IMO These Are The 4 Best Inventions of 2010

Each year the folks at Time magazine unleash their take on what are the top 50 best inventions for the year. After looking at the list, I took what I feel are the top 4 listed. Top inventions, IMO, are not only some type of new gadget that is here today and gone tomorrow. The invention to me that is most valuable is the invention that has a life changing experience and will impact consumers for years to come.

1. The Apple iPad is one such device that will impact our lives the most. This tablet computer not only changes our minds on what a computer does and looks like, but is also simple and intuitive to use. I have had several opportunities to use the Apple iPad and it is impressive in the way it functions, but most of all, it is a device that was built from the ground up. Products in the past they were touted as tablets per se, were nothing more than Windows stuffed inside a case. Apple took the time to build something in which the hardware and software were in fact, revolutionary.

2. Google’s driver-less car. The prediction of a car being driven by itself, was predicted some 50 years ago. In fact if I recall correctly, by the 1960s this was going to be the new normal for driving. A car that was controlled by sensors under the roadway in which the occupants entered the destination they wished to go and off the car went. The technology was going to totally eliminate accidents, or so the theory went. But in reality, some testing has been done, but not on the scale that Google is doing it. Google has actually taken the vehicle on the roads of the S.F. Bay Area and has let the car drive itself for some 150,000 miles. My guess is that it will be another 50 years before a driver-less car becomes the norm.

3. The Power-Aware cord. Most of us read the power consumption specifications that come with most electrical devices that we purchase. If you are like myself, these numbers really don’t mean much, unless the power requirements are extremely high. Case in point. I just bought a new home freezer and was impressed with the energy requirement of only $30 a year. But wonder if we could actually see power being used? In steps the Power-Aware cord. The more energy that is used, the more the spiral spins. The cord could help all of us save on energy.

4. The Antro electric car. Fresh from Hungary and coming in 2012 is the Antro electric car. This mini 3 seater features something we Americans could use. Exercising while you drive. The passengers in the Antro pedal the ultra light vehicle which also comes equipped with an auxiliary electric motor. Need more space for a larger family? Just hook two of the Antro vehicles together. The best part is that the electric motor runs off of solar panels, so no charging is required.

These are my 4 top inventions for 2010.

What are your picks?

Comments welcome.

Source – Time

Hardcore Inventing: Invent, Protect, Promote, And Profit From Your Ideas

There should be an image here!Based on the author’s experience in the world of inventing and promotion, Hardcore Inventing offers the kind of advice you can only learn from experience: how to developing an idea into an invention, how to build a prototype for show, how to safeguard intellectual property, how to market both strategically and and in “guerilla” mode, how find investors, and much more.

Hardcore Inventing offers the advice you can only learn from someone with experience: how to develop an idea into an invention, how to build a prototype, how to safeguard intellectual property, how to market both strategically, how to find investors, and much more. He takes everything an inventor or entrepreneur needs and presents it as part of his IP3 “Tactical Method” which breaks everything down into “Invent, Protect, Promote, and Profit.” With sample forms, sample pitch letters, patent applications, and more, Hardcore Inventing is a chance for inventors to learn from someone who’s fought the good fight and won.

Hardcore Inventing: Invent, Protect, Promote, And Profit From Your Ideas

There should be an image here!Based on the author’s experience in the world of inventing and promotion, Hardcore Inventing offers the kind of advice you can only learn from experience: how to developing an idea into an invention, how to build a prototype for show, how to safeguard intellectual property, how to market both strategically and and in “guerilla” mode, how find investors, and much more.

Hardcore Inventing offers the advice you can only learn from someone with experience: how to develop an idea into an invention, how to build a prototype, how to safeguard intellectual property, how to market both strategically, how to find investors, and much more. He takes everything an inventor or entrepreneur needs and presents it as part of his IP3 “Tactical Method” which breaks everything down into “Invent, Protect, Promote, and Profit.” With sample forms, sample pitch letters, patent applications, and more, Hardcore Inventing is a chance for inventors to learn from someone who’s fought the good fight and won.

Screw-In Coffin Saves Space By Burying Deceased Vertically

In what can only be described as a novel way to bury our dead, an inventor has come up with a screw-in coffin. The design permits the burying of our loved ones vertically instead of horizontally, saving space in the process. In a recent article it shows a picture and diagram of the invention that says it can be screwed into the earth either manually or by using a machine.

The article also states that:

Scruggs is currently engineering prototypes that can withstand the torsion involved without breaking and without being too heavy or expensive.¬†For the more eccentric, he says, “you could have one made out of clear resin, with you in the middle of it, and you could practically wave goodbye to everyone as you’re being screwed into the ground. But that’s probably an option for rock stars.”

Interesting concept. But does it make more sense to bury our deceased or have them cremated?

You decide.

Comments welcome.

Source – Discoverer

Home Depot To Pay Ex-Employee $25M For Invention

When Michael Powell invented a device called ‘Safe Hands’ that protected workers from slicing off their fingers while cutting wood at Home Depot, he offered to sell his invention to the company at $2,000 per installed protector. Instead, Home Depot executives stole his invention, duplicated the device, and installed it at 2,000 stores. One arrogant Home Depot executive, when confronted that the invention belonged to Powell, stated ‘F**k Michael Powell, let him sue us.’ And that is exactly what Powell did.

A recent news article states:

The crass response typifies the company’s attitude toward Powell, who crafted a simple, yet ingenious, way to keep Home Depot employees from slicing off their fingers while they’re cutting wood for customers, a federal judge said Monday.

“Home Depot knew exactly what it was doing,” U.S. District Judge Daniel Hurley said. “They simply pushed Mr. Powell away and they did it totally and completely for their own economic benefit.”

Calling the company callous and arrogant, he ordered it to pay the former Boca Raton man $3 million in punitive damages. That’s on top of the $15 million a jury in March said the company should pay him for stealing his so-called “Safe Hands” gadget that is now affixed to radial saws at nearly 2,000 Home Depots nationwide.

The damages for Home Depot don’t end there. Hurley also ordered the firm to pay Powell’s attorneys the $2.8 million they say they are owed, and to pay Powell an estimated $1 million in interest annually on the judgment. The interest began building in 2006 and will continuing accruing until Home Depot pays up.

The roughly $25 million judgment could have been avoided had the company agreed in 2004 to pay Powell the $2,000 he offered to charge for each device. That bill would have come to $4 million.

I would venture a guess that the Home Depot executive will still get a hefty bonus, despite his arrogant behavior that cost the company money. After all, that does seem to be the way corporate America functions!

Comments welcome.

Source – The Palm Beach Post News

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Radio Shack And Beyond!

New Gnomie Katha Sheehan writes:

Chris, you bleepin’ genius,

I just discovered you while looking for a way to offer a suggestion to Radio Shack. I was thrilled to see an accessible geek interested in inventions and making things work better! I have this little bug in my head that wants to do the same, and I can’t get rid of it!

The other day I went to Radio Shack looking for some kind of TV-band tuner which I hoped to marry with an HD converter box and my car’s radio, in order to be able to continue listening to soap operas and news on my favorite TV channel whilst stuck in traffic. (I cannot get any of my geek friends to make this for me! Not even for money!) The RS gentleman kindly pointed out he didn’t have all the elements to make it work, and sent me on my way. (I have since picked up almost everything I need at Goodwill stores.)

It was about the third time I’ve gone to Radio Shack lately and they have run me off, politely, without selling me a darn thing. They are going to disappear in a matter of five years unless…

(And here’s my big idea)

They should put in some electronics work benches which you could rent by the hour, with soldering irons and whatever diagnostic equipment geeks need (sorry, I’m not a geek, just a chicken farmer with unusual needs). People could mosey down with their dreams and their broken appliances and work on them there, surrounded by other drop-in geeks and dreamers, and purchase whatever capacitors and interfaces they need, as they need them. I think it could become the NEXT STARBUCKS if they did this. It would not take much to set up a few pilot ones in existing stores.

(BTW, I think this would work for car parts stores in slow midwestern towns, too.)

Radio Shack should try this, because otherwise they are going to wind up being a minor wholly-owned parts supplier of Walmart or something.

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Eccentric Cubicle

There should be an image here!Is your dreary office cubicle in need of some spice? If so, a new book, Eccentric Cubicle, has your much-needed remedies. Featuring zany and interesting ways to pump some fun into your workspace, Eccentric Cubicle will improve your building and creative skills, while quickly turning your cubicle into an office hot spot. Author Kaden Harris — the unconventional mind behind Eccentric Genius — takes aspiring and die-hard do-it-yourselfers through a highly entertaining gamut of workplace-oriented projects. From desktop guillotines and crossbows to mood-enhancing effects and music makers, these interesting builds combine a wide spectrum of basic shop techniques, alternative materials and designs that are guaranteed to bring some fun into any office environment.

Specific projects include:

  • Active Desktop: Over-engineered and cunningly executed, this postmillennial version of the classic French revolutionary guillotine is the last word in cigar accessories. Or desktop snack choppers.
  • BallistaMail: This Greco-Roman missile (good for launching spears, javelins, and the occasional boulder) scales down to an intimidatingly powerful interoffice mail delivery system. Your memos will never be ignored again!
  • Maple Mike: Because golfing is a stepping stone to boardroom success, make your own desktop simulation of the perfect golf swing in one easy-to-use/easy-to-build project.
  • Haze-o-Matic 3000: Bring the “fog of war” to your contract negotiations. Build a mechanism that’s as inherently cool as a fog machine and mystify your co-workers!
  • The Gysin Device: Harness your subconscious for enhanced creativity with this lucid dream induction device — all from the comfort of your own cubicle! Sitar not included.

Eccentric Cubicle offers far more than a collection of project “how-tos.” Filled with oblique industrial design, fabrication philosophies and sardonic social commentary, Eccentric Cubicle offers the reader encouragement to adapt, modify, and hack their way through their builds. “The book’s overall intent is to infuse the new-school Do-It-Yourself community with a therapeutic dose of slightly non-Euclidean engineering, classic shop techniques and surreally interpreted physics,” explains Harris. “The projects are intended to make people say, ‘It does WHAT?!'”

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Google Offers New Patent Search Web Site – Beta

So you think you have invented a bigger and better mouse trap – but has anyone filed a patent for what you think is a great idea?

You can now search through over seven million patents that have been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since the 1790s. This new service from Google (in beta form) takes advantage of its proprietary algorithms and technology used in the company’s book search service. Also included in the patent search are diagrams of the patented products.

In addition, the site includes an advanced search option as well as a help menu to assist you in finding what you are looking for.

So if you need patent information quickly, give this new Google search engine a try. It can be found here.

Enjoy!

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