After 23 years of teaching computer learning,
John Scherer was living in Phoenix when he was virtually blown out of retirement by a blast of fresh air that came from a cordless air duster, a safe alternative to canned air. “The inventor contacted me to be a spokesperson for the product and at first I declined,” said Scherer, who has often helped businesses sell their products. “He called a week later and asked to meet with me in person. After we sat down and he showed me the product over a cup of coffee, I took on the project.” Once Scherer heard more about the canned air system, he decided to be more than just a mouthpiece for it. He bought the rights to the product and then redesigned, reconfigured and renamed it. The name he came up with, O2 Hurricane, is derived from the chemical term for oxygen – O2 – which is part of the air we breathe, and the fact that the product blows air at Hurricane force speeds, equivalent to a category 4 hurricane.
The device, which is almost 8 inches tall and weighs 14 ounces, is portable and rechargeable. It can be used to dust computer equipment and other electronics, cameras, blinds…. A prototype of O2 Hurricane was made in 2011 and Scherer started selling the product in March. So far all sales are conducted online, but retailers have expressed interest. “It’s been received with open arms and that’s a phenomenal thing,” he said. “People want a replacement for canned air.” Scherer said that “a lot of products came to me” the past two years after he stepped away from his role as the Video Professor. Nothing ignited his passion like the air system, though. “This will be bigger than computer learning ever was; it will be everywhere,” he predicts. “It just uses the air we breathe.” When he agreed to take the product on, one of his terms was that the device had to be made in America, and he found a manufacturer in Tucson. “I’m sure it would be cheaper made elsewhere but I would pay twice if I need to, to keep it in the USA,” Scherer said. Since launching the product’s website, he has had great feedback. Each O2 Hurricane canless air system comes with a 110-volt wall charger and a 5 inch straw that attach to the device for blowing air, ready don’t need it. For information, visit www.canlessair.com