Intellectual Property in China
Written by Shane Chen I came to the US from China almost 32 years ago. I created a business named CID, Inc. and started inventing and making scientific instruments for plant physiology scientists. It was a nice, but small niche market. There were no patent infringements except from one company in the UK. My life was peaceful. Then I started inventing consumer products for my new company, Inventist Inc. That was about 16 years ago. As soon as I started introducing my new products into the market I started dealing with knockoffs from China that impacted my business. So far, 7 of my inventions have been copied and sold worldwide. The popular ones are: a 3-wheeled scooter that I licensed to Razor scooters called the Powerwing. The Solowheel, an electric one wheeled vehicle you may have seen people riding around in the streets on. And the extremely popular hoverboard. But the ones that have caused fires are not mine. In fact, you probably have never seen mine: the original hoverboard called the Hovertrax which I later licensed to Razor. 99% of the hoverboards you have seen are illegal knockoffs. Based on a Chinese government report, there were over 1000 hoverboard makers who exported 4.6 billion dollars of hoverboards in 2015. The number didn’t go down in 2016 or 2017. For the 7 infringed inventions, I successfully sued many factories in China in the past 16 years. So, the Chinese patent system is working. The government has been trying hard to protect intellectual property. Things are improving every year. Now they have added specific intellectual property courts in the major cities. My last case was in an intellectual property court. I heard that the penalties will be increased on infringers. For the products that are not too popular, the problems were solved after I sued a few infringers. But for the popular products it has not worked. The problem is that there are too many infringers. You know China is the largest product maker. All of the factories are constantly seeking products to make. You can sue a few but there are many more. Often, when you win a lawsuit and shut the factory down, they will reopen again with a different name. Two Chinese judges on two different cases talked to me on the phone to explain the situation in China. They advised me to help create jobs by licensing to the factories instead. I realized it’s impossible to stop all of them by suing. For a legal system to work we must assume most people obey the law. You can imagine if half the citizens don’t follow the law in our community, our police simply cannot protect the rest of us. It becomes a war, which is what I am facing in China for intellectual property. However, I am not saying that half the Chinese factories don’t follow the intellectual property law. It’s just that they don’t understand it. For one thing, many of them are confused about the definition of “inventorship”. I’ve met a factory owner who said, “our engineers didn’t copy your product, we only saw your Hovertrax Kickstarter project and then created the same on our own.” Also, someone showed me a Chinese news broadcast talking about a young inventor who invented the electrical one-wheel vehicle. They reported that the he saw my Solowheel on the web and then he created his own. So, he is considered an inventor of Solowheel, too. Furthermore, much of the Chinese public don’t know that stealing intellectual property is a crime. I’ve also found out that most factories don’t even know where inventions come from. They make something because they see their neighbor is making it and figure that it must make money, so they copy the copies. I don’t know if you have heard this, but often in one area or town, everybody makes the same thing. I saw a town where everybody makes ties. 80% of the ties made in China come from there. The tie you are wearing today may have come from there. In another town, everybody either does aluminum extrusion or makes lingerie. And, the 1000 hoverboard makers are mostly in two cities. So, whether it’s a tie, lingerie or the hoverboard, they just want to make whatever their neighbors are making to be sure they can make money. When Amazon froze all the hoverboard factory accounts, lots of people protested in front of the Amazon building in China with signs that said, “give us back the money from the blood and sweat of our labor”. Someone told me that I was destroying the Chinese hoverboard industry if I sued. So, they only see the value of the product they made from their hard work. They are missing the fact that the idea of the product must come from someone. I started to realize that in China, intellectual property is still a relatively new concept. And it will take time for the Chinese people to understand and respect intellectual property. In fact, the US and many other countries went through similar issues when their patent systems started. I’ve even gone through this process myself. After coming to the US I was hired to design agricultural instruments. The first thing I proudly said to my boss was that I could redesign any of those instruments in the market. Make them cheaper. Sound familiar? Instead he asked me if I could design something new, something better. After I started my own business, I bought a competitor’s instrument and asked my engineer to reverse engineer it, so we could use the technology for part of our own product. Even though there was no patent on that product, he was reluctant to do it. I have to say living in America changed the way I think. After my own inventions were on the market, I never again wanted to make anything that other people had made before. The creative culture of America helped me become creative, too. You can imagine that if I had stayed in China, I might have become one of the most successful copiers! I believe Chinese companies want to do the right thing. It’s a learning process and China will get there some day. I can already see the difference from a few years ago. Many factories now ask me to license to them. It’s a step in the right direction. We have a great country and we should also try to understand others that are working their way up to our level of understanding. My conclusion is that enforcement is often necessary and effective, but if you have a popular consumer product, don’t drive yourself crazy trying to sue everyone who copies it. Consider using the money to invest in more marketing and branding, and use your patent to support them. If your product is good, it will get copied, but don’t let it discourage you. Keep inventing.
But First, The Purple Board
Ever wonder how the popular hoverboard came to be? While at a trade show to showcase the Solowheel, Ywanne got bored and decided to ride two Solowheels at the same time. While watching her, Shane got a crazy idea. He decided he was going to make another personal rideable, this time with two wheels. He started with a sketch of a single board with the wheels tucked up inside, so it gives the allusion of hovering as you ride. He then created a working prototype and dubbed it The Purple Board. Unfortunately, the wheels were too small for the size of the board. So, Shane went back to the drawing board. After a few trial and errors, Shane decided to move the wheels to the outside of the board and to redesign the board to allow more independent balancing on each wheel. This also allowed the board to be more responsive to the rider during turns. This new design became the widely recognized Hovertrax design of 2013. We’ve come a long way from those early Purple Board days. From the technological advances of the parts we use to learning how to develop rideables that are lighter, faster and more stylish. Our newest rideable, the IOTAtrax ( www.iotatrax.com ), is a perfect example! With a weight of only 15lbs and speeds up to 10 mph, this little rideable is set to be the next big thing. Pre-order yours today for only $499! But hurry, the pre-order sale ends February 28, 2018.
IOTAtrax takes home “Top Tech Award—Rideables” at CES
“The IotaTrax is far more compact and portable than any hoverboard you’ll find.” —Digital Trends PRE-ORDER NOW ($499 Until Feb 28th) One week before CES, we didn’t have any plans on attending. No booth, no media appointments, no preparation for the event whatsoever. In fact, our prototypes were still in production. Then a few days before the event we got word that we had three prototypes on the way. A couple long and tiring days later we were in Las Vegas.. And it couldn’t have gone much better. Early day 1, we were already making appointments for sneak peaks and early looks at Shane Chen’s latest creation. By the end of day 1, we had already met with Digital Trends, had an in-depth product review, were catching the eyes of everyone we passed and were reading an incredible review of the IOTAtrax. PRE-ORDER NOW ($499 Until Feb 28th) If you don’t already know, Shane Chen, the inventor of the IOTAtrax, was also the inventor of the original hoverboard (Hovertrax). Not the low-quality copy cats that never seem to go away, but the first one. He’s also the original inventor of the Solowheel. Now he’s back for round 3 with his latest innovation and the next step in rideables—the IOTAtrax. Shane took what he learned from the Hovertrax and Solowheel to arrive at what he feels is the perfect balance in rideables—something that is not only super easy to maneuver on, but also comfortable to cruise along on at higher speeds for long distances. Its also super compact and light, which makes it easy to take it with you when you’re not riding. And because its so compact and low to the ground, it’s a cinch to learn. CES was our official launch and we’re so excited we were able to make it happen. We’re currently taking pre-orders at IOTAtrax.com until February 28th, when the we will start shipping. Retail is $599, but all pre-orders will only cost you $499. Happy Riding 😊 Read the awards show article here PRE-ORDER NOW ($499 Until Feb 28th) PRE-ORDER NOW ($499 Until Feb 28th)
Unicycles and Lunicycles
We recently visited with the Lake Oswego Unicycle club that meets at Lakeridge Jr. High School to introduce them to the Lunicycle. Everyone was eager to get on and start riding the Lunicycles, including the club director and a couple parent volunteers. Before they started, we explained the subtle differences between riding a traditional unicycle and riding the Lunicycle; that they need to lean forward on the Lunicycle as opposed to leaning back on a unicycle, they need to bend their knees and keep low on the Lunicycle, they need to squeeze against the leg supports while riding the Lunicycle, and when they want to turn they need to twist at their knees as opposed to twisting at their waist. Once the kids were able to get on the Lunicycles they all were riding like pros within a few short minutes. At the end of the club time the kids were asked, compared to when they learned to ride the unicycle, which was easier to learn and they all said the Lunicycle! We are excited to follow up with the club in a few weeks to see how they’ve enjoyed the Lunicycle and to see how they’ve improved!
What’s In Your Toy Box?
This past summer we had the opportunity to take part in the second season of ABC’s The Toy Box , a Shark Tank type show where kids are the judges. We had a great time participating in the show and our experience was similar to that of other national television shows that have featured our products. We decided to send Ywanne, Shane’s daughter, to Los Angeles to represent Inventist and to introduce the world to hers and Shane’s favorite invention, the Orbitwheel. It was a whirlwind of a trip for Ywanne, spending most of her time either behind the scenes or on set. “It was a fun and great experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity to appear on the show, and to compete with a group of such talented and creative inventors.” The Orbitwheel segment aired on Sunday, November 5. If you haven’t watched it already, check out the video below to see how the Orbitwheel did!
Another Chance to Back the Iota
We know, we know. Our Solowheel Iota Kickstarter campaign has concluded and you’ve been kicking yourself for the past week for not getting in while you could to back the campaign and be one of the first people to receive an Iota. Well dry those tears friends, because we are now teaming up with Indiegogo and their InDemand program, giving YOU another chance to get in on the ground floor with our amazing latest creation! With the Indiegogo InDemand program we will be able to increase the awareness of our product, gain additional backers, continue to raise funds towards building the product, and collect additional pre-order sales. This is the first time we have worked with the Indiegogo team and we are excited to see where this opportunity takes us. To receive updates on the Iota and this project, (and to finally get a good nights’ sleep) click the following link and back the Iota! https://igg.me/at/solowheeliota .
Making the Future
Ever wonder how we are able to keep some of our prototypes a secret? It’s not always easy; sometimes it involves a lot of trust in the manufacturer, and sometimes it involves keeping some of the products in-house until we are able to patent the product. But, building prototypes in-house can be tricky. Especially when the product requires a part that can’t be found at a local hardware store. So, what do we do when this happens? We turn to our trusty 3D printer! 3D printers have come a long way since they were first brought to the market. People have been able to successfully replicate a range of products from tools and small appliances to clothes, to musical instruments and camera lenses. By using our internal 3D printer, we are able to simply print the part or a model of what we need. Thus, streamlining the production of certain prototypes, minimizing the possibility of copycat products, and keeping our designs in-house. It’s technology like this that make what we do possible and makes us excited for what’s to come!
Come One, Come All
Trying to come up with a captivating trade show booth can be tough. Nowadays you need to include more than just a large banner, you need multimedia capabilities to really engage the audience. But bringing, or even renting an extra screen, projector, laptop, and extension cords can be a hassle. Even more, once you get your booth set up the way you want it, you almost always end up tripping over the cords and constantly walking in front of your media display. Enter Inventist with our new patented trade show booth design. With our display, you have both your banner and screen for multimedia projection all in one! Plus, it allows a projector to hide under the display so cords are out of the way and booth attendees can walk about without interfering with their media presentations, leaving the display to be the “big screen” attention grabber! Inventor and CEO, Shane Chen, and Chief Product Evangelist, Claude Rorabaugh, will be presenting this display live at the Exhibitor Live Conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas March 13-15, 2017. They desire to meet with trade show display makers who might be interested in a licensing agreement. The future of trade shows just got a whole lot brighter! Photos in order from top to bottom: an enhanced image of the entire Inventist trade show booth with the pre-printed background and a video on the top screen , an extreme close-up of the projection screen material, and a medium shot of our pre-printed display with the blank screen.
Happy National Inventors Day
In recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world, Congress designated February 11 as National Inventors’ Day back in 1983 because it was the birthday of inventor Thomas Alva Edison. Edison held over 1,000 patents from the light bulb to the motion picture camera and was affectionately known as America’s greatest inventor. While it’s true we’ve all come to depend on Edison’s inventions, we’d also like to take the time to recognize another very important inventor in our lives. Our founder, Shane Chen, is the brilliant mind behind all our inventions here at Inventist. Shane has over 30 patents, from the Aqua Skipper to the new Solowheel Iota. Many of his inventions have gotten national and even worldwide attention, being featured on such programs as QVC and CNBC’s Squawk Box. We’ve also received images and videos of fans using his inventions in Australia, Italy, and Russia. Shane, as your staff, we would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday and to say a BIG thank you for all you do! For us, this day will always be National Inventist Day! 😉
Inventist to display new exhibit projection screen at the Exhibitor Live conference.
Inventist will be showing a new projection screen and back drop at the Exhibitor Live conference. With this lightweight screen, exhibitors no longer need to rent or take large screen monitors or fight with projectors in the high light levels at trade shows. Our patented screen fabric can be your “big screen” conference attention grabber! Inventist desires to license our patent. See the Inventist team, Shane Chen, Ywanne Chen and Claude Rorabaugh at booth 1911. The exhibit hall will be open March 13 through 15, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Presenting the Solowheel Iota
Get ready for the smallest, greenest, and most convenient e-vehicle ever invented! Yes, we know we said that about the original Solowheel, but now that title goes to our newest project, the Solowheel Iota. The Iota will feature 8” wheels and will weigh only 8 lbs., making it much easier to carry when you’re not able to ride it. After creating the original Solowheel and the Hovertrax, we realized that there was a definite need and desire for smaller, elegant devices which would be used more for play and less for transportation. So, we took an extended look into the human dynamics of different standing positions and wheel arrangements and adopted a lower two-wheeled stance. The Iota will be a hybrid idea between the Solowheel and the Hovertrax, making the device easy to learn and more versatile than the Hovertrax. The Iota is slated to be available for purchase in September 2017. Sales price will be approx. $600 and it will feature: Up to an 8-mile range (12.8 km) Capable of 10 mph (16 kph) Climb an incline of 15 degrees Weigh approx. 8 lbs. (3.6 kg) Width of 7” (17.8 cm) A weight limit of 250 lbs. (113.4 kg) Inflatable 8” (20 cm) wheels 1000-watt motor 100-wh lithium ion battery Approx. 40-minute charge time Front and rear lights Plus, the Iota will be the first Solowheel to be produced right here in the US! We Kickstarted the Iota on January 24 th and was “super funded” within 3 days! For more information and a video of the Iota, please see our Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/687658339/solowheel-iota-a-mini-personal-e-vehicle?token=38748cc2
C.E. Rorabaugh joins Inventist as Chief Product Evangelist
Long time acquaintance of CEO Shane Chen, Claude Rorabaugh, just joined Inventist as Chief Product Evangelist. Claude is no stranger to us as he helped launch several products in late 2005 including the AquaSkipper. Claude is looking forward to the opportunities of working with our partners, reps, and retailers to improve the lines of communication and product exposure. Early in his career he developed the first practical “man-overboard” UL and USCG approved survival suit for Harvey’s of Seattle. The last few years he has been involved in high stakes licensing exams and other educational services distributed over the Internet. He and his wife Deborah live live nearby in Washougal, WA. Their son Dr. Adam is the senior archaeologist for the Colville tribe near Grand Coulee, WA.
Solowheel in Italy!
We are so proud of our distributor in Naples, Italy – Solowheel Italia! In May 2015, we were lucky enough to travel to beautiful Italy and be there for their grand opening. Now, a little over a year later, things are booming! They are doing an amazing job getting the Solowheel out into the public with their fantastic video promotions – showing the Solowheel all over gorgeous Naples! If you haven’t already, visit their Facebook page to see more. http://www.solowheel-italia.it/ https://www.facebook.com/solowheelita/ They are also rolling out our newest Solowheel product – the Scorpion!
Lunicycles and Gymnasts
Today we ventured to Naydenov Gymnastics Gym in Vancouver, WA to see if the local gymnasts would be interested in learning to ride our newest product, the Lunicycle. Not only were the girls intrigued; they were ecstatic to ride it! Seeing these young ladies take to the Lunicycle with ease was astonishing. With minimal direction they were helping each other move across the floor flawlessly. There were definitely a few Lunicycle stars and we can’t wait to meet with them again and see their progress. We’re hoping that we can get a few talented young ladies and gentlemen for our upcoming national campaigns (more to come soon!) with new retailers and various media outlets. More Marketing was a New Years Resolution for the company. We’re working on that and SO MUCH MORE! Some very extreme changes are coming soon. Join us for the ride! Check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
New Year, New Changes
What can you expect? · More inventions! · More productivity! · More Marketing! New Year, New Inventist. 2016 is our year! Any suggestions for us? Let us know!
And with the New Year comes…
Happy New Year! 2015 was a great year for Inventist; new product launches, licensing deals, entering huge retail stores, and who can forget the patent wars! We’re ready for all that 2016 has in store for us! With the New Year we’ll bring new products to market, have our brands in huge retail locations (on store shelves!!), and continue to provide quality products and customer service to our loyal patrons and followers. Anything we could improve on? Let us know! We’re focusing on being the best company we can be and we can’t do that without a little input from our biggest and best critics! The Holiday Season has officially passed. Now that things have slowed down around the office we’re prepared to buckle down and get ready for all we have in store for 2016. Our New Year’s Resolution is to bring new products to life and gain more brand recognition! What’s your Resolution? Also, we would like to take a minute to thank everyone who has purchased an Inventist product since the company first began. Without the backing and support from our valued patrons and followers we wouldn’t be where we are today. Keep an eye out for us 2016! We’re coming at you with full force!
Happy Holidays from Inventist, Inc! We wish you all have a wonderful day! Warm Wishes, Inventist Emloyees
From the beginning
1987: Professor Kazuo Yamafuji creates a two-wheel gyroscopic balancing device and files a patent application A paper co-written by Yamafuji: http://www.jomac.it/FILES%20RIVISTA/JoMaC08B/JoMaC08B.pdf 2001: Segway commercializes their product and patents specific refinements and improvements 2008: Toyota develops a leg-controlled two-wheel device, the Winglet Press release: http://www.toyota.co.jp/en/news/08/0801_1.html 2009: Honda develops a seated omnidirectional balancing mobility device, the U3-X Press release: http://world.honda.com/news/2009/c090924New-Personal-Mobility-Device/ 2010: Shane Chen invents the standing electric unicycle, the Solowheel and files a patent application for a standing one-wheeled vehicle concept 2012: Shane Chen begins developing the Hovertrax and files a patent application for a hands-free, foot-controlled balancing vehicle concept 2013: Kickstarter for the Hovertrax campaign launched: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/687658339/hovertrax/description
*photo by Daniel Shubin www.behance.net/SHUBIN Is Christmas already next week? It must be; products are flying out of the warehouse every day! If you haven’t purchased your Inventist product yet- do so soon! Christmas delivery deadlines are coming very quickly (December 21 st )! Inventist will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Our USPS order processing deadline is 11am PST on Wednesday and 3pm PST for UPS. We’re all very excited for Christmas! We’re especially excited to see all of the photos of our new customers enjoying their new toys! We would also like to address the unsafe Hoverboards circulating the US and European countries. If you purchased your unit from Amazon.com and your unit was not an official Razor Worldwide Hovertrax or Inventist, Inc Hovertrax: Please follow Amazons regulations and properly dispose of your unsafe units. Refunds are being issued to those who have purchased such products. Remember, these units are not safe! The batteries cannot properly power the units which causes the unit to combust. We wish everyone a safe Holiday!
CNBC Squawk Box
The Hovertrax has been getting a bad rap lately. Unfortunately, the reason is due to imitation boards that are cheaply made. More and more knock off boards have gone up in flames. Recently, a mall kiosk in Auburn, Washington (very close to home) selling counterfeit boards had a unit catch fire in front of customers and storefronts. “For no reason, it just exploded,” Kelli Steiner, who recorded the video, told CBS affiliate KIRO-TV . “And not just a little fire, exploded. Like combusted, the whole thing.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hoverboard-bursts-flames-washington-mall-article-1.2459742 Joalene Jolivette, our Global Marketing Director, journeyed to the CNBC office in New York to answer some very important questions about the Hovertrax. Educating consumers is very important as this problem continues to grow. http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000463336 A few takeaways from the video include: The Hovertrax will not overcharge if left charging for longer than necessary There have been no incidents with explosion or fires with our Hovertrax, or our other popular items that use the same high quality battery You get what you pay for. Consumer safety is our highest priority Quality products do come at a price. Please consider your options and choose the safest product on the market. Hovertrax can be found at Target, Nordstrom, Toys R Us, Brookstone, Dick’s, and Razor.com.
Are Hovertrax Safe?
Hovertrax are made with a Lithium Ion Battery with a powerful 96 Watt Hours. This battery can handle stress. Stress from rider usage and stress from charging. This battery can handle much more stress than any user could put on it. This is why our “Hoverboard” the Hovertrax is safe, reliable, and will not catch fire or explode. Knock off Hoverboard manufacturers use cheap and low quality batteries to power their units. These batteries may be Lithium Ion but they are not stable enough powerful enough to control a Hoverboard, let alone charge one. The lower the watt hours the cheaper the battery. The battery mixed with additional low quality components gets you a very low cost board. The 200$-500$ price tag of a “Hoverboard” should be a red flag. People can grumble all day about the price of the Hovertrax. But at the end of the day, the Hovertrax isn’t made of cheap parts and unsafe components. The facts are very clear; you get what you pay for and unfortunately many people are paying a lot more than what they intended to. Not only has money been burned away, but homes have been destroyed and injuries incurred courtesy of cheap and unsafe boards. When you purchase a Hovertrax you’re not only purchasing a quality board, you’re purchasing safety for the rider, and peace of mind that the product will operate as intended.
This week is a short week for Inventist employees. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday because of the Holidays; Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We hope you’re all reading this post from your comfy couches! Don’t forget to check out our Amazon.com shop for our Human Powered sale (Check our last post for more information)! We hope you all have, are having, or did have a great Thanksgiving! Office hours will be back to normal starting Monday morning. PS. New products are on the horizon! Be sure to “like” and “follow” our various social media accounts to keep in the loop!
A couple weeks ago we post a blog stating that Inventist would not be open on Black Friday. That statement is still true! We will, however, still participate in Black Friday deals via Amazon! Starting Friday the 27 th , we will begin our “Human Powered Sale” which will include the following products: The Alkacharger ($15.00 off), Roll Up Sail (50% off!), and the beloved Lunicycle (50% off)! Holy deals Batman! The Alkacharger is one of our oldest products. It charges non-rechargeable Alkaline, Ni-Cd, and Ni-Mh batteries. Do you have kids who go through batteries like mad for their game console controllers? Don’t want to spend $50.00 on batteries each month? Then the Alkacharger is perfect for you! The Roll Up Sail, or RUS, is another brilliant invention by Chen. As an avid windsurfer Chen came up with this idea for Paddle boarders. The Roll Up Sail mounts to a standard paddle and allows you to harness the power of the wind! When you don’t want to use the Roll Up Sail simply roll it back up into the handle and continue paddling. Don’t miss out on this great deal! When the RUS runs out, it runs out for good! Finally, we’re having a great deal on our beloved Lunicycle. The Lunicycle was a Kickstarter success earlier this year. Everyone loves the Lunicycle! It looks deceivingly difficult to ride but it truly isn’t. For most people, learning how to ride the Lunicycle is easier than learning how to ride a regular unicycle. Don’t believe us? Order one this Black Friday and try it out yourself. Since Inventist will be closed for the Holidays this deal will only be live via Amazon.com. We hope you guys check out our sale and grab some truly unique products for your Holiday Season. We have products to fit everyone on your list!
How Hoverboards Work
Important Things Every Hoverboard User Should Know Self-balancing devices detect when you’re tipping forward or backward. When there’s a change in angle, the motor(s) accelerate toward the direction of the change. (The vehicle accelerates forward when it’s tipping forward.) The acceleration corrects the angle change. That’s how a hoverboard stays balanced, and it’s also how you can make it move by shifting your weight between your toes and heels. Since this is similar to the way we walk and run, riding a self-balancing vehicle feels natural and enjoyable. But while we can feel whether our legs are tired and we know how fast we can move them, we can’t intuitively tell how close a hoverboard is to its maximum power while we’re riding it. If your hoverboard isn’t very powerful, you could be constantly on the verge of falling down and not know it. Here are some technical details that could help you stay safe. Motor · You don’t need much power to move at a constant speed on flat ground. · Normal electric scooters with wheels in the front and back only need around 200W of power—that’s how much a hoverboard uses while cruising at steady speed on a smooth level surface. · But a hoverboard will need a huge surge of power when you hit a bump in the ground, when you accelerate or try to stop quickly, or when a beginner doesn’t have good control of the vehicle (among other situations). In those cases you may need as much as 1000W in order to continue balancing. · So the more motor power a balancing scooter has, the safer it is. · For instance, Hovertrax has 1000W of power (500W on each side); of the counterfeits we’ve tested so far, we haven’t found any that have that much power. Most only have around 250W on each side. · When you’re choosing a hoverboard, try to find out how much power it has—the more the better. Battery · All hoverboard batteries are lithium ion batteries, but there are different types within that category. Some are better-suited than others for self-balancing vehicles. · A hoverboard’s battery must supply enough current to handle surge power when required by the motor. · In other words, even if a motor is capable of 1000W, it won’t do any good if the battery doesn’t reliably provide enough power at those crucial moments. · Among the counterfeits we’ve tested, most used name brand batteries, but chose a low-current option for a lower cost. Those batteries don’t have enough surge power capability. · A lightweight rider (under 120lbs) can get away with using a low-powered board. Everyone else should exercise more caution. · When riding a low-powered unit, you probably feel just fine most of the time, but you are in fact more likely to have an accident. Fires · There have been several reports of hoverboards catching fire or even exploding. · This mostly seems to happen while charging, but there has been at least one incident where it happened during riding. · In some cases this has caused house fires and injuries. · The fires may be caused by certain types of batteries that are easily flammable. They may also be caused by faulty charging adapters. · Unfortunately it can be hard to tell for sure whether your unit and/or its charger can start a fire. · If you’re not sure, then don’t leave your hoverboard unattended while it’s charging (that includes charging it overnight while you sleep!). You also shouldn’t charge it in a part of the room that’s very close to you, such as under a desk you’re sitting at.
Rainy Days in the PNW
Fall has truly begun. Leaves are falling, rain is falling, but Inventist is moving on up! We’re set to be in major department stores this year and early next year. Things are hectic around the office but it’s all going to be worth it! We’d love to hear from you when you can see our products in your local Target, Toys R Us, Brookstone, and Best Buy! Even though fall is setting in there is still much to look forward to and plenty of opportunities to take your Solowheel out for strolls. There’s not much better than zooming around the PNW on a Solowheel in the Fall. Get the family together and hit the trails before this beautiful season ends! Solowheels are incredibly easy to travel with. Keep it with you at all times; you never know when the need for Solowheeling will strike! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. To all of our loyal customers and new customers: we will be closed the 26 th and 27 th of this month, as well as the 24 th and 25 th of next month . This means that we will not be shipping any products those days. All orders place on those days will be received and sent the following Monday. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Happiest of Holidays to you all!
Late October, REI announced that they will be closing the doors to all their storefronts the day after Thanksgiving, AKA Black Friday. REI is a huge outdoor retailer in the Pacific Northwest and the go to store for all outdoor/camping/and recreational activities. This is incredible and one heck of a campaign that has gained a lot of following! REI would greatly benefit from keeping their 143 storefronts open on Black Friday, regardless of any deals. Instead, they’re encouraging their employees to enjoy time with their loved ones and to head outside! Inventist, Inc will also be shutting the doors and closing down headquarters for the Holiday. Unlike REI we conduct most of our business through e-commerce and don’t see many visitors, so shutting down the office doesn’t seem like a huge deal. But to us employees it’s greatly appreciated. Inventist has always closed their doors the day after Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. It’s a practice that is all too uncommon among major retailers. Each year, Black Friday gets more and more hectic. It’s not even Black Friday anymore. It’s more like “Black Thursday after eating Thanksgiving dinner with your family” day. The sales aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, so why bother? We stand behind the #OptOutside campaign and greatly encourage everyone who is given the day off to head outside and avoid the stores! That TV will be on sale again next week, the DVD’s will still be there, and that Playstation or Xbox deal will be back again before Christmas. Instead, jump on your Solowheel, Hovertrax, Orbitwheels or Lunicycle and have an adventure outside! Our products are perfect for family fun. The possibilities are endless with all of our crazy and exciting products. After an incredible day outside with your family head back inside for leftover Turkey sandwiches! If you don’t already have a Solowheel, Hovertrax, Orbitwheels or Lunicycle then head over to www.inventist.com to get yours BEFORE Black Friday! Because it won’t ship until the following Monday anyways
The Daily Show
Be on the lookout for the Hovertrax to appear on The Daily Show by the end of the year (the crew said the segment will be ready in 3-5 weeks)! The film crew from The Daily Show has commandeered our Headquarters for the day. It’s business as usual for most of us but we can all hear the comical scenes being shot with Jessica Williams all around our building. The story is about the Hovertrax of course. Everyone is buzzing about “Hoverboards” since Back to the Future day on October 21 st . While the Hovertrax doesn’t quite hover, it’s as close as you can get. The big scoop involves the various lawsuits happening now, or that have already happened- check out the interview when it airs on Comedy Central to get the full story. Filming has been going on all day and is still in full swing. We’re all looking forward to seeing the final product. There are some scenes that sound hilarious! And, you get to see Jessica Williams learn how to Hovertrax! Recently, another Comedy Central star, Daniel Tosh purchased Hovertrax for his personal use. Naturally, Daniel has already used the Hovertrax in his show Tosh.0. The skit shows Daniel riding his Hovertrax around the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas getting ready to place a bet on the Dolphin/Patriot game. Daniel actually placed a bet on the game to raise money for his friend, and fellow comedian Andy Ritchie, to assist Andy with his medical bills. Daniel raised an initial $25,000 for his friend by selling random props from his show and then doubled it to $50,000 after the successful game bet. See the clip and read the full story with the link below: http://thecomicscomic.com/2015/10/29/daniel-tosh-raises-25000-for-andy-ritchies-medical-bills-doubles-down-betting-it-on-football/
Star Wars, Photo shop, and a lot of fun
Since we’re all incredibly excited for this movie to come out we’ve had a little too much fun with photo shop. Pictured above is my favorite edit with the Solowheel Xtreme. Yoda is clearly discussing meal plans with a couple Wookiees. What do you think they’re discussing? Have you seen our fun edits on our Facebook pages, Instagram, and Twitter? If you haven’t, check them out! Facebook.com/inventistinc Facebook.com/officialsolowheel Facebook.com/Lunicycle Instagram.com/inventistinc Twitter.com/inventistinc Have any recommendations on a new edit? Send your ideas our way! Want to be incorporated into a photo? Send us a picture of you riding your Inventist product and we’ll do just that! Send your photos to: Customerservice@inventist.com or send them via Facebook/Instagram/Twitter messaging
Here at Inventist we do a lot of tradeshows and small events throughout the year. Showing our products, even at large events such as CES, the International Home and Housewares Show, Toy Fair, and Outdoor Retailer, still hasn’t been enough to capture awareness for our brand. We are a leader in the green technology/commuting industry and we’re always thinking up a new toy, rideable, or more efficient way to go about daily activities. The Alkacharger charges non-rechargeable batteries, the Ultradrainer is a multipurpose kitchen tool that saves time and space in the kitchen, and the Solowheel is a zero-emission vehicle to get you from point A to B. Our products are efficient, innovative, and fun! But public awareness has been lacking…until now! As early as this upcoming Holiday Season you will start to see the Inventist name in large, and very well known department stores such as Nordstrom and Toys R Us. We’re extremely excited that consumers across the United States will see our products while walking down the aisles of popular stores. Not only are we getting Inventist in to these stores, we are also keeping those pesky knockoffs from getting their feet in the door. Once these large department stores learned that our products are the only legitimately patented products they sought to get them on their shelves. The road has been long, but we’re start to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Let us know when you spy an Inventist creation in the aisles of your local Toys R Us, Nordstrom, Brookstone, Target, Sears, and Kmart! And don’t forget about our newest celebrities that have their very own Hovertrax or Solowheel! With popular celebs zooming around town on our devices we’re seeing awareness increase. Our products are no longer “the hoverboard thing” or “whatever that is” (referring to the Solowheel), they’re the Hovertrax and Solowheel by Inventist, Inc. More and more people each day realize that Inventist products are the patented, legal, and more superior product on the market and we couldn’t be more ecstatic.
What is a patent anyways?
A lot of people out there know about patents. The extent of that knowledge varies. If you were to ask random individuals walking down the street you may not find the correct answer. The answer is, “It is a property right for an invention granted by a government to the inventor. A United States patent gives inventors the right “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling their invention throughout the United States or importing their invention into the United States for a limited time. In exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted and for fees paid to the United States.” (Bellis, “What Is A Patent?”). With that cleared up we can get into specifics. There are a few different types of patents. For the purposes of this article we’ll be focusing on two; utility and design. Creating something new and innovative is increasingly difficult as we dive further and further into the future. Technology has come so incredibly far in the last hundred years, not mention ten years! A utility patent is given to those who have invented a new process or product that is useful, and perhaps that has been an improvement upon such a product. In the United States, the invention being patented may not have been made public in any way, in any country, for one year prior to the application date. The invention must also be non-obvious, meaning, “An invention involves an inventive step if, when compared with what is already known, it would not be obvious to someone with a good knowledge and experience of the subject, for example, if you just make cosmetic changes that is obvious.” (Bellis, “What Can Be Patented?”). A design patent is just that. A patent provided to protect the design of an invention. A design must be new and original to be granted a patent. Both patents permit the patent holder to keep others from manufacturing and selling products that infringe on their patent. But, that doesn’t always mean there won’t be any competition. Friendly competition is wanted, welcome, and keeps innovators on their toes. Reverse engineering products that have had years of hard work, research, and dedication poured into them is not considered friendly competition. Shane Chen dedicated much of his time to improving upon a large, bulky, pedestrian transportation device. Out of his enthusiasm came two fascinating and innovative creations; the Solowheel and the Hovertrax. Both of these products have come to be consumer favorites for countless reasons. The modern simplistic design make the products look like they came from the future. The absence of hulking handles and colossal wheels allow for easy and hassle free storage, not to mention easy travel via all types of transportation! To hold a patent for an invention the invention has to be different, new, inspiring, something that hasn’t been seen publicly before. This is what we’re about at Inventist. Creating the next level of innovation; creating the future. Move independently. Move freely. Move different. Ride the future. 1. Bellis, M. (n.d). What Can Be Patented? Retrieved September 17, 2015. 2. Bellis, M (n.d). What Is A Patent? Retrieved September, 17, 2015.
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