FOR INVENTORS ONLY
Some people literally see beyond the limitations of others to invent and develop assistive innovations that open doors to disabled persons. In this case, Dr. Dennis Hong, from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), made some in'roads' for blind persons with his invention of the world's first blind driver vehicle.
Nick Lewis says that his new Adjustable Eco Hanger will save 6.5 million tons of carbon each year, the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road. He figures this based on the 40 billion hangers a year that are used globally, many of which are discarded, especially by retailers.
We've all seen them. At first, we used to see them only late at night and for anyone who hasn't slept well, you know what I mean. Now we see them through out the day and on almost every channel. I'm talking about direct response television ("DRTV"). One form of DRTV that is commonly known is called the infomercial. Ring a bell for you? One interesting company involved in the DRTV space is Lenfest Media Group.
Every Kid Wanted One: Ever heard of the Slinky? The fun toy that sold more than 250 million units worldwide!The creators of the Slinky were just ordinary people that came up with a simple product idea. And that simple product idea produced more wealth then they could have ever possibly imagined!
An internationally known chemical biologist, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, researcher, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor, from the University of California at Berkeley, has won the most prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for $500,000, dubbed the 'Oscar for Inventors.' This award recognizes individuals who translate their inventions and innovations into technologies that improve our world.
They are not on a salary or salary/incentive basis, paid by their companies to invent; they work alone, on their own or in small groups, generally in someone's garage or other part of the home. Popular Science recognizes the accomplishments of these independent inventors yearly in the June issue of its magazine. Here are the 10 winning inventions...