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October, 2006

Merry Halloween! The Booming Holiday Decoration Market


In case you haven’t been to Target or WalMart lately, Halloween is the new Christmas.

In this article, I take a look at the opportunities for inventors created through the ridiculous over-commercialization of holidays. read more »

Random Good Links: Halloween 2006


PimpkinPimpkinHi Folks:

We are going to try something new on our site.

Folks have asked us why we don't link to some of the great content on the web. Our response was that since we're a site focused on inventions, innovations and interesting ideas, many of the links that we like were not quite on topic of our site.

But with reflection, we realized that with so much great content floating around, we should share some of it with you. Thus, we are going to post random links from time to time of what we think is worthy of sharing.

So to start off this series, we share with you here some of our Favorite Halloween Links: read more »

Happy Halloween!


Happy HalloweenI hope everyone is ready for Halloween. If you haven't picked up any candy yet, make sure you grab some on your lunch break. (No, not for you. For the kids that will come knocking on your door.)

Here's a list of all the Halloween Articles our writers have written for our readers. Enjoy!

 

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Great Product Idea? What to do Next.


Did you just come up with a great idea? What do you do next?

Myra Per-Lee developed, manufactured, and marketed about a dozen products in a ten year period, most on her own with very little start-up capital. The most successful of her inventions, massage tools for adults, animals and infants, known as Nukkles®, Nuzzles®, and Snukkles®, is still going strong after eight years on the market. Myra lets us in on the secret of what to do after you've come up with the next best idea.

Here's her article:

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When you get a brilliant idea for a new product, don't you wish you could just write it down and drop it into Wal-Mart's suggestion box and, then in a week, receive a big fat check? Boy, I do! read more »

Bar Code Scanners Reinventing Shopping Again?


Last week I wrote about an ethos of surveillance we’ve been cultivating here in the United States. One so rampant that we’re now monitoring US/Mexican border crossings with state sponsored webcams. Even as citizens, we’re being screened at every place outside of our homes: banks, restaurants, bars, you name it.

This got me thinking. If businesses are monitoring us, is there any way that we can monitor them? If we’re being observed to make sure we’re not stealing from stores, is there a way we can monitor stores to make sure they’re not stealing from us?

I think there is, but I might need some help with this idea.
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Disgusting Candy Your Kids Will Love


While searching for online Halloween games to write about, I stumbled across some pretty weird (and disgusting) candy. These candies are tasty treats that, for the most part, just look kind of creepy.

Here's a collection of the 10 Weirdest Candy Treats that your children will love to try! read more »

Wacky Product of the Week #4:


Well, here's my wacky find of the week...a light switch.

If you have a mind like mine, there's gotta be something about this product that makes you laugh.

Can you think up anything funny to say for this nifty little device? (light switch) read more »

How to Figure Out if You Just Called the Bad Guys


Access Inventor logoAccess Inventor logoDo you know how to protect yourself from being ripped off by the bad guys?

Our Guest Blogger, Terri Phillips, is an inventor of numerous products. She has worked at an Invention Promotion Firm. She now works in marketing, packaging, and product development for an inventor service company that provides a means of distribution for inventors to sell their products through AccessInventors.com. Terri's goal is to educate inventors from the inside out, so she wrote this article exclusively for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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Happy Green Halloween


Corpse Solar LightCorpse Solar Light

If you like Halloween and you love to decorate for the occasion, now you have the chance to add a little more green to your spooky garden decor using solar energy. Below are a few solar products to liven up your Halloween nights. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a Foot Massager


Foot MassagerFoot MassagerI love massages. Love, love, love them. If I hit lotto, I think I would have three personal masseuses come to my house everyday: one for me, one for my husband and one for my younger son (my older son does not like them - obviously we don't know where he gets this from).

But, let's face it, a decent massage costs at least $60 an hour. The problem is I love, love, love, love eating out more (that's four loves). So the massages get put on the back burner. read more »

Commuter Beverage Hunt - BIG Idea Hunt


Big Idea GroupBig Idea GroupThe Food Inventors Network, a division of Big Idea Group (BIG), announced its latest Idea Hunt today. A leading U.S. food company enlisted BIG's food and packaging division to search for innovative A.M beverages designed for male commuters. The best ideas will be considered for licensing contracts, and prizes will be awarded to the top 30 concepts.
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Bra Fastener & Adjuster Hunt - BIG Idea Hunt


Big Idea GroupBig Idea GroupBig Idea Group (BIG) is conducting another Idea Hunt. A leading European intimate apparel company has enlisted BIG to find innovative solutions for fastening and adjusting bras. Best concepts will be considered for licensing contracts.
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13 REAL Haunted Places That Will Make You Cry for Mommy


Continuing this month's apropos theme of all things haunted, I bring a list of 13 of the most haunted places in the world. Paranormal activity is an international affair, and ghosts and apparitions toy with the living everywhere from California to Mumbai. This list will have some familiar names, and some places you never expected to be haunted (The White House?!), but each one comes with tale after tale of weird and terrifying experiences with the phantom world. read more »

Game of the Week: Splinter Cell Double Agent


Have you ever wanted to be a top secret espionage agent? Well, here's your chance! This game brings you about as close as the average person could ever get!

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent was released on October 17th, 2006, for the XBox 360. It was developed and published by Ubisoft. The game is also to be released on the XBox, PlayStation 2, Gamecube, and PC on October 26th, 2006. Splinter Cell Double Agent is the fourth installment of the well known Splinter Cell series, all of which are developed and published by Ubisoft. read more »

The Dream of Invisibility


Invisibility CloakInvisibility CloakWould you rather have x-ray vision or be invisible?

Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily lets us in on the news that every person's fantasy about being invisible may come true in the near future.

Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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The fantasy of becoming invisible has long occupied storytellers. Capes, shields, potions, rings, and hats have made characters from Bilbo Baggins to the Greek god Perseus disappear from sight to pursue their daring agendas uninhibited. Invisibility ranks with time travel and x-ray vision in our psyche; it's something we dream about, but catalog as science fiction. But is it? This week, a team of researchers working jointly at Duke University and Imperial College London announced they successfully tested the first invisibility cloak. Click here to see the official announcement on Duke's web site.
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How to Come Up With A Great Product Idea


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Ever wonder how inventors come up with those great ideas?

Myra Per-Lee developed, manufactured, and marketed about a dozen products in a ten year period, most on her own with very little start-up capital. The most successful of her inventions, massage tools for adults, animals and infants, known as Nukkles®, Nuzzles®, and Snukkles®, is still going strong after eight years on the market. Myra lets us in on the secret of how to come up with our own ideas.

Here's her article:

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One day in 1990, as I was changing clothes after work, I noticed some scuff marks on the right heel of my new shoes. Miffed, as I couldn't recall rubbing them against anything, I got out my shoe polish and tried to cover up the marks on the shoe. While I was at it, I thought I'd check my closet for any other shoes that needed polishing. Funny thing, most every pair of shoes I owned showed the same pattern of wear on the right heel. read more »

Dripping in Trash


Bottlecap Loteria BraceletBottlecap Loteria BraceletIf you like jewelry, art, and recycling, then you should take a look at the treasures I’ve found. Very creative people have come up with very innovative ways to turn discarded items into decorative jewelry. Are they alluring? It depends on your point of view, but if nothing else, at least they are environmentally friendly. read more »

10 Types of Bosses You Need to Avoid


My boss has been really been bugging me lately. I think I spend more of my day thinking about how to avoid him than I spend working on the stuff he needs from me. So, for this week's article, I had the bright idea of giving you some sage advice on the types of bosses you need to avoid.

I don't know about you, but when I think about bosses, it makes me think of asses, and when I think of asses, I think of ___holes, and without fail, when I think of ___holes, I think of toilets. How about you?

So here's my advice on the 10 Types of Bosses You Should Avoid, as demonstrated with the help of toilets: read more »

Are Pogo Sticks the New SkateBoard?


FlybarFlybarWhen you think of pogo sticks, do you think of them as latest rage in extreme sports?

Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily introduces us to the next generation of pogo sticks.

Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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What happens when you cross an eight time World Cup skateboard champion with an inventor who has a degree in physics from MIT? Just ask Andy MacDonald, a.k.a. Andy Mac, and Bruce Middleton. For the past few years, the two unlikely cohorts collaborated on the most extreme pogo stick ever invented.

Slightly Twisted #4 : Need Your Comments Here


Hi All:

Here's my wacky find of the week, for your commenting pleasure.

I thought this was funny for some reason. (link)

So, can you come up with some comments on this to make us all laugh?

Would you ever buy this thing and what would you do with it? read more »

Amused and Bemused
Featured Blogger
AmericanInventorSpot.com

Inflatable Haunted House as PlayHouse


Inflatable Haunted HouseInflatable Haunted HouseI love Halloween. Seriously, as a kid, what is better than knocking at someone's door and having someone hand you candy. When my oldest son was two years old, he got the hang of trick-or-treating a little too quickly. At the age of one, my youngest child had more candy from trick-or-treating than I ate the first 20 years of my life (no, he didn't eat all of the candy, he just accumulated it). read more »

I love the decorations too. I came across this inflatable haunted house that looks like a giant playhouse. Its better than all those other inflatables they have out for Halloween because it does more than just sits there looking spooky. You can walk (or run) through it.

Invention Contests: Three Reasons They're Worth Entering


Have a few hours on your hands? Why not enter an invention contest?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. Tim gives us three reasons why we should spend a free afternoon entering an invention contest instead of watching TV.

Here's his article:

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Every year, you'll find about a dozen opportunities to enter national invention (or other idea-related) contests. Some hold out the promise of bringing a product to market, some just financial incentives. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $1.3 Million for a Cell Phone


Diamond Crypto SmartphoneDiamond Crypto SmartphoneI've heard some people say that their cell phones are cost them a fortune. Obviously, the've never seen the Diamond Crypto Smartphone, designed by Peter Aloisson.

The actual phone is made out of platinum and rose gold. It has over 80 diamonds on it. There are 50 diamonds going up and down the sides (10 are blue diamonds), the navigation key has 28 diamonds surrounding it and the navigation button is actually a 1/2 carat diamond. The buttons on the sides are suppose to be diamonds too. read more »

Like Accent Walls? Try the Plantwall.


No doubt many of you caught on to the still-popular-as-ever accent wall fad. With the help of home makeover shows like Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the American public was introduced to cheap and affordable ways to spruce up the home. But, as with any trend, the market is always looking for ways to keep the ball rolling and Green Fortune has come up with a unique way to take the accent wall one step further. read more »

Game of the Week: Dead Rising


Starting this week, I’m writing a weekly column called “Game of the Week,” (a.k.a. GotW). The idea is to pick one game each week and talk a little bit about it.

After the release of the XBox 360 in November of 2005, it was common belief that the games released for the console were very similar to the previous generation games. The first widely accepted “next generation” game on the XBox 360 was Dead Rising. read more »

World's First Allergy Free Cat Can Now Be Yours


ALLERCA kittensALLERCA kittensSome people who are afflicted with cat allergies get itchy or runny eyes, plugged up noses and may even be plagued with shortness of breath. I break out in hives all over my exposed areas. Our cat rubs up against my legs: bloop! bloop! bloop! You can almost instantly see the repugnant patches popping up all over the place. But there is no reason to suffer anymore. Thanks to the company Allerca, Allergy affected cat lovers like me can now purchase the world’s first hypoallergenic cats!
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Recycled Bodies Exhibit: Creepy or Innovative?


The Soccer PlayerThe Soccer PlayerIf you have a weak stomach, turn away. This subject is about to go beyond the common life saving practice of donating human organs to those in need. Today you can donate your body too, not to save a life, but to be placed on display in a museum.
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Ever Want to Smell What's on TV?


Experimental Setup for Odor RecorderExperimental Setup for Odor RecorderHave you ever gotten hungry just watching the cooking channel on cable? What if you could smell it too?

Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily gives us a glimpse of what our future can be like while we're watching TV at home.

Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, French writer, Marcel Proust, explored a theory that human senses are intricately entwined with memory.
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How to Sell Your Idea in 27 Seconds


ElevatorElevatorWonder what you would do if you were riding in an elevator with one of the judges from the American Inventor TV show?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some tips on how to pitch your invention in 30 seconds or less.

Here's his article:

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In the marketing/branding world, there's this thing called the "elevator pitch." read more »

Cutest Dog Halloween Parade


It’s that time of year again when ghosts and goblins and Flappers and Ninjas hit the streets in search of loot. Halloween is upon us, so it’s time to get those thinking caps on to help dream up the perfect costume for the loved ones in your family.

For years, I have gussied up our dogs for the holiday so they can join in on the festivities. We have a pair of pups, so we usually opt for theme costumes. We have had Hula Boy and Hula Girl. (Yes, my dog did don a coconut bra.) I’ve rounded up some adorable costume ideas for you here to get you going on your Halloween brainstorming. read more »

Mona Lisa Recreated


New Mona LisaNew Mona LisaWhat is it about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa that makes people want to create her image over and over again? Why is it so intriguing? Maybe it’s that enigmatic smile she wears or the facial hair she lacks, such as the missing eyebrows.
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Slightly Twisted #3 : Need Your Comments Here


This is my wacky find of the week:

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Yes, for the person with a lot of empty space on their walls, we have the Monthly Doos calendar. (Calendar). The merchant says "Finally, a calendar dedicated to the colorful achievements of man's best friend! "

I am left speechless, so I need your help in coming up with some funny comments for this product. Is this wacky or wonderful?
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Kids Sick? Give them Lollipops - HotSpotMama Find


It finally feels like its fall in the Northeast. I'm seeing leaves fall and kids starting to cough. I thought of this article I wrote back during the summer and thought it was very appropriate right now. Hope it makes your winter a little easier. Here it is. ..

If candy wasn’t so bad for my kids, I would let them consume it 24/7. Nothing seems to quiet a whinning child as quickly and effectively as candy. Now imagine your child sick at home and whinning and having the amazing ability to say, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea, why don’t you have a lollipop?” Your child will look at you with questioning eyes. Is it a trick?


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What Does Staples Really Think About Invention Quest?


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestThere's an inventor inside everyone of us. I don't know of a single person that hasn't had at least one great idea. Ever wonder whether you should enter into the Staples Invention Quest contest with that great idea?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some of his thoughts about the Staples Invention Quest contest.

Here's his article:

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For as much fun as I had making it to the finals of the 2005 Staples Invention Quest, there was always an undercurrent of corporate agenda that made some of us finalists wonder if we were being naïve about Staples' true intentions for the contest. With some of those elements intact for the 2006 version of IQ (www.staples.com/iq), I think it merits some discussion so the naivete isn't passed to a new generation of entrants. read more »

Six Insider Thoughts on Winning Staples Invention Quest


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestEver wish you had insider's guide to what's going on in an invention contest?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some tips for Staples Invention Quest contest.

Here's his article: read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a TV


YalosYalosOh, what to do? What to do? I have $130,000 laying around and I can put a down payment on a house, buy a few cars, feed a starving country or I can buy one TV. The choices some people have to make.

Keymat, has just come out with the Yalos Diamond LCD TV that costs $130,000.
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Chopsticks for Kids


ChopStick KidsChopStick KidsI grew up using chopsticks. Personally, there isn't a type of Asian food that I don't like (ok - so there really isn't any ethnic food I don't like). In this day and age where Chinese food restaurants are as common as the local pizza shop, all kids should get to know how to use chopsticks. My kids have a couple of pairs of them and when we go to restaurants, the wait staff usually makes their own version of children's chopsticks. Here are couple I've found for the kids (and grownups).
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13 Haunted Houses That Will Make You Wet Your Pants


 Love to be scared, scare someone else or delight in watching others wet themselves in fright? If so, this is the post for you. Compiled here are the 13 best American haunted houses. Each has its own specialties in gore and fear and they are sure to terrify even the most seasoned haunted house goer. So, if you’ve got a plight for fright, check out one or more of these locations to ensure a positively hair-raising October. read more »

Cool New Car Coming for Music Fans


Hip Hop Grand VitaraHip Hop Grand VitaraInterested in knowing what you get when you mix a car with a music fanatic?

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 not writing 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 twist with automobiles.

Here's his article:

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When it comes to keeping up with the times, Suzuki has gone above and beyond its other automobile competitors. In accordance with music, fashion, trend and consumerism, American Suzuki Motor Company (ASMC) showed off its "Hip Hop" Grand Vitara, at the 2006 Orange County Auto Show and the Reggaeton Grand Vitara at the 2006 South Florida Auto Show.. read more »

Final Verdict on Madden NFL 07


In the United States, there is no sport more popular than football (although a few may argue baseball). Have you ever dreamt of being a professional athlete with the crowd roaring their approval? Ever dreamt of being out there playing football with the best in the world? With the video game Madden NFL 07, you can live out your dreams. It's as close as it gets to actually being on the field.
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Make Some Noise with a Bicycle Bell


If anyone read my last article, Adorable Animal Backpacks, they probably think that I'm on some kind of animal kick. These great bicycle bells are crafted of durable baked enamel. They come in variety of designs including: lady bug, bee, pink poppy, frog, dots, rainbow, clown, fish, hearts, flower, pond, and spring. read more »


More Site News


I want to announce that we have a new Featured Blogger joining our team. Seth Plattner is a recent graduate from New York University and currenly lives in Denver, Colorado. Having majored in English and minored in Art History, Seth will be honing both his writing skills and artistic eye to focus on architecture and design for American Inventor Spot. Look for articles on anything from interesting buildings and houses to innovative design ideas. But, whatever the topic, you're sure to find interesting subject matter and a unique perspective from Seth.

We're very excited to have him join us and think he's a wonderful addition to our site. read more »

Is Pod Living For You?


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So I know you like your iPod, and pea pods, and those weird Japanese pod style hotels (ok, maybe not) but I offer a few words of caution if you are considering investing in one of the latest design ideas to hit the market: the luxury pod. Designed by Jagger and labeled "the Boho Pods" these large box structures are meant to be an innovative solution for limited space, and they very well can be. Yet, before you slap down some cash for one of these, make sure and use it effectively. read more »

Six Fun Ways to Carry Trash


Book PurseBook Purse In my last article, I introduced you to the world of inspiring chairs and their recycled parts. This time I’d like to show you that inspiration doesn’t always have to be so big and loud. Some times something as simple as a purse can make an impact on our society and the way we think about recycling.

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Inventor Advice: Prototype or Drawing?


Trying to decide whether you need a prototype of your invention?

Our Guest Blogger, Frank Morosky, is an Entrepreneur Consultant. He assists people with business ideas or inventions get their business started quickly and on a tight budget. His website is at fmorosky.home.mchsi.com. He wanted to share his experiences with prototyping with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Have We Gone Surveillance Crazy?


Big BrotherBig BrotherThere should be no mistaking that information is for sale these days, and security concerns have placed a premium on surveillance data - but have we gone too far?

From subway cameras, to keyboard strokes, to webcams monitoring your local street, we’ve gone surveillance crazy. Advancements in camera, video and webcam technology are moving at a blistering pace and the latest innovators have developed such a mastery of pattern recognition that now they can tell it was you who ordered that tiramisu at Mike’s Pastry’s last Friday. Wendy was your waitress. They saw you, and you didn’t tip.
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The Perfect Setting for Your Dog


I know that, at the end of a long day, I really enjoy settling in at home to relish the environment my husband, my children and I have carefully crafted. We have worked hard to make our house a home by slowly but surely contributing the creature comforts we savor on a daily basis. For us, that means a user-friendly backyard for barbequing, a high quality entertainment system for the occasional movie and a kitchen fully loaded to prepare only the finest meals.

Home life may be perfect for us, but what about our other family members: the pets?! They, too, should reap the rewards of our lives well spent. So here are a few products we are considering to help create the perfect home setting for our favorite canine companions. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $10,000 for Fake Eyelashes


Shu Uemura EyelashesShu Uemura EyelashesWhile we are out there searching for things to write about, we come across these ridiculously expensive products. I'm talking about products that should cost about 1% of the asking price. So we have started a new weekly article called "Have Money to Burn ...."

Shu uemura Artistic Director, Gina Brooke, custom designed these diamond eyelashes exclusively for Madonna. These custom mink false eyelashes are adorned with 0.75 carats of diamonds featuring a unique new diamond cut - the "Star Shimmer Cut". read more »

Unusual Ways You Can Sit On Trash


InkukuInkukuToday in our environmentally conscious society you can find a chair made out of almost every recyclable material there is: milk cartons, soda bottles, wine barrels, boat wood, used tires and so on, but most of these chairs feel and look ordinary. Now take a look at some of the more unique and unusual chairs I’ve introduced to you below.
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10 Valuable Life Lessons... Learned From Coffins



In anticipation of my favorite holiday, I decided to write articles this entire month dedicated to the best of day of the year, Halloween. So what do I like about Halloween? One thing about Halloween I enjoy is the celebration of death and the macabre.

I started canvassing through the typical "Halloween" stuff like scary costumes but then got distracted by all the cool looking coffins I found.

I think you can learn a lot about life from almost everything if you open yourself up to what they can teach us. Being brilliant, I came up with the idea that coffins can offer up some valuable lessons about life. So here is my collection of coffins and what I think they tell you about life: read more »

Inflatable Home Theater


When Amused and Bemused first introduced the inflatable beer tavern, I was very impressed.  However, I think this inflatable home theater beats out the beer tavern just because its more practical.  

12 Foot Outdoor Theater12 Foot Outdoor TheaterYou know longer have to choose to spend your day inside ... so when want to lounge around and watch your favorite sports event.   you're wife is bitching about you getting off you fat @ss and get some fresh air.

http://www.smarthome.com/597512.html 

Adorable Animal Backpacks


frogfrogBackpacks were always a big hit at my house. Both my boys love wearing them. I guess it makes them feel like big kids.

I think these pictures say it all. Is it possible for someone to make a cuter backpack? (I would love to see a link if these are not the cutest ones you've seen). read more »

Insider Expose on Invention Promotion Firms!


Did you ever wonder how some Invention Promotion Firms actually work?

Our Guest Blogger, Terri Phillips, is an inventor of numerous products. She has worked at an Invention Promotion Firm. She now works in marketing, packaging, and product development for an inventor service company that provides a means of distribution for inventors to sell their products through AccessInventors.com. Terri's goal is to educate inventors from the inside out, so she wrote this article exclusively for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Bored At Work? Play Games!


Are you bored at work? Could you go for spicing up your work day with playing computer games? Well now you can with the Stealth Switch!
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Keyboards for Little People


MiniKeyBoardMiniKeyBoardThese days, I am constantly on the computer and my wrist are killing me. In this day and age, I'm not the only one on the computer. So are both my boys. Both my kids started using the computer when they turned three years old.

If adults have so many problems because they use the computer so much, I can't imagine how difficult and painful it must be for our kids (and anyone who is smaller than the average adult) to use an adult sized computer keyboard. Thank goodness other people are on the same wavelength and have created interesting solutions... many inventors are ahead of me on this one.

Here are a bunch of the keyboards I have found that fit little people hands. read more »