Here’s a list of all the links mentioned in the video update.
Town Meeting Minutes Forum Thread
Town Meeting Ustream Tape and Slideshare
Blog post and video: Meet Andrew and learn about the Invention Ambassadors
Help us compile a Code of Conduct
(1) Contact Sundance Channel
(2) Vote on BusinessWeek
(3) Participate in the Rachel Ray Brief
(4) Rock the Social Sales: Go to the Learn page, click on “Best Practices” then click on “Social Sales”
(1) Learn about Quirky
(2) Read Getting Started
(3) Introduce yourself and ask a question in the community forums
For specific question that relate to you, your account, your submission, etc, email email@example.com Read More...
There has been a lot of passionate debate about the design of product 175, the innovative trivets. Much of the controversy surrounds Louis Lara’s original design and the new direction that QDS has taken. Because of the overwhelming support, we’re re-exploring the possibilities of the original submission. New sketches will be added to the Refine Phase project for the community to evaluate, and influence will be awarded to Louis within the Concept Phase. Since we’re adding new material, the Refine timeline will also be extended.
The other design directions are still under consideration, and we’d really like the community to keep an open mind. To give everyone insight into why QDS went in a different Read More...
Never go powerless again! Ray is a solar powered charger for electronic gadgets. The powerful suction cup and a tilting kickstand support multiple positions to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. Now you’ll be able to charge up wherever you go.
Brandon Craven wanted to create a solar charger that could attach to windows. Over 922 people came together to turn that idea into a product. Ray is now available in the Quirky shop for $39.99 presale ($49.99 retail) with a threshold of 2000 commitments.
-Compact battery stores enough energy to fully charge a cell phone
-USB port allows for easy charging
-Suction cup attaches to windows
-Kickstand swings down for stability on flat surfaces
-USB cords can be tucke Read More...
Scientist and San Francisco foodie, Darya Pino, loves buying fresh produce at her local farmer’s market. What she doesn’t love is getting home and discovering that half of her goods are damaged. We teamed up with Darya and her blog, Summer Tomato, to build a better farmer’s market bag.
Now you can shop without dropping. Mercado is the ultimate farmer’s market bag, with pockets to protect delicate fruits and veggies, loops to hold bottles in place, and compartments to keep everything organized. A wide adjustable strap lets you choose the right length for carrying, so that you’re as comfortable as your produce!
Peter Wachtel proposed an idea for a bag that could keep fresh produce from getting cr Read More...
Prophecy has foretold that on Monday afternoon the top five voted submissions from the previous week’s Community Evaluation would reveal themselves in the form of a blog post. If not listed, submissions in these rounds may still be chosen as Wildcard selections.
Congratulations to this week’s contenders:
Product Round 184
Maria Pitallano – Angled Hand Grater
Paul Schmitzer – Expandable Lazy Susan
Marc Zech – Coiled Extension Cord
David Bathurst – Retractable Shower Extender
Paulette Jaques – Water Bottle MP3 Player
Recycling Solutions (Product Round 185)
Lauren Lowe – Cistern Flower Pot
Joe Flatley – Plastic Bag Recycling Station
Maryam Mohit – Recyc Read More...
Now that we’ve closed the concept phase for the auto-stirring microwave bowl we would like to update you on our prototyping progress. Thanks for all the ideas that were submitted! After testing several concepts utilizing the spinning of the turntable as well as the heat generated by the microwave, we feel that we are gradually narrowing in on a direction to move forward with. In addition to the challenges identified in our last update (material limitations, food density, turntable strength) we have begun to focus our attention on product simplicity, manufacturing, price, ease of use, and cleaning, with a better understanding of functional limitations.
The first concept was an attempt to use th Read More...
Eval recaps sum up the research and discussion that go into selecting winning submissions at Quirky. The info in recaps focuses on general landscape, opportunities and concerns, with a strong bias for Quirky’s business interests. We will not tell people what to do with their ideas if we do not choose it, but this info should give general guidance to submitters and other inventors who want to understand our decision-making process.
Inventor: Marylene Gauthier
Selected: Miracle Bib
Design was interested in this idea because it solves a problem with which many patents relate. Market expressed that similar options were available on t Read More...
Hey Quirks, we’re discussing three topics in Wednesday’s live brainstorm.
From 12:00 – (approx.) 1:15, the Quirky Community, will have the opportunity to participate in this week’s brainstorm through our Quirky Design Staff + Quirky Community Brainstorm Livestream channel on Ustream.
This week’s topics are:
1) Product 182: Collapsible Helmet
2) Product 189: Easy-Untangling Ear Buds
3) Product 190: Miracle Bib
To get the most community participation, we’re going to start it right here, in the comments of this blog post. Think about all of the different aspects that go into mindmapping, i.e. exploring all opportunities in terms of design, market, end user, user scenarios, modes/h Read More...
Ready to invent a new household cleaning product?
Thanks for joining us. Here at Quirky we are making invention accessible to all. Each week, we develop two new brand products with the help of our online community and our team of expert designers. This week, we have teamed up with our friends at The Rachael Ray Show. If you submit one of the top ideas, you could end up on The Rachael Ray Show!
Ever wanted a better way to clean or maintain some area of your home? We all experience everyday frustrations when trying keep our lives clean and tidy – from closets to bathrooms, cabinets, appliances and even the floors, trims, or walls. Perhaps there is something missing from our cleaning routine that Read More...
The Concept Phase for Ryan Campagna’s adjustable baking tray has launched and we are pumped to see what types of concepts get submitted. This product is all about user experience and workflow, so don’t hesitate to get into the kitchen and allow your observations to dictate your concept directions. We are going to open this concept round up to the community before the QDS team dives in too deeply. We know we have some experienced bakers in our community and we want to see how you would approach this product. Additionally, we are also excited to see how areas of interest outside of the kitchen, such as camping and origami, may inspire the adjustable feature.
In case any of you forgot, or thought, for some reason, that we weren’t going to stick to our originally scheduled programming… we are!
What: Q3 Town Meeting
When: Monday, September 26, 2011 – 7pm ET
Where: Quirky’s Ustream Channel
After the Town Meeting there’ll be a Q&A with Ben, Gaz and whoever else you have questions for. Submit them in the comments here or on the forum. We’ll also be taking questions via Ustream Chat in case you have questions on anything that’s discussed during the meeting.
See you all on Monday!
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