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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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The 10 Absolute Best Gadget Gift Ideas

My sister just called to ask me what I want for Christmas. I protested that it’s not even Thanksgiving, but she’s out shopping already and my guess is that a whole host of other folks are also working down their holiday gift lists. So, it’s with festive cheer I’ve compiled a list of hot gadgets that are sure to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones.

Have Money to Burn? Pay $250,000 for a Chevy Van


I'm not a big fan of extravagant items. Not that it matters because I don't have the money to buy most of them. If you work hard for your money, I think its fair to spoil yourself a bit. But what bugs me is how excessive some of these products are. For example, the gold foot massager (Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a Foot Massager). Wouldn't it work just as well if it was made out of wood or plastic. Some people argue that the gold works better. It doesn't work $129,995 better. read more »

This week, I've come across a ridiculously expensive item that might some what justify the high price tag (read my logic below). This Chevy van is just insane. AI Design created this Mobile Living Space (MLS).

How to Have the Best Thanksgiving EVER!


Thanksgiving is such a predictable and tedious holiday. You cook and clean for days only to have everyone snarf down what took days to cook in about 10 seconds (and that's only if they chew slowly). Then, you sit around all groggy waiting for those annoying people you are somehow related to finally get out of your house and go on to theirs.

I think that Thanksgiving Day should be a lot more fun...a bit more of a surprise.

So, for my friends who are bored, I have collected together a few items that I think will turn any painfully tedious Thanksgiving Dinner into something people will remember for years. Here's my list of the 10 Things You Need to Have the Best Thanksgiving EVER: read more »

Five Deadly Sins in Packaging Your Product


Have a great invention? Do you know how to package it?

Our Guest Blogger, JoAnn Hines, is a packaging diva with 30+ years of experience in the industry including her work as the packaging expert to the U.S. Small Business Administration, traveling to China leading a packaging delegation and showcased on NBC TV program "Can You Open It?" If you can invent it, she can package it. JoAnn is here today to let us know how to avoid major packaging mistakes. You can reach her at http://www.packagingdiva.com

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Looking for a New, Cool Website? Try Create A Snowflake!


Every now and then, in the course of my endless web surfing, I come across a cool new website find that hooks me for a while. So I thought, heck, why not share them with you all? This will be an “as I find them, I’ll share them” installment. And I welcome your help. If you come across a website that has some innovative technology at use, an unbelievably designed website that is inventive in it’s form, design or function, or some other site that you feel the world will love… email me at: coolwebfinds@gmail.com so I can share it with our ever growing audience.

So… in the spirit of the holiday season (which is apparently upon us by the look of the mall windows) I would like to share a fun little site where you can create your very own snowflake. read more »

Paint That Can Insulate


Insulation PaintInsulation PaintFinally, there is an easier and cheaper way to insulate your home. How? It's called insulation paint and it isn't a new idea. For years it has been used commercially, but that is quickly changing as it is marketed to the public. It is becoming more of a popular product to use in residential homes as another source to save energy and help reduce heating and cooling costs.
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A Better Way to Ride a Bicycle


Love the idea of feeling the wind against your face as you ride your bicycle? Hate the thought of how your face gets bright red as you try to bike up the hill?

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed has found the perfect bicycle solution to yourdilemma.

Here's his article:

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For 2007, Schwinn will release a new line of electric bicycles. The bikes will be powered by battery and come in retro-chic styles with enough options for anyone interested in riding a bike.

I remember riding a bicycle as a kid. My first time without training wheels resulted in me hitting a telephone pool and then landing on a sewer. Good times.
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Ten Best Office Products of 2006


Is your professional life painted in shades of manila and Post-It yellow? The manufacturers of these ten products know how you feel, and have set out to bring style, ingenuity, inspiration and innovation back to the office.

So while you're still thinking about what to enter in Staples' Invention Quest, take a look at my picks for Top Office Products of 2006. read more »