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January, 2014

A New South Korean Theme Park Will Let You Build Your Own Robots

Robots seem to be everywhere these days. They're in our factories, our schools, our homes, and now they're even in our theme parks. Over in South Korea, a futuristic new theme park is being built. The theme? Robotics, of course.

Need This New Innovation? Drone Beer Delivery

Beer delivered to your door by drone -- it is the stuff of beer drinkers' dreams. The idea was the brainchild of Lakemaid Beer of Minnesota. The basic idea is (or was) to use drones to deliver beer to ice fishers out on frozen lakes. With the release of a promotional video it seemed to be an idea created in marketing heaven -- right up until the FAA stepped in.

Read This Book -- Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies

All too often, computers in the classroom are treated like typewriters or filing cabinets -- just a convenient place to type and store information. For teachers and students interested in creating better classrooms by engaging with technology in a deeper way, Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies by Scott Lloyd DeWitt is a must-read. In this book, Dewitt details why -- and how -- to use the web to transform learning.

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Is A 21st Century Baja Bug

The way VW's gorgeous new Beetle Dune Concept turned heads at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, you'd have thought a bikini-clad Kate Upton was on the reviewing stand. Unlike the pneumatic supermodel, however, a production version of Volkswagen's reimagined Baja Bug may soon show up on the streets of your town.

Geek Chic Unique Engagement Ring Is Heroic Like Batman

Selecting an engagement ring, is one of the biggest decisions a man will make in his life. This is a fact both because of its meaning - it isn't just jewelry, it is a lifetime commitment after all - but also because it is the one item that most women will wear every day. Making a meaningful selection that is symbolic of the relationship, while meeting her aesthetic preferences is important.  Sometimes this means a traditional diamond; other times the choice is a bit more heroic.

Why YouTube's '301 Freeze Rule' Might Restrict Your Videos From Going Viral

For all those social media addicts out there who constantly chase the "numbers -- whether it be followers, friends or page views -- Google, in its inimical wisdom is here to tell you, popular videos are no longer a guarantee you will go viral on YouTube. In case you're not aware, with the 301 Freeze Rule, your video could be frozen in time, never to see any additional add-on ever again.

Believe If You Want: Light Can Do Math

It is not as simple as that, but close. A new study has introduced the concept of "metamaterial analog computing", where metamaterial blocks that can perform mathematical operations (such as spatial differentiation, integration, or convolution) by propagating light waves into them. This discovery is important as it can provide new computing systems much thinner than the conventional lens-based optical signal and data processors.

What Is Google Planning To Do With DeepMind? Does It Involves Robots?

Google acquired AI startup Deepmind for around $500 million earlier this week. Cue a media frenzy about Google's plans for its burgeoning robot army; about how machines of Chrome might put us out of work. Is there really a threat of unemployment, or could Google have something else in mind?

Design Donkey Calf Raise Attachment For Smith Machine, Win $1,000!

3D Technology and GrabCAD are looking for talented exercise equipment designers to develop an attachment for Smith machines to make donkey calf raises comfortable, safe and easy to perform. Share your fitness prowess, and you can earn up to $1,000!

Smartphones Are Now Officially The Mobile Gaming Weapon Of Choice

If you've a handheld gaming console and a smartphone, which do you play more? If you looked over to your droid or iPhone, you aren't alone. Turns out, gamers across the world are increasingly looking to phones instead of gaming handhelds for entertainment.

3 Exciting Environmentally-Friendly Cars of the (Near) Future

Automotive technology is rapidly changing, and who hasn't looked around at the cars on the streets and wondered: what will they think of next? Of course, the wish is that the next generation of cars will be fuel-efficient, low emissions, and fun to drive. Here are a few environmentally friendly cars of the near future that just might fit those parameters.

Internet Of Things & Rise Of The Machines: Obsolescence Without A Plan?

What's that buzz . . . tell me what's happening? While the Internet of Thing's clarion call has awakened the early adopters, many of us still have it on snooze alarm. We may have seen bits and pieces of it, like those that have popped up as apps on our mobile devices. Perhaps we've recently purchased a Smart TV -- or have recently been intrigued by Nest's Thermostat [after Google plopped down a hefty $3.2 billion to acquire it].

Nissan and FedEx Will Test e-NV200 In Brazil

Nissan and FedEx are keeping their tests of the new e-NV200 van and the next stage is Brazil. e-NV200 is 100% electric and will be delivering FedEx packages for a month. The obtained results will then be analyzed by the two companies and used to perfect e-NV200 plans, which production will start latter this year in Spain.

Bits Of Verse: Computers Are Now Capable Of Writing Poetry

So remember how I said writers might soon be replaced by machines? Apparently, it's already happening. A PhD student at MIT has created an artificial intelligence capable of analyzing the work of famous poets and creating new works which could have been written by said poets.

Need This New Finding? Aleve May Be Safer For Heart Health

According to federal health officials new findings show that Aleve, aka naproxen sodium, may be a healthier choice for heart health than other NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen. This news could affect millions of Americans who are concerned about heart health. The FDA posted a review online on Tuesday that naproxen may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than rival anti-inflammatory drugs.

PetChatz Lets You Bond With Your Pet While Away

Pet parents will soon have another way to communicate with their dogs and cats while they're at work or out of town.  PetChatz, which will ship in just a few months, is now pre-selling its Greet & Treat Videophone - imagine Skype that delivers treats and scents!

Need This New Finding: Sex Can Make You Smarter

It is just the sort of news you've been waiting for: new research has shown that engaging in sex can improve mental performance and increase the production of new neurons in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where long-term memory is formed. This is the sort of scientific news that even people who don't care about science can get behind.

The Largest Vertical Forest In The World (Italy) Is Almost Finished

Bosco Verticale (Italian for "Vertical Forest") is a project featuring the construction of two residential towers  in Milan, Italy. However, they are not common buildings, as they are "covered" in plants. The towers have, respectively, 119 and 87 meters in height, providing a surface area of 10,000 square meters which will host 900 trees and many other shrubs and floral plants.

Robots Will Bring About A New Age, But Not Before Ruining This One

Today, I'm writing a post which is more than a little uncomfortable for me. After all, I'm dealing with the notion that I might someday be obsolete. AI is improving more with each passing day; pretty soon, we might see a whole host of news-bots, designed to deliver stories right to your screen.

At This Year's GDC, Riot's Going To Teach Us All About Sportsmanship

Earlier today, it was revealed that Riot Games will be in attendance at this year's GDC. The developer will host a keynote regarding online sportsmanship. After all, if anyone knows all about sportsmanship, it'd be the studio that made League of Legends, right?

Design Ultra-Tough Truck Underrun, Win Cash & A Google Nexus 7 Tablet!

Did you know an “underrun” is a safety device that keeps your puny car from driving right underneath large trucks? SimScale and GrabCAD are hoping that one of you will design a lightweight, super strong and cool-looking underrun for great prizes!

Google Diversifies From Androids Phones To Android Armies

Over the last ten years, Google's foray into the smartphone market has established its Android phones as a viable competitor to Apple's iPhones. However, in the years to come, mobile revenues will be more or less chump change in comparison to the returns Google will be able to derive from robots and artificial intelligence.

Need This New Invention? Biodegradable Batteries Made Of Sugar

We use massive amounts of batteries these days to power everything from flashlights to cars. The used batteries are toxic and end up dumped into landfills daily. The time is long overdue to come up with a biodegradable battery that would work in most devices. That time finally seems to be on its way as scientists work to bring a battery powered by sugar to the public.

ES Pipe Waterwheel, The Faucet That Works Like A Dam

When you think of dams you picture those huge concrete constructions made in the middle of rivers, and it is hard to picture them in smaller sizes. However, in our homes we have multiple "small rivers" (faucets) which could work as miniature-sized dams. South Korean designer Ryan Jongwoo Choi thought about this and came up with ES Pipe Waterwheel, a faucet that produces energy while it is being used.

 

Meet "Origami", "Clip" And "Mate": Samsung's New Go On Printers

On CES 2014 Samsung presented some new, innovative and bold products, therefore getting under the spotlight on the fair. A true novelty is related to three printers the South Korean company presented: Origami has the external "packaging" made out of cardboard; Clip is built with plastic but without any screws; Mate has interchangeable and colorful panels which can be chosen to fit one's taste.

Pretty Soon, You Might Be Playing Video Games At Job Interviews

So it turns out all that time spent playing video games might not be useless as everyone's been telling you. Accodring to MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, video games are gaining a new niche: as hiring tools for employers. Turns out games can serve as valuable tools for career placement. Who knew?

Scientists Develop Spider-Man Robot For Space Exploration

Many of the distant planets researchers want to know more about aren't really great for wheeled probes. In order to pore over the surface of thes worlds, scientists have to get a little creative. Take researchers in London, for example, who just developed a robot based on the superhero Spider-Man.

Use Droid Translator To Chat In 29 Languages

Our world has many different languages and, due to globalization, it is more and more common for people using different languages to communicate with each other. But this can only be done either by talking in a language that both people understand or by using the services of a translator. With Droid Translator all this will change - this mobile app translates, in real-time, conversations and text messages, in 29 different languages.

Design Razor’s Latest PowerWing Scooter, Win Big!

Hey inventors! How would you like to innovate the classic three wheeled body-powered scooter for Razor USA, Siemens, Luxion and GrabCAD? There’s cash and prizes if you impress the iconic scooter makers!

SAGE: A Self-Administered Test For Alzheimer's Disease

I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably.  But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it.  This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....

 

Need This New Innovation? 21 Swings

Most of us loved to spend time on the swings when we were kids, whether on the playground or in the backyard. It was a little piece of magic in our lives as we could pretend to fly. People in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, have had the chance to return to those joyous moments with the 21 Swings project. These swings are actually giant instruments and we tiny humans are the means to create the music by returning to out childhoods.

Confide, The Grownup Version Of Snapchat For Governor Christie's Inner Circle

What comes to mind when one talks about disappearing text messaging? You know, the "now you see it, now you don't" type of communique that might have saved the career of one "what was he thinking" politician with the unfortunate name of Weiner.

Need This New Finding? A Plant Can Learn And Remember

To most of us a Mimosa is a tasty cocktail to drink with brunch, but to researchers a Mimosa is a plant native to Central and South America that has been shown to be able to learn and remember what it learned. The Mimosa pudica is a creeping annual or perennial herb that is also known as a "touch-me-not" that closes its leaves and droops to protect itself from predators.

Great Ideas For Single Awareness Day (S.A.D.) On February 14

As our coupled friends celebrate that mushy, heart-y February 14 “holiday”, the rest of us celebrate Single Awareness Day (S.A.D.).  We encourage giving gifts to yourself or your other single friends to celebrate S.A.D.  Go and share S.A.D. with each other! Here are some ideas from around the Internet for fun and funny S.A.D. gifts and activities.

Have Diabetes? Save Your Eyes With New Smart Lenses

Diabetes affects 1 in 19 people, that's 26 million people in the US, and patients need to be in constant control of their blood sugar levels, otherwise they risk damage to their eyes, kidneys or heart. Methods to measure blood glucose are painful (finger pricking and Ditto or Glooko), or invasive (constant glucose monitors, CGMs). Hopefully they will soon be replaced by Google's Smart Lens.

This Robot Has The Potential To Make Land Mines Obsolete

Currently, it's estimated there are 110,000,000 active landmines in the world. Not exactly a small number.Since humans aren't likely capable of clearing them out any time soon (never mind the danger involved), researchers at the University of Coimbra decided they could use a bit of robotic help.

Are Yakuza Action Figures Pokemon For Adults?

Gotta catch 'em all... before they catch up to YOU! These new Yakuza action figures bring the gritty intensity, tattooed imagery and distinctive fashion sense of Japan's criminal underworld to every collector's display shelf.

Best Fitness Trends To Try In 2014

Instead of  trying a nutty fad exercise trend or doing the same old exercise routine this year, how about trying what experts predict will be the hot exercises for 2014. These workouts also have serious exercise science behind them.

5 Fun Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes

Durr is a new type of watch that messes with your perception of time. It buzzes every 5 minutes, so you can feel how time passes differently depending on your situation. Use it in the following scenarios and see how long 5 minutes really is.

New Robot Rene Can Detect, Diagnose, And Help Treat Autism

Scientists in Croatia have developed a new robot that they say could be used to detect autism in children quickly and easily - and to help treat it, as well. The robot goes by the name of Rene, and is equipped with all the tools necessary to interact with sufferers of the illness, who are often incredibly timid around human beings.

Suffering From Incontinence? Try Playing A Dance Game!

It's already pretty common knowledge that games like Dance Dance Revolution help you burn off calories and lose weight. Turns out, weight loss isn't the only thing dancing's good for: a study published by Neurology and Urodynamics has revealed that dance games can help women with incontinence.

Need This New Innovation: The Revolving Cradle, A Drop Box For Unwanted Infants

The baby drop box, revolving cradle, baby hatch, or stork's cradle is actually something that had been around in one form or another for many centuries. They were very popular during the Middle Ages and the 18th and 19th centuries when they were called foundling wheels. The custom has been coming back in the past few years and bringing with it controversy over making it "too easy" for women to abandon their children.

7 Crazy Fitness Fads That Really Should Die In 2014

How many people resolved to exercise more in the coming year.... again? Exercise is great, but some of the fitness fads of the past few years are past their prime.  Say goodbye to these nutty fitness fads this year and embrace reality.

Innovative Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

Unveiled at the Spring 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System has all the indications of a gadget that might actually help consumers. The Smart Sleep System monitors your sleep experience and actively works to improve it using light and sound.

This Mini Industrial Robot Arm Will Make Your Desk Feel Like A Factory

Hey there, folks! How would you feel about having your own personal robot arm? Inspired by the industrial-strength ABB PalletPack robot arm, the uArm adds a factory-esque feel to your office desktop, perfect for the motion-impaired (or the especially lazy).

7 Interactive Cat Toys For Nocturnal Cat Play - So You Can Sleep

Does your cat wake up in the middle of the night and want to play? Naturally; that's when cats in the wild do their best hunting.  But if you want to get your sleep, the jingle bells and scrunchy stuff are out.  What's a cat owner to do?  Try a few of these interactive cat toys designed especially for owners who prefer to sleep while their cats play.

Stay Warm This Winter With A Geothermal Heat Pump For Your Home

Geothermal heat pumps are a cost- and energy-efficient way to stay warm during the long, cold months of winter. They have been around since the late 1940s, but as the technology gets better and the prices continue to fall, they have recently become more popular for home use. Today, about 80,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed per year in the United States.  Here's how geothermal heat pumps work -- and how you can get one for your home.

Make Better Decisions - Don't Just Trust Your Gut

How do you make decisions? By trusting your gut? Or by making lists? David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University is advising us to stop trusting ourselves, so should we put our trust in technology instead? ChoiceMap and Feels are two iphone apps that claim they help us make better decisions.

Georgia Tech's Using Human Arms To Make Robots More Accurate

One of the biggest driving forces in robotics innovation is the manufacturing industry. See, the machinery used to construct cars could easily tear a human apart of miscalibrated. The latest development comes from the Georgia Institute of Technology: a control system developed using the human arm.

The Immersion Headset Will Teach You How Not To Rage At Video Games

As gamers, we're no stranger to frustration. Whether an incompentent teammate in League of Legends or a particularly brutal segment of Ninja Gaiden, some games can be downright infuriating. The problem is that some of us have no idea how to manage that stress. That's where Immersion comes in.

Need This New Innovation? Marijuana Vending Machine

As of January first the state of Colorado is either going to pot or up in smoke. Maybe both! The state had already made history by becoming one of the first two states to legalize the medical use of medical marijuana. As of the New Year the state became the first to legalize the drug for recreational use. Within days the marijuana dispensaries faced shortages and sold out. It may be time for a new distribution system for this hot (or pot) commodity -- vending machines.

Panasonic Announces Super-High-End 20” Windows 8 Tablet

Panasonic's new Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 packs an awful lot of power under the hood, and does so without compromising durability. Think of it as a heavily bumped-up Microsoft Surface 2. Pun intended.

There Will Be (A) Blood App, O, B & AB As Well

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you shed some LBs while improving your overall health. That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet spawned by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo.

For Peace Of Mind, Buy A Security Wallet! (Product Reviews)

.... You can go to your credit card issuer and ask to have your debit and credit cards re-issued without an RFID chip or you can protect your cards, all of them, by buying a secure wallet or credit card case to protect the cards from e-thiefs. I don't often carry my money and my credit cards in the same case, so I ordered a well-reviewed wallet and a few credit card security cases to try them out.  Here's what I like...

 


Valve Creates A Holo Deck; Gives The Technology To Oculus

Today at Steam Developer Days, Valve reportedly unleashed a 'holodeck-level' virtual reality demo on attendees. The bad news is that this demo won't be made available to the general public. Instead, Valve will be providing the tech to Oculus, with whom the studio collaborate on future VR hardware.

Need This New Finding? The Best Kind Of Music For Exercising

You may have just made a New Year's Resolution to get in shape this year. So you are heading off to the gym several times a week to get your heart rate up, burn calories, and stretch those muscles. It can be so easy to lose your determination and enthusiasm once you are there. Scientific studies have shown that listening music can help keep you going longer and stronger during a workout. New research shows that just any music won't do -- there are specific criteria to the best music to use when exercising.

This Friendly Little Dalek Robot Will Watch Your Home Like A Hawk

Good news, everyone: robots are now invading our homes!

Well, sort of. Say hello to Keecker- a robotic entertainment center, butler, and security guard. Developed by former Google Product Manager Pierre Lebeau, this little robot puts Roombas right to shame. 


LG Life Band Will Help You Keep Your New Year Resolutions

Health and fitness is still going strong in 2014. As waistlines continue to expand, so does the fitness market. LG wants to enter the foray and solidify their place in the market, and looks to be doing so with their Life Band Touch smart watch and fitness tracker. The Life Band utilizes Bluetooth LE and is compatible with Android operating systems and Apple iOS. But with so many of these activity trackers on the market, can LG differenieate themselves enough to stand out from the crowd?

What Nest Is Google Feathering - The Internet Of Things,' Apple's or Nest Labs'?

OK, so a $3.2 billion acquisition is nothing to sneeze at! However, when your current stock price on the Nasdaq exchange is trading at $1148 per share, and your coffers are overflowing in excess of $57 billion in cash and marketable securities - $3.2 is more or less chump change. . .

Samsung And Trek Take Bikes Into Next Generation

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the biggest technology fairs around the world. The 2014 edition brought some new and "tasty" novelties - one of which is a new bike, developed jointly by Samsung and Trek, which will bring these vehicles into next generation, with a handful of features which make the bikes in our garages almost obsolete.

Open Wide For the Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush

It seems like practically everything has Bluetooth capabilities these days, but there is one place the technology hasn’t hit yet- your mouth. That is, until now. Get ready; coming soon to a mouth near you is the Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush.

The Beam + Telepresence Robot Is Coming To A Home Near You

When Suitable Technologies CEO Scott Hassan talked about the Beam at CES 2014, he mentioned that he has one of his own at home which he uses with his kids while away. Not such a bad idea, is it? He thought so too - which is why the Beam + is now available to the general public.

Your Own Video Game Cloud: Steam Home Streaming Service Now In Beta

As Valve's Steam Developer Days conference kicks into full gear in Seattle, the studio began sending out the first invites for Steam's in-home streaming beta. Pretty soon, Steam gamers will be able to play games in their library on other systems, even if said games aren't installed.

So, Will the Perfect Bacon Bowl Provide Deliciousness? Let's Find Out!

I love bacon.  I don't mean just "love".  I mean I love it as much as I love cheese.  If cheese and bacon were to get into a fight I would jump in to mediate because I wouldn't want either of them hurt.  I would encourage peace amongst dairy and pork products and usher a new era a prosperity and, yes... love.  Then I would eat them both.  But, I digress.  The idea of the Perfect Bacon Bowl is intriging.  But does it deliver deliciousness?

Innovators Gather In Abu Dhabi To Address Sustainability

In what will be the largest gathering on sustainability ever to be held in the Middle East, innovators from many sectors will gather in Abu Dhabi on January 18 - 25. Abu Dabai Sustainability Week features the World Future Energy Summit and brings together leaders from the worlds of politics, science, business, and academia to discuss and address the energy challenges of the future. Read on to learn more about the event.

Dip A Chip? Introducing Shrimp Mayonnaise Doritos

Frito-Lay Japan has got THE snack for hungry gunslingers to nom on while trekking across the Waste Lands to the Dark Tower: Shrimp Mayonnaise Doritos! Sure the name's kinda dull but they're the closest thing to “Lobstrosity Doritos” you're gonna get.

Valve's SteamVR Beta Shows Why 2014 Is A Big Year For Virtual Reality

Although Valve's Developer Days conference doesn't kick into full swing until tomorrow, the studio's already given us a glimpse into one of the innovations they're going to debut there - SteamVR. It's pretty much just what it sounds like: you can now use Steam with the Oculus Rift.

Scientists Are Now Testing An Internet Made For Robots: RoboEarth

I've got three words for you, ladies and gentlemen: robotic hive mind. That's what scientists at Eindhoven University have spent the last four years creating; an invention they refer to as "RoboEarth," a "world wide web for robots."

What is the Selk'bag? A Camper's Dream... To a Point

Until recently I went camping several times per year.  And believe it or not, it gets damned cold in Florida during certain months.  So, when nature calls and you've gotta crawl out of that tent at 3 A,M... well, this is close to an answer to staying warm.

Chinese Tourists May Soon Set Out For The Final Frontier

When you have all the money in the world, what is there left to do? Go into space, apparently. A Netherlands-based tourism firm by the name of Space Exploration Corporation today signed a deal with Dexo Travel which will see it taking rich tourists into space at a premium.

EA Finally Admits That Always-On DRM Doesn't Work With SimCity

When SimCity first launched, it came with DRM that effectively crippled the game. Things only got worse when it came to light that this wasn't even necessary - and now EA is finally admitting as much. Today, they announced that they're finally bringing offline single-player to SimCity.

Meet Your New Home Medical Laboratory: Scanadu

The ease of access to medical information has increased our health IQs greatly from pre-Internet days. But if doctors aren't exasperated with their know-it-all patients just yet, a Silicon Valley startup called Scanadu is about to change the practice of medicine altogether with smart gadgets that give you the tools to test and analyze your own vitals and body fluids.  And you don't need a prescription, or a fortune, to buy them!  

Bibliotech: World's First Bookless Library

When you think about paying a visit to a library, you think about shelves upon shelves of books, a library catalog, and sometimes even a male or female librarian dressed in tweed and glasses so nerdy that they're the coolest fashion statements ever. What you do not expect to find is a business that is chock full of emptiness. But that's exactly what the world's newest library offers to patrons.

KJB Security Camera Lens Cup Has an Eye on You... And a Cup a' Joe.

Well, okay... it's not a real lens.  But if you are into photography, you may want to check out this clever coffee mug.  And it also has a coaster for cookies!

Meet ColorADD, A Revolutionary Code To Help Colorblind People

Color blindness is an inability or decreased ability to see and/or perceive colors. It mostly affects males, which is easily explained by Genetics, and around 10% of males are somehow affected by it. While color blindness is not a disease or a life-threatening problem, it can sometimes play a major role in one's life. Portuguese designer Miguel Neiva developed a truly revolutionary visual code to help these people surpass their deficiency and deal with colors in the most normal way as possible.

Christie's Scapegoat [Bridget Anne Kelly] Faced Light Traffic On Twitter Trail

It's been said that in today's socially connected world, it's almost impossible to completely remove your digital footprint from the Web. As hard as you try, traces of your bon mots, bio clips and tweets seem to remain sticky enough for others to find.

Magnetic Giant Isopod Plush Is A Pill Bug For What Ails You

Celebrate Japan's famous fasting Giant Isopod with this smaller, softer and slightly less creepy plush version from Hamee! The plushie's real-life inspiration last ate in January of 2009... how's YOUR New Year's weight-loss resolution going?

Zackees Turn Signal Gloves Are A Bright Biking Idea

Bicycle riders rejoice, Zackees Turn Signal Gloves put safety in the palms of your hands! This new direction in two-wheeled security allows bike-riders to speak the language of the cars and trucks they share the roads with.

Southern Hemisphere's Largest Windpod System Has Been Installed In The City Of Cockburn

Today's society is turning more and more to renewable sources of energy, due to an improved awareness about the environmental problems surrounding the other energy sources. Also, we try to utilize and not waste as much energy as possible. Following this line of thought, the Australian city of Cockburn has installed a system of windpods in order to generate power from wind - that is the biggest system in the Southern Hemisphere.

How Many Times Have You Checked Your Phone Today?

Mother is a device by Sen.se launched at 2014 International CES, that turns objects into smart and understanding things that enrich your life. She comes with Motion Cookie sensors to attach to your toothbrush, your keys, your shoes, your pill bottle, or your child - anything that you want to monitor throughout the day using temperature, geolocation and accelerometer capabilities, even your phone. How many times do you check yours per day?

Video Game Consoles Are Now Legal In China; That Doesn't Mean Much Yet

Last September, the Chinese government announced plans to lift a long-standing ban on foreign video game consoles. Good news, everyone: today, they've finally realized those plans. Well...at least for a little while. And there are a few strings attached.

CES 2014: Say Hello To The World's First Working Security Robot

At this year's Consumer Electronics show, the science fiction concept of robot security guards has just blasted its way into the real world. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Knightscope K5: the world's first true security drone.

Wearable Tech Goes To The Dogs: The VOYCE Dog Health & Fitness Monitoring Collar

Radar and wi-fi have been a part of wearable technology for dogs for some years now; you might even say that dogs have had a 'paw up' on wearable technology.  Of the new dog tech products being introduced at the 2014 Computer Electronics Show (CES),  I particularly like prospects for the Voyce dog-wearable collar that monitors and reports your dog's health and fitness levels 24/7.

Never Forget To Take Your Meds: Cell Phone In Your Pill Bottle

AdhereTech have released a patented pill bottle with an embedded sensor to detect when you've removed a pill, instead of simply monitoring if you have opened or closed the bottle, like GlowCaps. Their sensor hooked up to 3G means better adherence to medication, but more exciting than that - their pill bottles can integrate with other data tracking devices, like glucose monitors, so you can see how your medication is interacting with your body.

At CES 2014, Even The Journalists Are Robots

In the future, we might be able to start attending conferences through robots. A company known as Suitable Technologies has recently made their telepresence robot, Beam, available to the general public. Using Beam, a Forbes journalist attended CES 2014 without ever leaving her kitchen.

The Oculus Crystal Cove Prototype Makes VR Better Than Reality

At today's Consumer Electronics Show, Oculus unveiled a new prototype of its Rift virtual reality headset. The new device, dubbed "Crystal Cove," adds positional tracking and a new OLED display. What that basically means is that Crystal Cove blows the old Rift out of the water.

The UpBed™ Literally Gets You Out Of Bed In The Morning

Many of us have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, but that may be more a reflection of our mental state than physical.  For those with conditions that physically limit their ability to get out of bed without assistance, whether due to arthritic conditions, balance issues, or injury, the new UpBed™ Ajustable Lift Bed can really make a big difference in their independence.

Freshness Burger's Peanut Butter Burger Is Jammed With Asparagus

Freshness Burger's limited edition Peanut Butter Burger picks up where Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich left off. Unfortunately, the Japanese fast food chain left off the bananas and added onions, bacon, lettuce and (shudder) asparagus.

Don't Waste Time Sleeping: Fight Dragons In Your Dreams

Lucid dream masks work by flashing a series of light patterns when you are in REM sleep. The Remee Mask, the Aurora Mask, the REM Dreamer as well as apps like DreamZ, or Lucid Dreaming, claim they can make you aware you are dreaming, and have some control over the events that occur. Can we regain hours of our lives, in our imaginative worlds where anything is possible? Can we fight dragons in our dreams?

Google Wants To Bring Android Into Our Cars

Google is a company that sets itself apart from the others mostly due to the broad spectrum of activities and enterprises it invests on. Google's investment in cars is not new, with the development of a self-driving car as one of the most well-known projects by the company, but recently it has been announced that Google wants to move Android into our cars, with something called "Open Automotive Alliance".

Happiness Ahead: FROM Software Opens Up A Dark Souls Themed Cafe

Some of you might remember that last December, FROM Software announced plans to roll out a video game cafe themed after its Dark Souls franchise. Yesterday, that cafe finally opened up in Tokyo, to a great deal of fanfare. Let's have a look, shall we?

NASA Is Using A Lake In Chile To Prepare For An Exploration Of Titan

Over in Chile, a team of scientists from NASA's Intelligent Robotics Group are testing something very, very cool. The Planetary Lake Lander is an early prototype of an autonomous, floating space probe which the team believes can be used to explore the surface of Titan.

A Handheld Gym And Trainer: The Tao WellShell

More... more... more.  Hold... hold.... The words, somewhat garbled, are those of your computerized trainer in the newest invention for those who currently waste too much time social networking. Now, while you're waiting in grocery lines, traffic, or even watching TV, you can be flexing various muscle groups and having your strength measured and pushed to the rythms of more... more... more... hold... hold...instead of tweeting, googling, or facing the book. The Tao WellShell is here.  Well, almost....

 

A New Greenhouse Gas Has Been Found, 7,100 Times More Powerful Than CO2

Global warming, a consequence of the Greenhouse Effect, is one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced. It may provoke massive changes to our planet, such as the melting of glaciers and the consequent raise of sea levels, which will flood many regions. Scientists thought that carbon dioxide (CO2) was the most dangerous Greenhouse gas, but turns out there is a bigger bully in town.

Holacracy For Small Business, Another Name For Wearing Many Hats?

It seems when leaders with the level of influence of Zappos' Tony Hsieh and Evan Williams of Twitter fame embrace a new business model, the world stops and takes notice. Touted as the "hot management trend for 2014," by Mashable and dozens others, 'holacracy' seems to be the latest shiny new thing for 9-to-5ers to show the world that they too can push the envelope

Choosing A Cat Litter Mat (Or) What Litter-aly Mat-ters?

Trying to choose a litter mat to attract litter off your cat's paws as she leaves the litter box will make you crazy.  It did me.  So I thought I'd share what I learned by checking out all the top rated litter mats on Amazon.com and finding out what litter-aly mat-ters.

Lenovo Announces All-in-One PCs Running Android

Apparently there's a demand for Google's Android smartphone OS on desktop systems. Like it or not, two Lenovo systems with screen sizes in excess of 19 inches have been unveiled.

Predict An Asthma Attack: Stay Out Of The ER

Chronic respiratory diseases like Asthma and COPD cause your airways to swell and narrow, making it difficult to breathe, and affect over 50 million people in the US alone. Propeller is a sensor you attach to your inhaler to help you manage your condition better, reduce your emergency room visits, and improve your quality of life.

The Ozobot Wants To Play A Game With You - Is Your iPad Ready?

Unveiled today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Ozobot is a robot that's all about playing games. The diminutive robot is capable of recognizing and responding to lights, colors, and shapes; it uses this to react to stimuli in mobile games. Basically, it's like Nintendo's ROB for your iPad.

ROBLOX Unleashes HTTP Requests And Better World Building Capabilities

A few weels ago, ROBLOX released an HTTP Request service and terrain building capabilities that allow forbetter worlds and games than ever before.  On Friday, I got the chance to sit down with Simon Kozlov and Arseny Kapoulkine to talk about how these innovations might impact the future of ROBLOX.

What If The 2014 World Cup Is Kicked-Off By Someone Using An Exoskeleton?

Given that it is the most popular sport in the world, chances are you like soccer and you will be in front of your TV next June, for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Also, since you are reading this, chances are you like innovative projects and new technological creations. If this is your case, you are in for a treat: the first kick of the 2014 World Cup will be taken by a paralyzed teenager, using an exoskeleton.

Hangover Heaven: Las Vegas Survival Business Delivers Hangover Cures

Party buses are designed for fun and debauchery. They can be rented to help individuals celebrate virtually any event, but are especially popular for weddings and bachelor/bachelorette parties. With a party bus you get a designated driver, and a place to keep the party going without pause while en route to the next club or bar. The only problem with partying that hard is that you're going to feel it in the morning, so some smart individuals ran with the party bus concept, and made a party bus solution.

At Last, Someone Innovated The Elevator Control Panel

Elevators are important pieces in today's buildings, since they can move people or objects from one floor to another without effort and, most of the times, even quicker than by stairs. However, even though they were invented (as we know them) many decades ago, some of its components have not evolved that much - until now. Meet iCEP the Intelligent Connected Elevator Panel.

Get Paid To Lose Weight, Work Out, And Eat Veggies

Earn up to 5 dollars per week for working out or eating healthy with Pact, an awesome new smartphone app that helps you earn money for living healthy. It is designed to help you stick to your commitments to stay in shape, eat more veggies, or log your meals, perfect for those New Years Resolutions. Integrates with RunKeeper, Jawbone UP, Fitbit, Moves, MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal.

Need This New Innovation? A Buddy Bench To Ease Playground Loneliness

With all of the stories coming out of schools about shootings and bullying, it is nice to find a spot of positive news. It comes in the form of a Buddy Bench. The bench is the idea of second-grader Christian Bucks at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania and is designed to create a safe space for lonely or sad children to go to connect with other children so that they can make friends and create a larger support group around them.

Make Love Not Babies With Latest IUD Birth Control Device

Still looking for the ideal birth-control solution? Skyla is a new, smaller IUD suitable for women who haven't had children. It is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, lasts for 3 years, and is more affordable now it's covered by the Affordable Care Act's birth-control provision in the US.

The Innovative Subscription Biz That's Exactly What You Think It Is. Period.

Every healthy woman on the planet, that is of child-bearing age, gets a special visit from mother nature (or at least her evil twin sister) once a month. While every woman has a different method for coping with a guest that's welcome on principle alone, there are a few things that every woman requires or appreciates. One unique business wants to ensure that women embrace their monthly guest, and they do that by ensuring that she shows up with a hostess gift.

Feeling Anxious Or Pessimistic? Use This WristBand To Measure Your Mood

Measure your autonomous nervous system (ANS) with Phyode's wristband, the W/Me wearable wellness tracker. Measure your pulse and your temperature, and see if you are passive, excitable, anxious, or pessimistic. Then just let the smartphone app coach you on breathing techniques to help you feel more balanced. 

Happy Pills Candy Store: 'Cuz A Little Bit Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

You've heard the anti-sugar advocates refer to it as a drug , and there's no doubt that candy can fall under the addictive category if you are a sugar-lover. That's why one European business decided to take that notion and run - they've created a themed business that's sickly sweet.

The WildCat -- A New All-Terrain Robot that Sort of Looks Like a Monster

Look at that picture on the right.  Looks innocuous enough, right?  Well, wait until you see this thing in motion.  Quite scary.  But, scariness aside, there is something to say about the WildCat robot.  It may just be the way to cover long distances across all sorts of terrain at a rather rapid pace.

Need This New Innovation? Lose Weight By Changing Hands

This is the time of year wheb many people renew their determination to lose weight with yet another New Year's resolution. What can you do differently this time to make a success out of your new plan? Apparently the latest idea for getting yourself to eat less is a simple one -- switch hands. By eating with your non-dominant hand you will cut calories automatically accordingn to researchers.

Another Sign Of Animal Magnetism? Dogs Line Up With Earth's Magnetic Field To Excrete

Man and animal exhibit various signs of being in tune with the universe, but recently a team of zoologists from University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany made a new finding, one which provides yet another example of Franz Mesmer's theory of animal magnetism: Under stable conditions in the Earth's magnetic field, dogs will tend to urinate and defecate in line with its magnetic field.

 

Graduate Student Invents A Mechanical Inchworm To Patrol Power Lines

A graduate student at UC San Diego by the name of Nick Morozovsky has invented a rather unique alternative to in-person power line inspections. Meet Skysweeper: a mechanical inchworm that consists of little more than some 3D printed components, an arduino motor, and a store-bought battery.

Nvidia Will Be Showcasing Its Gaming Innovations At Next Week's CES

Nvidia announced today that it plans to hold a press conference during the upcoming 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. The exclusve event will be hoested January 5, and will feature some of Nvidia's top video game innovations, along with its mobile and automotive display technologies.

Cash For Cuddling: The Business Of Professional Spooning

Cuddling is typically considered an intimate act, reserved for couples, parents and children, and perhaps close friends. But cuddling has many benefits to our well-being, physically and emotionally, and individuals that don't have a designated cuddle buddy miss out on them. That's why some very people-friendly entrepreneurs have carved out a new industry.

3 Best Products To Protect Your Dog's Feet On Snow And Ice

Your dog's feet need protection in winter - especially from snow and ice.  When looking for protective products, you want to consider three things: minimizing slippage on ice, keeping your dog's feet warm, and keeping your dog away from chemicals used by local governments or individuals to dissipate ice.  Each of these products achieves at least one of these goals, and I consider them the very best of what's available....

Scared Of A Stroke? Save Yourself With A Shake

JustShakeIt is an Android App that acts as an emergency alert system for patients suffering with neurological conditions like strokes, epilepsy or migraines. It is the first product by Healint, a Singapore based mobile health tech startup.

Will Semantic Technology Make Our Smart Phones Smarter?

In the foreseeable future, search on smartphones will allow for intuitive logic not just text-matching based on keywords. But what will our smartphones offer in the Web 3.0 world of Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things?

Dames Making Games Helps Female Developers Do What They Love

It's no secret that the tech industry has a bit of a problem with its treatment of women, and gaming isn't exempt. Game development is still very much a boys club - though many seek to change that. Dames Making Games isone such organization; a nonprofit which aims to get more women involved in game development.

The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Japanese Toothpastes

When a new toothpaste hits store shelves in Japan it's expected to fight tooth and nail – especially tooth – to gain traction in an already hyper-competitive marketplace. Is it any wonder that, like Japan's many weird & bizarre soft drinks and the teeth of those who drink them, offbeat yet innovative toothpastes keep coming out?

This Gecko-Like Robot May One Day Crawl Over The Hulls Of Spacecraft

One enduring trend in the world of robotics is for researchers to base their designs on real-world creatures. The six-legged Abigaille - based on a real-world gecko- is no exception. Designed by Canadian researchers, it may one day operate on the hulls of spacecraft for maintenance and repair.

Oppo Dog Muzzles: The Business That's Gone To The Ducks

Some business find their niche in a world of innovative products, other businesses find their niche making light of what would otherwise be serious business. Whether you like the direction that this unique business has gone is up to you, but they sure have managed to attract attention.

New Bolstered Furniture Covers For Pets Provide Protection AND Ergonomic Comfort

If you have furniture you want to protect, you can either train your pets not to jump on it or you can cover the special places your pet likes with a decorative blanket or a furniture cover specifically designed for pets, one that is easy to clean and has special padding for your pets comfort.  But the newest addition to these pet furniture pads is bolsters that make the pads more like pet beds.  These new features consider the need, desire, and tendency for dogs and cats to rest with their heads raised or 'bolstered.' 

 

A Unique Approach To Texting Mittens

Texting in the winter is inconvenient no matter which way you look at it, and that's pretty inconvenient whether you're doing it for business or pleasure. Particularly during the cold weather months when there's an increased number of delays getting to your destination due to snow and ice, and during the holiday season when you really just want to send your well-wishes to loved ones. Many have tried to tackle the issue of texting during the winter, but this new wearable option is unique.

Is The GIG Up For Internet Speed?

While Gigabyte broadband might still be on the drawing boards for many of our major telecom companies, Sprint is tackling high-speed mobile while Google is making its mark in the wired internet side of the world. Both are pressing hard to deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home in the not-so-distant future.

Top 5 Christmas Businesses That Made 2013 Special

With the Christmas season behind us, and the new year here, it's time to look at the coolest businesses that helped make the holidays magical this year. Take note because these businesses made for a successful 2013 holiday season, and might just help make it a little more merry and bright when it rolls around again in 2014. And what better time to think about Christmas businesses than now - as we cross the threshold into the no longer appropriate to have a tree up, or lights on -  territory. 

Wenyard, Empire Avenue On Steroids Or Pyramid Scheme?

Usually one learns of a new innovation, invention, social media breakthroughs from techie news sites like Spot, AllThingsDigital. Mashable, and others.  Word traveling fast in real-time is then amplified by all the major social networks (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, for starters) and if it's really 'disruptive' it will begin to blanket our zeitgeist. This is then followed by the business trades and legacy publishers elaborating on the shiny new thing's various iterations over time.