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April, 2013

Organic, Vegetable Based Wee Can Too Finger Paints Make Creative Time Safe for Babies

Created by two moms, Wee Can Too Finger Paints use vegetable and fruit powders and other plant based ingredients to take away all the worry so that kids and parents can completely enjoy finger painting time.

Black Cat Stockings Are Really Cute And That's No Stretch

Hello kitten-knees! OK, that was bad and we feel bad, but these Black Cat Stockings from Japan are the purr-fect way to put some feline on your femurs.

Rest Your Weary Arms With The Bubble Gum iPhone Stand

The iStuck bubble gum stand for iPhone is designed to keep people who might otherwise want to get their hands on your iPhone away, because they'll think there's a big wad of gum stuck to it. If you want to find out how to get your hands on this prestigious piece of hardware, read on...

The Web Is 20

20 years ago CERN created the World Wide Web. Now to celebrate, they are bringing back the original web pages at their original URLs for all to see, proof that no one knows how popular their inventions might become.

Dairy Farms Get A Carbon Grade

A look at how farmers and producers in the dairy industry are getting a new tool that is designed to help them to keep tabs on their carbon footprint. The databased, which is being let out by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy under the 2008   initiative known as the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, is designed to help producers to act more green. 

Bake Your Dog Panini With The New Dog Treat Panini Pan

Congratulations are in order to Holstein Housewares for the development of the Holstein Pet Treat Maker, a panini pan that makes perfect dog biscuits in 7 minutes. It's not available yet, but the specialized appliance will be ready for sale at HSN.com sometime in May, and here's what it will offer..

A Closer Look at the Mega Man That Almost Was

Mega Man X was almost a first person shooter. For one brief moment, Capcom was considering rebooting the Blue Bomber in a way very similar to Metroid. After all, if it worked for Samus, it should work for Megaman, right?

Is Spam The Easiest And Cheapest Way Of Marketing?

If you have the old mindset that spam email and spam keywords are the best way to make money, then you are living in the past. Sure, thousands of marketers are spamming and making money, but what are they doing wrong? What is wrong with mass marketing campaigns?

Kitchen Accessories For Scientists And Science Nerds

If Food Network celebrity chef Alton Brown has anything to teach us about cooking it is that it's all about science. The culinary art is mostly chemistry and physics with some biology tossed in for good measure. If you are all about science and cooking you can reflect that in your kitchen with a Scientific Spice Rack, a Scientific Storage Jar Set, and Good Chemistry Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Move Over Dolly, Here Are The GLOWIES! Scientists Create Glow-In-The-Dark Sheep... Because They Can

Dolly, the first animal cloned from adult animal stem cells, is no longer alive to see the latest bovine specimens of human intervention... nine glow-in-the-dark lambs born to a ewe whose DNA received a shot of green florescent protein (GFP), the gene found in Aequorea victory jellyfish.  Despite the undeniably great scientific breakthrough these lambs have accomplished, they, unlike Dolly, will probably not achieve her fame, for these bioluminescent sheep are being numbered one through nine, rather than named.      

Stay Cool This Summer WIth A Pair Of Air-Conditioned Pants

If you're looking for a style of clothing that's sure to blow the pants off the competition, look no further than these air-conditioned pants from Japan. No matter how hot it gets, simply ramp up the power on the twin fan cooling system and let the wind blow.

New Robot Can Feel Coins

A look at new robot sensores developed by the the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology that are advance enough to get the coins out of a pocket that is full of items. These new sensors can help to make the next generation of robots even more human like. The piece also examines other robots that use new touch abilities.

Are Brits Sleeping Better - And Cheaper?

Whether you spend your nights in 1500 Thread Count luxury or the scratchy tatters of motel room sheets, the quality of the mattress is always key. Getting the best mattress isn't easy or cheap, but somehow, the brilliant Brits at WeDo Mattresses have unlocked the mystery behind inexpensive, high-quality beds so they can grab some cheeky sleep.

What You Need To Know About Search Engine Marketing

I have always wanted to build a website so that I could earn money online just like everyone else seems to be doing these days. I started off by purchasing a domain, finding a suitable place to host my website and then building a website. It was tough at first, but I started to learn the finer points of site optimization. One thing though – I still wasn’t getting much traffic. One day a friend of mine came over and we started to talk about my website and my results.

In A Jam: This Is Not Your Great-Grandpa's Bathtub Gin

It appears that you can make jam out of just about anything these days -- even gin and whiskey. Take Bathtub Gin Artisanal Jam for example. Okay, they aren't really made of gin and whiskey. They are made from the best organic fruit available that is blended into a surprising line of jams with a touch of a potent potable to give it something special that you won't find in other preserves.

Razer Comms Could Blow Video Game VOIP Out of the Water

Now, I'm no Razer fanboy (yes I am), but I figured I might as well give its VOIP app Razer Comms a try, in spite of my inborn skepticism. After all, why would Razer release a product if it wasn't good? They've an image to maintain, and tossing out a shoddy, poorly-realized application would more or less ruin said image. So far, I'm quite impressed.

Magisso Tipping Teacup Allows You To Brew And Enjoy Without Added Accessories

If you love loose leaf tea, but hate fumbling around with infusers there’s an option you may not have considered or even known about. The Magisso Tipping Teacup’s inventive design eliminates the middleman and gives tea enthusiasts the opportunity to brew and enjoy without added accessories.

With $250k On The Line, One Spark 2013 Was An Inferno Of Innovation!

Jacksonville, Florida’s huge crowdsourcing event for inventors, innovators and creative dreamers has come and gone, leaving me to showcase the most popular ideas of the One Spark event.

Kilt Tartan: Harley-Davidson Shows Scottish Pride

Somehow the wearing of a kilt hardly seems to fit the image of a guy who rides a "Hog." Guys who ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles are supposed to be scruffy and hairy and . . . wait . . . that sounds like a lot of Scotsmen too. The truth is there is some basis for there to be a Harley-Davidson tartan.

Minox: History Of A Spy Camera

Developed in 1936, the Minox subminiature camera quickly became a secret agent's preferred tool for copying classified documents, as seen in many spy movies. Here's a look at some of the most famous Minox models still available to collectors.   

What Is Next For Xbox? Find Out May 21st!

While we don’t have too much to tell you about the future of Microsoft’s hit entertainment brand just yet, the third in the series of Xbox gaming machines will be revealed on May 21st.

Turn Your Favorite Cold Beverage To Slush Whenever You Want

Gone are the days when the craving for an Icee or a Slurpee sent you off to the nearest convenience store hoping against hope that they actually have a flavor you like. If orange just isn't your thing or that blue raspberry creeps you out then the Original Slush Mug is just the thing for you.

Google Glass Rooted

Google Glass has already been hacked by a well known iOS jailbreaker. By using an Android hack, 'Saurik' managed to get root access and modify the code.

Tea and Vodka and Brandy - Oh My!

Some artists choose to drink alcohol while they work, but British artist Carne Griffiths chooses to use vodka, brandy, and tea traditional paint to create the unique colors and textures of her eye-catching and enthralling work.

USB Utility Charge Tool Mimics A Pocket Knife

These days you need to have a bunch of different cords to connect all of your handheld electronics to your computer. Now you can hide all of those cords in a drawer and have all of those different USB connections at your fingertips (or in your pocket) with this one tool. It is the Swiss Army Knife of the cyber age.

Top 3 Best Dashboard Cameras

The meteor that streaked across the Russian sky last February caused a big sensation, not just because it happened in broad daylight, being witnessed by many, but because of the amount of video cameras that captured this incredible event. Thanks to the prevalent use of dashboard cameras in Russia we were able to see videos uploaded to YouTube shortly after the event. These cameras are now becoming very popular in the U.S. Read about three of the best dashboard cameras currently in the market.

The Wonderbag Takes Slow Cooking To A New Level

Wonderbag Eco Slow Cooker moves slow cooking into the 21st Century by saving money and energy since it doesn't need to be plugged in all day. Not only that you can take it with you in the car or the RV and it will continue cooking while you put in some miles on your road trip or getting your special chili to the tail-gate party.

Speed Demon: Turn Your Hamster Into A Race Car Driver

Hamsters are more than a little bit OCD when it comes to running nowhere on that little wheel of theirs. They can go all night long and if the wheel squeaks they will take you along for the ride. With this adorable little hamster race car both you and that special rodent of yours can live out your NASCAR dreams together.

Massive Amount Of Lithium Found In Wyoming

The new reserves of lithium found near Rock Springs could serve the entire needs of the US in batteries, reducing our needs to import the substance from overseas, and helping innovation in the industry.

Chinese Poultry Feather Removal Machines May Be Spreading H7N9 Bird Flu

Poultry feather removal machines are commonly used to pluck freshly slaughtered chickens, ducks and geese at China's urban live poultry markets. Trouble is, hot water steam and spray emanating from the machines could be a transmission vector of the virulent H7N9 bird flu virus.

Optometry At Play: Why Eye Doctors Are Looking At Tetris

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal on Monday made a breakthrough in the treatment of Lazy Eye, and published a scientific paper revealing some rather fascinating news: apparently, Tetris may actually be a sound cure for the disorder. The reason, the researchers explained, is because the legendary puzzle game trains the eyes to work together - "information is distributed across them in a complementary fashion," meaning the weaker eye has no choice but to adapt in order to keep up. 

Nissin's Hamburger Instant Ramen Is Two Fave Fast Foods In One Cup

Product planners at Japan's Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. thought they'd beef up boring old instant ramen by floating a hamburger on top. The result is GooTa “Demi-hamburg-men”, a clever combo sure to satisfy fast-foodies who want it all and want it now... or, like, in 5 minutes.

4 Quick Product Packaging Tips That Help To Sell your Product

In the grand scheme of things, packaging your product is equally important as coming up with a unique product that appeals to a niche market. How will you decide to package your product? What you choose can say a lot about your business whether you know it or not.

PEEL Lamp From Japan Adds A New Dimension To Night Lights

The PEEL Lamp is an innovative night light from Japanese design duo YOY. This unique electrical fixture utilizes an ultra-thin OLED light source to create the illusion of another, brighter world lurking just beyond our own.

Hands-Free Maps Turn Tourists Into Locals

Traveling in a strange city can be intimidating enough, without the embarassment of having to pull out a map every two blocks. These Metro cuffs might not give you the layout for whole cities, but at least you'll look like a pro in the subways when you never have to look at a map...except for the one on your wrist.

Cynical Tea Bags Tie Into Your "Insecuri-teas"

There is nothing like a good cup of tea to calm you, soothe you, or give you the pick-me-up you need. Sometimes the names of those teas and their blends just don't mirror the mood you are in or the mood you are seeking. Cynical Tea Bags are out to change that with their line of "special-teas."

Look Whose Milking Cows: Robots!

When it comes to milking the cows humans may soon be a thing of the past. This piece looks at the use of a new set of robot cow caretakers. The robots, who can deal with the milking and the feeding of about 60 cows each, are designed to work wih the farmer and his or her new smart phone app. This gives farmers some degree of daily freedom from their chores .

Terrarium/Display Lamp Does Double Duty

For many household space is limited, so anything that can make small spaces go further is a sought-after option. With this clever lamp the clean, modern lines can suit just about any decor and the base can double as a terrarium to add a bit of plant life for the environment, or as a small display case for collectibles or found treasures.

Developers: DRM Will Never Really Work

There seems to be an elephant in the room in the world of game development. It's a rather ugly creature, painted in shades of moral gray and black; it bellows about piracy and used games whilst boorishly lamenting lost sales and the core gamer's lack of respect for the developer. I am speaking, of course, about always-on DRM. I feel that it's high time this beast was silenced and put out to pasture- and I'm far from the only one.

Can Humans Care for Robots?

A new look at research being put out by the University of Duisburg-Essen, that shows how humans respond to videos of robots in happy situations, and videos of robots being tortured. They stack up against humans and cardboard boxes being abused as well. The results are suprising.

Cool-it Caddy Icepops Are Really Cool Cosmetic Bags - Literally!

In warm weather makeup can melt, sometimes before it ever gets to your face. Cool-it Caddy Icepops to the rescue! These bags are designed to keep your cosmetics cold for up to 7 hours.

Should Mobile Developers Focus On HTML5 Instead Of Native Apps?

Mobile is something any new business or web entrepreneur needs to look at. But should you focus on native apps for iOS, Android, and so on, or is it time to abandon them for HTML5 instead?

The Last Straw: Ice Straws Are Totally The End!

With all of the restaurants in this country it is hard to imagine just how many plastic (and before that paper) straws are cluttering up landfills. The gross tonnage is probably jaw-dropping. At least there is something you can do at home to help alleviate the problem -- and it is fun and easy. Make your own ice straws.

Set The Right Mood With Speakers Right In The Blanket

A picnic in the country or an evening out under the stars can be a special, romantic or fun event for everyone concerned, especially if you have right tunes playing and a comfy blanket to curl up on. Then all you need is a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and that special thou in your life and you are all set for a memorable event.

Need A Sharp Pencil? Leave It To Beaver

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck . . . aw, who cares? The point is, the pencil point that is, is that this adorable little beaver can chew enough wood to keep your pencils sharp for a lifetime. Not only that, he does double duty as a paperweight. Since beavers process wood with their teeth it is appropriate that you sharpen your pencil by sticking it in his mouth.

Caveat Emptor, When Rippln Comes Rippln [Videos]

Normally, MLM (multiple level marketing) pyramid schemes appeal to desperate folks who are down on their luck and/or are willing to buy into anything that promises them a quick return. It's built off a non-sustainable business model that promises payments or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment of sales of legitimate products and services.

Shit Box -- The Portable Cardboard Crapper

Anyone who has ever been out in the wilds camping, hiking, or fishing knows that there is not always an outhouse around when you need one. Even when there is one it may not be clean enough to actually sit down and conduct business on. Shit Box is a light-weight, portable solution to an age-old problem.

Should Entrepreneurs Avoid Facebook?

Facebook used to be cool, both for teenagers wanting to check the latest cat videos, and developers hoping to bring in lots of users. But now, it seems many are leaving the site. Is it time to ditch the most popular social network out there?

Pimp Your Toyota Tacoma For Outdoor Adventure

When you go shopping for a new truck you may run across the Toyota Xplore Adventure Series. With this you can have your new Tacoma, for example, kitted out for the ultimate in camping and off-road travel. This includes a bed rack and an elevated tent so that you don't need to haul a trailer or set up your tent on the damp ground.

Industrial Technology Highlighted at HANNOVER MESSE

Industrial Technology was highlighted at HANNOVER MESSE 2013. The conference, which came to an end on the Friday of last week, highlighted techology that can be used is a variety of different industries to create a more seamless business experience. The conference had thousands of exhibitions from more than 50 nations of the world.

Angelina: An AI That Makes Video Games

Artificial intelligence is, for all the advances we've made, still remarkably artificial; remarkably limited. Sure, Cleverbot can sometimes hold a conversation. Deep Blue can defeat someone at Chess. Saya can smile and interact with people around it.  At the same time, however, there's something missing - something integral which all of these constructs grasp at, but can't quite reach. Something fundamentally human which we've not yet been able to replicate in an artificial context. 

Have Your Soup With An Edible Spoon

This is probably the biggest development in eating utensils since the creation of the spork. The Edible Spoon is the ultimate in environmentally-friendly "disposable" spoons. A plastic spoon in a landfill can take up to a thousand years to degrade enough to return to nature. Once you've digested the Edible Spoon along with your beans and brown rice, the hard part is done.

When Wine Becomes Music

Playing crystal goblets is a whole lot of fun and all you need is some water (or wine) and a wet finger to do it. You don't have to be Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality to manage it either. If you are going to give it a try these Musical Wine Glasses will help those of us who don't have perfect pitch. They come marked with how far to fill the glasses to get the notes you actually want to play.

45-Year-Old Vietnam War Photos Rediscovered

Charlie Haughey, who served during the Vietnam War, shot almost 2000 pictures during his tour of duty. Upon his return to the States his negatives were put into storage and forgotten. Now, almost 45 years later, many of those images are being published for the very first time. And so begins the Chieu Hoi Project.

New Bitcoin Mining Device Ships

As Bitcoin becomes hugely popular this month, new ASIC mining devices are being introduced to take advantage of the highly valued digital currency. The latest such model is now shipping to customers.

Trash To Treasure - Amazing Celebrity Portraits

Celebrity portraits have always captured the attention of the world, but San Francisco-based artist Jason Mecier has built his career by making portraits that tell the real story behind celebrities. His mosaic portraits are made of candy, pills, lipstick, cell phones, cigarette butts, and every other object (or substance) in between.

McDonald's “Potato Holder” Fits Fries Above, Hands & Cupholders Below

Old & busted: cupholders. New crispy, salty and greasy hotness: the McDonald's fries holder! Designed to fit car, truck and bike cupholders not to mention pedestrian hands, the bright red plastic “potato holder” is available for a limited time from McDonald's Japan.

Are The 9th Annual IMGA Winning Games On Your Mobile Device?

Ever since 2004, IMGA has picked out the year’s most innovative and worthwhile videogames made for mobile phones. With all of the fantastically inventive games in the running, it was a huge competition for gifted game developers who specialize in mobile gaming devices.

Some Bananas Can Really Get Into A Jam -- With Tasty Results

It's time to stop monkeying around with your standard PB&J sandwiches and really start getting creative. These Ooh Ooh Ah Ah Banana Jams would make Elvis swoon like one of his fans if they had been around during his peanut butter and banana sandwich days. We're not just talking about sugary banana goo in a jar here either.

How To Find A Decent Web Site Name

One of the most important things you will do for your online business is to choose a name for your web site. It can be extremely difficult to find a name that reflects the business that you do, especially if you have a great deal of competition and most of the names you are thinking about have already been purchased.

Ehhance Your Child Care Skills With A Poop Alarm

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your baby has been making fudge again unless you have a really terrific sense of smell or are one of those miracle mothers who can decipher every grunt or frown your baby makes. Help is here with a Poop Alarm to let you know when your kid has a drawer full and is in need of a change.

Finger Guardz Helps To Keep Your Toddler Happy

Toddler's have a bad habit of slamming their fingers in things, especially doors. The Finger Guardz product was designed to put parents at ease, and keep children's eyes free of tears. 

Harvard Lab Shows off New Robot Touch Sensors

A research team working at Harvard University's Biorobotics Laboratory , a part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has developed a new and less expensive tactile sensor for robots. This sensor, which is in the cost range for people without a research budget, may open up robotics research. The sensor is sensitive enough to allow a robot hand to pick up a baloon.

Release the Beast - 3D Animal T-Shirts

Are you an animal lover that wants to shout that fact from the footops? Well, how about shouting it from your chest instead? You can't put a hippo in a handbag, but you can certainly keep one close to your heart with these tricky 3D T-Shirts designed by Vincent Hie.

Your Ability To Survive Packed Up Like A Can Of Sardines

These days a lot of folks are focusing on survival and packing up their bug out bag or building a defensible bunker. The truth is you are more likely to face a survival situation when your car breaks down in the wrong place, or something goes wrong when you are out hiking or biking. You don't necessarily need a lot to survive, but you do need something. A Survival Kit in a Sardine Can could be just what you need.

Bluetooth 6 in 1 Keyboard & Organizer With Tablet Stand From myKeyO

The RESTT Keyboard Organizer by myKeyO is a fully functioning multimedia computer keyboard that opens for internal storage of desktop items. The ingenious “undercover” design eliminates clutter, increases efficiency and allows users to store more stuff out of sight and out of mind.

Invent An Enrichment Toy For The Hogle Zoo’s Animals Contest! (Video)

Would you like to make a zoo animal’s day even more fun? Create a fresh take on an enrichment toy for Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and you’ll do just that!

'iSteve' Movie Examines An Unexamined Life From The Great iBeyond

The just released movie "iSteve" is a creative spoof satirizing the life and times of Steve Jobs, in a way that not only takes liberty with the historical facts but also ironically casts in the title role the actor that helped make "Mac" a household name. That's right, while Ashton Kuthcher's portrayal of Jobs is still a way's off, Justin Long of "I'm a Mac" fame has assumed the role of iSteve in this online mockumentary, available to any and all, on a computer near you!

Put The Bite On A Piranha At Nara Kenko Land's Amazon Fair

Do you choose to chew Piranha? If so, get your appetite to the Nara Kenko Land hotel in Nara, Japan. Until May 12th, the second-floor restaurant is serving a variety of Amazon fare including Deep Fried Piranha, Amazon Catfish burgers and delicious Forest Smoothies.

Inventing For Android? Keep Security in Mind

The growing number of Android OS based devices that are currently in the hands of consumers, and the security of their personal data, is a growing issue. This piece examines the compliant that was recently filed by the ACLU against major wireless carriers for not updating their security for Android devices, and give inventors advice on adding device level security to apps.

The Ultimate Chopsticks For Inept Westerners

Being able to eat with chopsticks is a skill that many of us in the Western world aspire to, much to the amusement of Asians everywhere. After all, where they have been successfully feeding themselves this way for several millennia, many of us could starve to death trying to gain the manual dexterity needed. Now we have an intermediate option with ForkChops 3-in-1 Eating Utensils.

Turn Any Flat Surface Into A Virtual Laser Keyboard

Running out of space on your table top? Now you can turn any flat surface into a full size keyboard for use with your mobile devices. Floors, shelves, upside-down storage bins, counter-tops, appliance tops. No surface is safe from your nimble fingers. 

Ice Cube Tray With A Polar Bear Twist

This new style of ice tray has a definite twist. First of all it looks like a polar bear that was the victim of a genetic experiment that went horribly wrong what with ten legs and a snout that looks more like it came from a pig. Second, it is a cool idea for those of us who don't have an icemaker built into our refrigerator or freezer.

Windows Phone 8X By HTC Makes Microsoft More Attractive

The Windows Phone 8X By HTC is a sleek, high-performing device that might be one of the best Windows phones on the market.

Spring Is Here! - 8 Weird and Wonderful Biking Ideas

For half the world, Spring is beginning to show its' face, which means that sidewalks and bike lanes will soon be packed with cyclists who have been cooped up all winter. Before you pedal into this biking season, trick out your wheels with some of these weird and innovative ideas for cycling in style and safety.

Technologies Come To The Help Of Boston Blast Victims

While first respondents were on the scene after the Boston blasts, individuals, companies and organizations used technology to try and assist those in need.

Chinese Book Sterilizer Makes Dirty Books Clean Again

The IDSmart Bookshower from Taiwan's Claridy Solutions blows through a book quicker than the fastest speed-reader, leaving each and every page neatly disinfected, devoid of bacteria and magnificently microbe-free.

Chainsaw Key Cover -- It's A Guy Thing

This is about as cute as a truly "guy thing" can get. This chainsaw key cover is a fun tribute to those intrepid lumberjacks that harvest our wood. It features two small LED lights to help you find that lock in a dark alley. Not only that, at the simple push of a button it makes that special chainsaw sound. It is music to a tool guy's ears.

Experience “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” At The Tech

Get ready to play with the sci-fi technology that’s fascinated audiences for decades when the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit lands at The Tech Museum of Innovation starting October 19th in San Jose, California. You don’t want to miss out on hanging out with R2-D2, Chewbacca and Yoda!

Designer Mahogany Meiji Chocolate Bar Case For Candy Dandies

The Meiji Chocolate Design Wood Case from Japanese jewelry and design house Sweet D Life isn't only a thing of beauty, it's destined to make the heartbreak of bent chocolate bars a thing of the past.

Are Netbooks Dying?

Is the end of the netbook era coming in the very near future? At least one research company is willing to bet that it is. One research firm of note is betting that the netbook is going to be a dead production line to be gone by the end of 2015, with no new units shipping.

FireWood Faux Fireplace For Smartphones Adds Heat To The Beat

Have smartphone and fireplace, will travel! The FireWood portable personal fireplace runs off your smartphone, adjusts its light when blown on and pulsates to the beat of music played on your phone or MP3 player.

Lucky Buddha: Time To Start Upcycling Beer Bottles Instead Of Recycling

More and more people are getting into recycling these days and if they don't have home pick-up, then they haul it to the nearest recycling center. Then there is upcycling. That is taking an item and turning it into something new without having to reduce it to a bulk form for use in manufacturing. One of the cool products that has come out of upcycling is this cute and kitschy Lucky Buddha Glass, made from old bottles from Lucky Buddha Beer.

Power Utilities Scared Of Solar Panels

As solar panels become cheaper, installation fees lowered, and the effectiveness of this technology goes up, the power utilities describe a frightening scenario where they could become nothing more than a backup grid for many people who will end up producing their own power.

5 Things You MUST Keep In Mind While Starting Your First Email Marketing Campaign

Now that you have everything in place for your new start-up – domain, business registration, website up and running, you are ready to launch your very first marketing campaign.  The success of this campaign depends upon you taking some very important steps from the initial stages. 

Etch A Sketch Art - All Grown Up

For many people, myself included, an Etch A Sketch toy is nothing more than a frustrating memory from childhood that convinced me I would never become an artist. But artist Bryan Madden has used those two maddening dials to create unbelievable cityscapes and portraits in his own version of Etch Pop Art. No Shaking Allowed!

Robots: How Close is Too Close?

It looks like some people are willing to get really, really close to their robots. A new survey that was out by Huffington Post and YouGov, shows that a number of people who are going to have a robot would be wlling to have sex with it. The number is not that high yet, but the feelings on cheating are mixed.

Take A "Stand" For Self Defense

No matter which side of the gun debate you fall on, the truth is that you want to be able to defend yourself in case of an intruder in some way. Now you can go no further than the bedside table and don't need to hide that old baseball bat under the bed. If you have the Self Defense Night Stand you are seconds away from being ready for combat.

LEGOLAND Hotel Puts The FInal Pieces In Place

For years, LEGOLAND has been an epic destination for kids and kids at heart. With the opening of the LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad, California, when the sun goes down, the fun doesn't have to stop.

What's The Least Expensive Way to Get A Smart Home?

A look at the least expensive way, for now, to start on your path to smart home. We will take a look both at the least expensive of the custom system options that are out there and how you might want to hookup with your wi-fi carrier in your area to get the best deal on the start to a smart house. Just be ready for some DIY steps if you do.

Doggie Fountain Just The Thing For Those Dog Days Of Summer

Your dog's water dish can be a hassle during the summer months as it gets knocked over or filled with dirt, leaves, and bugs. It doesn't require putting in a doggie door to the bathroom so they can get to the toilet either. Just hook the Doggie Fountain up to your outdoor hose and your dog can stop by anytime for a quick guzzle with its muzzle.

IRS Can Access Your Email To Verify Your Tax Report

The ACLU obtained documents that show the IRS may not be getting warrants in order to read your email. Even though the documents do not specify either way, questions remain on what the agency does when it wants to read your private communications.

Remote Control "Sugoi Mop" From Japan Turns Gamers Into Cleaners

The remote control “Sugoi Mop” from Japan's Kyosho Egg combines the best features of an old-fashioned floor sweeper and an r/c racing car. It might not be the best mop around but at least it'll help lazy gamers get with the program.

Branson & Virgin Altantic Use Hard Sell To Poke The Competition

When the competition goes highbrow, what's the CEO of a competing airline to do? Well, if you're Richard Branson you might seek out advertising space that goes below the belt. That's right. . . while politicians, the likes of U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner have lost their jobs over public images pertaining to to their 'junk,' Virgin Atlantic's number one publicity junkie exposes himself to the world at large - and to boot - getting off "Scot" free (literally)!

Rock Your Baby In Two Ways

Babies just love to be rocked and now you can do it two ways with the same piece of furniture. Whether you need to hold baby while she falls asleep or just be near the cradle you are set to handle it either way -- or even shift part way through without getting up. Whether mommy or daddy, you can sit up with a sick or fussy baby, or just spend some time watching that little miracle of yours sleep.

Forget Time With The Whatever I'm Late Anyway Clock

If you have trouble with punctuality, if you're always running late for your next appointment, the Late Anyway Clock won't be much help. But it should bring a smile to all those people you've kept waiting over the years.

Calling All Inventors: Submit Your Best Healthcare, Education, Or Sustainability Ideas

Got an idea to change the world? Verizon wants to hear it, and it might even get you a cool $10 million.

Bath Mats Are Going Green -- Literally!

For people who love the outdoors and want to bring the outdoors indoors this bathmat could be a dream come true. This bath mat is made up of several types of moss planted in a tray. You can walk on it, wiggle your toes on it, and feel nature beneath your feet. It is a houseplant that your get to walk all over. The prototype has been around for awhile, but it is now available for purchase -- if you have the Euros.

6 Ounces Exactly? Bakers Can Now Ask Their Measuring Cup

If you like nothing better than throwing on an apron and getting covered in flower whilst baking mouthwatering treats, then the latest technological device aimed at alleviating the stresses of baking could be for you. The Talking Measuring Cup from Hammacher Schlemmer is just that - a measuring device which actually talks to you, telling you in weight or volume the exact amounts of your ingredients.

ESAF Seeks Minority, Women Developers For Video Games

The Entertainment Software Association (ESAF) is currently accepting applications for its 2013-2014 scholarship program for video game-related degrees. The program is targeting women and minority developers.

Smart Beam Projector Screens Video Content For All To See

The ultra-lightweight Smart Beam projector from Taro Matsumura of VIVA Japan is one part old-fashioned movie projector and one part Star Wars holographic display, designed for portability inside a stylish 4.5cm aluminum cube.

The Wine Handbag: Drinking Just Got A Lot More Stylish

Strutting down the street with an open wine bottle is often something associated more with local alleyway residents than stylish sophisticated women. Well that is all about to change....probably. The Exceptional Wine Company have seemingly asked themselves the question racing through everyone's mind on a daily basis - what can we import which combines two girly favorites, namely good wine, and high fashion? The result of this bizarre question is the Wine Handbag. Intrigued? I thought as much!

Revive Clinic: In The Business Of Hangovers

In a world where many members of society consume alcohol like it's their job - one business has started offering a service that makes them accomplish it even more efficiently. Revive is a hangover-helper clinic located in Chicago. It uses techniques to get beverage lovers over the inconvenient symptoms that remind them of all the fun and debauchery from the night before that they would have otherwise forgotten about.

Syrup Becomes More Profitable Thanks to Tech

This piece looks at home the innovations in a field that is less than in the front of our minds when it comes to technoogy leaders. We are talking of course about the people who make maple syrup for a living and how systems of vaccum sealing have helped to make the industry more profitable for the farmers and the state.

WikiLeaks Introduces PlusD Search

Not only has WikiLeaks released the biggest amount of documents so far, but now it also has created a full text search engine for both Cablegate and these new Kissinger Cables.

Dining Room Measuring Spoons Bring Some Class To The Kitchen

Measuring spoons are useful – yes, but classy looking – not so much. That is, until now. Anthropologie’s Dining Room Measuring Spoons raise the bar on measuring spoon attractiveness.

Beetle Robot Kit: A Great Way to Encourage Young Scientists

If you are looking for a great piece that you can give to your kids, or as a gift to the kids of others, and you want to encourage a love of science and invention, then there is one great option that you can use for the job. Consider picking up one of the Beetle Robot Kits  that you can get for less than fifty dollars. Check it out!

Trendy & Tasteful: The Top 5 Trendsetting Cruelty Free Taxidermy Inventions

The popular decorative trend of displaying beautiful taxidermy animals throughout the home hasn’t slowed in 2013. Inventors were quick to jump at the chance to get a piece of the taxidermy décor craze by creating stunningly impressive one-of-a-kind animal-inspired inventions that are guaranteed to be completely cruelty free. My top five animal-free taxidermy innovations are just a click away!

Don't Lose Your Head - The Skull Tidy Organizer

There are still a few things that smart phones can't do, like find themselves when they are misplaced. Therefore, desk and life organizers still have their uses, and with the Skull Tidy Organizer, you can keep your daily pocketful of items in one place, while adding some twisted style to your home decor.

Top 3 Best Watch Phones

Dick Tracy never had it this good. These watches not only let you communicate, but you can take pictures, listen to the radio, watch videos, and more. Check out the specs on three of the highest rated watch phones available.

Meet PepsiCo10: A Delicious Way To Get Digital Start-Ups Off The Ground

PepsiCo Inc. (PEP), the makers of the iconic American soda, has recently become the second-largest food and beverage corporation in the world. An abundance of innovations helped to make PepsiCo the industry giant that it is today. The Sultan of Soft Drinks hasn’t stopped striving to discover innovative start-ups across several areas to throw their support behind, leading to the creation of PepsiCo10.

The Guardians of Time - Mysterious Sculptures Traveling The World

If artists are the guardians of culture, than Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer takes that title quite seriously. His eerily beautiful and mysterious "Guardians of Time" sculptures have travelled the world and captured the attention and imagination of millions.

Organize All Of Those Charger Cords With The Hub Table

Electronics are great, but with everything needing to be charged all the time you can find yourself wallowing in cords. Now you can get a Hub Table to organize all of these cords and keep all your charging in one place. Not only does this handy table gather your cords together but there is room inside to store extra cords and excess cord length.

Facebook Hits A Homer, While G+ Strikes Out? [Videos] [Updated]

When Facebook rounds 3rd base for a home run On April 12th -- with it's new Android app called "Home" --  one has to wonder if Google missed a golden opportunity? With a stock uptick of 3% as a result of this announcement, the new FB app is boasting its functionality to turn any compatible Android phone into a socially-smart Facebook phone.

3D Printing Under $2000 by 2016?

The potential of  3D printing is, for the time being, very limited. This is mostly because of the cost of the printer and the materials. New research, put out by the noted firm Gartner is showing that trend may be changing in the near future. They have made the prediction that the technology is going to drop down to about $2,000, a price that some consumers could make work, by the year 2016. 

Google Creates Blink Web Engine

A new web engine is now be used for Google Chrome. What does this mean for users, developers, and web based innovation? Is this good news or bad news as the web grows up?

Whole Foods' Brand Patina & Magnetic Marketing Expands Into Travel

Sometimes it takes a brand decades to use its specific combination of logo, words, font type, design, colors  and value to evolve into a lifestyle choice. The promise, look, personality and feel is the brand's patina. It transcends the commercial transaction igniting what I call 'magnetic marketing,' or the time when the buyer and seller travel on the same wavelength, where they are more tightly attracted to each other, than any other time in the customer-brand relationship cycle.

Lomography Announces LomoScanner App For iPhone

The first version of the free LomoScanner App is now available for download in the iTunes App Store. Designed to be used with the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner, the LomoScanner App allows you to scan 35mm film with your smartphone.

Spotted At WonderCon: Drabbits!

A Drabbit is like a dragon and rabbit mixed together, but even better since it will sit on your shoulder.

Building That Vacation Cabin In The Woods Can Be So Easy

There is little so peaceful and enjoyable is owning that little piece of paradise in the woods, by the lake, or on a mountain. At some point you are going to want to have that special private cabin there so that you can really relax and enjoy the view. The Bunkie is a great pre-fab cabin that can save you the headache of trying to build in the wilderness.

Road Kill: Stuffed Animals Are All Grown Up And Seriously Twisted

Gals, if your guys are still teasing you because of your stuffed animals, it is time to get them on the plushie bandwagon with some animals of their own. These adorable, umm, well, formerly adorable critters may be just the thing. They are soft, squishy, and . . . seriously squashed. These toys are not for the faint of heart, but they are for those with a seriously twisted sense of humor.

Two Inventions Get FTC Prize To STOP Robocalls!

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may not receive many robocalls, but it gets more than 200,000 complaints about the buggers every month. It finally decided last fall to issue a challenge to the public to see who could come up with a way to stop the marketing calls before they reach your ringer.  The Robocall Challenge winners, announced April 2, 2013, were not the most inventive invectives, but the most likely-to-be-effective technologies invented separately by software developer Aaron Foss and computer engineer Serdar Danis.

Most Inventors Are Iterators

First world problems are things that may help our lives by making tasks slightly annoying, but which do nothing to help worldwide problems. A recent opinion piece compares inventors to iterators.

Countertop Washing Machine From Japan Is A Small Wonder

A tiny washing machine on my kitchen counter? It's more likely than you think, if you live in a tiny Japanese apartment. The Swash Petite Laundry model LA5 from King Jim saves time, money and water if very small loads are all you need to wash.

Va Va Voom - Renault Takes Test Driving To The Next Level

Who wants to test drive a new car through the same boring streets they see every day? In a recent Renault advertising campaign to promote its' new CLIO model, potential buyers are taken on an unusual test drive which ends on the streets of Paris, surrounded by scantily clad women or shirtless men. Now that's what I call taking a look under the hood!

Outdoor Eco-Friendly Cooking: The BioLite Stove

Separating technology from good old fashioned experiences is perhaps one of the hardest and most futile tasks in modern day society. So as the saying goes: 'if you can't beat them, join them'. Dads everywhere intent on taking their kids into the wilderness away from the bright lights of modern technology will have to think again as the BioLite Camping Stove makes its way menacingly into the camping trips of families the world over. 

Create Your Own Digital Board Games With DICE+

Ever wanted to create your own version of “Clue” or “Monopoly,” but for the digital age? DICE+ wants your best ideas.

Get Inspired @ Innovation Uncensored 2013 In NYC!

If you’d like to learn a few tips and stellar advice from industry, energy, design and other innovative juggernauts, be sure to attend the Innovation Uncensored event in New York City April 23-24!

Shower Away Dull Hair And Problem Skin With The Jonathan Product Beauty Water Purification System.

These days it seems like all anyone drinks is bottled or filtered water, yet we still shower in the same old dirty tap water. The Jonathan Product Beauty Water Purification System allows you to shower in pH balanced, chemical and heavy metal free water.

Drone Technology To Be Used By Farmers

A look at the soon to be coming testing of new drones for use, not in the military, but in the farming industry. The testing, which will take place in the state of California, may just help to usher in a new generation of sensor drones that will help farmers to do their jobs more easily, manage large crops more simply and reduce the risks associated with chemical exposure.

RIP YouTube [2005-2013], The End Of An Era

Man, we were all fooled. We're being told today, YouTube was launched in 2005 with one sole goal in mind -- to surface the best video of all time. It's taken 8 short years, but the panel of judges are now ready to get down to brass tacks and start the hard work, which according to Google will take 10 long years hence.

Give Your Leads A Place to “Land”

A landing page is an important tool that is much more than just a “place holder” in your online empire. If you do not have a landing page, you may be missing out on the opportunity to engage your audience.