Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.
Here's her article:
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The Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force, may not end the age-old debate of whether or not centrifugal force actually exists, but it sure will take a pregnant woman’s mind off the business at hand during childbirth! read more »
There may be a reason why it looks like a stream of gold. read more »
So far this week, the 2007 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to the "fathers" of certain modern technologies, specifically the recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and the Nobel Prize for Physics. Today's announcement of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Chemistry winner is no exception: Gerhard Ertl, of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany, is a father of the science of surface chemistry. Let's see what developments his seminal work has led to....
R&D Magazine has sponsored the "Oscars of Inventions" for 45 years. These research and design awards are coveted by government as well as private industry inventors. The 100 winners selected by R&D Magazine for 2007 are stunning innovations - resourceful, effective, inspiring. A significant portion of the 2007 awards are homeland security/military innovations; others are environmental, health, and there's even innovations for kids, like a must-have-Holiday-toy robot! Here are my picks for the top 10 inventions from R & D Magazine's list of the best of 2007: read more »
In the past, when I packed my daughter's lunch I tried my best to use reusable containers as much as possible, but it proved to be a bit of a challenge and not always as environmentally friendly or as convenient as I hoped. The Wrap-N-Mat has given me a longer lasting eco-friendly alternative to Tupperware, sandwich baggies and foil paper. read more »
Innovative furniture that looks more like works of art....
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A press release on September 6, 2007 announced that Greenfeet, together with ChicoBag, has come up with an eco-friendly bag for this upcoming Halloween. read more »
Because Cinderella was kind and worked hard she was rewarded with an elegant gown and a pumpkin carriage to carry her away to the ball. You are not Cinderella, but you have been good and worked hard too so don't you deserve something special? Unfortunately there is no magical pumpkin carriage awaiting you today, but there is hope. Give the Pumpkin Swing a try. read more »
If your shoes wear out do you throw them away, have them repaired, or try to recycle them? Recycling your shoes may prove challenging. Although there are a few shoe recycling programs in existence shoes often can't be recycled because of the adhesives used in their construction. Designer Ben Chappell hopes to changes this with Think. read more »
Our Guest Blogger, Lee Nunley, is a recent college graduate who has
lived in Cairo and Budapest. He currently resides in Denver and is
working on a book-centered Web 2.0 project. He wanted to share news about the innovations in the Middle East with the readers of InventorSpot.com.
Here's his article:
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The world’s tallest building is now located in Dubai, UAE, but the surprise is, the building is not projected to be completed until 2008. read more »
Picture this, you are out eating with your family and you stop by the restroom to go "potty". When you are done with your business you wash your hands. Right!? Then you look for paper towels, except there are no paper towels to be found. You then look for a hand dryer, but instead you see a Veltia in its place. read more »
Plans for a nuclear fusion reactor facility are soon to be underway, with a mission to demonstrate that inertial fusion could be used as a future energy source--to power the world. read more »
If you thought drinking toilet water was just for the dogs, think again. A new $300 water bottle now allows you to join in and share toilet water with your dog or anyone else you wish to share it with. Think I'm kidding? Then you probably haven't heard about the Lifesaver bottle. read more »
Another great bike has recently made its appearance this year. In Shanghai at the 9th China International Exhibition on Gas Technology, Equipment and Applications the hydrogen prototype bike was introduced. read more »
Nope, that's not a typo - "H" bomb is correct. Matashichi Oishi was a crewman on the Japanese fishing vessel Lucky Dragon No. 5 on March 1, 1954, when the American "Castle Bravo" hydrogen bomb test went terribly wrong. Now, he's finally telling his story. read more »
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 »
What if you didn't have to worry about cleaning your dishes? Or finding storage space to put them away? What if you could make your dishes on demand when you needed them (like a party) and then recycled them at home when you were done? An innovative prototype called the DishMaker may make this a possibility in the future. read more »
Living in a small island nation 80% covered in forests and mountains isn't easy, especially when there are 127 million of you. Check out six ways Japan lives with overcrowd overload and see how Japan's citizens cope with overcrowding from cradle to grave. read more »
The annual sale of laptops is expected to reach 150 million in 2009, and with the average consumer keeping their laptop for only three years, researchers are looking into laptop technology that's a little friendlier toward the environment. Popular Science has recently reported on the most ingenious ideas for the future of the green laptop. read more »