For our July Inventor Spotlight, we’re highlighting Joseph Jackson! Joseph has been a member of the Edison Nation community since January of 2008!
Here’s your chance to get to know Joseph a little bit better, and yes, he requested the photo of Captain Kirk!
Where is your home town?
My hometown is Augusta, Georgia, the home of the masters golf tournament.
Where do you currently reside?
Augusta Star Fleet Academy (LOL!)
What is your professional background?
I have worked in many fields such as a groundskeeper, landscaping, security, house painting and I am currently working in a hospital environmental service department.
How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?
I learned about Edison Nation by attending the Atlanta, Georgia, Everyday Edison casting calls.
Have you ever collaborated with another inventor(s) on a project? If so, how was that experience for you?
Yes, I have collaborated with many EN inventors. The experiences were great, but I must say out of all of the EN inventors, Kathleen Christopher, is my creative soul mate because we inspire each other to come up with new ideas.
What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?
The general industry trends that I see today are what I call “Star Trek tech gadgets.” Product concepts like robots and smart technology, like smart phones, smart TV’s, smart devices, smart homes and smart cars. There are many apps that are becoming today’s artificial intelligence like in the movie “The Terminator.” The machines are really raising and taking over.
Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?
There’s not a day that goes by without a new idea coming to me.
What advice would you tell newcomers to the innovation scene?
Always have plenty of patience and learn from your failures. If you fall down, get up, dust yourself off and try, try, try again.
What inspired you to start inventing?
I was inspired to invent to do my part to help better the lives of mankind.
When did you come up with your first great idea?
I came up with my first idea in high school in 1978.
You have been an EN member since 2008, can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date?
I have been a member since 2008 and have learned much by being a member here. I’ve learned what would make a idea a success for a potential licensing agreement. My journey has lead to two inventor trade shows, a licensing agreement that fell though and multiple company contacts.
What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community?
One of the fun facts that I would like to share is that I have been inventing so long now that the experience inspired me to create apps. So far I have submitted two app ideas to a outside firm. One is a game idea and the other is a life-saving app for our military.