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Next meeting is Wednesday, 20th February 2013

posted 12 Feb 2013, 13:19 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 14 Feb 2013, 21:00 by Kingston Invents ]

Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE
Townhouse Building – room TH 102      
(parking available in the University car-park in front of the Townhouse)
Last month we held a very successful “women-oriented evening”; the topics for the first part of this month’s meeting are a bit techy, and a bit “blokey”, but I do hope that we will still get a good number of female innovators in attendance. The second half of the evening sees a lady innovator present a new idea – more details to follow:
6.30 – 7.00            Networking                           
7.00 – 8.00          Two “motor-vehicle” projects from Kingston University:

Roberto Antonio Pace, an innovative engineering post-graduate student at Kingston University, won first place in a high-profile competition run by Autocar in 2012 – see  http://nextgen.autocar.co.uk/ . He will explain his project, what he has done so far – and will be seeking feedback. He says: “The Cylindrical brake system represents the third generation of brake systems after drum brakes and disc brakes. This brake system combines the braking properties of the drum brakes with the lightness and heat dissipation capabilities of the disc brake, bringing consequentialy several increases in the vehicle performances.”


Formula Student is a prestigious competition for university students to research, design and build a racing car to established specifications. Run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering this is recognised as the most important competition of its type in Europe. The competition has been running for 15 years and this is the first entry from Kingston University – see http://www.formulastudent.com/home Richard Adofo, the Project manager of the team says: “This is the first year Kingston University e-Racing team is entering in Formula Student and we have the aim of producing a prototype electric car that will become a constant feature at the university. We have spotted the gap in Formula Student with being only one of two UK Universities opting for an Electric Motor Powertrain and we are keen to use this to our advantage”.

8.00 – 8.15     Networking break
8.15 – 9.00     New product ideas for analysis and discussion.
Gulnur Kaya, a young Architect will show her designs for an innovative hand-bag – she is looking for feedback and advice – not for those petro-heads, maybe, although there may be patent opportunities to discuss.
Carlé Scott Gerber, an architect, will present a novel toy concept. She will be looking for feedback, and advice, including manufacturing methods.
Close at 9.00 – further networking at the Grove Tavern.
Upcoming events:
Note the event at excel in 5/6/7th March, for those interested in architecture/building/environment/sustainable building – www.ecobuild.co.uk

Wednesday 21st March – A busy interesting meeting in prospect

posted 15 Mar 2012, 18:35 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 15 Mar 2012, 18:35 by Kingston Invents ]

Wednesday 21st March 2012         
Townhouse Building – room TH 102                                       
Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE,  (parking available in front of Town House Building)


6.30 – 7.00  Networking

7.00 – 7.55  Grahame Herbert presents the Airframe bike

8.10 – 8.40  Nick Pelling has developed his own patent-pending security camera.

    He will describe his experiences of prototyping, 3d printing, developing hardware & software, business plans, pitching, funding, and the long & twisting road to commercial success – he will also lead a discussion on his thoughts on the process – and the almost perennial chestnut of innovation vs. Invention – get pre-programmed for this topic on his blog:


8.40 – 9.00  Michele Camerlengo will pitch a new idea looking for feedback from members.

Close at 9.00 – further networking at the Grove Tavern.

I’m looking forward to the long-awaited story of the Airframe Bike (long-awaited since postponement from last November – not for the past three decades). Although Grahame Herbert is an experienced architect – he is really a frustrated product designer and has worked on many innovations. For three decades he has been fascinated with the concept of the folding lightweight bike and has got his award-winning design into production, although never reaching the volumes he was seeking.  He will discuss the design, the engineering, getting the right manufacturer and that always elusive part – the marketing – see http://www.airframebike.com.

Wednesday, 15th February - Joshua Leff presents the Thinplug

posted 8 Feb 2012, 08:08 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 16 Oct 2012, 20:59 by Kingston Invents ]

                                                                                      Townhouse Building – room TH 102
                                                                                      Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus

                      Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE

                                                                         (Parking available in front of Town House Building)

6.30 – 7.00           Networking   


7.00 – 8.00           Joshua Leff presents the Thinplug (see www.thinplug.com)

This is a great example of how the small inventor got that “wow” product idea into an International market.


8.10 – 9.00           Inventor Clinic / discussion

Two examples lined up of inventors with bright ideas working out how/if they can get their idea to market.

Useful examples where inventors are seeking advice from members of the KRTI


            Close at 9.00 – further networking at the Grove Tavern.

Wednesday 18th January, Lawrence Archard's It Shouldn't Happen to a Developer

posted 21 Nov 2011, 20:02 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 5 Jan 2012, 20:05 by Kingston Invents ]

6.30 – 7.00           Networking                                       

7.00 – 8.00           Lawrence Archard's Tales of a Developer

8.10 – 9.00           Inventor Clinic (Sue Marks) / discussion


Close at 9.00 – further networking at the Grove Tavern.

Grahame Herbert's talk shall be giving his folding bike talk next month.
Instead, this month, speaking will be electronics suprimo Lawrence Archard, in his own words ¨I will be telling tales from 20 years of developing electronic products, including bomb-sniffing bees, pipes under Belgian canals, toy inventors, detectors of dodgy diseases, skipping ropes, wrinkly skin and knee implants. See if you agree with my lessons learned and help me reinforce the ones I foolishly forget.¨

Following this, Sue Marks will be presenting a new, patent-granted, fastener for advice and discussion on where to take this idea.

Wednesday 16th November - Ben Lindsey - Progress in Surgery is through Technology - Last meeting of 2011

posted 7 Nov 2011, 10:02 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 11 Nov 2011, 18:57 by Kingston Invents ]

Townhouse Building – room TH 103                              Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus
(not our usual room but adjacent to it)                        Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE
                                                                            (Parking available in front of Town House Building)
Grahame Herbert our planned speaker - architecture, bicycles and much more -  is unfortunately not able to present  as he is recovering from some medical treatment. We wish Grahame well and he will be back to present to us in January. The Airframe story (see www.airframebike.com) is not to be missed so put Wednesday 18th January in your diary now.
6.30 – 7.00           Networking                                       
7.00 – 8.00           Dr Ben Lindsey presents “Progress in Surgery is through Technology” – see below
8.10 – 9.00           Inventor Clinic / discussion
Close at 9.00 – further networking at the Grove Tavern.
Ben is a Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital – transplants, vascular and lots of stuff I don’t understand. He will present some of the issues in surgery and how basic (plus intelligent) engineering makes it all happen. No live demonstrations so shouldn’t be too much trauma for those of a queasy nature.  He’ll pose some questions for the innovative engineers among us and with any luck we’ll all get to the pub with all our vital organs safely retained. The observant reader might have noticed the similarity in our names – yes, Ben is my elder son and he very nearly studied Engineering rather than Medicine – indeed his highest academic award was the metalwork prize at Edgecumbe College in New Zealand (don’t ask!).
Also, Bob is happy to accept a pitch for the Inventor Clinic.

Wednesday, 19th October - Tim Franke - Graphene - What you probably didn't know...

posted 10 Oct 2011, 18:28 by KRTI Website Admin   [ updated 10 Oct 2011, 18:29 by Kingston Invents ]

Tim Franke has been involved in KRTI since its start. He is a planner at Gatwick Airport. He is also involved in the Cbike with another KRTI member. Graphene's strength could make the difference.

This presentation will cut-through Internet and News hype about Graphene, and is aimed at fostering enthusiasm for ideas that some Corporates won't touch.

RSS Feeds - Don't waste time looking for news... let it come to you! - Look! There's one!
If there's time, Andrew Cordani will be giving a brief introduction to Really Simple Syndication- RSS Feeds.
Sometimes your web Browser might show a funny Orange 'Feed' Icon when you open a website you like. Have you ever wondered what this icon is for? How do News Agencies gather all that information?  Andrew will try to answer these questions and more.

Wednesday, 21st September - Some revisits

posted 19 Sept 2011, 21:25 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 17 Oct 2012, 06:59 by Kingston Invents ]

Townhouse Building – room TH102 Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus
Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE

6.30 – 7.00           Networking

7.00 – 8.00           Outstanding issues from past meetings – including the www.eliptigo.com

8.10 – 9.00           Inventor Clinic (I have one presenter – can accept 1 or 2 more)

Close at 9.00 – further networking at the Grove Tavern

There are a couple of issues to be constructively re-visited from July’s meeting –namely the lightweight granite construction method looking for an application (I’d like to have a bit of a brainstorm on this) and the Eliptigo drive mechanism. I’d like to explore these 2 areas in relationship to the “Idea/technical/funding/Commercial” pie chart which I’ve presented to the club previously.

·         Note 100% design this week – for interior design / architectural products www.100percentdesign.co.uk

Earls Court, London        22nd – 25th September

·         Also notice the up-coming British Invention Show -  http://www.britishinventionshow.com       

Alexandra Palace, London       19th - 22nd October 2011

·         I have included below an invitation from Mark Sheahan to present at “Inova” http://inova-croatia.com/

Zagreb, Croatia          9th - 12th November 2011

Hope to see many inventors at the club meeting on Wednesday.

Summer Recess - next Meeting Wednesday, 21st September

posted 28 Jul 2011, 07:13 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 4 Mar 2012, 13:31 by Kingston Invents ]

It’s now the August “rest period” for the club. The next meeting is on Wednesday 21st September.  A programme is to be announced but there are a couple of issues to be constructively re-visited from July’s meeting –namely the lightweight granite construction method looking for an application and the Eliptigo drive mechanism.

 Some members might recall the magazine produced for the Wessex Round table by Frank Landamore. This is up and running again and looks a very good publication – many thanks for Frank for doing this – it can be downloaded on www.innoventique.co.uk.


Happy inventing during those summer hours. 
Bob Lindsey

Wednesday, 20th July - Sean Jackson talks about product development

posted 9 Jul 2011, 07:55 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 9 Jul 2011, 08:16 by Kingston Invents ]

*** NOTE: Venue (for this meeting only)  will be :  PRJG2011 in the John Galsworthy Building (through the main entrance to the university building in Penrhyn Road).
For the last meeting before the summer break the shedual is packed:
We have a couple of presentations from Club members:

Sean Jackson writes:
'This is the story (with prototype samples) of how the need for a simple plastic counter-top spinner for displaying mini-cards finally led to the invention and development of a concealed modular system that allows for the manufacture of virtually any type of elegant lightweight marble and granite furniture at affordable prices.’ (the presentation isn’t so circular – I hope)

And Besmir Imeraj will explain his designs/ideas for a new cross-trainer-hybrid.
Bob Lindsey will lead a discussion to explore a bit deeper a couple of previous presentation ideas. 
If there's time, Andrew Cordani would like to discuss a novel idea to help people taking medication on repeat prescriptions.
News update:

Those who saw Azhar Hussain explain his plans to the KRTI for the isle of man GAT for electric bikes will be interested to see his listing with an MBE for services to motor sport – well done Azhar – See Members News Section for details

Wednesday, June 15th - Stephen Britt, Fast Forward Cycle Pedals

posted 31 May 2011, 19:27 by Andrew Cordani   [ updated 2 Jun 2011, 06:16 by Kingston Invents ]

Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, Townhouse building (Room TH102)
Stephen Britt conceived the power assisting cycle pedals in 2008 when he was stuck in traffic during a 90 week roadworks on his commute. Playing with a Pedalite and reversing the idea gave him the inspiration for the product. Since then he has won £54,000 in awards, including Barclays - Take One Small Step, had 31,500 people view a video of the product and left work to develop and commercialise the product. UK patent was granted in January 2011, PCT is filed. The product needs pre-production development to relevant standards, marketing and production to launch. The prototype will be available to try on a cycle trainer after the talk.
As usual there'll be post-presentation workshop by Bob / inventor clinic TBC followed by (after 9pm) an opportunity for further networking in the Grove Tavern.
For future reference: The July meeting is not in the usual room in the Townhouse due to building work. The meeting will be held in PRJG2011 in the John Galsworthy Building (through the main entrance to the university building in Penrhyn Road.

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