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May, 2006

Inventive Appearance: Beard World Championship


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Well, our site has gone through alot of trauma over the past few weeks with constant problems with our servers and the ultimate failure of the complete loss of a server from our hosting company Midphase.

I need a drink, and since I can't have one (I won't bore you with the details), I decided I needed a little levity.

I decided that since the other bloggers at AmericanInventorSpot.com are all posting on different types of inventions and innvoations, I'd get into the act to and do my own special feature in inventive appearance. read more »

Innovations in Building: Good Old Concrete


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"Each year, billions of tons of concrete become the stuff of buildings, highways, dams, sidewalks, and even artworks. The list goes on. Not only is the material ubiquitous, it has a long history. The Romans invented cement-based concrete more than 2,000 years ago and used the material to build architectural masterpieces such as the Pantheon. To Christian Meyer, a structural engineer at Columbia University, there's just no question about it: "Concrete is the world's most important material." read more »

JackAss of an Invention

Did you see the way that guy kicked the thing? It's total not-quite-animal abuse.

Great Summer Products - Hotspotmama recommendations


sunwristmeter.jpg Ahhh, the lazy days of summer. I am so excited that summer is almost here. My boys are asking me everyday when we can go to the pool. I love summer because you’re not on a strict schedule. Of course, I wonder how I’m going to get my postings done in the summer but it’ll work out. Everything always does. Anyway, let me tell you about a few interesting products I’ve come across that will make summer a little easier and safer. BTW - I try not to pick the products that you see in the big baby stores (unless they are new) because, frankly, you see them when you go to the big baby stores. You don’t need to see them here too. read more »

FAO Schwarz Toy Audition


FAO Schwarz is having a Toy Audition. It is an opportunity of a life time for toymakers to present their unique products in person to representatives of the FAO Schwarz Senior Management. You can audition even if you only have a toy design and have not manufactured your toy yet.


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Bizarre Vehicles

I just did my piece on Wacky Cars this week, only to find that Ueba.net had done perhaps a better piece on bizarre vehicles recently.

Cars and What They Say About You

People often choose cars to express themselves. You buy a Hummer and that screams out "I'm a really big man" or "I Think Green". You buy a Bentley and that screams out "I'm rich son of a b***h". You buy a VW Bug and that screams out "I'm adorable - don't squish me".

People are wacky. Wacky people often have wacky cars. I don't know if they intend to be wacky, but I think it just happens.


Prisoner's Inventions

I had seen an exhibit several years ago at the Univeristy of Tempe Museum of the artwork made by prisoners in jail and was totally blown away. Using just the packages of used cigarette packs, the prisoner's came up with intricate and gorgeous sculptures of rare beauty and form. The artistry and the inventiveness of using garbage to make art in an environment of limitless time haunt me to this day.

This website Temporary Services reminds me of the prisoner artwork. It profiles an interesting project highlighting the inventiveness of prisoner's incarcerated in our jails.

10 Things You Don't Need

Sometimes I have the urge to buy something, anything. I get this craving to go and spend my money and feel the adrenaline rush of finding something that others don't have and imagining how cool everyone will think I am once I show them what I found. Do you ever get like that?

I am thinking lots of people do as I really don't have another explanation for why certain things get bought. They don't really have any practical purpose. I know that people sometimes call this stuff "novelty items", but as soon as the novelty wears off, what do you have?

Want Cosmetic Surgery? Some Wacky Options to Consider

Do you feel like you need plastic surgery? Would you increase your bust, get a new chin or nose or trim off your belly?

Our nation is obsessed with looking youthful and beautiful. We spend billions a year on getting more shapely, youthful and attractive (as such is defined by our societal norms today).

Well, rather than plastic surgery - which is basically going to go get something cut, crushed, sucked, threaded, sawed off, or pumped into your body - I thought of some products that can dramatically help you change your appearance without resorting to cosmetic surgery. I mean frankly, with all the options available to change the way you look, I don't know why people would have to resort to going under the knife.

The 12 Finalists of the American Inventor Show Will Be Live Blogging Here on Sunday, May 21 at 9PM EST


Many of the Final 12 Contestants on the American Inventor have graciously agreed to gather together here at AmericanInventorSpot.com for a unique live blog event on Sunday, May 21 at 9Pm EST (after the Grand Finale Show on Thursday). We are hoping to get all 12 Finalists if its possible.

It should be a fun and fascinating opportunity to talk to your favorite inventors. Please come join us as we dish about the show with the Final 12.

If you have questions you would like us to ask, please share them in the comments here. read more »

American Inventor - Thursday May 11TH (8:00-10:01 P.M., ET): Don't Forget to Vote For Your Favorite Inventor


COUTDOWN TO THE FINALE - THURSDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)

In this recap episode of the last four shows, relive the journey that the 12 semifinalists took when they used the $50,000 they were given to finalize their inventions. The final four inventors will be highlighted and shown moving on to the final round, one step closer to winning one million dollars and to becoming the next great "American Inventor." read more »

Hey Kids! Do You Know What to Get Your Mom for Mother's Day ?


As I mentioned in my earlier blog, Mother's Day is the day to let mom know how much you appreciate her. Some moms like flowers, some moms chocolate. (Cheap Mother's Day Flowers)(Amazing Chocolates) All moms like a little piece and quiet. read more »

Solar Power, the Energy Sector and the Convergence of New Technologies


This article in on innvovations in the energy sector.

In our efforts to make this site the Spot for innovative and inventive ideas, we asked Carl, our terrific guest blogger from Inventive Rants to write about some of of the innovations going on in our society today.

He chose to write on the convergence of technologies in the energy sector and what that could mean for our future as his special posting for American Inventor Spot readers. We look forward to his continuing discussions on this topic in coming weeks.

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American Inventor Judge DOUG HALL BLOGGED LIVE! - Anecia Car Seat Survival Capsule – Q&A


My choice for the final four is The Anecia Survival Capsule. It’s the invention of Janusz Liberkowski

This invention is a true “new to the world” concept. As such it has generated a lot of technical debate and discussion. I do not presume to know all of the answers. However the following are my personal perceptions and opinions. They are not the opinions of Janusz, Freemantle, the producers, ABC or anyone else.

1. How does the Anecia Survivor Capsule work?

When a car crashes there are two collisions. The first is when the car hits the other car or obstacle. The second is when the baby hits the seat belt or when the baby’s head get’s shaken and snapped in the direction of the impact, at the same speed that the car was going before the crash. read more »

Reminder... Doug Hall - Sunday Night, 9PM EST, May7 - LIive Blog Here Only! And Now With Special Guests!


Tomorrow night Doug will be back - to answer questions, give you insight, and tell it like it is....LIVE! read more »

DOUG HALL - Blogging Live- Sunday Night 9PM EST - Here At AmericaInventorSpot.com Only - Answering Your Questions Live!


Doug Hall will be back LIVE at AmericanInventorspot.com to tell it like it is - this Sunday night, May 7th - for his second appearance.

If you missed it the first time, this is your chance to ask Doug whatever you want. He said this weeks Episode is going to leave fans VERY passionate and wanting to talk/vent. read more »

The Best Gift for Mother's Day


Mother's Day is the day when you are suppose to show mother how much you appreciate her. This article is to give the father's some advice on what to give for Mother's Day. The problem with Mother's Day is that we moms always expect something on that day. And I'm not talking about a piece of jewelry (but that is a close second).(Some Suggestions) For all you father's out there wondering what you should get your wife (on behalf of the kids), I have the answer read more »

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American Inventor - Episode 9 (Hour 2) Doug Hall Decides The Fate of Who Moves On! The Winner Is ....


EPISODE 109 – DOUG HALL DECIDES WHO MOVES ON. There’s only one spot left in the Final 4.

Joseph and Jennifer Safuto – Inventor of the Flushpure toilet seat. Every time you flush the toilet microparticles of bacteria fly all over the place.

Despite their last round of horrible presentation they moved on to this round. read more »

American Inventor - Episode 8 - Peter Jones Judes - To See Who Moves on to the Final 4! The Winner is ...


Tonight, Peter Jones judges a former teacher, a coach and a therapist. They each have 4 weeks to prove they should move on.

All three of tonight’s inventors have one thing in common – they’ve put off they’re lives to make other lives better.

Jodi Plistka invented The Headliner because she lost all her hair 20 years ago to Alopecia.

20 years ago Ed Hall had dreams of NBA stardom. He eventually became a teacher. Inventor of WordAce – an electronic educational game designed to make learning fun. read more »

Gifts You Should Never Give Your Mom For Mother's Day!

In honor of Mother's Day and all the fine mothers out there, there is a ton of advice going around about what to get Moms as a gift for Mother's Day.

Instead of the usual suggestions for flowers (Cheap Mother's Day Flowers)and chocolates (Amazing Chocolates), what I think is truly valuable advice for readers would be to share with folks my hard learned lessons and helpful advice on what to not give your Mom for Mother's Day. You may not have realized it yet but the perfect gift for Mother's Day can determine whether Mom is an angel or a pain to you for the rest of the year...so you better get her something perfect!

American Inventor Episode 108 and Episode 109 Airs Thursday, May 4, 2006 - TWO HOURS 8:00 - 10:00 PM


If you've seen episode 106 or 107, then you know the drill by now. One of the four judges on American Inventor mentors three of the semi-finalists. read more »

Starting a Small Business and Need Some Advice?


When you start a small business, you have to do everything.

Do you feel like you have so much to do to get your business on track and sometimes, feel overwhelmed by all that you need to do and all that you don't know how to do? Well, as you know, the web can be a terrific resource for small business owners and other entrepreneurs. But how can you find the good resources that are out there?


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Will There Be a Second Season of American Inventor?


So the advertisers at Mediaweek seems to be pondering whether there will be a second season on American Inventor. Doug Hall, in his recent blogging here, said he was "caustiously optimistic". A recent article for Mediaweek seems to mimic that tone. read more »

What You Need to Ask Your Prototyper


Guest blogger William Colbath continues his helpful series on Prototyping with the following article for AmericanInventorSpot.com :

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Hi all.

Hope you are all doing well. I want to thank everyone that
wrote me about the death of my great granddaughter. Your comments were appreciated.

Last week I talked about engineers, this week I am going to talk a little about prototypers and what makes them tick.
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Spherical Safety Seat, Un-Brella, Double Traction Bike: Are They Copycat Products?


Since I wrote my last article "Are the American Inventor Final 12 Products Already on the Market?" (posted April 19, 2006), we have received more e-mails and comments informing us about other products in the Final 12 that already exist that were not previously discussed. So I decided to write a follow up on the following three products:

1. Sheryl McDonald – Un-Brella (InBrella);

2. Francisco Patino - Double Traction Bike (D-Tract 2x2); and

3. Janusz Lieberkowski - Spherical Safety Seat.

None of these three products had a patent.


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New Search is On For Inventor of the Future


Yesterday, we received a request from Becker Entertainment to assist them in finding a special Inventor. We said we would be happy to help their efforts and asked them to submit an article for posting on our site. Here's their letter:

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Becker Entertainment is a Sydney based production company, currently developing a new documentary idea for the Discovery Science Channel.


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