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Staples Invention Quest Invention Contest Starts Today


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples (the office supplies superstore) Invention Quest is back. Staples has broken the competition into three separate categories:

* Invention Quest (19 years and older),

* Invention Quest Kids (18 years and younger), and

* Invention Quest Associates (for Staples Associates).
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LG Migo - The Cellphone For Kids


LG Migo by VerizonLG Migo by VerizonThe little Migo by LG is the most recent addition to the Verizon Wireless family destined to top its depth chart. It’s the talented rookie with nothing but promise.

Let’s get to the best parts of this product right away. The phone is free with your wireless plan, your kids will always be a phone call away and you can have a text message alert sent to you when your child gets out of school or basketball practice. Can a parent ask for anything better in a phone? read more »

Race of the Hybrids


BMW Hydrogen 7BMW Hydrogen 7Looking for the latest in hybrid cars?

Our guest blogger Carson Barker has been freelance writing since 2001. He has a bachelor's degree in music 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 , TX. He has a passion of cars and he wanted to share the latest in car innovations with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.  Here's his article:


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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


Cable SpagettiCable Spagetti

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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