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Lifting Weights Will Never Be The Same


Prospot 600Prospot 600Feeling a little antisocial? Well now, you no longer need a spotter while working out.

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed tells the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com how to take the risk out of working out alone.

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Imagine you're bench pressing by yourself without the help of a spotter. The weight becomes heavier and your arms are turning to jell-o. You push as hard as you can, but the weight simply won't budge. So you just let go of the bar, inches from your face. And it stays in place. 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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The Dream of Invisibility


Invisibility CloakInvisibility CloakWould you rather have x-ray vision or be invisible?

Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily lets us in on the news that every person's fantasy about being invisible may come true in the near future.

Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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The fantasy of becoming invisible has long occupied storytellers. Capes, shields, potions, rings, and hats have made characters from Bilbo Baggins to the Greek god Perseus disappear from sight to pursue their daring agendas uninhibited. Invisibility ranks with time travel and x-ray vision in our psyche; it's something we dream about, but catalog as science fiction. But is it? This week, a team of researchers working jointly at Duke University and Imperial College London announced they successfully tested the first invisibility cloak. Click here to see the official announcement on Duke's web site.
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Have Money to Burn? Pay $1.3 Million for a Cell Phone


Diamond Crypto SmartphoneDiamond Crypto SmartphoneI've heard some people say that their cell phones are cost them a fortune. Obviously, the've never seen the Diamond Crypto Smartphone, designed by Peter Aloisson.

The actual phone is made out of platinum and rose gold. It has over 80 diamonds on it. There are 50 diamonds going up and down the sides (10 are blue diamonds), the navigation key has 28 diamonds surrounding it and the navigation button is actually a 1/2 carat diamond. The buttons on the sides are suppose to be diamonds too. read more »

Ever Want to Smell What's on TV?


Experimental Setup for Odor RecorderExperimental Setup for Odor RecorderHave you ever gotten hungry just watching the cooking channel on cable? What if you could smell it too?

Our guest blogger, Emily Swan, graduated with highest honors from Butler University in Indianapolis. After school, she worked in public relations for Borders Group Inc, the book, music, and movie retailer. She's since jumped the PR fence and now works as a freelance writer. An avid science junkie, we hope you'll enjoy her quirky (and sometimes philosophical) takes on modern gadgets. Emily gives us a glimpse of what our future can be like while we're watching TV at home.

Here's Emily's article for AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, French writer, Marcel Proust, explored a theory that human senses are intricately entwined with memory.
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Six Insider Thoughts on Winning Staples Invention Quest


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestEver wish you had insider's guide to what's going on in an invention contest?

Our Guest Blogger, Tim Whitney, is a bit of a contest nut. He's the National Grand Prize Winner of the KeyCite Key to Good Law Contest, and a national finalist in both the 2005 Staples Invention Quest and Digital Innovations Design-Originality-Creativity Awards. His background in law, marketing and design helps him bring a critical and analytical eye to the inner workings of these contests in an effort to advise and inform entrants and help them make the most of these and other opportunities to promote their ideas. Tim gives us some tips for Staples Invention Quest contest.

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Make Some Noise with a Bicycle Bell


If anyone read my last article, Adorable Animal Backpacks, they probably think that I'm on some kind of animal kick. These great bicycle bells are crafted of durable baked enamel. They come in variety of designs including: lady bug, bee, pink poppy, frog, dots, rainbow, clown, fish, hearts, flower, pond, and spring. read more »


Six Fun Ways to Carry Trash


Book PurseBook Purse In my last article, I introduced you to the world of inspiring chairs and their recycled parts. This time I’d like to show you that inspiration doesn’t always have to be so big and loud. Some times something as simple as a purse can make an impact on our society and the way we think about recycling.

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Go Hands Free or Die


Logitech HeadsetLogitech HeadsetI never thought I would be attached to a mobile headset.

I feel like I grew up in a generation that’s had a love/hate relationship with earphones. We loved them when the Walkman came out in the 80’s, but then we hated them when CD players hit the market. Who could workout and listen to their CD player without it skipping? Seriously…

The craze started back up when sanctimony was in vogue in the 90’s, where, if you worked in any call center, headsets for your landline were a status symbol. Now, sales of earphones and headsets are blazing past any other mobile item - we’ve got ear buds, Bluetooth, Jabra and earplugs smart enough to switch from music to a phone call with the touch of a button. read more »

Tokyo Game Show 2006: A Total Snore?


As you know, my three day coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2006 is now done! After the first full game convention I covered, I’m proud to say I’ve decided the final awards for the show. I wasn’t actually at this one, but perhaps I’ll be able to report you to you live from a game convention sometime in the future. Tokyo Game Show has been running for 10 years, and hosted the video game industries' top company’s best products last weekend. Here’s a wrap on my Tokyo Game Show 2006 convention coverage!
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