8:00pm – Wednesday, May 25 on ABC1
Wednesday,25 May 2011 Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors presents an Intellectual Property special, helping to keep Australia’s brightest breakthroughs safe and sound. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: engineer James Bradfield Moody, designer Alison Page, and guest judge IP lawyer Matt Ward.
Inventions featured on the program: ETOOL – by inventors Richard Haynes and Alex Bruce from WA People are becoming increasingly motivated to reduce their carbon footprint. But how can we know how much energy is required for the house we live in? Richard Haynes and Alex Bruce, 32 and 31 years old respectively, are part of the new wave of young inventors tackling the world’s environmental challenges.
eTool is the ultimate tool for sustainable building design. It is a software program and database that uses engineering principles to calculate the carbon footprint of a house throughout its entire lifecycle with a high level of accuracy, from materials and construction, through to occupancy and beyond. It will tell you the embodied energy consumption in the materials you choose, as well as the energy efficiency of the house and even calculate the carbon cost of maintenance and repainting during the building’s lifetime.
PROBALL TRAINER – by inventor Bill Icim from QLD Kids get bored so easily, it can be a mighty task to get them away from the computer and outdoors playing sports. Even harder is getting them to invest time in developing sports skills when doing so means spending half the time retrieving balls rather than practising. Bill Icim, a father of four boys, was inspired to invent after getting fed up seeing unhealthy kids playing computer games all day rather than playing outside.
The Proball Trainer is a device that allows you to practise baseball, softball, football, soccer and cricket. The system allows the ball to automatically return to you so you don’t waste your time retrieving balls from the neighbours’ yard, only to hit them over again.
WATER WATCH – by inventor David Webster from ACT When water gets into a diesel fuel system, particularly in the newer common rail systems, it can create immediate damage which causes the vehicle to break down. This is becoming more commonplace as people update their diesel motor vehicles to more fuel efficient models. Repair for damage caused by water runs into the thousands of dollars.
Water Watch is an accurate pre-warning detection device which warns of water, even in small quantities, at high flow rates in diesel fuel systems before it enters the fuel injection system. The invention warns the motorist through an audio and visual signal when there is water in their fuel, allowing the problem to be identified and the contaminated fuel to be drained.