The Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge named the top 25 Inventions of 2006 and we have some pictures! These are part IV!
Dr. David E. Flinchbaugh, Doctor, Orlando, FL. UroCycler Bladder Management System: This invention allows patients who must wear an indwelling urinary catheter to regain nearly normal bladder function and live healthier lives by preventing dangerous infections, painful muscle spasms and encrustation, thus saving hundreds of dollars in unnecessary antibiotics.
Kristin A. Hrabar, Retail, Aberdeen, NJ. Illuminated Nutdriver: This new nutdriver hand tool uses two forms of light to assist the user in dark places (to avoid holding a tool and a flashlight).
Dr. Sundaresan Jayaraman, Professor, Atlanta, GA. Wearable Motherboard (Smart Shirt): This invention is a flexible, wearable and comfortable garment with sensors for “unobtrusively” monitoring a variety of vital signs, including heart rate, respiration rate, electrocardiogram (ECG), body temperature, and pulse oximetry (SpO).
David R. Ward, Inventor, Ashland, OR. Strawjet: The Strawjet is a farm implement that processes straw (wheat, flax, sunflower, tobacco, hemp, etc.) in the field after the plant has been harvested, into a mat, similar to a large bamboo window blind. This is used to construct composite building panels in much the same way as fiberglass or carbon fiber, but uses a binder made from paper pulp, clay, and cement rather than plastic resin.
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.