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September, 2006

Halloween Costumes For The Slighty Twisted

One of my favorite days of the year is Halloween. That is a holiday made for me with all that is a bit dark in man.

 

I am not one to wear a stupid costume from a local Wal_Mart. No. I am into finding something a little different that reflect the innver beast.

Here's a few of my favorites. If I get really into it, I may share more.

Innovative Architecture of the Tubac House


Tubac HouseTubac HouseInterested in learning about some innovative architecture?

Our guest blogger, Seth Plattner, is a recent graduate from New York University who bides his time writing, dining and doing his best to make sense of the world around him. With an appreciation for fine architecture, Seth focused on taking a closer look of the Tubac House in Tubac, Arizona for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. read more »

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Modern Marvels Invent Now Invention Contest


Modern Marvels Invent NowModern Marvels Invent NowThe Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge is a contest that invites the independent inventor to share his/her vision and ingenious design with the world. The most remarkable invention submitted will be named the 2007 "Modern Marvel of the Year." The Challenge celebrates American ingenuity and provides a unique national forum for the independent inventor.
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Go Hands Free or Die


Logitech HeadsetLogitech HeadsetI never thought I would be attached to a mobile headset.

I feel like I grew up in a generation that’s had a love/hate relationship with earphones. We loved them when the Walkman came out in the 80’s, but then we hated them when CD players hit the market. Who could workout and listen to their CD player without it skipping? Seriously…

The craze started back up when sanctimony was in vogue in the 90’s, where, if you worked in any call center, headsets for your landline were a status symbol. Now, sales of earphones and headsets are blazing past any other mobile item - we’ve got ear buds, Bluetooth, Jabra and earplugs smart enough to switch from music to a phone call with the touch of a button. read more »

What Do You Get When You Combine a Tricyle and a Scooter?


Piaggio MP3Piaggio MP3Interested in knowing what you get when you mix a tricycle and an extremely fast scooter?

Our guest blogger, Carson Barker has been a freelance writing since 2001. He has a bachelor's degree in music and journalism, and when he's notwriting about the entertainment industry or general news, he teaches music and art lessons in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Carson takes a close look at the newest advancements in scooters.

Here's his article:

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Intel is Paying $1 Million for Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs


Intel ViivIntel ViivIntel is offering $1 million in prizes to PC designers and manufacturers who can come up with smaller, sexier alternatives to the "big, beige box". Applications must be submitted no later than January 15, 2007 11:59 pm PST and systems must be received by Intel for evaluation no later than March 2, 2007 11:59 pm PST. If you want to read Intel's news release on the Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, click read more.

Thanks to our friends over at therawfeed.com for letting us in on this challenge.
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More Good News!


Technorati 4904Technorati 4904Hi Everyone:

AmericanInventorSpot.com has some great site related news to share:

First, we want to welcome Lexi Schuh to AmericanInventorSpot.com as our newest Featured Blogger.
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Tokyo Game Show 2006: A Total Snore?


As you know, my three day coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2006 is now done! After the first full game convention I covered, I’m proud to say I’ve decided the final awards for the show. I wasn’t actually at this one, but perhaps I’ll be able to report you to you live from a game convention sometime in the future. Tokyo Game Show has been running for 10 years, and hosted the video game industries' top company’s best products last weekend. Here’s a wrap on my Tokyo Game Show 2006 convention coverage!
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ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors


Eric & DanardEric & DanardPRESS RELEASE

ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors

As most of America knows, Mr. Thompson was awarded $50,000 from the hit ABC show for the rights to his Catch Vest, but what might surprise you is what he did with the money. After saving his house from foreclosure, Mr. Thompson took the majority of his winnings and started a company, "Belykewater Productions." read more »

Eight Cool Tools to Handicap the Course


Pocket MarkmasterPocket MarkmasterDid you every wish you could improve your golf game?

Our Guest Blogger, Scott Fetters, is a self-described "freelance writer extraordinaire, adventure sports enthusiast, and professional extrovert", who is "riding out this train we call life through some fresh powder, until the wheels fall off." Scott thought his good deed of the day would be to help readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com become better golfers (and who doesn't need a little help with their game) with these innovative golf gadgets.

Here's his article: read more »

Green Innovation Contest for College Students


ecomagination challengeecomagination challengeThe mtvU GE ecomagination Challenge is asking individual and teams of college students from around the country to develop new, creative ways to green their campus. They are looking for innovative and groundbreaking ideas that can have a positive impact at the local level or the global level - or both. read more »

Want to Help Inventors?


It is very difficult to be a successful independent inventor. We want to change that, and with your help, we think we can.

We at InventorSpot.com are committed to making the invention process easier and less fraught with risks for individual inventors. If we are able to pool our collective knowledge and resources more effectively, we believe that Inventors will have an easier time turning their dreams into reality.

We are already the most popular invention related website in the world. But we also want to be the best. Please join us in building the best website for Independent Inventors on the Planet!

Here are some of the ways you can help: read more »

Yankee Inventor Expo in Waterbury, Connecticut on October 19-21, 2006


Yankee Invention ExpoYankee Invention ExpoYankee Invention Expo 2006 and Yankee Entrepreneur Workshops will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 19 through 21, 2006 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

 

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Innovative Architecture of the HSB Turning Torso


Turning Torso 3Turning Torso 3Interested in learning about some innovative architecture?

Our guest blogger, Seth Plattner, is a recent graduate from New York University who bides his time writing, dining and doing his best to make sense of the world around him. With an appreciation for fine architecture, Seth focused on taking a closer look of the HSB Turning Torso for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:


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News From Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Three


That’s right, the final day of TGS 2006 is upon us! Adding to my previous coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2006, this is an overview and my opinions of Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Three. Tokyo Game Show has been running for 10 years, and is hosting the video game industries' top company’s best products, all available to the public. This is what happened at Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Three!
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Oxymoronic Invention: the Electric Composter


NatureMill's ComposterNatureMill's ComposterDo you know of any self-contradictory or "oxymoronic" inventions? You know ... inventions that defeat its own purpose?

Our guest blogger, Phil Jones aka "bottleslingguy", is the inventor of his own brand of nursing bottle slings (you can check them out at http://www.bottleslingguy.com/ ). Phil is an avid fan of AmericanInventorSpot.com (he's been with us since the beginning), he loves to pick on Doug Hall and plans on changing the way people bottlefeed their children. Auditioning right after Robert Amore and Francisco Patino of ABC's American Inventor, his two minutes of fame never made it past the cutting room floor. Now he likes to hang around here and remind people to check out his invention and let us know about an invention that seems just doesn't seem right.

Here's his article:


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News From Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Two


Adding to my coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2006, this is an overview and my opinions of Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Two. Tokyo Game Show has been running for 10 years, and is hosting the video game industries' top company’s best products, all available to the public. This is what happened at Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day Two!


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FREE TICKETS TO DIGITALLIFE EXPO — WHERE GADGETS, GAMES & TECH ARE UNLEASHED!


DIGITAL LIFE EXPO OCT 12-15 NYC JAVITZ CENTERDIGITAL LIFE EXPO OCT 12-15 NYC JAVITZ CENTER

Our friends over at DigitalLife fired us an email and asked us to pass this along — they're offering FREE tickets to this year's event (regular price is $15). How do you get them? Easy. Just read a bit further - as in, click "read" at the bottom of this preview and you'll find the link and secret source code. Cool, right?

If you're wondering what Digital Life is here's a taste. Held October 12-15 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, DigitalLife is the ultimate consumer and technology event. 50,000+ attendees will be able to test drive new and unreleased games, try out the latest consumer technologies, meet celebrities, win prizes, and enjoy all aspects of the digital lifestyle. read more »

The Total Makeover of Everyday Salt


Good Old SaltGood Old SaltCan you think of a way we could improve salt? We can't, but someone has.

Our guest blogger, Megan DuBois, is a freelance writer, proofreader and editor who lives in Denver, Colorado. Megan has a passion for food; growing up around homemade macaroni and cheese and burritos gave her quite an appetite. She wanted to share her interest in innovative foods with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:



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News From Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day One


Tokyo Game Show 2006 started September 22nd, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. In its tenth year running, it will be hosting the video game industries top company’s best products, all available to the public. In this article, I’ll be discussing Microsoft’s start for the show, Sony’s Ken Kutaragi’s keynote speech on the future of the PLAYSTATION 3, and my opinion on all the game demos and events occurring during Tokyo Game Show 2006: Day One!


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DNA Labs for Your Young Scientists: Toys or Tools?


Want to inspire someone to be a scientist?

Our Guest Blogger, Aikea, has a passion for the natural world. This lead him to the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he earned a degree in Marine Science. AiKea also values quality friendships and good conversations. He wanted to share his passion with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com by writing about a powerful new learning tool for children.

Here's his article:


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Five Amazing Ways to Use Portable Solar Power


Power PursePower PurseSolar energy isn’t just for your backyard. You can carry it with you too, wherever you go. Whether you’re traveling to a remote place for business, vacationing on a mountain, shopping nonstop for hours, camping in the wild, visiting family out of town or just walking from class to class on campus, you can power up with solar energy. How? More and more, solar panels are being added to clothing, bags and accessories as people become aware of the value and convenience of solar energy. read more »

How to Be Sizzling Hot - Guide for Men


Money CologneMoney CologneWant to be sizzling hot?

If you are pining to be treated like a prime piece of steak rather than dried beef jerky, you got to change your ways and get sexy.

In my relentless pursuit to help out my readers (and of course to see what I need to do to get sexy again), I have studied up this week on how to be hot.

So after doing all this research, I decided to write an article that really addresses the challenges men face in their quest to be hot. And you know I am not going to be so lame as to suggest some excruciatingly pitiful things like diet, exercise and plastic surgery.

Here are my exclusive super secret discoveries on some nifty solutions to the challenges men commonly face in the quest for hotness or 5 Easy Ways to Get Smoking Hot: read more »

Apple iPhone: Can It Be Real?


Another iPhone IdeaAnother iPhone Idea

Will Apple ever release its iPhone? If you’ve been looking at the web this month, there’s growing speculation that the next big step for CEO Steve Jobs is a launch of an iPod-like cell phone in January 2007 (see the collected pictures from various sites like Gizmodo for theories on what an Apple phone might look like).

But rumors about an iPhone have been around forever. So, are we ever going to see it in stores?

Color me skeptical.


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Make Your Baby the Coolest on the Block


iCribiCribWant to give your baby the coolest in gadgets?

Our guest blogger, Amy Coughenour, is a mom of two girls under the age of 3. She spends most of her time doing "mom" stuff, leading a moms' group, and spends her free time scrapbooking, stamping, or just enjoying a moment to read a book! She loves to keep an eye out for the latest and greatest products for babies and kids -- anything to make a mom's life easier. She found a great product to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's her article: read more »

Want to Enhance Performance? Get a Bionic Edge


Wish you could perform better as an athelete?

Our Guest Blogger, Scott Fetters, is a self-described "freelance writer extraordinaire, adventure sports enthusiast, and professional extrovert", who is "riding out this train we call life through some fresh powder, until the wheels fall off." Scott thought it'd be fun to helps readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com become better performers.

Here's his article:



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Staples Invention Quest Invention Contest Starts Today


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples (the office supplies superstore) Invention Quest is back. Staples has broken the competition into three separate categories:

* Invention Quest (19 years and older),

* Invention Quest Kids (18 years and younger), and

* Invention Quest Associates (for Staples Associates).
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Unleashing the Newest Pet Products


Busy Buddy ToysBusy Buddy ToysLooking for a great new toy for your pet?

Our Guest Blogger, Lexi Schuh, is a stay-at-home mother and an ex-teacher trying to enrich herself through her many writing projects. She has written about the latest trends for pet for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Tokyo Game Show 2006: Preview


Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is one of the year’s biggest video game conventions. The best video game systems, games, and accessories are shown at this show annually.
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Night Lights - HotSpotMama Find


Twilight Turtle

When I was growing up, I had the traditional night light. It had one of those tiny bulbs with a plastic cover that only covered the front half of the bulb. I guess that was so a child couldn't touch the bulb directly. Too bad any one year child could pop the cover off. Today, companies appear to have taken night lights to the next level along with everything else out there for kids.
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LG Migo - The Cellphone For Kids


LG Migo by VerizonLG Migo by VerizonThe little Migo by LG is the most recent addition to the Verizon Wireless family destined to top its depth chart. It’s the talented rookie with nothing but promise.

Let’s get to the best parts of this product right away. The phone is free with your wireless plan, your kids will always be a phone call away and you can have a text message alert sent to you when your child gets out of school or basketball practice. Can a parent ask for anything better in a phone? read more »

Nintendo Wii: Launch Date and Price Announced


Nintendo WiiNintendo WiiAfter months and months of silence, Nintendo finally announced release dates and a price for their next generation console, the Nintendo Wii. On September 14th, Nintendo told the press that their Nintendo Wii would be launching in the United States on.... read more »

Race of the Hybrids


BMW Hydrogen 7BMW Hydrogen 7Looking for the latest in hybrid cars?

Our guest blogger Carson Barker has been freelance writing since 2001. He has a bachelor's degree in music journalism, and when he's not writing about the entertainment industry or general news, he teaches music and art lessons in his hometown of Austin , TX. He has a passion of cars and he wanted to share the latest in car innovations with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.  Here's his article:


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Innovative Architecture - Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain


Metropol 1Metropol 1Interested in learning about some innovative architecture?

Our guest blogger, Seth Plattner, is a recent graduate from New York University who bides his time writing, dining and doing his best to make sense of the world around him. With an appreciation for fine architecture, Seth contacted J. Mayer H. to learn more about his new project for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Get Your Idea to Market WITHOUT an Invention Submission Firm


Invention: Power Pitch HorseshoesInvention: Power Pitch Horseshoes

Did you know you don't need to use an Invention Submission Firm to show your ideas to manufacturers?

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools,
toys and a kitchen utensil without the aid of an Invention Submission Firm. You can see some of his inventions at rogerbrown.net. He graciously agreed to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com some valuable advice. Here's his article: read more »

Enjoy Your Backyard with Solar Energy


Solar GrillSolar GrillDo you like to barbeque? Do you mow your yard? Do you have a fire ant infestation or are the mosquitoes eating you alive? Are you too dirty to go inside? Whether this sounds like you or someone else you know, there is an alternative, cheaper, quieter, and greener way to enjoy your backyard. From mirrored grills that cook your food naturally to chemically-free ant charmers and mosquito repellents, these innovations are all powered by the sun and get the job done. read more »

Keeping Kids Safe... by Using Their Wrists


Child ID BraceletChild ID BraceletEver wish you could attach important messages to your kids?

Karen Magarelli, our newest guest blogger, is a mother of two, community volunteer extraordinaire, a fashion jewelry diva and is always on the look-out for a great new frugal find for the family. She has the solution for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:
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Green Innovation Contest


GreenGreenKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers ("KPCB") is a big technology venture capital firm that believes that our planet is facing a green crisis and that entrepreneurs will be the ones to combat that problem. To accelerate and encourage innovation, KPCB has launched its annual $100,000 KPCB Prize for Green Innovation awarded for the best technology or policy innovation in Greentech.


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Apple's new iPod Shuffle EXCLUSIVE!


The New ipod Shuffle!The New ipod Shuffle!The New ipod Shuffle! Unless you live under a rock, you’ve likely heard about Steve Jobs' latest and greatest Apple releases. We could write a brief summary of all the cool features. But frankly, if you want a great summary of the good stuff from people that were actually there, just click here. It’ll fire you over to our friends at Engadget. (Ok… they’re not actually our friends. But they rock.) What we do have is an EXCLUSIVE PHOTO of Steve with his latest accessory – the iPod shuffle. read more »

Coolest Combo: Phone and Video Baby Monitor - HotSpotMama Find


KX-TGA573SKX-TGA573SWhen I had my first baby (who is now 5 years old), we bought this great video baby monitor. We thought it was the coolest thing that we could watch our child while he was sleeping without him seeing us. The problem I had was it was pretty big and bright. The screen had to be about four inches. So when we went to bed and left the monitor on (yes, typical first time mom), it pretty much lite up our entire room. Also, it was a huge eye sore on my dresser.

You can avoid all that now. Panasonic has come along with the KX-TGA573S Panasonic 5.8 GHz FHSS GigaRange® Expandable Digital Cordless Camera. It is essentially a video monitor that can be used with a compatable Panasonic color phone handset.
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Inventor Calendar is Up


Calendar

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that we now have an Inventor Calender on AmericanInventorSpot.com. It will the be the central location where we will put all the contests, conventions, and any other interesting inventor events.

To find it, just go to the navigation bar to FOR INVENTORS, then scroll down to INVENTORS CALENDAR. Presto, like magic... it appears.

If you come across an inventor event that you would like to share, please contact us . You can either click on the blue link here or go up to the navigation bar to CONTACT. Thanks in advance for any information.

Alexis
http://AmericanInventorSpot.com
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Doggie Duds and Kitty Couture: Current Fashion Trends for your Pet


Want the latest trends for your pet?

Our Guest Blogger Lexy Schuh is a stay-at-home mother and an ex-teacher trying to enrich herself through her many writing projects. She has written about the latest trends for pet for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

The Future of Camera Phones


Integrated 3.2 MP CameraSamsung a990

I hardly have anything nice to say when you meet me in person. It’s true. Nothing is harder for me then holding in criticism. Given this unfortunate condition, one cell phone manufacturer in particular should be happy about what I have to say here. read more »

Medical News: The Power of Cranberry Juice as an Anti-biotic


Although this may not qualify as an medical innovation per se, I found a recent article on the power of cranberry juice (or the tannins in the juice) to be an exciting find.



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Your Guide to Video Game Terminology: Advanced


 New TechnologyCell Processor: New Technology

In a society based around electronic devices and technology, there are always going to be new things out there for you to see and learn.


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We're Now Green and Connected


We are pleased to announce that two more writers have accepted our invitation to be Featured Bloggers here at AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Ms. Gloria Campos-Hensley will be writing for us on all things green. She is a professional writer and a mom, and comes from Houston, Texas. Ms. Campos-Hensley will be sharing with us her finds on innovations that are environmentally friendly, save money, improve our way of living and are convenient to use.

Mr. Jefferson Smith will keep us all well connected. A political and marketing consultant that is currently pursuing a Masters degree, Mr. Smith works and lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Jefferson's experience in technology innovation comes from five years of working at Internet Access companies and dotcoms during the boom and bust of the 90's. Mr. Smith will share his views on the lighter side of inventing, innovating and living, concentrating primarily on cell phone technology, wireless internet services and some of the latest break-throughs in technology.


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Are You Cutting Your Dog Short?


Need to Groom Your Dog without hurting it?

Our Guest Blogger Lexy Schuh is a stay-at-home mother and an ex-teacher trying to enrich herself through her many writing projects. She has written about a clever pet care innovation for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

You Know Your House is Too Small When...


When your house is too small, you need to be really creative in using your space intelligently. It's not unusual to hear of folks trapped in tiny cramped living spaces to find ingenious ways to use the available space. I have heard of folks trying to use their shower (and their shower rods) as extra closet space and having shelves above every door. But, I've never seen anything like this...
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Invention Contest for Pet Products (yes, another one)


 

My Pet IdeaMy Pet IdeaDrs. Foster & Smith Partners with PetSafe to Present "My Pet Idea" $25,000 Pet Product Invention Contest Starts Today

RHINELANDER, WI - September 6, 2006 - Have you ever wished you had a product for your pet that hasn't been invented yet? Now you have the chance to help bring that product to market and win up to $25,000 - just for having a great idea for your dog or cat!

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Sony Delays PLAYSTATION 3 in Europe


In a surprise move, Sony Corp. announced the delay of their PLAYSTATION 3 (a.k.a. PS3) launch in Europe today. The launch has been delayed from November to March due to manufacturing shortages. Ken Kutaragi told reporters, “I feel sorry. I think there are so many people out there who hold such high expectations for the PS3.”

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Wacky Ways to Lose Weight


Vinyl Sauna Suit

Working on my article on Weight Loss Gadgets for the Lazy and Unmotivated last week, I came upon some unusual ways for people to try to lose weight.

Here are my picks for the wackiest ways to try to lose a few pounds... read more »

No More TV - HotSpotMama Find


Bob TV Time ManagerBob TV Time ManagerI think almost all parents think their kids watch too much TV these days. Bob TV Time Manager gives parents an easy way to control the amount of TV a child watches. It essentially lets you limit the amount of time your child watches TV, plays video games or surfs the web.


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Gummi Bear Lights - HotSpotMama Find


Gummi LightsGummi LightsYummy.

These lights make me hungry: Gummi Bear lights.

These Gummi Lights are made out of rubber and have an LED light in their butt. They are battery powered so you don't have to worry about their cords. They come with two lithium batteries that last about 20 hours.
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A Mouse made for Kids - HotSpotMama Find


Tiger MouseTiger MouseA few months ago, I wrote an article about these new animal shaped computer screens that were coming out. I finally found a mouse to match those computer sceens perfectly: an animal shaped mouse.

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Invention Contest for Pet Products


PetsPetsShure Pets, a direct seller of pet products, is having its first animal product invention contest. Shure Pets is inviting all animal lovers to submit any ideas for revolutionary pet products.



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Is Your Teenage Driver Speeding? Now You Can Tell


Want to know if your teenager is speeding?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at www.thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Are you a worried parent with a teen driver? A new invention by a young man from Massachusetts can monitor the speed and location of a car and is being marketed to slow down fast-driving teenagers. We all know that speed and inexperience behind wheel don't mix, but will parents sic this Big Brother-device on their teens?


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A Windmill in every backyard—the future is now!


Skystream 3.7 Home Wind TurbineSkystream 3.7 Home Wind Turbine

As gas prices increase, oil prices skyrocket and the general cost of powering our overpowered lives heads northward along comes a solution that has dotted the landscape of the world for eons—Wind power.

So we’ve all heard the benefits of solar power. We’ve seen the photos of the great wind farms out in the middle of nowhere. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make a small, affordable wind turbine available to everyday homeowners. read more »

Easy Way to Password Protect Your Files


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever been unwilling to let someone use your computer because of what they may see on it? Stop telling your friends that they can't use your computer because of "viruses" when they stop by. Lock the files you don't want seen by anyone instead! read more »