THE TOP TEN LIST OF THINGS THAT I WISH I HAD INVENTED

10. DUCT TAPE-           During World War 2 , Revolite (then a division of Johnson and                                                  Johnson) developed and adhesive tape made from a rubber-based                                              adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing. This tape                                                          resisted water and was used as sealing tape on some ammunition                                                cases.

9. CRUISE CONTROL- Modern cruise control (also known as a speedostat or tempomat)                                              was invented in 1948 by the inventor and mechanical engineer                                                    Ralph Teetor

8. HAMMOCK-              Hammocks were introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus                                                when he brought several of them back to Spain from islands in the                                              present day Bahamas.

7. SURFBOARD-            Although there has been some debate as to the true birthplace of                                                the surfboard as there is documentation in surfboard history of                                                  Peruvian fishermen riding waves on primitive boats as far back as                                              3000BC, the surfboard concept as we know it was developed in                                                 Hawaii. As early as 1777, explorer Capt. James Cook recorded in his                                           journals the sight of native Hawaiians streaming across waves on                                              giant wooden boards.  In the 1920’s the solid design was improved                                            upon by Tom Blake who developed the modern day ‘hollow’                                                          surfboard.

6. TELEVISION-          Philo Farnsworth: Among many inventors in the field of technology                                          and broadcasting, Philo Farnsworth distinguished himself as a man                                          who revolutionized TV world by creating first fully electrical                                                        television recording and display devices. Find out more about him                                              here. Charles Francis Jenkins: Even though Charles Francis Jenkins                                          did not manage to earn billions with his television tech, he played                                              very important role in the history of the Television. As the first man                                          who obtained television license in the United States, he started the                                            era of television broadcast that continued to rise and expand even                                              today. John Logie Baird: He will forever remain remembered as one                                          of the most influential inventors of the early 20th century. His work                                         on mechanical television system amazed the crowds of London,                                                   showing them for the first time wonders of the technology and the                                             potential of instantaneous communication. Find out more about his                                           interesting life here.

5. THE INTERNET-   We all know that the internet was invented by Al Gore.  He famously                                          blundered his way through a CNN interview in which he stated,                                                 “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the                                                           initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving                                                 forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be                                                           important to our country’s economic growth and environmental                                                 protection, improvements in our educational system.”

4. AIR CONDITIONING-  Willis Haviland Carrier was an an American Engineer best                                                    known for inventing modern day air conditioning. In Buffalo, New                                            York, on July 17, 1902, in response to a quality problem experienced                                          at the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing & Publishing Company of                                                Brooklyn, Willis Carrier submitted drawings for what became                                                      recognized as the world’s first modern air conditioning system. The                                            1902 installation marked the birth of air conditioning because of the                                          addition of humidity control, which led to the recognition by                                                        authorities in the field that air conditioning must perform four basic                                          functions: 1.) control temperature; 2.) control humidity; 3.) control                                            air circulation and ventilation; 4.) cleanse the air.

3. Amazon.com-           The company was founded in 1994, spurred by what Jeff Bezos                                                    called his “regret minimization framework,” which described his                                                efforts to fend off any regrets for not participating sooner in the                                                  Internet business boom during that time. In 1994, Bezos left his                                                  employment as vice-president of D. E. Shaw & Co., a Wall Street                                               firm, and moved to Seattle. He began to work on a business plan for                                           what would eventually become Amazon.com.

2. DUAL CAMERAS ON CELL PHONES- The first camera phone was sold in 2000 in                                                  Japan, a J-Phone model, about a decade after the first digital camera                                        was sold in Japan in December 1989. On June 11, 1997, Philippe                                                 Kahn shared instantly the first pictures from the maternity ward                                                 where his daughter Sophie was born. He wirelessly transmitted his                                             cell phone pictures to more than 2,000 family, friends and                                                           associates around the world. Kahn’s wireless sharing software and                                             camera integrated into his cell phone augured the birth of instant                                               visual communications. Kahn’s cell phone transmission is the first                                             known publicly shared picture via a cell phone.                                                                                 I have been unable to dig up just who invented the cell phone with                                             two cameras but does it really matter? Only if I held the patent.

AND THE NUMBER 1 THING THAT I WISH THAT I HAD INVENTED:

  1. THE SELFIE STICK-   Wayne Fromm’s QuikPod was selling out on QVC in 2006, but it                                           took a new coinage to turn his simple product into a worldwide                                             phenomenon.

     

                                              It seems like you can’t visit a tourist trap nowadays without                                                   being whacked by some traveler’s selfie stick. But years before                                               the word “selfie” made its way into the dictionary, one                                                             entrepreneur saw opportunity where others saw just a camera                                               attached to a weird-looking ski pole.

    “When I first started selling these things, I got a lot of ridicule. It                                          was before the iPhone, and we didn’t have a phrase to describe                                              quick self-portraits with point-and-shoots back then,” Toronto-                                            based entrepreneur Wayne Fromm tells Inc. In 2006, Fromm                                                approached the Henry’s camera store chain in Canada and                                                      B&H’s SuperStore in New York City with his latest invention, the                                          QuikPod, an extendable monopod that photographers could                                                  hold with one hand to take a photo of themselves and their                                                    surroundings.

    Fromm’s original QuikPod eventually went on to be featured in                                            QVC, Oprah’s Favorite Things, and Dragon’s Den (the Canadian                                          version of Shark Tank). But it was just in the past two years,                                                  after smartphone cameras propelled mass selfie-taking, that the                                            Quik Pod and other similar selfie sticks surfaced as a hot item on                                          holiday gift lists, one that’s available at Target and Best Buy and                                            on Amazon.

    Selfie sticks continue to have their critics. South Korea has even                                           banned the ones equipped with Bluetooth capabilities. But                                                     Fromm believes the QuikPod’s utility will ensure it’s more than a                                         fad. “Just think of when sunglasses were invented. I’m sure a lot                                          of people thought they looked stupid at first,” he says.

    Along with critics, the QuikPod’s newfound popularity has                                                     attracted more than its fair share of competitors looking to profit                                         from the selfie phenomenon. Many knockoff selfie sticks have                                               come onto the market, especially in Asia, where tourists have been                                       far less self-conscious when wielding one of these products in                                               public.

    “There was a knockoff in a store once, and not only did they copy                                           my product but they even used my daughter’s photo in the                                                     packaging,” Fromm says. After obtaining the design and utility                                             patent for this type of monopod, Fromm spent seven years                                                    fighting copycats with legal notices and expensive lawyer fees.                                              Eventually he gave up and decided to focus instead on making the                                        QuikPod the highest-quality selfie stick on the market.

    “I don’t pay much attention to the low-end stuff,” Fromm says.                                             “Who’s going to want to mount their expensive camera or phone                                           with memories from their once-in-a-lifetime expedition on a cheap                                     stick?”

    Fromm is also banking on the fact that the QuikPod came first. He                                        says he first got the idea in 2002, when he was traveling in Europe                                     with his daughter and became concerned about asking strangers to                                     take a picture of them. It was a time before remote control shutters,                                     when taking a selfie took minutes of preparation and                                                               arrangements.

    HIGH NOTE!!

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