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Waterfall Bar Looks Wet, You Stay Dry


Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka blurs elemental lines with the Waterfall, bringing new meaning to the term "wet bar." read more »

Saudi Blogger Detained Indefinitely


Fouad al-Farhan (center)Fouad al-Farhan (center)

On December tenth, Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan was detained for questioning by the Saudi Interior Ministry. In a case that has invoked international condemnation, possible charges against Farhan have not been elaborated on, except for a brief statement by a Ministry spokesman, stating that, Farhan was detained "for violating rules not related to state security." read more »

Temporary/Portable Nuclear Fallout Shelter: Your Own Little Safety Oasis!


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If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.

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The Light Drop: LEDs on Tap


Turn on the faucet and let the light flow? Hmm... Seems a bit paradoxical, but the Light Drop by Brazilian designer Rafael Morgan does just that. read more »

Lemon Tree in Japan Bears Eleven Kinds of Fruit!



A 71-year-old farmer has found a unique solution to Japan's chronic shortage of space: grow 11 different kinds of fruit on a single tree!
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The Aliens Aren't Responding - And Russia's Pissed


 

There are plenty of mysteries out there for scientists to worry about. Finding the cure for cancer or discovering a way to reverse ozone damage would be a good start. However, over in Russia they are concerned about something else: Saying hello to an alien read more »

Japan Tobacco's Delightfully Disturbing 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 1



When a cigarette company decides to release a series of ads about smoking, the results are pretty much as you'd expect. When the cigarette company is Japanese, the ads take on a chilling yet child-like charm. Here are the first ten...
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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


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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


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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 »