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The holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s always difficult to pick out the right gifts at a decent price. Here are a few inventions that will keep your pockets full and surprise your friends and family with something new this year.
For the party host.
For the tool man.
With the first snowflakes flying, Christmas carols playing on the radio, and nearly every retailer advertising their “Biggest Sale of the Season,” the holiday season is nearly here. With just a week until we enjoy the parade, a table filled with delicious foods, and tons of football games, we thought we would continue our focus on “Shark Tank” by discussing those product ideas that may be perfect for turkey day! Read More >>
In celebration of Karl Benz’s birthday today (Nov. 25, 1844), let’s take a closer look at 5 of his inventions that helped transform the automotive industry, starting with the 3-wheeled “horseless carriage”:
1. The Motorwagen, patented in 1886, was the world’s first gas-fueled car. It offered a number of innovative features including a four-stroke engine, an evaporative cooling system, three wire-spoke wheels and two-passenger seating. The most prominent innovation was the vehicle’s ability to generate its own power via the internal combustion engine.
2. The Two-Stroke Engine was patented in 1879. It was a new type of internal combustion engine designed to complete a power cycle with only two “strokes” or up and down movements as compared to the four-stroke engine, which required four strokes.
3. The Double-Pivot Steering System, patented in 1893, was considered the solution to the automotive steering problem of the late 1800’s. The system utilized a steering crank in place of the current steering shaft.
4. The Benz Patent Motor Car Velocipede was invented in 1894. It was considered the world’s first production car since over 1,200 units were built. The vehicle featured the new double-pivot steering system and it offered a lighter design with a new, smaller engine.
5. The Boxer Engine received a patent in 1896. The engine design was the first to feature horizontally-opposed pistons. This invention paved the way for high-performance racing car engines and helped set the standard for the Mercedes-Benz name we know today.
To continue our month-long discussion on the ABC hit television series “Shark Tank” we have decided to take a look at a few of the ideas that were floated about the tank and possibly received a few nibbles from the sharks. While many individuals have tackled the subject of best and worst ideas, the best pitches to the sharks, the most lucrative deals, as well as financial flops; we decided to start with a rather broad category: a few ideas that, well, captivated our attention and we found rather intriguing. These products possibly made us ponder: “Why didn’t I think of that?” “How can I get one of those,” or “How the **** did they think of that?” Through five seasons, 253 entrepreneurs have appeared on the show providing quite a bounty of possibilities.
For the InventHelp staff at our headquarters in Pittsburgh, the “Shark Tank” took on a new meaning during baseball season. These relief pitchers led the Buccos to a winning season and their first trip to the playoffs during Buctober (yes, we even changed the name of the month) in too many years. While the team didn’t make it to the World Series, they brought back an interest and excitement for baseball in the ‘Burgh.
For the rest of the country, the more well-known “Shark Tank” is the ABC hit television series currently in its sixth season. The investors or “Sharks” include six tough talking men and women who vie to make a deal with entrepreneurs who plead their case. Executive producer Mark Burnett, the creator of “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” adapted the show from “Dragons’ Den”, a Japanese reality TV show. Throughout the world, the venture capitalists may be referred to as tigers, dragons, lions, or sharks in Ireland, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
As every other big-network reality show has lost viewers, “Shark Tank” has been slowly building viewer success. During its fifth season, the audience grew 15 percent to reach an average 7 million viewers on what is usually a low-rated night: Friday. The show won its time slot and climbed 17 percent among young adult viewers. “It’s exciting to people, in a down economy, to be able to watch a show that can teach them how to take control of their own life: I think that’s liberating and empowering,” states “Shark” and former real-estate titan: Barbara Corcoran.
Try swimming with the sharks yourself Friday nights at 9:00pm EST on ABC and stay tuned for the rest of the month of November as we talk more about every inventors favorite TV show.
Who’s your favorite shark? Reply to @InventHelp on twitter with hashtag #FavoriteShark to join the conversation!
With Halloween just around the corner, sprucing up your display is now easier than ever thanks to a serious number of new gadgets available this year. What can make your Halloween extra special is the ability to combine traditional effects, such as cobwebs, eerie lights and fogging devices with new, technically advanced effects to create your own uniquely spooky Halloween theme!
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Ford’s moving assembly line. Most of us know Henry Ford had a lot to do with making the assembly line what it is today; beginning the mass production of the auto industry, which would develop into the ability to make everyday products and inventions easily manufactured and produced. Now, let’s recap some events in history that you most likely did not know about the assembly line.
Today marks the 194th birthday of Léon Foucault, inventor of the Foucault pendulum, a device created in 1851 to demonstrate Earth’s rotation on its axis. The pendulum is now displayed in science museums and universities around the world.
Take a look at today’s interactive google doodle to celebrate the French physicist’s invention. Read More >>
In case you were unaware, the entire online world is obsessed with sharks these days. The made for TV movie “Sharknado” set a record for most watched original film encore in Syfy history, due to its hype on twitter. Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is another TV favorite. Just follow the hashtag #SharkWeek to see more shark memes than you’ve ever laid eyes on.
As the digital and invention savvy people that we are, we were more than excited to hear that there would be an even better week coming up: Shark Tank Week! This week (September 8th – 13th) features re-runs of ABC’s hit TV Show “Shark Tank”, including a favorite episode of one of the investor sharks each night. “Shark Tank Week” is a prelude to the season premiere of “Shark Tank” which airs on Friday, September 20th. Read More >>
What are three traits Kevin Harrington thinks a successful inventor should have? Watch to find out!
Want to see more? Check out all new exclusive video interview questions with Kevin to be released Wednesday mornings on the InventHelp facebook page. Don’t miss out!