Mar 1, 2010 8:16 AM by Matt Stafford

Designing phase: On your way to inventing a new you

In a tough economy, it would be a nice to be able to cash in on that great idea for an invention you've had.  Continuing the series "Inventing a new you," Dr. Michael Larson with U.C.C.S. shows how you can get to the design phase after you find that great idea.

After working with the Arthritis Foundation, Pat Going found a need for assistance with doorknobs.

"The original concept was to help people with hand impairments, but quite frankly the application is so much more broad," says Going, co-inventor of the Great Grip, a product used to make turning a round doorknob easier.

Going brought his idea to the mind studios at U.C.C.S. for some designing help.

"We talked about getting that great idea, but the next step is developing it and it's good to have a game plan," says Dr. Larson, with Mind Studios at U.C.C.S.  "You need a plan for your product, but there is a creative way of getting there so you can invent a new product and invent a new you."

The market for Going's Great Grip started picking up quickly.

"We took that concept and literally started making prototypes, and that's always what you need to do," Going says.  "We created several drawings, went through several prototypes, which is the beauty of having these services here."

Going says there's a lot to learn along the way, which to him is part of the fun.

"In the process of that you find out what doesn't work," says Going.  However, when things go right, they can be considered small miracles.

"Then once we have that prototype you can get costing and find out who can manufacture it, and then have a viable product that people will buy," Going explains.

"Those are all important parts to the process, but they're pointless if you miss the next step we'll be talking about, protecting your idea," explains Dr. Larson. "You need to know how to save your great idea from being stolen."

In the next part of the series, Dr. Larson brings in help idea protection for a group of local inventors.

If you want to get in touch with the mind studios at U.C.C.S., you send in an email to



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