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Space Elevator Competition Shows Promising Future


Artist's depiction of a space elevatorArtist's depiction of a space elevator

 

The annual Space Elevator Games were held this past Monday in Farmington, Utah. Student teams designed 100-meter-tall space elevators in the competition, and the winning team's robot came close to winning NASA's half-million-dollar prize. 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.

NHL Players May Soon Use Hockey Skates With Built-In Heaters


Therma Blade Inc. Heated Skate Blade: Source: ReutersTherma Blade Inc. Heated Skate Blade: Source: Reuters

The NHL may become an even faster sport if the new heated skate blades are approved for use. These new skates feature a heated blade which helps players glide across the ice with less friction. read more »

The Next Generation Hybrid


Scuderi Air-HybridScuderi Air-Hybrid After reengineering a 100-year-old design, Scuderi has now added a new twist to their Split-Cycle engine.
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Great Invention Idea? Human Fart Collector


Fart CollectorFart Collector

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.

Night Vision for Your Car


High-Resolution IR CameraHigh-Resolution IR Camera

"Dipped (traditional) headlights only illuminate about 56 meters, when the breaking distance at 100 Km/k is about 80 meters," says Professor Ros Vidal of the University of Granada. read more »

Asustek Set to Launch the Next Budget Laptop: $245-$426


A Taiwan company, by the name of Asustek, is in the process of launching four new budget laptops targeted at children, the elderly, and the underprivileged. Targeting this demographic with a "budget-friendly" laptop is nothing new. Other organizations and companies have already developed low-priced laptops... read more »

Asian Frauds Are About to Be Foiled


In many still developing nations, such as the Philippines, a paper system is  prevalent in many important institutions. And with a paper monitoring system comes paper-related problems, namely forgery. read more »

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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