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IDEAS 'N' INVENTIONS

Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes all they need is a little dusting off, a little feeding up. Here are some for free. You can take any of the below ideas and develop them how you want. You don't have to pay me (though it won't be refused if you do) and you don't even have to acknowledge me (though I'd love it if you did). I suspect that if you have an idea you need to get it out there. Patents and other such stuff just clogs it all up. And if you sit on it too long then it blocks the ideas pipeline that connects way up there into the ether with the global ideas bank we all have access to- now and again. 

 

Thursday
Sep062018

the carry-on space maximiser

The problem with those dinky little trolley bags we use for carry on luggage is so much of the space is used up by wheel cavities and handle bar covers. Enter the space maximiser. The wheels are standard and on a castor - but they are detachable and clip onto a base plate on the bottom of the bag. The trolley handle is collapsable and flat slots into a plate on the back of the bag. At check in both wheel and collapsed handle are removed- (which is only book sized and slips in a coat pocket as do the wheels). The bag is the absolute biggest size that is legal- clip gear back on after check in.

Sunday
Mar252018

the virgin train 'hook rack'

On the cramped but speedy Virgin trains going up and down the spine of England I've noticed the pair of sturdy coathanger hooks on either side of the window. They are itching to be used, especially as Virgin luggage racks are poxy small. With the 'hook rack' an expandable aluminium rod (or nylon cord, but the rod spreads the load better) hooks onto both hooks. From this hangs a nylon mesh bag huge enough to put even a small person or large suitcase in. It will block the view- but what the hell- needs must...

Wednesday
Nov272013

Graffiti Cafe

A cafe for kids and their parents. Kids are issued with watersoluble spray paint and directed to the 'Wall' which runs down the middle of the cafe. They can graffiti away while parents sip a well earned latte. There are sub walls that can be rented and are covered with a roll of paper. The child can then take their grafitti home. The wall could be a rentable set up for kid's parties.

Wednesday
Nov272013

the tickle stick

Sword sticks are banned for some reason...but a hidden weapon is deeply attractive. The tickle stick (nod to Ken Dodd here) is a legal variant of the sword stick. A fancy walking cane, which with a press of the hidden release button reveals a long rubber prong with a feathers at the end for tickling someone about to attack you. Might work some of the time...

Wednesday
Nov272013

the belt skirt

You're out walking in your stylish but oh so short goretex/paramo/super waterproof jacket and it begins to bucket down. But you aren't wearing over trousers. The rain slides down the coat and drenches your thighs and backside, your wallet gets wet and altogether it's pretty miserable. But with the belt skirt all is reversed. A simple nylon belt that contains a packed away 'skirt' of sil-nylon. This is unvelcroed and allowed to hang down with a toggled elastic to tighten around the legs if required. The rain runs down the coat and hits the skirt and misses the legs entirely.

Wednesday
Nov272013

toothtube- toothbrush carrier

When I travel for a single night or two I like to travel light- only a shirt and a toothbrush needed. But I don't want to carry a tube of the stuff in my laptop case. Nor a wet toothbriush. Enter the toothtube- a cunning easily washed item into which you place your tootbrush; it includes a sealable section at one end which you fill before laving with a couple of squirts of toothpaste. You can pop it into your jacket pocket and go!

Wednesday
Nov272013

religious board games

they probably exist- but done tastefully they could be quite informative.