for what seems like only a few seconds and the inevitable happens – you burn the toast...badly.  The smoke alarm starts blaring and all you can do is grab for a towel and fan it frantically until the smoke finally clears.  If Smokey the Silencer ever makes it to the shelves it could practically eliminate this morning mayhem. 

Science One Step Closer To Reading Your Thoughts - Better Clean It Up In There

From the land of Salted Lakes and the great state of Utah comes a new way to translate thoughts into words - roughly 40 percent of the time.

Bookmarks Go Natural With Grassy Green Markers

Use Green Markers instead of Post-It Notes to mark favorite passages and add a dash of environmental style to your reading.

Baidu Advances From Student To Search Engine Sensei (Interview With Kaiser Kuo)

Baidu's, China's leading search engine has been overshadowed by Google globally for a good part of the first decade of the 21st Century. Now in its tenth year - even though it garners 70 percent market share in its native land, its been considered by most - as a follower, not an innovator. That was until this month. With the launch of Baidu's 'Box Computing Open Platform,' -  Baidu, the xue sheng becomes the sensei.

Exmobaby Biosensor Pajamas Take Baby Monitoring A Step Further

Practically everyone who has a baby uses a baby monitor these days.  Exmovere is now going one step further with this popular parenting gadget.  Come next year they hope to launch Exmobaby biosensor pajamas for your infant. 

Warped Wastebasket Makes Trash More Compactable

New Push-Up concept garbage can aims to make filling it with trash twice as useful and three times as fun. On average.

Social Media Going Out On A Line In Another Facebook Movie Treatment

In advance of 'The Social Network' making its way to the big screen and its version of depicting the now almost-urban-legend intrigue of Facebook's origins, another smaller feature under the unassuming title 'Catfish' documents a true-life story about how the underbelly of this ecosystem can actually distort reality - and how easy it is to drop down into the social media rabbit hole of fabricated identities.

Retro Digital Camera Captures Classic 110-Film Styling

This 'Digital Hedgehog' camera may look like a classic 110 film dinosaur but its performance is anything but ancient.

Is Social Media Less About What You Say Versus When You Say It?

Iconclast and award-interrupter Kanye West tested the Twitterstream this week to see if the timing of his tweets could lend weight to what he had to say. Just one week prior to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, West unleashed a series of mea culpas to Taylor Swift, the top-40 pop singer he dissed at last year's award ceremony.

Social Media Gift Cards Converts Facebook Credits Into Real Currency

On the heels of PayNearMe giving out bonus "Facebook Credits" at 7-11 convenience stores last month, starting September 5, the social networking giant is going retail again by selling Facebook Gift cards at Target stores nationwide.  In denominations of $15, $25 and $50, Target's 1750 outlets will be the first to sell the cards via retail channels.

Cute Elephant Tape Dispensers Help With Desktop Tusks, er, Tasks

These cute elephant tape dispenser designs from Japan are too good-looking to leave in your trunk, and their compact size is anything but jumbo.

Conserve Water Or The Fish Gets It

From designer Yan Lu comes the “Poor Little Fish Basin” – a concept sink to help convince consumers to control their water use.

Social Media Service For Hospitality Industry Shows Early Results

Flip.to, the social media service that turns hotel guests into brand advocates is announcing significant preliminary results for two beta clients. The service, based on 'magnetic marketing' versus traditional push or pull advertising, engages customers at the time of booking.

Big Poops May Equal Big Payment

At Iowa State University, chemistry professor Walter Trahanovsky has found an unexpected way to make biomass big business.

Exterior Auto Airbags Could Make Car Crashes More Comfy

Automotive airbags protect drivers and passengers inside vehicles from injury; now a Japanese research project seeks to do the same for pedestrians by mounting airbags on vehicles' exterior body panels.

Social Media That Believes All Stalkers Ain't All Bad

While privacy issues have been a major concern for many of Facebook's 500+ million users, you might think their new "Subscribe To" feature would put them over the top. Actually in this instance, I think the new service -even though some are euphemistically calling it the "I Spy" button - just might give 'stalking' a good name.

The Frosting Deco Pen Takes Your Baking To The Next Level

I love to bake and can create some pretty amazing tasting confections, but unfortunately when it comes to decorating these pieces of pastry perfection, I often fall short.  The Frosting Deco Pen by Kuhn Rikon may be just the tool to take my decorating from frustrating to fabulous.  

Auditory Inputs Give Sight Of Textual Satisfaction With BabelFisk

From designer Mads Hindhede - he's Mads, Mads we tell you - comes the BabelFisk speech to text translator. Cool, huh? Oh - it's a pair of glasses. Say whaaaat?

Social Media Sings A New Tune With Musical Social Networks

MySpace, as one of the major social networks five years ago - not only built a critical mass - it attracted tens of thousands of users who were interested in music, whether they were promoting a garage band or selling online albums. When their popularity waned under the shadow of Facebook, several niche music-related social networks seized the opportunity to fill the void.

Social Media Search Forecasts Clouds, With No Chance of Google

With Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Dropbox and other online social networking sites and services now part of our daily routine, we have all become social media publishers to some degree. Our bon mots have been tweeted, emailed and updated with photos on profiles across a wide spectrum of "cloud" lock-boxes. However, the difficulty in accessing those entries after the fact is like searching for a needle in a haystack.