The New Inventors Grand Final prize for the best invention of the year has been awarded to farmer and inventor Edward Evans (second from left) from NSW, for his SwingGate, designed to minimise the risk of injury when cattle charge a gate within the confined space of a cattle yard.
The Swing Gate is a cattle gate with a hinge that allows a struck gate to bend, preventing operators from being struck by the full force of the impact.
The Les Is More Award, which honours inventors who create something to help others or the environment, was presented to Michael O’Brien for his low-cost, battery operated surgical light for developing nations.
The portable LED Surgical light produces the sufficient amount of lumens to perform surgery. The lamp addresses all the other product requirements for a surgical lighting including adjustable optics, sterilization, adjustability and colour temperature of the light.
The Bright Spark Award was won by Liam Scott and Matthew O’Malley for their Space Saver Spacer, a portable and collapsible large volume asthma spacer that saves about 80% of the room taken up by an equivalent spacer. The boys are part of Team BaCoN, a team of seven high school students from Adelaide who came up with the idea. The Space Saver Spacer allows asthma sufferers to carry their spacer with them at all times in their pocket or handbag, and is made of medical grade silicone whose decreased static properties will improve dosage consistency, is easy to wash and is also durable.
James O’Loghlin presented the show, whilst Chris Russell, Bernie Hobbs and Sally Dominguez made up the Grand Final judging panel. They were joined by the remaining judges for the final decision of who would win the title 2011.