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Have We Gone Surveillance Crazy?


Big BrotherBig BrotherThere should be no mistaking that information is for sale these days, and security concerns have placed a premium on surveillance data - but have we gone too far?

From subway cameras, to keyboard strokes, to webcams monitoring your local street, we’ve gone surveillance crazy. Advancements in camera, video and webcam technology are moving at a blistering pace and the latest innovators have developed such a mastery of pattern recognition that now they can tell it was you who ordered that tiramisu at Mike’s Pastry’s last Friday. Wendy was your waitress. They saw you, and you didn’t tip.
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The Perfect Setting for Your Dog


I know that, at the end of a long day, I really enjoy settling in at home to relish the environment my husband, my children and I have carefully crafted. We have worked hard to make our house a home by slowly but surely contributing the creature comforts we savor on a daily basis. For us, that means a user-friendly backyard for barbequing, a high quality entertainment system for the occasional movie and a kitchen fully loaded to prepare only the finest meals.

Home life may be perfect for us, but what about our other family members: the pets?! They, too, should reap the rewards of our lives well spent. So here are a few products we are considering to help create the perfect home setting for our favorite canine companions. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $10,000 for Fake Eyelashes


Shu Uemura EyelashesShu Uemura EyelashesWhile we are out there searching for things to write about, we come across these ridiculously expensive products. I'm talking about products that should cost about 1% of the asking price. So we have started a new weekly article called "Have Money to Burn ...."

Shu uemura Artistic Director, Gina Brooke, custom designed these diamond eyelashes exclusively for Madonna. These custom mink false eyelashes are adorned with 0.75 carats of diamonds featuring a unique new diamond cut - the "Star Shimmer Cut". read more »

Unusual Ways You Can Sit On Trash


InkukuInkukuToday in our environmentally conscious society you can find a chair made out of almost every recyclable material there is: milk cartons, soda bottles, wine barrels, boat wood, used tires and so on, but most of these chairs feel and look ordinary. Now take a look at some of the more unique and unusual chairs I’ve introduced to you below.
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10 Valuable Life Lessons... Learned From Coffins



In anticipation of my favorite holiday, I decided to write articles this entire month dedicated to the best of day of the year, Halloween. So what do I like about Halloween? One thing about Halloween I enjoy is the celebration of death and the macabre.

I started canvassing through the typical "Halloween" stuff like scary costumes but then got distracted by all the cool looking coffins I found.

I think you can learn a lot about life from almost everything if you open yourself up to what they can teach us. Being brilliant, I came up with the idea that coffins can offer up some valuable lessons about life. So here is my collection of coffins and what I think they tell you about life: read more »

Inflatable Home Theater


When Amused and Bemused first introduced the inflatable beer tavern, I was very impressed.  However, I think this inflatable home theater beats out the beer tavern just because its more practical.  

12 Foot Outdoor Theater12 Foot Outdoor TheaterYou know longer have to choose to spend your day inside ... so when want to lounge around and watch your favorite sports event.   you're wife is bitching about you getting off you fat @ss and get some fresh air.

http://www.smarthome.com/597512.html 

Adorable Animal Backpacks


frogfrogBackpacks were always a big hit at my house. Both my boys love wearing them. I guess it makes them feel like big kids.

I think these pictures say it all. Is it possible for someone to make a cuter backpack? (I would love to see a link if these are not the cutest ones you've seen). read more »

Insider Expose on Invention Promotion Firms!


Did you ever wonder how some Invention Promotion Firms actually work?

Our Guest Blogger, Terri Phillips, is an inventor of numerous products. She has worked at an Invention Promotion Firm. She now works in marketing, packaging, and product development for an inventor service company that provides a means of distribution for inventors to sell their products through AccessInventors.com. Terri's goal is to educate inventors from the inside out, so she wrote this article exclusively for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Bored At Work? Play Games!


Are you bored at work? Could you go for spicing up your work day with playing computer games? Well now you can with the Stealth Switch!
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Keyboards for Little People


MiniKeyBoardMiniKeyBoardThese days, I am constantly on the computer and my wrist are killing me. In this day and age, I'm not the only one on the computer. So are both my boys. Both my kids started using the computer when they turned three years old.

If adults have so many problems because they use the computer so much, I can't imagine how difficult and painful it must be for our kids (and anyone who is smaller than the average adult) to use an adult sized computer keyboard. Thank goodness other people are on the same wavelength and have created interesting solutions... many inventors are ahead of me on this one.

Here are a bunch of the keyboards I have found that fit little people hands. read more »

Halloween Costumes For The Slighty Twisted

One of my favorite days of the year is Halloween. That is a holiday made for me with all that is a bit dark in man.

 

I am not one to wear a stupid costume from a local Wal_Mart. No. I am into finding something a little different that reflect the innver beast.

Here's a few of my favorites. If I get really into it, I may share more.

Innovative Architecture of the Tubac House


Tubac HouseTubac HouseInterested in learning about some innovative architecture?

Our guest blogger, Seth Plattner, is a recent graduate from New York University who bides his time writing, dining and doing his best to make sense of the world around him. With an appreciation for fine architecture, Seth focused on taking a closer look of the Tubac House in Tubac, Arizona for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. read more »

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Modern Marvels Invent Now Invention Contest


Modern Marvels Invent NowModern Marvels Invent NowThe Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge is a contest that invites the independent inventor to share his/her vision and ingenious design with the world. The most remarkable invention submitted will be named the 2007 "Modern Marvel of the Year." The Challenge celebrates American ingenuity and provides a unique national forum for the independent inventor.
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Go Hands Free or Die


Logitech HeadsetLogitech HeadsetI never thought I would be attached to a mobile headset.

I feel like I grew up in a generation that’s had a love/hate relationship with earphones. We loved them when the Walkman came out in the 80’s, but then we hated them when CD players hit the market. Who could workout and listen to their CD player without it skipping? Seriously…

The craze started back up when sanctimony was in vogue in the 90’s, where, if you worked in any call center, headsets for your landline were a status symbol. Now, sales of earphones and headsets are blazing past any other mobile item - we’ve got ear buds, Bluetooth, Jabra and earplugs smart enough to switch from music to a phone call with the touch of a button. read more »

What Do You Get When You Combine a Tricyle and a Scooter?


Piaggio MP3Piaggio MP3Interested in knowing what you get when you mix a tricycle and an extremely fast scooter?

Our guest blogger, Carson Barker has been a freelance writing since 2001. He has a bachelor's degree in music and journalism, and when he's notwriting about the entertainment industry or general news, he teaches music and art lessons in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Carson takes a close look at the newest advancements in scooters.

Here's his article:

When it comes to scooters, Italians truly do it better. read more »

Intel is Paying $1 Million for Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs


Intel ViivIntel ViivIntel is offering $1 million in prizes to PC designers and manufacturers who can come up with smaller, sexier alternatives to the "big, beige box". Applications must be submitted no later than January 15, 2007 11:59 pm PST and systems must be received by Intel for evaluation no later than March 2, 2007 11:59 pm PST. If you want to read Intel's news release on the Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, click read more.

Thanks to our friends over at therawfeed.com for letting us in on this challenge.
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More Good News!


Technorati 4904Technorati 4904Hi Everyone:

AmericanInventorSpot.com has some great site related news to share:

First, we want to welcome Lexi Schuh to AmericanInventorSpot.com as our newest Featured Blogger.
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Tokyo Game Show 2006: A Total Snore?


As you know, my three day coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2006 is now done! After the first full game convention I covered, I’m proud to say I’ve decided the final awards for the show. I wasn’t actually at this one, but perhaps I’ll be able to report you to you live from a game convention sometime in the future. Tokyo Game Show has been running for 10 years, and hosted the video game industries' top company’s best products last weekend. Here’s a wrap on my Tokyo Game Show 2006 convention coverage!
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ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors


Eric & DanardEric & DanardPRESS RELEASE

ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors

As most of America knows, Mr. Thompson was awarded $50,000 from the hit ABC show for the rights to his Catch Vest, but what might surprise you is what he did with the money. After saving his house from foreclosure, Mr. Thompson took the majority of his winnings and started a company, "Belykewater Productions." read more »

Eight Cool Tools to Handicap the Course


Pocket MarkmasterPocket MarkmasterDid you every wish you could improve your golf game?

Our Guest Blogger, Scott Fetters, is a self-described "freelance writer extraordinaire, adventure sports enthusiast, and professional extrovert", who is "riding out this train we call life through some fresh powder, until the wheels fall off." Scott thought his good deed of the day would be to help readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com become better golfers (and who doesn't need a little help with their game) with these innovative golf gadgets.

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