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Vending Machine Doles Out Soda 12 at a Time

Sometimes, it's the simplest invention ideas that are most successful. Melvin Eaker and Dan Cooper, the founders of E&C Manufacturing, are hoping their Sodamatic Vending Machine will fit into that category.

Instead of dispensing a single can or bottle of soda or water, the vending machine doles out 12 packs. That can come in pretty handy for folks having get togethers or those who just want an ample supply of caffeine or water without having to actually run into a store.

Rubik's Cube Speed-Cubing Kit

Speed-cubing - the "sport" of solving Rubik's Cube as quickly as possible - just got a little easier (or at least, faster) with the introduction of the Speed Cubing Kit from MegaHouse.

American Inventor Season Two - Backless Bra Runner Up or True Winner?

In the summer of 2007, Season Two of American Inventor aired. One of its contestants, Elaine Cato, introduced the Six in One Backless Bra. In the season finale of American Inventor, Elaine Cato was announced as the runner up to the Guardian Angel (a fire alarm for christmas trees). Norah Alberto, a Senior Style Director from Maidenform, came on stage and offered Elaine a chance to work with Maidenform. Nine months later and just in time for the spring fashions, Maidenform and Elaine Cato has announced the production of the Breakthrough Backless bra by Maidenform®.


The Genius of Wile E. Coyote

There have been numerous Inventors throughout the ages that have helped push human progress to the next level. I want to discuss one such Inventor that has been sadly overlooked. His name is Wile E. Coyote.

Earliest Known Sound Recording Discovered

Thomas Edison has long been credited for the invention of sound recording, thanks to his phonograph. However, researchers have recently discovered a a 10-second recording that was created 17 years before the phonograph was invented. It is believed to be history's earliest recording of sound.

Stickybot is a Spy in the Sky

The Geico lizard might be nervous as there appears to be a new reptile in town that is aiming to grab some attention.

Well, it's not actually a reptile, to be be honest. And it has nothing to do with car insurance. But it will likely steal some of the thunder away from the amiable reptile that hawks auto insurance. The Pentagon says the robotic lizard could be used to spy on America's enemies.


Liquid Computer Speeds Things Up

John Campbell, a political science major at Texas Christian University, has developed a liquid computer that has more than doubled current processing speeds. Is this the next big evolution in computer technology?

The Artificial Albatross - History of an Early Flying Machine

History is littered with attempts at aviation, performed by people eager to soar as high and as gracefully as birds. One flying machine was inspired by birds so much that its inventor named his creation after one. L'Albatros artificiel, or the Artificial Albatross, was a glider invented by Jean-Marie Le Bris in 1856.

Pancakes in a Can?

Move over Aunt Jemima. Sean O'Connor and Nate Steck want some elbowroom at the table of pancake innovators.

The 5 Tackiest Invention Ideas for Easter Ever!

There is no religious holiday of more importance to a Christian than Easter. To this end, some inventors wish to provide believers with helpful symbols and trinkets to assist or focus their faith. Then there are the others: inventors who capitalize on - exploit? - this kind of solemnity with their own particular tacky take on the holiday. In my opinion, the following patents illustrate this point exactly. What do you think?

A Jacket Made to Sleep In -- Excubo

A jacket that provides an unique solution to sleep problems for travelers all across the globe.


Best Inventions of 2008 from Intel Science Search

The Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search is on us again. The 40 finalists from around the country gathered in Washington D.C. on March 11 to take part in the distribution of $1.25 million in scholarships and prizes.

No More Needles? Microwave Circuit Measures Blood Sugar Without Needles

Rather than pricking a finger to do blood tests, professors at Baylor University are working on a small painless sensor that emits electromagnetic waves to test blood sugar.

Great Invention Idea? Get Your St. Patrick's Day Party On With These 3 Patents!

I can show you how the United States Patent Office is working to insure you'll get your St. Patrick's Day party on this year with three good times patents!

Great Invention Idea? The Most Practical St. Patrick's Day Accessory Ever!

This year, if you plan to mark St. Patrick's Day in the usual way, that is, somewhere other than church, then I've found the perfect accessory for you.

The Crossword Puzzle: A Wordy History

It's rare today to open a newspaper or visit an airport book store without encountering the omnipresent crossword puzzle. Ranging in skill level from easy to unbelievable genius, the crossword puzzle is arguably the world's most popular word game - a fate its inventor probably didn't consider.

Gecko-fied Bandage Could Be Used for Surgery

I always maintain that looking at the animal kingdom could provide answers to a variety of issues that plagues us, humans. Indeed, it's not only me who thinks this way. Robert Langer and Jeff Karp, faculty members of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, came up with their own invention inspired by the foot of a gecko.

Call For Submissions! 2008 Canadian Invention Competition



A C$10,000 feasibility study, C$50,000 worth of design and construction on your prototype, and up to C$10,000 liability protection will go to the winner of the second annual Canadian Invention Competition, co-sponsored by Canadian Business Magazine and Nytric, a Canadian innovation engineering and consulting company.

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Great Invention Idea? The Most Unremarkable Animal Toy Ever!


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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Disguise for Baldness. (We've All Seen This One Before!)


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Today dear readers, I am turning my blog over to you. That's because I'm stumped. Is United States Patent 4022227 worthy of a patent? Do you consider this an invention? An innovation? Or did Frank and Donald Smith the "inventors" merely lay claim to something men have been doing for centuries? You decide; then let me know what you think. read more »