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U.S. Soldier Makes Trash to Toys: Uses Them To Inspire and Connect With People

I think a man in uniform is captivating. A man in uniform, who can make toys out of found items and then uses them to inspire people is amazingly captivating! This is exactly what Private First Class Rupert Valero does and so he is.

My Little Cupcake Creates Fun Cake Bite Pops

The My Little Cupcake is a hinged mold.  It allows you to insert a ball of cake mixture and squeeze together.  What you are left with when you open it is a perfectly shaped mini cupcake creation.

Understanding the Buying Process at Major Retailers

If you’re new to the game of selling to major retailers, then you’re probably wondering how their buying processes work.   It’s a question that comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes.  And this important topic rarely gets discussed, so I thought I’d take a minute to review!

Ito Thinks Plastic Bags Recycled Back Into Oil Can Cut Down Our Carbon Footprint

Plastic bags are made with oil. So, why not recycle littered plastic back into oil? Akinoir Ito didn't think it would be very difficult and gave it a try. As a result he created a plastic to oil conversion machine.

In The Gardens We're Seedin' - The Guerilla Gardening Movement

Around the world, people are reclaiming orphaned urban land, and turning it into gardens.

Social Media Meets Marathon Man: Introducing the iRun

Joseph Tame is taking social media to the streets – literally – with something he likes to call 'iRun'. Tame intends to wear the 'World's Most Advanced Mobile Social Media Studio' on February 27, 2011, when he stands on the starting line of the Tokyo marathon. I just have one question... Is it safe?

Donut Hole Maker Creates Fast, Fresh and Non-Fried Morsels In Minutes

I previously reported on a countertop cupcake maker and on an individual pie maker.  The newest device of this sort that I have come across is a Donut Hole Maker by Nostalgia Electrics.  This baby allows you to whip up seven tasty little morsels of donutty goodness at a time.

Bringing a Food Product to Market - The TERRA Chip Success Story

The story behind the success of TERRA Chips is truly inspirational for any entrepreneur interested in bringing a new food product to market. 

Here’s their story…

Beauty Lift High Nose Gives The "Perfect Profile" Without Surgery

Well those wacky ‘beauty’ gadgets from Japan just get wackier all the time.  The newest one that I came across is the Beauty Lift High Nose.  From what I can tell this odd looking little contraption is supposed to give users that extra snooty, nose-in-the-air look without the need for cosmetic surgery. 

Easy Feet Is Never Too Tired To Give A Foot Massage

The Easy Feet device looks like a sandal, but with suction cups on the bottom and bristles on the inside.  The idea behind the product is that once it is suctioned to the bottom of the tub a person can thoroughly wash his/her feet without having to lean over and risk slipping.

Twist 'N Sparkle Adds Some Fun To Plain Old Water

Water and other non-carbonated drinks just don’t seem very exciting.  No wonder so many people are addicted to drinking soda.  With the Twist ‘n Sparkle system you can easily turn most non-carbonated drinks into fizzy ones.

The Ultimate DIY Inventor Success Story!

Since founding her company, Sara Blakely has donated more than $10 million dollars, employs 100+ people, has been on Oprah, was featured in a reality show with Sir Richard Branson, and met former President Nelson Mandela!

How did Sara Blakely reach such success? The story goes like this…


DIY Pantone Chip Cookies By Designer Kim Neill

Designer Kim Neill is quite familiar with Pantone color chips.  She uses them daily in her design work, and when she needs to communicate with many of her clients about color, she just references the 'book,' aka the Pantone color book.  What genius came to her when she decided to make Pantone chip cookies for client gifts!

Bike Plow: Greener And Cleaner Snow Clearing

A compromise between a shovel and an all-out motorized snow plow, the bike plow may be just the thing for your snowy (but not too snowy) neck of the woods.

NuFACE Offers Firming Micro-Current Treatments At Home

Micro-current sessions are quite popular among anti-aging spa skin treatments.  Maybe with a NuFACE device we could all start looking like we just got back from the spa.  NuFACE offers micro-current facial toning in the privacy of your own home.   

GIMME SHELTER Architects’ Eco-Challenge To Help Our Furry Friends

Do cats deserve eco-friendly homes too? Herb'n Maid and SPACE Architecture & Design thinks so and are hosting an eco-challenge called Gimme Shelter to help city cats. To win contestants have to build an eco-friendly pet home.

Breville Milk Cafe Perfectly Froths Your Cappuccino

If you are a coffee lover there is nothing quite like waking up with a hot cup of your favorite brew or kicking back with friends while enjoying a specialty java drink.   The allure of coffee seems to be partly about the drink itself and partly about the experience.  The Breville Milk Cafe reportedly heats and whips milk to just the right consistency for your beverage of choice.

When You Just Can't Get Enough Pressure: The DIY Plunger Seat

If you've ever just not had enough arm strength to plunge the junk out of your toilet, you may just need a little more body weight to do the job...

Melange Palettes Allow You To Create And Re-Invent Your Signature Scent

Finicky fragrance enthusiasts have a chance at finding their signature scent in Melange Solid Perfume Palettes.  These solid perfume collections come in sets of four fragrances, each centered around one of five specific notes.  You can choose from citrus, green, amber, floral and fruit palettes.  Each solid can be worn on its own or blended with any other in the same collection. 

Bringing Your Inventions to Market in 2011!

Today I'd like to discuss the topic of Taking Action and bringing your inventions to market in 2011! I have been in contact with many inventors over the last year and it has been a wonderful experience.  However, I've noticed patterns in that many of you start moving toward your goals of bringing your inventions to market, and then somehow get stuck along the way.