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A Windmill in every backyard—the future is now!


Skystream 3.7 Home Wind TurbineSkystream 3.7 Home Wind Turbine

As gas prices increase, oil prices skyrocket and the general cost of powering our overpowered lives heads northward along comes a solution that has dotted the landscape of the world for eons—Wind power.

So we’ve all heard the benefits of solar power. We’ve seen the photos of the great wind farms out in the middle of nowhere. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make a small, affordable wind turbine available to everyday homeowners. read more »

Easy Way to Password Protect Your Files


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever been unwilling to let someone use your computer because of what they may see on it? Stop telling your friends that they can't use your computer because of "viruses" when they stop by. Lock the files you don't want seen by anyone instead! read more »

Digital Dieting



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you already have a weight loss routine in place or if you would like to begin one “Weight by date mobile” is worth taking a look at. This program combines good old fashion dieting and exercise with modern day technology to effectively lose weight. We must work together to do away with Richard Simmons once and for all! read more »

Want to Be a Billionaire? Build Your Own Myspace Type Community


Your own Myspace? Myspace type community at an affordable price. At this point we are all familiar with Myspace.com. If someone you know has never heard of Myspace, chances are they probably still have an outhouse and they think the internet is something to be used in their “cement pond”. read more »

Innovations for the Environmentalists and the Gardeners


Blue Planet ComposterBlue Planet ComposterLooking for a way to support our environment? Our Guest Blogger, Gloria Campos-Hensley, is from Houston and is fascinated with innovations that make living and working in today's times a little more convenient. She wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com: * * * * * Did you know that over 30% of landfill waste could be composted and provide valuable nutrients to plants, but instead the waste is thrown in the trash and sent to landfills? Whether you're an environmentalist, a parent wanting a better world for her children, an avid gardener or just curious, turning waste into compost has become easier for all of us to do. Compost is a mixture of various decaying organic substances, such as dead leaves, cut grass, kitchen scraps or manure, used for fertilizing soil. Many composting products have been made and continue to be improved upon for the kitchen, the restroom as well as the yard. Thanks to these products, composting can be made faster, easier, healthier, smaller cheaper, with NO or little odor. From compost toilets, kitchen scrap bins, to "worm tea" - what was once waste is now nourishing our gardens and our yards.
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Final Verdict: Dead Rising


In the small city of Willamette, Colorado, there’s something strange going on… Frank West, a wartime photojournalist, comes to investigate the city of 53,594 because it has been quarantined by the National Guard. read more »

Weight Loss Gadgets for the Lazy and Unmotivated


Do you need to lose weight? I do. Desperately!

Well, with our advances in technology, I was thinking there's got to be a better way to lose weight and keep it off than the boring old formula of eating less and exercising more. Come on already, aren't we beyond that yet?!

I discovered with a little bit of late night research that with our unbeatable spirit to continue gorging our faces off, there ARE some new inventions to help folks who are inherently lazy still get slim.

Here are some great fitness machines for folks like me who want to be slim, but want to be slim while chomping on our supersized bag of Doritos and watching our favorite game on TV... read more »

New Way to Carry Your Laptop - Pizza Box Case


I am in the market for a travel case for my laptop. It was pretty clear from visting a few stores this weekend that the utilitarian and very boring black bag is pretty much what's available. How amazingly hohum! Why is it that the mass merchandisers all carry the same items?

I decided not to purchase anything and look for some more interesting options on line. How fortunate for me that in checking out one of my favorite websites Attu Sees All this morning, I found an unusual laptop case that I thought was pretty fun. read more »

The Smartest of the Smartphones


Treo SmartphoneTreo SmartphoneWant to know which cell phone you should get?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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I'm the type to obsess over a purchase before I make it. In the case of my cell phone, my obsession recently paid off when I decided to upgrade to the Treo 700w Smartphone, by Palm. read more »

American Inventor Final 12 Update - Darla Davenport-Powell - Inventor of the Here Comes Niya Doll


Darla with Niya DollDarla with Niya DollLos Angeles, CA (8/23/06) — “NIYA SINGS OSAKA’S SONG.” ABC’s American Inventor Finalist, Darla Davenport-Powell is reaching a new world market—Japan. Her multilingual invention, The Here Comes Niya doll speaks and sings in 4 languages-English, Spanish, Swahili and Japanese with well over 100 phrases. The Niya doll is a world traveler that exposes children to different cultures and different lands—fostering global awareness and understanding. Press her knee and the Niya doll says, “Let’s join hands and travel the world together. Ready?”
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Speech to Text helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Due to constant typing and movements of the wrist, frequent internet users need to be aware of the ramifications and learn a few preventative measures when dealing with carpal tunnel. read more »

Art that’s gone to the fishes. Literally.


Aquavista AquariumAquavista AquariumThey say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well behold, here's something you may or not find beautiful. But it's surely unique.

Take a look. What do you see? Pictures, right? Well, sort of. These are actually wall mounted aquariums. Now personally, I find aquariums beautiful, but to much of a pain in the you-know-what to own. With all the filters and cleaning and what not. But the Acquavista 2000 has taken the aquarium to different level of art. And it's making me rethink the old fish tank. read more »

War of the Off-Brand Sodas


BlackcherryBlackcherryWe all love sodas ... with the possible exception of when we brush our teeth and immediately thereafter drink some Diet Coke (inadvertently creating a taste in our mouth similar to that of shampoo mixed with battery acid). Still, the good stuff can become expensive; what can you do? The obvious answer is, of course, to start buying cheaper pop. read more »

What You Need To Be Cool in College


Fart DetectorFart DetectorGoing off to college? Got all the necessary school supplies?

One of my sons is going off to college this year. It got me thinking of what I need to send off with him so that he has everything he needs to be successful in school.

I guess success means different things to different folks. For me, success means the obvious things like my kid does not flunk out. It also means that my kid is popular and know as one of the cool kids and not one of the dorks.

To help him be cool, I came up with some items I am gong to send off with him. I don't think many of the students in his college will have these items, but I am sure they wish they did.

Here's my list of the Things You Can Buy So That You Can Be Cool in College: read more »

The End of the Wired World


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Wondering what's next for the internet?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at www.thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com

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We may see the end of residential cable and DSL providers within the next decade.


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Innovations for an Easier Life


Regal Pocket DV168Regal Pocket DV168Looking for ways to make your life easier?

Our Guest Blogger, Gloria Campos-Hensley, is from Houston and is fascinated with innovations that make living and working in today's times a little more convenient.

She wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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As a mom, wife, woman, tutor and writer, I am one of the many people always on the look out for any innovation that makes my life easier to manage. I look for products that have more than one function and give me the maximum benefits for my investment. read more »

Why Mario is Video Game's Most Beloved Character


In terms of video game history, no other character has been more famous than Nintendo’s mascot, Mario. His awesome red hat, handlebar mustache, and Italian name represent a major video game company, as well as millions of dedicated gamers. read more »

American Inventor Final 12 Update: Mark Martinez - Inventor of the SackMaster


SackMasterSackMasterWe just received an update about Mark Martinez, the inventor of the SackMaster, by none other than bottleslingguy (anyone who visits our site frequently knows who I am talking about). Mark was one of the Final 12 contestants in the American Inventor TV show. The SackMaster is a shovel like device that enables one person (vs the regular two) to fill sandbags. read more »

The Lazy Person's Tools for Pet Care


Dog Powered ScooterDog Powered ScooterLooking for an easier way to take care of your pet?

Our guest blogger, educator/author, Sharon Bender of sharonbender.com has collected together some helpful finds for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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These days we humans are busier than ever, and we have become accustomed to letting technology handle most of our laborious tasks. We've even begun using it to manage our pets, so we don't have to spend repetitive hours walking, feeding, training, playing, toileting, and locating Fido and our felines?

We can harness their bounding energy, see what they are up to remotely, and train them without even trying. Take a look at these six ingenious ways our pets can survive our neglect and practically take care of themselves. read more »

Bye-Bye, Boring Laundry


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Our Guest Blogger Jule Goag is a shopholic on the lookout for the next deal too good to be true. She loves gadgets, lives in Seattle and wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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Doing laundry is one of my most detested chores. It may not seem so bad, but I don't like things that I have to wait around for. If I try to multitask and go do something else in the meantime, sometimes I forget a load of laundry is still in the wash. I come back hours later and have a load of clothes smelling of mold. read more »