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Katie Cordrey is interested in EVERYTHING including the ways that we achieve a high tech - high touch balance in our lives.
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I own, and know how to use, a chainsaw.
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Being an entrepreneur. I think Andy Warhol was on to something when he said, "Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art."
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Digitally-Tossed Pet Treats
Digitally-Tossed Pet Treats
iCPooch Treat Dispenser Tames Terrified Terriers and Other Pets
The Internet-enabled iCPooch treat dispenser lets absentee pet owners alleviate their guilt and their pet’s separation anxiety by tossing them a treat from a distance. It installs wirelessly and... MORE
Scannable Headstones
Scannable Headstones
These QR Code Headstones Give a Virtual Connection to Those Departed
Scannable QR code headstones are beginning to displace traditional obituaries and memorial halls. In China, where paying respects to ancestors holds more cultural significance than it does in other... MORE
Stocking Seats
Stocking Seats
No Nonsense Pantyhose Recycling Turns Leggings into Park Benches
Using old pantyhose to stake tomato plants and make sachets is not going to do the trick when stockings are no longer suitable for wearing; this is where the No Nonsense pantyhose recycling program comes… MORE
Smelling Distance Ads
Smelling Distance Ads
Siose Antiperspirant Roll-on Deodorant for Men Posts Pit-Level Promos
Ads for Siose Antiperspirant Roll-on Deodorant for Men have been strategically installed on bus doors in China, where they are being exposed to the arm pits of passengers grasping the handrail above their… MORE
Convertible-Making PSAs
Convertible-Making PSAs
Colorado State Patrol Ad Reminds Drivers to Keep Their Heads
With a message that reads, "You can turn any car into a convertible. Tailgating a truck can turn any car into a convertible," this Colorado State Patrol ad is designed for impact in order to make drivers… MORE
Two-Wheeled Timepiece Sculptures
Two-Wheeled Timepiece Sculptures
Dan Tanenbaum Crafts Intricate Watch Parts Motorcycles
After seeing some miniature watch parts motorcycles online and then learning the two-wheeled treasures were not for sale, Ontario artist Dan Tanenbaum, a compulsive watch-collector with a nagging need… MORE
Mushroom Bricks
Mushroom Bricks
Mycroform Molds Shape Fungi-Based Building Material into Blocks
If the idea takes off, fungi-based building material may help alleviate the often difficult to recycle toxic and hazardous byproducts of today's construction industry while providing an abundant supply… MORE
Agrarian Art Installations
Agrarian Art Installations
Running Fruit Ladders Project Puts Focus on Family Farms
Running Fruit Ladders is a large, roving public art installation that celebrates small farms in the Oregon/Washington Columbia River Gorge. John Maher is the artist behind the project and hopes to engage… MORE
Mobile Music Makers
Mobile Music Makers
Mason Jar Music Turns Empty Buildings into Recording Studios
Mason Jar Music Company turned the problem of under-capitalization into a challenge that it met by using abandoned buildings as music recording space. The start-up was looking for a recording space with… MORE
Socially Networked Crime Sprees
Socially Networked Crime Sprees
Police Warn About Theft by Flash Robs
Flash robs are on the rise and that has a lot of retailers worried. Using the same social media and networking technologies used for other flash mob activities like dancing and political protest, flash… MORE
Anti-Assault Protests
Anti-Assault Protests
SlutWalks are a Response to Attitudes About Rape
SlutWalk protest marches began in April of 2011 in Toronto, Canada, and are now an international movement of rallies in cities worldwide. The SlutWalk started as a response to January 2011 comments by… MORE
Comfy Canopy-Covered Camping
Comfy Canopy-Covered Camping
Sleep Off the Ground Without Bug Bites in the Netted Cocoon Hammock
For anyone who has ever camped out in Florida’s Everglades or Washington State’s Mosquito Lake, the value of this netted cocoon hammock will be immediately clear. Not only will the hammock lift you off… MORE
Portable Poultry Pens
Portable Poultry Pens
The Little Egg Chicken Tractor is a Coop That is Easy to Move
The Little Egg Chicken Tractor is a great choice for small-scale chicken ranchers who want a compact, easy-to-use hen house that can also help fertilize their lawns. Not only will laying hens and crowing… MORE
Drinking Fountain-Finding Apps
Drinking Fountain-Finding Apps
The We Tap Smartphone App Keeps Public H2O Locations in Sync
Thanks to a partnership between Google and the Pacific Institute, an open-source drinking fountain app called We Tap that allows users to find and share the locations of public water fountains is under… MORE
Stone-Cold Drink Chillers
Stone-Cold Drink Chillers
Scotch Rocks Make Drinking Scotch on the Rocks a Literal Experience
Scotch Rocks are hand-cut granite stones polished to mirrorlike perfection, but unlike other stone drink-chilling cubes, Scotch Rocks are packaged in a unique branded wooden box with a sliding top. The… MORE
BYOB-Based Stores
BYOB-Based Stores
Portland's Yellow Shelf Project Has Products for Your Empty Containers
The Yellow Shelf Project provides yellow shelves to retailers willing to stock them with locally made, waste-free, toxin-free products that customers take home in their own containers. Everything from… MORE
Solar-Powered Web Hosting
Solar-Powered Web Hosting
MyEco Server Provides Carbon-Free State-of-the-Art Green Data Center
MyEco Server offers the services of a reliable, solar-powered green data center called the Green Facility. The Green Facility is North America’s first data center that features a rainwater collection and… MORE
Pocket-Sized Geolocators
Pocket-Sized Geolocators
Find Pets, People or Possessions with the Garmin GTU 10 Tracker
If you need to keep track of people, pets or property, the Garmin GTU 10 may be just the gadget you need. Once the Garmin GTU 10 is paired with Garmin’s service via an online setup, the unit will report… MORE
Speedy E-Bike Conversions
Speedy E-Bike Conversions
Seattle-Based Clean Republic Makes Eco Transportation Easy
In under two years, Seattle e-bike startup Clean Republic has gone from prototype to delivery of more than 1,000 units. Clean Republic is a garage-based company that markets an e-bike conversion kit for… MORE
No-Beat Heart Replacements
No-Beat Heart Replacements
Continuous-Flow Pumps Act as Total Artificial Heart
A total artificial heart was successfully implanted in a fatally ill 55-year-old patient in Texas. The device produced a continuous flow, was implanted in the space that the patient’s natural heart once… MORE
Split-Body Figures
Split-Body Figures
Paige Bradley's Expansion Sculpture Breaks Corporal Confinement
This Expansion sculpture opens the imagination and calls into question what we would be if we could break our worldly bounds to manifest our internal self in the world. It's the work of artist Paige Bradley,… MORE
Reinvented Landscapes
Reinvented Landscapes
12,000 Rain Gardens Campaign Builds Habitat and Protects Puget Sound
In the spirit of the phrase “if you have lemons, make lemonade,” it makes perfect sense for residents of Seattle and the nearby Olympic Peninsula, who receive between 36 and 52 inches of rain each year,… MORE
Glitzy Gay Rights Protests
Glitzy Gay Rights Protests
Code Pink Activists Glitter Bomb Tim Pawlenty
Tim Pawlenty , a U.S. Republican presidential hopeful, was in San Francisco conducting a book signing for his memoir, Courage to Stand, when activists dazzled him with a twinkling pink glitter bomb and… MORE
Bus-Riding Horses
Bus-Riding Horses
Seeing-Eye Ponies Use Mass Transit in Portland, Oregon
Miniature horses (a.k.a. seeing-eye ponies) have joined seeing-eye dogs as officially-recognized service animals in the United States and may soon be riding buses and trains with their owners in Portland,… MORE
Infographic Font Mazes
Infographic Font Mazes
Julian Hansen's So You Need a Typeface is a Font Decision Matrix
Julian Hansen is a 22-year-old graphic design student at the Danish School of Media and Journalism whose poster titled “So You Need a Typeface” was impressive enough to land him an article in Inspiration… MORE
Neighborhood  Energy Farms
Neighborhood Energy Farms
Community Solar Gardens are Sprouting Up Everywhere
Community Solar Gardens are an inventive way that everyone, regardless of housing type, can own solar panels. It doesn’t matter if their home is shaded by trees, part of an apartment complex, is on the… MORE
Color-Popping Fingertips
Color-Popping Fingertips
American Apparel's Limited Edition Neon Nail Polish for Summer
This summer’s eye-popping neon fashion colors aren’t just for clothes! American Apparel’s Limited Edition Neon Nail Polish is available in six explosive hues that include Neon Green, Neon Yellow, Neon… MORE
Intactivist Doinkle Activists
Intactivist Doinkle Activists
Initiative to Ban Circumcision on San Francisco's November Ballot
San Francisco has an active body politic and often leads the rest of the country in innovation and social change so it shouldn't come as a surprise that a group of San Francisco ‘intactivists’ has gathered… MORE
Opt-in Phone Directories
Opt-in Phone Directories
San Francisco's Phone Book Ban Could be the End of the Yellow Pages
San Francisco was the first city in the United States to ban plastic bags and it may also be the first to enact a phone book ban. The Board of Supervisors voted 10 to 1 to ban phone books from being delivered… MORE
Sea Garbage Harvests
Sea Garbage Harvests
European Fishermen Earn Cash for Ocean Trash
The EU is underwriting a pilot program that will let fishermen earn cash for ocean trash. If the plan works, it could not only help clean up the debris, but prevent the common practice of tossing up to… MORE
Life-Changing Brain Scans
Life-Changing Brain Scans
New Test Could Determine Consciousness in Vegetative Patients
There is a new test that may help determine whether consciousness in vegetative patients exists. By monitoring the way brains respond to sounds played through headphones, researchers are able to determine… MORE
Controversial Animal Research Ads
Controversial Animal Research Ads
RAT-HER Billboard Asks Who You Would Rather See Live
Recently, a number of pro-animal-research RAT-HER billboards were seen in Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore and Madison, Wisconsin. Funded by the nonprofit Foundation for Biomedical Research,… MORE
Pollution-Eating Buildings
Pollution-Eating Buildings
Smog-Bashing Architectural Veneers Wear Alcoa's EcoClean Skins
Alcoa Architectural Products has introduced a patent-pending architectural panel called Reynobond with EcoClean. Reynobond is a prepainted aluminum coil-coated panel. EcoClean is a proprietary superhydrophilic… MORE
High-Tech Bandages
High-Tech Bandages
The Heart Nanopatch Provides a Scaffold for Natural Tissue Rebuild
Researchers are using carbon nanofibers stitched with polymer mesh to make a heart nanopatch that allows nature to heal damaged heart tissue. The heart nanopatch creates a scaffold that heart cells populate… MORE
Youth-Centric Policy Proposals
Youth-Centric Policy Proposals
Paul Stern Wants the U.S. to Shift to Age-Weighted Voting
Paul Stern of the Ground Report has proposed that America implement age-weighed voting to give the young more power. Stern reasons that old people don’t have as of a stake in the future as do the young… MORE
Artery-Implanted Generators
Artery-Implanted Generators
Tiny Vascular Turbine Uses Blood Flow to Produce Power for Pacemakers
Swiss researchers have invented tiny vascular turbines that, when placed inside a human artery, can produce energy to power pacemakers and other critical medical devices. The vascular turbine could be… MORE

Featured Ideas

Recycled Feline Loungers
Recycled Feline Loungers
DIY Cardboard Cat Chaise is a Catastic Idea
Cats love cardboard boxes and cats love to sleep. Why not allow these two facts to culminate in the DIY production of an eco-friendly cardboard chaise lounge for your feline friends? The instructions… MORE
Evolving Planet Patterned Pots
Evolving Planet Patterned Pots
Potter Jim Whalen Creates One-of-a-Kind Ceramic Art
Potter Jim Whalen creates stunningly beautiful distinctive ceramic pots, lidded jars and vases from his North Carolina studio. The wheel-thrown pieces are burnished and coated with a thin layer of terra… MORE
Armless Rocking Chairs
Armless Rocking Chairs
Claudio Colucci's 'Dada' and 'Mini Dada' Fuse Fun with Function
Austrian-Italian designer Claudio Colucci and French editor Ligne Roset have teamed up to present the ‘Mini Dada’ fabric-covered rocking chair. This is a smaller version of the previously introduced… MORE
DIY Feline Entertainment
DIY Feline Entertainment
The 'Make Your Own Cat Toys' Book has Eco-Friendly Projects
"Make Your Own Cat Toys", is a book by Holly Tse that gives instructions for making about fifty eco-friendly cat toys that your feline friends will adore. Tse is also author of the blog, "Green Little… MORE
Dripping Graffiti Facades
Dripping Graffiti Facades
Craig Costello Sprays the Museum of Image and Sound
Craig Costello, aka KR or KRINK, street artist and founder of his handmade ink and spray company, recently painted the outside of The Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil as part of a new exhibit… MORE
Expandable Shelters
Expandable Shelters
Foldable Shippable Emergency Shelter by Can Koseoglu Design
The BoxTENT is a disaster shelter concept by Turkish-based Can Koseoglu Design. The portable flat-folding tent can be stored easily and transported so that dispatch to a disaster site can be easily accomplished.… MORE
ViewMaster-Inspired Ads
ViewMaster-Inspired Ads
New Zealand Eyelite Kiosks Show the World Though Others' Eyes
To promote Sky TV's Travel Channel offering, an ad agency turned New Zealand Eyelites into ViewMaster-like video viewers. The digital Eyelites show how the Travel Channel lets you see the world through… MORE
Golf Ball Pollution
Golf Ball Pollution
Loch Ness' Latest Discovery Has Nothing to Do With the Monster
During a scientific inspection in Loch Ness, Scotland a monstrous number of golf balls were discovered. Images of the discovery were taken by the Outland 1000 ROV. Scientists estimate upwards of 100,000… MORE
Anti-Consumerist Packaging
Anti-Consumerist Packaging
Generic No Frills Product Marketing Takes a Simple Route
I’ve noticed more and more generic brand items showing up on supermarket shelves.  Ostensibly, these products appeal to frugal shoppers looking to stretch their dollars during tough financial times. The… MORE
Cardboard Tree Huggers
Cardboard Tree Huggers
Life-Sized Cut-Outs To Promote Earth Hour Awareness in Australia
SBS (television) of Australia installed eco-vinyl clad recycled cardboard tree-hugger figures in Sydney parks to promote Earth Hour. A secondary intent of the viral marketing was to encourage the population… MORE
Ceramic Clothing
Ceramic Clothing
Actual Porcelain Shirt by Li Xiaofeng Created for Lacoste (UPDATE)
In June, Trend Hunter's Robin Currie told you about the Lacoste porcelain polo shirt by Li Xiaofeng. But here's the rest of the story: In addition to the pattern designed by world-class artist Li Xiaofeng,… MORE
Bottle Cap Lamps
Bottle Cap Lamps
The 'Captivate Light' by Luladot Repurposes Plastic Bottle Tops and Caps
The Captivate light by Luladot repurposes plastic bottle tops and caps for use in ambient lighting. By using different colored bottle caps, the user can change the color and pattern of the light. Bottle… MORE
Hybrid Power Plants
Hybrid Power Plants
Solar Assisting Conventional Fossil-Fuel Power in Florida
In Florida, the nation’s largest fossil-fuel power plant fired by natural gas is being fit with the world's second largest solar array in order to determine if conventional power generation to lower cost… MORE
Genetic Sequencing Art
Genetic Sequencing Art
Lynn Fellman's Personalized Portraits Map Your DNA
Artist Lynn Fellman creates science-inspired fine art. Her techniques are varied, but one popular commissioned item incorporates individual genome sequencing codes into portraiture. Fellman’s clients… MORE