Our Inventors and their Products
HIP HOP CHARADES CARD GAME
LEIA AVERY is the Founder of Just Play Entertainment Inc., a game and event production company. She is the inventor of the copyrighted and trademarked “Hip Hop Charades” card game, as well as other interactive styles of gameplay. Leia knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur as a child; she graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Leia has expanded her reach from Chicago to Nashville by locating distribution points and booking Just Play Events, Hip Hop Charades Game Shows, and employing brand ambassadors. Hip Hop Charades was recently featured on social media platforms known as Baller Alert and Stay on the Go Magazine. Leia is a recipient of Nashville’s Black 40 Under 40 Awards.
LINDA GOMEZ, CEO of Et Al Beauty, LLC, invented Fullips over 10 years ago to serve as a natural, non-invasive and affordable alternative to lip injections. After receiving some attention from renowned beauty bloggers such as Michelle Phan and Shannon XOXO, Fullips went viral. In Q1 2015, Fullips had over $1.7 million in sales, up from $447,000 in Q4 2014. Fullips has enjoyed continued and exponential growth, becoming the top ranked lip plumping tool on Amazon, being featured in shows such as Today and The Doctors, and shipping to over 50 countries with over 200 resellers worldwide. Linda now wants Fullips sold in Brick & Mortar stores. Fullips recently was picked up by Forever 21’s online market place and well as Walmart.com. In addition to remaining one of Amazon’s most popular beauty products, Fullips can now also be found in several beauty stores, including Ricky’s NYC, Nigel Beauty Emporium, and Naimie’s Beauty Center.
BE READY IN STYLE PANTS
CHERYL CARRYL AND TANIA THOMAS are Registered Nurses and Co-Inventors of a patent-pending product designed for people who are not able to have pants put on them (by caretakers) the regular way without much pain, more time and vigorous labor. They noticed that caretakers often have trouble putting pants the regular way on their loved ones without much pain and as a result, these people are left in bed undressed in a hospital gown instead of regular clothing reducing their world to the four walls inside their room. Their innovative pants can be applied easily to anyone, whether in bed or a chair. The pants allow easy access to change diapers, dressings, and empty drainage bags.
EZ BIB OVERALL
ART OLVERA was a Bricklayer and Mason Inspector for 32 years with the City of Chicago. Art was always challenged as a Bricklayer with needing to sit down to take off or put on his Bib Overalls (often soiled) when he arrived on the job, taking restroom breaks or going home. Art’s EZ BIB patent-pending product design features a one-way zipper that enables the user to take the bibs on and off while standing. The special covered snap-flap protects the zipper from the elements and acts as a barrier to help keep the legs warm. They are made from Westex Flame Retardant fabric, 11 oz. Carmel Ultra Soft Duck and EZ BIB’s unique properties of being a flame-resistant material resists ignition and constant flame support by self-extinguishing within a 2-5 sec time period.
Inventor CARLYN RAY is excited about the growth, evolution and endless possibilities of her patent-pending CarlyClip. Carlyn is a curly/kinky (3c-4b) who had a hard time finding a hairstylist (especially in college towns) to do her fine medium natural hair. Because Carlyn was a Graduate Teaching Assistant needing to maintain a well-kept appearance, she opted for a professional bun hairstyle but could not find ponytail holders that would hold her textured hair in place without breakage or slippage. Frustrated and tired of using a lot of Bobby pins, she decided to create her own ponytail holder. This is how the CarlyClip was born. The CarlyClip is a product that does not break easily and this is not by mistake. Many prototypes were rejected and disqualified before they met Carly’s vision of durability and flexibility.
ONE FOR THE ROAD (Portable Urinal)
LAWRENCE GLENN is the CEO of G.P.K. Associates Inc., an inventor entrepreneurial startup company. As a working man who often had a long drive home at night, Glenn’s disposable urinal bag was founded out of a personal necessity to have a convenient and hygienic urinating experience when unable to find roadside restrooms. The firm is the distributor of ONE FOR THE ROAD ®, which is a patented Disposable Urinal Bags. Lawrence Glenn states that “he is just an ordinary and hardworking American, who for 20 years worked as a doorman in downtown Chicago”. For ten years, he worked two fulltime jobs chalking up 16 hours daily. However, this daily grind was not a major source of concern to him as he was more worried about getting home to his wife “dry, fresh and safe as the call of nature always seemed to spoil his long awaited homecoming”.
3 POINT DREAM “SNAPPING” BASKETBALL NET
DELANCE BEANE is the inventor of the patented Dream “Snapping” Basketball Net. Delance’s snapping basketball net includes a plurality of beads supported by a net material. The plurality of beads knocks together in response to a basketball passing through the net material. Delance’s “flash of genius” moment for his invention came when he heard Venus and Serena’s hairstyles “snapping” when they played tennis. The Snapping Basketball Net has sold in K-Mart, Hobbits, Target, Walmart and Dicks Sporting Goods. Delance is a native of Pontiac, Michigan where he first introduced his invention to Detroit Piston Lindsey Hunter and Rick Mahorn who gave the nets a “thumbs up.” The nets are used in the Pontiac Pro-Am League and World Training in the Life Center Church in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
KING OF THE ROAD TWIN GEAR ASSEMBLY
THOMAS ROSS, Inventor and Co-Founder of the Chicago Inventors Organization (CIO) state that his “Twin Gear Assembly” is one of the high points of his inventor career. Having acquired a patent on his invention which is a retrofit for bicyclers wanting speed and power without excessive gear shifting inspired him to help other inventors with their product ideas. CIO was Ross’ vehicle for seeing his creative dreams, as well as other’s dreams, become a reality.
DENTAL PATIENT GUARD
INVENTOR CHARLESETTA PULCE, a dental hygienist over 25 years, founded Pollyanna Hygiene (www.pollyannahygiene.com) to launch her PATENTED Dental Patient Guard product. This product protects the patient’s face, neck and clothing from water blood splatter and power aerosols. Patients can leave the dental office without their makeup or apparel being disturbed.
INVENTOR DOUG BEVEL’S family was active in the civil rights movement and now he is trying to make a difference for patients who must take medication in a timely manner. Bevel says his son was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. “He lost a transplanted kidney, because we didn’t make sure he took his medication.” So Doug Bevel came up with his PATENTED “Cert Alert.” “It’s like a seat belt alarm. It just keeps on alarming, until you do what it wants,” he explains. The purchaser places a pendant around the neck and places an adhesive piece under a pill bottle cap. The alarm can only be turned off with the sensor on the medicine cap.
JUST BLOW IT (SANI-SAFE CAKE COVER)
SHELLIE FITZPATRICK, INVENTOR AND FOUNDER OF G.S. FITZ INNOVATIONS, states that he is always thinking of ways to be more innovative. After a nephew died of leukemia, Shellie couldn’t enjoy any cake at family celebrations (mainly birthdays) because the exposure to even the smallest germs could attack his immune system. As blowing out candles is the highlight of birthday cakes; the PATENTED “JUST BLOW IT – SANI SAFE CAKE COVER” is designed with the purpose of people being able to not only enjoy a piece of cake but also keeping the tradition of blowing out the candles “worry-free.”
WILLIAMS BACK SUPPORT
INVENTOR DAN WILLIAMS was told that a degenerating disc was causing a pinched nerve condition in his lower spine. As a CNC Machinist and Programmer operating and driving equipment, his prescribed pain killers could cause him to lose his job. This is what led to inventing his PATENTED WILLIAMS BACK SUPPORT which is promoted by his company Simply Crafts. He discovered that if he could support his upper body weight the pain would diminish. Dan designed a modified set of crutches to support his upper body weight and attached them to a weight belt.
KP KORD PAROL PHONE POUCH
INVENTOR DWAYNE (d.a.) HARRIS is currently employed as a freelance professional in the area of Disability for Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults at City Colleges of Chicago, and also at Aunt Martha's homeless youth shelter with Deaf teens. Dwayne created KING
POUCH AND FOUNDED KP KORD PATROL, INC., after cell phone crimes became a major epidemic for handheld cell phone users in Chicago. Sally Katona King was the inspiration for this design as King lost her life to a cell phone snatch and grab in 2011, hence the name King Pouch. Dwayne was inspired to change cell phone behaviors with KP Kord Patrol for all. Students are avid users of cell phones and Seniors depend on cell phone devices to maintain communication with family and their caretakers.
The NTEGRIBOX™ is a technologically innovative PATENT PENDING product, conceptualized and designed by INVENTOR FRANTRICE MCMILLAN-RILEY (RN, BSN), in response to public safety concerns about the risk exposure she, her patients and colleagues encountered on a day-to-day basis in hospitals and other medical facilities. This product improves the quality of the medication administration, preparation and storage process. Designed to prevent areas where bacteria and viruses can grow and hide, it reduces their transport thereby reducing the incidence of preventable errors. The NTEGRIBOX™ is aligned with regulatory compliance guidelines as outlined by the National Patient Safety Goals. It is an effective risk management tool and provides safe bedside containment in known contaminated environments.
THE MASSAGE STAR
The Massage Star is a PATENTED product by ACUFORCE INVENTOR, FOUNDER & CEO JOHN G. LOUIS, CMT. (www.acuforce.com) Massage Star features a Wedge, on the top of the tool, to perform
Muscle-Stripping and Cross-fiber Friction and Wide and Narrow Points to perform Trigger Point Therapy and Reflexology. The tool only weighs 11 oz. making it easy for virtually anyone to use the product successfully. It’s great for self-care and in a clinical setting. Perfect for professionals and consumers and small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. John is a certified massage therapist who began his career working with professional athletes in 1980 and spent 5 years as massage therapist and trainer for the Chicago Sting soccer team.
EZ POP TENNIS
COACH, INVENTOR AND ENTREPRENEUR AL WILLIAMS successful collegiate career landed him a tryout for the professional NBA Team - Chicago Bulls. As a College Basketball Coach at Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, he became involved with USTA’s Diversity and Inclusion program to help grow tennis in communities. As a volunteer organizer of tennis programs and teaching basic fundamentals to kids age 10 and under, he learned many inner-city neighborhoods lack tennis courts outside. This problem was solved when Al invented his PATENTED EZ POP TENNIS SYSTEM (www.ezpoptennis.com) to help teach his tennis classes. With EZ POP TENNIS, exercising is easy, challenging and fun.
REVERSE BACK PRESSURE PUMP
INVENTORS BRYAN WASHINGTON AND BERNARD THOMPSON PATENTED REVERSE BACK PRESSURE TOOL is an innovative approach to clearing water supply fixtures of sediment and other blockages without having to disassemble fixtures while saving time. The tool quickly and efficiently forces water in the opposite direction through the fixture at a pressure sufficient to dislodge sediment due to rust, calcium buildup, or similar blockages that restrict water flow.
SUPER TAILGATE PLATE
INVENTOR RAYMOND MCCLINTON PATENTED SUPER TAILGATE PLATE is a dual purpose plate
having several uses for a variety of social and dining
environments. The dual-purpose plate is provided with an aperture located in the center of the plate. The aperture is adapted to removably receive a beverage container, thereby allowing a user to simultaneously hold both the plate and a beverage that is placed within the beverage container while only using one hand.
ALARM SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL WIRING OVERHEATING
DAVID BOYDEN, INVENTOR and FOUNDER of Kurrent Technologies
Inc. has developed a PATENTED electrical fire detection system that provides signals that indicate a potential fire situation. The signals concerned are derived from the standard electrical system’s shorts or electrical malfunctions that could produce heat, and possibly a fire. The system is designed for use in individual locations, such as residences or business establishments.
THERAPEUTIC GRIPLESS EXERCISE GLOVE
INVENTOR DONOVAN HARRIS’ PATENTED gripless exercise glove contains gripping features that allow the user to attach free weights and other similar objects to the glove without requiring the user to physically grasp the object. Additionally, the exercise glove uses an Internal Support structure to add joint support for the wrist during exercises. Being able to hold weights in your hands without gripping allows you to manipulate and transfer weight to various parts of your body without straining, but in rather smooth motions.
THE KEEP AWAY
INVENTOR RONNIE LIVINGSTON PATENT-PENDING “THE KEEP AWAY” is a durable screen-like mesh pop-up covering placed over cultivated garden plants and their supporting cages to protect them from destructive animals and insects. This product eliminates the need for expensive, hazardous pesticides and other chemicals allowing the gardener to have organic crop and plant production.