Power Point to Cardboard

Turn your boring Power Point presentations to exciting cardboard versions.
Our bookkeeping friend over at Nickeled N Dimed gave us this wonderful idea.

Power Point to cardboard

Give stunning presentations on reused cardboard.

Anyone who has ever had to sit through a Power Point presentation will agree, a black sharpie on cardboard would make a much better presentation. So, MoHDI will be offering this service.

As PP presentations vary, the cost to convert to cardboard will also vary. Please contact us at mohdi@mohdi.com for a free quote of this service.

Travel Luggage

Travel Luggage

Almost every time I see my friend Mike Larson he starts off conversation with this line…
“Drew I have the greatest idea!”

Some of his ideas totally flop, while other ideas have been spectacular. His idea for travel luggage is brilliant.
So many people have luggage that has the handle and wheels on it. Well why not have it so you can ride the luggage? Much like a toddlers push powered vehicle.
Initially Mike had thought of making the luggage like a skateboard, this idea evolved into the seat on the luggage.
I suggested people could ride on their stomach and “swim” the luggage around. Then the thought came of one of those railroad push powered things, I don’t even know what they call them. You always see them in cartoons. That would be pretty cool.
Imagine someone riding on their luggage, pumping away at the handle in order to power themselves forward. Awesome!

Awesome Ice Cream Flavors!

A while ago Häagen-Dazs had this contest where you come up with new icecream flavors. I had totally intended to enter although I didn’t find the time to actually complete the entry form. Now the contest is down to the final three.

Since I didn’t get a chance to enter, I decided to share my list of Awesome ice cream flavors. Here is my written list. Ice Cream Flavors

Portland is extremely hot today, I could sure go for some pilates ice cream on a day like this.

Sketch Watch and Endless Sketchbook

Sometime last weekend the thought occurred to me that it would be really cool to have an endless loop sketchbook. Old answering machine tapes where looped and it’s pretty easy to make a looped video or audio cassette, so I was thinking, it would be great to have an endless loop sketchbook. It would be even cooler to have an endless Möbius strip sketchbook. You could keep on sketching until both sides of the paper where filled, then you could just keep going. When you where done with your sketchbook, you might want to attach a motor to it and have it slowly display your work on the wall, Awesome! I’m going to keep thinking about this idea some and hopefully will have some product out eventually. I’ve also been thinking about prize winning Instructables to enter to win that laser cutter, if I can pull it off this one would be great to post.

Then I was thinking that it would be really cool to have a sketch watch. It would be a scrolling sketchbook you wear on your wrist like a watch. The following photograph shows the potential for awesomeness with this device.


This could be you.

So while drinking coffee at the bar I hang out at and watching old music videos late on Sunday night, I put the first prototype together. Using bar coasters, straws, rubber bands and paper, I was able to have a working version of the sketch watch.
I decided to hold off on making the early versions of the sketch watch allow the paper to loop. The mechanics would be more difficult to work out. I’m sure as this product develops, I will be offering many more versions and features. Remember, this is still the prototype stage.
Since Sunday night, I’ve done a bit more work and drafts of the sketch watch.

Prototypes of sketch watchesFour of the prototypes

The bar coaster version is simple and rough, I would love to be able to upcycle some materials to make these watches. For some reason bar coasters aren’t the right material, they tend to absorb liquid and lose shape quickly. The cardboard and matte board versions both look pretty good and are somewhat functional. I’m not the greatest woodworker in the worlds and our shop expert Dave Selden has been out of town so, my balsa wood version is still needing a lot of love. I would like to have our final product made out of some nice wood and ideally use no glue or nails to keep it together. I’m a fan of rubber bands and they tend to work very well. I’m sure Dave will have some great ideas about production and overall design of these sketchy products.
It would be great through the prototype phase of this and get into production on these watches. I would love to send one to the Coudal Partners Swapmeat as they extended the deadline for this articipitation project until the end of May.

Designing such an awesome product like this isn’t easy. My initial drawings, I really over engineered this watch, I had many gears and different ways of having a hard backing push against the paper. Then as the design notes evolved, the less engineered versions just made more sense, they would be easier to build and work better too. Simple is good.

Here are some images of me wearing one of the prototypes. Keep in mind that the size on this is quite a bit larger than what I’m looking for, the depth will probably stay the same as I need to fit a large scroll of paper in there. The sides are not built and I’m using 2 braces to hold the spinning knobs in place.


Me watching the sketch watch As you can see, I’m amazed at this watch. The backing for the sketch paper is tensioned by 2 rubber bands. Each side of the backing has more than enough room to allow the paper to slide through. This backing provides a solid surface to sketch on.

Another wrist viewYou can see here how the tension holding it together is not actually on the brackets but 4 loose pieces of dowel. You can see how much of the watch can be slimmed down here too.

Atom suggested putting a led light inside to back light what you’re drawing. I think this would be awesome. It would add a little to production time but since we are still in the prototyping stages, it’s not a problem. Wood is certainly my first pick for materials although a clear plastic version would look pretty awesome. Metal would also be pretty cool. As I think about it, tin or aluminum cans would be interesting, cardboard, old phone books might work, perhaps water bottles or glass, there are a lot of options. It would be great to find something that is in large abundance yet people just throw it away… computer parts???

Below are some consolidated notes on this idea. I basically combined several pages of notes and ideas to this page. I wanted this to be fun and if I ever sell some creative input, this is a great example of what one might get.

Sketch Watch Endless Loop Sketchbook
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Sketch Watch and Endless Loop Sketchbook notes

There is a lot to do with this project but, I do hope to make at least a hand full of these watches to sell on MoHDI and give as gifts. If I can share how to build these products, then the people building these will really help in improving this product. Also it might win me a laser cutter.

If you have ideas or suggestions feel free to comment on this post. I’ll be writing again about these soon.

Animal Calls!

Animal Calls

Pet owners are going to love the newest service from the MoHDI shop! Animal Calls is a service where we call your pet and praise or punish your pet over the phone.

Since animals love getting praise it might be important to have praise come from a variety of sources, for only a dollar we offer this service for your pet. Imagine the how important and excited your pet will feel not only getting a phone call but, getting a phone call from someone who is telling them how good they are. We also offer punishment over the phone too for pet owners who want their pets to know how bad they have been.

for praise or punishment
For Praise or Punishment

Dogs, cats and all other pets are going to love this service and you will too. If you love your pet, this is the service for you.

Simply place an order on our site and we will call your pet sometime. Then hold the phone up to your pets ear hole and will shower your pet with wonderful praise… or punishment if that’s what you would like.

If you would like a celebrity impersonator to call your pet you are going to have to use the celebrity call service.

Help the Homeless Idea

Page 68 out of my idea and invention book when I was a kid has a wonderful idea about helping the homeless. The concept was to give homeless people addresses so they could receive mail. Volunteers would donate their addresses for a homeless person so they could come by and collect mail. According to my old idea book, this would allow homeless people to “get jobs or get mail” apparently you need an address in order to have a job.

Free Mail for homeless

As you see in the before and after pics, having a place to collect mail will make you happy and shaved. My spelling has improved since then, my handwriting unfortunately, has not.

I remember at some point for a class project we had to write the governor or representative or someone and remember sending my idea about giving free mail to the homeless. I did get a response, it said something about a concern for the homeless in Oregon. I guess my idea wasn’t implemented.

A couple months back, I thought that it would be a great idea to utilize telephone poles to have public lockers in them. A telephone pole could easily have some sort of vending machine or some kind of locker in it, perhaps even mailboxes for the homeless.

Ideas for positive social change should be more of a priority for people.
That reminds me I’ve got to read those Victor Papanek books, they should be required reading for all designers and people.

Javan’s Cuddle Bed

Cuddle Bed

A while back Javan shared with me his idea about a cuddle bed. At the time I think he just met a nice girl who he wanted to be extra close with in the in the bed, without having his arm fall asleep. The Cuddle Bed is basically a mattress with a hole in it so you can easily position your arm around your significant other. In addition to coming up with great ideas Javan takes amazing photos, check out his new photo blog.

I think you might also have to buy some specialized sheets for this bed too.

A while back GJ Echternkamp shared another wonderful idea for couples along the same lines I will be posting about this week (I need to get the graphic ready).

Happy Toast

After a recent visit to my Parents house, my Mom had discovered my old idea/invention book that I had when I was about 13. It’s a funny book that has 98 different inventions or Ideas in it. Each of the 98 ideas took up one page in the book. Most of the ideas or inventions are too silly or embarasing to publish on MoHDI, some of them are still really good ideas. This is one of those good ideas.

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Page number 2 in the book is my Happy Toast invention. Basically its a toaster with removable element that would be shaped into different designs and then that image would burn into the toast. Since my invention, toaster technical advancements have been very spectacular. This toaster almost does everything that I wanted my toaster to do. If you do a search on google, you will find many more fany toasters out there.

Art toaster

Out of the 98 inventions in my book, I think the Happy Toast idea ranks close to the top. I can’t help but imagine toasters ten years from now. If you are ever running short on ideas, I think brainstorming about toaster improvements is a great way to get the ol’ synapsis firing.

Here at MoHDI we’ve had some butter ideas. Remember The Butter Pusher and the Butter Cover Cutter. In an ideal world we would all have these wonderful devices in our homes.

Powered By Gasoline

I’m happy to say we just added a new product to our shop.

Powered by Gasoline


Powered by Gasoline sticker.
This sticker was designed for vehicles that do not run on biodiesel or alternative energy sources.

You can purchase them using PayPal from the MoHDI shop by clicking here.

I was going to sell the stickers at the average gallon of gas price but I thought that might be slightly high.

If you would like a “powered by gasoline” sticker and cannot afford one, please email me why you deserve a free sticker along with your address and I will consider sending you one.