News for Inventors

Could Social Media Currency Replace the Dollar, Euro or Yuan?

When Mark Zuckerberg first launched his Open Graph API at the last Facebook F8 Conference in 2010, it was clear that a paradigm shift was set in motion- one that would revolutionize advertising - but more importantly one that would transform monetary transactions across the Web.  But could it possibly replace the dollar, euro or yuan?

Starting Early: Inventor Gets His First Patent At 15

Thirteen when he applied for his first patent, Kansan Zachary Smith just received it at the age of 15.  His invention? A sports chair that comes with its own blanket and carrying case that apparently no one had thought of before.  Now, with patent in hand, Smith is looking to make the most of it.

Google's Fare Search For Travel Challenged by FairSearch For Travel

Google's acquisitions of AdMob Inc. and DoubleClick boosted the search giant's online services while the government held back from challenging its encroachment on competition. But with Google's recent acquisition of ITA Software, online travel agencies (OTAs) are pressuring the US Justice Department to support an anti-trust suit against Google to block the purchase.

Prosthetic Arm Biomimics The Arms Of An Octopus

Kaylene Kau, a recent graduate from the industrial design department at the University of Washington was challenged by a professor to 'push the boundaries of prosthetic design.'  So she did, and here, inspired by the fluid movements of an octopus's arms, is her multi-jointed Prosthetic Arm.

LAST CALL For HOT IDEAS! Everyday Edisons, Season 4

Deadlines are upon us for Everyday Edisons Season 4 submissions.  Don't even worry if your idea is not prototyped yet; the online submission can even be sketched out on a napkin!

Don't Let Saggy Pants Drag You Down: Get Subs™ Control

One inventor, Andrew Lewis of Harlem, has come up with a way to keep the eyesore saggies above the butt.  It was a trend many of us hoped would go away, but it has actually caught 'on fire' in urban neighborhoods.  Saggy pants.  The fat workman's 'crack,' so often hyperbolized as the height of grossness, is now considered fashion among school kids and even those in their twenties! 

 

Inventor Creates 'Corsuit' To Provide Swimming Strength & Stability

This past January performance body suits were banned from swimming competitions, leaving many competitors spineless... in a way. 

 

Quirky's Socially Developed Power Strip Has "Pivot Power"

Your power strip has six power outlets, but strangely, you cannot insert more than three or four power plugs at a time.  The outlets are all meant for the standard two or three pronged plug, but as we know there are any number of adapters that depend on electric power, and they take up a lot more room than a regular lamp plug. With 709 inventors contributing, Quirky's Pivot Power creates an elegant solution.

 


Calling All Inventors! Everyday Edisons Season 4 Casting Calls

Get your inventions ready for Season 4 of the Emmy award-winning show, Everyday Edisons.  Sorry, the casting directors are not coming to a city near you this year.... You're going to them... via the Internet.  That's right.  Season 4 casting will be conducted online through Edison Nation.

 


Invention Through The Eyes Of The Dean, On Planet Green

Dean Kamen, best known for the invention of the Segway personal transporter, will co-host an 8-part series on invention starting tomorrow, October 22, 2010, for Planet Green on the Discovery Channel.  The series, titled Dean of Invention, was named for and after Kamen, as he is now holds more than 400 patents himself.   Though inspiring for all, Dean of Invention is intended to inspire young persons to enter science and math so that they can be a part of shaping their own futures.

 


NCIIA Initiates Student Ambassador Program For Inventors & Entrepreneurs

This Fall the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has selected its first Student Ambassador team, a group of exceptional students at 14 universities that are charged with encouraging and leading the creation of socially beneficial technologies and bringing them to commercialization. No easy feat, but the NCIIA will give them plenty of support.

 

BANG... You're Not Dead! Buoyant Bazooka Wins James Dyson 2010 Design Award

There were 15 finalists in the previous round of the 2010 James Dyson international design contest and now there is but one: Samuel Adeloju for his invention of the LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System.  Though the system looks like a sawed-off bazooka and the supposed emergency person operating it is depicted as warrior from Second Life, LONGREACH's highly explosive warhead is actually a rescue device.

 

Awesome Eyeglasses For The Future Win Wall Street Journal Tech Award

Edyeglass technology hasn't advance very much since the 19th century... until now.  TruFocals, soon to be re-branded Superfocus, are the coolest things in prescription eyeglasses since Benjamin Franklin made his own.  In fact, they are designed just like Franklin's glasses. 


Social Media Gives Gray Lady A Make-Over With News.me

Coming from a long tradition of providing quality news-reporting over the course of the last century, the venerable New York Times is not one to fade easily into legacy newspaper oblivion. This week, it was announced that the Gray Lady will be re-inventing itself with a new personalized news service, called News.me.

Calling All Inventors! Cadbury Wants Revolutionary Packaging For Its Chocolate

Cadbury, the world famous chocolate and candy maker, needs a new wrapper, a revolutionary one that keeps chocolate from melting when exposed to high temperatures.  While you are at it, invent a wrapper that keeps humans from melting in hot temperatures.