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Drone Delivery Could Be The Courier Industry's Next Big Boom

One of southern China's leading courier companies is testing an 8-propeller robotic delivery drone equipped with a built-in navigation system that helps guide it to each target, er, customer.

Dog Training By Remote: Premier 'Manners Minder' Remote Controlled Treat Dispenser

Whether you're training your dog to jump hoops or just trying to get him to stay away from the door when the doorbell rings, you'll appreciate having the help of the ingenious Manners Minder Treat & Train Remote Reward Dispenser for your dog.  It works so well you may decide your old dog does need to learn some new tricks.

Beijing Bets 1,000 New Electric Taxis Are An Idea Worth Hailing

The next cab you take in Beijing just might be electrified... in a good way, mind you. If the 50 electric taxis “currently” cruising the Chinese capital's streets on a trial basis are deemed successful, 1,000 more will be rolled out before the end of 2013. Shocking news indeed!

Hey DJ! Amazing Vinyl Portraits

Movie stars and the Gods of Rock 'n' Roll are used to seeing their faces plastered all over the world, but Alejandro de Antonio has put their faces somewhere they have probably never been. Depending on their particular artistic field, this talented Spanish artist creates their likeness on a canvas that makes sense, including old-school vinyl records and the metal canisters that film reels used to be stored in. His work is about as close to art imitating life as you can get!

Google Glass To Make Visionaries Out Of Small Business Owners

While Google hopes to launch Google Glass by Christmas, there's a lot of speculation as to its acceptance in the business world. Surely with an anticipated price tag of slightly under $1500, at first glance (pun intended), one would think only larger brands would be able to afford this innovative new device.

Pet Sweep™: Dust Mops For Working Dogs & Cats

Under the rubric of now I've seen everything comes the latest invention of the quirky Todd Lawson. It's the Pet Sweep™ Animal Debris Removal System, dust mops for your pet's paws.  Pet Sweeps are the latest addition to a line of pet products that Lawson has invented to attach to PawConnect Boots™, the original do-it-yourself boots for dogs and cats.

New Chinese Law Prompts Sale Of “Pee-Straight” Funnels

China's public toilets are no fun but at least now there'll be funnels, thanks to an enterprising pair of migrant workers selling colorful “pee straight” plastic cones. The funky funnels appeared on the streets of Shenzhen shortly after a new law came into effect threatening fines for those who "failed to urinate accurately."

Toothbrush Dish Brush Cleans Plates, Not Plaque

The Toothbrush Dish Brush from Japan's Nodaya-Net promises to leave your dirty dishes as white as snow... that is, if they were white before serving dinner. If you liked the way Nodaya-net's nifty Sing-A-Long Tongs added amusement to your kitchen, the Toothbrush Dish Brush is sure to make you smile!

Is Shanghai's Roast Duck Ferry Boat In Poor Taste?

Damn the torpedoes and pass the hoisin sauce, it's The Shanghai Duck! This deliciously decorated passenger version of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s huge (and hugely popular) inflatable yellow rubber ducks is making waves, though for some they're waves of nausea.

Pressy Adds a Button to Your Smartphone for Only $17

From the “why didn't I think of that?” category comes Pressy, a clever little device that adds a user-configurable physical button to your Android smartphone in exchange for – surprise – your headphone jack. Unsurprisingly, the Kickstarter campaign goal was surpassed in merely a day.


Build A Better Bike & Win The 2014 International Bicycle Design Competition!

If you have a way to make the globally appreciated sport of biking safer, more popular, exciting or fun than it is in its current form, you could win a huge pile of money for your idea!

New Cat Product, New Clever Cat Commercials: Cat's Pride® Fresh & Light® Cat Litter

.... If video commercials do sell product, I predict that even people who don't have cats will buy this cat litter. 

Daxian's N100i Android Smartphone Charges Directly From Wall Outlets

With its AC wall charger built-in, the new N100i smartphone from Daxian allows users to ditch the annoying USB cable and wall-wart combination to juice up after a long day. There are some strong drawbacks to the execution, though, so it's a good thing Daxian didn't remove USB charging entirely.

How Gesture Controls Could Change The Way We Compute

Flashy technology has always been a staple of science fiction films -and there's not much flashier than the gesture-controlled computers seen in Minority Report. At the time the movie was released, those must have seemed positively outlandish. Now, though?

Now we're rapidly approaching a point where such outlandish technology is becoming commonplace, and it's got the potential to completely change how we compute. 


Create A Modern Library & Win The Fenn Young Designers Award 2013!

If you’re between 18 and 33, and you know exactly how to reimagine the concept of a library for “Millennials,” share your designs for a chance to win up to $1,500!

Vote For Your Favorites Via Made In America – Hot Product Contest

This contest is all about American innovation and throwing your support behind really cool stuff so that it might be sold in stores, so be a patriot and vote for the best products!

Use Your Watch as Your Phone: Omate's Android-Powered TrueSmart Smartwatch

Was last week's $1200 Hyetis Crossbow too rich for your blood? You might like Omate's TrueSmart, then, which trades some of the Crossbow's more superfluous extras for Android support, the ability to be used as a phone, and a much lower price tag.


Time To Plant Some Sprouts In Your Books

As any avid reader knows one bookmark is pretty much like another. You just pop it between the pages and come back later. The problem is that it only gets you so far. You have two full pages there. So where exactly did you leave off? It is so easy to find yourself rereading several paragraphs before you get right to where you left off. With a Sprout Bookmark you can change that.

Silver Gel Sucks Bacteria Out of Dirty Water in Seconds

In the aftermath of disasters, clean drinking water may be impossible to find. Now, a porous gel infused with silver nanoparticles is in development. The invention may change the way water purification happens. The gel sucks in contaminated water and squeezes out purified water in mere seconds.

Raining Champions: Japan's 10 Cutest, Cleverest & Coolest Umbrellas

If your umbrella succeeds in keeping you dry in the rain and/or shaded from the sun, then everything else is just gravy. Well, it must be raining gravy in Japan 'cause the country's umbrellas take effective rain & sun protection as their starting point and run with it. Where they end up is anyone's guess... but be sure to bring your umbrella with, just in case.