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Starting Early: Inventor Gets His First Patent At 15

Thirteen when he applied for his first patent, Kansan Zachary Smith just received it at the age of 15.  His invention? A sports chair that comes with its own blanket and carrying case that apparently no one had thought of before.  Now, with patent in hand, Smith is looking to make the most of it.

Soap Flakes Eliminate Slippery Bar Soap Problems

Why did bar soap fall so far out of favor when it was once the king of the shower?  It is likely because bars can be slippery and awkward and no one wants to use them once they get worn down to the cracked and crumbly little nubs.  Soap Flakes, a design by Nathalie Stampfli, is a bar soap grater that seems to solve the old problems of using hard soap.

Bringing Your Inventions to Market in 2011!

Today I'd like to discuss the topic of Taking Action and bringing your inventions to market in 2011! I have been in contact with many inventors over the last year and it has been a wonderful experience.  However, I've noticed patterns in that many of you start moving toward your goals of bringing your inventions to market, and then somehow get stuck along the way.

Rapunzel Descending System Gets You Out Of Hairy Situations

When it comes to getting off the roofs of burning highrises, odds of survival are often poor. Now, with the Rapunzel descending device, trapped workers have a more than a hairsbreadth chance of making it to safety.

LAST CALL For HOT IDEAS! Everyday Edisons, Season 4

Deadlines are upon us for Everyday Edisons Season 4 submissions.  Don't even worry if your idea is not prototyped yet; the online submission can even be sketched out on a napkin!

Palette Painting In The 21st Century – Moving Beyond Those “Happy Little Trees”

Though the Joy of Painting could often be as boring as, well – let’s not state the obvious – Bob Ross sure seemed to enjoy his work. Now, Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has created a technological equivalent in the Virtuo Palette.

Inventor Creates 'Corsuit' To Provide Swimming Strength & Stability

This past January performance body suits were banned from swimming competitions, leaving many competitors spineless... in a way. 

 

Boonghand Lighter Keeps Thieves From Getting Your Precious Fire

Lighters are one of the most often-purchased plastic commodities – cheaply purchased and easily forgotten or stolen by others of the cancer-stick or fire-loving persuasion. Now, the concept Boonghand lock lighter helps keeps sticky fingers off of your fire-maker.

Packaging Your Product For Major Retail Success

Packaging is essential to your success with Major Retailers.  Therefore, it is imperative that you spend more time and effort on packaging!  I've seen amazing product concepts not get realized by Major Retailers because of packaging. Truly, packaging can make or break a buyer's decision as to whether they buy your product or not.

HumanIPO - Helping Startups Gain Exposure

HumanIPO is an Estonian company built on the idea that successful companies emerge through collaboration between networks of free agents. They aim to help the development of any kind of start up by giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to share ideas, build teams, and find mentors, foreign sales agents and investors.

5 Ways To Improve Your Brand

Branding is critical to the success of any business. It's more than just a logo; your brand is an intangible asset. It's the emotion created in the mind of a person when they hear your name. If you aren't reaching your target audience, now is the time to re-evaluate your branding strateg - or lack of.

Calling All Inventors! Everyday Edisons Season 4 Casting Calls

Get your inventions ready for Season 4 of the Emmy award-winning show, Everyday Edisons.  Sorry, the casting directors are not coming to a city near you this year.... You're going to them... via the Internet.  That's right.  Season 4 casting will be conducted online through Edison Nation.

 


The E-Tomb - Something To "Like" In A Grave Situation

From designers Huang Jianbo, Zhao Ting, Wang Yushan, Ran Xiangfei & Mo Ran comes an option for the electronically obsessed and recently deceased – the E-tomb.

Should I Manufacture or License My Invention?

I recently attended my local Inventors Association (Inventors Alliance in Northern California) and noticed that Inventors kept asking Andrew Krauss (President of Inventors Alliance) about the differences between Manufacturing and Licensing a product.  New Inventors were confused about what these terms meant and wanted to learn more about the factors to consider when deciding which way to go for their own product.  So I thought I'd take a minute to discuss both options as this comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes as well.


Ergonomic & Electric: A Student Designs A 'Scooter' For Seniors

Thank heavens for grandchildren.  If we didn't have them, there wouldn't be many designers bothering about how new technologies can be applied to the needs of seniors.  Patrick Leyendecker is just one of the many young designers who are trying to moderate the pain and stress that comes with aging and having to adjust one's ways to so many of life's daily needs.

 


Invention Through The Eyes Of The Dean, On Planet Green

Dean Kamen, best known for the invention of the Segway personal transporter, will co-host an 8-part series on invention starting tomorrow, October 22, 2010, for Planet Green on the Discovery Channel.  The series, titled Dean of Invention, was named for and after Kamen, as he is now holds more than 400 patents himself.   Though inspiring for all, Dean of Invention is intended to inspire young persons to enter science and math so that they can be a part of shaping their own futures.

 


Important Considerations For Starting A Business

So you've been thinking about starting your own business. Perhaps it's been a long term goal of yours, or just an idea that came to you recently. Either way, there's some information you should consider before taking any further steps. Take a few minutes to evaluate yourself. Ask yourself, "What am I good at? What are my talents?" Next, ask yourself, "What am I bad at? What are my weaknesses?" As you evaluate, be honest - if you're not honest you're only doing a disservice to yourself.

X-RAY Phone Gives Inside Scoop On Mobile Calls

The X-RAY Phone from Tokujin Yoshioka lets you see the inner workings of your favorite telecommunications device.

This Smart Glass Takes The Heat For You

New Green Smart Glass is intended to make getting the perfect cup of coffee both easier and more eco-friendly.

Row, Row, Row Your...Chair?

Salim Nasser, now of NASA, has created a way for wheelchair users to "row" themselves along both efficiently and safely