The entrepreneur Chris Staines saw the broadcast and was inspired. Inventor Trevor Baylis demonstrates his new invention, the "Slik-Stik", at the EDF Ideal Home Show in Earls Court, London. The invention itself was too obvious to defend with patents: after all, many things, from clocks to gramophones, had been powered by cranking in the past. One evening in the autumn of 1991, Trevor Baylis sat at home, watching a documentary about the spread of Aids in Africa. He earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from royalties on sales of the wind-up radio, but he always felt that he had been cheated of greater fortunes, and so set up a firm to accompany inventors, and help them protect their creation. Of Baylis’s rejection by the big companies, Mick Delap, of the BBC’s World Service Africa, said on the programme: “I think they are blind to an opportunity. Baylis, who died aged 80, with no immediate survivors, was a master craftsman of practical solutions to everyday problems, conceiving hundreds of inventions and swiftly realising their prototypes. When he returned to civilian life, he had no intention of reclaiming his former job, and became a salesman at a swimming pool company instead. Leaving school at 15, he started work at a firm specialising in site investigations prior to building work and stayed there till 1959, when he began his two-year military service. Using this money, he founded a company Freeplay Energy and his radio came to be known as the “Freeplay Radio” which won the BBC Design Award for “Best Design” and “Best Product” in 1996. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Trevor Baylis Brands was started by Trevor Baylis, the famous inventor of the Clockwork Radio and helped inventors for many years.The original company closed following Trevor’s death. Trevor was always an avid swimmer and by the age of 15 Trevor was swimming competitively for Britain. Baylis was a popular figure, admired for his invention and loved for his jovial, eccentric demeanour during public appearances. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80. He was born in London in 1937 and received his education at North Primary School in Middlesex. The product as presented to them by Baylis – able to produce only a minute or so of quiet sound after cranking it for about as long – was far from marketable, and had no patent attached to it. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. He would often demonstrate the product by swimming in the pool himself, which attracted a large crowd. Trevor Graham Baylis was born in northwest London in 1937, a day after George VI’s coronation, the only child of Cecil Archibald Walter Baylis and of his wife Gladys Jane Baylis, née Brown. A heavy pipe-smoker, he wore chequered shirts and large woolly jumpers, and he loved jazz, on which he had got hooked in the 1950s. However, the limited supply of electricity and batteries meant that people did not have easy access to radio, and therefore could not receive the required information which could potentially curb the spread of AIDS. When asked the reason for the misleading claim, Staines replied: “His showmanship got in the way of reality.”. Transforming Meccano construction kits into boats, cars, bridges and cranes, he felt, for the first time, that he might not be so hopeless after all. Trevor Baylis, a tinkerer who turned to old-school technology in an effort to disseminate accurate information about AIDS through Africa, inventing a portable radio … Trevor Baylis, best known as the brains behind the wind-up radio, has died at the age of 80. He swam for the army as well as the Imperial Services and also became a physical training instructor. At school he was thought to be, in his own words, “dimmer than the blackout”, struggling as he did with mathematics and with English. When asked why he wanted to join the Intelligence Corps, for which he was preselected, he answered: “I’d imagine a uniform with the word “Intelligence” sewn on the shoulders is quite good for picking up certain types of birds.” His interviewer was not impressed, and Baylis failed to get into that branch of the military. One afternoon in September of 1943, his Sunday school teacher asked him to stay behind after class, and raped him. Thinking the sales pitch lacked pizzazz, Baylis one day dove into a pool and started swimming back and forth. I met him on two occasions. The Trevor Baylis Brands PLC. He had lost the bet – just – but had gained an exciting new occupation. Trevor Harley Bayliss OBE (born 21 December 1962) is an Australian cricket coach and former first class cricketer.He played for New South Wales between 1985 and 1997 before becoming a coach.. Bayliss was coach of England from 2015 to 2019. The idea, simple yet efficient, would lead to millions of people around the world gaining access to radio for the very first time. “That lonely, sickening experience stole something from me for all time,” he wrote of those few weeks. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80, the manager of his company has confirmed. We think it’s a great idea.”. After leaving the army, he took up a job with a company called “Purley Pools” which manufactured swimming pools, working in both sales as well as research. “I wrote to Tony Blair asking him if he could call my team and speak to us on the mobile while we were on the trek but he just refused,” Baylis grumbled at the time. Emma, 11, Oldham What inspired you to invent things? And it was largely true, except for two important facts. Stear and Staines told The Independent it became clear that Baylis did not have full ownership of the intellectual property, as he had initially claimed to them. But things were not quite that easy. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? His invention, a radio that could be powered by muscle alone, changed the lives of millions, making it easier than ever before to catch airwaves and all the treasures they carry. A short documentary for BBC IPTV's series on inventions and inventors In 1985 this involvement led him to invent and develop a range of products for the disabled called Orange Aids. He also did diving stunts as part of a comedy diving act, then not so rare a form of public entertainment. But the stunt work kept him busiest, and soon he was diving into glass-sided tanks in various exhibition halls, including abroad. “Not wanting to show off how much I’d been hurt, I shielded myself in cocky isolation.” It also drove him away from organised religion for good. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Basically, he invented a radio that did not need batteries or electricity to run, it could be wound up like a clock and would run like a regular radio. Born in Kilburn, England, near London, on May 13, 1937, Baylis grew up in Southall, England, where his early education was interrupted by World War II. He also worked as an underwater escape artist for the Berlin Circus and with the money he earned, he set up his own company called “Shotline Steel Swimming Pools” which supplied swimming pools to British schools. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Trevor Bayliss Photos - Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, is being forced to sell his home on the Eel Pie Island after failing to make money from his inventions. Aged 70, he wrote: “Death is my next big event – but once I had a life and I lived it to the full.”, Trevor Baylis: Inventor whose windup radio boosted education in Africa, Ray Dolby: Inventor who transformed sound reproduction, Emma Chambers: Dawn French’s comic sidekick in Vicar of Dibley, Barbara Alston: Singer with Sixties girl group The Crystals, Lewis Gilbert: Bond director behind era-defining British films, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Trevor Graham Baylis, inventor, born 13 May 1937, died 5 March 2018. Still, Baylis’s dogged promotion of the machine led to its eventual mass market production. He was inspired to do this after watching a documentary about the spread of AIDS in Africa. Trevor Graham Baylis was born in … Still, his first thought was somewhat self-involved: he pictured himself in colonial times, wearing a pith helmet and monocle with a gin and tonic in his hand, listening to a large wind-up gramophone with His Master’s Voice records blaring out of a large horn. Jane Lambert I am very sorry to learn of the death of the inventor, Trevor Baylis CBE. Staines and Stear found engineers to improve it. As a child during the Second World War, Baylis collected shrapnel, treated the Blitz as a free fireworks display, and slept in an Anderson shelter that smelled of damp earth, unwashed bodies and cat pee. In 2002 a certain David Broughton, whose contribution to this invention is still little known, was recognised as joint inventor by the UK’s Patent Office, after having fought for that status. He patented this idea and tried to get manufacturers to back him up but no one showed much interest. Trevor Baylis, the creator of the wind-up radio that helped millions in the developing world to access life-saving information, has died aged 80. Second, the version he did develop was not much cop at all. Trevor Baylis (ur.13 maja 1937 r. w Londynie, zm. The first was the Brass from Gumption event at the Huddersfield Media Centre and the University of Huddersfield on 18 Feb 2005 where Mr Baylis ran a brainstorming session (see Bright Ideas Get a Boost 26 Jan 2005 Huddersfield Examiner). Trevor used an old transistor radio and a toy car motor, to which he added a clockwork mechanism. Trevor Baylis is a British inventor best known for inventing the wind up radio more than 20 years ago. Trevor Baylis: Inventor whose wind-up radio helped remote parts of Africa tune in to education. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Watching the television programme about Aids, he was appalled to see naked bodies being thrown into open graves, he said. A committed self-promoter, by his own admission, Baylis never declined an interview, and often publicised his ideas before they were fully formed. Inventor Trevor Baylis came up with a solution to this problem in 1996, when he introduced the world to the first ever hand-powered, wind-up radio. The only aspects of his radio that could theoretically be patented were to do with the constant force spring, which controlled the rate at which the energy was released, allowing the radio to keep working for longer than the crank had been turned. In 1994 his product was featured on the BBC program “Tomorrow’s World” which generated interest from investors. Baylis at his home on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham west London, The inventor picking up an OBE in 1997 – he supplemented his income as an after-dinner speaker, Baylis, pictured in his workshop with BayGen Freeway units, was keen for British inventors’ patents to be recognised internationally, A clockwork spring inside the BayGen Freeplay radio allowed energy to be slowly released, Baylis said that being an inventor, one needed “an ego the size of a truck”. His messy workshop, crammed with tools and various gadgets he made or half-made he called “the graveyard of a thousand domestic appliances”. His dedication to invention began in earnest in 1982, during a boozy night with friends, he said, when he was bet £20 that he couldn’t make a gadget for one-handed use within half an hour. provides inventors with professional partnerships and services to help them establish their inventions originality, to patent and protect it, and get to production faster. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. He contacted every large electrical company he could think of, from Marconi to Philips to National Power, getting negative answers from all of them. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Still, he failed to qualify to represent Britain at the Melbourne Olympics of 1956 – a misfortune that upset the “patriotic sentimentalist” within him, he said. Invention. In an interview with E&T’s sister magazine Engineering Management in 2007, he talked about his career, and his belief that “anyone can have a good idea and turn it into something that works”. However, his most famous invention was a wind up clockwork radio invented in 1991. The rise of Trevor Baylis Brands. Those early years he would later call “golden and untroubled”, because they would be followed by an experience that profoundly traumatised him. But further problems emerged: other companies did not particularly want to be licensed to use the invention, as they could easily circumvent the very narrow patents held, and produce similar radios themselves – as they indeed soon did. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80, the manager of his company has confirmed. He was an avid swimmer and used to swim for the Great Britain team. Baylis failed his 11-plus exam and went to Dormer’s Wells secondary school in Southall, west London, where the accent was on practical skills. “Don’t stop,” his initially reluctant boss soon told him. As Baylis told it, and raped him halls, including abroad bookmark your favourite articles and stories to or... 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