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Chinese 'Bandit' Accuses Apple iPad Of Theft

Apple's iPad is barely a few days old, and it's already facing potential litigation. On the heals of China vs Google battling over censorship and Gmail hacking issues, Apple is having its own altercations with the Chinese. This time around, instead of debates with the government, Apple is being held up by bandits, literally.

Nintendo Files a Patent for a Wii Football

Nintendo has filed a patent for a Wii football. Will it add this new device to the roster of Wii accessories already out there?

Top Ten Drug Companies in Social Media

What is the "social share of voice" amongst pharmaceutical companies online? While some drug companies have been reluctant to embrace social media for fear of running afoul of FDA regulations that govern the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs, others are embracing social networks to help brand and position their companies in a positive light with consumers and practitioners. Here are the TOP TEN Pharma companies that are presently useing social media to reach out to larger audiences.

Segway Inventor Designs Hybrid Scooter that will Run on anything that Burns

Dean Kamen is known widely as the inventor of the Segway personal transporter. However, over the past months he has been working on designing a new kind of Hybrid Scooter: A scooter that will make use of a Stirling Engine and be able to run on pretty much anything that will burn.

All In The Name Of Security: The 'Killer Chip' Invention

You thought you'd take a trip abroad to see some relatives in Bizwackistan. Upon your arrival, Bizwackian inspectors implant a tracking device in your arm to "make sure you don't overstay your welcome." What they don't tell you is that if you miss your flight out of the country, be you ill or otherwise indisposed, you will die.

Connect Body Parts With Your Bike: Great Idea?

Humans invented the wheel, right? Does this mean that the wheel must do something even more important for its inventor? Or is the Body-Connected Bike which is also known as Patent # US 6805657 one silly flash in the pan? Read on and watch out for bikes coming your way with a new…attitude.

Write With Two Instruments at The Same Time: Great Idea?

The Device for Coupling Writing Utensils is not for everyone. Patent# US 6802665 calls for a unique user, as someone changing writing utensils in mid-air is not something you come across every day. If you are wondering why, don’t ask me, but read on anyway.

Praying with the Birds: For The Birds or Great Idea?

The Religious Meditation Apparatus which is also known as Patent# US 6837185, provides a means to commune with nature and enhance the experience of prayer. The only question seems to be what the birds get out of it. Read on, but try to avoid wings and feathers for just for a little while.

Dance with Robots and Never Be Alone: Great Idea?

For those who enjoy dancing in the dark and other mysterious places, the Robot Performing Dance Along Music may be just the thing. Patent#US 6782308 may not help out with housework and boring chores like others of its ilk, but it may make you, as the old song says, “never want to change partners again.” Read on and wonder why.

Pretend You Own a Camera? Great Idea?

The Photographing Game Machine that some may know quietly as Patent# US 6832954 is a video game of questionable excitement. Of course, this type of shooting has far less serious consequences than some others and maybe you should read on anyway. Ready, set, focus and shoot!

Carry the Family DNA With You Wherever You Go: Great Idea?

The Genealogy Storage Kit, which is known generically as US Patent# 6779665, provides a vehicle for the storage of biological samples. Why settle for an urn when there are so many other patterns and shapes to choose from and this way you can take it with you wherever you go? It’s better than a Hallmark card when it comes to proving that you “care enough to lug around the very best.” Be prepared, and read on even if you don’t own any urns as of yet.

History of the Rubik’s Cube: Madness, Fun and One Man’s Obsession

Rubik’s Cube is an invention that has been torturing puzzle-lovers for decades, but one man in England has surely broken the record for perseverance. It took him 26 years to solve the mystery and he as well as his enduring wife are very relieved that it is all over. If you are a puzzle fan read on, and if you are not, read on anyway and be amazed at how deeply this silly toy has permeated our cultural psyches.


Contain Explosions In Your Spare Time: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6854374 also known as the Explosion Containment Net could well be the perfect gift for the terrorist on your list who has just about everything. Think ahead, even though we are nowhere near the holidays, because explosions can and usually do make a difference. Read on, but duck.

Be The First on Your Block To Freeze Dry Dog Poop!: Great Idea?

The Doggie Poop Freeze Wand is also known to some discerning specialists of fecal matter as Patent#US 6883462. If when you hear the word, wand, you think of fairy godmothers and Tinkerbelle, you are not that far off. There is no pumpkin coach or glass slipper or even a cute prince waiting however; it’s merely a response to the call of nature that befalls all living things. Read on but…don’t buy this yet.

Catch a Mouse Electronically?: Great Idea?

The Portable Electrical Mouse Trap, which mice refer to as they cower in dark corners as Patent#US 6865843, is a very different and quite powerful device. Adult mice warn their children to avoid the cheese fragrance, (which is not even real cheese) as we warn our children about smiling strangers in trench coats! Read on, but remember that revenge is not so sweet if you are on the receiving end.

Need Some Help Haunting Homes?: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6776687 is what is known as a Haunting Aid, and it is one of those ideas that makes one wonder exactly how much those people down at the patent office really drink every day. Glowing eyes via an LED is hardly another world or even another invention. Read on anyway and ignore that chill that just passed over your right shoulder.

Giving Birth Via Balloon? Great Idea?

The Balloon for Preparing for and Easing Human Birth can only make every mother in the world wonder if she did it right after all. Patent# US 6843251 provides a way to practice childbirth on a balloon which seems an odd way to learn. Perhaps the popping when the balloon bursts is apt preparation for water breaking? Don’t ask me, but read on anyway and be…not overwhelmed but just whelmed, as Mel Brooks used to say.

Rubberbands, Not Clothes Make The Man: Great Idea?

Patent# US D522914 represents Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands, which is an idea for an invention that raises one question above all else; namely why? The recycling of rubberbands is clever and responsibly green, but it would be an odd child indeed who would be drawn to this mummy like creature. But then again, odd is even sometimes these days.

Wear a Fin and Pretend To Be A Dolphin: Great Idea?

The Dolphin Fin Swimming Accessory known to those in the aquatic know as Patent#US D494652 is an idea whose time may or may not have arrived even though it is sort of here anyway. Perhaps someone needs to ask the dolphins how they feel about it? After all, inquiring minds always seek to know.

Education Begins in The Womb: Great Idea?

The Fetal Educator Strap, which is sometimes referred to as Patent# US 6840775 provides a way for a mother to discuss matters with her chlid before it enters the world. Brilliant in its simplicity, this invention may make all of us question exactly when a child’s education should begin. Read on, but watch what you say.