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Power Pod: An Elegant Solution To The Tacky Power Strip

Power strips and endless cords criss-crossing your floor have no place in a sophisticated setting and, whether your setting is a home office or the top floor suite overlooking Manhattan, your design 'ethic' requires more aesthetics.

Hot Pants: Wear Them And Get Hot!

Low waist, high leg?  Not.  But hot?  Oh yes, very hot!  Would you believe 167° Fahrenheit?

Painting For Pets (Arrgh): Pup-Casso™ & Kitty-Casso™

Have you ever dreamed of your pet becoming the next Pup-Casso or Kitty-Casso?  Me either.  But if your imagination can muster up the vision of your pets walking on plastic wrap-covered paint globs, then these  Art-Casso kits are all you need.

Fatigue Preventing Sunglasses Don't Need A Prescription

Did you know that our eye color fades as we age?  Well, it does, and that's another dirty trick nature pulls on us. But more, or just as, important as our dimming eye color, the same pigment reduces its eye protection features.  Here's a pair of sunglasses which can't restore the protection, but can substitute the protection, and you can get them without even having a prescription.

 

A Second Story Walk-Up Designer Dog House

A second story walk-up, what every dog craves... and deserves.  From the time British designer Michael Young began his career, his works have put a smile on a lot of faces, and his Doghouse is no exception.  But the Populux style Doghouse is not a design joke; it's for real!

Clever Cat 'Scratch 'n Sniff' Brings Cats To New Highs (Video)

What are your cat's favorite indoor activities?  Scratching and sniffing, by any chance?  Uh-huh.  The new Scratch 'n Sniff may not be the first cat product to combine scratching with sniffing catnip, but it's probably the most purr-fectly designed one yet...

 


Himalayan Dog Chews Win 'Best Of Show" Award At Pet Expo

The 2011 Global Pet Expo took place in Orlando, Florida earlier week, and the Dog News Daily, (the online magazine for dogs) gave the Best In Show award to Himalayan Dog Chews. Straight from Nepal, the Himalayan chews are made according to the centuries-old recipe that mountain farmers chew, even today, while they are working in the fields all day. 

On The Lighter Side: 6 Clever New Gift Ideas From Atypyk

Today I found that when things look the most glum, there's a space within us that makes room for just a bit of levity.  For me, I found it in one of the design spots I depend on for just such levity - Atypyk.  These six new items from the fun pair of French creators are just enough to make you smile just when you or someone special needs it.

 

Social Media 'Sock Puppet' Impostors OK'd By Military

How many remember the flack that emerged when someone impersonated the Dalai Lama two years back leading the Twitter founders to believe they could create "enlightenment in 140 characters" - only to learn he was an impostor leaving them no recourse but to exile him from the site. Well, now the government is condoning this activity as they enter the game of creating 'fake online identities' in hopes of using social media to counter anti-U.S. messaging around the world.

Japan Auto Industry Hit Hard By Quake

The effect of the massive earthquake that rattled Japan is a story that's going to play out for months to come. As you might expect, the quake has wreaked havoc on Japan's automotive industry.

If Groupon Cashes In At The Register, Can Credit Cards Be Far Behind?

Groupon, the social buying site with over 60 million subscribers and a valuation of $15 million (at last count) wants to take its successful monetization model and incorporate it into cash registers. According to a Business Week report, VeriFone Systems is in talks with Groupon's president Rob Solomon about adding a "Groupon Button" to their cash registers. Wouldn't it be wiser for the social networks just to issue "Groupon" credit cards?

Let Your Cat Hunt For Food: The Aïkiou Stimulo Interactive Cat Feeder

There are lots of puzzles on the market for dogs, but indoor cats need their noggins switched on too. And indoor cats have a tendency to gain weight, which can lead to digestive problems and less mobility. Fortunately, Aikiou didn't just design an interactive feeder for dogs, but a special feeder for cats, which slows down your pet's eating and digestion, as well as providing some fun!

 

Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl Feeds Several Canine Needs

Yes, I am an unabashed fan of interactive toys, as long as pets are not left alone while playing with them.  But play is just one aspect of the Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder, as its main purpose is to replace your dog's feeding bowl and to provide your dog the opportunity for a healthy relationship with food.  The Aikiou Company calls the feeder a 'food activity center.'

Through The Drapes, Darkly And Noiselessly

Windows are wonderful inventions.  They let you see what's going on outside, brighten up your rooms with natural light, make your rooms warmer or colder depending upon the outdoor temperature, and even let you hear the street traffic or, sometimes, your next door neighbors' conversations.  You don't want that?

U.S. Soldier Makes Trash to Toys: Uses Them To Inspire and Connect With People

I think a man in uniform is captivating. A man in uniform, who can make toys out of found items and then uses them to inspire people is amazingly captivating! This is exactly what Private First Class Rupert Valero does and so he is.

New Eco-friendly Beach Toys Here in Spring

How many times have you been to the beach or taken your kids to a sand box and seen forgotten beach toys littering the place? These toys can be so much fun for children (and adults), but often end up forgotten on the beach, trashed when outgrown or broken from over use and then trashed. Zoë b biodegradable beach toys leave behind less plastic waste.

Caring For A Dog Or Cat With Dementia

Yesterday, I wrote about ways you can delay or prevent cognitive dysfunction, or dementia, in your dogs and cats, but what if telltale signs are already showing up?


With Watson Out Of Jeopardy, AI Determines What Consumer Electronics To Buy (Interview)

Watson may not know that Toronto isn't located in Canada, but Retrevo has designed similar artificial intelligence to analyze more than 50 million real-time data points to provide shoppers with the most comprehensive, unbiased information regarding what consumer electronics to purchase. In an interview I conducted with Aditya Vailaya, Retrevo's chief scientist, we gain insight as to how AI is being used in this field.

Groupon's Food Fail is a T-shirt Seller's Epic Win

Popular deal-of-the-day website Groupon's embarrassing New Year's 'Osechi Ryori' meal mess-up was about to fade from Japan's fast-moving pop culture radar. Not so fast - the phenomenal food fail has been spun - literally - into a t-shirt by an enterprising and opportunistic designer.

Helping To Prevent Or Delay Dementia In Dogs & Cats

Pets, like people, can suffer from cognitive dysfunction as they age, and their symptoms can be very similar to those of humans with Alzheimer's disease.  Not a happy thought, is it?  But there are ways you can prevent or, at least, delay pet 'dementia.'