Meetings 2018

Thursday, 13th December 2018
NOTE: This was on the second Thursday of the month…

Normal rates apply to this meeting:
Members: Free (and members family are free)
Visitors: $10.00 (per family for this event)

No Guest Speaker this month, purely a social night.

All members and visitors are welcome to bring their favorite innovation or invention to place on the table for show and tell.

Please place your name with it so we know who to ask “What is it?”

This is the Christmas Breakup and the last meeting for 2018.

** We will not be attending the Hotel prior to this meeting as we will be having food at our meeting…

Please bring your wife, husband, partner, son, daughter, father, mother  etc.

Please bring a plate to share (savoury or sweet) and your favourite cold drink, or bring some cash to put in for some pizza.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied as usual.

Thursday, 15th November 2018

Speaker: Dr Tony Aitchison
Company: Add-Life Technologies


Add-Life Technologies is a co-founded company by Dr. Tony Aitchison and Daish Malani as they saw a massive problem in the stroke rehabilitation sector. Using the principles of neuroplasticity, Add-Life Technologies have created Alto; a virtual reality library of environments that have gamified rehabilitation to make rehab fun. It has been tested and found to help people recover when previously diagnosed that the person would not recover.
Alto has helped many people, some have even gone from quadriplegia, to paraplegia, to standing up out of their wheel chair and walking again.
This powerful technology is being brought to market where they aim to help people with stroke and other neurological disorders worldwide.

Add-Life Demonstration Video

Thursday, 18th October 2018
Member Speaker: Sasha Dragovelic


The days of trades-based economies where parents would pay master trades people to educate their children to today where an apprentice will receive a significant percentage of a tradesman’s wage, means there has been less and less incentive for businesses to want to train apprentices and incentives are from the government.
In most cases a clean driving licence is at the top of the list for a business to consider an applicant.
With 90 hours of driving before a test can be taken this becomes very expensive, especially if the parents are not able to teach their children.
Sasha has been involved with the selecting and training of apprentices and is concerned that if the trend continues, teens won’t have the qualifications and businesses won’t have the incentives.

Thursday, 20th September 2018
Guest Speaker: Tania Jolley


The cowardly act of a hold-up in a pokie room, jewellers or petrol station can traumatise the operator for many years.
DNA Guardian warns potential robbers in advance with a prominent sign that they will be temporarily marked on exit (up to three weeks), along with the robbed items and clothing with a spray that will show up under ultraviolet light.
A swab of the suspect will match the remaining spray using DNA matching, tying them to the premises with a recorded time code and possible video.

Demonstration Video Here (YouTube)

Thursday, 16th August 2018
(Please note: The AGM was held prior to the general meeting at 7:15pm.)
Speaker: Bronte Eckermann


Bails on the ground are a visual indicator that the wicket is “broken”, but Zings must be able to lift and come back into the grooves, cancelling themselves.
Convicting the diehard cricket bureaucracies that a plastic tube of electronics can replace the wooden bails with a tradition of hundreds of years, has been an uphill battle.
The final decision is the umpire’s but any help they can get is very welcomed. The Zings do get damaged from 165kph hits they receive regularly, and the umpires carry spares in the event of damage. At 25 f/s a player can cover 1.5m so any additional visual indicators are very welcome.

Demonstration Video Here (YouTube)

Thursday, 19th July 2018
Speaker: Sasha Dragovelic

Sasha Dragovelic will talk about the inventive machines used to separate the opal from the dirt.
The Blower shown on the right sucks the dirt and rock from the mine where tiny tunnelling machines, which are either assembled underground or are small enough to be lowered down the shaft, extend the diggings.
When close to the opal seam a Noodler, a series varying mesh size sieves separate the dirt and rocks so that the most likely rocks can be examined.
A further process involves a Black Light Tunnel where a conveyor carries the dirt through a dark and very hot area illuminated by UV lights to make spotting opal much easier.

Thursday, 21st June 2018
Conducted Tour: TINDO SOLAR
5 / 6-8 Second Ave, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095
Prior to meeting we were eating from 6:00pm at the Mawson Lakes Hotel, 10 Main Street, Mawson Lakes

Above – commercial installation, the production facility, and Tindo Solar HQ

Tindo solar panel manufacture is an automated operation with panels inspected at all stages.
The production line process is explained in the video below.

Video of manufacturing process (YouTube)

Wholly Australian owned and operated company founded in 2011, Tindo Solar designs and manufactures technologically advanced solar panels and supplies these worldwide. 1800 646 165

Thursday, 17th May 2018
Speaker: Peter Wadewitz
from Peats Soil & Garden Supplies


Peats is a second-generation, wholly South Australian company. Peter started supplying landscapers, building a clientele.
He collected compost and made potting mix from his Dad’s nursery in Plympton, which he put into clear bags and relabelled it.
For many years Peats Soil & Garden Supplies have been turning what others perceive as “waste” into valuable, nutrient rich products.
Peats are at the forefront of the War on Waste and the BiobiN® is a fantastic example of a circular economy.
They have 3 depots and compost all sorts of green organics, sludge, manures and green waste.
Peats and BiobiN®, are now gradually expanding globally.
They have over 80 staff, and have their own fleet of B Double Semis, and are continually expanding.

Thursday, 19th April 2018
Speaker: Mark Thomson


Never afraid of a windup, Mark Thomson is shown here in the Hoke inspired Clockwork Car and preparing for the “Quack of Doom”.
Mark founded and runs the Institute of Backyard Studies along with his small band of professionals he researches new or old ideas and concepts, some of which are shown here.
Author of many books including Blokes and Sheds, a book full of famous sheds and their sometimes, eccentric owners and Rare Trades, a serious look at the hand crafts being kept alive by a dedicated few.
Mark is a man of many talents, as well as writing his books, he produces the graphics and makes the props/inventions.
If you have a shed and a ute, then you need all of Mark’s books on your shelves.

Thursday, 15th March 2018
Speaker: Sasha Dragovelic


Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.
Gamification techniques are intended to leverage people’s natural desires for socializing, learning, mastery, competition, achievement, status, self-expression, altruism, or closure, or simply their response to the framing of a situation as a game or play.
Sasha Dragovelic and his team at Employment Options have taken traditional career development and have ‘gamified’ it to engage and inspire young people 15 to 24 years old to plan their future career.
The result was Pathfinder – Game Your Career.
Sasha will share with us their learning and discoveries in the use of gamification as a business tool.

Thursday, 15th February 2018
Speaker: Tony Rossiter


Mailchimp is a free program used by the Inventors Association to advise our meetings and other IAA stuff. Above is a graph showing November 2017 information – 33% open rate compared to 22% Industry Average and the click rate, not very relevant in our case, but can gauge how many recipients clicked through to your web page and tie up with Google Analytics.
The minor disadvantage, a very small MailChimp Logo is placed at the bottom of the email including an option to Unsubscribe, which MailChimp handles in the background along with checking email addresses are correct.
I suggest members and visitors download and familiarise themselves with MailChimp before the meeting and bring a laptop, the centre has WiFi.

Thursday, 18th January 2018
Speaker: Peter Kuhlmann

Talking about his “Shark Tank” experience

Peter promoted his product “Mini Pallets” on Channel 10’s Shark Tank and spoke about his experience and lead up to the program.
On the panel, members were impressed with both the rectangular black plastic bases for moving/storing of boxes and the circular bases for the moving of pot plants.
The major aim of these products is to minimise the occurrence of back injuries resulting from unnecessary heavy lifting.
Peter has had sales success with the Australian National Postal Service for this product and is currently in the process of negotiating for sales opportunities in the US.