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June, 2013

Light Up Your Life With FIREase

When it comes to starting fires for your camping trip or your summer outdoor entertaining it isn't always so easy to get that traditional wood fire going. Once you get it going it can take some work poking and prodding to keep it going and then carefully adding new wood as the fire burns down. FIREase has created the IncinerGrate to make fire starting and maintaining as simple as toasting marshmallows.

Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl Combats Dinner-For-One Blues

There’s not much that’s lonelier than having a bowlful of tasty noodles and no one to share them with. The Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl allows you to slurp away while also staying in contact with your nearest and dearest.

‘Gundog’ Now Open For Beta Testing

Want to get in on a new game, not yet released? "Gundog" is currently offering that chance with a unique take on the third-person shooter.

Forever Young Hydrating Facial Wraps Give You An Inexpensive Way To Get The Spa Look From Home

Spa wraps are expensive. Now you can get an easy face wrap treatment at home (or away from home) for under $10 with Forever Young Hydrating Facial Wraps.

Is Google Building A Video Game Console? Not Likely.

Rumor has it - according to several unnamed tipsters cited by the Wall Street Journal - that Google is working, among other things, on an Android-based video game console. This seems highly unlikely, and not just because the source is anonymous.

Farsighted? Creating Comic Books For The Blind

Visually impaired people can do just about anything sighted people can do these days. One of the things that has remained out of bounds for them has been the joy many of us find in reading comic books. Designer Phillipp Meyer took on the challenge to find a way to bring comics to blind. The first thing he discovered was that the whole idea of what a comic is needed to be rethought.

Evernote Celebrates 5 Years

Evernote, the company whose tagline, "Remember everything," was a call for a new way to organize your digital life, is celebrating five years.

Which Next-Gen Console Is Best For You?

Deciding which console to buy in amongst all the buzz about next-gen gaming isn't exactly an easy task, and everyone's got an opinion. Today, let's try to sift through the noise, and take an in-depth look at the three contenders. 

This Is Why We're Fat: Whopper Hands-Free Eating Device

A hands-free Whopper holder? Really? Strange, yes, but true. Burger King created the device as part of a promotional gimmick to celebrate their 50th anniversary in Puerto Rico. For the promotion at total of 50 of the holders were produced to be given away. It is reminiscent of the feed bags that working horses wear so that they can keep going without stopping for a nosh.

Pocket Chainsaw Massacre

Whether you are gearing up for a bit of yard work, a backpacking trip, or doomsday survival, a Pocket Chainsaw could come in really handy. This chainsaw is also greener than the usual kind because it doesn't require any fuel other than you own muscles. The compact design means that you can take it with you just about anywhere and you always have the power source with you.

Jawbone’s UP Takes Your Health Seriously

The UP from Jawbone helps to monitor your health via your smartphone, and a stylish writstband. Think of it as your personal fitness trainer, there 24 hours a day.

Nintendo's True Role In Modern Gaming

Looking back, I really feel as though people don't give Nintendo enough credit. Although the organization may not be the industry titan it was in its glory days, it still stands among the most powerful, beloved, and renowned organizations in video games. Nintendo's cultural significance - both now and in the past - simply cannot be denied.

No Joke, These Artists Are Bananas

As children, these artists were clearly never told not to play with their food. Apparently, they ran out of canvas and tradional sculpting material, so they used whatever they could get their hands on. Namely, bananas.

Going Viral Prior To Hitting Newsstands, Bert & Ernie Outed In 'The New Yorker'

On the heels of the Supreme Court's landmark decision rulings that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, Sesame Street's romantic relationship between Bert and Ernie was graphically outed on The New Yorker's magazine cover. One week prior to the official date this issue will hit newsstands, the sexual orientation of the puppets which has long been the fodder for late-night TV hosts exploded on social media channels.

Keep Your Chickens In A Hobbit Hole

There is no place like home and the Hobbit Hole Chicken Coop is just the coolest place for your chickens to call home. J.R.R. Tolkien may be turning in his grave a bit, but I think he would get a laugh out of these Hobbit Holes. While you may have started raising chickens as a hedge against the economy, this is gonna set you back by more than a few dozen eggs.

PinPres Children's Shelf Allows You To Choose The Design

The PinPres is a unique shelving unit designed to make use of the idea of the small version that is on desks in offices throughout the world. You know the idea. Press an object into the back of it and it creates a design on the front as the pins are moved. A shelf built the same way allows you to customize the shelves or toy storage spots that meet your child's specific needs.

CHOBi CAM Cheese Takes Real Gouda Photos

Next time you ask your photographic subjects to “say cheese,” do your bit by flashing a CHOBi CAM Cheese Mini Digital Toy Camera from Japan's JTT Online Shop. The tiny, cheesy (but in a good way) digicam records images on a removable microSDHC memory card, allowing users to download and save their snaps for posterity.

Supersonic Dog Toy 'Hear Doggy' Martians: Product Review

... It was love at first sight between Nukkles and the Martians, but I was not sure it was love at first listen. So, I put them to the test...

Google Building More Hardware

Google will build a game console, smart watch and more devices based on its upcoming version of Android, bringing the mobile OS to a wider variety of platforms in an effort to make its place on the hardware scene.

University of Bremen Makes Ape Robot

A research team from the University of Bremen in Germany as created a robot that looks, and walks, like a monkey. The ape has big arms that drag on the ground. The research is being funded by the German Aerospace Center, to the tune of about $3.9 million.

Undertale Is Putting A New Spin On Role Playing Games

Undertale isn't your ordinary, run-of-the-mill RPG.. Each creature you come across will have its own personality, and its own motives beyond 'attack the player.' Consequently, each foe you do battle with can, at the end of the fight, either be killed or spared. It's the player's choice

Shine Like A Star: Quick Tips To Better Logos

Launching a successful business is one thing, but having a decent logo created is equally important for several reasons. First of all, it represents your company brand. Brand is a way of getting your company name out there in front of people who are looking for what you are selling. A good logo also promotes brand recognition. Brand recognition is when people see your logo and automatically think of your business name. 

Star Trek: The Final Frontier For Polo Shirts

Forget the Izod alligator or the usual polo pony for Polo shirts. Polo is finally going where no Polo shirt has gone before -- straight into the final frontier. They are finally taking Trekkies seriously (okay, as seriously as anyone can), and turning the uniform shirts from the original series into business casual. How long before this fashion statement turns up on the Big Bang Theory? I'm envisioning Sheldon in science blue even as I write.

Japanese Sailor School Swimsuit Adds Class To Any Beach

The Sailor School Swimsuit from Japan's SchoolFiction turns any summertime siesta into an amusing expose of anime expression... not that there's anything wrong with that.

Camping In A State Of Suspension -- A Suspended Tent That Is

Look! Up in the trees! It's a UFO! It's a hammock! It's a tree house! No, it's a . . . tent? Yes, that's it. It is the Tentsile Stingray tent and it is designed to be used either on the ground or suspended in the trees. It is the brain-child of tree house designer Alex Shirley-Smith, in partnership with product designer Kirk Kirchev. The idea was to make a simple, lightweight, portable tree house using minimal materials. The result is an other-worldly looking design.

Japan to Bring First Robot to Space

The peole of Japan are about to have their very own astro-first in the international community. They may not have been the first to get a man into the void, Russia holds that honor, but they are getting a pretty cool record. They are putting the first robot into space. Kirobo will be visiting the International Space Station this summer.

Unique Fire Pits Are Custom Art For Your Yard Or Patio

There is nothing like sitting around a fire on a summer night, talking with friends and family, and maybe toasting a few marshmallows. While this has long been common practice on camping trips, it is nice to be able to do it at home as well -- thus the invention of the fire pit. While these fire pits are nice, they can be so much more. Just ask Melissa Crisp. She won't just tell you, she will show you. She is an artist who is creating fire pits as works of art.

The Freeloader Keeps Parents On The Move When Little Legs Get Tired

The Freeloader is a child carrier with a twist. Unlike traditional carriers, which are made basically just for babies, the Freeloader can hold a child of up to 80 lbs. It fits on the adult like a backpack and has a lightweight, fold-down seat at the back.

Riding The Stone Wave In Your Microwave

Historically the invention of the microwave made cooking a whole lot faster and easier, even is all some of us do is nuke leftovers, frozen dinners, and popcorn. With the Stone Wave you can add to your repertoire of microwave cuisine almost as easily. The specially designed stoneware pot allows you to cook food in a healthy, low-fat, and -- best of all -- fast way.

The Evolution of Function to Form

Everything is created for a purpose, regardless of whether that purpose is useful or pointless. But when 100 or 1000 identical things come together, they bring about a new purpose no one had ever imagined, and art emerges. English artist Laurence Poole understands and manipulates the evolution of everyday things into art that intrigues and inspires.

5D Behavior Engine to Help Robots Path Plan

For a robot gettinga round without tripping over everything in the way can be hard. The folks over at Segway Inc are looking to help robots get around more easily. The new platform they are developing, dubbed the  5D Behavior Engine, is designed to help in path planning on the go. 

Google Penguin 2.0, Why'd You Turn My White Hat Black?

Google's algorithms have hopscotched their way across the Internet for years, always trying to keep one step ahead of those so-called Black Hat SEO mavericks. Those are the digital CSI technicians whose forensics are used to investigate the crime scene of websites whose Page Ranks (PR) have taken a a brutal beating. This occurs usually after a Google algo shift, the likes of a Panda or Penguin update.

When It Comes To Your Hair You Can Chalk It Up

A fun way to temporarily color your hair is with chalk pastels. You can buy pastels that are sold specifically for hair, or you can use the chalk pastels sold in art stores. They are much the same. Just make sure that you don't mix them up with oil pastels or your hair color won't be so temporary and a whole lot messier.

The Internet Games Database Is Now In Closed Beta

Most of you likely know of the Internet Movie Database - or IMDB - for short. It's one of the most comprehensive sources of movie information online, covering everything from actors to production crews to reviews. It also purports to cover video games, but that's not its primary focus. Soon, it may not need to be a focus at all: a project known as the Internet Game Database is now in closed beta. 

How Independent Development Has Changed Gaming

It's a good time to be an independent developer. Over the past year or so, indie games have caught on to a startling degree. Everybody knows of them, and almost everyone loves them. This surge in popularity has caused a marked, noticeable shift, not just in consumer attitudes but in the entire industry.

Need A Buzz? Grow Your Own Coffee!

You don't have to move to Latin America or Africa to grow your own coffee. You can do it right there in the comfort of your home with a Grow Your Own Coffee kit. You won't exactly be giving Starbucks a run for the money, but it is a fun idea for coffee addicts and caffeine addicted gardeners. Since Starbucks just raised its prices maybe it is time for you to drink the brew you grew.

Put The Spotlight On Your Business Card: How To Make It Stand Out From The Rest

When you choose to create business cards, it is important to keep some basics in mind. First of all, you will be handing out your business cards to people. You need to keep your business card simple, yet convey the information that people need about your company.

Taking A Look At The New AOL Reader

If you were one of those loyal Google Reader users, you may still be looking for a good replacement. AOL Reader is a web based option that is elegant and well designed. You may want to give it a try while it's still in beta.

A Closer Look At Quantic Dream's Dark Sorcerer Tech Demo

Earlier this month, Quantic Dream unveiled a tech demo teasing to fans what the PS4 is really capable of. It was called The Dark Sorcerer, and it may be one of the funniest videos to come out of this year's E3. This week, we got a bit more insight on its technical underpinnings. Somehow, that makes it even more exciting.

Why Has Indie Gaming Become So Popular?

Today, there are a few questions I'd like to address: Why are indie games so popular? How have independent developers gained so much influence with consumers, so much standing in gaming culture? In short, what elements have combined to make indie the new black?

Print Your Heart Out Next Valentines

The advent of 3D is upon us, and it's not just movies where we don weird glass. This 3D is true three dimension and it appears one layer at a time from a printer connected via WiFi to our device of choice/ Yes, folks we are one step away from printing up food or replicating a pizza that is fabricated right before our very eyes.


Headless Animal Stools Add Body(s) To Any Home Décor Scheme

Sure “Headless Animal Stools” would make a great band name but they make even greater ottomans and end tables, assuming your idea of room décor is more than a little weird.

Students At Duke University Are Playing PONG With Their Minds

"Grandfather of modern gaming" may not be PONG's only legacy. Not for long, anyway, as a new one is quickly taking form. At Duke University, PhD student David Schwarz has added a new layer to the legendary game: brainwave control.

Making Music Out Of Trash: Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

Much has been made over the past few centuries of the amazing quality of the stringed instruments created by the Stradivarius family. Speculation still rages about exactly how the amazing instruments were made. However, there is a new contention for the most valuable instruments out there. They are the instruments belonging to a group of young musicians from Paraguay who perform together as the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. Their instruments are made from the trash that they live with every day.

Super Social Media For 'The Man Of Steel' In Webcomics

Granted, now that Superman is turning 75 this year, the chances of him taking to social media this late in the game is probably slim. However, a recent Pew Survey statistic did indicate that 32% of online seniors over 65 are using social networking sites -- so, it's not inconceivable that the Man of Steel just might have some social media skills in his arsenal of super powers.

Why Your Business Needs To Jump On The Social Media Bandwagon

It used to be that a business could rely on their placement in Google to drive customers to their website. Content marketing has always been an important part of search engine ranking and many website owners are in direct competition with one another for page rank through the use of specific keywords.

Rethinking The Cloud In A Surveillance State

With the recent NSA surveillance leaks, is the cloud still such a great solution for businesses in order to store their emails, documents and contacts? When it's your turn to come up with that next great invention, will you host your own data?

Give Crusty Classic Universal Studios Monster A Makeover, They Will Bring It To Life! IT LIVES!

The Wolfman, Frankenstein Monster and Mummy scared the heck out of 1930’s movie goers, but if you can update your favorite to 2013, Universal will bring your horrible creation to life!

Zipzicles Let You Create Your Own Unique and Healthy Ice-Pops

As adults most of us give up on ice-pops, writing them off as sugary kid treats that will only add unwanted pounds to our already un-beach-ready bodies. Zipzicles allow you the freedom to create your own ice-pops out of whatever you want.

Give Fashionable Fabric Fan Dust Covers A Whirl!

If your freestanding electric fan blows accumulated dust around the room every time it's turned on, a fashionable fabric dust cover will keep the fan clean while adding some designer dash to your room decor.

Quick Tips On How To Get Financing For Your Small Business

Starting a business is difficult for many different reasons. Financing is the lifeblood of your business, but you are not going to get money for your business without a solid plan. If you are planning to get financing from a local bank or credit union, then you are going to need to plan out your approach ahead of time.

3 Cool Kitchen Gadgets Worth Buying in 2013

Everybody loves a cool gadget, especially one which makes cooking at home easier and more fun. So get ready for a few of the best you can find at the moment, as well as those possibly arriving some time soon. From summer-enhancing BBQ revelations, to gadgets which may change everything we have ever known about toasting bread, they are all very very cool.

Hello Kitty Baby/Child In The Car Sign Rocks & Rolls To Grab Drivers' Attention

The officially licensed “Hello Kitty Baby in the Car Sign” from Sanrio combines bright, contrasting colors and clever kinetic movement to ensure other drivers know your precious snowflake is riding shotgun. It also grows with your offspring, changing from Baby to Child when they do.

A New, Cleaner Way To Charge Your Battery

There is little as frustrating as getting in the car and finding out that the battery is dead. So you find someone who can give you a jump start, haul the cables out of the trunk while hoping they are long enough, open the hoods and link up. Sure, it's not that hard to do, but it is a bit of a hassle and you are always going to get a bit dirty. Not anymore -- battery charging has been brought into the 21st century.

Robot Healing Helps King's Coach Get Back on The Ice

A look at how the da Vinci robotic surgical system is being used to help professionals in sports to recover from injuries more quickly. The system is currently being creditied by  Darryl Sutter, the coach of the L.A. Kings hockey team, with his speedy recovery after a recent surgery for a double hernia.

Wearing Your Heart on Your Art

Some art theorists say that art is a reflection of self, but Lisa Nilsson takes that a step further with her anatomical art made entirely out of curled pieces of paper. Her one-of-a-kind style takes a new look at the world that beats beneath our skin...and for the record, it's more than paper-thin.

Japanese Fast-Food Chain Serves Up Surf & Turf On A Bun

Cheeseburger or Shrimp Burger, which one should I get? Why not both! The “Shrimp Exquisite Twin Burger” from Japanese fast-food restaurant chain Lotteria aims to satisfy those who long for the surf but also love the turf.

KeySmart Makes Carrying A Lot Of Keys Less Of A Burden

The big jingling key ring has long been the stereotype of school janitors and other workers who have a lot to unlock over the course of a day. They can be pretty damn heavy too. The weight and noise of so many keys always me think of Marley's line from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: "These are the chains I forged in life." A new kind of key ring has been invented to alleviate the burden of all those keys.

AbelPlanet's Linx Fusion Headset Gives Feeling To Sound

AblePlanet this month unveiled the newest prototype of its Linx Fusion Haptics Headset. Although the concept may sound a little odd, there are some very real - and exciting - applications for the technology. I'm not just talking about gaming, either.

Robot Firefighters May Be Coming Soon

When it comes to fighting fires there are a lot of methods that can be used. Many of them, if not all, involve some kind of a risk to the lives of human beings. The use of new fire fighting robots can help change that. One prototype is currently in development at Perdue University.

Mao Cerveza! China's 8 Coolest Beers

China is the world's largest beer market with over 500 breweries straining to slake the thirst of a billion potential imbibers. With production surpassing the 50 billion liter per year mark in 2011 – double that of the USA – one might expect at least a little variety among the flood. We're glad to state that this is indeed so, and our countdown of China's 8 coolest beers proves it.

Be Prepared For That Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse

Everyone who has been paying attention to television or movies for the last 35 years knows that it is coming and that it is inevitable. The dead are going to rise up and come after the living and we all need to be ready! There is no need to spend hours researching just what you will need. You can have it all delivered to your door in the Zombie Survival Crate.

Wireless Biosensor Teaches Relaxation Through Gaming

In today's society, we're under constant pressure to remain connected; buckling under an overwhelming flow of information. Avoiding this stress isn't really an option - the only sensible thing to do is learn to manage it. That's where the PIP comes in.

Robot Dancing Gets an Upgrade

A new robot designed by the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has taken robot dancing out of the jerking movements of the 1980's and made them modern. A pair of robots that are good enough to copy the dance moves of humans has been ordered by the folks over at Google.

LG Announces Mass Production of Flexible Screens

Bendable displays for phones and other small devices have been rumoured to be in the pipelines for awhile now. The wait may soon be over, however, as LG's display division is planning to begin rolling out bendy screens starting later this year.

Why Microsoft's Xbox One Backpedal Is A Hollow Victory

Microsoft has finally seen the light, and nixed its ill-conceived 24-hour authentication system. But is that really such a good thing? Given what they're planning to sacrifice in order to do so...I'm going to go with 'no.'

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Xbox One Restrictions

After introducing a series of restrictions for their upcoming Xbox One console at E3, Microsoft today decided to listen to the huge amount of negative feedback and change its policies on used games and always-on DRM.

Doritos Puts On A Japanese Accent With Sesame Oil Seaweed Flavor Corn Chips

Frito Lay Japan and Kadoya Sesame Mills team up to bring you Doritos Sesame Oil Seaweed, a very different take on the classic corn chips usually flavored with chili, cheese or both. Take 'em while you can, though, as this limited edition flavor is only available through the end of August.

Cork Vs. Twist-Off: The Debate May Be Over

For many people the wine cork has been the bane to fine dining and gracious living. The challenge is to get the corkwcrew in just right and pulling it out without spilling anything. Worse yet is when the cork starts to break apart and you end up with bits of it in your favorite red. You could go with a wine that has a twist off cap, but that just never seems quite . . . civilized. You may no longer need to make such an agonizing choice

Western National Robot Rodeo Tests Bomb Bots Skills

Have you ever wondered what the robots who take care of bombs do in their time off. They spend their spare time at the  Western National Robot Rodeo. The event pits bomb robots, and their operators, against each other in a 10 event challeneg in a variety of different events, both indoors and outdoors.

Instant DIY Videos: Latest Social Media Craze For Those Who Oughta Be In Pictures

It's becoming evident in social media circles, the written word (or even 140 characters) is just not enough. And although it's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, to get really social these days, users just wanna be in (moving) pictures. The success of YouTube alone is testament to this growing trend.

Crochet the Change You Want to See in the World

Pulling the strings of New York artist Olek will only give you more questions to answer. Her crochet-based installments and art are riddles wrapped in a mystery inside....well, yarn. She tries to untie the knots of society and unwind her own self-expression as an artist by weaving her journey into her work.

LG Phone To Have Always-On Voice Commands

A new report claims that an upcoming LG phone will have always-on voice recognition to accept commands from you without ever touching the device, thanks to the Snapdragon 800 chip from Qualcomm.

Living Like A Convict: Karosta Prison Offers A Unique Tourist Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live your life in solitary confinement? How it would feel to have your meals passed through a jail sell to you while you are adorned in the ever fashionable orange jumpsuit? And, you must have wondered what it would be like to fear dropping the soap in the shower. Call the guests of a unique prison hotel guilty of morbid curiosity, but they know the answers to each and every one of these things, thanks to a unique biz concept.

Lightning Charger Connector Caps Add Dash To iPhones, iPads & iPods

Is your iPhone, iPad or iPad bare and naked? Cover those unsightly holes with one of 5 Lightning Charger Connector Caps from the Bone Collection. Snapping snugly into your Apple device's Lightning connector slot, these cute character covers fit flush against the body while keeping the slot dirt-, dust- and debris-free.

Another Cheetah Robot Rears it Neck

A cheetahs can be a very scary animal. With chases that are often over in less than a sixty seconds you probably do not want face a real one. But what about a robot cheetah? A robot that is modeled after the cheetah is currently in development may be used for search and rescue in the future. 

Getting The Dirt On Soil Soup

Those in the world of cuisine are always searching for that one exotic dish or line of dishes that will make them famous. Tokyo's chef Toshio Tanabe has gone to what some might call the ultimate extreme -- using soil. This isn't some dirt that he dug up out of the garden. It is pristine soil that come from areas like the mountains and dug from far below the surface. He uses only the best soil in his soup!

Need A Hug?: Jacket Simulates The Reassuring Sensation Of A Cuddle

Is there anything better in the world then a nice big hug when you are feeling stressed or sad? Probably not, and that's exactly why inventors decided to create a garment that simulates the sensation of a hug for parents that need to offer their children reassurance from afar.

Creep Out The Creeps With These Hairy Stockings

These stockings are designed to make your legs look hairy so you can creep out all those creeps out there.

Print A Lighter Aircraft Bracket, Win $8,000 Via GE Jet Engine Bracket Challenge

An aircraft engine’s brackets need to be strong and firm, but due to the heavy metal materials commonly used to make these parts, they are a bit on the bulky side. GE is looking for 3D printing wizards to solve this problem, while offering big bucks for big ideas.

Suit Of Inverted Puppies Puts Dogs Into Your Style

Think fashion has gone to the dogs? You are correct sir! This outrageous outfit on sale at the Laforet Harajuku Department Store and Museum in Tokyo, Japan, adds a diagonal row of upside-down puppies to a snazzy black pinstriped suit.

Google Says Potayto, Bing Says Potahto, But Who's Better At Search In Topeka?

''Topeka' is the Indian word for "a good place to grow potatoes." And even though the wheat and corn crops grow in greater abundance today, two Internet search engines view the potential of this 122,000-person-town as two very different type of spuds. While one treats it like "small potatoes," the other likens it to "potatoes au gratin," or a great side dish to whet one's appetite.

Robot Test Drivers?

Test driving cars is harder then it looks. If you want to get the best testing, without hurting human test drivers in the increasingly rough situations, then you need to do something different. Many car makers are turning to help from non-human drivers. That's right, robots may be testing the cars you drive every day.

NBC Desktop USB Fan Makes You Look (And Feel) As Cool As Jimmy Fallon

Are you as cool as the next host of NBC's The Tonight Show, the one and only Jimmy Fallon? Would you like to be? A Chinese online seller can make it happen, no sweat.

Microsoft Releases Office For iPhone

The first release of Microsoft Office for iPhone is not quite what many people expected, requiring an Office 365 subscription and SkyDrive cloud usage, but if you fit the usage pattern, this may be an app worth checking out.

Safety Nets Keep Pedestrians Covered When Beijing Manholes Aren't

Dropping out of sight through an open manhole might be funny in cartoons but in real life, not so much. China's capital city of Beijing is testing out a possible solution, installing safety nets under 1,000 manhole covers along with a reflective pylon that pops up if the cover is removed.

Air Hockey Playing Robot Adapts to Your Game

A team of researchers at Chiba University, in the  Namiki Lab, have been working on an interesting robot. The robot, which plays air hockey for a living, is designed to do something interesting. The robot is able to adapt to the way you play and get better at the game. 

Hey, Software Developers! Back That App Up With Appbackr!

If you’re an innovative app creator who needs help with funding your current and future app developing projects, then you’re going to learn about Appbackr.com.

Immortality For Scientists & Dalai Lama Connected By Social Media

A research initiative under the code name "Avatar" is opening its San Francisco office this summer, and will be launching a social media project connecting scientists around the world with the unprecedented goal of offering them immortality. Dimitry Itskov, a 31 yr-old media entrepreneur aims to transplant a human brain into a robot body within the next 10 years.

What is a Nut Milk Bag?

What is a Nut Milk bag?  Well, when I stumbled upon these words in search engine, my ideas ran from practical to just plain unsavory.  Don't ask.  What you should ask is if you want one... and if so, does it work?

Oh Yeah, An Olla Pot Can Help You Keep Your Garden Green

With the continuing drought in much of the country and dwindling water resources anything that can water your plants efficiently and save water is a treasure. The Olla Pot (pronounced o-ya) is a bit of ancient technology that is returning to popularity. The unglazed terra cotta pot provides a continuous and efficient water supply to your plants.

Brain Controlled Robots Get One Step Closer

A research team at the University of Washington is working on teaching technology how to interact with the human brain. But before they can do that they have to get a solid understanding of the ways that the brain works. In order to do that the team is wiring up people who suffer from  Epilepsy to see what they can see about how the brain works. 

How Many Pandas & Innovators Does It Take To Fill A British Airways' Plane

'Pandas' and 'Innovators' were British Airways' only passengers this week on a couple of their historic flights. In two unprecedented promotions, giant pandas boarded one flight on Tuesday, June 11th to announce BA's first new route to China since it launched flights to Shanghai in 2005. The very next day, 100 innovators took part in the airlines' "UnGrounded" initiative, enlishted as a think tank hackathon team.

Cornucopia: Can It Get Any Crazier Than Printing Food?

Whether it is producing card-counting blakcjack teams or inventing the email, it is no surprise when MIT is mentioned in the same breath as something astonishingly intelligent and innovative. But a machine which is capable of printing out food? Come on! How much more wonderfully weird can new food inventions get? Say hello to Cornucopia.

5 Minutes To Better Marketing

Starting up your own business can be one of the most exciting things that you will ever do. It is important to market your business or you may find that your success is limited and so are your sales. With no sales, your business will never take off, and this is true for about 90% of new business start-ups. It is important to carefully consider how you will market your business, even from the point of conception.

USB Silent Desktop Fan Blows Cool, Looks Even Cooler

This USB silent desktop fan from U-Like didn't come from the future or a 1950s sci-fi flick, it just looks that way. Designed to stand without a stand, so to speak, the fan rests on its side – any side – and quietly directs air upwards where it's most wanted.

8 Great Gifts For Dads For Father's Day 2013 And Beyond

Father's Day.  When you get to my father's age, it becomes quite difficult to find something original as a gift.  Ties, while quite nice, are well-overplayed and no longer an option.  Take him out to lunch?  Sure... but again, not the most original of ideas.  Movies are a good idea... but unless it's a drafthouse, it's really not that special.

So what to get for Dad on this Father's Day?  Well, here are 8 ideas...

Star Trek: Where No Wine Has Gone Before

Space -- the final frontier. These are the vintages of the Starship Enterprise. Yes, indeed Trekkie fandom has reached a new high (or low if you don't get it). There are three varieties of Star Trek wine available for preorder from the members-only wine marketing website Vinport. For adult Trek fans the world over it is finally time to reach "nerdvana."

10 Unanswered Science Questions

Surprise!  There are a lot of things out there that we don't know--and this video will cover a wide range of topics, with links to other videos that will delve even deeper into each mystery...

Julibox: Cocktail Delivery For Experimental Alcohol Consumption

Anyone who engages in occasional (or frequent) alcohol consumption generally has a beverage of choice that is their go-to at home, or at other social events. Generally, deviation from the norm only occurs at restaurants and bars where fancy drink combinations are all too tempting not to swtich things up a little bit. But, drinking out of the house gets expensive, requires transportation planning, and pajamas aren't generally an acceptable wardrobe option. So, for those that want to live on the edge with their drink choices, without ever having to leave the house, there is Julibox.

Can Robots Help Kids with Autism?

When it comes to kids with an Autism spectrum disorder there are a lot of hurdles to be climbed. One of them can be just getting the kids to pay attention to what is going on in the world around them. One new robot is working to help the kids to pay attention, by rewarding them with short videos when they follow the prompts.

3D Printed Bow Ties Are What All The Cool Nerds Are Wearing

Bow ties (along with pocket protectors) are the typical fashion trappings of the classic nerd, even more so if the tie is a clip-on. Now the clever designers at Monocircus have turned that tired stereotype on its head by creating what just might be the first cool clip-on tie... and it's a bow tie to boot!

Cisco and iRobot Team Up to Make A Meeting Robot

Robots can do a lot of things, but can they get you out of going to Albany for a really boring meeting? A robotics design team at Cisco, working with the folks over at iRobot, are hoping so. They are developing a bot that is designed to give HD telepresence. It can even drive itself to the meeting (from inside of the office, that is) to save you the site.

As Seen on TV: The Pocket Hose -- Product Review

The Pocket Hose is quite innovative.  I own one.  It was given as a gift by my girlfriend's mother.  And before your minds go into the gutter, let's take a look at the actual product...

Design Spacecraft For NASA Using Legos, Win The “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth Competition!”

 Lego and NASA has teamed up in the hopes that fans of the popular building toys will construct an amazing spacecraft that would suit one of NASA’s upcoming missions. Impress the judges and you’ll win plenty of cool Lego prizes!

Kitty Arcade: Whack-A-Mole For Cats

Remember those days of your youth (or even middle age) when you would hang out at an arcade and take out your pent up anger and aggression playing Whack-A-Mole? Bring that joy back into your life and play Cat Whack-A-Mole with your favorite frisky feline. Okay, even the dog may want to get in on this action.

Why The PS4 Will Defeat The Xbox One (Unless Microsoft Smartens Up)

Yesterday evening, Sony hosted its E3 2013 Press Conference. Calling it impressive feels like something of an understatement. Sony, it would seem, did everything right - but there's one thing in particular that's going to secure their dominance over Microsoft this generation.

Print Your Own Robot For The Mechanical Uprising With My Robot Nation!

Admit it- You’ve always wanted to build a customized robot friend, but the limitations of modern science just keep giving us vacuum cleaners to step around. Thankfully, My Robot Nation found a worthwhile use for 3D printing to give you the robot of your dreams!

Colorful Plastic Umbrella Hangers Make Your Parasol Stand Up & Stand Out

These small, strong and colorful Umbrella Hangers from Japan's Mabuworld have no moving parts but perform more than one function: they hang your umbrella virtually anywhere while marking it as your property.

Apple Introduces iOS 7

Apple introduced iOS 7 at WWDC, with a brand new interface, new features and improved functions. Between a new flat UI, an improved Safari, Photos and Camera, Apple hopes to keep developers interested in the platform.

Bot Lets Sick Kids Go To School

Robots can do a lot of things. One of the things that you may not have given any thought to is the fact that they can help sick kids. One bot, dubbed the VGo, is designed to help sick kids get to the class and have some kind of a normal life. The bot streams classroom footage in real time.

Stoneline Frying Pans -- Are They Worth It?

I cook.  I don't mean a little.  I mean a lot.  Those that know me also know that among other things I'm a Lunch Lady (well, okay... technically a Lunch Man), a caterer, and general all around foodie.  When I saw the infomercial on the Stoneline pans, I had to look into it a bit further.  I mean, how different can they be from other non-stick pans, right?

8 Unlikely Chinese Celebrity Brand Ambassadors

China presents a lucrative opportunity for celebrities overexposed to jaded First World markets and authorized or not, all sorts of Chinese businesses are choosing their faces to promote their brands.

It’s E3 Eve, Get Ready To See The Future Of Gaming Revealed Live!

Tomorrow is the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, and the big names in videogames will be presenting their latest consoles and software in full force. Lucky for you, I’ve got a cheat sheet for when and where you can watch the action live!

Science Experiments That Are Awesome!

Okay, kiddies.  Don't try these at home.  Some of them like... blow up and stuff.  And that's not good.  What is good is that this brief video shows some really cool stuff about why science can be fun as well as educational...

PRISM: What It Means For Tech Innovators

As PRISM gets covered in the media, there are certain take aways that tech innovators can focus on, things that may open doors for you, and ways you can deal with such spying programs.

Why Inventors are Awesome....

I think we all know that inventors are awesome.  Even when their inventions don't work, they still show an incredible amount of creativity that many people don't possess.  I'm one of those people that can't think that far out of the box to create something (other than art and fiction, that is).  This video is a salute to inventors--and it's pretty funny as well.

Let The Sun Shine On Intersolar 2013’s Solar Powered Exhibition!

If the future of solar energy makes you all sunny and warm inside, there’s no hotter place to be than Intersolar North America in sunny San Francisco, California.

Zoomies -- Binocular Glasses. Stylish? Maybe... But Do They Work?

Zoomies.  Just the name inspires curiousity.  Essentially these things are binoculars that you wear like sunglasses.  Cool idea.  But do they work? Should you buy Zoomies? Here's my review.

Create App To Show Driver’s MPG & Win $25,000 In Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge!

Honestly, I have no idea how many miles my car gets to the gallon. Hopefully one of you software geniuses can collaborate with Ford to build a simple app to show me just how efficient my Taurus is.

Game Of 'Social Media' Thrones Positions HootSuite As Benevolent Leader?

Attaching oneself to the popularity of a current cultural phenomenon is a tried and true promotional tactic used as far back by ad execs, the likes of Don Draper and the Mad Men. So, it didn't come as any surprise when someone in the social media space would seize the opportunity to tag on to one of the most popular TV dramas of the day: Game of Thrones.

A Shot of Life: Bubble Wrap Injection Art!

Popping bubble wrap is like a compulsive childhood addiction that never goes away, at least for some of us. You'll have to fight that temptation when you see Bradley Hart's artwork, which is made with thousands of paint-injected bubbles to create photorealistic mosaics. For all of you bubble wrap junkies, Hands Off!

Rising Stars In Action Sport Industries At The Agenda Trade Show! NYC, Long Beach, Las Vegas!

If you’re ready to see what the latest trends, innovations and fashions are about to hit skateboarding and streetwear, then it’s time to get pumped for Agenda!

Cheap Fire Finding Robots

A new robot the FFR, which is short for Fire Fighting Robot, is desgned to help the fire fighters who are battling the blaze to not only find the fires, but also the people inside of them as well. When it comes to fires, there is always a chance of destruction. So the bots are less expensive then you may think.

The Project Unity Arcade Box Combines Eighteen Consoles In One

A fellow who calls himself Bacteria just recently completed a pretty awesome system, the fruit of three years of labor. It's called Project Unity, and it combines eighteen retro consoles in one forty-four pound box.

Want To Lose Weight That Badly? 5 Crazy Celebrity Diets

Try as one might to avoid them, celebrities are somewhat sewn into the fabric of our daily lives. So with the pressure of having to constantly look good it begs the question, what is going on behind the incredibly well groomed scenes? Whether it is a diet which starves the body of carbohydrates or a crazy juice only diet, it seems like celebrities will do just about anything to squeeze into their perfect ensemble.

Playing Cards Of A Different Color

Is that weekly poker game with the guys (or gals) starting to feel just a bit lackluster? Have you tried just about every permutation of five card draw, seven card stud, and Texas hold 'em that you can think of? Perhaps it is time for a new deck of cards -- one that will really change the game. It will be tough for everyone to keep a poker face when they are trying to figure out their hand when it is all one color.

Amazing Humidifier Is Actually Amazing

When the summer temperatures go up the air conditioning goes on and dries everything out, especially your skin and your sinuses. It can be hard to have a regular humidifier with you because they can be large and you always have to worry about mold build up. With the Amazing Humidifier you can have it with you and turn just about any bottle of water into a humidifier that plugs into your computer.

Battle Of The Best Blenders: Reviews and Recommendations

There comes a time in every man or woman's life when chopping vegetable after vegetable becomes unbearably monotonous. Enter, one of man's greatest kitchen inventions, and reliever of stress world-wide, the sacred blender. But which are good? Which are bad? Which are okay? Here are three blenders which caught the eye. Take a look and see if they catch yours.

Instant Pineapple Ramen: Pineapple Express In A Styrofoam Bowl

The new instant Pineapple Ramen from Tokyo's Papapapa-Pine ramen restaurant may not be as delicious as the fruitful noodle broth served up live and in person, but it's the next best thing to being there.

Teen Makes Submarine

A teen has created a submarine using household equipment and a $2,000 budget, fully equiped with ballast tanks, pumps and safety equipment. He says creating inventions is in his blood, and wants to turn it into a business.

Program Your Own Bot (for Kids, and Kids at Heart)

When it comes to robots for kids there are a lot of choices. Not all of those choices do much at all. One choice, that is not quite to market yet, is desided to help kids to program in a variety of ways. The programming runs from options with a graphic interface to C++ and JAVA based options.

Gallium: Better Entertaining Through Chemistry

If you are one of those people (and you know you are) who likes to amaze you friends with little tricks and interesting facts then having a little gallium on hand is for you. It's a great conversation starter or ice breaker when you pull out a little piece of metal and use your amazing mental powers to turn it into liquid in the palm of your hand.

Weed As A Brand: Starbucks Or Botwin Pot Stores? Fact Or Fiction? [Video]

After eight successful seasons on HBO, the acclaimed award-winning series, "Weeds" ended its run in 2012 with matriarch Nancy Botwin dealing in a world that finally legalized marijuana. With plot lines that followed a mother and widow of two children rise in the weed business, Nancy's chain of pot stores became so overwhelmingly successful by the end of Season 8, Starbucks was written into the script securing a bid to buy them.

Simply A Set Of Very Cool Knives

Everybody likes to be the coolest kid on the kitchen knife block. So for those who have spent hours and hours in the kitchen slicing vegetables and thinking 'I wish my knives looked classier' here is the Deglon Meeting Knife Set. Want to see just what the latest kitchenware knife set has to offer? Walk this way!

Eatwave Vending Machine: Freshly Cooked Food At The Press Of A Button

Vending machines are awesome, in fact, people love to read about them more than any other business idea or technological device (according to a non-statistical, and completely subjective survey conducted by yours truly). Now Eatwave Vending Machine is shaking up everything we thought we could expect out of a vending machine. Vending machines have offered hot food for a while, but not like this.

Your Computer Is More Powerful Than You Think

Thanks to product binning, Intel is selling you parts that have been artificially disabled so that they would work slower than they otherwise could, simply to make you spend more on server products.

NASA to Host Robot Contest

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA for short, is looking for robots in some new places. The government agency is soon to host a bot competition at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The contest, which is looking for sample collecting bots, has been dubbed the 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge.

Pay To Play With Pretty Girls And Pros

If you've ever gamed online, you're likely to have encountered at least a few terrible teammates. Most of you have probably learned simply to deal with them - shrug your shoulders and move on. If you've got a bit of spare change, there might be an alternative - pay for it.

Going Green: Good Insects Vs. Bad Insects

There are healthy and safe ways to take care of the pests in your garden without resorting to poison. Let good bugs take over and get rid of the ones that are killing your plants. It is better for the environment and better for you -- and they are easily available for order to be shipped right to you.

3D Printers Unite For Goodwill & Rad 3D Printing Tools Via Printers for Peace Contest

The concept of personal 3D printers has spread like wildfire, and Michigan Tech wants to make sure that the first things that people think of when the innovative product making platform is mentioned include harmony, joy and other peaceful goodies. 

Brain Powered Robots Coming to A Mind Near You

A new team, of international scope, is working on a plan that is truly science fiction inspired. The team, which is both French and Japanese, is working to make robots that can be controlled with the human brain. The robots, which are still in the reserach, use blood flow to detect brain activity.

Microsoft Contest For Southeast Asian Businesses To Upgrade From Windows XP, Globally Ends Support For XP In 2014

Are you still using Windows XP as your personal or business operating system? It’s 2013, for goodness sake! You’d better upgrade before it’s too late…

Hello Kitty Reversible Plush Turkey Is Officially Weird

The Hello Kitty Reversible Plush Turkey is exactly what it seems to be: a soft Hello Kitty doll that, when turned inside-out, becomes a plush roast turkey branded with the Hello Kitty logo. It's officially weird for sure, and an official product from Sanrio to boot.

Is This The Most Expensive Pen On Amazon?

At $48,000.00 you might think that the Omas Limited Edition Phoenix Fountain Pen is the most expensive pen on Amazon. And if you did think that you might well be right. If you're in the market for a new pen to craft the perfect letter, you may have come to the right place, at exactly the right time. 

 

New Fibertrap Technology Stops Bedbugs, Termites, In Their Tracks

Like a spider's web stops a fly in flight, a patent-pending man-made fibrous web stops a bedbug in its tracks. Commercialized as Fibertrap, this material, created in the laboratories of Stony Brook University's Center for Advanced Technology in Sensor Materials, has tested effective not only for trapping bedbugs, but also for stopping termites in their tracks.