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Silicone Lekue Steam Case Cooks Healthy Meals In Minutes

The Lekue Steam Case offers a simple and convenient way to steam or stew food in one relatively small and easy to use case. The steamer case is made of food grade silicone so it can go in either the oven or the microwave and can be grabbed with your bare hands when cooking is finished.

Toyota's "Well Chair" System Makes Minivans More Wheelchair Friendly

Toyota has announced an integrated system for disabled passengers that better integrates wheelchairs with a range of its popular minivans. The “Well Chair”, introduced at the 2014 International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, is expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.

Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.

MOD Duo Wants To Be The Last Music Pedal You Ever Own

What if I were to tell you that there was a music pedal out there that could reproduce an unlimited amount of sounds and music effects? Then, what if I were to tell you that the entire thing is open-sourced, meaning developers all over the world can develop effects for that same pedal? Sound like something you would be interested in? If so, make sure to check out the MOD Duo which is currently being funded on Kickstarter!

World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.

Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.

Texting Detector Could Help Police Catch Illegally Texting Drivers

Texting while driving may be illegal in 32 states but catching mobile texters in the act isn't easy. That may be about to change, however, thanks to an innovative hand-held text message detector being developed by a Virginia technology company.

3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment. 

Chinese Public Bus Provides Private Maternity Seat For Breastfeeding Mothers

Bus transportation for new mothers just got easier in Jinhua, China. The city's public transportation authority has unveiled an innovative pilot project that offers lactating ladies a private, curtained space within which to breastfeed their children.

Why Wait For 2015 When You Can Have An Apple Watch Today?

The new, exciting and innovative Apple Watch won't be available until 2015 but Japanese Twitter user Hiromichi Shoji seems to have got his hands on a very juicy prototype. By the looks of it, this new smartwatch sure is sweet!

Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

#Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.

Nissan's One-Off Leaf Pickup Truck Is One Cute Electric Ute

Wish there was a pickup truck version of Nissan's zero-emissions Leaf subcompact car? Guess what, there is, though there's only one and Nissan has no current (ahem) plans to produce the cute ute en masse for the masses.

Chewing Is Good For The Environment - Power Your Wearable Devices With This Chin Strap

Do you find yourself suffering from jaw pain, or headaches from grinding or clenching your teeth while you're asleep? Now there could be an upside to your stress induced dental strain - scientists have created a chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements.

Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.

Mokulock Wooden Bricks: Not The Green LEGO Blocks You Were Looking For

Mokulock's wooden bricks are what you'd get if, say, the LEGO company made and marketed their world-famous bricks a thousand years ago instead of right here, right now.

Curing Blindness Goes Mobile With PEEK Vision App

Did you know that it's possible to test your eyesight using your smartphone? Andrew Bastawrous, a 34 year old ophthalmologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, invented the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or PEEK, a mobile app and clip-on hardware that transforms a smartphone into a pocket-size optical clinic. 

Get Your WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder At Amazon’s 3D Printing Store. Moms Need Fun Stuff Too

It seems as though Amazon really does have everything, including a 3D printing store. You can shop in their Jewelry, Home Décor, Toys & Games, or Tech Accessories departments to find the perfect gift made on a 3D printer, like a WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder. Using dishwasher safe plastic and strong suction cups, you can wash your hair, shave your legs, and exfoliate without needing to leave your wine glass on the bathroom sink. Hey, not everything is for the kids. Moms need fun stuff too.

China's First Mobile Phone Only Sidewalk Puts Smartphone Users In Their Place

Tired of accidents caused by self-absorbed texters, tweeters and Facebook status updaters? Hey, who isn't? The Chinese city of Chongqing decided enough is enough, installing a segregated mobile phone-only sidewalk along a portion of popular Yangren Street.

Magnets That Clean Blood And Cure Sepsis

A magnetic device has been invented to extract bacteria, fungi and other toxins from the blood, potentially curing sepsis, a life threatening complication of infection that kills 1 in 4 who are affected. It consists of a microfluidic device that removes magnetic nanometer-sized beads that have bound to pathogens in the bloodstream.

The BioCouture Innovation: Will Bacteria Rule Fashion's Future?

Will your next pair of shoes be grown rather than manufactured? Environmental challenges and strained natural resources are forcing the evolution of different ways to produce sustainable consumer products. Read on to learn more about one designer's solution that may well shape the future of the fashion world.