Inventing

Kickstarter is dead, long live… who? & how?

Last year, Kickstarter, concerned about the public thinking they were a shop, made some changes. http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/27/technology/startups/kickstarter-products/index.html In short, in September they banned technology projects from running without a working prototype, and they banned the offer of multiple items as a reward.   That these changes have killed the Kickstarter technology arena for (some) new starts…

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Storage solutions – none are perfect

Spent the last 2 days clearing stuff out. There is almost room to get into the shed, though the basement remains stubbornly damp and packed full, and we cleared a huge volume of stuff from the ‘attic’ which mostly being cardboard and boxes from purchases burned rather well. The aim is to be able to…

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Sensor fusion – Correlated noise and why it’s such an issue

You may never have heard of correlated noise, but it is a huge issue when doing signal processing or even just using a couple of sensors. It is most painful when using a cheap set of Night Vision Goggles! Cheap NVGs will only have one single multiplier tube, and a set of mirrors to send…

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Playing with the Kinect

I’ve been playing with the Microsoft Kinect in Windows. Ironically, perhaps, it was far faster to use non-MS tools to do it! I’ve just spent an hour or so playing with the outputs from the OpenKinect tools, which allow you see the IR outputs, depth map (as a false colour “thermal image” and the visible…

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UP! 3D printer

Rather than talk about the successes of the UP! Printer, in this short post I’m going to post a warning and reminder. This is a neat little machine, but because it is a bought thing, unlike, for example, the MakerBot kits or a RepRap, I suspect I am not alone in not looking after it.…

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3D file sharing on Pirate Bay

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328506.400-pirate-filesharing-goes-3d.html Last week, Pirate Bay, the site famous for, well, stolen content (in the form of copyrighted content) added a new category of media, that of 3D data files. Anyone (such as me) can download one of these scans and output it to a 3D printer. This effectively allows the ‘pirating’ of physical objects. True,…

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2005-05-12 – Before there are three strikes…

Ok, so I don’t normally publish these things first here, but there you go. Patenting every little idea I have would make me go broke in a fortnight. So, a recoil reduction and aiming stabilisation device for small arms. In the simplest form, attach a spining mass to the gun, such that any attempt to…

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2005-05-11 – Inventing – Two strikes in a week!

Unusual, this one, but here we go. While reading New Scientist’s website just now, I spotted two interesting articles, both of which are things I have invented before! One of these is the centrifugal “thrower” rifle, which works by rotating a large wheel or drum at speed, and simply throwing the sperical bullet away from…

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2004-07-09 – Another idea of mine gets “invented”…

I found this reported in New Scientist. (A weblink to a similar article that doesn’t require registration.) I came up with this design, complete with a vehicle design, and a use. I pitched it to a large arms company, but it got a very cold response. Oh well… None so blind as those who will…

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2004-05-04 – Dodgy patent firms

I had an email today asking about a company that was offering to develop a chap’s invention, all for the tiny sum of £12,900! A little digging found that the company, Patent Trademark Institute of America, has been cited by the US Federal Trade Commission. My response was a definate “No!” to him. http://www.workingmodel.co.uk/caution.html is…

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