It’s hard to believe that it has been over a month since TREWGrip made its international debut at CES. I want to thank everyone who supported our efforts and helped us promote TREWGrip. I also want to thank those of you who have recently begun following and sharing TREWGrip on social media. We are gaining significant traction, and beginning to make an impact in the consumer electronics industry.
CES, quite a few interesting articles were written by a variety of media outlets,
and there were also quite a few interesting comments posted online. With any attempt at innovation or disruptive
technology, there are always the naysayers and the skeptics --- comes with the
territory. But there are also those people
who catch my attention by providing insightful feedback --- these are the
people who help me see TREWGrip from a different perspective.
a kid, I remember vividly the challenges associated with getting catsup out of
a glass bottle. When I opened a new
bottle, it was almost impossible to get the catsup flowing, and there were
several tricks that I would use to overcome this problem.
first wasn't really a trick, rather the use of brute force by pounding on the
bottom of the bottle with the palm of my hand.
This approach typically resulted in catsup spatter all over my burger or
hotdog, and sometimes an embarrassing stain on my pants (but that’s a story for
more sophisticated approach involved sticking a knife in the end of the bottle
to get the catsup flowing. Although admittedly
a bit more civilized than brute force, for some reason people would always ask
me if I wanted a hotdog with my catsup --- I think it had something to do with
the amount of catsup on my hotdog.
there was one trick that some people would use that required a bit of
skill. And the people who mastered this
trick would always try to coach people who used another method. The trick was to tilt the bottle at just the
right angle as though you were pouring it, and then tap the 57 with the palm of
your hand. As the catsup began to flow,
you would have to adjust the angle of the bottle and your tapping force to
control the flow of catsup. Or at least
that was how I was coached to do it.
Can't say I ever really mastered it.
a bottle was opened and catsup flowed for the first time, pouring seemed a bit
easier, especially when the catsup was kept at room temperature. There were still times, however, especially
if the bottle was stored in the refrigerator, when I would have to violently shake
the bottle up and down until the catsup came out.
don’t even get me started on a bottle that was almost finished. Most times, I would turn the bottle upside
down and lean it against something until the catsup followed down into the cap;
resulting in a crusty cap full of catsup.
one day someone in the catsup industry invented a new type of bottle; a squeeze
bottle with an oversized cap. Now there
were squeeze bottles with pointy tops that were mainly used in restaurants, but
this new bottle was different --- it was designed to be stored upside down.
when people see catsup bottles with oversized caps, or “upside down” catsup bottles…
well, it just seems to make sense.
my question is --- who decides what’s “right side up” and what’s “upside down?” Or, is something considered upside down
simply because another way is just the way it’s always been?
didn’t design TREWGrip as an upside down keyboard. We did it because it just makes