Vine-jumping has been carried out for generations in Vanuatu, but the first jump using a modern elastic rope system took place on Bristol's Clifton Suspension bridge in 1979. David Kirke, Simon Keeling and Geoff Tabin were members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club and had been inspired by vine-jumping.
James Dyson's use of cyclonic separation has not only saved people money on vacuum dust bags but also meant their machines lasted longer. The G-Force cleaner was launched in 1983 and Dyson had to create his own manufacturing company to build it.
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Neither this article, nor Facebook, Amazon or Netflix would exist without the World Wide Web, released by Londoner Sir Tim Berners-Lee (pictured right) in 1991. Although computers had previously been linked to each other, this was the first web browser ever created and it generated a virtual space for websites to be built – including the Queen’s.
One of the most controversial and best-selling game franchises of all time, Grand Theft Auto (GTA) was created by British games developer Rockstar North. The company started in Dundee, Scotland, but by the time of GTA's release in 1997 it was based in Edinburgh. Obscure Scottish references can be spotted scattered around the landscape of games.
In an age where computers are wiping out jobs, its essential children learn to use computers. The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost and easily adaptable computer that helps children, including those in developing countries, learn to code. It was developed by a group of teachers, academics and computer enthusiasts in 2006, released in 2012 and costs as little as £4.65.
Travelling with kids is tough, but walking through a huge airport isn't easy for kids either. That's why Rob Law invented Trunki, a hand luggage case with wheels that kids can sit on, in 2006. After turning down a £100,000 offer on Dragon's Den, Law built up the company himself and has sold more than three million Trunkis worldwide.
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Although not as revolutionary as the bagless vacuum cleaner, anyone who has used a public toilet since 2006 will certainly appreciate the time-saving and hygenic abilities of Dyson's Airblade hand dryer.
When the Tangle Teezer was launched in 2007, it was touted as a miracle device for dealing with unruly locks and backed by celebrities including Emma Watson and Victoria Beckham. Yet the road to success had been a bumpy one. When the product was pitched by hairdresser Shaun Pulfrey on BBC’s Dragon’s Den in 2002, it was ridiculed as a “hair-brained” idea by the judges. Fortunately, others didn’t agree and the website received so many orders when it first launched that it crashed.
Entrepreneur James Nash pitched his idea for Cup-a-Wine in the Dragon’s Den in 2009, yet he was met with laughter and his request for £250,000 for a 25% stake of his business was rejected. Fortunately, Nash had the last laugh. The invention was picked up by M&S later in 2009, marketed as Le Froglet and has since become a familiar sight at picnics and on commuter journeys.
After his wife visited a hospital, Welsh inventor Wyn Griffiths came up with the idea of a touch-free door handle, which can be opened using an arm to minimise the risk of infection by touching door handles. By that same evening, he’d already come up with a prototype. The 3D designs for the “arm”, which can be attached to an existing door, have been distributed online and can be downloaded and printed by anyone with a 3D printer.
British office furniture company DDB has also created a device for hands-free door opening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Hygienehook, designed by Steve Brooks, is small enough to fit in a pocket and can be easily attached to door handles. Plus it’s made from non-porous material which makes it easy to clean.