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November, 2013

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!

Ten Awesome Gaming Gifts You Can Get Your Kids This Christmas

Not sure what to get your kids this Christmas? Maybe I can help. See, gaming isn't a hobby just for teens and young adults. There are some pretty fantastic games out there for children, if you know where to look.  Here are a few suggestions to that effect to get you started.

8 Great Dog Lover Gifts For The Holidays

The Holidays are here again and so are this year's gift choices for the dog loving humans in your life.  Here are eight of my picks that are sure to be useful as well as fun for those very special people....

Hello Kitty Champagne Makes New Year's Eve Cuter & Sweeter

Conceived by Dutch entrepreneur Paul Herman and created by champagne bottler M.Hostomme, Hello Kitty Cuvée Spéciale is an officially licensed, nose-ticklingly bubbly, demi-sec rosé Champagne consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay wines.

Win A Set Of High End DIY Goods Via The “Build My Lab Contest”

Tekla Labs and Instructables have teamed up to present the Build My Lab Contest, where they are hoping for brilliant DIY’ers to create helpful lab equipment that real scientists can use, as well as creative “Lab Hacks” to make their jobs easier. You know you want that Dremel Kit!

Nerf Firevision: The Best Nighttime Techno-Football Of All Time

I’ve got to give credit to Hasbro’s Nerf division, as they always end up innovating surprisingly novel ways for kids to blast, slap and throw to each other toys made with soft Nerf foam. This year’s cool new Nerf sport involves their Firevision tech, which literally places the football in an all new light.

Remote Control Crabs Make Swell Shelled Holiday Gifts

This Christmas, surprise her with crabs! The Kaniraji Infrared RC Crab from Japan's JTT Online Shop comes in “fresh” and “boiled” models giving you two cool ways to play Sandy Claws this year.

See The Top Chair Designs From NYC’s Battery Park Contest!

The Battery Conservancy Americas “Draw Up A Chair” Design Competition is quickly coming to a close, and one of the five remaining chair designs will be used to furnish Manhattan’s Battery Park. But which one of the designers will win the $10,000 prize?

India Set To Be The First Asian Country To Reach Mars

When you think about Space Exploration, Asian countries (except for Russia) might not be the first to pop into your mind. However, that is surely closer to change: India has recently taken a go into this field, launching a spacecraft to Mars. This mission was launched in the 5th of November, but it still has not started its journey to the "red planet". Find out more about the mission inside this article.

Eco-Dough: For Kids Who Try To Eat All Their Toys!

Seriously though, Eco-Dough is an all-natural and creative substitute to that other ultra-popular modeling clay toy, but mostly composed of fruit, vegetable and plant extracts. If your kid has a nasty reaction to the wheat filled alternative, you’ll want to check this stuff out!

12 Really Gross Disgusting Things You Can Buy On Amazon

Trying to find the perfect gift idea? Over the years Amazon has grown to become the go-to place for just about anything you're looking to buy online. Tube socks?  Turtlenecks?  Turtle food? Amazon has got you covered! Amazon is also home to a plethora of downright gag-worthy products. If you feel like taking a break from the pursuit of the perfect gift and getting grossed out sounds like fun, dig in to this selection of one dozen fresh-from-the-oven batch of nasty. Here's what you definitely don't want to be getting or giving as a gift this year:

Here Are Some Of The Best Video Game Deals Available On Black Friday

Black Friday is once more just around the corner; the beginning of the hectic holiday season is almost upon us. Now, as I'm sure most of you probably won't be too keen on shaking off your turkey comas to shop for the best video game deals, so I'll be gathering here every offer I can find.

Five Meaningful Video Games You Should Play This Christmas

There's a whole host of incredibly deep, meaningful video games on the market, if one knows where to look. This Christmas, why not take the time to play a few of them? Who knows? You might just gain a deeper appreciation of friends, family, and gaming as a whole.

Little Foam Moving Men Put A New Face On Reusable Packaging

Cushion-san reusable packaging by Japanese designer Masashi Sano protects fragile housewares, artworks and other delicate possessions just as well as plastic packing peanuts. Unlike the latter, however, you'll want to keep these cute foam cutouts around for your next moving experience.

This Year's Macys Thanksgiving Parade Was Kicked Off By A Robot

Some of you may have noticed that this year's  Macy's Thanksgiving Parade had a very special guest in attendence to get things started: a robot. Known as SONIC, the robot is the result of work by the Woodlands High School's local robotics club in Texas, winners of the FIRST robotics competition.

 

Invent Six-Ringed Wearable Art, Win $4,000!

The Origomu Master & Protégé Contest is challenging inventors and an underprivileged female friend of theirs to design and share an empowering accessory using those plastic six-pack rings that end up killing marine life when they hit the ocean for a chance to win thousands of dollars.

Hexbug’s Aquabots: My First Pet Fish

The series of brilliantly designed robotic creatures from the Hexbug team have conquered the land and won many awards, but now they’ve taken their machines to an untapped play area: The fish bowl. Let’s take a peek at the world’s first care-free pet fish:

Win A 3D Printer & More From Maker Geeks’ Hardware Hacking Contest!

Maker Geeks and Instructables have teamed up for a contest to showcase the best ways the DIY community hacks hardware to make out-of-the-box retail goodies function exactly how we want them to. Who’s ready to share how to hack cameras, smart phones and PC’s for prizes?

Need This New Invention? All-In-One Credit Card App

The challenge these days can be to fit all of your credit, debit, and gift cards into your wallet without suffering strain to your back to lift it afterwards. It has been a sort of Holy Grail of computer apps and devices for some time. Coin is a new device and app to address this problem. It isn't a different kind of payment system, but a way to keep all your cards on one hand-held device.

Emoya Hotel & Spa: Pay To Stay In Poverty

Many of us in North America are used to living in relative luxury compared to much of the world. For us, "roughing" it is camping where there's no plumbing or sleeping in European hostels with nothing but our back packs. I won't trivialize it, of course, many North Americans do know what it is like to struggle, but most of us won't have to live shanties for the bulk of our lives, with no electricity, heat, or running water.

The Ten Must-Have Video Games For 2014

Hey, folks! As I'm sure you're all aware, Christmas is just around the corner, bringing with it the gift-purchasing frenzy typical of the holiday season. Chances are good that at least a few of you are shopping for gifts to give the gamer in your life - and coming up short. Care for a few recommendations?

Enjoy A Game? Share It With Your Friends Using Steam Reviews

Valve this week once again set out to empower members of the Steam community. This time, it's launched an initiative known as Steam Reviews. Using the service, which is currently in beta, community members can write reviews which can then be rated and commented on.

Win $1,000 Via Xbox One Wireless Controller Design Contest!

The Xbox One, Microsoft’s latest videogame console, launched on November 22nd, and with brilliant titles like Killer Instinct, Zoo Tycoon and Loco Cycle, the system has been a hit worldwide. The Xbox team is hoping to reward someone’s creativity with a $1,000 cash prize for reimagining the appearance of the Xbox One’s controller.

Tuck In To The World's Most Expensive Cupcake

Dubai has long been seen as the epitomy of extravagance and overindulgence. Why? Well. Because it's true. And if there was ever anything to cement this city's reputation as a haven for the world's more financially well endowed inhabitants, it is the Goden Phoenix Cupcake, complete with the world's most expensive chocolate - Amedei Porcelana!

Five Fantastic Video Game Christmas Gift Ideas

If you're doing Christmas shopping for a friend or loved one who happens to be a gamer, why not try looking at some of these awesome gift ideas? Chances are pretty high that anyone who plays video games will appreciate at least one of the items on this list.

Need This New Innovation? DIY Death

Okay, it's not as gruesome as the title makes it sound. It  is about a growing movement that believesit is time for many of our funeral customs to change. Much of the pomp and circumstance date back to an earlier age. These days, at a time when we are at our most vulnerable we feel expected to go heavily into debt to provide funeral arrangements, obituaries, and cremations or interments. It can ruin a family financially.

Develop Your Own Shameless Video Game Ripoff With Vlambeer Clone Tycoon

Vlambeer is no stranger to being stolen from and ripped off. Anyone who remembers the Gamenauts controversy or Skyclone ripoff can attest to that. But while most developers might give up or take legal action, Vlambeer did something entirely different...they released a game: Vlambeer Clone Tycoon.

We're Going To Need Better AI To Truly Explore The Depths of Space

For the time being, manned space travel is out of the question. If we're to truly explore the universe, unmanned probes are currently our best bet. Unfortunately, unmanned space exploration comes with its own array of challenges, the greatest of which is...well, robots aren't all that smart yet.

This Little Robot Flies Through The Air Like A Jellyfish

Most flying machines imitate creatures of the sky with their designs. That might not be wholly necessary. Turns out not everything without wings is grounded - researchers at New York University have created a flying robot modeled after a jellyfish. It works very, very well.

 

Need This New Invention? Digital "Lollipop" For Your Computer

There have been jokes about creating smell and taste for television for many decades. Well, now that dream is coming true -- well, sort of. It isn't the smell part, and it isn't the television. Researchers at the University of Singapore have discovered that they can replace four of the five basic tastes by delivering a small dose of electricity to the tongue. So they can match flavors to what you see on your computer screen -- and no, you don't have to lick your computer screen to get the job done either.

Giant Salamander Christmas Tree Is A Newt Neat Holiday Treat

Tokyo's legendary giant Godzilla Christmas Tree has some Kaiju competition courtesy of the Kyoto Aquarium, who wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Newt Year!

Need This New Invention? Invisible Bicycle Helmet

There are several issues with using a bicycle helmet that make people really not want to use them -- they can be hot, itchy, uncomfortable, and make you look silly. Worst of all, it can ruin your hairdo and give you a terrible case of helmet head. There has to be a better out there -- and there is. It is an "invisible" bicycle helmet created by designers in Sweden.

The Wheel Deal: The Top 8 Oddball Auto Black Friday Sales

Black Friday isn't all about shopping carts, it's also about shopping cars! Retailers of all stripes are targeting drivers this year and some are being mighty creative in their quest to win over car owners. Umm, please keep in mind the term “door crasher sale” isn't to be taken literally.

Briggo Coffee Vending Machines: The Future Of Coffee Brewing?

Vending machines are among the most popular business concepts out there - at least according to our readers! And you know what else is incredibly popular with the masses? Coffee! Now these two things are being combined, there's a new concept that just might be the best in the world.

Duck The Halls With Duck Dynasty Dog Clothes & Toys

There's no more timely holiday gift for a dog this year than a Duck Dynasty t-shirt or jacket and a toy.  Quaker Pet Group, one of my favorite dog toy makers, licensed the A&E Duck Dynasty name and has gone absolutely quacky creating some really great high-quality shirts, jackets, duck toys, and even realistic Duck Dynasty hats and beards for your special dog - Family Certified. Redneck Approved!

 

Need This New Innovation? Using Cheese To De-Ice Roads

There is something cheesy going on in Wisconsin these days and it isn't a bunch of rabid Packer fans in cheese hats. This winter it is the roads in Milwaukee  that are getting spread with Gouda and cheddar -- well, sort of. It is actually the waste product of the cheese-making process that is being tested for use as a road de-icer.

Need This New Invention? Inexpensive Test For Cancer

A test for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer that costs only 3¢ per test to produce has been discovered. It is not the product of a long-suffering scientist spending years hidden in his lab, nor that of a large medical corporation with millions of dollars to spend. No indeed. It was developed by a 14-year-old science nerd who looks like a cross between Harry Potter and actor Mitchell Musso.

Bacteria-Free Vegetables With Fresh4Longer Food Rinse

Vic Cherikoff, an expert in food microbiology as well as other disciplines, has spent a good portion of his life trying to solve food-related problems which we face every day. The latest leg on his problem solving journey finds us face to face with Fresh4Longer natural food rinse - the answer to all vegetable storage nightmares. Surely this requires further examination?

Cyber Monday And The Slow Death Of Black Friday

When Cyber Monday was invented in 2005 to encourage people to shop online, I don't think anyone really expected what would happen next. Over the past seven years, online shopping's popularity has skyrocketed. Bad news for Black Friday, right? 

Annie Oakley's: Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Granted First Recreational License

The marijuana business is one that has been on the rise in states that have decriminalized the drug for some time. But up until now they've only been able to cater to an elite clientele - those with licenses to purchase medical marijuana. In Colorado where the drug has been legalized, that's all about to change.

Going Meshugenah For Thanksgivukkah With Turkey Leg & Brisket

A New Zealand break-out singer from New Zealand is out front again this holiday season. Back in August when she released her successfully popular top forty pop hit, "Royals," she confused the public with a somewhat contradictory world debut. While on the one hand, she hid behind the pseudonym 'Lorde' to protect her anonymity, on the other. . .

Robots From Space Being Used To Help Treat Breast Cancer

The core robotics technology used to maintain the International Space Station is finding a new use back on the blue planet - breast cancer treatment. A device under development at the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation is using space-age robotics to automate the breast biopsy process.

Win Awesome Backpacking Swag From Instructable’s Outdoor Projects Contest!

The Instructables crew is seeking out seasoned outdoorsmen and backpackers with handmade projects to share to the benefit of swimmers, climbers, campers, hikers and rugged outdoorsy folks everywhere. If you share your survivalist/ outside fun expertise, you’ll earn some excellent camping gear!

Meet Mr. Malibu: Chevrolet Sedan Gets A Comedic Cosmetic Makeover

Hey, you with the teeth! Check out Mr. Malibu, Chevrolet's cosmetic (or should that be comedic) attempt to make the American automaker's Plain Jane sedan more appealing to Chinese carbuyers. I pity the fool that buys one.

Tylt Energi+ Backpack Is Here To Charge Your Gadgets

Gadget fiends and tech journalists rejoice. The Tylt Energi+ Backpack is here to recharge all of your phones, tablets, and miscellaneous gadgets. For the geek on the go, or the constantly under pressure tech writer, being able to recharge your devices at a moment's notice is key. With the Energi+ backpack, you can charge up to three of your devices at a time!

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Need This New Invention? The Liberation Wrapper

Japan is deeply dyed in age-old traditions and beliefs. One of these old beliefs is that a woman's mouth should be small and discreet. That is why there is a cultural convention of women covering their mouths when they eat, especially in public and not eating anything that requires taking a big bite. For Freshness Burger, a Japanese fast food restaurant, this has created a huge challenge in marketing their biggest burger to women.

How A Lego Robotics Competition Produced A New Tornado Warning App

So, there's kind of a problem with current storm warning systems: they're awful and horrendously archaic.  A group of students aged 8 to 13 participating in a global Lego robotics competition noticed this. Together, they've devised an application designed to modernize storm warnings.

Enter The 3D4D Challenge & Create Protective Sunglasses For Kids!

Your mission is to design a pair of 3D printed and cost effective sunglasses to protect children from Pterygium. (Surfer’s Eye) Not only will you help kids in Guatemala, you’ll also have a chance to win a huge boost of career support from the Dreambox Team!

Typhoons Can Blow, I've Got My UnBRELLA!

High winds made a mockery of your expensive umbrella? Mock 'em right back with the UnBRELLA! This rebooted and innovative new umbrella design won't turn inside out when outside winds are blowing.

Nap Cafe Corne: The Business Of Snoozing In Public (With Scones)

Smart businesses focus on offering solutions to common problems and needs that everyone has - and there are a limited number of things that all people absolutely require. One of those basic primal needs is to sleep, and there are studies that have shown a nap during the day can greatly increase productivity. But where should you sleep when a nap just can't wait?

Is Crayola’s Create2Destroy Series The Creation Toy Of The Year?

They’re just as destructive and creative as they are fun, and I really think that Crayola finally developed the art toy that every little boy on the planet wants: Something to build, smash and rebuild all over again. Then again, dinosaurs make everything better…

Meenova Offers MicroSD Card Reader for Android Devices

32GB not enough? For those with the misfortune of owning a smartphone without a memory card slot, Meenova has a very inexpensive solution.

8 Best Ideas For Slightly Twisted Thanksgiving Décor

People seem to take Thanksgiving decorating way too seriously! The lack of funny stuff for Thanksgiving is appalling. We need our readers to represent and send in your best wild, wacky, crazy and OMG funny Thanksgiving decoration photos! After scouring the internet, here's what we found as the 8 Best Ideas for Slightly Twisted Thanksgiving Decor:

Keep Your Kids Out of Trouble This Christmas With The Gift Alarm

Kids love nothing more during the Christmas season than trying to figure out what is under the tree. But now you can stop peeking with the Archie McPhee Gift Alarm.

Remote-Controlled Robots Now Offer Long Distance Medical Care

The next time you go to a hospital, you might not be speaking to a doctor - not directly, anyway. An increasing number of hospitals in California and several neighboring states have started to phase in robots that allow Doctors to communicate remotely with their patients.

Cheetos Cream Stew Corn Puffs Are Comfort Food In A Bag

Making cream stew with Cheetos? That's weird Making Cheetos flavored like cream stew, Japan's favorite wintertime comfort food? Still weird but in a crunchy, creamy, delicious kind of way!

Fresh Moves Bus: A Farmer's Market On Wheels

As a major advocate for purchasing and consuming local foods, and a produce-loving vegetarian, farmer's markets are among my favorite things in the world.  The only problem is that farmer's markets aren't everywhere when you need them. While there's still a way to go before everyone has unlimited, easy access to locally grown produce, businesses like The Fresh Moves bus in Chicago aim to change that.

Win An Amazon Kindle Fire In Instructable’s Holiday Baking Contest!

Do you have a holiday baking recipe that is unique as it is delicious, along with the ability to teach anyone how to make it themselves? Then you’ve got a shot at winning a whole bunch of sweet treats from Instructable’s Baking Contest.

13 International Dog Toys That Reflect Our Cultural Differences

Pet toy manufacturing is a multi-national business, so much so that pets in other countries have a hard time getting culturally relevant toys to play with because of all the imports.  Thankfully, there are still some dog toys from Japan, France, Russia and other countries that say "home" to a dog.  Here are 13 native toys enjoyed by canines outside of the U.S.

Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!

Cat's Play For Foreign Cats: 13 Fun International Cat Toys

If you're curious about how cats play in other countries, here are some fun cat toys popular in Italy, Russia, India and other foreign countries. And, if you're homesick, you can purchase them from the links provided....

How Do You Feel About A Robot Reading Your Mind?

The concept of a robot that's actually capable of reading a user's thoughts sounds like a sci fi pipe dream. It's not, though: the University of Cincinatti's Anca Ralescu and her team last week revealed that they're working on a piece of technology which, when completed, could change the world.

10 Awesome, Odd & Unusual Chinese Cars You Can't Buy Here

Chinese cars have come a long way and they've made the journey in style! These 10 awesome Chinese cars aren't sold here for reasons that aren't always obvious but the fact they've been sold – or even built – anywhere at all is mind-boggling in itself.

To Create A Clown: Interview With Dropsy Developer Jay Tholen

On Friday, I got the chance to have a sitdown with Jay Tholen to talk about his creation, Dropsy The Clown. Dropsy is to be the star of his own adventure game, set to release in early 2015. It's been a long road to get here, and Jay was happy to share some of the trials he encountered along the way.

Lytro Announces New 3D Living Picture Experience

Lytro delivers a new 3D living picture experience across mobile devices, desktop PCs and 3D-capable TVs. Extols its camera as the first that allows photographers to create a 3D image with a single exposure.

Squeezy Freezy Makes Homemade Slushies In Minutes

The Squeezy Freezy is a simple, yet effective gadget that transforms your favorite drinks into frosty fun! It's a colorful, squishable drink container that works as a mini slushy machine of sorts.

New 2014 MINI Cooper Is Ready For Prime Time Online!

The new MINI Cooper is poised to steal the spotlight on November 18th, debuting live three times over three days on three continents. The iconic automobile's latest incarnation is scheduled to be revealed via live streaming from London, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

Spot It! Reinvents Classic Matching Game Genre

Blue Orange, makers of the award-winning matching card game “Spot It!,” has made the most interesting innovation of the genre since Milton Bradley’s “Guess Who?” made its debut 1979. That’s a pretty remarkable achievement for a set of 55 cards and a tin!

Great Turkey Gadgets And Apps To Make The Holidays Less Stressful

Thanksgiving is the time to enjoy food and family. It is also time you can easily lose your mind trying to get everything cooked and on the table before the family starts eating the furniture. Don't forget what it takes to get ready for Black Friday shopping! You can make the day less stressful for everyone with some cool free apps and spiffy high-tech gadgets this year!

Covini C3A: The World's Only 6-Wheeled Supercar

In the rarefied world of supercars, one has to go to extremes to stand out. Italian niche automaker Covini Engineering has gone one – actually two – better with the outrageous, astonishing and innovative Covini C3A, the world's only 6-wheeled supercar.

Eight Cutest DIY Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

Kids love crafts, and they love showing off their creations. Thanksgiving, with gatherings of family and friends, is the perfect time to indulge kids with easy to make cute crafts. Here are 8 of my favorites:

Design Living Space Of The Future Via D3 Housing Tomorrow Contest

D3’s annual contest is back once again, and they’re looking for inspired minds to share incredible new ideas to revolutionize the structures that humanity calls home. If you’ve got a few cool plans to change urban sprawl, the interiors of our homes or communities as a whole, shoot for the $1,250 grand prize!

Does Snapchat's Sexting Lead To Boom, Bubble Or Just Disposable Pornography?

Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest all became hyper-valued tech companies in a short time span -- to the point that many doomsday prognosticators are today beginning to cry "chicken-little." Comparison to the Dot.com bubble of the late 90s is an easy analogy to draw, even though today's tech expansion differs markedly. Nonetheless, it's enough of a catalyst for the weak-at-heart to second-guess themselves. . .

Moon In My Room Is The Ultimate Lunar Nightlight

Uncle Milton’s globular “Moon in my Room” is one of the prettiest and most entertaining nightlights that I’ve ever seen. What little astronaut wouldn’t want to fall asleep to the gentle glowing lunar cycle on their wall?

Taiwan's Riot Police Are Back In Black

Thinking of rioting in Taiwan? Better think again... Taiwan's black-clad official stormtroopers are ready, willing and able to snuff out destructive groups of protesters faster than Darth Vader can snuff out an irritating planet.

Lomography Presents New Winter Edition Cameras

Lomography has just launched holiday-inspired versions of its popular La Sardina and Diana F+ film cameras. Dressed up in Scandinavian-style patterns these two cameras are a fun way to capture some great analog holiday shots.

Join GE’s #3DPrintMyGift Challenge & Make Santa’s Sleigh!

This fun contest presented by GE and GrabCAD will test 3D printing wizards and creative dreamers to design a printable model of the greatest version of Santa’s sleigh to date! Are your ready for this Christmas challenge?

Battroborgs: Punch-Powered Robot Fighters!

TOMY’s Battroborgs are an interesting combination of the Nintendo Wii’s motion controls and the classic Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game that makes the theme of colorful pit fighting robots an exciting, innovative and exciting new toy.

Lazy Dogs Who Like To Chew Can Use The Bone Mat: As Seen On TV

I had always thought that the use of front paws to hold things in place was a natural behavior of both dogs and cats. But apparently, there are some dogs who don't, or don't want to, hold their bones.  I say that because of this new product for dogs - the Bone Mat - which holds bones in place while your dog chews them. 

Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition Goes Out With A Bang

Mercedes-Benz is about to put the brakes on its gorgeous Mercedes SLS AMG GT. With the bodacious Final Edition, MB's ensuring their motorized masterpiece goes out with a bang and not a whimper.

Meet Quirky’s 5 Newest Inventors!

Crowd-supporting website Quirky regularly receives ideas from inventors for a chance to have their proto-inventions made into mass manufactured products. Let’s take a peek at the latest batch of innovators and their interesting ideas:

CaffeinAll Delivers Caffeine You Can Sprinkle!

Salt, pepper, and caffeine. What do these three things have in common? They can all be sprinkled on food. Okay the last one is fairly new to the sprinkling world, but don't judge it. That's my job! So let's see whether or not we should welcome CaffeinAll to the insanely long list of instant energy products. I can feel the caffeine-induced enthusiasm already!

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Is Now A Software Developer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is now open to the public. Well, sort of. The manufacturer this week announced that its cognitive computing system will very soon serve as a cloud-based development platform, helping programmers create software with its 'cognitive computing intelligence.'

Planning A Trip To Middle Earth? Don't Forget Your Travellers' Guide!

In celebration of the next installment of The Hobbit, a group known as HRS has created a quirky little infographic to take fans on a delightful romp through Middle Earth. Not my usual fare, but hey - it got a chuckle out of me. Maybe it'll brighten your Friday a bit, too.

Motorola Moto G Offers A Solid Low-End Smartphone

When Google purchased Motorola, their intentions were a little bit unclear. Why would a powerhouse like Google want to buy out Motorola, a struggling company? It seems that today's announcement and soft launch sheds some light on the acquisition. Meet the Moto G, a high powered Android phone for a low price.

The YotaPhone: Double-Headed Smartphone with LCD and E-Ink Screens

The two screen technologies used in Yota Devices' creation provide some interesting usage models. Victim of a lengthy development time and many delays, these YotaPhones look to finally reach customers' hands in December.

Chinese Snuggies For Scooters Warm Up Winter Electric Bike Commuters

Electric bikes and scooters are immensely popular in China but driving one in winter weather leaves many commuters cold in more ways than one. Enter the Scooter Snuggie, an innovative insulated flexible semi-snowsuit that keeps riders from being chilly though it makes them look a little silly.

Have A New Home Exterior Building Product? Work With Ply Gem To Launch It!

Ply Gem is a leader in developing windows, trim, gutters and other top-notch goods for the outside of your home. If you have an innovative product that helps improve the exterior of a house, then you need to look into Ply Gem’s Build Forward program…

X-Out Is Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Like No Other

Representing the third installment in a not-at-all-planned series on Jim Ruck inventions, the X-Out fire extinguisher offers kitchen safety at its most modern and effective. Yep, as good as crazy food-related inventions are, there is obviously nothing better than a device which could directly save lives.

Need This New Innovation: Boyfriends For Rent

It may be the 21st century but for many young women around the world. there is still a lot of pressure from family and friends to find the perfect man. For some the pressure can be unbearable, especially when it is time to go home for important holidays.  In China the new thing is to rent a boyfriend to show off to the parents when the pressure gets to be too much. The pressure can be pretty intense as well since they are considered past it by the time they are 27.

Industrial Designer Develops Wireless 'Smart Jacket" For Premature Babies

An industrial design student received her PhD cum laude last month for her design of a Smart Jacket for premature babies. Her creation will, no doubt, launch a successful career for a new graduate, but change the lives of millions of premature infants and their families...

This Robot Will Never Stop Drawing

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Robo Faber. Designed by LA-based Matthias Dörfelt, this little robot is designed to be a self-portrait of the artist's creative style, and is programmed to replicate it until the end of time...or until it breaks down and stops working. Whichever comes first; really.

Why I Don't Plan To Go "Next Gen" Any Time Soon

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the launch of the PS4 is just a few days away, with the Xbox One following soon after. Virtually every publication is buzzing about them; people are already lining up to buy them. Me? I think I'm going to wait - and maybe you should, too.

The Amazing RuffWear Web Master Multi-Functional Dog Harness

RuffWear makes many products for dogs who participate in outdoor sporting activities with their owners, but don't shy away from this harness just because your dog would rather sit on your lap than brave the Appalachian Trail. The RuffWear Web Master Dog Harness has qualities that any dog and dog owner will appreciate....

13 Fun Ways To Play With Your Food This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to remember America’s beginnings, when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans made peace and broke bread together. It also is a time for family and friends to gather around the table for food and thankfulness, followed by football and some more football. Evidently, it can also be a great time for super-silliness. Here are some ridiculous and fun ways to play with your food this Thanksgiving...

For Alzheimer's Patients, Singing Improves Mental Abilities

While today's boomers may best remember the words to Beatles or Rolling Stones songs, groups of older folks with Alzheimer's disease improved mental skills after sing-alongs of '40s and '50s movie and show tunes!

Incredible Site Allows The Blind To Scan Cans

Site is a truly commendable project from inventor Jim Ruck. With the aim of helping blind people to solve a long standing food-related problem, the Site device offers a crucial service, and does so in an extremely practical, modern and effective way. Something tells me this bad boy will go far.

Google's Conversation Neck Tattoo With Lie Detector Version

.... On its face, or throat, as is the case, the tattoo is innocent enough, but an optional use for the tattoo includes the exhibit of galvanic skin responses to reveal whether one is "nervous or speaking falsehoods...." This widens the application to include everyone from criminals to politicians to cheating spouses to, well, just about anyone whose truthfulness one may want to test!

Need This New Innovation? Disney Princess "Filter"

For many decades now Disney has been spoon-feeding us their iconic princess image until it has become a one-size-fits-all caricature image of royal femininity. Our daughters are immersed in this perception of what a woman should be and they play these roles in their games. Award-winning artist David Trumble has taken the image of 10 amazing, strong, and talented rea-life women and reimagined them with a sort of Disney "filter of perception."

Teach Your Kids About Programming With Play-i's Adorable Robots

I've always sort of regretted never learning programming as a kid. With how digitized today's sociey has become, it seems a downright indispensible skill. Parents: do your children a favor. Teach them. There's even a robot to make the job easier: it's called Play-i.

 

The Unity Engine Is Diving Into The Second Dimension

Unity is one of the leading development engines in the world, and with good reason. It's compatible with a wide array of operating systems and features a powerful, visually-lead editor, to boot. That engine today just got even more attractive for game devs - the Unity team has added 2D game development tools.

BatteryBot Brings Life Back To Your Dead Phone

Mimoco's BatteryBot isn't the first backup battery charger to be released, but, it is the first one to bring style into the product field. With a cycle life of 500 full charges, the BatteryBot is no slouch in the technical department either. How does it stack up similar products, though?

New Spy Hook Keeps Covert Eyes In Your House At All Times

Has your wife been drinking your chocolate milk? Or was it the dog? This new spy camera may help you settle this issue once and for all.

Peking Docks: The 9 Nuttiest Parking Spots In China

China's rise to economic power and wealth means hundreds of millions of people can suddenly afford cars, and if you thought hundreds of millions of new drivers on the roads would lead to chaos, just wait until they park!

Calling All Car Designers To Tackle The Michelin Challenge Design 2015!

If you’re looking to make a name for yourself as a vehicle designer, then you’ll want to put your best sketches forward for a chance to have your work approved and promoted by Michelin themselves!

Pregnant Moms Who Exercise Give Newborns A Head Start

The further along a mom gets in her pregancy, the more she longs to just sit down and take a load off her feet.  But not too much, indicates the latest research from the University of Montreal; she should be mindful of the power of exercise to give her newborn a head start.

Ear Warmers That Swing And Ring: Bluetooth Ear Muffs

Need a holiday gift for winter walkers, runners, hikers, or other outdoors-people? What about a pair of ear muffs with audio speakers or a Bluetooth wireless speaker?  How about one gadget that performs all three functions?

Creative, Constructive & Fun: The Top 5 Activity Toys

Here’s the ultimate list of the best “Toy of the Year” industry-leading activity toys that will get kids to create, build and doodle from the past five years. These creation-centered toys promote inventive and artistic playtime, and they’re all together in one handy guide:

Gigabyte's G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard Serves Up Premium Onboard Audio

Dodging the need for a separate sound card, Gigabyte's new Intel board offers a Sound Blaster chip baked right on, among a few other curious audiophile-targeted features.

Stop Worrying About Embarrassing Gas Thanks to Shreddies

Everyone farts, but no one wants to smell it. With Shreddies though, no one has to know about your gas -or at least, no one has to smell it.

14 Awesome Hanukkah Menorahs For Pet & Animal Lovers

A menorah is a special candelabra lit for eight nights during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, a holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The holiday is a joyous one, so it is not surprising that there are many that celebrate our relationship with our pets and our admiration and appreciation of wild animals as well.  Here are 14 wonderfully artistic animal menorahs for children and adults.

Mitsubishi FUSO's “Cute Truck Project” Aims To Cheer Up Women Drivers

Mitsubishi FUSO's “Cute Truck Project” is a proudly pink, broadly blatant come-on aimed at lady truckers put off by major motor manufacturer's macho machines.

Showcase Your Shining Invention For Radio Shack’s Make It Glow Contest!

Radio Shack and Instructables.com have teamed up to award the inventors who can make and share how to create some fun light-up projects a fantastic bundle of glowing goodies, including an iPad, CHAUVET blacklight, and a Canon camera!

Get Your Hands On Beyond123’s Modern Sculpture Art Toys!

They’re beautiful, colorful and beg you to mold them as your creativity wills- The PlayableART sculpture art toy series from Beyond123 are equally captivating for anyone three to one hundred, as long as they have a speck of imagination!

12 DIY Thanksgiving Crafts By Kids Only A Blind Mom Would Love

School kids across America will begin making Thanksgiving crafts and decorations soon, encouraged by their teachers. We love their enthusiasm, but we pity the parents that must display these treasures. Take a look at some of the truly ugly and funny DIY craft treasures we found. Are the projects around your home as "special" as these?

American Package Design Awards 2014 Celebrates Latest Innovations

Graphic Design USARead is looking for submissions for the greatest product packaging from 2013 to be showcased in their April 2014 American package Design Awards Annual issue. Is your packaging creative enough to make the cut?

Cement Push Pins Stick With Stone, Are Anything But Tacky

Sticks and stones might break my bones but Japanese cement push pins from Japan Trend Shop will never hurt you... unless, of course, you're holding them backwards when pinning.

Are VTech’s Switch & Go Dinos The Boy Toy Of 2013?

From what I’ve seen, it seems that VTech scored a homerun with their large lineup of colorful, educational and entertaining dinosaur/vehicle hybrids. Any toy that dares to teach kids about the long-clawed Therizinosaurus is a winner in my book!

Design Camera Accessories, Win Analogue Camera From Lomography!

The Lomography crew is looking for designers to create a series of helpful accessories to make their user-made Konstruktor series analogue cameras even better. The top five innovators get their own cameras, so what are you waiting for?

Meet Momiji Dolls: The Toy With A Little Love Inside

The Momiji family of modern doll figurines continues to grow with darling new designs on a regular basis, and for good reason: Reading the sweet note tucked inside from whomever gave you the Momiji is half of the fun!

Facebook's About To Get A Whole Lot Smarter

In a Q3 earnings call yesterday afternoon, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a rather fascinating announcement to make: Facebook is looking into developing artificial intelligence. The organization has founded a new Artificial Intelligence Unit, and is separately also working on speech recognition.

Independent Obsession: The Over-Romanticization Of Indie Development

Being an independent game developer is a lot like being an inventor. You need no small amount of creativity, skill, and persistence. There's more pitfalls than you might encounter in most any other career.  It's not as easy - and nowhere near as glamorous - as everyone seems to think.

Rolls-Royce Spurs Sales In China With Limited Edition “Majestic Horse” Ghost

Rolls-Royce's upcoming limited-edition “Majestic Horse” Ghost sports exclusive trim styled after traditional Chinese ink painting. The bespoke Roller is set to be introduced in conjunction with the Chinese New Year... the Year of the Horse, of course.

Research Shows Statins Protect More Than Your Heart

Statins have been given a bad rap in the past, mostly due to possible, but rare, serious side effects like muscle inflammation, diabetes, and liver disease. But lately, research is unvieling some very positive and unexpected 'side effects' of statin use...

Making Friends With Your Bot: Researcher Explains Robot-Human Relations

The age of robots isn't just coming. It's already arrived - none of us really noticed. Truth is, most of us have probably interacted with a robot very recently. The interaction just didn't register, claims former Willow Garage Rsearcher Leila Takayama, because we expect too much from machines.

Blockbuster U.S. Rings Its Final Death Knell, Closing 300 Stores

Rental shops were hit pretty hard by the birth of digital distribution. With platforms like Steam and Netflix around, no one bothers to rent anymore - no one really needs to. That's bad news for Blockbuster - which today finally signed off for good; its parent company plans to leave physical retail.

Create Your Own Stylish Storage Spaces With OrgaTrend

Space with style. That is the somewhat intriguing slogan being shouted from online rooftops with unrivaled enthusiasm by the creators of OrgaTrend - a stylish and smart way in which to make the most of the space in your drawers whilst also guaranteeing exclamations of 'oh how clever' from any dinner guests who may pop round. Like I said, intriguing.

The Tech Jacket and Hoodie Can Make You A Tech Ninja

Have you ever wanted to be a ninja? How about a tech ninja? Or maybe you just want to stay warm, dry, and keep your passport and credit cards secure. Whatever the case may be, Avid Union is hoping to fulfil your crazy dreams with the Tech Jacket and Tech Hoodie, outerwear that is more than meets the eye.

New Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera

Nikon Corporation recently announced the release of the Df, a Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera that will surely have retro-loving photographers drooling.

Holy Smokes: The Business Of The 21-Gun Salute With 'Dead' Rounds

Death is a serious business, and over the years we have featured numerous businesses that have found creative ways to profit off that one thing that every single person does in his/her life; die. The latest to cross my path is called Holy Smokes, and it offers a unique way to honor those that have passed

10 Funny Hanukkah Toys For Chewish Cats And Dogs

Chewish has, more or less, become the special attribution of pets who live with Jewish persons.  Or maybe it's just a great hook to sell more pet toys for Hanukkah. In any case, there are some real fun toys for cats and dogs who qualify - chewers, chasers, and swatters, who should not be left out of the Hanukkah festivities that begin early this year on Thanksgiving eve.

See The Innovative Insulin Delivery Tools From Winners Of The “Ignite: Diabetes Challenge!”

Way back in May 2013, the “Ignite Diabetes Challenge” prompted designers from around the world to create plans for painless and less painful ways for diabetics to take their needed insulin. Shots suck, so let’s check out the insulin delivery tools of the future:

Keep Gardening Through Winter....Indoors With Breathe

Everyone loves a good summer. The smell of freshly cut grass, the fact that everyone moans about getting sunburnt but secretly likes it, and of course, the privilege of being able to garden away to the heart's content. Well who says summer has to end? At least when it comes to the gardening bit. Yep, bursting on to the scene is a new food invention from the mind of Jim Ruck which goes by the rather snazzy name Breathe.

Suit Of Armor: An Elegantly Tailored Bulletproof Business Suit

If attempts on your life are all in a day's work, but you still need to dress comfortably and stylishly on the job, you need a fashionable suit of armor.  Garrison Bespoke has just the proprietary threads to make you a custom bulletproof suit that's elegant, stylish, and lightweight too! Keep reading to see the tests of this bulletproof business suit on video!

Nintendo Takes Things Down a Notch With The $99 Wii Mini

Though the Nintendo Wii is still being sold in Canada and the United States, across the ocean in Europe it's been discontinued - replaced with the smaller, cheaper Wii Mini. Nintendo might intend on that same course, in the West. Yesterday, it announced plans to bring the Wii's little sister to the States.

Stick It! The Top 10 Antisocial Stick Figure Family Decals

Stick figure family decals have been around since 2006, if you can believe it, and though their 15 minutes of fame has LONG expired... they unfortunately haven't. These 10 antisocial stick figure family decals cleverly mock, belittle, shame and otherwise skewer those who would advertise their oh-so-perfect socioeconomic status to those stuck in traffic behind them.

Crazy Thanksgiving Outfits For The Slightly Insane Family

Crazy Thanksgiving Outfits don’t want to be left behind in the rush to hideous dress up this holiday season. Perfect for wearing to Black Friday shopping frenzies or for waiting for a balloon-crash during the big Parade, these get-ups will either make you say “Awwww” or “Eeeewwww.” Here's our favorite Thankgiving outfits:

Your Pets Deserve Their Own Thanksgiving Dinners - Healthy Ones!

Every year around the holidays, we are warned not to share our yummy meals with our pets.  They can get very sick from eating our rich food, and really we should not feed them from the table anyway.  But there is at least one pet food company known for making high quality pet foods, that has whipped up a couple of special Thanksgiving meals for our dogs and cats - even those that are on grain free diets.

360º BublCam May Turn The Camera World Upside Down

Touting  a full 360 degree viewing angle, the Bublcam allows users to not only take spherical panoramas, but gives them the ability to livestream in a full 360 degree viewing field as well. Set to release May 2014, how does the Bublcam stand up to other 360 degree cameras on the market?

Check Out NASA’s Top LEGO Creations From The “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth Competition!”

Earlier this year, NASA and LEGO teamed up for two contests that ignited the imaginations of anyone with an idea of the sorts of new vehicles that we might see in orbit in the near future. Let’s take a peek at the winners!

Tackle Land & Sea With The RC Morphibians!

If you’re looking for a safe, unique, durable and downright cool-looking first RC car for the kiddos, do I have the animal/vehicle hybrids for you!

5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

HGST Ships Helium-Filled 6TB Enterprise Hard Drives

Hoping to one-up the rapidly improving solid-state drives, HGST has enlisted the help of helium to shoehorn a whopping seven platters into its new Ultrastar HE6. The result: it's the world's first 6TB hard drive.

Eight Most Inventive DIY Problem Solvers From LifeHacker

The popular website Lifehacker.com has a really cool ongoing contest called the MacGyver Challenge. Readers are given a task each week to “hack” an everyday household item into something inventive and clever.  From binder clips to wine corks and more, here are some of the best and most useful  ideas to date from the MacGyver Challenge!

Bizarre Chinese Ivy-Covered “Zombie Car” Needs Water, Fertilizer, Brains

Green transportation in China just got creepier thanks to an abandoned, ivy-covered van that's become a national social media sensation.

Help 3D URBEE2’s Printed Car Makers To Design Iconic Insignia!

The team behind the world’s first 3D printed automobile are getting ready to roll out their latest prototype, the URBEE 2, and they need your help to create the car’s signature insignia.

Cooking Invention To Provide Greater Freedom For Millions Of Women: The Rotimatic

Serving delicious roti fresh and warm at dinner time takes hours of tedious work, performed mostly by women, in India, Pakistan, and many other south Asian and African countries every day.  So, it's no surprise that inventor Pranoti Nagarkar believes that the impact of her Rotimatic roti maker will be on a par with the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine, and the contraceptive pill in terms of providing freedom for women!

Neurocam Wearable Camera Reads Your Mind & Records What You Like

The Neurocam wearable camera remembers every nice thing you see while wearing it, even if you forget about it later. It “knows” what you like because an integral brainwave sensor monitors the wearer's emotions: if you like the look of something, your Neurocam will record & save a 5-second clip for posterity or Facebook.

Put Cardboard Tubes To Good Use With Toobalink!

Why waste a perfectly good cardboard tube in the recycle bin when you can make a sword, abstract models and other cool stuff with Toobalink construction sets?

New Innovation HapiTrack Measures Calories Wherever You Are

Ever had a personal trainer? Their constant nagging, their crazy routines, and more importantly, their insanely insane prices. Well, whilst HapiLabs' sole aim is not to put personal trainers out of business and force them to go home and tell their wives/husbands why this year's christmas tree won't be as big as the year before, the HapiTrack device certainly gives more power to the world's trainer-less population.

Innovative Israeli Company Seeks To Put A Freeze On Lung Cancer

One Israeli company has developed a revolutionary new way of eliminating tumors in breast cancer patients. But they didn't stop there, and have recently taken new steps towards creating an innovative new treatment that may change the world.

International Team Develops First 3-In-1 Cancer Fighting Nanostructure

It has been difficult for researchers to develop medical nanocomposites that are capable of performing more that one task at a time; thus some are used for detection, as in detecting cancer cells, and others deliver cancer-fighting drugs.  But recently, an international team of university researchers were successful in creating one nanostructure capable of performing three very important cancer-fighting tasks....

A Dog Knows: Wagging Tails Are Not All Happy Tails

You think your Fido will greet the dog coming towards you with enthusiasm. After all, Fido's tail is wagging.  Well, don't be so sure.  That other dog - she knows better than you do.

It’s Always Winter With Snowtime Anytime Indoor Snowballs!

As a Floridian, the inherent fun of playing in cold, wet and slushy snow is completely lost on me, but at least I can enjoy pelting family members with plush snowballs year round!

Design A Canoe Rodholder, Win A Kayak!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Trapper Canoes is looking for a universal fishing rod holder for their series of canoes. The top five designers will win a really nice kayak for their efforts!

Lord Of The Spies Afoot On The Island Of Web 2.0

Lord of the Flies is a dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys cast-offs on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. Published in 1954 when McCarthyism and the "Red Scare" of the Soviet Union was at its height. Flash forward almost 60 years to the day, and American are anxious once again  - but this time it's not the Russians, it's our own government.

The Fiesta-Five: A Wearable Confetti Celebration

High fives offer a great way for friends and family to rejoice when something exciting happens and a hug or pat on the back just don't quite fit the bill, and low fives are too underwhelming for the situation. But what if you could wear a device that creates the most epic of high fives each and every time?

Meet Illumivors: The Ghastly Glowing Predatory Fish Robots You’ve Always Wanted!

They’re growling, chomping, shining, fishy robots that glide across your floors for chills, fun and to scare the wits out of your poor cat: Check out the Illumivors!

MIT's "M-Blocks" Could Be The First Step Towards A Robot Uprising

MIT is at it again. This time, researchers have developed something known as an "M-Block." Basically, they're tiny magnetic cubes that can move on their own and permanently stick together. In other words...they're the first step towards self-constructing robots.

Awesome, right? 

 

Cheetos Cheeseburger Corn Puffs Are One Slick Snack

Frito-Lay Japan would like to say their Cheetos Cheeseburger flavored corn puffs offer fast-foodophile snackers the glorious taste of hot, juicy cheeseburgers without the time, trouble and expense of cruising their local drive-thru. We say, shut up and take our money!

Build A Special Centerpiece For The Concrete In Design Contest!

ITALCEMENTI, ALESSI and LPWK Design Studio have partnered up to find a designer who can take their innovative mortar mixture and create a brilliant centerpiece with it to become a mass produced product!