Inventions That Could Have Changed the World...But Didn't!
Outlines the process of making and patenting inventions and presents innovations in such fields as transportation, appliances, child and pet care, and amusement that did not work, were too early or too late, or failed for other reasons.
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|Library of Congress
||Inventions - Juvenile literature - History, Technology - Juvenile literature - Social aspects
||Children's General Non-Fiction
Description of this Book
The fascinating stories of inventions that could have changed the world, should have made a difference, or would have astounded us all, but for one reason or another, didn't. Some inventions were too wacky, weird, or unwieldy. Other simply didn't work. And still others may be the next big thing . . . some day. Learn about the inventors, what they thought they would accomplish, and what--if anything--they did accomplish. Zany illustrations of the contraptions in use throughout.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||From Smell-O-Vision to a motorized pogo stick and an edible smartphone case, this romp through Patent Office records is a hilarious tribute to misapplied ingenuity. The world is bursting with ideas, Rhatigan observes. Unfortunately, not all of these ideas are good. In support, he digs up dozens of unlikely proposals--some of which, like Henry Ford's early Quadricycle and Thomas Edison's Talking Doll were harbingers of truly world-changing innovations. Most, though, like the Reid Flying Submarine, 19th-century rocking bathtubs, a suggestive party-game version of cup-and-ball played at waist level and the aforementioned movie theater Smell-O-Vision (and a competing technology, AromaRama ) never got off the ground due to obvious design flaws, expense or just inadequate marketing. Still, all were concocted in a spirit of enterprise, and by way of a hat tip, the author names nearly all of their inventors, renowned or otherwise. Owsley's cartoon visualizations of selected inventions in action join original patent drawings and occasional photos to provide comical commentary as much as to clarify physical and functional details. Casual browsers will come away mightily amused; would-be inventors will find here fresh inspiration, as well as encouragement to give their own wildest ideas a try.- Kirkus Reviews
||Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
Joe Rhatigan is a well-respected editor and author, and has written many bestselling books, including the acclaimed White House Kids- The Perks, Pleasures, Problems and Pratfalls of the Presidents' Children, People You Gotta Meet Before You Grow Up, Don't Unravel When You Travel, and many more. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.