Author: Reid Creager

A Tale of Twists

In 1932, Thompson applied for the patent rights on a “Screw” (U.S. Patent No. 1,908,080) with a “cruciform groove” and a matching “Screw driver” (U.S. Patent No. 1,908,081). He is still listed as the inventor on both applications, both of which were granted the following year. But Thompson’s attempts to sell his design to screw manufacturers yielded frustrating results. 

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Making Practice More Perfect

Although there have been other sports training devices that provide user feedback, the E-Sports Trainer’s prominent and distinguishing feature is the Chip On-Board technology that allows the product to speak different many different phrases and talk to the user in seven different languages—English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Italian and Russian—while correcting him or her in real time.

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Campy Pioneer

The Clapper was an early home automation innovation almost a half-century ago. Just plug it into any standard wall outlet and clap twice to turn a lamp on or off. Clap three times to turn off the TV.

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Mix Emotions

Lou Ottens finalized his invention of the cassette tape in 1962. It is estimated that more than 100 billion cassettes have been sold since.

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