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Title The New Inventors
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary Featuring new ideas on how to create a trench or indentation in plasterboard; improve on a traditional lock; improve windmill safety and make servicing much more convenient.Hosted by James O'Loghlin, The New Inventors is home to the brightest breakthroughs in technology, innovation and invention. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: futurist and author Mark Pesce, science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs, and materials engineer Veena Sahajwalla. Inventions featured on the program: PLASTERBOARD REBATE MACHINE - by inventor William Goss from VICWhen you join two pieces of plasterboard, you are laying two flat pieces of board next to each other to form a butt joint. However, these joins tend to crack over time, and no one wants to look at butt cracks all day long. Walls and ceilings come in many different shapes and sizes, but plasterboard does not.The Plasterboard Rebate Machine is unfortunately not a tax break, but it is a rather handy invention. It is a power tool that allows you to create a trench or indentation - known as a rebate in the world of professional plastering - by cutting a trench in the board. The invention also incorporates a vacuum to suck away the plaster that has been cut out of the groove.MEM - by inventor Trevor Mackle from NSWElectromagnetic locks are used on doors all around the country. Despite their wide use, these devices have a lot of shortcomings. They are physically large, extremely heavy, and use a lot of electricity because they need to be on all the time. Trevor Mackle has been in the lock industry all his life, and he is constantly working on ways to improve the devices that keep our homes and businesses safe.The MEM Lock is the first lock in the world that combines both electromagnetic and mechanical components. As a result it is 75% smaller and just 10% of the weight of a traditional electromagnetic lock. At the same time, the invention has 20% stronger holding power than a traditional lock and consumes just half the power, a considerable improvement in energy efficiency.NEW WINDMILL TOWER - by inventor Russell Hall from QLDWindmills have certainly withstood the test of time- they were first invented in the 9th century, but they still have plenty of room for improvement. When windmills are serviced they can be a pain to access and dangerous to climb. Award-winning architect Russell Hall was asked to put together a display of windmills for an exhibition. He toured rural Queensland, collecting windmill designs and talking to farmers about how they could be improved.The New Windmill Tower combines an array of innovative design enhancements to create a better windmill design overall. Specifically tailored to improve windmill safety, and make servicing much more convenient, the design provides a safer working platform and ladder, and also positions the bore pipe, which requires regular servicing, outside the main tower structure, greatly enhancing access and convenience for windmill workers
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-05-19 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Electronic apparatus and appliances -- Technological innovations.
Electronic locking devices.
Plastering -- Equipment and supplies.
Windmills -- Design and construction.
Form Streaming video
Author Goss, William, contributor
Hall, Russell, contributor
Hobbs, Bernie, contributor
Mackle, Trevor, contributor
O'loghlin, James, host
Pesce, Mark, contributor
Sahajwalla, Veena, contributor