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Inventor Success Stories That Inspire

People are funny. They hear stories of how ordinary people make millions of dollars from their simple product ideas and then chock it up to being ‘lucky’ or ‘being at the right place at the right time.’ But the truth is, luck is only part of it.

UC Berkeley Chemical Biologist Wins 'Oscar For Inventors'

An internationally known chemical biologist, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, researcher, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor, from the University of California at Berkeley, has won the most prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for $500,000, dubbed the 'Oscar for Inventors.'  This award recognizes individuals who translate their inventions and innovations into technologies that improve our world.

 

New Neckpiece May Give Hearing Impaired Users A Chance To Feel The Beat

Frederik Podzuweit is young German industrial designer, skilled in both 3D and 2D visualizations. These abilities, coupled with a healthy dose of futuristic forethought led him to create his "music for deaf people" device, a collar which translates sound into vibration, allowing the user to actually "feel" the music to a far greater degree.

Time Magazine: Foursquare Is Narcissistic & Farmville Is A Time-Suck Addiction

Time Magazine, the legacy magazine long regarded as the hallmark for insightful lifestyle and cultural commentary seems to have missed the mark with its latest inventions rankings. In its "50 Worst Inventions," both Farmville and Foursquare are listed alongside "Smell-o-vision" and "Snuggies for Dogs" - a list that is distinguished by what Time describes as "the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb."

Product for Profit: How To Sell Your Product - Book Review

For anyone interested in getting their products to major retailers, an easy to read, short book may be just what you need.  "Product for Profit: How to Sell Your Product, Invention or Craft to Major Retailers ... No Sales Experience or Existing Buyer Relationships Required!" by Karen Waksman is a step by step guide for the ordinary person trying to get their product into major retailers.

Hewlett-Packard's Walkie-Talkie Watch Puts A Call Into Dick Tracy

During the Christmas season of 2008, we posted the "Top Ten Geeky Gifts For Christmas," and a Walkie-Talkie Watch by Street Wise Surveillance made the list. While the watch wasn't marketed as a "Dick Tracy" watch, I posted it as such since there were so many similarities between their product and the fictional watch warned in the comic strip.

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...

 


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.

The Roller Buggy Combines Adventure For Parents And Kids

Designer Valentin Vodev has come up with a concept for a stroller that involves fun and adventure for the parent and child alike.  The Roller Buggy design combines a conventional baby stroller with the thrill of a scooter.

Mad Scientists Get Molecular With TV's 'Future Food'

Sometimes called "Molecular Gastronomy," "Post Modern Cuisine" or "Culinology", proponents of this type of meal preparation deconstruct food and put it back together -- or masterfully transform never-considered-edible product found in nature into haute cuisine fare.

Augmented Reality Flashmobs Bring Hallucinations To Life In Amsterdam

Do you need LSD or just a delusional state of mind? It appears that neither is the case, since all you were required to bring to an Augmented Reality event in Amsterdam was a smartphone.  As a first-time 'flashmob' of this type, AR gatherings like this could become a tourism trend for other international destinations to emulate.

Marty Cooper, The Alexander Graham Bell Of The Mobile Phone Points To The Future

Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone finally proved successful on March 10, 1876, when the first complete sentence was transmitted: "Watson, come here; I want you." Almost 100 years later, looking like an updated version of Maxwell Smart's shoe phone, Marty Cooper, the inventor of the cell phone made his first call using the device, on April 3, 1973 from the penthouse suite of the New York Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Are iPhone & iPad Jailbreaks Legal Or Illegal?

Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone, iPod Touch (and now iPad) users to run any code on their devices as they choose, as opposed to only the code authorized by Apple. Once jailbroken, Apple-device users are able to download a multitude of applications previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia, as well as illegally pirated apps. Regarding the practice - Apple says "no way" - while Hackers say, "way'!!!

R2 (without the D2) - First Humanoid Robot To Take Giant Leap For Mankind

NASA is coming close to giving birth to its first humanoid robot who will eventually call the International Space Station home. The launch of the 'android' (no, not the Google smartphone) in partnership with General Motors have designed Robonaut2 with a wide array of sensors and dexterous five finger hands to work along humans in space, or by itself in missions too dangerous for astronauts to handle.

Wearable Social Networks or How To Dress For Access

'Facebook Fashion' of sorts has been introduced by Electrifoxy.com, a company that has actually hot-wired garments to 'poke' a friend, 'accept' a friend's request and receive notification alerts all from the comfort of the clothes on your back. In the development genre of 'gesture' technology, Seattle designer Jennifer Darmour gives a whole new meaning to 'good vibrations.'

Golden Age Of Islam Presents World With 1001 Inventions

If 1001 Arabian Nights provided us with a romanticized and idealized version of the Arab world, 9/11 was certainly a stark wake-up call to a harsher view of Muslim life. Over the last 10 years, processing these two extremes has been difficult for many of us. With that said, an exhibit like the one featured at the London Museum of Science and Industry is sure to open our eyes to the great contributions made by Islamic civilizations over the course of the last millennium.

Call For Garage Inventors: Race Your Alternative Energy Car Through Whiting, Indiana!

Really.  This contest is literally for garage inventors. This August, Whiting, Indiana will host the first annual alternative-powered five-mile car race through the town.  The contest is called the Alternate Power Initiative, and its sponsors, the city of Whiting and British Petroleum (BP) Whiting Business Unit want independent American inventors to design the vehicles.

 


Steve Jobs' iPad Pays Homage To Gutenberg's Printing Press

The printing press made the mass production of printed material possible and revolutionized human communication.  Johann Gutenberg dedicated most of his entire adult life to developing moveable type and the modern printing press (introduced in 1450 A.D.) and died penniless. Steve Jobs, on the other hand will not incur the same fate having created more than $150 billion in shareholder wealth, transforming movies, telecom, music, and now literature. In so doing, he pays homage to the invention that changed our lives forever.

Big Bang Too & 'The God(damn) Particle' Were A Smashing Success!

On Tuesday, March 30  at precisely 1:06 PM in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists revisited our distant past. It only took 16 short years and a paltry $10 billion dollars to recreate the conditions similar to the original Big Bang that occurred some 13.7 billion years ago and is one of the major scientific theories behind the creation of life as we know it.

InventorSpot Ranks 946 In Global Blogosphere

The blogosphere is alive and well and at 133 million (and counting) as last reported by Technorati, it doesn't look like its going to go away any time soon. Blogs, often described as the 'democratization of reported data' allows journalists to contribute to public debates, whether InventorSpot is covering a geeky gadget, a social media phenomenon or an innovative philosophical idea.