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The Boil Buoy Lets You Know When The Heat Is On

For busy people it is easy to get distracted while having something on the stove. To make sure you know when your water is boiling Quirky.com is bringing out the Boil Buoy. This dandy little gadget rings when your pot is boiling so that you won't miss your tea or burn your soup.

Can Robots Care for Humans?

A look at new work that is being done by workers at the Carnegie Mellon Universityin hopes of helping older people to live at home longer and better, with the help of robots. The bot currently in development, but not in production, is designed to help clean up and bring objects. It won't replace humans, but it could help add to their efforts. 

Thanko's USB Neck Cooler Clamps Down On Summer Heat

The bad news is, Thanko's new USB Neck Cooler makes you look like a sci-fi mecha robot's grabbed you by the throat. The good news is, you'll feel a lot less hot under the collar this summer if you're wearing one.

Propose A C02-Reducing Product Or Invention, Win € 500,000 In The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge!

If you’ve got an invention that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, pitch your idea to the judges at The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for a chance to receive € 500,000 to develop your business plans.

Give It A Rest: Bamboo Kitchen Utensils

People who live in small apartments and mobile homes don't always have a lot of room for little extras -- sometimes not even a spoon rest. Even when you do have room for a spoon rest, they can get pretty messy. The answer can be found in these great Give It A Rest utensils. Each one comes with a built in spoon rest.

Sit On One Of These Feral Futons By Máximo Riera, IF YOU DARE!

When people tell you that the wheel doesn’t need to be redesigned, lean back in your biologically accurate rhinoceros throne and scold them for thinking inside the box.

The Grizzly Bear Bean Bag: The Teddy Bear Is All Grown Up

The bean bag chair was all the rage back in the 60s and 70s. They came in one basic shape -- round. They came in a limited range of colors. For many years nothing changed and the chairs fell out of popularity as more and more people realized how stupid they looked trying to get out of them. Now the bean bag chair met your childhood teddy bear and created something new for you to love.

The Original PotMaker: Roll Your Own

With spring comes time to plant. For plants that love the hot weather best their seeds may need to be planted indoors. To keep your garden extra "green" this year (and for years to come) you can recycle your newspapers into seedling pots with PotMaker®. Once the plants are large enough and the weather warm enough you don't have to disturb the tender new roots. Just plant the pot in the ground and it will degrade naturally into the soil.

Mugnificant! Top 10 Crazy and Funny Mugs

There is certainly no shortage of weird and wonderful food-related things to write about, but when a friend showing you a picture of a toilet-shaped mug results in a pig-like chuckle squeezing itself out of your lungs/nostrels, there is not much thinking left to be done. So here we go - a tribute to the 15 year old schoolboy/girl in all of us. I am talking, of course, about some of the world's funniest and craziest mugs.

Talking Tissue Boxes Coming Soon?

Are talking tissue boxes coming soon? Research being done by scholars over at Penn State shows that people who were confronted with a talking tissue box, one that made suggestions and blessed them, was a welcome thing by most people. The research is part of a larger project that shows how smart technology can be placed into our homes.