Edison Nation Medical is seeking innovations that improve the design of the standard crutch.



Thursday, April 04, 2013
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Did you know that crutches have been around as long as the pyramids? As anyone who has had the misfortune of spending time on crutches will tell you, the design of the crutch has not evolved much in the 5,000 years since its first use. This is a problem for many, and not just because of the discomfort and awkwardness of maneuvering the crutches! A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found that a person on crutches exerts twice as much energy as someone walking down the street. The current design of crutches can also lead to injury from the stress it places on hands, wrists and arms.

Edison Nation Medical wants to reduce the discomfort and potential for injury associated with crutches once and for all. We are searching for innovations in crutches, including improvements to design and materials.

When you are developing your ideas, keep in mind several needs that crutches should meet (a few of which were identified by the same Stanford study):

• Support the user’s weight
• Facilitate shock absorption and energy return
• Are durable, lightweight, easily maneuverable
• Remain attached to the user while he or she is reaching for a door or shaking hands
• Are comfortable, quiet and supportive of the user’s self-esteem.
• Affordable – the average crutch costs $40-$50


We ask for well-communicated ideas. This includes filling out our easy-to-use submission form to the best of your ability. Upload images, sketches and any other media that support your idea. Tell us your story. We even encourage you to create a video demonstrating your innovation. Don’t worry. We don’t expect you to break out your inner Spielberg. Please keep videos to less than 2 minutes.

Your submission should be unique and protectable (we love to see patented ideas but that isn’t required).

Each idea costs just $25 ($20 for Edison Nation Medical Insiders) to submit. Click here for more details on Innovation Searches.

The deadline for this search has passed.
Thank you to all who submitted ideas.


Is my idea secure?

Yes! Every idea that is submitted to Edison Nation remains private. If your idea is selected to be presented to a partner, we have strict NDAs in place. Your intellectual property is extremely important to us.

If my idea is selected, what do I get?

If your idea is selected for licensing, we will remain in contact with you and our partner from the moment the deal is signed until it is ready for the marketplace. Our team negotiates competitive royalty structures and all licensing revenues are split 50/50 with you, the original inventor.

Why do I have to pay $25?

$25 is a nominal fee to help offset the costs Edison Nation takes on to review each idea that's submitted. It is a one-time cost. If your idea is selected for licensing, we will navigate the road to commercialization -- all at no cost to you. If you are an Edison Nation Insider, the submission fee is only $20!

What do I need to submit?

We'll review all ideas, whether it's a sketch on a napkin or a prototyped invention. You don't need a patent to submit an idea to Edison Nation.

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