Secil Boyd keeps dreaming up new ideas from remote control flying gadgets to new table games and even space-matter theories. “My mind doesn’t seem to turn off so easily,” the 53-year-old inventor joked at his Holualoa art gallery.
Boyd has invented a type of three-player ping pong, TriPong uses an odd-shaped table at regulation ping pong height and Plexiglas “nets” that divide the table into three wedges, each with a neutral zone and scoring zone.
He pitched the idea several months ago to a major mainland sports company and now is in negotiations for a development contract. After a presentation, their production staff built one and have played it since, Boyd said.
“By this time next year,” Boyd said. “I predict this will be the hottest seller they’ve got.”
The idea came from his father, who taught his two sons cutthroat billiards.
“With three players, you’ve got that extra competitive energy,” he said. “It just changes the game.”
Photo by Karin Stanton.