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Jeffrey VanMiddlebrook

Boulder climber
Mountain View, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
Rush to judgement, Coz? You've no doubt availed yourself of some of my inventions and you don't even know it. Ever used a chainsaw? I invented a safety device for chainsaws in 1972 when you probably didn't even know what a chainsaw is. Do you use modern plumbing? Well, I'm currently in negotiations with the #1 plumbing products manufacturer in the US to begin production on a sewage device that most likely will protect you someday from poop invading your home. My oldest son is taking the charge to get my retro-fit fit-all anti-carjack security device to market, a device you might someday have on your car. Need I go on? Don't be so cynical.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
Well. . . I have a real interest in solo devices. . . but. . . I'm outta here!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
this thread's weird.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Super weird.

Jeffrey VanMiddlebrook

Boulder climber
Mountain View, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
Belmont, as in SF Bay Area? Methinks an old friend of mine -- Greg Schaffer -- was co-owner of the Belmont Climbing Gym. I know he asked me once about some engineering issues on that building when it was under construction. He also was partners in Planet Granite and Rockzilla, but I think he divested himself of all climbing gyms investments.

Haven't seen Greg since 2007 when we went to a HAI pool party at a Woodside estate. Still in constant contact with his twin brother Jeffrey, the well-known hiking guide author and maverick geologist.
John M

climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
Hey Jeffrey.. Just so you know, there are a number of inventors on this forum. Ekat and her former hubby came up with the silent partner.
Jeffrey VanMiddlebrook

Boulder climber
Mountain View, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Hmm, not spewing, dude-o-roni. Did you bother to read my response regarding why I abandoned the Solo-Dare? Do you have any idea how much money it takes to acquire a utility patent on an invention with lots of claims? Would you waste thousands upon thousands of dollars to complete a patent process when the industry is telling you it does not want to buy into a product with potentially high liability? Sorry, Coz, but my inventor's ego just ain't that out of control to acquire an issued patent with no hope of monetary reward.

I've given you the germ of the idea -- my gift to the Universe -- so now let's see how clever you are to do something with it.
monolith

climber
SF bay area
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
I'd call it Solo Dare too if involved a 'master cylinder' on the harness. Surprised if you could even get a call back from a manufacturer.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
I saw some kick ass Dead shows in Mountain View.
Jeffrey VanMiddlebrook

Boulder climber
Mountain View, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
Methinks you need a strong beer, Coz. If you remember a time when there were no chainsaws then either you're an old acid hippie out of the Sixties with fried neurons, or you're extremely old, older than my 63 years, or you're just a smart-ass who loves to talk smack and accuse others of it.
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
I also invented toilet paper before any of you knew how to use it! As a trade I'll show you mine if you show me yours.
But back on point--What's the point? Don't we get to see the mysterious things that are already patented?
I am thinking of inventing something called "jack" but I'm going to keep it in the box.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
Without a pic or drawing of the device...

This thread sucks
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
Hmmmmm, did you by any chance invent Grecian formula?
John M

climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
I wonder how many devices have gone to the grave because it cost too much to get a patent, or they run into something like bad timing.

My neighbor across the street is an inventor. He is not a climber but he designed the black diamond camelot. He also invented something to do with snorkels which is on every snorkel out there. Right now he is working on a device for belaying two people. He has a dozen or so patents.

Interesting stuff.. inventions.
dave729

Trad climber
Western America
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Not cost effective if the target market is small or may die when using the invention. But I say if its fun just do it!

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Jeffrey VanMiddlebrook

Boulder climber
Mountain View, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
Grecian formula? What's that? Sounds sodomistic!

To one and all on this thread, you have the idea of Solo-Dare, I've gifted it. I don't know what Silent Partner is unless it's that device I've seen in climbing gyms. You are free to take the idea of Solo-Dare and run with it, maybe upgrade it from its clunky 1993 concept to a remote-control idea with no connecting hydraulic cables. The whole reason for this initial post was to elicit CREATIVE input and feedback, not attitudes.
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
i have a awsome climbing invension that would make butt loads of money if made right. it would be some sort of hand crank machine that you fed your rope into and it got all the twists outa it. just like when you make rope length rappels and your repel device gets em out!!

sound worth making?
Jeffrey VanMiddlebrook

Boulder climber
Mountain View, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
Hmm, Mark, that was one of the challenges to my 1979 combination ascender-rapeller device, the damned twisting of the rope.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
¿The Mexican ones too, Coz?
John M

climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
This is a the silent partner. Its a solo belay device.

http://www.rockexotica.com/products/belay_devices/all_solo_belay.html

I only brought it up so that you might understand that you aren't the only person here who has invented risky things, or who understands the invention process.

Your idea is too far out for me to process. I can't see it.
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