Get weird before you get real

David ColeDavid Cole is our head of retail store design and experience. He’s in charge of bringing the Quirky brand to physical life, from events to in-store displays. It’s a tough job with unique challenges and it requires an immense amount of creativity to stay a step ahead of the competition. Recently, David and his […]

Product in development: Freewheel

Inventor Rene Diaz submitted the idea for Freewheel back in December. He dreamed of remote controlled wheels that kids could attach to just about anything. With help from the community, we got rolling on developing Rene’s inventive toy idea. As Freewheel came to life, we started to see a bigger vision for it. Marketing it […]

3D printer 101 with Andrew Brase

Andrew Brase manages Quirky HQ’s “shop”, which houses everything from basic tools to state-of-the-art equipment for product making and modeling. He’s a bona fide expert when it comes to 3D printing technology, but he only became a pro through good ol’ trial and error. Andrew knows our complex printers inside out, and for the most […]

Meet 3D Hubs

In an effort to exchange ideas about the product development process, we’ve been co-hosting regular Meetup events with local tech companies. Most recently, we teamed up with 3D Hubs, a service that connects makers with 3D printers in their area. We asked Max van Oirschot, one of 3D Hub’s staff writers, to explain how 3D […]

Shield your outlets: Introducing…Breaker!

Breaker turns any outlet into a safer GFCI outlet without any rewiring. Simply retrofit your existing outlets with Breaker to prevent your little ones from dangerous accidents caused by sticking objects into the socket. Dario Ferreira knew there had to be a way to child-proof outlets without hiring an electrician. He invented Breaker, and thanks […]

5 tips for tapping into your creativity with Kar Kay Ho

As one of Quirky’s senior graphic designers, Kar Kay Ho designs and oversees all the imaginative visuals you see in our emails, shop, and platform. But it’s what he does in his free time that really caught our eye. He’s a talented artist who creates fantastical renditions of the people and places around him. “I […]

Have a blast while it lasts: Introducing…Nova!

Nova is an interactive game that gives puzzles a whole new dimension of fun. Designed for all ages, this ball features foam puzzle pieces that attach to the core magnetically and pop off when the timer goes off. Play hot potato or race against friends to solve the puzzle before it explodes! Thanks to Inventor […]

Follow SlideRider’s wild ride!

When we launched SlideRider back in April, we knew it was going to be a crowd pleaser, but we never anticipated the kind of A-list attention it would attract. After receiving high praise on the Internet from Drew Carey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, PeeWee Herman, and other celebs, SlideRider was fast-tracked for development. As is the […]

Make your mark on breakfast: Introducing…Pixel!

Chocolate, strawberries, whipped cream, oh my! Could waffles get any better? With Pixel, they can. This customizable waffle iron allows you to create unique designs every time. Make a masterpiece by pushing in the dimples on the silicone tray to make your own pattern and locking it into place. Then pour the batter over the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get weird before you get real

David ColeDavid Cole is our head of retail store design and experience. He’s in charge of bringing the Quirky brand to physical life, from events to in-store displays. It’s a tough job with unique challenges and it requires an immense amount of creativity to stay a step ahead of the competition. Recently, David and his […]

Fight for the light: Introducing… Conquest!

Talk about a game changer. Gather up your rowdiest friends for a round of Conquest, a high-tech update of two popular pastimes: Capture the Flag and Capture the Base. In the former, the flag lights up red or blue to indicate which team is currently on guard. It turns purple when intercepted by a crafty […]

4 quick tips for perfecting your invention pitch

If you’re serious about your invention, you should be just as serious about your submission. But getting your idea down on paper is one of the toughest parts of being an inventor. Staring at a blank submission page can be a bit daunting, so we’ve put together some easy tips for crafting a polished pitch […]

A Sound Connection: Introducing… Vivo!

Welcome to your new command center. Vivo is a smart home audio system that wirelessly streams music, operates as an intercom, and keeps you abreast of the world around you. It’s got two detachable wireless speakers attached to a base, which also functions as a wireless hub. Plus, its touchscreen interface pings you with real-time […]

Defuse or lose: Introducing… Blast!

Mess with the best, get drenched like the rest. That’s Blast’s motto. A splashy take on the “disarm” sequence from online games, Blast is a transparent globe that features a ring of eight colorful LED lights and four powerful spray jets. There are several modes of gameplay, but ultimately the rules are simple: As the lights […]

Product in development: Freewheel

Inventor Rene Diaz submitted the idea for Freewheel back in December. He dreamed of remote controlled wheels that kids could attach to just about anything. With help from the community, we got rolling on developing Rene’s inventive toy idea. As Freewheel came to life, we started to see a bigger vision for it. Marketing it […]

15 Questions with GoPro’s Kevin Platshon

Kevin Platshon, GoPro’s digital and social manager, stopped by the Quirky office recently. Having invented a new kind of camera, GoPro is definitely shaking up the category. We took the opportunity to ask Kevin a few of our most burning questions. My spirit animal is: an elephant. They are majestic, and look like they have […]

This Week’s Eval Cancelled…

This week, our Product Evaluation is cancelled. Why would we do such a thing, you ask? Well, we’re making a few updates to the broadcast system and increasing the room size. When it’s all said and done, this will improve the overall audience experience. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming on Thursday, October 23rd […]

Meet the Community Member: Anthony Reddington

We love meeting our community members in person. So last weekend, while we were in Cambridge, MA for HackMIT, a 24-hour hackathon for college students, I caught up Anthony Reddington, the inventor of Refuel. Anthony with students at HackMIT While the East Coast has been Anthony’s home for years, he originally hails from Headford, Ireland. […]

Pack some power: Introducing… Fallback!

More than just another pretty case, Fallback’s functional design integrates a pop-out portable battery to extend the life of your smartphone. Insert the battery through the opening on the case’s inner side, and remove it when charged to minimize the thickness of your phone. Constantly out and about? Carry multiple batteries in your bag and […]

Small size, big moves: Introducing… Haul!

Life can get heavy when you least expect it. With Haul on hand, it’s easy to transport weighty and unwieldy objects at a moment’s notice. Attached to rollers that turn in all directions, this portable dolly features flip-out legs and a retractable handle attached to a strap. With your cargo firmly in place, grab hold of the handle and you’re officially ready to […]

3 Quirky must-reads

  So you’ve got a great invention idea—now what? Before you log onto Quirky to submit that stroke of genius, we recommend reading these 3 important pieces. INVENTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Arguably the most important pre-submission read, the Invention Submission Guidelines lay out some very basic ground rules. We’re a pretty laid-back bunch, but we’re serious […]

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