Featured Maker, Alan Haungs, has presently available a patent pending light bulb filtering for circadian health. He was nice enough to answer some questions regarding himself, his product, and advice for future makers leading up to Buffalo Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 20th.
- Tell me a little about yourself and how you got started as an inventor/maker?
I decided to back to school once my youngest left the house for college. I acquired a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering at UB in 2011 in my early 50s. I primarily was interested in LED fabrication and PHOTONICS. My master’s thesis tile is Improved Design and Fabrication of Light Toxicity Chamber used for Light Induced Retinal Degeneration in Mice. It can be read online here.
- What is the first thing a new inventor/maker should consider?
They must absolutely believe in what that are about to engage in, otherwise they need to discover what that is.
- Are you selling products? What sorts of licensing/patents do you have in place?
Click here (and soon here) to see examples of my patent pending invention I am selling. More variants of this invention will be added to the website. Also, I am working on another light-hygiene invention that I will not discuss until the patent pending process is in place, and am presently collaborating with other light-hygiene business interests. Hopefully I will have my next invention ready to display at the Maker Fair.
- What has been your greatest success(es) in business?
Few people follow their own advice, but I am following my own advice. I employ gained knowledge to change my own habits, (my Master’s Thesis, my light toxicity chamber- see my online testimonial). IN SHORT, I fixed my own health concern with the same knowledge acquired through my degree that is integrated into my light hygiene business/inventions.
Also my success is with befriending and collaborating with other light-hygiene inventors. The following invention is the result of many hours of consultation I gave to the manufacturer. I NOW sell that product.
- What advice would you offer other inventors/makers developing or wanting to develop products?
It has to be something you absolutely believe in. That belief is what makes the struggle possible.
Go check out more of LightForFitness on their Website, Facebook, Instagram or their Brick and Mortar store located at 219 Brigham Road, Dunkirk, NY, 14048. Don’t miss Alan’s radio interview on Sunday, April 9th after 4pm on 93.1 FM WBNY.