Monday, February 1, 2016

Product that Jacobs School seniors helped design set to hit store shelves

San Diego entrepreneur Karen Kart, in the facility where her tantrum-proof plate is being manufactured.

A tantrum-proof plate for toddlers that Jacobs School students helped design and develop is now being manufactured and is set to hit store shelves in April. The plate, named Adi, is the brainchild of San Diego attorney and entrepreneur Karen Kart. 

Kart reached out to Teaching Professor Nate Delson first in 2009 and then again in 2012. Delson assigned teams of seniors to work with Kart both times. The four students who worked with her in 2009 now have their name on a patent for the plate’s suction base and quick-release tab technology. 

The 2012 team worked on a retail-ready prototype. Students tried various versions of a lid design before landing on one that would stay put. In all, Adi went through 11 rounds of 3D-printed prototypes.
In addition to staying put while a toddler throws a tantrum, the Adi plate is also equipped with a quick-release tab that’s toddler-proof but easy to use for any adult.  The plate has three different food compartments and a snap-on lid for adventures. The Adi plate is BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free; made from safe materials that have been FDA-approved for use by young children; and will be manufactured in the United States.

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