Why Didn’t I Think of That? - Built in Your Own Backyard” Theme Week, March 24-28 on Discovery

Daily Planet Highlights the Ultimate in Homespun Inventions

Who hasn’t daydreamt of inventing something to make their lives easier, safer – or just plain cooler? But how many of us actually make the leap from fantasy to reality? Now, meet some amateur inventors who’ve done just that! From stylish bullet-proof suits that would make James Bond envious to a dish-doing robot that wouldn’t be out of place on The Jetsons, Daily Planet hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani take a look at the science behind the latest in amateur invention in an all-new theme week. Running Mon., March 24 to Fri., March 28 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, Daily Planet’s “Built in Your Own Backyard” theme week celebrates the spirit innovation and the passion of “backyard” inventors who strive to make the science we use everyday a little better – and a lot cooler too!

Highlights from Daily Planet’s “Built in Your Own Backyard” theme week include:

Mon., March 24 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
From grad school project to real-world relief effort, see how Peter Brewin and Will Crawford have revolutionized instant – yet stable – shelter systems. To utilize these incredible concrete “shelters in a bag,” simply add water, inflate and let set for 12-24 hours. The resulting concrete huts are suitable for military operations, remote hospitals and refugee camps. Also, meet Sudbury backyard inventor Colin Firth – the ultimate hockey fan – for whom building a community ice rink wasn’t enough, so he built his own Zamboni!

Tues., March 25 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Is loading the dishwasher a drag? Scientists in Pittsburgh are perfecting a robot that collects dirty mugs and loads them into a dishwasher – all by itself. The RoboButler can see the mugs and choose the best way to get them into a rack. Also today, the height of fashion meets high security with the invention of a bullet-proof suit. Bulky vests have gone by the wayside in favour of new revolutionary materials and expert craftsmanship, resulting in trendy shirts and jackets capable of absorbing the impact of a speeding bullet!

Wed., March 26 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
The “Rocketman” personified, Ky Michaelson is the ultimate inventor. At 70 years old he has committed his life to adding a rocket to just about anything you can think of. Michaelson is so good at building rockets he’s broken state, national and international speed records and has even consulted on Hollywood movies – see what he’s up to next! Also today, see how Ubifit is like a pedometer on steroids! Featuring nine different sensors to measure every type of exercise including walking, running, climbing stairs and even riding a bike, Ubifit tracks weekly totals and displays it on a user’s cell phone as different flowers blooming in a virtual garden. And, for a different kind of walk on the wild side, see how a California company has found a way to tame tornados… and can make these forces of nature do their bidding.

Thurs., March 27 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Alaskan construction worker Carlos Owens has just made a real-life monster transformer – in his mom’s backyard! Standing almost two stories high, yet controllable by hand, Owen plans on developing his monster robots into boxers for backyard demolition derbies. Then, meet a piston builder who can turn any truck engine into a homemade jet engine. Does this noisy invention have the potential to be next green generator? Also today, witness the latest means to harness the incredible power of nature. Forget lightning, or even wind power – check out Thomas Fetterman’s fly powered plane!

Fri., March 28 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Inspired to create your own inventions? Daily Planet looks back at the week’s discoveries in a special best of “Built in Your Own Backyard” episode. From shelters to subs, join hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani as they recap the brightest new inventions featured during Daily Planet’s “Built in Your Own Backyard” week.

About the author