When you were a kid, did you ever have some brilliant ideas like a house to protect people from the war, a toothbrush in a toothpaste or a fan on a fork to cool your food? Well, these kids did. And the ideas have been turned into reality thanks to the Inventors project, initiated by artist and designer Dominic Wilcox, who asked children – some of them 10 years old, some being younger and older) to draw their invention ideas and tu turn some of them into prototypes at a local Fab Lab. As eYeka is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and our team unveiled what it looked like aged 10, we wanted to share this original initiative with you; another way to celebrate fresh, inspiring creativity.
When children turn into inventors
Georgia Dinsley, age 11 drew this Pringles Hook and Andy Mattocks recreated it in 3D graphics. “I struggle to get my Pringles out (of the bottom of the tub), well here’s a cure! A hook that you pull to get more Pringles out,” said Georgia. the idea is simple, and it does solve a real-world problem: how NOT to pour the crumbs of Pringles on your lap or in your hand when trying to reach for the last chips?
Hey, Pringles, will you implement it? You’ve already asked eYeka for fresh ideas, so why not turn Georgia’s great invention into reality?
Another interesting idea of the Inventors Project was this Food Cooler Fork, designed by Ameliya Liddle aged 6, recreated in 3D graphics by Andy Mattocks below. This way, you won’t need to blow on your food to cool it:
A third one was the Tooth-o-Matic which is a toothbrush built in toothpaste allows people to push a button and get the toothpaste up on the brush. It was designed by Henry Hughes, age 12, made in prototype form by Brian Degger:
Henry met with maker Brian and discussed his idea in more detail: “The idea was a toothbrush with built in toothpaste. During the client meeting [which is how the maker calls the inventor – isn’t that sweet?] we talked about how it should feel. Not too bulky. One idea was to use the pump type toothpaste dispenser, » Degger explained. « The solution [used] a syringe fitted into the bottom of a electric toothbrush that had its innards removed, and a liquid path made by drilling through the centre of toothbrush neck and a few holes to let it out in the bristles.«
Kids have invented great things in the past
The world has seen many inventions by children and some of them have changed the world. The Popsicle was actually invented by an 11-year-old, Franck Epperson in 1905. A French boy, Louis Braille invented the braille system when he was 15. Joseph-Armand Bombardier, born in 1907 invented snowmobile. Everyone can create.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein
Kids’ fresh perspective on the world is fostering innovation, so can be a community of creatives.
Does your brand need some fresh creativity too?
Did you know that eYeka’s community had many great ideas for toothbrush too? Actually, Procter & Gamble launched the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 based on 67 ideas submitted by eYeka’s community. It is the world’s first connected electric toothbrush, which connects via Bluetooth Smart technology to the Oral-B app and helps you brush your teeth more efficiently (find our more here). Below, on the left, is the winning entry of ypp1117 from China; and on the right is one illustration of Oral-B’s product presentation.
Get some creativity from eYeka’s community
On eYeka, there are all kinds of creative challenges allowing creators to turn their thoughts into actual products in the market. Do you want to see our community’s creative thinking for your product? Get in touch with us!