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7 Unique Valentine's Day Gadgets for that “Geeky” Someone


Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and now is the time to start scrambling to get that unique gift for that special someone. Don't settle for roses and candy this year, check out some of these unique alternative that offer a new "gadget-twist". read more »

Great Invention Idea? The Modern Bathhouse!


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As many of you already know, conservationists espouse the use of car washes because the facilities recycle the water used to get your vehicle looking its squeaky-clean best. Sounds like a good idea, right? But why should such a practical idea, like recycling water, be limited to cars? After all, we don't generally wash our cars everyday. We do, however, bathe our bods (I hope) everyday. Presumably then, washing ourselves is far more wasteful of a precious natural resource - one that some people argue will be the world's next "oil" - than the occasional washing of our cars. read more »

The Simpsons' Mr. Burns Webcam - “Excellent...”


Anyone who is a fan of The Simpsons, has got to get themselves one of these Mr. Burns USB webcams. Yeah...it is just basically a regular old webcam...so why would anyone want it...because it's a Mr Burns webcam! read more »

Great Invention Idea? 3 Devices to Make Parenting Easier!


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Technology has transformed the baby raising landscape in some ingenious ways. Who knows? If the following three inventions had been available a few years ago my home office might today be covered in Disney motif wallpaper, and all the electrical outlets plugged up with child safety protectors. read more »

Say You Want a Revolution? The Panorama Sofa Takes You There


Giant "Sit 'N' Spin" for adults? Think again! Rotate at a mature, leisurely pace with the Panorama Sofa by Walking Chair Designs. read more »

New Concept Cell Phone is a “Woody”



A new concept cell phone sports sort-of a throw-back design, and it reminds me of the massive "woody" station wagon that we had when I was a kid because of the old-school wood panel trim. This cell phone was created by designer Seungchan Lee, and it does a good job of blending the old with the new. read more »

Japan Jump Starts 2008 With Fashion For Dogs



Even though the Year of the Dog won't actually be coming around again until 2018, in Japan, where there are more dogs than children under the age of 12, it's always the Year of the Dog! So, no surprise that in Tokyo last week there was a New Year Dog Party that lasted two days! And because Japanese people spend more than $10 billion a year on their pets, the world-class designers of canine couture were more than happy to participate. read more »

Picture Frames and Mirrors Make Modern Day Rock Climbing Wall


Rock climbing is a wonderful form of exercise. It increases your strength, endurance, power, flexibility and balance as well as increases your level of confidence and mental discipline. No wonder a gym in Japan wants to do what it can to encourage the continuance of this form of exercise and has taken the idiom "climbing the walls" to the extreme.
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What's the Future of Dining? Top 10 Picks for the "Dining in 2015" Competition


The results of the "Dining in 2015" contest hosted by designboom are in and my, oh my, are there some fascinating finds. Over four thousand aspiring designers from ninety-eight countries participated, and I must say we humans really are a creative bunch, especially when it comes to food and the partaking thereof. But don't let me convince you -- check out these noteworthy picks for yourself. read more »

Don't Just Sit There! Levitate With the Hoverit Lounger


Seems the days of mere lounging are quite passé - now it's hip to hover. UK-based design company Hoverit transports you beyond the realms of gravity with "The Lounger." read more »

10 Cool Ways To Adore Your Dog On Valentine's Day



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In the abstract, I think that valentines for dogs are kind of dumb; yes, Christmas and Easter stuff too. But once I see the latest creations the pet market has designed to entice us, I always find myself buying one or more of the cutest, coolest dog specialty for each holiday. I'll share some of this year's valentine favorites with you.

Smoking Jacket For the Polite Smoker


In the photo above there is a picture of an innovative jacket designed for the polite smoker by Fiona Carswell, a recent graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. read more »

Trick Out Your Tank With These Toilet Graphics


Do you suffer from a tired toilet tank?  Wake up your bathroom terrain with these jokey vinyl stickers from Vital Industries... read more »

Paw Polls: Pet Presidential Primaries, VOTE NOW!



No matter when your state is holding Presidential primary elections, your pet can vote right now for his favorite candidate. So pretty up your pet now for her photo-op and her chance to win this once-in-four year event -- the pet presidential election!

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Great Invention Idea? Doggie Dust Cover and Vacuum!


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Is Fido's fur causing you to fret and frown over your furniture's future? Does the care and maintenance of your pooch's pelt leave you pooped and peeved? Well, I've discovered two patents that address some of the hygiene problems facing dog owners - dog hair, dander and fleas - in unusual ways. read more »

Styrofoam Couch Takes DIY to the Next Level


Aside from insulation, floral arrangements, and the housing of egg sandwiches, the joys of Styrofoam have apparently crossed into the realm of interior design with Kwangho Lee’s Styrofoam couch. read more »

Twirl N’ Take My Picture: Digital Cam Powered By Hand


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a continued environmentally conscious effort Sony has added one more hand-powered prototype to their eco-list called the "Twirl N' Take". It looks and moves kind of like a pizza cutter, but it doesn't cut pizza. It takes digital pictures instead. read more »

Great Invention Idea? A Snot Sucking Gun!


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Nowadays, the word "automatic" appears in front of almost everything we touch. Today a brief stroll around the aisles of most stores reveals a culture that can no longer, is no longer, interested in doing things the old-fashioned way: manually. Disagree? Then take a look at United States patent 6471679 . read more »

Lighting Ideas From Your Kitchen Drawer : Francois Legault


We've all heard of spoon-bending and telekinesis, but Quebec native Francois Legault brings a whole new level of organized interconnectedness to the domain of eating utensils with his unique lighting collections. read more »

Time Is On Your Side With the Emily Wall Clock


Greg Wolos, winner of the "Show Us Your Skills" contest held by retro clockmakers furni, has turned timekeeping on its head -- rather, its side -- with his funky, vertical-mounted wall clock titled, "Emily." read more »