Buckminster Fuller’s largest dome is now a National Historic Place

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Buckminster’s legacy given new wings.

Buckminster Fuller only designed about a dozen of domed structures to begin with, and many have either been torn down in lieu of new construction or simply left to rot. But not the dome at Materials Park in Ohio, it just received a $7 million facelift and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)…

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‘The Lamplighter’ shines bright for Inventor Art Contest winner Tyler Voorhees

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The Lamplighter is one of five images in the ‘Jobs of Yesteryear’ series.

As the dust settles on the award ceremonies for the Inventor Art Contest held on Friday, October 14 at DaVinci Institute, ImpactLab took a moment to talk with Best of Show recipient Tyler Voorhees about his work, his future and his studio, Doc’s Lollipops…

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DaVinci Institute announces Inventor Art Competition

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Are you ready to show off your artistic prowess?

The DaVinci Institute is pleased to announce a “call for artists” for the Inventor Art Competition.

The theme of this competition is inventors and their great inventions. Inventors chosen may be contemporary or from any time in the past. They just have to show the mark of being a great inventor.

When you think of a great inventor, who do you think of? What invention did they create?

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Japanese inventor develops world’s first flying sphere drone

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Engineer Fumiyuki Sato displays his spherical observation drone in Tokyo.

Advanced Defense Technology Centre Engineer Fumiyuki Sato, a Japanese defense researcher,  has invented a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground.

 

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Inventor with a ‘taste for music’ creates playable chocolate music records

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Playable chocolate music record

Peter Lardong, a resident of Berlin, Germany and an inventor with a “taste for music”  has become the first man to actually create a “playable” chocolate record which can be heard and eaten up when you get bored of listening to it. (pics and video)

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New Zealand Inventor Readies “Jetski For the Skies” That Could Revolutionize Aviation

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The jetpack is expected to be commercially available in the next 18 months.

New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin aims to have his “jetski for the skies” on the market within 18 months.  He has created  a jetpack suitable for everyday use by ordinary people with no specialist pilot training. (video)

 

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The Dymaxion is Back! British Architect Brings Back the 1930’s Car That Was Meant to Change American’s Lives

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Dymaxion Car

Richard Buckminster Fuller had a lot of nerve. In the 1930s, the great US inventor secured the first $1,000 he needed to build a giant futuristic car, called the Dymaxion. The socialite who gave him the cash was told: “If I want to use it all to buy ice cream cones, that will be that – and there will be no questions asked.” (Pics and Videos)

 

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Shark Submarine Can Jump 12 Feet in the Air Then Dives Under the Waves

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The Seabreacher has a top speed of 50mph, seats two people and can jump 12ft from the surface.

As we scud over the surface of the water, the theme music from Jaws is the last thing I want to hear. But inventor Rob Innes begs to differ. He’s playing the tune at top volume over the sound system.  The Seabreacher X  –  co-created and now driven by Rob  –  is the ultimate millionaire’s boy-toy: a James Bond-style craft that can dive under water, roll from side to side and jump 12ft into the air. (Pics and video)

 

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Combination Brake-Accelerator Pedal Solves Accidental Acceleration Problem

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The combination Naruse Pedal always activates the brakes when a driver stomps down.

Two pedals, inches apart, one for gas and the other for brakes. For years, a Japanese inventor has argued that this most basic of car designs is dangerously flawed.  The side-by-side pedal arrangement, the inventor says, can cause drivers to mistakenly floor the accelerator instead of the brakes, especially under stress.

 

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Dr. NakaMats: The World’s Greatest Inventor Holds Over 3,000 Patents

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Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japan’s greatest inventor

Japan’s leading entrepreneur and world’s greatest inventor, Yoshiro Nakamatsu, otherwise known as Dr. NakaMats, has amassed 3,357 patents during his long career. (Thomas Edison? A piker. He had only 1,093 to his credit.).  At age 82 he says he’s only halfway to his goal of dreaming up 6,000 innovations, which, according to his research, should be at age 144.  (Video)

 

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A Maker Faire Preview

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For the fifth year in the Bay Area, Maker Faire welcomes thousands of makers of all ages who show us the amazing things they make. Makers are enthusiasts who love what they do and enjoy sharing it with others, which makes for an incredibly stimulating experience that inspires everyone. Maker Faire 2010 brings back annual favorites such…

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