Alamo Inventors, San Antonio, Texas

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Once a month, we have a meeting with a presentation about something invention related. Sometimes it's the creative part, like how someone came up with an idea. Sometimes it's the legal parts, like protection, patents, trademark, & licensing. Manufacturing comes up a lot, and so does marketing. We always enjoy our speakers, and we always learn from them. Questions are always encouraged, and our speakers share insights you can't get anywhere else. Before the meeting, you can visit with other inventors. New faces are always welcome, and if you have questions about invention or patents or marketing or ... there are usually members who can help guide you.

Meeting Date
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 (Online - Register Here)

The Ingenious Bola Wrap Invention Is Just The Beginning!, with Woody

Renowned inventor Woody Norris, Chief Technology Officer at Wrap Technologies, with over 100 issued US patents will present the ingenious Bola Wrap he invented which is device that discharges Kevlar wires outfitted with hooks that wrap around a person’s legs and arms similar to a lasso to effectively render them immobile. They are used by law enforcement to detain those who are not complying with commands — especially someone experiencing a mental health crisis or those under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Woody will share: (1) his early experiences in inventing and commercializing many products some of which you are probably already aware of; (2) his "light bulb" moment for the development of the Bola Wrap; (3) the process he follows when he has an idea for a product; (4) how he prevents workarounds, or copycat, product development; and (5) how to determine if you truly have a great product that will sell.

Just a few of his other inventions include:

A sonar version of radar to listen to sounds inside the body which allowed physicians to “hear” movement inside a patient. This tool was helpful to the development of the Sonogram.

Headsets for mobile phones

A hearing-aid-sized FM radio and automobile audio systems

A child locater device for tracking kidnapped children

An alarm worn by a person to alert him that his artificial hip is starting to separate

A design for a vehicle dubbed the AirScooter®, an easy-to-fly, lightweight, inexpensive aircraft that has the ability to hover in one spot while a pilot gets his bearings.

HyperSonic Sound technology (HSS). HSS, or directional sound, targets a listener with sound waves similar to the way a laser beam directs light, so that the individual who is targeted is the only one who can hear it.

Mr. Norris proves that there is no magic formula for becoming a successful inventor. He has created a variety of successful patented inventions to his credit in fields as diverse as sound technology, data storage, transportation, medicine and defense technology, helping to produce billion-dollar markets and generating $300 million in gross licensing fees.

Woody has been honored with numerous awards for his work including Product of the Year awards from Popular Science and Business Week and the 1997 Award for Technological Innovation in the sound category from Discover Magazine. He won the prestigious $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2005 for his HSS technology.

Norris founded and served as Director and President of Parametric Sound Corporation, now known as Turtle Beach Corporation and also served as Chief Scientist at Turtle Beach. He also founded LRAD Corporation and was the Chairman of LRAD Corporation’s Board of Directors until he retired in 2010.

Guests are welcome.

From 6pm to 6:30pm Invention Q & A
Various topics each month.

From 6:30pm to 8:00pm Guest Speaker

Do not come to SATC, as there won't be anyone there.

Zoom Video Instructions:
Download the App or Program from website or the app platform. There are several similar looking programs. Avoid them. It works on computers of most kinds, and tablets and phones. Please see the Youtube if this is all new to you. If you don't have a camera, that's OK. Audio is fine, and if you don't have a microphone, that's OK too. Except our hosts, everyone will be muted anyway. You can text within Zoom for questions.

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We usually meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Meeting Location
Social Distancing Requires an ONLINE ONLY MEETING

2021 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
December TBD 2021
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Alamo Inventors, Inc is a 501(c)3 not for profit Texas corporation. Membership and donations are used to fund our modest operational costs.

Alamo Inventors
George Burkhardt
210.240.5011 or 210.649.2080

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About Us

Alamo Inventors was founded in 2000 and welcomes members and guests to join in with like-minded people from around the area in achieving success in your inventions.

Each month we have meetings to collaborate, interact, inform, and learn about inventing, marketing, manufacturing, protecting, and learning how to succeed with inventions. The mission of the Alamo Inventors is to be a compass, resource and inspiration for inventors and entrepreneurs as they launch their concepts to market.

What We Do
We provide monthly meetings where members can meet and discuss their ideas, problems and solutions, talk with community resource members, and hear guest speakers talk about their real world experiences.

This provides a forum where this information may be shared and discussed to expand and educate the membership of the group.

Additional on-line resources are available to help direct the inventor and entrepreneur to the local and national organizations to help them as their ideas progress from concept to market.

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