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Inventive Ingenuity: The Ramen King


It's a food you are sure to have eaten and perhaps fallen in love with. Do you know how that ingenious packet of instant ramen came about?

Michael Daisy, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer and publicist. He is also a history fan (or buff), and music fan currently working on an aural documentary of popular music in the U.S. from 1940-2000. He wanted to share his knowledge of the inventors and inventions that have touched our lives with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Pre-Loaded iPods : IdeaWatch 2.0


So you've been holding out for that Led Zeppelin box set, not sure if you want to drop the cash or just start downloading from iTunes. Well imagine a black iPod nano with the Zoso logo emblazoned across and the whole catalog pre-loaded. Would that make the deal a little more tempting? A recent agreement between Apple and The Beatles may pave the way for just that sort of thing, and a whole new market for enterprising minds has been created. Read on to find out how...
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New Battery Technology Can Revolutionize the Motorcycle


Matthew Bobryk, our Gest Blogger, is an advertising writer who just so
happens to be a certified gear head and obsessed with anything with a
motor in it. He wanted to share some of the latest innovations in motorcyle design with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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For close to 100 years, motorcycles and cars were all dependant on a very inefficient and environmentally nasty source of electrical power: the lead acid battery. What's surprising though, is most car and motorcycle manufacturers still use lead acid batteries. There has been a huge lag in new technology for this specific need. This may be soon to change, as one inventor has invented something truly exciting in the motorcycle industry: The lithium ion polymer motorcycle battery. read more »

Use Your Head To Find Those Lost Remotes

Looking for a better approach to organizing remote controls, Ipods, cell phones and more?

Whether a hardcore audiophile or casual TV watcher, somehow, we still end up with way more remotes and portable handheld devices than we can handle. Inevitably, that many devices can only result in many valuable hours wasted searching for the lost and misplaced... but not if the Remote Wrangler has anything to do with it.


What I Learned From...Letters from Iwo Jima


So you finally make it to the big presentation. That big sales call. Or you find yourself standing before a panel of judges in a contest. What do you do? How should you approach the situation? How do you get inside their heads? How do you convince them that your idea has value? Let's see what a recent film about one of the deadliest and most depressing battles of WWII has to say about the issue.
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$25 Million To Green the Earth


If you haven't heard about the Virgin Earth Challenge
yet, announced two weeks ago (2/9/07), by Sir Richard Branson, now's your chance to get in on the action, find a way to save the world and win millions in the process.

The challenge: to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of lethal carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere every year for 10 years without further harming the earth. The winner (individual or group) will make history, earn $25 million and have the pure satisfaction of making the world greener place to live. read more »

Lovely Furniture from Leftovers


A furniture line which is made up of contemporary vernacular designs.

What?

Where?

How?

and Why?

I got looking and was hooked. All the furniture made by these folks is recycled; yes you got it right—-RECYCLED.

The company uses wastes from teak, steel, and plastic industries, to create contemporary lines with Asian carpentry techniques. read more »

Reverse Product Placement : IdeaWatch 2.0:


Any marketer can get a product placement into a movie, TV show, or video game. But if you're really clever, you'll do just the opposite...find ways to turn fictional products into real ones. In this post we look at the new product development strategy called "reverse placement".
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10 Top Tips For Branding Your Invention


I wanted to name my massage tools "Knuckles" because they are based on shiatsu massage, often accomplished with the knuckles of a massage practitioner's hands. But the word "knuckles" looked funny to me. When I transcribed "knuckles" more phonetically, the brand perked up! "Nukkles" said "fun," and "feel good," and it was zippy, and yes, it said the product feels like knuckles! read more »

Here are 10 tips to help you reach the perfect brand name for your new invention!

Would you Wear These? Shoes Made To Vacuum


Just imagine instead of the usual scenario, shoes bringing dirt into the house, shoes that are made for cleaning up the dirt instead, as you walk around the house. Electrolux imagined it and came up with a concept for a nice clean pair - a definite "must have" for cleaning fanatics or the shoe obsessed.
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What I Learned From...V for Vendetta


I'm a big believer that what you find to be true in one area of life often has far-reaching implications for other areas of your life. So I'm starting this series on little nuggets of truth, advice or experience that I come across that are relevant to the world of inventing, small business and entrepreneurship and that I hope will give all of you who have joined me in this often crazy, unpredictable and dangerously fun world something to think about. And what better way to start than with a little anarchy...
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The New Scoop on Poop - Flushing For Our Future


Boy, have I got a good scoop. It's about poop. And pee. Think diapers. Think flushable. Think compostable. Think gDiapers - a new choice that offers fashion and function for the most adorable tush on the planet - your kid's!
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Feel Like Getting into Hot Water?


Ever wonder if anyone has come up with a new way to boil water?

Our Guest Blogger, Peter is a creative ad man and inventor, who has lived and worked around the world and is now based back in his native UK. He also runs Junkk.com , which he created as karmic korrection for a life persuading folk to buy stuff they may not really need, helping design, find and share ideas on reuse for everyday products and packaging that normally get thrown away.

Here's his article:

Ever since I was a lad, and waaaay before climate change was anything other than the one day in August we had a summer here in the UK, there were some fundamentals dinned into me about not wasting. Eat your crusts. Switch off the lights. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. Actually, not much has changed, only I now tell my kids we're all doomed if they don't. read more »

Thirsty Plants Can Now Call for Water


For some people, gardening comes naturally. They have what's known as a "green thumb". For others...not so much and inadvertently kill plant after plant until they quit trying to ever garden again.

What if there was a way to build a relationship between a plant and its owner and help turn the owner's "death thumb" into a green one? read more »

Curious Design: Drifting through the Contemporary Arts Center


Zaha Hadid is one of the most recognized names in architecture, and in this article you'll see why. Responsible for revitalizing the architectural scene in cities all over the world, Hadid created the Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome, Italy with the hopes of building not only a new relationship between structure and environment, but also between structure, art and spectator. The result is a breathtaking museum that brings a contemporary presence to Rome, but also melds nicely with the established architectural landscape.
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GM's Chevy Volt Could Change How We Drive


Want to know how future cars from GM may be propelled?

Our guest blogger, Chuck Arehart, is a Detroit-based freelance automotive writer with 18 years of experience in the industry. You can reach him at chuckarehart (at) comcast.net.

To get absolutely the latest news about GM's green propulsion development, he interviewed the folks at GM to get exclusive insights on what's happening for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

Amid unstable fuel prices, an expanding environmental consciousness and market competition, General Motors unveiled the Chevy Volt concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in January. While styling is usually the major jaw-dropping factor with most auto show concept cars, that's not the Volt's mission. The power train underneath its futuristic composite skin is even more important to GM because it may define how future vehicles are propelled. read more »

Inventor Partnerships Can Be Made In Heaven (Sometimes)


Inventors need partners highly skilled in their fields, but flexible in their approach. Good listeners. Adventurers. Partners who create a plan for the product, not squeeze a product into a plan.
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Green Gifts for the Pets We Love


Pets are part of the family too, right? Right! But, until recently, environmentally friendly products for pets didn't even cross my mind. Then this winter season a nine week old puppy came into my life and before I could turn away from his big sad brown eyes I was hooked and the search for safer and environmentally friendly pet products began. Here are just a few of them below. From chew toys, to pet beds, cleaner litter, healthier bath time and food- pets of all kinds can live green right along with us.
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Essentials to Keep Your Kids Safe


In light of all the media attention with the recent retrieval of the two kidnapped Missouri boys, child safety has once again taken the spotlight. I’ve recently read quite a few articles educating parents about child safety and important information you can tell your kids about how to keep themselves protected. A great site to check out is YourSafeChild.com. The web site is features child identification products that are really a must-have for any parent. Here’s a look at the items they suggest:
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Playing God: Scientists Plan to Re-Create the Universe


While humans may not actually reconstruct the universe as it is, earlier this week the New York Times and International Herald Tribune announced the intentions of a global group of physicists to re-create the environment of the early universe so they can better understand the Big Bang. After a hundred years of theory, discussion, and lab tests, the time has come to test results at a higher level. The machine the physicists plan to build is a super-sized linear collider that is ten times the size of the largest one that currently exists. So, where will it be built, and what do we hope this new $6.7 billion machine will tell us?
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