Vibe 2000 Set to Introduce New Kind of Teether
FDA Clearance Granted for Electronic Therapeutic Device That Relieves Teething Pain
OXNARD, Calif., March 28, 2005 -- Two childhood friends have teamed up to produce the first vibrating teether, called the Je Je Teething Ring. And according to inventor Livio Scagliotti Jr. and his business partner Mario A. Gonzalez, founders of the new company Vibe 2000 (http://www.jejeteether.com), the unconventional medical device really works. What’s more, the pair recently received FDA clearance of the Je Je Teething Ring and are gearing up test marketing.
For Scagliotti, necessity was indeed the mother of invention. In the mid-1990s, desperate for a way to relieve his infant son’s teething pain, Scagliotti set his pager to vibrate, turned it on, and gave it to the child to gum. It worked like a charm, but Scagliotti thought nothing of it until he encountered a woman in his local Home Depot store on the verge of tears while her teething baby cried inconsolably. Scagliotti suggested the pager trick, the mother agreed to try, and again the pager brought the baby’s cries to an immediate stop.
Scagliotti realized he had stumbled onto something big. So he rigged up a prototype - a 12-inch plastic ring with a motor in the center and proudly presented it to his friend Gonzalez. “It was ugly,” Gonzalez chuckles now, “but the idea was there.” As luck would have it, Gonzalez’s twins were teething at the time. He gave the device to them and both babies seemed content for the first time in days.
Knowing a good thing when he saw it, Gonzalez put it all on the line, selling his home and moving in with his in-laws, to provide the finances necessary to have the Je Je Teething Ring professionally designed and get a mold made.
The end result was a round device with three spokes and a center hub housing the motor. When activated, the motor creates vibrations that travels from the center of the teether through the spokes to the outer ring. Made of soft rubber, the outer ring is a safe, soothing surface for babies to bite; the vibration massages tiny gums, bringing relief - and, no doubt, endless fascination.
Having now secured FDA clearance, the Je Je Teething Ring will be test-marketed via television advertising and the Vibe 2000 Web site. In addition, the device has received pediatrician approval.
“After five years of ups and downs, we are finally ready for production of the Je Je Teething Ring,” Gonzalez says. “So many parents understandably hesitate to give their babies pain relievers for teething, but they hate to see their children in pain. This product is the drug-free remedy for teething pain. We’re excited to make it available to parents.”
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