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We asked Carl, our terrific guest blogger from Inventive Rants to write about some of the critical elements to success in inventing. This week, he chose to write on the Inventor's Toolkit as his special posting for American Inventor Spot readers.
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When I invented my product, I read every book I could find on success, invention and making money. Looking back, I don't think that any one book put it all together for me, but here is a list of things that did help me.
Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. He has written an article for AmericanInventorSpot.com AmericanInventorSpot.com readers as a guest blogger. Yesterday, we published Part 1 of a 4 part series on his 13 Rules of Invention Success. Here is Part 2 of 4: * * * * * * I wanted to design a prototype with a sliding fixture that would safely enclose the scarifier and permit sliding across the CD surface. I also needed a baseplate that would securely hold the CD in a precise position relative to the slider. As an inventor, the easiest and quickest way to make a prototype is to use or modify existing parts. read more »
FYI – MR. ANNOUNCER GUY STATES…THEY WENT TO 7 CITIES, saw 10,127 INVENTIONS, of which 223 were for toilet products.
Tonight it’s MARY LOU QUINLAN who decides who moves to the FINAL 4.
Here’s how the show sets up the inventors – total reality show BS” “A prison guard, an unemployed mother, and a teenage immigrant all compete for 50 thousand dollars.
We're back for another round of Best of Auditions - for those of us that just can not get enought. It's started. Please feel free to join in with any comments you have at anytime. read more »
Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. I have been reading his comments here at AmericanInventorSpot.com for some time and I thought he had some great advice to share with fellow inventors. So I contacted him about two weeks ago to see if he would be interested in being a guest blogger and writing an article to share what he had learned going through the invention process.
Luckily, he said yes. When we discussed ideas for article topic, he suggested an article illustrating how he brings his invention to a finished prototype with a plastics molding kit and a little creativity. He could use it as a vehicle to share his 13 rules of invention success.
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Ok - I know I sound a little indecisive but I've got some facts and they just don't add up. I originally came to the conclusion that Safuto can not win the American Inventor title but Thinkoutsidethecircle thinks my original draft was a little too decisive. So let me tell you the facts and my conclusion. Let me know if you agree or not.
FACT 1: The INPEX Press Release
I just got this Press Release off of The Invention/New Product Exposition (INPEX) website.
California "American Inventor" Million Dollar Contender to Exhibit the "Pureflush" Toilet Seat at America's Largest Invention Show. read more »
Well, I guess more litigation related to the American Inventor show was inevitable. Thanks to reader who made us aware of this (we have not yet verified its accuracy or veracity):
TEQUESTA, FL, April 26, 2006 – A formal complaint has been issued to ABC television network stating the judges of the show “The American Inventor” have wrongfully selected one of the participants for the final 12, allowing the contestant to misrepresent himself as the originator of a concept called the Tonerbelt that has already been developed and has been on store shelves since 1995, including Target and QVC, under the name of Powerbelt®. read more »
Episode 7 has a format similar to last week's episode (episode 6). Mary Lou is this week's judge and there are three new inventors from the top 12.
This is ABC's Press Release:
MARY LOU QUINLAN GUIDES THREE INVENTORS TO USE THEIR $50,000 TOWARDS FINALIZING THEIR PRODUCT, ON ABC'S "AMERICAN INVENTOR"
"Episode 107" - This week on "American Inventor" we will focus on three semi-finalists to see how they use the $50,000 they've been given to finalize their invention. Mary Lou Boo HooQuinlan, one of our expert judges, will mentor
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I was never a neat person before I had kids but for some reason now I am obsessed with it. Not that you could tell if you walk in my house. But that's not my fault. I blame my two boys. Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. That's what I do. I can have a room completely clean and they could destroy it in less than 10 minutes. I guess you could say they have a gift.
Does anyone else have a child that just loves arts and crafts? I just can not keep up with my older son’s demand for it. I also can not keep up with the clean up. I have red acrylic paint stuck in the grout of my kitchen floor.
I recently started buying disposible plastic tablecloths (I know its not environmentally friendly) to cover the
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I concede that decor and decoration is a very personal matter. Everyone has different tastes and preferences. It's true that people tend to find different things interesting.
But there is a fine line where something turns from interesting and unusual to wacky and just plain weird.
Here are my picks for the top twelve wackiest products that people use to light up their homes and their lives. Do you think these are wacky or wondrous?
We asked Carl, our terrific guest blogger from Inventive Rants to write about some of the critical elements to success in inventing. Today, he chose to write on the importance of exploring new markets for your invention as this week's special posting for American Inventor Spot readers.
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It may seem obvious to most, but inventors tend to have blinders on when it comes to markets. I was guilty of this error, and I now know how to avoid this mistake in the future.
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DOUG HALL BLOGGED LIVE- Hi folks -- I've answered some of the questions posted to get things going... - Doug Hallby Doug Hall
QUESTION: What's to keep others from stealing the inventions we see on the show? Or more precisely, how much exactly must a similar idea differ for a mega-company to get their own patent on it?
DOUG: Sadly, many of the inventors don’t have an invention that is protectable. Hopefully those that do have filed a utility patent.
QUESTION: Why doesn't the show screen inventors before they come before the judges so they don't waste your time with products that already exist?
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THE FULL RECAP.
ONLY 12 REMAIN - tonight
ED EVANTELISTA IS THE MAIN JUDGE. He decides the fate of…
MARK Martinez - Sackmaster 2000 (now the Sacmaster)
SHERYL McDonald - The Un-brella (now the In-brella)
ERIC Thompson - Receiver's Training Pole (now the Catch)
We at AmericanInventorSpot are proud to tell you that Doug Hall has volunteered to host a live blog, this Sunday night from 9:30 until 10:30 or longer, depending on interest. He will be responding to YOUR questions.
He's going to be honest, straight forward, and is willing to do a no holds barred commentary. He will answer whatever he can, without breaking any of the obvious contracts he has signed being a judge on the show. So... don't expect him to give away the ending. read more »
More of round 1 auditions. Some we've never seen before. Anyone out there? read more »
This is truly a product for the non-anal-retentive person or someone with a seriously wacky sense of humor. Sometimes, I just need to let the product speak for itself...but of course, I won't as I like to hear myself talk. read more »
Guest blogger William Colbath continues his series on Prototyping with the following article:
How bout the American Inventor show? They are down to the final twelve and firmly into my territory PROTOTYPING! For me it couldn't be more exciting. This may not seem to exciting to some ofyou, but to the contestants it could mean the difference between winning or not!
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