Innovation

Picnic Ware Made Friendly, Not Just For Earth Day!

I set out to find a nice picnic basket as a gift for Mother's Day and right on this very Earth Day, I found something really special: a set of Biodegradable Picnic Ware! More to my surprise though, this eco-friendly set of plates, bowls, and cups for four persons is made from a plant very much like the sweet pototo... the cassava.

Before And After: 10 Prototype Chair Designs That Made It ...Or Didn't

Even at Milan Design Week '09, there's a place for baring all. Here are 10 chairs that confess their beginnings, present in prototype form, ready to say 100 Hail Mary's or be rewarded with immediate absolution. Prophets and Penitents, aka Confessions of a Chair, is an open exhibit of chair prototypes from designers we know and love.

Counter Balance Concept Could Change How We Look at Pickup Trucks

One of the most interesting parts of attending auto shows is seeing the concept vehicles that we will describe as "unique." This isn't to say they aren't important, especially considering some of the most outrageous concepts, at the time, were eventually put into production and have become very popular. For this year's New York Auto Show, one of these rare concepts is the very brightly colored "Counter Balance."

Free Beer? Kirin Free is All Fizz, No Buzz

Free beer? It's more likely than you think... if you're in Japan, at least. That's because Kirin has introduced Free, a de-alcoholized brew with all of the fizz but none of the buzz.

Russian Auto Innovation Eco-Friendly Car Developed

Scientists from St. Petersburg, Russia have developed an ecologically friendly electric car with accumulators, which recharge during nighttime. In daylight hours, solar batteries deliver energy. It is, without a doubt, one very cool number, but don’t trade in your gas-run vehicle just yet.

Singapore Discovers How To Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Methanol!

The third smallest sovereign nation in the world has just made an enormous contribution to relieving the world's debt to the environment. Singapore researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have discovered how to turn carbon dioxide into methanol....  Double take: They have found a way to make greenhouse gas green.  Triple take:  They took the biggest contributor to the world's carbon footprint and converted it into a source of clean energy for the world.  Astounding.

10 Brilliant Breakthrough Designs From Milan Design Week '09

Milan Design Week 09 starts Wednesday, and from what I've seen of the preview coverage, designers are not napping during the global recession.  The Milan international design show is likely to be the one that blows away the others; there are so many brilliant breakthroughs in concepts, materials, and forms that will be making their debut.  These 10 simply spectacular designs will make you want to hop a plane to Milan right now!  See the paths being formed by some of  the world's leading designers.

Mobile Mini House: Pop-Up Campers Have Gone Modern!

Pop-up campers have come a long way in terms of comfort and built-in technology, but for the most part the design has remained unchanged. Of course, it was only a matter of time until someone came up with something new and exciting and in this case, it could change how people look at their "home away from home."

Russian Modder Yellow Bulldozer PC Case: Cool and Different

Modding is a popular art form in Russia. The slang expression has come to stand for the modification of one object into another that is just as practical in its new form as it was in it former state, but in a different way. Here’s a PC case in the form of a bulldozer. Read on and have a look, but get out of the way!

Big Box Stores Lessen Environmental Impact With Help From Enviro Company Terracycle

We've introduced you to Terracycle before and their line of eco-friendly products. Now, Terracycle is expanding by partnering up with big box stores around the US to promote recycling of non-recyclables. It's a bold business move by a company whose ethics aren't necessarily in line with many of the consumption driven big names we're already familiar with, and smart PR for those corporations looking to improve their environmental image.

Ford Transit Family One is a Parent’s Best Friend on Long Road Trips

Soon after the Ford Transit Concept was unveiled, rumors began flying around about a family oriented version of the concept that was being developed. Skip ahead to the 2009 New York International Auto Show, and you can see what could become the next big seller in the minivan market.

Respect For Water Inspires Abisko Waterfall Basin Design

Nothing inspires respect for water like a natural waterfall, and this sculptured basin designed by the Swedish team of Johan Kauppi and Lars Sundström, honors a waterfall that's not only natural, but is said to have the purist water in all of Europe: the Abrisko Waterfall in the Abrisko National Park in Sweden. Ironically perhaps, there is no basin in the Abrisko washbasin.

Singing Dog Alarm Clock Features Soft Silicone Paws Button

The Singing Dog Alarm Clock from Seiko provides pet-lovers with the paws that refreshes... along with a nutty, mutty Melody Alarm that'll have you reaching for a Little Brown Jug.

Ford Compares EcoBoost Engine to Competition’s V8s

Since the EcoBoost engine was first introduced, Ford has been working tirelessly to make it as powerful and fuel efficient as possible. This is, of course, due mainly to the EcoBoost drivetrain being the staple of Ford's long term plan to increase sales. The real question is, how well will the new engine do when compared to the competition? Ford recently released a side-by-side comparison that should help answer that question.

Ready Ping: Notification Service Transforming The Restaurant Business One Text Message At A Time

Sometimes the best business ideas are the most obvious ones, and Ready Ping is a new business concept that falls right into this category. No one likes to wait around for their table to be ready at a restaurant, and now this business makes sure that they don't have to, by sending a text message when the table is ready