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  • Grand old master Gabriel Passov made it to the Guthman’s final in the USA

    Posted on March 26th, 2019 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    Passov @ Atlanta, Georgia Tech

    There is a competition at Atlanta which gathers inventors of a new music instruments every Spring. Founded by Margaret and Richard Guthman from the Georgia Tech University, the competition has become internationally known and recognized event.

    This year was a special one as our grand old master Gabriel Passov who is retired electronic engineer was invited to the final round  at Atlanta to perform at his Chord Viola. Passov has developed his novel instrument for nearly a decade now. What makes his Viola special is the system which allows to perform alternately solo and the three-string chord using the standard fingering. There are also more adjustments what Passov has made to improve the quality of the play like the simplified bridgedouble peg and Bow with increased weight.

    The Guthman competition attracts many inventors and musicians every year who have made new mechanical, digital or even combined new instruments. This years performance included Airsticks, Biot-Savharp, Chord Viola, Geoshred, Spininstruments and the Glide who won the competition. Judges were also well known : Pamela Z, Roger Linn and Ge Wang. Final results and peoples Choice Awards were given after 3 days of performances. If you would like to see more and listen how those new instruents sound like then please click  here to follow the final live concert from the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology. 

    Lets hope that Passov’s works will be better understood and appreciated while he is here with us. Music is surely something we need, to be happier and emotionally balanced.

    * If you are musician or investor who reads my article right now and  You would like to meet the old master Passov to see his works then please do not hesitate to contact me : leo@estonia100.com

  • Estonian Invention Show 2018 had a successful launch

    Posted on October 16th, 2018 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

     

    This was the first time when such a western show concept was introduced to Estonia. We had real inventors presenting their real inventions to the public and telling their stories at the stage. We also had guest speakers : EU Patent attorney Margus Sarap and FINF director and IPR expert Maunu Korpela from Finland.

    Gold medals were presented in 10 different categories and Public Award was given to inventor Jason Munro from England.

     

     

     Gold medals were given in 10 Categories :

    1. ENVIRONMENT –  Hydrogen cell for combust engines – Ecomotus Ltd / UK - Jason Munro

    2. CATASTROPHE –  Impulse Fire Extinguisher – Pulstech OÜ  - Allan Ventsel, Kalle Köömnemägi, Ardo Pärna and prof. Vladimir Zakhmatov

    3. MEDICAL – Microgenerator EHF – Valeri Aljas

    4. HOUSEHOLD – Fish Scaler – Hando Kruuv

    5. MUSIC – Chord Viola – Gabriel Passov

    6. LEISURE – Cumulus boat – Kalev Essenson

    7. CREATIVE DESIGN – Pearl Embroidery – Siret Esko

    8. BEST MATERIAL – Carbon Composites – Erismet OÜ – Ben Einborn and Rinaldo Olberg

    9. WORK WITH THE NEXT GENERATION  - National Contest for Young Inventors – Estonian Research Council – Margit Lehis

    10. CREATIVE SOLUTION  -  Arcallia – Kalle Köömnemägi and Veiko Huuse

    There were many more inventions presented at the show with working prototypes like magnetic motor by Raivo Pennaste and Anni Vahter, Biofor by Valeri Aljas, and a vertical windmill with recycled airplane wings by Ardo Pärna. Still, It is not so easy to engage public and media for a such a show. As we know 2-3% inventions can be commercially viable only. Therefore a startup or the tech show can attract more people as many things are working by then already. Regarding to invention, prototype is a very early and raw stage and needs to be tested many more times before the viable product can be made. Still, it is a great chance to meet inventors who are the original source of novelty. If we encourage those people and inspire public then society becomes more inventive and entrepreneurial and that will improve our technology and economy overall.

    Estonian Invention Show 2018 was supported by entrepreneur Veiko Huuse and  Arcallia which is a great platform for all inventors. To learn more about it please go to their homepage :  Arcallia.com.  I hope that Estonian state and the City Council of Tallinn can support the show one day as well.

    Here is my interview with FINF executive director Maunu Korpela : “Private inventors vs companies”

    The second one is with Gold medalists and Public Award winners Jason Munro and Indrek Hallikmäe from Ecomotus Ltd. / Ecomotus.co.uk

    * The story was written and interviews taken by Leo Siemann.

    EstonianInventionShow.com

  • The 1st Tartu Mini Maker Faire was a Hit !

    Posted on September 29th, 2014 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    Who could of thought that instead of 50 makers we have 150 in the house! That’s what happened in Tartu last Friday, where all sorts of tech enthusiasts , design gurus & arty people gathered for the first  Mini Maker Faire  at Ahhaa Science Centre to show what they have got ! It was a bit lauzy start at 10am but full beam by 12 noon with the mainstream media and tabloids making their interviews & stories. As part of the team I also prepared for this since last spring asking many inventors to join the faire and so they did :)

    Tartu Maker Faire 2014 on full beam …

    After opening words by Andres Juur  Ahhaa project manager the show was on with workshops and intros at the main stage. We had many new inventors & makers on the board but also well known ones like Fits.me and Timber Diameter + we had guest makers from Latvia, Sweden, Russia and even from USA. The latvian inventor Rims Vaitkus had brought his Wave Machine to the show and Rudolfs Drevinskis made incredible bird nests from the birchtree logs. Then we had our very own taylormade bike-masters :  Riho Leppik with his RixBikes , Raino Sinisalu & his unique Raybike and also hobby-inventor Allan Rosenberg with his electric  Chop-e  which got the eye of many visitors by its groovy design. Then we had the old master Gabriel Passov playing his Chord Viola at the stage with his band KAGB and Dr. Arved Vain checking out the muscles with his clever Myoton. There was also Kalev Essenson showing off his boat Cumulus , Aavo Murutalu taking photos with his 3D photoshop,  and Tartu Da Vinci Hando Kruuv introducing his brand-new Pendulum in Vacuum Chamber for the first time in publicFrom the arty ones got my eye Grafodroom girls & Ott Pilipenko, who had combined Skating board with the T-shirt printing facility …

    It surely was a superb place for all ages to discover the latest inventions & designs by  inventors , craftsman, robot-makers, engineers, science clubs and other free thinkers, who had come to show & sell their works. We had even Science Theatre at the place introducing the laws & tricks of physics. The peoples favourite maker or the winner of 2014 Tartu MMF was the game called “Kolm Elu”.  News story was made by the Postimees and photos were taken by Äripäev. TV interviews were collected by ERR  and by the brandnew channel 8  “Leiundusuudised”

    Tartu Mini Maker Faire as part of the Estonian Researchers’ Night Festival  gathered the makers from the Baltic States for the first time around. By the looks of it we might need a bit bigger house next year  ;)

  • Finnish Inventors Week 2012 was held at Viitasaari

    Posted on November 12th, 2012 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    I think that innovation without invention is like a car without engine. In order to get new brands and businesses going we need new inventions and services with cutting edge. To get those we surely need inventors. Developed countries do understand the value of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the power of invention much better than those behind. Therefore they also look after their technically gifted people and help them to materialize their dreams. Finland seems to be one of those countries who is taking care of their inventors in order to improve the quality of life and to raise its prosperity for further generations.

    From the right: Raino Sinisalu, Rein Koch, Hando Kruuv, FIW project manager Jussi Hytönen & me.

    Finnish Inventors Week gathered more than 40 inventors with over 60 inventions at  Viitasaari, South-west Finland from 8-10th November. Estonian Team was presented with 4 inventions: Berry Picking Machine by Hando Kruuv, Radon Filter by Rein Koch & Alar Jantsikene, Chord Viola by Gabriel Passov & Raybike by Raino Sinisalu. There was a great interest about Raybike and Handos berry picking machine. Last one even made it to the national countryside newspaper, but the rest was also checked up by various journalists and is likely to make some headlines in a local paper and Finnish inventors Magazine.  Raybike, which is still looking for the investor was kids favorite for sure :) alongside with the little camera-helicopter shows, constructed by finnish photographer Jari Tuukkanen . There were also many other groovy and useful inventions presented by private inventors & various companies. Photos of the show are uploaded at my Facebook page & Video is here Finnish inventors Week 2012 was supported by Viitasaari Town  and  Witas OY. The next show will be held in a year and is expected to grow much lager.

    Unfortunately we had no support from any of our state institutions and that perhaps shows the attitude towards to independent inventors and their association in Estonia overall. Despite low numbers our best inventions of all times have come & will continue to pop up from private sector indeed.  What are these inventions  then? You can see as soon you ll check up my  TOP10  page : o)

    Finally  - The Special Thanx goes to Viitasaari town council , Witas OY & everybody else who has supported me & my fellow inventors !!