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TIME Magazine Picks Its Inventions of the Year




Time Magazine is out with its Best Inventions of 2006.

What made the list?

Put the hypo-allergenic cat outside, get off your floating bed and take a look. read more »

Essential Tools for Hunting Ghosts


Ghost Tool BeltGhost Tool BeltWith Halloween behind us, it's nigh time we take a good long look at ourselves and separate the hype from the actual very serious science of hunting vaporous spirits and capturing evidence of them on tape so we can prove once and for all that there is life after death, or at the very least, Photoshop. read more »

Ghost hunting is a fairly new field that's only existed for a few decades in its modern form. Before digital cameras and EMF detectors, ghost hunters were forced to hunt ghosts with Davy Crocket muskets and a large flour sack . The flour sack could be used to toss onto the ghost, and, if captured, their trusty mule would then haul to the beet patch until such time as your resident Leprechauns would have a chance to scourge all the evil out of him. Ghosts had it pretty rough back then.


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.

Here's his article

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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 »

Have We Gone Surveillance Crazy?


Big BrotherBig BrotherThere should be no mistaking that information is for sale these days, and security concerns have placed a premium on surveillance data - but have we gone too far?

From subway cameras, to keyboard strokes, to webcams monitoring your local street, we’ve gone surveillance crazy. Advancements in camera, video and webcam technology are moving at a blistering pace and the latest innovators have developed such a mastery of pattern recognition that now they can tell it was you who ordered that tiramisu at Mike’s Pastry’s last Friday. Wendy was your waitress. They saw you, and you didn’t tip.
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Unusual Ways You Can Sit On Trash


InkukuInkukuToday in our environmentally conscious society you can find a chair made out of almost every recyclable material there is: milk cartons, soda bottles, wine barrels, boat wood, used tires and so on, but most of these chairs feel and look ordinary. Now take a look at some of the more unique and unusual chairs I’ve introduced to you below.
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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 »

DNA Labs for Your Young Scientists: Toys or Tools?


Want to inspire someone to be a scientist?

Our Guest Blogger, Aikea, has a passion for the natural world. This lead him to the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he earned a degree in Marine Science. AiKea also values quality friendships and good conversations. He wanted to share his passion with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com by writing about a powerful new learning tool for children.

Here's his article:


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Apple iPhone: Can It Be Real?


Another iPhone IdeaAnother iPhone Idea

Will Apple ever release its iPhone? If you’ve been looking at the web this month, there’s growing speculation that the next big step for CEO Steve Jobs is a launch of an iPod-like cell phone in January 2007 (see the collected pictures from various sites like Gizmodo for theories on what an Apple phone might look like).

But rumors about an iPhone have been around forever. So, are we ever going to see it in stores?

Color me skeptical.


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LG Migo - The Cellphone For Kids


LG Migo by VerizonLG Migo by VerizonThe little Migo by LG is the most recent addition to the Verizon Wireless family destined to top its depth chart. It’s the talented rookie with nothing but promise.

Let’s get to the best parts of this product right away. The phone is free with your wireless plan, your kids will always be a phone call away and you can have a text message alert sent to you when your child gets out of school or basketball practice. Can a parent ask for anything better in a phone? read more »

Apple's new iPod Shuffle EXCLUSIVE!


The New ipod Shuffle!The New ipod Shuffle!The New ipod Shuffle! Unless you live under a rock, you’ve likely heard about Steve Jobs' latest and greatest Apple releases. We could write a brief summary of all the cool features. But frankly, if you want a great summary of the good stuff from people that were actually there, just click here. It’ll fire you over to our friends at Engadget. (Ok… they’re not actually our friends. But they rock.) What we do have is an EXCLUSIVE PHOTO of Steve with his latest accessory – the iPod shuffle. read more »