Miscellaneous

World's Smallest RC Hovercraft Really Blows!

Hovercraft are cool; personal ones are even cooler. Now Japan's Takara Tomy has introduced the Hover-Q: a miniaturized, radio controlled personal hovercraft that blows away the competition!

Footwear with GPS: A Great Idea?

Patent# US 6788200 is designed for those among us who can’t find our way out of paper bags. (You don’t have to stand up. We know who you are.) This Footwear with GPS entered the weary world in 2004, and is perfect for those who can’t tell their left foot from the right. (We know who you are too.) Read on even if you do know where both your feet are.

Mysterious Dark Energy Controls Expansion of Universe

Russian scientists have recently discovered that a mysterious ‘dark energy’ is responsible for preventing galaxy clusters from getting too big. Is this new galactic diet also responsible for the expansion of the universe? Read on, but stay away from junk food and watch out for those clusters!

Cell Phone With Concealed Firearm System: Great Idea?

Patent# US6778811 concerns an electronic device concealed within a cell phone, which can shoot a bullet out of the phone’s antennae. This Cell Phone With Concealed Firearm System is obviously not for everyone but the question remains: Is it for anyone at all? Read on and …watch out!

STM32 Microcontroller Wins EDN China 2008 Innovation Award

Electronics Design and Strategy News (EDN) has presented China's 2008 Best Product Award to STM, a global leader in microcontrollers and recognized innovator among semiconductor manufacturers. The STM32 won over many competing products covering a broad range of categories. Read on for details.

Strange But True Business: Dollar Hot Dog’s Mail Order Wieners

The strangest business idea of 2008 has been awarded to Dollar Hot Dog! This concept is so wacky; it's hard to believe it's not a hoax. A company that cooks and ships fully-dressed hotdogs in standard white envelopes to south-facing mail boxes in the US for only $1...can they be serious?

Pocket Navigator MW-430: Russia’s Newest Car Navigator

Cars in Russia today are equipped with many different varieties of navigation software to accommodate many different tastes. Now a new model has appeared on the GPS horizon and this Pocket Navigator MW-430 is the first to include a complete software iGO8 with a map Tele-Atlas Russia. Read on for details, even if you are not sure where you are.

Cosmetic Extract from Marine Ooze: Great Idea?

This Process for the Preparation of a Cosmetic Extract from Marine Ooze, which is known to some as Patent# US 6787159, may truly seem like something concocted out of a mad scientist’s laboratory. Read on for more details about the mysterious ooze whose origins may lie far away in that black lagoon of long ago and far away wherein terror dwells.

Fireplace with Waterfall: A Great Idea?

Patent# US 6901925 better known as the Fireplace with Waterfall is one of those things that truly tests the range of silliness acceptable within the human condition. Perhaps one too many warm and fuzzy martinis inspired this idea of a fireplace having one or more waterfalls in front of a fire. It might explain it, and then again, it might not. Read on, and…. Keep warm and dry.

Langham Hotel International: China’s Hospitality Expansion Project

Langham Hotels International (LHI) refuses to look at the facts concerning the declining occupancy rates in hotels across the Asia-Pacific region. Perhaps they know a secret they won’t tell? Read on and learn more about this hotel chain’s plans to open seven more properties by 2010.

Progressive European Companies Offer Refund Services When Travel Plans Fall Through

Most of us are not aware of our rights to refunds and compensation when we cancel our travel plans or when weather or overbooking disrupts our airline flights. Two progressive and trendsetting new companies in the travel industry help people reclaim their rightful funds at a time when the economy requires us to watch our finances.

Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock Signals the Stubbornly Sleepy

If you've ever dreamed of being tied to the railroad tracks by some Snidely Whiplash-like ne'er-do-well, then The Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock from Banpresto is NOT for you.

Are 4 Front Wheels Better than 2 ?

While the jury may still be out on that question, the Covini Engineering team is hoping to finally put their 6-wheel concept vehicle into production and maybe be able to shed some light on the paradox.

Simulated Wedding Cake: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7021465 concerns the Simulated Wedding Cake, a must have for brides, grooms, best men and ladies in simulated waiting! How one can invent a simulation, which by definition is a copy of something, is a conundrum that does not appear to be addressed in this silly exposé. Read on anyway, and may you and all your wedding guests really eat cake.

Russian Dogs Lend Helping Paws to Financial Crisis

In Siberia, man’s best friend is doing his and her part to help with family expenses by becoming walking billboards for specific products. Read all about the city of Novosibirsk’s innovative Promo Dog Agency and…arf!