Akron Legal News: Akron Ascent dry adhesives go to market: “Pinless Parenting”

Richard Weiner, Legal News Reporter for The Akron Legal News, published an article describing Akron Ascent Innovations’ recent launch of ShearGrip and Pinless brand products. The article is a follow-up to an prior report on AAI’s nascent development of dry adhesive technology and provides a particular focus on the consumer-oriented “Pinless Parenting” blog introduced to demonstrate different uses of Pinless products.

Not recommended for small infants. But much easier than conventional PSAs and stickers.

Not recommended for small infants. But much easier than conventional PSAs and stickers.

From the article:

“Kevin White [COO and Principal Scientist for Akron Ascent Innovations] looks at the photo on his phone. It is of the granddaughter of a visitor. She is perched on a horse, and the visitor has just sent the photo to White’s phone… White hits the ‘print” button and out of his office printer comes the photo.

White takes the photo and puts it directly onto the wall behind him. It sticks to the wall. And then he takes it off of the wall and sticks it to another wall. “Damage-free, clean removal” said White.”

After years of prototyping, the company’s dry adhesive products are on the market, designed to replace thumbtacks, push pins hanging picture frames, many household adhesives—especially those materials that can injure children, White said.

“We can turn your whole house into a refrigerator for putting up pictures,” said White, referring to the photo that he had just printed out.

Dry adhesives are a group of polymer-based nanofiber products that stick to surfaces, but are not sticky to the hand, and can be removed and reused without further application of the adhesive.

Akron Ascent Innovations has developed dry adhesive applications designed for the household that the company calls “Pinless Parenting.”

The inspiration for Pinless Parenting came from a grandmother—in this case, the grandmother of White’s recently-born child.

As a parent, said White, “the first thing you are taught is to childproof your house.”

At the same time, push pins and thumbtacks pushed into cork boards are a common feature of any house with children.

If Akron Ascent could make products that took these potentially dangerous products out of even the possibility that a child could come into contact with them, that would be a good thing. Hence, turning the whole house into a refrigerator.

Other children’s products are in the works, said White, including printing high contrast images that are suspended eight inches from a child’s face to help with vision control.

Also in the works is a double-sided bulletin board/white board [Pinless Post] that will stick to a wall and allow other dry adhesive prints attach to it.

But maybe the most impressive, if not transformative, product is the blank, self-stick printer paper [Pinless Pics] that grandparents can use to move their grandchildren’s pictures around the house.

About AAI:

AAI is a start-up company based in Akron, OH that has developed a revolutionary new type of ultra-low tack, removable adhesives material made from nanofibers. This new class of materials is able to achieve a strong, but easily removable, bond between surfaces through nanoscale interactions. This approach to adhesion was inspired by nature and is widely used in the animal kingdom, including beetles and geckos.  AAI’s platform approach to dry adhesion can be used for a range of applications, ranging from temporary signage, wall hanging hooks, and picture frame tabs, to automotive assembly, food packaging, and smart clothing.

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