Welcome and glad you posted. I have a couple of industrial patents and from personal experience, the term "fundamentally new" is difficult to achieve in 1994 or 2014 as almost everything is based on the work of others. I thought 20 years ago that I had achieved something "new" only to find a description of my device in a 1821 patent, that could never have been built as technology had not caught-up to that thinker from 100+ years ago. I have to agree with James that more detail is needed to make a judgment call but from what I see you have developed a modification of the old "Lincoln Logs", replicated the joints used in (example) 1700's cabins located in the Smokey Mtn National Park, Cades cove area and the fundamental techniques used in earthquake resistant Japanese homes and temples from long ago (1600? ~ 1900 ad) also known as a rolling joint as it moves with the sway of the ground swell. While none are identical to yours, they are close enough to be considered "prior art". Several universities (MIT, UC-Berkeley, etc - circa 1970) also developed joints similar to yours for use in high rise buildings located in earthquake zones and offered these to the worlds architects at no charge in order to make the world a safer place. Given that your joints are integral to a bendable beam and require a stiffener (rubber band) to maintain the integrity of the joint I can not think of a practical use that would justify the outlay in time and materials vs. known techniques. I applaud your enthusiasm but had someone tempered mine I would have been able to spend several more years with my children before they became adults. Please post another video of your joint explaining the design, manufacture, uses and advantages over existing techniques, as I could be very wrong in my assessment and given additional information I would be happy to revise my assessment. Please send me a copy of your paper to my profile email.
Good luck in your quest - Baker
Last edited by rwbaker; 06-16-2014 at 08:43 AM.