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New “Smellhphone” Technology May Help Track Chemical Disasters And Avoid Smelly People

Researchers at the University of California, led by Professor Michael Sailor, have been looking for ways to give the ubiquitous cellphone a greater level of usefulness and make it less of a pricey way to seem cooler than you actually are. Enter the Smellphone.

Refine Your Voice With The Beauty Voice Trainer

Here is another wacky beauty product out of Japan.  Unlike most beauty products though, this one does not sculpt your body or firm your face.  The Beauty Voice Trainer is for those who are unhappy with the sound of their own voices and would like to retrain their tongues and breathing technique to create a new, melodic tone.

LiDAR Coming To An Archaeological Dig Near You – Indiana Jones Extremely Displeased

Archaeology has always been a science for the patient, for those who could stand mind-numbingly long hours of categorization and days of ever-so-careful digging to reveal just another square foot of a lost city or temple. Screw that noise, said a number of Florida scientists, who have now successfully applied Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to mapping hidden jewels of the archaeological world.

The Voice Activated Crib Light Soothes Baby With Womb Sounds

There are plenty of sound and movement type crib attachments to help lull babies off to sleep, but they usually require a button to be pushed to activate the sounds and motion.  The Voice Activated Crib Light by Munchkin solves this dilemma.

This Personal Health Coach Even Goes To Bed With You: The Fitbit Tracker

If you want real personal company with you, even at night, the Fitbit Tracker will be there!  It hangs out with you during the day to monitor your activities and watches over you at night to track your sleep.  And the volume of health information it can provide you is greater than any live personal trainer could give you... even if he or she did stay overnight.

 

The Fridge Locker Halts Prying Fingers

It is a frustrating situation when you have been thinking about your favorite food all day and are sure that the moment you get home you will be able to indulge your craving, only to find that your treasured food is gone.  The Fridge Locker is made to keep those uninvited snackers out.

Facebook & McDonald's App Tests Foursquare-like Location-based Social Networking

Location-based service networks have been nervously anticipating Facebook moving into their space in 2010, but when nothing was announced regarding geolocation technology at the company's F8 Developers Conference last month, many thought it was a back-burner issue. Not the case. With over 400 million users compared to Foursquare's one million, this David and Goliath scenario could prove to be the LBS death knell.

One-step Non-reflective Nanocoatings? It's All About The Mothematics

In an effort to find a non-reflective nanocoating that could be applied during the production process of things like car instrument panels, glasses, and giant one-way police mirrors that are inevitably installed in a wrong and hilarious way, scientists have turned to the humble and not-so-bright moth.

An FM Radio and Tiny Portable Speaker All in One? You're Nuts.

If there's one thing that's been missing the world of FM radios, iPods, and other audio media devices, its wood. Well, acutely-eared treephiles, your time has come with the release of the Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker. Tripling as an FM Radio, Aux speaker and standalone speaker, this is one nut that everyone will want to crack.

TinyChat (Chatroulette With Clothes) Adds Twitter Chatrooms

When 140 characters are just not enough to get your point across, you can now actually square off with your Twitter followers face-to-face, with the launch of a new service by TinyChat. Twitter Chatrooms allows for instant video chat conferencing where any Twitter member can immediately engage after registration.

Workstations For The Web 3.0 Crowd Are Not Your Father's Cubicle!

Even though we are still immersed in the Web 2.0 milieu of social media, we are heading full-throttle ahead to the semantic world of Web 3.0 - where we will need workstations to better reflect our Brave New World.  Similar in design to spaceship modules, the workstations of the future have arrived, and suffice it say, they're not your father's cubicle.

You Can Run But You Can't Hide - Face.com & Face-Recognition Will Find You

Face.com has developed technology that will let you find photos of yourself, friends and followers that are not tagged or identified with a name. While questionable on the privacy front, Face.com has scanned over 7 billion photos and indexed more than 52 million faces with its Photo Finder & Tagger apps.

Patent Applications Backed Up: So Are New Jobs

Switzerland slid past the U.S. to first place in the 2009 - 2010 Global Competitiveness Report, a biannual report published by the World Economic Forum.  There are many elements that contribute to a country's competitiveness, but the Forum puts a lot of emphasis, as it should, on innovation capacity.  If innovation capacity were the only factor, the U.S. probably would not make it to the top 20.

 


DIY DNA Sequencing At $5,000 Will Determine Cancer & Heart Conditions

Anybody that remembers the sci-fi film classic, "Gattaca" knows how a genetic registry database could be used by biometrics to determine peoples' susceptibility to certain diseases later in life. While that fictional tale seemed so futuristic when introduced back in 1997, it's reality is now. And not only is it within our reach, it also comes with a relatively reasonable price tag.

Stop the Crumbs With The Cookie Safe

When your child starts to act up you present them with a little nibble to tide them over and distract them for a while.  It is a great ploy and almost always works unless the snack has become crushed inside the diaper bag.  The Cookie Safe was created to keep snacks intact until you are ready to buy yourself a little extra time.