Summertime Inventions

By Debby Winters

Remember in December when I posted my blog entitled “Did you spot any of these imitation products while Christmas shopping?” Well, as summer turns to fall it is once again time to see what patented inventions relate to the season or time of year.

There were a number of patents dealing with how to keep you or your beverages cool over the summer.

Here are a few:

Cool suit Cooling suit

Who doesn’t need a cooling suit?  US patent no. 4,459,822 was issued in 1984. It consists of a pump that circulates media throughout the jacket.  How would you like to wear this on a hot day- just to keep cool?

The Zup

The Zup™

Here’s a wake board that is supposed to be easy to ride. They say even your granny can get up on this. It is US patent no. 8,292,681 issued in 2012. This invention goes by the trademarked name of the Zup™






This great invention (US patent no. 6,637,447) issued in 2003 is a simple device that allows for a place to keep your beer on a hot day at the beach. While it might not directly keep you cool on a hot summer day, it will at least provide shade for your beverage.

golf cart

Golf Cart Cooler

When you aren’t at the beach, you keep your beverages cool with the Golf cart cooler (US patent no. 6,601,745). Golf cart coolers are known, but this invention provides a golf cart cooler that is portable and easy to mount to the front of almost any golf cart. The cooler provides space for storing beverages, snacks and other perishable items in a thermally insulated container. The cooler is made from a soft body construction making it easy to fold up, transport and store.

If your taste is more simple, there are always the summer staples of Supersoakers® the Frisbee®, the Popsicle™, and the bikini!

If you missed any of these inventions this summer, there’s always next year! Here’s to an early Autumn!

Northwest Arkansas IS a hotbed for startups!

By: Debby Winters

Just 2 weeks ago I reported on the article in Forbes magazine that native Arkansan Erica Swallow wrote on the Startup Scene in Fayetteville, AR. Well, now CNN Money has a similar article. Northwest Arkansas has a lot more to offer than just Wal-Mart…check it out.