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The tragic story of Edwin Howard Armstrong is an updating of the classic David and Goliath tale, as well as a cautionary account about individual creativity suppressed by corporate power misused.
Unless you're an engineer or a techie-type, you've probably never heard of Armstrong. He wasn't adept at self-promotion as were Thomas Edison, and Bill Gates, or any of the inspirations for the endless number of eponymous products and services out there. Still, he was the real deal.
Little duck swimming about in the water.
So what if the water is in a tub?
The duck looks cute and is more than a decorative item.
You see it is also a fully waterproof radio and thermometer. Easy to use, safe, handy and pretty, the Duck Radio will bring many hours of music to listeners of all ages.
Remember Wake-Up Juice from Back to the Future III? (View a clip on YouTube here .) It was a concoction of flaming sauces that jolted Professor Brown’s body to immediate alertness after a night of whiskey sloshing. Today, dozens of energy drinks and pills flood the market claiming to keep your body jazzed up with hours of unlimited energy, but most of them have annoying side effects (rapid heartbeat, shakes), or lead to addiction (hello, coffee!). But what if there was something that kept you awake without the consequences of traditional stimulants?
Steiff, a German company, has created the world's most expensive teddy bear. The £43,000 ($85,000) bear has fur made of real gold, and eyes made with sapphires and diamonds.
The new bear has a mouth made of solid gold, fur made from gold thread and eyes with pupils of sapphire and irises made from 20 tiny diamonds.
In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Steiff only produced 125 of the golden Jubilee Bears. You can identify a Steiff bear by the button on its ear.
A table cloth that glows?
How can that be possible?
What new contraption is this?
These were some of the questions that came into my mind when I saw a picture of the Luminous Fabric online. Let me tell you it is not magic, but a great innovative idea that will redefine personal attire and home décor as we know it. The fabric glows thus creating an ethereal effect in the dark, setting the stage for hours of magical moments. read more »
Real estate, real estate...that's all I hear about these days. First, prices are going through the roof. Now, supposedly, prices are caving in. Who cares?
All I know is that with prices so high, I can not afford a decent sized place to live. The way my cash flow is going, I may have to move into some teeny tiny space which is more aptly described as a closet than a house.
Assuming that everyone is just like me, boxed in and feeling wretched, I decided to help my fellow small space dwellers by finding items of furniture that can help you save on space.
This furniture gives you 7 Ways to Live in a Closet or Other Cr@ppy Tiny Little Hole in the Wall That You Call Home: read more »
This computer desk and shelves set is made of 100% recyclable carboard. When you are done using the desk, you can just flatten it to a pulp, literally! read more »
The Advertising Council joined with USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) launched a national, multimedia Public Service Advertising (PSA) campaign to engage a new generation of children in innovation. read more »
Attu has a great series of photographs on people trying to get from Point A to Point B.
Man has constantly be in search for a better mode of getting from A to B. Discovering the wheel, creating the bicycle and building the car, what will be next to get people from Point A to Point B. What will be the best new idea in transportation? Have we reached the limits of inventing modes of transportation? If not, what is next? Any ideas?
Sorry for the last minute notice on this but we got this up as fast as we can.
For those who were planning to audition in Orlando for the American Inventor Show for 2007 in Orlando, Florida, it has been cancelled at the very last minute.
In it's place, it seems that the producers of American Inventor are now planning to hold auditions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 21, 2007 but have not announced a location or address yet.
UPDATE: Location for auditions announced
TAMPA Florida - APRIL 21ST
GRAND HYATT TAMPA BAY
2900 BAYPORT DRIVE
TAMPA, FL 33607 read more »
Ever wonder how companies come up with their names?
FortyMedia.com, a business blog lists a collection of well-known company names from Wikipedia and their origins. Recognizing the importance of branding, its interesting how what was the inspiration for a company's name:
Here's a few of my favorites:
7-Eleven: this chain of convenience stores started in 1927 as U-Tote’m (so called because customers “toted” away their purchases). In 1946, U-Tote’m became 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours: 7am until 11pm, seven days a week.
Apple: for the favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard. read more »
It’s a top flipping, can prying, bag splitting, envelop slitting, orange peeling, hole punching box cutter! read more »
The website Nothing to do with Arbroath shares a unique way of promoting a chocolate makers wares, a real edible billboard made with 860 pounds of chocolate.
The Easter creation, a world first, was made of 10 chocolate bunnies, 72 giant chocolate eggs and 128 chocolate panels, each weighing 2kg.
The billboard took three months to plan and 300 hours for the team of 10 to build and was expected to last a week but alas was devoured by Londoners in less than three hours. (Source and photos at BBC)
Inventive marketing? What do you think? read more »
The Hipper -50 is a beautiful new gadget to help you celebrate your Easter with the right note. The Musical Note! This fashion gadget is an iPod speaker. Simply plug in your MP3 player and watch it light up and change colors to the beat of your favorite music. read more »
If not for the estimable work of Robert Adler, the simple act of watching TV - that ubiquitous appliance considered an essential part of every home - would be very different from the experience to which we've become accustomed. Without Adler's contributions, not only might the act of watching the tube be very different, the TV-itself might still be a small, funny-looking box with tinny sound. read more »