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Open the Door to a New Era of Table Tennis


Anyone who inhabits "postage stamp" size apartments can appreciate the value of space-saving innovations. And unless you are among the lucky few who boast voluminous digs, accommodating a ping pong table into your living quarters is probably more of a joke than a realistic venture... read more »

8 Environmentally Friendly Burial Alternatives.. or 8 Options to the Boring Old Coffin


Today's funeral practices are not environmentally friendly. Between clearing land out to make burial sites, green house gases due to cremation, trees cut down to make caskets and embalming fluid which contains chemicals like formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents, death is not as natural as it should be. Funerals are detrimental to the land, water and air. The good news is that green funeral options continue to grow in popularity. Below are some innovative burial alternatives to choose from. read more »

A Little Formula-1 for Everyone


Every little boy dreams of becoming the next Formula-1 race car driver. Tearing over the pavement at speeds over 200 miles per hour....what a rush. Sadly, only a select few will ever get to experience that kind of adrenaline rush. But with the help of Caparo Vehicle Technologies, anyone can own their own Formula-1 race car, straight from the factory.

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Think Your Tivo Is Cool? Technology From Singapore Puts Tivo to Shame


Singapore has geared up for the ultimate in personal entertainment with WOWtv, a personalized media experience through streaming broadband channels. read more »

More Muslim Competition for Barbie


Salma Doll (from the Salma website)Salma Doll (from the Salma website)In the competitive world market for Barbie-like dolls a new contender has emerged. Salma, from the word ‘peace' in Arabic, is a new Barbie inspired doll that promotes positive Islamic values. The new doll, created by Sukmawati Suryaman, an Indonesian businesswomen, is the latest competition to Mattel's Barbie doll in the Muslim world. read more »

The End of the Naked Cord - Redefining Illumination


In honor of Dutch Design Week I'd like to highlight some of the fresh ideas coming our way from northern Europe, with a special emphasis on those designers who work to make what is traditionally considered unattractive -- like the cords of lamps, for example-- into an integral feature of the design... read more »

Innovate Or Die! Can Bikers Help Save The Earth?


 


Can bikers help solve our energy problems? They are being challenged to do so by the Innovate Or Die invention contest, sponsored by Specialized Bicycles and Google Inc. Innovate or Die is the first-ever invention contest for the most ingenious bike that uses human pedalling to power something besides the bike itself.

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Great Invention Idea? Preserving the Dead in Display Cases


Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Halloween lovers my third, and last, spooky patent pick of the year has got it all: dead people, mummies and burning flesh!

India’s National Innovation Foundation Reaches the Next Generation


 

 

 

Earlier this month, in honor of former president of India, A.P. J. Abdul Kalam’s 76th birthday, the NIF launched a children’s corner on its website devoted completely to the creativity and innovation of young minds. read more »

Incontinence Relief For Leaky Ladies


 

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If you've heard anyone say, "I laughed so hard I peed in my pants," it's not just an expression. Most women experience incontinence at some point in their lives, a weakening of urinary control, so that laughter, coughing, a sneeze, lifting, or exercise can be an immediate cause of leakiness. Some even leak while they sleep.

The IncoStress device, invented by a Welsh mother-daughter team, just won 1st Prize at the British Invention Show and it may be the answer for leaky ladies.

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China's New Trains Will Be Faster Than A Bullet...Train


China is giving Japan a run for its money when it comes to public transportation. The body of the very first Chinese high-speed train with speeds rivaling that of its competitor (the Japanese bullet train), has been completed. read more »

"Glo" with the Flow of Modern Lighting


Marrying art and function isn't always easy. But award-winning, Italian designer Danilo de Rossi makes it appear as effortless as the effect of gravity on a drop of water... read more »

Great Invention Idea? Frameless Glasses Are Bolted Onto Your Face!


Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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My ruminations about getting older, when I first learned I needed reading glasses, were quickly dispelled when I placed an order for some designer frames and the optician handed me a bill for several hundred dollars.

Selling on Skin - The Best of Tattoo Advertising


Despite some taboos, tattoos have experienced a recent surge of popularity in many parts of the world, particularly in North America, Japan and Europe and most recently Australia.

The growth in the tattoo culture has also led to the growing incidence of using tattoos in creative ways in advertising. The following ten ads all use tattoos in interesting ways to help sell their products: read more »

Great Invention Idea? Human Fart Collector


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Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to scout the annals of the patent offices for inventions intended for the deepest, darkest, scariest recesses of mankind.

Japan's Butt-Biting Bug Song & Video Creates Infectious Buzz



Whether shopping in downtown Tokyo, relaxing at home with family or out on the town with friends or co-workers, Japanese just can't seem to get enough of - or away from - the Butt-Biting Bug!
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Electrolux Sponsors Second Life 100,000L$ Inventor Contest


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Better hurry to get your invention ideas to Electrolux, because the deadline is November 1, and the contest was just announced on October 18, 2007! Your challenge is to create useful devices that solve specific challenges in Second Life: what's at stake is up to 100,000 Linden Dollars (L$s)!

New ID Card for Cigarette Vending Machines Smokes Out Minors



Japan's easily accessible cigarette vending machines have been tempting targets for teen puffers. Not any more - the new "TASPO" ID card combines age verification with a handy payment function!
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Trim Trolley Takes Off The Weight While You Grocery Shop


Elana Bowman, our guest blogger, lives in Sydney and she has so many interests she doesn't have time to indulge in them all. On your average day, she'll be at work or writing or on the beach or reading or finding something new & interesting. She wanted to share some of her finds from the UK, Australia and New Zealand with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Supermarket chain Tesco is launching the trim trolley this week, a trolley designed to help people work out while they shop!

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