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SPRL Engineer invents ergonomic ice cream scoop

Posted: September 26, 2014

SPRL Engineer invents ergonomic ice cream scoop

Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL) Engineer Michael Chou invented an ice cream scoop with a curved handle to ease the difficulty of scooping hard ice cream.

The invention is featured in a Huffington Post article titled, “Professional Engineer Invents a Vastly Superior Ice Cream Scoop.” The creation, called the Midnight Scoop, eliminates the need for difficult ice cream prying by shifting the labor of scooping from the wrist to the palm, according to the article.

"Current ice cream scoops are designed in a way that forces you to use weak wrist joints to scoop ice cream. When you are scooping ice cream with standard ice cream scoops, you are doing a prying motion," Chou told the Huffington Post. "This prying motion puts tremendous amounts of stress on your weak wrist joints. Your brain then tries to save your wrists by not letting you pry very hard -- thus making scooping ice cream very difficult."

Chou's been working on his design for two years. The coated, forged aluminum scoops will sell for $50 each and come with a lifetime guarantee. An online store is coming soon; with nearly a week left to go, he's already surpassed his Kickstarter goal of $17,500 by over $20,000.

To read the full story, visit the Huffington Post.

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