Tag Archive: Invention


A Gearhead In L.A. Is About To Change Everything

 

 

 

 

 

 

“ Paradigm shifts are underway,” says entrepreneur Grant Delgatty. When he noticed that millennials were tuning in to social and environmental issues, it triggered his breakthrough invention: the URB-E e-vehicle.

  Grant wagered on the power of a new generation prioritizing sustainability. With this in mind, he saw the infinite growth potential of clean energy transportation. “It’s about social impact. Every decision we make needs to be the right decision to protect our environment for tomorrow,” says Delgatty. What resulted from this market research was simple: a super-compact electric scooter.

  This invention solves the global problem of getting that last mile from your car’s parking space to your destination. “The URB-E fits between your legs and has the same footprint as your body,” he explains. It’s the first foldable e-vehicle—with the comforts of a bicycle—that goes up to 20 miles on one charge. That’s why it’s no surprise that URB-E won the 2014 CES Verge Award.”

 

 

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Watch This Crazy Drone With Arms Fly and Turn A Wheel In Mid-Air

 

 

 

 

” Sure, drones can take videos of Martha Stewart’s farm and maybe even save the environment. But… can they unscrew a bottle cap? Play Twister? Spin a dreidel? Do anything that involves having arms? Well, now we have a drone with arms—that can fly and turn a valve wheel mid-air.

  Above is the video, and here’s the paper’s title and abstract (flip to 1:00 in the video to see the really cool stuff):

“Towards Valve Turning using a Dual-Arm Aerial Manipulator,” by Christopher Korpela, Matko Orsag, and Paul Oh, from Drexel University. “

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 How A Light Bulb Raised $1.3 Million On Kickstarter In 6 Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 1879 Thomas Edison patented the incandescent light bulb. Over the next hundred years the light bulb largely remained unchanged. It was inefficient and it used an excessive amount of energy. Thanks to Phil Bosua and the team behind LIFX that’s all changed. LIFX is a Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color, LED light bulb that’s controlled by your smartphone. LIFX was launched on Kickstarter in October of 2012 and raised $1.3 million in just six days.

Here’s how it happened (from founder Phil Bosua):

Q: What were your business goals and objectives for your Kickstarter campaign?
A: The goal of our Kickstarter campaign was to first find out if people liked the idea. We really wanted to know if it resonated before we built it. Secondly, the pledges help fund your first production run so the money we raised was a big part of it.

Q: Why did you decide to seek funding on Kickstarter as opposed to seeking funding from investors or other more traditional sources?
A: I was only just becoming aware of the more traditional sources of funding. We’re from Australia and we don’t have the same well-worn paths to investment that exist in the US so Kickstarter was the only real choice.

Q: Why did you choose Kickstarter over other crowdfunding platforms?
A: Kickstarter was the best crowdfunding platform at the time and with such an engaged user base we thought it would be a perfect way to find out if people liked LIFX.

Q: Many crowdfunding campaigns have difficulty gaining traction. Did you do any marketing or promotion to draw more traffic to your campaign?
A: We didn’t use any marketing or PR for the Kickstarter project, not even one out bound email. This was a conscious decision. Early on I remember saying that all the effort we were going to put into PR and marketing should be put that into the Kickstarter project itself. If the product and the project was good enough, people would back it on its own merits.”

 

 

 

What is LIFX?

” LIFX is the smartest light bulb you’ve ever experienced. It’s a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences we think you’ll love.

  LIFX is incredibly easy to set-up. Simply replace your existing bulbs with LIFX smartbulbs, download and install our free app from the App Store or Google Play and you’re good to go.”

 

 

 

 

   Read the rest of the interview here and learn more about this revolutionary new light bulb that can change color and last 25 years at the company’s website .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lightbulb Reinvented

” LIFX® is a wifi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your smartphone.

  With LIFX there is no need for electricians or complicated control boxes. Just replace your existing bulbs with LIFX bulbs. The LEDs in LIFX bulbs are also rated to last up to 40,000 hours. That’s 27 years at 4 hours use per day, so sit back and relax.”

 

 

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A Swamp Cooler For Burning Man

 

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man

 

 

 

” For those who don’t know, Burning Man is a week-long festival in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event attracts a wide range of creative people from all over the world.

  This year, [Jake] is going to bring his homemade evaporative ‘swamp cooler’ to help battle the heat. His design uses a medium-sized shipping container with two large holes cut out of it and two 200mm PC cooling fans embedded into the plastic. The fans blow air from the outside into the bin. Humidifier filters sourced from a local dump are inserted into the middle of the container. The filters acts as an absorbent material to hold melt-water being pumped in from another cooler chest above.”

 

 

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Entrepreneur Invents Holiday Beach Locker That Screws Into The Sand

 

 

Hidden treasure: Laying on the towel over the beach vault means you can rest-assured your valuables will be safe

 

 

” It’s the age-old problem of deciding where to store your valuables at the beach while enjoying a day-time snooze or a dip in the sea.

  However, an entrepreneur has invented a unique locker that can screw into the sand and hold personal items such as purses, mobile phones, small tablets and money.”

 

 

BEACH VAULT

 

 

” Marcal DaCunha’s Beach Vault, which is expected to retail for £18, is closed by a special waterproof lid to stop any liquid seeping inside, and then covered by a towel and pillowcase.”

 

 

” DaCunha, a church pastor from New Jersey in the US, said: ‘The whole thing started when my wife, Krystal, and I were travelling back from the beach.

‘ She said “What if we had a container you could put underneath your towel that could hide all of your stuff?”
‘The idea was that if you were lying on the towel and you fell asleep you wouldn’t have to worry about watching your stuff or trying to keep hold of it while closing your eyes.

‘ We spoke about it and spent a while making prototypes and coming up with ideas and we have now worked with engineers to come up with the Beach Vault.”

Read more  and you can donate to Pastor DaCunha’s Kickstarter effort to manufacture and market this clever idea here .

Students Compete To Build Craziest Rube Goldberg Contraptions

 

Rube Goldberg Contest

 

 

” There were more mad scientists than normal at COSI Columbus Saturday morning. 

  Eight high schools – including six from Ohio – sent their Rube Goldberg teams to complete a simple task: Zip a zipper. But in Rube Goldberg fashion, their goal was to include as many extra steps as possible to make the zipper move. 

“A Rube Goldberg machine is a series of different machines doing a very simple job but in a very complex way,” said Reno Sith, one of the West High School competitors. Goldberg was an  early 20th century cartoonist known for drawing elaborate, complicated machines that resulted in everyday tasks being finished in a comical way. 

The regional competition was won by Columbia Central High School in Brooklyn, Michigan. Columbus’ Centennial High School placed second. Other area high schools included Metro, Beechcroft, Reynoldsburg’s eStem Academy, and West. “

 

    Continued  … LOL … The Rube Goldberg way of taking a simple task and making as difficult as possible reminds us present day government … think about it . The difference being that Rube Goldberg inspired creations are funny were disfunctional government is not .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spin Chill turns beverages cold in 60 seconds

” Since the earliest days of brewing beer and making wine, the search has been on for an easy, affordable method of chilling drinks quickly without diluting them in the process. Florida-based start-up Spin Chill claims to have a solution to this vexing problem with a portable device that (literally) turns beverages ice cold in 60 seconds.

   Spin Chill aims to radically shorten the time required to cool a canned or bottled beverage – 20-30 minutes if you simply put the container in the freezer. To solve this problem wouldn’t seem to require more than a little planning ahead, but somehow running out of cold beer always seems to come as a surprise. Spin Chill brings this cooling time down to less than a minute.”

 

Iranian Scientist Claims To Have Invented ‘Time Machine’

 

 

 

 

 

” Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions.

The device can predict the future in a print out after taking readings from the touch of a user, he told the Fars state newsagency.

Razaeghi, 27, said the device worked by a set of complex algorithims to “predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual, with 98 percent accuracy”.

As the managing director of Iran’s Centre for Strategic Inventions, Razeghi is a serial inventor with 179 other inventions listed under his own name. “I have been working on this project for the last 10 years,” he said.

“My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the life of its users. It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish Company Offers Ultimate In Mattress Money Storage (video)

 

 

 

 

Madrid – While some people joke that it is safer to keep your money under your mattress, one Spanish company has taken the issue more seriously and is producing mattresses, complete with built-in safe.

As the economic crisis continues in Spain and more people distrust the banks, this Spanish company came up with the perfect solution.

Paco Santos, the creator of this new mattress told NPR, “You see, we’ve got big economic problems in Spain, and people have really lost confidence in the banks.”

The company, Descanso Santos Suenos, promotes its product “Caja de Ahorros Mi Colchón” or “My Mattress Safe” with the slogan “Your money is close to you.” “

 

 

 

 

College students reinvent the wheel with spherical drive motorcycle

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  ” A group of engineering students have designed what may be the coolest motorcycle ever, if you can even call it a motorcycle.

While at San Jose State University last spring, senior Max Ratner and a team of undergrads invented what they call the Spherical Drive System. Instead of wheels and tires the motorcycle they designed rides on spheres controlled by six motors on top of them. The result is a very radical ride can move in any direction.

The team recently completed the steel frame. This fall, they plan to start building the electrical components and finish the motor design, which is the most unique component. For the drive system to work, complex algorithms control each motor – three on each sphere. With the spheres, the team says they are “reinventing the wheel” because the bike has a new freedom of movement to zig-zag through traffic, park laterally, and even spin in place.

 “The spherical design is actively balancing all the time, which is similar to a Segway,” says Henry Li, part of the six-person engineering team. “We chose the form factor of a motorcycle because we know it can handle high-speeds, but the Segway is limited in how fast it can go.” “

HT/IowaHawk