8:00pm – Wednesday, September 8 on ABC1
Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors is bursting with the innovative and the imaginative, the unique and the unusual, the fantastic and the fascinating.
Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: futurist and author Mark Pesce, science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs, and materials engineer Veena Sahajwalla.
Inventions featured on the program: SERVAL BATPHONE – by inventor Paul Gardner-Stephen from SA Ordinary mobile phones rely on towers, underground wires, and other expensive infrastructure. That infrastructure can be damaged by natural disasters and war, and in many areas it is difficult or impossible to install, leaving vast tracts of land without coverage, often in areas of great need. Inventor Paul Gardner-Stephen was inspired while watching the earthquake disaster in Haiti unfold, as he noticed how long it took to get communications restored after the quake hit.
The Serval Project, named after a problem-solving African wildcat, aims to provide fast, cheap, robust and effective telecommunications systems where conventional phone infrastructure has been destroyed or is not cost-effective.
The Project consists of two systems. The first is a temporary, self-organising, self-powered mobile network for disaster areas, formed with small phone towers dropped in by air. The second is a permanent system for remote areas that requires no infrastructure, using specially designed mobile phones operating on unlicenced frequencies, called the Batphone.
KNOT LOCK – by inventor Grahame Taylor from QLD The swivel braid knot is one of the most secure knots for tying hooks and lures to fishing lines. But a lot of people find it really hard to tie these knots, especially those who have poor vision or conditions that affect their hands.
Even an average person can have trouble. When you’re out on a boat trying to tie these knots your hands are usually covered in muck, and bobbing around on the water doesn’t make it any easier.
Grahame Taylor is the founder of a local inventors club. He was inspired to make his invention from drinking a beer- no, really. He was looking at a bottle opener which had a corkscrew. He started playing with the corkscrew and a piece of line and found that weaving it on several times created a knot. He took this concept and turned it into a fishing hook attachment that creates a knot three times faster and is stronger than any conventional knot.
HALO – by inventor Hayley Warren from WA Physiotherapists measure a patient’s joint angles to assess their injury and track their improvement. They do this using a device called a goniometer. These devices are completely manual, leaving them open to misinterpretation.
A wrong measurement could be mistaken for improvement, leading to a patient being discharged from hospital too early.
28-year-old inventor and physiotherapist Hayley Warren has developed HALO, the world’s first digital goniometer.
The device gives therapists a digital reading, eliminating the possibility of an incorrect reading, making the process accurate, reliable and repeatable.