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I love solving problems and the more innovative the solution the better. Whether it is something to help a difficult medical condition, a way to help with the issues associated with aging, or a way to extend or enhance the use of electronics (along with many other things), I am on the trail.

So what will science, technology, and creativity be bringing out next? I'll be on the lookout for the new, the innovative, and the cutting-edge. If you are looking for smart products that solve everyday problems, stay tuned to this blog and I'll keep you updated.

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Want An Inflatable Backpack For Travel Comfort?

There are times when you really need somewhere comfortable to rest your head or some cushioning to sit on and all you have with you is your backpack. It can be pretty lumpy as a pillow and not a very comfy seat. One company is planning to change that with their new invention -- the Windcatcher Air Pakk -- a self-inflating backpack that can become a place to rest your weary bones while you are on the run.

Want A Trash Can That Reuses Grocery Bags?

Even though many progressive communities are trying to outlaw plastic shopping bags, we still seem to manage to end up with piles of these bags. We stuff them inside closets, drawers, and even other bags. They seem to breed like rabbits even though we seek to reuse and recyle. In short -- they are generally a mess. You can make easy use of those bags for trash with the help of the Urbano Eco Trash Can.

Want Leafy Vines Instead of Miles Of Electrical Cords?

If there is one thing that our explosion of technology has given us is miles of electrical cords that crawl all over the house like a colony of demented octopi. You can try to hide them. I've thought of braiding them into a decorative design but I think that a new company called ElectroVine has the right idea. They have created a 6-foot extension cord that looks like a nice green vine of ivy.

Want A Cookbook You Can Eat?

Just about everybody thinks they have got a cookbook in them so you have to have a pretty strong angle or gimmick to get one to actually sell. Even the "gimmicks" are running rather thin -- from every kind of diet plan under the sun to those for every charity under that same sun. The latest idea is a really tasty one -- literally. The novelty of this particular tome is that it is the one and only Edible Cookbook.

Want A New Star Trek Movie Funded By Kickstarter?

It has been nearly 50 years since The Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Rodenberry, had his view of where no man has gone before head out into the minds of the American people. His "wagon train to the stars" television series has spawned a movement of people called Trekkies, several spin-offs and movies, and billions in merchandising. Now a new independent Star Trek film is heading into production thanks to the success of a couple of Kickstarter campaigns -- Star Trek: Axanar.

Want To Become A Coral Reef When You Die?

The subject of dying is one that we normally don't want to spend time thinking about, but if there is one thing for sure in this world it is that we are all going to die. What happens to our remains is up to us. Standard burials have been eating up the land to the point that the space could one day run out. To that end more people are now opting for cremation, but what to do with the ashes. One really awesome idea is Eternal Reefs where the ashes of the dearly departed become a part of a new ocean reef.

Want A Truly Novel T-Shirt With An Entire Novel On It?

T-shirts have long been a staple of the world of apparel and they have gotten pretty creative, but when was the last time you saw a truly novel one? One company, Litographs, is working hard to make sure that all of their t-shirts, posters, and tote bags are novel -- or poetry, short stories, or non-fiction. They do this by printing the entire book in a style that appears artistic from a distance and completely readable close up.

Want A New Way For Refugees To Live With Dignity?

There are a number of reasons that people can become refugees -- from geo-political conflicts to the effects of climate change. It is a devastating thing for people to lose everything in the path of these forces and then be faced with trying to rebuild a life from nothing. Designer Abeer Seikaly has come up with a different kind of shelter for refugees that gives them a small home of their own that is more functional than your average tent.

Want This Way Cool Steampunk Ring That Turns Into A Telescope?

There are few of us who haven't dreamed of living the life of a spy -- dashing about the great capitals of the world, being chased by evil agents bent on destroying our freedoms, and, best of all, getting to make use of super spy gadgets. Just like James Bond (in an alternate universe) you can get this way cool Capt. Jules' Extraordinary Telescope Ring with an awesome steampunk look.

Want To Ride A Longboard While Strolling With The Kid?

What if not giving up some of your childhood joys was a key to helping save the planet? For some people keeping their skateboard as a mode of transportation stays with them for a number of years. When the spouse and children come along it seems time to grow up and get rid of the board -- but what if you didn't need to? The Longboard Stroller Project is looking at how skateboarding may still be a great idea -- complete with baby on board.