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Locust Bike a Good Investment?


It has been years since I've ridden a bike, other than a stationary fitness bike. I've thought about it a lot, but never really did anything to get back on one. Besides, there aren't many places around where I live to ride a bike without needing to drive several miles to a park. I could risk the busy streets, but I think my bravery flew out the window as soon as I had kids.

Then a few months ago my daughter received a bike as a gift and it got me thinking about how nice it would be to go bike riding with her, even if just at the park. It would give us a chance to bond more and exercise together. read more »

Seth Says: Check Out Next Level Graffiti


As a pseudo-artist myself I hold a degree of respect for grafitti artist, even though I don't necessarily identify with their medium or often times their subject matter. However, the UK graffiti artist known as Banksy is reshaping the way I look at an elusive art form. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $50,000 for a Mattress


The Vividus, created by Swedish manufacturer Hästens, sells for just shy of $50,000. Vividus, the super-luxury mattress, uses all-natural horsehair, cotton, linen and wool in the various steps in the bed's manufacture. read more »

Bubblehead and USB Happy Kid: Making Webcams Cuter


Ever wish your webcam was more fun to look at?

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Chimney 2 Humidifier - Smoothing Up the Air Up There


It's about time somebody reinvented the humble humidifier, and with the Chimney2, Japanese designer TAKUMI has done it up right! read more »

Wine Made Dress?


 

Have you read about the dress made from wine yet? Yes, wine! read more »

A Floating Picture In A Frame


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After virtual frame, talking frame, digital frame etc., technology has reinvented the whole concept by introducing a photo frame which is not a frame.The photo simply floats within the periphery of the frame. read more »

Timeless Design in a Bedside Timepiece


If you've ever smashed a digital clock out of frustration ala Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day" ("then put your little hand in mine..."), then the limited edition LED Wood Clock by TAKUMI of Japan is the answer to your dreams! read more »

Seth Says: A Better, More Beautiful Way to Online Game


Sometimes you are tired at work (or wherever) and need something of a pick-me-up to go along with that cup of coffee. You think to yourself "I know, I'll jolt my brain with a stimulating game of Collapse or Typer Shark." But sometimes you want the exact opposite, something that will keep your brain active, but on a subdued level. I recently found a website that caters to just such a mood. read more »

Seth Says: Buttons Are Cool (I Promise)


So many choices!So many choices!

 

I'm always looking for ways to spruce up my outfits, and I think the best way to do that is to focus on detailing. Throw on a tie clip, maybe an interesting belt, or, perhaps, a button. Prickie.com has thankfully provided a slew of buttons that I feel comfortable pinning on my blazer or hat just to, ya know, liven it up a bit. read more »

Seth Says...Soothing ApartmentTherapy


Today's post marks the beginning of a daily blog I will run called "Seth's Says...." I hope to bring to my readers a daily dose of cool by providing links to noteworthy websites, designs, fashions and writings. I spend all day at a computer, so why not put all that surfing to use and show you what I find out there in cyberland. Feel free to pass me links you find and I'll give a shout out in my post. Enjoy!

If, like me, you are subjected to the oxymoronic woes of living in a tiny apartment in a big city, take a few minutes a day to visit ApartmentTherapy.com and get some helpful ideas on how to make even the smallest spaces work for you. read more »

Product Review: The JumpSnap


When it comes to a challenge, unless it's illegal or immoral, I'm pretty much willing to accept it.

So, a little over a month ago, after reading my article, featuring the JumpSnap, the jump rope without a rope, Brad LaTour of JumpSnap challenged me to actually give the JumpSnap a try. I was happy to do so and rose to the challenge. After all, what's the worst that could happen? I'd exercise more?

One trial month later, I have to say, it isn't all that bad! But it isn't all that good either. What I mean to say is that I wasn't 100% satisfied. Still, I did see potential in the JumpSnap and believe with a few minor changes I could find myself appreciating this exercise tool and using it on a frequent basis. read more »

Inventive Advertising: In the Bag


As our readers know, we have started a weekly series of Inventive Marketing articles to highlight some of the most creative and innovative ways of advertising and marketing a product.

Dark Roasted Blend has pulled together an extensive collection of advertising that I thought was pretty awesome. I think some of the bag concepts were pretty fun. read more »

Junk Mail Makes Great Gems


How much junk mail do you receive in the mail everyday?

According to New American Dream, "More than 100 million trees' worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year - that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months." Most of us, if we don't recycle our junk mail, we throw it away, but we never really think much more of it. Fortunately, there are people like Gretchen Fleener, an industrial designer, who have found ways to make good use of junk mail. read more »

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


Sofa, Bed and Lamp in OneSofa, Bed and Lamp in One

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 »