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Need This? USB Mouse Typing Speedometer

If you need an ugly plastic robo-mouse to encourage you while you type then we've found the perfect product for you! Also, we think you're crazy and want you to keep away from us.

Shake These Salt and Pepper Maracas!



Yes, I just wrote about salt and pepper grinders, and I promise to get off the subject, but I just had to share these Fukasawa-designed Salt and Pepper Maracas with you, just for quick look at a beautiful design, but impractical concept. What can you do with these? read more »

Exercise While Web Surfing with Springflex

With Springflex, at least the added dangers of sedentary computer use—lowered metabolism and weight gain—can be a thing of the past.

Need This? Spongebob Squarepants Rectal Thermometer

Someone, somewhere thought that children's cartoon characters and rectal thermometry were an ideal combination. Amazingly, this person has not been arrested.

The 6 Innovations Of Chef'n Salt & Pepper Grinders



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I go through two or three salt and pepper grinders a year, a ridiculous number for one who cooks only three or four meals a week. Either the tops break off or the blades get dull, or the turning mechanism fails. Another kitchen tool goes to gadget hell, where nothing is recycled. read more »

Lock Jaw Security Offers Low-Tech Solution to High-Profile Problem

Lock bumping is a lock-compromising technique where someone inserts a specially crafted key into the key portion of a deadbolt

Is Ultra-Portable Computing Viable? - The HP UMPC 2133

The popularity of ultra-portable laptop models has been on the upswing recently, it would seem. It started at the end of last year with the release of such hardware as the XO by OLPC and the Asus Eee PC . Already, 2008 has seen a slew of newly released ultra-portable laptop and sub-notebook computers.

Great Invention Idea? The Most Unremarkable Animal Toy Ever!


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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »

uBox for Life : New Pillbox is Lifesaver

The Xbox is fun, but the uBox is a lifesaver. The device being tested in India now is an electronic pill box.

Bizarre Breast Massage Robot Ready to Bust Out



The Breast Massage Robot is the subject of a patent application for a robotic device which, according to the developers, is "capable to give physical massage to human breast the way professional massagers do." Considering that among the 4 types of breast massage robots currently sold in China include a "clamp type" and "electrostatic acupuncture" version, they may just have a winner on their hands!
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