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  • Greed and the Wright Brothers

    NYT > U.S. Patent Office
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the years that followed that famed first flight, their failure as businessmen offers lessons for today.
  • A robot dives into search for Malaysian Airlines flight

    MIT News - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E)
    Nicole Taylor | Resource Development
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In the hunt for signs of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 — which disappeared on March 8 after deviating for unknown reasons from its scheduled flight path — all eyes today turn to a company that got its start at MIT. Bluefin Robotics, founded in 1997 by a core group of engineers from the MIT Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Lab, is the maker of the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The U.S. Navy, which has used a version of the unmanned submersible to locate landmines, has kept it standing by for weeks while larger vessels worked to narrow down the plane’s…
  • Resource of Note: Legalarium’s TTAB Quotes

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    stevenipper
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    A great resource I recently stumbled on is Legalarium’s “Categorized Quotes From Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions Since 1998.” The quotes are even broken down by topic. For instance, if you need an overview on everything the TTAB as said about “primarily merely a surname” rejections, there is a page for that. The site is run by patent attorney Bradley J. Levang.
  • Capturing Light & Shadows

    About.com Inventors
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    San Francisco photographer, Eadweard Muybridge conducted motion-sequence still photographic experiments and is often called the "Father of the motion picture" even though he did not make films in the manner ...Read Full Post
  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us
    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
 
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  • A robot dives into search for Malaysian Airlines flight

    Nicole Taylor | Resource Development
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In the hunt for signs of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 — which disappeared on March 8 after deviating for unknown reasons from its scheduled flight path — all eyes today turn to a company that got its start at MIT. Bluefin Robotics, founded in 1997 by a core group of engineers from the MIT Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Lab, is the maker of the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The U.S. Navy, which has used a version of the unmanned submersible to locate landmines, has kept it standing by for weeks while larger vessels worked to narrow down the plane’s…
  • Start6: In good company

    Danielle Festino | Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ever since Course 6 started graduating students more than 100 years ago, alumni from electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) have been at the heart of creating industry around their fields. However, this year, in an effort to support the EECS community that's still in school, the department launched a new program, Start6, an Independent Activities Period (IAP) workshop for student entrepreneurs and innovators. “Start6 is an opportunity for our students to learn more about the nuts and bolts of building a successful company,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F.
  • Bionic ankle 'emulates nature'

    Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses and from media outlets pursuing interviews. Then there are students looking to join Herr’s research group. “The technology inspires young people to get into the field, which is wonderful,” Herr says. It’s a mark of the groundbreaking work Herr has done at the MIT Media Lab over the past two decades. An amputee himself, Herr has been designing (and wearing) bionic leg…
  • MIT one of 32 inaugural partners of Global Development Lab

    Nancy Adams | D-Lab
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    On April 3, MIT Vice President for International Partnerships Claude Canizares and a team from MIT’s D-Lab travelled to New York for the launch event of the U.S. Global Development Lab — which MIT recently joined. “MIT is extremely proud to be a Cornerstone Partner with USAID in the new Global Development Lab,” Canizares said. “Our students and our faculty are passionate about making a real impact on the world, and the Global Development Lab connects us to like-minded teams at other universities, in USAID, and in the private sector.” The new lab, created by the United States…
  • Building Global Innovators: Call for applications

    Silvia Castro
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The fifth edition of Building Global Innovators (BGI) challenge is now open. If you’re working on the next generation of breakthrough technology, this is the right challenge for you. Prepare your gear and embark on this entrepreneurship adventure with the Univeristy Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) MIT Portugal Venture Competition. This year you can compete in the following tracks: Ocean Economy Smart Cities & Industrial Tech Medical Technologies & Health IT Enterprise IT & Smart Data Key dates for the BGI fifth edition: Submission of proposals — May 20, 2014 Five-day e-teams…
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  • Resource of Note: Legalarium’s TTAB Quotes

    stevenipper
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    A great resource I recently stumbled on is Legalarium’s “Categorized Quotes From Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions Since 1998.” The quotes are even broken down by topic. For instance, if you need an overview on everything the TTAB as said about “primarily merely a surname” rejections, there is a page for that. The site is run by patent attorney Bradley J. Levang.
  • Java 8, EFS-Web and Private PAIR

    stevenipper
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Per an email notice from the USPTO dated 2014-03-18: EFS-WEB and Private PAIR Compatibility with Java 8 Oracle has announced that the first version of Java 8 will be released on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. This version will not be an automatic update, however if you install Java 8 and encounter authentication issues, you will need to revert to Java 7 Update 51. USPTO technical teams are coordinating closely with Oracle and Entrust for a solution. Contact the Patent EBC at 1-866-217-9197 (toll-free) or ebc@uspto.gov if you need further assistance.
  • Pardon the mess…

    stevenipper
    24 Nov 2013 | 3:25 pm
    Please pardon the mess while we work on The Invent Blog 2.0, and some other new blog projects including The Art of IP blog (http://blogs.bnip.com/aip/).
  • What is the latest Adobe Acrobat/Acrobat Reader version (of PDFs) that the USPTO accepts?

    stevenipper
    14 Jun 2013 | 7:45 am
    There are two ways to check: First look at the EFS-Web Compatible Hardware and Software which includes information on compatible hardware and software, including operating systems (Mac OS-X, Windows, RedHat), browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox), PDF creation software (Acrobat Reader, Acrobat, others), Java, security and cookies. If that doesn’t answer your question, check the EFS-Web Announcements page and search for “Acrobat.”
  • Reminder: TARR and TDR are about to go offline; API

    stevenipper
    30 Aug 2012 | 7:50 am
    Per the notice at the top of TDR: On August 25, 2012, the USPTO released version 2.0 of Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR). On September 1st, all existing direct (static) hyper-links displaying TARR information will be redirected to TSDR. On September 8th, all existing direct (static) hyper-links displaying TDR information will be redirected to TSDR. Soon thereafter, the web pages at http://tarr.uspto.gov/ and http://tdr.uspto.gov/ will no longer be accessible. Please send any questions to TSDR@USPTO.GOV. Additional information about the TSDR 2.0 deployment is available here: TSDR…
 
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  • Capturing Light & Shadows

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    San Francisco photographer, Eadweard Muybridge conducted motion-sequence still photographic experiments and is often called the "Father of the motion picture" even though he did not make films in the manner ...Read Full Post
  • Easter Charms

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    For every holiday, there are inventions, trademarks, and copyrights created to serve those celebrating the holiday. Easter is no exception. A simple trademark search for marks that included the word "Easter" turned up: The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs-treme, Easter Egg-citement!, Easter-Sauruse, Easter Bunny Dust, and more....Read Full Post
  • Gallery of Miniature Golf Patents and Photos

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    I see that you guys are going bonkers for information on miniature golf so I put up a new photo gallery depicting funky patents and photos. I snagged some great illustrations of miniature golf hazards. For example, I love the ornamental design for a miniature golf windmill patented by Steven Caramico. Patent Drawing: USPTO...Read Full Post
  • Who Said The Following Quotes?

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    "All bibles are man-made." "I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us, everything that exists, proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision."...Read Full Post
  • How to Where to and Why to Patent an Idea

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you got it flaunt it. This is an introductory article I have written aimed at those of you who do not know how to patent it yourself. One hot tip, patent early, especially now when the first to file rule came into effect in the United States, and especially if your invention is in a highly competitive field. Illustration: Getty Images/Chad Baker...Read Full Post
 
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  • North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

    China.new
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.
  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • The Pentagon Has Designed A Terminator Robot Which Will Save Lives

    Tech Light
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The United States Department of Defense has just unveiled a man-sized machine that bears an uncanny resemblance to something produced by Skynet. Ironically enough given its appearance, it's actually going to be saving lives - it's a disaster relief robot.
  • The KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.
  • MSI Boasts Desktop Haswell CPU Support In Tiny ProBox23 PC

    Rey M.L.
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    With a volume of just 2.3 litres and a weight of 2.5 pounds, MSI's latest barebones system nonetheless offers support for the latest LGA 1150-socket Intel processors, including quad-core i7s. There's also space inside for up to three storage drives, among other useful things.
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  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.
  • The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.
  • Pause Custom Sound Systems: Business Offers Music From Beyond The Grave

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Death is a big business, and if you're a regular reader, you know this already. It is a highly competitive market, with many people hoping to profit off of a service category that is needed by everyone (except for the immortal, like vampires - but for you skeptics, we can overlook this fact). Because of the stiff competition, many businesses are forced to get creative with their products and services. The latest one will be music to your forever at rest audiophile ears.
  • Unbox Love: Romantic, Surprise Date Delivery Service

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Relationships are hard work, whether you have been part of a couple for a couple of months, or a couple of decades. Keeping the spark alive is easier said than done, and as two people get to know each other completely, managing to surprise each other is tough. Of course, with effort, a relationship does not need to fizzle and lose what it had during its early days.
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  • 5 Driving Aids That Make Driving Easier & Safer

    Boomer Babe
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is it getting to be a pain (literally) to get in and out of your car? What about turning your head half way around to see what is in your "blind spot?"  Can you see while driving at night?  Well, here are 5 nifty products that will help you continue to drive without hurting yourself; they'll also help to keep you and other drivers safe.
  • iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

    Boomer Babe
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    One thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!
  • Exert Body Coolant For Those Who Get Hot A Lot

    Boomer Babe
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you get hot flashes from menopause, nervousness, embarrassment, exercise, medication, or stress, or you just tend to sweat a lot, don't sweat it any more.  A new product called Exert Smart Body Coolant® addresses all of that just by spraying it on your body once daily in the morning.  Then, you're good to go.
  • Exercise Your Thighs Every Which Way: The Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer

    Boomer Babe
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:30 am
    Never fear, you can achieve perfectly sculpted thighs, especially now that the Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer exercises your thighs every which way and then some....
  • SAGE: A Self-Administered Test For Alzheimer's Disease

    Boomer Babe
    24 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably.  But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it.  This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....  
 
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  • Vintage Jukebox Clutch Is Retro-Chic

    Fashion Finds
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Marching to the beat of your own drum is a whole lot easier when you can take music with you. These days, portable music players take a minimalist approach, and just don't act like fashion accessories in the ways that they once did. So, it is pretty great that one designer has come up with a quirky yet chic solution to this.
  • Cat/Dog Lady Fashion For Charity: Vans Sneakers For The ASPCA

    Fashion Finds
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If you are working on your transformation into full-blown crazy cat lady, simply having a dozen or two felines just isn't good enough. Instead, you've got to embrace the fashion so the whole world can see just how much you love kittens. You know, beyond the pet hair that is adhered to your clothing permanently (trust me, I know). With a second design for dog lovers, these pet happy fashions also work double duty; supporting the lives of felines and canines alike. 
  • 50 Shades Of Fictional Fashion: Christian Grey Inspired Menswear By Norton & Townsend

    Fashion Finds
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Fashion inspired by literature is not a new concept. Some designers have selected literal interpretations - incorporating the image of a book or its pages into a whimsical garment. Others are more focused on fictional fashion, taking a note from the heroes or heroines and bringing their wardrobes to life. The most recent designer to tackle this trend has decided to focus on menswear inspired by a character well lusted after and envied.
  • Binge Busting Bra Monitors Stress And Unhealthy Eating

    Fashion Finds
    11 Feb 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Stress is closely linked to unhealthy eating habits. For some Americans, that can mean binge eating;  and for others, that can mean going days without eating a bite. Disordered eating habits can occur on a regular basis when people fail to recognize or acknowledge their stress, or their resulting behavior. Stress monitoring devices are available but they're neither discreet nor fashionable traditionally.
  • Geek Chic Unique Engagement Ring Is Heroic Like Batman

    Fashion Finds
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:19 am
    Selecting an engagement ring, is one of the biggest decisions a man will make in his life. This is a fact both because of its meaning - it isn't just jewelry, it is a lifetime commitment after all - but also because it is the one item that most women will wear every day. Making a meaningful selection that is symbolic of the relationship, while meeting her aesthetic preferences is important.  Sometimes this means a traditional diamond; other times the choice is a bit more heroic.
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  • Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

    Myra Per-Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  
  • Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

    Myra Per-Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
     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

    Myra Per-Lee
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    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

    Myra Per-Lee
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    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!

    Myra Per-Lee
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
    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.
 
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  • Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

    Ron Callari
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.
  • Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

    Ron Callari
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.
  • Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

    Ron Callari
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .
  • 'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

    Ron Callari
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.
  • How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

    Ron Callari
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar
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  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
  • World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.
  • Slim Your Thighs With Momolady, Japan's Womb-Shaped Adductor Muscle Exerciser

    Steve Levenstein
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Momolady is a spring-loaded thigh exerciser that, coincidentally or not, resembles a cute & cuddly version of the female reproductive system... all that's missing is a smiley face. This affordable device promises to slim, trim and tone the user's thighs by exercising the oft-neglected adductor muscles and burning off useless fat.
  • Two-Lane Pavement Picnic Sheet Takes Road Food To The Next Level

    Steve Levenstein
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Old and busted: picnics in the park. New hotness: a picnic in a parking lot! Japanese artist/designer Yuma Kano's disconcerting “On The Road” picnic sheet puts al fresco diners square on the pavement even if they're off the beaten path.
  • See You Pee: Five Cute & Creepy Japanese Urinalysis Cups

    Steve Levenstein
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Providing a urine sample isn't always as quick & easy as we'd like it to be and frankly, the entire experience can be fraught with performance anxiety. The Japanese medical profession has duly noted this issue and, in an effort to be helpful, now offers squeamish patients a range of cute, comfy and borderline creepy urinalysis cups.
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  • Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

    Motors.new
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.
  • Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

    China.new
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.
  • Tooth Tattoos - What Would the Tooth Fairy Think?

    Diana Eid
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The tooth artists at Heward Dental Lab can create custom handpainted artwork on your teeth.
  • Top Ten Not-So-Sweet Easter Advertisements

    Louise MacGregor
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Don't let the chocolate and bunnies fool you-whoever said that Easter has to be sweet? These wierd, funny and creepy advertisements will make you think again.
  • Cat/Dog Lady Fashion For Charity: Vans Sneakers For The ASPCA

    Fashion Finds
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If you are working on your transformation into full-blown crazy cat lady, simply having a dozen or two felines just isn't good enough. Instead, you've got to embrace the fashion so the whole world can see just how much you love kittens. You know, beyond the pet hair that is adhered to your clothing permanently (trust me, I know). With a second design for dog lovers, these pet happy fashions also work double duty; supporting the lives of felines and canines alike. 
 
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  • 5 Driving Aids That Make Driving Easier & Safer

    Boomer Babe
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is it getting to be a pain (literally) to get in and out of your car? What about turning your head half way around to see what is in your "blind spot?"  Can you see while driving at night?  Well, here are 5 nifty products that will help you continue to drive without hurting yourself; they'll also help to keep you and other drivers safe.
  • MIT FingerReader Will Make Print More Accessible To Visually Impaired

    Myra Per-Lee
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    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.
  • Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

    T Goodman
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 
  • Researchers Find Method To Trick Treatment-Resistant Cancer Cells

    T Goodman
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Despite the many advances in cancer treatments, oncologists often encounter cancer cells that are resistant to therapy.  Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas tackled this phenomenon in tumors with different types of gynocological cancers and discovered a successful method of tricking these cells....
  • iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

    Boomer Babe
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    One thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!
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  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

    Lady Bee
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...
  • World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.
  • Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.
  • Tips And Tools For Organizing Your Product And Market Research

    Rachel Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    When you are gathering research information, you will quickly be inundated with findings. It is critical to stay organized so you don’t get overwhelmed and so you can efficiently access these facts again in the future. Plan now to save time later. Here are some tips and tools to help you organize your research.
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  • Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

    Motors.new
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.
  • Hosed: Ten Good Reasons Not To Park In Front Of A Fire Hydrant

    Motors.new
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Parking your car in front of a fire hydrant is not only illegal, it can bring on unwelcome consequences... and we don't mean a ticket. Most such scofflaws would actually prefer a response from the police instead of waiting for the fire department to get involved. Here's why.
  • Toyota Is Securing Efficiency By Replacing Robots With Humans

    Tech Light
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    No, that's not a typo. While many automotive manufacturers are embracing robots in the workplace, Toyota is apparently taking the opposite approach: they're actually reducing the number of robots used in the production line. Even stranger, they're actually becoming more efficient as a result.
  • Driverless Cars: The Latest Developments

    M Dee Dubroff
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    The driverless car hovers in our midst as the vehicle of tomorrow. What are the implications, however, when the driver's attention doesn't have to be focused on the road? Technology has developed some amazing diversions to help riders pass the time. Read on for more about this most interesting phenomenon.
  • Helicopter Turbine Engine Helps Innovative Motorcycle Beat The Competition

    Motors.new
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Yo dawg, I heard you wanted some chopper in your chopper so we installed a Rolls-Royce/Allison C20B type helicopter turbine engine in this one-off, modified Triumph Rocket 3 motorcycle!
 
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  • Splashdown! Trainer Knows How To Potty Train Boys

    Amber Leventry
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Genaissance Global has the answer for getting boys to "stand up and go" when they are learning to use the potty with The Splashdown! Trainer. With an exclamation point in the name I couldn't help but get excited too. It is designed to keep your son's wayward pee from going behind the toilet seat. It's also an interactive potty training tool when Splashy! cheers on your son and reminds him to put the toilet seat down when done.
  • NuzzleHUG Aids And Comforts Breastfeeding Moms

    Amber Leventry
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Breastfeeding mothers need quality products and effective solutions for pain relief and lactation help while they are nursing their baby. The NuzzleHUG can be worn around the neck to sooth upper body pains or the waist to relieve lower back and pelvic tension. Read about the amazing features of the NuzzleHUG...
  • Shaidee Keeps Baby Protected From The Sun

    Amber Leventry
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    When babies venture outside with their parents, most are hanging out in a front carrier and are draped in a blanket or blinded by a hat meant to protect them from the sun. Enter Shaidee. Canadian mom, Nicole Barrett, invented a chemical-free alternative to sunscreen. And bad fashion.
  • Monitor Your Unborn Baby's Heartbeat From Home With Bellabeat

    Ellen Dudley
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    Bellabeat is a doppler device that attaches to your smartphone to monitor your baby's heartbeat and kicking patterns while it's still in the womb. The latest app update includes the ability for expectant mothers to monitor their moods and connect with other expectant mothers, to catch early signs of depression.
  • Study Links Childhood Obesity With Decreased Cognitive Control

    T Goodman
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    There have been few studies linking obesity to cognitive skills; however, at the University of Illinois, a study was undertaken to compare certain executive cognitive abilities of healthy weight pre-adolescent children with obese pre-adolescent children requiring them to respond to images of swimming fish. 
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  • Vintage Jukebox Clutch Is Retro-Chic

    Fashion Finds
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Marching to the beat of your own drum is a whole lot easier when you can take music with you. These days, portable music players take a minimalist approach, and just don't act like fashion accessories in the ways that they once did. So, it is pretty great that one designer has come up with a quirky yet chic solution to this.
  • Fitbug Orb: The Most Affordable Activity Tracker

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Activity trackers (or fitness trackers) are now a billion dollar industry, expected to double in the next year. With all of the trackers on the market, it seems like one is just as good as the rest. The Fitbug Orb offers much of the same as the other activity trackers, but what sets the Fitbug Orb apart from the rest is its affordability.
  • Spend Five More Minutes In The Shower- The Aqua Splash Wants You To

    Alicia Zuberbier
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    As if showers aren't awesome enough, now you can take an extra five minutes to comb through your hair with Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash combs. These babies detangle hair in the shower without damage or pain. If I can get better hair while relaxing in a shower, I'm in.
  • Add A Little Personality To Your Gear With The Beardo Ski Mask

    Samantha Pankey
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Preparing for the cold weather? Need a ski mask? Why not get one with a little flair and style. Beardo has produced a line of ski masks with HD quality images that will turn the bottom half of your face into...well, whatever you want it to be.
  • Want Popeye Forearms? Get An ATI Weighted Training Glove

    Samantha Pankey
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Popeye got his massive forearms and arm strength through sea voyages and spinach. You could build your forearms and increase your hand speed and strength through Athletic Training Innovations' Weighted Agility Glove. If you compete in a sport that requires hand-eye coordination and hand speed this product may be a great training tool.
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  • MSI Boasts Desktop Haswell CPU Support In Tiny ProBox23 PC

    Rey M.L.
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    With a volume of just 2.3 litres and a weight of 2.5 pounds, MSI's latest barebones system nonetheless offers support for the latest LGA 1150-socket Intel processors, including quad-core i7s. There's also space inside for up to three storage drives, among other useful things.
  • Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

    Nicholas.Greene
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.
  • Just How Serious IS Heartbleed? You Probably Don’t Want To Know.

    Tech Light
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I'd like to interrupt my regularly scheduled posts to talk about a very serious issue: Heartbleed. Although plenty of websites have already patched the vulnerability, many users don't realize how serious the situation actually was. In short, it might be the worst security flaw seen in decades. 
  • These Computers Are Learning By Teaching One Another Pac-Man

    Nicholas.Greene
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Researchers at Washingon State University have touched on a very fascinating way to improve machine learning and artificial intelligence: by having said machines teach each other to play video games. No, that isn't an April Fools' Joke: it's a legitimate scientific study.
  • iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

    Boomer Babe
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    One thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!
 
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  • MSI Boasts Desktop Haswell CPU Support In Tiny ProBox23 PC

    Rey M.L.
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    With a volume of just 2.3 litres and a weight of 2.5 pounds, MSI's latest barebones system nonetheless offers support for the latest LGA 1150-socket Intel processors, including quad-core i7s. There's also space inside for up to three storage drives, among other useful things.
  • Plaid Looking To Collab With Inventors For New Craft Products!

    Invention Ideas
    18 Mar 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Plaid Enterprises, Inc., the company behind classic crafting goodies like Mod Podge, FolkArt paint, and Gallery Glass, are searching for the next big thing in do-it-yourself consumer products. If you’ve got an invention that will make crafting easier and more fun, they might pick up your product!
  • Get Shooting: How To Build Your Starter Videography Kit For Around $1000

    Richard Whelchel
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:44 am
    Whether you’re a budding amateur, someone who’s looking to dip their toes into the professional world, or even just an individual looking to dabble in the world of videography – a few things are for certain: you’re going to need your very own camera, lights, and audio equipment.  Also, you’re most likely going to need it on a budget.Here's what I recommend:
  • Design StaX Accessories, Win $100 & Free StaX!

    Invention Ideas
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:30 pm
    StaX is a fresh idea that should get a lot of our 3D printer jockeys excited, and the duo behind the creative aluminum modular containers is looking to the inventor community for bold new directions to accessorize the Stax system. Oh, and they’re giving cash to their top three ideas too!
  • Top 10 Pinterest Time Wasting Tips - Pins That Don't Work

    Brilliant
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Anyone who has spent time on Pinterest.com (a very popular social sharing site)  has seen the same tips  showing up over and over and over again. These tips look really great. But do they work? Many do but there are a surprisingly large number of very popular pins that are total duds. Here's my list of Top 10 Time Wasting Tips on Pinterest - The Pin Tips That Don't Work:
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  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

    China.new
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.
  • The Pentagon Has Designed A Terminator Robot Which Will Save Lives

    Tech Light
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The United States Department of Defense has just unveiled a man-sized machine that bears an uncanny resemblance to something produced by Skynet. Ironically enough given its appearance, it's actually going to be saving lives - it's a disaster relief robot.
  • The KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.
  • KICKR Power Trainer: God Of Indoor Cycling Trainers

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    "A trainer on steroids," boasts the KICKR Power Trainer's website. This new indoor cycling trainer offers some high-tech perks that you won't find with other trainers, like an app that allows you to ride different Strava segments. It is an indoor trainer that will change the face of indoor training.
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  • Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.
  • Tooth Tattoos - What Would the Tooth Fairy Think?

    Diana Eid
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The tooth artists at Heward Dental Lab can create custom handpainted artwork on your teeth.
  • Jays A-Jays Five Earbud Review

    Josiah Motley
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Earbuds are a fickle thing. When you have to fit so much tech into a little earbud, something is going to have to suffer. Whether it is comfort or sound quality, sacrifices have to be made. The Jays a-Jay Five has tried to fit everything into one package. Available for the iPhone, Android, and Windows devices, how does the a-Jay Five stack up to other earbuds on the market?
  • April Fools Businesses: 10 Places To Fool A Friend On April 1st

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    April Fool's Day might be an under-rated holiday, or one that's universally dreaded. Whatever it is, there are some great businesses that will help you make a friend of yours into an April Fool to ring in the 1st of the month!
  • Make Room For K-Glass - Amazing Wearable Technology Simulates Human Vision

    M Dee Dubroff
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:27 am
    Wearable technology is a burgeoning fiscal force in South Korea and the Korean government is pushing for  K-Glass innovations. What is K-Glass? What advantages to Google Glass does it offer to lovers of wearable technology in general and head mounted displays specifically? Read on for some interesting answers.
 
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  • Tips And Tools For Organizing Your Product And Market Research

    Rachel Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    When you are gathering research information, you will quickly be inundated with findings. It is critical to stay organized so you don’t get overwhelmed and so you can efficiently access these facts again in the future. Plan now to save time later. Here are some tips and tools to help you organize your research.
  • The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.
  • BioWeld1: Amazing Israeli Invention Eliminates Surgical Scars and Stitches

    M Dee Dubroff
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    The idea of closing surgical incisions without a needle and thread is a revolutionary concept. Out of Israel comes the brainchild for a brilliant innovation that utilizes cold plasma technology to close surgical wounds. Read on and...be amazed.
  • 'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

    Ron Callari
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.
  • Unbox Love: Romantic, Surprise Date Delivery Service

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Relationships are hard work, whether you have been part of a couple for a couple of months, or a couple of decades. Keeping the spark alive is easier said than done, and as two people get to know each other completely, managing to surprise each other is tough. Of course, with effort, a relationship does not need to fizzle and lose what it had during its early days.
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  • Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

    Myra Per-Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
     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.'
  • Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

    Motors.new
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.
  • The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.
  • Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

    China.new
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.
  • Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

    T Goodman
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.
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  • KICKR Power Trainer: God Of Indoor Cycling Trainers

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    "A trainer on steroids," boasts the KICKR Power Trainer's website. This new indoor cycling trainer offers some high-tech perks that you won't find with other trainers, like an app that allows you to ride different Strava segments. It is an indoor trainer that will change the face of indoor training.
  • Power Press Pushup Promises "Extreme Results" In Training Your Upper Body

    Samantha Pankey
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Power Press Pushup by Maximum Fitness Gear promises to "maximize push ups like never before." Maximum Fitness Gear is pushing this piece of exercise equipment as "revolutionary" and "innovative," guarantying "extreme results." But how "revolutionary" is a push up board that just changes your hand position in a push up?
  • Fitbug Orb: The Most Affordable Activity Tracker

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Activity trackers (or fitness trackers) are now a billion dollar industry, expected to double in the next year. With all of the trackers on the market, it seems like one is just as good as the rest. The Fitbug Orb offers much of the same as the other activity trackers, but what sets the Fitbug Orb apart from the rest is its affordability.
  • Get Mad "Ups" With The Pro Power Jumper

    Samantha Pankey
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Strapping yourself to the ground may not seem like a great way to train yourself to jump higher. However, using the resistance tubing in the Pro Power Jumper unit to do so is the ideal way to improve your vertical, and not just your vertical, but your agility, reaction time and explosive power as well.
  • Kronum: A New Sport Designed For An Athletic Era

    Samantha Pankey
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    The most popular sports around the world were all conceived over a century ago. Of course, there's nothing wrong with playing or watching something that old if it's exciting. However, there are new sports, like Kronum, that are just as exciting. Kronum, designed to display athleticism, is full of non-stop action.
 
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  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

    Lady Bee
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...
  • New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

    Michael McParland
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.
  • Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

    Must Love Gadgets
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!
  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
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  • Tips And Tools For Organizing Your Product And Market Research

    Rachel Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    When you are gathering research information, you will quickly be inundated with findings. It is critical to stay organized so you don’t get overwhelmed and so you can efficiently access these facts again in the future. Plan now to save time later. Here are some tips and tools to help you organize your research.
  • Should Your Hobby Invention Idea Become A Business?

    Rachel Jackson
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    You had a “light bulb” moment, and since you haven’t been able to shake the idea – in fact this genius thought has even begun to interfere with your daily routine. You think this is the invention idea that you could turn into a business. So what should you do?
  • Win $20,000 From Copenhagan’s Land Art Generator Initiative!

    Invention Ideas
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), Refshaleøen Holding, and the IT University of Copenhagen have teamed up for a grandiose competition to discover a fantastic idea for a beautiful public art instillation that will double as a source of renewable and green energy. The best design gets built, and the inventor behind it earns $20,000!
  • Innovate Radio Controlled Toys & Work With Kidztech!

    Invention Ideas
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The radio controlled innovators at Kidztech Toys have created awesome mobile vehicles under their Gearmaxx brand, as well as the world-renowned Bugatti, Lambourghini and Porsche licenses, but the Chinese manufacturer is turning to you to deliver the next big thing in radio controlled toys!
  • Get Cozy With Victoria Classics To Develop New Bed & Bath Products!

    Invention Ideas
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Bed, bath, window and general designer décor brand Victoria Classics is on the hunt for innovative products that will fit in with their huge line of comfortable home goods. If you propose a design that improves on how consumers enjoy any of the areas listed above, they’re ready to team up with you!
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  • Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

    Lady Bee
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...
  • Power Press Pushup Promises "Extreme Results" In Training Your Upper Body

    Samantha Pankey
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Power Press Pushup by Maximum Fitness Gear promises to "maximize push ups like never before." Maximum Fitness Gear is pushing this piece of exercise equipment as "revolutionary" and "innovative," guarantying "extreme results." But how "revolutionary" is a push up board that just changes your hand position in a push up?
  • Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

    Must Love Gadgets
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!
  • Kronum: A New Sport Designed For An Athletic Era

    Samantha Pankey
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    The most popular sports around the world were all conceived over a century ago. Of course, there's nothing wrong with playing or watching something that old if it's exciting. However, there are new sports, like Kronum, that are just as exciting. Kronum, designed to display athleticism, is full of non-stop action.
  • Aesent Tent With Built In Air Mattress May Be The Most Comfortable Tent Ever

    Samantha Pankey
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Often camping means sleeping on the hard ground, which can mean aches and pains. Even when air mattresses are available, they don't always fit neatly into tents, and sharing them can be a pain in itself. Aesent hopes to change all of that with what they claim to be "the world's most comfortable tent."
 
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  • Smile! But Only If You're A Man: Introducing White Now Men Toothpaste

    Alicia Zuberbier
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you have yellow teeth from drinking coffee, enjoying red wine, or smoking? Well, that's too bad if you're a woman because White Now Men will fix all those problems as long as your a dude.
  • Tooth Tattoos - What Would the Tooth Fairy Think?

    Diana Eid
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The tooth artists at Heward Dental Lab can create custom handpainted artwork on your teeth.
  • Top Ten Not-So-Sweet Easter Advertisements

    Louise MacGregor
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Don't let the chocolate and bunnies fool you-whoever said that Easter has to be sweet? These wierd, funny and creepy advertisements will make you think again.
  • Breaking Up With Facebook Ain't So Hard To Do According To Eat24

    Ron Callari
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Ever consider leaving Facebook? Heck, the Millennials are bailing in droves. But when push comes to shove and it's time to put the pedal to the metal, how many of us would actually pull the trigger? Well, there is one brave band of renegades who have not only set the bar fairly high as to how to cut those ties - but also how to read the riot act to the founding fathers while walking out of the door.
  • April Fools Businesses: 10 Places To Fool A Friend On April 1st

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    April Fool's Day might be an under-rated holiday, or one that's universally dreaded. Whatever it is, there are some great businesses that will help you make a friend of yours into an April Fool to ring in the 1st of the month!
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    InventorSpot - Gadgets and Gizmos

  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • The KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.
  • Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

    Myra Per-Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  
  • Fitbug Orb: The Most Affordable Activity Tracker

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Activity trackers (or fitness trackers) are now a billion dollar industry, expected to double in the next year. With all of the trackers on the market, it seems like one is just as good as the rest. The Fitbug Orb offers much of the same as the other activity trackers, but what sets the Fitbug Orb apart from the rest is its affordability.
  • Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

    Ron Callari
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.
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  • New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

    Michael McParland
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.
  • BioWeld1: Amazing Israeli Invention Eliminates Surgical Scars and Stitches

    M Dee Dubroff
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    The idea of closing surgical incisions without a needle and thread is a revolutionary concept. Out of Israel comes the brainchild for a brilliant innovation that utilizes cold plasma technology to close surgical wounds. Read on and...be amazed.
  • Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

    T Goodman
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 
  • Are Video Games Making You Angry? You're Probably Just Incompetent

    Nicholas.Greene
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Gaming's foes have long held that there's a direct link between video games and aggressive behavior.  They were at least half right - scientists have just linked aggression to games with an interesting bridge: incompetence. Apparently, being bad at something - especially games - makes us angry. 
  • 'Screen Time' Is Risk Factor For Low Bone Density In Teenage Boys

    T Goodman
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Most parents don't consider that their teenagers are at risk for osteoporosis; teens certainly don't think about it.  But with teens spending more time with their screens - computer, notepad, TV, and smart phone - than in athletic activities, researchers are starting to look into how these sedentary habits are affecting teen development - particularly their bone development.
 
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  • Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

    Ron Callari
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.
  • Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

    Ron Callari
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.
  • How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

    Ron Callari
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar
  • ZunZuneo,The Covert Twittersphere Of Cuba That Was, Until It Wasn't!

    Ron Callari
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Mainstream media has been slow on the uptick in covering the U.S. government's current investigation of ZunZuneo by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. If you are unfamiliar with the name, it's most likely because of the covert actions that led to the rise and fall of this enterprise. . .
  • Technically It's A 'Cold War' For Google & Facebook In Era Of Disruption

    Ron Callari
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:54 am
    It's hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.
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  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • Splashdown! Trainer Knows How To Potty Train Boys

    Amber Leventry
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Genaissance Global has the answer for getting boys to "stand up and go" when they are learning to use the potty with The Splashdown! Trainer. With an exclamation point in the name I couldn't help but get excited too. It is designed to keep your son's wayward pee from going behind the toilet seat. It's also an interactive potty training tool when Splashy! cheers on your son and reminds him to put the toilet seat down when done.
  • Protect Your Trees From Animals With This New Invention

    Diogo Costa
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Jim Saunders and his daughter, Jill Saunders, from Kempton, saw an opportunity for creating a small business when brainstorming how to prevent damages caused by deers to their trees. In a collaboration with the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, they developed a new product, which is effective and not so expensive.
  • A Bed You Will Never Want To Leave: The Balluga® Smart Bed

    Must Love Gadgets
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    .... Don't ask what it does; ask what it doesn't do, and I'd have to think hard. Ah! it doesn't accommodate your bathroom needs and it doesn't bring your breakfast to you (unless you have a robot aide, and then it could command it), but it might be able to cook your breakfast - remotely, of course. 
  • Call Me A "Doormat" If You Like, But I'm The SmartMat

    Must Love Gadgets
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Doormats get a bad rap. They take all the dirt we can wipe off on them, withstand tremendous weight, let our dogs urinate on them. And when doormats get very dirty or very old, their owners don't even bother to clean them; they throw them away and lay new ones out.  But a South Carolinian inventor, Andrew Clark, has created a doormat you won't want to throw away... because it's very very smart.
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  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
  • World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.
  • Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

    China.new
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.
  • Swedish Super Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke

    Richard Whelchel
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Developed to aid the brave men and women of our fire department, the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet harnesses a vast array of technologies to help aid rescuers when combating a blaze -- including augmented reality, noise cancellation, improved communications, and a thermal-optic camera. 
 
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  • North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

    China.new
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.
  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
  • Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.
  • Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

    Myra Per-Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
     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.'
  • Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

    Motors.new
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.
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  • Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

    Myra Per-Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  
  • Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

    Myra Per-Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
     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.'
  • Swedish Super Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke

    Richard Whelchel
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Developed to aid the brave men and women of our fire department, the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet harnesses a vast array of technologies to help aid rescuers when combating a blaze -- including augmented reality, noise cancellation, improved communications, and a thermal-optic camera. 
  • BioWeld1: Amazing Israeli Invention Eliminates Surgical Scars and Stitches

    M Dee Dubroff
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    The idea of closing surgical incisions without a needle and thread is a revolutionary concept. Out of Israel comes the brainchild for a brilliant innovation that utilizes cold plasma technology to close surgical wounds. Read on and...be amazed.
  • Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

    T Goodman
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.
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  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

    Lady Bee
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...
  • Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

    Ron Callari
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.
  • Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

    Myra Per-Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  
  • Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

    Must Love Gadgets
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!
 
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    InventorSpot - Marketing

  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
  • Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

    Ron Callari
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .
  • 'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

    Ron Callari
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.
  • Breaking Up With Facebook Ain't So Hard To Do According To Eat24

    Ron Callari
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Ever consider leaving Facebook? Heck, the Millennials are bailing in droves. But when push comes to shove and it's time to put the pedal to the metal, how many of us would actually pull the trigger? Well, there is one brave band of renegades who have not only set the bar fairly high as to how to cut those ties - but also how to read the riot act to the founding fathers while walking out of the door.
  • Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

    Ron Callari
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .
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  • Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

    Ron Callari
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .
  • How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

    Ron Callari
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar
  • Silicon Valley's Journey From Reality To Scripted TV

    Ron Callari
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Ever since the award-winning film "Social Network" caused a stir about the digerati drawn to the Silicon Valley like moths to a flame, other would-be producers have tried to capture the zeitgeist of this lifestyle in various forms - books, movies and TV.
  • This 78-Fingered Robot Guitarist Is An Emotional Music Machine

    Tech Light
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Robots might not be capable of emotion, but they can certainly fake it. Take, for example, Z-Machines, a party-robot band based out of Japan. Recently, the group collaborated with an electronic artist by the name of Squarepusher. The result? A robots' song lamenting their lot as entertainment machine.
  • Will The Real Sherlock Holmes App Please Stand Up?

    Ron Callari
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Little did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle realize when he first introduced "Sherlock Holmes" to the world in 1887, that some 125+ years later, the world would still not be able to get enough of this irascible literary character. Not only has there been over 100+ actors who have stepped into this famous detective's shoes on stage, screen, radio and TV since the early 1900s --  in just this past few years --  21st Century actors, the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. . .
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  • Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

    Myra Per-Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  
  • Smile! But Only If You're A Man: Introducing White Now Men Toothpaste

    Alicia Zuberbier
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you have yellow teeth from drinking coffee, enjoying red wine, or smoking? Well, that's too bad if you're a woman because White Now Men will fix all those problems as long as your a dude.
  • BioWeld1: Amazing Israeli Invention Eliminates Surgical Scars and Stitches

    M Dee Dubroff
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    The idea of closing surgical incisions without a needle and thread is a revolutionary concept. Out of Israel comes the brainchild for a brilliant innovation that utilizes cold plasma technology to close surgical wounds. Read on and...be amazed.
  • 'Screen Time' Is Risk Factor For Low Bone Density In Teenage Boys

    T Goodman
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Most parents don't consider that their teenagers are at risk for osteoporosis; teens certainly don't think about it.  But with teens spending more time with their screens - computer, notepad, TV, and smart phone - than in athletic activities, researchers are starting to look into how these sedentary habits are affecting teen development - particularly their bone development.
  • Silicone For Your Smile: Issa Is The Ultimate Toothbrush

    Alicia Zuberbier
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Foreo's new sillicone toothbrush, the Issa, is just the thing for your smile. Issa's remarkable design will keep your teeth naturally white, clean, and healthy. Welcome to the future of home dental care.
 
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  • Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

    Ron Callari
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.
  • Hosed: Ten Good Reasons Not To Park In Front Of A Fire Hydrant

    Motors.new
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Parking your car in front of a fire hydrant is not only illegal, it can bring on unwelcome consequences... and we don't mean a ticket. Most such scofflaws would actually prefer a response from the police instead of waiting for the fire department to get involved. Here's why.
  • Tooth Tattoos - What Would the Tooth Fairy Think?

    Diana Eid
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The tooth artists at Heward Dental Lab can create custom handpainted artwork on your teeth.
  • Technically It's A 'Cold War' For Google & Facebook In Era Of Disruption

    Ron Callari
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:54 am
    It's hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.
  • Make Room For K-Glass - Amazing Wearable Technology Simulates Human Vision

    M Dee Dubroff
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:27 am
    Wearable technology is a burgeoning fiscal force in South Korea and the Korean government is pushing for  K-Glass innovations. What is K-Glass? What advantages to Google Glass does it offer to lovers of wearable technology in general and head mounted displays specifically? Read on for some interesting answers.
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  • Aesent Tent With Built In Air Mattress May Be The Most Comfortable Tent Ever

    Samantha Pankey
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Often camping means sleeping on the hard ground, which can mean aches and pains. Even when air mattresses are available, they don't always fit neatly into tents, and sharing them can be a pain in itself. Aesent hopes to change all of that with what they claim to be "the world's most comfortable tent."
  • Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

    T Goodman
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.
  • HEIMPLANET's Inflatable Tents Make Camping Simpler

    Samantha Pankey
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tent setup can be incredibly frustrating and may even be the worst part of a camping experience. With HEIMPLANET's inflatable tents, you don't have to bother with rods and figuring out which sleeve they go in. The setup is simple. Just inflate.
  • Study Indicates Procrastination And Impulsivity Are Related Genetic Traits

    T Goodman
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Consider two human tendencies: impulsivity and procrastination. Impulsivity indicates a tendency to act or react quickly, perhaps without giving an action too much thought or consideration.  Procrastination is a tendency to act later, to put things off until tomorrow or some unknown future time. They may seem contradictory, or like opposite traits, but they are not. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder explain how they are complementary and genetic traits.
  • BioLite CampStove Could Make You A Happy Camper

    Samantha Pankey
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Grill some hot dogs while charging your smartphone. Brew coffee and read your Kindle without worrying about the battery dying. With the BioLite CampStove, these things are possible. The CampStove burns wood and, through a thermoelectric generator, sends power to a USB port.
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  • North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

    China.new
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.
  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • The Pentagon Has Designed A Terminator Robot Which Will Save Lives

    Tech Light
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The United States Department of Defense has just unveiled a man-sized machine that bears an uncanny resemblance to something produced by Skynet. Ironically enough given its appearance, it's actually going to be saving lives - it's a disaster relief robot.
  • The KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.
  • MSI Boasts Desktop Haswell CPU Support In Tiny ProBox23 PC

    Rey M.L.
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    With a volume of just 2.3 litres and a weight of 2.5 pounds, MSI's latest barebones system nonetheless offers support for the latest LGA 1150-socket Intel processors, including quad-core i7s. There's also space inside for up to three storage drives, among other useful things.
 
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    InventorSpot - Parenting

  • Splashdown! Trainer Knows How To Potty Train Boys

    Amber Leventry
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Genaissance Global has the answer for getting boys to "stand up and go" when they are learning to use the potty with The Splashdown! Trainer. With an exclamation point in the name I couldn't help but get excited too. It is designed to keep your son's wayward pee from going behind the toilet seat. It's also an interactive potty training tool when Splashy! cheers on your son and reminds him to put the toilet seat down when done.
  • Do You Drink Enough Water? H2O-Pal Can Tell You

    Samantha Pankey
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    About 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. What that means is they don't drink enough water. H2O-Pal could help many remedy that problem. The device makes your water bottle a "smart bottle" and helps you monitor your water intake.
  • NuzzleHUG Aids And Comforts Breastfeeding Moms

    Amber Leventry
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Breastfeeding mothers need quality products and effective solutions for pain relief and lactation help while they are nursing their baby. The NuzzleHUG can be worn around the neck to sooth upper body pains or the waist to relieve lower back and pelvic tension. Read about the amazing features of the NuzzleHUG...
  • Shaidee Keeps Baby Protected From The Sun

    Amber Leventry
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    When babies venture outside with their parents, most are hanging out in a front carrier and are draped in a blanket or blinded by a hat meant to protect them from the sun. Enter Shaidee. Canadian mom, Nicole Barrett, invented a chemical-free alternative to sunscreen. And bad fashion.
  • Monitor Your Unborn Baby's Heartbeat From Home With Bellabeat

    Ellen Dudley
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    Bellabeat is a doppler device that attaches to your smartphone to monitor your baby's heartbeat and kicking patterns while it's still in the womb. The latest app update includes the ability for expectant mothers to monitor their moods and connect with other expectant mothers, to catch early signs of depression.
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    InventorSpot - For Pets

  • 3 MORE Cat Toys That Will Drive Your Cat Wild

    Lady Bee
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Let's face it; it's hard to please a cat. Toys are one way to do that, but cats are finicky, so you have to rotate them. One day your cat will be rolling around with a catnip-stuffed mouse and the next she's as blazé as a sphinx when you toss it.  So, you have to keep a stash of toys, freshened up with some good catnip, before you re-introduce them every few weeks or so. It's cat psychology... as far as it goes.
  • Cat/Dog Lady Fashion For Charity: Vans Sneakers For The ASPCA

    Fashion Finds
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If you are working on your transformation into full-blown crazy cat lady, simply having a dozen or two felines just isn't good enough. Instead, you've got to embrace the fashion so the whole world can see just how much you love kittens. You know, beyond the pet hair that is adhered to your clothing permanently (trust me, I know). With a second design for dog lovers, these pet happy fashions also work double duty; supporting the lives of felines and canines alike. 
  • Don't Let The Cat Out Of THIS Bag Until You've Finished Grooming Your Cat

    Lady Bee
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Even cats that groom themselves can only do it to a point. They can't clean their ears, for example, or remove their shedding fur very easily. They can't give themselves medications or put bandages around their scrapes and, funny, for some reason, they don't like it very much when we try to administer to them. So, lucky for us, the folks at Downtown Pet Supply came up with this Cat Grooming Bagaka Cat Restraint Bag.
  • Toilet Training Your Cat Made-Easy(er) With 3 Cat Training Kits

    Lady Bee
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Being the adoptive mother of several feral cats, I've had my share of challenges just training them to do their stuff in a litter box, but there are reasons - several, I understand - to train your cat to "go" in a toilet bowl.  Many cat owners have tried and failed to do this, but there is help in the form of toilet training kits for cats.  You will need patience regardless of which kit you choose, but those who've trained their cats couldn't be happier that they're saving money on cat litter and living in a cleaner home environment. 
  • New Supercat Catnip Spray: Product Review

    Lady Bee
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:45 pm
    My cat loves his catnip, but the new SuperCat Catnip Spray definitely has its own special powers....
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    InventorSpot - NEW PRODUCTS

  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • North Korea's Crashed Drones May Have Been Made In China

    China.new
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    North Korean drones that recently crashed in South Korea bear an uncanny resemblance to the Sky-09P, a bargain-basement UAV made by China TranComm Technologies.
  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • The Pentagon Has Designed A Terminator Robot Which Will Save Lives

    Tech Light
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The United States Department of Defense has just unveiled a man-sized machine that bears an uncanny resemblance to something produced by Skynet. Ironically enough given its appearance, it's actually going to be saving lives - it's a disaster relief robot.
  • The KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.
 
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    InventorSpot - Reviews

  • Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

    Ron Callari
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.
  • Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

    Ron Callari
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.
  • Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

    Ron Callari
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .
  • 'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

    Ron Callari
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.
  • How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

    Ron Callari
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar
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    InventorSpot - Science

  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

    Michael McParland
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.
  • These Robotic Mice Are Programmed To...Uh...Mate.

    Tech Light
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    So, uh...fair warning, thisz story might potentially be a little bit not-safe-for-work. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have designed several mice-shaped robots whose only purpose is getting it on. Apparently, this is supposed to help them study evolution. Weird. 
  • Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

    T Goodman
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.
  • Harnessing The Power Of The Stars: How The U.S. Navy Plans To Beam Solar Power From Space.

    Richard Whelchel
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Imagine scientists shooting solar panels in to space – enough to span 9 football fields – for the sole purpose of being assembled by robots, in order to construct an object capable of capturing solar power.  Then, having the harnessed energy being beamed back to Earth through the use of radio waves – allowing a vehicle fitted with a solar receiver to capture enough energy to move about on land.  The U.S. Navy is hoping to introduce such a device, and it may just cure our energy woes.
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    InventorSpot - Security

  • Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

    Ron Callari
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.
  • Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

    T Goodman
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.
  • ZunZuneo,The Covert Twittersphere Of Cuba That Was, Until It Wasn't!

    Ron Callari
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Mainstream media has been slow on the uptick in covering the U.S. government's current investigation of ZunZuneo by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. If you are unfamiliar with the name, it's most likely because of the covert actions that led to the rise and fall of this enterprise. . .
  • FiLIP Gives 4 Year Olds Cell Phone Security

    Kim Patterson
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    While it may seem a bit ridiculous to get a 4 year old his/her own phone, there are times when it would come in handy and give parents added peace of mind. Enter the FiLIP.
  • Happy Birthday World Wide Web: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, Until It Doesn't?

    Ron Callari
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    We have Tim Berners-Lee to thank for the World Wide Web - an accessible bank of knowledge that's hyperlinked content across the globe bestowing upon "us mere mortals a real chance to learn as much as our brains can store." And guess what? He did it all before digital monetization. . .
 
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    InventorSpot - Beauty and Anti-Aging

  • Smile! But Only If You're A Man: Introducing White Now Men Toothpaste

    Alicia Zuberbier
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you have yellow teeth from drinking coffee, enjoying red wine, or smoking? Well, that's too bad if you're a woman because White Now Men will fix all those problems as long as your a dude.
  • Spend Five More Minutes In The Shower- The Aqua Splash Wants You To

    Alicia Zuberbier
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    As if showers aren't awesome enough, now you can take an extra five minutes to comb through your hair with Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash combs. These babies detangle hair in the shower without damage or pain. If I can get better hair while relaxing in a shower, I'm in.
  • Slim Your Thighs With Momolady, Japan's Womb-Shaped Adductor Muscle Exerciser

    Steve Levenstein
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Momolady is a spring-loaded thigh exerciser that, coincidentally or not, resembles a cute & cuddly version of the female reproductive system... all that's missing is a smiley face. This affordable device promises to slim, trim and tone the user's thighs by exercising the oft-neglected adductor muscles and burning off useless fat.
  • With Revlon Parfumerie, Your Nails Will Look And Smell Pretty

    Alicia Zuberbier
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I paint my nails weekly because I want fingernails that look pretty. I wear perfume because I want to smell pretty. What happens when you smash those two together? You get Revlon Parfumerie, nail polish that both looks and smells amazing.
  • Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

    T Goodman
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 
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    InventorSpot - Shopping

  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

    Must Love Gadgets
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!
  • 5 Driving Aids That Make Driving Easier & Safer

    Boomer Babe
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is it getting to be a pain (literally) to get in and out of your car? What about turning your head half way around to see what is in your "blind spot?"  Can you see while driving at night?  Well, here are 5 nifty products that will help you continue to drive without hurting yourself; they'll also help to keep you and other drivers safe.
  • With Revlon Parfumerie, Your Nails Will Look And Smell Pretty

    Alicia Zuberbier
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I paint my nails weekly because I want fingernails that look pretty. I wear perfume because I want to smell pretty. What happens when you smash those two together? You get Revlon Parfumerie, nail polish that both looks and smells amazing.
  • 3 MORE Cat Toys That Will Drive Your Cat Wild

    Lady Bee
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Let's face it; it's hard to please a cat. Toys are one way to do that, but cats are finicky, so you have to rotate them. One day your cat will be rolling around with a catnip-stuffed mouse and the next she's as blazé as a sphinx when you toss it.  So, you have to keep a stash of toys, freshened up with some good catnip, before you re-introduce them every few weeks or so. It's cat psychology... as far as it goes.
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    InventorSpot - Fitness, Sports and Outdoors

  • KICKR Power Trainer: God Of Indoor Cycling Trainers

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    "A trainer on steroids," boasts the KICKR Power Trainer's website. This new indoor cycling trainer offers some high-tech perks that you won't find with other trainers, like an app that allows you to ride different Strava segments. It is an indoor trainer that will change the face of indoor training.
  • Power Press Pushup Promises "Extreme Results" In Training Your Upper Body

    Samantha Pankey
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Power Press Pushup by Maximum Fitness Gear promises to "maximize push ups like never before." Maximum Fitness Gear is pushing this piece of exercise equipment as "revolutionary" and "innovative," guarantying "extreme results." But how "revolutionary" is a push up board that just changes your hand position in a push up?
  • Fitbug Orb: The Most Affordable Activity Tracker

    Samantha Pankey
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Activity trackers (or fitness trackers) are now a billion dollar industry, expected to double in the next year. With all of the trackers on the market, it seems like one is just as good as the rest. The Fitbug Orb offers much of the same as the other activity trackers, but what sets the Fitbug Orb apart from the rest is its affordability.
  • Get Mad "Ups" With The Pro Power Jumper

    Samantha Pankey
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Strapping yourself to the ground may not seem like a great way to train yourself to jump higher. However, using the resistance tubing in the Pro Power Jumper unit to do so is the ideal way to improve your vertical, and not just your vertical, but your agility, reaction time and explosive power as well.
  • Kronum: A New Sport Designed For An Athletic Era

    Samantha Pankey
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    The most popular sports around the world were all conceived over a century ago. Of course, there's nothing wrong with playing or watching something that old if it's exciting. However, there are new sports, like Kronum, that are just as exciting. Kronum, designed to display athleticism, is full of non-stop action.
 
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    InventorSpot - Technology

  • Dark Energy Provides Up To A Week's Charge For Your Mobile Devices

    Avon Alexander
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    The Dark Energy reservoir not only provides abundant charge for your favorite portable devices, but it looks great as well.
  • Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

    Myra Per-Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
     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.'
  • Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

    China.new
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.
  • Swedish Super Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke

    Richard Whelchel
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Developed to aid the brave men and women of our fire department, the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet harnesses a vast array of technologies to help aid rescuers when combating a blaze -- including augmented reality, noise cancellation, improved communications, and a thermal-optic camera. 
  • Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

    Ron Callari
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.
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    InventorSpot - Television

  • 'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

    Ron Callari
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.
  • Hands-Up For Facial Recognition With Facebook, TV Shows & FBI

    Ron Callari
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:25 pm
    If you're a TV junkie like myself who gravitates towards fast-paced high-stakes thrillers in this new Golden Age of television, you most likely have also been schooled on the new lexicon of terms used to solve cases. Ever since the award-winning FX series Damages first premiered in 2007 with intricate plot twists, red herrings, foreshadowing and nonlinear narratives. . .
  • Silicon Valley's Journey From Reality To Scripted TV

    Ron Callari
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Ever since the award-winning film "Social Network" caused a stir about the digerati drawn to the Silicon Valley like moths to a flame, other would-be producers have tried to capture the zeitgeist of this lifestyle in various forms - books, movies and TV.
  • Will The Real Sherlock Holmes App Please Stand Up?

    Ron Callari
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Little did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle realize when he first introduced "Sherlock Holmes" to the world in 1887, that some 125+ years later, the world would still not be able to get enough of this irascible literary character. Not only has there been over 100+ actors who have stepped into this famous detective's shoes on stage, screen, radio and TV since the early 1900s --  in just this past few years --  21st Century actors, the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. . .
  • Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

    Ron Callari
    19 Nov 2013 | 12:28 pm
    With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!
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    InventorSpot - Toys and Games

  • The KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.
  • The Games For Change Festival Is Looking To Go Mainstream

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Good news, everyone! The Games for Change Festival today announced a partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. Seen by many as the Sundance of gaming, the festival this year is both narrowing its focus and broadening its context in hopes of showing just how important games culture has become.
  • Kronum: A New Sport Designed For An Athletic Era

    Samantha Pankey
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    The most popular sports around the world were all conceived over a century ago. Of course, there's nothing wrong with playing or watching something that old if it's exciting. However, there are new sports, like Kronum, that are just as exciting. Kronum, designed to display athleticism, is full of non-stop action.
  • Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

    Nicholas.Greene
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.
  • Five Awesome Video Game Radio Stations For Your Listening Pleasure

    Nicholas.Greene
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite things about video games is definitely the music.There's actually a great deal of talent, passion, and variety in gaming's music scene. Not surprisingly, there's a host of radio stations dedicated to the music - here's just a few of my favorites.
 
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    InventorSpot - Travel

  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
  • World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.
  • Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.
  • Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

    Motors.new
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.
  • Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

    China.new
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.
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    InventorSpot - Gaming (Video, Online, etc)

  • The KOR-FX Vest Will Let You Feel Your Games (And Other Media, Too)

    Nicholas.Greene
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've previewed a few pieces of virtual reality tech in my time writing for Inventorspot, but KOR-FX may well be one of the most interesting yet. What makes it so unique isn't anything to do with its interaction with games, though - it's that it can be used with any other form of media, as well.
  • The Games For Change Festival Is Looking To Go Mainstream

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Good news, everyone! The Games for Change Festival today announced a partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. Seen by many as the Sundance of gaming, the festival this year is both narrowing its focus and broadening its context in hopes of showing just how important games culture has become.
  • Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

    Nicholas.Greene
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.
  • Five Awesome Video Game Radio Stations For Your Listening Pleasure

    Nicholas.Greene
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite things about video games is definitely the music.There's actually a great deal of talent, passion, and variety in gaming's music scene. Not surprisingly, there's a host of radio stations dedicated to the music - here's just a few of my favorites.
  • Are Video Games Making You Angry? You're Probably Just Incompetent

    Nicholas.Greene
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Gaming's foes have long held that there's a direct link between video games and aggressive behavior.  They were at least half right - scientists have just linked aggression to games with an interesting bridge: incompetence. Apparently, being bad at something - especially games - makes us angry. 
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  • How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

    Ron Callari
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar
  • Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

    Ron Callari
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .
  • Teleportation In, Twitter Out In Turkey - Where Is Olivia Pope When You Need Her?

    Ron Callari
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    For a Prime Minister who's embraced technology more so than other national leaders of sovereign states, one's hard pressed to sympathize with a man who chose to ban Twitter to cover up a political scandal. The disruption and "going dark" incident sparked public fury and outrage. . .
  • Happy Birthday World Wide Web: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, Until It Doesn't?

    Ron Callari
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    We have Tim Berners-Lee to thank for the World Wide Web - an accessible bank of knowledge that's hyperlinked content across the globe bestowing upon "us mere mortals a real chance to learn as much as our brains can store." And guess what? He did it all before digital monetization. . .
  • Linkify Harnesses Semantic Technology For On-The-Go Small Businesses & Smartphones

    Ron Callari
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:00 am
    Time is of the essence when running a small business -- particularly when each staff member [whether he or she is the founder or its sales agent] is often required to wear many hats, juggle multiple disciplines and multi-task on an ongoing-basis. Add travel and out-of-the-office business engagements to the mix...
 
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  • Despite Doomed Predictions, Facebook Is Not Dying Out – It Just Has Google-Like Aspirations

    Richard Whelchel
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every time Facebook acquires a new app or drops billions of dollars on someone else's work, the internet becomes abuzz with criticisms, claiming that these moves are a harbinger of the end for the billion-dollar company.  However, the cunning Mark Zuckerberg actually has been planning his next move with these new toys all along; something that goes beyond that big blue social giant that propelled him to success.   
  • 5G Internet is Coming - But How Will We Use It?

    Avon Alexander
    8 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    World governments and technology companies are pledging billions or dollars in to create the next generation of internet. But, they still haven't figured out just what it will be or how it will be used.
  • GameBuddy Lets You Play Any Game On Any Screen Anywhere

    Nicholas.Greene
    6 Feb 2014 | 2:11 pm
    One of the biggest innovations this generation of gaming has seen is game streaming - a process significantly weakened by latency. But what if that wasn't an issue? What if you could stream to any screen you chose without even an ounce of lag? Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to GameBuddy.
  • Will The Real Sherlock Holmes App Please Stand Up?

    Ron Callari
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Little did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle realize when he first introduced "Sherlock Holmes" to the world in 1887, that some 125+ years later, the world would still not be able to get enough of this irascible literary character. Not only has there been over 100+ actors who have stepped into this famous detective's shoes on stage, screen, radio and TV since the early 1900s --  in just this past few years --  21st Century actors, the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. . .
  • Have Health Concerns? Just Text Your Doctor

    Ellen Dudley
    1 Feb 2014 | 4:44 am
    Have you ever had a health concern and spent hours googling it to make a self diagnosis? Now there's an app for that: First Opinion. Aimed primarily at parents, the app connects you with a doctor over text message. All the doctors are also mothers, so you can ask questions about things like pregnancy, child development, illness, injury, lactation, nutrition and sleep training.
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  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.
  • Vintage Jukebox Clutch Is Retro-Chic

    Fashion Finds
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Marching to the beat of your own drum is a whole lot easier when you can take music with you. These days, portable music players take a minimalist approach, and just don't act like fashion accessories in the ways that they once did. So, it is pretty great that one designer has come up with a quirky yet chic solution to this.
  • Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.
  • Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

    China.new
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.
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  • Is Your Mom A Geek? 10 Mother's Day Gifts For Geeky Moms

    Must Love Gadgets
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Whether your Mom is a mathemetician, scientist, physician, gamer, or bookworm... if she's into Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones... Maybe she's just a generic geek.   We've got 10 Mother's Day gifts for the geek mom to make your shopping easier!
  • Top 5 Innovative Facial Peels To Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh

    Alicia Zuberbier
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    With so many facial peels on the market, which ones really work? This top 5 list will show you some favorites and help you pick which peel works best for you.
  • Vintage Jukebox Clutch Is Retro-Chic

    Fashion Finds
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Marching to the beat of your own drum is a whole lot easier when you can take music with you. These days, portable music players take a minimalist approach, and just don't act like fashion accessories in the ways that they once did. So, it is pretty great that one designer has come up with a quirky yet chic solution to this.
  • Spend Five More Minutes In The Shower- The Aqua Splash Wants You To

    Alicia Zuberbier
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    As if showers aren't awesome enough, now you can take an extra five minutes to comb through your hair with Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash combs. These babies detangle hair in the shower without damage or pain. If I can get better hair while relaxing in a shower, I'm in.
  • Slim Your Thighs With Momolady, Japan's Womb-Shaped Adductor Muscle Exerciser

    Steve Levenstein
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Momolady is a spring-loaded thigh exerciser that, coincidentally or not, resembles a cute & cuddly version of the female reproductive system... all that's missing is a smiley face. This affordable device promises to slim, trim and tone the user's thighs by exercising the oft-neglected adductor muscles and burning off useless fat.
 
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  • Microsoft's Giving Us A Look At The Future Of Robots In The Office

    Tech Light
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Today, we've been given a glimpse into the future of the workplace. Not surprisingly, it involves robots. Microsoft's Situated Interaction Project is a near-fully automated, robotic workplace, designed to show that robots and humans can interact - and work together - on a meaningful level.
  • Food Spoilage: Chinese Research Team Develops New Smart Tag

    M Dee Dubroff
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Is there a way to tell if food has gone bad without experiencing that unpleasant attack on the nostrils by opening the container?  Read all about the innovative Chinese research team that devised a smart tag to eliminate all that and possibly revolutionize the food and beverage industry.
  • Toyota Is Securing Efficiency By Replacing Robots With Humans

    Tech Light
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    No, that's not a typo. While many automotive manufacturers are embracing robots in the workplace, Toyota is apparently taking the opposite approach: they're actually reducing the number of robots used in the production line. Even stranger, they're actually becoming more efficient as a result.
  • Meet The Windows That Block Sunlight By Themselves

    Diogo Costa
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    All houses, offices and stores have windows, mostly in order to deliver natural light inside them. However, sometimes the sunlight is just to much and, to block it, we use blinds. But these blinds are somewhat inaesthetic and, for stores, are not exactly great for business. But all this may be about to change, because a Silicon Valley company has developed a special glass that blocks the sunlight on its own.
  • Translucent Concrete: Scientific Marvel and Brilliant Innovation

    M Dee Dubroff
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    Translucent concrete is a wondrous creation that sprang from the brilliant mind of Hungarian architect, Aron Losonczi. It represents a new frontier in architectural construction, design, innovation and beauty. Read on for more information on this fascinating subject.
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  • I’m Doing Something WILD! $800 OFF for 72 Hours ONLY – LIVE Power Mentoring II Program.

    Tamara Monosoff
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    It seems that ideas start percolating in my mind at about 5:00am in the morning. What if you could acheive the transformation you are looking for and could avoid getting side-tracked during the Summer months? Imagine starting the Summer equipped with clear action steps and tools and information to achieve your dream business. Having these essential tools will save you time which ultimately will give you more spare time to enjoy the Summer with your friends and family. To help you achieve this, I've decided to take another $500 OFF the accelerated LIVE Power Mentoring II program that begins on…
  • Welcome to Mom Invented!

    Tamara Monosoff
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Welcome to Mom Invented! Welcome to our vibrant community of mom entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our site is full of action, information and inspiration. Please join us! Our mission is to: "Inspire, Inform & Boldly Promote Courageous Women in Business." One of the most powerful ways to take charge of your life is to gain knowledge. Mom Invented® offers books, powerful mentoring programs, and inspiring feature mom stories to help support you on your way to creating and growing a business and life that you love. Here’s what’s cooking at Mom Invented®… Get the Support &…
  • Stop Mulling it Over! Turn Your Product Idea into a Money Generating Business NOW!

    Tamara Monosoff
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    If you're wondering what the Power Mentoring II program can do for you, read Kate O'Malley's experience here... "I have been working on my product for 7 years. Running into roadblocks, dead-ends, or just plain confusion about where to go and what to do next. By taking Tamara Monosoff's "Power Mentoring" class, the roadblocks, and dead-ends are now an open road of endless possibilities. Tamara's step-by- step approach to getting your product to market is invaluable.  By taking this class, I was provided workbooks, and weekly live group sessions, followed by video replays of the classes, to…
  • TODAY is the Official Book Launch. Get Awesome Gifts Too!

    Tamara Monosoff
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Today is THE official launch for the Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing (second edition) (watch 4 minute video) If you have a product idea (or know someone that does), you need this book. Honestly, it is unlike any other book out there. As I wrote it, my goal was to "reveal" everything that I could to provide you with clear steps and specific information and resources to accelerate your success. And, the 50 entrepreneurs featured in the book share the names of their highly coveted prototype developers, factories, and formulators and most importantly…
  • Highly Anticipated Mom Inventors Handbook 2nd Edition LAUNCHES TODAY!

    Tamara Monosoff
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I'm thrilled to share some news with you. For the past nine months, I've been writing the NEW, updated and interactive second edition of the best-selling, Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing. It officially launches this week! It is jam-packed with up-to-date resources and information that will blow you away. I have included absolutely every valuable resource I can give to accelerate your success. This book provides a step-by-step road-map to take your product idea from concept to flying off of store shelves. There are an abundance of new opportunities…
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  • America’s Anti-Patent Revolution: Stoking the Engines of Innovation Fatigue

    Jeff Lindsay
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    My latest post here at Innovation Fatigue lamented the actions of the USPTO in their apparent war on patents involving natural products. New information makes the story even more troubling than before, indicating that more than just judicial error and bureaucratic blindness was involved. The steps taken appear much more deliberate and political than that, and reflect an increasingly revolutionary attitude toward patent rights holders, where IP is viewed as the problem, not as a vital tool to benefit society. First, new insight into the actions of the USPTO comes from a leaked USPTO PowerPoint…
  • Excluding Natural Products from Patent Protection?

    Jeff Lindsay
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    In response to recent court cases, the USPTO has dramatically revised its approach to dealing with a wide variety of patents. Its new guidelines to patent examiners on subject matter eligibility for inventions involving natural products seem to go way beyond the legal decisions on which they are allegedly based, adding extremely high barriers to patentability. If your invention uses natural products, as almost every tangible invention does to some degree, you now must show that what you claim is “significantly different” that what might be found in nature or from natural…
  • Chinese Company Relies on IP to Gain Giant Loan: Lessons from Quanlin (Tralin) Paper

    Jeff Lindsay
    6 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Breaking news from the Province of Shandong in northern China: A Chinese paper company, Quanlin Paper (also called “Tralin Paper”) has successfully used its portfolio of patents and trademarks to secure a huge loan of 7.9 billion RMB (about $1.3 billion). Potentially significant story for those tracking IP and innovation in China. The story was just reported on March 3, 2014 at China Paper (the story is in Mandarin). This is quite a big deal and may be a record for China in terms of how much value IP brought in seeking a corporate loan. To emphasize the significance of this…
  • Don’t Let Mergers and Acquisitions Kill Innovation

    Jeff Lindsay
    19 Feb 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One of the great innovation killers in the Corporate world is the traumatic change that can come with a merger and acquisition. Through rough handling and several forms of neglect, some of the brightest would-be innovators for the transformed company can be driven out or, if they remain on board, turned from enthusiastic contributors to bitter observers. Those who generate IP or have the best potential to do so need special attention during M&A activity. They need to be considered carefully during due diligence, but that often does not happen. If there is one well-known star who is the…
  • Innovation and Potato Peelers: Beware Cheap Imitations

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Jan 2014 | 3:32 pm
    My imitation peeler Pictured to the left is my potato peeler/fruit peeler which I purchased in Shanghai. It is dutifully based on the design of typical peelers long sold by Western companies. But I suspect this imitation object was copied and manufactured by people unacquainted with the finer points of peeling potatoes. In peeling potatoes, one frequently encounters eyes or other bad spots that need to be gouged out. Good potato peelers have a curved metal end that can be used for gouging potatoes and fruit. My Shanghai peeler has dutifully copied the general shape of other peelers, with a…
 
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  • Baobed treehouse lets you sleep in the trees or on the ground

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    We've seen many structures that offer shelter while hanging from tree branches over the years, but the Baobed treehouse adds some extra versatility to the equation. The portable capsule is designed to allow one person, or two very close friends, to hang from a tree or camp on the ground.Though its shape may bring to mind classic TV series Mork & Mindy, the Baobed treehouse is actually inspired by the exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, native to Africa. The small pod-shaped capsule measures roughly 4 x 2 m (13 x 6.5 ft) and weighs 450 kg (992 lbs), so though it's…
  • World's tallest observation wheel gives a taste of the high life in Las Vegas

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Visitors to Las Vegas now have a new way to take in the famous Las Vegas Strip with the official opening of the world's tallest observation wheel on Monday. Standing 550 feet (167.6 m) tall, the aptly named High Roller is 9 ft (2.7 m) taller than the previous record holder, the 541-ft (164.8 m) tall Singapore Flyer.The High Roller is the centerpiece of The LINQ, a new outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district constructed for Caesars Entertainment by Arup Engineering. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard across from Caesars Palace, the wheel features 28 spherical, glass-enclosed cabins…
  • Compact teardrop trailer transforms into a large family camper

    15 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    Standing the test of time, and in conjunction with rising fuel prices, the traditional teardrop camper has resurfaced in recent years as an economic alternative to your large clunky caravan or fully decked out Winnebago. Raising the bar with an intelligent and modern teardrop design, Canadian company Safari Condo has recently released the Alto R 1713 and R 1723 recreational campers.Both travel trailers are lightweight and boast an aerodynamic shape, which makes towing them easy and accessible. Furthermore, the design incorporates an electric retractable roof, offering greater interior space…
  • Glamping for Glampers: Luxury camping on the South Korean mountainside

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:46 am
    Emerging South Korean design studio Archiworkshop has injected some serious style into its recently completed "Glamping for Glampers" project. Located in the mountainous region of Yang-Pyeong in South Korea, the remote glampsite features a series of luxurious "tents" which add some serious comfort to the traditional camping experience.View allThe five star luxury accommodation modules are somewhat of a hybrid between a tent and a cabin. Designed in two different formations – the circular Stacking Doughnut unit and the long and expandable Modular Flow unit – both have been built with…
  • Neuschwanstein Castle

    30 Jan 2014 | 6:06 am
    Located in Germany near the town of Fussen. In translation the name means “new swan cliff. The castle was built in the 19th century by order of the Bavarian King Ludwig II. The King has some oddities of nature. In his early youth, he surrounded himself with his fictional world & was obsessed with building a fabulous palace. His dreams & fantasies were realized through the man work of hundreds of architects & artisans. After all, the construction of such a complex place among the rocks – had tremendous effort. All the artistic decoration of the…
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  • Invention Eliminates the Pesky Pedaling Part of Riding a Bike

    Kevin Mako
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    The bike is an age-old symbol of affordable transportation. In fact, the bicycle is thought to have been first conceived way back in 1493 when Gian Giacomo Caprotti allegedly made a sketch (there is some controversy about the original author). Since that time more than 500 years ago, various improvements have transported the bike from a clunky metal-on-wheels machine to a traveling experience with lightweight carbon frames and sleek, smooth tires. Over time, models have emerged with multiple wheels or bikes that could accommodate multiple riders. Different bikes have different brakes and…
  • Child Inventor Builds More Than Toys With LEGOs

    Kevin Mako
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Remember when you were younger and you would spend hours following the instructions on your LEGO set to produce intricate rocket ships or pirate battle scenes? Perhaps you still play with LEGOs today (no judgment here). Imagine if those small, plastic pieces could do more than simply entertain and teach engineering basics. Imagine if they could change the world and truly help other people. One seventh-grader in California is doing just that. Spurred by a passion to serve others, he developed a Braille printer using only his LEGOs and his creativity. An Affordable Solution Shubham Banerjee, a…
  • A gift from our friends at Magnetic Kitchen for their Kickstarter campaign!

    Kevin Mako
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Thanks to Magnetic Kitchen for this awesome Mako Invent laser-engraved skateboard deck gift!  We love seeing this kind of inventive design spirit.  They’re off to the races with a big Kickstarter campaign for their amazing decks, check them out, only a few days left to grab one of their custom boards (click below). Magnetic Kitchen is a laser cutting and design studio in NYC. They do all sorts of laser cutting and engraving work for a wide range of applications and clients. Formed from a tight group of friends, Magnetic Kitchen is always pushing the technical and creative boundaries…
  • 4 Patented Inventions That Make You Scratch Your Head

    Kevin Mako
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    Let’s face it: Not every idea is a bright idea. In fact, some ideas may be best left on a piece of paper in the back of a desk drawer. But the human mind is curious and innovative, and it cannot be stopped when it is determined. Thus, the U.S. Patent Office has put its stamp of approval on a number of inventions that are interesting, at best. Here are four reasons even your most ridiculous idea could actually stand a chance at earning a patent: 1. The Solution for Floppy Doggy Ears If you have a furry friend with long beautiful ears, you probably lose sleep at night thinking about those…
  • Mako Invent & Ryerson University’s Student Invention Award!

    Kevin Mako
    26 Feb 2014 | 9:44 am
    Mako Invent, Ryerson University, and RBC Royal Bank have teamed up for the first annual Student Invention Awards at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Student Product Designers and Inventors are competing for over $10,000 in cash and services-in-kind! Over the next few weeks, students will be busy finalizing their consumer product designs, invention ideas, product prototypes, and invention business plans. More information about the Award can be found here: www.makoinvent.com/ryersonaward   The Awards will be taking place on the afternoon of Apr. 11, 2014 at…
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