Main Project Inspirations – Bear Spray

My dad and I have always been thinking of new products to develop, whether it is for our outdoor recreation business or just for convenience. When thinking about a main project, I decided that I wanted to try and kill two birds with one stone and develop a product that we could use in the mountains that would also be convenient, even if it never gets mass produced.

One of the hardest thing about owning a family business where you take people into the mountains is the assurance that each client will be safe. One factor that adds to this safety is to have bear spray (pepper spray) on you at all times when in the wilderness. Fun fact: my father and I were horn hunting once and actually came 20 yards away from a grizzly! Thankfully it was during the daylight so if we needed the bear spray, which thankfully we didn’t that time, we could see where to get it.

But what happens when it is dark outside and you don’t have time to look for a flash light and bear spray? Well that is where my idea comes in. I want to 3D print a lighting device that can be attached around the bear spray with velcro. Not only will you save time by only needing to find one item, but you can even use the light to aim and shoot the bear spray if it ever gets that close!

Eventually, my dad and I also want to develop a beeping mechanism that will go off if the bear spray is unsealed because getting sprayed but that stuff, even as an accident, is one of the worst pains I’ve ever had!

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  • Gautham Govindarajan
    March 5, 2017 10:40 pm

    This is really novel idea and I love that you got your inspiration from a real world need. Necessity in fact is the mother of invention. Your idea kinda reminded me of the glow in the dark flashlight although that is only for convenience your idea has the potential to be life saving. Have you thought about what kind of aesthetic you’d like achieve with this product?
    With that said, I hope you’ll never have to use your product.

  • Matthew Clark
    March 5, 2017 7:55 pm

    This is such a unique and cool idea. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to be 20 yards away from a bear. This would definitely be great to use at night in an emergency. Are you thinking of incorporating different light settings in the flashlight? Can’t wait to see how this turns out!


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