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New ID Card for Cigarette Vending Machines Smokes Out Minors



Japan's easily accessible cigarette vending machines have been tempting targets for teen puffers. Not any more - the new "TASPO" ID card combines age verification with a handy payment function!
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Trim Trolley Takes Off The Weight While You Grocery Shop


Elana Bowman, our guest blogger, lives in Sydney and she has so many interests she doesn't have time to indulge in them all. On your average day, she'll be at work or writing or on the beach or reading or finding something new & interesting. She wanted to share some of her finds from the UK, Australia and New Zealand with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Supermarket chain Tesco is launching the trim trolley this week, a trolley designed to help people work out while they shop!

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New Vaccine May Destroy Flu Permanently


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It's been more than 50 years since Jonas Salk created the first polio vaccine; thanks to his discovery, and Albert Sabin's a few years later, just a handful of polio cases are reported each year. But fifty years is a long time to wait for another watershed vaccine, so I checked my crystal ball to see what inventions were in progress in the biomedical field.

And what I saw was the eradication of... No, this can't be... Eradication of the flu! Not only the flu, but all strains of flu... and colds! And the vaccine is not too far off. read more »

Nestle Japan Thinks Outside the Wrapper with Kit Kat Jars



Nestle Japan employs creativity to get around a seemingly insurmountable marketing problem: adjust the product - Kit Kat candy bars - to fit the distribution network instead of vice-versa!
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Is China the King of Weird Dining Options?


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Asia is looming full of American chain restaurants – but why would anyone patronize hem when there are so many disturbingly creative options available throughout the continent? read more »

Virtual Race on a High-Tech Stationary Bike


I'm not a big fan of video games and on-line games. I think they are partially to blame for the obesity dilemma we have in the world, but I will admit I once was a Mario Brother addict. Yes I know I've dated myself admitting this, but my point is I understand how addicting games can be. So if you must play games at least play them while working out aboard the Ergo Bike Premium 8i. read more »

Grocery Shopping Out of a Vending Machine


With technology and tenacity, Japan has managed to all but eliminate employment for convenience store workers. read more »

The Importance of Getting a "Patent Pending" for Your Invention


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In the early 1980s, when my brother-in-law and I wanted to get our fishing accessory, The “Rod Floater” marketed and first attempted to do so through an invention company, they did not encourage us to apply for a patent. This was one of those red flags to look for that can tell you whether or not an invention company is legitimate or not. I

Entrepreneur Creates "Kinko's For Inventors!"





Most inventors dream of licensing their inventions to big companies and then sitting back and collecting their royalties. But for entrepreneurial inventors, the invention or idea is but a part of a large business plan. Maybe Jim Newton, founder of Tech Shop, didn't have a grand business plan when he started his own dream shop just a year ago, but he sure does now!

Read about what Jim Newton has created and about how he approaches his inventions... read more »

15 Absolutely Brilliant Billboard Ads ...Really


Some of the following are great examples of outdoor advertising, specifically billboards, at their best. read more »

Advice from the Inventor of the Rod Floater


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In the early 1980s, I co-invented a fishing tackle accessory, an attachment for fishing rod and reel combos with my brother-in-law we named "The Rod Floater". We saw the need for an invention that floats fishing rod and reel combos, after having near-drowning experiences with our own rod combos and after hearing the stories of other fishermen who had lost their own rod combos to watery graves, never to retrieve them. This inspired us to also add the catch phrase to the Rod Floater packaging; "A Life Vest For Your Fishing Rods!".

Shochu Liquor Residue Recycled into Potent Ethanol Fuel



Who says alcohol and driving don't mix? A new cooperative venture between five Japanese shochu liquor producers is yielding ethanol fuel and livestock feed from waste that was previously dumped in the ocean.
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A Leg Up On Mealtime Booster Seats


Here's super-cool new option for frustrated parents whose obstinate kiddos refuse to sit in a special seat or booster chair during mealtime... read more »

Inventor, Entrepreneur, Salesperson, Spy...


Yes, I absolutely recommend that every inventor who's decided to go out on his own with his invention spy on other companies. Spy on all the businesses that have great products, great service and great reputations, and figure out what they're doing right. Put your detective hat on, smoke a pipe, do whatever it is that gets your own product and ego out of the way while you discover what makes other companies successful.
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Japanese Bank Features Ads, Slots and Cellphone Access



Caught between fierce competition for customers and constant pressure to reduce fees, Japan's Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is now featuring short commercial ads at some of its ATMs in exchange for half-price fees. The ads are just the latest attempt by OK to lure new business by using innovative marketing techniques.
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