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Time for another collection of inventions that I have never created other than mentally. Read about them, laugh at them if you must, modify them, use them and call these new ideas your own if you want.

Wave Power Electric Generators

As kids, we roped, chained and tried every other means we could think of to keep our raft anchored in the bay. When the wind and waves came, though, even the chains broke. My new invention idea is to use this lifting power of the waves to run a generator. The whole unit would be anchored to the bottom of the lake, or ocean. A float would move up and down with the waves, lifting and dropping a plunger that turns a generator with each movement. Additional units could be easily added to a collection, and the resulting electricity wired to shore.

Evaporative Cooling Shirt

When backpacking in hot weather, I often stop to wet my shirt in a stream. The cooling from the evaporation as it dries is wonderful. If a shirt had little water "tanks" on the shoulders, a shirt could be kept wet and keep cooling for hours, perhaps. They would have to be lightweight, and they would have to release the water slowly. Even better would be tanks with an adjustable rate of flow, so you could have the shirt wetted at the same rate is was drying.


A motorcycle for snow. It might run on a track like a snowmobile, but it would be a different kind of ride. You would be sitting higher, just like on a motorcycle, and you would be able to maneuver tighter turns. You could also go down narrow trails more easily.

Changing Wall

You may have seen those billboards that use three-sided rotating panels to instantly change the picture on the sign. There are three possible views, of course. The new idea here is to apply this invention to walls for homes. When you get bored with the color of the wall, you push a button and it changes to another color, or a mural, or whichever of the three choices you set it up with.

Changing Paintings

This is the same concept as the above invention. It is just scaled down to a frame that can display any of three prints with the push of a button.

Disposable Picnic Backpacks

They are plastic, strong enough for a few days use, and come with the snacks and bottle water already in them. Buy one for each of the kids before you hit the hiking trail.

Caskets for Things

This is a novelty invention. The idea is to have something to bury your favorite possessions in when they are broken or otherwise "dead."

Chip Dip Tubes

No messy bowls of stale chip dip with broken chips in it. Just apply the dip from a toothpaste-like tube. You get just the right amount, with less mess. Sell them in six packs, so everyone can have their own tube. In fact, what else can be put in tubes? What size should the tubes be? This is a concept ripe for some new inventions.

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