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Not sure if it's the Furby or the attraction of being an inventor, but this interview I did with Richard C. Levy, the man behind Furby, remains very popular. Maybe it will of interest to you or someone you know? http://www.mrmedia.com/2010/10/complete-idiots-guide-author-and-furby-inventor-richard-c-levy-creates-ways-to-avoid-mr-media/#.UTj6JRnbtMoNot sure if it's the Furby or the attraction of being an inventor, but this... more
As the proliferation of renewables has undergone its inevitable rise and fall and rise again in recent years, it has become fashionable to point to the geniuses of the past both as advocates (or questers) for the technology and as wise, ancient voices urging the trend forward.
Perhaps no one gets this treatment more that America's most famous inventor, Thomas Alva Edison. He is an easy choice.As the proliferation of renewables has undergone its inevitable rise and fall and rise... more
Audio, video of Tesla's funeral. Also obituaries and links. He was an amazing man who made amazing contributions to science as we know it today. Got science?Audio, video of Tesla's funeral. Also obituaries and links. He was an amazing... more
Just when you think there's nothing left for Congress & Corporations to steal, Here They Come Again, In For The Kill ! As usual, after Republicans reject the Senate's proposal for patent reform; ( which has served and facilitated the greatest industrial expansion in history and on earth ), the Senate says: "o.k., tell us what you want for Big Corporate and we'll give it to them. Don't worry about the public, they don't understand the issue anyway. They won't be looking. Just make sure you pay me on the way out."
"The Senate will take up the House's version of a bipartisan patent reform bill immediately after its summer recess".
"The bill has drawn opposition from small inventors, and some provisions are controversial, such as one that would make it easier to challenge business method patents. But the legislation has wide-ranging support from industry, both parties, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House."
When industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Republicans are sponsoring, championing, and promoting an issue, can there be any doubt that they're about to steal someone's lunch money? After this farcical debt crisis / ceiling debacle, can we really be surprised that the President and Congress are supporting it too? There must be a lot of blood money floating in the waters. What this proposed bill does is to help Big Corporate steal from independent inventors and innovators with impunity. Since it is individuals which create most innovations and new products, this will ultimately stifle job creation instead of growing it. Patent experts have objected and protested what they see as stifling technology development, decreasing job growth, suppressing economic recovery, and saddling us with a international "handicap" which we previously did not have. If our patent system helped grow us into the most powerful nation on the earth, how can it be so bad; except to would be robber barons. It behooves all who is interested in stopping Big Corporate's DEATH MARCH on the PEOPLE of the United States to read the numerous articles linked on Mr. Laudner's page:
"There are many things wrong with our patent system, and many ways in which it might be improved, but this bill does not materially improve it, and would make it much harder for start-ups to obtain and enforce patents. Unlike the Senate bill passed in March, the bill passed by the House (HR1249) in June does not fix the problem of the patent offices's fees being diverted to help cover our federal deficit. The change to First-to-file would be a benefit to those who would like to steal others ideas, and consequently will force entrepreneurs in the USA to have to follow the same advice that exists in Europe: file for your patents BEFORE talking with investors, potential customers or even potential co-founders. This will stifle the open innovation model that has flourished in America. Other changes will make it easier to accidentally lose the ability to obtain a patent (e.g. if you offer your invention for sale or publicly use it), will more easily enable an infringer to defend themselves by showing such actions prior to the plaintiff's application, and will enable infringers to postpone the issuance of other's patents by filing expensive post-grant review procedures...which can also cost a company more than they can afford. The proponents have sold this bill based on superficial talking points that sound plausible, but are deceptions. Every well-known US inventor opposes this, as does Judge Paul Michel, the US's #1 patent judge who resigned early from his lifetime appointment in order to speak out against this."
http://www.lauderpartners.com/PatentReform/Just when you think there's nothing left for Congress & Corporations to... more
The Wave Disk Generator uses 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard car engines use just 15 percent. As a result, the generator is 3.5 times more fuel efficient than typical combustion engines.
Researchers estimate the new model could shave almost 1,000 pounds off a car's weight currently taken up by conventional engine systems.
Last week, the prototype was presented to the energy division of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is backing the Michigan State University Engine Research Laboratory with $2.5 million in funding.
Michigan State's team of engineers hope to have a car-sized 25-kilowatt version of the prototype ready by the end of the year.The Wave Disk Generator uses 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard car... more
Happy birthday, you death-ray-inventing, no-sex-having, alternate-current-pioneering, been-dead-for-67-years mad genius. In lieu of presents, we offer you this fine song. срећан рођендан, Никола Тесла.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2zwBRa0YhA&feature=player_embedded#!Happy birthday, you death-ray-inventing, no-sex-having, alternate-current-pioneering,... more
Board game lovers, knowledge seekers and pub quiz enthusiasts mourned the death of Chris Haney, co-creator of the iconic general knowledge game Trivial Pursuit.
Mr Haney died in hospital in Toronto, Canada on Monday at the age of 59, having battled with a long-term illness.
His co-creator and lifelong friend Scott Abbott paid tribute to the inventor of one of the most iconic board games ever made: “He was not a scholar in the conventional sense. That being said, he was one of the most knowledgeable, widely read people I’ve ever encountered,” he told CBC News.
Trivial Pursuit was born over a lunchtime game of Scrabble between Haney and Abbott in December 1979. When conversation turned to an alternative to Scrabble the pair quickly sketched out an idea for a trivia quiz which would rely on a broad knowledge of different disciplines.
Scribbling ideas onto a bar-room napkin, the basic formula for Trivial Pursuit was conceived, including the six categories: arts and literature, sports and leisure, science and nature, geography, history, and entertainment. The wagon wheel design of the board was also roughly decided in this early planning stage before Haney and Abbott decided to raise capital to make their idea a reality.
With $1,000 from friends and colleagues Trivial Pursuit was launched in 1981. By 1984 the game sold 20 million copies in North America alone. “We had no idea just how successful it would become,” added Abbott, “We didn’t realize it would transcend games players and become, with the Cabbage Patch Kids, what Time magazine in 1984 called an American social phenomenon.”
Trivial Pursuit made both Haney and Abbott millionaires. Mr Haney is survived by his wife and three children.Board game lovers, knowledge seekers and pub quiz enthusiasts mourned the death of... more
Just yards from Current's London office, television transmission was first demonstrated, the nuclear chain reaction was conceived and the first bicycle was invented and sold.
Add to that the daily newspaper, canned food, plastic, wedding cakes the Christmas cracker (and some other stuff) and you've got yourself a pretty interesting map.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=108088877885353953763.00048254bc160bdec1fae&source=embed&ll=51.523911,-0.144539&spn=0.110437,0.308647&z=12Just yards from Current's London office, television transmission was first... more
If you don’t know who Rudy Heeman is, then let me introduce to you the man who built the first FLYING HOVERCRAFT, at his home. This guy is a genius… he actually found a way to create that hovercraft in his own garage! If you’re interested in buying his creation you should go at trademe.co.nz and pay $13.000… watch video:
http://www.music-juice.com/daily-fun/man-builds-first-flying-hovercraft-at-home.htmlIf you don’t know who Rudy Heeman is, then let me introduce to you the man who... more
He wanted to be a latter-day Henry Ford. Instead, Sir Clive saw his fortune disappear and his company ruined by the disastrous launch of the C5 electric vehicle – a plastic, dumbed-down version of the Robin Reliant without the roof and a top speed of 15mph – when it was launched in 1985. Panned by the critics and shunned by the public, before the year was out production had ceased and Sinclair Vehicles went into receivership – the inventor's reputation in ruins.
Now Sir Clive Sinclair claims he is poised to make a comeback with a new plan that could finally see his dream of a successful electric vehicle become a reality.He wanted to be a latter-day Henry Ford. Instead, Sir Clive saw his fortune disappear... more
Technological visionary Ray Kurzweil discusses the future of humanity and its place in a world of super-intelligent machines and super-human intelligence.
...Over the past four decades, Ray Kurzweil has established himself as one of the world's most prolific and influential inventors. His specialty is pattern recognition — teaching machines to classify data and learn. He created the first program to enable computers to read text — the basis of modern scanning — as well as the first program to translate text into speech. Stevie Wonder, a close friend of Kurzweil, calls the inventor's print-to-speech technology a "breakthrough that changed my life." In 1983, with Wonder as an adviser, Kurzweil built the Kurzweil 250 — a synthesizer that revolutionized the music world with its uncannily realistic re-creations of acoustic orchestral instruments.
For his contributions to artificial intelligence, Kurzweil has been enshrined in the Inventors Hall of Fame and has received White House honors from three presidents — including the highest prize in his field, the National Medal of Technology. But nothing he has done in the past has shaken the scientific community as profoundly as his latest prediction. In our lifetime, Kurzweil believes, machines will not only surpass humans in intelligence — they will irrevocably alter what it means to be human. Cell-size robots will zap disease from our bloodstream. Superintelligent nanotechnology, operating on a molecular scale, will scrub pollution from our atmosphere. Our minds, our skills, our memories, our very consciousness will be backed up on computers — allowing us, in essence, to live forever, all our data saved by super-smart machines.
"Right now, people think it's irresponsible not to back up our PCs," Kurzweil says. "But increasingly, we'll be backing up the information in our brains. People will think it was remarkable that we couldn't back up our brains in 2010."
Kurzweil is very specific about when this epic shift will take place. By 2045, he predicts, machines and humans will merge, redefining life as we know it. The moment is known as the Singularity, referring to the term used in astrophysics to describe the point inside a black hole where the ordinary laws of physics cease to apply. To prepare himself and the rest of the world for the era of conscious machines, Kurzweil has turned himself into the chief prophet of the coming Techno Rapture. He crisscrosses the globe to rally top scientists, hosts an annual Singularity Summit that draws leaders from places like Google and MIT, and has even developed his own line of nutritional supplements to extend people's lives until the day when their existence can be endlessly preserved by technology. At 61, Kurzweil pops 150 of his own pills every day, determined to live long enough to see the day when, thanks to machines, he will never age.
To say that Kurzweil's prediction is controversial is to understate the scientific firestorm it has generated. No less a pragmatist than Bill Gates has hailed Kurzweil's vision, calling him "the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence." But to other leading thinkers, Kurzweil has gone off the deep end, venturing into an almost messianic fervor with his promises of life everlasting. "The Singularity is a new religion — and a particularly kooky one at that," says Jaron Lanier, a top computer scientist who pioneered the realm of virtual reality. "The Singularity is the coming of the Messiah, heaven on Earth, the Armageddon, the end of times. And fanatics always think that the end of time comes in their own lifetime."
Kurzweil shrugs off such criticism: He has the self-confidence of a man who is used to being so far ahead of the curve that others can't see where he's headed. The only time he falters is when he's asked if he could be wrong about the Singularity. For a moment he stares blankly into space, as if receiving an otherworldly transmission.
More...Technological visionary Ray Kurzweil discusses the future of humanity and its place in... more
William Kamkwamba, a Malawian high school student and inventor, talks to Jon Stewart about how he built a windmill by looking at pictures in a book.William Kamkwamba, a Malawian high school student and inventor, talks to Jon Stewart... more
A temperature-telling device created back in the early 1660s by the Italian inventor Galileo, available today as an attractive desk or shelf ornament that is as beautiful as it is functional.A temperature-telling device created back in the early 1660s by the Italian inventor... more
She is the perfect wife, with the body of a Page 3 pin-up and housekeeping skills that put TV’s Kim and Aggie to shame. Her name is Aiko, she can even read a map, and will never, ever, nag. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t she fellas? And she is.
Aiko is actually a robot, a fantasy brought to life by inventor Le Trung. Devoted Aiko — “in her 20s” — has a stunning 32-23-33 figure, pretty face and shiny hair. She is always happy to clean the house for “husband” Le, help with his accounts or get him a drink.
Computer ace Le, 33, from Ontario, Canada, has spent two years and £14,000 building his dream girl. He had planned to make an android to care for the elderly. But his project — inspired by sci-fi robots like Star Wars’s C3PO — strayed off-course.
Le said: “Aiko is what happens when science meets beauty.”
Robo-wife Aiko starts the day by reading Le the main newspaper headlines. The couple often go for a drive in the countryside, where Aiko proves a whizz at directions. And they always sit down for dinner together in the evening, although Aiko doesn’t have much of an appetite.
Le says his relationship with Aiko hasn’t strayed into the bedroom, but a few “tweaks” could turn her into a sexual partner. Le said: “Her software could be redesigned to simulate her having an orgasm.”
Aiko can already react to being tickled or touched. She also recognises faces and speaks 13,000 sentences.
You'd think he would buy her better looking clothes with her being a robot and all...She is the perfect wife, with the body of a Page 3 pin-up and housekeeping skills that... more
Johnny Henry of Laurel has developed the vibrating toilet seat.
“I believe in thinking out of the box,” Henry said. “I wanted to create something that is a little unusual.
“This invention is designed to stimulate,” he said. “It’s to make you feel good while you are there.”
Because of Henry’s invention, he recently attended the Invent Bay International Inventors Convention held at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It was great,” Henry said about the convention. “You get to meet with licensers, buyers and investors, and I got a chance to promote my product. ... It was really nice.”
Also while at the convention, Henry, a native of Soso, made a pitch for the Jay Leno Show and The Discovery Channel.
Henry said he currently has a provisional patent on the product, however, “hopefully I’ll get on one of the shows and be able to introduce my product to a national audience.”
Henry said the vibrating toilet seat “is a novelty item that can also be used as a gag gift.”
When asked how he developed the idea, Henry said he “wanted to add some life to the otherwise lifeless toilet seat.”
Henry, a 1968 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Ellisville, attended Jones County Junior College and Alcorn State University before entering the United States Army in 1973.
After three years in the Army, Henry enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
However, Henry said the inventors convention was very educational.
“The convention was very exciting. There was 300-400 investors there,” Henry added. “I gained a wealth of knowledge about how to market inventions and how to get a product going.”
Henry, who began working on his invention in 1997, has now developed a prototype.Johnny Henry of Laurel has developed the vibrating toilet seat. “I believe in... more
It seems inventing things can be a pretty dangerous occupation. Some of the inventions that helped their creators to an early grave don't come as that much of a surprise, the hanglider and the parachute been the obvious examples, but a mechanical bed doesn't spring to mind as a lethal invention.
Check the link for a collection of rather unlucky, and some downright stupid, inventor-killing inventions, there's pictures, videos and a quick overview of the mishap creations. It seems inventing things can be a pretty dangerous occupation. Some of the inventions... more
In his new book "Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret," journalist Seth Shulman argues that Bell stole the ideas for a telephone from a rival Elisha Grey.
Woah! They may have to rewrite the history books if this is true.
In his new book "Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's... more