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(generated from captions) after you check it in at the airport. of heavy things round a hospital And a third that will move all sorts having to push, pull or lift. without anyone engineer James Bradfield Moody, On our panel tonight we have

Christine Kininmonth journalist and inventor Alison Page. and interior designer and person Hey, James. Welcome, all. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Thanks for coming in. Let me take you on a journey.

in the street, If you saw an abandoned baby you'd take care of it, wouldn't you? because you're a human being - Yes, you would, on the planet. the most evolved form of life a less-evolved creature, But if you were say, you were a sheep what would you do? and you saw an abandoned little lamb, You'd probably completely ignore it. The purpose of this invention of their responsibilities. is to gently remind sheep it often doesn't survive. MAN: If a lamb loses its mother I've invented something adopt an orphaned lamb as its own. which encourages a ewe to

is a wire-mesh holding cage. My invention to drink milk from the ewe It allows a lamb to acquire the ewe's milk. long enough under the wire mesh The lamb feeds by ducking its head to the ewe's udder. so it can easily have access through the front of the cage, The ewe is able to feed herself to sit and to sleep, to stop the lamb from drinking. but is unable

in the cage for a maximum 24 hours. The ewe and the lamb are held have bonded, By then the lamb and the ewe into a pen. and they can be let out of the cage helps save valuable lambs, My invention not only of a wonderful relationship. it is the beginning north of Melbourne, Please welcome from Benalla, Vic Wakley. with a couple of friends, APPLAUSE AND CHEERING G'day! G'day. G'day, mate. You invented this cage 35 years ago. a long time ago. That's right, James, the last series of the Inventors. You could have gone on for a while. Oh, well, I was sitting on it finally get round to it? And why did you lambs were only worth about $6 or $7 Well, when I invented it and sheep weren't very valuable, any good doing it in those days. and it probably wasn't so now's the time for action. Now they're $80 or $100, Well, let's see how it works. it looks like it's sort of... I mean, in a way saving a lamb's life, isn't it? That looks mean, but it's actually Yeah. Yes, yes. Now, do you wanna come over and see your mummy? Do you wanna come over and if she is orphaned, Now, you put her down here, she won't be able to get milk... be able to get milk from anywhere. Sorry, if HE's orphaned, he won't But you put them together like this, because of the forced proximity, and suddenly, and they'll be wed together. leave them a day Yes.

Yeah, she's declined at the moment. Oh, she's declined supply. Can that happen?

Well, they'll sit down, you see. like everybody else. They have a right to sit down That's right. sit down for a whole day, is it? It's not likely the sheep would No. No.

couldn't we? They're beautiful. We could just look at them all day, You guys are OK...? Yes, they're OK. But come over and let's talk.

Vic? How much are you gonna sell this for, in the range of $220 to $240. Well, probably will it save? $240. And how much money Yeah. Probably farmers have 3% ewes die. of orphaned lambs, you see, And they probably have a number

when the mothers die? that's $240. So if you save 3 lambs in 100, that adds up to a bit of money. So, now, if you've got 500 sheep Yes. That adds up to over $1,000 a year. Yeah, hi, Vic. James, what do you think? got a really strong history Well, I think Australia's that are simple and effective, of farming innovation of things and this certainly seems it. Does it work every time? How effective is it?

It's very rarely you get a failure. Pretty well every time.

1 in about 30. I mean, you know, you might get natural-born lambs, And if the ewe has other, you know,

what happens to them could you feed them... are feeding? when the ewe and the orphaned lamb of the lambs that have died. Well, you only pick the ewes Like fostering. Yeah. Like fostering, in a way.

Vic, hi. Christine? the timing is crucial, isn't it? On that subject, but has still got milk Because to have a lamb who's down

and an orphaned lamb within the first 24 to 48 hours - who has to captured

with that, isn't it? the timing's a bit of an issue would go round in the morning Well, you see, the farmer he'd pick them up. and if there were some orphans there a mother to put them on If he didn't have

he would give them a bottle of milk. to this whole invention, Yeah, I think that's the key is that a lot of people say, which is so clever, a bottle of milk." "You just feed them poddy lambs or orphaned lambs And right now we have two that we're feeding with milk, and... Yeah. You have? On our family farm. Oh, right. And they're a damn nuisance then they bond to the human. because what happens is, of course, don't behave like other sheep And poddy lambs

they're sheep. because they don't know teaching a lamb to be a sheep. So at least this way you're bit distressed sitting in the cage. I'm wondering the mother could get a about letting her milk down? What happens milk down and just sit there and...? Does she ever refuse to let the seem to have that problem. Well, I don't crossbred sheep, Mainly, I've been handling that being a problem. but I couldn't see the merino, the purebred sheep, It would also be great to get to go with the crossbred ewes because they're wonderful mothers, and the purebred sheep are terrible mothers. Yeah, that's right, yeah. That's a bit of an unsubstantiated generalisation, I think. Alison? ALISON: Vic, do you have to stay and observe

the ewe and the lamb's connection for any length of time or is that a good idea to do that? VIC: No, the farmer would probably go down the paddock in the morning and he'd have a look, and he might come at dinnertime and have another look. And he might have a look two or three times a day. ALISON: Is there any chance that it could take less time or more time than 24 hours, and would that be a problem at all? VIC: If you get the ewe straightaway in the morning and get a lamb pretty well straightaway...'re bonded very quickly. ALISON: Oh, so the bonding can happen in sort of a couple of hours? VIC: Yeah. Summing up, James? Yeah, Vic, I think it's a terrific idea.

It's gonna bring orphaned lambs back into the flock. Well done. Christine? I think you're biggest competitor

is going to be the very clever farmer home welder. But you've waited all these years. I'm so thrilled that you've found your market, finally, and the lamb prices are doing you justice. And, Alison? It's got the sentimental vote for me. Vic, about time. Thanks a lot. Please, thank Vic Wakley. Thanks very much, mate. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING And now some ways to have a better barbecue. WOMAN: The barbecue... ..more substantial than cheese and crackers, less formal than a sit-down dinner. The ideal culinary choice for a sunburnt country, but not without its own set of problems. Thankfully, Australian ingenuity is on the case. The grooves on the Barbesausage cook plate guarantee no more half-burnt, half-raw sausages, and even cook every side, every time. The Plato's unique thumb hold and ergonomic design allow food and drink to be held in one hand, leaving the other free to ferry it safely to the mouth. And the tissue dispenser utilises a spring-loaded platform to push the tissues to the top of the box, facilitating fuss-free tissue access to the very end.

Australian ingenuity - smoothing Australian cuisine's path to the world's stage. Only in Australia. You know, many years ago there was a cave person called Korg who invented the wheel. But no-one knows about Korg. Why? Because he didn't come on the New Inventors. If you'd like to get yourself and your invention known, come on the show. Go to our website at: Write to us at: Or send us a fax on: And then you can get an application form. We live in a paranoid age, and one of the new things we now have to be paranoid about

is what happens to our luggage after we check it in at the airport. To protect their bags people have started doing all sorts of weird things,

like wrapping them up in plastic. This could be an easy and simple way to make sure that if anyone gets into your bag you'll know about it. When travelling, you may think that padlocking your bag

will prevent people tampering with it. Some people plastic wrap their bags, others use locks, stickers or cable ties.

But these can be removed and replaced without any trace,

and you might not find out until it's too late. So I invented something to make your bag much more secure. My invention is a barbed pin that's used together with a special cable tie and a coded security tag. The pin is secured onto the zip at the place where it's closed. The cable tie then fixes the zipper to the pin, making it difficult to shift in any direction without obvious damage to the bag. A coded security tag is then stuck over the top of the fixed zip as a seal. If that's been broken you'll see straightaway. My invention will make it much more difficult

for someone to tamper with your luggage.

And if they do, you'll certainly know about it. Please welcome from Mt Annan, just south-west of Sydney, Philip Murphy. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

Hi, Philip. Hi, James. Thank you for coming in. You invented this, or thought of this, way before the Schapelle Corby case, which made a lot of people aware that this may be an issue. Were your bags tampered with? What happened? What inspired it? Well, it was a number of things. But certainly my wife and I had baggage interfered with during travel in which we had passports removed from a bag. Right. And we never really quite understood how that might have been. Although, now that we've looked into it a lot more, I think I do. So, let's have a look, Philip, at how it works. This is one that's been done. And, basically, when it's set up, the zip...two zippers, they can't move to either side. And you know that if that's broken or if that seal's broken... Well, let me put it another way. You know that if it's not broken, no-one's been into your bag. Correct. And no-one can sort of get through the zipper at any other point. Well, they can. That's the whole point of the invention. So, on this... On this you know if the zip's been interfered with. Yeah. OK. Now, do you wanna give us an example or show us how you insert it? You put that... And that...

Is a 1-time use. Is a little version of this. You push it through, and that's there permanently from now, yeah? It is. Yeah. And you put these on so you don't actually stab yourself. That's correct. So we now have the barb shrouded. And it's now a permanent fitting on the case. And then you bring both the... Both the zip closers. Both the zip closers. Adjacent to the ZipFix. Yep. And the cable tie goes through those. And then you put a seal on. May I assist you, sir?

You may. And that seal kind of operates like the James Bond thing

of leaving one of his hairs in the hotel door. And if the hair was still there when he got back, no-one had been into his room. Alright, come across and sit down, Phil. How much per use would it cost to affix one of those to your bag? Just using the consumerable part of it, about 50c. 50c! Yeah. Wow. What do you think, Christine? Hi, Philip. I think you're timing for putting this on the market is amazing, and it's really suiting you. So you probably will sell these and sell a lot of them. I still don't quite understand

what you mean by they can enter in other parts of the zip. So they'll just break open the zip? (Laughs) The facts of the matter are that zips are very, very easily penetrated and, indeed, separated and closed again without leaving a trace. Which is why your invention is so important to make the zips not move. So other people could still open it, but they couldn't close it again. So you can detect if there's a hole in your luggage that someone's been into. You know exactly straightaway that someone's been in your bag. Alison? ALISON: What do you do once you've realised,

"OK, my luggage has been tampered with"?

What do you do? PHILIP: Part of our instructions in multiple languages that comes with the product says, "My bag has been interfered with and I require supervision to claim it." So you don't get the sort of thing that happened with Schapelle Corby where she claimed the bag and thereby claimed the contents. And that's what got her into trouble. James. Yeah, Philip, I'm an avid traveller. I love travelling. And there are other things like the stickers and cable ties around. So the really innovative part of your invention is that little ZipFix. Yes, exactly correct. So, how much damage does it cause? Could you just pull it out, fiddle round with the zip and then stick it back in and nobody would notice?

It's very hard. Those twin barbs which were pinched from a fishing hook, of all things, but when you put that through you find you can put quite a lot of weight onto the bag before the barb will tear through. And I find whenever I travel to the US, you know, no matter what you've done - it's been snipped or it's been knocked off. Would exactly the same thing happen with this every time you do it? Well, there's no need because we use releasable cable ties, which means that all they've gotta do is tear the seal off and the cable tie will come back. And, of course, that lowers the cost because you can use the cable ties over and over again. Summing up, Christine. It would be great if you could create a suitcase that has this feature, and then sell the suitcase. I'm not allowed back on the show till next year, they tell me. (All laugh) Alison?

Well, yeah, I think it would be great because one of the great things about that sticker too is that you can actually register that number. PHILIP: Yes, our website accommodates that, actually.

ALISON: So it would be great, I think, if you could buy it at a vending machine in the airport and register the number straightaway. That's correct. And James? Your invention will be good for safety and peace of mind. The key is to try and convince people they need it. Please, thank Philip Murphy. Thanks very much, Philip. Thanks, James. (All applaud and cheer) In hospitals all sorts of things have to be moved from one end of the building to the other

or even to another building. And hospitals are huge, so a lot of people spend a lot of time carrying and pushing and wheeling lots of heavy equipment a long way. And that got our next inventors thinking. You wouldn't think so, but moving a hospital bed can be a real pain in the back. So we've invented a machine to take all the effort out of that. The Stamina Lift is a machine that can move beds from room to room

without anyone physically touching the bed. It works by contacting the bed base and engaging the locking jaw. The bed is then raised a further 10mm to lift the two adjacent wheels clear off the floor. The operation is controlled with a joystick and requires only light finger pressure. It's powerful electric-drive motor easily pushes up slopes. It also works on any trolleys or wheelchairs. The stamina lift is a versatile machine which can reduce your workplace injuries.

And will let you use your brain instead of your brawn. Please welcome from Adelaide, Ken Bell and Adam Lear. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING G'day. Hi. Hi, Adam. Hi. How are you? Thanks for coming in. Now, I wouldn't have thought at first blush that pushing hospital beds around hospitals would cause a lot of injuries because they've got wheels. But if you've got a big, well, let's be frank, fat patient, and some other stuff on the bed, like their medicine and whatever. I mean, you used to work in a hospital as an orderly, is it a problem? Yes, it is, especially when you've got carpet and the confined spaces of the hospital and the corridors, and when you go into lifts. And when you're moving the bed around hospitals, it's the strain on your calf muscles and all your back. And are you aware of people who have had substantial injuries as a result of pushing these things around? Yes, I have. Yes. When I was working one hospital,

there were three injuries in a month when they laid the carpet down.

Right. Well, let's see how it works. Can you take it for a drive? It's just really easy. Sorry. Yep. Yeah, yeah. It's an electric motor in there. It's battery powered, right? That's right, yeah, battery powered. And, basically, you just back it up and just drive it into the bed. Yeah. And just... Then we just change over to a lifting mechanism, the linear rotator, and then we just lift up. And then can I go for a drive? Yep. Alright. See you. And so you can drive it with one finger, really. And then if you wanna turn it... Ooh, it's close!

There we go. So, that's with one finger. You can sort of...

You could even...could you even lie on it and steer it at the same time?

Could you do that? You'd need mirrors. It has been done. It has been done! Could I have a go at that? If the orderly was up there. Yeah. Oh, man! How cool is that? APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Come and sit down. How much are these gonna cost? Because I know there's some people in the audience who want one. What are they gonna cost? Round about $10,000. 10,000 bucks? Alright, a few weeks pocket money. Alison, what do you think? Hi, Ken. Hi, Adam. Well, I get to design hospitals from time to time, and as soon as I saw this I already started designing a little alcove in the corridor where you could store it and charge it at the same time. So, you'd probably have sort of, like, one or two per floor if it was a multistorey hospital? That's correct. Yeah. Does it change the turning circle in any way? Does it widen it or...?

No, it... It turns on a dime. Yeah, it turns more or less in its own length. James? Yes, hi, guys. It's battery powered. How long do the batteries last?

KEN: Around about two days on constant use from about 7:30am to 9:30pm. So, that's, like, 28 hours. Yes. MOODY: And is there a meter? Because I could imagine if it's being used all the time you wanna know how much is left. KEN: Yes, there is. On the dial there's an indicator that tells you how much battery life. Like a fuel gauge. Yes. MOODY: And there's brakes and safety mechanisms? KEN: Electric brakes and it's all works with the toggle. KEN: Electric brakes and it's all works with the toggle. Soon as you take your fingers off the toggle it stops and you can't move it. Christine? Ken and Adam, hi. I've never moved a hospital trolley, but I've moved a fully laden shopping trolley and that can be really awkward to move, and you feel you're using your lower back when you're doing it. Is it similar to that, is it? Yes, it is. When you've got a patient in front of you, turning those corners are the worst things. And it's all the strain... Usually, some private hospitals use one orderly. And it's the one person when you're pulling that thing round the corner which really makes you strain yourself. The other thing too is that it adds a bit of length to the whole bed. Can you still fit into a lift? Yes, that's why we designed it to go underneath the bed. So, basically, the whole lot fits into the door cavity. MOODY: Does it fit all hospital beds or are there special attachments you need? KEN: Around about 90%. There is a minimal lot it won't fit. But we can make brackets or they make additional thing that will fit. Summing up, Alison? I love the fact that this lifter, you know, it pushes, it pulls, it goes in all directions, so, well done. James? Yeah, I think that it's definitely more manoeuvrable, safer.

I think $10,000 is quite expensive, but well done. And Christine. KEN: It's very cheap to an injury.

Yeah, right. Christine? I understand you've got it on trial in hospitals already, and it's working very, very well for you. So it looks like you've got a market that's keen, ready for it and it works well. So you're gonna be home and hosed. And it's fun. It's not for that, but it is fun. Please, thank Ken Bell and Adam Lear. Thanks very much, Ken. Ken. Ken. Ken! Ken! Come on! Shake my hand! Adam. Thank you very much, mate. In a moment we'll find out which invention our judges will pick as tonight's winner, but first this. Tonight's winner will be in the running, of course, to be named our Inventor of the Year at the end of the year. Will it be the maternal-instinct-inducing Wakley Mesh Mothering Pen, the bag-securing ZipFix or the hospital-bed-lifting Stamina Lift? James Moody, which of these do you think we need the most? I think the Stamina Lift. If there's occupational health and safety issues around hospitals I think that's a really good invention from any perspective. Yeah, I agree with that. I mean, with the ZipFix, I mean, obviously, we're all going to need to think about bag security. But it's just as to whether we choose this method

over the others that are available. I agree with that. I mean, there's certainly with the Wakley Mesh Mothering Pen, there is somewhat of a need, but the need is definitely the Stamina Lift for me. What about price? How do you feel...? Yeah, I think for what they're doing, I actually think their price is sitting pretty well. I don't think that any of them are expensive, by any means. I think the ZipFix is going to have to have quite a large component of its cost set down for packaging explaining how to use it.

The difficult part with the ZipFix will be getting market share. I mean, it's a huge and growing market to tie the zip down.

Make it THE thing to have, you know. Which is the most original, Alison? To be honest, I think the Wakley Mesh Mothering Pen, actually. It's pretty original. Isn't it? In terms of, like, there's nothing out there like it. It's withstood the test of time. It's a 40-year-old invention that's still...

Yeah, no-one's done it. That's exactly right, yes.

Let's pick a winner. Can I start with you, Alison? Yep, you can. Thank you. I think purely on design I'm gonna go for the Stamina Bed Lift. Alright. Christine? I'm gonna go with the Stamina Bed Lift.

What's so amazing about it is that it's taking the weight off those wheels and it isn't changing the bed. James? Yeah, it's unanimous. I'd go for the Stamina Bed Lift as well. Not just for the occupational health and safety, but I think it might be more comfortable for the patient too. The winners are Ken Bell, Adam Lear and their Stamina Bed Lift! APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Well done, Ken. Excellent Stamina Lift. Your Stamina Lift, not just a bed lift. Congratulations. They're in the running to be named our Inventors of the Year. If you'd like to vote in the New Inventors People's Choice Award, pick your favourite from tonight, text 1 for the Wakley Mesh Mothering Pen, 2 for the ZipFix or 3 for the Stamina Lifter to: Call: Or go to our website. Where's that? It's at: Thanks to the judges. Well done. ALL: Thank you. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Special thanks to the people that make it happen every week - the inventors! Thank you very much. Thank you very much.

Before we go, an unknown person said that a person is not old until regrets start taking the place of dreams. So if you haven't any dreams for a while there's no point regretting it, just make sure you have one tonight.


We know that last week the panel picked David Gregor and Deirdre Lemerle from New South Wales and the StubbleStar, but what did you pick as the People's Choice? There was the Zork, the StubbleStar and the JK Render. And you picked: Closed Captions provided by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd