Happy Birthday to Eli Whitney today who was born on December 8, 1765.
As most of us know, Whitney is most famous for inventing the cotton gin, which highly streamlined the process of extracting fiber from cotton seeds. It produced more cotton in one hour than would be produced by multiple workers in one day. Unfortunately, Whitney struggled to earn any money for this invention as the patent was widely pirated. However, his affinity for machine work and technology led to success in various other fields you may be unaware of: Read More >>
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.
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.
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 >>
Sunday’s a great day for television in Invention Girl’s household. After all the chores are done (gadgets cleaned, batteries charged, and all that boring “housework” stuff), what better way to prepare for the hard week of work ahead than to zone out in front of the tube? Read More >>
At 17 years old, Francisco Patino was a 2004 INPEX® exhibitor. As I walked the show floor that year, I remember admiring his maturity and passion for his invention. Given his amazing determination and drive, I was not at all surprised to discover that he made it to the final stages of the first season of “American Inventor.”
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