TED-Heads vs TED-Feds

The Annual TED Conference taking place February 9-13 in Long Beach, California has an elitism about it.  If you have $6000 to spend on an event - If you are an expert in the field of technology, entertainment or design - if you know how to deliver information in a new and innovative fashion - and of course there is that little matter about being invited - you might be worthy of  being considered a TED-Head with TED-Cred. If not, join the rest of us -  the club of TED-Fed D-Listers who can only witness the affair from afar, like a kid with no funds peering into the window of a candy store.

Toyota Promising Sporty Aftermarket Division for Nearly Every Vehicle…Hybrids Included

With so much attention being put on the upcoming Toyota FT-86, it should come as no surprise that the parent automaker is also working on an aftermarket performance division to boost sales even more. What makes this news even more exciting is that the automaker may also be using the new department to build full models.

Flying Panties Available In DIY Ornithopter Kits

Flying Panties - not just an anime video anymore! Coming this March you can get your very own Flying Panties ornithopter kit. You know you want one.

Hair Washing Brush Provides Invigorating Massage

The "Innovation refreshing pretend! Brute" from Alinco may have a stressful name but when put to work on your hair and muscles, all that tension (and dirt) just washes away.

Design For The Moon! NASA's 2010 Art Contest For High School & College Students

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is holding a moon-sized art contest for high-school and college students.  The challenge is to submit an original work on the theme: Life and Work on the Moon. 

Cost Per Check-in: Has Foursquare Initiated A New Ad Model?

We know about ad deals based on impressions and  we are familiar with banner ads and pop-ups. Google Adsense opened us up to cost per click-throughs. But as social networking moves from the desktop to mobile devices are we ready to engage in a brand new business model Cost Per Check-in? And will local establishments and brands be willing to pay for it?

Popular Science 2010 Invention Awards Now Open For Entries

Remember James Peret? He's pictured here, eating fried fish cooked in the oil that Peret recycles to heat his fish restaurant.  Peret and his invention, the Vegawatt was one of the 10 top winners of the 2009 Popular Science Invention Awards.  Well, now Popular Science is looking for the best 2010 inventions; that's right, PopSci is looking for you!

Best Domestic Design 2010 Goes To A Slow Cooker That's Not A Crock Pot

Though Slowcooker by Margriet Foolen doesn't exactly fit easily into interior design categories, it did happen to win Wallpaper's Best Domestic Design 2010.  Personally, I think it's great that its good looks are matched by its utility and I can't wait to purchase one!

Measuring Tape Toilet Paper Features Illustrated Exercises

Ever had the urge to measure your waist when you're in the bathroom? Note the spelling, I typed "waist"... but regardless of your intentions, Japan has the toilet paper you need.

Supposedly Brain-Dead Patients Signal With Their Brains

If it's true that some brain damaged patients are actually capable of communicating with their brains, even though there are no movements made by their bodies, wouldn't that make "right to die" issues so much more complicated?  But I'm jumping ahead here... Let me share the research and let you come to your own conclusions....

Chocolate Tool Set Is The Key To His Heart

Buying a tasty Valentine's Day gift for the mechanically minded man need not be a wrenching decision, just order up these cool chocolate tools from Frantz Kobe Sweets!

Invaluable Resource On Eco-Smart Materials For Designers And Inventors

Whether you are an architect, designer, product developer, or inventor, your newest creations and those to come would do well to be made of ecologically viable materials.  Whether the materials are natural or  synthetic ones that have be recycled, worldwide consumer ethics point towards a market that prefers to purchase eco-smart materials.

'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Two Haitian Charity Songs will be hitting the airwaves at just about the same time. While it's been a proven formula that combining entertainment with fund-raising is one of the quickest ways to raise awareness for a cause, will these two anthems backed up by star-powered choruses work together synergistically or will they compete for the same charitable dollars? And in so doing, does the effort overshadow the cause and shift the spotlight to the artists?

Ibrides Animal Trays Inspired By Romantic Period Portraiture

Europe's kings and queens were never represented so brilliantly nor paid more homage than the stunning animal portrait trays of Ibrides Rachel Convers.  Though totally waterproof and dent-resistant, you might be in for some criticism if you actually allow a drink to be placed on one.

Chinese 'Bandit' Accuses Apple iPad Of Theft

Apple's iPad is barely a few days old, and it's already facing potential litigation. On the heals of China vs Google battling over censorship and Gmail hacking issues, Apple is having its own altercations with the Chinese. This time around, instead of debates with the government, Apple is being held up by bandits, literally.