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  • A Need To Save the US Patent System: A Warning from Dana Rohrabacher

    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success
    Jeffrey Lindsay
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Many leading IP professionals working with the US patent system are growing increasingly concerned about the weakening of the IP system there. Some are so concerned that they are wondering what steps can be taken to save it. Save it from what, you might ask? Save it from erosion of the basic property rights that the Constitution sought to protect. Solve it from the capricious destruction of the incentives that inventors need to create and share their work. Save it from judges and politicians who see patents and property rights as problems. One man who wants to save our IP system is Rep. Dana…
  • Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us
    Paul Fitzgerald
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the Naked Filter on Kickstarter and it’s getting lots of financial backers. The Naked Filter is revolutionary in every sense in that the water you drink is more than effectively filtered.
  • What Begat What

    NYT > U.S. Patent Office
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Once, you wore a barrel to signify poverty; now you launch a Kickstarter campaign.
  • KSA meeting puts focus on transforming Kendall Square

    MIT News - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    In his first public talk at MIT since taking office, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke Wednesday morning at the Kendall Square Association’s (KSA) annual meeting about ways the commonwealth intends to facilitate innovation and economic growth in Kendall Square. Among other things, Baker emphasized the creation of a task force to solve issues affecting the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and recommended increased collaboration between the state, MIT, and Kendall Square’s many businesses and organizations. “We will work very hard to make sure that your growing…
  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us
    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
 
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  • KSA meeting puts focus on transforming Kendall Square

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    In his first public talk at MIT since taking office, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke Wednesday morning at the Kendall Square Association’s (KSA) annual meeting about ways the commonwealth intends to facilitate innovation and economic growth in Kendall Square. Among other things, Baker emphasized the creation of a task force to solve issues affecting the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and recommended increased collaboration between the state, MIT, and Kendall Square’s many businesses and organizations. “We will work very hard to make sure that your growing…
  • MIT around the world

    Caroline Knox | MISTI
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Imagine joining a tech start-up in South Africa, studying environmental impact in Sao Paulo, testing solar panels in Israel, or tackling a research problem at the Curie Institute in Paris. What role does cultural context play in science and technology? This spring, the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is launching its first four-part field-specific training series for MISTI students and the MIT community. These field trainings provide context for people traveling to and working in foreign countries. While MISTI offers general training sessions every year, MISTI has…
  • Michael Stonebraker wins $1 million Turing Award

    Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing.” This year marks the first time that the Turing Award comes with a Google-funded $1 million prize. In its announcement today, ACM said that Stonebraker “invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database…
  • Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam students participate in White House Science Fair

    Stephanie Martinovich | Lemelson-MIT program
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Student inventors from SOAR (Students on the Academic Rise) High School in Lancaster, California, and Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, Pennsylvania, are among more than 100 students from more than 25 states honored to showcase their Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam projects to President Obama at the fifth White House Science Fair on Saturday, March 23. Students from around the country will attend the event, which recognizes winners from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions. Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam members have been selected to attend the White House…
  • Satellite imagery can aid development projects

    David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Projects that target aid toward villages and rural areas in the developing world often face time-consuming challenges, even at the most basic level of figuring out where the most appropriate sites are for pilot programs or deployment of new systems such as solar-power for regions that have no access to electricity. Often, even the sizes and locations of villages are poorly mapped, so time-consuming field studies are needed to locate suitable sites. Now, a team of graduate students at MIT and a social-service group of data scientists have come up with a way of automating parts of that…
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

    Paul Fitzgerald
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the Naked Filter on Kickstarter and it’s getting lots of financial backers. The Naked Filter is revolutionary in every sense in that the water you drink is more than effectively filtered.
  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
 
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

    Paul Fitzgerald
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the Naked Filter on Kickstarter and it’s getting lots of financial backers. The Naked Filter is revolutionary in every sense in that the water you drink is more than effectively filtered.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Textured Paint To Debut On The New Peugeot 208

    Motors.new
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    French automaker Peugeot is debuting textured exterior paint on the new Peugeot 208 supermini due to be introduced in June of 2015. Displaying a finish that's not quite matte and not exactly satin, the textured paint is rough to the touch and tough as they come: Peugeot guarantees the finish for the life of the car.
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  • Slide The City: Business Offers Summer Teaser And World's Biggest Touring Slip 'N Slide

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    After the nasty North American we've been having, there's no doubt that we're all dreaming about summer adventures and the balmy weather than comes with them. So, it makes sense that a new business would choose this timing to let the world in on their concept, and how it will affect cities around the world.
  • World's Fastest Hotel Looks A Lot Like Vagrant Life

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    We've seen hotels all around the world that provide a unique, sometimes terrifying environment for patrons to rest their weary heads. Let's be honest, sometimes we've just go to wonder why anyone would willingly pay money to stay in some of these establishments (for a whole variety of reasons), but the latest tops that list.
  • A-1 Kutz: Controversial Barbershop Delivers Unique Discipline To Troubled Children

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Barbers tend to approach life with creativity, and often their shops also offer a sense of community to those patrons that find themselves in their chairs. So it's not a stretch that one neighborhood barbershop would combine these two things to offer a unique service that no one before them ever has. It's controversial, and this is one polarizing concept you're going to really love, or really hate. 
  • Invisible Girlfriend: Helping You Fake Your Digital Relationships

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Pretending to have a significant other is an activity that we, as a civilization, have been participating in for years for a whole variety of reasons. Beyond businesses that fall under the "escort" umbrella, this isn't the first time we've seen a business that aims to capitalize in the industry of romantic deception. 
  • Outsourced Revenge Businesses: Best Served With Glitter and Poop

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    I don't know how you feel about getting someone else to do your dirty work for you. But clearly, some of you out there really want to keep your hands clean - just not enough to avoid revenge altogether.
 
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  • 10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

    Boomer Babe
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer! 
  • 8 Handy Gadgets That Will Help You Hear Better

    Boomer Babe
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Have hearing loss or some difficulty hearing clearly? It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids. Here are 8 handy…
  • 10 Cool Gadgets To Assist People With Arthritis & Hand Pain

    Boomer Babe
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Arthritis, or any hand pain, can be very limiting.  Pain can impair performance on the simple things we do every day, like closing a jewelry catch or fastening buttons on your shirt.  Assistive gadgets have less of a stigma than they used to, and they're actually getting cooler as more people are using them... because they actually work and make life easier.  Here are 10 new really cool and "handy" gadgets that just make routine movements less taxing on our hands. They even make great gifts!
  • 7 Adult Trikes, From Tame To Game For Anything

    Boomer Babe
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    How about a trike ride? An adult trike ride.  Trikes provide a more relaxing ride than bikes, and if you get a recumbent trike, it's less stressful on your joints and your back than a bike.  Either way, the trike's the trip right now.
  • Hands-Free Wash, Exfoliate, & Massage Your Feet With The FootMate® Shower System

    Boomer Babe
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    If you know someone with a bad back, sore feet, a very small shower stall, or who just likes to be pampered (I think that includes just about everybody, doesn't it?), the FootMate® Shower System is a perfect gift, and one which will probably be a delightful surprise to your giftee.
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  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Crowdsale & Cryptocurrency Fuels Next-Gen Social Network Synereo

    Ron Callari
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    If a new social network is going to break the mold of everything that went before, it's going to require a social media marketing strategy that’s just as innovative. In a follow-up to my blog post ‘Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook,’ the programming team behind Synereo are relying on cryptocurrency to serve as legal tender when users register for their network, via a new crowdsouring mechanism called a ‘crowdsale.’
  • Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook

    Ron Callari
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    There’s a new social network in town and if it's half as powerful as its hype, prepare to follow a whole new line of logic when you socialize online in the very near future. Synereo has been touted as the one to break the mold of all that went before. It’s the next-gen social ecosystem, a fully decentralized and distributed social network designed for the  Attention Economy.
  • Facebook’s ‘TheFind’ Another Example: ‘If You Can’t Build It, Buy It’

    Ron Callari
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Never to be outbeat, Zuckerberg's been wise enough to keep a finger on the pulse of consumer preferences in tandem with a keen eye on advertising opportunities. In so doing, one year ago, he shelled out an astronomical $19 billion to acquire the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. To put this in perspective, this one purchase was 19-times what he spent on Instagram in 2012 - and another example of Zuckerberg’s now standard modus operandi: If you can’t build, buy it!
  • Killer Apps For Apple iWatch Need To Be Disruptive, Not iPhone Clones

    Ron Callari
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The much anticipated April 24th launch of the Apple’s Watch (which I prefer to call "iWatch" no matter how it's marketed) has got developers scrambling to create a killer app that will not only give credence to the need for an iWatch, but will distinguish the development team as the coolest kids on the digital block.
 
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • Kit Kat Apple Pie & Carrot: A Neat Easter Treat That's Not Just For Bunnies

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Japanese Kit Kats are famous – or infamous – for flavors ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. We'll have to slot the brand new, limited edition, Easter-themed Apple Pie & Carrot flavor firmly in the latter category even though it was the top entry in a public poll. Can you imagine what flavors didn't make the cut?
  • Bin 8 Bottle Is Eight Handy Kitchen Tools In One

    Steve Levenstein
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    The Bin 8 “Kitchen Tool Like Bottle” is a stylish storage solution for those tired of searching for that essential utensil lurking unseen in kitchen drawers and cupboards.
  • Solo Oven Cuts Cooking Down To Size For Single Chefs

    Steve Levenstein
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Forever alone but never not hungry? The Solo Oven from Recolte makes dinner for one an even more personal experience that, much like your love life, takes up hardly any space and is barely noticeable.
  • Wasabi & Beef Doritos From Frito-Lay Japan: Shut Up & Take My Money!

    Steve Levenstein
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Could new Wasabi & Beef Doritos be a snack fit for a king? Frito-Lay Japan hopes to drive the point home by dubbing these meaty dippers “Royal Rich Taste Tortilla Chips”. Ditch that turkey drumstick, Henry, there's a new aristocratic snack in town – for a limited time only.
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  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Want To Have Plates That Really Rock? Lava Should Do It

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Two designers, Caterina Moretti and Ana Saldana, at the design firm Peca in Guadalajara, Mexico, have come up with LAVA, a set of plates hand carved from volcanic rock. While the style has a decidedly contemporary look, they are meant to harken back to ancient times when making items from cooled lava was just a part of life. Back then the results of a lava flow were used for everything from simple utensils and dishes, to the heads for arrows and spears.
  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
  • Toyota Corolla ESport Nürburgring Edition: Sportiest Corolla EVAR

    Motors.new
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    The Toyota Corolla isn't exactly the epitome of sporty automobiles so naming one after Germany's legendary Nürburgring road-racing track takes a lotta brass. An extrapolation of the Toyota Corolla ESport, the Nürburgring Edition debuted at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show and will only be sold in Thailand.
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  • 10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

    Boomer Babe
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer! 
  • 8 Handy Gadgets That Will Help You Hear Better

    Boomer Babe
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Have hearing loss or some difficulty hearing clearly? It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids. Here are 8 handy…
  • 10 Cool Gadgets To Assist People With Arthritis & Hand Pain

    Boomer Babe
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Arthritis, or any hand pain, can be very limiting.  Pain can impair performance on the simple things we do every day, like closing a jewelry catch or fastening buttons on your shirt.  Assistive gadgets have less of a stigma than they used to, and they're actually getting cooler as more people are using them... because they actually work and make life easier.  Here are 10 new really cool and "handy" gadgets that just make routine movements less taxing on our hands. They even make great gifts!
  • 7 Adult Trikes, From Tame To Game For Anything

    Boomer Babe
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    How about a trike ride? An adult trike ride.  Trikes provide a more relaxing ride than bikes, and if you get a recumbent trike, it's less stressful on your joints and your back than a bike.  Either way, the trike's the trip right now.
  • Hands-Free Wash, Exfoliate, & Massage Your Feet With The FootMate® Shower System

    Boomer Babe
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    If you know someone with a bad back, sore feet, a very small shower stall, or who just likes to be pampered (I think that includes just about everybody, doesn't it?), the FootMate® Shower System is a perfect gift, and one which will probably be a delightful surprise to your giftee.
 
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  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • New Philips Monitor Balances Dual 19” Screens On One Stand

    Rey M.L.
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Ever wanted a dual-screen setup for your workstation, but were put off by the potential of a thick gap between the displays? Well, Philips' Brilliance 19DP6QJNS/27 not only shrinks that gap to just 7mm, but also mounts both displays on a single stand, saving you space on your desk.
  • Is Mass Customization The Future of Fashion?

    M Dee Dubroff
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
    Design and technology are merging to form the future of fashion. Known as mass customization, this technique allows customers to follow style guides and create their own original pieces. Read on to learn more about this amazing concept that seems an oxymoron.
  • MIT’s Social Network For Wearing Your Heart On Sleeve & Elsewhere

    Ron Callari
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Over the course of the last year, social networking has definitely been evolving. With start-ups such as Tsu and A+ launching innovative monetization models, which pay their users for their content — and major players like Facebook and Twitter adding videos to their playbill, as they attempt to capitalize on the lucrative YouTube market - the playing field has certainly changed.
  • Want To Seek Your Fortune In Fast Food? Use Future Fries!

    Laurie Kay Olson
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    There is little that can move mountains like a good advertising campaign. In this case it was a mountain of potatoes in Sweden. The restaurant chain Sibylla gave patrons of their burgers a chance to try their new fries last November. To get people to engage with the new product, named Future Fries, the company set up a campaign telling people that their fries could predict the future.
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  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Textured Paint To Debut On The New Peugeot 208

    Motors.new
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    French automaker Peugeot is debuting textured exterior paint on the new Peugeot 208 supermini due to be introduced in June of 2015. Displaying a finish that's not quite matte and not exactly satin, the textured paint is rough to the touch and tough as they come: Peugeot guarantees the finish for the life of the car.
  • Toyota Corolla ESport Nürburgring Edition: Sportiest Corolla EVAR

    Motors.new
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    The Toyota Corolla isn't exactly the epitome of sporty automobiles so naming one after Germany's legendary Nürburgring road-racing track takes a lotta brass. An extrapolation of the Toyota Corolla ESport, the Nürburgring Edition debuted at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show and will only be sold in Thailand.
  • Ward's AutoWorld 10 Best Engines List Names 2015's Most Innovative Motors

    Motors.new
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Since 1994 Ward's AutoWorld magazine has published an annual list of the ten "best" automobile engines available in the U.S. market. The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines listing rates engines according to their power and torque, noise vibration and harshness (NVH), and their overall level of technical innovation.
  • Urban Supercar Looks Like A Lambo, Drives Like A Golf Cart

    Motors.new
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador, the Lishidedidong Urban Supercar (yes, that is its real name) might look a lot more exciting than most entry-level electric cars but its beauty is only skin deep.
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  • Ingenious App 'Ignore No More' Gets Kids To Return Your Phone Calls

    Rebecca West
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Tired of your tweens and teens blowing you off when you call and text them? Put an end to it once and for all with an ingenious app called Ignore No More that ensures your kids will answer your calls and texts.
  • Super Undies Will Turn Kids Into Potty Training Super Heroes

    Amber Leventry
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Potty training is a rite of passage every parent and child go through. The process can range from what nightmares are made of to a surprisingly easy transition from diapers to underwear. Most potty training stories fall somewhere in between, and the end result is still the same. But some children take a little longer and some need extra help at night. Super Undies will make your child feel like a super hero while they conquer potty training and bedwetting fears.
  • Bitybean Child Carrier: Big Idea, Compact Solution

    Amber Leventry
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I love when simple solutions evolve from complex problems. I also love when big products and product lines come from small businesses. Bitybean is a small company from a little town in northern Vermont which took a big idea and made it into the convenient Bitybean UltraCompact Baby Carrier.
  • CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

    Amber Leventry
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel…
  • Top 5 Creative Activity Toys To Buy Kids- Toy Of The Year Winners

    Amber Leventry
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Each year Toy Industry Association, Inc. hands out their Toy of the Year Awards. If you are looking to keep your child engaged in creative activity, check out the following guide which highlights the last five years’ worth of winners for the best Activity Toy of the Year. These creation-centered toys promote inventive and artistic playtime through building, doodling, and creating.
 
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  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
  • Super Undies Will Turn Kids Into Potty Training Super Heroes

    Amber Leventry
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Potty training is a rite of passage every parent and child go through. The process can range from what nightmares are made of to a surprisingly easy transition from diapers to underwear. Most potty training stories fall somewhere in between, and the end result is still the same. But some children take a little longer and some need extra help at night. Super Undies will make your child feel like a super hero while they conquer potty training and bedwetting fears.
  • Volverii Smart Shoe Changes Color On Demand - E-Ink

    M Dee Dubroff
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Volverii peep-toe heels created by new Lithuanian start-up, iShuu Technologies, are remarkable new shoes that take the concept of customization to an all new level. Read all about their most unusual capabilities.
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  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Fujitsu's Lifebook GH77/T Is Half Tablet, Half Desktop PC

    Rey M.L.
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    While its 15.6" touchscreen makes it large for a tablet, Fujitsu's latest Lifebook uses its matching oversized dock, plus some top-secret wireless technology, to attain desktop-class performance. Too bad about the battery life, though.
  • New Philips Monitor Balances Dual 19” Screens On One Stand

    Rey M.L.
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Ever wanted a dual-screen setup for your workstation, but were put off by the potential of a thick gap between the displays? Well, Philips' Brilliance 19DP6QJNS/27 not only shrinks that gap to just 7mm, but also mounts both displays on a single stand, saving you space on your desk.
  • Volverii Smart Shoe Changes Color On Demand - E-Ink

    M Dee Dubroff
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Volverii peep-toe heels created by new Lithuanian start-up, iShuu Technologies, are remarkable new shoes that take the concept of customization to an all new level. Read all about their most unusual capabilities.
  • Is Mass Customization The Future of Fashion?

    M Dee Dubroff
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
    Design and technology are merging to form the future of fashion. Known as mass customization, this technique allows customers to follow style guides and create their own original pieces. Read on to learn more about this amazing concept that seems an oxymoron.
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  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Acooo Mechanical Keyboard Has Upgradeable Android PC Built-In

    Rey M.L.
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    The backlit, Cherry MX switch-toting OneBoard Pro+ keyboard from Acooo is more than it might seem. Hiding inside is a relatively powerful computer running Android, which can apparently be upgraded using a clever slot-in module setup.
  • Ukrainians Patch Shot-Up Vehicles With Loose Change

    Motors.new
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Drivers in the Ukraine have stumbled upon a cheap way to repair bullet-blasted vehicles. All it takes is a handful of pocket change, a glue gun and plenty of camouflage paint. Mind you, it helps to have survived the attack in the first place.
  • Top 6 External 4TB Hard Drives You Can Buy - 2015

    Rey M.L.
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Need more storage? 4TB has become an established size for external drives, and a bunch of models from different vendors are now readily available. So, selecting the best one to store your precious data can be daunting. Can't decide? Let me give you a hand.
  • Overly Honest Or Overtly Sexist? Rear Window Sign Warns Of Woman Driver Behind The Wheel

    Motors.new
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    A bright yellow MINI seen navigating the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing, China displayed a curious warning to fellow commuters in the form of a handmade rear window sign reading “New Driver – Woman”.
 
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  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Fujitsu's Lifebook GH77/T Is Half Tablet, Half Desktop PC

    Rey M.L.
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    While its 15.6" touchscreen makes it large for a tablet, Fujitsu's latest Lifebook uses its matching oversized dock, plus some top-secret wireless technology, to attain desktop-class performance. Too bad about the battery life, though.
  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
  • New Philips Monitor Balances Dual 19” Screens On One Stand

    Rey M.L.
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Ever wanted a dual-screen setup for your workstation, but were put off by the potential of a thick gap between the displays? Well, Philips' Brilliance 19DP6QJNS/27 not only shrinks that gap to just 7mm, but also mounts both displays on a single stand, saving you space on your desk.
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  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
  • Volverii Smart Shoe Changes Color On Demand - E-Ink

    M Dee Dubroff
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Volverii peep-toe heels created by new Lithuanian start-up, iShuu Technologies, are remarkable new shoes that take the concept of customization to an all new level. Read all about their most unusual capabilities.
  • Crowdsale & Cryptocurrency Fuels Next-Gen Social Network Synereo

    Ron Callari
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    If a new social network is going to break the mold of everything that went before, it's going to require a social media marketing strategy that’s just as innovative. In a follow-up to my blog post ‘Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook,’ the programming team behind Synereo are relying on cryptocurrency to serve as legal tender when users register for their network, via a new crowdsouring mechanism called a ‘crowdsale.’
 
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  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Want To Reduce Your Waste? Eat Your Coffee Cup

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    KFC is teaming up with Seattle's Best Coffee in introducing an edible coffee cup called the "Scoff-ee Cup." The first ones will be sold in certain select stores in England later this year. The concept is designed to reduce waste and the billions of coffee cups adding up in landfills. KFC is about as well known for making coffee as Seattle's Best is for making chicken. This partnership could change all that.
  • Recyclable Polyester Fabric: Returnity For All Eternity

    M Dee Dubroff
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Austrian textile firm, Backhausen, is the owner of Returnity, a 100% recyclable fabric destined to last for years and years that can be applied to a diverse range of garments and furnishings. Read on to learn more about this amazing, innovative material.
  • Urban Supercar Looks Like A Lambo, Drives Like A Golf Cart

    Motors.new
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador, the Lishidedidong Urban Supercar (yes, that is its real name) might look a lot more exciting than most entry-level electric cars but its beauty is only skin deep.
  • Petite Marin Transforms Men’s Dress Shirts Into Children’s Clothing

    M Dee Dubroff
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Recycling on every level has become an integral aspect of modern existence. Read all about two young mothers and their efforts to live a green lifestyle by making clothes for their children from their husbands' throwaway dress shirts.
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  • Surf Your City With The DESKA Board

    Samantha Pankey
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    When you think of surfing, odds are you think of shredding some waves in the ocean. You think of sand, palm trees and the sun shining in an azure sky. With the DESKA Board, you can bring the feel of surfing to your city's streets and sidewalks.
  • Hydrobike Takes Cycling To The Water

    Samantha Pankey
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you're a water sports enthusiast, or if you just like to enjoy time drifting on the lake, you'll want to check out the Hydrobike. This water vehicle is a cross between a bike and a pontoon boat, and not only will it give you a fun way to enjoy the open water, it will also give you a good workout.
  • Viktor and Rolf Couture Inspired by Van Gogh’s Paintings

    M Dee Dubroff
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Viktor and Rolf's spring/summer  2015 haute couture collection was inspired by the  timeless oil paintings of tormented artist, Vincent Van Gogh. His colorful landscapes, still life and florals  were the visual cues for  this amazing dress collection. Read on to learn more.
  • Top 10 Baby Strollers That Are Best For YOU!

    Amber Leventry
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    One of the few things I would say new parents absolutely need is a stroller. The perfect stroller becomes the pack mule of your day. It carries your coffee, your diaper bag, your shopping bags, your baby, and sometimes your baby’s sibling. But each parent is different and each family has different needs and priorities. I did a ton of research and I have picked ten of the best strollers for several different parental wants and needs. If you are looking for a great stroller, take a look at the ones I have reviewed to find the one perfect for YOU!
  • Want Performance Results? Step Up Your Training With The BSX Insight

    Samantha Pankey
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There's a saying that I absolutely love: "Work smarter, not harder." I love it as it applies to nearly everything, especially training for sports and physical performance. The BSX Insight is a "work smarter" product. This wearable device gives you a glimpse inside your muscle, measuring your lactate threshold, so that you absolutely know how much effort you're giving in a training session.
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  • Want To Make Your Snacking Less Noticeable? Try "Glass" Potato Chips

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    When you see a bag of Lay's Mango Salsa Flavored Potato Chips you may think that you've seen just about everything when it comes to chips. But you may not have seen Glass Potato Chips. While they look like they might be some glass design concept they are actually made of potatoes -- well, sort of. These chips are more derived from potatoes rather than made of thinly sliced potatoes.
  • Kit Kat Apple Pie & Carrot: A Neat Easter Treat That's Not Just For Bunnies

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Japanese Kit Kats are famous – or infamous – for flavors ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. We'll have to slot the brand new, limited edition, Easter-themed Apple Pie & Carrot flavor firmly in the latter category even though it was the top entry in a public poll. Can you imagine what flavors didn't make the cut?
  • Want Your Eggs To Be Out Of This World? Egg 51 Has Arrived

    Laurie Kay Olson
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Egg cups have been around for thousands of years --almost as long as eggs. Okay, just kidding about that last part. But egg cups have been around forever though they aren't as popular as they used to be.  A new egg cup may start changing that. This cute little dish for eating soft-boiled eggs in the shell is styled to look just like a UFO. It can make your breakfast table look out of this world.
  • Want Some Ice Cream For The Road? Try Pothole Ice Cream

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Spring has arrived and for many of us in the northern latitudes that mean one thing -- pothole season has also arrived. Those chasms in the street can mean serious tire damage for some. Places like Detroit are hard pressed to make sure that they can find the funding to get all the repairs done. One ice cream parlor in Michigan, Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream of Shelby, Michigan, has created Pothole Ice Cream to honor this special time of year.
  • Want To Eat Enough Pasta To Choke A T-Rex? Use T-Rex Pasta Tools

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    There are all sorts of ways to measure pasta out so that you have just the right amount. Of course most of them are really just functional and boring. It doesn't have to be like that. With the I Could Eat A T-Rex Pasta Measurer you can add a whole lot of fun to your kitchen and cuisine. Make pasta with Italian sausage and you can spend dinnertime making puns about Jurassic Pork.
 
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  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • Calling All Garage Inventors! Invent FOR Your Garage

    Myra Per-Lee
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    There are plenty of us around; 'garage' inventors, we are called.  Inventing isn't usually our day job and we may not actually invent or create things in our garages, but prototypes of our ideas abound, and we generally make and store them somewhere in our homes, if we're not lucky enough to have an actual garage.  But let's see if we can invent something for a garage... or other storeroom.
  • Calling All Inventors! Submissions Open For The 2015 James Dyson Award

    Myra Per-Lee
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    College students and recent graduates are invited to submit their problem-solving designs and inventions to the 2015 James Dyson Award competition. Undergraduate and graduate design and/or engineering students, as well as those who have graduated from a design or engineering program within the past four years, are invited to enter this world reknowned competition. Get further details....
  • Calling All Inventors! Help Solve A Global Food System Challenge

    Myra Per-Lee
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    The world's food supply and distribution methods are being challenged by a growing population, climate change, over-cropped soil, chemical contaminants and other environmental factors. The challenges are many and so are the possible efficient solutions, and you are being invited to develop a solution based on one of nature's ways of solving them. Sponsored by the Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) awaits your solution with a $100,000 "Ray of Hope" prize for the winner and access to the tools you need to get your…
  • Calling All Inventors! Casabella® Needs Innovative Household Product Ideas

    Myra Per-Lee
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Casabella®, a New York design and production studio for innovative cleaning tools and household items, is looking for more such products from outside innovators and inventors.... like you!  It is conducting a search for such items through Emerson Nation, an invention marketing company.  Here's what you need to do....
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  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
  • Want To Make Your Snacking Less Noticeable? Try "Glass" Potato Chips

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    When you see a bag of Lay's Mango Salsa Flavored Potato Chips you may think that you've seen just about everything when it comes to chips. But you may not have seen Glass Potato Chips. While they look like they might be some glass design concept they are actually made of potatoes -- well, sort of. These chips are more derived from potatoes rather than made of thinly sliced potatoes.
  • Want To Have Plates That Really Rock? Lava Should Do It

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Two designers, Caterina Moretti and Ana Saldana, at the design firm Peca in Guadalajara, Mexico, have come up with LAVA, a set of plates hand carved from volcanic rock. While the style has a decidedly contemporary look, they are meant to harken back to ancient times when making items from cooled lava was just a part of life. Back then the results of a lava flow were used for everything from simple utensils and dishes, to the heads for arrows and spears.
  • Want To Zombie-Proof Your Home? Here's How

    Laurie Kay Olson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    To some people out there the zombie apocalypse is imminent. Others are skeptical but cautious about denying it. To help out all of these people the website ForRent.com recently posted a graphic on their site to give apartment dwellers a quick reference on how to handle such an invasion. This information is also suitable for homeowners.
  • Super Undies Will Turn Kids Into Potty Training Super Heroes

    Amber Leventry
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Potty training is a rite of passage every parent and child go through. The process can range from what nightmares are made of to a surprisingly easy transition from diapers to underwear. Most potty training stories fall somewhere in between, and the end result is still the same. But some children take a little longer and some need extra help at night. Super Undies will make your child feel like a super hero while they conquer potty training and bedwetting fears.
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  • Want To Zombie-Proof Your Home? Here's How

    Laurie Kay Olson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    To some people out there the zombie apocalypse is imminent. Others are skeptical but cautious about denying it. To help out all of these people the website ForRent.com recently posted a graphic on their site to give apartment dwellers a quick reference on how to handle such an invasion. This information is also suitable for homeowners.
  • Want Your Eggs To Be Out Of This World? Egg 51 Has Arrived

    Laurie Kay Olson
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Egg cups have been around for thousands of years --almost as long as eggs. Okay, just kidding about that last part. But egg cups have been around forever though they aren't as popular as they used to be.  A new egg cup may start changing that. This cute little dish for eating soft-boiled eggs in the shell is styled to look just like a UFO. It can make your breakfast table look out of this world.
  • Want Some Ice Cream For The Road? Try Pothole Ice Cream

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Spring has arrived and for many of us in the northern latitudes that mean one thing -- pothole season has also arrived. Those chasms in the street can mean serious tire damage for some. Places like Detroit are hard pressed to make sure that they can find the funding to get all the repairs done. One ice cream parlor in Michigan, Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream of Shelby, Michigan, has created Pothole Ice Cream to honor this special time of year.
  • Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

    Rey M.L.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.
  • Want To Eat Enough Pasta To Choke A T-Rex? Use T-Rex Pasta Tools

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    There are all sorts of ways to measure pasta out so that you have just the right amount. Of course most of them are really just functional and boring. It doesn't have to be like that. With the I Could Eat A T-Rex Pasta Measurer you can add a whole lot of fun to your kitchen and cuisine. Make pasta with Italian sausage and you can spend dinnertime making puns about Jurassic Pork.
 
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  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

    Rey M.L.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.
  • 10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

    Boomer Babe
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer! 
  • 7 Best Fresh Water Pet Fountains Keep Cats And Dogs From Dehydration

    Lady Bee
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Fresh running water does have great appeal, even to pets.  Take cats, for example: it's the rare one who will even drink from a bowl of "stagnant" water.  And when you think about it, cats have it right... who wants to drink out of a bowl or a glass of water that's been sitting there for half a day or so?  Perhaps that's why the latest trend in pet drinking is not the 'pet bowl,' it's the 'pet fountain,' where water flows constantly, or on demand. There are many fresh water fountains on the market, but I thought these 7 stood out as the best in terms of quality and design: 
  • CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

    Amber Leventry
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel…
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  • New Use For Supermaterial Graphene In Water Desalination Is Looking Promising

    Julia Bobak
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    A lack of fresh, potable water is a looming crisis as the human population, and associated energy demand, continues to expand. Despite the Earth’s surface being primarily water-covered, only a small fraction is suitable for consumption or crop irrigation with the vast majority being salted ocean water. This makes desalination technology a crucial development in order to sustain our current rate of growth and industrialization, and a new graphene membrane may be just the breakthrough we need.
  • Future Of Pacemakers Could Be This Flexible Electrode On Your Heart

    Julia Bobak
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Collaboration across different scientific disciplines is one of the most valuable methods for the innovation of novel technology. A new device reported this month combines the fields of engineering, materials science, medicine, and mathematics to revolutionize the cardiac electrotherapy is delivered.
  • Head Transplants The Way Of Future Medicine?

    Josh Grabowski
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Limb and organ transplants have been a pivotal part of modern medicine for years, and aren't really news to anyone in this day and age. That being said, one aspect of medical transplants that has never really been put into practice is the transplant of one human head to another body. Clearly there are obvious reasons as to why this practice has never taken place, and the primary one being that the technology to reattach a severed spinal cord doesn't exist...for now...
  • Brooke Roberts Design: Brain Scans Transformed into Knitwear Patterns

    M Dee Dubroff
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Cardiac radiographer and designer, Brooke Roberts, has utilized digital technology to transform mundane MRI brain scans and medical imagery  into exciting, innovative patterns for  garments. Read on to learn more.
  • Big Step Forward Made In The Quest For 3D Printed Organs

    Julia Bobak
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    A recent breakthrough in 3D bioprinting is putting researchers closer than ever to being able to print transplantable organs on demand. Scientists report the discovery of a new "bio-ink" system which allows them to 3D print live cells in an organ-like material that is biodegradable, self-healing, and permeable to cell nutrients.
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  • Viktor and Rolf Couture Inspired by Van Gogh’s Paintings

    M Dee Dubroff
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Viktor and Rolf's spring/summer  2015 haute couture collection was inspired by the  timeless oil paintings of tormented artist, Vincent Van Gogh. His colorful landscapes, still life and florals  were the visual cues for  this amazing dress collection. Read on to learn more.
  • Cold Enough For Ya?

    Motors.new
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    As Old Man Winter grips the heart of North America tighter than Charlton Heston held his gun, we present this iconic image encompassing all that's cold and dreary from a motorist's point of view.
  • Spanish King's First Car Enjoys A Royal Restoration

    Motors.new
    26 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Not everyone gets their first car restored to original condition decades after they last drove it but then again, not everyone is Felipe VI, King of Spain.
  • Hummer Down: US Army To Make Millions Auctioning Off Humvees

    Motors.new
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I Want You... to buy these surplus US Army Humvees! The first DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) auction for some of the army's surplus Humvees brought in close to a million bucks. If you missed out, fear not: only 25 of the rough & rugged ex-army vehicles were sold leaving nearly 4,000 others eligible for the auction block.
  • Jumbo Rubber Ducky Videographer To Document China's South-North Water Diversion Project

    China.new
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    When state-owned broadcast network China Central Television (CCTV) set out to record progress on the massive South-North Water Diversion Project, they did what anyone would do: equip a six-foot-tall inflatable rubber duck with a video camera and launch it into the nearest canal.
 
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  • Want To Have Plates That Really Rock? Lava Should Do It

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Two designers, Caterina Moretti and Ana Saldana, at the design firm Peca in Guadalajara, Mexico, have come up with LAVA, a set of plates hand carved from volcanic rock. While the style has a decidedly contemporary look, they are meant to harken back to ancient times when making items from cooled lava was just a part of life. Back then the results of a lava flow were used for everything from simple utensils and dishes, to the heads for arrows and spears.
  • Luma Comfort Offers Stylish Humidifier That Is Whisper Quiet

    Rebecca West
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The whisper quiet Luma Comfort HC12B Cool Mist Humidifier offers stylish climate control for your home or office at an affordable price. Combating dry skin and improving sinus and respiratory conditions just got easier with this aesthetically pleasing humidifier that gets the job done.
  • Want To Zombie-Proof Your Home? Here's How

    Laurie Kay Olson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    To some people out there the zombie apocalypse is imminent. Others are skeptical but cautious about denying it. To help out all of these people the website ForRent.com recently posted a graphic on their site to give apartment dwellers a quick reference on how to handle such an invasion. This information is also suitable for homeowners.
  • Want Your Eggs To Be Out Of This World? Egg 51 Has Arrived

    Laurie Kay Olson
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Egg cups have been around for thousands of years --almost as long as eggs. Okay, just kidding about that last part. But egg cups have been around forever though they aren't as popular as they used to be.  A new egg cup may start changing that. This cute little dish for eating soft-boiled eggs in the shell is styled to look just like a UFO. It can make your breakfast table look out of this world.
  • Want A Better Way To Wash Dishes? The DualWash Is Showing The Way

    Laurie Kay Olson
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    If there is one thing that most of us would like, aside from finding a genie in a bottle, it is a way to make household chores easier. A group of Turkish designers in association with Bosch and Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH came up with a new kind of dishwasher that they dubbed the dualWash. It is mounted on the wall and doubles as a kitchen cabinet. The really innovative part of the design is that it washes the dishes without water.
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Textured Paint To Debut On The New Peugeot 208

    Motors.new
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    French automaker Peugeot is debuting textured exterior paint on the new Peugeot 208 supermini due to be introduced in June of 2015. Displaying a finish that's not quite matte and not exactly satin, the textured paint is rough to the touch and tough as they come: Peugeot guarantees the finish for the life of the car.
  • Kit Kat Apple Pie & Carrot: A Neat Easter Treat That's Not Just For Bunnies

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Japanese Kit Kats are famous – or infamous – for flavors ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. We'll have to slot the brand new, limited edition, Easter-themed Apple Pie & Carrot flavor firmly in the latter category even though it was the top entry in a public poll. Can you imagine what flavors didn't make the cut?
  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
 
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  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • Volverii Smart Shoe Changes Color On Demand - E-Ink

    M Dee Dubroff
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Volverii peep-toe heels created by new Lithuanian start-up, iShuu Technologies, are remarkable new shoes that take the concept of customization to an all new level. Read all about their most unusual capabilities.
  • Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

    Rey M.L.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.
  • CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

    Amber Leventry
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel…
  • Viktor and Rolf Couture Inspired by Van Gogh’s Paintings

    M Dee Dubroff
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Viktor and Rolf's spring/summer  2015 haute couture collection was inspired by the  timeless oil paintings of tormented artist, Vincent Van Gogh. His colorful landscapes, still life and florals  were the visual cues for  this amazing dress collection. Read on to learn more.
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  • Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

    Phil Kostaluk
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.
  • Toyota Corolla ESport Nürburgring Edition: Sportiest Corolla EVAR

    Motors.new
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    The Toyota Corolla isn't exactly the epitome of sporty automobiles so naming one after Germany's legendary Nürburgring road-racing track takes a lotta brass. An extrapolation of the Toyota Corolla ESport, the Nürburgring Edition debuted at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show and will only be sold in Thailand.
  • Crowdsale & Cryptocurrency Fuels Next-Gen Social Network Synereo

    Ron Callari
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    If a new social network is going to break the mold of everything that went before, it's going to require a social media marketing strategy that’s just as innovative. In a follow-up to my blog post ‘Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook,’ the programming team behind Synereo are relying on cryptocurrency to serve as legal tender when users register for their network, via a new crowdsouring mechanism called a ‘crowdsale.’
  • Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook

    Ron Callari
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    There’s a new social network in town and if it's half as powerful as its hype, prepare to follow a whole new line of logic when you socialize online in the very near future. Synereo has been touted as the one to break the mold of all that went before. It’s the next-gen social ecosystem, a fully decentralized and distributed social network designed for the  Attention Economy.
  • Facebook’s ‘TheFind’ Another Example: ‘If You Can’t Build It, Buy It’

    Ron Callari
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Never to be outbeat, Zuckerberg's been wise enough to keep a finger on the pulse of consumer preferences in tandem with a keen eye on advertising opportunities. In so doing, one year ago, he shelled out an astronomical $19 billion to acquire the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. To put this in perspective, this one purchase was 19-times what he spent on Instagram in 2012 - and another example of Zuckerberg’s now standard modus operandi: If you can’t build, buy it!
 
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  • Crowdsale & Cryptocurrency Fuels Next-Gen Social Network Synereo

    Ron Callari
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    If a new social network is going to break the mold of everything that went before, it's going to require a social media marketing strategy that’s just as innovative. In a follow-up to my blog post ‘Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook,’ the programming team behind Synereo are relying on cryptocurrency to serve as legal tender when users register for their network, via a new crowdsouring mechanism called a ‘crowdsale.’
  • 10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

    Boomer Babe
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer! 
  • Will YouTube Subscription Service Compete With Netflix, Spotify?

    Ron Callari
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Google has decided its web-based video provider YouTube has finally grown up enough to get some big-boy pants. It’s a bit step, but Google appears to be taking its cue from streaming video and music content providers like Netflix and Spotify.
  • JotForm Designer, Theme Store Let You Codelessly Beautify, Sell Form Designs

    Rey M.L.
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Need a web form? Need it to look good? Can't code? JotForm.com has you covered. The service just launched its Form Designer, letting you decorate without futzing with CSS, and its Theme Store shares user-submitted themes, optionally opening a source of income for graphic designers.
  • Flashback Clothing Defeats Paparazzi At Their Own Game

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Smile, for you are not on Candid Camera. This is especially true if you are sporting the Flashback line of clothing which is made from a material whose sole purpose is to reflect light. Read on to learn more about this innovative way to foil paparazzi by ruining their photographs.
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  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
  • Get Rid Of Old Or Unwanted Tattoos With Simple Cream BLTR

    Alicia Zuberbier
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Tattoo removal is painful and difficult. For those who can afford laser removal, you can expect several uncomfortable appointments. For those who can't afford it, you're stuck with that tie dye unicorn you got over spring break. A Ph. D. candidate at Dalhousie University is working on an affordable solution to help those with unwanted tattoos. Soon, you might be able to say farewell to that unicorn mistake!
  • Smart Artificial Skin Feels Rain and The Touch of a Hand

    M Dee Dubroff
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    Although there have been many advancements made in the field of prosthetics down through the decades, the emphasis on aesthetics has been paramount in their development, at least until now. Read on to learn more about this amazing scientific innovation known as smart artificial skin.
  • Pacif-i Keeps Tabs On Your Baby's Health And Location

    Kim Patterson
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The Pacif-i can monitor your child’s health, keep track of your tot's location and can also help you find it if your precious little decides to stash it away in a secret location.
  • Want An Alternative To A Tie? How About An Unusual Collar Clip?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    There are those who say that a button-down collar is the sign of a buttoned-down mind. The tie being similar to a noose around the neck doesn't help that either. Even a cute bolo tie doesn't change the image much. However, Dapper and Swag's Collar Clips can give you an alternative that can seem both casual and dressy at the same time. The designs can range from antlers and cow skulls to anchors and owls.
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
  • The Works of Iris Van Herpen: Unique, Geek and Chic

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:52 am
    Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen, has developed a line of garments constructed from a fine steel mesh for her autumn 2015 ready-to-wear collection. Unique and far out, to say the very least, read on for more about this  amazing designer and her extraordinary work.
  • Petite Marin Transforms Men’s Dress Shirts Into Children’s Clothing

    M Dee Dubroff
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Recycling on every level has become an integral aspect of modern existence. Read all about two young mothers and their efforts to live a green lifestyle by making clothes for their children from their husbands' throwaway dress shirts.
 
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  • 10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

    Boomer Babe
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer! 
  • Hydrobike Takes Cycling To The Water

    Samantha Pankey
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you're a water sports enthusiast, or if you just like to enjoy time drifting on the lake, you'll want to check out the Hydrobike. This water vehicle is a cross between a bike and a pontoon boat, and not only will it give you a fun way to enjoy the open water, it will also give you a good workout.
  • Is It a Comet or an Asteroid?: No, It’s Studio Swine's Meteorite Shoes

    M Dee Dubroff
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Inspired by the European Space Agency's landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P in November of 2014, London-based Studio Swine created these high-heeled Meterorite shoes as part of a project for Microsoft. Read on, even if wearing these monstrous shoes is probably the last thing you would ever do!
  • 9 Great Green Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

    Brilliant
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:17 pm
    It will soon be that time of year again to celebrate Mother's Day. If you are debating making your mom a homemade gift or buying her a gift, the choice is yours. I cannot decide that for you. However, I can show you a list of 9 innovative green gift ideas for inspiration. Take a look below to see if any of these idea would make the perfect gift or if they trigger a great DIY idea.
  • Fly High Above The Water With The Jetovator

    Samantha Pankey
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    From the sister company of Seabreacher, comes a water sports accessory that will send you flying high above the water. The Jetovator attaches to a personal watercraft (PWC) and utilizes water thrust to propel above the water and maneuver in all directions.
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • Invention of the Week? Liquidity Nanotech Unveils Naked Filter – Clean Water for Everyone

    Paul Fitzgerald
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    A team of inventors based in Alameda, CA, are on a mission to provide the world with clean and healthy water. Liquidity Nanotech just launched the Naked Filter on Kickstarter and it’s getting lots of financial backers. The Naked Filter is revolutionary in every sense in that the water you drink is more than effectively filtered.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Textured Paint To Debut On The New Peugeot 208

    Motors.new
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    French automaker Peugeot is debuting textured exterior paint on the new Peugeot 208 supermini due to be introduced in June of 2015. Displaying a finish that's not quite matte and not exactly satin, the textured paint is rough to the touch and tough as they come: Peugeot guarantees the finish for the life of the car.
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  • Super Undies Will Turn Kids Into Potty Training Super Heroes

    Amber Leventry
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Potty training is a rite of passage every parent and child go through. The process can range from what nightmares are made of to a surprisingly easy transition from diapers to underwear. Most potty training stories fall somewhere in between, and the end result is still the same. But some children take a little longer and some need extra help at night. Super Undies will make your child feel like a super hero while they conquer potty training and bedwetting fears.
  • Bitybean Child Carrier: Big Idea, Compact Solution

    Amber Leventry
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I love when simple solutions evolve from complex problems. I also love when big products and product lines come from small businesses. Bitybean is a small company from a little town in northern Vermont which took a big idea and made it into the convenient Bitybean UltraCompact Baby Carrier.
  • CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

    Amber Leventry
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel…
  • Top 5 Creative Activity Toys To Buy Kids- Toy Of The Year Winners

    Amber Leventry
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Each year Toy Industry Association, Inc. hands out their Toy of the Year Awards. If you are looking to keep your child engaged in creative activity, check out the following guide which highlights the last five years’ worth of winners for the best Activity Toy of the Year. These creation-centered toys promote inventive and artistic playtime through building, doodling, and creating.
  • Worry Eaters Consume Fears And Anxieties Eating At Children

    Amber Leventry
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Fears, worries, and nagging thoughts are normal and tend to sneak up on us at night as we try to get to sleep. As adults, we tend to know how to manage those stressful thoughts. Anxiety is also a normal part of childhood, but children can have a harder time than adults when it comes to putting things into perspective or words. Their worries seem big and scary and linger like the mythological monster under their bed. Gerd Hahn’s Worry Eaters are plush dolls that happily carry worries that consume children.
 
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  • 7 Best Fresh Water Pet Fountains Keep Cats And Dogs From Dehydration

    Lady Bee
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Fresh running water does have great appeal, even to pets.  Take cats, for example: it's the rare one who will even drink from a bowl of "stagnant" water.  And when you think about it, cats have it right... who wants to drink out of a bowl or a glass of water that's been sitting there for half a day or so?  Perhaps that's why the latest trend in pet drinking is not the 'pet bowl,' it's the 'pet fountain,' where water flows constantly, or on demand. There are many fresh water fountains on the market, but I thought these 7 stood out as the best in terms of quality and design: 
  • Safe, Stylish Innovation for Cyclists: High-Visibility Reflective Garb

    M Dee Dubroff
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    A new line of stylish and functional garments with reflective design is the latest from English fashion designer, Sara Henrichs. Read on to learn more about how the modern cyclist and runner can be safer riding at night.
  • Traveling With Dogs? Get A Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog!

    Motors.new
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog was a specially equipped version of Honda's Vamos Hobio microvan catering to dog owners. While the concept had merit, the vehicle was only sold for a limited time and remains memorable mainly due to its unusual name.
  • 6 Warm Houses And Gadgets To Keep Your Dog Toasty 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.
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
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  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • 10 Best New Surveillance And Hidden Spy Cameras For The Super Sneaky

    Arturo Rubio
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Spy cameras have come a long way since their introduction back in the late 1800's. See ten of the most clever surveillance and hidden spy cameras currently available.
  • Top 6 External 4TB Hard Drives You Can Buy - 2015

    Rey M.L.
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Need more storage? 4TB has become an established size for external drives, and a bunch of models from different vendors are now readily available. So, selecting the best one to store your precious data can be daunting. Can't decide? Let me give you a hand.
  • Blue Jeans Meetings Are More About What You’re Sharing Than Wearing

    Ron Callari
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    In the 21st Century world of remote videoconferencing, wearing blue jeans to an online meeting has become commonplace. In fact you can also show up in sweats or pajamas if you like. That's because this type of video communication is more about the collaboration and saving costs, than it is about fashion.
  • Will YouTube Subscription Service Compete With Netflix, Spotify?

    Ron Callari
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Google has decided its web-based video provider YouTube has finally grown up enough to get some big-boy pants. It’s a bit step, but Google appears to be taking its cue from streaming video and music content providers like Netflix and Spotify.
 
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  • New Use For Supermaterial Graphene In Water Desalination Is Looking Promising

    Julia Bobak
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    A lack of fresh, potable water is a looming crisis as the human population, and associated energy demand, continues to expand. Despite the Earth’s surface being primarily water-covered, only a small fraction is suitable for consumption or crop irrigation with the vast majority being salted ocean water. This makes desalination technology a crucial development in order to sustain our current rate of growth and industrialization, and a new graphene membrane may be just the breakthrough we need.
  • Chameleon-Inspired Material Could Be A New Frontier In Camouflage

    Julia Bobak
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
    With recent advances in understanding the science behind chameleons' color changes, researchers have been able to develop an artificial chameleon-like skin that changes color when deformed. The new material will have a number of exciting applications ranging from camouflage to color-changing sensors to next-generation flexible color displays.
  • Get Rid Of Old Or Unwanted Tattoos With Simple Cream BLTR

    Alicia Zuberbier
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Tattoo removal is painful and difficult. For those who can afford laser removal, you can expect several uncomfortable appointments. For those who can't afford it, you're stuck with that tie dye unicorn you got over spring break. A Ph. D. candidate at Dalhousie University is working on an affordable solution to help those with unwanted tattoos. Soon, you might be able to say farewell to that unicorn mistake!
  • Solar Panels Soon To Become Radically More Affordable

    A. Y. Dorsey
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    Plug and play solar panels designed to reduce the costs of residential solar panel installation by minimizing the non-hardware costs - planning, installation, permitting, inspection, and interconnection - are now being tested. Once approved, the panels will more than half the cost of a typical residential solar installation, making solar power dramatically more accessible to home owners. 
  • Floating Nanogenerators Turn Wave Motion Into Sustainable Energy

    Julia Bobak
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    At this point, we're all well aware of the growing need for renewable energy sources with solar panels and wind turbines increasingly being used to supply "green" power. Now researchers have found a new way to tap the motion of the ocean to produce renewable "blue" wave power.
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  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
  • Lace Front Brows Are Ideal For Cancer Patients

    Alicia Zuberbier
    8 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Eyebrow styles come and go. Skinny brows were in, but thick, full and natural brows are making their comeback. For men and women undergoing chemotherapy, brow trends feel irrelevant. The effects of the treatment mean many patients lose all their hair, including their eyebrows. Cancer patients can find a solution with lace front brows.
  • Pixelated Hair: The Bizarre Hair Color Trend For 2015

    Serena Dorman
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:42 pm
    We went through the ombre phase, pastel colored locks, and the gray craze.  Take a peek at the bizarre new hair trend for 2015: pixelated hair.
  • Your Thermochromic Nails Can Change With The Temperature

    Alicia Zuberbier
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    They say cold hands mean a warm heart, but with a little bit of a special nail polish powder, cold hands can also mean a changing nail color. Thermochromic pigments change with the temperature, so no matter where you are, your nails will look fresh and new.
  • Custom Cameo Corsets: Creepy Works of Art

    M Dee Dubroff
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    Dallas-based fashion and accesories designer, Louise Black, marches to the beat of her very own drum. Her beautiful designs are edgy, unique and a bit creepy too. Read on for more on this amazing artist and her unusual work.
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  • 10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

    Boomer Babe
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer! 
  • 7 Best Fresh Water Pet Fountains Keep Cats And Dogs From Dehydration

    Lady Bee
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Fresh running water does have great appeal, even to pets.  Take cats, for example: it's the rare one who will even drink from a bowl of "stagnant" water.  And when you think about it, cats have it right... who wants to drink out of a bowl or a glass of water that's been sitting there for half a day or so?  Perhaps that's why the latest trend in pet drinking is not the 'pet bowl,' it's the 'pet fountain,' where water flows constantly, or on demand. There are many fresh water fountains on the market, but I thought these 7 stood out as the best in terms of quality and design: 
  • Facebook’s ‘TheFind’ Another Example: ‘If You Can’t Build It, Buy It’

    Ron Callari
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Never to be outbeat, Zuckerberg's been wise enough to keep a finger on the pulse of consumer preferences in tandem with a keen eye on advertising opportunities. In so doing, one year ago, he shelled out an astronomical $19 billion to acquire the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. To put this in perspective, this one purchase was 19-times what he spent on Instagram in 2012 - and another example of Zuckerberg’s now standard modus operandi: If you can’t build, buy it!
  • Hardware That Saves Space With Style: The Sink With Towel Bar

    Brilliant
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Half-baths, as in 2.5 baths, should really be classified as closets.  The size makes them a really tight squeeze, often requiring a "wide stance" so your knees don't rub the sink when you sit on the toilet! If you are looking for a  sink and hardware that makes use of every inch of space, try looking at these great options.
  • Pacif-i Keeps Tabs On Your Baby's Health And Location

    Kim Patterson
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The Pacif-i can monitor your child’s health, keep track of your tot's location and can also help you find it if your precious little decides to stash it away in a secret location.
 
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  • Bitybean Child Carrier: Big Idea, Compact Solution

    Amber Leventry
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I love when simple solutions evolve from complex problems. I also love when big products and product lines come from small businesses. Bitybean is a small company from a little town in northern Vermont which took a big idea and made it into the convenient Bitybean UltraCompact Baby Carrier.
  • Surf Your City With The DESKA Board

    Samantha Pankey
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    When you think of surfing, odds are you think of shredding some waves in the ocean. You think of sand, palm trees and the sun shining in an azure sky. With the DESKA Board, you can bring the feel of surfing to your city's streets and sidewalks.
  • Hydrobike Takes Cycling To The Water

    Samantha Pankey
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you're a water sports enthusiast, or if you just like to enjoy time drifting on the lake, you'll want to check out the Hydrobike. This water vehicle is a cross between a bike and a pontoon boat, and not only will it give you a fun way to enjoy the open water, it will also give you a good workout.
  • Top 10 Baby Strollers That Are Best For YOU!

    Amber Leventry
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    One of the few things I would say new parents absolutely need is a stroller. The perfect stroller becomes the pack mule of your day. It carries your coffee, your diaper bag, your shopping bags, your baby, and sometimes your baby’s sibling. But each parent is different and each family has different needs and priorities. I did a ton of research and I have picked ten of the best strollers for several different parental wants and needs. If you are looking for a great stroller, take a look at the ones I have reviewed to find the one perfect for YOU!
  • Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair Is Flippin Genius

    Amber Leventry
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    If you are a parent of young children, and willing to go out with your children, you have done two things: changed your baby on a floor because there was not a changing station available, and you have reluctantly held your baby while trying to enjoy a meal out because the one high chair in the restaurant was being occupied—or that one high chair was grosser than the dirty diaper you changed on the floor. The Ciao! Baby portable high chair solves one of these problems. And it’s flippin genius.
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  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

    Ron Callari
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Fujitsu's Lifebook GH77/T Is Half Tablet, Half Desktop PC

    Rey M.L.
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    While its 15.6" touchscreen makes it large for a tablet, Fujitsu's latest Lifebook uses its matching oversized dock, plus some top-secret wireless technology, to attain desktop-class performance. Too bad about the battery life, though.
  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
  • New Use For Supermaterial Graphene In Water Desalination Is Looking Promising

    Julia Bobak
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    A lack of fresh, potable water is a looming crisis as the human population, and associated energy demand, continues to expand. Despite the Earth’s surface being primarily water-covered, only a small fraction is suitable for consumption or crop irrigation with the vast majority being salted ocean water. This makes desalination technology a crucial development in order to sustain our current rate of growth and industrialization, and a new graphene membrane may be just the breakthrough we need.
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  • Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

    Rey M.L.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.
  • Facebook’s ‘TheFind’ Another Example: ‘If You Can’t Build It, Buy It’

    Ron Callari
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Never to be outbeat, Zuckerberg's been wise enough to keep a finger on the pulse of consumer preferences in tandem with a keen eye on advertising opportunities. In so doing, one year ago, he shelled out an astronomical $19 billion to acquire the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. To put this in perspective, this one purchase was 19-times what he spent on Instagram in 2012 - and another example of Zuckerberg’s now standard modus operandi: If you can’t build, buy it!
  • CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

    Amber Leventry
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel…
  • Google's Artificial Intelligence Now Thinks And Plays Video Games Like We Do

    Josh Grabowski
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    While the quest for artificial intelligence had its inception in science fiction, it's clear that it in recent decades it has been brought to the modern world of science fact  - and it's now been brought in full force. Simple video games and computer programs were the forefront of artificial intelligence, but now developers have stepped up their game, and designed artificial intelligence that borders on modern human learning and decision making.
  • Top 5 Creative Activity Toys To Buy Kids- Toy Of The Year Winners

    Amber Leventry
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Each year Toy Industry Association, Inc. hands out their Toy of the Year Awards. If you are looking to keep your child engaged in creative activity, check out the following guide which highlights the last five years’ worth of winners for the best Activity Toy of the Year. These creation-centered toys promote inventive and artistic playtime through building, doodling, and creating.
 
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  • Smart Manhole Covers Call For Help When Metal Thieves Strike

    China.new
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    City managers in Hangzhou, China have turned to a new generation of “smart” manhole covers in an all-out effort to counter a rash of thefts by metal salvagers. The high-tech covers feature electronic tags that act as both silent alarms and tracking devices should a cover be removed without proper authorization.
  • Ward's AutoWorld 10 Best Engines List Names 2015's Most Innovative Motors

    Motors.new
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Since 1994 Ward's AutoWorld magazine has published an annual list of the ten "best" automobile engines available in the U.S. market. The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines listing rates engines according to their power and torque, noise vibration and harshness (NVH), and their overall level of technical innovation.
  • Want An Easier Way To Hand Wash Laundry? The Scrubba Wash Bag Will Do It

    Laurie Kay Olson
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    There are just times, for whatever reason, you just have to wash out a few things by hand. This is not always the easiest chore to accomplish efficiently. That is until the Scrubba Wash Bag came onto the market. It is billed as the world's smallest washing machine. It is ideal for use both at home and on the road, and is completely portable. It is foldable and weighs just 5 ounces.
  • Urban Supercar Looks Like A Lambo, Drives Like A Golf Cart

    Motors.new
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador, the Lishidedidong Urban Supercar (yes, that is its real name) might look a lot more exciting than most entry-level electric cars but its beauty is only skin deep.
  • Ukrainians Patch Shot-Up Vehicles With Loose Change

    Motors.new
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Drivers in the Ukraine have stumbled upon a cheap way to repair bullet-blasted vehicles. All it takes is a handful of pocket change, a glue gun and plenty of camouflage paint. Mind you, it helps to have survived the attack in the first place.
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  • 7 Best Fresh Water Pet Fountains Keep Cats And Dogs From Dehydration

    Lady Bee
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Fresh running water does have great appeal, even to pets.  Take cats, for example: it's the rare one who will even drink from a bowl of "stagnant" water.  And when you think about it, cats have it right... who wants to drink out of a bowl or a glass of water that's been sitting there for half a day or so?  Perhaps that's why the latest trend in pet drinking is not the 'pet bowl,' it's the 'pet fountain,' where water flows constantly, or on demand. There are many fresh water fountains on the market, but I thought these 7 stood out as the best in terms of quality and design: 
  • Hardware That Saves Space With Style: The Sink With Towel Bar

    Brilliant
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Half-baths, as in 2.5 baths, should really be classified as closets.  The size makes them a really tight squeeze, often requiring a "wide stance" so your knees don't rub the sink when you sit on the toilet! If you are looking for a  sink and hardware that makes use of every inch of space, try looking at these great options.
  • 7 Adult Trikes, From Tame To Game For Anything

    Boomer Babe
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    How about a trike ride? An adult trike ride.  Trikes provide a more relaxing ride than bikes, and if you get a recumbent trike, it's less stressful on your joints and your back than a bike.  Either way, the trike's the trip right now.
  • Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:18 pm
    For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.
  • Translucent Concrete: Scientific Marvel and Brilliant Innovation

    M Dee Dubroff
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    Translucent concrete is a wondrous creation that sprang from the brilliant mind of Hungarian architect, Aron Losonczi. It represents a new frontier in architectural construction, design, innovation and beauty. Read on for more information on this fascinating subject.
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  • Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

    Rey M.L.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.
  • Facebook’s ‘TheFind’ Another Example: ‘If You Can’t Build It, Buy It’

    Ron Callari
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Never to be outbeat, Zuckerberg's been wise enough to keep a finger on the pulse of consumer preferences in tandem with a keen eye on advertising opportunities. In so doing, one year ago, he shelled out an astronomical $19 billion to acquire the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. To put this in perspective, this one purchase was 19-times what he spent on Instagram in 2012 - and another example of Zuckerberg’s now standard modus operandi: If you can’t build, buy it!
  • Google's Artificial Intelligence Now Thinks And Plays Video Games Like We Do

    Josh Grabowski
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    While the quest for artificial intelligence had its inception in science fiction, it's clear that it in recent decades it has been brought to the modern world of science fact  - and it's now been brought in full force. Simple video games and computer programs were the forefront of artificial intelligence, but now developers have stepped up their game, and designed artificial intelligence that borders on modern human learning and decision making.
  • Inno3D Tops GeForce GTX 980, 970 Graphics Cards With Quad-Fan Cooler

    Rey M.L.
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Nvidia's Maxwell architecture runs relatively cool, but that didn't stop Inno3D. Its iChill GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Ultra cards vaunt a massive triple-slot cooler with four fans. If nothing else, these things should run relatively cool despite their healthy factory overclocks.
  • Goji Play Turns Your Workout Into A Game

    Samantha Pankey
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    I have never been a fan of cardio equipment. However, with my training routine, sometimes I have to suck it up and use the bike or treadmill. For those, like me, with cardio-equipment-ADD or those who just can't get motivated to workout, the Goji Play is a dream come true.
 
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  • Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook

    Ron Callari
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    There’s a new social network in town and if it's half as powerful as its hype, prepare to follow a whole new line of logic when you socialize online in the very near future. Synereo has been touted as the one to break the mold of all that went before. It’s the next-gen social ecosystem, a fully decentralized and distributed social network designed for the  Attention Economy.
  • This T-Rex Illusion Will Blow Your Mind!

    John P. Barker
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Look at that cute little T-Rex.  What's bizarre is that when you walk around the room, he turns his head and continues watching you.  How did it do that?  Read on and find out!
  • Will YouTube Subscription Service Compete With Netflix, Spotify?

    Ron Callari
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Google has decided its web-based video provider YouTube has finally grown up enough to get some big-boy pants. It’s a bit step, but Google appears to be taking its cue from streaming video and music content providers like Netflix and Spotify.
  • 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®.
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  • Ingenious App 'Ignore No More' Gets Kids To Return Your Phone Calls

    Rebecca West
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Tired of your tweens and teens blowing you off when you call and text them? Put an end to it once and for all with an ingenious app called Ignore No More that ensures your kids will answer your calls and texts.
  • Facebook’s ‘TheFind’ Another Example: ‘If You Can’t Build It, Buy It’

    Ron Callari
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Never to be outbeat, Zuckerberg's been wise enough to keep a finger on the pulse of consumer preferences in tandem with a keen eye on advertising opportunities. In so doing, one year ago, he shelled out an astronomical $19 billion to acquire the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. To put this in perspective, this one purchase was 19-times what he spent on Instagram in 2012 - and another example of Zuckerberg’s now standard modus operandi: If you can’t build, buy it!
  • CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

    Amber Leventry
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel…
  • JotForm Designer, Theme Store Let You Codelessly Beautify, Sell Form Designs

    Rey M.L.
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Need a web form? Need it to look good? Can't code? JotForm.com has you covered. The service just launched its Form Designer, letting you decorate without futzing with CSS, and its Theme Store shares user-submitted themes, optionally opening a source of income for graphic designers.
  • Want To Recover That Beloved Lost Toy?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    We all had a favored toy when we were children -- one that we would have been devastated to lose. One train company, First Great Western, in England has taken this thought to heart and has created a website where they post the photos of the stuffed animals that have been found lost on their trains. This way children can be united with their lost loves and parents can breathe a little easier.
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  • High-Tech Tissue Box Holder Features Hands-Free Mist Moistener

    Steve Levenstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    From the First World Problems Solved department (also known as Japan) comes the Wet Tissue Maker tissue box holder. A built-in infrared sensor and concealed water mister ensure you'll never suffer the heartbreak of dry tissues again.
  • The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Mercedes-Benz Pickup Trucks

    Motors.new
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mercedes-Benz has announced their intent to bring an MB pickup truck to market by the end of the decade... Bubba will be confused! Images of the proposed F150-fighter are merely artist's renderings at the moment but since non-factory conversions are surprisingly abundant, let's check out 10 of the stranger real imitation Mercedes-Benz pickups.
  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
  • Want To Make Your Snacking Less Noticeable? Try "Glass" Potato Chips

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    When you see a bag of Lay's Mango Salsa Flavored Potato Chips you may think that you've seen just about everything when it comes to chips. But you may not have seen Glass Potato Chips. While they look like they might be some glass design concept they are actually made of potatoes -- well, sort of. These chips are more derived from potatoes rather than made of thinly sliced potatoes.
  • Kit Kat Apple Pie & Carrot: A Neat Easter Treat That's Not Just For Bunnies

    Steve Levenstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Japanese Kit Kats are famous – or infamous – for flavors ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. We'll have to slot the brand new, limited edition, Easter-themed Apple Pie & Carrot flavor firmly in the latter category even though it was the top entry in a public poll. Can you imagine what flavors didn't make the cut?
 
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  • Ruff: Pauline van Dongen’s Newest 3-D Wearable Tech

    M Dee Dubroff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    What if the clothes we wear suddenly had their own personalities instead of reflecting ours?  Meet Ruff, the newest 3-D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, whose inspiration came from the ruffled collars of centuries past.
  • Dior Stick On Eyeliner Patches Simplify Your Makeup Routine

    Kim Patterson
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Dior has come up with a super simple way to get the perfect eyeliner – peel and stick. The patches, which are laser cut, mimic the look of precisely drawn on eyeliner.
  • The Davek Alert Umbrella: Innovative Help for The Wet and Forgetful

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Losing an umbrella is a fact of life that all of us have experenced at one time or another in our busy lives. Read on for more about how you can make sure you never leave another umbrella behind again!
  • The Works of Iris Van Herpen: Unique, Geek and Chic

    M Dee Dubroff
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:52 am
    Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen, has developed a line of garments constructed from a fine steel mesh for her autumn 2015 ready-to-wear collection. Unique and far out, to say the very least, read on for more about this  amazing designer and her extraordinary work.
  • Get Rid Of Old Or Unwanted Tattoos With Simple Cream BLTR

    Alicia Zuberbier
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Tattoo removal is painful and difficult. For those who can afford laser removal, you can expect several uncomfortable appointments. For those who can't afford it, you're stuck with that tie dye unicorn you got over spring break. A Ph. D. candidate at Dalhousie University is working on an affordable solution to help those with unwanted tattoos. Soon, you might be able to say farewell to that unicorn mistake!
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  • New Philips Monitor Balances Dual 19” Screens On One Stand

    Rey M.L.
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Ever wanted a dual-screen setup for your workstation, but were put off by the potential of a thick gap between the displays? Well, Philips' Brilliance 19DP6QJNS/27 not only shrinks that gap to just 7mm, but also mounts both displays on a single stand, saving you space on your desk.
  • Recyclable Polyester Fabric: Returnity For All Eternity

    M Dee Dubroff
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Austrian textile firm, Backhausen, is the owner of Returnity, a 100% recyclable fabric destined to last for years and years that can be applied to a diverse range of garments and furnishings. Read on to learn more about this amazing, innovative material.
  • Calling All Garage Inventors! Invent FOR Your Garage

    Myra Per-Lee
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    There are plenty of us around; 'garage' inventors, we are called.  Inventing isn't usually our day job and we may not actually invent or create things in our garages, but prototypes of our ideas abound, and we generally make and store them somewhere in our homes, if we're not lucky enough to have an actual garage.  But let's see if we can invent something for a garage... or other storeroom.
  • Fujitsu Labs' Smart Ring Interprets Your Air Writing

    Rey M.L.
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Head-mounted devices like Google Glass may be convenient for some things, but writing stuff down – let alone maneuvering basic UI elements like dialog boxes – isn't one of them. Luckily, Fujitsu are developing a wireless ring that recognizes characters you trace in midair. It's accurate, too... or so the firm claims.
  • Calling All Inventors! Help Solve A Global Food System Challenge

    Myra Per-Lee
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    The world's food supply and distribution methods are being challenged by a growing population, climate change, over-cropped soil, chemical contaminants and other environmental factors. The challenges are many and so are the possible efficient solutions, and you are being invited to develop a solution based on one of nature's ways of solving them. Sponsored by the Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) awaits your solution with a $100,000 "Ray of Hope" prize for the winner and access to the tools you need to get your…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • A Need To Save the US Patent System: A Warning from Dana Rohrabacher

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Many leading IP professionals working with the US patent system are growing increasingly concerned about the weakening of the IP system there. Some are so concerned that they are wondering what steps can be taken to save it. Save it from what, you might ask? Save it from erosion of the basic property rights that the Constitution sought to protect. Solve it from the capricious destruction of the incentives that inventors need to create and share their work. Save it from judges and politicians who see patents and property rights as problems. One man who wants to save our IP system is Rep. Dana…
  • The Dangerfield Theory of Innovation and IP in China

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Rodney Dangerfield’s 1980 comedy album No Respect, an image that describes Chinese IP and innovation in the eyes of the West. From Wikipedia, licensed under Fair Use. In a few days, I’ll be speaking about IP and innovation in China at the RISE 2015 conference in Miami, Florida, sponsored by INDA (a professional organization for the nonwoven fabrics industry). In my presentation, I’ll be sharing my “Dangerfield Theory” of IP and innovation in China. The Dangerfield Theory is based on comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who famously and repeatedly complained that he got…
  • The Anti-Patent Revolution in the United States

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Decapitalizing IP value with our current revolution Many intellectual property practitioners worldwide are scratching their heads over what is happening to IP in the United States. There’s a revolution underway that over the past few years seems to have steadily eroded the value of patents and any semblance of predictability and order in the law. Patents can still be valuable, if you are lucky and have the right connections. For ordinary people and companies, patents, once the great equalizers against big companies, are now an unreliable tool. The erosion of IP rights is becoming a…
  • Simple Steps Can Dramatically Increase Participation in Innovation

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    At the IP Business Congress Asia 2014 (IPBC Asia 2014), a collection of IP experts from around the world are here in Shanghai, China sharing best practices and advice to help fellow IP workers. Yesterday during a panel discussing ways to build a world-class in-house IP team, a comment from the audience provided a valuable example of how management can stimulate innovation in a company inexpensively. At Aruba Laboratories, a social event was held in which a number of people cam wearing a T-shirt that said “Thought Leader.” Before the event, such T-shirts had been ordered for every…
  • 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…
 
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  • Enter to Win Design and Prototyping Services

    Fatima Ali
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    MAKO invent launches the #weinvent Spring Campaign With spring here, we can finally break through from being cooped up under our blankets and start exploring our minds for fresh and innovative ideas. At MAKO Invent, we are launching our latest social media campaign this April, #weinvent Spring Campaign, to give anyone with an innovative idea, the chance to finally make their dream come. As a Product Development Firm, MAKO is driven by the success of their clients. We work tirelessly to provide end-to-end services to individuals by helping them further develop their ideas—from design and…
  • An Industrial Product Design For The Future

    Fatima Ali
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The industrial product design that helps with daily tasks University of Toronto researchers at IATSL (Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab) are developing an industrial product design to help patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in their daily routines. Although still in the research phase, MAKO Invent yearns for innovative ideas that have potential. We love to know that people are out there, constantly working to improve our living conditions. We especially love when these individuals are from one of our homes—Toronto.   Functions of the Industrial Product Design The…
  • Make a Product Using Carbon3D

    Fatima Ali
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
      When 3D printing emerged, the industrial design industry was thrilled to see such a ground-breaking advancement to product development. At MAKO Invent we were particularly moved by this progression as it would impact our production significantly. However, it didn’t take too long for our industrial design team to experience some of the common hindrances that 3D printing presents when they make a product. In a particular TED Talk conference entitled ‘What if 3D printing was 100x faster?’ the CEO and co-founder of Carbon3D, Joseph DeSimone, explains that these complications arise…
  • A Prototype Production for HIV Patients

    Fatima Ali
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Chipcare’s prototype production revolutionizes HIV testing methods Inventions impact our daily lives across a variety of platforms, weather that be economically, politically, or medically. Truly ground-breaking inventions generally include one or more of these factors or simply a combination. At MAKO Invent we love to recognize inventions that have several beneficial factors; these are the inventions that truly impact our world. What better way to make a difference than to create a prototype production that promises to bring advancements, not only to the Canadian community, but to the…
  • 3 Top Tech Inventions that will Revolutionize our Lives in 2015

    Elio Di Gregorio
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
      MAKO has had the privilege to have a guest blogger this week! We welcome Jenni Birch! Jenni Birch is a blogger and a self proclaimed tech geek. She has been covering tech innovations since she was a teenager and has over 55 blogs she follows for the latest news in the industry, with MAKO being one of them. She aims to someday be able to create her own invention that will leave a great impact to our society. Read the exclusive piece she has written for MAKO Invent below!   Photo Credit: Prepayasyougo via Compfight cc     With the endless developments in the tech world,…
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