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Magic Wheels Combine Skateboard with Scooter


What do you get when you combine a unicycle with a skateboard and a scooter? You get a new innovative form of transportation for the young and the young at heart. It's called The Magic Wheel and was invented by a "bored" Swiss designer whose name is never mentioned. read more »

Lawnscaping Of The Future


Close your eyes and imagine a neighborhood without loud lawn mowers in the morning or the afternoon or the evening. Imagine a yard where your garden waters itself and saves water too. Imagine a yard that is so green even the tiles and the lighting are environmentally friendly. Now open your eyes and meet the alternative eco-friendly design, the Verdi Lawnscaping System. read more »

Goodbye Afro Ken, Hello Kitty!


Love it or hate it, the Japan's Hello Kitty has become a global icon. Why has Hello Kitty succeeded while more appealing and refreshing characters like Afro Ken have failed? And who or what is "Afro Ken" anyway? read more »

Chocolate Bar Mirror Reflects Your Good Taste



The Chocolate Bar Compact Stand Mirror from Strapya World looks amazingly like a Meiji brand milk chocolate bar, but don't take a bite - it's actually a folding make-up mirror!
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USB E-Lighter: Cool Design that Lights Your Fire



Chinese designer Tao Ma has come up with what may be the coolest USB device yet: the E-Lighter, a sleekly designed USB lighter that uses your PC or laptop's power to light your cigarette.
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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’s Innovative Charity Site


Have you heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? No? Well, if you haven't, it's a trivia game from the 1990's that works like this: a group of players tries to connect any film actor in history to Kevin Bacon as quickly as possible and in as few links as possible. Kevin Bacon was smart enough to take advantage of this game and use it for his career in commercials, TV show appearance, etc. This year Kevin has gone a degree further and is using the six degrees concept for a greater good. read more »

Six of the Most Expensive and Extravagant Spa Treatments in the World


Body beauty is "everything" in our society. We're caught up more on our body beauty than anything else. But in today's inventive world why get any ordinary facial or go to any ordinary spa when gold facials, wine spas and caviar shampoo can do so much more for you. Below are several of the most extravagant body beauty fixes to rejuvenate your body from head to toe. That is, if you can afford it. read more »

Trippin’ The Green Fantastic Casting Calls


Invented anything “green” lately? Good! How about showing the rest of us what your eco-creation can do on Trippin’ The Green Fantastic. Trippin the Green Fantastic is a new environmental TV series coming to the Science Channel in the late fall. The show is a team effort between the Science Channel and Peace Point Entertainment Group. The goal: to find inventors who have made life a little greener with their eco-inventions. read more »

Flashy Furniture Changes Color to Match Your Mood



Feeling blue? Seeing red? Fuwapica interactive furniture from Osaka University's Mongoose Studio reflects your emotional state by changing its color to suit your mood.
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Tiny Cell Phone Strap Plant needs neither Food nor Water



The Super Bio-Tech Mobile Plant Cell Phone Strap from Japan's Strapya World lets you take your own tiny, living plant wherever you take your phone - without ever worrying about feeding or watering!
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Airplanes as Billboards - Inventive Marketing


You would not believe what they can do with airplanes these days... read more »

Japan's TV Samurai Dramas Stand the Test of Time



As television continues to lose both audience and relevance in a society increasingly fascinated with online and wireless media offerings, Japan's classic "Samurai Dramas" buck the trend by providing exciting and engrossing entertainment the old fashioned way.
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Cedarville University Wins Solar Splash 2007!


When I first read about the solar energy boat race, Solar Splash, I was immediately intrigued. Though I don't like open waters; therefore, will not get on a boat, the combination of solar energy and cleaner transportation in competition has had me tempted to face my fears and give these solar powered boats a try. I think it's an innovative idea with wonderful educational opportunities and a great start to the building and using of non-polluting, fuel-free vehicles (land, water and air) of the future. read more »

Turn on the Lights With your Sweat


A California Fitness Center in Hong Kong, a subsidiary of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, is using manpower to generate electricity in its gym. In other words, energy burned off by exercisers is diverted and converted to power lighting fixtures, while excess energy is stored in a battery. The program is called Powered By You. read more »

5 Innovative Ways To Light Up Your Garden


It is getting easier, cheaper (sort of) and more interesting to buy solar powered lights lately. They are in every gardening catalog, on every gardening website, and slowly popping up around homes. As Amazon.com rapidly turns green you can even find them here. Here is a quick list of solar lights that will help bring your electric bill down and light up your home in very colorful and interesting ways. read more »

The Top 10 Weirdest and Funniest Japanese Condoms


Fans of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" know that Japanese can burn rubber with the best of them. Need proof? Here are the the top 10 most interesting, unusual and downright weird ways Japan's condom manufacturers seek to beat off the competition in the rubbery race for safe sex supremacy! read more »

Got Sheilas’ (W)heels?


If you are a woman and drive in the UK, Sheilas' Wheels gots your back or rather your foot covered. Sheilas' Wheels is a car insurance company that caters to women's specific car insurance needs. Sheilas' Wheels has even gone as far as inventing a shoe that goes from flat to high heel and vise versa at the push of a button, all in the sake of safe driving. read more »

Waterproof 12V Solar Panel Review


I love solar energy, because it frees us from high electric bills and because it allows us to use the sun to power our electronics. If you want to learn about solar power the Waterproof 12V Solar Panel from Scientifics is a smart simple way to introduce you and your family to the power of the sun. It is light weight and 3 1/2 X 3 X ¾ inches in size. It is also encapsulated in a strong clear plastic shell which makes it durable, sturdy, waterproof and corrosion proof for outdoor use. In other words it can take the heat and a beating. read more »

Graffiti Research Lab: Using A Projector to Take Over The World


The science here is an extremely bright laser, a laptop, a digital camera and a (quite expensive) projector. But these indie techs have their own agendas, and most of it is illegal... read more »

Japanese Go "Ghetto" with Cool Cell Phone Holsters




The provocatively named "Ghetto Japanese Cellphone Holster" combines gleaming polished chromed steel and black patent leather to hug your cell in a grip the Marquis de Sade would envy.
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