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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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10 Weird Handbags for the Manly Man


I don't know about you, but I am involved with a woman. That, by definition means that whenever she and I go out together, I somehow end up holding her purse. I don't know what it is with women and their purses. My lady can't go anywhere without it, but then tries to dump it on me every chance she gets.

Waiting around the mall this weekend bored out of my mind, I realised that I really I should be able to do something to make it more fun for a man to hold a woman's purse. I mean, if we men are going to end up holding the darn thing, shouldn't it be something we can have more fun with or at least not be mortified to be seen with?

So here are my picks for the 10 HandBags A Real Man Can Carry: read more »

Invisible Towel Shelf


The shelf is so designed that once you fold a towel and place on it, the shelf becomes invisible.

Keep stacking the towels.

People will wonder what is holding them up.

Apart from the enigma of the design, what I like most is the simple sleek lines and the functionality read more »

Matching…Clock And Cloth


Designed by Lupus Sabene, the Fabric Clock will redefine fashion.

You can keep customizing it to suit your mood.

The face of the clock has a piece of fabric that you can keep changing...blues for Monday, stripes for Tuesday... read more »

Popable, Shareable and Eatable Fashion


Along with working out and feeling good on the inside it would be nice to also look good on the outside. Unfortunately, with the decline in my fitness, my sense of style has diminished too. Naturally I've turned to magazines, friends, family and the ever so versatile internet for some help. Though all the tasteful tips and advice have been useful and appreciated, nothing has been more eye opening and entertaining as the search for style on the internet, be it my style or not.
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Reverse Product Placement : IdeaWatch 2.0:


Any marketer can get a product placement into a movie, TV show, or video game. But if you're really clever, you'll do just the opposite...find ways to turn fictional products into real ones. In this post we look at the new product development strategy called "reverse placement".
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Always There Bottle Opener


Often when the need for a drink arises, most of us rummage through cutlery drawers or stands, look through kitchen counters in the desperate attempt to find the elusive, all important tool—the bottle opener. Ok, ok so you are the super organized type, who knows where everything exactly is…but this is for the “normal” mortals…

The Suck UK team needs to be congratulated for this cool, new bar accessory. A fridge magnet that doubles up as a bottle opener. read more »

Would you Wear These? Shoes Made To Vacuum


Just imagine instead of the usual scenario, shoes bringing dirt into the house, shoes that are made for cleaning up the dirt instead, as you walk around the house. Electrolux imagined it and came up with a concept for a nice clean pair - a definite "must have" for cleaning fanatics or the shoe obsessed.
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Cute Animals are in the Bag


Our Guest Blogger, Mia Levine, was a web content writer and creative talent with over ten years experience within the high tech industry. Two children later, her focus has changed. She now spends her time finding new and innovative products that are fascinating and fun to both parents and kids. She likes products that are natural, environmentally friendly, and toxic-free.

Here's her article for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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The Wackiest Products To Keep You Cooking

In the past few weeks, I have created a whole series of articles on different types of Wacky Products, but I have to say that this one is my favorites.

Here is what I think are 13 of the Wackiest Products for Your Kitchen to Help Keep You Cooking, with choice quotes from vendors selling these products:

Jewelry That Helps Say "I HATE You"


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Are you trying to figure out what would be the perfect gift for your girlfriend or wife?

You may be having some difficulty because although it's pretty obvious that they want expensive jewelry, your wallet is in denial.

The holidays are a great time to reflect on whether you REALLY want to be in a relationship with the woman currently in your life. There is nothing like the cold hard reality of having to plunk down lots on cold hard cash to buy jewelry for a woman you are not excited about to make you think seriously about dumping her.

If you want to dump her, it's usually a smart move to do it before you spend lots of money on her...unless of course, she gives great gifts. If she's a great gift giver, I have a better idea. read more »

What Would Santa Want to Drive?


Everyone knows Santa drives a sleigh. And, while I’m sure it’s a very nice sleigh, if he and the missus are on holiday in Monaco, Miami, or Melbourne they’re going to need something a little more practical. A little elf told me Santa’s got his eye on the Los Angeles Auto Show’s Design Challenge for a lean, green, urban machine. Santa’s naturally concerned about the environment (global warming’s not so good for the poles), and the sleigh’s speed and agility have raised the bar for how he expects an automobile to perform. Nine innovative auto company's design teams won’t disappoint the big guy. From companies known for their environmental edginess to the makers of gas-guzzling monstrosities, L.A. will provide the backdrop for them to unveil their greenest conceptions on November 30. For a sneak preview, read on. (Gloria Campos wrote about two of the nine in her article, “Lean, Green, Driving Machines”. To read that article, click here .)
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The Spy Who Shoved Me


The New BondThe New BondI can’t shake this feeling that I’m being pushed into a holiday season full of movie-related cross-promotions that have been shoddily scraped together. Let’s see…Has Daniel Craig earned his role as Bond? Could Casino Royale draw first blood as the top grossing movie of the new holiday season? Will electronic sales of surveillance products increase for the holidays?

Heard all this already? Me too. Have you seen all the 007 related products they want to shove in your face? Me too. So let’s forget the marketing: I’m here to offer a helping hand so we can get through the comodification of our holy days together. read more »

How to Have the Best Thanksgiving EVER!


Thanksgiving is such a predictable and tedious holiday. You cook and clean for days only to have everyone snarf down what took days to cook in about 10 seconds (and that's only if they chew slowly). Then, you sit around all groggy waiting for those annoying people you are somehow related to finally get out of your house and go on to theirs.

I think that Thanksgiving Day should be a lot more fun...a bit more of a surprise.

So, for my friends who are bored, I have collected together a few items that I think will turn any painfully tedious Thanksgiving Dinner into something people will remember for years. Here's my list of the 10 Things You Need to Have the Best Thanksgiving EVER: read more »

10 Completely New Ways to Turn a Woman On


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You men out there who want some helpful new hints for turning a woman on have come to the right place. I cannot speak for all, but as a woman I know something about how a man can get me going. In this article I have incorporated some simple new ways using inventive products to get the woman in your life to start looking your way. If your old tricks don't seem to be doing the job, give these new ideas a whirl! read more »

Bar Code Scanners Reinventing Shopping Again?


Last week I wrote about an ethos of surveillance we’ve been cultivating here in the United States. One so rampant that we’re now monitoring US/Mexican border crossings with state sponsored webcams. Even as citizens, we’re being screened at every place outside of our homes: banks, restaurants, bars, you name it.

This got me thinking. If businesses are monitoring us, is there any way that we can monitor them? If we’re being observed to make sure we’re not stealing from stores, is there a way we can monitor stores to make sure they’re not stealing from us?

I think there is, but I might need some help with this idea.
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