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November, 2010

Process Fitness Furniture Stores Your Clothes, Tones Your Body

An armoire that tones your arms: this could be one of the most useful additions to your bedroom ever.

9 Super Cool Clocks That Make Great Design Gifts

No one can afford to "watch the clock" all day, but we do look look at our wall clocks often...  These wall clocks will update a room's decor with a fresh modern look and give it new personality - one that matches your very cool giftee.

EcoSmart Fireplace: A Green Way to Heat Your Home

Using bio-ethanol to heat your home, the EcoSmart Fireplace is an even greener alternative to an already ecocentric concept.  Eliminating the need for a chimney or flue, the EcoSmart Fireplace comes in a variety of options.

Competitors Partner For Snowshoeing Go-To Guide

Two snowshoe rivals have teamed up for the greater good of the sport, creating a comprehensive website and community dedicated to the oft-overlooked winter sport.

Music-Infused Earmuffs Make a Great Gift or Stocking Stuffer

Keep your ears warm and full of tunes this holiday season.

Gold Nanoparticles Like Cinnamon - Jury Still Out On Pepper

Scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered a way to create gold nanoparticles using only a tasty and powerful kitchen spice - cinnamon.

Scrabble Flash Rearranges The Concept For A Fresh New Game

From the makers of the classic Scrabble game comes Scrabble Flash, a new electronic twist on a old favorite.

ToobBox - Create, Organize & Rate Video Playlists

ToobBox is a great resource for making music video playlists, sharing music, promoting your band's videos, and organizing videos by category. 

Headbanger Chat Headset for Call of Duty: Black Ops

The new video game Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9. 2010 and has gained massive popularity. In fact, it's so popular that it has its own customized accessories.

Moose Knuckles Ski Doo Mitts: Like Uggs For Your Hands

The latest in loud, ugly (but warm) winter wear from our neighbors north.

The Snowman Paint Set Brings Back Winter Fun

If you are having trouble bringing back the joy of the white stuff then the Snowman Paint Set might help ease you back over to the other side, at least for a time.  The set will help you create the ultimate vibrant and cheery snowman – the perfect symbol of frosty fun!

EcoStrip Promises to Save Electricity Wasted by "Vampire Electronics"

The USB EcoStrip 2.0 promises to conserve energy in your home by eliminating standby power electricity that some devices suck up even when they're turned off.  Without the drawbacks similar products are prone to, this device could potentially save our country billions of dollars as well as from harmful CO2 emissions.

If Google Can't Be Social, How Can It Thrive In Social Media?

Google has had more than a hard time developing a social network that could compete in the same stratosphere as Facebook. With reports of a world Internet user base of about 1 billion and over 20,000 employees, it's hard to understand why the search giant can't figure it out? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact, its staff hasn't learned to play nice?

Save Your Holiday Cookies With The Oven Mitt Apron

One of the biggest kitchen annoyances at this time of the year is keeping up with the timing of each item in the oven.  It is easy to lose track and to leave something in a little too long.  Why is this always the time when you can’t remember where you put down the oven mitts?  If you were wearing an Oven Mitt Apron though, there would be no problem.

4Skins Briefs: Neutralize Bad Gas With A Funny Holiday Stocking Stuffer

If you're looking for a hilarious stocking stuffer for your guy this holiday season that will actually be a gift for you, then I've found you a novelty clothing item that you're sure to appreciate. This item will solve a major problem for you and he may appreciate it too, or at least your appreciation!

The Solar Oven Restaurant Built From an Experiment and Need

Eating out is convenient and relaxing. Unfortunately, it is also expensive and often wasteful. However, a family restaurant in Villaseca town of Valle del Elqui, Chile may inspire the way restaurant cook their food in the future, via solar ovens.

Underwater Treadmill For Your Running Needs

If you don't get into shape before bikini season, you can get into shape during bikini season.

Let The Wireless MP3 Sound Pillow Lull You Off To Sleep

If you are among those who are lulled to sleep by background music or peaceful sounds then the MP3/iPod Wireless Sound Pillow could be your new best friend.  Instead of having music playing somewhere in your bedroom, you can have the sound coming softly through your pillow via a wireless connection with your iPod, iPhone or other sound source.

New Cause, Possible Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis

... what the researchers discovered as a possible cause of MS is a chemical found in air pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and auto exhaust.  It is called acrolein, a powerful substance used in many industries, such as the manufacturing of plastics.  Acrolein is so harmful, it was used in World War I as a chemical weapon.

 


Fivepoint Gloves Give Your Touch-Screen Device The Finger

From wet, cold, and glove-friendly Britain come the Fivepoint gloves, a stylish way to stay warm and still touch your favorite mobile device.

Design Of The A-FOLD Enhances The Benefits Of An iPad

Just think of how many iPads would have been sold by now if Apple had come out with something like the Grip and the A-Fold itself.  Fortunately for iPad owners and for remaining sales of the iPad, some members of the design community are making the iPad more user-friendly: the Grip, which makes the iPad comfortably portable, and now the A-FOLD, a solid, multi-angled stand for the iPad.

 

 


TrendHunter's Top 10 Eco Trends of November

TrendHunter.com has released their "Top 50 Eco Trends of November 2010."  I'm proud to present to you a more in-depth look at the innovations and inventions that made the list's top 10.  From trash villages to underwater, life-like structures, there's sure to be something on this list for the nature lover in us all.

Celebrities Experiencing Digital Deaths In Social Media Fundraiser For AIDS

Social Media has long been known for its involvement in charitable initiatives. Among them is Causes, a Facebook application which is very popular among non-profits. Noted proponents like Corey Szopinski, Jane McGonigal and former Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes all come to mind regarding the work that is being done, associated with what is referred to as the Good Web.

Top 10 Bizarre Alarm Clocks From Japan That Could Wake Godzilla

You snooze, you lose! Wake up like you've never awoken before with these 10 bizarre alarm clocks from Japan, the land where nobody sleeps - for obvious reasons.

Ninjabread Men Infiltrate The Holiday Season

While catchy, few people have “Kung Fu Fighting” on their list of favorite holiday tunes.  If you or someone you love lives and breathes covert missions or martial arts though, then Ninjabread Men cookie cutters by Fred and Friends are just the holiday kitchen gadget you need.

Social Media's Interaction With Content More Trustworthy Than Google Search

Anyone who has worked in search engine optimization (SEO) knows that 'link building' was one of the key methods of improving rankings for Web sites and publisher's content. As Google's algorithm awarded sites for this practice, sites found more ways to game the system. Today, no matter what side of the privacy issue you favor, Facebook's LIKE buttons are usurping Google's prominence in this space and are gaining more trust than search results.

Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer Gets The Job Done In Half The Time

Imagine being able to cook a perfectly tender 14 pound turkey in less than an hour. Most people will tell you it's impossible, but Masterbuilt's revolutionary turkey fryer will make next year's Thanksgiving dinner a whole lot less stressful.

TAM and Airbus Conduct Successful Biofuel Flight

TAM Airlines and Airbus have joined forces for their maiden voyage of Latin America's first biofuel flight.  Using 50% jatropha-based biofuel, the companies hope this is a step toward more eco-conscious air travel.

Flattr, Social Media's Online Tip Jar Might Save Its Pirate

The 32-year old Swedish entrepreneur Peter Sunde, while suffering the slings and arrows of a business model condemned by the courts has created yet another social media site that actually pays starving bloggers for their content. Found guilty of online music piracy and copyright infringement and about to face a jail sentence and millions in damages, The Pirate Bay co-founder is also the master-mind behind Flattr, an altruistic site that monetizes content via the kindness of readers.

Stoplight Alarm Clock Lets Your Toddler Know When To Get Up

I have heard tales of toddlers who are great sleepers.  Unfortunately, this has not been my experience thus far.  If you can relate to my pain then the Stoplight Alarm Clock may be something to look into.   

Kompakt Carrier Delivers Big Potential

Designer Jane Loniak has created the Kompakt carrier – a “no passenger” carrying vehicle that can help tote just about anything a user has in mind.

 

Wocka Wocka, Pac Man Comes Back With A Vintage Vengence

Everyone loves Pac Man - or more accurately, loves chasing those damn ghosts around while chomping up their fill of pellets. Now, you can enjoy classic Pac Man in your living room - with a full-sized stand up PacMan machine. Yessssss.

Twitter, Facebook, Google & Apple TV: Social Media Transitioning To Small Screen

With social Media so pervasive today, it's captured the imagination of Hollywood moguls in treatments for the big screen. With movies exploring the origins of Facebook, and a Google movie under development by Groundswell Productions, is it any wonder that the Internet giants would also be thinking about adapting to the small screen and integrating with desk top computers and mobile devices as well?

IKEA Japan's Swedish Flag Roll Cake Gives You The Blues

IKEA Japan is proudly waving the flag of Sweden at their Japanese store restaurants with the Swedish Flag Roll Cake. Get yours quick, before it goes all moldy... not that you'd be able to tell.

4 Great Backup Flats For Party Nights: The Solution To Uncomfortable Shoes

Tis the season of holiday parties and little black dresses, and you know that this also means it's a time for sacrificing comfort for fashion with some of the sexiest shoes. But while you suffer for style, it doesn't mean that you need to walk home in your bare feet at the end of the night like you're doing the walk of shame. There are portable flats designed for convenience that are perfect for the season (and as stocking stuffers to prepare for New Year's Eve outings)!

First Amendment Underwear: Protest TSA Regulations With Novelty Clothing

There is a lot of uproar about the new travel regulations and airport screening that's happening in the US and in Canada, where body scanners are being implemented to screen travelers. As we enter into the holiday season, we're doing plenty of travel, and it's the perfect opportunity to protest the new TSA regulations with fashion.

Cricut Cake Makes You Look Like A Decorator Extraordinaire

If you know someone who loves cake decorating, or happen to be someone like this, you should check out the Cricut Cake.  This fancy shape cutter looks like a printer that you would use with your home computer.  Instead of printing designs though, it cuts them out.

No Junk In The Trunk - New Robotic Arm Never Forgets Its Elephant Lineage

 Brainchild of Germany company Festo and the Fraunhofer institute in Stuttgart is the Bionic Handling Assistant (BHA), which takes its cue from the supple movement of the trunk of an elephant.

"Face" May Be Off Limits To Social Media Wannabes & "Facebucks"?

Facebook is no stranger to litigation. Anyone who has read the books and seen the hit movie "The Social Network" knows what Mark Zuckerberg and his ubiquitous social network have been up against over the course of the last 6 years. But what does this mean to intellectual property and Web sites that are currently using the coveted word "face" in their titles today?

9 More Strange and Bizarre Gifts For The Weirdos In Your Life

For those people that are impossible to shop for and for those that don't deserve any better, sometimes the best gifts are those that are just plan strange or rude. And with that in mind, it's time to kick off InventorSpot's yearly roundup of the weirdest, dumbest and silliest Christmas gifts to stuff under your tree this year.

2010 Video Game Roundup - Top 5 Must-haves For Christmas

The 2010 Christmas season is fast approaching, bringing with it some of the most sought-after video game titles of the year. Here are five can't miss choices for gamers.

Social Media Handles Baggage Handlers With Touchy-Feely iPods, Foursquare & Loopt

Location-based social networks have seized (pun intended) a contentious issue affecting travelers at airports this holiday season. Starting with the infamous "day before Thanksgiving" travel onslaught, both Loopt and Foursquare have found ways to relate to the we-rub-you-the-wrong-way security guards and their new frisk-first-ask-questions-later policies.

Luxe Home Swap - Directory Of Luxury Accomodations Around The World

Home swapping is becoming increasingly popular and there are businesses all around the world that focus upon connecting people with homes in the locations they intend to visit. Now, one business is catering just to those that have the highest of high standards.

Chic Moccasin Heels: Givenchy Oxford Pumps Take On Native Inspiration

Moccasins have been trendy moving into the winter season, but they're also an undeniably casual style that not everyone's into. A chic new style kicks the fashion trend up a notch for those that want to get in on the Native inspired footwear without resorting to flats.

Make Your Own Fun Gifts With A Bath Bomb Maker

If you are a bit of a bath bomb junkie you may want to invest in your own Bath Bomb Maker from Japan Trend Shop instead.  This fun gadget allows you to craft your own spherical bombs in a few easy steps. 

Plop Plop Fizz Fizz... OMG, It's Bacon Acid Reliever!

There's one thing we can count on this weekend, whether or not we manage to get felt up by a stranger in an airport... We're all going to eat too much.

Alarm Clock Strips You Of The Ability To Wake Up – Leaves Ability To Get It Up Intact

Sure, you could have a “regular” alarm clock, one that would buzz and whine to get you out of bed, or you could have one that sashays its way into your conscious. Let's have a big round of applause for the Pole Dancer alarm clock!

MXB Motorcrossboard: Motocross Meets Skateboarding For Better Or Worse

A motorized, two-wheeled skateboard designed to tear up trails, fire roads and grass.

No Quarter Given To Diseases By New Biosensor

Boston University researchers have created a quarter-sized biosensor which can easily detect a wide variety of viruses in a matter of seconds.

 

Social Media Homeboy Wants Homepage Advantage

The blogosphere is cyberventilating once again with the recent news that Facebook is making a rather aggressive push to integrate with browsers to become your homepage. For years, Google has held that coveted honor by many of us - but in the ensuing war for the next decades' dominance of the Internet, Facebook appears to be storming the search giant's Bastille, sort of speak.

A New Way To Get Dressed: Spray On Shirt

Getting dressed in the morning isn't easy when you just don't feel like anything in your closet fits you right. A closet full of clothes and nothing to wear just may have frustrated someone enough to create a new way to get dressed!

Rainwear Goes Geek With Rain Level Boots

It's the season of rain in many parts of the world, and to help prepare an awesome geek you know for the wet weather, there are some great rain boots that would be most appreciated holiday gifts!

Graphic, Grotesque, & Gory: FDA Tries To Scare The S - - T Out Of Smokers

Want to stop smoking or prevent your kids from starting? Take a look at what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has planned for the new cigarette packaging.

Scratched Records Make Good Green Inexpensive Roof

Gone are the days when vinyl records were the method in which everyone listened to recorded music, but the records themselves still exist, lots and lots of them. Collectors collect those records that are not too scratched to listen to, but where do the rest of the records end up? Matt Glassmeyer has a few hundred nailed to his deck protecting him and his wooden back doors from the rain.

Are Your Dogs Laughing Their Tails Off?

One thing that hasn't come along in a long time is a novel leash, but this fuzzy little collar-hooker is not just a new leash, but a leash that's Laughing My Tail Off!

V.I.O. Action Cam Goes 1080p

Another camera that combines rugged, outdoor-specific build with full 1080p recording.

Social Media Entrepreneurs & Garfield Fans Star In Graphic Novel & Comic Strip

This month a graphic novel and a cartoon strip offered walk-on parts to social networkers and cartoon fans. In an era that blends the real and online worlds, it's a natural fit to have someone's caricature or actual photo introduced into a comic or illustrated narrative. In the case of "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," and "Garfield," it allows these intellectual properties to interface with the public in a very personal way.

Chairs Without Legs By Yuri Kim

Yuri Kim, the Korean half of the design team Twenty5ive, wanted to design a chair without legs, so he created a chair that actually hangs from the wall...

Steve Jobs Action Figure Is The Apple Of Your Eye

Steve Jobs, Apple's head honcho and one of tech's most revered and admired figures, is now available as an action figure complete with DIY speech bubble cards.

The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 4 – Dalek Keychains, Now With 100% Less Extermination

Ah, Daleks. If you know Dr. Who, you know what we’re talking about. Even if you don’t, the Dalek LED keychain is still something worth putting your keys on.

A Very Potter Christmas – The Hogwarts LEGO Game

From building block masters LEGO comes a Harry Potter board game that must be built to be believed. 

All The News That's Fit To Touch - Murdoch & Jobs Join Forces

In the last year, a good number of legacy newspapers have adapted to digital distribution channels, namely the iPad. Most recently the Washington Post joined the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times and the New York Times. But like an old habit that's hard to quit, they all maintained a printed version of the paper.

Let It Snow...Or Not: With The Year Round Sled It Doesn't Matter

Maybe you have been promising your kids a day of sledding fun as soon as it snows, but the white stuff just hasn’t cooperated yet.  Maybe you live somewhere that just doesn’t get any snow, but your kids have always wished that they could go sledding.  The Year Round Sled is perfect for such circumstances.

Poop Bags: Which Ones Are Really Biodegradable?

I spent this evening researching biodegradable poop bags.  Maybe it wasn't as much fun as what you did, but I did learn something and I'm going to put it to use by purchasing some genuine biodegradable poop bags for my cat and dog tomorrow.  One important thing I learned is that most waste bags that advertise themselves as being biodegradable are not!

 


Portable Sports Announcing PA System Could Be Most Annoying Invention This Year

Everything you need to be an amateur sportscaster, minus the camera.

Medicare Helps You Choose The Right Prescription Drug Plan

I had given up trying to figure out the Medicare Part D plans for my father this year.  Since his medications are all generic and it looked like we'd be spending more on Part D insurance than the drugs themselves, I figured we should continue without it.  But then, I read that the Medicare website had an easy to use selection program that would help you choose the right plan by inputting just a bit of information.  Dubious, I charged ahead...

 

New Social Media Seasonal Holiday Created By Groupon

As one of the first and most popular social buying sites, Groupon differentiates itself once again from its competitors by establishing its own holiday. The fact that it begins on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa might smack a bit like overt commercialism, but with deals up to 90 percent off, I think a lot of seasonal shoppers are going to be celebrating "Grouponicus" this holiday season.

MilkMate Easily Converts Round Cup Holders For Square Cartons

Conventional cup holders do not always accommodate beverage containers that have a square or rectangular bottom.  Cartons of milk and drink boxes usually do not fit well in them.  Parents are well aware of this problem, as these are the types of drinks that they often pick up for their kids.

10 Eye Catching Contact Lenses To Make You The Life Of The Party

Contact lenses have become a hot accessory on the club scene as more people are choosing to draw attention to themselves by playing a role that doesn't just apply to costumes on Halloween. There are many funky styles of novelty contact lenses that can truly complete an outfit and help club-goers catch the eye of potential mates or prey, depending upon the look they choose!

Sumo Lounge Makes One Heck Of A Bean Bag Chair: Review

It's hard to find a chair that's comfortable for the many ways you might use one in a family room.  You may not have considered a bean bag as an all purpose chair - not since you became 'an adult.'  Then again, Sumo Urban Lounge Gear doesn't make the kinds of bean bag chairs you remember from your childhood. 

Swim Fins For Your Hands: Dark Fin Gloves

Divers wear fins on their feet, so why not their hands? Not only will you swim better, but you'll be able to creep people out on demand. 

Death Wish Materialized: Motorized, Off-Road Skateboard

A 65-lb. skateboard with giant tires. An electric motor. And a trail full of rocks, trees and other foreboding nasties. Sound like a fun afternoon? Get yourself a motorized off-road skateboard this holiday and find out.

Will The Social Media Bubble Follow The Financial Crisis?

Are Internet bubbles on a 10-year cycle? Like the economic booms and busts that have occurred over the course of last 30 years, similar Internet peaks and valleys seem to follow suit according to John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. He refers to them as "waves" and it appears that we are currently transitioning from a simmer to a slow boil presently.

In Your Own Voice Storyteller Allows You To Read To Your Child From Anywhere

In the last couple of years a few story reading devices have come onto the market.  These gadgets will read the words to your child as he/she follows along in the book.  Unfortunately, nothing quite beats the comfort of having a story read by a loved one.  The In Your Own Voice Storyteller combines the reading gadget technology with the sound of your own voice.

Unique, Inspiring and Sustainable Menorahs

For anyone out there looking for a green Menorah take a look at the list of eco-friendly Menorahs below. Some of the Menorahs are elegantly green. Other Menorahs use green technology to light up the candles. While some Menorahs on the list just remind us to use what we have and work with it. They're all inspiring.

Ground-Level Recycling: Bike Seats

A new take on recycling. A new take on the bike seat.

Fisher Price iXL – The iPad(ish) for iKids

From Fisher Price, maker of all things toy and learning-related for young children, comes the iXL, a touch-screen education station with 6 pre-loaded apps.

Dolphin-Inspired Sonar May Be Key To Shallow Water Problem

A new breakthrough in shallow-water sonar, based on the way dolphins catch their prey, has been shown to outperform traditional sonar methods.

USB Fishquarium Makes Office Life Feel A Little Less Like Drowning

From the crazy brains at ThinkGeek comes the USB Fishquarium - a way to make your tiny office cubicle suck just a little less.

Clip Skins Revolutionize True Backcountry Skiing

A much easier way of climbing snowy, alpine routes, Clip Skins could prove to be the greatest skiing invention since skis themselves.

Does The Social Media WUPHF.com Start-Up Have Merit?

When the fictional desk jockeys at Dunder Mifflin on the TV show The Office start moonlighting on a Web 2.0 start-up, the mayhem and laughs that follow at first glance seem to overshadow the  potential business model they are lampooning. Because if one were to look closer at the premise for temp Ryan Howard's social network idea, you might see its merit.

HumanIPO - Helping Startups Gain Exposure

HumanIPO is an Estonian company built on the idea that successful companies emerge through collaboration between networks of free agents. They aim to help the development of any kind of start up by giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to share ideas, build teams, and find mentors, foreign sales agents and investors.

Green Pedaling: visCycle Exercise Cycle Powers Your Life

A new motivation for exercising: cutting your electricity bill while cutting your waist line.

Walmart Gets on the Green Bandwagon

Walmart has announced the opening of the company's first sustainable fresh food distribution center.  The facility, located in Canada, utilizes LED lighting, solar energy, hydrogen fueled vehicles, and smart refrigeration.  Purported to be 60% more energy efficient, the site will cut energy costs immensely.

The Kee4 Keyboard - Computing's Future At Your Fingertips

If you're looking for the key to mobile computing, look no further than the Kee4 Keyboard - a one-handed, four-button creation that can do pretty much anything we do now with our giant plastic monstrosities.

The Eco-Cell: Samsung's Evergreen

AT&T customers can now enjoy Samsung's eco-conscious cell phone, "Evergreen."  Made of 70% recycled post-consumer plastics and packaged in 80% recycled post-consumer paper, Evergreen itself is 100% recyclable as well.  Meeting strict hazardous substance standards, the device is sure to be a holiday favorite for the green gadget guru in your family.

Social Media Analytics Apps Are Topped By Twitter's Own

Analytic applications for Twitter are too numerous to count - and probably one of the reasons Twitter has waited so long to launch their own. Finding the right tool that distinguishes signal from noise is not an easy task. Klout, Omniture and Twitalyzer were a few of the existing analytic apps that did not make the final cut. Trendly, on the other hand seems to have fit the bill.

Lodekka Vintage Store: Where Location Is Everything!

Location is everything when it comes to real estate, and that applies to business too! One funky store in Oregon has found their success by using a different type of venue to sell their clothing.

A Unique Espresso Set For The Host/Hostess On Your List

If you are looking for a cool holiday gift for the ultimate host/hostess on your shopping list then the Espresso Set by Fellina Sok-Cham may do the trick.  This unique serving piece started out as a student design contest entry – it was a winner. 

Orbeez Magic Maker Lets Kids Grow Their Own Fun

New for 2010 is a line of kids toys that use super-absorbent polymers to grow "Orbeez" - tiny spheres the size of a small sprinkle - to over 300 times their size.

iGlo LEDs Wirelessly Light Up Your Life

Sure, there are rope LED lights and there are iPhones, iPads and iPods. But what if you mixed them together and gave said mobile devices the ability to wirelessly control those LED lights? Well, then you'd have the iGlo LED set from MEA Mobile, and you'd be one cool guy.

Social Media Under Electronic Gag Order By The Good Wife & President Clinton

The power of a blogger's mobile input, the import of a Facebook status update and the ability of a tweet to report in real-time have been called 'off limits' by a judge and an ex-president this week. As perhaps, a sign of the times, there soon may be barriers as to where and when you can engage in user-generated content. In two separate cases this week, precedents might have been set as to just how social Internet users can be in public places.

BMR Face Offers An At Home Facelift

The war against aging continues...well, the one against looking old that is.  There seem to be a lot of at home anti-aging gadgets coming out lately.  One of the new home devices is the BMR Face. 

5 Ways To Improve Your Brand

Branding is critical to the success of any business. It's more than just a logo; your brand is an intangible asset. It's the emotion created in the mind of a person when they hear your name. If you aren't reaching your target audience, now is the time to re-evaluate your branding strateg - or lack of.

Logitech Solar Powered Keyboard Has Sunny Future In Computing

Logitech is set to introduce its first-ever solar powered keyboard to the world in November of 2010. All indications are that it not only works well, but actually looks damn good.

Will Social Media & Google Search Merge Into Semantic Web?

While this week's big news is Facebook's new messaging system and how how it will become Google's Gmail killer, I think the bigger story is how other Internet enterprises are taking Google's core business of Internet search to another level. If the next iteration of the Web is Semantic Technology, why isn't the Big G focusing on the future and what it does best. Today's skirmishes in Web 2.0 are small stuff compared to the bigger battle of Web 3.0 domination.

Lululemon Convertible Hoodie Transforms Into A Pillow!

If you've ever thought that clothing only serves one purpose; wearing it, then you clearly haven't been reading this blog enough. Another great example of a multi-purpose clothing item comes from a major retail brand that has created a functional, convertible style.

Pacific Coast: Business Brings Hotel Room Comfort Home

It's pretty much inevitable that when you stay at a luxury hotel, you'll have the best sleep of your life. While, maybe not while you're in Vegas, since that city never sleeps..but that's why there's a business that allows you to bring the comfort of a Vegas hotel room home so you don't miss out on the experience!

4 in 1 Trunki Travel ToyBox Combines Fun And Function

Unintended clutter is the reason that parents are so often seen seeking out new storage solutions.  Now from Trunki, the makers of the travel kids’ suitcase, comes a riding toy box that can be used in numerous fun and handy ways.  The 4 in 1 Trunki Travel ToyBox is a toy storage compartment first and foremost, but it is a lot more entertaining than that. 

2010's Best Solar Powered Gifts For The Gadget Crazy

Every year innovative people come up with new solar powered gadgets that solar powered gadget fan dying to try. If you have a solar powered gadget geek/fan on your gift-giving list take a look at the list of solar powered gadgets below. You will find you may want a gadget or two of these yourself.

Public Air Fill Stations For Bicycles

A new solution to a non-existent problem, the Air Station is designed as a public filling point for bicycles.

See.me Camera Aims To Give Kids The Big Picture

Designer Malin Grummas has created the See.me camera concept, a kid-friendly digital camera that doesn't just collect but projects photos for maximum enjoyment.

Social Media Takes Anti-Social Networking PATH With Napster Founder

Social Media's  'Wisdom of Crowds' originated based on the premise that consensus on any topic would surface if there was a large enough pool of voters. It was the medium's democratic core that attracted people in large numbers to networks such as Twitter and Facebook. At this juncture, is there any possibility that the pendulum could swing back to a more intimate interaction with our follow man? One of Napster's previous co-founders seems to think so.

The Tesco Plant Perf Maintains Produce Freshness Naturally

By the time you get produce home from the store it has often lost what little flavor and nutrition it originally had.  Maybe things do not always have to be this way though.  Tesco has developed a concept for a plant perfusion (or ‘plant perf’) system that will allow cut plants of any kind to get the nutrients they need on their way to the store.

3D DIY Cartoon T-Shirts

It would appear as though 3D is all the rage as of recently., and now it's infiltrating fashion trends as well! The latest innovation is a funky idea that kids are sure to fall for. Bet you these will be making an appearance in many stockings this holiday season!

Hello Kitty Official Tartan Blanket Warms Your Body, Drains Your Wallet

What does a $2,000 blanket look like? Well, you could knit together a couple hundred $10 bills or just buy this cashmere gladrag in official Hello Kitty Tartan plaid. 

Social Media Video Chat Advances With Web Site Widgets & Enhanced Security

Chatroulette, while adding to the growing interest in video chat technology has been unable to divest itself from some of human nature's baser instincts. However, it has inspired others to build out the video conferencing platform to develop business models that are now appealing to a much broader audience for business, special interests and branding purposes.

Nemesis: Wind-Powered Electric Car Reaches 170mph

"Ecotricity," the UK's leading energy company, has launched the UK's first high-performance electric sports car.  Powered by wind-energy, "Nemesis" reaches speeds of 170 mph and can do 0-100 in 8.5 seconds.  Built and developed in record time, the sports car also charges in only 2 hours for 100-150 miles of driving.

Flyrad Combines Odd Sports Gear From the Past For a Crazy Ride

A unicycle, a pair of roller blades and a motor--if that combination doesn't unleash pure pain and carnage, I'm not sure what will.

Poncho Tent Keeps You Dry While Walking Or Sleeping

Whether you want to keep moving or bunker down, the poncho tent will keep you dry.

InventorSpot's Top Ten iPad Kickstands You Can't Find At The Apple Store

OK, so, you've made the big investment. You've depleted your savings account or cashed in on one of your 401Ks to purchase your very own iPad. And while you like the idea of holding your coveted device in your hot little mits, it would be nice at times to go hands-free. However, if the thought of investing one more cent in accessories is causing you heart palpitations, InventorSpot has sought out some inventive new ideas for making make-shift kickstands  - almost free of charge.

Bizarre Real Piglet Bank Saves Change, Costs A Mint, Annoys PETA

The Piglet Bank: Sick joke or slick marketing scheme? This cheeky product from, er, TheCheeky.com gives a new and unusual spin to your old change jar.

UpdateMe Tee: Become A Walking Facebook Status

With the increasing popularity of Facebook, it seems like everyone is taking the opportunity to annouce what they're doing or how they're feeling by way of a status at every opportunity. You may roll your eyes when you see a pronouncement that one of your friends is changing a diaper or cleaning a toilet, but you know you do it too! Now, you can share your status with others even when they're not logged into Facebook!

Sprayology Relieves Dry Winter Skin From The Inside

Though the name sounds like one of those hydrating topical skin sprays, Sprayology Body Skin Tonic is actually quite different.  It is a homeopathic dry skin treatment meant to be sprayed under the tongue.  The ingredients have benefits ranging from relief of itching, redness, scaliness, dryness and capillary dilation. 

The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 3 - AirCurve Play Lets You Powerlessly Pump Up The Volume

Known for their high-quality electronic and acoustic items, Griffin brings a simple way to get more sound out your iPhone – the AirCurve Play acoustic amplifier.

Social Media Holiday Gifting Goes Virtual With Facebook Gift Cards

With the online gift card industry reaching all time highs, according to a report released by Javelin Strategy & Research, gift card sales will rise from $1.6 billion in 2009 to $5.8 billion in 2014. With that kind of growth is it any wonder that Mark Zuckerberg wants a piece of that action for his social network Facebook?

McDonald's Japan New 'Christmas Set' Challenges KFC Chicken Tradition

McDonald's Japan not only ho-ho-hopes you're hungry for chicken this Christmas, they're pushing a new "Christmas Set" that aims to steal some thunder (and sales) from traditional holiday powerhouse KFC.

10 Coolest Heated Products To Warm Your Pets This Winter

You would think that K & H Pet Products, like cave men and women back in the day, just discovered fire... well, heat anyway.  The company has gone loopy making heated blankets, beds, mats, bowls, and even perches and pond defrosters for your visiting birds!  These new items all make great gifts for your favorite animal and winged friends this holiday season.

 


Marquette Skis: Skinless Backcountry Ascending

A innovative but irresponsible invention for the world of backcountry skiing.

Chums Turns Your iPod Nano Into a Wrist Watch

Turn your all new iPod Nano into a rugged sports watch with one inexpensive accessory.

Siphoning Roadway Heat? It’s Not Our (As)phalt!

At the University of Rhode Island, scientists are warming up to ways to capture the heat trapped in roadways.

 

Social Media Outraged By Amazon's Objectionable Titles

How does a book with the heinous title, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" make Amazon's Top 100 list for Kindle? How does Amazon accept pre-orders for the hardcover version of "I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons," or sell "RapeLay," a video game in which the protagonist stalks and rapes women?

2010's Hottest Toys For The Toddler Set

It is fascinating to watch a toddler with a new toy.  With the holidays right around the corner you may be wondering what toys to look at for the toddler in your life.  Here is a countdown of some great new toys and a few twists on old favorites.     

WeGoLook: Business Offers Inspection Services For EBay Purchases

All EBay shoppers have been scorned at one time or another when they make a purchase from a seller that misrepresents a product. It's hard when you don't leave near someone and simply have to take their word on the quality of a purchase. Well, there's now a business that ensures you don't have to!

Speaking More Than One Language Delays Onset Of Alzheimer's

Where two or more languages are spoken regularly, there is likely to be a delay in the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms by more than four years.  This was found by researchers from several universities in Canada and published in the November 9, 2010 edition of Neurology.

Calling All Inventors! Everyday Edisons Season 4 Casting Calls

Get your inventions ready for Season 4 of the Emmy award-winning show, Everyday Edisons.  Sorry, the casting directors are not coming to a city near you this year.... You're going to them... via the Internet.  That's right.  Season 4 casting will be conducted online through Edison Nation.

 


Just In Time To Wrap Your Holiday Gifts, SUCK UK Develops Handy Tape Dispenser

What's wrong with re-purposing a tape measure dispenser as a sticky tape dispenser?  Nothing at all, the way SUCK UK sees it.  And it does seem like consumers will agree.

The E-Tomb - Something To "Like" In A Grave Situation

From designers Huang Jianbo, Zhao Ting, Wang Yushan, Ran Xiangfei & Mo Ran comes an option for the electronically obsessed and recently deceased – the E-tomb.

Bugs Are Bugged By Super Slippery Nanotech Surface

Want to bug some bugs? Place them on an experimental nanotech coated surface that removes nearly all the friction generated by the bugs' bristled feet, then watch hilarity ensue as the critters are literally stopped in their tracks.

iPad Throws Legacy Newspapers & Deep Throat Reporter A Life Raft

This week, the Washington Post joins the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The New York Times as the latest newspaper app to be made available on Apple's iPad. Over the course of the last two years, legacy newspapers have been shuttering their doors due to failing ad sales and reduced readership. With the innovation of the iPad, the cream of the crop are successfully migrating to a paperless world.

Do Your Responses To Stress Contribute To Your Child's Fat?

A recent lifestyle study of adults and children conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that both groups are experiencing relatively high levels of stress, and that stress is responsible for unhealthy lifestyle choices, like overeating.  Do parents teaching their kids how to handle stress?

 

Unchill Yourself With The Unparka

Cold? Put on your parka. Or your unparka.

Social Media's McRib Gets Raked Over The Coals

In the early days of Twitter, a major brand like McDonald's didn't have to spend a dime on the microblogging site to sell a few extra Big Macs. With their following of over 60,000+ folks, a few well-placed tweets with a link to a discount or coupon usually did the trick. Now, with this year's roll-out of Twitter's Promoted Trends, McD's has been said to spend as much as $80,000 with a less than desired return on its investment.

Not Baking Soda, BACON SODA!

The bacon trend is still thriving!  Jones Soda, possibly the world's most successful clever soda company, is out with Bacon Soda for the Christmas season and the Christmas gift carton is now available.  But it's not just about the Bacon Soda...

Breville Pie Maker Creates Perfect Mini Pies On Your Countertop

I hate to bake is pies.  That is not to say that I don’t like eating them, but making them is just a little too fussy for me.  Even if you manage to get that pie into the oven looking presentable, you sometimes open the door to find a leaky, sticky mess that in no way resembles what you initially put in there.  Enter the Breville Pie Maker. 

The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 2 – Tidy Robot Cleans Up When It Comes To Fun

Sure, you’ve heard of the Roomba, but here comes the Room Tidying Pickup Robot – a controller-driven or autonomous way to pick up objects cluttering your home. That little vacuum’s got nothin’ on this guy.


Solar Powered Movie House

Green you moving watching days at a solar powered movie house like Sol Cinema. It's small and there isn't much space for a big movie screen, but movie watchers get the VIP treatment. The whole movie house runs off solar power too.

Thrift Toothpaste Tears Into Green And Clean

From Guo Lili comes a tube of toothpaste we can all get to the bottom of.

Social Media Goes Monster To Help White House Find Jobs

With the mid-term elections behind the administration, unemployment continues to be the paramount issue for most Americans - and the reason so many are frustrated with the the current policies in place to turn it around. Party affiliations take a back seat when it comes to issues that hit one's pocketbook.

9 Baby Toys To Light Up Their Little Eyes This Holiday Season

So, it’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about what gifts you are going to give the special people in your life.  If you have a baby on your list of people to buy for then you may be wondering what toys will put a smile on that drooly little mouth.  Here is a countdown of new finds and ever-popular classics to get you started.

Social Media Leaps The "Great Firewall" Of China With Kindle In Black Market

Amazon is once again in the news with its recent acquisition of Diaper.com for a cool $540 million. But the real story, somewhat overlooked in the States is the emergence of a black market (aka China's gray market) that's smuggling Kindle 3G's into the country for a specific purpose. Apparently, it's been discovered that Kindle is the only handheld device to date that can leap the "Great Firewall" of state Web censorship.

Social Media's Bully Gets Taste Of His Own Medicine

Mark Zuckerberg's 'bad boy' image rendered from a movie, an unauthorized biography and a graphic novel was known early on to call his Facebook followers "dumb f*cks." Of recent date, he has censored Proposition 19 (for the legalization of marijuana in California) from advertising on his network, in addition to filing a lawsuit against a Web site called 'Teachbook' for daring to use the word "book" in its title.

The 2010 List is Here! Best Solar Powered Holiday Décor

You have been waiting and waiting for this year's list of solar powered holiday décor. Right? Good! Here is a long list of solar powered lights and decorations to use instead of your plugged in holiday lights. They can easily be found at Amazon.com.

WowWee Paperjamz Turn The Fun Up To Eleven

Paper instruments that actually play? You read that correctly, friends – welcome to the future!

Social Media Data Wars Will Determine Semantic Web Leader

Social Media or Web 2.0 can be considered the battleground for Web 3.0's Semantic Web. The shift has been happening subtly but is picking up speed as Internet companies and nations vie for control of data. With 600 million users now on Facebook, Google's 1.3 billion visitors per week and China's 1.35 billion citizens, these three entities have the greatest opportunity to dominate the Web of the Future.

Dropbox Online Backup: A Magic Pocket For Your Digital Media

Why should you spend a couple minutes to learn about Dropbox? Because they offer 2 GB of online storage - for free. They use military grade encryption methods for security and the application is accessible on your computer and mobile device, so you can manage your Dropbox on the go.

Animal Tiles That Drive You Wild... Or Wake You Up

Italy is always at the helm of design, especially when it comes to creating new things from skills Italians have perfected over hundreds of years - like making glass and tile mosaics.  Italian mosaic and ceramic art company, Settecento (seven hundred) has a wonderful new line of luxury tiles for animal lovers - especially jungle lovers.

 

Check Your Cut Without Removing The Bandage

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Modular Solid State Technology EMFT in Munich, Germany have developed an indicator dye that reacts to different pH levels by changing colors, and incorporated it into a bandage. This is an extraordinary opportunity for any entrepreneur who can put together the industrial resources or who has the right vision.

Send A Postcarden And Give The Gift Of A Mini Garden Too

Nowadays, most people send cards because they feel obligated to do so because of some occasion.  They want you to know that they are thinking of you, but are often too busy to do more than sign the card and mail it out.   Now, instead of mailing a plain old card you can send the gift of a tiny garden too.

Lasofoxifene: Chemo PREVENTION For Breast Cancer?

Victor G. Vogel, MD, of the Geisinger Medical Center and an editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, called the reductions in breast cancer and stroke incidence "dramatic" and considered that, though more data about the long-term effects of lasofoxifene was needed, the drug just may be the "tipping point in breast cancer prevention."

 

Infection Detection Dressings Help Color Your Wounds Safe

The longly-named Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich has created a way to detect infections at a glance with a new, dye-infused dressing.

Econova: Europe's Greenest TV by Philips

The Econova, by Philips Electronics, is being referred to as "Europe's greenest TV" and with good reason.  With 60% less power consumption than it's predecessor, a solar-powered remote, 100% recyclable packaging, recycled aluminum shell, and more, the TV itself is must-see.

Social Media Inception Advertising Could Be Coming To A Social Network Near You

For anyone who has seen Christopher Nolan's mind-bending movie "Inception," the science of planting images and ideas into a subject's brain is not pure fiction. A research team at Northwestern University are actually working on a study designed to make people remember things that never happened. As a result, there is speculation that implanted memories into one's existing photos could alter one's reality of the past and subsequent brand loyalty.

Rocking Sheep Updates Classic Rocking Horse, Adds Fleecy Comfort

This cozy Rocking Sheep from Japan's EMU.ENU combines classic rocking horse design with sumptuous fleecy comfort. Will kids love it? Ewe betcha!

Alchohol Is Most Dangerous Legal AND Illegal Drug

Have you ever wondered which of many evils you should choose if you are going to be naughty.  The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ICDH), a UK-based advisory, headed by Dr. David Nutt, has just published a report that lists drugs in order of their danger - both to the user and to others who come in contact with the user.  The leader on both scales, by far, was alcohol.

 


There's A Panic In The Opera And It's Spooking This Table!

Have you ever seen a deer in the woods take off suddenly for reasons unknown.  He's been spooked.   That's the image that came to my mind when I first saw Panic Opera, Russian designer Dima Loginoff's new 8-legged table.  It looked like Loginoff had filmed the deer 'in flight,' played it back in slow motion and made a still life of it.

 

LifeCycle Tower: The World's Tallest Wooden Building

CREE Group proposes to build the tallest wooden building, appropriately named the "Life Cycle Tower," for Dornbirn, Austria.  Using hybrid-construction that will cut CO2 emissions by 90% and construction time by 50%, the eco-conscious construction of the 30-story building uses sustainable resources such as timber and composite slab (wood/concrete).  One of the oldest building materials known to man proves itself to be a timeless mainstay of construction even in the age of skyscrapers.


The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 1 – A Filterless Air Purifier That Thrives On Negativity

With the holiday season fast approaching, we thought it was high time to start a yearly round-up of possible gadget gifts. First up is an environmentally friendly and snazzily cool option known as the “Filterless Air Purifier”.


Social Media Elections On Foursquare Just As Corrupt As Real World

Having just completed another exhausting political election season, it seems at this point in time we're pretty much jaded by corruption and the number of scandals that seem to surround many of our political figures on the state and federal levels. However, who would have suspected that corrupt mayors also existed on the nation's favorite location-based social network - Foursquare?

Rubik's Cube Bank Saves Your Coins, Leaves You Puzzled

Rubik's Cube, the 3D plastic puzzle revered by geeks & gamers the world over, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year - and you forgot to buy it a gift. Not to worry, the Rubik's Cube Bank allows you to save up for a really nice present... that is, IF you can get your money out of it!

Wearable Puppets Really Get Kids Into Character

Halloween is over for another year and all that is left is the sugar high and the candy wrappers.  However, if your kids are still longing for a little dress up time then you might want to pick up a couple of Wearable Puppets from Hammacher Schlemmer.  These fun headband and paw combos quickly transform kids into the wild animals that they so often want to portray.

Robonaut 2 Goes To Space - With Or Without His Legs

"While it might be just a single step for this robot, it's really a giant leap forward for tinmankind," said Rob Ambrose, acting chief of Johnson Space Center's automation, robotics and simulation division in Houston. Ambrose was referring to Robonaut 2, aka R2, who may not have his legs or torso yet, but he is going into space this week on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.

 


Immunity: What's Fertility Got To Do With It?

Do you catch every cold or flu that comes along?  Or do you somehow manage to avert the most contagious of them?  Either way, it's possible that this study of immunity and fertility among Scottish sheep may turn out to provide the reason.

TUBA Framework Blows The Horn On Hackers

Banging away at that keyboard might not be such a bad thing, according to scientists at Virginia Tech. In fact, how you type may be just the thing that keeps a hacker bot from stealing your information.

When iPhone Targets Retail Stores Will It Lose Its Caché?

Just in time for the holidays, after launching sales and support for the iPhone at Best Buy and Walmart back in June, Apple is officially going mainstream when it arrives at Target stores on November 7. Consumers will be able to purchase both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS at any of the department store chains' 846 stores. With such a major merchandising change-up like this, does Apple run the risk of losing some of its mystique and exclusivity by going mainstream?

Woven Recycled Denim Charpai Cot One of Finalist in Recycled Denim Challenge

Remember the days when cutting an old worn pair of jeans could make shorts? Me too. I'm glad those days are over too, but I am also glad that there are creative people who can craft recycle jeans into anything from sturdy furniture to practical coasters. Some of them won The Ecouterre Recycled Denim Challenge.

Sound Asleep Pillow Soothes The Savage Beast

This built-in speaker pillow sings out its desire to bring peace, if not quiet, to the sleeping masses.

Social Media Netizens In Europe Migrate From Home-Grown Networks To Facebook

For those that doubt the ubiquity of Facebook, one has only to look at the trend emerging in European countries, where home-grown social networks are either being sold or are losing their user base to Facebook. World domination is a slow process, but one that Facebook appears to be making headway across the pond.