What’s innovation? How does it come about? We had a good look at innovation up front this week when the Wall Street Journal profiled LoggerHead Tool’s new Bionic Wrench. This product, from a small Illinois company, is a leap ahead of other wrenches because it doesn’t slip on fasteners that are worn around the edges. If you have ever tried to remove nuts and bolts that won’t budge, you can instantly see the value of this invention. What’s more, this tool is easy on the hands and also fits around 16 different sizes of nuts and bolts.
The design is so cool that the Bionic Wrench received a 2006 International Forum Design award (in Germany) and another from Popular Mechanics for its editors choice award. The creator, Dan Brown, said that part of his inspiration for the wrench was the shutter in a single lens reflex camera which opens and closes in a unique, concentrenic way. Mr. Brown’s wrench has US patent number 6,889,579 and is made domestically, unlike most hand tools which are now imported. The US remains the innovation capital of the world because of the Dan Brown’s of this country and because we have the manufacturing capacity to turn these great ideas into solutions for consumers and industry.
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