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The ‘Light’ at the End of the Tunnel: Daylight Saving Time

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

On Sunday, March 9, we will be pushing our clocks forward! Despite the fact that we will lose a coveted hour of sleep, we are one step closer to a warm, spring breeze filling the air.

Daylight Saving Time, or DST for short, is a change in the standard time with the purpose of getting better use out of the daylight hours. This is done by having the sun rise one hour later in the morning and set one hour later in the evening. This idea has only been used in the past hundred years, but the idea of DST was conceived many years prior.

Let’s start with the origin of DST. Ancient civilizations were known to practice a very similar process to the idea of DST when they would adjust their daily schedules according to the sun.

The question of when DST was first conceived still floats around and so, too, are the ideas of who started this concept. Some say it was by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 during his stay in Paris. This is when he published an essay titled, An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light (that’s a mouthful). This essay proposed to economize the use of candles by rising earlier, in order to make use of the morning sunlight.

Others believe that modern DST was first proposed by an entomologist from New Zealand by the name of George Vernon Hudson in 1895. Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society that suggested a two-hour shift forward in October and a two-hour shift back in March. Although there was an interest in the idea, it was never carried out.

Although these two theories continue to swirl around today, the invention of DST can essentially be credited to William Willet. In 1905, he came up with the idea to move the clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of daylight in the mornings and the light in the  evenings.

His idea proposal suggested moving the clocks 80 minutes forward each of the four Sundays in April and then switching them back by the same amount of time on four Sundays in October.

This idea caught the eye of Robert Pearce, who then introduced a bill to the House of Commons in February 1907. In 1909, the first Daylight Saving Bill was drafted and presented to Parliament several times and then examined by a select committee. Unfortunately, Willet passed away in 1915 before he could ever see his idea come to fruition.

Willet’s reason behind DST was so that people could enjoy the sunlight more. However, when his idea came to life in World War I, it was for a different reason, to conserve energy in Germany. Weeks later, the United Kingdom followed and introduced “summer time.”

As some believe in the United Sates, DST was intended to benefit farmers. However, the agricultural industry was strongly against the time switch when it was first implemented on March 31, 1918 as a wartime measure. The clock wasn’t what dictated the farmers’ schedules; it was the sun. So, DST was a very disruptive practice, because the farmers had to wait an extra hour to do their daily tasks.

Did you know that both Arizona, with the exception of the state’s Navajo Nation, and Hawaii do not observe DST? Also, the U.S. territories of the American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands also remain on standard time all year.

Just as an aside, many people make the term’s second word plural (Daylight Savings Time). However, the word “saving” acts as a part of an adjective rather than a verb, so, the singular form of the word is grammatically correct!

We hope that you enjoyed today’s little history and grammar lesson on the idea and invention of Daylight Saving Time! Don’t forget to push your clocks forward on Sunday, March 9!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/history.html

http://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-may-not-know-about-daylight-saving-time

Images:

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The 2014 Winter Games are ‘Hot’

Innovation, Innovative Inventions

The 2014 Winter Olympics began on February 7; and, since that time, the Olympic torch has been ablaze.

The idea for the invention of the Olympic torch stems back to the ancient Greeks’ belief that fire was given to humankind by Prometheus, who believed that fire had sacred qualities.

The Greeks held their Olympic Games in 776 B.C. and just like today, the Games were held every four years at Olympia. Albeit, the first Olympics honored Zeus and other Greek gods, the Olympics now obviously do not. At the time, the Olympics marked the beginning of a period of peace for the often-warring Greeks. The runners, also known as the “heralds of peace” at the beginning of the Games, would travel all throughout Greece, declaring a “sacred truce” to all wars between rival city-states. The truce would remain during the entirety of the Games, so that spectators could safely travel to the Olympics.

Now, the constant burning flame is used solely during today’s Games; however, throughout Greece at the time, the burning flame was a regular fixture.

Today, the journey of the Olympic torch begins well before the actual Games commence. It all begins with an invention idea that is stowed away in the mind(s) of the designer or group of designers. The Olympic Committee receives several design proposals that are reviewed in order to determine who will turn their idea into a reality and build the torch.

Just like any invention, a lot of thought goes into the process and the team whose design is selected must invent a torch that is both aesthetically pleasing and, most importantly, functional.

Inventing an aesthetically-pleasing torch seems to be the easy part; while, the functionality part takes a lot of work to ensure that the torch will not only stay lit across the distance, but also make it through some tough conditions.

The modern Olympic torch originated with John Hench, who was a Disney artist that designed the torch for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. From that point on, his torch design idea laid the foundation for all future torches.

Since then, future designers have tried to invent a torch that represents the host country, as well as the theme for that particular Olympics.

It takes about a year or two for the idea of the torch design to come to fruition. Once the torch is built, it is then tested rigorously in all sorts of weather conditions. Once it passes the tests, the torch is then replicated several times, because it isn’t just one torch that makes the journey into the Olympic stadium; it’s thousands. There can be anywhere between 10,000 to 15,000 torches that are created in order to accommodate the thousands of runners who carry the torches through each leg of the relay.

Despite the fact that the ideas for the torch design vary every four years, the torches must always contain some basic elements:

  • Fuel to create the flame
  • A fuel delivery system that will get the flame out of the top of the torch
  • An aerodynamic design that is both lightweight and safe for a runner to carry

The 2014 Winter Olympics will come to a close on Sunday, February 23, and the torch that’s been lit throughout the duration of the Games will finally be extinguished. But, you better believe that the creative minds of designers already are bursting with ideas that “spark” their imaginations for the creation of the next Games’ torch!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.infoplease.com/sports/olympics/history-olympic-torch.html

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/olympic-torch1.htm

Images:

http://iidastudents.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/olympic-torches-thats-hot/

http://www.icsid.org/feature/current/articles1833.htm

The Future is Just in Time for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

With the opening events of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Friday, February 7, we thought it would be a great idea to talk about some of the innovative inventions that will be displayed at this year’s games.

The Winter Games are full of adrenaline-pumping sports like bobsledding, freestyle skiing, snowboarding and curling (OK, maybe it’s not adrenaline pumping, but, it’s still fun to watch). Of course, there are many more events that are included in the Winter Olympics; but, we wanted to focus this blog on some new technology that will be infused into the hockey competition this year.

There are people all over the world that idolize their favorite professional hockey player and might even correlate them to a super hero. Well, during the 2014 Winter Olympics, select Olympic hockey players will be dressing the part of a super hero when they dawn state-of-the-art, 3D- scanned uniforms that are custom-fitted to their body parts.

Bauer, a hockey equipment manufacturer officially unveiled their new line of high-tech hockey equipment in December that’s called “Od1n.” The CEO of Bauer has called the gear the “concept car” of hockey equipment.

Hockey fans everywhere will be able to see the new gear in action at the Sochi Winter Games, because it will be worn by the NHL’s Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks/Team USA), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks/Team Canada), Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals/Team Sweden), and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers/Team Sweden).  Additionally, Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals/ Team Russia) and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers/Team Canada) are included in the group of six players, who worked hand-in-hand with Bauer in order to test the equipment.

A focal point of this innovative invention is the weight reduction of the equipment that should provide a significant on-ice advantage. Lundqvist will replace his traditional synthetic leather that is equipped with compression-molded foam that can be modified depending on the goalie’s style of play for the Od1n goalie pads that are much lighter. Even the skates are lighter, because of the carbon-composite blade holders that equal about 1,000 fewer pounds of lifted weight during a regulation game.

As is with any invention, designs are at the heart of these new technologies. By using the up-and-coming invention of 3D optical scanning, which is a technology that was borrowed from the automotive industry, Bauer was able to create protective base-layers suits that are molded to each player’s physique. The scans generated computerized models that were then used to create the custom equipment.

So, what’s the sticker price for this invention? The answer: a cool one million dollars.

Here are a few quick videos to give you a sneak peek at just how innovative this equipment really is!



Whether or not this new super hero-esque hockey equipment will hit the mass market is still up in the air; but, hockey fans everywhere can marvel at Bauer’s latest invention as they tune in to some quality competition during the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi.

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2014/01/29/sochi-hockey-equipment/

Media:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2ZAkAAYZ2M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Nx_b_i_f8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D-XUsEN_N8

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1283077/bauer-hockey-unveils-the-future-of-hockey-equipment

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Inventions

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

The holiday season is in full swing and with this time of year comes festive decorations and treats that are appropriate for the season.

From sparkly tinsel to tasty peppermint candy canes, the holidays, especially around Christmastime, are filled with joyful and merry inventions that add a little flair to your celebrations.

Let’s take a look at some of the sweet and festive Christmas inventions that will fill you with joy and cheer!

Tinsel-. Although, it is still a little unclear about where tinsel was first invented, many people agree that it was first made in Germany in the 1600s.

Tinsel was originally created by hammering out a paper thin silver alloy that was then cut into strips. Its first use was not only to decorate Christmas trees, but, it also was used as a common decoration for anything that needed some extra shine and glisten.

At its inception, candles, lanterns and fireplaces were the main sources of light in homes and reflective surfaces were, many times, used in order to maximize the light in the room, thus making shiny tinsel a great light source as well.

At the time, the same tinsel was used year in and year out; and, although that was a good idea, the truth of the matter is, silver has the tendency to tarnish. By the 1920s, the invention received a facelift and there was ultimately a better way to make tinsel that wouldn’t tarnish; thus, aluminum base began to be used. By the 1950s, the aluminized paper proved to be a fire hazard when paired with lots of lights and decorations on a dry Christmas tree.

The tinsel that we use today is made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Although there are environmental concerns about the new materials used to create tinsel, we can definitely say that this invention glistens with innovation.

Electric lights- Take a spin around your neighborhood during the month of December and you’ll be sure to see houses decked out in sparkly lights. These decorations have been around for quite some time, but the idea of illuminating trees started in the middle of the17th century when small candles were used to light them.

As you can imagine, burning candles on a tree probably wasn’t the smartest or safest idea; however, during the time, the candles did the trick to add a festive touch to the holidays.

By 1882, the first Christmas tree was illuminated by the use of electricity. Edward Johnson found a better way to light a Christmas tree without open flames burning on a tree. To find a solution to the problem of trees catching on fire from the open flames, Johnson invented the safer, more efficient invention of the very first strand of electric lights. His invention was first used when he lit up a Christmas tree in New York City with 80 small electric light bulbs.

The invention of electric lights on a string was mass produced around 1890 and by 1900, department stores began using lights for their Christmas displays.

Now, thanks to Johnson, houses, store fronts, Christmas trees and many more things continue to be illuminated by this bright invention.

Candy canes- What’s red and white and minty all over? If you guessed a candy cane, you are right! Although legends continue to swirl (pun intended) about the origins of this ‘sweet’ invention, the first historically-recorded mention of this holiday treat was from the year 1670 in Germany. It is said that the invention of the candy cane came to be when a choirmaster bent sticks into the shape of a shepherd’s cane to hand out to kids. However, the first mention of candy canes in America wasn’t until 1847 when a German-Swedish immigrant to Ohio used them to decorate a spruce.

In contrast to the candy canes that we know today, the original canes were all white. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the red stripes were added. The invention of the candy cane began to catch on in the 1920s when Bob McCormack began using the candy as Christmas treats for the community in Albany, Georgia.  In the 1950s, his brother-in-law invented a machine that automated the process.  As years went on and technology advanced, McCormack’s descendants created packaging advances that allowed them to ship the fragile canes to people around the world, turning their company, Bobs Candies Inc., into the world’s largest producer of candy.

Glistening tinsel, sparkling lights and minty candy canes are only a few examples of some of the most festive holiday inventions that are commonly used around this time of the year.

‘Tis the season to use these festive inventions!

Copyright Davison 2013

Sources:

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-history-christmas-tinsel-tinsel-today-2026233.html?cat=30

http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/a/Xmas_Lights.htm

http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/christmaslights.html

http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/2010/12/14/the-origins-of-7-holiday-inventions/

Images:

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http://tinsel.turbosquid.com/3d-Models/3ds/max/xsi/c4d/obj

Paul Winchell: An Amazing Inventor

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Davison Blog - Paul WinchellWhat if we told you that there once was this amazing man who had many talents: comedian, ventriloquist, voice actor, inventor, and humanitarian – would you believe us? OK, you’d say – that could happen. But what if we said that he was also the host of a prime-time television show, the host of a children’s show, and has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame? Would you believe us then? Maybe, you’d say – but that is pretty cool if it’s all true. Then what if we said that this guy also invented the first mechanical artificial heart that could be implanted in a person’s chest cavity? Would you still believe us? No way, you’d say – that’s just over the top.

Well, meet Paul Winchell; actor and inventor extraordinaire. Some may remember Paul Winchell from when they were small children, watching his children’s show on Saturday morning. It was fascinating. What made it so cool was that he was a ventriloquist and had two ventriloquist dummies named Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. Throughout time, many people have been fascinated by ventriloquists and their ability to make their voice seem to come from another place.

Ventriloquists have been dazzling audiences for thousands of years, but just in the time we have had radio and television, we have had such artists as Edgar Bergan, Paul Winchell, Shari Lewis and even today we laugh at Jeff Dunham and his curmudgeonly old dummy named Walter. So it’s no surprise that little kids would be fascinated by Paul Winchell and his alter egos, Jerry and Knucklehead, back in the 60′s and 70′s.

Davison Blog - Paul Winchell and TiggerYou may recognize his distinctive voice in numerous animated roles for film and television cartoons. Turns out, he was a very successful voice actor and did a lot of work for Disney and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Perhaps his best remembered role was as the voice of ‘Tigger’ in the Walt Disney movie “Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day,” which earned an Academy Award for best animated short film. He won a Grammy for the best children’s recording of the year for “Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger Too.”

His voice gave life to many other characters, including Boomer in “The Fox and the Hound,” the Siamese cat in Disney’s “Aristocats,” and many Hanna-Barbera characters, including the evil Gargamel of “The Smurfs.” Winchell provided the voices of Sam-I-Am and his friend in “Green Eggs and Ham” from the animated television special “Dr. Seuss on the Loose” in 1973. In commercials, he voiced the Scrubbing Bubbles for Dow Chemicals and Mr. Owl for Tootsie Roll Pops.

But what was probably most fascinating about Winchell was the fact that he was a very successful inventor. Over the course of his life, he held patents on over 30 devices, including a disposable razor, a flameless cigarette lighter, an illuminated ballpoint pen, a retractable fountain pen, an inverted novelty mask, battery-operated heated gloves, an indicator to show when frozen food had gone bad after a power outage, and the first artificial human heart. That’s right, the artificial heart.

This invention was developed through collaboration with Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver, and held the first patent for such a device. Though Dr. Robert Jarvik has been referred to as “the inventor of the artificial heart,” documents from the United States Patent Office show that on February 6, 1961, Paul Winchell filed for a patent on his artificial heart. He was granted a patent (3097366) on  July 16, 1963, well before the Jarvik-7 was ever invented.

Davison Blog - Paul Winchell later yearsWinchell established more medical patents while working on projects for the Leukemia Society and the American Red Cross. Some of his other medical inventions were a portable blood plasma defroster, a piezo-electric diaphragm, and a sectional garment for hypothermia. And there’s more. He was also an entrepreneur who owned a shirt factory; and a humanitarian who proposed an idea he called “The Tilapia Project,” which would have used the production of rapidly reproducing tilapia fish as a source of protein for undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa.

We grew up thinking Tigger was all bounce and no brains; so if we told you the man who is the voice of Tigger is really a creative genius who has accomplished so many amazing things in his life, would you believe me?

We bet you would now…

 

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http://paulwinchell.net/bio.html

http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/winchell.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/27/movies/27winc.html?_r=0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Winchell

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934593/bio

http://www.accuracyproject.org/cme-theartificialheart.html

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Who Pays to Develop a New Product Idea?

Innovation, Inventing Advice, Inventions

funding an invention

If you are like most inventors, the ultimate goal for your idea is to create a product that will sell.

But one of the first problems you will face is this – an idea is not a product. In order to create a product from an idea, an inventor must be willing to devote time, energy and money to take all of the steps necessary for this to happen. In order to give your idea the best chance for success, you need to work with people who understand all the many steps to bring a product to market.

For over 20 years, Davison has helped inventors bring their ideas from the concept stage to products selling in stores. Their product development services are extremely thorough, and they work with the inventor every step along the way; from patent and product related research to designing, developing and building working prototypes and product samples. They design packaging for the product, identify manufacturers and present new products to corporations, manufacturers, and retailers for possible licensing agreements.

So, as an inventor with a great idea, you probably have a few questions regarding costs:

•      Who pays for the product development services? Clients pay for initial design research, product design, prototype development, integrated retail product packaging (illustrating what the product could appear as on the retail shelf) and product sample demonstration videos.
•      Who pays for licensing? Davison offers licensing representation for a fixed fee plus a 10% interest in any future royalties. However, this is not a purchase of patent or invention rights, and no purchase or partnerships are offered. To see the range of services and costs involved, visit www.davison.com/legal/aipa.html
•      Are there ever cases where Davison would work on an invention for only a percentage of profits? No. Developing inventions is a very uncertain undertaking, and it would be too risky for Davison to work on any invention without some form of up-front payment.

So if you’re looking to have your new product idea prepared and presented to a corporation for possible licensing, Davison has the experience, expertise and track record you should look for in new product development services.

Simple, Life-Changing Inventions

Designer Corner, Innovative Inventions

Think of how much more difficult life would be if the world were never treated to the creations of great inventors. Without Thomas Edison, we’d be reading by candlelight. Without Ford, Daimler and Benz, we’d be riding horses to 7-Eleven to buy our scratch-off lottery tickets. And, without Dreamfarm, we’d be drinking faucet water from our dirty, cupped hands.

 

Instant Water Fountain

water faucet innovationImagine being able to turn any faucet into a drinking fountain. The Tapi Squeeze Tap Drinking Fountain makes that possible. The device was created by a company called Dreamfarm, who claims on their website “… we solve problems. It’s our purpose. It’s the reason we are here. Dreamfarm products are different. They may look odd, but they work brilliantly.”

 

 

thumb book reading solutionReading Whilst Lounging

Reading with one hand is downright non-sensical. It’s impossible to keep the pages from closing in on themselves and lounging is completely out of the question. The Thumb Thing Book Page Holder keeps your pages open as you read with one hand. It also comes in four different sizes, catering to even the largest of thumbs.

 

Couch Potatoes

husking corn on the cobWe’ve all been there. You need to peel and cut potatoes, but your favorite episode of “Mama’s Family” is on. Too bad. Your wife is hungry! And, you need to make dinner. But, with Thomas Kral’s lap counter, now you can prepare dinner on your lap as you enjoy Vint and Bubba’s unpredictable hijinks. Kral’s counter provides mobility to peel, chop and slice fruits and vegetables, while sitting anywhere in the house. It is ergonomically shaped to fit the lap and is molded for both a container and a working surface.

 

clipping your coffee cup to your deskThe Cup Clip

Consistently spilling coffee and water on your office keyboard is an expensive hobby. But, don’t let the threat of an angry IT coworker stop you from enjoying your afternoon Sanka. Instead, try the YuZhou Table Cup Holder Clip, which conveniently clips onto a table or desk and keeps your beverage and electronics safe.

 

 

Stay tuned for more interesting inventions that make our lives simpler. If you can’t wait for the next blog post, get your fix for practical solutions at Davison.

 

 

Magazine Ranks Hydro Bone as Anything But “Real Simple”

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Inventor Stories

If you know us very well, you know we’re all about finding innovative solutions to everyday problems. Now, a Davison-designed product is receiving recognition for doing just that.

Real Simple Magazine, whose motto is “life made easier, every day,” recently included the Davison-designed Hydro Bone on their “40 Most-Pinned Problem Solving Products” list.

Of the hydrating chew toy, the magazine said, “If you’re hitting the park with Fido, be sure to pack the proper warm-weather essentials. Simply soak this rubber bone in water and toss it to your four-legged friend, so he’ll stay well–hydrated all day long.”

Licensed and sold by Hugs Pet Products, the Hydro Bone was born in the mind of our client, Diane, who first got the idea for the refreshing toy when she was looking for a way to keep her Japanese Chin puppy hydrated on long car trips.

Diane’s Hydro Bone certainly solved that problem and more! On Real Simple’s list, the Hydro Bone is among other problem-solving products like a corn de-silker, dissolvable jar labels and a machine that chops up candy or cookie ice cream toppings. View Real Simple’s entire list here.

Congrats to Diane, our Creationeers, Hugs Pet Products and everyone else who had a hand in bringing this innovative bone to market!

 

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

Davison Team Unites to Deliver Well-Manicured Surprise

Inventor Stories, Product News

Early this year, we introduced you to our client Cathalene’s 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool, a nail-saving device that includes six essential nail-care tools.  The product filed onto store shelves in March and since its debut, has received rave reviews online from health and beauty blogs that include LUXE LIFE daily, The Budget Beauty Blog and Dollface.

Unfortunately, during her product’s journey to store shelves, Cathalene passed away. However, her dream of salon-perfect nails without having to carry around a salon’s worth of supplies is thriving and we’ve finally been able to share the 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool’s success with her family!

According to our Vice President of Business Development and Licensing, Dan Simbeck, getting in touch with Cathalene’s family was not an easy task; but, we’ve finally been able to send her husband, Delbert, and her brother, N.G. Brown, a package that included a sample of the 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool, along with the product’s very first royalty check!

“Through countless people’s efforts throughout the company, we were able to locate Delbert and help Cathalene’s memory and legacy live on through the life of her product,” said Simbeck.

Cathalene’s brother wrote us a thank you note and was kind enough to share photos of Delbert as he opened up the package.

“I think he was stunned, but happy,” said Brown.  ”Thanks for your efforts for my sister and now for Delbert.”

 

The client has not realized a net profit on this product. A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

Edison’s Doll and Other “Out-there” Inventions

Featured Invention, Inventor Stories

We all know the world of inventing is a risky one that is all about taking chances on ideas. Take Mr. D for example, his first invention idea was not as successful as he would have liked, because he was beat to the marketplace by a larger corporation.

Well, it turns out that these “failed” inventions are common with many of history’s famous inventors.

Today, we’ve found some not-so-great inventions from some of the most famous, most successful inventors of all time. Whether these ideas were just ahead of their time or simply just didn’t work, they are definitely worth a second look!
 
Famous InventorsThomas Edison’s Talking Doll – This famous inventor had over 2,000 patents to his name before he died, so it is not hard to believe that one of his creations just didn’t quite work. Perhaps a predecessor to today’s talking dolls, Edison tried to combine his very successful phonograph with a children’s doll, in hopes that little girls everywhere could communicate with their dolls during playtime. Unfortunately, the contraption had a few fatal flaws and it cost the equivalent of $240-$600, which was a bit pricey for Edison’s day.
 
Unusual InventionsLeonardo da Vinci’s Water-Walking Shoes – Famed artist and inventor Leonard da Vinci certainly had a creative flair that didn’t stop with a few paint strokes. In fact, da Vinci tried to solve a problem that we’ve still not touched – walking on water! His inflated shoes resembled water skis, but were nearly impossible to balance and move in!
 
Creative TechnologyGunpei Yokoi’s Virtual Boy – Thanks to Yokoi, every ’90s child can lovingly remember his or her Nintendo Game Boy. What they may not remember is Yokoi’s Virtual Boy, a game system, with 3D graphics, that users were supposed to strap to their faces in order to play! The rumor is that Yokoi’s failed invention was the reason the former Nintendo genius left the company.
 
InnovationSir Clive Sinclair’s Miniature TV – Among Sinclair’s electronic pocket calculator and fold-up bicycle was also his “pocket television,” a brick-sized portable TV. Although it was a genius thought, the mini TV’s screen was tiny, reception wasn’t great and it didn’t fit in most pockets!

Although they may have found failure on their pathway to success, it was the “no quit” attitude of these great inventors that brought us many, very valuable inventions. Read more about these great innovators’ failed inventions here!

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