Local Invention

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Campbellton may not be known to too many folks outside the Panhandle, but maybe someday it will.

Necessity is the mother of invention, but only if an inventor recognizes the need and finds a solution.

"A youngster was trying to ride his bike and carry the ball at the same time and this came to me that it would be a good idea if he had some kind of harness or something that holds the ball on the handlebars."

Two weeks later Isaac Aikens’ ball carrier was born. Aikens’ family and the boy who inspired the idea love his new invention.

"This is a good idea because it's a safety thing for the children, even adults who carry a ball, don't have to carry it under their arms. This way it makes it hands free," says Peggy Aikens, the inventor’s wife.

But Aikens wants others to love it too. He's hoping it can be in stores soon, and maybe he can shake the bad luck he's had with inventions in the past, including a wireless doorbell invention 20 years ago.

Aikens claims a big name company stole the idea from him after he tried to sell it to them. Aikens’ ongoing efforts include an idea for a better coffee stirrer, and a joint project for what will be called a high-cycle.

Isaac Aikens is a disabled Vietnam veteran. He developed a nervous condition when he served in the war from 1971 to 1972.