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Community Members on the Move!

We love playing a role in the success of our community members, be it directly or indirectly, and it always excites us when our members are making moves. Two of our Edison Nation community members, Jamal Rollins and Jonathan Smith, have launched their own Kickstarter campaigns to support their fitness-themed inventions.

Calf Fit Kickstarter

Calf Fit

Jamal Rollins’ project is a new innovative portable exercise device, specially designed to strengthen the soleus muscle. We’d be thrilled to see Jamal succeed, and if you would too, be sure to visit, support, and share the campaign below.

VISIT:

Check out the Calf Fit campaign.

SUPPORT:

If you want your very own Calf Fit, you can support the campaign by pre-ordering! There are a variety of reward tiers to choose from.

SHARE:

By clicking here, you can send out a pre-populated Tweet about Calf Fit to your followers to let them know about the Calf Fit Kickstarter campaign.

Or, click here to share Calf Fit with your friends on Facebook.

 

The Spyder 360 Kickstarter

The Spyder 360

You may recognize Jonathan Smith’s name as the inventor of “Bed Lifts” which was licensed to Bed Bath & Beyond and is still sold online and in retail outlets nationwide. Now, Jonathan’s at it again with The Spyder 360, a fitness product that allows you to get a full body workout with just one versatile device. We’d be thrilled to see Jonathan succeed, and if you would too, be sure to visit, support, and share the campaign below.

VISIT:

Check out The Spyder 360 campaign.

SUPPORT:

If you want your very own The Spyder 360, you can support the campaign by pre-ordering! There are a variety of reward tiers to choose from.

SHARE:

By clicking here, you can send out a pre-populated Tweet about The Spyder 360 to your followers to let them know about the The Spyder 360 Kickstarter campaign.

Or, click here to share The Spyder 360 with your friends on Facebook.

The more people that visit, support and share Calf Fit and The Spyder 360, the more visibility Jamal and Jonathan will receive!

Are you a community member who is making moves? Send us a note at socialmedia@edisonnation.com with the subject line “Member on the Move,” and we may just spotlight your project within the community.

The Edison Nation / NASA Challenge on NPR’s Tell Me More

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NASA Explores a New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas

NASA’s David Lockney joined NPR’s Tell Me More this morning to tell listeners what kind of ideas NASA is hoping to find that are inspired by the MindShift technology.

In case you missed it, listen to the story here!

What creative ideas and products come to mind as you consider Alan Pope and Chad Stephens’ MindShift technology?

Be sure to submit your ideas before August 4 at www.edisonnation.com/mindshift

ASOTV Winning Categories: Storage & Organization

This is the fourth post in a series where we will explore what we believe to be the 10 chief categories that comprise the ASOTV industry. It is important to note that while most ASOTV products fall into one of these categories, it is not all encompassing.

The ten categories that we will be including in this series are health & beauty, pets, kitchen, storage & organization, tools, exercise & weight loss, bath, and children’s toys. Each week we’ll dive into one of these categories and take a look at some of the all-time top products in that category and explain why we believe they make great ASOTV products. In our industry, we typically consider an ASOTV product that sells over 2 MM units a good product. Great products (mega hits) can sell 10 MM units or more. However, actual financials and sales data for ASOTV products are typically unknown, so for the purpose of our blog we will define success by whether or not it made it to retail.

This week, we’ll take a peak into the ‘storage and organization’ category and review some successful products, past and present.

 

 Mr. Lid ASOTV productMr. Lid

Position: The only container of its kind with an attached lid.

With so much competition, food storage is a tough category to crack, but Mr. Lid’s simple solution to a universal problem is a no brainer. This is definitely one of those products that make you question, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The creative is a little over the top and identifies every single possible use for the product, but it works. The bottom line? Mr. Lid encapsulates every criterion we typically look for in ASOTV products. Plus it is one of only a few storage ASOTV products, that I am aware of, that has ever rolled out to retail.

Spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVe7cIyFwgI

 

Wonder Hanger ASOTVWonder Hanger

Position: Instantly triple your closet space! Wonder Hanger is the ultimate solution to any crowded closet.

This wasn’t a completely novel concept, per say, but the magic is in the creative, and the spot does a great job convincing you how well this product works. Closet space is a premium for many people, so this spot knocks mass marketability out of the park. As for the offer, the bendable hangers and stick up lights are two great items that certainly sweeten the deal. One important question you should ask yourself when assessing whether or not your idea is suitable for ASOTV is “Is it dynamic enough?” In this case, the visual demonstration of Wonder Hanger is something that can be easily understood and is visually captivating. For these reasons, as well as its small retail footprint and price, Wonder Hanger makes a great ASOTV product.

Spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JwDj-ObTWE

 

Swivel Store ASOTVSwivel Store

Position: The space saving organizer that conveniently keeps all your spices in less than 4 inches of space.

This is another one where the magic is in the creative. The before and afters that show the cluttered mess transforming into a sleek open space is a great and powerful demonstration that resonates with anyone who has ever been frustrated by a messy spice cabinet. Space-saving solutions in the kitchen are a toss up, but this product meets all criteria that we typically look for when it comes to ASOTV: mass marketability, demonstrability, easy to understand, small retail footprint, and low price.

Spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYVcjKYkNp4

 

Have a great storage and organization product idea for As Seen on TV? We’re always looking for the next big thing. Submit your idea today!

Now Hiring! Edison Nation is seeking a Senior Rails Developer

Know of any great Rails Developers out there? We’re always growing and we need to add one to our team. Please share this page and let them know about this opportunity!

Senior Rails Developer

Do your apps change people’s lives? Ours do.

Our users’ product ideas have generated more than $200 million in retail sales and our work touches millions of people from more than 180 countries.

Do you get excited about learning and using the latest technologies in a production environment? That’s how we roll and we want you to roll with us.

Edison Nation is seeking a highly-skilled and self-motivated Rails developer with excellent communications skills and the ability to excel in a fast-moving, creative environment. The desires to teach and learn in an ego-free environment and a good sense of humor are critical.

About us

We own innovation. Our members submit product ideas to us and we design, engineer and commercialize the best, sharing an industry-leading royalty with the inventor.

Did you catch Everyday Edisons on PBS or Hulu last night? That’s our Emmy award-winning television show. It’s about us and members of our site. It airs in over 60 countries around the world.

Are you sick of the late-night ads for Bacon Bowl, Eggies, Gyro Bowl and Mr. Steamy yet? Those are all ours, too. So is that new Kathy Ireland Stemáge collection.

We’re taking over the world as the online engine that brings consumer-driven innovation to market. And we want you to help lead us into the future.

Charlotte or anywhere

We’re located in beautiful Charlotte, NC. If you are here – or would like to relocate here – that’s fantastic. If you’re more the telecommuting type and already love the city you’re in, we’ll consider a telecommuting position for the right candidate – half of our team works remotely. We use Google Hangouts and Campfire to keep the team connected, regardless of location. We also have a daily 15-minute standup at 2pm EST to keep everybody up-to-date and from going stir crazy at home.

A look around the office

Note: click the photos above to view an around-the-office gallery from a previous post.

More about you

You should be comfortable working on large web applications. You should understand the ins and outs of working with dev, staging and production servers with multiple developers. You must have an extremely high attention to detail and the ability to deliver consistently while working independently and without constant supervision – although the rest of our team is always willing and ready to jump in and help when you need it.

Day-to-day, you will work with our team of front-end and back-end developers to code new features and improve the user experience for members of our giant community. You will also work with our other internal product development teams to build apps that help them be more efficient in developing, licensing and bringing physical real-world products to market.

You’re a self-motivator and you’re always on the lookout for opportunities to refactor code… and you don’t wait around for permission to make it happen. You’ll be a driving force behind the magic that makes people really enjoy using our site.

You absolutely crush Ruby on Rails and you’re excited about learning and using newer technologies like AngularJS.

You can work on our full technology stack and will have the ability to shift your focus – depending on your evolving interests – from the front-end to back-end to devops. No two days at Edison Nation are the same and you’ll never get bored.

You will hold your own on a mid-sized team that is expected to always deliver. Your boss is awesome (he’s also writing this) and knows his most important job is to filter out the noise so you can stay focused.

You will be given the opportunity to drive the development direction by choosing the tools you feel best solve the everyday challenges of a quickly-growing site. We’re looking for someone we can trust to make important decisions and own them.

Required skills

  • Ruby & Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL experience (on occasion, you will analyze a slow query and speed it up)
  • JavaScript (jQuery experience at a bare minimum)
  • Ability to interact with third-party APIs (Campaign Monitor, Hubspot, etc…)
  • Über-high attention to detail
  • At least 2 years of commercial development experience
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Education

If you have the communication skills and maturity of a university graduate, we could care less where – or if – you went to school. On the other hand, if you went to a really nice school, we’ll make a point to sound impressed when you tell us about it. With the cost of higher education these days, it should at least get you something.

Benefits & perks

  • Salary based on experience
  • Excellent healthcare/dental insurance
  • Work with a diverse A-level team
  • Enjoy training + conference budget
  • Appear on our television show and your parents will finally understand what you do for a living!
  • Free Coca-Cola Freestyle, Froyo, Espresso, coffee, popcorn & beer

How to apply

Please send a very solid cover letter, a resume/cv if you have one, a link to your GitHub account and URLs for your best sites/apps to webjobs@edisonnation.com.

Seriously, if you’ve got the skills, you’ll win or lose the job based on your cover letter so please take the time to tell us why you think you’re a great fit.

  • No Recruiters
  • No Contractors
  • No Outsourcing Shops

If you are a recruiter, contractor or body shop, we’re just going to mark your email as spam if you send it to us. Your witty email isn’t going to change that, either. We’ll just figure out a way to click the spam button twice.

Meet the EN Team: Jeremy Losaw

Jeremy Losaw

You’ve read his engineering chronicles in the ProtoTYPING column every month, now learn more about Jeremy in this month’s Meet the EN Team.

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

    A. Senior Design Engineer. I do the mechanical design work from concept through to producing drawings for production. I also do a lot of prototyping work, and I write a monthly engineering blog for Edison Nation that is featured in Inventors Digest, as well.

Q2. What is your favorite product you’ve worked on at Edison Nation?

    A. I have two actually. The steam sponge that was featured in season 4 of Everyday Edisons, and the Wine Shark. The steam sponge was a great project because there were so many iterations and prototypes that I needed to build to get a working unit, and it was a challenge to develop a product for microwave use since the microwaves act in all sorts of non-obvious ways. The Wine Shark was a favorite of mine because — well — it is a wine product.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

    A. Traveling the globe with my old lady.

Q4. What’s your hidden talent?

    A. I can make a mean red velvet cheesecake.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A. I was hell-bent on being a killer whale trainer from about 7-14. However, I saw that Black Fish documentary about the captive killer whales, and after seeing a few trainers get bludgeoned to death, I am okay that that career path did not make it very far.

Q6. If you could experience someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

    A. Lady Gaga.

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

    A. My mom thinks I look like Owen Wilson, but the guys in the office think I look like Calvin the cartoon character and Phillip Seymore Hoffman.

Q8. You’re only allowed to eat one food for the rest of your life. What would it be?

    A. Gyros.

Q9. What’s a goal you’re most proud of accomplishing?

    A. Getting a job as a NASCAR race engineer. I spent years trying to get the education and experience to do that, and it was great to travel the country and live like a professional athlete for a few years. Considering I didn’t know how to change my own oil until I was about 22, this seems like a pretty big coup. I also like to write and it was a pretty big thrill when my first article with my photos ran in an issue of R/C Car Action magazine in 2010.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

    A. The fanny pack. There is no better way to carry your keys and wallet around an amusement park while keeping your hands free to pound cheeseburgers and soft drinks. Did you know that they come in a variety of high visibility neon colors too?

Want to meet other members of our staff? Catch up on past Meet the EN Team posts!

5 Tips to Tune into Inventing

Inventor resourcesEverybody invents differently. Some people spend months, years, or a lifetime researching, developing, and perfecting their one great idea, while others are able to conjure up ideas in response to a specific opportunity. Whether you’re a lifetime inventor or serial inventor, everyone at Edison Nation is welcome and encouraged to submit their ideas.

It is only natural that ideas come more naturally than others. Whether you consider yourself a lifetime inventor or a serial inventor, here are some helpful tips to help you come up with the next big idea:

  1. Observe. For some this is can be a challenging one, but it is something we are all capable of. Rather than plotting through your daily routine oblivious to all the invention and opportunities around you, tune into the intricacies of all the products you use. Pay attention to how everything works. Whether you are observing your behavior or another’s, you may find shortcomings of everyday products or areas of improvement.
  1. Communicate. You’d be surprised how often conversation turns to products and their shortcomings. Whether someone is talking about how they prepare their meals, stay fit, care for their children and pets, or maintain their home, pay attention to each person’s individual experiences. What are some frustrations or issues they have? Are their any opportunities to improve or recreate some of the products they seem to find fault with? Some of the best As Seen On TV (ASOTV) products are simple solutions to everyday problems.
  1. Research. One of the most frustrating things as an inventor is to come up with a great idea and then realize someone else has too. Because of this, it is extremely important to conduct thorough research BEFORE investing time and money into your idea. As a starting point, perform a simple USPTO patent search to see if your idea is even viable. Then, use a search engine to see what other solutions already exist in marketplace. Edison Nation conducts IP searches on all incoming ideas but it may be valuable for you and Edison Nation to do a bit of research before submitting your idea.
  1. Experience. How do you plan on inventing a solution for something that you know absolutely nothing about? Get out there! Go kayaking, visit a museum, take a cooking class, tour a business. In order to invent something, one needs to have a basic understanding of procedures and best practices of that thing.One of the best way to understand something is to immerse yourself in it, and then let your mind and creativity do the rest.
  1. Be open. Some of the best inventions come from the most zany, off-the-wall, quirky ideas that started off as mere thoughts. Don’t restrict yourself based on how you believe your peers and society will react. Don’t limit yourself to what you believe technology is or is not capable of. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to think ‘what if?’!

Tune into your world and put on your inventing shoes. Some of the best ASOTV ideas came from viewing the world from a problem solving point-of-view and coming up with a simple solution.

How do you brainstorm or think of new invention ideas? Are you a lifetime inventor or a serial inventor? Feel free to share any advice or tips for the community in the comments below!

Have a great product idea for As Seen on TV? We’re always looking for the next best thing. Submit your idea today!

#PATENTSMATTER CHAT APRIL 28

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On Monday, April 28, we’ll join Save the Inventor for a live Tweet Chat about the currently proposed patent legislation that could impact small business owners and independent inventors. We hope you’ll join as our own Louis Foreman and Trident Design’s Chris Hawker lead a discussion about this issue.Topics include: what this legislation could mean for inventors; a detailed look at dangerous provisions within the current legislation; key details that inventors need to pay attention to; and where the patent litigation problem really comes from. 

PATENT REFORM CHAT DETAILS

Date: Monday, April 28th

Time: 4 pm EST

Moderator: @SavetheInventor

Hashtag: #patentsmatter

Free, User-friendly CAD Applications to Improve your Submissions

Although Edison Nation does not require submissions to include CAD drawings, professional sketches, and orthographics or even require submitted product ideas to be progressed to a point where these types of drawings are applicable, they oftentimes can be a great asset and help during product selection.

Perfect Bacon™ Bowl CAD drawing

Perfect Bacon™ Bowl CAD drawing

If you have been following our room5 posts than you already understand how important being  “first to market” in the ASOTV industry is. Product ideas with CAD drawings, in some cases, can help streamline the development process and shorten the time it takes to get a product to market.

The thought of creating CAD drawings may seem daunting to the everyday inventor but there are a few free and user friendly solutions available to everyone that may be worth exploring:

 

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Trimble SketchUp – Trimble SketchUp gives users an easy-to-use interface as well as easily accessible help features such as instructional videos, a community blog and self paced training guides. From landscape architecture to urban planning and product design, SketchUp is a fabulous free 3D CAD application for professionals to hobbyists. The also offer SketchUp Pro for those that are looking for a little more out of their program.

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DraftSight – DraftSight is a very versatile 2D CAD application that comes with some attractive shortcut features such as offsetting and dimensioning. Though, perfect for beginners looking to create basic sketches, it does have certain limitations when trying to do more complex design work.

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LibreCAD – This open source application features 2D drafting capabilities and is targeted for use by industrial designers and graphic artists. LibreCAD features a straightforward interface and impressive array of tools for a free program. In addition, LibreCAD offers support and documentation from a large community as well as integrated help tutorials.

Blender CAD Logo

Blender – Blender is considered to be a little more complex and offers a great, full-featured 3D CAD application with a wide array of tools. The interface is a little non-traditional for those that have experience in other CAD application but features a wide user base and helpful forum.

Even if you don’t have formal training in engineering or product design, CAD drawings may not be out of reach thanks to these free programs. If you feel that your product idea has progressed to the point that a CAD drawing will help us better understand your product idea and streamline the development process we would love to see it!

Do you have a favorite free CAD software that you would recommend to fellow community members? Have you had good experiences working with any of these solutions? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Guy Gadgets Search: Quick Tips

guy gadgetsWith just a few weeks left in our search for the next “must-have guy gadgets,” we want to offer you some quick tips to help you keep your ideas on the right track.

As a reminder, we’re looking for items such as (but not limited to):

  • Desk toys and tools
  • Bottle openers
  • Corkscrews
  • Travel items

 

Think of the types of items you would use as “stocking stuffers” and “add on” gifts for guys.

Remember the “cool factor” – something that would stop any guy in the middle of a store and make him think, “Man, I want that!”

If you have an idea that meets this criteria, submit it before the May 15 deadline!

Meet the EN Team: Heyward Moore

Heyward Moore

It’s no secret that our in-house engineering team plays a huge role in what we do. This month, take a little time to get to know Heyward Moore, one of our Enventys/Edison Nation engineering staff members.

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

    A. I am a project engineer; I help bring the idea from concept on paper to a manufacturable product.

Q2. What is your favorite product you’ve worked on at Edison Nation/Enventys?

    A. Wine Shark because it was a mix of mechanical and electrical systems.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

    A. Learning to fly if the weather is nice. If not, driving my rock crawler Toyota pickup.

Q4. What’s your hidden talent?

    A. I can touch my tongue to my noise.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A. Started out as an astronaut, but then changed to mechanical engineer. I guess I could still do the astronaut thing.

Q6. If you could experience someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

    A. I’m going to go outside the box on this question.  What I would like do is to spend 1 hour of my day in a given age of my grandfather’s life, for example, my grandfather lived to be 93, so divide his age by 24, and you get 3.875.  So I would spend my first hour as him at the age of 3.875 years old, then the next hour would be 7.75 years old, and so on for 24 hours.  The reason for this crazy idea is, during his life time he saw many first and world-changing events that I have always wanted to experience.

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

    A. Patrick Bailey, he is another EN project engineer in the office next to mine.

Q8. You’re only allowed to eat one food for the rest of your life. What would it be?

    A. Rare Steak

Q9. What’s a goal you’re most proud of accomplishing?

    A. First place at Odyssey of the Mind world competition

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

    A. Facebook… 1 billion users in less than 10 years. I know there are much greater inventions out there that save lives and make the world a better place, but Facebook has changed the way the world communicates and interacts with each other.

Want to meet other members of our staff? Catch up on past Meet the EN Team posts!