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Have Money to Burn? Pay $1,500,000 for a Box of Chocolates


If life could only be like this box of chocolates... I guess I wouldn't have to work anymore.

For this holiday season, Simon Jewelers is offering Le Chocolat. Le Chocolat features a selection of Lake Forest Confections gourmet chocolates, selected by the confectioners master candy maker, as well as an arrangement of magnificent jewelry from Simon's personal jewelry and gemstone vault. The price tag is $1,500,000. read more »

Grow a Garden From Your Soap Box


How do you get a garden from a soap box (yes, I am talking about the box your soap comes in)?

By soaking one of Pangea Organics' (an organic skincare line) biodegradable and plantable soap boxes in water for about a minute. Then plant the box in the dirt about 1 inch deep. The box will begin to decompose and within a few days you will see it grow into a flowering Amaranth. read more »

Video Games Worth Killing For


Video Game RealismVideo Game RealismIn today’s world, almost every video game that is released has some form of violence. This isn’t just happening now, though; it’s been a trend for a very long time. Ever since Mario, which had the player killing enemies by jumping on them, video games have become more and more violent. As video game consoles became more and more powerful, games also became increasingly violent due to realism (see above). The list of violent video games goes on and on, but this is my list of the best and most violent video games around today.
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Best Present for New Parents: Phone and Video Baby Monitor Combo


Back in September, I wrote an article called "Coolest Combo: Phone and Video Baby Monitor - HotSpotMama Find". I really loved this product when I found. I still love it - so much that I decided to repeat myself.

Holidays are coming up fast. This has got to be one of the best presents for new parents. I was walking through two of large baby stores today and came to a realization, this is still a brilliant product There is nothing else out there that's similar. Here's my article from September:

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Looking for a great video baby monitor?

When I had my first baby (who is now 5 years old), we bought a video baby monitor. We thought it was the coolest thing that we could watch our child while he was sleeping without him seeing us. The problem was that it was too big and a bit too bright. The screen had to be about four inches wide. So when we went to bed and left the monitor on (yes, like a typical first time mom), it pretty much lit up our entire room. Also, it was a huge eyesore on my dresser. Luckily, you can avoid all that now. read more »

What Would Santa Want to Drive?


Everyone knows Santa drives a sleigh. And, while I’m sure it’s a very nice sleigh, if he and the missus are on holiday in Monaco, Miami, or Melbourne they’re going to need something a little more practical. A little elf told me Santa’s got his eye on the Los Angeles Auto Show’s Design Challenge for a lean, green, urban machine. Santa’s naturally concerned about the environment (global warming’s not so good for the poles), and the sleigh’s speed and agility have raised the bar for how he expects an automobile to perform. Nine innovative auto company's design teams won’t disappoint the big guy. From companies known for their environmental edginess to the makers of gas-guzzling monstrosities, L.A. will provide the backdrop for them to unveil their greenest conceptions on November 30. For a sneak preview, read on. (Gloria Campos wrote about two of the nine in her article, “Lean, Green, Driving Machines”. To read that article, click here .)
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Give the gift of DNA! or a Fingerprint!


They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As it turns out, it’s also in their DNA.

Thanks to some truly innovative thinking, now your DNA (or that of a loved one if you can get it) can be turned into beautiful works of art. The company that can help you with this nifty little trick is DNA11. read more »

And The Big Idea from the UK is...


While those of us stateside were filling our bellies with turkey and stuffing, our counterparts across the ocean were picking the winner of The Big Idea, the UK's answer to American Inventor. Who took home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP and international (or at least European) fame and fortune? The answer is as long as you can pull your arm...
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Top Ten Lies of Inventors


What lies do you tell yourself? Are they helpful or hurtful? As an inventor, your lies they may be lethal.

Our Guest Bloggers, Tatsuya Nakagawa and Peter P. Roosen, are the co-founders of Atomica Creative . Atomica Creative is a strategic product marketing company that has been involved in many successful product launches in North America and Asia in several industries. Roosen and Nakagawa have recently released a book titled "Overcoming Inventoritis - Lessons from Thomas Edison, the world's greatest product marketer". They have some valuable advice that they wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Lexus Offers Cars that Almost Park Themselves


Ever wish your car would just park itself?

Our Guest Blogger, Nate Eller, lives in metro Detroit, Michigan. He is a college student currently working on his degree in mechanical engineering. He works as an engineer in new product development for a large Tier 1 automotive supplier. Cars, motorcycles, boats, and any other powered vehicles are a strong passion of his and he wanted to share what new in the world of motors with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Wacky Product of the Week #8 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


Poop SoapPoop SoapYou wanted poop so I give you poop.

Actually, it's poop soap. Who said poop is something you should avoid touching. This poop makes you cleaner and makes you smell nice too.

Merchant for this products says "This is high quality, coffee-scented soap that (really) appears to be a big pile of little-dog-doo!!" (NopeItsSoap via Gizmodo)

So folks, any thoughts on this fine prpduct. What do you think would be some good uses for it?

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Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part III)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congratulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 3 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 3: Selling on the Internet

Setting up a product website is vital in this day and age, but you will have to put in the time, set up links and advertisements to drive traffic to your site, which can quickly add up in cost. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $850,000 for a Christmas Tree


Guess what? Its the day after Thanksgiving which means the Christmas Season has started for a lot of us.

Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka (maker of the gold foot massager - see Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a Foot Massager) has created a couple of products to get into the Christmas spirit. Its most recent item is a 100% gold Christmas tree. The gold Christmas tree is 1.5 meters tall, made from 21 kg of gold and costs a mere $850,000. read more »

Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part II)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congradulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 2 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 2: Marketing and Sales

Unlike inventing, marketing is not an exact science. If you have followed my previous inventor’s article, the “13 Rules of Invention Success ”, you will greatly increase your chances in developing a great product. Using my product as a first-hand example, I have shared how to go from an idea, patenting, prototyping, and manufacturing in those articles. But exactly HOW do you sell a great product? read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!


The AmericanInventorSpot.com Team wishes all of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

We are thankful that you have given us the opportunity to share our discoveries and rants with you.

Thank you for being a supporter of our site and helping to make it a fun place for the inventor in all of us.

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Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part I)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congradulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 1 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 1: Manufacturing and Production

First of all, bringing your own invention/product to market isn't for everyone. Most inventors choose to license out their patents and inventions rather than venturing their product through manufacturing, packaging, and then marketing. There are trade-offs and benefits of both approaches

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American Inventor...British Style!


We have our American Inventor, but what about innovation from our neighbors across the pond? What are the final 6 ideas from the UK's "The Big Idea" invention contest? Who takes home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP?

Doddle your snooker and click here to find out! read more »

The Spy Who Shoved Me


The New BondThe New BondI can’t shake this feeling that I’m being pushed into a holiday season full of movie-related cross-promotions that have been shoddily scraped together. Let’s see…Has Daniel Craig earned his role as Bond? Could Casino Royale draw first blood as the top grossing movie of the new holiday season? Will electronic sales of surveillance products increase for the holidays?

Heard all this already? Me too. Have you seen all the 007 related products they want to shove in your face? Me too. So let’s forget the marketing: I’m here to offer a helping hand so we can get through the comodification of our holy days together. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $39,950 for a Ferrari Testarossa


You're probably saying - what is she talking about?  That's agreat price for a Ferrari.  Where do I get one.  One little detail I haven't mentioned yet, is that its a child's size Ferrari Testarossa. read more »

10 Jaw-Dropping Kitchens


So my last article on the Grandma's Kitchen—and the fact that a few food laden holidays are just around the corner—got me thinking, what other cool and innovative kitchens are out there? After some digging, I found the 10 kitchens that turn ordinary cooking into a heightened culinary experience. From kitchens that play music to kitchens that float, you're sure to see some cooking spaces that will wet your appetite. read more »

Try Rolling Down a Man-Made River


If the last river you saw was on the National Geographic channel, you might need to give this a try. Synthetic products are usually a bad idea. Just think of government cheese or the new basketball being used in the NBA. A good rule would be to stay away from anything containing that notorious “S” word. But the United States National Whitewater Center, located just outside of Charlotte, N.C., is out to change that perception. read more »