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Baseball Cap ~ c1868
In the 1850s, when baseball was getting its start in America, most players wore straw hats. This all changed after the Civil War. In the late 1860s, players began wearing visor caps. The caps were imitations of those worn by Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. Book Source: The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle
Coffee Pot ~ Benjamin Thompson ~ 1806
Coffee drinkers the world over no longer had to chew their brew. Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, invents a coffee pot with a metal sieve to strain away the grounds. Source: American Experience
The French Drip Pot is perfected by Benjamin Thompson Count Rumford, an eccentric American adventurer who settled in Paris, France. Source: Mr. Coffee
eBooks ~ Michael Hart ~ 1971
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today. Source: Project Gutenberg
Google ~ Sergey Brin and Larry Page ~ 1998
As a research project at Stanford University, Sergey Brin and Larry Page created a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, after concluding that the most popular result would often be the most useful. After raising $1 million from family, friends and other investors, the pair launched the company in 1998. Google has since become the world’s most popular search engine, receiving more than 200 million queries each day. Source: Biography Channel
Holography ~ Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks ~ 1964
When College of Engineering researchers Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks displayed their revolutionary laser transmission hologram of a toy train at the Optical Society's 1964 Spring Conference, they shed new light on a nascent scientific principle that, in the following years, has found numerous applications in aerospace, archaeology, credit card security and popular art, to name just a few. Source: University of Michigan
Human Powered Flight ~ Paul MacCready ~ 1977
On August 23, 1977, Paul MacCready's plane, the 55-pound Gossamer Condor, took flight above a California air strip, powered by a human bicyclist. Source: Inventing Modern America
iPod ~ Tony Fadell ~ 2001
The iPod originated with a business idea dreamed up by Tony Fadell, an independent inventor. Fadell's idea was to take an MP3 player, build a Napster music sale service to complement it, and build a company around it, Apple hired Fadell in early 2001 and assigned him a team of about 30 people, including designers, programmers and hardware engineers. Source: Wired
Karaoke Machine ~ Daisuke Inoue ~1971
Leases the first set of karaoke machines to nightspots in Kobe, Japan. Despite invention's popularity, makes little profit since he fails to patent the machine. By 1996, the Karaoke industry is a $10 billion-a-year business  Source:
Time Magazine
Laser ~ Arthur L. Schawlow and Charles H. Townes ~ 1958
The invention of the laser, which stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, can be dated to 1958 with the publication of the scientific paper, Infrared and Optical Masers, by Arthur L. Schawlow, then a Bell Labs researcher, and Charles H. Townes, a consultant to Bell Labs. That paper, published in Physical Review, the journal of the American Physical Society, launched a new scientific field and opened the door to a multibillion-dollar industry. Source: Bell Labs
Magnavox Odyssey ~ Ralph Baer ~ 1971
In 1966,
Ralph Baer was working for a military contractor, in New Hampshire. He decided to create a console that would enable people to play electronic games on their television sets. In 1971, Baer sold his game machine to Magnavox. They called the system the Odyssey. Source: Classic Gaming
Spray Atomizer ~ Allen DeVilbiss ~ 1888
In 1888, Toledo, Ohio physician Dr. Allen DeVilbiss developed a spray atomizer to provide an easier way to apply medicines to patients' throats. His invention was so successful that by 1890 he had retired from medical practice and established a company, DeVilbiss Manufacturing Company, to produce the atomizers.
Bowling Green State University
Video Game ~ William Higinbotham ~ 1958
n 1958, a person by the name of "Willy Higinbotham", who was a physicist, made a working model and not even with a single transistor, but with vacuum tubes! His "Tennis" game-type was invented at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Source: Classic Gaming
Water Disinfection System ~ Ashok Gadgil ~ 1992
Using science no more complex than the ultraviolet light emitted by an unshielded fluorescent lamp, he built a simple, effective, and inexpensive water disinfection system. Source: Inventing Modern America
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