More than seventy years after his death, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla is finally getting his due. He grew up in the area now known as Croatia with a mother who invented small household appliances. This may have spurred his interest in electrical systems and given rise to his own passion for innovation. Tesla immigrated to the United States in 1884 and soon began working with another inventor, Thomas Edison, before parting ways in less than amicable circumstances. While Edison was known as a powerful figure who focused on career advancement, Tesla was the awkward foreigner who simply wanted to invent. He was poor at self-marketing and had consistent trouble finding the money needed to finance his work. Read More >>
As America celebrates another year of independence with fireworks displays across the nation, it is interesting to note that their original use was in New Year’s celebrations. Who invented fireworks and how did this colorful and explosive entertainment come into being? Read More >>
More than likely, you are reading this blog post via the InventHelp blog by surfing the World Wide Web (WWW) on the Internet. This same information management system allows you to send electronic mail to friends and family, share pictures of your son’s baseball game to social media, and research term papers without leaving your home. The rise and use of the Internet may be one of the greatest technological advancements of our society in this generation. Interestingly enough, its creation was not the work of one person but of a process of refinement and improvement spanning decades. Read More >>
There may be as many myths about the origin of famous inventions as there are inventions themselves. Many individuals have found themselves mis-credited for the work of others when their great contribution was actually improvements on a product or intellectual property…or they were simply the first to patent a product. Let’s take a look at and then dispel some of the most widely held myths. Read More >>
New inventions can sprout from the most unlikely of sources—and the oddest of places. The modern toothbrush was not invented by a dentist in a hygiene laboratory but by a prisoner serving time in an English prison in the late 1700s with a need for cleaner teeth. Read More >>
This famous quotation by Alexander Fleming is certainly true with regard to his discovery of penicillin. This antibiotic resulted in its discoverer sharing the Nobel Prize in 1945 and being ranked as the most important discovery of the millennium by at least 3 large magazines at the approach of 2000. Read More >>
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 >>
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.
When you think of Abraham Lincoln you think of the historical president: the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, the first Republican President. He was also an inventor… Read More >>