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Amazon plant takes the pain away

4:09PM | Thursday, 5 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An anaesthetic gel from the Amazon could replace injections in the dentist’s surgery. Made from a plant that indigenous tribes discovered centuries ago, the gel is about to enter late-stage trials.

All systems go for Notify4Myki

4:52PM | Wednesday, 4 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A software developer has taken it upon himself to enhance Melbourne’s Myki ticket system by creating an app to warn users when they need to top up their card.

Nokia rings in a new era with mobile technology

4:17PM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new ringtone could make mobiles much more discreet, with the only sign someone is using their phone is that they’re scratching their arm.

Bike-friendly clothing gains pace

4:10PM | Monday, 2 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new line of men’s jeans lets urban cyclists get around town without having to think about how their clothes will hold up during the process.

If the shoe fits

3:00AM | Friday, 30 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Malaysian shoe store not only fits single women out with sleek new footwear, it also sends them on dates.

Star-studded comic strips

3:14PM | Thursday, 29 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Movie2Comics is a very clever piece of software that can turn any movie into a comic strip.

Choosing a dress is all in your head

3:03AM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Mechapolypse dress lights up and changes shape according to the wearer’s brain wave activity.

Lamp has a natural glow

3:25PM | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Dead jellyfish have been turned into glow-in-the-dark lamps, putting an ironic twist on the phrase, “You light up my life”.

New app the Highlight of SXSW

3:07PM | Monday, 26 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A simple stroll through the city could connect mobile phone users with like-minded people, thanks to a new iPhone app called Highlight.

Candy service a sweet idea

3:19PM | Friday, 23 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

While travelling the world, the people behind Candyscovery were struck by the idea that only people who physically visit confectioners’ stores have the chance to taste their sugary treats.

SpareOne fully charged

3:44PM | Thursday, 22 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Makers of a mobile phone that runs on a single AA battery say the phone is expected to keep its charge for 15 years.

Phone scanner could ward off stomach bugs

3:32PM | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A mobile device that can detect if leftovers in your fridge are safe to eat could be heading to a store near you.

Baking pan has edgy design

3:47PM | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There is a product on the market that aims to stop household fights over who gets the crunchy end of homemade brownies or pizza.

New site puts food trucks on the map

3:50PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Taco hunters and burger gatherers can now visit a website to see where each of Melbourne’s food trucks will be serving their wares that evening.

Katadyn Pocket’s appeal crystal clear

3:14AM | Friday, 16 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It's wasteful to constantly use plastic water bottles in remote areas with questionable water quality. The Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter solves that problem.

Testing makeup online is a beaut idea

3:22PM | Thursday, 15 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Beauty queens no longer have to hit cosmetics counters to test lipstick and eye shadow – they can do it at the click of a mouse.

Edible food packaging now on the menu

3:32PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Just imagine if your favourite fast food snack came in edible packaging? With WikiCells, it just might happen.

A breath-taking idea

3:26PM | Tuesday, 13 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Breathometer now offers party hosts the opportunity to hire a portable breathalyser for their event.

Wedding invitations get a makeover

3:54PM | Monday, 12 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Illustrator Carla Berrocal, from Madrid, has raised the created a 1980s Atari-style wedding invitation for two computer analysts in Chile.

Shoes have animalistic feel

3:01PM | Friday, 9 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sandals sculpted from doves are part of a bizarre new collection of footwear made from animals.

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