My Crazy Invention Ideas
By Steve Gillman
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might make some money with. To come up with your own crazy (and
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This is a simple concept. Just imagine two little "kayaks"
for your feet, and two smaller ones at the end of two ski-poles,
for balance. With this you could walk across the nearest lake.
It's possible this has been tried, but I have not seen it yet.
A demonstration would have everyone wanting to try them, although
the primary market may not be to users, but to those who would
rent them out.
By the way, at 8 feet long and 8 inches around, they would
hold about 178 pounds each. To try this one, remember that to
figure the volume of a cylindrical object, you multiply pi (3.14)
times the radius squared times the length. Also, each cubic foot
of air will support about 64 pounds. Oh, and remember to subtract
the weight of the devices.
Okay, I have no idea if this one will work, but it seems that
a strong vacuum could remove the dandruff from someone's hair.
It also seems like it would be a fast way to do it. Perhaps the
biggest problem would be the potential danger of bursting an
ear drum or sucking an eye out (okay, lets not make this one).
In place of poles, there would be two inflatable sleeves that
criss-cross over the top of a dome-style tent. Rigidity could
be insufficient for windy nights, but it's worth a try.
Note: I was recently informed by a visitor to may backpacking
website that there already is such a tent. The basic idea is
still open for development though, as only a specific design
would be patented.
Kite Sails for Boats
Sail boats are complicated, with masts, booms, and keels.
Want a simple way to propel your canoe or rowboat across that
lake, using the wind? A large kite could do the trick. Make it
like a para-sail, so it will be light to carry (no poles required)
and simple to use. I have tried this, by the way, and even a
normal delta-wing kite of a few feet across will really pull
To sell an idea like this, you might try to design something
simple, yet big enough to pull a motor boat. Then you could market
it not only as a fun diversion, but as an emergency propulsion
system for when motors die. A spinnaker sail, which is sometimes
referred to as a "kite," requires a mast. This kite
could even be used in emergencies involving a broken mast.
Horrible Foods Cookbook
We used to play a game on long trips. It was basically a contest
to see who could come up with the most horrible foods, using
real foods as the basis. Tuna fish jello, anchovy milkshakes,
and chicken-flavored ice cream were some of our concoctions.
The game was fun, but the money making idea here is to put all
these foods into a gag cookbook. Stranger books have had success,
so who knows?
Paste on Soles for Hikers
New soles for hiker's feet? First, you have to understand
how hikers get blisters. They come from friction. A foot moves
in a shoe, parts of the shoe rub on the foot, and "hot spots"
develop, eventually becoming blisters. If you cover a spot with
"moleskin" or even duct tape early enough, you can
prevent a blister. With that in mind, the question arises; "Why
not cover the whole foot?"
Make padded insoles which are glued to the bottom of your
feet. The insoles could be made of felt or some other material,
and perhaps sold with a solvent for easy removal. Perhaps they
could be reused, gluing and removing repeatedly, the way dentures
are used. The concept is that with them attached firmly to the
foot, there is no direct friction against the skin, and so little
chance of a blister forming. Odd? Yes, but this page is about
crazy invention ideas.
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