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Inventions

The Ether Orchestra



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 19, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Music, 1930s, Europe

Anti-snoring Pillow






The original patent here has no suitable illustration of its product, so I've taken the liberty of having Copilot conjure up some images. Basically, the pillow would use Active Noise Control to cancel out the snores.





Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 17, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Patents, Sleep and Dreams, Twenty-first Century, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Headache Hanger

Full patent here.




Posted By: Paul - Wed May 15, 2024 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Patents, Medicine, 1910s, Head

Firmatron Facial

"literally shocks your age away"

"A model is given a 'Firmatron' facial by an operator wearing special gloves to transmit electrical impulses to facial nerves." New York Journal-American - Dec 2, 1960



Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - June 28, 1961



Chicago Tribune - Apr 9, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 02, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Inventions, 1960s

Anti-Wrinkle Straws

As described by the NY Times:

Our endless enthusiasm for sipping things through narrow tubes has birthed much innovation in the straw market. It has also created a new anxiety: lip wrinkles.
Traditional straws force sippers to purse their lips around the opening in an expression that many believe, over time, creates wrinkles around your lips, called perioral lines.
Enter the anti-wrinkle straw, shaped like the number 7, with a small hole at the top horizontal portion that allows users to drink without pursing their lips.

I never drink through straws, nor do I worry about lip wrinkles. So not a product for me. But enough people do use straws, and do worry about lip wrinkles, to have created a demand for this product.

The "Lipzi" is the best-selling anti-wrinkle straw on the market.



via Book of Joe

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 29, 2024 - Comments (1)
Category: Inventions, Skin and Skin Conditions

Les Fo’Plafonds

Somewhat, ah, unique instruments.

Their YouTube channel is here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 23, 2024 - Comments (5)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Inventions, Music, Europe

French Fry Injector

Why slather your fires with ketchup or cheese or mayo like a peasant, when you could laboriously inject the condiment into each individual fry?


Full patent here.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 19, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Inventions, Patents, Junk Food, Twenty-first Century

Special Driver Gloves for Signalling

Full patent here.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 02, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Patents, Signage, 1920s, Cars

The Armadillo Armored Suit

Apr 1958: Inventor Harvey Freeman looked a bit like a space alien in his "armadillo" armor, as Police Inspector Beryl Pace shot at him. The Detroit police bought four of Freeman's suits, but I have no idea if they were ever used.

Freeman lived to be 100 years old, dying in 2022. You can read his obituary here.



Santa Cruz Sentinel - Apr 30, 1958



Holland Evening Sentinel - Apr 30, 1958 (click to enlarge)



Below is what appears to be an early version of Freeman's suit.

Mechanix Illustrated - Sep 1956

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 25, 2024 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1950s

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