INVENTIONS (none patented):
- 1980 - Electronic toy: 5-second voice recorder with backwards-speech
and varied pitch (based on 2102 RAM chips.)
- 1982 - 3D display dot-matrix printer, printout of vertical-slit
aperature plate and left/right stereo image stripes
- 1984 - Method for mechanically transmitting music & voice messages to
moving vehicles via road surface encoded patterns
- 1985 - Physics toy, "Rattle tube", based on cavitation.
- 1986 - Educational device for producing visible
electric current for physics classroom
teaching and science exhibitry use. Currently sold through Arbor Scientific
- 1988 - Active display panel
for making electric fields visible around charged objects.
- 1988 - Active electronic display panel for visualizing 2D
distributions of acoustic,
magnetic, electrostatic, optical, microwave, or ionizing radiation fields.
- 1991 - "Square
Wheels", distorted cubes and tetrahedra which have
cylindrical cross-sections and can be used as smoothly-rolling wheels.
- 1994 - Children's toy and method for inscribing arbitrary holograms
upon a plastic surface with a simple hand tool.
- 1994 - Method for reducing the data and bandwidth requirements of
computer generated holograms.
- 2001 - Neo magnet beads, toy/puzzle/art, behaves like carbon atoms,
construct 60-bead 'buckyball' spheres
I've been waiting for someone to suddenly start selling my "buckyballs"
invention. Toy companies aren't interested (too expensive, plus lethal
swallowing danger.) I don't wanna start a company, plus my habitual
fame-avoidance. So I put it in the PD
public domain on youtube. WOW!!! Finally
happened. They're calling it Neocube, but their only "invention" is to
sell them all stacked together as a cube. The idea goes wild
all over the place. A few months later there were Neocubes and Cybercubes
and QQmag and Magcube and Magbead and Buckyballs and Cubercube and
Nanodots, and many un-trademarked magnet blobs on eBay (none patentable
you see! Already in the PD, anyone can pick a new product name and start
selling them.) FINALLY at long last there's a valid purpose for spherical
supermagnets. They even might end up outselling all other shapes. Who was
the "real inventor?" Probably a you-tuber who saw the "Magic Magnetic"
selling millions of cylinder bracelets ...and then found my videos about
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