Innovation

Giving Birth Via Balloon? Great Idea?

The Balloon for Preparing for and Easing Human Birth can only make every mother in the world wonder if she did it right after all. Patent# US 6843251 provides a way to practice childbirth on a balloon which seems an odd way to learn. Perhaps the popping when the balloon bursts is apt preparation for water breaking? Don’t ask me, but read on anyway and be…not overwhelmed but just whelmed, as Mel Brooks used to say.

Google Earth: Atlantis Still Lost Among New Finds

There is some embarrassment and quite a bit of denial surrounding the claim that the Google Earth mapping tool was used to discover a grid of streets in the ocean that were thought to be the lost city of Atlantis. Google Earth has had some amazing results and the entire Google search system has come further than even its creators could ever have predicted. Still, read on for more details, which confirm that the lost city of Atlantis is, alas, still lost.

PolyFlav Makes Plastic Good Enough To Eat

PolyFlav is a company that believes the things found in plastic containers, just don't taste good enough on their own.  This strange company is in the business of producing flavored plastic that will keep your taste buds satisfied.

Giugiaro Frazer Nash Concept May Become World's Fastest Hybrid

It seems as though the title of "World's Fastest Hybrid" has become one of the most sought after bragging rights across the globe. It started with a battle over fuel efficiency, but then slowly but surely it has become a race to see who can make the fastest eco-friendly people mover on the market. It seems as though this kind of competition has brought about some new contenders as well, in the form of the Giugiaro Frazer Nash Concept.

Rubberbands, Not Clothes Make The Man: Great Idea?

Patent# US D522914 represents Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands, which is an idea for an invention that raises one question above all else; namely why? The recycling of rubberbands is clever and responsibly green, but it would be an odd child indeed who would be drawn to this mummy like creature. But then again, odd is even sometimes these days.

99designs®: The Crowdsourcing Spot For Graphic Designers

Leading a growing trend on the Internet for groupsourcing, the group 99designs® has set up a very popular spot for SMB's (small to medium businesses) and graphic designers to come together on projects. The idea is very simple: the business sets up a "contest" through 99designs and graphic artists from anywhere in the world can compete to win the contest. There are hundreds of contests going on at a time.

2009’s Most Fashionable Vending Machines: Shoe Dispensing Hits UK Streets & Nightclubs

After a long night of dancing and partying at the hottest nightclubs, especially if you like to let loose Studio 54 style, there's nothing worse than having to walk home in the high-fashion heels or stilettos that you started the evening with. Fashionable and convenient vending machines popping up all across the UK to give club goers (and those suffering from other emergency shoe dilemmas) the convenience of comfortable shoe dispensing when they need it most.


NetSquared Mobile Innovation Challenge 2009

How can mobile phone applications enrich people's lives, helping individuals or groups to live better? If you have a solution for a mobile application, and think you know how to make it work, you should enter the N2Y4 Mobile Innovation Challenge, sponsored by NetSquared.

World’s Fastest Electric Dirt Bike Hits the Trails

A short while back we brought you the story of the World's Fastest Electric motorcycle. While that was good news for many, others were more interested in the slightly less refined and commonly muddier cousin of the motorcycle. If this sounds like you, the 2009 Zero X has got you covered.

My Dog's A 50, What's Yours? The Sleep Number Pet Bed

I stopped going to the chiropractor and acupuncturist, and my dog threw away his crutches!

Mannequin Lamps "At Your Command"

Consistent with my theory that today's designers just want to have fun, comes Daniel Loves Objects, an industrial designer from Singapore, who clearly had a great deal of fun creating his "At Your Command" mannequin lamps.

Wear a Fin and Pretend To Be A Dolphin: Great Idea?

The Dolphin Fin Swimming Accessory known to those in the aquatic know as Patent#US D494652 is an idea whose time may or may not have arrived even though it is sort of here anyway. Perhaps someone needs to ask the dolphins how they feel about it? After all, inquiring minds always seek to know.

Strange Business Idea: Online Shopping Website Hugs Its Shipments

Soul's Calling, an online shopping website that features inspirational products, may seem like a normal business, but to see why it's so strange, you need to look at it a little bit closer. The owner of this weird and wacky home business, believes in Positive Energy Transfer which she instills in her products through prayer, meditation, and of course, hugging.

Wacky Wearable Gadget: World’s Smallest Watch For Your Finger Nail

Timex and Core77 have collaborated to introduce one of the world's smallest watches. This unique, wearable gadget is disposable timepiece designed to mould to your fingernail and with its light up function makes a bold fashion statement.


Surreal Rings That Bind

Fired with creativity, tempered with nature, these rings will surely command a second glance and are guaranteed conversation makers, even if they do not take your relationship to newer heights.