Innovation

Fair Trade Soccer Balls Send Messages of Peace, Individuality and Environmental Awareness

These unique Fair Trade soccer balls support independent living through work in areas of rural Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan while providing Japanese sports fans with a good-looking, quality product.

Your iPhone Camera Needs TiltShift Generator

Go ahead, take out your iPhone.  Go try to take a good picture with it.  Are you really satisfied with those results?  Even if you are, you can get a lot more out of your iPhone's camera by putting the pictures through some simple processes to enhance the picture quality.  If you're not a big Photoshop junkie, take a look at TiltShift Generator.  It's a great little online application that makes touching up your photos a snap.

The Gadget Lover's Ultimate Dream Bed: Starry Night™

The recession hasn't deterred Leggett & Platt® from creating a bed that costs more than what most of us have left of our life savings. But heck, we can dream, especially if we're gadget lovers. Wait 'til you see what this Starry Night™ bed is hiding under its covers!

Blerp: Bring Your Discussion Anywhere on the Web

Link aggregators are all the rage these days.  As a blog reader, surely you frequent such sites as Digg, Reddit, and a host of others that enable users to gather things that they like from the web and share them with other users.  Blerp is an aggragator in the same vein, only it focuses on the conversations that surround shared sites, instead of merely passing the links off to users.

Gradefund: Corporate Sponsorship For Students Who Get Good Grades!

Last week, I introduced you to Do Good for Debt, an organization that partners individuals with student loans leftover from their educational pursuits with charities that are willing to pay off students' debts in exchange for good deeds. While that may be a helpful way for former students to get back on their feet and start their lives without the burden of financial restraint, there's no denying that it takes away from the philanthropist attitude; so today I will outline another business that helps students overcome the financial repercussions of pursuing a post-secondary education. Gradefund offers a sponsorship-style system, that rewards students for their good grades, that way the better they do, the more corporate sponsors they'll have behind them to pay off their debts before they even have a chance to accumulate.


Top 10 Inventions Of 'Garage Inventors' Win 2009 Popular Science Awards

Popular Science has announced the 2009 Invention Awards for the top 10 groundbreaking inventions that originated from the minds and perseverance of individual inventors.  These inventions did not have big companies behind them with a big research lab and lots of money.  You won't see the likes of Apple® or Motorola® or Honda® among this list.  Just folks like you and me whose inventions will make a major impact on the way we live, work, learn, play, and even manage intelligence in battle.


Leg Squeezing Socks Reduce Foot Fatigue On The Job

Jobs that force workers to stand for long periods of time can cause feet to swell, resulting in localized pain and general fatigue. Slim Walk socks address the issue by gradually constricting the foot and lower leg as you walk and while you work.

The Camera Tripod With Simian Agility: Gorillapod

Camera tripods are so 19th century.  They're fine if you want a straight-on shot and you're shooting on level ground but, you have to admit, the tripod is somewhat limiting.  Now, along comes the multi-jointed simian tripod, otherwise known as the Gorillapod, to take over where the tripod left off more than 100 years ago.

Get Plenty of DIY Projects From Easy2DIY

Home improvement is easily one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies one can take up, and the internet has proven to be a good place to find information on lots of those particular projects on you "to-do" list.  Easy2DIY is an all-in-one stop for your fixer-upper projects that includes tutorials, shopping, and advice.

A Bookmark That Sheds Light On The Subject: The LightWedge

It's a simple gadget, which is why I like it.  An optical grade acrylic lens covers your page, and the LED lights that are tucked into its wedge spread light across the lens, lighting the page -- right where you want it and nowhere else.

Fujiyama E-PC Netbook Computer Sounds Japanese But Accent's Only Skin Deep

Bull in a China shop? Maybe bull FROM a Chinese shop if the Fujiyama Netbook computer is a typical example. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery than Chinese manufacturers really do love Japanese products.

Stupeflix Helps You Easily Make Great Looking Videos

With a name like Stupeflix, you've got to be wondering what's up with this site.  What the site does is provide you with a graphical interface that allows you to create your own slide show videos, complete with soundtracks, text overlays, and image legends.  What makes the site a real winner is that it's not just easy to create these things, but you have all the freedom in the world to create your video.

Nautilus Shell USB Hub to Sea and Be Seen

The tasteful Nautilus design of the USB 3-Port Hub in a Shell proves once again, it's hard to beat good old Mother Nature when it comes to good looks and functional style. 

Intelligent Speed Adaptation to Slow Down Speeders in London

All too often, excessive speed is the primary factor when it comes to traffic accidents. We as a society have come to believe that time is more important than safety and because of that, we sometimes risk life and limb to shave seconds off of travel time. A company called Transport for London, based in the UK, is now testing a system that will stop this risk taking, and plans on offering the system to the public in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

10 Animal Stars Of The Most Creative International Award-Winning Print Ads

If you love to laugh, you have to see these ads.  While I usually find humorous ads for animal or pet products, this time I decided to research the print ad winners of about 40 different international advertising prizes awarded during 2007 and 2008 just to select the "10 best award-winning people-product print ads featuring animals, fish, or insects in starring role."