Inventions and other News by Dane Scarborough

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

So many people have a EUREKA moment and think “Holy Sh**! I have the next million dollar idea!” Then they quickly research the process of inventing and become overwhelmed at all the ways they *might* need to spend money to make it to market. Unfortunately, this fear stops many people dead in their tracks. 

Don’t you be one of them! If you truly believe you have a great idea, you owe it to yourself to take the first (low cost) steps to find out.  I’m going to walk you through the basics so you have a clear understanding of what to do, and when to do it, and the beauty is, your out of pocket costs will likely be under $100 dollars. 

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

One of the first steps to making money from your product/idea is to make sure it works, and you prove your idea works by creating a prototype. In the business world, it's called "proof of concept".  A "proof of concept" prototype is different than a production model prototype. Proof of concept prototypes are usually simple and somewhat crude. It's important not to skip this step. Why? Because it will show you where you need to tweak your design and reveal aspects of your idea you might have not considered. 

Stop the Madness!

Stop the Madness!

There are approximately 950,000 carpenters in the US… imagine how much collective time is wasted looking for pencils, sharpening pencils, or looking for something to sharpen a pencil with.

It’s TIME to end this madness - The top-rated QuickDraw self-marking tape measure is on sale today- www.quickdrawtapes.com

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

I was in second grade when a kid challenged me to roll a quarter down the center of my face. He said, “You can’t do it, it’s impossible!” I took the quarter and proved him wrong, to which he replied, “Oh, I guess I was wrong.” He then walked away laughing. Unbeknownst to me, he had rubbed pencil graphite on the edge of the quarter, so I was walking around with a black line right down the center of my face.
Flash forward: I’m a grown man, with a family, building my house in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s snowing, my ears are cold, my skin is dry, and countless pencils have already fallen from the perch on my ear into snowdrifts, lost until spring for sure. I’m using a Stanley Power-lock tape measure to frame the second floor and I’ve just lost my last pencil. SOB#%^@#! So, I start using the edge of the tape case to indent the wood. This was the beginning of the idea that would eventually become the QuickDraw Pro marking tape measure.
Already having had success as an inventor (The Levelution System Level was performing increasingly well), I knew I was onto something. I did patent searches, and discovered there were over sixty patents on the idea of a marking tape measure, yet nothing was on the market? This was strange, because I knew firsthand that it was a great idea. I analyzed all the existing patents and discovered that they all had the same flaws. Simply put, if you have to engage a marking mechanism (that would be a pencil), then lock the blade, then make your mark, then dis-engage the marker, then dis-engage the lock, well, forget it, it’s going to be easier to use a pencil.