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MediCafe Vending Machine Takes Your Time, Not Your Money


 

The old expression "Time is Money" is about to be put into practice by Japan's newest vending machine, the revolutionary MediCafe. read more »

Inventive Marketing - Boys and Their Toys


 

Amy Gifford, our Guest Blogger, works in PR for a group of nonprofits after previously working in media and advertising in the auto industry. She received a Bachelors Degree in PR and five certificates in areas of Marketing, Advertising and E-commerce. She wanted to share her smart marketing finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Working with Buyers and Others: Interview with Barbara Carey


Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists. Ashton recently interviewed Barbara Carey for his blog product-global.com. Barbara has written articles for us as a Guest Blogger for us in the past. She is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. He wanted to share the interview with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's Part III of his 3 part interview.: read more »

Cigarettes on the Ground: Inventive Marketing


"It seems not only do you need a cigarette, you also need aid."

This ad was created for the Instituto Nacional del Torrax: Cigaretto in Chile.

A rolled flier that looks very similar to a cigarette was placed in high traffic areas on the ground. When a smoker picked it up, he will find out that it is a flier that points out his addiction to cigarettes and offers to him some help.

What do you think? Does it work? How would you have done it? read more »

The Modern Marvels Invent Now(R) Challenge Names Top Invention of 2007


The History Channel(R) and Invent Now(R) Inc., a division of the National Inventors Hall of Fame(R) Foundation, announced the Finalists and Grand Prize Winner - the top inventions of 2007 - in the second annual Modern Marvels Invent Now(R) Challenge, a national competition in search of America's next great inventor. read more »

Inventive Marketing: Yoga Center Straw


For Y-Plus Yoga Center in Shanghai, the advertising team used a flex straw to highlight the flexibility you gain from yoga.

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What do you think of this marketing idea? Do you think it works? How would you have done it? read more »

Getting Your Product to Market: Interview with Barbara Carey


 

 

 

 

Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy.

Ashton recently interviewed Barbara Carey for his blog product-global.com. Barbara has written articles for us as a Guest Blogger for us in the past. She is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. He wanted to share the interview with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's Part I of his 3 part interview. Part II will be published next Monday: read more »

Inventive Product Packaging : T-Shirt Vending Machines


Tokyo TTokyo TEvery time I have seen a T-shirt for sale, its folded nicely in piles. What if you sold them differently? Perhaps insteas of in a store, through a vending machine?
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How to Do Smart PR For Your Product


Bubble Gear BagsBubble Gear BagsOur Guest Blogger, Aneisha Howard, is relentlessly pursuing success with her invention - Bubble Gear, a unique line of trend setting handbags. You can visit www.bubblegearfashion.com to check them out!.

She wanted to share some public relations and marketing tips with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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License My Idea or Sell It Myself?


You have a great idea for a new invention. But should you try to license it out or try to manufacture and sell it yourself?

Our Guest Bloggers, Stephen Key & Andrew Krauss co-Founded inventRight to teach inventors how to license their products. Stephen Key is a successful inventor who has licensed over 20 products in many different industries.Celebrities such as Alex Trebek & Michael Jordan have endorsed his products. Andrew Krauss heads up one of the largest and most successful inventors' associations in the world (www.InventorsAlliance.org ).inventRight is a simple, effective 10 step system for licensing your products. For more information about Stephen, Andrew and inventRight, check out www.inventRight.com.

Stephen and Andrew wanted to share their hands on how to advice on the invention process with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's their article:

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Rolling Out Your Inventions: An Interview With Roger Brown


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When it comes to inventions, he's prolific with a capital P, and I don't know any free-lancer with a successful licensing approach like his. With six inventions licensed, another six about to be licensed, and 247 inventions in his Power Point file on call at all times, I think he might be on to something. ...Read and Learn! read more »

Obtaining Accurate Cost Estimates for Offshore Manufacturing


Trying to manufacture your product overseas?

Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and
start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy. He has helpful advice on on getting accurate cost estimates from manufactueres for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Looking for a Great Domain Name?


Looking to build a website to market your idea or invention?

Our Guest Blogger, Drew Anderson is an idea person from Portland, Oregon. You can see his entertaining collection of his ideas at his Millions of Hundred Dollar Ideas website, mohdi.com. He wanted to share some tips on building a website with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Inventive Marketing: Rejoice Conditioner


The streets of Bankok are filled overhead with tangled phone lines. Leveraging the similarity they had to tangled hair, the advertising team for Porctor & Gamble used it to highlight the detangling power of Rejoice Hair Conditioner. They put a large green comb over the phone lines and said "Tangles? Use Rejoice Conditioner".

 

What do you think of the advertising idea? Do you think it is inventive? Do you think it works? How would you have improved it? read more »

Simple Secrets to Success


Our Guest Blogger, Barbara Carey, is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. Barbara is also the author of "The Carey Formula: Your Ideas Are Worth Millions." For more information about Barbara and "The Carey Formula" check out www.CareyFormula.com.

Barbara believes there are some simple secrets to success as an inventor and she wanted to share them with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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US Commerce Secretary Unveils National Campaign to Inspire Invention in Children


Here's some good news about the future of our country and the future of inventing from a recent press release from the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):

The Advertising Council joined with USPTO and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) launched a national, multimedia Public Service Advertising (PSA) campaign to engage a new generation of children in innovation. read more »

Staples Invention Quest: Finalists Announced, Voting Begins


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples has announced the 15 finalists in its Invention Quest. Five finalists in each of three categories are now up for a grand prize of $25,000 each and a chance to have Staples manufacture and sell their product. You have a chance to affect the outcome (or so they say) as the online voting has begun. Read on to learn about the products that will rock your office world... read more »

Protecting Your Ideas - Why and How Should Strategies Differ


Want to know what your protection strategy for your idea or invention should be?

Our Guest Blogger, Melvin J. DeGeeter, Ph.D., is the publisher and author of a book titled "Technology Commercialization Manual. Strategy, Tactics and Economics for Business Success." Dr. DeGeeter spent over 16 years in R&D with The Upjohn Company and Monsanto followed by another 16 years at Texas A&M, Indiana University and the University of IL where he was responsible for technology commercialization. He was the founder and owner of Med-Launch Inc., a company focused on asset development and deployment until he retired in 2006. More information about him and about protecting your intellectual property is available at www.tclearningcenter.com . Dr. DeGeeter wanted to share his asset protection tips with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Candy, Baskets and Bunnies: Best Easter Innovations Ever


(c) bbc.co.uk(c) bbc.co.ukNo holiday is quite the paradox as Easter. Where else can you find the mix of religion and rabbits? Of conviction and confection? Of pastels and pennance? For most of us growing up in America, Easter meant one thing...Easter candy! Today we're looking at the top 5 Easter innovations and not surprisingly, candy dominates the list. We'll be exploring the history and ingenuity behind the quintessential Easter products and learning a little about the holiday itself. So call off that dentist appointment and strap yourself in for a hop, hop, hoppin' good time. read more »

IdeaWatch 2.0: Money Waiting for an Idea


Is your next great idea all dressed up with nowhere to go? Business plan in hand but no money in your pocket to get it off the ground? Now imagine the opposite problem...tons of money in hand but no one to turn your idea into reality. Ahhhh...the problems of a venture capitalist. Business 2.0 magazine is helping to bridge the gap between startups and investors by presenting 20 real-life ideas that venture capitalists are just itching to fund...to the tune of $100 million. read more »