Last updated April 10, 2019 at 1:40 pm
Across the country, ordinary Australians are busy in their studios, yards and kitchens creating brilliant new innovations.
Here are some of their stories.
Mel Fuller had been working for an advertising company when she realised that her job wasn’t for her. She wanted to do something that would help people; to change the world. So, like many others who’ve had this thought, she bought a 3D printer. She didn’t know how to use it. She didn’t know how it worked. She had no choice but to teach herself. Now, Mel is using these skills to improve the lives of other people while she revolutionises the orthotics industry. AbilityMate uses the latest 3D printing technology to change lives.
Find out more about Mel’s story.
Imagine if you could make music by manipulating sounds through the air. AirSticks is an electronic gestural instrument turning movement into sound.
This innovation is the brainchild of two musicians wanting to create a new way to make music.
For many of us, the apps on our smart phones, tablets, and computers have a special place in our day to day lives. We often use them to play games and relax.
13-year old Hamish is taking this to the next level, making apps that are informative as well as fun.
Sun protection in Australia is always a hot topic.
Larissa Bright wanted to find a more natural product after finding out her son was allergic to commercially available sunscreens. To do this she looked to nature.
When Jeff started tinkering with his board he was trying to challenge himself and make something cool. He didn’t expect to end up as the director of his own international company. He didn’t start with high end machinery or fancy computer modelling either, his first prototype consisted of a cardboard cut-out and a baked bean can…
Gary’s first vat of wine was a failure. It was contaminated with a bacteria leaving behind a slimy, sludgy material.
Looking closer he discovered the substance was similar in structure to cellulose. Gary started researching if the slimy substance could be used instead of water-hungry materials, like cotton.
Find out more about Gary’s story.
Sixteen year old CEO Taj Pabari and the Fiftysix Creations team want to turn children from consumers into creators.
Taj had a simple dream as a young kid: to change the world! Actually. He even googled it.
At the ripe old age of thirteen, Taj set about making a device that could inspire young children to not just use computers and tablets, but to learn how they actually worked. Through lots of designing, making and refining Taj created the Fiftysix tablet.
Mikaela Jade is a Cabrogal woman, coming from a clan near Sydney, NSW. Growing up, she felt disconnected from her Aboriginal heritage because she didn’t know much about it.
It was 2012 when Mik saw augmented reality for the first time, sparking an idea to change the landscape of cultural storytelling.
What would you do if you had a sick dog but you lived 700 km from the nearest vet? Or your 500 kg horse is injured but you have no car? Maybe you don’t want to take your vomiting cat on the inner city train? One vet realised not everyone can easily get their pets the care they need and came up with the world’s first virtual veterinary clinic.
Industrial designer Alex Goad followed his passion to create MARS a modular Artificial Reef Structure.
Find out more about Alex’s story.
Mick Spencer left university and created his business ONTHEGO Sports from his parents’ garage. He went from having $150 in the bank to becoming a successful entrepreneur in four weeks.
Find out more about Mick’s story.
A remote island is probably one of the most unlikely places you’ll find a 3D printer, but 500km from Darwin they are using some of the latest technology to deal with plastic waste by recycling plastics into 3D printer filament.
Ernest Gondarra lives on Yurriwi – or Milingimbi – one of the Crocodile Islands in Arnhem Land. The island is beautiful; you get a real sense of isolation. This isolation means the only way to get anything onto the island is by boat, plane or barge. These methods are also the only way to get anything off the island, which is a huge issue for plastic waste.
Find out more about Ernest’s story.
After spending several hours in the ocean on a bright sunny day, Lee Batey felt his eyes itching. It was only when he came home and took a quick dip in a chlorine pool that the itch upgraded to a burn. The diagnosis? Sunburnt eyes, from the intense glare reflecting off the water.
Astounded, Lee started thinking over how he could stop this from happening again. It was then that he had the first inklings of an idea that would eventually become Sealz; sunglasses that could transition into goggles, protecting your eyes from glare in and out of water.
Recently we caught up with Kim Khor to chat about how he has tackled a challenge in his orchard. To help on his farm, he came up with a device to help him monitor fruit flies – SnapTrap!
We got to know a little more about how he came up with SnapTrap and how this time-saving idea evolved to help other fruit farmers nation-wide.
Just before finishing high school, Sam from Orbost made a deal with himself. If he got offered the scholarship he really wanted, he’d go to university. If he didn’t, he’d ride across Australia on a homemade solar powered bike. Why? Because he wanted to know if he could do it.
Erica builds Battle Bots out of scrap metal. She also helps others gain design and technology skills needed to get the job done. But she hasn’t always been such a prototyping whiz…
Will Tamblyn and Gavin Smith are mates. When they hang out, they make things. It’s what they do.
A few years ago, they challenged themselves to create a 3D holographic projector, a piece of tech that only existed in science fiction.
They set about building a prototype using an unlikely collection of items: grandad’s lawn mower, an electric drill, gaffer tape, laser pointers, old projectors, a kettle and a sweet potato. Before long they’d managed to make a small cube of light float in mid-air. They’d created their first voxel (think pixel with volume). Now they needed to make more.
How do you make sure a humpback whale is healthy? Unlike your cat or dog, you can’t simply take a whale to the vet. Dr Vanessa Pirotta, a marine scientist from Macquarie University, has come up with a new way to monitor whale health and it involves two things – whale snot and drones!
In regional New South Wales, just off the New England Highway, is the Shire of Uralla. With a population of about 6000 people, it’s a small place with big dreams. The families, business, landholders and the entire community want to go 100% renewable.
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