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Japanese Go "Ghetto" with Cool Cell Phone Holsters




The provocatively named "Ghetto Japanese Cellphone Holster" combines gleaming polished chromed steel and black patent leather to hug your cell in a grip the Marquis de Sade would envy.
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Is there a Guerilla Gardener in You?


I'd like to say that there is a Guerilla Gardener in me just waiting to come out. Ask my husband and he would probably tell you that I can envision a garden growing just about anywhere in my city. I'm always pointing and saying things like, "Why not plant a tree here, or flowers there?" I imagine turning abandoned buildings into greenhouses, parking-lot grass medians into botanical delights, and highway medians into evergreen forests. read more »

NO Live Blog of American Inventor - Season Two This Holiday Week


American Inventor Show Recap

Just wanted to remind our readers that due to Wednesday being July 4 th - our independence day holiday, American Inventor will not be showing a new episode. Instead, it will be repeating Episode 1 of Season 2 of the reality television show American Inventor tomorrow night ( Wednesday, July4, 2007, 2007) at 9 pm est and 8 pm central time. Thus, we will not be having a live blog of Episode 201 this Wednesday. Instead, we'll republish our live blog for Episode 201. read more »

Top Ten Ways Japanese Live Small



Leave it to the Japanese, the same folks who invented** the transistor radio, to come up with a multitude of ways to miniaturize their lives and save valuable space. "Livin' Large"? Not here, buster!
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"Cool Blogs Go Down Like a Good Cup of Coffee:" Says Seth


Being that I maintain one of the, ahem, coolest blogs on the net, I'm always looking for other cool blogs out there that give me a run for my money. Occassionally I will find a blog out there--like Dark Roasted Blend--that provides entertaining quippy web niblets that keep me scrolling through pages and pages of past posts (seriously, what is up with me and alliteration lately?).

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Marketing for a Cause - Inventive Marketing


Last week, Wednesday, trendy shoppers lined up as early as 4:00 AM to get their hands on British designer Anya Hindmarch’s limited edition, eco-friendly $15 canvas handbag with the words, "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" across it. read more »

Solar-Powered Water Heater Made of Beer Bottles


 

 

 

 

 

 

Who needs photovoltaic cells when you have 66 beer bottles to capture the sun's rays? Ma Yanjun, a farmer from China, designed this simple technology, which works surprisingly well. read more »

Sideways Bike?


Some people like to do things differently. If they didn't we wouldn't have inventors or weird people. Michael Killian is an inventor. He is a 46 year old software engineer from Dublin, to be exact, who recently invented a Sideways Bike and, not too long ago, invented the Sideways Scooter. Some people may think a Sideways Bike is a little weird, but I think it's oddly creative. read more »

Magic Shadow : Product Review


A great memory I have growing up is making up shadow games on my wall with a lamp or flashlight. Monsters, birds, and dinosaurs were my favorite to create using only my hands and fingers. Unfortunately, the fun ended when the lights turned on.

 

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Brain Reps 1: How to Invent Excuses for Inventing


Peter Mucha, our Guest Blogger, is an online editor and writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who shares more of his zany ideas on stealmyideasplease.com . He thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy discussing the process of inventing. Here's his article:

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Ouch. Brain cramps, again?! Yeeow. That's what I get. For not stretching my mind first. For jumping right into a drill, still on a full stomach. read more »

Motion Computing Model LE 1700 - Product Review


If you are looking for a light notebook sized Tablet PC with big RAM and the Vista Business operating system, the Motion Computing Model LE1700 may be prefect for you. Rated Four Stars (out of five).
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Chevrolet Captiva Scratch Card - Inventive Marketing


 In Great Britain, to honor the new vehicle, the new Chevy Captiva was coated with that silvery scratch card material with thousands of scratch-and-win panels beneath. read more »


Tokyo Bottled Tap Water Sold to Suspecting Consumers!


Tokyo Bottled Tap WaterTokyo Bottled Tap Water If you or I bottled tap water and started selling it on the street for a buck a pop, that would be a crime. When the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks does it, it's called a public awareness campaign.
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3 Steps To Maximize Your Press Release Placement


Like the poor soul who’s all dressed up with nowhere to go, a good press release doesn't want to sit on your desk.

Though your press release must blare "This is a great story!" its true success is determined by who pays attention to it, who prints it, and who decides to follow up and write a story about your new product or business. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $1.63 Million for a Purse


 

Ginza Tanaka, a Japanese jewellery maker, is famous for making ordinary items out of precious metals and gems.

On June 14, 2007, Ginza Tanaka showcased this diamond platinum bag at a fashion show in Tokyo. read more »

Japanese Mini Erasers Say "I Rub You Too!"


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Collectible mini erasers have long been popular in Japan, and now the fad is spreading to schools on these shores as well.
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Moving Teeth Signal Moving Orthodontist - Inventive Marketing


This local orthodontics office is packing up and moving...literally. read more »

Cell Phone Recycling Drop-Boxes a Golden Opportunity


There's gold in them thar cells! Japanese telecom giant NTT recovered 320 pounds of pure gold from junked cell phones in 2005 and hopes that making recycling easier will increase the glittering haul. read more »

ABC's American Inventor - Episode 4 Season 2 Live Blog and Show Recap


American Inventor Show Recap

Tonight on ABC's American Inventor we gather around the TV to see the final contestants from Chicago and New York. Last week's hopefuls were as varied as the cities they come from, even though those that made it through certainly weren't the cream of the crop. Hopefully The Big Apple and Windy City are saving the best for last and tonight we will see someone who actually has a shot of winning the whole shebang. read more »

Microwave Turns Plastic Into Oil


This new recycling machine has negligible fuel costs, zero emissions, and can recover extra metal for profit. Fighting global warming has never sounded so easy. read more »