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The Remote Door Key


A remote door key! Why didn't we think of it before.

After all the same gadget for a car has been around for years and years. Standing at my door in the wee hours of the night, often have I cursed my bunch of keys for getting lost in all the traffic inside the bag. Goodbye to those troubled times. This simple remote from Locca functions exactly like a car remote. read more »

Give a Toss for Wannabe Parents


In the UK, if you want to help couples get pregnant go to the Give a Toss website. At Give a Toss you can learn how to donate, as well as learn interesting facts about sperm. For example, did you know that the average time a sperm survives in a man's body is six months and that what a man eats can effect how "he" tastes?

What is Give a Toss? Give a Toss is a campaign created to help UK couples become parents. Any healthy man between the ages of 18-45 and women between the ages of 18-35 can donate. According to the website 1 in 6 couples seek medical help in order to achieve pregnancy. read more »

Looking for a Great Domain Name?


Looking to build a website to market your idea or invention?

Our Guest Blogger, Drew Anderson is an idea person from Portland, Oregon. You can see his entertaining collection of his ideas at his Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas website, mohdi.com. He wanted to share some tips on building a website with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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History Lesson: Inventions from the Islamic World



Want to find out what the islamic world has invented?

This BBC presentation, presented in a video on YouTube, goes through some of the inventions from the islamic world. Find out more about the golden age of Islamic Discovery:

The video is about an hour long. Enjoy!

Inventive Marketing: Rejoice Conditioner


The streets of Bankok are filled overhead with tangled phone lines. Leveraging the similarity they had to tangled hair, the advertising team for Porctor & Gamble used it to highlight the detangling power of Rejoice Hair Conditioner. They put a large green comb over the phone lines and said "Tangles? Use Rejoice Conditioner".

 

What do you think of the advertising idea? Do you think it is inventive? Do you think it works? How would you have improved it? read more »

Tiny TV Tuner


Tiny ELSA TelebitTiny ELSA TelebitA TV tuner card that weighs 5 gm, measures 2.16x1.32x0.32 inches. How cool is that?

The ELSA Telebit costs only US $110, has an in-built as well as external antenna, uses very little power...in short has a lot going for it.

But readers in the US will have to just read and be happy, as the TV tuner card is for use in Japan only.

Life is unfair...at times. read more »

Octodog -- The Frankfurter Converter


We’re always telling our kids not to play with their food, but sometimes you just gotta break the rules. I’m talking about the Octodog, a revolutionary new "frankfurter converter" that skillfully turns a simple wiener into an eight legged creature from the sea.
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Simple Secrets to Success


Our Guest Blogger, Barbara Carey, is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. Barbara is also the author of "The Carey Formula: Your Ideas Are Worth Millions." For more information about Barbara and "The Carey Formula" check out www.CareyFormula.com.

Barbara believes there are some simple secrets to success as an inventor and she wanted to share them with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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A Pillbox For Someone Who Has Everything!


WVitaCarryVitaCarryhen I look at this pillbox, I think, "Wow. A person has to have every disease under the sun to need all these pills!" (There are four more compartments on the right side of the box!)

This fancy pillbox is not, you understand, for a week's worth of pills. No, this pillbox, with its fancy electronic reminder system, is for one day's worth of pills, and it tells you when to take them. read more »

TechSelector Saves the Day for Non-Geeks


TechSelectorTechSelectorHow often have you stood at a gadgets store knowing what you want yet unable to buy anything as the variety of choices in terms of brands, features, prices etc simply leaves you more confused than you were before you entered the store?

There is help available for all the non-techies.

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Inventive Marketing: Ford Ranger Extreme Matchbox


For the Ford Ranger Extreme, Ford wanted to emphasize the extendable gargo bed. They came up with an inventive way to highlight the extention with a box of martches.

Ford Ranger MatchboxFord Ranger Matchbox

 

 

What do you think of this marketing promotion? Do you think it worked? How would you have done it different? read more »

Innovative Cat Litter Box


Love your cat, but don't really like cleaning cat litter, especially scooping it out by hand?

Here's a great solution to all litter cleaning problems.

It's innovative, durable, cool, sturdy and really works. Read on to discover how to make your life easier and have a happier cat in the bargain.

Meow, meow... read more »

Invention History: The Father of FM


Radio TowerRadio TowerCurious about who invented FM?

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.

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Quack, Quack, Duck Radio Thermometer


Radio Duck ThermometerRadio Duck ThermometerLittle 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.

 

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Better Than Coffee?


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?

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Have Money to Burn? $85,000 for a Teddy Bear


Teddy BearTeddy Bear

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.

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Glowing From Within: Luminous Fabric


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 »

7 Inventive Ways to Live in a Closet


Sofa, Bed and Lamp in OneSofa, Bed and Lamp in One

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 »

More Weird Furniture


4. Store Your Computer in a Carboard Desk

Cardboard Desk 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 »

US Commerce Secretary Unveils National Campaign to Inspire Invention in Children


Here's some good news about the future of our country and the future of inventing from a recent press release from the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):

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 »