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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.

Tips And Tools For Organizing Your Product And Market Research

When you are gathering research information, you will quickly be inundated with findings. It is critical to stay organized so you don’t get overwhelmed and so you can efficiently access these facts again in the future. Plan now to save time later. Here are some tips and tools to help you organize your research.

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."