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Hand Grinding Device (M):

This invention is a mechanism comprised of two gloves with grinding hardware used to both grind and catch food as well as other objects.

Rigging Shackle (M):

This invention is an improvement on an existing ear and pin device used to secure lighting equipment for venues. It allows a contractor to avoid the problem of lost or dropped pens, which can result in damage or injury, by means of connecting the two ears with the pin. The inventor is a seasoned contractor in the lighting and venue industry. 

Graphene Generating Apparatus (M):

This invention is a machine that uses a low-voltage liquid metal catalyst carbon dioxide reduction process to produce graphene carbon.

Eyepiece Using a Fiber Optic Faceplate (M):

This invention allows multiple people to view an object through the scope of a telescope or camera or allows one person to view an enlarged image of the object. The inventor is a Client Support Specialist with an interest in astrophotography.

Apparatus for High Flow Liquid Nutrient Application for Crops (M/E):

This invention allows farmers and manure applicators to apply liquid manure at much faster rates and longer into the growing season of crops than what is currently available. The inventor is an entrepreneur in the farming and liquid manure industries and is in the final stages of drafting and filing a provisional application.

Intrusion Detection System Triggered Circuit Terminator (E/M):

This invention is a computer security system that detects and protects against intrusions on a network utilizing a mechanism within the device that disconnects from the networks gateway (e.g., router). The inventor has a degree in computer programming and filed a pro se non provisional on 7/9/20.

Multi-Use Exercise Apparatus (M):

The invention is a device that allows an individual to do various resistance exercises using hydraulic and pneumatic mechanisms.

Golfer’s Alignment Aid (M):

This invention is a device which aids a golfer in improving their performance. Provisional application filed by volunteer attorney on 6/10/19.

Haircutting Device (M):

This invention is a single guide tool used as a template for a haircut such that the user could perform their own haircut.

HVAC Air Manipulation Device (M):

This invention is a device which re-directs and balances the air flow in HVAC systems. Inventor is a HVAC technician who has experienced a substantial improvement in the effectiveness of HVAC systems when employing this invention.

Orbital Engine (M):

This invention is an improved mechanical engine device. The inventor is a retired engineer.

Car-Top Mount with Density with Population Density Estimation (E):

This invention integrates with a global positioning service to estimate the density of a population in the vehicle’s vicinity. Non-provisional application filed by volunteer attorney on 2/28/2017 (Appl. No.: 15/445,045). Currently in prosecution stage.

Woodworking Tool (M):

This invention is a woodworking tool which is used to produce record adapters and is an improvement on existing products in terms of time, safety and precision. Inventor has a functional prototype. Inventor is a skilled and avid woodworker.

Autonomous Lawn Mower (M):

This invention is a lawnmower that uses software to be fully automated. The inventor is a software engineer.

Contagion Device (CP):

This invention is an apparatus designed to reduce or eliminate the contagious effects of coughing or sneezing.

Hair Color Mixing Device (CP):

This invention is a device used to improve the efficiency of mixing hair color.

Paper Towel Dispensing Device (CP):

This invention is a convenient and efficient in-car paper towel dispenser. The inventor owns an experiential marketing business with her husband and is currently pursuing the commercialization of her technology with different household product companies.

Velcro Hair Cleaner (CP):

This invention is a device aids in the removal of hair.

Reading Aide Monitor (CP):

This invention is a wearable device which aides and tracks reading performance for children.

Lawn Wand (CP):

This invention is used to signal the location of a house.

Scented Umbrella (CP):

This invention is used to dispense a scent or odor on an umbrella.

Hair Wrap (CP):

This invention is an improvement on current overnight hair wrapping products.

Hand Warming Device (CP):

This invention is used to keep hand warms. 

Personal Vaporizer Holster (CP):

A detachable pivoting holster for personal vaporizers.

Dental Hygiene Kit (CP):

This invention is a compact travel kit for oral hygiene products.

Football Training Apparatus (CP):

This invention is a mechanical device that assists with the training of football athletes.

Pepper Spray Dispensing Phone Case (CP):

This invention is a phone case that dispenses pepper spray.

Mobile Application for Gait Analysis & Therapy (S):

This invention is a mobile application for patient gait and mobility assessment and self-administered incentive-based gait therapy. The inventors are four undergrad and graduate students from The Ohio State University.

General Control System Process (S):

This invention is a process to optimize the stability of any nonlinear electrical or software systems. The inventor is an undergraduate student studying electrical engineering at Cleveland State University.

Mental Health Mobile Application (S):

This invention is a mobile application that combines social medica, community forums, wellness tools and other functions to support mental health. The inventors are two medical students from The Ohio State University.

Pathways (S):

This invention is a software application to me used for medical documentation.