Fidget Spinner Inventor

If you don’t have kids you might not have heard about fidget spinners. Fidget spinners are the latest toy craze that’s being marketed for kids with ADHD and autism. But it seems like even kids without ADHD are buying them.

Fidget spinners have two or three blades attached with ball bearings to a button in the middle. When you squeeze the button and spin them they continue spinning between your fingers. Some say they calm or distract the user, but many schools are banning them for being more distracting to the kids around them. Some people, including teachers, think they are a good solution for distracting fidgety students. Some think kids could be better occupied by keeping their minds on other things.

As an inventor, what makes me sad is that the woman who invented the product isn’t profiting from the craze. Getting and maintaining a patent can be a very expensive endeavor. Hettinger’s patent was issued four years after it was filed and came up for renewal in 2005, but she wasn’t able to afford the $400 that was required to renew the patent, and protection for it lapsed.

After getting her patent she met with toy company Hasbro, and they turned her down after their market testing of it failed. But they have recently begun selling the new version of the product. This just goes to show you that, as an inventor you should never give up on your idea, even if everyone turns you down. If you build the product into a fad, trust me, those same people will come around.

Like all inventors, Hettinger was a problem solver. She was inspired after hearing about young boys throwing rocks at police in Israel, and wanted to come up with a way to calm and distract kids.

In the beginning she started manufacturing the spinning toys herself in her home with a used machine she bought from a sign maker, and sold them at local fairs in Florida.

Even though she isn’t making money off of her invention, she’s not bitter. Like all inventors she knows she can always put her problem solving brain to work on the next big thing.



Woman Innovation Speaker

Fewer than 15% of all patent holders in the world are women. Even fewer women patent holders have a career as a woman innovation speaker. Julie Austin is both. Her clients include Fortune 500 executives, small businesses and government agencies. She’s a women innovation speaker who’s trained scientists from around the world, the largest learning franchise in Korea, senior citizens, kids, retailers, and women business owners on how to beat the competition using the techniques of inventors and innovators.

It takes fearless innovation to become number one in your industry. Even if you get to the top, staying there is just as hard. If your company isn’t constantly innovating, your competition will be and they will eventually jump to the top. Successful companies like Google know this. That’s why they never stop innovating.

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As an inventor she’s bootstrapped and patented a unique innovative product and turned it into a NASDAQ winning success. She has distributors in over 20 countries and has sold over half a million units of her product, swiggies, wrist water bottles with no advertising, no venture capital, no investors, and no technical knowledge or manufacturing experience. This all  started with $5.00, a clay prototype, and relentless perseverance.

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Because if you don’t, your competition will. And they will have all of the innovative techniques to jump ahead of your company. By then, it’ll be too late.

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