Charlotte Christian School students Cody, 17, and Mark Fox, 18, created a textbook cover that uses a traditional cloth book cover with protective plastic edges to avoid damage to the spine and edges.
Book Jax is one of 12 inventions developed on the second season of “Everyday Edisons,” the PBS series about inventors that originated in Charlotte.
Cody and Mark came up with the idea for the book cover after being fined for damaged textbooks. The Book Jax has washable, stretchable fabric and comes in six colors and designs: black, blue, pink, orange, polka dot and black swirl. It's available at Staples for $5.99. The boys donated covers to Staples for needy school kids.
About the Fox kids
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High school students and inventors Cody and Mark Fox are the sons of Robin and John Fox of Charlotte. (Yes, that John Fox, the coach of the Carolina Panthers.)
When they were little, their mom says, they were always asking: “What do you think of this invention? What do you think of this invention?”
They came up with the idea for Book Jax about two years ago. The boys got a spot on the “Everyday Edisons” TV show and presented their prototype to the “Edisons” product experts in San Diego.
Hobbies: Bass guitar, read, and listen to music.
Inspirations: I'm inspired to pursue music with the band I'm in called The Canon Vibe. Historic figures that have inspired me: Milton Friedman, Bob Dylan and Martin Luther.
What's next: Hopefully sitting on the horizon is an opportunity to attend a great university. And once there, a new horizon will occur.
Things few people know about Cody: I'm in a band … I play bass guitar. And the rest is to remain a secret.
Hobbies: Drawing, swimming, working out and playing the piano.
Inspirations: Bible teacher Mr. Henson and artist Hayao Miyazaki.
What's next: Leaning toward following older brother Matt to Elon University.
Things few people know about Mark: He's allergic to fluorescent lights. He can play the piano. He's a decent artist.