An amateur engineer from Texas has developed a way to capture the energy from ocean waves in an inexpensive, simple way. His company's devices are planned for use in the future in several countries to cheaply generate electricity. read more »
When most people think of flying cars, they think of the Jetsons TV show, and speculate that, maybe one day in the far-off future, people may drive flying cars. You might be surprised to know that flying cars have been in development since the 1930s--even before the Jetsons. read more »
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 »
The buzz is that dog bars ("bars" as in taverns) will be the next big thing for dogs and their owners. In the bars, our dogs would be seen, sniff each other and exchange (other) pleasantries, and (why not?) have a drink or two.
Let's see what we can serve them... read more »
The greatest challenge facing the electric car industry is battery storage. But a small, reclusive start-up company in Austin, Texas shows signs to be designing a car that can plug in for 5 minutes and drive 500 miles. read more »
"Nanotechnology"--the very word sounds complicated to your average human being. But a 63-year-old leukemia patient from Florida who never earned a college degree recently designed a method using nanotechnology that may make chemotherapy an archaic treatment of the past. read more »
A first-aid device called the "tongue sucker" recently won first place in the prestigious INDEX award contest. The tongue sucker is used to easily open the airways in the throat of an unconscious person, allowing air to enter the lungs before paramedics arrive.
Innovative Asian Michael Chen finds inspiration in Asia and designs illuminating activewear. read more »
Korea and Japan are leading the way in the number of inventors' patents filed each year. They are also quickly becoming known as the worldwide leaders of the technology and innovation industries. read more »
With participants coming from approximately 59 different countries, the Imagine Cup was an array of diversity as much as it was a unified setting for the growth of technology. read more »
Somewhere along the line, the three guys who came up with the "Michael Vick Dog Chew Toy" got busted by copyright law and had to change the design and the name of the toy, because Michael Vick's likeness and name really belongs to the NFL.
Not to worry. The new "Vick's Dog Chew Toy" is on its way. The only thing you'll have to do is decide what price you'll pay for it. read more »
Two teenagers from Ontario have built an electric vehicle modeled after a motorcycle, but with one major difference: there's no hand steering controls. Instead, the rider leans in the direction of desired motion, like a Segway, but with the coolness of a sports bike.
Just wanted to remind our readers that Episode 7 of the reality television show American Inventor will be showing tomorrow night ( Wednesday, July 25, 2007) at 9 pm est and 8 pm central time. Seth will be back to cover the all important voting night.
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By coating fabrics with a nano-thin layer of chemicals, researchers have found a simple and unobtrusive way to kill germs and viruses without harming humans. The start-up company claims that the chemicals should be able to kill any type of germ, from the common cold and the flu, to strep and staph infections, and even SARS.
A man from Columbus, Ohio spent more than 20 years tinkering with an idea scorned by professionals: a car that uses water for fuel. After making progress, and declining billion-dollar offers for giving up, the eccentric inventor died after a celebratory sip of cranberry juice with two investors who haven't been heard from since. Here's his story... read more »
That last inning of the All-Star baseball game last night should be the cover story for Nail-Biter Magazine!
I watched the whole game real intently though, because I had just learned an interesting bit of detail about baseball -- that the balls are rubbed with mud before they're put in play. Apparently, new baseballs are slick and slippery and can lead to the dropsies unless they are deglossed. Did every fan already know this?
Sixteen-year-old Cameron Kruse knew it. ... read more »
Just wanted to remind our readers that Episode 5 of the reality television show American Inventor will be showing tomorrow night ( Wednesday, July 11, 2007) at 9 pm est and 8 pm central time. read more »
What could your highschool do with an extra $10,000?
When you finish your list, keep reading...
One way to get that much needed dough and encourage creative thinking and invention in your highschool is to form an invent team and a project now... because applications for the 2009 Lemelson-Mit InvenTeams awards begin this fall.... read more »
Since American Inventor is not showing a new episode during the July 4th holidays, and showing instead a repeat of Episode 201, we are republishing our live blog and episode recap of Episode 201 from earlier this season. read more »