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5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

Cooking Invention To Provide Greater Freedom For Millions Of Women: The Rotimatic

Serving delicious roti fresh and warm at dinner time takes hours of tedious work, performed mostly by women, in India, Pakistan, and many other south Asian and African countries every day.  So, it's no surprise that inventor Pranoti Nagarkar believes that the impact of her Rotimatic roti maker will be on a par with the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine, and the contraceptive pill in terms of providing freedom for women!

New Innovation HapiTrack Measures Calories Wherever You Are

Ever had a personal trainer? Their constant nagging, their crazy routines, and more importantly, their insanely insane prices. Well, whilst HapiLabs' sole aim is not to put personal trainers out of business and force them to go home and tell their wives/husbands why this year's christmas tree won't be as big as the year before, the HapiTrack device certainly gives more power to the world's trainer-less population.

Build A Special Centerpiece For The Concrete In Design Contest!

ITALCEMENTI, ALESSI and LPWK Design Studio have partnered up to find a designer who can take their innovative mortar mixture and create a brilliant centerpiece with it to become a mass produced product!

Mouthwatering? How About Rotisserie Fried Turkey For The Holidays?

Some enjoy the nip in the air, others enjoy visiting with friends, the parties, the gifts.... I'll be honest. What I enjoy most about the holidays is the food - especially turkey!  So I did flips when I found out there is a way to improve on my favorite cooking method, fried turkey.  A rotisserie!  Right, a rotisserie in a fryer! Whoa!

Thief Proof Your Dog With The Safespot Locking Leash And Collar

Dog theft has been on the rise for the last several years in the U.S, with an estimated 2 million dogs being stolen in 2012.  But a company with the slogan, "You lock your bike, why not your beagle?" is promoting its new Safespot Locking Leash and Collar, so maybe there won't be more dog thefts than bike thefts!

Spice Up Your Bathroom/Kitchen With These Awesome Retro Tile Designs

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the 25th of the Sega Mega Drive. To celebrate the occasion, the folks at Topps Tiles have let their inner geek shine through. They've unleashed a whole host of awesome, retro-themed video game tile designs, ideal for bathroom or kitchen.

Toilet Innovations: History Of Where It's Been And Where It's Going

The history of the toilet is inextricably tied to  the history of humanity itself. A basic function of survival, excreting is a body function that simultaneously relaxes and repels the voider.  Through many years of employment, the toilet has evolved, but the purpose of it has remained the same.

Meet The Laserist: He Makes Cool Toys With Lasers!

Check out the laser-cut art, puzzles, toys and other goodies made by the Laserist: An inventor, industrial designer and someone who’s all-around handy with a powerful laser beam!

Now You Can Have A Virtual Coffee Experience: OPHONE

A 'virtual coffee experience'. This is the aim being pursued by a team comprizing Le Laboratoire founder David Edwards and a group of contributors with areas of expertise ranging from coffee to design. Confused? I know I am. Can this confusion be clarified? Let's hope so. Say hello to the mind boggling OPHONE.