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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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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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Extreme Regeneration

No. This is not a Dr Who story, but instead one of economic and community development. Extreme Inventing was devised as a myth buster. The myth? To invent, or be creative, one needs to be an extra ordinary individual. The truth is, we are all inventive, to invent is natural. In fact to be enterprising […]

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Extreme Picks

Another good example of extreme inventing, exemplary in fact. This is a pick made from deer antler and used for digging in prehistoric times. Examples are found all over Europe. Recalling that extreme inventing is about recognising and then incorporating the property of a found object into a new technical system, this is a perfect […]

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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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