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564. IdeaSpark*: Scooting Luggage, with better handles December 20, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in IdeaSpark*.

I recently saw this Omni-directional suitcase (it has 4 casters) by Brookstone at an airport ($69, here). It glides effortlessly, so I thought it would be cool to add a little attachment and area for my foot so I could use the entire thing as a scooter. There are long distances to walk in airports, and the floors are always oh-so smooth. Why not glide scooter-like through the concourses? At least until the airports ban this idea.

Meanwhile, I find the typical handle on these rolling suitcases awkward, forcing my forearm to twist as if I am about to do a bicep curl. IdeaSpark*: Why not add a simple flip-out attachment (like with swiss army knives) so the additional handle is parallel to my direction of movement, as If I was carrying a briefcase. There could be one of these handles on each side, so I could choose the one closest to me depending on which side of my body I am rolling the suitcase.

Sure, they make attachments you can purchase (like this one), but the luggage companies should simply integrate this idea into the existing handle.



564. Bright Idea: Laptop-friendly Carry-on luggage December 20, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Computer, Product.

Anything that keeps the heat and EM radiation of a laptop away from my gonads is a Bright Idea.

This carry-on bag has an integrated table, where the ubiquitous handle extension used when rolling ingeniously doubles as the legs of the table. And the whole thing is affordable ($129; buy it Here).




563. Quickie Web: Video: Megaminx December 20, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Plaything, Quickie Web.
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The Bright Idea: the Megaminx, a Rubiks Cube on steriods. The video: some guy solving it in a minute and a half. Via Neatorama.


562. Bright Idea: Sunny Person December 19, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Plaything, Product.
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Here is a calming and whimsical little novelty toy from Japan: Hidari no Tami (Sunny People). Solar powered, for $30 (Buy it here); via PopGadget.