Inventions In The Last 100 Years
A warm welcome to inventions in the last 100 years.
On this page, I document groundbreaking inventions such as electricity, the radio, television, engines, etc. and some not so groundbreaking. In fact, some might say, quite obscure inventions, such as a seven in one golf club kit or a paintbrush that can clean itself!
Whether groundbreaking or not, they’re all inventions from years gone by.
Take a look, maybe one might trigger a groundbreaking idea of your own!…
June 1963… Indoor golf with outdoor view. A giant color picture of a fairway flashes on the backstop net as in the picture above. The golfer does a full swing and slams the ball into the net. Next a microphone picks up the sound and starts a computer, which works out where the shot would […]
October 1963…Look closely at the picture above and you will notice that there is no pilot in the cabin of this “bailed-out” eleven year old Army helicopter. Instead, it has been fitted with radio controls developed by Bell Helicopter so it can be operated by a ground unit.It’s shown flying unmanned at 2,000 feet above […]
German inventor creates robot… When a German inventor found the task of dialling telephone numbers too burdensome, he did not bewail the mechanization of the service in the interests of efficiency.Instead, he went one better than the telephone engineers and invented an automatic dialler.Stops, on this device, are preset for the fifty numbers most frequently […]
December 1963…You wouldn’t have to inch your way to a pump at a busy gas station that had track-mounted pumps like these. The recently patented system would let you park in any vacant bay at the service island and wait (in or out of the car) for the pump to come to you. Reel-up hoses […]
October 1963…Sunken ships might be raised quickly and economically, according to this recent patent, by pumping in foam. A diver would locate or prepare a closed compartment, insert a hose and nozzle. Pumps on a salvage ship would force in resin and catalyst. Combined at the nozzle, they’d set up to form a buoyant, closed-cell […]
Do you have three boys or three girls and only a small room for them to sleep in? Then perhaps you need this great idea that I stumbled across…A triple decker bunk bed – perfect for say a small room in your holiday home.It’s clever, space saving design prevents your children from banging their heads […]
December 1963…What does it feel like in space? Engineers working on Project Apollo at Honeywell’s Aeronautical Division in Minneapolis can find out by thrusting an arm into a pressure-suit glove set in a small Plexiglas vacuum chamber and working a hand control unit. Experiencing the handicap of a pressurized space suit helps them in designing […]
October 1963…A safety gate mounted on the bumper of this school bus swings out hydraulically to keep children from crossing until the driver sees that all lanes are clear. Then he switches off a red light, swings the gate back, and permits them to pass by.Superior Coach Corporation, Lima, Ohio made the gate.
May 1963…A talking notebook… A tiny tape recorder only a little bigger than a pack of cigarettes records up to an hour on one re-useable, indexed, reel of tape.A built-in microphone in the Memocord lets you record interviews or notes without external wires. It uses one nine-volt battery and one 1.5 colt penlight cell.
Air canopy protects the tractor driver. An air curtain shields British tractor and combine-harvester operators from dust, chaff, and insects in the field, making goggles or special clothing unnecessary.A fiberglass dome over the open cab has a built-in fan that blows a sheet of encircling air through a gap at the rim. The canopy also […]