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First-Ever Global Outdoor Advertising Campaign

October 28, 2005 The first-ever global outdoor advertising campaign, was announced today - a global HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in conjunction with UNICEF. The powerful image that will be seen in more than 50 countries on six continents was also unveiled - a hand-drawn family portrait of a young girl standing beside the graves of her mother and father. The campaign hopes to raise global awareness of the need to help the world's children who are affected and infected by HIV and AIDS  Read More

Anti-Odour Fabrics: antimicrobial capabilities embedded in fibres

September 23, 2005 Apparel manufacturer ARC Outdoors has announced a new line of anti-odor fabrics and yarns. To date, most anti-odor technologies have relied on chemical treatments as their antimicrobial component, while other technologies have come in the form of silver strand or silver-coated fibres. ARC claims existing fibres lack effectiveness and durability while causing manufacturing challenges and limitations as they often affect the comfort, flexibility, elasticity, wicking and insulation properties of fabrics. At the same time, many such fibres can add complexity to manufacturing processes, increasing production time, which ultimately leads to high costs. ARC will offer advanced anti-odor fibre technologies for licensing by other manufacturers.  Read More

Electrifying food while it is being cooked could be major breakthrough

September 23, 2005 American cookware manufacturer LifeWare Technologies has announced the launch of a new line of cookware that it claims electromechanically reduces the number of free radicals created from food oxidization during the cooking process. Oxidation creates harmful free radicals and carcinogens while also degrading vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The company web site shows a number of convincing “with and without Lifeware” imagesand once we'd found that the cookware runs a micro-current through the food whilst it is being cooked, thanks to a AA battery in the handle, the patented methodology of delivering “an almost unlimited supply of electrons to the food as it is being cooked” makes sense, and if the company’s claims are correct, it could be a landmark breakthrough in the preparation of healthier food.  Read More

The Whiz - like the P-Mate, only reusable

September 22, 2005 We’ve written about the P-mate disposable device that enables women to urinate standing up several times and each time it has been deluged with traffic so this product, the Whiz, is likely to be be just as popular and interesting. It’s effectively the same thing as the P-mate except that instead of being a disposable paper-based device it’s reusable and made of an elastomer thermoplastic that is flexible and soft. This enables you to scrunch or roll it up to put it in a bag or purse, then it springs back to shape once you want to use it. The plastic used contains an anti-bacterial additive - similar to chopping boards - that means that it always stays clean and hygienic. This makes it great for women who travel, especially in the third world where squat toilets can be a problem and a pack of 6 disposable items doesn't last long. It's also great for women who love the outdoors and don't want to throw out a paper p-mate in the bush.  Read More

The P-Mate enables women to urinate upright

The P-Mate is disposable paper device which enables women to urinate easily while standing up. It is in common usage in Europe since launching four years ago and is marketed as a convenient, hygienic, portable, leak proof, discreet, no-brain solution to the bad sanitary and problematic circumstances which continually confront women, particularly at mass gatherings. The P-Mate has become an entrepreneurial success story in Holland where Moon Zijp conceived the P-Mate while traveling in Indonesia, designed it at the Academy of Arts in Amsterdam and commercialised it to national and global acclaim as a clever solution to the long queues and dirty toilet seats with which women are so often confronted with in daily life. That’s Moon demonstrating her invention on Dutch National television, one of many performances which caused a lot of gaiety and attention during the P-Mate’s launch period.  Read More

The Gray Kangaroo

September 16, 2005
The Gray Kangaroo

September 17, 2005 Now this makes a lot of sense, particularly if you like to drink liquor and want to minimise the damage it does to your body, reduce the hangover, take the edge off your moonshine or significantly improve the quality of the liquor you drink. We’re not sure just how well it works but the press reviews so far seem very promising, and … oh, what is it? The Gray Kangaroo Personal Liquor Filter uses a carbon-based filtration system to filter out impurities – just stick an empty bottle in the bottom and a full bottle of cheap plonk in the top and voila! … Additional filtration to remove the impurities is one of the processes involved in the manufacture of expensive liquor – the idea is that by using this US$30 filter you can make cheap liquor taste as good as the top shelf stuff.  Read More

Gillette introduces a five blade shaving system

September 16, 2005 The US$2 billion dollar shaving market was energized yesterday when market-leader Gillette announced it will introduce a five blade razor. Apart from being the first five blade razor, it is the world’s first razor to feature advanced technology on the front AND back of the blade cartridge. On the back of the cartridge is a Precision Trimmer blade enabling the approximately 40% of US males sporting some form of facial hair to trim, shape and shave under their nose. Though Gillette has approximately 70% of the global shaving market, Schick has been making inroads recently with a temporary injunction against false advertising claims by Gillette for its M3Power razor (currently the top selling razor in the U.S.), Gillette’s inability to legally prevent Schick selling its four blade razor by arguing that the patent it holds for three-bladed razors extends to four-bladed razors, and the news a fortnight ago that Schick would introduce a powered model of its four blade razor.  Read More

Samsung set to launch Silver Nano Wash system that kills 99% of bacteria

August 31, 2005 Samsung’s Silver Nano Health System has been applied to a new range of front-loader washing machines that are launching later this year in Australia. A breakthrough function, ‘Silver Wash’, kills 99 percent of bacteria in the wash load and coats the clothes with antibacterial protection which lasts for up to 30 days. To feature on five flagship front-loader models from 5kg to 7.5kg capacity, Samsung’s patented Silver Wash is the first technology that combines disinfectant and antibiotic properties in washing machines. When activated, the Silver Wash releases up to 400 billion silver ions during the first wash and the last rinse cycle. After the wash cycle is completed, Samsung claims that the washed clothes are totally devoid of bacteria. Whereas some other brands use a silver ion coating on the washing machine drum, Samsung claims its approach is far more effective as it ensures that all parts of the clothes are penetrated with the silver ions, rather than short-term surface contact by only some of the clothes on an otherwise silver ion coated drum.  Read More

Disposable battery-operated toothbrush

August 31, 2005 You might find this hard to believe, particularly after we gave Oralbotics a bollocking for their overly zealous copywriting, but we’ve been trialing the new Oral-B Pulsar Manual Toothbrush for over a week now and we’re all incredibly impressed. Three people have been trying out the battery-operated toothbrush, and the company’s claims that the Pulsar will “redefine clean” have moved from ridiculous to reasonable . Specifically, the brush gives a result that has never been attained by any method of teeth cleaning this side of a dentist, and it is so good at getting in between teeth that you could almost go without flossing.  Read More

“Mini-hospital” for seniors and people requiring medical monitoring – worn on the wrist

August 29, 2005 Israel-based Tadiran Spectralink has used its considerable mobile communication expertise to create a portable “mini-hospital” to make life easier for at-risk patients, chronically ill patients and people requiring nursing care. The company which is best known for its Advanced Data Links for Guided Weapons Systems, UAV datalinks, satellite communications and personal survivor radios for adventurers and the military has leveraged this expertise to develop a medical device that lets patients monitor their health and call help when there is no doctor around. The device, which is worn on the wrist like a watch, uses biosensors to continuously check vital functions, which are then transmitted by an embedded Siemens GSM/GPRS radio module to a medical center for further analysis. This innovative device will become available early in 2006 under the name MDKeeper.  Read More

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