Everyday Hero: Amazing Girl Invents Prosthetic Arm That Shoots Glitter
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The key to successful entrepreneurship is seeing a hole in the market, and then filling it. Add some engineering sense and a good dose of whimsy, and you have 11-year-old Jordan Reeves, who is basically a cross between a Disney princess and Iron Man, because she just invented a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter.
According to Jezebel, Reeves’ left arm ends just above the elbow, and it’s been like that since she was born. That has caused her some difficulty in life and it has certainly been inconvenient at times, but when she looked down at her arm, she thought: “Well that would be a good place to have a unicorn horn that shoots glitter.”
Reeves used a 3-D printer to build a purple unicorn horn prosthetic arm that shoots glitter thanks to an internal air compressor, and she pitched it to the Shark Tank investors on an episode of The Rachael Ray show.
Reeves also seems to have a natural gift for marketing, because she also invented an extremely useful product, which is a 3-D printed device that makes it easier for a person with one arm to tear paper towels off a roll. She pitched both, knowing that the glitter cannon is a bit of a niche product, but one that will certainly get people’s attention. But now that everyone knows about her arm-mounted glitter cannon, she can use the attention to get support for her very useful paper-towel-grabber.