The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of toys. They are selected on the basis of excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

Shark Submarine Allows Divers A Close-Up View Of The Ocean's Greatest Predator

Sharks are scary.  So imagine having the cajones to not only swim near great whites, but with great whites.  Fabien Cousteau has created the ultimate shark research tool: a shark submarine.

The Coolest Way To Read In The Dark: LED Reading Glasses

The newest thing in reading at night makes more sense than a lamp, an LED book light, and certainly a flash light.  It not only creates maximum efficiency by focusing on what you're viewing, but it can be used for more than just reading!

Swim Guard Lifesaver Vest: Big Protection, Small Package

The Swim Guard Lifesaver vest offers all the protection of a traditional life vest, but keeps it wrapped up in a sleek, form-fitting package.

Scarpar--Motorized Skateboard That Rides Anything

The Scarpar motorized skateboard rides everything from snow to pavement to dirt.

Flat Flexible Loudspeakers To Be Heard But Not Seen

Flat, Flexible Loudspeakers are the thinnest, most adaptable speakers that we've ever seen. At just a quarter of a millimeter thick and completely bendable, the speakers offer much potential for a variety audio applications.

Leave No Blade Behind: The Husqvarna Robotic Automower

So here comes the Husqvarna Robotic Automower to dazzle you with its maneuvers, leaving no blades behind and no lines in your lawn, just a sweet wave of golf course grass.

Exercise Your Hands To Avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries, Postpone Arthritis

Chances are you have, or will get, osteoarthritis in your hands, fingers, wrists, or elbows. Arthritis is really limiting, because it doesn't just come and go; it's deteriorating. That's why the Hand Fitness Trainer makes so much sense. It strengthens your muscles and joints, resisting repetitive stress injuries and slowing the progression of osteoarthritis.

Steampunk Segway Looks Much Cooler Than The Original

The "Legway" offers the rider the opportunity to turn heads all over the park with a funky, foot-powered steampunk-inspired Segway.

The Coolest Microscope Ever! The USB Microscope

This is "Antony." Does he make you squirm? If not, you can see him even closer... up to 200 times his size, with the USB Microscope that gives you really close encounters. Watch him on your computer screen, take still photos, or video Antony. You can publish your own little "natural wonders" series!

Reality TV Show For Arab Inventors Hits Prime Time On Arab TV: "Stars Of Science"

Filming is almost complete for the new 5-week reality TV show, Stars Of Science, in which 16 inventors from the Arab world will strutt their stuff, competing for best invention and a $300,000 cash prize. Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the format is not too similar to the American Inventor series, and Simon Cowell does not appear to be involved in this production.

Singapore Discovers How To Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Methanol!

The third smallest sovereign nation in the world has just made an enormous contribution to relieving the world's debt to the environment. Singapore researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have discovered how to turn carbon dioxide into methanol....  Double take: They have found a way to make greenhouse gas green.  Triple take:  They took the biggest contributor to the world's carbon footprint and converted it into a source of clean energy for the world.  Astounding.

Lopsided Goatee Got You Down? Get The GoateeSaver™ Template

It slides to the left, it slides to the right, moves up and down, don't smile or frown... you have a GoateeSaver template in your mouth. It's here to save your identity, so don't screw with it.

If Asimo Can Do It, You Can Too! Assistive Walking Devices From Honda

Though Asimo seems like he'd make such a good butler, he (she? It?) is not ready to come home with us yet.  But some of what Honda learned in the robot's 22+ years is helping our future mobility, so we can answer the door ourselves and get our own lemonade. You might say the Stride Management Assist and the Bodyweight Support Assist are Asimo's offspring!

Intel's 2009 Inspire-Empower Challenge Awards Salute Four World Changing Projects

When you read about what four Intel Challenge winners are doing, don't be surprised if you feel like giving up your day job and joining them in their valiant causes. These are truly inspiring and empowering innovations.