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Virtual Air Guitar
Virtual Air Guitar
We first published this article last December, but now there’s a video and that’s worth a revisit. Air Guitar is already based on the idea of ‘Pretending’, so why not extend the concept one step further? … MORE
Locust Folding Bike
Locust Folding Bike
Last year, TREND HUNTER featured an Origami Bike… Okay, I’m fooling nobody, it was my trend and now I am promoting it again… Either way, I was impressed to see this new folding bike from Locust. “Both… MORE
Modern Urinal Designs
Modern Urinal Designs
Spoon Urinal and Pale Ale
Urinals are disgusting. It's a fact. But now, new designs are helping to transform the urinal to a new level in modern design. The Spoon is a "unique derparture" from the traditional urinal. Look for… MORE
Giovannoni TimeSphere
Giovannoni TimeSphere
Alarm Clock with Floating Projector
Yes, you need to wake up every morning. Why not wake up to the time being projected on your roof or wall. That way you know how late you are when you sleep in. "Designed by the world reknown Stefano… MORE
Soccer Ball Vending Machine
Soccer Ball Vending Machine
Nike Joga3 in NYC
What’s new from Nike?  Soccer Ball Vending Machines!  At Chelsea Piers in NYC, balls are often lost after big goals are scored. Now, the game doesn’t have to stop.  I suppose the machines also cater to… MORE
Mini Ducati Motorcycle for the Kids
Mini Ducati Motorcycle for the Kids
Looking for new ways to spoil your loved ones? How about a 4.6 mph electric Ducati? The new Peg Parego Mini Ducati features removable stabilizers and 1 hour of battery life. Pricing is not yet available. MORE
Fiat Introduces Cellphone Line
Fiat Introduces Cellphone Line
Fiat has launched a branded line of cell phones. Each phone is stylish Fiat Blue, made of aluminum and branded with the Fiat logo. Like every phone these days, the Fiat phones will offer internet access,… MORE
Diamond-Covered Mercedes SL
Diamond-Covered Mercedes SL
Too Much Bling?
In what looks like too much Bling, this Mercedes SL was spotted in a recent overseas autoshow. A few months ago, an Audi A8 was made entirely out of Silver for the sheik in Dubai.. Is this something similar?… MORE
Santiago Chile the Happiest Place on Earth (Google Trends)
Santiago Chile the Happiest Place on Earth (Google Trends)
According to Google Trends, Santiago Chille has the HAPPIEST web users on Earth. Does your city place? Mexico City, San Fran, LA, and Brussels round out the top 5. This is based on who's searching for… MORE
Top 10 Loneliest Cities on Earth, Dublin is #1  (Google Trends)
Top 10 Loneliest Cities on Earth, Dublin is #1 (Google Trends)
According to Google Trends, Dublin has the loneliest web users on Earth. This is based on who's searching for "Lonely". Here are the Top 10 Loneliest cities: 1. Dublin Ireland 2. Melbourne Australia… MORE
Brits and US Dominate List of 10 Angriest Places on Earth (Google Trends)
Brits and US Dominate List of 10 Angriest Places on Earth (Google Trends)
According to Google Trends, Birmingham UK has the angriest web users on Earth. In fact, the UK and US dominate the Top 10 list. Maybe this will change after the world cup! This is based on who's searching… MORE
16 Year Old Produces Electricity from Magnetic Bacteria
16 Year Old Produces Electricity from Magnetic Bacteria
There's big money in science fairs. In fact, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, students can win $4 million of prizes. A Montreal student, Kartik Madiraju, has found a way to generate… MORE
Giant Slingshot: New Way to Space?
Giant Slingshot: New Way to Space?
"All space projects get into orbit pretty much the same way – by burning lots of rocket fuel, a spaceship powers itself past the sky. But what if there was a different approach? What if we could throw… MORE
Producer To Destroy His Own Carrera GT For Movie
Producer To Destroy His Own Carrera GT For Movie
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Eddie Griffin is starring in "Redline," an auto thriller that will feature the destruction of one of the producer's own Porsches. The film, shooting in Las Vegas and… MORE
Product Placement in Video Games
Product Placement in Video Games
Video game product placement is about to take off. Neilson suggests that the market will top off at around $75 million this year, but grow into a $1 billion market by 2010. In a recent Washington Post… MORE
Bazooka Explorer X 6
Bazooka Explorer X 6
An Origami Bike
I came across this bike in a random adventure in Vancouver last week. The bike folds up just like origami so you can carry it around under your arm, stick in your trunk, bring on the bus, stuff into a… MORE
Three Year Old Smokers
Three Year Old Smokers
Is This Our Future?
Over the last decade, North America has seen a drop in smoking, driven byaAnti-smoking campaigns, tougher legislation and a lack of cigarettes in the media. Accordingly, an image like this one instills… MORE
Chocolate Vodka Shots
Chocolate Vodka Shots
Tasty!
A perfect blend of Russian Vodka with the smoothest Elizabeth Shaw chocolate can be found in trendy tubes of Vodka Shots. Each large tube contains 24 succulent chocolates with neat, orange, vanilla and… MORE
130,000 Square Foot Skateboard Park New Jiangwan City China
130,000 Square Foot Skateboard Park New Jiangwan City China
I can't wait to go back to China so I can skateboard. "When Chinese officials conceived of New Jiangwan City - a "planned metropolis" on the outskirts of Shanghai - the centerpiece of downtown was supposed… MORE
Inspector Jackets
Inspector Jackets
The Espionage Coat Comes With a Wide Array of Gadgets Built In
Want to be a spy on the slopes? From decoding rails to documenting the destruction, the Ronin™ Espionage™ Jacket, complete with a low-profile custom digital camera, is the stealth solution for winter warfare.… MORE
Topsu Turvy: Hanging Garden from Felknor Ventures
Topsu Turvy: Hanging Garden from Felknor Ventures
"Thanks to a whole new direction in growing tomatoes, your crop will be bigger, better tasting, healthier, and easier to grow than ever before. You can water, feed, trim and harvest without bending or… MORE
Follow the Leader AI Robots That Will Freak You Out
Follow the Leader AI Robots That Will Freak You Out
"Robots may not invade anytime soon, but there's no denying that they're getting smarter. The ball-shaped ApriAlpha uses advanced voice-recognition technology to distinguish between voices coming from… MORE
Messiah Merlot
Messiah Merlot
Jesus Juice is Hoping To Be Ressurrected
"If you were looking forward to soon purchasing "Jesus Juice" wine, well, you'll have to wait a bit longer. The California couple who filed an application to trademark the term so that they could slap… MORE
Forza Hardpack Protective Backpack
Forza Hardpack Protective Backpack
The hard shelled Forza Hardpack will go well with your new Honda CBR F4, and it only costs $125. "The all-new 2006 Axio Forza Hardpack features aggressive aerodynamic styling, racing inspired graphics… MORE
iKuffs Stainless Steel Cufflinks with Neon Lights
iKuffs Stainless Steel Cufflinks with Neon Lights
Rave meets traditional fashion with electric iKuffs. iKuffsâ„¢, a creation born of a passion for fashion by Ivan Nogalo Jr. Having always been a fan of French cuffed shirts and cuff links, but not finding… MORE
Nike Mettle Watches: a Funky New Collection
Nike Mettle Watches: a Funky New Collection
Bright new watches from Nike challenge traditional style norms. The Mettle collection took a long time to research, design and build because these watches are in it for the long haul. They're geared specifically… MORE
Nike Mettle Watches: a Funky New Collection
Nike Mettle Watches: a Funky New Collection
Part 2
Part 2, same story... The Mettle collection took a long time to research, design and build because these watches are in it for the long haul. They're geared specifically to the needs of those who value… MORE
Medium Format Pinhole Lego Camera
Medium Format Pinhole Lego Camera
Lego has a new program online that lets you create anything you want using their Lego Digital Designer Software. However, if that's not hardcore enough for you, you can make your own working lego creations,… MORE
Nuclear War Proof Four Way Elastic Bands
Nuclear War Proof Four Way Elastic Bands
Officially titled ‘Boxbands’ these four way elastics bands sure look powerful.  However, the site loses its creativity when it explains the joke: “Sample shown above holding a... MORE
Snoop Dogg Hot Dogs
Snoop Dogg Hot Dogs
Rapper Snoop Dogg is leveraging his cool image by launching a new line of foot-long Snoop Doggs. His brother and business manager said, "Imagine a long, skinny hot dog, just like Snoop." I'm still not… MORE