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Lifesaver Can Make Soiled Water Drinkable


If you thought drinking toilet water was just for the dogs, think again. A new $300 water bottle now allows you to join in and share toilet water with your dog or anyone else you wish to share it with. Think I'm kidding? Then you probably haven't heard about the Lifesaver bottle. read more »

Hydrogen Bike Better Than Electric?


Another great bike has recently made its appearance this year. In Shanghai at the 9th China International Exhibition on Gas Technology, Equipment and Applications the hydrogen prototype bike was introduced. read more »

Never Wash Dishes Again! New Technology Can Simply Melt Them and Create New Ones


What if you didn't have to worry about cleaning your dishes? Or finding storage space to put them away? What if you could make your dishes on demand when you needed them (like a party) and then recycled them at home when you were done? An innovative prototype called the DishMaker may make this a possibility in the future. read more »

10 Perfect Drinks To Serve Your Dog .... In A Dog Bar


Bobby, The Official Wine Taster (photo permission: Alice Wang)Bobby, The Official Wine Taster (photo permission: Alice Wang)

The buzz is that dog bars ("bars" as in taverns) will be the next big thing for dogs and their owners. In the bars, our dogs would be seen, sniff each other and exchange (other) pleasantries, and (why not?) have a drink or two.

Let's see what we can serve them... read more »

Top 10 Strange & Unusual Japanese Police Stations



"Koban", or Japanese Police Boxes, are commonly found on street corners in cities or towns, large or small, across Japan. Not to be confused with the Doctor Who's Tardis style police call boxes formerly common in Great Britain, Japanese Koban are larger, display a red light and five-pointed gold police badge outside - and often feature unusual styling... here are the Top Ten!
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New Look-alike Dolls Combine Creepy and Cute



A Japanese toy company called Grand Chariot will produce, for just $208 and in a month's time, a look-alike doll figurine from a submitted photo. Call it cool, cute or creepy... just don't call it Mini Me!
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T.C. Williams High School Wins the Green Innovation Award


It's been proven. Schools can be green and fabulous.

A new state-of-the-art school, T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, has won the Green Innovations Award in the Best Institutional Project category at the Virginia Sustainable Building Network's annual meeting. read more »

Today’s Fashionable Body Armor


In the picture above there is an innovative man's black outdoor jacket that not only looks nice but protects your body too. Come rain, bullets or a stabbing don't worry. With this jacket you will be protected because it is waterproof, bulletproof and stab proof all at the same time. read more »

Podcasts to Promote Adidas - Inventive Marketing


 

"Celebrating color, customization and personal expression, adidas presents adicolor Podcasts, an inspired collection of short films conceived specifically for iPod, PSP or online viewing from seven of the most exciting and culturally relevant directors working today." (Ads of the World) read more »

Sony Introduces New Sugar Powered Bio Battery


Earlier this week, on August 23, Sony announced the development of a bio battery prototype that generates electricity from sugar. A bio battery is an electricity generation device that uses energy sources such as carbohydrates (ex: sugar), protein, amino acids and fat by digesting enzymes. The bio battery works by pouring sugar solution into the unit, where enzymes break it down to generate electricity. read more »

Kids Meet The Greens Online


Today, there are hundreds of websites for kids. Kids can go online and play games, learn about space, discover how-to crafts, dress up there virtual dolls, learn how to read with their favorite cartoon characters or just chat online with pen pals from all over the world. As many websites as there are for children, there are few environmentally focused websites specially made for kids, that is until The Greens came along. read more »

USB Liquid Mouse Features Funny Floating Friends



The overriding need for a computer mouse to be functional and comfortable doesn't leave much room for fun, but with the USB Optical Liquid Mouse, the clever folks at Thanko - as usual - have managed to make your humble mouse both comfy AND cute!
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Hot Dogs! - Amazing Dogs Strut Catwalk In High Fashion


 

The Bobcat™ by Total Diva PetsThe Bobcat™ by Total Diva Pets


Several of the poshist "pet lifestylists" were featured in the 2007 Second Annual Pet Fashion Week last week in New York City. Designers of bedding, clothing, carriers, jewelry, hairstyles, and even fragrance for pets were represented, but the only pets on the catwalk were dogs. Reportedly, the dogs wearing wigs by Total Diva Pets (shown above) were the absolute show stoppers! read more »

World's Tallest Building to Rise Higher than Mount Fuji



A Japanese construction company's detailed plans for the X-Seed 4000, a city-sized building 2.5 miles high, show that dreams of the future may be closer to reality then you think!
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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 »