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Inventors, Designers and Innovators! Nesta wants you!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th December 2012
Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation have just launched a pretty exciting competition aimed at all you inventors and designers out there.The “Hands Off My Bike” challenge is asking people all across the UK to come up with a breakthrough innovation which could help make it more difficult to steal a bike.With recent figures showing that virtually one bike gets stolen every year in...
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Unusual Inventions - The Corn Flake

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th December 2012
Most of us know how important breakfast is for getting the brain going first thing in the morning. What we eat for breakfast may have evolved for many of us from bacon and eggs to healthy oats, skimmed milk and fruit, however the same philosophy still applies that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’. In terms of long term popularity though, after bacon and eggs, the migh...
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Unusual Invention - Google’s Driverless Car

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd November 2012
Here at Startacus we like to think that our forthcoming collaboration section is a rather innovative approach to pushing the ‘self employed’ wheel, however speaking of wheels, we couldn’t fail to be impressed with Google’s Driverless Car which we would bet shall be coming to a road near you in the very near future...Google eh? First they mapped the roads, then they designed...
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The Cloo App - an Unusual Invention (of sorts)

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th November 2012
The Cloo App - an Unusual Invention (or sorts) Well technically this isn't officially an invention since both Apps and Toilets already exist, however this wackiest of startups is looking to combine the two together. Confused? I was too! I promised myself that this article would remain pun free, that I wouldn’t go scraping around the bowl, or take the p%&s with unnecessary jokes, bu...
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Unusual Inventions - the Post it Note

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th October 2012
In the coming week or two, we launch the collaborative section on the Startacus site. So we thought it only fair to give a timely nod to perhaps one of the best collaborative offline tools invented - the post it note. Where would we be without post it notes? Probably scribbling on pieces of paper I would imagine. However, the lowly post it note, the antithesis of the paperless office, can be use...
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Unusual Inventions - Bug-A-Salt

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th October 2012
So far, we have highlighted some unusual inventions - from the pet rock, the cardboard bicycle to the twitter hashtag, but we think this one might just trump the lot. Unusual in the sense that the creator was able to crowdfund over $577,000 recently on indiegogo and unusual, since you really do have to wonder how the devil this invention first came about! Bug-A-Salt is a salt loading gun that is ...
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Unusual Invention - the waterless Toilet **(coming soon)

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th September 2012
When Bill Gates speaks, people generally listen. In a world where the developing world struggles to find fresh water to drink, there is a massive irony that we use fresh water to wash away our ‘c&*p’ when we use the toilet. So when Bill Gates (he’s a bit of a computer Wizard and Billionaire don’t you know) decided that he would pump a little of his own cash into trying...
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Unusual Inventions - The Invisible Bicycle helmet

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th September 2012
We do love the extraordinary here at Startacus. So when we first heard of the Invisable Bicycle Helmet we have to admit we were rather blown away. So the Invisable Bicycle Helment then? Yep, we know this one is hard to believe and if we’re being honest, it was only until the last 20 seconds of their promo video that I truly believed that this wasn’t a very early April Fool’...
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Unusual Inventions - The Sweet smell of the Microwave

by: ~ 10th September 2012
Pardon the poetic title - but you couldn’t write this invention. This is the story of the chocolate bar, the scientists pocket, the popcorn and the egg. Confused? *Okay, before we go on, I need to clarify. The Microwave is not and cannot be invented. Microwaves are natural forms of electromagnetic radiation, and don’t ask me more, I don’t know. However the product that we know as...
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Startacus - Unusual Inventions - the Windup Radio

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2012
Unusual only perhaps because when I studied at University, I used to frequent the same Sunday morning cafe that that the inventor Trevor Baylis ate at. Not that I ever spoke to the chap, but we would occasionally be eating our post hang-over fry, when Mr Windup Radio inventor also took a well earned break. Little did I know at the time, that I would be one day sat here writing about inventors who ...
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