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Freelance consultant, learning facilitator, and writer, founder of extreme-inventing.com, ooleee.net (with artist Gary King), knowledgecafe0151. Teach technology entrepreneurship at School of Engineering at University of Liverpool, UK. I have a longstanding and avid interest in Technology as a unique human phenomenon. I'm actively engaged in research on how enterprising individuals shape material culture through inventing and innovating, with palaeoanthropologists at the Dept. of Archaeology, Egyptology and Classics, also at University of Liverpool.

In Extremis

Our first post and a perfect exemplar of extreme inventing. Found on YouTube (where else!), but inventor not known. We can only imagine the pressure s/he was under when they used the branch in such an inventive, but ultimately foolhardy, way. What we see in the picture is a found object, the tree branch, substituting for a well designed trailer wheel. In accordance with the principles of extreme inventing we ask what property of the found object has been captured in what is now a new system, a modified product design. Although the branch is rounded, this property is not being utilized. What is, is length, or reach. This is the same property one would capture when using a long stick to reach a ball from a tree.


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One Comment on “In Extremis”

  1. pjotterson 11/04/2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Excelent introduction to the art of Exteme Inventing.

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