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The "Holy Grail" Of Light Bulbs: One Bulb Will Last For 60 Years!

Within two years, we could all be paying 75 percent less for home lighting than we are now, with $3 light bulbs that last 60 years and could reduce emission of carbon dioxide by 5 million tons a year! And they're bright!

International Smart Gear Competition: Wrap Your Head Around Bycatch!

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has launched the 4th International Smart Gear Competition, this year inviting submissions of designs for fishing devices that reduce bycatch. Bycatch, generally captured by fisheries and fishermen, is the unintended capture of species other than the target species, as well as undesirable young members of the target species.

Look Ma! I Can See My Ear Wax From Here

Justin Letlow's story of his Multi-Use Ear Mirror is that while at work in his furniture making shop, he felt something in his ear. The part of his story that must have been left out is where he picks and scratches like the devil, but what was there didn't go away. Anyway, eventually the frustration of not being able to see what was in his ear led him to create the Ear Mirror. See how invention happens?

Be Your Own Plumber With PermaFlow

The PermaFlow sure saves the environment from the toxic liquid drain cleaners being poured into it. And it's likely to save you a few bucks in plumber's bills.

IBM to Make Hydraulic Hybrids

IBM is pairing with UPS and the Eaton Corporation to make hybrid shipping trucks.

Single And Lovin' It! Another Coffee Company Establishes A Lifestyle

Coffee lovers are feeling the need to be single... at least at their coffee machines. And there's one company in particular that's driving the the single-cup lifestyle. This company makes an automatic single-cup coffee maker (the "razor") and a patented package for the coffee it brews (the "razor blades").

"Groundbreaking" Ultrasound Device Invented By PhD Student

Ultrasound machines can cost $20,000 or more and weigh 30 pounds, but not George K. Lewis's ultrasound device. Lewis's portable therapeutic ultrasound machine cost him about $150 to make -- 80 percent of which was spent on the battery -- it fits in the palm of his hand, and it can help treat cancer and relieve arthritis... among other things.

LifeWave™ Bed Sore Treatment Shows Promise

Bed sores come secondary to any injury, illness, or disease that keeps us immobile. But don't let the word "secondary" fool you; they can be fatal.

Forget Plastic! The Brilliant Invention Of The 360 Paper Water Bottle

My colleagues and I here at InventorSpot.com have been writing about ways to recycle water bottles for years, but there's a company that doesn't believe that recycling water bottles, whether we make lamps out of them or put them in recycling bins, is the answer for the future. So this international design company, Brandimage, has invented the 360 Paper Water Bottle. Now all it needs are water bottling companies ready and willing to use it.

Kids Can Invent a Video Game for Big Cash

Kids ages 5 to 19 can stop playing Elf Bowling and start working on their own online game. A new contest gives kids the chance to submit their idea for the online game of the century to a major game developer-and possibly earn huge cash.

Say Doc, What About A Prescription For This Handgun?

A new firearm, designed for easy access and shooting ability, and usable by millions of disabled and elderly persons, has received a listing from the FDA as a "medical device." The Palm Pistol™ is now appealing for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

"Hey Doc? How about a prescription for this handgun?"


Weight Loss Trend For The New Year: Gyrotonic Fitness Studios

This year, honor your New Year's resolution to get in shape by trying a new fitness trend. The Gyrotonic brand's new archaic-looking fitness apparatus and Gyrokinesis classes combine the benefits of swimming, yoga, gymnastics, dance and more, to give fitness enthusiasts a full-body workout and spiritual-like healing experience.


Odors to Treat Male Impotence: Great Idea?

US Patent # 5,885,614 dates back to March of 2000 and hails from Chicago, the city of wind (hot and otherwise), and sometimes, silly invention ideas. Presented as an alternative to Viagra, the only stimulation required for this invention to work is your nose. I know, don’t ask, but read on and sort of be informed.

Romantic Gift Idea: Custom Musical Compositions

Requiem for You is a unique business concept that will give your loved one a holiday gift they will never forget. To immortalize or celebrate that special person in your life, you can have a customized musical composition developed with their inspiration.

Wear Those Braces or Else: Dictatorship Within Democracy

Patent #4,764,111 is a device for reminding kids to wear their braces, which involves implanting an alarm in their mouths with a timer. Perhaps well intentioned, this absurd patent is a subtle reminder of how individual rights can be taken away a little bit at a time, especially for kids. Read on, no matter how you may feel about a free society.

Businesses of Convenience: 2008's Most Weird and Wacky Vending Machines

Vending machines offer the consumers the convenience of finding products and services at hand wherever they go. Many companies are profiting on this growing business trend, and are branching out beyond the typical candy and soda vending to provide some very unique and wacky services. Learn about the top 5 vending machines that exist in 2008!


Get Out Of The Way Of This Baby:The 800,000 Volt Lightning Rod Stun Pen

The Lightning Rod Stun Pen, shooting 800,000 volts of electricity at its target, is Streetwise's highest packing power in a pen. It's so powerful, it can seriously disable your target, enabling at least, a very good chance for you to get away. It's so small, it can fit in your pocket or even a small purse.

Building Blocks Made From Bottle Caps: Recycling Gone Astray

If beauty fades but stupid is forever, what can anyone say about US patent # 4202456? Toy building blocks made from bottle caps might seem thrifty and practical, but how could they be so when it cost thousands of dollars to patent such an idea? A bit contradictory, no? Read on for some details and a bit more ambivalence.

Russian Hi-Tech Toilet Turns Urine Into Drinking Water: Is Wine Next?

The specialists at NASA have spent 19 million dollars on what surely must qualify as the most expensive toilet in the world. What makes this flusher so extraordinary? It turns urine into drinking water. For that price it would seem a little more alchemy should be included; you know, the kind that transforms common metals into gold, silver, platinum and uranium! Read on for the astounding details.

Invasion Of The Robot Snatchers Coming To A Nursing Home Near You

Guess what? We don't have to worry about growing old alone. We will have robots to take care of us... the kind that can become any person you authorize it to be, kind of like a medium to communicate with the living.