Invention

IPS-designed smart safe enters the war on drugs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Perpetual monitoring of your prescription medications is now an app away. A Westchester distributor has taken to Indiegogo with humanity’s “first Internet of Things-integrated personal safe,” and while there’s no reason you couldn’t use it to secure a passport, diamond or wad of Benjamins, the iKeyp is specifically “designed to disrupt the cycle of prescription drug theft and abuse,” according to Solo Technology Holdings LLC. Aiming for $50,000 in 45 days,…


Brew ha-ha: Seriously silly inventor strikes again

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s always something brewing at Mary Putre’s house, sometimes literally. The relentless inventor – creative force behind Eyecatcher Gifts and much of its whacky inventory – believes she’s struck gold, again, with her latest doodad: the My Brew-Tini Kup, a portable, hand-held device that turns out steaming cups of joe, sans electricity. Putre, a regular at meetings of the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, showed off her latest invention at…


Hofstra mechatronics lift SBU startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that worked just like they drew it up. Inside three short months, ThermoLift’s strategic research partnership with Hofstra University’s Center for Innovation has engineered advanced mechatronic controls for the Stony Brook-based startup’s cutting-edge heat pump technology. Attacking a design problem with a mechatronics solution – combining mechanical, electronic, computerized and control systems – helps his company take a big step toward a critical testing phase, according to ThermoLift CEO Paul…


When Elon Musk came to Shoreham

By GREGORY ZELLER // Spoiler alert: He hasn’t, yet. But with the South African-born Canadian-American magnate, engineer and inventor already investing $1 million in the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe – and the Musk Foundation promising more support – there’s a chance the man himself might grace the grounds of his most famous company’s namesake. “It’s possible,” according to Marc Alessi, executive director of the coming-soon center, who traces the Musk Foundation’s first $1 million…


BNL shines in annual ‘Oscars of Invention’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Brookhaven National Laboratory has once again flexed its technological muscle, scoring five finalists in the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, R&D Magazine’s annual championing of the year’s top tech. An independent panel of more than 50 judges selected a bevy of BNL projects for the penultimate cut, including a novel electrocatalyst, a nanostructured water-repellent surface, an X-ray microscope, a “flex plate” ideal for protein crystallization and X-ray detectors fashioned from synthetic diamonds….


Giving high school inventors the business

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sensor-filled table to assist the autistic, an innovative method to save subway stations from storm-surge flooding … no doubt about it, these students were thinking big. Creative teams from Commack High School’s groundbreaking Science Research Program brought their brains, and their hearts, to this week’s meeting of the Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club. The annual visit gave the young thinkers a chance to showcase their next-level ideas and inventions,…


With Crime Stopper, a safe place to drop a dime

By GREGORY ZELLER // They don’t shoot webs from their wrists and if they’re running around in tights and capes, well, let’s just say that’s another story. But with advanced technology facilitating instant communication, today’s average citizens are often on crime-fighting’s front lines. Andy Braverman wants to take that technology, and those anti-crime capabilities, one step further. His Port Jefferson Station-based Apptec Corp. has already introduced the DigiTel Police Reporting System, a “digital dictation system”…


Hampton Skincare: Therein lies the rub

By GREGORY ZELLER // Success is only skin-deep at Hampton Skincare, and that’s just how Mary Allmaras wants it. The retired RN – she studied at Montefiore School of Nursing in the Bronx and spent her entire nursing career in New York City and on Long Island – founded the Southold startup to peddle a line of skin-care treatments she invented herself, through years of research and formulation. Hampton Skincare unofficially launched in 2008 and…


You know the mother of invention. Here’s the son.

By GREGORY ZELLER // Science research coordinator Lisa Runco has seen many students come through Great Neck’s North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, but never one quite like Scott Soifer. When it comes to innovation, creativity and an inherent understanding of electrical and mechanical systems, the 15-year-old sophomore is unlike any other past or current NSHA student, according to Runco. “No. 1 at our school,” the student advisor said, “and his work ethic is amazing.”…


Sardone to keynote Suffolk entrepreneur meetup

Patent Attorney Francesco Sardone of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt will headline the next meeting of the Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club. Sardone has a mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and earned his JD from Hofstra University School of Law. He is admitted to the Courts of the State of New York, the United States Supreme Court and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He’s also a member of the New…


It’s time for a little trash talking

By GREGORY ZELLER // Like millions of other suburban homeowners, Julia-Ann Bodine has had it up to here with raccoons. Specifically, she’s fed up with the mess, sanitation issues and other headaches created every time the masked rodents party down in an outdoor garbage can. Like many of those millions of other frustrated humans, Bodine’s tried most commercially available solutions – deodorant sprays, stick-on fresheners and a host of pest repellents – and found them…


Design Edge up for top toy honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Friends up high in the Walt Disney Co. and a digital upgrade have revived a popular children’s product from a decade ago – and earned the Long Island invention a prestigious award nomination. Storytime Theater, an interactive multimedia storybook device invented by Design Edge CEO Matt Nuccio, is back, super-powered with a state-of-the-art digital projector, a smart-device interface and content spanning today’s most popular titles and brands, from “Frozen” to “Star…


Mary Putre hopes to shovel all the way to the bank

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Snow hurts,” says Mary Putre. And it’s not just because she has two surgically repaired shoulders. Every Long Island home and business owner knows clearing snow and ice is backbreaking stuff. For Putre – a veteran inventor with a garage full of successful products – one snowstorm too many finally triggered her “has to be a better way” moment. The problem isn’t just the ice and snow, according to the New…


A lot more than pipe dreams for ULC Robotics

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two steps ahead of “the next big boost to the U.S. economy,” there is ULC Robotics. The “big boost” in this case is robotics, and the bold prediction comes from Greg Penza, the president and CEO of the Hauppauge-based R&D firm, who sees robotics as the next great economic evolutionary step after the PC revolution of the 1980s and the buildout of the nation’s cellular systems, which occurred largely in the…


There’s no beach it fears to tread

By GREGORY ZELLER // Forgive John Cornwell for not coming up with a snappy name, just yet, for his first invention. It’s a portable, lightweight cart that’s strong enough to carry coolers and umbrellas and rides on a tank-like tread that conquers sandy beaches like an M1 Abrams. The clever innovation fairly screams with name potential – The Sand Shark! The Shoreline Transportatron 3000! Shell on Wheels! But Cornwell’s a busy man. He has a…