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Milford Township man's invention helps cellphone owners in restricted areas

PICPatch covers cellphone camera lens when needed in restricted areas

MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Have you ever gone somewhere but your cell phone wasn't allowed? How about a court room, a concert or even a classroom? Well a local man from Milford has made privacy his priority with a new invention, it's called PICPatch.

David Mamo, of Milford Township, is the founder of the product. PICPatch is basically a super strong sticker that covers the camera lens of your cell phone, preventing the owner from taking pictures in a restricted area.

"In this day and age people need to take their phones to work, we can't have cell phone cameras holding us back from certain places," said Mamo.

PICPatch came to be when David was looking to solve a problem at work.

"As an electrical contractor, I do a lot of work at the General Motors Proving Grounds and cellphones are banned. I had no way of contacting my work crews on the job," Mamo said.

His invention solved the problem, now employees could keep and use their cell phones and GM officials didn't have to worry about restricted and sensitive information getting out.

The patch is an adhesive strip that sticks right on the camera lens. When removed, the words "OPEN VOID" appear on the label indicating the sticker has been tampered with. So, in restricted areas like in the GM Plant, security officials would know if someone tried to remove it.

At this point, PICPatch has about 100 customers worldwide, and has sold more than 1 million patches, he said. The proving ground was his first customer, and he's since added everyone from the U.S. Embassy, Dow Corning to Sony, Toyota and Technicolor.

"For me it's not about the money, it's about the challenge. I love creating things, I have the time now too, both of my boys are in college," said Mamo. "It's great to know companies can benefit from my product."

The uses for the patches are growing, too. Chaperones of a Midland high school used "chaperone seals" during an overnight trip. They coaches placed the seal over the closed hotel room doors, making sure no one snuck out at night.

Mamo sells PICPatch to companies in bulk but you can order your own set in individual sheets online HERE.

PICPatch is also in Walmart's Get on the Shelf contest. Get on the Shelf is an online contest where businesses & individuals submit products that are not sold by Walmart and the public chooses their favorites.

First round voting starts on March 7th, 2012 and runs until April 3rd, 2012. The top 10 continue to the final round which runs from April 11th, 2012 to April 24th, 2012.