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Not For Geeks: LaCie's Designer Fashions For Mobile Hard Drives

For anyone who's not following the styling of computer accessories and stand-alones, LaCie doesn't just issue any old tech gadget. It's as much about 'the look' as it is about the function for LaCie's high tech storage units and accessories. With hot items from 5.5 Designers and industrial designer Sam Hecht, who can encase chips with the sleekest of personas, LaCie's new drive cases complement its hardware, providing all-business, but showing all-style.

Interactive Lighting: 'Disturb Me' by the Popcorn Makers

'Disturb Me' is an interactive light installation, meant to connect people to their environment through the medium of sound, producing colored orb projections that change hue, drop off physical surfaces and collect to form pools of color.

Business Most Hated By Society: Cold Call Bootcamp For Telemarketers

Okay, so telemarketers are people too, but you know as well as I do that there's nothing more annoying than the phone ringing at the most inconvenient time when there's a telemarketer trying to sell you something you neither need nor want. Good telemarketers are the ones that close the deal, and often times, the most effective and successful ones are also the most annoying. So where do telemarketers learn their persuasive skills? Enter Cold Call Bootcamp.


A Bagel Slicing Technology? Meet The Not-Just-For-Bagels Bagelpod™

If you've never had a sandwich on a real New York bagel you haven't lived.  Fortunately, you don't have to live in New York anymore to get an authentic bagel; there are great bagel shops all over the country.  But bagels, like rolls, buns, muffins, scones, and other roundy breads, need to be cut through the center and as I know all too well, they don't stand up nice and straight so you can slice them easily.

Less Pain Equals More Gain With Adult Stem Cell Facelift!

Work is underway at the Giampapa Institute for Anti-Aging Medical Therapy in Montclair, NJ to gain patent protection for a procedure that enables a knife-free facelift - injections with one's own adult stem cells. The patent application was filed last week by NeoStem, Inc. for the technology which integrates NeoStem's proprietary stem cell extraction process.

Pandora Box Unleashes Modern Furniture

For today's installment of the latest in innovative home design, here we find Pandora Box, a literal box full of -- no, not all the evils of the world-- but contemporary living room furniture. Ah, breathe a sigh of relief!

The Gadget Lover's Ultimate Dream Bed: Starry Night™

The recession hasn't deterred Leggett & Platt® from creating a bed that costs more than what most of us have left of our life savings. But heck, we can dream, especially if we're gadget lovers. Wait 'til you see what this Starry Night™ bed is hiding under its covers!

Kitchen of the Future: Rendez-Vous and Volare from Electrolux

Based out of Stockholm, Sweden, the Electrolux Global Design team is an international team comprised of about 150 designers with a philosophy of 'thoughtful design'.  Their latest two concepts, Rendez-vous and Volare, reflect the latest in modern lifestyle trends and consumer driven customization, and offer a sneak peek into some very futuristic kitchen design.

Leg Squeezing Socks Reduce Foot Fatigue On The Job

Jobs that force workers to stand for long periods of time can cause feet to swell, resulting in localized pain and general fatigue. Slim Walk socks address the issue by gradually constricting the foot and lower leg as you walk and while you work.

Laid-Off Workers Display Business Cards at CardsofChange.com

We've all been feeling the crunch of the world's economy slowing down into this current recession, but a few hopefuls out there are trying to make the best of it.  CardsofChange is a site that collects the modified business cards of ditched workers all over the world and puts them on display.  We'll all get a few laughs out of these images, but maybe some of these bright individuals will find themselves a new gig, too!

A Bookmark That Sheds Light On The Subject: The LightWedge

It's a simple gadget, which is why I like it.  An optical grade acrylic lens covers your page, and the LED lights that are tucked into its wedge spread light across the lens, lighting the page -- right where you want it and nowhere else.

Utterly Composed: The Composition Chair

In a remarkable display of patience and attention to detail, Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto of Kyouei Design handcrafted the Composition Chair, a seat composed entirely of bent aluminum.

Bill My Parents: Giving Children Financial Independence, With Parent Approval Controls

Prepaid credit cards for teenagers are not a new concept, but this type of payment method doesn't allow parents to control where, when or how their children are spending their money. Bill my Parents is a new company, which provides children with a card, but in order for a payment to be processed when kids are shopping online, parents will be notified and have to approve their children's purchases.


Pet Travel Made Easier With The Travel-Tainer For Pet Food

Taking a car trip with your pets this summer?  You already know that every inch of room in the car will be precious, so packing your pet's necessities will involve some good space economy.  I just found a wonderful container -- I mean "Travel-tainer" -- that combines pet food with pet bowls and packs them quite compactly in a 7 x 5.25 inch container with a handle for easy transport.

Do Good For Debt: Student Loans Traded For Charity Work

Most students who complete a post-secondary education find themselves overburdened by the abundance of student loans they were forced to take out to finance their educations. As a result, they find themselves struggling to pay their bills as they try to start building their careers, which leaves little time or money to do anything else; finding the time to contribute to charity just is not a reasonable possibility. To make both things possible, Do Good for Debt was created to allow those with looming student loans to trade their debts for charity work.