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For Reasons of Spirit


Youth, creativity, dynamism, style all come together in the furniture line by Animi Causa.

The furniture is created ‘for reasons of spirit' and is an ode to the relationships between objects and the body.

The designers have managed to create furniture that is a reflection of both the sensory and emotional experience. read more »

7 Inventive Ways to Live in a Closet


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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 »

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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Chocolate Billboard: Inventive Marketing


The website Nothing to do with Arbroath shares a unique way of promoting a chocolate makers wares, a real edible billboard made with 860 pounds of chocolate.


The Easter creation, a world first, was made of 10 chocolate bunnies, 72 giant chocolate eggs and 128 chocolate panels, each weighing 2kg.

The billboard took three months to plan and 300 hours for the team of 10 to build and was expected to last a week but alas was devoured by Londoners in less than three hours. (Source and photos at BBC)

Inventive marketing? What do you think? read more »

Lounge it Out in the Sumo Chair


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a great way to lounge? Check out the Omni lounge chair by Sumo, a durable, comfortable bean-bag-of-a-chair that's great for, what else? Lounging. Here's my review. Plop down and take a look! read more »

Would You Wear This? Solar Powered Bikini


If you like the idea of using solar energy to power up your electronics, you may really like the idea of solar clothing.

There is a new solar concept that could help you look sexy and keep you cool at the beach without an effort. What is it? It is the Solar Powered Bikini.

Designed by Andrew Schneider, the Solar Powered Bikini is part of his iDrink line. This standard medium-sized bikini with a USB connection provides new and fun possibilities with solar power. read more »

Lamp In A Bulb


The lamp is in chrome and brushed aluminum finish and is encased in a clear crystal globe.

The design of the globe is what sets this lamp apart. The globe is shaped like a bulb! Now where have you seen that?

A lamp inside a bulb.

Cool is the first word that came to my mind. read more »

Popable, Shareable and Eatable Fashion


Along with working out and feeling good on the inside it would be nice to also look good on the outside. Unfortunately, with the decline in my fitness, my sense of style has diminished too. Naturally I've turned to magazines, friends, family and the ever so versatile internet for some help. Though all the tasteful tips and advice have been useful and appreciated, nothing has been more eye opening and entertaining as the search for style on the internet, be it my style or not.
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Ewaste Makes N+ew Seat


Sometimes when in search for something, such as the remote control, what you find instead: your lucky pair of frog socks, 2 dollars worth of quarters and an unexpectedly good poem you wrote several years ago, makes your search all worth while. Whether you find what you were looking for in the first place or not it feels good to know that your search still lead you to something more exciting and possibly more valuable. A few days ago my day kind of went like that.

Reading from the About My Planet online green news, I came across a strange and funny picture of a person dressed in a Selk Bag. A Selk Bag is a wearable sleeping bag. read more »

Water Clock with Real Liquid Display


Looking for a new type of clock for your walls?

Kavita Mathur, our Guest Blogger, is a public relations professional in the field of Education with a passion for communicating. Taking a much deserved break from her career to bring up her two children, she has gone back to her first love-writing - in her free time. She wanted to share her love for cool gadgets with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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Appreciation of art can be a time consuming affair. read more »

So why not combine the two together?

Green Gift Guide for the Family


If you are looking for ways to go green as a family, in my opinion, recycling and charity are the best ways to start, but if you need a little motivation to get you going, below are a few green items to consider on your journey there.
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Green Gift Guide for Little Kids


In my last gift guide, Green Gifts for Lovers, I introduced you to gifts for couples. Today I am excited to add theses environmentally friendly gifts for children. From the awesome H-car fueled by hydrogen to the education bamboo-made game that takes speed and coordination to win, kids can continue to have fun and you can sleep well at night knowing that while you protect your kids from harmful chemicals and toxins you are also helping the environment.
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Would you wear this? Bertini’s Condom Couture


What do dresses, condoms, AIDS and charity have in common? A talented 35-year-old Brazilian artist (once Greenpeace activist) named Adriana Bertini. In an attempt to raise AIDS awareness and inspired by HIV-positive children she met while volunteering at an AIDS prevention group (GAPA), she has designed, -over the span of ten years- dresses, skirts and suits made entirely of quality test rejected condoms.

What's her message? "Condoms must be basic like a pair of jeans and so necessary like a great love". read more »

Wouldn't it be great if ... Commuting was Fun?


Do you ever get sick of sitting in traffic? Do you ever get frustrated with how rude drivers are?

 

Our Guest Blogger, Charley Sainsbury, has been an illustrator for over 30 years. He began long before the computer was available using paintbrush, pen, and airbrush. In 1988, Charley purchased his first Macintosh computer, learned all the software and found it upped his productivity. Charley loves creating the unimaginable. Check out his website, http://www.veritycreative.com/g3d/, for a few samples of his work. For our readers, Charley has come up with a very creative (maybe not so realistic) solution to this dilemma.

A picture says a thousand words. Here's Charley's picture and a few words. read more »

Give the gift of DNA! or a Fingerprint!


They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As it turns out, it’s also in their DNA.

Thanks to some truly innovative thinking, now your DNA (or that of a loved one if you can get it) can be turned into beautiful works of art. The company that can help you with this nifty little trick is DNA11. 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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Lean, Green, Driving Machines


RecyRecyDo you ever wonder what we will be driving in the future? What we will use to fuel our cars? Will we still be using gasoline or is there hope for something cheaper, better, and more environmentally friendly?

 

Yes! There are alternatives and today we can already use some of them. Electricity, solar energy, and even algae are just a few of the many options. The green doesn't just stop at the fuel tank either. Even the exteriors of vehicles are getting green makeovers. Take a look at my list below and see what I mean. read more »

Happy Green Halloween


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If you like Halloween and you love to decorate for the occasion, now you have the chance to add a little more green to your spooky garden decor using solar energy. Below are a few solar products to liven up your Halloween nights. read more »

Dripping in Trash


Bottlecap Loteria BraceletBottlecap Loteria BraceletIf you like jewelry, art, and recycling, then you should take a look at the treasures I’ve found. Very creative people have come up with very innovative ways to turn discarded items into decorative jewelry. Are they alluring? It depends on your point of view, but if nothing else, at least they are environmentally friendly. read more »