8:00pm – Wednesday, July 1 on ABC1
Hosted by James O’Loghlin, The New Inventors highlights the latest contemporary creations from the new generation of inventors, innovators and designers. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: agricultural scientist Chris Russell, science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs, and designer and inventor Sally Dominguez.
Inventions featured on the program:
Invention 1: PLASTIC MULCH RETRIEVER – by inventor Tony Rocca from QLD.
Plastic mulch is used extensively in the horticultural industry. The mulch is laid on the ground and the crop is planted above it. This practice helps manage water flow, improves weed control, reduces erosion and enhances crop quality and yields. However, the plastic is usually replaced every season, a highly labour-intensive process that involves digging up the plastic, cleaning it to remove weeds and debris and rolling the plastic up for disposal. The Plastic Mulch Retriever is towed by a tractor over the field, lifting the plastic out of the ground and cutting weeds and materials away from the plastic. The material is fed up over a series of bars inside the machine that use blunt spikes, shakers and bars to remove the crop debris. The plastic is then wrapped around a spool at the end of the machine to create a compact bale of plastic that is transportable, and viable to recycle.
Invention 2 TILE LINK: – by inventor Arvo Poldmaa from NSW.
When working on roofs there is always a risk of falling, often causing serious injuries or even death. There are systems that exist to anchor workers to a roof. However, these systems are not shock absorbing, so when someone falls, the harsh shock as the safety rope pulls tight can cause a bad injury itself.
Other systems also require drilling through the tiles, damaging them and creating leaks after the work is done. The TileLink is an anchor that combines energy absorbing capabilities with a design that is invisible from the ground. Its tapered design enables it to bend like a fishing pole, absorbing a massive amount of energy in the event of a fall and deflecting shock away from the worker. By fitting between the existing tiles, TileLink eliminates the waterproofing issues created by existing roof anchors.
Invention 3: 321 WATER – by inventor Gretha Oost from VIC.
Bottled water is an unnecessary luxury that has a devastating effect on the environment. Every stage of a bottle’s life cycle has an impact on the Earth, from production, to transport, to sale, to disposal, with approximately 65% of plastic drink bottles ending up in landfill where they take up to 1000 years to biodegrade. 321 Water is a re-usable drink bottle that filters tap water. All materials are recyclable and parts are replaceable, extending the life of the bottle. The filter absorbs any bad taste and odours, organic compounds and metals, while the overall design aims to be aesthetically appealing and practical for the mainstream user. The bottle derived its name, 321 Water, from the ratio of water that is required to manufacture one litre of bottled water: three to one, aiming to create awareness of a serious environmental problem, whilst simultaneously presenting the solution.
The New Inventors will be repeated on ABC2 – Friday, July 03 at 4:30pm