Enter the Popular Science Invention Awards!

Time to roll up the garage door, pull off the tarps, and stand back

Do you have an invention you KNOW will someday change the world? Have you been toiling for years in your basement, building prototype after prototype to PROVE that your idea works? If so, tell us about it! Enter the third annual PopSci Invention Awards. We're looking for game-changing products that come from the passionate drive of independent inventors, not those born in the R&D labs of universities and corporations.

PopSci editors will pick 10 inventions that best represent the spirit of homegrown ingenuity and solve real-world problems in a practical and innovative way. And we'll show them to our seven million readers in our June 2009 issue. Here are a few guidelines:

LIGHT MY FIRE

Harry Schoell shows the uncovered combustion chamber in his steam engine.John B. Carnett

    Click here to see last year's winners.