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Pork Detection Kits Are As Good As Gold

A Japanese precious metals company has developed a reliable pork detection kit that uses gold nanoparticles to sniff out the slightest hint of pork in raw or cooked foods.

Design Student Takes On Green Packaging Of Coca Cola

A freshman studying industrial design at the College For Creative Studies in Detroit undertook an ecological revamp of Coca Cola bottles and packaging for his mid-term project.  Funny thing happened on the way to handing it in;  Andrew Kim's design fans started blogging it and Kim is getting rave reviews internationally for the design. The Eco Coke Bottle is brilliant!

 


iPad 700,000, CrunchPad 90 - JooJoo Loses Its MoJo!

The Tablet Wars emerged in the last couple of months - in advance of any product being available in the market. On Saturday, April 3, Apple's iPads literally flew off the physical and virtual shelves (at last count 700,000 were sold). Such was not the case for a would-be contender. JooJoo garnered only 90 pre-orders, 15 of which ended up being cancellations. What went wrong? For one - if you don't have brand recognition, you might want to rethink going up against one of most endeared brand names in technology.

Body Heat Can Provide Power To Medical Devices

“You have a disaster,” says Leonov. “Airport closed, port closed. The devices that exist in a modern medical clinic can be miniaturized and fit in a suitcase. The devices can be self powered, without the doctor needing batteries or to plug anything in.”

 


Let's Find Something Less Healthy Than White Bread And Make A Sandwich Out Of It

In 6 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes, and 7 seconds, 5,200 KFC restaurants will release its new heart attack sandwich, the Double Down.  Already, folks are betting their hearts and both kidneys that their organs can survive the new sandwich's bucket of grease.  You would think the Double Down was a new Apple product, the way the fat-crazies are lining up at KFC's fast food doors.  Another 5 minutes has passed.

 

Who (was) On First? Zuckerberg Accused Of Shop-Lifting Facebook

Who says Google is the only Internet player getting sued? Yes, they get most of the notoriety. Of recent date, they've battled a major superpower (i.e. China), Rupert Murdoch, a Google Buzz Class Action suit, privacy issues and various and sundry anti-trust complaints (see "Google vs The World…"). But up till now, no one has accused the Big "G" of stealing their idea. Facebook, on the other hand is another matter.

Sharp Announces 3D / 2D Switchable Touchscreen LCD Screens

3D technology continues its march into all aspects of entertainment technology: first movies, then TV, now smartphones thanks to Sharp's breakthrough 3D / 2D switchable touchscreen LCD screens.

Iris Recognition & Augmented Reality IDs Straight From The 'Minority Report'

Its almost unfathomable to think that sci-fi movies that featured mind-boggling futuristic advances could be within our grasp. But such is the case. For those that remember the 'Minority Report' starring Tom Cruise, you might be surprised to learn that some of the technology featured in that movie is coming soon to an iPhone near you.

Adhesive Sandal Cleaning Pads Wipe Floors While You Walk

Tired of straining your back laboriously wiping tile or linoleum floors by hand? Japan has something for that: adhesive, disposable floor wipes that stick to your sandals or slippers, wiping the floor while you walk.

Adspecs: Self-Adjusting Eyeglass Lenses Bring Eye Care To 3rd World

These ad specs have nothing to do with the size of an ad you are placing with Google.  These Adspecs are self-adjusting lenses that an Oxford University physics professor, Josh Silver, invented to bring sight to millions of people in the third world, where there are few eye care professionals to meet the needs of those with refractive vision problems.

 


Korea's Naver & Daum Build Better 'Search' Mousetraps Than Google?

While Google is the search engine of choice for the majority of American Internet users, garnering on upwards of 75% of the search market dependent on who you're talking to - it is actually a less sophisticated tool than search engines in Korea. Why would territory the size of the state of Minnesota have more advanced search technology than the Grand Daddy of Search Engines who competes with countries 200 times their size, namely China.

Casio G-Shock Goes Organic With 'Wood Shock' Watches

Casio's popular line of G-Shock wristwatches now sport an organic exterior thanks to Wood Shock, who laser cut each W-Shock wooden watch bezel.

Re-Inventing The Fireplace: Inspirations From Iceland By Secret North

If you didn't know better, you might say that Secret North designs fireplaces, but what it designs are places for fire.  Its aim is to integrate fire into interior design - much like water has been integrated with water walls and bubbling indoor ponds - not for its heat, but for its beauty. Because Secret North uses bio-ethanol to burn, its fires don't spark, they are clean burning (smokeless!), easy to operate, and very low maintenance. 

 

iPad is Deus Ex Machina in ABC's 'Modern Family'

With all the analogies of Steve Job's to God and Moses (see "Steve Jobs & The Ten Commandments,") it was no surprise to me that the iPad product placement would pop up on TV -  sort of like the Deus Ex Machina device originated by Aristostle in early Greek theater. 

More Twitter Buzz vs Google Buzz?

While Google is the number one global leader in search engines, ironically, new findings show that the keywords 'Google Buzz' are being searched less and less with each passing day - while the search results for the word "Twitter" remains constant. Since Google Buzz was supposed to be Google's answer to social networking and based on its sizable Gmail user base, does this research portend an ominous future, or will Google Buzz Superstar find a means to 'resurrect' itself?

Big Fatty Bacon & Eggs Breakfast Is Healthy Says New Study

You can put bacon, eggs, and sausage back into your diet, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity... as long as you eat them for breakfast. No, really; this is not an April Fool's joke.

 


Ten Things To Think About Before Being Sucked Into iPad Fever

As ubiquitous as Apple is - it's still always wise for buyers to be aware. Like the iPod and iPhone that preceded it - sometimes it's best to wait for the first run's critiques before blindly jumping into the buying frenzy. To that end, here are ten things to know before following 'Pied Piper' Jobs off the proverbial 'first adopter' cliff.

PBS Announces 2010 Trash To Treasure Competition For Kids

It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and to celebrate PBS's Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning TV series, Design Squad is launching a nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition for kids 5 to 19.  The launch will begin on April 5, 2010.  2009 was the first year that Design Squad held this competition.


Big Bang Too & 'The God(damn) Particle' Were A Smashing Success!

On Tuesday, March 30  at precisely 1:06 PM in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists revisited our distant past. It only took 16 short years and a paltry $10 billion dollars to recreate the conditions similar to the original Big Bang that occurred some 13.7 billion years ago and is one of the major scientific theories behind the creation of life as we know it.

Wetnoz Studio Scoop n' Serve Dog Bowl: Innovative And Affordable

Wetnoz makes upscale pet products, mostly dinnerware, and mostly for dogs.  Its wares are well made and very stylish, as you would expect from an upscale designer.  Now, styled just like the fancier stainless steel bowls in the Wetnoz Metro Line, Wetnoz has styled the new Scoop n' Serve bowl without the steel liner to make the scoop dish much more affordable.  You'll be glad, because the design is darn cool and convenient.

 

Beta Blockers Cut Risk Of Cancer-Related Deaths

They are "first results," but they are promising. You've seen these words before, but heck, every discovery starts small....

Aqua Creation Adds Apaya Sculptured Wool To Spectacular Lighting Collection

In the Sculptured Wool Apaya Lighting Collection, Ms. Serfaty works with textile artist Irit Dulman to create woven Merino, Mohair, and pure silk lamp coverings.  The entire collection will premier at the Light+Building Fair in Frankfurt, Germany on April 10.  Here we have some pre-show photo releases.

iPhone & Android In Bed Together With Knocking Live Video App

Apps are finally bridging the communication gap between mobile platforms and Knocking Live is the first to pioneer the effort. Developed for both iPhone and Android devices, this app can broadcast live video between both smartphone devices.  So whether you belong to the Apple or Google tribe, technology has found a way to make these competitors play nice.

Take That Old 45 For A Spin In The GGRP Carboard Record Sleeve

The GGRP Group knows and does sound - sound design, music production, voice directing, casting, music, script writing, and audio post production.  And if that's not enough, they've invented a box.  No, no ordinary box... it's a corrugated record sleeve, that doubles as a record player.  After all, you probably don't have one of those any longer... if you ever did.

InventorSpot Ranks 946 In Global Blogosphere

The blogosphere is alive and well and at 133 million (and counting) as last reported by Technorati, it doesn't look like its going to go away any time soon. Blogs, often described as the 'democratization of reported data' allows journalists to contribute to public debates, whether InventorSpot is covering a geeky gadget, a social media phenomenon or an innovative philosophical idea.