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Sharp Reveals Cell Phone Based on Windows Vista

Intel's Atom processor line isn't due out until later this year. That didn't stop Sharp from revealing a new device, called the D4, based on the new ultra-mobile chipset. The phone is also the first of its kind based on Windows Vista.

Brilliant Idea! A Cell Phone Defibrillator

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is responsible for more deaths every year than AIDS, breast cancer, lung cancer and stroke combined. If the heart is not defibrillated (therapeutically shocked) within a few minutes, the victim dies. Imagine how difficult it is to reach the victims of SCA in time to save their lives.

But, suppose we each carried our own personal defibrillator, say it was a feature of our cell phones?

Great Invention Idea? A New Twist on Skating

The advancements of the last thirty years have raised the invention stakes for everyone. What's wrong with that, you ask? Nothing, except that this often results in the less creative among us churning out mediocre or bad ideas when they could be doing something much more productive, like removing shopping carts from the parking lot at a local Wal-Mart! In my opinion, the following two patented inventions illustrate this point exactly.

Rocking Out With the Internet

A new online guitar site offers a fun and truly interactive experience in playing the guitar and singing along to some popular songs. Rock out from the comfort of your own bedroom, study, kitchen or closet.

In-Wheel Navigation?

So you thought In-Dash Navigation was big, how about In-Steering Wheel Navigation? It's not a whole screen for obvious reasons, but it just might work.

Marigolds to Grow on Moon by 2015?

One day, moon colonists may be growing their own food on the moon using a method recently developed by a team of researchers in Ukraine.


Smart Goggles Are No Longer Science Fiction

Smart Goggles can find your keys, connect a name and a face, and remember things you don't even know that you know.

The End Of The Internet: Switching to IPv6

A meeting in China this month discusses IPv6, a new version of the entire Internet. Experts say the world is already running out of enough available web addresses.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane ... No, It's a Camera!

If you see something that looks like four hula hoops attached together with some sort of weird contraption in the middle hovering in the sky, don't automatically assume that it's a UFO.

Sure, the aliens have probably been slowly infiltrating our unsuspecting planet for many years now, but for a moment, put that thought aside. That device you see buzzing about might just be the Aeryon Scout, a new product from Aeryon Labs of Waterloo that is actually a flying camera.

Your Toast, The Way YOU Want It!

What shade of white or black is coming out of the toaster today? It's always a guess at my house, where, regardless of how well our toaster was rated by Consumer Reports, one toaster setting rarely results in consistency for any two-day period. The Transparent Toaster, by Inventables Concept Studios, may soon create the need for a recycle center for last-century toasters!