Inventions

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Your One-Stop Guide to Royalty Rates (Infographic)

There are several important factors to consider before you license your invention. Here's a handy overview to help you out.

Before You Prototype a Tech Product, Ask These 5 Questions

The impulse may be to rush to market, but taking the time to understand your potential customers will go a long way.

Fade to 'Vantablack': Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can't See It

And you thought plain black was the darkest color known to man. Blink again.

This Startup Wants to Bring Personal Breathalyzers to the Masses

The BACtrack Vio is a keychain-sized breathalyzer alongside which users can track their intoxication levels via a smartphone app.

3 Problems That Became Opportunities to Change the World

Roadblocks can be a vision to a better world if you change your perception.

The Hard Truth About How Much Your Invention is Really Worth

Investors don't want to invest in a product, they want to invest in a business. Here are seven reality checks to apply.

The Case for Consumer-Centric Innovation

Finding inventive product ideas from nontraditional sources can help companies stay ahead of the competition.

Boston Installs Phone-Charging Solar Benches Across City Parks

The Soofa not only charges devices on-the-go, but captures environmental data such as weather, noise levels, air quality and number of passersby per hour.

These Siblings Feed Off Each Other's Input to Drive Their Entrepreneurial Success

A serial entrepreneur recalls her early collaborations with her brother and gives tips on how to encourage enterprise-building traits.

5 Awesomely Entrepreneurial Artifacts That Will Soon Live at the Smithsonian

From one of Henry Ford's experimental tractors to Planters' iconic Mr. Peanut mascot, a look at some of the objects in the museum's upcoming American Enterprise exhibit.

You Have Good Ideas -- Don't Let Them Disappear

A good daily habit to develop is to capture your thoughts. Who knows? It might just lead to a big breakthrough.

How Do You Bring Innovation to Market?

We asked some of the leading idea people in business to define how new products, technologies and commodities come into being.

Elon Musk: 'Maybe We'll Make a Flying Car, Just For Fun'

Making a flying car is 'not the hard part,' said the automotive visionary. Making one that's quiet and safe is a different story.

Oklahoma Company Creates Bulletproof Blanket to Protect Kids During School Shootings

The backpack-like bulletproof shield may represent one of the most tragically apropos inventions of our time.

13 Accidental Inventions That Changed the World

These products came to be by chance -- spawning businesses and changing lives the world over.

Eureka -- a New Product Idea! Now Ask These 5 Questions.

Before you quit your job and cash in your 401(k), take a step back and evaluate.

Photo-Taking Contact Lenses, Giant Crab Robots and Radiation-Blocking Underwear

A roundup of the 10 most interesting new technologies that make us scratch our heads and say, 'What the heck?'

Would You Sip on Drinkable Sunscreen?

Gross as it may sounds, a cosmetics company claims to have created a drinkable sunscreen that can block the sun.

Learning to Say No to Interruptions to Foster Creativity in Business

What if Galileo or other great thinkers had tried to develop their ideas amid a barrage of email and calls? Set boundaries to inspire innovation at work.

Far Out: Radiation-Blocking Underwear Also Protect Men's Fertility

Sorry, dudes. Your smartphone, tablet and laptop are hurting your manhood. You can help protect yourself with these high-tech undies.

How a 3-D Printer Called 'Mink' Could Completely Make Over the $55 Billion Beauty Industry

A new invention purportedly churns out eye shadow pods in absolutely any color found on the internet.

Innovators, Watch Out for These Invention Killers

Don't be caught off-kilter by unexpected roadblocks and setbacks. Acquaint yourself with these keys for ushering new products into the marketplace.

The 3 Building Blocks Every Successful Product Shares

Use the 'Perfect Product Pyramid' to turn your ideas into success.

9 Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Validated Their Business Idea

The author of a new book tells how several inventive types tested their product's premise. A catchy concept won't score profits for a startup if no one wants the device.

Etsy Just Bought an Electronics E-Tailer Called Grand St. Here's Why.

In a deal rumored to be worth just under $10 million, Etsy has acquired Grand St., an online marketplace where indie hardware makers vend cutting-edge tech.

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