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Brilliant's Invention Idea of the Week - One Grip Bagholder


One Grip Bag HolderOne Grip Bag HolderLooking for a better way to hold all those plastic bags?Almost nothing is as painful and annoying as having to hold a series of heavy plastic bags in your hands when you go shopping.
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Cool Tool: The “Open-It Universal Opener”


The Open-It Universal OpenerThe Open-It Universal OpenerIf you believe, as I do, that a good Swiss Army Knife is something everyone needs, I think you’ll agree that this week’s Cool Tool, is something that boomers, seniors, and generations X, Y, and Z all need….

 

It’s a top flipping, can prying, bag splitting, envelop slitting, orange peeling, hole punching box cutter! read more »

Frozen Back to Life?


When it comes to our health, sometimes it can be out of our control. No matter how healthy we are or how safe we try to be, accidents happen and our lives... can suddenly take a turn for the worst. Lucky for us there are people who dedicate their lives to help us get back on our feet. People like Dr. Joseph Varon, for example, or as some like to call him, Dr. Freeze, from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. He is known for his innovative life saving hypothermic treatment on brain dead patients.
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Brilliant's Invention Idea of the Week - Thumbsaver


ThumbsaverThumbsaverEver hit your fingers while trying to nail something? Did it hurt?

Did you ever wish there was a device that could hold you nail for you so that you could get your tender precious fingers out of harm's way? read more »

I always thought that someone should invent something cheap and handy to save my poor fingers while nailing stuff around the house.

Warning About Food Allergies Can Be Fun


Donna Rendell is the mother of a child with life-threatening food allergies. She lives in fear that her daughter, Stella, will come in contact foods given to her by well-meaning parents, relatives, or friends who may forget that her allergies are so severe, the wrong foods can kill her.

She set out to create products to help communicate the allergy message. read more »

Staples Invention Quest: Finalists Announced, Voting Begins


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples has announced the 15 finalists in its Invention Quest. Five finalists in each of three categories are now up for a grand prize of $25,000 each and a chance to have Staples manufacture and sell their product. You have a chance to affect the outcome (or so they say) as the online voting has begun. Read on to learn about the products that will rock your office world... read more »

Would You Wear This? Solar Powered Bikini


If you like the idea of using solar energy to power up your electronics, you may really like the idea of solar clothing.

There is a new solar concept that could help you look sexy and keep you cool at the beach without an effort. What is it? It is the Solar Powered Bikini.

Designed by Andrew Schneider, the Solar Powered Bikini is part of his iDrink line. This standard medium-sized bikini with a USB connection provides new and fun possibilities with solar power. read more »

Water-Safe Baby Carrier


With summer fast-approaching, visions of the dreaded heat and humidity press tightly on my mind, like a hot, wet cloth. Oppressive and uncomfortable, the Midwest summers can nearly kill you or at least obliterate any fun outdoors - especially for my family. We all dislike the heat. Staying at home with the kids, cooped up in the deliciousness of air-conditioning can only last too long. Boredom sets in. Quick as a wink, I'm out the door, having packed everyone up for an afternoon at the pool. I love the water; its blue wetness dazzling in the glaring sun. Watching the children swimming their hearts and summer away is amazing. I love to hear their ecstatic squeals of laughter echoing off the water.
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IdeaWatch 2.0: Money Waiting for an Idea


Is your next great idea all dressed up with nowhere to go? Business plan in hand but no money in your pocket to get it off the ground? Now imagine the opposite problem...tons of money in hand but no one to turn your idea into reality. Ahhhh...the problems of a venture capitalist. Business 2.0 magazine is helping to bridge the gap between startups and investors by presenting 20 real-life ideas that venture capitalists are just itching to fund...to the tune of $100 million. read more »

Brilliant's Invention Idea of the Week - Gas-o-Haul


Gas-o-HaulI think it's important for a car to have a container handy to hold extra gasoline or water in case of emergencies. But, the storage containers traditionally available to hold gasoline are usually huge and bulky and practically take up half the space in the trunk, leaving little room for anything else. So, although having a container around is something people should do, very few people actually do because it's impracticable.
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A Better Way to Change Boat Oil


Hate changing the oil in your boat?

Our Guest Blogger, Matt Bobryk, is an advertising writer who just so
happens to be a certified gear head and obsessed with anything with a
motor in it. He wanted to share some of the latest innovations in boating with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Gotta Go Briefcase

The Gotta Go Briefcase for the Exec always on the run. At last, a briefcase you actually are supposed to take a dump in.

TIPS For The TEAS Plus Trademark Application!


Yes, I know, "There's no such thing as the perfect trademark search." That's the favorite caveat of every searcher and trademark attorney (just in case they flub-up). But you and/or your professional search team have done the most thorough trademark search you could do... The time has come. File that trademark application!

I hope that the actual filing will not be anticlimactic for you, because the Trademark Office has made applying so easy with the new TEAS Plus application.

Still, I have a few tips to make it even smoother.... read more »

How To Burp The Best


Every so often I see a parenting scenario that I remember to tuck in my feeble mother memory bank. These situations end up usually as parenting lessons for me – ones that I must remember to do, or ones that I really need to remember NOT to do.
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If You Think A Trademark Search Is Easy, You're Not Doing It Right!


The innocents do a Google or Yahoo search for their trademarks. Then they visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office, enter their favorite trademark in the blank box and no results are returned. Hurrah! Voila! This clever, creative, boss, rad, cool, hot trademark is all mine!

 

Little do they know... 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.

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New Battery Technology Can Revolutionize the Motorcycle


Matthew Bobryk, our Gest Blogger, is an advertising writer who just so
happens to be a certified gear head and obsessed with anything with a
motor in it. He wanted to share some of the latest innovations in motorcyle design with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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For close to 100 years, motorcycles and cars were all dependant on a very inefficient and environmentally nasty source of electrical power: the lead acid battery. What's surprising though, is most car and motorcycle manufacturers still use lead acid batteries. There has been a huge lag in new technology for this specific need. This may be soon to change, as one inventor has invented something truly exciting in the motorcycle industry: The lithium ion polymer motorcycle battery. read more »

What I Learned From...Letters from Iwo Jima


So you finally make it to the big presentation. That big sales call. Or you find yourself standing before a panel of judges in a contest. What do you do? How should you approach the situation? How do you get inside their heads? How do you convince them that your idea has value? Let's see what a recent film about one of the deadliest and most depressing battles of WWII has to say about the issue.
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