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By shopping internationally Up To You customers can expect to be introduced to amazing pieces, while taking an active role in influencing trends and refining a distinct lifestyle.
Is this a shop or something much more?
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The Axe Effect Spreads to Towels : Inventive Marketing


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Axe is known for its seductive fragrances and packaging and over the years the brand has established itself as one of the leading male grooming brands in the world. What does its' advertising do for the ever so provocative brand? read more »

Fetus Coin Purse - Wacky of the Week


In my perpetual hunt for the weird, wacky and funny, I just found a purse that is made to look like an unborn fetus. Yes, that's right, an unborn fetus. read more »

Mr. Hoyos Lives A La Lata


At first glance you may think this chair is just another chair made from recycled parts, but if you look deeper you may find something more. At first glance you may be appalled when you see that the chairs environmental design consists of non-earth friendly twisty ties. Or, if you look deeper, have an open mind and patience, you may find in it instead potential, potential to have a great social and environmental impact on the world.

Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos, a designer, who studied in Japan in Kobe Design University, knows his chair isn't perfect, but he's working on it. read more »

Inventive Marketing - Toy Story


Amy Gifford, our Guest Blogger, works in PR for a group of nonprofits after previously working in media and advertising in the auto industry. She received a Bachelors Degree in PR and five certificates in areas of Marketing, Advertising and E-commerce. She wanted to share her smart marketing finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Actors dressed up as "big toys" with oversized hands attached to their costumes to promote Australia's biggest Toy Sale at Target. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $41,000 for a Toy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan's Ginza Tanaka Jewelers and toymaker Bandai Co. unveiled a miniature version of Japan's famous animated robot character - "Gundam."

Gundum is one of the longest running Japense animation series.

The figurine weighs in at 1,400 grams (45oz) and stands 13cm (5") tall. He is made of pure platinum which explains its name "Gundam Fixed Platinum."

At today's prices, melted down, he would go for $41,468!

Seems a little expensive for a toy, huh?

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10 Funniest Pillows


When I think of really fun pillows, I think of the ones that nature blessed women with. But for those folks who want a bit of variety in the soft places they want to rest their tired heads, I've put together a collection of 10 Fun Pillows to Suit Every Mood: read more »

The World’s 10 Best Chocolates Minus 9: The Chuao Experience


... I woke up at 6:00, put on my favorite CD of opera arias, and brewed a pot of San Francisco French Roast. With my coffee and a fresh box of Chuao truffles in hand, and Kiri Te Kanawa singing Dove Sono on the stereo, I submitted to the comfort of the chaise lounge, à la Marie Antoinette, and took my first bite of a Picante truffle....

Welcome to Chuao. Chuao is to chocolate what Beluga is to caviar. A transcendental experience. read more »

Slightly Twisted Product of the Week: Gun-Shaped Hair Dryer

It's been awhile since I posted a Slightly Twisted posting. Loyal fans will recall that I find some of the products on the web that leave me a bit speechless. I am asking for your help in trying to figure out something funny, witty or profound to say about it. My pick of the Slightly Twisted wacky product of the week is a quite realistic looking Gun Shaped Hair Dryer.

Thanko Vonia Bone Conducting Music Headband


 

Looking for a new type of music headband?

Our Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Logitec LDS-iALARM iPod Alarm Clock - Sleepers Awake!


Want to declutter your nightstand? How about combining your ipod and clock?

Our Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $50,000 for a Mattress


The Vividus, created by Swedish manufacturer Hästens, sells for just shy of $50,000. Vividus, the super-luxury mattress, uses all-natural horsehair, cotton, linen and wool in the various steps in the bed's manufacture. read more »

Bubblehead and USB Happy Kid: Making Webcams Cuter


Ever wish your webcam was more fun to look at?

Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Chimney 2 Humidifier - Smoothing Up the Air Up There


It's about time somebody reinvented the humble humidifier, and with the Chimney2, Japanese designer TAKUMI has done it up right! read more »

Timeless Design in a Bedside Timepiece


If you've ever smashed a digital clock out of frustration ala Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day" ("then put your little hand in mine..."), then the limited edition LED Wood Clock by TAKUMI of Japan is the answer to your dreams! read more »

Intelliscanner Mini- An Easy Way To Get Organized


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If you have an attic full of old comics, a pantry full of all kinds of food stuff, and perhaps a wine cellar with wines whose vintage you no longer remember...

You need an Intelliscanner Mini to organize your stuff and your life for you.

The Intelliscanner Mini simply scans barcodes, loads the info on your computer and organizes it.

Easy Living Indeed. read more »

Junk Mail Makes Great Gems


How much junk mail do you receive in the mail everyday?

According to New American Dream, "More than 100 million trees' worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year - that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months." Most of us, if we don't recycle our junk mail, we throw it away, but we never really think much more of it. Fortunately, there are people like Gretchen Fleener, an industrial designer, who have found ways to make good use of junk mail. read more »

TechSelector Saves the Day for Non-Geeks


TechSelectorTechSelectorHow often have you stood at a gadgets store knowing what you want yet unable to buy anything as the variety of choices in terms of brands, features, prices etc simply leaves you more confused than you were before you entered the store?

There is help available for all the non-techies.

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7 Inventive Ways to Live in a Closet


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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 »

Envirowoman Goes Plastic Less


Before you read this, I'd like for you to look around your house and take a look at all the items and products in your home that are made of plastic or contained in plastic. Start with your trashcans, your computer, your printer, the keyboard buttons, the phone, the clothes you are wearing, your pens, the fan, the remote control... How about your under-the-sink plumbing? In your kitchen, I bet there is a bunch of plastic stored away-Tupperware, dishes, cleaning products, parts of your appliances, condiments... In your bathroom: shampoo and conditioner bottles are probably made of plastic. Look in your medicine cabinets too and you'll find plastic medicine bottles and deodorants and mouth washes in plastic containers...
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