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Easter Charms

Wednesday April 16, 2014

easter eggFor every holiday, there are inventions, trademarks, and copyrights created to serve those celebrating the holiday. Easter is no exception.

A simple trademark search for marks that included the word "Easter" turned up: The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs-treme, Easter Egg-citement!, Easter-Sauruse, Easter Bunny Dust, and more.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Martin Harvey

Gallery of Miniature Golf Patents and Photos

Wednesday April 16, 2014

minature golf windmillI see that you guys are going bonkers for information on miniature golf so I put up a new photo gallery depicting funky patents and photos. I snagged some great illustrations of miniature golf hazards. For example, I love the ornamental design for a miniature golf windmill patented by Steven Caramico. Patent Drawing: USPTO

Who Said The Following Quotes?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Quotes"All bibles are man-made."

"I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us, everything that exists, proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision."

And whose last words in life before dying were, "It is very beautiful over there." Illustration Mary Bellis

The answer may surprise you. Find Out Who Now

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.

Who Invented Amazon?

Wednesday April 2, 2014

who invented amazon?Do you know the meaning behind the Amazon logo? Amazon's brand logo has a curved arrow leading from the A to the Z, representing the fact that Amazon believes that it sells everything, every product from A to Z, and the arrow is deliberately shaped like a smile. Seriously,  many experts do feel that Amazon is plotting a form of world shopping domination. No wonder their logo is smiling. And now on to the answer of the question, "Who invented Amazon?" Logo courtesy of Amazon

Poisson d'Avril

Tuesday April 1, 2014

april foolIn sixteenth-century France, the start of the new calendar year was observed on April first. The night before , what we would call our New Years Eve, was celebrated in much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. When the pope switched New Years Day to January first a few fools did not take kindly to the change. Illustration: Mary Bellis

Who Invented The Boom Mike?

Tuesday April 1, 2014

boom microphoneAs we say goodbye to Women's History Month for the year, let's take a moment to reflect and look at our latest entry of famous female inventors.

American film director, Dorothy Arzner directed the first "talkie" (a movie where you can hear the actors talking versus a silent film) for Paramount, invented the first boom microphone, and was the first woman in the Director's Guild of America (DGA). Photo: Getty Images

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