Kansas inventor stirs up the kitchen gadget market
WELLINGTON, Kan., May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wellington, Kansas resident, Phil Wylie, has developed a unique invention that helps make cooking in the microwave more convenient. The StirMate uses the motion of the microwave's turntable to eliminate many of the common pitfalls of microwave cooking, including lumps, popping, splattering and uneven heating.
A project that began in response to a lumpy bowl of Malt-O-Meal is now, after nearly a decade of tinkering in his spare time, ready to hit the market.
"I wanted to find a way to make a better bowl of Malt-O-Meal in the microwave," said Wylie. "I saw the potential of using the turntable as a source of motion very early. But it took quite a few attempts and designs to get it all working perfectly."
The real breakthrough in development came with the addition of his patent-pending anchor bar, which maintains a consistent downward pressure on the entire assembly, holding it securely in place.
Wylie spent 22 years pastoring First Southern Baptist Church in Wellington, but his educational background is in engineering, having spent three years at an extension of Eastern New Mexico University and several years as a troubleshooter designing tooling and parts for the aviation industry.
Wylie wants to use his invention to create jobs in Kansas, particularly in the Wellington area. He plans to use the money raised from the sale of the StirMate to fund research and development for future products and develop as many Kansas ideas and innovations as he can.
"The StirMate has been well received by many people who want to send the production to China," said Wylie. "But my goal is to create jobs locally and help the Wellington economy."
The StirMate is available for purchase online at www.thestirmate.com for $12.99 plus shipping and handling or two for $19.98 plus shipping and handling.
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