After a historic 2009 and we start to focus our attention on 2010 here are some of TIME magazines highlights of invention!
Certain inventions are born out of the third worlds needs – things like clean water, cheap food etc etc BUT very seldom do solutions for these MAJOR issues ever come about.
This looks like something that could seriously eradicate much of the disaster that befalls many people in Africa and other third world country’s – if it is actually true!
Just turn the handle at the tip of the Savior Bud, and voila, water drips down for consumption. The device’s silicone rubber body ensures that it stays resistant to heat, cold, and corrosion. Of course, users still drink at their own peril — the Savior Bud doesn’t include a filter.
No word on how much the Savior Bud might cost, but the device’s designers imagine it will be cheap enough for use in drinking water-starved African countries.
I watched this election for 14 months, got to know the candidates and their positions and really enjoyed rolling around in the soap opera that is American politics. They really do have a fantastic political system where each candidate is scrutinized, put on show and made to tell his people why he should be the one to lead them! I mean that really is a powerful thing to watch – not like South Africa where all you get are the incoming ‘presidents’ current court update. But the Yank elections gripped the world, so much so that outside of its boarders the inauguration of Barack Obama is looked upon as one of the most exciting events of the century – i mean this guy is going to save the world – and when i say that IM BEING TRULY SERIOUS – it is like watching nothing thats gone before. So in the true consumerism spirit what do we do? See how we can make money! The Brits have caught on fast . . .
As the inauguration of Barack Obama draws nearer, global fascination with the US president-elect is reaching a fever pitch. To wit: across the Atlantic, doughnut purveyor Krispy Kreme UK this week is giving out free Americano coffees emblazoned with Obama’s image.
To take advantage of the promotion, which runs through Friday, customers need only enter a participating Krispy Kreme UK shop and say, “Yes we can” to its barista. They’ll then walk away with a free Americano coffee sporting Obama’s image in the foam—created using an intricately designed coffee stencil made specially for the occasion. Most Krispy Kreme UK stores are participating, with the exception of those at the major airports and in Waterloo.
Lego was a truly brilliant invention – i mean seriously the kids stay entertained and even get to exercise their imagination while creating something that can be broken down and rebuilt a million times. If you were lucky enough you got ‘hand me down’ lego – it may sound crap but think about hundreds of destroyed Lego projects in one box waiting to be shaped and turned into something colossal – i had this joy as a child and let me tell you i built machines that NASA would have been proud of. I guess the brilliance of Lego is that it has impacted on so many peoples lives that the block itself is a brand and now they are vertically integrating that brand by using such a well known symbol to create new ranges for the modern kid – take a look.
Modular plastic god LEGO has “teamed with Digital Blue to bring out a line of digital cameras, PMPs (portable media players), and walkie talkies for children”. Dropping sometime this summer, the devices will run $19 – $60 and not be made of actual LEGO blocks. They’ll look like it though. And looking, my friends, is half the battle. Touching is the other, trickier half.
After witnessing the makeover given to traditional foodstuffs like cupcakes and popsicles, it seems it’s now popcorn’s turn. 479° Popcorn is handmade, made-to-order popcorn in flavours such as Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt, Ginger Sesame Caramel and Black Truffle & White Cheddar.
Taking a leaf from the book of gourmet wine tasting establishments, 479° offers ‘Samplers’ and ‘Collections’, all linked by theme. Samplers’ five boxes feed 2-4 people, and the Collections’ three canisters are enough for 4-8. Prices range from USD 33 for the Purist Sampler to USD 52 for the Caramel Collection.
Aware that posh flavours and presentation aren’t always enough to ensure premium status, 479° Popcorn stresses its green credentials. The majority of its organic fair trade ingredients are sourced from farms close to its San Francisco kitchen, with the popped corn packaged in 90% recycled paper canisters that are also sourced from local suppliers. 479° Popcorn—named for the ideal Fahrenheit temperature for popping corn—is currently available in select Californian stores and via its website for delivery throughout the US. One for boutique cinemas to partner with?
YOu see the main problem with people is that THEY ARE DUMB – so in order to explain the effect of something – you really need to SHOW THEM WHAT WILL HAPPEN so they can get it into their BIG MAC MUNCHING FAT HEADS!
SO thank you to the boys and girls at Ogilvy and HSBC for sharing this underwater campaign of what would happen if global warming is not stopped!
Go support their website – www.globalwarmingsolutions.co.in,
WELL DONE to all ECO WARRIORS! I am still excited for global warming though cause my first floor apartment will become a waterfront one!! VERY COOL
It may be better to give than to receive, but for those on the receiving end, there’s no doubt real-world gifts are better than virtual ones. No surprise, then, that we’re seeing the emergence of more and more ways for online friends to give each other offline presents. The latest? GetThemIn, which allows UK Facebook users to send each other real alcoholic beverages.
An assortment of wine, beer, champagne, spirits and specialty drinks are available through GetThemIn from brands including Heineken, Newcastle Brown, Blossom Hill, Harvey’s Bristol Cream and Courvoisier; also available are a variety of complementary snacks. Users simply add the GetThemIn application to their Facebook account, and then choose what gift they’d like to send to which friend. Payment takes place through Google checkout, and users compose a message to let their friend know. An egift is instantly sent by Facebook notification and text message, which can be redeemed at any time in exchange for a product voucher that’s sent through the post. That voucher, in turn, can then be taken to any GetThemIn participating store—there are hundreds across the UK, GetThemIn says—and used to collect the physical product.