Boys find answer to lost keysChild inventors scoop prize for Speed Searcher

01 April 2008

Speed Searcher inventors

Four 12-year-old boys have won a top prize for an invention that lets you keep tabs on items that often get lost around the home.

The boys, from Aylesbury, were awarded Home Invention of the Year at this year's Ideal Home Show, for their Speed Searcher.

The device, designed by Angus Haines, Cameron Hughes, Alex French and Thomas Schmidt (pictured left to right), attaches small chips to valuables so that you can pinpoint their location on your computer screen using software.

Ingenious

About 1,000 people entered the competition to come up with ingenious solutions to everyday household problems.

The boys will share a £2,000 cash prize and a year's contract with a product marketing company called Inventorlink.

Dave Holes, of Which? Product Research, said: 'This sounds like a really clever device and one that I'm sure a lot of people (including myself) would find very useful - it looks as though these four young inventors have a promising future ahead of them.'

Runner-up inventions were a device to make dunking biscuits in tea and coffee less messy and a hose that automatically stops when your watering can is full.