Invention

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…


Increased philanthropy? It’s in the cards

By GREGORY ZELLER //  An innovative approach to gift-giving could dramatically increase the funds flowing to regional charities this holiday season. Sag Harbor-based Donors Unite Management Corp., in partnership with the Long Island Community Foundation, is introducing a choose-your-charity gift card and associated website, set to launch around Thanksgiving. While gift cards that allow recipients to pick their causes aren’t new, Donors Unite has added a unique twist: Instead of giving recipients a small list…


Eddie Cross wants to avoid fall cleanup

By GREGORY ZELLER // Eddie Cross got the drop on his first-ever invention 15 years ago, when he took a tumble inside a local bank branch, slipping on a wet floor and flopping to the floor. He wasn’t seriously injured, but the spill certainly got the wheels turning. Cross’ breakthrough moment came years later, while the Nassau University Medical Center maintenance mechanic was dealing with a flood inside a new NUMC facility, hauling drying equipment…


Newport award for local light design

In a bright advance for boater safety, an innovative dome light for powerboat and sailboat cabins created by two Long Island companies has been honored by judges at the Newport International Boat Show. The Largo Tri-Color LED Dome Light, named best new navigation product at the prestigious Rhode Island showcase, was honored for its customer value, safety and aesthetics, according to judges. Hauppauge-based design-and-development ace Intelligent Product Solutions partnered on the Largo with Holbrook’s LED…


Carolyn Schwartz and the road taken

By GREGORY ZELLER // Poems By Carolyn got its start churning out rhymes for bar and bat mitzvah candle-lighting ceremonies, along with the occasional Sweet 16 sonnet. Fifteen years later, Carolyn Gilbert Schwartz’s professional network includes major regional event planners, and her business list has swelled to include startups and national corporations. And poems are just the half of it: Penning everything from marriage proposals to snappy website content, the entrepreneur has thought about changing…


ULC Robotics wins industry game changer award

Hauppauge’s ULC Robotics has been recognized with a Game Changer Award for its unique cast iron joint sealing system, called CISBOT, which operates underground to repair and reinforce joints in cast iron pipelines, with little excavation and without having to turn off gas service. No surprise the system is a growing hit with gas utilities in the United States and abroad. Game Changer Awards are bestowed by Robotics Business Review, with help from Robotics Trends and the International…