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World's youngest inventor - holds patent for new broom. Answered

A boy of five is thought to be the UK's youngest person to patent an invention after coming up with a labour-saving broom to help his father sweep leaves.

Sam Houghton, of Buxton, Derbyshire, was just three when he came up with a double-headed broom to collect large debris and fine dust simultaneously.

Sam, who was inspired by animated inventors Wallace and Gromit and Archie the Inventor from TV series Balamory, said: "I saw my Daddy brushing up and made it. There are two brushes because one gets the big bits and one gets the little bits left behind.

"I don't know if I want to be an inventor when I grow up but this was fun."

"I was swapping from one broom to the other and he asked why. When I said it was to pick up the different leaves and twigs it must have got him thinking.

"He got a large elastic band from the shed and put it over the two brooms, holding them just the right way to use both together. He then called me and announced that had had made up an invention."

The broom works with the coarser brush at the front to pick up larger objects and the finer brush at the back.

Sam's invention has been taken up by the UK-IPO, which is hoping to use it to encourage other youngsters to come up with inventions through an initiative called "Cracking Ideas".

BBC Story
Cracking Ideas website
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johnjohn13
johnjohn13

8 years ago

hey yo'im gonna be an inventor too!i got an engine design im gonna sell to ford!!!!!!!!

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

12 years ago

Awesome! Go tell all of your friends to invent something, so that they tell all of their friends (so on and so forth). We need more of you, Sam!

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SeMi_AuToMaTic
SeMi_AuToMaTic

12 years ago

awesome little dude! can you send me one? jk. lol.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

12 years ago

grrrr, patents are expensive.... Great job little maker!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Apparently it cost his dad about 200GBP to sort the patent.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

How much is that, alot?

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the_burrito_master
the_burrito_master

Reply 12 years ago

yeah thats a lot its like $430.00 good job little kid! :)

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Wouldn't it be easier to be the youngest instructables member?

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

it would be cheaper too!

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 12 years ago

Really? I thought it was more. Maybe just in the US.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

I think it is

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btop
btop

Reply 12 years ago

Woah.

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ninjaimasta
ninjaimasta

Reply 12 years ago

think of the revenue lol...

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

12 years ago

Someone oughtta e-mail him an instructables link!

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Allonsy
Allonsy

12 years ago

that lil kid's cute!

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

Yet another sign of the apocalypse.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

12 years ago

Go, little maker, go! =]