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576. Bright Idea: The NeoCube June 21, 2008

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Product, Video.
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I just got this fun fidget toy in the mail last week.  I haven’t figured out the fancy maneuvers like those in the clip below, but it is still whimsically playful, for about $35. I love it.  Their website HERE; buy it HERE.

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575. Bright Idea: the Xcelerator Scooter March 17, 2008

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Product, Transportation.
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I was wondering when someone would produce this: a scooter that also has a kick pedal so you can continue to propel yourself without touching the ground. I may buy one soon, for $120. Below is a quick clip of this product in action. Their website HERE; Via BornRich.


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574. Bright Idea: Solve-a-math-equation Alarm Clock February 26, 2008

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This smart clock requires you to be more alert in order to turn it off, and will exercise your brain in the process. Well done, via Make.

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573. Bright Idea: the Fusion Dining Pool Table February 26, 2008

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Game, Product.
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I don’t know about you folks, but my wife and I use our dining table about 3 times a year, when we get around to having a dinner party. Otherwise, we eat on our kitchenette every night.

So that is why I think this dining table, which converts into a pool table, is a Bright Idea. Finally use your dining room more frequently. Add a ping-pong tabletop addition, and you will use that room even more. Check all the versions out HERE; via BornRich.

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572. Bright Idea: the EZ Clean Spray Bottle February 18, 2008

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This 32 oz spray bottle holds a roll of paper towels. Quite convenient to use, but maybe not so to transfer the cleaning solution from the original bottle. For $10, buy it HERE.

Watch the 30-sec cheesy infomercial below.

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570. Bright Idea: Emily Wall Clock February 11, 2008

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No need to lift your head off of the pillow to read this clock. Though it is not yet in production, I would instantly purchase one if (A) I didn’t have to put on glasses to see the clock anyway; (B) I allowed electric clocks near my bed (yup, it’s my EMR concerns again). Via Inventorspot.

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569. Bright Idea: Shampoo Rinse Cup January 4, 2008

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Product.
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This rinse cup has a soft flexible yellow panel to conform to your child’s head. Keep that soapy water out of your little boo-boo’s eyes. Buy it HERE ($9).

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568. Bright Idea: the Storyline shelf January 3, 2008

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Product.
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Artistic, practical, versatile, and outrageously priced (at $319; buy it here). By Frederik Roije; Via BLTD.

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566. Bright Idea: the Peak Bathtub January 3, 2008

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This bathtub is designed to support your knees and conserve water. I like the idea, but I wonder about two possible problems: (1) if two people are in the tub facing each other, it could get awkward getting both sets of legs comfortable; (2) I like to occasionally slide my body down to submerge my entire head, and with this tub I can’t.

IdeaSpark*: a proposed solution addressing both problems: Manufacture just the peak (a large triangular wedge) out of a material that won’t float. Make different sizes, then anyone can buy one to use in their regular tub. Slide it down to submerge your head; remove it to make room for your partner. Bonus: way less expensive.

Designed by Lyndon Craig (here); via ApartmentTherapy.

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565. HumBugg: Fireplace DVD January 3, 2008

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in HumBugg, Product.
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My in-laws have birds residing in their chimney, so they never use their fireplace. So as a holiday gift, I purchased for them Brookstone’s Fireplace DVD: 50 minutes of high-definition film of a crackling fire (with or without holiday music). Instantly my father-in-law realized that there was a problem: like with most plasma TV screens, a constant image will burn pixels after about 30 minutes. On the DVD, the fire itself moves, of course, but the rest of the image was static. I guess I didn’t find the fine print that indicated that this DVD was only for LCD and old-school TVs.

Since it was a Christmas gift, this was truly a bah HumBugg.

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

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Computer, Product.
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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).

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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.

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561. Bright Idea: the Binibottle October 18, 2007

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Designed by a 15 y.o. Swede, this bottle has a side opening so you can fit it under you household faucets. It is sold in Sweden for $5. I doubt it will come to the US. Why? Because the tap water here sucks. Unless the Binibottle soon includes a little Brita filter, I am passing on this one. Via SciFiTech.

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560. Bright Idea: the Mamaponcho October 18, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Product.
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Awww. What a cute and Bright Idea: snuggling with your baby like you’re both in a burrito. Not so Bright Idea: the gender-exclusionary name. Unless they also make the Papaponcho, I am a little irritated and hurt. Buy it HERE (€200+); via Babygadget.

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559. Bright Idea: the Insulated Ice Cream Bowl October 18, 2007

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The inner stainless steel is insulated by a melamine shell. Bonus: it’s dishwasher safe. Store these in your freezer for even longer lasting cool for your frozen comfort food. Buy it HERE ($10); via Slashfood.

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558. Bright Idea: the Better Bicycle Stand October 18, 2007

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Space saving, and it automatically locks in the front wheel. Simple and genius. Via Epodic.

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557. Bright Idea: the Yamaha Tesseract October 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Product, Transportation.
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What a beautiful concept vehicle. This is what I call mechaporn. Via Gizmodo.

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555. Bright Idea: Kwik’N-E-Z Medicator October 10, 2007

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I wondered about this idea a few months ago with some friends who are new parents. They said I should invent it.

Too late. Of course it already exists. Buy it HERE ($4); via NerdApproved.

Meanwhile, I am fine-tuning my newest idea: cutting loaves of bread into slices and selling it that way.

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554. Bright Idea: Wastebasketball October 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Plaything, Product.
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Catchy name, catchy idea. By Labexp; Via MoCoLoco.

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553. Bright Idea: Snowtone Wastebasket October 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Product.
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It was love at first sight, for me. I need this wastebasket right next to all my toilets. The only thing that would make this product even better? An integrated magazine rack on the side, of course.

In fact, this product is so beautiful to me, I am also tagging it as “Art.” By Snowtone; Via MoCoLoco.

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552. Bright Idea: the Hushamok October 4, 2007

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Pricey ($430), but, oh-so-stylish. Buy it HERE; via BabyGadget.

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551. Bright Idea (revisted): the Koku Cutting Board October 4, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Kitchen, Product, Video.
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I mentioned the Koku cutting board in a previous post (HERE). Here is a new commercial that does a good job demonstrating it in 2 minutes. By the folks at Everyday Edisons.

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550. Bright Idea: the Workout 180 October 4, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Product, Video.
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Here is another Everyday Edisons product: the Workout 180. This clip is a taste of the next best-selling workout apparatus, which you will likely see in a late-night infomercial. The inventor (read about her here) showed up with a foam step as a prototype (for instability), and the Everyday Edisons team helped it evolve into this multi-use device, the Workout 180. Even I, being one lazy and soft slug, am tempted to buy one. This clip is 4 minutes long.

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548. Bright Idea: the Strolli Rider October 1, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Product, Transportation.
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For your tired and whining older child, this Happy Stroller attachment will hold any kid up to 44 lbs. Buy it HERE ($115); via SwissMiss.

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547. Bright Idea: Arrow Shelves October 1, 2007

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Colorful, modular, stackable, and they hold your books neatly, in an easy-to-read orientation, using gravity. Designer’s website HERE; via MoCoLoco.

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546. Bright Idea: the Tornado Potato September 28, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, Product.
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From Korea: a potato, cut into a spiral, deep fried, on a stick. Though it may be awkward to eat (getting around the stick) and hard to dip in my favorite sauce, I just booked my ticket to Seoul. Via Neatorama.

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545. Bright Idea: in Watches September 28, 2007

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Here are a bunch of watches with novel time-presenting ideas:

1) Botta Uno Automatik: one-handed watch. By Botta (€230+); via CoolHunting.

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2) The Radar Watch: The outer arc is the minute hand, the inner arc, hours. Actually pretty similar to a regular analog watch, replacing the hands with arcs. Buy it HERE eventually (Novel Japanese watches); via Ubergizmo.

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3) Reveal Watches: These tell time as the separate discs independently rotate to reveal the underlying time digit via an opaque window. The dot in the middle indicates seconds. Buy it at their website HERE ($80); via Technabob.

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4) The Fusion Watch: basic and easy to read. The outer dot ring indicates the hour, the inner ring: minutes, the center rows: seconds. Buy it HERE ($150); via Technabob.

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543. Bright Idea: Smart Chopsticks September 26, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, Product.
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Both these chopsticks, though neither that essential, are smartly designed.

A) Restless Chopsticks.

Like the utensils I posted on recently (HERE), these chopsticks are designed to stay off of the table (When? Mostly between courses, especially at an Asian restaurant, I guess). Get them HERE ($12); via SwissMiss.

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B) Froggetmee Chopsticks.

MMM…ramen. Whimsical, these guys…but I tend to bring the bowl to my face to get at the soupy part, so I doubt I would use these. Buy them HERE ($8); via Smidgy.

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542. IdeaSpark*: Cellphones for pockets September 26, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in IdeaSpark*, Product.
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Let’s face it: for guys, cell phones go in pockets (women have purses). Having them clipped to your belt looks and feels awkward. But most cell phones, while they look cool, aren’t designed for pockets.

IdeaSpark*: Design a cell phone specifically for the front pant pocket. This means:

  • The phone body is slightly curved to hug the thigh and limit protruding edges and corners.
  • Have curves all around the edges (like the pictured phone, called the Au Infobar, via Core77), also to limit pant bulge.
  • Make the shell silicone or rubber, for softness, and for more friction to prevent sliding around in the pocket.
  • The shape of the cellphone would be designed to fit in the pocket the same orientation everytime (i.e. with the top facing down, so when pulling it out of the pocket, it is ready to use).
  • A small cord or tab on the bottom of the phone, which will be easy to grab when you reach into your pocket.

Yes, I am suggesting substance over style, here. RAZRs may look cool; I want my phone using experience to be cool.

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541. Bright Idea: Dripstiks September 26, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, Product.
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No more messy hands and clothes when your kids eat ice cream and Popsicles. Invented by a mother of four, find the Dripstik website HERE; you can buy them HERE ($4.50); via TheBigIdea.

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