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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

Robotic Exoskeletons
Robotic Exoskeletons
'Wearable Agrirobot' Power Suit Helps Farm Harvest & Pruning
The Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology has developed an agriculture robot suit tailored to the 40% of Japan’s farm workers who are over the age of 65. Shigeki Toyama, a professor in robotics… MORE
Power Net Oases
Power Net Oases
The Desert Cloud Project Creates a Mirage-Like Shade While Generating Power
Architects Matthew Johnson and Jason Logan have entered their Desert Cloud design in Dubai’s Land Art Generator Initiative competition. Desert Cloud is a series of net-like structures suspended between… MORE
Invisible Travel
Invisible Travel
Space-Time Cloak May Provide Invisibility and History-Altering Power
Scientists at the Imperial College of London think that, using metamaterials and some fancy math, a real-life space-time cloak may be possible. The space-time cloak would not only make objects invisible,… MORE
Lucite Furniture
Lucite Furniture
'Glacial Sofa' Would Be At Home in a House of Ice
The ‘Glacial Sofa’ brings visions of ice palaces to mind. I’m not usually drawn to Lucite as a material, but I like this. What I find interesting is the juxtaposition of materials: hard and soft; cool… MORE
Beach Cabin Compounds
Beach Cabin Compounds
Tiny House Zoning Challenge Pays Off in Washington State
Christian and Laurie Kazimir wanted to build tiny beach cabins on their Olympic Peninsula lot in Washington State, but they were told that each structure had to meet the building code’s minimum square… MORE
Blue Dog Art
Blue Dog Art
Dan Reeder's Papier Mache Includes Lots of Monsters, Dragons & DIY Videos
Seattle, Washington artist Dan Reeder is a papier mache master. He specializes in papier mache dragons and monsters, but makes a variety of sculptures, including the blue hound dog shown in the gallery… MORE
Cell Phone Robots
Cell Phone Robots
'Callo' and 'Cally' by Ji-Dong Yim and Chris Shaw Are Bots That Dance & Cry
Callo and Cally are cell phone robots made of used Nokia N82 phone parts and components from a Bioloid robot kit. The robots can dance, cry, and show emotion. Ji-Dong Yim, a PhD student in interactive… 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
Infantile Water Ads
Infantile Water Ads
'We're All Babies Inside,' Evian Advertising Campaign Proclaims
The "We're All Babies Inside" Evian advertising campaign is a continuation of the company's infant-driven water-promoting theme, "Live Young." The print ads feature what the ad agency says are ordinary… MORE
Residential Green Generators
Residential Green Generators
Apartment-Friendly Greenerator Collects Solar and Wind Energy
Jonathan Globerson's concept design of an apartment-friendly Greenerator that collects solar and wind energy from apartment balconies is an exciting idea for personal power generation. The clever design… MORE
DIY Voodoo Doll Substitutes
DIY Voodoo Doll Substitutes
Focus Your Peeves With 'Bacon of Hate' Project from Anti Craft
Alice Merlino has a wicked sense of humor; she was inpspired when a reader misread a blog post on ‘The Anti Craft’ and thought she said, “I become a bacon of hate” when she actually said, “I become a beacon… MORE
Wireless Light Monitoring
Wireless Light Monitoring
Innovative System Can Slash Energy Used by Office Lights
San Francisco-based Adura Technologies has developed wireless light monitoring and energy management solutions that can cut office building energy use by forty percent or more. Smart grid technology manages… MORE
DIY Fashion Crime Tickets
DIY Fashion Crime Tickets
Plantronics Lets You Issue Citations for ‘Laws of Fashion' V
Plantronics has set up an interactive site to let you e-mail citations to your friends for their fashion faux-pas. The folks at Plantronics want you to look good while you enjoy their quality-sound wireless… MORE
Retro-Futuristic Eco Design
Retro-Futuristic Eco Design
'Power Styling' Book Reveals Space-Age Concepts to Beautify the Grid
Some ideas never go out of style and that is why the recently reported Power Styling book that was commissioned by United States Steel in the 1960's is creating a buzz. The little-known corporate art publication… MORE