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 […]

#InventionsThatMatter: 3D printing

Since its invention in 1982, 3D printing has been gaining popularity and is now officially considered one of the “it” areas of the tech scene. While the technology continues to evolve, innovative uses and new possibilities are constantly being discovered. Here are four of the most interesting applications we’ve spotted in the news recently: 1. […]

The Robot Butler campaign fakes out the future

Last week, a mysterious new company emerged on the tech scene: Robot Butler Inc. They announced their arrival with an enticing teaser clip and the promise of a fully autonomous robot that’ll cater to your every whim: The next day, empty Robot Butler boxes appeared on street corners in major cities around the country, further […]

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 best and worst video pitches ever

Fact: People spend 100% more time on pages with videos than on those without. And on Quirky, a video in your submission translates to twice as much facetime with those who view it. That can only help your chances at being a Quirky inventor, right? Right! We’ve taken the liberty to create two video pitches […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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