Inventions

Inventor to try crowdfunding to launch cycling product

August 20, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An Indiana inventor plans to use the power of the people—and the World Wide Web—to secure funds to produce prototypes for the Land Zeppelin, an apparatus that allows bicyclists to ride in the rain without getting wet.
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IU professors' invention tracks eyes to detect brain injuries

January 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Two Indiana University School of Optometry professors are tackling diagnosis of one of the most difficult medical problems facing sports teams at every level: head injuries.
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Tiny Lebanon firm prevails in multimillion-dollar patent caseRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In the past 18 months, Larry Durkos—who invented a machine that attaches metal bed box springs and coils to wood frames—has scored two stunning victories over Leggett & Platt Inc., a Missouri-based box-spring conglomerate.
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VIDEO: 12 startup pitches distilled to 3 minutes

October 19, 2012
Mason King
startup bowl watch videoBoiling down the dozen pitches from budding entrepreneurs at Thursday's Startup Bowl reveals vital themes: the mammoth influence of mobile, an intense craving for consumer data, and the relentless pursuit of revenue.
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Inventor on quest to bring medical device to marketRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Licensed practical nurse Nic Davis invented a device to kill and prevent the introduction of microorganisms that collect at catheter ports.
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Phase 10 inventor folds in dispute over top-selling card game

November 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The inventor of the world's second-best-selling card game has settled a lawsuit with Fundex Games, the Plainfield company that markets and distributes Phase 10.
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Entrepreneur says quality of venture capital as important as quantity

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jim Pearson knows a thing or two about raising money from venture capitalists. And he has some advice for BioCrossroads: Teach entrepreneurs the value of money.
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Engineer doubles as inventorRestricted Content

December 26, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Hidden Toilet Paper, a small business in Fishers, patented a device that installs toilet-paper rolls into walls, keeping paper safe from pets and children.
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Simple invention targets blanket problem for surgical patientsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
In a state steeped in advanced research that spawns biomedical companies by the dozen, Apricity LLC is preposterously low-tech, given that its latest product is nothing more than a warm blanket.
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Harlan Bakeries sues vendor over equipment glitchesRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Harlan Bakeries recently filed a lawsuit against equipment vendor Doboy Inc., saying it provided faulty equipment to package Harlan's cream-cheese-filled bagels.
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Linking specialties is key to life sciencesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
The Indiana Innovation Alliance will bring together researchers from both IU and Purdue and keep much intellectual property innovation in Indiana.
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Indy Power drops electric-car focus for more lucrative control boxesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After a stint making parts for electric cars, Symphony Motors recently became Indy Power Systems, changing course to make power control boxes for a variety of vehicles and also industrial and military applications.
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Local company out to turn algae into fuel of futureRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Stellarwind is believed to be the first algae-oil company in Indiana and among dozens of others around the country at the forefront of what's being called the third wave of biofuels production.
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Proprietary developments withering from recessionRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Financing is the lifeblood of companies turning intellectual property into a product or service, but turbulent economic conditions have made it increasingly difficult to raise cash from investors who are content to wait out the storm by concentrating on their existing portfolios.
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Pencil made from scrap tires wins space on Staples' shelvesRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
John Erlandson, 63, of Lebanon, holds the patent on a recycled-rubber pencil, which Staples plans to start selling in June.
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Automation hitting new levels at distribution centersRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Sam Stall
In early April, the 110,000-square-foot Indianapolis distribution center of California-based medical-device supplier DJO Inc. will quietly roll out a revolutionary automated package-handling system.
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NASA contracts soaringRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
NASA begins to award more grants to Indiana firms and universities.
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Purdue researchers tweak CT scanners to help lumber industry find knots, cracks, decay in treesRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Scott Olson
CT scanners have been used for decades to peer inside humans. Now a Purdue University researcher is training the technology on hardwood trees to help lumber mills get the most value from logs.
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Local chiropractor bounces into fitness businessRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Whitney Lee
Fishers chiropractor Steven Roberts had been teaching fitness classes using inflatable exercise balls for about seven years when he had a brainstorm—his adult clients might get even more out of them if the balls had handles.
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Ball State hopes for gold as students follow profs into new media venturesRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Students, commerce and emerging media have moved to the forefront of Ball State's mission under President Jo Ann Gora, attracting corporate dollars to the university.
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Phase 10 inventor's lawsuit sets up high-stakes fight

January 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
The man who created Phase 10 is suing to yank Plainfield-based Fundex Games' rights to make and market the popular card game.
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3M prepares launch of Hoosier startup's toothpasteRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In January, St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M will release "Clinpro 5000," a specialty toothpaste Indiana Nanotech developed.
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IT veteran to teach entrepreneurship classRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Indiana University will offer a new course on entrepreneurship in the information technology sector at the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI next semester.
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Businesses should note how consumers adapt inventions to fit their needsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Tim Altom
Consumers use online shopping carts for items that they're considering buying, not intent on buying.
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IU launches new energy research centerRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
IU has launched another energy research center, this time the Center for Research in Energy, administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in Bloomington.
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