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  • Apple's HealthKit On IOS8: Your Health And Fitness Apps In One Place

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    Ellen Dudley
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    HealthKit is set to be released in a few hours with the release of iOS8, a fierce attempt by Apple to take their place as the leader of health tracking technologies. It's a brand new framework that centralizes the data storage of personal health information, to make a developers apps more engaging and personal for users. Today they launched clinical trials with Duke and Stanford University, to track cancer and heart disease statistics on the HealthKit app.
  • Multinational Companies Court Lower-Income Consumers

    NYT > U.S. Patent Office
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Companies once had little interest in lower-end consumers, but some now recognize the potential of that vast market.
  • Hacking for good

    MIT News - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hacking is often done with malicious intent. But the two MIT alumni who co-founded fast-growing startup Tinfoil Security have shown that hacking can be put to good use: improving security.   Through Tinfoil, Michael Borohovski ’09 and Ainsley Braun ’10 have commercialized scanning software that uses hacking tricks to find vulnerabilities in websites and alert developers and engineers who can quickly fix problems before sites go live. Thousands of startups and small businesses, as well as several large enterprises, are now using the software. And around 75 percent of websites scanned…
  • USPTO First To File Roadshows

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    stevenipper
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Via this USPTO webpage: The USPTO will be hosting seven half-day roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). In prosecuting patent applications according to the FITF provisions since March 16, 2013, the USPTO has recognized some complications in the administrative processes as well as a need for a better understanding of the FITF provisions. A link to the information, including contact information and the agenda, can be accessed here:…
  • Top 5 Favorite Makeups At Spring 2015 Fashion Week

    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us
    Alicia Zuberbier
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week recently ended in New York City, and the fashion world is all abuzz about the new spring and summer pieces. Yes, the clothes were gorgeous, but let's take a few moments to appreciate the epicness of the makeup. Runway shows are one of the few times makeup artists can go above and beyond tupical beauty makeup, and there were a few shows where they did just that.
 
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  • Hacking for good

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hacking is often done with malicious intent. But the two MIT alumni who co-founded fast-growing startup Tinfoil Security have shown that hacking can be put to good use: improving security.   Through Tinfoil, Michael Borohovski ’09 and Ainsley Braun ’10 have commercialized scanning software that uses hacking tricks to find vulnerabilities in websites and alert developers and engineers who can quickly fix problems before sites go live. Thousands of startups and small businesses, as well as several large enterprises, are now using the software. And around 75 percent of websites scanned…
  • Making drones more customizable

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    A first-ever standard “operating system” for drones, developed by a startup with MIT roots, could soon help manufacturers easily design and customize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for multiple applications. Today, hundreds of companies worldwide are making drones for infrastructure inspection, crop- and livestock-monitoring, and search-and-rescue missions, among other things. But these are built for a single mission, so modifying them for other uses means going back to the drawing board, which can be very expensive. Now Airware, founded by MIT alumnus Jonathan Downey ’06, has…
  • Inventor creates tiny technologies for medicine; awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

    Stephanie Martinovich | Lemelson-MIT program
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sangeeta Bhatia SM ’93, PhD ’97, biomedical engineer and professor at MIT, is the recipient of the 2014 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Bhatia is recognized for designing and commercializing miniaturized technologies with applications to improve human health. The Lemelson-MIT Prize, celebrating its 20th year, honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Bhatia is a multidimensional inventor, with a PhD from MIT and an MD from Harvard University,…
  • Manual control

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    When you imagine the future of gesture-control interfaces, you might think of the popular science-fiction films “Minority Report” (2002) or “Iron Man” (2008). In those films, the protagonists use their hands or wireless gloves to seamlessly scroll through and manipulate visual data on a wall-sized, panoramic screen. We’re not quite there yet. But the brain behind those Hollywood interfaces, MIT alumnus John Underkoffler ’88, SM ’91, PhD ’99 — who served as scientific advisor for both films — has been bringing a more practical version of that technology to conference…
  • Re-inventing the grid

    Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial Liaison Program
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The challenge of selling any new idea is that it has to compete with every other new idea. The process is more difficult when the idea’s technology hasn’t existed and addresses an issue that some industries don’t see as a problem. Such is the reality of Ambri. The Cambridge, Mass., company started in an MIT laboratory with Professor Donald Sadoway and David Bradwell MNG '06 PhD '11. The former had a concept to overhaul energy storage; the latter needed a thesis project. The eventual result was a spinoff dedicated to creating a simply designed, low-cost, liquid metal battery. Now, after…
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  • USPTO First To File Roadshows

    stevenipper
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Via this USPTO webpage: The USPTO will be hosting seven half-day roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). In prosecuting patent applications according to the FITF provisions since March 16, 2013, the USPTO has recognized some complications in the administrative processes as well as a need for a better understanding of the FITF provisions. A link to the information, including contact information and the agenda, can be accessed here:…
  • Adobe Acrobat Tips for Patent and Trademark Practitioners

    stevenipper
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Here are some helpful posts for patent and trademark practitioners on the use of Adobe Acrobat: Acrobat for Legal Professionals Blog (ALPB) on Converting Color PDFs to Greyscale or Black and White. ALPB on Converting Color PDF to Greyscale PDF (An Update). ALPB on Acrobat 8: New Examine Document Feature. ALPB on Creating Email Portfolios for Small Electronic Data Discovery Productions. ALPB on Preventing Edits to Bates Numbers . . . now with an Action!. ALPB on Preventing Edits to Bates Numbers applied in Acrobat. ALPB on Can I change the number of digits when I Bates Number?. ALPB on Bates…
  • Free/Low Cost IP Statute Supplements

    stevenipper
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    It used to be that almost every intellectual property attorney would personally have a printed copy of all of the U.S. patent, trademark and copyright statutes sitting on their desk. Every year, a new edition would be bought to replace the old edition… These compilations are not inexpensive. For instance, a softbound copy of “Federal Intellectual Property Laws and Regulations, 2014 ed.” by Thomson West will set you back $269. Then came the Internet, and the ability to access electronic copies of the statutes online. Many practitioners opted to stop purchasing printed copies…
  • The use of “characterized in that” in claims filed in the United States

    stevenipper
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    PCT Rule 6.3(b) states that: Whenever appropriate, claims shall contain: (i) a statement indicating those technical features of the invention which are necessary for the definition of the claimed subject matter but which, in combination, are part of the prior art, [and] (ii) a characterizing portion-preceded by the words “characterized in that,” “characterized by,” “wherein the improvement comprises,” or any other words to the same effect-stating concisely the technical features which, in combination with the features stated under (i), it is desired to…
  • Upcoming USPTO Webinar: “Patent Litigation Tool Kit”

    stevenipper
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    The USPTO has announced a new webinar entitled the “PATENT LITIGATION ONLINE TOOL KIT”: Main street business owners and consumers have received letters accusing them of using a patented invention, along with demands for money to settle the dispute. The USPTO will be hosting a webinar discussing the Patent Litigation Online Tool Kit (please see the attached flyer). The litigation tool kit answers common questions about patent litigation such as: What are my options for responding to the suit? How can I tell whether or not I’m infringing? How do I find a lawyer? How can I…
 
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  • Top 5 Favorite Makeups At Spring 2015 Fashion Week

    Alicia Zuberbier
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week recently ended in New York City, and the fashion world is all abuzz about the new spring and summer pieces. Yes, the clothes were gorgeous, but let's take a few moments to appreciate the epicness of the makeup. Runway shows are one of the few times makeup artists can go above and beyond tupical beauty makeup, and there were a few shows where they did just that.
  • Toyota's "Well Chair" System Makes Minivans More Wheelchair Friendly

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Toyota has announced an integrated system for disabled passengers that better integrates wheelchairs with a range of its popular minivans. The “Well Chair”, introduced at the 2014 International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, is expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.
  • Skip Over The Water With Aquaskipper

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yet another product from Inventist, the Aquaskipper is a water "toy" that will also give you a great workout. Resembling an over sized water spider, the Aquaskipper moves similarly to those bugs, skipping across the surface of the water or gliding in on a wave.
  • Want To Scrub Your Nails With An Actual "Nail" Brush?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Being very literal can lead to some great puns and if there is one thing I love it is pun a goo pun. That is why I was immediately drawn to this Nail Brush made from an actual nail. It is just the sort of cool design that is just right for the macho tool guy who feels out of place using one of the dainty little plastic brushes that women buy for the family.
  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
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  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Texting Detector Could Help Police Catch Illegally Texting Drivers

    Motors.new
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Texting while driving may be illegal in 32 states but catching mobile texters in the act isn't easy. That may be about to change, however, thanks to an innovative hand-held text message detector being developed by a Virginia technology company.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • Gun Slingers Need Not Apply: Meet the New LD West Cellphone and Wallet Holster

    PaulFitzgerald
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A group of Canadian entrepreneurs have taken fashion and convenience to a whole new level. The new LD West cellphone and wallet holster, which just hit the market, is now the big rave among men and women of all ages.
 
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  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

    Ron Callari
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    #Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.
  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

    Ron Callari
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .
  • Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
  • Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

    Ron Callari
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .
  • One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

    Ron Callari
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .
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  • World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.
  • Nissan's One-Off Leaf Pickup Truck Is One Cute Electric Ute

    Motors.new
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Wish there was a pickup truck version of Nissan's zero-emissions Leaf subcompact car? Guess what, there is, though there's only one and Nissan has no current (ahem) plans to produce the cute ute en masse for the masses.
  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.
  • Mokulock Wooden Bricks: Not The Green LEGO Blocks You Were Looking For

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Mokulock's wooden bricks are what you'd get if, say, the LEGO company made and marketed their world-famous bricks a thousand years ago instead of right here, right now.
  • Want Your Soup And Crackers In The Same Bowl?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    With the cooler days and nights of autumn and winter on the way making some piping hot soup is beginning to sound more attractive. The trick is to keep your crackers separate from the soup until just the right moment without them sliding off onto the table or floor. With this cool "double-dipping" soup and crackers bowl you can keep them separate and tidy throughout the meal.
 
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  • THC In Cannabis Has Potential Therapeutic Effects On Alzheimer's Disease

    T Goodman
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Scientists at the University of South Florida's Byrd Alzheimer's Institute have investigated the potential role of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major component of marijuana, on Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. What is most commonly known as a recreational substance has demonstrated its potential in ameliorating AD and other neurological diseases, perhaps because our bodies produce the substance naturally (endocannabinoids) and have receptors that naturally respond to it.
  • Now Hear This: "Hello Phone" Telescopic Ear Trumpet Sounds Good, Looks Silly

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Having solved all other problems, Japan has re-invented the ear trumpet. The so-called “Hello Phone” from Konna Shop is actually a rebooted Speaking Tube, enabling those hard of hearing to carry on conversations in an otherwise normal manner.
  • Want Guitar Picks Recycled From Yesteryear?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    The music industry was built on mountains of vinyl, or stacks of wax as they used to be called. Those old records have been filling up landfills for decades now as they have gotten broken, worn out, or were just plain discarded. One company has taken these old and no longer viable platters and started making them into Recycled Vinyl Record Guitar Picks for your music-making pleasure.
  • Silver Generation Tricycle Helps Seniors Exercise Their Independence

    Motors.new
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Kukuru S silver generation tricycle is ideal for on-the-go seniors who aren't quite ready for an electric mobility scooter. The unique 4-wheeled trike boasts a host of built-in safety and security features that don't sacrifice everyday convenience and practicality.
  • Is Your Vision Changing? FocusSpecs Adjustable Lenses Change Along With Your Vision

    Boomer Babe
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    If you really want to see your close-up work clearly, you probably have at least three pair of eyeglasses with three different sets of prescription lenses. For example, you would need one pair for reading a book or using your smart phone, another for working on your laptop or tablet, and still another to see your desktop screen clearly. And what about distance lenses?
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  • World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.
  • Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

    Ron Callari
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .
  • One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

    Ron Callari
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .
  • Augmented Reality Gets Its Big Boy Pants

    Ron Callari
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Still thinking Augmented Reality (AR) is a fad at worst or science fiction at best? Is it just a passing distraction-dujour for teen gamers, before they move onto the next new shiny thing? Or is truly disruptive technology that’s on the cusp of enhancing our every day lives?
  • Datsun mi-DO Hatch Debuts At 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show

    Motors.new
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Datsun, once a familiar nameplate to North American carbuyers but lately reborn as Nissan's emerging market brand, unveiled the smartly styled mi-DO hatchback at the 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show. In related news, it seems Russia is considered an emerging market by the world's major automakers... better not tell Putin
 
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  • Want To Turn Any Container Into A Cute Piggy Bank?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    This little piggy isn't going to market, but he might be rooting around for something to eat. He's always got his snout into something -- well, theoretically. This little piggy really has no snout. The Greedy Pig Piggy Bank is all about the end, the backside, the round little rump, the keister, the tuchas -- and saving money.
  • Teeter Popper: Think Balance Board. Think Bubble Wrap

    Amber Leventry
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Teeter Popper  has already won ASTRA’s Best Toy For Kids Award, has been named a finalist in the Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, and is predicted to be a hot seller at Christmas. Gasp! Who said Christmas? Apple season just started; why would I speak such vulgarity? Let’s not think about it just yet. Think balance board. Think Sit ‘n Spin. Think tiny boat. Think bubble wrap. Now wrap them into one toy and you will have the Teeter Popper.
  • Mokulock Wooden Bricks: Not The Green LEGO Blocks You Were Looking For

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Mokulock's wooden bricks are what you'd get if, say, the LEGO company made and marketed their world-famous bricks a thousand years ago instead of right here, right now.
  • Fiona Walker England. Because All Kids Need Faux Taxidermy

    Amber Leventry
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I’m not a hunter. Nor do I appreciate an animal mounted to a wall. But I fully support cuteness and adorable ways to decorate a child’s room. I’m also a sucker for woodland creatures. What does the fox say? The fox says buy the animal head wall hooks too. Fiona Walker England hits the mark with wall mounted animal heads. Because all kids need faux taxidermy.
  • The Beauty Of Play Art

    Amber Leventry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Artists do what they love because, well, they love what they do. And kids love to play because, well, it’s fun. When creativity, love, and play are combined, you get play art, a fun and beautiful way to introduce children to fine art. From crochet playgrounds to Playable Art, children everywhere can enjoy the beauty of play art.
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  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.
  • 10 Beauty Inventions That Need To Exist Now

    Alicia Zuberbier
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    There are tons of clever and helpful beauty products on the market, but there are a few inventions women are still waiting for. Hopefully the cosmetic industry will hear our woes and help us out! Someone invent these products!
  • The BioCouture Innovation: Will Bacteria Rule Fashion's Future?

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Will your next pair of shoes be grown rather than manufactured? Environmental challenges and strained natural resources are forcing the evolution of different ways to produce sustainable consumer products. Read on to learn more about one designer's solution that may well shape the future of the fashion world.
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  • 3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

    Ellen Dudley
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment. 
  • Zotac Zbox Pico Is A Smartphone-Sized Windows PC

    Rey M.L.
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Despite being barely larger than its own AC adapter, Zotac's latest Zbox system nonetheless runs Windows 8.1 and boasts a respectable array of features.
  • Augmented Reality Gets Its Big Boy Pants

    Ron Callari
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Still thinking Augmented Reality (AR) is a fad at worst or science fiction at best? Is it just a passing distraction-dujour for teen gamers, before they move onto the next new shiny thing? Or is truly disruptive technology that’s on the cusp of enhancing our every day lives?
  • Is Apple Planning 12.9” iPads For 2015?

    Rey M.L.
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    If the rumours are right, Apple are busy working on a new addition to its popular tablet lineup. But who would need a 13” iPad? The answer might surprise you.
  • Facebooks’ ‘Mentions Box’ Introduces ‘Video Selfies’ For Celebs At Emmys

    Ron Callari
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Ever since Ellen Degeneres’ creative ‘selfie’ bit was introduced at the last Academy Awards ceremony, the bar has been raised for future hosts’ to use social media in more intricate and creative ways. Mark Zuckerberg and his cadre of coders at Facebook think they have just the thing to go Degeneres one better, when they debut their “Mentions Box” for celebrities during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.
 
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  • Why Wait For 2015 When You Can Have An Apple Watch Today?

    Steve Levenstein
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The new, exciting and innovative Apple Watch won't be available until 2015 but Japanese Twitter user Hiromichi Shoji seems to have got his hands on a very juicy prototype. By the looks of it, this new smartwatch sure is sweet!
  • Zotac Zbox Pico Is A Smartphone-Sized Windows PC

    Rey M.L.
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Despite being barely larger than its own AC adapter, Zotac's latest Zbox system nonetheless runs Windows 8.1 and boasts a respectable array of features.
  • PNY Lego USB Drives Add 16GB Storage To Your Builds

    Rey M.L.
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Flash drives encased in Lego bricks are hardly a new concept, but these ones from PNY have the Lego Group's official blessing. They're cheap, too.
  • Motopeds Survival Bike Black Ops Edition Offers Survivability With Style

    Motors.new
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Looking for a motorized bicycle with the looks of a survivalist bike and the guts to back it up? Then look no further than the Motopeds Survival Bike Black Ops Edition, a nifty DIY conversion kit that'll keep you rolling before, during & after the zombie apocalypse arrives.
  • i-Tattoo Electronic Temporary Tattoo Pen For Your Little Rebels

    Serena Dorman
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Love the look of tattoos, but not fond of the pain and commitment that come with it?  Have a little one in your life who would love a step up from temporary tattoo stickers? The i-Tattoo Electronic Tattoo Pen by SpinMaster is a tattoo pen so easy a child can use it, but without the permanence or dangers of contracting HIV and/or hepatitis.
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  • Transparent Bathrooms All The Rage At Chinese College

    China.new
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Inviting friends over to your dorm room just got WAY more awkward! Students checking out the newly built double-occupancy rooms at Wuhan Institute of Bioengineering were shocked to discover the bathroom walls were made from transparent glass – a design feature intended to save electricity according to college administrators.
  • School Running Track Sports Innovative Rooftop Design

    China.new
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A four-story tall Chinese elementary school with space issues and an oval roof solved the former by utilizing the latter, laying down a rubberized rooftop track surface and securely fencing it in.
  • Want To See What The United Kingdom Looks Like Up Close? Just Play Minecraft!

    Nicholas.Greene
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Want to explore the cliffs of Dover? Gaze out over the Scottish Isles? Swim through the English Channel? Thanks to the British Geological Survey you can do all of the above...in Minecraft.
  • Flamingo Rampant Book Club Will Offer Children's Books Reflecting Today's Diverse Families

    Amber Leventry
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Family is no longer just defined as a man, woman, and their kids. Nor is family just one shade of color. Today’s families are a diverse mix of single, divorced, gay, lesbian, and transgender parents raising kids. It’s hard to find a reflection of modern families in children’s books. Flamingo Rampant Book Club wants to change that by offering children’s books that showcase and celebrate diversity, specifically in LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) families.
  • Trigger-Happy Russian Strelkov Behind Malaysian Missile & Social Media Strikes

    Ron Callari
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The World War II propaganda slogan, "Loose Lips Sinks Ships," was modified slightly to "Loose Tweets Sink Tweets," to better reflect the age of social media. However the meaning behind both mottos is the same - namely, that one does not broadcast intelligence before the facts are proven out. This ominous sentiment was played out once again on the world stage this past week, with horrific results.
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  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Texting Detector Could Help Police Catch Illegally Texting Drivers

    Motors.new
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Texting while driving may be illegal in 32 states but catching mobile texters in the act isn't easy. That may be about to change, however, thanks to an innovative hand-held text message detector being developed by a Virginia technology company.
  • SITU Is The Food Scale That Connects To Your iPad

    Samantha Pankey
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Food scales are great products for the health and fitness minded or anyone who's thinking about losing weight or even gaining weight. They make it easy for you to know just how much you're consuming. SITU Food Scale ramps up the idea of a food scale. It gives you the nutrition content of the food you're eating as well, and it connects to your smart phone.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • 3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

    Ellen Dudley
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment. 
 
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  • Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
  • Whovians Standing The Test Of Time Enter Social Media Era

    Ron Callari
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    How does one explain Dr. Who without taking into account the show’s never-waning popularity amongst it ardent followers. If the etymology of the word “fan” was derived from “fanaticism,” this show has more than it’s share of addicted fanatics. With a lead character who's lived over 2000 years, has died and been reborn 12 times into entirely different bodies (albeit, different actors) and is celebrating his 50th year anniversary. . .
  • Curry Restaurant Background Music CDs Are So Hot Right Now

    Steve Levenstein
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Opening up a curry restaurant in Japan? Unless you've already arranged for a house band to soothe diners ears while your food sears their palates, you'll want to invest in JVC Music's series of Indian Curry Music BGM CDs.
  • Want A New Star Trek Movie Funded By Kickstarter?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    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.
  • BioBeats and The Pulse App: Can Music Rule Your Mind?

    M Dee Dubroff
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    Similar in concept to those mood rings of decades past, BioBeats has tapped into a new idea with a special app that can play music that reflects your current state of mind based on the rate of your heart. Read on for more on this fascinating topic.
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  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.
  • The BioCouture Innovation: Will Bacteria Rule Fashion's Future?

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Will your next pair of shoes be grown rather than manufactured? Environmental challenges and strained natural resources are forcing the evolution of different ways to produce sustainable consumer products. Read on to learn more about one designer's solution that may well shape the future of the fashion world.
  • Stellé Audio Clutch: Wearable Tech Innovation Meets Audio Couture

    M Dee Dubroff
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    An exciting new wearable tech product for the ladies,  the Stellé Audio Clutch is an edgy innovation, marking a fusion with fantasy, accessory fashions, music and technology. Read on to learn more about this new, top-of-the-line design audio clutch bag.
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  • Nissan's One-Off Leaf Pickup Truck Is One Cute Electric Ute

    Motors.new
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Wish there was a pickup truck version of Nissan's zero-emissions Leaf subcompact car? Guess what, there is, though there's only one and Nissan has no current (ahem) plans to produce the cute ute en masse for the masses.
  • Mokulock Wooden Bricks: Not The Green LEGO Blocks You Were Looking For

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Mokulock's wooden bricks are what you'd get if, say, the LEGO company made and marketed their world-famous bricks a thousand years ago instead of right here, right now.
  • The BioCouture Innovation: Will Bacteria Rule Fashion's Future?

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Will your next pair of shoes be grown rather than manufactured? Environmental challenges and strained natural resources are forcing the evolution of different ways to produce sustainable consumer products. Read on to learn more about one designer's solution that may well shape the future of the fashion world.
  • Squarebar Is Nutrition In An Organic Square

    Samantha Pankey
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you on a gluten-free diet? No dairy? No soy? Are you a supporter of the organic and non-GMO movement? Do you try to stay away from high-fructose corn syrup or anything that is full of sugar? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions or if you just like a delicious nutrition bar, you may want to try Squarebar.
  • Want To Become A Coral Reef When You Die?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    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.
 
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  • Skip Over The Water With Aquaskipper

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yet another product from Inventist, the Aquaskipper is a water "toy" that will also give you a great workout. Resembling an over sized water spider, the Aquaskipper moves similarly to those bugs, skipping across the surface of the water or gliding in on a wave.
  • SITU Is The Food Scale That Connects To Your iPad

    Samantha Pankey
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Food scales are great products for the health and fitness minded or anyone who's thinking about losing weight or even gaining weight. They make it easy for you to know just how much you're consuming. SITU Food Scale ramps up the idea of a food scale. It gives you the nutrition content of the food you're eating as well, and it connects to your smart phone.
  • Get In A Quick And Fun Workout With Quick Sweat Exercise Dice

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Working out can be a daunting task to some people. Even for those, like myself, who love the gym sometimes it's just not fun. That's why I love looking for ways to spice up my routine and make it fun. Turning working out into a game can certainly make it fun, and that's exactly what the Quick Sweat Exercise Dice do.
  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

    Ron Callari
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    #Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.
  • Take Your Training To A New Level With Bionic Resistance Suit

    Samantha Pankey
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Athletes train to get an edge, and so they look for training methods and equipment to give them that edge. The Bionic Resistance Suit is one of those pieces of equipment. It utilizes resistance bands to add a load to athletes' normal movements.
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  • SITU Is The Food Scale That Connects To Your iPad

    Samantha Pankey
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Food scales are great products for the health and fitness minded or anyone who's thinking about losing weight or even gaining weight. They make it easy for you to know just how much you're consuming. SITU Food Scale ramps up the idea of a food scale. It gives you the nutrition content of the food you're eating as well, and it connects to your smart phone.
  • Disgustingly Brilliant! 5 Epic Meal Time Crazy Food Inventions

    Michael McParland
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Crazy, huge, insane, unhealthy, oh, and did I say huge? This pretty much sums up one of the hottest food invention concepts to hit the internet, and especially YouTube, in recent times. The Epic Meal Time gang consists of a bunch of guys who have pushed the size and sanity boundaries when it comes to classic recipes, from fast food lasagna to giant burritos. Must see videos lie within..
  • Want A Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter For Your Precious Pies?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Making your own pizza at home is a wonderful thing -- right up until you have to cut it. If you are like me you are most likely to end up with a crooked arc rather than a straight line. With a Tactical Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter you worries are over and you can cut along a straight line. It is the sort of thing that gadget nerds dream about.
  • Want To Submerge Your Tea In A Yellow Submarine?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    In the land where I was born lived a man who sailed to tea . . . You don't have to be a Beatles fan to get the point of where the idea of a Yellow Submarine Tea infuser came from, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. You can brew your favorite while getting the song stuck firmly in your head. There is nothing like starting your day with a Fab Four earworm and starting to think that you actually do live in a yellow submarine.
  • Get Your WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder At Amazon’s 3D Printing Store. Moms Need Fun Stuff Too

    Amber Leventry
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems as though Amazon really does have everything, including a 3D printing store. You can shop in their Jewelry, Home Décor, Toys & Games, or Tech Accessories departments to find the perfect gift made on a 3D printer, like a WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder. Using dishwasher safe plastic and strong suction cups, you can wash your hair, shave your legs, and exfoliate without needing to leave your wine glass on the bathroom sink. Hey, not everything is for the kids. Moms need fun stuff too.
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  • Skip Over The Water With Aquaskipper

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yet another product from Inventist, the Aquaskipper is a water "toy" that will also give you a great workout. Resembling an over sized water spider, the Aquaskipper moves similarly to those bugs, skipping across the surface of the water or gliding in on a wave.
  • Want To Scrub Your Nails With An Actual "Nail" Brush?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Being very literal can lead to some great puns and if there is one thing I love it is pun a goo pun. That is why I was immediately drawn to this Nail Brush made from an actual nail. It is just the sort of cool design that is just right for the macho tool guy who feels out of place using one of the dainty little plastic brushes that women buy for the family.
  • Want Your Grog Of Choice In A Cool Beer Stein?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    There are just times you want to channel your inner German -- or at least pretend you are one of the guys on Hogan's Heroes slipping into the Hoffbrau in Hammelburg to trade information with the Resistance. Either way having a stein for quenching your thirst with your favorite canned beverage is a great idea. Why a can? Because this particular stein is Das Can-in-Stein -- not a real stein, but an incredible simulation.
  • Want A Pillow Covered With Rubber Bands?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Pillows make a great decorating accent in just about any room of the home, and they can get pretty unusual sometimes. Perhaps the strangest pillow I have ever seen out there is the Rubber Band Pillow. It rather resembles an overgrown, hairy, terry cloth towel monster from the Twilight Zone. Do do do do, do do do do.
  • Want To Tell Your Fortune With This Magical Bacon?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Among those of us who haven't given up meat many of us consider bacon the food of the gods. Perhaps that is why there is such a thing as Fortune-Telling Bacon. This product comes from Radiant Farms in Ireland where the Sisters also raise unicorns and dragons for canning. This particular kind of bacon is made from flying pigs and is completely inedible.
 
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  • Want To Scrub Your Nails With An Actual "Nail" Brush?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Being very literal can lead to some great puns and if there is one thing I love it is pun a goo pun. That is why I was immediately drawn to this Nail Brush made from an actual nail. It is just the sort of cool design that is just right for the macho tool guy who feels out of place using one of the dainty little plastic brushes that women buy for the family.
  • Want Your Grog Of Choice In A Cool Beer Stein?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    There are just times you want to channel your inner German -- or at least pretend you are one of the guys on Hogan's Heroes slipping into the Hoffbrau in Hammelburg to trade information with the Resistance. Either way having a stein for quenching your thirst with your favorite canned beverage is a great idea. Why a can? Because this particular stein is Das Can-in-Stein -- not a real stein, but an incredible simulation.
  • Want A Kit To Help You Survive Public Restrooms?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Public restrooms are the source of a great deal of trepidation for many of us. This is especially true for women since we are always faced with sitting down. You can't be sure that the toilet seat covers have been restocked, that the bathroom has been cleaned often enough, or if they have been cleaned at all. To that end you can purchase a Public Toilet Survival Kit.
  • Want To Tell Your Fortune With This Magical Bacon?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Among those of us who haven't given up meat many of us consider bacon the food of the gods. Perhaps that is why there is such a thing as Fortune-Telling Bacon. This product comes from Radiant Farms in Ireland where the Sisters also raise unicorns and dragons for canning. This particular kind of bacon is made from flying pigs and is completely inedible.
  • Want To Submerge Your Tea In A Yellow Submarine?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    In the land where I was born lived a man who sailed to tea . . . You don't have to be a Beatles fan to get the point of where the idea of a Yellow Submarine Tea infuser came from, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. You can brew your favorite while getting the song stuck firmly in your head. There is nothing like starting your day with a Fab Four earworm and starting to think that you actually do live in a yellow submarine.
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  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • Want Endless Bubble Wrap Popping At Your Finger Tips?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    There is just something about bubble wrap that makes you love it or hate it -- well, when it comes to popping anyway. There are those of us who just adore popping those little bubbles (guilty!) and those who just hate it when we go popping away (my brother). The main problem is that there are only so many bubbles. Well, now you can pop away as a way to de-stress with an Electronic Bubble Wrap Keychain.
  • Want To Turn Any Container Into A Cute Piggy Bank?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    This little piggy isn't going to market, but he might be rooting around for something to eat. He's always got his snout into something -- well, theoretically. This little piggy really has no snout. The Greedy Pig Piggy Bank is all about the end, the backside, the round little rump, the keister, the tuchas -- and saving money.
  • With AirVR, You'll Finally Be Able To Strap An iPad To Your Face. That's...Cool, I Guess?

    Nicholas.Greene
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    So, uh. There's a project making the rounds on Kickstarter right now that lets you strap an iPad or iPhone to your face in the name of virtual reality. Yeah, I know - I'm not so keen on the idea, either.
  • Want A Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter For Your Precious Pies?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Making your own pizza at home is a wonderful thing -- right up until you have to cut it. If you are like me you are most likely to end up with a crooked arc rather than a straight line. With a Tactical Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter you worries are over and you can cut along a straight line. It is the sort of thing that gadget nerds dream about.
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  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • Curing Blindness Goes Mobile With PEEK Vision App

    Ellen Dudley
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Did you know that it's possible to test your eyesight using your smartphone? Andrew Bastawrous, a 34 year old ophthalmologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, invented the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or PEEK, a mobile app and clip-on hardware that transforms a smartphone into a pocket-size optical clinic. 
  • Magnets That Clean Blood And Cure Sepsis

    Ellen Dudley
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A magnetic device has been invented to extract bacteria, fungi and other toxins from the blood, potentially curing sepsis, a life threatening complication of infection that kills 1 in 4 who are affected. It consists of a microfluidic device that removes magnetic nanometer-sized beads that have bound to pathogens in the bloodstream.
  • With Winkymote, You Can Control Your TV With The Blink Of An Eye

    Tech Light
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Pretty soon, people will be able to control their TVs by blinking - and all it'll take is a little makeup. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Winkymote - an infrared remote control that can be operated simply by blinking. Television isn't all it's good for, either.
  • Breed Specific Pet Food: Should You Fall For It?

    Lady Bee
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Purina is the most recent pet food company to announce a line of breed-specific dog foods; Beta™. Although currently the line is available in Great Britain only, I suspect it's just a matter of time before it's available in the U.S,. as are Eucanuba and Nature's Recipe breed-specific dog foods currently.  Royal Canin produces breed specific foods fordogs and cats.  The question is: Should your Terrier be fed differently from a Shepherd?  Your Maine Coon from a Siamese?
 
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  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

    Ron Callari
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .
  • Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
  • Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

    Ron Callari
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .
  • New Toyota Mark X Yellow Label – A Better, Brighter Camry?

    Motors.new
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Toyota's Mark X (pronounced “Mark EX”) offers Camry-class car buyers a front engine/rear drive alternative (with optional AWD) to the popular front-drive Camry. Now Toyota's sweetening the deal by offering specially-trimmed versions of the Mark X in a choice of colors including the lemon-hued Yellow Label.
  • Now Hear This: "Hello Phone" Telescopic Ear Trumpet Sounds Good, Looks Silly

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Having solved all other problems, Japan has re-invented the ear trumpet. The so-called “Hello Phone” from Konna Shop is actually a rebooted Speaking Tube, enabling those hard of hearing to carry on conversations in an otherwise normal manner.
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  • Want A Pillow Covered With Rubber Bands?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Pillows make a great decorating accent in just about any room of the home, and they can get pretty unusual sometimes. Perhaps the strangest pillow I have ever seen out there is the Rubber Band Pillow. It rather resembles an overgrown, hairy, terry cloth towel monster from the Twilight Zone. Do do do do, do do do do.
  • Want A Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter For Your Precious Pies?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Making your own pizza at home is a wonderful thing -- right up until you have to cut it. If you are like me you are most likely to end up with a crooked arc rather than a straight line. With a Tactical Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter you worries are over and you can cut along a straight line. It is the sort of thing that gadget nerds dream about.
  • Want To Submerge Your Tea In A Yellow Submarine?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    In the land where I was born lived a man who sailed to tea . . . You don't have to be a Beatles fan to get the point of where the idea of a Yellow Submarine Tea infuser came from, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. You can brew your favorite while getting the song stuck firmly in your head. There is nothing like starting your day with a Fab Four earworm and starting to think that you actually do live in a yellow submarine.
  • Want Your Coffee With A Side Of Anti-Gravity?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The Floating Mug is possibly the coolest mug ever since it appears to defy gravity. Thanks to some clever engineering the mug appears to float in mid-air even though it is firmly grounded at all times. The mug is attached to the base only by the handle, which is the device that give the mug its anti-gravity appearance.
  • Want Your Gummi Bears In A Chandelier?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    There is nothing like a tasteful chandelier to brighten up a dark space in a foyer or dining room. Some chandeliers are becoming actual works of art by notable artisans. Some of these light fixtures are more tasty than tasteful as they employ images of food and drink for their design. One of the most unique of these chandeliers is Jellio's Candelier -- made of 15,000 gummi bears.
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  • Toyota's "Well Chair" System Makes Minivans More Wheelchair Friendly

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Toyota has announced an integrated system for disabled passengers that better integrates wheelchairs with a range of its popular minivans. The “Well Chair”, introduced at the 2014 International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, is expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.
  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.
  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Texting Detector Could Help Police Catch Illegally Texting Drivers

    Motors.new
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Texting while driving may be illegal in 32 states but catching mobile texters in the act isn't easy. That may be about to change, however, thanks to an innovative hand-held text message detector being developed by a Virginia technology company.
 
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  • Toyota's "Well Chair" System Makes Minivans More Wheelchair Friendly

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Toyota has announced an integrated system for disabled passengers that better integrates wheelchairs with a range of its popular minivans. The “Well Chair”, introduced at the 2014 International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, is expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.
  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • The New Brilliance Dolphin: Still Cheap But Less Crappy

    Motors.new
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What's in a name? Car buyers scouting out the new Brilliance Dolphin will be pleased to know this entry-level mini car is no longer known as the Brilliance CaCa.
  • Chinese Public Bus Provides Private Maternity Seat For Breastfeeding Mothers

    China.new
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bus transportation for new mothers just got easier in Jinhua, China. The city's public transportation authority has unveiled an innovative pilot project that offers lactating ladies a private, curtained space within which to breastfeed their children.
  • New & Improved Toyota Vitz Runs Like A Rollerskate, Fits Like A Shoe

    Motors.new
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The new Toyota Vitz, now in its third generation, enjoys engine upgrades providing higher thermal efficiency while improving fuel economy. Since the Vitz now runs better, the obvious promotional tack was to take it on tour with a gigantic four-wheeled “Yellow SneaCar”.
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  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • Teeter Popper: Think Balance Board. Think Bubble Wrap

    Amber Leventry
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Teeter Popper  has already won ASTRA’s Best Toy For Kids Award, has been named a finalist in the Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, and is predicted to be a hot seller at Christmas. Gasp! Who said Christmas? Apple season just started; why would I speak such vulgarity? Let’s not think about it just yet. Think balance board. Think Sit ‘n Spin. Think tiny boat. Think bubble wrap. Now wrap them into one toy and you will have the Teeter Popper.
  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.
  • Curing Blindness Goes Mobile With PEEK Vision App

    Ellen Dudley
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Did you know that it's possible to test your eyesight using your smartphone? Andrew Bastawrous, a 34 year old ophthalmologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, invented the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or PEEK, a mobile app and clip-on hardware that transforms a smartphone into a pocket-size optical clinic. 
  • Get Your WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder At Amazon’s 3D Printing Store. Moms Need Fun Stuff Too

    Amber Leventry
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems as though Amazon really does have everything, including a 3D printing store. You can shop in their Jewelry, Home Décor, Toys & Games, or Tech Accessories departments to find the perfect gift made on a 3D printer, like a WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder. Using dishwasher safe plastic and strong suction cups, you can wash your hair, shave your legs, and exfoliate without needing to leave your wine glass on the bathroom sink. Hey, not everything is for the kids. Moms need fun stuff too.
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  • Toyota's "Well Chair" System Makes Minivans More Wheelchair Friendly

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Toyota has announced an integrated system for disabled passengers that better integrates wheelchairs with a range of its popular minivans. The “Well Chair”, introduced at the 2014 International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, is expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

    Ron Callari
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    #Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.
  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.
  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

    Ron Callari
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .
 
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  • The New Brilliance Dolphin: Still Cheap But Less Crappy

    Motors.new
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What's in a name? Car buyers scouting out the new Brilliance Dolphin will be pleased to know this entry-level mini car is no longer known as the Brilliance CaCa.
  • New & Improved Toyota Vitz Runs Like A Rollerskate, Fits Like A Shoe

    Motors.new
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The new Toyota Vitz, now in its third generation, enjoys engine upgrades providing higher thermal efficiency while improving fuel economy. Since the Vitz now runs better, the obvious promotional tack was to take it on tour with a gigantic four-wheeled “Yellow SneaCar”.
  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

    Ron Callari
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .
  • One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

    Ron Callari
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .
  • Nissan's New Infiniti ESQ Shines In Mirror Finish Silver Paint

    Motors.new
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    How shiny is TOO shiny? A new Infiniti ESQ recently displayed at a popular Beijing shopping mall answers the question after just a few seconds of reflection.
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  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

    Ron Callari
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    #Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.
  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

    Ron Callari
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .
  • Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
  • Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

    Ron Callari
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .
  • Want A New Star Trek Movie Funded By Kickstarter?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    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.
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  • Want A Kit To Help You Survive Public Restrooms?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Public restrooms are the source of a great deal of trepidation for many of us. This is especially true for women since we are always faced with sitting down. You can't be sure that the toilet seat covers have been restocked, that the bathroom has been cleaned often enough, or if they have been cleaned at all. To that end you can purchase a Public Toilet Survival Kit.
  • GlobeIn Brings Artisans From All Over The World To Your Fingertips

    Josiah Motley
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    What do you get when you combine the homemade selling power of Etsy and the global small-business support of Kiva? Sprinkle in a little bit of Deepak Chopra and a subscription box similar to Birchbox and you're left with the iOS app, GlobeIn. At its core, GlobeIn is a very human driven app lets you purchase handmade items from artisans in developing countries.
  • Stellé Audio Clutch: Wearable Tech Innovation Meets Audio Couture

    M Dee Dubroff
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    An exciting new wearable tech product for the ladies,  the Stellé Audio Clutch is an edgy innovation, marking a fusion with fantasy, accessory fashions, music and technology. Read on to learn more about this new, top-of-the-line design audio clutch bag.
  • Transparent Bathrooms All The Rage At Chinese College

    China.new
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Inviting friends over to your dorm room just got WAY more awkward! Students checking out the newly built double-occupancy rooms at Wuhan Institute of Bioengineering were shocked to discover the bathroom walls were made from transparent glass – a design feature intended to save electricity according to college administrators.
  • Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

    M Dee Dubroff
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.
 
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  • Hang Out In The Trees With Roomoon Hanging Tent

    Samantha Pankey
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hanging tents are fast becoming the new 'it' product for glampers--those who like to camp in style (glamping = glamorous camping). Roomoon is one of those hanging tents, and it promises an experience akin to "soaring through the tree canopies" in a balloon. 
  • Zendome: Unique Structure For Your Yard Or Weekend Getaway Spot

    Samantha Pankey
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Able to enclose spaces ranging from 20 to 1,000 square meters, the Zendome geodesic domes were designed for commercial use--information stands, pop-up stores, etc--however, their unique design can be utilized to accent your home's yard space or provide a shelter with a great view at your favorite getaway.
  • Roll Up Sail Turns Your Paddle Board Into A Mini Sail Boat

    Samantha Pankey
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while staying active. However, every so often the staying active part becomes a little difficult, like those times when you're going against the current, paddling like crazy. With the roll up sail, you can turn your paddle board into a mini sailing vessel.
  • ViewRanger Turns Your Device Into A Backcountry Navigation Center

    Samantha Pankey
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Planning a camping trip? A hike? Need a GPS? No need to spend hours researching GPS devices and hundreds of dollars on the device itself, when you can just download an app. The ViewRanger app can be downloaded onto your smartphone or device, and it turns that device into a back country guide.
  • A Fly With Unique 'Ears' Becomes Inspiration For New Hearing Aid

    T Goodman
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Biomimicry has again inspired a creative team of scientists. This time it's the Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with exquisitely acute directional hearing ability, that has become the model for the next generation of hearing aids being modeled by engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
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  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Texting Detector Could Help Police Catch Illegally Texting Drivers

    Motors.new
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Texting while driving may be illegal in 32 states but catching mobile texters in the act isn't easy. That may be about to change, however, thanks to an innovative hand-held text message detector being developed by a Virginia technology company.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • Gun Slingers Need Not Apply: Meet the New LD West Cellphone and Wallet Holster

    PaulFitzgerald
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A group of Canadian entrepreneurs have taken fashion and convenience to a whole new level. The new LD West cellphone and wallet holster, which just hit the market, is now the big rave among men and women of all ages.
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  • Chinese Public Bus Provides Private Maternity Seat For Breastfeeding Mothers

    China.new
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bus transportation for new mothers just got easier in Jinhua, China. The city's public transportation authority has unveiled an innovative pilot project that offers lactating ladies a private, curtained space within which to breastfeed their children.
  • Teeter Popper: Think Balance Board. Think Bubble Wrap

    Amber Leventry
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Teeter Popper  has already won ASTRA’s Best Toy For Kids Award, has been named a finalist in the Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, and is predicted to be a hot seller at Christmas. Gasp! Who said Christmas? Apple season just started; why would I speak such vulgarity? Let’s not think about it just yet. Think balance board. Think Sit ‘n Spin. Think tiny boat. Think bubble wrap. Now wrap them into one toy and you will have the Teeter Popper.
  • Get Your WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder At Amazon’s 3D Printing Store. Moms Need Fun Stuff Too

    Amber Leventry
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems as though Amazon really does have everything, including a 3D printing store. You can shop in their Jewelry, Home Décor, Toys & Games, or Tech Accessories departments to find the perfect gift made on a 3D printer, like a WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder. Using dishwasher safe plastic and strong suction cups, you can wash your hair, shave your legs, and exfoliate without needing to leave your wine glass on the bathroom sink. Hey, not everything is for the kids. Moms need fun stuff too.
  • Fiona Walker England. Because All Kids Need Faux Taxidermy

    Amber Leventry
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I’m not a hunter. Nor do I appreciate an animal mounted to a wall. But I fully support cuteness and adorable ways to decorate a child’s room. I’m also a sucker for woodland creatures. What does the fox say? The fox says buy the animal head wall hooks too. Fiona Walker England hits the mark with wall mounted animal heads. Because all kids need faux taxidermy.
  • The Beauty Of Play Art

    Amber Leventry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Artists do what they love because, well, they love what they do. And kids love to play because, well, it’s fun. When creativity, love, and play are combined, you get play art, a fun and beautiful way to introduce children to fine art. From crochet playgrounds to Playable Art, children everywhere can enjoy the beauty of play art.
 
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  • Breed Specific Pet Food: Should You Fall For It?

    Lady Bee
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Purina is the most recent pet food company to announce a line of breed-specific dog foods; Beta™. Although currently the line is available in Great Britain only, I suspect it's just a matter of time before it's available in the U.S,. as are Eucanuba and Nature's Recipe breed-specific dog foods currently.  Royal Canin produces breed specific foods fordogs and cats.  The question is: Should your Terrier be fed differently from a Shepherd?  Your Maine Coon from a Siamese?
  • 16 Best Pet Halloween Costume Winners For 2014: Funniest, Fiercest, Best Proof That Hello Kitty IS INDEED A Cat, & More...

    Lady Bee
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    We really have some great pet costume designs in this year's 8th annual Halloween Pet Costume Competition, and it was a very competitive field.  We have winners in several typical categories, like the Cutest, Funniest, and Best Impersonator costumes, but we added some new categories like Best Prehistoric and Best Proof That Hello Kitty Is Indeed A Cat.... Let's warm up by starting off with the Cutest Pet Costume of 2014....
  • The Noggle Lets Kids Enjoy The AC From The Back Seat

    Kim Patterson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Can't enjoy the icy blast of AC with the kids complaining about the heat from the back seat? The Noggle is an easy to install and easy to use device to get the cool air to the backseat quicker.
  • Best In Show! SmartyKat Feather Whirl Electronic Motion Ball

    Lady Bee
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    There are not many toys that can keep a cat's attention for very long; we cat owners have noticed that once or twice....  But there is something special about the SmartyKat Feather Whirl Electronic Motion Ball that does seem to keep cats interested, and the toy even won the Best In Show Cat Product Award at the 2014 SuperZoo new product show.
  • Save Your Pitching Arm: Get A Pet Treat Launcher

    Lady Bee
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I very easily see the point of ball launchers for dogs like the Chuckit, but you really have to 'throw like a girl,' and not like Philadelphia teen Mo'Ne Davis, the now-famous female little league pitcher with a 70 mph fast ball, to need a treat launcher!  Still, there are some benefits to having a gadget that can pitch a pet treat for you....
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  • Toyota's "Well Chair" System Makes Minivans More Wheelchair Friendly

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Toyota has announced an integrated system for disabled passengers that better integrates wheelchairs with a range of its popular minivans. The “Well Chair”, introduced at the 2014 International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, is expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.
  • Skip Over The Water With Aquaskipper

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yet another product from Inventist, the Aquaskipper is a water "toy" that will also give you a great workout. Resembling an over sized water spider, the Aquaskipper moves similarly to those bugs, skipping across the surface of the water or gliding in on a wave.
  • Want To Scrub Your Nails With An Actual "Nail" Brush?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Being very literal can lead to some great puns and if there is one thing I love it is pun a goo pun. That is why I was immediately drawn to this Nail Brush made from an actual nail. It is just the sort of cool design that is just right for the macho tool guy who feels out of place using one of the dainty little plastic brushes that women buy for the family.
  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.
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  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

    Ron Callari
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    #Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.
  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

    Ron Callari
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .
  • Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
  • Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

    Ron Callari
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .
  • Whovians Standing The Test Of Time Enter Social Media Era

    Ron Callari
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    How does one explain Dr. Who without taking into account the show’s never-waning popularity amongst it ardent followers. If the etymology of the word “fan” was derived from “fanaticism,” this show has more than it’s share of addicted fanatics. With a lead character who's lived over 2000 years, has died and been reborn 12 times into entirely different bodies (albeit, different actors) and is celebrating his 50th year anniversary. . .
 
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  • 3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

    Ellen Dudley
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment. 
  • Polyester Stinks And Here's A Study To Prove It

    T Goodman
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the 70's fashionable men wore polyester 'leisure suits.'   Fashionable women wore polyester or nylon Emilio Pucci patterned dresses. They were supposed to be cool, but really they were hotter than heck. Then, thankfully, there was a return to natural fibers in textiles - not only cotton, silk, and wool, but several fibers like hemp, bamboo, and soy that were relatively new to the fashion industry.  Now the pendulum is back to the synthetic, and it's not pretty.  As a matter of fact, it stinks!
  • Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

    M Dee Dubroff
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.
  • Hello Kitty Rockets Into Orbit As Japan's First Catstronaut

    Steve Levenstein
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hello Kitty, Japan's character queen of cute, is celebrating her 40th anniversary by getting high... 600km (372.8 miles) above sea level, that is! Having stowed away aboard the Hodoyoshi 3 micro-satellite, a 4cm (1.6 inch) tall Hello Kitty figure now gazes down upon us through a glass window while redirecting 180-character messages from fans to their friends and families.
  • New Crazy Invention Turns Water Into Wine?

    Michael McParland
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    No your eyes are not deceiving you. The billiantly crazy Miracle Machine is a new invention like no other, or so it seems. Winemakers Bob Levy and Martha McClellen have managed to come up with the first winemaking device for the home. Of course, you will need a few things before you are sitting in front of the fire knocking back the equivalent of a 1999 Cote Rotie, but hey, isn't that always the case? Trust me when I say you will want to read on. This bad boy is much more, or perhaps less, than it seems.
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    InventorSpot - Security

  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.
  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

    Ron Callari
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    ISIS might be way more dangerous than anyone any thinks. In an unprecedented military tactic, the self-declared “caliphate” of Syria and Iraq is using social media for the purpose of enticing American women to help procreate the next generation of jihadists. And in the process, the terrorist organization that's now the over-lord of large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as. . .
  • The Mink 3-D Make Up Printer: Wearable Tech’s Cosmetic Innovation

    M Dee Dubroff
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Harvard graduate, Grace Choi, has invented a 3-D prototype printer called Mink that enables users to print any form of makeup right from their home. Read on to learn more about this amazing wearable tech innovation.
  • Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

    M Dee Dubroff
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.
  • Apps Launched For Rockets Red Glare & Planet Rife With War

    Ron Callari
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    In the new TV show drama, “MANH(A)TTAN (a fictional accounting of the Manhattan Project’s lead-up to the Atom Bomb), Liza Winter, one of the scientist’s wives notes that in 1943, out of “75 sovereign states in existence in the world (at the time), 61 of them were at war.”
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    InventorSpot - Beauty and Anti-Aging

  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • 10 Beauty Inventions That Need To Exist Now

    Alicia Zuberbier
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    There are tons of clever and helpful beauty products on the market, but there are a few inventions women are still waiting for. Hopefully the cosmetic industry will hear our woes and help us out! Someone invent these products!
  • Hair Brush Phone Case Guarentees You'll Look Great In Every Selfie

    Alicia Zuberbier
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I'll be the first to admit I love selfies. Maybe that's a bit narcissistic, but I really believe I'm the best at taking photos of me. If you're selfie-obsessed and you want to look your best at any given, selfie-perfect opportunity, a new iPhone case is going to make your dreams come true. A hair brush, phone case hybrid will make sure your hair looks great right before your snap another pic.
  • Fermented Fashion: Wearable Tech Garments Smell Like a Hangover

    M Dee Dubroff
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    A dirty petri dish brought about the discovery of penicillin and in the same sort of vein, although arguably less momentous, a contaminated vat of wine was the catalyst for the phenomenon known as 'fermented fashion.' Read on for more details about this edgy Australian wearable tech innovation.
  • The Beauty Spoon Helps You Get More Beautiful Bang For Your Buck

    Alicia Zuberbier
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Nothing in your beauty routine is as aggravating as seeing product left in a bottle, and you just can't quite reach it. Pump lotions and serums often leave product at the bottom, and if your lotions are expensive, you're not just wasting your favorite cream. You're wasting money. Behold the Beauty Spoon, a flexible spatula-like spoon that lets your scrape out every drop. Get all the bang for your buck that you can, and stay beautiful while you're at it.
 
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    InventorSpot - Shopping

  • Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From The Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

    Ron Callari
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .
  • One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

    Ron Callari
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .
  • Breed Specific Pet Food: Should You Fall For It?

    Lady Bee
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Purina is the most recent pet food company to announce a line of breed-specific dog foods; Beta™. Although currently the line is available in Great Britain only, I suspect it's just a matter of time before it's available in the U.S,. as are Eucanuba and Nature's Recipe breed-specific dog foods currently.  Royal Canin produces breed specific foods fordogs and cats.  The question is: Should your Terrier be fed differently from a Shepherd?  Your Maine Coon from a Siamese?
  • 16 Best Pet Halloween Costume Winners For 2014: Funniest, Fiercest, Best Proof That Hello Kitty IS INDEED A Cat, & More...

    Lady Bee
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    We really have some great pet costume designs in this year's 8th annual Halloween Pet Costume Competition, and it was a very competitive field.  We have winners in several typical categories, like the Cutest, Funniest, and Best Impersonator costumes, but we added some new categories like Best Prehistoric and Best Proof That Hello Kitty Is Indeed A Cat.... Let's warm up by starting off with the Cutest Pet Costume of 2014....
  • Why Snapchat Ads Are An Oxymoron

    Ron Callari
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Snapchat and advertising seems to me to be two functions diametrically opposed - an oxymoron if you will. How can any marketing campaign make an impact, if by design it’s fleeting in nature? Since Snapchat is a messaging app that delivers status updates, photos and/or videos viewable for 10 seconds only — is that enough time to leave a lasting impression?
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    InventorSpot - Fitness, Sports and Outdoors

  • Skip Over The Water With Aquaskipper

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yet another product from Inventist, the Aquaskipper is a water "toy" that will also give you a great workout. Resembling an over sized water spider, the Aquaskipper moves similarly to those bugs, skipping across the surface of the water or gliding in on a wave.
  • SITU Is The Food Scale That Connects To Your iPad

    Samantha Pankey
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Food scales are great products for the health and fitness minded or anyone who's thinking about losing weight or even gaining weight. They make it easy for you to know just how much you're consuming. SITU Food Scale ramps up the idea of a food scale. It gives you the nutrition content of the food you're eating as well, and it connects to your smart phone.
  • Get In A Quick And Fun Workout With Quick Sweat Exercise Dice

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Working out can be a daunting task to some people. Even for those, like myself, who love the gym sometimes it's just not fun. That's why I love looking for ways to spice up my routine and make it fun. Turning working out into a game can certainly make it fun, and that's exactly what the Quick Sweat Exercise Dice do.
  • Apple's HealthKit On IOS8: Your Health And Fitness Apps In One Place

    Ellen Dudley
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    HealthKit is set to be released in a few hours with the release of iOS8, a fierce attempt by Apple to take their place as the leader of health tracking technologies. It's a brand new framework that centralizes the data storage of personal health information, to make a developers apps more engaging and personal for users. Today they launched clinical trials with Duke and Stanford University, to track cancer and heart disease statistics on the HealthKit app.
  • Hang Out In The Trees With Roomoon Hanging Tent

    Samantha Pankey
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hanging tents are fast becoming the new 'it' product for glampers--those who like to camp in style (glamping = glamorous camping). Roomoon is one of those hanging tents, and it promises an experience akin to "soaring through the tree canopies" in a balloon. 
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    InventorSpot - Technology

  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.
  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

    Ellen Dudley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.
  • 3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

    Ellen Dudley
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment. 
 
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    InventorSpot - Television

  • Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
  • Whovians Standing The Test Of Time Enter Social Media Era

    Ron Callari
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    How does one explain Dr. Who without taking into account the show’s never-waning popularity amongst it ardent followers. If the etymology of the word “fan” was derived from “fanaticism,” this show has more than it’s share of addicted fanatics. With a lead character who's lived over 2000 years, has died and been reborn 12 times into entirely different bodies (albeit, different actors) and is celebrating his 50th year anniversary. . .
  • Facebooks’ ‘Mentions Box’ Introduces ‘Video Selfies’ For Celebs At Emmys

    Ron Callari
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Ever since Ellen Degeneres’ creative ‘selfie’ bit was introduced at the last Academy Awards ceremony, the bar has been raised for future hosts’ to use social media in more intricate and creative ways. Mark Zuckerberg and his cadre of coders at Facebook think they have just the thing to go Degeneres one better, when they debut their “Mentions Box” for celebrities during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.
  • Instagram Breaking Bad For Emmys With Scavenger Hunt

    Ron Callari
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    That show known for it’s badness is so damn good, it’s hard to let it go. So believes one of its award-winning costars - and we’re inclined to agree. To that end, Aaron Paul has sought out the world’s number-one mobile photo-sharing social network to help him spread the word of its departure in a very unique fashion.
  • World Cup's German Soccer Players Were Constructed, Not Self-Made?

    Ron Callari
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    It's no doubt that the summer of 2014 will be remembered as the 'Summer of Soccer.' One has only to look at the viewing audience to get a sense of its immense popularity. The coverage of this year's FIFA World Cup continues to break records in the United States alone - both on television and online.
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    InventorSpot - Toys and Games

  • Want To Tell Your Fortune With This Magical Bacon?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Among those of us who haven't given up meat many of us consider bacon the food of the gods. Perhaps that is why there is such a thing as Fortune-Telling Bacon. This product comes from Radiant Farms in Ireland where the Sisters also raise unicorns and dragons for canning. This particular kind of bacon is made from flying pigs and is completely inedible.
  • Want Endless Bubble Wrap Popping At Your Finger Tips?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    There is just something about bubble wrap that makes you love it or hate it -- well, when it comes to popping anyway. There are those of us who just adore popping those little bubbles (guilty!) and those who just hate it when we go popping away (my brother). The main problem is that there are only so many bubbles. Well, now you can pop away as a way to de-stress with an Electronic Bubble Wrap Keychain.
  • With AirVR, You'll Finally Be Able To Strap An iPad To Your Face. That's...Cool, I Guess?

    Nicholas.Greene
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    So, uh. There's a project making the rounds on Kickstarter right now that lets you strap an iPad or iPhone to your face in the name of virtual reality. Yeah, I know - I'm not so keen on the idea, either.
  • Teeter Popper: Think Balance Board. Think Bubble Wrap

    Amber Leventry
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Teeter Popper  has already won ASTRA’s Best Toy For Kids Award, has been named a finalist in the Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, and is predicted to be a hot seller at Christmas. Gasp! Who said Christmas? Apple season just started; why would I speak such vulgarity? Let’s not think about it just yet. Think balance board. Think Sit ‘n Spin. Think tiny boat. Think bubble wrap. Now wrap them into one toy and you will have the Teeter Popper.
  • Mokulock Wooden Bricks: Not The Green LEGO Blocks You Were Looking For

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Mokulock's wooden bricks are what you'd get if, say, the LEGO company made and marketed their world-famous bricks a thousand years ago instead of right here, right now.
 
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    InventorSpot - Videos

  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

    Ron Callari
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    #Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.
  • One-Stop-Shop On iPhone 6 & Twitter

    Ron Callari
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    The old AMEX ad slogan of ‘don’t leave home without it’ is apropos when referencing the new social trend of ‘instant purchasing.’ Within the very same week, both Apple and Twitter have devised new mobile e-commerce options. The stickiness of making a purchase without leaving the confines a social network or opening up several apps on your smartphone is appealing to the no-nonsense digerati who gravitate towards. . .
  • Whovians Standing The Test Of Time Enter Social Media Era

    Ron Callari
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    How does one explain Dr. Who without taking into account the show’s never-waning popularity amongst it ardent followers. If the etymology of the word “fan” was derived from “fanaticism,” this show has more than it’s share of addicted fanatics. With a lead character who's lived over 2000 years, has died and been reborn 12 times into entirely different bodies (albeit, different actors) and is celebrating his 50th year anniversary. . .
  • Augmented Reality Gets Its Big Boy Pants

    Ron Callari
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Still thinking Augmented Reality (AR) is a fad at worst or science fiction at best? Is it just a passing distraction-dujour for teen gamers, before they move onto the next new shiny thing? Or is truly disruptive technology that’s on the cusp of enhancing our every day lives?
  • The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ By The Numbers

    Ron Callari
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Internet trends come and go. They have their ephemeral day in the sun and dissipate almost as fast as they arrive. Everything from gyrating to the Harlem Shake to dancing Gangnam Style to planking and Tebowing, catching the world’s zeitgeist in a viral wave can cause a slew of social media activity where you almost feel left out if you don’t join in and/or critique it in some fashion.
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    InventorSpot - Websites, Apps and Cloud Computing

  • GlobeIn Brings Artisans From All Over The World To Your Fingertips

    Josiah Motley
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    What do you get when you combine the homemade selling power of Etsy and the global small-business support of Kiva? Sprinkle in a little bit of Deepak Chopra and a subscription box similar to Birchbox and you're left with the iOS app, GlobeIn. At its core, GlobeIn is a very human driven app lets you purchase handmade items from artisans in developing countries.
  • Acer Chromebook 13 Offers 13 Hour Battery Life, Tegra K1 Processor

    Rey M.L.
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Most Chrome OS laptops use Intel processors. Not this one. Acer's latest packs a power-efficient ARM-based Nvidia system-on-chip, a decent-sized screen, and tablet-esque battery life for a fairly low price.
  • 'Internet Of Everything' Pits Home Depot Against Lowe's

    Ron Callari
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The DIY (do-it-yourself) trend is still thriving, as the two largest home-improvement franchises -- Home Depot and Lowe's -- go toe-to-toe (or should we say tool-to-tool) in competing for a large demographic of consumers - namely the self-made 'handyman.' Of recent date, however, another market of interest has emerged that both of these large chains find just as appealing, namely the opportunity to tap into the burgeoning IoE . . .
  • Shapify Turns You And Your Family Into 3D Selfies

    Amber Leventry
    23 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    I used to scrapbook—yes, I used to take the time to shape photos and place them over decorative and themed backgrounds and then write paragraphs of descriptions on each page. That was well before I had children, when I had time to print pictures and when I had time to sit and look at them. Since photography has gone digital, my hope has been to compile photo books for each year’s worth of photos, but I’m seven years behind schedule. And apparently not up to speed with a new form of capturing life’s moments. Shapify allows you to create three dimensional figurines of you and your…
  • Motion Analysis App, Spark Motion, Will Help You Improve Athletic Technique

    Samantha Pankey
    1 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Technique. Technique. Technique. It is so important in any sport or athletic event. Coaches constantly emphasize it and teach athletes how to improve it, and there is no better way to improve technique than to break it down with motion analysis. Spark Motion does just that.
 
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    InventorSpot - Strange, Odd, Weird or Wacky

  • Want To Scrub Your Nails With An Actual "Nail" Brush?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Being very literal can lead to some great puns and if there is one thing I love it is pun a goo pun. That is why I was immediately drawn to this Nail Brush made from an actual nail. It is just the sort of cool design that is just right for the macho tool guy who feels out of place using one of the dainty little plastic brushes that women buy for the family.
  • Want Your Grog Of Choice In A Cool Beer Stein?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    There are just times you want to channel your inner German -- or at least pretend you are one of the guys on Hogan's Heroes slipping into the Hoffbrau in Hammelburg to trade information with the Resistance. Either way having a stein for quenching your thirst with your favorite canned beverage is a great idea. Why a can? Because this particular stein is Das Can-in-Stein -- not a real stein, but an incredible simulation.
  • Want A Pillow Covered With Rubber Bands?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Pillows make a great decorating accent in just about any room of the home, and they can get pretty unusual sometimes. Perhaps the strangest pillow I have ever seen out there is the Rubber Band Pillow. It rather resembles an overgrown, hairy, terry cloth towel monster from the Twilight Zone. Do do do do, do do do do.
  • Want A Kit To Help You Survive Public Restrooms?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Public restrooms are the source of a great deal of trepidation for many of us. This is especially true for women since we are always faced with sitting down. You can't be sure that the toilet seat covers have been restocked, that the bathroom has been cleaned often enough, or if they have been cleaned at all. To that end you can purchase a Public Toilet Survival Kit.
  • Disgustingly Brilliant! 5 Epic Meal Time Crazy Food Inventions

    Michael McParland
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Crazy, huge, insane, unhealthy, oh, and did I say huge? This pretty much sums up one of the hottest food invention concepts to hit the internet, and especially YouTube, in recent times. The Epic Meal Time gang consists of a bunch of guys who have pushed the size and sanity boundaries when it comes to classic recipes, from fast food lasagna to giant burritos. Must see videos lie within..
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    InventorSpot - Women

  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
  • Chinese Public Bus Provides Private Maternity Seat For Breastfeeding Mothers

    China.new
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bus transportation for new mothers just got easier in Jinhua, China. The city's public transportation authority has unveiled an innovative pilot project that offers lactating ladies a private, curtained space within which to breastfeed their children.
  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Security  devices are the latest passengers on the wearable tech bandwagon. Innovation abounds with bracelets and hair clips that double as emergency alarms. Read on to learn more about these new attractive weapons against crime.
  • Get Your WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder At Amazon’s 3D Printing Store. Moms Need Fun Stuff Too

    Amber Leventry
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems as though Amazon really does have everything, including a 3D printing store. You can shop in their Jewelry, Home Décor, Toys & Games, or Tech Accessories departments to find the perfect gift made on a 3D printer, like a WaveHooks Wine Glass Holder. Using dishwasher safe plastic and strong suction cups, you can wash your hair, shave your legs, and exfoliate without needing to leave your wine glass on the bathroom sink. Hey, not everything is for the kids. Moms need fun stuff too.
  • 10 Beauty Inventions That Need To Exist Now

    Alicia Zuberbier
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    There are tons of clever and helpful beauty products on the market, but there are a few inventions women are still waiting for. Hopefully the cosmetic industry will hear our woes and help us out! Someone invent these products!
 
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    Mom Invented

  • How to Set the Retail Price for Your Products — Plus FREE Download

    Tamara Monosoff
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Many of us struggle with setting the best retail price for our products. Here are a few helpful tips including a simple fill-in-the-blank model that I use (free download below). - Find similar existing items in stores and catalogs. Identify the price range and estimate your product retail price within that range (Remember: consumers are price sensitive and product entrepreneurs often think that people will pay more for their unique item. Think again.). - Find other similar existing items on Global Sourcing websites like: www.Alibaba.com and www.GlobalSources.com. This is a great way to come…
  • I Will Never Offer This Deal Again!

    Tamara Monosoff
    21 May 2014 | 9:09 am
    This is it! I am doing something CRAZY and I will never offer this deal again. The self-paced Power Mentoring II program will ROCKET you forward no matter where you are in the product development process whether you are just beginning, or you've been trying to take your sales to the next level.  I am so sure that you will benefit from this program, that I am offering you a 30-Day 100% refund if you are not fully satisfied with what you learn.   In addition to the step-by-step video modules (see below), you will receive the new edition of The Mom Inventors Handbook and The Ultimate Workbook…
  • Complimentary Webinar, Business Tools & Media Update

    Tamara Monosoff
    17 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    Here's a quick recap of some key business growth programs and tools you may have missed. The free LIVE webinar yesterday was awesome! In the first half we talked about market research (it's not difficult if you know how to find the answers), funding (I shared the name of the micro-lender that loaned me $25,000 early in my business), realistic (not pie in the sky) sales planning, and how to use marketing tools to "blow your horn" about your business! But... the best part were the questions from participants that I think you'll benefit from the most. “The LIVE chat was great! Very…
  • Watch VIDEO: Learn How to Set Your Product Pricing so that There is Enough Profit Left Over For You!

    Tamara Monosoff
    8 May 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Complimentary 12-minute video tutorial to help you set the "right" retail price for your product from the start. There are key questions that you need to ask yourself when bringing a product to market: “How do I set the wholesale price of my product?” “How do I price my item for a retailer? “How do I price my item if I add a distributor?” And, after everyone gets a piece of the pie, “Will consumers buy your item at the price point you’ve selected?” These are good questions! In fact, these questions may be the most important questions you can ask because the last thing you want…
  • How Can One Small Shift Bring You Wealth and Happiness?

    Tamara Monosoff
    7 May 2014 | 4:32 pm
    What surprises me the most is that it only takes one small shift to dramatically transform the direction of our lives so that we have more wealth, health and happiness as they are all inter-connected. What's even more interesting is how long we are willing to stay stuck -- sometimes for years. Have you ever experienced this? Have you ever made a shift and then said to yourself "Why didn't I do this five years ago?" I know I have. Sometimes, I've held on so hard to something that wasn't working with the false hope that the outcome would be different if I just kept on trying. My 10-year-old…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • David and Googleliath (or VSL vs. Google): A Small Company Fighting a Giant Reminds Us Why Software Patents Matter

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    A small start-up company fighting one of the great giants of all time: it’s a classic story of David vs. Goliath, or in this case, David vs. Googleliath (a.k.a. VSL vs. Google). Googleliath’s Googleplex (source: Wikipedia). Many small companies have claimed that Google misappropriated trade secrets or other IP, but rarely has Google graciously (and accidentally) cooperated in providing smoking-gun evidence the way they apparently did for Vedanti Systems, Ltd. (VSL). In this case, they allegedly left sticky notes on VSL’s trade secret materials showing their questionable…
  • Crazy Over Innovation at Uber

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    At the Marcus Evans Innovate 2014 Conference in Shanghai today, I met Rosalie Wu, the head of marketing in China for the rapidly growing startup, Uber. Rosalie was Uber’s first hire in China and exemplifies the energetic, entrepreneurial spirit that is driving Uber to global success. She spoke about the development of Uber’s innovative business model and the many innovations they continue to add in their unique approach to “glocalization,” wherein a company going global adapts its products and business model to the unique constraints and opportunities of each local…
  • Alice in Blunderland: The Supreme Court’s Alice Decision Fails to Grasp the Physical Reality of Information

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The recent Alice decision from the Supreme Court threatens patents for many innovators working with computers, software, information, and knowledge–in short, the heart of the modern Knowledge Economy. By waving around the undefined word “abstract”–a word that the Court expressly refused to define–they have ruled that a major part of the economy is simply not eligible for patent protection. An article at the popular IP blog, PatentlyO, seeks to explain if not justify the Court’s ruling. In “Alice, Artifice, and Action,” Jason Rantanen elucidates…
  • Another Surprise from China: The Tralin/Tranlin IP-Backed Financing Results in Jobs and Green Technology for the US

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    In a previous post here, I reported a huge loan to a Chinese paper company backed by its mostly Chinese IP as collateral. The 8 billion RMB obtained by China’s Tralin Paper (Quanlin Paper in Chinese, though they use www.tralin.com for their website), one of the biggest IP-backed loans in the world, not only shows that Chinese IP is coming of age, but is now being used to bring some of their technology to the US and to create over 2,000 US jobs. Tralin Paper, renaming themselves as Tranlin Paper for some reason, has just signed a deal with the State of Virginia, obtaining state support…
  • Another Innovation Knifing: Cutting “Natural Products” Out of the Scope of Patentable Subject Matter

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the important new antibiotics discovered and developed by pharmaceutical companies in the past few years is Rifampicin and its relative Rifamycin. These potent antibiotics remain key tools in fighting off serious infection. Their story begins with a soil sample taken from a pine forest on the French Riviera in 1957 that was then studied in an Italian laboratory, where unusual antimicrobial properties were observed in a newly discovered bacterium.  eventually an unusual molecule produced by the bacterium was identified, isolated, mass produced–and, yes, patented. Rifamycin was…
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  • Singapore's surreal Supertree Grove and Cloud Forest

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    There are places on this Earth where you simply stand, slack-jawed, and pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming – and Singapore's Gardens by the Bay is as surreal a place as I've ever been. This billion-dollar techno-garden theme park is absolutely stunning right through, but the two stand-out highlights are its signature Supertree Grove – a collection of giant cyborg trees – and the Cloud Forest – a gigantic bio-dome that recreates the environment and climate of a mountaintop forest at sea level. As a bonus, there's also the world's tallest indoor waterfall.The jewel in…
  • Ferrari designer unveils plans for luxury Japanese Cruise Train

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Following the success of its Seven Stars Cruise Train, which launched late last year, Japanese railway company JR East has announced plans to create another luxury sleeper train. The exclusive hotel on the move will be designed by renowned Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama, who was behind the Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari P4/5 designs.Set to start construction in 2016, the Cruise Train will cost approximately ¥5 billion (US$50 million) to complete and will accommodate a maximum of 34 passengers in its 10 carriages. The design features a series of private guest suites, glass-walled observation cars,…
  • Fancy a one nighter at Hotel VW California?

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Those wishing to experience a night in a modern VW camper without the usual cost may be interested in the Hotel VW California. Sounding a bit like an Eagles song gone awry, it's actually a marketing stunt by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) and LateRooms.com that offers guests one night in a VW California SE camper van in a select UK location.There are six California SE camper vans in all, each of which has a pop-up roof and sleeps up to four adults. The vans are outfitted with a kitchen area that includes fridge, burner cooker and sink with running water, in addition to beds, integrated…
  • The World's first flying hotel - The Hotelicopter

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    March 30, 2009 The double deck Airbus A380 has set new high standards for luxury accommodation in the air but, unless you can afford to deck out your own A380 as a private jet, the Hotelicopter concept aims to top this airborne opulence by equipping a four story converted heavy lift aircraft with 18 luxuriously-appointed room hotels.Modeled on the Soviet Mil V-12, the largest helicopter ever built, of which only two prototypes were built in the 1960s, the Hotelicopter company would like us to believe they purchased one of these prototypes in 2004 with the Hotelicopter now ready for its maiden…
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:15 am
    Microsoft's Surface lineup is only two years old, but it's already been on quite the roller coaster ride. When the company first announced the tablet/laptop hybrid, reactions were cautious, but also unmistakably intrigued. But that buzz fizzled quickly, as the two 1st-gen models launched with some huge compromises. Less than a year after we saw an improved pair of 2nd-gen Surfaces, can the third time be a charm? Read on, as Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.The big criticism that you might have heard about some older Surfaces, that they don't run full Windows, doesn't apply here. The…
 
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  • Golf Without Obstacles – DV8 Sports

    Kevin Mako
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Golf Without Obstacles! – DV8 Sports   A sport may be purely for your entertainment, a way to pass time, or taken to a competitive level. Perhaps, it’s a combination of the above. For many of us who enjoy a particular sport, there rarely are any downsides. Well, there may be a few; convenience to be more specific. It’s not exactly easy to lug around heavy, bulky equipment during your daily happenings. It’s also quite troublesome, and quite frankly, frustrating to pack and repack the equipment required for certain sports; golf being one of them.   Our friends at DV8…
  • Join the #inkster Movement: Free iPad Give Away

    Jonathan Ku
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
      Our partner, inkster is giving away a FREE iPad. All you have to do is sign up with your email. Simple? For sure! You can even increase your chances of winning by sharing the contest with your friends through Twitter, Facebook, Email and even LinkedIn.     Are you ready to join the #inkster movement? We certainly are and signing up on inkster’s website!   “Being an inkster is essentially being an artist or creative individual.” – Rob Anderson     You might be asking, what exactly is inkster?   Well inkster is going to change the way artists use the…
  • The Bike Lift&Carry, for the Urban Cyclist

    Kerry-Ann C
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    A lot of people are moving into large city centers like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver but don’t enjoy relying on public transit to get around. Instead, they utilize the comprehensive bike lance system for exercise as well as convenience. But what if you need to take the subway or carry your bike up or down a set of stairs while shopping or sightseeing? Some bikes are large and clunky while some may just simply be too heavy to carry for the needed length of time. Have you ever wished for an easier way to carry your bike around? Henry Teterin from Kiev, Ukraine, went through the product…
  • Lost your keys to your lock? Noke can solve that!

    Jonathan Ku
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
      How many times have you lost the keys to your lock? If you’re like me, I pretty much have to buy a new lock every time I travel abroad. Not to mention those times when I share my lock with a friend and totally forget who I lent it too. Now with the Noke, the world’s first Bluetooth padlock, I don’t have to carry around keys, remember my combination or even remember who I lent my padlock to!     What’s fascinating with the Noke is that you can control the lock with your phone.  All you have to do is open the mobile app and you can open and lock your new padlock. You…
  • Wrap Up: MAKO Invent’s Community BBQ Recap

    Kerry-Ann C
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    On August 21st, MAKO Invent had its first Annual Community BBQ at the Toronto Office. We were met with smiling faces, great food and even better company. We took the time to relax and enjoy what was left of the good weather. The forecast called for rain, and it got cloudy there for a minute but the sunshine prevailed. Known to be spontaneous, our Web Designer Fatemeh Azadbakht (@fatemeh_azad) and myself, challenged MAKO Invent President, Kevin Mako (@KevMako), Vp of Strategy James Chalmers (@JRCPRO) and Senior Industrial Designer Robert Colgan to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You can view…
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