8:00pm – Wednesday, June 1 on ABC1
Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors is out in the garden, checking out seeds of inspirations that have grown into great inventions. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: agricultural scientist Chris Russell, materials engineer Veena Sahajwalla, and special guest judge, landscape architect Costa Georgiadis.
Inventions featured on the program: BULL-ANT IRRIGATION MASTER – by inventors John Gargula and Greg McLeod from SA Sub-surface irrigation has benefits that far outweigh sprinkler systems. The problem is they are expensive to install.
During a chance meeting with a lawn mowing contractor in 2009, a year of nation-wide drought, the contractor commented on the severe downturn of work over the long summer months that had forced many to walk away from their businesses.
Bandmates John and Greg set about developing a machine that made sub-surface irrigation more cost effective.
Until now, the machinery available is slow, cumbersome, heavy or expensive. The Bull-Ant Irrigation Master is a mini trencher designed for installing sub-surface drip irrigation lines that is fast, lightweight and cost effective.
PATCH OF FOOD – by inventor Caspar van der Meer from TAS There are many good reasons to start a garden- to grow your own food, for its aesthetic effect, or for relaxation.
Winemaker Caspar van der Meer initially just wanted a raised garden bed for his own garden, but as he started looking around he wasn’t satisfied with things already available on the market. Options like heavy timber, corrugated iron, and railway sleepers were too heavy, expensive, and unnecessarily complicated to build.
Patch of Food is a raised garden bed system that overcomes a lot of the problems with traditional raised garden beds. The beds are cheap and easy to construct, made from 100% recycled plastic, very durable, and also incorporate a unique cover system to keep plants and veggies protected.
DRIFT PROOF SPRAYER – by inventor Nick Bloor from QLD Spray drift is the movement of pesticide away from the target area during or after ground or aerial spraying. Drift is a major problem for spray operators. Even a light breeze can result in potentially harmful spray drift and damage. In public open spaces such as parklands and schools, drift is an even greater concern due to the proximity of people, water and sensitive vegetation.
The Drift Proof Sprayer has a patented shield which keeps spray droplets in, ensuring the product remains on the ground and eliminating spray drift. The unique folding system allows the shield to convert from 4m mode to 2m mode without tools, to accommodate working within smaller spaces whilst still maintaining zero spray drift.