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Have an Invention Idea? Need Help, Advice or Inspiration?

Need invention help and advice? Inventors love to fantasize about the overnight success of their inventions, and reality TV, invention contests, and invention submission companies play right into those fantasies. But most of us don’t get discovered overnight; we have to work pretty hard until we make it. After marketing almost a dozen new products, on my own and through licensees, I wrote a series of invention advice blogs from idea to sale. In them, I share with you a practical approach to the invention process and help you recognize some of the inventor “traps” out there before they ensnare you.

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Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'


MIT FingerReader Will Make Print More Accessible To Visually Impaired

When you hear about or see designs that can really help people lead fuller lives, you want them available - now! That's how MIT's FingerReader hit me. Well, I said, to no one in particular, if you can prototype it, get it done, roll it out, let people who are blind or visually impaired have access to it - right now!  The FingerReader is something they will want.

Boat Care Invention: Scrubbis™ Makes Hull Cleaning No Big Deal

Great news for boat owners. You can now clean your boat hulls without taking your boat out of the water or diving underneath it to clean it... with an invention called Scrubbis™. It uses a patented sponge technology to keep it bouyant!

Ooho: Drink Your Water, Eat Your Water Bottle!

Ooho. Who would have thought it?  Three London-based design students came up with Ooho, a water container that's not plastic, not vinyl, not stainless steel... but an edible algae! Ooho was considered so brilliant that, among other coveted awards, it won the 2014 Lexus Design Award.

Got A Great Idea? Get Donald Trump To Fund It

Donald Trump is doing something besides firing you these days.  In fact, it's a lot more - like $1 million more, to the first person with an invention, creation, business, design, food... in fact any idea at all that brings in a certain goal on FundAnything, a new crowdsourcing website.  The goal...  Well, it's a bit high, but we know it's achievable...

Develop Your Concepts, Designs, Prototypes... At Cardboard Helicopter Product Development

It's an unlikely name for a product design shop, but just imagine that if you could build a cardboard helicopter that flies, you could make just about any inventor's dream a reality. That's what the crew at Cardboard Helicopter, headed by CEO industrial designer Tim Hayes, aims to do... make your dreams a reality.


Sprayable Energy: A Caffeinated Energy Drink For Your Skin

Move over Starbucks and Red Bull!  Two San Francisco-based entrepreneurs have developed an energy drink that's not at all palatable: in fact; in spray form, this caffeinated concoction is absorbed through your skin.  The product, Sprayable Energy, is packaged in an attractive pocket-sized spray vial, is now seeking crowdsource funding through indiegogo.

GE Water-Based Battery Could Mean A Cheaper More Efficient Tesla

General Electric says it's a little more complicated than making instant oatmeal, but the company, along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  is developing a recipe of electrochemical solution and water that will power a cheaper, safer, and longer-charged battery than current electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The developers are hoping their newly designed flow battery will remain charged for three times longer than the current Tesla S Model battery (265 milles) and cost about a quarter of the S Model battery.


Inventables: The Inventor's Playground

Inventables - a one-stop shop for the inventor, designer, and 'maker,' who want to experiment, prototype, or just plain play with industrial materials that are not generally available in small quantities. An online store that will inspire the maker in you so wildly, you feel like a child in a playground full of all new equipment and toys.

New Fibertrap Technology Stops Bedbugs, Termites, In Their Tracks

Like a spider's web stops a fly in flight, a patent-pending man-made fibrous web stops a bedbug in its tracks. Commercialized as Fibertrap, this material, created in the laboratories of Stony Brook University's Center for Advanced Technology in Sensor Materials, has tested effective not only for trapping bedbugs, but also for stopping termites in their tracks.