Kai Staats: innovations

Innovations

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Innovations 2017-04-10T11:17:30+00:00

Introduction
I present here a snapshot of my innovations. Most of my ideas were simply fun ideas not worthy of mass production or my attempt to bring them to market was ill timed or underfunded. These are the challenges of invention.

I look back and see clearly that my highest creative output was during those years while at Arizona State University, College of Architecture & Environmental Design where I completed my five year degree in Industrial Design.

That was an incredible time for me, every day spent thinking in three dimensions, sketching, and building prototypes. Over weekends I hold-up in my parents’ garage, little thought given to the heat of the Phoenix days or chill of the desert nights, for I was designing, building, tinikering.

From 1999 through 2008 my every waking moment was given to the challenge of running a software development company, but didn’t realize until after I sold Terra Soft how much I had lost my free-flowing creativity. I felt dry inside, and vowed to regain what once came so naturally to me.

In early December 2008 I loaded a file cabinet drawer and large cardboard box into my car, my life of invention sketches, drawings, and prototypes in transport. An hour later I arrived at my patent attorney’s office. To his surprise, I covered the entire conference table with a scattering of ideas. Laughing, he crossed his arms over his chest and said, “I have never had a client bring an entire file drawer of inventions to me. Sit down. You want a beer?”

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