Lee Eisinger of Akron built the HomeSaver device to automatically shut off an unattended stove. His wife, Debby, will head their company.
of Akron built the HomeSaver device to automatically shut off an unattended stove.His
wife, Debby, will head their company. | More photos...
discovered a new twist to an old adage: Sometimes, mother is the necessity of invention.
The Akron man, who built a device to automatically shut off his
elderly mother's stove if she
left it unattended, is one of three local finalists in a national contest sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame
will be joined by Robert Witmer of Orrville and Nelson Pitlor of Twinsburg for the first Invent Now America Exposition, to be held March 26-27 in Orlando, Fla.
After several incidents of her
forgetting to turn the stove off, Eisinger
unplugged the appliance.But that only shifted his
worry to the toaster oven left at her
"I thought there had to be a solution.I deal with people and devices every day," said Eisinger, who is president of the Akron Metal Etching Co.
During a drive to Chicago, he
began to think the answer was in motion-sensing technology.
Eisinger's HomeSaver can detect when someone has been away from the stove for six minutes.A loud beep alerts the cook, who must return to the stove (in view of the sensor) for a five-second period.If motion is not detected in the next two minutes, the stove shuts itself off.
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority has tested the sensors in some public housing units and has expressed interest in buying them, Eisinger
The device -- which will be manufactured and assembled by Western Reserve Controls in Akron -- will sell for about $300 or so, he