Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Claw

Imagine that; something good coming of a reality television show. Whirlpool's Gladiator GarageWorks division announced today that they will become the first major U.S. manufacturer to commercially produce a product from the ABC Television network reality show, American Inventor. From the press release:

The bicycle storage device prototype designed by Craig Forrest and David Moeller will be displayed at IBS then restyled, rebranded, renamed and relaunched by the brand in the coming months. To store a bicycle up to 50 pounds the device grasps a bicycle's tire by opposing hooks when the central plunger is depressed. By re-pressing or "bumping the plunger" the device opens and unlocks for easy bicycle wheel removal without having to lift the bicycle over the top of a standard bike hook.

According to the Claw website, the Claw will be available this summer in Lowe's, Sears and other Gladiator retailers. Looks cool, but my cheap hardware store, plastic covered hooks have been working fine for over 20 years...

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