Inventions and Innovations

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In History
  • Flying Shuttle

    Flying Shuttle John Kay invented the Flying Shuttle, which was an improvement to looms. The flying shuttle was made up of a bobbin which the crossways yarn would be woven onto. The shuttle was pushed from one side to the other by hand. A leaver threw the shuttle and only required one man to operate.
  • Bifocals

    Bifocals Bifocals were invented by Benjamin franklin in 1760. These glasses consisted of concave and convex glass. They help people see far away and close up, while reading.
  • Carbonated Water

    Carbonated Water Carbonated Water was invented by Joseph Priestley when he discovered how to infuse water with carbon dioxide. Carbonated water is used for beverages, mostly as a dilutent for alcohol. It became popular because people could drink alcohol without having such harsh effects.
  • Hot Air Balloon

    Hot Air Balloon The hot air balloon was invented by Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier. The hot air balloon was used as decorations, in China or for human transportation in the U.S. The military then used it in 1794 during the battle of Fleurus.
  • Rollercoaster

    Rollercoaster The first rollercoaster was built in 1784 in St. Petersburg.The idea came from ice slides people would slide on in Russia. Roller coasters were a great amusement and were found in amusement parks.
  • Morphine

    Morphine Morphine was discovered in 1804 by Friedrich Sertuner. It was first distributed in 1817 and first sold by Merck in 1827. Morphine is an alkaloid found in the opium plant. It is used to relieve severe pain.
  • Stethoscope

    Stethoscope Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, a French physician invented the stethoscope when examining a woman. The stethoscope made it easier to hear a persons heartbeat which was much louder and clearer. It was also a less awkward way because the original way was to place ones ear on the patients chest.
  • Braille Writing System

    Braille Writing System Braille was invented by Louis Braille in 1829. Braille is an alphabet for blind people. They can identify letters and words by touching a series of rasied dots.
  • Rubber Band

    Rubber Band The rubber band was invented in 1845 by Stephen Perry. Perry worked at Messers Perry Co which was a rubber manufacturing company. He invented the rubber band to hold papers and envelopes together.
  • Safety PIn

    Safety PIn Walter Hunt inventedthe safety pin in 1849. He was twisting a piece of wire and trying to think of something that would pay off his debt. The safety pin is made from one piece of wire which is coiled to a spring on one end and a separate clasp and point at the other. He claimed he designed it this way to keep fingers from being injured, hence "safety pin".
  • Dynamite

    Dynamite Alfred Nobel was patented for his dynamite in 1867. He invented dynamite because he needed a way to blast rock at his construction job.
  • Microphone

    Microphone The first microphone was invented in 1876 by Emile Berliner. This microphone was used as a phone voice transmitter. This is like the speakers we have in our phones today. It allowed people to hear you from a telephone.
  • Refrigerator

    Refrigerator The first refrigerator was invented in 1877 by Carl von Linde. Refrigerators are electrical appliances used to store food at certain tempratures to destroy bacteria.
  • Stapler

    Stapler The first successful stapler was pateneted in 1879 by George Mcgill. Staplers were used to drive a piece of metal (staple) into a stack of papers to securely fasten them. The first stapler was 2 and a half pounds and only held one 1/2 inch staple at a time.
  • Metal detector

    Metal detector The first metal detector was invented in 1881 by Alexander Graham Bell. He invented it because of a failed attempt to catch an assasin. Metal detectors detect any sort of metal that passes through it based on electromagnetivity.
  • Fountain Pen

    Fountain Pen The fountain pen was patented in 1884 by Lewis Waterman. This was the first practical fountain pen. It consisted of three parts: the nib, which is what touches the paper, thefeed that holds the nib and controls ink flow, and the round barrel, the part you grip while writing.
  • Paper Clip

    Paper Clip The Paper Clip was invented in 1899 by William D. Middlebrook. It is a simple and easy way to hold papers together without damaging them. Middlebrook also made a machine to make the paper clip. It is a wonder why the paper clip wasn't invented before because of how simple its design is.
  • Vacuum Cleaner

    Vacuum Cleaner The first handheld vacuum cleaner was invented in 1908 by James Spangler. His machine was the first portable, and electric vacuum cleaner. It consisted of a cloth filter bag and cleaning attachments.
  • Ballpoint Pen

    Ballpoint Pen The Ballpoint pen was invented in 1935 by Ladislas Biro. Ballpoint pens made it easier to write for an extended period of time without having to refill the ink, like in a fountain pen.
  • Remote Control

    Remote Control The first Remote control was invented in 1952. They weren't very popular because there weren't very many channels to choose from. The remote control made it easier for people to change the channel. The first one was called "Lazy Bones" because you didnt have to get up to change the channel.