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$10,000, a Laptop and More for Redesigned Trash

Ever watched the Design Squad? Design Squad is a kids program on PBS consisting of 8 young engineers. As a team these young engineers take on engineering challenges for an actual client such as Ikea. There are 13 episodes per season. In the final episode the top two contestants compete, "for the Grand Prize-a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel® Foundation".

Great Invention Idea? The Most Unremarkable Animal Toy Ever!


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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »

Video Games Controlled by Your Mind - And That's Just the Beginning!


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First, there were video games, and they were good. Then, they evolved into a console system like the Nintendo Wii, and there was much rejoicing. Now, they have evolved again.

SAVA-O 13-week-old Embryo Ventriloquist's Dummy



"SAVA-O, a ventriloquist's dummy with the face of a 13-week old embryo"... is how Japanese novelty goods manufacturer Meiwa Denki describes this very unique item. One can only ask, "Why??", but words alone cannot convey the depth of my bewilderment. I bet it sells like hotcakes!
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Great Invention Idea? Cure for Numb Thumb!


A Dangerous Habit?A Dangerous Habit?

If you're anything like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time typing away at your computer. You do so knowing every keystroke brings you one step closer to a carpal tunnel disease diagnosis; every glance at the screen teases your vision with astigmatism. So you buy an ergonomic keypad and mouse pad and you force yourself to look away from the screen every 20 minutes or so. Great! But now there is something else to worry about, something that threatens the great American pastime of television viewing: B.T.N.D. or Button Thumbing Numbness Disorder. Luckily, the cure is not worse than the disease. read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards

The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuting in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year!


THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards



The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuing in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year! read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $140,000 for a Hot Wheels Car


Hot Wheels® cars are an essential part of childhood. I had them as a child. My husband had them as a child. And now my kids now have them. They run a couple of bucks for one.

However, this is not your ordinary Hot Wheels®. To commemorate the production of the 4 billionth Hot Wheels® vehicle, Mattel created the 18-karat white gold-jeweled car valued at $140,000. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Bull's-eye Toilet Bowl!


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I'm afraid a quick glance at my articles might give some readers the wrong impression: that I have an affinity for anything relating to bodily functions. In particular, anything people do in the bathroom. Well, those readers are wrong. That being said, today I bring you United States patent 4044405, the toilet bowl bull's-eye! read more »

Move Over World of Warcraft, Hello Kitty Online is Here!



Today Hello Kitty Online, tomorrow the World (of Warcraft)... Sweetness superpower Sanrio of Japan, creators of the omnipresent Hello Kitty character, will be taking the cute cat online in what may be the biggest challenge yet to massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) dominated by World Of Warcraft.
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