Hints, Tricks and Horrors of Product Pursuit

Welcome to Inventor Videos


Product Video (Ours & Yours)

The Ballback basketball return has been marketed for years.
It remains a simple one piece product.
It snaps onto a rim and kicks the ball back to the shooter.
How simple is that? What can go wrong?
Well, folks insist on force fitting the device to improper rims.
Others abuse and misuse the device in many ways.
They fail to remove it during games.
Instead, they slam dunk the ball and hang from the Ballback.
Yes, it can break when treated so unkindly. It's plastic!
We made a video to explain installation and use of the item.
Product display cards now refer to this video at Ballback.com.
Dick's Sporting Goods requested permission of use.
Your product may like such hints on installation and care.

New Putting Tracker

Good news for golfers!  More profits for golf shops.  What could be better? Well, we have an improved look for our modern Putting Tracker.  This video gives a hint about the product and its value. We're seeking funding... and telling more about it at www.Puttingtracker.com 

MGB Engine Pan Seal

MGB owners are used to oil leaks. Many come from the engine pan seal that weeps slightly...until it travels the undercarriage and creates obnoxious odors.  It's not difficult to elevate the car and replace the gasket seal yourself.  This video will help.

Impressive Prototypes

Inventor prototypes are sometimes ugly. Inventors argue that it doesn't matter. They say a prototype has one purpose.
"It proves my gizmo really works."

Okay, prototypes don't really have to be pretty. They aren't unbreakable or ergonomic. And they don't have to cost a lot.

But! Remeber Mom's rule of "first impressions". Your prototype should grab instant interest. It should reflect purpose, potential and opportunity.

Check these floatable boats, built from cardboard and dreams. Does your prototype excite such attention...at first glance?

Display Your Invention

The Edison Inventors Association is privileged to hold monthly meetings at the renowned Edison-Ford Winter Estate in Ft. Myers. We meet within an atmosphere of invention and innovation that reflects and honors the genius of Thomas A. Edison. Club members and countless visitors are humbled, enlightened and encouraged while surrounded by endless memories of a lifetime devoted to innovative achievements benefiting the world today.

About 240,000 folks tour the Edison-Ford WinterEstate per year to enjoy the abundant grounds, gardens and inventions. The E.I.A. is likewise honored by the privilege of having two Inventor Display Cases included among those more historical accomplishments. Each Display Case offers members an amazing opportunity to show more recent innovations, inventions and products to the world.

Here are some tips to help E.I.A. members prepare their display.

1. Each Display Case measures 3 ft x 3 ft x 1 ft high.
2. Digital picture frames favor jpeg photo slide shows.
3. Avoid“busy” displays….Use little to say a lot.
4. Describe your invention with Keywords & Features.
5. Don’t be too technical - Limit extensive text materials.
6. Include patent number- page copy - News Releases.
7. Describe invention evolution (prototype - product)
8. Include pictures of Inventor - people – human interest
9. Include business card – web site – contacts
10. View our video of Display Case hints& posters


Fixing A Refrigerator Handle

Our GE refrigerator was having a problem.  The handle was loose and demanded attention before something was broken.  But - we weren't sure of how to tighten the handle.  There are contoured caps -surely hiding the screws.
Unsure of how to carefully proceed, we searched the Internet for related info and talked to repairmen for tips. Then we tackled the job with caution and success.  Now we're posting a video to help others facing a similar situation.


Like-Minded Friends

Many of us join an inventor club to listen and learn from folks who have proven products and are willing to share their wisdom.

Simply put, we seek the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

This short video shows fellow E.I.A. member Mark Pasek (and his inventions) helping me with ceiling repairs.

I pass it along with gratitude…and envy of his ability to develop such useful, marketable products.

After viewing, you’ll find Mark at www.liftalone.com


Lost My Marbles

How fast can you lose your marbles?  Our balance board challenges your skill, balance and fun.  Try to get the marbles thru the hole. This video was submitted to Edison Nation to explain our invention. We hope to license the product for all to enjoy.


Turkish Ice Wrap

Here's another invention we submitted to Edison Nation for discovery and/or development.  We can only hope!  Edison Nation holds product searches to accommodate interested Brand names, manufacturers and entrepreneurs looking for products.  Who knows!  Someone may think this is a great idea.