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  • Hoverboard? Still in the Future

    NYT > U.S. Patent Office
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For the last 25 years, inventors like garage tinkerers, physics professors and engineers have been trying to make a hovering skateboard.
  • MIT startups win big at MassChallenge

    MIT News - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    On Wednesday night, 12 MIT-affiliated startups that participated in this year’s MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, took home top prizes — ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 — from the program’s annual awards ceremony. This year, MassChallenge accepted 128 startups for its accelerator program, which began in June. But only 26 finalists — selected by a panel of judges — pitched their business plans for competition at MassChallenge’s awards ceremony; 21 of those earned awards. Of those winners, 12 were MIT-affiliated startups, with at least one…
  • ZelectricBug Updates Classic VW Beetles For A Fossil Fuel Free World

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    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.
  • Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

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    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?
  • McKamey Manor: Horror Movie Experience From Your Nightmares

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    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.
 
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  • MIT startups win big at MassChallenge

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    On Wednesday night, 12 MIT-affiliated startups that participated in this year’s MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, took home top prizes — ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 — from the program’s annual awards ceremony. This year, MassChallenge accepted 128 startups for its accelerator program, which began in June. But only 26 finalists — selected by a panel of judges — pitched their business plans for competition at MassChallenge’s awards ceremony; 21 of those earned awards. Of those winners, 12 were MIT-affiliated startups, with at least one…
  • A world of wireless power

    Eric Bender | MIT Industrial Liaison Program
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    If you buy a 2016 Toyota Prius, you won’t need to worry about keeping your hybrid car charged — just get the option for wireless power transfer that lets you drive into your garage and have your battery automatically topped up from a pad on the floor. A year or two from now you’ll also be able to purchase laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other consumer electronic devices that don’t need any wires, because their power needs will be met by wireless transmission. “Instead of having a different charging cord for every device you own, you can have one location where you put your…
  • Beating battery drain

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a concern. Now a technology developed by MIT spinout Eta Devices could help a phone’s battery last perhaps twice as long, and help to conserve energy in cell towers. The primary culprit in smartphone battery drain is an inefficient power amplifier, a component that is designed to push the radio signal out through the phones’ antennas. Similar larger modules are found in…
  • Stay at MIT or start your company? Five reasons to do both

    Nicole Estvanik Taylor | MIT Spectrum
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Not only is it possible to found one’s first company while at MIT, says Bill Aulet SM ’94 — it’s ideal. Aulet is co-director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, along with MIT Sloan faculty member and Innovation Initiative co-director Fiona Murray (who is featured in this month’s SPECTRVM). Founded in 1990 by Professor Edward Roberts, the Trust Center provides the expertise, support, and connections MIT students need to become effective entrepreneurs — including an extremely popular start-up accelerator capstone program…
  • No more crying over spilled milk

    Cara Giaimo | MIT News correspondent
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A few weekends ago, as some techies lined up to buy the new iPhone 6, others flocked to the MIT Media Lab to play with a different piece of technology — one that hasn’t seen an upgrade in decades. Over the course of that weekend, some 150 engineers, designers, developers, and health care professionals — many of them unaffiliated with MIT — gathered on campus for the “Make The Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon.” The brainchild of a group of Media Lab students and researchers who are also parents, the hackathon aimed to revamp the breast pump, an aspect of modern parenthood that is…
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  • 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.
  • 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?
  • BLACKLINE Is Cycling Innovation

    Samantha Pankey
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The BLACKLINE is a bicycle, and it looks like any other bicycle. Nothing fancy--two tires, handlebar, seat, the works. That is, until you look closer. Then you'll see that it may be a bike, but it is a bike of the future, equipped with both mechanical and technological perks.
  • Want To Avoid Second-Hand Smoke In Japan?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Smoking remains a problem world wide. While it is certainly a personal choice for those who smoke, it is not so much for those around them being to forced to engage in the habit along with them. In Japan a new idea has cropped up to limit the amount of smoke that smokers share with the people around them. They are called smoking bells, glass bubbles, or smoking hoods. They were invented to help smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • 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.
 
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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?
  • 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.
  • World's First Wearable Air Purifier Takes Smog Masks To The Next Level

    China.new
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Who says environmental degradation can't drive technological innovation? A research team from Chongqing, China has introduced a battery-powered wearable air purifier that can filter up to 99.9 percent of dangerous PM 2.5 fine particulates from the surrounding air.
  • Bounce Imaging Explorer Helps Save Lives

    PaulFitzgerald
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A new throwable ball that sends panoramic images to let soldiers and first responders know what they are in for during a crisis situation will soon be widely utilized by the military, fire fighters and police forces around the world.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Wilshire Gun Range: First Business To Combine Shooting With Serving Alcohol

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    If we've learned anything, it's that the best businesses don't always have to be the most innovative or out of this world concepts. Sometimes, taking a familiar concept that already has mainstream success, and putting a unique spin on it is exactly how some of the best businesses come to be. Other times, businesses take this approach, but get it all wrong.
  • Marijuana Farmer's Market Becomes An Actual Thing In 2014

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    With the nation's ever-evolving marijuana laws, pot businesses are becoming increasingly popular and legal dispensaries are finding their own niches in the industry. The latest trend follows a formula that is tried, tested, and true. It continues to grow in popularity as consumers switch their focus to shopping local.
  • Gory Gourmet: Zombie Food Truck Serves Braaaaiiinnss

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Zombie food trucks are a trendy concept. Most American cities have one, playing on people's love for all things undead. While a zombie food truck is a unique concept in itself, when a business trend is overused, it takes away from the innovation. Standing out from the pack therefore needs a super creative approach to something that already falls into the realm of imagination.
 
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  • 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....
  • LympheDIVA's Compression Sleeves: Medically AND Fashionably Correct

    Boomer Babe
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    In a prior post, I covered some of the most fashionable compression socks you can find.  Today, it's all about compression sleeves for women - some of you will want to wear them even if you don't have an excuse!  (They make your arms look nice and slim!)
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  • 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.
  • Necklace Calls You Automatically So You Can Avoid Awkward Situations

    Fashion Finds
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Awkward situations are well, awkward. And as much as we'd like to envision turning and running away at full speed when faced with one (that can't just be mine), dealing with these things in the real world requires more tact. But there's no rule that says you have to do the mature thing and tackle awkward head on, not when a new accessory gives you the perfect out.
  • First Warning Systems: Bra Detects Breast Cancer In Its Early Stages

    Fashion Finds
    30 May 2014 | 10:38 am
    Many women have a love hate relationship with their bras - they hate how they look and feel without one, but love when they're able to take it off (ladies, you know it's true)! But that could all change with new smart lingerie that will be entering the market, because lifesaving makes feelings of love or hate seem inconsequential.
  • Urban Undercover: Innovative, Multifunctional Emergency Panties

    Fashion Finds
    28 May 2014 | 2:36 pm
    You might have thought that your days of stashing emergency underwear to take with you were left behind shortly after you successfully completed potty training; or so you'd like to publicly admit. In reality, women recognize that emergencies can happen, and preparedness is key for such situations.
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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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  • 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.
  • Ping Pong Paddle Pot Trivet Adds Sporty Flair To Any Kitchen

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Ping Pot Mat from Japan's Evolete might look like a run of the mill paddle but its dimpled silicone rubber surface makes it a kitchen all-star. Able to resist temperatures more than twice as hot as the boiling point of water, this terrific trivet is a triumph of practical and whimsical kitchen tool design.
  • Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener Stealthily Cracks Open Cold Ones

    Steve Levenstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    There's nothing like a cold beer or soda pop to settle one's nerves after a ninja attack, and there's nothing like the Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener from Japan's Evolete to quickly and quietly pop the tops off those frosty bottles.
  • Frito-Lay Japan's Latest Limited Edition Luxury Snack: Mike Rich Cheese Popcorn

    Steve Levenstein
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Who needs Grey Poupon when Mike Rich Cheese Popcorn tantalizes the senses with the luxurious taste of aged Camembert cheese and the sublime fragrance of fine French truffles? Our next question is... what wine goes with bagged popcorn?
  • Men's Peeler Ensures Your Veggies Are Skin & Hair Free

    Steve Levenstein
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Men's Peeler from Japan's Evolete is a kitchen veggie scraper that shaves the skin off your carrots in much the same manner as your fancy five-bladed razor leaves your cheeks as smooth as a baby's bottom.
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  • Ping Pong Paddle Pot Trivet Adds Sporty Flair To Any Kitchen

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Ping Pot Mat from Japan's Evolete might look like a run of the mill paddle but its dimpled silicone rubber surface makes it a kitchen all-star. Able to resist temperatures more than twice as hot as the boiling point of water, this terrific trivet is a triumph of practical and whimsical kitchen tool design.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener Stealthily Cracks Open Cold Ones

    Steve Levenstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    There's nothing like a cold beer or soda pop to settle one's nerves after a ninja attack, and there's nothing like the Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener from Japan's Evolete to quickly and quietly pop the tops off those frosty bottles.
  • Want A New Way To Know When Your Food Has Expired?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    There are times when expiration dates can be confusing and inaccurate. Sometimes they say "sell by" but don't tell you how long you have left. Others give you just a date and no explanation of what it means. Many foods last beyond the date. So the time may have come for Bump Mark. It is a way of telling if your package of food is still fresh without having to decipher the date. This way a label changes and becomes bumpy as the food ages.
  • New Toyota Ponam-31 Sports Utility Cruiser Goes Where No Cars Have Gone Before

    Motors.new
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    If you're prone to stating “Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads,” either your name's Doc Brown or you're the proud owner of a new Toyota Ponam-31. This 31-ft long, twin-engined “sports utility cruiser” seats 12 comfortably and yes, as a matter of fact it IS a boat.
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  • 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.
  • Now Hear This: "Hello Phone" Telescopic Ear Trumpet Sounds Good, Looks Silly

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    The music industry was built on mountains of vinyl, or stacks of wax as they used to be called. Those old records have been filling up landfills for decades now as they have gotten broken, worn out, or were just plain discarded. One company has taken these old and no longer viable platters and started making them into Recycled Vinyl Record Guitar Picks for your music-making pleasure.
 
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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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 . . .
  • AU My! 50 Gold Taxicabs Take To The Streets Of Shanghai

    China.new
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to China, where the streets may not be paved in gold but the taxicabs that ply them sure do look golden! The first 50 cabs from Shanghai's new fleet of Chinese-made, gold painted TX4 “London Taxis” just hit the roads with another 150 on order.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Porsche Headlights Stolen & Held For Ransom In Russia

    Motors.new
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Your money or your lights! Porsche drivers in Russia are paying the former for the latter, victims of a scam that sees their expensive rides' easily-removed headlights heisted and held for ransom.
  • GM China Launches New Buick Envision SUV, Spells “Buick” Wrong

    Motors.new
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    GM's new Buick Envision is supposed to be a mid-size luxury crossover but Shanghai GM evidently didn't get that memo, misspelling the brand name as “Bulck” during this week's Chinese launch event. DOH!
  • Nike And Teague Team Up To Design The Athlete's Plane

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    That's right--Teague, along with the help of Nike, designed a plane just for athletes. You've heard of a "home team advantage," right? That advantage isn't so much about the court or the enthusiastic crowd. It's about the fact that the away team has to travel and to experience the stresses of travel. The Athlete's Plane was made to eliminate that "home team advantage."
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  • 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.
  • Want To Put Your Child's Name On An Awesome Storybook Pillow?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    The gift of books and a love of reading is one of the greatest things that you can ever give a child. Another gift that can also help foster an interest in books and storytelling is one of these creative Personalized Storybook Pillows that has your child's name in the title and mom and dad's names as the authors. Only one person will ever know what stories live inside the book -- and your child's imagination.
  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wham-O brings you the Hover Ball and they claim it is the only soccer ball that floats like magic. If we are splitting hairs—or in Wham-O’s case, balls—the Hover Ball is not a ball. It’s a half of a ball. And it doesn’t hover as much as it slides or glides. It may appear to float, but it doesn’t actually float. No magic involved. But Hover Ball is a soccer ball that is designed to be safe enough to play with in the house.
  • From Diaper Bags To Diaper Vests, DadGear Has Cool Manly Gear For Dads

    Amber Leventry
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The founders of DadGear were very clear about their mission when they started their company. As two dads who loved their kids and loved fatherhood, but hated the flowery diaper bags with low functionality, they wanted baby gear that was masculine and high quality. They wanted gear that fit their style as dads. Using their experience as parents they designed products convenient and necessary for a day out with the kids with a look more fitting of dads. From diaper bags to diaper vests, DadGear has Daddy covered.
  • Forget The Unicycle, Try Lunicycle

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever wanted to learn to ride a unicycle? Ever tried? It's hard. It's painfully hard sometimes. The Lunicycle gives you the same experience as a unicycle (minus the seat), however it's much easier to maintain your balance on the Lunicycle, and it won't take you months to learn to ride.
 
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Innovative Wearable Tech Germ Block: The Germinator Transit Jacket

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you dread your morning commute and wish you could wear a mask enroute to your daily job? If so, you might be interested to hear about the new Germinator Transit Jacket that kills  germs before they can make their infectious way onto your skin. To learn more, read on.
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  • 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.
  • 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....
  • Basepro Is More Than Just A Laptop Tray

    Josiah Motley
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Laptop trays are nice. They keep your legs from burning up and typically keep your laptop cooler by use of internal fans inside the tray. But, that's it. That's typically all they do. Sure, some have little odds and ends, like cup holders, but really, things like that are nothing but gimmicks. With the Basepro from Absolute, however, things get a lot more interesting.
  • Samsung Announces Curved 27” HD Monitor

    Rey M.L.
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    In what might become another fad, like 3D TVs were not too long ago, Samsung's latest PC monitor employs a slightly curved VA panel, improving ergonomics without comprising on features. Sort of.
  • From The Modder Who Brought You The Xbox Laptop, Say Hello To The Playbook 4

    Nicholas.Greene
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ever wanted to play Destiny at a coffee shop? Got a hankering for Infamous: Second Son on the bus? You might want to get in touch with hardware modder Ed Zarick, then. He's turned Sony's immensely popular gaming console into a laptop - the Playbook 4.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gold Bugs Go Wild Over Golden Coin Covered Beetle

    Motors.new
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A VW New Beetle covered with over 10,000 gold-toned coins perfectly expresses the old maxim “when you've got it, flaunt it.” It also comes in handy when you hit a toll booth and find yourself short of small change.
  • 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.
 
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  • What Makes A Baby: A Book To Answer An Old Question In A New Way For All Families

    Amber Leventry
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    If you have kids or have ever been around kids, you will likely be asked, “Where do babies come from?” The stork; a wild night of booze and poor decision making; or a grunt and shrug are not acceptable answers. While the middle explanation may be applicable, the truth is that it is hard to answer a perfectly simple and innocent question with a simple answer. Yes, babies come from the combination of a sperm and egg. But not all babies come from sex. What Makes a Baby is a book for all families that tells the biology of baby making with the opportunity to talk to your kids about where they…
  • Transparent Bathrooms All The Rage At Chinese College

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

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

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

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

    Samantha Pankey
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The BLACKLINE is a bicycle, and it looks like any other bicycle. Nothing fancy--two tires, handlebar, seat, the works. That is, until you look closer. Then you'll see that it may be a bike, but it is a bike of the future, equipped with both mechanical and technological perks.
  • Want To Avoid Second-Hand Smoke In Japan?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Smoking remains a problem world wide. While it is certainly a personal choice for those who smoke, it is not so much for those around them being to forced to engage in the habit along with them. In Japan a new idea has cropped up to limit the amount of smoke that smokers share with the people around them. They are called smoking bells, glass bubbles, or smoking hoods. They were invented to help smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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 . . .
  • The Ping Garment Innovation: Create Your Own Facebook Language

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Now you can stay connected with family and friends just by performing natural gestures. Read on to learn more about this high-tech, wearable innovation that may well revolutionize the world of geek-freak-chic communication.
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  • 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.
  • World's First Wearable Air Purifier Takes Smog Masks To The Next Level

    China.new
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Who says environmental degradation can't drive technological innovation? A research team from Chongqing, China has introduced a battery-powered wearable air purifier that can filter up to 99.9 percent of dangerous PM 2.5 fine particulates from the surrounding air.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Innovative Wearable Tech Germ Block: The Germinator Transit Jacket

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you dread your morning commute and wish you could wear a mask enroute to your daily job? If so, you might be interested to hear about the new Germinator Transit Jacket that kills  germs before they can make their infectious way onto your skin. To learn more, read on.
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  • BLACKLINE Is Cycling Innovation

    Samantha Pankey
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The BLACKLINE is a bicycle, and it looks like any other bicycle. Nothing fancy--two tires, handlebar, seat, the works. That is, until you look closer. Then you'll see that it may be a bike, but it is a bike of the future, equipped with both mechanical and technological perks.
  • Yello Sunshine: Raw, Gluten-Free Granola Bars That Taste Great

    Samantha Pankey
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Whether you live an active lifestyle, are planning a hiking or camping trip or just like to have handy and delicious snacks, you know the convenience of snack bars. You may buy them for protein, convenience or because some taste like a cookie. Yello Sunshine is a new granola bar that is made of the simplest ingredients, is gluten-free and tastes great.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nike And Teague Team Up To Design The Athlete's Plane

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    That's right--Teague, along with the help of Nike, designed a plane just for athletes. You've heard of a "home team advantage," right? That advantage isn't so much about the court or the enthusiastic crowd. It's about the fact that the away team has to travel and to experience the stresses of travel. The Athlete's Plane was made to eliminate that "home team advantage."
 
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  • Yello Sunshine: Raw, Gluten-Free Granola Bars That Taste Great

    Samantha Pankey
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Whether you live an active lifestyle, are planning a hiking or camping trip or just like to have handy and delicious snacks, you know the convenience of snack bars. You may buy them for protein, convenience or because some taste like a cookie. Yello Sunshine is a new granola bar that is made of the simplest ingredients, is gluten-free and tastes great.
  • Want To Eat Some Maple Leaves This Autumn?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    In the U.S. the main flavor of autumn seems to be something like a pumpkin spiced coffee or ice cream. As Thanksgiving approaches we are into pumpkin everything. In Japan this time of year brings a snack so common that it grows on trees -- literally. It is momiji tempura. It is a deep fried snack made of batter-dipped maple leaves and is more popular than our ubiquitous pumpkins. Perhaps we need to expand our autumn diet..
  • 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.
  • Nike And Teague Team Up To Design The Athlete's Plane

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    That's right--Teague, along with the help of Nike, designed a plane just for athletes. You've heard of a "home team advantage," right? That advantage isn't so much about the court or the enthusiastic crowd. It's about the fact that the away team has to travel and to experience the stresses of travel. The Athlete's Plane was made to eliminate that "home team advantage."
  • Want To Pick Your Own Food In The City?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    For some people food can be a scarce commodity. Yet even in the cities there is food all around us that goes uneaten every year. A new website called Falling Fruits has been set up to help map the places where these foods are in public places and can be legally picked and consumed. It started out as a venture by Ethan Welty, a University of Colorado graduate student, to keep track of these foods for locals in Boulder, Colorado, and is now worldwide.
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  • Want To Avoid Second-Hand Smoke In Japan?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Smoking remains a problem world wide. While it is certainly a personal choice for those who smoke, it is not so much for those around them being to forced to engage in the habit along with them. In Japan a new idea has cropped up to limit the amount of smoke that smokers share with the people around them. They are called smoking bells, glass bubbles, or smoking hoods. They were invented to help smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • Want Your Chakras To Chime?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    The hills in Tibet are alive with prayer flags. They bless the surrounding area and all those who live and travel among said hills. You can decorate the exterior (or interior) of your home with a similar design with these incredible Chakra Flag Chimes. They hold the visual echoes of the Buddhist prayer flags and also have bells that chime charmingly in the breeze.
  • 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.
  • Ping Pong Paddle Pot Trivet Adds Sporty Flair To Any Kitchen

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Ping Pot Mat from Japan's Evolete might look like a run of the mill paddle but its dimpled silicone rubber surface makes it a kitchen all-star. Able to resist temperatures more than twice as hot as the boiling point of water, this terrific trivet is a triumph of practical and whimsical kitchen tool design.
  • Want To Own Your Own Roller Coaster?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    There is nothing like spending time in an amusement park -- the hot smell of the pavement, the popcorn, the cotton candy, and best of all, the old wooden roller coasters! I grew up with the Wild Cat and Mister Twister. Both are long gone now, sadly replaced by a newer park and newer rides. We can recapture all of the wonderful memories with this wonderful Classic Wooden Roller Coaster that will fit on a desktop or table.
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  • 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.
  • 10 Punny Gifts For Witty Word Lovers

    Serena Dorman
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    There's nothing quite like a punny gift to make that special word lover in your life crack a smile.  With holidays just around the corner, I've compiled a list of quirky items so literal they're punny to put on your list.
  • 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.
  • 20 DIY Kids' Halloween Costumes That Will Put Yours To Shame. Damn You Pinterest

    Amber Leventry
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I love Halloween. And before I had kids, I loved to make my own Halloween costumes. I’d love nothing more than to make costumes for my kids this year. Well, there are a few other things I would love more, but I really do wish I had the time to make something clever, cute, and fun for my three kids. I could not find a section on Pinterest titled, Make Your Kid an Awesome Halloween Costume While One of Your Twin Boys is Scaling the Oven While the Other is Playing in the Toilet Again. I did find some really awesome DIY costumes that people with time can make. But, seriously, who has this…
  • When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

    Ron Callari
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    There’s no question when airlines relaxed their cellphone usage policies inflight, air travel for passengers and flight attendants changed overnight - and we’re not talking red-eyes here. That’s right, when the FAA reversed its position on making  it mandatory to switch to the ‘Airplane Mode,’ we are now all able (after take-off) to fire up any and all of our devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and eReaders . . .
 
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  • Want To Avoid Second-Hand Smoke In Japan?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Smoking remains a problem world wide. While it is certainly a personal choice for those who smoke, it is not so much for those around them being to forced to engage in the habit along with them. In Japan a new idea has cropped up to limit the amount of smoke that smokers share with the people around them. They are called smoking bells, glass bubbles, or smoking hoods. They were invented to help smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Want An Easier Way To Apply Pressure To A Wound?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    When you are out on an adventure or in the throes of a big DIY project and the unthinkable happens you can find yourself trying to bandage a bleeding wound and stop it from gushing. This can be hard to do for yourself, especially if you are trying to do it with just one hand. It is time for the Uflex Compress -- a single bandage and compress device that can be applied quickly and easily with just one hand.
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  • 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.
  • Apparently, Kids Eat Less After They Play Angry Birds

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Video games aren't generally associated with healthy eating habits. As such, you might be surprised to learn that screen time actually reduces food intake - at least, according to Nick Bellissimo, a professor of nutrition at Ryerson University.
  • Innovative Wearable Tech Germ Block: The Germinator Transit Jacket

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you dread your morning commute and wish you could wear a mask enroute to your daily job? If so, you might be interested to hear about the new Germinator Transit Jacket that kills  germs before they can make their infectious way onto your skin. To learn more, read on.
  • Want An Easier Way To Apply Pressure To A Wound?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    When you are out on an adventure or in the throes of a big DIY project and the unthinkable happens you can find yourself trying to bandage a bleeding wound and stop it from gushing. This can be hard to do for yourself, especially if you are trying to do it with just one hand. It is time for the Uflex Compress -- a single bandage and compress device that can be applied quickly and easily with just one hand.
  • Want To Use A Bicycle As A Blood Centrifuge?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Using medical equipment that we consider standard in the Western World can be difficult in Third World Countries where things like electricity are in short supply. Designer Jack Trew has created a simple blood centrifuge that works by being attached to the spoke of a bicycle wheel -- something that can be found most of the world over. The Spokefuge is currently one of the finalists for the James Dyson Award and the prize of $45,000.
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  • 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.
  • Fear Wheel Drive: The Top Ten Most Frighteningly Named Cars

    Motors.new
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    From Corolla to CTS to the cold hard numbers denoting BMW's and Benz's offerings, today's vehicle names don't do much to speed the pulse. It wasn't always this way, however, and to prove it here are ten scary car names that really got our hearts pumping.
  • Meet The New 2015 MG GT... It's Not Your Father's MGB But Dear Old Dad Would Approve

    Motors.new
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Not only is the MG auto brand alive, it's doing very well thank you! Owned (since 2007) by Chinese automaker SAIC, MG now offers a full range of cars to the Chinese market and assembles others from knocked-down kits at its venerable British production plant. The newest of these, proudly wearing the iconic octagonal MG badge and the legend “Morris Garages”, is the impressive MG GT sedan.
  • Social Media Cups Of Joe On International Coffee Day

    Ron Callari
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Finally, coffee-lovers get their very own holiday, and vendors the world-over are using social media to capitalize on this special event with free 'Cups of Joe.' September 29th marks the day when caffeine-aholics get to celebrate their popular “social” beverage with complimentary deals being offered by some of their favorite baristas.
  • ISIS’ Social Media Appeal To Americans To Make Love, Not War?

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    The hills in Tibet are alive with prayer flags. They bless the surrounding area and all those who live and travel among said hills. You can decorate the exterior (or interior) of your home with a similar design with these incredible Chakra Flag Chimes. They hold the visual echoes of the Buddhist prayer flags and also have bells that chime charmingly in the breeze.
  • 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.
  • Ping Pong Paddle Pot Trivet Adds Sporty Flair To Any Kitchen

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Ping Pot Mat from Japan's Evolete might look like a run of the mill paddle but its dimpled silicone rubber surface makes it a kitchen all-star. Able to resist temperatures more than twice as hot as the boiling point of water, this terrific trivet is a triumph of practical and whimsical kitchen tool design.
  • 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....
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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?
  • World's First Wearable Air Purifier Takes Smog Masks To The Next Level

    China.new
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Who says environmental degradation can't drive technological innovation? A research team from Chongqing, China has introduced a battery-powered wearable air purifier that can filter up to 99.9 percent of dangerous PM 2.5 fine particulates from the surrounding air.
  • 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.
  • Want To Give The Homeless A Hand Up Instead Of A Hand-Out?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    They say that some of us grow and change gradually while others go in stops and starts with bigger moments directing the change. The latter has certainly been true for Veronika Scott a young woman in Detroit. She also has shown a great talent for "making lemonade" in her life. Now she is helping others make lemonade out of their lives with The Empowerment Plan.
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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?
  • World's First Wearable Air Purifier Takes Smog Masks To The Next Level

    China.new
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Who says environmental degradation can't drive technological innovation? A research team from Chongqing, China has introduced a battery-powered wearable air purifier that can filter up to 99.9 percent of dangerous PM 2.5 fine particulates from the surrounding air.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ping Pong Paddle Pot Trivet Adds Sporty Flair To Any Kitchen

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Ping Pot Mat from Japan's Evolete might look like a run of the mill paddle but its dimpled silicone rubber surface makes it a kitchen all-star. Able to resist temperatures more than twice as hot as the boiling point of water, this terrific trivet is a triumph of practical and whimsical kitchen tool design.
 
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  • 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.
  • Innovative Wearable Tech Germ Block: The Germinator Transit Jacket

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you dread your morning commute and wish you could wear a mask enroute to your daily job? If so, you might be interested to hear about the new Germinator Transit Jacket that kills  germs before they can make their infectious way onto your skin. To learn more, read on.
  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wham-O brings you the Hover Ball and they claim it is the only soccer ball that floats like magic. If we are splitting hairs—or in Wham-O’s case, balls—the Hover Ball is not a ball. It’s a half of a ball. And it doesn’t hover as much as it slides or glides. It may appear to float, but it doesn’t actually float. No magic involved. But Hover Ball is a soccer ball that is designed to be safe enough to play with in the house.
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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?
  • Yello Sunshine: Raw, Gluten-Free Granola Bars That Taste Great

    Samantha Pankey
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Whether you live an active lifestyle, are planning a hiking or camping trip or just like to have handy and delicious snacks, you know the convenience of snack bars. You may buy them for protein, convenience or because some taste like a cookie. Yello Sunshine is a new granola bar that is made of the simplest ingredients, is gluten-free and tastes great.
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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.
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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?
  • GM China Launches New Buick Envision SUV, Spells “Buick” Wrong

    Motors.new
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    GM's new Buick Envision is supposed to be a mid-size luxury crossover but Shanghai GM evidently didn't get that memo, misspelling the brand name as “Bulck” during this week's Chinese launch event. DOH!
  • 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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  • 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 . . .
  • The Ping Garment Innovation: Create Your Own Facebook Language

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Now you can stay connected with family and friends just by performing natural gestures. Read on to learn more about this high-tech, wearable innovation that may well revolutionize the world of geek-freak-chic communication.
  • When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

    Ron Callari
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    There’s no question when airlines relaxed their cellphone usage policies inflight, air travel for passengers and flight attendants changed overnight - and we’re not talking red-eyes here. That’s right, when the FAA reversed its position on making  it mandatory to switch to the ‘Airplane Mode,’ we are now all able (after take-off) to fire up any and all of our devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and eReaders . . .
  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

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

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

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you dread your morning commute and wish you could wear a mask enroute to your daily job? If so, you might be interested to hear about the new Germinator Transit Jacket that kills  germs before they can make their infectious way onto your skin. To learn more, read on.
  • Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list?
  • From Diaper Bags To Diaper Vests, DadGear Has Cool Manly Gear For Dads

    Amber Leventry
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The founders of DadGear were very clear about their mission when they started their company. As two dads who loved their kids and loved fatherhood, but hated the flowery diaper bags with low functionality, they wanted baby gear that was masculine and high quality. They wanted gear that fit their style as dads. Using their experience as parents they designed products convenient and necessary for a day out with the kids with a look more fitting of dads. From diaper bags to diaper vests, DadGear has Daddy covered.
  • Men's Peeler Ensures Your Veggies Are Skin & Hair Free

    Steve Levenstein
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Men's Peeler from Japan's Evolete is a kitchen veggie scraper that shaves the skin off your carrots in much the same manner as your fancy five-bladed razor leaves your cheeks as smooth as a baby's bottom.
 
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  • 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.
  • Hang Out In The Trees With Roomoon Hanging Tent

    Samantha Pankey
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hanging tents are fast becoming the new 'it' product for glampers--those who like to camp in style (glamping = glamorous camping). Roomoon is one of those hanging tents, and it promises an experience akin to "soaring through the tree canopies" in a balloon. 
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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • World's First Wearable Air Purifier Takes Smog Masks To The Next Level

    China.new
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Who says environmental degradation can't drive technological innovation? A research team from Chongqing, China has introduced a battery-powered wearable air purifier that can filter up to 99.9 percent of dangerous PM 2.5 fine particulates from the surrounding air.
  • Bounce Imaging Explorer Helps Save Lives

    PaulFitzgerald
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A new throwable ball that sends panoramic images to let soldiers and first responders know what they are in for during a crisis situation will soon be widely utilized by the military, fire fighters and police forces around the world.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list?
  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wham-O brings you the Hover Ball and they claim it is the only soccer ball that floats like magic. If we are splitting hairs—or in Wham-O’s case, balls—the Hover Ball is not a ball. It’s a half of a ball. And it doesn’t hover as much as it slides or glides. It may appear to float, but it doesn’t actually float. No magic involved. But Hover Ball is a soccer ball that is designed to be safe enough to play with in the house.
  • From Diaper Bags To Diaper Vests, DadGear Has Cool Manly Gear For Dads

    Amber Leventry
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The founders of DadGear were very clear about their mission when they started their company. As two dads who loved their kids and loved fatherhood, but hated the flowery diaper bags with low functionality, they wanted baby gear that was masculine and high quality. They wanted gear that fit their style as dads. Using their experience as parents they designed products convenient and necessary for a day out with the kids with a look more fitting of dads. From diaper bags to diaper vests, DadGear has Daddy covered.
  • Create Tracks Or Highways With PlayTape. Chugga Chugga, Vroom, Vroom!

    Amber Leventry
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sometimes the best inventions come from the simplest ideas. Slice bread and then bag it? Genius. Markers that wash off of walls and clothes? Thank you! And now tape with highway or railroad track designs that can be used anytime and anywhere your kid wishes to drive their automobiles? Brilliant. Invented by InRoad Toys and made in the United States, PlayTape will soon be the best alternative to hard-to-put-together toy railroad and car track sets that come with too many pieces and too much frustration for little hands.
 
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    InventorSpot - For Pets

  • 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?
  • 16 Best Pet Halloween Costume Winners For 2014: Funniest, Fiercest, Best Proof That Hello Kitty IS INDEED A Cat, & More...

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

    Samantha Pankey
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The BLACKLINE is a bicycle, and it looks like any other bicycle. Nothing fancy--two tires, handlebar, seat, the works. That is, until you look closer. Then you'll see that it may be a bike, but it is a bike of the future, equipped with both mechanical and technological perks.
  • Want To Avoid Second-Hand Smoke In Japan?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Smoking remains a problem world wide. While it is certainly a personal choice for those who smoke, it is not so much for those around them being to forced to engage in the habit along with them. In Japan a new idea has cropped up to limit the amount of smoke that smokers share with the people around them. They are called smoking bells, glass bubbles, or smoking hoods. They were invented to help smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • World's First Wearable Air Purifier Takes Smog Masks To The Next Level

    China.new
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Who says environmental degradation can't drive technological innovation? A research team from Chongqing, China has introduced a battery-powered wearable air purifier that can filter up to 99.9 percent of dangerous PM 2.5 fine particulates from the surrounding air.
  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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!
  • Top 5 Totally Creepy But Inventive Looks You Will Want For Halloween

    Alicia Zuberbier
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Halloween is almost here, and that means it's time to start planning your Halloween costume. It can be tricky to come up with something new, but thankfully the internet provides plenty of creepy accessories and products, ensuring your Halloween look is one of a kind.And if you can't buy something creepy, you can always make something!
  • 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.
  • Top 5 Favorite Inventive Makeups At Spring 2015 Fashion Week

    Alicia Zuberbier
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week recently ended in New York City, and the fashion world is all abuzz about the new spring and summer pieces. Yes, the clothes were gorgeous, but let's take a few moments to appreciate the epicness of the makeup. Runway shows are one of the few times makeup artists can go above and beyond tupical beauty makeup, and there were a few shows where they did just that.
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  • 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.
  • 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....
  • Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list?
  • Haulers For Help: Ten More Trucks Of The People Of Walmart

    Motors.new
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Everyone loves the trucks of Walmart (with the possible exception of Tracy Morgan) but these ten custom pick-em-ups could drive even the most cheerful greeter to tears.
  • 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.
 
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  • BLACKLINE Is Cycling Innovation

    Samantha Pankey
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The BLACKLINE is a bicycle, and it looks like any other bicycle. Nothing fancy--two tires, handlebar, seat, the works. That is, until you look closer. Then you'll see that it may be a bike, but it is a bike of the future, equipped with both mechanical and technological perks.
  • World's First Wearable Air Purifier Takes Smog Masks To The Next Level

    China.new
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Who says environmental degradation can't drive technological innovation? A research team from Chongqing, China has introduced a battery-powered wearable air purifier that can filter up to 99.9 percent of dangerous PM 2.5 fine particulates from the surrounding air.
  • Yello Sunshine: Raw, Gluten-Free Granola Bars That Taste Great

    Samantha Pankey
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Whether you live an active lifestyle, are planning a hiking or camping trip or just like to have handy and delicious snacks, you know the convenience of snack bars. You may buy them for protein, convenience or because some taste like a cookie. Yello Sunshine is a new granola bar that is made of the simplest ingredients, is gluten-free and tastes great.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • China's Most Watched Intersection Fades To Black

    China.new
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    And then there were none... a street intersection in Qingdao, China notorious for its ridiculous cluster of 19 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras is suddenly, inexplicably, thankfully free from Big Brother's prying eyes.
  • 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®.
 
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  • Google Has Finally Added Video Games To Its Knowledge Graph

    Nicholas.Greene
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    It's a change that many will probably feel is long overdue - as of this month, video games are now a part of Google's Knowledge Graph. This means that all the information you need to know about a particular title - from genre to developer to release date - is just one search away.
  • Want To Own Your Own Roller Coaster?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    There is nothing like spending time in an amusement park -- the hot smell of the pavement, the popcorn, the cotton candy, and best of all, the old wooden roller coasters! I grew up with the Wild Cat and Mister Twister. Both are long gone now, sadly replaced by a newer park and newer rides. We can recapture all of the wonderful memories with this wonderful Classic Wooden Roller Coaster that will fit on a desktop or table.
  • Sony Unveils Share Play, A System That'll Let Two People Game Like They're In The Same Room

    Nicholas.Greene
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    This week, Sony will finally release a feature teased back at E3 2013 - Share Play. It's a system that''ll let PlayStation 4 owners share their games online- you can 'hand' someone your controller, giving them control of your game; or remotely hook up a local multiplayer session. Awesome, right?
  • Apparently, Kids Eat Less After They Play Angry Birds

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Video games aren't generally associated with healthy eating habits. As such, you might be surprised to learn that screen time actually reduces food intake - at least, according to Nick Bellissimo, a professor of nutrition at Ryerson University.
  • Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list?
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  • 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....
  • Porsche Headlights Stolen & Held For Ransom In Russia

    Motors.new
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Your money or your lights! Porsche drivers in Russia are paying the former for the latter, victims of a scam that sees their expensive rides' easily-removed headlights heisted and held for ransom.
  • Innovative Wearable Tech Germ Block: The Germinator Transit Jacket

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you dread your morning commute and wish you could wear a mask enroute to your daily job? If so, you might be interested to hear about the new Germinator Transit Jacket that kills  germs before they can make their infectious way onto your skin. To learn more, read on.
  • New Toyota Ponam-31 Sports Utility Cruiser Goes Where No Cars Have Gone Before

    Motors.new
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    If you're prone to stating “Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads,” either your name's Doc Brown or you're the proud owner of a new Toyota Ponam-31. This 31-ft long, twin-engined “sports utility cruiser” seats 12 comfortably and yes, as a matter of fact it IS a boat.
 
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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 Pick Your Own Food In The City?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    For some people food can be a scarce commodity. Yet even in the cities there is food all around us that goes uneaten every year. A new website called Falling Fruits has been set up to help map the places where these foods are in public places and can be legally picked and consumed. It started out as a venture by Ethan Welty, a University of Colorado graduate student, to keep track of these foods for locals in Boulder, Colorado, and is now worldwide.
  • Having A Bad Day? Find A Stranger To Cuddle With Cuddlr App

    Ellen Dudley
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Cuddling is good for your health, and now you can do it with strangers with new app for iPhone, Cuddlr. It's intended to connect you with consenting adults for safe, fun, non sexual snuggling. There is some logic behind it: cuddling has been said to release Oxytocin, the hormone that helps people with autism and schizophrenia overcome social deficits.
  • GlobeIn Brings Artisans From All Over The World To Your Fingertips

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

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

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Smoking remains a problem world wide. While it is certainly a personal choice for those who smoke, it is not so much for those around them being to forced to engage in the habit along with them. In Japan a new idea has cropped up to limit the amount of smoke that smokers share with the people around them. They are called smoking bells, glass bubbles, or smoking hoods. They were invented to help smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • Want Your Chakras To Chime?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    The hills in Tibet are alive with prayer flags. They bless the surrounding area and all those who live and travel among said hills. You can decorate the exterior (or interior) of your home with a similar design with these incredible Chakra Flag Chimes. They hold the visual echoes of the Buddhist prayer flags and also have bells that chime charmingly in the breeze.
  • 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.
  • Want To Give The Homeless A Hand Up Instead Of A Hand-Out?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    They say that some of us grow and change gradually while others go in stops and starts with bigger moments directing the change. The latter has certainly been true for Veronika Scott a young woman in Detroit. She also has shown a great talent for "making lemonade" in her life. Now she is helping others make lemonade out of their lives with The Empowerment Plan.
  • Want To Own Your Own Roller Coaster?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    There is nothing like spending time in an amusement park -- the hot smell of the pavement, the popcorn, the cotton candy, and best of all, the old wooden roller coasters! I grew up with the Wild Cat and Mister Twister. Both are long gone now, sadly replaced by a newer park and newer rides. We can recapture all of the wonderful memories with this wonderful Classic Wooden Roller Coaster that will fit on a desktop or table.
 
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    InventorSpot - Women

  • Want To Give The Homeless A Hand Up Instead Of A Hand-Out?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    They say that some of us grow and change gradually while others go in stops and starts with bigger moments directing the change. The latter has certainly been true for Veronika Scott a young woman in Detroit. She also has shown a great talent for "making lemonade" in her life. Now she is helping others make lemonade out of their lives with The Empowerment Plan.
  • 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.
  • Breaking Bad Toys No Longer Available At Toys R Us. If Fake Meth Is On Your Kid's Christmas List, You'll Need To Shop Elsewhere

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If a Breaking Bad toy set is on your child’s Christmas list and you intended to do your Christmas shopping a little early this year, don’t expect to find what you are looking for at Toys R Us. The toy dolls, with likeness to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, were pulled from the retailer’s shelves after a Florida mom petitioned to have it removed. Wait, Breaking Bad figurines aren’t on your child’s Christmas list?
  • Fit Plus Wear: Clothing Tailored For Your Fitness Needs

    Samantha Pankey
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When shopping for workout clothes, style is, of course, important. Things like comfort, compression, cell phone logistics and how your butt looks are also important. The designers of Fit Plus Wear took all of these things into consideration when designing their line of workout clothing.
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    InventorSpot - Business, Office and Industrial

  • 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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    Mom Invented

  • 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…
  • Watch VIDEO: Learn How to Set Your Product Pricing so that There is Enough Profit Left Over For You!

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

  • Unpatentable “Abstract” Claims in US Patent Law: How To Know It When You See It, Thanks to Abstract Art

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The US Supreme Court recently ruled that “abstract” concepts are not eligible for patents. The 2014 case, Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Intl. or more simply Alice, is said by some to mean the death of thousands of patents if not entire industries. Critics such as Gene Quinn say it is unworkable, vague and indefinite, giving judges and enemies of patents a capricious tool to assault patents for software and other fields. One of the alleged problems with the Supreme Court’s ruling is that they expressly refused to define the word “abstract” because, of…
  • Monopolies vs. Health Care Innovation: What Happens When Incumbents Decide Who Gets to Compete?

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Monopolies can innovate, just like elephants can play tennis. The results usually just aren’t very elegant or successful. Competition, on the other hand, is famous for driving innovation. Even in state-owned monopolies, like NASA’s initial monopoly on space exploration in the US, it was competition between nations during the rush to outer space and then competition between suppliers of technology that inspired the hundreds of inventions and innovations that NASA can proudly boast. But without the incentive to do better and stay ahead of competitors, innovation is slow and clumsy.
  • David and Googleliath (or VSL vs. Google): A Small Company Fighting a Giant Reminds Us Why Software Patents Matter

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • The World's first flying hotel - The Hotelicopter

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

  • Inventions that are Scary and Creepy

    Jelena Urosevic
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    These inventions bring a whole new meaning to bringing chills down your spine! We at Mako Invent have gotten into the spirit and compiled a list of three inventions that are creepy and strange.     Mako Invents Top 3 Creepy Inventions!   1. Dimple Machine  Our first strange invention is one that has been forgotten-until today. In 1936, a woman by the name of Isabella Gilbert had created a machine to create dimples for those who weren’t naturally gifted them. The way this invention works is the wearer would place a device over their face that are attached to two sets of…
  • Invention: Introducing Slimger!

    Jelena Urosevic
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
      The Slimger is an invention that is hailed ‘the world’s slimmest charger’. This invention is eye catching because it serves as a power bank for both iPhone and Android users. However, the Slimger’s point of differentiation is that it will fit into one’s wallet and it comes with a built-in micro USB cable.   The Features of the Slimger Invention   The Slimger is able to provide the user on-the-go power which removes the frustration of having to find an outlet quickly or worse, having your cellphone die. It has the capability to provide an extra: – 5 hours of…
  • Innovative 3D Printed Jewelry is the new Must-Have accessory

    Advita Madan
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
      At MAKO Invent, we are constantly looking for innovative ideas and inventions to draw inspiration from. This week, we stumbled upon Hot Pop Factory – a design studio that focuses on the creative applications of 3D printing. Founded by Bi-Ying Miao and Matthew Compeau, this studio is engaged in exploring the ways in which parametric design and prototyping can relate back to the human experience.   MAKO Invent is more than familiar with 3D printing techniques. We have our own in-house printer that is used by our industrial design team on a regular basis to create product…
  • Mako Invent – iTAP Social Media and Communications

    Jelena Urosevic
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
      Hello! My name is Jelena and I have joined Mako Invent as a social media and communications coordinator. I was recently accepted to their internship Training Accelerator Program ( iTAP)   As a recent graduate from York University with a background in psychology, I always thought my path was to be a psychologist. Unfortunately, my first few years at university weren’t exactly smooth sailing. I felt I was putting in a lot of effort into something I wasn’t passionate about. I was lost, and didn’t feel the motivation that most of my friends did. After two and half years of…
  • TellSpec: Spectrometer Determining Food Content

    Jelena Urosevic
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
      TellSpec is an innovation created as a nutritional spectrometer to deliver accurate and real time information about the content of food. It certainly puts a damper on things if one constantly has to think: “does that cake contain cow’s milk?” Or, “how many calories are hanging around in that BLT sandwich?” For that reason, TellSpec was created to identify allergens, chemicals, calories, and even sodium and trans fat. The fact that consumers can ‘virtually’ try food without buying and trying it removes hesitation and fear. This key sized innovation can…
 
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