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Survive on Dirty Water? - New Technology Makes It Possible

Here's another article from our Guest Bloger Sharon Bender for AmericanInventorSpot.com. Sharon holds numerous scholarly degrees, has served as an educator and is a freelance writer. She loves investigating the latest survival gadgets and technology. Here is the latest:

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Nearly anywhere you go in the world today you will find undrinkable water. Even at the local restaurant things can be a little daring. The glass of something that resembles water sitting on the table in front of you causes speculation as you stare at it for a few awkward moments. You wonder how it will taste. You try to see through the glass to determine what's floating in there. Is it just a bubble or something else?

There is a new product in the protoype phase that is an exciting innovation. Once it becomes available, it will be a modern day necessity. Here are three great reasons:

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Like Music While You Run? - Nike + iPod Sports Kit

Here is another innovation find for AmericanInventorSpot.com from our guest blogger Imani Peterson. Imani is the webmaster of several sites and believes the internet is to be molded at will. He is also a graphic designer and a music producer who is currently working with an artist for a future release.

Here's his article:

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Apple Computer and Nike have teamed up to bring consumers the Nike+ Ipod Sports Kit.

The Nike+Ipod Sports Kit creates an interactive run giving joggers specific information including the amount of calories burned, distanced they've traveled and even the ability to transfer the information to their Ipods in real time. Let's not forget the most obvious here, it plays songs too.
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by thinkoutsidethecircle

Food. Let’s face it, it’s awesome. And as such, it’s the inspiration for many an invention. (Just watch late night TV.) Whether you’re a beef eater or a vegan, you love sugar or despise caffeine, there’s one thing we all can agree on. Food makes the world go ‘round. So in honor of the everyday consumable that every human being since the dawn of man has needed… I give you my top 10 food inspired finds. From the dumb to the practical to the delicious—there’s something for everyone. Just like food itself.

Ben & Jerry's Pint LockBen & Jerry's Pint Lock10. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY PINT

If you’re one of those types who just can’t part with the last scoop of Phish Food, then you need to pick up this new pint size padlock from Ben and Jerry’s. Just place the lock around the top of the pint, snap it closed, your favorite late night snack will be there when your sweet tooth kicks in. Just make sure not to forget the secret combination. For more info on Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Lock click here .

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Floor Cleaning Robots are now Saving Lives and Fighting Terrorism

Here's another article from our Guest Bloger Sharon Bender for AmericanInventorSpot.com . Sharon holds numerous scholarly degrees, has served as an educator and is a freelance writer. She loves investigating the latest survival gadgets and technology. Here is her latest:

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iRobot PakBotiRobot PakBotPackBot, an iRobot product goes beyond cleaning floors. It has become a new device that is popular with our U.S. troops who haven’t been able to stop devising new ways to use it. PackBots can do everything from carrying heavy loads to inspecting roadside bombs. The military has purchased two million of them. They are already employed in fighting terror and they can snoop out the opposition without being seen. This saves the lives of our young men and women in the service. PackBots can investigate places a soldier wouldn’t fit like narrow tunnels.

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Let There Be Shake! - Shake Flashlight

It is a common misconception that the truly innovative or ingenious products often have high prictags associated with them. Our guest blogger Imani Peterson shares with our reader one ingenious product that everyone can afford.

Imani is the webmaster of several sites and believes the internet is to be molded at will. He is also a graphic designer and a music producer who is currently working with an artist for a future release.

Here's his article:

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Have you ever been at home during a bad storm when all of a sudden the power has gone out? Your first instinct is to find a flashlight as quickly as possible because after all we humans need our light. We don't have nocturnal eyes like cats or owls that allow us to see in the dark. Light soothes us and keeps our bodies tranquil. There is no substitute for it and we value it tremendously. read more »

Discover the Magic of MUD

We have a new Guest Blogger who has graciously agreed to share his passion with computer gaming with us. Andrew Kineiski is an avid computer user and programmer from New Jersey. In his free time, he enjoys music, writing and he plays several instruments. With so much on his plate, he still finds time to work as a part time contractor for a home remodeling company!

With his boundless energy, he has written this article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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A man stands amidst a lush field of grass, poised for combat. His shining steel armor glistens in the twilight. The air on his neck stands at end, sweat dripping from his brow. Then in a sudden burst of speed and strength he swings his mighty sword in the direction of his target, a dark assassin sent for the bounty on his head.

An entire community still exists today. A community that lives two lives. One life, in the hustle and bustle of the everyday world, and another in a fantasy land of knights and magic. If you are not already familiar with it, let me introduce to you the world of Multi User Dungeons, where your dreams come reality.

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Fire in a Pinch . . . or a Strike

From time to time, we ask writers with interesting perspectives to write for us as a Guest Blogger for AmericanInventorSpot.com. Sharon Bender holds numerous scholarly degrees, has served as an educator and freelance writer, and she loves investigating the latest survival gadgets and technology. We asked if she would share some of her finds with our readers and she graciously agreed. Here's her article on one clever survival gadget:

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MagFireMagFireWho hasn’t thought about the need to start a fire in a pinch? It is one of the basic necessities for survival and for life in general.

It seems every film you see in which the plot is about someone being lost or marooned somewhere, the unfortunate soul is trying to start a fire with wet matches or worse . . . no matches at all! Sticks lying nearby are not a guaranteed fire starter. It takes know how to make fire out of twigs.

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Not Your Everyday Helmets - HotSpotMama Find

Spiked MohawkSpiked MohawkWhen I was a kid, no one wore bicycle helmets. You were probably risking a butt whooping if you wore one. Today, our kids have to wear bicycle helmets (at least where I live). But they aren't the cooliest thing in the world to be seen in.
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Houses That Crumble

In doing a bit of research for my Dust to Dust posting, I discovered this interesting collection of uses for dust. Who knew something so decorative could come from the dust bin.

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Calling all Inventors: Everyday Edisons is Looking for Inventors for its Show

Everyday EdisonsEveryday Edisons

10/29/06 UPDATE:  Audition in San Diego, CA, Februar 24, 2007

9/08/06 UPDATE: Audition in Chicago, IL on October 28, 2006

9/06/06 UPDATE: Change in audition cities

8/10/06 UPDATE: New audition dates announced

Everday Edisons is an inventors' show that aired on PBS. The second season will air this September. The website says that "this is a unique lifetime opportunity for the world to see your idea taken through a comprehensive, market-proven product reality process — following it from prototype design to branding and packaging to the store shelves… And it will all play out on a televised reality show." read more »

The World’s Most Amazing Propane Tank - Finally!

The Lite Cylinder - Transparent Propane TankThe Lite Cylinder - Transparent Propane TankWell, the 4th of July has come and gone. I don’t know about you, but my long weekend involved grilling, more grilling and a trip to the local boat store for a fill-up on the propane. You see, propane is one of those thing you just don’t get to see. Until now. read more »

Dust to Dust

I like highlighting artists who use interesting materials in inventive ways. I recently discovered to art of Scott Wade, a artist who uses a material that completely surrounds us...ordinary dust. His work reminds me of sand artists, whose creations disappear with the next tide or ice sculpture artists who lose their work to the sun.
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Tide to Go - HotSpotMama Must Have

Tide To GoTide To GoOver the long holiday weekend, I decided on new category for my blogs. Must Haves. Those are the things that make life significantly easier for me and absolutely must have it.

So my first must have is Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover Sticks.


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High Gas Prices? When your car gets 3,145 MPG it doesn't really matter.

UBC invented 3,145 Mpg CarUBC invented 3,145 Mpg CarThe engineers over at UBC have created a vehicle that can travel from Vancouver to Halifax (coast-to-coast) on one gallon of gas. And although it’s not the fastest car on the block, it proves that somebody out there isn’t trying hard enough to make our everyday cars just a little more efficient.

This vehicle can go coast-to-coast (in Canada) from Halifax to Vancouver on one gallon of gas. That’s roughly 3,145 miles. And for this amazing feat, it has earned first prize at the yearly Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage Competition that was held on June 9th in Marshall, Michigan. read more »

IDEA Award Winners - Best Products of 2006

Cacoon CasketCacoon CasketThe Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) are dedicated to fostering business and public understanding of the importance of industrial design excellence to the quality of life and the economy. Winning the IDEA is a distinction like no other that brands your design as the very best in the business. The 108 Idea winners were in numerous categories such as EcoDesign, Consumer Products and Furniture. (More...)

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Rediscovering Your Favorite Toys - The All-Time Best List of Classic Toys?

Lite BriteLite BriteA couple of weeks ago, my sons came across my old Barbie dolls. Wow. What a flashback I had when they opened up my Barbie doll case (the box that held all my dolls and clothes). Talk about a flood of memories from my childhood. read more »

11 Foolish Ways We Spoil Our Kids

I was sitting at a restaurant the other day, watching a mom and a dad arguing with their little girl about whether the dad should take a new job. ... It's clear that the parents had lost control of their obnoxious daughter, but I also thought it clear that they had also lost control of their senses.

This incident got me wondering about whether we have gone too far in spoiling our children. We let them make decisions they should not make, do things they should not be doing and buy junk they should not have. I think some of us may spoil our children too much, and in that way fail our kids as parents.

I think the way we have come to overly spoil our kids is obvious in the stuff that we buy for them. With that idea as my inspiration this week, here are my 11 finds for the foolish ways we spoil our kids... read more »

Art Through a Microscope : Innovative Art

Owl Inside Eye of NeedleOwl Inside Eye of NeedleIt's not every day you visit an art gallery only to find the exhibition is visible only through the lens of a microscope. "Painstakingly fashioned from gold, specs of dust, precious gems, droplets of glue and paint along with numerous other materials including eyelashes and spiders webbing, each artwork is living proof of the power of belief."
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Welcome Back!

Hi Everybody:

Welcome back to our new and improved site. We hope you had a great 4th holiday.

For the past week, our technical guru Roger had asked the AmericanInventorSpot.com Team to take a break and give him time to upgrade our software and servers and change hosting companies. (More...)

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Missing Final 12 Live Blog from Sunday, May 21, 2006

For all those people who are looking for the Final 12 Live Blog, we're sorry to say that it's gone. Yes, we actually had the live blog and it was amazing. Problem was that our server went down and we lost the actual data from the live blog. No way to recover it either. read more »