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Innovation

Great Invention Idea? A New Twist on Skating

The advancements of the last thirty years have raised the invention stakes for everyone. What's wrong with that, you ask? Nothing, except that this often results in the less creative among us churning out mediocre or bad ideas when they could be doing something much more productive, like removing shopping carts from the parking lot at a local Wal-Mart! In my opinion, the following two patented inventions illustrate this point exactly.

Rocking Out With the Internet

A new online guitar site offers a fun and truly interactive experience in playing the guitar and singing along to some popular songs. Rock out from the comfort of your own bedroom, study, kitchen or closet.

Want Spotless, Lint-Free Glassware? Try Wubeez!

If you have taken to serving drinks in dark rooms so your guests might miss the ugly spots and lint on your glassware, there may be a solution to your problem in the form of a product called Wubeez Glass Cleaning Cloths. Wubeez may sound like a name straight out of Bugs Bunny's mouth, but the cloths promise to do an adult job of removing spots, streaks, and lint from glassware!

In-Wheel Navigation?

So you thought In-Dash Navigation was big, how about In-Steering Wheel Navigation? It's not a whole screen for obvious reasons, but it just might work.

Solar Powered Jacket Recharges Your Gadgets

9×5.5 cm silicon-based polycrystalline solar modules are integrated into the jacket's collar. These are capable of converting 1 watt of sunlight to energy that can be used to recharge a MP3 player or a mobile.

Smart Goggles Are No Longer Science Fiction

Smart Goggles can find your keys, connect a name and a face, and remember things you don't even know that you know.

Wii Remote Hacks Show the Creative Spirit

Johnny Lee demonstrates extremely creative uses of the Nintendo Wii Remote (Wiimote).

The End Of The Internet: Switching to IPv6

A meeting in China this month discusses IPv6, a new version of the entire Internet. Experts say the world is already running out of enough available web addresses.

Cool GameBoy Boots

Combining the love of 1970s platforms with the still popular GameBoy handheld by sticking the two of them together are these super cool GameBoy Boots.

Rob Zinn's Heliocentric Lighting Expands Into the Future

Alien invasion or futuristic lighting? Perhaps a bit of both. Designer Rob Zinn moves lighting into the future with his Concentric and Expansion XL series.

Another Must Have Hitch Addition

Everyone at one time or another has forgotten thier house or car keys and locked the door behind them. Then, you either have to break in, or wait for someone who has a spare (assuming you don't). With the new Hitchsafe, you don't have to wait for or worry about a spare key.

Breakthrough Website Taaz.com Offers Makeovers on the Internet!

If you have ever wondered what you'd look like with a different makeup scheme, a radically different hairstyle or, well, say something a bit more unusual - the creators of Taaz.com can help you.

Bamoo Helmets to Save Your Head

I, like most people used to think that bamboo, is extremely fragile though flexiible, and would definitely not be able to withstand hard knocks. I learnt that this is a misconception as proven by the Roof R06 Bamboo motorcycle helmet.

Have a Retro Baby For a Hot New Look

Whoever said that the best baby rooms are decked out in the latest and greatest? Sometimes going vintage is the hip thing to do, as is discovered by visitors to My Retro Baby.

Bamboo Clothing: Innovative and Eco-Friendly

Soft on the skin, highly sweat absorbent, highly breathable, antibacterial, UV protective, anti fungal, eco-friendly and innovative.

What am I talking about?

The newest textile around, bamboo clothing.


It's a Bird, It's a Plane ... No, It's a Camera!

If you see something that looks like four hula hoops attached together with some sort of weird contraption in the middle hovering in the sky, don't automatically assume that it's a UFO.

Sure, the aliens have probably been slowly infiltrating our unsuspecting planet for many years now, but for a moment, put that thought aside. That device you see buzzing about might just be the Aeryon Scout, a new product from Aeryon Labs of Waterloo that is actually a flying camera.

Your Toast, The Way YOU Want It!

What shade of white or black is coming out of the toaster today? It's always a guess at my house, where, regardless of how well our toaster was rated by Consumer Reports, one toaster setting rarely results in consistency for any two-day period. The Transparent Toaster, by Inventables Concept Studios, may soon create the need for a recycle center for last-century toasters!

Brake-Lights of the Future

When a car's brake lights come on in front of you, especially at night, your mind has to process quite a few things. Are they coming to a complete stop? Are they slowing abruptly or gradually? Will I have enough space? A new design from Virginia Technical Institute takes almost all of the guess work out for you and should hopefully make the roads a little safer.

Barcode Art From Japan: Black & White CAN Get Along!

Barcodes... they're those black & white striped patterns that nearly every retail product sports these days. Now Japan's creative community has partnered with big corporations to add a life & laughs to boring old universal product bar codes.

Kids Fly Care Free with CARES

Today's families are scattered all over the map, meaning plane trips to grandma's house are more common than ever before. Thanks to the Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES), flying is safer than ever for your youngster.