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Audience gifted, dowsed, delighted by Inventables

Company finds offbeat inventions and puts them to use

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SAN FRANCISCO – Sand that can't get wet, intelligent rope and ink with a sense of smell were a few of the innovative products at a hands-on demonstration of new inventions at Real Estate Connect 2005 on Wednesday. Keith Schacht, CEO of Inventables, and his partner Zach Kaplan, the company's president, used video, slides and hands-on demonstrations – plus some performance art with an audience member – in their "Innovation in Action" session at the conference. The presentation was designed to help audience members think outside the box, Schacht said. The Connect convention focuses on innovation, as well as trends in the real estate industry. Inventables publishes DesignAid, a one-of-a-kind magazine that contains samples of 20 new materials and technologies. The magazine is shipped to subscribers every three months. The idea is to exhibit new materials and technologies to companies that might have a way to use them. A volunteer from the audience took a few blasts ...