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(generated from captions) When you want to get up, BELL RINGS from a side valve. The cushion is then deflated with sofas. which is especially helpful without having to bend low, You can sit down the pump and place it on the chair. simply inflate the cushion using To get to a sitting position, in a chair. with sitting or standing and the disabled to assist the elderly, the infirm wedge-shaped cushion that inflates On Your Feet is a portable to make her life easier. into an invention my school science project and so I decided to turn to get up and down from her chair, for my grandmother I saw how difficult it was HEROIC MUSIC or perhaps a magic cushion. They need a helping hand, is a real struggle. sitting down and standing up again For a lot of elderly people, it won't be so easy. But when I get old, LAUGHTER of the reason I got the gig. I'm quite good at it. That's part and sit down several times. Each week during the show, I stand up APPLAUSE Welcome, all. and architect, Tone Wheeler. science communicator, Bernie Hobbs, James Bradfield Moody, They are engineer, all the science behind it. and then explain could design a bridge, build a bridge who, between them, On our panel tonight are three people a big advantage. all you fishermen and women out there and something that could give and they're pretty strong, you know - as strong as an ant - another that could make you stand up without moving a muscle, an invention that could help you Tonight on the show, Welcome to the New Inventors. Hello, I'm James O'Loghlin. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING THEME MUSIC

on the market for about $120. Well...I'm hoping to get it What would it cost, do you think? Well, how low-cost? I think. that can really help people, a low-cost option so you've come up with are very expensive, "lift and tilt" chairs Look, Samantha, you know, the normal You being 18 and all. Thanks, James. What did you think of it? before you need one of these. James Moody, won't be long and...and sit down. And, Samantha, you come with me Thank you very much, Betty. APPLAUSE Alright. Please thank Betty. SCATTERED LAUGHTER I just sat and let it work. I didn't have to do a thing. Yeah, absolutely. gives you momentum to just...? Right, and it sort of from the back up and forward. It gradually pushes you What...what did it feel like? a bit so we can have a look. Now, Betty, just move to the side OK. Yep. (Switches pump off) And that's it. (Laughs) You're getting taller. and...let the cushion do the work. Basically, you just lean forward PUMP WHIRRS Here it is. Where's the...? and let's see what happens. There's the pump, Alright, well, turn her on. OK. Quite normal. Yeah, normal. Quite normal. does it feel comfy? does it feel like a normal chair - just personally, just sitting on it, sitting down there, So, assuming you would be and we'll see how it works. Now, Betty, can you have a seat, (Laughs) I'm glad it wasn't a maths project! APPLAUSE AND LAUGHTER Very good. (Laughs) 39 out of 38. What mark did you get? Yes. So, this was a science project? from there. and so the idea kind of snowballed that I had to do at the same time, and I also had a science project to get out of her chair, and how she finds it really hard about my grandmother Yes - I was talking to my mum you invented this. but your grandmother was the reason Now, Betty's not your grandmother, Hi. Hi, Betty. Hello. Hi, Samantha. APPLAUSE Samantha Guinn, with Betty Blue. Please welcome, from Sydney, and not be dependent on others. can sit anywhere she wants but it means my grandmother rocket science, On Your Feet may not be making it easier to stand up. and legs to a height, Its wedge shape tilts the lower back with the flick of a switch. simply inflate the cushion

because it's science project, so it's just kind of stuck together about what I could find. But the proper material I was trying to get is like the stuff on air mattresses. It's almost corduroy-type thing so that it would be able to prevent you from slipping off and from the cushion slipping off the chair. Tone? It just seems to me to be the essence of a good invention. You've identified a need, a REAL need, and you've thought outside the square. I guess the thing that I'm concerned about is, have you thought about how you might streamline it now so that it's all in one package rather than having cords and so on hanging around that you can get tangled up in? Well, I suppose the reason it's like that is just so that you could switch the pump around if you wanted to put a different pump in. the proper material that I need is because I couldn't get Well, the reason it's made of that of fabric coverings? Have you thought in summer. It's gonna be a bit sweaty the one there. OK, and it's also made of vinyl, possibly faster, then you can. that would be quieter and a more expensive pump so if you wanted to invest in to any pump you want, You can actually hook it up Yeah, well, I was thinking... And that sort of thing. LAUGHTER with the pump?!" it'd be, "Gran, would you stop or whatever, watching telly with your grandkids in the room 'Cause if you're gonna be the noise down further? to even bring encasing it in something But have you thought about actually. as I thought it was going to be, The pump wasn't as noisy in the lounge room. You're gonna be sitting A couple of things. Bernie? for you to be able to get up. so that you're pushed up just enough It's held down in that wedge shape BERNIE: Mmm. it doesn't just balloon. as well as making sure that while it's inflating Well, they hold the cushion in place or go to one side? so that you're not gonna fall off it How do you make it stable enough I assume they're for stability. those little circles in the middle. And I'm really interested in Like a shopping bag, yeah. Like a shopping bag. a little bag that's about that big. And you just carry it around in and that sort of thing, over time. so it'll be more portable to the pump I'm hoping to add a battery pack near a power outlet? so you don't have to be say, a portable battery-powered pump Have you thought of making it with, It's actually very portable. Yes, that would include the pump. Does that include the pump? Yeah. Could you integrate it into a chair, do you think? Could you actually sort of build it into the chair so it's more streamlined in that sense? Well, the point of making it like that is just so it'd be portable, so you could take it to your friend's house or to the restaurant down the street to get out of the restaurant chair or whatever. And a lot of people have already got chairs. Their favourite chair, maybe. Have you taken it around to some nursing homes and hospitals to show it to people? Not as yet, because it's not safety-tested or anything, and I don't want to hurt anyone. Summing up, James? Yeah - I mean, this is a low-cost, very innovative idea which can help and improve the quality of life for people, so, well done. Bernie? It solves a problem without having to invest in a whole new chair. You're just adding on, for low cost, something that can sort you out, so, good on you. Tone? I look forward to seeing what the future brings. I mean, it is such a good idea. You could find yourself really working at this for quite some time. Yeah - get out of school, follow this! Please thank Samantha Guinn. Thanks a lot, Samantha. Thank you. APPLAUSE And now, some home-grown solutions to some of the problems that home-grown modern living throws up. WOMAN: As property prices climb and more and more people want to live where the action is, our living spaces are becoming smaller and smaller. And as we're discovering, high-density living brings with it its own set of problems. DRAMATIC MUSIC Thankfully, Australian ingenuity is on the case. JAZZY MUZAK The Down Under Space Garden combines an ingenious upside down, stake-free tomato planter with dual herb beds... ..bringing the vegie patch to your balcony. The Fridge Pocket utilises otherwise-wasted vertical real estate to provide ample storage space for those disparate pieces of paperwork, keeping workspaces clean and clutter-free. And the battery-powered Oz Bidet draws clean water from the cistern, so even those with the most basic bathrooms can enjoy the freshest of behinds. LAUGHTER Australian ingenuity - ensuring that little spaces do not preclude the little luxuries... WATER TRICKLES ..down under. LAUGHTER Now, that's a satisfied smile, isn't it? LAUGHTER John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. "Ask what YOU can do for your country." I say, "Ask not what the New Inventors can do for you. "Ask what YOU can do for the New Inventors." And what can you do for the New Inventors? You can invent something! When you do, fill out an application form and come on the show. To get one, go to our website at: It's not often in life that I wish I was an ant. I mean, why would you? They spend most of their lives working, they live in overcrowded conditions and they don't have television. Where's the upside? Well, if you need to carry something really heavy, it would be good to be an ant because they can carry many times their own weight. So, when our second inventor tonight invented something that would help lift really heavy blocks, he named it the Bull Ant Blocklifter. (Plays 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd) Have you ever tried lifting one of these blocks? They're heavy, they're awkward and they can cause a lot of injuries. With my invention, you can lift, manoeuvre and position these blocks without any help and without fear of injury. MACHINERY CLICKS My invention is a strong, reinforced trolley with a winch lifting system. To use, the lip of the trolley is placed under the block, which is then secured into position. You can lift and move the block to wherever it's needed, even where space is limited, even in tight corners. The trolley is also fitted with a brake, so there's no fear that you'll lose your load on sloping or uneven ground. Using my invention, a single person can now safely build a wall up to 2 metres in height using blocks that weigh up to 100kg. The Blocklifter takes the backache out of block-laying. Please welcome, from Perth, Peter Loan. APPLAUSE Hey, Peter. How you going? Thanks for coming in. You mentioned injuries that occur in lifting blocks. Have you got an idea of the value of that? Well, we've got some figures from WorkSafe, WorkCover, and over the last 5-year period, just from lifting - and this is only worker's compensation claims - there's been 700-odd injuries listed at a cost of around $13.5 million - roughly $18,000 per claim. And that's lifting blocks like...? That's lifting masonry objects, including bricks and blocks and just objects in that field, yeah. OK, well, I'm gonna have a go at it the safe way. Now, just tell me what you do. You sort of flick...? Just tipping forward. Tip it forward. Yeah, and flip that bar up. Flip it up with your foot. Lower that back into a transport position. Then you push it over to where you want to go. Yep, and stand it up. Put it back up again. Here's the bit where you think you're on a boat. Up it goes. That's it. And then you just sort of... push it forward again. Into the position. And then...down. That's correct. And then you sort of flick that up. Release the hook. Pull it out. Yeah. Push it in... I mean, if you'd done it, it would've gone in exactly. But, there's your brick wall. That's it, yeah. Well done. Come across. You stay here. LAUGHTER It looks really good. Bernie Hobbs, what do you think? Peter, I think it's great for situations where you can't afford or haven't got room to bring in a Bobcat to do the job on normal working sites. I was just wondering about the, you know... It does rock around a bit, or it rolls around a bit. What have you got to stop it running away from you when it's loaded up with a block? Well, it is fitted with a brake there, but the brake does make it a little bit difficult to use, and in certain situations it's not really an advantage to have the brake on it. I suppose it would be an advantage working in hilly situations, but on level terrain, I think... But you've got one if you need it. Yeah. What kind of weight can it handle? Well, it's registered to lift 100kg, and it has to be capable of lifting 400kg to get that classification. I haven't built a lot of retaining walls in my time, Peter, but I've moved house a hell of a lot, and I just think this idea of being able to winch something up on a smaller scale like a trolley that's not quite so big but like your standard removal trolley, would just make the world of difference... Yeah, right. If you're lifting a box of books, and you've always gotta put it up the top - if you could just... Tone? Peter, you're from Perth, aren't you? Yeah. Because over there, there is a lot of retaining walls built out of limestone, isn't there? But in the eastern States, it's actually even more difficult 'cause retaining walls get built AFTER the houses get built, not before, so you're working in a tighter situation. My concern there would be that the machine would get fairly dirty. Really, the only part that collects a bit of mortar on it is the lip on the actual lifting carriage. And if you just give it a wipe with your boot every now and then and keep it clean, well... Standard hygiene practices. You've been using this. You haven't had problems with...? No, I've been using one for a couple of years. Anything seized up in that time? No. James? Yeah, Peter. I mean, sandstone blocks look like a back injury waiting to happen if you don't have the right equipment, so, you know, there's a real need, I think, for your invention in small areas. How much does it cost? We built them and we think around $1,200, but I think we could probably do better than that if we had them manufactured overseas. When you say "do better", do you mean make them more expensive? LAUGHTER More cost-effective, yeah. And Bernie mentioned strength a little bit before, those straps there. So, you've had the full testing and...? The straps are good for about 1.2 tonnes each strap. And they're virtually indestructible. That material is... Summing up, Bernie? I think it's a terrific solution for quite a specific situation. But I also think, you know, just making another size one, you've got unlimited applications for it. Tone? I think it's a great idea. Like you said, I think it's been very well engineered. It's the design detail of it - covering the wheels, maybe, working in a muddy situation - I think that's the bit that needs attention now. And, James? Yeah, I think it's a very well engineered invention. It's gonna reduce physical stress on the user and I can see it, as Bernie says, in supermarkets, warehouses all across the nation. Or a giant one for building skyscrapers. Just leave that one with you. LAUGHTER Please thank Peter Loan. Thanks very much, Pete. APPLAUSE When you go fishing, you need to trick all of the fish into thinking that the bait or lure that you're using is actually a real, live critter that they want to eat. This is a new type of fishing reel that will automatically make whatever's on the end of your line leap about exactly like a real live critter would. FUNKY MUSIC If you want to catch more fish, you need to make your lure or bait look as realistic as possible. Skilled anglers do this by jigging or pulsing the line to make the bait look like a live fish, but that takes a lot of practice. So, I invented a reel that creates the pulsing action for you, making it easier for you to catch more fish. My invention allows you to move the fishing reel spool off centre. This changes the way the line is wound onto the spool, creating a fish-like pulsing rhythm when you reel in your line, and this attracts more bites. When you get a bite, the sudden pull on the line snaps the spool back into a centred position, so you can reel in your catch quickly and smoothly. With my reel, even a novice can master the art of jigging. Get it? You'll be hooked. Please welcome, from Perth, Andrew Maeder. APPLAUSE Hi, Andrew. Hi, James. We're on the wharf. We are indeed. We're on a wharf. Now, let's see how it works. Can you do a little cast across the studio? Certainly. Is that alright? Yep. OK. Fore! Oh, no, that's golf. SCATTERED LAUGHTER OK, and we're out there. Now, what's actually happening there so that it creates the effect of the bait sort of being alive and moving? The distance between the bail arm here and here's quite short. The distance between it on the other side is further apart. Yep. So, when the line's winding onto the spool... So, can you just do that? ..it creates a pulsing action going ...speeding up and slowing down. Reel it in for us. We might just have a look... The tip of it - you can see the tip of the rod, how it's sort of...it's not smooth, it's sort of irregular. That's the whole thing. Mmm. You're regulating irregularity. You could put it like that - yes, certainly. I mean, you're deliberately creating randomness, in a way. Mmm, mmm. Yeah. How much would you sell this for? This would retail on the market for $99. And so, instead of fisherpeople having to, you know, get the whole... What do you...? You do it with your finger, don't you? Well, it's jigging. Jigging. It allows people that are novices or people that don't have a lot of skill in fishing to generate action that's realistic. And that... Like a pro. That'd give you the irrits after a while, doing that, wouldn't it? LAUGHTER Come and sit down. Bring your rod, Andrew. You're not even a fisherman. That's crazy, isn't it? Oh, it's good, actually. How did you figure this when you're not a fisherman? Well, there were two of us involved. We were watching a little late-night television show. It was a lure advert. And Geoff, this friend of mine, is a trout-fishing guide, and he said, "God, I'm gonna have to get some of those for the punters," because generally people sort of forget the jigging motion when they're learning how to fish. So, after sitting there and watching that, we were discussing it, and this was the idea that came up. Tone? I think if you ask any fisherperson and you look in their box, you'll find that there's an awful number of things in there that are various kinds of gadgets in order to get them an edge with the fish. I'm concerned about sand and so on getting into it. Would it affect the operation of it if...? Well, all the parts... Well, we've got teflon in there, anodised aluminium. There's no liquid lubricant as such, so there's nothing for grit or small, you know, particles to stick to. It's all engineered with that in mind, so to keep it simple. And if I've got a favourite reel, can I retrofit this to the reel, or is it made all in one piece? It is possible to retrofit that to just about any open-face spinning reel. We've made 'em for just about everything in the market at this stage. James? Hi, Andrew. Yeah, I mean, I have to admit when I go fishing, sometimes I get a bit of a tangled line. With your, you know, the off-centre motion, is that gonna affect how the line actually goes back onto the reel in any way? Well, it complements line lay because it doesn't have constant tension on the line. You're not always beefing in the same position. And because it's relieving that tension on the line, it allows the line to settle on the spool nicely. It actually looks like you get more movement from this than you can from a finger - I'm not sure. But, um, you know, could you be overjigging in any way? LAUGHTER (All talk at once) Will the fish say, "That's not a fish! How could that be a fish?" Well, maybe James just has an overenthusiastic finger. But...what we're looking at is... it doesn't overjig. It can be set in between being offset and being concentric with the axis. So, if you've got a light lure, you can just have a little bit of action happening. The more lure action you want for a heavier lure, you just offset it a little bit more to its position of maximum offset. OK. Bernie? Andrew, I think that's a really key thing in this invention, that you can tailor it, because fishermen, like most sportspeople, craftspeople, like to be able to have their own input. And so if you just replace a skill like jigging with something like this, forget it - it's an insult. But by letting people hone it themselves, I think you've really got a great product. Is there any way of testing it to show that you catch more fish using this thing? I wouldn't say personally. I think it would be rather rash to say that it catches more fish. I'd prefer to say that it makes the fish you catch easier to catch. Mmm. Hang on... LAUGHTER I think I understand that. Summing up, Tone? I think it's a very, very clever device and even more so because it's got this adjustable device to it so that you can actually adjust the weight and adjust the throw - well done. James? Thank you. Yeah, I think it's an excellent idea. I think it's a real value-add for a traditional lure, so, yeah. And, Bernie? And I think with the ability to... (Stammers) What's that word for...? ..customise it to your own thing, you're not just getting the amateur market - you'll have the professionals or, you know, the really keen ones interested as well. Thank you. Good on you, Andrew. Please thank Andrew Maeder. Thanks very much. Thank you. In a moment, we'll find out which of the three our judges will pick as tonight's winner, but first, this. LATIN-FLAVOURED MUSIC Tonight's winner will get this and they'll be in the running to be named our Inventor of the Year. Will it be the very helpful person-lifting On Your Feet, the very strong block-lifting Bull Ant Blocklifter, or the very sneaky fish-tricking Pulse Fishing Reel? Let's look at our criteria. Which one of these is the most original? Which is the biggest, best idea, the hugest light bulb? James? James, I think... I mean, they're all original, but the Pulse Reel I really like. BERNIE: Yep, absolutely. You know, I think it's... it's a neat way, as Bernie said, of translating a skill, you know, into sort of a tailor-made thing to make fishing easier. Really neat. It's an add-on to what's on the reel, but in terms of originality, I think the seat...the On Your Feet lifter is a completely different way of doing something. What about marketability? Which one's gonna find the market? I'm gonna go with the Bull Ant Blocklifter ahead of the others. I think they've all got markets sitting right there ready to go, but that Blocklifter, especially because it's just got such broad application. I can see the Pulse just being taken up immediately by someone who wants to make their reel different from everything else. You know, the fishing market is a very competitive market, and this could give that little edge. Which of these do we need the most, Tone? I'd go with On Your Feet. I actually think something that helps older people be more mobile. I'm split equally between the On Your Feet and the Blocklifter, the Bull Ant. They're both, for me, really meeting a need. Let's pick a winner. James Moody. I think tonight, looking at all the criteria, I have to say that for me, the Pulse does stand out. Bernie? The Bull Ant Blocklifter for me, across the board. It just comes out on top. Tone. For its pure inventiveness and the simplicity, I love On Your Feet. LAUGHTER There we go. And, sorry to say it, but I... There we go - a 3-way tie. Yep. And now we uneasily try and move towards some sort of consensus. Tone, what was your second? In terms of the design and the "wow" factor, then the Bull Ant does have a lot to recommend it in that area. I mean, as you said, across the board it puts probably... Design, marketability, safety, need. It, you know, for me... Put ticks in lots of boxes. But I just went for that... that big hit in the invention. Really, it's the Bull Ant Blocklifter way out in front for me. OK. And, James? Yeah. It's curious. I actually think the Bull Ant Blocklifter and the On Your Feet, for me, are just total ties, you know. It's a good combination of addressing... They're an idea which has seen a specific problem and addressed it. And for me, you know, one's in a further stage of development than the other but, you know, as Tony says, I really think the neat idea... It's that light bulb going on, isn't it, that you see... Well, there's certainly the light bulb with just, you know, introducing a winching mechanism and a clutch to raise and lower heavy things that people are dealing with in all sorts of situations all the time. Yeah. I would say, though, using, you know, my... From an engineering perspective... Giant engineering brain! I mean, I do have to say the Bull Ant, I think, you know. I really also like that invention, you know. It's gonna prevent back injury. You know, it's thought about all the different safety aspects. I really like that. I think we've worked ourselves around to the fact that probably the Bull Ant Blocklifter... You're happy with that as the consensus? Oh, yeah. Alright, the winner is the Bull Ant Blocklifter and Peter Loan. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING You look like you're 100 years old. (Laughs) You alright? Congratulations. Thank you. Thank you very much. Peter's in the running to be named our Inventor of the Year. What did you think? What invention would you have voted for? If you'd like to have your say, vote for the New Inventors People's Choice award. Pick your favourite from tonight and... Thanks to our judges. Overtime tonight - well done. APPLAUSE Our thanks to the stars of our show, the inventors! Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you, Andrew. Narrowest of margins. Thank you very much again. Before we go, remember the true value of life as described by American writer, Alice Walker. She said, "Life is better than death, I believe, "if only because it's less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it." LAUGHTER Goodnight! APPLAUSE We know that last week the panel picked Kerry Atley from Shepparton in Victoria and the Trackaxle. Let's see what you picked as the People's Choice. There was the Trackaxle, the Collapsa Crate and the Zvino Bicycle Rim. And you picked: