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  • Hoverboard? Still in the Future

    NYT > U.S. Patent Office
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For the last 25 years, inventors like garage tinkerers, physics professors and engineers have been trying to make a hovering skateboard.
  • Stay at MIT or start your company? Five reasons to do both

    MIT News - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
    Nicole Estvanik Taylor | MIT Spectrum
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Not only is it possible to found one’s first company while at MIT, says Bill Aulet SM ’94 — it’s ideal. Aulet is co-director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, along with MIT Sloan faculty member and Innovation Initiative co-director Fiona Murray (who is featured in this month’s SPECTRVM). Founded in 1990 by Professor Edward Roberts, the Trust Center provides the expertise, support, and connections MIT students need to become effective entrepreneurs — including an extremely popular start-up accelerator capstone program…
  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

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

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

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

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

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The millions of people worldwide who suffer from the painful bladder disease known as interstitial cystitis (IC) may soon have a better, long-term treatment option, thanks to a controlled-release, implantable device invented by MIT professor Michael Cima and other researchers. In the mid-2000s, a urologist at Boston Children’s Hospital contacted Cima — at the behest of Institute Professor Robert Langer — with a plea: Could he develop an alternative treatment for IC? Treating the debilitating disease — which causes painful and frequent urination that can interrupt daily life —…
  • MIT D-Lab promotes rural community innovations in Guatemala with Soluciones Comunitarias

    Nancy Adams | D-Lab
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    On Oct. 1, MIT D-Lab officially began work with Guatemalan social enterprise Soluciones Comunitarias (SolCom) to develop scalable, market-based, local community innovations intended to alleviate some of the causes of endemic poverty in rural areas of Guatemala where there is a strong indigenous presence. "The cooperation between SolCom and D-Lab creates an opportunity for the people of Nebaj [Guatemala] to develop the kind of useful technologies and knowledge that can save time, reduce workload, and improve the welfare of families," comments Miguel Brito, SolCom’s president. Over the course…
  • D-Lab's Amy Smith joins Bill Gates on a panel addressing innovation

    Nancy Adams | D-Lab
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    On Wednesday, Oct. 8, D-Lab founder and co-director Amy Smith joined Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Arunachalam Muruganantham, founder of Jayaashree Industries (best known for designing a revolutionary, low-cost machine for making affordable sanitary napkins in India); and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health on a panel addressing innovation. The innovation session was the plenary panel for the Grand Challenges & Keystone Symposia Joint Scientific Session.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Not everyone has a lot of room to do any gardening and sometimes the standard indoor plants can seem a bit, well, tame. Go beyond the ubiquitous spider plants and bamboo! The main thing most people overlook when they are running tight is vertical space. With a Succulent Plant Living Wall Kit you can have a few square inches of garden to hang on a vertical space.
  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wham-O brings you the Hover Ball and they claim it is the only soccer ball that floats like magic. If we are splitting hairs—or in Wham-O’s case, balls—the Hover Ball is not a ball. It’s a half of a ball. And it doesn’t hover as much as it slides or glides. It may appear to float, but it doesn’t actually float. No magic involved. But Hover Ball is a soccer ball that is designed to be safe enough to play with in the house.
  • Haulers For Help: Ten More Trucks Of The People Of Walmart

    Motors.new
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Everyone loves the trucks of Walmart (with the possible exception of Tracy Morgan) but these ten custom pick-em-ups could drive even the most cheerful greeter to tears.
 
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

    Ron Callari
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .
  • SONY Gets Into The Car Parts Biz With A High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

    Motors.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    SONY, known for their groundbreaking Walkman music player and other innovative audiovisual devices, figures it's time to stop walking and get behind the wheel instead. Scheduled for mass-production in December of 2015, the IMX224MQV CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras is the company's first component approved for use in the commercial automotive sector.
  • In-Store Tailor Enlarges Pants Pockets For iPhone 6 Plus Customers

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

    Ron Callari
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.
  • When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

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

    Ron Callari
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Finally, coffee-lovers get their very own holiday, and vendors the world-over are using social media to capitalize on this special event with free 'Cups of Joe.' September 29th marks the day when caffeine-aholics get to celebrate their popular “social” beverage with complimentary deals being offered by some of their favorite baristas.
  • 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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  • Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener Stealthily Cracks Open Cold Ones

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

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

    Steve Levenstein
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Men's Peeler from Japan's Evolete is a kitchen veggie scraper that shaves the skin off your carrots in much the same manner as your fancy five-bladed razor leaves your cheeks as smooth as a baby's bottom.
  • Lumi Deco LED Light-up Nail Stickers Shine When Your Phone Rings

    Steve Levenstein
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Lumi Deco LED Light-up Nail Stickers are designed to respond to NFC waves emitted by Android devices, mobile wallet functions, and digital cash IC cards. No batteries required... where would you put them, anyway?
  • Seeker Seeks A Seat At The Energy Drink Bar

    Steve Levenstein
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Move over, Red Bull, a challenger from Japan is seeking to earn its wings in the increasingly crowded energy drink sector. Kobe-based Seeker Energy Drink eschews cans for bottles, is tinted a particularly brilliant shade of yellow, and could use a dash of copyediting before it's really ready for prime time.
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  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

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

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

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

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

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

    Ron Callari
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .
  • AU My! 50 Gold Taxicabs Take To The Streets Of Shanghai

    China.new
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to China, where the streets may not be paved in gold but the taxicabs that ply them sure do look golden! The first 50 cabs from Shanghai's new fleet of Chinese-made, gold painted TX4 “London Taxis” just hit the roads with another 150 on order.
  • Seeker Seeks A Seat At The Energy Drink Bar

    Steve Levenstein
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Move over, Red Bull, a challenger from Japan is seeking to earn its wings in the increasingly crowded energy drink sector. Kobe-based Seeker Energy Drink eschews cans for bottles, is tinted a particularly brilliant shade of yellow, and could use a dash of copyediting before it's really ready for prime time.
  • New 2017 Jaguar XE Will Have A Diesel Engine, Automatic Transmission

    Motors.new
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    A diesel engine in my Jaguar? It's more likely than you think, and it's a 4-cylinder motor to boot! Adding insult to perceived injury, when the U.S.-spec Jaguar XE finally debuts in late 2016, the only transmission option available will be automatic. Austin Powers weeps.
  • When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

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

    Motors.new
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Everyone loves the trucks of Walmart (with the possible exception of Tracy Morgan) but these ten custom pick-em-ups could drive even the most cheerful greeter to tears.
  • SONY Gets Into The Car Parts Biz With A High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

    Motors.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    SONY, known for their groundbreaking Walkman music player and other innovative audiovisual devices, figures it's time to stop walking and get behind the wheel instead. Scheduled for mass-production in December of 2015, the IMX224MQV CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras is the company's first component approved for use in the commercial automotive sector.
  • New Toyota Ponam-31 Sports Utility Cruiser Goes Where No Cars Have Gone Before

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

    Samantha Pankey
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The further you get away from a socket, the faster your phone dies. Doesn't that always seem to be the case? Well if you're getting further away from a socket longboarding on Chargeboard, then you don't ever have to worry about your phone dying.
  • Hazmat, Will Travel: The Top 8 Viral Vehicles Of Ebola

    Motors.new
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    These eight “cars of Ebola” may not be causes of Ebola... scratch that, they probably ARE and you want to stay far, far away from them. Do read on, though, as regardless of what panic-mongers might say it's not possible to contract Ebola from the internet. Or so the government tells us.
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  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

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

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

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever wanted to learn to ride a unicycle? Ever tried? It's hard. It's painfully hard sometimes. The Lunicycle gives you the same experience as a unicycle (minus the seat), however it's much easier to maintain your balance on the Lunicycle, and it won't take you months to learn to ride.
  • Create Tracks Or Highways With PlayTape. Chugga Chugga, Vroom, Vroom!

    Amber Leventry
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sometimes the best inventions come from the simplest ideas. Slice bread and then bag it? Genius. Markers that wash off of walls and clothes? Thank you! And now tape with highway or railroad track designs that can be used anytime and anywhere your kid wishes to drive their automobiles? Brilliant. Invented by InRoad Toys and made in the United States, PlayTape will soon be the best alternative to hard-to-put-together toy railroad and car track sets that come with too many pieces and too much frustration for little hands.
  • Samsung's New Galaxy TAb 4 NOOK Can Help Get Your Kids Reading More

    Brilliant
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Inspiring kids to read from an early age and keeping kids reading into adulthood is a daunting challenge. Leveraging some of  the features that the latest gadgets have to offer can help make reading easier and more fun for kids and help make meeting that challenge easier.  The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is a new gadget that can help your kids read and inspire them to read more. 
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  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • From Diaper Bags To Diaper Vests, DadGear Has Cool Manly Gear For Dads

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

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
  • The Ping Garment Innovation: Create Your Own Facebook Language

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Now you can stay connected with family and friends just by performing natural gestures. Read on to learn more about this high-tech, wearable innovation that may well revolutionize the world of geek-freak-chic communication.
  • Top 5 Totally Creepy But Inventive Looks You Will Want For Halloween

    Alicia Zuberbier
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Halloween is almost here, and that means it's time to start planning your Halloween costume. It can be tricky to come up with something new, but thankfully the internet provides plenty of creepy accessories and products, ensuring your Halloween look is one of a kind.And if you can't buy something creepy, you can always make something!
 
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  • Basepro Is More Than Just A Laptop Tray

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

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

    Nicholas.Greene
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ever wanted to play Destiny at a coffee shop? Got a hankering for Infamous: Second Son on the bus? You might want to get in touch with hardware modder Ed Zarick, then. He's turned Sony's immensely popular gaming console into a laptop - the Playbook 4.
  • Samsung's New Galaxy TAb 4 NOOK Can Help Get Your Kids Reading More

    Brilliant
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Inspiring kids to read from an early age and keeping kids reading into adulthood is a daunting challenge. Leveraging some of  the features that the latest gadgets have to offer can help make reading easier and more fun for kids and help make meeting that challenge easier.  The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is a new gadget that can help your kids read and inspire them to read more. 
  • HGST Announces World's First 10TB Hard Disk Drive

    Rey M.L.
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    HGST (formerly Hitachi) has combined two new drive technologies for a whopping 10,000GB of storage capacity within a single 3.5” frame. Slightly less cutting-edge 8 and 6TB models follow for the more conservative.
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  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
  • Gold Bugs Go Wild Over Golden Coin Covered Beetle

    Motors.new
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A VW New Beetle covered with over 10,000 gold-toned coins perfectly expresses the old maxim “when you've got it, flaunt it.” It also comes in handy when you hit a toll booth and find yourself short of small change.
  • HGST Announces World's First 10TB Hard Disk Drive

    Rey M.L.
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    HGST (formerly Hitachi) has combined two new drive technologies for a whopping 10,000GB of storage capacity within a single 3.5” frame. Slightly less cutting-edge 8 and 6TB models follow for the more conservative.
  • Want To Tend To Your Knitting With A Bowl Of Yarn?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Knitting has been around for many hundreds of years as a way to make clothing and other textile goods. Now it is mostly practiced by individuals as a hobby or as an independent artisan at craft fairs and on websites like Etsy. One of the universal problems knitters face is having that ball of yarn trying to make a sudden getaway. This can be a problem no more with the help of a Yarn Bowl.
  • Retro Christine Gaming PC Case Will Fill You With Fury

    Motors.new
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    What does a creative case modder and car enthusiast do when it's time to design a horrifyingly cool new gaming PC? He takes inspiration from Stephen King's 1983 novel and and the John Carpenter-directed movie Christine, of course, and builds a custom computer case that evokes King's demoniacally possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury.
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  • What Makes A Baby: A Book To Answer An Old Question In A New Way For All Families

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

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

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

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

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

    Josiah Motley
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Laptop trays are nice. They keep your legs from burning up and typically keep your laptop cooler by use of internal fans inside the tray. But, that's it. That's typically all they do. Sure, some have little odds and ends, like cup holders, but really, things like that are nothing but gimmicks. With the Basepro from Absolute, however, things get a lot more interesting.
  • SONY Gets Into The Car Parts Biz With A High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

    Motors.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    SONY, known for their groundbreaking Walkman music player and other innovative audiovisual devices, figures it's time to stop walking and get behind the wheel instead. Scheduled for mass-production in December of 2015, the IMX224MQV CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras is the company's first component approved for use in the commercial automotive sector.
  • Muku Shuttr Lets You Become A Grandmaster Of Smartphone Photography

    Josiah Motley
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    If you're looking for a device to really step your smartphone photography game up, look no further than the Muku Shuttr; the little peripheral that allows you to take hands-free pictures with your Android or Apple smartphone. The Shuttr was made possible thanks to their Kickstarter campaign that reached their goal in a little over a week. The Shuttr uses Bluetooth technology to pair with your device and allows for (almost) hands-free photography.
  • In-Store Tailor Enlarges Pants Pockets For iPhone 6 Plus Customers

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
  • Equil Smartpen 2 Lets You Take Digital Notes Anywhere

    Josiah Motley
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The Equil Smarpen 2 allows you to take notes on any sized notepad and have them digitally recreated. You can then edit the notes, add things, and email them to your colleagues and friends. The Smartpen 2 definitely saves you the inconvenience of having to haul your laptop around everywhere, but it probably isn't for everyone.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

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

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    For most of us one of the great joys of childhood was spending time in a swing. There was that feeling of flying as we swung forward and that moment of weightlessness as we reached the back of the arc that gave us thrills. We are older now and the swing is not quite the enchantment -- that is unless you add water. Enter the Waterfall Swing.
  • Twin Peaks’ Appointment TV Enters The Twittersphere

    Ron Callari
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Now you can stay connected with family and friends just by performing natural gestures. Read on to learn more about this high-tech, wearable innovation that may well revolutionize the world of geek-freak-chic communication.
  • Electronic Textile Innovation: Smart Fabrics Are Also Bullet-Proof

    M Dee Dubroff
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    Electronic textiles are the natural outgrowth of the wearable technology explosion, but problems with their creation concern durability and washable capacities. Read on to learn more about one innovative solution devised by researchers at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • The BB.Suit: High-Tech Garment Purifies Surrounding Air

    M Dee Dubroff
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    An innovative collaboration of Dutch designers and researchers has presented an incredible garment at Beijiing Designer Week  that purifies the air surrounding the wearer. Read on to learn more about some amazing advances in cold plasma technology.
  • Invasive Jewelry Controls Body Energy: Innovative Fashion Accessories

    M Dee Dubroff
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    An industrial designer by the name of Naomi Kizhner  has created a most unusual concept for innovative jewelry known as Energy Addicts. The jewelry taps into body movements which are then converted into an energy source. Read on to learn more about this fascinating line of unique accessories.
 
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  • Forget The Unicycle, Try Lunicycle

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever wanted to learn to ride a unicycle? Ever tried? It's hard. It's painfully hard sometimes. The Lunicycle gives you the same experience as a unicycle (minus the seat), however it's much easier to maintain your balance on the Lunicycle, and it won't take you months to learn to ride.
  • Organize Your Water And Sports Bottles With ZERO G Bottle Belt

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Open your Tupperware drawer. Odds are, it's a cluttered mess like the rest of the world's Tupperware drawers. If you're a gym goer, a cyclist, Crossfitter, athlete or just someone who likes to take a cup of coffee to work, some of that mess probably consists of bottles. That's where the ZERO G Bottle Belt comes in. It was designed to organize your water and sports bottles as well as your travel mugs and anything else that will fit.
  • Enhance Your Pushup Workouts With pushXpro

    Samantha Pankey
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you're looking to start a workout program or are searching for ways to spice up your current program, the pushXpro may be a piece of workout equipment worth looking into. pushXpro is a new tool that takes the push-up to the next level and is ideal for those who workout at home.
  • PowerWing: Cross Between A Scooter And A Ripstik

    Samantha Pankey
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The holidays are right around the corner. Ok, maybe Christmas is more than two months away, but it's never too early to start shopping when you see a great gift. Razor's PowerWing, which looks like a cross between a scooter and a Ripstik, may just be the perfect gift for the kids.
  • Fit Plus Wear: Clothing Tailored For Your Fitness Needs

    Samantha Pankey
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When shopping for workout clothes, style is, of course, important. Things like comfort, compression, cell phone logistics and how your butt looks are also important. The designers of Fit Plus Wear took all of these things into consideration when designing their line of workout clothing.
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  • Want To Pick Your Own Food In The City?

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

    Steve Levenstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    There's nothing like a cold beer or soda pop to settle one's nerves after a ninja attack, and there's nothing like the Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener from Japan's Evolete to quickly and quietly pop the tops off those frosty bottles.
  • Organize Your Water And Sports Bottles With ZERO G Bottle Belt

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Open your Tupperware drawer. Odds are, it's a cluttered mess like the rest of the world's Tupperware drawers. If you're a gym goer, a cyclist, Crossfitter, athlete or just someone who likes to take a cup of coffee to work, some of that mess probably consists of bottles. That's where the ZERO G Bottle Belt comes in. It was designed to organize your water and sports bottles as well as your travel mugs and anything else that will fit.
  • Purify Your Water And Illuminate Your Tent With Bottlelight

    Samantha Pankey
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When camping, you can only bring a limited amount of equipment, so it helps if that equipment can perform more than one task. Bottlelight, designed by Christoph Kuppert, is not only a water bottle. It is an area light, and it purifies your water while it provides that light.
  • Want To Mark Wedding Anniversaries With Aging Wines?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    When it comes to wedding presents, I like to get away from the bride's list and find something more unusual and creative to give the happy couple. I prefer to do the same sort of thing for anniversary gifts. This Anniversary Wine Box is just that sort of gift. It is fun, unique, and you can personalize it with your own messages of glad tidings. And the couple will remember you fondly on their anniversary for years.
 
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  • Innovative Video Conferencing Platforms Can Help Your Small Business Save Money And Grow

    Brilliant
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    While some businesses struggled with the recent economic downturn, savvy business owners flourished and used tough business conditions to expand their businesses. One way that business owners can get a competitive advantage and grow their businesses is to look for smart ways to save on business costs. One area of opportunity to save is to be smarter is using business communication technologies like video conferencing.
  • Calling All Developers: The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Is Now Available!

    Nicholas.Greene
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Good news, everyone! Oculus VR has just recently announced the release of the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. They've packed in some pretty sweet features this time around; anyone who's interested in making virtual reality games should be very, very excited.
  • The Story Of Indie Video Game Rime Is Proof That Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

    Nicholas.Greene
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Independent developer Raúl Rubio Munárriz's game Rime was inspired by a rather harrowing experience. Apparently, when on vacation in the Mediterranean with his girlfriend, he almost drowned. Just goes to show, you can draw inspiration from just about anywhere, if you know where to look.
  • Twitter Scavenger Hunt, Social Experiment For Paying-It-Forward

    Ron Callari
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    New Yorkers and tourists are scouring the boroughs of New York City this weekend in a massive treasure huntcreated by a California millionaire and self-proclaimed 'philanthropist-for the-people' Jason Buzi. Started in San Francisco, it's a viral campaign that is prompted by posted clues on the Twitter account @HiddenCash to direct people to where Buzi buried some cash.
  • Research Is THE Key Step To Strengthen Your Business Ideas

    Rachel Jackson
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    Have an invention or business idea that you think can be successful? Invest in research to save yourself money and energy, protect your ego, and be “in the know”. Be prepared with a solid hold on all the pros and cons surrounding your idea. Here are some resources to help you uncover pertinent facts that will either torch your initial hunches or give them strength.
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  • Want A Garden On Your Wall?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Not everyone has a lot of room to do any gardening and sometimes the standard indoor plants can seem a bit, well, tame. Go beyond the ubiquitous spider plants and bamboo! The main thing most people overlook when they are running tight is vertical space. With a Succulent Plant Living Wall Kit you can have a few square inches of garden to hang on a vertical space.
  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    You and a couple of friends are hanging out together and you decide that you want to play a board game. All three of you are in the mood for a rousing (?) game of chess but who has to sit out on deck for a few hours? What to do? Well, odd as it seems all you need to do is get this intriguing Three Player Circular Chess set. The game play manages to retain all of the rules and strategies of classic chess.
  • Want To Pick Your Own Food In The City?

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    You know the drill -- checking your pits before you leave the house and if you don't pass out from the stench you figure you are probably good to go. Of course you plaster on some deodorant to prevent such blackouts, but how many chemicals are you getting into each time you do that? Worse -- what if you have a serious sensitivity to those chemicals. Well, you can get this cool Make Your Own Deodorant Kit.
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  • Want To Play With The Walking Dead This Halloween?

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

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

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

    Jill Harness
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    "You're so vain, you probably want a selfie sombrero," would probably be a line to the classic Carly Simon song if she wrote it in modern times. And indeed, you have to be pretty darn vain to wear something so ugly and so cumbersome solely to take pictures of yourself.
  • 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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  • Basepro Is More Than Just A Laptop Tray

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

    Josiah Motley
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    If you're looking for a device to really step your smartphone photography game up, look no further than the Muku Shuttr; the little peripheral that allows you to take hands-free pictures with your Android or Apple smartphone. The Shuttr was made possible thanks to their Kickstarter campaign that reached their goal in a little over a week. The Shuttr uses Bluetooth technology to pair with your device and allows for (almost) hands-free photography.
  • Equil Smartpen 2 Lets You Take Digital Notes Anywhere

    Josiah Motley
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The Equil Smarpen 2 allows you to take notes on any sized notepad and have them digitally recreated. You can then edit the notes, add things, and email them to your colleagues and friends. The Smartpen 2 definitely saves you the inconvenience of having to haul your laptop around everywhere, but it probably isn't for everyone.
  • Samsung's New Galaxy TAb 4 NOOK Can Help Get Your Kids Reading More

    Brilliant
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Inspiring kids to read from an early age and keeping kids reading into adulthood is a daunting challenge. Leveraging some of  the features that the latest gadgets have to offer can help make reading easier and more fun for kids and help make meeting that challenge easier.  The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is a new gadget that can help your kids read and inspire them to read more. 
  • Is Your Mate Cheating? Your Child Stealing? Find Out With A Home Lie Detector Test Kit

    Must Love Gadgets
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are several lie detector games available, even many that are downloadable as apps for smart phones.  But the Home Lie Detector Test Kit now selling at Hammacher Schlemmer is not a game.  It's probably as close as a home lie detector kit comes to mirroring what law enforcement actually uses to measure physiological changes in our bodies that occur when we lie.  This portable Home Lie Detector Test...
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  • Want To Use A Bicycle As A Blood Centrifuge?

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

    Alicia Zuberbier
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    South Africa is the rape capital of the world, and one woman wanted to change that. Blood technician Sonnet Ehlers worked with many rape victims and after hearing one patient say she wished she had teeth down there, Ehlers created Rape-aXe, a condom that fights back against attackers. Could this be the solution to South Africa's rape epidemic?
  • Invisible Wearable Skin Sensor: Saves You From Dry Skin And Heart Attacks

    Ellen Dudley
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    An almost invisible, wearable medical device that monitors your cardiovascular health, and lets you know when you need to moisturize your skin, has been invented. This ‘epidermal’ photonic sensor is also a potentially cheap alternative to the expensive infrared technology currently used in hospitals.
  • Coming Soon: Bionic Hands, Knees And Ankles

    Ellen Dudley
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    When The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man series were aired on television, the bionics parts were still in the imagination of writers and producers and viewers. Now a bionic arm is close to becoming a reality (except for the fact that it's not really bionic, because it doesn't have any sensory, motor or electronic capabilities). The technology is in fact a basic pulley system, implanted in a human hand, to allow for a more natural grasping function while using less muscle energy.
  • Increase Your Odds Of Conception By 20% At Home With Stork

    Ellen Dudley
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    The Stork is a drug-free device that helps you to conceive from the comfort of your own home. Today it's available to buy over-the-counter in US pharmacies. It consists ofa  "conceptacle", worn by the male during sexual intercourse to collect semen, and an applicator that delivers this semen to the cervix after intercourse.
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  • Fear Wheel Drive: The Top Ten Most Frighteningly Named Cars

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

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

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

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

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
 
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  • Want A Garden On Your Wall?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Not everyone has a lot of room to do any gardening and sometimes the standard indoor plants can seem a bit, well, tame. Go beyond the ubiquitous spider plants and bamboo! The main thing most people overlook when they are running tight is vertical space. With a Succulent Plant Living Wall Kit you can have a few square inches of garden to hang on a vertical space.
  • Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener Stealthily Cracks Open Cold Ones

    Steve Levenstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    There's nothing like a cold beer or soda pop to settle one's nerves after a ninja attack, and there's nothing like the Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener from Japan's Evolete to quickly and quietly pop the tops off those frosty bottles.
  • Is Your Mate Cheating? Your Child Stealing? Find Out With A Home Lie Detector Test Kit

    Must Love Gadgets
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are several lie detector games available, even many that are downloadable as apps for smart phones.  But the Home Lie Detector Test Kit now selling at Hammacher Schlemmer is not a game.  It's probably as close as a home lie detector kit comes to mirroring what law enforcement actually uses to measure physiological changes in our bodies that occur when we lie.  This portable Home Lie Detector Test...
  • Want This Way Cool Cold Drip Coffee Maker?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    If there is one thing that the people of this country are addicted to (legally) it is the brew of the bean -- coffee. If you don't believe me all you have to do is look at the proliferation of coffee houses all over the place. For the true coffee connoissieur finding a way to brew their own can become an obsession. Search no more. This Yama Glass Cold Drip Coffee Maker not only makes an excellent, low-acid cuppa Joe, but is also a great way to dress up a special corner of your kitchen.
  • Men's Peeler Ensures Your Veggies Are Skin & Hair Free

    Steve Levenstein
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Men's Peeler from Japan's Evolete is a kitchen veggie scraper that shaves the skin off your carrots in much the same manner as your fancy five-bladed razor leaves your cheeks as smooth as a baby's bottom.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

    Ron Callari
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .
  • SONY Gets Into The Car Parts Biz With A High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

    Motors.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    SONY, known for their groundbreaking Walkman music player and other innovative audiovisual devices, figures it's time to stop walking and get behind the wheel instead. Scheduled for mass-production in December of 2015, the IMX224MQV CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras is the company's first component approved for use in the commercial automotive sector.
  • Want To Pick Your Own Food In The City?

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

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
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  • In-Store Tailor Enlarges Pants Pockets For iPhone 6 Plus Customers

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

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

    Steve Levenstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    There's nothing like a cold beer or soda pop to settle one's nerves after a ninja attack, and there's nothing like the Thirsty Ninja Bottle Opener from Japan's Evolete to quickly and quietly pop the tops off those frosty bottles.
  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
  • Hazmat, Will Travel: The Top 8 Viral Vehicles Of Ebola

    Motors.new
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    These eight “cars of Ebola” may not be causes of Ebola... scratch that, they probably ARE and you want to stay far, far away from them. Do read on, though, as regardless of what panic-mongers might say it's not possible to contract Ebola from the internet. Or so the government tells us.
 
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  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

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

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

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

    M Dee Dubroff
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    An innovative collaboration of Dutch designers and researchers has presented an incredible garment at Beijiing Designer Week  that purifies the air surrounding the wearer. Read on to learn more about some amazing advances in cold plasma technology.
  • Invasive Jewelry Controls Body Energy: Innovative Fashion Accessories

    M Dee Dubroff
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    An industrial designer by the name of Naomi Kizhner  has created a most unusual concept for innovative jewelry known as Energy Addicts. The jewelry taps into body movements which are then converted into an energy source. Read on to learn more about this fascinating line of unique accessories.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

    Ron Callari
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .
  • In-Store Tailor Enlarges Pants Pockets For iPhone 6 Plus Customers

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • Organize Your Water And Sports Bottles With ZERO G Bottle Belt

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Open your Tupperware drawer. Odds are, it's a cluttered mess like the rest of the world's Tupperware drawers. If you're a gym goer, a cyclist, Crossfitter, athlete or just someone who likes to take a cup of coffee to work, some of that mess probably consists of bottles. That's where the ZERO G Bottle Belt comes in. It was designed to organize your water and sports bottles as well as your travel mugs and anything else that will fit.
  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

    Ron Callari
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.
  • Fear Wheel Drive: The Top Ten Most Frighteningly Named Cars

    Motors.new
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    From Corolla to CTS to the cold hard numbers denoting BMW's and Benz's offerings, today's vehicle names don't do much to speed the pulse. It wasn't always this way, however, and to prove it here are ten scary car names that really got our hearts pumping.
  • Seeker Seeks A Seat At The Energy Drink Bar

    Steve Levenstein
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Move over, Red Bull, a challenger from Japan is seeking to earn its wings in the increasingly crowded energy drink sector. Kobe-based Seeker Energy Drink eschews cans for bottles, is tinted a particularly brilliant shade of yellow, and could use a dash of copyediting before it's really ready for prime time.
  • New 2017 Jaguar XE Will Have A Diesel Engine, Automatic Transmission

    Motors.new
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    A diesel engine in my Jaguar? It's more likely than you think, and it's a 4-cylinder motor to boot! Adding insult to perceived injury, when the U.S.-spec Jaguar XE finally debuts in late 2016, the only transmission option available will be automatic. Austin Powers weeps.
 
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Steve Levenstein
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Men's Peeler from Japan's Evolete is a kitchen veggie scraper that shaves the skin off your carrots in much the same manner as your fancy five-bladed razor leaves your cheeks as smooth as a baby's bottom.
  • Innovative Digitally Knitted Football Boots Fit Like A Glove: Wow!

    M Dee Dubroff
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    New materials and techniques made possible through advances in technology are leading to highly specialized sportswear designs, particularly in shoe-wear for the football industry. Consider the world's first pair of digitally knitted football boots that are pushing both technoogy and creativity to unimagined levels.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Mudage Jolie Body Hair Thinner Reduces Leg and Chest Hair

    Alicia Zuberbier
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Body hair is coming back into style, and most women admit they like a man with some hair on his chest. Maybe you feel like you're wearing a sweater all year round, though. If you need to thin out your thicket of body hair, the Mudage Jolie comb-like contraption might be your solution. This hair thinner will remove some of your body hair, while leaving enough so you still feel like a manly lumberjack.
  • Men's Sheer Bra T-shirt Brings Lingerie Out Of The Shadows

    Steve Levenstein
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Men's Sheer Bra T-shirt emblazons the shadowy image of a black bra across the back. Sold online by Japan's Village Vanguard, the subversive shirt sold out almost immediately after being listed due to unexpected demand.
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  • Haulers For Help: Ten More Trucks Of The People Of Walmart

    Motors.new
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Everyone loves the trucks of Walmart (with the possible exception of Tracy Morgan) but these ten custom pick-em-ups could drive even the most cheerful greeter to tears.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Many cities are faced with what to do about the problem of homeless people. Some are ignoring the issue and hoping it will go away. Others have gone on the offensive to make it hard for the homeless to find respite hoping that they will go away. The city of Vancouver, British Columbia has taken a simple and more compassionate step by creating benches that can double as shelters for the homeless.
  • My New BFF: Be Forever Furless (Brush)

    Lady Bee
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I really enjoy grooming my cats and dogs and I think they like it too - mostly they love the attention. The thing I really hate, though, is having to 'groom' myself after I'm done grooming them.  And it's not just me; the whole house gets full of their fur.  Tempted by its great reviews, I recently gave in to purchasing a BFF - Be Forever Furless fur and lint remover brush.
 
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  • With Nomad You Can Have A Hot Bath When Camping

    Samantha Pankey
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As camping season is winding down in most parts of the country, if you planning that one last outdoor adventure, you may want to look into the Nomad Collapsible Tub. With the Nomad, you won't have to sacrifice the comforts of a nice warm bath while exploring the great outdoors.
  • Hang Out In The Trees With Roomoon Hanging Tent

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

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

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

    Samantha Pankey
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Planning a camping trip? A hike? Need a GPS? No need to spend hours researching GPS devices and hundreds of dollars on the device itself, when you can just download an app. The ViewRanger app can be downloaded onto your smartphone or device, and it turns that device into a back country guide.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

    Ron Callari
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .
  • SONY Gets Into The Car Parts Biz With A High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

    Motors.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    SONY, known for their groundbreaking Walkman music player and other innovative audiovisual devices, figures it's time to stop walking and get behind the wheel instead. Scheduled for mass-production in December of 2015, the IMX224MQV CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras is the company's first component approved for use in the commercial automotive sector.
  • In-Store Tailor Enlarges Pants Pockets For iPhone 6 Plus Customers

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
  • New Jewelry Fad: Innovative Exhibit Evokes Out of Body Experiences

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
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  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kim Patterson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Can't enjoy the icy blast of AC with the kids complaining about the heat from the back seat? The Noggle is an easy to install and easy to use device to get the cool air to the backseat quicker.
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  • Basepro Is More Than Just A Laptop Tray

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Not everyone has a lot of room to do any gardening and sometimes the standard indoor plants can seem a bit, well, tame. Go beyond the ubiquitous spider plants and bamboo! The main thing most people overlook when they are running tight is vertical space. With a Succulent Plant Living Wall Kit you can have a few square inches of garden to hang on a vertical space.
  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

    Amber Leventry
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wham-O brings you the Hover Ball and they claim it is the only soccer ball that floats like magic. If we are splitting hairs—or in Wham-O’s case, balls—the Hover Ball is not a ball. It’s a half of a ball. And it doesn’t hover as much as it slides or glides. It may appear to float, but it doesn’t actually float. No magic involved. But Hover Ball is a soccer ball that is designed to be safe enough to play with in the house.
  • Haulers For Help: Ten More Trucks Of The People Of Walmart

    Motors.new
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Everyone loves the trucks of Walmart (with the possible exception of Tracy Morgan) but these ten custom pick-em-ups could drive even the most cheerful greeter to tears.
  • Want To Play Chess In The Round?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    You and a couple of friends are hanging out together and you decide that you want to play a board game. All three of you are in the mood for a rousing (?) game of chess but who has to sit out on deck for a few hours? What to do? Well, odd as it seems all you need to do is get this intriguing Three Player Circular Chess set. The game play manages to retain all of the rules and strategies of classic chess.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

    Ron Callari
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.
  • When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

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

    Ron Callari
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Finally, coffee-lovers get their very own holiday, and vendors the world-over are using social media to capitalize on this special event with free 'Cups of Joe.' September 29th marks the day when caffeine-aholics get to celebrate their popular “social” beverage with complimentary deals being offered by some of their favorite baristas.
  • 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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  • Invisible Wearable Skin Sensor: Saves You From Dry Skin And Heart Attacks

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

    Ellen Dudley
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    A recent study published in the September issue of the Journal Sleep, suggests that skipping a few hours sleep can affect the number of sick days you take. And sleeping too many hours can also affect your work attendance. So what to do about it if you are one of those people who isn't getting enough sleep? Or sleeping too much? Aha, now there's an app for that: Digipill. 
  • 3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

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

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

    M Dee Dubroff
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.
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  • Electronic Textile Innovation: Smart Fabrics Are Also Bullet-Proof

    M Dee Dubroff
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    Electronic textiles are the natural outgrowth of the wearable technology explosion, but problems with their creation concern durability and washable capacities. Read on to learn more about one innovative solution devised by researchers at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • China's Most Watched Intersection Fades To Black

    China.new
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    And then there were none... a street intersection in Qingdao, China notorious for its ridiculous cluster of 19 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras is suddenly, inexplicably, thankfully free from Big Brother's prying eyes.
  • Crime-Fighting Accessories: Attractive Wearable Tech Weapons

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

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

    M Dee Dubroff
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Harvard graduate, Grace Choi, has invented a 3-D prototype printer called Mink that enables users to print any form of makeup right from their home. Read on to learn more about this amazing wearable tech innovation.
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  • Top 5 Totally Creepy But Inventive Looks You Will Want For Halloween

    Alicia Zuberbier
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Halloween is almost here, and that means it's time to start planning your Halloween costume. It can be tricky to come up with something new, but thankfully the internet provides plenty of creepy accessories and products, ensuring your Halloween look is one of a kind.And if you can't buy something creepy, you can always make something!
  • Invisible Wearable Skin Sensor: Saves You From Dry Skin And Heart Attacks

    Ellen Dudley
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    An almost invisible, wearable medical device that monitors your cardiovascular health, and lets you know when you need to moisturize your skin, has been invented. This ‘epidermal’ photonic sensor is also a potentially cheap alternative to the expensive infrared technology currently used in hospitals.
  • Top 5 Favorite Inventive Makeups At Spring 2015 Fashion Week

    Alicia Zuberbier
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week recently ended in New York City, and the fashion world is all abuzz about the new spring and summer pieces. Yes, the clothes were gorgeous, but let's take a few moments to appreciate the epicness of the makeup. Runway shows are one of the few times makeup artists can go above and beyond tupical beauty makeup, and there were a few shows where they did just that.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

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

    Alicia Zuberbier
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    There are tons of clever and helpful beauty products on the market, but there are a few inventions women are still waiting for. Hopefully the cosmetic industry will hear our woes and help us out! Someone invent these products!
 
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  • Haulers For Help: Ten More Trucks Of The People Of Walmart

    Motors.new
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Everyone loves the trucks of Walmart (with the possible exception of Tracy Morgan) but these ten custom pick-em-ups could drive even the most cheerful greeter to tears.
  • Doggypack Dog Jacket To Arrive Just In Time For Cold Winter

    Lady Bee
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Everyone else gets to nuzzle with a heating pad; why not our pups? Whether your dog is extra-sensitive to cold or has arthritis, bone spurs, or other conditions that may require a special heat pack, you'll want to consider this thoughtfully made dog jacket.
  • Is Your Mate Cheating? Your Child Stealing? Find Out With A Home Lie Detector Test Kit

    Must Love Gadgets
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are several lie detector games available, even many that are downloadable as apps for smart phones.  But the Home Lie Detector Test Kit now selling at Hammacher Schlemmer is not a game.  It's probably as close as a home lie detector kit comes to mirroring what law enforcement actually uses to measure physiological changes in our bodies that occur when we lie.  This portable Home Lie Detector Test...
  • My New BFF: Be Forever Furless (Brush)

    Lady Bee
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I really enjoy grooming my cats and dogs and I think they like it too - mostly they love the attention. The thing I really hate, though, is having to 'groom' myself after I'm done grooming them.  And it's not just me; the whole house gets full of their fur.  Tempted by its great reviews, I recently gave in to purchasing a BFF - Be Forever Furless fur and lint remover brush.
  • Let's Talk Turkey: 9 Awesome Gadgets To Make Holiday Cooking Easier

    Must Love Gadgets
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Most home chefs are so pooped by the time they get to the dinner table, that it's hard for them to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Whether you're cooking turkey or a ham or roast for holliday meals, there are some new gadgets that should make your work easier and your dinner more yummy.
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  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

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

    Samantha Pankey
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever wanted to learn to ride a unicycle? Ever tried? It's hard. It's painfully hard sometimes. The Lunicycle gives you the same experience as a unicycle (minus the seat), however it's much easier to maintain your balance on the Lunicycle, and it won't take you months to learn to ride.
  • Organize Your Water And Sports Bottles With ZERO G Bottle Belt

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Open your Tupperware drawer. Odds are, it's a cluttered mess like the rest of the world's Tupperware drawers. If you're a gym goer, a cyclist, Crossfitter, athlete or just someone who likes to take a cup of coffee to work, some of that mess probably consists of bottles. That's where the ZERO G Bottle Belt comes in. It was designed to organize your water and sports bottles as well as your travel mugs and anything else that will fit.
  • Purify Your Water And Illuminate Your Tent With Bottlelight

    Samantha Pankey
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When camping, you can only bring a limited amount of equipment, so it helps if that equipment can perform more than one task. Bottlelight, designed by Christoph Kuppert, is not only a water bottle. It is an area light, and it purifies your water while it provides that light.
  • Cruise On Chargeboard, Then Charge Your Phone

    Samantha Pankey
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The further you get away from a socket, the faster your phone dies. Doesn't that always seem to be the case? Well if you're getting further away from a socket longboarding on Chargeboard, then you don't ever have to worry about your phone dying.
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  • Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

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

    M Dee Dubroff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Learn more about the work of Daniel Ramos Obregon and his innovative exhibit, Outrospecton:The Body and Mind. Although comprised primarily of porcelain body parts that are considered pieces of art, they may one day be adapted for jewelery and other fashion-related accessories.
  • Want A New Way To Know When Your Food Has Expired?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    There are times when expiration dates can be confusing and inaccurate. Sometimes they say "sell by" but don't tell you how long you have left. Others give you just a date and no explanation of what it means. Many foods last beyond the date. So the time may have come for Bump Mark. It is a way of telling if your package of food is still fresh without having to decipher the date. This way a label changes and becomes bumpy as the food ages.
  • Samsung Announces Curved 27” HD Monitor

    Rey M.L.
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    In what might become another fad, like 3D TVs were not too long ago, Samsung's latest PC monitor employs a slightly curved VA panel, improving ergonomics without comprising on features. Sort of.
  • The Ping Garment Innovation: Create Your Own Facebook Language

    M Dee Dubroff
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Now you can stay connected with family and friends just by performing natural gestures. Read on to learn more about this high-tech, wearable innovation that may well revolutionize the world of geek-freak-chic communication.
 
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  • Five Innovative Costume Ideas for a Geek-Freak-Chic Halloween

    M Dee Dubroff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's that time of year for ghosts, goblins, all things orange and  lunatics sporting long, sharp knives. Read on for  some do-it-yourself costume ideas for those specifically of the geek persuasion.
  • Twin Peaks’ Appointment TV Enters The Twittersphere

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

    China.new
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    And then there were none... a street intersection in Qingdao, China notorious for its ridiculous cluster of 19 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras is suddenly, inexplicably, thankfully free from Big Brother's prying eyes.
  • Siri v. Cortana - Who Gets The Last Laugh? (Videos)

    Ron Callari
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    For those who’ve been following the Siri versus Cortana ‘war of words’ on TV, you're most likely of the inclination that Apple dropped the ball with its iPhone 6 iteration -- because, Microsoft has been laughing all the way to the bank with its latest Windows smartphone commercials for the new HTC One®.
  • Social Media’s Looks Inside Outlanders’ Shot At Independence? (Update on Vote)

    Ron Callari
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does Starz network’s new TV series Outlanders set in the mid 1700s relate to modern-day social media? Well, aside from the trending tweets pertaining to the impending nuptials between the story’s lead characters, it’s really the descendants of those Outlanders and their current pursuit of independence that’s catching all the buzz.
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  • Hover Ball: A Ball Safe Enough To Play With In The House

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    You and a couple of friends are hanging out together and you decide that you want to play a board game. All three of you are in the mood for a rousing (?) game of chess but who has to sit out on deck for a few hours? What to do? Well, odd as it seems all you need to do is get this intriguing Three Player Circular Chess set. The game play manages to retain all of the rules and strategies of classic chess.
  • Want To Play With The Walking Dead This Halloween?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    There are a number of reasons that you may choose to stay in this Halloween, from bad weather to a touch of a cold. You can still have a good time though. Just plan a simple buffet of body parts with barbecue sauce, some Klingon blood wine, and some pistachio pudding (pus). Put The Monster Mash on the stereo. With just the family or a few close friends you can get out The Walking Dead Monopoly and have a totally creepy and scary time. Winner gets the Gummy Cockroach.
  • From The Modder Who Brought You The Xbox Laptop, Say Hello To The Playbook 4

    Nicholas.Greene
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ever wanted to play Destiny at a coffee shop? Got a hankering for Infamous: Second Son on the bus? You might want to get in touch with hardware modder Ed Zarick, then. He's turned Sony's immensely popular gaming console into a laptop - the Playbook 4.
  • Create Tracks Or Highways With PlayTape. Chugga Chugga, Vroom, Vroom!

    Amber Leventry
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sometimes the best inventions come from the simplest ideas. Slice bread and then bag it? Genius. Markers that wash off of walls and clothes? Thank you! And now tape with highway or railroad track designs that can be used anytime and anywhere your kid wishes to drive their automobiles? Brilliant. Invented by InRoad Toys and made in the United States, PlayTape will soon be the best alternative to hard-to-put-together toy railroad and car track sets that come with too many pieces and too much frustration for little hands.
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  • New Toyota Ponam-31 Sports Utility Cruiser Goes Where No Cars Have Gone Before

    Motors.new
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    If you're prone to stating “Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads,” either your name's Doc Brown or you're the proud owner of a new Toyota Ponam-31. This 31-ft long, twin-engined “sports utility cruiser” seats 12 comfortably and yes, as a matter of fact it IS a boat.
  • Hazmat, Will Travel: The Top 8 Viral Vehicles Of Ebola

    Motors.new
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    These eight “cars of Ebola” may not be causes of Ebola... scratch that, they probably ARE and you want to stay far, far away from them. Do read on, though, as regardless of what panic-mongers might say it's not possible to contract Ebola from the internet. Or so the government tells us.
  • Create Tracks Or Highways With PlayTape. Chugga Chugga, Vroom, Vroom!

    Amber Leventry
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Sometimes the best inventions come from the simplest ideas. Slice bread and then bag it? Genius. Markers that wash off of walls and clothes? Thank you! And now tape with highway or railroad track designs that can be used anytime and anywhere your kid wishes to drive their automobiles? Brilliant. Invented by InRoad Toys and made in the United States, PlayTape will soon be the best alternative to hard-to-put-together toy railroad and car track sets that come with too many pieces and too much frustration for little hands.
  • AU My! 50 Gold Taxicabs Take To The Streets Of Shanghai

    China.new
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to China, where the streets may not be paved in gold but the taxicabs that ply them sure do look golden! The first 50 cabs from Shanghai's new fleet of Chinese-made, gold painted TX4 “London Taxis” just hit the roads with another 150 on order.
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Flaunts Swarovski Crystal Headlights

    Motors.new
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Austrian crystal manufacturer Swarovski AG is helping put the “S” back in Mercedes-Benz' 2015 S-class coupe. A unique optional luxury package enhances each of the sleek coupe's full-LED headlights with 47 Swarovski cut-glass elements.
 
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  • From The Modder Who Brought You The Xbox Laptop, Say Hello To The Playbook 4

    Nicholas.Greene
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ever wanted to play Destiny at a coffee shop? Got a hankering for Infamous: Second Son on the bus? You might want to get in touch with hardware modder Ed Zarick, then. He's turned Sony's immensely popular gaming console into a laptop - the Playbook 4.
  • Three Monkeys Is A Game Made Entirely For The Blind - And It's Part Of A Burgeoning Genre

    Nicholas.Greene
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Video games are, above all, a visual experience. You wouldn't be wrong in thinking that fact precludes certain people from experiencing them - anyone with severely impaired vision, for instance. Now, however, there's a new camp of developers creating games designed entirely for the blind.
  • Want To Play PS4 Games On Your Smartphone? Sony's New Xperia Phone Can Do That

    Nicholas.Greene
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    One much-touted feature of the PS4 was Remote Play - the ability to stream games to a secondary device. Unfortunately, it didn't see much use - it was exclusive to the Vita. That's changed - Sony's unveiled a new Xperia phone with full support for streaming. Spoiler alert; it looks awesome.
  • Retro Christine Gaming PC Case Will Fill You With Fury

    Motors.new
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    What does a creative case modder and car enthusiast do when it's time to design a horrifyingly cool new gaming PC? He takes inspiration from Stephen King's 1983 novel and and the John Carpenter-directed movie Christine, of course, and builds a custom computer case that evokes King's demoniacally possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury.
  • Codemancer's A Game That'll Teach Kids About Programming And Inclusiveness

    Nicholas.Greene
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Codemancer might well be Rob Lockhart's magnum opus. A long-time educational game dev; the project was something he wanted to do for years - but never had the time or resources. It's a story about a little girl and her fox; it'll teach kids not only how to code, but how to be better people, as well.
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  • Siri v. Cortana - Who Gets The Last Laugh? (Videos)

    Ron Callari
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    For those who’ve been following the Siri versus Cortana ‘war of words’ on TV, you're most likely of the inclination that Apple dropped the ball with its iPhone 6 iteration -- because, Microsoft has been laughing all the way to the bank with its latest Windows smartphone commercials for the new HTC One®.
  • Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Not everyone has a lot of room to do any gardening and sometimes the standard indoor plants can seem a bit, well, tame. Go beyond the ubiquitous spider plants and bamboo! The main thing most people overlook when they are running tight is vertical space. With a Succulent Plant Living Wall Kit you can have a few square inches of garden to hang on a vertical space.
  • Haulers For Help: Ten More Trucks Of The People Of Walmart

    Motors.new
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Everyone loves the trucks of Walmart (with the possible exception of Tracy Morgan) but these ten custom pick-em-ups could drive even the most cheerful greeter to tears.
  • Want To Play Chess In The Round?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    You and a couple of friends are hanging out together and you decide that you want to play a board game. All three of you are in the mood for a rousing (?) game of chess but who has to sit out on deck for a few hours? What to do? Well, odd as it seems all you need to do is get this intriguing Three Player Circular Chess set. The game play manages to retain all of the rules and strategies of classic chess.
  • Want To Pick Your Own Food In The City?

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

    Laurie Kay Olson
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    You know the drill -- checking your pits before you leave the house and if you don't pass out from the stench you figure you are probably good to go. Of course you plaster on some deodorant to prevent such blackouts, but how many chemicals are you getting into each time you do that? Worse -- what if you have a serious sensitivity to those chemicals. Well, you can get this cool Make Your Own Deodorant Kit.
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  • Fit Plus Wear: Clothing Tailored For Your Fitness Needs

    Samantha Pankey
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When shopping for workout clothes, style is, of course, important. Things like comfort, compression, cell phone logistics and how your butt looks are also important. The designers of Fit Plus Wear took all of these things into consideration when designing their line of workout clothing.
  • When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

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

    Jill Harness
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    "You're so vain, you probably want a selfie sombrero," would probably be a line to the classic Carly Simon song if she wrote it in modern times. And indeed, you have to be pretty darn vain to wear something so ugly and so cumbersome solely to take pictures of yourself.
  • Rape-aXe: Anti-Rape Condom Helps Women Fight Back

    Alicia Zuberbier
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    South Africa is the rape capital of the world, and one woman wanted to change that. Blood technician Sonnet Ehlers worked with many rape victims and after hearing one patient say she wished she had teeth down there, Ehlers created Rape-aXe, a condom that fights back against attackers. Could this be the solution to South Africa's rape epidemic?
  • The iBag Innovation: Locks After Credit Limit is Hit

    M Dee Dubroff
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    Do you find yourself compelled to spend more money than you have? Are you in need of a not-so-gentle reminder that you have exceeded your credit limit? Met the iBag, Australia's answer to tracking credit card spending.
 
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  • Innovative Mom Makes Potty Training a Wiz!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kerry-Ann C
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    If you follow MAKO Invent here on the Invention Blog, or on Twitter, or Pinterest, or YouTube, you’d see we have a fondness for innovative and ground breaking industrial design. Though beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the designs we favour are a result of great industrial design and usually, an extremely driven individual. We stumbled across an interesting looking chair and after doing a bit of reading, discovered it was 3-D printed. That was interesting enough but to take it that much farther, it molds to your behind. Created by Dutch designer Lilian va Daal, the chair is said to…
  • Hello from the social media intern!

    Advita Madan
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
      Hello! This is Advita, signing in from MAKO Invent. It’s my first day as the social media and communications intern here and I was, embarrassingly enough, extremely late. Totally my fault, I was born directionally challenged and I’m afraid even Google Maps can’t save me. But I’m here now, and I’m extremely excited to be a part of this great team!   First impressions – I love the red walls, the lake view, and the music – yes there is music – which everyone works to. I’m a tad bit nervous I suppose, but also extremely optimistic about this new opportunity; one that…
  • The Polaroid is back, Industrial Design

    Kerry-Ann C
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    ‘Shake it like a Polaroid picture’ – Outcast When people hear about or see the brand ‘Polaroid’ the first thought is normally, ‘woah, they’re still alive?’. The Polaroid has been around for years and though a smaller in today’s market, is still very much alive.   Speaking of being alive, Polaroid just brought their new action camera to market. Though entering a crowded market, and competition against heavy hitters like GoPro, they may have an edge that was previously undiscovered. Called the ‘Cube’ it’s a small camera, targeted at the younger demographic who go to…
  • Product Design: Cover your lens with the Nope

    Kerry-Ann C
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    In today’s day and age, everyone is concerned about privacy. And with companies like i-Tunes being able to directly access your hardware (putting a whole album on a variety of iOS devices), it’s a very real concern.   My father once mentioned that he puts tape over the camera lens on his laptop and I, being a young person unconcerned with privacy, laughed at him. But now that I think about it, and if you do 10 minutes of research, you’d find that technology has evolved enough that it is possible. Anyone with a minor level of computer skill can hack into your computer and turn on…
  • Why inkster, Why Now?

    Andrew
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    How can I get discovered as an artist? How do you find inspiration? How do people find artwork? Can I actually make a living selling my art?   Being an independent artist and finding clients has never been an easy feat. That is where the term ‘starving artist’ comes from. Created by two independent artists, inkster sets out to cure that stereotype and give creatives a chance to get discovered.   inkster provides the ultimate experience for emerging artists to network and sell their work. Utilizing the social media features on inkster.com, you can grow your fan base while…
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