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Revolutionary Motorcycle Helmet Inspired By Human Skin To Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries

This motorcycle helmet is designed to save your scalp.  Not just your scalp, but your brain, because it's your brain that can suffer permanent impairment if you get tossed from a motorcycle.  Now, if you survive such a toss, it's very possible you will suffer Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or spinal cord injury.  But this helmet's been 15 years in the making so that it can offer nearly 70 percent more protection against TBI than other motorcycle helmets.


8 SciFi Lightbotz™ Munnys By Lighting Designer Marcus Tremonto

If you're not familiar with Munnys, they're customizable, collectible dolls created by Kidrobot, the cutting edge designer toy and apparel makers that are hot as hot cakes at IHOP.  All of Kidrobot's designs are produced in limited edition; the more famous the Kidrobot design collaborators, the more limited and the more expensive the item.  I'm sure the Munny Lightbotz, by lighting designer and artist Marcus Tremonto, are no exception. 


Google Search Powered By A Bloom Box?

Google has been dabbling in the power industry for quite some time. So much so, I thought they might have had something to share with Obama, when I penned, "Google Could Become Obama's Next Secretary Of Energy." Their experimentation has led them to a relationship with one K.R. Sridhar and a little magic box that is one hot little bloomin' energy source.

Calling All Cars- Toyota's Scion Will Pay You $30 Per Hour To Park?

Last year what seemed like doom and gloom for the automobile industry may all change with the introduction of the first 'vehicle-to-grid' or V2G automobiles rolling off of Toyota's assembly line. After a tumultous setback this past month, Toyota is rebounding from their acceleration problem caused by an electronic throttle malfunction with the introduction, not a talking car that speaks in five languages... a car that will actually pay you for parking it and plugging it into the grid!

Google Buzz Class-Action Lawsuit Could Cause Cloudburst?

The irony that Google threatened to move out of China due to privacy infringment issues underscores a class-action suit filed by a 24-year old Harvard law student and a cadre of Gmail users who feel their privacy was violated with the recent launch of Google Buzz, the search engine's answer to social networking. Even though Google responded quickly to remedy the situation, some feel it was too little to late from a company that consistently makes up its own rules.

Saint Clair Lamp: Solar Lighting Two Ways

The French non-profit  VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement) has been fostering French design talent since 1979 when it was established by the French Furniture Industries Development Committee with support of the French Ministry for Industry.  This year, Stéphane Maupin, architect and designer, has won one of five VIA project assistance grants for his innovative solar powered Saint Clair Lamp.

Top Ten Video Spoofs Including 'The Situation' vs 'The iPad'

You gotta love spoofs. When the familiar become the object of schadenfreude*, it usually allows us to laugh at something that was taken way too serious. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, spoofing should be accepted for taking pot shots at people, places and things that sometimes we just love to hate.. And today's crop of TOP TEN Video Spoofs are exceptional additions to this popular genre.

Observing The Brain As Singing Helps Stroke Victims Regain Their Speech

Singing therapy for stroke patients is an established rehabilitation technique, but a new study combined music therapy with brain imaging, so researchers could actually see what goes on in the brain as patients learn to sing their words.  These observations are improving the chance of success for speech impaired stroke patients.

An End To Food Allergies? Well, Let's Start With Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are the most common cause of food related death.  Four percent of children are allergic to peanuts and only 20 percent of those children ever outgrow the allergy.  Symptoms of peanut allergy can include rashes, itchy skin, sneezing, teary eyes, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and swelling.  But severe symptoms may include anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly if not treated immediately.  You don't mess with food allergies.


College Inventors & Entrepreneurs Face-Off In March Madness For The Mind

You probably know about the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but did you know that there is a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)?  It has approximately 200 college and university members, and more than 5,000 students at these institutions are on entrepreneurial inventor teams (E-Teams).  Now, 15 of those teams are getting ready for a face-off at the March Madness for the Mind showcase in San Francisco.


Sex Hormone Now In Phase III Trials As Treatment For Traumatic Brain Injury

....Several drugs are currently used to minimize the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); the precise one(s) prescribed often depend on the symptoms expressed.  But 25 years of research on a biologically available hormone, progesterone, is finally in Phase III trials, having shown promise for early-identified and early-treated TBI patients, regardless of the specific symptoms.

Top Ten 2010 Winter Olympic Gear & Collectibles

Having caught the Olympic fever, everyone is looking to acquire some of the events' hot ticket items (much to the amazement of Christopher Walken). Anything that is officially sponsored by the 2010 Winter Olympics is taking in millions as the official stores and outlets are trying to keep up with the supply. Keepsakes, fashion and winter sports gear make up this year's TOP TEN list of gift items you might want to select for yourself, friends, family members and sport fans.

Forget Everything You Know About Food: Philips Has Redesigned It

Yesterday, I wrote about the Electrolux Design Lab concept for 2050, Heart of the Home.  To give you an idea of how out there Heart of the Home is (and I mean that lovingly), the kitchen's pots and pans are traced into existence with an index finger, and they don't need to be washed or stored, just erased! 

Now, wait until you see what Philips Design has cooked up for 2050! 


Ricky Gervais Gets Animated On HBO & iTunes

Anyone who saw Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes knows that the British comedian knows how to balance schadenfreude with self-deprecating humor.  He is the master of the put-down who knows how to include himself as the butt of the joke.  While always cutting-edge, this modern-day Charlie Chapin is getting even more animated.

Former Friendster Founder Launches PlacePop

'Location' may be considered social media's Holy Grail. With the smartphone explosion cyber-ventillating exponentially, a new category of social networks have emerged to capitalize on the monetary rewards that have eluded traditional social networks like Twitter. While a good number of Location-based social networks (LBSs) with their check-in functionality and game-like components are filling this void, is there room for latecomers like PlacePop to enter this already crowded field?

Targeted Ultrasound Tested As Stroke Prevention Method

The large helmet is the ExAblate 4000, a magnetic resonance guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) device, by Israel's Insightec.  ExAblate 4000 has been tested successfully to isolate and destroy the smallest of tumors in the brain, without affecting the surrounding tissues or bones.  Now, researchers are looking at the technology to do the same with blood clots that can lead to stroke.


Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam

Not since the MP3 Wars of the last decade has there been as much excitement over the launch of a new type of hand-held device. It's a little odd to be talking about the Tablet Wars in advance of these products actually hitting market. - but in today's digital world, that's how fast things are moving. Which makes our job of forecasting a front-runner - a wee bit of a challenge. Pre-orders would be an indicator, but those numbers are being held under close wraps.

Forget Everything You Know About The Kitchen: Electrolux Has Redesigned It

I'd be worried if I was a design student contemplating entering the Electrolux Design Lab Competition 2010: The Second Space Age. You will have to compete with Electrolux's own design concept "Heart of the Home," and it is one heck of a design, even though it doesn't look like lack of space was a consideration. Come, take a look....

Kodak Looking For A Pay Day From iPhone & Blackberry?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating a February 17th complaint lodged against iPhones and Blackberrys by Kodak. The case began when the digital camera and printer company accused Apple and the Blackberry firm of Research in Motion (RIM) of using the technology they developed for previewing pictures. Is this a legitimate case, or is the odd-man out envious of the cool kids on the block?

The 12 Best Toys Of 2010: Toy Industry Awards

It's that time of year again. The Toy Industry Association (TIA) just hosted its 107th Toy Fair at New York City's Javits Center, and the TIA has presented its 2010 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards.  This year there were 12  toys that received TOTYs in 13 categories of awards.  The Grand Prize winner this year, was also a winner of two individual category awards in this years competition!

Crackberry Addict Alert: Kindle App For Blackberrys

Now you don't have to give up your Crackberry habit to get your 'Kindle On!' Amazon has launched a Kindle Application for Blackberry owners so they too can purchase and read eBooks from the Kindle Library, with just a tap of the finger.

The Tputh Is Out There: Social Media News For Techies

How do you discern what's important, and what's being talking about the most?  Tputh is trying to answer that question by offering a social media aggregator based on tech news.

Space Station Underwear Will Sell, Won't Smell

Self-deodorizing underwear tested by a Japanese astronaut at the International Space Station is about to land on Tokyo store shelves.

Electrolux Design Lab 2010: The Second Space Age

What will life be like when space becomes our most valuable commodity?  This is what is predicted for the year 2050.  How will we use our living spaces, our kitchens, and domestic spaces, as space becomes an every more valuable commodity, especially in urban areas?  This is what the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition wants to know from today's design students.

Call For New Products! The Next BIG THING In 2010

Calling all inventors, product designers, fashionistas, and anyone else who can come up with the next consumer must-have.  The Dallas Market Center, the world's largest wholesale marketer, is searching for The Next BIG THING.