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Japan's New Toilets Wash, Dry... and Fly!



Those amazing Japanese "washlets" pretty much do it all, from raising their lids in greeting as you enter the bathroom to washing and drying you off when you're done. Seems like Japanese toilets can do everything but fly... well guess again!
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"Every Burgers" Cut Fast Food Down to Bite Size



If every burger was an inch or so wide, we would eliminate obesity... or not, because we'd just eat dozens of "Every Burgers" instead!
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Japan's N700 Bullet Train: Same Speed, Less Energy


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Japan's new N700 model Bullet Train is a kinder, gentler choo-choo... kinder on the environment and gentler on its passengers.
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BIG Trouble: Sumo Outsources for Survival


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There are few things that are as essentially Japanese as sumo wrestling, which is why the need to pad thinning ranks with foreign sumo wrestlers is a bone in the throats of Japan's cultural traditionalists. read more »

Japanese Go "Ghetto" with Cool Cell Phone Holsters




The provocatively named "Ghetto Japanese Cellphone Holster" combines gleaming polished chromed steel and black patent leather to hug your cell in a grip the Marquis de Sade would envy.
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Top Ten Ways Japanese Live Small



Leave it to the Japanese, the same folks who invented** the transistor radio, to come up with a multitude of ways to miniaturize their lives and save valuable space. "Livin' Large"? Not here, buster!
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Tokyo Bottled Tap Water Sold to Suspecting Consumers!


Tokyo Bottled Tap WaterTokyo Bottled Tap Water If you or I bottled tap water and started selling it on the street for a buck a pop, that would be a crime. When the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks does it, it's called a public awareness campaign.
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Cell Phone Recycling Drop-Boxes a Golden Opportunity


There's gold in them thar cells! Japanese telecom giant NTT recovered 320 pounds of pure gold from junked cell phones in 2005 and hopes that making recycling easier will increase the glittering haul. read more »

Sexy "Pink Real Estate Funds" are Viagra(TM) for Japan's Love Hotels



Japanese love hotels enjoy 200% occupancy rates, but crushing mortgages suck up renovation cash needed to attract carnal clientele. Enter "pink real estate funds", white knights who know that when it comes to sex, there's never "no vacancy".
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Three In One: Stove, Refrigerator, and Generator


This quaint-looking device could bring some "essential" ammenities to millions in the world's poorest countries with its cutting-edge technology. read more »

Electronic Wedge Brake Brings Drive-by-Wire to New Level


Will the eBrake replace the hydraulic brake? Siemens VDO Automotive thinks it has the design of the brakes of the future. read more »

The Top Ten Weird and Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks

Japan has a drinking problem... but if you've got a thirst for adventure, it's where you want to be. In honor (or in horror) of these bizarre beverages seemingly not fit to rinse your septic tank, raise a cracked glass to the Top Ten Bizarre Japanese Soft Drinks, our first ten inductees into the Soft Drink Hell of Fame... Jeers!

Cell Phone Lighter Fuels Pyromaniac Chat Addicts



The Cell Phone Lighter from Nodaya Denki in Black, Red, Silver, Blue and Green answers the call for a cheap, reliable lighter that looks remarkably like a neat little cell phone.
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Female Robot Makes Science Friction A Reality



The FT "Female Type" Robot just may be the curvaceous shape of things to come - and she doesn't come with a voice processor, either. Be afraid, ladies, be VERY afraid...
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Marubeni Infotec "Branches" Out With Wooden Keyboards & Peripherals



Marubeni Infotec "branches" out, introducing keyboards & peripherals displaying a variety of attractive wood finishes at Computex Taipei 2007.
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7 Gadget Gifts to Get Dad to Like You Again


Father's Day 2007 is fast approaching, but fear not - we're certain that a quick browse of our 7 Gadget Gifts to Get Dad to Like You Again will inspire you to gift-giving glory - while erasing memories of last year's lame-o gift!!
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Israeli Team Develops Robot Helps to Save Lives


Miniature robots can now help with surgery.

Our guest blogger, Tamara Warta, lives with her husband in Sacramento where she works as a writer and a director of a Christian dance company. Her work can be seen in several publications and websites such as skincare-news.com, limestart.com, and lovetoknow.com. She wanted to share international invention stories with the readers of InventorSpot.com

Here's her article: read more »

Up To You: A New Shopping Experience


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By shopping internationally Up To You customers can expect to be introduced to amazing pieces, while taking an active role in influencing trends and refining a distinct lifestyle.
Is this a shop or something much more?
Read on to know more...
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Davids & Goliaths : Insider's View of the Geneva Invention Show 2007


The International Exhibition of Inventions for 2007, held in Geneva from April 18 -22nd. It featured over 1000 inventions from around the world and almost 70,000 visitors from 5 continents. Unfortunately, the InventorSpot.com team could not be there to cover the event. Fortunately, we did make arrangements for our Guest Blogger Peter to write about the event for us.

Why the delay in writing about an event that happened in April? Well, it ended up that our Guest Blogger, Peter was a Gold Medal Winner at the Geneva Invention Show.

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Spain Invents New Ears For the Eyes


Want to learn about a new hearing solution?

Our guest blogger, Tamara Warta, lives with her husband in Sacramento where she works as a writer and a director of a Christian dance company. Her work can be seen in several publications and websites such as skincare-news.com, limestart.com, and lovetoknow.com. She wanted to share international invention stories with the readers of InventorSpot.com

Here's her article: read more »