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Light Up the Pantry

One new idea for every day in 2011. We're talking big, small, local, international, in action and on the drawing board. Here's today's -- what's yours?

The world of geekdom came together in early January, in Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and this year gadget fiends went crazy over a light-up cereal box.

Luckily, it's cooler (and more useful) than it looks.

The lights in the cereal box above are an example of the latest innovation using induction to create light, energy and heat. Fulton Innovation, says it's applying the technology to charge children's toys (eliminating the need for disposable batteries and wire chargers), and in the kitchen, where a soup can that has a coil built into the packaging can be heated when placed on a specially designed surface. During the conference, the company even pulled out an electric car that would charge when parked over a light-up pad.

For more info, check out Fulton Innovation's website and more recaps of 2011's CES.

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