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The 6 Stages of Drunkenness in Japanese Cellphone Charms

This series of 6 Drunken Salaryman cellphone charms illustrates not only the affection Japanese have for these pillars of the economy, but at the same time reminds us that we're all human and act pretty much the same once we've had a few too many.

BedUp Touches Down in Space-Saving Style

On the eternal quest for space-saving innovations, the BedUp by French designers Décadrages takes the idea of a Murphy bed to new heights. Not your standard fold-down version which requires the daily moving of furniture, the BedUp gracefully descends from the ceiling in the manner of an elevator.

Pontiac Lets You Name Your Own Sport Truck

For months there have been rumors of a Pontiac G8 based Sport Truck, called an Ute in Australia. At the Chicago Auto Show, GM showed of the GMC Denali XT Concept, but said it was a hit or miss for production. Now, Pontiac has broken the silence and offered up some information, including the fact that you can name the new Ute.

Mirrored Cellphone Peep Blocker Provides Vanity and Security

Flexible and trim able one way mirror cellphone peep blocker sheets keep text messages private while allowing you to fix your face on Japan's (or New York's) crowded subway trains.

Tudou: China's YouTube

Reach the growing Chinese market online with Tudou, China's answer to YouTube.

Video of the Visualeyes Rayzer

Back in December, Inventorspot.com got a tip about a new product to help with nighttime driving. At the time it was still being developed and a limited amount of information was available. Now, the Visualeyes Rayzer is being produced and will be available for purchase by April.

Test-tube Baby Whales? Cow-Whale Hybrids?

Japan's annual hunt for hundreds of whales under the guise of "scientific research" has long been castigated as a sham. Now, a new analysis of published research papers has exposed a long-running litany of frivolous, esoteric, even bizarre experimentation including "attempts at cross-breeding cows with whales".

Kia Shows Some Soul

Kia hasn't been at the forefront of the industry in the past few months, but that didn't stop them from bringing a hard hitting campaign to the Geneva Motor Show this year. To help promote the personalization capability of the new Kia Soul, they had 3 custom designs present to help kick-start the customization.

Wasabi Fire Alarm Alerts the Deaf with the Power of Scent

Wasabi, or Japanese Horseradish, has a particularly pungent taste and scent. Now researchers in Japan are using wasabi's overpowering odor in a new type of smoke detector / fire alarm that wakes the deaf through scent instead of sound.

The CatVantage Has Every Advantage

There's a new cat tree from DesignWerks called the CatVantage, that will fit anywhere in your home and may even blend with your decor. Sans cat, this floor to ceiling spiral, might even be mistaken for a sculpture. CatVantage is a functional sculpture, one that your cats can climb, perch, and cat-nap upon.

Louis Vuitton Roses, the Right Gift for Japan's White Day

Louis Vuitton... it's the one brand name status-seekers in Japan prize over all the others. On "White Day", Louis Vuitton monogrammed roses will ensure that YOUR name receives the same appreciation.

2008 Subaru Outback with A Diesel

Subaru finally decided it was time for a diesel, and what better to toss it into than the Outback or the Legacy? The best part? It's a boxer with a turbo and the first to go into a passenger car.

It's A Trunk...It's A Hatch...It's A Skoda

If you are one of the few people who always have a hard time choosing between a trunk and a hatchback, a Czech automaker named Skoda has the perfect car for you.

Wacky Pet Pacifiers Make Both of You Smile

A pacifier for your pet? That's the idea behind the wacky "Oshaburi Toy" from Japan. Oshaburi translates to "Pacifier" in English, though once your pet gets ahold of one, YOU'LL be the one whose mood is improved!

Unique Concepts From The Geneva Motor Show

On March 6th, the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors to the world. Some of the hottest new designs from the best automotive minds were waiting inside. Here are some of the most unique and eye-catching designs.

Keep That Booty Safe and Dry!

A goose-bumped butt is anything but attractive, but never fear – now you can keep that little booty warm and dry with the Baby Bottom Fan.


New Electric Sports Car is Fast as Lightning

Late last year, a new company in the United Kingdom announced their plans to build an all electric supercar sporting 700hp (equivalent). The Lightning Car Company unveiled the Lightning GT at Geneva, bringing it one step closer to production.

Great Invention Idea? The Most Practical St. Patrick's Day Accessory Ever!

This year, if you plan to mark St. Patrick's Day in the usual way, that is, somewhere other than church, then I've found the perfect accessory for you.

Innovation on the High Seas : The X-Bow

The need to conserve oil isn't limited to on-land travel. Ships of all sizes are being redesigned to increase efficiency and decrease oil consumption. The Ulstein X-Bow is just one of the innovations charged to help out.

Be the Firestarter With a Platonic Fireplace

Spearheading Platonic Fireplaces way back in 1984, Henry Harrison is a minimalist designer whose vision of the contemporary fireplace has led him into strange and wonderful territory over the years.