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Meet Perfect Bacon Bowl inventor, Thom Jensen!

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You’ve seen the infomercial, you’ve laughed at the quips on late night TV – and admit it – you’re DYING to have one of your own! The Perfect Bacon Bowl has recently taken the foodie world by storm thanks to the Edison Nation As Seen On TV submission of one Mr. Thom Jensen!

By trade, Thom is a Research Histologist living in Salt Lake City, but when it comes to food, he’s a breakfast-lover with a creative mind. In fact, that’s exactly how the Perfect Bacon Bowl came to be!

“I was cooking breakfast one Saturday morning for my family and was playing around trying to create a bacon turtle,” Thom shared. “I wove a basket out of the bacon trying to make the body and through the process I thought of the Bacon Bowl pan. I made a crude prototype and submitted my Bacon Bowl pan idea to Edison Nation.”

The Perfect Bacon Bowl TV spot began airing nationwide in December 2013 and has been the subject of bacon-lovin’ chatter ever since! Be on the lookout for this product to debut in a retail store near you next month.

Please join us in a HUGE congratulations to Thom on all the buzz surrounding the Perfect Bacon Bowl! In case you’ve been living under a rock, check out the Perfect Bacon Bowl TV spot!

 

Plus, see what celebrities are saying about Perfect Bacon Bowl on social media and TV:

 

 


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Ninette Holbrook’s ‘Steel Bar’ Now Available for Purchase!

EN member, Ninette Holbrook, (along with dogs, cats, and pet owners everywhere!) will be exceptionally cheerful this holiday season! Ninette’s idea, Steel Bar, which was licensed from our Live Product Search with Life’s Abundance, is now available for sale!

Steel Bar is a stainless steel, odor removal tool that provides pets with a relaxing massage, while simultaneously neutralizing odors.

See Ninette’s finished product in all its glory — and check Fido off your gift list while you’re at it!

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Congratulations, Ninette!

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Jonathan C. Smith: My “Bed Lifts” Journey

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I vividly recall when I first heard about Everyday Edisons and Edison Nation. I was driving home from work in 2008 when I heard an interview with Louis Foreman on NPR. He said there was a casting call this weekend at McCormick Place in Downtown Chicago.  From that moment traffic couldn’t move fast enough! The 23 miles I had left to drive seemed like it took forever! When I arrived home I checked out the site and saw the details of the event. My next step was to call my boss and ask him if I could take the next day off. It was a Thursday and the event was on Saturday. I used that next day to prepare some renderings for the presentation of a concept I had for crutches after observing the challenges users had getting in and out of vehicles.

I spent the rest of the night and the following day preparing my presentation boards. I thought about whom I might meet and the conversations that might be had and the friends I might make. I arrived early but I was clearly not early enough! The line was very long, but I wasn’t outside! After my number was called for the initial presentation I sat and waited for a long time to see if I was selected to go on to the next round, which I was! I then presented my collapsible crutches concept to a panel of people, each of who represented different companies. I was again selected to present to Louis and a panel of judges. The presentation would be recorded and may be included in the show, even if the idea wasn’t selected.

At the end of the day the idea was not selected by Everyday Edisons to be on the show, nor was it selected to move forward into production. But it was an awesome experience! I know that is the nature of product development and I wasn’t going to give up. After all, developing products is what I do for a living and I feel very fortunate that I am able to live out my passion.

Just a few months later, I was laid off from my job and was looking for work when I decided to see if Edison Nation was hiring. Unfortunately they were not, but I saw Bed Bath & Beyond’s Students of Invention search for back-to-school inspired inventions. Something that stuck in my mind from college was how little storage space there was in my room. Because of that problem I decided to get a loft bed so that I got back that floor space. Another thing that stuck out in my mind was that many people had lights in their rooms. When I asked them why they had them, they said it served as both a night-light and as decoration lighting.

Thinking on this further I thought about combining the two into a solution that would give them more storage space, something that is a premium in college dorms, and a convenient night-light that could have a pedal switch to easily turn the on and off. That day I sketched up some concepts, looked at the USPTO.GOV website and did some patent searches, then looked online for other examples of products in that category. There wasn’t anything that currently existed so I decided on one of my sketches and built a 3D model on my computer. Once I completed the design I combined it with the sketch I drew and submitted it to EN. I then got back to my job hunt.

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A few months into 2009 our lease ended. So we packed up all of our belongings and moved most of them into a storage unit and moved to Texas to live with my parents. There wasn’t any option at this point. I had a few telephone interviews and some face-to-face interviews but nothing solid. By this point I had completely forgotten about my submission to Bed Bath & Beyond’s search.

I later received an email/phone call telling me that my idea had been selected by Bed Bath & Beyond from this search! I was very excited and it took me a second to realize what they were talking about, the previous year of looking for work took a lot out of us, so this news couldn’t have come at a better time.

When they told me about the concept and how it had changed from a light-up bed riser to a USB bed riser, I was grateful that they had taken my concept and turned it into something that resonated with the retailer and aligned with consumers’ needs. My idea wouldn’t have been selected without their efforts to evolve the idea into what it has become.

From 2009 until 2011, may seem like a long time, but that is how product development progresses. Even if the retailer likes it a lot, the focus group or individuals that assess the product might not like it or see a use for it at all. So this all could have gone another direction. In 2012, things really took off for Bed Lifts. It was featured in select stores for a test run. I later learned that it sold out in the test run! So then in 2013 they decided to sell it in all of their stores during the back to school campaign! I have a feeling that the individuals at Edison Nation had something to do with its success and growth. Setting sales hurdles and negotiating with the buyer at Bed Bath & Beyond must have played a role in its success.

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I was very excited to see what would happen and if the product would live up to their expectations. I received a call in September of 2013 telling me that it did exceptionally well and that BBB has decided to sell them year round in 600 stores across the U.S., and in all of their stores (again!) during the Back to School campaign! WOW, we are very excited to say the least! The team at Edison Nation has certainly played a role in taking this concept from a sketch for a product that hadn’t seen any innovation in its category for years to something that really resonated with consumers!

Three New Ideas Selected from ASOTV Quarter 2

Four members recently received the great news that their ideas have been selected in our ASOTV Quarter 2 search. Congrats to Stephanie Beck, Don Darnell and inventing partners, Kasey Corwin and Aaron Sallee! Check out their brief bios below to learn more about these members.

Stephanie Beck: Stephanie BeckInventing is certainly not a new concept for Stephanie Beck – creating ideas with the hope of saving lives is something she’d seen demonstrated in her family. Stephanie’s great uncle invented a medical device to help his ill son-in-law, so inventing naturally came to mind for Stephanie when her son, Joshua, was born with Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome. Stephanie credits her dream of inventing something that would help Joshua as getting her through the tough times. When Joshua passed away, he had lived to be the oldest boy ever with full Trisomy 18. Stephanie, then, knew it was time to make her dream a reality and invent something in Joshua’s name. Stephanie drew from her own experience to come up with an idea that will not only benefit someone who is ill and in need of lots of rest, but will also be useful to their family members.

 

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Don Darnell began inventing as early as the age of seven, but it wasn’t until he retired from his career as a software engineer in 2005 that he began inventing full-time. For anyone who has ever considered YouTube videos to be nothing more than a way to pass the time, Don’s story may just change your mind! It was while watching an entertaining YouTube video one day that Don had a spark of inspiration. He realized there was an opportunity to create a product that consumers would love and that would be perfect for ASOTV viewers.

 

 

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Kasey Corwin & Aaron Sallee: For Kasey Corwin and Aaron Sallee, their path to inventing started as a fun activity for the two friends and neighbors. Aaron suggested that he and Kasey get together regularly for beers and to brainstorm new product concepts. The meetings took on a life of their own and soon Kasey and Aaron started the process of developing one of their ideas. After months of tinkering, revising, and starting from scratch, the pair realized how much risk and time was involved in doing it on their own, so when Kasey learned of Edison Nation, they decided to give it a try. In the end, the Edison Nation ASOTV route seemed the perfect match for Kasey and Aaron’s idea, which will now go into on-air testing.

 

Want to congratulate and encourage these inventors as their ideas move into testing? Be sure to leave a comment below!

The Story Behind the Gyro Bowl

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?

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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.

 

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David Gustafson’s Idea Selected in the Lunch Hour 2 Search

dave_gustafsonWe recently shared that two ideas have been selected from our Lunch Hour 2 search, and announced the first, Michael Carpanzano. Now, we’re pleased to introduce the inventor behind the second selection, David Gustafson!

A resident of Plymouth, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis), David has been married to his wife Dana for over 23 years and together they have a 15 year old daughter. Though David’s professional background is in marketing, advertising and promotions, his invention dates back to a time when he worked in the restaurant industry. During this time, David noticed a task that was a struggle for many of the servers that he worked with, so he came up with an innovation that would make this task easier. Through market research, David learned that there was an audience for this product not only in restaurants, but for home use, as well. Being a self-professed “invention junky,” David was familiar with Edison Nation and decided to submit his first innovation. That one idea was all it took, as David’s idea moved quickly through the review process and has now been selected by our team!

Congratulations, David!

Two New Ideas Selected for ASOTV

Two new ideas have been selected from our Quarterly ASOTV search! Congratulations to Melanie Climo and Joeri & Anneke Franck! Learn more about these inventors and how they came up with their ideas below. If these stories inspire you, it’s not too late to see your own ASOTV idea come to life. Be sure to submit your ideas to our Quarter 3 ASOTV search before it closes Monday, October 7 at Midnight PST!

Joeri_and_AnnekeJoeri & Anneke Franck: Residing in Mortsel, Antwerp, BELGIUM, Joeri and his wife, Anneke, run a small beauty and garment import company. One day, while working with one of their products, Joeri and Anneke accidentally discovered that the product could serve an entirely new purpose and solved a common consumer problem. While researching ways to improve upon the idea, the couple learned of Edison Nation and submitted their idea.

Favorite Quote: “Marriage is about becoming a team”  from Nicholas Sparks – it says everything about us!

Melanie ClimoMelanie Climo: After growing tired of the New Hampshire cold, Melanie and her family relocated to sunny Florida, where Melanie stays home with her two boys. One day while loading the dishwasher, Melanie saw a segment on TV featuring an Edison Nation inventor who had submitted an idea that is now on store shelves. Not long after, Melanie was working on a project outdoors and was becoming increasingly frustrated. Realizing she’d had the same problem several times before, she thought about all the wacky ways she’d worked around it in the past and thought, “Why don’t I make something that does that?”  Melanie then remembered the TV segment and submitted her idea to Edison Nation.

Favorite Quote: “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

What did you do on your Lunch Hour today?

Last week, we shared the news that 5 of your fellow Edison Nation members were selected from the anonymous BBQ search.

Why stop at 5? Let’s be ambitious. This same company has since licensed a 6th invention from our community!

While we can’t quite share who this individual is, we can tell you that he/she submitted their idea earlier this month to the Lunch Hour 3 search. In just a few short weeks, we’ve arrived at a licensing deal that is going under agreement today.

We want to keep the Lunch Hour 3 excitement going. To celebrate, this search will be open for one more week! 

Live Product Search update:

Joy Mangano’s search closes tonight at 11:59pm (PST)

Lunch Hour 3 closes on Monday, October 7, at 11:59pm (PST)

ASOTV closes on Monday, October 7, at 11:59pm (PST)

Worldwise closes on Monday, October 7, at 11:59pm (PST)

Rexon’s Quick Hit search closes on Monday, October 28, at 11:59pm (PST)

We hope these searches are challenging you to come up with great new product ideas. Happy inventing and don’t delay in submitting!

 

Five BBQ Search Licensing Deals: Meet the Inventors

Remember the news of five new licensing deals we shared last week from our search for BBQ Innovations? We’re excited to finally introduce you to the (6!) lucky inventors behind those five ideas. Get to know a little about each one below, then join us in congratulating them by leaving a comment!

Matt CMatt Caughey: A graphic, industrial, and exhibit designer by trade, Matt currently runs a home business while also serving as a stay-at-home dad to his 14-month-old son. Matt’s idea came to him while grilling a batch of steak and veggie kabobs. Frustrated with the mess that grilling skewers can sometimes cause, and having learned of Edison Nation through Everyday Edisons, Matt came up with the perfect solution and submitted it to the BBQ innovation search.

Fun Fact: Matt and his wife have a baby girl due in November!

Mogie PillayMogie Pillay: A Native of South Africa and a current resident of New Zealand, Mogie tapped into his love of outdoor BBQs in both cultures (they’re called Braais in South Africa), plus a little Food Network inspiration to come up with his innovation. Seeing that the foods people choose to grill are becoming more and more diverse, Mogie came up with an idea to accommodate the growing foods that are becoming a part of the family BBQ.

Fun Fact: Mogie has a dog named Bear Grylls.

RandyRandy Stein: A freelance product developer in Brooklyn, NY, Randy has been inventing since he was 9-years-old. Randy’s BBQ idea came to him in a pretty unexpected way. While researching a recipe, Randy came across a famous chef who had developed his own BBQ ingredient. Randy decided to try and create his own, and stumbled upon a whole new idea.

 

Fun Fact: Within the last 8 months, Randy learned design programs Sketchup, Rhino and VRay, quit his day job and took the plunge to become a full-time freelance product designer/developer.

 

Scott AndersonScott Anderson: Living in Alexandria, VA, Scott is a Finance Officer (Major) and has spent 23 years in the Air Force. He currently serves at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, Scott has also owned restaurants, taught culinary arts on the high school level and even hosted his own cooking show on the local CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, WY. Only actively inventing for a few months, Scott’s BBQ idea is one he’d been thinking about for a while. Scott always used a makeshift solution to achieve specific flavors when grilling, but after upgrading his grill, his old solution would no longer work. Scott came up with an idea to help him achieve his desired results, but in a new and improved way.

Fun Fact: Scott has competed for castings on Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef, and was bio’d by Al Roker Productions for the series Recipe for Success. He wasn’t selected for any of them, due to lack of drama in his life, he jokes. He’s willing to share videos upon request!

SnowTumaKeith Snow & Daniel Tuma: Keith and Daniel partnered up to create their BBQ innovation. Keith retired from the City of Long Beach (CA) Gas and Oil Department after 30 years of service in 2009. Having worked as a seafood chef earlier in life, his grilling idea stayed with him over the years. Keith teamed up with his friend Daniel, an electrical and mechanical engineer and together they created a prototype. Keith had learned of Edison Nation through seeing Everyday Edisons on TV and has been submitting this product idea to relevant searches ever since. His persistence has paid off!

Fun Facts: Keith is a Master Falconer, licensed by the State and Federal Government. He’s been hunting with hawks and falcons for over 20 years. Daniel has always had a knack for seeing something in his mind and bringing it into reality!

 

 

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Michael Carpanzano’s Submission Selected in Lunch Hour 2

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We announced last week that we’ve currently selected two inventions from our Lunch Hour 2 Search, and we’re excited to introduce one of those inventors – Michael Carpanzano! Michael has invented an electrical product that is set to become an instant household staple, especially as the number of devices used by individuals and families continues to grow.

Learn a little about Michael:

Growing up in Connecticut, Michael’s dad was a scientist and engineering-tinkerer, giving Michael lots of tools and resources at his disposal. Michael came up with his first invention at the age of six, and began to take his ideas a bit more seriously at 14, when he came up with a stroller idea. Earning a degree in business, Michael continued to invent over the years and began prototyping what he felt were his best ideas. When asked what advice he has for other inventors, Michael said, “Have lots of ideas. You have to go through a lot of bad ideas before you get to a good one, and sometimes the one you don’t think is the best, turns out to be the best.”

Ideas selected in our Lunch Hour searches can take many different routes to commercialization. Michael’s invention is set to take the DRTV route and will soon begin ASOTV testing.

Please join us in congratulating Michael!