8:00pm – Wednesday, June 23 on ABC1
Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors highlights the latest contemporary creations from the new generation of inventors, innovators and designers. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: agricultural scientist Chris Russell, inventor and journalist Christine Kininmonth, and engineer James Bradfield Moody. Inventions featured on the program: WUNDA WEEDER – by inventor Brendan Corry from WA Weeding your garden can be a real pain in the back. And if you’re growing organic vegies you can bet you’re going to be doing a lot of weeding. From Monday to Friday, Brendan Corry is an environmental scientist, but on weekends life’s all about his organic garden. People say gardening is relaxing, but Brendan was losing the war against weeds, and his back was giving up on him.
The Wunda Weeder is a self-propelled, electric-powered machine that supports and transports the operator in a lying down position while they are planting, thinning, weeding, transplanting or harvesting a crop row of vegetables, herbs or flowers.
MATRIX KEY SYSTEM – by inventor Stuart Webb from NSW These days unless you live in the outback chances are you lock your door every day. But what if you lose your keys or someone breaks into your house? Now some creepy stranger has your keys, and you’ve got no choice but to bring in a locksmith to install a new lock. Imagine though, if you could change the locks all on your own.
The Matrix Key System lets you change your locks simply by inserting a new key into the lock.
When the key is inserted and turned, it becomes the tool that changes the configuration of the pins within the lock. The lock comes with 7 keys, and each time the next key in the sequence is inserted for the first time it moves one small phase pin, creating a new lock.
AI-LIVE – by inventors Tony Abrahams and Alex Jones from NSW There are around 12,000 deaf children in Australia and they are almost 2.5 times less likely to complete high school than their hearing counterparts. It is a problem that needs urgent attention- the cost to the Australian economy of excluding deaf people from education and employment opportunities exceeds $12 billion per year. Inventor Alex Jones knows this problem too well, having had to overcome the many hurdles of being deaf throughout his life before partnering with co-inventor Tony Abrahams to find a solution.
Ai-Live delivers real-time captions into classrooms. A regular teacher uses a radio microphone in the classroom. This audio is streamed using Ai-Live software to a remote location where a ‘respeaker’ dictates the teacher’s lesson using voice recognition software. This text is then streamed back to the laptops of deaf or hearing impaired students in the classroom in less than seven seconds. One deaf teenager went from the bottom to the top of her class after 10 weeks of using the program.