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February, 2011

Ditch The Snaps - Magnificent Baby Offers Magnetic Clothing

I love seeing how warm and happy my little baby looks when she is all snapped into a cozy sleeper, I just don’t always love doing the snapping.  Those little snaps can be a huge pain in the @#*!  To avoid this hassle you can get your baby into some Magnificent Baby magnetic closure clothes. 

Combustible Noodles Scaring China's Ramen And Women

If your 5-alarm chili can spark a 3-alarm fire, you'll love the combustible noodles rumored to be smoldering away on Chinese store shelves.

New Eco-friendly Beach Toys Here in Spring

How many times have you been to the beach or taken your kids to a sand box and seen forgotten beach toys littering the place? These toys can be so much fun for children (and adults), but often end up forgotten on the beach, trashed when outgrown or broken from over use and then trashed. Zoë b biodegradable beach toys leave behind less plastic waste.

They Only Come Out At Night - Counting Bats With Radars

They may not do a fantastic job at predicting the weather, but weather radars are great at tracking bats!

Got Soaked? You Need AIR, The Universal Drying Machine

Russian industrial designer, Olga Kalugina, has a darned clever design for a portable multi-purpose dryer.  It's the kind of dryer you need when you've come into your home after being swept up and soaked by a storm.

Contour Action Cams Get Bluetoothed to Smartphones

Your action cam just got a much larger preview screen. With an upcoming smartphone app, Contour action cams will be able to use your phone as a screen so that you can preview your shot. 

Wheelsurf Large Wheel Vehicle Delivers As Advertised

It's huge. It's expensive. It's an entirely new type of unicycle.

Oral Sex Is Now Main Cause Of Oral, Head, & Neck Cancers: Concerns About Teens

In other countries, the leading cause of oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer is tobacco; in the United States, it's oral sex. Shocking?

Mobilegs: Superior Crutches For The 21st Century

What? Cool, ergonomic, sustainable, and comfortable? Could they be crutches?

Star Wars Bath Robe Keeps Your Lightsaber Stylishly Covered

Star Wars everything is popular once again, from gadgets to action figures to playing cards to - you guessed it - bath robes. Now you too can look like a Jedi Master when heading to your bedroom from the shower or getting the morning paper.

Super Skin Stretches The Limits Of The Artificial

As created bio-technologies become more robust, researchers like Zhenan Bao are pushing the artificial envelope with what she hopes will become “super skin”.

Social Media & Banksy, The Scarlet Pimpernel Of Street Art Tweets No More

The masked art crusader known as "Banksy" was a no-show at two back-to-back award shows, where his documentary "Exit Through The Gift Shop" was nominated.  While Thierry Guetta (one of the featured stars in the movie) accepted on Banksy's behalf at the the Independent Spirit Awards, February 25, and Justin Timberlake joked that he was the real "Banksy' at the 83rd Academy Awards two nights later, the iconic graffiti artist was incognito. However, in social media circles - like his street art -  he has definitely left his mark.

Hail CISAR! The World is Diggin' the China International Search and Rescue Team

The China International Search and Rescue Team, or CISAR for short, has a two-fold mission: to assist in natural disaster relief at home and abroad, and to put a helpful, friendly face on Chinese diplomacy.

Comet Inspires Elegant Rim Of Light: The Halley Lamp By Vibia

What elegance comes to light when Spanish lighting designer Vibia is inspired! Known for clean lines and innovative technology, Vibia has now brought out perhaps the cleanest of lines in the rim of light called Halley Lamp.

Caring For A Dog Or Cat With Dementia

Yesterday, I wrote about ways you can delay or prevent cognitive dysfunction, or dementia, in your dogs and cats, but what if telltale signs are already showing up?


Cubelets Offer Cute And Computerized Fun For Kids

New from design company Modular Robotics are Cubelets – a toy that combines the function of robots and the simple fun of building blocks.

Portland Design Works [Pants] Cuff Links

Feel comfortable cycling in your best chinos without any worry of grease or damage.

Mus3 Mouse Is Certainly Amusing

As our computer use continues to increase, its important that users have a viable and comfortable way to get around our desktops, and the Mus3 Mouse is poised and pointed to change that.

Fifty Nifty Gifted Uplifters - Inspiring Kids To Do Great Things

A program in Washington DC aims to inspire school students to do great things, by introducing them to people who already have.

With Watson Out Of Jeopardy, AI Determines What Consumer Electronics To Buy (Interview)

Watson may not know that Toronto isn't located in Canada, but Retrevo has designed similar artificial intelligence to analyze more than 50 million real-time data points to provide shoppers with the most comprehensive, unbiased information regarding what consumer electronics to purchase. In an interview I conducted with Aditya Vailaya, Retrevo's chief scientist, we gain insight as to how AI is being used in this field.

Groupon's Food Fail is a T-shirt Seller's Epic Win

Popular deal-of-the-day website Groupon's embarrassing New Year's 'Osechi Ryori' meal mess-up was about to fade from Japan's fast-moving pop culture radar. Not so fast - the phenomenal food fail has been spun - literally - into a t-shirt by an enterprising and opportunistic designer.

Helping To Prevent Or Delay Dementia In Dogs & Cats

Pets, like people, can suffer from cognitive dysfunction as they age, and their symptoms can be very similar to those of humans with Alzheimer's disease.  Not a happy thought, is it?  But there are ways you can prevent or, at least, delay pet 'dementia.'

Lip Smackers: Not Just For Kids!

Do you remember Bonne Bell from your childhood? Well, the company has teamed up with soda and candy manufacturers that make flavorful goodies like Coke, Skittles, and even M&M's. Bonne Bell uses their flavorings to create a large variety of no-calorie, yummy lip balms called Lip Smackers.  Don't we all get chapped lips?

 

Five Innovations That Changed Video Games

One can't argue that the gaming industry has produced its fair share of innovative products. Video games have changed a lot since the days of pong - the technological advances on this list are among the chief innovations that have propelled us from Pac Man to Crysis, and beyond.

Medical Device Approved To Prevent Hemorrhoids After Childbirth

About 25 percent of mothers develop hemorrhoids as a direct result of vaginal births. This week a patented device called Hem-Avert® Perianal Stabilizer was approved for use during labor and vaginal childbirth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Test results indicate that the device does what it claims to do....

The Skiing Fan Boat

Bored and surrounded by snow, one quirky Russian inventor has made a new way of skiing. It involves a lawn mower motor, spare paraglider parts, a giant fan and a bunch of praying.

A Designer's Dream For Sustainable Headphones: The Ashcraft Aria

If you've seen really high quality audio and visual technology dressed in slick, sleek, tomorrow design, then you have an idea of what Ashcraft Design is about. From high end speaker systems enrobed in modern mahogany to polished steel video encasements, Ashcraft Design is what catches your eye, not your ear. 

Miss Butterfly Bliss Interactive Cottage Is Both Playful And Polite

From toy company Learning Curve comes the Miss Butterfly Bliss Interactive Cottage – a great way for girls to have fun and enjoy etiquette.

Move Over Elton; Britain Gets A Mini Rocketman

A tiny car that puts on a helluva light show, this car is all Britain, but it debuts in Switzerland.

Seesaw Concept Offers Easy Tips On Getting Batteries Out

Getting AA batteries out of common household devices can be a real pain in the AAss. Now, with the Seesaw battey concept from Young Suk Kin, the scales may have tipped in your favor.

Social Media & Justin Bieber Selected As Presenters At The Oscars?

Was it any wonder, with 'The Social Network' movie nominated for 'best picture,' that social media would come center stage at the 83rd Academy Awards? At the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, February 27, big brands are attaching themselves to celebs and are capitalizing on their Facebook and Twitter pages to hype activities leading up to and at the event. 

Got Wind? Drive! - A Car That Goes With The Wind

A wind-powered car has just completed a 3,000 mile journey for less than $15.

Chinese Girl Lives & Works in Public Bathroom, Makes a Few Scents Profit

Think we're having a housing crisis? Then consider the case of Xiao Du, a 17-year-old girl from Xian, China, who lives in a public bathroom. On the bright side, at least she has a bed, a TV, and most important: an electric fan.

Ito Thinks Plastic Bags Recycled Back Into Oil Can Cut Down Our Carbon Footprint

Plastic bags are made with oil. So, why not recycle littered plastic back into oil? Akinoir Ito didn't think it would be very difficult and gave it a try. As a result he created a plastic to oil conversion machine.

Help Keep Them Quiet At The Table With The Chew Chew Train

Have you ever noticed that twinkle in kids’ eyes when they order off the children’s menu and are served their food in a special box?  They delight in unpacking it and checking out all of the contents.  With the Chew Chew Train by Urban Trend you can create special kid meals at home.

With Oil At $100, Is Pipeline Seating A Surprise?

A superb studio seater, the Pipeline was designed by an American treasure, Harry Allen, for the Spanish design firm, Dune.  Perfect for group seating in large spaces, there are plenty of ways to configure the modular 'pipes.'

Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit" Clothing Sells Out In Hours

A clothing line based on Chrysler's memorable Super Bowl commercial sold out in a matter of hours.

To Everything (Churn, Churn, Churn) - Distinguishing Journalism From Churnalism

A new website promises to tell you whether what you read online has any substance.

Porsche Goes Electric: The Boxster E

Porsche has traded in big V8 engines for small gas motors. At least in prototype form.

Just In Time For Spring - Human Breast Milk Ice Cream!

Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all.  The next thing you know you come across something like this – Breast Milk Ice Cream!  Yes, just in time for the upcoming spring/summer weather a restaurant owner in London has decided to serve up a creamy frozen treat made from human breast milk.

In The Gardens We're Seedin' - The Guerilla Gardening Movement

Around the world, people are reclaiming orphaned urban land, and turning it into gardens.

BMW's Radical Vision ConnectedDrive Concept

BMW has been designing some thrilling concepts of late, and its newest doesn't disappoint. The Vision ConnectedDrive is designed to showcase new design language and technology.

Scratch & Track Maps Are Like A Lottery Everyone Wins

The new Scratch & Track map concept from Yuree S. Lim is designed to give travelers a way to not only find their destination but remember just what they did when they got there- and then take it home as a souvenir!

Mystic Seer Says You Should Probably Buy It Online

In another round of Twilight Zone-inspired merchandise comes the "Mystic Seer" from the classic episode "Nick of Time." We're pretty sure it's telling you to go check it out.

Cornucopia? - An Opportunity For Mexican Farmers

A new initiative in Mexico guarantees farmers a price for their corn, and a reason to stay at home.

Fossil 'Walking Cactus' May Be Missing Link Between Worms and Arthropods

Scientists from China studying fossils of Diania Cactiformis, nicknamed the 'walking cactus', say the odd worm-like animal is enlightening them on how arthropods (insects, spiders and crustaceans) evolved their jointed legs.

C.F.S. Kids Set Is Seriously Strong Cardboard Furniture

The C.F.S. Kids table and stools set by Metrocs is made of cardboard and is surprising strong.  The set, which comes unassembled, requires no adhesive to put together.

7-Leaf Clover Cell Phone Charm Gives You The Luck Of The Fryrish

Looking for luck in all the wrong places? Tired of those run-of-the-mill four-leaf clovers and their laughable lack of luck? Then step right up, my friend, and feast your wondering eyes upon Philip J. Fry's fondest fixation, the 7-Leaf Clover Cell Phone Charm! 

When Prepared Is Too Prepared: Survival Airbag For Hikers

Hiking can be dangerous, but is it really dangerous enough to justify buying and wearing a personal airbag? We think not.

Newly Identified Anatomical Circuit In The Brain Explains Clinical Depression

Scientists have identified a specific region of the brain that functions as a 'depression center,' and shuts down activity in the reward center.

Russian Micro Miniaturist Creates World's Smallest Aquarium With Fish!

Anatoly Konenko has created a miniature for the living - an aquarium; the world's smallest aquarium that can contain fish. Wait until you see how small it really is and how Konenko has put it together.

Puzzibits Combine Pieces Of Fun For A Great Building Experience

From the Manhattan Toy company comes Puzzibits, a great way for kids to learn and build almost anything they want using interlocking hexagonal plastic pieces.

Rotator MP3 Player Puts A Spin On Mobile Music

With eco-friendly everything on the rise, designer Denis Kalinin has created the Rotator MP3 player, a clever way to have your music and charge it too.

Social Media Meets Marathon Man: Introducing the iRun

Joseph Tame is taking social media to the streets – literally – with something he likes to call 'iRun'. Tame intends to wear the 'World's Most Advanced Mobile Social Media Studio' on February 27, 2011, when he stands on the starting line of the Tokyo marathon. I just have one question... Is it safe?

Device Filters Out Dentist's Drill Noise For A Calmer Visit

There are people who are absolutely terrified of visiting the dentist and all that that entails.  Luckily for all of us with dentist fears there may be some help on the way.  Some London researchers have developed a device that cancels out the sound of a dentist’s drill.

Eat Yak Cheese, Send a Tibetan Kid to School!

Semi-nomadic tribesmen who raise yaks in the highlands of Tibet once thought their traditional lifestyle was doomed. Now a pilot project centered on yak cheese has boosted incomes, employment and educational opportunities.

Understanding The Pendulum Method: Intel’s Tick Tock Strategy

Intel's had a very interesting idea in practise for the last few years, known as the "Tick Tock" method. For those who don't know a lot about computers, their explanation of it is...hazy, at best. No worries, though- it'll be explained, in full, so even someone who's not in computer science can understand.

New Research Reveals How Much Vitamin D You Need To Prevent Disease

Vitamin D has been shown to decrease risk for breast cancer, colon cancer, fractures, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.  The question is 'How much vitamin D is needed to cut risk?'  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have estimated those levels.

Gadget-Charging Bicycle Makes Efficient Use Of Your Pedal Power

A bicycle that charges up your electronics with eco-friendly leg power. All it's missing is a bamboo frame and organic-wool-filled seat.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Peeks (Leaks) Out

No camo. No shadows. No crappy teaser angles. Just brand-new, cherry-red Lamborghini for us to ogle and enjoy.

The Current Verdict On Alcohol And Your Heart

I think the last medical consensus, based on the latest research study at the time, was that alcohol was not good for your heart.  I could be wrong; all I know is that the answers have varied from yes to no to yes to no to more studies are necessary. Two comprehensive studies of the latest studies were published yesterday in the British Medical Journal; let's see what they say....

CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology

New solar technolgy developed by a partnership of Amonix and the U.S. Department of National Renewable Energy Laboratory promises to double energy production by utilizing space-grade technology.  The 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Generator is also less expensive and less land-intensive than traditional PV solar technologies.

Toys For Nerdy Boys - The Ladies Of Star Wars Playing Cards

Every once in a while a sci-fi themed amusement comes along that is just too hilarious to pass up. Such is the case with the Ladies of Star Wars themed playing card deck.

HTC Slim Concept Combines Style And Business Savvy

Designer Sylvain Gerber has created a new prototype phone for HTC - the Slim - intended to meld the needs of business with the style of the streets.

Pets Are Superheros, Including Yours

Who do we love most?  Polls report it's our pets.  And who do we see as superheros?  Pets Are Superheros.  And that's the name of the online company that will illustrate your pet as a superhero for just 25 bucks and a photo.

 

Free Your Mind - A Computer That Reads Your Mind, But Only The Good Bits

One day soon, it may be possible for a computer to read your mind, and determine which thoughts are worth reading.

Donut Hole Maker Creates Fast, Fresh and Non-Fried Morsels In Minutes

I previously reported on a countertop cupcake maker and on an individual pie maker.  The newest device of this sort that I have come across is a Donut Hole Maker by Nostalgia Electrics.  This baby allows you to whip up seven tasty little morsels of donutty goodness at a time.

Cluster+ Equals Lots Of Lighting Fun For Puzzlers

The German lighting design company, Benwirth Licht, has come up with a clever, modular design, which can make you unsure whether you're looking at a lighting design or at a stove top with all its burners on.

 

Sproot Toy May Keep Pigs From Boredom And Destruction

Isn't this pig smiling?  He is playing with Beatrijs Voorneman, the designer of his new toys - ones she created to keep crowded farm pigs from attacking each other and getting bored. 

 

Wang's Wings - Wings That Adapt And Robots That Change

New research from the University of Michigan promises airplane wings that adapt to their circumstances and robots that change shape and size.

Aggressive Breast Cancer Gene Discovered: Oncogene ZNF703

British and Canadian researchers have identified an oncogene that is responsible for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the report, the oncogene ZNF703 - onco meaning tumor or mass - becomes active in one out of 12 breast cancers.

 

Klingon Corkscrew Lets You Enjoy The Finest Alien Beverages As Quick As A Phaser Blast

Every good Star Trek fan loves a great Blood Wine but unless you're at least half Klingon, opening it without a corkscrew is not really a good idea. Never fear, weakling - the Klingon Bird of Prey corkscrew is here to rescue you.

Amplifier Makes Voices Louder AND Clearer For Hearing Impaired

Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, affects two aspects of hearing; volume and clarity.  Amplification provided by a hearing aid increases the volume of all sounds, but the sounds that benefit most from amplification are vowel sounds.  Consonant sounds also become louder, but not necessarily more clear.

 

Pre-Whitening Treatment Powers Away Debris For A Gleaming Smile

If you’ve ever taken your car in to one of those do-it-yourself type car washes you know that doing a pressurized pre-wash can help to loosen the grime build-up and ultimately give your vehicle a cleaner look in the end.  Well, apparently the same can be done for your teeth.

Sheep Found Smarter Than Other Animals, Maybe Some Humans Too

Recently a study was published in the science journal PLoS ONE in which genetically modified sheep were put to various discrimination tests, and their performance was compared to that of non-modified sheep of the common variety, Ovis aries.  On the way to developing a possible treatment for Huntington's disease, the researchers discovered that sheep are really very smart!

 

MET Electric Car Great Concept For Singles - Might Highlight Your Crippling Depression

The MET "single-person family" vehicle is intended to be both energy and space efficient and also reminds you hey - guess what - you're all alone!

New Forensics Tool May Re-Open Many Cold Cases: CERA

Prior to now, it has been almost impossible to track latent prints from discharged cartridge cases.   But a new invention in the field of forensics technology was unveiled last week  that will send uncaptured criminals scrambling, for it has the technology to reveal fingerprints on spent bullet cartridges.

 


Thinking About Driving? Careful! - Driving With Your Mind

A German research team has developed a car that can be driven by the mind.

Eco-friendly Iron Concept Makes Steam Out of Air

I won't iron. I hate to iron. Luckily, I don't need to iron much for my job, but my husband does. He hates to iron too. So, he takes his clothes to the dry cleaner. This gets expensive and isn't eco-friendly. Maybe the new eco-friendly self-charging Phillips iron will change our minds about ironing.

Price Your Device - An ATM That Collects E-Waste And Pays You For It

An ATM that collects your e-waste, prices it, and pays you for it, is about to go national.

MyPetED Apps: Pet Health Information At All Times

How wonderful to be able to carry your pet's entire medical history in a portable device and have at your fingertips the many resources that MyPetED offers.  Here's a look...

CASPro Device Promises To Revolutionize Blood Pressure Monitoring

Apparently the hundred year-old practice of measuring blood pressure with a cuff will end soon, when a revolutionary new device will be available to give more accurate blood pressure readings. Does that make you nervous too?

 


Wallflowers Can Beautify Their Surroundings: Vertical Garden by Haldane Martin

Haldane Martin, one of the most creative and prolific South African designers, has designed a unique modular planter system for outside the home.

Book Printer Combines Form And Fiction Into Function

It's often what's between the covers that counts, and this is nowhere more true than with the Book Printer, a "novel" solution to portable printing.

Interior Designs From The War 'Close To Home' By Ezri Tarazi

....  Ezri Tarazi was in the Israeli military.  Clearly, his battle experiences had a profound effect upon him, as they would anyone in or near battle. Industrial designer by career though, Tazari has repurposed his military souvenirs into designs for the home.  They are now in a one-person installation, called Kaleb, at the Paradigm Design Gallery in Jerusalem.

 

Reference Tree: Buy College Textbooks Electronically By The Chapter

One of the worst things about going to college - not that there's a lot of bad in the whole experience - is the cost of textbooks. You know and I know that in college you dish out hundreds or thousands each year for books that you may only need a couple of chapters from, and that will no longer be required the next year. There are a number of businesses that have surfaced in the last couple of years that have been focused on capturing this market, but one has particularly taken advantage.

The First Ever Motorized Cat Condo: The Cat Power Tower

This just in. Shake, rock, and roll! Your cat can now have a motorized cat tower, for just 400 bucks and a place to put it. 

Handheld Medical Interpreter Speaks 100 Languages: The Phrazer

Mat Johnson worked with high technology innovators before and was a specialist in communication theory.  What challenged him was to find a way to address the humanitarian need for medical interpreters in critical care situations. His solution, a handheld 100 language-speaking medical translation device called the Phrazer.

Fluorescent Microworm 'Tatoo' Sure Beats Pricking Fingers To Monitor Glucose

If you have diabetes, or any other disease that requires close monitoring, there's a new development that may keep you from constantly interrupting your routine to conduct self-monitoring or going to a laboratory for regular testing.  It's affectionately called a microworm, and it's capable of not only monitoring, say your glucose levels, but emitting a fluorescent glow, or 'tatoo,' through your skin to show you when you need to be concerned.  Pretty cool...

 

New Fuel Cell For Phones And Laptops Is A Real Gas

Dr. Jim Dye at Michigan State University has discovered a new way to power up laptops and cell phones - our good friend hydrogen gas.

Twilight Zone's Talky Tina Now Stalks The Internet, Tempting You To Buy

Classic "Twilight Zone" episode character and creepy doll "Talky Tina" returns from the netherworld and is now available for pre-order online.

Guided Missile To Eradicate Cancer At Its Roots: Next The Smart Bomb

One of the most important developments in cancer treatment has been accomplished by medical researchers in Australia and India. They created the world's first chemical missile, an RNA binding molecule that shoots straight for the root of a cancer and won't let go.

Social Media's Revolution 2.0 Crowdsources Street Protests & DDOS Attacks

First coined by the Egyptian Google marketing manager Wael Ghonim, the term "Revolution 2.0" is used to describe the new grass-roots strategies and tactics used by protesters initially in Egypt - but that which became pervasive throughout the entire Middle East Region. In fighting against despotic rule, people were demanding democracy, regime change and a voice in their respective governments.

DUO: Vehicle Name Stands for Doesn't Use Oil, but Does It Exist?

DUO is a three-wheeled, 2-passenger electric vehicle from Meyers Motors that doesn't use gasoline OR oil.  Innovative, eco-friendly, and interesting to look at as this "electric motorcycle" may be, the release date keeps getting pushed back despite the company's encouragement to pre-order now for $24,995.

iPhone Cases Get Saved By The Bell

From Retro Cells comes a way to transform your iPhone into something straight out of an early 1990s classic teen comedy. That's right everyone - Saved By The Bell is back.

Toys For Big Boys - Getting Steamed Isn't Always A Bad Thing

Big or small, boy or girl, some of us just have a fascination with motors and engines, and at MiniSteam.com, enthusiasts can find all of the toy steam engine action they're looking for.

The Writing Really Is On The Wall - Write On Walls And Store The Information

A new partnership allows you to write on walls, and store the information in the format of your choice.

Get Your Java Fix On The Road With The Smart Pot To Go

Mornings can be very chaotic and many of us can’t imagine facing the day without our morning cup of coffee. The Smart Pot To Go Portable Heating Appliance allows you to boil water in your car.  Sure, it sounds pretty dangerous to be boiling water while you are driving your car, but when you’re desperate you take your chances I guess. 

Candy Wrapper Chair Disassembles Easy For More Eco-Friendly Transport

It has been a really long while since I've posted anything about eco-friendly chairs. So, here is a chair I would like to add to my list of favorite eco-friendly chairs I believe deserve to be noticed as much as possible. This chair's design is collaboration between Emiliano Godoy and Ecoist.

Carnivorous Furniture: Rodent-Eating Robotics Generate Electricity

Designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau recently presented their carnivorous robots.  Fly-eating wall clocks and mouse-eating coffee tables use the carcasses of their prey to generate electricity.  Animal activists, beware - these inventions are not vegetarians!

BeeTV Turns Cell Phones Into Tiny TV Sets At A Price That Doesn't Sting

What's all the buzz about BeeTV? Ask the 1.5 million Japanese cell phone users who subscribe to BeeTV's monthly service and watch television on their smartphone screens.

Red Rice For Beans - Marketing Rice To Reduce Poverty

A small organization is helping lift Sri Lankans out of poverty by marketing the rice they grow to the world.

Lunar Cubit Tells Time And Makes Energy

Lunar Cubit is a unique design for power generation and storage that comes in the form of nine pyramids and is slated to be built outside of Masdar city in Abu Dhabi.

The Green Dollhouse - Environmentally Friendly And Charmingly Polished

Plan Toys "The Green Dollhouse" offers kids not only a well-made play place, but a way to learn about the basics of environmental stewardship.

Social Media Video Stars To Compete With Celebrity-Branded YouTube Channels

Internet stars have successfully used the YouTube platform to catapult their careers from oblivion to mega-super-stardom. In this category, Justin Bieber was probably the most successful. In return, YouTube's ad revenues have skyrocketed every time a new YouTube 'star was born.' However not content to just be an incubation tank for potential talent to go viral, YouTube has now chosen to go after established celebrities that have already made it and are wiling to offer them lucrative contracts to create their own celebrity-branded channels on their network.

Uncrushable Glasses Also Provide Best Sun Protection For Your Eyes

Ouch!  Is she really twisting these sunglasses without a crack in the frame or the lense? The 'Uncrushable Sunglasses' write-up says she is, and furthermore that these glasses are not some sort of magician's prop.

 


Burnished Bridges - Lighting Bridges To Fix Them

A Princeton team has designed a way to detect faults in bridges and buildings, with light.

Social Media Cyber Figure 'Sweeping Old Lady' Kicks Up Dust On China's Internet

A mysterious “Sweeping Old Lady” has stormed Chinese social media circles to become the first notable cyber figure of 2011. Quick to share her wisdom with those who work diligently, this virtual charwoman might seem lowly but, as in real life, appearances can be deceptive.

Nissan Sporty, Electric Vehicle Concept

Nissan takes its electric-vehicle prowess to the next level with an all-electric sports car concept.

Scientists Accidentally Discover Hair Regrowth Compound

I feel like I'm writing headlines for one of the shocker tabloids, but the above lead just happens to be very real and very significant to bald humans.  Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Veterans Administration (VA) did discover a chemical compound that caused hair regrowth in mice with alopecia, but they were testing the compound on the mouse digestive system.

 


It's Raining Lamborghinis And Ferraris! Two Great Video Leaks

Thanks to a pair of leaks, we now have some of the best visuals yet on two of the hottest supercars of 2011.

Designs By 'Leftovers' Tell Some Creepy Stories

Swedish sisters Linda and Jona Netsman have a great talent for repurposing old furniture and odds and ends and totally recreating new purposeful items. Their design studio, Leftovers, produces one of a kind furniture and lighting objects that are very emotionally evocative, something that one doesn't find in most furniture or lighting designs. I chose a few of the somewhat creepy ones to share with you.

 

Site Announcement - February 17, 2011

InventorSpot.com is excited to announce that a new writer is joining our team.

Jamie Reygle is a teacher at a small independent school, and was a music writer and radio announcer in a past life. He writes about great ideas in order to avoid having a head full of them driving him insane. Jamie also lives - and works - on a farm. 

Jamie's blog Creativity Proclivity will be about the most creative great ideas he can find from around the world to share with InventorSpot.com readers.   

You can read his creativity blog here.

Inexpensive Video-Capable DSLRs Now Used in Big-Budget Productions

DSLR video technology appeals to filmmakers on a budget but the versatility of the cameras make them worthy of large-budget productions as well. More shots taken by DSLRs are appearing on the big screen all the time, and as directors begin to recognize the versatility inherent in DSLRs, we are likely to see more of the compact cameras on movie sets in the future.

Feathers For Your Head: Outdoor Research Down Beanie

There are plenty of down jackets and vests--so why not a hat?

Color Changing Plants May Serve As Chemical Agent Warnings

At Colorado State University, Dr. Judy Medford and her team are developing ways for plants to visually signal when there is a biological contaminant present.

Digi-Piggy Bank From Cisco Makes Saving Simpler Than Ever

A twist on the simple piggy bank, the Digi-Piggy by Cisco keeps track of every penny a child saves for a rainy day, all in a cute and clever package.

Hot Dog! Super Long & Heavy Sausage Really Cuts The Mustard

Will China break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest sausage? Neigh...

Faux Five O'clock Shadow Fights The Snow And Cold

It's all the benefits of the beard without the itching, scratching and looking like a homeless hippie.

Social Media Summit When Obama Hit Silicon Valley To Poke Zuckerberg

This year has been a momentous one for the Facebook founder. Having been portrayed in an award-winning movie, satirized in a graphic novel and on SNL, in addition to being named Time's Person of the Year, he's entered a stratosphere most CEOs twice his age haven't been able to achieve. So it's no surprise, that President Obama might want to consider sitting down with the wunderkind to discuss tech innovation and potential job creation.

Mars Life - The Ultimate Manned Mars Mission Simulation

A Russian simulation of a manned mission to Mars has 'landed'.

iPhone Holder For Bikes May Confuse The Directionless

The Princeton PIP-JTK1 iPhone 4 holder for bikes lets you use your Apple smartphone as a handy, hands-free navigation system... sure it does!

You CAN Live In A Bubble! The Crystal Bubble

I was shocked to learn that this beautiful Crystal Bubble by Pierre Staphane Dumas was a real inhabitable bubble, and not just a design for a bubble. Indeed, Dumas has made a business out of renting Crystal Bubbles and other members of his BubbleTree collection. Of course, if you would like to buy one, you could stay there longer than a night or two...


Djubi: Fun To Say, Fun To Play

A new game designed specifically to get kids up off the couch and out the door. The game takes the throw out of throw and catch.

KidZui Browser Makes The Internet Safer For Young Web Surfers

Parents of young web-surfers may want to look into using the KidZui browser.  It is made specifically for children to use and allows kids to look up millions of things, all per-approved by the KidZui panel which includes parents and teachers. 

The Best DSLR Cameras for Capturing HD Video

Canon and Nikon are generally seen as the forerunners of still imaging in DSLR cameras, but as HD video is introduced to the world of DSLR, Panasonic and Sony are making interesting offers as well. As of early 2011, The latest cameras offered by Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony are the best DSLRs for capturing HD video -- and can be purchased for a fraction of the price of other video-capable DSLR cameras.

Of Mice And Men: Scientists Say We Share The Same Wiring That Links Sex And Violence

Cells that lie deep in the hypothalamus, known to be linked to violent behavior in male mice, were shown, with the help of fluorescent tags, to be intertwined with cells active during sex.  Could a mix-up in these cells be responsible for violent sexual behavior in some human males?

 

The Ferrari FF: A Hatchback With A Prancing Horse

Ferrari's latest car is somewhat of a surprise. It's a four-seat coupe with a little extra junk in the trunk.

Mine Detector Lets The Boom Go Off At A Distance

In Sweden, a pair of Colombian researchers have developed a way to remotely detonate land mines that is not only reliable but that is done at such a distance to keep the operator safe.

Block Around The Clock - Melissa And Doug Combine Shapes And Time

Wooden toy manufacturers Melissa and Doug are at it again - this time with the Wooden Shape Sorting Clock. It's an educationally good time!

Social Media Product Placement vs Defamation Could Have Been Zuckerberg's Legal Remedy

In the year that led up to the production of the movie 'The Social Network,' it was reported widely that Zuckerberg was outraged that an unauthorized portrayal of his life was making its way to the big screen. However, if he was so inclined, defamation of character suits are difficult cases to win in a court of law. Unless 'malice' is shown as intent, most of these suits never succeed. Product placement on the other is another story entirely.

Dogs Get DERMagic Relief From Itchy Skin In Afghanistan

The severe climate of Afghanistan is sure to be hard on human skin, but it is also very damaging to dogs. That's why Pet Postcard Project included DERMagic Skin Care for Animals in care packages to military dog handlers in Afghanistan.

 

Chevy Super Bowl Commercial Becomes Most Watched Commercial Of All Time

Car companies in general did pretty well in terms of Super Bowl advertising. But only one walked away with "most-watched commercial ever" bragging rights.

Top Gear TV Shifts To Car Crazy China

Top Gear, Britain's hugely successful automotive TV show, is coming to China! State-owned CCTV will produce and broadcast Top Gear China from Beijing, featuring Chinese language content and presenters.

NYC's Got Gas - A New Plan To Turn Sewage Into Heat

A New York City wastewater plant will soon be adding enough methane to the city's natural gas supplies to heat 2,500 homes.

Cut Down On Messy Toddler Spills With The Beaba Babypote

The Beaba Babypote is an ultra squeezable silicone container with a snap on top that allows for easy filling.  Parents can put all kinds of messy snacks like yogurt, pudding, fruit purees, etc. into the Babypote, pop on the lid and give them to their preschoolers without the fear of horrible spills. 

Glow-In-The-Dark Nerve Liquid Will Help Navigation During Surgery

It is important to preserve nerves during surgery, because any interference with them could lead to serious complications such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction (during prostate surgery), pain, numbness, weakness, or paralysis.  Though electromyography is used to identify the most prominent nerves, the thin or buried nerves may be overlooked with these methods.

First Look: The 700-HP Gumpert Tornante

One of the world's most extreme supercar makers has just made a second car. And it's better-looking and more luxurious than the first.

The Holy Grail Of Chocolate Has Been Rediscovered: Fortunato No. 4

Just when I thought I'd tasted the best of them, two entrepreneurs from Oregon go and find a unique cacoa bean in Peru, which has not been used in chocolate making for more than 100 years, and is reputed to be the unsurpassed best ever chocolate in the world.

As The Social Media Cookie Crumbles, Rapper Licks Oreos on Facebook

Similar to the Ashton Kutcher-CNN-Larry King challenge on Twitter last year, Oreos, the venerable 89-year-old cookie company wants to set a Guiness World Record for the "most LIKES on Facebook within a 24-hour period." Unfortunately the cookie with the frosting everyone likes to lick off, might be knocked out of the competition by the mega-selling hip-hop rapper named Lil Wayne.

PiXos Spin Master Super Studio Offers Aqua Design Fun

New from toy company Spin Master is thePiXos Super Studio, a way to create long-lasting, non-toxic toys inany shape a kid wants!

Water-Scraper: A Green Metropolis in the Deep Blue

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to live in - well, maybe not.  Evolo's 2011 Skyscraper Competition gave the hO2+ Scraper an honorable mention for its positive impact on the environment as well as the concept of taking the land-loving skyscrapers to the sea.  These underwater, floating structures use wind, solar, wave, kinetic, and bio energy sources for powering an underwater metropolis.

The Birds Get Their Revenge In The Angry Birds Video Game

You might have already heard about the Angry Birds video game when it reached the number one spot at the iTunes App Store, but its developers have amped up the ante by bringing the game to your PC. Help the angry birds exact their revenge on the evil pigs with this chillingly addictive game!

Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

H3 Vest Brings Power To The Construction People

An entry into the 2011 iF Concept Design contest, the H3 Vest by Martin Gschwandtl aims at not only making a work zone safer but making workers in that zone more productive using artificial muscle technology.

The Skinny On The iPhone Mini

Well the iPods did it - why can't the iPhone. Particularly since Android is upping the ante in producing their own iPhone clone, at less cost. Steve Jobs and Apple have always been aggressive in slowing the advance of the competition. Anyone that can potentially steal marketshare and has the chutzpah to think they can build a 'cheaper and smaller' iPhone is going to get whacked in the trying. That's Apple's job (no pun intended).

Be Your Own God In The Virtual Villagers Video Game: New Believers

Get to play god in the latest chapter of the Virtual Villagers video game series that takes you to a new part on the island of Isola. It's inhabited by unfriendly masked heathens who threaten the very survival of your villagers on their territory. Can you make the heathens believe before it's too late?

DanBall Offers Shiatsu Massage At Your Weary Fingertips

If you spend most of your day typing away at a computer or do a lot of heavy lifting then your fingers probably get sore and strained.  It would be great to have a personal hand massager standing by for whenever your fingers start to get a little tired.  Well, this may actually be possible.  The DanBall Finger Massager is a small, round shiatsu massager for the fingers.

Curses Borad Game Aims To Be Funny As $#%&

From game designer Brian Tinsman comesthe game of Curses, where laughter is the best the best medicine andhaving a spell cast over you might just be the funniest thing you’veever seen.

 

Fraunhofer Peers Into The Mobile 3D Market

One of the most quickly expanding markets in the visual industry is the world of 3D television and movies, and German research firm Fraunhofer has found a way to make the third dimension mobile.


Implantable Biosensor Can Tell Tales On Our Hidden Diseases

In 2009, Michael Cima, professor of materials science and engineering, and his MIT team created an implantable sensoring device capable of detecting and monitoring cancer. This week, another version of that device was presented that can detect whether a patient has had a heart attack and its severity.  This will help diagnose the 30 percent of heart attack victims for whom there are no symptoms.

 

Indoor Planter With Umbrella Stand Makes Use Of Rain Water

Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.

 

Will the Bill Pass for Energy-Generating Roadways in California?

A new California bill proposes the installation of piezoelectric energy-generating technology for the state's many highways.  This technology uses the vibration of cars driving on the road to generate energy that can be converted to electricity.

Umeox's Apollo Cell Phone Brings New Meaning to the Words "Solar Cell"

Once again, groundbreaking innovation from Asia: a solar-powered cell phone that should actually reach mass-production.  Umeox, a Chinese high-tech cell phone manufacturer, recently unveiled "Apollo," complete with solar panels for charging.  This smart phone is a must-have for techies, outdoorsmen, and green fiends alike.

The 11 Best Toys Of 2011: Toy Industry Awards

If you want to check out 2011's hottest toys, look no further.  The 11th annual Toy Of The Year Awards (TOTYs) were presented last night at a shindig marking the 108th American International Toy Fair, which opens today in NYC.  The TOTY, for those of you who are superstitious, not only celebrates its 11th year anniversary in 2011, but it awarded 11 prizes in 11 different categories, plus the overall best toy that received the Toy Of The Year award.

 


Where's The Physics In The Cat Physics Video Game?

Is the vast science of physics really making its way into video games? Cat Physics features simple but beautiful graphics and offers refreshing gameplay for people young and old. It's an interesting and addictive game that will constantly challenge you to think outside the box.

Blooming Fair - Buy Fair Trade Flowers For Valentines Day

Buying Fair Trade Certified flowers for Valentines Day will make more than just your loved one happy.

British Valentine's Day Poll: Your Lover Or Your Pet?

Recently, we reported the results of the most current Associated Press poll taken of U.S. residents about their attitudes regarding their lovers versus their pets.  This Valentine's Day, a British survey of 3,000 pet owners reveals how the Brits answer the question: Your lover or your pet?

From Ridicule To Dissident Tool, 5-Yr-Old Twitter Wooed By Giants

Happy Birthday Twitter! Who would have thought 5 years ago when Twitter was dismissed as a narcissistic forum for those who needed to report what they had for breakfast, that it would become not only a major communication tool for protesters, but that some day it would actually be wooed by Internet powerhouses, the likes of Facebook and Google?

"It's Elementary My Dear Watson" When IBM Computer Becomes 'Jeopardy' Contestant

This is a geek alert for Jeopardy fans, young and old. Alex Trebek and America will be given a special treat starting February 14 when IBM's supercomputer "Watson" is pitted against two of the quiz show's all-time winners  - Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. It's guaranteed to be a ratings winner for the venerable game show, which has been on the air since 1964. So, let the games begin, and shall the best man ... erh, computer win.

Shuella Is Cute And Portable Rain Protection For Your Shoes

It can be incredibly frustrating to be caught in a rainstorm when you are wearing some fabulous footwear.  So what can you do about it?  Well, you can move to the desert (but your heels will just get stuck in the sand).  You can carry an emergency pair of boots with you in case you need to change, but that is bulky and time consuming.  A third option is to keep Shuella in your purse or desk.

Apple Sits In Catbird Seat While AT&T & Verizon Duke It Out Over iPhone 4 Prey

When Apple found another distribution partner in Verizon, it didn't need to do much more than take a step back and watch the two telecom companies go at each other like two veteran wrestlers in a WWE Smackdown. And like humorist James Thurber's story, "The Catbird Seat," Apple is "sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him."

Stanford Research Team Trying To Repair Broken Hearts

Neurobiologists at Stanford University have created a 'broken heart' that actually floats in a petri dish and beats.  The beats are irregular and slow, like the child's whose skin cells were donated to create the heart.  The child has Timothy syndrome, a rare genetic disease with irregular heart beat as its most serious characteristic. Children with Timothy syndrome have an average life span of 2.5 years.

 

Robots Now Parking Cars In Chicago

A new parking garage in Chicago provides a look into the future.

Invincible: Scottish Mountain Climber Takes 1,000-Foot Fall and Tells The Story Minutes Later

Imagine falling off a ten-story building and living to tell about it. And not tell about it after five years of intensive care and rehabilitation, but in the ambulance on the way to getting checked out. That's what this mountain climber did.

Love Is Blind... Or Blinding?

Love may be blind, but in this case love is blinding!

Anchor Stones Build Up Highly Crafted Fun

Popular since the 1880s, Anchor Stones by German toymaker Richter are seeing a comeback as well-made, high-quality toys come back into vogue.

Bungee Bird Feeder May Surprise Rodent Interlopers

What would we think of our friends at SUCK UK if they couldn't come up with a clever bird feeder?  Indeed, they have.

The Advantages of DSLR for HD Video

Video-enabled DSLRs are enabling videographers to create video that was previously impossible to create. The advantages of the DSLR for video purposes are numerous, from the professional results to its compact size.

Li-Ion Motors To Offer All-Electric Supercar Later This Year

Electric cars of all shapes and forms are the wave of the future. And that includes the highest performing supercars. The Li-Ion Inizio will be the next hot, all-out performance supercar that bears an electric powertrain.

Philo's Social Media TV Brings "Ridin' QWERTY" Into The Home

The Urban Dictionary lists "Ridin QWERTY" as the play on words for "riding dirty," and defines it as the illegal act of texting while driving - with Q-W-E-R-T-Y being the first 6 letters on any standard keyboard. Philo, a new social networking for TV fans is taking that concept off-road and moving it into your living room or home office. Commencing on Valentines Day, check your local listings and start 'ridin QWERTY" from your favorite 'coach potato' perch.

Slim, Sleek, & Focussed: Todd Bracher's Biomimetic STICK Lamps

How often is a lamp inspired by an insect and a deep sea fish?  Would you expect such a lamp to exude the elegance of the Stick lamps?  Designer Todd Bracher makes biomimetic design look like a walking stick in the park.

A Back Support That Moves With You: The Hug

Back pain is the most common health complaint in the world.  It seems that nearly everyone you know has, or has had, back problems, whether they come from swinging a golf club, falling off a curb, or sitting at a desk all day. 

Dogs Stay Inside With The Innovative Dog Escape Preventer

When visitors show up at your door, what does your dog do?  Mine, and many others', want to say hello to them, usually by jumping up on them incessantly until they give him the 'proper' hello.  But some dogs use the visitors as an excuse for taking off - off your premises all together....

CatchUp Game Gets Personal - And Weird

An interesting game concept from the brain of McLean Enterprises, CatchUp is a little bit off of the beaten path when it comes to fun.

Help I Need Help: Green Packaging for Red Hot Pain

Help I Need Help offers medications (like ibuprofen and sleep aids) as well as health supplies (like bandages) that come in eco-friendly packages.  Made from compostable materials such as paper pulp and corn, the straightforward, light-hearted doesn't want to just help you feel better but the planet, too.

SolarWindow: 300% More Energy With A Spray On Film

New Energy Technologies Inc. is developing the "first-of-its-kind" solar spray.  "SolarWindow"  is said by the company to enable "see-through windows to generate electricity by 'spraying' their glass surfaces with New Energy's electricity-generating coating."  The film generates 300% more electricity than leading technologies and is 1/10 the thickness of former sprays, allowing for full transparency of windows.

Social Networking Helps Finance PadPivot™ Invention

So many inventors are frustrated by lack of funds to obtain a patent, prototyping, manufacturing and marketing.  For those of you who have been in this depressing relationship with the next great invention, perhaps you will get some inspiration from Bernie Graham, the originator of the PadPivot.

 

 

'Jackpot Slots' Turns Your iPhone Into A One-Armed Bandit

Calling all gamers... the Jackpot Slots™ Slot Machine Charge and Sync Dock for iPhone and iPod touch lets you call the shots while you play the slots.

Wrap A Nap Takes the Title For Strangest Sleeping Device Ever?

Strange items that you can put on your head or face to get away with sleeping in public comfortably will never get old much to the appreciation of the latest innovation, Wrap A Nap. This latest addition to the world of sleep-friendly headwear will block out the light and keep you comfortable, all while protecting your head (you know, if you're one of those who bumps into things a lot)!

Jumping Rope For Big Boys: Wilde Seile

Wild ropes. Sounds wild. Sounds dangerous. Maybe a little dirty. You should hear it in German.

One Liter Limit: An Elegant Faucet Solution To Water Waste

If each one of us uses six liters of water every time we wash our hands, as the designers of 1ℓimit (One Liter Limit) faucet cite, then the 1ℓimit faucet needs to be installed in every bathroom in the world.  1ℓimit is not just a clever means of water conservation, it's a sweetheart of a design!

Achoo! Allergies Shown To Lower The Risk Of Brain Cancer

It's nice to read that allergies are actually beneficial to allergy sufferers in some way.  According to a  study reported in this month's issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the more allergies you have, the less likely you are to get brain cancer!

Google Egyptian Exec Uses Social Media vs Search To Become National Hero

As much as been written about Google lacking the social networking gene, it's ironic that one of Google's executives used social media as his weapon of choice in rallying demonstrators on the streets of Cairo. While Google's "Don't' Be Evil" stance on oppressive countries offered up their Speak2Tweet voice messaging service, their Middle East manager Wael Ghonim became so vocal on Twitter and Facebook that he was actually detained by Egyptian authorities for 12 days in captivity

Beauty Lift High Nose Gives The "Perfect Profile" Without Surgery

Well those wacky ‘beauty’ gadgets from Japan just get wackier all the time.  The newest one that I came across is the Beauty Lift High Nose.  From what I can tell this odd looking little contraption is supposed to give users that extra snooty, nose-in-the-air look without the need for cosmetic surgery. 

Diet Soda May Be Deadly

Nothing like a diet orange to wash down some barbecue spare ribs, french fries, and buttered biscuits, heh?  Or a Diet Coke with your Mac & Cheese?  If this sounds like your idea of saving calories, you're a lot like millions of Americans, who believe that because diet soda has no calories, it can't be bad for your diet.  You're wrong.

 

a-JAYS Three Headphones Sound Off Superbly

From Swedish audiophiles JAYS comes a line of headphones designed to give maximum comfort, style and performance - one that actually delivers!

What's Love Got To Do With It? - Treating Marriage Like a Business

A new book explains how to succeed in marriage, by treating it like a business.

Automakers Score Big In Super Bowl Ads

Two storied franchises. One big game. And the biggest audience of all time. It's all an advertiser's dream. And auto manufacturers didn't miss out. Car companies were among the most celebrated Super Bowl advertisers.

Got Issues? Map Them - A New Map Making Tool That Anyone Can Use

IssueMap is an easy to use, free map making tool that allows you to map your data quickly and professionally.

Melissa And Doug Magnetic Responsibility Chart Attracts Kids' Interest

Getting kids to do their chores, brush their teeth and even be nice to one another can be a challenge, but with the Melissa and Doug Magnetic Responsibility Chart, good behaviour might just stick.

Venus De Milo, Armed And Fabulous – Thanks To Japan's 2channel

Have you ever wondered what the Ancient Greek marble statue called the Venus de Milo would look like in her original, complete form? The creative types at the Japanese Internet forum 2channel decided to arm the iconic statue, literally, and the results may (or may not) surprise you.

Sneaker Stilletos: Sexy Or Creepy?

Hot? Or totally, unbelievably, completely, absolutely not? You decide.

Tasty Social Media Layer Added To The Mashable Cake?

Social layers are a tricky thing for online news site. Both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today have failed in their attempts, and Eric Schmidt, the now deposed CEO of Google may have lost his job because of it. Mark Zuckerberg back in December admonished Schmidt's attempt at socializing Google with the quip, "Social is not a layer you add- you have to design it from the ground up." Nonetheless, Mashable has thrown their hat into the social ring, complete with badges to boot!

Fight Childhood Obesity When They're Newborns

Childhood obesity ranged from 23 to 44 percent in 2007, depending on the state of residence.  Those rates were 10 percent higher than they were in 2003.  So, it is not surprising that public health and pediatricians, among others, are investigating many ways to control what has reached epidemic proportions.

 


Tailgating Made Better: Heated, Folding Chair Keeps You Warm

I suppose what they're going for with "Chaheati" is Tahiti for your ass. We'll forgive them for that because a heated, portable chair is a great idea.

Surround The Sound On An Elegant Docking Station: Acoustable

Belgian designers Jérôme Spriet and Wolfgang Bregentzer have a great concept for a combination coffee table, speaker system, and docking station. It's the Acoustable (acoustic table), where you surround the sound.  And, it's a giant docking system, so others can plug in too... provided they bring their own headphones.

Fingerprinted Chips Mean Theives Can't Get Their Greasy Hands On Them

New from German research firm Fraunhofer is the announcement that they have developed a "fingerprinted" electronic chip that cannot be copied by digital thieves.

How Italians Say 'I Love You' To Their Pets: Ciottoli Bowls

Italians don't create many products without style, and pet products are no exception, especially to IMAC, an Italian company with a mission to make pet products with artisan spirit, care, and passion.  I fell hard for Imac's Ciottoli dog and cat bowls....

Bugatti Going For a New Look

Recent rumors indicate that Bugatti may be getting bigger in the future. And for once, it's not in the engine. VW's exclusive, ultra-expensive sports brand will be adding a premium sedan to its tiny line.

Kindle's New Social Media Features Sends Message:'You Are What You Read'

Kindle owners, or those about to purchase, get ready for feature updates for the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G devices. The free 'Kindle Software Update Version 3.1' is promoting an early preview release. In an effort to stay current with the social media milieu we live in, some of the new features are targeted to our networked communities, within and outside of the Kindle book covers.

Easy Feet Is Never Too Tired To Give A Foot Massage

The Easy Feet device looks like a sandal, but with suction cups on the bottom and bristles on the inside.  The idea behind the product is that once it is suctioned to the bottom of the tub a person can thoroughly wash his/her feet without having to lean over and risk slipping.

China's First Gated Community Erects 'Great Wall' Against Crime

A Great Wall of China, in my village? It's more likely than you think, especially if you live in the newly wealthy Chinese village of Aodi.

Hate Pedaling Uphill? Ego-Kits Turns Your Mountain Bike Into An Electric

Want the mountain biking without the mountain? The new German-born Ego Kit has your back.

Spread Of Ovarian Cancer Contained By Certain RNA Genes

.... If this success is continued in subsequent studies, miR-429 could become the catalyst that literally reverses the fate of an ovarian cancer patient.

 

Airbags Move Out Of Cars And Onto...Skiers?

An airbag technology developed in motorcycle racing is being adapted to ski racing. In the future, ski racers may enjoy greater impact protection thanks to a piece of airbag clothing.

Purely Paper Interior Design By Woodnotes

How would you imagine your home to look if your walls, floors, window coverings, chairs, sofas, and interior accessories were made of paper?  Pretty shabby?  Well, get a glimpse here of what it would look like filled with designs made from Woodnotes' paper yarn textiles.

OAT Shoes: Not Only Biodegradable But Plantable, Too

OAT Shoes' new line of sneakers is not only fashionable, it's also both biodegradable and plantable.  Once you've worn out these sneaks, you can either throw them away without fears of harming the planet OR you can plant them right in your garden.  The exciting line debuted in Amsterdam's International Fashion Week and was a huge hit.

Retro iPhone Charger Stand Lets You Talk While You Charge

You'll really get a charge out of this cool, cute iPhone charging station! It juices up your smartphone while allowing you to talk hands-free or via the retro handset.

Sign Of The Times - The End of Neon Lights?

A woman in New York City is 'collecting' all the neon signs there.

Social Media Q & A Experiencing Growing Pains & Copycats

The resurgence in Q&A sites which heretofore were dominated by Yahoo Answers and WikiAnswers are due mainly to the popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Adding a social media component, Quora, Vyou, Stack Exchange and even Facebook are all testing the waters. However treading the fine line of scale to include a more broader, mainstream audience while maintaining a high quality of content is problematic. While more users attract advertisers - more users have a tendency to dummy down a service - and therein lies the dilemma.

Advance Planning: Burial With Your Pet

Americans are buried next to their cats, dogs... even iquanas, and more are preparing for their own inevitability by purchasing plots in advance, right next to their pets.

Easidream Uses Sensations Of The Womb To Soothe Babies

With a newborn in the house I am currently quite sleep deprived.  Some days I feel pretty desperate for anyone or anything that could stop the crying and soothe my baby off to sleep.  While researching possible solutions I came across a gadget that claims to do just that.  The Easidream is a system meant to calm your baby and lull him/her into a peaceful sleep by mimicking the motion, sound and light of the womb.

Inventor Of New Baby Pacifier Finally Gets To His Own 'Super Bowl'

Most inventors have to wait a long time to see their products on the market, if they ever get there.  That''s why two of the critical character traits of an inventor must be persistence and patience.  Dr. John Davis, a Roanoke, Virginia pediatric dentist, waited 10 years to see his PreVent pacifier on the shelves and online stores of Baby's R Us.  That was finally his Super Bowl.

 

Social Media's 'Death Becomes Her' Motivates Filmmaker To Star Dead Actress In New Film

"Living her life like a candle in the wind," may have ended her life at 36, but soon Norma Jean (aka Marilyn Monroe) might have a whole new career, some 49 years after her death. While many have tried to keep the iconic image of the 50s star alive through merchandising, no one will have gone as far as Jamie Salter  and his company AuthenticBrands Group. Encouraged by the number of MM's Facebook followers, now close to 400,000, Salter is working on creating a "Digital Monroe."

Social Media Slow To Define "Hiybbprqag" As Google's 'Bing Sting' Unfolds

If you were to search for the meaning of "Hiybbprqag" you might be surprised by the Google and Bing search results that appear. Top ranking SERPs (search engine result pages) might surface links like "How Google Tripped Up Microsoft" or "Did Google catch Bing Cheating." Even comedian Stephen Colbert has a definition for the word. However, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, often praised for their real-time results were slow on the uptake regarding what the heck "Hiybbprqag" actually means?

Miraphone Turns Up The Sound, Not The Volume, For Hearing Impaired

... Users seem to find the Miraphone a desirable solution to their telephone communication difficulties, as many hearing impaired persons cannot use a voice amplified phone at all.

Twist 'N Sparkle Adds Some Fun To Plain Old Water

Water and other non-carbonated drinks just don’t seem very exciting.  No wonder so many people are addicted to drinking soda.  With the Twist ‘n Sparkle system you can easily turn most non-carbonated drinks into fizzy ones.

Study Shows Osteoporosis Drugs Add Five Years To Your Life

Some rather surprising results from a longitudinal study of older persons taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis revealed that they are outliving those who are not on the drugs... by five years!  That's not all....

Snowed In, A Massachusetts Man Invents 'SnowBow,' A Better Shovel

Some of us may be snowed in right now; if not, we're waiting for the next storm, and then we'll be snowed in.  Well, three years ago, industrial designer John Mosher was snowed in, in Hopington, Massachusetts,, and he went out with his snow blower to clear the driveway.  It broke down.  A 160 foot driveway is tough to clear with a shovel, and Mosher made it half way when he said that's it!  The rest made shovel history!

Egypt's Social Media & Internet Shut-down Could Cost A Pharaoh's Ransom

With social media going dark in Egypt and with proposed legislature before the U.S. Congress to institute a similar "Kill Switch," is it any wonder that when Hosni Mubarak decided to turn off the Internet, that not only would 'all hell would break loose,' but that his country would incur a major economic hit.

Laser Welding Fastens Present Materials To Future Technology

Current laser welding techniques are limited in what plastics they can join seamlessly, but thanks to a breakthrough a Fraunhofer this may no longer be the case.

Modernist Cuisine: Try A Shot Of Morning Bagel With Your Breakfast

What is a former child genius, who studied math, geophysics, space physics, mathematical economics, cosmology, and quantum field theories (among other things), an inventor, a world renowned nature and wildlife photographer, and a former chief technology officer for Microsoft doing in an experimental modernist kitchen?  Making shots of liquid bagel, of course!

 

Missing A Sock? Check Out Fire Farm's Dancing Feet Chandelier

When you want to see what creative custom lighting looks like, visit Fire Farm Lighting.  Lighting designer with its own designs of off-the-shelf chandeliers and lamps, the company just goes nuts when it comes to custom creativity.  My favorite is Fire Farm's Dancing Feet Chandelier - aka 'Sock-delier!'

One More Benefit of Biofuels: Newfound Use For The Byproduct, Crude Glycerol

Crude glycerol is an unfortunate byproduct of biofuel manufacturing.  Biofuels are otherwise a positive contribution to the green scene, and fortunately a solution for the crude glycerol issue is being researched.  A bacteria has recently been discovered to digest the byproduct, resulting in some very exciting alternatives to conventional fuels.

Social Media Bloggers vs Semantic Techoggers - Man vs The Machine

Who needs to pay bloggers anymore, when semantic algorithms can accomplish the same task with quicker results and with more thorough research? As quickly as bloggers surfaced with the evolution of the Web 2.0, the semantic technology content of the emerging Web 3.0 era is beginning to emerge to take its place. Transforming minefields of data into high-quality editorial, at scale, and without human authoring or editing is ready to revolutionize the future of publishing.

Bioengineered Blood Vessels May Revolutionize Bypass & Hemodialysis Surgeries

A new bioengineering technique for creating 'off the shelf' blood vessels was unveiled today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.    Researchers believe their technique might one day obviate the need to use the patient's own blood vessels to replace those that are not functioning, specifically in heart by-pass and hemodialysis surgeries, saving as many as 500,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone.

 

Press And Measure Dispenser Easily Moderates Your Fat Intake

Well, it’s February now and a great number of people who made New Year’s resolutions have already let them go for another year.  On the healthier eating front there is a kitchen gadget that can eliminate a lot of the guesswork for measuring oil.  The Press and Measure Dispenser by Grant Howard simplifies the process and takes away the opportunity for denial. 

Will Social Media Leaks Or Pokes Win Nobel Peace Prize?

Two years ago, the world wondered how a newly-elected president like Barack Obama could qualify and win the Nobel Peace Prize. Even the president questioned the honor. This year, that same president might also question why WikiLeaks is now a candidate for that same distinction. Moreover, in a year that couldn't get enough of Facebook, could that honor go to a dark horse, like the world's largest social network?

Twisted Lighting Designs: 'Ropes' By Christian Haas

German designer Christian Haas has introduced twisted lamps.  They're made of rope.  Not the fibrous, thorny kind of rope used to tie up bundles for shipping, but soft, silky, textile ropes. Ropes you want to reach out and touch....

 

Scent Scape Adds Smellovision To The World Of Entertainment

From the ScentSciences corporation comes a new dimension in multimedia and gaming experiences: smell. Thanks to the Scent Scape you can get ready to breathe deeply and add your nostrils to the list of things engaged during your viewing experience.

Expanding InLine Skates Make Learning Fun, Functional And Less Frightening

Thanks to the new Grow With Me 1,2,3 InLine Skates from Fisher Price, kids can have fun rolling without the danger of rolling out of control.

Facebook's Social Media Click-Throughs Are Clicked Less Today Than Yesterday

Perhaps money can't buy you love, but it's been known to buy you friends on Facebook. Webtrends's white paper analysis of Facebook ad campaigns found that the cost of advertising on the social network that attracts users to fan pages now costs $1.07. However out of 11,200 ad campaigns which totaled 4.5 billion impressions the average click-through rate dropped from 0.063 percent last year to 0.051 percent in 2010.

Keep Your Pet's Food Flowing With Regular, Discounted Deliveries!

How would you like a pet service that doesn't cost you more than not having a pet service?  Hard to find these days. Well, now you can get almost any dog or cat food that your pets eat through such a service.  The company is called Petflow and it ships your pet's food right to your home for  less than it would cost you to purchase it at a pet store, without the inconvenience.

New Lights To Shine On Cancer Cells With FDA OK Of C Dots

C Dots, or Cornell Dots, named for the university where they were first developed, have received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)... to be used in a human clinical trial.  The C Dots were first developed as optical probes, but have since been adapted for use as cancer cell trackers, assisting both the diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer cells.

 

Inventor's 'Bedbug Detective' Sniffs Just Like A Dog!

Two years ago, when the deluge of the bedbug became the scourge of the day, Chris Goggin, a mechanical engineer, wondered if he could create a machine as sensitive to odors as a dog.  The particular sensitivity would be to the pheromones emitted by bedbugs.

 


Death Star Planetarium Lights Up The Night Ceiling

Star Wars has always been a haven for both science and pseudo-science junkies of all ages, and the Death Star Planetarium kit tries to appeal to both sides.

Razer Forex Speakers Make Mighty Mobile Music A Reality

From Razer, the maker of all things gaming peripheral, comes a new way to get great sound for those on the go - the Forex speaker set.

Pulp Furniture Or What Did You Do With All Those Egg Cartons?

If you can't afford furniture and have to sit on cardboard boxes, I think we can find something a bit more elegant for you.  Many furniture designs are made from paper these days.  Like Pulp Furniture, for example; the unique thing about it is that its shapes are so familiar... but not to furniture!  

 


Relationship Killers: The 5 Worst Valentine's Day Gifts Ever

February is upon us, which means it's time to celebrate our hate love for our significant others by being nice to them for one day of the year. Of course, if you don't buy into the whole "one day of romance for 364 days of loathing," or if you just plain hate your partner, these gifts are sure to get your special day of torment off to a great start.

Social Media Privacy Might Be Under More Scrutiny By Govt Than Internet Companies

As concern mounts as to why Facebook spent $130,000 on lobbyists in the 4th quarter, and why Google dropped $5.16 million for the same purpose in 2010, many of us feel that these efforts were purely for monetary gain. With behaviorally-targeted marketing a result of Web searches, LIKE buttons and GPS functionality, not only do Internet companies and social networks want your private data, so does the government.