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Become the next legend of the links with the SwingCorrect training tool. Product developer Victor Maraschiello says his device conditions muscle memory and can improve your golf swing in minutes.
Blink of an Eye
The PEAC automation system, invented by Ron Bessems of Santa Barbara, Calif., enables people with serious disabilities such as ALS to regain dignity and independence by controlling their environment.
Those with debilitating conditions use eye blinks to summon elevators, open doors, turn on lights, TVs and other networked systems via laptops, tablets or even smart phones connected to their wheelchairs.
“If it’s electrical,” says Ron, “chances are we can integrate it with PEAC.”
Mike Jones invented the versatile Ramp-It ramp for his mother, who has rheumatoid arthritis and uses a wheelchair. He was going to buy a ramp at a hardware store, but “they said I had to get a carpenter to build one,” he says. Ramp-It installs to curbs and steps, regardless of step height. Easy to adjust, the portable Ramp-It comes fully assembled.
Inventor Michael Vahey says ordinary neck and travel pillows don’t quite cut it. So he came up with the Travel Halo, a product that keeps your head stable and straight while you are resting, while still allowing you to fully recline. It also has an eye mask that can be folded down to block out light. Oh, and it’s portable enough to fit in a pocket.
Judith Stewart has done the math. She’s conducted field and extensive market research. She has a prototype. Now she’s ready to commercialize a product that solves the age-old problem of bra burn. Large-breasted women can develop rashes and other discomfort from conventional bras, which tend to trap perspiration and cause chaffing.
“The complications are excruciatingly painful,” she says. “Believe me, it’s much more severe than a man’s jock itch.”
It’s unclear how she knows this.
Her Bra Buffer is a liner that goes on the skin into the fold under a woman’s breast. The product creates a lift so the weight of the breast is dispersed and allows air flow.
“It will be women’s salvation!” Judith says.
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