Your Good Ideas, Designs, Inventions - Tell Us About Them

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    As most of you know, I'm not good at DIY but do sometimes come up with ideas.

    I invented a Cold Air Balloon - but it never took off! :sad: :whistle: :heehee:
     
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      I was going to design and build my own Tardis, but it was too time consuming...
       
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        Not going to tell you as you may nick my idea
         
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          Thanks to @shiney I came up with an idea for a new type of lawn mower.... :) Just cant find a company wise enough to buy the design and put it into production....:sad:
           
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            Is that why you never got back to me?

            It was a method of getting bees to move out of the way of the lawn mower. :blue thumb:
             
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              Partially, but the biggest reason was a lack of time. My apologies for not getting back to you.
               
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                My new mower has sorted the problem, by default. :blue thumb: They have fitted the exhaust on it so that instead of blowing the exhaust to the side it blows it forward. That blows the bees out of the way. :hapydancsmil:

                I'm pretty sure it was unintentional.
                 
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                  Updating our little greenhouse heating controller (arduino based) to a larger touch screen so we can easily alter the preset temperature values etc.

                  Might even be able to make it wifi or bluetooth compatible as seems its the only way the younger ones can work things these days ...:biggrin:

                  ( did you see the gadget show last friday where they tested and set up a wifi kettle !!!
                  So you take the kettle off the stand, go and put it under the tap to fill it, return to the stand, then pick up your phone /app to turn it on ! )

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                    I prefer the old invention of legs, arms and hands :thumbsup:
                     
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                      From what I have seen of todays design engineers, it was more good luck than good management. In other words, you are correct! :blue thumb:
                       
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                        So are you. :heehee:

                        We are both members of the Mutual Admiration Society, aren't we? :roflol:
                         
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                        Not just members, founder members! :biggrin:
                         
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                          A real idea of mine, quite a few years ago, was to have solar panels on a rotation table. They could follow the sun and give a lot more energy per panel. The rotation table can be turned by a mini computer chip that is programmed for the part of the world it is in.

                          Unfortunately, I'm useless at designing things and would expect my team of engineers to actually work out the practicalities. Positioning would be critical to avoid any shadows thrown by buildings or trees. :)
                           
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                            @shiney there is such a thing. After observing sunflowers follow the sun, someone invented a sun tracker that directed the panels but it is super expensive! I keep my sunoven on a"lazy susan" type of set up so I can easily spin it to get the most heat or turn it to get less and simmer things.

                            I'd love a special mat for around the toilet base that would splash back at those who miss the bowl... :heehee:
                             
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                              It shouldn't be expensive. They don't need anything fancy that would track the sun. all they need is a simple rotating mechanism with a small controller. It is just manually programmed for the longitude and latitude of its location. No optics or sensors required. :blue thumb:
                               
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