Australian inventions making our lives easier
Australians are an inventive bunch and have been responsible for some of the world’s greatest break throughs in medicine, science, IT and engineering. Day to day we use many excellent Aussie inventions that all make our lives easier and more enjoyable.
1. WiFi Hotspots
In 1992, CSIRO researchers, led by John O’ Sullivan invented Wireless LANs, it is at the heart of what is now the most popular way to connect computers without wires and is used in offices, public buildings, homes and more, it is commonly referred to as WiFi Hotspots. Using radioastronomy technology John and his team developed a new fast chip that resulted in quicker, more reliable wireless internet access, particularly indoors.
World renowned Orthodontist, Percy Raymond Begg AO of Adelaide collaborated with metallurgist Arthur Wilcock to develop a gentler, less painful way to adjust braces in 1956. The stainless steel system allowed for gradual adjustments. Prior to this, brute force was used to straighten teeth by way of skull encompassing headgear and a screw based tightening mechanism, ouch. Is it any wonder Begg’s was also regarded as a great humanitarian ?
3. Electric Drill
This handy DIY device started life back in 1889 in Melbourne, the brainchild of Arthur James Arnot and William Blanch Braid. It also started out as a rather massive piece of equipment and was originally used to cut through coal and rock in the mines. The technology used was refined to create the modern day hand drill.
4. Baby Safety Capsule
It wasn’t until 1984 that a secure device was invented to protect babies from a car crash, thanks to designer Bill Botell and engineer Bob Heath. They crafted the ‘Safe-n- Sound Baby Safety Capsule’. It would lock into a standard-sized car seat, allowing babies and small children to be strapped-in and secure. Since 1984 millions of little ones have been protected by the capsule which is still one of the safest child restraints in the market.
5. Wine cask
Angoves Wines of Renmark, South Australia was dedicated to finding a way to ship its wines in bulk as well as find ways to keep it fresh after opening. Taking inspiration from the European 'bladder' design, developer W J Marshall, invented a polyethylene sack in 1966 which preserved the wine's freshness. When pouring the wine, the bag collapsed, preventing air from spoiling the wine, as is common when an open bottle is exposed to air for several days. This simple, yet effective design, proved to be a trail blazer for Australian wine exports.
22 October 2015
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