Ergonomically Designed Yoropen, a Sensation in Asia Makes Its U.S. Debut.
Johnson Liu’s twin daughters, Yoyo and Roro, had trouble learning to use writing instruments due to their suffering from cerebral palsy. Liu, an experienced inventor, wanted to help, so he set about designing a pen they could grip easily and write without difficulty. After many experiments, he created a successful pen featuring an ingenious curved neck design, which he called the Yoropen, as a combination of his daughters’ names.
Liu was astounded to discover, though, his design had extra benefits, not only for his daughters but for able-bodied people as well. The pen was more comfortable in the hand, reduced muscle strain and improved visibility of the paper while writing.
Liu realized his invention could help all kinds of people, from children developing their hand muscles, to students taking notes in class, business people writing at work and people struggling with arthritis or carpal-tunnel syndrome. Handicapped and able-bodied alike, left- and right-handed, anyone could grip the Yoropen and write comfortably.
Here are the common problems: When one uses an ordinary, straight-barreled pen, the barrel must be squeezed in order to hold pen while pressing into the paper to write. This creates strain on the finger and wrist muscles, especially as the fingers slide down the barrel. Also, whether writing with the left or right hand, people have to lean their heads to see what they’re writing, causing neck strain.
The average person in America spends 12 to 16 years in school and a lifetime using pens and pencils, which means years of cumulative damage to the neck, shoulder, lower arm, wrist and fingers. The damage can be worse for left-handed writers, as they often curl their hands to prevent smudging.
The revolutionary design of the Yoropen solves all these problems simultaneously; it’s the everyday pen you’ll want to use for life! The diverted tip of the Yoropen moves the hand back on the barrel and angles the pen body out of the line of sight. The curved shape allows the index finger to rest lightly on top of the barrel, a much more natural and comfortable position, and prevents sliding down.
Realizing the possible impact of his unique design, Johnson Liu began producing a whole family of Yoropen products, selling millions of units in Asia and Europe in only a few years. Then, tragedy struck. Yoyo, one of Liu’s beloved daughters, passed away from complications of her physical condition in 2007. Heart-broken, Liu closed up shop on Yoropen Corp. and production ceased completely in 2009. The Yoropen became a rare item.
Then, in 2013, entrepreneur Shawn Lai happened to meet Johnson Liu and was inspired by the Yoropen story. Sensing this product would appeal to many Americans, Lai convinced Liu to restart the business. And so Yoropen Inc. was reborn, bringing the benefits of the Yoropen to all of North America, in memory of Yoyo Liu.
In order to restart production and bring the Yoropen to the American market, Johnson Liu and Shawn Lai are launching a Kickstarter campaign, offering the latest executive-model pen to backers who support their U.S. debut. The campaign runs until the end of September, with pens arriving to backers just in time for the December holiday season of 2014.
Exclusively for the American market, Liu has upgraded the classic Yoropen to create the new Z3 model, a sleek, attractive pen crafted from the highest-quality materials. The barrel is crafted from zinc and aluminum alloy, and copper with a super-hard chrome matte finish, which is twice scratch resistant as stainless steel. The Z3 comes nestled in a gift box inscribed with the Yoropen logo in silver. A top-of-the-line Swiss-made ink refill completes the set. The Yoropen Z3 makes the perfect gift for even the most discerning friend or relative, or a treat for yourself.