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Water Inspired High-Tech 3-D Printed Top: Swim At Your Own Risk

Read on to learn more about Lim Kae Woel and Elena Low, two Australian architects/designers working out of Melbourne-based XYZ Workshop and their creation of a prize-winning 3-D printed top inspired by water.

Lenovo ThinkPad Stack: Modular, Portable Docking Station For Laptops

The docking stations made for many business laptops tend to be hulking, heavy behemoths. Not this one: Lenovo's ThinkPad Stack can split into separate pieces, allowing one to attach only the extra functionality they need to their laptop for any given scenario. CES 2015 is done and over, but tradeshow-visiting, hotel-camping journalists ought to take a look.

Balance Blox Slackline, Great For Balancing Confidence and Happiness

Slacklining is becoming more popular every summer. You may have seen them at the park—the college kids, hipsters and yogis exercising and performing stunts several feet off of the ground while on a two inch wide nylon line anchored between two trees. The Balance Blox Slackline System will give your child the thrill of a high wire circus act and the coolness of the hipsters at the park with their very own pint-sized slackline.

Street Lamp Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Are A Bright Idea

So many electric cars and so few charging stations. If only there were plentiful electrified power posts EV drivers could simply pull up to, park and plug into... hey, are you thinking what we're thinking?

Beta Brand Jeans: Sons of Innovative Britches!

Is your credit card safe in your pocket? Could it be safer? According to the new jeans developed by San Francisco-based Beta Brand, the answer is yes. Read on for more about these amazing high-tech, stretchy denim jeans.

For Peace Of Mind, Buy A Security Wallet! (With Product Reviews)

.... You can go to your credit card issuer and ask to have your debit and credit cards re-issued without an RFID chip or you can protect your cards, all of them, by buying a secure wallet or credit card case to protect the cards from e-thiefs. I don't often carry my money and my credit cards in the same case, so I ordered a well-reviewed wallet and a few credit card security cases to try them out.  Here's what I like...

 


Hot Looking Customers Eat Hot-Pot Free At "Pay By Face" Restaurant

A hot-pot restaurant in Zhengzhou, China has come up with an innovative cross-promotion with a nearby plastic surgery clinic. Dubbed “FREE MEAL FOR GOODLOOKING” on the cafe's outdoor sign, the promo provides free meals for attractive customers whose scanned faces are remotely rated as such by clinic consultants.

Mechanic Advisor's Connection Key Plugs You Into Engine Problems

Is the dreaded “Check Engine” light on your car's dash suddenly shining with evil intensity? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?? Don't panic, there's an app for that courtesy of Connection Key! This neat new combination hardware/software device from Mechanic Advisor takes the mystery out of cryptic dashboard “idiot lights”, diagnoses the problem, and directs you to the nearest reliable mechanic.

The Lepow Convertible Hi Smart Bag: Who’s Calling, Please?

Meet the HiSmart Bag created by Lepow, a company known for its design and creation of everyday technologies. It has the distinction of being the world's first connected  convertible messenger bag/backpack that is both fashionable and high tech.

Acer Announces Revo One: Tiny HTPC Moonlighting As A NAS

Capable of streaming and storing loads of media content, Acer has here an uncharacteristically small home theater PC. It hopes to be the perfect compliment to your gigantic 4K flat-screen TV. It'll also make your NAS jealous, or even replace it outright.

Raku-Raku “Easy Plug” Safely Unplugs With A Pinch Instead Of A Pull

Yo dawg, Japan's Konna Shop heard you wanted a safer way to unplug electrical plugs so they found a plug you can plug your plug into that unplugs with a pinch instead of a pull!

Safe, Stylish Innovation for Cyclists: High-Visibility Reflective Garb

A new line of stylish and functional garments with reflective design is the latest from English fashion designer, Sara Henrichs. Read on to learn more about how the modern cyclist and runner can be safer riding at night.

Impossible Instant Lab Turns Your iPhone Into A Polaroid Camera

Technology is great—until it doesn’t work. Or until it doesn’t work for me. I love to capture moments of my day and events with my children, but then the images of those moments seem to live forever in my smart phone or digital camera. I have almost 3,000 photos on my phone, and while half of those may not be worth printing, there are certainly some pictures I wish I had on display. I simply haven’t taken the time to select the ones worth printing and then turned them into tangible, color images. Impossible is making it possible to get my favorite moments onto paper instantly with their Impossible Instant Lab.

GM's New DSF Cylinder Deactivation System Could Boost Fuel Economy 15%

General Motors and Silicon Valley start-up Tula Technology have partnered to create a new infinitely variable cylinder deactivation system known as Dynamic Skip Fire, or DSF for short. Unlike GM's late and unlamented V8-6-4 system that flopped in the early 1980s, DSF can run a gasoline engine on almost any combination of even and odd cylinders resulting in significant fuel savings.

Bark & Spark: Chinese Carpenter Crafts Wooden Electric Car

A carpenter from Shenyang, China named Liu Fulong wasn't fooling around when he built his first wooden electric car. Now he's back with an improved version of his innovative and environmentally-friendly vehicle that just might be the best wooden electric car on his – or any – block.