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Before we had computers, people programmed looms

September 18th, 2014 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

This portrait was woven using a Jacquard loom. Before IBM, before punch-card computers, before Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, one of the very first machines that could run something like what we now call a “program” was used to make fabric. The machine was a loom and could process so much information that the fabric it produced […]



‘The night I invented 3D printing’: Chuck Hull

March 20th, 2014 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

Chuck Hull Chuck Hull, a 74-year-old pioneering innovator is the man responsible for a breakthrough that’s now driving forward the world of manufacturing. He is executive vice president and chief technology officer of 3D Systems, a company built on his creation: the 3D printer. (Video)    



Competing for the Title – World’s Chief Innovator

December 27th, 2013 at 9:10 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  When Thomas Edison died he left a gaping hole. He was credited with inventing everything from the electric light bulb, to the phonograph, to the movie projector, to the stock ticker, to the motion picture camera, to the entire movie industry.    



Introducing the Virtual Battery

June 25th, 2013 at 10:29 pm » Comments Off

Phil Watts conducting an experiment Working day and night in his backyard workshop, energy pioneer Phil Watts has developed a significant number of breakthrough power technologies, but none quite as significant as the “virtual battery.” The Virtual Battery Hybrid is an aggregation of 4 technologies; Thermoelectric power generation, solar thermal, ground loops and Nanofluid heat […]



6 inventors who changed the world but got little credit for it

March 4th, 2013 at 3:52 pm » Comments Off

Just because you worked hard and your perseverance led you to create something that changed the world, it doesn’t mean that you’ll get fame, fortune, or the slightest bit of recognition out of it. Some inventors get so little credit that we completely forget about them.  Here are six of them.    



Father of the drone continues to pioneer airborne innovations

February 22nd, 2013 at 12:02 pm » Comments Off

Abe Karem, father of the drone. Abe Karem, the aerospace engineer behind America’s most successful and most feared military drone said, “I was not the guy who put missiles on the Predator. I just wanted UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to perform to the same standards of safety, reliability and performance as manned aircraft.”    



Announcing the Winners – DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2012

October 14th, 2012 at 8:42 am » Comments (0)

  Winner of the 2012 “Inventor of the Year Award” - Power Practical There was no shortage of creativity on display at this year’s DaVinci Inventor Showcase. Inventors came from all across the U.S. to be part of one of the nation’s most prestigious inventor events. Winning top prize at this years event was Power Practical […]



32 technological innovations that will change your tomorrow

June 4th, 2012 at 3:20 pm » Comments (0)

The electric light bulb was a failure. In the early 1800′s, the British chemist Humphry Davy invented the light bulb but it was a failure.  The light bulb spent almost 80 years being passed from one researcher to another.  Finally, in 1879, Thomas Edison figured out to to make a light bulb that people would […]



Demand your personal data from Google and Facebook urges Tim Berners-Lee

April 19th, 2012 at 9:28 am » Comments (0)

Tim Berners-Lee Inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has urged internet users to demand their personal data from online giants such as Google and Facebook to usher in a new era of highly personalized computer services “with tremendous potential to help humanity”.



Celebrate Thomas Edison’s 165th birthday with a crash course on his life

February 11th, 2012 at 10:51 pm » Comments (0)

Did you know that Thomas Edison got his first job as a telegraph operator after saving the daughter of a station agent from an oncoming train? Or that he didn’t invent the lightbulb, but instead created the first commercially viable version?



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