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The Art of Advertising

The world of art and business have been crossing paths and overlapping for hundreds of years, and from Parisian Absinthe Art to Wall Street Warhol crazes, there has been a powerful connection between art and marketing. Although this ad campaign by Guido Daniele is a few years old, it exemplifies the change in that relationship which has occurred in recent years. Our hyperconnected, light-speed generation, coupled with our throw away culture, might render certain forms of art as nothing more than a disposable tool to sell a product, rather than a lasting statement about the world at the moment of its conception.

Squigz Is A Building Toy That Really Sucks (In A Good Way)

Squigz by Fat Brain is a whole different building toy experience! Like other building toys, Squigz are brightly colored and are made to stick together. That’s basically where the similarities end.

Guests On The Way? Time To Inflate The Living Room!

Bubble Inflatables has an innovative, fun and fairly inexpensive furniture solution for anyone who doesn’t want to spring for a traditional ottoman, sofa and cozy chair. Just add air!

Hong Kong's Air Pollution Forces Photo-Snapping Tourists To Use Blue Sky Backdrops

How bad is the air pollution in Hong Kong? This bad: tourists who want to take photos of family and friends with the coastal city's famous skyline have been forced to use fake backdrops featuring the skyline captured on a rare, pollution-free sunny day.

Android Computer-in-a-Projector: The New EPICT EPP-100

Though useful for movie-watching on its own, EPICT's pico-sized, battery-powered EPP-100 has the potential to do quite a bit more on the wall of your choice with an additional peripheral or two. Know the device's persisting limitations before ordering one, though.

Gear Up For The 2013 International Sustainable Electronics Competition!

With technology evolving faster than the chimpanzees featured in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” large amounts of computers, TVs, mobile phones and other electronics are being tossed out on a regular basis. Help to fix the problem, and earn some big cash!

Mojo Backpacks: Art You Carry Your Stuff In

The fine artists and craftspeople at Mojo easily demonstrate that there’s absolutely no reason to settle for mediocrely styled backpacks, totes and duffle bags when they’ve got wearable art for you to store your swag!

Walmart’s Get On The Shelf Update: The Voting Has Begun!

The inventors have entered their awesome new gadgets, gizmos and all-around great stuff, but now it’s up to you to pick which products deserve to be on Walmart’s shelves!

3D Printable Cast Lets Your Bones Heal While You Scratch Those Itches

Just about everyone who has ever broken a bone knows that it is a pain -- and not just from the break. The skin under the cast will inevitably start to itch and you can drive yourself nuts trying to find the right size stick or knitting needle to slide inside for a scratch that just never seems to be quite the relief you were looking for. Then there is the problem of being able to shower without getting the cast wet. That is until now. Jake Evill, a designer in London, has come up with a lightweight exoskeletal cast that can be created by using a 3D printer.

Gone Home Will Grab Your Attention Without Using Guns

The games industry has something of a problem expressing itself without using violence in some way, shape, or form. Not even narrative masterpieces like TellTale's Walking Dead and 2K's Bioshock Infinite stand apart from this trend. That doesn't mean it's impossible to tell a good story without violence, though.

The Fullbright Company has certainly managed with Gone Home. 

Hyetis Crossbow – Feature-Packed Smartwatch with a 41-Megapixel Camera

Switzerland-based startup Hyetis is preparing to impress smartwatch-cravers everywhere with its first product, the Crossbow. It will be capable of not only controlling your smartphone but surely outmatching it with a huge list of features. No surprise to find, then, that Hyetis is charging a pretty premium.


Inventables: The Inventor's Playground

Inventables - a one-stop shop for the inventor, designer, and 'maker,' who want to experiment, prototype, or just plain play with industrial materials that are not generally available in small quantities. An online store that will inspire the maker in you so wildly, you feel like a child in a playground full of all new equipment and toys.

LED Color Changing Showerhead Brightens Up Your Bathing Experience

I'm not quite sure why I want one of these.  Maybe it's because I have a hard time waking up in the morning... But this LED showerhead would definitely brighten my day.

Photography 2.0 - Time is A Dimension

When it comes to art mediums, photography is traditionally the most controversial, and the one that raises the most questions about where the limitations and boundaries of artistic creation begin and end. For more than 150 years, photography has been limited by its two-dimensional form, but Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has found a way to break out of that narrow structure and play within a new dimension of photography - Time.

Nether Aims To Bring Survival Horror Into The World Of MMOs

Traditionally, survival horror hasn't worked all that well in the context of multiplayer. It's genuinely difficult to convey the proper sense of isolation necessary in order to instill that shrieking, primal fear that horror aficionados so crave. That's not stopping Phosphor Games from trying, however. They've got a new survival horror MMO in the wings. It's called Nether, and it's downright terrifying.

Weight of the World: Hermit Crab Shell Art!

Combining art and nature is nothing new, but having live animals as participants in exhibitions is a bit more unusual. Luckily, these hermit crabs don't move too fast, particularly since they have entire artistic cityscapes on their backs, fashioned meticulously out of plastic by Japanese artist Aki Inomata.

Adlens Emergensee™ Adjustable Eyeglasses Are A Sight For Unfocused Eyes

Emergensee™ adjustable eyeglasses from Adlens are the long-awaited solution for lost or broken eyeglasses and contact lenses. These instantly adjustable, variable focus glasses aren't intended to permanently replace prescription lenses but in case of emergency, they make an ideal spare pair.

Making Drinking Water Out Of Thin Air

Back in the 70s the movie Star Wars took the world by storm. The hero, Luke Skywalker, began his epic adventure as a farm boy on a farm that harvested moisture from the air with machines George Lucas named "moisture vaporators." At that time it was complete fiction, but as with so much science fiction, these things become reality. Star Trek communicators led to the development of the cell phone. Now there is a billboard in the desert outside of Lima, Peru that absorbs humidity from the air and turns it into potable water for the neighborhood.

World of Concrete Looking For The Year’s Most Innovative Products

Once again, World of Concrete magazine is looking to award the most innovative products in the masonry and concrete industries. If you’ve been tinkering in the construction field, it may be time to shine!

Color Me Impressed: The Crayon Sculptures of Herb Williams

When was the last time you thought about crayons? More specifically, when was the last time you bought over 100,000 of them in order to make a sculpture? The answer is probably never, unless you're Herb Williams. He is the Cezanne of Crayon, the Calder of Crayola, and his playful works often hold many more shades of meaning and depth than meet the eye.