Zoey Olson is in eighth grade at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies. In addition to her rigorous coursework, in her spare time Zoey recently invented a device that could assist many cell phone users in the future.
Q. What have you done recently that is a little different than the average scholar?
A. I’ve created a product, which is a little different. I actually dropped my phone in the toilet, while I was upset about this, I did some research and found that one in five women do this. I figured there must be a need for a product to prevent this from happening.
Q. So you created something, can you describe the product?
A. The product is a bathroom phone holder, it’s made of lightweight plastic and it’s screwed into the wall. It has weight sensor on the bottom and blue toothed to a sensor on the door. The holder keeps your phone safe while you do your business. So, if you don’t have big pockets or a purse, you have no worries.
Then, if you open the bathroom door, there is weight in the holder, an alarm will sound to remind you to pick up your phone.
Q. Does the product have a name?
A. It’s called the Bathroom Phone Holder or maybe The Bathroom Bug.
Q. Who do you see as your end user?
A. Gas stations, movie theaters, and then also to the public so someone could install it at home.
Q. Do you have a price point? Advertising plan?
A. Because it has electronics in there, not just a holder, I’m thinking about pricing it at $7.50.
I’ve contacted a patent company, Davis Company, and they are helping me through the process. They are making me a working prototype. We do have the design of it down, now we are just working on the
packaging and marketing.
Q. What is your main goal with this product?
A. I want to reduce the amount of phones being dropped in the toilet. It’s definitely an issue because some people don’t have pockets or have small pockets. If I don’t make money, I want this to be a learning experience and know that I’ve done something with my life.
Q. What are your hobbies outside of school?
A. I like to play basketball and draw.
Q. Anything else that you would like people to know about you or what you’ve learned?
A. While creating the product, one thing that I’ve learned is that at my age, when I told adults about my product, they were really surprised because of how young I am and how low the standard is for my age.
Our age is known for playing video games and hanging out. We are really more than that. As society advances, we advance. Instead of just playing on our phones, we are also trying to go out there and do something. I also learned about myself that I am goal driven. If someone is trying to get in my way of the goal, I just don’t care; I just want to get it done. When I start something, I hate not finishing.
Zoey Olson is an eighth grader at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies