Guest post by: Sharon Franke, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Director
I’m proud to say that I’m on staff at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the 112-year-old testing lab that’s an arm of Good Housekeeping magazine, located in the Hearst Tower in midtown Manhattan. Experts in fields as varied as engineering, chemistry, textiles, and cooking, we spend most of our time evaluating consumer products from the most humble, think paper clips, wooden spoons, kitchen sponges, to the most sophisticated, induction ranges, web-enabled televisions, tablet computers. In the pages of Good Housekeeping, on our website, and in our Inside the Institute blog we report to our readers on what really works and what doesn’t, which items solve a problem from the big (kitchen fires) to the small (lint).
We always like finding inventive new products that make us think, why didn’t anyone think of this sooner? And while more often than not these products are better cars, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners, it’s the most fun to come across small unexpected items that were the brainchildren of people just like you. Believe it or not the original Oxo Good Grips peeler was dreamed up by a woman with arthritis. The Microplane grater was born when a home cook picked up her husband’s carpenter’s rasp to grate oranges. When a young couple’s frustration with socks lost in the laundry reached the breaking point (and who can’t relate to that problem?), they invented the Sock Cop to hold pairs together.
At some point all of us conjure up a new problem-solving product. Sometimes it’s a passing fancy that you suggest at a dinner party (an instant wine chiller?). Other times it’s a concept that you think and talk about for years (a way to tell how much propane gas is left in the tank?) and once in a while, one of us actually creates a prototype. Years ago, I experimented with recipes for an ice cream cone maker; my husband’s been talking about a “Coolsuit” that keeps you comfy in the summer for forever. While very few of us have the time, money, or wherewithal to actually bring our ideas to fruition, it doesn’t mean that they’re not great ideas. That’s why I’m so excited that Edison Nation is giving you the chance to see your inventive concept become a reality. All you have to do is dream it up… they’ll do the rest. And once it starts to sell, Edison Nation will split the royalties with you 50/50!
To submit an idea, visit Edison Nation’s search page. Every single submission will be reviewed by Edison Nation. Once its staff has narrowed down the selections, Good Housekeeping will help decide which ones have the greatest potential and work with Edison Nation to develop them and bring them to market.
We can’t wait to hear your good ideas! As they always say at Edison Nation… Happy Inventing!