The Klutz Book of Inventions

The most successful inventions often begin with an impulse of ridiculous and brilliant ideas — but what happened to all the ideas that were just too ridiculous to reveal to the marketplace? The Klutz Book of Inventions has it all. This book encourages people of all ages to engage themselves in the innovation process, sparking the intellect with undeniable, inspirational valor.

Authors, John Cassidy, founder of Klutz Press, and Brendan Boyle, IDEO partner and founder of IDEO’s Play Lab, combined their playfulness and innovative design thinking to conceptualize hundreds of ideas and actually build 162 physical representations of their highly imaginative contraptions.

Among these ideas are the Helium Hide-a-Bed, allowing you to store your mattress on the ceiling when you get out of bed, the SqueezyBrush toothbrush with your toothpaste right in the handle, and High-Heel Training Wheels.

Additional ridiculous or brilliant inventions include Scratch off Parking ticketing to bring fun to parking tickets, and an elevator with a built in stair stepping exercise machine designed to provide a small bit of exercise when riding the elevator. Each of the inventions gives readers the perception that life could be made easier (or just a lot more entertaining) if we let our imaginations run free.

With nearly 200 pages of hysterical, action-packed photos of the creatively crafted inventions at use, people can see almost any brilliant idea might have been perceived as ridiculous. Winner of the Parent’s Choice Award, the book teaches people how to come up with creative and wild ideas that just might work, how not to take yourself too seriously, and how to be willing to fail in order to succeed.

This special book is a keeper that will have the entire family laughing and wondering about what could be.

Don Oldenburg, Parents' Choice


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Oct 2010

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