A new gripping convention (paradigm) is about to TAKE OFF with PersonaGrip's custom-moldable handgirps.
In IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One, and ALMS, Ed Dellis is known as The Steering Wheel Guy. As you can see from the International TV coverage in the video above and on the linked pages, he's worked with gold-medal winning Olympic athletes, Industrial Athletes, and the world's top drivers.
NOTE TO DRIVERS/TEAMS: Click the Gallery Tab (rt side) to learn more feature/benefits in the captions, and by watching the videos, of course. Steering wheel info continues in the PROOF section after the Industrial paragraphs immediately below...fyi.
Industrial Athletes?!?...yes, by going into factories and watching tools being used at the work station, tool grips can be designed and workers can be trained to reduce the load SIGNIFICANTLY on their wrists, hands, and forearms since they're no longer relying only on pure friction for control. This can be seen here.
Any decent smartphone today can record and post video on the Internet. So, we now have the means to share our custom-moldable grip design ideas with each other across the globe...not just for steering wheels, either.
This "virtual classroom" for sharing ideas has been the missing link for launching the injection-molded versions that this campaign will fund.
Help Us Bring Jobs Back to America*
This is ESPECIALLY important today since our out-of-control health care costs are sending manufacturing jobs overseas.
Using only common sense and the laws of physics, PersonaGrip websites have irrefutable proof* on how properly designed custom grips can reduce the risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome TEN FOLD for workers who are trained in its use, and were exposed to both high-repetition and high-grip force....yes, 10X, as in 1/10th the risk.
Ed Dellis will defend this claim about his PROCESS ONLY ON LIVE NATIONAL TV with anyone.
Process??? Yes, a flat sheet of moldable plastic is like paint is to a painter. Just because you have it, doesn’t mean you can paint. Likewise, just because you buy a sheet of moldable plastic, doesn’t mean you can make incredible grips…take a look at what the teams are doing to their drivers' hands with inferior grip materials and poor grip designs here.
Injection-mold tooling will now put Dellis' decades of steering wheel grip design experience -- with new patent-pending safety features -- into the hands of teams who can then fine-tune it to suit their drivers' (plural) needs...yes, the grips can EASILY be designed to suit an entire TEAM OF DRIVERS in endurance racing.<==Dellis' own Lister Corvette has a "team design".
Drivers rely on feeling the resistance through the steering wheel to find the limit.
So, a relaxed grip means improved feedback, which translates into more control, and an improved ability to keep it off the wall which saves downtime and repair costs.
Dellis has taught racing all his life, and his motorsports resume is here. His graduating thesis for his mechanical engineering degree was about car control…
...but he still needed numbers for the skeptics.
So, PersonaGrip was EMG-tested at the U.S. gov't research division (NIOSH) using standard university test procedures, and, as he was leaving their facility, he was TOLD to get it out into the assembly lines.
If Dellis fails to cheat death again -->and it sticks this time<--(no kidding...see 0:45s this link), then he'll take the technology that he's pioneered with him. Since the sheet plastic itself is like paint is to a painter, training people in its proper installation and use is the key to how we can benefit from this life-enhancing paradigm-shifting technology...
...but he can't do it alone.
The profits from these injection-molded steering wheel grips -- that you're about to help fund -- will train tool crib operators at manufacturing plants across the U.S. on his technology which can bring assembly line jobs back.
The Missing Link
As a racer, Dellis knows steering wheels and tool grips. BUT, everyone's assistance is now needed to help spread the word about not having to settle on the generic, featureless grips that came on whatever you hold.
Suffice to say, training people how to design AND USE custom grips will fix all this.
What We Need & What You Get
The injection-mold tooling that you're about to help fund, will create properly designed pre-shaped steering wheel grips that have new patent-pending safety features that anyone can safely put into service with a Certified Master trained tech, or hang on their walls in a frame.
Action Mold in Anaheim CA, will handle the entire process from scanning the prototype -- that Dellis spent decades perfecting -- to producing the actual parts. This way, we don't lose control of the proprietary six-compound formula with its ideal stick/slip characteristics (that took years to develop) by using an overseas operation, and this will help keep workers employed here in America, as well.
When we reach goal, it will take ~6-8 weeks until the first part comes out of the molds. Perks will be shipped at that time...should be before Christmas.
In the unlikely event that we don't fund completely, Dellis will instead ship the same 4" sheet stock in the same proprietary material that he currently uses to make the IndyCar/NASCAR/F1 grips.
Now, granted, it can be a little tricky to take a 1/8"-thick X 4"-wide flat strip of material, and turn it into an effective 3D steering wheel grip. But, in a 15-minute online session, we can use Skype-video to improve your design since Dellis can see it, and coach you into a masterpiece that is safe and works properly. Don't worry, you'll also get a DVD that will help get you started.
The first few perks listed will get you the remaining inventory from the most recent production runs. The grip tape has an adhesive backing, and the Slip-On grips fit a 1.0" handle. Keep in mind bicycle handlebars are usually 7/8".
The top-tier perk, provides you with the tools and inventory you need to get started making effective grips in motorsports or the manufacturing industry.
Besides the plastic-manipulation tool set, you will also receive a GoPro camera for hand-motion analysis. A pre-programmed laptop is also included so you can easily analyze hand-motion in slow motion, and upload the videos for remote support, if needed.
Upon completion of the 1-wk course in Southern California, you will be listed on the company websites, PersonaGrip.com, IndustrialErgonomics.com, and SteeringWheelGuy.com as a Master Certified Technician. MCTs will be sought out by profesisonal race teams and corporations interested in getting maximum results in the shortest possible time.
MCTs will also be sought out by drivers of expensive cars who are too nervous about cutting their own OEM steering wheels with airbags. Only high-end tuner shops and dedicated artisans should consider becoming Master Certified.
Much of the impact has already been covered above. But, you won't believe how much of an improvement a custom-molded grip makes until you actually try one...ask Bobby Rahal.
We know that sounds like a sales pitch, but the existing paradigm (convention) of using ONLY friction to control things started just days after you were born…check out the promotion video above at 3:43s ;-). So, we understand how this claim might sound too good to be true.
But when you're exploring a new paradigm, here's how you need to think: "Tell me what I need to know, that I don't even know to ask right now."
Having most of the IndyCar teams still trying to do it nearly a quarter century after Dellis introduced it should tell you something. And, racing teams don't like to spend any more money than they absolutely have to, and they rarely enjoy adding a variable to the mix...that is, unless it's absolutely necessary.
Other Ways You Can Help
RIGHT NOW, besides the funds, we really need your help getting the word out.
Social networking at PersonaGrip is still old-school.
So, please, please, PLEASE help us spread the word so everyone can benefit from this incredible technology.
Please Copy/Paste this page's link onto your FB page, Tweet it, and hit ALL the forums/bulletin boards/blogs you can think of FOR YOUR HOBBY right now. With your help, we can change the way the world interfaces with their tactile environment. Thanks in advance to everyone for helping spread the word.
Since many people with great design ideas/skills don’t have the ability, equipment, or a place to shoot, we need to expand into a facility and set up a couple workstations with cameras, lights, and edit bays…which we have already. Visitors can then use these workstations to share their designs online.
A couple small offices (~ 11'x12') should suffice, but we'll also need a fairly large area (~ 25’x25’) to conduct the hands-on training sessions...1500-2000 sq-ft in SoCal would be ideal.
Our web design skills remain static at the Web 1.0 era... we're not programmers.
So, we need someone who can design a clean-looking, easy-to-use, simple webpage where users can upload their videos (YouTube embeds??) under a category (eg. Baseball bats, knives, fishing poles, tools, etc.)
If their category doesn’t exist yet, they need to be able to add it.
Of course, the typical social networking features for feedback is a requirement, and we’d also like the ability to have TWO people go LIVE on a single, dual-camera interface where they can bounce ideas off each other in REAL TIME while others online watch. The ability to send out invitations in advance to the design session will ensure maximum benefit for all those involved in their hobby.
The audience online also needs to be able to add their text-chat (comments) in a running commentary during the design sessions, and the hosts need to see the chat, and respond accordingly. A moderator to control and/or boot trolls and sock puppets would be helpful.
This dual window interface needs to be recorded (.flv?) including the scrolling chat, so users who missed the LIVE broadcast can view it later with the chat intact in a podcast. Users also need to be able to search the database to find design sessions related to their application.
An app for iPhone, Android, etc., would be cool so users can upload their design videos directly into a category while on the road via their 3G/4G phone/USB connections.