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China's Spring Airlines Considers Installing Vertical Seats

Can't stand flying? Try flying standing! Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has shown interest in SkyRider - semi-standing, saddle-style “vertical seats” that will allow the budget carrier to increase capacity by up to 40 percent.

Train Window Smartphone Charger Stand from Genius Cell

Recreate the joys of a relaxing Japanese train trip while charging your iPhone 3GS/4/4S, Galaxy S/S II, or Xperia Arc smartphone! The Train Window Smartphone Charger Stand from Genius Cell offers a choice of three miniature recreations of real Japanese train compartments, with your smartphone's screen doubling as a picture window.

Orbitz Polishes Higher Hotel Rates For Its Apple Users

There's a reoccurring foreboding in many fairytales, that says: magic comes with a price. The Evil Queen that offered Snow White the poisonous apple received her comeuppance in the end, and hopefully Orbitz will be served a does of the same, when the traveling public learns that Mac users are charged more than those using Windows. Yes, in this case, you can think of Orbitz as the Evil Queen! And the 30 percent higher rates they are offering to Apple device owners, the fruits from their poisonous tree.

Chill Out With Thanko's Portable USB Liquid-Cooled Air Conditioner

When it comes to air conditioners, you can't take the coolness with you... until now! Thanko's portable liquid-cooled air conditioner uses USB or battery power, keeping you cool at home, work or play.

Scoot Right Through The Airport With Kick Scooter Luggage

You can pack your 2-wheeled carry-on and pull it through the airport, switching arms as you drag the bag all the way from your cab to check-in, up the escalator to the tram, through your terminal and bag inspection, and up and down the maze of halls to your gate.  But, I'm taking my Kick Scooter Luggage.

Calling All Inventors! Discovery Expedition Wants Your Outdoor Electronic Inventions

Discovery Expedition isn't looking for a new kind of hiking boot - unless it's electronic.  But it is looking for new ways to enhance hiking, sky-diving, camping, mining, surfing... whatever, your outdoor lifestyle needs to take it to the next level to improve your outdoor experience.

 

British Airways Uses Social Media & UK Addresses For Olympics' #HomeAdvantage

In an ingenious TV commercial that we're sure Don Draper would have approved, British Airways is utilizing the distribution channels of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to extend their rallying cry for a "Home Advantage" at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Biodegradable Portable & Reusable Drink Bottles Sport Can Camouflage

Can those cans and battle the bottles! Japan's ongoing “eco” movement for environmental friendliness and sustainable living seems to have even influenced the appearance of plastic water bottles... these ones look like cans.

Chinese DIY Tractor Truck Gets Electrical Poles Rolling One By One

How do you get ridiculously long and massively heavy electrical poles to your construction site without hiring an expensive, purpose-built transport truck? If you're in China, DIY! Workmen in Wenzhou get their poles to the holes quickly, cheaply and one-at-a-time thanks to a little ingenuity and some very loose traffic regulations.

Blue Curry Adds Odd Color to Tokyo Cafe's Menu

On a diet and looking for a light meal? Try a light blue meal instead: Tokyo's Tea Room 2525 has brought back a turquoise temptation from last summer, disingenuously dubbed "Blue Curry Loss of Appetite". It's a great way to get the blues while losing weight.

Turn Your iPhone Into A REAL Camera With The iPhone Shutter Grip

It's summer time. Vacation's coming up. Of course, you're taking your iPhone with you; how could you exist without it, now that you have one?  But won't you have to take your camera as well?  Admit it; it's not that easy to manipulate the iPhone to take photos or videos.  Unless... you have an iPhone Shutter Grip.

British Inventor's New 'Parking Patch' Finds You A Parking Space And Calculates Your Parking Fines!

Ever drive into New York City?  Most people don't, unless they have a garage space for $750 a month.  The odds of finding an available parking space in NYC are about as high as winning the Mega Millions.  But Adrian Bone of Lewes, England, has invented a 'Parking Patch' he hopes will solve two parking issues in Brighton, a city south of London on the English Channel, a city far smaller than NYC or London. But first Brighton, then the world!

Lettuce-like Vegetabrella Turns Rainy Days to Salad Days

The Vegetabrella from Japan's Tokyo Noble is as green and wrinkly as a fresh head of lettuce, and the resemblance grows even stronger when it's rolled up. Just be sure you leave the lettuce in the fridge and take the Vegetabrella along on stormy days or you'll end up as soggy as an un-spun salad.

Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case Blows Its Top When You Blow Your Nose

Sneeze the moment with a cute & clever Mt. Fuji Travel Tissue Case! The 100% cotton case designed by Tomohiro Ikegaya for Goodbymarket relies on users to provide the case's one moving part: the tissue paper poking out from Mt. Fuji's snow-capped summit.

Google's Autonomous Car Gets Its License To Drive In Nevada

You can talk on your cell phone, even text, check your email, eat your lunch, tun-in your radio, change a CD.... You can even take in all of the distractions along the Strip in Las Vegas... if you hop a cab.  Or, you can take the Google autonomous car, currently a Toyota Prius, without a driver.

Panda on a Plane Eats Shoots and Leaves

Did a Giant Panda and his carer recently enjoy their flight to the United States comfortably seated side by side on a China Airlines jet, or are we just being (ahem) bamboozled?

KFC Japan Serves Beer & Booze Beside the Bucket

Forget that Happy Meal, at KFC Japan it's Happy Hour! Want a double with that Double Down? Perhaps a cocktail with your cock-a-doodle-doo? Tokyo's newly opened KFC Route 25 restaurant has begun serving beer & booze by (or at least, beside) the bucket.

Tomko Transceiver for iPhone Offers Fun Functionality with Retro Style

Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a conv-ersation! Communicate the cooler way with the Tomko Transceiver for iPhone, Strapya World's clever update on old-school radio & CB transceivers. Plug one into your iPhone and blow away Bluetooth with a single click!

Tower of Power: Tokyo Sky Tree Officially Completed on Leap Day 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower, was officially completed on Leap Day of 2012. The 2,080 ft (634 meter) tall tower soars almost twice as high as the 1958-built Tokyo Tower and will take over most of the orange & white downtown landmark's digital broadcasting duties.

Paid 'People Pushers' Press Passengers on China's Subways

Subway authorities in China's larger cities have seemingly taken a page from Japan's book on passenger management. Uniformed, white-gloved “people pushers” in Shanghai and Chongqing subway stations are now encouraging – with a helpful push or two – train riders to squeeze into the cars so the doors can close.