A table you can write on?
Without feeling remorseful?Is it possible?
Well, with the Genius Table it definitely can. This table allows one to scribble away without fear of spoiling the surface, ever. You see, the surface can just be torn away.
I must have lost you by now. So just read on to know more about this great lifestyle product.
How have I managed without it till now? read more »
Today's post marks the beginning of a daily blog I will run called "Seth's Says...." I hope to bring to my readers a daily dose of cool by providing links to noteworthy websites, designs, fashions and writings. I spend all day at a computer, so why not put all that surfing to use and show you what I find out there in cyberland. Feel free to pass me links you find and I'll give a shout out in my post. Enjoy!
If, like me, you are subjected to the oxymoronic woes of living in a tiny apartment in a big city, take a few minutes a day to visit ApartmentTherapy.com and get some helpful ideas on how to make even the smallest spaces work for you. read more »
Ladies can replace that period with an exclamation mark as feminine hygiene goes lethal with The Pink Stinger, a stun gun creatively disguised as a tampon.
When it comes to a challenge, unless it's illegal or immoral, I'm pretty much willing to accept it.
So, a little over a month ago, after reading my article, featuring the JumpSnap, the jump rope without a rope, Brad LaTour of JumpSnap challenged me to actually give the JumpSnap a try. I was happy to do so and rose to the challenge. After all, what's the worst that could happen? I'd exercise more?
One trial month later, I have to say, it isn't all that bad! But it isn't all that good either. What I mean to say is that I wasn't 100% satisfied. Still, I did see potential in the JumpSnap and believe with a few minor changes I could find myself appreciating this exercise tool and using it on a frequent basis. read more »
As our readers know, we have started a weekly series of Inventive Marketing articles to highlight some of the most creative and innovative ways of advertising and marketing a product.
Dark Roasted Blend has pulled together an extensive collection of advertising that I thought was pretty awesome. I think some of the bag concepts were pretty fun. read more »
Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats has shattered the world record for most patents held that was formerly held by Thomas Edison. He currently holds over 3000 patents and is Japan's most prolific inventors. One of this most influential inventions was the floppy disk, which he invented when he was 23 years old as a student.
BBC's series "Adam and Joe go Tokyo", interviews Dr. NakaMats. Adam and Joe Go Tokyo was a eight episode series that was aired on BBC Three and BBC One in 2003. The show was originally rumoured to be called Asian Invasion, and showed Adam and Joe looking at Japanese culture, music, meeting famous Japanese people and unforgettably trying to become famous in eight weeks.
This invention video is an amusing and fascinating opportunity to see Dr. NakaMats, one of the most prolific inventors of all time, show off a few of his inventions. I wonder how sales for his Love Spray is doing. You can learn more about Dr. NakaMats on his website Dr.Nakamats.com
The video is about 6 minutes long. Enjoy. read more »
PG Tips is a British company that makes tea (otherwise, this story would be even odder than it already it is).
Boodles jewelers (an exclusive jeweller based in the UK) made a diamond teabag to celebrate PG Tips 75th birthday. The tea bag was hand-crafted using 280 diamonds. The tea bag is valued at around $14,000. read more »
If you have an attic full of old comics, a pantry full of all kinds of food stuff, and perhaps a wine cellar with wines whose vintage you no longer remember...
You need an Intelliscanner Mini to organize your stuff and your life for you.
The Intelliscanner Mini simply scans barcodes, loads the info on your computer and organizes it.
Easy Living Indeed. read more »
Do you hate your alarm clock? The snooze button is one of my favorite things. Whoever invented the snooze button must surely be the most popular guy in the Land of The Living Lazies! I mean imagine the alarm clock ringing at an unearthly hour in the morning and all you have to do is press the snooze button. Uninterrupted sleep for another 5-10 minutes! Ahh... a few minutes more of precious sleep.
When I was a kid, I remember every Thanksgiving following my uncle into the hallway so he could retrieve the phone book from his closet.
He would hold it high above his head, shuffle to the table, and with a flourish, place it firmly on the black vinyl dining room seat.
You have a great idea for a new invention. But should you try to license it out or try to manufacture and sell it yourself?
Our Guest Bloggers, Stephen Key & Andrew Krauss co-Founded inventRight to teach inventors how to license their products. Stephen Key is a successful inventor who has licensed over 20 products in many different industries.Celebrities such as Alex Trebek & Michael Jordan have endorsed his products. Andrew Krauss heads up one of the largest and most successful inventors' associations in the world (www.InventorsAlliance.org ).inventRight is a simple, effective 10 step system for licensing your products. For more information about Stephen, Andrew and inventRight, check out www.inventRight.com.
Stephen and Andrew wanted to share their hands on how to advice on the invention process with the readers of InventorSpot.com.
Here's their article:
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Roger Brown is nothing short of incredible.
When it comes to inventions, he's prolific with a capital P, and I don't know any free-lancer with a successful licensing approach like his. With six inventions licensed, another six about to be licensed, and 247 inventions in his Power Point file on call at all times, I think he might be on to something. ...Read and Learn! read more »
Wife is sleeping but you just cannot miss that fav match. It's too loud. Listen Up!
Those two are chatting away with a side glance at you every now and then.You'd give anything to know the topic of their conversation.
Well, Listen Up!
Poke, Pry, Snoop and much more with the Listen-Up Personal Sound Amplifier.
Ego laptops come with changeable designer skins. Don't blame you for wondering what they are...
So now you can match your laptop to your tie, or change its color to reflect your mood. Apart from this, Ego laptops are home to a host of innovative features and functions that just might justify its price tag. read more »
Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and
start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy. He has helpful advice on on getting accurate cost estimates from manufactueres for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.
Here's his article:
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According to New American Dream, "More than 100 million trees' worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year - that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months." Most of us, if we don't recycle our junk mail, we throw it away, but we never really think much more of it. Fortunately, there are people like Gretchen Fleener, an industrial designer, who have found ways to make good use of junk mail. read more »
To highlight the mens' magazine Che, ads were placed under the checkout counters at various stores. The ad image was a series ofprovocative pictures of women's legs, creating an eye-catching image of the checkout person's legs. I think it's even funnier and more effective advertisement with a man at the cash register counter. Their tag line was "Let us keep on dreaming of a better world".
Do you think this marketing ad is effective? Do you like it? How would you have improeved upon it? read more »
Here's a video on 10 Weird Inventions presented on the Jon Stewart Show:
Amusing? Stupid? Weird? or Brilliant? You decide... This video is about 5 minutes.
Enjoy. read more »
Curious about the history of the condom?
Here's a bit of the obvious for you: men and women have been having sex for as long as there have been humans. Discounting any origin of the species theories involving extraterrestrials, that works out to around 250,000 years for Homo sapiens as a distinct species of primate. read more »
Ohh! to see a smile on the faces around...why is everyone so down these days?
Gift a pen, which is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face. No, it does not write in multicolored ink, nor is it engraved with cartoon characters...read on to discover the secret of The Laughing Pen.
And yes, it is also a pen...it writes like all normal pens do. read more »
Spying was never so easy or so much fun.
No need to snoop around or try to be discreet.
The USB Keylogger shall do it effortlessly stroke for stroke.
No Software, No Installation.
Just Plug and Spy!! read more »
Youth, creativity, dynamism, style all come together in the furniture line by Animi Causa.
The furniture is created ‘for reasons of spirit' and is an ode to the relationships between objects and the body.
The designers have managed to create furniture that is a reflection of both the sensory and emotional experience. read more »
The Millet Mobile Charger is like any other charger, just another gadget.
But it's special as it works anywhere and everywhere. And, more importantly, it requires no electricity! read more »
Vioclean is not a toothbrush; it is a portable UV toothbrush sterilizer.
The innovative sterilizer effectively brushes away fungi, bacteria and viruses that may have taken up residence in your toothbrush.
The VioClean sterilizer uses patented UV and ozone technology to eradicate up to 99% of the germs present and that too in six minutes.
Zip Zap Whoosh...All clean.
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If you still don't know what global warming is all about then I would advise you to simply pick up the global warming mug to savor your morning coffee! Soon it will be all clear.
This is one cup of coffee that is sure to get the conversation rolling as it shows off the adverse effects of global warming. read more »
A remote door key! Why didn't we think of it before.
After all the same gadget for a car has been around for years and years. Standing at my door in the wee hours of the night, often have I cursed my bunch of keys for getting lost in all the traffic inside the bag. Goodbye to those troubled times. This simple remote from Locca functions exactly like a car remote. read more »
In the UK, if you want to help couples get pregnant go to the Give a Toss website. At Give a Toss you can learn how to donate, as well as learn interesting facts about sperm. For example, did you know that the average time a sperm survives in a man's body is six months and that what a man eats can effect how "he" tastes?
What is Give a Toss? Give a Toss is a campaign created to help UK couples become parents. Any healthy man between the ages of 18-45 and women between the ages of 18-35 can donate. According to the website 1 in 6 couples seek medical help in order to achieve pregnancy. read more »
Looking to build a website to market your idea or invention?
Our Guest Blogger, Drew Anderson is an idea person from Portland, Oregon. You can see his entertaining collection of his ideas at his Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas website, mohdi.com. He wanted to share some tips on building a website with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.
Here's his article:
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Want to find out what the islamic world has invented?
This BBC presentation, presented in a video on YouTube, goes through some of the inventions from the islamic world. Find out more about the golden age of Islamic Discovery:
The video is about an hour long. Enjoy!
The streets of Bankok are filled overhead with tangled phone lines. Leveraging the similarity they had to tangled hair, the advertising team for Porctor & Gamble used it to highlight the detangling power of Rejoice Hair Conditioner. They put a large green comb over the phone lines and said "Tangles? Use Rejoice Conditioner".
What do you think of the advertising idea? Do you think it is inventive? Do you think it works? How would you have improved it? read more »
A TV tuner card that weighs 5 gm, measures 2.16x1.32x0.32 inches. How cool is that?
The ELSA Telebit costs only US $110, has an in-built as well as external antenna, uses very little power...in short has a lot going for it.
But readers in the US will have to just read and be happy, as the TV tuner card is for use in Japan only.
Life is unfair...at times. read more »
Our Guest Blogger, Barbara Carey, is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. Barbara is also the author of "The Carey Formula: Your Ideas Are Worth Millions." For more information about Barbara and "The Carey Formula" check out www.CareyFormula.com.
Barbara believes there are some simple secrets to success as an inventor and she wanted to share them with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.
Here's her article:
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When I look at this pillbox, I think, "Wow. A person has to have every disease under the sun to need all these pills!" (There are four more compartments on the right side of the box!)
This fancy pillbox is not, you understand, for a week's worth of pills. No, this pillbox, with its fancy electronic reminder system, is for one day's worth of pills, and it tells you when to take them. read more »
How often have you stood at a gadgets store knowing what you want yet unable to buy anything as the variety of choices in terms of brands, features, prices etc simply leaves you more confused than you were before you entered the store?
There is help available for all the non-techies.
Read on...... read more »
For the Ford Ranger Extreme, Ford wanted to emphasize the extendable gargo bed. They came up with an inventive way to highlight the extention with a box of martches.
What do you think of this marketing promotion? Do you think it worked? How would you have done it different? read more »
Love your cat, but don't really like cleaning cat litter, especially scooping it out by hand?
Here's a great solution to all litter cleaning problems.
It's innovative, durable, cool, sturdy and really works. Read on to discover how to make your life easier and have a happier cat in the bargain.
Meow, meow... read more »
Curious about who invented FM?
The tragic story of Edwin Howard Armstrong is an updating of the classic David and Goliath tale, as well as a cautionary account about individual creativity suppressed by corporate power misused.
Unless you're an engineer or a techie-type, you've probably never heard of Armstrong. He wasn't adept at self-promotion as were Thomas Edison, and Bill Gates, or any of the inspirations for the endless number of eponymous products and services out there. Still, he was the real deal.
Little duck swimming about in the water.
So what if the water is in a tub?
The duck looks cute and is more than a decorative item.
You see it is also a fully waterproof radio and thermometer. Easy to use, safe, handy and pretty, the Duck Radio will bring many hours of music to listeners of all ages.
Remember Wake-Up Juice from Back to the Future III? (View a clip on YouTube here .) It was a concoction of flaming sauces that jolted Professor Brown’s body to immediate alertness after a night of whiskey sloshing. Today, dozens of energy drinks and pills flood the market claiming to keep your body jazzed up with hours of unlimited energy, but most of them have annoying side effects (rapid heartbeat, shakes), or lead to addiction (hello, coffee!). But what if there was something that kept you awake without the consequences of traditional stimulants?
Steiff, a German company, has created the world's most expensive teddy bear. The £43,000 ($85,000) bear has fur made of real gold, and eyes made with sapphires and diamonds.
The new bear has a mouth made of solid gold, fur made from gold thread and eyes with pupils of sapphire and irises made from 20 tiny diamonds.
In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Steiff only produced 125 of the golden Jubilee Bears. You can identify a Steiff bear by the button on its ear.
A table cloth that glows?
How can that be possible?
What new contraption is this?
These were some of the questions that came into my mind when I saw a picture of the Luminous Fabric online. Let me tell you it is not magic, but a great innovative idea that will redefine personal attire and home décor as we know it. The fabric glows thus creating an ethereal effect in the dark, setting the stage for hours of magical moments. read more »
Real estate, real estate...that's all I hear about these days. First, prices are going through the roof. Now, supposedly, prices are caving in. Who cares?
All I know is that with prices so high, I can not afford a decent sized place to live. The way my cash flow is going, I may have to move into some teeny tiny space which is more aptly described as a closet than a house.
Assuming that everyone is just like me, boxed in and feeling wretched, I decided to help my fellow small space dwellers by finding items of furniture that can help you save on space.
This furniture gives you 7 Ways to Live in a Closet or Other Cr@ppy Tiny Little Hole in the Wall That You Call Home: read more »
This computer desk and shelves set is made of 100% recyclable carboard. When you are done using the desk, you can just flatten it to a pulp, literally! read more »
The Advertising Council joined with USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) launched a national, multimedia Public Service Advertising (PSA) campaign to engage a new generation of children in innovation. read more »
Attu has a great series of photographs on people trying to get from Point A to Point B.
Man has constantly be in search for a better mode of getting from A to B. Discovering the wheel, creating the bicycle and building the car, what will be next to get people from Point A to Point B. What will be the best new idea in transportation? Have we reached the limits of inventing modes of transportation? If not, what is next? Any ideas?
Sorry for the last minute notice on this but we got this up as fast as we can.
For those who were planning to audition in Orlando for the American Inventor Show for 2007 in Orlando, Florida, it has been cancelled at the very last minute.
In it's place, it seems that the producers of American Inventor are now planning to hold auditions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 21, 2007 but have not announced a location or address yet.
UPDATE: Location for auditions announced
TAMPA Florida - APRIL 21ST
GRAND HYATT TAMPA BAY
2900 BAYPORT DRIVE
TAMPA, FL 33607 read more »
Ever wonder how companies come up with their names?
FortyMedia.com, a business blog lists a collection of well-known company names from Wikipedia and their origins. Recognizing the importance of branding, its interesting how what was the inspiration for a company's name:
Here's a few of my favorites:
7-Eleven: this chain of convenience stores started in 1927 as U-Tote’m (so called because customers “toted” away their purchases). In 1946, U-Tote’m became 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours: 7am until 11pm, seven days a week.
Apple: for the favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard. read more »
It’s a top flipping, can prying, bag splitting, envelop slitting, orange peeling, hole punching box cutter! read more »
The website Nothing to do with Arbroath shares a unique way of promoting a chocolate makers wares, a real edible billboard made with 860 pounds of chocolate.
The Easter creation, a world first, was made of 10 chocolate bunnies, 72 giant chocolate eggs and 128 chocolate panels, each weighing 2kg.
The billboard took three months to plan and 300 hours for the team of 10 to build and was expected to last a week but alas was devoured by Londoners in less than three hours. (Source and photos at BBC)
Inventive marketing? What do you think? read more »
The Hipper -50 is a beautiful new gadget to help you celebrate your Easter with the right note. The Musical Note! This fashion gadget is an iPod speaker. Simply plug in your MP3 player and watch it light up and change colors to the beat of your favorite music. read more »
If not for the estimable work of Robert Adler, the simple act of watching TV - that ubiquitous appliance considered an essential part of every home - would be very different from the experience to which we've become accustomed. Without Adler's contributions, not only might the act of watching the tube be very different, the TV-itself might still be a small, funny-looking box with tinny sound. read more »
We'd like to welcome Mike Daisy as a new Featured Blogger to the writing team at AmericanInventorSpot.com. Mike Daisy is a publicist at a public utility and a freelance writer. He is also a history buff. Mike will be writing about historically significant inventors and inventions that have affected or lives for better or worse.
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Boob products?! Yes, this is an article about fun boob gadgets and products. If you are too young or too prudish to handle this, go and read something else.
Love boobs? I certainly do. Love them. Love them. Love them. If I could, I would spend all of my days lounging around under a palm tree, eating fried chicken breasts and playing with boobs.
Sadly, life is not like that. It's hard for a man to spend his whole day surrounded by boobs... since by boobs, I don't mean the idiots I work and live with. So, to make life more enjoyable for my fellow men, I came up with the brilliant idea of finding the way that a man could play with breasts all day long and still get stuff done.
So here are my picks for the 10 Fun Ways to Play with Boobs...
Playing with the smooth aspect of eggshells, eggboxes in Brussels were taken in hand by the Wilkinson Quattro Titanium. The masculine faces on the eggs were printed on transparent stickers and then stuck to the eggs. An advertising flyer with a promotion on the back was put in every box.
What do you think? read more »
Tired of buying the same old gifts?
Racking your brains on what to get your friends or children this Easter? I'm here to share a few ideas that make for innovative Easter gifts and live up to the occasion in the real sense of the word.
Happy Easter! read more »
For all the couch geeks out there- if you still don't know how to juggle eight remote controls at a time I have a very simple solution for you. A sleek and sophisticated Kameleon 8-in-1 Remote Control!
This amazingly sleek and sophisticated gadget is a universal unit that can operate up to EIGHT entertainment appliances at once. read more »
Are your curious about what the auditions for American Inventor reality television show are really like?
An Average Inventor posted the following in the forums discussing the Chicago auditions for American Inventor. The discussion thread for our forums on the auditions are at
I thought is was a particularly good post and wanted to share it witth those interested in reading about the inner workings of a reality television show in general and the American Inventor television show in particular.
Here's An Average Inventor's posting from this forum discussion:
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Ever hit your fingers while trying to nail something? Did it hurt?
Did you ever wish there was a device that could hold you nail for you so that you could get your tender precious fingers out of harm's way? read more »I always thought that someone should invent something cheap and handy to save my poor fingers while nailing stuff around the house.
American Inventor Auditions for Orland have changed!
The Orlando event will not be taking place on April 10th and will no longer be
held at the Contemporary Resort. read more »
Donna Rendell is the mother of a child with life-threatening food allergies. She lives in fear that her daughter, Stella, will come in contact foods given to her by well-meaning parents, relatives, or friends who may forget that her allergies are so severe, the wrong foods can kill her.
She set out to create products to help communicate the allergy message. read more »
Curious about what's happened to your favorite inventors and inventions from Season One of American Inventor?
Well, we have lots of information but we didn't know for sure what we could share with you and what we couldn't since much of it was unconfirmed or confidential.
So we thought it would be a good idea to create a post where folks from Season One can report on what has been going on for them. read more »
A malware creep into your computer simply because it is connected to the home network? It can happen. After all, you never know from where your son might be downloading stuff onto his PC which shares the same network as the malware.
The Yoggie Gatekeeper offers a centralized solution to this problem.Simply place the Yoggie Gatekeeper between the modem and the router and Wow! your home network is absolutely secure. read more »
For some people, me for example, having nice skin can prove difficult. I can't count the number of times I've been to the doctor for skin related problems. Water and vitamin E help, but they don't solve the problem. It would be nice if something came along that would make taking care of my skin much easier. A few days ago a friend sent me a link to an article about a drink that could help us all have nicer skin.
It turns out that the Coca Cola Company and L'Oreal are pairing up to develop their very own health beverage for health conscious women. It is a health and beauty tea-based ready-to-drink drink that will help us have nicer skin. read more »
Staples has announced the 15 finalists in its Invention Quest. Five finalists in each of three categories are now up for a grand prize of $25,000 each and a chance to have Staples manufacture and sell their product. You have a chance to affect the outcome (or so they say) as the online voting has begun. Read on to learn about the products that will rock your office world... read more »
I gave up on expensive face creams a long time ago. I knew that nothing but Botox® and a plastic surgeon were going to make my wrinkles go away. But while I saved for the eventual nip and tuck, a new generation of miracle creams came about.... read more »
Want to know what your protection strategy for your idea or invention should be?
Our Guest Blogger, Melvin J. DeGeeter, Ph.D., is the publisher and author of a book titled "Technology Commercialization Manual. Strategy, Tactics and Economics for Business Success." Dr. DeGeeter spent over 16 years in R&D with The Upjohn Company and Monsanto followed by another 16 years at Texas A&M, Indiana University and the University of IL where he was responsible for technology commercialization. He was the founder and owner of Med-Launch Inc., a company focused on asset development and deployment until he retired in 2006. More information about him and about protecting your intellectual property is available at www.tclearningcenter.com . Dr. DeGeeter wanted to share his asset protection tips with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.
Here's his article:
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The energy drink Perkative, is currently the most powerfully caffeinated beverage available in the market. Its creators are sure that no other beverage in the market has levels of caffeine as high as those in Perkative. read more »
A digital camera for dogs to make them feel a part of the "family. When you can have your own camera and the kids can have theirs, why not the dog?
A very pertinent question from dogs and savvy dog lovers alike.The Japanese company, Takara Tomy got thinking on these same lines and has developed the Wonderful Shot, a great dog gift and accessory. read more »
No holiday is quite the paradox as Easter. Where else can you find the mix of religion and rabbits? Of conviction and confection? Of pastels and pennance? For most of us growing up in America, Easter meant one thing...Easter candy! Today we're looking at the top 5 Easter innovations and not surprisingly, candy dominates the list. We'll be exploring the history and ingenuity behind the quintessential Easter products and learning a little about the holiday itself. So call off that dentist appointment and strap yourself in for a hop, hop, hoppin' good time. read more »