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Hi-tech Electric Wheelchair of the Future Promises Greater Mobility

Wheelchairs are about to make a great leap forward in form and function. The four-wheeled Rodem electric wheelchair prototype not only looks stylish and sporty, it's designed to make mobility much easier for the disabled and the elderly.

Top Ten 'Texting For Tots' Mobile Phones

It use to be you learned to crawl, before you could walk and then run. Well today, while tots and teens begin to become mobile, they're also learning how to use a mobile. Kids born after the year 2000 might end up being called the 'Tiny Texters' generation as their passion to text is keen. Parents might not agree, but as we all know peer pressure in our formative years becomes the driving force behind these types of purchases, and Mom and Dad more often than naught usually succumb to the demands of their offspring!

When You Drink From The Firehose...Guzzle.it!

The definition of drinking from the firehose according to the Urban Dictionary is "being overwhelmed with information, to do something intensely, to be inundated." When drinking from the firehose, the glass is not half full - the glass is not half empty - the glass is just too damn big!  We're all drowning in data overload, and need all the help we can get! Guzzle.it is one tool that can cut through the noise.

Soft Fan Provides Cooling Breeze, Protects Curious Fingers

Want to cool down a room but worry about spinning metal blades slicing a curious child's fingers? The "Soft Fan" eases minds with its soft polyurethane blades while pleasing eyes with a rounded, stylized design.

MAPTOR: Map Meets Pico Projector

MAPTOR is a pico projector meets map. Project a map onto nearly any surface and get instant location and direction information to keep you traveling on the right path.

KitKat Sick Snack? Bizarre Vegetable Juice Chocolate Bars

Having exhausted every possible fruit flavor for their popular Kit Kat chocolate bars, Nestle Japan is inflicting KitKat Enhancement Vegetables upon a weary nation's taste buds.

6 Degrees + 1 Game Theory = Social Network Analysis

It took a Beautiful Mind to develop Game Theory. A Footloose actor to popularize 'Six Degrees of Separation.' Now Social Network Analysis has pushed the envelope on both these theories for security purposes. However how does this new form of analysis affect our privacy rights? Will our future innocence or guilt be based on mathematical formulas?


Trash Turned Treasure Business: Filt-Made Waste Oil Candles

You know that expression one man's (or woman's in this century) trash is another man's treasure? Well, there are companies that thrive on this old tried and true saying.


Denim-On-The-Go: Jean Vending Machines

Have you ever found yourself somewhere just thinking, damn I could use a new pair of jeans? Good news, a denim vending machine might just make these desires come true.


Woofer, The Anti-Twitter Introduces Macroblogging!

Apparently anti-matter exists even though we're not sure what causes it or why? At an early age, one learned that  antidisestablishmententarism was one of the longest words in the English language! One can be anti-climatic or anti-war! And now there's even an Anti-Twitter, a macroblogging platform that allows you to write until your tweets runneth over.

Top Ten Twitterati, A Tweet Above The Rest

While the movers and shakers on Twitter might be just "micro" bloggers...they sure know how to create a "macro" influence. Forbes Magazine compiled a list. Every country has their own top ten ranking. The top most influential tweeps within the DC Beltway according to Politico lists Barack Obama as number 4 behind Dick Gregory, Claire McCaskill and Karl Rove. You can determine your own list by tallying a user's number of followers, their number of tweets, their number of status updates -- or an algorithm thereof.

8 Awesome Futuristic Gadgets For Y 2100 Are Design Lab '09 Finalists!

If you're wondering what kinds of home gadgets we'll be using in the year 2100, here are 8 finalist entries of the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition that reflect their designers' futuristic concepts. Everything from a robotic greenhouse for life on Mars to a rain catcher and purifier that flies to your glass to pour your drinking water!  Drop in and read about these super neat home gadgets!

Key Buoy Prevents Your Keys From Sinking

Avoid the need to rekey your entire life, and keep your car and house keys safe with this innovative, inexpensive keychain device.

GM's Next Generation 6-Speed Automatic Transmission Gets Another Boost in Fuel Economy

About a year ago, General Motors introduced their 6T40 6-speed automatic transmission.  It was built for small and mid-sized car market and promised to boost fuel economy by 5%.  Since then the engineers at GM have been working on ways to improve upon the already solid gearbox, the results of which have yielded another 5% boost in overall economy.

Chew On This: Aircraft That Biomimic The Architecture Of A Tooth

Looking for an inspiration to build more crash resistant aircraft, mechanical engineers are looking at the architecture of the tooth.