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:
- 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.