Interviews for Inventors

To Create A Clown: Interview With Dropsy Developer Jay Tholen

On Friday, I got the chance to have a sitdown with Jay Tholen to talk about his creation, Dropsy The Clown. Dropsy is to be the star of his own adventure game, set to release in early 2015. It's been a long road to get here, and Jay was happy to share some of the trials he encountered along the way.

SYN Shop, A Home For Inventors and Hobbyists In Las Vegas

I recently visited SYN Shop, a hackerspace located in downtown Las Vegas. A hackerspace is a place where inventors and hobbyists, or simply those eager to learn, can (for a small usually monthly fee) come and use equipment, take classes and basically create.

Interview with Tactical Haptics' Professor William Provancher

At GDC 2013 towards the end of March, an organization known as Tactical Haptics revealed a rather revolutionary new piece of motion control technology. It's called Reactive Grip, and combined with tech such as the Oculus Rift, it could very well revolutionize the way we game. Last week, I decided to track down Professor William Provancher, Reactive Grip's inventor, for an interview about its creation and development.

Get Inspired @ Innovation Uncensored 2013 In NYC!

If you’d like to learn a few tips and stellar advice from industry, energy, design and other innovative juggernauts, be sure to attend the Innovation Uncensored event in New York City April 23-24!

A Look into a Direct Retail TV Company - Lenfest Media Group

We've all seen them. At first, we used to see them only late at night and for anyone who hasn't slept well, you know what I mean. Now we see them through out the day and on almost every channel. I'm talking about direct response television ("DRTV"). One form of DRTV that is commonly known is called the infomercial. Ring a bell for you? One interesting company involved in the DRTV space is Lenfest Media Group.

Sipatiniz: Stay Classy With The Spill-Proof Martini Glass

Martinis have become the drink of choice for those looking for a classy cocktail. On Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw and her core group of classy friends never seem to spill a drop of their infamous cosmopolitan martinis. In real life, the rest of us should only be so lucky; martini glasses just seem to be designed for spill.  Perhaps it's a conspiracy by the liquor companies to have martini lovers dispense more money for their favorite classy mixed drinks, or just a greater emphasis upon the look of the martini glasses over function, but spills are an unfortunate reality of martini drinking. Enter the Sipatiniz, the spill-resistant martini glass.

Santa License Helps Kids Believe

What did you do the Christmas your child questioned the existence of Santa Claus?

Ate Santa's plate of cookies? Dressed up as Kris Kringle? Dropped a white glove in the living room?

Didn't work, did it?

Mission Accomplished: Colored Bubbles are Real!

For over ten years, researchers have battled to discover the way to make colored bubbles--and they've finally succeeded.

An Invention For The Age of Connectivity: Rapid Reader

Bigger, better, and a lot more complicated than the Information Age, success in the Age of Connectivity depends more on our capacity to learn what is needed for tomorrow, than what we know today. As soon as information is available, our computers, hand-helds, and cell-phones make it accessible. We need to retrieve it and act on it; that is critical to our livelihoods and to our lives. read more »

American Inventor: Who Is The Real Winner?

Every once in awhile, I run into a three-dimensional, walking, talking and, most of all, hard-working soul, who embodies the qualities that make inventors successful. This time it's Robert ("Bobby") Amore who, with his "Toner Belt," made it to the round-of-twelve in season one of American Inventor (ABC, 2006). Bobby just happens to be one of the few contestants from season one and two who has reached the mass market with his product... now being sold as the "Walk n' Burn." read more »

The Importance of Getting a "Patent Pending" for Your Invention

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In the early 1980s, when my brother-in-law and I wanted to get our fishing accessory, The “Rod Floater” marketed and first attempted to do so through an invention company, they did not encourage us to apply for a patent. This was one of those red flags to look for that can tell you whether or not an invention company is legitimate or not. I

Advice from the Inventor of the Rod Floater

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In the early 1980s, I co-invented a fishing tackle accessory, an attachment for fishing rod and reel combos with my brother-in-law we named "The Rod Floater". We saw the need for an invention that floats fishing rod and reel combos, after having near-drowning experiences with our own rod combos and after hearing the stories of other fishermen who had lost their own rod combos to watery graves, never to retrieve them. This inspired us to also add the catch phrase to the Rod Floater packaging; "A Life Vest For Your Fishing Rods!".

Getting Your Product to Market: Interview with Barbara Carey





Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy.

Ashton recently interviewed Barbara Carey for his blog Barbara has written articles for us as a Guest Blogger for us in the past. She is the inventor of Hairgami® and dittieTM feminine protection brand, as well as over 100 other products. He wanted to share the interview with the readers of

Here's Part I of his 3 part interview. Part II will be published next Monday: read more »

Rolling Out Your Inventions: An Interview With Roger Brown

Quick Clip: Available at Sunglass HutsQuick Clip: Available at Sunglass HutsRoger Brown is nothing short of incredible.

When it comes to inventions, he's prolific with a capital P, and I don't know any free-lancer with a successful licensing approach like his. With six inventions licensed, another six about to be licensed, and 247 inventions in his Power Point file on call at all times, I think he might be on to something. ...Read and Learn! read more »

What's Happened to the Inventors from American Inventor - Season One?

Curious about what's happened to your favorite inventors and inventions from Season One of American Inventor?

Well, we have lots of information but we didn't know for sure what we could share with you and what we couldn't since much of it was unconfirmed or confidential.

So we thought it would be a good idea to create a post where folks from Season One can report on what has been going on for them. read more »