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May, 2007

Felony to Sell Video Games in New York?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Assembly passed a bill today, May 31st, 2007 that could make it possible to charge retailers who sell an M Rated game to a minor with a felony. Assemblymen from the State of New York were heard discussing the unconstitutional clauses in the law, but then turned around to say that they were voting FOR the bill. The law passed today by an overwhelming vote of 130-10. read more »

Fetus Coin Purse - Wacky of the Week


In my perpetual hunt for the weird, wacky and funny, I just found a purse that is made to look like an unborn fetus. Yes, that's right, an unborn fetus. read more »

The Microsoft Surface Computer


Our Guest Blogger, Charlie Mann, writes the ByzzBytes and SuperFitness, newspaper columns distributed within the US by American News Features Syndicate. He has published 6 novels and written fitness books with such celebrities as Ken Norton, the former World Heavy Weight Champion. He wanted to share his views on the latest products with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Using Microsoft's television content partner NBC as a splashy backdrop, the software and hardware giant released on the morning show, Today, the details of a completely new generation of computer. Much smaller than most business mainframe computers, yet no real kin to the laptop and mouse world of micro computers, the new Microsoft Surface Computer lets you use your hands on a touch sensitive screen to manipulate pictures and data.

Robot Demonstrates Self-Awareness


Do you know thyself? Nico does.

This robot has recently passed the self-recognition test that scientists use to determine if an animal species can recognize itself in a mirror. Only a handful of animals have passed this test, and now robots appear to be among this elite clique...or else, the test may not be all that it was once thought to be. read more »

"Shot Guard" Underwear Foils Freaky Photographers



New "ShotGuard" underwear from Cramer Japan provides female athletes, students and children with security against infrared photography.
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Claytronics: Do I need to say anything else?


Normally, I would write about a new technology, then have a little short story associated with it. However, today's subject matter just had way too many possibilities. I just could not pick just one. See for yourself with "Claytronics". read more »

Site Announcements - May 31, 2007


We would like to announce that we have a new writer joining InventorSpot.com. read more »

Lisa Zyga is a science writer interested in the crossroads of science, technology and society. She writes on new inventions in electronics, space, and medicine, and hopes the creative frontier of science will inspire and fascinate readers of InventorSpot.com.

We are excited to have Liza join us. We think she wil be a terrific addition to our writing team. InventorSpot.com Team

Inventive Packaging - Hot You Can See!


Want to see a brilliant new way to package hot liquids?

Amy Gifford, our Guest Blogger, works in PR for a group of nonprofits after previously working in media and advertising in the auto industry. She wanted to share her smart marketing finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Patently Pointless?


 

When is a patent pointless or just dowright silly? 

Our Guest Blogger, Jennifer Lane, has lived in an array of places, from a monastery in the Himalayas to the "Entertainment Capital of the World."  She currently works as an attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. She wanted to share the fun side of patents with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

SITE NEWS: InventorSpot.com Relaunched


We have happy news. We did a press release today that reads as follows:

Invention Website AmericanInventorSpot.com announces change of its name to InventorSpot.com and launch of free new service for inventors.

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The USB Warmer Cushion Brings Heat To Your Seat



The USB Warmer Cushion works much like a miniature electric blanket, radiating soothing heat to warm you from the bottom up.
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Seth Says: Pics, pics and more pics!


Need a picture of say, I don't know, an ostrich? or an old lady? or a Vincent van Gogh print? Whatever your visual query, you'll likely find it in the database of 1.3 million images at Visipix.com . Boasting the largest collection of images on the web, you can find exactly what you want when you want it. read more »

Cotton Swab Holders Can Make You Smile


Lift the head and the swabs pop out of this adorable Cotton Swab Holder. read more »

Pig LED Keychain Light "Nose" Where The Key Goes



The Pig LED Keychain Light from AudioCubes features twin LED lights that shine out from this cute pink (or black, or white) plastic piggie's nose to shine the light of reason into the heart of darkness - or at least, your car or home lock.
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Another Giant “Green” Sock Monkey?


Imagine a giant sock monkey. Rockford city did and they named him Nelson. He is 5'8" tall without his hat; 6'2" with his hat and 7'2" including his tail. Nelson, named after John Nelson (the man patented the first sock knitting machines in 1869, 1876 and 1879) is made out of 44 Rockford Red Heeled socks. He is the original giant sock monkey and you can visit him at the Midway Village and Museum Center.

Now take a few more minutes and then imagine another giant sock monkey, but this time imagine an anatomically correct sock monkey. Having a little trouble? read more »

Mr. Hoyos Lives A La Lata


At first glance you may think this chair is just another chair made from recycled parts, but if you look deeper you may find something more. At first glance you may be appalled when you see that the chairs environmental design consists of non-earth friendly twisty ties. Or, if you look deeper, have an open mind and patience, you may find in it instead potential, potential to have a great social and environmental impact on the world.

Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos, a designer, who studied in Japan in Kobe Design University, knows his chair isn't perfect, but he's working on it. read more »

Inventive Marketing - Toy Story


Amy Gifford, our Guest Blogger, works in PR for a group of nonprofits after previously working in media and advertising in the auto industry. She received a Bachelors Degree in PR and five certificates in areas of Marketing, Advertising and E-commerce. She wanted to share her smart marketing finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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Actors dressed up as "big toys" with oversized hands attached to their costumes to promote Australia's biggest Toy Sale at Target. read more »

Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse - Review


 

Looking for a great computer mouse?

Our Guest Blogger, Charlie Mann, writes the ByzzBytes and SuperFitness, newspaper columns distributed within the US by American NewsFeatures Syndicate. He has published 6 novels and written fitness books with such celebrities as Ken Norton, the former World Heavy Weight Champion. He wanted to share his review of noteworthy new products with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Saitek's Obsidian is the ultimate wireless optical mouse you can use 24/7 on your desktop or laptop. read more »

EMS Muscle Mouse Combines Mouse with Massager


The EMS Muscle Mouse from Thanko cleverly combines the practical utility of an optical mouse with a fully functional EMS muscle stimulation system powered through your computer's USB port. read more »

Inventive Advertising - Lipton Tea Party


Amy Gifford, our Guest Blogger, works in PR for a group of nonprofits after previously working in media and advertising in the auto industry. She received a Bachelors Degree in PR and five certificates in areas of Marketing, Advertising and E-commerce. She wanted to share her smart marketing finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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Lipton Tea held a so called tea party in Cairo. read more »

Citizen M-stock Melody Download Alarm Clock


The Citizen M-stock Melody Download Alarm Clock works with your cell-phone to wake you up via infrared downloaded ringtones! read more »

Inventive Marketing - Polaroid Instant Photo


 

Amy Gifford, our Guest Blogger, works in PR for a group of nonprofits after previously working in media and advertising in the auto industry. She received a Bachelors Degree in PR and five certificates in areas of Marketing, Advertising and E-commerce. She wanted to share her smart marketing finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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MediCafe Vending Machine Takes Your Time, Not Your Money


 

The old expression "Time is Money" is about to be put into practice by Japan's newest vending machine, the revolutionary MediCafe. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $41,000 for a Toy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan's Ginza Tanaka Jewelers and toymaker Bandai Co. unveiled a miniature version of Japan's famous animated robot character - "Gundam."

Gundum is one of the longest running Japense animation series.

The figurine weighs in at 1,400 grams (45oz) and stands 13cm (5") tall. He is made of pure platinum which explains its name "Gundam Fixed Platinum."

At today's prices, melted down, he would go for $41,468!

Seems a little expensive for a toy, huh?

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Light Up The Night With A Faucet Light : Product Review


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to a 2005 survey of more than 1,000 moms, lots of blunders happen in the bathroom. For example, 85 percent have fallen into the toilet when the seat is left up. One quarter surveyed have resorted to using toilet paper for a wet child emerging from the bath when no towel was in sight. Better yet, 33 percent of moms have sleepily brushed their teeth with something other than toothpaste. read more »

Cool USB Mini Fridge Chills Your Can



The USB Mini Fridge keeps canned beverages chilled and within reach when deadlines are looming and thirst is calling.
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Inventive Marketing - Boys and Their Toys


 

Amy Gifford, our Guest Blogger, works in PR for a group of nonprofits after previously working in media and advertising in the auto industry. She received a Bachelors Degree in PR and five certificates in areas of Marketing, Advertising and E-commerce. She wanted to share her smart marketing finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium - Review


Our Guest Blogger, Charlie Mann, writes the ByzzBytes and SuperFitness, newspaper columns distributed within the US by American NewsFeatures Syndicate. He has published 6 novels and written fitness books with such celebrities as Ken Norton, the former World Heavy Weight Champion. He wanted to share his review of Adobe's recent product with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium will harness the versatility, productivity, and creative potential you need to thrive as a design professional today. Work faster than ever with tightly integrated creative tools designed ro run smoothly on most current Macintosh or Windows compatible computers.

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Simon Cowell talks about the new "identity" of 'American Inventor 2'


RealityTV World has an interview with Simon Cowell for the second season of American Inventor which airs June 6, 2007 at 9pm on ABC. Here are some highlights from the interview:

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For its second season, creator Simon Cowell has reinvented his ABC American Inventor reality series. read more »

Introduction to Tech Gone Awry


New technology and inventions will always affect society. Think about how our culture has changed because of the Internet, or even the iPod. What I attempt to do is imagine what happens when a new technology that is under development becomes a reality. My purpose is to report on the new developments, but theorize the effects with a little sci-fi story. Sit back and enjoy the results. read more »

Pino Funnel


Pinocchio: Truth or lie, the long standing debate continues, in the shape of a funnel. read more »

Secure Portable Storage At The Touch Of A Finger


USB flash drives are powerful, portable data storage devices that are finally available with the security features users have long demanded. read more »

Seth Says: Freaky Fishes!


Here's a great article from The New York Times about new discoveries in the underwater world. As the pictures show, it's pretty intense what they've found down there. It certainly makes me wonder what other undiscoved marvels abound in our vast ocean. read more »

10 Funniest Pillows


When I think of really fun pillows, I think of the ones that nature blessed women with. But for those folks who want a bit of variety in the soft places they want to rest their tired heads, I've put together a collection of 10 Fun Pillows to Suit Every Mood: read more »

Suzuki Cervo & Chevy MW Minicars Prove Size DOES Matter!


Japan's Suzuki along with other Japanese carmakers has discovered that adding high-end content to minicars like the new Cervo is the fastest route to sales success. read more »

Back(side) To The Future - A Toilet That Does Everything


With the TOTO Washlet S400, Japanese designers have shown us what the future of bathroom breaks look like while making us feel uncomfortably backward in the process. read more »

Seth Says: Thank You TV Gods!


To the couch potatoes, to the weekend wasters, to the procrastinators, to the boob tubers, to all the TV junkies out there...this is the site of all sites. Read on... read more »

The World’s 10 Best Chocolates Minus 9: The Chuao Experience


... I woke up at 6:00, put on my favorite CD of opera arias, and brewed a pot of San Francisco French Roast. With my coffee and a fresh box of Chuao truffles in hand, and Kiri Te Kanawa singing Dove Sono on the stereo, I submitted to the comfort of the chaise lounge, à la Marie Antoinette, and took my first bite of a Picante truffle....

Welcome to Chuao. Chuao is to chocolate what Beluga is to caviar. A transcendental experience. read more »

The Clear Sound of Music


 

Love music?

And are addicted to enhancing your system with every new technological innovation that becomes available?

Then the Harman Kardon SoundSticks II three-piece system is probably custom built for you.

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Working with Buyers and Others: Interview with Barbara Carey


Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists. Ashton recently interviewed Barbara Carey for his blog product-global.com. Barbara has written articles for us as a Guest Blogger for us in the past. She is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. He wanted to share the interview with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's Part III of his 3 part interview.: read more »

Business Card USB Key Flashes Your Contact Info


The Business Card USB Key displays your advertising message and contact info on a practical memory storage device your clients will use again and again! read more »

Invention Video: Dexter's Laboratory


The Cartoon Network has a television cartoon series called Dexter's Laboratory. In it, boy genius Dexter hides away in his secret bedroom laboratory to save the world, and avoid his ballerina sister Dee Dee.

This cute cartoon from Dexter's Laboratory really captures the ups and downs of the invention process. read more »

Light as Air


 

A fan that doubles up as a light?

I did a double take when I came across this one. Read on to know more about this innovative, cool and wonderful new idea.

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Top Five Science Stories This Week


 

It was a lively week for science news. From exploring dark matter to curing baldness, science continues to amaze. Below are the top five science stories that most captivated my attention this week. read more »

Slightly Twisted Product of the Week: Gun-Shaped Hair Dryer

It's been awhile since I posted a Slightly Twisted posting. Loyal fans will recall that I find some of the products on the web that leave me a bit speechless. I am asking for your help in trying to figure out something funny, witty or profound to say about it. My pick of the Slightly Twisted wacky product of the week is a quite realistic looking Gun Shaped Hair Dryer.

Hello Kitty Static Electricity Key Holder - Positively Ex-Static!


The Hello Kitty Static Electricity Key Holder is much more than just a cute key chain, it's a powerful static electricity absorber that takes the sting out of closing your car door. read more »

Cigarettes on the Ground: Inventive Marketing


"It seems not only do you need a cigarette, you also need aid."

This ad was created for the Instituto Nacional del Torrax: Cigaretto in Chile.

A rolled flier that looks very similar to a cigarette was placed in high traffic areas on the ground. When a smoker picked it up, he will find out that it is a flier that points out his addiction to cigarettes and offers to him some help.

What do you think? Does it work? How would you have done it? read more »

Crank It Up With The SOS Emergency Cell Phone Charger!


The SOS Emergency Cell Phone Charger is a low-tech solution for high-tech cell phones whose batteries run out of power in emergency situations. read more »

Seth Says: So Cute I Might Explode


Deep down in your brawny, manly heart you are a complete sucker for cute puppies and adorable kitties. You play football, you eat meat, you wash your hairl with motor oil--and you also melt when you see any and all the images and videos from CuteOverload.com. read more »

Cool Pet Home


 

 

New living quarters for your four legged friend...and extra storage space for you. read more »

Robot as Smart as a Kindergartener


Leonardo, the creation of MIT scientists, looks like a cuddly toy with movable appendages. But this "toy" is, in at least one way, more intelligent than a human pre-schooler.

Our Guest Blogger, Lisa Zyga, is a science writer who is interested in many areas of science and technology, including the impact of science on society. She is excited about exploring new inventions in science, medicine, and space, and inspiring and fascinating readers interested in the creative frontier of science with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's her article: read more »

Solar Dough : Product Review


If you have kids and you want to teach them hands-on about the power of the sun, Solar Dough is a good way to start. Watch them pull it apart and mash it back together as they "ooh" and "awe" over the different colors that it turns to in the sun. That's what my little ones did. They watched their solar dough turn from blue to darker blue to purple and then, just as advertised, back to blue in seconds when taken out of the sun. The smiles on their faces were enough to say to me "this is fun!" read more »

Zihotch Showa Retro Wrist Watch Turns Back the Clock!


What looks like a phone and sounds like a phone, but acts like a clock? The Zihotch Showa Retro Wrist Watch, of course! read more »

Site News - May 17, 2007



We have some great news to share.

We are welcoming three new writers to our writing team here at InventorSpot.com. read more »

Seth Says: It's OK to Play With Your Food!


I found this little website gem this morning. I've done my best to try and devise a purpose, or even something productive from the site, but am still a little lost—and I'm OK with that. Diet Riot is the brainchild of Philipp Zurmoehle (note slightly pretentious spelling of first name), and it consists of little more than food fighting animations. And I don't mean the kind of food fights we had in junior high cafeterias; I mean literally, food that fights. read more »

Ironing on the Ironman


Making a boring and mundane chore very interesting...The Ironman. read more »

Computer Faces Now Interactive with ViSO


Would you like the face on a computer screen interact with you?

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Scientists Create "Real" Tornadoes


How can a tornado form inside an "igloo"?

Our Guest Blogger, Lisa Zyga, is a science writer who is interested in many areas of science and technology, including the impact of science on society. She is excited about exploring new inventions in science, medicine, and space, and inspiring and fascinating readers interested in the creative frontier of science with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's her article: read more »

Mac Tablet : Tablet of Dreams


Curuious what would be an ideal tablet concept?

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

The Modern Marvels Invent Now(R) Challenge Names Top Invention of 2007


The History Channel(R) and Invent Now(R) Inc., a division of the National Inventors Hall of Fame(R) Foundation, announced the Finalists and Grand Prize Winner - the top inventions of 2007 - in the second annual Modern Marvels Invent Now(R) Challenge, a national competition in search of America's next great inventor. read more »

Seth Says: Disney Who? How about "Paprika"


One of the most inventive, mesmerizing and downright gorgeous movie trailers I've ever seen. I'm absolutely ecstatic about seeing this movie, and, hopefully, the rest of you will be too after seeing the preview. read more »

Life is Better with a Touch of Silver


How about making sterling silver a part of your daily life? Read on to know how... read more »

Virtual Police Lineup


Would you ever want to be part of a Virtual Police Lineup?

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Locust Bike a Good Investment?


It has been years since I've ridden a bike, other than a stationary fitness bike. I've thought about it a lot, but never really did anything to get back on one. Besides, there aren't many places around where I live to ride a bike without needing to drive several miles to a park. I could risk the busy streets, but I think my bravery flew out the window as soon as I had kids.

Then a few months ago my daughter received a bike as a gift and it got me thinking about how nice it would be to go bike riding with her, even if just at the park. It would give us a chance to bond more and exercise together. read more »

Thanko Vonia Bone Conducting Music Headband


 

Looking for a new type of music headband?

Our Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

BT Balance : New Way to Move Your Laptop


Creativity is never lacking when it comes to laptop technology.

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Tree Coat Hanger



A cool, stylish, new, coat hanger that you will fall in love with. read more »

Smart Cookie Fortune Ball


 

Here are Fortune Cookies that hold more than your days fortune... read more »

Pricing Your Product: Interview with Barbara Carey


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.

Ashton recently interviewed Barbara Carey for his blog product-global.com. Barbara has written articles for us as a Guest Blogger for us in the past. She is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. He wanted to share the interview with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's Part II of his 3 part interview. Part I was published last week. Part III will be published next week: read more »

Seth Says: Check Out Next Level Graffiti


As a pseudo-artist myself I hold a degree of respect for grafitti artist, even though I don't necessarily identify with their medium or often times their subject matter. However, the UK graffiti artist known as Banksy is reshaping the way I look at an elusive art form. read more »

Laser Dance Matrix


Looking for a new way to dance?

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Guitar Hero II: A Better Way to Rock


Did you know that you can cheaply, and easily, be playing a guitar like you've always wanted? Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360 puts the joy in playing music into a cheap little guitar and a video game that will keep you rockin' out for hours on end. Turn up your volume, and get ready to rock! read more »

Hybrid Evolution at Toyota


Curious as to what Toyota is planning to do with the hybrid engine?

S. Daniel Ackerman, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. You can contact him with love or hate mail (or car or bicycle chat) at sdaniel_ackerman [at ] yahoo.com. He has interesting news in the world of motors to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Logitec LDS-iALARM iPod Alarm Clock - Sleepers Awake!


Want to declutter your nightstand? How about combining your ipod and clock?

Our Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Improving the Lithium Ion Battery


If there is only one technology that is holding back the electric car form becoming reality, it is the battery.

 

S. Daniel Ackerman, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. You can contact him with love or hate mail (or car or bicycle chat) at sdaniel_ackerman [at ] yahoo.com. He has interesting news in the world of motors to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Jellyfish Aquarium - Low-Maintenance Gel Friends


Ever wish you could have a low-maintenance aquarium?

Our Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Google Earth Takes On Fourth Dimension


How will 15,000 creatures add their voices to your online map?

Our Guest Blogger, Lisa Zyga, is a science writer who is interested in many areas of science and technology, including the impact of science on society. She is excited about exploring new inventions in science, medicine, and space, and inspiring and fascinating readers interested in the creative frontier of science with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's her article: read more »

GPS Cell Phone Creates an Invisible Fence for Kids


Ever wish for a better way to keep track of your children?

Our Guest Blogger, Lisa Zyga, is a science writer who is interested in many areas of science and technology, including the impact of science on society. She is excited about exploring new inventions in science, medicine, and space, and inspiring and fascinating readers interested in the creative frontier of science with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's her article: read more »

Finger Fun with Uberorbs : Product Review


 
 You tap your leg. You chew on pencils. You twirl your hair. Face it. You're a fidgeter. Now that we've established that, it's time for you to find something cool to play with. Uberorbs are your answer. These fun little space-aged widgets are perfect for you out there who can't stop fiddeling with your fingers. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $50,000 for a Mattress


The Vividus, created by Swedish manufacturer Hästens, sells for just shy of $50,000. Vividus, the super-luxury mattress, uses all-natural horsehair, cotton, linen and wool in the various steps in the bed's manufacture. read more »

Seth Says: The Best Billboards You've Probably Never Seen


 

I've always bee a sucker for a good advertisement. These are some of the best out there. Playful, interesting, disturbing, funny; you'll find a wide variety in this compilation from Bored.com read more »

Bubblehead and USB Happy Kid: Making Webcams Cuter


Ever wish your webcam was more fun to look at?

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Dual Bulb Won't Leave Surgeons in the Dark


When are two lights better than one?

Lisa Zyga is a science writer who is interested in many areas of science and technology, including the impact of science on society. She is excited about exploring new inventions in science, medicine, and space, and inspiring and fascinating readers interested in the creative frontier of science with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's her article: read more »

Bugs Frozen to Death by The Lion Spray



Varsan Hyosatsu Jet Spray for Flying Bugs can be used on midges, fruit flies and moth flies. Varsan Hyosatsu Jet Spray for Creeping Bugs can be used on stink bugs, spiders, centipedes, house centipedes, ants and pill bugs.
What is this new spray that promises so much in insect eradication?
Read on...
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The Square Watermelon - Strange Fruit Indeed!


Craving some unusual foods?

Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Belts for Kids - I Can Do It Myself!


What do you get when you cross a willful, stubborn, potty-training toddler with baggy, saggy jeans?

Truthfully, I don't want to know. But thanks to sister inventors Talia Bahr Goldfarb and Danielle Bahr Eason, kids now have a simple way to keep their pants above their knees. Their solution? Myself Belts. These innovative belts snap around the first belt loop (so it remains attached at all times). After sliding the belt through the rest of the loops, the child simply secures the end with the Velco closure. This design allows little ones to pull and tighten one-handed without the belt coming out of the loops, and without any tricky buckles to manage. read more »

Innovative Wine Dispenser: Vin au Verre


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vin au verre (wine by the glass) is a wine dispensing unit that holds 8 bottles of wine in a temperature controlled environment for easy consumption. With a host of other cool features, it promises to add to the pleasure of wine drinking.
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Seth Says: Mad Lib Journalism


 

 

Michael Y. Park provides this funny, sarcastic excercise in order to illustrate the constantly repetetive yet altogether laughable trends in news article read more »

Chimney 2 Humidifier - Smoothing Up the Air Up There


It's about time somebody reinvented the humble humidifier, and with the Chimney2, Japanese designer TAKUMI has done it up right! read more »

Spy Blocker Gadget


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having written about Listen-Up got me seriously thinking that in today's world there seem to be no concept of privacy. Technology has provided all kinds of snoop machines and gadgets to poke and pry. What does one do if one wants to keep one's conversations private? Even the corners are no more sacrosanct. read more »

Inventive Marketing: Yoga Center Straw


For Y-Plus Yoga Center in Shanghai, the advertising team used a flex straw to highlight the flexibility you gain from yoga.

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What do you think of this marketing idea? Do you think it works? How would you have done it? read more »

Wine Made Dress?


 

Have you read about the dress made from wine yet? Yes, wine! read more »

Getting Your Product to Market: Interview with Barbara Carey


 

 

 

 

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.

Ashton recently interviewed Barbara Carey for his blog product-global.com. Barbara has written articles for us as a Guest Blogger for us in the past. She is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. He wanted to share the interview with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's Part I of his 3 part interview. Part II will be published next Monday: read more »

A Floating Picture In A Frame


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After virtual frame, talking frame, digital frame etc., technology has reinvented the whole concept by introducing a photo frame which is not a frame.The photo simply floats within the periphery of the frame. read more »

The House Sitting Robot


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The House Sitting Robot is a cute gadget that will take care of your house when you are not there.

Now don't think that this robot will water your plants, take your pet out and look after your kids when you are not there. No it does something far more important. It protects your house against robbery. Wow!

You can go on an extended holiday without a single worry. read more »

Stimulation for Your Brain: Brain Trainer Mini


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brain Trainer Mini improves attention as well as memory skills thus resulting is super quick, accurate reactions. The device is small enough to be slipped into a pocket or purse and keeps a record of ones progress. read more »

Site Upgrade This Saturday


Update: The site is back in service! You may see some ongoing changes through the day and this week as we continue our site upgrade.

Tomorrow, Saturday May 5 at 8am Pacific Time, we are performing a major update to our site. Most of the site will be unavailable for up to 3 to 6 hours after the start time.

If you're unable to get through, please visit again in a few hours. read more »

Driver Tracking Devices - Should We Worry?


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Ever wonder what's the story with driver tracking devices?

S. Daniel Ackerman, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. You can contact him with love or hate mail (or car or bicycle chat) at sdaniel_ackerman [at ] yahoo.com. He has interesting news in the world of motors to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article:

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You hear a lot of talk these days about driver tracking devices. What began as anti-theft devices, such as Lo-Jack, is giving way to insurance companies suggesting that drivers install tracking devices in order to receive a discount on their insurance. read more »

Major Decision by Supreme Court Will Impact Future of Patents


The Supreme Court has made a decision that will have dramatic impact on existing patent law. This week, the Supreme Court issued a decision in KSR v. Teleflex, which dealt with the design of the humble gas pedal, but has far greater consequences. Teleflex is the latest in a series of cases that look to better define the proper limits and roles of patents read more »

Soltronics Solar Powered Headphone Radio : Product Review


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The radio is so near you, it's on your head! It's AM/FM stereo, has nice cushy earphones, great sound, and an Ni-MH battery charged by none other than the sun!

Unlike your garden's solar lights, you don't have to wait until dark to listen to the SoltronixTM Headphone Radio. The battery needs light to charge, but once it's powered, it will play for hours, day or night, outside or in. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Spend $148,000 on a Handbag


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forbes.com had a list of the most expensive handbags. The Hermes Birkin in croc porosus lisse scored the number one spot at a cost of $148,000. read more »

Department of Energy's FreedomCAR


 

 

 

 

Curious as to what the Department of Energy is doing to improve car efficiency and emissions?

S. Daniel Ackerman, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. You can contact him with love or hate mail (or car or bicycle chat) at sdaniel_ackerman [at ] yahoo.com. He has interesting news in the world of motors to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article:

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A project that everyone should know about is the Department of Energy's FreedomCAR (Cooperative Automotive Research) and Vehicles Technology Program. read more »

Hybrid Hemi Engines


Waat to know more about the Hemi Engine?

S. Daniel Ackerman, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. You can contact him with love or hate mail (or car or bicycle chat) at sdaniel_ackerman [at] yahoo.com. He has interesting news in the world of motors to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article:

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Great Recharging Lamp


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Just plug your iPod, cell or PDA re-charger into the back of our Charging Desk Lamp, then dock your device securely in the base. Instantly you've created a clutter-free home for any digital device and its original charger."

I loved what the site had to say about the lamp, so I read on to discover its actual potential... read more »

Timeless Design in a Bedside Timepiece


If you've ever smashed a digital clock out of frustration ala Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day" ("then put your little hand in mine..."), then the limited edition LED Wood Clock by TAKUMI of Japan is the answer to your dreams! read more »

Seth Says: A Better, More Beautiful Way to Online Game


Sometimes you are tired at work (or wherever) and need something of a pick-me-up to go along with that cup of coffee. You think to yourself "I know, I'll jolt my brain with a stimulating game of Collapse or Typer Shark." But sometimes you want the exact opposite, something that will keep your brain active, but on a subdued level. I recently found a website that caters to just such a mood. read more »

Homemade Soda Can Solar Furnace


Sometimes all you need to go green is an active imagination and some common sense. You don't need to have thousands of dollars to invest and you don't need to be an expert in any field either. Take Daniel Strohl, for example, he had inspiration from his father and a desire to warm up his garage. A few soda cans later he has a homemade solar furnace to warm it up.
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Feeding Baby: As Easy As 1-2-3


A cool new product that will make life easier for parents, the Fresh Baby Food Tray is an innovative child care product.

This food tray freezes, feeds into single serving proportions, reduces wastage, stores hygienically without spills and messes and stacks up with economy of space inside the freezer. Is made with food grade plastic and does not pinch the pocket.

What more can one ask for from a simple storage device?

Read on to learn more about the Fresh Baby Food Tray. read more »

Seth Says: Buttons Are Cool (I Promise)


So many choices!So many choices!

 

I'm always looking for ways to spruce up my outfits, and I think the best way to do that is to focus on detailing. Throw on a tie clip, maybe an interesting belt, or, perhaps, a button. Prickie.com has thankfully provided a slew of buttons that I feel comfortable pinning on my blazer or hat just to, ya know, liven it up a bit. read more »

Inventive Product Packaging : T-Shirt Vending Machines


Tokyo TTokyo TEvery time I have seen a T-shirt for sale, its folded nicely in piles. What if you sold them differently? Perhaps insteas of in a store, through a vending machine?
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How to Do Smart PR For Your Product


Bubble Gear BagsBubble Gear BagsOur Guest Blogger, Aneisha Howard, is relentlessly pursuing success with her invention - Bubble Gear, a unique line of trend setting handbags. You can visit www.bubblegearfashion.com to check them out!.

She wanted to share some public relations and marketing tips with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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