Here in the Valley we like to think of ourselves as inventive folk who have turned out a few good ideas including LSD, some of the first home computers, Ethernet networking and Windows (the original Xerox GUI, not the rip-off version from that upstart Gates).
But we are obviously missing a trick when it comes to inventiveness. A quick trawl through our fellow blogger's excellent and poetical site Patentlysilly.com reveals some amazing inventions. And some silly inventions. And some downright frightening inventions.
You may or may not know that Mr Rudolph Chi Wai Yip of Hong Kong has invented a multimedia shower head which allows an electronic media device to be inserted in a sealed chamber within its construction.
So far, so good. But what about patent number US 6824508, which is described as a micro robot for internal examinations within the human body. In the interests of not frightening the horses we refuse to elaborate on how this device gains entry to the examination subject.
As Patentlysilly.com astutely points out: "Necessity is the mother of invention, but the father is unknown."
Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Stanford researchers made the discovery via data from Greenland
Created via a thin, flexible, and transparent hierarchical nanocomposite film
Rolls Royce will use AI powered by Intel's Xeon Gold processors and SSDs for memory