Les Cookson is the young father who pitched his CarSik Bib prototype on Shark Tank in 2011. Cookson demonstrated how it works with a dummy sitting in a baby carseat. He poured a can of creamed corn into the dummy’s head which came out of the dummy’s mouth and splattered all over the dummy’s lap in the car seat. Cookson, who has had to clean up the backseat of his family car multiple times due to his children getting carsick, created a solution. The CarSik Bib is a plastic bib with a bag (lined with a sanitary napkin) to catch vomit. The Sharks had a good time (kind of) watching the demonstration. But as guest Shark Jeff Foxworthy said, “There’s nothing worse than driving around with a bag of vomit.”
Cookson didn’t get a deal and the prototype never hit a shelf. He held on to his day job at Practical Industries, a company that makes aviation products. But he can’t help inventing. He started a Kickstarter campaign for his handmade, wooden Camera Obscura.