Life Changing Inventions Make History

What does the MRI, the LP record, and a popular weed killer have in common? Their inventors have just been picked for induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The creators of those life-changing inventions join 15 other inventors to make up the 2007 class of inductees. The honorees are in good (make that great) company joining history-making inventors such as Thomas Edison, Velcro inventor George de Mestral and Charles Goodyear, developer of vulcanized rubber. Despite the fact that some of the inventors have created products that have literally changed the way we live our lives, most are not … Continue reading

How To Become A Part Of Popular Culture

You’ve seen them posted all over the Internet… home videos of stupid pet (and human) tricks, weird stunts, and bloopers. But, have you ever wondered how each video makes it online and how much (if any) money was exchanged for the post? Popular culture wouldn’t be what it is today without someone uploading video of what happens when you combine Mentos and Diet Coke or what happens when you stuff your mouth full of live praying mantises. Online videos are fun to watch, and in some cases even more fun to post… and yes, those weird stunts captured on camera … Continue reading

One–Of-A-Kind Shopping Cart

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… flying shopping cart? Not exactly. But, it could be once the kinks are worked out. And once it takes flight we’ll have two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee engineering graduates to thank for the jet-propelled shopping cart invention. Andy Kraft of Milwaukee and Erik Hopfensperger of Appleton just graduated from college (both were awarded bachelor’s degrees on Sunday), but they are already making names for themselves. All it took was a little ingenuity… and a lot of work to create their one-of-a-king shopping cart complete with a motor from a rechargeable drill, a homemade … Continue reading

Interesting Innovations

There’s the anti-spill water bowl for dogs that is designed for traveling, the e-Lation electric bike conversion kit, which turns a standard bicycle into an electric one while maintaining all the bike’s gears, and the Universal Tile Ventilator, a new type of roof tile that allows ventilation and heat to exit the roof space when there is no breeze through natural convection flow… interesting innovations are born everyday, but only a very small fraction of the creative (and sometimes crazy) creations go on to become household names. YouTube, the video-sharing website, happens to be one of them. Believe it or … Continue reading

A New Invention That Helps You Spy On Your Nanny

I have never hired a nanny, but I have been hired as one several times, so when I heard about this new nanny invention I was quite intrigued. In a previous blog I wrote about the ingenious individual who came up with the idea to turn a suitcase into a stroller, but the mom who designed this new stroller license plate is worthy of a few headlines herself. Are you familiar with the signs trucking companies’ display on their vehicles, which ask the public to report unsafe drivers? Well, now you can put a license plate on your baby’s stroller … Continue reading