#2515: CurveAlert

I’ve been driving on country roads this Summer and been unnerved, a number of times, when turning a corner only to find a sudden stationary queue of traffic.

The cars who are coming up behind, but which have yet to negotiate the bend, really need to be warned, somehow.

Today’s invention provides that warning.

A small radio controlled-type car is dropped from the underside of a vehicle, once its hazard warning lights are activated. This would then move about and find the white line in the centre of the road.

It follows the line behind its vehicle until it just loses sight of its home registration plate and then stops. At this point, a bright emergency light on top begins to flash.

Many vehicles might deploy their little robot cars at any point along the road. Each robot would receive a signal from its own car when the hazard lights were turned off. This would be its signal to return to its own car. Those robots that failed to make it back would attach themselves to any passing vehicle. These would incorporate ownership details, so that they could be posted home.

#2512: Roade-odour

When you are out driving, sometimes there are places which smell so bad you wish you’d diverted around them.

That isn’t always possible. though (I’m thinking of a particular landfill site next to a motorway I regularly use).

Today’s invention is a software program which runs in vehicles to help deal with roadside stench.

When anyone drives past such a smell, they can record its location via an app.

A bad-smell map is thus developed.

This is then used by your car, so that a few minutes before you enter a foul zone, the windows close and cabin ventilation automatically switches to recirculation (and might even inject some extra scent into the airflow). This could also take into account known wind direction, so that the switch-on would be optimally timed.

#2509: FingertipGrip

In summer, I have to spray myself liberally with bug deterrent chemicals.

These come in an aerosol, which is fine when I’m spraying my head and torso.

The problem comes when applying the agent orange to my lower half. If I hold the can as normal, with my index finger on the button, c, then I have to invert the can. This is an instant spluttering fail…next to no product emerges.

So today’s invention is a simple fix. It’s a plastic shape with its ends joined by an elastic band (red). This allows the V of the shape to fit under the crimped collar of any size of aerosol and be retained there.

Now, you can place index finger under ‘b’, middle finger under ‘a’ and thumb on the button ‘c’.

This allows the bottle to stay in its normal orientation (button uppermost) whilst still giving good control of the direction of the spray.