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February, 2007

Pre-Loaded iPods : IdeaWatch 2.0


So you've been holding out for that Led Zeppelin box set, not sure if you want to drop the cash or just start downloading from iTunes. Well imagine a black iPod nano with the Zoso logo emblazoned across and the whole catalog pre-loaded. Would that make the deal a little more tempting? A recent agreement between Apple and The Beatles may pave the way for just that sort of thing, and a whole new market for enterprising minds has been created. Read on to find out how...
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Three Legged Aliens? No, They're Speakers


Looking for the coolest looking speakers?

Kavita Mathur, our Guest Blogger, is a public relations professional in the field of Education with a passion for communicating. Taking a much deserved break from her career to bring up her two children, she has gone back to her first love-writing - in her free time. She wanted to share her love for cool gadgets with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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The O'hEocha Audiophile's Speakers with its futuristic design seems to be definitely inspired by the sci-fi movies. They remind me of three-legged aliens. They are eye-catching to look at but how do they sound?

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process - Part II


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

Yesterday, we had Part I. Here's Part II of his article: read more »

New Battery Technology Can Revolutionize the Motorcycle


Matthew Bobryk, our Gest Blogger, is an advertising writer who just so
happens to be a certified gear head and obsessed with anything with a
motor in it. He wanted to share some of the latest innovations in motorcyle design with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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For close to 100 years, motorcycles and cars were all dependant on a very inefficient and environmentally nasty source of electrical power: the lead acid battery. What's surprising though, is most car and motorcycle manufacturers still use lead acid batteries. There has been a huge lag in new technology for this specific need. This may be soon to change, as one inventor has invented something truly exciting in the motorcycle industry: The lithium ion polymer motorcycle battery. read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

I thought is was one of the best distillations of the challenges of the invention process and it offers priceless advice for inventors. Here's Part I of his article:

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You have a new product idea that you believe would sell very well were it only available on the market -- but you don't have the time or resources to "venture" the product, i.e., to manufacture it (or have it contract-manufactured) and sell it yourself. What now? read more »

Realistically, the best advice you could be given is to forget the idea -- and get on with your life.

Use Your Head To Find Those Lost Remotes

Looking for a better approach to organizing remote controls, Ipods, cell phones and more?

Whether a hardcore audiophile or casual TV watcher, somehow, we still end up with way more remotes and portable handheld devices than we can handle. Inevitably, that many devices can only result in many valuable hours wasted searching for the lost and misplaced... but not if the Remote Wrangler has anything to do with it.


Site Announcements for February 26, 2007


We are very happy to announce that a new Featured Blogger will be joining the AmericanInventorSpot.com team.

Rodd Miller is an artist/designer who works as Art Director, Concept Designer, and Animator. He splits his time between work in the Animation industry, developing and designing in a variety of independent projects, and creating conceptual work. He will be writing about new inventions and new invention concepts.

He is a great addition to our team and we are all very excited that he has agreed to join us. Please help us give him a warm welcome by giving him lots of comments and input on his articles.

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What I Learned From...Letters from Iwo Jima


So you finally make it to the big presentation. That big sales call. Or you find yourself standing before a panel of judges in a contest. What do you do? How should you approach the situation? How do you get inside their heads? How do you convince them that your idea has value? Let's see what a recent film about one of the deadliest and most depressing battles of WWII has to say about the issue.
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Four Things You Need to Know About Manufacturing in Asia


Thinking about manufacturing your product overseas?

Today, Asia is a hot topic amongst small businesses and inventors who want to benefit from the cost-savings there. If you are taking a product to market that will compete against products that have been on the market for some time, you might have no choice but to begin manufacturing overseas. Whatever your impetus, it's a topic that's worth becoming familiar with when you assess manufacturing options for your product. read more »

$25 Million To Green the Earth


If you haven't heard about the Virgin Earth Challenge
yet, announced two weeks ago (2/9/07), by Sir Richard Branson, now's your chance to get in on the action, find a way to save the world and win millions in the process.

The challenge: to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of lethal carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere every year for 10 years without further harming the earth. The winner (individual or group) will make history, earn $25 million and have the pure satisfaction of making the world greener place to live. read more »

Lovely Furniture from Leftovers


A furniture line which is made up of contemporary vernacular designs.

What?

Where?

How?

and Why?

I got looking and was hooked. All the furniture made by these folks is recycled; yes you got it right—-RECYCLED.

The company uses wastes from teak, steel, and plastic industries, to create contemporary lines with Asian carpentry techniques. read more »

Inventive Ingenuity: Father of the Fire Hydrant


Do you know anything about Birdsill Holly? He's an important inventor that invented something used to save millions of lives a year.

Michael Daisy, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer and publicist. He is also a history fan (or buff), and music fan currently working on an aural documentary of popular music in the U.S. from 1940-2000. He wanted to share his knowledge of the inventors and inventions that have touched our lives with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Reverse Product Placement : IdeaWatch 2.0:


Any marketer can get a product placement into a movie, TV show, or video game. But if you're really clever, you'll do just the opposite...find ways to turn fictional products into real ones. In this post we look at the new product development strategy called "reverse placement".
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Everyday Edisons is Auditioning Inventors in San Diego


As a update to our article "Calling All Inventors:Everyday Edisons is Looking for Inventors for Its Show", we wanted to remind inventors that Everyday Edisons®, auditions are being held in San Diego, California this Saturday, February 24th, 2007. read more »

Always There Bottle Opener


Often when the need for a drink arises, most of us rummage through cutlery drawers or stands, look through kitchen counters in the desperate attempt to find the elusive, all important tool—the bottle opener. Ok, ok so you are the super organized type, who knows where everything exactly is…but this is for the “normal” mortals…

The Suck UK team needs to be congratulated for this cool, new bar accessory. A fridge magnet that doubles up as a bottle opener. read more »

10 Top Tips For Branding Your Invention


I wanted to name my massage tools "Knuckles" because they are based on shiatsu massage, often accomplished with the knuckles of a massage practitioner's hands. But the word "knuckles" looked funny to me. When I transcribed "knuckles" more phonetically, the brand perked up! "Nukkles" said "fun," and "feel good," and it was zippy, and yes, it said the product feels like knuckles! read more »

Here are 10 tips to help you reach the perfect brand name for your new invention!

Would you Wear These? Shoes Made To Vacuum


Just imagine instead of the usual scenario, shoes bringing dirt into the house, shoes that are made for cleaning up the dirt instead, as you walk around the house. Electrolux imagined it and came up with a concept for a nice clean pair - a definite "must have" for cleaning fanatics or the shoe obsessed.
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Entrepreneurship Week 2007


Entrepreneurship Week USA is going to be held February 24 to March 3, 2007.

The Kauffman Foundation, along with a group of sponsors including the New York Times and Inc. magazine, want to "ignite the nation's consciousness around the importance of being entrepreneurial." The week long event will be designed to inspire entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. There are some great events to help inventors. read more »

What I Learned From...V for Vendetta


I'm a big believer that what you find to be true in one area of life often has far-reaching implications for other areas of your life. So I'm starting this series on little nuggets of truth, advice or experience that I come across that are relevant to the world of inventing, small business and entrepreneurship and that I hope will give all of you who have joined me in this often crazy, unpredictable and dangerously fun world something to think about. And what better way to start than with a little anarchy...
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The New Scoop on Poop - Flushing For Our Future


Boy, have I got a good scoop. It's about poop. And pee. Think diapers. Think flushable. Think compostable. Think gDiapers - a new choice that offers fashion and function for the most adorable tush on the planet - your kid's!
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Site News - February 19, 2007


Hi All:

We have a wonderful new addition to our writing team, Aditi Simlai Tiwari.

Aditi was a full time journalist prior to quitting and becoming a full time home maker. She loves life and believes in living it to the fullest. After a long hiatus, she felt the desire to get back to work and direct her creative energies to new projects. Back at her work desk, she is now busy writing and editing. She will be contributing to AmericanInventorSpot.com as the Lifestyle Writer. read more »

Feel Like Getting into Hot Water?


Ever wonder if anyone has come up with a new way to boil water?

Our Guest Blogger, Peter is a creative ad man and inventor, who has lived and worked around the world and is now based back in his native UK. He also runs Junkk.com , which he created as karmic korrection for a life persuading folk to buy stuff they may not really need, helping design, find and share ideas on reuse for everyday products and packaging that normally get thrown away.

Here's his article:

Ever since I was a lad, and waaaay before climate change was anything other than the one day in August we had a summer here in the UK, there were some fundamentals dinned into me about not wasting. Eat your crusts. Switch off the lights. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. Actually, not much has changed, only I now tell my kids we're all doomed if they don't. read more »

Thirsty Plants Can Now Call for Water


For some people, gardening comes naturally. They have what's known as a "green thumb". For others...not so much and inadvertently kill plant after plant until they quit trying to ever garden again.

What if there was a way to build a relationship between a plant and its owner and help turn the owner's "death thumb" into a green one? read more »

Curious Design: Drifting through the Contemporary Arts Center


Zaha Hadid is one of the most recognized names in architecture, and in this article you'll see why. Responsible for revitalizing the architectural scene in cities all over the world, Hadid created the Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome, Italy with the hopes of building not only a new relationship between structure and environment, but also between structure, art and spectator. The result is a breathtaking museum that brings a contemporary presence to Rome, but also melds nicely with the established architectural landscape.
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Colgate Surgical Mask: Inventive Marketing


Here's an inventive ad program to make people more aware of Colgate Smiles kid's toothbrushes:


Here are the stats via Ads of the World:

Agency: Jung von Matt, Hamburg, Germany
Creative Directors: Arno Lindemann, Bernhard Lukas
Art director: Jonas Keller
Copywriter: David Leinweber

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GM's Chevy Volt Could Change How We Drive


Want to know how future cars from GM may be propelled?

Our guest blogger, Chuck Arehart, is a Detroit-based freelance automotive writer with 18 years of experience in the industry. You can reach him at chuckarehart (at) comcast.net.

To get absolutely the latest news about GM's green propulsion development, he interviewed the folks at GM to get exclusive insights on what's happening for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

Amid unstable fuel prices, an expanding environmental consciousness and market competition, General Motors unveiled the Chevy Volt concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in January. While styling is usually the major jaw-dropping factor with most auto show concept cars, that's not the Volt's mission. The power train underneath its futuristic composite skin is even more important to GM because it may define how future vehicles are propelled. read more »

Inventor Partnerships Can Be Made In Heaven (Sometimes)


Inventors need partners highly skilled in their fields, but flexible in their approach. Good listeners. Adventurers. Partners who create a plan for the product, not squeeze a product into a plan.
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Green Gifts for the Pets We Love


Pets are part of the family too, right? Right! But, until recently, environmentally friendly products for pets didn't even cross my mind. Then this winter season a nine week old puppy came into my life and before I could turn away from his big sad brown eyes I was hooked and the search for safer and environmentally friendly pet products began. Here are just a few of them below. From chew toys, to pet beds, cleaner litter, healthier bath time and food- pets of all kinds can live green right along with us.
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Shoes That Give You A Buzz


What Are These Shoes Hiding?What Are These Shoes Hiding?

On December 26, 2006, Dr. Richard Koenig was awarded the 7,152,345th U.S. Patent for something contained in these shoes…. No, it’s not a travel alarm… nor is it a stun gun….

These two shoes, along with a few other fashionable-looking styles are loaded with “good vibrations!” read more »

Mothers of Invention Contest for Good Morning America


Good Morning America Weekend" kicked off its third annual Mothers of Invention Challenge today, in partnership with Mom Inventors, Inc.

Here are the details: read more »

Essentials to Keep Your Kids Safe


In light of all the media attention with the recent retrieval of the two kidnapped Missouri boys, child safety has once again taken the spotlight. I’ve recently read quite a few articles educating parents about child safety and important information you can tell your kids about how to keep themselves protected. A great site to check out is YourSafeChild.com. The web site is features child identification products that are really a must-have for any parent. Here’s a look at the items they suggest:
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Playing God: Scientists Plan to Re-Create the Universe


While humans may not actually reconstruct the universe as it is, earlier this week the New York Times and International Herald Tribune announced the intentions of a global group of physicists to re-create the environment of the early universe so they can better understand the Big Bang. After a hundred years of theory, discussion, and lab tests, the time has come to test results at a higher level. The machine the physicists plan to build is a super-sized linear collider that is ten times the size of the largest one that currently exists. So, where will it be built, and what do we hope this new $6.7 billion machine will tell us?
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Crackdown Coming to Xbox 360 with Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta


CrackdownCrackdownThere have been some great games out over the last few months, with the biggest highlight (and my pick for Game of the Year) being Gears of War. If you missed that article, you can see it here . Looking to the future is what most people are doing nowadays, so that's what I'm doing with this preview on Crackdown . This game comes out on February 20th exclusively for the Xbox 360, and will include the much-sought-after invite to the Halo 3 multiplayer beta (the sequel to Halo and Halo 2). The Halo 3 beta isn't the only good thing about this package, however, and I'm going to tell you why.
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Green Gift Guide for the Family


If you are looking for ways to go green as a family, in my opinion, recycling and charity are the best ways to start, but if you need a little motivation to get you going, below are a few green items to consider on your journey there.
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Henkel is Looking for Household Innovation Ideas


Do you have a granted patent or a published patent application, or a registered and published utility model or design? - If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you are eligible to participate in the Henkel Innovation Trophy.

Henkel´s well-known brands are found in homes, retailers, and industry across North America. They include Dial® soap, Purex® laundry detergent, Renuzit® air fresheners, Soft Scrub® household cleanser, LA LOOKS®, Dep®, and got2bTM hair care products, Duck® brand duct tape, Loctite® adhesives, and LePage® adhesives. read more »

The Future of Sunglasses Is Not So Bright

Want to see a revolutionary new invention? Something that takes sunglasses to the next level?

Not since the advent of the Groucho Marx big nose, bushy eyebrow novelty glasses has there been a more important contribution to the eyewear industry than the multi-functional Uber Shades. These high-tech specs have the potential to revolutionize the lives of thousands, perhaps even millions or billions.


Tempting Inside and Out


Looking for a healthy way to have flavorful food?

Our Guest Blogger, Aditi Simlai Tiwari, is a never tiring, full time mother of two and part time writer. She is always looking for newer things to do and newer ways to do them in. She found some novel food tools that she wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

Cooking can be a passion, a hobby, a therapy, or just a means to satisfy hunger. Whatever the reason for entering the kitchen, all of us endeavor to cook a tasty and nutritious meal, which if it is easy to do and fast to make, is like having all our prayers answered together. read more »

Oprah Has A Big Idea: She's Looking for Inventors


Want to be on Oraph and on QVC with your invention?

Oprah is on the search for the next Big Idea. Here's your chance to become a QVC success story. read more »

The Hottest New Bubbly is Beer


Looking for a new beverage to help celebrate special occasions?

Our Guest Blogger, Aditi Simlai Tiwari, is a never tiring, full time mother of two and part time writer. She is always looking for newer things to do and new ways to do them in. She found some innovative food concepts that she wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Licensing Your Invention: The Good, The Bad, and The Incredibly Bad


For some of us, it's really hard to take the invention reigns into our own hands; we tend to feel so beholden to a company that's interested in our product. But licensing is a business, and you have to behave like a business person in order to protect your interests. If a company is offended by you requesting the information you need, consider yourself saved from a bad or incredibly bad licensee!
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Staples Announces Invention Quest Semi-Finalists...Sort Of


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples has notified the semifinalists of the 2007 Invention Quest...sort of. In a clear attempt to generate more publicity for the 07 event, they have included this year a round of semi-semi-finalists, or "nominees" who get their names in local papers, but not much else. In this post, Tim Whitney leans on his experience as 2005 Invention Quest finalist to discuss why this may not be a good thing. Read on for the rest of the scoop on the 07 Invention Quest.
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Sign Ups for American Inventor Now Open


American Inventor provides an update to inventors interested in auditioning which says :

Thank You for Your Interest in American Inventor!!!

We would like to inform you that our website has been updated (please go to www.americaninventor.tv). read more »

Can You Read Me Now? Try A Lens Implant



Got the middle-age blues.
Can't drive, forgot my drivers
Can't read, lost my readers
Gotta feel my way around the keyboard,
My whole life's just one big blur.
Got the middle age blues.


Dang glasses, wherever you are,
get lost! I'm gonna change my
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Nipples In A Pinch


Once in a while you come across a product that is incredibly ingenious, and well, obvious. This leads me to the usual head-knocking thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
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The Different FACES of Food


Looking for a new twist on cutlery?

Our Guest Blogger, Aditi Simlai Tiwari, is a never tiring, full time mother of two and part time writer. She is
always looking for newer things to do and newer ways to do them in. She found some great items for the home that she wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Site News


Hi All:

We're pleased to announce the arrival of two new Featured Bloggers to our site:

The first is Mia Levine. Mia spent the last ten years in the high tech industry, but recently left the frenzy of the corporate world and traded it for the chaotic, yet gratifying world of raising, taming, and nurturing her two girls.  She’ll focus on innovative inventions for kids and parents. read more »

The second is Boomer Babe. Boomer Babe will be writing about cool new products for the gracefully aging boomer and the saucy senior. She has prepared editions of Handicapping Conditions and Related Services and Technology for the Handicapped for the U.S.Department of Education and various handbooks on disabling conditions for the National Institutes of Health. More...

Ten Things to Know About Pitching to American Inventor


This Sunday, on the LifeTime Television show Health Corner hosted by Leeza Gibbons, Jodi Pliszka, inventor of Headline-It and one of the top twelve finalist on the American Inventor television show, will be featured at 9:30 a.m. / 8:30 a.m. central. Please make sure to catch the show if you can.

Jodi Pliszka is our special Guest Blogger today. In anticipation of the upcoming auditions for Season Two of American Inventor, she had some helpful advice for inventors interested in auditioning.

Here's her article: read more »

Car Air Gets Cleaner with Grape Seeds


Wish the air filter in your car worked better?

Our Guest Blogger, Matt Bobryk, is an advertising writer who just so
happens to be a certified gear head and obsessed with anything with a
motor in it. He wanted to share some of the latest innovations in car design with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Designs Inspired by Nature


Looking for a lovely way to organize your house?

Our Guest Blogger, Aditi Simlai Tiwari, is a never tiring, full time mother of two and part time writer. She is always looking for new things to do and newer ways to do them in. She found some great items for the home that she wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »