Innovation

Top 10 Inventions Of 'Garage Inventors' Win 2009 Popular Science Awards

Popular Science has announced the 2009 Invention Awards for the top 10 groundbreaking inventions that originated from the minds and perseverance of individual inventors.  These inventions did not have big companies behind them with a big research lab and lots of money.  You won't see the likes of Apple® or Motorola® or Honda® among this list.  Just folks like you and me whose inventions will make a major impact on the way we live, work, learn, play, and even manage intelligence in battle.


Leg Squeezing Socks Reduce Foot Fatigue On The Job

Jobs that force workers to stand for long periods of time can cause feet to swell, resulting in localized pain and general fatigue. Slim Walk socks address the issue by gradually constricting the foot and lower leg as you walk and while you work.

The Camera Tripod With Simian Agility: Gorillapod

Camera tripods are so 19th century.  They're fine if you want a straight-on shot and you're shooting on level ground but, you have to admit, the tripod is somewhat limiting.  Now, along comes the multi-jointed simian tripod, otherwise known as the Gorillapod, to take over where the tripod left off more than 100 years ago.

Get Plenty of DIY Projects From Easy2DIY

Home improvement is easily one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies one can take up, and the internet has proven to be a good place to find information on lots of those particular projects on you "to-do" list.  Easy2DIY is an all-in-one stop for your fixer-upper projects that includes tutorials, shopping, and advice.

A Bookmark That Sheds Light On The Subject: The LightWedge

It's a simple gadget, which is why I like it.  An optical grade acrylic lens covers your page, and the LED lights that are tucked into its wedge spread light across the lens, lighting the page -- right where you want it and nowhere else.

Fujiyama E-PC Netbook Computer Sounds Japanese But Accent's Only Skin Deep

Bull in a China shop? Maybe bull FROM a Chinese shop if the Fujiyama Netbook computer is a typical example. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery than Chinese manufacturers really do love Japanese products.

Stupeflix Helps You Easily Make Great Looking Videos

With a name like Stupeflix, you've got to be wondering what's up with this site.  What the site does is provide you with a graphical interface that allows you to create your own slide show videos, complete with soundtracks, text overlays, and image legends.  What makes the site a real winner is that it's not just easy to create these things, but you have all the freedom in the world to create your video.

Nautilus Shell USB Hub to Sea and Be Seen

The tasteful Nautilus design of the USB 3-Port Hub in a Shell proves once again, it's hard to beat good old Mother Nature when it comes to good looks and functional style. 

Intelligent Speed Adaptation to Slow Down Speeders in London

All too often, excessive speed is the primary factor when it comes to traffic accidents. We as a society have come to believe that time is more important than safety and because of that, we sometimes risk life and limb to shave seconds off of travel time. A company called Transport for London, based in the UK, is now testing a system that will stop this risk taking, and plans on offering the system to the public in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

10 Animal Stars Of The Most Creative International Award-Winning Print Ads

If you love to laugh, you have to see these ads.  While I usually find humorous ads for animal or pet products, this time I decided to research the print ad winners of about 40 different international advertising prizes awarded during 2007 and 2008 just to select the "10 best award-winning people-product print ads featuring animals, fish, or insects in starring role."

Track Your Wikipedia Pages with Wiki Alarm

Recently, Irish sociology student Shane Fitzgerald fooled numerous reporters by inventing a fake quote just hours after the death of French composer Maurice Jarre.  The quote, originally posted on Jarre's Wikipedia page, wound up in blogs and publications around the world.  Fitzgerald says this was done to teach journalists the importance of double checking the facts listed in Wikipedia before publishing them.  Maybe some of these writers would have been hip to the hoax if they had used Wiki Alarm.

Taga Allows You To Easily Bike Anywhere With Your Children

The Taga is a versatile bike-stroller that allows you to take one or two of your children for a ride. The bike converts into a standard stroller and folds up for transport.

Call For Inventors! As Seen On TV Innovative Product Search

If you've had product concepts simmering on your mind's back burner, but didn't have the impetus or the money to start developing them, here's your chance to get them going.  Edison Nation has partnered with some of the best direct response firms in the country to find the best innovative products for 'As Seen On TV Innovative Product Search.

Re-Kindle Your Fake Blogs?

In Dennis Leary's Hulu TV commercial, his alien persona critiques us mere mortals of sharing our "bliggety blogs" and our "Facey-spaceys" and our "Tweety pages" with all our "bookwormy anti-Boobtubey friends." Perhaps Amazon was thinking along the same lines when they rolled out their Kindle Your Blog campaign. This week Amazon's Kindle Publishing for Blogs is promoted as a "fast and easy self-publishing tool" that let's you upload  and sell your blogs at a subscription price of $1.99 per month.

Call For Inventors! PetSmart Innovative Product Search

Most inventors have pets.  I can be safe with that statement, because most people have pets, whether they're dogs or cats, rabbits, fish, birds, snakes, geckos, etc.  PetSmart knows this and instead of turning to its usual providers of products for new ideas, it's turning to us: inventors who know how to create innovative solutions to improve life!