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GreenWorks is Looking for 40v Power Equipment and Tools

Did you know: Gas-powered lawn mowers launch as much pollution into the air in one hour as a vehicle does while driving 100 miles, the EPA reports. GreenWorks tools provide all the power you need without polluting the air or forcing you to keep hauling your gas can to the nearest station.

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GreenWorks wants to expand their 40-volt line of cordless outdoor and indoor products, and have come to Edison Nation to find and license your innovative ideas.

The goal of this search is to find and develop new 40v products. When coming up with your invention ideas, make sure it makes sense – a 40v flashlight is likely overkill, but an innovative 40v professional work light is on the right track.

Cordless power equipment Cordless power equipment Cordless power equipment

In addition, your ideas should:

  •  Be cordless
  •  Focus on being “green” and sustainability
  •  Operate on a high-voltage platform
  •  Make life easier for consumers
  •  Replace gas and electric products
  •  Have a target price point of $199+

Think you’ve got a great idea for GreenWorks? Submit your invention idea, here.

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Tips to Improve your Product Submissions: Prototypes

Have a great idea you’d like to share with Edison Nation for a potential licensing deal or As Seen on TV (ASOTV) campaign? As mentioned in a recent blog post, prototypes are great way to help the Edison Nation team visualize an invention idea as a tangible product. If you want to take your prototype a step further, consider including a Proof of Concept.

What is a Proof of Concept (POC), you ask? A Proof of Concept is a demonstration of some sort that verifies the proposed concept or theory has the potential for a real world application. In this sense, a Proof of Concept is a demonstration, typically using a prototype, which validates the functionality of the idea.

Note: Prototypes are never required as part of Edison Nation’s consumer product licensing or As Seen on TV product selection process, but may help us better understand your vision and share your idea to interested parties. This is the fourth post in the Tips to Improve your Product Idea Submissions series, be sure to stay tuned as we dive into each suggestion and bring in EN members from different divisions to discuss.

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Perfect Bacon Bowl Tinfoil Prototype

Here are some considerations to keep in mind while creating a prototype or proof of concept for your product submission:

Keep the goal in mind. What are you trying to convey and how are you going to best convey it? Are you trying to prove a certain functionality works? A proof of concept with everyday materials should do the trick. Are you trying to show us a novel design for an existing invention? Then your focus should be on the aesthetics of the materials and less so the functionality. The materials you use, the multimedia type (video, image, etc.), and the type of prototype should all be considered before moving forward. 

It is not necessary to spend a lot of money. In a previous blog post we discuss how everyday materials can be used to create prototypes. This is a great resource for the everyday inventor who is not able to invest resources behind their invention ideas. Even if your idea is complex, think about the important features you’d like to represent with a tangible prototype and stick to the resources you already have available.

A foam core prototype

A foam core prototype

It doesn’t have to be pretty. Unless you are submitting an idea for a new way to design something, it does not need to perfect. Especially if you are including a prototype as a proof-of-concept, the focus is on the functionality, rather than the design. Don’t get bogged down by the aesthetics – instead focus on validating the concept and ensuring your description accurately conveys your vision.

A card stock prototype for a pencil sharpener exhaust

A card stock prototype for a pencil sharpener exhaust

Listen to your prototype. Creating a prototype allows inventors to progress their idea even further and address concerns that they may not have considered as mere thoughts. Play with it and use it. Perhaps while creating a proof of concept you will think of a better way to accomplish the same goal.

As Thomas Edison once said, “We now know a thousand ways not to build a lightbulb.” In the end, be sure you are keeping a levelheaded approach to your inventing and prototyping. By creating a rough prototype, you will quickly understand what is going to work and what will not so you can readjust your priorities and dedicate your valuable resources accordingly.

 


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Michael Diep’s Emery Cat Scores Licensing Deal with PetStages

Edison Nation Member and Season 2 Everyday Edison, Michael Diep, has come a long way since first pitching his invention idea, Emery Cat, to Everyday Edisons in 2007. Almost eight years later, Emery Cat is breathing new life – this time through licensing.

Edison Nation has many channels to bring product ideas to market. When an idea is selected, you can ensure we will pursue every avenue for its best chance of success. When a product runs it course through As Seen on TV, licensing opportunities are almost always pursued.

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As with most things in life, good things take time. Bringing product ideas to market is no different. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and revisit Emery Cat’s timeline of events—from Everyday Edisons to present day.

February 2007: Emerycat inventor, Michael Diep presents his prototype at the Everyday Edisons casting call

June 2008: Everyday Edisons season 2 debuts featuring Michael Diep as one of 15 inventors

November 2009: Emery Cat As Seen on TV commercial airs nationwide

April 2010: Emery Cat is featured on QVC’s My Time with Mary Beth

January 2014: Edison Nation Licensing begins exploring licensing avenues for Emery Cat

February 2014: Emery Cat is presented to PetStages for a potential licensing deal

April 2014: PetStages expresses an interest in licensing Emery Cat

May 2014: The deal is officially signed; Emery Cat has been licensed to PetStages!

September 2014: Production begins

November 2014: Anticipated launch for product to be offered online and in stores at major retailers

Be sure to stay tuned for updates and keep an eye out for Emery Cat’s return to store shelves.

Everyday Edisons
 


 

 So far we’ve earned over $200 million in sales for our inventors, all at no risk to them. Is your idea the next big thing?

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How Do You Come Up With Those ‘BING’ Moments?

Edison Nation was created to harness those ‘BING’ moments and turn them into something bigger than just fleeting thoughts. We inspire everyone to embrace and share those eureka, “aha!” moments in your life so they can be turned into real, tangible products that are sold in stores and available to consumers worldwide. Hey, a little extra cash on hand doesn’t hurt now either does it ;).

Feeling uninspired? Here is how some of our Edison Nation inventors tap into their creative side and come up with great product ideas:

“Ideas can come anytime or anywhere. For me, I think most of my better ideas are the ones that just show up out of the blue. Not a rule, but seems like those “Bing” ideas are gifts from somewhere else. I like to believe my Pinal gland is tapping into the Universal Mind. If I am stuck on an idea, I’ll ask/pray right before I go to sleep and usually I wake up knowing it.” – Tannis C., EN Inventor’

 

“I look at items in the stores, online and see how I would improve or make them more compact, easier to use and space saving. I also give myself a topic each day and think on that topic to see what I can come up with…I pick things at random each day… I wake up a lot and have to write down the idea I dream right then or lose it. I average sleeping about 5 hours a night.” – Roger Brown, Inventor and EN Team Member

 

“Research, research, research! Internet is a wonderful resource to use!!! When there is a new search posted on EN, I go out there and browse different web sites to get a better understanding of the industry and its trends. What is new, what is hot these days… And then somehow, because my mind is occupied with the search, as I go through my day/days, the ideas start to come to me.” – Milan D., EN Inventor

 

“I have a need and see there is not an obvious solution, do some market research, patent search, etc, etc. Though not every idea is a winner, the ideas flood into my mind like crazy. It’s like I can’t turn it off- not sure if that’s a curse or a blessing.” – Colleen N., EN Inventor

 

“As a package designer, I carry a small blue sketch idea/concept book everywhere.
 Sketches, research, mock-ups, mini market reach with real people, all churn in my head day & night – without an off switch. It’s been very, very good to me.” – Thom C., EN Inventor

 

“Mine usually just pops into my head. I could be watching TV and see something and ‘Bing’ there’s a better way that pops in my head. Or, I might come across a problem and an idea will come to me on how it could be solved. Many times, an idea pops into my head the second I wake up in the morning. I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just there.” – Kathleen C., EN Inventor

 

“I like to meditate on a Search for several days; I’ll even say or think a Mantra 30 minutes before I go to bed. When I fall asleep my subconscious takes over and connects the dots. When I sit down and create with pen and paper I tend to get more analytical, sometimes over thinking.” – Lisa, EN Inventor.

 

“I don’t “deliberately” visualize the search sponsor’s product or direction the sponsor wants to take their product. I just read the search, I read about the sponsor and then I just let my mind soak up what I have read and do a little free thinking… Eventually my mind will settle on a direction and slowly start to think in terms of form and function. At that point I start some loose sketches and start to direct my thoughts along the lines that my free thinking took me in.” – William B., EN Inventor.

 

“I feel like sometimes if I want to think of an idea for a search and I am trying too hard, nothing really good comes of it. I will be watching something, doing something or thinking about my son’s needs and bam, a new idea pops in my brain.” – Wendy B., EN Inventor

 

“I guess I consider myself a serial “Artventor”…I’m a conceptual person…I will get this Pop of an idea/visual in my head and then try to physically create it…or at best sketch it out…” – Christina W., EN Inventor

 

“Most of my ideas just pop into my head out of the clear-blue, often, sparked by something I glance at, or something I overhear someone else say. When I am at Lowes or Home Depot, if I see someone who has a stumped look on their face as they stare at a wall of items, I ask about their problem, sympathize, (help, if it’s an easy fix), then I go home, jot it down, and wait till I go to sleep at night to work it out in my dreams.” – Samantha M., EN Inventor

 

“Most, if not all, my ideas come from seeing some everyday problem and then trying to figure out what I could do and how to solve the problem I perceive. I’ll usually jot a note or two down, and then if I can remember where I put the note, transfer a little more info into my book of ideas.” – Archie, EN Inventor

 

“A lot of times ideas just pop into my head, most of the time when I’m just waking up in the morning. And 90% of the time, those ideas are pretty weird.” – Francisco L., EN Inventor


 

 So far we’ve earned over $200 million in sales for our inventors, all at no risk to them. Is your idea the next big thing?

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First 3D-printed Car Took 48 Hours to Build, Tops 40 Mph

3D printing seems to make worldwide headlines just about every week. The latest buzzworthy breakthrough? The world’s first 3D-printed car.

“Strati,” Italian for ‘layers’ was brought to New York City this past week, according to The New York PostLocal Motors, an Arizona-based printed the masterpiece during the International Manufacturing Technology Show earlier in October. The two-seater battery powered car was created out of just 49 parts. Most cars we drive today consist of over 200 parts.

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Three Product Ideas Selected for ASOTV Testing

Congratulations to three Edison Nation members whose invention ideas have been selected by Edison Nation ASOTV for market testing. Meet the inventors below and leave a comment to congratulate them on this big step towards success for their great product ideas!

HenryHenry Quattromini

An entrepreneurial spirit certainly helps tapping into one’s creative side when it comes to inventing, and Henry is certainly testament to that. Henry discovered Edison Nation while chatting with a fellow business owner and knew it was fate. His ‘BING!’ moment came one day while frying one of America’s favorite foods on the stove and thought, “there has to be a better, healthier and quicker way.”

 

LillieLillie Hayes

Lillie, a longtime Edison Nation member and cat lover, was ecstatic to find the As Seen on TV team was holding a Hot Trend Search for cat products. Determined to find a unique toy that would appeal to her cat, Milky, and met the criteria for a successful ASOTV item, Lillie went through multiple editions and prototypes before her final design. After gaining Milky’s approval, she submitted her idea and soon won over the Edison Nation ASOTV team as well.

 

BarbaraBarbara Mahoney

Barbara is a Michigan native and resident who enjoys “chasing ideas” as a mental exercise. Her idea came to her one day while completing a common, recurring cleaning chore in the kitchen and thought, “How can I not have to do this ever again?” Barbara put her background in graphic design to good use and submitted her idea to Edison Nation. After making it to G7 in several searches, her idea finally found a home with Edison Nation ASOTV.

 

Congratulations to Henry, Lillie, and Barbara!

 


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Tips to Improve your Product Submissions: Sell Sheet

Have a great idea you’d like to share with Edison Nation for a potential licensing deal or As Seen on TV (ASOTV) campaign? As mentioned in a recent blog post, sell sheets are great way to present a high level overview of your invention idea. When submitting an idea to one of our searches for a potential licensing deal or As Seen on TV selection, consider making a quick sell sheet to summarize the most important information. Note: Sell sheets are never required as part of Edison Nation’s consumer product licensing or As Seen on TV product selection process, but may help us better understand your vision and share your idea to interested parties. This is the third post in the Tips to Improve your Product Idea Submissions series, be sure to stay tuned as we dive into each suggestion and bring in EN members from different divisions to discuss.

Here are some elements to consider including in to your sales sheets:

  • Product name or logo
  • Tagline
  • Name/phone number
  • Problem the product idea solves
  • Solution
  • Benefits
  • Product features
  • Use instructions
  • Images (CAD, prototype, sketch, etc.)
  • Target consumer

Sell sheet example

Other things to keep in mind:

Don’t spend a great deal of time on the product name or tagline. Companies more often than change it to be consistent with existing product lines. Rather, make it eye-catching and something that speaks to the product idea and the solution.

Don’t go overboard with text or images. There is no need to write paragraphs where a phrase or two will suffice. Conversely, there is no need to provide images of every angle where one or two image will get the point across. A sell sheet is meant to be succinct and grab the reader’s attention, not overwhelm them.

Save it in PDF format. PDF is the best format for sharing documents over the internet. Saving your sell sheet in PDF format ensures that everyone will be able to see it the way you intended it to look.

Lastly, developing a sell sheet for your product idea can help confirm your confidence in an invention idea. After completing your sell sheet are you still confidant that this product can be mass marketed or is it too niche? Does it solve a problem? Does it already exist in the marketplace? These are all questions that you should ask yourself when thinking of new ideas.

 


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Behind-The-Scenes: Perfect Bacon Bowl Blooper Reel

Edison Nation inventor, Thom Jensen, has come a long way since first submitting his idea in our As Seen on TV Open Search as a written description and rough aluminum foil prototype. After his Bacon Bowl tin idea was selected for market testing, it rolled out nationwide last year on TV and in major retailers including CVS, Walmart, and Walgreen’s. Thom Jensen’s simple invention idea has since turned into a national phenomenon with millions of units sold.

As we announced a few weeks ago, we’re gearing up for the holiday season with an all new Perfect Bacon Bowl commercial spot. If you still haven’t seen it, you can watch it below:

But, since we know how much you love peeking behind the curtain on Edison Nation ASOTV commercial shoots, we’re giving you an inside look at the gags, screw ups, and bloopers that made this spot so much fun to create:

Can’t get that “brilliant and astounding” jingle out of your head? Want to take your shot a creating your own Bacon Bowl video? Download the jingle for free on our Edison Nation ASOTV homepage.


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Heroes Wanted: Calling All Young Inventors

 

Big Hero 6

Even though Edison Nation is not able to be directly involved helping children younger than 18 bring their product ideas to market, we still try to support initiatives that do. After all, today’s children are the inventors of the future. So, do you know any young inventors?

XPRIZE has joined forced with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship to launch a nationwide video contest designed to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes in “BIG HERO 6.” “Big Hero 6″ is an action-packed comedy-adventure from Disney opening on November 7.

The Disney Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge invites young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to harness their creativity and come up with innovative invention ideas. Young inventors are encouraged to submit ideas addressing world challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.).

The six winners, the the real-life “Big Hero 6,” will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywod premiere in early November. The winners will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studio and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering™” experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes.

Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges. In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists’ submissions and six (6) winners will be selected through a combination of the expert judges’ scores and public voting results.

In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one (1) Contestant registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit. Participating kids will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years of age), and Senior Division (13–17 years of age). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Details about the Challenge are available at xprizechallenge.org/bighero6. Official registration period starts September 19, 2014, and runs through October 12, 2014.

The video submissions may involve a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot or whatever method best communicates the idea in the most creative way (please see Official Rules for further details, restrictions and limitations). They will be scored on how well they explain the problem, show their solution, and explain what they learned and the impact their idea would have on themselves and the world. The more creative and engaging their presentation is, the better their chance of winning.

For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit the Official Rules.

 

Big Hero 6

 

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Tips to Improve your Product Idea Submissions: CAD Drawings

CAD drawing

Have a great idea you’d like to share with Edison Nation for a potential licensing deal or As Seen on TV (ASOTV) campaign? Including CAD (computer-aided design) in your idea submissions is a great way to visually represent your invention idea and give the Edison Nation team a better understanding of your vision. CAD drawings can also help streamline the development process and may shorten the time it takes for a product to get to market. This is the second post in the Tips to Improve your Product Idea Submissions series, be sure to stay tuned as we dive into each suggestion and bring in EN members from different divisions to discuss.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our blog post that shares a few free, user-friendly CAD application programs to create 3D CAD drawings. We spoke with EN team member, Jeremy Losaw to get some pointers on how to most effectively represent your idea submission with 3D computer modeling:

Think about the parts, not just the whole. Whereas line drawings and orthographics aren’t always able to represent exact dimensions and inner components, 3D computer-aided models can be built to scale and reflect all the attached parts. If you have already done prior art and patent research, this is a good way to represent your findings. Of course Edison Nation doesn’t expect you to have your idea quite this thought out, but we encourage you to share the nitty gritty details with us if you are able!

Save all editions of your designs. One of the best parts about CAD drawings is that the files can be sent to others. If your idea is selected it may be beneficial for our design teams (as well as the company licensing it!) to see multiple editions of your ideas in editable files. CADs can be viewed, rotated, and sectioned to see how an idea is assembled, which can streamline communications and product development on our end and yours. Lastly, be sure it is in a file format that most computers understand such as STL or STEP.

Don’t spend too much time or money. There are many free, user-friendly CAD applications to help you create 3D models. There is a bit of a learning curve with these programs but it just may be worth it. Creating a 3D model can help you determine if your idea makes sense and is even technically feasible.

Don’t get bogged down. CAD drawings are never required when submitting your idea for a potential licensing deal or for the As Seen on TV Open Search. Don’t spend too much time learning programs and developing CAD drawings or 3D models when a simple line sketch will do. Rather, spend time researching your idea. What is already on the market? Can this be mass marketed? Does this idea even meet the guidelines provided by the search sponsor? Do I concisely and clearly explain my product idea in my submission?

Ultimately, you never know. We’ve seen success from ideas that we’re submitted as a sketch on a napkin as well as market ready products with filed patents. In the world of product licensing only one thing is for certain, you won’t succeed if you don’t submit.


 

 So far we’ve earned over $200 million in sales for our inventors, all at no risk to them. Is your idea the next big thing?

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Even if you don’t have an invention idea right now you can still join Edison Nation for free and learn from our community why we’re the trusted source for bringing product ideas to market.