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Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



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They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

“Smart” Garage Door Opener Uses a Fingerprint Reader to Open Door


A leading developer of finger activated consumer products called bioMETRX has created a garage door opener that works by swiping your finger through the fingerprint reader. The company hopes to target people who are tired of having to remember codes, or fumble around with keys, in order to get into their garages. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Robotic Massage Hand


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Have you ever longed for a gentle reassuring touch throughout the day? Would you welcome an occasional touch, rub, or connection to another without all the messy human entanglements that often accompany such a sweet gesture? read more »

The Future of Despotism: Blogging the Iranian Presidency


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While some in the U.S. may feel that a lack of governmental transparency here has led to significant shortfalls in recent policy decisions, those in Iran are getting the chance to chime in on policy while simultaneously learning a little bit about the mind of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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AT&T Wireless Samsung i617 BlackJack II Smart Phone Review


It didn't take long for Samsung to release their follow-up to the original BlackJack which was released in late 2006. The new BlackJack II offers a host of new features such video sharing, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, 2 MP camera, built-in GPS, and many more. The newly redesigned Samsung BlackJack from AT&T Wireless should be a hit in 2008. Find out more... read more »

The 30 Best Gadgets and Gizmos for 2008 - The 2008 CES Innovation Award Winners - Part I


The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is gearing up for another exciting few days in Las Vegas showcasing the most innovative new electronics in the World. The 2008 CES will take place January 7-10, and it will feature a ton of new consumer electronics as well as some key note speakers such as Bill Gates.

The 2008 CES Best of Innovations award winners have just been announced, and I've got the top product from each of the here and in Part II. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Watch That Predicts Your Death


Personal Doomsday WatchPersonal Doomsday Watch

We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »

Energy Tower: Power for 15 Earths?


Researchers have designed a product that its inventors claim could easily produce between 15 and 20 times the total electricity the world uses today. Not only that, it could also be used as a desalination device and may be able to reverse the effects of global warming. read more »

"Smart" Beer Coasters Provide New Drinking Game Ideas!


I was intrigued by hese new smart coasters for a variety of reasons--mainly they're cool to look at, and they provide a host of new drinking game opportunities. Another cool thing about these beer coasters is that you can build them yourself! Check out the video... read more »

Magellan Roadmate 1200 Entry-Level Portable GPS Unit


Magellan is one of the largest portable GPS unit manufacturers in the World, and they have recently introduced their newest entry-level GPS device called the Roadmate 1200. This device is one of the thinnest portable GPS devices on the market right now, and best of all, it's also one of the least expensive. read more »