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A Pocket Full of Posies: 10 Cool Vases to Get You Ready for Valentine's Day


 

That time of the year has arrived yet again - time to bust out the chocolates and sentiments of undying emotion, along with the bouquets. I do love me some flowers (you can save the maudlin displays, however). They seem particularly special in winter, when they are so incongruent with the snow and bitter weather outside. These vases will help make your posies all the more special, and may inspire you to keep a fresh supply of flowers coming well past Valentine's Day. read more »

Nuvifone Puts Garmin into the Cell Phone Market


Garmin is one of the top 3 portable GPS manufacturers in the world (TomTom and Magellan are the other two), and they now want to take-on the cell phone market with their new Garmin Nuvifone. Garmin hopes the Nuvifone will help catapult them into the hugely popular smart phone market in 2008. read more »

Stay Toasty With Marco Dessi's Twisted Radiator


As most of us can attest, it's still winter and in most parts of the northern hemisphere it's appropriately chilly outside, despite the threat of global warming. If you are hoping to stay toasty this season without compromising your artistic sensibilities, then this wall radiator by Austrian designer Marco Dessi might be right up your alley. read more »

5 Most Significant Production Debuts from NAIAS


550 Horsepower Caddy........Oh yes.550 Horsepower Caddy........Oh yes.

Every Auto Show across the world has some kind of significance when it comes to new cars, whether it's a newly designed exotic or a new Hybrid. At NAIAS, there were numerous displays, but 5 were chosen as the most significant, and each for a different reason.

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Bad Break-up? Japanese Company Gives You Time Off to Shop!



Valentine's Day can be 24 hours of misery for those going through a break-up with their loved one. How nice, then, that one Japanese company offers heartbroken employees paid time off to nurse their wounds while browsing the shops!
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Top Production Cars from Detroit for 2008


Once again, an auto show comes to a close and it's time to look back and choose the best and worst. Here are the top picks for production cars from the North American International Auto Show. read more »

Lighting to Inspire Poetry: Celine Wright


Parisian designer Celine Wright bridges nature and function in her stunning and sensual lighting creations. read more »

BeHive: New Ideas in Group Seating


Like finding refuge in a desert oasis, the BeHive's mission is to reproduce the luxurious feeling of lounging at a tea house somewhere in a faraway land, where everyone is focused on the sharing of good conversation and the main priority is relaxing. read more »

'Nose Celebrity' Tissues for High Status Sneezers



When is a tissue too good to be used as a tissue? When it's 'Nose Celebrity', a premium tissue paper from Japan that's nothing to sneeze at and something to honk about!
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Sony Ericsson W890i Cell Phone Walkman is Coming Soon


Sony is set to release the Ericsson W890i cell phone which happens to double as a Sony Walkman music player. This phone also features a FM radio, which can both be listened to over the built-in speaker or with the matching pair of included earphones. Sony hopes that the smooth curves and good functionality of the W890i will make it a hit for 2008. read more »

Mazda's New Rotary Rocket


Mazda is known for it's very clever use of the rotary engine, especially the RX series. Recently, they decided to add another vehicle to the Rotary family, and it's a love-hate relationship. read more »

Japan's 'Crow' Model Airplane, Flying Since 1891



Airplanes have a long history in Japan, even predating the 1903 first manned flight by the Wright brothers. Over a decade earlier, Japanese aeronautical pioneer Chuhachi Ninomiya first launched his "Crow" unmanned airplane - models of the plane are still available for sale today!
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Zink Inkless Paper - Print Photos Without Using Any Ink!


Full-color pocket-sized printers are now becoming a reality. The reason for this new innovation is that these printers don't use ink or laser technology like most other printers. Instead of ink, these printers use thermal heat to create millions of different colors on a special kind of paper called Zink paper (Zink stands for "zero ink") - these printers are surprisingly inexpensive as well. See the video... read more »

Say You Want a Revolution? The Panorama Sofa Takes You There


Giant "Sit 'N' Spin" for adults? Think again! Rotate at a mature, leisurely pace with the Panorama Sofa by Walking Chair Designs. read more »

Strawberry Flavored Cheetos Seduce Sweet-Loving Snackers



Frito-Lay, makers of Cheetos, Doritos and a variety of other crispy snack foods worldwide, often tailors new products to local tastes. Have they gone too far with their new strawberry flavored Cheetos, just introduced in Japan?
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New Concept Cell Phone is a “Woody”



A new concept cell phone sports sort-of a throw-back design, and it reminds me of the massive "woody" station wagon that we had when I was a kid because of the old-school wood panel trim. This cell phone was created by designer Seungchan Lee, and it does a good job of blending the old with the new. read more »

UK Designer "Reestores" Everyday Waste Into Furniture


UK designer Max McMurdo of Reestore takes everyday objects headed for the landfill and turns them into functional pieces of cool, contemporary furniture and accessories. read more »

New Helmet May Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease By Using Infrared Rays


Researchers now believe that they have found a promising new treatment for Alzheimer's disease, and it comes in the form of a helmet that shoots infrared rays into your head. It sound a little crude, but these researchers say that this treatment has worked on mice to help restore memory and stimulate brain cell growth, and they will now begin testing on humans. read more »

For the Birds: Raumhochrosen Scales Down Historic Architecture


I'm not too sure how the squirrels will feel about this, but certain feathered varieties of local wildlife could now be styling in some well-made birdhouses, modeled after historical architectural homes. read more »

Making the Electric Car Work: Can Israel Succeed?


Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)

When a country can't buy oil from most of the Middle East, there are a few smart things to do: reduce consumption, buy from somewhere else, or, introduce the most revolutionary electric car infrastructure ever. For Israel, it's doing all three. read more »