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6 Comments Already

grueman1 Said,
May 13th, 2010 @12:15 pm  

You’d think differently if YOU were the one who invented the wheel or its equivalent.

jub0r Said,
May 13th, 2010 @1:10 pm  

I wish they had classes like this at a school that would let me in. Geniuses have all the fun.

Gnuso77 Said,
May 13th, 2010 @1:29 pm  

I’m sure the students studied some history of washing machines…. There is a very old machine that operates similar to this pedal power machine. The old machine had a handle on one end that the user simply pushed back and forth to toss the clothes around. It was a basic barrel with the handle on one end and a wringer on the other side of the frame.

snoopyloopy Said,
May 13th, 2010 @2:21 pm  

idt using a patent would go against helping people. getting a patent is great, but the government usually doesn’t enforce the patents unless someone complains. the students could license (no one says patents have to be sold) a local company or group in that country to manufacture them which would of course employ locals at the village level with more than just washing.

Ekryton Said,
May 13th, 2010 @3:15 pm  

IMO, using patent in this case is entirely against the idea of helping people in developing nations. In fact, there should be a way to protect wonderful projects like this from falling in the wrong hands. Perhaps an “un-patent”, or something like a “copyleft” applied to processes and mechanisms instead of software.

snoopyloopy Said,
May 13th, 2010 @3:48 pm  

hmm the washing machine idea definitely looks like something that could be taken to market relatively easily, but of course might lead to increased use of fresh water in places where it’s not plentiful. but either way, those students might want to get their papers out to the patent office asap.

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