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Niche Product: Pit In

It means workers can ride into the office and remain seated on their saddle for the entire day.


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Upgrading The Port-a-Potty

What possessed her: After having her son, Sweeney wanted something that would afford her the flexibility to be a mom, but also put her back in the working world and have control of her own “destiny, hours and scheduling.”

The porcelain thrones: There are two: the sleek and the spacious.


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How Do They Make Toothpicks?

Toothpick manufacturers (most of them are in Maine) steam birch logs to make them easier to cut, then “veneer” them, which means they peel each log into a thin sheet, sort of like unrolling a roll of paper towels.


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Niche Biz: Jingle Punks

That changed two years ago, while Gutstadt was editing an independent film that needed a song with a Pulp Fiction-like vibe.


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Niche Biz: Electronics Charging Kiosk

His winning idea is to put cellphone-charging kiosks at malls, airports, grocery stores and other sites where people are in a hurry.


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Luxury Submarines

Clearly, the Phoenix provides its owner with substantially more capability than a simple yacht – the opportunity to explore the depths of the world’s oceans in perfect comfort and safety.


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Chic Vomit Bags For Morning-Sick Moms

Morning sickness is an unfortunate reality for many pregnant mothers, and it’s often compounded by the stress of being unable to predict where or when it will strike.


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Niche Product: Teecil

Squillante, a business major, said he began to take the idea of turning his idea into a start-up company seriously last year, when a professor encouraged him to patent the Teecil.


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Niche Inventions: Floating Solar Panels

Floating solar panels soaking up the sun on Italy’s Lake Colignola will provide a cost-effective, more visually attractive way to harness the sun’s power, says its inventor, Marco Rosa-Clot.


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Niche Biz: Adhesive Toenails

Like many inventors, Maria Barile’s creation happened by accident.


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