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Shake These Salt and Pepper Maracas!



Yes, I just wrote about salt and pepper grinders, and I promise to get off the subject, but I just had to share these Fukasawa-designed Salt and Pepper Maracas with you, just for quick look at a beautiful design, but impractical concept. What can you do with these? read more »

Lose Toto? Who Are You Going to Call?

If you lost your dog or cat, who are you going to call? No, the answer is not Ghostbusters!

Exercise While Web Surfing with Springflex

With Springflex, at least the added dangers of sedentary computer use—lowered metabolism and weight gain—can be a thing of the past.

Off-Roading with a Lunar Twist


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The engineers at Johnson Space Center in Houston have designed a new kind of Vehicle. It has no windows, doors or even seats. Then again, it is made to be driven on the moon.Although this isn't something I would expect to see at a car dealship anytime soon, it is still an amazing step in specialized design. read more »

Call For Submissions! 2008 Canadian Invention Competition



A C$10,000 feasibility study, C$50,000 worth of design and construction on your prototype, and up to C$10,000 liability protection will go to the winner of the second annual Canadian Invention Competition, co-sponsored by Canadian Business Magazine and Nytric, a Canadian innovation engineering and consulting company.

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The 6 Innovations Of Chef'n Salt & Pepper Grinders



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I go through two or three salt and pepper grinders a year, a ridiculous number for one who cooks only three or four meals a week. Either the tops break off or the blades get dull, or the turning mechanism fails. Another kitchen tool goes to gadget hell, where nothing is recycled. read more »

Lock Jaw Security Offers Low-Tech Solution to High-Profile Problem

Lock bumping is a lock-compromising technique where someone inserts a specially crafted key into the key portion of a deadbolt

Robot Will Save (Some) Animals From Toxicity Testing



The big yellow robot in the picture above has the potential to save at least some innocent animals from being poisoned, and that's a start. The big yeller' is a high-throughput robot capable of testing thousands of cell-based chemical tests at a time, enabling toxicity results in a matter of hours, as opposed to years of animal testing. read more »

Self-Inflating Tires Will Keep You Rolling


It's a well known fact that keeping your tires properly inflated has numerous benefits. But sometimes it's just inconvenient to stop and check and re-pressurize. A new tire design from Coda Development can fix that and you don't even have to stop. read more »

Personal Dwelling System - Fine Organic Architecture

Before Target sold energy-saving lightbulbs, before bamboo was used to make just about everything, and even before the "green" poster child Al Gore was a glimmer in his mother's eye, there was Organic Architecture.

uBox for Life : New Pillbox is Lifesaver

The Xbox is fun, but the uBox is a lifesaver. The device being tested in India now is an electronic pill box.

The Ripple Faucet Makes Some Seriously Stylish Waves


The Ripple-15 faucet designed by Smith Newman is so dang cool, every house should have one. But with such a hypnotic addition I fear we'd all waste a lot of precious water that way due to excessive overuse. read more »

Loremo Update : Electric Model Available


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The Loremo (Low Resistance Mobile) was originally introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. Using a 2 cylinder turbo diesel is was able to get just under 160 miles per gallon. Recently, Loremo announced a fully electric version would also be available if diesel wasn't you cup of tea. read more »

Cat Climbing The Walls? Show Him The Door



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You can take a cat out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of a cat. Unless you want to mount tree branches in your home (Ooh, let me think on that!), the next best thing to satisfy his urge to climb might be a door climber. I mean, if he's climbing the walls anyway... read more »

Top 8 US Made Electric Vehicles of 2008


Taking a break from diesel power, electric vehicles are also on the rise. For a while the big developments have been overseas. Recently, there has been a surge of electric concepts from domestic manufacturers. Here are the top 8 in no particular order. read more »

Eco-friendly Ship to Cross Ocean Powered By Waves



First there was the air-powered car, now here comes a wave-powered boat! The three-ton catamaran Suntory Mermaid II may not set any speed records on its May 2008 voyage from Hawaii to Japan but as the Tortoise once said, "slow and steady wins the race".
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The World's First E•Ink Ana-Digi Watch — Product Review


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I admit it. I love watches. When I win the lottery, I’m going to go buy lots and lots of watches so I can wear something different on my wrist every day. So when I was asked to review The World’s First E•Ink Ana-Digi Watch from Phosphor—I couldn’t wait. Having read all they hype about E•Ink I figured this watch could be cool. But since cool isn’t everything, here’s the skinny on what makes this new watch tick. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Disguise for Baldness. (We've All Seen This One Before!)


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Today dear readers, I am turning my blog over to you. That's because I'm stumped. Is United States Patent 4022227 worthy of a patent? Do you consider this an invention? An innovation? Or did Frank and Donald Smith the "inventors" merely lay claim to something men have been doing for centuries? You decide; then let me know what you think. read more »

Splinter : The Wooden Supercar


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It's not very often that a new car comes out and gets an almost unanimous "Why?" The introduction of Splinter, the wooden supercar did just that. Just to be fair, it was quickly followed by a "wow!" read more »

$21 million for Cool Earth’s Solar Balloons



What has inflatable lightweight mirrors and captures the same amount of energy from the sun, as traditional flat panel PV systems, while using 500 times less solar cell material? Cool Earth's cool Solar Balloons do and they're about to expand. read more »