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Inventions to ease into the summer holidays

Ready for the deck chairs? We’ve been trawling patent specifications so that before you head off on your summer holiday this year, you can see what the inventors of the world have been coming up with, to ease you into that holiday spirit...

Worried about the flight?

Dreading the long-haul? Last year, British Airways filed a patent for a system for controlling a travel environment on an aircraft. The application describes the use of digital pills or other ingestible sensors that can be given to passengers upon boarding the plane. The sensors detect properties such as internal temperature and stomach acidity and relay messages to the cabin crew so that they know when you are cold or hungry. (GB2538339)

Dreading the long-haul?

Last year, British Airways filed a patent for a system for controlling a travel environment on an aircraft. The application describes the use of digital pills or other ingestible sensors that can be given to passengers upon boarding the plane. The sensors detect properties such as internal temperature and stomach acidity and relay messages to the cabin crew so that they know when you are cold or hungry. (GB2538339)

Feeling travel sick?

This trendy head-gear is said to prevent sickness, in particular sea-sickness, by applying heat to the base of the cranium. (US 2082468)

How about the luggage?

Too many clothes for the hotel wardrobe? This one converts into a set of storage shelves —a home away from home? (US 20050126872)

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Missing the swaying palm trees?

This inventor has come up with a portable personal palm tree — so you can make a windy coastline in Scarborough look like that palm-fringed beach in the Caribbean. (US 7226645) ;

Wanting that ‘pale but interesting’ look?

No one wants to return from holiday with a sunburnt face… so how about a sun mask towel? This towel is placed over the user’s face and neck to protect the skin from harmful rays and has at least one eye slit for vision and (luckily) at least one slit for breathing. (US 7051371)

Looking for that all-over tan?

For those who want the full sun-baked look, a solar-controlled sun tracker may be what you’re looking for on the beach. The sun bather's lounge chair is rotated so that it’s continually exposed to the sun while the sun direction changes from sunrise to sunset. (US 5211172)

Getting a bit too warm? Finally, with a heat wave hitting Europe, surely everyone is in need of a three-in-one multi-functional sunhat with built in sunglasses and a motorised fan to keep cool?

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Happy holidays!

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