International

12 Revolutionary Innovations Win 2009 Wall Street Journal Technology Awards

The technology winners of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) awards do not disappoint.  They impact the world on a global scale or at least very significant parts of it.   Their arrival instigates change; they are watersheds, game changers...  The WSJ winners are all that through their efficiency, their flexibility, and their economy of energy, of expenditures, of time, of personnel, and of materials.  The inventor in all of us should find these 12 winners very inspiring.

Plum Crazy About Social Networking!

How does a social network that has been around since 2006, with limited social media cred make an impact in today's Web 2.0 world? Well, perhaps if a well known mobile phone company with the resources of Nokia was will willing to invest in it!

Volkswagen Teams Up with Lichtblick to Provide Clean and Affordable Energy

Lichtblick, a German based Energy Company specializing in environmentally friendly systems, has been working on a new in-house energy system that could very well replace large nuclear or coal burning power plants. Even more interesting, is that Volkswagen is now on-board with the business plan and providing funding to get the project moving.

Branded Medical Business: Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Hospital

Hello Kitty has been a major phenomenon to spread across Asia; although we have the brand here in North America, the trend hasn't quite blown up to the same level. In Taiwan, Hello Kitty is the basis for a themed business that you just wouldn't expect.


Cough Please: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 7

The success of Japan Tobacco's Smoking Manners for Adults campaign is debatable, though the Tokyo Subway authority's series of monthly Subway Manners posters proves imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. For JT, however, everything must come to an end - much like lit cigarettes - so let's enjoy ads 61 through 73!

Top Ten Augmented Reality Devices

Worlds Collide with the introduction of Augmented Reality. Now the latest craze for smartphones, PCs, camera, GPS systems and even eye-wear, AR merges our virtual and real worlds. Its initiated by technology that takes your existing environment and provides an overlay of extra data and information about the things you are viewing. Now us mere mortals can have some of the superpowers we thought were exclusive to the Bionic Man and the Terminator!

Mecha Impression with the Gundam 30th Anniversary 1:60 Replica Model

Can't afford the 60-ft tall Gundam RX-78 Mobile Suit that looms menacingly over Tokyo's Odaiba Island? That's OK, it's not for sale... but a 12-inch tall, 30th anniversary replica model is!

Japan Fights Swine Flu With Gosshi, the Hand-Washing Dog

Swine flu has struck Japan and the country is fighting back with its most reliable resources: face masks and cute characters. The latest mascot to make the scene is Gosshi, the hand-washing dog.

Twihotels Helps Guests Book & Hoteliers Sell Hotel Rooms

Twihotels, the unique Twitter app that offers post-your-hotel-queries in a tweet format has expanded their hotel solutions for both hoteliers and hotel guests. Known as the first social networking hotel-finder, Twihotels is already enhancing their feature offerings after their recent debut launch in August.

More Chinese Farmer Innovations: Baby Buddha Pears!

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you're likely familiar with the unusual phenomenon of inventive Chinese farmers. For some reason, these rural inventors are grabbing more headlines than most Chinese tech companies. Well, here's another distinguished farmer to follow in that tradition.

This particular pear producer isn't going to let any economic downturn get the best of his crop sales. His baby buddha pears are selling like hotcakes, and he's doing so well that he now hopes to take them overseas. Check the photos:

'The Good Web' Uses Social Media To Advance Causes

Something is afoot when people begin to distinguish something that is familiar as 'good.' Not inferring that everything that went before it was 'bad,' "The Good Web" looks at the Internet and Social Media with new eyes and places value on using the tools of the Digital Age to create a groundswell of activity to assist with worthwhile causes.

Lexus Reveals Lf-Ch Hybrid Concept: Could be Hinting at Future Styling

Not too long ago, Lexus let it slip that they were working on a hybrid coupe, at the time called the LF-CT, which would likely be competing in the same ring as the recently released BMW 1-Series. Now, they have offered up some sketches of the soon-to-be-revealed concept and given us its true name.

Airline Seating Follows Airline Food... Bye Bye!

Interior designers in the airline industry are clearly charged to create seating designs that work... for the airlines.  Pack 'em in must be the industry's motto now, as designers create drawings of face to face seating (a là city bus), stand-up seating (a là torture chamber), and stacked seating (a là someone sits in the luggage rack).

Mein Kampf Manga Blitzes Bookstores With Comic Nazi-ness

Fancy a little Adolph with your anime? Japan has something for that: a manga comic version of Hitler's guide to world domination. Anybody seen Mein Manga?

Full Hybrid Auris Concept Ready for Market...Could be Priced Lower then Prius

Since introducing the Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) system on the Prius, Toyota has been promising to expand the technology to other platforms. The first vehicle in the sights for the next generation HSD powerplant is the upcoming Auris.