James Trevelyan

What is your fondest memory of something that happened in your business? by James Trevelyan

My wife is my harshest critic.

In 2013 I set up the first prototype personal air conditioner (Coolzy) in our Islamabad bedroom with an indoor temperature hovering around 40C for months every year. There was a cute tent on the bed to hold the cool air in place. I showed it to my wife. She said, that looks fine, but you know I’m claustrophobic. I’ll never sleep in one of those!

I implored her. “Just try for an hour or so: if you don’t like it I will accept your judgement.”
Reluctantly she agreed and clambered into the tent, zipping up the entrance flap. “Hmm, not bad… OK, I’ll try it for just one night.”

She woke next morning and exclaimed “I have never felt so good with an AC. It’s amazing.”

Since then she has always used a Coolzy.

About James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and start-up entrepreneur. As founder and inventor of Close Comfort, he is introducing new energy-saving, low emissions air conditioning technology for a global market. His research on engineering practice helped define the Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His books “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and “Learning Engineering Practice” are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. He is best known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has worked as an expert witness on several significant intellectual property matters in Australia and internationally. He has also managed his family investment portfolio for several decades and has advised family investment companies in the UK and Australia.

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