Inventing runs in Nathan Firth’s family. His father, an inventor himself, used to take Nathan to the junkyard to collect odds ’n’ ends that would become the building blocks for his very first inventions. That entrepreneurial spirit served Nathan well—last November we introduced Ascend, the smart garage door controller he dreamt up. Now a father […]
Inspiration can come from anywhere—just ask Sam Anderson, one of Quirky’s engineers. It hit him one morning on his bike ride to work when he collided with a bus, breaking his clavicle, first metacarpal, cheekbone, and two spinal processes. The accident didn’t deter Sam from biking. Instead, he used his recovery time to consider how […]
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating inspirational female inventors everywhere. So we visited Maria Morrill, the inventor of Ohm, at her home in South Carolina to get the story behind her invention. After growing up in Puerto Rico, Maria moved to America with the intention of studying graphic design in college. Unfortunately, when […]
People rarely consider bakers to be inventors, but we disagree. Dominique Ansel is a pastry chef in a league of his own; he pushes the baking boundaries and never settles for the status quo. Just look at the Cronut… A croissant-doughnut hybrid, the Cronut made it’s big debut in May 2013. And this sweet’s got […]
Michael Taylor is a veteran community member who joined Quirky in the early days. So we were especially excited to get to know him better when he stopped by the Quirky offices in NYC for the launch of his three (!) Quirky+GE smart products: Tapt, Outlink, and Overflow. Of course, we got the scoop on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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