Best young inventors and their inventions
We’ve rounded up the most talented inventors in the wild and wacky world of technology – read on and see who made the list.
Who is doing what to encourage inventors young and old to pioneer bold new answers and make brave new discoveries?
Since 1996, T3 magazine has been setting the tone. It points the way to what is practicable and possible and occasionally highly improbable. Typically, the T3 Awards are a significant stepping-stone to an inventor's future success. Yet finding smart answers to everyday problems prompts so many useful inventions, such as...
Spiderman's younger brother
OK, we can't quite think why we need to scale walls like Spiderman yet, but we're sure we'll find a reason soon. Thankfully schoolboy Hibiki Kono has paved the way for our arachnid ambition by turning two supermarket vacuum cleaners into a backpack-mounted suction gadget.
Hibiki tinkered with two 1,400 watt vacuum cleaners, attaching a nozzle and wooden pads with a rubber seal to each machine which creates enough suction to support the schoolboys' weight.
Winning ways with water
While visiting Zambia, Tim Whitehead, 22, was moved to think about improving access to clean water in developing countries. So he invented a bottle that sterilises a litre of water in just two minutes using a filter and a wind-up ultra-violet lamp.
The bottle works like a cafetiere. You scoop up dirty then plunge in a filter to remove all particles leaving the water clear. Cranking a handle for 90 seconds activates a UV light bulb that sterilises the entire contents making the water safe to drink. Tests have shown that it kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria. Now that's one giant innovation.
Automistic kitchen safety
The Automist is the brainchild of Royal college of Art graduates Yusuf Muhammed (26) and Paul Thomas (38). It fits directly onto any standard kitchen tap and creates a kitchen-based sprinkler system. Should a fire occur, a heat detector triggers an undersink pump that powers mains water through a nozzle creating a fine mist that quickly fills the kitchen and douses the blaze. Safety with proven ingenuity.
Sam Houghton, the UK's youngest inventor
Five-year old makes sweeping leaves a breeze
Five year old Sam Houghton, of Buxton, Derbyshire, is thought to be UK's youngest inventor. Sam was just three when he came up with the idea of a double-headed broom to collect large leaf and twig debris and gather fine dust simultaneously.
Sam's invention has been taken up by the UK-IPO, which is hoping to use it to encourage other youngsters to come up with inventions through an initiative called "Cracking Ideas".
£23 solar panel ... made from human hair
Has Milan Karki, 18, a Nepalese youngster, solved the world's energy crisis? His revolutionary solar panel could provide the world with cheap, green electricity. Human hair replaces the costly silicon used in typical solar panels making Milan's panels cheap to produce. For around £23 it can provide light all evening. Now we're cooking!
Tapping out the world
Blindspot is a clever new white cane that opens the world to visually handicapped people. The cane is the brainchild of 23-year-old Selene Chew, an industrial-design graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Based on GPS apps with Bluetooth communication it guides users with assured ease. A tactile navigator on the cane points them in the exact direction to walk and an ultrasonic sensor beeps them safely past objects and obstacles.
For whom the bell tolls
It's sod's law that you don't hear the doorbell when you're patiently waiting for that package of tech goodies. But Laurence Rook, a (very) smart 13-year old has changed all that. After missing several parcel deliveries Laurence invented the Smart Bell to help his mother and now he's on course for a £250,000 windfall.
Smart Bell dials the homeowner's mobile phone when the doorbell is pressed, enabling the homeowner to talk to whoever is at the front door - wherever they are (on the move, on vacation, away from home) - making it a handy burglar deterrent too.
Flying a helicopter aged 12
Thomas Goodenough, from Collingtree, Northampton, is a 12-year-old prodigy. Thomas is the youngest person in Britain to develop an iPhone app. His app gives users a tour of an air ambulance and allows them to become virtual onscreen pilots. The app, which is free to download, also encourages users to donate to the air ambulance charity and is being downloaded 150 times a day.
Incredibly, it is Thomas's sixth iPhone app! Whoever said when you're young enough you can't be Goodenough?