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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.

The LIFEcar : A Zero-Emissions Sports Car

A few years ago, a partership between a handful of British Companies began developing a zero-emssions sports car that was still fin to drive. The 100mph concept is finally complete and will be present at the Geneva Motor Show.

Need This? Electronic Laughter Meter

Not content with building our cars and opening our doors, now machines will tell us how funny we think things are.

Stainless Steel Gets a Facelift With Full Blown Metal Designs

British designer Stephen Newby's Full Blown Metal line redefines one's ideas about what might be expected from stainless steel, with pieces infused with such an airy quality that one could imagine they might just lift off like mylar balloons.

Braille Labels Make Beer Drinking for the Blind No Accident



Thoughtful Braille identification labels impressed into the tops of Japanese beer cans help both the blind and the visually impaired distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic canned beverages.
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Plano Furniture is Off the Wall


Dutch designer Egbert-Jan Trijnis Lam started his company BuroJET in 2002. Trained in Eindhoven, this artist has been hard at work since the early 90s, focusing on all things related to design. One noteworthy creation is his Plano furniture, where 2D and 3D meet for a conversation. read more »

Robot Will Save (Some) Animals From Toxicity Testing



The big yellow robot in the picture above has the potential to save at least some innocent animals from being poisoned, and that's a start. The big yeller' is a high-throughput robot capable of testing thousands of cell-based chemical tests at a time, enabling toxicity results in a matter of hours, as opposed to years of animal testing. read more »

Self-Inflating Tires Will Keep You Rolling


It's a well known fact that keeping your tires properly inflated has numerous benefits. But sometimes it's just inconvenient to stop and check and re-pressurize. A new tire design from Coda Development can fix that and you don't even have to stop. read more »