Mother and son invent goggle wipers
When Victoria Bustamante’s son had to design and create a problem-solving invention for his fourth-grade science class last year, she helped him brainstorm. Bustamante, a snowboard instructor at The Canyons, had envisioned a goggle wiper solution for years, especially when plagued with fogging during snowy, wet weather. Together, Bustamante and her son, Josiah Huggins, 10, decided to put her idea into action by creating a wiper attachment for goggles. The mother and son team designed the goggle wipers in one month and Huggins presented his invention to his class at McPolin Elementary School in April. Huggins said he now plays around with his goggle wipers when he is out on the snow. The wipers are mounted on Huggins’s goggles and he uses his hand to wipe them across his lens. "It just helps when you are snowboarding," he said. "You can see better." When the goggle wipers were well received by the Huggins’s classmates, friends and family, Bustamante decided to take their invention a step further. Bustamante contacted Invention Technologies, a Florida-based firm that markets new inventions. Invention Technologies responded to Bustamante’s invention proposal, and created a press release for ‘Wipers.’ Bustamante and Huggins’ ‘Wipers’ invention is now available for licensing by manufacturers. When it comes to details about how they made the product, they must remain tight lipped while searching for a manufacturer to license, patent and distribute their invention. ‘Wipers’ is still in the conceptual stages and Bustamante said modifications may be made to the original design. She said she hopes to release the final product in Park City as soon as a company picks it up. "I have thought of this for years, and finally it seems like something is actually happening," she said. Bustamante said ‘Wipers’ will enable skiers and snowboarders to keep moving without having to stop and clean the condensation or snow off their goggles. "It actually solves a problem and ensures snowboarders and skiers when you wear this product it will help you and it’s not going to cut down on any of your fun time," she said. ‘Wipers’ will also be marketed to snowmobilers or anyone else who wears goggles for winter sports and outdoor activities. Bustamante said she moved to Park City from Leadville, Colo. in 2001. After getting married in June, she moved to Heber and her son now attends J.R. Smith Elementary School. In addition to working at The Canyons, Bustamante is employed at the Village Candy Shoppe. For additional information about ‘Wipers’ contact Invention Technologies at (800) 940-9020 x2285 or email products
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