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When is the Right Time to Get a Patent?

Patents

Patents and inventions go hand-in-hand. A patent is a crucial piece to the invention puzzle, because it protects your idea by granting you the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States.

When a company considers an idea for a new product, it may be advised, “The first thing you need to do is file for your patent as quickly as possible.”  Particularly now that the US is a “First-Inventor-to File” system, some patent service providers have made much of the idea of filing immediately.  However, rushing to file an application before your idea is properly developed and researched can lead to wasted money, a false sense of security and dashed hopes.  Some basic facts about patents:

1.      Not all “ideas” are patentable.  Abstract ideas, laws of nature, non-novel ideas, and obvious adaptations are just a few of the types of “ideas” that are simply not patentable.

2.      Ideas that are not machines, compositions, a process, or a product (article of manufacture) are not the types of ideas that a utility patent addresses.

3.      If you have not developed the idea to the extent that you are able to describe in sufficiently precise detail how the idea would work, or if you are not sure if it would work, then you do not yet have a patentable idea.

In short, yes, filing as soon as it is practical is important, but understanding when it is practical can avoid unnecessary cost and frustration.

Copyright Davison  2014

Sources:

http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/patents.jsp

 

Get into Shape with these Health Inventions

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

The official start of summer is right around the corner and for those of you who might have waited until the last minute to get into swimsuit-ready shape, these new inventions might help boost your efforts!

New, innovative health inventions are constantly being brought to the market; and, now, we want to take a look at a few inventions that might point you in the right direction towards healthy weight loss.

Prep Pad- Portion control is an integral step in the weight loss process. That’s why an invention like the Prep Pad can help a person easily measure and portion their foods. This kitchen scale invention is made from recycled composite paper and actually, does more than just weigh your food. In fact, this health invention connects directly to your iPod via Bluetooth, which gives you the breakdown of your food’s nutritional value. Additionally, a user can enter whatever type of food it may be that they need to weigh and the pad will compare its nutritional value to the USDA recommendations and personal diet plan settings. All of these features can allow a person to accurately weigh their food and record their caloric intake.

Misfit Shine- Wearable fitness technology is the latest trend. People all over the world are wearing their fitness trackers day in and day out to count their steps and track their progress. The Misfit Shine is more than just a rubber fitness band. In fact, the MisFit Shine is a fitness tracker that is designed to record biometric data while looking like a desirable piece of jewelry. This invention allows the user to choose between different wearable options like a necklace or a clip-on accessory. But, if you still like the rubber bracelet idea, this invention can be worn that way, too. This “space age” contraption, as some call it, is more or less a pedometer that will measure your motion while walking, running, swimming, and cycling. The app that accompanies this invention allows the user to set their own specific goals that pertain to their activities. The Misfit Shine invention helps a user not only track their activities, but also track their sleeping habits and their progress toward their current goals.

Soccket- In addition to the nutrition portion of weight loss, physical exercise also is an essential piece to the healthy lifestyle puzzle. Furthermore, in this day and age, innovative technology and the fitness industry go hand-in-hand. The Soccket is a prime example. This invention generates and stores energy as a player kicks it, which then provides energy at home. At least 15 minutes on the field creates enough energy to power a small light for at least three hours. The inventors of the Soccket, Harvard students, Jessica Lin, Julia Silverman, Jessica Matthews and Hemali Thakkar, use the principle of flashlights that charge when shaken to ‘power’ their invention idea. In addition to encouraging physical activity, this invention could even help those in developing nations replace kerosene, which is a leading cause of respiratory illnesses and fires.

Health and wellness continue to be a focal point in today’s society. That is why new, innovative inventions continue to hit the market to help people start and maintain a healthy lifestyle by making eating healthy and being active easy and enjoyable.

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/4-smart-kitchen-gadgets-that-help-make-healthy-eating-83517324144.html

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-fitness-trackers-devices-gadgets/#!VvKBE

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/10-health-inventions-that-will-improve-your-life/#slideshow=slide2

Images:

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http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0154/4583/products/Prep-Pad-and-Countertop-Hero_grande_grande.jpg?v=1400870638

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Common Inventions with Uncommon Beginnings

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Inventions come in all shapes and sizes and spring forth from some very unique situations. Sometimes, the most common things that we know and use today are born from interesting origins.

Behind every invention is a creative mind and today, we wanted to take a look at some of these inventions and their beginnings!

Green Bean Casserole- Every Thanksgiving, amongst the juicy turkey and all the fixings is usually a delicious dish called green bean casserole. Although you might have thought that some grandma years and years ago invented the recipe, you might be surprised at its real origin. In 1955, the Campbell Soup Company created this famous recipe to help improve the dwindling sales of their Cream of Mushroom soup. We think that it’s safe to say that their recipe invention has definitely bolstered the sales!

Santa Claus- Who wears a red suit, has a snow white beard and is busy around the month of December? If you guessed Santa Claus, you are correct! But, did you know that prior to the 1930s, Santa was depicted more like a bishop than the playful, jolly man that we know today? In 1931, Archie Lee, from the D’Arcy Advertising Agency was working with Coca-Cola in order to create a campaign that would show a wholesome Santa who was both realistic and symbolic. So, they hired Michigan-born illustrator Haddon Sundblom to invent advertising images using Santa Claus.  Inspirations for these images were taken from Clement Clark Moore’s 1822 poem A Visit From St. Nicholas. Although some people believe that Santa wears a red coat because red is the color of Coca-Cola, Santa appeared in a red coat prior to Sundblom paining him. These re-invented paintings debuted in 1931 in Coke ads in The Saturday Evening Post as well as in Ladies Home Journal, National Geographic, The New Yorker and others! The ad was paired with the slogan, The Pause that Refreshes. These ads re-invented the way that we know Santa, today!

Boxed Cake Mix- You can have your boxed cake mix and eat it too! Sometimes, there is nothing quite like a slice of delicious cake. However, the idea behind the invention of boxed cake is a little unclear. Two invention stories swirl around, one of which was that they were an invention that came after World War II when companies had too much flour. Another story that surrounds this invention is that boxed cake mixes were invented in the 1930s when a Pittsburgh company (our hometown!) P. Duff and Sons had too much molasses. On December 10, 1930, John D. Duff applied for a patent for an “invention [that] relates to a dehydrated flour for use in making pastry products and to a process of making the same.” The first Duff baking-mix patent was granted on October 24, 1933, but, by that time, the Duff Company had already been perfecting their formula. By June 13, 1933, the company informed the U.S. Patent Office that they had made a major update to their invention, which is perhaps the biggest in cake-mix history- a cake mix that required the home baker to add fresh eggs. To this day, sometimes all that you need is a slice of cake and the idea of boxed cake mix is still serving up a slice of invention history!

Although these inventions span a wide range from green bean casserole to boxed cake mix, all the way to jolly old St. Nick, these inventions show that although they are common and we may not take a second glance at them, their initial ideas came from curious situations!

But, as we always say, the invention world never stops and as we speak, invention ideas are sprouting from interesting situations!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/18-things-you-didnt-realize-started-as-marketing-ploys

http://www.coca-colacompany.com/holidays/the-true-history-of-the-modern-day-santa-claus

http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/pop-culture/article/cake-mix-history

Images:

http://www.campbellskitchen.com/recipeimages/classic-green-bean-casserole-large-24099.jpg

http://www.bonappetit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/duffsmix-700×450.jpg

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Flying High with Innovative Ideas

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

With summer break right around the corner, people everywhere will be heading to their vacation destinations. Sometimes, these getaways are just too far for a person to drive, so they have to take to the sky to reach their paradise.

Each year, there are new, innovative invention ideas that are geared toward the airline industry. Whether it’s new technology or designs, these ideas continue to fly high.

Today, we are going to take a look at a few of the latest innovative designs that are ready to take off! Let’s take a look!

Dual user armrest- Perhaps the bane of most travelers existence is the awkward encounters that ensue because of armrests. Who gets the armrest? How do you bargain with a stranger? These questions plus many more might be a thing of the past with this invention.  James S.H. Lee is the Director of Paperclip Design Limited, Hong Kong, received honors for his designs that work to find a solution to the battle for which flyer gets the armrest by giving one to both!

This invention design is inspired by the shape of a paperclip and provides two armrests in one single space; one above and one below which are both part of a single, smooth-curved unit. Although this invention design won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2009 for its innovation, it is still in the works and only time will tell if this is the end of one battle and the beginning of another.  Who will get the top or bottom tier of the armrest?

Take a seat- Whether it’s a short flight or a long flight, chances are, you would like some sort of comfort from your seat.  One innovation in particular, known as The Thompson Aero Cozy Suite is a new invention design for those who fly in the economy class. The rows of seats are staggered so that the passengers are slightly set back from one another. The “suite” style seats add an extra layer of privacy and personal space, however, it will use about the same space that is needed for traditional seating. Although this may sound like a solution to the woes of people invading your personal space while flying, this aviation invention may never actually see the inside of an airplane cabin. But, only time will tell!

Flying toward the future- Despite the fact that this airline invention may be decades away, Airbus’ invention idea of the Concept Cabin doesn’t align with the traditional cabin classes that we see today. In fact, the Business and Economy class are replaced by zones. These zones pinpoint more individual needs such as relaxing, playing games, interacting with others, or even holding business meetings with people on the ground. The bionic structure of the cabin, along with its responsive membrane, combines panoramic views with an integrated network that runs through it.  This network can identify and respond to the specific needs of each passenger.  Additionally, this invention design offers different levels of experience for the traveler within each zone. This would allow for airlines to achieve the price differential they need in order to operate a successful business. Although this seems like a cool idea, this innovative invention design is still decades away from coming to fruition!

Just like any invention, these aviation design ideas look to offer solutions to problems that have existed for quite some time in the airline industry. Problems such as who gets the armrest to maintaining your personal space on an airplane may soon become a thing of the past. Although it’s uncertain if any of these inventions will actually make it to mass production, one thing is for sure, these invention ideas are flying high with innovation!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10810628/Aircraft-interiors-the-armrest-that-could-defuse-an-elbow-war.html

http://skift.com/2014/04/24/the-airplane-seat-design-that-can-end-the-battle-of-the-armrests/

http://airchive.com/blog/2014/04/14/aircraft-interiors-expo-2014-wrap-up/

http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/concept-planes/the-airbus-concept-cabin/

Images:

http://q8allinone.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Paperclip-Armrest-4.jpg

http://airchive.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/IMG_20140409_123721687.jpg

http://www.airbus.com/typo3temp/pics/d6fa2d5032.jpg

Check out the Feedback from the Latest Inventionland Tours!

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The doors of Inventionland are always open for scheduled tours and last month in particular, two groups of students and a big name corporation made their way around our 61,000 square-foot workspace!

Despite the fact that National Inventors Month has come and gone for another year, at Davison, we celebrate the inventive spirit all year round!

This past month, we opened our doors to students from the Seneca Valley School District’s Haine School, several area homeschooled children and their families and a corporate team from one of the region’s largest grocery store chains, Giant Eagle.

Today, we want to give a quick recap of these recent tours!

Inspired students tour through Inventionland regularly and the feedback that we receive from these students does not go unnoticed. In fact, as soon as the students from Haine School returned to their classroom, letters of thanks were on their way to Inventionland! Here is a small snippet of the great, positive feedback we received!

“… The scenery was gorgeous and I learned LOTS of stuff. Everything inspired me to be creative and I think I might be an inventor after that trip.” – Aidan

Also, this month, a group of homeschooled students and their parents closed their workbooks for a day and listened to our story as they toured our creative workspace!

The students and their parents enjoyed the tour so much that they also sent us a wonderful letter expressing their gratitude. In the letter, the homeschooled group wrote that when walking through our magic door, they felt like they were walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They also said that the story of Inventionland was a nice deviation from just going to “learn” what they had studied in books!

Finally, a corporate team from Giant Eagle made their way through Inventionland. These eager team members were excited to ditch their conventional offices for the day to enjoy something a little more creative, and we think it’s safe to say that we don’t lack in the creativity department!

From the reaction of the corporate team, we could tell that the inventive spirit was alive and well! They noted that they had a few expectations of what Inventionland was; but, those expectations were far-exceeded when the magic bookcase opened!

All in all, we are confident when we say that Inventionland tours are perfect for people of any age! And, with each tour, we find it inspiring to see our world through the eyes of others!

Copyright Davison 2014

What Day is Today? It’s National Chocolate Chip Day!

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day! Whether you like to enjoy these delicious morsels in cookies, muffins, pancakes or anything in between, these chocolately bites are so popular that they have their own day of celebration today, on May 15!

Let’s take a quick bite out of the invention of the chocolate chip cookie before we delve into some of the sweet Davison-designed products that will help you pay homage to perhaps your favorite snack. Because, after all, who doesn’t enjoy a warm chocolate chip cookie alongside an iced-cold glass of milk?

It all began with the accidental inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Wakefield.  During the Depression era, Wakefield was the owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. As Wakefield was making a batch of chocolate drop cookies, she began to run out of regular baker’s chocolate. In a mad dash to continue with her baking, she improvised and substituted broken pieces of Nestlé’s semi-sweet chocolate, thinking that they would melt and mix into the batter. Fortunately for us, they did not; and, in 1930, the chocolate chip cookie was born.

The cookies were a hit with guests at the Inn and Ruth’s recipe for “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies” was published in newspapers around New England. As a result, sales of Nestlé’s Semi-Sweet Bars skyrocketed.

Nestlé was so captivated by this accidental invention that they struck a deal with Wakefield. They put her recipe on cartons of Nestlé’s chocolate and gave her a lifetime supply of semi-sweet morsels.

We can thank Westfield for those deliciously-sinful Toll House cookies that we enjoy today!

At Davison, we love chocolate chip and other delicious varieties of cookies as much as the next person. So, that is why we designed the Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut and the Mrs. Fields Cool Bake to help in the cookie-making process!

The Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut is an easy, press-release silicone scoop that includes a center bar that can cut through raw dough. Additionally, this innovative product allows you to measure either a teaspoon or a tablespoon using the same tool, which helps you portion out the perfect amount of cookie dough!

Next, the Mrs. Fields Cook Bake offers a better way to bake and cool cookies. The innovative product, designed by a Davison client who has not realized a net profit from this product, is a cookie sheet and cooling rack combo that fits seamlessly together. The sleek design of this invention of the non-stick sheet and rack can easily be separated after baking.

So, today, in honor of National Inventors Month and National Chocolate Chip Day, with the help of these Davison-designed products, whip up your best batch of chocolate chip cookies and spread the delicious wealth of these sweet treats!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-chocolate-chip-day

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/national-chocolate-chip-cookie-day-recipes-celebrate/story?id=19185814

Images:

http://www.benefityourlifestore.com/images/Chocolate%20Chips.jpg?osCsid=i7sbd3kdk6mpd72li5vcmt60b0

Great Inventions from Bad Situations

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Most inventions are created out of necessity to find a solution to a problem. But, how about those inventions that came to be because of a not-so-good situation.

Today, we are going to take a look at five products whose invention stories might not have gotten their start as one would think! Nonetheless, let’s get started and take a quick look at these great inventions that came to fruition from some interesting circumstances!

Scrabble- Surprisingly enough, this fun family board game got its start during the Great Depression. Since Alfred Mosher Butts was out of work, he decided that he wanted to invent a board game; so, that’s exactly what he did. After conducting research on his own, he found that games fell into three categories: number games (dice and bingo); move games (chess and checkers); and word games (anagrams). So, he decided to combine all three elements in to one game that included the vocabulary skills of crossword puzzles and anagrams with a component of chance. The result was Scrabble. But, at the time, this game was first named “Lexico,” only to be changed later by Butts to “Criss-Cross Words.”

Fender Guitars- Now a hot commodity in the music industry, this invention got its start from humble beginnings. Fender guitars are another byproduct of the Great Depression. When Leo Fender lost his job, he didn’t lose his inventor’s spirit. He borrowed $600 and opened Fender Radio Service. He then began to play around with sound products and ultimately decided to design and invent his own line of steel guitars and amplifiers. His guitar, which was dubbed the “broadcaster,” soon became the first six string one pickup Fender guitar that we know today!

Computers- This invention that we use every single day came to be during World War II when the United States military needed powerful help with ballistic research. From that necessity, ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, was invented. ENIAC was the first programmable general-purpose electronic digital computer that was built by the U.S. during WWII. Known as the “Giant Brain” in the press, this invention at the time was designed with a specific purpose in mind,  to compute values for artillery range tables.

Calculus- Despite the fact that this invention might have single-handedly ruined your GPA or was the bane of your existence in high school, you can thank Isaac Newton for calculus. At the young age of 23, Newton discovered and developed the principles of calculus while at his mother’s farm between 1665 and 1667 after his university was closed because of an outbreak of the plague. Newton dubbed his invention as “the science of fluxions.”

Tabasco Sauce- Some people add it to almost everything that they eat to get that extra kick of spice and flavor. The invention idea for tabasco sauce stems back to the bland and monotonous diet of the Reconstruction South. During that time, Edmund McIlhenny decided to take matters into his own hands and invent a pepper sauce that would give food a nice kick. He selected and crushed the reddest peppers from his plants and them mixed them with Avery Island salt and aged the mixture for 30 days in crockery jars and barrels. Once the first 30 days had elapsed, he then added French white wine vinegar to the aged mixture and let it meld for another 30 days. This tabasco sauce invention process still holds true to this day, except now, the aging period is much longer!

So, in honor of National Inventors Month, we wanted to take a look at those ideas that came from less than ideal situations. Whether an idea came out of boredom, necessity or simply to find a better way to do something, invention ideas are constantly evolving from human experience.

Although these are just a few examples, we have to admit that the invention world is ever-changing, yet always interesting!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/video/mikerose/great-inventions-from-super-crappy-circumstances

http://www.hasbro.com/scrabble/en_US/story.cfm

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/183842/ENIAC

http://www.mscs.dal.ca/~kgardner/History.html

http://www.tabasco.com/mcilhenny-company/about/

Images:

http://www.bolsboardgames.com/scrabble.jpg

http://www.fender.com/history/

http://americaninvetors.blogspot.com/2009/06/eniac-computer.html

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We’re Not ‘Kid’ding about who Invented these Inventions!

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

The mind of a child is constantly in motion. All the while their wheels are turning; their creativity and imaginations are in overdrive. In their imaginary worlds, children can be anything that they want to be. But, there are some children that build on their imaginations and make their ideas a reality.

In honor of National Inventors Month and with Mother’s Day on Sunday, we wanted to take a better look at some young inventors who turned what was once only an idea in their mind into a full-blown invention reality that would make any mother proud! Let’s take a look!

It goes without saying that kids and toys go hand-in-hand. But, did you know that 51 years ago, a six-year-old patented the toy truck? Robert Patch’s idea changed the toy industry when he re-imagined the standard model truck and made it into more of an interactive toy that could be taken apart and rebuilt into several different models.  On June 4, 1963, he was approved for his patent that became the template for the toy truck that kids across the world love today.

With summer right around the corner, there is nothing quite like an icy-cold popsicle to satiate your sweet tooth and cool you off! These deliciously-refreshing sweet treats were invented by 11-year-old Frank Epperson from San Francisco, California. This sweet invention came to be because of an accident! As the story goes, one cold evening Epperson left a flavored powder soda water mixture with a stir stick in it on his porch. Due to the cold temperatures, the treat was frozen on the stick. It took 17 years before his light bulb moment occurred and he served his ice lollipops at a fireman’s ball. A year later, he introduced his invention of the frozen pop on a stick to the public. Soon after, he applied and received a patent for a “frozen confectionery,” which he named the “Epsicle Ice Pop.”

This next invention has had kids and adults alike “jumping” for joy since 1930! At the age of 16, George Nissen came up with the idea for a piece of equipment that he called a bouncing rig after he watched in awe as trapeze artists performed their stunts in a travelling circus act in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nissen built his first prototype of his invention in his parents’ garage. He used a canvas sheet and strapped it to a rectangular steel frame. Just like any invention, Nissen’s invention went through a round of updates when his gymnastics coach at the University of Iowa encouraged Nissen to put more bounce into his invention. So, he connected the canvas to the frame using tire inner tubes, which were later replaced with coil springs. The word trampoline came from his discovery that the Spanish word for diving board was el trampolin; so, he added an “e” and registered “Trampoline” as a trademark for his invention.

The invention world knows no age and these young inventors are a testament to the fact that no matter how young or how old you may be, the inventive spirit lives in everyone!

Happy National Inventors Month!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

https://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/11-inventions-made-by-kids-some-are-things-you-use-every-day-2492833.html

http://inventors.about.com/od/kidinventions/ss/kid_invent_c.htm

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/08/the-popsicle-was-invented-by-an-11-year-old/

http://mom.me/parenting/3937-best-kid-inventions-history/item/18826-trampoline/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/george-nissen-inventor-of-the-trampoline-1962316.html

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Let the Creativity Begin: Happy National Inventors Month!

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

At Davison, we thrive on creativity and the inventive spirit every day. But, the month of May in particular is a time when we can celebrate our love of inventing with the rest of the invention world during National Inventors Month.

This month-long celebration of inventions and creativity began in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science and Inventors’ Digest magazine.

The purpose of National Inventors Month is to help promote the positive image of inventors and the contributions that they make to the world we live in today, and for the future.

Right now, almost everything around you started with an idea. From that idea, an invention was born. National Inventors Month looks to celebrate those innovators, tinkerers and the creative thinkers whose ideas have enriched our lives day in and day out.

Let’s take Thomas Edison for instance. He was a famous inventor who invented the innovations that we utilize every day, like the electric light bulb and the phonograph that laid the foundation for inventions like the CD player and iPod to name a few. In his lifetime, Edison held more than 1,000 patents for his inventions!

Perhaps you are reading this blog by the assistance of glasses; you can thank Benjamin Franklin for his invention of the bifocals. Or maybe you are planning your summer vacation to a destination that is too far for you to drive. Thanks to the Wright Brothers, who successfully designed, built and flew the first powered aircraft, you can now get to your location faster, because of the invention of the airplane.

Just like these famous inventors, the inventive spirit lives within everyone. National Inventors Month is the perfect time to take the opportunity to further explore your invention ideas. Who knows, one day we might be writing a blog about how YOUR invention changed the world. But, you’ll never know if you don’t dare to invent with Davison!

Happy National Inventors Month!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://inventors.about.com/od/eventsconventions/a/inventors_month.htm

http://www.dogonews.com/2013/5/6/may-is-national-inventors-month

http://www.biography.com/people/thomas-edison-9284349#awesm=~oCQoUZmBbasbOX

http://www.biographyonline.net/scientists/top-10-inventors.html

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http://degreed.com/blog/top-10-things-didnt-know-benjamin-franklin/

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This Invention Will Take your Thoughts to Another Dimension

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Have you ever believed that your thoughts were so deep and innovative that they could be considered a work of art? Well, if by the off chance you have, the idea of your thoughts being a work of art might not be as far-fetched as one would think, thanks to the invention of 3D printing!

Imagine this; you are sitting in a room with a NeuroSky electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor pressing against your temple and forehead. Across from you is a TV screen that is showing abstract shapes as they swell and mutate in 4K resolution.

All the while you are sitting there, a computer is measuring your brain activity and mapping it as a 3D model. Initially, the model looks a lot like a piece of paper with a flat surface. However, that doesn’t last long because as soon as your brainwaves register a sense of concentration, a dimple appears on the surface. Next, when feeling a sense of calmness, the surface is pushed upward into a peak. Since emotions can’t be measured, intensities are used instead.

This is just the first step in artist Ion Popian’s art project, Mental Fabrications that turns brain maps into 3D objects.

The maps are edited in a 3D modeling program where Popian and his programmer, Thomas Martinez, convert the data into a smooth, rippling landscape that is then 3D-printed. Once it’s printed, it essentially creates a tangible model of your mind. So, in essence, your mind is a piece of art.

Popian wants to turn the models into something that is more three-dimensional by morphing them into free-standing figures rather than the rolling planes.

This innovative usage of 3D technology shows that even art has the capability to find solutions to common problems. The problem at hand, as described by Popian, is that in architecture, emotion doesn’t usually factor in to how a structure is designed. Popian also says, “Architecture has a visual impact on whoever occupies it, which produces emotion.” The EEG technology could potentially affect how buildings in the future are designed. Because, as he explains,  if the subconscious relationships of people as they experience spaces like a hospital or airport are mapped, then there is the chance that architecture could be designed in order to be responsive to them.

Without further ado, here is a video of this innovative invention at work!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2014/04/03/3d-printing-brain-scans/

Media:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/12/5496656/mental-fabrications-3d-printed-brain-scans-art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASSWJDsDfZM

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