Andrew BakkeTeam 22Soaring Orcas“An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal, or toleratethose who do.”Wall ResistorEmpty Pocket ReminderUniversity Segway TransitInsta-Sober Business ModelForget Your Car Day at Texas A&M
Wall ResistorHaving trouble finding a simpleway to workout? Get the WallResistor installed in your housetoday!Don’t want to deal with a ton ofresistance bands?The Wall Resistor is a built in resistanceexercise band that can retract all theway back into the wall and becompletely out of the way! The usercan simply spin a dial and set theirdesired resistance and length of bandthat they want to use. This means theuser only needs ONE resistance band.With a push of a button the bandretracts back into the wall!With retracting cabletechnology in thewall, the resistance bandwill be completely out ofsite when it’s not beingused!
Wall Resistor– Product Who might/would use it? People who work out with resistance bands or gyms. What does the soft innovation do? How does it work? The Wall Resistor is essentially a resistance band inside of a wall. A resistance bandhandle will on a wall mount, which may slide up and down for change of height.The band itself is wound up in the wall; kind of like a yo-yo. Before using it, a personcan spin the dial (on the outside of the wall mount) to select what resistance theywant, and a second dial to select the length of the band they want. The device willallow the selected amount of slack and set the resistance for the user. It will stay likethis until the user presses the retract button, which retracts the band to its originalposition, completely in the wall. What does the soft innovation look like? A resistance band wound up like a yo-yo inside of a wall mount that can slide in thevertical direction. The wall mount would be a circle (for the dials) and feeds directlyinto a section of the wall where the wound up resistance band would go. What prompted you to develop this soft innovation? This would be an easy, quick way to work out without large equipment or muchpreparation. What will you need to develop this soft innovation? Someone to install the product, resistance band, wall mount, retracting technology
Patent SearchSources Used Keywords ResultsGoogle Search Built in resistancebandYouTube videos showing how to use resistancebandsGoogle Search Built in resistancebandResistance Band Workout – Men’s Health:http://www.menshealth.com/travel-center/resistance-band-workoutGoogle Search Resistanceband+wall mountSimilar wall mounts such as this:http://www.amazon.com/Power-Systems-Mount-Strength-Bands/dp/B0065W0Z0CPatent Search Resistance ANDBand1,198 hits - Exercise Resistance System (#8,403,818)- thispatent deals with the use of resistance bands that are"secured to any achor structure, preferably a movablestructure, such as a flat board…"Patent Search Resistance ANDBandExercise resistance band (#D670,345) - "CLAIM Theornamental design for an exercise resistance band,as shown and described."Patent Search Resistance ANDExerciseResistance Exercise Device (#7,931,572) - "Includes at leastone stretchable resistance loop, a pair of handles havingopenings extending longitudinally there through, and asupport portion having a pair of openings extending therethrough along opposing edges of the support portion"These are just a few of the patents and results found; these were the most like my product.
Empty Pocket ReminderTired of ruining yourclothes after leaving pensin your pockets?Devastated after leavingyour iPod in your pocketwhen you put it in thewashing machine? TheEmpty Pocket Reminder isthe solution!The Empty Pocket Reminder isan addition to a normalwashing machine that is simplya gentle pre-recordedreminder. It is a voice thatreminds the user to emptyhis/her pockets before puttinghis/her clothes into themachine.This innovation is soeasy! The technologyalready exists; it is justa simple reminderthat will preventannoying problemswhile doing yourlaundry!
Empty Pocket Reminder–Process What is the name of your innovation, and who might/would use it? Everyone who uses a washing machine What does the soft innovation do? How does it work? There are already washing machines made today that can talk and make noisesletting you know that your clothes are ready. This innovation takes it a steps farther;when someone opens his/her washing machine to put clothes in, a ore-recordedreminder will sound reminding them to make sure all their pockets are empty ofvaluables and pens. What does the soft innovation look like? Just a washing machine that can play a recording. What prompted you to develop this soft innovation? I have ruined multiple pairs of paints and shorts since I have started doing my ownlaundry. I have also destroyed valuable that were left in my pockets. What will you need to develop this soft innovation? A washing machine that can playback a pre-recorded warning.
Patent SearchSources Used Keywords ResultsGoogle Search Talking WashingMachineTalking Washing Machines for the blind:http://www.blindcanadians.ca/publications/cbm/15/german-company-invents-talking-washing-machineGoogle Search Washing machinereminderWashing machine sound reminders:http://technabob.com/blog/2009/01/02/geek-washing-machine-sends-techie-reminders/Google Search Empty PocketReminderRandom definitions:http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Empty%20ReminderPatent Search Talking AND WashingNo ResultsPatent Search Washing ANDMachine AND TalkingNo Relevant Results: Clothes drying machine withimproved vapour injection arrangement(#8,082,678)Patent Search Washing ANDMachine ANDReminderNo relevant results: Hand washing compliancedetection system (#7,978,083)These are just a few of the patents and results found; these were the most like my product.
University Segway TransitTired of walking across campus every dayand being late to class? Take the UniversitySegway Transit!There will be a holding stationoutside every building oncampus where multipleSegways will be held. When astudent who has a Segwaycard wants to use one, theyswipe their card in thedesignated area to unlockone, take the Segway and rideit to their destination oncampus. Once they get to theirdestination, they can lock upthe Segway in the holding areanear the building their class isin.Segways are a greatalternative to havingto maneuver a bikethrough thecrowded walkways!
Segway Transit – Service What prompted you to develop this soft innovation? My classes are very far away from each other and riding abike is annoying and difficult. A Segway is smaller than abike and is much faster than walking and less tiring. What will you need to develop this soft innovation? Many Segways purchased by a university; someone totrain potential Segway-ers; swiping/unlocking system thatwill allow a student or faculty member to obtain a Segwayfrom the holding area. What products, processes, services, business models, orunique experiences/artistic creations exist, which aresimilar to your soft innovation? http://www.campusecology.wsu.edu/page_026.htm Car2go – a similar system at the University of Texas;however it deals with cars.
Patent SearchSources Used Keywords ResultsGoogle Search Segway transit http://www.slate.com/articles/life/transport/2009/07/smooth_segway.htmlGoogle Search Segway universitytransithttp://www.transportation.psu.edu/transportation/alt-transportation/bicycles/rules.cfmGoogle Search Segway universityrentalSegway tours:http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/091009/segwayPatent Search Segway ANDuniversity No ResultsPatent Search Segway AND transitNo resultsPatent Search SegwaySegway with golf improvements (#7,958,961)These are just a few of the patents and results found; these were the most like my product.
Insta-Sober BusinessCar accidents happen too oftenwhen someone makes the baddecision to get behind the wheel afterthey have had too much to drink.Insta-Sober is an EpiPen-like product that givesthe intoxicated user ashot of adrenaline thatwill allow him/her tosoberly drive home andhelp prevent drunkdriving accidents.With this new product, a new businessmodel is needed to market it. The maintarget would be bars and clubs, who couldsell the product to prevent their customersfrom driving home drunk. We would have towork closely with alcohol distributors andEpiPen developers to get this productworking and distributed.
Insta-Sober – BusinessModel What is the name of your innovation, and who might/would use it? Insta Sober Business Model This would be used to market the Insta-Sober product. What does the soft innovation do? How does it work? The Insta-Sober product is essentially an EpiPen that will give the user a certain period ofsobriety so that they are able to drive home. The technology used here is similar to thatof an EpiPen (which is a shot of adrenaline to keep someone breathing), except itwould be altered to counteract intoxication of alcohol. The business model associatedwith this is a way for the inventors to market it; often with new products, comes newbusiness models. The Insta-Sober company would distribute the product to alcoholvendors and/or pharmacies, who would then distribute the product to the public. What prompted you to develop this soft innovation? Hearing about drunk driving accidents and wanting to come up with something thatcould prevent that. What will you need to develop this soft innovation? Research, EpiPen technology What products, processes, services, business models, or unique experiences/artisticcreations exist, which are similar to your soft innovation? The EpiPen is a similar idea, but used for a different purpose
• EpiPen• Bars• Clubs• Insta-SoberProduction• EpiPen• Bars• Clubs• Insta-SoberProduct• Less DrunkDrivers• Drive yourselfto the bars• More moneyfor the vendors• Vendors• Users• Researchers and Product Developers• Employees• Sales from Insta-Sober• Pharmacies• Bars• Alcohol Vendors
Patent SearchSources Used Keywords ResultsGoogle Search Instant sober New drugs that could make you sober:http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/health/a-new-drug-may-get-you-sober-neutralize-a-hangover-and-break-addiction-to-alcoholGoogle Search Sober epipen Directions to use an EpiPen:http://www.wikihow.com/Use-an-EpipenGoogle Search Instantly sober Tips to sober up:http://www.ehow.com/how_4510652_get-sober-after-drinking.htmlPatent Search EpipenNo ResultsPatent Search Sober AND Instant Sobriety Monitoring System (#8,381,573): A systemand method of monitoring sobriety using a hand-held breath testing device.These are just a few of the patents and results found; these were the most like my product.
Forget Your Car Day atTexas A&MWant to make a difference in theworld and help our environment?Participate in Forget Your Car Day atTexas A&M and you can do just that!On a designated day eachyear, all students will beencouraged to not drive toschool. Whether the alternativeis riding abike, running, walking, or ridingthe bus; students will leave theircars at home and save somegas money while helping theenvironment at the same time.A daily commute by carcan actually leave alarger carbon footprintthan flying on a planeonce every few years!We will be out at themain bus stopsgiving away free t-shirts and prizes topeople riding bikesor getting off buses!
Forget Your Car Day at TexasA&M– Unique Experience What does the soft innovation do? How does it work? Essentially the entire student body would be encouraged to only walk, run, ride a bike to campus tohelp the environment and raise awareness for the environment. Less driving means fewer emissions. Besides saving gasoline, walking and biking are great forms ofexercise What prompted you to develop this soft innovation? This innovation helps the environment, saves gas for students, gives the city an opportunity to doquick road work, and possibly even drives gas prices down. Cars give off fumes that can be harmful to our environment if there is too much of them and thatmeans that cars are adding to the air pollution. It will cost a lot less money to ride public transit thanto pay for parking and gas for the day. What will you need to develop this soft innovation? Advertising, student body participation, What products, processes, services, business models, or unique experiences/artistic creations exist, whichare similar to your soft innovation? The 10 Days Wells Project is similar: college students across the country will choose water as their onlybeverage for 10 days. The money they save from not drinking coffee, soda, etc. will be used toprovide 10 Rwandan communities with clean safe water. A Day Without Driving No Drive Day at James Madison University Don’t Drive Day
Patent SearchSources Used Keywords ResultsGoogle Search Don’t drive for a dayDDD in Charlotte: http://www.dontdriveday.org/Google Search Don’t drive dayuniversityNorth Charlotte -http://universitycity.wbtv.com/news/75457-plan-ahead-dont-drive-day-ThursdayGoogle Search Don’t drive to schooldayDriving Schools -http://www.dontdrivescared.org/schoolspreviouslycited.htmPatent Search Drive AND DayNo ResultsWhile I found a few results that were very similar to my idea, our school does not do this and Ithink it is a very important thing that we could do as a university.