Everyday Edisons is a public television series that celebrates American ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Now airing its fourth season, the Emmy® and Telly Award-winning show depicts the reality of “light bulb” moments and how to turn those ideas into viable products. The series celebrates everyday people who have an idea for a new product or a solution to a problem, and follows that solution from concept to product development.
Created by prolific inventor-entrepreneur, Louis Foreman, Everyday Edisons was the first show on TV to positively reward the inventive spirit and empower those to bridge the gap between an idea and a successful new product.
As the world’s economic landscape continues to shift, it is important for this and future generations to creatively work together to develop innovative solutions that benefit not only consumers, but also the community as a whole.
Take a look at some of the “Everyday Edisons” that Season Four features, from a husband and wife team to a physics professor, and learn about their inventing struggles and triumphs for other ‘Edisons’ out there.
Brian Smith: A dog walking-related accident left Brian Smith with an aching shoulder—and a desire to do something to prevent other owners from injuries because of their beloved, yet often excitable dogs.
Charlie Lumsden: Hawai’i local and outdoor enthusiast Charlie Lumsden was so impressed with his workout on the water that he decided to create a way to do the moves no matter how far from the North Shore you live.
Daniel Lentz:A college assignment led Daniel Lentz to his idea; his industrial design background made it possible. See how he made something as chore-laden as a dog bath easier with his invention!
Eric Huber: Prolific inventor Eric Huber set out to invent something that would help the environment and make cleaning the kitchen an easier feat.
Faramarz Farahi: This physics professor took his research out of the lab and applied it to fabric. See how Dr. Farahi’s innovation changes the landscape of alternative energy.
Greg Bruce: Professional fence installer Greg Bruce used his post-digging know-how to create an innovative new workout device.
Ken Joyner: A new puppy is adorable and fun, but often leaves behind a few messes. Ken Joyner and his daughter cooked up an invention to make cleaning up frequent spots a breeze- without harsh chemicals.
Mark Stark: When Mark Stark’s friend turned down a friendly card game because he couldn’t hold the cards with his prosthetic hook, he took it upon himself to create an affordable, functional prosthetic— suitable for card-playing, guitar strumming, and simple everyday tasks.
Maura Indes and Tom Adam: A cat is a wonderful addition to any family, but their bathroom habits are not. Frustrated with cleaning a filthy litter box, Maura Indes and husband Tom Adam came up with a way to dispose of the chore altogether!
Al Contarino: Not one to be short of ideas, seasoned inventor Al Contarino had this “ah-hah!” moment while watching a cooking show. He thought of a way to make one common outdoor cooking process better, and developed his patent-pending prototype in his home workshop.
For more about Everyday Edisons, past and present, click here: http://www.everydayedisons.com/the-inventors/
Louis Foreman is a prolific inventor, product developer, innovation enthusiast and small business entrepreneur. In 20 years, Louis has created nine successful startups and has been directly responsible for the creation of more than 20 others. In recent years, he’s been called upon Congress to share his point of view on patent reform, by USA Today for commentary on entrepreneurship and often to address schools and universities to propel the advancement of innovation for all ages.
Ron Reardon – Patents & More, Inc.