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USPTO Annual Independent Inventor Conference will be held on Sept 8-9, 2006


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the agency's annual Independent Inventors Conference. The event will be held September 8-9, 2006 at the USPTO's Alexandria, Virginia headquarters. read more »

Peer to Peer coming to a Cell Phone near you!


Back in 1999, an eighteen year old college dropout changed the world forever by creating the first peer to peer (p2p) network called Napster. He quickly became the music Industries' boogie monster for creating a place where people could trade music online but music fans loved the idea. read more »

America, We've Got More Talent!


We are pleased to announce that two more talented writers have accepted our invitation to be Featured Bloggers here at AmericanInventorSpot.com. read more »

American Inventor Final 4 Update on Erik Thompson, Inventor of the CatchVest


Erik & DanardErik & DanardWe received an American Inventor Final 4 Update on Erik Thompson, the inventor of the CatchVest.

ABC AMERICAN INVENTOR FINALIST ERIK THOMPSON SCORES A TOUCHDOWN! WITH THE INVENTOR SHOW, MR. THOMPSON'S "CATCHVEST" WAS PICK-UP BY THE SHOW AND HE WAS AWARD $50,000 AS AN ADVANCE ON FUTURE ROYALTIES, THE PRODUCT IS BEING ENDORSE BY ALL- PRO WIDE RECIEVER JERRY RICE. read more »

Store Your Food Like George Jetson


Looking for the latest in food storage ideas?

Our guest blogger Imani Peterson has a new find to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Imani is the webmaster of several sites, including Shirtgroups.com and believes the internet is to be molded at will. He is also a graphic designer and a music producer who is currently working with an artist for a future release. Here's his article:

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Do you remember the last time you got some fruit and how quickly it went bad? Many of us choose to bypass perishable items such as fruits and instead settle for chips or cookies. After all, who wants to waste money on something that will rot away in your refrigerator within a few days? Wouldn't you rather your children eat fresh fruits and vegetables rather than junk food loaded with fats and preservatives? read more »

Row, Row, Row Your Bike Gently Down The Street


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Bored with exercise?

Our guest blogger, educator/author, Sharon Bender of sharonbender.com has provided her find on an exciting new invention for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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Have you seen the new "rowing bicycle?" read more »

Saints Row Is Violence Done Well


Saints Row Video GameSaints Row Video GamePassionate about video games, our Guest Blogger Matt Wood is a young writer from the great city of Seattle, Washington. He is almost always listening to music and his all-time favorite video games include Sim City 4, Halo 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and the classic game Frogger.

Here is his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Set to launch in late August of 2006 on the XBox 360, Saints Row is a free roam game set in the sprawling city of Stilwater. In Saints Row, you earn membership into the 3rd Street Saints gang, and struggle for survival against rival gangs and police. Building a reputation for the 3rd Street Saints, you can rise through the ranks and gain notoriety throughout the city. read more »

10 Ways to REALLY Piss Off Your Woman


Do you need relationship counseling? Are the sparks of your relationship slowly becoming dying embers?

My relationship advice to you is try pissing off your mate. Yup, I mean it!

I realized this week that, as a couple, my wife and I were getting along a bit TOO well these days. We've been together long enough to work out many of the kinks, so there is little that creates drama and tension in our lives. We get along well. So, we are not one of those couples constantly shopping for relationship counseling.

But there are times when I want a little fun. I want the sparks to fly.

If you ever feel that your relationship is missing some spark, and you want to have a little fun, I have a few ideas for you to try before you go off looking for a relationship counselor. Just make sure you don't do anything you can't get her to forgive you for.

Here are 10 Great Ways to Really Piss Off Your Woman (or 10 Great Ways to Avoid a Relationship Counselor)... read more »

Innovation comes in many forms. In this case, OK Go.


Innovation comes in many forms. In this case, it comes in the form of a band named OK Go that the first time around had their viral video passed around the world millions and millions of times. Which in turn had kids around the world doing their own version of the video. You can check out the original video here.

Well, here comes round two! OK Go on the Early Show! Tune in tomorrow morning, August 4th at 7:30 AM, to CBS News - "The Early Show" to see a segment on OK Go's "Here It Goes Again" video & YouTube.com! Enjoy! read more »

Giant Ice Pack for your Child's Seat - HotSpotMama Find


Seat ChillerSeat ChillerWhen its hot and humid and hitting record highs, what's the first thing you think of? Finding something to cool you down. A nice body sized ice pack sounds good.

Well dealing with the heat is much worse when you have young kids with you. On a hot summer day, you know you're going to hear whinning. Especially when you put the kids into a car. Its almost always 10 degrees hotter in the car. It would be great for their car seats to be nice and cool when they get into it. My prayers have been answered by a company called Kooler Kidz.


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Inventive (But Ill-Advised) Ways to Keep Cool


This is the first entry by Christian Hoopes as a featured blogger. Christian knows how to win friends and influence people; he just chooses not to. He grew up in a desert and therefore is an expert on beating the heat, albeit not exactly in style. He also thinks they should bring back Peanut Butter Snickers.

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Summer is in full swing with no signs of letting up any time soon-these may in fact be considered the ‘dog days’ of summer. Why the dog days? Because it’s so hot that you pee anytime someone rings the doorbell, and you can’t stop panting and licking yourself. It’s not pretty.

Therefore, we at American Inventor Spot have decided to leap to your rescue. Everyone wants to find a better way to beat the heat, but not everyone has the luxury of taking the day off and splishing around at the local water park-some of us have jobs, you know. It is for these unfortunate individuals that we direct our assistance. read more »

What James Bond did for Gadgets


Love the gadgets James Bond has?

Our Guest Blogger Candice Leigh Helfand is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, with a degree in journalism & Media Studies and is a serious movie buff. In addition to writing for American Inventor Spot, she also writes for the website of the Contemporary A cappella Society of America. In her free time, Candice enjoy singing, performing in community theater and writing on her blog (http://www.xanga.com/jersey_shocker ).

Here's her article discussing James Bond's toys for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Almost everyone knows what the number 007 represents; that would be James Bond's spy identification number, for those who may not know. His films were filled with gadgets and gizmos that would become the wish and dream of every male (and to be honest, most females) ever to see the films. read more »

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Parental Control Software


Parental Control ScreenshotParental Control ScreenshotLooking for parental control over what your kids see?

Our guest blogger Imani Peterson has a new find to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Imani is the webmaster of several sites, including Shirtgroups.com and believes the internet is to be molded at will. He is also a graphic designer and a music producer who is currently working with an artist for a future release.

Here's his article:

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I have a new free tool to let you in on software designed to protect your children from explicit internet content. This is something anyone who has children around should read about and try.


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Update on the Anecia Survival Capsule (Car Seat)


Its been a few months since the grand finale of the American Inventor show aired (May 19, 2006) when Janusz Liberkowski won the title American Inventor. Janusz is the inventor of the Anecia Survival Capsule (a safer carseat).


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Prey - The Next Great Video Game - Page 2


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"Is that a doorway? Make sure by walking close and seeing if it vomits on you..." seems like a pretty strange thing to say, but it did account for some pretty surprising moments in gameplay, I must say so myself. These types of strange objects or obstacles become more apparent, and livelier, as the game progresses, which add to the immersion of the gameplay and storyline. read more »

Prey - The Next Great Video Game?


Prey Video GamePrey Video GamePassionate about video games, our Guest Blogger Matt Wood is a young writer from the great city of Seattle, Washington. He is almost always listening to music and his all-time favorite video games include Sim City 4, Halo 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and the classic game Frogger.

Here is his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com .

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Looking out your window one warm summer night, would YOU expect to see big blue lights coming from some kind of giant aircraft hovering over your family-owned bar? I certainly wouldn't, and if this were to happen, I would like to think it would bring a whole new meaning of "UFO" to mind. Thinking hard about this phenomenon waiting in the wings, I tried out the new hit game Prey.
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10 Types of MEN You Need to Avoid

Well, I had committed in the 10 Types of Women You Need to Avoid article that I would write about Men to Avoid.

I really regretted suggesting I would do that as it was almost impossible to find male dolls that were not "adult", and I really did not enjoy looking at all the stupid looking adult male dolls (...and yes, I may someday do an article on them if I can get it through our censors). It only took me about a week of scouring the net to finally realize that dolls for men are called "action figures". Duh!

So here's my dating advice on the 10 Types of Men You Need to Avoid, as highlighted by dolls, I mean male action figures:


Robots: The Image and The Reality


A big movie fan, our Guest Blogger Candice Leigh Helfand is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, with a degree in journalism & Media Studies.

In addition to writing for American Inventor Spot, she also writes for the website of the Contemporary A cappella Society of America. In her free time, Candice enjoy singing, performing in community theater and writing on her blog (http://www.xanga.com/jersey_shocker ).

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

* * * * * Cartoons and movies have depicted robots as a facet of modern life since the 1950's. Even today, robots are a common plot device in motion pictures. Often times, the robot is included as either an enemy or a friend to humans, with a set of motivations and opinions that one sees normally in humans.Throughout the years, robots have been shown as interactive, emotional characters with specific agendas, other than their programmed or originally intended functions.
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