The Cleverest Calendar Ever

I love ideas like this: bubble-wrap calendars. You pop each day when it's done. A company from Brooklyn sells them for $50--$50 for bubble wrap! I love the margins as much as the idea. Put this one in the "why didn't I think of that?" category.

By |2016-10-24T14:14:49-07:00July 9th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

My Debut as a Chef

My buddies at Start Cooking kickstarted my career as a chef. Please click here to watch the video of my teriyaki sauce. I won't get very far as a chef, but I love the video style of Start Cooking. Companies can use this stop-action style to explain many product and services--it sure beats the usual [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:14:55-07:00July 8th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff, Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Contact Lens Personal Display

Babak Parviz, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, is working on developing contact lenses with LEDs in them. This makes the contact lenses into personal displays--and gives a whole new meaning to "EyePod." There are, however, still issues such as powering the LEDs and the fact that the lens are [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:14:59-07:00July 7th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

One Perfect Day with IGT

Storyline: Gaming company sends corporate plane to bring nerd to Vegas to speak to casino execs. Don't get the impression that this is my usual lifestyle--I'm only blogging about this day because this never happens to me. The first stop: Executive terminal of SFO. This is north of the airport. Never been there before. There's [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:10-07:00June 12th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|0 Comments

Alltop Badge Contest

I am in pursuit of the world's greatest sidebar badges for Alltop, so we're sponsoring a contest here. The top five entries will get a iPod Touch. Legal residents of the U.S. only (it's a long story having to do with tons of legal issues). Looking forward to seeing your entry! By the way, if [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:30:29-07:00June 10th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Father’s Day Gift Suggestion: Clear Card

If you're searching for a Father's Day gift that a traveling dad (or mom) will truly appreciate the whole year, consider a Clear card. This is the card that involves pre-screening of your background so that you can get through airport secureity faster. My experience is that I get through security at every Clear airport [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:22-07:00June 8th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

The Art of Unintended Uses

Most people in the mid eighties used personal computers for three primary purposes: spreadsheets, databases, and wordprocessing. Thank God that Paul Brainerd came up with the idea of PageMaker and desktop publishing, or we'd all be listening to music on cassette tapes. The principle that I learned from Aldus is that ultimately customers decide how [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:26-07:00June 2nd, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |0 Comments

I’ll Never Get on a Plane Again

Holy cow, am I the last person in the world to see this? Forget Cathay Pacific's first class seat, this is the way to make a speech in a far away land: Cisco/Musion Systems TelePresence holographic video conference. John Chambers (left) is in Bangalore. The other two guys (Martin De Beer and Chuck Stucki) are [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:30-07:00May 29th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|0 Comments

TechShop Open House

My buddies at TechShop are holding an open house this Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. More info about the event is here. These are pictures from my recent visit there. Essentially, TechShop is geek heaven with all sorts of tools and machines for people to build stuff. If you liked Maker Faire, you'll [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:34-07:00May 28th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Forty Five Hours in Kuala Lumpur

I recently spent forty hours in Kuala Lumpur to speak at the 16th World Congress on Information Technology. Wow, what city KL is. I hope you enjoy my pictures. Kuala Lumpur means "mouth of the muddy river." The city is located at the confluence of the Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang (rivers). It was established [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:36-07:00May 26th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Vyew Update

In 2006 I wrote about Vyew and asked the obvious question: “Does the world need another web conferencing product?” I guess the answer is "yes" because the company is now profitable and has 100,000 registered users. Vyew combines real-time (synchronous) conferencing and desktop sharing with always-on (asynchronous) collaboration such as highlighting, drawing, text and sidebar [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:42-07:00May 8th, 2008|Categories: Books, Cool Stuff|Tags: |0 Comments

Maker Faire: Stuff Geeks Like

I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend. I had no idea these things are so popular--so much so that I gave up the first time and returned in the early evening when there was more parking and a shorter ticket line. Think: Macworld Expo meets Burning Man meets MythBusters meets Woodstock. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:44-07:00May 5th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Search and Save the Planet

In honor of Earth Day, Flock released the "Eco-Edition" browser. You can download it here. This version of Flock has two compelling benefits for people who want to save the planet: Flock is donating 10% of the revenue generated by searches to a green organization. At the end of the year, users will vote for [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:55-07:00April 21st, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

TicketLeap: The Democratization of Ticketing

If you ever have to sell tickets for an event, look into TicketLeap. This company provides a platform that democratizes the ticket selling process and makes it easy for event organizers to handle online ticketing and promote their event. Think of it as PayPal for tickets. The company handles ticketing for a wide variety of [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:31:38-07:00April 21st, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

See-Saw Power for Schools

I love ideas like this: Kids playing on a see-saw generate electrical power. Daniel Sheridan, a twenty-three year old student at Coventry University, created this design after working as a volunteer in Kenya. This fits right in with the PlayPump merry-go-round for pumping spring water and the Hippo Water Roller for delivering water. Dean Kamen's [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:57-07:00April 18th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Fixmyphotos Freebie

My buddies at Fixmyphotos recently updated their site with a new design and improved functionality such as four different ways to upload digital photos for retouching. This is the firm that brought you the before and after called Guy2.0. In order to test the site, they will process orders for free until April 15th. Just [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:16:01-07:00April 9th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments


Check out this new service by Muchobene. It enables website and blog owners to add real-time chat answers from a community of people. Think of it as instant messaging meets Yahoo! Answers. The first implementation is at Ubergizmo. Here the use case is that people can ask questions about gadgets of people who know about [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:16:03-07:00April 8th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments
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