We have some of our favorite kind of news to share today. Please join us in congratulating member, Justin Elledge! His idea from our As Seen On TV (ASOTV) 2011, Quarter 3 search has reached “G8″ status and will be developed by one of our ASOTV partners!
Meet Justin Elledge:
Growing up in Costa Mesa, CA., Justin Elledge’s love for inventing has provided him with no shortage of exciting opportunities! Like famous inventors, Thomas Edison and Dean Kamen, Justin studied Industrial Arts in high school, where he acquired skills in welding, machinery, woodworking, drafting, and electronics. In the 1980’s, Justin developed a wood model sculpture company, which focused on building exotic wood model cars. Later, Mattel, Inc. took notice of Justin’s work and hired him to build Hot Wheels® and Barbie® parts for production. Justin’s wood models received additional accolades and attention, being featured in Road and Track Magazine and one particular model, a Satellite Tracking Station that was being proposed to the Vatican for a worldwide television network, was presented to the Pope in 1985.
Today, Justin teaches Industrial and Product Design at the Art Center College of Design – Ground Zero. A self-professed “serial inventor,” Justin has conceptualized 40-50 products, including the commercially developed Wonderweight, a hand-held exercise device currently in use by Major League Baseball for training and rehabilitation.
As a constant idea person, it was only natural that an annoyance Justin experienced when getting in and out of bed during the night became an instant “ah-ha” moment. Justin submitted his idea to our ASOTV search, and after several months of research and testing, Justin’s product can now be added to his list of accomplishments as it moves forward into development.
Congratulations, Justin! We look forward to continuing our work with you and can’t wait to see where this product takes you!