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And The Big Idea from the UK is...


While those of us stateside were filling our bellies with turkey and stuffing, our counterparts across the ocean were picking the winner of The Big Idea, the UK's answer to American Inventor. Who took home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP and international (or at least European) fame and fortune? The answer is as long as you can pull your arm...
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Top Ten Lies of Inventors


What lies do you tell yourself? Are they helpful or hurtful? As an inventor, your lies they may be lethal.

Our Guest Bloggers, Tatsuya Nakagawa and Peter P. Roosen, are the co-founders of Atomica Creative . Atomica Creative is a strategic product marketing company that has been involved in many successful product launches in North America and Asia in several industries. Roosen and Nakagawa have recently released a book titled "Overcoming Inventoritis - Lessons from Thomas Edison, the world's greatest product marketer". They have some valuable advice that they wanted to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Lexus Offers Cars that Almost Park Themselves


Ever wish your car would just park itself?

Our Guest Blogger, Nate Eller, lives in metro Detroit, Michigan. He is a college student currently working on his degree in mechanical engineering. He works as an engineer in new product development for a large Tier 1 automotive supplier. Cars, motorcycles, boats, and any other powered vehicles are a strong passion of his and he wanted to share what new in the world of motors with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Wacky Product of the Week #8 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


Poop SoapPoop SoapYou wanted poop so I give you poop.

Actually, it's poop soap. Who said poop is something you should avoid touching. This poop makes you cleaner and makes you smell nice too.

Merchant for this products says "This is high quality, coffee-scented soap that (really) appears to be a big pile of little-dog-doo!!" (NopeItsSoap via Gizmodo)

So folks, any thoughts on this fine prpduct. What do you think would be some good uses for it?

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Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part III)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congratulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 3 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 3: Selling on the Internet

Setting up a product website is vital in this day and age, but you will have to put in the time, set up links and advertisements to drive traffic to your site, which can quickly add up in cost. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $850,000 for a Christmas Tree


Guess what? Its the day after Thanksgiving which means the Christmas Season has started for a lot of us.

Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka (maker of the gold foot massager - see Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a Foot Massager) has created a couple of products to get into the Christmas spirit. Its most recent item is a 100% gold Christmas tree. The gold Christmas tree is 1.5 meters tall, made from 21 kg of gold and costs a mere $850,000. read more »

Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part II)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congradulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 2 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 2: Marketing and Sales

Unlike inventing, marketing is not an exact science. If you have followed my previous inventor’s article, the “13 Rules of Invention Success ”, you will greatly increase your chances in developing a great product. Using my product as a first-hand example, I have shared how to go from an idea, patenting, prototyping, and manufacturing in those articles. But exactly HOW do you sell a great product? read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!


The AmericanInventorSpot.com Team wishes all of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

We are thankful that you have given us the opportunity to share our discoveries and rants with you.

Thank you for being a supporter of our site and helping to make it a fun place for the inventor in all of us.

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Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part I)


Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congradulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 1 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 1: Manufacturing and Production

First of all, bringing your own invention/product to market isn't for everyone. Most inventors choose to license out their patents and inventions rather than venturing their product through manufacturing, packaging, and then marketing. There are trade-offs and benefits of both approaches

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American Inventor...British Style!


We have our American Inventor, but what about innovation from our neighbors across the pond? What are the final 6 ideas from the UK's "The Big Idea" invention contest? Who takes home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP?

Doddle your snooker and click here to find out! read more »

The Spy Who Shoved Me


The New BondThe New BondI can’t shake this feeling that I’m being pushed into a holiday season full of movie-related cross-promotions that have been shoddily scraped together. Let’s see…Has Daniel Craig earned his role as Bond? Could Casino Royale draw first blood as the top grossing movie of the new holiday season? Will electronic sales of surveillance products increase for the holidays?

Heard all this already? Me too. Have you seen all the 007 related products they want to shove in your face? Me too. So let’s forget the marketing: I’m here to offer a helping hand so we can get through the comodification of our holy days together. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $39,950 for a Ferrari Testarossa


You're probably saying - what is she talking about?  That's agreat price for a Ferrari.  Where do I get one.  One little detail I haven't mentioned yet, is that its a child's size Ferrari Testarossa. read more »

10 Jaw-Dropping Kitchens


So my last article on the Grandma's Kitchen—and the fact that a few food laden holidays are just around the corner—got me thinking, what other cool and innovative kitchens are out there? After some digging, I found the 10 kitchens that turn ordinary cooking into a heightened culinary experience. From kitchens that play music to kitchens that float, you're sure to see some cooking spaces that will wet your appetite. read more »

Try Rolling Down a Man-Made River


If the last river you saw was on the National Geographic channel, you might need to give this a try. Synthetic products are usually a bad idea. Just think of government cheese or the new basketball being used in the NBA. A good rule would be to stay away from anything containing that notorious “S” word. But the United States National Whitewater Center, located just outside of Charlotte, N.C., is out to change that perception. read more »

Site News - New Featured Blogger


We have some happy news to announce.

We have a new Featured Blogger joining us. Ed Phillipps is a sports addict who dabbles in newspaper writing. In his blog, Ed will be focusing on the fun and exciting world of fitness. He will share the news and his unique perspective on all the sports and fitness products flooding the market.

We think he's a great addition to the team.

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Looking for a Bike and Stroller Combo - The TrioBike


TrioBike has come up with a three in one carrier bike. Its a regular bicycle, a carrier bike and a stroller.

Imagine taking your two kids for a bike ride in bike that has a stroller that attaches to it. After your done with your bike ride (because its pretty exhausting biking up a hill with two kids), you detach the stroller from the bike and then just push the stroller. Or maybe, you'll drop the kids off with your husband and finish that bike ride by your self, so you detach the stroller and continue biking with just the bike. Pretty cool huh? TrioBike thinks so. read more »

Be Like Sherlock in Your Patent Search


SherlockSherlockIf you dread the idea of doing a patent search, playing the detective extraordinaire might prove a resourceful and fun persona for the task. Always looking for new ways to approach life’s drudge, Myra Per-Lee offers some advice on attacking the preliminary patent search.
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Great News for Inventors


Thanks to all our visitors, AmericanInventorSpot.com is now the most popular independent inventor related website in the world, based on traffic.

We wanted to share some information we have for inventors and news about a new Featured Blogger. read more »

Wacky Product of the Week #7 : ADD YOUR COMMENTS


Hey Folks:

I seem to have poultry on my mind this week.

So , since I could not find the perfect wacky product with a turkey theme to celebrate Thanksgiving with you, I decided that this is close enough since it has feathers.

My wacky product of the week is a Chicken in a Bag Purse. The merchant for this product says "one of the traditions for the chinese new year is to sacrifice a whole chicken, usually brought to the temple in a paper bag. for those who prefer less mess, this innovative bag has a chicken-- or a rooster, rather-- built right into it. ... the chicken is double-sided and is designed to expand when things are put into the bag."(Purse )

Well, is this something you or your lady would buy? Do you like the idea? What do you think? I am thinking my wife would kill me if I came home with this. Someone please say something funny and make us all laugh... read more »

One Guys' Launch Experience with PLAYSTATION 3


Last night at midnight, stores around the country opened so that they could sell the brand new PLAYSTATION 3 to customers waiting in extremely long lines. This morning, several nationwide stores opened to sell their preordered PLAYSTATION 3’s, as did a few stores that were doing “lottery” style sales of the PLAYSTATION 3. Here was MY launch day experience!
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