Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge

Posted on March 23, 2006  Comments (1)

Shift Bicycle photo

The History Channel and Invent Now, announced the 25 semi-finalists of the Modern Marvels Invent
Now Challenge, a national competition that provides an opportunity for independent inventors to be recognized and to influence the ever-changing face of invention.

The semi-finalists, who hail from 17 states across the U.S. and range in age from 19 to 80, were chosen from nearly 4,300 submissions entered, a number that confirms that the inventive spirit in America is alive
and well. This spring, the Challenge will ultimately name the invention of one of these 25 semi-finalists as the 2006 Modern Marvel of the Year during Modern Marvels: Great Inventions Week on The History Channel May 24-27th.

Innvetions include:

Matthew C. Grossman, Student, Austin, TX – Shift Bicycle (shown in photo): This bicycle is intended to help small children learn to balance on their own without the crutch of training wheels and the worry of skinned knees. The bicycle features two rear wheels that are spread apart at slow speeds to provide critical stability, and as the rider gains speed, the two rear wheels merge together to act as one wheel until the rider reduces speed and consequently returns the bicycle to the two wheel configuration. More information on the bike: new bike design for toddlers wins international competition

Russell D. Keller, Truck Driver, Oklahoma, OK – Drag Vent: An air diversion device captures a flow of air from above a roadway vehicle and forcibly diverts the captured air to the center of the low pressure area at the rear of the vehicle, thus reducing the amount of drag force applied to the vehicle and increasing the vehicles efficiency of operation.

Randal J. Kwapis, Computer Engineer, New Boston, MI – Typhoon: The Typhoon is an everyday manual wheelchair that utilizes shock-absorbing technology to make the chair easier to propel over rough terrain like grass and gravel.

Find more information on the semi-finalists and the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge

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One Response to “Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge”

  1. Sean Westcott
    March 25th, 2006 @ 2:51 am

    I am also a student (Lane Community College in Eugene Oregon)and also a semi-finalist in the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge.
    My innovation is a pole based bus signal that lets drivers know someone is waiting at the bus stop at night. The waiting passenger simply pushes a button on the bus stop pole, and it lights up at the top, letting the driber know someone is there.
    The bus signal is only one device on this system, but I am working on peripherals right now that will do things like:
    Provide two way communication(examples would be instant 911 emergency access, and credit card cellular calls).
    Act as a ground based GPS unit
    Provide security surveillence
    Provide real time Audio/Video displays for the disabled
    Monitor air quality
    Augment disaster relief efforts by using a “passive repeater” system during times national disaster
    Facilitate the implementation of the Intelligent Transportation System, as mandated by congress.
    And lots more, because the system is completely modular.

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