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April, 2014

10 Must Have Microwave Gadgets For The Empty Nest Mother

The kids have gone to college, have their own houses or apartments, get jobs, families of their own... and what was once "home" is now a place to visit when they get a chance.  Moms and dads adjust, take up hobbies, travel more, work more.... and, probably, cook less.  Cooking for one or two now, mom probably takes some short cuts and, more than likely, uses the microwave more.  Boring?  Nope. Not with these 10 gadgets, all user-approved to make short cut cooking fun and delicious. Surprise her this Mother's Day!

Nibble Cake Pan Lets You Sample Without Ruining Your Baking

The Nibble cake pan is the perfect solution for all the premature dessert tasters out there. The non-stick pan is much like other cake pans, but with one genius addition. Off to the side it holds a small tasting cup.

Researchers Learn Optimal Working Conditions For Therapy Dogs

More and more, dogs are being used in the management of human health and rehabilitation situations. Dogs are trained to help blind persons identify visual cues in their sphere, to help hearing-impaired persons identify auditory cues, to be companions to heart patients and cancer patients, and buddies to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder and other debilitative conditions.... But what needs do therapy dogs have to keep them happy and alert?  Specifically, what can humans do to reduce any stress these dogs might experience?

Instagram For Health Care Professionals

Figure 1 is a complex version of Instagram for health care professionals. It's a place for medical students and professionals to both upload and access a growing database of images related to medical conditions. It contains patient photos, brain scans, X-Rays and even cellular images, with text to accompany each image. 

Canada Is Being Tasked With Leading The Charge Against A New Generation Of "Killer Robots"

With each passing day, military robots are becoming more powerful, more advanced, and deadlier. They're also becoming more autonomous. Neither of those is particularly heartening news - which is likely why Canada is being tasked with leading The Campaign To Stop Killer Robots.

Baseball Players, Practice Your Swing And Your Fielding With The Spring Trainer

If you're a baseball player, you know that training on your own can sometimes be very difficult. The skills required in the sport, primarily hitting and catching, often require a training partner to develop and perfect. However, Goalrilla's Spring Trainer could solve those problems by allowing you to practice your swing and fielding by yourself.

Nissan Self-Cleaning Car Features Innovative “Ultra-Ever Dry” Paint

Nissan's slogan is “Innovation That Excites” and their latest innovation is exciting indeed: “Ultra-Ever Dry” paint that repels water, oil and dirt. While this is great news for car owners, car wash operators might worry they're being given the brush-off.

Caffeine Infused Slimming Clothes - Wear Them And Lose Inches!

Do you believe in miracles? If this outfit - a Caffeine Infused Slimming Tank Top and Caffeine Infused Slimming Body Shorts - works to take inches off your middle, hips, and thighs, you might just begin to believe in them.  In any case, you have nothing to lose but inches by trying them....

The New 2015 Dodge Challenger Is Even More Of A Blast From The Past

Chrysler's reborn muscle car, the Dodge Challenger, is all about performance both on the road and on the sales charts: calendar-year sales have tripled since its 2008 introduction. With Ford set to roll out the restyled 50th anniversary Ford Mustang, however, the Pentastar people dipped even deeper into the nostalgia well to create an even more muscular Challenger for 2015.

Meet Dart, The World's Smallest (And Prettiest) Laptop Charger

Computers, specially laptops, are getting smaller, thinner and more and more portable, but their chargers seem to not be following the tendency. Most of them are "bricks" that, besides being quite heavy, take up a lot of space when we travel around. In order to fix this, a new company has designed Dart, that is believed to be the world's smallest laptop computer charger.

AIRE Mask: Charge Your Device With Your Breath

We've all had our device run out of juice, and sometimes we aren't near an outlet so that we can recharge it. What if you could charge it with some other energy source, like wind? More specifically, your own wind--your breath? The AIRE Mask is a concept that could make this happen.

Saving Hands With Salmon Eggs: Restorsea's Innovative Hand Repairing Treatment

Not only are salmon delicious, you can now use them to restore your hands. An innovative hand treatment harnesses salmon-egg enzymes to give your hands a total makeover.

Boomer The T-Rex Is Exactly The Robotic Pet You Need

Who says a robot can't be a ruthless killing machine and look adorable in the process? Meet Boomer - a tiny little pet T-Rex currently still in the prototype stages. Currently, he can sit down and speak on command, and react to 'food' by biting. When he releases, he'll be able to do a lot more.

Atari's Mythical E.T. Landfill Has Finally Been Discovered In New Mexico

E.T. The Extraterrestrial is widely held to be the worst game ever made - so bad it contributed to the video game crash of 1983. An urban legend grew up around this awful game: that thousands of cartridges were buried in New Mexico at Atari's request.

Turns out the legend was true. 

PoopMD Is An App That Educates Parents On The Color Of Baby Poop

When it comes to educating new parents on their baby's poop, the everyday process can be overwhelming. From consistency to color, a newborn's poop is an important indicator of your little stinker's health. Pediatric gastroenterologists from John Hopkins Children's Center have developed an app to help.

Will The Exit Of Google's Don Quixote Be The Demise Of G+?

With the departure of G+'s head honcho Vic Gundotra, the blogosphere is cyberventilating as to what kind of a future lies ahead for that little social-network-that-could? It wasn't so long ago, the critics opined Google's DNA lacked the social media gene, as every time they got up on the horse, it appeared they were battling one windmill after another. Now, they're saying the burden of keeping the successful G+ well and alive was. . .

Amazing Soundwall Wireless Speakers Doubling As Works of Art

Remember the musak of a few decades ago? Standing in moving elevators or shopping in retail stores and listening to strains of Mantovani may be a thing of the past, but enter wall art/ music in a new and a most amazing package called Soundwall. Read on or should we say, hear all about it below.

Clearly The Best Canoe Is Clear

Conventional boats with their opaque, colorful hulls just don't cut it when you're enjoying the crystal waters of some tropic destination. With a transparent canoe or kayak, you can enjoy the underwater vista without craning your neck or threatening to tip over your vessel.

The PiPhone – A DIY Touchscreen Smartphone

Why buy any new handset if you could just build your own? Yes, it's quite possible – Dave Hunt has done it, combining a Raspberry Pi single-board computer with a variety of off-the-shelf parts. The resulting device, while lacking in the aesthetics and software department, can actually make and receive calls.

Department Of Agriculture Is Fostering Innovation And Enterprise

For those of us that don't really know what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been up to lately, the Department has announced its innovative initiatives and patents acquired during fiscal year 2013, and I think you'll find some of its activities pretty impressive. And did you know that the USDA might even be a resource to get one of your own inventions off the ground?

Want This New Invention? The Hug Me Jacket

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a family therapist, "We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth." Few would challenge this statement, but trying to get that many hugs into the average busy day is a tall order for most of us. However, the Hug Me Jacket can take care of five of those hugs all at once!

Want This New Invention? Dinner for One ONLY

"Table for one" has long been one of the most damning phrases ever uttered. Trying to eat at a restaurant without a drive-thru when you are on your own can be challenging and emotionally crushing. People keep asking if you are waiting for someone, they put you at the worst table in the place, or the wait staff ignores you outright. One restaurant in the Netherlands opened this month with the express purpose of being there for the single diner. It is called Eenmaal.

No More Tangled Headphones With The Cord Cruncher

If you've ever owned headphones (and if you're reading this, I'm sure you have), then you've had to deal with the wad of a tangled mess that they can become when stuffed into your purse or gym bag. And, I'm sure when this has happened, you've said, "Why doesn't someone just invent headphones that don't tangle?" Enter the CordCruncher Headphones.

Denmark's Government Is Spreading The Word About Its Country With Minecraft

On the list of innovative ways to get the word out about your country, this one ranks pretty highly: The Denmark Ministry of Environment today announced that it has mapped out its entire country on a 1:1 scale in Minecraft. In other words, if you've ever wanted to explore Denmark, now's your chance.

Stinky Pets? PPP Pet Waterless Shampoo: Product Review

If your pets are anything like my dog and cat, they like to roll in stuff.  I say 'stuff' because I don't want to use a four-letter word, either in the literal or figurative sense, to describe what it is that they find so appealing, even exhiliarating, but they do love it. 

Get Four Camping Gadgets In One With The Eton Scorpion

The Eton Scorpion is like the Swiss Army knife of camping gadgets. With its rugged exterior, this sturdy, solar powered device is really four devices in one. It may just be the one thing you need in your camping trip or off-the-grid emergency.

Need This New Invention? Expedition Shoe Lights

There nothing quite as alluring as the idea of going off to explore. Not all of your exploring is going to happen in well-lit areas or during the day. So National Geographic and Uncle Milton came up with these totally cool Expedition Shoe Lights Just snap them on to almost any kind of shoe and away you go -- checking out new territory.

Want This New Innovation? Wine Glasses With A Nose Job

Wine glasses have been around for a long time and while they come in different shapes and sizes, there has been little change to the basic design. That is until the Silhouette Sense-Enhancing Wine Glass came along. With its unique shape it allows the wine drinker to fully enjoy the nose. For wine drinker with big noses it allows them to enjoy the taste without hitting themselves in the nose with the glass.

Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!

If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .

Want This Strange Innovation? Squeeze Bacon

Now Swedes are not exactly known for their cuisine. Aside from their meatballs most people have never eaten Swedish food. In some cases this is a good thing -- like the horror that is Lutefisk (a whitefish that has been cured in lye). Then there is lefse, an item similar to a tortilla that non-Scandinavians have been known to mistake for a napkin. However, there is one product coming out of Sweden that should be extremely popular in America (both the U.S. and Canada) -- Squeez Bacon®.

Quadzilla's Fear Not; Barbell Denim Has Created Jeans That Will Fit

Ladies and gents with massive, muscular legs, do you often find that jeans shopping is like a fruitless quest for the holy grail? Fret no more. Barbell Denim has created functional denim jeans for the athlete. Even if you aren't an athlete, Barbell Denim jeans will fit you comfortably.

Morphex Is A Robotic Ball That Will Play With Your Kids So You Don't Have To

Norwegian engineer Kare Halvorsen has come up with a rather novel means of keeping his son entertained when he's too tired to play with him: he's built a robot. Morphex is a ball-shaped automaton which propels itself along on six feet, rolling and scuttling delightfully around.

New Ultrasound Device Will Detect Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke

Plaque is not a good thing, especially when it develops in our arteries. When ultrasound procedures reveal that we have atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, or peripheral artery disease, what our doctors don't know is how likely we are to suffer a stroke or heart attack from that condition, because current ultrasound technology cannot make that assessment. 

The Hair Pillow: Save Your Hair As You Sleep

Bed head. We all get it, and we all hate it. Having creased, frizzy hair is not a fun way to start the day, but there's a new pillow on the market that may prevent all that. Maybe sleep and beautiful hair can finally work together.

U.S. Fights Terrorism One Tweet At A Time

We've seen how Twitter has motivated grass-roots movements such as the Arab Spring, when dissenters took to the streets to protest and unseat governments. This skillful use of social media proved so successful over the years, jihadists have taken this lead to use Twitter to recruit and add sympathizers to their ranks. In turn, the U.S. government followed suit.

Want This New Innovation? Pocket Watch Terrariums

Terrariums are not a new innovation, but what you can find them housed in these days is. A company called The Slug and The Squirrel has created amazing lines of terrariums by blending the repurposing of vintage and heirloom glass pieces, such as pocket watches, with creating tiny fantasy landscapes.

KFC Japan Gives You Donut Balls

You'll get Donut Balls from eating at KFC Japan but fear not, the condition is harmless unless you're a tad hypoglycemic. As part of the company's “KFC × RONALDO” campaign with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, three-piece orders of Donut Balls are served hot along with a packet of gooey Honey Maple dipping sauce.

PlanToys Are More Than Toys: They Have Plans For Our Kids' Future

We love our kids. And sometimes, sometimes, we buy them stuff. But the toys our kids play with should be more than toys. PlanToys was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from rubberwood, an eco-friendly wood. Through their ideas and materials, the company continues to improve their manufacturing process while providing our children with fun and sustainable toys. PlanToys have several new products on the market, but two that go above and beyond being just toys.

Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!

North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.

Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.

The Pentagon Has Designed A Terminator Robot Which Will Save Lives

The United States Department of Defense has just unveiled a man-sized machine that bears an uncanny resemblance to something produced by Skynet. Ironically enough given its appearance, it's actually going to be saving lives - it's a disaster relief robot.

KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.

KICKR Power Trainer: God Of Indoor Cycling Trainers

"A trainer on steroids," boasts the KICKR Power Trainer's website. This new indoor cycling trainer offers some high-tech perks that you won't find with other trainers, like an app that allows you to ride different Strava segments. It is an indoor trainer that will change the face of indoor training.

MSI Boasts Desktop Haswell CPU Support In Tiny ProBox23 PC

With a volume of just 2.3 litres and a weight of 2.5 pounds, MSI's latest barebones system nonetheless offers support for the latest LGA 1150-socket Intel processors, including quad-core i7s. There's also space inside for up to three storage drives, among other useful things.

Top 5 Innovative Facial Peels To Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh

With so many facial peels on the market, which ones really work? This top 5 list will show you some favorites and help you pick which peel works best for you.

Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...

How NASA And A Marine Robotics Firm Will Change Space Exploration

While most of us were eagerly readying ourselves for Easter, NASA was hard at work on something completely different. A team from the space agency was in Nanaimo last week, collaborating with robotics firm Seamor Marine on a project which could just change the face of space exploration.

The Games For Change Festival Is Looking To Go Mainstream

Good news, everyone! The Games for Change Festival today announced a partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. Seen by many as the Sundance of gaming, the festival this year is both narrowing its focus and broadening its context in hopes of showing just how important games culture has become.

Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.

Vintage Jukebox Clutch Is Retro-Chic

Marching to the beat of your own drum is a whole lot easier when you can take music with you. These days, portable music players take a minimalist approach, and just don't act like fashion accessories in the ways that they once did. So, it is pretty great that one designer has come up with a quirky yet chic solution to this.

Power Press Pushup Promises "Extreme Results" In Training Your Upper Body

The Power Press Pushup by Maximum Fitness Gear promises to "maximize push ups like never before." Maximum Fitness Gear is pushing this piece of exercise equipment as "revolutionary" and "innovative," guarantying "extreme results." But how "revolutionary" is a push up board that just changes your hand position in a push up?

New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.

Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  

Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!

Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.

Fitbug Orb: The Most Affordable Activity Tracker

Activity trackers (or fitness trackers) are now a billion dollar industry, expected to double in the next year. With all of the trackers on the market, it seems like one is just as good as the rest. The Fitbug Orb offers much of the same as the other activity trackers, but what sets the Fitbug Orb apart from the rest is its affordability.

Dark Energy Provides Up To A Week's Charge For Your Mobile Devices

The Dark Energy reservoir not only provides abundant charge for your favorite portable devices, but it looks great as well.

World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.

Need A Drink? $280,000 PR2 Robot Knows How To Fetch Beer

If you weren't already a little jealous of the guys at Willow Garage, today's story might just push you over the edge. They've trained their PR2 platform to fetch them beer while they're working. Yeah - not only can they drink on the job, they've a robot assistant to bring it to them.

Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.

Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'

Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.

Smile! But Only If You're A Man: Introducing White Now Men Toothpaste

Do you have yellow teeth from drinking coffee, enjoying red wine, or smoking? Well, that's too bad if you're a woman because White Now Men will fix all those problems as long as your a dude.

Despite Doomed Predictions, Facebook Is Not Dying Out – It Just Has Google-Like Aspirations

Every time Facebook acquires a new app or drops billions of dollars on someone else's work, the internet becomes abuzz with criticisms, claiming that these moves are a harbinger of the end for the billion-dollar company.  However, the cunning Mark Zuckerberg actually has been planning his next move with these new toys all along; something that goes beyond that big blue social giant that propelled him to success.   

Sweden Is Using Video Games To Spread Peace, Love, And Democracy

The Swedish government has launched an initiative which it hopes will help spread democracy and creativity...through video games. The program - known as Democreativity - is intended to both bring people together and push them away from the violent, male-dominated image of gaming.

Get Mad "Ups" With The Pro Power Jumper

Strapping yourself to the ground may not seem like a great way to train yourself to jump higher. However, using the resistance tubing in the Pro Power Jumper unit to do so is the ideal way to improve your vertical, and not just your vertical, but your agility, reaction time and explosive power as well.

Have A Look At How Far Honda's ASIMO Robot Has Come

Over a decade ago, Honda unveiled the revolutionary ASIMO, which today remains one of the best-known humanoid robots in the world. Since unveiling it way back in 2000, Honda has been hard at work making the robot better, faster, and stronger - today, we saw the result of that work.

Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.

5 Driving Aids That Make Driving Easier & Safer

Is it getting to be a pain (literally) to get in and out of your car? What about turning your head half way around to see what is in your "blind spot?"  Can you see while driving at night?  Well, here are 5 nifty products that will help you continue to drive without hurting yourself; they'll also help to keep you and other drivers safe.

The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.

Kronum: A New Sport Designed For An Athletic Era

The most popular sports around the world were all conceived over a century ago. Of course, there's nothing wrong with playing or watching something that old if it's exciting. However, there are new sports, like Kronum, that are just as exciting. Kronum, designed to display athleticism, is full of non-stop action.

Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.

These Robotic Mice Are Programmed To...Uh...Mate.

So, uh...fair warning, thisz story might potentially be a little bit not-safe-for-work. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have designed several mice-shaped robots whose only purpose is getting it on. Apparently, this is supposed to help them study evolution.

Weird. 

Swedish Super Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke

Developed to aid the brave men and women of our fire department, the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet harnesses a vast array of technologies to help aid rescuers when combating a blaze -- including augmented reality, noise cancellation, improved communications, and a thermal-optic camera. 

Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.

Spend Five More Minutes In The Shower- The Aqua Splash Wants You To

As if showers aren't awesome enough, now you can take an extra five minutes to comb through your hair with Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash combs. These babies detangle hair in the shower without damage or pain. If I can get better hair while relaxing in a shower, I'm in.

Aesent Tent With Built In Air Mattress May Be The Most Comfortable Tent Ever

Often camping means sleeping on the hard ground, which can mean aches and pains. Even when air mattresses are available, they don't always fit neatly into tents, and sharing them can be a pain in itself. Aesent hopes to change all of that with what they claim to be "the world's most comfortable tent."

Yey! You Can Really Remote Control A Roach from Your Smart Phone

Inventors have not only created a method for hacking the nervous system of a cockroach and allowing the insect to be controlled remotely, but apparently – like so many other things these days - there’s an app for that.

Microsoft's Giving Us A Look At The Future Of Robots In The Office

Today, we've been given a glimpse into the future of the workplace. Not surprisingly, it involves robots. Microsoft's Situated Interaction Project is a near-fully automated, robotic workplace, designed to show that robots and humans can interact - and work together - on a meaningful level.

Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.

Play Badminton Anywhere With The Instant Badminton Court

The next time you get an itch to play some badminton, you could scratch it quite easily with the Instant Badminton Court. The Instant Badminton Court, from Zume, goes from handy carrying case to freestanding badminton court in minutes.

Slim Your Thighs With Momolady, Japan's Womb-Shaped Adductor Muscle Exerciser

Momolady is a spring-loaded thigh exerciser that, coincidentally or not, resembles a cute & cuddly version of the female reproductive system... all that's missing is a smiley face. This affordable device promises to slim, trim and tone the user's thighs by exercising the oft-neglected adductor muscles and burning off useless fat.

BioWeld1: Amazing Israeli Invention Eliminates Surgical Scars and Stitches

The idea of closing surgical incisions without a needle and thread is a revolutionary concept. Out of Israel comes the brainchild for a brilliant innovation that utilizes cold plasma technology to close surgical wounds. Read on and...be amazed.

Splashdown! Trainer Knows How To Potty Train Boys

Genaissance Global has the answer for getting boys to "stand up and go" when they are learning to use the potty with The Splashdown! Trainer. With an exclamation point in the name I couldn't help but get excited too. It is designed to keep your son's wayward pee from going behind the toilet seat. It's also an interactive potty training tool when Splashy! cheers on your son and reminds him to put the toilet seat down when done.

Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .

Protect Your Trees From Animals With This New Invention

Jim Saunders and his daughter, Jill Saunders, from Kempton, saw an opportunity for creating a small business when brainstorming how to prevent damages caused by deers to their trees. In a collaboration with the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, they developed a new product, which is effective and not so expensive.

Add A Little Personality To Your Gear With The Beardo Ski Mask

Preparing for the cold weather? Need a ski mask? Why not get one with a little flair and style. Beardo has produced a line of ski masks with HD quality images that will turn the bottom half of your face into...well, whatever you want it to be.

'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.

Just How Serious IS Heartbleed? You Probably Don’t Want To Know.

I'd like to interrupt my regularly scheduled posts to talk about a very serious issue: Heartbleed. Although plenty of websites have already patched the vulnerability, many users don't realize how serious the situation actually was. In short, it might be the worst security flaw seen in decades. 

What Is AMD's Mantle, And How Will It Impact Gaming?

A few months ago, AMD revelaed what it hoped would be the future of gaming - Mantle, a "revolutionary" application programming interface. This year, we're finally seeing the results. Let's take a closer look at the technology to figure out just how AMD means to change gaming.

Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.

MIT FingerReader Will Make Print More Accessible To Visually Impaired

When you hear about or see designs that can really help people lead fuller lives, you want them available - now! That's how MIT's FingerReader hit me. Well, I said, to no one in particular, if you can prototype it, get it done, roll it out, let people who are blind or visually impaired have access to it - right now!  The FingerReader is something they will want.

Hosed: Ten Good Reasons Not To Park In Front Of A Fire Hydrant

Parking your car in front of a fire hydrant is not only illegal, it can bring on unwelcome consequences... and we don't mean a ticket. Most such scofflaws would actually prefer a response from the police instead of waiting for the fire department to get involved. Here's why.

How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar

HEIMPLANET's Inflatable Tents Make Camping Simpler

Tent setup can be incredibly frustrating and may even be the worst part of a camping experience. With HEIMPLANET's inflatable tents, you don't have to bother with rods and figuring out which sleeve they go in. The setup is simple. Just inflate.

Robots Made Out Of Paper Are Now A Thing, Apparently

Have you ever wanted to create your own robot? Thanks to a researcher at MIT, you now can - provided you have a few simple electronic components with a total value of about $20. Oh, and paper. Lots of paper. Yes, I'm serious.

With Revlon Parfumerie, Your Nails Will Look And Smell Pretty

I paint my nails weekly because I want fingernails that look pretty. I wear perfume because I want to smell pretty. What happens when you smash those two together? You get Revlon Parfumerie, nail polish that both looks and smells amazing.

Tooth Tattoos - What Would the Tooth Fairy Think?

The tooth artists at Heward Dental Lab can create custom handpainted artwork on your teeth.

Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 

Want Popeye Forearms? Get An ATI Weighted Training Glove

Popeye got his massive forearms and arm strength through sea voyages and spinach. You could build your forearms and increase your hand speed and strength through Athletic Training Innovations' Weighted Agility Glove. If you compete in a sport that requires hand-eye coordination and hand speed this product may be a great training tool.

Five Awesome Video Game Radio Stations For Your Listening Pleasure

One of my favorite things about video games is definitely the music.There's actually a great deal of talent, passion, and variety in gaming's music scene. Not surprisingly, there's a host of radio stations dedicated to the music - here's just a few of my favorites.

The United States Navy Now Owns A Tablet-Controlled Robot Helicopter

The Office of Naval Research today announced that it's created the future of combat support - a robotic helicopter, linked up to a simple touchscreen tablet that a soldier can use to send the chopper into missions too perilous for human pilots.

Pause Custom Sound Systems: Business Offers Music From Beyond The Grave

Death is a big business, and if you're a regular reader, you know this already. It is a highly competitive market, with many people hoping to profit off of a service category that is needed by everyone (except for the immortal, like vampires - but for you skeptics, we can overlook this fact). Because of the stiff competition, many businesses are forced to get creative with their products and services. The latest one will be music to your forever at rest audiophile ears.

StoreDot Has Nanodot Battery That Can Charge Your Phone In 30 Seconds!

An Israeli tech startup, StoreDot, has come up with a cell phone battery that charges your phone in 30 seconds!  In its prototype stage right now, it joins several other proprietary products in StoreDot's stable of yet-to-be-released inventions that are based on the properties of biologically available nanodots.

Recycled Bike Art Is Going To The Dogs....

There is no right and wrong when creating original art, and for Israeli artist Nirit Levav, inspiration came in the form of discarded bike chains and man's best friend. Her life-size dog sculptures are examples of upcycling at it's finest and most creative. 

Jays A-Jays Five Earbud Review

Earbuds are a fickle thing. When you have to fit so much tech into a little earbud, something is going to have to suffer. Whether it is comfort or sound quality, sacrifices have to be made. The Jays a-Jay Five has tried to fit everything into one package. Available for the iPhone, Android, and Windows devices, how does the a-Jay Five stack up to other earbuds on the market?

ZunZuneo,The Covert Twittersphere Of Cuba That Was, Until It Wasn't!

Mainstream media has been slow on the uptick in covering the U.S. government's current investigation of ZunZuneo by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. If you are unfamiliar with the name, it's most likely because of the covert actions that led to the rise and fall of this enterprise. . .

Harnessing The Power Of The Stars: How The U.S. Navy Plans To Beam Solar Power From Space.

Imagine scientists shooting solar panels in to space – enough to span 9 football fields – for the sole purpose of being assembled by robots, in order to construct an object capable of capturing solar power.  Then, having the harnessed energy being beamed back to Earth through the use of radio waves – allowing a vehicle fitted with a solar receiver to capture enough energy to move about on land.  The U.S. Navy is hoping to introduce such a device, and it may just cure our energy woes.

Top Ten Not-So-Sweet Easter Advertisements

Don't let the chocolate and bunnies fool you-whoever said that Easter has to be sweet? These wierd, funny and creepy advertisements will make you think again.

Do You Drink Enough Water? H2O-Pal Can Tell You

About 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. What that means is they don't drink enough water. H2O-Pal could help many remedy that problem. The device makes your water bottle a "smart bottle" and helps you monitor your water intake.

Food Spoilage: Chinese Research Team Develops New Smart Tag

Is there a way to tell if food has gone bad without experiencing that unpleasant attack on the nostrils by opening the container?  Read all about the innovative Chinese research team that devised a smart tag to eliminate all that and possibly revolutionize the food and beverage industry.

Are Video Games Making You Angry? You're Probably Just Incompetent

Gaming's foes have long held that there's a direct link between video games and aggressive behavior.  They were at least half right - scientists have just linked aggression to games with an interesting bridge: incompetence. Apparently, being bad at something - especially games - makes us angry. 

Toyota Is Securing Efficiency By Replacing Robots With Humans

No, that's not a typo. While many automotive manufacturers are embracing robots in the workplace, Toyota is apparently taking the opposite approach: they're actually reducing the number of robots used in the production line. Even stranger, they're actually becoming more efficient as a result.

Study Indicates Procrastination And Impulsivity Are Related Genetic Traits

Consider two human tendencies: impulsivity and procrastination. Impulsivity indicates a tendency to act or react quickly, perhaps without giving an action too much thought or consideration.  Procrastination is a tendency to act later, to put things off until tomorrow or some unknown future time. They may seem contradictory, or like opposite traits, but they are not. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder explain how they are complementary and genetic traits.

NuzzleHUG Aids And Comforts Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding mothers need quality products and effective solutions for pain relief and lactation help while they are nursing their baby. The NuzzleHUG can be worn around the neck to sooth upper body pains or the waist to relieve lower back and pelvic tension. Read about the amazing features of the NuzzleHUG...

Boat Care Invention: Scrubbis™ Makes Hull Cleaning No Big Deal

Great news for boat owners. You can now clean your boat hulls without taking your boat out of the water or diving underneath it to clean it... with an invention called Scrubbis™. It uses a patented sponge technology to keep it bouyant!

A Bed You Will Never Want To Leave: The Balluga® Smart Bed

.... Don't ask what it does; ask what it doesn't do, and I'd have to think hard. Ah! it doesn't accommodate your bathroom needs and it doesn't bring your breakfast to you (unless you have a robot aide, and then it could command it), but it might be able to cook your breakfast - remotely, of course. 

Portable, All Purpose Bluetooth Speaker By Abco Tech - Product Review

With a handful of DIY remedies and a large amount of costly options, taking your tunes on the go --or even in the shower -- are limited, until now.  With The All Purpose Bluetooth Speaker by Abco Tech, you can get an all-in-one convenient, Bluetooth speaker system that is both portable and highly audible, all at a pretty decent price.

Columbia's Omni-Heat Gear Keeps You Warm Without The Bulk

  • Staying warm in cold weather usually means layers. However, you can eliminate the need for those layers and added bulk with Columbia's Omni-Heat Reflective gear. The Omni-Heat technology helps retain the heat your body generates and can keep you up to 20% warmer than regular jackets and accessories. Here's how...

3 MORE Cat Toys That Will Drive Your Cat Wild

Let's face it; it's hard to please a cat. Toys are one way to do that, but cats are finicky, so you have to rotate them. One day your cat will be rolling around with a catnip-stuffed mouse and the next she's as blazé as a sphinx when you toss it.  So, you have to keep a stash of toys, freshened up with some good catnip, before you re-introduce them every few weeks or so. It's cat psychology... as far as it goes.

Share Secrets with Friends with Charming Electronic Smart Band

Collectible. Collectible. Wearable. Customizable. Electronic. These buzz word describe the latest in wearable bracelets: the Nex Band. This next generation charm bracelet comes with an initial set of modular components (mods) that include a microcontroller, a vibration motor, a low-energy Bluetooth radio and a battery that can last for 2-4 days, depending on how much you use it.

'Screen Time' Is Risk Factor For Low Bone Density In Teenage Boys

Most parents don't consider that their teenagers are at risk for osteoporosis; teens certainly don't think about it.  But with teens spending more time with their screens - computer, notepad, TV, and smart phone - than in athletic activities, researchers are starting to look into how these sedentary habits are affecting teen development - particularly their bone development.

Lems Hiking Boots Are Eco-Friendly, Lightweight and Completely Collapsible

Space is always an issue when you're camping. How can you cram all the things you need--shelter, food, clothing, footwear, maybe a book or two or a mini-stove--in your backpack? Lems Boulder Boots are collapsible and so cut down on spacial needs for footwear.

A Robotic Snake Is Now Capable Of Performing Surgery

The Flex System - based on a robotic snake previously used to explore an abandoned nuclear power plant - is a robot designed to perform surgery...by slithering down the throat of a patient. Don't worry, that's actually significantly less unpleasant than it sounds.

Call Me A "Doormat" If You Like, But I'm The SmartMat

Doormats get a bad rap. They take all the dirt we can wipe off on them, withstand tremendous weight, let our dogs urinate on them. And when doormats get very dirty or very old, their owners don't even bother to clean them; they throw them away and lay new ones out.  But a South Carolinian inventor, Andrew Clark, has created a doormat you won't want to throw away... because it's very very smart.

Baby Got Back...The Easy Way: Introducing The Booty Pop Panty

No, this isn't 1992, and Sir Mix-a-Lot isn't rocking out in the corner. This baby "don't got back." If genetics aren't on your side and squats are not for you, there's an easy way to a better booty. Now you can buy a built in butt with the incredible, and slightly hilarious, Booty Pop Panty.

Shaidee Keeps Baby Protected From The Sun

When babies venture outside with their parents, most are hanging out in a front carrier and are draped in a blanket or blinded by a hat meant to protect them from the sun. Enter Shaidee. Canadian mom, Nicole Barrett, invented a chemical-free alternative to sunscreen. And bad fashion.

Researchers Find Method To Trick Treatment-Resistant Cancer Cells

Despite the many advances in cancer treatments, oncologists often encounter cancer cells that are resistant to therapy.  Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas tackled this phenomenon in tumors with different types of gynocological cancers and discovered a successful method of tricking these cells....

Cat/Dog Lady Fashion For Charity: Vans Sneakers For The ASPCA

If you are working on your transformation into full-blown crazy cat lady, simply having a dozen or two felines just isn't good enough. Instead, you've got to embrace the fashion so the whole world can see just how much you love kittens. You know, beyond the pet hair that is adhered to your clothing permanently (trust me, I know). With a second design for dog lovers, these pet happy fashions also work double duty; supporting the lives of felines and canines alike. 

Unbox Love: Romantic, Surprise Date Delivery Service

Relationships are hard work, whether you have been part of a couple for a couple of months, or a couple of decades. Keeping the spark alive is easier said than done, and as two people get to know each other completely, managing to surprise each other is tough. Of course, with effort, a relationship does not need to fizzle and lose what it had during its early days.

Take A Look At This Bouncing, Bionic Kangaroo

Not all robots need to be creepy, ominous, or terrifying. An industrial automation company in Germany has designed a cheerful, bouncing robotic kangaroo for its Bionic Learning Network project. Look at it, and tell me it's not at least a little loveable.

Meet The Windows That Block Sunlight By Themselves

All houses, offices and stores have windows, mostly in order to deliver natural light inside them. However, sometimes the sunlight is just to much and, to block it, we use blinds. But these blinds are somewhat inaesthetic and, for stores, are not exactly great for business. But all this may be about to change, because a Silicon Valley company has developed a special glass that blocks the sunlight on its own.

Two-Lane Pavement Picnic Sheet Takes Road Food To The Next Level

Old and busted: picnics in the park. New hotness: a picnic in a parking lot! Japanese artist/designer Yuma Kano's disconcerting “On The Road” picnic sheet puts al fresco diners square on the pavement even if they're off the beaten path.

Don't Let The Cat Out Of THIS Bag Until You've Finished Grooming Your Cat

Even cats that groom themselves can only do it to a point. They can't clean their ears, for example, or remove their shedding fur very easily. They can't give themselves medications or put bandages around their scrapes and, funny, for some reason, they don't like it very much when we try to administer to them. So, lucky for us, the folks at Downtown Pet Supply came up with this Cat Grooming Bag aka Cat Restraint Bag.

ICEdot Clip-On Crash Sensor Could Save Your Life

Crashes happen, and sometimes can leave a person incapacated, unable to reach help. That's where the ICEdot Crash Sensor comes in. This sensor can detect impact and contact help in cases on emergency. In short, it can save your life.

Monitor Your Unborn Baby's Heartbeat From Home With Bellabeat

Bellabeat is a doppler device that attaches to your smartphone to monitor your baby's heartbeat and kicking patterns while it's still in the womb. The latest app update includes the ability for expectant mothers to monitor their moods and connect with other expectant mothers, to catch early signs of depression.

This Tiny Droid Can Perform Surgery On Astronauts In Space

Risky surgical operations in space could soon become a routine activity - although they won't be carried out by human hands. NASA is currently exploring the possibility of sending medical droids up with astronauts. Working with robotics firm Virtual Incision, they've already developed a prototype.

These Computers Are Learning By Teaching One Another Pac-Man

Researchers at Washingon State University have touched on a very fascinating way to improve machine learning and artificial intelligence: by having said machines teach each other to play video games. No, that isn't an April Fools' Joke: it's a legitimate scientific study.

The Lumo Lift: A Little Bling For Better Posture

The Lumo Lift is little, but it does a lot to better your posture. The small clasp attaches to your collar near the shoulder and lets you know when you need to straighten up. It's time to bling out those shirts instead of being scolded by our mothers for slouching. Check out the details on how it works...

Study Links Childhood Obesity With Decreased Cognitive Control

There have been few studies linking obesity to cognitive skills; however, at the University of Illinois, a study was undertaken to compare certain executive cognitive abilities of healthy weight pre-adolescent children with obese pre-adolescent children requiring them to respond to images of swimming fish. 

See You Pee: Five Cute & Creepy Japanese Urinalysis Cups

Providing a urine sample isn't always as quick & easy as we'd like it to be and frankly, the entire experience can be fraught with performance anxiety. The Japanese medical profession has duly noted this issue and, in an effort to be helpful, now offers squeamish patients a range of cute, comfy and borderline creepy urinalysis cups.

Silicone For Your Smile: Issa Is The Ultimate Toothbrush

Foreo's new sillicone toothbrush, the Issa, is just the thing for your smile. Issa's remarkable design will keep your teeth naturally white, clean, and healthy. Welcome to the future of home dental care.

BioLite CampStove Could Make You A Happy Camper

Grill some hot dogs while charging your smartphone. Brew coffee and read your Kindle without worrying about the battery dying. With the BioLite CampStove, these things are possible. The CampStove burns wood and, through a thermoelectric generator, sends power to a USB port.

The Crabster CR200 Is A Man-Made Monster Of The Deep

A mechanical monstrosity will soon be stalkined the darkest depths of the ocean. Developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science And Technology, The Crabster is a massive, six-legged machine designed for exploration of the deepest, most dangerous undersea regions.

Ooho: Drink Your Water, Eat Your Water Bottle!

Ooho. Who would have thought it?  Three London-based design students came up with Ooho, a water container that's not plastic, not vinyl, not stainless steel... but an edible algae! Ooho was considered so brilliant that, among other coveted awards, it won the 2014 Lexus Design Award.

Breaking Up With Facebook Ain't So Hard To Do According To Eat24

Ever consider leaving Facebook? Heck, the Millennials are bailing in droves. But when push comes to shove and it's time to put the pedal to the metal, how many of us would actually pull the trigger? Well, there is one brave band of renegades who have not only set the bar fairly high as to how to cut those ties - but also how to read the riot act to the founding fathers while walking out of the door.

Joke’s On You: 5 Best Technology April Fools Jokes of 2014

It's April Fools day already and what better way to ring in Spring than by hurling outlandish pranks at one another, all for the sake of good fun?  The celebrated holiday is center stage for web and tech companies looking to add a little satire to their products, and today was no exception.  Cast your gullibility aside and join me as we take a look at a round-up of 2014's best tech April Fools Pranks.

Driverless Cars: The Latest Developments

The driverless car hovers in our midst as the vehicle of tomorrow. What are the implications, however, when the driver's attention doesn't have to be focused on the road? Technology has developed some amazing diversions to help riders pass the time. Read on for more about this most interesting phenomenon.