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Cedarville University Wins Solar Splash 2007!


When I first read about the solar energy boat race, Solar Splash, I was immediately intrigued. Though I don't like open waters; therefore, will not get on a boat, the combination of solar energy and cleaner transportation in competition has had me tempted to face my fears and give these solar powered boats a try. I think it's an innovative idea with wonderful educational opportunities and a great start to the building and using of non-polluting, fuel-free vehicles (land, water and air) of the future. read more »

Live Blog and Recap of ABC's American Inventor: Episode 206 (Season 2 Episode 6)


American Inventor Show Recap

Unfortunately, Seth will not be able to do his live blog posting this week. We will try to have a recap summary of the show for later this evening but will not be able to provide a live blog. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In the meantime, please share your comments on the show.
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Why Guys Should Not Drink and Invent


Helmet GunHelmet GunScott Seegert has written a highly entertaining book called, "It's a Guy Thing: Awesome Real Innovations From the Underdeveloped Male Mind". In it, he writes about the real inventions patented by guys. What makes the book and amusing read is that the illustrations are the inventors' actual drawings, taken directly from the official paperwork filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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ShoeBeDoBeDoo : Brain Reps 3


Peter Mucha, our Guest Blogger, is an online editor and writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who shares more of his zany ideas on stealmyideasplease.com . He thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy discussing the process of inventing. Here's his article:

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Shoes have untapped potential. read more »

ABC's American Inventor - Episode 5 Season 2 Live Blog and Show Recap


American Inventor Show Recap

Welcome back to the blog after a rerun week of ABC's American Inventor. Tonight we are back live and, after rousing rounds in Los Angelese, San Francisco, New York and Chicago, we continue tonight's search for the next greatest invention in Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida. read more »

Baseball Evolving? Nah, Com'On...


Cameron Kruse With His Invention (Photo Intel.com)Cameron Kruse With His Invention (Photo Intel.com)

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 »

Reminder: Live Blog of Episode 5 of American Inventor - Season Two on Wednesday


American Inventor Show Recap

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 »

Gof Invention Show Premieres Tonight (July 10) on Golf Channel


Just when you were ready to hang it up on invention shows, the Golf Channel is airing a new program tonight. Fore Inventors Only begins its series with inventions sure to spice up a round of golf! read more »

Calling All Teen Inventors! Get Your Projects Ready Now!


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 »

Biking for Better Biceps : Brain Rep 2


Peter Mucha, our Guest Blogger, is an online editor and writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who shares more of his zany ideas on stealmyideasplease.com . He thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy discussing the process of inventing. Here's his article:

Although hill-climbing can be a workout for your arms, most bike-riding does little for your upper bod. I realized this while lugging a watermelon in a bag back from a parking-lot produce market. Really added to the exercise. Could there be a gizmo that creates the same effect? Brain Reps, begin .... read more »

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Waterproof 12V Solar Panel Review


I love solar energy, because it frees us from high electric bills and because it allows us to use the sun to power our electronics. If you want to learn about solar power the Waterproof 12V Solar Panel from Scientifics is a smart simple way to introduce you and your family to the power of the sun. It is light weight and 3 1/2 X 3 X ¾ inches in size. It is also encapsulated in a strong clear plastic shell which makes it durable, sturdy, waterproof and corrosion proof for outdoor use. In other words it can take the heat and a beating. read more »

Republication of Live Blog and Recap of ABC's American Inventor: Episode 201


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 »

NO Live Blog of American Inventor - Season Two This Holiday Week


American Inventor Show Recap

Just wanted to remind our readers that due to Wednesday being July 4 th - our independence day holiday, American Inventor will not be showing a new episode. Instead, it will be repeating Episode 1 of Season 2 of the reality television show American Inventor tomorrow night ( Wednesday, July4, 2007, 2007) at 9 pm est and 8 pm central time. Thus, we will not be having a live blog of Episode 201 this Wednesday. Instead, we'll republish our live blog for Episode 201. read more »

Brain Reps 1: How to Invent Excuses for Inventing


Peter Mucha, our Guest Blogger, is an online editor and writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who shares more of his zany ideas on stealmyideasplease.com . He thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy discussing the process of inventing. Here's his article:

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Ouch. Brain cramps, again?! Yeeow. That's what I get. For not stretching my mind first. For jumping right into a drill, still on a full stomach. read more »

3 Steps To Maximize Your Press Release Placement


Like the poor soul who’s all dressed up with nowhere to go, a good press release doesn't want to sit on your desk.

Though your press release must blare "This is a great story!" its true success is determined by who pays attention to it, who prints it, and who decides to follow up and write a story about your new product or business. read more »

Reminder: Live Blog of Episode 4 of American Inventor - Season Two on Wednesday


American Inventor Show Recap

Just wanted to remind our readers that Episode 4 of the reality television show American Inventor will be showing tomorrow night ( Wednesday, June 27, 2007) at 9 pm est and 8 pm central time. read more »

Is the 100 MPG Car Almost Here?


The Automotive X Prize promises to bring about real changes in fuel mileage for everyday vehicles in the near future. Read more about it here. read more »

10 TIPS FOR WRITING SUCCESSFUL PRESS RELEASES


Press releases are more formulaic than the modern romance novel... and that's a good thing for those of us who want to keep press writing simple. I'll show you the formula and suggest a few tips to increase your chances of getting your releases published. Oh, did I mention that you should be writing your own press releases? (see 10 Marketing Tips For Inventors And Entrepreneurs )

A 117-year-old silver spoon, innovative at the time, inspired me to write a short press release as an example for you. Can you guess why this spoon is innovative in both concept and manufacturing process? read more »

ABC's American Inventor - Episode 3 Season 2 Live Blog and Show Recap



 

Welcome back for Episode 3 of ABC's second season of American Inventor! We are right in the thick of the preliminary rounds, seeing some great--and not so great--inventions out there. Last week we got our San Francisco and L.A. winners (Greg Chavez and Ricky DeRennaux), and this week we continue with open calls in Chicago and New York. I'm hoping to see some good stuff tonight from the Northern crowd--a healthy mix of cool and crazy. So let's get started... read more »

TV, Or Not TV: That Is The Question (For Inventors)


Direct Response Television, also called "DRTV" is an avenue of distribution many inventors consider for their inventions, but most don't really know much about.

Our Guest Blogger, Marty M. Fahncke, is President of FawnKey & Associates , a product development, marketing, and business advisory firm. By utilizing Direct Response Television, E-commerce, and many other forms of marketing, Mr. Fahncke has personally developed hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for his clients. He had some great advice on avenues of distribution for inventors and other entrepreneurs. Here's his article: read more »