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November, 2006

Grow a Garden From Your Soap Box


How do you get a garden from a soap box (yes, I am talking about the box your soap comes in)?

By soaking one of Pangea Organics' (an organic skincare line) biodegradable and plantable soap boxes in water for about a minute. Then plant the box in the dirt about 1 inch deep. The box will begin to decompose and within a few days you will see it grow into a flowering Amaranth. read more »

Video Games Worth Killing For


Video Game RealismVideo Game RealismIn today’s world, almost every video game that is released has some form of violence. This isn’t just happening now, though; it’s been a trend for a very long time. Ever since Mario, which had the player killing enemies by jumping on them, video games have become more and more violent. As video game consoles became more and more powerful, games also became increasingly violent due to realism (see above). The list of violent video games goes on and on, but this is my list of the best and most violent video games around today.
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Best Present for New Parents: Phone and Video Baby Monitor Combo


Back in September, I wrote an article called "Coolest Combo: Phone and Video Baby Monitor - HotSpotMama Find". I really loved this product when I found. I still love it - so much that I decided to repeat myself.

Holidays are coming up fast. This has got to be one of the best presents for new parents. I was walking through two of large baby stores today and came to a realization, this is still a brilliant product There is nothing else out there that's similar. Here's my article from September:

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Looking for a great video baby monitor?

When I had my first baby (who is now 5 years old), we bought a 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 was that it was too big and a bit too bright. The screen had to be about four inches wide. So when we went to bed and left the monitor on (yes, like a typical first time mom), it pretty much lit up our entire room. Also, it was a huge eyesore on my dresser. Luckily, you can avoid all that now. read more »

What Would Santa Want to Drive?


Everyone knows Santa drives a sleigh. And, while I’m sure it’s a very nice sleigh, if he and the missus are on holiday in Monaco, Miami, or Melbourne they’re going to need something a little more practical. A little elf told me Santa’s got his eye on the Los Angeles Auto Show’s Design Challenge for a lean, green, urban machine. Santa’s naturally concerned about the environment (global warming’s not so good for the poles), and the sleigh’s speed and agility have raised the bar for how he expects an automobile to perform. Nine innovative auto company's design teams won’t disappoint the big guy. From companies known for their environmental edginess to the makers of gas-guzzling monstrosities, L.A. will provide the backdrop for them to unveil their greenest conceptions on November 30. For a sneak preview, read on. (Gloria Campos wrote about two of the nine in her article, “Lean, Green, Driving Machines”. To read that article, click here .)
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Give the gift of DNA! or a Fingerprint!


They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As it turns out, it’s also in their DNA.

Thanks to some truly innovative thinking, now your DNA (or that of a loved one if you can get it) can be turned into beautiful works of art. The company that can help you with this nifty little trick is DNA11. read more »

And The Big Idea from the UK is...


While those of us stateside were filling our bellies with turkey and stuffing, our counterparts across the ocean were picking the winner of The Big Idea, the UK's answer to American Inventor. Who took home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP and international (or at least European) fame and fortune? The answer is as long as you can pull your arm...
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Top Ten Lies of Inventors


What lies do you tell yourself? Are they helpful or hurtful? As an inventor, your lies they may be lethal.

Our Guest Bloggers, Tatsuya Nakagawa and Peter P. Roosen, are the co-founders of Atomica Creative . Atomica Creative is a strategic product marketing company that has been involved in many successful product launches in North America and Asia in several industries. Roosen and Nakagawa have recently released a book titled "Overcoming Inventoritis - Lessons from Thomas Edison, the world's greatest product marketer". They have some valuable advice that they wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's their article: read more »

Lexus Offers Cars that Almost Park Themselves


Ever wish your car would just park itself?

Our Guest Blogger, Nate Eller, lives in metro Detroit, Michigan. He is a college student currently working on his degree in mechanical engineering. He works as an engineer in new product development for a large Tier 1 automotive supplier. Cars, motorcycles, boats, and any other powered vehicles are a strong passion of his and he wanted to share what new in the world of motors with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Wacky Product of the Week #8 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


Poop SoapPoop SoapYou wanted poop so I give you poop.

Actually, it's poop soap. Who said poop is something you should avoid touching. This poop makes you cleaner and makes you smell nice too.

Merchant for this products says "This is high quality, coffee-scented soap that (really) appears to be a big pile of little-dog-doo!!" (NopeItsSoap via Gizmodo)

So folks, any thoughts on this fine prpduct. What do you think would be some good uses for it?

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Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part III)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congratulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 3 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 3: Selling on the Internet

Setting up a product website is vital in this day and age, but you will have to put in the time, set up links and advertisements to drive traffic to your site, which can quickly add up in cost. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $850,000 for a Christmas Tree


Guess what? Its the day after Thanksgiving which means the Christmas Season has started for a lot of us.

Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka (maker of the gold foot massager - see Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a Foot Massager) has created a couple of products to get into the Christmas spirit. Its most recent item is a 100% gold Christmas tree. The gold Christmas tree is 1.5 meters tall, made from 21 kg of gold and costs a mere $850,000. read more »

Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part II)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congradulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 2 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 2: Marketing and Sales

Unlike inventing, marketing is not an exact science. If you have followed my previous inventor’s article, the “13 Rules of Invention Success ”, you will greatly increase your chances in developing a great product. Using my product as a first-hand example, I have shared how to go from an idea, patenting, prototyping, and manufacturing in those articles. But exactly HOW do you sell a great product? read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!


The AmericanInventorSpot.com Team wishes all of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

We are thankful that you have given us the opportunity to share our discoveries and rants with you.

Thank you for being a supporter of our site and helping to make it a fun place for the inventor in all of us.

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Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part I)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congradulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 1 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 1: Manufacturing and Production

First of all, bringing your own invention/product to market isn't for everyone. Most inventors choose to license out their patents and inventions rather than venturing their product through manufacturing, packaging, and then marketing. There are trade-offs and benefits of both approaches

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American Inventor...British Style!


We have our American Inventor, but what about innovation from our neighbors across the pond? What are the final 6 ideas from the UK's "The Big Idea" invention contest? Who takes home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP?

Doddle your snooker and click here to find out! read more »

The Spy Who Shoved Me


The New BondThe New BondI can’t shake this feeling that I’m being pushed into a holiday season full of movie-related cross-promotions that have been shoddily scraped together. Let’s see…Has Daniel Craig earned his role as Bond? Could Casino Royale draw first blood as the top grossing movie of the new holiday season? Will electronic sales of surveillance products increase for the holidays?

Heard all this already? Me too. Have you seen all the 007 related products they want to shove in your face? Me too. So let’s forget the marketing: I’m here to offer a helping hand so we can get through the comodification of our holy days together. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $39,950 for a Ferrari Testarossa


You're probably saying - what is she talking about?  That's agreat price for a Ferrari.  Where do I get one.  One little detail I haven't mentioned yet, is that its a child's size Ferrari Testarossa. read more »

10 Jaw-Dropping Kitchens


So my last article on the Grandma's Kitchen—and the fact that a few food laden holidays are just around the corner—got me thinking, what other cool and innovative kitchens are out there? After some digging, I found the 10 kitchens that turn ordinary cooking into a heightened culinary experience. From kitchens that play music to kitchens that float, you're sure to see some cooking spaces that will wet your appetite. read more »

Try Rolling Down a Man-Made River


If the last river you saw was on the National Geographic channel, you might need to give this a try. Synthetic products are usually a bad idea. Just think of government cheese or the new basketball being used in the NBA. A good rule would be to stay away from anything containing that notorious “S” word. But the United States National Whitewater Center, located just outside of Charlotte, N.C., is out to change that perception. read more »

Site News - New Featured Blogger


We have some happy news to announce.

We have a new Featured Blogger joining us. Ed Phillipps is a sports addict who dabbles in newspaper writing. In his blog, Ed will be focusing on the fun and exciting world of fitness. He will share the news and his unique perspective on all the sports and fitness products flooding the market.

We think he's a great addition to the team.

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Looking for a Bike and Stroller Combo - The TrioBike


TrioBike has come up with a three in one carrier bike. Its a regular bicycle, a carrier bike and a stroller.

Imagine taking your two kids for a bike ride in bike that has a stroller that attaches to it. After your done with your bike ride (because its pretty exhausting biking up a hill with two kids), you detach the stroller from the bike and then just push the stroller. Or maybe, you'll drop the kids off with your husband and finish that bike ride by your self, so you detach the stroller and continue biking with just the bike. Pretty cool huh? TrioBike thinks so. read more »

Be Like Sherlock in Your Patent Search


SherlockSherlockIf you dread the idea of doing a patent search, playing the detective extraordinaire might prove a resourceful and fun persona for the task. Always looking for new ways to approach life’s drudge, Myra Per-Lee offers some advice on attacking the preliminary patent search.
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Great News for Inventors


Thanks to all our visitors, AmericanInventorSpot.com is now the most popular independent inventor related website in the world, based on traffic.

We wanted to share some information we have for inventors and news about a new Featured Blogger. read more »

Wacky Product of the Week #7 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


Hey Folks:

I seem to have poultry on my mind this week.

So , since I could not find the perfect wacky product with a turkey theme to celebrate Thanksgiving with you, I decided that this is close enough since it has feathers.

My wacky product of the week is a Chicken in a Bag Purse. The merchant for this product says "one of the traditions for the chinese new year is to sacrifice a whole chicken, usually brought to the temple in a paper bag. for those who prefer less mess, this innovative bag has a chicken-- or a rooster, rather-- built right into it. ... the chicken is double-sided and is designed to expand when things are put into the bag."(Purse )

Well, is this something you or your lady would buy? Do you like the idea? What do you think? I am thinking my wife would kill me if I came home with this. Someone please say something funny and make us all laugh... read more »

One Guys' Launch Experience with PLAYSTATION 3


Last night at midnight, stores around the country opened so that they could sell the brand new PLAYSTATION 3 to customers waiting in extremely long lines. This morning, several nationwide stores opened to sell their preordered PLAYSTATION 3’s, as did a few stores that were doing “lottery” style sales of the PLAYSTATION 3. Here was MY launch day experience!
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The 10 Absolute Best Gadget Gift Ideas

My sister just called to ask me what I want for Christmas. I protested that it’s not even Thanksgiving, but she’s out shopping already and my guess is that a whole host of other folks are also working down their holiday gift lists. So, it’s with festive cheer I’ve compiled a list of hot gadgets that are sure to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones.

Have Money to Burn? Pay $250,000 for a Chevy Van


I'm not a big fan of extravagant items. Not that it matters because I don't have the money to buy most of them. If you work hard for your money, I think its fair to spoil yourself a bit. But what bugs me is how excessive some of these products are. For example, the gold foot massager (Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a Foot Massager). Wouldn't it work just as well if it was made out of wood or plastic. Some people argue that the gold works better. It doesn't work $129,995 better. read more »

This week, I've come across a ridiculously expensive item that might some what justify the high price tag (read my logic below). This Chevy van is just insane. AI Design created this Mobile Living Space (MLS).

How to Have the Best Thanksgiving EVER!


Thanksgiving is such a predictable and tedious holiday. You cook and clean for days only to have everyone snarf down what took days to cook in about 10 seconds (and that's only if they chew slowly). Then, you sit around all groggy waiting for those annoying people you are somehow related to finally get out of your house and go on to theirs.

I think that Thanksgiving Day should be a lot more fun...a bit more of a surprise.

So, for my friends who are bored, I have collected together a few items that I think will turn any painfully tedious Thanksgiving Dinner into something people will remember for years. Here's my list of the 10 Things You Need to Have the Best Thanksgiving EVER: read more »

Five Deadly Sins in Packaging Your Product


Have a great invention? Do you know how to package it?

Our Guest Blogger, JoAnn Hines, is a packaging diva with 30+ years of experience in the industry including her work as the packaging expert to the U.S. Small Business Administration, traveling to China leading a packaging delegation and showcased on NBC TV program "Can You Open It?" If you can invent it, she can package it. JoAnn is here today to let us know how to avoid major packaging mistakes. You can reach her at http://www.packagingdiva.com

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Looking for a New, Cool Website? Try Create A Snowflake!


Every now and then, in the course of my endless web surfing, I come across a cool new website find that hooks me for a while. So I thought, heck, why not share them with you all? This will be an “as I find them, I’ll share them” installment. And I welcome your help. If you come across a website that has some innovative technology at use, an unbelievably designed website that is inventive in it’s form, design or function, or some other site that you feel the world will love… email me at: coolwebfinds@gmail.com so I can share it with our ever growing audience.

So… in the spirit of the holiday season (which is apparently upon us by the look of the mall windows) I would like to share a fun little site where you can create your very own snowflake. read more »

Paint That Can Insulate


Insulation PaintInsulation PaintFinally, there is an easier and cheaper way to insulate your home. How? It's called insulation paint and it isn't a new idea. For years it has been used commercially, but that is quickly changing as it is marketed to the public. It is becoming more of a popular product to use in residential homes as another source to save energy and help reduce heating and cooling costs.
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A Better Way to Ride a Bicycle


Love the idea of feeling the wind against your face as you ride your bicycle? Hate the thought of how your face gets bright red as you try to bike up the hill?

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed has found the perfect bicycle solution to yourdilemma.

Here's his article:

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For 2007, Schwinn will release a new line of electric bicycles. The bikes will be powered by battery and come in retro-chic styles with enough options for anyone interested in riding a bike.

I remember riding a bicycle as a kid. My first time without training wheels resulted in me hitting a telephone pool and then landing on a sewer. Good times.
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Ten Best Office Products of 2006


Is your professional life painted in shades of manila and Post-It yellow? The manufacturers of these ten products know how you feel, and have set out to bring style, ingenuity, inspiration and innovation back to the office.

So while you're still thinking about what to enter in Staples' Invention Quest, take a look at my picks for Top Office Products of 2006. read more »

Elephant Poo Makes Good Green Gift


Poo MugPoo MugDo you know what your paper is made of or where it came from? Would you be surprised if I told you that there is paper made of elephant poo?

An elephant can produce about 1 ton of droppings per week and a smart company is taking advantage of this excessive amount of elephant dung. read more »

Random Good Links


Here is a random collection of good links I found this week: read more »

 

Wacky Product of the Week #6 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


My wacky product find of the week is a bit of an oddity.

It seems to be a combination mixer and coat hanger. I am not quite sure what to say about it. So I thought I'd let the merchant do the talking. The merchant calls this the "Practical Coat Hanger"..."To use for your wardrobe and in the extreme necessities in your kitchen!" This hanger can be found at Singulier, which I found through the always great Mental Floss.

Well, I am not sure what type of comments this nifty device can inspire. Would you use this? For what? What type of nutjob comes up with this? read more »

The Trifecta: 3 Surveillance Innovations that Could Change America


If there’s one thing I’ve learned since starting to write for AmericanInventorSpot.com, it’s that there are so many gadgets and gizmos out there, that it’s a wonder I can get anything done away from my computer.

I find myself constantly searching, always looking and forever entranced. So, given my long and uninteresting obsession with these matters, I’ve decided to spare you a long and uninteresting article. Instead, let’s break-down the three brightest stars of the week past in the surveillance world, in what shall forever be known as The Trifecta. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $1,000,000 for a Fishing Lure


When I was snorkeling in the Caribbean, someone once told me to take off any diamonds I had because fish are attracted to them. In other words, they might try to take a bite out of my diamond ring. Well, I guess this must be true because Mac Daddy's Lures has created a new fishing lure that uses gold and diamonds to attract the fish.
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The Apex of American Ingenuity- Fried Soda


Deep Fried SodaDeep Fried SodaEver have cravings for something crispy and sweet and new?

Our Guest Blogger, Andy Bryan, is a recovering anthropologist who lives in the state of Arizona and denial. Asked to write a bit about himself, he responded that he "like orangutans and baklava and orangutans that eat baklava. Sidle up, dear reader, and join me as I transcend mortal categories of interest on this site in a noble search for all things absurd."

Here's his sweet concoction for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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Following in the bloated, waddling footsteps of such state fair culinary giants as the pioneering corndog, its multitude of "on-a-stick" brethren, and the myriad of experimentally battered and deep-fried comestibles ranging from Twinkies to Snickers bars, comes what just might be the most revolutionary of carnivalesque cuisine in America so ... read more »

Thomas Edison, World's Greatest.....Product Marketer


Did you think Thomas Edison was a great inventor? He wasn't.

Our Guest Bloggers, Peter P. Roosen and Tatsuya Nakagawa, are the co-founders of Atomica Creative . Atomica Creative is a strategic product marketing company that has been involved in many successful product launches in North America and Asia in several industries. Roosen and Nakagawa have recently released a book titled "Overcoming Inventoritis - Lessons from Thomas Edison, the world's greatest product marketer". They have some valuable advice that they wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's their article:

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There are many stories of inventors who ended up broke, even if their inventions were first class world-beaters. read more »

Batteries Can Now Be Powered by Water


A brief item crossed news wires Tuesday announcing a Japanese company’s invention of water-powered batteries. The company, Total System Conductors (TSC), says the batteries are as powerful as everyday batteries currently in use and will offer a cheaper alternative to what’s on the market. Plus, they have an unlimited shelf life, unlike common batteries which lose up to 25 percent of their charge per year when stored unused. You could stow a battery in an emergency kit today and use it 50 years from now without consequence.

But are water-powered batteries really new? read more »

"Grandma's Kitchen" is Smart Design


Maybe I was a little harsh in my review of the luxury pods , but here's an idea that is truly smart and practical in a home pressed for space. The design team of Melanie Olle & Ilja Oelschlägel has come up with Grandma's Kitchen, a fully functional kitchen area that folds into the wall to look like a minimalist piece of art.
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New Video Game Controller Will Be Throwable


But Just In Case You AreBut Just In Case You AreHave you ever gotten so angry, that you wanted to throw something? While you’re playing video games, have you ever gotten so pissed off that you threw your controller across the room? If you have, then you should know that an inventor has recently designed a controller just for this kind of situation; a “throwable” controller, just in case you get angry!
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10 Completely New Ways to Turn a Woman On


MiFlowerMiFlower

You men out there who want some helpful new hints for turning a woman on have come to the right place. I cannot speak for all, but as a woman I know something about how a man can get me going. In this article I have incorporated some simple new ways using inventive products to get the woman in your life to start looking your way. If your old tricks don't seem to be doing the job, give these new ideas a whirl! read more »

TIME Magazine Picks Its Inventions of the Year




Time Magazine is out with its Best Inventions of 2006.

What made the list?

Put the hypo-allergenic cat outside, get off your floating bed and take a look. read more »

Video Games That Help You Lose Weight


GameRunnerGameRunnerToo busy with that game of Madden to hit the gym? Don't want to miss the Flavor of Love II reunion? Don't worry because modern technology has you covered.

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed lets everyone know you can get some exercise in without leaving your TV.

Here's his article

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With childhood obesity setting new records every year, this was inevitable: video game workouts. Has it come to this? Is this the only way to convince us to drag ourselves off the couch and get a bit of exercise? I'm afraid so. With parents worried about the ever-changing girth of their children and video game companies worried that their consumers --no pun intended-- might actually go outside into the sunlight, we have been blessed with video game and television workouts.

Is a Free Energy Source on the Horizon?


Steorn's marketing campaignSteorn's marketing campaignFrance is known for its artists, Germany for its conductors, Italy for its opera singers, England for its thespians, and Ireland for its literary giants. Names like James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Maeve Binchy, and William Butler Yeats roll off the tongue when we discuss that brilliantly contemplative, Guinness-drenched country.

However, Ireland may soon take its place on the world stage as the next scientific wonderland. In the 1990s, it made a name for itself as the technology capital of Western Europe; and now, budding from kernels planted in the era of the Celtic Tiger, is a new discovery that could potentially overhaul everything we think we know about science. Free energy: free energy that breaks the first law of thermodynamics and will turn the world on its head if the rumors are true. read more »

Lean, Green, Driving Machines


RecyRecyDo you ever wonder what we will be driving in the future? What we will use to fuel our cars? Will we still be using gasoline or is there hope for something cheaper, better, and more environmentally friendly?

 

Yes! There are alternatives and today we can already use some of them. Electricity, solar energy, and even algae are just a few of the many options. The green doesn't just stop at the fuel tank either. Even the exteriors of vehicles are getting green makeovers. Take a look at my list below and see what I mean. read more »

Wacky Product of the Week #5 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


Here's my wacky product find of the week: Mr. P Lamp

Mr P LampMr P Lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you flip his switch (and yes, the switch is exactly where you think it is), and turn him on, his whole head lights up as if in embarrassment. Mr. P comes equipped with a lampshade you can use to put over his head or tilt slightly so he can peek out. The switch is made of rubber. (Product here or here via Blavish)

So, what do you think of this product? Any funny comments you can think of for this one? read more »

Site News


We have some happy news to share:

First, we'd like to welcome Emily Swan as a Featured Blogger and the newest addition to our writing team.

Second, we wanted to update our readers on how the site is doing. read more »

Need Invention Help? Try Inventors Anonymous


Have you started to question whether you next great idea is really great? Need to bounce your ideas off someone?

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 where inventors go to get an honest opinion.

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Why does everyone call us paranoid just because we don't want to talk about our ideas? I'm mum because I don't want to spend my energy describing projects, when I could be working on them. And more than fear of theft, I fear others hounding me to death about what I'm doing. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $225,000 for Tequila


Platinum BottlePlatinum BottleThere's excess and then there is real excess. Can you imagine spending $225,000 on a beverage? I complain when I go to a bar and they charge $15 for a drink. Now I just feel plain silly about complaining.

On July 20, 2006, Tequila Ley .925 sold a single Platinum and White Gold tequila bottle for $225,000 to a private collector in Mexico City, Mexico. The liquor was made out of 100% blue Agave liquid and was aged for six years.
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Inventors, Is Your Idea All Yours?


Roger Brown's Super SleeverRoger Brown's Super SleeverDo you know if the great idea that you have is yours or not? If you're not careful, it may be the property of the company you work for.

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools, toys and a kitchen utensil. You can see some of his inventions at rogerbrown.net. He shares his valuable advice with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com some valuable advice.

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The majority of Inventors work at regular jobs and invent during their time off hoping to come up with that million dollar idea. What they neglect to find out is if their company has an invention policy. read more »

Essential Tools for Hunting Ghosts


Ghost Tool BeltGhost Tool BeltWith Halloween behind us, it's nigh time we take a good long look at ourselves and separate the hype from the actual very serious science of hunting vaporous spirits and capturing evidence of them on tape so we can prove once and for all that there is life after death, or at the very least, Photoshop. read more »

Ghost hunting is a fairly new field that's only existed for a few decades in its modern form. Before digital cameras and EMF detectors, ghost hunters were forced to hunt ghosts with Davy Crocket muskets and a large flour sack . The flour sack could be used to toss onto the ghost, and, if captured, their trusty mule would then haul to the beet patch until such time as your resident Leprechauns would have a chance to scourge all the evil out of him. Ghosts had it pretty rough back then.


Hot Curves... of Madrid's Barajas Airport's New Terminal



Newly constructed for 2006, the new terminal at Madrid's Barajas Airport is a marvelous structure that works on all its intended levels: aesthetics, functionality, efficiency and iconoclasm. Awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architecture, this new structure breathes life into a sometimes lifeless industry. read more »

Lifting Weights Will Never Be The Same


Prospot 600Prospot 600Feeling a little antisocial? Well now, you no longer need a spotter while working out.

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed tells the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com how to take the risk out of working out alone.

Here's his article

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Imagine you're bench pressing by yourself without the help of a spotter. The weight becomes heavier and your arms are turning to jell-o. You push as hard as you can, but the weight simply won't budge. So you just let go of the bar, inches from your face. And it stays in place. read more »