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October, 2013

Mouthwatering? How About Rotisserie Fried Turkey For The Holidays?

Some enjoy the nip in the air, others enjoy visiting with friends, the parties, the gifts.... I'll be honest. What I enjoy most about the holidays is the food - especially turkey!  So I did flips when I found out there is a way to improve on my favorite cooking method, fried turkey.  A rotisserie!  Right, a rotisserie in a fryer! Whoa!

Combine Art & Technology To Rock Moogfest 2014, Earn $1,000!

That’s right music lovers, innovators and entertainers- It’s almost time for Moogfest 2014, and the crew is looking for 5-10 awesome new multimedia experiences for the festival!

Never Again Worry About Scratches On Your Car With This Self-Healing Paint

Most of us already went through the (horrible) experience of noticing a scratch in our car's paint. Whether we hit a wall opening our door, inadvertently got a scratch by passing to close to a tree's branch, or someone bad intentioned made a scratch on purpose, it always feels bad - specially cause it looks bad. Fortunately, an innovation made by a Brazilian Institute is likely to put an end to this issue.

Could Video Games Be Used For Anger Management?

About a year ago, researchers at the Boston Children's Hospital used video games to help children deal with out-of-control emotions, teaching them to regulate and reign in their anger. Today, I'd like to ask a very simple question: could the same tactics be applied to adults? 

KIXEYE Dives Into Mobile Gaming With Backyard Monsters Unleashed

Games studio KIXEYE - best known for developing web-based strategy games like VEGA Conflict and War Commander - today expanded its horizons, taking a deep dive into the mobile realm with Backyard Monsters Unleashed. I got the chance to sit down with KIXEYE's Bryan Lam and Caryl Shaw to discuss the title.

Need This New Invention? The Prepeat Inkless Printer

There are two major drawbacks to computer printers. One is that they use toner and the other is that you run through an awful lot of paper. Even with recycling that is a huge impact on the environment. Wouldn't it be great to have a printer that didn't use either product? While the invention of the PrePeat Inkless Printer is fairly new over the past few years, the attempts to create it started back in the 1970s.

Expert Tips for Invention Prototypes - Part 6: Making Million Dollar Products

I like to say," There's no such thing as a million-dollar idea, just million-dollar executions," by which I mean the quality of the final product is what drives its success. A new way to get a product to this "million-dollar execution" point is through prototyping.

Thief Proof Your Dog With The Safespot Locking Leash And Collar

Dog theft has been on the rise for the last several years in the U.S, with an estimated 2 million dogs being stolen in 2012.  But a company with the slogan, "You lock your bike, why not your beagle?" is promoting its new Safespot Locking Leash and Collar, so maybe there won't be more dog thefts than bike thefts!

Spice Up Your Bathroom/Kitchen With These Awesome Retro Tile Designs

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the 25th of the Sega Mega Drive. To celebrate the occasion, the folks at Topps Tiles have let their inner geek shine through. They've unleashed a whole host of awesome, retro-themed video game tile designs, ideal for bathroom or kitchen.

Gaming For Knowledge: SimCityEDU Teaches Kids All About City Planning

I've long held that video games are a powerful educational tool in the right hand, and now one more organization is proving that notion correct. In a collaboration with EA and Maxis, non-profit Glasslab recently finished developing an education and formative assessment mod known as SimCityEDU.

Design A “Smart Baby Lunch” & Win €2,000 From Chicco!

Internationally recognized baby goods brand Chicco is looking for designers from all around the planet to create innovative mealtime kits for parents and their hungry little kiddos for a big cash prize!Chicco, the biggest baby brand in Europe, hopes to receive a wealth of new designs for what they call a “Smart Baby Lunch.” Such a kit would include the following components:

Meet CaRINA, A Driverless Car Developed In Brazil

You probably heard about driverless cars before, specially Google's attempt of this. It has always been a goal to all auto-related inventors, and is nowadays closer to become a reality. Let's meet CaRINA, a driverless car developed in Brazil which is hitting the roads these days for testing and further development.

The Bionic Man May Walk Among Us Sooner Than We Thought

Humans have long dreamt of walking among robots controlled by artificial intelligence. But is that dream finally becoming a reality?

Spare Me! The Top 13 Scary Spare Tire Covers

Halloween only comes around for one day each year but that doesn't stop some folks from driving on the dark side of the street any day, every day... and every night.

Medical Intervention Successful In Rats With Gambling Addictions

Rats who are compulsive gamblers have reason to celebrate today as researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced the first successful drug to inhibit this compulsive behavior in its test group.  The test of 32 laboratory rats over a 16-month period involved the development and deployment of the only slot machine-style rat casino in North America, a casino built by the UBC Laboratory of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Are There Robot Farmers In Our Future? The UDSA Certainly Thinks So

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture last week announced that it will be offering $4.5 million in grants towards research of robotics in American agriculture What this basically means is simple: in the near future, we're going to start seeing robots on the range.

Modder Creates Warcraft IV Using World of Warcraft And Starcraft II

There's a pretty good chance we won't be seeing a new Warcraft game for quite some time - Blizzard's pretty much focused entirely on World of Warcraft as far as that franchise is concerned. With no new Warcraft RTS on the horizon, one modder has taken it upon himself to create one on his own.

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

Want An Intelligent Dog? Try Plato Thinkers Treat Sticks

 

Fido may not be writing dialogues any time soon, but perhaps you can get him to respond when you call him for a Plato Thinkers Treat Stick....

Chinese “Beautiful Scenery” Apartments Troll Tenants With Painted-On Windows

A real estate developer in Qingdao, China named its newest residential highrise Yichang Meijing, or “Beautiful Scenery”, even though many of its windows are painted fakes. Problem?

"Portáctil", A Revolutionary Gadget For Blind People

Louis Braille invented, back in 1824, a tactile writing system so that blind and visually impaired people could be able to read. Now, in 2013, we are near another revolution for those people - let's meet "Portáctil", a portable scanner made in Brazil which allows blind people to read almost everything that is published.

Toilet Innovations: History Of Where It's Been And Where It's Going

The history of the toilet is inextricably tied to  the history of humanity itself. A basic function of survival, excreting is a body function that simultaneously relaxes and repels the voider.  Through many years of employment, the toilet has evolved, but the purpose of it has remained the same.

Subway Grocery Store Offers Commuter Convenience

I can't be the only one in the world that feels like grocery shopping is a burden nine times out of ten. After a long day of work, the last thing I feel like doing is spending an hour engaging in shopping cart wars and getting stuck behind someone unfolding dozens of coupons at the register. And, as it turns out, I'm not alone in that feeling at all - at least, not according to the innovative commerce solution that's on the rails in Korea.

Whoosh! The Futuristic, Innovative Chrysler Turbine Car Turns Fifty

Fifty years ago today, a Chrysler Corporation rep handed over the keys of a brand, spanking new Chrysler Turbine Car to the first of 200 specially selected road testers. By the time the program concluded, an even 50 metallic bronze production Chrysler Turbine Cars had helped enlighten the minds of the American public to the exciting concept of alternative energy vehicles.

Tell A Modern Fairy Tale Through Your Architecture, Win $1,250!

Hey innovators! Do you have what it takes to create a modern-day fable that intricately weaves into a piece of magical, mysterious and fun construction? If you can wow the judges at Blank Space, you could earn some treasure of your own…

iRobot's First Look Robot Will Give First Responders A Leg Up On Crime

I've a great deal of respect for first responders, but I'd never want their jobs. These men and women flirt with death on a daily basis, dealing with everything from chemical hazards to domestic disputes. It's not an easy job...but thanks to iRobot, it might have just gotten a little easier.

Calorie-Free Food Flavored Vapor: Le Whaf

Le Whaf is a crazy new food gadget which is capable of turning food into nothing but a calorie-free vapor with the same flavor as the solid form from which it originates. So is this concept just wishful thinking, or will the next few years see Le Whaf sweep the food vapor-loving world? Find out.

ESA Concept Robot Looks Towards The Next Frontier Of Space Exploration

There's a new video making the rounds this weekend, courtesy of the European Space Agency. Said video has a very simple purpose: to give us an idea of what the future of unmanned space exploration might look like. Let's have a look, shall we?

From Something Awful To Kickstarter: The Tall Tale Of Dropsy The Clown

Today, I'd like to tell you a story about a clown. A horribly overweight, ugly clown who stores things in his pants and paints his face on everything. His name is Dropsy, and he got his start on the Something Awful forums some time ago. He's come a long way since - he's now the star of a video game.

Corn Stars: 8 Weird Japanese Corn Snacks, Foods & Drinks

Japan is king when it comes to liking corn and British royalty need only gaze eastward to see a real corn nation. If you're harboring any kernels of doubt, check out these 8 weird Japanese corn snacks, foods & drinks and prepare to be a maized!

Bullet Designs Shoots For Cool Fashion Statement

Looking for a new type of fashion statement? Try a bullet. With Bullet Designs, you'll never have to worry about wearing boring jewelry. It's a real action packed accessory.

Wrist Health Monitor May Be The New ‘Guardian Angel’

A new wrist monitor by Israeli medical startup company Seraphim Sense could revolutionize the world of mobile healthcare.

Quantum Based Secure Communication Offers Innovation In Cyber Security

A few years and too many serious incidents later, cyber security is the Achilles’ heel in the Information Technology industry. The communication sector is aggressively looking to evolve and use smarter means to safeguard data and prevent security threats and breaches. A significant amount of R&D is being directed towards next generation models of cyber security and quantum key distribution systems offers critical advances.

Meet Massbricks: My First Construction Toy

They’re huge, colorful, strong, your kids can’t choke on them, and they won’t hurt if you step on them a fraction as much as their smaller and more popular cousin, making Massbricks a great introduction to the wild world of construction toys!

Design Our Home Among The Stars For The 2014 NASA Space Settlement Contest!

Ever since 1994, NASA has looked to grade school students from around the world to dream up potentially viable orbital settlements that humanity could thrive in for a chance to win $5,000, and this year is no different!

Meet The Laserist: He Makes Cool Toys With Lasers!

Check out the laser-cut art, puzzles, toys and other goodies made by the Laserist: An inventor, industrial designer and someone who’s all-around handy with a powerful laser beam!

Need This New Invention? Glass Made From Garbage

For most people recycling food waste has always meant tossing it into the compost heap and waiting for it to break down. That is all about to change after Ivan Cornejo, a materials engineer at the Colorado School of Mines, found a way to take the minerals from garbage like banana peels, egg shells, and rice husks and transform them into clear glass.

Nvidia's Got A Shield 2 In The Works With A Next-Gen Heart

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Nvidia unveiled the Shield- a handheld, high-performance games console. Now, according to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, there's a sequel in the works: the Nvidia Shield 2, which will feature next-gen Tegra technology.

Startup Anki Wants To Make Video Games Real Using Robots

Virtual reality just got a whole lot more realistic. Consumer robotics startup Anki is hoping to take gaming to a whole new level, through the use of...well, robots. The firm's already created one such experience; a racing game that uses model cars.

Got A Great Idea? Get Donald Trump To Fund It

Donald Trump is doing something besides firing you these days.  In fact, it's a lot more - like $1 million more, to the first person with an invention, creation, business, design, food... in fact any idea at all that brings in a certain goal on FundAnything, a new crowdsourcing website.  The goal...  Well, it's a bit high, but we know it's achievable...

Now You Can Have A Virtual Coffee Experience: OPHONE

A 'virtual coffee experience'. This is the aim being pursued by a team comprizing Le Laboratoire founder David Edwards and a group of contributors with areas of expertise ranging from coffee to design. Confused? I know I am. Can this confusion be clarified? Let's hope so. Say hello to the mind boggling OPHONE.

Get Your Knit Together For The Carpet Design Awards Competition!

If you are a professional hand-made carpet or rug maker, submit your best designs for the Carpet Design Awards 2014 for a chance to win international acclaim for your work, a fancy trophy and €2,500 in prize money!

Yummy For Your Dog, Funny For You: 'My Dog Ate It' Dog Treats

... Dedicated to all those things your dog ate and to all the dogs who ate them, or would like to have eaten them, comes "My Dog Ate It" dog treats, inspired by... who else?

Original, Innovative & Fun: The Top 5 Specialty Toys

Here’s the latest list of the most unique “Toy of the Year” industry-leading specialty toys that were originally available through select retailers from the past five years. These one-of-a-kind toys offer new entertainment experiences, and they’re all together in one handy guide:

Need This New Invention? Sandless Sandbags From America's 2013 Top Young Scientist

When Peyton Robertson was still a toddler in 2005 he and his family waited out hurricane Wilma inside a closet. The experience had a huge effect on the lad. He focused on those big, heavy sandbags that are used to hold back the water and how inefficient they are to move and handle, and how they don't hold back all of the water. So he decided that it was up to him to come up with a solution -- and he has.

Umbra’s Grip Coasters Help Enforce Coaster Use

Having people over is fun, finding sticky rings and water damage marks on your furniture the next day is not. Fortunately, Umbra has come up with a clever way for you to enforce coaster use without seeming like an anal host.

Could Gourmet Doritos Camembert Cheese Off Classic Snackers?

Doritos Camembert tortilla chips are not only Frito-Lay Japan's new not-so-nacho limited edition flavor, they're a sign the company's going all out to infuse more gourmet cred into its signature Doritos Gourmet product line.

How The Nitrous Engine Will Change The Face Of Strategy Video Games

Studio Oxide Games today announced a new cross-platform, 64-bit 3D games engine known as Nitrous. Designed to work on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC; Oxide hopes Nitrous will become the definitive 3D strategy engine for next-gen strategy games. Based on what we've seen so far...that might just happen.

Turns Out Men Actually Need Their "Guy Time" To Stay Healthy

Turns out, a night at the pub with some friends might not be so idle a pastime as one might think. Quite the contrary: According to Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar, it's absolutely integral to men's health, and they should definitely make an effort to go more often.

Freedom For You, Relief For Your Back: WiTouch Wireless TENS Machine

.... Portable TENS gadgets have been produced for home use, but they still require dealing with the wires and pads that attach to your skin and that is an even bigger pain than the one in your back. So a smart company in Chattanooga, TN, Hollywog, has invented the first wireless TENS machine: the WiTouch.   

CuBox Puts The Power You Need In The Palm Of Your Hand For Cheap

A small startup from Israel has created a revolutionary new palm PC that could open up access to computing to individuals around the world.

Down To The Wire Hair? 5 DIY Halloween Costumes For Your Dog

If you love to make things yourself, you have to visit Instructables.com, where you can learn to easily make almost anything you want.  All the items are from other DIY'ers offering photos and guided instructions, sometimes videos, demonstrating their DIY designs.  Here are five adorable, innovative dog Halloween costumes from Instructables that you can easily and inexpensively make yourself....

 

Your Important Files Are In Good, Cute Hands With Deego Toys!

Deego Toys’ roly-poly collection of characters are the perfect balance of external file storage and hip urban vinyl toys. This combo of art and technology certainly makes for a much cuter workstation!

Off Of Coffee? But Still Need Energy? Try AeroLife For Your Caffeine

Nobody drinks coffee anymore. Overrated. Everyone drinks coffee I hear you say? Well...maybe it's time to get our caffeine in a different form, specifically in the form of new energizing food invention AeroLife. So how does it work? Does it work? Time to find out.

Lomography's New Petzval Lens

Old is new with Lomography's upcoming Petzval lens, a 19th century lens redesigned for 21st century photographers. Raising $1.3 million dollars through Kickstarter in only 30 days (the goal was $100,000) Lomography promises to deliver an uber slick lens for the retro photography enthusiast.

The iPad Air Is One Of The Thinnest Tablets Ever Made. Is That Enough?

Yesterday, Apple officially announced the iPad Air. It's smaller, thinner, and more powerful than the iPad mini, and represents the first major redesign Apple's brought to the tablet since the iPad 2. But is it really worth getting excited over?


Let Your Personality Shine Through Your Apple Devices Via Macstyle Skins!

Hey- I didn’t want to say anything, but your MacBook, iPad and iPhones are all… naked! You’d better hurry up and stick one of these colorful custom stickers on your machine before someone sees!

Why The Playstation 4 Costs Almost Two Thousand Dollars In Brazil

Word's been floating around the blogosphere lately that in Brazil, you're probably not going to be buying yourself a PS4 unless you're fabulously wealthy. For some odd reason, although Sony's console only costs about $400 here, it's retailing for almost two grand there. Wait, what?

Ten Awesome Games To Liven Up Any Halloween Party

Nothing beats a good Halloween party. Any excuse to drink and be merry is a good one, particularly if one has the opportunity to show off your costume. 'Course, the best parties always have a little something to do: here's a few deliciously eerie games to keep everyone occupied at your own party.

UAttend Brings The Time Clock To The Cloud

Having trouble keeping up with your employee's time? uAttend offers a high-tech solution. There’s a new way to keep track of all that accumulated overtime.

New Printhead Enhances Capability Of 3D Printing: The Dglass3D

The market for home and small business 3D printers has grown tremendously in the last few years and their prices have come down as low as $400 to $500.  Now, two brothers with extensive backgrounds in engineering and plastics extruding, Carl and Brian Douglass, have created improvements for these printers: printheads that will empower them with even greater capability. Dglass3D - D3D, for short.

Meet Robotena:The Perfect Battlefield Rescue Robot

Not everyone is fortunate enough to live somewhere you aren't likely to have a gun turned on you just for walking down the street, and a lot of folks are soldiers - a dangerous line of work. Robotena exists for just those people: a robot designed to safely cart wounded people out of warzones.

WikiPearl: Amazing New Edible Food Packaging Innovation

As we saw a couple of weeks ago, plastic packaging may not be as innocent as it seems. But hey, all of this worry could be for nothing, as it appears that soon there might not even be a need for traditional packaging. Enter, the latest crazy concept from the 'new food invention' drawer - WikiPearl.

Awarding Those Under The Influence Of Small Business

Small Business Trends was a start-up launched by founder and CEO Anita Campbell back in 2003. Over the course of the last ten years, SMT as an online publisher focusing on small business issues now serves over 6 million small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually throughout North America.

The UBR-1 One-Armed Robot Could Put Shelf Stockers Out A Job

Well, folks, it's finally happened. There's an open-source robot on the way. An organization known as Unbounded Robotics yesterday announced the UBR-1; a semi-autonomous, one-armed robot which it claims is perfect for a wide range of industrial, business, and office applications.

Need This New Innovation? An Ergonomic Shovel

Anyone who has ever used a shovel knows what a pain it can be. The strain of shoveling with a standard shovel can leave you with aching muscles in your arms, legs, neck, and back. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, one man, Stephen Walden, plans to change all of this with his Ergonomic Shovel. With just a few hours left on his campaign just enough has been pledged to make his dream a reality.

Nikon Sues Sakar Over iM1836 Android Camera

Nikon is suing Sakar International Inc. over the design of the Polaroid iM1836 camera, an Android-power device that looks like a carbon copy of the Nikon 1 J1.

Google Has Turned Minecraft Into A Quantum Physics Simulator

The team at Google's Quantum AI Lab have recently done something rather exciting with the immensely popular block building video game Minecraft: they've added quantum physics. qCraft, as it's called, is a mod that adds blocks which exhibit a number of theories present in current-day quantum physics.

Christmas Comet May Not Live Up to Its Name

Many believed the Christmas Comet would arrive in time for the holidays. But fears are now rising that it won't be here in time for the holidays.

3 Simple Dog Outfits For This Halloween And Beyond

A lot of dogs are just not that into dressing up for Halloween.  My dog happens to be one of those.  If I put a silly costume on him, he knows he looks silly, and he just won't move in it.  So I just choose something simple for him to wear to the dog park for Halloween festivities - just to show he's in the spirit of the holiday.  And you know what?  He really gets to enjoy himself.

Meet The Sweet Designer Chocolates That Won The 2013 Chocolate Lovers Contest!

Sure, these three tasty-looking conceptual chocolate bars would make for an artistic snack time, but unfortunately the winning trio will most likely stay confectionary fiction. But it doesn’t hurt to appreciate the imagination that went into designing them!

New Biological Clock Just Might Help Us Turn Our Clocks Back

Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),  has invented a new biological clock that accurately keeps time of nearly all tissues in the human body and how fast they age.  His clock helps us understand not only how we age, but how our biological clocks can be turned back.

Ten Epic DIY Halloween Decorations Sure To Make Guests Freak

Ghosts and witches are so passe. Your Halloween party needs some serious juice. We've found ten amazing Halloween party props you can quickly make at home for very little money. Warning: These are super-creepy!

An Introduction To Skylanders: When Toys Meet Videogames

If you’ve walked past the toy or videogame isles in a department store recently, you might’ve seen some of the new Skylanders gaming/toy hybrids on the shelves. But what exactly are these neat little figures anyway?

The Day That Facebook Went Down - A Breaking News 'Chicken Little' Story! [UPDATE: It's Baaaccck!!!]

This news story is breaking so as soon as you read it, this issue may have been resolved or might still be an ongoing "Chicken Little" morality tale. Our blog will keep you posted with updates throughout the day.

Ten Weird Japanese Pumpkin Snacks, Foods & Drinks That Should Be Squashed

Halloween just got ten times more more frightening! Thank Japan, who decided to squash everyone's appetites by putting pumpkin into a host of snacks, foods and drinks where it very much does NOT belong... and totally redeems itself!

Top 10 Russian Products Americans Would Never Buy

You may think that the United States is full of weird items everywhere you look, but it all truly pales in comparison to these 10 Russian oddities.

Google Glass Will Revolutionize Medicine And Advance Healthcare Worldwide

When the news first leaked about Google Glass a few years ago, it was pretty hard to imagine that such a device would turn out to be more than an entertaining gadget.  But now that Google Glass is being tested by prospective users, medical professionals are taking the device very seriously and, if you become a patient needing heavy-duty medical care, you will be taking it seriously too.

Design THE 21st Century Skyscraper, Win $5,000 Via eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition

If you are an architect, designer, futurist, artist or inventor with a vision for how skyscrapers will look in the 21st century, there’s no better way to showcase your work than the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition!

Are Brodmann Blades The Biggest Table Tennis Innovation Of All Time? (Video!)

To be fair, these ping pong gloves might just be the only real table tennis innovation since the game was in invented, but that doesn’t lessen the fact that Brodmann Blades are really cool!

21 Best and Easiest DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids This Year

Halloween costumes for your kids that you can make at home for very little money. These are super easy, super cheap and require little to no sewing skills. Most can be made with things you already have around the house, or with stuff from a quick trip to Goodwill and the Dollar Store.

Ten Terrifying Horror Games To Scare You Witless

There's something invigorating about fear, and there's no better occasion than Halloween. To that end, I've always found horror-themed video games to be scariest; you're naturally more immersed. Why not try one? Submitted for your pleasure, here's a few horror games guaranteed to scare you witless.

Innovate A Modern Table & Win Up To € 3.000,00 Via Porada Furniture Design Award 2013

The 2013 Porada Furniture Design Award is challenging creative inventors and designers from around the world to reimagine the concept of a wooden table for a chance to earn big bucks!

Marvel Superheroes Light & Smash Your Home With 3D Deco Lights!

The Incredible Hulk might be the Marvel hero best known for smashing stuff, but his Avenger buddies are always on hand to tastefully leave their mark on your walls too…

Nvidia's G-SYNC Will Render Screen Tearing Completely Obsolete

Nvidia came forward with an exciting announcement earlier today; news which should have gamers everywhere jumping for joy: the graphics card manufacturer has, in essence, eliminated screen tearing from gaming altogether. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Nvidia G-Sync.

The Top 5 Coolest Inventions From James Dyson Award’s Top 20!

The judges have selected their favorite innovations from each of the 20 participating nations shooting for the James Dyson Award, and as brilliant as all of the finalists are, I challenged myself to pick out the five new goodies that truly deserve the grand prize:

Spiders Prompt Recall Of 870,000 Toyota Vehicles

Toyota has announced they're recalling nearly a million 2012 and 2013 model year Avalons, Camrys and Venzas (including hybrids) due to so-called “spider-related problems”. It would seem that owners who ordered WiFi in their cars ended up with web sites of a very different type.

Get A Free Working Prototype Via “Miproto Idea, Made Real” Competition!

Do you have designs for a fantastic new invention? Share your plans and impress the Miproto Crew for a chance to earn a 3D model or working prototype of your creation! Everyone wins a £50 Miproto voucher too!

7 Top Grain-Free Dental Treats For Dogs & Cats

In the last few years, dental chew bones for dogs and cats have taken up most of the end-caps in pet retail stores. But only most recently are they are being made in various shapes, like giant toothbrushes, that challenge multiple angles of canine and feline teeth.  As hard as these dental bones are, it's been even harder to find them in grain-free versions.  Here are 7 top grain-free dental treats for dogs and cats....

Bad News, Scotty: Teleportation Would Take Over Four Quadrillion Years

Scotty won't be beaming you up anytime soon. According to the U of L's Journal of Special Physics, even if it were possible, the amount of time it would take to download and re-upload a human brain would be equivalent to over four quadrillion years. Looks like we'll have to invent time travel first.

Augmented Reality Glasses Could Be The First Step To A Real Holodeck

When Valve laid off around twenty-five employees, Founder Gabe Newell assured everyone they wouldn't be cancelling any projects. As it turns out, one got away - a pair of augmented reality glasses. Those glasses are still being built; they've just blown past their Kickstarter goal in a day.

15 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes That Are Sheer Genius

Halloween is nearly here, and you have nothing to wear. Take things you probably have around the house, add a little creativity and maybe some spray paint. Ta da! You'll have a fast and easy Halloween costumes that borders on genius!

ProDeaf, The First Brazilian Sign Language Translating App

Deaf people have several limitations on their everyday lives due to their lack of hearing. Whether it is a random people talking to them, a program on television/radio or a video on YouTube, their communication is highly limited. Luckily, technology is well developed nowadays and not just for "normal" people. ProDeaf, a mobile app developed by a Brazilian company to aid deaf people, is a such example.

KISS Branded Spicy Meat Buns Look Like Rocks, Taste Like Rolls

KISS your buns? With pleasure but for a limited time only, and it'll cost you 100 yen each time. We're talking about the KISS Super-Spicy Chili Tomatoman meat buns on sale at Japan's Circle K Sunkus convenience stores of course, a tasteful promotion seeking to boost awareness of Gene Simmons and the band's upcoming Japanese tour.

New Cataract Treatment Will Involve Robots

There's a new treatment for cataracts on the way, thanks to BIOLASE and Auris Surgical Robotics. The two organizations have just announced the formation of a partnership which will culminate in the completion of a new robot designed for ophthamalogical surgery.

How To Break Bad In Your Browser

Breaking Bad was probably one of the most phenomenal shows we've seen in years; an instant classic that'll be talked about for decades to come. Apparently, it's also become a Cookie Clicker-inspired browser game too, courtesy of the folks at nullism. 

Now, you are the one who clicks. 

5 Digital Seeds To Grow 'Small Business' Facebook Audiences

Large brands have taken to Facebook like a fish to water, but small-to-medium size B2B and B2C companies have a tougher row to hoe. While multi-nationals like Coca-cola or Apple can attract millions of followers overnight with give-aways, discounts and promotional campaigns, smaller firms feel like the proverbial tree falling in the forest.   

Top Ten Baby Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes for babies are their first initiation into the one holiday of the year that requires them to be someone else.  Yes, even though your baby don't even 'what' they are, let alone 'who' they are, this doesn't stop parents from wanting to confuse them even more, by dressing them up in a clever disguise.

Sleepypod ClickIt Harness Is Rated The Safest Car Harness For Your Dog

Lots of car harnesses for dogs are advertised as 'tested,' or 'crash tested,' or 'safety tested,' but according to the Center For Pet Safety's 2013 crash tests, there's only one that gets a Top Performer rating....

Dandelion Tires Give New Meaning To Flower Power

Dandelions have already been more generous to humans than we ingrates deserve. While we spend our spring-times trying to stamp them out of our yards, many revere the weeds as a source of vitamins and minerals essential to a variety of physiological functions. Now, agricultural engineers are cultivating the dandelion for a new purpose....

Chinese Inventor Builds Robot Roommate

Tao Xiangli - the same inventor that built his own homemade submarine back in 2008 - just recently came forward with something even cooler: where most of us would be lucky just cobbling together a few tools; he's constructed his own working robot entirely out of spare parts.

Have The Perfect Fridgeless Vegetable Storage With Oltu

Winner of the James Dyson award, and revolutionising the way in which we store vegetables, Italian inventor Fabio Molinas' Oltu aims to make everyone's life easier, and not to mention greener, by providing a vegetable storage space wih a very innovative and eco-friendly twist.

Kill 'Em With Great Taste With Season Shots For Your Shotgun

Tired of having to season your bird after you've already done all the work of shooting it and plucking it? Then let Season Shotgun Shot do the work for you.

Full-Body Umbrellas Keep You Dry In Your Own Private Bubble

Sure, a little fold up umbrella may be easy to carry and will keep you drier than nothing, but it's hard to beat this full-body umbrella.

Really? Self-Heating Food? Yes Indeed!

Tempra Technology is back, and after taking a look at this forward thinking company's I.C. Can product many months ago, it is now time to see what's next in the far from boring pipeline. Could there be a day when we say goodbye to traditional cooling and heating appliances altogether? Who knows, but it certainly doesn't hurt to have a look.

What's An Ergonomic, Eco-Friendly & Stylish Ball Shucker For Your Dog? The Wood Chuck

There are a few ball shuckers on the market and they're all ergonomic, enabling you to throw a ball pretty darn far - sometimes too far! - for your dog without stressing your throwing arm and shoulder too much.  But the Planet Dog Wood Chuck is not only ergonomic, it's real eco-friendly and extremely stylish.  What a cool design!

Don't Drive Noisy: Shanghai Authorities To Expand Ban On Horn Honking

“Honk If You Don't Mind Being Fined,” a Shanghai bumper sticker might read. Indeed, horn-honking has been banned on some city streets since 2007 and plans are afoot to expand the “no honking” zone in an ongoing effort to ease noise pollution.

Want The Benefits Of Horseback Riding Without The Hassle? Compact Core Exerciser

Ever notice the posture of a horseback rider?  Straight back, flat tummy.... Most folks don't realize that horseback riding is exercise, but sitting up straight while your body weight is shifting back and forth and up and down requires flexing and relaxing appropriate core muscles. The Compact Core Exerciser mimics the movements of horseback riding as well as its effects on your body.

 

Motorcyclists: Keep Your Eye On The Road With The Bike HUD

You want to keep your wits about you when you're on a motorcycle. Their size and the way they're designed mean that if you're in an accident, you're definitely getting hurt. The folks at Bike Systems have developed something to help riders along in that regard: a helmet-contained heads up display. 

New “Final Shout” App Locates Your Lost iPhone

Lost your iPhone again? It won't be gone for long if you've installed the new “Final Shout” app developed by Kentaro Hayashi. Like a drowning swimmer going down for the third time, Final Shout posts your iPhone's location to a specified Facebook, Twitter and/or email account just before the battery runs out.

Motion Control Lag Will Soon Be A Thing Of The Past Thanks To Disney

Latency has always been one of the biggest problems with motion tracking hardware. It's something most gamers have just learned to live with - systems that don't have any noticeable input lag are usually quite expensive.That may change, thanks to Disney and Carnegie Mellon.

Snakebyte Prepares 7” Tablet with Loads of Accessories

The new Android-based Unu tablet up for pre-order appears to be attempting a brute-force entrance into a crowded market. Snakebyte is planning two different sets with differing contents, and either set can be extended with no less than nine different accessories, including two different docks.

Need This New Invention? Flamingo Lamps

Plastic pink flamingoes decorating people's lawns and gardens have long been considered the height of tacky to some people. For others the birds are a delightful touch of color and whimsy to their outdoor living space. If inventor Justin Lemus gets the nod from Quirky.com you will be able to take your flamingoes indoors in the form of these Flamingo Lamps that some may find a bit kitschy,

Car Window Pet Gate Keeps Your Fresh-Air-Loving Dog Safe

How many times have you seen dogs hanging out of the passenger seat or rear window looking like they will surely try to fly out while their owners are nonchalantly driving while texting. Too many times, as far as I'm concerned.  Oh, I know dogs love the feel of the wind on their faces and all the great smells of places they've never been, but is the danger of losing one's dog really worth all that canine freedom?  Here's a compromise solution that gives your dog a fun car outing and keeps him safe as well....

 

Werner's 4-Engined "Red Porsche Killer": More Motors Make A Meaner Motorbike

Four engines good, two wheels badass! The eye-popping, jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring Red Porsche Killer drag-racing art bike was created by Rötger Feldmann, the graphic artist and motorcycle maniac behind Germany's wildly popular “Werner” comics, books and movies. Unlike most art projects of its kind, the Red Porsche Killer is fully functional and actually did race a red Porsche – twice.

Design & Construct A Boxy Papery Pal With Foldable.Me!

Foldable.Me’s highly customizable miniature characters are the result of an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in simple and fun to make your very own “mini me,” without having to spend billions on cloning technology.

Need This New Innovation? A Book About Rosie The Reindeer

Just about all girls get frustrated at some point in their lives when they are told that they can't do something because it is only for boys. While the issue has been getting better over the past few decades, girls still hear this message coming at them in so many ways. One is in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. While a fun story overall, the girls are sidelined. A project seeking funding on Kickstarter proposes the story of Rosie the Reindeer to show that girls really can do anything.

Two D'Arsonval Home Facial Devices May Help Make You More Gorgeous

If you have the time and money for regular salon facials, you don't need these at-home facial products.  The D'Arsonval multi-functional skin care machines should be considered by everyone else, however, because they do make a difference in how you good you look and feel if used for 10 or 15 minutes a few times a week to control acne, reduce fine lines, improve your complexion, and even stimulate hair growth  - on your head. 

Making a Splash: Spectacular Liquid Drop Art

The rise of digital technology has expanded the range of visual art to unimaginable levels in recent years. Without ultra-sensitive photography, the mind-blowing organic forms of Corrie White's liquid drop art would be impossible. Luckily, the combination of creativity and technology has allowed her to make quite a splash in the art world, and the mesmerizing dance of water and gravity that she is able to capture makes for some truly unforgettable art.

Introducing Roboraptor: About Time We Got A Smart Pet Cyborg Dinosaur!

As a kid who grew up in the 90’s Jurassic Park and its iconic velociraptors made a lifelong impression on me and my imagination, so I’d have flipped my lid with excitement if I discovered this bipedal beast under the Christmas tree!

Redesign The Average School Lunch Experience, Win Up To $4,000!

Do your part to reform the old, tired and frankly, unhealthy way that public schools operate and set up their lunch programs into health-focused cafeterias, and you could earn yourself a nice chunk of money for your efforts.

Doritos Avocado Cheese Tortilla Chips: Only Japan Hass 'Em

Yo dawg, I heard you dig dippin' Doritos into guacamole dip so I got you some Doritos Avocado Cheese chips from Japan so you can dip guacamole chips into guacamole dip!

It’s Not Halloween Until Your Home Is Haunted By Flying Zombie Sharks!

Zombies are scary. Sharks are scary. Combine the two and give the resulting abomination the ability to fly and you’ve got the coolest/creepiest Halloween toy ever!

H-Guard Plastic Protector To Change Food Packaging Forever?

Busy modern day life necessitates practicality, and for people constantly on the move nothing is more practical than making a quick sandwich and wrapping it in plastic before bolting out the door. But stop for one second and think about two things: 1) Can you really go the entire day without your shoes? And 2) Could that plastic packaging be transmitting harmful substances to your food? 

Need This New Invention? Sun Tattoos

Getting a Sun Tattoo is not exactly a new idea. Kids have been doing it off and on for decades. You take a bit of tape and paste it to your skin in a design and then go out for some fun in the sun. By the time you come back indoors the design will be the reverse of being burned into your skin. Inventor Mitch Lun has taken this old idea and updated it to be 21st century -- instead of just tape Sun Tattoo comes in different self-stick waterproof patterns.

Adopt A Guy: Retail Store Offers A Modern Approach to Matchmaking

Choosing a mate isn't as simple as shopping for a new pair of jeans (which is a task that many women dread, so we can't underestimate the complexity of jean shopping). But one bold, international company wants women to select a man by browsing the available options in a store using a process that's not unlike shopping for denim. Except that you've got to try your selections on for size after you take them home.

A Call To Arms – Top Military Products At Russian Expo 2013

Gadget and arms enthusiasts rejoice! The Russian Arms Expo recently unveiled some of the most innovative military technology the world has seen. Here are a few of the creations that may soon be used around the world.

Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is With Today's Dick Tracy & Knight Rider Smartwatches?

From Dick Tracy, to Star Trek, to Knight Rider, Samsung & Nissan's new smartwatches harken back to the fictional timepieces of our favorite entertainment of the past. While allowing us to dream about a future world of unbelievable gadgetry back then, TODAY-- Samsung and Nissan have melded the past with the future -- to provide us with super smart watches in the present.

Multi-Vitamins May Reduce Risk Of Dying From Invasive Breast Cancer

A new study of the data from two sections of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), published online in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, looks at the possible effects of multivitamins and minerals on the survival rates of women with invasive breast cancer....


Hurry Up For A Chance To Showcase Your Invention On Katie Couric's TV Show!

Katie Couric is looking for all kinds of helpful inventions that will make her audience think: “Why didn’t I think of that?” You’d better hurry up though, the open call for submissions closes on October 14th!

Simple Test May Diagnose Alzheimer's Early: Sniffing Peanut Butter

A graduate student at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, Jennifer Stamps, designed a very simple test to support the determination of Alzheimer's disease (AD) - a smell test involving peanut butter.  If further experimentation is successful, the smell test just might prove to be the holy grail for an inexpensive preliminary diagnostic tool for AD.

Create The Lego Set Of Your Dreams With Cuusoo!

What would you say if you could design a custom official Lego building set that would be manufactured by Lego and that you’d earn 1% from the sales of your creation? Check out Lego’s Cuusoo program:

Pumpkin Sports: 6 Crazy Ways To Have Halloween Fun

Pumpkin sports are becoming the trend in many parts of the country around Halloween time. Pumpkin Paddling, Bowling, and Aerial Bombing are but a few of the punkin sports faves. Take a look at some of the ways folks are having fun with pumkins...

Need This New Invention? Reef In A Jar

Many people would love to have a salt water aquarium but that has always meant a huge commitement and an even larger aquarium to support the sea life. Soon, thanks to the funding of an invention on Kickstarter, PJ Reefs is bringing out their Pico Reef in a Jar. The miniature reef is small enough to fit in your hands and comes with its own LED lamp to help it thrive.

Smencils: Scented Pencil Company That Makes You Smarter

Sniffing  tools that are meant to be used for writing isn't an activity that is generally recommended. In fact, there is a stigma associated with people that enjoy sniffing permanent markers - and let's just say that stigma doesn't reward people for intelligence.  Smencils hopes to change all that by making pencils that are not only cool to sniff, they make you smarter too.

Effective Hair Removal Home Electrolysis Machine: Pinchless And Affordable

One of least rewarding chores of female beautification is face and body hair removal.  It's a boring activity, it can be painful, and it's fruitless because the hair always grows back in what seems like no time.   Here's a great gadget from Hammacher Schlemmer called the Pinchless Electrolysis Hair Remover that claims it will remove all your unwanted hair once and for all.  And, unlike expensive salon treatments, you can use it yourself at home.

 


Next-Generation Paper Cups Resist Heat & Acidity, Won't Release Plasticizers

A new type of paper cup developed in Taiwan not only stands up to high temperatures, acids and alkaline solutions, it does so without releasing dangerous plasticizers into the liquids it holds. Your double half-caf venti low-fat mochaccino just got healthier!

Native American Style Cozy & Elegant Ponchos For Dogs

Fall weather is here and our pooches may need a little help keeping warm in the great outdoors. These Native American styled dog ponchos look so smart and are just perfect for the cooler, windy weather of the season.

 

Ten Toilet Brushes That Could Make Toilet Cleaning Fun

Toilet cleaning will never be a fun chore. These fun, silly but innovative new toilet brushes might make the task a bit more bearable. These will definitely brighten up the chose and certainly get comments from guests!

Navy Seals? Furry Fighters In The Russian Military

U.S. Navy SEALs are some of the most feared individuals in the military world. But would you stand up against Navy Seals in the Russian Seas?

Need This New Invention? The Hand Crank Toaster

If your greatest fear is facing a major power outage without toast, then the Hand Crank Toaster Oven is right up your alley. If you've always wanted to put the fun and excitement of churning butter into toasting an English muffin, then this toaster is for you. If you have thought that the time spent making toast is wasted without the chance to do aerobics then this is the invention you've been waiting for!

Blizzident Custom Made Toothbrush: Buy It Because You Can

I usually write about innovations I think are really cool.  The Blizzident is cool, but not the kind of cool I'd like to own.  It's cool as in very weird.  I mean look at it. Cornelius in Planet of the Apes rejected this set of chompers because even ape men don't have such hairy teeth.  In fact, the Blizzident is a custom toothbrush, not a set of false teeth, although I bet you'd be a hit wearing it on Halloween. 

 

Holga iPhone 5 Lens Filter Kit Lets You Call The Shots

The Holga SLFT-IP5 Special Lens & Filter Turret For iPhone 5 is the ultimate smartphone camera accessory. Not only does it help you take oddly beautiful photos with your iPhone 5, its retro “phone dial” design makes your phone (and its owner) look cool and sophisticated.

Make The Wildest Cars Of All Time: Capture The Emotion Design Competition

Car Design is setting aside several weeks to test designers to sketch up the coolest new rides imaginable, while only providing a single word each week as inspiration. Sounds like a blast!

Drones Use Solar Power To Soar In The Sky

Unmanned vehicles have long been powered by traditional energy sources, but now aviation manufacturers hope to harbor the potential from the cosmos to power a revolutionary new type of aircraft.

Glowing Algae: A Bright Lighting Idea That Could Change Our World

Revolutionary microalgae eco-friendly lamp could light streets, parking garages and homes with no electricity.

Need This New Invention? Tip Flops

Are you tired of just sitting around the house after you've given yourself a home pedicure while you wait for the nail polish to dry? Oh, sure, you have the toe separators to keep your toes from touching one another and ruining your paint job, but if you have to get up you end up lurching about on your heels like Frankenstein on a bender while trying to keep those little piggies perfect. You may just need a pair of Tip Flops.

"Hovercraft Amazonia", A New Way Of Roaming The Rainforest Rivers

Invented around the 1950's, hovercrafts are not exactly a novelty to our eyes. They are useful transportation vehicles due to the fact that they can move both in land and water. However, hovercrafts are not so well-known in Brazil, where a firm of bold entrepeneurs decided to build one from scratch in order to travel in the rivers of Amazonia.

Long Live Fruits & Veggies With Innovative FreshPaper

You are looking at one of the most perishable foods we love to eat.  Raspberries are so delicious and full of anti-oxidants. But rasberries, as well as other yummy and healthy berries, seem to get bad before you can even get them home from the store.  Well, a young designer, Kavita Shukla, has invented a green product to make all your fruits and greens last 2 to 4 times longer.  It's called FreshPaper and it's produced by Shukla's new company, Fenugreen.

Earn International Renown For Your Product In The iF Design Awards!

If you’ve created an awesome product, there isn’t a greater way to earn showcase it for the European market than winning one of the many iF Design Awards!

Seven New Lighting Technology Innovations And A Show To Brighten Your Life

The advent of LED lighting and Smart home apps has created a new generation of lighting options. From the practical to the artistic, we look at a few of the more interesting additions to the lighting inventory.

Google's Hummingbird Algo Shifts Search From Keywords To Semantic Technology [Web 3.0]

What's a publisher to do? After being bruised and battered by Panda and Penguin updates, thousands of websites have gone from Google's first page of SERPs [search engine results pages] to having their keywords literally losing gravitas and sinking to the bottom of the heap. Like tumbleweeds rolling across the digital desert, in the wake of cotton mills [Google's original target] being expunged from SERPs, many reputable newsworthy sites also had to shutter their virtual doors due to an ever-evolving ALGO constantly reinventing itself.

Very Cool Cat Shell Bed And Hideout By Oppo

I saw an unidentified image of the Cat Shell about a year ago and have finally found a source for it at Japan Trend Shop. It's even neater than I thought it was because its design is so versatile!

Bitcoin Accepted Here: Beijing-based IwannaBuy Adds Bitcoin As A Payment Option

Bitcoins burning holes in your pockets? Online stores like Beijing-based IwannaBuy have embraced the hot new digital currency, supporting payments in Bitcoin as an innovative complement to online banking and online payment systems like PayPal and AliPay.

The Cardboard Bike, A Cheap Alternative For Your Rides

With the rise of the bike use by environmentally-concerned people in our society, there is a high demand of new ideas and creations in order to develop this method of transportation. Let's meet this project, by an Israeli engineer, which might be a great alternative to roam our cities in.

Intensive Care: Enter With Your Wits, Leave With Dementia

You may have noticed that when a relative or friend is hopitalized for a heart attack, respiratory failure, serious infection, or any serious illness that impacts the body's vital organs, they may return home somewhat mentally diminished. They may seem foggy or confused, they don't remember familiar people, or they have difficulty making simple decisions. Your relative or friend is not alone.

Reduce, Reuse And Ride: Bejiing Subway Accepts Recyclables As Payment

Society's focus on reducing environmental impact is improving, and it is an even greater priority when the people engaging in environmental programs get something out of the deal. In order to encourage commuters to reduce their environmental impact, Bejing has started to accept an unusual form of currency in exchange for their transportation services. The Bejiing Subway System is introducing a program that has been coined Recycle-to-Ride (pun intended) to encourage citizens to reduce their waste, or at least what they do with it when they produce it. Because, the subway system, which is used extensively by commuters in Bejiing, accepts plastic bottles and other recyclables in exchange for subway tokens.

Calling Physical & Conceptual Product Inventors To Win The Spark Design Awards 2013!

Whether you’ve been putting the finishing touches on a fantastic new product design, or if you’re knocking around a good idea, you’ll want to show off your stuff for the upcoming Spark Design Awards.

Smoked Bacon Doritos: Critical Mass Snack For Critically Massive Snackers

New Smoked Bacon Doritos from Frito-Lay Japan are a limited edition flavor from the firm's Doritos Gourmet line that's due to be discontinued on October 31st... now THAT's frightening! In related news, Japanese snackers enjoy gourmet Doritos while you can only sit there and drool, Bubba.

The Robot Roundup

A look at what has happened in the world of robots in the last week or so. This feature roundup will give you looks at what robots are doing, what researchers and making and how you can get into the world of robotics in at least a little way.

The Tiny Universe of Lori Nix

Architects, designers, and engineers may create the world around us, but it takes an incredibly talented artist to fool a viewer into believing that they are looking at the real world, when they are actually looking at something that could fit inside a shoe box. Lori Nix creates tiny universes that could fit in a suitcase, showing that size really doesn't matter when it comes to modern art.

Design The FACE Of Modern Automatic Door Controls, Win Big Money!

Italian design company FACE is looking for designers from around the world to design the visual interface for their upcoming automatic door control system. If they really like your touch keys and layouts, you’ll earn the grand prize of €1,250!

Gift Couture: Company Specializes In Quirky Wrapping Paper

We've all watched a child tear through wrapping paper with excitement to get through the gift it contains, only to  discover that they find more entertainment value in the wrapping then the gift itself. This is often disappointing to the gift-giver as it was the gift, and not the wrapping paper, that they selected with care. But who says it has to be that way? Certainly not Gift Couture - a business that designs wrapping paper that is as fun as the present it contains.

Craft Beers On Tap At Home With Affordable 'TapIt Cap'

Flat beer sucks. And that's the motto of TapIt Cap, the new cap that saves your growler bottled craft beer until you're good and ready to finish it.

Need This New Invention? Rocky's Bourbon Beans

J.K. Rowling may well have opened a real can of worms when she created Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. And yes, can of worms could be a flavor, right alongside of vomit and earwax. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans preceded her with their amazing selection of the sweet treat and took them out of the realm of an Easter-only candy. Now there is a new idea floating out there on Quirky.com -- alcohol-flavored jelly beans.

Feed Your Pet From Your iPhone: Pintofeed™ Intelligent Pet Feeder™

With Wi-Fi devices we can watch our pets from afar, we can call them and tell them to come home, and we can even play with them from a distance.  Starting this November, we'll be able to feed them from wherever we are with Pintofeed, The Intelligent Pet Feeder.  Our pets can now have virtual owners....

Inventors No Longer Dime-A-Dozen: Million Dollar Man Takes Bite Out Of The Sharks

Charles Michael Yim took a very deep breath after scoring big time on the ABC TV show Shark Tank this past week to pitch his latest invention. And while he might have exhaled a whiff of champagne with that sigh of exhaltation, we're sure he drove off under the legal alcohol limit. Why? Because Yim is the creator and developer of the first breathalyzer that interfaces with a smartphone.

Sea Fort Floating Hotel: Holiday Options For The Introvert

Not everyone likes to be around a significant number of people. especially not while on a holiday vacation. I don't know about you, but a trip to Alcatraz Island would be an enjoyable way to spend a few days away from it all. It isn't a prison, but The Seafort Hotel is equally cool with similar benefits of isolation.

Beach of the Bizarre: Living Surrealist Sculptures

There's nothing like putting on your Sunday finest, breaking out your cello, and walking into the ocean for an orchestral concert. That might sound strange to you, but for Australian artist Andrew Baines, it sounds like just another day at the office. His living sculptures juxtapose normal people in strange and unexpected settings, usually involving sand, surf, and a healthy touch of Surrealism.

Meet Nosellots: The Nerdiest Monsters You’ll Ever Meet!

Brainy, fashionable, charming and sporting an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, the Nosellots are as intelligent as they are cute. If you love textbooks, thick glasses and argyle, you’ll definitely want to adopt a Nosellot!

Are You A Party Animal? We Have 13 Animal Halloween Costumes For You!

I write about animals all the time, but this week I decided to write about party animals.  Yes, humans like you and me, going to a party, maybe a Halloween party, and acting like animals. Well here are some great animal costumes that will make our acts complete!

What Colors Will Dominate Design In 2088? Show DesignVision & Win Trip To NYC!

The DesignVision 2088 Competition challenges designers to imagine the most popular color palette 75 years from now. While I’m assuming that it’ll all be tangerine and teal polka dots everywhere you look in the future, but feel free to use your imagination!

Fold Flat Flexible Kitchen Utensils Do More Than Flip Burgers

Picture you kitchen utensil drawer, stuffed to overflowing with pasta scoops, slotted spoons, measuring cups and spoons, and gadgets of every description. Wouldn’t it be great if things could be awesome AND organized?

Skolkovo, A New Silicon Valley In The (ex)-Soviet Union?

The Russian government has recently decided to create its own version of Silicon Valley outside the capital city of Moscow. But instead of Apple products, expect to see a different type of innovation emerge from within.

Garments For The Grave: A Fashion Business That's To Die For

Sometimes the most successful businesses are the ones that really step back and look at what is missing, and take steps to pose a solution.  One of the latest to cross our radar is Garments for the Grave, and yes, the business name does accurately describe what they offer, and its clothes are to die for.

Take Out Life’s Frustrations On With Dammit Dolls!

These fabric fiends are always on hand when things go off the rails, just try not to beat the stuffing out of them the first time your rage takes over!

Review: RavPower Dynamo On-The-Go Power Bank

Our mobile devices are our lifelines; when they die, we feel it. Keeping them charged (and operational) is thus a huge priority. Unfortunately, this isn't always possible - one doesn't always have access to an outlet.

Ravpower's got a solution to that problem - the Dynamo-On-The-Go Power Bank.

Twitter's IPO Shutdown, Result of Government Shutdown Or 17-Year Cycle?

While the Twitterati waited with heightened anticipation for its beloved social network to file its public offering (IPO) papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this past week, it appears the microblogging site just became additional collateral damage as a direct result of the Federal Government's shutdown.