- Tell us something about yourself about your background.
I am originally from West Africa, my country is Ivory Coast. Living in America for 20 years now. I have been a janitor for 20 years now, living in Puyallup Washington state. My current job is light rail facility custodian for king county. I am married and have 4 beautiful kids.
- How/ why did you start inventing. What set you off?
Working as a janitor 20 years, I was dealing with problems that I believe every janitor and custodian knows what I am talking about.
- Can you list the products you have invented with a brief explanation of each?
Invention One: SLIP ALERT
- Background or Problem:
We all know that wet floor signs do not draw enough attention to a wet floor. Without enough warning, individuals are likely to slip even falling. With falls come injuries which are not only dangerous but also a liability for businesses. In America, we have over 2 million slip and falls, resulting in 10 billion on compensation. Then I decided to solve this problem by adding an addon to the wet floor sign, with a beeping led light and pre-recorded voice telling customers that caution the floor is wet called SLIP ALERT. See virtual video – this device will be helping blind people also. There are an estimated 12 million blind people in
America. I have seen blind people falling many times. As blind cannot see the wet floor sign but can hear my invention slip alert talking to him, and customers, workers, anyone.
- Does slip alert offer an easier efficient solution than what already exists and be able to compete with products already in the market?
There are dozens of various designed wet floor signs being used to warn people to be cautious currently on the market Currently, nothing is being sold on the market as an “add on ” to wet floor signs however, a simple sign is not enough to caution people as demonstrated by reflectors and even blinking lights that have added to construction signs, etc. By adding sight and sound, the SLIP ALERT warns people more effectively. The blinking light and sound system can be sold in a small, elegantly designed aftermarket device and purchased separately for a universal fit on any floor caution sign.
Invention Two: 2 in 1 easy bowl cleaning.
- Background or Problem:
Toilet and Urinal bowls are very messy to clean. First of all, you have to pour bowl solution cleaner on the toilet brush or in the urinal bowl and move fast enough to brush with the Solution. This is stressful and messy at the same time.
2 in 1 easy bowl cleaning carries the bowl cleaner solution holder combined with the toilet brush holder including the toilet brush. When you get ready to clean the toilet or urinal bowl, you open the lid of the solution holder, where you find the mix Solution bowl cleaner and then take your toilet brush from the Brush holder and get some bowl solution on the toilet brush. Start brushing your toilet bowl or urinal bowl with no mess or stress. 2 in 1 easy bowl cleaning, is very easy to be kept clean. All you have to do, when you get ready to clean the toilet brush holder, You just have to detach it from the bracket and rinse it with hot water. Same as the bowl solution holder, you opened the lid and rinse it with hot water. There is nothing in the market like “2 in 1 easy bowl cleaning” currently.The materials used to make this product is 100% plastic.
- How did you get from idea to where it is now?
First of all, it started with a drawing and writing of the problem solver, then to a 3D professional drawing.
- Let us know of useful resources that helped you i.e. books, websites, software, etc.
Invent right with Stephen Key and Andrew Krauss, Edison Nation, Lisa Lloyd marketing group, Idea pros., YouTube and Shark Tank
- Where can we get your products? Are they available for purchase?
My products are available for licensing.
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