#2689: Motorubber

Today’s invention is a supplementary form of drive and braking for a motor vehicle.

It consists of one or more autonomous vehicles operating inside the tyres.

These vehicles would be inductively powered, via the wheel hubs, and would have sprung rollers, above and below, to ensure good contact with both the wheel surface and the tyre inner surface.

These motors would talk to each other, as well as the suspension, to coordinate cornering and road holding. The tyre stiffness could be augmented, for example, by stiffening the springs of the in-tyre vehicle during a journey.

#2680: StressedStanzas

I’m not keen on the idea of patents, let alone our broken system which is only really available to companies, not inventors.

Copyright is another form of intellectual property which works everywhere, lasts a very long time and is free. It is intended to stop somebody making and selling copies of eg somebody else’s poems. As such, copyright is no damn use to inventors…until now.

The image shows part of a poem which I have just written. Imagine a computer generating pages of this stuff using random combinations of characters like A, V, Z, N (although I would take the credit for the writing, of course).

Now imagine that these poems are actually 2-D meshes which, if implemented using steelwork, 3-D print or Meccano would have interesting mechanical properties. These could be automatically analysed using eg FE programs so that useful ‘poems’ could be selected. These might represent eg sections of aircraft fuselage in which some regions were highly rigid (eg XXXX) and others made deliberately elastic (eg NNNNN).

So now I have a way for my structural designs to be protected by copyright. No-one is free to make a copy of my invented frameworks because they are actually poems. There is no chance that anyone can get a patent for this idea, since I just published it.

I still have to pursue people through the courts to prove infringement, but that should be relatively straightforward once the test cases get established (20 years or so).

Poems would also need to be of limited length, so that infringers couldn’t grab huge areas of mesh and then claim ‘fair use’.

#2672: HeatDump

One of the biggest costs in running a ground heat pump is in drilling the required hole to insert the heat exchange pipework.

Landfill fire is a problem because it can result in dangerous fumes and groundwater contamination.

Today’s invention seeks to deal with both these issues. It is in the form of several ground heat pumps located at the tops of towers on land designated for landfill.

As the landfill material rises over time, bacterial action can create enormous amounts of heat. This would be extracted for use elsewhere by the heatpumps -without any digging costs.

The process would also reduce the subsurface temperature, so that fires would be much less likely to break out.

#2569: Steereflex

Formula 1 drivers are accustomed to having their reaction times measured and honed. One machine for this purpose is the BATAK device.

Today’s invention is to equip road vehicle steering wheels with a scaled down version of this test. There would be touch pads positioned around the wheel which light up randomly.

Although the required movements and peripheral vision demands would be less stringent than in the racing version, such a test could perform many functions.

Failure to achieve a high enough score might be indicative of drunkenness and thus disable the ignition. One’s reaction times before driving might be used to reduce or increase the performance of the vehicle (or the insurance paid). Finally, such a test could help people improve their vision and responsiveness when driving.

#2567: TankerAnchor

I’ve been reading a lot lately about how supertankers and massive container ships may take two miles to slow to an emergency halt (even with the engines full astern).

Today’s invention offers a way for ships to stop much more rapidly (if they are travelling in a canal).

On the left, we see a ship in cross section moving down a canal at say 10 m per sec. This vessel has strong beams built in which are wider than the canal.

When an emergency stop is required, the beams are allowed to make contact with reinforced ramps on either bank. The kinetic energy of the ship is exchanged completely for potential energy, as the ship is lifted higher in the water (right hand image).

A simple energy-based calculation shows that a ship which engages with ramps angled at 10 degrees to the horizontal will be brought to a stop in about 12m (with no reverse thrust or anchors).

#2563: Mobilayby

In the future when autonomous vehicle dominate, road transport will need to be smarter.

Road trains, which may need to be very long compared to current trucks, will still have to use the winding country roads which are most common.

So imagine today’s invention – a series of carriages, linked by A-frame connectors. These will be pushed and pulled by autonomous tractors at either end (blue). These vehicles will be capable of steering this train of carriages both forwards and in reverse.

When another vehicle appears (human driven or autonomous) and wants to overtake (red oval), the tractors will signal the A-frames to stretch and/or contract, so as to create gaps and allow the overtaking to occur safely.

Imagine the complexity and precision of one train overtaking another.

#2562: BrandBrakes

Today’s invention is a way to augment the advertising plastered all over racing cars (especially closed-wheel cars such as in the WEC series).

Each wheel well would be covered-in -for sensible aerodynamic reasons. In this cover would be letters cut out, spelling the name of a sponsor.

As the cars drive around their brake discs glow very brightly.

These would illuminate the sponsor names: especially during 24-hour races.

#2557: TangyTangs

Today’s invention offers a way to ensure that one’s next bite is filled with delicious sauce, rather than just daubed with it.

A fork with hollow tangs has a syringe built into its handle.

This allows the fork user to pump sauce into his next bite.

The device might have a number of syringes, each with a different flavoured liquid/paste inside.

This also allows the amount of sauce used to be monitored and to be kept secret from other diners.

#2554: Twoupstop

Today’s invention aims to increase the efficiency of (double decker) bus operations.

Bus shelters would be made double deckered so that people could board via a door on the upper or the lower deck of the bus.

This would result in faster loading and unloading at stops, as well as allowing more seats -due to the removal of the internal staircase from the vehicle.

#2549: Spillimiter

When watering houseplants, there is always the danger that the soil will be dry and that the water will pour through and overspill the tray under the plant pot.

Today’s invention avoids that problem.

It takes the form of a dish made with several circular areas which match the sizes of commercially available plant pot trays.

If your current pot has a tray which is the same size as the second smallest one in the dish (as shown), place the red plug as indicated and fill the inner areas with water.

This dish unit can then be held over the plant pot and the plug removed, guaranteeing that the tray will never overspill.