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…metapost… September 21, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Uncategorized.
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I just spent all day yesterday traveling to Charlotte, NC, to meet the folks at Enventys and Bouncing Brain, and my fellow inventors, for Season 2 of Everyday Edisons. That is why I hadn’t posted in a couple of days. I also plan to share more details about my travels in my neglected blog, MetaBugg.

Also, I just realized the SparkBugg mailbox has been full and maxed out for a while (via GoDaddy) so I cleared it out. Sorry if you have been emailing me and not hearing back.

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534. Bright Idea: the Fly Shelf September 21, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Product.
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I like my plasma TVs. But if I had to have a projection screen in my home, I would probably want to hide it somehow, like in this “Fly Shelf.” Via Ubergizmo.

Bonus: And if I am watching a sad movie and need tissue to blow my nose, I can reach over and get one, also hidden in a shelf. Buy it HERE ($30).

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533. HumBugg: No Shoehorns September 21, 2007

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Traveling through airports yesterday reminded me of one of my biggest pet-peeves: no shoehorns available in the security lines. OK, I can appreciate having to take our shoes off, but please make it simple and easy for me to slip them back on. With security lines stretching on for miles, wouldn’t you think that airports would want to reduce traveler stress and save time, all by simply providing a couple of cheap shoehorns? This wouldn’t even be a Bright Idea, it would be a BASIC one. Having the long shoehorns available wouldn’t even require sitting down. Mind-boggling.

While I am venting here: how about shoehorns in dressing rooms (especially ones for men)? Am I the only guy who is too lazy to untie my shoes, then have to retie them?

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532. Quickie Web: Video: Unlocking a Door September 21, 2007

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This college student came up with this Bright Idea on how to unlock a door. This clip is 50 seconds long, via Make.

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531. Bright Idea: the Wheelsurf September 21, 2007

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The Wheelsurf is not exactly a speeding thrill ride (only 20 mph max), but it may be fun to try it once, especially to see if the balance and turning provides an amusing challenge. From the Netherlands, this novelty vehicle costs about $7000. Check out their website HERE; via Crave.

Below is a short video that shows it in action.

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530. Bright Idea: Fancy French Fry Holder September 19, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, Product.
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Anything that enhances the French Fry eating experience is automatically a Bright Idea, in my book (of life). This portable holder includes two attached bowls, for either one condiment each for two people (sitting across from each other or walking side-by-side, for example, or two germophobic double-dippers), or two different condiments (garlic-mayo ketchup and nacho cheese, perschnaps?). Via Trendhunter.

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529. Bright Idea: Clipware September 19, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Kitchen, Product.
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HumBugg: placing my spatula or spoon on a spoonrest during cooking, forcing me to clean the spoonrest when I am done.

Clipware is a Bright Idea that will save me from that pet-peeve. These cooking utensils attach to any rim, with all drips falling back into the pot or pan. Via YankoDesign.

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528. Bright Idea: Mikoto Knife Blocks September 19, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Kitchen, Product.
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This knife block allows you to put all different sized knives in anywhere you please. Made of bamboo, designed in France, made in Vietnam, with a Japanese sounding name. I just wish it were angled (like most knife blocks), to make it more convenient to access the knives when the block is stored on the kitchen counter, underneath the cabinets (which would get in the way otherwise). Buy it HERE; via BLTD.

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527. Bright Idea: External Litterbox September 19, 2007

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Keep your house from stinking by placing your cat’s litterbox outside. Just make sure it is covered, and your local climate is acceptable year-round. I wish I had one with grass in it for my dogs. Via UberReview.

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526. Bright Idea: Side-On Cutlery September 19, 2007

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These utensils are designed so the parts that touch your food don’t touch the table. Not only does it save your mouth from germs, but the table cloth doesn’t get dirty, as well. Via Gizmodo.

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525. Bright Idea: Sushi Rolling Machine September 17, 2007

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If you have ever tried to roll your own sushi (say, at a dinner party you hosted), you will agree that this product is a Bright Idea. Sushi…yummy, and healthy. Via RGS.

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524. Bright Idea: Bedside Table Gubi September 17, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Furniture, Product.
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Free standing or wall-mounted, this bedside table is a Bright Idea for three reasons:

  1. Neatly holds your magazines and bedside reading.
  2. Obscures the other clutter.
  3. Has no sharp corners to poke your head and eye against in the dark.

Good design can make life neater and safer. Buy it HERE (€400); via Freshome.

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523. Bright Idea: Non-stick Gum September 17, 2007

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HumBugg: when you get gum on your shoe, pants, hair, and in your nose; and when it pock-marks public streets. The photo above shows one attempt at a solution: specialized disposal areas (i.e. trash receptacles).

Another solution: gum that dissolves in water (but not saliva). Invented by a British chemist, this gum is made out of a low-cost polymer that does not affect the taste or texture of regular gum. Maybe it will be legal in Singapore. Due out next year; via Gizmodo.

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521. Bright Idea: Dynamic Ambience (@ Club Twentyfour) September 17, 2007

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The walls of London’s club TwentyFour are covered with computer-controlled projections (which can provide various scenery, vistas, and images) and LEDs (to provide various light combinations). The variations in ambiance are infinite, and the images can also be controlled by the patrons. Like in these photos, it never has to look like the same place twice.

Check out their website HERE; via Geeksugar.

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520. Bright Idea: Blobbing September 15, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, Plaything, Video.
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I can’t wait to do this one day: get launched off an inflatable raft. Via Uniquedaily.

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519. Bright Idea: the Bikeboard September 15, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Product, Transportation, Video.
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The Swiss Bikeboard pictured here is modified for off-roading. But it can also be converted for snow and water (see the 2.5 minute clip below). Their website HERE (cost: about $1000); via The-Gadgeteer.

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518. Bright Idea: the Squirt baby-food dispensing spoon September 15, 2007

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Fill the handle of this spoon with up to 3-oz of soft baby food, then give it a squeeze to fill the spoon. Feed your little pooper with one hand. Available in Oct HERE; via Crave.

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517. Bright Idea: Angled Bookshelf September 15, 2007

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I am a sucker for angled bookshelves. I like the tidiness of it all, and not having to crane my neck too much. By David Ngo; Via Freshome.

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516: Bright Idea: Laptop Stand September 15, 2007

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This adjustable lap top stand also has USB powered fans to keep it cool. Ergonomically designed, and it keeps EMR away from your gonads: Bright Idea. Their website HERE; via Geeksugar.

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515. Bright Idea: the Portable Grilliput September 13, 2007

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The perfect camping accessory. Out of stock HERE; via SwissMiss.

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514. Bright Idea: Waterless and Splashless Urinals September 13, 2007

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This waterless urinal by Kohler can save 40,000 gallons of water per year. The splash-free surface also makes the urinal odorless thanks to a special seal. Check it out and buy it HERE ($475); via ProductDose.

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513. Bright Idea: Hyposurface September 13, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Product, Video.
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Check out this video of Hyposurface, a moving wall. Imagine the possibilities. Via FreshCreation.

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512. Bright Idea: Grocery Bag Trash Can September 13, 2007

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Recycle your grocery bags as trash bags for small waste bins. The handles act as hooks that support the bag. Simple and effective. And cheap ($5). Buy it HERE; Via Uber-Review.

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511. Bright Idea: Lampenserie 1.1/1.3 September 11, 2007

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This unique Bright Idea fills the dead and unused corners of rooms and provides light. By the Dutch group HUH; via JoshSpear.

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510. Bright Idea: Tenori-on September 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Audio, Product, Video.
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Check out this clip of Tenori-on, a new digital instrument that combines light and sound. It looks simple to use, but can result in a complex presentation. This video will give you a good sense of its capabilities and potential. Yamaha’s website HERE explains how it works; via GeekSugar.

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509. Bright Idea: Lunabrite September 11, 2007

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Lunabrite is a rope of bright blue/green light that you can use anywhere, including outdoors and on clothing. Very stylish as accent lighting, it also can be quite practical when used for safety and guidance. Non-toxic, ecofriendly, and charged only by sunlight, this product is going to be huge. Their website HERE; via SciFiTech.

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508. Quickie Web: Plaything: Morpthing September 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Plaything, Quickie Web, Website.
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Blend faces of two celebrities (from hundreds of choices) or photos you upload. I tried a couple of combinations in an attempt to make the most beautiful woman ever, but since they don’t have photos of Helen of Troy and Cleopatra, I had to settle for Jessifer (Jessica Alba + Jennifer Lopez). Try it out HERE; via Ursi’sBlog.

(P.S. Honey, I was too lazy to upload a picture of you, my dear wife. A blend of you and your twin would actually be the most beautiful creature of all time. In all the parallel universes out there. Can I buy that XBox 360, now?)

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507. Bright Idea: the Smiley Bowl September 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Kitchen, Product.
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Stylish and functional, these bowls by Eva Solo have an area for your munchies, and another partially obscured area for your discards (like pits from olives, shells from nuts and edamame, wrappers from candy, husks from seeds, wings from insects, etc). I don’t think they are for sale yet; via Yanko.

506. Bright Idea: this perspective on getting engaged September 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, Optical Illusion, Video.
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My brother sent me a link to this video clip. What a creative way to pop the question. The clip is a little long, but enjoy the music, the buildup, and the passion. I found it quite moving, actually.

I thought I recognized the woman: Sara Cantor, who has a great blog that I came across because it was featured in Fast Company. It’s called The Curious Shopper, and it has her analysis on why some shopping experiences work and others don’t. The guy in the clip has his own blog, Things We Think but Do Not Say.

The clip is reminiscent of my previous post on perspective illusions (HERE).
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505. Bright Idea: the Chair Desk September 10, 2007

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This compact chair and desk hybrid actually provides solid ergonomic value since it is fully adjustable (find the perfect height and angle for you your laptop). It would be perfect for crowded places providing free WiFi (libraries and coffee shops). It is relatively inexpensive at $98, but I think you need Yen to buy it HERE; via UberGizmo.

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