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Innovation

New Packaging Keeps Pre-Cut Vegetables Fresh for Weeks


In an effort to keep minimally processed vegetables fresher for longer, companies are collaborating in a new project to design super fresh packaging. Among the preservation techniques is one that many three-year-olds are sure to enjoy: edible packaging. read more »

Calling All Teen Inventors! Get Your Projects Ready Now!


What could your highschool do with an extra $10,000?

When you finish your list, keep reading...

One way to get that much needed dough and encourage creative thinking and invention in your highschool is to form an invent team and a project now... because applications for the 2009 Lemelson-Mit InvenTeams awards begin this fall.... read more »

Biking for Better Biceps : Brain Rep 2


Peter Mucha, our Guest Blogger, is an online editor and writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who shares more of his zany ideas on stealmyideasplease.com . He thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy discussing the process of inventing. Here's his article:

Although hill-climbing can be a workout for your arms, most bike-riding does little for your upper bod. I realized this while lugging a watermelon in a bag back from a parking-lot produce market. Really added to the exercise. Could there be a gizmo that creates the same effect? Brain Reps, begin .... read more »

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Waterproof 12V Solar Panel Review


I love solar energy, because it frees us from high electric bills and because it allows us to use the sun to power our electronics. If you want to learn about solar power the Waterproof 12V Solar Panel from Scientifics is a smart simple way to introduce you and your family to the power of the sun. It is light weight and 3 1/2 X 3 X ¾ inches in size. It is also encapsulated in a strong clear plastic shell which makes it durable, sturdy, waterproof and corrosion proof for outdoor use. In other words it can take the heat and a beating. read more »

Graffiti Research Lab: Using A Projector to Take Over The World


The science here is an extremely bright laser, a laptop, a digital camera and a (quite expensive) projector. But these indie techs have their own agendas, and most of it is illegal... read more »

Is there a Guerilla Gardener in You?


I'd like to say that there is a Guerilla Gardener in me just waiting to come out. Ask my husband and he would probably tell you that I can envision a garden growing just about anywhere in my city. I'm always pointing and saying things like, "Why not plant a tree here, or flowers there?" I imagine turning abandoned buildings into greenhouses, parking-lot grass medians into botanical delights, and highway medians into evergreen forests. read more »

Solar-Powered Water Heater Made of Beer Bottles


 

 

 

 

 

 

Who needs photovoltaic cells when you have 66 beer bottles to capture the sun's rays? Ma Yanjun, a farmer from China, designed this simple technology, which works surprisingly well. read more »

Sideways Bike?


Some people like to do things differently. If they didn't we wouldn't have inventors or weird people. Michael Killian is an inventor. He is a 46 year old software engineer from Dublin, to be exact, who recently invented a Sideways Bike and, not too long ago, invented the Sideways Scooter. Some people may think a Sideways Bike is a little weird, but I think it's oddly creative. read more »

Chevrolet Captiva Scratch Card - Inventive Marketing


 In Great Britain, to honor the new vehicle, the new Chevy Captiva was coated with that silvery scratch card material with thousands of scratch-and-win panels beneath. read more »


Microwave Turns Plastic Into Oil


This new recycling machine has negligible fuel costs, zero emissions, and can recover extra metal for profit. Fighting global warming has never sounded so easy. read more »

Liquid Telescopes Expand Ability to See Deep Space


In this long-term project, researchers have made another optics discovery that could eventually open the doors to objects far beyond what we currently see. read more »

Save The Forests with Coffee


Considering that almost everyone I know is an avid coffee drinker, my distaste for coffee sometimes makes me feel like an outsider. But alas there is hope for me. Finally, a firelog called the Java-Log, allows me a way to enjoy the warmth of coffee with others without sacrificing my comfort in the process. read more »

Three In One: Stove, Refrigerator, and Generator


This quaint-looking device could bring some "essential" ammenities to millions in the world's poorest countries with its cutting-edge technology. read more »

A Different Kind of Hybrid


Think the steam engine is a thing of the past? Think again! Read about Bruce Crower's six-stroke, gasoline/steam hybrid to learn more. read more »

Shoe-Fleur, A Footwear Fantasy

“The print was lying upside down on a table,” he recounts, “and I said — although no one was listening to me — ‘Hey, that looks like a shoe!’”

There began an odyssey, a whimsical, inventive and, in its own way, rigorous fancy of flowers and footwear

Crops Ask For and Receive Water


"I'm Thirsty" is the motto of this product-straight from the corn's mouth. read more »

Is the 100 MPG Car Almost Here?


The Automotive X Prize promises to bring about real changes in fuel mileage for everyday vehicles in the near future. Read more about it here. read more »

10 TIPS FOR WRITING SUCCESSFUL PRESS RELEASES


Press releases are more formulaic than the modern romance novel... and that's a good thing for those of us who want to keep press writing simple. I'll show you the formula and suggest a few tips to increase your chances of getting your releases published. Oh, did I mention that you should be writing your own press releases? (see 10 Marketing Tips For Inventors And Entrepreneurs )

A 117-year-old silver spoon, innovative at the time, inspired me to write a short press release as an example for you. Can you guess why this spoon is innovative in both concept and manufacturing process? read more »

New Type of Air Disinfector Can Create Fresh Air Indoors


If you’ve ever felt that a deep breath of fresh air is good for you, you may have been closer to the truth than you thought. Scientists have created a device that mimics some key components of outdoor air that also kills the “superbugs” that plague hospitals and kill thousands of patients per year. The invention is currently for sale in the UK, with plans to launch in the US, especially in hospitals. read more »

Wear Your Chair


Ever go to a family gathering or a party and had nowhere to sit except the floor? Well from now on BYOC- bring your own chair or should I say wear your own chair. That's right, wear your chair.

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