Once in a while we come across a secondary application of a feature that makes us smile and solves a problem simply, yet brilliantly. Behold the Magic Spinning Mop™. Introduced in 2011, the technology behind this mop is described as a “hand press pedal-free spinning system” but look again and you’ll see the good old salad spinner hard at work. Although devices used to wash, dry and spin salad have been
around since the 19th century, two French inventors in the 1970’s hold the patent for the early development of applying centrifugal force to the product’s design. So, back to our mop. KGM Global, the self-named “inventor” of this alternative to the hand press spin model mop, has integrated the spinning mechanism into the mop’s handle so that once it wears out only the handle needs to be replaced. We notice a bit of the razor blade/K-cup business model in play here. The claims for the mop’s innovative design are spot on for the utilitarian salad spinner, in short, “the built-in wringer delivers powerful cleaning performance and removes nearly 100% of all excess water”. So hats off to a product that proves the point that innovation looks for a problem to solve and in this instance, innovation appears in an opportunistic reinvention of a 19th century concept. What’s old is new again.