AUDIO: Serial inventor would have you pedaling the plane
August 6, 2017
• Robin Palmer talks about her latest invention
• “When you start your day inspired, it changes your life”
Should the passenger next to you on the flight to the East Coast look like he’s pedaling to keep the plane in the air, you’d be only half right. It could be that your row-mate is pedaling a device invented by a former Broadway singer who now lives in Los Angeles. And pedaling for his health, not to help the pilot.
The device would be the “FlyteBike” and its inventor is Robin Palmer, who sang on Broadway as Robin Boudreau and is chief executive officer of Flyte Bike LLC.
“Every invention I’ve ever created has been for my own necessity,” she says, recounting that in California she worked at a desk job and “kept back-burning my self-car. And that wasn’t like me at all – fitness is so important to me.”
That prompted her first invention.
“I invented ‘My Wakeup Call,” she says, which provides different motivational messages as part of its alarm clock function.
“They’re patented five-minute messages with the Dalai Lama, Jack Canfield, Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson – all of these famous thought leaders,” she says. “When you start your day inspired, it changes your life.”
Ms. Palmer says there were times when she felt discouraged but in each instance she would get the needed help from unexpected sources.
Which brings us back to the guy pedaling away at 30,000 feet.
Her invention, FlyteBike, looks like the heart of a bicycle – the pedals, minus the chain and wheels
“They’re the planet’s completely foldable, portable exercise pedals,” she says. Folded up, the device fits inside a carrying tote; unfolded, it’s designed to fit beneath a desk or in an airplane row.
(Robin Palmer talks about getting an idea to invention and then to market in today’s exclusive CVBT Audio Interview via Skype. Please click on the link below to listen now or to download or share the audio file.)
In bringing her inventions to market, Ms. Palmer has also made some unsettling discoveries.
“Three percent of women entrepreneurs get funding for their inventions or companies,” says Ms. Palmer. “And 3 percent of VCs – venture capitalists or angel investors – are women. ”
She says this needs to change. Until then, she says she is about to launch an indiegogo page to crowd-fund the business.
“I believe I am here to use my gifts for good, to change the planet and help people,” Ms. Palmer says.
And yes, she says, she’d love to star on Broadway again.