Many of you know me from Harrelson Trumpets, where I have invested the past 22 years of my life working to improve the trumpet. But did you know that I've been inventing, prototyping and producing other innovations since I was a young boy? I most likely began inventing to pass the time as my parents raised my sister and I on the road. They were over-the-road truck drivers meaning the four of us lived in a semi-truck together. Imagine close quarters on a level that makes the "tiny house" movement seem like nonsense.
According to my parents, I wanted to become an inventor because I enjoyed solving problems. I built an amphibious bicycle by converting my bike with laundry soap and milk containers and I got really wet! I built an autonomous boat that trolled with a fishing line to catch lunch. I became obsessed with breaking the world record for the longest paper airplane flight using one single sheet of notebook paper, which I accomplished after one very long year. I salvaged old toys I found in the dumpster, taking them apart to rewire the electronics to create animated Christmas ornaments, a personal security system for my room and remote control gadgets that had no use outside the imagination of an 11-year-old boy.
In a sense, I'm the same person thirty years later. I have ideas for new products, processes and solutions every few hours. I literally have dozens of notebooks filled with million-dollar ideas that I will never find the time to prototype. And I have prototyped hundreds of ideas in my lifetime. Fewer than 1% of my ideas ever become a real product. And today, I'm revealing the latest, greatest, coolest gadget you'll see come out of my shop this year.
Today, I introduce you to Momentum, the world's longest spinning 38 gram top. I have developed a precision stabilization system that allows you to accelerate this little device from zero to 15,000 RPM in less than one second. Yeah, it's really as crazy as it sounds! With one pull of a Kevlar string, Momentum becomes a whining engine of angular momentum that looks, sounds and feels alive. In fact, if you're not careful and accidentally set it down at too much of an angle, it will gain too much friction and fly across the room. I'm not kidding, please be careful.
Experiment where I placed one spinning Momentum on top of another. Yes, they're both spinning!
Momentum is many things...
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Life is all about gaining Momentum. I'm an Inventor, Musician, Engineer, Musical Instrument Designer, Machinist, Artist and Survivor based in Denver, Colorado.