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by Must Love Gadgets
If your significant other snores like a hibernating bear, oblivious to the world, you have a few choices... wake (let's call the snorer "him") up, sleep in another room, count sheep, or buy him the Snore Activated Nudging Pillow.
by Tech Light
At Lake Merritt - the oldest wildlife refuge in the U.S. - a group is exploring the future of citizen science. The Lake Merritt BioBlitz set out to explore the rich biodiversity present in this lake, allowing participants the opportunity to document the rich environment. Oh, and there were robots, too.
by Invention Ideas
Architect and designer Paul Max Berchi designed the “Bath House” located in Latvia’s Liepaja Seaside Park, but after it was ultimately shuttered in 1993, the iconic building sat and stagnated for over 20 years. Homemade Dessert and Liepaja City Council are ready to pay designers up to $5,000 for ideas to renovate this historic landmark. Are you interested?
by Chris Weiss
Not all athletes were jocks in high school. Anyone who uses any one of these products was definitely a nerd.
by Samantha Pankey
FlyKly's Smart Wheel brings a new perspective to the bicycle. With the elimination of pedaling, so are gone distractions, sweaty clothes and sore muscles. The Smart Wheel fits on just about any bike and gives riders a more efficient means of transportation. Commuters can wear their work garb on their trip without worrying about sweating through it, and joy riders can experience the open road with limited distraction.
by Tech Light
What's your garden missing right now? You've probably got a few nice statues, some pretty flowers, some edible plants...all the boring, vanilla stuff you can find in any garden. I can tell you what you probably don't have, too: Robots. Don't worry: The Toro-bots have you covered.
We've recently seen a lot of games that use social media in some pretty incredible ways. Seadelphica is the latest in that crop: it's a story-driven runner with multiple endings and Tumblr integration. Apparently, it's going to use Tumblr to influence how its main character grows and develops.
by John J. Staughton
Whether you are a master chef or a bacon-craving amateur, cooking is a part of your life. However, there is always room for improvement, and inventors around the world are constantly thinking of new culinary concepts to make the kitchen less intimidating and more fun. These new concepts and clever products will make the chef in all of us reach for our measuring cups!
by Ron Callari
For all those naysayers out there who couldn't help but caterwaul over Facebook's demise before the ink was even dry on it IPO opening, May 19, 2012 -- including myself [see "How Many Dumb F*cks Rocked Facebook's IPO Like It's 1999?"] -- our subesquent rude awakening was the world's largest social network fooled a good many of us.
by Ellen Dudley
The fashion world is notorious for creating clothes that no one would wear, or no one *can* wear. Impracticality is the name of the game. Next ridiculous fashion trend? Invisible clothes. This invisible dress is the modern day version of The Emperor's New Clothes.
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
It might be morbid and upsetting, but the death industry has always been killing the competition (pun intended) because of the simple fact that everyone on the planet will die. There is no other industry that caters to a basic need of the entire world population. Admittedly, some of the businesses in the industry, and the services that they offer, won't appeal to everyone; but they do demonstrate that creativity in business isn't dead. The latest business in the industry is futuristic, and takes memorializing to a whole new level.
While we're still some decades away from robots that are capable of finding religion, we're most definitely living in an era where they're capable of teaching it. An Iranian schoolteacher has taken it upon himself to build a robot that will instruct his students on proper Muslim prayer techniques.
Where Roguelikes are concerned, procedural generation is pretty old hat. We already know all there is to know about random levels, enemies, and bosses. That's why the folks behind #Dungeon are taking a rather novel approach: they're letting players build the game using Twitter.
by Invention Ideas
The ReGeneration: An International Living Competition is looking for designers to solve the problem of modern intergenerational living in the United States caused by zoning American cities by general use. If you can find a great way to keep senior citizens a central and active part of our communities, you may earn $1,000!
by Laurie Kay Olson
Lace packing tape may not be an innovation that is ground-breaking or life-altering and we could go on very well without it, but it is one of those little innovations that make life just a little more beautiful and fun. Why keep sending plain brown paper packages when you can dress them up and add just a touch of sexy to them? And just because it is called packing tape why should you stop there?
by Ron Callari
Time is of the essence when running a small business -- particularly when each staff member [whether he or she is the founder or its sales agent] is often required to wear many hats, juggle multiple disciplines and multi-task on an ongoing-basis. Add travel and out-of-the-office business engagements to the mix...
by Anya Dee
Outsourcing has a reputation for saving time and money, but is that accurate? Just because someone else can do your work, does that mean they should? Is it really beneficial to every busines owner? Here are a few tips to understanding outsourcing and making a qualified decision on whether or not to use it!
by T Goodman
Women who have inherited defects in the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are at higher risk for developing breast, ovarian and other cancers. Though it has been recommended that these women undergo surgical removal of their ovaries (oophorectomy) as soon as possible, a large multi-national study defines the ages at which actions should be taken.
The merits of educational gaming have been sung many times, and now one more voice has been added to the chorus: games industry veteran Nolan Bushnell. Best known as the co-founder of Atari and the man who gave Steve Jobs his first job, Bushnell's latest venture involves games as tools for teaching.
by Tech Light
Google made an exciting announcement today: Project Tango. Although it's not directly related to robotics, the underlying technology could very well lead to some pretty amazing developments. I should back up a bit, though: basically, Tango is a smartphone that can map your surroundings. Literally.