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March, 2011

Spy Camera Series: Watch Out For My Watch

Welcome to the second installment of the Spy Camera Series. This time let's take a look at another object that you can position obscurely on your desk or cabinet or counter without anyone being any wiser as to what it really is: watches. Wear it on your wrist, leave it on your work table, put it in your drawers--just like the pens, the possibilities of where you can put the spy camera watch is endless.


HTC Pyramid: It's Been Leaked and It Sure Looks Good

The HTC Pyramid failed to make an appearance at the CTIA 2011 which disappointed a lot of people who were eagerly waiting for its announcement (and for a sneak peek of the device.) However, just a few days after the convention wrapped up, leaks of photos and specs of the device are spreading like fire across the web.

What You Need to Know About the BlackBerry Playbook

Research In Motion (RIM) is best known for the BlackBerry smartphone but soon the company hopes to make headlines with the release of their first ever tablet: the BlackBerry Playbook. The device was announced last September 27, 2010 and eager users have been waiting for its promised arrival in early 2011. Tablets have been all the rage lately so what edge has RIM equipped the PlayBook with to make it a contender in the competitive tablet market?


Putting the "Smart" In Smartphone: Iphone 5 Might Include AI

A very interesting rumor about the iPhone 5 has been going around. It involves a little AI called Siri.

A Better Way of Bike Travel: BIKND Helium Suitcase

Enjoy the ride and protect your bike with an air-cushioned travel bag.

Up Close With Birds 'N' All - A Hummingbird Feeder For Your Face

The best way to experience hummingbirds is in your face!

Car Phone: Aston Martin's Slick, Sexy Concept Phone

Aston Martin is known best for its cars, but if this concept ever gets produced, it may be known more for cell phones.

Royal Wedding PEZ Dispensers: The King's Sweets

PEZ makes around 80 million dispensers annually, most of those in China, but the special set of William and Kate PEZ dispensers available to eBay bidders from April 7 through 17 are priceless... literally.

Finally: Fisker Karma Is Go

After several years of delays, production on the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid is finally underway. The very first Karmas began rolling off assembly lines in Finland earlier this month.

Yellow Dye May Be Secret To Prolonging Life And Slowing Alzheimer's Disease

Thanks to Silvestre Alavez, a staff scientist in the Lithgow Lab at the Buck Institute for the Research on Aging in Novato, California, we may be able to slow down the progression of disease processes, particularly Alzheimer's disease, and extend human life span.  And the substance that could do it has been right under Alzheimer's diagnostic microscopes all along.

 


Range Rover Hits The Road On Bike

A bike luxurious enough to bear the Range Rover name.

Retro Handheld Gaming on Your PC with Pica Pic

Remember the days when hand-held game and watch consoles only featured one game which was basic and simple in premise and gameplay? I recall owning two or three of these back in the day so I found it a pleasant surprise to find at least one of the previous game titles I owned on Pica Pic, a brand-spanking new site that allows you to play over 19 classic games for free online.

Exposure To Violence Makes Kids More Aggressive

Two world-wide studies published within a year of each other have looked at the increase of violence among children. They came, not surprisingly, to the same conclusion, one which seems like common sense to many of us, but which has been challenged time and time again by propagandists for TV and video game manufacturers.  The conclusion? Violence begets violence, no matter where it comes from.

 


New Video Game Releases: Week 13, 2011

This week's latest releases do not disappoint. Role-playing gamers will have plenty of titles to choose from, including The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The 3rd Birthday, and Mass Effect 2. Most of these titles are sequels or spin-offs from established RPG franchises, making it an added bonus if you're currently following their respective series. Gear up for some realistic racing in Shift 2: Unleashed or take a trip down to Hawaii for some hidden object fun in Vacation Quest: The Hawaiian Islands. Finally, take your love for wrestling on a whole new level and play as your favorite wrestlers in WWE All-Stars.

Wizcom's Quicktionary TS Premium Offers Texty New Way To Get Your Translation On

From Wizcom, makers of all things text-to-translated comes the Quicktionary TS Premium - a way to scan, translate, store and interpret the written word. Premium indeed!

Another Motorized Skateboard: The Fiik

A 22-mph, 800-Watt motorized skateboard that rides anywhere you want to go.

Google's Quest For Social Media Holy Grail Redux

A lot has been written about Google and its unshakable pursuit of a means to integrate with social media. The blogosphere is especially cyberventilating this week due a FTC penalty ruling - ironically due to privacy infractions from Google's Buzz debacle last year - and its launch of a "+1 button" that operates uncannily like. . . well, a LIKE button a la Facebook.

Nanogenerators: Move, Shake, and Drop to Charge Your Gadgets

It took a long time but scientists have finally developed the first nanogenerator that could be available commercially to the whole world in a matter of a few years. With how things are working out for this technology and at the pace that it's being developed, you could soon be powering up your electronic gadgets simply by moving your body and going about your daily tasks just as you do today.

Transform Your iPod into the Ultimate Handheld Gaming Console with These Gamepad Stickers

If you're an avid gamer then I'm sure you've encountered a plethora of games for your iPhone or iPod Touch that's a little bit hard to navigate with just flat, touchscreen controls. Have you ever played an action game or a shooter and reminisced just how much easier and better gameplay was if you had this game to play on your Game Boy or PlayStation Portable or Nintendo DS with the raised controls and buttons?

No More Chewing the Edge Off Your Pen; Now You Can Eat It!

Were you one of those people who would chew at the ends of their pens or on the caps whenever they were answering a test or having a hard time going through the questionnaire? Well, I was. So when I happened to stumble upon this edible pen by Dave Hakkens, I thought that this could be the perfect solution for all of us pen-chewers in the world.

Woozie Keeps Your Drink Chilly And Your Fingertips Warm

Oh those icy cold drinks; they are so refreshing on hot summer days aren’t they?  Too bad they don’t stay that way for long.  Woozies are brightly colored neoprene wine glass insulators.  Now you can take your time enjoying a chilly beverage instead of having to slam it back before it heats up.

Xbox 720: Is It Coming Soon?

Speculation as to when the successor of the Xbox 360 will be released began way back since 2007. News about the Xbox 720 (it would make sense to some people just to multiply the 360 by 2 to arrive at the new name, but we never know, Microsoft could really use it) is making rounds once again, but it isn't just plain rumors that's stirring the coup this time around.

Solar LED Lanterns and More Aide To Help Japan's Earthquake Victims

Almost 3 weeks after the Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan survivors are still living without basic necessities: food, water, electricity, etc. Panasonic is doing what it can to help. Among all the aide they have sent so far, there were thousands of Solar powered lanterns sent to Japan just a few days after the earthquake.

Sexual Harassment Is Stressful For Men Too

More victims of sexual harassment are women, but men are also victimized, both by women and by other men. A study undertaken by by Michigan State University (MSU) looks at how both genders are affected.

TRON Designs Corian: Dupont & Disney Team Up For Milan

The design world meets in Milan in a few weeks at the 2011 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, but how many will partner with Disney to bring such an imaginative group of stage sets to the show: TRON Designs Corian. a bathroom (aka wellness room), a living room, bedroom, outdoor space, home theatre, and kitchen and dining area will all be displayed in the futuristic Safe House.

 


Franken-car: Performance Pickup Car From BMW

This is what it's like when worlds collide. Kinda' yuppie, kinda blue collar, it's a BMW pickup car. And, yeah, it's that awesome.

Doggies Do The Chew - Dog Food Promotion Goes Viral

You can now use your smartphone to feed your pet.

Eco-Friendly Auto Shops Like "Green Garage" Pop Up Nationwide

Is it possible for an auto shop to tune up your car to make it less harmful for the environment?  Well, that's the claim of eco-friendly shops such as "Green Garage" of Colorado.  By using non-toxic, low-VOC, and biodegredable products, these auto shops intend to make your car go green--not without making plenty of green themselves of course.

Taste The Lightning: MSI Reveals Two New Graphics Cards

This week, Micro Star International; the world leader in the manufacture of computer components, revealed what may be two of the best graphics cards on the market: the Geforce N580GTX Lightning and Radeon R6970 Lightning. These are some nice cards here, folks.

Ping-Pong Paddle Hotel to Highlight Planned Chinese Sports Complex

Fancy some ping-pong with your Hong Kong? A unique hotel designed to look like a ping-pong paddle has been 'tabled' to highlight a sports-oriented Olympic park planned for the city of Huainan in eastern China.

Allergen Beagle Sniffs Out What You Shouldn't Be Eating

Knowing what you're eating is important for the health conscious of us in general and even more so for those with allergies - and the Allergen Beagle concept might just be the helpful tool you need.

From Social Media To Semantic Web, LinkedIn Caffeinates NYC & San Fran

Extra, Extra. . . read all about it, LinkedIn offers free coffee to residents and commuters in New York City and San Francisco with the launch of its latest product. Holy Cappuccino, Starbucks. . . you deserve a break today...

Turn Tunes In Your Head Into Music For Everyone's Ears

Music has long been seen as an expression of one's thoughts, feelings, or emotions. But what about for people who are suffering from severe physical disabilities or for those who do not have the ability to speak? Well, researchers from the United Kingdom are working hard to give them a musical voice by developing a new computer system that can turn thoughts to music.

New Study Evaluates Radiation Risks Of Airport X-Ray Screeners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed 486 full body scanners in U.S. airports and plans to install another 1000 by the end of 2011.  Besides the privacy issues that have become quite controversial, there has been concern over the amount of radiation these scanners emit and what their potential is for increasing risk of serious health problems.

 


Hopscotch Floor Decals Bring Outdoor Fun Indoors

I tell you, if I had had the chance to play hopscotch indoors at home when I was a kid I would have been thrilled!  For today’s kids this is entirely possible.  Hopscotch Floor Decals are easily installed on most types of flooring and can be removed with any damage to the floor.

Horse Husbandry May Go Smoother With A Little Help From New Gel Sedative

Horse owners have the responsibility for keeping their horses safe and in good, healthy condition all their lives by practicing what's called good horse husbandry.  Sometimes, though, horses would rather not be involved in this process, and that can make them jittery, to put it mildly.  But a new sedating gel, to be used only for standing procedures, is now available, enabling both owner and horse to achieve what's really best for the horse.

 

For Picky Eaters: Fooddam Prevents Food From Touching

Do you have a child who cringes if his carrots touch his mashed potatoes?  Recoils when the chicken overlaps the rice?  Maybe you even know an adult with touching food issues.  It can be a frustrating thing to deal with, especially when you are the one preparing the meal.  The Fooddam by FusionBrands is meant to eliminate this problem.

Get Ready for Landing and Takeoff in the Airport Mania iPod Game

You may not own a real physical airport but you can manage one on your iPhone or iPod Touch with Airport Mania: First Flight. Land the planes and guide them across the tarmac to unload their passengers. Load some new ones on-board and send the planes soaring back to the sky for another flight.

North Korea Donates $500,000 for Japan Earthquake Disaster Victims

North Korea is an uncaring nation not really big on making charitable donations, right? Not so fast – the Hermit Kingdom and its Dear Leader just reached out to victims of Japan's Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake by donating a cool half million dollars.

Power Pod: An Elegant Solution To The Tacky Power Strip

Power strips and endless cords criss-crossing your floor have no place in a sophisticated setting and, whether your setting is a home office or the top floor suite overlooking Manhattan, your design 'ethic' requires more aesthetics.

Historical Icon Snowboards

Add a little more cachet to your snowboard cache.

Could Increased Reliance On Biofuels Be More Detrimental To Our Health Than Global Warming?

Because biofuels redirect crops and land formerly used for food production to use in biofuel production, increased reliance on biofuels always results in increased food prices.  New projections indicate that the very efforts industrialized countries set in place to alleviate deaths and disease caused from global warming by increasing biofuel reliance could actually cause more deaths and disease than global warming itself.

Pet A Kitten....Through The Internet

A few months ago, a company called Apriori control came up with an idea for a very interesting innovation, involving cats, robots, and the internet.

Get Fixed - An Addiction Site That Gets Real

A new website helps you recover from addiction, by being real about it.

NASA Tests New Biofuel Made With Chicken Fat

Research teams from NASA are experimenting with a new jet biofuel made from chicken fat.  The teams will compare emissions from operating with the new biofuel in its pure form, a 50-50 mixture of the new biofuel and traditional jet fuel, and pure traditional jet fuel.  The new biofuel is aligned with the U.S. military's goals of using 50 percent biofuel in their aircraft.

Eco-Friendly Plastic from Meat and Bone Meal? Yep, It's Possible!

Plastics are usually made with petroleum raw materials but scientists from Clemson University say that they have found an eco-friendly substitute for these chemical compounds: meat and bone meal. These are prepared from waste materials from the rendering industry, which can include ground-up remnants of carcass trimmings, condemned carcasses and internal organs, and bones.

Brain Does Not Distinquish Between Emotional Rejection & Physical Pain

fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging, allows researchers to follow what's happening in the brain as it is happening, literally, in real time.  Psychologists at the University of Michigan and Columbia University utilized fMRI technology to compare the brain's activity during physical pain and simulated emotional pain.


Baseball-Card Collecting For A New Generation: Video Cards

A sports collector's card for a technological-driven era.

Breed'n Besty Used To Help Vet Students Who Get Behind

The Breed'n Betsy cow rectum simulator gives vet students a chance to get a feel for just what they're doing before they try it out on Betsy herself, much to appreciation of live cows everywhere.

Social Media Booty Calls By Virtual Cloud Girlfriends

In 'Lars and the Real Girl' - as delusional as the lead character was in the movie, at least he had something "real" to hold onto. With the beta launch of a site called "Cloud Girlfriend," the goal is to offer virtual love affairs to male users in the form of what they might conjuring up as perfect mates. Giving a whole new meaning to the sexual innuendo "faking it," this new Internet startup wants to help guys move their status from "single" to "in a relationship" on Facebook.

On This Day In Video Game History: March 29

On March 29, 2004..Painkiller goes gold. The highly anticipated first-person shooter published by DreamCatcher Games and developed by People Can Fly is finally ready to go into production.

Brazilian Scientists to the World: Get Ready for the Pineapple and Banana Cars of the Future

The automobile industry is constantly transforming and trying to build more efficient and greener cars. Because of these efforts, we've seen the age of the electric cars and we have seen prototypes of cars that run on water as well as vehicles that are powered by solar energy. Now these are all great, but there's another solution brewing around that will not only use eco-friendly materials during its manufacture but will also result in the production of a stronger, lighter car that will do wonders for fuel economy. Is the world ready for pineapple and banana cars to hit the road?

Adapt Old Lenses To New Cameras To Save Money

Before still cameras were being used to create HD video, director Tim Burton was already seeing the possibilities. His film “Corpse Bride,” a stop-motion animation, was shot entirely on DSLR cameras, according to stopmotionworks.com

Carbon Nanotube Device Can Spot A Single Cancer Or HIV Cell

The collaboration of a Harvard bioengineer and an MIT aeronautical engineer has led to the development of a device that can detect as little as a single nanogram-size cancer cell in a blood sample.  This microfluidic device is essential for the earliest identification of a spreading cancer.

 

Jeans That You Can Sport For Sports

Jeans that are comfortable enough to wear for any of your adventures, or functional sport pants that are stylish enough to wear out to dinner--either way, you win.

The Ipad 2

On Friday, Apple finally released their much-anticipated follow up to the Ipad, the Ipad 2.  At this point, you've probably got two questions:

1) How does it stack up to the Ipad?

2) Is it worth buying? 

Well, let's have a look. 


Social Media's Impact On Kids: Pediatricians Weigh In

In today's online edition of Pediatrics, a new clinical report on The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families, presents the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of social media on the lives of our kids.

Productive Cardio: Multitasking With FitDesk

Knock two of your daily chores out at once and save your free time for something more valuable--like a long, hard-earned nap.

Four Awesome Games for the Nintendo 3DS

March 27 marked the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in the United States and the gaming world could not be more abuzz with the latest handheld gaming console that offers three-dimensional gaming without the glasses. We've already covered the Nintendo 3DS as well as the science behind 3D gaming in previous posts, so this time we're focusing on four of the games that you can actually play on this nifty device.


Walnuts Are Healthiest Nuts, But May Not Be Enough For Dinner!

If you eat a handful of nuts or two at a party, they don't generally ruin your appetite for dinner.  If they do make you feel full, you're in luck, because one of the recommendations of this study is that those nuts become your dinner.

Minecraft Refrigerator Tile Set Keeps You Entertained While Feeding Your Weak, Non-Blocky Body

Minecraft. If you haven't heard about it, you should check out this blocky, dig-for-your-life PC game that will consume hours of your day and night and lead you to build maniacally large structures for no good reason. Then, when you're done, buy some of these Minecraft fridge magnets.

Harvard Scientists: We Can Use Electricity to Fight Fires

We can't fight fire with fire, but we can sure use electricity to quench the flames. This discovery was made by a team of scientists from Harvard University based on a 200-year old observation that electricity can influence the shape of flames and make them bend, twist, turn, flicker, and eventually snuff them out.

Watson Supercomputer To Get A Chance At Wearing Scrubs

Watson, the supercomputer that kicked the mental asses of two of Jeopardy's best contestants in February may havae gotten a job offer out of the deal; researchers are now looking into how the massive computer would fare as a doctor.

Duracell MyGrid Charging Pad: One Gadget that Can Charge Four Devices At Once

Most people nowadays depend on a lot of electronic gadgets to stay in touch with friends and family as well as maintain relations with business contacts, and the tangled wires of the mountain of chargers on your nightstand is obviously not a welcome sight. So here's Duracell's solution to all that wiry clutter: the MyGrid Charging Pad, which can charge up to four devices from a list that contains wide range of mobile devices, all in one neat contraption.

Clouded Thinking? - Qatar's World Cup Soccer Stadia To Have Artificial Clouds

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have worked out how to keep their stadia cool for the World Cup: build a cloud.

From PageRank To Panda, Google Bends The Web To Its Will [Infographic]

With Google's ever-evolving algorithm, SEOBook posted a detailed infographic that took on the burdensome task of piecing together how Google  continually try to reinvent itself. From the rudimentary beginnings that surfaced with the launch of PageRank a decade ago to the the recent release of its Panda update to curtail...

Jobs: "No Interest" in App that Detects iPhone's Radiation Emission

Steve Jobs replied with a succinct "No interest" to Gil Friedlander, Tawkon's CEO, when the latter asked the former if he would approve an app for the iTunes App Store that would allow iPhone users to see the level of radiation that their devices were emitting at any given time. With that, Gil took his app to Cydia and offered it to the users of jailbroken iPhones for free.

Tokyo Hotel Delays Closing, Opens Doors to Earthquake Refugees

Tokyo's Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, once a symbol of Japan's robust 'bubble economy', was scheduled to close at the end of March. Touched by the plight of people who barely survived the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, however, the owners of the sumptuous 700-room hotel have offered to extend the closing date in order to house approximately 1,600 disaster evacuees.

What Makes The ULTIMATE Pooper Scooper? YardPup & Paw™

One of the products that debuted at the Global Pet Expo 2011, held last week in Orlando, Florida was the YardPup & Paw, advertised as 'the ultimate poop scoop.'  I can't speak to whether it is the ultimate one or not, but I'll tell you what makes it different from the ones you've seen before.

Auqaglide Revolution Brings Playground Fun To The Water

The teeter totter was always my favorite piece of playground equipment.  If you share this love of teeter totters and enjoy water sports then you will probably be impressed by the Auqaglide Revolution.  This 10 person water teeter totter provides outdoor excitement for adults and kids alike.

World's First 'Practical' Artificial Leaf Can Cheaply Turn Water Into Energy

A team of chemistry and engineering scientists from MIT today announced the completion of their quest to create an artificial leaf that creates electricity from water like a leaf produces oxygen and food from carbon dioxide.

Hot Pants: Wear Them And Get Hot!

Low waist, high leg?  Not.  But hot?  Oh yes, very hot!  Would you believe 167° Fahrenheit?

Easy Does It With the 4 Steps iPod Game

I was unimpressed the first time I came across the name of the app: 4 Steps. I didn't read the description so I had absolutely no clue or inkling as to what it could be about. Its developer describes it as a brain-training game by way of images but I see it more as a relaxing game of picking out a progression of four from four images that are presented in each level.

Tai Chi Moves Improve Moods, Fight Depression In Elderly

A team of researchers at the Univerity of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have, for the first time, scientifically demonstrated the benefits of Tai chi in the management of late-life depression.

Construction Quilt Sparks Creativity In Kids And Adults

Kids think forts are great.   Up until now the building blocks of most forts have been sofa cushions, blankets and cardboard boxes.  The Construction Quilt could offer a new element to the mix.  It could also be used by adults as a funky design piece in their home.

Introducing the Eyeglasses of the Future: emPower! Electronic Glasses

Regular eyeglasses come with a lot of compromises. Sometimes people even need separate pairs for their reading glasses and corrective glasses to correct their sight. That's why PixelOptics have come up with these innovative glasses that have built-in microchips and micro-accelerometers so you can activate and switch on the near focus lens only when you need them. But how does it work?

Jack S. Kilby: Inventor of the Microchip

Today, we'll be paying homage to Nobel prize winning engineer Jack S. Kilby, one of the men who invented the integrated circuit- technology which would later become indispensible in the computer industry.

The Eyes Have It - Diagnosing Diabetes Through The Eyes

Scientists have found a way to detect diabetes by looking in your eyes.

Color Your Social Network With Complete Strangers

Like Blanche DuBois' famous line in Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire," sometimes you just "have to depend on the kindness of strangers." Not to be lumped together with anti-social networks such as Avoidr, Color.com does however have the ability to allow its users to connect with strangers. And on the heels of coming off a $41 million round of funding, apparently investors feel that 'people you don't know' do have something in common - if only being at the same place, at the same time.

Spy Camera Series: My Pen's Watching You

So picture this: you start noticing things missing from your office desk and your papers somehow get rearranged when you get back from your break. Is something up or are you just imagining things? A lot of covert and hidden spy cameras are readily available nowadays and I thought it would be interesting to cover these in a series of posts dedicated to filming people on the sly, starting with pens. Use them to take down notes, sign some checks, clip it on to your shirt pocket, and start filming with the click of a button.

2011 Paper Fashions Hit The Runway In Denver

Some were sexy, some demure, but to be sure, it was not your typical couture.  No, it was the 7th Annual Paper Fashion Show 2011, held in Denver this past week where hundreds of paper couture designs showed up on gorgeous models who walked the runway... yes, dressed in paper.

Painting For Pets (Arrgh): Pup-Casso™ & Kitty-Casso™

Have you ever dreamed of your pet becoming the next Pup-Casso or Kitty-Casso?  Me either.  But if your imagination can muster up the vision of your pets walking on plastic wrap-covered paint globs, then these  Art-Casso kits are all you need.

From The Republic: The Asus Rampage III Black Edition

"The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in.

In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.’"

That's Asus's slogan, and they're definitely staying true to it with their latest motherboard, the Asus Rampage III Black Edition. Gamers rejoice: This is one fine motherboard.

The High Life Is The Right Life When It Comes To Heart Disease

While living high, in the mountains that is, may expose you to more solar radiation than folks at ocean level, an expansive study conducted by the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Global Health shows that there are some important health benefits of living at higher altitudes.

Scientists Discover Possible Treatment For Alzheimer's Disease In Asthma Drug

Researchers at Temple University's School of Medicine have reported the results of their experiments using an asthma drug, Zileuton, in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in mouse models.  Their discoveries may lead to a major breakthrough in the control and/or treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Catch the Bieber Fever with These iPod Apps for Beliebers: Part Two

We've covered most of the basic background stuff on Justin Bieber in Catch the Bieber Fever with These iPod Apps for Beliebers: Part One so why don't we cut the chitchat and go straight to the apps in this post?

Catch the Bieber Fever with These iPod Apps for Beliebers: Part One

Peer into the world of the down to earth seventeen-year-old international pop sensation this one time and you might come to the realization that maybe Justin Bieber really was born to be somebody. Young girls all over the globe are pining to be his baby, just waiting for him to find somebody to love and hoping that Justin would make one less lonely girl out of them. Here's part one of a collection of apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch featuring the one and only Justin.

Take It And Leave It - BMW Announces New Car Sharing Scheme

In Munich, you can find a car on the side of the street, take it, and leave it wherever you like.

Fatigue Preventing Sunglasses Don't Need A Prescription

Did you know that our eye color fades as we age?  Well, it does, and that's another dirty trick nature pulls on us. But more, or just as, important as our dimming eye color, the same pigment reduces its eye protection features.  Here's a pair of sunglasses which can't restore the protection, but can substitute the protection, and you can get them without even having a prescription.

 

Hey Bruno, I Would Catch This (USB) Grenade For You!

As Bruno Mars sang, he'd catch a grenade for you, throw his hand on a blade for you, and he'd even jump in front of a train for you. You know he'd do anything for you; he'd even take a bullet straight through his brain, but he complains that you won't do the same for him. Well, now you can return the favor and catch a grenade for the hunky crooner–a USB grenade by ThinkGeek, that is.

GroundLink, A Car Service App That Circumnavigates The Globe

While car service apps like Uber and Flinc seem to be populating our mobile devices in rapid number, GroundLink appears to be the only one that has global coverage around the clock - allowing geek cred to 'virtually' replace the old school street cred of hailing a cab.

Meet Tocky, the Alarm Clock that Rolls Away From You

Remember Clocky, the alarm clock that made waves because it came with wheels and could run away from the disgruntled person being woken up once its alarm started ringing? Well, the people behind Clocky, Nanda Home, have come up with a successor to the adorably designed alarm clocks in the form of Tocky, which will jump on your bed and roll around until you wake up in order to shut it up.

Egg Waffle Pan Creates Bubble Wrap Looking Waffles

Waffles are great aren’t they?  They are like pancakes, but better.  In Hong Kong they have taken things one step further with “egg waffles”.  These unique waffle creations have a bubble wrap type texture and just look like so much fun to eat.  The waffle pans to create them are now available here in North America.

How To Turn Your iPod into a Game Boy–On the Outside!

Remember the days when the Game Boy was the hottest gaming console on the planet and people just wouldn't stop buzzing about every new version that was going to be released when it would be announced? It sold over 118 million units worldwide during its run so you could say that it was one helluva popular handheld gaming console during its prime. Now iPWN! honors the iconic handheld by letting you turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a Game Boy–at least on the outside, that is. 

Actos: Nipping Diabetes In The Bud?

A common drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, pioglitazone, has been tested as a preventative for the disease among high risk persons.  The results are very promising.

Hoodie That Holds Beer = Radness

A hooded sweatshirt designed to hold and open cold beer. What could be more comfortable?

Fat Women & Kids Don't See Themselves That Way

When severely underweight, anorexic women look in the mirror, they often see a fat version of themselves staring back.  But according to a study conducted by Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, overweight and obese women and children are seeing thinner versions of themselves.

 


Tom Dixon Creates Awesome Lighting Designs For 2011 Milan Design Week: Preview

....Two designs by ever-forward-looking British designer Tom Dixon will light up the Milan show in a new installation at Officine Stendhal, and the 400 square meter space will not be wasted.  Dixon, known for his experimental use of new technologies, will not disappoint with his two new lighting designs, Etch and Bulb.


The World's Smallest Solid State Drive

In our society, there's a race going on. It's really no secret- computer hardware manufacturers the world over are constantly trying to outdo one another. Innovation's the name of the game nowadays, and Pasadena-based Foremay Green Technologies is one of the leading OEM's(Original Equipment Manufacterer's) in this regard.

Looking at the hard drive they released yesterday, it's easy to understand why.

Facebook Search vs Google Search - Battle for Internet Domination

Before the recent All Facebook report, titled “Facebook Testing Web Search Box At Top Of Site” was changed to “Facebook Not Testing Web Search Box At Top Of Site (update)” I can imagine the reaction from Google's top brass. There has been a lot of speculation about Facebook potentially adding social media search to its core product, presenting the Big G with its first major threat in over a decade. Is that day close at hand?

A Second Story Walk-Up Designer Dog House

A second story walk-up, what every dog craves... and deserves.  From the time British designer Michael Young began his career, his works have put a smile on a lot of faces, and his Doghouse is no exception.  But the Populux style Doghouse is not a design joke; it's for real!

Wysips's Transparent Film Transforms Your Cell Into A Solar Panel

A new, ultra-thin, transparent film made of photovoltaic cells is said to power traditional phones using solar energy.  Wysips, a French tech compnay, presents this new technology, which can be applied to any cell phone without affecting its appearance or touch-screen capabilities.

Are You A Moron? Prove That You Aren't in The Moron Test iPod App!

Are you a moron? Truth be told, I'm sure nobody would ever want to be stuck with that kind of label because it just ain't good. However, it can actually be fun-- not to be a moron but to prove that you aren't one by taking the Moron Test on your iPhone or iPod Touch, that is.


Choosing The Best Lens For DSLR Video

When choosing a lens for your DSLR, there are various features to consider to make a wise investment. Though there is not one lens that fits all scenarios, you can make wise choises to invest in a few pieces of quality glass that will cover every situation.

New Study Shows Consumers Aren't Buying Into Faulty Green Claims

A new study shows that 71 percent of consumers will stop purchasing a product if they feel the company's claims about green-ness are misleading.  The study also looks at how much consumers really understand regarding environmental labeling, how such labeling affects consumers' purchasing choices, and how green-consciousness is surviving in this recession.

Upcoming Olympos Board Game Lets You Get To The Greek

Coming in April 2011 from French games company Ystari and designer Phillipe Keyaerts is the new board game Olympos, which will let players create their own mythical civilization and vie for control of ancient Greece.

Rollerphone Concept Literally Puts The Power At Your Fingertips

The world of smarthphones is constantly evolving, sometimes with less than intelligent results. On the "gee, that's clever" side of things comes the Rollerphone, a transparent-screen concept that has a host of interesting features.

Looking Through The Cracks - Using Nanotechnology To Locate Dangerous Cracks

New developments in nanotechnology make detecting potentially dangerous cracks in airplanes much easier.

Self Defense Meets Social Media: Japan's Army Takes To Twitter

Japan's army – officially the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force – is reaching out to the world through social media. Plan A in the internet charm offensive: set up the JGSDF Twitter page.

GM Adds Wireless Charging To The Volt

GM's new, wireless-charging partnership won't affect the Volt's battery pack, but it will make the drive more convenient.

Compute With A Gesture: Evoluce Displays

Developed by German manufacterer Evoluce, the I-Voluce is a 46 inch gesture control monitor. Not sure what that is? Read on.

Love Sucks: Study Says Love Is Our Biggest Regret

Love sucks and now there is science to prove it.  We all have regrets...  Mine happen to be spending and saving regrets!  But not so of most Americans, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois. Their results point to romance as the biggest category of regret.

Unicycling Made Easy And Efficient: The Self-Balancing Solowheel

A unicycle that balances itself and gets you around town.

Nissan, Toyota Restarting Limited Production On Hybrids And Electrics

Indicating a possible turn-around for the Japanese auto industry and global auto market, Nissan and Toyota have announced plans for restarting production of certain models.

Eliminate The Sport Stink: The Garment Deoderizer

A new way of washing your clothes without detergent or water.

Relief Yourself - A One-Stop Disaster Relief Center

A new application has been designed to provide as much disaster relief as possible in one place.

Widow Handbag: A 'Seductive Fetish Fashion Object'

You might attract some attention carrying this handbag, but It may not be consistent with the kind of attention that the design's name, 'Widow,' might suggest.

 

Playbrick Earphones for the Kid In You

A lot of us probably went through a LEGO phase at least once or twice in the earlier stages of our lives and they were actually good times. Assembling colorful plastic bricks to come up with miniature versions of real-life objects was just half the fun! Now you can actually have a little piece of your childhood with you everytime you listen to music with the Sundries Playbrick earphones. Aren't they just adorable?

Clever Cat 'Scratch 'n Sniff' Brings Cats To New Highs (Video)

What are your cat's favorite indoor activities?  Scratching and sniffing, by any chance?  Uh-huh.  The new Scratch 'n Sniff may not be the first cat product to combine scratching with sniffing catnip, but it's probably the most purr-fectly designed one yet...

 


The Greatest Autobot Ever: Optimus Prime, Then And Now

There's really no way around it; if you were looking for cartoon leadership in the 1980s, you found it in one place - the die-cast chest of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. Thirty years later, Optimus has undergone a Michael Bay makeover but remains as cool as ever.

Shortfalls And Solutions Of DSLR Lenses For HDSLR Video

DSLR lenses are designed for still photography, not video. Learn the shortfalls of still lenses to make wise choices in purchasing lenses and composing your shots. And consider a couple products that can reduce the problems.

Post-It Printer Reminds You That Yeah, It's A Pretty Rad Idea

We all forget things; events, times, dates, even important things like exams or interviews, and the Post-It note has become a common way for many people to keep themselves on track. Now, Dongyeon Kim has created a Post-It printer concept to help take the note into the digital age.

The Search Is On At Google For Less Speed & More Reflection

Google, long known for it speed in serving up searches faster than a speeding bullet has of recent date been spending more time "thinking" than delivering results. From "Think with Google" a platform initiated in June, 2010 that generated  insightful and inspiring bite-size videos -  to the release of its first edition of "Think Quarterly" a 69-page dive into the world of data and its impact on business - Google is taking the scholarly high-road in analyzing and reflecting on today's digital landscape.

Get Ready for the evoMouse, the Mouseless Mouse from Celluon

The first computer mouse was created in the 1960s and since then, it has come a long way. There is a wide range of mice available, from the convential mechanical roller mice to the optical mice and to the laser mice. But there's a new one that's coming your way and it's definitely a cut above the rest because it's the first commercial mouseless mouse that the world has ever seen: the evoMouse.

IQ Alarm Clock: Firing Up Your Brain to Life Every Morning

So what do you do when you need to wake yourself up before you can get to your morning cup of coffee? Get the IQ Alarm Clock, that's what! It will wake you up with an alarm that will only stop ringing once you get the IQ question displayed on the screen right.

Kids Become Jewelry Designers By Goldsmith Mia van Beek

This has to be one of the coolest things I've seen in a while, and every parent needs to get their hands on one of these neat accessories. Throughout history, children have loved bringing home their crafts for their parents, including jewelry. The only problem with the childhood creations is that they tend not to withstand the tests of time - so there's a goldsmith offering a solution!

Leica ShutterBug Necklace: The Photographer's Best Accessory

If you're a photographer, you know that your best accessory is your camera. You can't take it everywhere - but with a special little accessory that's newly available you can make people think you're doing just that!

Samsung's Latest Transparent TV Now with Solar Power

Another transparent television is introduced in Germany at the CeBIT electronics show by Samsung. This 46-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD TV comes powered with solar power too. It is still only a prototype, but so were flat screen television not too long ago.

Send Peasants Soaring With the Catapult Madness iPod Game

What do you do when your kingdom is under siege by bloodthirsty trolls who want to take the princess away? Why, catapult peasants through the sky and send them hurtling off toward the trolls outside the palace, of course! Send peasant men and women and eventually the king soaring through the air in a kingdom's attempt to win the battle against the trolls in the Catapult Madness video game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Anger Management: Studies Show Prayer Helps, Even If You Don't Believe In It

Suffering from excessive anger or aggression? Well, throw away your stress balls.  A series of studies conducted at three universities show that praying helps dissipate your anger, whether or not it helps the person you are praying for.

Get Some Nerve - Providing Paths For Neurons

Researchers have found a way to direct the growth of neurons.

Dine Ink Cutlery: The Perfect Gift For The Workaholic

Do you regularly chew on the end of your pen?  Instead of trying to break the habit why not just go with it?  Dine Ink Pen Cap Cutlery from Fred and Friends is a set of eating utensils that attach to the ends of ordinary pens.

Robot Rescuers: The Robotics Industry Responds To Japan

After the Tsunami that devasteted the coast of Japan, there's a lot of people in the field of robotics who have shifted their research in a different direction. Rescue workers put their lives in great danger every time they enter the field, and there's a lot of places they can't go, situations they can't be in: the risk is simply too great.

What if we could just send in a robot instead? 


Himalayan Dog Chews Win 'Best Of Show" Award At Pet Expo

The 2011 Global Pet Expo took place in Orlando, Florida earlier week, and the Dog News Daily, (the online magazine for dogs) gave the Best In Show award to Himalayan Dog Chews. Straight from Nepal, the Himalayan chews are made according to the centuries-old recipe that mountain farmers chew, even today, while they are working in the fields all day. 

iPhone 5 Rumors: Larger Screen, Metal Back, And It Ain't Coming This June

Just barely six months after the iPhone 4 was released, rumors about the iPhone 5 began making the rounds, fueling up the flame and bringing up the hype for a yet-to-be-announced product that many Apple fans hope will surpass its predecessor.

The Light's On In This Brain! 'Insight' By Solovdesign

Maria and Igor Solovyov, from Belarus, combine their superb design talents and energy into a family business: SolovyovDesign, a studio that shows brilliance in many spheres of product design.  Today I must share the Insight energy efficient lamp, because it shines so brilliantly... and is so darn metaphoric.

 

Daily Inspiration: Sit-Skier Does First Descent Of Jackson Hole's Corbet's Couloir

Adaptive skier Chris Devlin-Young recently went where many skiers have failed to go: into the iconic Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Mighty Beanz: No Good With Molasses But Great With Friends

A great many parents are looking for toys for their young'ins that not only limit the violence factor but increase the fun - and Mighty Beanz may just be the jiggling, nearly indestructible answer.

Call It A Comeback: Volkswagen Microbus Is On Its Way Back

The hippie/surf icon is on its way back. At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Volkswagen debuted a new Microbus concept that it calls the Bulli. Company executives have indicated plans of bringing the bus to production.

Covert Robotics: Robots that Spy (and Hide) from Humans

The folks over at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) have come up with a prototype of a spy robot that's smarter than the average bot. Focusing on covert robotics, their Spy Robot will zig and zag to avoid any patches of light and scurry for cover to hide from any approaching humans.

PreVue Pregnancy eTextile Device Lets Mothers See Their Baby Grow

New to the world of eTextiles is the PreVue pregnancy screen, an abdomen attachment that lets expecting parents see their child's growth and development as the natal process progresses.

Social Media App That Responds To LICKS vs LIKES

While Facebook's Open Graph has changed the way we navigate the Web with their LIKE buttons populating faster that rabbits on a hot summer day, the Socialcam app had a different take as to how they could mix things up with the power of social media. When they launched a contest challenge at SXSWi this past week, hundreds of  participants responded - but only one was able to get the job done lickety-split!

New Video Game Releases: Week 12, 2011

Take on a wide variety of your favorite characters from the Final Fantasy franchise in its newest title, Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy. Shoot down some alien enemies in Crysis 2 or play as a tamer hero in PlayStation Move Heroes. If you have a passion for cars rather than guns then get ready for some wild racing with TrackMania Turbo: Build to Race. Take your sims to an all-new (or rather, old) level in The Sims Medieval and replay your favorite Star Wars scenes with a twist in LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.

China's Street Sweepers Buff Boulevards with Homemade Broom-Go-Round

Cleaning streets with brooms may be old school, but Chinese street sweepers are proving once more that everything old is new again.

Emergency Triage By Computer Emotion Detector

A team of researchers from Delft University of Technology,  the Netherlands Defence Academy and TNO Defence, Security, and Safety are working on a little black box which can distinguish just how much of an emergency a caller has.  In other words, you call 911 to report that your house is on fire, and a 'trained' computer figures out how desperate you are.

 


NRDC Joins Professional Sports Leagues To Launch The "Green Sports Alliance"

The National Resources Defense Council has joined forces with the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, WNBA, and MLS to form the Green Sports Alliance.  The GSA intends to reduce the carbon footprint of northwestern professional sports teams involved in the alliance.  Clearly, the NRDC understands the importance of utilizing highly influential groups to express the importance of green-ness.

On The Lighter Side: 6 Clever New Gift Ideas From Atypyk

Today I found that when things look the most glum, there's a space within us that makes room for just a bit of levity.  For me, I found it in one of the design spots I depend on for just such levity - Atypyk.  These six new items from the fun pair of French creators are just enough to make you smile just when you or someone special needs it.

 

Auto Prices May Soar Due To Post-Earthquake Turmoil

Car prices are expected to experience an increase due to an automotive industry hobbled by the natural disasters in Japan.

Japan Earthquake Keeps Hitting: GM Closes Another Plant

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11 continue to make their effects felt here in the United States. After closing a Louisiana plant, GM was forced to close another plant.

Take Pictures on the Sly with the Polaroid GL20 Camera Glasses

Go gaga (forgive me, I couldn't resist) over Polaroid's GL20 Camera Glasses, which lets you take pictures and view them right on the stylish glasses so you can check out your shots before you decide to print them out. That's right: Polariod has built a camera into a pair of glasses so you can take photos on the sly without skimping out on photo quality or in style.


Prayers From Cosplayers: Japan Fans Give Back By Giving Hope

Cosplay (short for "costume play") has spread from Japan to become an international subculture phenomenon. In the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, anime & manga fans around the world are joining Prayers From Cosplayers and offering their support to the land and people who inspired them.

Unclear On Nuclear? Try Thorium - Nuclear Energy Without The Side Effects

Thorium is a safer and more abundant nuclear energy source than uranium. So where are the reactors?

Windsurfing Goes Snow, Land, Ice And Then Some

Harness the wind and get more power, lift and control for sports on nearly every type of terrain imaginable.

Doubled Barreled Marshmallow Crossbow Makes For Sweet In-Home Combat

Kids love to shoot stuff, and often shoot it at each other. In an effort to keep things safe and home-friendly but with a distinct touch of cool, the Double Barreled Marshmallow Crossbow is one way parents can let kids have it out and still limit cleanups and trips to the hospital.

The Lenovo Thinkpad X220

Lenovo's had a long history of making high-end, portable, and durable laptops for the business and educational sectors. They're pretty much universally recognized by the media as the most reliable systems out there, with almost universally positive reviews. So how does their newest model, the X220, stack up?

Everyday: An iPod App For The Vain and The Beautiful

We've all seen the videos on Youtube compiling hundreds of still photos of a smiling man throughout the year or a woman going through her different stages of pregnancy to produce a single, coherent piece which shows the normally slow day-to-day transformation of nine months in two minutes. Now you can make your very own compilation with the Everyday app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, developed by Little Pixels.

Run Your Own Theme Park in the Youda Safari Video Game

The Youda video game series has tried putting you in charge of a marina and a sushi restaurant and has made you try all sorts of activities and jobs such as camping and farming. This installment of the franchise brings you to six different countries all over the world as you bring some much needed life and energy back into the safari parks which will be turned into hunting grounds if you don't intervene and act fast.

Is Rolltop 2.0 The Laptop Of The Future? Seems Like A Circular Argument

A computer you can carry under your arm like a stylish rolled-up yoga mat? Why not, says the Rolltop design company, currently in the process of obtaining partners, investors and manufacturers for its new computing innovation.

New 'Scarlet Letter' Pinned To Apple's Gay & Christian Apps

Hundreds of years have passed since Nathaniel Hawthorne penned his magnum opus, "The Scarlet Letter." Set in the 17th Century and viewed through the prism of puritanical mores, the adulterous heroine of the novel was condemned to wear a badge of shame in the form of the "letter A" sewn on a swatch of scarlet cloth.

Spring's Here! - Banish Pasty Skin With These 5 Sunless Tanners

By now we all know that traditional tanning is not a good idea.  Over the past couple of decades tons of self tanning products have hit the market.  There are so many different formulations and application methods available that anyone who wants to get a touch of color should be able to find something to use, but where to start? 

Clean Your Keyboard: The Virashield UV Sanitizer

We've all seen the studies- keyboards and cell phones generally contain more germs on their surface than a toilet seat. Kind of a disturbing statistic, if you think about it. I mean, we're putting our hands and faces on and against these things for what sometimes amounts to hours at a time. The potential number of illnesses you can pick up in this way is staggering, to say the least.  And the fact is, disinfectant wipes can only do so much. Sure, they get rid of bacteria, but...there's more than just bacteria lurking on our electronics.

A company called Virwall Systems believe it has the answer. 

New Method Of Extracting Oil From Tar Sands Will Also Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers from Penn State University have developed a new method of extracting oil from tar sands that is far eco-friendlier than traditional methods.  What's more, this method can also be applied to cleaning up beaches after oil spills.  Using ionic liquids, the new technique cleans sand so efficiently that the sand can be put back where it came from rather than being moved to landfills as with former processes.

Have Your Capacitor And Battery Too - A Battery That Charges Fast & Produces More Power

A new development in battery design promises batteries with the power of a capacitor coupled with the energy of a battery.

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 3, Preparing For The Worst

Somewhere in the millions of InventorSpot pages is a blog about a luxury underground survival community being built in California for the kind of disaster that millions in Japan are facing now.  I hope that project is ready for the special 200 families who can afford to pay for accommodations there. For the rest of us, we'll just have to get prepared step by step.

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 2, When Your Health Is At Risk

How do scientists determine when your health is at risk due to the amount of radiation in the air?  First they measure the amounts and translate those measurements into levels that they know have caused biological harm in the past.  They have learned from longitudinal studies of people in the paths of Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and many smaller-scale, but serious, incidents of radiation exposure.  Here is a look at the basic radiation measuring scheme and how other variables can affect biological dangers from radiation.

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 1, News & Information

The events in Japan and the weather patterns in the Pacific can change from one minute to the next, and that is how our information sources are dealing with nuclear fallout news.  Sitting here in Southern California, I can tell you that it's no comfort being advised all day that California is safe from nuclear fallout and suddenly, in late afternoon, reading that  "Nuclear fallout has arrived in California," as one Google News headline read on March 18.

Stacrobats Provide Positive, Magnetic Fun

Stacking stuff is always fun for a child, especially if said stuff actually stays stacked. That's the idea behind Kushies Stacrobats, a set of plush stacking toys that are both fun and cognitively developing.

Online Lost and Found Booth Set Up for the Japanese After the Earthquake

A group of big-hearted programmers have set up and launched Belongings Finder, a site that will help Japanese people post things that they have found and items that they are looking for on the internet.

Find Out How Big Your Brain Is With the Biggest Brain iPod Game

We've all seen an influx of "brain testing" and "brain training" apps and games for the iPhone or the iPod Touch but Who Has The Biggest Brain? offers a unique and funny take on gauging your smarts by telling you how big your brain is after a series of tests. Do you have the brain of a Neanderthal or do you have what it takes to boast of a Calcubot brain?

A 3D, 360 Degree Display In A Store Near You? Chances Look Foggy

Sciency types at Japan's Osaka University have created a prototype 360 degree 3D display that uses projectors and a cylinder of fog to engineer images that appear to reside in the 3rd dimension no matter how you look at them.

Five Things You Can Control With Your Mind

It sounds like something out of the realms of science fiction, doesn't it? Turn on a computer with a thought. Drive a car using brainwaves. Control a prosthetic limb in the same way as you would an ordinary one. As technology advances further and further, we're coming ever closer to unlocking the secrets of the inner workings of the most advanced computer ever made- the human brain. 

This is just the start. 

Japan's Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster: A Personal Perspective

The catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 of 2011 resonated throughout the world, carried in unprecedented detail via the Internet and broadcast media. Having once walked the scenic shores, beautiful beaches and quaint city streets of Miyako, the scope of the disaster is stunning beyond belief.

Cool Off: Methods For Keeping Your Computer Cool

Let's face it. Computers- especially higher-end gaming pcs- generate a lot of heat. If there's not some way of dispersing that heat, well...there will be problems. These problems could range anywhere from hardware degradation to system components melting together to the computer actually lighting on fire, depending how hot the system gets. 

Hardware designers have thought of various ways to prevent this from happening, some more effective than others. 

Social Media 'Sock Puppet' Impostors OK'd By Military

How many remember the flack that emerged when someone impersonated the Dalai Lama two years back leading the Twitter founders to believe they could create "enlightenment in 140 characters" - only to learn he was an impostor leaving them no recourse but to exile him from the site. Well, now the government is condoning this activity as they enter the game of creating 'fake online identities' in hopes of using social media to counter anti-U.S. messaging around the world.

For He's A Jolly Google Fellow - Google Takes A Stance On Climate Change

Google announces 21 Google Science Communication Fellows, who have been charged to spread the word about climate change.

How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake? Find Out by Playing Beat The Quake

Japan should then serve as an example for the rest of the world when it comes to preparedness and disaster relief when it comes to natural catastrophes. There is a wealth of information available readily on the net on what you can do to prepare yourself if an earthquake or some other natural disaster were to happen. You can either read about them–or learn what to do by playing a game like Beat the Quake.

Ma Cacabane Gives Toddlers Some Private Potty Time

Everyone needs some privacy in the bathroom from time to time.  Unfortunately for little kids who are potty training, time alone is often in short supply.  Ma Cacabane is a cardboard outhouse-like enclosure for youngsters to use when they are doing their business.   

Radiation Detectors, Part Two: Detect Radiation Around Your Home

Damage has been reported at two of Japan's nuclear plants at the Fukushima Daiichi complex. While the nation has struggled to control and repair the damaged reactors, complications caused by the earthquake have made it hard to reach the areas through the normal routes. It has almost been two weeks since the catastrophe and the word out is that the the damage sustained by the reactors has caused a breach and radiation is slowly leaking out in Japan and has spread to other parts of the world, including California.

Radiation Detectors, Part One: Detect Radiation Around Your Home

It would probably be safe to assume that most of the people all over the world have already heard about the devastation in Japan due to the earthquake and tsunami. While the aftershocks are simmering down, another catastrophe is looming, not just in Japan but all over the world: the radiation leak catastrophe.

Radiation Levels Said to Rise In California: Find Out About Your Town

Radiation levels were originally said to be on the rise in southern California yesterday as a result of devastation in Japan; however, the latest news says that levels are normal for that area.  Nonetheless, it's important to know the facts about radiation levels and what they are in your area.  Check out two websites that provide helpful services, such as reporting radiation levels across the country.

Under Armour Integrates Heart Rate Monitor Into Sport Shirt

Drop the watch and the awkward chest strap; this heart rate monitor is built right into a performance sports shirt.

Japan Auto Industry Hit Hard By Quake

The effect of the massive earthquake that rattled Japan is a story that's going to play out for months to come. As you might expect, the quake has wreaked havoc on Japan's automotive industry.

Actionsampler Camera Makes Sure You Never, Never, Never, Never Miss A Shot

Four nevers? We hear you even across the Interwebs - "they must be mad or simply unskilled". Not so! With the Lomo Actionsampler, four photos are your reward with just the press of a button.

Good Hydro - Getting Power From Waterways

An efficient, easy-to-install hydro turbine is more effective than wind or solar power in the right places.

Social Media's Hashable & BetaBeat Stir Up Anti-Social Behavior

SXSW long considered fertile ground for new start-ups - it attracts those in-the-know cyberventilating over that which they're about to learn. The land of early adopters surfaces for only ten days like an oasis in the desert, and spreads goodwill about a number of new and innovative social media developments. Or does it? Seems like there's a SM Smackdown in progress between Hashable (an app that creates digital business cards on the fly) and Betabeat (the New York Observer's fledgling techie blog).

Record the World in 3D with the JVC GS-TD1 Camcorder

3D movies and images have made their debuts to the world a long time ago. It was only recently that three-dimensional technology made its way to television sets and video game consoles but now another innovation in the form of the JVC GS-TD1 HD 3D Camcorder has come along that will allow you to shoot 3D home videos in high-definition.

Prepare for An Earthquake or Tsunami in the Stop Disasters! Game

The number one course of action that everyone should take when it comes to disaster management is to educate themselves accordingly and know as much as possible about what to do before and when these disasters strike. A good way to do this is through the Stop Disasters! game developed jointly by the United Nations (UN) and by the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

On This Day In Video Game History: March 18

Let's go back to this day in 1982 when a ruling would mark how the copyright law would apply to the design and actual gameplay of video games when the judge reversed a ruling on the Magnavox vs. Atari case.

The Dell Inspiron R Series

Dell's got a new notebook computer on the market: the Inspiron R.  The next iteration on Dell's Inspiron series of notebook PCs, the Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R appeared in stores yesterday, starting at a retail price of $529.99(14R) to $579.99(15R and 17R). Pretty good for a laptop, especially when you consider what's beneath the case. . 

Let's take a deeper look, shall we? 


Illinois Government Cash Grab Proves Taxing For Online Retailers

No one likes the tax man, but in Illinois, the state the government is looking to give him a far larger online effect by requiring any businesses with a "physical presence" in the state to collect and remit sales tax.

Social Media Games Win Awards, While Zynga Lacks Skin In The Game?

Do you remember last year this time,  when you were inundated with requests on Facebook by your friends to either help farm a field or join a Mafia family? Zynga and Facebook were not only adding virtual goods to the social media mix, they were taking home hard cash in the millions. The popularity of social media games reached such heights, the "Game Developers Choice Awards" added the category of ...

Pass The Bill - Giving Your Representative An Informed Opinion

POPVOX gives you the facts, and allows you to petition your representative without partisan interference.

The World's First Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

If someone were to ask you to name the world's oldest computer, you'd probably mention The Babbage Engine, Konrad Zuse's Z3 or  The UK's Colossus.  If you were asked when humanity built the first computing device, your estimates wouldn't go higher than a few hundred years or so.

What if I told you that there exists a computer system that was operational almost two thousand years ago?


Tanning Booth App Gives A Virtual Sunkissed Look

Where can you get a beautiful sunless tan for just 99 cents?  In the virtual world of course!  There is a new Tanning Booth app available for all mobile devices.  It gives your image a toasty tanned glow.

Vintage Video Game Fridays: Donkey Kong Classic

Remember the days when Mario used to be known as Jumpman and he had to jump through hurdles of barrels and flames in order to rescue his princess from the big bad ape named Donkey Kong? Well, we certainly do! And what better way to remember than have another go at this classic video game?

Happy Flash Mob, Saint Patrick! (VIDEO)

Brought to YouTube by Discover Ireland, the Sneaky Steppers dance crew, Sydney Irish Dance Studios and the cast from the Australian "Riverdance" troupe, this flash mob celebrated this year's St. Paddy's Day in grand style. Filmed in Sydney's Central Station, unsuspecting commuters started their day with this holiday greeting...

Of Booze & Cheddar Cheese: The 2011 BESTS Are Chosen

Is it a coincidence that the Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) spirit winners were announced the day before St Patty's?  Doesn't matter... You might as well take advantage of your new knowledge... The 'ultimate' judges of the best in booze have decided and here are the best of the bests, the Chairman's Trophy Awards in 27 Challenge categories. (It must be fun to be a judge, no?)

 

Cardio From The Comfort Of Your Couch

Bicycling while watching TV, drinking beer and eating fatty foods...what could be better?

Light Up A Life - Electricity For Everyone

A new device allows users anywhere to generate their own electricity.

Metals Can't Slip On Past These Banana Peels - Water Purification Goes Fruity

Often researchers are regarded as bananas for their long and tireless dedication to a very narrow space of subject matter, but now sane scientists at Brazil's UNSEP have discovered a way to use the classic banana peel as a way to purify water.

Enjoy Tunes In the Tub with the iDuck Floating Wireless Speaker

It's time for the rubber ducky in your bathtub to go into retirement and make way for the iDuck Floating Wireless Speaker. It can't squeak and neither will it squirt water out of its bill but it can function as a radio and it will play whatever you've got on your mp3 music player. iDuck 2, Rubber Ducky 0.

Snowshoes Without The Bindings: Easton V60 Racing

A new bindingless snowshoe from Easton delivers a lighter, more ergonomic fit.

Gaming With the Nerf N908R Speaker Wheel for the iPhone and iPod Touch

The Nerf N908R Speaker Wheel is the perfect gaming and multimedia companion for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Prop up your device to watch movies, steer the wheel for some serious gaming action, or just pop in your iPhone or iPod to listen to your favorite tunes out loud–this wheel can do it all.

Blekko vs Google: Search Engine Mouse Teaches Search Engine Lion New Trick

There is significant change brewing in the search engine world that has gone unnoticed by many. The search giant known as Google has ruled its kingdom for so long, we only seem to pay attention when their algorithm makes a radical change. This past month, we came to learn more about "Content Farms" because Google announced they were cleansing their SERPs ...

How to Choose Shutter Speed For Video On Your DSLR

If you want to create a natural-looking video, choose shutter speeds according to the 180 degree shutter rule used by filmmakers. Learn what the 180 degree shutter rule is and how to use it.


Five Convenient Gadgets You Can Plug Into Your Computer

Look around any shopping mall, office, school....or really anywhere and it's blindingly obvious- we love our technology, especially accessories. WIth peripherals, computers can do more and more- performing tasks that weren't necessarily intended for them at their inception. At the end of the day, what this all boils down to is convenience. With that in mind, here's a few convenient little addons for the house or the office.

The Science Behind 3D Gaming: Autostereoscopy

The Nintendo 3DS is making waves as the first handheld video game console that features three-dimensional gaming. But can 3D work without the glasses? Is it even possible? The answers are yes and yes, and everything was made possible by one thing: autostereoscopy.

From Bike To Motorbike With Turbospoke

A timeless childhood pasttime all wrapped up in a neat, easy-to-install package.

Aiptek PocketCinema T25: The Projector That You Can Take Anywhere

Now here's a projector that you can literally take anywhere with you! It's small enough to fit inside your pocket but this isn't just some fancy novelty product for show because it actually does a pretty bang-up job.

EcoGeneration Scrubs By Cintas Wins Most Eco Friendly Uniform Award

Would you wear recycled plastic bottles to work?  Aparently millions of healthcare workers are about to, as Cintas, a major player in the uniform business, is launching its EcoGeneration scrubs. Each set of scrubs saves seven plastic bottles from landfills and weaves their material into threads, blending them with cotton and polyester fibers.

 

Bad Job Is Worse For Mental Health Than No Job At All

Could a bad job be as bad as having no job at all.  Australian National University (ANU) researchers have unveiled a truth that many of us try to overlook, while we accept underemployment as a matter of necessity.

Wagner Offers The Ultimate Custom Ski

A ski that's designed around what matters most: the person skiing it. After all, you're not Bode Miller or Lindsey Vonn, why should your ski be designed to their specifications?

Calling All Inventors: Edison Nation Sets Up $25 Million Innovation Fund For Inventors

Hoping to spur on some closet inventors in the U.S., Edison Nation, the search agent for several large retail outfits, has set up a $25 million fund to help inventors with great ideas fund their development.

[De]Hydration! Six Pack Holder For Your Bike

A better way to transport beer by bike.

Baby Bangs! Let Everyone Know Your Bald Baby Is A Girl

If you have ever had a bald baby girl you know the annoyance of having everyone refer to your little bundle as “him”.  I am not saying that it is always easy to tell if a baby is a boy or a girl just from looking at their face, but for some reason people tend to assume that if a baby has no hair it must be a boy.  With that in mind someone has developed Baby Bangs!.  They are a kind of baby toupee and headband combo. 

The Bombardier Project Eco Train, Completely Solar Powered

Francisco Lupin, an Argentinian industrial designer, created an ecological, ergonomic, and economically efficient design for the Bombardier train competition. Called the Inter Urban Eco Train, eco4, for short, it is designed to offer local transit services for business commuters and students who go back and forth to school or universities. Zero carbon emissions.

Plug.in Laptop Bag Is A Functional But Huge.eyesore

Laptops are becoming ever more prevalent and designer Viola Kosow has created the Plug.in bag as a way to not only carry around your precious electronic equipment but a power supply and other needed items as well, all with a bit of extra functionality.

Life On The Death Star - Shooting Lasers At Space Junk

Scientists want to shoot all the space junk out of the sky, just like Darth Vader taking pot shots at X-wings.

Hospitals Can Be Fatal, Especially For Medicare Patients

Maybe you suspected this, particularly if you have had contact with a Medicare recipient while he or she was in the hospital, but now a government study confirms it: Medicare patients are dying in hospitals because of the care they receive.

Got a Green Thumb? Grow Plants and Zombies in the Zombie Farm iPod Game

We've all tried planting seedlings that eventually grew into zombie-killing plants, so why not switch things up and try planting zombies for a change? Build your farm of plants and grow an army of zombies that you can eventually mutate and combine with one another in the Zombie Farm video game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Naked Password Plug-in: The Harder Your Password, The More Naked She Gets

Looking for a tool that can add a little bit more spice to your website and help your users choose harder-to-guess passwords at the same time? Then you need to get the Naked Password plugin for the forms on your site and let your users meet Sally, who will be more than happy to take her clothes off–not for some booze or money but in exchange for a tough password, of course.

PepsiCo Announces A Bio-Based, 100% Recyclable Bottle

PepsiCo announced today the first 100 percent recyclable PET bottle made from agricultural byproducts from the company's own foods business.  The company is already a leader in green endeavors, including its 100 percent compostable SunChips bags; 100 percent, post-consumer recycled NAKED juice bottles; and the ultra-lightweight Aquafina bottle, "Eco-Fina."

Positive Enforcement - The Military Wants To Make Friends

The military is being taught how to win friends and influence people.

The Five Most Powerful Supercomputers In The World

The highest pinnacle of computer technology is the supercomputer.  Never mind gaming rigs like the Pure Luxury or the Alienware Area 51. If one were ever used for gaming, they'd blow them out of the water in a split second. These systems are powerful enough that they've their own unit of measurement for their processing speed-the petaflop.

Here are the five supercomputers  in particular that stand out above the others as the best of the best; the cream of the crop.

Plumen 001 Wins British Design Award For Energy Saving Sculptured Lighting

Whoever thought that light bulbs could be fun, both for the designer and the consumer? Fun and functional; that's the motto of Hulger design, the British design house that brought out the cool, crazy phones for Skype and other VoIP services. The new sculptured bulbs, Plumen 001, just won the top product category and the overall best British Insurance Design Award.

 

 


How Cameras Sensors Work And The Benefits of HDSLR Sensors for HD Video

Knowing how digital cameras work will help you make wise decisions when purchasing a camera and creating images. Learn why larger sensors are better for capturing video and how they work.


LunchCommunicator Guilts Kids Who Don't Eat Their Lunches

I have heard many parents complain about how much effort it takes to make lunches every day and how little appreciation they get for that effort.  My mom makes great food, but for some reason when I was a kid I rarely ate the lunches she packed and I was forever trying to hide the fact that I didn’t eat them.  With the LunchCommunicator this deception would be a thing of the past.

Just Your Basic Cell Phone With $10,000 Worth Of Design: The +YvesBehar Phone

Some writers diss Yves Behar's new +YvesBehar phone for lacking the functionality of today's smart phones.  True, it doesn't access the Internet, send email, or incorporate touchscreen technology.  But the +YvesBehar has something else...

Smart Jukebox Brings Touch To The Tunes

From San Francisco creative firm Frog Design comes the TouchTunes Virtuo, a new take on the old jukebox and one that is far more in line with how we want our music delivered.

A Green Metropolis For China: The Largest Green Development In The World

Projected to be the world's largest green development yet, CK Designworks, a group based in Australia, has unveiled a master plan for a green metropolis to be located in Nanjing, China.  With 10 LEED-certified towers and a monorail connecting them, the project hopes to express modern sustainability as well as Chinese culture and history to the entire world.

Google's Algo Overlords Plow Through Content Farms

Sounds like a game out Zynga's Farmville, but unfortunately it's much more serious for publishing sites that have been labeled "Content Farms" by the search giant. Content Farms as defined by Wikipedia is used to describe news aggregators that employ a large staff of freelance writers to generate content that is designed to "satisfy algorithms" resulting in higher rankings on Google SERPs (search engine result pages).

New Video Game Releases: Week 11, 2011

This week is a pretty exciting one for video games with a lot of new titles being lined up and slated for release. Dance the night away (and burn some calories while you're at it) with Dancing on Broadway. If you're purely in it for the exercise then why don't you pick up Fit in Six for the Wii? Experience the adventure from the book Beastly in its official game or take a chance shooting down real beasts in God Eater Burst. Lastly, immerse yourself in some RPG fun with Okamiden or take on a more daring role as a member of a criminal underground gang in Yakuza 4.

Cardboard Safari Doesn't Have To Hunt For Design Ideas

The folks at Cardboard Safari sent out their March newsletter today, reminding me that I have not checked in with them for some time. I was wowed!  They have added quite a few more clever Cardboard Trophies, as well as full-bodied animals, to their collection. Plus, Cardboard Safari has just introduced a human mask and a cardboard bowling game!

 

The Nvidia 2Win Graphics Card

EVGA is a company that's pretty important in the world of computing- they're responsible for producing both Nvidia graphics cards and Intel motherboards. To challenge AMD Radeon's new dual core card, they gave us the specs on one of their own on Friday- the 2win Geforce GTX 460. The short version of this story: it's shaping up to be a fine piece of hardware.

Nudge Nudge Link Link - Get Your Emails When You Need Them

Emails getting buried? NudgeMail puts them where you need them, when you need them.

Correct Your Own Posture & Reduce Pain With PostureNOW Invention

... Computer users know more than anyone that bad posture causes pain.  If it works to improve our posture 'permanently,' as it claims, PostureNOW seems to be just what we need.

Smart Voice Messaging with the ON VoiceFeed iPhone App

Say goodbye to boring voicemail messages once you install the ON VoiceFeed app on your iPhone. It's the smart choice for recording voicemail messages because it allows you to play different messages for different people while offering a sleek, easy-to-use and hassle-free interface.

Powder Vibration Chamber Used In Materials Analysis Wins NASA's Invention Of The Year

NASA has recognized inXitu, Inc. with its 2010 Invention of the Year Award for inXitu's invention of the powder vibration chamber  The chamber is used in inXitu's portable X-ray scattering device (XRD) and represents such a 'leap forward' in materials analysis technology that it has been chosen to launch on the Mars Science Laboratory later this year.

 

 

 

Bloat These Fish Up in the Blowfish iPod Video Game

Bring bloated and adorable blowfish to life with the press of a finger in the Blowfish video game for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Fill up the screen with these puffy sea creatures while avoiding the sharp spines of the sea urchins that patrol the ocean.

RatCAP Technology Allows Simultaneous Study Of The Brain And Behavior

In an important technology breakthrough, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and their colleagues have created a portable PET scanner for rats, which does not require anesthetic, and which can be worn by the rat during activity to show the relationship between activity and what's happening in the brain.

Love Card Helps The Elderly Find The Food They're Looking For

It sounds like something used on an Internet dating site, but the Love Card is in fact a concept design from Shen Ming intended to help those who can't see so well still get a great buy in the grocery store.

Lawyers Beware: New Software May Replace You.

When you think of a computer or robot putting someone out of a job, what sort of job comes to mind? If you're like most people, it's probably a lower-end career: one which requires minimal education and may or may not involve manual labor (for example, a supply line worker at an automotive plant).A lot of people decry such a situation, but at the same time sit secure in the fact that their own job is safe from such an occurence.

Or is it?  

Social Media Circling Back To Google, Whether You Like It Or Not

You could get dizzy. Google, long known for "valiant-attempts-but-no-cigar" has nevertheless circled over the social media terrain for quite some time now. Dating as far back as 2004, when developer Orkut Büyükkökten was commissioned to work on a product that would compete with Friendster, the social network Orkut has stumbled along trying to find a social media foothold in the States, only to be able to scale in countries like Brazil, India and Estonia of all places.

Get Your Groove On In the Shower with this Water-Powered Radio

The Water Power Radio by H2O will change the way you enjoy your news or music in the shower for the better. The usual waterproof speakers and radios that have been in the market for a while now work fine but with a catch that this all-new innovation doesn't have: they all need batteries to function. Live greener and better and save dollars by tuning in instead with this Water Power Radio.

On This Day In Video Game History: March 14

Did you know that the first game intended for the computer, SpaceWar!, was invented by Steve Russell in 1962? Russel designed and developed the game with the use of an MIT PDP-1 mainframe computer. Aside from that, did you also know what happened on March 14, 2000? Hop on our video game time machine and join us as we backtrack eleven years to find out!

Wash & Brush Timer Encourages Toddler Hygiene

My three year old seems to understand the purpose behind teeth brushing and hand washing.  Sadly, while she is interested enough to ask a lot of questions, she is too restless and easily distracted to properly get the job done.  The Wash & Brush Timer by IntelliTEC is meant to encourage young children to perform these grooming actions for an effective amount of time. 

That Blasted Roof! - Capturing Wind Energy On Your Roof

A cheap, unimposing wind turbine that attaches to the roof of your house could be on many horizons in the not-too-distant future.

Mansions Of Madness Board Game Lures In Intrepid Investigators

From designer Corey Konieczka comes Mansions of Madness, a 5-player game of horror, combat and good old fashioned fun.

Over-The-Air Updates...For Cars?

Get out from under the chassis and onto the computer! Cars of the future may be capable of changing driving settings and adding functions by way of over-the-air software updates.

iWallet Bills Itself As High-Tech Way To Keep Your Money From Going Missing

New from the iWallet corporation is - you guessed it from the name - the iWallet! Playing off of the popular "i" trend, the company has created what it says is a remarkably secure update to the standard wallet concept.


SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part III: Detention

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part II: Bag of Hammers

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part I: Charlie Casanova

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

Never Miss A Thing with the Sony Ericsson LiveView

It looks like an iPod Nano. It's as small as an iPod Nano. It's certainly as light as an iPod Nano. But it's not something that's made by Apple. It's actually the Sony Ericsson LiveView and it sure packs a mean punch considering its tiny size.

If You Can't Say It Out Loud Then Send It Off Using the Note to God iPod App

It's always a comfort to know that there's someone out there who you can talk to anytime of the day about whatever might be weighing you down. Whatever your religion and despite of what you may or may not believe in, this app for your iPhone or iPod Touch can be the shoulder you can cry on whenever and wherever you may need one.

Toepener Lets You Avoid The Bathroom Door Handle

I don’t know about you, but I despise using public washrooms.   It makes me cringe thinking about all of the non-hand-washers who have touched the door on the way out, leaving behind who knows what.  The Toepener is a handle that fastens to the bottom of a door and allows people to open the door with their feet.  

Jet-Powered Skiing Takes It To The Next Level

Strap a rocket to your back, skis to your feet and go where the fuel takes you. What could possibly go wrong?

A Ferrari Gets Heli-ed Across Some Of The World's Most Beautiful Mountains

A brand-new, cherry-red Ferrari. A massive military chopper. Snow-covered, mid-winter peaks in the Italian Dolomites. Those three elements set the scene for Ferrari's latest video.

Pure Luxury: Bringing Postmoden Art to PCs

Let's face it, if you want to build a gaming computer, how it looks is almost as important as how it runs. I mean, who's going to want a superpowered rig if it burns the eyes just to look at it? The guys and gals over at PurePC and Darwin Machine understand this, and they've put a rather...interesting spin on things.

iPhone Cases From Recycled Skateboards

Carry your skateboard on your phone--or maybe your phone on your skateboard. You may not be able to ollie it anymore, but it sure looks cool.

Water Shooting Remote Controlled Car Goes From Zero To Awesome In Eight Ounces

What's better than a remote controlled car with a turbo boost? One that can shoot water on enemies up to 15 feet away! Enter the Water Shooting Remote Controlled Car and run other cars, run from its majesty!

Soothing The Savage Beast - The Role Of Comforting Robot Nurses

Robotic nurses are coming soon to a hospital near you, but how we will as humankind react to these marvels of medical technology and respond to the touch of our robotic responders?

No More Tweetdeck, TwitPic, Twitter Apps Doing Their Own Shtick?

While it's not a certainty, but the life expectancy of most of Twitter's 3rd party clients may be short-lived, based on Twitter's recent moratorium on new API builds by developers. Ryan Sarver, director of platform published an official decree stating that when "developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer experience. The answer is no."

O! That A Man Might Know - James May Wants Your Invention

James May wants to feature your invention on his TV show, Man Lab.

Google Launches Person Finder for Japan After Devastating Quake

The earthquake was massive and so were the tsunami waves that washed over Japan thereafter. The world is reeling in shock but moving quickly to send aid and assistance to Japan in their time of need. Just like it did in previous calamities, Google answers by launching the Person Finder for the 2011 Japan Earthquake.

Relive High School with the Surviving High School iPod Game

High school was when we all went through the best and the worst times of our lives. Relive the old days and bring back all the good (and bad) memories with this role-playing game for your iPod! After all, it's always better the second time around, right?


Coffee Cuts Women's Stroke Risk Up To 25 Percent

As almost every study warns not to change your habits because of the results of its particular findings, so does this Swedish study on women's coffee drinking habits and their relationship to stroke.  Though the authors say that the study is a preliminary one, other recent studies show similar, positive links between coffee and stroke, coffee and heart disease, and coffee and diabetes.

 


Water Skiing For Tikes: Inflatable Jet/Water Ski

Water skiing made easy for the youngest skiers. Replace frustration with fun.

Carbon Dioxide Eating TREEPOD Gives Shade In Light & Light At Night

Inspiration comes from all corners for the de-carbonizing artificial tree dubbed the TREEPOD.  The idea began with Dr. Klaus Lackner, whose team at Columbia University developed humidity swing technology, a  system of using evaporating humidity in the air to remove carbon dioxide. That invention inspired  the city of Boston...

Step Up (On) To A Carbon, F1-Inspired Skateboard

A skateboard inspired by an F1 race car. This one's going to be fast--or expensive, at least.

We've Got The Power - Memory That Requires 100 Times Less Energy

New technology drastically reduces the energy needed to run mobile devices, allowing you to use them for longer.

The Hydra Tower: An Earth Shattering Skyscraper That Harnesses Hydrogen Using Lightning

Winning an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Hydra Tower promises to harness energy using lightning to split water molecules for producing hydrogen.  Hydrogen is a valuable alternative energy source but unfortunately requires a great deal of energy to procure; however, using heaven-sent resources could be just the ticket.

The Best Microphone For The Job In DSLR Audio

If you are switching from photography to video, there is a lot to learn. Audio is an important part of video and there are many options for microphones, each with their own purpose.

The Touchpad: HP's Answer to the Ipad

Since the Ipad's release in April 2010, Apple's moved virtually millions of units.It kind of makes sense. Apple's garnered a very positive reputation in the market, and they didn't exactly have much competition for their new product. When they announced the Ipad 2, it seemed like last year would repeat itself over again.

 But then HP made an announcement of their own. 

4D City Skyline Puzzle Makes A Toy Of Out Of Time

Puzzles are great - and they're even better when they include the mystical 4th dimension. That's right, this puzzle of the New York skyline includes Time, and not just the time it's going to take to put it together.

Give Your iPhone a Vintage Look With This Retro iPhone Case

This '80s analog phone features a remarkable 960-by-640 resolution touchscreen and has a front camera that allows FaceTime video calling–now, wait a minute! This isn't some phone from the eighties because it's just the iPhone dressed up in some vintage threads! Now this is a creative case that can really age your phone up.

Earthquake Damaged Japanese Nuclear Plant has a Shaky History

The devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan on March 10 of 2011 affected many nuclear power plants in the region. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is of special concern, not only due to damage to its cooling system but because of the plant's somewhat dubious safety record.

Tazer Toy A Shockingly Bad Idea - Gee, Who'd Have Thought?

In what has to be one of the most colossally stupid marketing moves ever made, a company is now producing "toy" tazers that not only resemble the real thing, but give out real shocks. Yeah, this is going to end well.

Who Says Social Media Execs Don't Make Money - When Six Are The Richest On The Planet!

There are naysayers to this day, that say you can't make money from social media. "It's a passing fad that will go the way of the dot.com bubble," has been echoed by many. With the 2011 Forbes' List of World Billionaires just released on March 9, a good many of those folks are now, either eating crow or continuing to live under a rock. This year's list of the wealthiest of the wealthiest, which tallies over 1210 billionaires with a combined net worth of $4.5 trillion includes six of Facebook's original founders and investors.

Lost Your Android? It's No Problem If You've Got Seek Droid

Now here's an app that we can all definitely use! If you're the type of person who often loses (or misplaces) your phone then Seek Droid might just be what you need. It's a $0.99 investment that can help you safeguard the personal information and data on your Android should it fall into the hands of the wrong person.

Squeeze Your Lemons in the Lemonade Tycoon Video Game

Lemonade Tycoon emerged during a time when simulation games were not as popular and tycoon games were relatively scarce. Revisit this old-timer on your iPod or experience it in all of its original glory on your PC!

Massachusetts Ski Resort Drops Off The Grid

A small ski resort in Massachusetts has become the world's first ski resort to provide for 100 percent of its own power needs.

The $10,000 Cupcake: 'You Make Me Want To Stout!'

For the fourth straight year, Scharffen Berger chocolate and TuttiFoodie sponsored the Chocolate Adventure Contest, awarding $20,000 to the three best original recipes incorporating Scharffen Berger chocolate in the U.S.  Well, there's one more catch...

Board Anywhere With The Spooner

One board, all terrain, the Spooner delivers spins, tricks and air wherever you want.

New Trollz Dolls Designs Head Toward Trollop Town

Trollz used to be ugly little things with wild hair, big mouths, big eyes and a scrunchy little bodies. The next generation of Trollz dolls have kept the hair but changed just about everything else. Trollops ahoy!

Japan's Vending Machines Dispense Drinks for People, Juice for Cars

Juicing up on the road is about to get a lot more convenient, because a consortium of 10 Japanese companies wants to quench your thirst and recharge your car... at the same time and place!

"I Know That Face"-Advanced Facial Recognition Software

Computers that talk to us. Programs that recognize human emotions and respond accordingly. An electronic device that knows the face of its owner. Sound like science fiction? 

Birmingham University researcher Lijun Yin wants to make it a reality. 

Clearing Up The Noise Part II: Solutions For Capturing Quality DSLR Audio

DSLR cameras are not equipped to record high-quality audio, but a few improvements can turn your scratch-track DSLR audio to production-ready audio.

The Human Touch Comes Calling - Anatomical Advancements In The World Of Mobile Phones

Yep, that's a picture of a man dressed as a cellphone. And while that's a Halloween costume, NTT DoCoMo and Osaka University in Japan are working on ways to make your mobile phone more human.

Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure Pokes Fun At Facebook Founder

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has followed Apple's Steve Jobs into action figure immortality, and social media hero worship may never be the same again.

Lights Out - A Sensor That Cuts Your Electricity Usage

A single sensor in your home could save you 40% of your electricity costs.

If Groupon Cashes In At The Register, Can Credit Cards Be Far Behind?

Groupon, the social buying site with over 60 million subscribers and a valuation of $15 million (at last count) wants to take its successful monetization model and incorporate it into cash registers. According to a Business Week report, VeriFone Systems is in talks with Groupon's president Rob Solomon about adding a "Groupon Button" to their cash registers. Wouldn't it be wiser for the social networks just to issue "Groupon" credit cards?

On This Day In Video Game History: March 10

Here's a bit of video game trivia before we take an even deeper plunge into the past: the first ever video game called "Tennis for Two" was created by William Higinbotham in 1958. But what happened on the 10th of March eleven years ago? Read on to find out!

Introducing HTC's Android-based Smartphone: The Merge

It's been leaked, the news has been tumbling around in the rumor mill for months, but HTC has finally decided to go public: its first Android-powered smartphone is here. It's HTC's Merge and it's coming to you very, very soon.

Lemelson-MIT Awards RPI Student For New Bomb Detection Method

A doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing a new technique for detecting hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous materials from a safe distance.

 


Size Matters: The World's Smallest Computer

It's fairly common knowledge that we love miniaturizing our technology. The first computers were massive, and often filled entire rooms. Since then, we've managed to make them smaller, and smaller, and smaller.. Last month, researchers from Michigan University unveiled a very interesting and exciting prototype.

Apple's iPad 2 is Coming to Town

The iPad arrived with a bang last year and was sold out almost instantly in retailers nationwide. Apple has just announced the launch of the iPad 2 and already the world is waiting for its arrival with eager anticipation.

Nintendo's 3DS Handheld Video Game Console Gives You 3D Without the Glasses

The successor to Nintendo's DS series is finally here: the Nintendo 3DS. This handheld video game console takes gaming to the next level by offering 3D effects without the need for any special glasses!

Clearing Up The Noise Part I: Shortfalls In Capturing DSLR Audio

Capturing quality audio is half the story when creating video; even more so at a concert or other live event. DSLR cameras are not up to par for five (correctable) reasons.

Terrorist Teapot Plots To Make Tea Time Less Proper

Tea tends to have a classy reputation.  I don’t normally think of terrorists as the tea drinking sort, but apparently someone has made that association.  The Terrorist Teapot offers an unusual way to serve up a hot cup of your favorite infusion.

Slim's Gift To Mexico: The New Museo Soumaya In Mexico City

It is unusual for one person to build an art museum and fund it all, especially when no future remuneration is expected in return. But when your name is Carlos Slim Helú and you are the richest person in the world, who happens to own roughly 66,000 coveted works of art, it might cross your mind. 

U.S. Department of Energy Announcement: Innovative Technology Counteracts Biofuel's Shortcomings

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that a research team led by the Bioenergy Science Center developed an economical, one-step method for converting woody plants directly into isobutanol for use in traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.  The considerably simple and inexpensive process utilizes a new strain of the microbe, Clostridium celluloyticum, which naturally breaks down cellulose.

Touched By A Robot, But Just What Are Its Intentions?

Can the touch of a human nurse's hand on a patient's arm be duplicated by a robot?  The robotic nurse can certainly reach out and touch a patient, but the question of motive is not clear, because a robot touches in the same way regardless of its intention. The Georgia Institute of Technology presented a research report today at the Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, which I think you will find very interesting.

 

Green Plastic Althernatives: Self-Healing Plastics and Renewable Polymers

Bioplastics have been a hopeful alternative to petroleum-based plastics for some time now, but this new advancement, self-healing plastics, will outdo the competition.  Researchers at Iowa State University are developing multifunctional renewable polymers, and they are not alone in the pursuit.  Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute are developing self-healing plastic inspired by the rubber tree.

Toy Blast From The Past - Skeletor's Snake Mountain Puts He-Man To Shame

The 1980s. Terrible clothing and strange music were in vogue, but at least there were great cartoons on TV. One of the most loved was He-Man, and the show spawned a host of great toys, including Skeletor'sCastle, also known as Snake Mountain.

Let Your Cat Hunt For Food: The Aïkiou Stimulo Interactive Cat Feeder

There are lots of puzzles on the market for dogs, but indoor cats need their noggins switched on too. And indoor cats have a tendency to gain weight, which can lead to digestive problems and less mobility. Fortunately, Aikiou didn't just design an interactive feeder for dogs, but a special feeder for cats, which slows down your pet's eating and digestion, as well as providing some fun!

 

Floor Plan Light Switch A Bright Idea For Homeowners

There's always that one switch in a house - you know, the one that makes you wonder "just what the hell does this do?" Now, from designer Taewon Hwang, comes the Floor Plan Light Switch -  a great way to never be confused again.

Slamming Scamming Spammers - How To Identify Anonymous Email Authors

Spammers are on notice: you can run, but you cannot hide. Although you spend so much time at the computer, you probably can't run far.

Social Media Intern Wanted Before Overexposed Star Stops Trending

Only a week into social networking and TeamSheen needs to recruit an intern to help him do some of the heavy 'social media' lifting. Scaling past 2.3 million followers on Twitter in less than ten days, the ex-Two and Half Men star is not only drunk on the drug called "Charlie Sheen," he's also realized that he's a social media rock star. Or is he? Has the "winning" megalomaniac peaked, or are prospective interns going to be queuing up faster than fanboys at an "Apple iPad2" launch day?

Mark Zuckerberg's Dog 'Beast' Gets Himself A Faceboook Page

Beast, the adorable new dog of Mark Zuckerberg and girlfriend, Priscilla Chan (Cilla, to Beast), has got himself a Facebook page, and I bet within a year, he'll have more friends than anyone ever did on Facebook! Especially, if he continues to update us.  I wonder if Beast will garner as much interest as Bo, the Obama family dog?

 

Are You In A Happy State? Check Out Gallop's 2010 Well-Being Index

So you're in a happy state... but are you in a happy State? The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is designed to tell you just that.  Gallup conducts this poll every year in every U.S. state to determine who's happy and what influences their happiness. In 2010, interviews were conducted with 352,840 adults living in all 50 states and in Washington DC.

 


New Video Game Releases: Week 10, 2011

Here's your dose of the newest video games being released this week. Be your own star in Yoostar2 and experience the classics with Atari's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 on your Nintendo DS. Get your game on with MLB 2011: The Show and shoot your way to victory with Homefront. Lastly, take on another life in the virtual world with this week's RPG releases, Phantom Brave and Torchlight.

Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl Feeds Several Canine Needs

Yes, I am an unabashed fan of interactive toys, as long as pets are not left alone while playing with them.  But play is just one aspect of the Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder, as its main purpose is to replace your dog's feeding bowl and to provide your dog the opportunity for a healthy relationship with food.  The Aikiou Company calls the feeder a 'food activity center.'

McQueen Alive Zooming Into A Store Near You This Fall

Coming to a toy store near you in fall 2011 is the Disney-Pixar "Lightning McQueen Alive 1:55 scale talking car. This thing has "hot Christmas toy" written all over it.

Well Armed - A Mechanical Arm That Keeps Yours Steady

An exoskeletal arm support that enables a precise, fatigue-free work environment.

AERO E Converter Blows Your Celluar Charging Woes Away

From designer Lance Cassidy comes the AERO E power converter concept, a breath of fresh air in the plugged-in landscape of mobile device charging.

Social Media Tracking & Crowdsourcing Provides Al Jazeera With 'CNN Moment'

Trusted in the Middle East as an unbiased and uncensored source of international news, those living and traveling throughout the area rely on Al Jazeera as a voice of reason. As a result, it is probably the most watched news network in the region and bases a large portion of their success on having access to social media.

Call For Inventors: The 2011 DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

The DiabetesMine, a web resource for diabetics, is calling for innovative solutions to better the lives of persons with diabetes in its 2011 DiabetesMine Design Challenge.

 


In 300 Words Creative Greenies Can Win Vacation to an Eco-Resort

Even the eco-friendly need a vacation. Why not win a trip to an eco-resort like Chaa Creek? Chaa Creek in Belize, has been promoting responsible and eco-friendly tourism since 1981. This year in a continuous effort to promote green travel Chaa Creek is hosting a contest for an all expense paid trip to Chaa Creek.

Aydogan Ozcan's "Killer App": The Lens-free Cellphone Microscope

People from all over the world use cellphones every day but what a lot of them don't really know is that it can also be used for a greater, more important, and life-saving purpose. 

Bringing HDSLR Shortfalls Into Focus: Focusing Systems And Techniques

The three-inch LCD on the back of the camera is not a great tool for manually controlling focus. However, sharp focus can be achieved on HDSLR cameras.

New Study Reveals How TV Influences Your Fear Of Crime

It seems like there are more crime dramas, more violent movies, and especially more true crime TV shows than ever before. And then there is the daily local, national, and international reports of crime.  While clearly crime pays the TV networks, what effects does it have on viewers?

Garment Deodorizer Destroys Unpleasant Smells In A Matter Of Minutes

Clothes absorb smells from all over the place and sometimes you just don’t have time to get rid of them before you go out.  If you had a Garment Deodorizer though, you could take care of this unexpected situation in a matter of minutes. 

Body Of Evidence - Using Your Body As A Laboratory

One man's quest to become a cyborg, in the name of science.

Lack Of Sleep Claims Another Victim: Colon Cancer

Sleeplessness may be romantic as a movie treatment but, in reality, chronic lack of sleep, irregular sleep, or insufficient sleep puts you at higher risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and now colon cancer - a much bigger risk.

Toy Blast From The Past - UPCs Take Fight With The Barcode Battler

The Epoch Barcode Battler was a 1991 toy release that captured the attention of young boys and had them clipping UPCs wherever they could - much to the dismay of parents.

What Makes The Razer Switchblade Awesome

If you're into PC gaming, you've probably heard about Razer. Founded in the 1990s, Razer USA is responsible for designing and producing some of the best gaming mice on the market. In 2009, they started making peripherals, as well- these too were met with positive reception.Fact is, these people know what they're doing when it comes to computer games. 

Recently, they've announced plans to design a gaming laptop.

Site Announcement - March 7, 2011

InventorSpot.com is happy to announce that another writer will be joining our team. Nicholas Greene is a freelance writer with a Bachelor's degree in English obtained from the university of Calgary. Nick's blog will concern advances and innovations in the computer industry, often with a nod to their possible effect on electronic modes of entertainment.  You can read his computer technology blog here.

We All Scream For Electro Ice Cream

From the presumably brain-frozen mind of Orhan Gurbanov comes the Elctro Ice Cream Maker concept, a stylish, portable way to enjoy everyone's favorite frozen treat.

The Social Media Check-In You Can't Leave Home Without

For as long as I have been reporting on Foursquare, I like others have been impressed by their partnership deals with TV shows, newspapers, venues and brands. Their check-in model was emulated by competitors as small as one-off app developers and as large as Facebook Places. However, in all that time, Foursquare's use cases have been unsuccessful in showing significant ROIs for the merchants and brands they are aligned with...

Repurposing Can Mean Some Bad Hair Days For Lamps

Sergio Mendoza helps organize workshops at Domaine de Boibuchet in southwestern France, a lovely country estate where artists, architects, and designers congregate and offer classes in the summer. Mendoza got the design bug himself and one set of his works is this series of SMP Lamps made from the shavings of fruit containers delivered to the estate every day.

 

Find Your Way Anywhere with the Magellan RoadMate 9055

The Magellan RoadMate 9055 has been released for some time now, but this gadget is definitely worth a second look. This 7-inch device might just be the one thing you need to make sure that your days of getting lost on the road are over.

Engineered Stem Cells May Improve Memory For Alzheimer's Patients

This is the story of healthy cells tracing the pathway of killer cells to repair, instead of breakdown, the memory function destroyed by Alzheimer's disease.

Get Ready For A Real Lifestyle Change: Panasonic's Real Pro Ultra Luxury Massage Chair

Have you ever had hot stone therapy and Shiatsu massage at the same time? Have you ever had both of them all over your body at the same time?  Customized?

Concrete Solution - Concrete That Won't Crack In Cold Climates

New developments in concrete technology could mean that roads last twice as long as they do now.

Through The Drapes, Darkly And Noiselessly

Windows are wonderful inventions.  They let you see what's going on outside, brighten up your rooms with natural light, make your rooms warmer or colder depending upon the outdoor temperature, and even let you hear the street traffic or, sometimes, your next door neighbors' conversations.  You don't want that?

Solar Rover From Great Gizmos Uses Sun, Makes Fun

The British Toy and Hobby association has released its list of great toys for the 2011 year and one of their top picks under the "creative" category is the Great Gizoms Solar Rover robot. Time for some Sun n' Fun!

New Autopsy Technique Helps Put The Knives Away

Thinking about an autopsy isn’t something most of us do on a regular basis, but for Guy Rutty and his team at the University of Leicester, finding a better way to analyze the recently deceased has led to a new, non-invasive breakthrough.

Honey Pot Protocells May Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

Thanks to work at NIST and Weill Cornell Medical College, viruses may soon be heading for a decoy cell instead of those naturally produced by a human body. Dubbed "honey pot" protocells, these attractive antivirals may just be the next big thing in the fight against disease.

Social Media Stars Are A Million To One: Kutcher vs Sheen

The Twitterverse is home to many and like the real world, it allows for different opportunities dependent on your rank, file and serial number. In the case of celebrities it's proven to be fertile ground for real-time soap-box messaging, instant ego gratification as well as becoming a lucrative revenue-generator. Racing to a million followers has become sport for the elite and us mere mortals seem to enjoy watching it from the sidelines - even though most of us have no shot at ever reaching a million followers in our lifetimes.

Green Goose Rewards You For Keeping Up With Life

A new program called Green Goose may offer just the incentive that many people need to get back on track with their health goals and household routine.  The system, which is currently in beta, comes with several sensors to monitor different activities such as flossing, going for walks, taking vitamins, drinking water, etc. and plays out kind of like a video game.

Present Toys, Retro TV - The Voltron Lion Die-Cast Masterpiece

Mega thrusters go! Voltron, the classic kids cartoon series, is back in Die-Cast "masterpiece" form, a great collectible for anyone who watched the show and always wanted to have some sweet metal lions of their own.

U.S. Soldier Makes Trash to Toys: Uses Them To Inspire and Connect With People

I think a man in uniform is captivating. A man in uniform, who can make toys out of found items and then uses them to inspire people is amazingly captivating! This is exactly what Private First Class Rupert Valero does and so he is.

X-Cool Calculator Attempts To Multiply Interest In Math

From toy and gadget maker Perpetual Kid comes the Cool Gamer Calculator, also known as the X-Cool, an attempt to combine video games and math in a hand-held, portable option.

Keep the Elements in Your Pocket with The Elementals iPod App

It's always handy to have a copy of the table of elements wherever you go because you never know when you might need it. Okay, that may not be necessarily true, but The Elementals sure makes looking at the old table easy on the eyes.

Social Media Chink In Facebook's Privacy Armor Shows Support For Gaddafi?

Social media is based on engaging with others you choose to engage with. Ever since Facebook's Open Graph commandeered its way onto the digital highway, we've been asked to rethink how we can become more accessible by relinquishing more and more of our private data. After all, this is the 21st Century and FB should have the right to redefine what today's interpretation of privacy means. Hold it right there, Mr. Zuckerberg. Not so fast!

In Your Face (And Everywhere Else) - A Microscope That Shows Moving 3D Images

A new development in microscopy allows researchers to watch cells moving in 3D more clearly and for longer than ever before.

My Little Cupcake Creates Fun Cake Bite Pops

The My Little Cupcake is a hinged mold.  It allows you to insert a ball of cake mixture and squeeze together.  What you are left with when you open it is a perfectly shaped mini cupcake creation.

Taiwan's NMA News Animates Charlie Sheen's Latest Media Meltdown

The talented animation technicians at Taiwan's NMA News have taken on the task of explaining Charlie Sheen's recent rant-fest to a domestic audience. Subtitled Sheen shone Sims style with bonus bikini bimbo and sinister snowman? Now THAT's a winning combo!

Cork: Not Just For Bulletin Boards

Maybe it's because my budget confines me to 'less expensive' wines, but I notice bottles are no longer being corked and, instead, have metal screw top caps like cooking sauces. When I realized the evolution had already taken place, I wished I had saved my bottle corks for posterity, or for a cork top table...

Big Brother Is Watching You, And You, And You... - Cameras That Know Who You Are

Now cameras can tell who and where you are better than ever before. Feeling secure?

Nostalgic For Cow Farts? Get Countryside Air To Go

Oh my, I'm so happy someone is doing this.  So often I wish I could recreate the scents of my old home in Kansas, where the grass grows high and the cows fart to their bowels' content.  I'd just love to have a whiff of those odorous fumes here with me in midtown Manhattan.

Use this Human Mobile Phone When You're Calling Other Homo Sapiens

It's a new breed of mobile phones with a human touch. Japanese researchers have developed a mobile phone that looks and even feels like a human being–and yes, it's a fully-functional cellular phone. What will these people think of next?

Essential Guides for Aspiring Cinematographers

If you are just starting out on the adventure offered by DSLR video, these resources will get you started on your learning endeavors.

Wedge House - Playhouse Of The Eco-Conscious Child

From American company Modern Playhouse comes the Wedge House, a throwback to the "simplicity and integration with nature" that was at the forefront of the modernist movement. Also, it's a playhouse.

Throw-back Xmas Awesomeness Part 1 - The Star Trek Shuttlecraft Ornament

Though Christmas comes only once a year, the Star Trek Shuttlecraft Galileo ornament is an awesome, circa-1992 gift that just keeps on giving. Trust us.

On This Day In Video Game History: March 4

Video games have come a long way ever since the first graphical computer game was created in 1952 by A. S. Douglas. Take a walk down memory lane back to March 4, 2000 with this quick blast of video game history from the not-so-distant past.

Mimi Wireless Gaming Keyboard Makes Playing Portable

Every good gamer knows they need a great keyboard and mouse in order to get the most from their PC gaming, and the Mimi Wireless Gaming Keyboard lets you have all in one.

Google Trades In One Engine For Another That Drives Itself?

It's been long noted that Google's inability to develop an effective social media network has been a definite chink in the search giant's armor, leaving way for Facebook to potentially surpass them as this decades Internet leader. Yet Google seems to have all the time in the world for pet projects such as artificial intelligence, energy plants and now even a car that can drives itself - talk about giving a whole new meaning what a "search engine" is capable of.

Site Announcement - March 4, 2011

InventorSpot.com is pleased to announce a new writer is joining our team.Kyle Fiechter is a freelance writer and photographer with videoproduction experience based in downtown Denver. Kyle's technology blog shares unique insight on the emerging market of DSLR cameras used for shooting video to keep InventorSpot readers ahead in the technology game. You can see his camera blog here.


Site Announcement - March 3, 2011

InventorSpot.com is excited to announce that a new writer has recently joined our team. Hazel Chua graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and just recently passed the Board Licensure examinations held late last year. She loves to read and writing has been her passion ever since she learned how to pick up a pen.  When she's not busy working, Hazel enjoys blogging, watching movies, catching up with friends, and playing video games. Hazel is an avid gamer and her blog Video Game Central will be "the blog that eats, lives, and breathes video games." You can read her video game blog here.

Seniors May Decrease Risk Of Dementia By Taking A Daily 'Nip'

In case you think I am duplicating a recent column about moderate alcohol consumption being good for your health, that blog was about alcohol and heart disease.  In another study of studies - 23 longitudinal ones -  there are equally interesting findings about alcohol consumption and cognitive ability.  Now don't go out and party yet....

Peeps Sushi: 'Serious Eats' Whips Up Some Sweet Easter Treats

Everyone loves Peeps, those sugary marshmallow confections that have sweetened Easter Baskets since 1953. Now the folks at Serious Eats are helping Peeps expand their horizons with Peeps Sushi.

Aussies Develop A Medical App For Macho Men

The Disease Management Unit at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, Australia has launched an iPhone app for machismo males who won't visit their doctors when disease symptoms arise. It's called "myHealthMate" and it allows men to learn about their symptoms...shhh... in secret.


Somthing's Fishy About This "Magic Carp-Pet" Rug

John Leung loves to incorporate optical illusion into his designs, and the "Magic Carp-Pet," for me, is his best. Created for Australian architects, ClarkeHopkinsClarke, This rug design actually employs two items to make its point...

PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger Uses Hydrogen For Maximum Mobility

When it comes to traveling off the grid, getting power to the people can be a difficult prospect. Now, the PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger offers a water-based way to get the power you need when you need it.


Student Designs Special Pot Handles For Those With Arthritis

Even though Ching-Hao Hsu, a graduate student at Australia's Queensland University of Technology, is focused on a career as a lighting designer, he has shown a unique interest in and talent for developing assistive tools for persons with disabilities. On the first short list of the James Dyson sponsored Australian Design Awards, the Arthritis Handle was clearly developed after significant research.

 

Charlie Sheen's Record Speed On Social Media Highway Sets Guinness Record

It's a known fact that the Guinness World Records logs milestones for every esoteric achievement known to man. So with Charlie Sheen "high" on the drug he calls "Charlie Sheen," it was not inconceivable that he would "score" the coveted honor for the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers" on Twitter ever. (take that, Ashton Kutcher!)

Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton Video Game Review

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? It's no other than SpongeBob SquarePants! The yellow spongy cartoon character is brought to virtual life in this video game with his sidekick and best friend, Patrick Star. Join the duo as they set out to save Bikini Bottom from Triton and his mutated army of Krabby Patties.

The Spy Who Dressed Like A Hummingbird

Some researchers really take biomimicry seriously, like when they say, 'What we need is a hummingbird spy.' The folks at AeroVironment, under a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), approached the need for a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) very seriously.  It actually created an NAV that looks and even flies just like a hummingbird.

 

Beijing Medical Microblog: Social Media Meets Socialized Medicine

Beijing Emergency Medical Center's new microblog exemplifies the emergence of social media as a leading news and information venue in China.

SOM's New York City Green School, Brought To You By The Number Zero

The New York City School Construction Authority's latest endeavor is the planning of the first ever net-zero elementary school.  Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, the Staten Island Elementary School, P.S. 62, will produce as much energy as it consumes.  The school is set to open for the 2015-2016 school year but not without controversy among locals.

Got Eggs? Their Perfect Shape Inspires Egg Designs For The Home

In case you missed the yearly unveiling of the eggs, the Le Uova de Leon collection is still getting its seasoning in the news.  So, I thought I would give you a few fun moments with photos from the egg collection, a series of playful, colorful, exciting, and terribly creative interior design renditions from Italian architect Valentina Audrito.

Mashoonga Foam Saber Slices Into Office Fun

The Mashoonga Foam Saber is a fun way to settle inter-office debates or just enjoy swordplay without the possibility of losing an appendage.

One Way To Get High - Altitude Conditioning At Sea Level

Want to get fit? There's a product on the market that claims to do it for you, while you lie back and enjoy it.

Miniature Cherry Blossom Tree Springs Into Bloom Anytime

Winter always seems to overstay its welcome, leaving us longing for the warm breezes and bright flowers of Spring. Why wait weeks when your very own artificial mini cherry blossom tree can burst into bloom in mere hours!

Wii Fly Robot? We'd Love To

From designer Florence Boob comes the Wii Fly robot concept - an airborne automaton that will let you play games on the go.

Video Game Hall of Fame: Plants vs. Zombies

Video Game Central presents the first inductee to the Video Game Hall of Fame: Plants vs. Zombies! This quirky game offers a unique take on the tower defense genre and has taken the gaming world by storm ever since its release. Form an alliance with the Peashooters and Wall-nuts and get to know Crazy Dave as you engage in a full-on war with the zombies!

Social Media Chats About Specific Topics, In Search Of A Critical Mass

Sometimes friends are just not enough. While Facebook's primary appeal has been to build social communities of people within less than six degrees of separation, up pops another that believes you need to reach out further - specifically, to strangers. This new wrinkle, ironed out by AnybodyOutThere (not to be confused with Pink Floyd's 1980's pop hit) is sometimes you to need to connect with random people to get answers on specific-topics. Such is the premise of their online chat site.

Handler's Beliefs May Cause Search Dog's False Results

Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs.  The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.

 

New Video Game Releases: Week 9, 2011

Video Game Central gives you a quick rundown on the latest video games being released this week. Get them while they're hot!

Biomimicry Of Tiny Fly Will Lead To More Powerful Antennas

Don't tell a male cricket this, but his mating call is responsible for attracting more than a mate; it attracts a parasitic, pregnant fly called the Ormia ochracea.  Other flies would not hear the crickets, but the Ormia ochracea has unusually acute multi-directional hearing that a University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison) researcher wants to biomimic in a powerful way. 

Mesh Mash - Making Every Device A Router

By making every device a router, online communication is guaranteed.

Chip Versus Strip: Examining The New Debit Cards

Recently, financial institutions across Canada began mass-producing new debit cards, and sending them to their customers. Each new card contained something previous generations hadn't- a debit chip. Now, instead of swiping the strip on one's card, most businesses will have the customer insert it into a chip reader.

But why the change? 

 

Sing Along with the Cast of Glee Using this App for your iPod!

It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of the hit show or not. This app for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad will get you out of your comfort zone and have you belting out show tunes like a pro in an instant!

Hands-Free Sandwich Holder Eliminates Heavy Sandwich Lifting

Yup, that’s right; it’s the ultimate lazy eating experience.  The Hands-Free Sandwich Holder eliminates all of that pesky lifting that you normally have to do when eating a sandwich.  When I first came across a picture of the Hands-Free Sandwich Holder I thought, “How ridiculous!  Who would actually use that?”  Once I started thinking about it though I came up with all kinds of instances where this item may come in handy.

Israel, The Silicon Valley Of The Middle East Welcomes VCs & Social Media

Israel is considered by many to be the Middle East's Silicon Valley, ranking second to North America in number of companies in the high-tech field. With odds stacked against them, according to research conducted by the ISEMI College, an online business school for entrepreneurs, "historical necessity has forced this tiny country, with a total area of 8400 square miles and a population of 6.5 million to become a technological powerhouse."

Thar She Blows - Return To The Age Of Sailing Ships

Oceangoing technology has turned full circle, as we return to the age of sailing ships - with a difference.

3D Bio-printers To Reconstruct Body And Skin

3D printers have been used for a number of years in construction and food technologies but are now making the leap to the medical with the advent of technology that allows them to “print” new skin and cartilage.