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Innovation

Innovative Architecture - Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain


Metropol 1Metropol 1Interested in learning about some innovative architecture?

Our guest blogger, Seth Plattner, is a recent graduate from New York University who bides his time writing, dining and doing his best to make sense of the world around him. With an appreciation for fine architecture, Seth contacted J. Mayer H. to learn more about his new project for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Green Innovation Contest


GreenGreenKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers ("KPCB") is a big technology venture capital firm that believes that our planet is facing a green crisis and that entrepreneurs will be the ones to combat that problem. To accelerate and encourage innovation, KPCB has launched its annual $100,000 KPCB Prize for Green Innovation awarded for the best technology or policy innovation in Greentech.


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The Future of Camera Phones


Integrated 3.2 MP CameraSamsung a990

I hardly have anything nice to say when you meet me in person. It’s true. Nothing is harder for me then holding in criticism. Given this unfortunate condition, one cell phone manufacturer in particular should be happy about what I have to say here. read more »

Medical News: The Power of Cranberry Juice as an Anti-biotic


Although this may not qualify as an medical innovation per se, I found a recent article on the power of cranberry juice (or the tannins in the juice) to be an exciting find.



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Are You Cutting Your Dog Short?


Need to Groom Your Dog without hurting it?

Our Guest Blogger Lexy Schuh is a stay-at-home mother and an ex-teacher trying to enrich herself through her many writing projects. She has written about a clever pet care innovation for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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No More TV - HotSpotMama Find


Bob TV Time ManagerBob TV Time ManagerI think almost all parents think their kids watch too much TV these days. Bob TV Time Manager gives parents an easy way to control the amount of TV a child watches. It essentially lets you limit the amount of time your child watches TV, plays video games or surfs the web.


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Is Your Teenage Driver Speeding? Now You Can Tell


Want to know if your teenager is speeding?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at www.thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Are you a worried parent with a teen driver? A new invention by a young man from Massachusetts can monitor the speed and location of a car and is being marketed to slow down fast-driving teenagers. We all know that speed and inexperience behind wheel don't mix, but will parents sic this Big Brother-device on their teens?


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A Windmill in every backyard—the future is now!


Skystream 3.7 Home Wind TurbineSkystream 3.7 Home Wind Turbine

As gas prices increase, oil prices skyrocket and the general cost of powering our overpowered lives heads northward along comes a solution that has dotted the landscape of the world for eons—Wind power.

So we’ve all heard the benefits of solar power. We’ve seen the photos of the great wind farms out in the middle of nowhere. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make a small, affordable wind turbine available to everyday homeowners. read more »

Easy Way to Password Protect Your Files


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever been unwilling to let someone use your computer because of what they may see on it? Stop telling your friends that they can't use your computer because of "viruses" when they stop by. Lock the files you don't want seen by anyone instead! read more »

Innovations for the Environmentalists and the Gardeners


Blue Planet ComposterBlue Planet ComposterLooking for a way to support our environment? Our Guest Blogger, Gloria Campos-Hensley, is from Houston and is fascinated with innovations that make living and working in today's times a little more convenient. She wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com: * * * * * Did you know that over 30% of landfill waste could be composted and provide valuable nutrients to plants, but instead the waste is thrown in the trash and sent to landfills? Whether you're an environmentalist, a parent wanting a better world for her children, an avid gardener or just curious, turning waste into compost has become easier for all of us to do. Compost is a mixture of various decaying organic substances, such as dead leaves, cut grass, kitchen scraps or manure, used for fertilizing soil. Many composting products have been made and continue to be improved upon for the kitchen, the restroom as well as the yard. Thanks to these products, composting can be made faster, easier, healthier, smaller cheaper, with NO or little odor. From compost toilets, kitchen scrap bins, to "worm tea" - what was once waste is now nourishing our gardens and our yards.
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Weight Loss Gadgets for the Lazy and Unmotivated


Do you need to lose weight? I do. Desperately!

Well, with our advances in technology, I was thinking there's got to be a better way to lose weight and keep it off than the boring old formula of eating less and exercising more. Come on already, aren't we beyond that yet?!

I discovered with a little bit of late night research that with our unbeatable spirit to continue gorging our faces off, there ARE some new inventions to help folks who are inherently lazy still get slim.

Here are some great fitness machines for folks like me who want to be slim, but want to be slim while chomping on our supersized bag of Doritos and watching our favorite game on TV... read more »

The Smartest of the Smartphones


Treo SmartphoneTreo SmartphoneWant to know which cell phone you should get?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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I'm the type to obsess over a purchase before I make it. In the case of my cell phone, my obsession recently paid off when I decided to upgrade to the Treo 700w Smartphone, by Palm. read more »

Speech to Text helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Due to constant typing and movements of the wrist, frequent internet users need to be aware of the ramifications and learn a few preventative measures when dealing with carpal tunnel. read more »

Art that’s gone to the fishes. Literally.


Aquavista AquariumAquavista AquariumThey say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well behold, here's something you may or not find beautiful. But it's surely unique.

Take a look. What do you see? Pictures, right? Well, sort of. These are actually wall mounted aquariums. Now personally, I find aquariums beautiful, but to much of a pain in the you-know-what to own. With all the filters and cleaning and what not. But the Acquavista 2000 has taken the aquarium to different level of art. And it's making me rethink the old fish tank. read more »

The End of the Wired World


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Wondering what's next for the internet?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at www.thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com

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We may see the end of residential cable and DSL providers within the next decade.


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Innovations for an Easier Life


Regal Pocket DV168Regal Pocket DV168Looking for ways to make your life easier?

Our Guest Blogger, Gloria Campos-Hensley, is from Houston and is fascinated with innovations that make living and working in today's times a little more convenient.

She wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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As a mom, wife, woman, tutor and writer, I am one of the many people always on the look out for any innovation that makes my life easier to manage. I look for products that have more than one function and give me the maximum benefits for my investment. read more »

The Lazy Person's Tools for Pet Care


Dog Powered ScooterDog Powered ScooterLooking for an easier way to take care of your pet?

Our guest blogger, educator/author, Sharon Bender of sharonbender.com has collected together some helpful finds for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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These days we humans are busier than ever, and we have become accustomed to letting technology handle most of our laborious tasks. We've even begun using it to manage our pets, so we don't have to spend repetitive hours walking, feeding, training, playing, toileting, and locating Fido and our felines?

We can harness their bounding energy, see what they are up to remotely, and train them without even trying. Take a look at these six ingenious ways our pets can survive our neglect and practically take care of themselves. read more »

Bye-Bye, Boring Laundry


WashDryIron Machine
WashDryIron Machine

Our Guest Blogger Jule Goag is a shopholic on the lookout for the next deal too good to be true. She loves gadgets, lives in Seattle and wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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Doing laundry is one of my most detested chores. It may not seem so bad, but I don't like things that I have to wait around for. If I try to multitask and go do something else in the meantime, sometimes I forget a load of laundry is still in the wash. I come back hours later and have a load of clothes smelling of mold. read more »

Walk, Walk, Walk Your Bicycle


Treadmill BikeTreadmill Bike

The article here the other day on a rowing bicyle in Row, Row, Row Your Bicycle, which to most folks seems like a pretty cool idea, made me think of another variation of the bicycle that I think is pretty novel. read more »