Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cattle Station Pasture Preservation Technology

Management of wild and pest animals that compete with Livestock for water and pasture is a constant problem in much of Australia. Eco sensitive land management supporters have found that when naturally arid properties (ie very little naturally occurring surface water) are allowed to dry out (by temporary de-stocking and plugging of bore water) the numbers of wild and pest animal populations also decrease. 

The system devised by Ric Richardson takes advantage of this phenomena with a smart bore water trough that does visual animal recognition and only allows livestock to access water. The trough has a grid that is removed when livestock approaches but is replaced and stays in place when other unrecognized animals approach.

This process allows the normal attrition that occurs in nature, to regulate wild or pest category animals while allowing livestock to thrive using a more efficient water management system.

The grate swivels out of the way on animal approach using a solar powered motor. A medium range radio frequency warning system alerts station personal to maintenance or failure issues. The surveillance system is stand alone and low cost. A prototype would include a wireless communications system to fine tune animal recognition and remote reporting capability.

The patent for this technology is available as is supporting documentation and design notes.
A Chinese translation of all documents is also now available.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The verdict is in.. results from Rics Patent Poll

Is this poll proof that the time for software patents is over? No. Its proof that Software games supporters are  rabidly loyal and that most people don't understand the real issues.

First some facts. This poll was taken during the heat of the anti-Uniloc publicity peak when they first sued Mojang over their game Minecraft.

We had thousands of visitors each day, most of them indignant gamers.

So this is what they said:

30% said patents are no good get rid of them 
55% said just Software patents should go
6% said everything should be free (unless it affects my job no doubt) and;
8% said patents are good...

I wonder if you asked the same crowd about drink driving or about the decriminalization of heroin whether you'd get a similar response.

Software patents are about things like:

Do you think the inventor of the worldwide web should be compensated for providing such a wonderful thing?
Do you think that anyone should be able to make their own version of the iPhone and sell them?
Should anyone be allowed to copy Google's search engine and do their own?

Boiled down the question is anarchy vs regulation.

Im not totally fond of the patent system believe it or not. I think non competing use of a patent by 3rd parties should be allowed at reasonable royalty rates. ie I mean if Apple doesn't want to supply extended power supplies for MacBooks then they should be forced to allow extended life battery owners to pay a reasonable royalty rate for the magsafe connector...

And as far a software patents, I feel rather than shutting them down, just let everyone have a look at the patent before examination to make a case for its lack of novelty.. you could charge $100 to anyone who wants to formally file a claim of prior art or lack of novelty to stop people from filing nonsense, but it would give everyone a fair chance to have their say before granting... 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

2GB Business Talk Today

Just heard my interview with Ross Greenwood this morning... what a dynamic guy.. I don't know how he does it day in day out... I've had 30 people visit the site since the story aired and its been really interesting to see how many people are listening to the radio on a Sunday...

In case you missed it we discussed:

Voice Controlled TV Mute

Flat Tire Alarm

Voice Control Siri Badge for iPhone

Sadly in the short time between recording the Interview and publishing I found a California Mob who are already doing it... but its interesting to see what they have come up with...

Ross Also talked about my help for Inventors.. so if you want some feel free to sign up for my mail list where I inform everyone when there is some ProBono slots available

Thanks Ross.. and and Thanks Sydney for listening in.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

List of Probono Slots Currently Available

Ric tries to consistently make time available to help fellow inventors get their projects moving along. From time to time he provides a morning a week to talk on the phone or face to face with people who need his help

Here is what is booked and available for the next few weeks:

Tuesday 12th March from 4pm-5:30pm
Neil Wallace -2.30pm-4pm - Face to Face - Confirmed
Paul Vance - 4pm-5.30pm Face to Face - Confirmed

Monday 18th March from 3pm-5.30pm
Jeff Haseldon - 3pm-4.30pm - Face to Face - unconfirmed
Zen Player - 4.30-6pm Face to Face - unconfirmed

Friday 29th March from 9am -12 noon
Ali McQuillan - 9:30-11am - Face to Face Slot - unconfirmed
Helen Davenport - 11am-12.30pm - Face to Face Slot - unconfirmed

Friday April 5th from 9am – 12 noon
Jaye Bolger 9am-9:20am - Over the phone session - unconfirmed
Bryce Murray 9:30-11am - Face to Face session - unconfirmed
More slots will be added in a few weeks
Please note:

Face to Face Sessions

  • will take place in Byron Bay at either the Byron @ Byron Resort, The Belongil Bistro at Bilongil Beach or Luscious CafĂ© on Tasman in the Industrial Area depending on the traffic.
  • Will run for 1hr and 30 minutes
  • Will require a $100 contribution to a cause of Ric’s choice payable to his account within 24 hours of his confirmation of your time with him…
  • Failure to make a contribution will free up the slot for someone else to use.

Phone Session

  • Will take place on the phone with Ric on the agreed day at the agreed time
  • Phone sessions will run for 20 minutes
  • Will require a $30 contribution to a cause of Ric’s choice payable to his account within 24 hours of his confirmation of your time with him…
  • Failure to make a contribution will open the slot for someone else.

Please deposit contributions to:
Ric B Richardson
BSB 062514
ACCT 10309226
Branch address: 56 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Please mark as “Contribution” in banking comments

Please note: if you have genuine circumstances that the contribution is a burden for you then I am open to hearing your situation however it may not be prudent for you to be trying to patent or invent something at this time.

Simple voice controlled TV Mute for the living Room - $25,000

My brother and I were sitting in the Iron Man 2 movie at the North Ryde Gold Club theater when we saw Tony Stark walk in a room and say "Mute" to turn off the volume of a TV... I though "I've got to get me one of those" but after when we discussed it we realised the reason that it was so cool was the fact that no one has done that... yet.

Amazingly, there are hi tech TV remotes out there that actually do feature voice control, but they are complicated expensive things ($400 or over) that require training and all kinds of tweaking... so I set about inventing my own simple TV Mute... it responds to just two commands... "Mute" and "unmute"...

Also I've been working on a prototype with a fellow Byronian wiz that will conceivably bring the cost price of the materials and components to under $20. So it is conceivable that you could see it in the stores for $50 ...

So if this invention is something you would like to own and turn into a business here are the details:

  • Asking price $25,000 for the following;
  • Provisional Patent, 
  • a Patent execution strategy paper
  • a Prior Art search done by me, 
  • a working prototype and; 
  • a deliverable's listing outlining the component cost and a suggested supplier to have the thing made for you...
  • An unsigned copy of the patent assignment document
  • A limited amount of time for consulting may also be available at a reduced cost (Ric's normal rate is $10,000 per day)

If you are interested, please send your questions to Ricricho at gmail dot com and ill fill in the gaps for you.
A deposit of $5k will be needed to release the prototype to you for assessment and a formal commitment of interest needed before Ill send the patent and prior art search to you.

Also if you have a person in mind that may like to own this invention then there is provision for a 10% finder/ brokers fee. All you have to do is send an email to me citing the name of the person you wish to introduce and connect us up and I will honor that agreement.

The sales process is as follows:

  1. You supply a formal request and expression of interest via email.
  2. I supply a password to you to open the zip file with the available documents
  3. We will require a 20% deposit if you:
    1. want us to release the prototype to you for evaluation. (This process may take 2 weeks depending on how far from Byron Bay you are).or;
    2. If you require a prior art search from an independent patent firm then I suggest Wallington Dummer from Sydney. They can do prior art searches for $2-2.5k. Te deposit will be used to ensure we do not sell the patent to a 3rd party during your prior art search period. We allow 10 days for a prior art search to be conducted.
  4. You may wish to add additional requests for information and these can be supplied after payment as part of the transaction price. Price will be negotiated at that time. Consulting with Ric can also be requested and added to the price as needed.
  5. Once you are satisfied that all documents are as advertised you request an Invoice
  6. I charge you and you pay the Invoice
  7. Upon receipt I sign and send to you the executed Patent and Rights assignment (a copy is included in the document package)
  8. Any additional documentation and or consulting time will be provided as agreed.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Denied :-) Siri Communicator Badge already done!

Sometimes a great idea that youve been working on is allready DONE.

Ive been tinkering with the idea of a bluetooth headset that sits on your chest and is activated like the Star Trek Command Badge (ie you tap a badge on your chest to communicate). Worked on the noise cancelling and the limiting of the speaker so it doesnt send your conversations out all over the room you are in... but... turns out someone beat me to it.. and filed a patent no less....

Here it is....

Not quite what I had in mind but close enough...

I had more of a disk shape in mind with a speaker and mic that projected sideways out the edge of the device...

Oh well back to the drawing board... another prototype bites the dust.
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