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  • Jaime Penaloza, a member of an Instagram group called "Sneakaholics," poses with his shoe collection.

    Call them “sneakerheads” or “sneakaholics.” There's a growing number of designer athletic shoe junkies—who comb the Internet, camp out in the wee hours and pay hundreds of dollars for the most highly anticipated sneaker releases.

  • How the designer of the classic Wassily chair found his inspiration.

  • The popularity of smartphones and tablets has prompted some to declare the death of laptops and desktops. But judging from the newest designs, you shouldn't give up on PC makers just yet.

  • A squirrel census? A bug-killing gun? These are successful projects on crowdfunding sites, which are expected to raise $5 billion this year.

  • 36 pencil bowl made by 3-D printing

    You made that with a 3-D printer? See how what's sometimes called additive manufacturing is altering industries and objects—from combat surgery to killer heels.

  • The "Patriot" house designed by Michael Graves.

    When architect Michael Graves realized he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, he set out to improve medical design. This week Stryker unveils his wheelchair.

  • Reynold's Vuse E-Cigarette

    Reynolds American is launching its Vuse electronic cigarettes in Colorado, with an eye toward quick national expansion. Company executives say the product will alter the landscape.

  • BudLite introducing a new vented can.

    Canned beer was once frowned upon, now it's here to stay as consumers and brewers alike become more comfortable with the idea of beer in a can.

  • Til We Meet Again's baseball coffin.

    Baby boomers, who never lost their taste for rebellion, want to control every detail of their "stairway to heaven" including buying "pre-need funerals." NBC News reports.

  • It's not just controlling your computer. You can track your marathon training or even just stopping you from slouching Click ahead to see some new wearable gadgets you may be slipping on before you walk out the front door.

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