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Bacterial-Stained Glass Lighting
Bacterial-Stained Glass Lighting
These Bespoke Bacteria Lights were Designed by Ian Klingler
These beautiful bacteria lights are works of art conceived by designer Ian Klingler. The pieces are created by carefully choosing the bacteria and the nourishment they receive. In controlled... MORE
Mobile Science-Themed RVs
Mobile Science-Themed RVs
Purple Me Green Offers STEM Toys and Educational Classes
Purple Me Green is a purple RV and a mobile science store, all in one. This educational vehicle is owned by husband and wife team, Fred and Mary Stupen. Inside the vehicle visitors will find walls... MORE
Pain-Free Curly Hair Stylings
Pain-Free Curly Hair Stylings
The PuffCuff Was Awarded the Sally Beauty Innovation Award
Maintaining curly hair can be a challenge and those looking to do so with more ease should look no further than the PuffCuff. This simple, beautiful product enables one to control and style long... MORE
Apple Cider Vinegar-Based Tonics
Apple Cider Vinegar-Based Tonics
Fire Brew Sells Health Shots in a Whiskey Bottle
While the Fire Brew Apple Cider Vinegar drinks may look like alcoholic beverages, these bottles actually contain a tangy “shot’  of tonic that’s full of extracted vitamins and... MORE
Asteroid Mining Degrees
Asteroid Mining Degrees
The Colorado School of Mines Teaches ExtraTerrestrial Mining
Until now, harvesting natural resources from asteroids and other planetary bodies has been relegated to the future world of science fiction.  The Colorado School of Mines believes the future is... MORE
Customizable 3D-Printed Mannequins
Customizable 3D-Printed Mannequins
Functional Art is Taken to a New Level with These Designs
Various types of mannequins have been a part of the fashion industry since the 15th century but Hans Boodt’s printed Mannequins are a long way from the ‘old school’ tiny, wooden... MORE
Playful Diaper Rash Packaging
Playful Diaper Rash Packaging
Boudreaux's 'Butt Paste' Brings a Smile to Faces of All Kinds
Nothing brings a smile to a face like a smiling baby. That, and the words, “butt paste.” The re-designed, re-launched packaging for Boudreaux’s Butt Paste features bright yellow,... MORE
Produce-Based Leather
Produce-Based Leather
The Willem de Kooning Academie Turns Food Waste Into Usable Fruit Leather
Food waste is a monumental problem on the domestic, commercial and worldwide scale—outdoor markets in the Netherlands’ Rotterdam alone throw out over three tons of waste every day! A... MORE
3D-Printed Paper Products
3D-Printed Paper Products
Mcor Technologies Continues to Revolutionize 3D Printing
Most 3D prints are typically high cost and not very environmentally friendly. They are also usually one color, though some newer technologies enable printing with multiple colors. Mcor Technologies... MORE
Elegant Humidifiers
Elegant Humidifiers
Miro's Cleanpot Redefines the Humidifier Paradigm with its Chic Design
Humidifiers have been designed according to one paradigm: pour water into a plastic container, hit some buttons and water unceremoniously mists out the top. The Miro CleanPot politely but... MORE
Ceramic Dust Art
Ceramic Dust Art
This Designer Completely Transforms the Idea of Dirty Dust Bunnies
Designer Lucie Libotte see dust as more than just something to be swept away and hidden under our furniture and the corners of a home.  She actually creates ceramic art with it, conveying the... MORE
Affordable Prosthetic Nipples
Affordable Prosthetic Nipples
Michelle Kolath-Arbel Created an Affordable Way to Cope Post Surgery
After breast cancer surgery many women are left with both emotional and physical scars from the invasive experience. Often, breasts are left disfigured, looking nothing like they did prior to the... MORE
Curvaceous MRI Designs
Curvaceous MRI Designs
These Futuristic Imaging Machines Will Transform the Ways Doctors Work
These MRI systems from Chinese company Magspin Technologies are not what you’d expect to see when walking into a healthcare facility. With a goal of providing comfort and convenience, these... MORE
Cloud Object-Finding Services
Cloud Object-Finding Services
Linquet Connects Users to Objects and People
Linquet provides the first cloud based anti-loss system for keys and other variables. It is also the foundation for tracking people and objects in a Sharing Economy. Users attach a small device to... MORE
Lunar Thirst Quenchers
Lunar Thirst Quenchers
This Sports Drink is Made with Water From the Moon
Picture this: you’re sitting on your moon porch after a hard day collecting rocks, the Earth is setting and you’re sipping on a cool glass of Pocari Sweat Sports Drink. That could be the reality... MORE
In-Shell Egg Scramblers
In-Shell Egg Scramblers
The KitchenGoose Makes Eggs in an Unconventional Way
Everybody has their own recipe for scrambled eggs (I prefer mixing in some milk and perhaps a little cheese, then frothing it up good). Now, thanks to the new KitchenGoose, I can pre-scramble my... MORE
Light-Transmitted Wi-Fi
Light-Transmitted Wi-Fi
Internet Connectivity Through Light Looks to be Likely
It seems that WiFi access is never around when you need it. So what do we do?  Typically we look to see if there’s a local network that we can tap into and hope for the best.Thanks to the folks... MORE
Light-Manipulating Lenses
Light-Manipulating Lenses
Smartlight Electrofluidics Direct Light Where Its Needed
Light can penetrate the deepest, darkest crevices of a building thanks to the SmartLight electrofluidics lenses.  The SmartLight is a grid made of millimeter size fluid cells that change shape... MORE
Automated Snore Stoppers
Automated Snore Stoppers
Pillow Adjusts Your Sleep Position
Snoring isn’t just bad for the partner sleeping next to you, it’s bad for your health as well.  While snoring often wakes the snorer, more often than not, she goes on blissfully... MORE
Self-Healing Plastics
Self-Healing Plastics
Research from the University of Illinois Could Change the World of Plastic
Plastics are everywhere in our daily lives.  The problem is that when plastic products break, we generally have two choices. One is to throw it out, which is not the best solution, because most... MORE
Touch-Free Technology Systems
Touch-Free Technology Systems
Sesame Enable is Opening the Door to Hands-Free Touchscreen Use
Touchscreens have changed the way we interact with technology, but for a wide number of people with disabilities, such as those suffering from paralysis, they are still inaccessible. Thanks to Sesame-... MORE
Fresh Food Vending Machines
Fresh Food Vending Machines
The Vending Machine Farmer's Market Makes it Easy to Eat Well
Farmer’s Fridge is a vending machine farmer’s market that’s changing the way consumers see on-the-go food. Farmer’s Fridge is a rustic looking vending machine featuring mason... MORE
iPod-Inspired Aids
iPod-Inspired Aids
The Nano Hearing Aid Looks Suspiciously Familiar
As eyeglasses have made the transition from medical device to fashion statement, the Nano Hearing Aid has made auditory assistance a stylish accessory. The device by Eli Electronics bears an aesthetic… MORE
Avian-Alerting Decals
Avian-Alerting Decals
The WindowAlert Window Stickers Warn Birds to be Wary
Though squeaky-clean windows are nice to look through, if they're clear to you, they're clear to birds, meaning that unless you have the WindowAlert Decals handy, there's a chance you'll have a bird fly… MORE
Health-Monitoring Watches
Health-Monitoring Watches
University of Leicester Changes the Face of Blood Pressure Measurement
Researchers at the University of Leicester and in Singapore have developed a wristwatch-like device that senses the pulse and then mathematically models what the pressure is within the aorta near the heart.… MORE
Yoga Parking Tickets
Yoga Parking Tickets
Yoga Poses Make Ticketing a More Relaxing Process
Parking Tickets are never a pleasure to receive.  There is an unceremonious aspect to coming back to one’s car and finding a token of appreciation from the local police department. Even worse is when the… MORE
Portable Ultrasounds
Portable Ultrasounds
The USB Smartphone Probe is a Handy Piece of Medical Machinery
William Richard, Ph.D. of Washington University is well on the way to providing the USB Smartphone Probe, allowing for an easy ultrasound on-the-go. Richard has shrunk down the electronics of a cabinet-sized… MORE
Singing Sandwich Containers
Singing Sandwich Containers
Tesco's World Cup Packaging Serenades Fans
Singing and chanting (and yes, even vuvuzelas) are always a part of the experience of soccer's World Cup. Now, Tesco is adding to that singing sandwiches to that list. Based on the same technology as… MORE
Yoga Seating
Yoga Seating
The Gayolab Office Chair for Yoga Will Set You Straight
Usually, people have to take a break from their day and go off to a quiet place in order to reap the true benefits of yoga. The GayoLab Office Chair for Yoga, however, will allow you to do yoga wherever… MORE
Interactive Virtual Windows
Interactive Virtual Windows
Winscape Gives a New Meaning to "Room With a View"
Imagine: You wake up and look out the window and see a glorious sunrise over the ocean. That night, you watch the sun set over the Rockies... and you've never left your house. Winscape from Rationalcraft… MORE
Upcycled Amo Rings
Upcycled Amo Rings
Adi Zaffran Weisler Crafts Rings From Bullet Fragments
Fire and metal have been used to create jewelry since humans have been able to hammer and shape molten pieces of metal. Little did our ancient ancestors realize that their prodigy would be making jewelry… MORE
Armored Fabric
Armored Fabric
Scientists Develop Means of Making Ultra-Lightweight Wearable Armor
We've seen chainmail t-shirts, now scientists at the University of South Carolina have created a wearable armor-type material that is soft, lightweight, stretchy and generally feels like a material. By… MORE
Color Changing Egg Boilers
Color Changing Egg Boilers
The Egg-Per'fect Egg Timer Takes the Guesswork out of Boiling Eggs
When I saw the Egg-Per'fect egg timer at the Housewares show, I slowed as I passed the display table. Two steps more and I was at a complete stop. I was intrigued by the claims being made by the gentleman… MORE
Lego-Like Dishware
Lego-Like Dishware
Placematix Wants Kids to Eat, Play and Learn
As children, we were often told not to play with our food. The developers of Placematix take issue with that tradition as their motto is 'Eat, Play, Learn!' and their goal is to get children to use their… MORE
Frying Pan Artistry
Frying Pan Artistry
Giaretti Cookware Adds Color and Style to Wall Art
While walking the floor of the International Housewares Show, I came across these works of art courtesy of Giaretti in Italy. With Italian class, they're beautiful, catchy and endearing at first glance.… MORE
Transforming Glass Displays
Transforming Glass Displays
AIST Develops See-Through Solar Fluorescent Glass Technology
Imagine looking out your window and wanting instead to watch TV.  Instead of drawing the drapes and grabbing the remote, you click a button on the remote that instantly converts your window into the TV.… MORE

Featured Ideas

Liquified Fat Lasers
Liquified Fat Lasers
LifeSculpt Liposuction Drains the Flub
In weight loss advertisements it’s common to hear the phrase, “Seemingly melts fat away...” That statement is truly a reality, as Palomar Medical Technologies now offers a liposuction technique that literally… MORE
Hyper Water Repellent Fabrics
Hyper Water Repellent Fabrics
The Lotus Effect
Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a way to mimic the Lotus-Effect and make a hyper-waterproof fabric. A jacket made with this technology and submerged for two months comes out as dry… MORE
Arthritic Innovations
Arthritic Innovations
Ireland Experts on the Cusp of a Cure
Rheumatology. The word carries an exotic connotation and it is treated that way by the medical community. Unless a student specializes in the field, medical schools spend little time preparing general… MORE
Touch-Free Technology Systems
Touch-Free Technology Systems
Sesame Enable is Opening the Door to Hands-Free Touchscreen Use
Touchscreens have changed the way we interact with technology, but for a wide number of people with disabilities, such as those suffering from paralysis, they are still inaccessible. Thanks to Sesame-... MORE
iPod-Inspired Aids
iPod-Inspired Aids
The Nano Hearing Aid Looks Suspiciously Familiar
As eyeglasses have made the transition from medical device to fashion statement, the Nano Hearing Aid has made auditory assistance a stylish accessory. The device by Eli Electronics bears an aesthetic… MORE
Light-Transmitted Wi-Fi
Light-Transmitted Wi-Fi
Internet Connectivity Through Light Looks to be Likely
It seems that WiFi access is never around when you need it. So what do we do?  Typically we look to see if there’s a local network that we can tap into and hope for the best.Thanks to the folks... MORE
Temporary Tattoos for Children
Temporary Tattoos for Children
The ‘Safety Tat' Helps Parents & Lost Children Reconnec
We’ve all seen the poor kid at the park with a leash on. We might even have had the opportunity to witness the family with multiple kids and multiple leashes; it’s the sled dog approach to parenting. While… MORE
3D-Printed Paper Products
3D-Printed Paper Products
Mcor Technologies Continues to Revolutionize 3D Printing
Most 3D prints are typically high cost and not very environmentally friendly. They are also usually one color, though some newer technologies enable printing with multiple colors. Mcor Technologies... MORE
Portable Vein Detection
Portable Vein Detection
Accuvein Launches Handheld Vein Illuminating Device
At some time or another, all of us are going to have our veins poked so that a clinician can put something into, or take something out of, our circulatory systems. For some people, this can be an agonizing… MORE
Wall-Mounted Washing Machines
Wall-Mounted Washing Machines
The Re-Cycle Laundry Center
Water conservation, cool design and clean laundry: What else could you want from a washing machine? The Re-Cycle Laundry Center was designed by Mexican designers Fernanda Villanueva and Arturo Ariño,… MORE
Cloud Object-Finding Services
Cloud Object-Finding Services
Linquet Connects Users to Objects and People
Linquet provides the first cloud based anti-loss system for keys and other variables. It is also the foundation for tracking people and objects in a Sharing Economy. Users attach a small device to... MORE
DIY Eco-Mobiles
DIY Eco-Mobiles
The Modified ‘Aero' Civic Gets 95 MPG
Auto companies have a tendency to make grandiose overtures when their designs improve mileage by 5 or 10 mpg. They speak of the problems encountered in improving technology, how things just can’t be done… MORE
Inspirational Bling
Inspirational Bling
Michele Conti's Swarovski Inspiretee Uses Crystals for Cheer
Inspiretees are the brainchild of Michele Conti, an accomplished and award-winning seamstress who says she got her inspiration for this blinged-out fashion collection while listening to one of her pastor’s… MORE
Ceramic Dust Art
Ceramic Dust Art
This Designer Completely Transforms the Idea of Dirty Dust Bunnies
Designer Lucie Libotte see dust as more than just something to be swept away and hidden under our furniture and the corners of a home.  She actually creates ceramic art with it, conveying the... MORE