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The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 2 – Tidy Robot Cleans Up When It Comes To Fun

Sure, you’ve heard of the Roomba, but here comes the Room Tidying Pickup Robot – a controller-driven or autonomous way to pick up objects cluttering your home. That little vacuum’s got nothin’ on this guy.


9 Baby Toys To Light Up Their Little Eyes This Holiday Season

So, it’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about what gifts you are going to give the special people in your life.  If you have a baby on your list of people to buy for then you may be wondering what toys will put a smile on that drooly little mouth.  Here is a countdown of new finds and ever-popular classics to get you started.

Rocking Sheep Updates Classic Rocking Horse, Adds Fleecy Comfort

This cozy Rocking Sheep from Japan's EMU.ENU combines classic rocking horse design with sumptuous fleecy comfort. Will kids love it? Ewe betcha!

Should I Manufacture or License My Invention?

I recently attended my local Inventors Association (Inventors Alliance in Northern California) and noticed that Inventors kept asking Andrew Krauss (President of Inventors Alliance) about the differences between Manufacturing and Licensing a product.  New Inventors were confused about what these terms meant and wanted to learn more about the factors to consider when deciding which way to go for their own product.  So I thought I'd take a minute to discuss both options as this comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes as well.


Rubik's Cube Bank Saves Your Coins, Leaves You Puzzled

Rubik's Cube, the 3D plastic puzzle revered by geeks & gamers the world over, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year - and you forgot to buy it a gift. Not to worry, the Rubik's Cube Bank allows you to save up for a really nice present... that is, IF you can get your money out of it!

Wearable Puppets Really Get Kids Into Character

Halloween is over for another year and all that is left is the sugar high and the candy wrappers.  However, if your kids are still longing for a little dress up time then you might want to pick up a couple of Wearable Puppets from Hammacher Schlemmer.  These fun headband and paw combos quickly transform kids into the wild animals that they so often want to portray.

Pick Up A DQ Blizzard Maker And Skip The Drive Thru

I am an absolute ice cream addict.  Image my delight when I saw that there is now a Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker on the market.  Oh how I would have loved to have had one of these as a kid!     

5 Places To Enter Pics of Your Homemade Halloween Costumes For Super Sweet Treats

Here is your chance to show off your homemade innovations. If you made a homemade Halloween costume this year, submit pictures of the costumes in one of the homemade costume contests below. Then cross your fingers (legs and eyes too) that your creepy creation is the most creative and unique of the entries. Why? The prizes are sweeter than that candy you are about to trick or treat for.

Cats, Dogs, & Laser Toys

I've written a lot of blogs about pet toys, including one I update every year called the 19+ Best Interactive Pet Gifts, but I don't write a lot about laser toys.  There's a reason for that, and with the holidays soon upon us, I want to share my thoughts about buying laser toys as pet gifts.

3D Poster Paint Markers Open A New Dimension In Drawing

Move over, Crayola, 3D magic markers are here! Posca 3D markers come in 8 vivid colors and include a pair of stereoscopic 3D glasses that make your creations really stand out.