Invention

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.

Cool Beans Put The Chill On Watery Iced Coffee

If you like to prepare fancy, chilled coffee drinks for yourself and your guests then you should take a look at Cool Beans from Fred and Friends.  This distinctive ice cube tray features molds in the shape of giant coffee beans.  It is meant to be filled with brewed coffee and then frozen into coffee cubes.

Google TV App Developers Want To See Skin In The Game

Today, when launching a new technological product or advancement, to scale quickly and gain major traction, social networks, tech companies and search firms recruit the assistance of third party application developers. Similar approaches have been successfully undertaken by Facebook and Twitter. It appears Google TV will also be venturing into these waters as they shift the development of Google TV into high gear.

Micello & Point Inside, Mobile Location-Based Services Navigating Indoors

Foursquare and Gowalla have literally put location-based social networks on the maps and Twitter's acquisition of GeoAPI is diligently working on making the microblogging platform a communication center for followers that are within close proximity of each other. With the assistance of GPS devices and satellites, maneuvering outdoors is no longer a difficult task. However when trying to access a similar experience indoors, the necessary geo-location technology is just beginning to emerge.

Best New Products of 2010: The 17 Edison 2010 Gold Awards

There were more gold, silver, and bronze honors awarded at the Edison Best New Product Awards than ever before.  It must have been tough for the judges, who included Thomas A's own grand niece, Sarah Miller Caldicot, to decide on which new products would receive the Gold Awards, but they did - in 15 product categories. In addition, the committee awarded two Golds in a 16th category: The Green Awards