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Invention Contests: Three Reasons They're Worth Entering


Have a few hours on your hands? Why not enter an invention contest?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. Tim gives us three reasons why we should spend a free afternoon entering an invention contest instead of watching TV.

Here's his article:

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Every year, you'll find about a dozen opportunities to enter national invention (or other idea-related) contests. Some hold out the promise of bringing a product to market, some just financial incentives. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $1.3 Million for a Cell Phone


Diamond Crypto SmartphoneDiamond Crypto SmartphoneI've heard some people say that their cell phones are cost them a fortune. Obviously, the've never seen the Diamond Crypto Smartphone, designed by Peter Aloisson.

The actual phone is made out of platinum and rose gold. It has over 80 diamonds on it. There are 50 diamonds going up and down the sides (10 are blue diamonds), the navigation key has 28 diamonds surrounding it and the navigation button is actually a 1/2 carat diamond. The buttons on the sides are suppose to be diamonds too. read more »

Game of the Week: Dead Rising


Starting this week, I’m writing a weekly column called “Game of the Week,” (a.k.a. GotW). The idea is to pick one game each week and talk a little bit about it.

After the release of the XBox 360 in November of 2005, it was common belief that the games released for the console were very similar to the previous generation games. The first widely accepted “next generation” game on the XBox 360 was Dead Rising. read more »

World's First Allergy Free Cat Can Now Be Yours


ALLERCA kittensALLERCA kittensSome people who are afflicted with cat allergies get itchy or runny eyes, plugged up noses and may even be plagued with shortness of breath. I break out in hives all over my exposed areas. Our cat rubs up against my legs: bloop! bloop! bloop! You can almost instantly see the repugnant patches popping up all over the place. But there is no reason to suffer anymore. Thanks to the company Allerca, Allergy affected cat lovers like me can now purchase the world’s first hypoallergenic cats!
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Recycled Bodies Exhibit: Creepy or Innovative?


The Soccer PlayerThe Soccer PlayerIf you have a weak stomach, turn away. This subject is about to go beyond the common life saving practice of donating human organs to those in need. Today you can donate your body too, not to save a life, but to be placed on display in a museum.
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Ever Want to Smell What's on TV?


Experimental Setup for Odor RecorderExperimental Setup for Odor RecorderHave you ever gotten hungry just watching the cooking channel on cable? What if you could smell it too?

Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily gives us a glimpse of what our future can be like while we're watching TV at home.

Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, French writer, Marcel Proust, explored a theory that human senses are intricately entwined with memory.
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How to Sell Your Idea in 27 Seconds


ElevatorElevatorWonder what you would do if you were riding in an elevator with one of the judges from the American Inventor TV show?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some tips on how to pitch your invention in 30 seconds or less.

Here's his article:

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In the marketing/branding world, there's this thing called the "elevator pitch." read more »

Mona Lisa Recreated


New Mona LisaNew Mona LisaWhat is it about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa that makes people want to create her image over and over again? Why is it so intriguing? Maybe it’s that enigmatic smile she wears or the facial hair she lacks, such as the missing eyebrows.
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Slightly Twisted #3 : Need Your Comments Here


This is my wacky find of the week:

Monthly DoosMonthly Doos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, for the person with a lot of empty space on their walls, we have the Monthly Doos calendar. (Calendar). The merchant says "Finally, a calendar dedicated to the colorful achievements of man's best friend! "

I am left speechless, so I need your help in coming up with some funny comments for this product. Is this wacky or wonderful?
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Kids Sick? Give them Lollipops - HotSpotMama Find


It finally feels like its fall in the Northeast. I'm seeing leaves fall and kids starting to cough. I thought of this article I wrote back during the summer and thought it was very appropriate right now. Hope it makes your winter a little easier. Here it is. ..

If candy wasn’t so bad for my kids, I would let them consume it 24/7. Nothing seems to quiet a whinning child as quickly and effectively as candy. Now imagine your child sick at home and whinning and having the amazing ability to say, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea, why don’t you have a lollipop?” Your child will look at you with questioning eyes. Is it a trick?


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What Does Staples Really Think About Invention Quest?


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestThere's an inventor inside everyone of us. I don't know of a single person that hasn't had at least one great idea. Ever wonder whether you should enter into the Staples Invention Quest contest with that great idea?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some of his thoughts about the Staples Invention Quest contest.

Here's his article:

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For as much fun as I had making it to the finals of the 2005 Staples Invention Quest, there was always an undercurrent of corporate agenda that made some of us finalists wonder if we were being naïve about Staples' true intentions for the contest. With some of those elements intact for the 2006 version of IQ (www.staples.com/iq), I think it merits some discussion so the naivete isn't passed to a new generation of entrants. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a TV


YalosYalosOh, what to do? What to do? I have $130,000 laying around and I can put a down payment on a house, buy a few cars, feed a starving country or I can buy one TV. The choices some people have to make.

Keymat, has just come out with the Yalos Diamond LCD TV that costs $130,000.
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Chopsticks for Kids


ChopStick KidsChopStick KidsI grew up using chopsticks. Personally, there isn't a type of Asian food that I don't like (ok - so there really isn't any ethnic food I don't like). In this day and age where Chinese food restaurants are as common as the local pizza shop, all kids should get to know how to use chopsticks. My kids have a couple of pairs of them and when we go to restaurants, the wait staff usually makes their own version of children's chopsticks. Here are couple I've found for the kids (and grownups).
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Cool New Car Coming for Music Fans


Hip Hop Grand VitaraHip Hop Grand VitaraInterested in knowing what you get when you mix a car with a music fanatic?

Our guest blogger, Carson Barker, has been a freelance writing since 2001. He has a bachelor's degree in music and journalism, and when he's not writing about the entertainment industry or general news, he teaches music and art lessons in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Carson takes a close look at the newest twist with automobiles.

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When it comes to keeping up with the times, Suzuki has gone above and beyond its other automobile competitors. In accordance with music, fashion, trend and consumerism, American Suzuki Motor Company (ASMC) showed off its "Hip Hop" Grand Vitara, at the 2006 Orange County Auto Show and the Reggaeton Grand Vitara at the 2006 South Florida Auto Show.. read more »

Make Some Noise with a Bicycle Bell


If anyone read my last article, Adorable Animal Backpacks, they probably think that I'm on some kind of animal kick. These great bicycle bells are crafted of durable baked enamel. They come in variety of designs including: lady bug, bee, pink poppy, frog, dots, rainbow, clown, fish, hearts, flower, pond, and spring. read more »


More Site News


I want to announce that we have a new Featured Blogger joining our team. Seth Plattner is a recent graduate from New York University and currenly lives in Denver, Colorado. Having majored in English and minored in Art History, Seth will be honing both his writing skills and artistic eye to focus on architecture and design for American Inventor Spot. Look for articles on anything from interesting buildings and houses to innovative design ideas. But, whatever the topic, you're sure to find interesting subject matter and a unique perspective from Seth.

We're very excited to have him join us and think he's a wonderful addition to our site. read more »

Six Fun Ways to Carry Trash


Book PurseBook Purse In my last article, I introduced you to the world of inspiring chairs and their recycled parts. This time I’d like to show you that inspiration doesn’t always have to be so big and loud. Some times something as simple as a purse can make an impact on our society and the way we think about recycling.

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Inventor Advice: Prototype or Drawing?


Trying to decide whether you need a prototype of your invention?

Our Guest Blogger, Frank Morosky, is an Entrepreneur Consultant. He assists people with business ideas or inventions get their business started quickly and on a tight budget. His website is at fmorosky.home.mchsi.com. He wanted to share his experiences with prototyping with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Have We Gone Surveillance Crazy?


Big BrotherBig BrotherThere should be no mistaking that information is for sale these days, and security concerns have placed a premium on surveillance data - but have we gone too far?

From subway cameras, to keyboard strokes, to webcams monitoring your local street, we’ve gone surveillance crazy. Advancements in camera, video and webcam technology are moving at a blistering pace and the latest innovators have developed such a mastery of pattern recognition that now they can tell it was you who ordered that tiramisu at Mike’s Pastry’s last Friday. Wendy was your waitress. They saw you, and you didn’t tip.
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The Perfect Setting for Your Dog


I know that, at the end of a long day, I really enjoy settling in at home to relish the environment my husband, my children and I have carefully crafted. We have worked hard to make our house a home by slowly but surely contributing the creature comforts we savor on a daily basis. For us, that means a user-friendly backyard for barbequing, a high quality entertainment system for the occasional movie and a kitchen fully loaded to prepare only the finest meals.

Home life may be perfect for us, but what about our other family members: the pets?! They, too, should reap the rewards of our lives well spent. So here are a few products we are considering to help create the perfect home setting for our favorite canine companions. read more »