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Solar-Powered Water Heater Made of Beer Bottles


 

 

 

 

 

 

Who needs photovoltaic cells when you have 66 beer bottles to capture the sun's rays? Ma Yanjun, a farmer from China, designed this simple technology, which works surprisingly well. read more »

Sideways Bike?


Some people like to do things differently. If they didn't we wouldn't have inventors or weird people. Michael Killian is an inventor. He is a 46 year old software engineer from Dublin, to be exact, who recently invented a Sideways Bike and, not too long ago, invented the Sideways Scooter. Some people may think a Sideways Bike is a little weird, but I think it's oddly creative. read more »

Brain Reps 1: How to Invent Excuses for Inventing


Peter Mucha, our Guest Blogger, is an online editor and writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who shares more of his zany ideas on stealmyideasplease.com . He thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy discussing the process of inventing. Here's his article:

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Ouch. Brain cramps, again?! Yeeow. That's what I get. For not stretching my mind first. For jumping right into a drill, still on a full stomach. read more »

3 Steps To Maximize Your Press Release Placement


Like the poor soul who’s all dressed up with nowhere to go, a good press release doesn't want to sit on your desk.

Though your press release must blare "This is a great story!" its true success is determined by who pays attention to it, who prints it, and who decides to follow up and write a story about your new product or business. read more »

Microwave Turns Plastic Into Oil


This new recycling machine has negligible fuel costs, zero emissions, and can recover extra metal for profit. Fighting global warming has never sounded so easy. read more »

Liquid Telescopes Expand Ability to See Deep Space


In this long-term project, researchers have made another optics discovery that could eventually open the doors to objects far beyond what we currently see. read more »

Three In One: Stove, Refrigerator, and Generator


This quaint-looking device could bring some "essential" ammenities to millions in the world's poorest countries with its cutting-edge technology. read more »

A Different Kind of Hybrid


Think the steam engine is a thing of the past? Think again! Read about Bruce Crower's six-stroke, gasoline/steam hybrid to learn more. read more »

Crops Ask For and Receive Water


"I'm Thirsty" is the motto of this product-straight from the corn's mouth. read more »

Is the 100 MPG Car Almost Here?


The Automotive X Prize promises to bring about real changes in fuel mileage for everyday vehicles in the near future. Read more about it here. read more »

10 TIPS FOR WRITING SUCCESSFUL PRESS RELEASES


Press releases are more formulaic than the modern romance novel... and that's a good thing for those of us who want to keep press writing simple. I'll show you the formula and suggest a few tips to increase your chances of getting your releases published. Oh, did I mention that you should be writing your own press releases? (see 10 Marketing Tips For Inventors And Entrepreneurs )

A 117-year-old silver spoon, innovative at the time, inspired me to write a short press release as an example for you. Can you guess why this spoon is innovative in both concept and manufacturing process? read more »

New Type of Air Disinfector Can Create Fresh Air Indoors


If you’ve ever felt that a deep breath of fresh air is good for you, you may have been closer to the truth than you thought. Scientists have created a device that mimics some key components of outdoor air that also kills the “superbugs” that plague hospitals and kill thousands of patients per year. The invention is currently for sale in the UK, with plans to launch in the US, especially in hospitals. read more »

ABC's American Inventor - Episode 3 Season 2 Live Blog and Show Recap



 

Welcome back for Episode 3 of ABC's second season of American Inventor! We are right in the thick of the preliminary rounds, seeing some great--and not so great--inventions out there. Last week we got our San Francisco and L.A. winners (Greg Chavez and Ricky DeRennaux), and this week we continue with open calls in Chicago and New York. I'm hoping to see some good stuff tonight from the Northern crowd--a healthy mix of cool and crazy. So let's get started... read more »

Electronic Wedge Brake Brings Drive-by-Wire to New Level


Will the eBrake replace the hydraulic brake? Siemens VDO Automotive thinks it has the design of the brakes of the future. read more »

Hypersonic Jet "Breathes" Oxygen To Exceed Mach 10 Speeds


Researchers from Australia and the US have built a hypersonic scramjet that "breathes" in oxygen rather than carrying it as fuel. The group predicts that hypersonic airplanes may be a reality in the near future. read more »

Reproduce Almost Anything : Product Review:


Reproduce Almost AnythingReproduce Almost AnythingSo you're at the prototyping stage with your latest great idea, but have no clue how to actually make it? Time to learn a new skill...silicone mold making. This video and workbook give you everything you need to get started on the path to production.
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Patently Pointless: Sexual Fitness Machine


A patent has been issued for a new way for couples to fit and get fit together.

Our Guest Blogger, Jennifer Lane, has lived in an array of places, from a monastery in the Himalayas to the "Entertainment Capital of the World." She currently works as an attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. She wanted to share the fun side of patents with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

Update on the Anecia Survival Capsule - Winner of American Inventor Season One


Watching the first episode of the second season of American Inventor this week made me wonder what ever happened to season one's winner of American Inventor? I bet a lot of people are asking the same question.

The grand finale of Season One of the American Inventor show aired on May 19, 2006 and Janusz Liberkowski won the title American Inventor. Janusz is the inventor of the Anecia Survival Capsule (a safer car-seat). read more »

Say Goodbye to Powerstrips As You Know Them


Powercast is one start-up company that appears to have found the keys to small-company success in a corporate world. Their technology enables literally hundreds of electronic devices to be powered and/or recharged...wirelessly. read more »

Israeli Team Develops Robot Helps to Save Lives


Miniature robots can now help with surgery.

Our guest blogger, Tamara Warta, lives with her husband in Sacramento where she works as a writer and a director of a Christian dance company. Her work can be seen in several publications and websites such as skincare-news.com, limestart.com, and lovetoknow.com. She wanted to share international invention stories with the readers of InventorSpot.com

Here's her article: read more »