8:00pm – Wednesday, July 29 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: engineer James Bradfield Moody, designer Alison Page, and woodworker and teacher Richard Vaughan.
Inventions featured on the program:
BAMBOO DE-BRANCHER – by inventor Alya Manzart from VIC.
Bamboo is a sustainable resource that is vital for millions of people around the world. Over the last 20 years, bamboo has become a very valuable and often superior substitute for wood, used as a major construction material in many countries. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, and has great potential in an emissions trading future as a strong sequester of carbon emissions. Despite bamboo’s resurgence in modern applications, the methods and tools used to harvest it are stuck far in the past. Current techniques exclusively involve the use of hand tools, in a labour-intensive process that tends to damage the surface of the bamboo. It is also dangerous to use such sharp tools for long working days, requiring great skill and concentration from the harvester to work unharmed. Alya Manzart is a 20-year-old dance student at Victorian College of the Arts, and is a finalist in INNOVIC’s International Next Big Thing Award 2009. While on school holidays, he worked at his aunt’s farm harvesting bamboo and was inspired to invent a better tool for the job. The Bamboo De-brancher is a power tool that quickly and safely cuts the sideways branches from bamboo in addition to cutting it at its base. The device does not damage the stem, making the wood suitable for high-grade flooring and furniture. This invention, the first power tool ever created for bamboo harvesting, is used out in the plantation field, reducing the number of steps in the harvesting process. In a videotape presentation featuring Sathi the red panda from Melbourne Zoo, Alya Manzart demonstrates his invention, showing how at 20 years of age, he may have revolutionised a growing industry around the world.
STREET SWAG – by inventor Jean Madden from QLD.
On the last census night, 105,000 Australians were homeless, and 15,000 were sleeping rough on the streets. Street Swags are a durable, comfortable, discreet, and water proof bedding for the homeless, which also converts into a bag that can carry their extra belongings. 27-year-old inventor Jean has given away over 11,000 Street Swags to the homeless through a network of charitable groups. They were also able to provide hundreds more to the Victorian bushfire victims within hours of them becoming homeless.
CHEK-WAY ELIMINATOR – by inventor Roger Sack from QLD.
Australia’s freight deliveries are set to double by 2015. This means we can either double the number of trucks on our roads, or increase the allowable loads on the trucks we have. These vehicles will need to be monitored by GPS to ensure that they stay on roads capable of accommodating heavier loads. Chek-Way Eliminator monitors pressure in the air springs or airbags and converts this reading into kilograms, displayed on an LCD meter inside the vehicle. The invention is also able to monitor spikes in the roads’ roughness, and send this data back to the office via email. This will enable the authorities to monitor road quality and respond more quickly to any road degradation in need of repair.
The New Inventors will be repeated on ABC2 – Friday, July 31 at 4:30pm