Denis Ruzsa and his partner, Terry Maaske have been inventing for 30 years. The two have collaborated on more than 300 different inventions during their partnership, with Maaske generating many of the original concepts. Ruzsa, who has an engineering background, rounds out the concepts and generates the prototypes. They have a separate company, called Invention Concepts, which explores ideas, theories and inventions.
He explained that while he and Maaske sometimes simply conceptualize new product approaches, they always focus on a novel angle and follow a simple maxim: “Never invent anything until there’s a willing and waiting market.”
When the two began to consider pool cleaners, what struck them was the fact that most pool cleaners only work after debris falls to the bottom of the pool, requiring a motor and a pump.
“We thought, ‘Why not capture it at the surface?’ ” Ruzsa said. “Solar Breeze consumes the power of a 4-watt light bulb, compared to a 1 1/2 horsepower pump.”
In development for about three years, Solar Breeze was launched last spring and has already garnered a strong response and consumer demand. The small machine floats on the surface of a pool, using a solar-powered battery to collect any debris floating on the water’s surface.
Photo by Invention Concepts.