Inventions that are needed
A Catalog of Inventions that are Needed
Great ideas for inventions that are needed are often thought up by people who do not have the resources to develop them themselves. Some of these are listed below. Further details about them can be obtained from the originators, if named, or from OzIdeas. If anyone makes a fortune through developing any of these ideas for inventions, please remember the originator.
Often the same invention has many originators. Valerie Yule's design for an electronic 'pocket typewriter' was laughed at by electronics experts in the early 1980s because although the technology had already been invented, it was believed that 'people could not handle the small buttons,' except when there were a minimal number as on a pocket calculator. Now we have 'electronic note-books' everywhere, with small buttons.
Ed Oberg was a prizewinner in an Australian Social Inventions competition for an idea about Punter-Power, an easy way to use the gambling instinct to back innovatory enterprise. Now the idea is discussed on ABC Science Show, coming from someone else.
ACSION was advocating making cars with modules so that someone just going down the street did not drive tons of metal more suitable for traversing the Great Desert with a tribe on board. Now the Australian organisation for scientific and industrial research is developing just that.
Think up some more inventions that are needed.
A starter list of Problems needing innovative solutions
Let us know if some of them are already solved.
Adult Initiation Ceremony for teenagers
Agism - how to prevent agist segregation of old, young and teenagers
Alphanumeric improvement to prevent confusions of letters and numbers,such as pdbq
Appliances - mendable and modules so they are easiily repaired and updated
Architecture - Awards for the Ugliest
Beauty for Melbourne to make it good to live in,good to visit - like Florence or Bali.
Benchmarks and Stopmarks. Quizzes to test present limits and future tolerance
Boredom. Education from infancy to avoid being bored.
Born to Live - help to prevent suicide by better alternatives when staying alive
Catalogue of Inventions that are needed
Censorship Alternatives. How to promote the best, rather than censor the worst.
Charities - preventing waste in promotions
Child Abuse - TV shows that help to prevent this
Children's Peace Toys to replace guns, killing and militarism.
Clothes.Medical Clothing -to improve health/ comfort, especially for elderly/ infirm.
- Australian Fashions that are different, beautiful,cheap, durable,multicultural
-Fashions for the elderly that are comfortable, good-looking and durable.
- Space Clothing can reduce the costs and wastes of Space Heating
- Conservation-designed to reduce washing of clean parts,and so prevent waste. Washable, not dispossable 'Patches' that can be pasted on underclothes and peeled off, to minimise washing the whole garment.
Collecting - things for collectors to collect
Common Wealth. How to keep its real meaning alive.
Computer Games - where knowledge and thinking, not violence, win the games
- Youth to Age Game - you grow older as you play.
Conflict simulator instead of wars & strikes.
Conservation.Full use of sewage - a presently wasted resource
Cracked people - making the most of ratbags, so they can be community assets
Defence - constance civil uses for standing defence forces, for emergencies etc.
Disaimiabilia - reducing dislikability and public attitudes to 'dislikable' people
Drinking behaviour - a better Oz drinking culture -singing not hooning or violence.
Drugs. Alternatives to drugs to make life more enjoyable/bearable
Economic concepts for the 21st century
Eldercare - ideas to improve it
Elections. Making them more democratic and valid.
Electronic tagging for absent-minded people's strayable belongings, eg. glasses.
Games. Invent some new games!
Gardens - Conservation in the Suburbs so that gardens waste less & produce timber
Gambling . Constructive redirections for the gambling instinct
Green Offices conservation measures
Guns -Alternatives for sports shooters - e.g. musical instruments,as beautiful as guns and also make noises.
Health - preventing old age problems and continuing usefulness.
Health. Hospitals - Ways to ensure sick and elderly are treated as adult humans
Heroes. Real Heroes for children and teenagers
History - Lessons of History (with counterviews included)
History of Freedom Book
Homes - Designs for energy-saving
- Designs to protect against bushfires
- Designs to protect against floods
-The Sustainable Household as important as Marketplace in economic thinking
Ideas. Register of Australian Ideas that got nowhere in OZ but succeeded elsewhere
Index of Oppression to be published with GNP and economic indexes.
Intellectual property and social inventions. Rewards without lawyers.
'Inventions Needed' - a list to get everyone's minds working.
Jobs that are needed. Long lists. The issue is only how to pay for them.
Kitchen design for 21C with recycling/salvage space e.g.a cupboard with pallets
Land Speculation. Preventing speculators getting unearned income from land.
Manhood Test boys can go in for if they want to. A 'Womanhood Test' is actually the same, but the men do not know this.
Manners Book. Manners to oil the wheels of everyday living together, not 'etiquette'.
Medical Litigation - some suggestions for this growing problem
Meetings - ways to reduce time-wasting
Money - ways to use money as a means of exchange for goods and services without it flowing off into sinks - overseas or accumulated by the hyper-wealthy.
Novel - the Future of the Novel in 21C. How it could be different
Paper, Erasable - can be wiped down to reprint or rewrite again.
Paper Recycling on the spot
People They Laughed At Book to teach that it may be premature to laugh at ratbags.
Perishing Publications - idea to help the academic problem of 'publish or perish'
Pleasures that are Non-Consumptive
Pocket typewriter that you can operate by touch in your pocket anywhere.
Plastic bags. Re-uses for.
Plastic newspaper wraps. Re-uses for.
Pokies that do something useful when operated by people addicted to noise&jingle machines
Political Psychology Manual for all citizens and school leavers.
Polly-Save-A-Bird - Collectible artificial birds instead of collecting live rare birds.
Prophecies for 2000
Psychology. Pre-Trauma Prevention, so people can be resistant when emergencies happen.
Public Transport. Making waiting areas and shelters comfortable not just cleanable.
Remote Control Gun Exploder explodes or disables any other loaded weapon.
Safety. 'Automatic Pilot' practices behavior for emergencies when you may not be able to think
Schooling - Learning How to Fail is something we all need to know
Schools - Techniques to help children with Attention-Deficit problems
Sexist Language Solutions
Sexual Harassment Solutions
Shower-Clock. A steam-proof clock on the shower-wall to show how time goes.
The Silly Catalog. Listing what is silly in our society makes new ideas seem sensible.
Social Education - What adults should know and no-one leaves school till they do.
Stroke Language everyone learns,for emergency communication with the incapacitated, using eye-blinks.
Transport Car modules that can shunt on to expand cars.(I fiind CSIRO is working on this idea now.)
Transport.Cars - easily mendable and 15-year durability
TV Ideas: Contrasts within shows- to learn about good and evil and the grey between.
TV Cartoons telling old legends with animation based on famous paintings
Violence - Alternatives
Violent Blokes - Solutions
Waste of people - Preventing.
Words as Swords. People live by myths and clichés. New concepts are needed
Water How to get salt out of water by a more water-conservative and simpler process than evaporation
Lighting Night-lighting that goes on sensors of human activity or movement so it is only on as people need it or burglars are around. Including street lighting, but in the cities brighter than the country cats'eyes, and llight for empty premises like shops - responds to any movement inside including rats
Packaging Edible packaging - possibly sprayed on some things. That can be washed and eaten cooked or fresh. Rice-paper bags
Heating Space heating - personal
Clothes bordeom, velcro accessories
Some Stupid Things could be changed:
There is a long list of products that are needed and that are not being produced (or if produced, cannot reach their markets)
There is a long list of inventions that are needed, yet there is poor support of research and innovators who could supply these needs.
We are not using our multicultural resources as we could.
Anyone travelling to Asia can see the life-force there, similar to Victorian England, bubbling with innovation and development, that we in Australia are not matching for many reasons that could be identified and tackled. (eg. schooling, the way business management is taught in universities, the discouragement of saving, disaffection of the workforce, and possible repercussions when problems are aired.
Perhaps business magazines need a regular feature on Solving Australia's Business Problems, that goes into these issues that are beyond the immediate coalface but on which all further mining will depend. With lively discussion fostered, and a corner on the cover to say where this is. It could be a permanent link on their Web site.