If you’ve been around this community long enough, you’re likely very familiar with EN inventors Brad and Melinda Shepard, and their top-selling product, the Gyro Bowl – but do you know the entire story?
Brad and Melinda were recently featured in the Huffington Post, where they shared their journey of inventing the Gyro Bowl, from messy crackers to millions of sales. Read the full Huffington Post article.
Innovation isn’t just our business, it’s our passion. It’s the mission of our in-house team to do exceptional work that takes your ideas from concepts to market-ready products. Occasionally that same work is noticed by companies who want to collaborate with us and/or members of our team.
As a result, over the past several months, we’ve been working on a few new products (and taking on some new product categories!) and we’re excited to share two of them with you today. We hope you’ll not only head over and show us some social media love, but possibly give these products a try!
When we saw the science behind Stemage, we knew this was a venture we couldn’t pass up. We’ve partnered with world-renowned surgeon and cellular biologist, Dr. David Scharp, on his remarkable formula, as well as an amazing team at kathy ireland World Wide to bring this new skincare line to market. We hope you’ll come like us on the Stemage Facebook page.
Be on the lookout for an email with an exclusive Stemage coupon code just for EN members!
Our team is always tracking the latest consumer product trends. One of the most recent fashion trends amongst teens and young adults is the application of temporary colored hair chalk. It might be the fastest way to achieve a high fashion makeover but everybody had the same complaint: “it’s too messy to put on.” We knew if we could make the application process cleaner and easier, we’d have a hit on our hands. Our industrial designers dove right into the problem and created an ingenious solution that takes hair chalking to the next level.
Hot Huez is now available at Rite Aid and Walmart stores nationwide! Bed Bath & Beyond, Kmart, and Walgreens are slated to follow in June. Please support Hot Huez with a like on the Hot Huez Facebook page.
During the month of May, Edison Nation is proud to participate in The Small Business Breakthrough, a national movement to promote small businesses so they can amplify their word of mouth marketing and grow.
We’re participating in this movement with other like-minded businesses because we know that small business is the lifeblood of the American economy. When small businesses grow, we all win.
Please join us in promoting small businesses by visiting The Small Business Breakthrough website and nominating your favorite small businesses to win some fantastic prizes (including a free Edison Nation Insider membership), and then by sharing that nomination with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Be sure to use hashtag #SBBreakthru.
Thank you for helping us support small businesses!
NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is gearing up for its third annual Prize for Innovation challenge, and this year we’re thrilled to be a part of it! The challenge will encourage high school and college students from across North Carolina to work collaboratively to come up with an innovation, product or tool that will benefit their community.
The winning teams will receive $5,000 toward their product’s development AND a consultation with our CEO, Louis Foreman. There will also be a $1,000 prize for finalists in each age group.
Important dates to remember:
November 16 – Applications are due
December 3 - Finalists will be announced
Early February - A public vote will determine the winners
February 11-12, 2013 – The two winning teams (one from each age category) will be announced at IEI’s 28th Annual Emerging Issues Forum
In case you missed it… check out last night’s ABC Nightline segment, “Edison Nation Turns Ideas into Sellable Products.” A huge thanks to the Nightline team, as well as inventors Charlie Lumsden, Daniel Lentz, and Betsy Kaufman!
When Red Bull put out a call for inventors to go head-to-head in a “hack-and-make-a-thon” for a chance to win $5,000 and a trip to the World Maker Faire in New York City — our engineering and design teams decided to answer the call!
Team “Designated Drinkers” entered the “Bullduino” opening round of the 2012 Red Bull Creation with a unique party desk concept, and was named one of 12 finalists to qualify for a 72 hour build-off, which ran from July 19 at 9 p.m. until July 22 at 9 p.m.
The team received the theme for the build-off (“Game of Games”) only moments before the build-off began, then were tasked with creating a concept in the allotted time, all while streaming their process live on the web. During their 72-hours of brainstorming, making, breaking (and drinking lots of Red Bull and beer), the Designated Drinkers emerged with a finished product — “Fools Ball.”
Now, it’s up to the public to vote and decide which teams are named the winners, and we need your help. Below, check out the short video to see how Fools Ball works, then follow the instructions to vote!
Note: You must have a Facebook account to vote.
1. Go to the Designated Drinkers team page
2. Click the orange “vote” button
3. Allow the pop up and log into Facebook
4. Click “Go to App”
5. Re-click the “vote” button
The Edison Nation team and “Designated Drinkers” appreciate your support!
New medical innovation platform, Edison Nation Medical
We are pleased to finally share with you an initiative that has been in the works for quite some time. Our team here at Edison Nation has joined forces with the Charlotte, N.C.-based health care organization, Carolinas HealthCare System, to form an all-new innovation platform and online community known as Edison Nation Medical.
Following the model of EdisonNation.com, Edison Nation Medical will partner with leading health care manufacturers, retailers and distributors to discover and license new innovations focused specifically within the medical field. The goal will be to help expedite innovations within this sector that ultimately improve patient care, create operational efficiencies and lower costs without sacrificing the quality of care that patients deserve. Edison Nation Medical’s online portal will be the source for doctors, nurses, administrators, patients and everyday people who have a great idea and want to see that innovation commercialized.
To learn more about this exciting new platform for health care innovators — or to sign up for a free account, visit www.edisonnationmedical.com. You can also connect with Edison Nation Medical on Twitter @ENMedical.
This year, Edison Nation had the pleasure of serving as the “Go-To-Market Sponsor” for the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) 2012 Global Innovation Award, which took place Tuesday, June 19. The challenge encouraged the participating FLL student teams to come up with an invention idea that promotes food safety.
With several great ideas to choose from, the ceremony concluded with TWO teams being named winners: Moderately Confused for their “Erasable Barcode” and S.I.S. Robotic Revolution for their “Smart Sticker”! As their prize, the teams will receive up to $250,000 in development services from our crew here at Edison Nation, along with the opportunity to appear on Season 5 of Everyday Edisons. Congratulations both of the winning teams! We can’t wait to help bring these great product ideas to market!
If you hadn’t been following public speculation over the past several months of “will they or won’t they?” around U.S. patent reform, you’ve likely become quite familiar with the legislation since Friday’s signing of the America Invents Act into law.
Our own, Louis Foreman, who amongst a list of credentials, is well-noted for his involvement with the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee, received a personal invitation to the White House to take part in the festivities. Expecting to watch from the sidelines, Louis was both surprised and honored to be invited onstage to be at the President’s side as the bill was signed into law.
Below is video footage and photos from the historic event.