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August, 2013

Kidrobot’s Yummy Collection: Deliciously Adorable Toys!

When had your food been as happy to see you as you are to see it? Heidi Kenney and Kidrobot have teamed up to present the Yummy series: a wide range of sweet and smiling toy treats!

Top Ten Resources For The Aspiring League of Legends Player

So, you want to be a better League of Legends player, do you? You're not the only one. Everyone wants to improve - it's human nature to want to be better at something. As such, there's a whole host of sites online dedicated to the slow climb through the ranks.

 

Purify Water On The Go With A SteriPEN

Whether you are traveling or camping there can be a lot of concern about the quality of the water you are drinking and what you might actually be drinking along with it. Whether the concern is for bacteria, viruses, or protozoa you can clean your water quickly and easily with a SteriPEN Ultra Portable Water Purifier. It purifies 16 ounces of water in less than 60 seconds.

Sprayable Energy: A Caffeinated Energy Drink For Your Skin

Move over Starbucks and Red Bull!  Two San Francisco-based entrepreneurs have developed an energy drink that's not at all palatable: in fact; in spray form, this caffeinated concoction is absorbed through your skin.  The product, Sprayable Energy, is packaged in an attractive pocket-sized spray vial, is now seeking crowdsource funding through indiegogo.

Pressy Adds a Button to Your Smartphone for Only $17

From the “why didn't I think of that?” category comes Pressy, a clever little device that adds a user-configurable physical button to your Android smartphone in exchange for – surprise – your headphone jack. Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter campaign goal was surpassed in merely a day.


Mermaid Leggings: There's Something Fishy Going On Here

It used to be that fishnet stockings were the ultimate thing for long, sexy looking legs. We have finally moved on -- just a little bit. We've left the net behind and become the fish. With these skinny mermaid leggings your gams will take on all of the allure of the mythical maidens and the depths of the sea itself.

Build A Better Bike & Win The 2014 International Bicycle Design Competition!

If you have a way to make the globally appreciated sport of biking safer, more popular, exciting or fun than it is in its current form, you could win a huge pile of money for your idea!

Aghast, When The GAP's GIF On Facebook Proved To Be A Gaffe

Now, say that ten times fast. Why? Because when a venerable social media site the likes of Mashable gets it wrong, based on an assertion made by the venerable American clothier, the GAP - it's fun to call them out on a bonefide gaffe that went public.

Print Your Own Dinosaur

Thanks to 3D models and printers, anyone will soon be able to print themselves rocks, fossils and perhaps entire dinosaurs. The project aims at offering these models for free for educational and scientific purposes.

Trucking Cool: PATTON SUVs Invade Chengdu Motor Show

Look out China, here comes PATTON! The 2013 Chengdu Motor Show features a couple of ominously modified Ford trucks proudly bearing the Patton nameplate. Could Pittsburgh PA's Allegheny Ford Isuzu Truck Sales be channeling Old Blood & Guts for a Far East sales offensive?

Ancient Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers

The Lycurgus Cup, a 1,600-year-old Roman chalice housed in the British Museum, had baffled scientists ever since the piece was acquired back in the 1950s. When lit from the front the chalice appears as a beautiful jade green. Oddly, when lit from the back it turns a bright blood red. The mystery was solved in 1990 when researchers were able to view broken shards of the cup. That was when they discovered that the Romans had been working with nanotechnology.

The Five Smallest Computers Ever Made

Size counts. If you want proof, just look at the way our society develops technology, how obsessed everyone seems to be with making everything smaller and more portable. Today, we're going to take a look at this obsession. Today, we're going to examine some of the smallest computers ever created.

Iran Bans Female Champions In League of Legends Tournament For Being Too Revealing

So I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. The good news is that WCG Iran plans to host a League of Legends tournament this September, meaning the long ban the country's had on the game is finally being lifted. The bad news? They're banning pretty much every female champion in the game.

WTF? Super-Expensive Designer Toilet Paper?

Evidently rich people don't have enough things on which to spend their money. Now we have entered the land of designer toilet paper.Do you think this toilet paper is worth the hefty price tag?

InStyle Essentials: Shop For Women's Clothing By Bra Size

Regardless of how fashion savvy a woman is, she is well aware that bra size can greatly impact the way that her clothing fits. Unfortunately, sizing up or sizing down made necessary by chest size doesn't mean that the clothing item will fit in a flattering manner as intended.

New Cat Product, New Clever Cat Commercials: Cat's Pride® Fresh & Light® Cat Litter

.... If video commercials do sell product, I predict that even people who don't have cats will buy this cat litter. 

GE Water-Based Battery Could Mean A Cheaper More Efficient Tesla

General Electric says it's a little more complicated than making instant oatmeal, but the company, along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  is developing a recipe of electrochemical solution and water that will power a cheaper, safer, and longer-charged battery than current electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The developers are hoping their newly designed flow battery will remain charged for three times longer than the current Tesla S Model battery (265 milles) and cost about a quarter of the S Model battery.


The Unfortunate Reality Of The Surveillance Age

Online privacy has always been a nebulous thing, particularly given the culture of paranoia that's grown around western society in recent days. Nowhere is this more clear than with the saga of Edward Snowden. Today - in a bit of a departure from my usual fare -I'm going to explain to you why the Snowden saga should concern you.

Uwe Boll Wants To Make Postal 2; Launches Kickstarter

I've got some bad news for everyone. Uwe Boll is making another movie. The German filmmaker - known for his almost universally terrible film adaptations of video games - has just launched a Kickstarter for Postal 2; a sequel to one of the most controversial movies he's ever made. 

Daxian's N100i Android Smartphone Charges Directly From Wall Outlets

With its AC wall charger built-in, the new N100i smartphone from Daxian allows users to ditch the annoying USB cable and wall-wart combination to juice up after a long day. There are some strong drawbacks to the execution, though, so it's a good thing Daxian didn't remove USB charging entirely.

Travel Companion Underwear Keeps Valuables Safe

When you are traveling it is important to protect your valuables -- cash, traveler;s checks, passport. For many years people have relied on money belts which are not always very comfortable. The Clever Travel Companion may have just the thing for you -- undergarments with hidden pockets to keep those important necessities out of sight from pickpockets and any other would-be thieves.

The 5 Top Rated Natural Makeups Sold On Amazon

We use makeup on a daily basis without even batting an eyelid over the kinds of ingredients and chemicals that go into making them. There is anything from toxic compounds to carcinogenic cocktails that could pollute our bodies. The harmful, long-term side effects are not worth the hassle. So instead, I've extended my love for all things natural to even my makeup. Before getting in to it, I looked at all the reviews and looked at the products out there and this is what I have come up with, the 5 top rated natural makeups.

Shower Safety: Mommy's Helper Foot Rest

There is an age-old debate between men and women about which sex has a harder chore when it comes to shaving, Men point out the fact that they must do it every day -- in some cases twice for the hairiest of the sex if they are going out in the evening. Women lay claim to the title for having to do it upside down in a slippery shower with water trying to run in their eyes. Point to the ladies, fellas. However, that field can be leveled just a bit with Mommy's Helper Safer Grip Foot Rest.

Was The Backlash Against The Xbox One Fair?

Ever since its less-than-stellar showing at E3, Microsoft's Xbox One has been a rather popular whipping boy for the games industry. The backlash suffered by Microsoft was downright legendary, and it's something they're not going to live down for a very, very long time.

Question is, was it justified? 

How Gesture Controls Could Change The Way We Compute

Flashy technology has always been a staple of science fiction films -and there's not much flashier than the gesture-controlled computers seen in Minority Report. At the time the movie was released, those must have seemed positively outlandish. Now, though?

Now we're rapidly approaching a point where such outlandish technology is becoming commonplace, and it's got the potential to completely change how we compute. 


Online Car Insurance's Mascots Flo & The Gecko Are Social Media SuperStars

There's a lively debate as to whether an intangible service as mundane as online car insurance could possibly benefit from the value of social media. However, when these marketers realized that the marketing and selling of auto insurance is no different than the marketing and selling of another intangible product such as hotel accommodations, they quickly seized the opportunity with vigor - and with mascots to boot!

The 5 Top Rated Natural Aromatherapy Products Sold On Amazon

It's not easy shopping for aromatherapy products. I find buying them online can sometimes be daunting, especially if you've never tried a particular brand or aroma. So after doing a lot of searching to find something online, I decided that I would save the next person a whole lot of surfing and searching by just putting together what I believe to be some of the best products on the market.

Top 5 Natural Hair Products Sold On Amazon

The tresses and locks that adorn our fairer sex is something not to be taken lightly. It is our crowning glory. It announces to the world at large our presence with gentle waves shimmering in the faintest light. Taking care of it is absolutely paramount and looking for the right potions and honeys is not an easy task considering that in todays world there are all sorts of unnaturally, lab-synthesized chemicals that are pushed on to us under the guise of perfect advertising.

Create A Modern Library & Win The Fenn Young Designers Award 2013!

If you’re between 18 and 33, and you know exactly how to reimagine the concept of a library for “Millennials,” share your designs for a chance to win up to $1,500!

Chocotowel Is The Best Hand Towel Bar None!

Chocotowel from Japanese design house OTTAIPNU may be sweet but it's also calorie-free. Why design a hand towel to look like a chocolate bar? Why not... just the thought of chocolate is enough to boost one's mood and provoke a smile.

Girls, Get Your Geek On With Black Milk's Mass Effect Line

There's a glaring problem with most of the geeky clothing on the market . It's something I've only recently noticed, as I'm a male and tend to be dense regarding matters such as this. The selection of geek apparel geared towards women is pretty awful. Black Milk has long sought to remedy that - and their recently-released Mass Effect line is yet one more step in the right direction.

University Of Washington Researchers Succeed In First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface

In what is believed to be the first human brain-to-brain interface, a researcher at the University of Washington (UW) sent a thought across campus to the brain of another researcher, thereby controlling the recipient's hand movements on a keyboard.

New Hammock Shelter Revolutionizes Outdoors Trips

A new Kickstarter project brings us a hammock shelter system with revolutionary ideas and patented design on how you can survive comfortably out in the woods, without getting wet or being attacked by insects.

Window Cleaning Robot Alters Your Views In Minutes: The Winbot 7

Dog breath-vapored and finger-printed windows, shaving-creamed and water-spotted mirrors are irritating, but seldom rise to the level of must-clean more than monthly. Actually, I rarely clean the bay windows or sliding door glass unless company comes and the streaking that remains makes me wish I'd left them dirty.  But if I had a robot to clean the buggers, it might just change my view about the whole process. Alas, here's the Winbot 7 by Ecovacs....

Quickly Customize Your Bike Grips With Spurcycle

Face it- The grips that came with your bike aren’t that great. If you’d like to comfortably, colorfully and cheaply upgrade your bike’s appearance, you’ll want to check out Spurcycle’s modular grips.

DARPA's Looking To Develop Processors That Can Learn

One of the primary things that currently separates man from machine - aside from the obvious factors - is the fact that, software aside, machines are incapable of growth. Oh, certainly, software can learn - quite effectively, too. But no matter how advanced the software gets, the hardware is still going to stay the same.

DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - is looking to change that. 

What Lucky Frame's Gentlemen! Can Teach Us About Piracy And Game Development

Today, I'm going to explore something a lot of pirates don't seem aware of - the marked impact piracy can actually have on developers, particularly if they're independent. Sit back, ladies and gents, and let me tell you the long, sad tale of Gentlemen!

There'll also be some stuff in there for all you developers, as well. Sit tight. 

Tawki's DIY Videos To Feature ‘One-Click, Animate’ Functionality

Adding video production to your social media tool box is essential today for both business and pleasure. According to the web tracking-and-measurement firm ComScore, 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today alone. And, 76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their websites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and even blog integration.

Bad Ass Black Leather Bandages

For some people style is everything -- even when they get a little hurt. So these people ca now buy leather bandages to cover their boo-boos. In basic black they will go with everything, that's true -- and that tough look will make that paper cut seem more like you were out kicking butt. It is totally bad ass, totally cool, totally Goth, and, well, kind of strange.

Vote For Your Favorites Via Made In America – Hot Product Contest

This contest is all about American innovation and throwing your support behind really cool stuff so that it might be sold in stores, so be a patriot and vote for the best products!

Chinese Carmaker Licenses “Snowden” Name For New Electric Vehicle

Haima Snowden and you're not! Hainan-based Haima Auto has contracted with the Chinese trademark owner of the “Snowden” name and are planning to use the American asylum-seeking secret-spiller's monniker for a yet-to-be-released EV (electric vehicle). One would hope the upcoming Snowden sedan won't leak as much as its notorious namesake.

A Place To Hide, Seek, Scratch, & Play: Trixie Cat Combos

Cats love to play where they can hide; those places replicate their native environments and give cats similar experiences. Cat combos give cats opportunity to climb, scratch, and rest and play.  Some are 'condos' and emphasize scratching, and climbing. Other combos focus more on hiding and play. Here are a few adorable combos from Trixie Pet Products that provide so much stimulation, you'll wish you were a cat.

Could The Computing Industry Be On The Verge Of A Materials Breakthrough?

I've always been more than a little startled by the rate at which technology advances. Just think about it: less than four decades ago, all the modern amenities we take for granted - smarthones, computers, the Internet itself - did not exist. The amount of technological innovation and advancement we've seen in the past few years has been quite frankly startling, and a struggle for many to keep pace with.

Roblox CEO David Baszucki Discusses His Organization's Success And Future

Since 2012, ROBLOX - the world's largest creative online community - has experienced positively explosive growth. In the past six months alone, it's generated over 13.4 billion page-views and engaged users for 339 million hours. It shows no signs of stopping.

On Friday, I took the chance to have a brief sitdown with the organization's CEO, David Baszucki. Here's what he had to say. 

Use Your Watch as Your Phone: Omate's Android-Powered TrueSmart Smartwatch

Was last week's $1200 Hyetis Crossbow too rich for your blood? You might like Omate's TrueSmart, then, which trades some of the Crossbow's more superfluous extras for Android support, the ability to be used as a phone, and a much lower price tag.


Time To Plant Some Sprouts In Your Books

As any avid reader knows one bookmark is pretty much like another. You just pop it between the pages and come back later. The problem is that it only gets you so far. You have two full pages there. So where exactly did you leave off? It is so easy to find yourself rereading several paragraphs before you get right to where you left off. With a Sprout Bookmark you can change that.

Silver Gel Sucks Bacteria Out of Dirty Water in Seconds

In the aftermath of disasters, clean drinking water may be impossible to find. Now, a porous gel infused with silver nanoparticles is in development. The invention may change the way water purification happens. The gel sucks in contaminated water and squeezes out purified water in mere seconds.

Raining Champions: Japan's 10 Cutest, Cleverest & Coolest Umbrellas

If your umbrella succeeds in keeping you dry in the rain and/or shaded from the sun, then everything else is just gravy. Well, it must be raining gravy in Japan 'cause the country's umbrellas take effective rain & sun protection as their starting point and run with it. Where they end up is anyone's guess... but be sure to bring your umbrella with, just in case.

SnuggWugg Eases Diaper Changing Woes

Securing your baby on the changing table can be cumbersome at times. That's where SnuggWugg comes in.

Google Play Introduces New Restrictions

Google Play is introducing two big changes to its policies that any Android app developer will need to be aware of. If you or your company has an app for Android, make sure you fully understand these changes.

Personal Sound In-Ear Amplifier Lets You Hear Exactly What You Want

Is the world around you too darn loud? The In-Ear Amplifier from Able Planet gives you super hearing of a sort.

Ready, Set, Cleave! - Zombie Chomper Knife from Ka-Bar

 Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse? Are you sure? Your zombie killing kit needs to include the Zomstro Zombie Cleaver knife by Ka-Bar to ensure your survival and success in the undead realms of the future. Only the best equipped will last through the long night of the walking dead.

 


Float & Sting Like A Butterfly With WhoppAir

Here’s a fun toy for kids (and kids-at-heart!) to enjoy after Dad forces everyone to sit through another Rocky marathon:

Awards For Senior Living Products Show That The Aging Population Is Big Business

With millions of baby boomers hurtling head long into their golden years and resources for seniors limited, the business of caring for the elderly is about to boom as much as all those babies did. Keeping older Americans healthy and able to live independently will be more important than ever. SeniorHomes.com has created the Best Senior Living Award to recognize the companies creating the best products for the coming wave of older people.

The Art of Advertising

The world of art and business have been crossing paths and overlapping for hundreds of years, and from Parisian Absinthe Art to Wall Street Warhol crazes, there has been a powerful connection between art and marketing. Although this ad campaign by Guido Daniele is a few years old, it exemplifies the change in that relationship which has occurred in recent years. Our hyperconnected, light-speed generation, coupled with our throw away culture, might render certain forms of art as nothing more than a disposable tool to sell a product, rather than a lasting statement about the world at the moment of its conception.

Asus Touts “World's First” Thunderbolt 2 Motherboard

Thunderbolt connections are not just Mac exclusives anymore, and DIY PC users can now have another reason to claim their systems are “better than Apple” with the help of Asus. The firm's new Z87-Deluxe/Quad motherboard offers two of the very latest Thunderbolt 2 ports alongside a smorgasbord of similarly-premium features.

Grow Your Own Lunch With Algaculture - On Your Head!

Algaculture merges human with photosynthetic life forms in the first step towards symbiotic, self-sustaining relationship. The Algaculture Symbiosis Suit, designed by UK artists Michael Burton and Michiko Nitto aka Burton Nitto, grows algae as wearers wander around doing their normal things. The designers foresee a future when humans and algae merge, allowing people to be semi-photosynthetic and self-sustaining.

Squigz Is A Building Toy That Really Sucks (In A Good Way)

Squigz by Fat Brain is a whole different building toy experience! Like other building toys, Squigz are brightly colored and are made to stick together. That’s basically where the similarities end.

Win 17,000 Euros For Using Ceramic Via Tile Of Spain Awards 2013!

If you’re an architect or interior designer with a preference for ceramic tiles made in Spain, you could win big for your handiwork!

Why Razer Synapse 2.0 Still Isn't Worth The Effort

I make no secret of the fact that I'm a huge fan of Razer and all its products. They make some of the best gaming peripherals currently on the market, and I absolutely love my mouse and keyboard. Even so, there's one nagging little elephant in the room I don't much care for: it's called Razer Synapse.

KIXEYE Australia Launches VEGA Conflict, a new browser-based MMORTS

Earlier this month, KIXEYE launched Vega Conflict, a new, open-world (or rather, open-galaxy) browser-based sci-fi RTS. I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the fine folks from KIXEYE's Australia studio for an interview about the studio, the game, and the future.

Guests On The Way? Time To Inflate The Living Room!

Bubble Inflatables has an innovative, fun and fairly inexpensive furniture solution for anyone who doesn’t want to spring for a traditional ottoman, sofa and cozy chair. Just add air!

The Giant Coffee Table Touchscreen Computer Costs A Whopping $7,000

If you're a tech geek with a penchant for waving around how much money you've got, have I ever found the product for you: it's a fully-functional, 32'' touchscreen computer built directly into the surface of a coffee table. It's also better than some people's desktops.

Hong Kong's Air Pollution Forces Photo-Snapping Tourists To Use Blue Sky Backdrops

How bad is the air pollution in Hong Kong? This bad: tourists who want to take photos of family and friends with the coastal city's famous skyline have been forced to use fake backdrops featuring the skyline captured on a rare, pollution-free sunny day.

The 5 Top Rated Natural Skin Care Products Sold On Amazon

The skin is one of the most resilient parts of the human body. It protects us from UV rays, helps regulate our temperature, retains moisture at the proper level and keeps our insides inside. And for all the hard work it does, it is also constantly rejuvenating itself, stretching and contracting depending on our girth. As we mature, the tenacity in which it does its job begins to diminish, and it becomes our turn to help it along.

Microsoft Details Plans For Independent Developers On The Xbox One

Among the many other announcements dropped by Microsoft at this year's Gamescom 2013, the Richmond-based studio detailed its plans for the Xbox One's Independent Games Program. It's called ID@Xbox, and it's going to eventually culminate with development kit capability for every Xbox One.

Android Computer-in-a-Projector: The New EPICT EPP-100

Though useful for movie-watching on its own, EPICT's pico-sized, battery-powered EPP-100 has the potential to do quite a bit more on the wall of your choice with an additional peripheral or two. Know the device's persisting limitations before ordering one, though.

Acessa™: State Of The Art Non-Invasive RFA Treatment For Uterine Fibroids

If there was a way to relieve the pain and discomfort of uterine fibroids without having major surgery, I'm sure more women wouldn't suffer with their symptoms as long as they do.  Well, now there is a way.  The new Acessa™ Procedure uses radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to destroy the fibroids in an out-patient procedure and most women can be back to their routines the next day.

Gear Up For The 2013 International Sustainable Electronics Competition!

With technology evolving faster than the chimpanzees featured in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” large amounts of computers, TVs, mobile phones and other electronics are being tossed out on a regular basis. Help to fix the problem, and earn some big cash!

The $150,000 Bicycle Bell

Even though the team started with a $20,000 funding goal, it turns out that a good, innovative and well designed bicycle bell is worth far more than most would have expected.

Mojo Backpacks: Art You Carry Your Stuff In

The fine artists and craftspeople at Mojo easily demonstrate that there’s absolutely no reason to settle for mediocrely styled backpacks, totes and duffle bags when they’ve got wearable art for you to store your swag!

Hello Kitty Safety Helmets Put Cute Cats On Hard Hats

The Hello Kitty Series of head-protecting helmets from Japan's Tanizawa Safety Products are just as tough as those worn by hard-as-nails New Jersey construction workers... not that they'd ever allow themselves to be seen wearing them.

Why The Law And The Internet Need To Find Common Ground

We're living in somewhat curious times. See, the birth of the Internet has established something Marshall McLuhan termed "The Global Village." We're closer - and more connected - than we've ever been before. Unfortunately...the law hasn't really kept up with any of that. As a result, we've entered into a strange sort of limbo, where everything seems to be a gray area, and no one's quite certain what law to apply where. This needs to change.  

Could Review Scores Manipulate Your Opinion Of Games?

You're pretty stoked for that new game you've been waiting for, aren't you? You've read every preview and news piece. You've tracked down every scrap of information you can. Everybody online is talking about how awesome the game is going to be. Those who've played it go on about how awesome it is.The more you hear, the more excited you become.

I've got bad news for you - your opinion might not be entirely your own. 

How To Combat Anti-Aging With YSL Youth Liberator Serum

Yves Saint Laurent has been at the leading edge of women's appearance since 1962. From apparel, to accessories, YSL has always held the notion that a woman's appearance is her fortune. This appearance is what defines her place in the world, be it Queen Mother, or soccer mom, and everything in between. These days, appearances aren't just kept by some over-the-counter makeup.


Finally A Smart Elizabethan Collar: The EezyEat4Pets

Do you notice anything out of place about the cat in this photo?  Yes, he's wearing an elizabethan collar... but he's also eating.  Pets can't eat with e-collars on their necks; everyone knows that they need to be removed first.  Except if he's wearing this new pet protection product called EesyEat4Pets.

Walmart’s Get On The Shelf Update: The Voting Has Begun!

The inventors have entered their awesome new gadgets, gizmos and all-around great stuff, but now it’s up to you to pick which products deserve to be on Walmart’s shelves!

Top 5 Natural Soaps Sold On Amazon

When it comes to soaps, I don't waste a moment with anything that is not natural and doesn't have olive oil in it. That's the thing about olive oil, when in doubt, and all else pales, the one ingredient we can all fall back on is olive oil. That's been my philosophy as far as keeping healthy, a philosophy passed from grandma, to mom and to me and I will pass that to my daughters too.

3D Printable Cast Lets Your Bones Heal While You Scratch Those Itches

Just about everyone who has ever broken a bone knows that it is a pain -- and not just from the break. The skin under the cast will inevitably start to itch and you can drive yourself nuts trying to find the right size stick or knitting needle to slide inside for a scratch that just never seems to be quite the relief you were looking for. Then there is the problem of being able to shower without getting the cast wet. That is until now. Jake Evill, a designer in London, has come up with a lightweight exoskeletal cast that can be created by using a 3D printer.

Stand Up Straight With The Biofeedback Posture Trainer

Some of us never had very good posture, but we tend to slump even more as we age.  Bad posture is not only unattractive, it can cause a variety of health problems - back pain, breathing problems, and fatique, among them.  No one wants to wear a back brace all the time to keep their posture in line, but an occupational therapist has created a device that can help you correct your posture in very short training periods each day using biofeedback....

Shower Tunes Brings Your Touchpad To Your Shower

I don't know that anyone would call a shower curtain a gadget, but the Shower Tunes shower curtain definitely qualifies as one.  It's not just a musical shower curtain, however, so its name doesn't do it justice.  Indeed it's a shower curtain that can transmit any sound, from a song to a movie to a telephone call, that emanates from any touchpad device you hook it up to, all the while keeping the device totally dry and even touchable!

Add Some (Expensive) Class To Your Office With Empire Steampunk Speakers

I've always enjoyed the visual style of Steampunk. There's just something about the combination of elegance and artifice that draws me in. You can all understand, then, why I'm positively enchanted by Airhammer Industries' speakers. Unfortunately, they just so happen to cost over 12 grand.

Gone Home Will Grab Your Attention Without Using Guns

The games industry has something of a problem expressing itself without using violence in some way, shape, or form. Not even narrative masterpieces like TellTale's Walking Dead and 2K's Bioshock Infinite stand apart from this trend. That doesn't mean it's impossible to tell a good story without violence, though.

The Fullbright Company has certainly managed with Gone Home. 

Maestro Is A Revolutionary Foundation Makeup From Armani

Every woman knows that the key to exerting a strong presence is good makeup; and, the root of all good makeup is perfect foundation. Foundation is so important to the process and outcome of makeup, that women everywhere tolerate the clogged pores, the suffocating layer and the unnatural and painted look of it all.

Hyetis Crossbow – Feature-Packed Smartwatch with a 41-Megapixel Camera

Switzerland-based startup Hyetis is preparing to impress smartwatch-cravers everywhere with its first product, the Crossbow. It will be capable of not only controlling your smartphone but surely outmatching it with a huge list of features. No surprise to find, then, that Hyetis is charging a pretty premium.


Inventables: The Inventor's Playground

Inventables - a one-stop shop for the inventor, designer, and 'maker,' who want to experiment, prototype, or just plain play with industrial materials that are not generally available in small quantities. An online store that will inspire the maker in you so wildly, you feel like a child in a playground full of all new equipment and toys.

LED Color Changing Showerhead Brightens Up Your Bathing Experience

I'm not quite sure why I want one of these.  Maybe it's because I have a hard time waking up in the morning... But this LED showerhead would definitely brighten my day.

The NotePal X2 Notebook Pad & Cooler: Review

It's definitely one of the cooler laptop fans around, but how well does it cool your laptop? Here is my evaluation of the Cooler Master's NotePal X2 Notebook Pad & Cooler....

Photography 2.0 - Time is A Dimension

When it comes to art mediums, photography is traditionally the most controversial, and the one that raises the most questions about where the limitations and boundaries of artistic creation begin and end. For more than 150 years, photography has been limited by its two-dimensional form, but Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has found a way to break out of that narrow structure and play within a new dimension of photography - Time.

The Esky Mini HD Camera Pen -- I Suspect James Bond Would Like This; Product Review

I'm not sure exactly what situation I would find myself in where I would need the Esky Mini HD Camera Pen... but I want one, just in case.  I dunno... Ninjas or something?  Or maybe because there's a monster in my closet...

Crooked False Canine Teeth Give Vamps The Vampire Look

“Magical Tooth” adhesive crooked canine caps from Japanese cosmetic accessories company Luvlit are designed to make wearers look younger, cuter and more attractive than ever before... and not just to vampires, either.

Area 51 Report Declassified

A recently declassified document tells us about the U-2 spy plane, Area 51 and UFO reports from over 50 years ago, now part of US history and finally in the public domain.

Dogs Gone Camping: 6 Must Have Dog Items To Take Camping

Fall is a great time to go camping, and an especially good time to bring your dog along, as the weather is generally milder than summer, but not too cold.  But dogs need certain items besides food, water, and their leashes, when they go camping. Here are six that I would not be without....

Robots Learn to Copy Art

When it comes to making great art the odds are good that you think about the makers of great art you think of a painter, bent over a canvass agonizing over where to put each stroke, but art can be made  by a robot. 

The machine in question, known simply as the e-David, is designed to do one thing: find great art and copy it.

Logitech Announces Wireless All-In-One Keyboard TK820

Earlier this week, Logitech added a mouth-watering new entry to its lineup. The TK820 Wireless All-In-One Keyboard is everything a minimalist could ask for. It even features a built-in trackpad!

Nether Aims To Bring Survival Horror Into The World Of MMOs

Traditionally, survival horror hasn't worked all that well in the context of multiplayer. It's genuinely difficult to convey the proper sense of isolation necessary in order to instill that shrieking, primal fear that horror aficionados so crave. That's not stopping Phosphor Games from trying, however. They've got a new survival horror MMO in the wings. It's called Nether, and it's downright terrifying.

Biochip Device To Detect Dangerous Radiation In Our Bodies

A tiny biochip has the potential to quickly determine whether or not a person has been exposed to dangerous doses of radiation, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which helped develop the device.  Though further work on the chip is necessary, the eventual technology is expected to quickly screen exposed persons in the event of a radiological catastrophe.

Bantam Bagels: Changing The Face Of A Bagel Nosh

Many people dream of opening their own business one day. For Nick and Elyse Oleksak, both Columbia grads and employed at major Wall Street firms, it wasn't exactly on the bucket list. Then one night Nick had a dream. When he woke up he thought "This is going to be the next big thing." Normally Elyse would say "No, it's not," and life would go on. This time she thought it really was a good idea. The idea? If you can sell donut holes why not sell bagel holes?

Blind Robot Gets Around

When it comes to robots we don’t expect them to see the way that we do. But we do expect it to have some way to view the world around it. Maybe we expect that to be in the form of cameras, or perhaps with an infrared map. What we do not expect is for a robot to be completely blind to the world around it, but much like its living counterparts a blind robot can in fact figure out how to get around.

MSI Releases The GS70; Its Slimmest Laptop Yet

MSI's pulled out all the stops with its latest gaming notebook, the GS70. This 17'' device weighs in at a paltry 5.7 pounds, making it the lightest device of its kind. Not only that, it's less than an inch thin. If you think they've sacrificed any power to make it that size, however, you've got another thing coming.

Valve Wants To Integrate 3D Graphics Utility Blender into Steam

Early yesterday, Reddit user Two-Tone- took to the 'net with some very interesting news: as it turns out, Valve is is looking to integrate the open-source 3D graphics development platform Blender into Steam. Through this, it hopes to raise the bar for content in the Steam Workshop even higher.

Chumbuddy: Sleeping Bags -- The Next Generation

Ordinary sleeping bags are sooooo last century. Why go for the normal, safe, boring bag of down or poly fiber fill when you can get a bag that can have you playing "Landshark!" gags half the night. The Chumbuddy sleeping bags not only come as sharks, but also whales and alligators. The best part? They are primarily for adults. Only the shark also comes in a child size.

Remodeling Your Home For Retirement

Thirty percent of the U.S. population are baby boomers, according to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), and a recent survey conducted by the group found that 84 percent of us want to stay in our homes after we retire.  If you are a member of that majority, you might need to think about doing some remodeling to make your home more accommodating to your needs as you age.

Samsung Hennessy: Android and Quad-Core CPU in The Body of a Flip-Phone

With a decidedly old-fashioned physical design as its base, the Samsung Hennessy impresses with up-to-date guts, a smartphone-worthy feature set and two 3.3” touchscreens.

Desert Plants Could Soon Look To The Internet To Thrive

Brian Munroe is a member of the Las Vegas hackerspace SYN Shop, and a home owner in the dry Las Vegas Valley. And like everyone with a home in the desert Southwest he knows the frustration of keeping his landscaping watered properly while following guidelines from the local water authority.His solution? The Hydrogadget.

Ball Robot Gets Upgrade for Kids

Robots are, for the most part, the prevue of adults. We design them, we build them and we get to play with them, but a growing number of companies are bringing robots to the younger set and some of the companies that started out with adults are looking to kids as a new market for their products.

Weight of the World: Hermit Crab Shell Art!

Combining art and nature is nothing new, but having live animals as participants in exhibitions is a bit more unusual. Luckily, these hermit crabs don't move too fast, particularly since they have entire artistic cityscapes on their backs, fashioned meticulously out of plastic by Japanese artist Aki Inomata.

Adlens Emergensee™ Adjustable Eyeglasses Are A Sight For Unfocused Eyes

Emergensee™ adjustable eyeglasses from Adlens are the long-awaited solution for lost or broken eyeglasses and contact lenses. These instantly adjustable, variable focus glasses aren't intended to permanently replace prescription lenses but in case of emergency, they make an ideal spare pair.

Curt Schilling On The Failure Of 38 Studios

Anyone who's been following industry news remembers the disastrous tale of Curt Schilling and his game development firm, 38 Studios, and how it went catastrophically bankrupt shortly after releasing its only game. According to Schilling, it's the most devastating thing he's ever been through...yet he's still here, and he's got some advice for other entrepreneurs...and inventors. 

Making Drinking Water Out Of Thin Air

Back in the 70s the movie Star Wars took the world by storm. The hero, Luke Skywalker, began his epic adventure as a farm boy on a farm that harvested moisture from the air with machines George Lucas named "moisture vaporators." At that time it was complete fiction, but as with so much science fiction, these things become reality. Star Trek communicators led to the development of the cell phone. Now there is a billboard in the desert outside of Lima, Peru that absorbs humidity from the air and turns it into potable water for the neighborhood.

Stop Worrying About Odors With The Air Purifying Collar

Air purifiers can help clear allergens to help us breathe and help get rid of funky smells in the air, but they aren't exactly portable...until now.

Nvidia Suggests PC Revenue Will Total More Than Playstation And Xbox Combined

During an earnings call earlier today, Nvidia's Senior IR Director Chris Evenden had some very interesting things to say about the state of the PC games industry. According to him, the PC gaming market is going to crush the console market this generation - even after the Xbox One and PS4 are released. The question is, does his stance hold water? 


Can Mold Make Robots Happy?

When you think about what makes a robot work the odds are good that what you picture is chipsets and wires. What you probably do not picture is a big slimy hunk of mold, but that is exactly what is happening in the world of robots.

Did The Real 'Heisenberg' Also 'Break Bad'?

Many die-hard fans like myself, who can't get enough of the award-winning AMC TV drama, "Breaking Bad," have often thought that the alter-ego character "Heisenberg" was the invention of anti-hero Walter White, played by actor Bryan Cranston. In actuality, the chemistry professor referenced the name in Season 1 as an homage to the famous German physicist, Werner Karl Heisenberg.

Preorders Now Open For The Virtuix Omni Gaming Treadmill

Good news, everyone! Preorders are now open for the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface. For those of you who haven't been paying much attention, it's an omnidirectional gaming treadmill which, when paired with a headset such as the Oculus Rift, effectively offers full virtual reality.

That, my friends, is downright incredible. 

The CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad for Video Cameras -- Is it Good? Product Review

Having worked in the film/video industry for about 20-years, I've had my experiences with camera mounts.  Some are great.  Some... well, just plain suck.  This device is quite innovative and may just be the answer to getting the jitters out of a shot without the weight of a steady-cam.

World of Concrete Looking For The Year’s Most Innovative Products

Once again, World of Concrete magazine is looking to award the most innovative products in the masonry and concrete industries. If you’ve been tinkering in the construction field, it may be time to shine!

Robot Sensors Could Go Super Thin

When it comes to robots sensors make the world real. It allows a machine to help to make sense of the world around them. It tells them when they have made contact with a wall, or when they are in the presence of a desired chemical. One cross continent team is working on a very small sensor.

Operation Genoa vs Tailwind, HBO's 'Newsroom' Meets At The Corner of Topsy & Vine

Newsroom, the HBO hit series created and written by Aaron Sorkin predicates its storylines on actual news that's taken place in the real world, about 18 month prior. Having cut his social networking teeth on his award-winning movie, "The Social Network," Sorkin takes full advantage of weaving social media references into his yarns, whenever he can.

Color Me Impressed: The Crayon Sculptures of Herb Williams

When was the last time you thought about crayons? More specifically, when was the last time you bought over 100,000 of them in order to make a sculpture? The answer is probably never, unless you're Herb Williams. He is the Cezanne of Crayon, the Calder of Crayola, and his playful works often hold many more shades of meaning and depth than meet the eye.

Asus Dumps Windows RT

Asus announced that it will no longer sell Windows RT tablets after admitting that the company has lost money on its RT tablets. The move follows a $900 billion Surface RT loss by Microsoft.

Special Collector's Edition Of Saints Row IV Costs One Million Dollars

If you're a fan of the Saint's Row series - I mean REALLY a fan. You need to have an unhealthy obsession bordering on Tom Cruise levels of insanity - publisher Deep Silver's just released something you'll find to be quite the treat: a super-special copy of Saint's Row IV.  It's called the Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition...and it'll run you a cool mil.

To be fair, it does come with some pretty awesome stuff. 

Slam Out Perfect Slammers With The Burger Stomper!

With football season starting up and summer burning as brightly as ever, you couldn’t ask for a better reason to check out the invention that stomps out perfect burgers:

Asus Launches Solid-State Drive Aimed at Gamers

Though decorating an SSD with LED lights and bold colours is questionable, one cannot deny the novelty of the RAIDR Express's super-fast data transfer speeds and interesting extra features.

Developer Of New Oculus Rift Cover Based Shooter Warns Players Not To Lean Against In-Game Objects

It's been only a few months since the Oculus RIft devkits shipped out to developers, and we've already seen some positively mind-blowing stuff, from remote-controlled drones equipped with cameras to full-motion VR simulations. Today, I came across what might be the most fascinating demo yet: a cover-based shooter so realistic that the developer has cautioned players not to get too absorbed, lest they try leaning against something that isn't there.

Seriously. 

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth, So Sayeth YouTube

Chances are if you're meek, a dweeb or scored low on your most recent IQ Test, you are oblivious to YouTube Geek Week. However, with over 9 million subscribers, obviously being geek isn't for the weak of heart any more (for those who remember when Charles Atlas use to get sand kicked in his face).

GIFTY Flip Book Camera Is Flipping Awesome

This camera is flipping awesome. The camera takes short bursts of GIF photos and then prints them out on Z-ink paper to be assembled into a flip book to reanimate the action. The revolutionary idea is the brain child of Jiho Jang as a part of his college thesis. The problem is that this IS just an idea, but one that needs to be brought into reality.

New iPad Scanner Kickstarter Project

A new Kickstarter project aims to raise £7,000 in order to fund the creation of an iPad hardware scanner and case combo, an aluminum design which would provide fast document digitalizing abilities.

Strung Out: Unbelievable Thread Spool Mosaics

Imagine an artist that can create installations that look just like Picasso, Warhol, Rembrandt, Monet, and DaVinci...more impressively, she can do it without every picking up a paint brush. Devorah Sperber creates massive mosaics using thousands of spools of thread, but the image is upside down and backwards. She relies on reflections, the physics of sight, and subjective reality to give her re-mastered masterworks an unusual, unforgettable twist.

Gamestar Mechanic Teaches Kids How To Code

Turns out, Valve Pipeline isn't the only initiative out there designed to teach kids the basics of coding and game design. Yesterday, while fumbling about the Internet, I came across a video game known as Gamestar Mechanic. To put it simply, it's designed to teach the principles of game design through gaming. 

It's not just for kids, either. 

The Entertainment Consumers Association is Fighting S. 134: Why You Should Care

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the United States Congress proposed a bill that would fund research into violent video games and their connection with violent behavior.  For most of us, this isn't terribly surprising. What happened at Newtown was the worst sort of atrocity - people need to find a reason for it.

Video games aren't it, and The Entertainment Consumers Association is stepping forward to make that clear.


Proud To Be A Redneck? Toast The Fact With A Glass Of Wine

If your entire set of matching glassware disappears during canning season you might be a redneck. If you think that boxed wine is the height of class you might be a redneck. If your best friend is likely to say "Ah duz," during his or her wedding, then he/she is undoubtedly a redneck. It is for just these people that the Redneck Wine Glass was designed. These glasses use the classic Mason jar design mounted on a candlestick-style stem.

Intuitive Surgical Sued Again

Surgery always comes with risks, and so does technology. So when you add a new advanced technology to a surgical procedure there is always a risk. Patients and doctors however need to be aware of those risks in order to make good decisions about which courses of treatment are best for the situation at hand. Failing to make exactly that kind of a notification has a woman in the state of New Jersey suing Intuitive Surgical, the makers of the da Vinci surgical robot system.

EverQuest Next Could Completely Overhaul MMORPGs

EverQuest Next isn't just a rumor anymore, folks. It exists, and it looks downright incredible - enough that it could well completely deep-six the linear spectrum on which MMOs currently exist. It's got intelligent monsters and NPCs, procecurally-generated quests, and a fully-destructible, dynamic world. In short? It's downright incredible.

Newsmy Newman Q20: Tiny 8.9” Convertible Tablet PC

While the Newman Q20 doesn't look too different from the tiny netbooks of old, keeping it up to date are a touchscreen and a nifty flippable tablet mode, alongside full-fat Windows 8 support and reasonably up-to-date internals.

Several TOR Services Shut Down

A single arrest and site shut down brought half of the TOR hidden services down. While TOR is a good way to anonymize yourself while on the Internet, be wary of hidden services right now.

Japan Makes Swimming Robots

Olympic swimmers have to train for years to get into the kind of peak physical condition that allows them to push the limits of the human body can do.  When it comes to robots with amazing physical capabilities it is the developers who work hard to create the almost super human like capabilities of the machine.

Get Your Advice From Schrodinger's Cat

For those who don't know, Schrödinger's Cat is a thought experiment designed by Austrian scientisst Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 to demonstrate what he considered a flaw in the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. The experiment has been turned into the latest oracle gadget, and the geekiest and nerdiest one since the Magic 8 Ball -- Schrödinger's Cat Executive Decision Maker.

Get The Power In Water With NOPOPO

The water batteries however, have no such problem. Aqua Power System Japan were the first to introduce NOPOPO - an eco-friendly battery that generates No Pollution Power - thus the name NoPoPo. The battery is completely rechargeable and it can be totally recycled. The water used within the battery is regular drinking water. No need for special water like that used in a car battery.

Samsung In Hot Water Over PR Moves

Between optimizations for specific benchmarking programs in the Galaxy S4, and a PR firm trying to influence StackOverflow members, Samsung is in a PR nightmare this week.

Watermelon Boy In Fruit Suit Goes Viral In China

Photos of a cute kid wearing a handmade watermelon cap & shorts combo have gone viral in China. Be afraid, Fruit Of The Loom, be VERY afraid!

The Beginning Of The Bionic Man

While it certainly feels like our bones are hard, they aren't. In fact they are actually not dead, un-reactive material either. Many don't realize that bones are flexible, to a point, and they are very much living tissue. The familiar and visible exterior of the human bone is merely a casing that protects an important network of nerves, blood vessels and material that allows growth of the bone as well as the marrow.

Harnessing Light in Your Hands

Most of the time we see that the latest advance in technology has something to do with an app, or a software, and they are usually designed to appeal to the broadest swath of society. However, every once in a while, it is refreshing to find an entrepreneur, or a designer who comes up with something for a very specific group.

Mankind's Giant Leap Forward

There is only one thing that is better than being an inventor, and that is to be an inventor amongst a group of international minds, best in their fields and willing to contribute to your idea. When the spirit of the lone inventor meets the force of global collaboration, the results can reach the moon.

The Player Content Revolution

I'm sure most of you have heard phrases like "free market" and "free economy" before. If you've ever done business online (or spent any time online, really), you've at least experienced it. The open nature of the digital world has changed something fundamental about what it is to be a consumer, about what it is to do business.

This has, in turn, caused a revolution in the games industry.  Let's talk about that.

Cardboard Robot Decorates Mugs

Robots can do a lot of cool things. They can explore the depths of a volcano, or the far reaches of the solar system. But what about the less important tasks in life? Mug Marker spends his days, not too surprisingly, decorating mugs for use in the hot drink dreams of its makers.

The Robot Barista in Texas

When it comes to getting your custom blend coffee drink, who do you picture getting it from? The odds are good that you probably picture a happy looking barista handing you a warm cup of your favorite drink with a paper capped straw peeking out of the top. One company in Austin, Texas, Briggo Coffee, has put a coffee robot on a University of Texas campus.