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Braille Labels Make Beer Drinking for the Blind No Accident



Thoughtful Braille identification labels impressed into the tops of Japanese beer cans help both the blind and the visually impaired distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic canned beverages.
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Kick Up Your Heels with the Shoe Chandelier

Need some household urban renewal? Designers Peter Pracilio and Oscar Lopez have created their Shoe Chandelier, a replica of the iconic tossed sneakers.

Vending Machine Doles Out Marijuana

A new type of vending machine has gotten the attention of federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

Need This? USB Mouse Typing Speedometer

If you need an ugly plastic robo-mouse to encourage you while you type then we've found the perfect product for you! Also, we think you're crazy and want you to keep away from us.

The Electric Car King Tut Would Be Proud Of

Dreams are usually the driving force dehind creation. (Laziness comes in a close second.) So when Greg Zanis and his sons began planning a unique kind of new car, it was only a matter of time until it became a reality.

Shake These Salt and Pepper Maracas!



Yes, I just wrote about salt and pepper grinders, and I promise to get off the subject, but I just had to share these Fukasawa-designed Salt and Pepper Maracas with you, just for quick look at a beautiful design, but impractical concept. What can you do with these? read more »

Lose Toto? Who Are You Going to Call?

If you lost your dog or cat, who are you going to call? No, the answer is not Ghostbusters!

Exercise While Web Surfing with Springflex

With Springflex, at least the added dangers of sedentary computer use—lowered metabolism and weight gain—can be a thing of the past.

Need This? Spongebob Squarepants Rectal Thermometer

Someone, somewhere thought that children's cartoon characters and rectal thermometry were an ideal combination. Amazingly, this person has not been arrested.

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Off-Roading with a Lunar Twist


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The engineers at Johnson Space Center in Houston have designed a new kind of Vehicle. It has no windows, doors or even seats. Then again, it is made to be driven on the moon.Although this isn't something I would expect to see at a car dealship anytime soon, it is still an amazing step in specialized design. read more »

Call For Submissions! 2008 Canadian Invention Competition



A C$10,000 feasibility study, C$50,000 worth of design and construction on your prototype, and up to C$10,000 liability protection will go to the winner of the second annual Canadian Invention Competition, co-sponsored by Canadian Business Magazine and Nytric, a Canadian innovation engineering and consulting company.

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Plano Furniture is Off the Wall


Dutch designer Egbert-Jan Trijnis Lam started his company BuroJET in 2002. Trained in Eindhoven, this artist has been hard at work since the early 90s, focusing on all things related to design. One noteworthy creation is his Plano furniture, where 2D and 3D meet for a conversation. read more »

The 6 Innovations Of Chef'n Salt & Pepper Grinders



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I go through two or three salt and pepper grinders a year, a ridiculous number for one who cooks only three or four meals a week. Either the tops break off or the blades get dull, or the turning mechanism fails. Another kitchen tool goes to gadget hell, where nothing is recycled. read more »

Lock Jaw Security Offers Low-Tech Solution to High-Profile Problem

Lock bumping is a lock-compromising technique where someone inserts a specially crafted key into the key portion of a deadbolt

Scientists Clone Fluorescent Green Pigs

A fluorescent green mother pig has recently given birth to eleven piglets, two of which also glow green under ultra-violet light like their mother.


The Paper Dress - History of a Ready to Tear Invention


The 1960s were a remarkable period in history for many reasons, and the invention of new fashion ideas was one of them. Some are still around today, such as the mini skirt, but there was one fad from the '60s that we may never see again - the paper dress.

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Robot Will Save (Some) Animals From Toxicity Testing



The big yellow robot in the picture above has the potential to save at least some innocent animals from being poisoned, and that's a start. The big yeller' is a high-throughput robot capable of testing thousands of cell-based chemical tests at a time, enabling toxicity results in a matter of hours, as opposed to years of animal testing. read more »

Self-Inflating Tires Will Keep You Rolling


It's a well known fact that keeping your tires properly inflated has numerous benefits. But sometimes it's just inconvenient to stop and check and re-pressurize. A new tire design from Coda Development can fix that and you don't even have to stop. read more »

Personal Dwelling System - Fine Organic Architecture

Before Target sold energy-saving lightbulbs, before bamboo was used to make just about everything, and even before the "green" poster child Al Gore was a glimmer in his mother's eye, there was Organic Architecture.