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Site News - February 19, 2007


Hi All:

We have a wonderful new addition to our writing team, Aditi Simlai Tiwari.

Aditi was a full time journalist prior to quitting and becoming a full time home maker. She loves life and believes in living it to the fullest. After a long hiatus, she felt the desire to get back to work and direct her creative energies to new projects. Back at her work desk, she is now busy writing and editing. She will be contributing to AmericanInventorSpot.com as the Lifestyle Writer. read more »

Feel Like Getting into Hot Water?


Ever wonder if anyone has come up with a new way to boil water?

Our Guest Blogger, Peter is a creative ad man and inventor, who has lived and worked around the world and is now based back in his native UK. He also runs Junkk.com , which he created as karmic korrection for a life persuading folk to buy stuff they may not really need, helping design, find and share ideas on reuse for everyday products and packaging that normally get thrown away.

Here's his article:

Ever since I was a lad, and waaaay before climate change was anything other than the one day in August we had a summer here in the UK, there were some fundamentals dinned into me about not wasting. Eat your crusts. Switch off the lights. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. Actually, not much has changed, only I now tell my kids we're all doomed if they don't. read more »

Thirsty Plants Can Now Call for Water


For some people, gardening comes naturally. They have what's known as a "green thumb". For others...not so much and inadvertently kill plant after plant until they quit trying to ever garden again.

What if there was a way to build a relationship between a plant and its owner and help turn the owner's "death thumb" into a green one? read more »

Curious Design: Drifting through the Contemporary Arts Center


Zaha Hadid is one of the most recognized names in architecture, and in this article you'll see why. Responsible for revitalizing the architectural scene in cities all over the world, Hadid created the Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome, Italy with the hopes of building not only a new relationship between structure and environment, but also between structure, art and spectator. The result is a breathtaking museum that brings a contemporary presence to Rome, but also melds nicely with the established architectural landscape.
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Colgate Surgical Mask: Inventive Marketing


Here's an inventive ad program to make people more aware of Colgate Smiles kid's toothbrushes:


Here are the stats via Ads of the World:

Agency: Jung von Matt, Hamburg, Germany
Creative Directors: Arno Lindemann, Bernhard Lukas
Art director: Jonas Keller
Copywriter: David Leinweber

What do you think? read more »

GM's Chevy Volt Could Change How We Drive


Want to know how future cars from GM may be propelled?

Our guest blogger, Chuck Arehart, is a Detroit-based freelance automotive writer with 18 years of experience in the industry. You can reach him at chuckarehart (at) comcast.net.

To get absolutely the latest news about GM's green propulsion development, he interviewed the folks at GM to get exclusive insights on what's happening for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

Amid unstable fuel prices, an expanding environmental consciousness and market competition, General Motors unveiled the Chevy Volt concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in January. While styling is usually the major jaw-dropping factor with most auto show concept cars, that's not the Volt's mission. The power train underneath its futuristic composite skin is even more important to GM because it may define how future vehicles are propelled. read more »

Inventor Partnerships Can Be Made In Heaven (Sometimes)


Inventors need partners highly skilled in their fields, but flexible in their approach. Good listeners. Adventurers. Partners who create a plan for the product, not squeeze a product into a plan.
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Green Gifts for the Pets We Love


Pets are part of the family too, right? Right! But, until recently, environmentally friendly products for pets didn't even cross my mind. Then this winter season a nine week old puppy came into my life and before I could turn away from his big sad brown eyes I was hooked and the search for safer and environmentally friendly pet products began. Here are just a few of them below. From chew toys, to pet beds, cleaner litter, healthier bath time and food- pets of all kinds can live green right along with us.
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Shoes That Give You A Buzz


What Are These Shoes Hiding?What Are These Shoes Hiding?

On December 26, 2006, Dr. Richard Koenig was awarded the 7,152,345th U.S. Patent for something contained in these shoes…. No, it’s not a travel alarm… nor is it a stun gun….

These two shoes, along with a few other fashionable-looking styles are loaded with “good vibrations!” read more »

Mothers of Invention Contest for Good Morning America


Good Morning America Weekend" kicked off its third annual Mothers of Invention Challenge today, in partnership with Mom Inventors, Inc.

Here are the details: read more »

Essentials to Keep Your Kids Safe


In light of all the media attention with the recent retrieval of the two kidnapped Missouri boys, child safety has once again taken the spotlight. I’ve recently read quite a few articles educating parents about child safety and important information you can tell your kids about how to keep themselves protected. A great site to check out is YourSafeChild.com. The web site is features child identification products that are really a must-have for any parent. Here’s a look at the items they suggest:
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Playing God: Scientists Plan to Re-Create the Universe


While humans may not actually reconstruct the universe as it is, earlier this week the New York Times and International Herald Tribune announced the intentions of a global group of physicists to re-create the environment of the early universe so they can better understand the Big Bang. After a hundred years of theory, discussion, and lab tests, the time has come to test results at a higher level. The machine the physicists plan to build is a super-sized linear collider that is ten times the size of the largest one that currently exists. So, where will it be built, and what do we hope this new $6.7 billion machine will tell us?
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Crackdown Coming to Xbox 360 with Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta


CrackdownCrackdownThere have been some great games out over the last few months, with the biggest highlight (and my pick for Game of the Year) being Gears of War. If you missed that article, you can see it here . Looking to the future is what most people are doing nowadays, so that's what I'm doing with this preview on Crackdown . This game comes out on February 20th exclusively for the Xbox 360, and will include the much-sought-after invite to the Halo 3 multiplayer beta (the sequel to Halo and Halo 2). The Halo 3 beta isn't the only good thing about this package, however, and I'm going to tell you why.
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Green Gift Guide for the Family


If you are looking for ways to go green as a family, in my opinion, recycling and charity are the best ways to start, but if you need a little motivation to get you going, below are a few green items to consider on your journey there.
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Henkel is Looking for Household Innovation Ideas


Do you have a granted patent or a published patent application, or a registered and published utility model or design? - If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you are eligible to participate in the Henkel Innovation Trophy.

Henkel´s well-known brands are found in homes, retailers, and industry across North America. They include Dial® soap, Purex® laundry detergent, Renuzit® air fresheners, Soft Scrub® household cleanser, LA LOOKS®, Dep®, and got2bTM hair care products, Duck® brand duct tape, Loctite® adhesives, and LePage® adhesives. read more »

The Future of Sunglasses Is Not So Bright

Want to see a revolutionary new invention? Something that takes sunglasses to the next level?

Not since the advent of the Groucho Marx big nose, bushy eyebrow novelty glasses has there been a more important contribution to the eyewear industry than the multi-functional Uber Shades. These high-tech specs have the potential to revolutionize the lives of thousands, perhaps even millions or billions.


Tempting Inside and Out


Looking for a healthy way to have flavorful food?

Our Guest Blogger, Aditi Simlai Tiwari, is a never tiring, full time mother of two and part time writer. She is always looking for newer things to do and newer ways to do them in. She found some novel food tools that she wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

Cooking can be a passion, a hobby, a therapy, or just a means to satisfy hunger. Whatever the reason for entering the kitchen, all of us endeavor to cook a tasty and nutritious meal, which if it is easy to do and fast to make, is like having all our prayers answered together. read more »

Oprah Has A Big Idea: She's Looking for Inventors


Want to be on Oraph and on QVC with your invention?

Oprah is on the search for the next Big Idea. Here's your chance to become a QVC success story. read more »

The Hottest New Bubbly is Beer


Looking for a new beverage to help celebrate special occasions?

Our Guest Blogger, Aditi Simlai Tiwari, is a never tiring, full time mother of two and part time writer. She is always looking for newer things to do and new ways to do them in. She found some innovative food concepts that she wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Licensing Your Invention: The Good, The Bad, and The Incredibly Bad


For some of us, it's really hard to take the invention reigns into our own hands; we tend to feel so beholden to a company that's interested in our product. But licensing is a business, and you have to behave like a business person in order to protect your interests. If a company is offended by you requesting the information you need, consider yourself saved from a bad or incredibly bad licensee!
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