- Category: Tech old & new
- Published: Thursday, 22 September 2016 19:02
- Written by Catpaw
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How’s this for a piece of cool technology?
How many of us have cursed the traditional flathead screwdriver- usually that nanosecond you feel it slip in the groove and you know you’re about to suffer a disgustingly, ugly hand wound. Or cursed the Philips screw because the little star shape became damaged when the driver slipped. There have been many attempts at improving the basic screw and my favourite is a Canadian invention – the Robertson:
Why is this a perfect example of great tech at work? The design improves on an old idea - slip a screwdriver into the snug little square head and you can get an amazing amount of power behind it. Well, plus, for people like me who are a menace around power tools of all sorts, you never run the risk of the drill winging off creating embarrassing divots along the woodwork. There is a reason I don’t do home repairs. But I’ll leave that for another tale.