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Snowed In, A Massachusetts Man Invents 'SnowBow,' A Better Shovel

Some of us may be snowed in right now; if not, we're waiting for the next storm, and then we'll be snowed in.  Well, three years ago, industrial designer John Mosher was snowed in, in Hopington, Massachusetts,, and he went out with his snow blower to clear the driveway.  It broke down.  A 160 foot driveway is tough to clear with a shovel, and Mosher made it half way when he said that's it!  The rest made shovel history!

The Ultimate DIY Inventor Success Story!

Since founding her company, Sara Blakely has donated more than $10 million dollars, employs 100+ people, has been on Oprah, was featured in a reality show with Sir Richard Branson, and met former President Nelson Mandela!

How did Sara Blakely reach such success? The story goes like this…


New Lights To Shine On Cancer Cells With FDA OK Of C Dots

C Dots, or Cornell Dots, named for the university where they were first developed, have received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)... to be used in a human clinical trial.  The C Dots were first developed as optical probes, but have since been adapted for use as cancer cell trackers, assisting both the diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer cells.

 

Inventor's 'Bedbug Detective' Sniffs Just Like A Dog!

Two years ago, when the deluge of the bedbug became the scourge of the day, Chris Goggin, a mechanical engineer, wondered if he could create a machine as sensitive to odors as a dog.  The particular sensitivity would be to the pheromones emitted by bedbugs.

 


Purposefulness Of Shadow Chair Stands Out In A Crowd

Sometimes, a designer turns a common concept on its head, but in this case designer John Leung puts the standard chair design flat on its ass. Enter the “Purposefulness of Shadow”.

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.