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Have Back Pain? 10+ Gadgets That Make Life Easier

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:03:21 -0800


Have back problems? 

If you just recently hurt your back or you live with chronic back pain, you know how hard it can be to do the simplest things. If you need some help to make moving around less difficult, there are some great products that can help you get up, down, and around with less pain.

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process - Part II

Sat, 02 May 2015 11:26:40 -0700


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

Yesterday, we had Part I. Here's Part II of his article: read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process - Part III

Sat, 02 May 2015 11:30:20 -0700


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

We published Part I and Part II earlier this week. Here's Part III of his article: read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process

Sat, 02 May 2015 10:36:06 -0700


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

I thought is was one of the best distillations of the challenges of the invention process and it offers priceless advice for inventors. Here's Part I of his article:

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You have a new product idea that you believe would sell very well were it only available on the market -- but you don't have the time or resources to "venture" the product, i.e., to manufacture it (or have it contract-manufactured) and sell it yourself. What now? read more »

Realistically, the best advice you could be given is to forget the idea -- and get on with your life.

Best Buy Guides And Gift Recommendations By Age - From 0 To 100

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:05:20 -0800

(image) Now that shopping season is clearly here, I thought it would be helpful to provide an easy reference list of some of our best gift ideas and suggestions: Some of the ones listed here are cool and some are silly, but they all are innovative and inventive .Happy shopping everyone!

More Weird Furniture

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:17:48 -0700

4. Store Your Computer in a Carboard Desk

Cardboard Desk This computer desk and shelves set is made of 100% recyclable carboard. When you are done using the desk, you can just flatten it to a pulp, literally! read more »

20 Things You Should Not Do Before Starting Your Business

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 09:02:03 -0800


Too often, many would-be entrepreneurs spend all of their time planning their corporate structure, getting all of the necessary permits, licenses, bank accounts, and doing all of the other minutiae of business before they actually figure out whether or not they actually have a product or service that someone will pay for. read more »

Enchanted Dolls : Innovative Art

Mon, 12 Jun 2006 06:42:59 -0700

The concept of fine doll making is being reinvigorated and redefined by Siberian born artist Marina Bychkova.

Her dolls have an almost brooding sexuality about them. Evocative of mystical fairy tales and exquisite in their fine detailing, these are definitely not the porcelain dolls of old.

In discussing her dolls, Marina says "There is a doll market in the US, but it’s very conventional. I’m hoping to contribute something new..." More...

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Room In a Box : Innovative New Housing Option

Sun, 11 Jun 2006 10:51:21 -0700

Do you ever wish you could add another room to your house, without going through all the hassles of renovation or remodeling? I always fantasize about making my living spaces bigger, but I don't want to go through the hassles of hiring a contractor, gogin through zoning and getting approals and shelling out tens of thousands of dollars. It hardly seems worth the effort for just one room.

An extra room would be great, but the options for adding another living space are pretty limited...but now there is a new option to think about. You can get an extra room that's delivered to you in a flat pack, ready to assemble easily and quickly.

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Blatte's Fractal Designs : Inventive Artwork

Tue, 06 Jun 2006 08:16:31 -0700

According to Wikipedia, "The word "fractal" has two related meanings. In colloquial usage, it denotes a shape that is recursively constructed or self-similar, that is, a shape that appears similar at all scales of magnification and is therefore often referred to as "infinitely complex." In mathematics a fractal is a geometric object that satisfies a specific technical condition."

I recently discovered an artist who goes by "Blatte" who has done some interesting work with fractal art. In corresponding with him to discussing our interest in featuring his artwork on our site, (more..)

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Innovations in Building: Good Old Concrete

Wed, 31 May 2006 05:27:24 -0700

"Each year, billions of tons of concrete become the stuff of buildings, highways, dams, sidewalks, and even artworks. The list goes on. Not only is the material ubiquitous, it has a long history. The Romans invented cement-based concrete more than 2,000 years ago and used the material to build architectural masterpieces such as the Pantheon. To Christian Meyer, a structural engineer at Columbia University, there's just no question about it: "Concrete is the world's most important material." read more »

Is the American Inventor Show a Disappointment?

Wed, 19 Apr 2006 07:08:52 -0700

One of our viewers Janice asked me if I would post this article for her. I thought it was a very interesting read and so I decided to share it with you.
When I think about what truly distinguished America from other countries, I think about the fact that we have been a country profoundly blessed by innovation. read more »

What's Happened to the Inventors from American Inventor - Season One?

Tue, 03 Apr 2007 07:33:03 -0700


Curious about what's happened to your favorite inventors and inventions from Season One of American Inventor?

Well, we have lots of information but we didn't know for sure what we could share with you and what we couldn't since much of it was unconfirmed or confidential.

So we thought it would be a good idea to create a post where folks from Season One can report on what has been going on for them. read more »

All the Best Valentine's Day Links?

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 08:43:10 -0800

(image) In celebration of Valentine's Day, I thought it'd be helpful to collect together some of the great articles written on and around the web in celebration of this day of love and romance. read more »

USB Plant Sensor Helps You Get A Better Green Thumb

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 02:24:44 -0800

(image) Watching plants you broke your back to put into the ground die can be quite disheartening. You aren't sure why they died, either. Were the growing conditions not right? Did you put in the wrong type of plant for your climate? A nifty little USB device can help address these questions.

Weekend SpotLight: Animal Oddities

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 03:00:21 -0700

(image) Animals are forever capturing our attention with the silly things they do. Some don't even have to do anything, they just look funny. Check out some inventions for animals and articles about animals from our archives and from other great sites on the web.

Weekend Reading: Fun in the Sun

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 03:20:26 -0700

(image) Lazy days of summer may slow some down, but these InventorSpot writers find lots of fun in the sun.

Weekend Reading: We All Scream For Ice Cream

Sat, 12 Jul 2008 13:22:36 -0700

(image) With the hot summer months here, ice cream is more popular than ever. So while you're sitting in your cool air conditioning (or not), check out some interesting reading from our archives about the latest ice cream innovations and inventions.

Pittsburgh Invention Firm Davidson & Associates Settles With Feds For $10.7 Million

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 06:53:08 -0700


We just received this interesting piece of news. Good news for the everyday inventor!:

Pittsburgh Invention Firm Settles With Feds For $10.7 Million Davison & Associates Was Sued By FTC -- 3:08 pm EDT July 14, 2008

Some New Things You Wanted to Know About Planes : Weekend Reading

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 09:24:13 -0700

(image) Happy Fourth of July!

Want to learn about the latest inventions, innovations and interesting ideas relating to airplanes?For this long weekend, I thought it'd be fun to highlight some of the great innovations happening with planes.

Contest For Inventors Offer Nationwide Publicity As Grand Prize

Tue, 12 Feb 2008 09:00:56 -0800

Orca Communications, a public relations firm specializing in advising inventors and small business entrepreneurs launches nationwide competition for the "Most
Innovative Consumer Product". The grand prize is a comprehensive media campaign worth $20,000 to its winner. read more »

Wise Inventors Offer Valuable Invention Advice for Free

Mon, 04 Feb 2008 21:21:51 -0800

Looking for great invention advice?

Ever wish you had a seasoned inventor that could walk you through the invention process and be your personal mentor? can't offer you that, but we can provide the next best thing. read more »

Everyday Edisons Is Looking for Modern Inventors for Season Three 2008

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 09:37:42 -0800

Everyday Edisons
, a nationally televised PBS reality series chronicling modern inventors and the development of their inventions, is kicking off its Season Three casting calls with an Atlanta audition. read more »

How to Make a Blu-Ray Laser Phaser

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 07:18:09 -0800


Our Guest Blogger, Kipkay , is the Top Producer on the video website He thought the readers of would enjoy learning how to make some of his amazing inventions. Here's his article:

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The future meets the past as I turn a Star Trek Phaser into a Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Captain Kirk would have loved to have one of these in his arsenal of goodies and now he can. Typical blu-ray lasers are very expensive but I found an inexpensive source for obtaining one. read more »

Dust to Dust

Sat, 08 Jul 2006 07:33:19 -0700

(image) I like highlighting artists who use interesting materials in inventive ways. I recently discovered to art of Scott Wade, a artist who uses a material that completely surrounds us...ordinary dust. His work reminds me of sand artists, whose creations disappear with the next tide or ice sculpture artists who lose their work to the sun.
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Editor's Picks for Best of for October 2007

Wed, 31 Oct 2007 18:31:24 -0700

(image) had a great October 2007 with over 1.2 million page views and almost 700,000 unique visitors. We also added 4 new writers to our writing team to share the latest news on inventions and innovations from around the world and interesting new ideas with you.

The best articles at launched in October were: read more »

Live Blog and Recap of ABC's American Inventor: Episode 206 (Season 2 Episode 6)

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:46:48 -0700


Unfortunately, Seth will not be able to do his live blog posting this week. We will try to have a recap summary of the show for later this evening but will not be able to provide a live blog. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In the meantime, please share your comments on the show.
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Gray-Dar Helps Screen Out The Men That Dye Their Hair

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 13:09:28 -0700

(image) Curious as to which men dye their hair?

Our Guest Blogger, Scott "scottdammit" Duran, is a writer/graphic artist/visionary/inventor and a world-class exaggerator. He suggests you look for him on bookshelves soon. He found a new invention that he wanted to share with the readers of

Here's his article: read more »

Why Guys Should Not Drink and Invent

Mon, 16 Jul 2007 18:22:28 -0700

(image) Helmet GunScott Seegert has written a highly entertaining book called, "It's a Guy Thing: Awesome Real Innovations From the Underdeveloped Male Mind". In it, he writes about the real inventions patented by guys. What makes the book and amusing read is that the illustrations are the inventors' actual drawings, taken directly from the official paperwork filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office. read more »

Invent -a -Toy World Games

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 14:27:10 -0800


Will the next best toy inventor be your kid?

Enter your child's Toy or Game into the 2007 Invent-A-Toy World Games. The contest is now until April 6, 2007.

ByKidsforKids is looking for ‘Toys’ or ‘Games’ inventions in these categories: read more »