Author: Inventors Digest

Problem Solvers Wanted: James Dyson Award Open for Entries

Attention inventors, problem solvers—or both. The annual James Dyson Award is open for entries, with the winner gaining international exposure and $40,000 prize money to develop his or her idea. The mission is simple for students and recent graduates of engineering and design: Design something that solves a problem, big or small. This year the James Dyson Award is officially open for entries and launches for the first time in Mexico, UAE, Sweden and the Philippines, meaning the award is now open to 27 nations. During the past 14 years, the award has gained increasing international recognition, attracting outstanding...

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Bright Ideas – Head Impact Protection, Epilepsy Management, a Smart Putter and More

“The difference between genius and stupidity is, genius has its limits.” —Albert Einstein Head Impact Monitoring System Smart Mouthguard Website Prevent’s smart mouthguard uses four 3-channel accelerometers that measure potential concussion-causing impacts in real time and alert sideline personnel to identify athletes for assessment. The mouthguard LED turns red upon sustaining above-threshold impact; the app shows details of force, rotation and location as well as number of impacts. The mouthguard comes with an embedded, shock-resistant flexible circuit board. Prevent developed the Head Impact Monitor System after six years of development at the Cleveland Clinic. The new Gen 1.2 system...

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Bright Ideas from February 2018

“It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.” —Charles Peguy CarWink Driving Communication Through Emojis Website CarWink bills itself as the world’s first car device that lets you communicate with other drivers through animation.CarWink bills itself as the world’s first car device that lets you communicate with other drivers through animation. With its hands-free voice control, the portable little gadget allows drivers to use a variety of emojis to signal different situations and express feelings to other drivers. (It can also be operated via onscreen touch input.) Just sync your CarWink device with the...

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Inventiveness and the remote-control cockroach

The approximate number of patents related to candy according to a 2016 Valentine’s Day post at yospinlaw.com, which said there are also more than 400 patents related to chocolate. The story added that on Feb. 14, 2016, there were 1,073 issued plant patents for rose plants. Rose plants make up more than 4 percent of all issued plant patents. Patents IoT Corner Sales of smart home devices dominated the 2017 holiday gift season, with voice-activated hubs such as Amazon Echo leading the pack and perhaps signaling a tipping point in this category. Echo is a brand of smart speakers...

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Bright Ideas from January 2018

“No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”  — George Washington Carver DipClip In-Car Sauce Holder recently rebranded as Saucemoto On Kickstarter “How to Practice Safe Sauce” is the title of a promotional video for DipClip, a no-tech device designed to make driving safer and more convenient for the many people who eat in their cars. The clip, which attaches to any vent in your car, holds sauces and keeps the condiment container off your lap or other places where...

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