A VCU student is getting national attention due to his invention which is now competing to be sold online and maybe even in Walmart stores.
Tumi Oredein's Skribs wristband is a finalist in the Walmart "Get on the Shelf" contest, which allows people to submit ideas for products they think the retail giant should carry. Local inventions could literally get on the shelf.
The Skribs customizable wristband was one of thousands of entries narrowed down to a handful of finalists. Think of it as a Livestrong bracelet you can personalize. It has essentially a dry erase board. Children can write or draw whatever they want.
Oredein isn't the owner of a large company or toy manufacturer. He's just a VCU graduate student with an idea.
"It would mean a great deal to have Walmart the giant as my first customer," he explained. "I mean, nobody else could say that."
Voting for the kids' stuff finalists opened Tuesday and only lasts through Thursday night. The winner of the current round will end up on Walmart.com and shoppers could see the grand prize winner actually in stores.
If Skribs advances, Oredein plans to sell a three-pack of bands plus a marker for about seven dollars.
"It's cool," exclaimed 7-year-old Lauren Bennett. "I like it. You can draw on it. You can write like your name and you can draw flowers."
For parents, mom Tara likes that a purchase would support a local developer.
"That's wonderful," she said. "That sounds fabulous! Good luck! That's great."
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