Fake, Fragrant Flowers: Great Idea?
Patent #US 6830733 entered the artificial floral scene in 2004. The Artificial Flower raises the question of how to improve on that which isn’t real in the first place. The invention includes a hollow stem and a flower that is adjacent to one of its ends. The flower has a fragrance source as well which emanates and moves through the hollow passageway of the stem.
The Artificial Flower does have its good points. It could represent a new and different way to disperse air freshener in a room. No one would ever suspect that the fragrance is emanating from something artificial. It could also serve as a pick me up, for what could be cheerier than the prospect of spring being eternally in the air? There remains the question of pollination. Perhaps some bogus bees eternally surrounding it might aid the illusion and the buzzing, which needs to be addressed in order to pull the whole illusion off.
Okay, so maybe the Artificial Flower isn’t for you after all. Inventors are always fascinated with the realm of nature and garden flowers as a source of inspiration for new products and ideas. Consider Gloria Campos’s interesting post, “Solar Garden Light: Product Review” and Steve Levenstein’s “Love Cucumbers? Show It and Grow It with Heart Shaped Molds.”
Artificial Flower, I don’t know about you today. Maybe next year when you bloom again, I will reconsider your merits.