inventions

Just a spot to post random ideas for inventions. Example: If you took a crank, put the right amount of weights on it, and let it go from the top, it would go around forever due to the momentum. Anyone interested?

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Help with invention

I have a prototype .of an Ivention i been working on. i need help getting it to market

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need ideas for an invention for school invention convention

Last year for the invention convention i made a hovercraft and everyone was really impressed and now this year i don't know what to do i need to keep up my reputation i just need a good idea.

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help with my invention

I came up with a great idea about one year ago. The outcome was 3 inventions all related. I am a union plumber from Chicago. My ideas are plumbing related, also with water saving. Inventions has no patent. Looking for someone to help me patent,prototype,market,and find a investor. Also must believe in my idea as much as I do. I feel this idea should be in every home and office. I am a plumber, I think this should of been out 20 years ago. Looking for someone in the Chicago land area, that can help me market my inventions from step 1. daaabears@yahoo.com

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How to invent something?

I want to invent something but I don't have any idea of invention. So where shall I start?

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??? Worst Invention Ever ???

What do you think is the WORST invention ever this goes with my best invention ever Well???...

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??? Best Invention Ever ???

Well people what do you think is the best invention ever well.... invented i personally think it is sliced bread cause you cant eat an entire loaf

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who invented a microscope ?

About microscope

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When was the BristleBot invented? Answered

Was the BristleBot invented by Doug Stillinger, Evil Mad Scientist Labs, Ben Jaques' friend, all of them, or someone else entirely?

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Headphone Invention Competition

Hey guys! The company I work for is holding an invention challenge with Harman to generate ideas for the headphones of tomorrow.  If your product gets sold, you'll get royalties based on gross revenue. Anyone can participate—experts, audiophiles, music lovers, tech geeks, etc. If you think you have what it takes, you can submit your idea here: https://www.quirky.com/harman/the-headphones-of-tomorrow

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Pego - My Invention

 I need help trying to get my invention manufactured. Or help to stop me dreaming of Pego ever being a success! It's a clothes peg - same size & material, just a different shape. Clothes pegs sell - Pego should sell. When it's not hanging washing out kids can clip them together to build models - the shape allows the clamp to grip the body - the handles spring out to also act as grips. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ydl_RCCQKo&feature;=fvst I have a few days left on quirky.com & need comments & votes to help Pego to manufacture. http://www.quirky.com/ideations/166745 Let me know what you think - why won't it work? Cheers Andrew Canfield

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Ideas for Solar Invention

Hey, I have got 3 computer fans, and first I would like to see if anyone knows how much volts they normally take to run, I wouldnt guess to much since they're simple and small. And I was trying to think of ideas of what to try to make with them, running with solar panels. I wanted to try to think of something more than just runnings fans. I'm open to all ideas thanks!

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"Re-inventing The Wheel"

Say hello to Mr.T.  He is old, simple, and there is really nothing special about him.  However, Mr.T is a sneaky little feller.  He likes putting on clever disguises like iron sights and stocks and even removable magazines to make people think that he is special.  But he isn't.  He's been around for years now, and for some reason, can't accept that his time is done.  As a community, we are going to get rid of Mr.T. I hope you found that funny, but more importantly, I hope that you took it seriously.  No, I am not talking about the guy who played Clubber Lang in the third rocky.  I am talking about the K'nex gun that has been built and posted thousands of times, and makes the rest of the Instructables community hate K'nex gun builders.  At this point, pretty much any search done on this site will result in at least one K'nex gun.  What is worse?  They are all the same.  The "T" format is the most simple, most redundant approach to building a K'nex aside from the now heavily discriminated block trigger guns.  They involve three things: 1.  A vertical magazine 2.  A firing ram 3.  A trigger Any gun that requires only these three components to operate is, in my opinion, pointless.  Despite cosmetic features such as stocks and iron sights, all "T" format guns are exactly the same.  Yes, they do work, and some of them even work very well, but at this point, improvement will only occur with change, not with repetition.    Compared to a few years ago, this K'nex community is dwindling on the edge of a cliff.  Many people have lost interest because nothing new was being made, so they just quit.  I do not support this decision, but I cannot blame them either.  Like many of the other "veterans" on this site, I have been on and off, but have never officially quit.  Sometimes one just needs to think.   Hopefully by now, I have made it clear: not another Mr.T should be posted ever again.  They are great guns for those learning the ropes.  That is about it.  There are so many other options out there.  Horizontal magazines, pump systems, lever systems, bolt systems, and so many more.  Make up your own system!  Combine different systems!  There are millions, maybe billions of different ways to put a thousand K'nex together, so why limit yourself.  You are all builders, which means that you see things in your head before you make it.  But sometimes these ideas come to us in inopportune times, so what do you do?  Write it down.  Even if your drawing skills are as pathetic as mine, just scribble it out so you can make sense of it, and then refine it later with a ruler.  Then get to work on it. So, here are the steps you can take to advance this community: 1.  Stop posting Mr.T!!!  He can be a good teacher, but that is about all. 2.  Be different!  My goal when I entered this community was to make guns that nobody has ever made.  No two of my guns are similar, nor are my guns like any others out there.  You have millions of options.  Make use of them! 3.  If you have an idea, write it down!  Even if it seems absurd, I guarantee that it, even if it only be small parts of it, will improve your building skill. I really hope this has made you want to make something different. Not much more I can say.  Just go do it. Oblivitus and TheDunkis have started building a database of different gun elements and different ways of approaching them.  Check it out and feel free to contribute!   http://knexbuilding.wikispaces.com/ 

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i need a invention for school,anyone have an easy one,thats really coool? Answered

I need a invention for school,anyone have an easy one,thats really coool?........i cant find any good ones on this site that is simple and awesome at the same time....thanks

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How do I patent my invention? Answered

I want to patent one of my biggest inventions but i don't know where to start

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The Big Ideas Worldwide Invention Contest

During the month of February xClosure is running a national search campaign to find 5 products to market nationally. Winning the contest involves 3 steps: 1. Fill out the application here before March 1st 2. 10 finalists will present in person or via the web to a panel of live judges on March 21st 3. 5 winners will be selected to have their product marketed This is an opportunity to tap into the talent of an experienced marketing team. All product descriptions, details and files submitted are protected under a mutual NDA/non-compete/non-circumvent agreement to protect your idea and product. So take 10 minutes to fill out the application at http://www.xclosure.com/application-page and good luck!

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If you could invent one appliance, what would it be?

Hello Instructables! I am volunteering at a local high school science and engineering event, and I am looking to put a list together of some Out-of-the-Box inventions for your home (kitchen, bathroom, laundry, cooking, cleaning, anything!).  I was going to present the list to these kids to see if they have any more ideas to piggy back off of them to get them to start thinking innovatively. If you could invent any appliance for the home, what would it be?

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Some other how-to guides

I just figured I'd share. Here is one about inventions!http://www.basicinstructions.net/2008/02/how-to-develop-invention.htmland one about making stuff:http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=341Don't you love the Internet?

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a useful safty product

I have an idea or two and wonder if there is someone who would like to make these ideas into products that can be sold or bought by a company that wants to corner the market.  first idea: a tool used by bicycle shops to help change tires on bikes.  second idea: a safe room for the worker of a jewlry store in the event of a robbery in progress. third idea: same idea as No. 2 but adapted for secure entry into a building when being threatened. fourth idea: a new adventure ride for disney.

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Invention USA is looking for inventors

The History Channel is sponsoring a search for inventors to be feature on their show Invention USA. The History Channel site links to the application to enter this event.

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138 Years of Quirky Inventions

Amusing. www.popsci.com/gadgets/gallery/2010-05/archive-gallery-138-years-great-inventions

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Commercial production of your invention

Can anyone recommend resources for taking your invention/product to a commercial level, designing and having a nice finished product professionaly built?

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What Are Your Favorite Inventions?

Just to help me get inspired, I thought it would be a good Idea to ask you guys what your favorite inventions/innovations are. My favorites are the cotton candy machine, the lightbulb, and the telegraph.

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5th grade invention ideas

Please help I have a invention project for school and I have no idea what to do, make it so a 5th grader can make it 

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$20 Gift Certificate to Inventables!

Instructables is teaming up with Inventables to run a Digital Fabrication Contest. The coolest part of this contest is that Inventables is also offering a $20 gift certificate to anyone who enters an Instructable in this contest. Eligible entries document how to make anything that involves a laser cutter, a 3D printer, CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC plasma cutter, embroidery machine and more! If you turned a digital design into a physical object, we want to see how you did it. Have fun!

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ideas for an inventive computer keyboard

I made a rollup keyboard by just taking the plastic and circuits out of a keyboard and it works very wll

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A friend to discuss the ideas of inventions

I used to think more innovative so i want to share and take advice from you as everyone has their own ideas.

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Halo Weapons that should be Invented...!

We should come up with a list of halo weapons that have not been invented yet...Such as a good SMG, or a Beam Rifle, or a good assault rifle...the list goes on.  Also, if any one already has one of these topics/threads, I did not see it, so I started this one.

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The Best Invention workshop ever ?

Hey, You see i am a new member around here but i have been here for a long time as a guest , i explored the site and it has some pretty need stuff around here. I tried some of it and really enjoyed it , then slowly i made it a hobby to invent things from here. Now i have a bunch of inventions and electronics lying around. Then i planned to design and make my own small invention workshop in my room, you see i don't want to take it as a full time work and keep it a hobby thats why i never made it big. So my question is now to you professionals who may have a personal workspace where they carry out there little evil works, how to design a effective and efficient workshop layout with the following things taken into considerations: - A work are where i would do the work ( Give m a list of things i should put over here) - A smooth storage area for my parts ( i am thinking of putting on my spare bed) - A display area for m inventions - And a circuit processing area (pcb) - And a enough space to sleep in. I hope you would help me and guide me through it. - Please let me know all the tools and things needed to start a invention workshop. ;) Arylic

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Inventions for First World Problems

I happened across this article showing "17 Wonderful Inventions to Solve All Your First World Problems": http://www.dailyedge.ie/inventions-first-world-problems-1349251-Mar2014/  #1 is pretty ingenious! #6 can easily be manipulated ;) #8, #9, and #17 are just down right great! But I could see #9 getting a bit annoying... #12 is for the book lover in us all My question is...Do YOU have any first world problems you'd like to see a hack for? What are they? Do you have a hack for them (and if you do, please share!)? And better yet, what world problems in general would you like to see fixed and how would YOU fix them? 

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Inventing on Vacation: Wounded Fish

This idea came to me after a day of fishing (I lost my best lure, but through the miracle of snorkeling, found it.) This seems like a simple idea, and I'm surprised it hasn't been invented yet. It is an improvement on the lures that supposedly look like a wounded fish.The idea is simple. A small, sealable "refill tube" connects to a hollow area inside the lure. This is the reservoir for fish blood. A thin membrane on one side of the lure allows the blood to seep out. You refill by filling an eyedropper with blood and inserting it into the refill tube. (I'm being brief right now because this is the third time I've typed this and I'm getting tired.)

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Folding Bike Wheel Invented

Traveling with bikes can made easier with couplings and taking it apart, but the wheel has always been a solid item that has to be worked around. This might not be true in the future with this new folding wheel that is made up of six segments.This design by Duncan Fitzsimmons is being looked at by major manufacturers, or so he says, but no matter what it will take a while to come to market and likely cost more than all of my bikes combined. I can only hope that these eventually do some out and the economy of scale makes them only mildly ridiculous in price. link

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Dewalt battery powered inventions

Hey gang, 1st time, long time. I'm not very savvy when it comes to most things electrical, but have a question about (mainstream) rechargeable battery powered inventions.  In my case, Dewalt 18v batteries, but for arguments sake, it could cover a slew of rechargeables. I have at least a dozen Dewalt 18v tools and accessories.  I've had most of them for years and only the 2 most well-used tools have failed (and been rebuilt).  So I love the reliability.  I 'round-robin' my 6 batteries (mix of the older style XRP and the new Li-Ion), I've yet to have a battery fail and all still hold a decent charge - the oldest XRPs are going on 7-8 years old. I often use my (2) dewalt lights I have as light when the power goes out in the house or when I spend a few nights at the race track (tent camping, but not roughing it like out in the middle of the woods).  3-4 batteries typically do the job for a weekend.  I'm on the fence about buying a Dewalt (charging) radio, but it doesn't seem like it will charge via USB when it's running on battery power.... ...which leads me to my main (ignorant) question: Why don't we see inventions that can be powered by main stream rechargable battery (reliable, safe, readily available, and owned by many people already)? A couple examples include: A device to charge small electronics via usb (Cell phone, tablet, etc).  Smart phones can do so many things now, being able to charge it with existing batteries would make them even more universal (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-cichon/radio-shack-ad_b_4612973.html ) A small fan, something pretty portable.  (yes, I know I could probably rig something up with my drill, but having a dedicated fan would be nice) A small water pump.  (again, ignorance comes into play here)  Not sure what kind of pressure/flow rate is possible, but having it connected to my rain barrels to increase the pressure over my current gravity feed setup would be nice.  I'm not looking to pressure wash, just want to be able to have some more pressure. (minor update: An ebay search yielded one for sale, looks like I'm no pioneer here) I should have wrote the others down, I recall having a few more ideas. Any input from a knowledgeable person on the topic would be appreciated. And for those that may argue that buying these devices and using standard batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc) would be a cheaper investment.  You're right! (IF you didn't already have a bunch of tool batteries, which is my point) Regards

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Probem Statment for innovation/invention

Im currently enrolled in an Engineering design and development class for school. The class is broken into groups and each group comes up with a problem statement. Each group then works on the project in depth all year. My group is having a hard time coming up with problems that need solving. Some of our ideas are: Space efficiency alternate uses for "X" materials clean transportation/energy Any ideas are welcome and much appreciated Thanks-Nick

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Hey, let's invent this immediately!!!

OK folks, how hard can this possibly be?Yeah, yeah, I know. Probably REALLY hard. But if we all team up and combine our gray matter, can't we overcome any technological obstacle with our collective geekiness?I want to see an affordable, open-source doodad that can turn an LCD from a dead laptop into a working external flatscreen monitor. It should accept digital & analog signals and allow us all to hack up beautiful screens ready to embed in our brilliant projects, while keeping LCD's out of the landfill.punish3r valiantly went down this road: https://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-Converted-to-2nd-Monitor/but then ended up "cheating" (his words, not mine) by using software that does most of the work (plus he started with a functional laptop!). Discussions I've read usually end with "you'd have to buy a controller for that specific LCD, which would cost almost as much as a regular flatscreen so what's the point?"I reject this (resting on my laurels of ignorance)! If a controller truly exists for every LCD on earth, don't they share lots of common features? And if so, can't we come up with a generic one that could be programmed or dip-switched or soldered or otherwise persuaded to play nice with any LCD on the playground? Even the weird one by the monkey bars who smells like cheese? (Sorry; stretched my metaphor too far and it broke)I envision a circuit board with PC or even TV "in," an amazingly versatile multi-pin adaptor or cable that would replace or connect to that flimsy little ribbon cable sprouting from the LCD. The board would have a USB plug for programming, and a chip smart enough to remember what you tell it. Some smart person will write a nifty app that talks to the board, and vast legions of techies across the globe (or rogue employees of the LCD manufacturers, perhaps?) will upload specs for all of their LCD panels that will be used by other smart people to create a profile for any given panel that can be dropped onto the board.It would have to be really low-cost to make sense, but I envision a cottage industry: package it up as a kit, or we could build goofy-looking monitors out of e-waste and sell them!Somebody else could probably strengthen the argument in favor of this invention by providing a list of terrible LCD ingredients that would be re-purposed out of our trash heaps and water supplies and cat food... I'll leave that up to the experts.What do you think, folks? Is this a pipe dream, or a viable idea? Either way, let's do it!(and if anybody manages to make one, I get dibs on a prototype!)Thanks for reading!Mike

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Last Day to Enter THE INVENT YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE

Today, March 15th, is your last chance to enter your invention idea or project in the Invent Your World Challenge and a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship!Youth Venture has teamed up with The Lemelson Foundation to launch this challenge in search of the most innovative and creative youths that use a new or an adapted technology to create positive change.Enter your idea now at http://genvcampaigns.org/

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Enter the Invent Your World Challenge for a chance to win seed grants and a $20,000 scholarship!

Ashoka GenV's Invent Your World Challenge has wrapped up its first round with more than 70 entries from dozens of countries. Some of the brilliant ideas include portable windmills, a personal visual enhancement system, composting toilets, algae panels and solar food carts. Visit GenVCampaigns.org to see other ideas and find out which young inventors receive funding.Round Two is now officially open. Do you have an invention or adapted technology that can benefit others? If so, enter it now to be eligible for seed grants, awards, and a $20,000 scholarship. The deadline is March 15, 2009. To learn more and enter your own invention idea in The Invent Your World Challenge visit: GenVCampaigns.org.

Topic by JimYV 


Any experience here with Edisonnation.com?

I found another invention/product idea submission site call Edisonnation.com, which seems pretty cool. Anyone here tried that? This is related to another forum topic I posted a few days ago about Quirky.com

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New inventor seeks industrial designers......

Hello, I am inventing a new golfing product.  I have a working prototype and I'm filing my patent now.  But I needs some help with improving the design.  I'm not a professional designer but I have some mockups in Sketchup.  I am looking for someone with experience designing commercial products in solid works.   The product is going to be made out of plastic and it's has a few moving parts.  For the most part it is very simple but I want to make it into a higher quality product.  If your are interested in working for me as a consultant, let me know and I will send you an NDA to sign. Thanks, Joe

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Has anyone here had experience with Quirky.com?

Hi Everybody, I stumbled on this website that can take an idea to production in an community forum. www.quirky.com/ Has anyone had experience with this? I'm considering it, but it's $99 dollars to submit an idea into the system. I don't want to just throw that out or get ripped off.

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I want to do something, ANYTHING, with my extra iPod any cool ideas?

 I have an older 20gb (in brand new condition, never had anything on it) pre-video iPod that I would like to do something GREAT with, but I can't think of anything great enough!!! please send your ideas my way!!!  THX

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Alternative to keyboard

On top is a joystick like an NES joystick. It registers 8 different directions: up, down, left, right, and the in-betweens of those and is controlled by the thumb. Then there are 4 buttons, one for each finger. The joystick replaces the trackpad of a laptop and hopefully is also 'clickable'  to act as a 'left click button. I'm not sure what would do the right click button. Combinations of button presses and joystick directions would replace the keys on a keyboard. I only have the use of my right hand. I initially thought of this as a device for handicapped people like myself, but it would also be good for people lying in bed. The concept maybe could be made into a cell phone case with physical buttons that would allow people to text without looking at their phones. The device is a lot like the nintendo wi remote, but not quite. Maybe a wii remote could be hacked to make a prototype. I wouldn't know how to do that and I wouldn't know how to program it, that's why I'm posting, to see if someone could tell me what kind of skills/knowledge would be needed to make this idea happen. Any suggestions or offers to help are welcome. Thank you!

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Gizmo - A compilation of man inventing strange contraptions from the 1920's through 1950's. Comedy.

Tim's description:It starts off a bit slow but there are at least fifty really amazing clips. Sort of makes you think there's nothing new.IMDB description: A documentary about some of the thousands of inventions that did things we never thought needed doing, or in ways we never considered doing them. A respectful, yet humorous tribute to the inventors whose vision, however far-reaching, was just a little off the mark. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5592802075024518044&q;=gizmo

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I made a nifty invention that generates light...what do I do with it? Answered

 Ok, I was tinkering around with some  interesting materials today and I invented a strange thing. It's a chunk of greenish resin (impregnated with certain chemicals) about the size of a soda bottle cap. I was shaping it with an electric sander (it had sharp edges), and I noticed it gave off dim green light wherever it was touching the sander. I decide that the friction/heat generated by the sander somehow made it give off light... So I went to a dark room and dropped it in a beaker filled with water I boiled in the microwave. AND IT LIGHTS UP It gives off a pretty bright green light. Not bright enough to read by (unless it's big text), but easily bright enough to navigate a cluttered room. I dunked it in cold water...and the light practically turns off. It seems to get brighter the hotter it gets. I hit it with my torch, and it lit up REAL bright, and then "turned off" (that particular sample doesn't work now :S) What should I do with it? Anyone have ideas for possible applications?

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Science Channel's All-American Makers is Casting Inventors!

Calling all American Inventors!! Science Channel’s All-American Makers is looking for inventors that are looking to take their product to the next level. Are you a Maker at heart? Do you think you have an invention that is worth serious money? Then why not submit your product here to see if your invention can stand up to the test? Requirements: -Must have a working invention that can be tested by our experts -Must have at least one prototype available. If interested, please contact 212-993-8528 or ggatdula@brayentertainment.com.

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WHERE CAN I PATENT THIS???

WHERE CAN I PATTENT THIS???

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#HackHalloween with Instructables AND littleBits!

Have you already created a bitified Halloween project for Instructables' Halloween contest? Forget double toil and double trouble - you can submit your project to littleBits' #HackHalloween contest for double the chances to win! Just make sure it include Bits ;) (^**> Click here for all the spooky details <**^) PRIZES You can win a GoPro camera and up to $3000 worth of Bits! JUDGES Get your work in front of the amazing likes of …. Neil Huxley, Creative Director for Commercials at Digital Domain We <3 Neil's special FX skillz. Check out James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” to see what we mean. Tony DeRose, Oscar Winning Scientist at Pixar Tony combines his years of working at Pixar with his love of learning to inspire young inventors. CHALLENGE First, invent a creepy costume or hair-raising prank OR use one you've already made! Next, film your own scary movie featuring your frightful masterpiece! TO ENTER Submit your video and documentation of your littleBits creation on YouTube and the Community Project Page with the hashtag #HackHalloween by midnight EST on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st. The petrifying project possibilities are endless! You can…. - Trick out your pumpkin by making it a hack-o’-lantern - Amp up your Halloween gear! Time to pull out that glowing skeleton costume. - Make a trick AND treat candy bowl: a prank to petrify costumed candy-grabbers. Muuahhahahahahaha! - Create that creaky, spooky sound coming from around the corner Want to host a meetup with your friends? We've put together a nifty workshop guide for you.

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Where would I begin if I wanted to create a commercially available gadget (Think home automation)?

I have an idea for a gadget that I would like to market. Lets say it a home automation system with a touchscreen where you can play bluetooth music, read Rss feeds etc. Where would I begin to make it? I have indepth experience in programming but I don't understand what system I would build this upon. I doubt I would go out and buy a raspberry pi and design it on that because that is their own hardware and OS that is not mine? I fee like an Arduino is not powerful enough for a clean and intricate UI with a touch screen. Does anyone know what system/board I would use for this idea?

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