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#2730: CareXit

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:22:53 +0000

Today’s invention is a system by which a car driver can control the degree to which any of the other doors may be opened. This allows the driver to ensure that no-one (eg children or people with impaired vision) flings a door into the face of a cyclist or into …

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#2729: ExpoSure

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:20:34 +0000

I once worked for a consultancy company that offered to do some work for an F1 team, free, in return for placing our logo on the car. We were told that even the smallest space on the vehicle would cost more, for one race, than our entire company was worth. …

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#2728: Crumbox

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:02:35 +0000

Toasters tend to be made in large numbers and quite cheaply. Often, their crumb trays don’t work very well and collect lumps of charcoal in the bottom which can be a fire hazard -or at least a source of burning smells and smoke. Today’s invention is an external crumb tray …

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#2727: BoneTones

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:14:16 +0000

Dogs have acutely tuned hearing as well as razor sharp appetites. Normally, when dogs hear their bowls being rattled during dinner preparation, a Pavlovian chorus of barking and yapping ensues. Today’s invention aims to limit that by training each dog to respond only to the appearance of his/her particular bowl. …

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#2726: HolePunch

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:15:10 +0000

Windscreens are designed to crack but stay in place, even if shattered by some flying object. When they are crazed, however, screens are very hard to see through -a driver is supposed to react quickly and punch a hole big enough to allow the car to be brought safely to …

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#2725: Convectarget

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:35:57 +0000

When heat engines generate too much entropy, due to eg friction or uncontrolled heat transfer, they overheat. This may not be a problem, unless the engine is powering a plane or a race car, where engine failure can have sudden and catastrophic consequences. Fortunately, these days, we have relatively cheap …

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#2724: BilledBoards

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:42:22 +0000

Google Street View is a huge endeavour. I’m surprised that no-one in Mountain View has yet come up with Today’s Invention: ads pasted into its imagery. The intrepid search folk know all about which images are viewed most. They could use this information to help price their virtual ads. Say …

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#2723: ShyDrive

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:44:06 +0000

When we find ourselves in the autonomous car-filled future, there will be many near misses. Since these vehicles are likely to be battery powered, today’s invention is a way to make use of the massive torque available (beyond the potential for drag racing between the lights). When a car senses …

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#2722: AltSalt

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:47:31 +0000

It’s annoying enough that roads are sprayed with salt every winter. All the more irritating when the gritting vehicles throw handfuls of corrosive sharp stuff straight at oncoming vehicles. Today’s invention is therefore a good application for autonomous vehicles. A salt sprayer truck (blue) drives along and sprays only directly …

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#2721: HigherWorks

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:46:46 +0000

It takes a lot of gunpowder to lift a firework into the sky, before the show can even begin. Today’s invention offers a better form of firework display. Launching fireworks from a tethered hot air balloon avoids wasting all that propellant just on gaining height…so the spectacle can be better …

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