Invention of the Week #14:

04 Mar 2009

Rich Sloan

Rich Sloan is chief startupologist and co-founder of StartupNation and host of StartupNation podcasts. He is also co-author of the acclaimed how-to book, StartupNation: America's Leading Entrepreneurial Experts Reveal the Secrets to Building a Blockbuster Business. Rich encourages you to make a comment under his blog posts or send him a personal message at member nickname, "Rich," here at StartupNation.

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This week’s featured invention is “PODillow”, from inventor Anthony Calvert. 


Anthony works with our invention commercialization partner, Invention Home, to help him find marketing/licensing opportunities for his invention.  Anthony created, prototyped and produced a unique product to address a major “pain in the neck”.


PODillow is a patent-pending, trademarked product which offers individuals a more comfortable way to lie when catching some rays or working out the kinks in the back during a massage. This unique product allows individuals to relax in comfort without constantly having to readjust their head position. 


Perfect for use at the pool, beach or massage establishment, the product has a washable pillow top for supreme comfort.   Storage compartments are formed into the foam base of the product so sunbathers can be sure valuables like MP3 players, cell phones and wallets are kept safe and sound while they snooze.  Integral air channels in the base and the open center of the pillow enables face-down relaxation.


Beyond tanning, I’ve always wished I could have a massage table at home so my neck wasn’t craned to one side or the other and this might be the answer!


To learn about the steps of licensing your own invention, check out this step-by-step process we provide right here at StartupNation.

If you’d like assistance on the commercialization of your invention, check out InventionHome, our very reputable, accountable and effective partner in invention commercialization.