Kevin Woolfolk of Normal, Illinois
invented the "The Hamster Workout Wheel", a small animal exercise wheel
that records your pet's mileage or wheel revolutions.
Kevin Woolfolk on His Invention:
I thought of this invention one evening
after riding on my stationary exercise bike. As I began writing down my
mileage from exercising on the bike I happened to notice my hamster, Burt,
running in his wheel. I began to wonder how far he traveled each night
in his wheel. My curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to make a prototype.
I used Super Glue to attach a small magnetic counter and magnet, which
I purchased from the local hardware store, to Burt's exercise wheel. I
placed the wheel into my hamster's cage that evening. As always, he exercised
in the wheel all night. When I awoke the next morning I noticed that Burt
had traveled 23,300 feet. I converted the feet into miles and was amazed
to find out that he had traveled about 4.5 miles. At that time I decided
to patent the idea. Approximately one year after receiving the patent on
the idea, I entered into a royalty contract with a company called Multipet
International. Multipet International is solely responsible for manufacturing,
marketing and distributing the product.
Woolfolk and his Hamster Workout Wheel
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Photo provided courtesy of Kevin
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