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Robot Snowplow from Japan Eats Up Snow, Poops Out Bricks



Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! If that weren't enough, the friendly "snowbot" excretes perfectly formed igloo bricks from the snow it takes in - now how cool is that?
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Japan's First Maid Taxi Service Disabled by Cosplayers



The Maid Taxi was a clever concept - until hordes of "Otaku" descended upon the service, displacing those genuinely disabled people the Maid Taxi's were designed to serve.
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Apple iPod Nano (Third Generation 4GB & 8GB) Review


Apple released their newly redesigned iPod Nano back in September, and sales for this MP3 player were a bit slow at first but have begun to turn around during the holiday season. The Apple iPod Nano is now one of the top selling tech gadgets this holiday season. read more »

Mini-Size Your Functional Decor with "Pull + Push" Designs


Looking for that perfect rooftop garden to satisfy your green thumb? This one is yours for the taking, although it may be a little smaller than what you had in mind. read more »

TomTom GO 920T Top-of-the-Line Portable GPS


TomTom’s newest GPS device isn’t your average navigational unit. The TomTom GO 920T has a 4.3 inch touch-screen, integrated Bluetooth, voice address input, Enhanced Positioning Technology, and much more. TomTom is the largest GPS manufacturer in the world so rest-assured, their top-of-the-line GPS unit is the real deal. read more »

There’s No Place Like Home, According to China


The United States was once a promised land for Asian innovative up and comers in the fields of technology and science. However as economic climate changes, more and more of the inventors and great thinkers our nation depend upon are moving back to their roots, or at least figuring out a way to split their interests halfway. read more »

Sitscape Sofa Builds Your Favorite Seating Position Into the Design


The Sitscape is a fluid-like seating zone designed by Berlin-based Hackenbroich Architekten, specifically focused on customized seating positions and the smooth transitions between them. The prototype for this "lounge landscape" is one meter wide and a whopping six meters long, with six tailor-made resting spots integrated within it. read more »

Islamic Car to Be Ready in 2011


Iran Khodro's Popular Samand LineIran Khodro's Popular Samand Line

A spokesperson for Iranian company, Iran Khodro, says its "Islamic Car" should be readily available throughout the Middle East, parts of Asia, and Africa, in three years. The car will have options including a compass to find Mecca and a compartment for a Koran. read more »

Another Step Forward in Lithium Ion Technology for Cars


Lithium Energy JapanLithium Energy Japan

Back in May, Mitsubishi Motors publicly announced that they would be working along side Mitsubishi Corporation and a popular battery producer, GS Yuasa, to develop a better Lithium-Ion battery cell solely for automotive applications. According to a recent press release, they have some very high hopes for the future of automotive based Lithium-Ion technology. read more »

Want a Chair That Follows You Wherever You Go? Try "Take A Seat" Interactive Mobile Seating


Tired of beating back the college kids for that coveted seat in the library? Well, your troubles may be over. The "Take-A-Seat" chair, created by Jelte van Geest of Eindhoven Design Academy, explores the latest in interactive mobile seating, ensuring your derriere has the proper resting spot during all of your intellectual brow furrowing and heavy book lifting. read more »

The Flat Life Project Lights Up in 3D


The Flat Life project by Finn Magee might make you look twice, as most of us aren't used to cords running out of our still-life art. What appears to be an image of a standard desk lamp and digital alarm clock is actually a light source and means of time-keeping, merging the third dimension with 2D design. read more »

The 30 Best Gadgets and Gizmos for 2008 - The 2008 CES Innovation Award Winners – Part 2

The 2008 CES Innovation Award winners have been announced, and the top 30 winners in each category will give you a glimpse at some of the most innovative products for 2008 and beyond.

This is the second post from my CES coverage, and it features 15 more of the 30 CES Innovation Award winners.

The 30 Best Gadgets and Gizmos for 2008 - The 2008 CES Innovation Award Winners – Part 2


The 2008 CES Innovation Award winners have been announced, and the top 30 winners in each category will give you a glimpse at some of the most innovative products for 2008 and beyond.

This is the second post from my CES coverage, and it features 15 more of the 30 CES Innovation Award winners. read more »

A Child's Imagination Takes Flight in Korea


What do you get when you combine a child's imagination with the skill and ability of an accomplished artist? If you happen to be Seoul-based artist Yeondoo Jung and a handful of children's drawings, the answer is found in cutting edge technology and sold out art exhibits throughout the world. read more »

Fighting Prostate Cancer with Fungus


The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)

Researchers at the University of Haifa, in Israel, have found a way to slow the progression of prostate cancer by using molecules derived from the Ganoderma lucidum fungus. read more »

China Tries Making Bridges with Bamboo Instead of Steel


With China experiencing so much pollution and environmental depletion, it only makes sense that a group would get together to find unique uses for natural resources. The first endeavor? A durable bridge made completely out of bamboo. read more »

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall: Narcisse Mirrors Might Be the Fairest


Designed by several different artists, the idea behind the distinguished Narcisse collection was to "free the mirror from its traditional frame" and renew its identity, rid of traditional codes... read more »

Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



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They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

The Future of Despotism: Blogging the Iranian Presidency


Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad

While some in the U.S. may feel that a lack of governmental transparency here has led to significant shortfalls in recent policy decisions, those in Iran are getting the chance to chime in on policy while simultaneously learning a little bit about the mind of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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BioKite Soars Where No Kite has Soared Before - Indoors!



The BioKite was designed using the same proven aerodynamic principles that allow huge jumbo jets to fly. The beautiful, birdlike kite can soar virtually effortlessly in indoor environments like school gymnasiums, making it ideal for the disabled.
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