‘WalkCar’ – battery-powered personal transporter small enough to fit in a backpack

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Kuniako Saito, a Japanese engineer, has just invented a new way to travel: A transporter called a “WalkCar” that’s small, light and apparently easy to use. The WalkCar is battery powered and is about the size of a laptop. And although it looks like it can’t hold much weight and is made from aluminum, it can apparently have as much as 265 lbs on board.

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The scooter that doubles as a suitcase

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He Liangcai rides his home-made suitcase scooter.

A Chinese private entrepreneur, He Liangcai, recently obtained a patent for a product that turns a regular suitcase into a rechargeable scooter. According to patent documents China Real Time viewed, accessed via China’s intellectual property database, the suitcase is also equipped with a GPS navigator, a burglar alarm and a horn.

 

 

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Top 10 must-have ‘ingredients’ for a successful invention

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Even a moderately innovative idea can become a huge success.

If you want to be a success and an economic opportunity, it’s important that your idea meet certain criteria for it to be groundbreaking. Even a moderately innovative idea can become a huge success if it has all the right “ingredients.” But keep in mind, some ideas could go either way depending on the execution and the choices you make in developing your idea into a real product.

 

 

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Understanding the changes to the America Invents Act

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act.

On March 16, 2013, the third and final wave of provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) became effective.  This completes the overhaul of the U.S. patent law that began with the enactment of the AIA on September 16, 2011.  The United States will move to a first-to-file system with these provisions.  It will greatly expand the definition of prior art and usher in the use of post grant review.

 

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Cardboard bicycle can change transportation habits around the world

Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni holds his cardboard bicycle

Izhar Gafni, an Israeli inventor, says that a bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world’s most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa.

 

 

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Door Delights wants to brighten your garage door for holidays and special events

Door Delights are outdoor decorations made easy and fun for the whole family. They are themed for holidays, parties and special events.

Door Delights is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, which takes place on Oct 13, 2012 at the Denver Merchandise Mart, so you can see firsthand what all the buzz is about.

In a recent interview, inventor Sherry Samuelson found time to talk to us about safe and easy holiday decorating as well as the fun of finding funding…
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HOOK-SHOT transforms a mini-liquor bottle into a party ornament

Party decorations that fuel the party.

HOOK-SHOT is a product that transforms a mini-liquor bottle into a party ornament.  While displaying the mini bottles as an ornament at parties and events, the bottle can easily be removed from the red cap and consumed as a shot or added to a cocktail mix.

It is ideal for; Special Events, Office Parties, Christmas Parties or Birthdays, just to name a few possibilities.  In addition there are thousands of individuals around the world who collect mini-liquor bottles and this product provides a simple and effective way for them to bring their bottles off the shelf and into the party or holiday event.  (If you are interested just do a You Tube search for “Mini-Liquor Bottle Collectors” )

While we are providing what we refer to as “coils” in the packages, purchasers will be able to be creative and add an endless variety of other trinkets and adornments over the hook to create their own unique ornaments.  Our coils will initially be available in red, gold and silver, and in both a square and spiral pattern.

The HOOK-SHOT is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, which takes place on Oct 13, 2012 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

Inventor Don Brinkmann recently took time to talk to us about naming a unique invention, protecting his vision and selling a million widgets…

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Granny designs carrying solution for iPad

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The Kickstarter video that helped kick things off.

The Original Leather Handle for iPad was created on a whim, first out of a file folder and later out of leather.

Inventor Cate Vincent, one of the exhibitors at the 2012 DaVinci Inventor Showcase, is no stranger to the inventor realm. In fact, this is her 15th startup! Innovation and creativity course through her veins on every level. Recently she took some time to answer a few questions about how a granny could create a solution for an iPad, the dilemma of naming her product and how Apple actually created her product market for her…

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Why Creative People Are Eccentric

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Dean Kamen on his Ibot invention.

He is one of the world’s best known and most successful entrepreneurs, with hundreds of patents to his name—including the Segway scooter. But you will never see Dean Kamen in a suit and tie: the eccentric inventor dresses almost exclusively in denim. He spent five years in college before dropping out, does not take vacations and has never married. Kamen presides (along with his Ministers of Ice Cream, Brunch and Nepotism) over the Connecticut island kingdom of North Dumpling, which has “seceded” from the U.S. and dispenses its own currency in units of pi. Visitors are issued a visa form that includes spaces on which to note identifying marks on both their face and buttocks…

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Google Celebrates The Career Of Microchip Inventor Robert Noyce

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Inventor Robert Norton Noyce

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the life and career of inventor Robert Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. Noyce, who died in 1990, is credited with the invention of the integrated circuit. His patent for a “Semiconductor Device and Lead Structure” paved the way for the semiconductor revolution of the next decades.

He was called the Mayor of Silicon Valley and his relaxed corporate structures encouraged his employees to experiment in an era of buttoned-down austerity. Without Noyce and his various projects, you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now…

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