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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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Our Guest Blogger, Jim Lowrence, is an inventor who successfully marketed, licensed and sold his inventions to stores like Wal-Mart and Bass Pro Stores . Jim now helps other inventors through his inventor consulting business, as well as work as a self-employed salesman.

Jim wanted to share his invention story and the things he learned along the way with the inventors at InventorSpot.com in a series of articles. Here's his second article on patents: read more »

Advice from the Inventor of the Rod Floater


Inventor Jim LowranceInventor Jim Lowrance

Our Guest Blogger, Jim Lowrence, is an inventor who successfully marketed, licensed and sold his inventions to stores like Wal-Mart and Bass Pro Stores . Jim now helps other inventors through his inventor consulting business, as well as work as a self-employed salesman.

Jim wanted to share his invention story and the things he learned along the way with the inventors at InventorSpot.com in a series of articles. Here's his first article: read more »

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 product-global.com. 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 AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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

Invention Video: The 3000+ Inventions of Dr. NakaMats


Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats has shattered the world record for most patents held that was formerly held by Thomas Edison. He currently holds over 3000 patents and is Japan's most prolific inventors. One of this most influential inventions was the floppy disk, which he invented when he was 23 years old as a student.

BBC's series "Adam and Joe go Tokyo", interviews Dr. NakaMats. Adam and Joe Go Tokyo was a eight episode series that was aired on BBC Three and BBC One in 2003. The show was originally rumoured to be called Asian Invasion, and showed Adam and Joe looking at Japanese culture, music, meeting famous Japanese people and unforgettably trying to become famous in eight weeks.

This invention video is an amusing and fascinating opportunity to see Dr. NakaMats, one of the most prolific inventors of all time, show off a few of his inventions. I wonder how sales for his Love Spray is doing. You can learn more about Dr. NakaMats on his website Dr.Nakamats.com



The video is about 6 minutes long. Enjoy. read more »

Rolling Out Your Inventions: An Interview With Roger Brown


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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 »

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.

Here's his article: read more »

Six Insider Thoughts on Winning Staples Invention Quest


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestEver wish you had insider's guide to what's going on in 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. 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 for Staples Invention Quest contest.

Here's his article: read more »

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and TGIFCon


Jay LenoJay LenoEveryone knows what the Tonight Show is with Jay Leno. Do you know what TGIFCon is? TGIFCon is the Toy and Game Industry Foundation Convention and Exposition. It is the annual toy, game and entertainment based educational conference and exposition targeting manufactures, inventors, distributors, entrepreneurs, importers, buyers, media, industry services providers, sales agents and seasoned industry professionals.


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American Inventor Judge DOUG HALL BLOGGED LIVE! - Anecia Car Seat Survival Capsule – Q&A


My choice for the final four is The Anecia Survival Capsule. It’s the invention of Janusz Liberkowski

This invention is a true “new to the world” concept. As such it has generated a lot of technical debate and discussion. I do not presume to know all of the answers. However the following are my personal perceptions and opinions. They are not the opinions of Janusz, Freemantle, the producers, ABC or anyone else.

1. How does the Anecia Survivor Capsule work?

When a car crashes there are two collisions. The first is when the car hits the other car or obstacle. The second is when the baby hits the seat belt or when the baby’s head get’s shaken and snapped in the direction of the impact, at the same speed that the car was going before the crash. read more »