8:00pm – Wednesday, August 10 on ABC1
Wednesday,10 August 2011 Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors is delving into the world of delicacies and degustation, cooking up a storm in the kitchen with three inventions for the future of food. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: designer Alison Page, engineer James Bradfield Moody, and restaurant reviewer Matthew Evans. Inventions featured on the program: OYSTER SHUCKER HOLDER – by inventor Ian Scott from SA Closed oysters are fresher, cheaper, and keep longer. Unfortunately, opening them is no simple task. Two days into a sailing cruise last year, retired engineer Ian Scott saw a friend cut his finger so badly while opening an oyster that they considered returning to the mainland for treatment. Retired or not, the lifelong engineer became determined to find a solution.
The Oyster Shucker Holder allows people to open oysters safely and easily. The stainless steel hand guard protects the user from cutting themselves on the knife or oyster shell. A dozen oysters can be opened in less than 5 minutes when using the invention. The device is made of non-absorbing materials to protect users from notorious oyster bacteria.
EASYJUST – by inventor Trevor Murray from QLD Trevor Murray had gone through nine lives’ worth of careers before realising his true calling as an inventor.
Having tried boat building, wood turning, picture framing, printing, and finally design, he’s picked up some skills along the way. One day as Trevor was sitting at a cafe table in Caloundra, he became increasingly frustrated by the never ending irritant of the wobbly cafe table. Suddenly a design project started forming in his mind that would set him on the path to becoming an inventor.
Easyjust is a cafe table that can be easily adjusted by the cafe patrons themselves, from the comfort of their own seat. It looks like a standard cafe table, but inside the central column there is a rod that can be controlled by a small winder in the centre of the table top. The controls allow you to raise or lower the central rod, which in turn controls a pivot in one of the table legs, so you can adjust one leg until it stabilises the base.
VACUUM BIN – by inventor Thomas Pyrzakowski from SA There’s nothing like treating yourself to a great coffee in your favourite cafe. But the carefully crafted hipster ambience can so easily be ruined by the clanging noise of baristas banging their tools against the knockout bin every time they make a cup of coffee. Twenty-two-year-old Thomas Pyrzakowski decided to tackle this problem as his final year industrial design project.
The Vacuum Bin takes the noise out of the knockout bin in which baristas discard used coffee. The Vacuum Bin uses a small foot pump to pull the air away from the top unit, applying suction and removing all the used coffee beans in one large clump, eliminating noise and minimising the stress on baristas’ wrists.