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Six Insider Thoughts on Winning Staples Invention Quest


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestEver wish you had insider's guide to what's going on in an invention contest?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some tips for Staples Invention Quest contest.

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Have Money to Burn? Pay $130,000 for a TV


YalosYalosOh, what to do? What to do? I have $130,000 laying around and I can put a down payment on a house, buy a few cars, feed a starving country or I can buy one TV. The choices some people have to make.

Keymat, has just come out with the Yalos Diamond LCD TV that costs $130,000.
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Chopsticks for Kids


ChopStick KidsChopStick KidsI grew up using chopsticks. Personally, there isn't a type of Asian food that I don't like (ok - so there really isn't any ethnic food I don't like). In this day and age where Chinese food restaurants are as common as the local pizza shop, all kids should get to know how to use chopsticks. My kids have a couple of pairs of them and when we go to restaurants, the wait staff usually makes their own version of children's chopsticks. Here are couple I've found for the kids (and grownups).
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More Site News


I want to announce that we have a new Featured Blogger joining our team. Seth Plattner is a recent graduate from New York University and currenly lives in Denver, Colorado. Having majored in English and minored in Art History, Seth will be honing both his writing skills and artistic eye to focus on architecture and design for American Inventor Spot. Look for articles on anything from interesting buildings and houses to innovative design ideas. But, whatever the topic, you're sure to find interesting subject matter and a unique perspective from Seth.

We're very excited to have him join us and think he's a wonderful addition to our site. read more »

Six Fun Ways to Carry Trash


Book PurseBook Purse In my last article, I introduced you to the world of inspiring chairs and their recycled parts. This time I’d like to show you that inspiration doesn’t always have to be so big and loud. Some times something as simple as a purse can make an impact on our society and the way we think about recycling.

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Inventor Advice: Prototype or Drawing?


Trying to decide whether you need a prototype of your invention?

Our Guest Blogger, Frank Morosky, is an Entrepreneur Consultant. He assists people with business ideas or inventions get their business started quickly and on a tight budget. His website is at fmorosky.home.mchsi.com. He wanted to share his experiences with prototyping with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Unusual Ways You Can Sit On Trash


InkukuInkukuToday in our environmentally conscious society you can find a chair made out of almost every recyclable material there is: milk cartons, soda bottles, wine barrels, boat wood, used tires and so on, but most of these chairs feel and look ordinary. Now take a look at some of the more unique and unusual chairs I’ve introduced to you below.
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10 Valuable Life Lessons... Learned From Coffins



In anticipation of my favorite holiday, I decided to write articles this entire month dedicated to the best of day of the year, Halloween. So what do I like about Halloween? One thing about Halloween I enjoy is the celebration of death and the macabre.

I started canvassing through the typical "Halloween" stuff like scary costumes but then got distracted by all the cool looking coffins I found.

I think you can learn a lot about life from almost everything if you open yourself up to what they can teach us. Being brilliant, I came up with the idea that coffins can offer up some valuable lessons about life. So here is my collection of coffins and what I think they tell you about life: read more »

Inflatable Home Theater


When Amused and Bemused first introduced the inflatable beer tavern, I was very impressed.  However, I think this inflatable home theater beats out the beer tavern just because its more practical.  

12 Foot Outdoor Theater12 Foot Outdoor TheaterYou know longer have to choose to spend your day inside ... so when want to lounge around and watch your favorite sports event.   you're wife is bitching about you getting off you fat @ss and get some fresh air.

http://www.smarthome.com/597512.html 

Insider Expose on Invention Promotion Firms!


Did you ever wonder how some Invention Promotion Firms actually work?

Our Guest Blogger, Terri Phillips, is an inventor of numerous products. She has worked at an Invention Promotion Firm. She now works in marketing, packaging, and product development for an inventor service company that provides a means of distribution for inventors to sell their products through AccessInventors.com. Terri's goal is to educate inventors from the inside out, so she wrote this article exclusively for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Modern Marvels Invent Now Invention Contest


Modern Marvels Invent NowModern Marvels Invent NowThe Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge is a contest that invites the independent inventor to share his/her vision and ingenious design with the world. The most remarkable invention submitted will be named the 2007 "Modern Marvel of the Year." The Challenge celebrates American ingenuity and provides a unique national forum for the independent inventor.
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Intel is Paying $1 Million for Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs


Intel ViivIntel ViivIntel is offering $1 million in prizes to PC designers and manufacturers who can come up with smaller, sexier alternatives to the "big, beige box". Applications must be submitted no later than January 15, 2007 11:59 pm PST and systems must be received by Intel for evaluation no later than March 2, 2007 11:59 pm PST. If you want to read Intel's news release on the Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, click read more.

Thanks to our friends over at therawfeed.com for letting us in on this challenge.
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ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors


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ABC's American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Invests Winnings to help other Inventors

As most of America knows, Mr. Thompson was awarded $50,000 from the hit ABC show for the rights to his Catch Vest, but what might surprise you is what he did with the money. After saving his house from foreclosure, Mr. Thompson took the majority of his winnings and started a company, "Belykewater Productions." read more »

Eight Cool Tools to Handicap the Course


Pocket MarkmasterPocket MarkmasterDid you every wish you could improve your golf game?

Our Guest Blogger, Scott Fetters, is a self-described "freelance writer extraordinaire, adventure sports enthusiast, and professional extrovert", who is "riding out this train we call life through some fresh powder, until the wheels fall off." Scott thought his good deed of the day would be to help readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com become better golfers (and who doesn't need a little help with their game) with these innovative golf gadgets.

Here's his article: read more »

Green Innovation Contest for College Students


ecomagination challengeecomagination challengeThe mtvU GE ecomagination Challenge is asking individual and teams of college students from around the country to develop new, creative ways to green their campus. They are looking for innovative and groundbreaking ideas that can have a positive impact at the local level or the global level - or both. read more »

Oxymoronic Invention: the Electric Composter


NatureMill's ComposterNatureMill's ComposterDo you know of any self-contradictory or "oxymoronic" inventions? You know ... inventions that defeat its own purpose?

Our guest blogger, Phil Jones aka "bottleslingguy", is the inventor of his own brand of nursing bottle slings (you can check them out at http://www.bottleslingguy.com/ ). Phil is an avid fan of AmericanInventorSpot.com (he's been with us since the beginning), he loves to pick on Doug Hall and plans on changing the way people bottlefeed their children. Auditioning right after Robert Amore and Francisco Patino of ABC's American Inventor, his two minutes of fame never made it past the cutting room floor. Now he likes to hang around here and remind people to check out his invention and let us know about an invention that seems just doesn't seem right.

Here's his article:


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Five Amazing Ways to Use Portable Solar Power


Power PursePower PurseSolar energy isn’t just for your backyard. You can carry it with you too, wherever you go. Whether you’re traveling to a remote place for business, vacationing on a mountain, shopping nonstop for hours, camping in the wild, visiting family out of town or just walking from class to class on campus, you can power up with solar energy. How? More and more, solar panels are being added to clothing, bags and accessories as people become aware of the value and convenience of solar energy. read more »

Staples Invention Quest Invention Contest Starts Today


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples (the office supplies superstore) Invention Quest is back. Staples has broken the competition into three separate categories:

* Invention Quest (19 years and older),

* Invention Quest Kids (18 years and younger), and

* Invention Quest Associates (for Staples Associates).
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Get Your Idea to Market WITHOUT an Invention Submission Firm


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Did you know you don't need to use an Invention Submission Firm to show your ideas to manufacturers?

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools,
toys and a kitchen utensil without the aid of an Invention Submission Firm. You can see some of his inventions at rogerbrown.net. He graciously agreed to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com some valuable advice. Here's his article: read more »

Is Your Teenage Driver Speeding? Now You Can Tell


Want to know if your teenager is speeding?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at www.thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Are you a worried parent with a teen driver? A new invention by a young man from Massachusetts can monitor the speed and location of a car and is being marketed to slow down fast-driving teenagers. We all know that speed and inexperience behind wheel don't mix, but will parents sic this Big Brother-device on their teens?


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