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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 »

Brilliant's Chuckler: Ruby Slippers Doorstop


Ruby Slippers DoorstopRuby Slippers DoorstopThis doorstop is sure to stop the wind from banging your doors even in a tornado. It may also bring a chuckle of recognition to the infamous ruby slippers of the dead witch for The Land of Oz.
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Brilliant's Chuckler: Dog Shaped Broom


Dog BroomDog Broom I am always on the lookout for well designed items that look good, function well and make me chuckle.
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Brilliant's Invention Idea of the Week - One Grip Bagholder


One Grip Bag HolderOne Grip Bag HolderLooking for a better way to hold all those plastic bags?Almost nothing is as painful and annoying as having to hold a series of heavy plastic bags in your hands when you go shopping.
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What is the Future of Transportation?


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?

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Orlando Auditions for American Inventor Cancelled. It's Now Fort Lauderdale for April 21


Hi Folks:

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 »

GPS Robot Wins Grand Prize at PennVention Competition


Radiosconde RecoveryRadiosconde Recovery A new robot that could assist climate-change researchers has won the grand prize at the annual PennVention competition.
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