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High-Tech Locators Find Keys, Glasses... Even Your Cat!


Find One, Find All® (FOFA®) LocatorFind One, Find All® (FOFA®) Locator

There I go! Can't find my keys again. Just when I think I'm ready to hop in the car for another day's commute, my car keys, mobile phone, wallet, purse, reading glasses, and/or sunglasses can't be found. Whoops, where did I leave my coffee thermos? read more »

The disappearing act those slylies pull every day has been a source of needless frustration in my life, and I finally decided I had to stop them. I checked into several locating devices and found two locators I'd like to share with you, as each has appealing but different features for different needs... the FOFA® and the Loc8tor.

Cocoagraph Chocolate Photography or Eat This Birthday Card Before It Melts

One adventure in gastronomy I have not enjoyed yet is eating an old family photo. The thought of it is actually not that appealing to me.  But what is appealing is the idea of receiving an edible portrait of almost anything else, especially if it's chocolate.

 

The First Teen Idol That's An Inventor, Not A Rock Star

He's not a TV or rock star; he's an inventor, a teenage inventor, and that is why Cambio, the website that connects fans to celebrities, thinks he's hot.  He's the very first Real Teen Idol chosen by Cambio in its new focus on teens that are regular kids who do spectacular things that inspire other teens to do spectacular things.

Calling All Inventors! Discovery Expedition Wants Your Outdoor Electronic Inventions

Discovery Expedition isn't looking for a new kind of hiking boot - unless it's electronic.  But it is looking for new ways to enhance hiking, sky-diving, camping, mining, surfing... whatever, your outdoor lifestyle needs to take it to the next level to improve your outdoor experience.

 

Advantages of Having a Fully-Automated Home: Remote Security, Energy, and Home Management

How many times have you left your home, only to come running through the front door to check if the alarm has been set or if all of your appliances have been unplugged? Unfortunately, it's part of being human to be forgetful. One solution? Fully automating your home.

British Inventor's New 'Parking Patch' Finds You A Parking Space And Calculates Your Parking Fines!

Ever drive into New York City?  Most people don't, unless they have a garage space for $750 a month.  The odds of finding an available parking space in NYC are about as high as winning the Mega Millions.  But Adrian Bone of Lewes, England, has invented a 'Parking Patch' he hopes will solve two parking issues in Brighton, a city south of London on the English Channel, a city far smaller than NYC or London. But first Brighton, then the world!

Self-Stirring Pot Puts New Spin on Stove-top Cooking

Is stuck pasta your kitchen nightmare? A Japanese dentist has created a stir with Kuru-Kuru Nabe (“Round and Round Pot”), a cooking pot with sculpted sides. Turn up the heat and watch basic thermodynamics go to work so you don't have to!

Calling All Inventors! FridaBaby Wants Your Baby Product Ideas

I'm going to try to write this with a straight face.... The FridaBaby company, which I have just learned of, markets some very inventive and 'curious' products for babies so far. One is called the Snotsucker, which employs a mom (or dad)  to suck the snot out of their baby's nose.... 

 


Google's Autonomous Car Gets Its License To Drive In Nevada

You can talk on your cell phone, even text, check your email, eat your lunch, tun-in your radio, change a CD.... You can even take in all of the distractions along the Strip in Las Vegas... if you hop a cab.  Or, you can take the Google autonomous car, currently a Toyota Prius, without a driver.

Ramos Alarm Clock: Get Up Or Get Up!

Alarm clocks are a pain in the butt. No one wants to get up in the morning, or they wouldn't need an alarm clock, would they?  That's why we all have snooze buttons on our alarm clocks, because we need one more chance to be late. Ineffective as snooze alarms are for many, engineer Paul Sammut has created a new version of the alarm clock, one that never shuts up!

Calling All Inventors! Casting Call For INVENTION USA!

Good news for all of you who've been sitting on your brilliant inventions! National casting calls have just been announced for the second season of Invention USA which airs on The History Channel.  There are just a few, but important steps, to apply for an interview by the show casting directors and the hosts of Invention USA, Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Garrett Lisi.

 


Japanese Scientists Listen to Oysters, Pick Up Pearls of Wisdom

Put a shell to your ear and you can hear the ocean. Japanese scientists have taken that concept to a higher level, inventing a device called the “kai-lingual” that can “hear” oysters commenting on their environment. Well shucks!

Reactive Lighting Brings Safety, Efficiency, And The WOW Factor To Your Stairs

Traditional staircase lighting fails to impress functionally.  Even when lit with a fancy chandelier from an arched ceiling, which basement and attic stairs seldom deserve, the light cast may not be the safest.  But the Web's famous gadget hacker from Manitoba, Canada, Alan Parekh, has developed a complete kit for safe, energy-efficient, and versatile LED stair lighting that can express your individual style as well.

Wasabi Smoke Alarm Wins 2011 Ig Nobel Prize

A Japanese research team has been awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their patented invention, the Wasabi Smoke Alarm. As previously reported at InventorSpot in March of 2008, the silent alarm releases a mist of pungent wasabi oil that will wake up those with hearing disabilities in case of fire or a related emergency.

C-Mill: A Plug & Play Treadmill For Gait Training & Rehabilitation

Learning to walk again after breaking a leg or hip, having a stroke, prosthetic, or partial paralysis depends on a lot of persistence and an excellent rehabilitation program that can guide you through gait training.  Movement scientist Dr. Melvyn Roerdink from The Netherlands has developed a super smart, oversized treadmill that helps rehab patients gain confidence in their new gaits, with bells, whistles, and even light shows.

 


Calling All College Students: The Biomimicry Institute Student Design Challenge

For the third year in a row, the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organication that promotes the study and imitation of designs found in nature, is sponsoring the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.  This year the Challenge, which is open to college students world-wide, is to use biomimicry to design a solution that results in more efficient use of energy and ultimately reduces greenhouse gases.  No small feat, but the Institute provides students with plenty of resources on biomimicry....

 

Skinput Uses Your Skin as a User Interface

Skinput, a new technology under development, may soon allow people to dial their phones using a keypad projected onto their arms, or pause and control the volume of their music just by tapping their fingers.


Radioactive Water Decontamination Improved by NIMS Scientists

Researchers at Japan's NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science)  have discovered a new nanoscale silica material which is highly effective in removing radioactive strontium and radioiodine from contaminated water.

A Computer That Grows On You - Literally

It's hot, and food is getting more expensive. The solution? Buy a new computer, of course! Designer Omer Deutsch merges the fields of technology with biology, creating Seconday Growth, a computer that uses water to cool itself down while also providing an innovative way to increase your yield of fresh garden vegetables or decorative ivy. Perhaps a flowering wisteria would be nice?

3-D Printing - Bringing Digital Fabrication Into Every Home

The coming democratization of the 3-D printer promises to turn every home into a self-manufactured, manufacturing facility, fabricating your food and furniture, your footwear and your fake limbs. There are even plans for a printer that can print itself.