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Top 10 Inventions Of 2010: Popular Science's 'Garage Invention' Awards

They are not on a salary or salary/incentive basis, paid by their companies to invent; they work alone, on their own or in small groups, generally in someone's garage or other part of the home. Popular Science recognizes the accomplishments of these independent inventors yearly in the June issue of its magazine.  Here are the 10 winning inventions...

 


Calling All Inventors! Tony Starck Invites You To Change The World

The Tony Stark Innovation Challenge invites you think big... very big.  Tony Stark wants you to 'create like the future of the world depends on you,' and then tell him about it.

Getting Your Invention Idea In The Door Without a Patent

You don't always need a patent to get your invention idea reviewed by a top company, and get it sold for cash.

Stanford Team Cleans Up $200,000 Winning MIT Clean Energy Prize

Three PhD students from Stanford University's chemical engineering program took $200,000 back to their new California business yesterday, after winning  MIT's Clean Energy PrizeC3Nano, a spin-off of Stanford's chemical engineering department, was started to commercialize their invention, and it could use the prize money to get things going!

 

Energy Saving & Environmental Inventions: Lessons Learned

Is now the time to make a ton of money on energy saving and environmental inventions?

Sealed Air Pops The Seal On Bubble Wrap Contest, 2009-2010

One of the yearly invention competitions that kids really get into is the Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors. Out of 2500 entries to the fourth Bubble Wrap contest, Sealed Air, the inventor and manufacturer of Bubble Wrap, has announced 3 finalists and 12 semi-finalists in the 2009-2010 competition.  The neat thing for kids and grownups is that you can make them yourselves!

Patent Applications Backed Up: So Are New Jobs

Switzerland slid past the U.S. to first place in the 2009 - 2010 Global Competitiveness Report, a biannual report published by the World Economic Forum.  There are many elements that contribute to a country's competitiveness, but the Forum puts a lot of emphasis, as it should, on innovation capacity.  If innovation capacity were the only factor, the U.S. probably would not make it to the top 20.

 


Can You Guarantee An Invention's Success? 6 Filters Help You Find The Best Ideas

There are a lot of great ideas out there, but it doesn’t mean they should all be pursued.  The challenge for innovators then, becomes identifying which ideas you should explore and why.  Here are 6 questions and issues, based on the experience of working with hundreds of innovative products, to help guide you to success.

When Should I Patent My Invention?

Do I really need a patent and when do I need to get a patent?  The answer to this question can save you lots of money and make big difference in your invention commercialization strategy.

Contact Lenses Correct Your Vision Overnight: PauneLens

Before I knew that you weren't supposed to sleep in your contact lenses, I did.  And boy, did it feel fantastic to open my moist eyes in the morning and see clearly without having to search for my specs. Now, a Spanish optometrist has patented a contact lense that can correct your vision problems. And he wants you to wear his lenses overnight!

 


UC Davis Team Wins Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup 2010

This past weekend at the new Newseum in Washington, DC, Microsoft sponsored the finals of its eighth U.S. Imagine Cup, one of the nation's toughest student software competitions.  After three days of demonstrating their new technologies, a few dozen team finalists were pared down to one grand prize winner....

 

Things Your Mother (and Patent Attorney) Never Told You

Think your patent will protect you - think again. You may not have the protection you think!

Call For College Inventors: Alternative Energy Technology Competition

Inventors Digest has partnered with the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to host the the 2010 Collegiate Alt-Energy Challenge: Help Save The World One Kilowatt at a Time.  The challenge is seeking ideas for innovative low-cost, alternative energy technologies, products, solutions, and services that will help assuage the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, disease and death among peoples of the world that live without electricity.

 

Name That Lawn Mower Blade For $500!

Edison Nation is holding its fifth Name Search Challenge... this time for a new lawn mower blade.  The inventor apparently refers to it as a "Samurai" because, like a Samurai sword, the curved blade slices the grass instead of chopping it.  Ouch!

Calling all Inventors of Hardware, Lawn and Garden Inventions

Learn how to get great mileage from a major trade show, without a patent, without a prototype, and on a paupers budget. It could be your ticket to getting your invention sold!