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August, 2014

Want To House The Homeless Behind Billboards?

The problem of people being homeless is ubiquitous around the world. A small design firm in Slovakia has come up with an idea to house these people in a small, but humane and dignified way. Design Develop, the design firm, has created what they are calling "Project Gregory." The idea behind the project is to use adjacent billboards to create simple, small homes for the homeless.

Want Your Bubble Wrap With Goldfish?

There is just something about bubble wrap that is alluring -- all those plastic bubbles just waiting to be popped. This is especially true of the larger bubbles. The other side of the coin is the people who want to strangle people who are making that popping noise, such as when my brother threatened my life one Christmas. Of course if it was Goldfish Bubble Wrap it might be a little harder to just pop away when it looks like there is a cute little fish in there.

Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.

Want A Rainbow To Brighten Your Child's Room At Night?

Many children need a night light to help them sleep and there are many different kinds of night lights available out there. However, few are as amazing and charming as the Uncle Milton Rainbow In My Room light. At the touch of a button the ethereal beauty of a rainbow is projected across your child's bedroom. It is a great way to keep all of the monsters away and bring the unicorns in to stay.

Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Why Detecting Date Rape Drugs Isn't That Easy

By now you've probably heard of Undercover Colors as the latest innovation, not only in nail polish, but in date rape prevention. There's been a lot of excitment over such a helpful product, but could this polish be less than it's cracked up to be? Undercover Colors might not be a failproof preventative solution to date rape, but it's on the right track.

Augmented Reality Gets Its Big Boy Pants

Still thinking Augmented Reality (AR) is a fad at worst or science fiction at best? Is it just a passing distraction-dujour for teen gamers, before they move onto the next new shiny thing? Or is truly disruptive technology that’s on the cusp of enhancing our every day lives?

Want An Inflatable Backpack For Travel Comfort?

There are times when you really need somewhere comfortable to rest your head or some cushioning to sit on and all you have with you is your backpack. It can be pretty lumpy as a pillow and not a very comfy seat. One company is planning to change that with their new invention -- the Windcatcher Air Pakk -- a self-inflating backpack that can become a place to rest your weary bones while you are on the run.

Now Hear This: "Hello Phone" Telescopic Ear Trumpet Sounds Good, Looks Silly

Having solved all other problems, Japan has re-invented the ear trumpet. The so-called “Hello Phone” from Konna Shop is actually a rebooted Speaking Tube, enabling those hard of hearing to carry on conversations in an otherwise normal manner.

Want A Trash Can That Reuses Grocery Bags?

Even though many progressive communities are trying to outlaw plastic shopping bags, we still seem to manage to end up with piles of these bags. We stuff them inside closets, drawers, and even other bags. They seem to breed like rabbits even though we seek to reuse and recyle. In short -- they are generally a mess. You can make easy use of those bags for trash with the help of the Urbano Eco Trash Can.

Want Leafy Vines Instead of Miles Of Electrical Cords?

If there is one thing that our explosion of technology has given us is miles of electrical cords that crawl all over the house like a colony of demented octopi. You can try to hide them. I've thought of braiding them into a decorative design but I think that a new company called ElectroVine has the right idea. They have created a 6-foot extension cord that looks like a nice green vine of ivy.

Brush Hour: The World's 7 Neatest & Sweetest Street Sweepers

Street sweepers might not have the celebrity clout of other motorized vehicles but you'll appreciate them every time one of those “cool” cars doesn't leave you in its dust.

Want A Cookbook You Can Eat?

Just about everybody thinks they have got a cookbook in them so you have to have a pretty strong angle or gimmick to get one to actually sell. Even the "gimmicks" are running rather thin -- from every kind of diet plan under the sun to those for every charity under that same sun. The latest idea is a really tasty one -- literally. The novelty of this particular tome is that it is the one and only Edible Cookbook.

Squarebar Is Nutrition In An Organic Square

Are you on a gluten-free diet? No dairy? No soy? Are you a supporter of the organic and non-GMO movement? Do you try to stay away from high-fructose corn syrup or anything that is full of sugar? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions or if you just like a delicious nutrition bar, you may want to try Squarebar.

Light My Way Owl Nightlight Will Lighten Your Child's Night

Part nightlight. Part flashlight. All super cute. This woodland creature can keep your child company while winding down with a book before bed and guide their way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It can also be placed on a bedside table to create a glow bright enough to keep the boogie man away but soft enough to drift off to sleep. It’s no wonder the Light My Way Nightlight by Munchkin is the #1 best seller on Amazon for nightlights.

Want A New Star Trek Movie Funded By Kickstarter?

It has been nearly 50 years since The Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Rodenberry, had his view of where no man has gone before head out into the minds of the American people. His "wagon train to the stars" television series has spawned a movement of people called Trekkies, several spin-offs and movies, and billions in merchandising. Now a new independent Star Trek film is heading into production thanks to the success of a couple of Kickstarter campaigns -- Star Trek: Axanar.

Apps Launched For Rockets Red Glare & Planet Rife With War

In the new TV show drama, “MANH(A)TTAN (a fictional accounting of the Manhattan Project’s lead-up to the Atom Bomb), Liza Winter, one of the scientist’s wives notes that in 1943, out of “75 sovereign states in existence in the world (at the time), 61 of them were at war.”

GausWheel Spirit: A New Freestyle Urban Scooter With Attitude

Dubbed “the new freestyle urban scooter”, the next-gen GausWheel Spirit from Hungary's Soma Ungar Design combines the best features of skateboards, scooters, unicycles and – believe it or not – downhill skis.

A Big, Big ‘Leaf’ for Mankind: Synthetic Leaf Produces Oxygen

Julian Melchiorri, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, UK, has created a synthetic biological leaf which is proven to produce oxygen.Like real plants, his new discovery can be used on the inside and outside of buildings to provide fresh oxygen.


The Noggle Lets Kids Enjoy The AC From The Back Seat

Can't enjoy the icy blast of AC with the kids complaining about the heat from the back seat? The Noggle is an easy to install and easy to use device to get the cool air to the backseat quicker.

Datsun mi-DO Hatch Debuts At 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show

Datsun, once a familiar nameplate to North American carbuyers but lately reborn as Nissan's emerging market brand, unveiled the smartly styled mi-DO hatchback at the 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show. In related news, it seems Russia is considered an emerging market by the world's major automakers... better not tell Putin

Fit Spotting App Is The Yelp For Hotel Gyms And Fitness Centers

If you've ever tried to keep up with your fitness routine while traveling, you know how difficult that can be. Not all hotel gyms have the equipment you may need, and sometimes it can be hard to find a nearby gym. Fit Spotting is a new mobile app that will give you the low-down on hotel gyms around the world.

MINI Businessman Concept Car Channels Tomorrow's MINI Today

If today's MINI compact car is a triumph of retro automotive style, what will BMW's boxy British brand look like tomorrow? The MINI Businessman Concept revealed by students from the International School of Design in Valenciennes, France, offers us a tantalizing glimpse of MINI's future.

TechTagger Is The Low Tech Solution To Lost Items

Raise your hand if you've ever lost your phone. Quite a few of you, huh? Have you tried GPS lock-on or 3rd party GPS tracking software to find your lost phone only to be sorely disappointed when it was unable to track it for you? Do you believe in the good of your fellow man? TechTagger is the low tech solution to one of our most frequently lost items, cell phones, and relies solely on other people telling you they found your phone.

BioBeats and The Pulse App: Can Music Rule Your Mind?

Similar in concept to those mood rings of decades past, BioBeats has tapped into a new idea with a special app that can play music that reflects your current state of mind based on the rate of your heart. Read on for more on this fascinating topic.

Want To See What The United Kingdom Looks Like Up Close? Just Play Minecraft!

Want to explore the cliffs of Dover? Gaze out over the Scottish Isles? Swim through the English Channel? Thanks to the British Geological Survey you can do all of the above...in Minecraft.

That Isn't A Toy Truck You See There - It's A Swarmie, NASA's Latest Space Exploration Robot

NASA's Swarmies look more like toys than space robots. You'd be forgiven for thinking there isn't much to them - though you'd be wrong. Connected to one another by a sort of wireless 'group mind;' these little 'bots could very well serve as the vanguard of interstellar exploration.

10 Funny And Bizarre Children's Toys That You Should Never Buy Your Kids

Children’s toys gone wrong, this is the stuff of nightmares.  It’s unsettling when we come across toys that seem to cross our society’s wholesome boundaries, however, we can’t help but be a tad bit intrigued.  Here are some toys that make you go “Hmmm…”  Let’s dive in and I’ll explain as we go.

Want To Become A Coral Reef When You Die?

The subject of dying is one that we normally don't want to spend time thinking about, but if there is one thing for sure in this world it is that we are all going to die. What happens to our remains is up to us. Standard burials have been eating up the land to the point that the space could one day run out. To that end more people are now opting for cremation, but what to do with the ashes. One really awesome idea is Eternal Reefs where the ashes of the dearly departed become a part of a new ocean reef.

Is Apple Planning 12.9” iPads For 2015?

If the rumours are right, Apple are busy working on a new addition to its popular tablet lineup. But who would need a 13” iPad? The answer might surprise you.

World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implanted Into 12-Year-Old Beijing Boy

Intel Inside? We're almost there thanks to doctors at Peking University Third Hospital who successfully implanted the world's first 3D-printed vertebra into a young Chinese boy's neck.

Quarterback Touchdown Is The New Tailgating Game For The Whole Family

If you're into football and tailgating before games, or if you're just looking for an activity for the whole family, you may want to check out the Quarterback Touchdown. Developed by Kid Agains, it is a great game for tailgating parties, cookouts or anytime family fun.

Want A Truly Novel T-Shirt With An Entire Novel On It?

T-shirts have long been a staple of the world of apparel and they have gotten pretty creative, but when was the last time you saw a truly novel one? One company, Litographs, is working hard to make sure that all of their t-shirts, posters, and tote bags are novel -- or poetry, short stories, or non-fiction. They do this by printing the entire book in a style that appears artistic from a distance and completely readable close up.

Toyota To Revive Classic Workhorse J70 Land Cruiser For One Year Only

Though Toyota's legendary J70 Land Cruiser hasn't been manufactured or sold in Japan since 2004, the rugged four-wheel drive pickup's domestic fan base never stopped clamoring for its return. It seems Toyota heard them after all, as the automaker is gearing up to produce around 200 J70's domestically every month for one year, and for one year only.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Mudage Jolie Body Hair Thinner Reduces Leg and Chest Hair

Body hair is coming back into style, and most women admit they like a man with some hair on his chest. Maybe you feel like you're wearing a sweater all year round, though. If you need to thin out your thicket of body hair, the Mudage Jolie comb-like contraption might be your solution. This hair thinner will remove some of your body hair, while leaving enough so you still feel like a manly lumberjack.

Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle Is One Hot Crispy Ride

The Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueled Motorcycle, based on the rare Track T800 CDI chopper, features an 800cc, three-cylinder diesel engine purposely tuned to run on 100% biodiesel... ideally sourced from bacon grease, of course.

Want A New Way For Refugees To Live With Dignity?

There are a number of reasons that people can become refugees -- from geo-political conflicts to the effects of climate change. It is a devastating thing for people to lose everything in the path of these forces and then be faced with trying to rebuild a life from nothing. Designer Abeer Seikaly has come up with a different kind of shelter for refugees that gives them a small home of their own that is more functional than your average tent.

Get Your Gallic On: Frito-Lay Japan Introduces Doritos Gourmet Garlic & Sea Treasure Tortilla Chips

Frito-Lay Japan's new Doritos Gourmet Garlic & Sea Treasure Tortilla Chips evoke the rich flavor of classic French bouillabaisse served with grilled garlic bread. It's a taste you'll treasure, albeit for a limited time only.

Meet Oculix: An Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Interface For Netflix

Every now and then, Netflix engineers get together for something known as a "hack day." Basically, they're told to get creative and put together something cool to be used with the service. Awesome, right? Late last week we something amazing from of these hack days: it involves the Oculus Rift.

Meet RoboThespian, A Robotic Entertainment Extraordinaire - He Can Even Perform Singin' In The Rain

According to Engineered Arts founder Will Jackson, his company originally set out to make an automated presenter. Somewhere along the line, that changed. Now, the engineering firm is well on its way to making a fully-functional entertainment bot - and also the most human-like commercial robot yet.

Leantisserie Is The Rotisserie That Fits In Your Oven

If you love rotisserie chicken, but don't want to spend the money on a rotisserie, you may want to check out the Leantisserie. It's a free-standing, self-rotating rotisserie that fits in your oven, and the best part is it won't break the bank.

Garmin Fenix 2 Is The Activity Watch For Everything

Are you active? Like really active? Is every week an adventure for you? Are you constantly running, hiking, biking, swimming, paddling, or skiing? If you do any or all of these things, and are looking for a versatile fitness watch, give this Germin Fenix 2 a once over.

Freeline Skates: The Offspring Of Skates And Skateboards

If a roller skate and a skateboard could have offspring, it would look something like the Freeline Skate. Freeline Skates look like mini skateboards, but they're meant to be ridden as if they were roller skates--one per foot.

Facebooks’ ‘Mentions Box’ Introduces ‘Video Selfies’ For Celebs At Emmys

Ever since Ellen Degeneres’ creative ‘selfie’ bit was introduced at the last Academy Awards ceremony, the bar has been raised for future hosts’ to use social media in more intricate and creative ways. Mark Zuckerberg and his cadre of coders at Facebook think they have just the thing to go Degeneres one better, when they debut their “Mentions Box” for celebrities during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.

Why Snapchat Ads Are An Oxymoron

Snapchat and advertising seems to me to be two functions diametrically opposed - an oxymoron if you will. How can any marketing campaign make an impact, if by design it’s fleeting in nature? Since Snapchat is a messaging app that delivers status updates, photos and/or videos viewable for 10 seconds only — is that enough time to leave a lasting impression?

Want This Way Cool Steampunk Ring That Turns Into A Telescope?

There are few of us who haven't dreamed of living the life of a spy -- dashing about the great capitals of the world, being chased by evil agents bent on destroying our freedoms, and, best of all, getting to make use of super spy gadgets. Just like James Bond (in an alternate universe) you can get this way cool Capt. Jules' Extraordinary Telescope Ring with an awesome steampunk look.

Want To Ride A Longboard While Strolling With The Kid?

What if not giving up some of your childhood joys was a key to helping save the planet? For some people keeping their skateboard as a mode of transportation stays with them for a number of years. When the spouse and children come along it seems time to grow up and get rid of the board -- but what if you didn't need to? The Longboard Stroller Project is looking at how skateboarding may still be a great idea -- complete with baby on board.

Withings Activité Is An Activity Tracker Disguised As A Designer Watch

When shopping around for an activity tracker, you won't find too many that are designed for function and elegance. In fact, the Withings Activité may be the only activity tracker you'll find that is disguised as a designer watch.

Making it Real: A 3-D Exhibition of Print Ready Projects

Making It Real is an innovative global exhibition featuring new and edgy designs for  3-D print-ready jewelry, products, fine art and other small objects. Read on to learn more about this new and fascinating digital fabrication display that began last year.

Chinese Facekini Fad Inspires French Fashion Mag Photoshoot

Those freakish “face-kini” masks worn by legions of sun-avoiding Chinese women have made the jump to haute couture thanks to a photoshoot featured in former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book.

Best In Show! SmartyKat Feather Whirl Electronic Motion Ball

There are not many toys that can keep a cat's attention for very long; we cat owners have noticed that once or twice....  But there is something special about the SmartyKat Feather Whirl Electronic Motion Ball that does seem to keep cats interested, and the toy even won the Best In Show Cat Product Award at the 2014 SuperZoo new product show.

Want To Keep You Hands "Toasty" Warm While On The Computer?

Cold weather is closer than we like to think. For some it is as close as someone turning on the air conditioning. When you are working at the computer it is really easy to end up with freezing cold hands for some reason. One great way to keep your hands toasty warm is with these cool Toasty Handwarmers. Not only are they warm as toast, they are pretty damn adorable too.

Body Toner: In Home Workout Ridiculousness

Inventist's Body Toner looks like something off a 1980's infomercial (and judging by the Body Toner's YouTube video, it may be). However, this little device could be your ticket to a fit and trim body, without the help of a gym.

Instagram Breaking Bad For Emmys With Scavenger Hunt

That show known for it’s badness is so damn good, it’s hard to let it go. So believes one of its award-winning costars - and we’re inclined to agree. To that end, Aaron Paul has sought out the world’s number-one mobile photo-sharing social network to help him spread the word of its departure in a very unique fashion.

Want To Go Old School And Build Your Own Camera?

These days everyone is snapping photos with their cell phones. For some folks they get out a digital camera to do a bit of shooting. The die-hards still use film. You can take a trip into the past with Viddy, the pinhole camera. Not only does it require you to go old school with 35 mm film, you even have to build it yourself out of cardboard from a DIY kit.

Hello Kitty Rockets Into Orbit As Japan's First Catstronaut

Hello Kitty, Japan's character queen of cute, is celebrating her 40th anniversary by getting high... 600km (372.8 miles) above sea level, that is! Having stowed away aboard the Hodoyoshi 3 micro-satellite, a 4cm (1.6 inch) tall Hello Kitty figure now gazes down upon us through a glass window while redirecting 180-character messages from fans to their friends and families.

Like Skateboarding? Try Free Riding With Brooklyn Workshop's Skatecycle

If you like skateboarding, rollerblading or riding on your RipStik, you should try Brooklyn Workshop's Skatecycle. Skatecycle looks intimidating to ride, but if you can ride a skateboard or caster board, you can get the hang of Skatecycle.

Dearman Engine: Liquid Air is the New Energy Source

It is only liquid air but it does wonders and it’s going to soon be used on every commercial vehicle that travels Britain’s roads and highways.

Yes, liquid air is now cool stuff for hot times.

Mountain Is The Most Original Game Released This Year - And It Isn't Even A Game

So..there's this...thing on Steam, called Mountain. It isn't a game - not really. It's...something strange. Different. Okay, honestly, it's just a mountain that sits around saying sad things sometimes. Yet somehow, it's one of the most curiosly engrossing titles I've encountered this year.

Want To Wake Up To A Fresh Cup Of Coffee?

One of the hardest things that any of us face in the course of the day is getting up in the first place. And for nearly as many of us we aren't worth squat until that first cup of coffee has been fully infused into our bloodstreams. There have been coffee makers with timers that have been readying the java for decades, but now you can have an alarm clock by the bed that has that first cup ready to go when it goes off.

Is The 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible A German Wolf In American Clothing?

The Buick Cascada, a stylish four-seat convertible based on a sleek two-door Opel of the same name, is expected to arrive at Buick dealerships as a 2016 model. Autoworkers stateside might not be so enamored with the Cascada, however, as this new “Buick” will likely be a rebadged captive import manufactured in Europe.

Unifiller's Cake Decorating Robot Is Probably The Sweetest Thing You'll Ever See

Today, the world of food crossed the point of no return - the point at which hand-made and machine-made become indistinguishable. For this, you can thank Unifiller, an insidious organization that crafts tools to make baking easier. The fiends have designed a robot that decorates cakes. Diabolical.

Want Guitar Picks Recycled From Yesteryear?

The music industry was built on mountains of vinyl, or stacks of wax as they used to be called. Those old records have been filling up landfills for decades now as they have gotten broken, worn out, or were just plain discarded. One company has taken these old and no longer viable platters and started making them into Recycled Vinyl Record Guitar Picks for your music-making pleasure.

Bandit9 Motorcycle Design's Bishop Concept Offers Minimalist Luxury, Maximum Exclusivity

If Bandit9 Motorcycle Design's mission is creating beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind motorcycles than what can we say about the stripped down, up-content Bishop Concept, a limited edition of nine superbly styled cycles?

Want Your Gummi Bears Evilly Hot?

You aren't a kid anymore and there are times that you want you candy indulgences to be just as grown up as you are, but with the nostalgic touch of reminding you of your childhood. A dash of wicked humor would not go amiss either. Enter the Evil Hot Gummi Bears -- the somewhat sinister sibling of those fruity little bears of your childhood that you loved so much.

Wrap This Up: Audacious Audi Doesn't Know What Color It Wants To Be

Vinyl vehicle wraps are most often used to display graphics and advertising but a growing automotive subculture is using wraps for purely cosmetic purposes. When the right kind of wrap is expertly applied, some spectacular visual effects are in the offing and such is the case with an eye-popping Audi that gleams in copper, green and brown – depending on your point of view.

Spherovelo Early Rider Will Get Your Child Riding Before They Can Walk - This Bike Has Balls

Crawl. Ride. Walk. That’s the natural progression of human movement, right? If the people at Early Rider have anything to do with it, yes. Spherovelo, their revolutionary balance bike for babies as young as seven months, is designed to get your youngster on wheels even before they can walk.

Want To Take Your Selfie To The Mayonnaise Level?

This whole selfie trend seems to be getting more and more out of control. Not only do we share them with everyone on the planet, they are starting to take a larger part of the stage in popular culture. So why not just go all the way and have your selfie portrait done in mayo on your burger? Okay. This "trend" is an advertising stunt, not something headed into your kitchen.

7 Terribly Funny Children's Book Parodies For Adults

Parodies of classic children's books geared towards adults are all the rage these days.  Revisiting your favorite childhood stories with a unique and vulgar new spin is a great way to laugh your way down memory lane.  Check out these 7 terribly funny children's book parodies.

XStat Syringe: Instantly Stops Gunshot Wounds From Bleeding

A new syringe that stops gunshot wounds from bleeding in seconds is now being widely utilized by the U.S. military.

A Sauna In Your Pants: Delfin Spa Capris Will Make You Sweat Away Cellulite

Everyone loves a spa day. The massages and saunas flush out toxins, strengthen muscles and overall help with health. Now you can have a spa.....in your pants. Delfin Spa Bio Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Capris will make you sweat and work your leg muscles. It's like wearing a sauna around your waist, which sounds weird, but is worth it if it works.

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ By The Numbers

Internet trends come and go. They have their ephemeral day in the sun and dissipate almost as fast as they arrive. Everything from gyrating to the Harlem Shake to dancing Gangnam Style to planking and Tebowing, catching the world’s zeitgeist in a viral wave can cause a slew of social media activity where you almost feel left out if you don’t join in and/or critique it in some fashion.

Get Your Blood Pressure With Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

There are probably a thousand products on the market that will take your heart rate. There are fewer that will give you a blood pressure reading, and even fewer of those are available for in-home use. However, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is one that you can get for yourself and one that is designed for the tech geek.

Men's Sheer Bra T-shirt Brings Lingerie Out Of The Shadows

The Men's Sheer Bra T-shirt emblazons the shadowy image of a black bra across the back. Sold online by Japan's Village Vanguard, the subversive shirt sold out almost immediately after being listed due to unexpected demand.

Hitchbot Has Arrived In Victoria, Officially Finishing Its Trek Across Canada

Yesterday, three weeks after setting out from Halifax, Hitchbot completed its cross-country journey in Victoria, BC - surprisingly still in one piece. Designed as an experiment in robot-human interaction, the little machine was sent to hitchhike from one end of the country to the other.

If You Want To Wield A Lightsaber, Sixense's STEM System Could Be The Closest You'll Ever Get

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Sixense's STEM controller is well on its way to the consumer market. Not content to sit on their laurels, Sixense last week decided to up the hype further, with a series of tech demos that show just what the STEM can do. They're awesome.

2015 HSV GTS Supercharged V8 Maloo: Holden's Final Ute Will Also Be It's Fastest

The 2015 HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) GTS Maloo is (or will soon be) living proof that going out with a bang is a good thing. Only 150 of the flashy supercharged utes will be made, giving a fitting send off to both the coming end of Holden's Australian automaking operations and the demise of the iconic ute in general.

Listen To Your Music Underwater With FINIS Neptune

We, this generation's runners, lifters, cyclists, Crossfitters, gym rats, fitness freaks, all love our music while we're getting our sweat on. But what do you do in the pool or on your paddle board? You forgo the tunes, so you don't ruin your device...unless you have a Neptune from FINIS.

Save Your Pitching Arm: Get A Pet Treat Launcher

I very easily see the point of ball launchers for dogs like the Chuckit, but you really have to 'throw like a girl,' and not like Philadelphia teen Mo'Ne Davis, the now-famous female little league pitcher with a 70 mph fast ball, to need a treat launcher!  Still, there are some benefits to having a gadget that can pitch a pet treat for you....

Hanaga Tap Nose Electrical Outlet Cover Is Worth Picking

The Hanaga Tap from Japanese design studio ekoD Works redirects power cords downward to save space while adding a honking big dose of fun to your home or office decor scheme.

LEGO My Lunch: 5 Essentials For Your LEGO Lover's Lunch Box

Meal prep can be monotonous. To take some of the drudgery out of making my daughter's lunch, I sneak stickers into my her lunch box or cut her sandwich into different shapes with cookie cutters. I buy food containers that are reusable and fun. I enjoy making a lunch I know my daughter will be excited to open. Lunches should be fun to eat—and make. And who can’t have fun with LEGOs? Here are five essential items for your LEGO lover’s lunch box.

Bea Szenfeld’s Strangely Exquisite Paper Collections

Paper is a ubiquitous material, but up until now has never been used as a substitute for fabric in a line of apparel. While this may seem a bit far out, it's here. Read on for more about these amazing  paper collections created by Bea Szenfeld.

Zendome: Unique Structure For Your Yard Or Weekend Getaway Spot

Able to enclose spaces ranging from 20 to 1,000 square meters, the Zendome geodesic domes were designed for commercial use--information stands, pop-up stores, etc--however, their unique design can be utilized to accent your home's yard space or provide a shelter with a great view at your favorite getaway.

Give Your Dog A Lift With These 7 Mobility Aids

Whether your dog has suffered injuries requiring leg amputation, or illness has weakened his legs so that his movements are restricted, you may want to look into some of the mobility aids available to help your dog stand up, walk, and accomplish tasks that improve his lifestyle.  From dog wheelchairs to simple cloth binders and floor gripping boots, you should be able to help your dog enjoy life more.

The Sucky Way To Get Fuller Lips With Fullips

The new lip plumping beauty product Fullips sucks.  Literally.

Fix Your Flat In Under A Minute With patchnride

Unfortunate accidents happen. If you're a cyclist or ride the trails, flats happen, and changing a tire can be a complicated process even if you know how. With patchnride, anyone can fix a flat. Actually, anyone can fix a flat in under a minute.

PNY Lego USB Drives Add 16GB Storage To Your Builds

Flash drives encased in Lego bricks are hardly a new concept, but these ones from PNY have the Lego Group's official blessing. They're cheap, too.

Silver Generation Tricycle Helps Seniors Exercise Their Independence

The Kukuru S silver generation tricycle is ideal for on-the-go seniors who aren't quite ready for an electric mobility scooter. The unique 4-wheeled trike boasts a host of built-in safety and security features that don't sacrifice everyday convenience and practicality.

Ghastly Ghost Japanese Eye Drops Tongue Will Get You Hooked

Applying eye drops is horrifying enough for some folks but this cute ghost-shaped eye drops tongue from Japan has to be an opti-phobic's worst nightmare. Designed to hook under the user's lower eyelid (*shudder*) and prevent the eye from reflexively blinking, the bizarre "akanbeh" eye drops helper actually won a special award at a Japanese all-invention contest.

Shnuggle Baby Bath Is Cosy And Clever

Shnuggle, the company who provides clever products for modern parents, is making a splash with their Snuggle Cosy Baby Bath. Touted as the world’s first foam and insulated baby bath, this tub is designed to keep your baby warm, safe, and happy during bath time.

Did The 166-Minute ’Boyhood’ Flick Take 12 Years Or 39 Days?

The answer to that question is at crux of this very innovative film project. In actuality, Boyhood was shot in 39 days, which according to Hollywood standards would classify it as a very low-budget movie. However what makes this flick epic versus your average run-of-the-mill coming-of-age story is that those 39 days were filmed over the course of 12 years.

New Crazy Invention Turns Water Into Wine?

No your eyes are not deceiving you. The billiantly crazy Miracle Machine is a new invention like no other, or so it seems. Winemakers Bob Levy and Martha McClellen have managed to come up with the first winemaking device for the home. Of course, you will need a few things before you are sitting in front of the fire knocking back the equivalent of a 1999 Cote Rotie, but hey, isn't that always the case? Trust me when I say you will want to read on. This bad boy is much more, or perhaps less, than it seems.

Acer Chromebook 13 Offers 13 Hour Battery Life, Tegra K1 Processor

Most Chrome OS laptops use Intel processors. Not this one. Acer's latest packs a power-efficient ARM-based Nvidia system-on-chip, a decent-sized screen, and tablet-esque battery life for a fairly low price.

Concrete Cloth: Unique, Unexpected and Fascinating Applications

Concrete Cloth is a burgeoning innovation with many possible applications ranging from military installations to commercial and residential buildings. Read on for more information on this fascinating treated fabric.

The Perfect Cat Eye Every Time: Miss Flicklash By Eylure

Winged eyeliner may be one of the trickiest makeup techniques to master. You might be able to perfect one eye, but then the other decides to rebel like angsty teen. If you love the cat eye look, but can't figure out the eyeliner, Eylure released false lashes to help you out. Could Miss Flicklash be the cat's meow? I think so.

Burger King Japan's Avocado Burgers Are An Avocaddict's Dream

Avocado advocates rejoice, Burger King Japan is adding an abundance of avocado to its burgers this summer in hopes of creating hoardes of slavering “avocaddicts”. Beginning August 11th, guacamole junkies can get their fix by ordering the Premium Fresh Avocado Whopper, Fresh Avocado Whopper Junior, and the Fresh Avocado Burger.

TK-Tool Epotimizes Fitness Device Simplicity

It looks like a cross between a punching pad and a push up bar, or maybe just a tiger printed shield. The TK-Tool is, in some ways, all of the above. You can use it as a punching pad/shield or as a push up bar or to do bicep curls or tricep extensions. The TK-Tool is a simple device with a lot of uses.

Play With Your Food: Bites And Pieces Tetris Sandwich Cutter

Have fun playing with your food, literally, using this awesome Tetris themed Bites and Pieces Sandwich Crust Cutter.

BMW Driver's Offensively Painted Car Will Make You Bloody Angry

It's no er, accident this "distressed" white BMW 328 sedan from St Petersburg, Russia looks like it met a moose going the opposite direction one dark and stormy night. All it took was a LOT of blood red paint, the creative use of a paint sprayer, and an idea likely thought up over a bottle (or two) of vodka.

Roll Up Sail Turns Your Paddle Board Into A Mini Sail Boat

Paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while staying active. However, every so often the staying active part becomes a little difficult, like those times when you're going against the current, paddling like crazy. With the roll up sail, you can turn your paddle board into a mini sailing vessel.

Want To Make Tea Like A Science Nerd?

Being nerdy and geeky has become kind of cool these days and that is great for those of us who actually are nerdy and geeky. We, like everyone else, enjoy relaxing with a cup of tea. Now we can relax the nerdier side of ourselves even more with this cool Teatube Test Tube Tea Infuser. It is just right for turning tea time into a laboratory experiment.

Motopeds Survival Bike Black Ops Edition Offers Survivability With Style

Looking for a motorized bicycle with the looks of a survivalist bike and the guts to back it up? Then look no further than the Motopeds Survival Bike Black Ops Edition, a nifty DIY conversion kit that'll keep you rolling before, during & after the zombie apocalypse arrives.

3D Babies: Get Your Baby In A Box

Pregnant and can't wait to meet your baby?  Well thanks to 3D Babies, you can see and even hold your baby as early as 23 weeks in utero.

Classy Comfort With A View For Your Cat: Cat Clouds

What I love about products designed by The Refined Feline is that they serve cats in a very functional way, and they also add an elegance to your home decor that doesn't stand out and shout "This is for THE CAT!"  In fact, they're so lovely, they make you wish you were a cat so you could enjoy them too.  Take, for instance, the Cat Cloud cat shelves....

Beacon LED Yoga Mat Will Teach You Proper Poses

Want to take up yoga? You could, of course, hire a personal trainer or take a class or two. You could even try to learn via instructional book or DVD. You could also check out this new concept from Molly Duffy--Beacon, an LED Yoga Mat that can teach you yoga.

Traditional Japanese Porcelain Cups Mix Medieval Monks With Skateboards, Horse Masks & More

Skateboarding monks? On my traditional Japanese porcelain cup? It's more likely than you think, if the traditional Japanese porcelain tableware comes from Kutani Choemon, a 130-year-old Japanese pottery maker who looks ahead instead of back for inspiration.

Dia-Treaties: Dog Owner Invents A Treat That Solves Insulin Swings In Diabetic Dogs

When Kameron and Nancy Carlson first learned that their 9-year old Italian greyhound had diabetes, they naturally followed their veterinarian's instructions and put "Vinny" on insulin injections. Unfortunately, as in many cases of canine diabetes, Vinny's health did not suddenly rebound. His glucose levels fluctuated dramatically from having too much insulin to too little insulin in his body. Seeing their poor dog so sick inspired Kameron Carlson to find a way to give Vinny and other dogs with diabetes a normal, active life again....

10 Timeless Backpack Favorites Your Kids Will Love

The first day of school is fast approaching. Some of you may be rejoicing while some of you may be in denial that another summer is flying by. Either way, soon we’ll all be gearing up for back to school. And while technology has changed the tools our kids use to learn, some things will never change. From Wonder Woman to Star Wars, the stuff we loved as kids is as popular as ever with our own children. You’ll be reliving your first day of school as you watch your kids head out with these timeless backpack favorites.

Hair Ye, Hair Ye: Theradome’s Helmet Stimulates Hair Growth

Theradome is a small California-based firm headed by former NASA research engineer, Tamin Hamid. His special helmet combats baldness by zapping lasers at the wearer's scalp. Read on for more informaton about this amazing innovation.

Booze Tubes: The Best Way To Smuggle Alcohol, Period

Ever go to a venue with strict no alcohol policies, or an event that doesn’t allow alcohol and you could really use a tasty adult beverage?  Booze Tubes are the perfect answer (if you’re a female), period.

Attention Crazed 'Mart Shoppers: Ten More Cars Of The People Of Walmart

Vehicular manslaughter? At my Walmart? It's more likely than you think... assuming its written “vehicular man's laughter”. These ten more weird wheeled entries in the Walmart Wagon Wall of Shame will have you wishing for a price rollback right into the car crusher.

Solowheel Is The Smallest, Greenest People Mover Ever

Cars, bikes, Segways, scooters, roller skates--what do these have in common? They're "people movers." They all get people where they need to go. The Solowheel is just another people mover, however it may be the smallest, greenest people mover ever.

iSensor HD Uses Skype For Your Home Security

Bring the power of Skype’s 256-bit encryption into your home with the iSensor HD home security camera. Currently in the fundraising stage at Kickstarter, Amaryllo is showing a lot of promise with its iSensor HD and corresponding mobile app. Remotely control the camera, view live feeds, and upload footage to Google Cloud Storage.

Flamingo Rampant Book Club Will Offer Children's Books Reflecting Today's Diverse Families

Family is no longer just defined as a man, woman, and their kids. Nor is family just one shade of color. Today’s families are a diverse mix of single, divorced, gay, lesbian, and transgender parents raising kids. It’s hard to find a reflection of modern families in children’s books. Flamingo Rampant Book Club wants to change that by offering children’s books that showcase and celebrate diversity, specifically in LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) families.

ViewRanger Turns Your Device Into A Backcountry Navigation Center

Planning a camping trip? A hike? Need a GPS? No need to spend hours researching GPS devices and hundreds of dollars on the device itself, when you can just download an app. The ViewRanger app can be downloaded onto your smartphone or device, and it turns that device into a back country guide.

Have The Brightest Manicure Around: Glow In The Dark Nail Polish

If lime green, hot pink, or bright purple just isn't bright enough when it comes to nail polish, you might want to keep reading. Glow in the dark nail polish might just be the perfect way to decorate your manicure. Your nails will look great during the day and even better at night.

Peaches 'n' Panties: The New Ripe Fruit Craze

I like peach butts and I cannot lie.  Ever look at a peach and thought it looked like a bum?  So have vendors in China who are now selling sexy peach booties.  Ripe Fruit, it’s a thing. Move aside apples, peaches are the new bottoms, and they've gotten a sexy makeover. 

Are These Really The World’s Most Comfortable Boxers? Give N’ Go Briefs Cause No Grief

Dubbed the world's most comfortable underwear, the Ex Officio boxer brief is durable, lightweight and very breathable. Read on for more details about the newest sensation in mens' travel underwear.

Million Dollar Mercedes: Daimler's S-Class Pullman To Debut In 2015

The all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman is set to become Daimler's standard bearer when it debuts as a 2015 model. Sticker priced at just over $1 million each, the next uber-Benz follows a long line of luxurious land-barges like the legendary 600 Pullman long-favored by the world's top celebrities, dictators, and celebrity-dictators.

No-Boredom Toy For Cats: Cat Amazing Interactive Puzzle & Treat Maze

Nothing gives a cat lover more pleasure than watching his cat at play.  The domesticated cat is always energized by toys that mimic the hunt, and toys that provide that challenge are likely to keep your cat's interest, such as a cat's interest is, longer.  Cat Amazing not only keeps your cat's interest, but you don't need to operate it for him; it's interactive!

Is Your Vision Changing? FocusSpecs Adjustable Lenses Change Along With Your Vision

If you really want to see your close-up work clearly, you probably have at least three pair of eyeglasses with three different sets of prescription lenses. For example, you would need one pair for reading a book or using your smart phone, another for working on your laptop or tablet, and still another to see your desktop screen clearly. And what about distance lenses?

Hublot Special-Edition Wristwatch Commemorates China-Switzerland Free Trade Deal

Swiss luxury watch maker Hublot thinks the time is right to celebrate free trade, and their new Classic Fusion Sino-Swiss FTA Limited Edition wristwatch is just the timepiece to do it!

Screw Fridge Magnets Drive Home Your Memos & Messages

Magnet Screws from Japan's Design Development Laboratory might surprise anyone spying them on your shiny new Sub-Zero refrigerator, especially whomever paid for the appliance.

Spyder 360 Works The Entire Core, Not Just The Abs

If you're in the market for a piece of equipment to train your core, you may as well get something that can train more than your core. With the Spyder 360, you not only get a great core trainer, you get a compact piece of equipment that can give your entire body a good workout.

Emoj.li, The Emoji-Only, Anti-Silicon Valley Social Network

Dissimilar to the countless social networks and apps that have gone before, Emoj.li isn’t looking to disrupt or change any of the existing Web 2.0 business models. Instead of taking itself seriously, it’s an evolving experiment that uses self-deprecating humor while parodying the social media space at large. With over 45,000 pre-registered users already signed up and zero funding, it’s turning an inside joke. . .

FreeWavz: Fitness Monitoring Smart Earphones

Yet another fitness tracker could hit the market soon, and this one also does the job of headphones--smart, wireless headphones--so it would eliminate the need for extra equipment at the gym or on the trails. FreeWavz are smart earphones with built-in fitness monitoring.

Blinged-up Range Rover Evoque Sports Swarovski Crystal Nameplates

When is so much bling too much bling? When you replace your Range Rover Evoque's OEM chromed nameplates with glittering Swarovski crystal facsimiles, for one, and top that off by wrapping the body in gauche, gaudy magenta vinyl.

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Cookies Celebrate Japan's Cute Cat Character In Delicious Style

Hello Cookies! You don't have to be Cookie Monster to nom-nom-nom these cans of Hello Kitty Cookies but just like the cute character celebrating her 40th anniversary, they're awfully hard to resist!

ECOXGEAR ECOXBT Lets You Take Your Music Anywhere

Does a weekend of hiking and kayaking followed by campfires and good music sound like your kind of adventure? Do you like being in nature but still enjoy having certain creature comforts? The ECOXBT by Grace Digital is a waterproof, shockproof Bluetooth speaker system that might be perfect for your next outdoor romp.

The TNT Royal Rétro Watch 43: An Edgy Wearable Tech Anachronism

Analog anything has long gone with the wind, or has it? Do traces of the past remain in the digital fashion of today? The answer is 'yes' as evidenced by Pierre De Roche's TNT Royal Retro Watch 43. Read on for more about  this amazing wearable tech time-piece.

Personalized QR Code Badges Help Keep Elderly Wanderers Safe

Fear of becoming disoriented and/or lost when outside their homes can turn many senior citizens into shut-ins. Now a new QR code badge currently being tested in several Chinese cities can help restore the freedom and independence vital for maintaining good quality of life for the elderly