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 […]

How to sketch like an industrial designer

One of the easiest—and most effective—ways to communicate your invention idea is through images. And the best way to do this is with simple sketches. I know what you’re saying, “But Anna, I’m no artist!” Well, you’re in luck. I interviewed the entire industrial design staff at Quirky to find out how to sketch an […]

The most interesting man at Quirky

After hearing rumors about Dan Turk’s mysterious past, I decided to sit down with our veteran engineer to find out more about this Quirky character. Off the bat, Dan tells me is that his life was changed by this moment in the The Karate Kid: From this clip—he tells me—two important things happened: Important thing […]

Invention on the Street: Halloween Dog Parade

Goblins, ghouls, and pomeranians dressed like pumpkins—that’s what Halloween is all about, right? Right. So to get in the spooky spirit, we sent Anna, our Invention on the Street correspondent, to the 24th annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. Along the way she encountered canine cowboys, four-legged freaks, and puppy princesses. In between oohs […]

5 teen inventors that are changing the world

Lately, we’ve been noticing quite a few impressive inventions coming from young minds. These ambitious teens are solving some pretty big problems, and they’re well on their way to changing the world for the better. Like we’ve always said, when it comes to inventing, age ain’t nothing but a number. 1) Inspired by his grandfather, […]

Get weird before you get real

David 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 team […]

This space intentionally left blank: No launch today

Due to trademarking troubles, there will be no virtual launch today. Don’t be jolly cross—we’ll be returning to our regularly scheduled program on Tuesday, December 28th. (Our last virtual launch of 2014, btw.) Instead of sinking into a deep depression, let us know in the Comments section what recent virtual launch product has been your […]

Stimulate your stems: Introducing… Sprout!

Several studies have suggested that ultrasound stimulates plant growth. Sprout is an ultrasound generator that’s placed in the soil beside plants in need of a little TLC. This smart device sends notifications to your phone when there’s perceivable changes in moisture, light, and temperature, and its waterproof design works beautifully indoors and out. Set it […]

Track your twirls: Introducing… Hoop!

A modern spin on a timeless classic, Hoop is the world’s first app-enabled hula-hoop. When it’s time to get your twirl on, simply choose one of three modes: Workout Mode records time, number of rotations, calories burned, and more; Game Mode allows you compete online with hula-hoop aficionados from all over the world; and Rave Mode […]

A better way to buffet: Introducing… Flip!

It’s a tailgating travesty. You pile your plate full of macaroni, get to the next serving station, and realize you don’t have a free hand to lift the lid. Time to try Flip, a motion-activated serving dish that automatically opens when you remove the utensil and closes when you put it back. Flip is simple, […]

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 […]

Master your moves: Introducing… SideStep!

This coach is tough on you because this coach cares. SideStep can help children and adults bone up their physical skills and master the basics of their favorite sport. SideStep’s head—which senses proximity and motion—directs the player in a random direction, sending them towards a target cone that lights up in conjunction. Once players reach […]

Light up the night: Introducing… Pursuit!

Shall we play a game? Pursuit is a sci-fi-infused indoor/outdoor game that pits two teams against one another, making them fight over an array of strategically placed pods. One team wears red ankle bracelets, the other wears blue, and the seemingly simple goal is to make the most pods display your color—all while time is running […]

Step to the beat: Introducing… Tiptones!

Drop that croquet mallet and let’s head into the garden for some real fun. Designed for the backyard, Tiptones are a set of seven smart stepping stones equipped with pressure sensors, colorful LEDs, and speakers. Connected to the Wink app, stones play music and light up when you put down your foot. Invite guests to […]

A good shake is all it takes: Introducing… Shakeups!

Scrubbing the inside of a bottle is a singularly joyless enterprise. Enter Shakeups, which let you to get at those hard-to-reach corners quickly and thoroughly. Simply pour in the water and soap, insert the six scrubbing balls, cover up, and shake, shake, shake! These brilliant little workers generate a rich lather that gets into every […]

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 […]

An outlet with options: Introducing… Portal!

Time to get acquainted with Portal, a modular smart system designed to replace your wall outlet, granting you access to a wide range of options (including regular outlets, speakers, USB ports, surge protectors, sensors, intercoms, and more). The box––which consists of a dock, an exchangeable module, and a sleek metal cover––includes a smart circuit breaker that lets you […]

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