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Inventions are Interdependent

microphoneThe first microphone was a telephone transmitter invented by Emile Berliner for Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. The invention of radio, spurred the invention of better quality broadcasting microphones.

The computer is another good example of a complex invention that required the energy of many inventors to create. In fact, the computer is actually a collection of many different inventions.

Lee Fleming and Olav Sorenson describe the process in their article The Dangers of Modularity, “Start with a simple premise: Inventions result from the combination of components (either physical things or ideas) in new and useful ways. As a gross simplification, one might think of the automobile as an amalgamation of various preexisting parts, including the steering wheel and gears of a bicycle; the wheels, axles, and general structure of a horse-drawn carriage; and the internal combustion engine. The interdependence of the components has an enormous effect on the pace and complexity of the innovation process.”

Illustration Mary Bellis - Microphone used in Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone.

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Annual Independent Inventor Conference October 11-12 at the USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) 18th Independent Inventor Conference will be held October 11-12, 2013. After taking place in other regions of the country for the last few years, the conference comes home to the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va. This two-day event is tailored for prospective or established independent inventors and small business owners. Subject-matter experts from a broad spectrum of government, legal, entrepreneurial, and business development entities will deliver vital information regarding intellectual property and commerce best practices that can help attendees be better positioned for success. A special pre-conference workshop will be held the evening of October 10 to help attendees prepare to get the most out of the conference. For more information, visit the Office of Innovation Development’s current events page and keep on the lookout for updates.

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Aluma Wallet

Have You Heard About Telebrands?

Aluma WalletTelebrands is a company that has a decent rep with independent inventors. They describe themselves as a “direct television marketing company that designs, manufactures and promotes personal care, pet care, and home products.” These are the kings of “as seen on TV products”. And they are open to invention submissions from independent inventors.

Pay attention: Telebrands does not invest in, fund, or advise you as an inventor. They will not patent your invention for you. But if you have your act together, and if you have a new consumer product with good potential for sale in retail stores, they might launch your product on television. You can begin the invention submission process with Telebrands online. Photo Credit: Courtesy of  Telebrands (Aluma Wallet)

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Personal computer with ergonomic keyboard

Ergonomics

Personal computer with ergonomic keyboard

Learning and keeping the basics of ergonomics in mind while designing an invention could make the difference between a hit or miss at the marketplace. Which would you buy?  The comfortable office chair or the one that pokes you in the back? The sunglasses that hugs your face nicely or the one that fall off every time you bend over? Do you take into consideration how it feels to use something? Or smells, sounds, and looks? Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Getty Images

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Twister

Twister

TwisterWith the passing of one of the inventors of Twister, Charles Foley; the delightful and sometimes awkward classic board game remains the first board game played with real human beings as pieces. However, as often happens when the world of businessmen meets the world of inventors, some historians do not give full credit of  the invention to the two inventors listed on the patent, Charles Foley and Neil Rabens. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hasbro

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Sunscreen May Fail To Prevent Skin Cancer

Who Invented Sunscreen?

Sunscreen May Fail To Prevent Skin CancerOne of the first sunscreens was invented by chemist Franz Greiter in 1938. Greiter’s sunscreen was called Gletscher Crème or Glacier Cream and had a sun protection factor (SPF) of 2. The formula for Glacier Cream was picked up by a company called Piz Buin, named after the place Greiter was sunburned and inspired to invent sunscreen in. Franz Greiter also invented sun protection factor (SPF) in 1962, a standard for measuring the effectiveness of sunscreen when applied at an even rate of 2 milligrams per square centimeter.

One of the first popular sunscreen products was invented by airman and pharmacist, Benjamin Green in 1944. Green’s patented sunscreen was called Red Vet Pet, and his patent was bought by Coppertone who sold it as Coppertone Girl” and “Bain de Soleil”, in the early 1950s.

So you may have noticed I wrote “one” of the first. Who would have thought that the history of sunscreens was controversial?  At least four different inventors have been credited as being the first to invent sunscreen. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Daniel Dingel Hoax or Real Deal?

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that Daniel Dingel built a water-fueled automobile engine as early as 1969. However, the Department of Energy considers Daniel Dingel’s water powered car a hoax.Opinions?

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The Odd Joke

Its time again to thank all my readers who have submitted updates, stories, scoops, corrections, and the odd joke. What would I do without you? This time I would like to thank Kim Kelstone for letting me know that Robert Weitbrecht, the inventor that created a telecommunication device for the deaf, was a physicist by occupation.

And I have to thank Trevor for the following bad joke, “An inventor invented a combination shoe with a phone built in. The inventor built many prototype shoe-phones to show people. However, during a real emergency the inventor failed to find a phone boot.”

Duh… Does anyone know how many inventors it takes to screw in a lightbulb?

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MAY is Now National Inventors Month

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Maybe Pfizer Could Take a Lesson from Independent Inventors

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