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March, 2014

So It Turns Out Gaming Is Integral To Modern Day Youth's Social Lives

One of the biggest criticisms I frequently see leveled at gaming is that it's an inherently antisocial activity; that it promotes introversion, inactivity, and generally poor behavior. Turns out, none of that is necessarily true - video games may actually form the foundation of modern youth culture.

Have A Look At This Awesome Panoramic Shot Taken By Curiosity

NASA's Curiosity Rover currently has a long trip ahead of it - the drone is on its way to Mount Sharp, where it will investigate the geological history of Mars. It won't arrive there for a few months, however...so in the meantime, it's just enjoying the ride, taking samples and snapshots along the way.

This Intelligent Patch Automatically Applies Meds

Taking medicines is something that should not be taken lightly and, at all times, the patient should follow all the doctor's indications, specially indications related to the dosage and the times when they should be taken. However, sometimes patients forget to take their medicines, messing up the recovery. Now, a smart skin patch has been developed that not only assesses the need of medication, but also applies the needed dosage in a given moment.

50 Shades Of Fictional Fashion: Christian Grey Inspired Menswear By Norton & Townsend

Fashion inspired by literature is not a new concept. Some designers have selected literal interpretations - incorporating the image of a book or its pages into a whimsical garment. Others are more focused on fictional fashion, taking a note from the heroes or heroines and bringing their wardrobes to life. The most recent designer to tackle this trend has decided to focus on menswear inspired by a character well lusted after and envied.

iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

One thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!

Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .

Bags Of Mountain Air Soothe Smog-Addled Chinese City Dwellers

Citizens of notoriously smoggy Zhengzhou could breathe a little easier – for a few minutes, at least – thanks to a local travel company's promotional gimmick. Staffers brought 20 big blue bags of fresh air collected 120 miles (300 km) away at Laojun Mountain to the east-central Chinese city and distributed it  to grateful mask-wearing residents.

3D Printing Makes Track Spikes Custom Designed For Performance Possible

Athletes are always looking for an advantage--something that will make them better than their opponent or allow them to perform with greater ease. Track athletes, specifically sprinters, may find their advantage in a new 3D printed track shoe. With 3D printing, sprinters can get custom-made, lightweight track spikes.

Wave Of New Intel Tablet CPUs Coming Soon

Intel is rather serious about making a mark in the slate PC market. Serious enough, in fact, that it will soon augment its lineup of Atom processors with nine or so new ones. Even the partial specs list we've gotten a hold of is confusing, so allow me to untangle it for you.

Upsee, A Walking Device For Paralyzed Kids Invented By A Common Mom

The vast majority of the innovations covered here in InventorSpot come from the minds of brilliant engineers, creators and inventors, people who are used to create new, amazing and useful things. But, today, I am bringing an innovation that has been created by a regular mother, with a son having cerebral palsy: she spent years building a device that allows him to stand and walk. Finally, the device is ready and is an astounding success.

Meet These High-Tech And Fall Prevention Shoes

Even though technology is always evolving and has now reached amazing levels, there are some areas where technology has not been thoroughly applied, at least not in the way we often are used to. Recently, Israeli developers have created high-tech shoes that help with the balance, preventing falls which are a true menace to everyone but specially to elderly people.

April Fools Businesses: 10 Places To Fool A Friend On April 1st

April Fool's Day might be an under-rated holiday, or one that's universally dreaded. Whatever it is, there are some great businesses that will help you make a friend of yours into an April Fool to ring in the 1st of the month!

Switzerland Will Host Cybathlon, The World's First Bionic Olympics, In 2016

A few years from now, traditional athletes won't be the only ones competing for gold and glory. The Cybathlon - an Olympic competition designed for bionic athletes - is planned for 2016, and will include exoskeletons, prothestic limbs, and even a virtual-reality competition.

Sony "Excited To Give Morpheus Units To Indie PlayStation 4 Devs"

Project Morpheus - Sony's upcoming virtual reality headset - won't just change AAA gaming on the PlayStation 4. Sony today revealed that it intends to provide Morpheus headsets to pretty much any independent developer who's the desire to work with the platform. There's a very good reason for that.

Technically It's A 'Cold War' For Google & Facebook In Era Of Disruption

It's hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.

Physicists Go To The South Pole - "Hear" Echos Of The Big Bang

Using a special satellite, physicists in the South Pole were able to "hear" the echoes from the big bang for the first time, and take the Big Bang Theory out of immediate danger of being overturned.

Creepy Robot Can Wear Your Friends' Faces And Predict Your Emotions

Hey there, ladies and gents! Today, I'm going to present you with one of the creepiest inventions I've seen in a while. It's called Socibot Mini. This little robot - which wears the face of one of your friends - is capable of reading your mood through a camera. Lovely, right?

In Your Face! Huiiz Offers An Innovative Facial Recognition Search Engine

Imagine having a search engine at your disposal that allows you to enter your own picture as its query.  WIth Huiiz -- an upcoming, innovative facial recognition search engine -- you can do just that.  Simply drag and drop an image yourself, and you'll be presented with all the places you face has been plastered on the web -- places you may not even be aware of.  

Win $20,000 From Copenhagan’s Land Art Generator Initiative!

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), Refshaleøen Holding, and the IT University of Copenhagen have teamed up for a grandiose competition to discover a fantastic idea for a beautiful public art instillation that will double as a source of renewable and green energy. The best design gets built, and the inventor behind it earns $20,000!

Runtastic Fitness App Update: Coaches You To Stay Hydrated

Runtastic released a new version of their flagship app today, to track and manage health and fitness data to motivate individuals to get in shape. By crunching the numbers on your activity, personal stats, and local weather conditions, Runtastic will provide a post-hydration recommendation to ensure you are staying hydrated.

Make Room For K-Glass - Amazing Wearable Technology Simulates Human Vision

Wearable technology is a burgeoning fiscal force in South Korea and the Korean government is pushing for  K-Glass innovations. What is K-Glass? What advantages to Google Glass does it offer to lovers of wearable technology in general and head mounted displays specifically? Read on for some interesting answers.

Coming Soon: Cure Your Hayfever With Photo Therapy

Suffering from hayfever? A new treatment that doesn't involve taking antihistamines every day for the rest of your life is in the works. It's called Allergia, and it's a phototherapeutic medical device that suppresses the sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion of seasonal allergenic rhinitis (SAR).

Is Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Really A Bad Thing For Gaming?

I've got some bad news for those of you who've been waiting for Oculus VR to revolutionize the world of video games - it might not be happening. Earlier today, Facebook acquired the company for $2 billion. Not surprisingly, industry figures and financial analysts alike weren't exactly pleased.

The Search For Malaysia Airlines MH370 Is Now Being Aided By Robots

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues - fruitlessly. That might change in the near future. Crews searching for debris from the flight can now count on help from a fleet of 3600 floating robots released into the world's oceans.

Toilet Training Your Cat Made-Easy(er) With 3 Cat Training Kits

Being the adoptive mother of several feral cats, I've had my share of challenges just training them to do their stuff in a litter box, but there are reasons - several, I understand - to train your cat to "go" in a toilet bowl.  Many cat owners have tried and failed to do this, but there is help in the form of toilet training kits for cats.  You will need patience regardless of which kit you choose, but those who've trained their cats couldn't be happier that they're saving money on cat litter and living in a cleaner home environment. 

FiLIP Gives 4 Year Olds Cell Phone Security

While it may seem a bit ridiculous to get a 4 year old his/her own phone, there are times when it would come in handy and give parents added peace of mind. Enter the FiLIP.

Taking Stock In Facebook May Virtually Have Nothing To Do With Facebook

Facebook's unprecedented recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp helped bolster the social networks' stock price 158% over the past year. In my recent blog post, "WhatsApp With Facebook's Stock?…" FB moved from $25 in February, 2013 to $70 one year later on February 26, 2014. However in acquiring the virtual reality software startup Oculus Rift this week for $2 billion, not all analysts agree that the stock market is pleased with. . .

Helicopter Turbine Engine Helps Innovative Motorcycle Beat The Competition

Yo dawg, I heard you wanted some chopper in your chopper so we installed a Rolls-Royce/Allison C20B type helicopter turbine engine in this one-off, modified Triumph Rocket 3 motorcycle!

5 Best Cameras For Recording Your Life

Social media has made sharing life events, trips, and lunch easier than ever. Thanks to websites and apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, users are able to share with their friends, family, and followers everything from scenic hikes to bland lunches in a matter of minutes. In the age of oversharing, what devices can accomplish these tasks the best? Here's a list of five cameras perfect for sharing your life with friends and family!

Here's An Animatronic Dancer Guaranteed To Make Your Spine Tingle

Quick question - did any of you want to get any sleep tonight? Yes? Then it might be a good idea for you to skip this article. What I'm about to show you may well be one of the most nightmarish dance robots ever invented. You have been warned.

Innovate Radio Controlled Toys & Work With Kidztech!

The radio controlled innovators at Kidztech Toys have created awesome mobile vehicles under their Gearmaxx brand, as well as the world-renowned Bugatti, Lambourghini and Porsche licenses, but the Chinese manufacturer is turning to you to deliver the next big thing in radio controlled toys!

New Supercat Catnip Spray: Product Review

My cat loves his catnip, but the new SuperCat Catnip Spray definitely has its own special powers....

Absolutely Amazing 3D Chalk Art

Edgar Mueller is an artist that creates way more than your ordinary sidewalk art.

Want To Fly Over Water? Flyboarding Is New Sports Innovation Worth Trying

"Swing like a dolphin and challenge gravity like Iron Man." That's what Flyboard Magazine promises for new flyboarders. Invented in 2011, by Franky Zapata, Flyboarding is a sport that allows you to fly above the water, doing flips and turns (once you've mastered the throttle and gathered your balance), and dive down into it only to thrust yourself out again back into the air. Sounds awesome, huh? Here are the details...

Five Of The Best News Stories From The 2014 Game Developers Conference

It's been a few days since the 2014 Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco drew to a close. It was a big year this time around, with a whole host of awesome announcements, keynotes, and revelations. Now that we've all had a few days to process the conference, why not take a look back?

Future Solution LX: Shiseido's Uses Smart Science For Their Skincare Line

Shiseido's Future Solution LX revolutionary anti-aging skincare combines both science and beauty. Shiseido actually created an amino acid to help fight against aging, dryness, and roughness of the skin. Future Solution LX goes above and beyond typical skincare.

Xprize Wants To Fund A TED Talk Given By An Artificial Intelligence-

Xprize - known for awesome projects like a working Star Trek Tricorder - has set its sights on an entirely new frontier: artificial intelligence. The outfit is teaming up with TED in order to produce a TED talk presented entirely by an artificial intelligence. That's not all - they want your help.

Making Sense Of The New Statin Recommendations

Perhaps you've read that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines on which persons should take statin drugs for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. On March 19, 2014, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the AHA presented these guidelines, including age, gender, and race, as well as various pre-existing health conditions that might call for statin intervention. But what do the new guidelines mean for you?

Kinivo Is The Low Cost Bluetooth Speaker System With Big Sound

Kinivo brings us their offering into the Bluetooth speaker market. Unlike many speakers in the $100 price range, the M2 by Kinivo is a three piece system with two high/midrange speakers and one 6.5" subwoofer. While this cuts down on the portability of the product, it lets the M2 system shine when it comes to full range audio.

Now Sea Here: Rolls-Royce Yacht Concept Is No Land Barge

The Rolls-Royce 450EX yacht concept from designer Stefan Monro takes the spirit of ecstasy to watery realms where no wheeled vehicle has gone before.

IriverOn Creates Wireless Headphones With A Heart Rate Monitor

If you're looking for a heart rate monitor, stop going through chest straps and watches. Instead grab a headset. Grab an iriverOn. This wireless headset has a built in biometric sensor that gives real time heart rate measurements. Just connect to your smartphone and get exercise data while you listen to music.

Go Faster With Glowfaster: A New “Smart Jacket” That Makes You Run Faster

The Glowfaster smart jacket is the latest contender in ‘health conscious’ wearable technologies.  This innovative idea utilizes health-tech features (heart rate sensor, GPS tracking) and presents them in a new, motivational, way.  With other wearable technologies on the horizon, how will the Glowfaster stack up?

See In The Dark With Night Vision Contact Lenses

Who wouldn't love to see in the dark? An idea best remembered from the rainy Tyrannosaurus Rex scene in the original Jurassic Park movie in 1987, night vision, without clunky technology, is finally getting closer to reality. Researchers at University of Michigan have developed a prototype using graphene to embed into a contact lens or smart phone camera lens.

Avoid Prescription Drugs: Electrocute Yourself With Electroceuticals Instead

With all the controversy of Zohydro (a painkiller that is about to receive FDA approval despite an 11-2 vote against it by independent experts), the field of electroceuticals has been launched back into the news: the field of bioelectronics to develop alternatives to drugs to manipulate the nervous system.

Teleportation In, Twitter Out In Turkey - Where Is Olivia Pope When You Need Her?

For a Prime Minister who's embraced technology more so than other national leaders of sovereign states, one's hard pressed to sympathize with a man who chose to ban Twitter to cover up a political scandal. The disruption and "going dark" incident sparked public fury and outrage. . .

This Soft Robotic Fish Swims Just As Well As The Real Thing

There are two primary challenges facing the world of robotics at the moment: the navigation of complex environments, and the ability to collide safely with humans. MIT's Computer Science And Artificial Intelligence Laboratory appears to have overcome both, with a robotic fish made of silicone.

Listen Up: FDA Approves Bionic Ears For The Elderly

Today the FDA gave approval to the Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant System, the first implantable hearing device for adults with the most common type of hearing loss: profound sensorineural hearing loss, that happens as a result of aging, hereditary, or just from attending too many heavy metal concerts.

Hands-Up For Facial Recognition With Facebook, TV Shows & FBI

If you're a TV junkie like myself who gravitates towards fast-paced high-stakes thrillers in this new Golden Age of television, you most likely have also been schooled on the new lexicon of terms used to solve cases. Ever since the award-winning FX series Damages first premiered in 2007 with intricate plot twists, red herrings, foreshadowing and nonlinear narratives. . .

Touch Time Is The Simple Smart Watch

Smart watches are all the craze right now. From Pebble to Samsung, everyone is trying to get a piece of the wrist real estate. But what do most of these smart watches have in common? They need a smart phone to connect to them. That's where Phosphor's Touch Time is different. The Touch Time requires no connectivity to a phone, and doesn't need to be charged like a phone or traditional smart watch.

Get Cozy With Victoria Classics To Develop New Bed & Bath Products!

Bed, bath, window and general designer décor brand Victoria Classics is on the hunt for innovative products that will fit in with their huge line of comfortable home goods. If you propose a design that improves on how consumers enjoy any of the areas listed above, they’re ready to team up with you!

Soylent: The Future Food That Wants To Be Your Only Source of Nourishment

When you read the word Soylent, it may conjure up images of Charlton Heston and a dystopian future.  However, Rob Rhinehart hopes to change that.  Soylent is actually a food substitute, crafted with several ingredients that intend to give its consumers all of the necessary nutrients and calories required for a single day.  Thus, a few cups of Soylent a day is all you need to sustain yourself.

Monitor Your Pet's Health With The Latest Wearable: The Whistle Activity Monitor

You want your pets to live a long life in the best health possible.  It's only natural. That's what the inventor group of high-tech innovators wanted for their pets, and that's why they created the Whistle, a wearable monitor for dogs that enables you to set health goals for them and make sure they're reaching them, even while you're away.

Chinese Man Too Sick To Walk Now Rides Huge Hog Through Town

His other car is a hog, and we don't mean a Harley. A 68-year-old Chinese man accustomed to walking the streets of Chongqing hasn't been feeling too perky of late... so he got porky instead! The local pig farmer now makes like a Mongol Mongo as he cruises Chongqing on his quarter-ton Hogzilla.

Beauty Is On The Inside? Discover Yours With New Mini Camera

Last year Michael Mosley swallowed a camera to broadcast the inside of his stomach, live on BBC, and now a much more advanced "camera" has been developed that promises to send 3D images of the inside of your arteries.

GDC 2014: Unity 5 Introduces 64-Bit Engine Support; Lighting And Audio Updates

The latest version of the ever-popular Unity game development engine was announced this week at GDC 2014. Unity 5 brings to the table a whole array of significant changes, including a huge update to Unity's audio and lighting tools as well as 64-bit support. That's not all it brings, either.

Robotic Behavioral Tics Are The Key To Bridging The Uncanny Valley

Currently, the problem with a lot of human-like robots is how undeniably inhuman they appear. In spite of their creators' best efforts, there's still something undeniably 'off' about them. Researchers may have just discovered why, and in so doing, how to address the issue.

Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?

For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.

Cyber Berkut & The Ukrainian Cyber War

As the Ukrainian Spring has escalated and boiled over with the Crimea vote for succession from the Ukraine, it's now clear these altercations are not only land-based. A group calling themselves the 'Cyber Berkut' have also gone digital to attack their opponents in cyberspace.

New Toshiba Medical Breathalyzer Sniffs Out Illness, Not Drunkenness

Diagnosing illness just got easier and, well, breezier thanks to an innovative medical breathalyzer from Japan's Toshiba Corporation. The dishwasher-sized device, currently in the testing stage, is able to detect a wide range of illnesses within 30 seconds after a user blows into the machine.

Just Announced: Oppo O-Band Fitness Wristband for Chinese Market

At the Oppo Find 7 press conference, Oppo announced the O-Band wearable fitness device, their contribution to the host of existing wearable fitness devices on the market. Functionality includes a pedometer, a sleep monitor and an alarm clock. As well as the regular bells and whistles, the O-Band works as a phone locator, and a remote shutter so you can take photos with your phone from a distance.

Keep Your Epilepsy Secret with This Sticky Medical Device

Epilepsy affects over 3 million people in the US alone. Not as many as Asthma (25 million people), or Diabetes (26 million people), but more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's combined with 50,000 people dying from epilepsy causes each year. Dialog is "a concept to help people with epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care".

Victor Is A Robot That's Better At Trash Talking Than Scrabble

Students at Carnegie Mellon University have put together a robot that's capable of playing scrabble - and trash talking its opponents as it does so. Victor, as its known, has been installed in the computer science lounge for the last 18 months, where it's battled - and berated - countless foes.

Plaid Looking To Collab With Inventors For New Craft Products!

Plaid Enterprises, Inc., the company behind classic crafting goodies like Mod Podge, FolkArt paint, and Gallery Glass, are searching for the next big thing in do-it-yourself consumer products. If you’ve got an invention that will make crafting easier and more fun, they might pick up your product!

Chinese Sourcing Can Save You Money, If You Follow These Rules

Chinese products at one time were known as cheap and poorly made, today’s Chinese manufacturing can produce goods from low value mass produced items to highest quality handcrafted items.There are several factors that are critical  for effectively sourcing products from overseas manufacturers.

Nestlé Japan's Baked Kit Kat Chocolate Bars Toast Great!

You don't have to be half-baked to enjoy toaster oven Kit Kat bars but hey, it wouldn't hurt! Individually sealed in bite-size portions, Nestlé Japan's latest and possibly greatest Kit Kat variety (and that's saying something) is a cool idea best eaten when hot.

Take Your Camping Experience Into The Trees With Innovative New Tents

Going camping? If so, you probably have a tent. Nothing special, just a regular old, set-it-up-and-go-to-sleep tent. Imagine taking your tent off the ground and into the trees. With the Tentsile Stingray and Dre Wapenaar's Tretents, you can enjoy the camping experience suspended in midair.

Samsung Smartphone Case Gives Blind People Bat Powers

Samsung have just released an Ultrasonic Cover that works as a virtual white cane for smartphone users who happen to be blind or visually impaired, so users can detect obstacles and navigate unfamiliar places. With 90% of the world's 285 million blind people living in developing countries, it's no surprise Samsung have built this Ultrasonic Cover for their low-end Galaxy Core Advance.

A Lego Robot Just Solved A Rubik's Cube In Less Than Four Seconds

You can add puzzles to the long list of things robots are already better than us at doing. A Lego robot called Cubestormer 3 just solved a Ruik's Cube puzzle in 3.253 seconds, shattering the existing world speed record. Yes, a robot constructed out of a children's toy is a world-class puzzle champ.

The Immersive Technology Alliance Will Push Gaming Into A New Frontier

A group of video game and technology companies have banded together to found the Immersive Technology Alliance. This nonprofit group is dedicated to developing games for augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D, and gesture controls. Curiously, Oculus VR is not part of this coalition; no one seems certain why.

Get Shooting: How To Build Your Starter Videography Kit For Around $1000

Whether you’re a budding amateur, someone who’s looking to dip their toes into the professional world, or even just an individual looking to dabble in the world of videography – a few things are for certain: you’re going to need your very own camera, lights, and audio equipment.  Also, you’re most likely going to need it on a budget.Here's what I recommend:

Speed Up Natural Recovery Of Muscles With RecoveryPump

If you've ever worked out or trained physically for an event, then you have probably been introduced to muscle soreness, fatigue and stiffness, and you know that there's only so much ice and rest can do to help you recover. However, there is a way to speed up the recovery process and eliminate some of that stiffness and soreness. RecoveryPump is a natural, aggressive system designed to enhance recovery.

Rilakkuma Alloy Wheels Let You (And Everyone Else) Roll With Laughter

They see you rollin, they hatin... not to mention pointin & gigglin. Rilakkuma automotive alloy wheels are not only officially licensed by Sanrio but Japanese auto parts & accessories company MLJ Inc also offers colorful Rilakkuma tire valve covers to complete the uber-cute look and keep your car in character.

Lost A Body Part In An Accident? You Can Just 3-D Print A New One!

Doctors in the United Kingdom are advancing medical 3-D printing at a rapid pace, and have just announced the first facial reconstruction using all 3-D printed parts.

Ten Things You Don't Need for St Patrick's Day

Alcohol and poor purchasing choices go hand in hand. Which is why some businesses think they can sell crap by sticking "It's fun/beer related!" on the front. They are wrong.

10 Great Invention Ideas for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

The following are my picks for the best St. Patrick's day ever, with a few post-St. Patrick's day reconciliation-style inventions thrown in for good measure.

How To Train Your Robot: Bionic Elephant Trunk Learns Like A Baby

The way human infants learn motor skills - by grasping continually at whatever object they can get their hands on - is being used as a design inspiration for a new generation of robots. A German engineering firm has created a bionic elephant trunk that can learn - and be taught - like a baby.

This War Of Mine Is One Of The Most Realistic War Games Ever Made

Video games about war always seem to have players step into the shoes of an iron-willed, strong-jawed soldier. They don't usually address the impact war has on its victims - ordinary men and women. That's what 11 Bit Studios hopes to do with This War of Mine, a game more about survival than gunplay.

Executive Sweet Ride: Mercedes-Benz BRABUS 800 iBusiness For G65 AMG

The Brabus 800 iBusiness G65 AMG from Mercedes-Benz is serious business for serious businessmen (and businesswomen). If you're a power broker whose driven to succeed, then there's nothing better than working the levers of power while driving to and from work in the ultimate executive sweet ride.

Roboy Is A Robot That Moves Like A Real Human Being

Roboy is a robot created with a very specific purpose: to move like a human. It's hoped that Roboy's design -3D-printed bones, joints, tends, and coiled-spring muscles - will allow robots and humans to work in closer proximity to one another, with the former posing less of a threat to the latter.

3 Spring Toys That Will Drive Your Cat Wild!

Cat owners have more than cat-loving in common. We have boxes of cat toys that our cats ignore. And, we've all spent a lot of time trying to figure out what toys can really keep our cats busy for more than a minute or two. Here's a tip: surprises.

Design A Stand Up Paddle Board, Win Cash & A SUP!

What’s SUP everyone? Just in case you didn’t know, “SUP” stands for stand up paddle board, and as cool as they are to ride, they have a few features that could be improved upon. If you help GrabCAD and 3D Creation Systems to design the ultimate SUP, you could win some great prizes!

TrackR Is The Little Dongle To Locate Lost Items

One of the worst feelings in the world is losing your wallet or keys. You immediately begin to retrace your steps desperately trying to find your lost item. Trackr hopes to alleviate some of this stress by giving users a simple GPS tracking device that will help you recover your lost or stolen items.

Get A Basketball, Coach And Data Analyst With Smart Sensor Basketball

Smart technology isn't just for the computer geeks anymore. The 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball brings smart technology to the court. This Smart Basketball makes it easier for players to practice with purpose, instantly measuring different aspects of the players' offensive games. It also doubles as a coach, giving drills and feedback.

Need This New Invention? A Cup Holder For Your Umbrella

Whether you call them umbrellas, brollies, or bumbershoots, this canopy to protect us from the rain has one significant problem -- it uses up one of our hands. This means that you have to choose between holding on to your cuppa joe or your cell phone, or your glass of beer and your sweetie's hand. Worry not! The answer is on the way! It is called Morella and it is a cup holder that attaches to the handle of your umbrella.

Want To Style Your Sneakers? Customize With U-Lace

Everyone wants a customized look. With new U-Laces, it's easy to style your sneaker so that your look is like no one elses.

Razer Unveils Two New Ultra-Thin Laptops In The "Blade" Line

Razer - known for its gaming hardware and peripherals - today announced two new versions of their ultra-thin Razer Blade Laptops, bringing to the table better displays, enhanced apps, and overall better computing performance. They're pricy, but if you're into portability, it just might be a worthwhile purchase.

In A Ping Pong Match Between Robot And Man, The Marketing Team Wins

Looks like the robot uprising's going to be on hold for at least a few more years. To celebrate the opening of its first plant in Shanghai, China, Kuka Robotics decided to host a match between table tennis champion Timo Boll and one of its industrial robots. Boll won...but was it even a fair fight?

Protective Leg Covers For Your Dog Make A Fashion Statement Too: H-Leggings

You may have seen leg warmers for dogs, but these H-Leggings are leg protectors for dogs... and in their sporty royal blue and orange strap, they look pretty chic too!

Drizly: Liquor Delivery Business Hopes To Go Mainstream

How many times have you found yourself sitting by the fire on a cold winter's night, wishing you had Bailey's to put in your hot chocolate, but dismiss the idea since you have already changed into your favorite cow pajamas? Liquor, like coffee, is one of those things that we all proclaim we wish would appear through a delivery service, and a new concept has been introduced to Boston and New York residents.

Happy Birthday World Wide Web: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, Until It Doesn't?

We have Tim Berners-Lee to thank for the World Wide Web - an accessible bank of knowledge that's hyperlinked content across the globe bestowing upon "us mere mortals a real chance to learn as much as our brains can store." And guess what? He did it all before digital monetization. . .

Carbon Gives You Charging Power On Your Wrist

We rely on phones now more than ever. Not just for conversing, but for emails, GPS, and beating your high score on the late Flappy Bird. How many times have you found yourself at 5% battery on your phone, and no where close to a charger? Carbon introduces a wrist unit that can charge your phone and other mobile accessories.

The Perfect Budget Solution: Tiny Artist Studio That Doubles Up As Living Space

Today's cities are getting overcrowded and, with that, houses are getting more and more expensive. The solution is, therefore, getting a small house, but if you are working on your own you still need to rent a working space - but what if you could merge both places, cutting down the costs but keeping a truly organized and functional spaces?

Translucent Concrete: Scientific Marvel and Brilliant Innovation

Translucent concrete is a wondrous creation that sprang from the brilliant mind of Hungarian architect, Aron Losonczi. It represents a new frontier in architectural construction, design, innovation and beauty. Read on for more information on this fascinating subject.

Glass Brain Device Lets You Literally See What You're Thinking

Developed by a team of neuroscience Ph.Ds., artists, and computer programmers, Glass Brain is a revolutionary way to take a peek inside your own head, and look directly at your thoughts.

Clamping Your Lashes: Sephora's Revolutionary New Upside Down Mascara

Women are always on the quest for a mascara that adds volume, defines lashes, and lengthens them. The Upside Down Mascara from Sephora promises to do just that with its revolutionary new wand design and formula.

Inside The Samsung Gear 2, Gear Fit, And S5

Samsung recently revealed two new, "hands on", videos for their upcoming products to give users an in-depth look at their newest technology.  The Gear 2 and Gear Fit are the latest in wearable technology, and are crammed with so many features that it seems almost unbelievable -- while the Galaxy S5 is bringing up the rear with latest innovations in smart phone technology. 

Design StaX Accessories, Win $100 & Free StaX!

StaX is a fresh idea that should get a lot of our 3D printer jockeys excited, and the duo behind the creative aluminum modular containers is looking to the inventor community for bold new directions to accessorize the Stax system. Oh, and they’re giving cash to their top three ideas too!

Scientists Identify Protein Common To Metastasis Of Several Cancers

In a major research project to determine what causes a tumor to spread to other cells and organs of the body, a team of researchers from the Wistar Institute and several renowned international research institutes have discovered a protein that is common in certain metastacized cancers, but not found in the original site of the cancer. They have identified the protein LIMD2 in metastatic breast, thyroid, bladder, and melanoma cells, but not in the original tumors.

Can You Survive The Darkest Dungeon?

One thing that's always troubled me about many RPGs is that they fail to address the psychological, human side of things. It's just sort of assumed that the characters heroically fight their way through, standing against the stuff of nightmares. Darkest Dungeons isn't like that - and I'm intrigued.

Immersive Virtual Robotics Will Soon Allow Us To Directly Control Robotic Behemoths

Turns out, the answer to the myriad safety concerns surrounding massive industrial robots is virtual reality. Johns Hopkins Computational and Interactove Robotics Lab has developed an Immersive Virtual Robotics Environment that allows workers to directly interact with and control robots.

China's Anti-Pollution Drone Freezes Smog To Clean The Air

China is taking the fight against smog to the next level with the SYW-1, an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone) equipped to freeze particulate pollutants right out of the sky.

Silicon Valley's Journey From Reality To Scripted TV

Ever since the award-winning film "Social Network" caused a stir about the digerati drawn to the Silicon Valley like moths to a flame, other would-be producers have tried to capture the zeitgeist of this lifestyle in various forms - books, movies and TV.

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia have evaded successful therapies though considerable research has focused on their development. One reason is that they have also evaded prediction, not even being recognized until memory decline and functional loss appear.  Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center made a significant breakthrough in identifying blood-based biomarkers of cognitive impairment that can be observed through blood testing up to three years prior to the onset of disease symptoms.

With Skulpt Aim You Never Need To Step On A Scale Again!

If you want to get in shape, you have to know where to start. Skulpt Aim is a new device that gives you a good starting point. All you have to do is press this portable device to your skin, and it measures your body composition, letting you know your weak spots, and gives you suggestions to improve those weak spots. 

Not Just A Pretty Necklace: Now Your Jewelry Can Save Your Life

I've always been a fan of safety devices, especially for women travelling. Cuff is a stylish safety notification device that is GPS enabled so you can alert your family and friends to your location when you are walking or traveling alone. It comes as a bracelet, pendant or Cufflinks (Cufflincs), and competes with a wave of fashionable GPS enabled devices that are hitting the market in 2014.

Let Them Eat Grass! 6 Grass Products You Can Grow For Your Pets

If you have any size yard at all, you probably recognize this grass, Elymus repens, aka couch grass, aka dog grass.  Dog grass?  You guessed it. Dogs, and actually cats too, love to eat this stuff. But they don't love it enough to remove the roots of this obnoxious weed that insidiously takes over your entire yard.  So, get rid of the "dog grass," and let your pets eat some other grass that's even better for them.  Here are 6 of the most popular grasses you can grow especially for your dogs, cats, and other pets.

Why Weren't Malaysia Airlines' Passengers Texting or Tweeting? [UPDATED]

In 2008, Malaysia Airlines teamed up with the British company AeroMobile and launched a new service allowing passengers to send and receive calls and text messages on their mobile phones while in the air. The service was made available on single Boeing 777-200 aircraft including the Asian routes of China and Japan.

Coming Soon: Sexy Silicon Socks For Your Heart

Soon you will have to buy underwear for your internal organs. A silicon sock is the first bendy implant to be invented. It covers your heart with a sheath of electronics, measuring temperature, pH, and electrical activity in different regions of the heart. It's expected to eventually replace a pacemaker, stimulating the heart to regulate the heartbeat.

5G Internet is Coming - But How Will We Use It?

World governments and technology companies are pledging billions or dollars in to create the next generation of internet. But, they still haven't figured out just what it will be or how it will be used.

The European Union Is Looking Into Regulation For Free To Play

he European Union is the latest regulatory body to turn its attention to free to play games - so named because their revenue comes not from sales, but from advertising and in-app purchases. This, my friends, is a very, very good thing - here's why.

Tweezerman International Is Looking For Pedicure Tool Ideas!

That’s right, Tweezerman and Edison Nation want to plumb the minds of salon-minded inventors worldwide to develop an innovative pedicure tool. Tweezerman is known for making top of the line personal care and beauty goods, and they’re ready to pay big bucks for your awesome designs!

Leica Camera Celebrates Hello Kitty's 40th And Playboy's 60th Birthdays

Hello Kitty and Playboy, two of the late twentieth century's most iconic brands, are both celebrating milestones this year and when the cat & bunny get together it's a Kodak, er, Leica moment.

First Look At The Blade From Avid Union

As a frequent flier, one of the biggest decisions before a flight is deciding what to pack, and how to do it. With baggage costs rising, many fliers have tried to circumvent baggage fees by using more versatile carry on luggage. The problem is that many times this luggage isn't actually versatile. That gym bag might work fine, but it's not going to look good when you enter your business meeting the next day. Enter The Blade, from Avid Union.

LIVR: New App Helps You Party Based On How Drunk You Are

With the invasion of granparents, baby pictures, and wedding photos on popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter, everyone is putting on their best face for their online profiles, and it seems there is no true place where one can "go wild."  LIVR, a new social network app, that only lets you enter if you are legally intoxicated, hopes to change that.

Phone Covers: Now With Heart Protection

Next up for health tracking is Wello, due to ship in the fall. Wello allows you to track your ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen, temperature and even lung function (Spirometry) "with clinical accuracy", while doubling as an iPhone cover. In order to take a reading, you need to place your thumbs on two points on the back of the case, triggering hidden sensors to begin testing your vital signs. The goal is to help you manage your life better over time.

By 2015, Humanoid Robots Will Be Better Than You At Keeping Secrets

Can you keep a secret? No? Then by 2015, robots will be more trustworthy than you. That's the year a British team of researchers plans to release new programming that allows robots to keep private information, well...private.

Harvard Scientists Clear Path For Study Of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at Harvard University's Stem Cell Institute have converted skin cells of patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease into neurons that are typically affected by the disease. This is the first time researchers have been able to study the disease in human, rather than animal, cells, and this ability enhances the possibilities for earlier treatments for the disease.

Is Bitcoin's Founder 'Satoshi Nakamoto' Keyser Söze? [UPDATED]

've been fascinated with the idea of a Satoshi Nakamoto ever since I began researching the Deep Web where Bitcoin's alleged illegal transactions have run rampant. In my post, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bitcoins But Were Too Broke To Ask," I compared his anonymity to the villainous fictional character Keyser Söze from the hit movie, "The Ususal Suspects."

Charles Is A Robot That Can Sing, Tell The Weather, And Read Emotions

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology has just designed what he's referring to as the world's most advanced robot. The companion bot Charlie proves that size doesn't mean anything, standing at a mere 20 centimeters tall. Sweet, right?

Japanese Researchers Unveil New Wearable Computer For Your Ear

With the arrival of the Samsung Gear, and the highly anticipated Google Glass on the horizon, wearable technology seems to be the new chapter in essential gadgets.  Enter "The Earclip-type Wearable PC," an ambitious project that will grant users complete control of a miniature ear computer with a wiggle of the tongue, a raised eyebrow, or even clenching your teeth.

Finally! An App That Cures Laziness!

I'm a procrastinator. I've even procrastinated about writing this article. I read somewhere that you only procrastinate on the things you don't want to do. But then I read somewhere else that procrastination is good for you. Who knows.

Isn't there an app for this? Of course there is. And today it's free. It's called Finish.

To Build A #Dungeon: Interview With Sean Oxspring And Kieran Hicks

Earlier this week, I got the chance to host a Skype interview with Kieran Hicks and Sean Oxspring, developers of #Dungeon, a Roguelike which uses Twitter to build its levels. I was quite intrigued even before our talk, but now that it's done, I can't wait for the game to launch.

Virtual Reality Gets A Boost As Zelda Gets Oculus Rift Treament

Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is already changing the world and it hasn't even gone on sale yet. Here we see what happens when The Legend of Zelda is transformed from 2-D fantasy game to 3-D epic using Oculus RIft and some clever programming techniques.


TheSelfie Makes Taking Your Own Picture A Snap

In the world of apps like SnapChat and Instagram, the selfie reigns supreme. To prove that point, did you know that "selfie" was the word of the year in 2013 according to the Oxford Dictionaries? For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past five years, selfie is a term used to describe the action taken when taking a picture of one's self. #TheSelfie (Hashtag included in the product name) is a shutter controlling device to make taking selfies easier.

Don't Take Your Sense Of Touch For Granted

Manual dexterity - the ability to open a bottle, to sign a birthday card is something we take for granted. When your sense of touch is impaired due to a stroke, diabetes or otherwise, tying your laces can become impossible. Recent research has found that wearable gloves that stimulate the nerves which communicate with the brain, can improve the tactile discrimination (quality of the sense of touch) of patients.

Human Exoskeleton Is "The Most Complex Wearable Robot" Ever Built

Today, we're one step closer to fully-functional robotic exoskeletons. Engineers in italy have created the world's most complex wearable robot - an exoskeleton known as the "Body Extender." They believe this device to have a wide range of applications, from therapy to industrial work. Cool, right?

Restaurant Mon Petit: Dine Like A Feline At Purina's Exclusive & Unusual Eatery

It was only a matter of time, considering the internet has made the world's obsession with all things feline rise to new levels. Cat-themed businesses aren't a new trend, and perhaps that's why the latest business might make even the craziest of cat ladies shudder with dismay.

Need This New Invention? Bloody Bath Mat

April Fool's Day is not far off and the time for preparing your practical jokes for the day is afoot. This way cool bathmat may be just the thing to freak out your significant other or houseguests. While they are in the shower you just sneak in and switch out that boring plain white bathmat with the Bloody Bathmat -- one covered with bloody footprints and directional blood spatter. Then you just wait for the screams.

Design Paper Towel Holder For Umbra, Win Cash & More!

GrabCAD and leading modern product designers at Umbra have teamed up to task the inventor community to create an exceptional paper towel holder. They’re ready to reward the coolest designs with cash, gifts and a potential long term partnership!

Hitler & Putin Mashup Of 'Putler' Becomes Ominous Social Media Moniker

While today's emphasis on all-things-celebrity seems at times all-consuming, the mashups of certain couples' names have entered our lexicon, dating all the way back to the ill-fated relationship of "Bennifer" [Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez]. Others like "Brangelina" [Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie] have stood the test of time, while the dubbing of the would-be coupling of "Kimye" [Kim Kardashian & Kanye West] portends a short-lived hook-up. On a much more somber note, combining the names of Hitler and Putin - to 'Putler'. . .

Hop Into Kenguru, The Electric Car Designed For Wheelchair Users

What car has four wheels, one door and no seats? The Kenguru of course! Able to cruise at up to 45 km/h (28 mph) with a range of up to 110 km (68 miles), the environmentally friendly and electrically powered Kenguru offers wheelchair users roll-in, drive-away convenience in a great-looking, affordable package.

Pet Painting Made Simple With Stencils & Spray From PetPaint

Who needs to buy pet costumes when you can create your own using colored pet hair spray by PetPaint?  This is a colored hair spray that looks so natural on your pets, you will be amazed how it transforms them.  You will want to use this pet-safe fur color for any holiday or occasion, not just Halloween, and it's so darn much fun!

This 78-Fingered Robot Guitarist Is An Emotional Music Machine

Robots might not be capable of emotion, but they can certainly fake it. Take, for example, Z-Machines, a party-robot band based out of Japan. Recently, the group collaborated with an electronic artist by the name of Squarepusher. The result? A robots' song lamenting their lot as entertainment machine.

The Cure For Phantom Limb Might Involve Playing Trackmania

No one's quite sure what causes the phantom limb effect, nor do we have an adequate medical explanation for why an amputee might experience muscle cramps or pain in a nonexistant appendage. In spite of this, one researcher in Sweden thinks he might be zeroing in on a cure...and it involves gaming.

Ten Russian Inventions That Have Quietly Changed The World

Although our ties with Russia sometimes walk across a political tightrope, there's no underestimating  this nation's  scientific and technical contributions. Across the centuries, many inventions that have changed the course of our daily lives have emanated from the briliiant minds of Russian scientists. Here are ten for your reading edification.

Exert Body Coolant For Those Who Get Hot A Lot

Whether you get hot flashes from menopause, nervousness, embarrassment, exercise, medication, or stress, or you just tend to sweat a lot, don't sweat it any more.  A new product called Exert Smart Body Coolant® addresses all of that just by spraying it on your body once daily in the morning.  Then, you're good to go.

Samsung and LG Will Help People Be Healthier With New Smartphones and Fitness Technology

Samsung and LG pair fitness technology with their new smartphones. In recent years, we have see the rise in fitness technology, like heart rate monitors and fitbands. Now smartphone companies are getting involved. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G Flex will soon release their own fitness gadgets. By marketing fitness technology with smartphones, more people are being exposed to technology that facillitates an active lifestyle.

Time Wasters! - 10 Pins That Don't Work

Anyone who has spent time on Pinterest.com (a very popular social sharing site)  has seen the same tips  showing up over and over and over again. These tips look really great. But do they work? Many do but there are a surprisingly large number of very popular pins that are total duds. Here's my list of Top 10 Time Wasting Tips on Pinterest - The Pin Tips That Don't Work:

The Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell: An Ingenious Pet Invention

If your front door looks like mine, you will appreciate the Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell.  I think it's one of the most ingenious pet products created in some time, and I recommend that you at least consider investing in this clever device for a few reasons: one, to keep your dogs from scratching up your doors when they want to come inside (or go outside); and two, to have some great fun training and rewarding your dogs for using it.

Think Bacteria Is Bad? Well You're Covered In It

If you've ever tried a Paleo diet, or taken a course of antibiotics after a nasty encounter with Bolivian water, you may be curious as to what microbes live in your body, or lived until you killed them with antibiotics. Today the founder of uBiome, a startup that allows you to discover your microbiome, was named as the leader of one of Indigogo's hottest campaigns led by women. Jessica Richman raised $351,193 back in November for her world first citizen research campaign to sequence the human microbiome.


Introducing Spritz: A Paradigm Shift On How We Read Text

Welcome to Spritz, a new spin on reading.  By using speed, conditioning, and optimal recognition point science, you can learn how to read up to 1000 words-per-minute.  Available on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2, will Spritz change the way we read as humans, or, will it need to wait until other technologies catch up first?