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9 Design Lab '08 Finalists: Brilliant Kitchen Appliances For The IGeneration

Wow! The finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition sure are some tough competition for their more seasoned colleagues. These undergraduate and graduate students in industrial design programs have created some awesome designs for the techie kitchen. I don't know how the judges will pick a winner this year. See if you have a favorite.

Ultrasonic Sewing: Tech Breakthrough in Garment Industry

A new trend in this industry is the use of ultrasonic ‘sewing' machines which make it possible to stitch a garment together without a trace of needles or thread.


Tiny Buildings Made From Business Cards

Artist Sharon Mount creates cool buildings out of business cards, packaging and other forms of paper.

Edgy Japanese Eraser Has 28 Corners

Students, businessmen, artists, basically anyone who uses a pencil will at some point need an eraser, and the best eraser to use is a new one with sharp corners - which quickly get rounded with use. Not so with the Kadokeshi Plastic Eraser from Japan, which has - count 'em - 28 corners!

God Bless My Computer!

Antivirus software may cure most cranky computers but that's not enough for a growing number of Japanese techies whose mantra is "in God we trust".

El ZULO! An Ergonomic Chair Pod For The Power Nap

Just looking at the design for El ZULO, Spanish for "the hideout," makes me sleepy. Instead of putting my head down right here at my desk and catching a few zzz's before my stiff neck and back cry "Oooh, that hurts!," I imagine myself mustering just enough energy to get up, move a few feet away from my desk, and assume a similar, but ergonomic, position in this peaceful, padded, perfectly positioned chair pod for my power nap.

Japan's Aging Population Deals with Old Man Smell

Old Man Smell... Seems that's what's on the minds - and noses - of Japan's aging population these days. Concerned salarymen are looking to a new series of specially formulated products to eliminate age-related aromas.

Quell the Smell with Deodorant Clothing

Call it "don't mask, don't smell" clothing! Specially treated fibers used to make Aoki's summer clothing line not only absorb odors, they kill the bacteria that make them.

FireDrake Industries Mobile Monitor is A Firefighter’s Best Friend

Using robots in hazardous situations is something that has saved countless lives and as our technology evolves will no doubt save many more. Knowing this, FireDrake Industries designed a robotic "firefighter" to help keep our loved ones out of danger.

USB Healing Owl is a Real Hoot!

The USB Healing Owl will add a peaceful note to any home office or workstation. There's no guarantee it will make you any wiser, though.