My Free Inventions

My name is Brian Darby and I love inventing new products and solutions to problems.Welcome to my free inventions blog, my name is Brian Darby and I've been inventing since I was nine years old. I've always loved solving problems, repairing things and finding new ways to do things. This passion continued during my education and throughout my working career, and into the formation of my own company. I have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds, and tens of thousands of hours into inventing, designing, developing and selling unique products (and problem solutions) over roughly a thirty-five year period. A number of products were successful, many weren't.

However, I always faced a dilemma - inventing and developing products from scratch was very expensive, time consuming and risky, yet I had (and still have) so many product ideas, problem solutions and possibilities to explore. I eventually reached a point where I no longer had the resources to continue investing in and developing new products, so I moved my company over to IT and Web Design in order to continue earning a living.

I started this invention blog to provide an outlet for my ideas because I know I will never be able to bring all my ideas to fruition in my lifetime, so why keep them to myself. There may well be a few that could be of some value to someone else, therefore I give up any rights (including copyright) and offer everything I publish on my blog, completely free and without restriction to anyone who can make use of it. Also, there is so much greed and bureaucracy in the world today, I take great pleasure in giving away something of potential value which may help someone in a shed somewhere to make a living, or perhaps give a helping hand to some folk in a part of the world deprived of resources or investment.

Apr
26

Synchronising Binoculars & Telescopes for Shared Viewing

Found an Amazing Object with Your Binoculars or Telescope? Share its Location Without Pointing and Explaining 🙂

Identifying the Need & Defining the Problem

A ranger trying to explain the location of an interesting object to a tourist with binocularsI’ve often found myself in the following situation, for example when bird watching. I see something interesting, maybe a kingfisher under a tree some distance away, I use my binoculars to get a closer look then try to explain its location to my friend so he can look too, with ‘his’ binoculars.

The problem is that by the time I’ve managed to explain its location with lots of pointing and gesturing – “Its near that brown tree, the one with green leaves…” 😉 it’s often too late and the object (kingfisher in this case) has disappeared!

I wanted something that would allow my friend(s) to share my viewpoint literally and to enable them to instantly locate and pinpoint the same object at which I was looking. This way, when one of us found something interesting, the other(s) could share it too, without several minutes of discussion and gesturing 😉 This is even more important of course when bird watching, since you don’t want any unnecessary noise or commotion.

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Aug
01

Snooker Rest – Spider Bridge Hand Extensions for Awkward Cueing Situations

Hand mounted snooker spider for close range bridging over ballsA snooker player’s bridge hand has limits and when these are reached, some form of artificial bridge/rest/spider is required to extend the player’s range, elevation or angle in order to continue with the shot. The problem with these artificial bridges/rests is that they take the player away from close contact with the cue ball and a fair amount of ‘touch’ or control can be lost due to the distance i.e. the length (and weight) of the rest/spider handle.

My idea to help overcome the loss of control caused by the use of rests is to simply remove the ‘business end’ of rests and provide them as an attachment/glove that can be used/worn directly on the player’s bridge hand. Continue reading

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Jul
18

Portable Hydroelectricity Generator for Remote Areas – Made from Recycled Parts

Self-Contained Very Low Power Mini Hydroelectric Generator

In every country there is a need for electricity in remote areas not otherwise supplied by mains power, or where generators and fuels are unavailable or too expensive.

Portable very low power hydroelectricity generator for remote areasSometimes this need can be met with solar power, wind power or another form of renewable energy. However, in many areas of the world; fuel, generators, solar panels and other standard technologies are too expensive for local people to afford, or are simply unavailable.

I’ve always been very interested in electricity generation, since my experiments with wind, wave, clockwork (wind-up), chemical and water power when I was a child. I always imagined how useful it would be to have a renewable but relatively portable power source which could be constructed and used locally in remote areas of the world, where people live in, or are bordering on poverty. Where resources such as fuel are hard to come by.

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Jul
12

100 Zone Wireless Site and Perimeter Security System – Ideal for Elephants and Rhinos!

Problem:

Pro-Tect100 Wireless site security systemTo provide security for a large site with a high number of valuable assets distributed throughout the site. To be able to monitor everything from equipment & materials, to gates and electric animal fences.

Ideally to come up with a system that can be deployed rather than installed i.e. no hard wiring, no special skills or equipment required and no training.

Finally, the system should be easy to pick up and move to another site, and within in any given site, the sensors/transmitters should be easy to pick up and move to different locations around the site, as the need arises.

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Jul
08

Remote Site Alarm and Environmental Monitoring System – Protect Your Fish!

Problem:

Site alarm and environmental monitoring system - remote security and peace of mindTo be able to remotely monitor the security and status of a wide range of items and conditions on any site, anywhere in the country (or in any country for that matter).

The security monitoring requirement is for the remote protection of on-site machinery and equipment, for example on building sites, roadworks and farms etc. The environmental monitoring requirement is for the protection of buildings, land, crops and animals (including fish – think ‘koi carp’ for example) etc.

The two key design goals were to produce a product/system which would work under its own power, independent of mains power for long periods of time; and also for the product/system to be wireless to allow for quick and easy remote placement.

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Jun
11

How to Attract a Waiter’s Attention in a Restaurant – The Best Way!

Problem:

Requesting service at a restaurant table using the TMS service call buttonHave you ever been in a busy, crowded, restaurant and had difficulty in attracting the attention of a waiter? Have you ever been sat waiting at a table ready to order and watched the waiter attending to another customer who arrived much later than you?

Have you ever been in a small restaurant (or a large restaurant when it wasn’t so busy) and had the waiter or waiters hovering around your table, constantly asking if you would like anything, or asking how your meal is, especially when you just want a little privacy to have a nice quiet meal with your partner.

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Feb
12

What Causes Kicks and Bad or Heavy Contacts in Snooker?

Snooker Ball Kicks and Bad Contacts – a Possible Solution

Problem:

I'm pretty sure snooker ball kicks and bad contacts have nothing to do with Saturn's rings, but it's a great photo :-)Anyone who has watched snooker or played snooker will be familiar with the problem of kicks and bad contacts which occur sometimes when one ball makes contact with another; cue to object.

Sometimes the object ball jumps into the air a few millimetres, sometimes the pace is taken out of the cue ball, and sometimes, the object ball goes off at an unintended angle. Also, I notice that my friends seem to get a lot of kicks just prior to missing easy shots 😉 This aspect of the phenomenon may also be worthy of further scientific investigation. Continue reading

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Feb
07

Match Fishing Electronic Peg Draw System – Pegmaster

Fast, Fair, Reliable and Cool Way to Allocate Match Pegs to Anglers

Problem:

Fast, Fair, Reliable and Cool Way to Allocate Match Pegs to AnglersHow to allocate (draw) peg numbers to match anglers efficiently, fairly and quickly, at multiple ongoing venues throughout a season. Particularly at larger venues and also when certain pegs are unfishable (perhaps due to flooding) and have to removed from the draw. Current methods do work ok and include; writing peg numbers on small pieces of paper and drawing them from a hat or cloth bag, also the same process using numbered tokens. Continue reading

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