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July 11th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Baby carrier support invention aims to make motherhood less painful

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Carrying babies in baby carriers can overstress arms, but this invention changes all that.

The 8th Annual DaVinci Inventor Showcase takes place on Oct 13 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Many innovations and inventions will take the center stage on this day. Nick Carbone will be presenting a device that is designed to aid in the baby carrying process. The product is unnamed yet, but if you come up with a good idea, give him a call and suggest it!

The following is a short interview with Nick about his product and business…

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The prototypes.

What was the defining moment that led you to create this product?
The defining moment was watching my two daughters struggle with the bulkiness and weight of their baby carriers. My invention, unlike others that only pad the carrier handle, actually redistributes the weight over a larger portion of the forearm relieving the pressure from the 2 inch wide carrier handle.

After you came up with the idea, how did you size up the market and decide who your customers would be?
I watched many mothers and fathers trying to deal with the weight of the carrier. Some were carrying it at arm’s length where it then bounced off their legs. Others had to carry it with two hands. I believe the market would be anyone who handles an infant in the combination infant car seat / baby carrier.

How did you go about naming your product?
Our patent lawyer called it a Supplemental Support for Infant Carrier Handle. We had other names, but thought we would leave that up to the company that produced it. (One possibility is the I-CARRY – Infant Carrier Arm Rest Relief [for] You.)

How long did it take you to create you initial prototype, and what problems did you run into along the way?
The device evolved over five versions. They were all built from various sizes of PVC pipes and attachment materials. Most took only a day or two to build. Each version was actually tested by one of my daughters. Both daughters and their husbands made suggestions that were incorporated into the next version. Both daughters are pregnant again, so I will start a new cycle of testing and development. The patent has the latest version with improvements. The problems were resolved using their recommendations (i.e., being sure there was a safety strap to prevent the support device from falling onto the baby).

How did you go about lining up the money you needed?
The cost of producing the prototypes was relatively inexpensive. The cost of the patent lawyer was considerably more. All the funding came from my savings.

Is this a product you’d like to produce and sell yourself, or are you wanting to license it to someone else?
I would like to license it to someone else. I sent the idea and patent material to Lambert and Lambert, Inc., a developer, who rated it high but not enough to produce it themselves (86 out of 107 points), and One Step Ahead, who has yet to respond.

What all channels are you using to market your product?
It is listed on Lambert and Lambert’s “Invent Spark, Invention and Innovation Marketplace” website.

How many people do you currently have involved in your business?
Myself, my wife, and my daughters.

How do you define success?
Licensing the invention to a large juvenile products company with worldwide distribution.

Where do people go to find out more about your product?
The only place currently is the Invent Spark website. Hopefully, it will get exposure at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase.

For more information on this product, contact:
Nick Carbone
Nick Carbone Consulting, Inc.
720-381-6921
nick.carbone@word.net

For more info on the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, go HERE

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