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Two Inventions Get FTC Prize To STOP Robocalls!

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may not receive many robocalls, but it gets more than 200,000 complaints about the buggers every month. It finally decided last fall to issue a challenge to the public to see who could come up with a way to stop the marketing calls before they reach your ringer.  The Robocall Challenge winners, announced April 2, 2013, were not the most inventive invectives, but the most likely-to-be-effective technologies invented separately by software developer Aaron Foss and computer engineer Serdar Danis.

Outdoor Eco-Friendly Cooking: The BioLite Stove

Separating technology from good old fashioned experiences is perhaps one of the hardest and most futile tasks in modern day society. So as the saying goes: 'if you can't beat them, join them'. Dads everywhere intent on taking their kids into the wilderness away from the bright lights of modern technology will have to think again as the BioLite Camping Stove makes its way menacingly into the camping trips of families the world over. 

Meet Kickstarter's Most Successful Project

The Ouya may not have been the most funded project at $8.5 million, but it certainly was the most over-hyped. Now however, the small console that aims to compete with the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo has started shipping.

Steganography, The Art Of Data Hiding vs Data Mining

While conspiracy theories abound in all fields, the digital age has added a new playground for the nefarious to up their game. The next time you make a Skype call, you might want to be aware how third-parties could possibly hi-jack your transmission and encrypt a secret message with callers none the wiser.

Showcasing The Best Of The 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Although the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show has come and gone, the convention’s 2,000+ exibitors from 35 nations left us with a massive hoard of innovative goodies. While there’s no way that I’d be able to share everything that was presented in Chicago’s ultimate new product party, but here are a few especially cool things that caught my eye at this year’s event:

Chop And Store With Mocubo Bamboo Cutting Board's Handy Prep Drawers

The Mocubo One Stop Chop is a durable bamboo cutting board with one very handy modification. The board has three slide out food prep containers underneath.

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes - Part 1: Terminology

If you have an invention idea that you hope to bring to market, eventually it will need to be prototyped. A prototype is a model of the invention idea that allows the inventor to validate and “prove” their concept. Join Trident Design’s Founder, Chris Hawker, for part 1 of a multi-part series focused on turning big ideas into real products.

Video Cracks Code to Apple’s Innovation

How innovative is Apple, really? The "3 Ways Apple Actually Innovates" video takes a different approach to this question in little more than a minute.

Tortle Baby Beanies Help Prevent Flat Head Syndrome

A large percentage of babies end up with flat spots on their heads. Tortles are baby beanies that simplify the repositioning process, helping to prevent flat head syndrome.

Deep Sea Turns Virtual Reality Into Virtual Terror

Human beings have a primal, unshakable fear of the unknown. It's something that's been hard-coded into us by evolution: back when we were all living in the treetops, the dark places of the world held a whole host of predators ready to tear us limb from limb; the deep night was one of the most dangerous times of day. The most skilled, masterful horror artists use this fear to great effect: the human imagination is, after all, an incredibly powerful tool. In other words, the less you see of something, the more frightening it is.

That's the whole basis of the virtual reality game "Deep Sea."

Engineering Students Unite To Save The World, One Invention At A Time – Enter To Win The James Dyson Award 2013 Competition!

Since 2010, the James Dyson Award has prodded engineering and design students from around the world to create and share their unique innovations with the ultimate goal of solving problems, and they're gearing up to see what 2013 has to offer the planet...

Making The Most Out Of Quirky.com For Inventors

Quirky.com is a great site aimed at inventors and something you can take advantage of to market your ideas into products, but not everything makes it to the production floor. How can you maximize your chances for your idea to become a product?

Can Your Invention Make The Top 5 For The ClickStartMe Product and Invention Contest?

Are you ready for a no-holds-barred way to not only show that your innovative invention is the greatest thing since sliced awesome, earn funding for your idea’s creation as well as a nation-reaching marketing deal to sell it to the masses? Grab your blueprints and get ready to blow America’s socks off!

TeleSound Makes Sounds From Your Smartphone

The TeleSound is a Kickstarter project which aims at extending your smartphone with sounds. Pairing with your phone or tablet using Bluetooth, it will allow you to send sound requests to the integrated speaker, for the amusement of your cat or kids.

Think Higher - The Levitating BAT Mouse

Is your wrist sore from pushing a mouse around all day at your computer? Well, with the BAT Levitating Mouse, you can live in the future and prevent Carpal tunnel syndrome at the same time. But you'll have to lift more than a finger to do it.

Giant And Tiny 3D Printing

Two news stories today talk about 3D printers from different sides of the scale. First we have the Gigabot, a large 3D printer for larger prints, and then the Nanoscale, a tiny printer able to create very small 3D models.

How Grandma Got Her Groove Back - Fujitsu's GPS Cane

Next time your aging loved ones want to get some fresh air or run some errands on their own, let them! Fujitsu's GPS Cane prototype provides older generations with easy-to-follow directions, health monitoring, and an important link to Next Generation technology. Oh yeah, it helps them walk too!

Patent Company Goes After Podcasters

After going after podcast software makers, a patent troll may now be going after individual podcasters in an attempt to get licensing money. While many claim the patent system is broken, and President Obama recently called for a reform, it may not come fast enough for some in the podcasting community.

Draw Sculptures With This New 3D Pen

Say you have an idea, whether it is for a building, a piece of jewelry, or a tool. It looks good on paper, but how will it look when it is 3-dimensional? Sure, you could use a 3D printer -- if you can afford the expense and have the specific technical knowledge to use one. Most of us don't have the money or the knowledge. All of us do know how to use a pen though. Soon you will be able to use that ability to test your own 3D designs, or even make your own 3D creations. The 3Doodler is a 3D printing pen that allows you to draw in the air.

Spin Cycle Safety - The Revolights Revolution

Bike riding is healthy, fashionable, and eco-friendly, but there are inherent dangers, particularly when riding at night. The Revolights bike lighting system increases your style, safety, and visible presence on the street.