An artificial pancreas, Wi-Fi enabled bed, safety devices for cyclists and a potential design classic are among the 20 shortlisted UK designs
An artificial pancreas that automatically releases the correct insulin dose, an interactive, Bluetooth-enabled bed that massages you gently to sleep and a folding bike that can be trundled like a wheelie suitcase for easy transportation. These are just three of the 20 UK-designed gadgets shortlisted by the Gadget Show Live for its inaugural British Inventors Project.
Proving that innovation and design are very much alive and kicking in bedrooms and sheds across the UK, the British Inventors Project finalists will be showcased at the Gadget Show Live in April when visitors can get hands on with 20 products that have the potential to change their day to day lives.
Other finalists include the Commuter X4, Plume and ReTrack – all designed for cyclists. The Commuter X4 increases cyclists’ visibility to other road users; Plume is a very sleek recoiling mudguard and ReTrack allows cyclists to replay their trail rides from multiple angles and in 3D on their smartphone. For the home, Kikka Digga, a clip-on device for a garden spade or fork, promises to take the backache out of heavy digging and the Hummingbird is an original and truly beautiful new take on the trusty corkscrew.
All of the British Inventors Project finalists will present their products live on stage in the Innovation Theatre throughout Gadget Show Live, which takes place at the NEC from 9-13 April. One of the 20 finalists will be crowned British Innovation of the Year 2014.
Mark Sheahan, inventor in residence at the British Library's Business & IP Centre and a British Invention Project finalist with his It-Tub technology, added: “It’s fantastic that the Gadget Show Live is helping to shine a much-needed spotlight on British inventors and innovation. It’s not that we don’t have the creativity and talent in the UK, but we do struggle when it comes to attracting the funding and investment needed to both make that initial leap required to take a design to market and to then grow a start-up into the next Microsoft or Hewlett Packard. Anything that can help designers reach a wider audience is much appreciated.”
Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury: “My dad was a British inventor and so I’ll be the first to say don’t think there is enough support for British inventors or innovators. What is that we don’t get? All we have over China and India and, to a certain extent, the US is our long and distinguished design and invention heritage. The jet engine? The first generation of computers? Raspberry Pi? Just look at Sir Clive Sinclair, James Dyson, Trevor Baylis and David Braben. We need to be celebrate generations of amazing British inventions and inventors and we need to ensure this talent continues.”
“Britain has a strong tradition and reputation for producing inventors, and many successful ones at that,” commented Gadget Show Live event director Sally Bent. “With renewed recognition and support from all areas of industry, UK innovation can thrive as well as it does in other countries and it’s important to Gadget Show Live that we are among those supporters.
“The British Inventors Project will highlight the designs that are being dreamt up right now in sheds across the country; from the indispensable to the slightly strange. And thanks to the sheer ingenuity of the shortlisted products, I’m certain this will be an incredibly popular attraction for all of our visitors.”
The British Inventors Project shortlist:
|ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS||One of the cutting-edge developments in the field of medical science form the Renfrew Group.|
|BALLUGA® BED||A smart, interactive bed with adjustable firmness, climate control and a built in vibro massage system, all with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.|
|COMMUTER X4||A rear lighting system for cyclists to afford them better protection and make them more visible on the road at night.|
|DOORJAMMER||A highly portable door-stop for use in hotels to give travellers additional security and peace of mind.|
|ROAM FOLDING BIKE||A folding bike which can be packed away and towed easily like a wheelie suitcase.|
|ROTITE||An innovative new way to join two surfaces together with a myriad of applications.|
|KIKKA DIGGA||A device which clips on to a garden fork or spade and makes light work of heavy digging.|
|MOVE IT FURNITURE||A range of flat-pack cardboard furniture, light to carry, but highly durable when assembled. Economical, sturdy, and sustainable.|
|PLUME MUDGUARD||A retractable mudguard which clips easily and securely to any standard bike.|
|SPLATFORM||A freeform construction toy for modellers of all ages. www.facebook.com/splatformtoy|
|HUMMINGBIRD CORKSCREW||A truly beautiful new design for an easy way to open wine bottles.|
|MARXMAN PEN||A deceptively simple way to mark up walls and ceilings for drilling. Can be operated with one hand.|
|Have you ever ridden a trail and wished you could watch it back again, not from just one perspective, but from different angles - showing your speed, your angle of descent, the way you moved and how you took a jump? That's precisely what ReTrack does with a 3D animated action replay on a smartphone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBWCfI2d7vM|
|SQ-EASY GLOVE||A washing-up glove with an in-built refillable soap dispenser.|
|HYDROGUARD||HydroGuard is a re-usable and affordable flood protection device, which can be quickly put in place by anyone. HydroGuard - fits any door size and any door type. The entirely unique innovative slide out design allows the unit to expand to fit any door size. Moreover, the unit is dual sided - one way up for PVC door frames, the other way up for wooden door frames.|
|ALL PRODUCT DESIGN||A matchbox sized device that powers, for example, garden lights by harnessing radio waves and mobile signals. All Product Design has also invented a device that will eke out power from ‘flat’ batteries to extend their life by around three weeks.|
|MINI RIGS||High volume battery operated speakers.|
|TAPPY||A bath tap protector for small children that also transforms into a hand puppet.|
|BEACHBAG PLUS||A beach bag that folds out over a beach lounger with cool bag, wet pockets and secret pockets for valuables.|
|PINSTAR PUTTING CUP||One for golfers, this putting target can be used indoors and outdoors, on any carpeted or smooth grass surface, for putting practise.|
|IT-TUB||New technology for sealing tubs and pots, easy to lock and open again, airtight and watertight when closed. Ideal for storing foodstuffs.|
Further details on all of the designs and designers in the British Inventors Project are available on request.
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