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Enjoy Your Backyard with Solar Energy


Solar GrillSolar GrillDo you like to barbeque? Do you mow your yard? Do you have a fire ant infestation or are the mosquitoes eating you alive? Are you too dirty to go inside? Whether this sounds like you or someone else you know, there is an alternative, cheaper, quieter, and greener way to enjoy your backyard. From mirrored grills that cook your food naturally to chemically-free ant charmers and mosquito repellents, these innovations are all powered by the sun and get the job done. read more »

Doggie Duds and Kitty Couture: Current Fashion Trends for your Pet


Want the latest trends for your pet?

Our Guest Blogger Lexy Schuh is a stay-at-home mother and an ex-teacher trying to enrich herself through her many writing projects. She has written about the latest trends for pet for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article: read more »

You Know Your House is Too Small When...


When your house is too small, you need to be really creative in using your space intelligently. It's not unusual to hear of folks trapped in tiny cramped living spaces to find ingenious ways to use the available space. I have heard of folks trying to use their shower (and their shower rods) as extra closet space and having shelves above every door. But, I've never seen anything like this...
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Sony Delays PLAYSTATION 3 in Europe


In a surprise move, Sony Corp. announced the delay of their PLAYSTATION 3 (a.k.a. PS3) launch in Europe today. The launch has been delayed from November to March due to manufacturing shortages. Ken Kutaragi told reporters, “I feel sorry. I think there are so many people out there who hold such high expectations for the PS3.”

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Wacky Ways to Lose Weight


Vinyl Sauna Suit

Working on my article on Weight Loss Gadgets for the Lazy and Unmotivated last week, I came upon some unusual ways for people to try to lose weight.

Here are my picks for the wackiest ways to try to lose a few pounds... read more »

Gummi Bear Lights - HotSpotMama Find


Gummi LightsGummi LightsYummy.

These lights make me hungry: Gummi Bear lights.

These Gummi Lights are made out of rubber and have an LED light in their butt. They are battery powered so you don't have to worry about their cords. They come with two lithium batteries that last about 20 hours.
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Innovations for the Environmentalists and the Gardeners


Blue Planet ComposterBlue Planet ComposterLooking for a way to support our environment? Our Guest Blogger, Gloria Campos-Hensley, is from Houston and is fascinated with innovations that make living and working in today's times a little more convenient. She wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com: * * * * * Did you know that over 30% of landfill waste could be composted and provide valuable nutrients to plants, but instead the waste is thrown in the trash and sent to landfills? Whether you're an environmentalist, a parent wanting a better world for her children, an avid gardener or just curious, turning waste into compost has become easier for all of us to do. Compost is a mixture of various decaying organic substances, such as dead leaves, cut grass, kitchen scraps or manure, used for fertilizing soil. Many composting products have been made and continue to be improved upon for the kitchen, the restroom as well as the yard. Thanks to these products, composting can be made faster, easier, healthier, smaller cheaper, with NO or little odor. From compost toilets, kitchen scrap bins, to "worm tea" - what was once waste is now nourishing our gardens and our yards.
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Final Verdict: Dead Rising


In the small city of Willamette, Colorado, there’s something strange going on… Frank West, a wartime photojournalist, comes to investigate the city of 53,594 because it has been quarantined by the National Guard. read more »

Weight Loss Gadgets for the Lazy and Unmotivated


Do you need to lose weight? I do. Desperately!

Well, with our advances in technology, I was thinking there's got to be a better way to lose weight and keep it off than the boring old formula of eating less and exercising more. Come on already, aren't we beyond that yet?!

I discovered with a little bit of late night research that with our unbeatable spirit to continue gorging our faces off, there ARE some new inventions to help folks who are inherently lazy still get slim.

Here are some great fitness machines for folks like me who want to be slim, but want to be slim while chomping on our supersized bag of Doritos and watching our favorite game on TV... read more »

New Way to Carry Your Laptop - Pizza Box Case


I am in the market for a travel case for my laptop. It was pretty clear from visting a few stores this weekend that the utilitarian and very boring black bag is pretty much what's available. How amazingly hohum! Why is it that the mass merchandisers all carry the same items?

I decided not to purchase anything and look for some more interesting options on line. How fortunate for me that in checking out one of my favorite websites Attu Sees All this morning, I found an unusual laptop case that I thought was pretty fun. read more »

The Smartest of the Smartphones


Treo SmartphoneTreo SmartphoneWant to know which cell phone you should get?

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 thinkmatter.org.

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

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I'm the type to obsess over a purchase before I make it. In the case of my cell phone, my obsession recently paid off when I decided to upgrade to the Treo 700w Smartphone, by Palm. read more »

War of the Off-Brand Sodas


BlackcherryBlackcherryWe all love sodas ... with the possible exception of when we brush our teeth and immediately thereafter drink some Diet Coke (inadvertently creating a taste in our mouth similar to that of shampoo mixed with battery acid). Still, the good stuff can become expensive; what can you do? The obvious answer is, of course, to start buying cheaper pop. read more »

What You Need To Be Cool in College


Fart DetectorFart DetectorGoing off to college? Got all the necessary school supplies?

One of my sons is going off to college this year. It got me thinking of what I need to send off with him so that he has everything he needs to be successful in school.

I guess success means different things to different folks. For me, success means the obvious things like my kid does not flunk out. It also means that my kid is popular and know as one of the cool kids and not one of the dorks.

To help him be cool, I came up with some items I am gong to send off with him. I don't think many of the students in his college will have these items, but I am sure they wish they did.

Here's my list of the Things You Can Buy So That You Can Be Cool in College: read more »

Why Mario is Video Game's Most Beloved Character


In terms of video game history, no other character has been more famous than Nintendo’s mascot, Mario. His awesome red hat, handlebar mustache, and Italian name represent a major video game company, as well as millions of dedicated gamers. read more »

The Lazy Person's Tools for Pet Care


Dog Powered ScooterDog Powered ScooterLooking for an easier way to take care of your pet?

Our guest blogger, educator/author, Sharon Bender of sharonbender.com has collected together some helpful finds for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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These days we humans are busier than ever, and we have become accustomed to letting technology handle most of our laborious tasks. We've even begun using it to manage our pets, so we don't have to spend repetitive hours walking, feeding, training, playing, toileting, and locating Fido and our felines?

We can harness their bounding energy, see what they are up to remotely, and train them without even trying. Take a look at these six ingenious ways our pets can survive our neglect and practically take care of themselves. read more »

Bye-Bye, Boring Laundry


WashDryIron Machine
WashDryIron Machine

Our Guest Blogger Jule Goag is a shopholic on the lookout for the next deal too good to be true. She loves gadgets, lives in Seattle and wrote this article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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Doing laundry is one of my most detested chores. It may not seem so bad, but I don't like things that I have to wait around for. If I try to multitask and go do something else in the meantime, sometimes I forget a load of laundry is still in the wash. I come back hours later and have a load of clothes smelling of mold. read more »

Walk, Walk, Walk Your Bicycle


Treadmill BikeTreadmill Bike

The article here the other day on a rowing bicyle in Row, Row, Row Your Bicycle, which to most folks seems like a pretty cool idea, made me think of another variation of the bicycle that I think is pretty novel. read more »

Basic Video Game Terminology: What You Need to Know


 

Are there times when you don’t understand what someone is saying to you when they talk about video games? Have you ever wanted to better understand the words gamers commonly use? Well, here’s your chance to do just that. read more »

Customize your Ipod-New Ipod Wizard



So we all know about the Ipod and how cool it is already.
I’m not going to beat you over the head with something the whole world knows. However, I bet you didn’t know you could give your Ipod a facelift. read more »