8:00pm – Wednesday, March 24 on ABC1
Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors brings you the latest from the world of Australian invention. As we go through life encountering problems great and small, the inventors of Australia are thinking to themselves, “there must be a better way”…
Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: agricultural scientist Chris Russell, designer Alison Page, and engineer James Bradfield Moody.
Inventions featured on the program:
COOPER NYLON ANCHOR – by inventors Larry Cooper and Jon Cooper from QLD
A boat without an anchor is like a car without brakes. Small watercraft such as jet skis, kayaks, and inflatable boats, need anchors just like any other boat. But the small anchors on the market struggle to hold these vessels in place, dragging, coming loose and often even breaking apart. Larry Cooper has spent most of his life working on boats. In fact, ten years ago he even built a 40 foot sailing boat with his wife that they lived in for five years! When Larry originally turned his attention to developing a lightweight anchor he used aluminium. Thinking the R&D would take about eight weeks, it instead took about four years! But as he moved to new materials he enlisted the help of his two sons, Jon and Grant, and together they began experimenting with materials never used for anchors before.
The Cooper Nylon Anchor is the world’s first plastic anchor. It is small and light, weighing less than 1 kg, so it is easily transported and stored on small watercraft. Most importantly, the anchor actually performs better in all conditions than its heavier steel and aluminium counterparts. This is possible thanks to a design that encourages the anchor to dig deep into the sand very quickly, giving it much stronger holding power. The invention has been field tested for 12 months, and proved to have great strength in even the roughest conditions.
DOUBLE CUDDLE – by inventor Christy Puddicombe from NSW
How do you feed both of your newborn twins at the same time while on your own? It’s pretty difficult juggling two babies if your partner isn’t around, and a lot of mothers of twins have to feed one baby while the other waits crying. The Double Cuddle is a pillow that supports two newborn babies and allows you to independently bottle feed them both at the same time. The neck support is elevated to a 15 degree angle, helping to enhance digestion and relieve the symptoms of reflux, colic and breathing difficulties.
FUTUREFENCE – by inventor Kevin Clancey from VIC
Building a brick fence or wall is expensive, time-consuming and can easily be damaged by tree roots. The Futurefence is a unique form of fencing. The invention replicates a traditional rendered brick fence, but is less than half the cost and can be installed in a fraction of the time, without disturbing established gardens or causing damage to council pavements, driveways or nature strips. http://abc.net.au/iview/