With Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) topping the charts as one of the biggest fears of new parents, the Guardian Sleeper is a welcomed new invention by two mothers looking for a solution. read more »
Need that perfect look for this year’s holiday party? If you live in Hong Kong, getting a truly unique look just got a whole lot easier thanks to Spanish hair artists Sienta La Cabeza read more »
Light bulbs are just so blasé. There really is nothing remotely exciting about a bare bulb. In fact, a bare light bulb in the collective consciousness often evokes images of starving artists and stark urbanscapes, often replete with scuttling rats and dripping water of some kind. Not the homiest scene, by far. So, how does one go about transforming those negative associations? read more »
Is Japan's futuristic cell phone culture too cool for school? Not according to Softbank, a Japanese cell phone service provider who just began offering college courses on the company's cell phones. read more »
Any kid would love to see themselves as a main character in their favorite video. Lucidiom Inc. is making children's dreams come true with its Animated Specialty DVD products that use your child's photo in their DVDs. Just by using a photo of your child, you can create custom-made videos. read more »
Scientists have designed a vest made of carbon nanotubes that can rebound the force of a bullet, effectively causing the bullet to bounce off without causing a large impact force on the wearer. read more »
There is an ongoing doubt about the environmentally friendliness of biodegradable plastic as compared to petroleum made plastic. Do they really biodegrade? Does it take more land, resources and energy to make biodegradable plastic than it does to make petroleum made plastic? The following review is not meant to confirm or deny this doubt, but simply to review an innovative biodegradable corn based products produced and sold by Trellis Earth. read more »
When's the last time you thought about the future of pop-up shelters? Yesterday, right? No, probably not. But, in all seriousness, pop-up shetlers are something the world should pay attention to. Natural disasters, war and violence certainly aren't slowing down, so the need for a pop-up shelter that is quick, effiicient and durable. That's where the Concrete Canvas comes in. read more »
French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard professor David Edwards have teamed up to bring us one step closer to cleaner air with their Bel-Air plant-based filter. This so-called "domestic spacecraft " utilizes the natural recycling qualities of the plant kingdom to absorb toxic compounds in the air, emitted by common household items. read more »
Asian innovation when it comes to interior design may not always be a good thing – as one Beijing restaurant recently proved. read more »
We’ve seen it many times before-combining two different technologies into one device. Remember when MP3 players just played music and had no other functions? Nowadays, these players are able to play music, video, display photos, record messages, and view documents. So, it was only natural for digital cameras and GPS technology to intertwine. read more »
Siemens is preparing a paper-thin electronic-display technology that could replace the everyday labels on disposable packaging. read more »
Don't know what to do with all that wine you've been saving for some long-awaited special occasion? Why not break out some of those vintage reds and allow them to adorn your home in these limited edition wine decanters designed by French sculptor Etienne Meneau? read more »
Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »
A working motor powered only by laser light has been demonstrated by researchers at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Light-powered motors will work in areas with high magnetic fields unsuitable for conventional motors, such as such as MRI medical scanners. read more »
The new Pentax Optio S10 is a "no-frills" digital camera with 10 megapixels of resolution, 3x optical zoom, small design, and inexpensive price tag. The S10 may not have many of the features that more expensive digital shooters have, but it does have a lot of the features that consumer's want in a compact point-and-shoot digital camera.
Philips Medical Systems has recently unveiled a new medical scanner that can take images of the inside of the body with stunning precision. read more »
Japan's renewed whaling activity has generated loud protests from the world at large. One wonders, just what is done with the meat from hundreds of "scientifically killed" whales? Japanese food company Asian Lunch offers a spicy solution, Whale Curry, though there's something fishy about efforts to curry favor with hungry diners! read more »
Highways are becoming more congested by the day, and the skies aren't doing any better. And with pollution posing an additional problem, we are running out of options. Could the newest Steel-Wheel and MagLev trains be the answer? read more »
Asian innovation has taken the amusement park industry by storm in recent years, and here are a couple of my personal favorites which have made it on my “Places To See Before I Die” list, because while I am fairly certain about an afterlife, I struggle to grasp the existence of these real world locales. read more »
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The digital revolution is not only affecting how we watch movies, listen to music and publicize our many talents, it's also changing the way we learn to play instruments... read more »
The Samsung YP-U3 digital MP3 player doesn’t have a nice large touch-screen like the iPod Touch or many of the other “fancy” features in the more expensive MP3 players on the market. Although the Samsung YP-U3 doesn’t have a lot of the “bells and whistles” of more expensive players, it’s still one of the best values on the market when it comes to MP3 players. read more »
American ladies are always on the prowl for fashion deals that will amp their appearance without breaking the bank. The same goes for women living in China, though unfortunately this Asian country has recently taken budget beauty a little too far. read more »
The original Blackberry Curve released in early 2007, and it was a largely successful smart phone. So, the recent introduction of the RIM Blackberry Curve 8310 has gotten people excited about this updated version of the original Curve. The 8310 offers many of the same features of the original Curve but also adds GPS capabilities. read more »
Scientists noticed that old, dirty water filters seemed to make water taste better. They investigated this peculiarity, and found that tiny bacteria that thrive on dirty water filters can reduce the distasteful earthy tinge in tap water. read more »
Branding is a challenge. Branding is about creating and spreading ideas, messages, and experiences.
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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.
Recently, he wrote an article on the importance of branding which we thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy. Here's his article: read more »
Imagine yourself one relaxing cold winter night in front of the fireplace. Your newspaper logs burn brilliantly in the fire. Your hot cup of organic chocolate coco cools down next to you on your favorite recycled wood end-table as you sit back and crochet your new rug out of newspaper yarn for your bamboo floor. read more »
For quite a while, the Ford Crown Victoria has had a firm grip on the Law Enforcement car of choice. Chevrolet has also gotten a handful of bids with the Impala. Now, they have some competition from the Chrysler corp, and the challenger is a Charger, no pun intended.
Digg is an online technology community who counts on the user's of the community to vote on their favorite technology news stories rather than editors. Digg has been online since 2000, and they are currently one of the top websites in the World. According to the Alexa traffic rankings, Digg is currently ranked as the 117th most trafficked website in the World (24th in the U.S. alone). Lately though, some of Digg's top contributors are becoming fed-up with Digg's community policies saying that they are unfair, and even saying that the Digg community is driven by possible conspiracies that involve burying certain stories or topics within the site. read more »
Wondering what would be the best video game to get as a gift this holiday season?
This holiday season, game developers and publishers are rushing out games for gamers of all types and of varying quality.
To make things easier for people who are not active gamers but want to get a really great video game as a gift , here's a list of the 10 Best Video Games to Get Teens this Christmas: read more »
My mother always says the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, I don't know about all that, but thanks to Mr. Hirsch I do know the way to my heart is through my man's stomach! United States patent 5,885,614 was issued on March 23, 2000 to Mr. Hirsch for the "Use of Odorants to Treat Male Impotence." That's right, the scents of the season are what really get a guy going! What can I say? ‘Tis really is the season to be jolly! read more »
Can't decide between red or green for your new Future-mobile? No problem - new paramagnetic paint technology will allow you to change your car's color at the flick of a switch. read more »
According to marketing surveys, the over-40 age group represents the largest proportional population of first world countries and it is the most gadget- endowed portion of the population... probably it's their income level. So the challenge for you this holiday is to find some gadgets that the techies on your list may not have.
According to marketing surveys, the over-40 age group represents the largest proportional population of first world countries and it is the most gadget- endowed portion of the population... probably it's their income level. So the challenge for you this holiday is to find some gadgets that the techies on your list may not have.
2007 was a great year for new and innovative gadgets from camcorders to cell phones. I want to take a look at the most popular and innovative products throughout 2007. With the holidays fast approaching, the gadgets here should surely be put at the top of your wish list. read more »
The new Wi-Fire Wi-Fi signal booster from hField Technologies is a device designed to boost wireless Internet signals to your computer through the use of a powerful antenna device. The Wi-Fire is designed to sit atop a laptop's display or on a flat surface. The Wi-Fire wireless signal booster is capable of boosting Wi-Fi signals up to 3 times farther than a typical wireless Internet adaptor. What this means is that the Wi-Fire is capable of receiving Wi-Fi signals from up to 1000 feet away, which makes the wireless Internet signal stronger and less likely to drop. read more »
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Tanya Aguiniga has some captivating ideas about contemporary furniture and accessory design, ranging from funky to quirky and everything in between. Currently based out of L.A., this young artist grew up crossing the border every day from Tijuana to go to school in San Diego. Her art is a reflection of that cultural line she walked growing up, and reflects the duality inherent within it... read more »
Cleaning grimy highway rest stops is a job barely fit for humans, but never fear: the disturbingly cute, talking Lady Bird robot will begin scrubbing Japanese public toilets in 2009! read more »
Ever want to just shoot the person sitting next to you but want to do it discreetly so that they are really surprised?
Milan-born designer Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi boldly states, "My lamps are not gadgets." Well, all right. I guess they hover more in the world of fine art, then? At the very least, they walk the line between restored iconic retro pieces and functional light sources, and could certainly be considered masterpieces by some... read more »
Online retail giant Amazon.com is set to release their version of the largely unsuccessful Sony Reader, called the Kindle. The Amazon Kindle is an electronic book reader which was thought up by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos who says that the Kindle was born from his interest in e-books, and how they could be improved. read more »
What recycles your newspaper, save trees, helps you warm up you home and saves you money all at the same time? An 8lb gadget called the Newspaper Log Roller. read more »
Now you can play with matches without fear of getting burned. Contemporary lighting concepts seem to know no end in their inherent coolness. I am continually amazed by the novel ideas that are constantly spilling forth from the minds of today's innovative artists. The "Matchlight", designed by Chetan Sorab, is just such a fresh concept in home lighting. read more »
Curious as to what really sticks in advertising? Ads don't need to be as enormous as billboards or as prominent as the back cover of a magazine, they can simply be stuck in places where you are sure to reach your target market. read more »
Friday, MTV unveiled an Arabic language music video channel. MTV Arabia now provides Arabic music videos, as well as other MTV programs, to Middle Eastern audiences. read more »
Internet tablet mini PCs are becoming increasingly popular because of their small size and ever-growing capabilities. The Nokia N810 was released this week, and this Internet tablet PC only weighs about 8 ounces and is only 5 inches wide. The small size of an Internet tablet, such as the Nokia N810, make them a better choice for traveling professionals who don’t want to lug a laptop around on business trips. read more »
While there are many instances of farting to be found in great literature (James Joyce, St. Augustine, Dante, etc.), the reality of farting in public is much less noble. That's why I'm recommending you do a bit of damage control before any real damage to your modesty or friends has occurred this year. read more »
Amping up for the holidays? In need of some conversation starters or entertaining accoutrements, if only to keep yourself amused? Well, here's installation number two of my latest festive finds to keep you and your guests chuckling well beyond dinner... read more »
The motion of tiny particles such as electrons is impossible to investigate with current technology. That's because electrons, like other subatomic particles, don't move on the time scale of seconds, but of attoseconds--a billion billionth of a second, or 10-18 seconds. read more »
A device called the MC Square is new to the United States but has been quite popular in Korea. As a matter of fact, over 1.5 million units have sold in Korea. So what does the MC Square do anyway? No, it's not the name of a new rapper or D.J. The MC Square is a device, about the size of an MP3 player, which claims to promote relaxation, improve memory, and improve concentration through visual and audible stimulation. read more »
The holidays are coming up on us quickly. What do you get for the person who has everything? Halycon Jets, a premier provider of on-demand private charter aircraft services, announced today it will offer a $5M gift card for those who want to go above and beyond this holiday season and share the gift of opulence and convenience aboard a private jet.
The $5M Holiday DreamCard from Halcyon Jets may be used for one-way trips or round-trip travel, and it may be used for a single flight or multiple trips. read more »
Too often, many would-be entrepreneurs spend all of their time planning their corporate structure, getting all of the necessary permits, licenses, bank accounts, and doing all of the other minutiae of business before they actually figure out whether or not they actually have a product or service that someone will pay for. read more »
Ever wonder where the 90 cents per gallon of gas spent on crude oil goes? Well, besides giant buildings in Kuwait and guaranteed education in Saudi Arabia, some of it goes towards more luxurious objects. Like Ferraris, or penthouse apartments at Time Warner Center, or maybe even a supersonic jet, capable of going 1.6 times the speed of sound. read more »
It seems as though you either love or hate the holiday season, with few people straddling the line in between. I, personally, am one of those apathetic souls that could take it or leave it, depending on day, mood, and my current penchant for blind consumerism. So, in my effort to jump on over to the "loving" side of the holiday fence, I bring to you the first installation of my latest finds in non-traditional seasonal decor that really work for any season. read more »
Scientists have shown how to trap a multi-colored rainbow of light inside a prism. The ability to slow down, stop, and capture different frequencies of light could lead to computers with more memory and much faster Internet speeds. read more »
Japan loves Kewpie Dolls... the baby-faced cutie ranks right up there with Hello Kitty on the "kawaii" scale. Being Japan, however, things start to get weird. How weird? Well, check out the Bondage Kewpie Doll Cellphone Charm, available tied up S&M style in five different shades of rope. read more »
For the last 3 years, the LA Auto Show Design Challenge has attracted amazing concepts from every major auto manufacturer, 2007 was no different. It gives designers a chance to present their visions without engineering or cost constraints. See if you agree with the judges number 1 pick. read more »
Cameron Cowan, our Guest Blogger lives in Denver, Colorado. Besides writing, he has an active music career around the city and can usually be found either on the jazz and coffee shop stages of the city or in the mall, his favorite distresser! He wanted to share his video game tips and finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.
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We all know in the very real world of International Relations, countries aren't always taken over militarily. In the Civilization video game series, the best turn-based strategy game in the world today, this factor has not really taken hold until now with the new game Civilization IV. read more »
Thanksgiving is such a predictable and tedious holiday.
I think that Thanksgiving Day should be a lot more fun...a bit more of a surprise.
So, for my friends who are bored, I have collected together a few items that I think will turn any painfully tedious Thanksgiving Dinner into something people will remember for years. Here's my list of the 10 Ways to Have A Great Thanksgiving in 2007:
Art? Or furniture? The German designed Lomme bed blurs that distinction, merging technology and sophisticated design to create a unique and enhanced futuristic sleeping environment... read more »
Yesterday morning, the LA Auto Show unleashed it's secrets upon the automotive world. Companies from all over the globe have come to give us a glimpse of what they have been working on since last year. Here are the top 5 world debuts from the LA Auto Show. read more »
Hip hop legends 2Pac and Biggie can finally have a place of honor in your home, now immortalized as sustainably sourced, wooden furniture. Diddy's in that mix, too, but for now he's just got a bench named after him. Poor Diddy... read more »
A new Bluetooth earpiece from a company by the name of Callpod offers great style and functionality for a relatively small price. The price of this little device is set at $129.95, and you get a decent amount of features for the price. One of the biggest claims that this new Bluetooth earpiece boasts is a maximum range of about 300 feet according the Callpod.
Remember the game of fetch? You threw a ball, your dog chased it, picked it up, and brought it back? Again and again, the game repeated itself until one or the other of you got tired, usually you. You'd be dead tired, slumped in your chair, with smelly, sticky dog drool on your hands.
Now, dog gadgeteers (dogeteers) have invented ball-throwing gadgets that maintain your stamina, keep your hands clean and, perhaps, tire your dog. read more »
Let's assume you have the money to buy 1 mid-range sports car, and you want to keep it domestic, which will it be? The Corvette has the most history, but the Viper has a V10. Decisions...decisions. read more »
Scientists from Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico have recently taken the first MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan of the human brain. read more »
Now you don't need to tip a few back to feel a bit off kilter! The Roly Poly Glasses Cordial Set takes the work out of skewing your vision before you even start downing your evening's libations.
So you've replaced all your old incandescent lightbulbs with CFLS. Now you're saving money and saving energy, but there is still the stack of old incandescent lightbulbs waiting to be disposed of. Throwing them away wouldn't be eco-friendly. Right? How about creacycling them instead? read more »
A few weeks ago, a 4 oz sample of Skin MD Natural, a Shielding Lotion for the hands, face and body, was sent to me to test and review. I have used it about 3 to 4 times a week. In particular, I have applied it to my hands, elbows, feet, face and knees. I have also allowed my children to use Skin MD on occasion. Below are the results. read more »
A company by the name of Polar recently announced the introduction of the RS800G3 multi-sport training system with built-in GPS capabilities. The device is about the size of a wristwatch, but it does a whole lot more than the typical watch. read more »
A robot camel jockey, invented by the Qatar Scientific Club, won for Best Invention at the First International Exhibition for Inventions. The robot camel jockey, a seemingly odd invention here in the West, is meant to replace child jockeys in the Persian Gulf. read more »
Every year around October we start to see next years car models being advertised everywhere. If you are in the market you know it can turn into quite an adventure to find the right one for you. Hopefully this will help. read more »
One thing I've learned over the years is you can never go wrong by invoking the diet excuse. (This excuse is particularly effective if you are still single.) Of course, you run the risk that a family member will decry your concerns for your figure as nonsense, or worse - for your plan, not your ego - tell you you're too thin as it is. read more »
The much-anticipated wait for the next-generation Zune is now over with the release of the 80 GB Zune in November, 2007. This new Zune sports some nice upgrades over the first generation Zune including more Wi-Fi capabilities, smaller size, podcast support, and larger LCD screen. Microsoft is getting closer and closer to Apple's reign as king of the portable media devices. read more »
Triumph International Japan, maker of bras, panties and other women's undergarments is a division of a large German lingerie company but in their marketing they're very, very Japanese. This means they go over the top, as it were, to attract attention to their products and cleverly assocaite them with the latest popular cause. Here are 8 of their most outrageous bizarre bra examples... read more »
On Thursday, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), an organization that regularly bans websites in the Emirates, declared that subscribing to a UK based Virtual Private Network (VPN) is as illegal as ‘smuggled DVDs or pornography.' read more »
The team at Gore Design Company has been very busy doing the heavy work of bringing nature's quirks to your home decor via their eco-friendly concrete conceptions. By mimicking nature's own unfaltering designs, they're able to unite both modernity and timelessness, all the while staying "green". read more »
A young 22 year old inventor, by the name of Kent Hodgson, has found a way to almost instantly chill a beverage without using any ice. His relatively simple idea uses liquid CO2 to turn a warm beverage into a cold one within seconds. read more »
Our Guest Blogger, Kipkay , is the Top Producer on the video website www.Metacafe.com. He thought the readers of InventorSpot.com would enjoy learning how to make some of his amazing inventions. Here's his article:
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The future meets the past as I turn a Star Trek Phaser into a Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Captain Kirk would have loved to have one of these in his arsenal of goodies and now he can. Typical blu-ray lasers are very expensive but I found an inexpensive source for obtaining one. read more »
The Ford Mustang has been aorund since the 1960's and it doesn't show any signs of leaving. It has gone through many changes throughout the years but is still one of the most celebrated cars of all time. The 2008 model promises to keep the legend alive by bringing back some old and throwing in some new. read more »
A cornucopia of autumn produce and foliage is a traditional holiday favorite, if not a little predictable and overplayed. Yet with some time and planning you can assemble a unique cornucopia centerpiece spilling with gourds in the shape of your own head, or any other shape for that matter! read more »
From the "only in Japan" file comes the Melody Road, an ingenious project that has transformed stretches of three Japanese highways into mobile music boxes! read more »
Paper artist Jen Stark has a bold new vision for 3D contemporary design. Or is it just good vision she has? Either way, the woman rivals Edward Scissorhands in her skills with an X-acto knife and the simple medium of multi-colored construction paper... read more »
With 4 days of culture, creativity and innovation, the specialized industry exhibition culminated with corporate and trading deals reaching around $3.8 billion U.S. read more »
What happens when a scribble hops off the page and comes to life in the third dimension? Well, you might get something that resembles the futuristic-looking works of award-winning Australian designer, Brodie Neill... read more »
Researchers have designed a heart-powered pacemaker. Just as it sounds, the self-powering pacemaker would keep the heart beating by using the person's own heartbeat to power it. read more »
Perhaps inspired by nearby Dubai, Kuwaiti Municipal officials approved a plan Thursday, to construct what will be the world's tallest building when completed. The Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir, part of the Madinat Al-Hareer (City of Silk), is planned to soar to a height of 1,001 meters (3,284 ft). read more »
As the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show comes to a close, theres only one thing left to do : Divy out bragging rights. Here are my picks for the top 10 Extreme Custom Cars from SEMA : read more »
My youngest son loves stuffed animals. I think the stuffed animals in his bed take up more room than he does. I hate stuffed animals. And with the holiday season around the corner, I know I have to prepare myself for more stuffed animals. Did I mention I hate stuffed animals? But I've got to admit, I wouldn't mind my kids getting this stuffed animal as a present. read more »
Want a goofy ringtone? No, a "Goofy" ringtone! Japan may get exactly that when Disney - home of Mickey, Minnie, Winnie and yes, Goofy - and Softbank launch their new mobile phone service next spring! read more »
The power of the sun is amazing, but what about the power of the moon? Can it be harnessed? London-based artist Laura Williams thinks so and has decided to tap into that lunar power. read more »
Sigg of Switzerland makes the most beautiful reusable water bottles ever. Not only are they beautiful but they are environmentally friendly. Since most of the disposable water bottles are not recycled, using a resuable bottle will help filling the landfills. Also, the Sigg water bottles are healthier because there is no leaching. So when you take a drink of water from you Sigg bottle, it will taste like water and not plastic (you know what I mean).
A company in Grand Haven, Michigan by the name of Light Corp., has locked up the wireless lighting technology niche with their patent pending Intu: 360° Workspace Agility technology. In a nutshell, this technology will work to help automatically control the dimming of lights, within a room or entire building, according to outside lighting or time of day. This technology is special for a few different reasons, but the most important one is that it will save an estimated 30%-60% in energy costs. read more »
Dodge is bringing back its street legal track car after a 7 year absence and they mean business. The new Viper ACR is meaner than ever and as with any Viper, needs to be handled with care. read more »
Unless you're on par with the likes of James Bond, or frequently find yourself escaping from super-villains, it's unlikely that you have any real need for a staircase that disappears at the touch of a button... read more »
Next time you hear of an Alien abduction, it may just be a from someone who encounters a fighter pilot equipped with on of these new futuristic-looking fighter pilot helmets. These new helmets are not only scary looking, but they also have some incredible innovations such as X-ray vision. read more »
Oil is hanging close to the $100 per barrel mark and more people are looking to Hybrids as an answer. Problem is many people don't know what their choices are when it comes to Hybrids. Here are the 5 most prominent designs and where you can find them. read more »
Hollandia International has created a magnificent bed that has so much stuff you could pretty much live in it - the PLATINUM-LUXETM Elite sleep system. The only catch is that it comes with a hefty price tag of $35,000. You'll have to leave your bed to go to work in order to afford it. read more »
Lazy coin savers in Japan are in for a big surprise should they forget to deposit their loose change in TOMY's Savings Bomb Pggy Bank... not to mention a big mess to clean up! read more »
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If you’re used to running with the wrong crowd and often deal with mass quantities of possibly fake, large denomination paper currency, you are probably the kind of person inventors had in mind when developing the UV Key Ring Counterfeit Detector. read more »
Does this photograph remind you of anything in your home? Me either. But designs like this are really inspiring. The artists who created the cat beds featured here use their talents to pay tribute to the natural elegance and variable nature of the cat. Even if they are out of your price range, they're not too expensive to admire! read more »
A lot happens at the kitchen table. Aside from serving the traditional function of simply being a place at which to sit and eat, the kitchen table is akin to the heart of the home. So what happens when that beloved surface goes missing? ... read more »
Using charcoal as an innovative form of toothpaste is not a new concept in Asia. However some not so inviting packaging and changing the word charcoal to “charcle” apparently did the job quite well according to recent Korean sales. read more »
Scientists have constructed a "micro microwave," a long, narrow device measuring 4 mm long by 7 micrometers wide (the width of a red blood cell). Considered to be the smallest microwave ever, the technology will likely be used for medical "lab-on-a-chip" devices. read more »
The newest and most innovative iPod docking station is now here. Griffin Technology has just released EVOLVE, which is an iPod docking station with wireless speakers. This compact system's design is extremely innovative and should be the look of docking stations in the future. read more »
IKEA furniture is well known for its modern, and innovative design. Is that true of their advertising as well? read more »
The new Sony VAIO VGN-UX490N/C offers a ton of features in a very small package. This mini PC is about the size of an average PDA, and it weighs less than 2 pounds. Needless to say, you can carry this thing anywhere. This device will surely eliminate the need to lug around a laptop. read more »
The 'My Chopsticks Bra' is the latest outrageous creation from Triumph International Japan, a lingerie company that's never been shy about attracting attention to its products - for a good cause, of course! read more »
They came, they saw and the conquered. SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) has announced the 4 winners of their "Most Accessory-Friendly Award." See if your next vehicle made the cut. read more »
The Cooking Jacket "for use in cooking large pieces of meat, turkeys, chickens, roasts and the like," or U.S. patent 4942809, looks like a large mesh hammock with handles designed "to enable the turkey or other piece of meat to be retained in a jacket structure and easily lifted from the cooking pan, pot, vessel or the like." read more »
Ah, the seduction of a kiss. So sexy, so timeless. Thanks to dna11's newest project, cocktail napkins and envelopes aren't the only ones lucky enough to receive that puckered stamp of approval -- now, you can have your own sexy pout immortalized on canvas. read more »
Researchers have invented a tiny probe equipped with an ultrasound scanner that can travel through veins and arteries, taking ultrasound images of its surroundings. Unlike previous probes that travel through the body, which could only provide a view from one direction at a time, the new device has seven imagers integrated onto the hexagonal prism that can see nearly everywhere at once. read more »
Do people really care about the appearance of their workout equipment? Think about it. What do you usually do with your bulky workout equipment once you have finished using it? You put it up, right? It doesn't exactly match with your home décor, so you put it under your bed, in your closet, in a corner, in the garage. Once it's out of sight it's also out of mind. read more »
It's a little early, but this holiday season I already have a whole new set of innovative solar powered lights to introduce you to. Take a look at them below; snowmen, snowballs, reindeer, and Santa are what seem to be popular this year.
It is important for companies to do adequate preparation and research before introducing a product into the international marketplace. How easily even "experts" can sometimes fall victim when their in-house marketing department is not fully aware of the local culture. Sometimes hiring a professional marketeer in the country is probably the best option. Otherwise, slogal translations might end up being a total fiasco! read more »
Welcome to my new blog! The following is the first installation in a multi-part series exploring innovative and unusual patents that could help make this your best Thanksgiving celebration ever! read more »
Our Guest Blogger Christian Hoopes is a freelance writer living in West Jordan, UT. His hobbies include poorly conceived home improvement projects, jogging, and jogging away from poorly conceived home improvement projects. He has two little dogs.
Here's the article he wrote for InventorSpot.com readers:
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Each night of your life it's the same routine: same boring bed, same boring pillow, same boring pattern of reducing alpha waves, generating theta waves, lowering EMG, entering delta sleep, and finally engaging in rapid eye movement. Aren't you sick of it?
Thanks to a few innovators, however, sleep doesn't have to be boring. In fact, when armed with the right accessories, it can be so exciting you'll regret having slept through it. You'll have to get a camcorder to record yourself sleeping just so you can watch it when you're awake and see how much fun you had. read more »
I've grown a new appendage around my neck. It's called a CliC® reader. If I could find my other seven pair of readers that evaporated into thin air, I would toss them, because I'm now addicted to CliCs. read more »
On the 26th of October, the Tokyo Motor Show kicked off with a roar . Some of the highlights included the Lancer EVO X and the highly anticipated Nissan GT-R. Manufacturers also introduced a handful of concept cars that can only be described as "unique." Here are my picks for the 10 Wackiest Concept Cars from the Tokyo Motor Show: read more »
Our Guest Blogger, Bill E., is the influential yet largely ignored designer of the leisure suit. Bill lives in Denver, enjoys playing underwater ice hockey and is a die-hard fan of now-defunct activities across the globe. He wanted to share is funny invention finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.
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Variety is the spice of life – that’s why there are so many Spice Girls, at least that’s what I’ve heard. read more »
When November comes around, the video game industry is always in high gear to churn out games. With Christmas approaching, game developers are prepared to get their hopeful holiday season hits out the door.
Every year is the same: kids want games, so developers put the games out for them to purchase during Christmas. The list goes on and on and on, and this is only good for every gamer (and gift giver!).
On the quest for coolness, it's only fitting to have the dopest coffee table on the block. The DelighTable undoubtedly fits that bill... read more »
Gateway is set to release their most stylish computer ever with the "Gateway One". This desktop PC offers great looks and a solid processor. This new PC almost resembles an iMac with its "tower" built into the monitor. This innovative design eliminates the need for those bulky computer towers. This new PC should revolutionize the way that computers are designed in the future. read more »
Curcumin, a polyphenolic compound found in the "curry spice" Tumeric, has been shown to have beneficial effects against cancerous tumors and combats the advance of Alzheimer's disease. The compound breaks down quickly after being eaten, however, so Japanese scientists are creating longer lasting synthetic versions. read more »
InventorSpot.com is delighted to announce that another new writer will be joining our team today. We now have five new writers this season.
Elizabeth Valeri is a writer and English teacher from Denver, Colorado. She will be entertaining us with news of unusual, interesting or innovative patents. You can see her blog here.
We think she will be a wonderful addition to the team of writers bringing you the latest inventions, innovations and most interesting ideas from around the world.
Rousing myself gently out of slumber simply doesn't happen. It generally takes a sledgehammer, a blast of some sort, or a shot of cold water thrown on my sleeping body... read more »
From medicinal rituals to modern-day yoga, India is attempting to lock away access to cultures and activities practiced throughout the world, yet no-doubt indigenous to the region. read more »
Though similar efforts in the past have failed, a prominent Israeli, Boaz Wachtel, believes that a so-called ‘Peace Canal' can bring peace to the Middle East. Well to Israel and its neighbors at least. read more »
Canon has just recently released the first model in their brand new SX-series of digital cameras called the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS. This isn't your average digital camera by any stretch of the mind. This camera is part of a relatively new breed of digital cameras called "super-zooms" or "mega-zooms". The reason that they are called this is because of the amazing zoom power that these cameras possess. read more »
Stackable carts can be found in Airports all over the world. You throw in a quarter or 2, use the little cart until you are done and then take it back. What if that basic technology was applied to a mass transit system in larger cities? read more »
Researchers have fabricated what they call a true "iPod Nano"--a fully functional radio made out of a single carbon nanotube (CNT). At 10,000 times thinner than a human hair, the researchers hope the radio could have applications for new wireless communications devices, as well as medical applications such as hearing aids. read more »
It appears the so called Axe Effect has taken over the world.
The following ten ads from around the world promote the Axe brand and all of its' products. read more »
Crealev, short for "Creative Levitation Solutions," hopes to meet all of your levitation needs. This Netherlands-based company seeks to introduce anti-gravity technology into the mainstream for the betterment of humanity's creative projects... read more »
Hyotan Kara Mizu is a new brand of Japanese mineral water that sets itself apart from its many competitors through its appealing packaging. The reuseable bottles come in 20 different colorful pattern designs and the curvaceous, organic shape is meant to resemble a gourd. read more »
Ford's 2008 vehicle line-up may have a new slogan. Intel Inside. read more »
Like the LifeSaver, another innovation can also turn dirty surface water into clean drinking water in a matter of seconds. It is called the LifeStraw and unlike the LifeSaver, the LifeStraw,personal water filtration tool, is a lot cheaper, a lot smaller and easier to take around. It can even be hung around the neck for easy access. read more »
If you have ever been to a car dealership, you know they thrive off of marketing. And what better way to market a car than put it on a set of ramps so it stands out. They can make it look like it's climbing a mountain or just setting on a pedestal. However, they do have a few constraints, that is till RAMPBOSS introduced their design. read more »
Sony's latest compact digital camera is the DSC-T2, which is part of Sony's ultra-popular T-series line of cameras. To call this point-and-shoot camera innovative would be an understatement. This camera sports some of the coolest technology to show up in a compact digital camera in a long time. read more »
The latest concepts in on-floor seating have quite literally taken a turn. The Loope Lupita, designed by twenty-one year old Victor Aleman, reminds me of a cross between some kind of fruit peel remnant and a mini racetrack ... read more »
Since the first hint of an American production of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, car enthusiasts across the nation have been anxiously waiting to see if the rumors were true.They hype generated from this car comes from the heritage it is expected to live up to. read more »
With so many articles on our site, I wanted to find a way to highlight some of what I think are the best articles on the site and the most popular last week in case readers missed them.
Here are my Editor's Picks for the Best of InventorSpot.com for the week ending November 3, 2007: read more »
A newly designed, revolutionary refinery, capable of turning heavy gas-oils into higher value stock, has the go-ahead for an opening date in 2010. read more »
The Honda Accord first rolled off American assembly lines in Marysville, Ohio, exactly 25 years ago on November 1, 1982. Though still considered a Japanese car, nearly 9 million made-in-the-USA Accords have rolled out of the Marysville plant, doing wonders for the local economy in the process. read more »
Mio Technology has introduced a new portable GPS navigation system that offers text to speech, compact design, and affordable price tag. This new GPS device should help to persuade other GPS manufacturers to include the text to speech functionality feature in their "budget" GPS devices. read more »
Everyone knows the family pet is the most spoiled "child" in any household. They get their food served to them at their level, they have their own cushy pillow right by the fireplace and now thanks to Honda, they even have a carseat built specially for them. read more »
One of the winners in the health category in TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of the Year is a glove that knows CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). Since CPR is very difficult to perform properly, even for trained health professionals, the glove was designed to guide people in an emergency situation. read more »
You may wonder where Philips Electronics, the company that makes reliable TV's, close shaving razors, and innovative light bulbs, is going these days, now that it's been recognized as a fashion innovator by Time Magazine. Experimenting with futuristic concepts, Philips is enlisting the public's involvement, an innovative strategy designed to beat the invention failure rate.
This year's emotional icon to remember is Phillips' Bubelle, the emotional sensing prototype dress. Bubelle has landed on Time's Best Inventions Of The Year list. The color changing dress is one of two Philips' SKIN Probes developed as part of the SKIN research project lead by Lucy McRae. read more »
Along with the coffee pot and the stove, checking to see that the wallpaper is turned off before leaving your home may actually become a typical routine in the not-so-distant future... read more »
"Save the Cheerleader, save the whales"... Hayden Panettiere, the cute young actress who plays the cheerleader in popular American action drama Heroes recently performed another role: bringing attention to a traditional dolphin hunt in Japan. read more »
Sports are a major part of today's society and as you will see, advertising plays a big role in this, with creative ads everywhere from billboards to bags and parking garages. Here are 10 Amazing Sports Ads that Grab Attention from recent advertising campaigns:
Scientists have discovered a new technique for creating water, using a new catalyst that reacts with both hydrogen and oxygen. The method could lead to the development of less expensive and more efficient hydrogen fuel cells, the energy source of hydrogen vehicles. read more »
After last years stunning display of speed machines from around the world, Michelin had many people wondering how they could possibly outdo themselves this year. I'm not so sure if they outdid themselves, but they most definitely put on an amazing show. read more »
Sony's popular Xplod line of car audio is featuring Bluetooth capabilities, satellite radio, and iPod connectivity for 2007-2008. Sony debuted 4 new CD receivers for your car that do a lot more than just play CDs and the radio. read more »
Hybrid technology has come a long way and continues to improve everyday. However, the newest innovation in Hybrid Technology isn't a motor...it's a transmission? read more »
Alas! Apple's iPhone gets its due. The celebrated Time Magazine Invention of the Year Award has gone to the pocket size, wonder technology platform that does everything but cook your eggs! Of course, if you happen to be boiling them, you can set the iPhone alarm to tell you when the eggs are done! read more »
With its longstanding pledge to develop innovation through local communities, Intel recently opened a software innovation and support center in Hangzhou, which is a capital city in East China. read more »
Anyone who inhabits "postage stamp" size apartments can appreciate the value of space-saving innovations. And unless you are among the lucky few who boast voluminous digs, accommodating a ping pong table into your living quarters is probably more of a joke than a realistic venture... read more »
A science experiment designed to detect deep-space neutrinos is discovering insights into everything from bioluminescent swimming bacteria to the possibility of increasing carbon pollution to underwater hurricanes. read more »
Pokemon, Duel Masters and Yu-Gi-Oh pioneered dueling card games in both Japan and the wider world. Alteil takes up where these games leave off, adding exquisite anime style artwork and an online dimension few RPG's can match! read more »