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A "Love" Seat For Net Surfers: The Calypso Chair

When you think of a love seat, net surfing doesn't immediately come to mind. But from toddlers to seniors, between mates, friends or colleagues, most will admit that they do love the Internet. It's a good thing, because so much of our existence relies on the Internet for information and income... and more and more of us are working at home, where a traditional love seat just doesn't do the trick.

 

Russian Organization Offers Art, Healing And Innovation

Just last summer, South Ossetia was a war zone. Today, however, it marks the spot of the Inva Studio, a special place of hope and healing that helps people with disabilities develop their art skills. Read on for more details about this most unusual art center.

Loincloth Lingerie Gets Back To Basics

Wacoal is bringing back traditional practical lingerie. Japanese "fundoshi" loincloths highlight the company's new/old, all-natural Nanafun line.

Exercise in The Office: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7137935 also known as the Office Gym Exercise Kit provide a new and different way to look dumb when not in the privacy of your own home but rather in full view of your boss and co-workers! Read for more details.

Revealing Websites Help You Get Better Seats, Tables and Hotel Rooms

You never know what you're getting yourself into when you're booking your flight on an unfamiliar airline, room at a hotel or table at a restaurant. Your seat or table reservations may not be up to par, or the amenities may be unsuitable. Instead of living in fear of the unknown, visit the websites of one of these three innovative businesses that bring transparency tyranny to hospitality and travel.

The 10 Best Digital Innovators Of The Year: 2009 Netexplorateur Awards

This weekend in Paris, Netexplorateur announced its ten top picks for the most influential digital media programs. The winners, chosen by a global committee of pioneers in business and media, will be promoted during the next year in an effort to obtain global understanding of new ways to conduct digital activities and business.

Share The Profits Of Fashion Designers & Fashionistas With CatwalkGenius.com

When I heard about Catwalk Genius' adopt a designer program, I thought "what a business concept!" My imagination ran wild with the possibilities of such an innovative idea, but after reading about in depth, I have to say, I'm not quite so impressed. Don't let that stop you from reading on, however, because I will reveal my expectations regarding Catwalk Genius' implications of adopting a designer and how it just doesn't live up.


Robot Mini-Me Looks Like You, Speaks With Your Voice

If humans will someday be replaced by robots, then thanks to a Japanese company that day is drawing nearer. Don't say "Hasta la vista, baby" yet though. Little Island's talking "Look A Like Doll" robots don't look for Sarah Connor, they just look cute.

Oh, Blackberry: From Whence Did You Come?

In light of our new president’s fondness (behind his back, some might say addiction) the Blackberry has received a great deal of media attention. Where did this phenomenon come from and why is it so popular among our upper, middle and alas, lower societal crusts? Read on for some answers, but then let them eat cake.

Electrolux Design Lab '09 Call For Entries: Design For 90 Years!

Every year the challenge gets steeper for designers entering the Electrolux Design Lab competition. Design Lab '09 is no exception. The theme: "Designs for the next 90 years." The deadline: May 31, 2009. If you are planning on entering this competition, I suggest you get started.

Reverse Chocolates Say It's Good to Give Back on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day in Japan has always been about girls giving to guys. Now candy makers are hoping to double their business with chocolate packaging printed in reverse.

Smallest Russian Submarine: Officially Registered as Boat

Mikhail Puchkov hails from St. Petersburg and he has the distinction of being the proud owner and creator of Russia’s smallest submarine. He built it himself and although it was once illegal to own a submarine, the vessel is now officially registered (albeit as a boat) with its own name and number. Read all about this most amazing man and his sub.

Finally! Inexpensive And GREEN Cat Furniture In One "Caboodle"

You'll have to forgive my exuberance about the new Caboodle™, Corrugated Habitats for Cats. You see, I've been waiting forever for this product!

Feast Your Eyes! The International Design Awards (iDA) 2008

The 2008 International Design Awards (iDA) have been announced in iDA's traditional categories: Interior Design, Architecture, Fashion, Product, and Graphics. One design is more breathtaking than the next, but I can't say which one!

Buffalo's New USB LCD Computer Monitor Gives You Extra Screen Time

The new FTD-W71USB secondary computer monitor from Buffalo (the company, not the city) lets busy computer users view off-topic programs from an off-screen location.

Adaptive Alarm System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6838994 also known as the Adaptive Alarm System, is not an invention that will appeal to those of us who feel we are being watched by hidden eyes. It may, however, be just the thing for those wanna-be J. Edgar Hoover types who roam free among us. Read on, but look over your shoulder.

What Will Replace the Internet?

Historically the Internet has been around since the 1960s. Since 1994, the digerati of users has grown from approximately 13 million to more than 300 million globally. Shortly it will incorporate holographic technology. Looking beyond, it will become ubiquitous and as elusive as air, as it morphs into our biological make-up!

Inspired By The Lotus Leaf: Lotusan® Paint

The surface topography of the lotus leaf interacts with water molecules so that the water rolls off the leaf and takes the dirt with it. That was exactly what Sto® Corporation wanted for its Lotusan® sealer and paint.

World’s Longest Television Remote: Russian Innovation

Art Lebedev, one of Russia’s most famous design studios, continues its creative tradition of modifying the most ordinary things and transforming them into…well, something else. Read on for details about their new television remote.

Trendiest Vending Machine Of 2009: Yo! Naturals

If you don't know that healthy foods and organic eating are in, you must be living under a rock. As a result, it's no surprise how rapidly the industry has grown over the past years; and since vending machines seem to be entering the forces of many niche markets, companies like Yo! Naturals', YoZone vending machine are popping up which combine convenience with eating trends.