|Michael Gilligan||17/08/2021 23:59:18|
18992 forum posts
I am posting this without comment, but will be interested to see what the forum thinks about it: **LINK**
|Bill Phinn||18/08/2021 00:44:35|
|576 forum posts|
If it had a bottom rung it would be more useful, stiffer, and could double up as a crutch.
|Martin W||18/08/2021 00:55:30|
|901 forum posts|
Great for dusting/painting the ceiling near the walls but useless once away from the wall for support. So then its back to a hop up to complete the job so why get one in the first place when one has a hop up? Could be used as a wishbone for tug of war teams Christmas outings. Might be useful as library steps but doesn't look that stable, health & safety wouldn't like it, especially if you have an armful of books to shelve but then libraries have purpose built stable moveable steps already.
Window cleaners often use short triangular shaped ladders, to access higher windows, with a few steps. This just looks like a cut down fancy version of one of these, no doubt with a very fancy price tag. So in no way something new but just a copy of an existing piece of equipment.
Cynical rant over.
Edited By Martin W on 18/08/2021 00:57:34
|2161 forum posts|
It really was a crutch but now with the shoulder support removed.
4754 forum posts
Nice to see Britain leading the world with cutting edge innovation
The runner up was a round piece of wood with a hole in the middle called a wheel
|Speedy Builder5||18/08/2021 06:46:58|
|2416 forum posts|
At least the student got a "Step up in life". But I am not sure what the design committee were thinking!
488 forum posts
Second place went to the chocolate teapot
|1169 forum posts|
Not at all sure that that was "worth" as much as 40 grand even as a design prize, but I wish him all good luck for future efforts. Maybe he will get to design an even better version of the Dyson or anything else that makes him millions.
There are some much lesser designs around that I find really annoying, e.g., the plastic pepper pot with holes too big so you shake more than is needed. Great for producer as the sooner pot is empty, sooner back to shop to buy more. An even worse re- design of a plastic dispenser pot for sweeteners, where it either releases 2 tabs at once or it jams and breaks the tab. Either way, wasted goods, good for trade. My thoughts on the subject are absolutely unprintable.
|John Haine||18/08/2021 09:30:50|
|4188 forum posts|
Good idea in principle, but very frequently when using steps there isn't a handy vertical surface to prop this against - for example reaching a high shelf in a floor to ceiling cupboard.
|pgk pgk||18/08/2021 09:44:43|
|2324 forum posts|
I've just invented a strong bucket that not only can be used for carrying liquids as well as solids but when turned upside down can assist height challenged people. It’s very much an improvement on my previous effort of designing an item I call a chair that could double as a step or a seat but failed miserably as a liquid carry article.
I'm working on the bucket seat...
Edited By pgk pgk on 18/08/2021 09:45:05
|Trevor Drabble||18/08/2021 09:48:30|
261 forum posts
Was this delayed from 1st April as a result of C19 ?
|Brian Wood||18/08/2021 09:53:20|
|2454 forum posts|
Pretty but terribly impractical. Much like the Design Council in my view
|Dave Smith 14||18/08/2021 09:58:37|
|194 forum posts|
Why do so many model engineers knock anything that does not conform to the norm? I think it is a nice elegant piece of design, that has a practical use and if that is the value of the prize good on him, because it will pay off a huge amount of his university debt. Remember we are talking here about product design (he will probably go onto to design white goods) not mechanical design which is a whole different ballpark.
|Bryan Cedar 1||18/08/2021 11:06:47|
|82 forum posts|
Surely a projecting handle at the top would be a worthwhile improvement. otherwise one would have to touch the wall to steady ones self. You would have the other hand free.
7573 forum posts
Me too! The ladder has a huge advantage - unlike any of my Aluminium monstrosities it doesn't look out of place propped up against the wall in an average room. It will sell like hot-cakes...
|Andrew Tinsley||18/08/2021 12:16:29|
|1485 forum posts|
Looks pretty, but as a practical step / ladder, pretty useless.
|852 forum posts|
I use a one step ladder often.It can be used in the middle of a room as well. It has another name though. Chair.
|pgk pgk||18/08/2021 13:29:56|
|2324 forum posts|
But have you considered the H&S aspects..
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