Jun
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Dale D. Miller, JD and Chin-Up Strips

By Dale D. Miller, JD

Dale D. Miller, JD – Chin-Up Strip Inventor’s Personal Story
Simply Helping the World Sleep.

Over 8 million Chin-Up Strips shipped to doctors, sleep centers, resellers, snoring mouth breathers & CPAP users who have oral venting issues.

I did not sleep well for many years. I woke up congested and tired during the decade of my 40’s. My wife and children told me I snored loudly every time I fell asleep. Relatives and friends joked about my snoring the same as we had joked about my Father’s snoring before he died in his sleep in November 1983. I am sure my Father would have lived longer with today’s advances in sleep medicine.

In the late 1980’s I became involved, as a personal injury trial attorney, in two auto accident cases where drivers fell asleep driving during the daytime! People died and others were seriously injured. Those sad cases convinced me to schedule my first sleep study at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield WI in 1993.

I was 50 yeas old in 1993. My RN wife told me for years that I stop breathing during sleep. After my first hospital sleep study, Dr. Honsotia informed me that I am a nocturnal mouth breather suffering with a serious condition called sleep apnea.

My respiratory disturbance index (RDI) was 22. I would stop breathing, for 10 seconds or longer, 22 times per hour!

Dr Honsotia prescribed Cpap therapy for me. Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) machine changed my life. I had more energy, but dry mouth and jaw pain from the Chin Strap that jammed my upper and lower teeth together was a problem. During a follow up doctor visit, I asked if mouth breathing could be the cause of my snoring and sleep apnea and dry mouth. Dr. Honsotia said: “I wish we had a tolerable cure for mouth breathing. That would help you.”

After that doctor visit, my RN wife and I worked on coming up with a simple way to keep my mouth closed during sleep. We laughed about how difficult it may be to find a tolerable device to keep an attorney’s mouth closed, even when sleeping.

On December 21, 1995 I returned to St. Joseph’s Hospital for a second full night sleep study using no device the first half of the night and using only our original Chin-Up Strip the second half of the night. Dr. Honsotia indicated the first half of the night, I snored and experienced numerous sleep apnea events. The second half of the night, using only our Chin-Up Strip, my snoring was reduced significantly and my Respiratory Disturbance Index dropped to 5 which was in the normal range.

Dr Honsotia said: “Attorney Miller you need to get a patent on your Chin-Up Strip device as soon as possible! There are millions of people who would benefit from using your simple device to control mouth breathing.”

In 1997 and 1998, patient sleep studies were conducted to “Evaluate the Chin-Up Strip” in a hospital sleep center in Lexington, KY under the direction of a University of KY sleep
medicine doctor named Barbara Phillips, MD.

1997- 98 Sleep Study Data Published in CHEST Cardio-Pulmonary & Critical Care Journal 10/98 p.383S University of KY Medical College Columbia Hospital
Lexington, KY – Barbara Phillips, MD, FCCP, MS.
Conclusions – Clinical Implications

“We conclude that the Chin-Up Strip combined with Breathe Right nasal strip is an effective alternative treatment for the primary snorer, as well as for mild OSA patients who are not surgical candidates or cannot tolerate CPAP.”

After the sleep study was published, we set up our website www.chinupstrip.com and attended sleep medicine meetings and Med Trade shows. Drugstore.com began selling Chin-Up Strips 1999. We need a partner to help us offer our strips in “brick and mortar” drug stores in addition to “click and order” websites.

Dan Cohen, MD, the founder of CNS – The Breathe Right nasal strip Company – was very helpful in recommending where to manufacture and market our Chin-Up Strips.

3M Medical Specialties supplies medical grade tapes which are die cut into Chin-Up Strips.

We offer 3 different shaped strips to satisfy our customers around the world.

Hospital sleep centers have been our best source of referral customers.

DI have been a speaker at hospital sleep support groups around the U.S. (A.W.A.K.E.).

Since 1999, DKSH in Japan and British Snoring and Sleep Apnea Association have been ordering more than 200,000 strips per year in bulk 1000 count rolls. We also ship individual customer orders world wide from our website using stamps.com.

FDA cleared Chin-Up Strips for mouth breathing and oral venting with Cpap in 2004.

Chin-Up Strips and Breathe Right strips have not been cleared by FDA to treat Sleep Apnea, alone or together. Use as accessory with Cpap therapy.

FDA cleared “Indications for Use” – 510(k)

FDA cleared “Indications for Use” – 510(k)

1. Chin-Up Strips support the chin during sleep, thereby promoting and enhancing nasal breathing, by reducing mouth breathing and oral venting.

2. Chin-Up Strips promote and enhance nasal breathing to help Breathe Right nasal strips reduce or eliminate snoring. I have used Chin-Up Strips to limit my nocturnal mouth breathing since December 1995.

Simply getting older was not the reason I had low energy and daytime sleepiness during my late 40’s. The primary cause was mouth breathing and sleep apnea which have been treated with Chin-Up Strips and Cpap since December 1995. I am very grateful to the experts in sleep medicine who have helped me.

At time of this update, June 2017, I continue to use my Cpap with AirFit P10 nasal pillows and Chin-Up Strips which control my mouth breathing. They have allowed me to enjoy an active life into my 74th year now.

Virginia and I married in Milwaukee 10/31/1964. Have 4 children 8 grandchildren.

We still sleep in the same bed! Lucky Me!

• End dry mouth and oral venting with CPAP
• Reduce loud mouth snoring the first night
• Safely limit mouth breathing comfortably

Dale D. Miller, JD – Inventor – Enjoy More Good Nights and Great Days.

dmiller176@aol.com – www.chinupstrip.com – Atlanta GA office 888-835-4563 -1-678-482-8508

Chin-Up Strips are used with Cpap not a primary treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Jun
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Nancy Tedeschi and the SnapIt Screw

By Nancy Tedeschi


My name is Nancy Tedeschi and I am the inventor of the SnapIt Screw, a revolutionary way to repair your broken eyeglasses. When I was a child I was the kid that everyone bullied. I had buck teeth and I was constantly made fun of being called names like Bucky Beaver and Buck Teeth. Somewhere along the way I detached from myself so I didn’t have to feel the pain.

I barely graduated from high school and the counselors told my parents that I just was not a bright child. They gave me an IQ test and my IQ was 92. Seven years later, after graduating high school I applied to my local community college. They would not accept me unless I took some remedial courses. I took the classes and did very well and moved on to enroll in college. With my slow success in life, I began to develop self-confidence and boy, did I soar.

I invented the SnapIt Screw (snapitscrew.com) and I was able to bring my product from concept to the shelves of major retailers on my own. Only about one half of one percent of inventors can actually say that they have done this. After college, I was given another IQ test and my IQ scored 146, which should tell you a lot about what confidence can do for you. I knew that I was not stupid and know that if I was not bullied throughout my life, that I would have not had the strength and determination to pull through. I believe that God puts us all in a place throughout our lives in order to use us in the best way he knows how.

I now understand why I went through what I did when I was younger and want to direct my efforts towards a greater cause, to put an end to bullying. While teaming up with Jaylen’s Challenge I have decided to give back and support this little boy who can be a voice for so many children. Jaylen has a message that has begun to spread and I want to donate a portion of net proceeds from my company to help Jaylen take this problem nationwide.

My company is currently in the Top Ten products for Walmart’s Get On the Shelf contest. During April 11th to the 24th, consumers can visit www.getontheshelf.com where they can vote for the product that they would like to see on the shelves of Walmart. They can vote through Facebook once a day and text our product code of 656 in the message box to number 383838. Three top winners will be announced once the voting is complete, with the grand prize of product placement in Walmart’s all over.

While I understand the endless opportunities for my company if we were to win and get SnapIt Screw onto the shelves of every Walmart, I also see the endless amount of support that I could provide to different anti-bullying foundations, like Jaylen’s Challenge, to help bring bullying to an end. With my support and the support from my company, I could help to fund some of Jaylen’s dreams such as traveling to schools to speak about bullying and bringing an end to a problem that have been going on for far too long.

In life you sometimes don’t understand why you have to go through some of the hard times but I can honestly say that God had plans for me the day I was born. I would not trade my buck teeth for anything in the world and I hope that with the same determination that I used to conquer my self-esteem, get my product on the shelves of major retailers that I am able to help eradicate the bullying that occurs every day in this country.


My Journey

I applied for a patent in August of 2008 and I still have not received one in this county. The examiner has made several mistakes which I was successful in getting over turned. It cost me an additional 9 months in the system. I am receiving patents in foreign countries and still have not been able to navigate through the system in my own country.

I signed a license agreement with a big company in which they were to get my product on the market. Suffice it to say they did nothing for 9 months at which time I cancelled the agreement. I have been successful at putting the product on the shelves. Shame on me for not getting a more detailed agreement.

I paid a company that “promised to help me get a company to back my product and make me lots of money”. Of course nothing ever transpired. I then paid another company 10,000 dollars to bring it to the market and after 4 months when nothing was done I demanded my money back and moved on. Lucky for me they gave it back to me.

Next I negotiated a contract with an infomercial company who was supposed to be my “partner” and bring my product to the market. They were to come up with half the money and I would pay half the money, we would share in the profits. Again after 4 months nothing was done after giving them $7,500.00 up front. Shame on me! They told me it would cost us 50,000 dollars, I would pay 25,000 and they would pay 25,000. After much research I ended up producing and testing the infomercial myself for a total cost of about $12,000.

Trying to get a return call back from a buyer at a major department store is impossible. For every 100 calls you make I might get one return call. My product actually works and makes fixing your eyeglass a cinch. Please watch my video at snapitscrew.com

I am sure you are reading this and saying WOW how stupid can someone be? I would have to defend myself and say that I am a very successful business women. I have worked for myself for 25 years and I have a lot to show for it. I will say that the business I was in has nothing to do with being an inventor.

I tell people that I hate this screw and they laugh. It’s not that I really hate the screw because it really does revolutionize the way we will fix our eyeglasses. But it is the process in which I hate. Through this process I can say that I found my passion. I have given talks at the Manhattan Inventors Association, the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance Center. I have several upcoming speaking engagements at Universities around the country. My goal now is to help other inventors navigate their way through a system that is impossible. Quite frankly I don’t care if I ever make any money doing it. I’m told that when you find your passion it is not work anymore and that is how I feel.

Please help me get this story out to streamline this process which will help our economy recover and put people back to work.

Any questions you might have I can be reached at 518-487-1550 or snapitscrew@gmail.com

For more information, please visit www.nancytedeschi.com and www.snapitscrew.com

Kindest regards,
Nancy Tedeschi

Jun
0

Lily and the Kangaroo Cup by Joe Born

By Joe Born

The Kangaroo Cup is the invention of my daughter when she was 8.

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A couple years ago, Lily came up with an invention to help her grandfather who has Parkinson’s disease, and was frequently spilling his drinks. Using low temperature plastic, and a bit of experimentation, she made him a plastic cup that didn’t tip and was comfortable.

About a year later, she noticed that I was recovering my laptop from spilled coffee, and she made me a ceramic version at a local pottery studio. After using it a short time, I realized what a great invention it was and asked her if she wanted to try to bring it to production. What followed was a year long adventure of a lifetime that had us up to our elbows in clay, then traveling across the world to the ceramics capital of JingDeZhen, China to refine our models, find a manufacturer, and prepare for a production run. Today, it has culminated in this Indiegogo project to bring that cup to production.


What started out a simple weekend project has become almost an obsession to build the world’s best cup, and for a father to give his daughter the amazing experience of bringing an invention to production. This campaign is even more than that, it is about sending a message to every parent and every kid with an invention (which is just about every kid) that in history’s blink of an eye, we suddenly find ourselves living in a world where that dream can be made real. That’s why we hope that you’ll help us spread the word, and get involved

To every kid (of any age) with an idea, this project is dedicated to you!

Acknowledgments

A father and daughter team could never take on a project like this alone. This project would not have ever started without the unflinching support and inspiration of Andrea Horyn at Bughouse Studio (and without Kathryn introducing us to Andrea). On the production side, we’ve had the incredible luck to be supported by YanJun Weng and his expert ceramics team at Wow Tao Ceramics and the China National Ceramic Art Center in JingDeZhen, China. And of course, a special thanks to Gramma and Grampa and Aunty Kate for inspiring and collaborating on the invention every step of the way, and helping with our website.

Get Involved

You can be more than a spectator in this story. Your support can help us bring Lily’s adventure to other young inventors.

We live in a very different world than the one many of us grew up in, where our business aspirations were limited to lemonade stands and bake sales. Today, the barriers to designing, making and selling products have dropped to the point that, with our help, a child’s inventions can become real. The naysayers and gatekeepers of our youth are gone, and it is our mission to spread that news to every child we can. That’s why we enthusiastically support a brand new Chicago initiative called the Science and Entrepreneurship Exchange, started out of Chicago’s Nettlehorst School who’s mission is to do for Chicago’s students what Lily’s dad did for her.

Children hold boundless stores of energy and enthusiasm. If we want that energy applied to learning science and technology, we must first inspire them with the potential of their creativity. Help us by supporting and spreading the word about Lily’s project.

To learn more and discuss other ways you can participate, join our “Teaching Invention” mailing list. Please visit our website at www.kangaroocups.com
@JoeBorn

Jun
0

Ed Mondello and Glide Bikes™

By Ed Mondello


I’m Ed Mondello, the inventor of Glide Bikes™ and I’d love to share the story of Glide Bikes with you.

Ed Mondello The Inventor

In 2004, I took my 4 year old daughter, Samantha to buy a bike; she excitedly chose a popular character bike and we rushed home to give it a try. The first two outings were disastrous. Uneven sidewalks caused the bike to tip and fall over and the bike was so heavy that I had to extract her from under the fallen bike.

Needless to say, her excitement was replaced with scraped knees and elbows, frustration and tears — not an auspicious start to what should have been a happy and enjoyable experience.

I was convinced that the weight of the steel frame was hindering her ability to control the bike, and that the training wheels were delaying the learning process by preventing the feel of balancing. I knew there had to be a better way.

Shortly after that, I saw a children’s Balance Bike at a bike show. Being an avid mountain biker, I instantly understood the concept of a Balance Bike and the importance of children learning balance, as the first step to riding a bike. I began to look for a Balance Bike with solid design and durable construction; but finding none, and being the kind of guy who likes to engineer things, I set out to create one myself.

Building a Prototype

Knowing that the key to the design of a Balance Bike is enabling balance, I based my first glider prototype on the same geometry as a downhill mountain bike*, with a lower center of gravity to give the rider increased stability and a slower balancing speed. It was handmade out of PVC in my backyard in the suburbs of Boston, while there was still snow on the ground.

Original PV Glider

PV Gliders in Production

Since that first prototype, I perfected the design, making minor adjustments to the steering angle and the seat height, and began manufacturing Glide Bikes™ by hand in my workshop in Wilmington, NC, where I moved in 2005. I was proud to be the only Balance Bike designed and manufactured in the U.S.

*Downhill Mountain Bike Geometry (65° seat and head tube angles) is designed to give the bike the slowest balancing speed possible. Regular Mountain Bike Geometry is 68-69° seat and head tube angle. Road Bike Geometry is 70-71° seat and head tube angle.

Design Quality Makes Glide Bikes™ Safe & Fun


In 2007, with volume demands increasing, I moved the manufacturing overseas and switched to an alloy composition, producing a lighter weight bike for easier maneuvering and increased durability. I also added a hand brake and foot pegs, similar to those on motorcycles, to give riders a fun way to glide and to help them get used to the feeling of where the pedals will be on a pedal bike.

I tweaked the geometry* of the design which resulted in a lower balancing speed; I was very excited to discover that Glide Bikes will balance at just 1.5 MPH, which means that they are the safest Balance Bikes on the market.

Still designed in the U.S., I am especially proud that Glide Bikes are made of premium materials and are tested for quality assurance on a regular basis by my own children (with a little help from dad!)

Back in 2004, I knew I was on to something big, and now 5 years later, I know what that “something big” is. It’s the big smiles on the faces of the Glide Bikes Kids who learn to balance confidently and quickly, all while having fun.

For more information, please visit www.glidebikes.com

May
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Jason Scholder and the Three Minute Egg®

By Jason Scholder


People ask me all the time how I came up with the Three Minute Egg®. The real story often surprises us both.

The Three Minute Egg®, while an excellent or “eggs-cellent” idea, was not the product of detailed planning, precise instrumentation, or divine inspiration. While I can’t actually prove that last one, I am quite confident about the first two.

I am a recovering Cabinet & Furniture Maker, and before that, I was a recovering Artist. The Three Minute Egg® came into existence while I was making my own version of something which already existed. But experimentation got the better of me, and the Egg was the result.

Throughout my life, I’ve endured a number of back injuries. When I was 9 years old, I fell maybe 6 feet off a jungle gym flat on my back. In high school, I was hurled into a windowsill by the school psycho, striking my lower back. And at 30 years of age, I took a header off my mountain bike.

None of this stopped me from pursuing a career as a craftsman — a field where heavy machinery was sometimes outweighed by even heavier finished products. At age 34, having been diagnosed by multiple experts as having the back of a 75-year-old man, I quit building furniture. I sold my shop, moved across the country, and dedicated myself to my spiritual evolution.

During these years of intense spiritual inquiry, I toyed with many possible new career paths; among them becoming a professional poker player. Simultaneously, having moved from the television and movie capital of the world (Los Angeles, CA) to the furniture capital of the world (western North Carolina), I wrote my first script and began a career in television and film (or as my salty dog friend likes to remind me — video). All the while, I would try anything to help my back. I’ve been to a multitude of chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and vibrational healers. All of them led me to wanting to heal myself.

One day, someone turned me onto the Heart Block, a not-so-user-friendly wooden slab in the shape of a dinosaur bone. It could just as easily have been designed as a torture device. However, the moment I laid down on it, my back popped in half a dozen places. When I stood up, I felt great! After driving to my friend’s house on a daily basis to lie down on this thing, it soon became obvious I should just make myself one. And so back into the wood shop I went.

Due to the economics of wood, grain direction, and milling biases, I was compelled to make two of them. The shapes left over were really cool looking, and since I was in the mood to experiment, I began carving them into the shapes they more or less wanted to be anyway. One of those shapes was what we now all call the Three Minute Egg®! The Eggs did everything the Heart Block could do, times infinity. So I quickly abandoned the fossil, and made my move with the Egg. I used this Egg on a daily basis, and since I was out of a job and had been compassionately labeled “unmanageable” by the one person I’d applied to work for, I decided to see if I could sell them.

A brief flurry of market research and consultations with health-professionals led me to believe that there was a market for the Eggs, but they needed to be softer. Since I was already familiar with traditional yoga blocks, making them out of foam seemed like an easy and obvious choice. Doing so cut down on weight, labor, dead trees, and potential damage to the spinous process. They would also be far easier to reproduce and less expensive for my customers. The father of a friend sourced manufacturers for me while I took a crash-course in entrepreneurship. I emerged 10 weeks later, the Eggman.

After six months of weekly tutelage from a North Carolina-based business development team, I’d written my first business plan! This was by no means my first business — I have been a pathological entrepreneur since doubling my money on a yo-yo in the 4th grade — but it was the first time I had a plan. Once I had a plan, a lot of things started to fall into place.

I am mostly self-financed, having fully leveraged my home in order to start both businesses (I also own a boutique production company called Reel Change Films, which makes all my videos), and deferred my salary until I get over the break-even point — soon I hope! But I have also received modest funding from close friends and a generous Small Business Loan from AdvantageWest — an economic development group supporting small businesses in Western North Carolina.

My business keeps me busy. I exhibit at all the major Yoga conferences in the U.S. and Canada, as well as some of the minor ones. Newspapers and bloggers contact me now and then, and my Eggs are being used all over the world.

Had I known what was in store for me when I set about marketing an international fitness product, I might never have started. Luckily for me, I had no idea!

This has been by far the most challenging endeavor of my life — and I say that as the father of a 5-year-old girl! Perhaps by the time she’s a teenager, my barometer for “challenging” will have changed. Meanwhile, both are extremely rewarding.

I am humbled by how much people love these Eggs, and I’m grateful to everyone who has invited them into their practice. Some have even admitted they wished they thought of it first. The benefits are so obvious once you try them, I can’t believe no one else did.

I have my work cut out for me in an environment where traditions date back for millennia, where gurus have the last word, and where blocks have been status quo for years. I encourage people to “Think Outside the Blocks!” because the need for change isn’t always obvious. But when better options reveal themselves, shift happens. Each time someone tells me how great these are, it touches me more deeply than I ever could have imagined. With every new Egg-lover, I’m inspired to make more Eggs.

Yoga is based in openness and flexibility — both of which come with time. I feel fortunate that in a very short time, the Yoga community has embraced the Three Minute Egg®. Thanks to the grassroots evangelism of numerous early-adapters, word of the Egg is spreading. Its acceptance in the global Yoga community is increasing, as more and more people get Eggs-perienced.

For more information, please visit www.threeminuteegg.com

Thank you for sharing in the journey with me.
Namastegg!


May
0

Drew Ann Long and Caroline’s Cart

By Drew Ann Long


My name is Drew Ann Long. My husband David and I are the parents of Caroline, a special needs child, who along with our other two children bring much happiness and joy to our lives. Having a special needs child presents unique challenges, but as a family we have learned to cope with these challenges and accentuate our blessings. However, there was one challenge that often presented itself with no apparent solution – grocery shopping. Something I do several times a week.

When Caroline was small, I was able to use the shopping carts that retailers provided. As she grew older and bigger, it was clear that I would soon have to find another option because she would no longer fit in the cart. When I needed to shop, I felt a sense of frustration due to my limited options. Pushing both Caroline in a wheelchair and a grocery cart at the same time was not feasible. I would have to find a sitter for Caroline, bring someone with me to push her wheelchair, or take her shopping with me and only purchase what I could carry while pushing her wheelchair.

Eventually, my frustration turned to innovation. I made up my mind that Caroline and other kids with special needs deserved the same opportunity as other children – a specialized shopping cart that would enable them to more easily participate with their families in the shopping experience. So, in 2008 I began my journey to invent a shopping cart for special needs children. I became obsessed with shopping carts. I laugh and say I know more about shopping carts than any one person should!

Over the course of three years, I hired a professional design firm to engineer the cart (Indesign, of Indianapolis, Indiana), retained legal counsel for business and patent matters (Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, of Birmingham, Alabama), and enlisted the services of business and public relations consultants (Dennis Leonard, an Entrepreneurial Business Consultant, and Panorama Public Relations, of Birmingham, Alabama) to help bring Caroline’s Cart to market.

A big boost came from our family’s relationship with Easter Seals, an organization dedicated to helping special needs children across the U.S. Since Caroline was 13 months old, Caroline has received services from Easter Seals. I shared my dream of Caroline’s Cart with our local Easter Seals chapter and my husband David flew to Chicago to meet with National Easter Seals to present the idea of Easter Seals endorsing Caroline’s Cart. They believe in it! They believe that Caroline’s Cart will be welcomed by thousands of families who have children with disabilities and love the fact that this shopping cart will make it possible for kids with disabilities to be part of a family shopping outing. More than this, when kids with disabilities are visible – with their families – doing everyday errands, it sends an important message to everyone who sees them. As advocates, Easter Seals’ message has always been that kids with disabilities are kids first and need to be included. With Caroline’s Cart in neighborhood stores, users of Caroline’s Cart will be helping communities across the nation to understand this.


Caroline’s Cart has become a reality. Our goal is to enable special needs children to more easily be included in their family’s every-day life by making Caroline’s Cart available at retailers across the country. If local retailers do not offer Caroline’s Cart, be sure to ask for it by name or contact us for an outlet nearest you.

Why Caroline’s Cart?


According to the Census Bureau, approximately 1.6 million children between the ages of 6 and 14 have a severe disability. Without extraordinary efforts on the part of parents and caregivers, many children with disabilities are prevented from normal day-to-day activities such as shopping. Caroline’s Cart was created to accommodate the unique shopping needs of these families.

Caroline’s Cart is for children with disabilities. It allows the child to be able to shop with a parent or caregiver, releasing them from the overwhelming efforts and dangers of having to fit a child into the seat or basket of a standard shopping cart, or pushing and pulling a wheelchair and a shopping cart, or leaving the child out of the shopping experience all together.

A positive shopping experience can encourage a shopper to choose one retailer over another (or over shopping online), and gives them the opportunity to stay in the store longer during their visits.

Caroline’s Cart is designed to accommodate children with a variety of levels and types of disability. Whether a child has limited mobility or a disability that prevents them from walking; has a lifelong disability or a temporary sprained ankle; has stamina issues or behavioral problems that keep a parent from being able to shop with him or her, Caroline’s Cart provides a solution for comfortably transporting a child while shopping.

We are currently in 18 states. Also, we just signed a contract with the world’s largest shopping cart manufacturer…….they have the ability to make Caroline’s Cart explode and also go international with distribution. (we have international patents and have had huge international demand)

And one more thing…..Caroline’s Cart is made in the USA!!!

For more information, please visit www.carolinescart.com

May
0

Alice M. Brown And The Groove Brace

By Alice M. Brown, RPh., Pharm D., FMPA

My name is Alice M. Brown, RPh., Pharm D., FMPA and I am the inventor and designer of this knee brace-here is my story. I was in a terrible head-on car accident on my way to work one day. The Jaws of Life were required to extricate me. Safety belts and driver air bags saved my life. I suffered multiple injuries to my hands, arms, knees, right foot, face and back. I had multiple surgeries on my hand and right foot including right foot reconstruction. I was in a wheelchair for over 16 months. I had multiple courses of physical therapy, and had to relearn to walk five times in the first two years after the accident.

I wanted to get my life back and to lose the weight I gained while in a wheelchair, so I started working on the treadmill, five minutes a day to 2 mph. Doing so, I injured my “good” knee on my “good leg”. Thinking that the pain was just something I had to work through, I continued the routine for three days. When I was barely able to walk, due to the knee pain, and was back in the wheelchair, I stopped the treadmill exercise program. I saw my orthopedic physician. He suggested that I rest the knee for four to six weeks. When this did not help, he ordered knee MRI. The MRI revealed that I had fluid on the knee and arthritis and a 0.5 cm opacificed density in the knee joint. Subsequent knee arthroscopy also revealed a damaged (“shredded”) medial meniscus, Chondromalacia and a Baker’s Cyst. Following arthroscopic surgery, I did very well for two weeks. Then knee joint became swollen again. I again ended up in the wheelchair. My orthopedic physician recommended that I try physical therapy again and if that was not successful, I would need a knee replacement surgery.


At physical therapy I was evaluated and given exercises. One exercise totally relieved my pain and allowed me to use my knee again. The exercise that gave me relief involved having the physical therapist, Mel Svorinic, putting one hand above my knee on the lateral thigh and one hand below my knee on the medial leg and then gently pressing with each hand toward the center of the leg while I flexed and extended the leg. This is known as the Mulligan mobilization with movement (MWM) glide. (If this hand position does not work, the hand positions are reversed.)


The next day of physical therapy when I walked into Physical Therapy with minimal pain, Mel asked what I had done . The first day I could barely walk into the physical therapy department and now I was able to walk without a lot of pain. I told him that since he would not come home with me, I did the next best thing — I made a brace to do what he did. I purchased several knee braces, took out the metal stays from a carpal tunnel brace I had, and made a knee brace. My skills as a home seamstress, farrier (with limited metal working skills), and a pilot (with 3 dimensional visualization skills) combined with my intimate knowledge of medicine and bracing as a pharmacist who was trained in a brace fitting and as a brace user (with a box full of various hand, wrist, shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle and full leg braces along with canes, crutches, walker’s, my wheelchair and electric scooter) all came together and made this possible.

Mel was very impressed with my brace. He told me that he had never seen anything like it and that I should have it patented.

I was just glad that it worked and I could walk again with minimal pain in the “good” leg. My husband and I did a patent search — we were unable to find anything else like this brace and subsequently consulted a lawyer about patenting it. The lawyer had an independent patent search done and also found nothing like this brace.


What makes this brace unique is it’s wrap around design, use of stays to help to restore normal alignment of the knee, and allowing the knee cap to move normally. The small opposing force is enough to help align the thigh and the lower leg. Once proper structure is restored, new damage to the knee is stopped or slowed, pain is relieved and the muscles of the leg are trained to work to maintain this better functional alignment JUST BY WEARING THE BRACE. — this is an “exercise” that most people, including me, will do.

Hopefully, someone else can benefit from my disability, my efforts to minimize my disability, to maximize my function, to relieve my pain and to ultimately improve my quality-of-life.

I will probably still need the knee replacement surgery, and am in physical therapy for reoccurrences, but for now I am mobile, have much less pain, have improved my quality of life and continue to make the best of my abilities.

About The Inventor

This brace was designed by a pharmacist who has training as an orthotic fitter, a provider of durable medical equipment, a caregiver and first hand knowledge. She is disabled resulting from injuries sustained in a head-on motor vehicle accident. The Jaws of life were required to extricate her from her car. She sustained severe injuries to her foot, ankle, knees, hands, arms, shoulder, face and low back .

Prior to her motor vehicle accident, she was also a home seamstress, a Farrier, with limited metal working skills, and a pilot, with three-dimensional thinking. She was in a wheel of chair for 16 months and had worked very hard regain her mobility, including having to relearn to walk five times the first two years after the accident. Unfortunately she still has to use an electric scooter or wheel chair for extended distances. She is committed to helping others to help themselves to regain mobility and improve their quality of life.

For more information, please visit www.inthegroovebrace.com

May
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Larry Storey and BagButton

By Larry Storey

BagButton is the Global leader in economical space saving vacuum storage bag solutions. BagButton provides the highest quality and most economical portable vacuum space saving solutions in the World.

BagButton LLC has been in business for 12 years designing the Space BagButton in order to bring the Space BagButton to the market place in February of 2004. We are deeply involved in the economical space saving industry.

With our company’s proprietary product and trade secret information we were formed with the objective of becoming the major participant in the economical space saving industry, targeting whole sale and retail outlets and the massive market that exists with vacuum storage space saving technology.

Larry Storey is BagButton LLC’s founder, president and CEO. He was educated at Redding University, receiving acknowledgements of class completed in Structural Engineering and Drafting.

He began his business career as a licensed Contractor in the construction field building custom homes for Weyerhaeuser Corporation in Washington State. He left Weyerhaeuser to become an independent Contractor in the state of Washington, which he participated in several major housing developments in the Snohomish/King county area for twelve years.

He acquired his Real Estate License in the state of Washington in 1993. It was during that period of time that Storey came up with the idea of the BagButton, an economical solution to Space Saving and Vacuum Packaging for the consumer.

In 1996 he filed for patents and spent the next 7 years revising the molds. In late 2003, making the decision to leave real estate and go full time with the BagButton, refinancing his properties and started the manufacturing, packaging and distribution process of the BagButton in February, 2004.

Vacuum Space Saving Bags by BagButton

Space and storage problems afflict most every household today. Whether its winter clothing such as sweaters and coats, large bed linens like down comforters and pillows, holiday decor or your garbage, the bottom line is we could all use a little more space. Rather than resorting to the drastic measure of discarding space-hording items or spending thousands on closet organizing systems, try using vacuum storage space bags by BagButton to store and protect clothing, linens and other precious items until they’re needed once again.

BagButton can also be used to compact your garbage right in the can.

With BagButton; making Space Saver Bags is very simple!

1. Simply place your items into a plastic bag of your choice
2. Use the BagButton and o-ring to create a secure seal on your bag.
3. Attach the hose from a vacuum cleaner and remove the air from the bag.
4. Remove the BagButton and o-ring, twist and tie off the bag.

Now your items are ready for storage in a Space Saving Bag Organizer the wardrobe, garage, storage units, linen press, moving boxes, shipping boxes, suitcase, camper, RV, backpack, saddle bags, in a box for mailing or just under the bed. Space saving vacuum storage bags for the price of a plastic bag. The BagButton makes vacuum storage bags out of plastic bags.

Hailed as one of the greatest economical inventions for creating space and organizing clutter, the vacuum storage bag, also known as the BagButton, the 10 cent Space Saving Bags, is the perfect solution to protect and store items while creating space and added convenience. BagButton Space Saving Bags retards dangers such as moisture, mildew, insects, dirt, debris, and other unwanted harmful elements possibly endangering your household/outdoors items. One of the best features is the repeated use of the BagButton; it can be used over and over. Thanks to the BagButton, previously forbidden storage spaces such as basements, garages and attics can be utilized to free up coveted indoor storage areas, all for the price of plastic bags.

For those who become flustered when their luggage could not accommodate their travel essentials, there is hope. Rather than spending too much money on expensive vacuum bags, bulky luggage, use the BagButton to carefully pack clothing and travel essentials. After placing your items into a plastic bag, simply attach the BagButton and begin rolling the opposite end of the bag to remove all of the air. Once the bag is rolled, remove the BagButton and o-ring, tie off the bag and place in your suitcase. It’s a no brainier!

For more infomation please visit www.bagbutton.com

May
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Laurie James and Breathing Relief™

BY LAURIE JAMES

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Laurie James a Ford trained product designer from Essex suffered with terrible snoring and sleep apnoea. He tried all of the apparatus on the market to try to control his snoring and nothing worked. Finally he had two operations, one to remove his adenoids and one to cut his soft palate but neither worked. He was not happy using a C-pap machine every night as at that time he travelled a lot and he also found it quite intrusive. After his second marriage broke down he decided to design his own device to stop snoring as his methodical mind worked out that the snoring was due to the obstruction in his nose where his nostrils collapsed.

Laurie spent 8 years and over £250,000 working with an Ear Nose and Throat specialist and an injection mouldings specialist determined to find the cure to his problem until he came up with the product that we now have today. The high cost is due to the tooling which is very expensive and many tools had to be made for previous designs which when tested, did not work as effectively until the final design was found that did.

Mr James then ran clinical trials with the ENT doctor to prove the effect that the product had on reducing and eliminating snoring. In 2007, once the design had been proven a success, Laurie patented it. Unfortunately retired Laurie had little experience with products and marketing having run a service based car design company for many years and as the recession was hitting, he had no idea how to take the product to market.

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In 2009 Mr James’ daughter Phillipa James decided she would research into whether there was a market for this type of product. Phillipa by then had completed a degree in Business and Marketing and had acquired 8 years of marketing industry experience. In 2010 after finding there was a market for the product Phillipa left her full time employment and invested further in the product to take it to market. She started by selling through independent resellers, practitioners and at trade events. What she didn’t expect to find was that not only was there a market but the feedback she was getting showed that due to a better night’s sleep customers were claiming that they had lost weight on the product and that it also helped during exercise.

Phillipa decided to rebrand the product using the design agency Milestone to help to match its multi-purpose uses and to relaunch into more retailers. Although Phillipa had a background in Marketing, she had only minimal experience in sales and was not so used to pitching. Added to that Phillipa is dyslexic and sometimes finds it hard to work without a structure. She contacted Leonard Cheshire disability and one of their consultants-David McDermot helped Phillipa with a strategy for pitching which she used to pitch to Waitrose and was able to get the product in there. Another of Phillipa’s concerns was the ever evolving business plan where she seemed to have a mental block. Finally after months of ‘putting it off’ Phillipa attended an executive summary event at the British Library run by Paul Grant of the Funding Game. Inspired by her very focused Executive Summary she then decided to scrap the standard word document style business plan and write her business plan as a power point presentation. This style of business plan was much easier to read and later she was able to obtain funding from an investor to move the company forward more quickly.

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While there are still many obstacles Phillipa is currently refreshing the website and getting ready for the company’s next campaign which will be far more focused to all of the customers that may benefit from the product so sports enthusiasts as well as snorers.

“Both my father and I have put all of our savings into this product because we believe it works. Despite the obstacles, when we receive feedback from customers saying how it has changed their life we know that it is all worth it.”

Breathing Relief™ currently sells through Waitrose and The Health Store into independent Heath Stores as well as in Independent Pharmacy chains and with practitioners.

More information about Breathing Relief can be found at www.breathingrelief.com and breathingrelief.blogspot.com.

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Apr
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Mr. Michael Aldrich and Online Shopping…

Shop online to save time? Thank Mr. Michael Aldrich…

By Michael Aldrich

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Hi, I’m Michael Aldrich, inventor of on-line shopping, and this is my invention story.

In 1979 Michael Aldrich connected a domestic television by telephone line to a real-time transaction processing computer and invented what he called teleshopping. Today it is called online shopping, e-commerce and e-business and it is a fast growing world-wide multi-billion dollar business. E-commerce changed the way the world does business. This is the story of how it all began.

Preamble

Names of companies change over time and names of technical ideas change too. In 1979 Redifon Computers was a part of the UK Rediffusion Group of companies. In 1980 the company name was changed to Rediffusion Computers and in November 1984, under new ownership, it was changed again to ROCC Computers (Rediffusion’s Old Computer Company).

In 1979, there was no such thing as on-line shopping so when I invented it I called it teleshopping, meaning shopping at a distance. Unknown to me, in 1977 in the USA, a TV selling technique called infomercials (effectively paid advertising programmes on TV with a pitchman urging viewers to make a phone call to buy goods) was also being called teleshopping. Over the years in USA TV terminology ‘teleshopping’ succeeded ‘infomercials’ and my ‘teleshopping’ – real-time transaction processing from home via a Television or PC – became ‘on-line shopping’. The terms ‘e-commerce’ and ‘e-business’ are from the 1990s. We never used those terms.

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The Beginning

Early in 1979 a 26” colour television was delivered to my office on the Crawley Industrial Estate, Sussex UK. With it came a note that asked me for my assessment of it. The Rediffusion Group manufactured TVs so it wasn’t unusual to be given prototypes for testing. It just wasn’t one of our priorities (we were computer manufacturers), so the TV sat in the corner of the office, unused, for a couple of months. During that time we learned that it was a prototype of a new TV designed for a new service to be offered by the Post Office (PTT) called ‘Prestel’. Prestel was a kind of Ceefax/Teletext service (available on UK broadcast TV providing news, weather and other text information) delivered by telephone line rather than broadcast by the BBC and ITV. Prestel was to be a paid commercial service (Ceefax / Teletext were free) providing information supplied by independent IPs (information providers).

We did a little desk research on the Prestel idea and business model and we could not see how to make money from such a venture and in any case we were too busy with our computer business. So the TV in the corner was not switched on.

One day one of our engineers, Peter Champion, asked if he could strip the TV and find out what was inside. This was not an unusual request from an engineer so I said ‘be my guest’.

Some weeks later he came back and mentioned that he had found a chip set with a chip modem, a character generator and an auto-dialler that could hold four telephone numbers. We casually chatted about it and he said if we built a controller for one of our computers we could connect the TV just like Prestel. And that was it. At the time, we made real-time computers and visual display units (desktop terminals) for large corporations. There wasn’t much demand for TVs from those companies.

In the summer of 1979, in the St Leonard’s Forest behind our house in Colgate, Sussex my wife and I were walking our Labrador, Tessa. We were relaxing, talking as ever about our children, just the usual family domestic things and I was thinking that we could use some assistance with the boring weekly supermarket shopping expedition. All of a sudden I thought about the television and hooking it up to the supermarket and getting the supermarket to deliver the groceries. I told her my idea and we rushed back to the house and I started thinking, writing and planning.

It was simple. We had a domestic TV that could communicate, a computer that not only could handle transaction processing from multiple users but it could also communicate (network) with other computers. We could build a networked real-time transaction processing system. Using an inexpensive domestic TV with a remarkably simple human interface, it could be used by anyone without training. With its ability to dial into any computer via a normal domestic telephone line and, using a standard communications and human interface , it could be used for multiple applications. It wasn’t restricted to talking to just one computer for one function [like the airline reservation systems]. It had genuine open market independent teleshopping capabilities. And you could still watch TV! It was hugely exciting.

I then did two things. Firstly, thinking about the potential of the new idea from every angle, I wrote a large number of papers – a tumble and jumble of ideas. Some of the papers were eventually gathered together and published as a book in 1982 – ‘Videotex – Key to the Wired City’. Secondly, I asked my inquisitive engineer to ‘bodge up’ a connection to link the prototype TV to one of our own computers. It worked!

And then I didn’t know what to do. The ideas of teleshopping, telebanking, teleworking, tele- everything seemed like crazy science fiction. There was no market, no demand and no infrastructure. Perhaps it was all nuts. We had to get a reality check. Talk to real people. Get some feedback. Get some reaction. Yet we had to do it all in total privacy. No one must know what we were doing until we figured out what we should be doing.

So we hit on a plan. We would take our system to a small computer conference, the Data Entry Management Association Conference in the Convention Centre in New Orleans in September 1979. We would rent some space, set up, show the visitors and gauge their reaction. No-one would know us and we would leave town quickly when we were done. Three people would go to New Orleans. I would do the presentation talking, my wife, Sandy, would operate the TV and my inquisitive engineer, Peter Champion, would make the ‘bodge‘ work.

So we packed our gear and went. All our equipment was 240 volts / 50 Hz. The USA is 110 volts / 60 Hz. No small problem but somehow we found a conversion solution. When we arrived at the Convention Centre in New Orleans we found that we were not allowed to carry in our rag-tag kit of equipment because it was a unionized facility and the union did all the heavy lifting. Fortunately we managed to negotiate a deal.

Our stand at the exhibition consisted of a table covered in green cloth with the TV on top. Under the table concealed by the cloth was our intrepid engineer lying on his back ready to ‘bodge’ the connection at the right moment during the presentation. He was there for three days! It was all a bit cheeky.

But it worked. The visitors were interested, intrigued and excited. They even loved the picture quality on the TV! We could have sold many systems. The big issue was that they loved the idea of shopping from home. It was a winner. We left no forwarding address and hot-footed back to the UK.

Roger Newman and his team designed a multi- port controller for the TV and Jim Bethel built the complete interface software to run the system. And we set a public launch date of April 1980 for our new system. We were going to make a business of online shopping!

We hired Quaglinos Hotel in London, England at the end of March 1980 for the Press Conference. We announced ‘Redifon’s Office Revolution’. The Revolution was that heretofore information systems had been in-house servicing corporate needs. Now the corporations were going to connect the outside world –customers, consumers, agents, distributors, suppliers, service companies- to their corporate databases and do business electronically. And we were releasing the system to do it, deliverable in 90 days from contract.

The media were bemused. They latched on to the televisions connected to the computer. They seemed familiar but they didn’t understand the rest. In the ‘Introduction to the Michael Aldrich Archive’ can be found some of the material we used at the Press Conference and some of the Press comment. The rest of the Press comment is in the Press Cuttings section. In hindsight this was probably the beginning of e-commerce and e-business as we know it today.

The actual product launch was a few days later in early April 1980 when we demonstrated systems around the UK. We did the launch again in July 1980 because so few understood what we were talking about. From this launch came the now famous piece from the ‘Financial Times’ which began ‘If Mike Aldrich can be believed…….’

Building a Market

Except for a handful of people no-one in the world knew what we were doing and those that did probably thought we were mad. But we had a plan.

Most inventions never make money for the inventors. For online shopping we had to build interest, awareness, need and a financially viable product for our clients and ourselves. We had to make a market, and we had to do it without spending any real money.

We had some huge advantages. The product development cost was very low. We had a multi-user real-time transaction processing mini-computer that was fast, versatile and relatively inexpensive. We had a client base of large corporations and public and government institutions. The rest was not difficult.

We called the new technology ‘Videotex’ to differentiate it from Prestel and we produced an add-on feature to our office computer called ‘Viewdata Plus’ because there was much free publicity around the word ‘Viewdata’.

Because we bolted the new technology on to an existing if somewhat enhanced system we knew we had stability, reliability and dependability. The system was bomb-proof.

The marketing plan was simple. Sell the idea to the big corporations that they could connect their agents, distributors and customers to their corporate information systems for direct shopping and sales. No third parties would be involved. We coined the name ‘private system’. We divided the big corporations into leaders and followers and we focused on the leaders. We sold the ‘competitive advantage’ to be gained from the new technique and we made compelling financial arguments. We knew how to do cost/ benefit analysis – that was how we sold all our systems. This idea became known as Business to Business [B2B] online shopping.

The plan worked like a dream. We were soon knee-deep in projects. There were world firsts in the travel industry, the car industry with a ‘locate a car’ system for one of the world’s largest manufacturers, car financing systems with automatic checks with credit rating agencies, supermarket shopping, services for the elderly and even a taxi booking service. To avoid spending money on advertising and promotion we used free editorial and conference papers extensively. It wasn’t difficult. There was huge interest and excitement.

However, we had two other advantages. Videotex came from the telecoms and consumer electronics industries not from the computer industry. The computer industry wasn’t interested and made only some token gestures towards it. The Press was intrigued but highly skeptical. The net result is that we sold our systems with little competition for 10 years and made excellent profits.

Developing the Market

B2B was commercially viable from the beginning for enterprises that could afford to set up their own networks or could use the videotex terminals already installed in customers’ offices by third parties for other purposes. The terminals had programmable auto-diallers and could hook –up to any computer. The human interface was standard so learning to use another system was easy. Some of the early systems ran virtually unchanged into the 21st Century. The first B2B became operational in 1981. Business to Consumer online shopping [ B2C] as in supermarket shopping did not become commercially viable until the 1990s when a critical mass of installed home computers was reached, improved telecommunications with internet/www opened up continents and service providers appeared in volume. From 2000 onwards, improved availability of bandwidth [broadband] at affordable prices, improved encryption for payment processing, improved search engines, exponential growth in service providers and near saturation in installed home computers in first world countries made B2C ubiquitous From the first B2C supermarket online shopping in 1984 it was best part of 20 years before B2C became a heavyweight force in retailing.

The original pioneering work was not lost .It merely migrated to the internet in the 1990s. Reading those original papers again today, the social impact has been pretty well as predicted even if the videotex technology proved short-lived. And today’s internet shopping is beyond our wildest dreams.

For the record books: September 1979 was the first public demonstration of online shopping: March 1980 was the launch of what was later called online shopping, e-commerce and e-business: March 1981 the first B2B, Thomson Holidays, went live: May 1984 the world’s first online home shopper, Mrs Jane Snowball, used the Gateshead SIS/Tesco system to buy groceries.