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Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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Top 10 Concept Cars of 2007 that We Can't Wait to Buy

The results are in. Although most of the cars at the Tokyo Motor Show are only concepts, there were quite a few that many people would love to see on the road. Here are the top 10 concept cars that we can't wait to buy.

Top 10 Concept Cars of 2007 that We Can't Wait to Buy


The results are in. Although most of the cars at the Tokyo Motor Show are only concepts, there were quite a few that many people would love to see on the road. Here are the top 10 concept cars that we can't wait to buy. read more »

New Nokia Stereo Headsets for Music Phones


Nokia has just announced the release of 2 new stereo headsets that will make managing phone calls while listening to music a much more pleasurable experience. Scheduled for a January 2008 release, the Nokia WH-700 and the WH-600 stereo headsets will provide a good sounding, quality option for people with music phones. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Pee for Fun and Prizes with the Urinator!


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For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »

Delightful Dandelight LED Lamp is Battery-Powered


Dandlelight, created by Designdrift from the Netherlands, is a custom-made little LED light fashioned from real dandelion seeds. read more »

That’s a Wrap – 7 Funky Gift Wraps That Think Outside the Box


Gift wrap can be so pedestrian, especially this time of year. Red, green, gold and white are such tired choices in an endless sea of gift wrap options. So why not break out of the box and try something new? And don't fool yourself - presentation matters! So here are a few of my top picks for some of the coolest gift wrap around. If you don't impress them with the gift, you can at least dazzle and distract them with the packaging, right? read more »

Award-Winning Pencil Bench by Boex Blends Art, Office Supplies and Function


UK-based Boex 3D Creative Solutions designed this award-winning bench based off a single conversation about incorporating an everyday office item into a functional piece of furniture. All it took was a little bit of creative brainstorming, and voilà -- the Pencil Bench was born! read more »

Top Ten Strange Santas from Japan



Santa Claus is a recent feature of Christmas in Japan and sometimes a few details get lost in translation. Sometimes a LOT does, as our Top Ten Strange Santas from Japan so graphically illustrate!
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Skype Offers New High Quality Video as a Free Download


For anyone who has ever made video calls over the Internet, with a company such as Skype, you've no doubt gotten frustrated with the choppy 15 fps (frames per second) video that looks a lot like somebody doing the robot with a strobe light Background. Skype has found a solution to this problem with their latest version, Skype 3.6, which offers High Quality (HQ) video with 640 x 480 VGA-quality video at 30 fps. This is almost like viewing the video call in DVD quality. The best part is that the Skype download is free. Check out the difference in picture quality... read more »

ETree Floor Lamp is Way Cooler Than Traditional Christmas Trees


‘Tis the season for decorating the home with a tree of one kind or another, so why not ditch the traditional Balsam Fir and go with something a bit more modern? Forget the pine tree and instead surprise your family and friends by bringing home this extraordinary new ETree floor lamp...
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A New form of Traction Control from Michelin


Michelin is known for producing some of the best tires on the road. They are also responsible for some of the most innovative advances in traction technology. Now, they decided to expand their horizons into another rubber-based area...shoes. read more »

The Fine Art of Drinkable Art


Artist Hannes Broecker's installation of colorful blocks of drinkable art opened in Dresden, Germany earlier this week, enticing gallery attendees to partake of the fine art of drinking, alongside the mighty fine art itself. read more »

The Future of Autopsies Goes "Virtual" With CT Machines



Recent findings at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) show that "Virtual Autopsies" may replace traditional autopsies in certain accidental death cases in the U.S. This technology is not new, but it hasn't been used for autopsies in the United States yet. CT scans give a nice detailed 3-D image that some doctor's believe will replace the need for the traditional autopsy that involves invasive cutting. Check out these images...
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Hulger Low-Energy Light Bulbs Bring Funky Home


Light bulbs are just so blasé. There really is nothing remotely exciting about a bare bulb. In fact, a bare light bulb in the collective consciousness often evokes images of starving artists and stark urbanscapes, often replete with scuttling rats and dripping water of some kind. Not the homiest scene, by far. So, how does one go about transforming those negative associations? read more »

Cyber University First to Offer College Courses via Cell Phone



Is Japan's futuristic cell phone culture too cool for school? Not according to Softbank, a Japanese cell phone service provider who just began offering college courses on the company's cell phones.
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Plant-Based Filter Looks Cool and Cleans Air


French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard professor David Edwards have teamed up to bring us one step closer to cleaner air with their Bel-Air plant-based filter. This so-called "domestic spacecraft " utilizes the natural recycling qualities of the plant kingdom to absorb toxic compounds in the air, emitted by common household items. read more »

One Amazing Packaging Idea from Siemens


Siemens is preparing a paper-thin electronic-display technology that could replace the everyday labels on disposable packaging. read more »

French Decanters Make Wine a Centerpiece


Don't know what to do with all that wine you've been saving for some long-awaited special occasion? Why not break out some of those vintage reds and allow them to adorn your home in these limited edition wine decanters designed by French sculptor Etienne Meneau? read more »

Great Invention Idea? Toilet Headrest Steadies You in Your Hour of Need


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Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »