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The Flat Life Project Lights Up in 3D


The Flat Life project by Finn Magee might make you look twice, as most of us aren't used to cords running out of our still-life art. What appears to be an image of a standard desk lamp and digital alarm clock is actually a light source and means of time-keeping, merging the third dimension with 2D design. read more »

The 30 Best Gadgets and Gizmos for 2008 - The 2008 CES Innovation Award Winners – Part 2


The 2008 CES Innovation Award winners have been announced, and the top 30 winners in each category will give you a glimpse at some of the most innovative products for 2008 and beyond.

This is the second post from my CES coverage, and it features 15 more of the 30 CES Innovation Award winners. read more »

The 30 Best Gadgets and Gizmos for 2008 - The 2008 CES Innovation Award Winners – Part 2

The 2008 CES Innovation Award winners have been announced, and the top 30 winners in each category will give you a glimpse at some of the most innovative products for 2008 and beyond.

This is the second post from my CES coverage, and it features 15 more of the 30 CES Innovation Award winners.

Helping the Homeless : 10 Brilliant Ads from Around the World


What better way to create community awareness of serious problems going on not only in your backyard but around the world than with advertising.

Here's 10 great ads from around the world highlighting the problem of homelessness: read more »

Fighting Prostate Cancer with Fungus


The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)

Researchers at the University of Haifa, in Israel, have found a way to slow the progression of prostate cancer by using molecules derived from the Ganoderma lucidum fungus. read more »

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall: Narcisse Mirrors Might Be the Fairest


Designed by several different artists, the idea behind the distinguished Narcisse collection was to "free the mirror from its traditional frame" and renew its identity, rid of traditional codes... read more »

Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



The GombocThe Gomboc

They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

“Smart” Garage Door Opener Uses a Fingerprint Reader to Open Door


A leading developer of finger activated consumer products called bioMETRX has created a garage door opener that works by swiping your finger through the fingerprint reader. The company hopes to target people who are tired of having to remember codes, or fumble around with keys, in order to get into their garages. read more »

A 500 Horsepower Salute to Our Military


Patriot Edition MustangPatriot Edition Mustang

In the past, Saleen Automotive has been responsible for some of the most impressive machines on the road. They thrive off high-powered quick revving motors and the overwhelming sense of freedom you get when sitting behind one. Just recently, they decided to pay a tribute to the men and women who are fighting for those freedoms. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Robotic Massage Hand


Cyborg Hand MassageCyborg Hand Massage

Have you ever longed for a gentle reassuring touch throughout the day? Would you welcome an occasional touch, rub, or connection to another without all the messy human entanglements that often accompany such a sweet gesture? read more »

The Future of Despotism: Blogging the Iranian Presidency


Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad

While some in the U.S. may feel that a lack of governmental transparency here has led to significant shortfalls in recent policy decisions, those in Iran are getting the chance to chime in on policy while simultaneously learning a little bit about the mind of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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AT&T Wireless Samsung i617 BlackJack II Smart Phone Review


It didn't take long for Samsung to release their follow-up to the original BlackJack which was released in late 2006. The new BlackJack II offers a host of new features such video sharing, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, 2 MP camera, built-in GPS, and many more. The newly redesigned Samsung BlackJack from AT&T Wireless should be a hit in 2008. Find out more... read more »

The 30 Best Gadgets and Gizmos for 2008 - The 2008 CES Innovation Award Winners - Part I


The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is gearing up for another exciting few days in Las Vegas showcasing the most innovative new electronics in the World. The 2008 CES will take place January 7-10, and it will feature a ton of new consumer electronics as well as some key note speakers such as Bill Gates.

The 2008 CES Best of Innovations award winners have just been announced, and I've got the top product from each of the here and in Part II. read more »

Trendy Stun Guns for Women Now Come in Pink



"Taser", the popularly used term for any make of stun gun... it's the new buzzword (pardon the pun) on the news and online. Now stun guns are being marketed to women and the offerings run the gamut from shockingly sexist to insufferably cute.
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Great Invention Idea? Watch That Predicts Your Death


Personal Doomsday WatchPersonal Doomsday Watch

We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »

Protecting the Environment with 5 Brilliant Ads


According to their website, the NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. They use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. read more »

To share their message, they have been known to use some very creative and nontraditional advertising techniques. Here are 5 of their best:

New Hummer Takes Aim at Jeep Wrangler


Over the past few years, the Hummer line from General Motors has become reasonably popular. Accordingly, GM increased R&D for the line-up to keep the customers comming, which hasn't worked out all that bad. Yesterday, the new design trio working on the next Hummer released a few teaser pictures, which looks like a competitor to the Jeep Wrangler. read more »

Top 10 Holiday Gift Picks for Tea and Coffee Lovers


As an avid coffee and tea drinker, I am well acquainted with the joy of small things. Nothing quite satisfies like that first mug of morning joe, or cozying up with a hot cup of tea on a cold night. Given the enormous growth in the beverage industry, I know I am not alone in my fondness for these infusions. So, here are some of my top picks (in no particular order) for this year's wish list. Perhaps your favorite coffee or tea drinker would enjoy these in their daily imbibing as well. read more »

The Mikado Lamp Spreads Its Wings


Created by Miguel Herranz, the Mikado lamp is named after the Spanish game of pick-up sticks. Can you see their spiny resemblance? read more »

Report Cards Used for Advertising in Elementary Schools


Earlier this month, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood demanded that McDonald’s immediately stop advertising on children’s report cards. read more »