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May, 2008

Innovative Gravity Defying Shoes

While investigating shock absorption for buildings and automobiles, scientists discovered a special polymer that was both lightweight and absorbed shock and vibration. This material forms the sole of these innovative shoes.

Crystals May Lead to Cheap Solar Cells

With a breakthrough in research on titanium oxide nanocrystals, researchers may make solar cells more cost-effective.

Toyota's Night View Identifies Pedestrians

Nightime driving is an area that can always be improved upon. We now have headlights that turn with the steering wheel to essentially "see" around corners and detectors on the front of our cars that will warn the driver of something in the road ahead. Toyota took that a step farther by putting together a system that can recognise humans and feed the information straight to the dash.

Nike’s New Shoe A Waste?

I must have a thing for innovative shoes or for recycled trash. I’m not sure which but here’s a topic that combines the two and involves the quickly growing eco-conscious company, Nike. So here it is, Nike has a new basketball eco-shoe nicknamed Nike Trash Talk. The shoe is modeled after Steve Nash’s current shoe, the Nike Zoom BB II Low. It isn’t Nikes first eco-shoe but it is the latest.

Japan to Ban Spam E-mail. Seriously

Spam - junk e-mail, not the canned mystery meat - has been effectively banned by the government of Japan. Wishful thinking, or a positive step in the elimination of one of life's greatest annoyances?

Sculptor Makes His Own Car Out of Polyurethane

Polyurethane...you know, the same stuff we use to fill in the annoying little cracks along the window. It has now made it's debut in the automotive world as more than just a filler. A Lithuanian "sculptor" has built almost an entire vehicle out of the mirale stuff, and it doesn't look all that bad.

The Well-Dressed Dog At A Wedding: Trend-Setting Elegance For Dog Grooms

Western European custom has it that the human bridegroom dress in a conservative dark suit or tuxedo at his wedding: the bride should never be upstaged, and that's as it should be! But dog brides better be prepared to share the stage when it comes to the newest fashions for dog grooms. These trend setters are anything but reserved.

The Well-Dressed Dog At A Wedding: 10 Awesome Dog Bridal Gowns

Whether it's the mild temperatures, the aura of the summer solstice, or there's just more love in the air, a June wedding always has the ring of a destiny fulfilled. There are some breathtaking designer ready-to-wear dog bridal gowns for summer and early fall, so there's no need to have one custom-made. I've selected some awesome gowns from the unbelievable array available this wedding season.

New World Record for Largest Single-Cylinder Motorcycle

When we think of today's motorcycles, most people will automatically picture a V-Twin on a sunny afternoon. We sometimes forget about the hard hitting single cylinders. However, Franz Langer has come up with something that should bring the spotlight back to single cylinders for at least a while.

Neat Idea? It’s A Watch And A TV Remote All In One!

Make sure you're always on time to catch your favorite TV show with this beautiful, cutting-edge creation.

BananaHandle: Because Chimps Don't Burn Themselves On Hot Pans

As Fred says, "You've never seen a chimpanzee burn himself on a hot pan, have you?" Fred's the man behind dozens of creative, humorous, and amazingly functional gadgets for the home, and particularly, for entertaining. The BananaHandle's one of Fred's latest products and you have to admit, it looks like more fun than most pot holders.

More Wasted Space, Or Can These Ads Sell?

The purpose of advertising is to promote sales, and advetising agencies and their clients go to great lengths to find innovative ways of putting across their message. But when does creative go over the top?

Custom Portrait Cufflinks

Available in gold, silver, white gold or platinum these unique cufflinks are designed to be miniature portraits. When not in use, the two halves snap together to form a miniature bust.

Amazing Police Supercars : Reasons Not to Speed From Around the World : Part 2

Well, in case none of the Police Supercars from the previous list caught your attention, maybe some of these will. Again, in no particular order.

Statistical Art : Art That Forces You To Think

Artist Chris Jordan creates art that uses statistics as a major part of it. Each image represents something in the world that we all should take note of. He hopes they will make you think about how much we waste every day.

The History of the Bikini - The World's Skimpiest Invention

About two hundred years ago, women pranced around on beaches wearing flannel dresses and three-quarter length trousers. In that period in history when showing one's knees was considered scandalous, it might have come as a shock to these women that their descendants would be sporting the skimpiest invention of all - the bikini.

Selling Cellphones to the Gray Generation

Society may be aging but the older generation still wants to enjoy the benefits of technology. Marketers like Japan's NTT Docomo realize this and their new Raku Raku ("Easy Easy") Phone Basic S cellphone brings hi-tech back to basics.

Scotland's New Supercar : Falen

Keating isn't the only new kid on the block when it comes to sports car anymore. Dowdeswell and Hardie design studio based in Gleneagles, Scotland has released some concept drawings of what is supposed to be their first step into the supercar world. Assuming it does make it into production, it will easily be one of the most amazing designs ever created.

Luna: A Watch to Watch Out For

A combination of stainless steel, Swarovski's finest crystal, a portion of Signity's brilliance in gems, a Spessartite Garnet and the design element of John Pszeniczny have gone into creating the Luna watch, a uber cool time machine.

Show Some Love on Father's Day With Golf Ball Art

Stumped as to what you should get your Dad for Father's Day? Try some golf ball art!

Noninvasive Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery

A new noninvasive device could be used to treat morbid obesity and gastroesophageal-reflux disease (GERD) without the need for surgery.

Amazing Police Supercars :Reasons Not to Speed from Around the World : Part 1

Speeding is unsafe and in almost all cases it is wrong. Having said that, if the risk you are posing to yourself and others doesn't deter you and nor does the punishment, perhaps seeing these in your rearview mirror will at least make you think twice before you try again. Because you won't get away from these police supercars.

Artistic Expression or The Future of Humanity?

Lucy McRae and Bart Hess are artists working together to create fascinating images portraying genetic manipulation and beauty.

89mpg Harley : Winner of the 2008 Green Grand Prix

The Green Grand Prix, which takes place in Watkins Glen, NY, is the only race in the US specifically for alternative fuel vehicles. This year, there were many great entries covering every genre of vehicle, but 1 stood out when it came to fuel efficiency.

Space Beer, A Drink That's Really Outta This World

Space beer... mmm, space beer. Brewed from barley seeds that orbited our planet countless times on the International Space Station, this is one outta this world beverage!

Medibottle - A Parent's Secret Weapon for a Sick Baby

Fighting with a sick baby isn’t any fun, which is exactly why Medibottle™ was created.


The Who's Who Of Grilling With Grill Charms™

One rare, no bacon, lots of pepper. One medium well, bacon, lemon and garlic, hold the salt. A medium, bacon, chile... By now I'm going crazy. I can prepare the steaks, but how will I tell them apart on the grill?

Another frustrated chef found the solution for me and other grill-lovers... Grill Charms™!


Bagir Suits No Ordinary Suits: Green Father’s Day Gift Ideas

The Bagir Company, in Kiryat Gat Israel, has done it again and created another eco-friendly suit for men. The new suit, called "EcoGIR Recycled", is ready to go on the market for Father's day. For about $200 a suit, you can buy Dad a professional looking EcoGIR recycled suit at Sears.

NBC News' iCue: Learning That's Innovative, Interactive and Fun

NBC's iCue provides a fun, interactive and collaborative online learning environment for students and lifelong learners.

2010 Camaro V6 : First Look

Soon after the news of a new Camaro dropped, talk of possible engine packages was flying. Among these discussions was a decently powered V6 that had remained for the most part unspecified. Earlier this week, some new pictures hit the web and they should answer a few questions.

The Traveling Notebook Barbecue Grill: Great For Camping!

And here you have it! Among hot finds this Memorial Day weekend, the Brits have beat the U.S. again in barbecue originality. This time it's the simple, but ingenious, notebook barbecue grill, one that would be terrific for camping or picnics!

Sumo Wrestling's Newest Champion Euro-Trashes Stereotypes

Think of sumo wrestlers and you'll probably conjure up images of fat Japanese guys in loincloths. Forget about all that - for the first time, a European has won sumo wrestling's coveted Emperor's Cup!

A Certified Pre-Owned...Lamborghini??

Somewhere on most peoples' "5 Cars I Must Own Before Dying" list you will find a Lamborghini, and with good reason. Sadly, most people (me included) will never get the chance to own one of these amazing machines. However, Lamborghini is upping your chances by developing a pre-owned program.

Get Lost in the Amazing Fantasy Garden

Bruno Torf is an artist that creates beautiful works of fantasy art in his sculpture garden. This garden resides in Marysville, Victoria hidden away in a magical rainforest setting.

A Multi-Functional Hearing Aid That Makes You Really Happy!

This man is jumping for joy. He can hear all the sounds in his environment, just like fully-hearing people can. He can also wirelessly connect to his mp3 player, watch TV, and make and receive cell phone calls... all through his hearing aid!

As Phonak, the maker of his Exélia™ hearing aid, suggests, the picture represents the joy that comes from finally experiencing a full life.


Bizarre Life-Like Human Sculptures

Australian sculpture Ron Mueck creates amazing life-like human sculptures.

Welcome to Maifoot, Service With a Servant!

Maifoot, located in Tokyo's geek mecca of Akihabara, delightfully combines everything Japanese Otaku love so well: maids, nurses, cosplay, massages, and maids. Did I mention, the staff are all maids.

A Quad made for the Drag Strip

The weather is getting progressively better and we are starting to spend more time outside. Which also means the drop-tops and motorcycles are out in full force. If you really want to get some attention, why not pick yourself up a new GG Quadster and join in the fun?

Wine Glass Holders That Glow While You Do!

Evenings are great times for summer picnics and yard parties. After the sun goes down, the air is cooler, stars come out, and it's time to kick back a little. The British, who take every advantage of good weather to get outside, have come up with a way to get tipsy without tipping their wine glasses in the dark.

Intelligent First Aid Kit Talks You Through Any Emergency

The recent natural disasters in China (earthquake) and Myanmar (cyclone) highlight the need for easily accessible personal first aid even those untrained in basic medical techniques can use. Enter 'Intelligent First Aid', a compact and complete kit containing 9 injury packs with an instruction manual you can read - and listen to!

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Evaluating a New Business Idea

Should you go for that new business idea that's been brewing in your head? Evaluate it by asking these 5 questions now.

Citrulline Snacks and Drinks do Athletes a Flavor

Citrulline is the new "flavor of the month" in Japan, and now it's creating a buzz over here. A non-essential amino acid found in watermelon rinds, citrulline is being added to energy drinks and even chewing gum - but it's sexual athletes who have really sat up and noticed! 

Air-Dining (or How To Balance Food And Drink At A Barbecue)

Managing food and beverage is a feat at any table-less dinner. Air-dining, as I call it, can be a challenge for a guest, particularly at a large dinner party. In honor of the official start of the barbecue season this Memorial Day weekend, I thought I'd give you a tip on what to bring with you to keep your air-dinner, wine, or beer, off your shirt.

Flame the Robot Walks Like A Human

A new robot named Flame is the most advanced walking robot that walks like a human. Researchers from TU Delft including Daan Hobbelen have designed the cutting-edge robot by making the traditional sloppy human walking movement more stable.


The NICE Car at the London Auto Show

The No Internal Combustion Engine (NICE) electric car company, based out of the United Kingdom, has been quietly working on a new sports car for some time now. Now that it's (for the most part) done, they will be showing it off at the London Auto Show.

Lease a Hydrogen Powered Honda This Summer!

Automotive history is about to be made as a fleet of 200 hydrogen fueled Honda FCX Clarity cars takes to the streets in California and Japan. Powered by a new generation of environmentally friendly fuel cells, the new Clarity will be available for lease this coming July!

The Ultimate Baby Relaxer

Babies enjoy their own personal masseuse (aka mom) with the Baby Massage Snuggie.

Audi and BMW Challenge the Lexus 8-Speed Automatic

Shortly after Lexus debuted it 8-speed automatic gearbox, rumors began flying about a rebuttal from Audi and BMW, which was no real surprise. Now, after some R & D time, Audi and BMW will both be seeing the 8-speed auto in the higher end realm of their production line.

Mesmerizing Glassware: Float By Molo

It's not often that a glassware design stops me dead in my tracks. But I spotted float glassware on the molo design website several weeks ago and, after my fingers did the walking there, oh, another dozen times, I'm convinced I'm in love.

Croc A Dial! Carry Your Cellphone In Your Shoe

Modeled on the popular, colorful Croc sandals, these miniaturized mobile phone holders stylishly cradle your cellphone while protecting it from bumps, knocks and the odd escalator mishap.

Watch that Bike or Bike that Watch?

If you don't know by now, just about anything can be recycled and reused and turned into something amazing. Take this miniature bike for example, designed Brazilian Jose Geraldo Reis Pfau, an advertising professional. The bike's parts come from watch parts.

The History of Dad's Favourite Father's Day Gifts

Most of us have relied on the old standards for Father's Day Gifts. Whose dad doesn't have a Father's Day tie, wallet or pair of socks? Let's take a look at the invention stories of these favourite Father's Day Gifts:

Bow WOW! Part 3: Round Hound® Biker Dog Carrier

Have biker dog will travel. But where does biker dog sit his excited little body when he rides? He wants to be safe, but a biker dog wants some action too. Not to mention style.

 


Breaking The Oil Addiction: Oil And Water Do Mix In India

India, like the U.S., is trying to escape its dependence on imported oil. While everyone save the American government is talking about power sources like hydrogen and ethanol to get cars moving, one Indian inventor is looking for a much simpler solution.

DVR-BP Camcorder Pen Records Audio & Video, Even Writes!

The DVR-BP sound & video camcorder pen is Digital Cowboy's newest spy-cam, and 007 never had it so good. The nifty, lightweight camcorder will even write if you suddenly feel the need to go all old-school.

Opel Agila Car Shoes: They Do Exist

Designed by Luca Stappers the shoes are a part of Opel's promotional campaign for the new Agila minicar.

Bow WOW! Part 2: Zoomer's Helmet For Biker Dogs

First, I'll tell you who Zoomer is. He's the faun-colored biker dog dachshund showing off the helmut he helped design so he could bike with his owners. Nice Zoomer Gear Helmut. Wait 'til you see the bike!

Man + Animal = "Manimals" = Eerie Portraits

Artist Daniel Lee draws on the Chinese Zodiac to manipulate these images through the computer. His series, titled "Manimals", exhibits portraits showing the animal signs of these people.

Shampoo Time Gets Painless

Lil Rinser makes bathtime bearable for both parent and child!

A Reverse Alarm You Won't Be Able to Miss

Pretty much every driver has had at least 1 near miss when it comes to backing out of somewhere. Sometimes it's a carelss pedestrian or a child on a bicycle, either way such situations are dangerous. Our Lady of the Trunk aims to help reduce the number of such occurrences.

Just Wasted Space? Ads Too Subtle to Sell

The first quarter of this year saw a slew of new ads promoting all sorts of products. The problem? Sometimes it's hard to tell by the image what product is being promoted. The challenge? Identifying the product without --and sometimes even with -- the corresponding copy.

Fi-Hi Musical Bags: Hi Fashion and Great Music

These trendy bags hook up to iPods, cellphones, MP3/CD players, handheld games or multimedia devices with a 3.5mm stereo mini jack.

Dell’s New Environmentally Friendly PC

Dell has gone a step further this year and created a green computer unlike any other Dell has ever had.

This year at the Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference, Dell CEO Michael Dell introduced Dell's new green PC. The new green PC is a bamboo-coated computer filled with recycled materials (ex. recycled plastics such as: milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles). The Bamboo-computer uses 70% less energy than the average computer and is 81 percent smaller than the standard desktop. The size makes it easier, less costly and more eco-friendly to ship.

Bow WOW! The Latest Biker Dog Fashion

In spring, a young dog's fancy turns to all the new scents in the air. A dog's absolutely favorite way to experience the natural scent of skunk and horse dung is to travel astride his owner through the countryside on a bike. A speedy bike like a Harley®, for example, makes a friction of the wind like nothing else he could experience. A motor scooter will do, or just a plain old pedal bike, if it comes to that. But before getting on board, your biker dog must be able to make just the right fashion statement.

Cosmetics For The Deceased Make The Late Look Great

Kotoko Sato used to do the make-up for actors who had to look injured or dead in their scenes. Upon viewing some of her work, her father asked, "If you can make people look like they are dead, could you also make the deceased look alive?"

The Performance Water Cycle

Summer is fast approaching, which means less clothes and more fun in the sun. It also means water-sports will be on the rise. This summer, instead of the same old H2O based gadgets, give the new Performance Water Cycle a try.

Swarovski and Philips Create ‘Favourite’ Light Bag

The front of the leather bag features a large piece of crystal mesh able to hold a flexible Lumalive background that can be used to display personalized luminous messages or patterns that are programmed by the user.

You Know What You Can Do With That Tongue? Make Some Art With It!

The tongue is made up of many groups of muscles. I can think of so many things to do with my mine, but artist Ani K uses his tongue to paint pictures.

Vegete - A Fruit Juice, Vegetable Drink and Alcoholic Beverage in One!

Vegete is a canned concoction from Japan containing fruit juice, vegetable juice and 4% alcohol. Think of it as a V8 with a lot more horsepower - and a high coefficient of gag!

Gas Filled Cold Weather Clothing Wins Awards

Nate Alder, a 25 year old BYU student, stumbled on a million dollar idea while deep sea diving. With the help of some friends, and fellow students, he took it from an idea to an award winning prototype. Now he is ready to sell, and, he hopes, change the way we keep warm.

Innovations in Fashion for Post-Mastectomy Women

A mastectomy is an emotionally and physically distressing event. Any woman who has had a mastectomy soon realizes that all sense of fashionable comfort is gone forever.

Happy Together: Totlol, Safe Video Site for Parents and Tots

At community-moderated Totlol, parents and young children can enjoy watching age-appropriate videos that have been screened by other parents. So don't worry, be happy.

Smart 4 Two Earns Kudos in Crash Test

Once again, we are back visiting the Smart 4Two. Even though it is currently the smallest car available for sale in the United States, it has still managed to earn some of the highest crash test ratings available. I guess bigger isn't always better.

The Slightly Gross Origins Of Lipstick

Both women and men can recognize a tube of lipstick. It likely hasn't changed much in recent years - Same tube, same general appearance, same method of application. But did you know that the history of lipstick is filled with things like crushed beetles?

Site Announcements - May 17, 2008

We have happy news to share.  We have a new writer joining our writing team.

Our new featured blogger Levi Davis grew up outside of San Francisco, and currently lives in New York City. He recently finished his M.A. in journalism from New York University, where he began writing about technology. He will be covering invention and technology events for the website. You can see his blog here .

We hope you will enjoy his interesting blog.

InventorSpot.com Team 

Don't Stick Your Used Gum Under the Table. Give It To This Guy! Chewed Up Gum Art

GumArt was born from thousands of hours of chewing and spreading. Since 1998, Jamie Marraccini at GumArt.com has given gum enthusiasts around the world something to look at and enjoy. Yes, that's right, he makes art from chewed up gum.

Iceless Skating Rinks - Cool Idea for a Warming World

Winter sports like ice skating and hockey may one day be played year round in any climate, thanks to specially waxed plastic resin panels that look & feel like real ice yet do not need to be chilled.

Pig Bladder Re-Grows Human Finger, Scientists Cry Foul

A man who chopped off his finger accidentally reportedly re-grew it using a "magical" substance from a pig's bladder.

Great Invention Idea? A Reservation System for Airplane Toilets.

Is there anyone left who doesn't think the only thing better than traveling by air is having his or her wisdom teeth pulled? Do any of you suspect America is in fact a class based system and not an egalitarian one? If you have any doubts at all about such things United States patent 6329919 should put your doubts to rest once and for all.

Fashionable Dog Glasses Are Also Protective

Sunglasses can put the finishing touches on your dog's summer outfit, and they look so glamorous! But there are more serious reasons to provide sunglasses for your pooch, including prevention of canine eye disease.

Stretch a Dollar in a Fashionable Baby Way

Babies grow more quickly than our bank accounts, which is why the innovative garment extender is a great idea when your wallet can’t keep up with your little one’s growth.


MeatWater™ For The Carnivore In All Of Us

Vitamin waters leaving you tired and run down? Of course! Vitamin and other bottled waters lack what active people need most... protein! Now Liquid Innovations presents Krautkrämer’s MeatWater™ High Efficiency Survival Beverage, all the protein you need for an active, even athletic, lifestyle. In no other bottle can you find gastronomic feasts like MeatWater's breakfasts and dinners. (The Texas BBQ is to die for!) In fact, the MeatWater protein drinks totally "satifiy your inner carnivore."


World's Smallest Helicopter Ready For a Spin

Guinness World Records has declared the GEN H-4 to be the world's smallest one-man helicopter. Now the inventor of the GEN H-4, 75-year-old Japanese inventor Gennai Yanagisawa, will demonstrate the chipper chopper in the Italian hometown of famed aeronautical pioneer and "Renaissance Man" Leonardo da Vinci.

Wait a Minute...How Did He Do That? Impossible Art

Chinese artist Li Wei creates works of art that make you wonder..."How did he do that?"

Portrait of A City In Pots & Pans!

In case you can't make it to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco by May 25, I thought you might like to see sculptor Zhan Wang's brilliant vision of the city in pots and pans.

Great Invention Idea? A Diaper for Your Bird!

Polly want a cracker? Unfortunately, it'll make Polly poop all over your house the minute you let her out of her cage! If you love your little bird and want to let it fly free all over your house from time-to-time, then I've got a patent that should serve as a happy compromise for you both.

Twitter Reporting On The China Earthquake

Forget about TV and radio, the best source of breaking news on the deadly earthquake may have been Twitter.

Threat Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest And Stroke Spotted By The Endotect™

Endotect™, recently released by Israeli medical tech company Cardiatec, looks as nonthreatening as a blood pressure cuff... and it is. Endotect tests endothelial function, the function that ultimately determines whether you live or die as a result of a cardio-vascular incident, such as sudden cardiac arrest or stroke.

Self-adhesive Solar Panels

Remember when the stamp became self-adhesive? It made stamp glue aftertaste a thing of the past. Well now technology is so advanced that even Solar Panel have been designed to be self-adhesive. That's right! A peel and stick solar panel is now on the solar panel option list.

Temperature Taking for the Temperamental

Discover an easy way to take the temperature of those who are, well, temperamental, with the Summer Infant Pacifier Thermometer.

Reduce Your Travel Stress With an Innovative Baby Carry On

With summer upon us, families are traveling all over. Make the journey a bit easier with a TOTEaTOT!


Fresh Baked Bread, Anyone? Gruesome Body Bakery

Imagine running up to the bakery around the corner and coming across bread shaped like body parts. Sound yummy? Artist Kittiwat Unarrom creates just that; gruesome works of art out of bread.

Art You Can Scratch Your Head Over

Has the art world been turned upside down again? Seven Berlin artists are living it up in a museum with lice in their hair.

Organically Out of the Ordinary Baby Food

TastyBaby® makes baby food unique and convenient for busy moms.

LED Lightbulbs Coming in 2-3 Years

Faiz Rahman, a nanoelectronics researcher at the University of Glasgow, predicts that LED light bulbs for the home will start appearing on store shelves in the next 2-3 years to compete with incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.


PRADA Cellphone Answers the Call for Luxury

Luxury accessories leader PRADA has announced that their sleek and stylish mobile handset ("cellphone", for us peons) will go on sale in Japan. Though it shares the restrained look of other PRADA phones sold worldwide, the Japanese version boasts extra features that take full advantage of the nation's next-generation mobile infrastructure.

Ideas Above My Station

I've gradually become aware, over the course of my last 500 or so ideas, that there are several modes of thinking from which ideas for inventions emerge.

Exciting Emergency Exit Logo USB Hub

Evergreen's Emergency Exit Logo USB Hub offers 4 ports to satisfy all your USB connectivity needs - incoming, outgoing or on the run! Plus, it's green. Really green.

Man’s Appendix Removed through Mouth

An appendectomy patient gets his appendix removed through his mouth; started eating pizza and doing sit-ups a mere three days later.

5 Great Ways to Brainstorm for New Business Ideas

Everything begins with an idea. These business ideas are brought to reality by entrepreneurs. Successful business ideas often are a blend of creativity, foresight, and an instinctive feel of what the market needs.

Here's a few suggestions to help you on brainstorming for your business idea.


Baby Registries Grow Up with Nest Baby's Innovative Retail Fusion

20-something rookie parents rejoice over Nest Baby's newest feature - the world's largest digital baby registry.

A Look Inside Terminal 3, China’s Monster Airport

China's Terminal 3 airport opened in February. It's a modern work of art with mind-blowing proportions.

High-Power Laser May Search for Earth-like Planets

A new laser that is 100 to 1000 times more powerful than typical high-speed lasers could help researchers look for Earth-like planets located billions of miles away.


Insects and Old Wristwatches Make Beautiful Art Together

No bugs about it! Mike Libby is an artist that creates works of art using insects and antique watch parts.

Vye Mini-v S41... Very Little Laptop with Very Big Features

Want to make a MacBook Air owner jealous? Just plunk the new Vye Mini-v S41 laptop on your, er, laptop. Then open the Super Multi DVD Drive and listen for the audible gasp...

A Sticky Problem Solved With "Clean Gum"

In the UK, where they take clean seriously, there are Gummy Bins randomly placed around city streets to encourage folks to recycle their chewing gum. That's one solution to a very sticky problem. But another solution has been in the works in the Kingdom, the invention of Clean Gum that doesn't stick to anything ... not even your hair!

Make Perfect Ice Cubes With A $1300 Ice Cube Mold

In Japan, the perfection of the cocktail is akin to France's obsession with perfecting the souffle. The skilled and creative bartenders in the Ginza area of Tokyo compete like crazies to perfect their mixed drinks, and everything from the material of the cocktail shaker to the style of the shake is in play. Now, from Taisin Trend Shop, comes an ice mold that makes the perfect sphere for your cocktail.

From Holy Water to Firewood - The History of the Vending Machine

Recently, a resident of Lacombe, Alberta was honoured with an award for his invention: a vending machine that dispenses firewood. James West, who sells firewood seasonally, invented this machine so that campers won't have to rely on wood lot hours. West's creation is another innovation in the history of vending machines, which have dispensed treats such as candy, coffee, toys - even holy water.

ZensTech ZTc-10 Wristwatch Cell Phone

Dislike the idea or fit of a standard bluetooth handsfree ear piece? Or do you simply like to make a statement? Then consider the ZTc-10 Wristwatch Cellular Phone for all your handsfree needs!

Site Announcements - May 8, 2008

We are pleased to announce another writer is joining the InventorSpot.com team.

Lily Chaos is a freelance writer and editor who loves her Internet connection a little too much. She especially enjoys websites that provide engaging and interactive multimedia experiences. She hopes to entertain and enlighten readers of InventorSpot.com with news of cool, innovative websites and media forms. You can read her blog here .

We hope you enjoy her blog.

InventorSpot.com Team 

 


For Cats Who Just Won't Let You Work: The Kitt-In Box®

If your cat lays across your keyboard or in front of your computer screen, unfazed by the fact that you are working, gosh darn it!, then you will agree about the coolness of the Kitt-In Box, a perch specifically designed for the desk cat.

Wear Your Dearly Departed Pet as a Diamond Ring

It's the ultimate Pet Rock. A Japanese company specializing in crafting memorials to passed-on pets can transform your faithful furry friend into a true jewel of denial - a glittering diamond ring or pendant.

Europe Honors Its Best: European Inventor of the Year Awards For 2008

The 2008 European Inventors of the Year were awarded yesterday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Even if you don't recognize the names of the inventors, you will certainly know their inventions and the contributions those inventions have made to the world during the last 10 to 15 years.

Solar Powered Outdoor Workspace

Believe it or not, many people love their jobs, but it's the location of where they must do their job that can make the job unpleasant. Cubicles, claustrophobic offices, dark libraries, rooms with no windows and dull lighting, next to dried up plants, or surrounded by stale air can drive the sanest worker insane. A little daylight, fresh air, and greenery would do wonders to a workers mentality and perhaps even increase work productivity. What if there was a way to combine work, fresh air and sunshine?

Babies Live the High Life with Unique Nursery Designs

Typical retailers just not cutting it when it comes to your baby items search? Check out Bratt Décor, home to all things flashy and obnoxious, for a perfectly pampered start to childhood.


Handsfree Bluetooth Flying Saucer Device

Why settle for the typical bluetooth handsfree device for your cell phone? Instead, make a statement with the Handsfree Bluetooth Flying Saucer!

Solar Powered Plane Lands Once Every Five Years?

U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense will see to the development of an aircraft that will need to land but once every five years. Yes, only once every 5 years! The project is called Project Vulture!

Driving for Pregnant Women Becomes Safer

Becoming a first time mother is full of new experiences and worries, starting from the moment you discover you’ve conceived. Everyday activities such as driving can become worrisome, especially when you find that everything from your favorite jeans to your seatbelt no longer fit the way they used to!


Bizarre Breast Puddings From Japan

From the "Only In Japan" file comes Sweet Breast Pudding - twin rounded mounds of jiggling, milk-flavored pudding topped with a cherry. Even stranger (if that's possible), this sweet snack features "models" from various Japanese cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama. Collect the whole set!

Hold Me, Hug Me, Touch Me... The HeartBeans Coffee Grinder

You are not, by far, the only one who can't survive without your morning coffee. But is your love of that bring-me-into-the-world-of- the-living cup of coffee strong enough to power a coffee grinder with your heart?

6 Revolving Door Ads to Get Your Head Spinning

These days when you hear the term "revolving door" linked with advertising, you're apt to think of the recent trend where bright young ad execs join a firm only to leave within the year for greener pastures (translated "more money"). However, in the past year, revolving doors and advertising means...ads on revolving doors. Here's some interesting ads from recent campaigns:

Coffin Couches Take Resting to New Levels

Next time you want to take a load off, how about stretching out on a casket that has been converted into a couch?

Brilliant Invention! Vanguard System For Better Breast Cancer Detection

This new MRI table and accompanying breast detection software not only take better pictures, but they allow immediate medical intervention, if needed. That's why the Vanguard System inventor, Cameron Piron, President of Sentinelle Medical Inc. just received a Best Innovator 2008 Award from the Ontario Premier.

Will the Private Jet be Everday Tranportation in the Future?

Automobiles are the backbone of America and many other countries. We rely on them to get us to work, buy our groceries and provide us with some fun every now and then. But as our technology increases, will out beloved autos be nudged out by private airframes?

Hello Kitty Laptop, the Cuter Computer

With the new 'Hello Kitty EPSON wide note' laptop computer, Sanrio's queen of cute continues her relentless conquest of the computing world. The feature-packed model offers two color schemes to appeal to Hello Kitty fans of all ages.

Hey, Where'd You Go? Art You Can Disappear Into

Desiree Palmen is an artist that can really get lost in her work - literally. She creates bizarre artwork of invisible people.

Humorous Stop Signs are A "No Go"

Stop signs are a part of everyday life. You can't go more than a few blocks in any direction without seeing a handful. So it's no surprise that sometimes we begin to ignore them. Which is why residents of Oak Lawn, Illinois had no issue when some additional "stopping power" was put into place.

Japanese Face Cream Made From Nightingale Droppings

A traditional Japanese beauty treatment made from nightingale droppings - yes, bird poo - is helping Japanese women look as clean and fresh as can be. Just don't tell their husbands...

"I'll Take the Stealth Spray Paint Please"

Stealth technology is easily in the top 3 most important technological breakthroughs of the century. Without it, countless more lives would have been lost over the years. Recently, Werner Nickel, a German Inventor and scientist, took the design a step farther by making the same technology available in paint form.

A Fighter Jet Inspired Jet Trike

Not everyone can fly a jet fighter. But if you put your mind and wallet to it, you can come close. Which is exactly what Rich Hanner of Philadelphia, PA decided to do. The final result was a Jet-Trike modeled after an F-14 Tomcat that turns more than a few heads.


MimicCreme™ Scores Best Of Show At Expo West 2008

MimicCreme™, the all vegetarian real cream substitute by Green Rabbit, LLC, was anointed Best of Show today by VegNews, a vegetarian lifestyle magazine. The 2008 Expo West, one of the largest natural product trade shows, was held in March this year, in Anaheim, CA.

The Art of Selling Naked - 10 Brilliant Playboy Ads From Around the World

Playboy is a global brand that entertains men around the world with boobs and blondes. You may think that it does not take much advertising creativity to sell photos of naked women. You would be wrong. Here's 10 Great Playboy Ads that Show the Art of Selling Naked:


Top Ten Technology Gifts Ideas for Mother's Day

Coming up with gift ideas for your mother can sometimes be a challenge. Dont' worry, I've got you covered. I've genereated ten great gift ideas for that tech-savvy mother in your life. Check them out and leave your additions in the comments.

10 Brilliantly Creative Business Cards Ideas

Market yourself for success! And what better way to do it then with a distinctive business card? These following ten business cards brilliantly send a clear creative message about the product or service being offered:

Got Allergies? Stick a Filter Up Your Nose

Prevent allergens from triggering your allergies by...sticking a filter up your nose?

Three Unusual Inventions for Your Head

Many strange things in history have been invented to make a task easier or to just have some fun. Here are three such inventions - all unusual and designed for problems of the head.

Experiences, Our Best Invention Resources

Where does an inventor who wants to innovate, create and improve products seek out their best potential? Must we re-tool our thinking and change often? Where do our ideas come from and where do we look for them?

Clean, Green, and Mean! Lotus® Your Tap Water!

Time Magazine picked the Lotus® as one of the Best Inventions of 2006, and the inventor, Steve Hengsperger, just won the Ontario Premier's Innovator Of the Year Award, 2008, for his two Lotus inventions. What is a Lotus and why is it used as a verb?

Great Invention Idea? Easy Clean Baby for Mother's Day

Have you ever seen a kid so dirty you wish you could just tie him up to a tree and spray him down? Or perhaps the kid in question is too young for such measures, so you think about grabbing the child by the shoulders (neck?) and repeatedly dipping him into a warm tub filled with soapy water. Unfortunately, the modern tub is too big to accommodate little tykes safely for either method. Thankfully, the United States Patent Office once again comes to the rescue of American families everywhere.

The Uno Electric Cycle : Fun and EcoFriendly

Two wheels may be better than 4, but are 2 wheels side-by-side better than 2 in a row? The Uno, which ironically has 2 wheels, is not your normal electric cycle and if put into production, could change how we get around in the city.

It's a Dog's Life with Pedigree Ads

For Pedigree, it's all about the dogs—and appealing to dog owners. For Pedigree's advertising firm it's all about "Disruption."


Scientists Create Apple That Doesn’t Brown

Sometimes you may just want a few bites of an apple, but you feel compelled to stuff down the whole thing since otherwise you'd just have to throw it away.