The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day.
The stethoscope was conceived because the inventor felt uncomfortable placing his ear on a woman’s bare chest to listen to her heart.
The T-shirt was invented in 1904 and marketed to bachelors who couldn’t sew or replace buttons.
A Brazilian invented caller ID technology more than 25 years ago. Today he is in 40 lawsuits claiming for his royalties that, in total, are more than 25 billion dollars.
Scientists developed a brain-computer interface that allow paralyzed patients to surf the web with just their thoughts.
The person who invented the stop sign, the pedestrian crosswalk, the traffic circle, the one-way street, the taxi stand, and pedestrian safety islands, William Phelps Eno, never learned how to drive.
The first music “streaming” service was invented in 1897. People in New York could call up the Telharmonium, an electric organ that took up the entire floor of a building, which would play live music through their phone speakers.
Bette Nesmith was a typist in the 1950s. She invented white-out because she was fed up with having to scrap a whole page due to a typo. Later she sold her company for over 40 millions.
Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his inventions. He reasoned that “we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others”, and that “we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously”.
Alexander Graham Bell developed the metal detector as a last ditch effort to locate a bullet lodged in the chest of American President James Garfield in 1881; the attempt was unsuccessful because the metal coil spring bed Garfield was lying on confused the detector.