Eric Huber: Inventing is a Process
Edison Nation inventor Eric Huber began recording his observations and inventions from a very early age. Armed with notebooks filled with concepts and design ideas, he went from a hobbyist to a full-fledged inventor just a few years ago. Within this short span of time, Eric has already successfully sold and licensed 12 consumer and industrial products, with many more currently in development.
“I see opportunities to solve problems or inconveniences that we experience by just… living life.”
Eric’s portfolio consists of multiple pending patent applications, numerous active provisional patents, and more than 120 prototyped products. He says, “I find that I do a lot of my inventing while sitting in LA traffic or on my 4am walks. I usually use this quiet, alone time to ponder solutions to problems that I had observed earlier.” Always an observer, he has noticed a pattern to his ideas: He invents in collections, often developing a handful in one particular category.
Talent, forethought, and business acumen have been critical to Eric’s success. If he experiences a problem or observes an unmet need, research is his first step before ever expending resources on an idea. “I want to be sure that the problem is widespread enough so as to have a market,” Eric explains. Long before the process begins, “I honestly spend much of my spare time looking at how things work (or don’t), what people need, what products are on the market.” He has found that companies need inventors for new products, to brainstorm ideas or just to seek advice.
“Inventing is a process, with certain steps that need to be followed.”
Life of a prolific is exciting; Eric may be working on a better way to clean your house or a revolutionary way to desalinize seawater. But the creative work is just a catalyst for the real challenge. He says inventing is the “easy part.” Eric believes he has found a step-by-step process that will remove some of the barriers in developing products, acquiring intellectual property and commercializing. He takes an idea, researches it, creates a model, dives into the intellectual property and patent process, and then moves forward with a prototype and commercialization plan.
Like most inventors, Eric says his drive “comes from wanting to solve a problem; helping to make people’s lives better. Also the reward and affirmation of seeing others using something you conceived…and the opportunity to make money.”
He credits his success as an inventor to having a great team of people behind him. “Inventing is fun and anyone has the opportunity to be successful with the right team behind them. I found that I am pretty good at assessing a need and conceptualizing a product that would fill that need.” He takes copious notes on things he sees during his daily routine. He keeps a voice recorder close at hand so he won’t forget something he noticed in passing that might trigger an idea for a later time. “Log everything, not just inventions, but also observations, interesting quotes, and anything else that sparks your interest.”
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A great inspiration to others, Eric successfully transitioned from actor, teacher, and salesman into a business executive and an award-winning inventor. The momentum he is now enjoying has provided him the opportunity to work with exciting people and great companies from NASA scientists to medical doctors and universities.
For those thinking about the invention process, Eric says, “Open your eyes and look at the world from different angles. Try to solve problems in unconventional ways. Observe, read and think… We tend to live in our own bubbles, break out; you may be missing huge opportunities.”
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