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    Posted: 21 Apr 10 at 8:37pm
Hi everyone,

I am currently finishing off my A-Level Design Technology
coursework for which I have designed, developed and
manufactured a prototype hiking bench.

The main idea of the bench was to provide the ability to
replicate the hiking experience of a number of different
dinghies. This was done through an adjustable toe strap
and a deck section that can be widened and moved forwards
or backwards.

Hopefully the link below will take you to an album on
Facebook which anyone can look at. People's thoughts
would be much appreciated relating to the concept of the
design, its aesthetics, adjustability and anything else
you can think of.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?
aid=422122&id=746980018&l=012b05cad2

Cheers,

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What about IP protection? Get at least u.k. design protection on the thing
and a registered trade mark. Otherwise youŽll get someone else making
money on the thing.
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hmm now where have i seen one of those before,

doubt theres any chance of registering that as im sure the other hiking bench is already
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Webmuppet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 10 at 10:27pm
I tried James's hiking bench at the weekend.........I was very impressed, it feels a bit more solid than the aluminum versions and the adjustments to it's proportions and size of 'deck' makes it capable of simulating various classes of boat,

I want one !

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slippery Jim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 10 at 8:23am

Originally posted by bornskiffyish

hmm now where have i seen one of those before,

doubt theres any chance of registering that as im sure the other hiking bench is already

Depends how you register it and what design protection you define.

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Isn't it difficult to do apply for anything now you have
put it out in the public domain.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jack Sparrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 10 at 9:14am
yep.

You could have just posted the design to yourself and not opened the
envelope. This proves the date of the invention / idea and stands up in court
if you have the money / inclination to defend your design legally.
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It is an A level project - maybe the aim was never to sell a million?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamie600 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 10 at 9:47am
It would be fairly easy to retrofit a couple of 'outriggers' that slide out from the base, making the base longer but able to fold back in for storage or for sailors with, erm, less righting moment.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MerlinMags Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 10 at 2:36pm
Bit of a sweeping statementthis , but I think:
For anyone married, the most important consideration for a hiking bench is that it quickly folds flat and can be hidden under the sofa. Unless you fake an IKEA label on it.

Looks quite professionally made. I like it. Can you drop-hike on it or does your bum hit the floor?

Cheaper version is a fitness (swiss) ball, and to stick your toes under a bit of heavy furniture!

Please can you design a version with an adjustable laptop stand on it as well. Seriously.
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