Thursday, November 10, 2011

Next time you are in London

consider visiting the Science Museum.
(Nov 9, 2011. New Scientist) - The exhibition Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things draws your attention to the indispensable doodads we take for granted each day. Created by the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and now showing at the Science Museum in London, the exhibition puts the spotlight on adhesive tape and Lego building blocks, telescoping umbrellas and jam jars, corkscrews and condoms.
They also have an online gallery of 44 inventions. The interface is a bit quirky, it loads slowly, but if you like inventions the wait will be worthwile.

Select several objects you like on the "hidden heroes" ribbon bar, then click "ENTER EXHIBITION" link at the right-bottom of the page.

Here's a couple of screenshots from the Wall Plug exhibit:

The exhibit also mentions Artur Fischer, a German inventor who came up with a plastic wall plug. A short wiki article about him says he currently holds 1080 patents - 13 short of Edison's record number. Here's one of his US patents (3,958,488) on an expansible anchor bolt assembly:

He also invented Fischertechnik, construction sets for engineers of all ages.

tags: invention, innovation, example, business, 10X

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