Will Petillo of Portland, Oregon is the 30-year-old inventor of Bit-Blocks, toy building blocks that allow kids to build 3-dimensional structures and shapes in all directions. The idea came to Petillo while he was working as a paralegal at an intellectual property law office. He thought, “I should invent something myself, so I know what inventors are going through.” He made the Bit-Blocks prototype on a 3-D printer.
Petillo launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 but wasn’t able to raise the goal of $45,000. Now he’s pitching Bit-Blocks on The Toy Box (May 12). P.S. According to Petillo’s LinkedIn account, left the law firm and is now working as a field service technician with Tokyo Electron where he installs lithography machines. The Toy Box airs Fridays at 8pm on ABC, right before Shark Tank.