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Have Money to Burn? Pay $1,000,000 for a Fishing Lure


When I was snorkeling in the Caribbean, someone once told me to take off any diamonds I had because fish are attracted to them. In other words, they might try to take a bite out of my diamond ring. Well, I guess this must be true because Mac Daddy's Lures has created a new fishing lure that uses gold and diamonds to attract the fish.
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The Apex of American Ingenuity- Fried Soda


Deep Fried SodaDeep Fried SodaEver have cravings for something crispy and sweet and new?

Our Guest Blogger, Andy Bryan, is a recovering anthropologist who lives in the state of Arizona and denial. Asked to write a bit about himself, he responded that he "like orangutans and baklava and orangutans that eat baklava. Sidle up, dear reader, and join me as I transcend mortal categories of interest on this site in a noble search for all things absurd."

Here's his sweet concoction for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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Following in the bloated, waddling footsteps of such state fair culinary giants as the pioneering corndog, its multitude of "on-a-stick" brethren, and the myriad of experimentally battered and deep-fried comestibles ranging from Twinkies to Snickers bars, comes what just might be the most revolutionary of carnivalesque cuisine in America so ... read more »

Thomas Edison, World's Greatest.....Product Marketer


Did you think Thomas Edison was a great inventor? He wasn't.

Our Guest Bloggers, Peter P. Roosen and Tatsuya Nakagawa, 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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There are many stories of inventors who ended up broke, even if their inventions were first class world-beaters. read more »

Batteries Can Now Be Powered by Water


A brief item crossed news wires Tuesday announcing a Japanese company’s invention of water-powered batteries. The company, Total System Conductors (TSC), says the batteries are as powerful as everyday batteries currently in use and will offer a cheaper alternative to what’s on the market. Plus, they have an unlimited shelf life, unlike common batteries which lose up to 25 percent of their charge per year when stored unused. You could stow a battery in an emergency kit today and use it 50 years from now without consequence.

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"Grandma's Kitchen" is Smart Design


Maybe I was a little harsh in my review of the luxury pods , but here's an idea that is truly smart and practical in a home pressed for space. The design team of Melanie Olle & Ilja Oelschlägel has come up with Grandma's Kitchen, a fully functional kitchen area that folds into the wall to look like a minimalist piece of art.
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New Video Game Controller Will Be Throwable


But Just In Case You AreBut Just In Case You AreHave you ever gotten so angry, that you wanted to throw something? While you’re playing video games, have you ever gotten so pissed off that you threw your controller across the room? If you have, then you should know that an inventor has recently designed a controller just for this kind of situation; a “throwable” controller, just in case you get angry!
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10 Completely New Ways to Turn a Woman On


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You men out there who want some helpful new hints for turning a woman on have come to the right place. I cannot speak for all, but as a woman I know something about how a man can get me going. In this article I have incorporated some simple new ways using inventive products to get the woman in your life to start looking your way. If your old tricks don't seem to be doing the job, give these new ideas a whirl! read more »

TIME Magazine Picks Its Inventions of the Year




Time Magazine is out with its Best Inventions of 2006.

What made the list?

Put the hypo-allergenic cat outside, get off your floating bed and take a look. read more »

Video Games That Help You Lose Weight


GameRunnerGameRunnerToo busy with that game of Madden to hit the gym? Don't want to miss the Flavor of Love II reunion? Don't worry because modern technology has you covered.

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed lets everyone know you can get some exercise in without leaving your TV.

Here's his article

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With childhood obesity setting new records every year, this was inevitable: video game workouts. Has it come to this? Is this the only way to convince us to drag ourselves off the couch and get a bit of exercise? I'm afraid so. With parents worried about the ever-changing girth of their children and video game companies worried that their consumers --no pun intended-- might actually go outside into the sunlight, we have been blessed with video game and television workouts.

Is a Free Energy Source on the Horizon?


Steorn's marketing campaignSteorn's marketing campaignFrance is known for its artists, Germany for its conductors, Italy for its opera singers, England for its thespians, and Ireland for its literary giants. Names like James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Maeve Binchy, and William Butler Yeats roll off the tongue when we discuss that brilliantly contemplative, Guinness-drenched country.

However, Ireland may soon take its place on the world stage as the next scientific wonderland. In the 1990s, it made a name for itself as the technology capital of Western Europe; and now, budding from kernels planted in the era of the Celtic Tiger, is a new discovery that could potentially overhaul everything we think we know about science. Free energy: free energy that breaks the first law of thermodynamics and will turn the world on its head if the rumors are true. read more »

Lean, Green, Driving Machines


RecyRecyDo you ever wonder what we will be driving in the future? What we will use to fuel our cars? Will we still be using gasoline or is there hope for something cheaper, better, and more environmentally friendly?

 

Yes! There are alternatives and today we can already use some of them. Electricity, solar energy, and even algae are just a few of the many options. The green doesn't just stop at the fuel tank either. Even the exteriors of vehicles are getting green makeovers. Take a look at my list below and see what I mean. read more »

Wacky Product of the Week #5 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


Here's my wacky product find of the week: Mr. P Lamp

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When you flip his switch (and yes, the switch is exactly where you think it is), and turn him on, his whole head lights up as if in embarrassment. Mr. P comes equipped with a lampshade you can use to put over his head or tilt slightly so he can peek out. The switch is made of rubber. (Product here or here via Blavish)

So, what do you think of this product? Any funny comments you can think of for this one? read more »

Site News


We have some happy news to share:

First, we'd like to welcome Emily Swan as a Featured Blogger and the newest addition to our writing team.

Second, we wanted to update our readers on how the site is doing. read more »

Need Invention Help? Try Inventors Anonymous


Have you started to question whether you next great idea is really great? Need to bounce your ideas off someone?

Myra Per-Lee developed, manufactured, and marketed about a dozen products in a ten year period, most on her own with very little start-up capital. The most successful of her inventions, massage tools for adults, animals and infants, known as Nukkles®, Nuzzles®, and Snukkles®, is still going strong after eight years on the market. Myra lets us in on where inventors go to get an honest opinion.

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Why does everyone call us paranoid just because we don't want to talk about our ideas? I'm mum because I don't want to spend my energy describing projects, when I could be working on them. And more than fear of theft, I fear others hounding me to death about what I'm doing. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $225,000 for Tequila


Platinum BottlePlatinum BottleThere's excess and then there is real excess. Can you imagine spending $225,000 on a beverage? I complain when I go to a bar and they charge $15 for a drink. Now I just feel plain silly about complaining.

On July 20, 2006, Tequila Ley .925 sold a single Platinum and White Gold tequila bottle for $225,000 to a private collector in Mexico City, Mexico. The liquor was made out of 100% blue Agave liquid and was aged for six years.
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Inventors, Is Your Idea All Yours?


Roger Brown's Super SleeverRoger Brown's Super SleeverDo you know if the great idea that you have is yours or not? If you're not careful, it may be the property of the company you work for.

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools, toys and a kitchen utensil. You can see some of his inventions at rogerbrown.net. He shares his valuable advice with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com some valuable advice.

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The majority of Inventors work at regular jobs and invent during their time off hoping to come up with that million dollar idea. What they neglect to find out is if their company has an invention policy. read more »

Essential Tools for Hunting Ghosts


Ghost Tool BeltGhost Tool BeltWith Halloween behind us, it's nigh time we take a good long look at ourselves and separate the hype from the actual very serious science of hunting vaporous spirits and capturing evidence of them on tape so we can prove once and for all that there is life after death, or at the very least, Photoshop. read more »

Ghost hunting is a fairly new field that's only existed for a few decades in its modern form. Before digital cameras and EMF detectors, ghost hunters were forced to hunt ghosts with Davy Crocket muskets and a large flour sack . The flour sack could be used to toss onto the ghost, and, if captured, their trusty mule would then haul to the beet patch until such time as your resident Leprechauns would have a chance to scourge all the evil out of him. Ghosts had it pretty rough back then.


Hot Curves... of Madrid's Barajas Airport's New Terminal



Newly constructed for 2006, the new terminal at Madrid's Barajas Airport is a marvelous structure that works on all its intended levels: aesthetics, functionality, efficiency and iconoclasm. Awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architecture, this new structure breathes life into a sometimes lifeless industry. read more »

Lifting Weights Will Never Be The Same


Prospot 600Prospot 600Feeling a little antisocial? Well now, you no longer need a spotter while working out.

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed tells the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com how to take the risk out of working out alone.

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Imagine you're bench pressing by yourself without the help of a spotter. The weight becomes heavier and your arms are turning to jell-o. You push as hard as you can, but the weight simply won't budge. So you just let go of the bar, inches from your face. And it stays in place. read more »

Merry Halloween! The Booming Holiday Decoration Market


In case you haven’t been to Target or WalMart lately, Halloween is the new Christmas.

In this article, I take a look at the opportunities for inventors created through the ridiculous over-commercialization of holidays. read more »