Fly Fighting Invention

The Atlantic Cities (blog): Lorenzo Maggiore's mission was to fund the production of a gun that kills bugs by shooting small amounts of table salt at them. Indiegogo users chose to accept it. With the looks of...

Mining Saltwater with Bacteria

HumansInvent: In places like Singapore, where fresh water is scarce, one method to obtain drinking water is to filter out the salt from seawater. The usual process for doing this is known as reverse...
GMA News Online: The Pyroclave is a medical wasteprocessor that uses pyrolysis —the process of decomposing organic material using extreme heat in the absence of oxygen. It is this same process that is used in the...

All-In-One Less Lethal Weapon

Wired: Joel Braun came up with a less-lethal mashup that stuns, shoots, blinds and sprays its targets. Braun’s system, described in a patent approved last month by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is called the “Non-Lethal...
Image of shiny razor blades from the Dollar Shave Club Website
Dollar Shave Club - Selling Razors Online: $1 at a Time   Dollar Shave Club is a subscription service that will deliver razors direct to your door each month - for a nominal fee. They must be...

Shoes That Capture Electricity

Popular Science: Humans are not very efficient. When we walk, we waste close to 20 watts of energy per second. Instead of turning all calories into lift or forward motion, we turn most of...

A Better Lobster Trap

Popular Science: During a regular fishing season, most lobstermen can afford to check and rebait their traps only every three or four days. Each run to the traps can cost as much as $600...
Earthtechling: The technology was commercialized in 1994 by Dyesol, an Australian solar company that sells various DSC products and supplies internationally. Each DSC, covered in titania (a white pigment) and ruthenium dye, is a tiny electrolyte...

What is a Provisional Patent

Jon Muskin, writing on Inventor Digest, explains that there’s no such thing as a provisional patent, and other mistakes contests make on Shark Tank: Contestants frequently make the same mistake which annoys me every...

Seasonal Carpetting

Cassandra Daily: Fickle minds sometimes face commitment issues when choosing their homes’ color schemes. To help prevent palette regret, German artist Siren Elise Wilhelmsen has designed a color-changing rug that reacts to seasonal temperatures....

A Desk Held Up With Balloons

How do you build a desk suspended by balloons? A company called Twisted Image finally started production in February. Their job was to fabricate permanent hot air balloons strong enough to...
If you've ever tried to take a vacation with children that required the use of both an airplane and a rental car, you know the pain. What do you do about car seats and boosters?...

The Key To Sobriety

Tom Edwards openly admits his guilt over drinking and driving. However it is that guilt that has motivated him to create a new tool in the fight against drinking and driving reports Florida Today. About...
WSJ: From floodgates for homeowners to “diapers” for absorbing storm waters, they’ve come up with ways to tackle the problems brought on by tornados and other major events—including, of course, Hurricane Irene. “Often large disruptions...
Your Houston News: Jerry Zaid already knew something about entrepreneurship. As fate would have it, a near-catastrophe turned him into an inventor with more than just an idea. Zaid, a Pasadena resident, is currently in the patent-pending...

Portable Wall Invention

SmartPlanet.com (blog): It’s always rush hour, when I’m packed into a crowded subway car, when I imagine that, somehow, a magic wall has gone up between me and the other passengers. As much I appreciate the...

Entrepreneur Makes Sleep Pay

BusinessWeek: The result is the SleepTracker, a watch-like monitor and alarm that users wear on their wrists to record their sleep patterns and awaken them at an optimal time within the window they have chosen. The...
Entreprenuer: Robert Thomas dropped out of Stanford and was waiting to be discharged from the Marine Corps when he had the idea to hitchhike to Ohio. He needed to create a sign to display...
Tennessee Today: Christian Parigger, associate professor of physics at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, wants to advance the fight against cancer. His big idea: develop a technology that goes on a “seek and destroy”...

Anti-Cheating Ring

Thecheeky.com: With Arnold, Tiger and two timing IMF guy in mind, we have created this platinum wedding ring for people intent on cheating. The negative engraving on the inside means that when you are in the ‘Club’...