The dumb waiter has evolved with one local manâ€™s invention.
Patrick Schmitt has his patent pending for â€œMy Personal Waiter,â€ a motorized lowering device for kitchen cabinets.
The â€œwaiterâ€ works like an elevator for your dishes or canned foods. With flip of a switch, the shelves are lowered down toward the kitchen counter within the reach of most people.
The idea came to him in 2001 as a better alternative to the step stools his mother-in-law used to reach her cabinetâ€™s high shelves.
â€œI was worried that she could fall,â€ he said.
You can find out more about Schmitt’s invention, and see a video of it in action, at SchmittsSpecialtyProducts.com.