— What started as a gift for a lady friend two decades ago has morphed into a niche business endeavor for Swartz Creek resident Bruce Creed.
Creed, a retired tinsmith from the V8 Engine Plant, invented the Easy Bed Reader (Patent Des. No. 287,604), a device that allows individuals to read in a relaxed, comfortable position. His invention is one of many by the local inventor; he also invented an exhaust duct cleaner and a mud sucker device, designed to suck sludge out of coolant pits. Both inventions were sold to General Motors.
The Easy Bed Reader is constructed of steel and designed to last for 25 years. The device is clamped to a headboard, and the clamp is lined with rubber to protect the headboard. Two pivot balls permit easy adjustment to any focal length. The Easy Bed Reader does not need to be removed; it can be posi- tioned for overnight storage. “Once it’s on, you don’t have to take it off,” Creed said.
To use the Easy Bed Reader, a person lifts a book onto the plexiglass holder and reads the pages. Once the pages are read, the user simply lifts the book, turns the page and places the book back on the plexiglass. Knob screws adjust friction for any book weight, and the Easy Bed Reader easily accommodates hardbacks and paperbacks.
“The arms never get tired and in the winter, your arms can stay under the covers,” Creed said.
The Easy Bed Reader does not fit every bed, and Creed needs to know the size of the headboard before crafting the device, which comes in one, standard size. Headboards need to be three-quarters of an inch in thickness. The Easy Bed Reader is targeted for adults, and he does not recommend it for patients in hospitals due to potential liability issues.
Currently, Creed makes each device by hand, creating the parts first then assembling the Easy Bed Reader. “I do a lot of painting,” he said. So far, Creed has sold 20 but since retiring, he has more time to dedicate to the endeavor.
“I haven’t spent any money on marketing, it’s all been word-of-mouth customers,” Creed said. “Those who have purchased the Easy Bed Reader have been very happy with the product.”
Along with Eric Lewis of Carriage Town Ministries, who has devised a marketing plan for the Easy Bed Reader, Creed is ready to get information about his product to the public, in plenty of time for Christmas. Cost for the Easy Bed Reader is $99, plus tax, shipping and handling. Informational DVDs on the Easy Bed Reader are available in English and Spanish. No tools are necessary for installation.
For more information, including ordering, contact Creed at 810-732-7877.