Hey guys, the patent record is rife with patents that are just amazing that way. A few years ago I spent a lot of time searching patents and came upon this one: 4,145,028. Those of you who are deer hunters will just love it! Consider for a moment what is likely to happen when someone in some moderately hunted area starts his engine!
I see the inventor has thought this through. I notice a set of 6 gears to really gear down the motor, presumably to get the number of ice-cream revolutions per minute to a marketable level.
But I see an obvious problem with this device. What happens when the ice-cream is licked down to the lip (33)? There's no easy to way to get at the ice-cream below that level. With a real ice-cream cone, this problem doesn't exist because you start eating the cone.
Perhaps the biggest flaw of this device is all that mechanism limits the amount of ice-cream you can have. In a real ice-cream cone, delicious ice-cream occupies the space taken by the battery, motor, gears and switch. I doubt consumers would want to pay *more* get *less*.
I prefer the old fashioned technique of lick and turn. How lazy do you have to be to need a motorised gizmo? We really need to keep people active to reduce obesity.
Now if you made them run to keep the power to the motor, then you might have something.
Just my opinion.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.