The Urbine: A urine-based, weird invention

Audi and Ironman 2 are putting together a contest for innovative ideas for the future, here is mine.


The Urbine – by Happyjoel

I had this idea cooking around in my head a little bit, and when this contest came along that is looking for new, brilliant ideas to fund, I thought it was perfect. This is an innovation about power, energy, resourcefulness, urine – it’s got all the makings of a championship entry.

So I got in touch with my friend Dan who makes 3D engineering and technical animations FOR A LIVING, and we turned “The Urbine” from dream into (virtual) reality. Now, I know I’ve expressed my opinions that low-tech is good, but honestly, there’s times when the comedy comes from the fact that the quality of the technical stuff is so high – I mean, really, I don’t think I could do this any other way.

I really think it’s got a shot. I know there is voting coming up soon, at which point I’ll be asking for it because, seriously, I can’t be the only one who wants The Urbine to win an invention contest.

What are the weirdest new invention ideas?

Here are a few examples of some weird or unusual invention ideas that have been proposed or developed:

  1. The Selfie Toaster: A toaster that can “print” a selfie on a piece of toast using a custom heating plate.
  2. The Baby Mop: A onesie with mop-like material attached to the bottom, designed to clean the floor as a baby crawls around.
  3. The Hug Shirt: A shirt that simulates the feeling of a hug using sensors and actuators that apply pressure and vibration.
  4. The Smart Belt: A belt with sensors that monitor your waistline, activity levels, and even eating habits.
  5. The Umbrella Hat: A hat with a built-in umbrella that can be deployed to protect the wearer from rain or sun.
  6. The Sock Slider: A device that helps people put on their socks without bending down or reaching their feet.
  7. The Breathometer: A device that analyzes your breath to determine what you should eat, based on the chemical compounds released by your body.

While some of these invention ideas may seem strange or impractical, they all share a common thread: they were created to solve a problem or fill a need, no matter how unconventional the solution may be.

How do you get a patent?

Getting a patent can be a complex and lengthy process, but here are some general steps to follow:

  1. Conduct a patent search: Before applying for a patent, you should conduct a patent search to make sure that your invention is new and not already patented. You can do this by searching online databases, visiting a patent and trademark depository library, or hiring a patent attorney or agent.
  2. Prepare a patent application: If your invention is new and not already patented, you will need to prepare a patent application. This application should include a detailed description of your invention, as well as drawings or diagrams that illustrate how it works.
  3. File your application with the USPTO: Once your patent application is complete, you will need to file it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO will examine your application to determine if your invention is eligible for a patent.
  4. Respond to USPTO office actions: After your application is filed, the USPTO may issue office actions that request additional information or make objections to your application. You will need to respond to these office actions in a timely and accurate manner.
  5. Wait for a patent grant: If your application is approved, the USPTO will issue a patent grant that gives you the exclusive right to manufacture, sell, and use your invention for a set period of time.

It’s important to note that getting a patent can be a complex and time-consuming process, and it’s often advisable to hire a patent attorney or agent to help you navigate the process. Additionally, the cost of getting a patent can be significant, and you should budget accordingly.

What are the inventions of the future?

Based on current trends and emerging technologies, here are some potential inventions that we may see in the future:

  1. Augmented reality and virtual reality devices that enhance our everyday experiences.
  2. Personalized medicine and gene therapies that can target and treat specific genetic disorders and diseases.
  3. Self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles that can improve transportation safety and efficiency.
  4. Wearable technology that can monitor and improve health and fitness.
  5. Advanced robotics and artificial intelligence that can revolutionize manufacturing, transportation, and other industries.
  6. Energy storage solutions that can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and make renewable energy more practical and accessible.
  7. Biodegradable plastics and other sustainable materials that can help reduce waste and environmental damage.
  8. Space exploration and colonization technologies that can expand our knowledge of the universe and enable us to live and work in space.

These are just a few potential inventions of the future, and it’s important to keep in mind that technological innovation is unpredictable and constantly evolving.

How do new inventions get made?

The process of inventing something can vary depending on the invention and the individual or team behind it, but generally, the process involves several key steps:

  1. Identifying a need or problem: The first step in inventing something is to identify a need or problem that needs to be addressed. This could be something as simple as a household chore that is difficult to do, or a more complex problem like a medical condition that needs a new treatment.
  2. Conducting research: Once a need or problem has been identified, the inventor or team will typically conduct research to understand the existing solutions, technologies, and patents that are relevant to the invention.
  3. Brainstorming ideas: With a solid understanding of the problem and existing solutions, the inventor or team will start brainstorming ideas for a new invention. This may involve sketching out designs, building prototypes, or creating virtual models.
  4. Refining the idea: After coming up with several ideas, the inventor or team will evaluate them and select the most promising one. They may then refine the idea further, iterating on the design or making changes to improve its functionality, usability, or marketability.
  5. Developing a prototype: With a refined idea in hand, the inventor or team will usually create a prototype of the invention. This may involve building a physical prototype or creating a virtual model using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  6. Testing and refining the prototype: Once a prototype has been created, it needs to be tested to ensure that it works as intended. The inventor or team may test the prototype themselves or work with outside testers to gather feedback and identify areas for improvement.
  7. Protecting the invention: Once the invention has been developed and tested, the inventor or team will typically file for a patent to protect their intellectual property.
  8. Bringing the invention to market: Finally, the inventor or team will work to bring the invention to market, which may involve securing funding, manufacturing the invention, and marketing it to potential customers.

This is a general overview of the invention process, but the specific steps and timelines can vary widely depending on the invention and the individual or team behind it.

Where can I find cool new inventions?

If you’re looking for cool new inventions, there are several places where you can find them:

  1. Tech blogs and websites: Many tech blogs and websites, such as TechCrunch, Wired, and Mashable, feature articles and news about the latest tech innovations and inventions.
  2. Innovation and technology conferences: Attending innovation and technology conferences, such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), can give you a firsthand look at the latest gadgets and inventions.
  3. Crowdfunding platforms: Crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, are great places to discover and support new inventions and startups.
  4. Maker communities and hackathons: Maker communities and hackathons, such as Maker Faire and Hackaday, bring together inventors, creators, and tinkerers to showcase and share their latest inventions and innovations.
  5. Patent and trademark databases: Patent and trademark databases, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), can give you insights into the latest inventions that have been filed for patents or trademarks.

These are just a few examples of the many places where you can find cool new inventions. Keep in mind that innovation is happening all around us, so you never know where the next great invention may come from.

What are some of the dumbest inventions ever?

There have been many questionable and sometimes humorous inventions throughout history. Here are some examples of inventions that are often considered to be among the dumbest ever:

  1. Pet rock: A popular fad in the 1970s, pet rocks were marketed as low-maintenance “pets” that required no feeding, grooming, or exercise.
  2. Baby Mop: A onesie with mop-like fibers attached to the bottom, the Baby Mop is designed to turn crawling babies into cleaning machines.
  3. Electric fork: An electric fork is a device that heats up the fork to help melt cheese on sandwiches, and is often marketed as a way to save time in the kitchen.
  4. The iMaxi: A protective case for an iPad that is shaped like a feminine hygiene product, the iMaxi caused controversy for its questionable design and name.
  5. Hug Me Pillow: A pillow designed to resemble a person’s arm, the Hug Me Pillow is marketed as a way to provide comfort and support while sleeping.
  6. The Flowbee: A device that attaches to a vacuum cleaner and cuts hair, the Flowbee is marketed as a way to save money on haircuts.
  7. The Babykeeper: A harness that attaches a baby to a door, allowing parents to “hang” the baby while keeping their hands free.

While these inventions may seem silly or impractical, it’s important to note that many inventions are the result of creativity and innovation, and may have practical applications that are not immediately apparent.

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