People taking chemo often suffer from a metallic aftertaste while eating. So, Don Ladanyi developed an organic flatware option that won't leave behind that metallic taste.
â€œDonâ€™s taste-inert flatware is a cool idea because it solves a very basic problem â€” that is, how to neutralize the unpleasant taste caused by standard flatware when your sensitivity to metal or plastic is acute,â€ Proto Labs founder Larry Lukis said in a statement. The company plans to spend up to $100,000 in 2011 on inventors looking to get their products into the marketplace, according to Proto Labs' website. â€œWith Cool Idea!, we want to stimulate innovation by helping deserving products move past the idea stage to market viability," Lukis said. "Toxin-free flatware that restores the dignity of mealtime to cancer patients certainly fits the bill.â€ Photo from TruFlavorWare