Bright idea to end pesky swooping

INGENIOUS: Budding inventor and gifted student Jack Meldrum with his design.
Nanjing Night Net

Magpie season is an occurrence universally dreaded by bike riders, and few could say they’ve thought upa solution beyond sticking cardboard eyes or cable ties upon their helmet.

But a Xavier College Year 8 student with dreams of becoming an astrophysicist may have a solution for the pesky problem.

Jack Meldrum’s idea is toattach an inbuilt sensor to a helmet that emits an ultrasonic soundwhen a magpie is approaching.

The sensors give a full 360-degreescan of incomingmagpies, which activate anultrasonic speaker to then release a distressing sound on theswoop, deterring the magpie.

Sketches depicting the invention were submitted by Jack to theOrigin littleBIGidea competition, which aims to foster creativity in students from grades three to eight.

“My Nan heard about the competition on the radio. I came up with the idea because I ride my bike a lot and have been swooped before,” Jack said.

“Cable ties don’t work. I did a lot of research on the internet and I saw that there are similar sensors you can put on the wall, so why not build one into a helmet?

“It’s a dog whistle but for birds.”

The idea seems logical enough that someone would have thought it up already, but the gifted science and mathematics student was sure to check he was the first.

“It makes sense particularly at the moment as we’ve come into swooping season.”

Other designs could include a universal clip-on sensor and speakerto adapt to any helmet and repel other species of birds and could be a revolutionaryimprovement to stop magpie swooping.

Jack is in the running alongside fellow budding inventors toreceivean innovation trip of a lifetime, including a visit to NASA Cape Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The judging panel isheaded up by former host of ABC’s ‘The New Inventors’James O’Loghlin and was impressed with the calibre of entries so far.

Entries close Friday and detailscan be found at梧桐夜网littleBIGidea南京夜网419论坛.

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