Vote for Shake!

Shake, our sand-sifting beach bag, is up for Cooper Hewitt’s 2014 People’s Design Award (whoop whoop!). Cast your vote right here! The polls close at 6pm ET on October 6th and you can vote again every 24 hours. The winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City on Read More...

Always on target: Introducing… Shine!

Want to squeeze in an evening run but weary of the dark? Light up the night with Shine. This comfortable headlamp stabilizes the light with a counterbalanced reflector and magnets to prevent distracting bouncing so you can keep your eyes on the road. With three light settings—spot for a directional beam, flood for a wide Read More...

Get an insider’s look at the (re)making of Pivot Power!

After three successful years on the market, Pivot Power has proven its got serious staying power. But like every product, it needs to keep evolving to stay current. So our design, engineering, manufacturing teams took a good, hard look at our flexible surge protector to see how we could improve this already impressive product. “The Read More...

Control your roll: Introducing… Border!

Take the pain out of painting with a little help from Border. Simply clip the plastic guard to the frame of any standard paint roller and stop paint from touching the ceiling, floor, or adjacent wall. You’ll be painting like a pro in no time. Don’t let the fear of a botched paint job keep Read More...

A look inside GE’s Global Research Center

We took a trip to GE’s Global Research Center to see how our friends and partners stay on top of today’s cutting-edge technology. What did we learn? Prototype! Prototype! Prototype! Even when they’re working on big projects—like Baxter, a robot designed to pick up surgical instruments—they always start small. “We always build prototypes when we Read More...

We know what you did this #QuirkySummer…

From BBQs to beach days, this summer was jam-packed with sunshine and carefree fun. Along the way, we asked you to document your summer experiences with #QuirkySummer. Now—as our favorite season comes to end—let’s celebrate some of the snapshots that caught our eye! Week 1 winner: Kickoff to a cool summer Week 2 winner: Celebrate Read More...

Invention on the Street: Coney Island

For the second installment of Invention on the Street, we sent Anna to New York’s Coney Island. She hit the boardwalk and combed the beach to see what unsuspecting sunbathers had to say about invention. From gerbil castles to pint-sized chainsaws, these sun-chasing strangers were just full of surprises… Stay tuned for more Invention on Read More...

Ben Takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Is your newsfeed flooded with people dumping ice on their heads? What gives, right? Well, it’s all part of a campaign to raise awareness for ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. This morning, Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman accepted the #IceBucketChallenge. Not only did he donate to the cause, he also let us dump a bucket of Read More...

Quirky 2.0: Our Learnings So Far

Quirky 2.0, our collaborative platform rebuild, is in full swing. We’ve sifted through all your feedback, including research from years past and your latest suggestions. And here are the top issues we’ve identified with the current Quirky platform: 1) There’s no easy way to work with other Community members on the platform 2) The ratio Read More...

Quirky 2.0: Our Collaborative Platform Rebuild

Since 2009, we’ve been working hard to make invention accessible. We do that by bringing transparency, openness, and approachability to an otherwise mystifying industry. Basically, we’ve invented a new way to turn great ideas into real products—and we’re only able to accomplish this because of our invention platform. But just like the ideas we see Read More...

What’s your STORY? #QuirkySummer Photo Contest

This summer, we’re asking our community: What’s your STORY? Whether you’re spending the season livin’ easy, thrill seeking, or just plain keeping things cool—we want to see it! Each week, we’ll ask you to submit shots that speak to a particular summer theme. The photo that best represents the theme will win a trio of Read More...

Throwback Thursday: Meet Marc Zech

We’re throwing it back to May 2013 when we met one of Quirky’s most prolific inventors, the one and only Marc Zech. He’s the brains behind Bandits, Port Power, and many more. And as we learned last year, this Hamburg, Germany native is also just a pretty awesome guy. Check out the #TBT video above Read More...

Vote for Shake!

Shake, our sand-sifting beach bag, is up for Cooper Hewitt’s 2014 People’s Design Award (whoop whoop!). Cast your vote right here! The polls close at 6pm ET on October 6th and you can vote again every 24 hours. The winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City on Read More...

Meet the Community Member: Jim Sage

Jim Sage knew quite about the invention and product development process prior to seeing Quirky on CBS Sunday Morning this spring. This former Art Director had invented and patented several pet products in the past. His first invention was a cat litter box and Jim did everything from start to finish including spending $80,000 on Read More...

Always on target: Introducing… Shine!

Want to squeeze in an evening run but weary of the dark? Light up the night with Shine. This comfortable headlamp stabilizes the light with a counterbalanced reflector and magnets to prevent distracting bouncing so you can keep your eyes on the road. With three light settings—spot for a directional beam, flood for a wide Read More...

The weight you want: Introducing…Stratos!

Dumbbells are—well—dumb. Upgrade your workout with Stratos, the layered medicine ball you can customize in a snap. Save space and personalize your sweat session with three easily adjustable weight options. Select between a four, six, or eight kilogram ball by turning the knob, pulling the lock, and removing Stratos from the stand. Get lifting! Ready Read More...

Quirky 2.0: Community Testing & Feedback

As announced, there are two big changes in the upcoming Quirky 2.0: 1. We’re enabling team-based submissions 2. We’re moving the majority of collaboration prior to Eval. These are huge, complicated tasks. Not only do we need to think through a whole new process, we also need to build a platform to support these updates. Read More...

Aim your audio: Introducing…Hone!

Now you can blast your beats without disturbing the peace. Meet Hone, the compact speaker that delivers isolated sound just for you. Unlike traditional speakers that amplify sound throughout a room, Hone uses ultrasound technology to project sound to a specific target. Now your co-workers and roommates won’t be bothered when you want to turn Read More...

Get an insider’s look at the (re)making of Pivot Power!

After three successful years on the market, Pivot Power has proven its got serious staying power. But like every product, it needs to keep evolving to stay current. So our design, engineering, manufacturing teams took a good, hard look at our flexible surge protector to see how we could improve this already impressive product. “The Read More...

Control your roll: Introducing… Border!

Take the pain out of painting with a little help from Border. Simply clip the plastic guard to the frame of any standard paint roller and stop paint from touching the ceiling, floor, or adjacent wall. You’ll be painting like a pro in no time. Don’t let the fear of a botched paint job keep Read More...

Meet the Inventor: Ralph Ovalle

Ralph Ovalle If one were to sum up community member Ralph Ovalle in a word it would be caring. He cares about his family and the Quirky community greatly. This was made abundantly clear after speaking with him. Ralph is from Bryn Mawr, PA.  After earning a Bachelor’s in Poli Sci and minoring in Latin Read More...

Rack up your gear: Introducing…Hover!

Ouch! Was that a skateboard you just tripped over in the garage? Sounds like you need Hover in your life. This wall-mountable rack holds all sorts of sports equipment such as bikes, scooters, snowboards, skis, and boogie boards. It also acts as a basket to hold accessories, saving you some serious space and keeping your Read More...

Play as you put away: Introducing…Chomper!

Playtime is fun. Cleanup is not. Or is it? Meet Chomper, the storage solution for toys that doubles as a game your kids will love. This large plastic box looks like an animal so your kids will have fun feeding toys right into its mouth. Its also equipped with a timer, sound-effects, and a point Read More...

Quirky 2.0: Collaborate Before Eval

Quirky 2.0 is chugging right along! To recap, we’ve announced that collaboration will be the cornerstone of the new platform. An emphasis on team submissions will allow community members to effectively use the resources of our ever-expanding network of knowledge, skills, and expertise. In order to encourage more mature and refined idea submissions, we’ve decided Read More...

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