Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ric opens forum to help with help request backlog

Ric has just put up a forum to help answer some basic questions while he works his way through the 400 people who have requested help from him.

The forum is at:
https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/rics-inventor-help

Ask questions here and Ric will do his best to answer them. The advantage is that other visitors can benefit from seeing the answers Ric gives to you. So go ahead.. ask a question and hopefully he can answer you and benefit other visitors.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fri probono with Jeff Caligari

Met Jeff and discussed his myriad inventions including his rescue device concept. Will fill in later but I think this is a goer. Met at Byron at Byron. Coffee by the pool. Great.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Visitor request for a book on Inventing

In answer to:

Ric, loved the Australian Story done last week. It's not over, you have to write a book about your adventures. Most people are scared about taking their ideas to the world, fearing exactly what happened to you.. guidance, advice and skills - tell us what is needed to make it from dreams to reality.. Regards Christine McVeigh on Thank you Australian Story

Christine, you are so right.. I do have a book in process, its called Making your ideas fly and it is the essence of what I share with each person that comes to visit me on my Friday morning sessions....
I will keep my promise and get the book done soon...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Whooah... 3000 visitors and 200 requests

I may have been a little hasty in making my email available as I have had over 200 requests for help from Inventors... which is both a privilege and a bit overwhelming... I am trying to work out what to do. A this rate i will have booked out a whole year of pro bono Fridays. Please be patient with me as I try to work out what to do to try and help. Apologies. Also just topped the 3,000 visitor mark from the latest Australian Story. I think the interest is more about the fact that the average Aussie is a closet inventor! On a recent trip to Sydney dozens of people said hello to me and Karen and most of them confessed to having a heritage of tinkering. Well if I can be a part of encouraging that I'm all for it. Ric

Friday, April 13, 2012

Crikey reports 1.3 million watched Australian Story

Web site Crikey reports that the episode of Australian Story featuring the final chapter of the Uniloc Microsoft story and inventor Ric Richardson attracted 1.3 million viewers. The previous largest rating for the year was the Gina Reinhardt story screened the previous week. The figures are particularly interesting given that this rating happened on a holiday Monday which usually draws a smaller number of viewers. Well done Australian Story.

Segment on Channel 10 - Breakfast


Ric appeared on a segment of the Breakfast program on Channel 10 this Wednesday morning. The segment highlighted the Underground Wireless power transmission system, Ezypeezy Urine sample collection funnel, Ric's flat tire warning system, and the Byron Rashie which is a hoody for surfing... you can watch it here:



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Getting help from Ric

Again like last time I am being flooded with fellow Aussies who want some ideas about how to get their invention going or how to patent stuff...

Well here is what I can do...

If you want pro bono help I have slots on Friday mornings where i talk to people about their inventions and ideas. If you come to Byron and speak in person I will give you a couple of hours at a local Cafe... if you want help on the phone ill give you half an hour.. at the moment im booked into mid May.

If you want paid help just say so and ill fit you into my normal work cycle depending on what else i have going... my day rate is 3k but sometimes ill give a couple of hours if you are willing to contribute to a cause..

Also.. I hate homework... so please don't send stuff for me to read and research... if i do that ill have no time for other people... this way i get to help as many people as i can and still get to be an inventor.

My email is [removed due to abuse]

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thank you Australian Story

AN OPEN LETTER TO REBECCA LATHAM
Supervising Producer of Australian Story

Dear Rebecca,

When I first came home from the US in late 2008 I had no idea what Australian Story was. Your show had only just started when I left in 1997 but with my Dad’s heritage as a founding cameraman for Four Corners, back when television started, I knew the ABC had potential for a truly special program.

When the story of the Jury verdict win of $388 million USD first hit, the publicity machine the company consulted with in the states said to stick to tightly scripted and controlled statements. Initially this gave me great pause. The seriousness of the situation weighed heavily on me.

Yet I also felt a reasonable pressure to at least recognize and show appreciation for the tremendous display of support and interest that the every day Australian showed in reaction to the win.

Then my dear friend Jim Revitt, who represented Australia as the ABC’s Vietnam War Correspondent, rang me and said that Australian Story had approached him to see if he could get me to consider an episode. They had found our connection in an article on my blog web site.

Jim said “Ric, if you are ever going to do an interview on this thing, then do it with Australian Story”. He explained that the unique format of not having an interviewers questions appear or be heard on screen means that I can have some level of control over what is said. The only person I can blame if the wrong thing comes out is myself, since my own voice is all that is presented.

Jim also said that, in effect, Australian Story is like a mirror held up to the Australian public where, in the majority of stories, everyday Australian qualities are reflected and documented usually in extreme situations or scenarios.

I suppose I qualified as a pretty normal Aussie in a pretty extreme situation. 

Australian Story is like a time capsule. No one is going to be going back to watch Deal or No Deal in 10 years time... I feel very privileged to have warranted being included

Kristine Taylor came and interviewed me in Byron. The stories just flowed. She made me feel comfortable and that I could trust her and the team to follow.

Then I met Kent Gordon, Anthony Sines and Marc Smith on our first day of shooting. The pressure was there not to just capture fluff. But amazingly there also seemed to be no agenda… no pressure to dig for dirt. Just the truth and to capture the moment.

It has been a real privilege to be selected as a subject for your show. And the professionalism and personableness of Kent and the boys made it a real pleasure to work with them. The fact is that Kent was the first person I spoke to from the media when the settlement became public. He is the keeper of the Ric Richardson story and the only person I could trust to be fair and honest about everything that has happened.

After being back a few years now from the States a lot of my old friends from the film industry are connecting and they all feel the pressure to commoditize television... and as supervising producer I know you do too. But Rebecca, you have something really special in your hands. Kent's special people skills, the boys (Anthony and Marcs) ability to capture the story are so valuable as is the format of the program. Please keep fighting to make sure Australian Story keeps its rightful place in Australian television.

Even though we lost Jim Revitt a few months after the first show I know he would have backed me up on this. In fact he would have beat me to it!

Congratulations on a wonderful show and to your team, especially Kent, Anthony and Marc for doing such a great job of capturing and explaining my story.

Thankfully yours,

Ric Richardson
Inventor

Kaz and Lily say thank you too!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Another Australian Story about Ric to air Monday 9th April

Shooting finished today of material to wrap up the Uniloc Microsoft story that started back in 2009 when Australian Story first picked up on the struggle between Microsoft and the company I started back in 1992, Uniloc.

My good friend Jim Revitt, who sadly passed away soon after the first show, always said that if I was to do one television show then Australian Story was the one to do... and his advice proved right. Sadly Jim will not be here to see the final chapter air this coming Monday (the 9th).

The show will review the twists and turns leading up to the settlement a few weeks back and it will also feature some upbeat segments covering projects I am working on now and people I am trying to help with their inventions... and some more guitar playing with my good mate Steve Cox... I hope I am in tune... I was playing so loud I couldn't tell :-)

It has been a real privilege to have had the Australian Story team revisit and it was great fun showing them some of the interesting people and ideas I have been working on over the last year or so...

I hope the show does more than fill peoples curiosity on the back story of the struggle with Microsoft. There are so many inventive Australians out there, and so many great ideas to explore and make happen... I hope that it gives viewers the invention bug, and gives them another reason to have a go at inventing themselves...