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  • Welcome to the Failure Age!

    NYT > U.S. Patent Office
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In this economy, losers will be the biggest winners.
  • D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows to tackle irrigation in India and grain storage in Zambia

    MIT News - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
    Nancy Adams | D-Lab
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    In Maharashtra, India, individual farm size is shrinking, distance to water sources is increasing, and access to electricity is unreliable. As a result, millions of smallholder farmers are in need of a portable and fuel-efficient irrigation pump. Mitesh Gala, one of two new D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows, has developed such a pump. Made entirely from aluminum, Gala’s Jarna pump weighs in at only 35 kilograms, and at three horsepower consumes diesel fuel at about 0.70 liters per hour. In Zambia, the poorest subsistence farmers are losing more than 17 percent of their grain harvests. Why? Because…
  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

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    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • The Weird-Looking Woojer Adds Haptic Feedback To Whatever Game You Play

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    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    At first glance, Woojer doesn't really look like much. It's a small box, weighing only 2.5 ounces. Big things definitely come in small packages in this case, though - the haptic feedback provided by Woojer is impressively powerful, creating a deep rumbling that can be felt through one's entire body.
  • Nimbl: Cash Delivery From Mobile, Human ATMs

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    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are pretty darn convenient as it stands. They eliminate the need for people to have a face-to-face conversation with another human being. And, they appear in places where there isn't even a traditional financial institution, which was a pretty innovative business plan in its time. But, cash convenience can be improved upon; if it comes to you.
 
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  • D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows to tackle irrigation in India and grain storage in Zambia

    Nancy Adams | D-Lab
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    In Maharashtra, India, individual farm size is shrinking, distance to water sources is increasing, and access to electricity is unreliable. As a result, millions of smallholder farmers are in need of a portable and fuel-efficient irrigation pump. Mitesh Gala, one of two new D-Lab Scale-Ups fellows, has developed such a pump. Made entirely from aluminum, Gala’s Jarna pump weighs in at only 35 kilograms, and at three horsepower consumes diesel fuel at about 0.70 liters per hour. In Zambia, the poorest subsistence farmers are losing more than 17 percent of their grain harvests. Why? Because…
  • Inventing China’s future

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    In 2011, China’s legislature endorsed a national five-year plan that emphasized, among other things, the need for a boost in innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. That has become a driving force behind the annual MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (MIT-CHIEF), organized by a number of MIT’s Chinese students. Launched in 2011, the forum aims to foster exchanges between MIT and Chinese tech entrepreneurs — and researchers and students — in hopes of advancing modernization efforts in China to solve energy, environmental, and other issues.    This…
  • “Moneyball for business”

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Michael Lewis’ 2003 book “Moneyball” — and the 2011 film adaptation — detailed how the Oakland Athletics used analytics, primarily derived from players’ on-base percentages, to assemble a competitive team despite financial constraints. What if you could bring that type of analytics to the workplace? Now MIT spinout Sociometric Solutions is developing a system it calls “moneyball for business,” which uses sensor identification badges and analytics tools to track behavioral data on employees, providing insights that can increase productivity. “‘Moneyball’ is putting…
  • 3 Questions: Lita Nelsen and the Technology Licensing Office

    David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Lita Nelsen has been part of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office (TLO) since 1986, and has been its director since 1992, helping to shape the Institute’s highly successful culture of technology spinoffs. This month, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the organization Global University Venturing. MIT News asked her to talk about how the TLO has achieved its outstanding record of success. Q. What do you think are the key factors that have made MIT such a fertile ground for entrepreneurial ventures? A. A lot of factors, growing from our history. Among them: A high volume of…
  • Wind energy reaches greater heights

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Wind turbines across the globe are being made taller to capture more energy from the stronger winds that blow at greater heights. But it’s not easy, or sometimes even economically feasible, to build taller towers, with shipping constraints on tower diameters and the expense involved in construction. Now Keystone Tower Systems — co-founded by Eric Smith ’01, SM ’07, Rosalind Takata ’00, SM ’06, and Alexander Slocum, the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT — is developing a novel system that adapts a traditional pipe-making technology to churn out wind…
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  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • The Weird-Looking Woojer Adds Haptic Feedback To Whatever Game You Play

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    At first glance, Woojer doesn't really look like much. It's a small box, weighing only 2.5 ounces. Big things definitely come in small packages in this case, though - the haptic feedback provided by Woojer is impressively powerful, creating a deep rumbling that can be felt through one's entire body.
  • Want To Learn To Read Your Own Tea Leaves?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    There are many mystical practices out there and the practitioners thereof abound.-- especially where I live. There are psychics, tarot card readers, numerologists, palm readers -- even my next door neighbor is a professional astrologer. With this cool Tea Leaf Reading Kit you can get into the game by learning to read the future in the tea leaves that remain in the cup.
  • Robots Could Be The Key To Keeping Agriculture And Industry Running In Australia

    Tech Light
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Australia is a beautiful, largely untamed country. Though part of its appeal, that's also its greatest weakness. Although the its interior is incredibly rich in resources, few are willing to gather them. That's why the country's increasingly turning to robots - they'll do the jobs people won't.
  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
 
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  • The Weird-Looking Woojer Adds Haptic Feedback To Whatever Game You Play

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    At first glance, Woojer doesn't really look like much. It's a small box, weighing only 2.5 ounces. Big things definitely come in small packages in this case, though - the haptic feedback provided by Woojer is impressively powerful, creating a deep rumbling that can be felt through one's entire body.
  • Robots Could Be The Key To Keeping Agriculture And Industry Running In Australia

    Tech Light
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Australia is a beautiful, largely untamed country. Though part of its appeal, that's also its greatest weakness. Although the its interior is incredibly rich in resources, few are willing to gather them. That's why the country's increasingly turning to robots - they'll do the jobs people won't.
  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
  • Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

    Amber Leventry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
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  • Nimbl: Cash Delivery From Mobile, Human ATMs

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are pretty darn convenient as it stands. They eliminate the need for people to have a face-to-face conversation with another human being. And, they appear in places where there isn't even a traditional financial institution, which was a pretty innovative business plan in its time. But, cash convenience can be improved upon; if it comes to you.
  • Rathaus: Zurich's First Bike Up Cafe

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Cities around the world have been encouraging locals to embrace cycling in lieu of contributing to environmental pollution by driving. Businesses have also been embracing this growing trend, offering a number of convenient services to cyclists. The latest one has to be among the most innovative yet.
  • New Born Fame: Controversial Toy Biz Gets Babies Active On Social Media

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    These days it seems as though the minimum age requirement for using social media is getting progressively younger with each new development. While children and adolescents are on Facebook sharing the lunch packed by a doting parent, there's one age group that's noticeably absent in the creation of their own digital footprint - babies. However, a new niche company is destined to change that.
  • McKamey Manor: Horror Movie Experience From Your Nightmares

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Psychopathic killers, stalker clowns, paranormal poltergeists - it's the season for them. We invite them into our lives by showcasing them on our televisions, retelling spooky tales by flashlight, and even paying to have them scare the pants off us. We've seen many businesses try their hand at the scare industry, but this Halloween we're featuring one that takes it to a level that only those with a criminal record have gone before. Seriously.
  • The Business Of Clowning Around: Terrifying Stalker Clowns For Hire

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    We have seen businesses that are scary in their genius, scary in their creativity, and scary in the fact that they're disturbing. While many businesses end up being scary, few actually setup to attain this as the central part of their business plan, it just happens somehow. Since scary isn't generally the intended goal, those monetizing on the terrifying become all the more interesting.
 
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  • 9 Thoughtful Gifts For Chemotherapy Patients

    Boomer Babe
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you learn that a friend or family member has to receive chemotherapy, your natural reaction is to want to know how you can make their lives easier during this period.  You may offer rides to their therapy sessions, baby sit their kids or walk their pets, or bring over supper once a week.  For those of you looking for items that can be used to prepare for chemotherapy sessions or to be used during chemo, here are 9 gifts that will be appreciated.... 
  • 6 Really Helpful Makeup & Grooming Aids For Those With Low Vision

    Boomer Babe
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Tasks that require the application of tools to groom or beautify are difficult to manuever for those with poor vision. Among boomers and seniors, 80 percent are affected by significant vision loss due to presbyopia or macular degeneration. Prescription lenses or reading glasses help with reading, if you read at a precise distance, but what about other activities like grooming or applying makeup?  Here are six tools I think you'll find very helpful....
  • 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?
  • 3 Stretching Devices That Help Foot Pain From Plantar Fasciitis

    Boomer Babe
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Heel pain, particularly sharp and often excruciating, may be due to plantar fasciitis (PL), a condition caused by over-stretching the soft tissue that cushions the bones of the heel and the arch of the foot.  Many runners get PL from pounding on the heels of their feet when they run, but most cases of PL are caused by inactivity, like standing on your feet all day without much movement.  It is most common in middle-aged to older persons who are overweight and/or inactive.
  • A Really Smart Solution To The Hearing Aid: The Soundhawk

    Boomer Babe
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Please note: the developers of the Soundhawk, Mike Kisch and Mike Nuttall, will tell you that the Soundhawk is not a hearing aid.  Well, it's not a  traditional 'hearing aid.'  But it is a new kind of hearing aid, one which perhaps other developers will emulate in the future.  Soundhawk doesn't just help you hear; it helps you listen.  Let me explain....
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  • Smart Navigating Jacket Takes You Around The City Of Lights

    Fashion Finds
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Remember the time when the only purpose of wearing a coat was to protect you from the outside elements? With all the new roles coats are starting to play now, it's clear that those of the past were underachievers. This new garment is perfect to take on a trip to the city of lights, and for reasons you just wouldn't expect.
  • Fight The Cold With Booze Smuggling Mittens

    Fashion Finds
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Alcohol concealing wearable items are not a new trend, but they're often lacking the functionality of the original item. The ability to covertly smuggle alcohol is of course the priority, but serving dual functions would be far more practical, don't you think? This winter, a greatly innovative solution has been delivered that has seasonal benefits.
  • Germinator Jacket: Garment Probably Won't Prevent Ebola, But It Defends Commuters From The Common Cold

    Fashion Finds
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    In North America, we're on high alert, more concerned than ever about protecting ourselves from illness with a number of Ebola cases on record within our borders. While there are no reports to indicate that Ebola has been spread by individuals traveling on planes, cruise ships, or other crowded transit options, individuals in these public spaces have been taking precautions. Even celebrities admit to donning not-so-stylish medical masks to reduce their risk of contracting any illness at 30,000 feet. A new garment wasn't designed specifically with Ebola in mind, but its release has come at a…
  • Contain Yourself In A Sexy Ebola Costume This Halloween

    Fashion Finds
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    You know how everyone complains about/compliments women for making even the most mundane Halloween costume ideas sexy? Well, contain yourself, because this one takes things to a whole new level.
  • Kitty Underwear Offers Snarky Censorship For The Indiscreet

    Fashion Finds
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    There was a time when every magazine at the grocery store checkout was crucifying (or celebrating) a celebrity showing off what her mama gave her to the world. These party animals found themselves getting in or out of vehicles indiscreetly, giving paparazzi a welcomed photo opportunity allowing them to show the world something they've never seen before.
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  • ‘Listen To Wikipedia’ Turns Website Into New Age Symphony

    Ron Callari
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Remember the ‘infinite monkey theorem'? The one that postulated that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time would almost assuredly be able to type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. Of course, such a theory has been debunked by statisticians over the years, noting that while the probability was there. . .
  • Small Businesses Are Better Positioned This Cyber Monday With Innovative Site

    Ron Callari
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    For those shoppers in the know, Black Fridays have literally become a moving target each and every year. From big box stores opening earlier and earlier the day after Thanksgiving, this year Wal-Mart is said to be one of the first to turn the event into a five-day extravaganza. Promotionally coined “the New Black Friday,” starting Thanksgiving Day (if you can believe it) at 6 P.M., it will run through the following Monday.
  • Have Snapchat Will Travel, Who Knew?

    Ron Callari
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    When you think of traveling, you think of capturing your adventures and experiences in photos and movies — that which can be shared time and time again with friends and loved ones. When you think of Snapchatting, you think of ephemeral messaging and sexting - that which can hit a ‘beat’ with a private recipient for 10 seconds only and is not for public consumption.
  • On Tsu, What Comes First, The Family Or The Network?

    Ron Callari
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
     A lot has been leveled at the new social network Tsu that dared to disrupt the current social networking status quo - with a platform that actually pays its members for their content. Critics abound, but as the old saying reminds us: “there is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
  • Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

    Ron Callari
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn may be profiting from all that user-generated content users post on their networks daily — but are you? Yes, they have all provided us with some fun and engaging ecosystems to strut our stuff, and ofcourse there are cost factors attached to all that development. But at the end of the day, do our images, bon mots, intellectual property and reputations hold no value at all?
 
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  • Hundred Buck A Box Tissue Paper Is Nothing To Sneeze At

    Steve Levenstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    At 100,000 yen (about $100) per box, 12-layered ceremonial kimono tissue from Japan's Daishowashikosangyo Co., Ltd. is not only nothing to sneeze at, it's nothing to sneeze ON. In fact, don't even look at it – just set the box in the center of the executive board room table and hope nobody dares grab a single one of the 288 luxuriously colorful sheets.
  • Light Up Your Loaf With Pampshade, The First Lamps Made From Real Bread

    Steve Levenstein
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Thanks to Pampshade, the soothing golden glow of fresh-baked bread can now illuminate the near and far corners of any room – not just the kitchen.
  • Limited Edition Chili Pepper KitKats Are So Hot Right Now!

    Steve Levenstein
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Shinshu Yawataya Togarashi KitKat is a limited edition flavor of the super-popular chocolate bar. Japan might not be known for its spicy foods but the traditional Togarashi powdered chili peppers infusing these curious KitKats' milk chocolate coating will educate snackers in a hurry.
  • "Green Green Army" Animal Soldiers Are Ready To Fight World War Zoo

    Steve Levenstein
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Remember those plastic green army men you played with as a child? Takara Tomy has reinvented these classic toys with a neat twist: the eight soldiers in the upcoming Green Green Army series are animals, ranging from bazooka-toting gorillas to giant tortoise radio operators.
  • Design Skin Stickers Let You Personalize Your Sewing Machine

    Steve Levenstein
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You can turn on your sewing machine so why not have your nifty knitter return the favor? Design Skins from Swiss-based sewing machine manufacturer Bernina International AG are adhesive stickers you can design online and have mailed to your home or workplace. At long last, one can transform their staid & stolid stitcher into something wild!
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  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Yanmar's New YT Series Tractor Is A Ferrari For The Farm

    Motors.new
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    If Yanmar's new YT series tractor looks a tad sportier than most big-wheeled pasture plowers, credit Kiyoyuki Okuyama, designer of the Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari P4/5 supercars. Yanmar farmed out the job of revitalizing their tractors to Okuyama in order to spice up a class of vehicles known more for function than for form.
  • Want A Sofa That Doubles As A Tent?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Most of us had the desire to carve a little private space out of our homes when we were kids, be it as a fort out of sofa cushions, a tent out of a folding table, or a reading nook in a closet. The design team of Álvaro Goula and Pablo Figuera has created the Orwell, a combination sofa, bed, and "cabin" to give you a greater sense of privacy right in your living room.
  • Light Up Your Loaf With Pampshade, The First Lamps Made From Real Bread

    Steve Levenstein
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Thanks to Pampshade, the soothing golden glow of fresh-baked bread can now illuminate the near and far corners of any room – not just the kitchen.
  • Amazing Alchemy: Innovative Wind-Reactive Ink Alters Clothing Color

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Read all about London-based  artist/alchemist, Lauren Bowker, and her special material exploration studio known as the UNSEEN. Here she has created a unique wind-reactive ink that changes color when exposed to the capricious fluctuations of both the wind and the human body.
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  • 9 Thoughtful Gifts For Chemotherapy Patients

    Boomer Babe
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you learn that a friend or family member has to receive chemotherapy, your natural reaction is to want to know how you can make their lives easier during this period.  You may offer rides to their therapy sessions, baby sit their kids or walk their pets, or bring over supper once a week.  For those of you looking for items that can be used to prepare for chemotherapy sessions or to be used during chemo, here are 9 gifts that will be appreciated.... 
  • Disco Drive: The Anadol STC-16, Turkey's Innovative Homegrown Sports Car

    Motors.new
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Odds are you've never heard of the Anadol STC-16 but for young Turks coming of age in the 1970s, the sleek, innovative, homegrown sports coupe holds a special place in their hearts.
  • ZelectricBug Updates Classic VW Beetles For A Fossil Fuel Free World

    Motors.new
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    ZelectricBug gives vintage VWs an extreme EV makeover that actually improves upon the original gasoline-engined classic. With a top speed of over 90mph, a range of 90-110 miles between charges and the promise of absolutely NO maintenance, the ZelectricBug brings out the best from this well-loved blast from the past.
  • 6 Really Helpful Makeup & Grooming Aids For Those With Low Vision

    Boomer Babe
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Tasks that require the application of tools to groom or beautify are difficult to manuever for those with poor vision. Among boomers and seniors, 80 percent are affected by significant vision loss due to presbyopia or macular degeneration. Prescription lenses or reading glasses help with reading, if you read at a precise distance, but what about other activities like grooming or applying makeup?  Here are six tools I think you'll find very helpful....
  • 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.
 
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  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
  • Rathaus: Zurich's First Bike Up Cafe

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Cities around the world have been encouraging locals to embrace cycling in lieu of contributing to environmental pollution by driving. Businesses have also been embracing this growing trend, offering a number of convenient services to cyclists. The latest one has to be among the most innovative yet.
  • Nissan Moco: Don't Turn Your Nose Up At This Unfortunately Named Microcar

    Motors.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Nissan Moco may be a successful Suzuki-based microcar now in its third generation but you can bet potential buyers of the Spanish-speaking persuasion won't elect to... pick it.
  • China's First Domestically Developed Electric Aircraft Quietly Takes To The Air

    China.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    The lightweight, electrically-powered RX1E aircraft made its public debut at Airshow China and sources state the country's first domestically developed electric aircraft is about to enter mass production.
  • New 2015 Ford Everest SUV Peaks Interest At Its Chinese Debut

    Motors.new
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    The attractively styled and generously equipped 2015 Ford Everest SUV made its debut at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China, disappointing delegates from this side of the pond who won't be able to purchase the Asia-Pacific market only vehicle back home.
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  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
  • Blade Rumblers: The Top 10 Freakiest & Flakiest Snow Plows

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Polar Vortex 2, Electric Booglaoo has brought an early blast of winter weather to a wholly unprepared nation a month before Winter™ officially arrives. Yeah, it sucks, but there's one thing Old Man Winter didn't bargain on: some of the freakiest, flakiest snow plows ever to scrape a snowbank off a side street.
  • Yanmar's New YT Series Tractor Is A Ferrari For The Farm

    Motors.new
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    If Yanmar's new YT series tractor looks a tad sportier than most big-wheeled pasture plowers, credit Kiyoyuki Okuyama, designer of the Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari P4/5 supercars. Yanmar farmed out the job of revitalizing their tractors to Okuyama in order to spice up a class of vehicles known more for function than for form.
  • Nissan Moco: Don't Turn Your Nose Up At This Unfortunately Named Microcar

    Motors.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Nissan Moco may be a successful Suzuki-based microcar now in its third generation but you can bet potential buyers of the Spanish-speaking persuasion won't elect to... pick it.
  • China's First Domestically Developed Electric Aircraft Quietly Takes To The Air

    China.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    The lightweight, electrically-powered RX1E aircraft made its public debut at Airshow China and sources state the country's first domestically developed electric aircraft is about to enter mass production.
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  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

    Amber Leventry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
  • Hendo: World's First Hoverboard (No Jokes This Time)

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember the HUVr? It was supposed to be the first hoverboard (like the one in Back To The Future), but it turned out to be a prank, and Tony Hawk helped dupe us with his appearance in HUVr's video. Well, Tony just made an appearance in another hoverboard video, but this time it's no joke.
  • Zumer Sport Incorporates Sports Materials Into Their Products

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Duffel bags, coin purses, book bags, iPad cases, sunglasses cases, wallets--these are just some of the products that Zumer Sport makes. Of course, other companies product these things as well, however Zumer's products are unique, because they incorporate sports into their designs.
  • The Thanksgiving Game Keeps Us ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING

    Amber Leventry
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. The menu couldn’t be better. The day starts with a parade. Happy hour starts at noon and board games hit a new level of competitiveness when you are suppressing annoyance or passive aggressive comments toward relatives you can barely stand. Out of curiosity and to see if I could spice up my favorite Thursday, I did a search for Thanksgiving themed board games. What I found was The Thanksgiving Game, a game where players get to experience ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING.
 
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  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Smart Navigating Jacket Takes You Around The City Of Lights

    Fashion Finds
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Remember the time when the only purpose of wearing a coat was to protect you from the outside elements? With all the new roles coats are starting to play now, it's clear that those of the past were underachievers. This new garment is perfect to take on a trip to the city of lights, and for reasons you just wouldn't expect.
  • Fight The Cold With Booze Smuggling Mittens

    Fashion Finds
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Alcohol concealing wearable items are not a new trend, but they're often lacking the functionality of the original item. The ability to covertly smuggle alcohol is of course the priority, but serving dual functions would be far more practical, don't you think? This winter, a greatly innovative solution has been delivered that has seasonal benefits.
  • Zumer Sport Incorporates Sports Materials Into Their Products

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Duffel bags, coin purses, book bags, iPad cases, sunglasses cases, wallets--these are just some of the products that Zumer Sport makes. Of course, other companies product these things as well, however Zumer's products are unique, because they incorporate sports into their designs.
  • Amazing Alchemy: Innovative Wind-Reactive Ink Alters Clothing Color

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Read all about London-based  artist/alchemist, Lauren Bowker, and her special material exploration studio known as the UNSEEN. Here she has created a unique wind-reactive ink that changes color when exposed to the capricious fluctuations of both the wind and the human body.
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  • Turn Your Treadmill Into A Workspace With SurfShelf

    Samantha Pankey
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Recently, I've been profiling products like the TrekDesk and FitDesk, which incorporate a workspace into a piece of fitness equipment. This is a great concept--working fitness into a sedentary job. The SurfShelf allows you to do this, as well, just on a smaller, less expensive scale.
  • Biostar's IDEQ-T1 Mini PC Packs USB Audio, Quad Core CPU

    Rey M.L.
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    By incorporating a separate audio controller within its new barebone nettop, Biostar's IDEQ-T1 “K” model can play host to a number of audio enhancements and features that normally aren't found in this class of PC, including – inevitably – karaoke software.
  • Shenzhen Apec APM-D01: USB Flash Drive-Sized Windows PC

    Rey M.L.
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Barely bigger than a Chromecast, this minuscule computer-on-a-dongle impresses with its full-fledged Windows 8.1 compatibility and quad-core Intel processor. It's difficult to imagine an even smaller machine existing that can boast the same credentials, at least with today's technology.
  • Stay In Shape While At Work With FitDesk v2.0

    Samantha Pankey
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    "I don't have enough time." That's a common excuse for not hitting the gym or keeping up a fitness routine. Of course, time is a big factor in being able to maintain your fitness routine. With the FitDesk v2.0, you can get in your workout while working, and time won't be a factor in your ability to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Chuwi DX1: 7” Android Tablet With Reversible Camera

    Rey M.L.
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    While hardly a new concept, Chuwi's DX1 tablet features a single camera that can rotate to face front or back or any angle in between. That presumably helps this cellular modem-toting device reach its low price tag.
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  • Want To Learn To Read Your Own Tea Leaves?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    There are many mystical practices out there and the practitioners thereof abound.-- especially where I live. There are psychics, tarot card readers, numerologists, palm readers -- even my next door neighbor is a professional astrologer. With this cool Tea Leaf Reading Kit you can get into the game by learning to read the future in the tea leaves that remain in the cup.
  • Biostar's IDEQ-T1 Mini PC Packs USB Audio, Quad Core CPU

    Rey M.L.
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    By incorporating a separate audio controller within its new barebone nettop, Biostar's IDEQ-T1 “K” model can play host to a number of audio enhancements and features that normally aren't found in this class of PC, including – inevitably – karaoke software.
  • Shenzhen Apec APM-D01: USB Flash Drive-Sized Windows PC

    Rey M.L.
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Barely bigger than a Chromecast, this minuscule computer-on-a-dongle impresses with its full-fledged Windows 8.1 compatibility and quad-core Intel processor. It's difficult to imagine an even smaller machine existing that can boast the same credentials, at least with today's technology.
  • Design Skin Stickers Let You Personalize Your Sewing Machine

    Steve Levenstein
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You can turn on your sewing machine so why not have your nifty knitter return the favor? Design Skins from Swiss-based sewing machine manufacturer Bernina International AG are adhesive stickers you can design online and have mailed to your home or workplace. At long last, one can transform their staid & stolid stitcher into something wild!
  • Innovative Wearable Tech: These Mobile Devices Are Made For Walking

    M Dee Dubroff
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Out of the mouths of babes may be a common saying, but out of the minds of children is a horse of another color. Read all about a brilliant Indian 12th grade student named Rajesh  Adhikari,  who has invented a pair of shoes that charge mobile devices as the wearer walks. Meet also two high school students who have followed with their own invention in the wave of Rajesh's creativity.
 
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  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Smart Navigating Jacket Takes You Around The City Of Lights

    Fashion Finds
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Remember the time when the only purpose of wearing a coat was to protect you from the outside elements? With all the new roles coats are starting to play now, it's clear that those of the past were underachievers. This new garment is perfect to take on a trip to the city of lights, and for reasons you just wouldn't expect.
  • Nimbl: Cash Delivery From Mobile, Human ATMs

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are pretty darn convenient as it stands. They eliminate the need for people to have a face-to-face conversation with another human being. And, they appear in places where there isn't even a traditional financial institution, which was a pretty innovative business plan in its time. But, cash convenience can be improved upon; if it comes to you.
  • Hendo: World's First Hoverboard (No Jokes This Time)

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember the HUVr? It was supposed to be the first hoverboard (like the one in Back To The Future), but it turned out to be a prank, and Tony Hawk helped dupe us with his appearance in HUVr's video. Well, Tony just made an appearance in another hoverboard video, but this time it's no joke.
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  • Caped Cruise-saders: The Top Ten Low-Budget DIY Batmobiles

    Motors.new
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Has the Dark Knight fallen on hard times? Did Bruce Wayne raise the rent on the Batcave, forcing his alter-ego to rent a roll-up garage in Philly? Times may be tough in Gotham City but a crimefighter's still gotta get to the scene of the crime, amiright? Tune in next, er, right now for ten low-budget Batmobiles that won't require Robin a bank.
  • Make Rooms For Daddy, Facebook’s Back To The Future

    Ron Callari
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Yes, this just might be your Daddy’s old guilty-pleasure resurrected. For those who were the early adopters of the Internet, you probably still wax nostalgic over the days of chat rooms. Introduced as ‘Internet Relay Chat’ (IRC) back in 1988 this was the application layer of protocol that facilitated the transfer of plain text messaging back in the day!
  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

    Ron Callari
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .
  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
  • Want To Play With The Walking Dead This Halloween?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    There are a number of reasons that you may choose to stay in this Halloween, from bad weather to a touch of a cold. You can still have a good time though. Just plan a simple buffet of body parts with barbecue sauce, some Klingon blood wine, and some pistachio pudding (pus). Put The Monster Mash on the stereo. With just the family or a few close friends you can get out The Walking Dead Monopoly and have a totally creepy and scary time. Winner gets the Gummy Cockroach.
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  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Rathaus: Zurich's First Bike Up Cafe

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Cities around the world have been encouraging locals to embrace cycling in lieu of contributing to environmental pollution by driving. Businesses have also been embracing this growing trend, offering a number of convenient services to cyclists. The latest one has to be among the most innovative yet.
  • Amazing Alchemy: Innovative Wind-Reactive Ink Alters Clothing Color

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Read all about London-based  artist/alchemist, Lauren Bowker, and her special material exploration studio known as the UNSEEN. Here she has created a unique wind-reactive ink that changes color when exposed to the capricious fluctuations of both the wind and the human body.
  • The Synapse Dress: High Tech Couture That Reveals Emotions

    M Dee Dubroff
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Check ou this 3-D printed dress whose sensors reveal what the wearer is really thinking. Forget about trade and other types of secrets. Read on for more information on this amazing wearable tech fashion innovation.
  • Innovative Robotic Fabric Transforms Garments Into Automatons

    M Dee Dubroff
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Robotic fabrics mark an entirely new dimension in wearable technology. Developed by a professor of engineering at Purdue University, this may be the beginning  of a new era when clothing has a life of its own. Read on for more on this amazing innovation.
 
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  • Blade Rumblers: The Top 10 Freakiest & Flakiest Snow Plows

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Polar Vortex 2, Electric Booglaoo has brought an early blast of winter weather to a wholly unprepared nation a month before Winter™ officially arrives. Yeah, it sucks, but there's one thing Old Man Winter didn't bargain on: some of the freakiest, flakiest snow plows ever to scrape a snowbank off a side street.
  • China's First Domestically Developed Electric Aircraft Quietly Takes To The Air

    China.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    The lightweight, electrically-powered RX1E aircraft made its public debut at Airshow China and sources state the country's first domestically developed electric aircraft is about to enter mass production.
  • Amazing Alchemy: Innovative Wind-Reactive Ink Alters Clothing Color

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Read all about London-based  artist/alchemist, Lauren Bowker, and her special material exploration studio known as the UNSEEN. Here she has created a unique wind-reactive ink that changes color when exposed to the capricious fluctuations of both the wind and the human body.
  • Want Your Ashes Launched Into Space?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Space may be the final frontier but for your dearly departed it can also be one last wild adventure. With the help of Mesoloft, the ashes of your loved one can be carried through the atmosphere to the near reaches of space via balloon. From there you can release the ashes and let your loved one drift slowly and gently back to earth on the wind, rain, and snow to replenish the earth with the nutrients remaining in the them.
  • Innovative Robotic Fabric Transforms Garments Into Automatons

    M Dee Dubroff
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Robotic fabrics mark an entirely new dimension in wearable technology. Developed by a professor of engineering at Purdue University, this may be the beginning  of a new era when clothing has a life of its own. Read on for more on this amazing innovation.
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  • Zumer Sport Incorporates Sports Materials Into Their Products

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Duffel bags, coin purses, book bags, iPad cases, sunglasses cases, wallets--these are just some of the products that Zumer Sport makes. Of course, other companies product these things as well, however Zumer's products are unique, because they incorporate sports into their designs.
  • Turn Your Treadmill Into A Workspace With SurfShelf

    Samantha Pankey
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Recently, I've been profiling products like the TrekDesk and FitDesk, which incorporate a workspace into a piece of fitness equipment. This is a great concept--working fitness into a sedentary job. The SurfShelf allows you to do this, as well, just on a smaller, less expensive scale.
  • Build Strength, Improve Acceleration And Work On Endurance With Keiser Air300 Runner

    Samantha Pankey
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    It's really hard for a machine to mimic a sprint. Treadmills come close, but it's hard to change pace and run all-out on a treadmill. Ellipticals confine you to a limited range of motion in your stride. However, the Keiser Air300 Runner gives you a range of motion in your stride and allows you to change your pace.
  • Stay In Shape While At Work With FitDesk v2.0

    Samantha Pankey
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    "I don't have enough time." That's a common excuse for not hitting the gym or keeping up a fitness routine. Of course, time is a big factor in being able to maintain your fitness routine. With the FitDesk v2.0, you can get in your workout while working, and time won't be a factor in your ability to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • There's No Excuse For Skipping A Workout With The Daily Workout App

    Samantha Pankey
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Sometimes it's hard to make time for the gym, especially if the gym isn't convenient. Life just happens and your workouts fall by the wayside. However, with a little app called Daily Workout, you don't have to hit the gym to get a good workout.
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  • Want To Be Able To REALLY See What You Are Eating?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many of us are becoming more concerned about the food we put in our mouths -- and not without good reason. From how the food is raised to how well it is cleaned to the safety of the preparation we all need to be concerned that what ends up on our plate is healthy, clean, and contaminant free. For the more paranoid among us one design team has come up with the ultimate tool for food safety checks -- the Magnifying Spoon.
  • Want A New Way To Crack Nuts?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    It is that time of year to indulge in the enjoyment of fresh nuts and practice our skills at getting them out of the shell. There doesn't seem to have been much improvement in nutcrackers since Tchaikovsky turned one into a popular ballet -- until now. The Naomi Nut Cracker can take aim and smash your nut in seconds and it is a lot more fun than the old fashioned kind.
  • Fight The Cold With Booze Smuggling Mittens

    Fashion Finds
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Alcohol concealing wearable items are not a new trend, but they're often lacking the functionality of the original item. The ability to covertly smuggle alcohol is of course the priority, but serving dual functions would be far more practical, don't you think? This winter, a greatly innovative solution has been delivered that has seasonal benefits.
  • Rathaus: Zurich's First Bike Up Cafe

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Cities around the world have been encouraging locals to embrace cycling in lieu of contributing to environmental pollution by driving. Businesses have also been embracing this growing trend, offering a number of convenient services to cyclists. The latest one has to be among the most innovative yet.
  • Limited Edition Chili Pepper KitKats Are So Hot Right Now!

    Steve Levenstein
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Shinshu Yawataya Togarashi KitKat is a limited edition flavor of the super-popular chocolate bar. Japan might not be known for its spicy foods but the traditional Togarashi powdered chili peppers infusing these curious KitKats' milk chocolate coating will educate snackers in a hurry.
 
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  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • Want To Learn To Read Your Own Tea Leaves?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    There are many mystical practices out there and the practitioners thereof abound.-- especially where I live. There are psychics, tarot card readers, numerologists, palm readers -- even my next door neighbor is a professional astrologer. With this cool Tea Leaf Reading Kit you can get into the game by learning to read the future in the tea leaves that remain in the cup.
  • Want To Be Able To REALLY See What You Are Eating?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many of us are becoming more concerned about the food we put in our mouths -- and not without good reason. From how the food is raised to how well it is cleaned to the safety of the preparation we all need to be concerned that what ends up on our plate is healthy, clean, and contaminant free. For the more paranoid among us one design team has come up with the ultimate tool for food safety checks -- the Magnifying Spoon.
  • Want To Smell Like A Nerd?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Somehow you never really think of nerds as having a smell unless they forget to shower or get struck by lightning and their pocket protector starts to melt. Granted they aren't generally the sort of people who are going to drench themselves in cloying fragrance either. Some perfumer has decided that smelling like a nerd is something to be desired and has created Eau de Nerd cologne.
  • Want A New Way To Crack Nuts?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    It is that time of year to indulge in the enjoyment of fresh nuts and practice our skills at getting them out of the shell. There doesn't seem to have been much improvement in nutcrackers since Tchaikovsky turned one into a popular ballet -- until now. The Naomi Nut Cracker can take aim and smash your nut in seconds and it is a lot more fun than the old fashioned kind.
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  • Want To Smell Like A Nerd?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Somehow you never really think of nerds as having a smell unless they forget to shower or get struck by lightning and their pocket protector starts to melt. Granted they aren't generally the sort of people who are going to drench themselves in cloying fragrance either. Some perfumer has decided that smelling like a nerd is something to be desired and has created Eau de Nerd cologne.
  • Want A New Way To Crack Nuts?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    It is that time of year to indulge in the enjoyment of fresh nuts and practice our skills at getting them out of the shell. There doesn't seem to have been much improvement in nutcrackers since Tchaikovsky turned one into a popular ballet -- until now. The Naomi Nut Cracker can take aim and smash your nut in seconds and it is a lot more fun than the old fashioned kind.
  • Want A New Way To Hang Up Your Keys?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    If there is one thing that most of us have in common it is the innate ability to lose our keys. Sure, you can hang one of those standard key holders by the door, but that doesn't always work when you stumble in the door dead tired from a long day of work and running errands. Trying to get your key ring onto one of those hooks can be a real challenge. The Key Target offers a different option that allows you to just toss your keys at the key holder and there they stay.
  • Want An Umbrella You Can Share With The Love Of Your Life?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    No matter how hard you try, sharing a single umbrella is a difficult task unless you are walking around with one of those large patio umbrellas. Some have tried to create single umbrellas large enough to do the job, but it always seems that someone's backside ends up hanging out just a bit. This Two Person Umbrella provides a separate canopy for each person to give fuller coverage, and yet retain that level of intimacy that belongs to a couple. It is perfect for a romantic stroll in the rain.
  • More Duct Tape! The Top 10 Worst DIY Auto Repairs

    Motors.new
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    If your vehicle needs fixing, some good old-fashioned yankee ingenuity (or redneck ingenuity, for those south of the Mason-Dixon line) will put it right, amiright? Doing it right is a whole 'nother story – these 10 “creative” and innovative DIY auto repairs are all about git'n er done and gettin' back on the road.
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  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Smart Navigating Jacket Takes You Around The City Of Lights

    Fashion Finds
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Remember the time when the only purpose of wearing a coat was to protect you from the outside elements? With all the new roles coats are starting to play now, it's clear that those of the past were underachievers. This new garment is perfect to take on a trip to the city of lights, and for reasons you just wouldn't expect.
  • Nimbl: Cash Delivery From Mobile, Human ATMs

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are pretty darn convenient as it stands. They eliminate the need for people to have a face-to-face conversation with another human being. And, they appear in places where there isn't even a traditional financial institution, which was a pretty innovative business plan in its time. But, cash convenience can be improved upon; if it comes to you.
  • Fight The Cold With Booze Smuggling Mittens

    Fashion Finds
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Alcohol concealing wearable items are not a new trend, but they're often lacking the functionality of the original item. The ability to covertly smuggle alcohol is of course the priority, but serving dual functions would be far more practical, don't you think? This winter, a greatly innovative solution has been delivered that has seasonal benefits.
 
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  • Nissan Moco: Don't Turn Your Nose Up At This Unfortunately Named Microcar

    Motors.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Nissan Moco may be a successful Suzuki-based microcar now in its third generation but you can bet potential buyers of the Spanish-speaking persuasion won't elect to... pick it.
  • Limited Edition Chili Pepper KitKats Are So Hot Right Now!

    Steve Levenstein
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Shinshu Yawataya Togarashi KitKat is a limited edition flavor of the super-popular chocolate bar. Japan might not be known for its spicy foods but the traditional Togarashi powdered chili peppers infusing these curious KitKats' milk chocolate coating will educate snackers in a hurry.
  • "Green Green Army" Animal Soldiers Are Ready To Fight World War Zoo

    Steve Levenstein
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Remember those plastic green army men you played with as a child? Takara Tomy has reinvented these classic toys with a neat twist: the eight soldiers in the upcoming Green Green Army series are animals, ranging from bazooka-toting gorillas to giant tortoise radio operators.
  • First Soviet SUV Sports Lots Of Utility, Enormous Tires

    Motors.new
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This weathered survivor of the former USSR's park ranger service might just be the former Soviet Union's first SUV... or Monster Car... or both! Designed to handle Russia's worst roads (and that's saying something), the rare GAZ M72 allowed Russians to drive where no Russian had driven before.
  • Move Over Elf, There's A Maccabee On The Mantel This Holiday Season

    Amber Leventry
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Two Jewish parents, a company named Toy Vey!, and a lot of chutzpah bring you the Maccabee on the Mantel, a plush, smiling Maccabee soldier with an accompanying hard cover children’s book about Hanukkah. The idea was conceived by Abra Liberman-Garrett when she began to see her school-age children pine for the shiny and fun traditions of Christmas.
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  • Want A Sofa That Doubles As A Tent?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Most of us had the desire to carve a little private space out of our homes when we were kids, be it as a fort out of sofa cushions, a tent out of a folding table, or a reading nook in a closet. The design team of Álvaro Goula and Pablo Figuera has created the Orwell, a combination sofa, bed, and "cabin" to give you a greater sense of privacy right in your living room.
  • Light Up Your Loaf With Pampshade, The First Lamps Made From Real Bread

    Steve Levenstein
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Thanks to Pampshade, the soothing golden glow of fresh-baked bread can now illuminate the near and far corners of any room – not just the kitchen.
  • Want A New Way To Hang Up Your Keys?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    If there is one thing that most of us have in common it is the innate ability to lose our keys. Sure, you can hang one of those standard key holders by the door, but that doesn't always work when you stumble in the door dead tired from a long day of work and running errands. Trying to get your key ring onto one of those hooks can be a real challenge. The Key Target offers a different option that allows you to just toss your keys at the key holder and there they stay.
  • Want The Best Bed Ever To Put Up The Relatives This Holiday Season?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    With the holidays so close you could trip over them you may be wondering how you are going to handle the extra guests who will be favoring you with their company this year. Gone are the days of cots and roll-away beds. In more recent years people have been resorting to air mattresses since they don't require as much room to store. However they can still leave you close enough to the floor to feel it once in a while. With the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress you have the comfort of both mattress and box spring for better sleep.
  • Want To Turn You Bathroom Into Your Bath Realm?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The toilet has long been referred to as the "throne." Probably to go along with the tired old cliché that a man's home is his castle. Still, what fun it would be to turn your bathroom into your "bath realm" since that is where the throne is. Images of knights, fair maidens, and dragons may abound. You could start with this A Knight To Remember Gothic Bath Tissue Holder and be the envy of all you survey.
 
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  • Blade Rumblers: The Top 10 Freakiest & Flakiest Snow Plows

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Polar Vortex 2, Electric Booglaoo has brought an early blast of winter weather to a wholly unprepared nation a month before Winter™ officially arrives. Yeah, it sucks, but there's one thing Old Man Winter didn't bargain on: some of the freakiest, flakiest snow plows ever to scrape a snowbank off a side street.
  • Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

    Amber Leventry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Yanmar's New YT Series Tractor Is A Ferrari For The Farm

    Motors.new
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    If Yanmar's new YT series tractor looks a tad sportier than most big-wheeled pasture plowers, credit Kiyoyuki Okuyama, designer of the Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari P4/5 supercars. Yanmar farmed out the job of revitalizing their tractors to Okuyama in order to spice up a class of vehicles known more for function than for form.
  • China's First Domestically Developed Electric Aircraft Quietly Takes To The Air

    China.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    The lightweight, electrically-powered RX1E aircraft made its public debut at Airshow China and sources state the country's first domestically developed electric aircraft is about to enter mass production.
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  • Robots Could Be The Key To Keeping Agriculture And Industry Running In Australia

    Tech Light
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Australia is a beautiful, largely untamed country. Though part of its appeal, that's also its greatest weakness. Although the its interior is incredibly rich in resources, few are willing to gather them. That's why the country's increasingly turning to robots - they'll do the jobs people won't.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Hundred Buck A Box Tissue Paper Is Nothing To Sneeze At

    Steve Levenstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    At 100,000 yen (about $100) per box, 12-layered ceremonial kimono tissue from Japan's Daishowashikosangyo Co., Ltd. is not only nothing to sneeze at, it's nothing to sneeze ON. In fact, don't even look at it – just set the box in the center of the executive board room table and hope nobody dares grab a single one of the 288 luxuriously colorful sheets.
  • Yanmar's New YT Series Tractor Is A Ferrari For The Farm

    Motors.new
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    If Yanmar's new YT series tractor looks a tad sportier than most big-wheeled pasture plowers, credit Kiyoyuki Okuyama, designer of the Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari P4/5 supercars. Yanmar farmed out the job of revitalizing their tractors to Okuyama in order to spice up a class of vehicles known more for function than for form.
  • Nissan Moco: Don't Turn Your Nose Up At This Unfortunately Named Microcar

    Motors.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Nissan Moco may be a successful Suzuki-based microcar now in its third generation but you can bet potential buyers of the Spanish-speaking persuasion won't elect to... pick it.
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  • The Synapse Dress: High Tech Couture That Reveals Emotions

    M Dee Dubroff
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Check ou this 3-D printed dress whose sensors reveal what the wearer is really thinking. Forget about trade and other types of secrets. Read on for more information on this amazing wearable tech fashion innovation.
  • Innovative Robotic Fabric Transforms Garments Into Automatons

    M Dee Dubroff
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Robotic fabrics mark an entirely new dimension in wearable technology. Developed by a professor of engineering at Purdue University, this may be the beginning  of a new era when clothing has a life of its own. Read on for more on this amazing innovation.
  • Innovative Wearable Tech: These Mobile Devices Are Made For Walking

    M Dee Dubroff
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Out of the mouths of babes may be a common saying, but out of the minds of children is a horse of another color. Read all about a brilliant Indian 12th grade student named Rajesh  Adhikari,  who has invented a pair of shoes that charge mobile devices as the wearer walks. Meet also two high school students who have followed with their own invention in the wave of Rajesh's creativity.
  • India’s Anti-Rape Jeans: Innovative Aid Against Sexual Violence

    M Dee Dubroff
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    In a country beseiged with terrible statistics concerning the incidence of rape, which occurrs ever 22 minutes, two young Indian women have harnessed the worlds of both fashion and technology by creating a pair of special jeans installed with a button that sends signals to both family and police. Read on to learn more about these unique jeans and the women who created them.
  • The Squatty Potty Improves The Way You Do Your Business

    Kim Patterson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Simply sitting on a regular toilet to do your business doesn’t put you in the ideal position for thorough elimination. The Squatty Potty puts you in the perfect 35 degree angle to properly evacuate your bowels.
 
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  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Hundred Buck A Box Tissue Paper Is Nothing To Sneeze At

    Steve Levenstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    At 100,000 yen (about $100) per box, 12-layered ceremonial kimono tissue from Japan's Daishowashikosangyo Co., Ltd. is not only nothing to sneeze at, it's nothing to sneeze ON. In fact, don't even look at it – just set the box in the center of the executive board room table and hope nobody dares grab a single one of the 288 luxuriously colorful sheets.
  • 9 Thoughtful Gifts For Chemotherapy Patients

    Boomer Babe
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you learn that a friend or family member has to receive chemotherapy, your natural reaction is to want to know how you can make their lives easier during this period.  You may offer rides to their therapy sessions, baby sit their kids or walk their pets, or bring over supper once a week.  For those of you looking for items that can be used to prepare for chemotherapy sessions or to be used during chemo, here are 9 gifts that will be appreciated.... 
  • Amazing Alchemy: Innovative Wind-Reactive Ink Alters Clothing Color

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Read all about London-based  artist/alchemist, Lauren Bowker, and her special material exploration studio known as the UNSEEN. Here she has created a unique wind-reactive ink that changes color when exposed to the capricious fluctuations of both the wind and the human body.
  • Special Edition AEV Filson Wrangler Is No Cheap Jeep

    Motors.new
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Good things happen when outdoor enthusiast outfitter Filson and rugged Jeep Wrangler accessories manufacturer AEV get together. The resulting AEV Filson Wrangler is not only good, it's great enough to take on the Great Outdoors in style!
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  • Nissan Moco: Don't Turn Your Nose Up At This Unfortunately Named Microcar

    Motors.new
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Nissan Moco may be a successful Suzuki-based microcar now in its third generation but you can bet potential buyers of the Spanish-speaking persuasion won't elect to... pick it.
  • Meet Vladimir Putin, Russia's Premier Car Tester & Promoter

    Motors.new
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Would you drive a canary-yellow Lada Kalina Sport sedan hundreds of miles across some of the most desolate stretches of Siberia? No, you wouldn't... but you're not Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • New 2015 Ford Everest SUV Peaks Interest At Its Chinese Debut

    Motors.new
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    The attractively styled and generously equipped 2015 Ford Everest SUV made its debut at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China, disappointing delegates from this side of the pond who won't be able to purchase the Asia-Pacific market only vehicle back home.
  • Traveling With Dogs? Get A Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog!

    Motors.new
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog was a specially equipped version of Honda's Vamos Hobio microvan catering to dog owners. While the concept had merit, the vehicle was only sold for a limited time and remains memorable mainly due to its unusual name.
  • Mike Clam Chowder Popcorn From Frito-Lay Japan Warms Up Winter Snackers

    Steve Levenstein
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Frito-Lay Japan officially kicks off their Winter 2014-2015 snack release schedule with a hearty, warming flavor: creamy New England-style Clam Chowder flavored Mike popcorn. The only way your bowl of seafood-y goodness is gonna get any crunchier is if you include the clam shells.
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  • Want To Smell Like A Nerd?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Somehow you never really think of nerds as having a smell unless they forget to shower or get struck by lightning and their pocket protector starts to melt. Granted they aren't generally the sort of people who are going to drench themselves in cloying fragrance either. Some perfumer has decided that smelling like a nerd is something to be desired and has created Eau de Nerd cologne.
  • The Thanksgiving Game Keeps Us ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING

    Amber Leventry
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. The menu couldn’t be better. The day starts with a parade. Happy hour starts at noon and board games hit a new level of competitiveness when you are suppressing annoyance or passive aggressive comments toward relatives you can barely stand. Out of curiosity and to see if I could spice up my favorite Thursday, I did a search for Thanksgiving themed board games. What I found was The Thanksgiving Game, a game where players get to experience ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING.
  • China's First Erectile Dysfunction Medicine Puts ED Sufferers In The Pink

    China.new
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Chinese men suffering from erectile dysfunction don't have to get the blues now that Jin'ge, the nation's first ED medication, has hit the market in the form of little pink pills.
  • Hussein Chalayan: Innovative, Fantastic, Beyond Avant-Garde Designs

    M Dee Dubroff
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Read all about Hussein Chalayan, the British/Turkish/Cypriot designer who has won acclaim for his fantastical fusion of art, science and fashion and whose creations incorporate elements of modern interiors, urban architecture and geometric structures.
  • The Squatty Potty Improves The Way You Do Your Business

    Kim Patterson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Simply sitting on a regular toilet to do your business doesn’t put you in the ideal position for thorough elimination. The Squatty Potty puts you in the perfect 35 degree angle to properly evacuate your bowels.
 
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  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
  • Blade Rumblers: The Top 10 Freakiest & Flakiest Snow Plows

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Polar Vortex 2, Electric Booglaoo has brought an early blast of winter weather to a wholly unprepared nation a month before Winter™ officially arrives. Yeah, it sucks, but there's one thing Old Man Winter didn't bargain on: some of the freakiest, flakiest snow plows ever to scrape a snowbank off a side street.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Meet Vladimir Putin, Russia's Premier Car Tester & Promoter

    Motors.new
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Would you drive a canary-yellow Lada Kalina Sport sedan hundreds of miles across some of the most desolate stretches of Siberia? No, you wouldn't... but you're not Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Obese Crash Test Dummies Are A Bigger, Better Reflection Of Society

    Motors.new
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Drivers may be getting bigger but that additional padding around the waistline isn't helping them survive an auto accident – just the opposite, in fact. The alarming stats have spurred Humanetics, the world's leading producer of crash test dummies, to develop a new range of obese models.
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  • Deeper Turns Your Smartphone Into A Fish Finder

    Samantha Pankey
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Aspiring outdoors men (and outdoors women), are you planning your next or first fishing trip? If you are (or if I just inspired you to do so with my lead), maybe you're thinking you could use some help finding a honey hole. Well, fear not, Deeper Fishfinder can help.
  • BioLite KettleCharge Will Give You Clean Water And A Fully Charged Phone

    Samantha Pankey
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How many times have you been stuck in the woods with a dying phone and no water? I know, I know, it happens to me all of the time, too. However, if I had a BioLite KettleCharge, it would never happen, because KettleCharge boils water while charging your phone or device.
  • The Squatty Potty Improves The Way You Do Your Business

    Kim Patterson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Simply sitting on a regular toilet to do your business doesn’t put you in the ideal position for thorough elimination. The Squatty Potty puts you in the perfect 35 degree angle to properly evacuate your bowels.
  • TIWAL 3.2: The Inflatable Sailing Dinghy

    Samantha Pankey
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you an urban guy or gal who secretly longs for the open water and a sail boat of your own? Maybe you want something small that's easy to navigate. You may be in the market for a dinghy, but don't have any means to transport it. That's where the inflatable TIWAL 3.2 would come in handy.
  • With Nomad You Can Have A Hot Bath When Camping

    Samantha Pankey
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As camping season is winding down in most parts of the country, if you planning that one last outdoor adventure, you may want to look into the Nomad Collapsible Tub. With the Nomad, you won't have to sacrifice the comforts of a nice warm bath while exploring the great outdoors.
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  • The Weird-Looking Woojer Adds Haptic Feedback To Whatever Game You Play

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    At first glance, Woojer doesn't really look like much. It's a small box, weighing only 2.5 ounces. Big things definitely come in small packages in this case, though - the haptic feedback provided by Woojer is impressively powerful, creating a deep rumbling that can be felt through one's entire body.
  • Robots Could Be The Key To Keeping Agriculture And Industry Running In Australia

    Tech Light
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Australia is a beautiful, largely untamed country. Though part of its appeal, that's also its greatest weakness. Although the its interior is incredibly rich in resources, few are willing to gather them. That's why the country's increasingly turning to robots - they'll do the jobs people won't.
  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
  • Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

    Amber Leventry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
 
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  • Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

    Amber Leventry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
  • Jyrobike Helps Kids Learn To Ride A Bicycle

    Samantha Pankey
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    It's hard to teach kids how to ride a bike, because you can't really teach someone how to balance themselves. That's a skill that must be acquired through practice. So, if your kid is at that age where they'll be getting their first bicycle soon, you may want to check out Jyrobike.
  • Move Over Elf, There's A Maccabee On The Mantel This Holiday Season

    Amber Leventry
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Two Jewish parents, a company named Toy Vey!, and a lot of chutzpah bring you the Maccabee on the Mantel, a plush, smiling Maccabee soldier with an accompanying hard cover children’s book about Hanukkah. The idea was conceived by Abra Liberman-Garrett when she began to see her school-age children pine for the shiny and fun traditions of Christmas.
  • OrganicKidz Baby Grows Up Bottle Kit Will Take Your Child From Infancy To Kindergarten And Beyond

    Amber Leventry
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    OrganicKidz was started by a mom motivated by the fear of harmful chemicals in baby bottles and with a passion to provide a safer alternative to the plastic and glass bottles filling retailers’ shelves. Jane and her company organicKidz created the first stainless steel baby bottle. Not only is it toxin free and unbreakable, but it was designed to transition from your baby’s first bottle to a sippy cup and then water bottle. The Baby Grows Up Bottle Set contains everything you need to get your child from infancy to kindergarten and beyond.
  • Take Hydaway Bottle Anywhere

    Samantha Pankey
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    It's always a great idea to carry a water bottle. For starters, hydration is very important to your health. Having your own bottle means that you aren't trashing a ton of plastic bottles. Having a Hydaway Bottle means you can carry that bottle just about anywhere you go.
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  • Traveling With Dogs? Get A Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog!

    Motors.new
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog was a specially equipped version of Honda's Vamos Hobio microvan catering to dog owners. While the concept had merit, the vehicle was only sold for a limited time and remains memorable mainly due to its unusual name.
  • 6 House Warming Ideas For Dog Houses This Winter

    Lady Bee
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    It's been a long, hot summer but there are restless leaves blowing from cool breezes and, indeed, snow has already fallen in varioius parts of the northern hemisphere.  Our dogs are shivering in the cold even as they can't hide the delight in their eyes that cold has finally arrived.  A warm shelter is a perfect way for your pet to enjoy the winter weather.  Here are 5 of the top-rated insulated dog houses for your buddy, which promise to keep your dogs warm in winter and cooler in the summer.  For extra heat I've also listed a super dog-house heater for use when it's super cold outside.
  • Doggypack Dog Jacket To Arrive Just In Time For Cold Winter

    Lady Bee
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Everyone else gets to nuzzle with a heating pad; why not our pups? Whether your dog is extra-sensitive to cold or has arthritis, bone spurs, or other conditions that may require a special heat pack, you'll want to consider this thoughtfully made dog jacket.
  • 10 Top Healthy & Yummy Pumpkin-Rich Dog And Cat Foods

    Lady Bee
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Yes, everything is 'pumpkin' this time of year! But for all the decorative functions of the pumpkin and its major starring role in sweet dessert muffins and pies, we tend to forget about the pumpkin's nutritive properties. The pumpkin, a member of the squash family, actually plays a role in regulating insulin production. And for dogs and cats, pumpkin is also recommended as a dietary supplement to regulate digestion; imagine, it can be used to treat constipation OR diarrhea!  You don't have to worry about hiding pumpkin in peanut butter either; dogs and cats love the flavor!  Here are 10 of…
  • 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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  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • The Weird-Looking Woojer Adds Haptic Feedback To Whatever Game You Play

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    At first glance, Woojer doesn't really look like much. It's a small box, weighing only 2.5 ounces. Big things definitely come in small packages in this case, though - the haptic feedback provided by Woojer is impressively powerful, creating a deep rumbling that can be felt through one's entire body.
  • Want To Learn To Read Your Own Tea Leaves?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    There are many mystical practices out there and the practitioners thereof abound.-- especially where I live. There are psychics, tarot card readers, numerologists, palm readers -- even my next door neighbor is a professional astrologer. With this cool Tea Leaf Reading Kit you can get into the game by learning to read the future in the tea leaves that remain in the cup.
  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
  • Want To Be Able To REALLY See What You Are Eating?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many of us are becoming more concerned about the food we put in our mouths -- and not without good reason. From how the food is raised to how well it is cleaned to the safety of the preparation we all need to be concerned that what ends up on our plate is healthy, clean, and contaminant free. For the more paranoid among us one design team has come up with the ultimate tool for food safety checks -- the Magnifying Spoon.
 
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  • Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

    Ron Callari
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn may be profiting from all that user-generated content users post on their networks daily — but are you? Yes, they have all provided us with some fun and engaging ecosystems to strut our stuff, and ofcourse there are cost factors attached to all that development. But at the end of the day, do our images, bon mots, intellectual property and reputations hold no value at all?
  • CitizenFour, Dystopian Allegory Meets The Fourth Wall In Digital Age

    Ron Callari
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Animal Farm, 1984 & Lord of the Flies are all allegorical dystopian novels - works of fiction that subsequently made it to the big screen. But can documentaries use the dystopian allegorical genre as well? In the case of Laura Poitras’ recently released documentary about Edward Snowden, titled, ‘CitizenFour,’ this seems to be the case.
  • Make Rooms For Daddy, Facebook’s Back To The Future

    Ron Callari
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Yes, this just might be your Daddy’s old guilty-pleasure resurrected. For those who were the early adopters of the Internet, you probably still wax nostalgic over the days of chat rooms. Introduced as ‘Internet Relay Chat’ (IRC) back in 1988 this was the application layer of protocol that facilitated the transfer of plain text messaging back in the day!
  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

    Ron Callari
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .
  • Twin Peaks’ Appointment TV Enters The Twittersphere

    Ron Callari
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.
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  • China's New Mars Rover: Red & (Almost) Ready To Roll

    China.new
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Red rover red rover can China come over? A vermilion red, six-wheeled vehicle that just might be China's new Mars Rover took center stage recently at the 16th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. The as-yet unnamed robotic rover could play a huge role in the next, unmanned stage of China's ambitious Mars exploration program.
  • Invisible Wearable Skin Sensor: Saves You From Dry Skin And Heart Attacks

    Ellen Dudley
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    An almost invisible, wearable medical device that monitors your cardiovascular health, and lets you know when you need to moisturize your skin, has been invented. This ‘epidermal’ photonic sensor is also a potentially cheap alternative to the expensive infrared technology currently used in hospitals.
  • Build New Habits And Change Your Mind With Digital Pills: Digipill

    Ellen Dudley
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    A recent study published in the September issue of the Journal Sleep, suggests that skipping a few hours sleep can affect the number of sick days you take. And sleeping too many hours can also affect your work attendance. So what to do about it if you are one of those people who isn't getting enough sleep? Or sleeping too much? Aha, now there's an app for that: Digipill. 
  • 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!
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  • Space-Saving Bloom Foldable Helmet Expands In Emergencies

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The Bloom Foldable Helmet from Toyo Safety, Japan's leading supplier of industrial safety and health equipment, is designed to protect the wearer in an emergency while saving valuable storage space when not needed.
  • CitizenFour, Dystopian Allegory Meets The Fourth Wall In Digital Age

    Ron Callari
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Animal Farm, 1984 & Lord of the Flies are all allegorical dystopian novels - works of fiction that subsequently made it to the big screen. But can documentaries use the dystopian allegorical genre as well? In the case of Laura Poitras’ recently released documentary about Edward Snowden, titled, ‘CitizenFour,’ this seems to be the case.
  • SecureDrives Autothysis SSD Will Erase Itself On Demand

    Rey M.L.
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    SecureDrives has here a solid-state drive for the truly paranoid. Two-factor authentication, a cellular GSM module, and complete, permanent data detonation are a few of the security features that dot the lengthy list o' specs.
  • India’s Anti-Rape Jeans: Innovative Aid Against Sexual Violence

    M Dee Dubroff
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    In a country beseiged with terrible statistics concerning the incidence of rape, which occurrs ever 22 minutes, two young Indian women have harnessed the worlds of both fashion and technology by creating a pair of special jeans installed with a button that sends signals to both family and police. Read on to learn more about these unique jeans and the women who created them.
  • Want A New Way To Protect Your Bicycle From Theives?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    These days security is at the top of everyone's list. For your bicycle that can mean trying to haul a heavy chain and lock, removing the front wheel, or removing the seat. For one team of men it meant coming up with a better way to keep bicycles safe from theft. Their idea turns a bicycle seat into a secure lock so that you always have the lock with you anywhere you go.
 
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  • Want To Smell Like A Nerd?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Somehow you never really think of nerds as having a smell unless they forget to shower or get struck by lightning and their pocket protector starts to melt. Granted they aren't generally the sort of people who are going to drench themselves in cloying fragrance either. Some perfumer has decided that smelling like a nerd is something to be desired and has created Eau de Nerd cologne.
  • Innovative Wearable Tech: Tinkerbelle Inspires Light-Up Dress

    M Dee Dubroff
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Is wearable tech beautiful or clunky? Boxy designs seem to dominate the field, or at least they have until now. Read on to learn more about designer, Richard Nicholl's Tinkerbelle-inspired dress made of fiber-optic fabric triggered with LEDs hidden within its folds.
  • Hussein Chalayan: Innovative, Fantastic, Beyond Avant-Garde Designs

    M Dee Dubroff
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Read all about Hussein Chalayan, the British/Turkish/Cypriot designer who has won acclaim for his fantastical fusion of art, science and fashion and whose creations incorporate elements of modern interiors, urban architecture and geometric structures.
  • 6 Really Helpful Makeup & Grooming Aids For Those With Low Vision

    Boomer Babe
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Tasks that require the application of tools to groom or beautify are difficult to manuever for those with poor vision. Among boomers and seniors, 80 percent are affected by significant vision loss due to presbyopia or macular degeneration. Prescription lenses or reading glasses help with reading, if you read at a precise distance, but what about other activities like grooming or applying makeup?  Here are six tools I think you'll find very helpful....
  • Top 10 Beauty Gadgets To Give This Year

    Alicia Zuberbier
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    The holidays are right around the corner, and sometimes it can be stressful to find the perfect gift. Thankfully, here at Inventor Spot, we've take the time to research every beauty gadget and gizmo this year, compliling a list of presents anyone would love to receive. So pour yourself some cocoa, grab a sugar cookie, and check out the 10 beauty gadgets you should be giving as gifts this year. Your holiday shopping is practically finished!
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  • Fade To Black? Chrysler's Most Popular SUVs To Go Colorblind For A Few Months

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Henry Ford once famously stated any Model T buyer can have a car painted any color he wants... so long as it is black. Fast-forward a century and Ford's long-time competitor, Chrysler, is telling a similar tale to potential buyers of new Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Blame an extensive equipment update at Chryco's Jefferson North Assembly Plant for restricting new SUVs to white, gray, silver or black paint jobs.
  • Hundred Buck A Box Tissue Paper Is Nothing To Sneeze At

    Steve Levenstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    At 100,000 yen (about $100) per box, 12-layered ceremonial kimono tissue from Japan's Daishowashikosangyo Co., Ltd. is not only nothing to sneeze at, it's nothing to sneeze ON. In fact, don't even look at it – just set the box in the center of the executive board room table and hope nobody dares grab a single one of the 288 luxuriously colorful sheets.
  • 9 Thoughtful Gifts For Chemotherapy Patients

    Boomer Babe
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you learn that a friend or family member has to receive chemotherapy, your natural reaction is to want to know how you can make their lives easier during this period.  You may offer rides to their therapy sessions, baby sit their kids or walk their pets, or bring over supper once a week.  For those of you looking for items that can be used to prepare for chemotherapy sessions or to be used during chemo, here are 9 gifts that will be appreciated.... 
  • Limited Edition Chili Pepper KitKats Are So Hot Right Now!

    Steve Levenstein
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Shinshu Yawataya Togarashi KitKat is a limited edition flavor of the super-popular chocolate bar. Japan might not be known for its spicy foods but the traditional Togarashi powdered chili peppers infusing these curious KitKats' milk chocolate coating will educate snackers in a hurry.
  • Tire Eraser Lets You Burn Rubber Without Burning Up Your Homework

    Motors.new
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Because “a desk top is like a garage”, your workplace has something missing if it doesn't have a Tire Eraser or two rolling around. Ideal for any test but a driver's examination, the Tire Eraser stands ready to erase your every error without leaving any telltale skid marks.
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  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
  • Hendo: World's First Hoverboard (No Jokes This Time)

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember the HUVr? It was supposed to be the first hoverboard (like the one in Back To The Future), but it turned out to be a prank, and Tony Hawk helped dupe us with his appearance in HUVr's video. Well, Tony just made an appearance in another hoverboard video, but this time it's no joke.
  • Fight The Cold With Booze Smuggling Mittens

    Fashion Finds
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Alcohol concealing wearable items are not a new trend, but they're often lacking the functionality of the original item. The ability to covertly smuggle alcohol is of course the priority, but serving dual functions would be far more practical, don't you think? This winter, a greatly innovative solution has been delivered that has seasonal benefits.
  • Rathaus: Zurich's First Bike Up Cafe

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Cities around the world have been encouraging locals to embrace cycling in lieu of contributing to environmental pollution by driving. Businesses have also been embracing this growing trend, offering a number of convenient services to cyclists. The latest one has to be among the most innovative yet.
  • Zumer Sport Incorporates Sports Materials Into Their Products

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Duffel bags, coin purses, book bags, iPad cases, sunglasses cases, wallets--these are just some of the products that Zumer Sport makes. Of course, other companies product these things as well, however Zumer's products are unique, because they incorporate sports into their designs.
 
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  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Smart Navigating Jacket Takes You Around The City Of Lights

    Fashion Finds
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Remember the time when the only purpose of wearing a coat was to protect you from the outside elements? With all the new roles coats are starting to play now, it's clear that those of the past were underachievers. This new garment is perfect to take on a trip to the city of lights, and for reasons you just wouldn't expect.
  • Nimbl: Cash Delivery From Mobile, Human ATMs

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are pretty darn convenient as it stands. They eliminate the need for people to have a face-to-face conversation with another human being. And, they appear in places where there isn't even a traditional financial institution, which was a pretty innovative business plan in its time. But, cash convenience can be improved upon; if it comes to you.
  • Hendo: World's First Hoverboard (No Jokes This Time)

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember the HUVr? It was supposed to be the first hoverboard (like the one in Back To The Future), but it turned out to be a prank, and Tony Hawk helped dupe us with his appearance in HUVr's video. Well, Tony just made an appearance in another hoverboard video, but this time it's no joke.
  • Amazing Alchemy: Innovative Wind-Reactive Ink Alters Clothing Color

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Read all about London-based  artist/alchemist, Lauren Bowker, and her special material exploration studio known as the UNSEEN. Here she has created a unique wind-reactive ink that changes color when exposed to the capricious fluctuations of both the wind and the human body.
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  • The Weird-Looking Woojer Adds Haptic Feedback To Whatever Game You Play

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    At first glance, Woojer doesn't really look like much. It's a small box, weighing only 2.5 ounces. Big things definitely come in small packages in this case, though - the haptic feedback provided by Woojer is impressively powerful, creating a deep rumbling that can be felt through one's entire body.
  • Want To Learn To Read Your Own Tea Leaves?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    There are many mystical practices out there and the practitioners thereof abound.-- especially where I live. There are psychics, tarot card readers, numerologists, palm readers -- even my next door neighbor is a professional astrologer. With this cool Tea Leaf Reading Kit you can get into the game by learning to read the future in the tea leaves that remain in the cup.
  • Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

    Amber Leventry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
  • The Thanksgiving Game Keeps Us ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING

    Amber Leventry
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. The menu couldn’t be better. The day starts with a parade. Happy hour starts at noon and board games hit a new level of competitiveness when you are suppressing annoyance or passive aggressive comments toward relatives you can barely stand. Out of curiosity and to see if I could spice up my favorite Thursday, I did a search for Thanksgiving themed board games. What I found was The Thanksgiving Game, a game where players get to experience ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING.
  • This Incredible 15-Pound Replica Of Halo's Plasma Rifle Costs $600

    Nicholas.Greene
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A company by the name of TriForce has just revealed something that should prove incredibly exciting to fans of the Halo franchise - they've created full-sized models of one of the game's most iconic weapons, the Plasma Rifle. No, they don't fire real plasma.
 
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  • Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

    Ron Callari
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn may be profiting from all that user-generated content users post on their networks daily — but are you? Yes, they have all provided us with some fun and engaging ecosystems to strut our stuff, and ofcourse there are cost factors attached to all that development. But at the end of the day, do our images, bon mots, intellectual property and reputations hold no value at all?
  • Siri v. Cortana - Who Gets The Last Laugh? (Videos)

    Ron Callari
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    For those who’ve been following the Siri versus Cortana ‘war of words’ on TV, you're most likely of the inclination that Apple dropped the ball with its iPhone 6 iteration -- because, Microsoft has been laughing all the way to the bank with its latest Windows smartphone commercials for the new HTC One®.
  • 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. . .
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  • Want To Learn To Read Your Own Tea Leaves?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    There are many mystical practices out there and the practitioners thereof abound.-- especially where I live. There are psychics, tarot card readers, numerologists, palm readers -- even my next door neighbor is a professional astrologer. With this cool Tea Leaf Reading Kit you can get into the game by learning to read the future in the tea leaves that remain in the cup.
  • Want To Be Able To REALLY See What You Are Eating?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Many of us are becoming more concerned about the food we put in our mouths -- and not without good reason. From how the food is raised to how well it is cleaned to the safety of the preparation we all need to be concerned that what ends up on our plate is healthy, clean, and contaminant free. For the more paranoid among us one design team has come up with the ultimate tool for food safety checks -- the Magnifying Spoon.
  • Blade Rumblers: The Top 10 Freakiest & Flakiest Snow Plows

    Motors.new
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Polar Vortex 2, Electric Booglaoo has brought an early blast of winter weather to a wholly unprepared nation a month before Winter™ officially arrives. Yeah, it sucks, but there's one thing Old Man Winter didn't bargain on: some of the freakiest, flakiest snow plows ever to scrape a snowbank off a side street.
  • Want To Smell Like A Nerd?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Somehow you never really think of nerds as having a smell unless they forget to shower or get struck by lightning and their pocket protector starts to melt. Granted they aren't generally the sort of people who are going to drench themselves in cloying fragrance either. Some perfumer has decided that smelling like a nerd is something to be desired and has created Eau de Nerd cologne.
  • Want A New Way To Crack Nuts?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    It is that time of year to indulge in the enjoyment of fresh nuts and practice our skills at getting them out of the shell. There doesn't seem to have been much improvement in nutcrackers since Tchaikovsky turned one into a popular ballet -- until now. The Naomi Nut Cracker can take aim and smash your nut in seconds and it is a lot more fun than the old fashioned kind.
 
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  • Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

    Amber Leventry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
  • Innovative Sensor Nails: Wearable Tech and Electronic Nail Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
  • Want To Smell Like A Nerd?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Somehow you never really think of nerds as having a smell unless they forget to shower or get struck by lightning and their pocket protector starts to melt. Granted they aren't generally the sort of people who are going to drench themselves in cloying fragrance either. Some perfumer has decided that smelling like a nerd is something to be desired and has created Eau de Nerd cologne.
  • The Thanksgiving Game Keeps Us ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING

    Amber Leventry
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. The menu couldn’t be better. The day starts with a parade. Happy hour starts at noon and board games hit a new level of competitiveness when you are suppressing annoyance or passive aggressive comments toward relatives you can barely stand. Out of curiosity and to see if I could spice up my favorite Thursday, I did a search for Thanksgiving themed board games. What I found was The Thanksgiving Game, a game where players get to experience ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING.
  • The Synapse Dress: High Tech Couture That Reveals Emotions

    M Dee Dubroff
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Check ou this 3-D printed dress whose sensors reveal what the wearer is really thinking. Forget about trade and other types of secrets. Read on for more information on this amazing wearable tech fashion innovation.
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  • Space-Saving Bloom Foldable Helmet Expands In Emergencies

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The Bloom Foldable Helmet from Toyo Safety, Japan's leading supplier of industrial safety and health equipment, is designed to protect the wearer in an emergency while saving valuable storage space when not needed.
  • Walk While You're Working With TrekDesk

    Samantha Pankey
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    More and more we are leading sedentary lifestyles. Technology is making it easier to accomplish tasks with minimal physical effort, and we are seeing our bodies develop bad posture, pack on the pounds and become more prone to injury and illness. Enter TrekDesk. Give your sedentary schedule a energetic boost with this treadmill desk.
  • SecureDrives Autothysis SSD Will Erase Itself On Demand

    Rey M.L.
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    SecureDrives has here a solid-state drive for the truly paranoid. Two-factor authentication, a cellular GSM module, and complete, permanent data detonation are a few of the security features that dot the lengthy list o' specs.
  • HGST Announces World's First 10TB Hard Disk Drive

    Rey M.L.
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    HGST (formerly Hitachi) has combined two new drive technologies for a whopping 10,000GB of storage capacity within a single 3.5” frame. Slightly less cutting-edge 8 and 6TB models follow for the more conservative.
  • 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.
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  • Watch VIDEO: WIN A TRIP to Richard Branson’s Private Island through Shopify!

    Tamara Monosoff
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    You may know that I've been a big Shopify fan for years. That's why I'm thrilled to tell you about one of the coolest contests for Entrepreneurs that I have ever seen. It's Shopify's 5th Annual Build A Business Competition. The 5 winners will take a jet to Sir Richard Branson's private island to receive mentoring with Shark Tank's Daymond John among others. Watch VIDEO & Sign Up via This Blog Post to Get 10% Off. This can be YOU! WHEN?  Shopify’s 5th Annual Build A Business Competition just launched on Oct. 1, 2014 and you can sign up until March 31, 2015. If you are currently…
  • Innovative Mom Makes Potty Training a Wiz!

    Tamara Monosoff
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Kaylee Wickline is the founder of PottyWiz, the only multi-functional and transitional potty training chair that accommodates the special needs of both girls and boys. Kaylee's product just launched and is getting great media attention! We asked Kaylee to share her story about how she brought the PottyWiz to market.  It's been a bumpy journey but she is now well on her way! Mom Invented: What inspired you to create the PottyWiz? Kaylee:  I started potty training my son at 18 months and it was stressful for him and unnatural. Most products on the market are designed as unisex seats for boys…
  • 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…
 
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  • LENOVO Yoga Tablet

    8 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Lenovo Group Ltd. (stylized as lenovo) is a Chinese multinational computer technology company with headquarters in Beijing, China, and Morrisville, North Carolina, United States.It designs, develops, manufactures and sells personal computers, tablet computers,smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. In 2013 Lenovo was theworld's largest personal computer vendor by unit sales. It markets theThinkPad line of notebook computers and the ThinkCentre line of desktops.Lenovo has operations in more than 60 countries and…
  • Hub by Premier Inn hotel will allow guests control their room with a smartphone

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Hotel rooms can be impersonal and transitory places, designed for a high turnover of guests. To make the hotel experience more comfortable, the new hub by Premier Inn chain will put control into the hands of customers, who will book, check-in and control their room facilities via a smartphone app.Technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in hotels as a means of providing guests with a better service and improving efficiencies. TheSaviOne robot butler, for example, recently began a trial period delivering room service at the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino. Whereas the SaviOne robot can benefit…
  • 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…
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  • Invention News: The Useless Wireless Hat

    Advita Madan
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
      Everyone has heard of the useless wireless duck – unless you’re new to the internet, in which case, here you go. The team at MAKO were introduced to it just a few days after its release on Youtube and it stirred up quite a laugh at the office! Micheal Nichols’ arduino-powered squeaking duck has since taken the internet by storm, hitting over 1,000,000 views in less than a week. Primarily uploaded for his colleagues, Mike was taken by surprise when his creation went viral and brought in thousands of comments, congratulating him on creating his extremely useless, yet amusing…
  • 3D Printing: How Organovo is Saving Lives

    Jelena Urosevic
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Here at MAKO Invent we have our own in-house 3D printers that are used to create prototypes for our clients. As a result, we are familiar with 3D printing techniques and the impact they can provide. Whats more, we are simply quite fond of our printers! Our senior industrial designer Robert Colgan, is a perfect example of how the team at MAKO Invent uses their resourcefulness for repair purposes using 3D printing.   Today, however, we have come across an interesting article about Organovo, a bioprinting company from San Diego California that utilizes 3D printing to create functional human…
  • Technology: The Fight Against Ebola

    Jelena Urosevic
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
      The Ebola epidemic that has been devastating West Africa has infected 14,000 people and killed over 5,000 people since March of 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that this is the biggest disease outbreak on record. Today at MAKO Invent, we have researched and found an innovative new technology playing an integral role in providing an Ebola-free environment.   What Is This New Technology? This new technology comes in the form of a robot called ‘Little Moe’ created by Texas Company, Xenex. Little Moe has four wheels and uses xenon- a nontoxic gas which creates…
  • New Product: SafeWander to Aid Alzheimer Patients

    Jelena Urosevic
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you follow MAKO Invent here on our blog, or on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram, it is unmistakable that we have a passion for innovative new product developments! Today, MAKO Invent has found an exciting new product by 15 year old Kenneth Shinozuka, proving that age is just a number. Age doesn’t provide limitations as to the creation of that little “what if” idea at the back of one’s mind!   What is this New Product? This innovative new product is called the SafeWander; the first wearable technology in the form of socks containing a sensor. This new…
  • MAKO and SAGE Canada Partnership for Entrepreneurship!

    Vanessa Lang
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
                                                         MAKO Invent Launches Partnership with SAGE Canada Focus on the advancement of Canadian Youth Entrepreneurship through innovation   Toronto, ON – November 14, 2014This month, MAKO Invent and SAGE Canada have joined together in partnership with the shared goal of advancing youth entrepreneurship in Canada. As its Founding Industry Partner, MAKO will bring to the SAGE program incredible resources and support, helping to ensure that student’s gain the knowledge and skill sets that poises…
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