Rabbi Moshe Weiss, the St. Louis Park school teacher turned inventor whose iPad gizmo was featured on “Shark Tank,” has died at the age of 41.
An obituary printed in the Star Tribune says he died at his home on Aug. 28 from heart complications.
He became famous for creating an iPad accessory called the “SoundBender,” which clipped to the top of the Apple tablet and diverted the sound – so that rather than it going away from the user, it was directed towards them.
As ColLive reports, Weisse was a teacher at the Yeshiva High School in Cottage Grove, but found himself at a loose end when the school closed.
He then came up with the idea after becoming frustrated at having to strain to hear audio from his iPad, and found that cupping his hand at the back made it easier.
After creating the SoundBender, an initial round of fundraising on Kickstarter was followed by a visit to the Shark Tank, where he received a $54,000 investment from “Shark” Daymond John, who was impressed by the pitch from the charismatic, Yarmulke-wearing inventor.
John paid tribute to his late business partner on Twitter.
The Gazette Review catalogs how things went after his 2013 appearance on Shark Tank, and they seemed to be going great.
He had increased sales from $70,000 in six months to $250,000 and had struck a deal with The Wish Factory that would have guaranteed $2 million in sales a year.
But news fell quiet as to whether the deal was struck or if it fell through. Then in July 2014 he shared upsetting news that he had hit and killed a 79-year-old man with his car after the man had suddenly ran out into the road.
Since then the SoundBender website went quiet, and its future seemed up in the air after Apple made its iPad Pro with four speakers.
Weiss is survived by his three children, his mother, and multiple siblings.