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The Long History of the Condom


Geocomo CasanovaGeocomo CasanovaCurious about the history of the condom?

Here's a bit of the obvious for you: men and women have been having sex for as long as there have been humans. Discounting any origin of the species theories involving extraterrestrials, that works out to around 250,000 years for Homo sapiens as a distinct species of primate. read more »

VioClean Brushes Away All Germs


VioCleanVioCleanVioclean is not a toothbrush; it is a portable UV toothbrush sterilizer.

The innovative sterilizer effectively brushes away fungi, bacteria and viruses that may have taken up residence in your toothbrush.

The VioClean sterilizer uses patented UV and ozone technology to eradicate up to 99% of the germs present and that too in six minutes.

Zip Zap Whoosh...All clean.
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The Remote Door Key


A remote door key! Why didn't we think of it before.

After all the same gadget for a car has been around for years and years. Standing at my door in the wee hours of the night, often have I cursed my bunch of keys for getting lost in all the traffic inside the bag. Goodbye to those troubled times. This simple remote from Locca functions exactly like a car remote. read more »

History Lesson: Inventions from the Islamic World



Want to find out what the islamic world has invented?

This BBC presentation, presented in a video on YouTube, goes through some of the inventions from the islamic world. Find out more about the golden age of Islamic Discovery:

The video is about an hour long. Enjoy!

Octodog -- The Frankfurter Converter


We’re always telling our kids not to play with their food, but sometimes you just gotta break the rules. I’m talking about the Octodog, a revolutionary new "frankfurter converter" that skillfully turns a simple wiener into an eight legged creature from the sea.
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7 Inventive Ways to Live in a Closet


Sofa, Bed and Lamp in OneSofa, Bed and Lamp in One

Real estate, real estate...that's all I hear about these days. First, prices are going through the roof. Now, supposedly, prices are caving in. Who cares?

All I know is that with prices so high, I can not afford a decent sized place to live. The way my cash flow is going, I may have to move into some teeny tiny space which is more aptly described as a closet than a house.

Assuming that everyone is just like me, boxed in and feeling wretched, I decided to help my fellow small space dwellers by finding items of furniture that can help you save on space.

This furniture gives you 7 Ways to Live in a Closet or Other Cr@ppy Tiny Little Hole in the Wall That You Call Home: read more »

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.

Here's his article: read more »

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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.