John Hunchar graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Last year, he and two business partners, Ben Harmer and Kenneth Liew, came up with the idea of combining music with snowboarding and skiing.
They called their device The Jalapeño.
The Jalapeño stemmed from a design project the trio did in graduate school that focused on a design for snow sport enthusiasts. It is a portable device that syncs music to the body movements of skiers and snowboarders.
Hunchar said while talking with skiers and riders, he heard many of them describe the sort of “creative zone” that mimicked that of a music artist.
“Once we realized this, it seemed really natural to connect the two,” Hunchar said.
The group works out of coffee shops and at their home, and is campaigning to raise $53,000. So far, they raised $10,424.
For more information, visit the Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/1dfEj81.
Local company helps families in need
Created in 2009, the foundation targets struggling families each year who are facing financial hardships and are at risk of losing their homes.
Earlier this year, two families in the area were awarded with six months of mortgage or lease payments.
Bruce J. Smith III, president of The WealthKare Investment Center said he is happy to be a part of the initiative.
“Being able to carry out the mission of the Gradient Gives Back Foundation at a local level reflects our company’s values, and we are eager to inspire others to join our cause through outreach,” Smith said.
Donation helps bring new equipment to Geisinger
The Hydrogren Breath Analysis machine allows the patient to blow into a balloon, which takes a baseline reading of the patient’s breath. After drinking a prescribed lactose solution, the patient then continues to be tested every 30 minutes for three hours to measure the amount of hydrogen in the breath.
“Most time doctors would recommend dietary changes or would have to send patients to Danville for diagnosis,” said Becky Heltman, a licensed practical nurse. “Now, this equipment is here for our Gastroenterology Outreach Clinic and general pediatrics.”
The Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps provide Geisinger facilities with funding and equipment. The organization has raised more than $50 million for pediatric services since 1984.
Britney Milazzo can be reached at bmilazzo@centre daily.com or 231-4648.