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The X.pose 3-D Transparent Dress: Wearable Tech’s Strip Poker

Working on a similar albeit not such high tech premise as fairy-tale Pinocchio, whose nose grew when he told a lie, the X.pose dress becomes transparent when the wearer's  personal data is shared online. Read on for more on this most bizarre wearable tech innovation.

Huge Inflatable Orange Toad Appears In Chinese Park Pond

Orange toad's big, yeah yeah yeah! It's not small, no no no! An enormous orange inflatable toad appeared suddenly in a Beijing park's pond shortly after a giant yellow inflatable duck was swept away in a flood. Coincidence, or merely survival of the fattest?

Designer Langdi Lin: Fashion Meets Textile Transformation

Textiles have been woven into the social fabric of every civilization since the beginning of time. Fabrics that move with the body, however, are a modern and highly dynamic aspect of wearable technology.  Read on for more information on this amazing subject.

Rolls-Royce Fan From Kazakhstan Turns A Mercedes-Benz Into One Rockin' Roller

They see him rollin', they hatin... but having the sharpest (and possibly the only) Rolls-Royce in central Kazakhstan is going to rouse a certain amount of jealousy among the unwashed public. You've got to tip your hat to Ruslan Mukanov, however, for achieving his dream of owning a Rolls-Royce Phantom by building one out of a Mercedes-Benz sedan. Very nice!

Crocs Hamburger Clogs: Fast Food Footwear That's Good For The Sole

Running out for fast food? Crocs Japan has got the perfect footwear for it! The burger & buns design sported by limited-edition Crocband Hamburger Clogs adds an unexpected aura of good taste to these much-dissed plastic sandals. But wait, there's more: the mouthwatering mocs can be customized with a set of special Jibbitz ideal for fast foodie foot fans opting to make it a combo.

Zoo Jeans Feature Distressed Rips & Tears Made By Lions, Tigers & Bears (Oh My!)

A Japanese zoo has come up with an innovative new way to raise funds for the zoo and the World Wildlife Fund. Known as the Zoo Jeans project, the charitable initiative invites lions, tigers and bears at the Kamine Zoo to fashionably claw and bite denim blue jeans which will subsequently be auctioned online.

'Tweetstorm' Is Trademarked, So 'Timeline Colonialism' Is On The Rise?

It was inevitable that once the meme 'tweetstorm' was trademarked, 'timeline colonialism' would become Twitter's latest craze. Odd that something as common as sending multiple tweets in succession to make a point needed an identity before it could actually become part of the Twittersphere's zeitgeist.

New 2015 Lada Vesta To Take On Russian Roads, WTCC Tracks

One of Russia's most highly anticipated new vehicles isn't a tank or a tractor, it's the 2015 Lada Vesta! The stylish sedan will make its debut this August at the Moscow International Motorshow decked in the form of its sportiest variant, a concept intended to compete for the World Touring Car Championship.

Frito-Lay Japan Butters Up Seafood-Lovin' Snackers With Grilled Scallop Cheetos

Frito-Lay Japan's newest Cheetos flavor channels the sublime taste of freshly grilled Hokkaido scallops swimming in creamery butter and full-bodied, fragrant soy sauce.

Drying One's Toenail Polish While Driving Is Fine In China

Make that “A Fine”... as an innovative Chinese woman caught red-handed, er, footed while air-drying her freshly-applied toenail polish while attempting to drive must now pay the price. In her defense, maybe she had to be at the gym in 26 minutes.

The Eyes Are In Focus At The Alzheimer's Association International Conference

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease and strategies to help Alzheimer's patients lead more fulfilling lives are two areas of emphasis at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen, going on now until July 17, 2014.  Three papers, so far, have addressed the eyes and Alzheimer's disease (AD); two that  focused on early detection of AD through an eye exam and one that reported on the importance of cataract surgery to help AD patients remain active and alert.  Following is a summary of these new developments....

Ha Uchiwa Leaf Fan From Japan Beats The Heat In Three Cool Shades

The Ha Uchiwa Leaf Fan from Japanese design house Koncent uses no power – well, maybe Flower Power – to keep you cool this summer. It's the nearest natural air conditioning solution to waving around a big ol' tropical plant leaf and it lasts MUCH longer.

Artefact’s Pilates Shirt: A Cool Move Called Move

The idea of wearable computers that challenge current conventions is the driving force behind Artefact's Pilates Shirt. Read on for more about this fascinating wearable tech innovation that monitors muscle movement and body position.

Brain-Wave Technology: The Happiness Blanket Adventure

Whlle there already is a well-circulated expression about happiness and a warm puppy, there may soon be one about contentment being a blanket, thanks to London-based MyndPlay, brain-wave technology and the efforts of British Airways. Read on for more information.

A Stinky, Explosive Gas Shows Hope For Remediation Of Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Dementia And Other Major Diseases

You are lucky if you've never smelled hydrogen sulfide, a gas most strongly wafting from swamps and sewers. But you probably have smelled it, as hydrogen sulfide is present in flatulence and in rotten eggs. It results from the breakdown of organic matter without the benefit of oxygen. In anything but very tiny amounts, hydrogen sulfide is very toxic, flammable, and corrosive. But researchers at Great Britain's University of Exeter have found some promising applications for this gas when used in small doses and targeted to certain cells in our bodies.

Odor Eating Bacteria Could Snuff Out Unpleasant Bathroom Smells

A bacterial “bio-weapon” developed by researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences could soon make smelly bathrooms a thing of the past. Cheap, natural and non-toxic, the unique strain of waste-eating Lactobacillus promises an “ultimate” cure to an “urgent” national issue.

Petollar: An Ingenious Device To Minimize Pet Allergens In The Home

A university student from Thailand, Mr. Thanut Chaovakul, has made it into the semi-finalist round of the Electrolux Design Lab 2014, with his ingenious concept to remove pet allergens from the air, thereby making more petless folks into pet owners.  Allergies to dog and cat fur are among the most common, but Chaovakul has designed an eletrostatic air cleaner that follows your pet around and picks up his fur and dander. Amazing!

The Grenade Bag: Wearable Tech’s New Explosion

Check out menswear designer Asher Levine's cool new Grenade Shoulder Bag with adjustable strap. There's more wearable tech here than meets the eye in the form of a Bluetooth device known as Track R. Read on for more information.

Black India Ink Bath Salts Leave You Clean As A Blank Sheet Of Paper

India ink bath salts from Japan's Kaimei & Co. may be made from calligrapher's ink but fear not, they won't leave your back as blackened as a Louisiana cooked catfish.

WearableTech: Fashion TEQ’s Zazzi Smart Jewelry Line

Are you a double agent in between assignments or just a busy career woman who needs some discrete way to receive phone messages and text notifications? If telecommunication is your lifeline, read on for more information on Fashion TEQ's new line of jewelry accessories.