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History of the Automobile

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The automobile as we know it was not invented in a single day by a single inventor. The history of the automobile reflects an evolution that took place worldwide. It is estimated that over 100,000 patents created the modern automobile.

The Stories, The Lives
Inventors Spotlight10

How to Where to and Why to Patent an Idea

Wednesday April 9, 2014

patent an ideaIf you got it flaunt it. This is an introductory article I have written aimed at those of you who do not know how to patent it yourself. One hot tip, patent early, especially now when the first to file rule came into effect in the United States, and especially if your invention is in a highly competitive field. Illustration: Getty Images/Chad Baker

Different Ways to Fund an Invention

Wednesday April 9, 2014

moneyAn introduction to invention funding illustrating several different sources to borrow or raise funds and bring your idea to the marketplace.

And on that note let me leave you with a quote from Steve Jobs, "Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."


So How Does A Telephone Work?

Wednesday April 9, 2014

How a telephone works - overview

Some times it is the simplest things in life that we take for granted. For example, have you ever wondered just How A Telephone Works?

And on that ring let me leave you with a great quote from the controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, "I assume everything I'm saying in an email or saying on the telephone is being looked at."

Mind Control

Wednesday April 9, 2014

BraingateImagine this, a wheelchair bound patient controls a robotic arm without uttering a word or pushing a button. Yet, the robotic arm moves and does their bidding. How? The patient is controlling the robot with their thoughts. Sounds like science fiction right? But guess what? It's science fact - not fiction.

John Donoghue invented a technology beyond belief for a company called BrainGate. A real patient in a wheelchair had the BrainGate device implanted into their brain and hooked to a computer to which they sent mental commands that resulted in the machine doing what they wanted it to. The new technology is called BCI or brain-computer interface, and BrainGate is a major player in this new field. Illustration USPTO

And where is this technology heading? I think to one amazing place. This is what BrainGate has to say.

Advanced prosthetic devices are currently controlled with mechanical switches; however, we [BrainGate] believe that once perfected, implanted neural interfaces will provide a more natural control of these devices. Using brain signals to control movement should enable more real-time responses and allow for more complex use of these artificial limbs. BrainGate envisions a technology that bridges the gap between the brain and the limb. If  the patient still has the ability to "think" about movement, BrainGate has the potential to interpret and re-connect those signals, thus allowing the patient to move those limbs simply by thinking about it.

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