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Table: Weight

I was in the Design Museum this week in Shad Thames, London. What a disappointment it was too. There was, however, something of a feature made of the now familiar anglepoise lamp ( a design classic apparently, like lace up shoes and Apple’s Bondi Blue iMac ). Anyway, the history of innovating the original invention […]

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Takes two to tangle

Using a spider’s web to catch a fish. A truly fascinating case of extreme inventing. Like many, I came across this technique while watching a BBC series about the islands of the South Pacific. Fish are caught  using a spider’s web, but not as you might first think. Immediate response to a story about fishing […]

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Distinctions of properties

The last two postings feature the same thing, the capture of an action I called pinching. In both these cases the properties captured in the new system are elasticity,  and, I suggest, shape and a small amount of friction. The close proximity of the elastic teeth of the comb and the two sides of the […]

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inspiration?

Neat eh? But where did the inspiration come from? Many of the examples of extreme inventing feature the capture of some property of a natural object. The sharpness or heaviness of a stone, for example. I suggest this otherwise great idea (from the lolbrary) is inspired by an existing product, probably familiar to many kitchen […]

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Nail-hammer combo

DIYers will appreciate this one, even it its application is limited to flatter surfaces. However, it could be adapted, and then it would be an extreme innovation-maybe? I’m putting it forward as an example of emergent functionality, because the comb is being used for something it wasn’t originally designed for. Emergent properties present an opportunity […]

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In Extremis II

My first example of extreme inventing featured a ‘log wheel‘. This may not seem so extreme but its deviser does deserve the accolade ‘extreme inventor’. What functionality has been captured by using this found object (the trolley)? One its height, two its wheels, three its strength. Picture found at the lolbrary.com

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Kids Hate Crust

Lot’s of kids dislike eating the crusts of bread, and they leave lovingly prepared sandwiches in tatters as they  try get to the delicious fillings. I remember our kids were great, they even liked the crusts. But when it came to parties, to avoid the mess and waste from our childrens’ more faddy friends, we […]

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7UP? No— Light Up!

This is a perfect example of extreme inventing we were made aware of by Colin Dyas of Made in Liverpool Ltd. First we have a problem—darkness when lightness was needed—and then an extreme inventor recognised a property of a clear liquid to transmit light. Hey presto, the water bottle enabled solar light bulb was invented. […]

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Emergency

The invention here demonstrated another principle of extreme inventing, namely, the emergence of additional functionality through a user’s experience. The picture features a pair of house slippers with some woven material extensions on the sole which you can use to polish wooden or marble floors. How does this design come about, why does it exist? […]

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