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Crazy Vending Machine Items: Used Women's Underwear?

Used women’s underwear, it has been a much told “urban legend” that you can find these for purchase in some of Japan’s vending machines.  This claim has to be false, right?  After some research, I’m not so sure.


The Flutter Dress: Utterly Cool Blend of Textiles and Robotics

Smart phones are one thing, but smart clothing is quite another. With its built-in microphones, the Flutter Dress allows the hearing-impaired to feel the world around them. Read on for more on this amazing wearable tech phenomenon.

CORE Patient Recovery Vest Could Help Save Lives

In a mass casualty accident, paramedics have about 30 seconds to assess a patient's condition and begin treatment, before they move on to another patient. With the aid of the CORE recovery vest, paramedics can get quick, accurate measurements and continue to monitor patients much easier, which could, in the end, save lives.

How Can 'Orange Is The New Black' Be A Social Media Model & Blackhat Tactic?

One of the biggest hit television series to put Netflix on the digital map was Orange is the New Black. It helped break new ground for an online network that was successful in converting TV watching from the living room to your desktops, laptops and mobile devices. In so doing, its scored 12 Emmy nominations, super-sized the paradigm of online buzz and converted a team of fans -- who beyond being addicted  . . . 

Want This New Innovation? Green Box: The Pizza Box Reinvented

Pizza for takeout or delivery has become a staple in the American diet for a large part of the population. Those boxes are a bit of a problem. First of all it is hard to store leftover pizza in the box because it won't always fit in the fridge. Second, it never fits in the trash or. better yet, recycling and is hard to fold into a shape that will. That is not to mention getting out plates. The Green Box pizza box is here to address these issues.

A Former Blizzard Developer Has Invented Video Game Stories That Can Literally Tell Themselves

In gaming, even the most fantastic storylines are ultimately rather linear, with player choice generally only coming into play at certain key points. One developer wants to change that. Working with a London-based team, he's managed to invent self-telling stories. Wait, what?

These Robotic Plants Are Going To Be Capable Of Growth - Just Like The Real Thing

Here's something that sounds like it was pulled straight out of a science fiction novel: a robotic, completely-artificial plant which is capable of growth; the closest to artificial life we've ever come. Don't scoff - there's a team of researchers in Italy this very moment trying to make it a reality.

Hail Stallin': Ten Creative Automobile Ads Of The USSR

It may be hard Tupolev but Russian automakers actually advertised their mainly unattractive offerings during the Soviet Union's heyday. Did it work? Probably better than the uninspired machines themselves.

New Tug-O-War Toy For Dogs: Tuggo™

Does your back get sore from playing too much tug-o-war with your dog?  Okay, so it's his favorite game, but how far can you be dragged around before you have to quit?  You have to let him win, after all.... 

Well, suppose he could play tug-o-war by himself?   Or with another dog?  Introducing... Tuggo™!


Out With The Handshake, In With The Fist Bump

An expression of courtesy, used particularly when meeting someone for the first time and when saying goodbye, may soon be a thing of the past: the handshake.  Why?  It's too germy. Already there are calls for handshakes to be banned in health care settings and they are substantiated by studies, the most recent one comparing the levels of bacteria communicated by a handshake, a high-five, and a fist bump.  Yes, you read that right....

Want This New Innovation? Cookies That Hook On Your Cup

Most of us love to eat a good cookie once in awhile. It is the perfect thing to accompany a glass of milk, or a cup of coffee or tea. The problem is that the standard round shape or standard cut-out shapes are just getting kind of boring. A new type of cookie cutter is here to brighten our coffee breaks -- the Hookie Cookie. It hangs on to the edge of the glass, cup, or mug of your choice.

Researchers At GE Are Working On A Universal Calorie Counter

The tech market has been flooded with activity trackers and apps that allow you to account for your daily food intake. However, with all of this new technology, you still have to log in what and how much you eat, in order to get an accurate estimate of calorie consumption. There is nothing on the market that can automatically give you a calorie estimate of a meal. However, researchers from GE may give you that product sooner than you think.

Want This Updated Product? The USB Pet Rock

Back in the 70s we were a bit crazy. We were into kitschy products like mood rings and lava lamps. We ate pudding from a can. And we went absolutely nuts over spending some serious bucks to buy a rock. That is people bought a Pet Rock. It was one of the greatest marketing campaigns in history and remains iconic almost 40 years later. Now it is time to pull that rock into a new millennium with the USB Pet Rock.

Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Car Hangs Ten At Surf City

The FIAT brand's latest variation of the popular Fiat 500L helps kick off the Vans US Open of Surfing in “Surf City”, aka Huntington Beach, California. Details from Vans original hi-top shoe echo throughout the cool concept car from its iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern roof treatment down to the Waffle Sole covering on the pedals.

Want This New Product? Star Trek Ice Trays

Your ice cubes can make your beverages go boldly where no drink has gone before with these totally cool, actually totally frozen, Starfleet ice cubes. All you need to get them is the right ice tray -- the Star Trek Starfleet Ice Tray. This will kick your entertaining all the way up to the command level of your starship. Drink long and prosper!

Condemned Chinese Building Goes Boom, Video Footage Goes Viral

An eye-popping video going viral on WeChat shows the sudden demolition of the Qiqihar City Public Security Bureau building, seemingly without warning. To their credit, downtown drivers, pedestrians and cafe diners kept their cool, kept calm and carried on.

Enjoy Hot Beverages And Food While Camping With The Solar Kettle

How many times have you been camping only to miss the comfort of your early morning coffee? Of course you could make a fire, boil some water and have your coffee after putting some elbow grease into it. Or you could grab a Solar Kettle/Thermal Flask, fold out the reflectors and have your coffee without breaking a sweat.

Multicolored Alloy Wheels Are A New Trend With No Traction

So garish, five-spoked, five-colored alloy wheels like those seen on an otherwise elegant Peugeot 308 CC are a thing now? Stranger things have happened but these raucous rims might be the wackiest must-have auto fashion option yet.

Want This New Cool Gadget? The Toolbox Hair Clip

There is an iconic image in everyone's mind about someone who can save themselves or the world with just the right manipulation of a hair pin. This is generally done by MacGyver who could get out of just about any bad situation with a few feet of dental floss and a paperclip. Now you can join the likes of the mullet-wearing hero by wearing these awesome hair clips that are Leatherdos Mini Tools Clips.

Funny Squirrel Feeders: Twisted Humor for Nature Lovers

Bird feeders used to be the bee’s knees, but these days, it’s all about squirrel feeders.  But squirrel feeders like this one shaped like a horse head, made by Archie McPhee, offer much more than your ordinary squirrel feeder.  Utilizing this hilarious horse mask design makes nature watching so much more amusing.