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The World's First E•Ink Ana-Digi Watch — Product Review

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:37:10 -0800

(image) E•INK WATCH

I admit it. I love watches. When I win the lottery, I’m going to go buy lots and lots of watches so I can wear something different on my wrist every day. So when I was asked to review The World’s First E•Ink Ana-Digi Watch from Phosphor—I couldn’t wait. Having read all they hype about E•Ink I figured this watch could be cool. But since cool isn’t everything, here’s the skinny on what makes this new watch tick. read more »


Fri, 16 Jun 2006 21:47:00 -0700

(image) Sushi roll drivesFlash drives are pretty darn amazing. So small. Extremely powerful. No moving parts. And very stable. No wonder they’re gaining in popularity. Take a look at these FLASHTASTIC flash drives. They're fun, wacky, artistic - and functional. read more »


Sun, 12 Mar 2006 20:34:35 -0800

Below you'll find the entire running blog with comments dating back to Thursday, January 12, 2006. This was just after many auditioners for American Inventor from ABC had found out if that they made it to the next round of auditions in LA.

To all our old friends, and all the new ones, keep the comments coming. Enjoy. This is more your blog than mine. read more »

Do you think we'll see tonight's ideas end up in Kmart or Target? Or are they headed for the deadidea bin?

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 14:39:45 -0800

Just wanted to get people thinking about what makes for a good idea. The stated goal of AI is to find a product they can mass market. Something that the world needs and wants, but does not yet exist.

We had lots and lots of emails from people commenting on how certain products should have moved forward from Episode 101. One example: the kids doggie window fan. So to put this topic to bed, once and for all. And to bring up an interesting question for this show in general here's something to think about.

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American Inventor - Episode 8 - Peter Jones Judes - To See Who Moves on to the Final 4! The Winner is ...

Thu, 04 May 2006 18:01:03 -0700

Tonight, Peter Jones judges a former teacher, a coach and a therapist. They each have 4 weeks to prove they should move on.

All three of tonight’s inventors have one thing in common – they’ve put off they’re lives to make other lives better.

Jodi Plistka invented The Headliner because she lost all her hair 20 years ago to Alopecia.

20 years ago Ed Hall had dreams of NBA stardom. He eventually became a teacher. Inventor of WordAce – an electronic educational game designed to make learning fun. read more »

American Inventor - Episode 9 (Hour 2) Doug Hall Decides The Fate of Who Moves On! The Winner Is ....

Thu, 04 May 2006 19:27:36 -0700

EPISODE 109 – DOUG HALL DECIDES WHO MOVES ON. There’s only one spot left in the Final 4.

Joseph and Jennifer Safuto – Inventor of the Flushpure toilet seat. Every time you flush the toilet microparticles of bacteria fly all over the place.

Despite their last round of horrible presentation they moved on to this round. read more »

Reminder... Doug Hall - Sunday Night, 9PM EST, May7 - LIive Blog Here Only! And Now With Special Guests!

Sat, 06 May 2006 19:35:54 -0700

Tomorrow night Doug will be back - to answer questions, give you insight, and tell it like it is....LIVE! read more »


Fri, 02 Jun 2006 19:48:55 -0700

(image) Michelle's blog about diamonds reminded me of something I just saw in Wired Magazine. And go figure, I was able to track it down on the web to share with you. Here's the beginning... click through on the end link for the rest of the story.

The New Diamond Age

Armed with inexpensive, mass-produced gems, two startups are launching an assault on the De Beers cartel.
Next up: the computing industry. read more »

Wireless Headphones for your iPod: Cool Product

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 18:11:45 -0700

(image) What would life be without your iPod. Everyone has an iPod and there are tons of accessories to go with your iPod. Here's one that is really valuable for all those people tired of having the headphone wires getting tangled, hitting you in the face or getting caught on something. read more »

Video Cameras for the Lazy and Forgetful

Sat, 10 Jun 2006 20:14:10 -0700


Ok, so really. When was the last time you looked forward to taking out your video camera to record something? Or for that matter, looked forward to trying to get what you taped off the tape and onto a format that you could watch over and over?

Let’s face it. Video cameras are a huge pain in the you know what to use, especially for all those whip-it-out-and-shoot-before-the-moment’s-gone moments. I don’t know about you, but I can barely remember to keep my video camera charged. And I have no idea where any of the cables are so that I can plug the camera in to my tv and watch stuff. read more »

DOUG HALL - Blogging Live- Sunday Night 9PM EST - Here At Only - Answering Your Questions Live!

Sat, 06 May 2006 19:33:15 -0700

Doug Hall will be back LIVE at to tell it like it is - this Sunday night, May 7th - for his second appearance.

If you missed it the first time, this is your chance to ask Doug whatever you want. He said this weeks Episode is going to leave fans VERY passionate and wanting to talk/vent. read more »

American Inventor Show- Episode 107 Recap - Group 2 Semi-Finalist Cutdowns. The Winner Is...

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 19:05:31 -0700

FYI – MR. ANNOUNCER GUY STATES…THEY WENT TO 7 CITIES, saw 10,127 INVENTIONS, of which 223 were for toilet products.

Tonight it’s MARY LOU QUINLAN who decides who moves to the FINAL 4.

Here’s how the show sets up the inventors – total reality show BS” “A prison guard, an unemployed mother, and a teenage immigrant all compete for 50 thousand dollars.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2006 19:13:03 -0700


ONLY 12 REMAIN - tonight

ED EVANTELISTA IS THE MAIN JUDGE. He decides the fate of…

MARK Martinez - Sackmaster 2000 (now the Sacmaster)
SHERYL McDonald - The Un-brella (now the In-brella)
ERIC Thompson - Receiver's Training Pole (now the Catch)

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Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:28:53 -0700

We at AmericanInventorSpot are proud to tell you that Doug Hall has volunteered to host a live blog, this Sunday night from 9:30 until 10:30 or longer, depending on interest. He will be responding to YOUR questions.

He's going to be honest, straight forward, and is willing to do a no holds barred commentary. He will answer whatever he can, without breaking any of the obvious contracts he has signed being a judge on the show. So... don't expect him to give away the ending. read more »

Everyone is Talking About the New Round Car Seat. What's Your Take?

Fri, 07 Apr 2006 19:40:50 -0700

It's amazing how many people have visited this site specifically because we had a photo of the round baby car seat. And the chatter about it is equally amazing. If you saw the show, you saw that it uses basic physics to work against the forces of a car accident. The baby seat rocks - helping protect the baby inside. Will it work? Who knows. But congrats to the judges for moving this one forward to see if this show can actually be used to "improve" a product concept. If this one can work... it could be huge.

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Sat, 01 Apr 2006 20:04:36 -0800


A Norwegian engineer reinvented the way helicopters keep themselves stable. The result: create a radio-controlled craft that can take off from the palm of your hand

By Eric Adams

Helicopters are tricky beasts to keep aloft and stable. Full-size birds do it with skilled pilots, while most unmanned craft rely on gyroscopes and autopilot. But the 3.3-gram Picoflyer is too small for any such luxuries. Instead, Petter Muren, a Norwegian engineer who builds mini copters to fly indoors during long Scandinavian winters, reinvented the stability system.

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EPISODE 3 - A Complete Recap - West Coast Spoiler Warning!

Thu, 30 Mar 2006 19:12:00 -0800


First up:

Anthony Steffen – 44 – Small business owner

Invention: the perfect pet petter.
It automatically pets your dog. It's a kind of creepy robo arm thing.

Peter – thinks it’s ridiculous
Mary – it’s a freak out machine for a dog
Ed – No
Doug – no
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A Windmill in every backyard—the future is now!

Fri, 01 Sep 2006 19:32:03 -0700

(image) Skystream 3.7 Home Wind Turbine

As gas prices increase, oil prices skyrocket and the general cost of powering our overpowered lives heads northward along comes a solution that has dotted the landscape of the world for eons—Wind power.

So we’ve all heard the benefits of solar power. We’ve seen the photos of the great wind farms out in the middle of nowhere. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make a small, affordable wind turbine available to everyday homeowners. read more »

Apple's new iPod Shuffle EXCLUSIVE!

Wed, 13 Sep 2006 19:58:52 -0700

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


Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:50:58 -0800

Los Angeles – Second half hour

Sharon Clemmins – 63 retired sales associate
Invention: the public bathroom door lock

A little plastic sleeve that slips over the public bathroom door to keep it locked when it’s broken. She said 30 percent of the time the doors are broken.

Doing it for her husband so he can retire.

Mary - Yes.
Ed – Yes
Doug – doesn’t like gadgets but likes the cleverness - Yes
Peter – yes


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Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:20:03 -0800

An update of the first 30 minutes so far - EAST COAST.

Chicago Auditions

First up.
Brian Conant, 47 – Post Office Supervisor

Flatulance Deoderizer – 3 ply deodorizer eliminating the smell of gas.

"The future of personal hygene"

His wife had a smelly episode that inspired the invention.

“They looked at it like a joke” he said. - yup.



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American Inventor - Season 2 Starts Tomorrow at 9 PM on ABC

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 03:01:04 -0700


Hi All: read more »

Well, it's here. Season Two of the American Inventor reality television show is starting tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 9 pm Eastern (and 8 pm Central time) on ABC. And just like last year, we're going to provide the best, most in depth coverage, provide a forum for commentary, and host live blogs about the show.

Give the gift of DNA! or a Fingerprint!

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 00:00:00 -0800

(image) They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As it turns out, it’s also in their DNA.

Thanks to some truly innovative thinking, now your DNA (or that of a loved one if you can get it) can be turned into beautiful works of art. The company that can help you with this nifty little trick is DNA11. read more »

Looking for a New, Cool Website? Try Create A Snowflake!

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 04:31:41 -0800

(image) Every now and then, in the course of my endless web surfing, I come across a cool new website find that hooks me for a while. So I thought, heck, why not share them with you all? This will be an “as I find them, I’ll share them” installment. And I welcome your help. If you come across a website that has some innovative technology at use, an unbelievably designed website that is inventive in it’s form, design or function, or some other site that you feel the world will love… email me at: so I can share it with our ever growing audience.

So… in the spirit of the holiday season (which is apparently upon us by the look of the mall windows) I would like to share a fun little site where you can create your very own snowflake. read more »

Art that’s gone to the fishes. Literally.

Tue, 22 Aug 2006 08:39:57 -0700

(image) Aquavista AquariumThey say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well behold, here's something you may or not find beautiful. But it's surely unique.

Take a look. What do you see? Pictures, right? Well, sort of. These are actually wall mounted aquariums. Now personally, I find aquariums beautiful, but to much of a pain in the you-know-what to own. With all the filters and cleaning and what not. But the Acquavista 2000 has taken the aquarium to different level of art. And it's making me rethink the old fish tank. read more »


Sat, 04 Mar 2006 22:05:31 -0800

From the Producers of American Idol... American Inventor, an exciting series from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol about the biggest search ever for America's best new invention, will premiere with a two-hour special, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET, and then move to 9:00 p.m., ET on Thursdays thereafter.

American Inventor, the embodiment of the ultimate American dream, will uncover the hottest new product and make one struggling inventor's dream come true. With one million dollars at stake, American Inventor will celebrate the best in homespun American ingenuity.
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Fri, 14 Jul 2006 21:09:03 -0700

by thinkoutsidethecircle

Food. Let’s face it, it’s awesome. And as such, it’s the inspiration for many an invention. (Just watch late night TV.) Whether you’re a beef eater or a vegan, you love sugar or despise caffeine, there’s one thing we all can agree on. Food makes the world go ‘round. So in honor of the everyday consumable that every human being since the dawn of man has needed… I give you my top 10 food inspired finds. From the dumb to the practical to the delicious—there’s something for everyone. Just like food itself.

(image) Ben & Jerry's Pint Lock10. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY PINT

If you’re one of those types who just can’t part with the last scoop of Phish Food, then you need to pick up this new pint size padlock from Ben and Jerry’s. Just place the lock around the top of the pint, snap it closed, your favorite late night snack will be there when your sweet tooth kicks in. Just make sure not to forget the secret combination. For more info on Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Lock click here .

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