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Top 5: Spy Gadgets

Part of the appeal of being a spy or an international agent like James Bond or Black Widow is all the cool gadgets, right? For this week, we rounded up a few patented items we think would be in any spy’s arsenal. 1) Enhanced Night Vision Device  Not all of your missions will happen in Read more…

Top 5: Supermarket Patents

This week’s Top 5 list takes a look at some of the patented technology applied to the supermarket. 1) Computerized Shopping Cart with Storage and Distribution System According to this patent’s literature, the aim of this invention is to create a computerized shopping cart “with services of check-out counter queue elimination, shopping information, emission of Read more…

Top 5: Snow Patents 2017

Our latest Top 5 list tackles the snow! 1) Multichannel Frost Ice and Snow Detecting Device This precipitation gauge from the late ’60s monitors temperature, humidity and electrical conductivity to determine if there is free water, snow, ice or frost forming. 2) Snow Scooter  This two-wheeled device is the hottest way to get around a Read more…

Top 5: Water Patents

Water is one of our most precious natural resources, but we can’t just drink it! It has to be filtered and purified for human consumption. This week’s Top 5 takes a look at technology that does that. 1) Portable Rainwater Collecting and Purifying System This portable container collects and purifies rainwater through the use of Read more…

Top 5: Airport Patents

Airports around the world can vary in design and efficiency–but the majority of them share the same technology we’re featuring in this week’s Top 5! 1) Baggage Conveyor System  This baggage carousel features porcelain enamel on steel pallets, which are attached to wheels that move in a track. Circling baggage around allows airport guests to Read more…

Top 5: Money/Currency Patents

For this week’s Top 5, we’re taking a look at patents that deal with cash. 1) Copperplate Engraving Machine for Printing Paper Currency This machine system features an etched plate, an inking roller and system and a wiping device to ensure the perfectly printed banknotes. 2) Self-service Currency Exchange Machine  Want to turn your jars Read more…

Top 5: Newspaper-Related Patents

Before the internet and television, the world got its news through newspapers. This week we’re taking a look at related patents. 1) Non-rub Off Printing Inks Anyone that has read, or even held, a newspaper usually ends up with ink on their fingers. This patent covers the formula of the ink which prevents a complete Read more…

Top 5: Radio Patents

This week, we’re taking a look at when radio ruled communication! Check out our list of patents below, all from the 1960s. 1) Tunable Radio Antenna This patent shows antennas curved into a short, pinwheel-like shape to best pick up radio signals. 2) Card Control of Radio Telephone  When radio-telephones in cars were a thing, Read more…

Top 5: Makeup Patents

The cosmetics industry is huge, so it’s no surprise that there are patents present in the industry as well. This week’s Top 5 takes a look at a few of them. 1) Single-use Makeup Set This patent, owned by L’Oreal, is for a singular applicator brush. Individual and separate packing means that said brush is meant Read more…

Top 5: Theater Patents

This week’s Top 5 list takes a look at the patents found within the theater-opera space. Enjoy a night out on the town! 1) Disappearing Theater-Chair This patent from 1906 boasts of a chair that disappears into the floor when guests rise from their seat. Pretty cool! 2) Electronic Libretto Display Apparatus and Method Mostly Read more…


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