View Full Version : Bit of a claim to fame

02-28-2005, 11:33 AM
Spoke to Trevor Baylis today.
(inventor of the clockwork radio)
probabably non of you americans here would of heard of him.
he is quite a bright spark in the uk ..who is looked as quite highly regareded.
i did not expect to speak to him ,himself ....but i must have been lucky and it was he who answered the phone.
I had this idea.......and I just wanted to know it was feasable.
Trevor would not let me tell him my idea.......says you should not tell anyone.
Anyhows he was very nice and polite and listend to me jabering on for about ten mins........and seamed to have the time to listen to me
His organisation.......is for inventors and is there to offer guidence and set you on the right track.
one of his staff is going to phone me tomorrow and give me more of an insight.
has anyone here had any experience with Trevors organisation.
good bad.or otherwise
All the best....mark

02-28-2005, 11:51 AM
Hmm, my dad simply got a patent attorney and went to different companies to sell his product until one did. Collected royalties.
What is the "looming problem" you are thinking about in the back of your head? Company may steal your idea, then sell it, realising you dont have the funds to afford to fight them in court? Not quite sure about how to negotiate any contracts? Not sure of your own products feasibility?
These are all questions that this gentleman should be able to help you with. Not quite sure how my dad went about it, he doesnt talk much about it, other than he made good friends with one person within the company that decided to sell his product.

[This message has been edited by BillH (edited 02-28-2005).]

02-28-2005, 01:20 PM
I met Ron Popiel once a while ago'79 I think,
He was selling the pocket fisherman at a boat show in Long beach,Ca.

Allan Waterfall
02-28-2005, 01:24 PM

Is it a wind up lathe or a mill you've invented. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


Norman Atkinson
02-28-2005, 01:39 PM
or as Allan says, "Is it a windup"

I recall Kenneth Hart- or "Martin Cleeve"
discussing Patents in Model Engineer in the 50's

Frankly, until your idea is well advanced, you should not discuss it- with anyone. Then, you should go to a Professional Patents Agent- who has no axe to grind.

Good Luck


02-28-2005, 09:33 PM
Cordless welding machines,you will make billions$$$$$$$$ http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

02-28-2005, 09:50 PM
Or maybe could it be wireless power?? I can't wait until that happens, although I'd be really careful aiming the darn thing.

Your Old Dog
03-01-2005, 06:13 PM
Wireless Power? I got one in my wallet! The company I work for gave us all ID cards that have a wire antenna wound inside. As we hold them up to this device by the door they receive a signal from the door, convert that signal to DC to power a miniscule xmtr that tells the door machine who we are! If I hold my fanny to the door just right the signal is read without haveing to take it out of the card, just gotta be carefull the door don't hit you in the arse on the way out http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

03-01-2005, 07:43 PM
wireless power has been around for almost 100 years I think ther is a government consperisy keeping it from being used

Matt in AK

Sprague M
03-01-2005, 08:02 PM
If I'm not mistaken isn't that the premise of the Tesla coil?


03-01-2005, 08:07 PM
I believe so

Matt in AK

03-01-2005, 08:42 PM
Wireless power, doesn't that equal batteries http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

[This message has been edited by threeboys (edited 03-01-2005).]

03-02-2005, 12:39 AM
no Tesla transmited the power to run an electric for over a mile away

Matt in AK

jack d
03-02-2005, 05:12 AM
An atomic bearing heater?
A six inch adjustable scale?
Dry ice warmer?
OK, I give up... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Doc Nickel
03-02-2005, 06:13 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mattc:
no Tesla transmited the power to run an electric for over a mile away</font>

-An electric what?

Keep in mind that wireless electricity transmission is hugely wasteful, and at anything above the power needed to run a fluorescent light bulb, starts into the 'cooking things like a microwave' range.

Tesla very likely did transmit enough power to operate a small appliance at a distance- but that amount of power is almost certainly several hundred times what would have been needed had it been connected with mere copper wires.

Tesla was smart, but he was no magician. His electricity had to obey physics and Ohm's law and all that just like any other electricity.


03-02-2005, 11:06 AM
Tell no one. Write up your idea on paper and put in a letter and mail it to yourself. This becomes a newfie patent I call it. It proves you had this idea and you now have a mailed verification regarding your invention. Also the postmarked date. Spend 3,bucks and send it registered to yourself.Or you could tell me all about it and I promise I wont tell anyone except my wife her friends and all my drunken mates.

03-02-2005, 11:45 AM
but onto the Tesla thing
With all this radiation in the air ....vhf uhf,miccrovaves from mobile phones...
would it be possible to build something to harvest all this radiation and turn it into heat or power of some sort.
I do realise each mobile transmision is only putting out milliwatts......
but if you build enough little recievers......and combine the power from all of them ......what do you guys think the outcome of it would be .......like would it be possible.....
like if you had say 500 watts to play with......this put into your workshop 24/7 thru a storage heater...will heat it up good-style.
ps I've read the stories of guys putting wound tranformers under powerlines.

all the best....mark

Norman Atkinson
03-02-2005, 12:37 PM
What about windpower?
There was a bloke who went across the English Channel sitting on the end of a five foot plank. Then there was another bloke who wanted to be dropped in an lifeboat from the air to see what happened.

I tried to patent a windsurfer with steps on each side for old people to use. It fell through.

Just a few ideas to develop- don't you think?

The Old Grey Fox

03-02-2005, 01:14 PM
there is enough electricity in the atmosphere to heat everyones shop just harnising it is a problem

Matt in AK

03-02-2005, 11:43 PM
A few years ago you could have taken one of these ideas, added a .com to it and got rich. May be now you can sell it in adds in Popular science. Bound to be some "new age" money somewhere you can pick up....