“Oh, baby, is that a Schmeckler?”: Local Man Patents New Birth Control Device
Todd Schmeckler has always been an inventor at heart. As a boy, he turned a coat hanger into a radio antenna. He turned a bicycle into two unicycles, and vice versa. So maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when he went into his bathroom to do some plumbing work a few months ago, and came out with something even he didn’t expect – a new birth control device.
He calls it the “Schmeckler.” Not after himself, but after his grandmother, Maude Schmeckler, who had so many children she didn’t know what to do.
Todd spent weeks in the bathroom tweaking his Schmeckler. Finally he emerged with the finished product, pictured above. That’s a demonstration model and isn’t the actual size, of course. The real one is a little bigger.
The contraption is pricey, at over $300 per Schmeck. And it’s only about half as effective as a condom. And it can only be used once. A test subject who tried to reuse it was badly electrocuted, which baffles Todd, since there are no electrical components in the Schmeckler.
So why would anyone pay for this contraceptive when they can get one that’s safer and more effective for a tiny fraction of the price?
“Pride of ownership,” says Todd . “Imagine the look on your wife’s face when you come lumbering into the bedroom with one of these strapped on.”
The Schmeckler isn’t supposed to be on the market until it’s approved by the FDA, but Todd’s too excited to wait, so he’s selling them now.