Wobble-board inventor Rolf Harris will present the award to the winner of the The New Inventors Grand Final on Wednesday night.
After another successful year, ABC’s humble panel show hosted by James O’Loughlin just keeps going from strength to strength.
In the last episode for the year there are five inventions hoping to take out the 2008 title.
- The Smart Hook System – a covered hook that lets the bait hook fish, but not sea birds or turtles;
- Joinlox – a clever joining system that does away with glue, screws and nails;
- Lumiflux Lights – flexible thin panels of electroluminescent lighting bright enough for use as a general lighting source;
- QuietWave – an organic rubberised material which dampens the transfer of sound through a wall, floor, ceiling or door;
- BioSol – a sewage system using bacteria that won’t eat away at pipes.
It’s a black tie edition of The New Inventors 8pm Wednesday on ABC1.
FINAL FIVE CHOSEN AHEAD OF WED’S NEW INVENTORS GRAND FINAL
In preparation for what is the annual night-of-nights for Australian innovation – The New Inventors Grand Final on Wednesday – the final five inventors vying for The New Inventors’ Invention of the Year Award have been decided by the show’s judges, following extensive hours of deliberation.
The contenders are: The Smart Hook System – a covered hook that lets the bait hook fish, but not sea birds or turtles; Joinlox – a clever joining system that does away with glue, screws and nails; Lumiflux Lights – flexible thin panels of electroluminescent lighting bright enough for use as a general lighting source; QuietWave – an organic rubberised material which dampens the transfer of sound through a wall, floor, ceiling or door; and BioSol – a sewage system using bacteria that won’t eat away at pipes.
The winner is to be chosen by judges Chris Russell, Bernie Hobbs, and Alison Page, and announced during the one-hour black-tie Grand Final show on Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm on ABC1.
Presenting the major award is one of Australia’s national treasures and inventor of the famed ‘wobble board’, Rolf Harris. As a special treat, Rolf will also perform a song dedicated to the show, using his iconic invention!
Another special guest inventor is former Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Wood. Director of the West Australian Burns Service, inventor of spray on skin and mother of six Bright Sparks, Professor Wood will present the Les is More Award, which honours an inventor who has created something to help others or the environment.
Other awards to be presented during the night include the Bright Spark Award – an honour celebrating inventors aged 18 years and under. Also, the perennially popular People’s Choice Award, voted by The New Inventors viewers throughout the year, is also presented on the night.
Host of The New Inventors, James O’Loghlin, says, “Once again, five amazing inventions are in the running to be named Invention of the Year. Whoever wins will deserve it, and I can’t wait to find out who it will be!”
The New Inventors Invention of the Year 2008 winner will receive an amazing suite of prizes worth thousands of dollars, which equates to a full life cycle of benefits for the invention – from initial lab testing, training in patents and intellectual property, marketing advice, assistance in developing the business in Australia, and finally, launching the product onto the Australian and world market.
THE FINAL FIVE IN DETAIL
JOINLOX – by inventor Dean Cameron from QLD
Joinlox is a mechanical fastening system that has been developed to allow water tanks to be transported in sections and quickly assembled on site. It’s a system of interlocking castellated hooks, which look like the battlements of a castle. A locking key joins the opposing hooks together to make a sealed joint without the need for glue, nails or screws. Inventor Dean Cameron says his Joinlox system has applications in industries as diverse as bridge construction and aerospace engineering.
LUMIFLUX LIGHTS – by inventors Gabriella and Ernest Kabay from VIC
Electroluminescent lighting works when a current is passed through a special substance called phosphor which glows as electrons pass through it. People have known about it for fifty years, but it has never been bright enough to compete as a general lighting source. Lumiflux Lights changes the way current passes through the phosphor to a degree that might just make them the brightest electroluminescent lights ever made, while retaining extraordinary energy efficiency.
QUIETWAVE – by inventor Philippe Doneux from NSW
QuietWave uses a 100% organic rubberised material to dampen the transfer of sound through a wall, floor, ceiling or door. The material is sandwiched between two panels, which can be anything from plasterboard to MDF, plywood or brick. When built into walls, floors or ceilings, the membrane acts as a shock absorber, stopping the sound from travelling further. The inventor claims it can even be used to allow furniture made from recycled paper to sound better.
SMART HOOK SYSTEM – by inventor Hans Jusseit from QLD
Every single fishing hook that is set (estimated between 1 and 10 billion globally each year) has the potential to catch birds. The Smart Hook System makes long line fishing safer for seabirds and turtles. It’s a shield held in place by a thin U-shaped pin that dissolves after a short period of time in the water. The baited hook is released once it is below about 100 metres, which is much deeper than birds can dive and below the usual feeding depth of turtles.
BIOSOL – by inventor Ross Chandler from VIC
The BioSol sewage system uses a little known property of bacteria that can ‘talk’ to one another with trace amounts of chemicals. This helps keep sewage assets free of acids, scale and slime, saving pumping costs. The invention reduces the amount of end-product sludge that would ordinarily be burnt, releasing greenhouse gases. BioSol chemicals are naturally occurring derivatives of certain plants and algaes, including a Botany Bay red seaweed and rhubarb.