Daily Planet's “Garage Gurus Week,” Feb. 13 – 17 on Discovery Channel

How does an idea become an invention? DAILY PLANET’s gets innovative with “Garage Gurus Week,” Monday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel.

Co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin criss-cross the globe to meet the inspired men and women turning great ideas into great products… and who just might change the world!

Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin meet the geniuses who turn great ideas into great products all week long when DAILY PLANET “Garage Gurus Week” kicks off, Feb. 13 – 17 only on Discovery Channel.

 

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Garage Gurus Theme Week” include:

Sir James Dyson

Sir James Dyson is the master inventor. He doesn’t just make things “better” he makes them “different.” DAILY PLANET meets Dyson at his operational base in Malmesbury, England, where he employs a staff of 1,500 people with nearly half devoted strictly to research and development. Imagine 700 people who spend all day creating and testing!

 

Inflatable Wetsuit

During a near-death experience – buried beneath a massive 11 meter wave – Shane Dorian had an epiphany that could change the world of Big Wave Surfing. What if the wetsuit he was wearing had a life-preserver built right in like the ones under the seats in airplanes? Dorian first approached Billabong’s Hub Hubbard with his idea. Hubbard had ample wetsuit design experience, but no knowledge about inflatable life preservers. Collaborating with Mustang Survival – a company specializing in survival wear – the companies and Dorian figured out a way to make a suit that brings Big Wave surfers back up when they go down.  

 

Malaria Laser 

Not many people know that a female mosquito beats her wings in a different pattern than male mosquitoes. But Eric Joanson – at Intellectual Ventures Lab – does.  Since only females carry malaria, see how they designed a system capable of distinguishing them from males and blasting them out of the air with lasers. 

 

Mini Harley 

Jerry Kieffer loved the machines on his father’s farm so much that he is rebuilding them all in miniature: tractors, machine tools, and now a 1947 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Like all his miniatures, the Harley works exactly like the full-size machine. It is fully functional, even though it’s about the same size as a loaf of bread. The speedometer, brakes, engine, headlight…

 

An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), a production house wholly owned by Discovery Channel Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Kelly McKeown; Senior Producer is Steven Hunt; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.

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