How do wooden products get made?
From the desk of Christalyn: inventor & creative mastermind
As designers, we come up with all sorts of ideas for what new products should look like, what they will do, and what real need the product will solve. The design process can take a matter of week or be much longer. But after the idea is complete, how does it actually get made?
That's where manufacturing companies like Maine Wood Concepts do their best work. To better understand how this really works, we visited them to see first-hand what really goes into the making of wooden products. And what better place to visit than where some of the Digit Widgit is made.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I was driving though the Maine countryside to get there. But after my arrival, I couldn't have been more fascinated by what I discovered. Doug, the president of the company, and all of his team greeted me warmly. I was graciously shown around their extensive production facilities and had a wonderful discussion about some new and upcoming Viggi products.
Maine Wood Concepts makes many beautifully crafted wooden products. Below is a video of one of the machines they use in making wooden toy wheels. And take my word for it...this is only a hint of the craftsmanship and ingenuity I saw on my visit.
To find more beautiful products made by these amazing craftsmen, check out the Fletcher's Mill website.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference in Orlando a huge success for Viggi Kids!
We are excited to share that the NAEYC Conference last week in Orlando was a huge success for Viggi Kids. We would like to thank all the educators and fellow exibitors for stopping by our booth to learn more about Viggi Kids and our exciting new products: Vidget & Digit Widgit. The wonderful feedback we received further validates that we are going to make a positive difference in the lives of many children and adults everywhere! Orders have started rolling in which is very exciting!
Dr. and Mrs. Albert Simone (former RIT President) donated 20 Vidgets to Margaret's House kindergarten class at RIT. The teacher, Sue Northrup, said she "allows kids to choose how to sit it the Vidget based on individual needs." She has replaced all the chairs in the room with Vidgets and loves how they allow the kids to fidget. Thank you Dr. and Mrs. Simone for making this wonderful donation!
We are pleased to share that we have received communication from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) indicating that the Vidget application has been reviewed and approved for a US Patent! Shout it from the rooftops!! Our first application was submitted in January 2012 so we have been waiting a very long time for this exciting day!
Viggi Kids wins Al Sigl Community of Agencies Award for Best Exhibit at RIT's Effective Access Technology Conference
We have decided to change the name of the Fidget chair to Vidget™ . Many classrooms use "fidget" objects and we wanted the name of our chair to be unique to help with intellectual property protection.
Our new slogan is "fidget in your Vidget™" ....
We are excited to announce the incorporation of Viggi Kids, Corp.! Over the next several months, we plan to continue raising money to purchase molds for our products and submit patents and trademarks for our intellectual property.
What's the buzz?
"Since incorporating the Vidget in our classroom, I have noticed an improvement in attention span, participation, and regulation in my students"
Tara, Occupational Therapist
"The little girl I used it with sat down and ate lunch which she usually does not do - she tends to stand or sit and wiggle in her seat."
Melanie, Director of Occupational Therapy
"When Pearl is in a Vidget, her behavior is 100 times better than when she’d in a normal chair. She’s still has difficulty sitting for that long, but it makes a HUGE difference! Without it, she’s everywhere."
Lara, Pre-K Teacher