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Thread: Ive Patented a Device-But what would it take to build?

  1. #1 Ive Patented a Device-But what would it take to build? 
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    Ok, ive patented a device (so dont even try to do it yourself! ^_^) and the next step is to go to a manufacturer, and id like to do that with at least a little bit of knowledge on how it would be accomplished-so i need to know some of the technical aspects involved.
    Anyway; my idea is a 'lost item locator' (better name pending) and there would be 3 initial parts to this device.

    1) the chips that you place on your easily lost objects (i.e keys, mp3 players, dead cellphones, wallets/purses, glasses, pet collars, etc)
    2) the locator
    3) the charger

    I envision a circular hand held device with (probably) 16 LEDs on the perimiter, and a display screen in the center, after attaching a chip to an object (then losing the object) the locator would communicate to the chip and one of the LEDs would light up to indicate direction of the chip/lost thing. The charger would be a plug-in base, with -and this is the greatest part- a page button to make the locator beep for when the hand-held locator inevitably becomes lost for those of us that are truly hopeless...

    What i want to know is the sort of electronic technology that would be required for this, what sorts of communications between locator and chip are available, (50ft range is adiquate, but maybe high end things could go up to a mile or whatever) how multiple chips would work with 1 locator, even estimations of voltages used, and all the other things a novice like me wouldnt forsee.. Any help would be very appreciated!!


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    It would be helpful if you could tell us where you have patented it (US, UK, etc) and what its patent number is.


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    Here's something similar to what you are describing, except it needs a battery powered receiver.

    http://www.hammacher.com/publish/741...promo=hc_tools
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    (He did not in fact patent it; this is obvious due to ophiolite's post and his lack of a response. Claiming a patent was only a means to intimidate us. Anyways, this already exists, there is no chance in hell the USTPO would allow for this, unless he lives in a different country. Anyways, you need to know the answers to the questions that he is asking in order to obtain a patent in the first place. This way likely some uneducated attempt to solicit information from us and actually make this patent. But as I stated, this already exists...you do not have to worry about giving us any ideas, we are not stupid enough to try to "steal" this from you. Now lets see if he responds )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Fusion
    He did not in fact patent it; this is obvious due to ophiolite's post and his lack of a response.
    I agree. I didn't even read his post, apart from the first sentence. The simple technique of asking for the patent number will uncover decpetion in an instant. (If the poster ever turns out to be genuine, then reference to the patent - available on the internet - makes giving advice so much easier.
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    Alright fine, the patent isnt due to go through for another year and a half, or 15.2 months since you people like to be exact, no its in the 'patent pending' stage-and i guess the country it hails from would be canada. I just figured i would ask people with knowledge in this subject thinking that it not only would be an interesting topic for you people to discuss, but that it may help me out. I dont care to 'solict information' from such pedantic means anyway, since im in talks with some people from rigstar communications about funding and development, and information that i did 'solicit' from you geniuses would have only made it to the level of suggestion anyway. sorry i didnt reply immedialy after your comments, but i dont have internet access for weeks and months at a time, let this 14 year old entrepreneurial kid appologize for his obtrusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd Ass City
    Ok, ive patented a device (so dont even try to do it yourself! ^_^) and the next step is to go to a manufacturer, and id like to do that with at least a little bit of knowledge on how it would be accomplished-so i need to know some of the technical aspects involved.
    Anyway; my idea is a 'lost item locator' (better name pending) and there would be 3 initial parts to this device.

    1) the chips that you place on your easily lost objects (i.e keys, mp3 players, dead cellphones, wallets/purses, glasses, pet collars, etc)
    2) the locator
    3) the charger

    I envision a circular hand held device with (probably) 16 LEDs on the perimiter, and a display screen in the center, after attaching a chip to an object (then losing the object) the locator would communicate to the chip and one of the LEDs would light up to indicate direction of the chip/lost thing. The charger would be a plug-in base, with -and this is the greatest part- a page button to make the locator beep for when the hand-held locator inevitably becomes lost for those of us that are truly hopeless...

    What i want to know is the sort of electronic technology that would be required for this, what sorts of communications between locator and chip are available, (50ft range is adiquate, but maybe high end things could go up to a mile or whatever) how multiple chips would work with 1 locator, even estimations of voltages used, and all the other things a novice like me wouldnt forsee.. Any help would be very appreciated!!

    I really don't know how the current chips work.

    However I would just design a little battery less AM radio receiver like the old battery less crystal radios and have it transmit a signal back every so often, so you can find it. Using the power from the transmitter and locator you are holding.

    You could also have it turn on a horn and flashing light, that are battery powered.

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    You should probably team up with a product development firm like this one. Typically they can do the detailed design and prototyping and might work for a share of the profits - i.e. no money up front.

    http://www.ingeniumtechnology.com/
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    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

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