How to make 3D renders

This blog post comes to you from one of our very own community members: Brandon Murray! An active member since May 2012, Brandon’s submitted 712 ideas (!!) and influenced nearly 450 (!!!). Since Brandon’s a self-taught 3D renderer, we asked him to write a piece on modeling for beginners—take it away, Brandon!  Whether you’d like […]

Community Spotlight: Cardboard Prototypes

In December, we launched an Invention Challenge to submit a cardboard prototype along with your idea submission. Here’s the handy How To video. Considering the amount of work it takes to make a prototype, we were pleasantly surprised with 50 submissions! We were so impressed, we had to share some of the community’s work. Here’s […]

Solve your problems in 6 seconds flat.

Think vines are just for grapes? Not so! Our newest Vines (sharable, six-second videos) show off our inventions in a whole new way. Oh, and be sure to turn on the sound. Beat Booster Here comes the boom. Box. Boom box. Pluck It’s out of this world, no yolk. PowerShell Never leave a shadow of […]

How to create an inspiring mood board

Before our industrial designers start working on a product, they create a mood board. What’s a mood board? Well, it’s a collection of images or materials that evoke the style or creative direction of a project. How are they useful? Visual inspiration is the key to getting your creative juices flowing. And they help outsiders […]

Inventor story: Robert Sweeney

Robert Sweeney is an accomplished designer from Winnipeg, Canada who enjoys the simpler things in life, such as thinking, walking, and sketching. He’s also the inventor of Tripper, Quirky+GE’s smart window/door sensor. He stopped by our offices a few months ago, and we were instantly charmed by his sweet personality and openness. He shared his […]

How to make a cardboard prototype

Wait! Don’t toss that box. Turn it into a cardboard prototype. Ordinary boxes are the perfect building blocks for making a prototype that’ll help your invention submission stand out. Making a physical prototype—no matter how simple it is—gets an idea out of your head and into your hands. This way, you can show people your […]

We gave an inventor a GoPro. This is what happened…

A few weeks ago, we invited the newest Quirky+GE inventors to QHQ to celebrate their products at a press event. We gave Denny Fong, inventor of Spotter UNIQ and Norm, a GoPro camera and asked him to document his experience. He captured it all: the office, the event, his fellow inventors, Quirky staff, and the […]

Lasers + pumpkin pie = holy ship!

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for pumpkin pie. We’re also thankful for the laser-cutting machine we used to burn the image of the Mayflower into our pumpkin pie. Wondering just how we did that? First, we send a vector file (typically created in Adobe Illustrator) to the laser cutter’s computer, which has a program that reads […]

The Art of Glass Blowing

When we got the opportunity to reinvent the light bulb with GE, we jumped at the chance. Our first stop was Brooklyn Glass—a local glass blowing studio—that helped us create the first Link prototypes. We walked away from the experience with a light bulb model—and a whole new appreciation for the age-old art of blowing […]

Quick Guide to Research: why it’s important & how to do it

Research. It’s the hero of any great Quirky submission. A thorough analysis of your invention’s competitive landscape has three key benefits:  1. It reveals whether or not your invention already exists. It’s no fun spending a lot of time coming up with a new product idea, only to find out that someone beat you to it. […]

Meet the newest Quirky+GE inventors!

This morning, Quirky+GE announced seven new smart products. Of course, we had to invite our inventors to be a part of the announcement, so we flew them to our headquarters in NYC to celebrate the unveiling. These four gentlemen came in a day early to chat about all things invention, play around with their brand-new […]

It’s time to charge: Introducing… Chrono!

Attention, gear freaks: Here’s a protective travel case and charging dock for your Moto 360. Featuring a strong leather case, Chrono protects your watch while it charges. Plus, it’s got a discreet LED indicator light so you’ll always know when your watch is fully charged. Want to display your watch? You’re in luck: The case […]

The smart chime: Introducing… Ding!

A smart door chime? Imagine the possibilities. Ding can trigger actions (like turning on the porch light or making smart bulbs flicker when pressed). It can notify you through push notifications, texts, tones, or a pulsed light when someone comes a-chimin’. Add additional units to hear the door chime in multiple rooms. Feeling festive? Set the chime to […]

The switchless light switch: Introducing… Flick!

Flick is a light switch that you can turn on and off by simply swiping your hand through the air. The system blends seamlessly into your decor and incorporates smart technology, letting you adjust your lights from anywhere in the world. Installation is simple, and the switch itself is all but invisible. Still, you’ll never have […]

How to make 3D renders

This blog post comes to you from one of our very own community members: Brandon Murray! An active member since May 2012, Brandon’s submitted 712 ideas (!!) and influenced nearly 450 (!!!). Since Brandon’s a self-taught 3D renderer, we asked him to write a piece on modeling for beginners—take it away, Brandon!  Whether you’d like […]

Community Spotlight: Cardboard Prototypes

In December, we launched an Invention Challenge to submit a cardboard prototype along with your idea submission. Here’s the handy How To video. Considering the amount of work it takes to make a prototype, we were pleasantly surprised with 50 submissions! We were so impressed, we had to share some of the community’s work. Here’s […]

More air, less noise: Introducing… Ario!

  Window fans are annoying: They’re loud, clunky, and barely get the job done. Fortunately, Ario clusters a bunch of smaller fans together to create a silken symphony of silence. The volume of air Ario produces is similar to that of a larger, noisier fan, but the smooth surfaces don’t interrupt the air stream, reducing unnecessary […]

Create with color: Introducing… ColorStack!

A modern twist on traditional puzzles, ColorStack applies the basic tenants of print and color theory, letting you create intricate images out of four simple colors. Every puzzle comes with 36 clear tiles, each printed with a single color dot pattern (cyan, magenta, yellow, or black). To play, simply orient, stack, and layer your tiles to […]

The Stealthy Shelf: Introducing… Hutch!

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Hutch is a foldable shelf that’s portable, effortless to assemble, and easy to pack away. Its laminated fabric features a unique zipper mechanism that allows you pop it up whenever you need it. Perfect for those who like to redecorate often (or leapfrog from apartment to apartment), Hutch […]

Solve your problems in 6 seconds flat.

Think vines are just for grapes? Not so! Our newest Vines (sharable, six-second videos) show off our inventions in a whole new way. Oh, and be sure to turn on the sound. Beat Booster Here comes the boom. Box. Boom box. Pluck It’s out of this world, no yolk. PowerShell Never leave a shadow of […]

How to create an inspiring mood board

Before our industrial designers start working on a product, they create a mood board. What’s a mood board? Well, it’s a collection of images or materials that evoke the style or creative direction of a project. How are they useful? Visual inspiration is the key to getting your creative juices flowing. And they help outsiders […]

25 product design sites to inspire you

Our industrial designers find creative inspiration everywhere. Whether they’re walking to work or exploring a far-flung locale, they’re always on the lookout for eye-catching design. And when they’re stuck in the office, they catch up with their favorite design blogs and websites. After some investigation, I found the top sites they check regularly. To get […]

Manage and conserve: Introducing… Flow!

Do you know how much water you’re using everyday? Flow does. This smart water meter not only measures daily usage, but keeps you updated via the Wink app. There’s no plumbing required, and installation is beyond easy. Simply strap the sensor to the water supply pipe, attach Flow’s body to the wall, and you’re officially […]

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