专四听写训练61:Little Boy's Big Idea
Little Boy's Big Idea
The Intellectual Property Owners Association(IPO) is running a project to encourage young inventors. Samuel Houghton, a five-year-old boy has become the youngest Briton to hold a patent after watching his father struggling in the garden.
Samuel developed a garden tool after watching his father Mark use two brushes to sweep up leaves outside their house . His father used a large brush to gather leaves and small branches, and then got a small brush to pick up what was left.
Samuel came up with the idea for a labor-saving tool, which has been patented and named the Improved Broom.
It is a simple idea that combines two ordinary brooms with different-sized bristles and brush-heads to enable different-sized dirt to be swept up more efficiently. “The small one gets the first bits and the one at the back gets those left behind, Samuel explains.
The IPO says that Samuel is its youngest known patent holder.